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  1. This thread contains a poll. I voted for 'Dice' and 'Rulebooks'. In...

    I voted for 'Dice' and 'Rulebooks'. In hindsight, I should have also added 'Other'.

    I had a DM buy a set of gorgeous tungsten dice for all the players in a long-running campaign. It was a...
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    Thanks very much! I'm thrilled that Carriage...

    Thanks very much! I'm thrilled that Carriage Court won through.

    In the last few years, the competition has become harder.

    The word count on the first round makes it a true test. Increasing...
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    @Gradine...

    @Gradine, thank you. It's always a pleasure to compete with you. I'm sure this won't be the last, and I look forward to it. As always, the finish of this competition leaves me chomping at the bit...
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    Thanks for the write-up, Iron Sky. You guys have...

    Thanks for the write-up, Iron Sky. You guys have been doing a lot of work going through the entries and I really appreciate the critique. Over the years the feedback has made me a much better...
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    Well... that was a wild one. Gradine, your...

    Well... that was a wild one.

    Gradine, your adventure is excellent. I really like your take on the Iron Law. I think we both made good use of that element, but in entirely different ways. Your...
  6. Gradine, Rune, Iron Sky, Deuce Traveler, I have...

    Gradine, Rune, Iron Sky, Deuce Traveler, I have posted my entry.
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    Byzantine Schemes Elder Signpost Dread Ninja...

    Byzantine Schemes
    Elder Signpost
    Dread Ninja
    Pie Wagon
    Red Unicorn
    Deadly Ink
    Iron Law
    Traitor
  8. I'm glad I checked this thread, otherwise I might...

    I'm glad I checked this thread, otherwise I might have refreshed the other one and seen yours.

    I'm pretty happy with mine so far, hovering around 1200 words. It's nice that I can add in some...
  9. That would work for me, yeah. Alternately, we...

    That would work for me, yeah.

    Alternately, we could start at 5 pm EST and wrap at 8 pm PST... :)
  10. That time could work. It's better for me if...

    That time could work.

    It's better for me if it's 8 pm EST. I work till then, and it would also give me the bulk of Saturday to work on it. But I could do the earlier time if that suits everyone...
  11. So. Scheduling. I'm working straight through...

    So. Scheduling.

    I'm working straight through till Thursday. My best time to start would be around 5 or 6 pm on Thursday (October 25th) , taking me into my day off. How about you, @Gradine?
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    I relish the opportunity to square off once...

    I relish the opportunity to square off once again, sir. :)
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    So I did some trial and error with...

    So I did some trial and error with Wordcounter.net. It counts hyphenated words as a single word, and it counts contractions as a single word. I believe those two factors account for the discrepancy.
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    hawkeyefan, I was floored that neither of us went...

    hawkeyefan, I was floored that neither of us went with a fantasy adventure. I thought the medusa element would strongly steer this into that territory. But when I tried to rationalize a science...
  15. My first full write-up in good copy clocked in at...

    My first full write-up in good copy clocked in at 1498 words.

    I wound up trimming a few unnecessary words, and adding a few back in for clarity, but I had a chuckle at how close it came.

    Those...
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    High Toll Time Bomb Affluent Panhandler Phobic...

    High Toll
    Time Bomb
    Affluent Panhandler
    Phobic Medusa
    Indignant Retort
    Dirty Secret
    Pure Sample

    Morality Index
    A science fiction adventure
  17. Part of the fun of Iron DM is the creative...

    Part of the fun of Iron DM is the creative process.

    102220

    This is a challenging set of ingredients, but I think I have something I like. Now it's time to start writing my good copy.

    :)
  18. That is quite the list of ingredients. It will...

    That is quite the list of ingredients. It will be a delicious challenge to work those into a (hopefully) coherent adventure.

    hawkeyefan, best of luck to you.
  19. Rune, that works for me. :)

    Rune, that works for me. :)
  20. Rune, I'm happy to start Tuesday morning.

    Rune, I'm happy to start Tuesday morning.
  21. The best times for me to start are early Monday...

    The best times for me to start are early Monday morning till Tuesday morning. If it stretches into Thursday, that's less than ideal for me. I'm attending the Shut Up & Sit Down convention starting...
  22. Seeing as the first round is coming to a close, I...

    Seeing as the first round is coming to a close, I thought I'd start the talk about scheduling for round two. I work in retail, and my schedule is fairly tight. I work every day except this...
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    My thoughts on the entries: Those are two...

    My thoughts on the entries:

    Those are two spectacular adventures, and I'm sure this will be a tough judgement to make.

    hawkeyefan, I always have a weakness for fey as villains. I think they...
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    Seconded. I'm happy with the ones I got right...

