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Congratulations to all the Superstars!

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EDIT: Thought better of this post...probably a bit too personal. Saved the text elsewhere..may refine and repost later.

Sorry about the bother.

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Cake...or death?

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mamaursula wrote:
quibblemuch wrote:
mamaursula wrote:
quibblemuch wrote:

Well, it's been fun. Now it's in the judges' hands.

Before I go, I'd like to say, deeply, sincerely, from the bottom of my heart, that, if I don't advance to the Top 32, I hate each and every one of you who does. Seriously. I will devote the rest of my dwindling days on this earth to turning your lives into wretched tragic woe-operas of pain and misery. There is no length I will not go to, no plot too convoluted, no expense too great for the vengeance I will bring down upon those who have the temerity to advance if I do not. The ghostly victims of every blood-soaked vendetta in history will fall silent before the grim spectacle of my aggrieved onslaught. It will take years and cost millions of lives and billions in conventional weapons, but I will be requited this snub. You have been warned. It shall be so.

Okay then. I'm off to sketch a few tentative maps.

[sarcasm] I know I for one will remember this moment and if you do make it into the Top 32, I will mercilessly mock and deride your entries regardless of their merit in an effort to preemptively get even with you and your implied slights against me. [ /sarcasm]
That seems entirely reasonable. I look forward to it, and can only hope that when I inevitably break down sobbing under the relentless and disproportionate assault, it will be in a public place like a Bennigan's and that I retain no measurable semblance of dignity.
I would prefer you have your meltdown here on the forums and fail to remember the hour long edit/delete window so it will be immortalized on the Paizo website. Then in future years I will trot out the link to further your shame and rub salt in the wound, thus ruining both our potential careers as game designers. Or maybe we'll just meet at Bennigan's and have a beer and laugh.

Wow. Y'all live in states that still have Bennigan's. Ours all went bankrupt several years ago.

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DeathQuaker wrote:

I'm pretty sure Paizo planned a cull regardless of anyone asking.

Likewise, if their intent is to share the rules ahead of time, they will. If they weren't planning to, I doubt this'll change things. That said, I can't find the post but I thought I recalled Owen Stephens saying the map rules would be posted ahead of time. Even so, this is only the first full day of judging, so the Superstar folks probably have other things on their plate.

At any rate, personally what I'd plea for is patience.

I agree with this, but I also think that there is never any harm in making a polite, well-reasoned request, which this was. As a corporate accountant, this time of year my available time is very very short, so I'll take every bit of additional prep time I can get.

And if I advance and I don't get any...well, I know what I signed up for.

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All right, lunch is over. Good luck everyone.

Sad I never managed to see my item in the wild.

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Just put an icky weapon on my keep list based on the number of times I've voted it up.

I hate it...but I love it.

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My keep list is up to 16. There's one very kawaii ring I'd love to put on there, but I can't remember the name and don't know if it survived the cull.

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She's breaking up...she's breaking up!

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Music therapy sounds interesting. I do something similar with putting together ultra-specifc playlists for specific tasks.

To this day, Frank Zappa always helps me focus when interpreting accounting rules since I listened to his albums exclusively while studying for the CPA exam.

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After Laurie Anderson, it would be Cake for me...they were playing at Bumbershoot every few years for a while there and always do a great show.

The person that I most want to see that I never have is Janelle Monae. Followed closely by Hatsune Miku. ;)

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Druid Armor vs Druid Armor

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Windy Shield vs Windy Bow

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mamaursula wrote:
GM_Solspiral wrote:
mamaursula wrote:
GM_Solspiral wrote:
2 rings but one of them puts this song in my head despite having nothing to do with robot unicorns
Man does that ever take me back. I saw them in concert for my very first concert, they opened for Duran Duran. I was young, it was the 80s, don't judge me.
I was busy being annoyed that most of their members were composed of Depeche Mode but they sounded not at all like Depeche Mode.
I was young and inexperienced. My next concerts were Aerosmith with The Black Crowes opening and Rush with Primus opening (which I have seen several times, those silly Canadians.)

