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RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32. RPG Superstar 9 Season Star Voter. Pathfinder Society Member. 312 posts. 6 reviews. 1 list. 3 wishlists. 1 alias.


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Dark Archive RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32

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MUST... HAVE... 2016 PREVIEWS!!

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Will we encounter Mr. Dory in The Blight?

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Gotta check it out. Been waiting for this.

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News?

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How can I get through 2015 without more FGG previews?!

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Everybody loves Stan!

Get a pdf for the young gamers at home. You can print out pages as you need them!

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Jarrett Sigler wrote:
James Thomas wrote:

Blade of The Ice Stalker

Would I publish had I power

Yes. But you made top 32! So Congrats!

Thanks for your feedback Jarrett! I appreciate you taking the time.

PM me if I can be of service. :^ )

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Well met Jarrett! I'd be interested in your kind of feedback for my item as well: Blade of the Ice Stalker
Thanks!

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Mike!
This sounds like a great adventure. Congratulations!

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I've "Made Monsters for Daigle" before and I can tell you... it's fun.

Hope they let me stick around for Round 3. I've got a great monster idea to share!

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Sigfried Trent wrote:

Super cool sword. :) I really like items that can become a characters signature weapon and given them some great visual role playing hooks.

Overall it's a nice balance of mechanics and fluff which is always a tricky thing.

Thanks very much for your considered feedback Sigfried! The more I get the more I can improve.

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Jason Rice wrote:

I feel for you. The computer-fu side of this round terrified me, as I had NO IDEA how to convert from PDF to JPEG (Short answer: I create my maps in PDF, since I have no access to a scanner), much less size it at the appropriate DPI size.

I eventually figured out how to convert from PDF to JPEG, after a mass-email to everyone I knew, but I can imagine that you might have been in a similar situation, and not known how to scale the map size.

Unfortunately, the map IS hard to read. From what I can see, I feel that the "Ice Fort" should be more than just a wall. Give us rooms, furniture, whatever.

Tough luck.

Thanks for the encouraging words Jason.

And good luck to you!

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I like your entry. I hadn't seen it in the voting but its got great mojo and deserves to be top 32.
It's an honor to be competing with you in the coming rounds.

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You know I never saw this in the voting. But I like it very much!
This gives rogues more love, much like my own entry. Sorta glad we're both helping out there.

Well met, and good luck in the competition Mark!

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@John Leclaire - Thanks for the kind remarks! Its an honor to compete with you as well.

@Jim Groves - Thanks for clarifying the meaning of 'word frugality' and 'tight mechanics'. I understand it better now. And thanks for the encouraging words!

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Amanda Hamon Kunz wrote:
Hello, James, and welcome to the Top 32!

Thanks for taking the time to offer your thoughtful feedback Amanda. I'll think more on these things as I design my monster. :^ )

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meloriel wrote:
Congrats on making the top 32! Great job, and best of luck in the next round!

Thanks Meloriel for thoughtful comments. Kind words lighten the heart and are most needed when we're striving. :^ )

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Neil Spicer wrote:
James! Welcome..to the Top 32!

Thanks very much Neil! I've been awaiting your feedback post. Its a dream come true being in this contest. I'll take all you've written to heart.

Regarding the reforming of the blade that so many have commented on. I deliberately left that part slightly deconstructed. Why? I like when GMs and players to use their imaginations.
Not everything needs a mechanic explaining everything that happens. Giving people a dilemma to solve is a core essence of game design. It creates drama and its part of what makes tabletop RPGs fun(!).

So in most cases for this weapon a piece snaps off and the blade re-forms by next round. In the meantime the wielder is still armed, albeit with a broken weapon, which he or she can still use for extra attacks or attacks of opportunity. Penalties apply yes, but we’re still in the fight.

So let’s say the blade is broken off in a monster's belly and now he's got some problems to deal with. But there’s other threats buzzing around and the PC wants to be totally blade ready with no time to waste.

What’s the PC going to do?

That’s a dilemma to solve.

I gave a couple suggestions (container of water, spill on the floor) just to get the imagination going, but there are so many situations we couldn’t name them all. How about a potion? How about a puddle of blood? Could a party member fling holy water at you to reform the blade? What would any of these ideas look like? How would they play out? These kind of gameplay solutions make this kind of gaming like no other. Its not just about dice roles, character design and game mechanics. Its about using our creativity to tell an exciting story we make up together in this shared imagination game called Pathfinder.

This is what we must keep in mind designing not just interesting magic items but maps, encounters and story lines too.

