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RPG Superstar 2013 Marathon Voter, 2014 Marathon Voter. 1,784 posts (1,833 including aliases). No reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 1 alias.


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Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

Although it got moved to the potentially culled list, I am almost certain that I saw the 'Clacket Jacket' the day before voting ended (I had stopped keeping my personal spread sheet updated by that point though, so I can't be 100% certain... call me 99% sure)

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

I've got about 12 items on my really like/keeper list, which I will be happy to share publicly after the top 32 are revealed.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

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Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
Christopher Anthony wrote:
Just dropping by to confirm that 551 is NOT the number of remaining entries. ;)
What about 551 minus the number of items I have submitted for DQ after the cull?

so there are what...5 left?

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

Azouth wrote:
85 Words vs 80 Words

brief and briefer

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

Don Hastily wrote:
Erick Wilson wrote:
Ok, one thing I'm a little confused about: A lot of people are discussing how to integrate their monsters smoothly into a given Golarion city/region, which makes sense if the submission is assumed to be written for, say, an adventure path. Bestiary entries, on the other hand, seem to specifically avoid mentioning specific Golarion locations. So maybe I missed a clarification somewhere, but I'm wondering now which I'm supposed to do. I assumed it was the latter (Bestiary style), but so much of the chatter here seems to assume its the former (adventure path style) that I'm starting to get concerned about looking lazy if my entry doesn't mention specific Golarion environs.
It is my understanding that both ways are acceptable. My question is which way will be better received by the voters?

As I voter, I can honestly say it doesn't matter to me which way they go about tying it to the setting (so long as the attempts to tie the monster to the setting do not take up so much of the word count that the monster suffers in other areas).

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

I hate having to vote for this item... but its up against pimp bling...

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

Both items have OF in the name but only one has a THE...

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

Well I've already shared my first entry (Spirit Bottle) and last years entry (Scarf of Battle Trickery) so I might was well share the three items that came in between...

Sphere of Searing Smoke
Aura moderate abjuration and conjuration; CL 9th
Slot --; Price 30,000 gp; Weight --.
Description
This perfectly formed, clear glass sphere is about two inches in diameter. The sphere appears to be filled with roiling smoke shot through with occasional flashes of flame, and is always warm to the touch. When held in the hand the sphere protects the holder from fire, each time the holder would normally take fire damage subtract 20 from the damage dealt. Additionally, the orb grants its holder the ability to see normally through smoke, steam, mist, fog, or other such concealing clouds, though it will not aid in seeing through darkness or other non-cloudy forms of concealment. Finally, the sphere is very fragile, and it can be shattered by dropping or throwing it against any relatively hard surface. Should the sphere break, it will explode in a small puff of flame and smoke, the smoke will then rapidly expand into a thick cloud with the same dimensions (and effects) of a fog cloud spell. Inside of the cloud, and unable to leave its area, a large fire elemental will appear and attack anything living that is also in the cloud. The cloud and elemental will persist for a maximum of 18 rounds, with the smoke dissipating earlier if the elemental is slain before the 18 rounds have passed, if the cloud is dispersed earlier, such as by a strong wind, the elemental will vanish as well. Of course, breaking the sphere in this manner destroys the item.
Construction
Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, Extend Spell, resist energy, summon monster V; Cost 15,000 gp

Spindle of the Moirai
Aura moderate illusion, and necromancy; CL 9th
Slot --; Price 50,000 gp; Weight --.
Description
These sewing spindles are made of bone and wrapped with 6 feet of a fine thread. To use the spindle the bearer must measure out a foot of thread and apply a needle to one end there after the user can target a living creature within 100 feet.
Each of the following afflictions can be tried, as a standard action, once per target:
Gesturing toward his eye with the needle the user can cause the target’s eyes to be sewn shut; the target takes 1d4 points of damage and is [blinded]* unless a fortitude save (DC 13) is made. This blindness lasts until the stitches are removed (a full round action).
Gesturing toward his mouth the user can cause the target’s mouth to be sewn shut; the target takes 1d4 points of damage and is prevented from speaking unless a fortitude save (DC 13) is made. Creatures that have their mouths sewn cannot make bite attacks or speak (unable cast spells with verbal components or utilize command word activated magic items). This condition lasts until the stitches are removed (a full round action).
Finally by cutting the thread the user can try to slay the target. The target must make a fortitude save (DC 17) or take 12d6+9 points of damage, if the save is successful the target instead take 5d6+9 points of damage. This is a magical Death effect. Once the thread is cut that particular target can never again be targeted by that spindle. Cutting destroys a foot of thread and once the sixth foot is cut the spindle loses its powers.
Construction
Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, blindness/deafness, silence, slay living; Cost 25,000 gp

