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RPG Superstar 2012 Top 8 aka Ottovar

Can't wait to see the new Archetypes! I'm gonna enjoy relaxing in my armchair drinking my Cheerwine and reading your submissions!...

Luck to all of you.

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 8

Grapple Monk or Barb with chokehold feat (UC) plus silence cast on her.

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.... and back to the OP....

General Rule-o-thumb...

Two Weapon Fighting (and monk flurry) only works well if you have a full attack action or have a way to overcome a huge hit on your damage output, such as Pounce ability, when moving up then getting a single attack. If you have no way of moving and full-attacking, or if you have to activate magic items before becoming the uber-slashing dervish, or really..., if you dont have a way to get to Pounce. Then Two Handed Weapon is the way to go for maximum DPS.

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sorry all, Fortification, technically, has nothing to do with armor or even matter, it is a magical force...

This suit of armor or shield produces a magical force that protects vital areas of the wearer more effectively. When a critical hit or sneak attack is scored on the wearer, there is a chance that the critical hit or sneak attack is negated and damage is instead rolled normally.

So, RAW actually applies here.

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if there were 5 feet of separation from each AoE, a creature moving between both of them would be required to make a save in each AoE... there is no difference between that scenario and a scenario where both effects share an overlapping border. There is no zone of extra-entangly area where the effects overlap, just another save.

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Channeling is an supernatural ability that has no "component" beyond a focus. Technically channeling cannot be perceived other than by the effect that it creates. Variant Channeling effects (UM pages 28-31) however may have sensory effects (such as darkness, sun and weather).

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Okay, so what I am reading is that TP effects such as DD, Teleport and Plane Shift cannot work because conjuration-transportation must be to a surface capable of supporting it...

What about the Astral plane? Can you plane shift to the astral plane? Which is odd since the astral plane is the medium through which conjuration transportation uses to get from point A to point B.

How about the Plane of Air?

Just to be ornery, what about the Plane of Water (as it is a "sea without floor or surface"). Which further implies you cannot dimension door into water.

If my shadowy dancer or monk uses his/her ability to dimension door down a hallway and onto an illusory floor or pit trap, will the spell fail?

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One word. Illusion, illusion, illusion... from the old days to now, illusions force the DM to react to unexpected events,and "force" the players to pay attention to the DM (story, stragic info, tactical info, background and cultural bias, etc). Mosts DMs worth their salt encourage that level of gameplay because it tells her/him that the players are fully engaged in his/her game.

Running away from a group of baddies, find an intersection and cast ghost sound down the other hallways.

Throw a few 10 foot "pits" on the floor behind you.

turn a corner and cast ghost sound to make the sounds of a noisy ambush awaiting the creatures.

make a bag of food appear.

make a bag of coins appear.

Make a "celestial hound" guard the hallway...

then cast summon monster to create a real celestial hound (surprise!).

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Rock of Trapfinding - get a semi-spherical boulder weighing 40 pounds or so and roll it ahead of you (not approved for sneaky-sneaky parties).

Vial of stabilization - hold a test-tube sized vial of cure lt. wounds in the mouth... then chomp down on the vial doing 1-2 hp dmg. but healing 1d8. Works for bleeding effects too.

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I would say go with what you want your character to hunt... When I DM, and someone wants to bring in an Ooze-bane ranger (for example, haven't seen this one yet), I'll try to throw an ooze at the party every couple of sessions. Then, I might drop some hints that Juiblex's minions are in the area looking for some payback.. etc... same goes for Billy the Exterminator or Chancie the Gardener...

RP it up!

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If I were able to compete again I would gladly welcome Mr. Dancey's opinions on my submissions. It is not every day that you can have one of the godfathers of the OGL movement critique your work... hey, I guess that makes him the OGL-father (cue Sicilian violas)!

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Design an NPC class.

Design/stat a witch's "Patron" not already developed.

Design a set of encounters based off the previous years winning RPGSS submission that can be used as a supplement (Congrats to Mike for Doom Comes to Dustpawn!).

Design a cursed item.

(And to grab ahold of Wild Gazebo's suggestion above)... Create a rival pantheon that travels to Golarian to take over!

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Good Job, Mike!

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Good luck guys... give'em whatfor!

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Congo Rats to the Top 4! I voted for each one of you! (Wait a minute... doh!) just kidding :) You guys deserve to be here... go forth and be awesome!

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Thanks everyone for your comments and advice!

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 8 aka Ottovar

Good luck everyone!

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Thanks for your vote and your well wishes!

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Hey all, thanks for your comments! I've already begun re-writing some of the sentences based on your good advice.

Witchbole Willow name... this name was chosen as the tie-in to Treerazer's prison, named Witchbole. The trees only spawned from the corrupted bones of the elves that fell in the wake of the massive stalking fortress.

Thornburst 1/week... thanks all for pointing this out... ouch!

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Heya Bob.. It's obvious that you put serious forethought into your monster and I wanted to vote for it, but I couldn't... why?

Well, I am a huge fan of all things HPL, and an icky ball of protoplasmic, unimaginable, vile, indefinable, undescribable, unnamable (yet named, always... terribly... named) horror was a shoe-in for me.

So you had me until the name. I know, I know, I must be one of those irrational people who needs to chill out or whatever, I'm just telling you that due to very personal losses to the disease, I could not get past the name.