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Garrett Guillotte wrote:
Congratulations to everyone! Lots and lots of familiar names and faces this year.

Good grief Sir! How do you keep track of all that?

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Okay. I'm on it.

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Mark this weapon is so cool I'm recommending it to a player of mine who loves hammers. Great work here!

Also, since I'm in the market for a new car if I end up getting one in black I will call it Ebon Fury!!

I look forward to competing with you in future rounds.

JWT

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Well met Frank. I am interested in seeing your map in Round 2. :^ )

Brigg, your haikus are making you famous!
Thanks for the kind attention. :^ )

Ben, thanks man.

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I think this is one of the best RPGSS wondrous items I've ever seen Kalyna. Great imaginative mojo and very astute design. Well done!
I'm honored to compete with you in future rounds.

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Victoria Jaczko wrote:
Welcome to the Top 32, James!

Thank you very much Victoria for your asute and erudite observations. This blade is one of my proudest achievements and I am very excited to be in this competition!

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Brian J. Fruzen wrote:
  • Are creatures immune to cold immune to the staggered inflicted by the item?
  • Nice job incorporating skill use and fire damage as a way to remove the shard. Does removing or melting the shard end the effect of the cold though? “…five rounds before the shard melts” seems to indicate this, but rewording could make it clearer.
  • Thank you for your helpful comments Brian!

    Yes I agree having cold resistance or immunity would cause such a creature to laugh the critical hit effect to scorn. And yes, once the rounds or over or the shard eliminated the damage and staggard condition ends. Should make that more clear.

    Thanks again! Its great to be aboard!

    Back to the maps!

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    Jester David wrote:
    Simple but different. And creepy. Bonus points for the creep factor.

    Yes. Creepy items are great. They can be done well or badly, but I like them. Some have commented in the past that they are reason for disqualification. Total nonsense.

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    Oceanshieldwolf wrote:

    Well done James.

    Simple yet evocative item with a little extra spice to help you with thematically linked foes.

    I'm a little unsure just what constitutes a "spill" on the floor, nor why it has to be on the floor and not say a wall (waterfall? showerstall? available cool geyser?), and I'm a little concerned that you should have "available" rather than "ambient" moisture in the air - what if you are on an elemental plane of fire or similarly dry environment? But other than that, other folks seems to have picked up any real issues...

    Just watch the polish on entries moving forward. ;P

    Thanks OSW. Guess I should have included the words "such as" when describing ways to instantly reform the blade. That was the intent.

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    Daron I really like this shield. If I had seen it in the voting I would have given it an up. Designing an interesting bit of "armor" without it being dull or over the top is not an easy thing. You totally killed this one!

    Congratulations! It will be an honor competing with you in Round 2.

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    Russ Brown wrote:

    Congrats on making the Top 32!

    I never saw this item during voting but I really like it and it would probably have gotten mostly upvotes from me. Hmm, maybe I am just baised and have a fondess for ice swords! J/K, good job.

    Ah Russ, thanks for the kind words.

    It may interest you to know I actually came up with this weapon idea several years ago, giving it to my nephew in an adventure I was running. When this year's contest came around I asked him and my other gamer friends to give me examples of cool items I gave out in the past and he showed me this one. I really like it so I jazzed it up a bit to make it more "Superstar!" and there you have it.

    I did a quick search of the messageboards for "ice" and "sword" to see if anyone else had a similar idea. I was concerned when I saw your entry from last year that some might think I captured your mojo. From the look of it Russ your mojo is fully intact. :^ )

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    You know I really like this item. I look forward to competing with you. :^ )

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    Liz, this weapon provides some needed pole arm love, which attracted me to it from the start.

    You gave a good core power to it and livened it up with some great lion mojo. Well done!

    It is an honor to compete with you in Round 2.

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    Yeah, this was a good one. Well done Kim and a pleasure to compete with you in Round 2!
    :^ )

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    I liked the imagery on this.

    Good luck to you!

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    I really liked your item. I'm pleased to see it make it to Top 32.
    Good luck to you!

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    Jacob W. Michaels wrote:

    Congrats, James.

    I upvoted this sometimes, but not always. My big concern was how does it handle multiple attacks? If I roll a crit with my first attack -- thus breaking off the shard -- do I lose my iterative attacks? (Part of me thinks "no" since it was just a shard that broke off but then you wrote that a fresh blade reforms a round later, leaving me unsure how it would be adjudicated.)

    Thanks for your comments Jacob. I like your messageboard posts, btw.

    It always seemed to me obvious that the weapon would have the broken condition until the blade reformed. If there was water available, a swift action could reform it and multiple attacks could continue. :^ )

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    I'm ready for this!

