Congratulations to [MENTION=976]Imhotepthewise[/MENTION] and the other competitors who advanced. I'm looking forward to seeing round round two entries. Hopefully next time I can do better. Good luck!
There are valid reasons for the 750 words, but that does not make critiques of the rules unwelcome and none of the rules are set in stone for next year.
I think the 750 limit is good. Really forces you to be concise and creative.
6 ingredients, 12 really if you count the adjective that goes with each is about 3 too many to my thinking.
Edit: I'm now also very curious to hear this story
2. Leave the word count 750, but change the content of Round I to a more synopsis style write up/guideline.
The Rules said:Each match will consist of two contestants given a single set of ingredients with which to construct a brief adventure outline or synopsis.
In fairness, all the entries are supposed to be providing a synopsis. It's even in the rules. I do sometimes think that people forget this (judges are sometimes guilty too).
So, I can’t apologize for giving the PCs free rein. Good NPCs make good adventures, and this entry has plenty of options for good roleplaying, combat, stealth, or magic use.