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Goblin Squad Member. RPG Superstar 2013 Marathon Voter, 2014 Marathon Voter, 2015 Star Voter. Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Companion Subscriber. Pathfinder Society Member. 2,343 posts (2,487 including aliases). No reviews. No lists. 4 wishlists. 4 aliases.


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Hi Paizo

When previewing, and when voting in prior years, the name with the word count was in bold when presented to us.

This year, the item names and word counts are not in bold.

It makes those items where the contestants have worked hard to submit with the template seem less shiny than they should be.

It's only an impression I know, but any chance we could have the bold back?

Many thanks in advance.

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You poor poor first timers. Seeing your item now is not so important.

Seeing your item after the bottom 25% or so get dropped from the running - now that's when you want to see your item :)

Wowza, 119 new posts - all I did was pop to the supermarket and stock up on beer, pear cider, mixers and various cocktail making goodies.

Back to voting for me then...


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So full now, *munch*... *hic*

So full!

Time to take a break and come back for more food in a bit.

All these template issues are PRIZED BY this little belly! *pats it*

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Thunderfrog wrote:
I feel like I did something no one else is going to try...

Me too - although now I am hoping we both didn't try the same somethiing different >.<

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Curaigh wrote:
Anthony Adam wrote:


And this year, the 1st time in 8 years, I didn't use the whole dang word count. I got in, said what needed saying and got out :)

There you go Curaigh, I owned up :D

I haven't said anything about your word-count in a long time, AA. I haven't had too! :)

I think it is a testament to the learning process we have endured. As is Phloid, OgeXam and FaxCelestis becoming Nickolas Floyd, Wesley Lee and James Raine. May that next testament be yours this year.

He he, if I make Top 32, once I come round from the dead faint, I will be looking for you and other freelance forgers - it will be fun locking horns in competition together here ;)

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Ahhh I got you beat Nickolas... 8 years (and counting) and not even a Top tag!

Yay! I'm THAT good! :P

Bit of a fan-boy for the first few years, so didn't keep those (thank god >.<) until I submitted...

Wait for it...

Neil especially loved the alliteration of...

Proliferating Pocket Purse!

Ta-da! - See, that's why I am kind of bad names.

It's also the year I sent SKR home with a headache - you think feedback is brutal? Try seeing that as feedback - I'm still smarting BUT it kicked me into serious mode.

In fact all my entries have been put up for public review except for the first 2 years.

Thinking back, there was the plot device part of a butler, that once complete proved to be an assassin out for the king. But he was oh so polite while dropping the party in the do do.

More recently, I had a ranger only item that had eyes with creatures in them as pupils allowing you to swap favored enemies around.

Last year was a wispy cloak of thunderstorms, a mantle that turned the wearer into a rolling ball of death and destruction.

I'll dig out my archive later and see what other goodies I submitted that I can find :)

And this year, the 1st time in 8 years, I didn't use the whole dang word count. I got in, said what needed saying and got out :)

There you go Curaigh, I owned up :D

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Here's a weird thought for the day all (and welcome to the competition)

We are all, in effect, first timers this time because round 1 is all new and shiny. ;)

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Here's some feedback ;)

All of you posting in this thread are games designer BEASTS!

How you found the time to create multiple submissions to choose from in that timescale I will never know.

Wow, just wow.

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What items will we see/can I see my item again?

After submitting, the only items your will ever see again are...

a) The random item selections you get to vote on each time you vote.
b) The top 32 for definite.
c) You *might* get to see the alternates items.
d) And that's it ... until - writers choose to post their item in the annual voluntary critique my item thread.

The chances of seeing every item is tiny, even those voting 1,000s of times in prior years found there were items they never saw when sharing their lists.

Worried about DQ?

If you're item was in danger of DQ, the only way you will find out if it was DQ'd is by

1) not being a Top 32 or alternate
2) sharing your item for feedback once voting closes - the reviewers working through the items in that thread will soon tell you if you have broached DQ or not.

Voting and feedback etiquette

During voting, AND AFTER, do not make posts like...

Did you see ITEM NAME. Did anyone else think it was dingo do do?
or
Wow, a bazillion gold piece price? Somebody made a solid gold and diamond encrusted head slot artifact!

Names and identifying specifics should never be used during or after voting - wait for the writer to request feedback.

If you do ramble, ramble in such a way that it is very general - last year one of the judges said something like (I can't find the original so am paraphrasing)...

So many cloaks made of cloud and mist. But. One of them. Was really good!

