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RPG Superstar 6 Season Marathon Voter, 7 Season Marathon Voter, 8 Season Marathon Voter, 9 Season Marathon Voter. Pathfinder Society Member. 9,141 posts (10,853 including aliases). 10 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 14 aliases.


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You're a monster, Brigg. A monster.

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=^0

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jason Dandy wrote:
Nazard wrote:

The year of the filigree meme, my backup item had been actual magical filigree. It was a net of magical filigree that could be applied/overlaid on a holy symbol and done neat stuff.

Probably best I left that one in the drawer.

To see filigree on items these days means either the designer never checked out the past advice/critique threads, or else was gutsy enough to put out an item that was guaranteed to get a bit of heckling from the peanut gallery.

yeah, it's just disappointing (and again, i didn't go the filigree route myself) that a valid descriptive word results in downvotes independent of the quality of the submission, all because it's become an "inside joke" for the votingest voters in voteworld. yet those same folks believe they are voting for the best items. :/

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.

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Two more slots left in my personal Top 32. I'm willing to bet that at least half my choices won't be in the actual Top 32. In fact, there might be at least one or two items there that will make me do the Vader "NOOOOOOOOOO!!!" But we'll burn that bridge when we come to it.

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GM_Solspiral wrote:
I'm going to say it... one of my favorite items has filigree

I've upvoted filigree items many times. One overused/sometimes misused visual element isn't a dealbreaker. It just means that your item will be teased mercilessly, even if it is Top 32 material.

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Some of my votes are coming down to the question of: Which one of these items isn't making me take extra notes and do extra math just to make it work?

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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.

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Do you want snarks? Because this is how you get snarks.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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*

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Item that makes the game more fun to play vs. item that makes the game "easier to win."

Guess which one got my vote?

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Please...

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Dieben wrote:
Jeff Lee wrote:
I'm noting certain trigger words. Rather than causing me distress, they instead send me spiraling into a reverie about pop culture references and it takes time and effort to recover and get back on topic. For example, there are items out there that keep making me think of this guy.
This show, I must watch this.

The Venture Bros.? Yes, I highly recommend it.

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Mike Franke wrote:
Jeff Lee wrote:
Thunderfrog wrote:


I wonder if the authors of magical booze items dedicated to a party god stop to consider if anyone else has ever bothered with that same low hanging fruit.
Likely not. That's the thing with themed items, it's like one of those word association games. People think of a deity, or country, or organization, and choose the first thing that pops into their heads when they think of that theme. Of course, so does most everyone else. Part of designing something original is to step outside the norm and go beyond what's typically expected. Explore the design space. Usually there's something waiting there beyond the stereotypes and standard expectations.
Cayden Calaen's cloak of sobriety and chastity !!!

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.

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Thomas LeBlanc wrote:

Why are they not in any order? WHY???

Please! Alphabetical, by judge round, by height, anything!

Psst! Your OCD is showing...

*waves* Hello, judges!

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No NPC rogue will ever be able to use Sleight of Hand to take my best magic item ever again...EVER, do you hear me?!

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Still wondering what's with all the items that act like mood rings.

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Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
Lucky Pips wrote:

Please raise your right hand and repeat after me:

"I do solemnly swear that before submitting my next RPG Superstar entry, I will take 10 seconds to open the rules for Detect Magic and see what my item's aura power should be. I also do swear to mercilessly downvote any item whose designer could not be bothered to take those 10 seconds to check such a simple aspect of item creation."

I haven't been paying much attention to the aura strength this round. Mostly looking at construction requirements.

Hmm, i wonder if listing the wrong aura strength is DQ worthy, after all having the wrong aura means your "Submission does not conform to the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game" = DQ...

Thomas, here. Eat a Snickers...

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Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
Starting the day off with an item over word count, submitting at 300 words is just dangerous!

Thomas LeBlanc

Male human inquisitor 10 (Disqualification Inquisition)

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What Monica said. Basically, you just have to stop treating it like a contest, and start treating it like a job. ;-)

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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!"

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If two certain items with misspellings end up paired together, my head may explode.

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That's *twitch* not how *twitch* it's spelled. *twitchtwitchtwitch*

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I keep voting up one particular joke item. I should feel bad, but I don't. I really like it, and I'm stealing it for my next annoyingly eccentric character.

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Kobold Cleaver wrote:
Aaron Miller 335 wrote:
Belabras wrote:
I don't know how you guys can keep up with the non-stop snark. I tip my hat to you.
Thats not a hat thats a boot!
FOR THE LAST TIME, IT'S NOT AN ACTUAL BOOT

BOOT TO THE HEAD!

Oh, sorry. Wrong season.

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Oochie-koochie-coo?

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I wish these items would stop wanting to maim me just to get me to use their powers. If I'm doing that, I'll go big and start out on a quest for the Head of Vecna.

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Wow. That item takes murderhoboing to a whole new level.

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Ridiculously transparent recreation of an item from a movie or TV show/blatant copyright infringement. *checks bingo card*

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I'm wondering where people get the idea that listing material components or weird necessities in the construction requirements is necessary or even worthwhile. Class and level requirements, sure, but some of these get awfully specific.

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I recall contestants trying to follow themes in the past without much success. Besides, it's not going to help limiting your creativity to one single theme. Showcasing the breadth of your imagination and talent is part of the contest.

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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.

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Who run Bartertown? Master Blaster runs Bartertown.

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Wondrous. By all the lords of the infinite Abyss, the word is wondrous, not "wonderous."

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Had to upvote an inferior item that follows the rules over one that will be disqualified for not doing so. I don't like that.

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Why do all these items keep trying to put things inside me? I'm uncomfortable.

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Why are all these powerful weapons so poorly maintained? Any fighter worth his class levels would be appalled.

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"It is by will alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the juice of sapho that thoughts acquire speed, the lips acquire stains, the stains become a warning. It is by will alone I set my mind in motion."

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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!"

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Vrecknidj wrote:
Jeff Lee wrote:
On the third, it opens its beak and releases a swarm of flaming, vampiric tarantulas."
Note to self: a swarm of flaming, vampiric tarantulas would be freaking amazing!

Agreed, but they shouldn't be one of the powers of a music-themed magical canary construct.

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READ *headdesk* THE *headdesk* RULES *headdeskheaddeskheaddesk*

Okay, I'm done for today. Bye all.

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That's not a recognized damage type...

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Your frenetic flurry of abundant alliteration is definitely disturbing but leaves your literal legacy ultimately unharmed.

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Item made of something gross. *marks bingo card*

Item uses the phrase "then the item's true powers are revealed," or some variation thereof. *marks bingo card*

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Filigree. *marks bingo card*

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