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RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16, 2012 Top 32. RPG Superstar 2013 Marathon Voter, 2014 Marathon Voter. Pathfinder Society Member. 3,955 posts (4,089 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

Don't forget that the World Tree in many mythologies is a giant, tree-shaped plane of living wood that touches every other region of the cosmos.

Also, here are some (unofficial) stats for wood elementals posted over on d20pfsrd.com.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16, 2012 Top 32

Darkjoy wrote:
I don't know how big your PDFs will be in page count but please be aware that if you are a one man shop 2 per month might be too much?

I know from prior experience that I can crank out 200 well-received monsters in 12 months. I just need to make sure each of my PDFs is no longer than a collection of 8 monster write-ups.

Most of my advance planning involves lining up artwork, preparing graphics, setting up page-layout templates, and otherwise completing as much work on my critical chain as possible. (I've identified the combined process of editing, art direction, and page layout as my critical chain; in comparison, there are relatively few constraints on my ability to write new content, distribute finished PDFs, and monitor public feedback.)

In addition, I plan on finishing two to three months worth of products in advance before releasing anything. That way, I can eat a two-month set-back without falling behind, should that become necessary.

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Where I've Been

As some of you may recall, towards the end of last year, I was preparing to self-publish an amateur PDF of campaign-related house rules. You may also have noticed that I decided to shelve that project a couple weeks before distributing online content I had prepared as promotional material.

Why did I put my amateur publishing project on the back burner? I decided at the last minute that I would rather spend my time establishing a viable, professional PDF publishing business, one involving an ongoing product line that generates a growing inventory of products to populate an online storefront.

Needless to say, planning a sustained product line with a regular release schedule has required much more of my time than cranking out a one-shot PDF. Hence my reduced presence here on the boards over the past six months or so, and my lack of product releases during that time.

My apologies for the sudden change of plans, and for the much-delayed progress report.

Where I'm Going

I still have months of work to do before I am ready to say anything too concrete about my new, improved publishing plan. I can say this: I have a vision for my first product line, and I am constructing a detailed outline that spans an initial run of roughly four dozen PDF products.

I'm hoping this level of advance planning will allow me to release products at a steady rate of two PDFs per month once the necessary groundwork is in place (but no promises). Whatever the release schedule, I will make sure all forty-eight of my planned releases form a cohesive product line.

I will also make an effort to keep anyone following this thread informed of my progress (but again, no promises). If nothing else, I will make an announcement on this forum when I release the first of the offerings in the product line I am planning.

Thank you for reading. I hope to have more details for you soon.

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Vic Wertz wrote:
Others will be brought in at the appropriate time—lots and lots of others.

For a brief second, I read that as, "Otters will be brought in... lots and lots of otters."

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

...

"Winner of four Orcscar awards, including the Orcscar for Best Picture."

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The following preview is rated PG-13:
MOVIE-TRAILER GUY: "This March, the next chapter in the story of Amiri and Sajan begins..."

---

MORGAN FREEMAN: "Many years ago, a story was told about a band of heroes who traveled back in time to kill Hitler. This is their story..."

---

Interior. A house in Indiana.

[A phone rings. SAJAN answers.]

CALLER: "Sajan, we have an assignment for you and Amiri."

SAJAN: "Sorry, Madam Director, but we're retired."

CALLER: "Your country needs you, Sajan. The reanimated Brain of Hitler is the most dangerous terrorist the world has ever known, and only you can stop him."

---

Exterior. Day. A street lined with cars.

[Enter SAJAN, walking down the street.]

SAJAN (voice-over): "My name is Sajan. I protect commoners from Big Bad Evil Guys."

[Sajan glances at AMIRI, who is standing across the street, and nods. Amiri nods back at Sajan and presses a detonator she is holding. A car explodes behind Sajan. Sajan stridently walks away from the explosion, not once looking back.]

SAJAN (voice-over): "I've very good at my job... But this time, something strange is going on. I need answers, and time is running out."

---

Interior. Courtroom.

[JACK NICHOLSON sits on the witness stand. AMIRI stands in front of it.]

NICHOLSON: "You want answers?"

AMIRI: "I want the truth!"