Don't feel bad...my first concert was Simple Minds (don't worry guys...I could never forget about you). Shriekback opened, which was pretty cool when I found out who they were later.

My second concert was Philip Glass...with Linda Ronstadt and the Roches on vocals.

The artist I've seen perform live the most is Laurie Anderson...which probably explains a lot.

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Coleman wrote:
I think people are sticklers for the math because math.

As an accountant, I can assure you that this is a universal truism. People greatly prefer to use measurables, even when those measurements are inappropriate to the situation.

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The flu this year is nasty. It completely knocked me out for a week, and two weeks on I'm still not at 100%.

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quibblemuch wrote:
pH unbalanced wrote:
quibblemuch wrote:
In fact, if you look at the pricing of staves in the PRD, they do not include a masterwork staff difference between the Cost and Price. That suggests that they are not masterwork.

Except that if you look at the pricing of Staves that can be used as magic weapons, they have the Cost and Price added for the weapon enchantment bonus, but nothing for masterwork.

That implies to me that they get Masterwork for free.

Which ones? The staff of aspects has a cost of 19,100 gp and a price of 37,600, which is 600 gp less than double the cost (for both ends). The same differential occurs in the staff of authority. And the staff of curses...

OK, I see what I was thinking when I was reverse-engineering staff costs to try and figure out if MW was included. With the Staff of Aspects (which was the example I used because it was the first staff alphabetically that had a weapon enhancement) MW is not included in the Price, but strangely it is included in the Cost.

Which is to say I calculated the Price without MW:

Aspect of the Wolf = 6000 (400 x 5 x 9 / 3)
Aspect of the Stag = 5400 (300 x 4 x 9 / 2)
Aspect of the Bear = 3600 (200 x 2 x 9)
Aspect of the Falcon = 1800 (200 x 1 x 9)
First End +1 Weapon = 1000
Second End +1 Weapon = 1000

Total Cost = 18,800
Double Cost = Price = 37,600

And it matched the price in the book, so I didn't look any further.

But as you've pointed out, that's not the listed cost: the listed cost is 19,100: half the price +300. Of course, that's wrong, too, because it should have MW on both ends, so I would have expected Cost 19,400, and then Price 38,200.

Does that make sense?

I thought I'd double-checked that theory against one other staff, but maybe not. There are very few other straightforwardly priced staves with weapon enhancements (most also have another ability that is harder to price).

Anyway, now I'm just not sure whether MW cost should be added, whereas before I was completely sure that it shouldn't be. Sigh.

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Fanged Ice Sword vs Fanged Ice Sword

Who's the fangiest, iciest sword of them all?

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*Whew!*

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...getting to 5,000.

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...to have any chance of...

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...posts, if we're...

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...make a lot more...

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...is going to have to...

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Obviously, someone...

Shadow Lodge

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The city of Magnimar is known for its worship of Empyreal Lords.

Also, it's going to seem like a picky point, but note that the Feat for Empyreal Lord worship is Celestial Obedience, not Deific Obedience. The prereqs are slightly different for the two, and Celestial Obedience only allows for the Mystery Cultist Prestige Class, not the ones listed in Inner Sea Gods.

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Thunderfrog wrote:
So is anyone feeling good enough about their item to say "I'm totally in the top 32?"

I just ran some numbers this morning, and I think my odds of making the Top 32 are about 1 in 8. That assumes that I'm not in the top tier of finishers, but that I have a decent shot at the Top100, where I can squeak into the last couple of spots.

It's also pretty clear that in order for me to be Top 32, that the category of item I created needs to be over-represented.

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quibblemuch wrote:
pH unbalanced wrote:
quibblemuch wrote:
In fact, if you look at the pricing of staves in the PRD, they do not include a masterwork staff difference between the Cost and Price. That suggests that they are not masterwork.

Except that if you look at the pricing of Staves that can be used as magic weapons, they have the Cost and Price added for the weapon enchantment bonus, but nothing for masterwork.

That implies to me that they get Masterwork for free.

