It's the Most Superstar Time of the Year!

Tuesday, December 10, 2014

It's time for RPG Superstar 2014! Every year, Paizo holds an annual open-call RPG design competition to give the best and brightest aspiring game designers a chance to show the world their talent. This year's winner will receive a contract to write a Pathfinder Module to be published by Paizo.

Previous winning modules include Christine Schneider's Clash of the Kingslayers, Neil Spicer's Realm of the Fellnight Queen, Matthew Goodall's Cult of the Ebon Destroyers, Sam Zeitlin's The Midnight Mirror, Mike Welham's Doom Comes to Dustpawn, and Steven Helt’s Tears at Bitter Manor. We look forward to welcoming the next winner to the ranks of published adventure designers!

Even if you don't win the grand prize, RPG Superstar offers a number of different routes to getting your name on a Paizo product. Runners-up will have their work critiqued by industry leaders, and the three final-round runners-up will earn a contract to write a Pathfinder Society Scenario, a downloadable adventure sanctioned for play in Paizo's worldwide Pathfinder Society mega-campaign. Staff and audience favorite entries from RPG Superstar's earlier rounds may show up in Paizo publications as well.

Getting noticed in RPG Superstar might be the start of a long-term professional relationship with Paizo as one of our regular freelancers. Developer Rob McCreary got his start with Paizo as a finalist in the first RPG Superstar. Even though he didn't win the final challenge, his creativity and talent earned him a staff position as one of the creative leads behind our flagship Pathfinder Adventure Path line.

This year's competition begins today with an open call to design an original wondrous item. Last year we introduced public voting by fans for these initial entries, and the response was so great—over 500,000 votes cast—we’re doing it again this year. Tell us about your magical treasure in 300 words or less by January 1, 2014, and you might just have started your RPG design career! The top 32 will be picked by our guest judges and staff, and those 32 competitors will face other game design challenges in the remaining rounds of the competition.

So loosen up your creative muscles and start crafting a wondrous item, and get ready to be the next RPG Superstar!

Sean K Reynolds
Designer, RPG Superstar Host & Former Judge

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And here we go! :D

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AAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

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SUUUUUURRRRGE!!!!

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Only four rounds? And a fresh set of Judges for every round? Intereeeesting....

Oh, and what the Kellogg brothers said ;-)


Nice! Looking forward to all the fun :)

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Do you think anyone's submitted their item yet?

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Wow, big changes this year! Good luck, contestants!

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Interesting:

1)This year is shorter
2) Luckily, I don't fall in the 'Anyone who has a design credit in 3 or more of Paizo's Pathfinder products is ineligible.' category

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Let the Spellcraft checks... BEGIN!

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Joseph Kellogg wrote:
Do you think anyone's submitted their item yet?

Is the Pope Catholic? ;)

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EEEEeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

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Woohoo! I'm looking forward to watching this year's contest unfold. Plus I'll see if I can improve upon my Star Voter status.

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BLAM. You'd better make it good, folks! :D

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Liz Courts wrote:
BLAM.

Ack!

*slumps to the floor*

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Mike Welham wrote:
Woohoo! I'm looking forward to watching this year's contest unfold. Plus I'll see if I can improve upon my Star Voter status.

Hey taig! You changed your avatar! I hardly recognized you. :)

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Feros wrote:
Mike Welham wrote:
Woohoo! I'm looking forward to watching this year's contest unfold. Plus I'll see if I can improve upon my Star Voter status.
Hey taig! You changed your avatar! I hardly recognized you. :)

As long as Paizo keeps putting badger avatars out there, I'll use them. :)

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There's something off about Daigle's portrait, but I'm not able to put my finger on it. Might be the haircut.

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No archetypes this year, eh? I suppose they've got enough of them what with the Advanced Class Guide.

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Samuel Stone wrote:
No archetypes this year, eh? I suppose they've got enough of them what with the Advanced Class Guide.

I am sort of glad, but seeing the timeline, doing some prep work after submitting a wondrous item might do some good, 3 days go by pretty fast

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Good luck everyone!

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Whoo!

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Hey Ross, did you lose your Superstar tag?

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Same dwarf, same dance, different flavor! :)

Wow, top 16 goes straight to top 4 this year. I guess that means... that the finalists and the 3 runners up are the ones that won't be eligible to compete in the future, instead of the top 8?

EDIT: Hmm, I wonder if it might make more proportional sense to go something like 32 (or 36) >>> 12 >>> 4?

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Maurice de Mare wrote:
Samuel Stone wrote:
No archetypes this year, eh? I suppose they've got enough of them what with the Advanced Class Guide.
I am sort of glad, but seeing the timeline, doing some prep work after submitting a wondrous item might do some good, 3 days go by pretty fast

Anyone in this contest not practicing hard core monster and encounter design from the second they submit their item (and before that, if they know what's good for them) is a fool, a damned fool and nothin' but a fool, so help me Aroden.

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Maurice de Mare wrote:
Hey Ross, did you lose your Superstar tag?

I lost it when I became staff, which I lost when I changed jobs. I could probably get it back if I asked nicely, I suppose.