NICHOLSON: "YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!"

---

Interior. A hallway in the National Weather Service headquarters.

[A SUPERVISOR walks briskly down the hallway. A frantic SCIENTIST approaches him.]

SCIENTIST: "Sir, I've just done some calculations. You need to see this." [Holds out a clipboard.]

SUPERVISOR [waving the Scientist aside]: "I don't have time for your so-called calculations. I have a meeting at the White House in twenty minutes, and I need to reassure the President that the worst of this freakish weather we've been having is finally over."

SCIENTIST: "You have to listen to me. It's not over at all. There's a 98% chance the weather patterns we've been seeing are the result of a rift the space-time continuum. Also, there's a meteor about to hit the Earth, the signal we've been tracking is coming from an alien spacecraft hiding on the dark side of the Moon, and a tornado en route to downtown Los Angeles just sucked up a bunch of great white sharks... But our first priority needs to be the rift in the space-time continuum."

SUPERVISOR: "I've had it with your crackpot theories. You're fired!"

---

Exterior. Space.

[An alien spacecraft lurks behind the Moon as a meteor approaches the Earth.]

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Exterior. Day. The Pacific Coast.

[A shark-laden tornado drifts towards the coastline.]

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Exterior. Day. A city street.

[A FAT MAN exits a fast food joint carrying a burrito. He pauses as he is about to take a bite. Down the street, he sees a rift in space-time forming. The Fat Man lowers his burrito in amazement. A squad of TERMINATORS emerges from the rift.]

---

Exterior. Day. The streets of downtown Tokyo.

[Various PEDESTRIANS are going about their business when a rift in space-time forms above the city. One of the Pedestrians gestures emphatically and shouts in Japanese. Emerging from the Rift, VELOCIRAPTORS rain down on Tokyo. Each one lands on its feet. The velociraptors begin ransacking Tokyo.]

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Interior. Secret Nazi base.

[The BRAIN OF HITLER sits in a jar.]

BRAIN OF HITLER: "All is going according to plan." [Laughs maniacally.]

---

Exterior. Day. The streets of downtown Tokyo.

[Various PEDESTRIANS flee from rampaging VELOCIRAPTORS.]

SAJAN (voice-over): "It's time to go to work."

[A GIRL, separated from her parents, stands alone in the street. A velociraptor approaches, menacing the girl. Enter SAJAN. With a sweeping kick, Sajan trips the raptor. Enter AMIRI, in a flying leap, wielding an oversized sword. As Amiri lands, she decapitates the raptor.]

SAJAN: "Good job, Amiri."

[Amiri nods.]

SAJAN: "Good job, Tony."

[Across the street, IRON MAN stands above a defeated raptor. He gives Sajan the 'thumbs-up' sign.]

---

Interior. Secret Nazi base.

[The BRAIN OF HITLER sits in a jar.]

BRAIN OF HITLER: "The fools think they're winning, but my plan has only just begun." [Laughs maniacally.]

[VOLDEMORT stands nearby. Voldemort laughs maniacally.]

---

Exterior. Day. Los Angeles.

[WILL SMITH watches the sky as a giant alien ship descends, casting its shadow on the city.]

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Exterior. Day. A freeway in the Matrix.

[SAJAN and AGENT SMITH exchange blows atop a sixteen-wheeler barreling down the freeway. AMIRI stands nearby, ready to decapitate the agent, but is forced to dodge gunfire from somewhere behind the truck. A car carrying GUN-TOTING AGENTS is approaching the truck from behind.]

SAJAN [delivering a stunning blow to AGENT SMITH]: "I've got this, Amiri. You take care of that car behind us."

[Amiri nods and leaps from the back of the sixteen-wheeler. She lands on her feet on the pavement beside the car full of Gun-Toting Agents. Swinging her sword, she chops the car's engine block in half. The car explodes into pieces which are carried forward by the car's momentum. Traffic behind Amiri swerves to avoid hitting her. Tires squeal. A tanker truck jackknifes in slow motion, tumbling through the air above Amiri, missing the top of her head by mere inches.]

---

Interior. Los Angeles police department.

