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The Top 16!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

After a record number of votes in this year's Round 2, sixteen amateur game designers have advanced to Round 3 of Paizo Publishing’s RPG Superstar, the largest open-call tabletop roleplaying design contest in history. Ryan Dancey, father of the Open Gaming movement, joined celebrity judges Sean K Reynolds and Mark Moreland from Paizo and RPG Superstar 2009 winner Neil Spicer to critique 400-word class archetype concepts submitted by the top 32 Round 1 survivors, and a public vote resulted in 16 advancing submissions. The finalists must now create backgrounds and Pathfinder RPG stat blocks using one of 32 preselected villain images and an archetype, either from a previous round or from any published Paizo product.

Artus Nemati — Charlatan (Rogue)
    Mirrored Lantern of the Pious Seeker
Cody Coffelt — Hound Master (Cavalier)
    Flask of Five Fifths
David Vigil — First World Druid (Druid)
    Candle of Viscous Ephemera
Eric Hindley — Knife Fighter (Fighter)
    Shadow Falconer's Glove
Erik Freund — Moon Shaman (Druid)
    Corsage of the Captured Voice
Ethan Day-Jones — Exalted Armsman (Cleric)
    Eye of the Void
Jerall Toi — Tengu Blademaster (Fighter)
    Phlebotomist's Gloves
Joel Flank — Hedge Wizard (Wizard)
    Plentiful Pouch
John Bennett — Saboteur (Ranger)
    Cocoon Cloak
Marie Small — Tactician (Fighter)
    Verdant Vine
Nick Bolhuis — Champion of Philosophy (Cavalier)
    Assassin's Rose
Ryan Marsh — Goldfever Alchemist (Alchemist)
    Grim Howler
Sam Zeitlin — Still-Water Meditant (Monk)
    Book of Night Without Moon
Scott Fernandez — Grave Robber (Rogue)
    Nightmare Boots
Sean McGowan — Evangelist (Bard)
    Singing Bowl of Redoubled Clarity
Trevor Merback — Impaler (Fighter)
    Bag of Holes
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Tags: RPG Superstar
Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Congratulations to all winning archetypes :)

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

Nice job and congratulations!

Andoran RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32 aka Bats Kabber

Congratulations to the Top 16!!!

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 16 , Star Voter 2013

Joy! and rapture even! I feel like I kind of squeaked in here. I guess the time to play it safe is over.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32 aka Levis

Congratulations to the Top 16!! You guys deserved it! :)

Andoran Contributor , Star Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

Congratulations everyone!

Hopefully, we'll see many of the Top 32 repeat next year. :)


Congratulations! Now bring us some memorable villains!

Osirion RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32 , Dedicated Voter 2013 aka Eyebite

Congrats guys! Looking forward to seeing what you guys pull out in the next few rounds.


congratulations to the top 16 for making it to the next round of the contest.
and to the other 16 for making it that far in the contest. you already beat countless others.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Congratulations everyone! I've been out of the loop for a while and only just getting a chance to look through things, but looks like a lot of great work has been done in Superstar this year already.


Top 32 placers, you retain the envious Superstar board tag :P. An honorific many have aspired to and have failed to grab.

Top 16, given some of your archetypes I look forward to some dastardly villains.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 4 aka Scipion del Ferro

Thank you to everyone who voted for all of the entries. I think we all look forward to presenting you with our villains in a weeks time.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 16 , Star Voter 2013 aka Anry

WOO! Thanks to everyone that voted!

(B~@~!*!s, can't find a single clip I wanted to attach...Mole from Atlantis "I'm so excited"....or Wallace doing his excited hands from Wallace and Gromit.)

((Wow, that's a good filter.))

Cheliax RPG Superstar 2010 Top 32, 2011 Top 16 , Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014 aka Boxhead

Thanks to everyone who voted! Congrats to my fellow Top 16, and condolences to those who fought and fell. It gets better with time, I promise, don't give up now!

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

way to go top 16... keep up the good work.


Congrats to the top 16 and for those who didn't make it this time, Great work and there is always another chance next year to do it again!

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32, 2012 Top 4 aka OamuTheMonk

Congratulations, top 16. Nice work.

Next year bring your "B" game, give me a better chance!

Shadow Lodge

I'm excited to see 16 villainous archetypes (archetypal villains?)!

Grand Lodge

Congratulations to the top 16! To all of you, I'd like another helping of awesome please!

