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Posted by: Mr. Blonde, May 23rd, 2019, 2:47pm
...and it's as tournament-y as ever.

On topic:

If you're interested in participating, let me know in this thread and I'll add you to the running tally. The tournament, like last year, will run for five weeks.

Entrants:

JEStaats.
Stumpzian.
Prussian Mosby.
Zack.
FrankM.
Faaniduniya.
ReneC.
Henb.
JohnI.
Khamanna.
Leitskev.
Jayrex.
Stevie.
Scar Tissue Films.
Warren.
PKCardinal.
Dreamscale.
Hawkeye.
Philostrate.
Pete B. Lane.
AnthonyCawood.
Spqr.
Matthew Taylor.
LC.
Pale Yellow.
Posted by: JEStaats, May 23rd, 2019, 2:49pm; Reply: 1
More like tormenting.

Can't wait!
Posted by: Stumpzian, May 23rd, 2019, 3:09pm; Reply: 2
Yes, interested.
Posted by: ajr, May 23rd, 2019, 3:44pm; Reply: 3
Ah crap, this stinks. June and July are too busy for me with other commitments...

What happened to March? HUH, WHAT HAPPENED TO MARCH!?!?!?

*fit over*

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Posted by: Faaniduniya, May 23rd, 2019, 3:55pm; Reply: 4
what's this tournament about?
Posted by: Zack, May 23rd, 2019, 4:31pm; Reply: 5
What exactly is this?
Posted by: PrussianMosby, May 23rd, 2019, 5:21pm; Reply: 6
Si, senor!
Posted by: Mr. Blonde, May 23rd, 2019, 5:40pm; Reply: 7
Sorry, guys, I'm at work right now. For info, check out the 2018 Writers' Tournament board for an indication of what it's like until I get home and can give a more detailed response. Thank you.
Posted by: LC, May 23rd, 2019, 5:59pm; Reply: 8
Blonde is busy at the moment so here's the link to the last tournament:

https://www.simplyscripts.net/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?b-tournament/
Posted by: Zack, May 23rd, 2019, 6:01pm; Reply: 9
Sounds cool. I'll try my hand. ;D
Posted by: LC, May 23rd, 2019, 6:17pm; Reply: 10

Quoted from PrussianMosby
Si, senor!

Looks like Alex is in. And he's going to write all his scripts in Spanish!  ;D



Posted by: FrankM, May 23rd, 2019, 6:42pm; Reply: 11
I will throw my hat in the ring again this year.

Maybe Iíll make it to the second round this time.
Posted by: FrankM, May 23rd, 2019, 6:44pm; Reply: 12
One request: could we ask writers to not comment on their own scripts or their opponentsí, at least in the early rounds with pair-matches?
Posted by: Warren, May 23rd, 2019, 6:54pm; Reply: 13
I think a good request would be to keep the topics a bit more generic especially as far as politics go. Early rounds had the White House (not so bad) and the final round had some very specific US legislation and locations. I feel in these instances the US writers definitely have an advantage.

Obviously a non-US writer can research all this stuff but it's time which could be spent developing an idea or writing.

But I'm sure you will run it as you see fit :)
Posted by: Faaniduniya, May 23rd, 2019, 7:07pm; Reply: 14
I'd like to participate as well. Someone has to explain the rules and the criteria of this thing though.

thanks,
Posted by: Warren, May 23rd, 2019, 7:20pm; Reply: 15

Quoted from Faaniduniya
I'd like to participate as well. Someone has to explain the rules and the criteria of this thing though.

thanks,


If you follow the link to the old thread that LC (Libby) put up you will get a decent understanding.

The rules to each round are explained as the rounds happen as well.
Posted by: JEStaats, May 23rd, 2019, 7:22pm; Reply: 16

Quoted from Warren
I think a good request would be to keep the topics a bit more generic especially as far as politics go. Early rounds had the White House (not so bad) and the final round had some very specific US legislation and locations. I feel in these instances the US writers definitely have an advantage.

Obviously a non-US writer can research all this stuff but it's time which could be spent developing an idea or writing.

But I'm sure you will run it as you see fit :)


I forgot all about my easily forgettable clown comedy skydiving onto the White House.

