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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. 2,696 posts (2,905 including aliases). No reviews. No lists. 4 wishlists. 4 aliases.


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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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Finally saw my item, after reaching dedicated, so it took me 500+ votes to see it once!

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Azouth wrote:
Anthony Adam wrote:
a paper brolly
Is that a UK thing? I just call them paper umbrellas.

Yeah, the Londoner of my distant past is showing...

Time to go up the apples and pears to the land of nod methinks...

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Dedicated?

Edit : YES!


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Noooooooo, it is still alive. That means I now have a whole 10 % chance of master making the cut and ending my annual reign of terror!


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I'm really James Jacobs' body implanted with SKR's brain!

*kidding*

:P


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I think this needs to be said, so I'm biting the bullet...

I don't think everyone is draconian about template, even though I have this alias.

Every post I have seen where people have confirmed they look at the template, in every single case, including mine, we have all said something along the lines of "the template is the least/last deciding factor".

By this we are all saying

We look at the design, the design space, the originality, the fun factor, the balance, the pricing, the spell construction selection. matching auras, the slot synergies (i.e. boots that enhance intelligence have no slot synergy, whereas a head band that enhances intelligence does)... we even decide if we "like" the designs as players and as GMs. We look to see if the item breaks the game in any major way, whether it can be abused by clever players and the like.

In short if we do all of this, and still cannot separate the pair of items and the only thing left to consider is the template, then what else can we use.

I have just cast my 400th vote if my count is correct, the template was used as a deciding factor twice.

So please don;t get hung up on the template as it isn't the big deciding factor that it appears to be, if the template isnt correct, chances are the design is flawed in other places long before we look at that.

2 votes in 400, so that's like 0.5% of my votes had to go to that low a level. And my voting count is probably less than 1% of the total votes cast, so I probably have swung the results on those two votes by a factor of 0.005% at most.

In short, template execution will be used as a deciding factor but only as a last resort when all other options have been considered - that's why I am voting so much slower this year.

The appearance of draconian use is probably a result of the snark posts complaining about total lack of template use. I can assure you though, that those of us taking the competition very seriously are not being swayed at all by that thread of by template miss-steps. We all make them, even I do.

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Gabriel Almer wrote:
Anthony Adam wrote:
Anthony Adam wrote:

Everyone please delete these words/phrases from your vocabulary forth with and swear to never use them again ...

"can"
"could"
"should"
"may"
"will"
"like"
"can be"
"could be"
"may be"
"appears"
"as if"
"prized by"
"favored by/of"
"very, very"

Edit + "Additionally"

...

Please add another word to ban to this list.

"Additionally"

Gah, we know it's additional, because it is oft near end of the item, or if you have said your item grants two benefits and have just described the first one, we know there is a second one and must be about to start it.

Don't waste your word count with this word.

When writing short fiction, I read about the word "Suddenly" - rather than say "Suddenly, the blade fell", just say "The blade fell."

By use of the word "Suddenly", you are cluing the reader of an imminent event and so stealing from the power of that event and the readers reaction, you have in fact pre-warned them and eliminated the shock you were aiming for.

Additionally has that same issue, it delays the reader into getting to what they really want to read about...

While I see your point, I think there are enough situations in which some of these words not only make sense, but are essential to understanding. After all, writing rules language is different from writing short fiction. Whether effect B is 'in addition' to effect A or functions 'alternatively' is an important distinction. Often it is necessary to state whether the wielder 'can', 'may', or 'must' [follow rule]. And the CRB gives more than enough examples of effects that function 'as if' [spell] for this to be considered a standard phrase. Putting a general ban on these words/phrases seems somewhat extreme.

Ok, instead of ban, how about calling them passive red flags... If you find youself writing them. Review your sentence and see if it is better and stronger when reworked without the word...

I agee on additionally as a distinction to alternatively, the point I was alluding to is when it simply means "and", i.e you get this, additionally this. They arent alternatives in that case.

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Anthony Adam wrote:

Everyone please delete these words/phrases from your vocabulary forth with and swear to never use them again ...

"can"
"could"
"should"
"may"
"will"
"like"
"can be"
"could be"
"may be"
"appears"
"as if"
"prized by"
"favored by/of"
"very, very"

Edit + "Additionally"

...

Please add another word to ban to this list.

