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RPG Superstar 2013 Marathon Voter, 2014 Marathon Voter, 2015 Dedicated Voter. Pathfinder Society Member. 8,343 posts (9,906 including aliases). 10 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 14 aliases.


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The Exchange Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Dedicated Voter 2015 aka Shadowborn

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"This is the Thing of Exceptionally Hard Pointy Sharpness. It is crafted from velvet, because that's the most comfortable and optimal thing for it to be crafted from, no matter how much it clashes with its actual abilities."

The Exchange Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Dedicated Voter 2015 aka Shadowborn

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Psst...that item you made. I know what the base item is called, but despite what it says in the name, it's not really one of those. It's actually more like a pick and...ah, you'll figure it out.

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[b ]Item[ /b] wins!

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David S. McCrae wrote:
Jeff Lee wrote:

The Ring of Unscathed Passage

Aura strong evocation and divination; CL 17th
Slot ring; Price 22,000 gp; Weight -
Description
Lo, in bygone days did the mighty archmage Vertiginzeterax the Soulbinder find himself sorely vexed by trials that begat sleepless nights and wore at his unmatched mind. To find an end to these woes, he bent his considerable will to the manufacture of an item to combat his nightly demons. He spent long hours in consultation with the Imperious Sister Vinegarous Strinkladolmanatz, the High Priestess of the Ochre God, Callumnippurpentagrog, his adventuring companion in bygon days. She counseled him and likewise poured the power of her mighty deity into the vessel Vertiginzeterax devised. For days the two labored with little rest, until finally the task was done. The weary but grateful Vertinginzeterax thanked the High Priestess and returned to his lonely tower on the high cliffs above the Sea of Ennui, confident in the power of his new ring, and nevermore were his nights disturbed by troubling events.

This platinum band is liberally coated in gold filigree and set with a massive blue diamond. Inscribed in Draconic on the inside of the band are the words "By the power of wizardly might and divine grace shall your passage be ever sure and fraught not with peril."

When worn, the ring of unscathed passage can cast light at will, and the wearer will never stub his toes on furniture or door jambs.
Construction
Requirements Forge Ring, guidance, light, crafter must be at least 17th level; Cost 11,000 gp

I just woke someone up laughing so hard at this.

Well, my work here is done.

The Exchange Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Dedicated Voter 2015 aka Shadowborn

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thunderspirit wrote:
Jeff Lee wrote:


BLOODY OOZY POOP URGOSH OF BLASTING ALL THE THINGS!

Do I win now?

If by "win" you mean "earn an automatic downvote," then yes!

Speaking of which, I've seen some items enough that the title reminds me, "oh yes...well, practically anything it's up against wins."

My urgosh shall do things to you that will make monkeys cry out for mercy on your behalf. It will be like a toilet-humor-based Mortal Kombat scenario.

TOTAL FECALITY!

The Exchange Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Dedicated Voter 2015 aka Shadowborn

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Feros wrote:
Jeff Lee wrote:
Azouth wrote:
Jeff Lee wrote:

DWARVEN URGOSH OF BLASTING ALL THE THINGS!

What? All caps titles are Superstar, right?

They are shouting the name of there item.
Shouting isn't Superstar?
PFFF. Don't you know anything? Blood, ooze, and excrement are OBVIOUSLY what this contest is about. ;)

BLOODY OOZY POOP URGOSH OF BLASTING ALL THE THINGS!

Do I win now?

The Exchange Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Dedicated Voter 2015 aka Shadowborn

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DWARVEN URGOSH OF BLASTING ALL THE THINGS!

What? All caps titles are Superstar, right?

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Jeff Lee wrote:
theheadkase wrote:
The pen is not mightier than the sword.
Oh yeah? What if it's a +5 flaming burst returning seeking throwing pen, that shoots out a squirt of burning ink on impact, setting the target on fire and blinding them for 1d3 rounds if they fail a DC 20 Reflex save?

Wait...make it a dart that can function as a pen...adjust the weapon qualities to factor it being a missile weapon...crap, I think I just came up with an idea better than what I submitted.

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theheadkase wrote:
The pen is not mightier than the sword.

Oh yeah? What if it's a +5 flaming burst returning seeking throwing pen, that shoots out a squirt of burning ink on impact, setting the target on fire and blinding them for 1d3 rounds if they fail a DC 20 Reflex save?

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Maurice de Mare wrote:
Jeff Lee wrote:
Maurice de Mare wrote:


It is all about focused creativity.
The thing to remember is that you can teach a naturally creative and inspired person the formatting later.
I stopped believing that and the voting public doesn't endorse it either.

