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RPG Superstar 2011: Time Is Running Out!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Have you ever wanted to be a published professional game designer? We're two weeks into Round 1 of this year's RPG Superstar 2011 competition and have less than two weeks to go, so you still have a chance!

Judges Ryan Dancey, Mark Moreland, Neil Spicer, and myself have waded through hundreds of item submissions so far, with the expectations of hundreds more, and overall we're very impressed with the quality level of this year's wondrous items! Normally it takes us to the end of the Round 1 submission period to get enough cool wondrous items to build a strong Top 32, but we already have over 40 items in the "keeper" pile.

But don't take that as a sign that you shouldn't participate! We're going to continue adding good submissions to the pile, and only when the submission deadline has passed are we going to whittle those down to just the Top 32. So warm yourself by the fireplace, have some eggnog (or your favorite winter beverage), design a new wondrous item, and submit it using the above RPG Superstar link!

The deadline for submitting your wondrous item is December 31, 2010, at 2 p.m. Pacific Time. And be sure to check the sticky post in the RPG Superstar message board listing a lot of advice about designing a wondrous item for the competition, and be sure to check out some of the helpful links in this November blog post.

Do you want to sit around eating your "sad ice cream" and moping that you never submitted an item to RPG Superstar 2011? Or do you want to do victory laps around your gaming table, holding a Paizo-published module with your name on the cover? The only way you can win RPG Superstar is if you submit a wondrous item in Round 1!

(Next week, we'll give you a sneak peek at the Round 2 challenge!)

Sean K Reynolds
Developer, RPG Superstar Judge

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Cheliax

According to the Halfling Surgeon General, there's nothing inherently wrong with a little sad ice cream now and then, and now, and now ... and now.

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16, 2011 Top 32, 2012 Top 4

What exactly makes ice cream sad? Aside from when someone leaves the freezer door open, ice cream really has it easy.

I say SUCK IT UP, ice cream! Life is rough.

Shadow Lodge

Sneak peek at round 2 woo-hoo!


Already more than 40 in the keeper pile...

It is enough to induce despair.

This is one of those cases where my unshakable sense of manifest coolness becomes... shaken.

I'm gnawing off my fingernails with anticipation.

But at lease a sneak peak at round 2 will be cool.


When it's all said and done and the last 32 + alternates are set, would you consider revealing which other items initially made the keeper pile but couldn't survive the cut from there?


Dire Mongoose wrote:
When it's all said and done and the last 32 + alternates are set, would you consider revealing which other items initially made the keeper pile but couldn't survive the cut from there?

+1

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 32 , Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014 aka Standback

Dire Mongoose wrote:
When it's all said and done and the last 32 + alternates are set, would you consider revealing which other items initially made the keeper pile but couldn't survive the cut from there?

-1.

We'll know who the top 32 are; presumably, those who want feedback will get an idea of how their item did.

I don't think it's right to preemptively post anything about specific entries that didn't get in.


Standback wrote:


We'll know who the top 32 are; presumably, those who want feedback will get an idea of how their item did.

I don't think it's right to preemptively post anything about specific entries that didn't get in.

It could be revealed by item name; that's still person-anonymous.

Does that at all alleviate your concerns? I'm not sure I understand the angle of your objection.

Marathon Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

I find the odds close to zero that they'll name the items they cut from the keep pile.

But you never know. I do know that in the past some of the judges have commented on specific items in a separate thread, once the final 32 have been announced.

Edit: Frankly, I'd be much happier with the simple "you're not in the top 32" than with "oh, yeah, your item was the last one we cut."

Star Voter 2013

I've noticed that in previous years, a lot of the people who were close in round 1 stick around afterwards to ask for advice - whereupon they'll receive it. 40 items in the keeper pile makes me anxious, but I can't wait to see who makes it through.


gbonehead wrote:

I find the odds close to zero that they'll name the items they cut from the keep pile.

But you never know. I do know that in the past some of the judges have commented on specific items in a separate thread, once the final 32 have been announced.

Edit: Frankly, I'd be much happier with the simple "you're not in the top 32" than with "oh, yeah, your item was the last one we cut."

Personally I consider myself to be lucky that my item was one of the few, that got direct feedback in the last Feedback thread, and that the feedback was along the lines of: "Initially you were in the keep pile, but we [sadly] had to drop you for [reasons]"

Because at least I now know that I was on the right track and what I did wrong.

Also I can brag among my friends, that I *nearly* made the Top 32.

And this year I will at least brag about my place int the top 32 ;)

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8 , Star Voter 2013

What's the poker term? Bubble boy?


Matthew Morris wrote:
What's the poker term? Bubble boy?

That would be the alternates, getting a real taste of the real thing, but most likely dropping out without ever being seen by the public eye.


Not entering. Given my Superstar item entry track record to date, it makes much more sense to me to sit it out this year. (Plus it should perk Urizen up, the poor chap, and save him from feeling he has to throw latin words at me... ;) )

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8 , Star Voter 2013

Charles Evans 25 wrote:

Not entering. Given my Superstar item entry track record to date, it makes much more sense to me to sit it out this year. (Plus it should perk Urizen up, the poor chap, and save him from feeling he has to throw latin words at me... ;) )

Come on, enter.... I left a spot open :P


Come on Charles Evens, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by entering. YOUUUUUuuuuu ccccaaaannnnn doooo itttttt...


Azmahel wrote:
gbonehead wrote:

I find the odds close to zero that they'll name the items they cut from the keep pile.

But you never know. I do know that in the past some of the judges have commented on specific items in a separate thread, once the final 32 have been announced.

Edit: Frankly, I'd be much happier with the simple "you're not in the top 32" than with "oh, yeah, your item was the last one we cut."

Personally I consider myself to be lucky that my item was one of the few, that got direct feedback in the last Feedback thread, and that the feedback was along the lines of: "Initially you were in the keep pile, but we [sadly] had to drop you for [reasons]"

Because at least I now know that I was on the right track and what I did wrong.

Also I can brag among my friends, that I *nearly* made the Top 32.

And this year I will at least brag about my place int the top 32 ;)

Noooo! You can't make the top 32: I was planning on leaving you to do all the serious reviews this year and to drop in only the occasional alias flippant feedback post.


(edited, emphasis corrected, additional menace added)
Dear Mr. Evans,
All my feedback posts are deadly serious; I do not make flippant feedback posts. Any more of that cheek from you and I will feel obliged to strap you into a chair, prop your eyes open with astral deva nasal hairs, and compel you to watch reruns of old Adam West shows until your brain explodes. I know where you live, don't forget...

Hoping you found this feedback post helpful.

Yours,

Ask A RPGSupersuccubus (precise name still under consideration and subject to change).


Who says that I won't do this if I make the Top 32 ? Got to work for my Votes, eh ;)

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

old Adam West shows - ooooooooooooh yes please.

Camp Batman is so camp it's camp-a-licious and even today, still rollicking good fun.

Hah, your threats are as flippantly not scary as not scary can flippantly get :P

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