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RPG Superstar™ 2010 Open Call for New Design Talent

Competition Starts December 4, 2009 on paizo.com

Paizo Publishing, LLC® is proud to announce RPG Superstar 2010, the third season of its popular RPG design contest. The search for the newest talent in RPG design begins in early December on paizo.com.

"I couldn’t be more pleased at the success of RPG Superstar since its launch two years ago," said Lisa Stevens, CEO of Paizo Publishing, "Not only do we have thousands of fans eagerly awaiting the launch of this year’s RPG Superstar, but we have managed to find a number of key contributors for our products and even hired Rob McCreary, one of 2008’s Top 4 contestants. This year’s contest could find next year’s most talked about author—I can’t wait!"

Fans selected Neil Spicer as 2009’s RPG Superstar, voting his creations through five rounds of intensive competition to ultimately select his adventure proposal as the best submission in a contest that started with hundreds of aspiring designers. Spicer’s winning adventure, Realm of the Fellnight Queen, releases in January as a full-color printed Pathfinder Module.

Starting at 2 PM Pacific Time on December 4, 2009, contestants will be able to submit their RPG Superstar entry at paizo.com/rpgsuperstar. For the first round, that entry will be a wondrous item designed for use with Paizo's Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Each entry must be 300 words or less, and must include all of the proper mechanics and flavor. Contestants must submit their entry by January 1, 2010. Judges will select the top 32 entries to be announced on January 19, 2010; those 32 contestants will be assigned a new design task and their entries will be posted on paizo.com for the public to read, critique, and vote on. The designers garnering the most votes in each round will continue on to subsequent rounds, and the ultimate winner will earn a paid commission to write one of Paizo's upcoming Pathfinder Modules!

Paizo has selected three judges to oversee the competition. This year, Paizo Managing Editor F. Wesley Schneider and Developer Sean K Reynolds join veteran RPG Superstar and Necromancer Games co-owner Clark Peterson. These judges will critique each round's entries before the public vote.

In addition, this season will also feature guest judges chosen for their insight on specific themes for each round. For the Open Call round, last year's RPG Superstar Final 4 (Eric Bailey, Kevin Carter, Neil Spicer, and Matthew Stinson) will provide their advice to this year's top 32 contestants. Additional high-profile game professionals will serve as guest judges for each upcoming round.

As the contest progresses, the public will decide which talented designers succeed by discussing the entries and voting for their favorite contestants each round on paizo.com.

Round Round Begins Entries Due Voting Begins Voting Ends Winners Announced
1 Open Call: Design a wondrous item 12/04/09 01/01/10 01/19/10
2 Top 32: Secret challenge! 01/19/10 01/22/10 01/26/10 02/01/10 02/02/10
3 Top 16: Secret challenge! 02/02/10 02/05/10 02/09/10 02/15/10 02/16/10
4 Top 8: Secret challenge! 02/16/10 02/19/10 02/23/10 03/01/10 03/02/10
5 Top 4: Submit a full adventure proposal 03/02/10 03/12/10 03/16/10 03/22/10 03/23/10

Specifics for each challenge will be announced as each round begins. The winner of RPG Superstar 2010 will be announced on March 23, 2010.

Complete rules and submission form are available at paizo.com/rpgsuperstar.

Do you have what it takes to be the next RPG Superstar? Go to paizo.com/rpgsuperstar and start your journey now!

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