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Goblin Squad Member. RPG Superstar 6 Season Marathon Voter, 7 Season Marathon Voter, 8 Season Marathon Voter, 9 Season Dedicated Voter. Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Companion Subscriber. Pathfinder Society Member. 2,750 posts (3,043 including aliases). 1 review. No lists. 4 wishlists. 4 aliases.


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Paris Crenshaw wrote:
Paris Crenshaw wrote:

Okay, so we've discovered something that we need as many of our writers as possible to be aware of. I'm going to post it here, and we'll be including it in future submission guidelines. This is REALLY IMPORTANT for people who use open-source software, like OpenOffice and LibreOffice, and save their files as .DOC files. There is a mismatch between file types when trying to open the .DOC files in versions of Word from 2013 and up. It results in losing the last few lines of text. Those lines can only be viewed on Word 2010 or earlier.

If you use these programs, you MUST put one or two carriage returns after your last paragraph before you save the document as a .DOC file. Otherwise, we will have great difficulty being able to read and edit your submission.

Please spread the word to others who may not see this post, in case they are already working on future submissions.

Thanks!

I've done some fiddling with files and it looks like there may be a "fix" for this. If you open the DOC file in Word, save it as a DOCX file, then close and reopen the file, the text comes back. Although this seems to work consistently, it's still best to follow the directions above if you're going to use open-source programs to prepare your submissions.

From an IT bod... docx is commonly referred to as exchangeable document format and has become the industry standard for most word processors as the file to use between mixed platforms.

However, if you google "microsoft word viewer" and install that (it's a Microsoft free app - they also have viewers for powerpoint and excel sheets) you can use it to check your saved files open correctly in word as it uses the same word dll's as the full word app uses, it's just read only. Hope that also helps.


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Pat Luther wrote:
Majuba wrote:
Template Fu wrote:
SpeediShuttle confirmed from Seattle Airport to Hotel

Assuming you're staying at the convention hotel, there is a complimentary 24-hour shuttle service provided by the hotel (to travel the whole 3/4 mile to the hotel). You just follow the signs for Taxis/shuttles/etc out across an enclosed skybridge (walkway) and down to a long loading area. There you call the hotel (via code there) to let them know which section you're at. Quite simple in practice.

Last time I took it, when you called the number there was just a recording telling you it was running every 15 minutes.

Also, you can take the light rail directly from the Amtrak station to the airport to catch the shuttle. That's what I've done in the past.

Noted for next time, as it's my first solo trip and I suffer from Aspergers - enough to make it a very scary solo trip but not totally debilitating - I booked a shuttle service so that I don't have to approach strangers and ask around too much.

Not operating very well in crowds and social situations can be a real bind at times, and in a different country altogether, I decided to have someone wait for me with sign and vehicle to make things as easy for me as possible.

That's one of the great things about RPGs/Pathfinder - I get to hear players describe how the character acts and feels and I don't need to "read their body language" to work it out - it allows me moments of "fitting in / being normal" - which is quite a precious feeling.


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Just paid for my 4-day pass and banquet ticket...

TemplateFu is coming to the USA!


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Hold on to your hats everyone!!

Hotel Booked and Paid - single occupancy with mountain view and a bath tub instead of a shower - YES!

Flights Booked and Paid - Virgin Atlantic - all direct - night flight return to London so I can be better rested for the journey home from the airport!

Look out USA, TemplateFu is on his way!

Just need to get me the Paizo con tickets left now - can't wait for them to go on sale.


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Decided to bite the bullet and have booked a 10 day slot around the con - arriving on the Wednesday 25th May around 1.30pm US time, leaving around the same time on Friday 3rd June getting back to the UK in the wee hours of the morning local UK time (urgh!)

Yes, TemplateFu is checking off a bucket list item - coming to a US games convention... and he chose... Paizocon!

Now, just need to wait for the Paizocon ticket sales to open and I'm all set. I might even splash out for the dinner option if it's available this year! :D

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Jarrett Sigler wrote:
Russ Brown wrote:
@Jarrett, can you give an example of a feat with the semi-colon?

Yes, I will go ahead and give a few that I have found.