Every wispy cloak writer went "Arrrrgh!" (I was one) followed by "Phew, please be mine!" (it wasn't >.<)

When rambling if you want to post a negative ensure it ends with a positive - keep every entrant guessing right to the reveal.

ONLY feedback on items for writers that have requested feedback by sharing their item publicly for such.

Do not "volunteer" your feedback for those items that were not selected. If an item you saw and are desperate to feedback on does not get shared publicly, then that writer does not solicit the feedback and that choice should be respected.

YOU MADE TOP 32?

Well done indeed!

a) be prepared for hard work, short time scales and really evil twists and requirements for each round

b) know and accept that every submission for every round you take part in will be commented on publicly by the voting public.

c) be aware that the first posts on your submissions as finalists will be the feedback from the judges themselves and will be seen by all the voters too!

Learn the mantra...

Feedback is Good. I learn from feedback.

Repeat as often as necessary ;)

Your feedback

Although you are encouraged to feedback on entries, be they finalist entries or voluntary requests for feedback, be HONEST with your feedback and be SPECIFIC about what you like and don't like. Being specific forces your feedback to be about the item and not the entrant. It objectifies the feedback making it easier to take and digest. Examples of feedback...

"Wow this item is amazing" - although it boosts ego's, it's not very useful in helping identify how to do things even better next time.

"You description has a propensity to ramble to over half of your word count, however, when we do get to the actual effect at line 37 the rule content is accurate and worded perfectly" - now that we can learn from!

Better yet, it started with a gentle "too much description" BUT ended on a positive note which encourages the entrant to accept your feedback and not be upset by it. It also makes you look real classy too ;)

So when you feedback, always try to end with something you liked about the submission.

I think that lot covers most questions for this round. :)

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Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
I'm actually living in Kent, not far from the AFK Eatery and Elixirs, so I don't have to cross the bridge to get to Redmond. It IS, however, a 45-55 minute commute most days, and 90 minutes on a bad day.

I saw Kent,

Got excited,

I was born in Kent, ...

The County of Kent -

Kent, England

>.< -

So glad they aren't the same Kent because that would be a heck of a commute! :D

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*vawoooom wawoom*

don't forget neon purple light swords...

*vawoooom wawoom*

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I ended up checking over 100 entries this year, so I stand a good chance at seeing more than one of those make Top 32 this year. Last year was a record for me, 3 items I reviewed made Top 32!

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I even have a set of proper asteroids on clear stands... So much nicer than the cardboard ones.

Cant wait for postie tomorrow, hes bringing me my Millenium Falcon - which just leaves the rebel transport delivery outstanding...

So many toys, and such a nice distraction from living in these forums like I have done ;)

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And I have caught up and have an empty queue, so this offer is now closed. I need to start researching maps a bit more.

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Hmm, for description we could have something like... (and this is deliberately passive, bad and downright awful...)

This fully automatic hand crossbow could fire 20 shots per round!

Unfortunately, it always jams after the first shot is fired.

Fortunately, you can always fire first before initiatives are called.

Unfortunately, if you fail a straight DC 10 luck roll, you will always go last as you extricate yourself from the tangle of crossbow wire and misfired bolts.

Grin.

p.s. The Slave 1 miniature was the killer - I could only get it from a "rip you a new one" collector site? With postage, it ended up being just over 100 quid (or 160(ish) US dollars). For one mini, just one >.<

Cry.

Fortunately, I had finished my Christmas Shopping, so it wasn't so bad. Just the wrapping left to do.

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In order to maintain my Marathon voter status to 3 years in a row, I won't be checking prices unless they look or feel really, really wrong.

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Jacob Trier wrote:
Anthony Adam wrote:
Yeah, what are the chances of more than one powercut in a week... umm.... errr... *ducks for cover under the nearest rock to hide* :P

[Han Solo]

Never tell me the odds...!
[/Han Solo]

So, is a 52 year old getting a full set of X-Wing miniatures for the X-Wing miniatures game really sad or really cool? >.<

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Interestingly, changing initiative can be dangerous to action economy.

Using that item you choose to re-roll your initiative, you were on 10, it's now 5 - oh dear, have you now missed your go?

Or, worse, you were on 10, now you are on 12, do you get a second go in the same round? And if you re-roll on 12, and get 15, a third, and re-roll on 15 and get 20, a fourth?

Hey, it could happen!

Beware action economy changers, they can have unforeseen complexities.

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Also, single paragraph 200 words is also wall of text.