[A POLICE CAPTAIN sits at a desk. AMIRI and SAJAN stand before him.]

CAPTAIN: "Dammit, detectives. Do you have any idea how much that stunt you pulled on the freeway is going to cost the taxpayers of this city?" [Leafs through some papers.] "Two sixteen-wheelers destroyed. Fifteen other vehicles totaled. Damage to three overpasses and four buildings."

SAJAN: "We're doing what we have to do, Captain. This is the only way we'll save the city from space-time distortions."

CAPTAIN: “You two are the real menace to society. You're both off the case.”

SAJAN: "Then I'm done with this department." [Sajan removes a badge he is wearing and throws it as if it were a shuriken. The badge lodges in the wall behind the Captain's desk.]

CAPTAIN: "What are you doing, Sajan?"

SAJAN: "I'm taking matters into my own hands, where we all know they belong. I'm going to find out who's behind all these rifts in space-time, and I'm taking them out, with or without your help."

---

Exterior. Day. Tokyo.

[Various PEDESTRIANS are going about their business as CITY WORKERS clear away dead dinosaurs. In the background, an angry GODZILLA rises up from the city's harbor.]

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Exterior. Day. The ruins of Los Angeles.

[A TERMINATOR riding a VELOCIRAPTOR waves forward an army of ZOMBIES. SOLDIERS frantically attempt to evacuate CIVILIANS. In the background, OPTIMUS PRIME battles a MARTIAN TRIPOD.]

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Interior. Secret Nazi base.

[The BRAIN OF HITLER sits in a jar. The Brain of Hitler laughs maniacally.]

[EMPEROR PALPATINE stands nearby. Emperor Palpatine laughs maniacally.]

[KING JOFFREY stands nearby. King Joffrey laughs maniacally.]

---

Exterior. Cloudy day. A plain.

[AMIRI stands before an army of HIGHLANDERS.]

AMIRI [holding aloft her sword]: "They can take our lives, but they can never take... OUR FREEDOM!"

[Amiri charges. The Highlanders draw swords and charge behind her. Together, they advance upon an enormous horde of ORCS that awaits them on the plain.]

---

Exterior. Twilight. A promontory abutting a cliff.

[Little more than a silhouette, SAJAN faces off against a group of PERSIAN SOLDIERS. The soldiers have their backs to the cliff. In slow motion, Sajan drives the Persians back, pushing them off the cliff.]

---

MOVIE-TRAILER GUY: "Written by Joss Whedon."

---

Exterior. Day. A rubble-strewn street in New York City.

[A GIANT FROM JOTUNHEIM is standing above a prone CAPTAIN AMERICA. Captain America is dazed, and is not holding his signature shield.]

GIANT: "Foolish mortal. It would take a god to defeat the likes of me!"
[The giant pulls back his enormous fist, ready to land a killing blow.]

[Enter TORAG in a timely fashion. Torag smashes the giant with his warhammer, knocking the giant into the sky and over the horizon.]

CAPTAIN AMERICA: "Torag? God of the dwarves of Golarion?"

TORAG: "You were expecting some other god with a hammer?"

CAPTAIN AMERICA: "Ah. Nice one-liner."

TORAG: "Thanks. The best part was the meta-humor."

---

MOVIE-TRAILER GUY: "Directed by J.J. Abrams."

---

Interior. Death Star.

[Unnecessary lens flare.]

[KIRK and SPOCK battle one another with lightsabers to the classic "Kirk Versus Spock" theme song.]

[Unnecessary lens flare.]

---

MOVIE-TRAILER GUY: "Cinematography by Michael Bay."

---

Exterior. Death Star.

[The Death Star explodes.]

---

Exterior. Starship Enterprise.

[The Enterprise explodes.]

---

Exterior. Pompeii.

[Mount Vesuvius explodes.]

---

Exterior. Night. Mordor.

[SUPERMAN flies across Mordor and punches the EYE OF SAURON. The Eye of Sauron explodes.]

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MOVIE-TRAILER GUY: "Starring Sajan as Sajan..."

---

Interior. A castle.

[SAJAN and his ADVISORS study a map of Westeros. A MESSENGER arrives.]

