Paizo Publishing, LLC® today announced the 16 RPG Superstar contestants who were selected by the voting public to move on to round three. After reading the recommendations of the judges, the Paizo messageboard community decided by vote which entrants would advance to the next round. It was a close race with the 17th finalist missing the top 16 by just a handful of votes.
"The judges were very impressed with this round's submissions," said Erik Mona, Paizo's Publisher and one of three RPG Superstar judges. "The 16 advancing entries really pulled away from the pack, and several of the submitted countries would make great touchstones for sourcebooks of their own. We're looking for only one RPG Superstar, but it's clear we've got several real contenders for that top spot. Speaking for all the judges, we can't wait to see what villains the Top 16 come up with in the next round! Voters are really going to agonize over selecting the best of what will no doubt be an outstanding array of submissions."
For the initial open call, entrants were asked to submit a wondrous item using the 3.5 SRD. Each entry needed to be 200 words or less and had to include proper mechanics and flavor. Entries were eliminated for ignoring the entry requirements, for spelling errors, for using non-Paizo intellectual property, or for simply not being creative enough to fit the mold of an RPG Superstar.
Round two asked the top 32 finalists to write a 1,000 word description of a fantasy nation describing that nation's people, history, geography, government and hidden secrets. No entries were eliminated this round on technicalities, though the judges often derided an entry for being too stereotypical or too mundane.
The winners of Round Two for RPG Superstar are:
Raleigh, NC (USA)
"Freeholds of Karistynia"
Florence, KY (USA)
Neu-Isenburg, Hessen (Germany)
"Theocracy of Carnamach"
Clinton J. Boomer
Macomb, IL (USA)
"Cyrehllan, The Isle of Cold Tears"
Pittsfield, MA (USA)
"Ghost Hound Kinships of the Rolling Plains"
Hubbards, Novia Scotia (Canada)
"Beria – Under New Management"
Tucson, AZ (USA)
"Lands of the Stained Peaks"
Seattle, WA (USA)
Saint Louis Park, MN (USA)
"Moros Akalein: the Wandering Nation"
Sarasota, FL (USA)
"The Prison Colony of Saran"
Cantebury (United Kingdom)
"The Enlightened Kingdom of Vramaire"
Prague (Czech Republic)
Eugene, OR (USA)
Morgantown, WV (USA)
Seattle, WA (USA)
"Olanra: Undersea Enchantment"
Philadelphia, PA (USA)
The RPG Superstar Top 16 will now be required to design an evocative villain with full stat block to the specifications of the RPG Superstar judges and submit that villain by Monday, December 17 at 12:00 P.M. (noon) Pacific Time. These round three submissions will be revealed to the general public on December 19 with the judges' comments and the public will then get to discuss the entries and vote for their favorites. Voting ends December 25 and the Top 8 by votes will move on to round four.
For a complete schedule of RPG Superstar, including rules and a FAQ, visit paizo.com/rpgsuperstar.
The winner of the first RPG Superstar contest will be announced on February 20, 2008.
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