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Leaders in Liberty

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Last week we shared how Season 9 of the Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guildthe Year of Factions' Favor—is poised to deliver exciting stories to the campaign's factions. The organized play campaigns wouldn't be possible without the efforts of our four-person team, so it makes sense that our faction leaders would also appreciate advancing their respective goals with the help of elite specialists. In fact, several factions already have such a setup, such as how Tahonikepsu leads the Scarab Sages with the assistance of Amenopheus and how Aaqir al'Hakam directs the Exchange with the help of Guaril Karela's rather underhanded expertise. There are some big events in the works for the Liberty's Edge faction, and we want to introduce someone who can play a part in upcoming events and share in the spotlight.

To this end, we've ordered art of this awesome person, illustrated by Tom Ventre and modeled on the physical description of the Bonuwat people along Garund's west coast. Just as we're looking to give Major Colson Maldris some help, we're looking to you for assistance in introducing this new character. That's right—we're hosting a contest.

Include a backstory of between 250 and 300 words that provides insight into the character and their motivations. Submit your entry as email text (no attachments!) to pathfindersociety@paizo.com (Subject: Leaders in Liberty Contest) along with your Pathfinder Society number. Entries must be received by August 30, 2017 for consideration for the contest.

After the deadline, the Organized Play team (and maybe a few other staffers) will narrow down the options and then post a new blog with our top choices for the community to vote on. The winning story will define the character's canon. The winning author will receive $20 paizo.com store credit and a custom avatar on paizo.com. What's more, those who participate in the contest—either by submitting an entry or participating in the voting process—will contribute to the Liberty's Edge faction's goals for the upcoming Season 9 Faction Journal Cards update.

Criteria

  • The character's name must appear clearly in the backstory.
  • The character must be sympathetic to the Liberty's Edge faction
  • The character does not need to be part of the Pathfinder Society organization, but the character could be.
  • The character is not evil-aligned, and the backstory should reflect this.
  • The character should not have an extraordinarily tragic backstory. Both adventurers and the Liberty's Edge faction tend to attract people who have suffered injustices and are amenable to a little gritty heroism, and this character can certainly have survived misfortune. However, please avoid having this character be the subject of a crushing catastrophe, unbroken sequence of tragedies, or pattern of dehumanizing experiences. That's just not the direction we want to take this person.
  • The character should be capable. In game terms, we're looking at someone around level 5-10.
  • You don't need to define the class or level of the character. In fact, leaving a little flexibility on that front is appreciated (but not necessary)

We look forward to reading your stories and making this next part of the campaign your creation!

John Compton
Organized Play Lead Developer

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Shadow Lodge ****

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BretI wrote:

Submission made. This is my first entry in any Paizo contest of this type.

I hope they get a lot of excellent submissions to choose from!

Am in as well.

When all is done, I would love to see a thread with everyone's entries.

Good luck.

Lantern Lodge ***** Venture-Agent aka Jayson MF Kip

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Well, I went to bed last night having just got a spark of inspiration and sad that I missed the deadline. Needless to say, I'm happy I got to submit an entry. We'll see how it goes.

If nothing else, I'm hopeful that our boy Maldris gets a good role model to look up to.

Also, Faction Achievement Unlocked!

Shadow Lodge *****

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*foxes it in*

The Exchange ***** Venture-Agent, North Carolina—Charlotte aka eddv

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My submission has been in so long I almost forgot about it

Sovereign Court *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Leiden aka Ascalaphus

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It's probably not my best work but I tried to make it likable.

Scarab Sages *****

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I also submitted

Shadow Lodge ****

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Not particularly enthused with my entry either, I really needed 25-30 more words.

Shadow Lodge *****

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I was getting flasbacks to highschool where i was like "i need MORE WORDS trying to pad it out to 300. Now its "i need more words" trying to cram more in...

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 16

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Disk Elemental wrote:
Not particularly enthused with my entry either, I really needed 25-30 more words.

Cyrad twitches as he suffers a PTSD episode related to word count discrepancies and losing RPG Superstar 9.

Sovereign Court *

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The 250 to 300 words was a challenge. I used Word to determine count, was this a poor choice on my part?

Paizo Employee ***** Organized Play Lead Developer

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1bent1 wrote:
The 250 to 300 words was a challenge. I used Word to determine count, was this a poor choice on my part?

The Word program will almost certainly be the means by which we track the word count, so you should be in good shape.

Scarab Sages *****

1bent1 wrote:
The 250 to 300 words was a challenge. I used Word to determine count, was this a poor choice on my part?

One of the things I've found that helps with word count, is to not try and cram as much information as I can into the paragraph.

Find something interesting, catchy, and fun: write to that. I think people will tend to vote for the pitches that catch their interest more than the ones that have tons of information (even if its highly relevant and interesting).

Dark Archive

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When the finalists are selected, will the total count of submissions be mentioned?

Silver Crusade ***** RPG Superstar 2013 Top 8 aka GreySector

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I used https://wordcounter.net/, which said I had 10 words to spare which I thought was a comfortable margin.

Also, submitted! :) I wasn't sure how the deadline would be figured, so I sent mine in by 2pm Eastern which should have been 5pm Pacific.

Sovereign Court *

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It seems By Word and wordcounter.net I nailed 300.

I also noticed a couple of errors in mine just now.
Bummer, teaches me to procrastinate.


1bent1 wrote:
It seems By Word and wordcounter.net I nailed 300.

