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Blue Slaad

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RPG Superstar 2014 Dedicated Voter, 2015 Star Voter. Pathfinder Society Member. 56 posts (10,696 including aliases). 8 reviews. 1 list. 1 wishlist. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 108 aliases.

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mamaursula wrote:

"Feint" is a combat move of deception, as in "to fake out."

"Faint" means slight, weak, pale, quietly or to pass out.

{makes notes for next year to submit "armor of the opossum" that allows wearer to faint feint}

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mamaursula wrote:
David S. McCrae wrote: it really that bad to hit that button? X.x

I'm sorry. :(

Yup, we all suffer when you don't vote! It makes the baby goblins cry! :-)

{sings (badly):}

♩ ♫ "...Judges never satisfied (Judges never satisfied)
Why do we scream at both choices?
This is what it sounds like
When goblins cry..." ♪ ♬

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Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
Just remember everyone, if there is a cull, you will need to see you item again...

Yeah, that's when I'll start to worry if I/someone else doesn't see my item.

I preemptively blame Cosmo for the collective knotted stomachs of all contestants after The Cull(s).

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My biggies would be:

Turn the tables: When designing an item, strongly consider what happens if when a GM gives it to any appropriate CR opposition/BBEG. Would it suddenly change/unbalance the likely outcome of the combat/encounter in the bad guy's favor? When a bad guy uses it to undo/negate certain classes'/martials'/casters' attacks and core abilities, is it going to piss the players off, or make them say "Whoa, that was cool." or "Wow, tough fight."? If a bad guy uses it, does it completely undermine a character's (and that player's) agency? If you don't like the answers you get, re-think (or discard) your item. SuperStar items should be really cool/evocative without being overpowered.

No thieving/undermining/outshining other classes: If you want to gestalt or multiclass, fine. If you want to play a class that gives up some abilities to gain a balanced set from another class, play an archetype (or build one). If you want your non-rogue class to do roguish things, don't give them an all-in-one Roncomatic Magic Macguffin Rogue-in-a-Can/Rogue-Army-Knife (or Magus-, Bard-, etc.). Pick your favorite class to play; now imagine another PC gains a magic item that makes the best/core abilities of your favorite class redundant? How would you feel as a player?

"It's simple: Overspecialize, and you breed in weakness. It's slow death.": Ask yourself if any sane character would really spend five or six figures in gold for an item that works spectacularly well in very few corner cases, and mediocre in all the rest. Maybe it would save your PC's butt from an bard or skald opponent in some circumstances, but if it's next to worthless against a slayer or druid or wizard, is it really worth plunking down that much gold? If a more generalized item would usually work much more often in a broader range of circumstances, wouldn't the experienced PC choose it 99 times out of 100 instead? If you have a problem with a past game circumstance or a GM's ruling or another player's actions, don't try to "win" by crafting a SuperStar item.

When "just for fun" isn't: Maybe you don't think of SuperStar as a job interview or a stepping stone in a making Pathfinder RPG products. That's fine, do it for goofs or for fun or to kill time. But many of the entrants do take the contest very seriously as a foot in the door to bigger and better development opportunities. If your submission comes across as half-assed, "didn't care", doesn't follow the game rules, or in any other way unprofessional, don't be upset and gripe about it when your item is disqualified or dropped in the first culling. For all the snarking and jokes, the judges can tell when someone put in the effort and when someone didn't bother. If you are going to have a serious reaction to the results, then make a serious effort to compete.

Edit: Cranky slaad is cranky.

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KSF wrote:
This could be big news. The Supreme Court will hear the Louisiana same sex marriage case.

This is big news: [SCotUSblog] "Court won’t add to delay of Florida same-sex marriages"... so, barring something unexpected, Florida clerks can start issuing same-sex marriage licenses starting January 6th.

Florida. Here? Here. Holy s@@$!

Holy s+!$ is right; what're you going to say when mom starts hinting about you getting married?!


