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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
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Phasic Ravager - Round 3
Monster Reformation Alliance - Round 2
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Paizo Employee Developer

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Congrats, Mike! I look forward to working with you on Dustpawn.

To the runners-up, if you want to write for Paizo and accept a forthcoming offer to write a Pathfinder Society Scenario, then I look forward to working with each of you as well.

Great contest, folks! You should all be really proud.


Pathfinder Tales Subscriber

Congrats Mike! You are a SuperStah!!!

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

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Congratulations, Mike!! Well done!


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

Way to go Mike!!


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Way to go Mike!!!!!!

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

TAAAAAIIIIIGGGGG!!!!!!!

Woot! Congrats Badger!

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 8

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Congratulations Mike! It was a great pitch. Can't wait to see the finished product with your name on it. The Toad King better be on the front cover!

Taldor RPG Superstar 2013 Top 4, RPG Superstar 2011 Top 16 , Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014 aka primemover003

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Congrats Mike! Can't wait to see how your Module turns out!

--Vrock the House!

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

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Congratulations, Mike! Well deserved.

Now that is out of the way, this is too funny:

Paizo Blog wrote:
Welham will receive a contract to write the full adventure for Dust Comes to Doomspawn, which will be released in January, 2013.

*Oh noes....it's the Dust, come to wreck havoc on poor Doomspawn!* - Philip Pullman crossover?

Cheliax

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Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Congratulations Mike!

Commiserations to the other three, especially Tom - it was really close between you and Mike for me, but I'm sure there will be lots of opportunities for you to do other stuff for Paizo

Taldor Contributor , Star Voter 2013

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Congrats. I'm looking forward to the adventure!
The name seems to be in flux... though.

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

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Congratulations, Mike!

Paizo Employee Developer , Dedicated Voter 2014

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Congrats, Mike!

Now take a breath and get ready to knock that assignment out of the park!

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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The name of the module isn't in flux... I've been a fan of the title from the start, so it's got no fear of being changed, now that I've decided I actually do like the adventure being set in Dustpawn... ;-P

ALSO:

Congrats, Mike! :-)


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I know this is Mike's moment, but I also know he is a magnanimous badger...

Big congrats go out to Tom, Steve, and James too!!! We also eagerly await your Pathfinder Society scenarios and more freelancing projects from you all (Paizo and/or 3pp)!

Paizo Employee Developer

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Enlight_Bystand wrote:
Commiserations to the other three, especially Tom - it was really close between you and Mike for me, but I'm sure there will be lots of opportunities for you to do other stuff for Paizo

It wasn't just tough for you. This was the closest RPG Superstar contest to date, and less than 2% of total votes broke a neck-and-neck tie in the final counting. So while Mike may have come out on top for writing this module, what that means is that we know folks are interested in all four of these authors, and you'll likely see all their names on other products, including Tom's.

Contributor

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It was a close, close vote--the 2nd-place entry was behind by less than 2% of the vote. I don't think we've ever had one this close before.

Congrats to all of you, and double-congrats to Mike! :)

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

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Technically, it should be Dust Comes To Doompawn (no S).

Perhaps following the calamitous events of this module, the town might alter its name to leave it's past behind it. ;-)

And congrats Mike!

Cheliax Bella Sara Charter Superscriber

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THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!

Oh wait...no it's not...this is pretty damn awesome. Congratulations and nice work, badger. This may be enough to put you over the top of the enemies list and onto the admired and respected list.

Osirion RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32 aka flash_cxxi

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Yay!

Grats Mike!!! :D

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32, 2012 Top 4 aka OamuTheMonk

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Congratulations, Mike! I'm certain the finished module will be tremendous.

Taldor

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Congrats Mike!


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Congrats all, most of all Mike. I look forward to seeing the module. As for the others, I look forward to other spectacular work, congratulations for making it this far.

Paizo Employee Webstore Gninja Minion , Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

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Spectacular showing, everybody! I'm looking forward to releasing your future works through Paizo's webstore.

I'm also going to give a shameless plug for everybody to submit articles for Wayfinder. If you want a taste of what it's like to write for the RPG industry, it's a great way to get your foot in the door and get some writing credit. :D

Andoran

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

Congrats, Mike!

And to the others! It was a long hard road - getting this far says a lot.

