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RPG Superstar 2013 Marathon Voter, 2014 Marathon Voter, 2015 Dedicated Voter. Pathfinder Society Member. 8,291 posts (9,853 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

And from my last pair of the night, I'm going to rename this particular item the rod of innuendo.

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

Huh. Hadn't even noticed I'd hit Dedicated Voter. I think that's enough. I'll even take the day off tomorrow.

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

Jeffrey Swank wrote:
Jeff Lee wrote:
Jeff Harris 982 wrote:
We shall see who the evil Jeff is, paladins are just shiny zealots who liked to play football in High school, and their Int stats wouldn't let the into college.
I didn't say "evil Jeff." I said "other Jeff." That's how I refer to everyone named Jeff who isn't me. It's to remind everyone who the original is.

Wait...am I evil Jeff? lol

No, you're the other Jeff. Unless more than one other is present. Then you become the other other Jeff if you were next to arrive. It's all based on seniority.

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

Hmm...decent item missing some necessary mechanical details, or an item that's clearly a wondrous item masquerading as something else?

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

So the name is a misnomer then? :/

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

*twitch*

By definition, a pair of items is not a single thing. Please stop referring to them as such.

*twitch*

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

GM_Solspiral wrote:

** spoiler omitted **

Lots of cool factor but figured it would get labeled a portal crossbow, it had some unclear text, and most damming I felt it too thematically similar to last year's submission from me Shadow Archer's Gage

** spoiler omitted **...

The Chimera's Face has a doppelganger floating around in the voting pool. Different mechanics, but same basic idea.

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

Nope. Not impossible. The pairings are according to the algorithms of the program. You're going to see repeats. It's inevitable.

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

0_o

Wait.

Are you telling me I can...shoot people with katanas?

I'm not sure if that's mad or brilliant.

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

James Casey wrote:
Jeff Lee wrote:
James Casey wrote:
Jeff Lee wrote:
Is it wrong of me to be slightly creeped out by some of these marriage items? They seem...overly clingy.
Spoken like a true committmentphobe! :-)
I discussed this with my partner of 16+ years. She and I both agree. Clingy and creepy. I'd go into more detail, but anonymity and all that.
Yes but is it the tri-fecta of clingy, creepy and... Kinky?

Only if we get another ring from the contest involved, I think.

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

Papasteve08 wrote:

Is it just me or does there seem to be a secret competition to make an item with as few words as possible? I have seen multiple items in the 50s for word count. FIFTY!

FIFTY! There are 20 to 30 words just to make a proper stat block, not even counting the description!

I don't call those items. I refer to them as summaries.

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

James Casey wrote:
Jeff Lee wrote:
Is it wrong of me to be slightly creeped out by some of these marriage items? They seem...overly clingy.
Spoken like a true committmentphobe! :-)

I discussed this with my partner of 16+ years. She and I both agree. Clingy and creepy. I'd go into more detail, but anonymity and all that.

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

Yet more tentacles. Chthulhu fhtagn!

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

Finally! An item is called by an archaic term, and it is the correct term. Hat's off to you, designer of this item!

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

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

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

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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

Are there aquatic gnomes?

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

*sigh*

Good concept. Poor execution.

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

Jeff Harris 982 wrote:
We shall see who the evil Jeff is, paladins are just shiny zealots who liked to play football in High school, and their Int stats wouldn't let the into college.

I didn't say "evil Jeff." I said "other Jeff." That's how I refer to everyone named Jeff who isn't me. It's to remind everyone who the original is.

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

*twitch*

That word is not synonymous with that object. Stop it!

*twitch*

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

Ah. Yeah, you can't reference non-Paizo material, per the rules.

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

TPM?

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

I just upvoted a paladin weapon. Take that, other Jeff that hates paladins.

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

I don't mind people pulling out the thesaurus for Superstar, so long as they use the word properly. I've already seen words used incorrectly in this contest.

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

It's a great concept. I'm just a little surprised it showed up in so many items at once.

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

Blades so sharp they can cut the fabric of space-time. When did this become a thing? Is there some anime, video game, or cartoon that I missed which has this as a thing?

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

And likewise, you win the weapon wars for factoring the masterwork weapon cost into your pricing.

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

You win the armor wars, because you remembered to factor the actual cost of the armor into your pricing.

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

Ooh, a satirical item. Clever, funny, but not really Superstar.

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

*scratches head*

A weapon that doesn't act as a weapon...well, isn't a weapon.

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

13 slots in my personal Top 32 filled.

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

Two items with matching alliteration.

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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.

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

Okay, that "true form" was worth the cliche. Well done.

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

:/

That's not a magic item; that's a moral lesson.

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

What's with all the material components for construction being listed? When did this become a thing aside from two editions of the game ago?

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

Why all the randomness? Some of us like specifics. Also, there are some things on an item that just shouldn't be determined by the roll of a die.

