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So You Want to be a Game Designer?

Think you have what it takes to create epic adventures for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game? Roll for initiative as RPG Superstar, the largest open-call search for undiscovered talent in roleplaying game design, is now open! Now in its 7th year, RPG Superstar is Paizo Publishing's annual competition to find the best and brightest unknown game designers.

Four finalists will be offered professional writing contracts with Paizo Publishing, an opportunity to begin their game design careers working on the world's best-selling roleplaying game. The winner of RPG Superstar 2014 will write a Pathfinder Module to be published by Paizo. Three runners-up will win the opportunity to write Pathfinder Society Scenarios.

Entries are reviewed and critiqued by industry veterans, game design rockstars, and the paizo.com community. RPG Superstar is hosted by Paizo Designer, Sean K Reynolds. This year's judging panel panel includes:

Peter Adkison, Gaming LegendRich Baker, Writer
Judy Bauer, EditorJohn Compton, Developer
Liz Courts, Cartographer & WriterAdam Daigle, Developer
Crystal Frasier, Artist & WriterLee Hammock, Designer
James Jacobs, Creative DirectorRob Lazzaretti, Cartographer
Russ Morrissey, ENWorldPatrick Renie, Developer
Amber Scott, Writer

Learn more about our judges here.

The contest consists of four design challenges spanning several weeks. The first round is an open call for Wondrous Items, and the community will vote on their favorites from the hundreds of submissions. From there, a panel of celebrity judges will select the best 32 of the most-popular entries. Those 32 will be assigned a new design task and their entries will be posted on paizo.com for the public to read, critique, and vote on. The designs garnering the most votes in each round will continue on to subsequent rounds. The winner of RPG Superstar 2014 will be announced on March 1, 2014.

Will you have what it takes to be the next RPG Superstar?

RPG Superstar™ 2014 Schedule

Round Round Begins Entries Due Entries Revealed Voting Begins Voting Ends Winners Announced
1 Open Call: Design a Wondrous Item
2 Top 32: Create a Bestiary Entry
3 Top 16: Design an Encounter
4 Top 4: Module Pitch
All events are at 2 PM Pacific time. Dates and times displayed above are in the US/Pacific time zone.

RPG Superstar™


Subforums:
General Discussion
Top 4: Module Pitch
Top 16: Design an Encounter
Top 32: Create a Bestiary Entry
Open Call: Design a Wondrous Item
Previous Contests
RPG Superstar™ 2013, RPG Superstar™ 2012, RPG Superstar™ 2011, RPG Superstar™ 2010, RPG Superstar™ 2009, RPG Superstar™ 2008

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