Imagine you are using your item at the game table during a rule dispute - is it easy to scan and find the relevant parts of the effects, and any limitations?

Making it easy to scan and read makes it both

a) easy to use at the gaming table, and
b) easy to understand and vote on when we all read them to vote on :P

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Jacob Trier wrote:
Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
I will say that if someone hit top 8 in any year, even if it is the end of entering Superstar it should just be the BEGINNING of working on a freelance career, if that's what is desired. Between Wayfinder, 3pp, blogs, and the opportunity to post things in the forums for fan feedback there are tons of ways to move forward once you have proof you're a cut above the pack, even if you aren't getting picked for Paizo projects yet. :)

Heck, you don't even have to make Top 8 to make that happen. A lot of the Top 32 and Top 16 finalists from previous years are working with 3PP publishers at the moment, including myself.

I almost didn't enter this year because I already have a couple of projects lined up and a project I'm in the middle of finishing. (Sorry, Creighton. The Village Backdrop WILL be handed in on time, I promise!)

Guys, you don't even have to make Top 100 :P - I have just signed onto my first paid commission for a 3PP. I can't say anymore at this time, obviously, but I grew through this competition and the advice held on these forums.

So you don't need to win to become a freelancer, you just need to work hard, be an active forum member and get yourself noticed. One way is this Competition, do lots of feedback posts, another way is the excellent Wayfinder magazine - which is in need of submissions of the Ustalav themed issue - you have just under 3 weeks, here's the open call.

I also recommend those serious about becoming a freelancer seek out Freelance Forge - a forum of Top 32 finalists from prior years that assists new freelancers to hone their craft.

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Ah - Naming! My nemesis - how I loathe thee....

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Indeed, that is correct on the feats.

That post you link looks pretty comprehensive Garrick... but as it's now approaching 2 am and I have caught up with all the template check requests, I think I will go sleepy and have a proper look in the morning.

Goodnight all and good luck with your submissions.

Don't forget, on the submission forms are TWO boxes, a thin one and a fat one. The thin one should include your item name only with no B /B markup coding. It is the first of the two boxes.

The second box is the entry box, it should contain the whole of your item, INCLUDING the item name again, this time with the template mark up.

The first box is not part of the word count - it forms the title of your item page during public voting - more importantly it allows the preview button to show the word count for you!

The second box is your entry box, all the words in here get counted and the bb code from the template will ensure it looks nice for the voters.

Don't be a banana and leave out the first box, and dont be a banana peel and leave your item name out of the full entry box --- you will kick yourself if you do.

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I'd love to keep em coming Steven, BUT, I'm limited to one entry only per year :P

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I know this is your first time entering, so let me be the first to say...

"Welcome to the land of second guessing oneself. Enjoy!" :P

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I like this one though, I was given special permission to be in it - it's like home to me ...

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My compiled PDF has a worked example on Wondrous Item pricing which might help - it starts on page 55 and can be jumped to from the index page by clicking the heading link.

This pricing example is for a Wondrous Item, but the calulation method and checking against existing items to gauge adjustment of price placement is still valid as a method.

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I have answered everyone who posted up to the time of this post.

I can do a few more, so the offer remains open for 24 hours.

LISTS

Ack, lists.

Right, everyone know what an asterisk is? its this *


  • Replace those god awful dashes, dots, double dashed, periods, whatever you are using to mark the start of your list item.
  • replace them with that asterisk encased in square bracers
  • at the start of the list place the word list encased in square bracers
  • at the end of the list place the word /list encased in square bracers, inlcuding the /
  • Now go to your messages and PM someone you trust (in case of accidental send)
  • Paste your item in the message and hit PREVIEW
  • You will see your list looks A LOT nicer ;)

Don't hit send unless you are PM'ing your review circle ;)

This is a MUCH safer preview than the submission tool, it just doesn't give you a word count - so do use the submission preview tool before submitting.

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No 9, my nemesis every year - THIS IS A REALLY HARD HABIT TO BREAK

I speak from experience, my entry this year, after going round my review pit crew and being thumbed up, got looked at again by myself.

A long hard look, and I ended up...

CUTTING IT IN HALF!

Just so you know, old hands suffer from this as much as the new ones :)

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mamaursula wrote:
Anthony Adam wrote:

A revised little something as we have only 12 days now before we get to the sleep before Christmas Day and all those pressies filled with Paizo goodness... revised for the new Round 1 goodness (not as good as the original but what ever is :P)...

The Twelve Days of Superstar
by Anthony “Template Fu” Adam...

You sir, have far too much time on your hands.