*added for clarification here, the word blinded was accidentally cut from my entry, and I didn't notice until after I had posted it.

and

Ragamuffin Cloak
Aura moderate transmutation; CL 9th
Slot shoulders; Price 24,000 gp; Weight 1 lb..
Description
This long multicolored woolen cloak is frayed, tattered, and covered with patches. Despite its shabby appearance the cloak is a very useful item; the wearer can cause the worn cloak to move and grasp of its own accord. The wearer gains a +5 competence bonus to Climb and Sleight of Hand checks, and can use Sleight of Hand to attempt to lift small objects from targets up to 10 feet from her current position. As a standard action the wearer can use the cloak to attempt use one of the trip, steal or disarm combat maneuvers against an opponent up to 10 feet away without provoking an attack of opportunity. All standard rules of stealing, tripping and disarming apply, save that a failed disarm attempt will never cause the wearer to drop the cloak. Finally the cloak gives the wearer a +5 competence bonus to CMB and CMD when grappling. Unfortunately, because of its odious appearance, the wearer suffers a -2 penalty to all charisma based skill checks where appearance or social class might be a factor.
Construction
Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, telekinesis; Cost 12,000 gp

one note of interest is that (before this year at least,) all but one of the items that I entered started with the letter 's' Spirit, Sphere, spindle, and scarf.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

Nothing wrong with an urbane urban monster...

I like the rules for this round.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

James Risner wrote:

857 votes since cull, 525 unique items, 25 remaining known that I have yet to see. That makes 550 items minimum.

If you have seen unique items since the cull that are not on the post cull item list on the other thread could youadd them too it maybe (or PM the person who is keeping that list with a list of items you've seen post cull that are not on it)... so that people who might be checking that list to see if their item made it through can have a load taken off their mind.

I know I have not seen my item post cull while voting, and only know it made it through the cull because of the list on that thread.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

There is a scabbard that I think is very creative and really, really, like. It might well be my favorite item that I have seen this year, I saw it a couple times pre-cull, and now just saw it again.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

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heck, there are items that I've made fun of on the other thread that I consistently vote for... don;t take the ramble thread too seriously.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

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Dove vs. Dove... and the Dove takes it...

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

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I read and comment on this (and the ramble thread) more to pass the time between vote than to look for mention of my object, in all honesty.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

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Aaron Miller 335 wrote:
Sean McGowan wrote:
Eric Morton wrote:
Unfortunately, I suspect that the 1.8-million-gp item may have been culled, so I may never get to see it in all its overpriced glory.
I feel your pain. Rainbow poo never crossed my path pre-cull and I fear it's gone forever now...
Don't lose hope.

Aint this the truth, I've seen several items post cull that I was sure would have been cut.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

Orthos and Lamontius... I was fine with Zahir's answer... really.

(and I am not a big fan of gunslingers or firearms in Pathfinder myself, but I try to hold that against the items presented to me).


wall of thorns is no more an actual wall than a blade barrier is an actual barrier... you can walk though both but take damage doing so.


I think the specific (wall of thorns spell text) overrides the general (Woodland strides broader limitation text)

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

hooded lanterns do not shine in cones, you're looking for bullseye.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

a consumable item that costs HOW much made it though the cull????

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

you had plenty of words to spare, if you had given it a cool visual to tie it in better I could almost forgive your for that random power that you tacked on in the last sentence. As it is, once again a cool item becomes less cool through over tinkering.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

James Risner wrote:


Have they culled? Because the quality of items in the last 163 votes is significantly better than the first 48 hours of voting.

yes

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

Feros wrote:
Zahir ibn Mahmoud ibn Jothan wrote:
I'm counting on Feros to have seen my item post-cull and posting such on the 22nd!
Umm...I'm not keeping track of what I see post cull that I saw pre-cull. Should I?

some of us did last year (in fact I didn't even start keeping track until after the cull last year).

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

Sean K Reynolds wrote:

The 60% against was the factor in whether or not an item was culled; it just so happened that that was about 20% of the items in the pool.

