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RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16, 2012 Top 32. RPG Superstar 2013 Marathon Voter, 2014 Marathon Voter, 2015 Marathon Voter. Pathfinder Society Member. 4,163 posts (4,313 including aliases). No reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 9 aliases.


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RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16, 2012 Top 32

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BigDTBone wrote:
Devil's Advocate wrote:

Check it out, everyone! The Eschew Materials feat lets fighters cast unlimited 9th-level spells!

Eschew Materials wrote:
Benefit: You can cast any spell with a material component costing 1 gp or less without needing that component. The casting of the spell still provokes attacks of opportunity as normal. If the spell requires a material component that costs more than 1 gp, you must have the material component on hand to cast the spell, as normal.
See that! "You can cast any spell with a material component costing 1 gp or less..." It says it right there in the first sentence. And it doesn't say that spells you cast require you to spend spell slots or mythic power. As long as it's a spell with a material component costing 1 gp or less, you just cast it for free whenever you want.
Interestingly enough, the reason this doesn't work is because it doesn't provide a mechanism for casting spells. Arcane surge does provide a mechanism.

Arcane surge does not provide a mechanism for casting a spell any more than Eschew Materials does.

A mechanism for casting a spell would have to explain how it interacts with all of the rules contained in the section of the Core Rulebook entitled "Casting a Spell." Those rules, as a group, are the definition of what casting a spell is in Pathfinder.

From a rules perspective, an ability that says "you can cast a spell" is not spellcasting. Spellcasting is what happens when you perform an action allowed by that ability and also go through the process described in the "Casting a Spell" section to resolve that action.

Note that the rules in the "Casting a Spell" section repeatedly reference caster level. An ability that does not define a caster level cannot be used as a mechanism for casting a spell because it does not provide enough information to resolve the action it supposedly allows.

Also, you cannot bypass this mechanical defect by always using your action to cast a spell that is caster level independent, because concentration checks still depend upon caster level and can occur even while you are casting a spell that is caster level independent.

In fact, any time a PC casts a spell, the player has no way of knowing if a concentration check will be required. There could be a hidden opponent ready to cast a spell that creates a weather effect if you cast a spell, necessitating an unexpected concentration check.

The so-called spell casting mechanism you are proposing for arcane surge literally cannot tell you, at the time your character begins casting any spell, if your GM will have sufficient information to resolve your action using the the "Casting a Spell" rules.

Your proposed mechanism cannot ever guarantee that it will allow you to use the "Casting a Spell" rules to resolve your spell, so it is not a complete mechanism for casting a spell. It is also not RAW, because the written rules you cited do not contain enough information to implement your proposed mechanism. If a mechanism invokes things that are not actually defined anywhere in the rules, it isn't really a "rule as written."


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Check it out, everyone! The Eschew Materials feat lets fighters cast unlimited 9th-level spells!

Eschew Materials wrote:
Benefit: You can cast any spell with a material component costing 1 gp or less without needing that component. The casting of the spell still provokes attacks of opportunity as normal. If the spell requires a material component that costs more than 1 gp, you must have the material component on hand to cast the spell, as normal.

See that! "You can cast any spell with a material component costing 1 gp or less..." It says it right there in the first sentence. And it doesn't say that spells you cast require you to spend spell slots or mythic power. As long as it's a spell with a material component costing 1 gp or less, you just cast it for free whenever you want.

Also, the Quick Draw feat lets you draw a weapon even if you have no free hands or other prehensile limbs! It says, "You can draw a weapon as a free action..." It's granting you the ability to draw weapons even if you would otherwise be physically incapable of drawing weapons! After all, the ability to physically draw weapons is not a prerequisite for this feat, and the feat explicitly grants you that ability! If you have no available hands, you can just telekinetically draw your weapons!

Well, either that or an ability that says, "You can do X without doing Y," is granting you the ability to ignore Y whenever you do X, not also granting you the ability to do X. But that's crazy talk. That argument assumes that the English language grants readers the latitude to consider context and common sense when determining which of two clauses within a sentence is dependent upon the other. And, as we all know, the English language is an infinitely precise computer language, any sentence of which can have only one meaning when parsed, regardless of context.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16, 2012 Top 32

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Durngrun Stonebreaker wrote:
Why not rule that Alchemical Allocation only works once per potion or elixir?

I like this compromise, Mr. Stonebreaker.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16, 2012 Top 32

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DominusMegadeus wrote:
David Neilson wrote:
Well its less silly than trolls being able to survive in space. Though knowing Golarion there probably are Space Trolls.
Half-Red Dragon Space Moss Trolls.

Half-red dragon space moss troll giant space hamsters.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16, 2012 Top 32 , Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Marathon Voter 2015 aka Epic Meepo

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Norgorber's Lens - The reality warping effect was a really roundabout and confusing way of granting concealment and a few numerical bonuses. Also, there are no rules for facing in Pathfinder, so how do we know which way the area of effect is directed at any given time?

