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RPG Superstar 6 Season Dedicated Voter, 7 Season Dedicated Voter, 8 Season Dedicated Voter. 197 posts (3,895 including aliases). No reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 27 aliases.


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We'll miss you Mike, the old P-town game group will have a special session in your honor.

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Thanks, Owen, I really appreciate your insight to the contest.

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Not at all suggesting that quality has decreased. I think it increases each year and this year had an amazing increase in overall quality in the first round. There is a large pool of potential freelancers from all of the RPGSS finalists. As a community, we're learning and improving from this contest and it shows each year.

Just simply, I'd like to see the contest give designers more time in each round. Even an extra few days would be great to shift pressure away from time and give them every chance to fully develop their idea.

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If you could, what would you say...

Dear Paizo, we deserve the Best work a designer can produce, not the quickest work they can produce. I love the RPGSS contest, I understand publishing deadlines and scrambling to cover missing content, but why the focus on a narrow submission window at the expense of quality?

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Mark, Thank You for the feedback on my Thundering Shield. I see that my "Price/Cost don't match", in an effort to improve my craft I've recalculated using a formula that I saw in this thread. Is this the correct way to calculate cost/price on armor, or can you point to where I've made a mistake? Many thanks for your time.

+1 living steel heavy shield with an ability based on sound burst one time a day

Item price - masterwork armor = 2(item cost - masterwork armor)

? - 1,270 = 2(command word: 3x2x1,800, once/day divide by 5, - 1,270)
? - 1,270 = 2((10,800/5) - 1,270)
? - 1,270 = 2(2,160 - 1,270)
? - 1,270 = 2(890)
? - 1,270 = 1,780
? = 3,050
Price = 3,050
Cost = 1,780

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Thundering Shield
Aura moderate evocation; CL 5th
Slot shield; Price 4,800 gp; Weight 15 lbs.

This +1 living steel heavy shield is always designed with a large mouth stretching across the surface. The glossy green mouth can be anything from a needle toothed fey grin to the voluptuous lips of a goddess.
Once per day, on command, the mouth animates and yells with thunderous force. Every creature in a 15 foot cone must make a DC 16 Fortitude save to avoid being stunned for 1 round. Creatures that cannot hear are not affected. The shield may be activated as part of a full round charge action, the origin for the cone is 10 feet from the start of the charge.
The ability of living steel to damage metal weapons is enhanced by the large mouth. The shield bites at metal weapons that strike it, increasing the requirement for those weapons to save against living steel on rolls of natural 1 and natural 2.
The phrase yelled by the shield is set at the time of creation, but may be changed with an hour of work and a DC 15 Craft Magic Arms and Armor check.

Requirements Craft Magic Arms and Armor, sound burst; Cost 2,400 gp

any chance this may still get going?

count me in, the earlier games were some of the best on these boards

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Dust of Fantastical Terrain
Aura moderate transformation; CL 11th
Slot none Price 6,000 gp; Weight 1 lb.
Scattering a full flask of this ashy dust creates gigantic growth of the surrounding landscape as it warps to the imagination of the flask bearer. Pebbles rumble into boulders, mushrooms and flowers bloom to the height of full grown men, and saplings burst into mighty trees, all of them twisting and stretching into fantastical shapes.

As a full round action, scattering the dust creates the gigantic growth effect in a circle with a 30 foot radius, a half circle with a 45 foot radius, or a quarter circle with a 60 foot radius. The growth occurs like a wave from the point of the scattered dust, a smooth flowing change that does not harm any creatures in the terrain. Each object in the terrain may be enlarged and sculpted, fine detail is not possible. Passageways may be included between dense objects. The changes to terrain are permanent.

The amount of growth per object cannot exceed two size categories. As an example, a tiny object like a mushroom can become medium in size like a human, but not large in size like an ogre. No object can be enlarged to gargantuan or colossal size. The dust cannot create gem quality stones or precious ore, nor can it create types of minerals or plants that did not already exist in the terrain.