MESSENGER: "Sajan, the Brain of Hitler has captured Amiri!"

SAJAN: "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

---

MOVIE-TRAILER GUY: "And Amiri as Amiri."

---

Interior. Secret Nazi base.

[AMIRI is chained to a wall. KING JOFFREY stands in front of her, holding the BRAIN OF HITLER in a jar.]

JOFFREY: "Now, it's just a matter of time before Sajan comes to rescue you. And when he does, my minions will be lying in wait, ready to destroy him once and for all."

AMIRI: "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

---

MOVIE-TRAILER GUY: "Also starring Matt Damon as Ben Affleck..."

---

Exterior. Night. The tallest rooftop in Gotham City.

[BEN AFFLECK is dressed as Batman. He stands at the edge of the rooftop, watching the city below.]

BEN AFFLECK: "I'm Batman."

FANDOM: "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

---

MOVIE-TRAILER GUY: "And Scarlett Johansson in tight black leather."

---

Interior. Office building lobby.

[SCARLETT JOHANSSON is dressed in tight black leather. She stands on a balcony while a GOON on the first floor aims a bazooka in her direction. The Goon fires a rocket. Scarlett Johansson makes a dramatic swan dive off the balcony, catches a hanging light fixture, and swings to safety as the balcony explodes behind her.]

IMGUR.COM: "{Picture of Scarlett Johansson swan-diving off the Empire State Building} {Picture of Scarlett Johansson swan-diving off the Eiffel Tower} {Picture of Scarlett Johansson swan-diving off a hot dog stand}"

---

MOVIE-TRAILER GUY: "With Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McCellen, Liam Neeson, Christopher Walkin, Harrison Ford, Johnny Depp, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, Halle Berry, Jodie Foster, Shia LeBeouf, Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lawrence Fishburne, and Samuel L. Jackson."

---

Exterior. Cloudy day. A plain.

[SAMUEL L. JACKSON stands before an army of HIGHLANDERS, dressed as a Jedi.]

SAMUEL L. JACKSON [holding aloft a lightsaber]: "I have had it with these motherfrakkin' orcs on this motherfrakkin' plain!"

[Samuel L. Jackson charges. The Highlanders draw lightsabers and charge behind him. Together, they advance upon an enormous horde of ORCS that awaits them on the plain.]

---

MOVIE-TRAILER GUY: "Featuring Miley Cyrus as King Joffrey..."

---

Interior. Secret Nazi base.

[AMIRI stands before a startled KING JOFFREY, wearing broken manacles.]

JOFFREY: "You... You can't fight me. You've studied Law. You're not qualified to be a barbarian anymore. Barbarians can't be lawful."

AMIRI: "Are you accusing me of being an ex-barbarian?"

JOFFREY: "You... You are an ex-barbarian."

[Amiri slugs Joffrey, knocking him unconscious.]

AMIRI: "The defense rests."

---

MOVIE-TRAILER GUY: "And Angelina Jolie as the Pommel of the Sword of Killing Hitler."

---

Exterior. Twilight. A lakeside in England.

[The SWORD OF KILLING HITLER is embedded, blade down, in a large boulder. Metallica music is blaring somewhere in the background.]

POMMEL OF THE SWORD OF KILLING HITLER: "Admit it: I'm the hottest pommel you've ever seen. You know you totally want to make out with me."

---

MOVIE-TRAILER GUY: "Coming this March...

"Star Trek, Episode VII: Age of Ultron vs. Superman."

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Interior. Secret Nazi base.

[SAJAN stares down the BRAIN OF HITLER from across the room. Sajan wields the Sword of Killing Hitler and the Brain of Hitler sits in a jar.]

[Sajan performs an amazing display of swordsmanship. The Brain of Hitler sits in a jar.]

[Sajan freezes in a stance of perfect readiness. The Brian of Hitler sits in a jar.]

[Sajan lets out a mighty shout and leaps across the room, swinging the Sword of Killing Hitler in an impressive arc as he jumps past the jar holding the Brain of Hitler. The jar shatters as Sajan passes, but the Brain initially seems unharmed. Then, slowly, the top half of the Brain slides off the bottom half, betraying a perfect, razor-sharp cut that has sliced it cleanly in half.]

