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Goblin Squad Member. RPG Superstar 2013 Star Voter, 2014 Marathon Voter, 2015 Marathon Voter. Pathfinder Society Member. 2,304 posts (2,306 including aliases). No reviews. No lists. 1 wishlist. 1 alias.


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My first thought on looking at this was: What the heck am I looking at?

Then I read the name, looked again- very cool design. I like that it is very a very non-standard room (and frankly, I think in a fantasy world this wouldn't even be all that place above-ground. Sort of a fantasy dwarven room as designed by Gehry.)

I also like how you added a couple of levels to it, and kept them symmetrical with their lower portions. The legend has almost a little too much going on, and bleeds a bit into the design, but that's really the only criticism I have. Well, that, and I'd really love to see this in full-color! :D

Great job!


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We should try a Mix-'N-Match thread; pick six books of any APs with no repeats, and arrange them in an order that makes a coherent adventure path.


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Evil Midnight Lurker wrote:
When will then be now?

This is now, now.


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Honestly, even if he doesn't have that much draw strength, I'd imagine getting hit by three or four arrows would still be pretty darn incapacitating to someone, if only over time. Might not go down from one shot, but bleeding out and just generally feeling pain from several low impact arrows would still have a pretty debilitating effect on someone. (Plus, I'd imagine without the heavier draw, those arrows are less likely to penetrate clean through like the guy in the HEMA video attests arrows should/would, which would make them even more of an annoyance. Pincushion time.)

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Congratulations! I upvoted this one whenever I saw it, as I recall. I really liked the visuals and the creative approach you took to an otherwise cliched trope (ice weapon). In fact, both of the ice themed weapons I saw this year I felt took a much more creative and unique approach to their trope than did the similarly-themed fire weapons, which is a credit to you as a designer (and doubtless why we see two of them in the finals, and no fire ones).

Good job!

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Congratulations!

I enjoyed all the Earthbreakers this year, and while they tended towards the same general theme, yours was probably the most standout of them due to the different mechanical approach you took, which is a good thing. I think Owen's point about the name is a good one, but in any event, look forward to seeing what you bring to the map round!

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I rather liked this item myself (though admittedly, hadn't noted some of the issues the judges point out). To me, the fey/iron connection was actually one of the things I most liked about it, and it fit thematically, so I wouldn't recommend removing that part at all.

Congratulations, though! And as Jacob points out, alternates have advanced for various reasons in the past, so don't give up yet!


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Someone should write a Races of the Vile article, with Player Character versions of Kytons, Qlippoth, etc.

Call it "Un-PC". :D


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This thread makes me tempted to think up ways to "reverse" the APs; rework them from the monsters point of view standing up against all of those murderhobos.

Serpent's Skull could probably work really well that way.

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James Casey wrote:
Jacob W. Michaels wrote:
Except looking at the numbers (and again, I'll have some more detailed breakdowns Tuesday), fatigue/disinterest has set in to a far greater degree in the last two years than any year beforehand.
Any guesses as to why? I thought there was a very big dip last year from 2013.

Without more in-depth analysis, any guesses are going to pretty much be just that, but if that's the case, my own (spurious) guess would be the drop is because of the first round shifting from an only judge advancement to a public voting advancement.

My reasoning being that, when the judges selected the top 32, at that point it was strictly up to the voters (with admittedly, some judge commentaries adding voice) to advance the finalists. With the public voting, even though the judges decide the final 32, the public has already begun to compile their favorites and picks to win, but once many of those don't make it, they then lose interest, feeling their vote has less meaning than it did when they were voting on a strictly narrower field of already screened candidates.

Again, pure speculation, but based on a lot of the talk about the Cull and people losing interest and being disappointed that their favorites have already been cut, etc., that's what fuels my speculation.

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Adam Daigle wrote:
Also, when Eric's idea was first presented, it was couched in the idea of something that would help focus on the Top 32, but as it's being discussed more and more, I'm seeing less of that focus. It looks more like a way to keep the voting public engaged and a way to help focus on everyone but the Top 32. What am I missing?

That's what I'm hearing, too. And it just seems completely against the purpose of the contest. (For clarification: The purpose of the people who put on the contest, not the purpose that the public may have come to view it as.)

Star Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Marathon Voter 2015

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The contest is supposed to be about find the next RPG Superstar, and suggesting that more attention be paid to those who don't advance, whether by reducing the size of the cull or giving early notice to those who don't advance, is losing sight of the purpose of things, IMO. And totally unnecessary.

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Feros wrote:
Do you really believe that I could achieve Champion voter status without a sense of humour?

A self-deprecating one, at that.

I mean, what kind of loser would waste spend that much time voting to get to that level in the first place?

(Eyes own Marathon status warily. <_<)

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Petty Alchemy wrote:
Aren't death rays usually meant to be fired while shouting "I'll show them, I'll show them all!"? It may be more effective if you don't make Top 32.