Arcane Talent

Artillery Team

Banishing Critical

Breadth of Experiance

Confounding Tumble Deed

Detect Expertise

Heroic Leader

Dimensional Disruption

Those are a few. I think there are more. I know it's not exhaustive.

Make sure you reference the PRD for Paizo formatting, sometimes the d20pfsrd is not the same.

I think these examples are ok, for example, click the breadth of experience link here on the prd


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Hey all

I would just like to wish Paizo and all my fellow forum posters a very happy holidays and a wonderful new year.

I would also like to, for the first time, offer a thank you for the year:

Thank you to Paizo management for controlling the good ship Paizo for another year, bringing us loads of new Beasts, the 100th AP, Season 9 of RPG Superstar, and many items of gaming goodness.

Thanks to the RPG Superstar judges, IT clever souls and everyone participating in this Seasons competition, making Season 9 a warm and wonderful place to learn and compete in.

Thanks to the Technical Bods and WebSite Maintenance people - our forums remain a friendly and spam free place. This is down to each and every one of you keeping things running, so you definitely deserve this moment of appreciation. Good job all!

Thanks to the Web Store Ninjas, from the Grand Ninja Masters and Mistresses down to the lowly trainee Ninja - all of my products arrived in good time and condition as usual. All my questions (not very many) answered with good cheer and wonderful promptness. You all all customer relation gods and goddesses.

Thanks to the development team, for pushing through the edits, rewrites and all things development. You have certainly earned your holiday time this year, so feet up, relax and have a nice break. The whips can crack again on your return! :P

Thanks to the coffee runs, doughnut supplies, cake bakers, and treat suppliers who kept everyone's sugar levels at hyper production levels.

And thanks to anyone who I may have missed in that summary.

Happy holidays one and all!


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Just a quick pop in to the Superstar forums so that TemplateFu can wish everyone the very best for the holiday season!

Happy Holidays to everyone!


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Promises he has been good and not eaten too many Superstar entries this year!


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And the review finally draws to conclusion - wow, reviewing is actually more work than you think... but it's also more fun than you think too!

Moving on, we have a poem/song collection with Thorns in the Heart. The first, Road and Oak, I think is my favourite, followed closely by War Mother - which I can see both as a funeral dirge as it was intended but also could be used very nicely as a Goblin war chant! The artwork is a nice rendition of a winged lady reading a book that has just surprised or shocked her.

TemplateFu scores this article 8/10, the artwork 8/10

Next a collection of Side Trek Seeds. The first is a lizardfolk and Aspis Consortium entanglement, easily dropped into a campaign in the Mwangi Expanse. A good solid plot that allows the PCs the freedom to choose sides and live with the consequences of their choice. The next one is a location based plot, a mine infested with spores. And the third is a drop in plot involving the much loved land sharks, the bulettes! Two pieces of art accompany this article, the first a cowled medusae - I really like the innocent style of the cowl hiding the medusae within - it may end up in my game very soon! ;) The second art is that of a bulette bursting from the ground - a good rendition full of energy and action.

TemplateFu scores this article 9/10, the medusae artwork 9/10, the bulette artwork 8/10

Next we have the last short story of the issue, Evil is Your Wingman. A story full of imps, demons and downright nastiness - I loved it. It is yet another story from the creatures viewpoint, but like the previous stories, is well written and full of action. A good closing story for the issue. The artwork made me recall meeting Diablo in the original Diablo game for the first time - and hence I really like this one for the feelings it evoked.

TemplateFu scores this article 9/10, the artwork 9/10

Finally we have the issue Bestiary! A goodly collection of nastiness to spring on your players.

First up, at CR 7 is the Disembowled Prophet. A really nasty take on undead trolls. The abilities and theme make sense and the artwork is quite brilliant for this creature. Another of my favourites from the issue!

Next is a CR 6 air dragon, the GaleWyrm. A creature that uses the force of gales and wind as the core o its design. The abilities are consistent and the design tight. The artwork is lovely, full of dragon sinuosity and grace. I loved this too, but I love dragon art full stop! >.<

Now we head to late mid game with a CR12 Grim Harvester. An undead humanoid wielding a greataxe! This one really isn't very nice to meet but great fun to plan to run against your party! ;) I though the art was a superb rendition and only heightens just how malevolent and creaapy this creature is.

