The White Dwarf #ScenarioSlam: Quarter-Final Results!

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Here is the classified check:

The Mad Dwarf 4
(AET)
3 When Mad Gods Laugh
Curse of the Bone 4 2 The Lone and Level Sands
An Alien Werewolf in London 4 3 Troubles at Embertrees
The Black Broo of Dyskund 3*
(Broo go through 5-4 on pens.)
3 Ghost Jackal Kill

Brian L Rowland and ‘Big’ Ron Livingstone chew these results over.

“Well Ron, the #ScenarioSlam threw up some very tasty battles. The ‘Mad’ derby was certainly a tight match.”

“That clash was madder than a Call of Cthulhu investigator at a Great Old Ones reunion party. But that canny Dwarf keeps battling through; he’s got a good engine on him. One swing of that axe in extra time, and those Mad Gods weren’t laughing anymore.”

“And with wins for Curse of the Bone and An Alien Werewolf in London, that’s the last of the scenarios from the AD&D league out.”

“Hmm, ol’ Sepp Gygax won’t be happy about that one. The Vargr lad was the difference in the match with the Embertrees boys. That deranged lupine alien fiend really likes to get in the faces of his opponents; Embertrees just couldn’t live with him.”

“And the last quarter-final: the tightest match of all.”

“There was nothing between these two during the whole battle Brian. I couldn’t call it; no-one could. Penalties is always a bit of a lottery. Admittedly, the Broo striker spontaneously exploding just as Theda Bara took her spot kick was questionable behaviour – I’m surprised the ref let that go.”

“Onward to the semi-finals Ron. Your thoughts?”

“We’ve got four quality scenarios left in the competition, Brian. The semis are going to be brutal. Bring ’em on!”

The White Dwarf #ScenarioSlam: Second Round Results!

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Here is the classified check:

The Lone and Level Sands 4 3 On Ealden Byrgen
Slayground 2 6 Troubles at Embertrees
Ghost Jackal Kill 5
(AET)
4 The Sable Rose Affair
When Mad Gods Laugh 5 3 Green Horizon
The Black Broo of Dyskund 4 3 Smile Please
Amber to Red 2 5 An Alien Werewolf in London
Curse of the Bone 6 2 The Paddington Horror
The Mad Dwarf 7 1 Heart of the Dark

Once again we join Brian L Rowland and Ron Livingstone to analyse the results.

“Well Ron, that’s the #ScenarioSlam second round completed. Some emphatic wins, and a few surprises too. Your highlights?”

“The Mad Dwarf just gets madder and madder. The Heart of the Dark boys just couldn’t live with him. There were some handbags early doors between the Mad Gods and those Green Horizon lads, but the Gods had the last laugh. See what I did there Brian?”

“Yes, thanks Ron. After a strong first round, the representatives from the Traveller league took a bit of a battering this time round.”

“Absolutely. I don’t think anyone was expecting Amber to Red, The Sable Rose Affair and Smile Please to all go out. What a shocker! I’ve heard the Amber lads took the loss badly. They flew the St Christopher to low orbit and then opened up on the Alien Werewolf team bus with the triple laser turret. Let’s hope the homicidal Vargr can run that off before the next round.”

“Indeed. Could those Black Broo be the surprise package of the competition this year?”

“Beating Smile Please was quite a result for those vile pestilential goatkin. The Smile Please lads just weren’t working as a team. I think there’s trouble on the Silver Wolf; maybe Captain Logad has lost the state room.”

“It was a strong showing by Ghost Jackal Kill putting out The Sable Rose Affair. They’re one to watch I think Ron. What are your thoughts on the all-Cthulhu tie?”

“I expected that to be close, but those zombies from Paddington soon fell apart. Ahahahahaha!”

“Ahem. Yes. Join us soon for the quarter-final draw. Excited Ron?”

“Too right. It’s the greatest scenario competition in the world, Brian.”

The White Dwarf #ScenarioSlam: Second Round Draw

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Here’s the second round draw:

The Lone and Level Sands On Ealden Byrgen
Slayground Troubles at Embertrees
Ghost Jackal Kill The Sable Rose Affair
When Mad Gods Laugh Green Horizon
The Black Broo of Dyskund Smile Please
Amber to Red An Alien Werewolf in London
Curse of the Bone The Paddington Horror
The Mad Dwarf Heart of the Dark

Some real heavyweight ties there. You know the drill – get votin’!

The White Dwarf #ScenarioSlam: First Round Results!