[Enter AMIRI, who stomps on the two halves of the Brain until nothing is left but a stain on the floor.]

---

MORGAN FREEMAN: "And thus, the trailer for the film revealed all of the major plot points in said film, along with the final results of the climactic battle scene. It was, in that respect, a fairly typical Hollywood movie trailer.

"Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go read my grocery list and make it sound like the most profound statement uttered in the history of Western civilization."

---

MOVIE-TRAILER GUY: "Star Trek, Episode VII: Age of Ultron vs. Superman.

"Retirement just got interesting."

[Everything explodes.]

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16, 2012 Top 32

feytharn wrote:
A toast to all the 'Dars' that will ever be in our hearts and memories.

Hear, hear! To all the Dars of the world!

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ericthecleric wrote:
Hi all, good luck with the project, but can I suggest that you rename the medium class? Purple Duck Games already has a published class called the medium. To potentially avoid confusion, it might be helpful to do so!

Given the five (?) published archetypes and classes named "swashbuckler," including two swashbucklers from Paizo and one from WotC, I trust that the gaming public is savvy enough to distinguish between two classes that happen to have the same Real-World-inspired name.

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Why do the people of Golarion not permit interracial marriage?

Or does "bastard" have some archaic meaning with which I'm not familiar?

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Scarletrose wrote:
I doubt you can rework your cool mummy variant for an adventure played in a demiplane of water.

Challenge accepted. On a demiplane of water, you might encounter...

Bog mummies: "Some mummies are created by natural processes which occur only in peat bogs."

Buoyant dead: "The desiccated corpse of this aquatic creature floats in a bubble of stale air."

Waterlogged mummies: "An inanimate mummy exposed to large amounts of water is ruined. An undead mummy exposed to large amounts of water is merely transformed..."

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

Cthulhudrew wrote:
Does anyone remember the name of the gloves that summoned up dead arms from the earth to hinder their foes movement? I thought those were great.

Gloves of the sentimental dead, one of my Top 16 item picks.

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The globsters are all killed by the shadows, specters, wights, and wraiths that took over the world.

Also, someone threw brown mold into the Elemental Plane of Fire, turning it into the Elemental Plane of Brown Mold.

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

Sean K Reynolds wrote:
Mikko Kallio wrote:
2a) Judges, is it ok to "acknowledge" any favorable comments in your entry's thread by favoriting them?
Yes!

Although favoriting favorable comments is technically okay, I will vote against anyone who does it.

I know from my 2009 run that it's very easy to clarify the content of your submission by waiting for a post that makes your argument for you and then calling as much attention to it as possible. The judges let me get away with it back then, but I wouldn't have been as lenient if I were in their shoes.

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Robert Brookes wrote:
I had presumed most people would go that route, and decided to...

First rule of Superstar designer commentary: Don't post any Superstar designer commentary until voting is closed.

Second rule of Superstar designer commentary: Don't post any Superstar designer commentary until voting is closed.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16, 2012 Top 32

A few months back, my perfectionist tendencies stepped in and prevented me from releasing those troop stats as a PDF. I could have made an okay PDF bestiary at the time, but I didn't want to do a PDF bestiary that was merely okay. If I do a PDF bestiary, I want it to be amazing.

Most of the troop stat blocks do exist in a relatively finished form, though, along with some expanded rules for the troop subtype. I just need to wait until the stars are right to release them for public consumption (probably as a free online resource, not a PDF as originally planned).

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

Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
Why does does it still show their board name rather than actual names as with previous years contestants?

Yeah, that makes it a lot harder to keep track of who's who this year. Which is making it harder for me to identify and root for specific contestants. Anyone who wants better PR should PM Sean and get their alias changed in the Superstar forums like previous years' finalists.

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

I've sent along the better-formatted, 217-word orc torc.

Edit: Incidentally, of the Top 100, I never saw breach master's epaulets, footpad's lantern, or sporebane brooch. I'm also curious about the choker of mocking death, another item I didn't see. If anyone could send me the text from one or more of those items, it would be appreciated.

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

Iammars wrote:

As the writer of the tactician's go-ke, I'm glad I did well on the exit poll at least...