Yeah, well, that's just like, your opinion, man.

The Exchange Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Dedicated Voter 2015 aka Shadowborn

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I think Mamaursula is right. Some of you crankypants need a break.

I ran my Pathfinder game today. When I pick up voting again later tomorrow, I'll be refreshed and ready for a new round of pain.

And yes, for whoever mentioned it, Skull & Shackles is terrific. Yarr!

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Is it wrong of me to be slightly creeped out by some of these marriage items? They seem...overly clingy.

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48. Sing another 4 verses of "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall."

The Exchange Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Dedicated Voter 2015 aka Shadowborn

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Ah, some scale mail. Finally!

The Exchange Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Dedicated Voter 2015 aka Shadowborn

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Your item is solid, but the fact that you took 22 words to say what you could have said in 4 just bugs me. Also, that thing over on the other side of you is just awesome. Sorry.

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I just wanted to say good luck. We're all counting on you.

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Ah, yes. I too have played a cleric in a party with a damphir companion...

The Exchange Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Dedicated Voter 2015 aka Shadowborn

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Another polearm, sweet!

So I was having a thought regarding mechanics. The damage of a bludgeoning weapon is due to the impact. The force of impact has a lot to do with weight. So when you make a bludgeoning weapon out of mithral (which halves the weight of the item) it would seem like you're acting against your own best interests, since your heavy mace now weighs less than a light mace...

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"This Thing is a Thing, except that it doesn't do the stuff a Thing does, like you'd expect. It does this instead, which isn't very much like a Thing at all, but for sake of argument, let's keep calling it a Thing."

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Good item, but that word doesn't mean what you think it means.

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The Ring of Unscathed Passage
Aura strong evocation and divination; CL 17th
Slot ring; Price 22,000 gp; Weight -
Description
Lo, in bygone days did the mighty archmage Vertiginzeterax the Soulbinder find himself sorely vexed by trials that begat sleepless nights and wore at his unmatched mind. To find an end to these woes, he bent his considerable will to the manufacture of an item to combat his nightly demons. He spent long hours in consultation with the Imperious Sister Vinegarous Strinkladolmanatz, the High Priestess of the Ochre God, Callumnippurpentagrog, his adventuring companion in bygon days. She counseled him and likewise poured the power of her mighty deity into the vessel Vertiginzeterax devised. For days the two labored with little rest, until finally the task was done. The weary but grateful Vertinginzeterax thanked the High Priestess and returned to his lonely tower on the high cliffs above the Sea of Ennui, confident in the power of his new ring, and nevermore were his nights disturbed by troubling events.

This platinum band is liberally coated in gold filigree and set with a massive blue diamond. Inscribed in Draconic on the inside of the band are the words "By the power of wizardly might and divine grace shall your passage be ever sure and fraught not with peril."

When worn, the ring of unscathed passage can cast light at will, and the wearer will never stub his toes on furniture or door jambs.
Construction
Requirements Forge Ring, guidance, light, crafter must be at least 17th level; Cost 11,000 gp

The Exchange Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Dedicated Voter 2015 aka Shadowborn

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I really love this armor. I want to run a character in this armor. I could have such fun.

The Exchange Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Dedicated Voter 2015 aka Shadowborn

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Seriously, who has that many hands?

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Ia! Ia!

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Yes!!! Then, and only then, will its true powers be...REVEALED!

(Seriously, you guys have no idea how entertained I get reading these things aloud to myself.)

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Hmmm...

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No, no, no...I said "dart" gun, "dart," not...*groan*

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???

0_o

!!!

My 16th level dwarven skirmisher will take several hundred of those please, before the price gets marked up.

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nkerklaan wrote:
I feel kind of bad that I'm starting to be disinclined to vote for perfectly fine items just because they're part of trends I keep seeing. Like, it's not really the designer's fault that umpteen other people like portals too.

That's why it's important to focus on that fact that, where the vote is concerned, only those two items on the screen exist, for all intents and purposes. Your only question at that moment should be: Which of these two is the better item?

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TotalAnarchy wrote:
So many rings... There's even a special ring for a special kind of place...

Would that be called a Prince Albert in a can?

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Despite all the fun and excitement of the contest, I sincerely hope that this year becomes the last year I'm able to compete.

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"At first appears to be...however, upon closer examination..."

Seriously, can we just stop using this, in any variation? I'd be happy never to see that line again in anything, ever.

