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RPG Superstar 8 Season Dedicated Voter, 9 Season Marathon Voter. 2,996 posts (3,164 including aliases). No reviews. 1 list. 1 wishlist. 7 aliases.


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Neil Spicer wrote:
Maurice de Mare wrote:
What? No new theories :-)
The reason for the delay is that Wizards bought out Paizo and the first twist in RPG Superstar is that the contestants must now all submit revised versions of their items in 5th Edition rules. ^_^

I could rise to that challenge.

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OhGodTheRats wrote:
Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
There is, and the short version is we were trying to fix the problem, and we're just not going to be able to in anything like a timely manner. The announcement has been pushed to tomorrow, with our sincere apologies.
I'll ask the obvious question the chat crew was worried about: Does this mean the Deadline for Round 2 will be pushed back 24 hours as well?

Per the blog post, it won't be pushed back.

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Jeff Hazuka wrote:
OhGodTheRats wrote:
Well...people did say all 223 remaining contestants should already be working hard on their map.
Here's the twist! The Top 32+4 aren't chosen until after Round 2!

Next year's open call will be the map round!

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I'm also willing to trade my Keep List. I've already sent it out to people that have asked. PM me yours if you want to see mine.

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I would welcome some communication on this from the staff.

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Jeff Hazuka wrote:

Man, I keep telling myself "I'm not that invested," but I certainly unconsciously held my breath when I took a look at the homepage.

#SOON

I did the same thing. But it might not go up until 12:20 and I can't hold my breath that long.

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Brigg wrote:
I wonder if Paizo's website tech wizards are ready for the massive influx of site traffic that will occur in about half an hour....

It's been two weeks since the site went down when voting first opened but we've not been idle. We've prepared for this! We can do it! *cut off by titanic influx of people f5'ing* [/Erin Jaeger]

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R D Ramsey wrote:
How many people do you think will be previous Top 32? I'm guessing 3.

Previous Top 32-Top16, or just Top 32? Either way, I'm going with 5.

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Monica Marlowe wrote:

Mere hours before the reveal and almost everyone's wondering if they will be the Season 9 RPG Superstar.

Way over in Seattle, Wa some of the Paizo people already know and they're quickly getting all the judges reviews together so when 12pm PST rolls around they can post the results of the voting, sometimes it even happens without mishap. And then the site will crash. Then people will be left wondering who the Top 32 +4 are until about 5pm PST. So, if you come back at the appropriate time and there are only goblins here, be patient, it's an RPG Superstar tradition for us to crash Paizo's servers.

If someone *does* load in before the crash, would you kindly update the Items Seen List?

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Even Number: 4

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Metal: Quicksilver

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Verb: Seduce

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Someone did make a Final Standings column which I've hidden for now. Not sure we should call out the culled items like that with respect to the creators, but I'm behind updating it for the Top 32+4 and 100.

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Congrats to our Champion voters, and thanks to everyone that did vote!

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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:

Bell vs. lantern

Lion vs. lion

Edit: Xill vs. spider

It's a lion eat lion world out there.

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Make sacrifices at the altar of Seifter.

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Feros wrote:
Just passed 4000 votes. Less than a Marathon to go...

AKA a minimum of 16 hours and 40 minutes. Godspeed Feros, if you are going for it.

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I think you are still not understanding the system. I'll look up the post that explains it, unless someone has a link handy.

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That's not how the system works, it constructs beat paths. It doesn't just count the pure amount of upvotes.

Be sure to check in for the Critique My Item thread to get feedback, it'll probably go live a few days after the Top 32 reveal.


True, but the Paladin/Ranger don't do it all day every round.

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Cort Odekirk wrote:
Yup, we figured we'd better fix this before the whole "Cult of the 9" thing got too much traction. :)

So...you won't swap my "Marathon Voter Season 9" tag for "Marathon Cultist of the 9"? Even if I ask nicely?


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Jiggy wrote:
Petty Alchemy wrote:
Spell Combat seems too much compared to EK.
Don't compare to EK, as the 5E EK is built to be just barely dabbling in magic because he still gets all the other fighter class features. Compare to ranger and paladin, who are the 5E benchmark of the fighter/caster.

I think it's still an apt comparison for action economy. The Fighter has to give up his extra attacks if he wants to cantrip. Extra Attacks beyond 2 is his main feature, along with Action Surge (and Second Wind is kinda there too). The rest is spells if you're an EK.

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Don't forget we'll probably find out what the Top 100 are, so even if there isn't a cull there'll be one more step of feedback (besides to the advancing contestants).

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First Glance:
Are there formatting errors that immediately stand out? That item loses a lot of goodwill, because to me it means the designer didn't put the time in to get it right. You want to put your best foot forward, so there shouldn't be any major problems in the 300 or less words you submit. Preview how your item looks with a similar item in an adjacent window.

First Impression:
The name of the item.
This is huge! I see the name of your item at least twice, once in bold! This is your chance to draw me, the voter, to your item! The hook! Does the name pull me in immediately? Is it plain? Or is it trite? What do I expect the item to do based on the name, and does the item deliver on those expectations (note: if your item has a plain name but delivers exceptionally or defies expectation in a good way, that's great! But having a great name would be better still).
Last year I made a topic entirely for critiquing item names. I may do so again.

The Crunch:
Is it solid? Is it fresh? Is it exciting? Just being solid isn't enough, this needs to be a highlight of the book rather than a filler item. Is the pricing more-or-less right?

The Fluff:
Does it get in the way of the mechanics, or drown them out? Is it used to explain effects that require solid in-game definitions? Is there more than necessary?

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Playtests for the encounters? What does this mean for the new peoples?

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Jacob W. Michaels wrote:

Also, for people who are upset (which I completely understand; I was crushed especially in 2013 when I didn't make the Top 32), I really urge you to remember that Superstar isn't the only avenue into game design.