"Additionally"

Gah, we know it's additional, because it is oft near end of the item, or if you have said your item grants two benefits and have just described the first one, we know there is a second one and must be about to start it.

Don't waste your word count with this word.

When writing short fiction, I read about the word "Suddenly" - rather than say "Suddenly, the blade fell", just say "The blade fell."

By use of the word "Suddenly", you are cluing the reader of an imminent event and so stealing from the power of that event and the readers reaction, you have in fact pre-warned them and eliminated the shock you were aiming for.

Additionally has that same issue, it delays the reader into getting to what they really want to read about...

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Feros wrote:
Curaigh wrote:

...

Then remember anonymity precludes an item from gaining the forum user's popularity (AA & Feros would be in already! :).

...

I think you could count yourself in on that list, Curaigh! :D

Agree with you there Feros.

Actually, having read this thread with interest, I have come to the following opinion.

Yes, it is kind of a popularity vote, but that is not a bad thing. Think about it for a second or two like this...

We are voting on what we individually like, the ranking system collates all of that voting and the general consensus of what the gaming community as a whole likes bubbles to the surface. This is invaluable to Paizo, freelancers and people who enter this contest to learn what it is that gamers are looking for in their games.

I know for certain, each year, my designs are subtely altered by this learning experience, so please look at this process as a learning benefit to your skill set as a designer.

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Le Petite Mort wrote:
Quick question: Why not use 1s instead of Xs for surviving items? That was you could easily make an =Sum(Column) cell at the top to estimate survivor count.

OR use =COUNTIF(column:range, "X")

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Everyone please delete these words/phrases from your vocabulary forth with and swear to never use them again in round 1 submission... it turns your item descriptions into a more dynamic version of itself.

Never ever use...

"can"
"could"
"should"
"may"
"will"
"like"
"can be"
"could be"
"may be"
"appears"
"as if"
"prized by"
"favored by/of"
"very, very"

These are the most commonly used combinations that prevent your description from being dynamic and the thing about dynamic description is, after 100's of votes, it is still enjoyable to read... :)


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Berod Oyeghirn wrote:
Regret I have is that, though my item is immensely better than my first one last year, I focussed on the visuals and proper crunch and formatting but forgot to go for the awe factor. I have seen many items that make me enthusiastic about them, but my own item does not :-/

Fret not... You said "though my item is immensely better than my first one last year".

This means that not only have you grown and improved as a designer, you have grown so much that you can recognize it yourself.

It shows one of the chief designer attitudes that are highly valued, a willingness to learn and grow, to come back again and try again.

That tells me that you will get there if you keep working at it.

Well done.


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Petty Alchemy wrote:
If you win, will you choose a successor? Or is being Template Fu a life term?

Lets see, Season 9 and still trying... hmmm, based on annual performance, I think I'm safe for another decade or three! >.<


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Weird thought of the day... So many up and coming mini me template fiends in training in this thread. I love it !!!

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Another hour found...

And I have now seen

Total Unique Items Seen : 100
Items seen once : 94
Items seen twice : 5
Items seen thrice : 1

Pairs seen: 54
Votes cast: 54 (no equal votes from me :P)

Armor, 15 items, 15% of submissions seen
Weapon, 25 items, 25% of submissions seen
Wondrous, 60 items, 60% of submissions seen

Template Failures (2 or more basic template mistakes)

- 57 items, 57% of submissions seen

The fluctuations are starting to bottom out with only a 2% swing on template failures with this update.

Speaking of italics or not - how about putting capitalized spells in ;) - they shouldn't be you know

e.g. magic missile - OK, magic missile - also OK
Magic Missile - NOT OK, Magic Missile - NOT OK

Weirdly 98% of items that didn't italicize also capitalized and/or didn't order the spells in alphabetical order... so don't worry, italics is the least of the template issues that might cause vote loss.

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although I usually talk about the technical aspects of items a lot, I think I will pop in here and say...

Wow, very good use of lore and Golarion-Fu in a lot of items this year!

I really don't expect to hit a high percentage of my favorites in Top 32 this season as the field is much wider I think.

Very well done to every single entrant!

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Feros wrote:
Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
*I* find this interesting, even if no-one else does. :)

Nope, I find it interesting as well! :)

Template Fu, would you mind terribly if I post my stats here for comparison purposes?

Help yourself... early voting means things fluctuate a bit until I get a good selection built up, and as I am taking things slower this year, my stats will take longer to build up. I currently have these stats now...