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A new challenger approaches!

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Whee, I'm very excited! One might even say...SUPER excited!

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My team is Cable - Ryu - War Machine, please give up now.

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It strikes me that the round they've decided to do away with was the "mechanics-lite" one, like describing an organization. I can live with that.

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Great spread of new Judges this year!

(Is anyone else glitching out on the Judges or rules pages in Chrome?)

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Agreed, Jacob 3. Start practicing now.

I'm kind of bummed about the drop to four rounds; I tended to like Round 2.

Interesting that it's new judges for each round (plus SKR, of course). Wonder if that'll have an effect on anything besides the judges' sanity.

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Ross Byers wrote:

Great spread of new Judges this year!

(Is anyone else glitching out on the Judges or rules pages in Chrome?)

As in the "too many requests" error? I've gotten that a lot from it, yea.

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Cheapy wrote:
Ross Byers wrote:

Great spread of new Judges this year!

(Is anyone else glitching out on the Judges or rules pages in Chrome?)

As in the "too many requests" error? I've gotten that a lot from it, yea.

Yes, that one. Where it consistently refreshes until you get the monkeyclick page. Wanted to make sure it wasn't just me before filing a bug report. (Firefox works fine.)

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Ross Byers wrote:
Maurice de Mare wrote:
Hey Ross, did you lose your Superstar tag?
I lost it when I became staff, which I lost when I changed jobs. I could probably get it back if I asked nicely, I suppose.

Plugs that back in.

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Ross Byers wrote:

Great spread of new Judges this year!

(Is anyone else glitching out on the Judges or rules pages in Chrome?)

Yes. We are currently investigating.

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Chris Lambertz wrote:
Ross Byers wrote:
Maurice de Mare wrote:
Hey Ross, did you lose your Superstar tag?
I lost it when I became staff, which I lost when I changed jobs. I could probably get it back if I asked nicely, I suppose.
Plugs that back in.

Thanks, Chris!

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Finally! I can stop freaking out, and comfortably re-write my item a bajillion times before I submit it New Years Eve.

Can't wait to vote!

Good Luck everyone.

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Looking forward to seeing what y'all come up with, especially for the monster round!

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Jacob W. Michaels wrote:

Agreed, Jacob 3. Start practicing now.

I'm kind of bummed about the drop to four rounds; I tended to like Round 2.

Interesting that it's new judges for each round (plus SKR, of course). Wonder if that'll have an effect on anything besides the judges' sanity.

And what does that say about SKR's sanity? I'm often amazed he survives the normal wear and tear from the flak on the boards, let alone all this!

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Yep, I gotta agree that the spread of judges is absolutely fantastic. Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!

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Adam Daigle wrote:
Looking forward to seeing what y'all come up with, especially for the monster round!

Yeeeeeeeeeessssssss....

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I'm actually kind of jealous of people who are still eligible. Go! Submit things! Have fun!

Actually, I take that back. First, read Sean's threads on what not to do. Then submit things and have fun!

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William Miller 900 wrote:
This is a great opportunity for many fans, but I don't think creativity should be restricted to only wondrous items. Why not an original creature, setting or other category?

The round following the magic item round is creating a creature.

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Yes, but most of us don't make it that far.

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The hiss of "it begins" that I just made at my computer desk was entirely involuntary.

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Funny, I thought the boards would be busier after the announcement than before it. :)

20 days to go: what should I do, what should I do, what should I do.

Looking forward to the slew of judges. That's a mountain of varying sources for feedback to the contestants.

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William Miller 900 wrote:
This is a great opportunity for many fans, but I don't think creativity should be restricted to only wondrous items. Why not an original creature, setting or other category?
This question comes up every year. And the answer is that Wondrous items have the benefit of being
  • Short enough to judge large quantities quickly (there are a LOT of submissions)
  • Include mechanical elements with a broad range of power and effect
  • Include flavorful elements
  • Appeal to all classes

If the first round was to design a Feat, for instance, feats have a relatively narrow power band, limiting the contestants options. (And a lot of Feats tend toward the mechanical rather than the flavorful.)

If the first round was to design a Spell, nothing could be done for Fighters, Barbarians, or Rogues.

If the first round was a setting, there wouldn't be a test of mechanical ability.

If the first round was a monster or a class, it would be impossible to sift through them for the Top 32.

There's also a good reason for this kind of inertia: Some people start practicing long in advance (see the Blazing 9 thread, for instance), and I think Paizo wants to reward people who do their homework.

Not saying it will never change: Change is the nature of life. But there are good reasons for being the way it is.

Lakesidefantasy wrote:
Yes, but most of us don't make it that far.

Most people don't make it past the open call, but that's the nature of the contest. Of any contest. Especially one that doubles as a job interview. You have to learn to walk before you learn to run, so to speak. (If you have an idea for a super-cool monster or setting, you don't need RPG Superstar to share it: you can post in in the Homebrew forum, or pitch it directly to a 3PP.)

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Curaigh wrote:

Funny, I thought the boards would be busier after the announcement than before it. :)

People are working on their items?


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A female judge in every round! Thanks for listening, Paizo! :D

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