Phantom Guardian's Ring - A large chunk of this item seemed to be just repeating text from the spiritual ally spell, so it felt to me like the item could be summarized as "spiritual ally three time per day, with a few adjustments." I suspect I would appreciate the adjustments better if I were more than passingly familiar with spiritual ally, but it's not a spell I see used often, so I wouldn't recognize clever variations upon its theme if I saw them.

Raven Leather - One of my personal Top 48. While I agree with some of the judges critiques about this armor not being very protective for the price and feeling a bit like a wondrous item, I think both of those problems could have easily been fixed with some minor tweaks. I think the mojo of the item more than warranted a minute or two of effort tweaking it to seem more armor-like.

Rod of Gravimetric Attraction - I didn't keep the full text of this item, but it is one of my personal Top 48. I disagreed strongly with the objection some posters raised that the pull special attack would work better than a drag maneuver. Characters can take feats to get better with the drag maneuver, but no parallel exists for pull. By using drag, this item can serve as a reward for characters who choose to devote feats to combat maneuvers.

Rod of Illusory Casting - One of my personal Top 48. I figured this rod would be popular with voters because I keep seeing people requesting some way to do the things this item does. I don't necessarily agree with just packing all of those abilities into a single, convenient package for spellcasters, but I appreciated your attempt to address a popular-but-underserved design space.

Rod of Resonance - One of my personal top 16. Probably underpriced, and more utilitarian than flashy, but I liked how it was sort of the opposite of a silence spell: silence negates all sonic effects in a radius, this item enhances all sonic effects in a radius. And, lest it be argued that this item's benefits are too good, silence still trumps it completely.

Serpentine Stave - "Stave" is not the singular of "staves," nor is it a synonym for "staff."

Skywalker's Cloth - "Skywalker" will always make me think of Luke Skywalker and family. Always.

Staff of the Auraboros - I suspect that you intentionally mispelled "ouroboros," but I can't know that for sure. Also, I am not sure what an "aura effect" is.

Tempest Bow - One of my personal top 48. I thought this was a nice, clean implementation of a flavorful idea.

Windpath Razor - One of my personal Top 48. I thought the wording was elegant and the effect was interesting.

Wing Smasher's Hammer - Any weapon meant to ground flying creatures should really be a ranged weapon; otherwise, how are non-flying creatures supposed to use it against flying creatures.

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For a lot of the items in this thread, my critique would be something along the lines of, "It's an okay item. Not bad, not superstar, but okay." Since that's not particuarly useful on my part, I'm just going to focus on items which provoked more of a response from me.

Betrayer's Blade - One of my personal Top 48. I thought this item made really clever use of the speed property.

Blowgun of the Accursed Serpent - One of my personal Top 48. The curse ability should probably say that it functions the first time (or two times) the target makes a save against the dart's poison, not anytime the target makes a save. That would make the curse's effect closer in power to an ill omen spell instead of strictly better than an ill omen spell.

Catapult Ring - This item really needed a save or some other defense for unwilling targets.

Chrysalis Carapace - I'm not sure how the spell-absorbing power of this item ties into its theme.

Cryohydra's Coil - One of my personal Top 48. The blanket +4 bonus to disarm and trip attempts was a bit too much, but I liked the imagery enough to overlook that.

Deadeye's Shepherd - Using a bow to summon something just seemed strange to me. Also, I don't know where the animal appears when summoned. Maybe if you said you had to fire an arrow and the animal appeared where the arrow landed, or the animal has to appear adjacent to the wielder because the horns used to make the bow become the summoned animal's horns, I could have gotten behind this item, but without a visual of the summoning in action, I had a hard time bridging the gap between "bow" and "summoned animal."

Dynamic Staff - One of my personal top 48. Its ability to regain charges so quickly would need to be scaled back or cut, though. As is, high-level spellcasters could use these things as bargain-basement, 9th-level pseudo pearls of power.

Enlightened Jian - This would have gotten more upvotes from me if monks were proficient with longswords (or even just magically proficient with this longsword in particular).

Eremite Rod - This one was thematically sound, but would have benefited from having fewer fiddly bits. When using this item against your opponents, someone has to track bleed damage and pain penalties that modify multiple stats and possibly modifiers due to ability damage. Also, the wielder's spell DCs may change based upon their subtype. Lots of moving parts that modify things on the fly in the middle of combat, with the potential to slow things down at the table.

Housebreaker Bow - I really dislike how the third power of this item is referred to by a wordless sound instead of having an actual, speakable name.

Mail of Ash-Woven Ramparts - One of my personal Top 16. A bit overpowered/underpriced, but I suspect it would make tactical combat very interesting. Also, to me, the visuals inherent in this item suggested a designer who would be able to make a very awesome map.

Monastic Staff - This item was almost exactly the same as the first draft of my own item, right down to the name. I would explain at length why I changed my item from doing exactly what your item does to doing something slightly different, but the judges seem to like your approach better, so my commentary would be largely irrelevant.

