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RPG Superstar™ 2012: Mike Welham!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

After five rounds of intensive competition, amateur game designer Mike Welham has won RPG Superstar 2012!

RPG Superstar is the largest annual tabletop roleplaying design contest. The popular vote of paizo.com's more than 200,000-strong fan community chose Mike Welham's Doom Comes to Dustpawn Pathfinder Module proposal. Welham will receive a contract to write the full adventure for Doom Comes to Dustpawn, which will be released in January, 2013.

On behalf of the judges and Paizo Publishing, as well as the many voters, congratulations again to the rest of our Top 4 contestants Steve Miller, James Olchak, and Tom Phillips.

RPG Superstar will return in 2013!

Mike Welham - Kernersville, NC
Doom Comes to Dustpawn - Round 5
The Thanatopic Amphisbaena - Round 4
Phasic Ravager - Round 3
Monster Reformation Alliance - Round 2
Raptoring Gloves - Round 1

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Huzzzah!

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

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Good job Mike! Looking forward to seeing your module.

Shadow Lodge Star Voter 2013

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Congratulations Mike! Looking forward to buying and running your module and whatever follows next.

Andoran Star Voter 2013

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Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber

Congratulations. ^_^

Andoran

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Congrats Mike!

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

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Congrats to Mike!

And big props to the other top 4 as well, particularly Tom. This contest has never been this close, to my knowledge. It was CRAZY close. I think that speaks to how good all the submissions (and particularly those two) were this year.

The contest is such a long, grueling process. You all--all 4 of you--really should be very, very proud of yourselves!

I can't wait to see what you have in store for us, Mike. Congrats on the win and best of luck in your post-Superstar career. This will open doors. What you do with them is up to you.

I, for one, can't wait to see what you have in store for us!


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

Very good job to all. Way to go to Mike for bringing it home to NC!

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

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Congrats Mike! Can't wait to see your adventure!


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Congratulations! I'm glad that I and others spoke up for you in round 2 to support your Monster Reformation Alliance so we could see you go all the way and produce a good product! :D

Silver Crusade Star Voter 2013

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Congrats Mike! This is awesome!

Taldor Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

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Neil Spicer wrote:
Hah! You're up next, Dain! When are you making your run at the title?

Next year, Neil, next year. ;)


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Congrats to Mike and all of the other contestants! What a great showing!

And a special thanks to Paizo and all the volunteers for being gracious hosts and judges. Working weekends to go out of your way to respond to customers and contestants is beyond good form!

This company has done a lot for the community.

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 8 aka Ottovar

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Good Job, Mike!


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

Felicidades Miguel! Nuestro tejón favorito :)


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Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber

Wow, Taig, great run. Congratulations!

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

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Congratulations Mike!

Andoran Star Voter 2013

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My hat is off to you Mike. I know you will make some classics.

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

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Congratulations Mike, that's really exciting and thoroughly deserved. Well done Steve, James and Tom.

Hurrah!


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Congrats!


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+1 on the congratulations front to Mike and all the other contestants!

Osirion

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waits patiently for Mike to finally write that long-promised adventure where the PCs get to play heroic zombies battling the corruption of the evil Rainbow Pony

Dedicated Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

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Congratz to Mike and also to Tom, while I know it to be impossible, I would have liked two winners this year.

Sczarni

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Great work Mike! Look forward to seeing it in print!!

Tom! Your run thru RPGSS over the last few years has been amazing. Mega dose of congrats to you!!!


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wohooo

congratulations Mike, can't wait to buy the module

Andoran

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Congrats, Badgah!!!

Publisher, Clockwork Gnome Publishing

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Congratulations Mike!

I look forward to seeing the module and your future work with Paizo.


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Well done, congrats to Mike and all who found the courage to enter!


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Congrats, Mike.

Looking back at the comments, the judges tried to throw you out in the first two rounds, but you persevered and won the whole thing. Nice job!!

RPG Superstar 2009, Contributor

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Actually, I think we tried to steer him back on target. I'd say it worked. ;-)

Cheliax RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16 , Star Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014 aka FaxCelestis

Congrats, Mike. I was rooting for you. :)

Cheliax RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16 , Star Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014 aka FaxCelestis

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Good job, Mike. I was rooting for you. :)


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Congratulations Mike!

Who knew I had this many talented pathfinder gamers near me...


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Way to go, Mike! Doom Comes to Dustpawn will kick off 2013 quite nicely indeed! And congrats to the other three fellers too - NC was represented well!

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

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Congratulations!

Yes, Dustpawn won - excellent - puts money aside for this.


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Congratulations, Mike!

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

Wolfgang Baur wrote:

Congrats, Mike, really well done!

I look forward to this adventure, and to many more great books from you and Paizo.

Thank you, Wolfgang! Thank you as well for allowing me to get my start at KQ.

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

Rite Publishing wrote:

Congrats to Mike, and damn Paizo for stealing one of my freelancers!

Seriously Mike deserves it having worked with him on multiple products, he is extremely talented and a consummate professional.

Steve

Thank you, Steve! Rite Publishing was the first place to actually pay me to do something I love to do. :)

I really do appreciate you taking a chance on me with Book of Monster Templates.

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

Light Dragon wrote:
Congratulations! I'm glad that I and others spoke up for you in round 2 to support your Monster Reformation Alliance so we could see you go all the way and produce a good product! :D

Thank you, Light Dragon! I appreciate you and many others who saw *something* in my flawed presentation for the Monster Reformation Alliance to vote me into the next round.


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@Mike Welham: You have a very, very, VERY cool Avatar :-)
I really love it!

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