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RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32. Goblin Squad Member. RPG Superstar 2013 Champion Voter, 2014 Champion Voter. Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber. FullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 2,132 posts (2,268 including aliases). 5 reviews. 1 list. 1 wishlist. 9 Pathfinder Society characters. 2 aliases.


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Sczarni RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

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Yeah, we use words good!

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When I was younger I read the book The Integral Trees by Larry Niven. When I created an elemental wood plane playing AD&D, I based it on the the idea that the plants grew on their own.

In my cosmology, each plane was slowly and ceaselessly devouring the plane it opposed. In this case the wood broke up the earth plane. Plants petrified when they reached a certain age and gathered (usually naturally, sometimes not) at the edge of the metal plane and used therein. But that was only within the conquest cycle.

In the natural cylce, the wood fed on the water plane and was in turn devoured by the fire. Water existed within the wood plane as a light mist or sometimes as mud balls (from ground torn free from the earth plane). Creatures from the fire plane would venture forth to gather wood as fuel (prefering Grand Trees, sometimes thousands of feet long and hundreds of feet wide) to use in their war with the metal plane.

Good picture to reference.


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Hmm, well that messes up my morning routine. Looks like I am not going to work today!

/me still goes to work


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Since the types of positions were not specified and my mind is rolling around in the gutter, I believe these must be sexual positions!

85: Jester's Chair: When someone disguises themselves as the throne and tickles the fancy of the next person to sit upon them.

86: Perky Plinth: When one of the royal family disguises themselves as a piece of statuary in the park and rogers an unsuspecting passerby.

87: Queen's Chase: When the queen chases around courtiers whilst carrying an adult toy with Yakety Sax being played by the royal troubadour.


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Treppa wrote:
Aha, it worked!

Meanie!

Sczarni RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

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Gary Teter wrote:
Is 80 dB too loud for an apartment living room? How about 95 dB? I am reasonably sure the cats have adequate shelter.

Just be sure put ear protection on the Tot first, don't want him deaf before he gets to enjoy his first live concert.

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Alas poor River Kingdoms! I knew them, Daigle; a place of infinite possibilities, of most excellent adventure; they hath laid me on my back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! My gorge rises at it. There walked monsters whose lives that I have slain I know not how oft. Where be your inns now? Your bards? Your songs? The flashes of merriment, amidst the lawless lands controlled by despots and dictators.

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Dungeon Master Zack wrote:
Well you're assuming the ion cannon actually destroyed the Star Destroyer in question. It did not. An ion cannon merely disables a ship, it does not do any actually damage to it.

But after the shot, you see it begin to nose down toward the planet. It definitely crashed afterword! (I blame Lucasian physics)

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Adam Daigle wrote:
Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
I thought I discovered the answer to the question of the Silver Mount's origin a while back...
Unless I'm missing something, I don't think your link went where you expected it to go.

Hmm, that was a bit of fail on my part. I thought I had copied the link target.

Fixed link on Silver Mount origin.

Sczarni RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32 , Champion Voter 2013, Champion Voter 2014

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Garrick Williams wrote:
Fleshless Shroud

I liked this item a lot. I think invisibility was a bad choice for the item and would have used alter self myself, but it is understandable why you chose it. Also would have added magic aura. I think the +10 was a little low for a Disguise bonus. I was iffy about the concealment for a skeleton less creature, as no % was given. I really did not like the bonus on Heal checks, as I did not think it matched the theme of the item.

With a little rewrite, I plan on using this item in my next campaign.

Sczarni RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32 , Champion Voter 2013, Champion Voter 2014

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Steven Helt wrote:

Remember: a word count of 301-305 or whatever shouldn't disqualify anyone. If the word count is egregious, it should be disqualified, if the word count is a few over, slap the designer on the wrist and evaluate the items other qualities/gaffes.

This thread is to help designers understand design. You can feedback anything you want, sure. Pointing out a tiny word count surplus doesn't make the next product you buy any better.

Breaking 300 words does disqualify by the rules. Pointing out why they are over word count will ensure that person won't do it again and encourage others to proofread their item.

Sczarni RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32 , Champion Voter 2013, Champion Voter 2014

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Didn't make the Top 100. Blood item = bad idea! (barbazu gorget)

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Those 3? Really...

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My favorite item I saw during voting. Want to make an orc barbarian with a bite attack and a bard cohort playing the Jaws music.

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This was my favorite flavor item. Perfect for a Razmiran campaign.

- Kilrex

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{Whirrrr, Kerplop, Ding}

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I think the person(s) resposible are involved with the sharing of the Personal Favorites and their item has not been seen.

Or the person responsible started this thread to cast suspicion elsewhere....

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Clark Peterson wrote:
Mark D Griffin wrote:
The Pipe Fox from beastiary 4 is about as cute as they come. He's tough to top.

...wait for it...

...you know it's coming...

What does the Pipe Fox Say?