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At least one person expressed an interest in seeing my personal Top 32 list in another thread. This year, I picked my Top 16 favorites (including my own item) but didn't bother ranking the next 32 items on my favorites list, so here are my own personal Top 48:

Epic Meepo's Top 16:

arbalest of aurochs
armor of hidden horrors
balladeer's waltz
black dragon wing
blade of the malik's messenger
covenskein net
ghast hide
mail of ash woven ramparts
moveable rod
occult hunter's net
piranha blade
rod of resonance
sacred boar hide
serpent's tongue
staff of the hidden blade
three-fold gemini

Epic Meepo's Next 32:

aetherlace
animated wrappings
betrayer's blade
blowgun of the accursed serpent
bow of the bard
breastplate of light's salvation
butterfly's jaunt
captain's nostalgia
cryohydra's coil
dynamic staff
earthcracker*
grasping shield (218 words)
hellstinger
interrogator's ally*
raven leather
ring of the choking coil
rod of exorcism*
rod of gravimetric attraction
rod of illusory casting
rod of the iron rose**
scales of the scarab
scepter of the mist king
scimitar of dancing lightning
shield of the doubled ruse
shield of the paragon
sly smallsword
spectre blight*
staff of protean whim
storm bow
tempest bow
venom's kiss*
windpath razor

*Also an official Paizo Top 32 pick
**Also an official Paizo alternate

It appears that I have five of the Paizo Top 32 and one Paizo alternate in my personal Top 48 and none in my personal Top 16. If I had expanded my list to include my own personal Top 64, I believe I would have doubled those numbers, but my records this year were not precise enough to know for sure.

If anyone else has a list of favorites they want to share with the public, feel free to post it here in this thread.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16, 2012 Top 32 , Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Marathon Voter 2015 aka Epic Meepo

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Greetings and salutations from the Staff of the Top 32 Guildhall. As the wielder of this staff, I would like to expend all 10 of its charges congratulating everyone who decided to compete in this year's contest. In addition, I would like to welcome this year's class of Top 32 finalists and alternates to the newly-renovated, rune-encrusted Unofficial Top 32 Guildhall and Armory. (Mind your step around the pile of earth breakers just inside the door.)

As in previous years, the Guildhall is a place for all past and present Top 32 finalists, alternates, judges, and Paizo staffers to hang out and chat during the course of RPG Superstar. If you belong to one or more of these listed groups, feel free to post in the Guildhall any time after the names of the 2015 Top 32 have been revealed. Just keep in mind that posts in this thread are visible to the everyone on the boards, not just the Top 32. Don't say anything here that might result in a disqualification!

Again, this thread is intended for past and present Top 32 finalists, alternates, judges, and Paizo staffers. I ask that community members not belonging to these listed groups please create new threads when posting commentary, congratulations, or other messages to the Top 32. Posts from the voting public are important to the finalists. Such posts deserve their own dedicated threads so they don't get buried in Guildhall banter and potentially overlooked or forgotten.

Thank you. Good luck. Let the games begin.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16, 2012 Top 32 , Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Marathon Voter 2015 aka Epic Meepo

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The verdict is in: Aspergillman's Armory is definitely worth two bucks.

In fact, it's my top-selling product in the Paizo store so far this week. :D

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Thunderfrog wrote:

All these twists..

Owen K.C. Shyamalan.

I see culled people.

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Add this post as a favorite if both options are equally bad/good.

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Add this post as a favorite if death by chocolate is better.

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Add this post as a favorite if chocolate is better.

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Just to be contrary, I'm dropping in to make a plea for insanity.

Sanity is overrated. I want to see something completely crazy.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16, 2012 Top 32 , Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Marathon Voter 2015 aka Epic Meepo

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Tothric wrote:
Eric Morton. I am envious, as well as completely amazed that you managed to get that published and on the Piazo Store so soon!

Well, it helps that I have some experience publishing serious products in the Paizo store. If I couldn't also crank out a short, silly PDF on a week's notice, I wouldn't be much of a publisher.

Now, if I actually sell a copy of Aspergillman's Armory, I may have to admit I actually accomplished something... (Seriously, though, I've played characters who'd want to use some of the magic weapons in that PDF, and I'd let players in games I run use them, too. I tried to design some solid, useful material in that PDF, even if the title was somewhat silly.)

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Last year, I was given the go-ahead by Paizo staff to post a public Round 1 exit poll in the week before the Top 32 reveal.

Here is what the host of last's years contest said about Round 1 exit polling (link):

Sean K Reynolds wrote:

1) The judges are already looking at items sorted to the top by 300,000 votes. A few more people listing which ones they liked isn't going to impact what the judges think of the item.

2) I trust the judges to evaluate the voter 1–100 items based on their own opinions and experiences.

3) And that's assuming any of the judges even looked at these volunteer exit polls, which I don't think they did. Their priorities were posting comments on 100 items while dodging periods of website outages, not checking the RPG Superstar General Discussion board for other threads about what items people liked. ;)

In other words: this is fine, and I don't think it would have an impact on what the judges say or vote for any items.

That being said, last year's exit poll did a poor job predicting the 2014 Round 1 results, despite having over forty contributors.