And then, joy of joy, a CR 1 ooze - the Jungle Ooze! I wondered if this needs bumping up to CR 2 though, not only is it vulnerable to something a first level party will have little to no access to, but also uses poison, very deadly to first level party saving throws. This ooze is quite vicious at CR 1, so do take care if you use it. The artwork represents it well once again.

Next a CR 3 tinty magical beast, the Mediogalti Devil. A low CR creature with one attack that confused me. If a claw deals 1d2 minus 2, then as the minimum damage for a successful hit is 1, then the claw attacks always do just one point regardless of the die roll. Also with Str being 6, there are even worse negative modifiers on its main attack resulting in a very limited damage output potential for a CR 3 creature. The artwork though is super nice.

Another CR 3 beast next, the Roperling. A humanoid creature sans skeleton that has rope like appendages, A weird and wonderful aberration with reach that is sure to creep out your players. The artwork represents the visuals I imagined very well.

Back to mid game CR 8 now with the Shepherd Devil. An outsider bardic devil who is the antithesis of inspirational bards, instead sickening its foes with its performances. The artwork is very moody and definitely brings forth the oppressive vibe of this creature.

Next a CR5 swarm, The VoidWasp Swarm. I hate wasps, if I hear so much as a buzz, I leave the room like a little girl... which I guess is why i found this design so decidedly wicked and evil. The artwork gave me the shivers too.

And closing the issue is a delightful CR 1 creature, Wechselkind. A small fey that has so many situational options that it will catch out your players time and time again. This one is going to get heavy use in my campaigns. The artwork clearly showing how evil can be found in the most innocent of looking things. I really like the possibilities of this one.

TemplateFu scores these beasties:

Disembowled Prophet - article 9/10, artwork 10/10
Galewyrm - article 8/10, artwork 10/10
Grim Harvester - article 9/10, artwork 10/10
Jungle Ooze - article 8/10, artwork 9/10
Mediogalti Devil - article 8/10, artwork 9/10
Roperling - article 8/10, artwork 8/10
Shepherd Devil - article 8/10, artwork 8/10
Voidwasp Swarm - article 9/10, artwork 9/10
Wechselkind - article 9/10, artwork 10/10

And so my review completes with an overall feeling for the issue as a whole...

It has both great diversity and great utility across many regions and campaigns. I think this is one of my favourite issues so far from the Wayfinder stable and I dare to think it may even be better than the Ennie award winning issue!

TemplateFu overall scores for this issue are: content 9/10, artwork 9/10


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And the review box isn't big enough :P

My review continues here... Sorry for any inconvenience.

Primitive and Deadly next, a collection of four magical weapons that giantkin would use, consisting of a greatclub, greataxe, earth breaker, and longspear. A nice variety of weapon types that allow players to find something of use. There is incosistency in the tagging of sourcebooks it looks like, one is PF84 (I think means p[age 84 in the core book, and the other is ACG but no page number. Ooops, channelling the TemplateFu too much there - grin. The weapons are mean and mighty, and the greataxe artwork is very nice indeed.

TemplateFu scores this article 9/10, the artwork 10/10

Next we have an article in the realms of army based campaigns and events. A collection of special abilities for armies of specific races (boggard, gnoll, goblin, hobgoblin, kobold, orc and giant). Your players may scoff at a Kobold army before, but the crunch and options herein might just catch them by surprise! The goblin army art accompanying the article has a real pathfinder Golarion feel to it, you can just picture them singing their weird little songs. Definitely an article to squirrel away and spring on players when there is an army based event in your campaigns.

TemplateFu scores this article 9/10, the artwork 9/10

Next, we have a short story presented as a pathfinder report. The Oiv'heur'eihr - please don't ask me to pronounce that, I'm useless at tongue twisters! The whole tone of the story keeps a filed report style that lends great authenticity and realism to the details. Again, I won't spoil the plot, but will say you should enjoy reading this immensely, I know I did. The artwork was a little cartoon like for my tastes and the face of the pathfinder seemed rather simian to me than human, I'm not sure if that was intended, but it did throw me as it was unexpected.