    Seconded. I'm happy with the ones I got right out of the gate, I would have struggled with the ones you had, Gradine.
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    Some thoughts on the two entries: Those are...

    Some thoughts on the two entries:

    Those are both very interesting takes on the ingredients. Funny how both adventures feature a deathtrap labyrinth set in an abandoned warehouse to achieve the...
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    @Iron Sky...

    @Iron Sky, thank you for the great write-up. I love the way you summarize the use of elements in a sentence, that's an excellent way to look at their usage. The elements were very interesting to...
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    On my opponent's entry: I feel like you've...

    On my opponent's entry:
    I feel like you've crafted an evocative, atmospheric adventure. I really like how we both tackled the idea of a culture of sacrifice, but approached it in entirely different...
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    The Elements: Blind Faith Blood Debt Body...

    The Elements:
    Blind Faith
    Blood Debt
    Body Count
    Ethereal Courtier
    Odd Cube
    Regicide
  29. Very interesting elements. Good luck,...

    Very interesting elements. Good luck, Mister-Kent. :)
  30. Real life happens, no apology required. If...

    Real life happens, no apology required.

    If anyone else is available, I could still start anytime in the next three hours.
  31. I'm ready to go if you are, Gradine.

    I'm ready to go if you are, Gradine.
  32. My best time to start would be soon: Wednesday 5...

    My best time to start would be soon: Wednesday 5 pm PST till about Thursday 1 pm PST. I work at 1 pm Friday, so anything starting up till Thursday at 1 pm would give me 24 hours without any...
  33. You know what? I think I could spare some time...

    You know what? I think I could spare some time to put together an entry or two. :)
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    First off, congratulations to tglassy. It's...

    First off, congratulations to tglassy. It's always a great exercise to participate in a competition such as this, win or lose. The holidays have kept me so busy of late I haven't had a chance to...
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    Legacy Ingredients: Feckless Leader Sea...

    Legacy

    Ingredients:
    Feckless Leader
    Sea Change
    Cold Calculation
    Son of a Lich
    Infernal Rubric
    Falling Sky
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    Rune, those are some truly infernal ingredients. ...

    Rune, those are some truly infernal ingredients. :D

    tglassy, good luck!
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    I'm down for that.

    I'm down for that.
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    I'm just headed in to work right now, I'll be off...

    I'm just headed in to work right now, I'll be off at 10 pm PST. I can check in on my breaks, however. And tomorrow I have completely off.

    If you can start one around 10 pm PST that would be...
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    I could go.

    I could go.
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    From here on out, any day is as good as another. ...

    From here on out, any day is as good as another. Although my best day is Thursday. My second best day is tomorrow.
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    I can't go at all until Monday, but the week is...

    I can't go at all until Monday, but the week is relatively clear. Aside from work.

    Tuesday the 19th or Thursday the 21st are my best days.
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    I'm interested. It's always fun to participate...

    I'm interested. It's always fun to participate in the Iron DM competition! I'm a retail worker, so this time of year gets a little crazy, but I'm happy to give it a go regardless.
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    Oh, this I like. I think I'm going to use this...

    Oh, this I like. I think I'm going to use this one. :)
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    She's a half-lion lamia named Hestria. I'm...

    She's a half-lion lamia named Hestria. I'm running 5th Edition D&D.

    (I'd forgotten that they switched up the lamia between 4th and 5th.)
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    With my love of puns being shared with only half...

    With my love of puns being shared with only half the table, I think that one would result in somebody losing the other eye.
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    A Quip That Cost An Eye

    My PCs have chased a lamia from her lair, and are about to rescue some prisoners. One of the prisoners is a beautiful sorceress with a sharp tongue and wit, who has been put under geas not to use...
  47. I still have a collection of these books. :)

    I still have a collection of these books. :)
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    Contacting WotC Customer Support

    Has anyone ever tried to do this? What a frustrating process...

    Click e-mail customer service, it comes up with a form asking you to sign in with your Wizards ID. Enter e-mail, no go. Enter...
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    Congratulations Deuce! Also, both of these were...

    Congratulations Deuce! Also, both of these were incredible entries. I very much enjoyed reading them, and I don't envy you that selection of elements. :D
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    That's where I thought the list of ingredients...

    That's where I thought the list of ingredients was aside from the word count. I didn't realize that it was purely a list with nothing added, since in the past, we've usually written a small line...
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    Hah! I see we both decided on an orc-owned...