"Bad Clark, bad!"

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The hardest part of monster design is all those extra words that come after the stat block. Finished the stat block in 4 hours, but I am stymied for filler.

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Less votes cast this year in total. Most likely due to the shortened window, but I think the numbers would be close to the same comparatively.

Less Marathon voters. Again shorter time crunch, but it seems people were getting Marathon tags faster. An extra week of voting would have definitely seen more Marathons than last year.

No number of total voters were given for last years end of voting blog. And this blog doesn't contain the actual number of voters earning each tag. I would be interested to see that (/me prods Gary and Anthony).

I know I voted (a lot) less this year.

(Tinfoil hat time)
The mystery this year revolves around the 3rd Champion voter. Last year we had CHEERS, who seemed like an account created specifically for the contest and disappeared soon after. This year the 3rd Champion is Azouth. An account with a first post right around the time the contest was announced last year, but was obviously around for a Goblinworks Kickstarter. Who is this person? An employee account in disguise? The real CHEERS? We may never know! (Unless they submitted an item and make the Top 32)
:paranoid:

Sczarni RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

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James Jacobs wrote:
eldergod0515 wrote:
As a follow-up, Are you a virgin?
And as a follow-up... I guess I'm kinda surprised it took this long for that question to finally surface here.

Most of us aren't that uncouth...

James, what kind of bribe will it take to get more info on the kyton demagogues? Or just more info on kytons in general?

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Oh little baggie, I want to spread your goodness everywhere. You have already inspired several adventure ideas.

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There goes my idea for an advanced kaiju skeleton...

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Gelidious...

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Liz Courts wrote:

Marketing Evil Ninja Badge, Greater

Aura overwhelming enchantment; CL 15th
Slot chest; Price 120,000 gp; Weight -
Description
As the marketing evil ninja badge, but the Charisma bonus is increased to +8 and applies to any gaming-related product or Kickstarter project. If the wielder of the greater marketing evil ninja badge studies a target for ten rounds, she can make a Death Attack (wallet) attempt with a +5 bonus on the check.
Construction
Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, Maximize Spell, beguiling gift, glibness, crafter must have at...

Liz logs into chat, links a product, I click it, and then purchase it. I now know how she does it.

Sczarni RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32 , Champion Voter 2013, Champion Voter 2014

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Aaron Miller 335 wrote:
I second my vote for the "Create a new organization" round.

Nooooooo!

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mamaursula wrote:
You probably had to walk up hill both ways in the snow to go to school every day in the dark too, didn't you? ;-)

Hell no! When it was dark out, we had to feed enough animals to fill an ark. We also had a bus, which we had to push the bus to school uphill and then strain our backs pushing against it so it didn't roll too fast downhill.

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Lightminder wrote:
hey next year can it be set up to show how many votes you have placed so we can budget for goals, set goals for ourselves etc...

Back in my day we made little marks on paper—called "ticks"—to keep track of how many times we had done something. There are also mechanical talliers for those so inclined. Combining either of those two methods with a calendar and some maths should suit your needs (without distracting the Tech Team from finishing up the Paizo Game Space).

Sczarni RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32 , Champion Voter 2013, Champion Voter 2014

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I just found an item I had thought was a joke based on the name. After reading the item, the name was perfect and the item is something I think is legitimately useful and would want my PC to own.

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Landon Cole wrote:
The first time people enter, their items might well suck, but they might improve into a really good writer whose work we all enjoy and appreciate - with a little encouragement.

Yes, don't be discouraged! My first item was horrible and my second year I got a spiffy Top 32 tag.

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I feel bad for people who get short shifted due to being caught up by the meme. Some of the items that are part of the meme are really innovative and are well done. I just hope people pay attention and keep the good while tossing out the dross.

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Lots of good tactical items this year.

Also learning the names of alot of unique instruments and clothing/footwear.

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I must say, the whetstones are better this year and filigree has been used correctly.

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So very nice consumables! I have seen quite a few twists using CRB spells to provide nifty benefits that make me smack my head and say D'oh!

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Kajehase wrote:
Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
Guildlines wrote:
  • You should refrain from any submissions that are reliant upon another submission.
I was a bad boy and broke this rule for #10.
That's a paddlin'

Worried about where this is heading...

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Clouds Without Water wrote:

I'll tell you straight up, I'll go for the better item over the better formatting, every single time. I don't even debate it.

And I vote a lot.

There were a few items that had good mojo last year that didn't come close to following the template or getting my vote. While I can understand being new to designing an item, the template is given in the rules and the PRD is free to compare with. If you can't take the time to at least make sure you have the proper template, I don't have the time to vote for you.

And I vote more.

Sczarni RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32 , Champion Voter 2013, Champion Voter 2014

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But my doctor warned me about the dangers of obsessive voting...

