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Anais Nin
Anais Nin

Feb-22-2010 13:47

Waaaay before my time here, Serges hosted Sleuth March Madness in 2007. I thought it looked like a lot of fun, so... without further ado, The copy pasted rules from then with minor modifications! ;)

The premise is pretty simple. We compile a list of 64 of the game's most recognizable players, seed them into a tournament bracket, and allow Sleuthville to vote for the "best" in each matchup.

Rules for eligibility:
You are not allowed to nominate yourself.
You may nominate up to 3 persons.
The nominated must be over 30 days old by March 1, 2010, and active.

Entries and nominations should be messaged ASAP. As soon as we get 64, the seeding process will begin and the matchups will be posted.

After the initial bracket is filled, I will post a few matchups here every day. Then, the people involved in those matchups will have an opportunity to say "anything" on this thread that they feel will allow them to advance to the next round of competition. Sleuthville votes will be what decides the winners, and voting information will be coming soon.

The overall winner of this tournament will receive $100,000 sleuth cash.

We will start the voting on March 1st, so get your nominations in as quickly as possible! Please PM me the nominations, and I will be posting a list of who has been nominated, the brackets, and all that fun stuff as we go. :)


Anais Nin
Anais Nin

Mar-26-2010 20:28

Winners of March 24 are:

Anais Nin
Rosamund Clifford

Congrats, Rosamund!

Today's pairing is:

Anais Nin Vs. Rosamund Clifford

Good luck!

Joseph Zeo
Joseph Zeo
Tale Spinner

Mar-27-2010 01:20

Sorry i have been in lalaland like, forever. Tried to return but the world seemed like a slippery place. Wow, Rosamund and Anais. I must say Rosamund is a wonderful person and amazing scripted mystery writer, and I look forward to get to know her more and more. However, Anais has been an old and wonderful friend, and have always tried to make Sleuth a better place (actually, they both do). Anyhow, my vote must go to Anais. Have a great one gal! ;)

Sir William Weine
Sir William Weine
Lucky Stiff

Mar-27-2010 02:54

I've been busy in RL for quite a while too (or is lalaland here?) but I'll have to endorse now that I'm here. And I'm unable to leave since I'm chained down and the chainsaw's missing.

Anais Nin is an all round great person. She has good organizational skills. She has to in order to be able to sort 64 Sleuths out without batting an eyelid. That same topic leads on to the fact that this thread was started by her.

Rosamund Clifford, circa 1150-1176. Famed for her relationship with Henry II of England. Whaddaya mean that's a different Rosamund Clifford?

DETECTIVE Rosamund Clifford, circa 4th year on Sleuth. Famed for her skills with a keyboard when writing SMs, which usually become FMs ASAP. Still active after 4 years shows how dedicated to Sleuth she is.
Spare a vote for one of them (unless I'm late and voting is over.)

Rosamund Clifford
Rosamund Clifford
Tale Spinner

Mar-27-2010 05:33

I'm so sorry I noticed this too late or I'd ask all of you to vote for Breit who has been one of the pillars of Sleuth for years. She is also one of the kindest and bravest persons I've ever known, who will always have my greatest respect and admiration. I can't imagine Sleuth without her and her famous wink :).

I don't know Anais personally, but I often read her RPs and I know that she is a very talented writer who bears the noble title of thespian with good reason. Besides, she's an active member of the commmunity with exceptional organizational skills. Her organizing this contest proves it. Sleuth needs new and fresh forces to step into shoes of older and slightly tired ones, and Anais is certainly one of them.


Lady Jas
Lady Jas
The Chosen One

Mar-27-2010 10:41

While I adore Anais, and we have become really good friends, I must endorse none other than Rosamund Clifford.

I've known her for a long time now and she is one of the sweetest, kindest, and loveliest women I have ever met. She may not be active on the boards per-se, but she bring a lot of knowledge to the game. She famously known for all her wonderful FM's..(btw, play the one in Cairo, it's my favorite) and she has helped compile a lot of the Little Job Questions.