TemplateFu scores this article 9/10, the artwork 7/10

Next, a cyclopean themed collection, Remnants and Relics, consisting of 3 Barbarian Rage Powers, A witch archetype, 3 combat feats, and a couple of magical items. The witch section felt out of place and tacked on when reviewing the wealth of combat oriented options provided. I think it would have felt a tighter focused article if that had been dropped in favour of an extra magical item or feat. The cyclopean artwork is super, really good lighting effect from the source of light - a huge spear of light and lightning!

TemplateFu scores this article 8/10, the artwork 9/10

Next up, Cache of the Ravener King, a collection of 3 wondrous item treasures and a minor artifact! I found the minor artifact to be very intriguing, lending itself to different plant and damage type combinations to easily create variations to suit different campaigns. I love easily adaptable things, so this scored well with me. The artwork is serviceable, representing 2 of the four items, one of which is the minor artifact in question. Personally, I would have rendered a finer gold chain to emphasise the delicacy of the flower being held, but that's just my own personal tastes.

TemplateFu scores this article 9/10, the artwork 8/10

Articles remaining to review: Thorns in the Heart, Side Trek Seeds, Evil is your Wingman, Bestiary (each creature to get a summary review). These will be coming soon... in this thread of course! ;)

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One tip for effect clarity, you will love this one...

Get Wayfinder 14. It's free.

Read my article on a creatures essence - a creature design article that actually starts with putting away the books!

Yup, that's right. What the article tries to do is illustrate how really concentrating on your design theme and identifying what you want it to do first, that the wording is clearer after.

Quite a lot of woolly wording comes from feeling your way through what you design as you design it, so put away all the stat blocks, the books and start with a simple shopping list of effects and abilities.

Once you pare that down to a cohesive set, the writing part should follow a lot cleaner and it should fit easier into the templates.


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I'm about a third of the way through the issue, and have posted a review on where I have got to so far. I will add more review once have read a little more.


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What Monica and Neil say! I have had to develop a very thick skin sometimes, even from my own review circle and gaming buddies, so one tip I can share - don't look at the number of people being vociferous, people who don't like something are always more vocal than those who do...

How often do you hear a table ask to thank the chef at a restaurant versus how often complaints get made when something isn't right. In that restaurant, all those tables that don't complain - they are satisfied customers!

So look to this thread, everyone has congratulated you, most of us envious of your success in the competition and we are just the tip of the iceberg of those who quietly and privately make their votes.

I'd also like to echo what Raven says about style - you are all distinct - this means you will all carve our your own fan base, your own chunk of games design space and so on.

View the reactions to your work not by positive or negative but by the strength of that reaction - if you stir the passions of the gaming community, then you must be doing something very right!

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frank gori wrote:

Every round past round 1 few people stick around... the Critique my item thread is usually a good indicator as it starts to die the interest in the contest begins to wane.

I personally stick around and there's a die hard audience but yeah it is a little sad to watch these boards go from a vibrant community to a ghost town.

I know, I feel a little guilty about not commenting more this year, but I have just so much work to finish up. It's been that way since last year (lots of work, not the same unfinished things >.<), so I guess that's a good thing.

I also blame Paizo a little... had they not sprung this one on me, I had actually planned to clear my decks for December to do my usual support and feedback to the community, but the devious peeps they are scheduled it right bang in the middle of my work mountain *shakes fist and grrrr's menacingly*

Yay! As I take a momentary break, my brain kicks in with a confirmed "done" and one less thing on the table.

Just one big one left to do...

*peddles the grindstone to spin it faster*

(although I have one thing left to do, I have two already waiting in the wings and a third in proposal stage - lol, so much for clearing the decks!)

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Not just game developers, it happens in many companies just under different names, for example

Post Implementation Review
or
Project Completion Summary
or
Implementation Reflection

"post-mortem" is just an older term for this sort of process that hasn't been replaced with new fangled terms yet.