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Here is the classified check:

The Halls of Tizun Thane 2 4 Slayground
On Ealden Byrgen 5 1 Do Troubleshooters Dream of Electric Sheep
Heart of the Dark 4 2 The Ritual
Troubles at Embertrees 3*
(Embertrees go through 4-2 on pens.)
3 The Lair of the White Wyrm
The Paddington Horror 4 2 The Pilcomayo Project
An Alien Werewolf in London 5 1 A Day in the Life of Sector 255
The Lone and Level Sands 4
(AET)
3 The Madcap Laughs
Night of Blood 1 4 When Mad Gods Laugh
The Dark Usurper 2 4 Curse of the Bone
The Lichway 0 6 Smile Please
Ghost Jackal Kill 4
(AET)
3 The Dawn of Unlight
Green Horizon 5 2 The Spunng Ones
Jorthan’s Rescue 0 6 Amber to Red
Operation Counterstrike 1 5 The Mad Dwarf
Things Ancient & Modern 1 4 The Sable Rose Affair
The Black Broo of Dyskund 4 2 The Lair of Maldred the Mighty

To discuss the results, our chief scenario correspondent, Brian L Rowland, is joined by former manager Ron Livingstone.

“So, that’s all the first round ties completed, with comfortable victories for
some of the favourites. Smile Please, Amber to Red, and The Mad Dwarf all eased through with a minimum of fuss. Do you see these as the scenarios to beat Ron?”

“Absolutely Brian, these lads done great. No-one’s going to want to draw your Ambers or your Dwarfs in the next round.”

“A few surprises though too Ron – The Halls of Tizun Thane already out, thanks to a strong performance from Slayground.”

“No-one expects an Albie Fiore outfit to go out early doors, but the Slayground boys played a blinder. Cracking away win.”

“And a couple of real thrillers; The Lone and Level Sands needed extra time to edge past The Madcap Laughs, with Troubles at Embertrees requiring penalties to defeat The Lair of the White Wyrm. Your thoughts Ron?”

“I’ll tell you what, that Sands – Laughs match was a right battle, until the boy Adelmar, Lord of the Vaults of Eternity, Monarch of Demons, popped up with the winner. What a player! And penalties is always a bit of a lottery Brian. But I’m glad the Embertrees lads are still in the competition; I think they’ve got a couple more gears left in the locker.”

“Thanks Ron. Make sure you join us later for the second round draw. I can’t wait!”

“That’s the magic of the #ScenarioSlam, Brian.”

The White Dwarf Scenario Slam!

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Some of my most memorable role-playing experiences happened while running or playing scenarios from the pages of White Dwarf magazine. Exciting, ground-breaking, quirky – there was nothing else quite like them during the 80s heyday.

So here’s the idea: a knock-out competition to find our favourite White Dwarf scenario. A rigorous selection process was undertaken to pick the final thirty two (i.e. they’re the first 32 that popped into my head after a few glasses of red). This was followed by a random draw that gave us the following sixteen ‘ties’:

The Halls of Tizun Thane
(D&D, 18)
Slayground
(Champions, 39)
On Ealden Byrgen
(WFRP / MERP, 89)
Do Troubleshooters Dream of Electric Sheep
(Paranoia, 89)
Heart of the Dark
(Call of Cthulhu, 75)
The Ritual
(WFRP, 99)
Troubles at Embertrees
(AD&D, 34)
The Lair of the White Wyrm
(RuneQuest, 14)
The Paddington Horror
(Call of Cthulhu, 88)
The Pilcomayo Project
(Golden Heroes, 78)
An Alien Werewolf in London
(Traveller, 62)
A Day in the Life of Sector 255
(Judge Dredd, 83)
The Lone and Level Sands
(RuneQuest / AD&D, 48)
The Madcap Laughs
(Stormbringer, 95-98)
Night of Blood
(WFRP, 87)
When Mad Gods Laugh
(RuneQuest, 88)
The Dark Usurper
(Fighting Fantasy, 61-63)
Curse of the Bone
(Call of Cthulhu, 86)
The Lichway
(D&D, 9)
Smile Please
(Traveller, 65)
Ghost Jackal Kill
(Call of Cthulhu, 79)
The Dawn of Unlight
(MERP / AD&D, 64)
Green Horizon
(Traveller, 35)
The Spunng Ones
(Judge Dredd, 78)
Jorthan’s Rescue
(RuneQuest, 19)
Amber to Red
(Traveller, 26)
Operation Counterstrike
(AD&D, 28)
The Mad Dwarf
(T&T, 31)
Things Ancient & Modern
(AD&D and Call of Cthulhu, 80-81)
The Sable Rose Affair
(Traveller, 17)
The Black Broo of Dyskund
(RuneQuest, 51)
The Lair of Maldred the Mighty
(AD&D, 24)

So, how do we determine the winner of each tie?

Well, *adopts geordie accent*:

Who goes? You decide.

Simply leave your comments with your preferred winners on this blog post. Alternatively, you can reply to me on twitter (@DailyDwarf) with your preferences. (I suggest you use the hashtag #ScenarioSlam to make them easier to find.) Make sure you vote for your favourites! If you haven’t heard of / read the scenarios in a particular tie… express a preference anyway! (This is the internet, goddammit! Everyone has an opinion on the internet.)

I’ll leave voting open for a few days, and then announce the winners. The second round will then be drawn (using a velvet bag of holding and a collection of numbered balls). On we’ll all go until we get an overall winner!

Remember: vote early! Vote often!