Based on that lack of predictive power, I'm going to sit out this year's exit polling and list swapping.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16, 2012 Top 32 , Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Marathon Voter 2015 aka Epic Meepo

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Nickolas Floyd wrote:
Eric Morton wrote:

Some thoughts about the ranting thread (spoilered for being off-topic):

** spoiler omitted **
Interesting points and I agree. But this creates its own issues. Are you suggesting that we try to retain anonymity while being able to discuss items openly on the forums? You can't mention that an item is yours, but you can praise and defend it as much as you want? That might be difficult.

That is what I am suggesting, and I agree that the issues involved would have to be carefully considered.

However, I don't think it's impossible to guess what open commentary (without breaking anonymity) would look like. I suspect it would play out almost exactly like one of Paizo's open playtests: hundreds of posters would show up, many of them championing their own pet suggestions, but there would be so many things to talk about, no one poster or topic would dominate the discussion. A few folks would try to oversell something and get tuned out by most other posters. A few folks would get too negative and would have to be reminded to restrict themselves to constructive criticism. A few particularly popular ideas would gain traction. But for the most part, we would just see lots of respectful, interesting discussion of various ideas' merits.

That, at least, is what I've observed happening during Paizo's open playtests, and I suspect it is exactly what we would see if we were allowed to talk about specific items during Superstar voting. Like the playtests, it would require moderater oversight, but I think it could be done in a constructive, positive manner.

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Some day, I would like to see an organized play campaign require all participating PCs to purchase their magic items from an auction site with limited supply. Then we'd actually know what each magic item was worth.

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Some thoughts about the ranting thread (spoilered for being off-topic):

Spoiler:
I seem to be alone in this, but I'm not fond of the rule against discussing specific items, nor do I feel the need to tune out other voters opinions on specific items.

Firstly, the rule against mentioning specific items is responsible for much of the toxic atmosphere in the ranting thread. It's really easy to write non-item-specific complaints but it's relatively hard to write non-item-specific compliments. Voters aren't allowed to praise unique, never-been-done-before items in real time but they can complain about trends in real time, so of course the thread gets a bit negative.

Second, I don't understand the benefit of making all voting decisions in a vacuum. I want to be an informed voter. If a bunch of people really like an item I keep down-voting, I want to know. That information allows me to double check the item in question and make sure I'm actually disagreeing with everyone instead of just misreading something that everyone else understood properly.

Third, the prohibition against commentary on specific items doesn't happen during any other public voting round. The Top 32 aren't anonymous, so they aren't allowed to comment on their own items, but everyone else can, including the voters. If exposure to outside opinions was somehow detrimental to the voting process, why are outside opinions allowed starting in Round 2?

I could understand a rule against making comments that would qualify as non-constructive criticism, but I don't see much value in a rule that prevents us from consulting the boards about items we aren't clear about or mentioning items we think are awesome.

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107. Notice that the numbers 11, 57, 58, 59, and 60 have each been used twice in this list of things you can do, making this entry thing #107 you can do.

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Coleman wrote:
My concern with that would be how many folks would stop participating once they got some feedback on their item.

I would not take people who want to leave the contest after getting feedback on their own items into consideration when scheduling things. The contestants who are only in it to get feedback on their own items aren't going to care very much about the Top 32 reveal, no matter when you schedule it. I'm more concerned about the subset of contestants who want to get/give feedback on non-finalist items and want to follow the progress of the Top 32. The current schedule forces these contestants who are interested in every facet of RPG Superstar to divide their attention between the non-finalist critique thread and the finalists' threads during the week of the Top 32 reveal, which can only serve to reduce traffic visiting the Top 32 threads.

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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?

Many contestants want to participate in the critique thread and follow the Top 32 threads. By revealing the Top 32 and opening the critique thread in the same week, you are forcing lots of voters to divide their limited forum viewing time between those two different parts of the Superstar contest. "Do I spend my limited forum time soliciting and reading feedback on my own item, or do I pass up the opportunity to get valuable feedback and instead pay close attention to the Top 32 threads?"

Think about it this way: How much attention would the Top 32 get if the Top 32 reveal was on Tuesday and a Pathfinder Unchained open playtest started on Wednesday? Sure, lots of people who are going to participate in the playtest also want to pay attention to the Top 32, but will they have the time? The annual Critique My Item thread is like that hypothetical open playest in that it attracts lots of attention.

I suggest that an event that attracts lots of attention should not be scheduled to run concurrently with the Top 32 reveal because that lessens the impact of the Top 32 reveal, and that moving the Critique My Item thread up a week will annoy fewer people than delaying it a week. Also, I doubt that moving the Critique My Item thread up a week will do anything to increase the anticipation contestants have for that thread; based on posts I'm seeing in this forum, anticipation for that thread is already running rather high.

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Rich Malena wrote:
I think what happens in the CMI thread should be celebrated, and I would be sad if that experience were somehow diminished in the name of refocusing on the competition.

