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RPG Superstar™ Top 8 Announced!

The Top 8 for RPG Superstar have been announced and are advancing to Round 4, where our contestants will be creating a Golarion Location, Map and Encounter. The plot thickens, as they will also be playtesting these Encounters and using monsters from the Pathfinder Battles Heroes & Monsters miniatures. In this round, fan votes determine who advances to Round 5, in which the Top 4 will submit a Pathfinder Module adventure proposal. All finalist submissions, complete with judge and reader commentary, are posted to the paizo.com messageboards.

The Top 8 have until Friday, February 24 to complete their write up on their Location, Map and Encounter. On February 28, Paizo will reveal judge comments on all 8 submissions to the general public, who will then get to discuss the entries and vote for their favorites, as well as engage in the playtest. Voting starts on March 6 and ends March 12, and the Top 4 (by votes) will move on to Round 5.

The ultimate winner of RPG Superstar, announced April 3, 2012, will write a Pathfinder Module to be published in early 2013. The 2011 RPG Superstar champion module, Sam Zeitlin’s The Midnight Mirror, releases in April 2012.

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Grand Lodge

Way to represent, North Carolina!

(shout-out from Asheville)

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

Congrats, top 8! Even though I got destroyed in last year's encounter round, it was actually the one I had the most fun doing and is still the the one I look forward to the most in this competition(beside the adventure pitch).

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 4 , Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014 aka Jatori

Congratulations Top 8! I'm looking forward to some good playtesting.

Marathon Voter 2013

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Congrats! I can't wait numeria to see what numeria you guys are able to cook numeria up !

Cheliax

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Card Game, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Well done all!

All seven entries that I voted for got through - Tom was the other one, and I think that was only because I somehow didn't read it...

Paizo Employee Developer

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Congrats to all 8 of you to advance to the next round. I hope you're all in it to win it now, as there's no going back from this point. I look forward to seeing what you come up with for your encounters, as I'll be judging this round and keeping a close eye on everyone from here on out as a possible freelancer (regardless of final placement).

Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Congratulations to you all! Based on the glimpses of brilliance from all of you in the early rounds, I'm looking forward to running some fun playtests soon. Knock us out!

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

Cheapy wrote:
Congrats! I can't wait numeria to see what numeria you guys are able to cook numeria up !

Yes, and if you make a giant robot head that shoots lasers, make sure it is in Numeria and not somewhere else like, say, Rahadoum. At least I can be example of what not to do for others...:).

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16 , Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Congratulations everyone. They were great monsters, now wow us with the encounters, please!

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

Congratulations to he Top 8. Looking forward to following the rest of the ontest from the sideline, an playtesting the entries.

Btw, the blog post text says voting ENDS on March 6th, while the Superstar scheule with all the dates says it BEGINS on March 6th.

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

I'm also wondering is the challenge to design an encounter -- as the Superstar "front page" says -- or a location. Obviously they're going to be similar, but I don't think quite the same thing.

Monkey Goblins Attack!, for instance, was a great encounter, but obviously I wouldn't give it many points for a location.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
John Bennett wrote:
Cheapy wrote:
Congrats! I can't wait numeria to see what numeria you guys are able to cook numeria up !
Yes, and if you make a giant robot head that shoots lasers, make sure it is in Numeria and not somewhere else like, say, Rahadoum. At least I can be example of what not to do for others...:).

Can we get some sharks with some frickin' laser beams attached to their heads?

Designer, RPG Superstar Judge

Jacob W. Michaels wrote:
I'm also wondering is the challenge to design an encounter -- as the Superstar "front page" says -- or a location. Obviously they're going to be similar, but I don't think quite the same thing.

It's a Location, Map, and Encounter.

Andoran

Great work!! Looking forward to this round!!!!

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

We can reference material from the Pathfinder Campaign Setting, but what about material from the Pathfinder Players Companion line?

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

Take it from me- don't just emphasize map and location, make sure your creature selection is interesting.

You don't want Clark writing, "Chain golems?!?!?"

Make it exciting on all three levels.

Andoran RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16 , Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014 aka Locke1520

Congratulations to the Top 8! The last round was very creative I'm really looking forward to what comes next. I've got my dice ready!


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Tales Subscriber

Congratulations! I had a 75% success rate in voting, so congrats to me, too! :-P

Designer, RPG Superstar Judge

Tom Phillips wrote:
We can reference material from the Pathfinder Campaign Setting, but what about material from the Pathfinder Players Companion line?

Ah, that should be "campaign setting," lower case, not specifically referring to the Campaign Setting (formerly Chronicles) product line. I'll ask Chris to update it.

Sczarni RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32 , Champion Voter 2013, Champion Voter 2014

Congrats guys! You should buy a couple packs of minis and use whatever you randomly get...

Cheliax

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Modules, Tales Subscriber
Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
Congrats guys! You should buy a couple packs of minis and use whatever you randomly get...

Woe to the author who gets a skeleton, human druid, and watch guard x2 :)

Sczarni RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32 , Champion Voter 2013, Champion Voter 2014

Squeatus wrote:
Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
Congrats guys! You should buy a couple packs of minis and use whatever you randomly get...
Woe to the author who gets a skeleton, human druid, and watch guard x2 :)

Can't be as bad as my luck, 6 packs bought and 3 packs of Gnome fighter and dire rat.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Wow, North Carolina represent! Two from Raleigh, one from Apex (about 10 minutes from Raleigh), and one from Kernersville (about an hour away).


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Tales Subscriber

Proof that tobacco is good for the imagination? (See also Lewis, Tolkien...)