Indeed, just don't tell the wife! :P

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A revised little something as we have only 12 days now before we get to the sleep before Christmas Day and all those pressies filled with Paizo goodness... revised for the new Round 1 goodness (not as good as the original but what ever is :P)...

The Twelve Days of Superstar
by Anthony “Template Fu” Adam

On the first day of Superstar,
an entrant sent to me
An over word count entry.

On the second day of Superstar,
an entrant sent to me
Two Wondrous Items,
And another over word count entry.

On the third day of Superstar,
an entrant sent to me
Three reworked items,
Two Wondrous Items,
And another over word count entry.

On the fourth day of Superstar,
an entrant sent to me
Four real world names,
Three reworked items,
Two Wondrous Items,
And another over word count entry.

On the fifth day of Superstar,
an entrant sent to me
FIVE GOLD WEAPONS,
Four real world names,
Three reworked items,
Two Wondrous Items,
And another over word count entry.

On the sixth day of Superstar,
an entrant sent to me
Six staves of oblivion,
FIVE GOLD WEAPONS,
Four real world names,
Three reworked items,
Two Wondrous Items,
And another over word count entry.

On the seventh day of Superstar,
an entrant sent to me
Seven template fails,
Six staves of oblivion,
FIVE GOLD WEAPONS,
Four real world names,
Three reworked items,
Two Wondrous Items,
And another over word count entry.

On the eighth day of Superstar,
an entrant sent to me
Eight rules transgressions,
Seven template fails,
Six staves of oblivion,
FIVE GOLD WEAPONS,
Four real world names,
Three reworked items,
Two Wondrous Items,
And another over word count entry.

On the ninth day of Superstar,
an entrant sent to me
Nine random powers,
Eight rules transgressions,
Seven template fails,
Six staves of oblivion,
FIVE GOLD WEAPONS,
Four real world names,
Three reworked items,
Two Wondrous Items,
And another over word count entry.

On the tenth day of Superstar,
an entrant sent to me
Ten longsword scabbards,
Nine random powers,
Eight rules transgressions,
Seven template fails,
Six staves of oblivion,
FIVE GOLD WEAPONS,
Four real world names,
Three reworked items,
Two Wondrous Items,
And another over word count entry.


On the eleventh day of Superstar,
an entrant sent to me
Eleven armless armors,
Ten longsword scabbards,
Nine random powers,
Eight rules transgressions,
Seven template fails,
Six staves of oblivion,
FIVE GOLD WEAPONS,
Four real world names,
Three reworked items,
Two Wondrous Items,
And another over word count entry.

On the twelfth day of Superstar,
an entrant sent to me
Twelve real life names,
Eleven armless armors,
Ten longsword scabbards,
Nine random powers,
Eight rules transgressions,
Seven template fails,
Six staves of oblivion,
FIVE GOLD WEAPONS,
Four real world names,
Three reworked items,
Two Wondrous Items,
And they all went in the reject bin.

:P

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Nah, I'd still be back every year to haunt you all :P


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Maybe we should have a go at defining what a Superstar item is maybe?

Here's a starter - I am very likely to have forgotten some things and I fully expect others to add to the list ;)

It should be as many of the following as can be managed... and if it manages all of them, well, enough said!


  • It should be fun (the obvious number 1).
  • It should be unique in some special way.
  • It should make you go "cool" when you see it for voting, every time you see it.
  • It should be surprising, exciting, firing the readers imagination
  • It should be desireable but not munchkinly so.
  • It should not be overly complex.
  • Where it breaks the normal rules, it should do so without breaking the whole game.
  • It should be technically competent, exhibiting the designer has a solid grasp of the game rules.
  • Fellow competitors should think - "Why didn't I think of that?"
  • It must follow the rules of the round.
  • US English should be attempted as best the writer is currently able to.
  • It should be for Pathfinder.
  • An attempt to apply the template was made, even if it has a mistake or two.

Interestingly, I have not mentioned anything that it shouldn't be - why? Because this is a list of what it should be.

Also note, all of the considerations in this list are higher then whether your template use was perfect - yup, and that's from the Template Fu.

Shiny Superstarness trumps template - EVERY time.


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Jacob Trier wrote:
mamaursula wrote:
Jacob Trier wrote:
I mostly just keep the avatar to mess with people who are reading the Superstar forums. Whenever possible, I try to time my post to come just after one of the other Jacobs. :-D
That's why I love you guys. I always leave the forums at the end of RPGSS because I really have no compelling reason to discuss a lot of the things in other topic threads and also because it always makes RPGSS time sort of special. I know we've all become friends beyond the Paizo forums, but it makes coming back something to look forward to and sort of like coming home for the holidays.
Awhhh... :-)

Is that open to anyone to join in the fun? :P

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No I don't!