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mamaursula wrote:
Thunderfrog wrote:

9. Nap. Hey, if I nap for 59 seconds and spend 10 seconds voting, I'm getting good sleep per hour!

10. Read both entries completely, I guess.

11. Knit a row on this hat.

40. Learn to knit.

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Emperor Floyd wrote:
I Blame Cosmo for that silly vet saying that I should not go out anymore....sigh silly human.

I blame Cosmo that Kretzer hasn't built you a cardboard box tower yet.

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I blame Cosmo for my not thanking Feros, Thunderspirit, Kajehase, Master Kretzer, and Rysky for the all the sympathy and well-wishes.

I also blame Cosmo for poor GMS's hurt leg.

I also blame Cosmo for poor Floyd's hurt leg.

I blame Cosmo for wanting to overshare more personal crappiness again.

I blame Cosmo for this f*~$ing year not being over yet.

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Today I Google-learned about different types of rock listed in an item description.

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James Risner wrote:

257 votes.

389 Unique items (389 Total)

I'm way behind, everyone else is Dedicated already.

There's still plenty of time; you'll get there. Last year, I voted in a sprint to pass Dedicated, then burned out about halfway to Marathon. This year, I'm taking more breaks and taking my time, especially with the seemingly improved quality of this year's items over last year's.

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31. Get sucked into viewing Favorites under DeviantArt profiles. Could be worse, could be sucked into TVTropes.

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4) A buried trove of Rubik's cubes, Atari 2600 E.T. cartridges, AOL installation CDs, and tons of plastic.

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quibblemuch wrote:
Anthony Adam wrote:
Xenomorphic Voting Stool - ultra comfort every 59 seconds guaranteed :P

I'm fairly sure a few items I've seen over the years of RPGSS could be aptly named "Xenomorphic Stool."

I'll show myself out.

Xenomorphic Stool won the Arcturvision Song Contest in 2180 (Earth A.D.) with their single, Burke's Percentage.

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27. Re-reading Calvin and Hobbes strips

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Hidari wrote:
Pregnant, preparing things for the wedding tomorrow, while fiddling with that, casting my votes on superstar items.


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Ooo, saw my item and I haven't even hit Star yet. And it's up against a genuinely uninspired/bland item! Except... I keep seeing that stupid error jump out like a neon bullseye. >:/


Still early yet, but this year's batch seems a definitely better than last year's. Bunch of gruesome & necro-y items... I guess murderhobos get pretty emotionally-calloused/jaded by the time they start crafting gear.

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{turns Freehold's cardboard box Weather Dominator on its side: Viola! Now it's the Pun Star}

How do mathematicians communicate?
Sine language.

How do hyperbolic mathematicians communicate?
Hypersine language.

How do biblical prophets communicate?
Heavenly Sign language.

How do astrologers communicate?
Star Sign language.

How did the Israelites in the Promised Land communicate?
Zion language.

How do picketing traffic engineers communicate?
Sign language.

How do naval cadets communicate?
Ensign language.

How do couturiers communicate?
Design language.

How do lighthouse keepers communicate?
Shine language.

How do real estate closers communicate?
Sign Here and Sign Here and Sign Here and Sign Here and Sign... language.

How does everyone communicate on December 31st?
Auld Lang Syne-uage.

How did Gertrude communicate at the Bavarian Oktoberfest?
She used Stein language.

How do heirs communicate?
Scion language.

How do lovers communicate?
Sighin' language.

How do tech writers talk?

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C. Richard Davies wrote:
"Giant's layer"?

Eh, ya see Norm, the ancient game of humanoid Jenga originated in Hask-Ultharan, accidentally created by a cyclopsian fraternity game of planking that got out of hand... [/CliffClavinism]

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Mark Seifter wrote:
Papasteve08 wrote:
Mark Seifter wrote:
...for instance a magic pastry, is not a magic weapon."

...To me, your example is kind of a no-brainer, and I would think doesn't need to be explained. Though I have to admit, I am a bit confused about the magic pastry... Pretty sure that is not one of the categories...

