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    Default WINNERS of the Party Design Contest

    Best Overall Party

    The Dark Materials/A Mind of Their Own
    by The_Glyphstone

    Most Humorous Party
    Heroes of the Stage by Peregrine

    Best Exploration of a Theme

    The Dark Materials/A Mind of Their Own
    by The_Glyphstone

    Best Flavor Text

    The Dark Materials/A Mind of Their Own
    by The_Glyphstone

    The Order of the Stick Award (Best Good Party)
    The Sunlit Quintet by Safria

    The Linear Guild Award (Best Evil Party)

    The Dark Materials/A Mind of Their Own
    by The_Glyphstone

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    by The_Glyphstone

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    Voting was close in Best Overall, Best Theme, Best Flavor Text, and in the OotS Award (two of them were won by a single vote), but A Mind of Their own cleaned up a lot of categories. Heroes of the Stage had a solid lead in Most Humorous from the start.

    Congratulations, Glyphstone, Peregrine, and Safria! And thanks to everyone who participated!

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    I am going to point out that A Mind of Their Own won all the categories it could well other then humorous but the entry wasn't funny in anyway.
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    Wow, will his avatar fit all those awards? Nice pic btw.
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    SUH-WEET!!! ;D ;D

    Honestly, I'm flattered. Thanks to all who elected me, and I didn't even have to vote for myself. Agreeing with WhiteBlade, there wasn't really any humor involved. To Save a Princess really deserved that one - "50 Coppers"... :)

    And excellent picture, I love it.

    Now, off to edit my sig..links might have to be removed.
    Quote Originally Posted by Red Fel, on quest rewards View Post
    "Is a stack of ten pancakes too many pancakes to give to the party, even if most of them fell on the floor and one or two were stepped on? I wanted to give my party pancakes as a reward but I'm unsure if it's too much. The pancakes are also laced with blowfish poison so the party would have to get an antitoxin before they could eat the ones which weren't pulverized by shoes."

    I don't think anyone would want those pancakes even if you paid them to eat them.

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    Wow, I'm so happy :D And Congrats to Peregrine and Glyphstone.

    I thought that "to save a princess" and "heroes of the stage" were both really funny. Reckon that "to save a princess" lost out a little bit due to length. However Peregrine totally deserved the award cos his entry had me cracking up so I think the awards reflect the acheivements.

    So having been somewhat verbose...reckon i'll go hunt some undead ;)
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    I also have seperate avatar-sized images of each of the members of the party, if you want them, Glyph.

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    Right. Now I shall announce my motion to ban Glyph from the contest board BECAUSE HE'S SO FRICKIN' GOOD!!!!!!

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    He bribes the voters.

    Simply put, lol.
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    Grrr...you're all just jealous... >:(

    I don't bribe the voters. Highlight the words below if you want to know my TRUE secret...

    Ha ha! By reading this, you are now my mind-slave. vote for me in all future contests. ha ha...
    Quote Originally Posted by Red Fel, on quest rewards View Post
    "Is a stack of ten pancakes too many pancakes to give to the party, even if most of them fell on the floor and one or two were stepped on? I wanted to give my party pancakes as a reward but I'm unsure if it's too much. The pancakes are also laced with blowfish poison so the party would have to get an antitoxin before they could eat the ones which weren't pulverized by shoes."

    I don't think anyone would want those pancakes even if you paid them to eat them.

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    Woohoo! :D Just... woohoo!

    Also, well done Safria. :) And I would join in the general fist-shaking at Glyphstone for being so darn good if I hadn't added to his vote count myself...
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    Congratulations, you three! I'm sorta glad I never finished my entry. Saved me the humiliation of defeat. ;D

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    I never even got one I liked, The only way you can't lose is by not playing the game. As soon as I saw Glyph's entry I just said &quot;Am I going to waste my time writing something up that has no chance of winning. No, I am not.&quot;
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    Congrats to the winners! :)

    ***

    I want to call attention to two entries that didn't win, but I thought were awesome. In fact, I voted for them in a couple of categories.

    First was &quot;Scions&quot; by Glinelen. I thought the look at Da Vinci as numerous people was awesomely creative, and it was a fun read, too. I enjoyed the different personalities you assigned to each, and I particularly liked how you handled who was the &quot;party leader.&quot; Overall, a really creative entry.

    The second entry I want to call some extra attention to was &quot;The Sunlit Quintet&quot; by Safria. I thought it was a really interesting look at the &quot;kicks undead's ass' concept, and really enjoyed the flavor and tight mechanics of the class.

