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Victoria Jaczko Wins RPG Superstar 2014!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

We are thrilled to announce the winner of the 2014 RPG Superstar contest. After 4 months, more than 1000 submissions, and nearly half a million votes, game designer Victoria Jaczko is 2014's RPG Superstar! Paizo will publish Jaczko's winning Pathfinder Module pitch, The Daughters of Fury, set to release November 2014.

Victoria's design decisions—a grief-based magic item, an undead warhorse, a haunted chapel in a land torn by revolution, and a city besieged by a devil trying to collect a debt—are all unusual and interesting choices, showing she has the ability to approach an idea from a new perspective and present it in an intriguing way. Being able to come up with something new really struck a chord with the voters, allowing her to establish an early lead in the Round 4 voting and maintain that until the end.

The three runners-up—Robert Brookes of Newmarket, NH, Mikko Kallio of Helsinki, Finland, and Mike Kimmel of Seattle, WA—have won assignments to write Pathfinder Society scenarios.

I'm very proud of this year's RPG Superstar winner. The judges often point out that the goal of RPG Superstar is to find the next superstar designer—someone who has well-rounded skills for creating fun magic items, interesting monsters, clever encounters, and exciting adventures. Victoria's progress through the challenges of each round shows that she can produce quality work, and I look forward to seeing her finished adventure module and her future contributions as a published designer. Congratulations, Victoria!

Special thanks to the 2014 RPG Superstar guest judges Peter Adkison, Rich Baker, Judy Bauer, John Compton, Liz Courts, Adam Daigle, Crystal Frasier, Lee Hammock, James Jacobs, Rob Lazzaretti, Russ Morrissey, Patrick Renie and Amber Scott.

Sean K Reynolds
Host, Designer, Former RPG Superstar Judge

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RPG Superstar 2013 Top 4 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7

Congratulations, Victoria!

Lantern Lodge RPG Superstar 2014 Top 4 , Star Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7

Congrats Victoria!

RPG Superstar 2014 Top 4, RPG Superstar 2013 Top 32 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8

1 person marked this as a favorite.

Congratulations!! Can't wait to buy Daughters of Fury!

Star Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9

Congratulations Victoria, Well done! :)

Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

w00t! Congrats, Victoria! :-D

And congrats to the three runners-up, who 1) made my final vote a really tough decision, and 2) have me looking forward to their Pathfinder Society scenarios!

Champion Voter Season 6, Champion Voter Season 7, Champion Voter Season 8, Champion Voter Season 9

Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Maps, Modules, Pawns, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Bravo! Well done Victoria! And Congratulations again to Robert, Mikko, and Mike! Looking forward to seeing what you guys can do, and really looking forward to The Daughters of Fury! Again: Well done!

RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2013 Top 16 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka RainyDayNinja

Congratulations!

RPG Superstar 2015 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16 , Star Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8

Congratulations Victoria! You're work is inspired and a joy to read.

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 32 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka Phloid

Great job, Victoria! Actually, great job to all of the top 4! Actually great job to everyone who submitted an item this year. I can't wait for next year.

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9 aka theheadkase

Way to go Victoria!! Glad to see you push through and I hope to see all 4 of you in the nearish future in print!

RPG Superstar 2014 Top 32, RPG Superstar 2013 Top 16 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8 aka lumiapina

Congrats, Victoria!


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Modules Subscriber

Contrats, Victoria! Can't wait to play/run your module!

Liberty's Edge Contributor, RPG Superstar 2012 , Star Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 9

Congratulations, Victoria!!

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Champion Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9 aka GM_Solspiral

congrats

The Exchange

Well done Victoria.

You have won a tough competition against three top notch designers. That is something to be very proud of.

Cheers

RPG Superstar 2014 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7 aka Belladonna Blue

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I, uh, oh wow.

I just stared at the screen for five minutes. Daughter finally poked me enough times to get my attention to change her outfit. Did that, stared at the screen some more. Bounced a baby that didn't understand why mama had gone brain dead and passed him off to his dad. Stared. Tried to think of something eloquent to say. Got as far as "are you sure?" and "abubudkjfdakdk" and gave up.

Thank you. Thank you. Robert, Mike, Mikko, all the other Top 32 that have been so supportive through the whole contest. Everyone who cheered me on and everyone who gave me criticism and encouraged me to try harder. The judges who helped me see my work through the industry's eyes. Everybody, everybody who voted, for me or anyone else, just for participating. My husband, without whom I never would have even been able to enter.

My God I just gave an Academy Award speech. I am so sorry.

I can't describe how much more this thing became once it started. I was looking for evidence that I could do both fiction and write for the gaming industry and I wasn't sure I could make the jump.

