17 Finalists Advance to RPG Superstar Round 3
Contestants Now Fleshing Out Winning Villains with Game Stats
Seventeen amateur game designers have advanced to Round 3 of Paizo Publishing's RPG Superstar, the largest open-call tabletop roleplaying design contest in history. Forgotten Realms creator and gaming legend Ed Greenwood joined celebrity judges Sean K Reynolds (Paizo), Wolfgang Baur (Kobold Quarterly), and Clark Peterson (Necromancer Games) to critique the villain concept submissions of the 32 Round 1 survivors, and a public vote resulted in 17 advancing submissions. The finalists are currently working on game statistics for their villain concepts, using the Beta Playtest edition of the forthcoming Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, available as a free download on paizo.com. All finalist submissions, complete with judge and reader commentary, are likewise posted to the paizo.com messageboards.
"RPG Superstar is a great idea that is not only fun for the participants," said guest judge Ed Greenwood, "it benefits everyone in the industry: gamers who can glean ideas from the creative submissions for every round, participants who can fine-tune their design skills to become game designers, and game companies who can use those new designers. I am honored to take part in this, and I found it a lot of fun, too; I got to read a lot of great ideas!"
The Top 17 finalists for RPG Superstar 2009 and their winning entries are:
The Top 17 will now be required to design Pathfinder Roleplaying Game statistics for their villain and submit their revised, complete villain entry concept by 2:00 PM Pacific time on Friday, February 6. These Round 3 submissions will be commented on by our three regular judges plus our guest judge, Pathfinder Roleplaying Game author and Paizo Lead Designer Jason Bulmahn. On February 10, the entries will be revealed to the general public, who will then get to discuss the entries and vote for their favorites. Voting ends on February 16, and the Top 8 (by votes) will move on to Round 4.
The ultimate winner of RPG Superstar, to be announced March 24, 2009, will write a Pathfinder Module to be published in early 2010. Clash of the Kingslayers, the module written by last year's RPG Superstar champion, Leandra Christine Schneider, has just been released for sale.
For a complete schedule for RPG Superstar 2009, plus rules and FAQs, visit paizo.com/rpgsuperstar.
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