I agree that the CMI thread should be celebrated. That's why I think it should happen before the Top 32 are revealed. Open up the CMI thread up to people who aren't being considered by the judges a week before the Top 32 are revealed so the CMI thread can be the main event for that week, then the Top 32 reveal can be the main event the following week.

In the past two years, here's what has happened: Public voting starts. At some point during voting, a cull occurs. Crowdsourcing informs several hundred people that they are probably not in the running. Voting then ends. For one week, nothing happens outside of the judges' chamber and no one is allowed to discuss specific items, even those we know with 99.99% certainty are not being reviewed by the judges. Then, on a Tuesday, the Top 32 are revealed. People spend twenty-four hours naming all of the items they would rather have seen in the Top 32. Then the Critique My Item thread opens and draws significantly more traffic than all of the Top 32 threads combined. A few days later, the judges compile and post a list of the Top 100 so voters who are wondering why their favorites didn't make the Top 32 can see that many of their favorites came close.

I propose that the process go more like this: Just like before, public voting starts, followed by a cull and some crowdsoourcing. Voting ends. Immediately after public voting ends, the judges post a list of the Top 100 items that will be considered by the judges. Everyone whose item is not on that official list is allowed to publicly post their item and ask for critiques. As the judges make their selections over the next seven days, the public participates in public critques and conversations about items everyone wanted to see in the Top 100/wants to see in the Top 32. A week later, once all of those activities have started to slow down a bit, the Top 32 are revealed.

Notice how the proposed order of events in the previous paragraph gives the voting public something meaningful to do every week of the contest. Instead of having a dead week after voting ends followed by two highly anticipated events occurring back-to-back, the proposed order of events has voting followed immediately by a Top 100 reveal and public critiques, followed a week later by the Top 32 reveal. That gives every step of the Superstar process time in the spotlight without having to extend the duration of the contest in any way. Just turn the dead week following the end of voting into a week where everyone not on the Top 100 list can ask for public critiques.

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mamaursula wrote:
Cthulhudrew wrote:
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.
Thank you, this is not RPG Also Ran.

The way the contest is set up right now, for hundreds of people, the Top 32 reveal is just a speed-bump on the way to the Critique My Item thread. Everywhere I look in this forum right now, I am seeing posts that essentially say, "Looks like my item got culled. I can't wait to post it in the Critique My Item thread."

Before Paizo added public voting in Round 1, all of that anticipation would have been directed towards the Top 32 reveal. "I can't wait to see if my item was chosen." These past three years, for hundreds of participants, that sentiment has become, "I already know my item didn't make the Top 32, so let's get that over with so I can participate in the Critique My Item thread, already."

I would rather get as many also-ran item critiques as possible over and done with before the Top 32 are revealed. That way, the Top 32 reveal is the most anticipated Superstar event of the week, not an opening event for another thread the majority of the voting public finds more interesting.

That's not me advocating that more attention be paid to contestants who did not make the Top 32. That's me saying something needs to change to keep the focus on the Top 32, because the current system seems to create more hype for the Critique My Item thread than it does for the Top 32 reveal.

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The cull would be much better if it were accompanied by an email telling people they were definitely culled. That way, people who know they were culled could start a Critique My Item thread while voting is still ongoing. Voters could constructively critique culled items while waiting on the timer in the voting both, which would make them less likely to post snarky comments about the items they can't yet talk about. Also, the early appearance of the Critique My Item thread would detract less attention from the Top 32, since there wouldn't be an important, new thread appearing shortly after the Top 32 are announced.

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Chris Shaeffer wrote:

My process this year was streamlined.

1) Get drunk.
2) Write item.
3) Immediately submit at 6 AM.

Now if only I could remember what it was...

Ah, I see you've taken the Cayden Cailean approach.

Even if you don't make the Top 32, you might pass the Starstone test.

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Andrew Black wrote:
It is very possible that times have survived that have been seen...just not buy this small % of the voting community.

True story: After an evening of post-cull voting, I went to add sixty items I'd seen since the cull to the list. Fifty-nine of those items were already on the list. The only item I had seen that no one else had added yet: my own item. The list has grown a bit since then, but not enough to convince me that someone else would have added my item by now had I not seen it and added it myself.

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A few days ago, in this year's "So far I've seen" thread, several posters held a discussion about hypothetical, aspergillum-themed weaponry. Inspired by that conversation, I said I should publish a PDF of magic aspergillum weapons and put it up for sale in the Paizo store.

I decided to follow through on that. Enter: Aspergillman's Armory, a PDF with two full pages of new rules for aspergillum-related weaponry.Turn maces and morningstars into aspergilla. Splash your foes with holy water, or skip water and use alchemical splash weapons, instead. And that's before you add magic to your aspergillum to create one of eight new magic weapons.

Aspergillman's Armory has more than enough aspergillum goodness (and evilness) to meet all your aspergillum needs.

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Jeff Lee wrote:

Take standard item, limit an ability to particular circumstances, add a bunch of fancy fluff to build a theme.

:/ Nope. Not quite.

