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RPG Superstar 2013 Marathon Voter, 2014 Dedicated Voter. 542 posts. No reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 1 alias.


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Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

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

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

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

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

The urban dragons sound promising.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

I don't care much either way about 1.

As for 2, picking and choosing comments to favorite is a form of comment, and certainly could be used to indicate when someone got your "intent" and did not, and that's exactly the kind of thing the rule is meant to prevent. I'd say don't do it.

And 3... Well, it might be allowed. And if that's you're instinct... Then I know not to vote for you. I'd never vote for a contestant that criticized the other entries during voting.

Once voting was over, I'd be open to constructive criticism from contestants, but keep in mind that many, many people would see it as negativity and it would hurt you.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

I hope everyone remembered the "must eat gnomes" requirement.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

This list makes me very happy. Not only because my item is on it!

More important to me is that many of my favorite items are on it as well. I felt kind of off the wavelength from the top 32, but it's nice to see I wasn't so far off from the voters. I really liked a lot of these 100 items!

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

Maurice de Mare wrote:
Woot! My item made one list, thank you whoever you are, your insight is noted ;>

Ha, mine did too. Nice to see. Also made top 100, which is nice.

Better yet is that the top 100 contains many of my favorites, so maybe I'm not as out of tune with voters as I thought.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

Gossiper's Gourd is the most interesting of the Top 32 to me, and it's even more interesting to see it wasn't on anyone's exit poll.

Historically the contest hasn't had a lot of room for "roleplaying" items, but it seems like the Gourd bubbled up in voting. It was well done, and it filled a certain roleplaying need.

I ended up voting for it more often than not, but I assumed it had no chance of making the Top 32. There were a few other "roleplaying" items I did the same thing with. I'm happy to see one of them get selected. To me that's as it should be. The game isn't all dungeons and combat, after all.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

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I'm not raging against the judges and the public, but after all these years I am coming to accept I'm just not very in tune with either. That's fine. I'll just root for the ones I want and hope for the best.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

You'll definitely need to post your full text in the Critique My Item thread. People won't remember the details without it.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

Another of my favorite items in voting. And based on your previous entries in 2012, I'm rooting for you to win!

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

I liked this item a great deal. In fact, it's probably my favorite of the top 32.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

Congrats to all of you!

And wow, the number of repeaters! You guys got something special!

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

Here, I'll type up the list by hand.

That's odd, it's just my item listed 32 times. Huh.

Well, there we have it!

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

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Garrett Guillotte wrote:
Did the torc of'); DROP TABLE rpgsuperstar; -- really make the Top 32?

"Litttle torcy tables", we call it.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

Maurice de Mare wrote:
If you are not seeing this you might be in: Come back January 28 to view this round's entries and cast your vote!

Why wouldn't everyone see that? It's talking about the bestiary entries, and everyone will see and vote on those at the same time, in or not. :-)

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

Haha. Now there's some very nervous alumni. :-)

Good luck, everyone!

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

Best of luck! I'm super-excited to see the top 32 and marvel in wonder at the items!

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

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43 is prime. That should settle it.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

I would be very surprised to make the top 32, so I haven't made a full-on monster design.

But the constraints this year are really interesting. Low CR is challenging in itself, but the Urban constraint is the real bear. Making something that genuinely needs to be in a town or city while at the same time figuring out why it's not eradicated by said city is tough. All while being cool enough for voters.

It's a real challenge, and I'll certainly be basing my votes in large part on how well the contestants meet it.

In the meantime it's been fun making concepts for fun.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

For what it's worth, there's very little chance it could influence the judges. They already have exact rankings, as you said. Give that those rankings come from a thousand votes each, they know what the community thinks of each item. It's a bit silly to imagine otherwise.

I wouldn't make any assumptions about any item on that list. As I mentioned above, there were a number of items on it I voted against every time. Who knows what the real rankings were?

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

Interesting results. Some of those items I voted against every time. A couple I voted for every time. Several that I can see voters going for, but that I'll be surprised to see the judges go for.

:-)

Edit- I don't think I ever saw Charlatan's Symbol. Pretty much everything else looks familiar.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

Same, looks as if my post was lost. I have no keeper list of my own, but would like to see others. Thanks!

