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Liam



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 1:37 pm    Post subject: Scenario Writing Competition Concept Reply with quote

Hey All,

I have been having a think lately, dangerous I know but here is an idea that I would like some feedback on. How about a 24hr scenario design competition?

Format could be:

GMs are given a theme and then get 24hrs to write/design a 2-3hr scenario using their chosen system and genre at the end of which they have to hand in their notes etc.

GMs then run this scenario for a panel of 4-6 players using only the notes submitted and are judged by the "players" on the scenario with scoring for the scenario, GM style etc.

Would this work? Would anyone participate?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd participate.

Perhaps the GM's have to run each others scenarios and some of the assessment is peer review based?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You mean like GameChef, but with a shorter timelimit?
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Dale



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, there'd have to be a rule that Liam couldn't write scenarios featuring cat PC's - that's just too damn hard to beat! Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually; you know what would be more fun? Doing it like the 48hr film deal, where you get the genre and possibly system randomly assigned and all the scenarios have to include certain elements (a character, item and place etc.) kinda like gamechef, only more extreme! Of course we're talking a scenario, rather than a whole RPG presumably.

You know who else'd be totally up for that? AndyM, he was talking smack about just this kind of thing on his blog just a few months ago...
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Id be interested...
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dale wrote:
Actually; you know what would be more fun? Doing it like the 48hr film deal, where you get the genre and possibly system randomly assigned and all the scenarios have to include certain elements (a character, item and place etc.) kinda like gamechef, only more extreme! Of course we're talking a scenario, rather than a whole RPG presumably.

You know who else'd be totally up for that? AndyM, he was talking smack about just this kind of thing on his blog just a few months ago...


Sounds like you're talking about a derivative of the Chuck Norris Memorial RPG Hardman Challenge!

Funnily enough, I was just thinking about reviving the concept a couple of days ago. Would be keen to get involved.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, that sounds like 4 who are keen so far - if only there were a current Kapcon SDC Winner around here somewhere that'd be willing to come and lend his impressive title and reputation to the venture...

Oh and Andy, I think you mean Dr. Norris.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FWIW I am not interested as writing a scenario under a tight timeframe is pretty much antithetical to how I roll Smile

Sound like a lot of fun though.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A scenario competition with a random genre, item and character would be wicked...

Though I wonder if 24 hours is too short. What kind of deliverables are we talking here? Just a scenario that people can play in? Or a full document?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dale wrote:
So, that sounds like 4 who are keen so far - if only there were a current Kapcon SDC Winner around here somewhere that'd be willing to come and lend his impressive title and reputation to the venture...

Oh and Andy, I think you mean Dr. Norris.


Liberty University! Sounds like something for your next Supers game Dale...
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Luke:
FWIW I am not interested as writing a scenario under a tight timeframe is pretty much antithetical to how I roll


Sounds to me like exactly the best reason to get outside your comfort zone? Surely as an SDC judge sometimes you've gots to kick it with the people free-style... Wink

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Though I wonder if 24 hours is too short. What kind of deliverables are we talking here? Just a scenario that people can play in? Or a full document?


Given the timeframe, I think the criteria would be 'sufficient detail that another GM can run it". I think this would mean that you'd need to moderate scope for a degree of accessibility. Perhaps this would reinforce that a degree of the final score (say 40%) was derived from the ranking of other GM's who had to read and run the scenario.

Liam, what are you thinking on this score? Perhaps time to float some more details?

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Liberty University! Sounds like something for your next Supers game Dale...


Yup, except Dr. Norris will be the Dean, who breaks boards to emphasise learning objectives and who teaches a specalist class in applied round-house!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dale wrote:
Sounds to me like exactly the best reason to get outside your comfort zone? Surely as an SDC judge sometimes you've gots to kick it with the people free-style... Wink


Nah. Its not really a comfort zone thing. The idea just doesn't appeal to me, though I can totally see why it might for others Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mashugenah wrote:
You mean like GameChef, but with a shorter timelimit?


And with a performance aspect, so locally focused.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In my view, I would prefer to see the scoring done on the basis of the game, not the final notes. The notes can be just half scratched ideas in your mind, but the game is where the GM has to bring it all together. Probably would also want a little longer than 24 hours, but then again I am bias to my format Wink

Are you saying Liam that particpating GMs would hand in their notes to other GMs, who would then run it?
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