The dust does not enlarge creatures of any type. Creatures made of plant, earth or stone must make a DC 21 Fortitude save or be sickened for one round by the warping sensation.
Craft Wondrous Item, move earth, plant growth, stone shape, wood shape; Cost 3,000 gp

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I blame Cosmo for the future creation of the worst Christmas song ever, "Donkey Santa Baby Daddy"

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Yep, infinite parallel cosmos, all populated with Cosmos, and for that I blame Cosmo

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I blame Cosmo for infinite loops.

I also blame Cosmo for all Cosmos being his offspring, which produced Cosmo, an infinite loop (goto line 1)

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why stop at Jersey, I blame Cosmo for the Cosmos

Yep, that's right, our community is different from other companies and what would be unacceptable from a big box is ok by me from Paizo. My order is late too, but the warehouse and customer service people are working hard and learning from this exercise and that's good enough for me. I will defend them, it's a company that's learning and growing, they're trying to do the right thing as evidenced by the OGL gaming info you get for free without ever buying a single thing from them, and for that I'll stand by them through thick and thin. This thread is for showing some appreciation and that's what I have for this company, Thanks Paizo, don't worry if my order is late, I know you're trying and I'd rather get a late order from you than a timely order from a big box company.

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Hey Vic, I noticed the article at Publishers Weekly says the contest closes March 1st and it does mention the round format, but it doesn't mention that the entries for the first round have to be submitted well before March 1st. An edit to that article might save a bit of frustration for a few newcomers.

Still 10 hours? So 9pm PST for those of us still working on it? Woot!

Diablo Rojo by Boneyard Beer company, very good on tap for a red beer, not the IPA I prefer, but still very good!

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Cosmo's Girlfriend wrote:
...blame Cosmo for not getting a kitten

What?!?!?!?! Cosmo! This is worse than Donkey Baby Daddy, if ANYTHING could be worse than that! On behalf of humanity, I demand that you go out and adopt a kitten now! And if that doesn't work, then I demand on behalf of the Decline of Western Civilization that you go out and adopt a kitten now!

I think it's both, there's a ME in TEAM, but I'll also sacrifice Everything for a teammate, in the military sense, and the real magic in RPGs happens when you find a way to incorporate both of those ideals into the game.

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Has anyone ever seen Bulmahn and Cosmo at the same time?

On a related note, I blame Cosmo for all conspiracy theories.

#3 is intriguing (and I must admit that I've wanted my first attempt at GMing PbP to be the original Ravenloft I6 module, one of my all-time favorites)

Fabius wrote:
The stuff doesn't taste like anything.

I had read that as 'unique', but now I understand that it literally doesn't taste like anything, thanks for the correction as that would have been a disappointing discovery

Kelsey wrote:
I keep hearing good things about Sierra Nevada

My favorite, I routinely max out the recycling bin with 144 bottles of Pale Ale, this a fine brew!

Fabius wrote:
I had a Krusovice (Czeck black beer) today. A remarkable experience. The stuff doesn't taste like anything.

Added to my list based on your recommendation, I shall try this forthwith.

as I just discovered after canceling my cable service, the Mohu flat antenna is fricking awesome!

a Devil of a time?

Jaelithe wrote:
Eventually, I think someone will even with the pads.

It happened just last week to a high school kid, in a game the team was losing 60-6, here's the Link

Gary wrote:
Does a chronic sleep debt lead to Alzheimer's in later life?

I can't remember if it does?

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Clark wrote:
...I learn a lot from the contest, too. I really do. There are so many things to take away from participation in an event like this, all you have to do is turn a critical eye on the process and think about it...

This has been one of the best parts of the contest for me and I've learned much, much more from reading the feedback on everyone's entries rather than just from the bit of feedback I've received. Every year there are really good submissions that don't make the cut, and even the ones that do advance still receive constructive criticism. Taking the time to digest that feedback has greatly improved my understanding of what a company is looking for in a freelancer and what makes for a good designer. Getting any feedback from a publisher is great, but getting to read everyone's feedback is amazing and it's what makes this contest so enjoyable, IMHO.