To those who did not advance, be proud. You did well amid some stiff challenges and should wear your "2011 Top 32" with pride. I envy your getting the industry feedback on your writing but am genuinely happy for your progress this year.

Contributor

I totally missed the voting because I was stuck at work late. Yet at first glance the folks I wanted most to continue on are among the top 16. I can't wait to see what you come up with next! :)


Congratulations everyone! I can't wait to see some villains!

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8 , Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014 aka John Benbo

Thanks to everyone who has participated in the contest (from the hundreds who submitted to the hundreds who voted) for making it a great contest! New England is getting buried in snow this winter but there is a bright side, work has already been canceled for tomorrow in anticipation of 18inches of snow so more time for me to finish crafting a villain.

Andoran RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32, 2011 Top 16 , Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014 aka JoelF847

John Bennett wrote:
New England is getting buried in snow this winter but there is a bright side, work has already been canceled for tomorrow in anticipation of 18inches of snow so more time for me to finish crafting a villain.

Ha - you're lucky you don't have a work laptop, I'll be working from home (though probably sneaking more time into my villain that I would be able to on a normal work day.)

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16 , Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Congratulations everyone. Good luck with your villains!

Star Voter 2013

Congratulations everyone on a difficult round! I can't wait to see the villains :)

Andoran RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32 , Star Voter 2013

Congrats everyone.

RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16 , Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014 aka motteditor

Just curious, do they publish the vote totals? I'd be curious to see what they are...

Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Maps Subscriber

Congratulations Top 16!

It's really nice to see that several of the archetypes I voted for are among those that got into Round 2.

Can't wait to see those villains!

~Dean

RPG Superstar 2009, Contributor

motteditor wrote:
Just curious, do they publish the vote totals? I'd be curious to see what they are...

No. They don't.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 4 aka Scipion del Ferro

You could look at Tikael's exit poll. It accurately predicted 15/16 of the Top 16. Pretty impressive from a sample size of about 30 voters.

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 32, 2011 Top 4 , Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014 aka DankeSean

Wow, this is a thrill. Thanks, everyone. I don't care what the polls say; I'm never comfortable until the results are actually published.
And now: another week of intense stress. Yee-ha! :-)


Pathfinder Tales Subscriber

Congratulations to the Top 16!

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 8 aka Ottovar

Excellent Job all, most impressive... Now, if only they had taken photographs of Paizo employees to use as the inspiration for the villains... Muahahhahaa

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 4 aka Scipion del Ferro

Ottovar wrote:
Excellent Job all, most impressive... Now, if only they had taken photographs of Paizo employees to use as the inspiration for the villains... Muahahhahaa

There are pictures of most of them. They all have beards. Except Lisa.


Ottovar wrote:
Excellent Job all, most impressive... Now, if only they had taken photographs of Paizo employees to use as the inspiration for the villains... Muahahhahaa

Especially Cosmo's mustache.

Paizo Employee Developer

Cody Coffelt wrote:
Ottovar wrote:
Excellent Job all, most impressive... Now, if only they had taken photographs of Paizo employees to use as the inspiration for the villains... Muahahhahaa
There are pictures of most of them. They all have beards. Except Lisa.

A trend easily remedied. I have a vial of Grecian Formula Quik-Gro Solution in the bathroom. I bet enough of us together could hold Lisa down to get a good coating on her chin.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Urizen wrote:
Ottovar wrote:
Excellent Job all, most impressive... Now, if only they had taken photographs of Paizo employees to use as the inspiration for the villains... Muahahhahaa
Especially Cosmo's mustache.

Even Cosmo's mustache has a beard.

Star Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

Congratulations to the top 32!

Double congratulations to the top 16. Great job all! :)

Dedicated Voter 2013

Congratulations to the top 16! Well done, hope you're all ready for more.

And to all the top 32 who didn't make it: You already made it. You're all heroes and role-models for years to come in my book, your entries read and re-read for that spark of genius. Slip into your deserved comfy break-chairs, sip a drink, and join us in putting the pressure on the poor contestants!

Oh and: See You Next Year!


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

Big time congrats!


Congratulations, you all deserve to be where you are. Now work hard on the next round and create a villain that we will remembers for a long time.


KUDOS folks!

Great work everyone. An especial congratulations for those I didn't vote for, because you can't please all the people all the time but you clearly pleased most of the people most of the time :)

Ken

Shadow Lodge Star Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

Congrats!

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