The EN World IRON DM 2019 Tournament Scheduling Thread

Rune

Once A Fool
Yes, although I do want to remind/inform all parties (self included) that daylight savings time ends this weekend and, thus, before the start of this match. Just to make sure everyone’s on the same schedule!
 

Deuce Traveler

Adventurer
I've got to get my little ones to bed since they are not convinced by my demands to go to sleep. I plan to grade the entries tomorrow night. Sorry for the delay.
 

Deuce Traveler

Adventurer
My final scoring is here:

 

Wisdom Seeker

Wandering Warrior
I strongly agree with the overall judgment, even if I don't agree with some of the reasoning. In my opinion, Iron Sky made extremely good use of most of the ingredients, though the formatting deserves revision. His adventure's flexibility also gave him a well-deserved edge. I don't usually write anything stronger than five-room dungeons (I rely tremendously on improvisation), so most of the feedback here is extremely useful for me in terms of designing written adventures rather than writing settings and hastily adjusting on the fly to player action.
 
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Rune

Once A Fool
Congratulations @Iron Sky!
I strongly agree with the overall judgment, even if I don't agree with some of the reasoning. In my opinion, Iron Sky made extremely good use of most of the ingredients, though the formatting deserves revision. His adventure's flexibility also gave him a well-deserved edge. I don't usually write anything stronger than five-room dungeons (I rely tremendously on improvisation), so most of the feedback here is extremely useful for me in terms of designing written adventures rather than writing settings and hastily adjusting on the fly to player action.
The other two judges haven’t weighed in, yet, though. Until they do, you might want to hide any commentary on the match behind spoiler tags. And when you do, the other thread is the better place for it, since this one will fade into obscurity after the tournament ends.
 

Wisdom Seeker

Wandering Warrior
The other two judges haven’t weighed in, yet, though. Until they do, you might want to hide any commentary on the match behind spoiler tags. And when you do, the other thread is the better place for it, since this one will fade into obscurity after the tournament ends.
Understood.
 

Gradine

Polymorphed Self
I have read both entries and my judgment is written. I will wait for Radiating Gnome's judgment before posting my own and announcing the results. I will say that I enjoyed both entries quite a bit.
 

lowkey13

I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.
I’ll bite. What was that going to look like? And does the answer require a sanity check?
Well ...

So when I saw the list of ingredients, it all snapped into place immediately:

Studio 54 Revisited. Everyone was dying to get past the velvet ropes; but once inside, they're just dying.

The Sun’s Consort - the nightly "drop" of the sun; the person playing the Sun had a lover that was dealing a drug (ground up giant centipede, a la Burroughs) that would make people both energetic and pliable

Inverted Tower - this was the the subterranean levels of horror beneath the dance floor

Divine Culture - Divine, of course, from John Waters fame, would be a major NPC

Swollen Village - the Village People add a new mysterious member

Malfunctioning Teleporter - how the monsters manifested in our plane of existence

Unlucky Vampire - this was the other major NPC, Iggy Pop. I'll let you fill in the blanks

Rings a Bell - this was the climax when the monsters descent on the dance floor and hollow out the hosts, to "You can ring my bell .... ring my bell"

Long story short, I had filled in the details and written way too much body horror Cronenberg detail that wasn't meshing with the cosmic horror which would require extensive editing down, but I had an emergency I had to deal with and I couldn't get back to the computer that I was working on, so I had to switch gears and write something else quickly where I was at. If I had the time, I would have put in more edition easter eggs.

If only I had put my disco extravaganza on the cloud! Instead, I am old man yelling at cloud, again. heh. Never before had I seen ingredient so perfectly suited to disco. ;)

Anyway, I loved your adventure. You can never have enough modrons! I love modrons. :)
 

Rune

Once A Fool
@lowkey13:

That...actually looks pretty great. I hope you repost it to the other thread at some point. I’m gonna want to read that again someday.
 

Wisdom Seeker

Wandering Warrior
I got swamped this week, so I wasn't able to respond, and I definitely don't want to jump into the middle of the new judgment. I still think @Iron Sky had the better adventure: He had a more unique setting and used the elements in a way I thought was very innovative (I'm sorry for using a buzzword here, but the word fits). Thank you all for hosting me, I appreciate the feedback, and I'm definitely going to be taking notes on adventure design. I don't usually design adventures in a traditional sense, but this kind of exercise helped me think on my feet. I have a ton of ideas bubbling up for a different kind of challenge, so while I don't think I'll make a return for IronDM, I'll definitely be keeping tabs on this contest and future iterations.
 

tglassy

Adventurer
Oh no! I didn't notice this had started! I was moving when it was announced, and haven't been in the General Thread very much. I assume it's too late to join, if y'all are already in round 2?
 

Rune

Once A Fool
Oh no! I didn't notice this had started! I was moving when it was announced, and haven't been in the General Thread very much. I assume it's too late to join, if y'all are already in round 2?
I’m afraid so. I think the new boards messed up notifications, too, so you might want to check your settings and verify you get them for next year.

Although I still can’t figure out a way to get email notification from an @ summons. Which is, of course, the feature that needs it most.
 

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