If you're talking about [Redacted], I disagree. Restricting that ability in that way to fit that fluff was 100% Superstar. Imagine all the clunky ways a less Superstar designer might have tried to create that item (something involving [Redacted] transforming into [redacted] when exposed to [redacted], perhaps). As written, [Redacted] is a perfect example of a designer re-purposing existing mechanics to create entirely new flavor without having to invent a new rules subsystem.

Unless, of course, you aren't talking about [Redacted]. In that case, never mind.

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A follow-up to the aspergillum conversation from a few pages back:

I said I ought to design a PDF inspired by that conversation, so I did. I just finished a four-page PDF that includes three new mundane aspergilla and eight new magic aspergilla. I'll upload it to the Paizo store tomorrow, so it should go live Monday or Tuesday. I'll post a link when it's available.

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quibblemuch wrote:
...aspergilliophiles.
Woody Eliot wrote:
Aspergilliophiles is my new favorite word.
dien wrote:
A ramble about pluralizing aspergillum:
quibblemuch wrote:
Move that we call warriors who wield exclusively aspergillis, "aspergilloons." Seconded?
Oceanshieldwolf wrote:
Perhaps if they are mounted. I think I prefer aspergillites for light armor aspergillium wielders, aspergillista for monk or brawler derived PrCs, and aspergillic for constantly drunk wielders of aspergilliums. Aspergerillium for theses who have aspergers and wield an aspergillium, and then there is the great As-per-gilliam for a very funny wielder of an aspergillium.
Woody Elliot wrote:
Next year I shall make a aspergillum that when wielded by a aspergilloon causes the disease aspergillosis when filled with aspergillus spores. It could be cursed and cause the user to have aspergers while being used. I shall name it "Aspergilliophile".

All of this aspergillum talk from the previous page in this thread has convinced me that I ought to make a PDF of magic aspergillums and put it up in the Paizo store sometime before voting ends. I don't know that I actually will, but I ought to...

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Steven Helt wrote:
Alright. Imma need Treyson and Gennerik to drop and gimme fifty. These jokes will not stand.

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Bad weapon puns are killing this thread.

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Those responsible deserve to be...

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...run through the gauntlet.


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♫♪ YeeaAAHHHH! ♫♪

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I would up-vote these over several of the items I've seen this year.

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Animal Races: Clan of the Deer is now available here, and should be up in the Paizo store, shortly.

I encourage everyone to pick this up for Christmas so you can run a one-shot adventure where the PCs are all Reindeer and elves out to defeat the Krampus. :P

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Whenever I get two equally terrible items, I just vote for the one on the left.

Neither one's going to the Top 32, so who cares which one I rank the lowest?

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In case you missed it in theheadkase's "List of Items" thread:

theheadkase wrote:

Ok I created a new sheet because I don't know if I can set permissions on separate sheets.

Everyone can add to this list.

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Jeff Lee wrote:
Everybody's trying to form their own little clubs. Can't we all just get along?

No! We must create even more and smaller clubs.

Who else has entered exactly 2, 3, 5, or 7 times? Prime-number timers unite!

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Master Pugwampi wrote:

Many Attacking Pugwampis! >:D

Design an encounter with the intention of maximizing the abilities of the loveable scamps! Everybody wins!

True story: I once designed an encounter featuring bad guys carrying pugwampis around in backpacks.

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I've decided to play Superstar Bingo in hard mode this year. Instead of creating a Bingo card that lists general trends, I'm creating a Bingo card that gets fairly specific. Also, to test my precognitive powers, I'm creating my Bingo card two days before voting starts.

NOTE: This isn't a list of bad items, just items I anticipate seeing this year.

The 25 items on my 2015 Superstar Bingo card:

  • The +11 Weapon: This weapon's listed properties may not actually add up to +11, but only because some of them don't have direct weapon bonus equivalencies. Bonus points if this item is also an obscure exotic weapon.
  • The Blasty Weapon: This melee weapon can also make ranged attacks and/or fling spells at distant opponents. Bonus points if activating a ranged attack or spell involves making a dramatic flourish in the direction of the intended target.
  • The Bumper Shield: This shield can project a wall or wave of force that deflects attacks and/or repels opponents. Bonus points if this item references the emergency force sphere spell.
  • The Captain America Shield: "This +X returning adamantine throwing shield can... something, something... absorb energy..." In all likelihood, X = 5. Bonus points if this item's description mentions defenders of Andoran.
  • The Energy Ammo Item: This item might be a bullet made of ice. It might be a gun that fires alchemist bombs like a grenade launcher. Whatever else it is, it either is, creates, or utilizes ammunition that deals energy damage. Bonus points if that ammunition explodes.
  • The Figurine of Rodly Power: This item isn't a figurine of wondrous power because that would make it a wondrous item. No, this item is a rod (or other non-wondrous item) that can transform into a creature it resembles (kind of like a figurine of wondrous power).
  • The Full Gonzo: This item is similar to the +11 Weapon (see above), but it isn't a weapon. It is, however, decidedly mythic. So mythic that its market price is somewhere north of 200,000 gp. Bonus points if its market price is 1,000,000 gp or more.
  • The Infinite Ammo Weapon: If this item is a bow, it creates arrows whenever you draw the string. If it's a crossbow or gun, it's always loaded without requiring any action on your part. Bonus points if this item is a longbow that produces energy and/or force arrows.
  • The Inspiration Item: This item interacts with the investigator's inspiration class feature. Bonus points if it closely resembles an existing grit- or ki-related item with inspiration used in place of grit or ki. See also: the Panache Item.
  • The Iron Maiden: This armor is fueled by its wearer's blood and/or life-force. Something inside this armor pierces its wearer's flesh, causing damage that cannot be healed while the armor is worn. Bonus points if this armor is either full plate or studded leather.
  • The Iron Man Suit: This heavy armor, which may or may not reference the Technology Guide, allows its wearer to fly and shoot things at opponents. Bonus points if it folds up into a convenient carrying case when not worn.
  • The Lightsaber: This retractable brilliant energy sword likely has the defending property or some other ability that allows its wielder to parry attacks. Bonus points if it has a retractable crossguard.
  • The Mech: This armor increases its wearer's size, possibly by duplicating the effects of a polymorph spell to change its wearer's outward appearance. It may or may not be described as alive or seemingly alive. Bonus points if the word "golem" appears in its name.
  • The Metamagic Rod: This item is a metamagic rod. It is distinguishes itself from other metamagic rods by utilizing a different metamagic feat than those used by existing rods. This item might also qualify as the Metamythic Rod (see below).
  • The Metamythic Rod: This item (which could, theoretically, be something other than a rod) converts normal spells into mythic spells, probably three times per day. Bonus points if "metamythic rod" is this item's actual name.
  • The Nose Ring: This ring might be designed to go on your nose. It might be designed to go on your ear or some other location. Wherever it goes, it isn't worn on your finger. If it is specifically worn on your nose, bonus points if its description mentions minotaurs.
  • The One Ring: Invisibility: check. Runes that glow when exposed to fire: check. Grave danger to the wearer when worn too long: check. Bonus points if this item mentions halflings and/or wraiths. Double word score if it has a lengthy backstory involving a Big Bad Evil Guy.
  • The Panache Item: This buckler or rapier interacts with the swashbuckler's panache class feature. Bonus points if it closely resembles an existing grit- or ki-related item with panache used in place of grit or ki. See also: the Inspiration Item.
  • The Real-World Ammo Item: These bullets are the PFRPG equivalent of actual ammo you, the player, can purchase at a gun show. Whether they're armor piercing rounds, hollow point rounds, tracer rounds, or something else entirely, rest assured they exist in Real Life (TM).
  • The Rod of Innuendo: This rod might be an interesting and useful item. It also has some rather unfortunate, suggestive language in its descriptive text that makes readers alternately question its designer's innocence and good taste.
  • The Sonic Screwdriver: This rod uses sonic energy to do all sorts of cool and useful things: unlock doors, detect things, repel Daleks ... er, I mean, generic monsters. I hear it can also be used to install cabinets, but we never actually see it do that on screen.
  • The Staff of New Spells: This staff resembles most existing staves, except instead of casting spells that were published a year or more ago, it casts only spells that were published in the last twelve months. It probably also qualifies as the Vanilla Staff (see below).
  • The Two-Weapon Weapon: "The true powers of this weapon are revealed when its wielder is two-weapon fighting." Bonus points if this weapon is a double walking stick katana or a pair of butterfly swords.
  • The Vanilla Staff: This staff casts spells. That's it. No extra abilities like the quirky staves in Ultimate Equipment. No unexpected twist. It's just a staff that casts spells. Bonus points if its description includes large amounts of flavor text in an effort to make it seem less vanilla.
  • The Wondrous Ring: Not to be confused with the One Ring, this item sounds suspiciously like it was designed for a wondrous item body slot and then hastily reskinned as a ring. Bonus points if its designer forgot to replace Craft Wondrous Item with Forge Ring in its construction requirements.

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GM_Solspiral wrote:
based on trackers we know it was just shy of 1k for 2013, 2014 it was a little shy of 900 there was a little drop off 2nd year of voting.

I believe those are the post-cull numbers. You'd have to increase those by 20% to get the total number of non-DQ'd entries.

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You should consider publishing a "how-to" guide for up-and-coming designers and publishers, detailing all the things you find that the best products have in common. You've probably reviewed more 3pp content than anyone else on these boards, so aspiring designers would want to know your thoughts. And I suspect you could get permission from publishers to cite specific products by name as examples of the design principles you discuss. (Who wouldn't want their product mentioned by name as an example of good design?) That, alone, would set your "how-to" design guide apart from anything else on the market.

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Each entry becomes property of Paizo, so no one outside of Paizo can legally post a document containing the full text of every entry.

That being said, last year, the Paizo staff gave the go-ahead for voters to post lists of item names and word counts (with no other description or commentary attached).

