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Goblin Squad Member. RPG Superstar 2013 Star Voter, 2014 Marathon Voter, 2015 Star Voter. Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber. Pathfinder Society Member. 2,138 posts (2,139 including aliases). No reviews. No lists. 1 wishlist. 1 alias.


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This item has an interesting concept, but isn't well presented and so I'd normally vote it down.

Fortunately, it was paired against a joke item that I absolutely will not vote for so it gets a reprieve.

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Moik wrote:
It's come up so often I've been wondering if it was actually a standard I didn't know about. Like, it gives me cause for self-doubt because of how widespread it is.

I think it's more a case of "I loaded this thing with so many spells, if I re-list them all in the construction requirements as I'm supposed to, I'll go over my word count."

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That material is from that other franchise.

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Item with drawback vs item with drawback.

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There's a comic book character that resembles this item.

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Making up verbs out of nouns now, are we?

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That's kind of a cool item. Unfortunately, that creature is not the same as that other creature in this game.

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Every time I see this item, I do a double take, because there's another one almost exactly like it.

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Gennerik wrote:
Am I the only one that gets turned off to an item when it explains basic rules to me?

Almost as much as items that spend a paragraph describing the spells they can cast that are then listed below the description.

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Eric Morton wrote:
No. There's a batrachian item.

No, I mean has there ever been one without one? I think there is at least one each year.

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Have we had a year in which there wasn't some kind of batrachian item represented?

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That has got to be one of- if not the- most blatantly jokey items I've seen in RPGSS, ever!

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I'm not sure why I would want this item, on the off-chance it could do that thing.

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I'm starting to see a lot of items that are really, really trying hard to use all 300 words they've been allotted.

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Wall of Text vs... Wall of Text.

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michael patrick wrote:
I always freak out in X-Men comics or cartoons where Wolverine uses his claws to roast a marshmallow or something. Like, dude, you just killed fifty ninjas with those things. Did you even wash them?

Healing Factor means no worry about bacteria. :D

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Ack! Same two items, just on opposite sides! Vu Deja!

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Lots of tentacles this year. Not a criticism by any means, just an observation.

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The first two were more than likely a pair of last year's items (some posters verified the same thing happened last year, and I vaguely recall the same).

If you're still seeing them after that, write down the names and PM them to one of the Paizo guys (Mark Seifter or Owen Stephens, would be recommended).

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That makes four of us with two wondrous item pairings on our first vote. Coincidence, or bug?

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Doc_Outlands wrote:
Is there like a "Cliff(side) Notes for Map-making?" I mean - mine look better in crayon, right. Yes, I've seen the "review past 'encounter with map entries'" advice. But I'm thinking ... in the last several years, someone has to have compiled a bullet-list of skills to make decent maps and pitfalls to avoid at all costs. Given my 14-hr-EVERY-DAY schedule, such a list would make sure I had a teensy shot at advancing, since I'd say I'm starting my map-skills from virtual scratch.

You might check out the Cartographer's Guild forums, which has a lot of really useful information and discussions for both veterans and newcomers alike.

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Clouds Without Water wrote:
The last idea I abandoned was a "Monkey's Kusarigama", which would have used the chain weapon as an acrobatic and climbing aid.

Is it wrong that the first thing I thought of when you said "Monkey's Kusarigama" was a monkey with a really long tail, and the user whirls the little terror around and whips it at foes? Maybe even add in some kind of sonic or fear effect (howler monkey version). :D

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How can we vote early when the voting isn't even open yet? :D

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I like my item, though there were things that I think I can definitely still improve on it.

What I like most about it, though, is realizing during the course of designing it that some of the ideas and spaces I was designing it for haven't really been covered so far, or at least not in the ways and to the degree that I am satisfied with. Which has given me a lot of thoughts on ancillary items and/or spells, rules, etc, to continue to play with.

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The problem with using alternative resource pools for staff activation is that staves (by definition) are spell-trigger items, thus requiring the corresponding spell to be on the user's spell list. Similarly, staves are also by definition items containing specific spells. So it's going to be a hard sell to do something different without redefining the fundamentals of what a staff actually is, as evidenced in the CRB.

That said, some of these ideas definitely have merit, and would/could/should be pursued on some level, somehow, going forward. I think bringing staves out of the sole realm of spellcasters (or, even more particularly, certain types of spellcasters) is a great idea, and I hope that one of the things that might develop from some of the creativity that is inevitably bound to happen during the course of this contest is that design space for staves might be revealed and further developed officially. :D

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This is my fifth year submitting, but I've followed the contest all but possibly one year.

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Clever idea for the treant!

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Agreed with JJ Jordan. I had the same thought at first- "What if someone draws a City map?" but quickly realized that Owen and Co. had probably thought of that eventuality as well, and that the rules of the Create A Map round will be more specific so as not to run into that sort of problem.

That said, it will still need to be broad enough to allow for some variance and creativity. And I think one of the traps encountered (ha!) might be to avoid the temptation to create or imply too specific a sort of hazard or encounter in the map itself, thus limiting its utility for the Encounter round.

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Two items that I had considered (both based on stories/games of mine):

  • A magic sword that caused bleed damage which empowered flaming abilities
  • Cassock armor that could change colors, providing the wearer with camouflage or simply aesthetic variation in color and design

    I discarded the first as I figured there might be a lot of different flaming weapons, and the specific one that I was inspired by was really very tied to a particular campaign setting (the Savage Coast/Red Steel setting of Mystara).

