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The idea each round is to create something that leaves a lasting good impression. Make something with a lasting bad impression and you get vague posts, that while not specifically naming your submission, leave the prodigious voters knowing exactly which item it is.
I won't lie, every year there is an item that comes across really bad when I first see it. And the next time I see it, I want to downvote it before I have read its competition.
Theliah Strongarm wrote:
It didn't launch into space. When Golarion "disappeared", it was left behind, staying in the same orbit. Maybe the city was protected by a demigod/herald/outsider that prevented its removal. They don't know what happened because the city was sleeping until after the disappearance. Maybe even longer after the city disappeared, if they had other contingencies in place (golems to create certain objectives, undead thralls to create food sources, called elementals to create portals, etc.) that had to be fulfilled before they were awakened. The city could be kept in orbit by a variety of means; an artifact (i.e. Starstone), gravity disturbance, magic, or tech.
Don't forget there is a period of universe wide amnesia...
I posted in another thread how the city might be Crystilan. A Thassilonian city which not much is known about, but rests inside a crystal dome. The city was placed under protection from Earthfall and was supposed to awaken after all the destruction, but the sacrifices of some Azlanti gods prevented most of the damage so the conditions were never met for the contingency spell that was supposed to awaken the city. Instead, when Golarion disappears, Crystilan remains and awakens.
Others had managed to escape the "disappearance" of Golarion and when they returned to see what happened they found Crystilan's sphere and built around and inside it, helping the ancient Thassilonians catch up on what had happened for the thousands of years the city had slept. Which leads to all kinds of intrigue...
James Jacobs wrote:
Ever get the feeling people keep adding LG clerics/paladins/etc for inappropriate deities just to stir up the fans? Or possibly the designer is not fully aware of the rules/setting?
James Jacobs wrote:
Hmm, my PaizoCon '13 and subsequent chat convo with James must have been retconned as well (I joke, I joke!). And I felt this post inferred it was gone as well. But that was all before The Worldwound was released and the Demonscope was considered to be rendered inert.
We fans tend to latch onto 1 or 2 minor things we really like about a setting and tend to forget others may not view those things as important against the large backdrop of information a campaign setting entails. I like most of the changes made, but understand why others may be upset by some of the changes.
Liz Courts wrote:
What is the scale of said meeting? Who will set the tone? Where will the stand for questioning Diego be placed? Why do I feel the questions will be sharp? When will he be allowed to rest?
One of the things removed was the Demonscope from the module The Demon Within. That module was my introduction to Golarion and inspired me to run my first campaign set therein. Loved the idea behind that artifact, which was also the main focus of that campaign.
You really derped that up. The PRD is the official Pathfinder Reference Document hosted on the Paizo website.
Across the Paizo rules there are various ways multiple skill requirements appear that have the same base skill but different sub-skills (Crafts, Knowledges, Performs, Professions) when an "or" is included. Which is most correct?
a) Knowledge (arcana) 3 ranks, Knowledge (planes) 3 ranks, or Knowledge (religion) 3 ranks
b) Knowledge (arcana), Knowledge (planes), or Knowledge (religion) 3 ranks
c) Knowledge (arcana, planes, or religion) 3 ranks
Mark, how exactly would a witch use water lung to sleep? She can't use cackle to extend it to keep water lung going until she falls asleep. Although I like the imagery of that. Does it just turn on automatically? Or does she begin sleeping when she drops unconscious from drowning and it activates auto-magically?
Lots of info and videos out there for "elevator pitches". If you go to a convention with a freelance seminar, it is usually brought up as well. I think one of the Know Direction podcasts from PaizoCon 2014 should have Wolfgang Baur discussing it. I know he covered it again at PaizoCon 2015, but I am pretty sure that seminar wasn't recorded.
Taylor Hubler wrote:
It could be existing flip-maps,
So if Paizo decided everyone would have to use Arcane Dungeon (square rooms side) to make the contest a real challenge...
Part of RPGSS is learning from the contest and improving for future tries. Just seeing others designs should help you to be a better designer. Even if you never saw the Top 32 in voting, you saw other of items. Learn from what they did right and wrong. Enter next year with a better item. In the meantime try your hand at freelancing as well.
And learn to capitalize properly as well...
Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
I had taken "a variety of encounters" to mean multiple different single encounters. Kind of like the flip-mats.
I have 5 maps I really like and 6 more I am having trouble choosing between. So I decided on a roll off to see which of those six get votes. Now the question is, how do I determine which dice method to use?
A) Roll 3d6 and keep the numbers rolled.
explosive runes - last remaining contestants get votes...
Where does the 250k total vote number come from? I haven't seen a blog or an official post with that number.
As for Feros and I, we each knew the other's item after the voting started (Day 3 or 4 I think) and neither of us made it into the Top 36 spots. I am pretty sure we have the same integrity in voting and chose the superior item every time. I liked his item a bunch, but some of the items in this year's Top 32+4 were superior to his in my opinion and received the vote over his. I won't lie and say the fact I knew his item always received an impartial vote though. If I found his item paired with an item with similar mojo, he received my vote because I know he delivers on a consistent basis and I wouldn't need to check his math or template.
Champion voters have never made the Top 32+ since public voting has started (95% sure at least). And if the effects of this year's Champion Voters had much of an effect, Feros would have survived the 5th cull and/or made the cut. And I could have possibly made the cut. This year my item accounted for .2% of my votes cast, not enough to make any difference. Even the year I cast 8k+ votes, I didn't make the Top 100 list (I must be over 25k lifetime votes cast).
I kept a detailed voting log for items I liked. I only down-voted Feros twice, both to items that made the Top 32. Not sure how he voted for me, but he pointed out flaws in my item. Of the 6 items I knew who created them, 4 made the Top 32, each had 1-3 down-votes from me and 14, 17, 22, and 24 up-votes.
There is an item that made the Top 32 I only up-voted a few times prior to the 4th cull. I voted on that item a lot (it seemed to stalk me). 16 down-votes after the 5th cull alone. I thought it was the 2nd worst item of its kind in the entire contest this year.
There is one item I never down-voted the 19 times I saw it and it didn't make the Top 32+.
I do agree with Eric Morton about items seeming to follow me. I would see a group of items heavily for a couple hours. I saw the largest variety of items to vote between 2000-0400 PST. I once voted on the same item on 5 different pairings in a row. And saw my item once 2 pairings in a row.