Total Unique Items Seen : 38
Items seen once : 36
Items seen twice : 2

Pairs seen: 20
Votes cast: 20 (no equal votes from me :P)

Armor, 8 items, 21% of submissions seen
Weapon, 5 items, 13% of submissions seen
Wondrous Items, 25, 66% of submissions seen

Template Failures (2 or more basic template mistakes)
- 23, 61% of submissions seen (I hit a bad run >.<)

Most common failures are Capitals used in the Aura and not putting spell names in lowercase italics.

Which means that template wise, currently 39% are good to awesome!


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Hey peeps

It may be interesting, it may not, but I will post here periodic voting stats as I work through all these delectable submissions

*chew*

Ummm, *hides template points meal bones behind back*

So, as a sanity type check in, after 10 pairs:

Total Unique Items Seen : 19
Pairs seen: 10
Votes cast: 10

Armor, 4 items, 21% of submissions seen
Weapon, 4 items, 21% of submissions seen
Wondrous Items, 11, 58% of submissions seen

Template Failures (2 or more basic template mistakes)
- 8, 42% of submissions seen

Which means that template wise, currently 58% are good to awesome!

I will see how the next 40 votes changes the landscape and post an update tomorrow when I get there (I'm going quite slow at the start of voting to give each entry a proper consideration)

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We can all vote only as we interpret each pairing.

My personal deciding factors in highest priority to lowest prioroty for Season 9 will be

a) Is the core idea unique, inspiring or clever?
b) Does it appeal to me as a player and as a GM?
c) Is the item well presented?
- use of template is part of this but so are paragraph breaks vs wall of textness, clarity, ease of scanning down the powers/abilities for use at the gaming table
d) Can I think of a way to abuse the entry in game?
e) Are the correct game terms used?
- is the writing to Paizo style, things in italics/Capitalisations that should be, saves vs checks for the right things, sentence structure for common things, e.g. "deal 1d6 points of damage" and not "for 1d6 damage" as an example.
f) Are the price, cost, caster level, construction feats correct?
g) Do the auras and spells match?

So my voting, I hope will be looking at the idea behind the design with technical competence being very low on the deciding factors.

I may be Template Fu as an alter ego, but I have learnt to look for the designer, the Fu side of my posts can be learnt - creativity, originality, these cant be learnt - they are the spark and gift I am looking to vote for.

I will also be generally checking if there is anything rules wise / construction wise that is not on the PRD or other round rules broken? But as these will get reported and DQ's quite qwuickly in the first days of voting, it's not a major thing for me.

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Maybe it had an amazing background, something like...

Marmasula's Dream Engine

/// template stuff

Description
In the beginning, there was the void. The gods saw this emptiness and thought to fill it with wonder. This errant thought created the lights we now call stars, and the firmaments coalesced around these lights. These we call planets.

The gods whose thoughts created this allowed a wild energy known as "magic" to permeate this creation, and so the varied races and creatures came to be, infused with this energy and proved fruitful.

It was not long before the creatures discovered the diversity that magic fueled life gives access to, and so this item was born of their minds, created at the dawn of recorded time...

... 2,700 more words give or take

Construction
... etc.


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Zerri wrote:

Well hopefully my totally not an artifact, didn't have some 'major' mistake that got it cut down so soon. That would be more than a 'minor' inconvenience on the road to becoming RPG superstar.

Cause we clearly need more 'meta' artifact jokes....

I'll see myself out.

But, but, isn't round 2, the map round also known as the arty facts round? Badum tish!

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Scott LaBarge wrote:
Filigree, step aside. There's a new meme in town.

But, but, but, wasn't it Torcs last year ? :P

Heh heh, I see I'm not the only one reliving the torc-ing nightmare...


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I promise to stop feeding on template errors if I get in Top 32! :P

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It says the 16th on my view of the page here in the UK, so you have SOME time... so best to check the schedule page yourself from your own locale to be sure.

BUT...

Don't leave it to the last minute because if you do, you risk the internet delaying your entry, server crashes as we, all of us that is, refresh waiting for voting to start, etc etc.

Don't do it, because if you post in a frenzied rush, you will mess something up. I can almost guarantee it.