Which ones? The staff of aspects has a cost of 19,100 gp and a price of 37,600, which is 600 gp less than double the cost (for both ends). The same differential occurs in the staff of authority. And the staff of curses...

Hmmm. Not what I remember, but you may well be right. I'll take a look at this tonight when I get home. Are you looking at Core staves or UE staves?

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quibblemuch wrote:
In fact, if you look at the pricing of staves in the PRD, they do not include a masterwork staff difference between the Cost and Price. That suggests that they are not masterwork.

Except that if you look at the pricing of Staves that can be used as magic weapons, they have the Cost and Price added for the weapon enchantment bonus, but nothing for masterwork.

That implies to me that they get Masterwork for free. (EDIT: i.e., by virtue of simply being magical)

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Coleman wrote:

In terms of influence, people have posted about how minimal the impact of an entrant having support of a pit crew is. Do we think that the rant threads would have more or less impact? Or about the same?

I would think that the rant threads would have more of an impact, because of the potential for influencing a larger number of total votes. I think it is mathematically impossible for pit crews to directly influence the voting.

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Clouds Without Water wrote:
Yeah, of all the rounds, the map round is the one that would be most outside my comfort zone.

Me too. I am an *extremely* non-visual person. Someone asked me once if I dreamed in color or black and white, and my answer was "sonar".

Fortunately, I have an excellent spacial sense, so I grok maps quite well. It's putting them into a visual medium that is going to be challenging.

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GM_Solspiral wrote:

Last year's rant thread was ugly, this year's thread was actually surprisingly positive... If you don't believe me read the old ramble thread sometime.

If we took that off paizo's board we take it off paizo's radar and take away consequences of those that clearly step over the "campaigning" line. The concern about conspiracies against certain items suddenly become valid if someone starts ranting and raving to 10-15 heavy voters on how much they hate the hot chocolate item* or how much they love the stone cakes item*.

Again I think this is a case where maybe the solution is on the first post add rules of the thread, make it clear the post is being monitored by say a couple champion voters who volunteer** to toss out warnings and flag really clear posts***.

It would also really help to have a link to a sub page in the rules announcement post about general forum behavior during the contest and maybe a recommendation against items that seem to cause volatility.

I very much agree with this. I also think that egregiously over-specific comments were more of a problem last year than they were this year.

Which doesn't mean we shouldn't have done better this year. There is still improvement to make.

The interesting thing about commenting on trends is this: If I don't like earthbreakers, I may just reflexively vote down all the earthbreakers I see. But if I see a comment saying "look at all these earthbreakers" then the first thing that I'm going to think is "whoa, some of these might be pretty good, I should make sure I scrutinize these more so I don't miss the good ones."

And, of course, it works the opposite way for a concept I'm biased towards. I know that I voted up the first 5 portal items I saw because they were "cool". But after that I started being a lot more picky as I looked for ways to distinguish them. That's something I did on my own before it was mentioned as a trend, but would have happened the same way if it had been pointed out to me before I noticed it.

Bottomline: For me, having a trend called out means that the best items in that trend are more likely to get an upvote than they otherwise would, and the worst items in that trend are more likely to get a downvote than they otherwise would.

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Anthony Adam wrote:
Tothric wrote:
not a rant

Quite alright - it wasn't a rant - you were telling us how much you learnt.

But all I wonder is, could you have learnt the same from reading the thread after all voting was done. I suspect you probably could have ;)

Thanks for #2 :P

Don't want to speak for Tothric, but for me the answer would be "no". A lot of the learning happens in the real-time interactive nature of voting, commenting, and reading other comments. I can't absorb things in the same way reading a 4k+ thread later.

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Hmmm. I've got three rods on my keep list (which is only 12 items long) -- but I wouldn't have thought anyone else would have ranked them particularly highly. Maybe I just haven't seen the awesome ones.

(3 Staves, 2 Rings, 1 Shield, 3 Weapons (1 sword, 2 ammunition) are the others.)

EDIT: Like someone else said, the number of weak keeps is very long, in all categories.