Oh please, God Mr. Blonde, not another comedy.
Posted by: Grandma Bear, May 23rd, 2019, 8:23pm; Reply: 17
Have fun Sean.  ;)
Posted by: Mr. Blonde, May 23rd, 2019, 9:42pm; Reply: 18

Quoted from ajr
Ah crap, this stinks. June and July are too busy for me with other commitments...

What happened to March? HUH, WHAT HAPPENED TO MARCH!?!?!?


That may not be a dealbreaker this time around...

As for the second part, I was ready to go in March, but it would've interrupted the April OWC and I didn't want it to do that.


Quoted from FrankM
Maybe Iíll make it to the second round this time.


I don't think that'll be a worry this time. I learned a lot of lessons last year. And, I learned how to alliterate.


Quoted from FrankM
One request: could we ask writers to not comment on their own scripts or their opponentsí, at least in the early rounds with pair-matches?


Won't be a concern. You have my word.


Quoted from Warren
I think a good request would be to keep the topics a bit more generic especially as far as politics go. Early rounds had the White House (not so bad) and the final round had some very specific US legislation and locations. I feel in these instances the US writers definitely have an advantage.

Obviously a non-US writer can research all this stuff but it's time which could be spent developing an idea or writing.


A fair criticism and one that I have accounted for.


Quoted from Faaniduniya
Someone has to explain the rules and the criteria of this thing though.


They will be on opening day (and, no, that's not the same day that round 1 begins).


Quoted from JEStaats
Oh please, God Mr. Blonde, not another comedy.


Fate will decide, as it did last time. No favoritism will be shown. Could be 5 rounds of comedy or you could have not a lick of comedy for the entire time.


Quoted from Grandma Bear
Have fun Sean.  ;)


Make me. Lol. But, am I picking up some subtext that you're not planning to participate, Pia? Ha, more alliteration.
Posted by: DustinBowcot (Guest), May 24th, 2019, 1:11am; Reply: 19
I can't commit that sort of time, not to mention the amount of work. I may read a little here and there though. Good luck to those that enter and have fun.
Posted by: LC, May 24th, 2019, 6:15am; Reply: 20

Quoted from Stumpzian
Yes, interested.

Nice to see you, Henry. :)
Posted by: MarkRenshaw, May 24th, 2019, 7:15am; Reply: 21
It's back....and this time...it's mad!
I can't commit, I promised myself I'd write my first novel this year and I'm exactly halfway through the first draft. Gonna keep focusing on that until it is done.

Best of luck all who enter and I'll check things out when I can.
Posted by: FrankM, May 24th, 2019, 8:30am; Reply: 22

Quoted from Warren
I think a good request would be to keep the topics a bit more generic especially as far as politics go. Early rounds had the White House (not so bad) and the final round had some very specific US legislation and locations. I feel in these instances the US writers definitely have an advantage.

Obviously a non-US writer can research all this stuff but it's time which could be spent developing an idea or writing.

But I'm sure you will run it as you see fit :)


Your parameters are to write a comedy with at least three characters, one or more of whom have their voices altered by helium, who are discussing the differences between the 1962 Constitution of Pakistan as proposed and the text that was formally adopted. Minimum -3 pages.
Posted by: Zack, May 24th, 2019, 9:19am; Reply: 23
When will the first round be starting?
Posted by: ReneC, May 24th, 2019, 9:43am; Reply: 24
I missed out on the last one. I'm in.

I don't have the time either, but I'll at least turn in some real stinkers.  ;D
Posted by: Mr. Blonde, May 24th, 2019, 11:09am; Reply: 25

Quoted from Zack
When will the first round be starting?


Posted by: Hank (Guest), May 24th, 2019, 11:29am; Reply: 26
I would like to give this tournament a try. Sounds like it will be challenging, and a good writing exercise. Similar to the OWCs, though I like that the time constraint is even shorter. Times like these I'm happy to be unemployed :) Please put my hat in the ring.
Posted by: JohnI, May 24th, 2019, 12:03pm; Reply: 27
Iíd like to give it a go
Posted by: ajr, May 24th, 2019, 2:16pm; Reply: 28
If I may, since everyone is weighing in with suggestions...