In other words, it's not a linear scale; if 70% against was the cutoff, perhaps only 10% would have been culled, and if 50% against was the cutoff, perhaps 40% or 45% would have been culled. It all depends on how the votes arranged themselves for and against the lowest-ranked items.

In other other words, the goal behind the cull was not to remove a certain number of items, but to remove items that had below a certain voter approval rating.

good to know

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

8 more votes, then I have work to do.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

interestingly enough at least one item that requires you to have another specific magic item before it can be used made it through the cut.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

interesting that 20% rather than 25% was cut in the cull this time... I wonder if that is an indication that the number of entries is down some from last year.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

Drejk wrote:
At least two different items that bestow croak spellblight...

I got them both against each other yesterday IIRC

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

there is always a twist (so much so that if there was no twist that would be a twist in and of itself).

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

so tempted to vote both on this pairing... one MUST be better, somehow...

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

Both times I've seen mine so far its been up against stinkers (in one case literally), So I haven't had to worry about picking between it and an obviously better item (and there are some out there)...

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

I did not say you did... that's why I asked... I was seeking to ascertain the meaning of your use of visceral in the previous post, which can be used in different ways.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

Do you not like the summoner and Gunslinger classes Zahir?

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

Two very different items, both of which add a flavor paragraph at the end which sort of lets down an otherwise decent item.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

Azouth wrote:

I have been thinking about when is it ok for an item to be a different type over what it normal should be.

Examples:
Ring of Force Shield -- is like a heavy shield but is a ring

bladed belt -- is many masterwork weapons but is a Wondrous Item, though it can be magicked like any other weapon

How much leeway is there?

Can you think of any other magic items like these?

I don't know Azouth, I think items like the Glove the probably should be a staff works fine as the occasional wondrous item, and wouldn't be too out of place in a compendium of magic items... but that is not really what this composition is looking for they are looking for superstar items, and the real question is whether items that barrow too heavily from other categories are 'superstar'

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

Andrew Black wrote:
I think the level of items over all is a lot better than last year... I bet next year will be even better.

I quite agree.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

Eric Hindley wrote:
It depends. If you have automatic spacing between paragraphs in your word processor, that won't carry into the BBC box. You have to manually add spaces (which looks like triple spacing in Word, for example).

As a side note, if you plan on doing much writing, you are going to want to know how to disable that automatic spacing and such, most (but not all) publications still prefer standard paragraph format (no space between paragraphs and indent the first word).

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

I've seen a couple items now wherein the name felt soul sucking, but after reading it I found them to be decent to good items.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

I believe that is indirectly refering to lack of proper formating putting you over word count (say you have 299 words in your entry and leave out the Cost: xxgp) in the requirements section, those two words would disqualify you. Also if you format the item for another gaming system entirely (I think I'll enter the item I created for Mongoose's version of Rune Quest, and not change it one bit to make it a pathfinder item...)that is grounds for disqualification.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

Pan wrote:
What is a "medium" arrow?

one that hasn;t been super-sized?

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

The Shining Fool wrote:

The errors I have seen are lack of bolding and incorrect line breaks, that sort of thing.

That kind of stuff isn't grounds for disqualification.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

somewhat uninspired item that requires other items to work vs. Joke item that doesn't manage to make it past the joke stage... sigh.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

Awesome

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

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anything stupid... oh damn it.

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There are some gloves that I really like, despite some rather severe pricing problems.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

I would think that finding mentions of your item on this thread could generally be seen in a negative light (although just because somebody says "oh no another Torc!" is not that bad if you entered a torc, I seriously doubt anybody is voting against torcs on general principle) while if you find something that could be your item mentioned on the "Incessant Praise" thread, you should feel good about it.

I do not know if it will make much of difference in advancement though, some items on this thread (those that are blatant in their problems, or failed to follow the rules mostly) will certainly not advance... but lots of items that I see and think to my self "that's the one s/he was talking about on the ramble thread' have at least a decent chance to make it.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

I have found a couple like that... not sure what I'll do if I get both of them together.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

Item with cost and price the same... still better than what it's up against.

(actually other than the cost/price thing I rather like this items visual and effect)

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

Others may have mentioned this but, for future reference... if your item includes a DM/GM's note section, or an additional paragraph where you explain your design process, apologize for something about your item, or otherwise include commentary that is not part of the item description it will have have a very, very hard time getting a vote from me.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

Feros wrote:
And another new item! That's two today!

my third pairing today was two brand new items... haven't seen another one since.

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