I'm sure I could have tweaked a few things here and there still, but I've got to get some things done at home, so I've posted my Final Round Entry!
We usually aim to start recruiting around September (after the major conventions and before the major holidays). But, you know, sometimes life supersedes.When do you think the next one will be? I'm not in a hurry - that was hard work, but I think I'd be ready again in much shorter than a year.
I tend to shy away from setting things in stone so far in advance because it’s hard to know if schedules will be accommodating so far out. That’s okay for most; both contestant-rosters and even judge-rosters can be flexible.@Rune have you considered announcing dates for a future IRON DM tournament, like for example: Recruitment for IRON DM 2021 will begin Monday August 16 for a first round starting the week of September 20th.
Obviously, these specific dates would change - but it would allow for some anticipation, build up, reminder bumps of a thread, and for people to block out some days ahead of time on their calendars (or in the case of a returning champion, request a change of starting date).
(unless we want to approach Morrus about potentially hosting pages for us, since it has its start on here).
Yes, I was thinking of something in a similar vein. Different rounds could have different challenges. Short time limits would help with the timing issue as well.After 20 years, we are probably ripe for a spin-off series or something.
The primary problem with doing Iron DM twice a year is scheduling judges and finding enough competitors. I seem to recall that doing it twice a year made that somewhat harder, though I may be misremembering. A competition which was not elimination, and could be done with only one or two judges would help with that.
I was thinking this morning of trying a summer competition of Iron Ninja DM (name is a work in progress), where contestants were provided ingredients, but then they had to craft a specific sort of thing such as a magic item, an NPC, monster, scenario, that sort of thing, sometimes genre specific, sometimes not. Instead of elimination, assign points and then the one with the most points at the end would be the winner. I can't remember if something like that was already tried a few years ago, but it might be fun to give a go this summer if there is interest.
el-remmen said:I was even thinking of starting an "Iron DM webpage" with the records of all the past competitions and the future ones. . .
Had the thought of a Project Runway-style competition (because that's a reference a lot of people here will get, right? ). Every week a new themed design challenge. Maybe we eliminate a contestant each round. Grab a random open source creature picture off of GIS - Design this monster. Design this race.Yes, I was thinking of something in a similar vein. Different rounds could have different challenges. Short time limits would help with the timing issue as well.