    The second I discarded due to the similarity with glamered armor (although that works slightly differently), and it is one of the signature items of a particular character from a (Golarion-related) story I am writing and while cool in that respect, might not be as interesting to voters or even superstar enough for this competition.

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    First Distant Worlds, now the Technology Guide.

    Hopefully the Stars are Right for some kind of synergy there. Or will be soon! :D

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    Joel Flank wrote:
    To be fair about the wondrous ring, I still don't know what makes rings different from a wondrous item. During Pathfinder Beta I asked/hoped that rings would be rolled into wondrous items. Alas...

    Rods are pretty much in the same boat. I think it's just a legacy thing for both, really. Rings were always in their own category (probably due to the Tolkien thing), and rods used to be (along with staves and wands) their own saving throw category!?!?

    Just one of those sacred cows that the 3E designers didn't/couldn't drop and carried over.

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    Is it wrong that I feel a little sad that I didn't get a single Bingo? :'(

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    Rasputin17 wrote:
    Gotta say I've fared worse than last year.

    Not possible, unless you didn't enter at all. :D

    I'm seeing several posters with "submitter's regret" and, I certainly share your feelings (almost immediately after submitting, I thought of a way to do my item that might have been better), but don't beat yourselves up. Creative people rarely feel as if something is complete and perfect and they're done with it, but there comes a point when you have to just let it go and hope you did your best.

    And then, when you make millions of dollars, you can go back years later and make a Special Edition or three! :D

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    I wonder how many pun named items we'll end up getting this year?

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    Andrew Black wrote:
    Though I was looking forward to all the camping items that appear year after year. Maybe this year I will get lucky and someone will submit the Tent Pole Arm.

    How about a Staff Tent? :D

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    One thing that I noticed as I was designing my item is that there seems to be a dearth of stuff in the game that does the kind of stuff that I wanted to do. Which was both frustrating and involved a bit of teeth-gnashing, but it also made me realize that there might be some room to create some of that stuff elsewhere down the line (Wayfinder, 3pp, etc.) because I presume I'm not the only one interested in it.

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    I'm in.

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    I'm still wondering why rods aren't just lumped in with wondrous items myself.

    (I imagine it's a legacy thing.)

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    Mark Seifter wrote:

    Sincerely yours,

    An anonymous Indianan"

    Not actually a real e-mail.

    Clearly not, or else the writer would have correctly identified themselves as a Hoosier. :D

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    GregH wrote:

    So is this Marvel's way of retconning their own history to get around their licenses with Sony and Fox?

    What's next, the Fabulous Four, Arachnid-Man and the Ex-Men?

    Just wait until Phase 4 and the announcement of these movie analogues of properties not within Marvel studios' purview:

    The Unearthly U-Foes!
    The Daring Darkhawk!

    And... err... the Inhumans 2. (Best substitute for the X-men I could think of in the MCU offhand, especially now.)

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    But don't hit submit!

    (At least not until it's completely ready to go.)

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    Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
    Given there are 5 broad categories (armor, shield, weapon, ring, rod, staff), it will surprise me if 1/5 of the top 32 are staves.

    I should think so, since that means one item would only be 2/5 of a staff. :D

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    Deadmanwalking wrote:
    We also have a statement by Erik Mona on Know Direction that the spiritualist is going to be 'non-traditional' looking in some way. I speculate a middle-aged or older woman, but have that's incorrect.

    There was also, IIRC, a comment in the podcast about one of the pictures above Brandon Hodge's shoulder (a photograph) where Brandon made some kind of comment referring to the Spiritualist that was "too obscure" a reference to give anything away or somesuch, as well as the fact that someone in the forum threads guessed the secret behind the Spiritualist almost precisely.

    I'm thinking that the artwork may have less to do with the spiritualist looking non-traditional, and more to do with how it and its connected phantom might appear.

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    I'd hardly say he's been in anything nobody watched. L.A. Law, which he is probably most famous for, was widely popular during most of its run on network tv in the 80s.

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    Agreed with Jacob. I think it might not make it far because it is very niche, but if done well- it could be pretty outstanding!

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    Would such a thread really need to be stickied for the benefit of new entrants, though? AFAIK, abbreviations have not been used or referenced by any of the designers in any of the relevant rules and FAQs that are the baseline for all potential entrants. They're really just used in the discussion threads, which are not strictly required, and I'd argue just as potentially prohibitive to new entrants based on their density already.

    Not saying it wouldn't be a good idea, but I'm just not sure it needs to be given a high priority over more relevant things like the Judge's Tips and/or actual Rules threads themselves. Just a bit of clutter (and I can't see someone saying they didn't stand a chance in the competition because they didn't know what a SAK was, nor were they somehow unable to use the Search function because they didn't.)

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    Mark Seifter wrote:
    Yep, there's a reason that "Staves are hard mode" is my tip #4.

    Of course, you and Owen just guaranteed that now more than half of the submissions will be attempts at Superstar Staves! lol

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    Love it!

    "Kill it! Burn it!"

    "But... but... it's so cuuuuuute!?!?"

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    Greylurker wrote:
    what if those were thorns on Raina, plant based abilities. Shw always liked flowers

    I think you're right about this. Just read something from showrunner Maurissa Tanchereon alluding to something similar as well.

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    My guess:

    Spoiler:
    It looks as if- at least from the teaser at the end- they have in fact combined the Professor Zoom and Hunter Zolomon characters in Wells. More than likely, then, the Reverse-Flash's power is time-based, rather than speed based, as Zolomon/Zoom's is in the comics.

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