    ***

    And finally, I'm gonna offer some tips for people in future contests. Maybe I'm the only person these matter for, maybe not.
    [*]Formatting is important. I'm a slow reader. If I have to struggle to read your entry, chances are I'm going to skip it. The more readable your post is, the nore likely I am to get to the end. Use blank lines to break up blocks of text; use bold and italics in key places to emphasis stuff. Double check the spelling of stuff. You don't need perfect spelling (I sure know I don't have it), but again, if I have to struggle to &quot;translate&quot; your post, I'm more likely to skip it.[*]Speaking of spelling... I have a pet peeve, and I try to ignore it, but sometimes I can't. Rogue is a class in the Player's Handbook; Rouge is a makeup product, and also the color 'red' in french. If your post is mentioning rouge, it better be as part of a disguise kit.[*]I don't know if anybody else bothered, but I generally double checked some simple mechanics. If you had a Prestige Class, it better be one you can qualify for; same thing for feats - you should make sure you meet all the pre-reqs. I didn't go so far as to count up skill points and recompute BAB and saves - though it doesn't hurt to check that stuff, too.[*]Flavor text needs to do two things, preferably simultaneously. First, it needs to inform me about the person, party, item, class - whatever it is you're designing. Second, it needs to entertain me. It's usually not too hard to accomplish both with the same block of text - as long as I want to keep reading, you're entertaining me.

    I guess that's about it. I had fun making my entry, and I hope those who read it enjoyed reading it. I found it a challenge to reproduce my group's party using only OGL and GitP material - and I think I did a decent job of representing what they might look like at that level.

    Again, congrats to the winners!
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    Congratulations to all of you!

    ...

    Now, to comb through the winning entries and steal the best characters for use as NPCs... **Grins evilly**
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    Quote Originally Posted by Veera
    Now, to comb through the winning entries and steal the best characters for use as NPCs... **Grins evilly**
    I've already got a stack of print outs for so I can steal use the parties here.

    Zherog's suggestions are fantastic. And I cannot stress the rogue/rouge one enough... Takes all my willpower not to start frothing at the mouth at that one.

    To add to formatting, judicious use of colors and font formatting can really make a difference as well. Makes headings easier to spot. Tables take some practice but are a huge help. As far as spelling and grammar, it takes only a minute or two to copy/paste over to a word processor with spell checking - take the time. If you can get someone to take a look at the post beforehand, that would be good, too.

    Also, I would like to stress the idea of reading posts before the end of the contest and making constructive criticisms and helping out. The screen name contest has a lot of great examples of this. It helps make all of the entries better.

    Anyways, congratulations again to the winners!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veera
    Now, to comb through the winning entries and steal the best characters for use as NPCs... **Grins evilly**
    One thing to remember when doing this: PC's have more gear than NPC's. I can't speak for anybody else, but my entries all have wealth based upon the PC table, not the NPC table.

    So, either you'll have NPCs that are &quot;wealthy&quot; or you'll need to remove some gear from them.
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    Same thing here. In my particular case, I had to use the PC tables, otherwise my party would have been a bunch of paupers with a spiffy intelligent item each, since the darn things are so expensive.
    Quote Originally Posted by Red Fel, on quest rewards View Post
    "Is a stack of ten pancakes too many pancakes to give to the party, even if most of them fell on the floor and one or two were stepped on? I wanted to give my party pancakes as a reward but I'm unsure if it's too much. The pancakes are also laced with blowfish poison so the party would have to get an antitoxin before they could eat the ones which weren't pulverized by shoes."

    I don't think anyone would want those pancakes even if you paid them to eat them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Glyphstone
    Same thing here. In my particular case, I had to use the PC tables, otherwise my party would have been a bunch of paupers with a spiffy intelligent item each, since the darn things are so expensive.
    Yeah, I know. I actually cut an intelligent item from my party. Rosa - the halfling cleric/rogue - has a rapier infused the spirit of her murdered sister, Quina. As a DM, she's great fun to roleplay - there's very few shades of grey for Quina. :)

    It was easier, though, to make Rosa a coherent PC by making her rapier normal.
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    I used the PC tables because Gorby said so in rule 4. ;D But I'm not sure how well mine would've worked with the NPC wealth level; I based a couple of jokes on equipment (mainly the matching cloaks of charisma). Not essential to the design, but handy.
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    Congratulations to Glyphstone, Peregrine and Safria :D

    I really enjoyed designing my party and apologize to all who had to read the &quot;rouge&quot; instead of rogue, it's gone now.
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    I'm just going to add in my congrats to everyone. It was great reading all these entries. ;D

    I can't wait for the next contest, as everyone (well, maybe just the students) will have much more free time in order to spend on the designs!
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    Agreed. Too bad I'm not a moderator, otherwise I would have volunteered to run the next contest. I guess I'll just have to settle for winning again. ;D :D :)
    Quote Originally Posted by Red Fel, on quest rewards View Post
    "Is a stack of ten pancakes too many pancakes to give to the party, even if most of them fell on the floor and one or two were stepped on? I wanted to give my party pancakes as a reward but I'm unsure if it's too much. The pancakes are also laced with blowfish poison so the party would have to get an antitoxin before they could eat the ones which weren't pulverized by shoes."

