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    Ettin in the Playground
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    Default Ultimate OOTS Book Tournament 2: Semifinal 1!

    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

    Start of Darkness
    Don't Split the Party
    Blood Runs in the Family
    Utterly Dwarfed


    Dungeon Crawling Fools
    On the Origins of the PCs
    No Cure for the Paladin Blues
    Snips, Snails and Dragon Tails
    Haleo & Julelan + Uncivil Servant
    Good Deeds Gone Unpunished
    War and XP


    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. For the semifinals, we will have an extended two week voting period. Voting for this match will close Saturday, April 11, 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.


    The Current Match

    Match 17: Don't Split the Party vs Utterly Dwarfed
    Last edited by 137ben; 2020-04-04 at 11:23 AM.

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    Bugbear in the Playground
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    Utterly Dwarfed
    Spoiler: Read this if I've posted a theory in the post above
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schroeswald View Post
    I recognize that Conservation of Detail is Overrated, but I find the event that I am using as evidence for my theory above important enough/given enough focus to qualify for what I call Elan’s Exception, “Who wastes perfectly good foreshadowing like that?”. Also I have never correctly predicted any event in any piece of media so take this theory with a grain of salt (I call this Peelee’s Ye Old Reminder).

    Quote Originally Posted by Squire Doodad View Post
    "A sufficiently big wedge of cheese is indistinguishable from an aircraft."

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    Utterly Dwarfed

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    RedWizardGuy

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    I’m going to go with Utterly Dwarfed again.


    Peelee’s Lotsey

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    Utterly Dwarfed
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    Quote Originally Posted by Malifice View Post
    (paraphrased) Rulings are not 'House Rules.' Rulings are a DM doing what DMs are supposed to do.
    Quote Originally Posted by greenstone View Post
    Agency means that they {players} control their character's actions; you control the world's reactions to the character's actions.
    Gosh, 2D8HP, you are so very correct (and also quite handsome) ... 2D8HP told me so
    Quote Originally Posted by HappyDaze
    Self-deception tends to have a low target number

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    Utterly Dwarfed.

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    Don't Split the Party

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    Don't Split the Party

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    Don't Split the Party

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    Ettin in the Playground
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    Blood Runs in the Family
    THE SCRYING EYE AT THE END OF STRIP #698 WAS ZZ'DTRI'S (SOURCE)

    Quote Originally Posted by The Giant View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Gift Jeraff View Post
    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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    Bugbear in the Playground
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gift Jeraff View Post
    Blood Runs in the Family
    BRitF isn't the one we're voting on, its Utterly Dwarfed and Don't Split the Party.
    Spoiler: Read this if I've posted a theory in the post above
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schroeswald View Post
    I recognize that Conservation of Detail is Overrated, but I find the event that I am using as evidence for my theory above important enough/given enough focus to qualify for what I call Elan’s Exception, “Who wastes perfectly good foreshadowing like that?”. Also I have never correctly predicted any event in any piece of media so take this theory with a grain of salt (I call this Peelee’s Ye Old Reminder).

    Quote Originally Posted by Squire Doodad View Post
    "A sufficiently big wedge of cheese is indistinguishable from an aircraft."

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    Don't Split the Party.

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    Ettin in the Playground
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gift Jeraff View Post
    Blood Runs in the Family
    Quote Originally Posted by Schroeswald View Post
    BRitF isn't the one we're voting on, its Utterly Dwarfed and Don't Split the Party.
    I suspect this post is a Gift Jeraff-style joke, in which they propose a "compromise" between books four and six.

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    BlueWizardGirl

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    Definitely Don’t Split the Party; the stuff with V, O-Chul and MTID is just so good, and I enjoy Elan’s arc as well. The material with Roy in the afterlife is excellent.

    All the main characters except Durkon have a meaningful plotline in DSTP, whereas in UD the character focus was heavily on Durkon, Belkar, and Roy, and that order, with Haley, Elan and V comparatively on the sidelines apart from Haley’s fight with Crystal. And only a very short appearance from Team Evil.

    I thought UD was good, but didn’t find it as gripping as the best parts of DSTP.
    Last edited by LadyEowyn; 2020-03-30 at 11:27 AM.

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    Definitely Don't Split the Party

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    GreataxeFighterGirl

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    Don't Split the Party.

    Haley + Belkar (and Celia) taking down the Guild was cool, Roy's afterlife was touching, and seeing Elan so pissed at Kubota is always awesome (like he was literally about to murder the guy straight-up). Also, V's whole arc.

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    WolfInSheepsClothing

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    Don't Split the Party.

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    Utterly Dwarfed

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    Don't Split the Party.

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    Bugbear in the Playground
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    Hmm. Now that the voting period has passed, I can say again: a very stark turn-around for Don't Split the Party. This is becoming this book's MO.
    Last edited by rgrekejin; 2020-04-11 at 02:31 PM.

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    Ettin in the Playground
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    Default Re: Ultimate OOTS Book Tournament 2: Semifinal 1!

    Voting is now closed!

    The results are

    Match 17: Don't Split the Party vs Utterly Dwarfed (9-6)

    My favorite part of running these polls is seeing surprising results. Don't Split the Party wins another upset against Utterly Dwarfed!

    The next match is up in a new thread. And it's a doozy.
    Last edited by 137ben; 2020-04-11 at 05:44 PM.

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    Default Re: Ultimate OOTS Book Tournament 2: Semifinal 1!

    Quote Originally Posted by 137ben View Post
    Match 17: Don't Split the Party vs Utterly Dwarfed (9-6)
    Nice job on the polls, thanks for doing this. It's fun. :)
    Avatar by linklele
    Quote Originally Posted by Malifice View Post
    (paraphrased) Rulings are not 'House Rules.' Rulings are a DM doing what DMs are supposed to do.
    Quote Originally Posted by greenstone View Post
    Agency means that they {players} control their character's actions; you control the world's reactions to the character's actions.
    Gosh, 2D8HP, you are so very correct (and also quite handsome) ... 2D8HP told me so
    Quote Originally Posted by HappyDaze
    Self-deception tends to have a low target number

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    Ettin in the Playground
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    Quote Originally Posted by KorvinStarmast View Post
    Nice job on the polls, thanks for doing this. It's fun. :)
    You're welcome! It's fun to do.

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