The takeaway of the pastry is that a magic pastry that isn't a weapon and has "Craft Magic Arms and Armor" as its requirement is no more one of this year's acceptable categories than a magic pole that is not a staff that has "Craft Staff" as its requirement.

As someone who often fails Craft (baked goods) checks, let me assure you that a non-magical pastry can be a weapon that does bludgeoning damage, is poisonous to consume, and requires adamantine to sunder it. :)

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Drejk wrote:
Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:
Thought of a half-dozen Charles Manson jokes, but none of them were in good taste, so I'll refrain.
Who are you and what have you done with our goblin?!

Yo Charlie Manson so crazy...

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Cr500cricket wrote:

** spoiler omitted **

(There's some addition for ya :) )

"We have a Hulk." {sips whiskey smugly}

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Rod of Stewart for bards? Drawbacks: Gives the wielder that hairstyle (no save)

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Doc_Outlands wrote:
Full-contact "Settlers of Catan" level "particularly interesting," I hear...
Anthony Adam wrote:

I prefer Space Farers of Catan to resolve tied items - I get to shake my space ship and if it's a black ball, then its a down vote...

** spoiler omitted **

Cones of Dunshire or nothing!

Now I'm hungry for waffles.

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As someone who participating in the first round judging/culling last year, I can certainly understand the need to vent/snark/play bingo on some of the more memorable entries that will appear and reappear and reappear and reappear...


Whatever my impressions and reactions to these items might be, I'm going to try very hard not to vent/snark/"BINGO!". I have to assume that each one of these submissions is someone's lovingly handcrafted baby... whatever stream-of-thought riffing I do on the messageboards too often is taken as disheartening or soul-crushing to too many hopeful entrants eager for the tiniest glimpse in their item's progress toward the Final 32. If my frustration or bewilderment levels get too high while judging, I'm going to step away for a bit to unwind and decompress.

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Hayato Ken wrote:
Thanks for the link. What does the ZZ actually mean?

"Every gamer crazy 'bout a SupaStah item." {spins guitar}

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Hey! I can finally submit a club of percussive instruction (aka, a cluex4). Sweeeeeeeet!

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icehawk333 wrote:

This is why I'd find it hard to play characters of any sexuality, as I'm an asexual myself.

I can't really understand conventional sexual attraction.

I know a couple real-life trans* people that are asexual, but they still felt the need/drive to transition. Their brain still identified as strongly female, so they moved heaven and earth to make their physiology and social identity conform/affirm/match their brain identity; whom they might be interested in forming relationships with didn't seem to enter into it.

[TMI]Heck, I haven't had a date in ages, and I still mentally self-identify as female.[/TMI]

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Jacob Trier wrote:

It is as if a thousand carefully prepared wondrous items cried out in horror and were suddenly discarded.

The plot twists come early this season. Well played, Paizo.

"You only think I prepared wrong! That's what's so funny! I switched items when your back was turned! Ha ha! You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders—The most famous of which is 'never open a bikini shop in Irrisen'—but only slightly less well-known is this: 'Never go in against a Slaad when SuperStah! is on the line'! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha..."

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I kinda expect to see agents die unheroically on this show, but I can't shrug off the feeling that Trip's death (and demonstrating that Mac may not always be around for Fitz) was "necessary" to set the stage for the "inevitable" Fitz+Simmons relationship.

{still quietly roots for Simmons+Morse relationship}

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Freehold DM wrote:
Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
DungeonmasterCal wrote:
What's on your gaming Christmas list?

The safe return of Mikaze and Dark_Mistress.

Also, a couple 40lb. bags of gamer kibble, 'cause I'll need to use the food budget to pay artists, an editor, and a layout person.

sweetest thing I have read thus far.

I'd like to amend my list to add monocle of the excellent editor and shoehorn of wordcount reduction. And Santa Baby, if you could get these last two to me before the SupaStah! 1st Round deadline, I would be most grateful.