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Clouds Without Water wrote:
The category really would be like fighting uphill.

Hm... The catapult of the uphill battle has a certain ring to it.

By the way, don't talk about items you might actually submit. All entries have to be anonymous. If you post remarks on the boards that make it obvious which item is yours, you could be disqualified.

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The change of item types is cool, but I especially like the power outage twist. :P

Will the site be up when you try to submit your item? Should you anticipate extreme weather cutting off submissions three hours early? How do you, as an aspiring freelancer, handle the Round 1 challenge and the wrath of Mother Nature at the same time?

Superstar 2015: Superstars vs. Nature.

Seriously, though, don't wait until the very last minute. Allow some time for dealing with unanticipated connectivity problems.

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Another Animal Races product review, courtesy of Endzeitgeist.com.

The short version: Clan of the Cat joins Clan of the Dog in earning 5 out of 5 stars and the reviewer's seal of approval.

If you want to know what a series of third-party race guide must do to earn such high praise from Endzeitgeist, I suggest reading the full review to get all the details. That and grabbing copies of Animal Races: Clan of the Cat and Animal Races: Clan of the Dog for yourself, of course. I hear they come highly recommended. :P

As noted on Endzeitgeist.com, you can get Animal Races: Clan of the Cat here. You can also get it here in the Paizo store, along with several other titles in the Animal Races series.

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necromental wrote:
To expand on my question will it be possible to emulate prestige classes, specifically the limited spellcasting of prestige classes, the 3,5 assassin for example (I'm guessing not since it's not part of PF design philosophy, but it's something to think about. Really missing stuff like pious templar to add to my fighter. Or ur-priest :)

Yes, it is possible to closely approximate the 3.5 assassin and other 4-level casting prestige classes.

The Custom Class Builder allows you to emulate prestige class builds by turning base class/prestige classes combos into base classes. A 3.5 rogue/assassin, for example, could be emulated by creating an assassin base class that gets rogue abilities for the first few levels, assassin abilities after that, and 4-level spellcasting using the ranger spell progression.

It is also possible to create an even slower spell progression through multiclassing. You can, for example, create a custom class with 6-level casting and assassin-like abilities; cap advancement at 10 class levels (and 4 spell levels); and add prestige-class-like requirements. That essentially creates an assassin-like prestige class with 4-level casting.

Incidentally, you can also use the Custom Class Builder to create new archetypes for existing (base, core, custom, and prestige) classes, since the Custom Class Builder includes long lists of class features that can be explicitly substituted for one another. This allows you to modify existing classes in many ways, up to and including the creation of non-casting versions of many existing spellcasting classes and casting versions of several non-casting classes.

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The Animal Races series has gotten its first review, courtesy of Endzeitgeist.com.

Needless to say, I'm thrilled to see Clan of the Dog win over a veteran reviewer who was, before then, bored with animal-themed races. It is my hope that the Animal Races series breathes new life into animal-themed races for everyone who reads it, and this review tells me I'm off to a good start.

As noted on Endzeitgeist.com, you can get Animal Races: Clan of the Dog here. You can also get it here in the Paizo store, along with several other titles in the Animal Races series.

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Have you ever wanted to make your own class but not known where to start? Have you ever wanted comprehensive class creation rules that remove much of the guesswork from the process?

If so, the Custom Class Builder, currently in development, is the book for you.

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The rules in the Custom Class Builder allow you to create new base classes by combining abilities drawn from dozens of different sources. As of this post, these rules incorporate every class feature of every core class, base class, hybrid class, prestige class, and archetype found in first-party Core, Advanced, and Ultimate rulebooks (over three-thousand class features in all).

More than just a compilation of existing abilities, the Custom Class Builder revises and expands upon the included class features. Among other small but useful changes, redundant abilities and arbitrary restrictions are being dropped; ambiguous wording is being clarified; and many class features with limited uses per day are being tied to a single, universal resource pool.

All of these class features are utilized by comprehensive but straightforward class creation rules. Class features are sorted by theme and level into focused, manageable lists, with guidelines for quickly finding and selecting class features that fit a given class concept. The Custom Class Builder aims to make creating a new class no more difficult than creating a new NPC.

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Needless to say, the Custom Class Builder is a rather complex project. As a result, I am not yet ready to set a firm release date. I can only say this book will be available in some form starting in 2015. My plan is to make the initial release a PDF-only Beta edition. Periodic updates of the Beta will be provided, free-of-charge, to anyone who purchases the PDF, as will a PDF copy of the final, non-Beta version of the Custom Class Builder.

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I've always wanted to play an intelligent magic sword...


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Orfamay Quest wrote:
It's basically impossible to be "poor" in Pathfinder. If you do them maths, any measurable level of any useful skill gives you an "average" lifestyle. The standard trope of starving sons of toil buried under tons of soil? Doesn't hold up if you crunch the numbers.

Sure, everyone with even a little skill can afford an Average lifestyle... right up until the plague hits. Then everyone owes the local priest over a year's salary for remove disease spells. Thanks, Obama.

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