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RPG Superstar 9 Season Marathon Voter, 9 Season Marathon Voter, 9 Season Marathon Voter, 9 Season Marathon Voter. Pathfinder Society Member. 9,116 posts (10,828 including aliases). 10 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 14 aliases.


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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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Ugh. I actually really like this item. If it had been a bit more mechanically sound, it could have been one of my favorites. Great flavor, sloppy execution.

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26 of my personal Top 32 chosen.

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R D Ramsey wrote:
People really don't like incorporeal creatures, huh?

Yeah, wraiths suck. Don't even get me started on specters and allips.

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Browman wrote:
Clearly some other voters and I disagree on what makes good items, I thought some of these items should have been culled in cull 1 or 2, not still here after 4 culls.

The wonders of public voting. You get a variety of opinions, many of which will not coincide with, and often are in direct opposition to, your own.

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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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Looks like everyone has.

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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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So...if we're assuming there's been a fourth cull, then why are all the sightings being made in the 3rd cull column?

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Zippykat wrote:
The Raven Black wrote:

SR, I feel that maybe you did not workshop your item. I can attest that workshopping will make your item's quality increase tremendously. It did for my current submission. And all items I had the honor to workshop are still there.

Keep hope, and next season you will go further ;-)

By "workshop ping" do you mean submitting your idea on an eliminated ideas thread and letting the PF community have a whack at it or is there a different way to do it?

This was the first year I have submitted anything and, while I was pleased to make it past the first couple of culls with an item I drew up two days before deadline, this 3rd one got me. I believe I have some good ideas and would like to develop them further.

Workshopping: a group of people each design individual things. They then critique each other's things. Each individual uses the critique to improve their thing, or not, as they see fit.

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

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No official cull has been announced, so the spreadsheet has not activated the 4th cull column yet. Still working on the last cull information.

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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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Sure, they're camping items, but they are really good camping items.

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Verbing noun vs. verbing noun!

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Go, verbing noun!

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They haven't yet announced another cull since the third one, no.

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armytroy wrote:
Hey all! So was this secret cull 5 items? :-) Last seen vs 3rd cull numbers equal 5. Just wondering. :-D

Total number of items seen after cull 2 was 448. Total items seen after cull 3 is currently 373, which makes 75 items culled in total.

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Janvs wrote:
We are all 9.

I hope not. Burlap is so itchy.

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Thomas LeBlanc wrote:

How did so many "make adventuring easy" items survive?

F the dungeon! We are heading straight to the dragon.

I knew I should have made a magic bag that turns all treasure and magic items in a 500 ft. radius ethereal and then sucks them into the bag, where they return to normal. (The bag has twice the volume of a portable hole, by the way).

"Well, that's this dungeon looted. Let's move on to that ruined temple we've been hearing about."

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*sigh* I just voted for a rogue-in-a-can. I feel dirty.

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JamesCooke wrote:
Jeff Lee wrote:
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*
Could you PM me when you're done with that? I have ideas

I'm thinking it will be my opening post in this year's joke item thread.

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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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BartonOliver wrote:
And I see you've read Moby Dick. Not going to report you but boy are you skirting that line.

People at Paizo have also read Moby Dick, which is why we have this. Besides, it's in the public domain, so it's fair game.

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All snark aside, there are some really cool items entered this year. I've got 11 slots filled in my personal Top 32. I'm interested to see how my list compares to the actual winners.

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Male Human(ish) Level 3 RPG Monkey

The creature surges forward, taking a straight line to catch up to the ship as it slows during its turn. The front of its body comes up in a rush, striking the ship with its body as its two heads rear up out of the water with a roar. The sound of creaking and cracking timbers accompanies the roar, the jolt of impact sending sailors careening into rigging or grasping for the rails. The ship's listing is only momentary, however, as Captain Wilde clings to the wheel and holds the Flounder steady. Wilde straightens her out and the ship again pulls away from its pursuer. It makes no attempt to attack the crew this round, illusory or otherwise.

Jon can take his attack on the creature after its attempt to capsize the ship.

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My item vs. improperly worn article of clothing.

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It might, if these particularly noisome items that are left continue to pop up for voting.

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Ugh. Three culls, yet you are still here.

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*sigh* There are always those items that seem like real gems until they slip that final sentence in that make you go: 0_o

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CripDyke wrote:
Quote:

My item almost certainly gone

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In other news? I'm sure the grapes served in the top 32 green room are actually quite sour.

No one reads Aesop anymore?

Self-deprecating humor ain't a thing around here?

Okey-dokey, artichokey.

Not when there's still a good chance your item could be seen, no. One of the key elements to successful humor is timing.

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CripDyke wrote:

My item almost certainly gone - 322 items listed after 3rd cull, but not mine.

And yet...

weapon in perhaps the most overused design space **ever** that does literally nothing unexpected, just that one super-overused power, is still humming along?

Ugh.

In other news? I'm sure the grapes served in the top 32 green room are actually quite sour.

It's a little early for your pity party. The list of post-cull items has risen to 331 in just the last 15 minutes.

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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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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.

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Papasteve08 wrote:
Jeff Lee wrote:


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.

Preach!

Wonder if it would be inappropraite to propose a toast to such an inspiring speech...

I think Cayden would approve. Cheers!

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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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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.

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Nazard wrote:

About the 50 words... Do we know if their purpose is just background and description, or are they to offer explanations as to how the map works?

For example, if I chose to make that Tian Panda temple from up thread, and I decided that for every round of combat there was a 10% chance that the panda statues would come to life and attack everybody, do I indicate that in the 50 words, or are those words just for discussing the Ancient Order of the Bamboo?

The words can't be for read-aloud text, since even a flip mat (usually) contains multiple rooms.

Going by the maps from last season, you're looking at 50 words that will be used to label portions of the map, and provide a map key. What you're describing goes beyond what's required, which is a map that a professional cartographer could use to make a flip mat of the encounter area provided.

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Kobold Cleaver wrote:
If I posted about the Noun of Verbiage saying it was a terrible item, I highly doubt the Noun of Verbiage would be disqualified. I'd just get in huge trouble. :P

Whereas, if he said "Man, my Verb of Nounage is so much better than that Noun of Verbiage, which is derivative of my genius, not to mention badly written," then he'd be disqualified for breaking anonymity regarding his item.

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A couple of culls seriously tones down my snark. There are still a few items here and there that raise my ire a bit, but since I'm not seeing them so often, I don't have much to say here. Praise thread doesn't seem worth it, since I have to be so vague I can't really give credit to items for being good.

I wonder if it's time to revive the joke item thread yet?

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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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There are some really cool suits of armor this year.

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Wow. This item survived two culls? *shakes head*

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Arnil wrote:
I can't see the second cull list on the spread sheet? Is it me?

Items seen after the second cull will have an "X" marked in column F.

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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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I've added four items seen to the 2nd cull survival list in the last hour. All hope is not yet lost.

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According to this, it's a repaint of a will o' wisp from Wrath of the Righteous. If the stats are different, they're probably in one of the AP books. Otherwise, it's just a will o' wisp.

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

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