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Staff of Life vs Staff of Death

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99. Watch one play of the Seahawks game...

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Cthulhudrew wrote:
Minomori wrote:
"This Earthbreaker covered in runes, in the hands of a Dwarven Paladin born during an eclipse..."
No filigree?

Too delicate. Filigree is for elves.

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So are Dwarves the most popular race to design items for?

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Jeff Lee wrote:

*twitch*

Misspelled word in name of item...

*twitch*

Was it spelled right in one of the title blocks and wrong in the other?

I think I *just* saw that item.

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Jeff Lee wrote:
Clouds Without Water wrote:
Jeff Lee wrote:
I think I've seen enough swarm items to last me a while. That angle has been played out over the last few years of Superstar.
I mostly like the few swarm items I've seen this year.
None of the swarm-related items I've seen this year are bad. However, I'm seeing very few that are treading any new ground compared the various swarm items of past competitions. The ones that are are filling the gaps. I think next year someone would be hard-pressed to design a swarm item that would have me saying "that's a new way to incorporate swarms into design."

One difference is that this year there seem to be more that utilize vomit swarm -- not that that is much of a difference.

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With that name, my first thought was that you helped rangers train their animal companions proper toilet habits.

But I see now that you're all about assisting cat burglars.

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Shield has probably been my least favorite category, but I just saw my first keeper shield.

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I can't get over how good the pairings are post-cull.

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I *always* vote for my own item. Or would, if I'd seen it.

I don't have friends -- or at least none who entered or voted -- but they would not receive the same courtesy. Their items would have to compete on their own merits. (And perhaps that's why I don't have friends...)

Having said that, I've been in enough critique groups to know that having been part of someone else's creative process would increase my positive feelings about their items. But of course, any item that followed my critique advice would *obviously* be a superior item, and would deserve any vote I gave it.

I've considered negative voting -- especially voting down items which are the same type as my item -- but that would make me feel dirty. I'd rather maintain my right to righteous indignation than engage in mostly-ineffective perfidious voting.

Could a large campaign of negative voting influence the results of the cull? Maybe...but what I think it would really do is kind of flatten out the middle. My impression is that the cutoff for the cull is not a set number, but is also determined by looking for natural inflection points in the data curve. Unless half the electorate is engaging in persistent negative voting, I think all you're going to do is push that inflection point down -- resulting in a smaller cull. But even doing that would take, I think, a large percentage of the electorate to have any real effect, and I just can't see that happening.

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How do you create that item without referencing the Whisper in Bronze? At least obliquely.

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No: This item was owned by...

Yes: This item was designed by...

A subtle, but crucial distinction.

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*ducks*

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If you know about that metal, then you also know that it is "useless for crafting".

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Cthulhudrew wrote:
I want to see all the Earthbreakers in the competition in a Thunder Dome style gameplay against one another. Use one character build, with the different weapons, and just dice it out and see who emerges triumphant.

Funny thing about Earthbreakers...

I'm playing in a campaign with a Foehammer. (Dwarf-specific fighter archetype specializing in hammers.) Whenever I see an Earthbreaker, I judge it by whether that Foehammer would love it, or if it just does things that are already part of his class abilities. (It's about 50/50)

Because if your awesome hammer is redundant for a hammer specialist...there's not much point.

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James Raine wrote:
Chris Lambertz wrote:
Nickolas Floyd wrote:
If they were to do two smaller culls, that might be alright. Say 25% after 1/3 the voting time, and then 25% of the remainder 2/3 of the way in. More than 50% all at once is excessive and will kill many voter's enthusiasm for voting as well as for the competition in general.
That's actually a pretty interesting suggestion. I think one of the detriments of the contest is falling in the holiday season where planning the cull (or multiple culls) gets a bit tricky. I'll add this to our list of things we can improve/revisit next time around :)
You could also perhaps move it to January?

As a corporate accountant, that would kill me. The contest already borderline falls during what would be blackout time for me for freelancing, but pushing it any later would mean I'd just have to pass on it completely.

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