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    Ettin in the Playground
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    Default Ultimate OOTS book tournamen II: Matches 9 and 10

    Greetings to all people of the Playground, and welcome to
    The Ultimate Order of the Stick Book Tournament II!


    Back in 2014, I ran a series of polls to determine the forum's favorite OOTS book. Start of Darkness won that tournament, defeating Blood Runs in the Family by one vote. Since that time, the number of available books has increased, and the readership has had more time to reflect on earlier stories in light of more recent events. Hence, I felt it was time for another tournament. Without further ado, I present

    The Contestants

    Dungeon Crawling Fools
    On the Origins of the PCs
    Start of Darkness
    No Cure for Paladin Blues
    War and XP
    Don't Split the Party
    Blood Runs in the Family
    Haleo & Julelan + Uncivil Servant
    Good Deeds Gone Unpunished
    Utterly Dwarfed

    Snips, Snails and Dragon Tails


    I have grouped together the two stories which are currently digital-only. The 11 contestants will compete in a double elimination tournament, with your votes deciding who wins each match. The winner of the entire tournament will be crowned Grand Champion of the Stick!

    Due to the fact that there are more than 8 but fewer than 16 contestants, five books will get a free pass on the first round. The contestants were seeded randomly. You can see the entire tournament bracket on Challonge.

    Vote once in each match by posting your vote in this thread. Voting for these matches will close Thursday, January 16, at which time I will post the next two matches. I will vote only in the case where a tie-breaking vote is needed. Please put your votes in bold, since it makes it easier for me when tallying them.

    The Current Matches
    Match 9: Utterly Dwarfed vs Haleo & Julelan + Uncivil Servant

    Match 10: On the Origins of the PCs vs No Cure for Paladin Blues

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    WolfInSheepsClothing

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    [BOLD] Utterly Dwarfed. [/BOLD]


    [BOLD] NCftPB. [/BOLD]

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    Utterly Dwarfed, no contest at all here.

    Very close, but I have to give this one to Paladin Blues because the trial sequence (in particular the discussion of alignment and realising that OOTS had interesting things to say and wasn't just about jokes) was what convinced me to try reading the whole strip (as it was then) from the beginning. Origins is a great addition to the story though.

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    Utterly Dwarfed

    No Cure for the Paladin Blues


    This one was easy.

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    9) Utterly Dwarfed.
    10) No Cure for the Paladin Blues.

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    Utterly Dwarfed

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    Utterly Dwarfed
    No Cure for the Paladin Blues

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    Bugbear in the Playground
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    Voting for No Cure for the Paladin Blues, I’d probably vote for Utterly Dwarfed too but I haven’t read Haleo and Julelan and Uncivil Servant so I wouldn’t feel comfortable voting for it.
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    Utterly Dwarfed and On The Origins Of PCs.

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    Utterly Dwarfed clearly wins the first one.

    For the second match, again it’s not my favorite, but No Cure for the Paladin Blues definitely has more to it than OOPCs.


    Peelee’s Lotsey

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    Utterly Dwarfed.

    NCFTPB.

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    Utterly Dwarfed

    No Cure for the Paladin Blues
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    There must be some sense of order - personal, political or dramatic - and if no one else is going to bring it to this world, I will.

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    Ettin in the Playground
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    Haleo & Julelan + Uncivil Servant

    No Cure for the Paladin Blues
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    Quote Originally Posted by 137ben View Post
    The Current Matches
    Match 9: Utterly Dwarfed vs Haleo & Julelan + Uncivil Servant

    Match 10: On the Origins of the PCs vs No Cure for Paladin Blues
    9. Utterly Dwarfed.
    A very well book written by a mature muse with the better art style.

    10. No Cure for the Paladin Blues
    Prequels < Actual story. Plus, this strip.
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    Utterly Dwarfed and No Cure for the Paladin Blues.

    Going to be tough for books outside the main narrative to win matches for me, with the exceptions of Start of Darkness and Good Deeds Gone Unpunished.

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    Utterly Dwarfed

    No Cure for the Paladin Blues

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    Haleo

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    I heard Blue is the color of irony on the internet.

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    Ettin in the Playground
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    Default Re: Ultimate OOTS book tournamen II: Matches 9 and 10

    Match 9: Utterly Dwarfed vs Haleo & Julelan + Uncivil Servant (14-2)

    Match 10: On the Origins of the PCs vs No Cure for Paladin Blues (1-16)

    No surprises this time. Admittedly, if it had not been for the old tournament, I would have expected match 10 to be closer.

    The next match is up in a new thread.
    Last edited by 137ben; 2020-01-17 at 05:47 PM.

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