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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
What's on your gaming Christmas list?

The safe return of Mikaze and Dark_Mistress.

Also, a couple 40lb. bags of gamer kibble, 'cause I'll need to use the food budget to pay artists, an editor, and a layout person.

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{disconnects from Matrix} Whoa. I know kung fu.

{shakes head to clear dumpshock fog} No... wait. I know Courtfool.

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Drejk wrote:
Christopher Lee singing heavy metal carols!

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Kirth Gersen wrote:

How did this thread turn into a Trekkie convention?


{quietly sits on sidelines waving Babylon 5 flag and Farscape giant foam finger}

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Gary Teter wrote:
I am testing something stupid!

I'm not stupid! I'm cranially vacant, or cerebrally unburdened.

Oh wait, you weren't talking about me, were you? {goes pack to poking hairpins in an electrical outlet}

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{dons Kent's spectacles of the milquetoast} You wouldn't smite a bat gob with glasses on, would you?

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yellowdingo wrote:
So mac got lowered down the this btw. Could make for awesome d&d. But was it mac who came up?

{dons colander of conspiracy piercing} Well, based on the way he walks, his similar build, and how he steps with his right leg, maybe the "Mac" they brought up is really Idris Elba? ;)

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Arturius Fischer wrote:
...Finally, it's downright impractical and... dumb. Kick over R2, he can extend a tool and get back up... What happens when it hits stairs?

It doesn't take Dalek-level genius to figure out how to navigate stairs ;) especially when the little droid demonstrates in the teaser how it already has repulsorlift tech.

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LazarX wrote:
Purple Dragon Knight wrote:
(frankly, I find the X-Men a poor excuse for super-powered beings... before the X-Men, one had to think of a cool origin story for a character's power, but this mutant business came and introduced untold amounts of super powered beings for no good reason - don't give me that crap about evolution taking course over only one or two generations due to pollution etc. if that would be the case the resulting evolution would be "resistance to polluted air" there. done. finished. Bob's your uncle. The term "mutant" would take a whole new meaning and I'm not sure the regular humans - dying horribly of chronic respiratory disorders - would bother "registering" the "humans that look like they're breathing just fine over there")
Think of WHEN the X-Men came out. The point of the series was not to get into a biological treatise on the nature of super powers. It's to tell a story of race prejudice and hatried in a different way. The mutant question was a way to tackle on a story that couldn't be done face on... racial prejudice and xenophobia.

Heh, Marvel's mutants were officially ruled as "nonhuman creatures" by a United States federal court.

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KestrelZ wrote:

This is dark wing checking in, that dark wing with ultra black logo and the cool obsidian lettered catchphrase cuz we're so dark!

Uh, Red leader - I can't see my controls right now. The black panel just hid the black buttons and the black backlighting just makes everything darker.....thought I could fly with the ultradark blast visor down too.

It's like, how much more black could this be? And the answer is none. None more black.

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"There... Are... Four... Lights!" ~Captain Picard's Log, S06:E11

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Freehold DM wrote:
Farael the Fallen wrote:
He will return on the Winter Solstice, which on this world is December 21st...
why do all of these things happen on my birthday?

He is the voracious usurper Nidhogg, who cares not for anime or ponies or messageboard decorum, but comes to devour the Roots of All; his followers, fresh off their psychiatrically-prescribed medications, all burbling in his wake. {pops chewing gum} Also, he's like such a total drama queen--you should hear the totally jealous crap he was saying about you during lunch.

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It's 106 miles to Chicago the Death Star, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark... and we're wearing sunglasses.

