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RPG Superstar 2013 Marathon Voter, 2014 Marathon Voter, 2015 Star Voter. Pathfinder Society Member. 8,186 posts (9,748 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, Star Voter 2015 aka Shadowborn

That's about all for tonight, I think.

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Also a trend: Channeling items.

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This would be a killer item if the abilities hadn't been left vague. It's not like they didn't have room to expand; they've got nearly half the word count left.

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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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Well, isn't that cute? BUT IT'S WRONG!!!

Also, stop naming things with names that already exist in the game. That gets confusing. I can't believe its happened more than once.

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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.

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

*twitch* That's not how that word is spelled. *twitch*

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pH unbalanced wrote:
Are portals the new filigree?

I think slime is the new filigree.

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

Well, there's at least two magical tech items in the contest...

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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.)

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

On a positive note, 9 of my personal Top 32 spots are now filled.

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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.

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

Drejk wrote:
Jeff Lee wrote:

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 greataxe and then get to the stuff that makes it Superstar.

I think we might have seen the same item at the same time...

I've seen it on at least three items so far, hence why I called it a trend.

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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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I don't care about the adventuring career of Fildergobb the Feckless. Just tell me what the item does already.

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

Now that's a weird coincidence. This pair of items have only a one word difference in their names.

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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.

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

I was thinking someone should have linked to SKR's advice threads. I was right. A lot of familiar missteps showing up.

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Classic Marvel reference.

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Monstrous anatomy fail.

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If your entry leaves me with more questions than answers, you lose the round. (Mainly because I can't ask anyone for answers to my questions. Anonymity, and all that.)

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Just had a pairing of two potentially Superstar items. In the end it just came down to me saying "I just like the style of this one better."

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Okay, this time I got the same two items, but they didn't switch positions. I'm just repeating my vote from the prior page.

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0_o

I did not expect to see a magical version of something from another game in the running.

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Agh! Pun! Away with you! Back, demon!

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That one was on somebody's bingo card. Aren't we supposed to be playing bingo? Who was supposed to print up the bingo cards?

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

Is that a cursed item? Sure sounds like a cursed item...

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

Okay. This pairing was more like the early voting hours of last year. Blatant SAK versus item with one boring ability. To their credit, both had perfect formatting.

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According to the Paizo folks, the actual content of the entry has no bearing on what it is paired with. It's more likely our innate human ability to see patterns in things.

Speaking of patterns, here's my rule for determining whether a particular thing is a trend:

Once is happenstance.
Twice is a coincidence.
Three or more is a trend.

One more item, and "weapons that heal" officially becomes a trend.

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And the award for Least Inspired Item Name goes to [REDACTED].

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That's a really cool staff. I don't know if it's superstar material, but I certainly wouldn't kick it out of a book of magic items. Sexy.

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Clouds Without Water wrote:
Pricing is all over the place. Might as well be random.

Many people say that pricing is the hardest part of item creation.

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Wait, what? You made a...then did two...all the word count...

*headdesk*

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

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I always hate it when I'm reading what starts out as a good item, when suddenly there appears a mechanics loophole big enough to fly a dragon through.

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Huh. There's a cliched line overused by too many past items, but it actually makes sense in this item. Good job.

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"prized by" again...

DRINK!

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Each voter has their own preference and rates different aspects of items in their own hierarchy. For me, I can overlook formatting and syntax issues unless they impede my ability to read and understand the item's abilities. I'll usually upvote an item with a more strongly creative and original idea over an item that is perfectly formatted but not all that exciting.

If the items are equally compelling, then I'll look at who the better writer is as far as description, formatting, and rules knowledge.

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"attuned"

DRINK!

"prized by..."

DRINK!

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I saw an item with major "Wow!" factor in the first five votes. Definite Top 32 material. Hopefully this is a continuing trend. My first couple of voting hours last year were downright painful.

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