    Hah! I see we both decided on an orc-owned casino. Great minds and all that. Nice work, sir.
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    Riots - After the lockdown, the patrons will riot...

    Riots - After the lockdown, the patrons will riot if left to their own devices (or helped along by the PCs).
    Happy Chance - The casino where the heist takes place.
    Civilized Orcs - The retired orc...
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    Well, I've got a workable entry. Time to sleep...

    Well, I've got a workable entry. Time to sleep on it, then look it over when I wake up.

    These elements are a real challenge to work with, but I'd expect nothing less. :)
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    When it's Iron DM, the stakes are always high. ...

    When it's Iron DM, the stakes are always high.

    Wicht - Let's dance.
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    A rematch of the final to kick things off? Why...

    A rematch of the final to kick things off? Why the hell not? That would be a lot of fun. :D
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    I'm good to go pretty much anytime this week.

    I'm good to go pretty much anytime this week.
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    Another tip: try swapping an ingredient with...

    Another tip: try swapping an ingredient with something else and see if the adventure still works. If it works fine, you haven't tied the ingredient in well enough.

    For instance, if you have a...
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    Oh, is it that time of year again? Fantastic....

    Oh, is it that time of year again?

    Fantastic.

    Can't wait to get started. :D
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    Last Stand - Revising Death Saves

    I have come to the realization that I don't like death saving throws.

    There are two problems for me. First, on your turn, all you do is roll a die, and either tick a 'success' or a 'failure'. ...
  60. Hey Monte! I don't so much have a question,...

    Hey Monte!

    I don't so much have a question, but a comment. I really enjoyed my time with 3rd edition; some of the finest moments of my gaming group were on the fields of 3.x, so thank you for...
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    I don't know about Gen Con, but I've been a PAX...

    I don't know about Gen Con, but I've been a PAX DM for three years running, and I've had a blast running tables each time. Last year, WotC had a vastly scaled-down presence. Rumor was they were...
  62. I'd be interested to give it a go. Reading your...

    I'd be interested to give it a go. Reading your description, this has shades of the Laundry books by Charles Stross. :)
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    I just want to say congratulations. It's a real...

    I just want to say congratulations. It's a real feat to bring a campaign of any length to a stirring conclusion, and this sounds like the sort of game people will talk about for years. Bravo.
    ...
  64. In the last playtest packet, they had much higher...

    In the last playtest packet, they had much higher claw and bite damage and a slightly lower breath weapon damage. It was a change I was sad to see.
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    Javier keeps chewing the bit of leather between...

    Javier keeps chewing the bit of leather between his teeth, offering only a shrug at the suggested plan. Considering Javier's usual range of emotion, what he meant by the shrug could be absolutely...
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    (( OOC: I'm going to try and catch up on this...

    (( OOC: I'm going to try and catch up on this game. Consider this me checking in. ))
  67. I'm glad to hear it, Merric! My group just...

    I'm glad to hear it, Merric! My group just wrapped up Tyranny of Dragons. I felt I had to really bolster the cult forces in the finale, but at the same time, my group was 17th level at the time. ...
  68. I have to call foul on this. It may not play to...

    I have to call foul on this. It may not play to your tastes, but to call it objectively bad is just inaccurate. Look at all the folks who are enjoying 5th Edition; for a game to be objectively bad,...
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    I can't believe the thread made it to page 4...

    I can't believe the thread made it to page 4 before somebody mentioned it. I read the first post, thought, "Oh, someone's going to point that out", then kept reading and waiting.

    Usually, we D&D...
  70. Oh! You are absolutely right. I'm sure they...

    Oh! You are absolutely right.

    I'm sure they had it at one point during the playtest, and I just never went to check if it was gone. Armies of skeletons would be better than zombies, that being...
  71. You have it right. The big concern for...

    You have it right.

    The big concern for balance's sake is the zombies' ability to stand back up after being killed. If all 600 zombies have that ability, the townsfolk are well and truly screwed...
  72. On top of that, have a handful of encounters with...

    On top of that, have a handful of encounters with the people of the town. Have an encounter with the guards, where they are talking about the fear of facing down an unstoppable horde of the dead. ...
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    Ah, to go back and look through the book once...

    Ah, to go back and look through the book once again with fresh eyes... that sense of wonder as each page turn reveals a new, lovely piece of artwork... to see the condition sketches again for the...
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    Sir, you get mad props for allowing that to...

    Sir, you get mad props for allowing that to happen, rather than weaseling a way out for the villain. I'll bet that's a gaming story the PCs tell for years.
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    That does sound like fun. It would've been hard...