How are you going to make that death ray without the massive and steady income of a Paizo freelancer, though? Duh.


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How about:

Legacy Curse of the Second Crimson Fire Darkness Throne?

A massive, fully level 1-20 AP that remakes all three 3.5 APs into one single, seamless campaign*! :D

(*Any coronaries caused to Paizo staff reading this suggestion are not intentional.)

Star Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Marathon Voter 2015

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James Raine wrote:
"Tactical Engagement Rings"?

Tactical Engagement Ring

Price Small loan; Slot ring; CL 17; Weight equivalent to heavy burden while worn; Aura faint promise

These rings come in pairs and are magically linked to one another. Once every nine to twelve hours, they allow the both wearers to enter a mage's magnificent mansion. The extradimensional space within the mansion possesses the timeless trait as if it were another plane.

When the wearers emerge, regardless of how much time they spent within the mansion only 1d4+1 rounds have passed in the outside world. If both ring wearers emerge alive, they can make a Diplomacy check towards the other at a -5 penalty. If they both result with an attitude of Helpful towards the other, the rings immediately become rings of bonding. Any other result causes the rings to fall off and become worthless.

Either party can make a Sense Motive check against the other's Bluff skill to add an additional -5 penalty to their partners Diplomacy check.

Construction
Requirements Forge Ring, mage's magnificent mansion, time stop; Cost A lot, plus a small piece of creator's soul

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ChesterCopperpot wrote:
There will be a Gilbert and Sullivan-style patter song featuring all of the entries with alliterative names.

"I am a Pirate's Ring!

And it is, it is a glorius thing,
to wear a Pirate's Ring!"

Star Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Marathon Voter 2015

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Also, one other thing to add:

No one loses anything by entering the contest. They may feel some pangs of disappointment (maybe severe ones), but try not to take them as personal slights. As items are anonymously submitted, perhaps people can find some comfort that they weren't personally and publically raked over the coals for some reason or other*. If you're determined, as others have suggested, submit your item to the Critique thread when it opens, or just ask some other posters you respect to provide private critiques if you don't want the public scrutiny.

But try hard not to let it discourage you entirely, if writing and designing for games is what you want to do. No one loses anything by entering, even if they don't succeed. At most, you gain an opportunity, a foothold that you still need to demonstrate the ability and determination to follow through on, but you didn't lose anything by trying.

There are many opportunities, both through this contest, and elsewhere (many of which just involve participating and interacting with others during the course of this contest). So don't lose hope. :D

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Regarding the wider range on the cull, I think there are two issues to consider

1) The voting period prior to the cull went on for an extended period of time prior to culling compared to the previous years. That in and of itself allowed more time for all entries involved to amass a greater amount of votes for sorting and ranking, which was to the advantage of all who entered, and not just the top 75%;

2) If an item got culled because it was in the bottom ranking 50% (as opposed to 75%), it doesn't seem statistically likely to me that- with only 1 week remaining- said item would have fared substantially better than it had in the previous weeks of voting, at least not enough to bump it up into the top 100 from which the judges will make their final selection. I suppose it's possible, but it seems highly statistically improbable to me.

Also I'll add 3) as no actual rankings other than the top 32 are ever provided, there is no particular reason to worry that an item didn't make the cull, I shouldn't think. Didn't make the top 400? Maybe the item was actually 401, maybe it was 900? (hypothetical numbers). If the cull was extended to the top 750 instead? If an item made the cull, one still wouldn't know where it had ranked in that- whether it was 101 or 223 or 749 (or maybe it was 751 if it got culled, or still 900).

Consider, too, that these numbers and rankings are based entirely on votes by other forum members (essentially your peers) and not by the designers and developers themselves. Is it still disappointing to know that you didn't "make it"? Of course, but hopefully not so much that it should keep you from pursuing trying again next year, or even just submitting directly to the people in charge- the designers and developers at Paizo, at Wayfinder, at 3PP.

Given the above, I have no problems with the wider range for the cull this year. Based largely on what I'm seeing in the voting now, I think there will be a pretty good selection of items (and designers) that make the finals.


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Holy...!

You're right! He was from the Byrne She-Hulk graphic novel! Good catch!

(That was actually back when Byrne was still readable, to me. Although the blatant sexism and titillation of that part of the She-Hulk GN was over the top, the rest of the story was pretty decent, and Byrne's FF is still- IMO- the best run on that comic.)

I don't know much about Leviathan- it's fairly new to the comics (introduced, I think, by Hickman) and I don't really read regularly any longer.

I wonder if it will retain its HYDRA ties, perhaps be linked to Whitehall, or maybe something else? I wouldn't be too surprised to see the scene with Whitehall, Carter, and the Howling Commandos do double duty in Agent Carter.

Star Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Marathon Voter 2015

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Jeff Lee wrote:

Fire! And Blood!

Is it a Starz! series?

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Curaigh wrote:
Good point, I wonder what map symbol I should use to represent a sobriety test.

