Paizo Publishing, LLC® today announced the eight RPG Superstar contestants who were selected by the voting public to move on to Round Four. This round focused on the creation and design of a unique character to fill the role of villain in any campaign.
"Round Three was the most challenging round yet, with a few previous fan-favorite contestants failing to advance," said Erik Mona, Paizo's Publisher and one of three RPG Superstar judges. "We weren't just looking for bad guys or monsters—we wanted nasty, evil villains worth basing a campaign around. The eight remaining finalists have survived three difficult challenges so far, and only the very best will survive."
For the initial open call, more than 850 entrants were submitted 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 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.
Round Three sought a 500-word description and a stat block for a fantasy villain from the Top 16. Eight very strong candidates were selected by the voting public to move to Round Four. Several potential RPG Superstars were eliminated this round by not creating a character that fully matched the judge's expectations of villainy. "The pitfall [in Round Three] was not finding the villain seed and getting sucked into the stat block," said Clark Peterson, Publisher of Necromancer Games and one of the RPG Superstar Judges.
The winners of RPG Superstar's Round Three for are:
Christine Schneider, Neu-Isenburg, Hessen (Germany)
Arthelia "Lady of Legends Undone"
Theocracy of Carnamach, Arcane Anvil
Clinton Boomer, Macomb, IL (USA)
Abzirael Ul-Shadai, the Cackling Whirling
Cyrehllan, The Isle of Cold Tears, Crown of the Breaching Legion
Jason Nelson, Seattle, WA (USA)
Avinash, Master of the Catspaw Marauders
Bereket, Phial of Ebon Flame
Joe Outzen, Saint Louis Park, MN (USA)
Kotalya, Mistress of Demonlake
Moros Akalein: The Wandering Nation, Torch of Solidity
Joseph Yerger, Sarasota, FL (USA)
Voeren van Premie, Herald of Than Aivel
The Prison Colony of Saran, Elemental Quiver
Neil McClean, Cantebury (United Kingdom)
Henrietta "Hetty" Miller, Murderous Midwife
The Enlightened Kingdom of Vramaire, Shroud of Old Souls
Rob McCreary, Prague (Czech Republic)
Onuyaka, the All-Seeing Eye
Iskandria, Coin Belt of Beguiling
Russell Taylor, Eugene, OR (USA)
Seskadrin, Satrap of the Ahestian Sea
Eluraelon, Gloves of Force Shaping
The RPG Superstar Top 8 are now required to create three thematically-linked monsters as might appear in a published monster supplement or as new monsters in the appendix of a published adventure. Submissions are due by Monday, January 7 at 12:00 P.M. (noon) Pacific Time. Fan voting for Round Four submissions begins January 10 and ends January 15. The six contestants advancing to Round Five will be announced January 16.
For a complete RPG Superstar schedule, including rules and a FAQ, visit paizo.com/rpgsuperstar.
The winner of the first RPG Superstar contest will be announced on February 20, 2008. The Grand Prize is a paid commission to write a 32-page adventure for Paizo Publishing's GameMastery Modules line.
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