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    Bad news, worse news

    In a game in which all PCs were animals: Party met Crow in the woods and Dog gave him something shiny in exchange for something or other. The shiny? The tag off of Dog’s collar. The bad news: Turns out later that Crow was the familiar of a witch living deep in the woods. The worse news: That...
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    (+) Help Develop an IRON DM Spin-Off!

    The averaging, by the way, would keep the swinginess down in two ways: First, by reducing the impact of outlier scores, but also by keeping the overall total lower (to about a third), which means low scorers can remain competitively within reach of the higher scorers over the long run.
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    (+) Help Develop an IRON DM Spin-Off!

    My preference would be average. Rounded up. The rounding would favor high outliers over low outliers, but I’m okay with that.
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    (+) Help Develop an IRON DM Spin-Off!

    Another important consideration: The judges will almost certainly be scoring the previous week’s entries while the next is ongoing, so a public ranking will not be available at the start of each week. Mid-week might be a reasonable target, though. If the field isn’t too large.
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    (+) Help Develop an IRON DM Spin-Off!

    So, each challenge would look something like: 0 = No significant presence. 1 = Present, but minimally significant. 2 = Present and significant. 3 = Present and exceptionally implemented. Ingredients used. For each ingredient: Creativity (0-3) Internal Relevance (0-3) Potential Relevance to PCs...
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    (+) Help Develop an IRON DM Spin-Off!

    Of course, the issue of maintaining a contestant’s interest is one we need to tackle. Maybe a non-judging host who interacts with contestants? Asks questions about choices made? That sort of thing?
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    (+) Help Develop an IRON DM Spin-Off!

    My thinking is that it can work with a field of contestants that can be of any size. Except that the judges still have to read all of the entries, so not too large. Theoretically, though, even just 2 contestants is enough. 4-8 would be much better, of course. I would bet we could round up 3...
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    (+) Help Develop an IRON DM Spin-Off!

    One more consideration: Each week, the judges could incorporate a fan-favorite category into their scoring. This could be achieved (while remaining hidden) by soliciting private messages from spectators. Each vote would then translate to an additional point added to the score.
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    (+) Help Develop an IRON DM Spin-Off!

    @Gradine, @el-remmen, @Wicht, @CleverNickName, @Neurotic, @FitzTheRuke, @humble minion, @Deuce Traveler, @Radiating Gnome, @Iron Sky Is this spin-off a thing we still want to happen? And, if so, this Spring?
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    What If...?

    Movies too. maybe not many movies, because character arcs have become kind of a cliché, but two very successful ones (in every sense) that come to mind are Back to the Future and Ghostbusters. The only character development in the former is that Doc is willing to read Marty’s note. And in the...
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    (+) Help Develop an IRON DM Spin-Off!

    My personal preference would be that the final week consists of a single challenge: incorporating the elements of previous weeks into a full (if brief) written adventure. While also incorporating the new ingredients for the week. A proposed structure: Week 1: World-Building. Contestants have...
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    (+) Help Develop an IRON DM Spin-Off!

    Where were we? Ah, yes. In developing a new format for an IRON DM contest following the 2020 tournament, we had established a basic structure for the project modeled loosely on various long-form reality TV cooking competitions. So far, it looks something like this: A panel of judges...
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    IRON DM 2021 Tournament

    I think, if I were the contestant (and, who knows – maybe I will be next year?), I’d prefer an honestly-presented critical assessment over one filtered through an entertaining persona. On the one hand, the obviously over-the-top presentation makes it harder to take personally, which isn’t a bad...
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    What If...?

    Which is why I called him a charismatic (noun). A demagogue. A Machiavellian. Or, as you say, a grifter. (Noting that his grift is not just on the king and queen, but all Wakandans. Also, Tony, Rhodes, and Ross.)
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    What If...?

    Now that you mention it, it’s kind of weird he didn’t commission two infinity gauntlets. For symmetry.
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