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Jacob Trier wrote:
Well, almost all of Paizo's official products, except the rules line, are set in Golarion, and the grand prize of the contest is a contract to write an adventure for the module line. Those have, without exception, been set in Golarion. So it really shouldn't come as a surprise that demonstrating knowledge of the official setting is a significant part of this contest.
All very good points, which I have a tendency to forget. *shrug* Means I'll have to learn more, faster.
And many thanks for the wiki link - I'm sure I will use it rather prodigiously over the next few days!
Maybe by Tuesday I will have gotten some rest and be mentally more functional than I am today.
Of course, this is ASSUMING my [REDACTED] makes the Top 32 and I advance to the mapping round!
But I absolutely shall. I have confidence.
But DANG. Golarion? Really? Crud, I don't play in the default setting and don't have much in the way of resources to cover it. Oh, well ... I'll come up with something!
Dear Mr. Still-not-my-friend-right-now,
When I saw you had given us THREE DAYS!!! for the map, I thought to myself, "Oh, just like a REAL writing gig..."
And since my entry has been spotted post-cull, I still hate you. Passionately. Because you are making me THINK. Making me UNCOMFORTABLE. "Everyone knows" you get all the time in the world to make Genius happen! These last-minute format changes and impossibly-tight timeframes for contest entries can't be realistic!
And if I get fired for working on my Round 2 entry on office-time, I'm moving in with your cat.
My voting was affected more by my multiple hats than by anything to do with the contest itself. Working 7 days a week. Trying to be a full-time dad and husband. Pushing a small handicraft hobby-business. Trying to move that business into a full-time gig. Trying to design 3d models for said business. Trying to follow the contest. Trying to plan new game-related writing projects.
I kinda forgot to vote regularly.
The majority of what I'm seeing are solid concepts, definitely. Most of the issues I have are "needs a formatting pass," "missing a construction requirement that is otherwise called out in the description," "works better as a different type of item," or "has unneeded history attached." Quite a few could be tightened up with a rewrite for polish, also.
But overall - some very solid concepts in play! It's making me kinda nervous!
I tried really hard to be sure my submission followed the template. I made use of the gracious offer by Template Fu *and* ran it past two other highly-knowledgeable people. I previewed it multiple times.
All this to say, the effort it took to actually follow the template was minimal compared to creating the item and it is ... vexing to me that SO MANY DIDN'T! I am very seriously tempted to downvote every item I see that is improperly formatted.
Yes, I am a curmudgeonly old fart. At a surprisingly young age.
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.
Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
But no, there is no formal DQ notification process, at least in part because we're doing blind judging, and maybe a little because sadly that is also often part of the freelancing experience.
And there's the answer I was looking for - there is no formal notification process for DQ.
Anthony Adam wrote:
I get the feeling your worry is not any of those.
My widget is in the wind, now, and the voters shall have their way with it, regardless of my rational or irrational fears. It shall stand or fall on its own.
Or so I tell myself! ;)
I'm not worried about the *rules* for disqualification, as I compared my submission against them twice before hitting submit, and I assume my rather more-seasoned pit-crew did, as well. I'm interested in the *notification* of disqualification. Totally different animal. As such, Anthony's was the more useful answer. Long answer short - "you won't, really."
I asked, because I'd seen a few comments by submitters saying, effectively, "aaaaand, I'm DQ'd." I assumed there was an official channel by which submitters were notified if it was found they'd inadvertently breached the DQ-list and was interested in knowing what that was.
Orloff, I'd collect those, too ... but only after I glutted myself on SW. There are some *marvelous* Trek ship designs - I'm a fan of the Reliant and the "Federation tug" style, as well as the Cardassian ships, the Runabout, the Defiant, and whatever the Maquis ship from Voyager is called. Amongst others.
Then I would have them fight each other in mixed fleets...
...and it would be glorious!
Clay Clouser wrote:
My nightsbane quiver from last year for example could have been made into a bow with very minimal effort.
I get the impression that "industrial knock-offs" would be rather common in a fantasy setting - "I love that quiver, make me one!" "Hmm, I can't make wondrous items, but I *can* make a bow and make it do much the same thing." "But I like my bow..." "Give it, ya whiner..." :magicmagicmumbomagicjumbo: POOF! "Here, meet your bow, now known as Nightsbane, capable of everything that jerk's clever quiver design could do, but IN A BOW! HA!"
(Wizards ... oneupsmanship victims to a fault...)
Anthony Adam wrote:
Wow, that's ... DON'T DISTRACT ME!! MUST FOCUS ON MAP SKILLZ!
But yeah - having submitted my item for this round, this intrigues me. I may have to chase this rabbit a bit...just to see what happens...
I hate you.
And since I entered, I guess I really DO have more of a chance than I had before entering.
I still hate you. Kinda. Have a cookie.
(WHEW!! Realized I'd failed to send you hate-mail yet!! Had to fix that!)
I have allowed a significant amount of time to pass before announcing - I have submitted my item. I refuse to fret, worry, stress, second-guess ... largely because, well, I have a day-job that eats 14+ hrs of my day and needs my attention. BUT! My item has in fact spawned a plethora of thematically-linked items in my mind that I may have to pursue professionally! So that means it is already a good item.
I do blame Owen for dragging me into this. Had he not gleefully announced the 11th-hour twist of item-types, I would have stayed away. But no - with the shift from Wondrous Items to "anything but a Wondrous Item" (not really, I know, but close enough), he convinced me that I was now on equal footing with people who had spent the year prepping a plethora of Wondrous Items to select from for this competition ... we would ALL be scrambling at the last second!
So ... I'm here and it is all Owen's fault. And my wife's, who has told me for years I should try. And my players, who have told me for years how awesome I make their game-sessions. And a pair of awesome gamers who acted as my pit-crew to help me refine and polish. And YOU! Random Pathfinder gamers who are going to eventually give me feedback on my item and help me get better!
This is all y'all's fault ... let the games commence!