(Now I'm curious how much of the ramble/praise threads were about my item...)

Your go-ke has its share of fans, that's for sure. :)

I know it was on my personal Top 32 list.

(Next year, I'd suggest designing an item whose mechanics are less involved. The fundamentals of go are a bit much to explain properly in 300 words or less, especially when the game pieces are player characters.)

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Jacob Trier wrote:
Mark D Griffin wrote:
That's probably something that will happen after round 2 is over, or at least after the submission deadline.
What Mark said. It is perfectly all right to make and post a monster, but out of respect for the Top 32, wait until after their round 2 entries have been revealed.

Actually, you should wait until Round 2 voting is finished. Otherwise, you'll have some voters comparing and contrasting Top 32 monsters to monsters that aren't even in the competition, possibly to the detriment of one or more contestants. ("Why should I vote for Top 32 monster #3? Also-ran monster #7 clearly proves that there's a better mechanical way to pull off that monster's concept?")

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

Andrew Marlowe wrote:
We probably have gauze, antiseptics, and bandages for our egos around the guildhall somewhere.

Unfortunately, I think we used those to make torcs this year.

Feel free to browse the amazing selection of torcs at the kiosk by the door, though.

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Overall, I particularly liked 99 items, of which roughly half were in the Top 100. From these, I selected the list appearing below. Exactly half of these selected items were in the Top 100. Of those that were in the Top 100, roughly half were in the Top 32. In other words, my picks this year are exactly as predictive as picks made by a random number generator.

Here are some of the items I liked this year:

Epic Meepo's Top 16:

Choker of the Siphoning Scorpion
Chrysalis Vial
Cleats of Unsubtle Entrance
Deck of the Hellwasp's Sting
Driftwood Token
Gloves of the Dread Viper
Gloves of the Sentimental Dead
Ironmorph Dust
Jar of Imprisoned Echoes
Jingasa of Steadfast Defense
Shawl, Spell-Mirror
Tactician's Go-Ke
Thumb-Heeled Boots
Treestrider’s Satchel
Turban of Psychic Resonance
Water Rat Pouch

Epic Meepo's Next 16:

Amulet of Reverse Incantation
Charlatan's Symbol
Gauntlet of Earth Shattering and Elevating
Glaring Mask
Groundbreaker Cloak
Horned Helm of the Wild Stag
Hostess' Earrings
Ice Rime Gloves
Pouch of Miraculous Seeds
Rope of the Arena
Sewing Form of the Steel Seamstress
Soul’s Visage
Spellsnaring Canvas
Troll Hide Bandages
Tsunami Sash
Wardstone Bracers

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Epic Meepo, Superstar 2009 Top 16, Superstar 2012 Top 32, Superstar 2013 Top 89, Superstar 2014 Top 100

Other contestants need to stop improving every year. I keep sliding lower in the standings. :P

Edit: I was really worried I wouldn't make it into the Top 100, given the fact that Anthony Adam posted a butterfly-themed sample item on the forums (even going so far as to call out "chrysalis" as a cool word). I also know from the Incessant Ramble thread that at least one Marathon Voter was consistently down-voting all potion-related items.

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

I suspect that exact rank is relatively meaningless, since luck will shift you up and down a few slots based on which voters see your item.

Let's test this by running a simulation.

Simulation:
For this simulation, we'll make the following assumptions:
-My hypothetical item is voted on 1000 times.
-These votes are distributed to voters at random.
-One-third of all voters (Group 1) will up-vote my item every time they vote on it.
-One-third of all voters (Group 2) will up-vote my item every second time they vote on it.
-One-third of all voters (Group 3) will down-vote my item every time they vote on it.

I'll simulate the random distribution of the votes on my hypothetical item by rolling 1000d3. Each die roll represents one vote. Each vote is awarded to the group of voters (defined above) corresponding to the number rolled (a result of 1 equals one vote cast by Group 1, etc.).

Rolling 1000d3 in a die-roller app, I get: 365 ones, 330 twos, and 303 threes.
My item gets 530 up-votes, or 53.0% voter approval.