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

Abraham spalding wrote:
Jeff Lee wrote:
Abraham spalding wrote:
How long is it? I've noticed an inverse relationship between length and awesomeness this year. Also the longer it is the more formatting issues I've noticed.

I've noticed no such relationship. The majority of extremely short entries seem to be below average. The same can be said for many of the longer entries. Those in the middle also run a gamut. I think it's less about word count and more about structure and flow.

Some longer entries seem like stalling walls of text. Others I can read through without hesitation. That's a definite sign of writing quality.

Yeah the extremely short aren't 'better' it's just the really long ones aren't either.

There have been some really nice long ones, but I yeah, I don't need a full wall and description of how the item is supposed to be made, or a break down on what it is called in a specific culture of a specific world.

I mean if it's a single line and quick I don't mind it but get to the item.

The "sweet spot" on text seems to be between 120~180 words. Though of course some are longer and some are shorter.

And the point that I fought so much at first, everything is relative.

Agreed.

A lot of the longer entries that are like that are disregarding advice that SKR gave in the early years of RPG Superstar. It's about the item, not the backstory. No one cares about the trials and travails of some wizard who created the first of these items. They care about the item, and what it does.

If a longer item is longer because the item has some complex mechanics that need to be explained, then I'm all for it.

I also don't need apologies, voting pitches, or explanations of the materials and how the base mundane item works. Just give me a description, then tell me what the item does.

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

Abraham spalding wrote:
How long is it? I've noticed an inverse relationship between length and awesomeness this year. Also the longer it is the more formatting issues I've noticed.

I've noticed no such relationship. The majority of extremely short entries seem to be below average. The same can be said for many of the longer entries. Those in the middle also run a gamut. I think it's less about word count and more about structure and flow.

Some longer entries seem like stalling walls of text. Others I can read through without hesitation. That's a definite sign of writing quality.

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

That's one mistake I'm glad I haven't seen: substituting the word "ruins" for "runes." Almost as bad as an item that can project a lightening bolt (though if someone actually made an item that did that, with a beam that increased the light levels along its path, that would be clever.)

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

Note to designers: If you're going to change the name of your item at the last minute, be sure to check your entry to see that you've changed all instances where your item's name appears in the entry. Several folks did not.

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

Jeff Harris 982 wrote:
Also wondering what the rest of you lads think about the "technomancy" items this year, they are crafted using a feat that is not a magic item creation feat, and the Paizo technology guide specifically calls them out as "non-magical", which also means they cannot be crafted as a magical item, which was the point of RPGSS round one, to make a magical item.

The ones I've seen so far are magical versions of technological items, and therefore they are magical items, and from what I can tell on the ones I've seen, they've covered the bases as far as formatting the construction requirements. I'd say it's a bold choice. May it serve them well.

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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...

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TwoDee wrote:
Jeff Lee wrote:
"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."

I had one which was essentially (changing deets around here),

"This +2 Greataxe deals 2d6 damage on a successful hit, weighs 8 pounds, and has a crit value of 19-20/x3"

We have that, it's called a +2 Greatsword!

On the plus side, someone here made a comment that could only have been about my item and it wasn't unfavorable.

Yeah, there are a lot of items where it seems like the designers wanted to stretch into a particular design space, but weren't comfortable stepping away from what they thought were the "best" types of items. It messes with the theme and ends up making items seem disjointed.

Example: Let's say I want to make a suit of armor with earth-based abilities. Down and dirty stuff. Rough. Unfinished. Something that would serve a fighter well. While a shiny set of mithril full plate would arguably be the best stuff mechanics-wise, I should be looking at this like a designer, not an optimizer. Mithril doesn't scream "earthy." In fact, it's the opposite. If I want to fit my theme, I'd go with stoneplate. Designed right, the magic armor should be attractive enough to get someone to wear it, even if its base type isn't optimal.

*Edit: I picked this theme because I hadn't seen it in any items. Now, of course, I suddenly get earth-themed items. However, these aren't displaying the point I was making above.

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

There's a whole lot of chain shirts, hide armor, and full plate. Would liked to have seen more variation in armor types. There are a few, and one in particular is just kooky and cool enough to make my Top 32.

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

Ugh. Is it too much to ask that you break your description into paragraphs for ease of reading? A simple line break would do wonders.

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

David S. McCrae wrote:
Also, Ive voted well over 100 times. Wheres my star voter tag?

It only appears on your primary account, not alternates.

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Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
Cameron Frye wrote:
I'm going to take a stand. I'm going to defend it. Right or wrong, I'm going to defend it.
No more votes for items with PC/NPC names in the title or the body!

I couldn't go that far. Especially if said item was paired up against something worse.

Speaking of those types of items, you should check out what I wrote up last night in the Joke Items thread.

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