Wow. That's the first thing all of us at SJG said when we saw the response to the ob-racing contest. As the creator of the article, I thought I was sick, but some of the entries were wonderfully twisted! I've seen more warped and devious ways to kill or maim a careless pedestrian than I ever thought possible!
Several of the obstacles submitted will be used in up coming products, so even if you didn't win it doesn't mean your submission wasn't good. I would like to personally thank everyone who submitted an obstacle, and also those who took time to send in comments.
I had a difficult time deciding on the winner, so I took the finalists to a panel of impartial judges to determine who would win the on-year subscription. The winner is Bryan Fields, a really sick individual who designed the William Tell Invitational:
Now, as if this wasn't enough, I came up with a variant. It bothered me that such a good obstacle could only be used in team events. So who would do the shooting while the ob-racer stood there with the apple on his head? A member of the audience, of course! Roll 1d-3 to get the skill level of the shooter. Then roll one die again - on a 1 the audience member really doesn't like you and takes those three shots at you! The ob racer cannot move until all three shots have been fired, or until the apple has been hit.
Mr. Fields also sent in two other really twisted obstacles called Whack-a-mime and Moto-jousting. Both of these may appear in a future publication. I felt bad that the other two obstacles I liked weren't going to win anything, so I invented Runner-Up positions! The first Runner-Up obstacle is Dodge City.
Each rustler is a man-sized robot that pops out of saloon doors, open windows, etc. Each has a random weapon (see chart below) - whether they use live ammo or paint, is up to the course directors. All standard hit modifiers apply. The gunslingers cannot fire in the same turn that they appear. After they fire twice (whether they hit or not) or after they take two hits of damage, the outlaws will cease firing and collapse.
Roll two dice on the chart below to determine weapon type:
2 Light pistol
3 Heavy pistol
4, 5 Rifle
6, 7 Shotgun
8 Assault rifle
9 Laser rifle
10 Submachine gun
11 Gyroslugger (2bbl)
12 Portable flamethrower
The second Runner-Up is David R. Willsey, who sent in three really great obstacles. My favorite is called Surely You Joust:
If the cyclist wins, the obracer takes full damage from the pike. If the obracer wins, the cyclist is knocked off his bike and the obracer may take the flag that is affixed to the knight's chest. If both the ob-racer and cyclist miss their rolls then both the ob-racer and the cyclist take full damage from the pikes. If the knight takes more damage than the obracer, he is unseated and the racer may claim the flag. If both the obracer and the cyclist miss the roll, then the pass is a complete failure.
In any case, the knight will only make the one pass and only one knight will attack each obracer.