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RPG Superstar 2013 Marathon Voter, 2014 Dedicated Voter, 2015 Star Voter. 588 posts. No reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 1 alias.


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Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

nkerklaan wrote:
Clouds Without Water wrote:
nkerklaan wrote:
Wait, no, I take it back, there's two armors in my keep list I really love.

4 of my 12 keeps so far are armors. I have no shields in the keep pile.

3 rods, 1 ring, 2 staffs, 2 weapons.

Whoa, your keep list is a lot smaller than mine. I think I'm pushing 20+.

It's not really my "Definitely Top 32" list, more my "Hey, that's neat!" list.

I've seen more items I liked, but this is more "maybe top 32" stuff. There's a gap between "That's cool" or "Nice! Clever!" and my keep list.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

nkerklaan wrote:
Wait, no, I take it back, there's two armors in my keep list I really love.

4 of my 12 keeps so far are armors. I have no shields in the keep pile.

3 rods, 1 ring, 2 staffs, 2 weapons.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Shields were the real hardmode category. I think it's harder to come up with non-obvious ideas for shields than anything else.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Ah, an item I had consistently downvoted against one that doesn't have construction requirements. Sorry, item without construction requirements, but I can't vote for you even now.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

There it is, the longest item name ever.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

299 words vs 299 words!

Let's see if any words have been left out...

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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James Raine wrote:
I THOUGHT I WOULD BE SAFE FROM CAMPING ITEMS BUT NOOOOOOOOOO

I was kinda impressed when I saw people had managed that this year.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

There's a staff the other characters in your party would hate to have just walking along with them.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Two sets of armor that together would make a nice beach.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
Clouds Without Water wrote:

I'm downvoting things that are X, but can be used as a magical weapon +1.

They need to be magical weapons first and foremost. Otherwise they're wondrous items you tacked a few extra words onto.

If you look at the PRD, staffs that can be used as a weapon list the weapon bit after the other powers. Rods that can be used as magic weapons list that before the other powers. Usually, but there are a few niche cases.

Or are you talking about items that are not usually a weapon, but the description says they can be? If so, that is a wondrous item in my opinion. I think the confusion may be that items in this category were being rejected in previous years as being a magic weapon, not a wondrous item.

Staves and rod are not what I'm talking about.

I mean things like 'This pencil, which has many magical properties related to being a pencil, also functions as magical stabby +1"

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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I'm downvoting things that are X, but can be used as a magical weapon +1.

They need to be magical weapons first and foremost. Otherwise they're wondrous items you tacked a few extra words onto.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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We need more polearms!

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

I completely refuse to vote for a joke item, no matter how bad the mess made by the other item.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Careful not to be too specific about items.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Weapons that are really other items that you happen to also be able to use as a weapon.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

This item could cause an infinite loop of sorts, but it would be an amusing one. Voted!

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

6th time I've seen this ring.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

I'm pretty forgiving of format, but when they leave out entire sections I just can't vote for them. I can't judge something that leaves out the construction details, for example.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

An item that plays off a very well known existing item, and actually does it very well. I'm impressed.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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You know, it's true. The weaker stuff this year isn't anywhere near as bad as the worst of previous years. The average quality has gone up.

Most of my keeps are armor, which I did not expect.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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Ugh. First obvious joke item.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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Highest price seen so far is just over 1/4 million gp. I'm sure I'll see higher!

Edit- Star Voter!

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

There aren't as many obviously converted wondrous items as I feared, but there are definitely some.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

nkerklaan wrote:
Surprised I've only seen one gun.

I've seen two, but expected more.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Pricing is all over the place. Might as well be random.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

A decent item that's missing a required section of the template. Just can't vote for that, sadly. :-(

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

My first repeated item! That didn't take long!

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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My first was wondrous vs wondrous, but since then they've all been the new types.

I have seen something using the technology rules, so at least one person ventured there!

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Yeah, right stuff now.

I can confirm one of you has at least one vote. :-)

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Yep, two wondrous items.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

I'm already behind n my voting schedule!

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

I definitely expect fewer entries this year. The deadline was very short, no doubt caught some people off guard.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

The last idea I abandoned was a "Monkey's Kusarigama", which would have used the chain weapon as an acrobatic and climbing aid. I thought it could be very cinematic, but in the end I realized it was more of a Wondrous Item and no one would use it for its weapon properties.