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It's only a day into the voting, and I already have 9 items that stand out that I'm putting in my personal Top 32. The quality overall is much improved over last year. Even items that aren't quite good enough seem to be so because they just needed a little more time and effort put into them. Given the short turnaround, that's to be expected. The expanded design space is allowing for a lot of creativity to be shown, and that's great.

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What?! Its power level is over 9000!

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One more thing about formatting. For the business of writing, it's important. Places that accept submissions usually have writer's guidelines that often include such details as a particular font, font size, and type of file to be submitted. If you can't be bothered to follow those guidelines, then I can assure you that the editors can't be bothered to deal with people that won't work with them. Seriously. I've worked on magazines where failure to meet the basic criteria mean that they won't even read your stuff. Deadlines and high volumes of submissions don't allow for exceptions. They just send out the automatic rejection letter and delete the file. I've seen a thirty page typed manuscript go into the recycling bin because no one had the time to sit and type it into a Word file, so why bother with it?

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"Yeah, I know what it looks like. Yeah, it is disgusting, but it's not evil and neither am I, to be honest. I'm just an adventurer and this thing has some hella cool abilities...what? Well, what if I wrap it up and lock it in a chest while I'm in town? Hey! Don't close the gate!"

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Hey! A rod that doesn't function as a +X mace.

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Bear in mind, that if I'm snarking on formatting issues, or grammar, or the like, that doesn't mean I've downvoted what I'm complaining about. I look at the concept and creativity first. If I can't see the concept and creativity because something is so poorly written that I have to reread the item to get the idea, well...format and style is important.

As for the template being too hard to understand, I don't buy it. Just cut and paste the template and replace the words in it with your words, leaving the bracketed format codes. When in doubt, look at the freaking Core Rulebook. It's all there in black and white, exactly how you're supposed to do it.

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I'm going to go out on a limb and say that people who wanted to re-skin their already completed wondrous items decided that making them rings would be a safe bet.

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I'm going to insert a general reminder not to get too specific when talking about items. Exact word counts are probably a bit too much.

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pH unbalanced wrote:
I mark down for making assumptions about the gender of the user.

Gender-neutral language in the singular is difficult to pull off if you end up having to use a pronoun.

*edit*

Didn't see your follow-up post. Yes, that is a problem. Still, most manly-man barbarians aren't going to wear the frilly underarmor of silky goodness. (Or at least many of them will be unwilling to admit they do.)

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Some people certainly are creative in their avoidance of using the proscribed formatting.

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ChesterCopperpot wrote:
Voting has shown me how much of the advice about wondrous items applies to this design space.I hope people didn't disregard the previous years' advice because they thought it wasn't apropos.

Several did, or they hadn't bothered to read the advice in the first place.

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Or they were attempting to venture into a new design space by designing items for the new classes.

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Whew. Magic items that mess with time are a razor's edge. When they pull it off, it's amazing. When they don't...

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Gregory Connolly wrote:
I understand the reasons why this format is used. I'm just getting really frustrated that I can't uprate both or downrate both items. In one pairing I vote for the one with the least mistakes, then two really good items show up and I pick the better one. So I have upvoted something I hate and downvoted something I like, with no way to express my feelings because anonymity.

It can be frustrating, but you're doing exactly as required. Each vote is only between the two items on the screen. All the rest do not exist for purposes of that particular vote. It's just a point of determining which of the two items is better. I find it helps me pay attention to the minutia, especially when two items appear equally good or bad.

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Here's a weird trend: Using flavor-style text to describe already established rules mechanics.

Example (not from an actual item): "This greataxe has its head forged of adamantine, a supernaturally hard metal that slices through most other materials, even other metals, with ease, allowing it to bypass hardness of less than 20."

Why would you do this? The rules for adamantine are established in the rulebook. You don't need to waste word count restating what the properties of the material are. Just say it's a +2 keen adamantine greataxe and then get to the stuff that makes it Superstar.

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Drejk wrote:
Copyright notice?!

Rule #1 of RPG Superstar: Read the rules of RPG Superstar

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Drejk wrote:
Jeff Lee wrote:

*blinks*

How can anyone not know there's already a magic item with that name? That's like not knowing there was a basketball player named Michael Jordan.

The One Ring? Stormbringer? Greyswandir? Werewindle? Ghost Wheel?

Let me put it this way...

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*blinks*

How can anyone not know there's already a magic item with that name? That's like not knowing there was a basketball player named Michael Jordan.

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