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RPG Superstar 2014 Dedicated Voter, 2015 Star Voter. Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Card Game, Companion, Maps, Pawns, Roleplaying Game Subscriber. FullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 977 posts (1,658 including aliases). No reviews. 1 list. No wishlists. 11 Pathfinder Society characters. 11 aliases.


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Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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Even if it's the funniest joke in the world, don't put it in your item description.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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siphoning souls vs siphoning souls

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items made from "an obscure type of [x] special material", which has none of the properties of [x] special material.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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Finger is not a slot.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
Found a few spells I thought were 3PP, just in obscure Companion or Setting books.

I've actually been learning quite a few new spells from the ACG through this process.

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The black raven wrote:
Several weapons obviously designed by players of martials that REALLY hate the casters. None done well enough yet though.

Yes, but I've seen just as many for casters that really want to be martials.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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I've now seen multiple items where the item name is not the name of the item -- I don't think I saw that at all last year.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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I have a new formatting pet peeve -- omitting the thousands separator.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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an extradimensional what?

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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When the DC is low enough that a 1st level Rogue who dumped Wisdom will succeed half the time...then don't bother including it.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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Wow, that's my item from last year in another form. I don't think you'll have any more luck with it than I did.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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You could have just used the monster's name...

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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Apparently there are a lot of people who want to play a Magus, without actually being a Magus.

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Additionally...
And then...
Also...

I loved your item when it had two powers. Please know when to stop.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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That's not a helpful protection.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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I've seen quite a few items which would make Darwin very happy...

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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Yeah, that would have been a really cool Wondrous Item.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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But you're never going to fight one of those there.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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I have now unequivocally seen a reference to my item in this thread.

Yay?!?

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I upvote for correctly using obscure Golarion deities.

But I downvote more for using them incorrectly.

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All right, I'll cop to it...I'm biased against weapons.

If your weapon doesn't do something actually interesting, it's likely to lose my vote to a SAK or SiaC. Because versatility is way cooler than dice of damage.

Not sure I'd fully realized that about myself before voting on this category.

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Not a bad idea, but they've put that exact item in an AP.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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I'm seeing a lot of goblin items.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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Weapon-that-isn't-a-weapon vs Rod-that-isn't-a-rod

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Drejk wrote:
Jacob Kellogg wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Ugh. What are "arcane spell-like abilities"?
Ones that aren't divine?
This is example of erroneous thinking I am referring to: spell-like abilities in general are neither arcane nor divine.

That isn't actually true. With the ruling that SLAs can serve as prereqs for Prestige Classes, there are now times you need to actually distinguish between Arcane and Divine SLAs.

EDIT: Ninja'd many times.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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If artifacts were DQ'd when we were doing Wondrous Items, even though they used an appropriate slot, then I have to think they'd still be DQ'd.

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My impression is that overall quality is up -- I don't think there will be as many items culled as last year.

Now I haven't seen as many truly great items as last year, but there seem to be a lot more solid, serviceable entries. I think the judges are going to have a lot of hard decisions to make.

Also: Don't be afraid of the snarky thread -- it's really been reasonably tame. Of course, it's early -- the snark will probably rise after two weeks of the same items.

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Covent wrote:
cwslyclgh wrote:
Covent wrote:
Still have not seen my item...
I was well into dedicated last year before I saw mine IIRC.
Yeah, me too. Just tired and was hoping to get lucky today. Thanks for the dose of realism however. I will keep hope alive.

I haven't seen mine, but I did verify that it was in the list.

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That is a beautiful, frightening Construction Requirement.

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nkerklaan wrote:
I think scythes are the most underrepresented weapon. I thought I'd see at least one Scythe of Death or whatever.

Do sickles count?

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Just because you call it something other than a Wondrous Item, doesn't keep it from being a Wondrous Item.

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nkerklaan wrote:
I'm finding anything with really bad format tends to be neither well-designed nor particularly interesting. So far, anyway.

There are exceptions. But not many.

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Plus: I learned new words.
Minus: I didn't want to know those words.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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You've been paying attention to recent FAQ rulings, haven't you?

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That's a cool idea, but if the GM has to invent rules on the fly for it to work...then you're not finished designing it.

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Jeff Lee wrote:
*twitch* That's not how that word is spelled. *twitch*

But at least they were consistent.

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pH unbalanced wrote:
Or you could play a Magus...

No, really. There's an archetype that does exactly that. I promise.

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Or you could play a Magus...

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Jeff Lee wrote:
pH unbalanced wrote:
Are portals the new filigree?
I think slime is the new filigree.

So if the slime comes through a portal...

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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I suppose removing random verbs from your sentences is one way to get down to 300 words.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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No earthbreakers here. But lots of chakrams.

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Are portals the new filigree?

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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I'm totally convinced that you were always intended to be a ring.

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Moik wrote:
Genuine wrote:

I have yet to see an item with more than 200 words that I liked. Plenty have been up-voted, but none are getting added to my personal list.

I'm also finding it odd that staffs keep coming up against plainly bad items.

I find the items above 200 are generally swiss army knives that either disregard action economy or slot economy. Items below that generally only try to be good at one thing, and that makes them generally more well-designed to me.

I also think that these categories of items shave about 20-30 words off of what a similar Wondrous Item would need, because the base items are more standardized.

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JJ Jordan wrote:
My item came up. Awesome! The item it was paired against was awesomer. Bummer.

I sincerely hope you voted for your own item regardless.

Unless it was up against mine, of course.

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Mikael Sebag wrote:
pH unbalanced wrote:
I mark down for making assumptions about the gender of the user.
Well, aren't the genders determined by the iconics in the case of class-specific items?

Yes, but that's not what I mean. It's not pronouns, it's assuming that only individuals of one gender would desire or require a particular item.

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nkerklaan wrote:
I've yet to see a really good shield. I think shields were the real hard mode.

I was just thinking the same thing.

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I mark down for making assumptions about the gender of the user.

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Wow, I'd never even heard of that spell. Clever use of it.

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Kiraya TiDrekan wrote:
Blarg. Just saw an item very similar to my item. I happen to think my item is better (of course I'm biased ;) ) but it also means the core idea isn't unique which probably means it isn't superstar for either of us. :P

I'm in the same boat. The names were even extremely similar.

I think part of this is the short timetable -- less opportunity to realize you're mining a common trope.

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