Other runner-up ideas were a hammer that could turn an opponent to glass, and something like a Styx boatsman's oar / staff based around memory loss spells.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Five times for me, though I've followed and voted every year.

First submission was the first year, and I didn't really understand what I was doing. Item was a sort of social role-playing item with terrible mechanics and a ridiculous name.

Skipped a few years of submitting after that. Then a couple years of misunderstanding what the audience and judges were looking for, and being far too dark and bloody.

Last year I did ok, made the top 100 at least. I think I was still too niche and not that exciting.

This year I think I have my best idea yet, we'll see if the execution holds up.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

I'm a 5-timer. Did the first year, but really didn't understand what I was doing. Skipped a few years after that, though I followed along and voted. Started back a few years ago with a better idea of the goal, but not such a good idea what voters/judges liked.

Still, it's fun and I'm back again!

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Probably don't need to officially DQ WIiABMs. The voters will very likely punish those pretty harshly.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Visceri22 wrote:
Joey Haeck wrote:
Visceri22 wrote:
CaptainFord wrote:
Mapping, huh? Well, I've never made my own maps before... welp! There's a first time for everything, and I believe doing new things is like swimming in a cold pool - just jump into it! What's the worst that could happen!
Hypothermia and death O_O

I'll bet you're real fun at parties.

[/ingoodhumor]

Not really.

[/jokinglydryresponse]

Let me tell you, you ain't great outside of parties either.

[/kidding] [/truedetectivequotes]

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Well, I didn't submit a Staff. I spent some time trying out a few ideas, but by the time the ideas were interesting, they weren't very staff-y any more. I don't doubt that someone made an interesting one, though.

Had a similar problem with a weapon. One idea I really liked a great deal, but in the end I decided the coolness would have meant it was almost never used as an actual weapon.

As a whole, though, weapons seemed the easiest category to generate ideas for. And I was stymied by shields, every idea I had for those was mediocre at best.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Nickolas Floyd wrote:
I finally submitted. Instant regret. Should have submitted the other item.

I'll vote for your other one if you vote for my other one!

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

I'm expecting fewer entries this year. The twist and the short deadline probably affected a lot of people's plans. I almost didn't submit myself since I'd been expecting a longer deadline to get something done.

Also expecting most entries to be weapons or rings. Maybe some armor, some rods and staves. And for all the talk of staves being hard mode, I actually think shields are harder to make a superstar level entry. Shields rarely get love.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

I think the most important thing in either a Ramble or Praise thread is to not be so specific that it's clear exactly which item you're talking about.

During voting, we should allow everyone to make up their own minds about each item, and over-specificity goes against that.

After voting, there will be a critique thread for those who want feedback. If they don't post there, they don't want feedback, so again, over-specificity about non-feedback-requested items is inappropriate.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Haven't decided. Three concepts I like enough to spend time tomorrow fleshing them out. Another I like a lot but have no idea how to make it work.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Heh. So of course after this thread I get an idea I like for a siege engine entry. But it'd have to be awesomer-er before I thought about submitting it. The category really would be like fighting uphill.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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Rings with filigree!

Heh.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

I'm genuinely surprised by the twist. My ideas were suited for Wondrous Items, but will seem forced for the categories we now have.

Oh well, starting from scratch isn't a bad thing!

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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I read this whole thing over the last week, first post to the last.

Bravo to all of you, enjoyed every bit of it. Like a really good book with great characters. Nice RP.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Rich Malena / Arkos is now in, with Sun Wukong's Puzzle Box

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

I agree that "mistress" on its own would be an inappropriate name in this case, but happily it's not on it's own. "Waterway Master" would raise no eyebrows, and it would be clear what was meant. This is just the reverse gendered version.

Having said that, "Waterway Master" would also be an odd name as it implies control (or attempted control) of the waterways, and this creature doesn't seem to do that.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Andrew Black wrote:
The Urban challenge is really going to show off the TOP 32 design skills. Not just anything will fit in the Urban scene and make sense. The ones who show us how the monster fits into "ecosystem" of the city are going to be the ones that get my vote.

Agreed. This is going to be at the top of my voting criteria.

Why does this monster need to be urban? And on the flip side, how does it survive as an urban creature?

A lot of pitfalls on both sides of that equation.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

The urban dragons sound promising.

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