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RPG Superstar 2015

Open Call: Design a Magic Item

Design a compelling magic item for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, using the Item Creation guidelines on page 548 of the Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook. The item must be a weapon, armor, ring, rod, or staff. Magic armor and weapons should be presented as a specific armor or specific weapon, not stand-alone special abilities (such as keen or bashing).

Entries must be submitted through the submission tool at paizo.com/rpgsuperstar beginning on December 9, 2014, and must be received by 2:00 PM Pacific time on December 16, 2014.

Public voting on Round 1 magic items begins December 18, 2014 and ends January 13, 2015.

Judges will announce the Top 32 entries on January 20, 2014.

All start and end times for Round 1 will be 2:00 PM Pacific time.

The entire submission, including the title, must not exceed 300 words. The submission form includes a Preview button to view what your submission will look like, and will give you a total word count for your submission.

For more information about submissions and RPG Superstar™, visit the Official Rules page or check the FAQ.

Presentation

Use the presentation for magic items found in the appropriate section of Chapter 15 of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook. The subject line of the submission form should contain only the name of the item. The body of the form should include only the complete item text in the appropriate format (this means the item name will be included in the body as well). DO NOT INCLUDE ANY PERSONALLY IDENTIFYING INFORMATION SUCH AS NAME, AVATAR NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER, AND SO ON IN THE SUBMISSION ITSELF. Your paizo.com account provides all of the information we need; repeating it in the submission may be grounds for disqualification.

For your convenience, the following text contains all the necessary message board formatting to make your submission comparable to those in the Core Rulebook. You may copy this text to help format your submission, but are not required to do so. Remember that improperly formatted entries may be disqualified. You should not use ALL CAPS for any part of your magic item submission. "ZZ" is a placeholder to indicate you should replace that text with appropriate information for your wondrous item. Additionally, BBCode tags do not work in the title field for your submission.

[b]ItemName[/b]
[b]Aura[/b] ZZstrength ZZschool; [b]CL[/b] ZZth
[b]Slot[/b] ZZslot; [b]Price[/b] ZZ gp; [b]Weight[/b] ZZ lbs.

[b]Description[/b]
ZZItemDescriptionParagraph

[b]Construction[/b]
[b]Requirements[/b] ZZfeats, ZZspells, ZZotherrequirements; [b]Cost[/b] ZZ gp

You must use the above format from the Core Rulebook, not the graphical magic item format used in Ultimate Equipment.

Disqualification

Submissions may be disqualified for the following reasons:

  • Submission is not a specific armor, specific weapon, ring, rod, or staff.
  • Submission is not anonymous.
  • Submission exceeds 300 words.
  • Submission does not conform to the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.
  • Submission is copied from a previously published source.
  • Submission uses rules or monsters from publishers other than Paizo.
  • Submission plagiarizes any copyrighted material from any publisher.


Which is more important: an item that has a lot going for it creatively, or an item that is perfectly balanced with no spelling or math errors?

An RPG Superstar™ does not see a contradiction between these "extremes." The best items will be both creatively unique and mechanically interesting. The voters must compare two items and select the one they prefer in order to determine what items go to the judges, so your item must stand out when compared to any other item. The judges must then sift through dozens of submissions for the first round, so you'll want to come up with something that stands out from the pack even among items popular with fans. That said, rules are important too. Try to create an item that is both well conceived and well designed, and you stand a better chance of being among the 32 contestants who will proceed to Round 2.

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Can I resubmit an item from last year?

No. In previous years Open Call submissions were a wondrous item. This year, the magic item must be a specific set of magic armor, a specific magic weapon, a ring, rod, or staff. The voters and judges also have long memories, and are not likely to advance an item that they recognize as similar to one passed on a previous year. Your best bet is to create an entirely new item specifically for this year's contest.

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Can I submit a shield as my item?

Yes. Specific magic shields are absolutely acceptable and are considered a form of magic armor for purposes of the official rules.

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Can I use the magic item layout from Ultimate Equipment?

No. You must use the format from the Core Rulebook appropriate to the type of magic item you submit, not the graphical magic item format used in Ultimate Equipment. A formatted magic item template is provided for you above in the Open Call Rules.

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Can I talk about my Open Call entry on the Paizo forums?

No. Not until the top 32 entries are announced on January 20, 2015. The selection process for Open Call is intended to be anonymous—voters and judges should not be able to identify who submitted a specific entry in any way. If you are talking about your item in a public forum (on paizo.com or elsewhere) before the Top 32 finalists are announced which identifies your entry, you will be disqualified.

If you find that a contestant is openly discussing their entry before the Top 32 are announced, please flag the post if it's on paizo.com or provide links/details if this is on a third-party site to contest@paizo.com.

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Will I be able to see the judges' comments on my entry?

The judges' comments will only be available for the top 32 entries, and fans will be able to consider that feedback in their own voting decisions in later rounds. The sheer volume of submissions for Open Call makes it impossible for the judges to provide feedback for all entries submitted. After the Top 32 have been announced, non-advancing contestants are free to post their entries to the RPG Superstar forums for feedback from their peers.

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How will the Open Call voting work?

Please see the Voting FAQ for more details on voting.

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