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Goblin Bazooka
Aura strong evocation; CL 15th
Slot none; Price 16,500 gp; Weight
Description
A large funnel is attached to the side of this oversized bazooka. The funnel, formed of interlocking claws and skeletal hands, links with the loading chamber of the bazooka firing mechanism.

Any goblin within 60 feet that is directly in line with the front of the bazooka’s funnel must make a DC 16 Reflex save or be sucked off their feet and pushed into the funnel mouth.

The funnel hands animate, squeezing and pushing the goblin until it cowers in a fetal ball stance and is able to be fed through the narrow end of the funnel into the bazooka firing chamber. The bazooka is now loaded. It may hold one goblin in the chamber and a second in the funnel at any one time.
As a ranged attack, the bazooka fires a goblin up to 200 feet. The goblin, strange creatures that they are, sing “I flyz like the birdz, ohhhh meee ohhh myyyy, weeeely high” as they hurtle to their impact point. On reaching the target, the goblin explodes into a mass of gore and flying bones.

A creature impacted hit by the goblin takes 4d6 bludgeoning damage from the impact. The target and all creatures within 20 feet of the impact take 3d6 piercing damage from all the goblin bone shards, save DC 16 Reflex for half.

The bazooka cannot be fired in the same round that a goblin is being loaded into the firing chamber, they do struggle so.

A goblin can only be fired from the bazooka once.
Construction
Requirements Craft Magic Arms and Armor, grasping hand, hydraulic push; Cost 8,500 gp

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I have replied to everyone who submitted!

If you think you did and haven't had a reply, please resend it, I might have missed it.


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Anthony Adam wrote:
Chris Shaeffer wrote:
Fu request sent! (Eherm, but I already submitted...)
I'll try to be gentle...

But I won't!

*drool*


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Hey fellow contestants.

As in previous years, I have found some time on Wednesday and Thursday to take a look at the templating for anyone that would like me to.

So, if you PM me any entries or dry runs by end of Wednesday, I will work through them and point out any mis-steps I can see during my free time on Thursday.

If you use the full mark up in the PM as you would in the entry box, I will see the entry formatted and so will easily spot things amiss for you.

Due to the popularity this had last year, I repeat, this is a quick eye over of the template only, and you can only ask one time each year.

I will work through them as they are posted, as many as I can, so please bear with if its a while before I get to yours.

You can be assured of total discretion and professionalism as last year's entrants who availed themselves of this offer can attest to.

The offer is now made - it's in your hands if you would like me to cast my eye over for you.

Either way, good luck to all competitors this season.

TemplateFu

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Although it sounds a nice idea, I think there is one logistic that the judges would hate about it (and those of us who provide detailed feedback on the winning items)...

Providing feedback on 32 is very time consuming already (usually a number of days for detailed feedback), so doing it for 64 would be a killer.

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There is a pdf of mine linked on www.gamesdesignadvice.com, on the resources page. If that link still works, it includes a lot of the formatting stuff for wondrous items.

Weapons and armors are extensions of this formatting, with much of it applying to all, you just need to double check you follow conventions in the core rule book - e.g. weapons all tend to be slot none even if you hold them in your hands.

It's the first link under the heading Games Design Books and does still seem to work, and it is a pdf format so should be easy to read if you download it. I hope it helps.

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Maurice de Mare wrote:

Once again I have pushed the submit button.

Rolls dice, hopes for a natural 20.

Well done.

I have spent the day avoiding the forums, my emails and my entry - that 24 hours of "leave it alone" is a nightmare. Even now, 9 seasons in, it's still the hardest part of the game :)

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Alric Rahl wrote:
Submitted my first ever item into RPGSS and realize now that I may have screwed up on the cost calculation.

Pricing is hard to get right and easy to get wrong - don't beat yourself up about it.

Very often, "wrong" prices dont get noticed because as voters we wont have the time to check it out.

If it looks wrong or is VERY wrong it's obvious, but I have found a 10% or less is usually not noticed or worried about.

Plus with my voting, pricing can be taught but originality and creativity not so much. Price is a very small part of the item design, so have faith in your work as a whole and enjoy the experience.

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Thanks for confirming that guys!

I'm plenty happy to ask the daft questions so everyone can see the answers... I've been doing it for 9 seasons, so why change the habit of a competitor-time? ;)

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
UGH. Did not see the PRD thing. There goes the occult adventures items . Now i read that phrenology book for nothing...