Contributor

Ok, regardless of where you guys go from here on out in the competition, I totally want to meet the four NC guys in the top 8 this year for drinks at some point (I'm in Raleigh too). :)


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Tales Subscriber
Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Proof that tobacco is good for the imagination? (See also Lewis, Tolkien, Stewart...)

EDITED.

Founder, Legendary Games & Publisher, Necromancer Games, RPG Superstar Judge

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Congrats, Top 8!

It is one thing to get top 32. That is quite an honor. That means you had the mojo to catch our eye. That is hard enough.

Then Top 16 means you delivered again with a solid organization and showed promise for more to come.

Top 8 means you are starting to develop the kind of consistent and appealing resume that could make you a future RPG Superstar winner.
And don't forget, people from Top 8 on have gone on to some serious freelancing even if they don't win it all. So you have already arrived in some pretty rarified air.

But don't take your foot off the gas. Slam that pedal down! The finish line is still a way off, but it should be coming in sight.

You guys really should be proud of yourselves. Candidly, I dont think I could get this far in the contest.

Great work!

Clark

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

Good job, guys! Best wishes over the next three days. I recall round 4 being by far the hardest to get done. Got very little sleep this time last year. And we didn't have the extra burden of knowing people would be playtesting our entries.
So. Y'know. No massive, overwhelming, crushing pressure or anything. :-)

Contributor

Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Proof that tobacco is good for the imagination? (See also Lewis, Tolkien, Stewart...)
EDITED.

*chuckle* I've never smoked anything in my life actually. My better half has a thing for pre-embargo cuban cigars though, and I suppose I get some second hand.

Clearly though, -all- of the top 8 are doing something good for the imagination. I'm looking forward to seeing what they do next :)

Cheliax

Congrats to the Top 8, looking forward to the what you have in store for us in this next round.


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Congratulations to those who got through and commiserations to those that didn't. One of my favourites has been knocked out, so particular commiserations to Andrew Marlowe, but I still have 2 in the running.
I'm looking forward to seeing the maps and encounters.

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Woot! Congrats to all!


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Tales Subscriber
Todd Stewart wrote:
Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Proof that tobacco is good for the imagination? (See also Lewis, Tolkien, Stewart...)
EDITED.

*chuckle* I've never smoked anything in my life actually. My better half has a thing for pre-embargo cuban cigars though, and I suppose I get some second hand.

Clearly though, -all- of the top 8 are doing something good for the imagination. I'm looking forward to seeing what they do next :)

Don't give me that, "I didn't inhale" crap! You were in the room!

Mmm...Cuban! (Never had anything that wasn't POST-embargo, myself.)
;-)

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

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

Many congratulations all -

map fu, evil twin of template fu is sharpening his map reviewing talons right now and is eager to start.

I have also arranged a group of stalwart adv... - erm - fodder to feed to your encounters, so expect some more detailed feedback from me this round.

Star Voter 2013

Congrats to the top 8! Looking forward to what you come up with next round!


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Maps, Pawns Subscriber

Way to go NC contestants! Congrats on getting this far.

Good luck in the encounter design section from Albemarle, NC.

Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

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

Best of luck! We're already planning to run some of the encounters after the reveal. So make it worth our while!


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber
Cheapy wrote:
Congrats! I can't wait numeria to see what numeria you guys are able to cook numeria up !

*laughs* Too awesome.


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

Big time congrats!

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

Sean K Reynolds wrote:
Tom Phillips wrote:
We can reference material from the Pathfinder Campaign Setting, but what about material from the Pathfinder Players Companion line?
Ah, that should be "campaign setting," lower case, not specifically referring to the Campaign Setting (formerly Chronicles) product line. I'll ask Chris to update it.

Thank you, Sean.

Another question: Does "published content" include material published on the Paizo blog? Like maybe some of the material published in the old Design Tuesday blog?

Cheliax

Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Congratulations! I had a 75% success rate in voting, so congrats to me, too! :-P

HA! That's pathetic! I voted for six contestants, and ALL of them made it to Top 8, thus making my success rate 100%! ;P

Andoran Contributor, RPG Superstar 2012 , Star Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

Sean K Reynolds wrote:
Tom Phillips wrote:
We can reference material from the Pathfinder Campaign Setting, but what about material from the Pathfinder Players Companion line?
Ah, that should be "campaign setting," lower case, not specifically referring to the Campaign Setting (formerly Chronicles) product line. I'll ask Chris to update it.

Something published in an Adventure Path is acceptable, then?

(Sorry for the dumb question, but I don't want to get disqualified for something I misunderstood)

Designer, RPG Superstar Judge

I believe we've allowed that in the past, so let's say... yes!

Designer, RPG Superstar Judge

Mike Welham wrote:
Something published in an Adventure Path is acceptable, then?

Yep! AP, Chronicles, Companion, Player Companion, Campaign Setting, Modules... all allowed. :)

Founder, Legendary Games & Publisher, Necromancer Games, RPG Superstar Judge

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Kradlum wrote:

Congratulations to those who got through and commiserations to those that didn't. One of my favourites has been knocked out, so particular commiserations to Andrew Marlowe, but I still have 2 in the running.

I'm looking forward to seeing the maps and encounters.

Every single year I have someone who I really am impressed by that doesn't get by the voters. Seriously, every single year. Year one, it was Sam and the migrus. And then every year since then.

The contest has a life of its own and voting is a part of it.

Star Voter 2014

Congratulations to the contestants, and woot woot for Round 4! Things get very interesting as the competitors get the chance to explore Golarion, catch all of our imaginations by expanding the world, and give us an exciting encounter with fun possibilities. Good luck folks!

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