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    Marc Radle wrote:

    Looks like the first wave of Southlands packages has been shipped out!!!

    In addition, the Southlands Bestiary PDF has gone to backers.

    Click below to find out more and check out some sample pages!

    Southlands Bestiary PDF

    We missed one for the Bestiary: Giant Sea Scorpion

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    Any other "Ecologies" coming up? :^ )

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    terraleon wrote:
    minoritarian wrote:
    Oh! I have Pirates of the Western Ocean, I didn't realise there was a Journeys to the West book too, and I'll definitely pick up Bosun's Booty.

    Journeys to the West is about the Western Ocean, on the west side of the Southlands, and perhaps a bit north of it, but it's a big space and we didn't place a number of those islands on the map on purpose (because they're supposed to wander around), but it's got adventures you can play with as well, and more pirate crews, islands, etc.

    -Ben.

    You bet! For example Curse of Mata Api is a great 2nd level Midgard adventure on a forbidden island in the Western Ocean.

    Huzzah!

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    Somebody tell me what's going on. My content blocker (McAfee) is preventing me from viewing the RPG Superstar winner's circle!

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    Timitius wrote:

    I think people need to keep in mind that Morgsn is doing this all SOLO. That is a HUGE task, if done alone. Consider that for Wayfinder, I have an assistant editor, two layout persons, a dozen volunteer editors and proofreaders, and a roster of 30-40 volunteer artists. And one issue takes us 6 months to produce in our spare times.

    I would encourage any future efforts to be community efforts. I speak from experience here. ;-)

    I concurr.

    OSW, you could assemble a great team to make this project work. Call it Oceanshieldwolf's 11. :^ )

    Seriously, we can do so much more together than we could separately. We learned that through Open Design. There's enough interested talent available who love Midgard and desire to create quality fan material. Just ask and see.

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    silverhair2008 wrote:
    What playlist? How do I find the songs you set aside. I put Southlands into the search and find a lot of mixed up music.

    Sorry you're having trouble. Try using the link above. It contains about 12 pieces from various artists. Otherwise, you should be able to find the playlist by looking in SPOTIFY under "Southlands" and my name.

    Please let me know if you find it.

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    silverhair2008 wrote:
    I used the link but can find no playlist. I had to open an account.

    @Silverhair2008 - The playlist is on Spotify, so yes, in order to listen you have to open an account. But the accounts are free and unobtrusive. I hope that didn't cause you any trouble.

    Were you able to listen to the playlist?

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    I've compiled a list of gaming music for Southlands. Check it out!

    Southlands Playlist!

    Let me know what you think. If it's well received, I'll add more.

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    Charles Carrier wrote:

    I totally agree with Tower of the Lonely GM: "Small Treasures" is a wonderful addition to the game. It definitely falls into the “why didn’t anybody do this before” category.

    Overall, “Alleys of Zobeck” put me in mind of the old Judges Guild products. (Judges Guild was, I think, the first non-TSR company to produce supplements for D&D.) Their “Ready Ref Sheets” booklet was also an eclectic mix of interesting and useful stuff, which I still occasionally use even today (most recently, about two weeks ago). May Alleys of Zobeck have an equally long and useful life!

    I too remember the cool lists from JG Charles. It may interest you to know I was channeling JG when I was designing "Small Treausres". Thanks for your accolades!

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    Want some interesting urban NPCs and encounter supplements for a great bargain? Snatch up Alleys of Zobeck, a great value for less than $3.

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    Wolfgang Baur wrote:

    Bestiary PDF is.... Well, it gorgeous. And the development work by Jason Nelson of Legendary Games really helps these monsters shine, as well.

    From what I heard at Gen Con, some of these monsters will appear in the upcoming Legendary Planet adventure path, at least in installments by Legendary Games designer Mike Shel.

    Yes the Bestiary is grogeous: both the layout and the art! The Azza Gremlin I designed for it looks EXACTLY as I imagined.

    I must find the artist and thank him. :^ )

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    Marc Radle wrote:
    That's great to hear! We worked extremely hard to make sure the visuals (art, maps and overall graphic design) in this book, and the Bestiary for that matter, are super, extra, awesome!

    Lovely, Marc. I was pleased my Azza Gremin was accepted into the Bestiary. I can't wait to see the art for it!

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    This needs to be available on Hero Lab of course. :^ )

    I voted. Did YOU?

    Grippli should be detailed!

    I'd be happy to contribute as well!

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    You need maps? How many?

    I know a guy...

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