One of the things I dislike about Word is that it counts hyphenated expressions as one word, like, always. Even when it's not technically correct grammar to hyphenate. To make matters worse, the grammar checker doesn't flag these errors. You then have to know if the reviewers are going straight off of Word, or also editing for grammar. Which is why I like to do as you do, and use multiple sources for word counts just to make sure.

Sovereign Court *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Leiden aka Ascalaphus

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I used libre writer and didn't consider word count algorithms might differ until it was too late.

Ah, word count. The good old days when your thesis supervisor insists that the HARD MAX described in your institution's guidelines is "more of a minimum really".

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My dad used to tell the story of his PHD years where the university had a hard 200 page limit for theses.

One of his friends had a 500 page thesis that they eventually whittled down to 201 pages. Unable to shorten it any further he eventually submitted it with 2 page 197s.

I hear he got away with it to.

Sovereign Court ***

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Michael Eshleman wrote:
I wasn't sure how the deadline would be figured, so I sent mine in by 2pm Eastern which should have been 5pm Pacific.

*double checks the direction of Earth's rotation*

Shadow Lodge ****

How many entries and how many finalists?

I find I have regrets as yesterday I came up with a brillant way to improve my entry.

Paizo Employee ***** Organized Play Lead Developer

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Just to provide some basic numbers, Tonya has printed out all of our qualifying entries for review with email addresses and personal names scrubbed for the team's review, and it forms a stack of about 50 entries. The number of finalists we select should fall within a small range, and we're leaving that a little flexible. That way if we have numerous entries that are all roughly equal, we can include slightly more for voting and let the fans decide.

Dark Archive

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I know that feeling, but when I looked at the 'brilliant' idea, suddenly realized it'd put me over wordcount by about fifty words, so it goes back into the half-formed ideas for future characters area of my brain.

Silver Crusade ***** RPG Superstar 2013 Top 8 aka GreySector

KingOfAnything wrote:
Michael Eshleman wrote:
I wasn't sure how the deadline would be figured, so I sent mine in by 2pm Eastern which should have been 5pm Pacific.
*double checks the direction of Earth's rotation*

Science!

Sovereign Court ***

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Michael Eshleman wrote:
KingOfAnything wrote:
Michael Eshleman wrote:
I wasn't sure how the deadline would be figured, so I sent mine in by 2pm Eastern which should have been 5pm Pacific.
*double checks the direction of Earth's rotation*
Science!

What is "the thing she blinded me with," Alex?

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Arkos wrote:
Yes... YES... entering Paizo contests always brings back a certain design thrill I can't find anywhere else. This is a fun starting point for a new character!

I know that feeling. :) and this is fiction! I can totally nail this! I found it late but, a chance to add to the PFS story?!?

What's that! Only 13 hours until the deadline. Grawlixes!
Wait, what's that. Only 250 words? I can totally do this! :)
Grawlix. Today is August 31?* Double Grawlixes! I didn't even see the contest until deadline+11 hours. grawlixgrawlixgrawlix

I need to check the blog more religiously. :)I will write it up anyway while I work on some terrain.
*Original reaction. Not at the time of todays post.

Paizo Employee ***** Organized Play Lead Developer

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I'm about halfway through, and there are some very interesting takes on this character. It's time to take another stack of submissions outside in the sun to read some more of the community's stories.


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John Compton wrote:
It's time to take another stack of submissions outside in the sun to read some more of the community's stories.

I don't know if my entry is protected against UV rays. Some fading may occur.

Shadow Lodge *****

John Mechalas wrote:
John Compton wrote:
It's time to take another stack of submissions outside in the sun to read some more of the community's stories.
I don't know if my entry is protected against UV rays. Some fading may occur.

Mines safe from UV light

.... butterfingers not so much.

Dark Archive

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Enjoy the sun, a nice day, maybe have some tea or coffee or beverage of choice, read a couple...

Y'know, it'd be a hella thing if a few of us hit like *the same touchpoints* and several entries were so close to each other that it'd be hard to separate them.

I don't anticipate it happening, but at the same time, I'm the sort of person who comes up with a character concept, has it rolling for a year or two, and then someone comes up and says "So, you copied 'X' for your character idea, right?"

...when it's intentional, it's not an issue. When it's a spontaneous creation then I start getting Writer Paranoia.

Paizo Employee ***** Organized Play Manager

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Look for these to go up next Wednesday in the blog!

Dark Archive

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Fingers crossed

Shadow Lodge ****

Wei Ji the Learner wrote:


Fingers crossed

New blog post, not on this subject. Hopefully, this means they're impressed and debating our awesomeness.

Dark Archive

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Kerney wrote:
Wei Ji the Learner wrote:


Fingers crossed
New blog post, not on this subject. Hopefully, this means they're impressed and debating our awesomeness.

Really hoping that I make the 'cut' for voting, at least.


Kerney wrote:
Hopefully, this means they're impressed and debating our awesomeness.

Is that even up for debate? :)

Dark Archive

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John Mechalas wrote:
Kerney wrote:
Hopefully, this means they're impressed and debating our awesomeness.
Is that even up for debate? :)

Yes.

Paizo Employee ***** Organized Play Manager

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John Mechalas wrote:
Kerney wrote:
Hopefully, this means they're impressed and debating our awesomeness.
Is that even up for debate? :)

Nope! We have the awesomest players out there!

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Congrats to the finalists! may the best entry win!

The Exchange

Can you set up the link to vote for the finalists?

* Contributor

Andros, High Priest of Sarenrae wrote:
Can you set up the link to vote for the finalists?

I think what you need to do is go to this page and then click on the SECOND mention of voting--you're looking for the poll that's below the main blog entry, not the link at the bottom of the blog entry itself.

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