Now, I'll simulate the random distribution of votes on my item a second time, using the same method.

Rolling 1000d3 in a die-roller app, I get: 339 ones, 327 twos, and 334 threes.
My item gets 502 up-votes, or 50.2% voter approval.

As you can see, pure luck gave my hypothetical item a 3% bump in voter approval in the first simulation as compared to the second. (Note that the second number is a more accurate representation of the voting public's actual opinion of my hypothetical item.)

The results of the spoilered simulation confirm my hypothesis: luck can bump you up or down a bit, so exact rank is somewhat meaningless. (This would be especially true for items sitting right near the Top 100 cut-off.)

EDIT: And the issue was already resolved in the time it took me to crunch those numbers.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16, 2012 Top 32

This link first appeared in a thread with a slightly confusing title, so I'm reposting it here:

Kickstarter: Customizable 3D Printed Minis

(I have no affiliation with this Kickstarter. I just thought it was cool.)

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

zylphryx wrote:
GM_Solspiral wrote:
yeah thanks to my hard work at freelancing I'm a hundriare :p
You and me both ;)

Right there with you. :)

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

Since our hosts at Paizo have ruled that this exit poll is okay to post, I've reset the permissions on the Exit Poll Results file to "shared with anyone who has the link." The link in the OP should be functional, again.

It'll be interesting to see how the 25 lists of favorites compiled in this exit poll compare to the official Top 100. There are more than 100 items in the Exit Poll Results file, so even a few folks not appearing in the Top 100 will find their items listed as exit poll favorites.

And I imagine their are also plenty of favorites that my small sample of favorites lists didn't catch.

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

Jacob Trier wrote:
I'm also disappointed over yet another RPG Superstar monster round without the presence of Epic Meepo.

I may not be eligible to compete after this year, so it wasn't meant to be.

Thankfully, the monster round is in the capable hands of the latest Top 32 finalists!
I don't expect to be disappointed.

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

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Don't let it go to your head. That invite applies to all MVP Anthony Adams (plural). :P

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

Kalervo Oikarinen wrote:
Happy to get another chance at a monster round!

*envious*

The monster round is the only round in Superstar I'm sure I could win.

EDIT: You've earned it, though. Congrats!

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

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Well, it's not a forum tag, but...

Fans of Anthony Adam should carefully read the OP in this year's Guildhall thread. You'll notice that I have used my powers as the official Guildhall proprietor to acknowledge Anthony's contributions to this contest. :)

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Jacob W. Michaels wrote:
Congratulations, everyone! Looking forward to an exciting run!

You won't have to split the Jacob vote this year. :)

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

Congrats to the new and returning Top 32!

What's up with all these Andrews and Brians?

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

Official:

After five years of running the Unofficial Top 32 Guildhall, I have gotten the go-ahead from our hosts at Paizo to open and run the first-annual Official Unofficial Top 32 Guildhall. Upon Paizo's announcement of this year's Top 32 finalists and alternates, this very official Top 32 Guildhall is open for business.

For those of you new to Superstar, the Top 32 Guildhall is a public thread where finalists can introduce themselves, hang out, and chat with fellow contestants. All past and present Top 32 finalists and alternates are invited to don their best torcs, pull up chairs, and join in the conversation. Also invited are all past and present judges, Champion Voters, and MVP Anthony Adams.

Be aware that everything you post in this thread can be seen by the voting public.
Do not post anything in this thread that violates the contest rules!

Good luck, and may the best designer win.

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

I, too, was going to crack a joke, but then BigNorseWolf won the thread.

Well played, BigNorseWolf. Well played.

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

In light of numerous board members' objections, my Exit Poll is now closed. Previously-shared information will no longer be available for viewing.

My apologies for any inconvenience, and my thanks to all who participated.

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

In light of numerous board members' objections, the Exit Poll is now closed. Previously-shared information will no longer be available for viewing.

My apologies for any inconvenience, and my thanks to all who participated.

EDIT: I have flagged this thread so it can be deleted by the moderators.

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

I've added some more votes to the Exit Poll results.

Interesting piece of trivia: over half of all items appearing in the post-cull database also appear on at least one of the favorites lists I have seen so far.