I really like contests even today as an easy way to get your foot in the door (it doesn't matter who you know, it's all based on the quality of your work). That's how I got my module published and it's how I've since gotten regular work with Raging Swan.

Happily, Mikko and I are running a contest right now that can get you published (and getting published leads to getting published more!). If you want to be a game designer, enter. You can make MONEY (but not a lot of it from this contest)! You can get your work PUBLISHED! You can gain FAME*! MEN and/or WOMEN will fawn over you*! Donald Trump will pick YOU as his running mate*!

Seriously, if you entered this Superstar competition, you probably want to be a game designer at least to some degree. If you want to be a game designer, there's no reason to treat it as your one shot at the prize when you have so many OTHER chances to do so.

* OK, these claims may NOT actually be true. But it's possible they could be, right?

I was going to submit a pitch but if that means Donald Trump might pick me as his running mate...

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I've lost my Season 8 tag it seems.

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I'm sure the snark thread does exert some influence, but perhaps not as much as one might fear. I've never had a problem with blood items for example, and I haven't let the snark thread get to me on that.

Regarding workshopped items, I find that I set higher expectations for them than others (well, the ones I've workshopped obviously). Most of the time I workshopped without sending my item to the other designer. I think only 3 people have seen it (4 if Template Fu counts as a person).

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We can never confirm that everything that's left has been seen.


Spell Combat seems too much compared to EK. Attacking and casting Blade Ward each round is basically perma-rage.

Spellthief wants to TWF, but Spell Combat wants your bonus action.

Does the class have any ribbons? (I took a quick look at the class, so I may have missed them).

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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Garrett Guillotte wrote:

An item I threw in out of last year's reject pile has not yet been culled and has been seen today.

I'm seeing people I really like, who have never advanced and whose items I've seen and know are better, say they think they've been culled based on their items' last-seen date.

If I advance, I can't participate.

I'm not real happy with the voters or this contest right now.

I've also seen items I really liked be culled. I'm not happy about it, but as of right now, we're still sitting at just over 300 seen. That 300+ still has to be pared down to only 32 and 2 (4?) alternates... so a lot more items we like are gonna be excised. That's just the nature of the beast. I'm not gonna think about table flipping until after Round 1's results are officially posted.

I know that you already know this, and you're just blowing off a bit of pressure. So why am I replying? I dunno, just felt like I should.

As for your "rejected" item making it, I think we can often be blind to the quality of our own work. Instead of your reject item somehow bamboozling it's way past hundreds of voters, I hope you would consider that it is more likely the voters are seeing a spark of brilliance in the item and real talent in the creator (you). :)

I was going to make a "That's not fair to the voters or the contest" post but I think Slaad is right, and that's just letting off steam. So I scrapped my post.

Instead here's a link to Wikipedia that may relate to how you feel about your "reject pile" entry. If it does make Top 32, I hope you stick with it.

Dedicated Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9

RoshVagari wrote:
Every time I see someone reference "workshopped," my inner intellectual property switch gets flipped. Depending on the level of input, a submitter may not necessarily be the sole author, which defeats the purpose of the contest, and potentially opens liability between the submitter and work shoppers.

Workshopping feedback (as I provide it) is basically a combination of the snark thread and the praise thread focused on the workshopped item.

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The Raven Black wrote:
Jeff Lee wrote:
The Raven Black wrote:
If the spell you mention in your description is not really well-known and you do not describe its effects, you'd better provide me with a link :-/
Or you could, you know, search for it yourself on the PRD. It's not hard, and providing links is not required by the rules.

Stop oppressing my snark ; -))

That said, it is good commercial practice to make life easier for your customers. And this is exactly what voters are.

I've mentioned before, I prefer no links to links. Books don't get to have links.

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Curtisin wrote:

Roar vs. Roar.

Roar wins.

Revenge of the Rawr.

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I get ad hoc exp for it!

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Zerri wrote:

Inb4 the party is still between levels 1-3 with loot of a level 8 party, when all the enemies and bosses from all the dungeons they have looted come after them in one big group.

Remember folks, You need to actually deal with the encounters to gain exp, stealing their clothes and running off doesn't quite cut it.

Stop oppressing my playstyle!

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Tothric wrote:

RPG Superstar has been an undercover attempt to master Time-Travel all along...

It's all culminating today!

I think you mean cull-minating.

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Looks like our voter tags have been updated. We've always voted in Season 9.

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Perhaps the cullmination of our voting efforts.

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Good thing I majored in Action Economics.


I'm glad DRRRx2 is live again.

Is there anything out there like Parasyte/Tokyo Ghoul?

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Oh no, he's talking to himself. I fear Dieben has gone off the deep end.

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Noun: Nozzle

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Just PM the person your request directly, guys.

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I've got 20 items that I liked enough to write down, and that's longer than my keep list from last year.

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It's up to date. We can never guarantee it is complete, however.

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I just imagined it to be a very small Earthbreaker.

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I wonder if the Snarkspire will tower to 50 pages.

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Jason Rice wrote:
Tripp Elliott wrote:
Please, stop the bad puns, no moray!
I see what you did there. You did it on porpoise.

I notice a lot of these puns ebb and flow in a cycle.

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Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
Ah, that clarifies things, Neil was listed as a Round 5 Judge only. Did y'all bribe him with letting him publish his precursor adventure to Realm of the Fellnight Queen?

There aren't a *lot* of people who don't work in the Paizo offices I'd ask to be a judge for every round, but Neil is absolutely on that very short list. He's been a huge part of this contest and community every year, and I was thrilled when he agreed to the massive time commitment being a judge for the entire contest.

No bribery needed. :)

Oh? Tell us about his Judgernaut forum tag :P

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