    I don't think anyone would want those pancakes even if you paid them to eat them.

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    Ah...it appears someone is presuming something. Don't be getting a big head now. ;)

    Actually, I look forward to the next contest, as I'll actually be able to complete the entry. So look out, as I'm aiming for your title. ;D

    Oh, and congrats on your second win. Here's to you!
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    Hum...i have to say i'm totally surprised that &quot;to safe a princess&quot; didn't win anything (i voted for it in all but two categories). So i'm just curious, if Gorbash could say which entries were under the favorites for Best Overall, Best Theme, Best Flavor Text, and in the OotS Award. (am i that weird for voting for the princess?!)

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    I suppose if people do want to see full vote tallies...

    Best Overall:
    Heroes of the Stage - 2
    To Save a Princess - 2
    Racial Misfits - 1
    The Scions - 3
    Steelclad Spleen-skewers - 1
    A Mind of Their Own - 5
    The Laughing Hands of Olidammara - 1
    Racial Harmonies - 2

    Most Humorous:
    Heroes of the Stage - 10
    To Save a Princess - 2
    Racial Misfits - 2
    The Scions - 1
    Steelclad Spleen-skewers - 1

    Best Theme:
    Heroes of the Stage - 1
    Racial Misfits - 4
    The Rejected - 1
    The Scions - 5
    Sunlit Quintet - 1
    A Mind of Their Own - 6

    Best Flavor Text:
    Heroes of the Stage - 3
    To Save a Princess - 2
    Racial Misfits - 2
    The Rejected - 1
    The Scions - 2
    Steelclad Spleen-skewers - 2
    Sunlit Quintet - 1
    A Mind of Their Own - 4

    OotS Award:
    Heroes of the Stage - 2
    To Save a Princess - 3
    Racial Misfits - 1
    The Scions - 4
    Sunlit Quintet - 6
    The Laughing Hands of Olidammara - 1

    LG Award:
    Steelclad Spleen-skewers - 6
    A Mind of Their Own - 11

    Gorby's Seal of Approval:
    A Mind of Their Own - 1 ;)

    As you can, several were pretty close.

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    Is that a complete tally of votes? According to my records, I voted for the Steelclad Spleen-Skewers as most humourous party and it isn't counted on your list as a vote.

    Actually I voted for the Spleen-Skewers in a coupla categories. I thought that was a great entry.



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    Geez, I came close in the Website Staff Award. ;D

    But at least I'm happy that most of my choices were winners or runners-up. To Save a Princess was really funny, and Sunlit Quintet was the best good party out there. I didn't know that the S.S.S. (Steelclad Spleen Skewers) were the only other evil party.
    Quote Originally Posted by Red Fel, on quest rewards View Post
    "Is a stack of ten pancakes too many pancakes to give to the party, even if most of them fell on the floor and one or two were stepped on? I wanted to give my party pancakes as a reward but I'm unsure if it's too much. The pancakes are also laced with blowfish poison so the party would have to get an antitoxin before they could eat the ones which weren't pulverized by shoes."

    I don't think anyone would want those pancakes even if you paid them to eat them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Callahan
    Is that a complete tally of votes? According to my records, I voted for the Steelclad Spleen-Skewers as most humourous party and it isn't counted on your list as a vote.

    Actually I voted for the Spleen-Skewers in a coupla categories. I thought that was a great entry.
    Given that I didn't say who voted for what, I dunno how you came up with that. The reason the totals are wonky is that not everyone voted for an entry in every category, In fact, one only had a vote in one category, and another had votes for only two. Others missed a category here or there. So, the total votes numbers don't match the number of voters.

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    The fact that there are no votes for the S.S.S. in Most Humorous is probably what tipped Callahan off. ;)

    And hey! I was that close in Best Flavour Text? ;D Right, that's it, got to keep Glyphstone out of the next contest...
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    If it turns out to be &quot;campaign setting&quot; or something similar, you might be in luck - I have no ideas at all for that type of contest.
    Quote Originally Posted by Red Fel, on quest rewards View Post
    "Is a stack of ten pancakes too many pancakes to give to the party, even if most of them fell on the floor and one or two were stepped on? I wanted to give my party pancakes as a reward but I'm unsure if it's too much. The pancakes are also laced with blowfish poison so the party would have to get an antitoxin before they could eat the ones which weren't pulverized by shoes."

    I don't think anyone would want those pancakes even if you paid them to eat them.

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