I know not all of us have traditional work weeks; however as one of those that do, I found it difficult to get the story idea on a Friday, and then submit the script by the following Friday. Because all my writing time, which was Sat-Sun, was spent coming up with the story...

If we got the parameters on Monday, then we'd have all week to formulate, and then the weekends to write.

Just my 2 cents...

Otherwise, I will turn in D minus work...

AJR
Posted by: Zack, May 24th, 2019, 2:50pm; Reply: 29

Quoted from Mr. Blonde




Barenaked Ladies. Lol. ;D

Looking forward to seeing what you've got for us, Sean.
Posted by: Stumpzian, May 24th, 2019, 4:53pm; Reply: 30

Quoted from LC

Nice to see you, Henry. :)


Thank you, Libby. Iíve kept up, even read all the scripts from the last OWC. I just havenít said much of anything.
P.S. Glad to see you are a moderator.
Posted by: LC, May 24th, 2019, 6:12pm; Reply: 31
Thanks, mate!

Looking forward to reading another Stumpzian Original.
Always good value.  :)
Posted by: PKCardinal, May 25th, 2019, 3:03pm; Reply: 32
Ooh, boy.

Man, that was a bunch of work. But, sooo worth it. I've got two projects in process... but, no way I can miss this. But, I should. But, I can't. But, I really should.

When's the decision deadline?
Posted by: Mr. Blonde, May 25th, 2019, 3:10pm; Reply: 33
You officially have through Friday. Full details will be announced tomorrow.
Posted by: PKCardinal, May 25th, 2019, 3:23pm; Reply: 34

Quoted from Mr. Blonde
You officially have through Friday. Full details will be announced tomorrow.


Great, so I can pretend to myself that I'm NOT going to do this until then. Thanks.
Posted by: Zack, May 25th, 2019, 4:53pm; Reply: 35
And I just so happen to have tomorrow off! ;D
Posted by: Spqr, May 26th, 2019, 12:18pm; Reply: 36
Well, I can't do worse than last year's first-round exit, so count me in.
Posted by: Zack, May 26th, 2019, 12:31pm; Reply: 37
It's tomorrow! Release the kraken, Sean. ;D
Posted by: Mr. Blonde, May 26th, 2019, 2:02pm; Reply: 38

Quoted from Zack
It's tomorrow! Release the kraken, Sean. ;D


I said it would be today. I didn't say when today...
Posted by: Gary in Houston, May 26th, 2019, 2:43pm; Reply: 39
Given what we've been going through, I didn't think I should enter.  But my wife encouraged me to do it because she knows I haven't written anything in forever.  So I'm considering it.  We get an update of her condition on Thursday, so maybe we'll be in a better place by decision time on Friday.

Gary
Posted by: Mr. Blonde, May 26th, 2019, 2:59pm; Reply: 40
Please continue to use this thread as a means to sign-up for the tournament, but the actual discussion thread for the tournament can be found here: https://www.simplyscripts.net/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?m-1558900680/
Posted by: khamanna, May 27th, 2019, 10:48am; Reply: 41
Interested. Why am I just seeing this?
Posted by: Matthew Taylor, May 27th, 2019, 11:15am; Reply: 42
Iíll give it a go  :)
Posted by: jayrex, May 28th, 2019, 12:36pm; Reply: 43
Add my name to the list.

Cheers.
Posted by: Matthew Taylor, May 29th, 2019, 3:17am; Reply: 44
Sorry to be awkward - Can you take my name back off the list? - I've reread the rules and realized we only have a weekend to write each script, I have zero time over weekends to write anything.

Thanks
Posted by: stevie, May 29th, 2019, 5:31am; Reply: 45
Iíll have a crack at it but Iím away on the weekend of 15/16 June so that may bugger me lol
Posted by: FrankM, May 29th, 2019, 6:18am; Reply: 46
Iím going to be traveling this weekend, so I may start off in a hole.
Posted by: Dreamscale (Guest), May 29th, 2019, 10:22am; Reply: 47

Quoted from stevie
Iíll have a crack at it but Iím away on the weekend of 15/16 June so that may bugger me lol


Didn't you "sign up" for this last year and then not even write anything?