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

Nickolas Floyd wrote:
I'm surprised that SKR and the RPGSS rules mongers are allowing this public thread. This is just the type of thing that might influence the judges.

My exit poll can't influence the judges; it contains no information the judges don't already have.

The several hundred anonymous votes I've compiled in the exit poll are already included in the 300,000 anonymous votes that were used to generate the judge's list of the Top 100 most popular items. Paizo's official list of voter favorites already takes into account every voting trend I have observed, plus hundreds of additional trends I know nothing about; my tiny public opinion poll is a small fraction of the public opinion poll Paizo is already using.

That being said, if Paizo agrees that my exit poll results are inappropriate, I will gladly take them down. I'm certainly not trying to influence the judges; I'm merely trying to let 80 or so contestants know that, even if they don't make the Top 32, their items were the favorites of a certain 1% segment of the voting population.

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

Oh, definitely not indicative.

As noted, this is an anecdotal, non-representative sample. (Which also means it isn't a scientific poll.)

On the other hand, I am inclined to say the designer of the tactician's go-ke should probably be working on a Round 2 monster, just in case. Nothing at all is guaranteed, but it's best to play it safe and be prepared.

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

For those of you anxious to see the most popular Exit Poll items...

...here's my Exit Poll Results thread.

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

Over the past few days, several voters have been kind enough to share their lists of favorite items with me.

I have used those lists to compile the following aggregate data:

Round 1 Exit Poll Results

Note that this data is purely anecdotal. Only the judges have an accurate list of the most popular items.

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

To anyone thinking about contacting me regarding my Exit Poll Google Doc:

I promised contributors to the Exit Poll that they would be participating in a private exchange of favorite lists. Since the Google Doc is not entirely anonymous, I need to respect that expectation of privacy. As a result, I am not free to share a link with voters who do not have their own lists of favorites to contribute to the exchange.

I will, however, attempt to compile some aggregate data about items that are popular with Exit Poll contributors. And voters who did not keep a favorites list during voting should feel free to look through the post-cull database and create favorites lists after the fact from the names of items they remember liking.

Sorry I can't share the contributors' lists more freely. Thanks for understanding.

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

James Risner wrote:

If you haven't sent me your list, send it and I'll send mine.

;-)

I'll do one better than that; I'll PM you a link to seven lists all in one place and you can add your own to the growing compilation.

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

CalebTGordan wrote:
Look, this is a bit ridiculous. Why not have a google doc spreadsheet where all the lists are posted.

I'm maintaining a (private, non-anonymous) Google Doc where everyone who wants to share their picks can do so in one centralized but non-public location... Unfortunately, very few of the dozen plus people with the link to that Document have added anything yet, and I'm hesitant to add other voters' lists on their behalf.

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

I have 99 items that I liked. From those, I have tentatively picked my Top 32, which I have broken down into a Top 16 and a Next 16. I also have a fair number of alternates; those are in a state of flux, and may end up bumping a few items out of my Next 16.

If anyone else with a list wants to see my Top 32, PM me and I'll send you a private link to a Google Doc containing my Round 1 Exit Poll results. Feel free to append your own list of favorites to the end of the Exit Poll document.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16, 2012 Top 32

Dotted for future reference.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16, 2012 Top 32

@d20pfsrd.com: Thanks. The embedded Spreadsheet showed up on the first page you linked to in your post. I still can't see it on the second page you linked to in your post.

Edit: I don't think that's the complete Section 15 for your site, by the way. The Section 15 entries for the various Tome of Monsters creatures appear on their individual pages, but are not compiled on that Google Spreadsheet.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16, 2012 Top 32

d20pfsrd.com wrote:
@Owen: We do include the complete Section 15, but we just add it to our existing ongoing Section 15 on the page Caedwyr noted above.

I've been trying to view that page for months, and every time I open it (Firefox 26.0, Windows 7), Section 15 is blank.

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

And there's my last vote.

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

Feros wrote:
I've seen all the items on the database since the cull except those that are in red and are in question. I have seen no others.

I saw the braid of billowing three days ago, so I added it to the list of confirmed post-cull items. Everything else I've seen post-cull is already there.

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