It's what companies do when some task is completed and they have similar tasks in the pipeline - to take lessons learned from completing that task that can be applied to the next one and so do it better next time.

So everyone who is reading and writing the reviews, are all reviewing what was done to do it better next time! :)

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Mark Griffin wrote:
Anthony Adam wrote:

making Top 100 has really opened the doors wider for me and I'm suddenly getting a lot of interest in various proposals I have sent to a number of 3PP.

Do you really think this is a function of making the top 100, or is it because of practice, persistence and a good attitude?

They probably helped.

Maybe.

A little.

Ok, you win! ;)

Being able to point and say "that was mine" helps too! :D


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Jeffrey Swank wrote:

Each time I get ready to click "submit," my cursor would go back to "review" and I would read it all again. lol. Over, and over. Each time I seemed to find something new to correct. Finally after 1.5 hrs of trying to click that submit button, I finally did it. I think that button had an repulsor field built around it. lol (or I am addicted to the preview button?)

/me attends PBA (Preview Buttons Anonymous)

If you are correcting things in the web form/preview instead of in a separate editor, I'm going to slap you sideways! :P

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Good luck everyone, I'm still lurking, just very, very busy right now - making Top 100 has really opened the doors wider for me and I'm suddenly getting a lot of interest in various proposals I have sent to a number of 3PP.

It's both exciting, scary, and intimidating all at once - a bit like that dreaded submit button feeling. :)

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Congrats everyone!

Wow, Top 8, chances are I won't see you again as contestants in future years, and some of you have been around as long as I have!

Good luck and god speed!

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I suspect that if someone PM's privately saying "what page is the roaring hulk of doom on?" and they get back a private "Bestiary 27, Page 4,564", that would be no different to them borrowing a book, scanning a book in their game shop, etc.

So long as all you are doing is asking for a page reference, I wouldn't think it was a problem, just keep it private (both query and answers) so no one knows what beasties you are thinking of using.

Also ask for more beasties than you are actually using to hide which ones are actually being used if it worries you.

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And it gets tougher still when you actually start working on real products...

I have a product in the pipeline for a 3PP where I was one of the lead designers for the first time. I finished some months ago and the work is now going through all the editing, pre-prodiction, production, post-production, art acquisition, construction into pdf, etc., that all products go through.

It's under NDA until release and rightly so... so that's months already of me waiting to say "I did that!" - and I will, you can count on that, it's by far one of my best things so far and I am very proud of it.

So how do you tackle this keep silent time? ...

You have to learn to keep moving...

Start some new designs.

Even if you don't have the round 4 rules, you could make some more maps, do some more monster creations, put into practice what you learnt from your feedback and at the same time build yourself a small grab bag of designs that can be in semi or fully finished state to draw on when you find you need something quick ;)

Keeping yourself busy will help improve your work and even revisiting old tasks builds your confidence and skills for when you do know if you progress or not.

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I find your development process feedback extremely helpful and informative... Those of us not in the contest need feedback like this to learn from and so improve our own skills. I wouldnt fret about it Adam, I rather suspect its not much different to feedback you provide to in house designers and freelancers who submit their work to you, so we all need to be able to take such feedback on the chin and keep on working and learning.


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Busy day at work ahead, so I will be emailing the creature ethos design to those who PM'd me their email address in about 4 hours from this post - a.k.a. UK lunchtime ;)

I hope it helps.


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Wow, 9 seasons and I break top 100!

*faint*

Stunned. Just Stunned.

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R Pickard wrote:
Map Fu wrote:

*Yawns and stretches, awoken by Template Fu's gentle snores*

Ahhh, it must be time for Maps soon! I smell fresh scanning in the air!

*Takes his leave to the bathroom to refresh for the reviewing ahead*

*sees map fu, clutching her unreviewed map from 8 months ago; sits in a corner and weeps out of the cruel cold of abandonment*

(ETA: I realize it is far more important at this point to focus on the new season, not old news. I'm just being a drama queen (with a far amount of silliness to boot).)

No worries, I'll get to them, I have just been ubah busy with freelance work - all of which will start seeing the light of day over the next year.