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

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I am not surprised the voting was close, but I will say I am happy with how it turned out. And I get to keep the adventure in Dustpawn? That is sooooo cool! Thanks, James!

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

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Liz Courts wrote:

Spectacular showing, everybody! I'm looking forward to releasing your future works through Paizo's webstore.

I'm also going to give a shameless plug for everybody to submit articles for Wayfinder. If you want a taste of what it's like to write for the RPG industry, it's a great way to get your foot in the door and get some writing credit. :D

I can't agree more. One of my very first RPG writing credits appears in the inaugural issue of Wayfinder.


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Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber

Congratulations, Mike! You loveable, hyper-creative wonderdude!

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

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Congrats Mike!

And well done to the runners-up!

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 16 , Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014 aka Darkjoy

1 person marked this as a favorite.

Congrats Mike!

You've earned it.

Grand Lodge Dedicated Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

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Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Card Game, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber

Congratulations, Mike and thank you to all the participants this year. It was amazing to follow along and I'm looking forward to seeing all of your future work.

Qadira

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Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Maps, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber

Fawsome, Mike! Your first PaizoCon drink is on me!

::happy for badger dance::


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Duuuuuude.

That's really all I have to say. You already heard from me earlier. :)

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16, 2012 Top 32 , Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014 aka Epic Meepo

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Mark Moreland wrote:
...less than 2% of total votes broke a neck-and-neck tie in the final counting.

So we were a mere 1% shift away from getting that tie I was hoping for...

But, tie or no tie, there was no way this year's voting could have gotten it wrong, given the strength of all the Round 5 entries this year.

Star Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

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Congratulations Mike,
Nice show and a fun ride!

RPG Superstar 2009, Contributor

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Hey, Mike. Congratulations! It's pretty cool to see another NC guy take the prize and you had a lot of adversity to overcome during your run. I told you to turn awesome dial all the way up and then break it off...and you did...right when you needed it most. Good luck on your upcoming writing opportunity with the 32-page module. Not to put any undue pressure on you or anything, but it doesn't get any easier from here. Doom Comes to Dustpawn had better rock...or else. After all, I know where you live. ;-)

Contributor

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Congrats, Mike! The folks you'll be working with in the development process will shepherd you along the way of creating your module and it will be a blast!

Congrats Steve, Tom and James--developing a PFS scenario will be equally rewarding.

Now the real fun begins!

Andoran

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Congratulations, Mike! Good luck, and speed with all that's ahead!

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

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Sebastian wrote:

THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!

Oh wait...no it's not...this is pretty damn awesome. Congratulations and nice work, badger. This may be enough to put you over the top of the enemies list and onto the admired and respected list.

I don't know if I can possibly be in the same rarefied company as Kobold Cleaver and Sharoth.

Star Voter 2014

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

Congratulations to MIke for winning and to everyone else who placed!

Contributor

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Congrats Mike! I look forward to seeing this when finished, and good to have another NC guy take the prize. :)

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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Congrats, Mike, really well done!

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


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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

Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

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

Congratulations :)

Qadira Star Voter 2014

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Congratulations Mike! It's been awesome reading through this adventure and I look forward to seeing it again in print some day!

Cheliax Bella Sara Charter Superscriber

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Mike Welham wrote:
Sebastian wrote:

THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!

Oh wait...no it's not...this is pretty damn awesome. Congratulations and nice work, badger. This may be enough to put you over the top of the enemies list and onto the admired and respected list.

I don't know if I can possibly be in the same rarefied company as Kobold Cleaver and Sharoth.

Say no more. I'll remove them from the list.

Edit: It is done.

Paizo Employee Publisher, Chief Creative Officer

5 people marked this as a favorite.

Congratulations, Mike! We're all looking forward to seeing your excellent proposal become a full-fledged Pathfinder Module!

Star Voter 2013

2 people marked this as a favorite.

Congratulations Mike! I see great things in your future - and luckily we all benefit from them too! :)

And commiserlations to the other top 3 (er, top 7) finishers, who will hopefully also have and take the opportunity to do great things.

Taldor Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

1 person marked this as a favorite.
Pathfinder Adventure Path, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Congrats Mike! Looking forward to the final product.

Now there are two Superstars to potentially run into at the Charlotte airport. ;)

RPG Superstar 2009, Contributor

2 people marked this as a favorite.

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

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