I keep on trying though - and to be honest, my designs each year do get stronger, my wording gets less clunky and I don't get caught up so much on the silly stuff I used to. (disengage wishful thinking :P)

When you work as a technical author in IT, it is amazing how different fantasy and game writing is - and those habit's of 30 years of technical specifications, requirements and business rules writing are incredibly tough to break.

I will make top 32 eventually, I know I can, it's just getting the right item at the right time with the right mindset public to vote on it - I'm a grand master of hitting every meme every year - wispy cloak last year, done it, filigree, yup, the year of the filigree was me, single class item - yeah, done the ranger thing too.

Heck, I gave Sean a headache one year with my item and remotely sent him home to recover (that was the year I really got a kick in the pants in feedback - and the year I started to take things much more seriously after that).

I won't say it's easy to get Top 32, it isn't - past judges have admitted they couldn't do it - *wave to Clark*

But I never stop trying...

I like the banter and the challenge and the only way I am ever likely to stop while this competition exists is when Paizo decides to put my item in the Top 32, just to shut me up on these forums and stop me using all their disc space with my volumes of posts (eeeek, nearly 2,500 now in Superstar alone) :P

I just have to be careful I don't disqualify myself by getting a hardback credit before getting that elusive tag :)

Oh, and I think I am getting close to more RPG Superstar words than Neil now - ha ha, that record is going to fall, one day.

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The Golux wrote:

What's an SAK?

Template Fu: Honestly, that looks more like a Magical Weapon to me than a Staff, and I think all the staves that are also enchanted as weapons require Craft Magical Arms and Armor as well. To be a real "Magical Staff" I would think that an item would have to have ten rechargeable charges and at least one spell to cast with them. But to be an interesting item, it should probably do something else too.

...I had an idea for a staff that I may submit, so I may be somewhat defensive of the idea.

SAK = Swiss Army Knife - an item with a collection of totally unrelated or very loosely related effects... - so Staves are even harder now... grin.

Example: This staff...

casts fireball three times a day,
creates campfires on demand,
extinguishes/lights all the candles in a church at once,
causes all loaded guns in a mile radius to fire immediately,
burns books,
and heats held metal weapons only


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Mark Seifter wrote:
2) Use the templates: I'm not going to reject you automatically if you use the templates but don't get a perfect 100% Template Fu score...

My greatest fear is actually making Top 32 with a template fail in it >.<

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I'm all in and entered, so if you want another pair of eyes on them GM_Solspiral, feel free to PM me - I'm a dab hand at removing SAK these days - thanks to Sean's course :)

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And I suspect round 4 will be "using a map from round 2 that is not yours..."

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Maybe round 2 is going to have the twist "describe your map with words only, 400 of them, without providing any illustrations so a cartographer can still draw it without need to ask questions".

Oh, and the map you have to describe is the connections between all levels of hell :P

Good luck.

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Clouds Without Water wrote:

Rings with filigree!

Heh.

Gold ones - and the filigree spells out "the one ring" in sylvan!

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Chris Shaeffer wrote:

In looking through all the applicable items on the srd (and making an excel document that I intend to share) and giving everything a rating and comments on their rpgss-worthiness.

After going through half the armor, I have only one A (Equestrian Plate). A handful of B's, a lot of C's, and a few D's. The only F's would be disqualified because they aren't magical.

There's a definite bell curve within the list. And we're looking for the A's.

Lol, I thought that was starting letters and was about to point out Equestrian starts with an E >.<

I... am... so... tired... >.<


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Grin. I'm warming up - lol, I am sure those I have already dealt with by PM can attest to that.

The "other requirements" was the main thing to point out - it's one of those most often misunderstood sections of the template ;)

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In the old days, when this competition was pre-school age (grin), the kind(?) judges would give snippets of things they were seeing.

So.

In the spirit of those old "oh c**p!" moments, let's bring a few back :P

With the designs I have checked so far (double figures already!), some patterns are already forming. These are most likely due to time pressure and being first draft designs.

Take the time to check against this brief list of common mis-steps I have already seen. You will save yourself much grief, I promise!

Slot - make sure you use the right slot type for your chosen item type! Yes, really! This is a silly mistake that is easy to catch, so catch it! ;)

Weight - If you have no Weight then use the proper dash and REMOVE the period!