IMO, the only thing that sells with cancer in the title is vaccines and diet books.

Just my two cents (or no sense). I am sure if you enter next year (barring a Mayan apocalypse or two) you will again be a contestant and I will, no doubt, vote for you.

Peace

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Thank you for your comments! I'll be happy to answer any questions once the polls close.

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I have two fingernails left! Luck to all.

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Congo rats to everyone!

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Heya Jacob, I enjoyed (and voted) for your (The) Unfettered. I never noticed the gun-noll, but if there is a picture there I could have seen it subliminally :)

Gnolls and leucrottas have always been all-time favorite monsters of mine, so an org "ranging" about in a wasteland with consfiscated guns struck a chord (although in my homebrew it would not be the gnoll riding the leucrotta)!

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 8 aka Ottovar

Thank you all for you support and thanks for the critiques. I hope to move to the next round but whatever the outcome, thanx all for your words and thoughtful advice.

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Thanks again for all your comments! I'll be happy to try and answer your comments and questions once round 2 closes!

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I was born and raised in Sacramento, CA, and just like the Credence song, I have actually been stuck in Lodi, which is about 45 minutes south. (Lodi's not that bad really, the locals are nice).

I started playing the "Elf" class in Basic in the classroom of my 7th grade English teacher. Then moved onto AD&D, Top Secret, Boot Hill, Gamma World, and Champions (insert trademark symbol after each).

I used to know my THAC0 (to hit armor class zero), now I can barely spell it :).

I have been lucky to game with some of the best players in the game, and had that one in million DM who was born with a set of polyhedral dice in his hands.

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Thanks all for your comments and please vote for my Org!... I'll be happy to answer any questions once the polls close!

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I really like the utility of this item... Congrats Eric

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This item has broad appeal for all PCs. Kudos David.

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I really like this item ... congrats Jacob!

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These gloves definately have flavor. Congrats!

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Congrats Steve.. this is a great item.

This Vardo's rockin'

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Congo rats Benjamin!

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Oh my Gosh! That was great!

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Give 'em heck!

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Thanks all, I really appreciate the comments! After reading some of the other items in my copious spare time I'm convinced that I will have to really buckle down to be competitive.

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Hey Congrats once again to all here (and to all who have gone before!) This is my second year entering and both times a little voice (in Aklo) kept reminding me of how sharp the community here is and who was I to submit an item?

Luckily, I have no ranks in Linguistics...

And I played an Elf.... When it was a class :)

Cheers

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Thank you all for your comments... I expect you all to continue to tell me how you really feel in future rounds :)

For costing, I was concerned that the effects of the Mantle were potentially a "game-changer" and priced it accordingly.

Although not specifically designed as hero-centric or villain-centric, I did have a concern that it may appear as more of an adventure prop for a BBEG.. The mind creates, the fingers type, and what comes out sometimes loses a bit in the translation.

Again, thanks for the critiques and keep them coming!

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Congrats and a huge Thank You to the judges, staff, and especially the awesome community here!

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This is my second year entering. Last year was a blast, following the contest and voting for my favorites. This year will be even better!

Let me raise my tankard of mosca querva and salute each of you.

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 8 aka Ottovar

Ninjas are so 4711.... Now pirates... thems are this years minions-of-choice... Argh.

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Submitted my Item (maybe today, maybe last Tuesday, maybe before that)... I've stocked up with three weeks worth of pop-tarts (tm) and Zena Warrior Princess videos, waiting for the results.

What a rush!

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martinaj wrote:
Noteleks wrote:
Come now you say maybe next year but there is no time like the present. So why procrastinate, enter today. I mean Clark even came back to be a judge this year what more can you ask.
Mostly because I feel like my proficiency in design has yet to mature to the appropriate level. My forte has always been character development and world-building, so I'm going to just sit back and watch this year, take some notes, and see what I can learn about rules design and balance.

Submit! Should the Mayan Prophecies be true, this will be the last Superstar anyway... [/JINX]

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Vrock of Sages
"Still Rollin"

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Excellent Job all, most impressive... Now, if only they had taken photographs of Paizo employees to use as the inspiration for the villains... Muahahhahaa

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Tech Support saves the day! Anyone have flashbacks to a Tom Cruise movie?

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Hey, I'm new here.. is there some kind of contest going on?

I kid....

Actually, I'm sleeping like a baby right now, just sleep typing.. Shhhhhh

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Who knew that you couldn't register with the dwarven equivalent of your real name?

<shrug>

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gbonehead wrote:
Neil Spicer wrote:
Kenneth.T.Cole wrote:
I agree. And, there is even a chance they wouldn't give that honest of a comment. They might just say..."reject"!

Some of the judges' comments go exactly like that.

Not mine, mind you. I have this tendency to spend 5,000 words per post. But, even on a few of them, some other judge got there before me. I'd read their assessment and just say, "Agreed. Vote to Reject." And then push the Reject button for us. In fact, I daresay I was the primary button-pusher this year. If you went to the Keep or Reject pile, odds are I pressed the shiny, red button that put you there. Okay. It's not really a shiny, red button...

...but it could be...

Hey, wait a minute!

Are the keep and reject buttons real close together? Did you look really carefully before you pressed the button?? I demand a recount!!!

** spoiler omitted **

I believe they are labeled Tea or Cake or Death

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