So much so, I think I won't be eligible for Season 10 when it comes around! >.<

I'll still vote each year though, cant keep me away from that!

I also have a creature ethos design article coming out in the next Wayfinder, so if any of you want the unedited version, I will be happy to mail it to you if you think it will help you start on your creature feature ideas.

All I ask is you don't share it on as it will soon be available in shiny edited form for free in Wayfinder - I'm just letting you finalists have first dibs ;) PM me your email if you would like this (it's word docx format so should be easy to read in most readers)


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*SLAM*

*Stomps to the corner, curls into a fetal position and whimpers in hunger!*

*Noticing no one watching, a smile spreads across his lips as he pulls out some template food taken from the Top 32 + 4!*

*Munch, slurp*

*Not as well fed as prior years, he soon quiets his empty stomach and wonders how long it will be before over half the field realise they were far too mean to feed him this year!*

*drowsy from his repast, he sleeps and dreams...*


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I will be starting my reviews soon, and they can be bumpy at times, so here's a starter for 10 on Template ...

You nailed it - ack! no, you didnt, I spotted it - you almost got away with it...

lbs. is plural but you have only one. There can be only 1 lb. when this weight is used. Oh, and the dot was missing too!

*perking up, Fu snatches a victorius snack from this entrant's plate*

*munch*

Full review to follow in due course.


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I will be starting my reviews soon, and they can be bumpy at times, so here's a starter for 10 on Template ...

You nailed it - as well you should repeat finalist, as well you should! Grin.

Very well done indeed

Sorry Fu, no food to be found here...

*sadly shuffles to the next item*

Full review to follow in due course.


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I will be starting my reviews soon, and they can be bumpy at times, so here's a starter for 10 on Template ...

You nailed it!

My god, the Fu is actually starving this year - very well done.

Full review to follow in due course.


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I will be starting my reviews soon, and they can be bumpy at times, so here's a starter for 10 on Template ...

You nailed it!

Wow, we have a new record of nailed templates and I still have half to go - well done indeed.

Sorry Fu, empty plate again.

Full review to follow in due course.


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I will be starting my reviews soon, and they can be bumpy at times, so here's a starter for 10 on Template ...

You nailed it!

This year, the template use has definitely raised it's game. The Fu is looking skinny and malnourished. On the plus side, the full review will be looking at much greater depth I promise *evil grin*

Full review to follow in due course.


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I will be starting my reviews soon, and they can be bumpy at times, so here's a starter for 10 on Template ...

Always check the errata! - You almost nailed it.

From fifth printing (and noted in the errata), no slot is listed as none; and not as a dash.

Numbers a thousand or more use the UK / US comma for a thousands separator, so that 1200 gp should be shown as 1,200 gp.

And where is the closing semi-colon after the spell in the construction section?

Yummy, early Top 32 food...

*munch*

Full review to follow in due course.


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Based on the snark thread :P - my starter for 10 is

a) Too MUCH lore >.<
b) Fan fighting is not a core weapon and not as many people like ninja style combat as I do >.<
c) I bet people didn't like the use your first attack for ranged and use the rest of multi attacks in melee - it was a gamble but c'est la vie.
d) Too many words ( again >.< )
e) first year using links only to discover some voters insta down-vote them >.<

I'm happy though, I made through all the culls...

Wing of the Night Monarch
Aura moderate enchantment and evocation; CL 10th
Slot none; Price 16,305 gp; Weight
Description
The gossamer silk of this +1 fighting fan portrays the resplendent wing patterns of Desna’s Night Monarch. Its ivory guard sticks bearing eight stars.

Once per round, the wielder activates the fan as a ranged attack with maximum range 60 feet. A star is consumed as a butterfly of divine light is released at the target. On a hit it melds with the target dealing 1d6 points of holy damage (critical threat on a 20, x3 damage), otherwise it dissipates harmlessly. The dizzying flight of the butterfly grants a feint check as a free action against the target, the result affecting the butterfly attack only.

Wielding a second fan permits activation of a second star simultaneously with the first. Attacking the same target grants a single feint check with a +4 circumstance bonus applying the result to both attacks.

