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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.
Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
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"
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.
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.
Let me tell you, you ain't great outside of parties either.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.