If only the challenge was based on a man in love with football players from San Francisco, you'd win hands down!

;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Posted by: ReneC, May 29th, 2019, 12:14pm; Reply: 48

Quoted from Dreamscale


If only the challenge was based on a man in love with football players from San Francisco, you'd win hands down!

;D ;D ;D ;D ;D



That could work with any challenge!
Posted by: Scar Tissue Films, May 29th, 2019, 2:05pm; Reply: 49
Count me in, please.


I fear that there is little chance I'll manage to actually complete the challenge, but let's try.
Posted by: stevie, May 29th, 2019, 3:23pm; Reply: 50

Quoted from Dreamscale


Didn't you "sign up" for this last year and then not even write anything?

If only the challenge was based on a man in love with football players from San Francisco, you'd win hands down!

;D ;D ;D ;D ;D



Actually I did the first two rounds bro then bailed out when the non genre round popped up as I hate having no criteria to write a nothing script!  
Posted by: Warren, May 29th, 2019, 4:40pm; Reply: 51
Please sign me up:)
Posted by: PrussianMosby, May 29th, 2019, 5:02pm; Reply: 52

Quoted Text

Quoted from Stevie

Iíll have a crack at it but Iím away on the weekend of 15/16 June so that may bugger me lol


Quoted from Dreamscale


Didn't you "sign up" for this last year and then not even write anything?

If only the challenge was based on a man in love with football players from San Francisco, you'd win hands down!

;D ;D ;D ;D ;D




Actually, Stevie demolished me in the first round. But I'm a Stones man and go the long hard route unlike that sentimental hipster fest. Bring it on Stevie :-)
Posted by: leitskev, May 29th, 2019, 5:19pm; Reply: 53
I read a feature comedy of Stevie's many years ago that was one of the only scripts to ever succeed in making me laugh out loud. Pretty much the only other one that made me laugh was a pro script called Mean Moms.
Posted by: PKCardinal, May 29th, 2019, 6:42pm; Reply: 54
Why wait any longer.

I'm in.

Not sure if I'll get anything in this first weekend, but, I'll try.
Posted by: Dreamscale (Guest), May 30th, 2019, 10:15am; Reply: 55
OK, damnit...if Stevie is in, I'll throw my hat in as well.

No guarantee that I do every week, but I'll give you a guys a few perfect scripts to drool over.
Posted by: Gary in Houston, May 30th, 2019, 3:43pm; Reply: 56
We got some good news from the doctor today, that the chemo seems to be doing itís job so weíre very happy. Got a lot of positive energy that I need to release into some writing so I guess Iím in!

Gary
Posted by: Zack, May 30th, 2019, 3:48pm; Reply: 57
That's so awesome, Gary! So happy to hear the good news. :)
Posted by: PKCardinal, May 30th, 2019, 4:02pm; Reply: 58

Quoted from Gary in Houston
We got some good news from the doctor today, that the chemo seems to be doing itís job so weíre very happy. Got a lot of positive energy that I need to release into some writing so I guess Iím in!

Gary


Even your avatar is celebrating!

Great news.
Posted by: Philostrate, May 30th, 2019, 4:22pm; Reply: 59

Quoted from Gary in Houston
We got some good news from the doctor today, that the chemo seems to be doing itís job so weíre very happy. Got a lot of positive energy that I need to release into some writing so I guess Iím in!

Gary


Really good news, Gary. Happy to hear it.
Posted by: Philostrate, May 30th, 2019, 4:26pm; Reply: 60
Not sure I can pull off a quality script in 48hrs but what the hell...

Count me in, Sean, please.
Posted by: Dreamscale (Guest), May 30th, 2019, 5:30pm; Reply: 61
Great news, Gary!  Our prayers are with you and your family.
Posted by: LC, May 30th, 2019, 5:31pm; Reply: 62
Ditto from me, Gary. Terrific news!
Posted by: MarkItZero, May 30th, 2019, 7:30pm; Reply: 63
Great to hear! Happy for you, Gary.
Posted by: khamanna, May 30th, 2019, 8:14pm; Reply: 64

Quoted from Gary in Houston
We got some good news from the doctor today, that the chemo seems to be doing itís job so weíre very happy. Got a lot of positive energy that I need to release into some writing so I guess Iím in!