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

Here's how the ramble thread is valuable, negativity or no.

It gives insight into what the voters are thinking, *as they vote*.

The auto-reject info is valuable, obviously, but it's what the judges are thinking.

The voters are voting long before that point even comes around. If there are things voters don't like that the judges might pass (and there definitely are), it's helpful to know that. That is pretty much by definition going to be negative information, but that doesn't make it any less valuable.

My item this year was definitely shaped by voter reactions to my item last year. I wasn't happy hearing about it then, but it helped me this time around.

Of course, this year I saw comments I'm pretty sure applied to my item in a way I didn't imagine at first, but that's a lesson too. :-)

I agree, of course, that comments that make it very clear which item was under discussion were inappropriate. Trends, general likes/dislikes, cool. Specific items, not so cool.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

I have to agree with those who said the overall quality is much higher this year. Some duds, but honestly it was relatively few. I think the open voting and the epic critique thread last year made a real difference.

I know it did for me, though I'm aware of mechanical issues with my item. I definitely got a better sense of what works for voters, though.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

My last vote!

Sigh.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

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I just voted for YOUR item with less than 10 minutes left. You're welcome.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

Still voting! Still changing a last few rankings! :-)

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

Donald Robinson wrote:
nikou wrote:

Quick question, I noticed that the rules state we cannot discuss the specifics of our items while voting is open. Does that mean we can discuss them once voting closes, but before the final 32 are released? I doubt I'll make final 32, but would love feedback on my item before next week. If the feedback is really awesome, I might actually start working on a monster that actually fits the requirements.

I have a monster already written, but it doesn't meet the urban requirements for this year. Anyway, I would love a response to whether I can post my item for critiques this afternoon, or just have to sit on my hands to avoid bloody stumps for finger tips for another week.

We need to wait until after the top 32 are revealed. This allows the judges to review the items without knowing the designers behind them.

Yep, the next week is the hardest. Nothing is really safe to talk about until the judges reveal their top 32.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

I saw my item 4 times before the cull, not once afterwards. Though it's on the big post-cull database, so I guess I survived.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

Getting in a last few votes. Changing a last few rankings at the last minute. :-)

Oh, can someone pm me the 50 Shades item? I don't recall anything I'd put in that category (unless there's waterboarding in 50 Shades. Heh)

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

Wow, those rules knocked out every monster I was considering.

This will be fun. :-)

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

Oooh. A new item that's creative and fun. Going in the keep file.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

Bah, I think I just voted for Iron Man by mistake.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

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One of my favorite objects is one with several snarky comments about it on the other thread. I've voted for it 4 times now. So there.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

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I survived the cull! Woohoo!

So at least there's that.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

I'd say the pairings where I have to carefully consider my vote are around 1 in 6 or so. Most of the time I have a clear winner.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

There's one particular item I've seen well a dozen times, and I've voted for it each time. If it's top 32, I better get a christmas card next year. :-)

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

Submitted cloaks don't really seem to have a "theme". They aren't like boots or gloves that tend to have certain kinds of things they do. Cloaks seem to be pretty much a catch-all category...

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

Woot, filigree!

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

It feels like the average wordcount is higher post-cull. But I have absolutely no data for that.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

I read that item three times and I still don't know what it wants to do. Can't vote for that, I guess.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

Oh wow, a new item that I really really like.

And it's one that's been referenced in this thread in a somewhat negative way a number of times.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

There's one item I won't even read because I dislike the name so much.

Naturally, it survived the cull.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

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When I see an entry at 299 or 300 words, I automatically start mentally editing our the unnecessary words. You know, to give them a buffer. Heh.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

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*Another* item similar to one of my discarded ideas. Though better than what I had in mind.

That's 3 of those now.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

Wow 2 new items at once. One of which is above average and the other of which I am very surprised made the cull.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

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Samuel Stone wrote:

Good news: My item made it past the cull

Bad news: I noticed an error. It's an exceedingly minor error to be sure, but it's an error nevertheless.

My item has at least 2 errors I noticed when I voted on it. One very minor and one that may matter.

Sigh.

Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014

"King" item vs 'King" item

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