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    Ettin in the Playground
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    Default The Ultimate OOTS Book Tournament: match 11

    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
    No Cure for Paladin Blues
    Start of Darkness
    War and XP
    Don't Split the Party
    Blood Runs in the Family
    Good Deeds Gone Unpunished
    Utterly Dwarfed



    On the Origins of the PCs
    Snips, Snails and Dragon Tails
    Haleo & Julelan + Uncivil Servant


    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 Friday, January 24, at which time I will post the next match. 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.

    Now that half of the matches for this tournament are complete, we will be doing only one match at a time for the remainder of the tournament.

    The Current Match

    Match 11: Dungeon Crawling Fools vs Utterly Dwarfed
    Last edited by 137ben; 2020-01-17 at 10:57 PM.

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    WolfInSheepsClothing

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    Default Re: The Ultimate OOTS Book Tournament: match 11

    Utterly Dwarfed.

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    Utterly Dwarfed, certainly.

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    Utterly Dwarfed

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    Utterly Dwarfed

    P.S. I think you mistakenly crossed off No Cure For the Paladin Blues instead of Origin of PCs.

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    Ettin in the Playground
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    Quote Originally Posted by DLcygnet View Post
    Utterly Dwarfed

    P.S. I think you mistakenly crossed off No Cure For the Paladin Blues instead of Origin of PCs.
    Thanks, I fixed it.

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    Utterly Dwarfed, absolutely.

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    Utterly Dwarfed.
    All thanks to half-halfling for the avatar.

    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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    Bugbear in the Playground
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    Utterly Dwarfed

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    Dungeon crawling Fools, by a mile, is my taste :-)
    Last edited by Mightymosy; 2020-01-19 at 05:29 AM.

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    Utterly Dwarfed.

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    Ettin in the Playground
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    Default Re: The Ultimate OOTS Book Tournament: match 11

    Quote Originally Posted by Mightymosy View Post
    Dungeon crawling Fools, by a mile, is my taste :-)
    Nice to see at least some competition this round
    Still it's not going to be close.

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    Default Re: The Ultimate OOTS Book Tournament: match 11

    Adding another vote for Utterly Dwarfed.

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    Utterly Dwarfed by a mile.

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    Utterly Dwarfed. Think this one should win by a mile.


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    Utterly Dwarfed.

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    Utterly Dwarfed.
    You found the secret message! Don't forget to edit the wiki!

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    Ettin in the Playground
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    Default Re: The Ultimate OOTS Book Tournament: match 11

    Dungeon Crawling Fools
    THE SCRYING EYE AT THE END OF STRIP #698 WAS ZZ'DTRI'S (SOURCE)

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    elan: dad plz dont kill roy
    tarquin: ok
    Damn it! Now I have to rewrite the script for #917.
    One and the same.

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    Utterly Dwarfed

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    Utterly Dwarfed.
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    Default Re: The Ultimate OOTS Book Tournament: match 11

    If you like OoTS for the jokes: DCF.

    If you like OoTS for the writing: Utterly Dwarfed.

    I like it for both, but at this point I'll go for Utterly Dwarfed because I like what Rich did with Durkon's backstory and how it helped Durkon help the team to win.
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    Default Re: The Ultimate OOTS Book Tournament: match 11

    This may be an unpopular opinion, but I wasn’t the biggest fan of Utterly Dwarfed.

    Overall, just about every arc in OOTS is pretty well-written, and I love every story, including Utterly Dwarfed. But where I feel OOTS shines brightest is in it’s villains. Granted, this is but one of many things that makes Order Of The Stick great, but every last villain is an utter thrill to follow. Xykon and Redcloak are great, Tarquin was great...

    But a lot of the arcs that didn’t follow or feature them prominently fell pretty flat. No Cure For Paladin Blues isn’t scoring as anyone’s favorite for a reason, and I’d be damned if I could truly remember jack about the vampires and Hel. Hel just wasn’t as interesting as previous villains, and a lot of this arc seemingly served as simple background information and details for the upcoming final book. The talk scenes dragged out for a while, and overall, it just wasn’t as engaging as other books.

    That being said, it should be no surprise that I’m voting for Utterly Dwarfed.

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    Ettin in the Playground
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    Default Re: The Ultimate OOTS Book Tournament: match 11

    Voting for this match is now closed. To the surprise of no one, the results are:

    Match 11: Dungeon Crawling Fools vs Utterly Dwarfed (2-18)

    The next match is up in a new thread.
    Last edited by 137ben; 2020-01-26 at 01:51 PM.

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