Sczarni ** RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

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Nidal: Most of the factions would be well served to strengthen ties with this nation or advance their agendas in a country that works hard to keep themselves seperate and seemingly uninvolved with Inner Sea politics. One of the few areas able to trace their lineage back to before Earthfall, what knowledge and treasure may be found within Nidal's borders?

Plus, Kytons!

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On a serious note, I never liked the teasing posts. They may scare off some of the more uncertain contestants or belittle the individuals who made the item in question. Plus, causing stress from others who may have made a similar mistake and they are worrying it is their item being discussed.

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Maybe Lisa has all her minions with spare time working in the pits (CS and warehouse)? For every post they get banished for 2d3x5 minutes/level.

Back-ordered from the Great Golem Sale plus holiday shopping ya know.

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thunderspirit wrote:
Matthew Morris wrote:
Thomas LeBlanc wrote:

Yay for only 1 saddle!

Whoa! Gloves. Now that is all I will notice when I get my voternaught rolling this year.

Wish I had seen this list earlier...

I told you not to enter your codpiece of prowess! :-)
This time, though, it's larger on the inside than it is on the outside!

And it grows bigger in the cold.

Sczarni RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

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Here is an idea to fix some of the weapon complaints for the warpriest (based off an earlier post of mine in the warpriest discussion):

Blessed Weapons: At 1st level, the warpriest gains +1 to hit with his blessed weapons. The favored weapon of his deity is always considered a blessed weapon. Whenever the warpriest prepares his spells for the day, he may designate one additional weapon he is proficient with as a blessed weapon. Every four levels thereafter (5th, 9th, 13th, and 17th), this bonus increases by +1. (This would keep the warpriest at 3/4 BAB, but increase the chance to hit with a weapon of his deity and another of his choosing. By removing Weapon Focus as a free feat and gaining a flat bonus, you give the option for the warpriest to be on even footing with a full BAB character without removing the option to still take Weapon Focus.)

A warpriest may use the favored weapon of his deity as a divine focus for his spellcasting. At 9th level, his deity's favored weapon is also treated as the same alignment of his deity for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction. (This increases the flavor of the ability by tying into a deity and gives a bonus to encourage a player to use the favored weapon of the deity without a restrictive feel.)

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Aside: I like the current blessings. They are unique and I believe they add alot of flavor to each domain, without being just a boring list (feats, magic item special qualities, etc) that a player can select from at certain levels. I like that most of them give a special ability to a weapon/ally at first level, that is normally gained at a higher level, different power level, or has not appeared before.

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I blame SM whenever I get to pet an adorable, flabby, fuzzy kitty belly!

I blame Cosmo when the kitty scratches me.


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James, did you know there are erotica books about T-Rexes?

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Neil Spicer wrote:
And, honestly, if you're in RPG Superstar for the long-haul, you should have the chops to crank out a 750- or 1500-word submission for them in practically no time at all.

We all can't be the word vomiting, polymath stenographer you are!


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Anthony Adam wrote:

Ok, this is going to sound really odd this request is...

Could we have a theme chosen soon for the NEXT issue, please?

The reason I ask is that we will soon be entering the annual time consuming fun known as RPG Superstar, so I would like the opportunity to think about the next Wayfinder while I still have some spare time - grin.

And just in case, "A pretty please WITH a cherry on top" to the request :D

Prioritize!

Looking at previous years deadlines for RPGSS, unless you make it to a later round, you have no need to worry. If you do make it to a later round, you have plenty of time between submissions to work on something. If you are worried about voting, forum participation, and playtesting; draw a line in the sand and decide whether RPGSS or Wayfinder is more important to you.

Plus think of poor, poor Tim! He has to sort and select current articles and finishing up another superbly done issue of an Ennie Award winning fanzine before he should start contemplating future issues. He has to worry about content, art, and adverts without the additional bother of answering questions and pondering about #11.

Just jot notes as fancy strikes and play when possible. My ideas for my submissions come out of ideas from various games I participate in and not just PF. Even playing in PFS can show insights into gaps where items are lacking.

Good luck on RPGSS and don't fret overmuch!

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Jeven wrote:
Michael Gentry wrote:
- A gazetteer of interesting regions and locales. However, NO DEFINITIVE MAP, as that strikes me as going against the fundamental theme of the First World being in constant flux.
A map of Golarion marked with areas connecting to First World realms would be useful though, like the maps they did for the "Into the Darklands" book.

Hear, hear!


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Tels wrote:
Lamontius wrote:

Tels, that was about as awkward as the time I watched an episode of Sex and the City with my Mom and my Baba

Awkward? Hmm, the fact that you are posting right now tells me that you are not picturing Cosmo jiggling his butt.

Of course, you are picturing that right now, so problem solved!

At least he isn't imagining Cosmo twerking using a stainless steel pole; wearing cowboy boots, daisy dukes, and his shirt knotted to expose his belly all whilst wearing a propeller hat.

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Unavailable? Due to gov'ment shutdown prolly...

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