If both attacks hit, the target is subject to a waking dream unless they succeed a Will save (DC 16) becoming immune to this effect for 24 hours regardless of the save result. If the target fails the save, they dream of acting normally on their next action but instead take no action. The target is aware of their surroundings and is not defenseless. This is a mind-affecting effect.

Should the wielder have multiple attacks per round, butterfly attacks are made with their first attack - they are able to wield fans normally for any remaining attacks.

Expended stars regenerate overnight. Stars expended during the night do not regenerate until the following night.
Construction
Requirements Craft Magic Arms and Armor, daze monster, spiritual weapon, creator must worship Desna; Cost 8,305 gp


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Well done everyone! Especially pleased to see quite a few through that I was on the pit crew for too, so no pressure those peeps, Monica won last year and I was on her pit crew, so no pressure :P


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Dear contestants, someone has run off through our portal to Golarion with the Top 32 results. To help us track them down, will all 223 confirmed living entrants please submit their maps in the next 20 minutes so we can post them for the new marathon week of moar voting to nominate the top 16.

Now to the batpole brave people!

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Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
Clay Clouser wrote:
Goblins in the servers and kobolds in the halls...whats next...
The raptor's on the roof, and it won't come down.

Better get Cosmo dressed as bait again.... Ohhh, my guest key seems to let me in still ;)

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All you can do is hope and pray an make a map just in case.

Entrants like I are at +8 hours ahead of PST (i.e. UK time).

Those ahead of PST could be impacted more seriously than those who live in the PST zone... imagine this scenario

Whatever the problem is, it proves serious enough to delay the announcement to say 6pm PST, that's 2AM UK the next day...

All you lucky PST people get a couple of days of daylight hours, where us poor souls end up passed out asleep on our keyboards and wake up the NEXT day with just 1 to 1 and a half days to get things done, bleary sore eyes, keyboard imprints on one side of our face, stiff back and neck etc... sleeping like that is not easy you know :).

Me I am trying to draw with EVERYTHING crossed that the fix is a fixable fix with a small time-frame and that I can be ready whenever the fix is done should I progress.

That my fellow contestants is all we can do, the milk is spilled so let's lap it up and carry on like true freelancing soldiers at the eventful word and picture coal faces.

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Feros wrote:

Still 10 minutes to get some voting in! Keep going to the finish line!

Weirdly I can still vote 2 hours later! >.<

Edit, ahh it was my cached pair when I went to sleep. never mind.


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Kalindlara wrote:
Gerrard Dixon wrote:
I have a few personal favorites as well, will discuss when things are out in the open. Strong contenders, many oozing flavor with some solid mechanics included for a tough decision.
I'm definitely looking forward to discussing some of the great items I've seen... as well as my own. ^_^

Not wanting to killjoy, but please remember, only discuss your item and/or items you have seen if the contestant Requests feedback about their item in the inevitable feedback threads. I know this can be a pain when an item you are busting to talk about doesnt get a feedback request but we all should try to respect that entrants wishes as in prior years.


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Please, everyone reading this thread... Do note that the rules state one SQUARE of the provided grid is 5 feet. It does not say one inch is 5 foot. Having printed the grid for drawing on, I can confirm for the purpose of drawing, the grid squares are smaller than one inch square. Do not trip up, one square is five foot if you are using the provided grid.


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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
theheadkase wrote:
We'll need a new tag for Feros (and probably LeBlanc too!) for a crazy feat like 20,000 votes in 4 seasons.
How about "Committed"? :)

Lunatic works too! :P


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Wow, the Fu now has 5 kisses! Thanks everyone... Keep on voting!

What a great way to wake up at the start of a bank holiday long weekend :D

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Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
... kind words ...

And for the last couple of years I have offered a template check service to contestants who want to avail themselves of that offer (using my Template Fu alias).

I am sure if Owen/Paizo didn't like or want me offering that opportunity then they would say so and I would stop immediately.

I am immensely proud that contestants who want to learn and progress actually ask for my template check and feedback. It fully believe that many of these contestants will grow and make Top 32 over the coming years because they have shown a willingness to learn and improve by asking for help.