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Farael the Fallen wrote:
Pillbug Toenibbler wrote:
{pokes Farael with a stick}
Leafar told them, "But now they are blacker than soot; they are not recognized in the streets. Their skin has shriveled on their bones; it has become as dry as a stick." ~Book of Leafar 4:8

"Place egg yolks and 1 teaspoon water in a medium mixing bowl and whisk until mixture lightens in color, approximately 1 to 2 minutes. Add the sugar and whisk for another 30 seconds." ~ Good Eats, episode EA1H01: "Hittin' the Sauce"

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Farael the Fallen wrote:
Celestial Healer wrote:
To be fair, our standards were always pretty low.
Leafar said, "Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have Masters in Nevaeh." ~Book of Leafar 4:1

{blasts with cleansing gout from Holy Flamethrower of Antioch}

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Farael the Fallen wrote:
Acolyte of Leafar the Loved wrote:

All hail His return!

And that's all you're getting from me, Master.

These days, I'm too busy organizing communist Wal-Mart marches and making out with hawt roller derby chicks to sing your praises.

One day Leafar said to his disciples, "Let us go over to the other side of the Elddim Sea." So they got into a boat and set out.

As they sailed, he fell asleep. A storm came down on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.

The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Master, Master, we're going to drown!" Leafar woke up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.

"Where is your faith?" Leafar asked his disciples; he then went back to sleep. In fear and amazement they asked one another, "Who is this? He commands even the storms, and they obey him."

~Book of Leafar 8:22-25

"Then the GM, in Her infinite wisdom and dwindling exhausted patience, declared: 'I told you repeatedly we aren't playing mythic characters, especially not with your extra-b0rken self-created abilities. Fiat falls, Leafar dies.' The rest of the players would have been happy, if not for their empty rumbling stomachs. For Farael had once again 'forgotten' to bring the food. And so, in the frozen living room of Nador, they were forced to eat Leafar the Lost's player. And there was much rejoicing."

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Mythic JMD031 wrote:
Pillbug Toenibbler wrote:
Mythic JMD031 wrote:
Perhaps the return of Langalier the Unfound will spark some creativity.
“Excellent. Now. Do we suspect there may be some kind of connection between Ben Farael and Glory Leafar?”
Farael is an anagram of Leafar. We have known this for some time now and the only reason no one made a big deal of it was because he was being pretty quiet. Now, he's back and it's someone else's turn to deal with vanquish this foe.

"Wait, wait, wait. Ben Farael? At Glory's Leafar's? You're saying all this time he's been subletting from him?"

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I blame Cosmo for just now wishing Master Kretzer a belated Happy Birthday.

I also blame Cosmo that Kretzer gets depressed this time of the year.

I also also blame Cosmo if Kretzer peeks under the spoiler:

I blame Cosmo that most pets can't live as long as humans. Last Friday, Nero aka Grumpy Old Cat (aka Bitey von Fingernipper, Nipsey Ruffle, Purry McDrooley, Fluffernutter, Ms. I'm-Not-Touching-You-contestant, and numerous other aliases) was put to sleep. She'd had two previous procedures to remove mast tumors, but after this recent vet visit, the new and very fast growing tumor was discovered to be cancer. My sister and her family took her back from me a week ago, and the day after Thanksgiving had her put to sleep.

I'm sorry I didn't know about the final appointment in advance or get to say goodbye with one last ride on my shoulder. 16+ years was a good run, kiddo, and you seemed to enjoy most of it. I wasn't allowed to call you mine, but I still miss you terribly. I'll always remember you fondly, clinging to my shoulder and soaking it with drool, as you enjoyed the bright sun and warm breezes. RIP, Nero.

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Mythic JMD031 wrote:
Perhaps the return of Langalier the Unfound will spark some creativity.

“Excellent. Now. Do we suspect there may be some kind of connection between Ben Farael and Glory Leafar?”

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Terquem wrote:
Threeshades wrote:
If they had made the crossguard more V shaped, like that of a scottish claymore and put a couple of little things below it, that the wielder can safely slide his hand against, it would probably the best lightsaber design in the franchise concerning functionality.
would those be consummate V's?

{in an alternate reality, Disney execs greenlight "Strongbad Wars VII: The Trogdor Awakens"}

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