No you didn't, write something for the next Wayfinder that uses it as part of the submission! And then, there is always unleashing it on unsuspecting players :p

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Ah wiz like! A wix nae gonnae enter but now ah am, ye ken?

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If I get a spare half hour, I'll make it up as an example entry and post to the forums - I can't promise a quick turn around as I am working on my actual entry at the momemt.

So far


  • List of possibles - Done
  • Whittle the down to the best idea - Done
  • Written out bullet list of things about that idea - Done
  • Choose the powers it will have - Done
  • Write the bullet list of selections into first draft wording - Done
  • Stick it all in the template - Done
  • Start the formal wording, starting with the initial description - Done
  • Write the formal wording of the main core power - About to Start
  • Write the closing details of the description - To do
  • Select the construction details - To do
  • Sort out the aura and caster levels - To do
  • Calculate the price - To do
  • Complete the template - To do
  • Sit on it for a day - To do
  • Read it fresh - To do
  • Revisions - To do
  • Check revised design against round rules - to do
  • Fix anything - to do
  • Get Friends/Family/Fellow Gamers reviews - To do
  • Consider feedback and revisions as needed - to do
  • Repeat from Sit on it for a day until either a) only 12 hours to deadline, or b) I can tell myself it is done
  • Then AND ONLY THEN
  • Open the submission form - to be done
  • Paste the name WITHOUT bb encoding in the name box - to be done
  • Paste the whole entry WITH bb encoded name at the top into the bigger entry box - to be done
  • HIT PREVIEW BUTTON - I will slap you silly if you dont! Fair warning!
  • Check the word count and the title shows above your formatted entry - to do
  • Fix anything IN YOUR EDITOR, not the submission tool
  • PREVIEW AGAIN!
  • Repeat until you are happy it is ready to enter, then and only then, hit SUBMIT
  • At this stage we all cry because it is now we spot that tiny oopsie staring us in the face all day :P


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Yeah, I was sad about that tech guide exclusion.

My bazooka of goblin launching will have to wait for another year :P


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Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
The blog post went up July 31, ... wise words...

This year, I doubt I will be able to offer my template check service though, just so much to do still on my current plate.

I don't think I will have time for silly song contests, story hours or any of my usual inanity during the competition.

BUT

You know what?

I am going to knock out 300 words and enter!

(wow no passivity there :P)

I wont be able to vote so much or follow the boards like I usually do while I try to keep up with my freelancing work, but 300 words...

Dang, I can do that blindfolded these days.

So I am.

Good luck all.

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Scott LaBarge wrote:
Yay! I was wondering when Mamaursula would show up! Superstar's not the same without you around.

Then you should know how she operates by now... she lurks in the muddy waters, pops up like a navy seal command and wastes your...

*urk*

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Whoa, my article got selected - I have tried something new every time I have submitted - I now have Wayfinder success with a wondrous item, an archetype, a side trek, a short story and now an advice/design article to my name!

Well pleased! Wonder what I should try next time...

A massive Thank you! to everyone involved from posting the call, through submitting articles (writers), amazing illustrations and maps (artists), reviewing them, selecting them, editing them, proofing and layout of them to publishing them!

I think that's everyone, ooops, almost forgot... and big thanks especially to the coffee/tea/snack run/doughnut minion!

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Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:

The blog post went up July 31, and we already have the full Round 1 rules in place, so everyone has more than two weeks warning including at least two weekends.

The entry requirement is a no-more-than 300-word magic item, using the standard Pathfinder rules.

The contest does not assume you need to take time off to accomplish this task in 16 days. If you do need time off to do that, you are very unlikely to succeed in writing a 64-page adventure if you win, unless you can quit your job for months.

A single 2-page spread with art is about 1400-1500 words. If your writing rate is 300 words in 16 days, it would take 80 days to write 2 pages, and 1,280 days to write a 32 page book.

Even if a contestant takes several days (to ensure they are of high quality), all entrants should be able to accomplish this task in no more than 3-4 1-2 hour sessions, and that's assuming you double-check everything, and always sleep on major decisions.

Apologies if my post came across like that Owen, I was just saying that I had taken on a lot of work not expecting the competition to hit me right now.

So I am trying to be professional and concentrate on my existing commitments if that makes sense.


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All of these questions and more are answered in my pdf compilation that can be down loaded from my games design blog.

Hope it helps

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