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el-remmen

Moderator Emeritus
Sorry for the delay, work suddenly got very hectic and I'm now behind on several deadlines. I'll jump back on it as soon as I can.

That post was not meant as a prod!
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el-remmen

Moderator Emeritus
Dear all Future Judges,

Please refer to entries by both the contestant's name and the adventure name (when applicable) in your judgements. If you must choose between them, use the contestant name. Scrolling all the way back up to see which of the contestants wrote "The Fiery Ship" or whatever is a pain. ;)

Thanks!

Love,
el-remmen 💘
 

el-remmen

Moderator Emeritus

Just quoting the to-do list here. IRON DM 2011 is done and I am gonna pull more data from archived ones for the spread sheet before continuing with IRON DM 2012.
 
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Rune

Once A Fool
Dear all Future Judges,

Please refer to entries by both the contestant's name and the adventure name (when applicable) in your judgements. If you must choose between them, use the contestant name. Scrolling all the way back up to see which of the contestants wrote "The Fiery Ship" or whatever is a pain. ;)

Thanks!

Love,
el-remmen 💘
Speaking personally, I adopted the practice of referring to an abbreviated entry name (instead of the author) from @Radiating Gnome (who uses acronyms). The intent is to insert a level of removal in the critique to help make clear that the critique is of the work and not of the author. I do make clear at the beginning and end of a judgement whose works belong to whom.

This is not a practice that I intend to modify, as I believe its merits outweigh any confusion that may come up in archiving (although, as I said before, I do bookend the judgements with links between authors and entries to mitigate this).

So...sorry?
 
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el-remmen

Moderator Emeritus
Speaking personally, I adopted the practice of referring to an abbreviated entry name (instead of the author) from @Radiating Gnome (who uses acronyms). The intent is to insert a level of removal in the critique to help make clear that the critique is of the work and not of the author. I do make clear at the beginning and end of a judgement who’s works belong to whom.

This is not a practice that I intend to modify, as I believe its merits outweigh any confusion that may come up in archiving (although, as I said before, I do bookend the judgements with links between authors and entries to mitigate this).

So...sorry?
I knew someone (you) would come to make that argument!

But yeah, what you describe is fine and does the trick of what I am asking for. Funnily enough it was the third time I was formatting a judgement by RG that I got frustrated because it didn't list the contestants at all just the titles.

Personally, if I cannot separate the the contestant from their output by the time I am drafting a judgement then I don't think not referring to them by name in it is gonna help much.
 

Rune

Once A Fool
Personally, if I cannot separate the the contestant from their output by the time I am drafting a judgement then I don't think not referring to them by name in it is gonna help much.
Well, yeah, but it’s not for my benefit! It’s for the readers’ (and especially for the entries’ authors)!

It is very easy for a critique to seem like it is referring to an author when the language used suggests it. It’s a subtle thing, but significant.

And I’m pretty sure the data backs that up, by the way. I suspect you’ll find far fewer (and a considerably smaller percentage of) defensive responses from authors whose judgements were written in this way.
 

el-remmen

Moderator Emeritus
Well, yeah, but it’s not for my benefit! It’s for the readers’ (and especially for the entries’ authors)!

It is very easy for a critique to seem like it is referring to an author when the language used suggests it. It’s a subtle thing, but significant.

And I’m pretty sure the data backs that up, by the way. I suspect you’ll find far fewer (and a considerably smaller percentage of) defensive responses from authors whose judgements were written in this way.

That makes sense.
 

el-remmen

Moderator Emeritus
IRON DM 2012 is now archived. (I had never read this one - I had not played D&D for three years at this point, but I was about to move back to Brooklyn and join a friend's game in progress - it was fun! And I was as interested in the logistics of scheduling and judging as I was the entries themselves - an alternate judge! and then the judge that was subbed for returns to sub for someone else! There were a lot of delays and while the tourney began May 24, the final judgement was posted July 13)

BUT, there is one thing that still needs to be done for it and all the previous ones I archived that I forgot about. Since I strip all the formatting from entries when I paste them into the google doc because I find it easier to re-format with some consistency than it is to change and edit the wide and wild variations of formatting across entries and time to aim for consistency, that means that the the usual tradition of bolding the ingredients where they appear in the body of the adventure (at least the first time) has been effaced and I have not gone through and added this back in, despite all the other formatting. It just feels fidgety to do while zooming through the entries.

Anyway, if there is anyone who feels up to the (what should be simple) task of going through the archived entries and simply bolding the ingredients the first place they are mentioned in each of them, that'd be awesome. If not (or if it is not finished yet), I will have to go back and do that for all of them once I am done.

At least I am making serious progress. . . .
 
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Rune

Once A Fool
Oh and heh. . . looks like for IRON DM 2013 ya'll went back to the single judge in the form of the all mighty RUNE.
Not so much “almighty” as “available to judge in a year that couldn’t produce three available judges.” It wouldn’t be the last such year.
 


Rune

Once A Fool
Taking @el-remmen's suggestion into account, I've moved our more general discussion to a new thread.

My own purpose: building an interesting and exciting IRON DM spinoff for the summer. On the table right now are two main ideas. Perhaps I'll start a poll thread at some point to gauge general interest, but for now it seems like we can one of two directions:
*Game Design - Likely limited to D&D5e. Requires game mastery, balance. Potential to tie-in with ENWorld's Level Up? Creativity tested, but design skill is at the forefront.
*World Building - Ecology and storytelling over mechanics. System and genre neutral. Creativity spotlighted. Seems the more popular idea so far.

I'm of two minds myself; as IRON DM is typically not about game mechanics much at all, a world building competition would remain in line with that spirit, while a game design competition would set it apart from its older cousin.

Beyond that, we need to determine a structure (weekly challenges with a single elimination is the most common I've seen suggested so far), and, perhaps most importantly, a pithy name for our new spinoff ;)
So…is this going to be a thing? We’re getting pretty close to the point when we want to start the actual tournament in motion.

Maybe we (that is, IRON DM enthusiasts) could develop the format of this spin-off further with the intent of doing a Spring 2022 debut?
 

Gradine

Final Form (they/them)
Yeah, I don't think anything much generated out of this discussion, and I simply did not have the time to organize something over the Summer. I would be interested in continuing a conversation of a possible spinoff for Spring 2022.
 




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