    That does sound like fun. It would've been hard to shoe-horn into the Tiamat campaign, but it would have been fun anyway.
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    Thanks for the write-up. A friend and I put...

    Thanks for the write-up. A friend and I put together an adventure designed to be run in a single two-day game, and we were considering going this route after we've refined it. This has been very...
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    Number one on my list of wants. I just finished...

    Number one on my list of wants. I just finished running my 17th level game, and all the PCs were fighting (aside from homebrew creations) were dragons, demons, and devils. With the odd lich in...
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    Actually, I believe I took your spot. So for...

    Actually, I believe I took your spot. So for that, I thank you very much. Because I managed to beat Wicht in the final (a challenging feat). :)

    On the topic Wicht mentioned, I think a lot of...
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    Likewise. I'm making a concerted effort to try...

    Likewise. I'm making a concerted effort to try and remember to award it, or to prompt DMs in the games where I'm a player. Nicely prompt, of course.
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    In case nobody else has mentioned it, some...

    In case nobody else has mentioned it, some excellent BBEG advice can be found here:
    ...
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    Thank you for all the kind words about my little...

    Thank you for all the kind words about my little adventure. I'm very proud of what I wrote, and I was just as amazed to read what Wicht came up with. That list of fiendish, ingenious ingredients...
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    Oh man, the anticipation is killing me! :)

    Oh man, the anticipation is killing me! :)
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    Wicht, I salute you. That's a top notch entry if...

    Wicht, I salute you. That's a top notch entry if ever I saw one. I really want to play in that little monstrous campaign of yours.

    I love the vase that burps up rats. :D

    Very inspired work.
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    Done. Now to read the competition. :)

    Done.

    Now to read the competition. :)
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    You said it! I had a blast with these elements. ...

    You said it! I had a blast with these elements. :)
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    Evil Wizard - Mendor Low Level Dungeon - The...

    Evil Wizard - Mendor
    Low Level Dungeon - The carved-out chambers below Ratter's Dell is a low level dungeon (both by content and by location)
    Angry Ogre - Gorthog
    Pile of Treasure - The pile of...
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    I sure do. Every time I trim a hundred words...

    I sure do.

    Every time I trim a hundred words or so, I get this crazy idea that I could add some words elsewhere... Then I wind up trimming again.

    The home stretch tomorrow will be interesting,...
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    I'm currently one word over, due to the map...

    I'm currently one word over, due to the map having twenty words in it. :p
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    Question for the judges: are we allowed to...

    Question for the judges: are we allowed to include a map?
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    Hahaha... I love it. Well played, judges. Well...

    Hahaha... I love it. Well played, judges. Well played.
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    Beautiful. Can't wait. It'll be nice to have...

    Beautiful. Can't wait. It'll be nice to have another shot at Wicht. :D

    Last time we squared off was on a Derelict Bridge...
    ...
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    I don't want to rush things along, but I have an...

    I don't want to rush things along, but I have an excellent 48-hour window of opportunity starting around 5 or 6 pm on Sunday (Pacific time). If it's much later than that, things will collide with my...
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    You see a figure sitting in a tall-backed chair. ...

    You see a figure sitting in a tall-backed chair. The dark room is lit only by the glow of monitors, offering a brief silhouette of a villainous shape, his metal claw tapping the F5 key to see who...
  94. So long as you use that sparingly... If the...

    So long as you use that sparingly... If the ranger is never able to be a capable woodlands guide like they're supposed to be, it makes the player feel like a chump. How would it have looked if...
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    I nearly killed a PC in my 17th level game the...

    I nearly killed a PC in my 17th level game the other night. The session before, my buddy nearly TPK'ed us.

    PC deaths can happen at any level. :)
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    I think it would have, yes. Hah. So, how did...

    I think it would have, yes. Hah.

    So, how did I come up with Queen Under The Stars?

    I saw several versions of the adventure evolve and be tweaked or discarded. Early on, I decided the...
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    Gradine, it was an honor to compete with you. ...

    Gradine, it was an honor to compete with you. Yours was an excellent adventure, and I could definitely see it being great fun to play at the table. As always, the caliber of the competition in...
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    We could probably come up with some random...

    We could probably come up with some random elements by rolling on the Wild Magic table and the 100 trinkets table, with a roll on one of the DMG tables to spice things up. :)
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    I'm in the same boat; the page numbers are a...

    I'm in the same boat; the page numbers are a challenge to read. It's probably the only thing I dislike about these new books.
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    Oh man, Wicht vs Waylander? A clash of titans!

    Oh man, Wicht vs Waylander? A clash of titans!
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