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My only major snark at this point is that some of the items on my personal Top 32 were cut in the final cull, leaving me to reevaluate my list. That, and certain items are still in it which leave me scratching my head, but I suppose there's no accounting for taste. It's definitely going to be an interesting final run. Looking forward to tomorrow's results.
It's okay. I often pine for the good old days, where there were no solid crafting rules, and you just had to have the DM give you a list of archaic ingredients to hunt down--usually hacked off parts off of monsters you killed or weird things found in extremely distand and dangerous places--and combining them in a long, drawn-out, and typically infuriating ritualistic fashion before losing XP to gain your item.
Just remember, people, your item isn't necessarily bad just because it was taken out in a cull. I'm having to revise my personal Top 32 list because items I thought were worthy to advance were culled. Public opinion can be fickle.
Utilize the Critique Your Item thread, and those who are willing to give you honest feedback. Learn from your mistakes, learn from the mistakes of others, and pay attention to what people think makes a winner. Come back stronger next year.
Jason Dandy wrote:
Who said they're being downvoted for the word "filigree?" I certainly didn't. I just snark about it because after you read some words time and time again, over and over, they cease to have any meaning. Just because a person snarks about an item, it doesn't follow that they're never voting for the item. I, and most voters, I'd like to think, vote for the better of each pair, whether or not they have to groan over an overused word or turn of phrase, such as "this item is prized by...".
Also, I don't believe I'm voting for the best items. Hopefully no one believes that. What you should be confident in is that you're voting for the best item out of a pair. Every time. That's what makes the system work. Sometimes I may be voting between two of the worst items in the contest, but the better of the two always gets the vote, whether or not it has filigree on it.
For those of you feeling disappointment and frustration, I can empathize.
This competition has been going on for 9 seasons now. I've entered all but one. I've never made it to the Top 32. I'm bitter about it every year. Every single one. In the years since the public voting on items started, there have been items in the Top 32 that I've looked at askance, not seeing what the judges saw in them. Some of those designers went on to do some really good stuff in later rounds, so I'll stick with the judges' take on them.
I was chosen as an alternate in 2013, which was probably the worst year of all, as I was literally one bad case of stomach flu or car accident away from being in the competition, which really would not be how I'd like to get in. Worse yet, one of the judges messaged me to praise the archetype I'd submitted for round 2, saying that they saw a lot of potential. Then I was actively wishing for someone to get the stomach flu, and I'm not proud of that.
My point is that it is natural to feel bad about it. You may even want to rail at the system or ponder the "unfair advantages" some entrants have. (Which they don't. A few people workshopping items together isn't going to be able to skew voting with the system that's in place.) However, what you do after this is entirely up to you. You can continue to be bitter or you can be professional about it. Ask for criticism on your item at the appropriate time. Plenty of people on the boards will happily comply, including some of the judges. Take what they say into consideration. If you're too attached to your item as it is, and can't allow yourself to find fault in it, then you need to step back and detach yourself. It's not your baby. It's a piece of game design, in which there is always room for improvement in some way or another. Pay attention to what people praise about the winners, as well as what they dislike about them. Learn from your mistakes. Learn from the successes and missteps of others. Come back stronger next season.
Your item didn't make it. If you let that be the sum of what you take away from this experience, then you're missing out on a lot of potential growth as a designer and, I think, as a person.
The Raven Black wrote:
This is the snark thread. I'll snark on your snark if I snarking well want to. That's what you get for posting unacceptable snark before I've had my coffee. Snark.
Eric Morton wrote:
Soooo many items this year could have been salvaged if their visuals weren't so derpy looking. Why can't your item let me do the coolest mechanical thing in the history of the game without covering me in purple polka dots and surrounding me in an aura of continuous circus clown music?
*jots down notes for polka-dotted circus apparatus*
The Venture Bros.? Yes, I highly recommend it.
Mike Franke wrote:
I'm guessing that one won't win over many voters...
Seriously though, most times there's an item devoted to Cayden Cailean, it's a mug or has something to do with alcohol. Why is there never a magical version of his favored weapon? What about items that focus on his love of freedom, or accepting challenges, or bravery? It's like people take one look at his name and say "Oh! God of booze!" and that's that.
Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
Thomas, here. Eat a Snickers...
You would think with all the jokes about it, the filigree would stop. But no. Everything is still covered in filigree. When it's not filigree, it's runes. When it's not runes, it's the blood of an orphan.
I'm going to make a cursed item where anything it touches is infected and begins growing filigree on any available surface, including people.
"Someone cast remove curse, quickly! She's caught the filigree!"
Nickolas Floyd wrote:
No. I'm sorry. That animal cannot "blink." It does not have eyelids. It is still a close call with the item it is paired with.
Two things I always keep in mind when I write: 1) Write what you know. 2) Never assume you know what you know, or rather that what you know is correct. Cursory research as a refresher is never wrong, even about basic things.
After reading that item, I'm remembering a past campaign which featured a pansexual male bard and a very brash, irreverent, but solidly heterosexual male fighter that he had a crush on. I can very vividly picture the bard attempting to use that item to the fighter's benefit, only to have the fighter screaming "No! No! By Urgathoa's nethers, just let me die!"