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RPG Superstar 2013 Marathon Voter, 2014 Marathon Voter, 2015 Star Voter. 1,832 posts (1,881 including aliases). No reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 1 alias.


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Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

I am up to 5 items in my keeper document... they shall find a use in my home games.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

James Raine wrote:
Why is every warhammer of infinite smiting made of mithral and +3?

possibly for the same reason that every Holy Avenger is a +2 cold iron longsword (or a +5 holy cold iron longsword in the hands of a paladin), and every dagger of venom is a back +1 dagger with a serrated edge, and mace of smiting is always a +3 adamantine heavy mace... If you tell people that they are supposed to be designing "Specific Weapons" like the ones in the core rulebook, they are going to be taking their cues from the specific weapons in the core rulebook.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

250 votes, 380 unique items... need to take a break and deal with life for a while.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

shrug through my first 125 votes the most I saw a given item was 3 times (although there were 5 different items I saw 3 times)... after 238 votes the most I have seen any given item is 6 times (only one item so far). it actually seems better then last year as far as repeats go.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

GM_Solspiral wrote:
anyone else collecting items like they were pokeman

I've puled out 5 to keep and use at home so far.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

There are quite a few solid items this year, in fact I am finding voting to be less of a chore than it was last year.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Item I really don't like vs. item with poorly described undefined powers... guess don't like gets the nod.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

I know economy of words is all the rage... but if you spend less than 100 words on your item and the powers are vague an ill-defined... you might want to dedicate a few more words to it.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

got to 200 votes tonight... my eyes are refusing to focus... done for now.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Covent wrote:
Still have not seen my item...

I was well into dedicated last year before I saw mine IIRC.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

after 200 votes I have 314 unique items... my vision is swimming, so I best stop for the night.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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please... please... if you name your item one thing, do not refer to it by another name later in the statblock...

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

3 items for the keeper lst so far for me... good job keeper designers.

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if your item can only be destroyed in one highly specific way... it is an artifact and doesn't belong in the competition.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

The object is to make magic items... so why I do I keep seeing masterwork weapons, armor and/or shields that do XYZ? is it too much to give that b*&~# a +1?

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

your a cool item but with no formatting what so ever I can't vote for you over the less cool item that followed the rules.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Drejk wrote:
Lots of items showing that their authors have good ideas but really need editorial oversight and better system mastery to execute those ideas in decent way.

lots of this

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

after 125 votes I have 207 unique items on my spread sheet.

The most times I have seen any one item is 3 (but there are 5 different items that I have seen 3 times).

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

both the wanted nail and the provocateurs pamphlet are from last year according to my spread sheet.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

formatting is just about the lowest criteria for me, only considered as a tie breaker unless it is particularly egregious(as in completely absent)

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

based on what I have seen so far (through 20 pairings) I am still happy with my entry.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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simply flipping sides and giving me the same two items is not going to change my vote.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

seems to be working right now

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Nazard wrote:
Um...I'm seeing wondrous items...from last year. Anyone else?

me too

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

it started working for me... first pairing two wondrous items? (that I swear I saw last year)...

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

I am never going to make Marathon again at this rate...

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

well I guess I am setting up and keeping a spread sheet this year as well... I hadn't panned on it, but found myself setting up the spread sheet a half hour ago.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

theheadkase wrote:
cwslyclgh wrote:
theheadkase wrote:
here's hoping for a 3rd marathon voter tag.
One of my goals as well
As well as an RPG Superstar Top X(X) badge...

well, yes, that is a given.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

well I suspect that Mr. Risner's guess was a bit low, but even increasing it by say 20%, we still end up with fewer than 1000 precull entries.

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James Raine wrote:
Zahir ibn Mahmoud ibn Jothan wrote:
2300? Didn't we have like 1000 last year?
No? It was like 1700, after DQs and before the cull, IIRC.

really... last year it was postulated that there were only 503 unique items post cull which would put the pre-cull numbers at ~630

James Risner wrote:

2109 votes

496 unique items I've seen since cull
503 suspected items in the database

Someone should throw us a bone and let us know the exact number in the DB so we know the 503 is correct. ;-)

here is a LINK to the thread where the claim was made.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Well you can ask (there are no rules saying asking is not allowed)... but if history is any indication no official answer will be forthcoming... although there is a pretty good chance that by the time voting ends somebody will have figured out roughly how many entries there were.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

theheadkase wrote:
here's hoping for a 3rd marathon voter tag.

One of my goals as well

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Me too, I missed year one because by the time I found out about it round 1 was over.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

I like my item, and am happy that I submitted it... it would be a lie if I said that every year I don't end up seeing items that I like better than mine though (and the last two years with the public voting, quite a few of the items I like better than mine don't make the top 32... while items that make the top 32... in fact since public voting began only about 20% of my personal favorites have made the top 32).

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Anthony Adam wrote:
Doc_Outlands wrote:

I'm not worried about the *rules* for disqualification, as I compared my submission against them twice before hitting submit, and I assume my rather more-seasoned pit-crew did, as well. I'm interested in the *notification* of disqualification. Totally different animal. As such, Anthony's was the more useful answer. Long answer short - "you won't, really."