I'm flabbergasted. I can't make the font big enough to present an adequate thanks, so... just thank you.

I will make something awesome for you guys. :)

Paizo Employee Project Manager

Congratulations, Victoria! Looking forward to producing your module!


Well done!

I look forward to running Daughters of Fury

RPG Superstar 2015 Top 8 , Star Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8 aka DeathQuaker

Woooo! Congrats! You have buckets of creativity, Victoria and are an inspiration to all would-be designers.

This was a really tough one and I look forward to seeing work from all the finalists.

RPG Superstar 2014 Top 4, RPG Superstar 2013 Top 32 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8

You earned it, Victoria!

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2013 Top 4, RPG Superstar 2011 Top 16 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7 aka primemover003

Victory for Victoria! Great Job.

--Vrock Superstar

Paizo Employee Editor-in-Chief

Congratulations Victoria! We're all super excited to be working with you.

We expect great things. :)

Paizo Employee Developer

Yay! Congrats on the win. I look forward to your module and the rest of what's sure to be a long and prolific career!

Paizo Employee Webstore Gninja Minion , Star Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8

3 people marked this as a favorite.

Congratulations Victoria! I can't wait to sell the heck out of this. :D

Developer

Congratulations, Victoria! Looking forward to seeing all the awesome stuff you come up with! :D

Paizo Employee Associate Editor

Congrats, Victoria! And congrats to all the runners-up!

The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Congrats, Victoria! Looking forward to reading more of your stuff.

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8

Victoria Jaczko wrote:
I will make something awesome for you guys. :)

Damn straight, you will. Big congratulations!


Congrats Victoria! :)


Congratulations Victoria!

Dedicated Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7

Splendid work! Congratulations Victoria!

The Exchange Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9 aka Shadowborn

Well done, Victoria. Kudos!

Contributor

Congratulations, Victoria. Now the real fun begins! The Paizo folks will help you along the way--trust their judgment and guidance.

Looking forward to reading your published adventure!

Paizo Employee Associate Editor

Congratulations, Victoria, I look forward to your module hitting my desk! And well done all four of you—I suspect we'll be seeing more of you in the future. ;-)

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka Locke1520

Congratulations Victoria! I'm really looking forward to reading the finished module.

Dark Archive

Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Tales Subscriber

Congratulations Victoria! Nice work! Can't wait to see your module in print.

Paizo Employee Senior Developer

Congratulations, Victoria, and to the other finalists as well. Hope to see more from all of you!

RPG Superstar 2009, Contributor

3 people marked this as a favorite.

So...still feeling pretty zen about everything, Victoria? ;-)

Congratulations!

Now go celebrate. And then come back and continue being awesome as you start working on The Daughters of Fury.

And, for everyone else, don't wander off just yet. You'll have plenty of opportunities, too. Everyone's a winner as long as you conduct yourself like a professional freelancer and make sure you're ready for the next round.

--Neil


Congratulations, Victoria! It was a tough competition and you pulled off some awesome ideas :) I look forward to seeing your module!

Liberty's Edge Star Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7

1 person marked this as a favorite.

Congrats! I knew you had the spark as soon as I saw the veil. I can't wait for the module, and everything else you create!

Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8

1 person marked this as a favorite.

Congratulations Victoria! I look forward to seeing the final product. And congrats to the runners-up, this was an extremely competitive year. I had a very hard time choosing between all of your great proposals!

Star Voter Season 6

Sincerest congratulations! Way to bring it home, Victoria. Looking forward to all four modules.

Paizo Employee Developer , Dedicated Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9

Congratulations on the win, Victoria!

Paizo Employee CEO

9 people marked this as a favorite.

Congrats to Victoria! Quite a nice win in one of the strongest years of RPG Superstar we have ever had! And congrats to Robert, Mikko and Mike for giving her a run for her money! You all deserve a round of applause for your hard work in the contest. Now, as Neil said before me, get ready for what comes next, as I expect to see all of your names adorning RPG products in the future.

-Lisa


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Whooo! Congrats Victoria!! I'm super stoked to see your final module! :D

Great job to Mikko, Robert, and Mike as well!

All of you have some serious talent and I can't wait to see more work from each of you!

Grand Lodge RPG Superstar 2014 Top 4, RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9

4 people marked this as a favorite.

Congratulations!

Also, congratulations to Mike and Robert on your excellent entries!

I hope to interview the three of you for my new RPG design blog, A Sword for hire. Let me know if you're interested. :)

Marketing Director

Yay, congrats to Victoria! And to the finalists! Thanks to everyone for making RPG Superstar awesome! :)

Sczarni

1 person marked this as a favorite.

Congratulations Victoria. Couldn't be happier or more proud for you!

Dedicated Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7

Congratulations! Can't wait to read the finished product!

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