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Create a New Race per the builder in the Race Guide?

Create a Downtime Event per the Ultimate Campaign book?

Chases, Haunts, and Hazards, all from the Advanced Topics section in the GameMastery Guide?

Fabius wrote:
You also seem to have no idea how intense and nerve-wrecking a penalty shootout is.

How uninformed of you to make an incorrect assumption like that, I've been watching the quality leagues (you know, EPL, Spanish Primera, and Bundesliga) for many years, as well as watching the major tournaments, so yep, I've seen plenty of nerve wracking shootouts. Having a game decided by 1 on 1 in a team sport is lame, almost as lame as Matterazzi, but not quite. :P

Fabius wrote:
What would you suggest as an alternative?

After the first extra period go to golden goals and add a second ball to the pitch, then keep adding another ball every 10 minutes until someone scores. It would be crazy, wild, and chaotic, officiating would be non-existant, but man would that be fun to watch :)

More seriously, eliminate offsides and alternate set pieces from set marks such as 30 yards out, that way the whole team is involved in each play and the action continues. Have a clearance line, maybe 40 yards out, and if the defending team clears than it flips to a set piece for the other team. First team to score wins.

as someone from the northwest who has BBQed in the snow, it has been pointed out to me that I'm a Blue Neck

words I learned from reading fantasy novels: Hirsute

and love the Night Court reference, that show was great!

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I blame Cosmo for Donkey Baby Daddy

He's more like Tory Belleci than an actual bull, but your point has merit, so henceforth I'll let the barbarian minotaur get some form of an uncanny dodge bonus per that episode of mythbusters, though only if he loudly states "Rynjin! and lifts his beverage in toast prior to rolling the check.

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Muad'Dib wrote:
Player A wants to play a Minotaur. Now as a GM I need to adjust every single social encounter. That's fine for a game or two but I just can't keep it up over the course of a campaign.

I'm actually doing exactly this right now for a home group. It has been a challenge, but it's been well worth it terms of a memorable campaign and story. Certainly it wouldn't be suitable for every group and game, but with some creativity it can be great. Point in case, when the party entered a backwater village the people feared the minotaur, but one timid farmer approached them with a sob story of how ol' bessie the ox just passed away and he couldn't plow his field and all the other farmers needed their animals to take care of their fields, and, well, maybe, would a kind adventurer like said minotaur be willing to drag his plow through the fields for a day or two? Probably not what the PC had been thinking his heroic minotaur would be doing to gain acceptance in the village, but an option none-the-less that made for some entertainment at the table. Plus, the 'bull in a china shop' has worked really well, make a Dex check!, half his loot has just gone to paying damages thus far. And, as a GM should, that PC still gets plenty of chances to shine as a hero, monstrous or not, so he can still fulfill the vision he had for a minotaur barbarian when he made the character.

Great post, Matt, and thanks for bringing the topic back to Cinematic Scenes by using the duel in The Princess Bride as an example of how we can bring those scenes to RPGs.

feytharn wrote:
The replicants dying words in Blade Runner

That is one of my favorite movie moments from one of my favorite movies, and there are bunches of great cinematic scenes in Bladerunner. What makes that scene so powerful is what AD mentioned earlier about all the buildup and character development that led to that moment. It didn't need special effects or tons of action, it was great because it was the culmination of a great story (Phillip Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?).

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is it already alright to put all and right altogether? and if not, then why are altogether and already already all right?

That scene from Gallipoli defined tragedy for me as a 10 year old. My grandfather took me to see the movie during a visit and I had tons of questions after that, I can still remember him telling me about the truths of war and how awful it was.

Stuffy Grammarian, aka Kirth wrote:

etc. = et cetera (Lat., "and so on").

ect. = short for "ectoplasm"?

Doh! though now that I think about it Slimer from Ghostbusters was pretty memorable, so maybe ectoplasm does apply?

Great stuff everyone, keep it coming!

I've found that my favorite RPG adventures involve cinematic scenes and I was looking for inspiration from any media source that other people have found to have great cinematic scenes. What are your favorites and why do they stand out to you?