She is always willing to help make Sleuth a better place by conversing her ideads to Admin or the mods and other plays.She may be quiet and like to stay behind the scenes, but people like her make Sleuth a better place and make it enjoyable for all!!


Con Artist

Mar-27-2010 15:16


I would like to take this opportunity to say a BIG Thank You to all who voted for me. I did not expect to get as far as I did. Thank you very much.
Not once did I regret spending my time playing this game. And I am even more fortunate to have found friends in this game. There are a lot of kind, friendly and generous people here. You have all helped Aknas grow. Thank you very very very very much for your friendships and for the good memories.

Your sleuthly,

Anais Nin
Anais Nin

Mar-28-2010 22:09

The winner of the March 25th pairing is Anikka! Congratulations!

The winner of the March 26th pairing is Rosamund Clifford! Congratulations!

We are now on our FINAL PAIR! It doesn't seem so long ago that this all started, does it? ;)

Anikka Vs Rosamund Clifford

Good luck to you both!!! :D

Cast your votes now! Voting ends March 30, 23:59 SST. Winner will be announced March 31st. :)

Safety Officer

Mar-28-2010 23:56

Oh my, what a crappy choice. Well not the nominees, just the thought of choosing.

Both these 'ladies of Sleuths' have kept me sane, interested, and amused (in no particular order), more often than I care to think of, and have offered me more sage advice over the years than any squirrel has a right to.

They remind me: my brain is not as big as I think it is; that you can be constructive without being negative; that you can contribute without fanfare, or even recognition for that matter; and that kindness, whilst in decline, is not completely dead.

Happily, whilst the choice is hard, there is however no bad decision to be made. Either are worthy.

I commend both these Sleuths to you.

Squirrel out.


Mar-29-2010 05:54

Wah, I wrote a totally amazing "Vote for Rosa" campaign, and my computer rebooted itself. And while I'll have no trouble whatsoever recapturing the sentiments expressed and the feeling behind them, I don't think I'll be able to say everything as eloquently as what I had before "the evil rebooting".

I could always just go with, "Vote for Rosamund Clifford because she really cares about Noir!"
Or, of course, "Vote for Rosamund Clifford because she's creative and talented and deserves to be recognised and thanked for it!"
Or, my favourite, "Vote for Rosamund Clifford or I'll break your kneecaps!"
Then again, there's always:


Rosa is the person who perhaps doesn't say much, and who never thrusts herself into the limelight. She is the person who puts out a multitude of clever, creative Scripted Mysteries, trying to get people more involved in places like Cairo and the Sleuthetania and Big Lucy's Cabaret. She is the person who likes to stay in the background while adding content to make your gaming day more interesting (Queen of the Little Job questions!).

Rosamund Clifford is the person you should vote for. She gives so much to the game, to the community, and she asks for nothing in return but for people to have fun.

Rosamund Clifford is the person you should vote for. She is a sweet, kind, and interesting lady. She is a friend to Sleuth, and a friend to sleuths. She is exactly the person you should be giving your vote to, and I hope you'll vote for her.


Rosamund Clifford
Rosamund Clifford
Tale Spinner

Mar-29-2010 14:24

I can't write anything as clever or as beautiful like Ani has done, and I won't even try. I'll just say what you all already know.

Ani is one of those rare people who have been the heart and soul of Sleuth for years. She edits our intros and SMs, she organizes innumerable contests, she compiles books for us to find in the darkest corners of the catacombs, dedicating her love and her enormous energy to the community. Not to mention that she is, to my knowledge, the only and unique Babelfish of Sleuth.

There is no comparison between my modest contributions to the game and all those wonderful things that Ani has has done, and I hope with all my heart that she will continue to do so for many years to come. She's the uncrowned queen of Sleuth. Let us give her the crown she deserves!


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