Passivity - Simple quick check, look for words "appears" "like", "can", "may" - anything that gives/engenders a feeling on uncertainty in your text. If you are uncertain, so will your readers and voters be.

"may" and "can" are still appearing - try to avoid them, be definite in what you are describing.

If you "can" do something, just "do" it.
If you "may" do something, just "do" it.

Contrived example follows - you have been warned!

"You can use this item so that it may blow up in your face!"

- this is weakened a great deal by the word may,
- however, with a simple change...

"After use, this item blows up in your face!" - eeek!

Yeah, a bit contrived, but I think it shows how much more emphasis there is and less words too!

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Covent wrote:
Template Fu wrote:

So, You think to catch out the Template Fu with this item change up round? The grand master of template use will tell you the answer to that thought! You have...

NOT... A... CHANCE! :P

Hah!

*Cowers before the great template master*

Not my points! I beg you, no! *Sob, Sob*

PS. Anthony you are a major part of why I find this contest so fun. Thank you so much for all of your wonderful contributions.

You are all very welcome.

NB: Template Fu has offered his annual template check, so if you are nervous about your template use, he will help you privately if you wish - check out his offer in the forum thread ;)


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So, You think to catch out the Template Fu with this item change up round? The grand master of template use will tell you the answer to that thought! You have...

NOT... A... CHANCE! :P

Hah!

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You don't have to get the tag to start getting work, you have to be serious about wanting the work and being committed to doing it.

I have entered every year so far and haven't made Top 32, or even Top 100 to my knowledge. I have been published in Wayfinder in recent issues, soon to be four times with the imminent next issue.

I have learnt from every beating my submission have taken both from judges feedback and public feedback. I have learnt from failed proposals and submission editing stages. I have worked hard and learnt every year, practising, bettering myself and my craft.

Where am I today?

I have some credits, I was asked by Sean K Reynolds to trial his on line games design course, I am an active member of Freelance Forge and I have a few possible real freelancing opportunities as irons in the fire as they say. So much so, that this could be the last year I enter - I am in great "danger" that I will disqualify myself from future competition by being published in printed product!

I got to this point because I found I desired to write, and I wanted to do so in the field of my hobby. It's not easy, it's taken me a good 3 or 4 years of learning how to write fantasy instead of technical manuals. Breaking bad habits and learning the language and structure of those systems I dearly wish to write for.

I treat RPG Superstar as my "Christmas Part Time Job", reviewing in depth the successful entries, discussing designs on the forum with all of you, continuing to work at improving my skill even now, seven years on.

I am on the cusp of becoming a real freelancer. I got to here by hard graft and taking critique on the chin, learning from every snippet of discussion and feedback.

I may not be the worlds best writer, but I have confidence that I can write to a good and consistent standard, that I excel in following publisher specifications and requirements, that I honor every NDA and act professionally at all times.

RPG Superstar isn't the magic pill to a writing career, as alluded to in the posts above. It is possibly you could make the finals, or even win and end up just writing one module.

To be a freelancer, it's not what you do in the competition that's important, it's what you do before, during, after, every day of every week of every year.

Work hard and you can break in to the industry. RPG Superstar is a fantastic opportunity for contestants of all levels of skill to practice and hone their craft however far they go.

In short, enter, learn, expand your skill set, enjoy the ride but remember, if you really want it, you are going to have to commit fully to a regime of hard work interspersed with moments of "I've been published!" joy.

Above all though, enjoy the contest, it is a great experience and you will find you grow in so many ways, some unexpected!

See you all in the public vote, now, go make something shiny for me :)

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You were due an update, so here it is - 2492 requested creatures now!

All posts to the end of August now scanned through - which puts me around page 45 or so of this thread - approx 13 pages of posts left to do - whoot!

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Acre wrote:

I'm extremely excited as well! Come on RPGSS!

I wonder what percentage of participants have their round 1 wondrous item completed, ready to submit, and won't be making any last minute changes?

design complete - check.

ready to submit - ummm, ask again in a week :P

last minute changes - ummm, probably a minor tweak or two depending on feedback :D

Monster Idea - have one floating around in my subconscious

Scenario Ideas - a couple of possibilities in my subconscious

Adventure Proposal - nothing yet :(

- Now back to Wayfinder submission work for me, as a distraction of course! >.<


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Another week begins, another week closer to dinner :P

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2456 unique requests now, and I have reached early August posts, so catching up at last :)

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