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RPG Superstar 2015

RPG Superstar™: Top 4 Announced!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Congratulations to our Top 4 RPG Superstar™ competitors!

Steve Miller - Raleigh, NC

James Olchak - Raleigh, NC
Tom Phillips - Fleming Island, FL

Mike Welham - Kernersville, NC

The Top 4 competitors have rolled with the punches and absorbed feedback from the judges and the voters. Now they are making that last push toward the finish line. Now is the time to double down in their efforts and write a proposal for an exciting adventure that'll impress the judges and the voters.

Congratulations to the Top 4—they've survived three rounds of voting and four rounds of sometimes-harsh judge commentary. They've caught the eye of the people at Paizo who make freelance assignments. Each of them has an eye on the prize: getting to write an adventure module and get it published, in print, with his name on the cover. The winner supplies the text, Paizo takes care of the rest. The proof of the winner's quality will be in game stores all over the country.

The deadline for Round 5 entries is March 23rd and submissions for will go live for voting March 27th at 2 PM Pacific time.

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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Marathon Voter 2013

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

Congratulations, all!

Now let's begin the theorizing of what's up with NC. Could it be the water? Is NC too boring to do anything but write RPG material? Are they all stealing ideas from one guy, who they have locked up?

RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16 , Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015 aka motteditor

Cheapy, I believe that last guy would probably be Spicer. Though you'd think he'd be able to post an SOS with all his time on the boards.

Congrats to the Top 4; Tom, don't feel left out -- Florida's not far from North Carolina.

Silver Crusade Star Voter 2013

Congratulations to all four of you!

Sovereign Court

Congrats!

Sovereign Court

Cheapy wrote:

Congratulations, all!

Now let's begin the theorizing of what's up with NC. Could it be the water? Is NC too boring to do anything but write RPG material? Are they all stealing ideas from one guy, who they have locked up?

Well Neil Spicer is from NC but I'm sure there's no bias...

<_<
>_>

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Congrats to one and all! And postive waves for the next round!

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

Congrats to the Top 4!

Keep it together!

Star Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

Congratulations Tom, Steve, James and Mike.

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 8

Congratulations to the Top 4! It's well deserved. You all wrote great encounters. Now, go get your name on that module!

Paizo Employee Developer

Callous Jack wrote:
Cheapy wrote:

Congratulations, all!

Now let's begin the theorizing of what's up with NC. Could it be the water? Is NC too boring to do anything but write RPG material? Are they all stealing ideas from one guy, who they have locked up?

Well Neil Spicer is from NC but I'm sure there's no bias...

<_<
>_>

Neil gets the same 1 vote as everyone else.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Well done to the Top 4!

The Exchange Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015 aka Shadowborn

Congratulations! I wish all of you the best during this final round. Now, if you'll indulge me, a personal request and a challenge:

Top 4, the last couple of rounds have left it really clear as to who my votes were going to end up with. I don't want that in this round. Turn the creative juices to overdrive, hone your writing skills, check and double-check before you finally hit that submit button. I want voting this time around to be physically painful. I want to wring my hands and pore over minutia before I finally decide which one of you is worthy of being named RPG Superstar. When this round is over I want to be convinced that any of the three that don't make it could take it all next year.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber
Mark Moreland wrote:
Neil gets the same 1 vote as everyone else.

It's just the only one that counts...

Shadowborn wrote:
When this round is over I want to be convinced that any of the three that don't make it could take it all next year.

Fully with you on the hand-wringing desire, but I believe the Top 8 of each year are not eligible for future contests.

The Exchange Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015 aka Shadowborn

Majuba wrote:
Mark Moreland wrote:
Neil gets the same 1 vote as everyone else.

It's just the only one that counts...

Shadowborn wrote:
When this round is over I want to be convinced that any of the three that don't make it could take it all next year.
Fully with you on the hand-wringing desire, but I believe the Top 8 of each year are not eligible for future contests.

Yeah, you're right. How about I amend that to say that any of the other three could have taken it this year.


Pathfinder Tales Subscriber

Congrats to the Top 4! Man, the Force is strong in NC this year. Or maybe it's all the nicotine in the air?

Star Voter 2013

Congratulations to the top 4! Keep it going, you're on a roll and almost to the finish!

Dark Archive RPG Superstar 2010 Top 32, 2011 Top 16 , Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015 aka Boxhead

Congrats, guys, now let's see some awesome adventure outlines!

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 32, 2011 Top 4 , Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015 aka DankeSean

Whoever takes home the title, it can be safely said that this is the year It Came From the South.
Congrats guys! No matter what happens from here, you'll all be writing for Paizo before the year is out, but regardless: make those pitches awesome.

Contributor

I'm just as confused about the whole NC thing as anyone else, and I'm from Raleigh :)

And now I'm impatient having to wait till the 23rd for all four adventure proposals. But it's 4 days after my birthday, so they'll be a fun present ;)

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

Congratulations, top 4!

Silver Crusade Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Tales Subscriber

Congrats to the top 4! You've all already won. Well done.

Liberty's Edge Star Voter 2013

All well deserved! The winner of next round truely will be a Superstar.

Sovereign Court Star Voter 2013

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber

Congrats to the final four! And down the stretch they come...

Paizo Employee Developer

Competitors and those interested in adventure design in general should be sure to check tomorrow's blog, in which I'll provide some advice on crafting good adventures from the perspective of the guy in charge of the Pathfinder Modules line.

Grand Lodge

Congratulations to the final four!

Dark Archive

Congratulations to the top 4 and all the other ones that have participated in this RPGSuperstar.

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

Tobacco Road, represent!

Congrats everyone!

RPG Superstar 2009, Contributor

Also, speaking of Tobacco Road...is it just coincidence that 3 out of the 4 ACC teams also made it into the NCAA Tournament this year (i.e., North Carolina, Duke, and North Carolina State)? They'll be trying to represent, too. :-)

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

Neil Spicer wrote:
Also, speaking of Tobacco Road...is it just coincidence that 3 out of the 4 ACC teams also made it into the NCAA Tournament this year (i.e., North Carolina, Duke, and North Carolina State)? They'll be trying to represent, too. :-)

Ahem. And don't forget Florida State. ;-)

RPG Superstar 2009, Contributor

Quite right. I guess the irony continues.

Additionally, considering FSU went on to win the ACC Tournament this year, perhaps that bodes well for you? I wouldn't count on omens though. You better bring the awesome. You go big in this contest or you go home. You also can't afford to go too big or folks send you home for overshooting the assignment. Regardless, this is the round to win everyone over.


Congratulations to the top 4 and commiserations to the 4 who didn't make it.

Contributor

Neil Spicer wrote:
Additionally, considering FSU went on to win the ACC Tournament this year

UNC alum grinds teeth. Bah.


Pathfinder Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Pssh. Better than being a Wake Forest alum. We've stunk since Chris Paul left. :P


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Maps, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Damn, maybe I need to relocate from Charlotte to Raleigh! Congrats guys!

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