I asked, because I'd seen a few comments by submitters saying, effectively, "aaaaand, I'm DQ'd." I assumed there was an official channel by which submitters were notified if it was found they'd inadvertently breached the DQ-list and was interested in knowing what that was.

Indeed, you got it.

You can never know for sure unless ask for feedback and someone says "I flagged that for DQ because...", but even then you may not have been DQ'd - the judges review all the DQ flagging and may decide the entry doesn't warrant DQ. It's rare, but it does happen.

The only reasons for DQ that you can be 100% positive of at this stage are

a) it was the wrong type of item
b) it wasn't for pathfinder
c) it was 301 words or more
d) it wasn't submitted in English.

I get the feeling your worry is not any of those.

and b) might not always do it... the first year of public voting there was an item that had obviously been designed for AD&D rather than pathfinder, to the point of producing spell effects and using spells that do not exist in Pathfinder (for example continual light), and after I flagged it for DQ Sean sent me an IM letting me know that they were allowing it to continue on... of course I didn't see it again after the first cull, so perhaps they just decided that it was doing poorly enough that they didn't need to worry about it.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Feedback for GM_S

GM_Solspiral wrote:

** spoiler omitted **

Lots of cool factor but figured it would get labeled a portal crossbow, it had some unclear text, and most damming I felt it too thematically similar to last year's submission from me Shadow Archer's Gage

** spoiler omitted **...

The arbelast is cool, but I can see where your concerns about it come from (although I am not sure being thematically similar to last years submission would be a problem in and of itself).

The chimera shield is cool as well, but as written is a bit over powered IMO although since you don't have a price listed that may have been taken into account in a way when it was finished.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

The two items that I briefly thought about and rejected before going with my actual entry were:

A set of armor that allowed the wearer to shadow-blend and gave a few other darkness related abilities... rejected because I figured there would be a lot of competition in that niche.

and

A crossbow that caused its bolts to do bludgeoning damage and made an automatic trip attempt against those that were hit. rejected mainly because I couldn't come up with a name I liked for it in under five minutes.

I'd post statblocks but neither of them got past the rough planning stage.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

I, for one, love drawing maps of all sorts... in fact I think the rounds this year (and the order they are in) play to my strengths very well, if I can just get past the magic item round...

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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I on the other hand was not bothered by the shorter time frame... my long, considered, tinkered with, play tested, tinkered with some more, polished, submissions from previous years never amounted to much... so this year I decided before hand that I was going to think on my feet... Therefore, I pulled my submission out of my ass over the course of about 20 minutes yesterday afternoon. Let's see if spontaneity gets me further than forethought in this case.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

I am sure I'll keep a file with some of my favorite for use in my home games... but I am not planning on keeping a detailed spreadsheet like I did the first year of public voting, or even a list of unique items seen like I tried to keep up last year.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
There is not. Sadly, I think most of use have looked at something we produced and, when it was too late, thought "I have a MUCH better idea now!"

isn't that the truth (and not just with Superstar Items).

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

If he has to drive through Bellevue it probably feels like he is relocating on a daily basis... the 520 bridge (which will avoid some of the Bellevue traffic if he is coming from Seattle) has commute problems of its own. When I lived in Renton and was attending classes at the UW, I took the bus over the bridge and through Bellevue every day, so I got to experience both sets of commute problems. I got a lot of reading done on the bus rides though.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Mikko Kallio wrote:
Template Fu wrote:
Equalizing Stave

While it's not a SiaC as some people already pointed out, and it is a pretty cool effect, there is a fatal mistake in it: It doesn't fit the design space of staves. Staves always have a bulleted list of spells, and each of the different uses spends a number of charges. This one is built much like a wondrous item both in presentation and mechanics. It might get past the voters' radars, but Mark and the other judges wouldn't be fooled.

Minor nitpicks:

* Staff is not a weapon type (you probably meant quarterstaff; is it +3/+3 or is only one end enchanted?)
* Targets > target's (Template Fu!)
* No save vs the effect is very harsh despite the price tag; if it spent some charges, it wouldn't be quite so bad.

Still, as I said, very cool effect. :)

I agree it is not really a staff... now as a Rod...

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Nickolas Floyd wrote:
Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
Thanks for not murdering me in my sleep for invalidating the wondrous item you had ready-to-go. :)

Oh, well you are certainly welcome, Owen. Certainly... Welcome.

I'm going to go take those explosives off your car now, ok? Ok.

Wait he sleeps in his car? Somebody needs to ask for a raise I think... I mean I know the east side is expensive, but that's ridiculous... :P

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Mikko Kallio wrote:
And preview, always preview the item before submitting! :)

This, if for no other reason than to get an official word count (which is often different than the one word gives according to their calculations).

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Rodjir:
Click >HERE<
look beneath the block of text that includes the judges and above the table that has the schedule... there should be a submit button.

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For the rod of rulership it looks like they added half the base price of the apparent worth of the rod(see first sentence of the description) to the cost.

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got this years rejection in.

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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, Star Voter 2015

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.

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