If it ever became against the rules, I would cease immediately out of respect for this wonderful company that gives us such an amazing opportunity every year.

FYI, I broke records this year with over a 100 of you requesting a template check - of those, I have seen 80 in the last couple of days.

Whether you used my template check offer or not, I wish you all good luck - the round 1 reveal is not far away at all now. Good luck all.


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@Feros... Feel free to Pm me your entry as submitted and I will be happy to give it a once over privately for you... I have done this already and the contestants benefitting said my feedback was a help.

Offers there if you want it pal.

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Nickolas Floyd wrote:
Petty Alchemy wrote:
The Raven Black wrote:
Jeff Lee wrote:
The Raven Black wrote:
If the spell you mention in your description is not really well-known and you do not describe its effects, you'd better provide me with a link :-/
Or you could, you know, search for it yourself on the PRD. It's not hard, and providing links is not required by the rules.

Stop oppressing my snark ; -))

That said, it is good commercial practice to make life easier for your customers. And this is exactly what voters are.

I've mentioned before, I prefer no links to links. Books don't get to have links.
I'm pro-links! We are not printing these in books (at least not yet). It is not required, but I say, use the technology you are working in. It sure makes it easier to look up what makes the item tick if it has links. Some items need them more than others, but I wish they were all hyperlinked. SNARK!

There are more important considerations too...

a) Books have the spells and feats in the same page, your design on line does not - so - linking them is turning your design into an online book in that if you need to, you can use the "index" (the link) to go look the spell/feat/whatever up.

b) if the link actually links to a PRD entry, then voters can just hover the link, see the link to PRD and be assured you have used PRD only materials in your design - making their voting life easier :)

c) Having or not having links shouldn't change your vote, it's the design that should be doing that. If you do, aren't you guilty of being the template fiends that everyone refers to?

I don't care either way, I may grumble when you use a spell or feat I don't know and I do have to search the PRD to find it, but I don't let that affect my voting decision.

So all you link users - good for you, my voting is made faster and easier because of the link

All you non link users - good on you too, I may have to take an extra minute or two sometimes but it isn't hurting you.

I'm voting on the design, not the link or absence thereof :)

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Brigg wrote:
Mikko Kallio wrote:
Oooooh-kay, I just saw the most evocative item I've seen this year. I'm hard to impress, but this item... yeah, totally a Keep.
Lastly, THIS has me very curious. ^.^

You, me and many more I suspect.

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Lol, and the TV program strikes again... My name is always misquoted, I reckon Pugsley and Wednesday are working in cahoots against me :)

At least you didnt make it double d in the surname, but you might notice, there is no trailing "s" either :P

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Monica Marlowe wrote:
Neil Spicer wrote:
Chris Lambertz wrote:
A gninja did it.
Hah! Did that just happen today? I didn't even notice it until Thomas pointed it out. That's cool. Thanks, Liz (and Chris). There's a humorous story behind that title. Gary's the guy who coined it, I believe. Mostly, it just highlights how crazy I am. ;)
Nice tag.

His tag makes me wonder if it's a reference to an earlier season when Neil was judging the wondrous items and filled out a scrolling screenful or two of review notes on pretty much EVERY item in the top 32 and quite a lot of the Critique My Item thread.

I also recall Clark, Sean etc, could only put in short feedback of

"What Neil said" >.<

Fondly remembers those early seasons :D

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R D Ramsey wrote:
If the word was misspelled once I'd think it was just a typo. But it's misspelled the same way twice.

Which reminds me - all you Word users... (probably similar options in other word processing software)

Select ALL your item text...
Click the review tab/menu...
Click the language option/drop-down...
Click Set Proofing Language...

Set to US English for spelling and grammar...

(this sets the checking temporarily for that document and does not set it globally, so will not affect your normal settings)

BEWARE red squiggles in the entry box, the entry box in your browser uses your local globalisation, so for example, a chrome user in the UK will see spell checks in UK English and not US English.

When writing anything for gaming companies, the majority of companies use US English as the standard and not UK English. Do check this though when working as a freelancer.

US English example : Armour is wrong, Armor is right.

Always spell check with a US English setting, it will save you a lot of grief.

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