Gary


Very nice. Congrats and my prayers are with your family!
Posted by: Pete B. Lane, May 30th, 2019, 8:36pm; Reply: 65
I really should get involved with this. Add me to the list.
Posted by: leitskev, May 31st, 2019, 9:43am; Reply: 66
Excellent news, Gary. I've read everything I can find on cancer the last 7 months. The knockout-punch breakthroughs are really close, I think. We just have to make it a few years and we have a chance. I'm already beyond what would have been expected even a couple of years ago, and I feel great. You guys can do this!
Posted by: FrankM, May 31st, 2019, 10:15am; Reply: 67

Quoted from Gary in Houston
We got some good news from the doctor today, that the chemo seems to be doing itís job so weíre very happy. Got a lot of positive energy that I need to release into some writing so I guess Iím in!

Gary


Awesome news there! Glad to hear it.
Posted by: Gary in Houston, May 31st, 2019, 11:45am; Reply: 68

Quoted from leitskev
Excellent news, Gary. I've read everything I can find on cancer the last 7 months. The knockout-punch breakthroughs are really close, I think. We just have to make it a few years and we have a chance. I'm already beyond what would have been expected even a couple of years ago, and I feel great. You guys can do this!


Thanks Kev!  Iím glad to hear youíre doing well also! Keep fighting the good fight!
Posted by: PKCardinal, May 31st, 2019, 2:55pm; Reply: 69
Oh Daaaave! Come out, come out, wherever you are.

Gotta defend the crown. :)
Posted by: LC, May 31st, 2019, 6:00pm; Reply: 70
Dave's trying to be enigmatic again.  :D
Posted by: eldave1, May 31st, 2019, 7:50pm; Reply: 71

Quoted from Gary in Houston
We got some good news from the doctor today, that the chemo seems to be doing itís job so weíre very happy. Got a lot of positive energy that I need to release into some writing so I guess Iím in!

Gary


Awesome, Gary. So happy for you.
Posted by: eldave1, May 31st, 2019, 7:51pm; Reply: 72

Quoted from PKCardinal
Oh Daaaave! Come out, come out, wherever you are.

Gotta defend the crown. :)


Wish I could.

I have family in the entire month of June - so there's just no way I can enter. Would have liked to - believe me - hate not competing for this one.
Posted by: eldave1, May 31st, 2019, 7:52pm; Reply: 73

Quoted from LC
Dave's trying to be enigmatic again.  :D


Ah... if it were only true..... :(

Got family commitments.
Posted by: Mr. Blonde, May 31st, 2019, 9:55pm; Reply: 74
Last call for the party boat. T-minus 64 minutes.
Posted by: Warren, May 31st, 2019, 10:05pm; Reply: 75

Quoted from Mr. Blonde
Last call for the party boat. T-minus 64 minutes.


So is that an hour until the first round starts?
Posted by: Mr. Blonde, May 31st, 2019, 10:09pm; Reply: 76

Quoted from Warren
So is that an hour until the first round starts?


Yep. Round 1 officially starts in 51 minutes.
Posted by: Warren, May 31st, 2019, 10:13pm; Reply: 77

Quoted from Mr. Blonde


Yep. Round 1 officially starts in 51 minutes.


Excellent, I've got a busy weekend but I'll get an idea worked out in my head and have it ready to put to paper when the week starts.

Look forward to seeing what you have in store for us.
Posted by: LC, May 31st, 2019, 10:15pm; Reply: 78
Countdown clock going to be available?

** Sean, count me in please.
Posted by: Mr. Blonde, May 31st, 2019, 10:24pm; Reply: 79

Quoted from LC
Countdown clock going to be available?

** Sean, count me in please.


The clock is a Don thing. 36 minutes.

I already added you, just in case (you had expressed interest).
Posted by: LC, May 31st, 2019, 10:35pm; Reply: 80
Thanks Blondie! :)
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