(please, don't criticize other people's choice of favorites, let's just talk about what we like)

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I don't get:

Why the swag bags at gaming conventions don't include deodorant as a standard item.

Orthos wrote:

Encounter Level is the calculated difficulty of the entire encounter. CR is the difficulty of the individual monster.

Multiple creatures adding together increase the EL of the encounter - there's a chart on it in the Gamemastery section of the core book.

Thanks, Orthos, my third printing of the core book just uses CR in that section, but I remembered seeing EL somewhere, so I went back to the Legacy of Fire AP and found EL and CR both being used exactly as you described.

please someone correct me if I'm wrong, I think EL is Encounter Level and it is the same as Challenge Rating.

I do think it's about what sells, the magazines and what-not media outlets will put out an image that makes their product sell the best. I saw on another thread discussing if Paizo would ever try to acquire license to Dragonlance or Darksun and it was noted that they already identified with magazine products that when the cover of the magazine advertised an adventure for one of those systems then the sales dropped for that issue, thus Paizo wouldn't want to license those products because even in our hobby it is simply about what sells the best for the business. Look at magazines on the rack at the check out counter next time you get groceries, you're bound to see Kim Kardashian on the cover of something, that girl's butt is huge, nothing like the coat rack image that people associate with super models, and she's on the cover of those magazines because she is very attractive and it helps sell the magazines. There is a sort of chicken and egg thing here, does the concept of beauty get created by industry, or does the industry publish current concepts of beauty to increase sales, and by publishing those images do they create the concept of beauty? Regardless of how that plays out, the idea I would like to re-enforce and that I truly believe, everyone is beautiful, and industry be damned!

Beautiful by Christina Aguilera

When we're all tired of looking up 10 different rule aspects for a single check, we just decide around the table what number sounds good, then the guy/gal rolls and we move on, totally invalidates tons of things, but it keeps the game moving and keeps the table happy. It should be noted that this is with a group that has played together for going on 10 years now and everyone is easy going and mellow.

Professor Farnsworth, Scientist wrote:
puts Yellowdingo back in the Schroedinger Box and bombards him with radioactive mangoes, Bieber remixes, and nonstop reality television programming

So we're all a radioactive mango away from being in Schroedinger's Box? Dang it!

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For those wanting to get some practice prior to this year's contest, I saw this thread yesterday in the Compatible Products from Other Publishers section. Not only can we work up our item design skills, but we can earn the equivalent of a cheeseburger for doing so! That, my friends, is a win-win situation.

AD wrote:
5. Why do people get so upset and angry about an activity that they are presumably doing to relax and have fun?

I took some real time to consider this, as I just recently encountered a thread that did make me angry, and after really searching through my own feelings it was because I was afraid. That was hard to admit at first, but the truth of the matter was that fear led to my anger. In this case, it was fear of seeing damage to my favorite hobby, RPGs, through assertions that RPGs are inherently racist. To me, this was the exact same as the dialogue in the 70s and 80s that people who played RPGs were advocating witchcraft and devil worship. I started playing RPGs when I was 12 and had the great sorrow of losing close friends who could not accept my new hobby based on that perceived view of witchcraft and devilry in the hobby from people who were projecting their own fear onto RPGs, which I believe is similar to modern claims that RPGs are racist. Luckily, I found many great friends with the same hobby of RPGs, but the initial loss of friends was very hurtful and I still get afraid when I perceive the same type of witch hunt mentality occurring again, and I'm afraid for the young people of today that are just getting into the hobby and the prejudice they might experience in this era the same as I experienced as a kid. I want to express a deep appreciation for the comments made by Wesley Schneider in that off-site forum, they calmed my temper, helped me to understand the importance of the valid dialogue that should occur, and provided a great example of how to approach issues like this that make me afraid. There are still a great many things that I want to say about that conversation, but I do not want to take this thread off topic and I hope that anyone with those concerns will take them to a new thread. I'm just addressing the basic question of "what makes you angry about a hobby that should be fun" and my answer is my own Fear.

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