We not only gave away all that free swag at Dragon's Keep in Utah, but we ran a great 2 round tournament of Crypt of the Devil Lich. We had so many players and not enough DM's so we had 5 full groups of 6. The DM's did a great job and everyone had a lot of fun. The tournament went over very well and in the end we gave prizes at each table and set up the final round of the tournament for 2 weeks from last saturday. The top player from each group will be competing for the grandprize on the last level of the dungeon.
We did a point based system for the per table prizes and did a peer point system for the best player to play at the finals table in two weeks.
Next year I hope that Free RPG day is filled with even more free stuff since we seemed to run pretty low pretty fast.
We had so much fun with the tournament we are going to run a lot more of them.
One thing we did as well is let the players create their own characters, with rules to govern their creation of course, for these first two rounds. The last round they will have to make it through with the pre-designed characters at the back of the module. We learned a lot about how to make these tournaments go off well so if any of you want to run one of these feel free to contact me via email or this forum and I will give you any tips I can.
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