Iron GM 2011 was a major hit this year, with organizer Lou Agresta running around like an orange clad lunatic as GMs were given an hour to craft a completely new five-hour adventure, using three secret ingredients. This year’s three surprises were Ogre Magi, Opera House and Oppression. Each GM was given an hour to craft the campaign, while the players rolled up their characters. Five hours later, all the players voted on their matches, and using an incredibly complex scoring system, a winner was chosen.
The games default to 3.5, but if a GM wants — and every player approves — any other system can be used. Gen Con is the event’s world championship, packed with regional winners and anyone who managed to register before the seats sold out. Helping Lou run this madness was co-host Jen Page, as well as Rone Barton and Ed Healy.
So, who took out top honors (and a terrifyingly immense amount of loot) this year? Third place went to Ancient Sensei, second to a luchador masked Tim Rodriguez, and this year’s grand prize winner was previous runner up Necessary Evil! Mr. Evil took out a perfect score from all his players, a first in Iron GM history.
Huge ups also have to go to all the sponsors, but also to d20pro and Lone Wolf Development, who teamed up with Geek Chic Furniture to create an absolutely insane multitouch play table. Capable of up to a hundred touch points and able to interact with tiles and figurines, the Geek Chic Locus is a sexy, sexy beast of a table, perfect for the GM who has everything. Available for $7,500 or $14,500 depending on size, it’s a pricey investment, but I bet there are a ton of gamers out there who would love it.