A straight line?


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Agreed. How many "Class X Stinks" threads get started on a regular basis, and they're all about the exact same thing?

Unless the mods decide its time to start trimming the chaff and suggest we consolidate, I don't see any problem keeping Agent Carter in its own thread.

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mamaursula wrote:
You're up, now we're having an energetic discussion about the possibilities of throwing weapons.

Not at each other, I hope?


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This forum is metagaming. :D


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I choose you!


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Speaking of Samsarans, how about a Samsaran Diviner or Oracle who taps into her future incarnations rather than her past lives?

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Now I totally want to design a Prosthetic Rod item.

EDIT: Based on the "Peg Leg" idea. Get your minds out of the gutter, people!

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Solar system map. Gotta be.

EDIT: Or demiplane.

:D

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I think it's safe to say that if someone managed to turnaround a map with those requirements, they would definitely be Superstar!

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Never know when that CL20 read magic might come in handy. :D

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Hunt, the PugWumpus wrote:
rubs claws excitedly} Oh, yes! When The Cull comes, His Most Delicious Shadenfreudificus will lead the pugwampi hoard across the Land of Misfit SuperStars as He reaps them all with His scythe of bitter l'esprit d'escalier.

Gremlins parlez Francais? O.o


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At last! All I want is a decent pair of pants!!!!

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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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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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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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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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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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Imbicatus wrote:
EU isn't dead, it's just a separate timeline now. They are still releasing new EU stuff actually, under Star Wars Legends. It just doesn't match canon of the new films.

I blame Spock and the Romulans for this.


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Cool news regarding another first series Flash alumnus (mild spoilers for an upcoming episode):

Spoiler:
Mark Hamill will be reprising his role as the Trickster from the first Flash series.

Sounds like what Geoff Johns did with the Trickster during his run, which is kind of cool. Hopefully it will be more than just a one-off appearance, as the original Trickster was in the comics.


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I'm typing this from my crystal ball.


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I could definitely see where tribes of Turkic-esque centaurs (like the Khazars or Bulgars) would fit in well with the tone and themes of Ustalav. Much of the "classic" gothic horror of Ustalav is, after all, based on Eastern European horror myths and locations.


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Lord Snow wrote:
So after I found out this guy actually existed, I am for more willing to forgive any seemingly absurd choice of weaponry in a movie.

Awesome. Little by little, "Rasputin Must Die!" becomes incrementally more probable.


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Interesting. If the Strix and Gillmen mentioned in the intro are included, then we know 5 of the 10. I wonder what the other 5 will be? Tengu, possibly.

I hope that the inclusion of the centaurs means we might get some more snippets of information on Iobaria and/or Iblydos.

Some more info on the Ghoran would be cool, too.


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I do enjoy this show, but man, do the Laurel scenes really hurt sometimes. I thought the writers handled Laurel the best in the first season, and that Katie Cassidy did a much better job with it that season as well. Some of the plots they have her involved in are just so hamhanded...

Spoiler:
What kind of Assistant District Attorney doesn't know that her boss is out of town and that she's supposed to be in charge? (It would be pretty unbelievable for any next-in-command position to be so completely clueless in just about any position, but a DA in particular seems really crazy). And then I'm supposed to believe that Starling City has some strange charter whereby if the Police Captain is away from his desk for a few minutes the ADA (sorry- acting DA) can exert command? He was only away for like five minutes. It was kind of odd, to say the least.

I could have bought into it a bit if they'd used Incident Command as a rationale, but the City charter thing. Anyway.

The other thing that I find irritating is that all of her dramatic scenes with her dad this season have taken place... in his office. During work. Because that's the best place to confront your parent/friend/loved one/whoever about personal issues. I know there are only limited locations that a crew has to shoot in, but what happened to the set for Laurel's apartment? Did they strike it thinking she'd never need to use it again?

Other than that, this was probably my favorite episode so far this season.


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I realize it's just a placeholder cover, but the image there seems to present an altogether different meaning to the phrase "Cohorts and Companions" than I think is intended. :p

(Silly observations aside, this looks like it could be interesting. I wonder if there will be feats like the Squire from Knights of the Inner Sea?)


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9: A Samsaran medium who channels the spirits of its own past reincarnations.


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Krillnar wrote:
The class description & sidebar made me think about different phantom origins. What about a soul on its way to life instead of undeath (i.e., an unborn spirit)? Zeus pulling Athena out of his own forehead (e.g., an idea given “life” or a purely spiritual “birth” or an “imaginary” friend)? Creativity!

Oooh! I like this idea!

To add another similar one- how about a twinned spirit? The spiritualist's own twin brother/sister that died during birth, but whose spirit remained tethered to the spiritualist?

One that I thought of the other day was a Shabti Spiritualist whose mortal creator's plans to escape the shackles of his eternal torment by creating the shabti construct didn't quite go according to plan, and he/she remains tied to the shabti.

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