RPG Superstar Round 1 Voting Update

Friday, December 28, 2012

When we first discussed the idea of letting the fans vote on their favorite wondrous items, we didn't know what kind of participation we'd get. The response has significantly exceeded our expectations! These numbers, current as of the posting of this blog, show just how excited people are about this contest:

Total number of votes so far: 203,909
Number of votes cast in first hour: 3,762
Number of votes cast by top voter: 3,690
Number of people voting more than 100 times: 505

Your dedication has blown us away, so we'd like to return the favor by offering a little messageboard bling based on your participation. If you're one of the top participating RPG Superstar voters, you will earn a new title that will appear everywhere on the messageboards while voting is open,and display exclusively in the RPG Superstar forums once this year’s voting has ended. The tiers for RPG Superstar voting titles are:

100 votes: Star Voter
500 votes: Dedicated Voter
1,000 votes: Marathon Voter
5,000 votes: Champion Voter

Some fans have expressed concern that they're just sorting the bottom of the pile and not having any impact on the actual rankings of the items that have a chance of winning. At first it's fun to see items that aren't ready for superstar status, but after a while it's hard to keep voting when you see more bad items than good. We've got enough data now to begin culling the herd, so today we're going to drop the bottom 25 percent of items from the voting pool.

Thank you all for your help in this groundbreaking effort, and remember, the more data we get the better the results are, so vote early and vote often!

Gary Teter
Senior Software Developer

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RPG Superstar 2013 Top 8 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7 aka Demiurge 1138

If only I could vote faster than once a minute. I'm pretty familiar with most all of the items that have cropped up so far...
Edit: Or maybe not! Exciting!

Sczarni Star Voter Season 7

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Quote:
Number of votes cast by top voter: 3,690

8 days for 3690 votes...

That means 461.25 votes every day!
As you need to wait a minute to vote, that's 7.7 hours! Without wasting a second!
WOW...

Sovereign Court Dedicated Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7

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SunaKai wrote:
Quote:
Number of votes cast by top voter: 3,690

8 days for 3690 votes...

That means 461.25 votes every day!
As you need to wait a minute to vote, that's 7.7 hours! Without wasting a second!
WOW...

/salutes unknown top voter

Champion Voter Season 6, Champion Voter Season 7, Champion Voter Season 8, Champion Voter Season 9

Pathfinder Companion, Maps, Pathfinder Accessories, Pawns, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Yeah, I thought I was doing a lot...but not to that level (I think...)

Marathon Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 8

I must say, I am surprised to see some items made the cut.

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7 aka Draconas

That's a lot of votes. Wow.

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2011 Top 16 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7 aka primemover003

Yes, Dedicated Voter Achievement unlocked!

--Vrock the Vote!

Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Scott Fernandez wrote:

Yes, Dedicated Voter Achievement unlocked!

--Vrock the Vote!

Heh heh, you beat me by 7 minutes :P

Champion Voter Season 6, Champion Voter Season 7, Champion Voter Season 8, Champion Voter Season 9

Pathfinder Companion, Maps, Pathfinder Accessories, Pawns, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

I remember when I was Dedicated...now I am but a shadow of a man...

;)

Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9

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Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
SunaKai wrote:
Quote:
Number of votes cast by top voter: 3,690

8 days for 3690 votes...

That means 461.25 votes every day!
As you need to wait a minute to vote, that's 7.7 hours! Without wasting a second!
WOW...

Sounds like you are describing Neil :D

Star Voter Season 6

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Wow, dropping the bottom 25% has made a huge difference to the voting experience :)

Dedicated Voter Season 6

littlehewy wrote:
Wow, dropping the bottom 25% has made a huge difference to the voting experience :)

+1

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9 aka theheadkase

Agreed

Marathon Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7

1 person marked this as a favorite.

Brilliant. Thank you so much for this, guys, it's amazing to actually be part of the process this time and not just twiddling our thumbs for a month!

Scarab Sages Contributor , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka Steven T. Helt

Wow..this is great news. As an added bonus, now I'll get to voting more to see if I can spot my entry!

Star Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9

Still haven't seen mine... but great job everybody!

Liberty's Edge Star Voter Season 6

Has all tis voting been causing all the down time of Paizo.com lately?

Dedicated Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7

1 person marked this as a favorite.

As another plus, the minute delay doesn't bother me nearly as much now, since I am starting to have to actually think about my vote.

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16, Contributor

Zelkon wrote:
I'm so nervous that I was eliminated. Anyway, I hope to get to star voter.

I'm sure there was a surge of voting as all the entrants started working through to queue to see if their item was still in the queue. It's all part of Paizo's nefarious plan to keep voting up.

Grand Lodge Dedicated Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7

any idea on what item where droped?

Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8

The bottom 25%... so the items that the majority of voters were voting against no matter what they happened to be up against would be my guess.

Grand Lodge Dedicated Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8

Dennis Baker wrote:
Zelkon wrote:
I'm so nervous that I was eliminated. Anyway, I hope to get to star voter.
I'm sure there was a surge of voting as all the entrants started working through to queue to see if their item was still in the queue. It's all part of Paizo's nefarious plan to keep voting up.

You know me so well, Dennis.

Contributor , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8

Now I really want to see my item, I haven't seen it yet. Though I'm pretty sure it shouldn't be in the bottom 25%, but it would be nice to be reassured. :9

Scarab Sages RPG Superstar 2013 Top 16 , Marathon Voter Season 6 aka Albanus

Excellent move here to keep everyone invested.
Though I must say I hadn't realized I'd voted that much. I hope no one at work notices :P

Liberty's Edge Marathon Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
roger Gilbert wrote:
any idea on what item where droped?

Your, mine.

Spoiler:
Well, maybe not mine. Just kidding :P
Star Voter Season 6

I'm seeing some repeats now...Without seeing mine. Obviously I haven't voted too much, but nevertheless...
Some of the things that stayed in are probably worse than my item, so hopefullly...

Dark Archive Dedicated Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9

tag not important :) bottom 25% is! woo!

Marathon Voter Season 6

Hey, I haven't seen mine yet either even though I've been dedicated, as you can see by my badge right here.

I'm happy I've got something to show for all my hard work.

Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7

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I wonder if it's silly that seeing people with the tags has been enough to get me to want to vote more >_>

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Champion Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9 aka GM_Solspiral

On one hand- as a voter I'll be happy to see both a better quality of items and an improvement to my forum tags.

On the other- I'm 10 times more likely to chain myself to my desk until I see my item again to ensure to myself it isn't in the bottom 25%, and now I covet the better tag.

Clever Piazo, very clever indeed.

Scarab Sages Contributor , Star Voter Season 6

littlehewy wrote:
Wow, dropping the bottom 25% has made a huge difference to the voting experience :)

Time to go check it out -- thanks, Paizo!

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8

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I'm still seeing items I was sure would be in the bottom 25%, so the crop must have had some real junk in it.

Marathon Voter Season 6

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They gave me a tag once for being humble, but they took it away from me because I wore it.

Marathon Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka Clouds Without Water

2 people marked this as a favorite.

I'm surprised at a few that survived the cut, but I haven't seen a truly awful one since The Culling.

Dedicated Voter Season 6

I feel like I have been voting a lot but I am only a Star Voter. Some of you have been spending a serious amount of time on this.

Steve

Sczarni RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32 , Champion Voter Season 6, Champion Voter Season 7, Champion Voter Season 8, Champion Voter Season 9

1 person marked this as a favorite.
Jacob Trier wrote:
I'm still seeing items I was sure would be in the bottom 25%, so the crop must have had some real junk in it.

I am still seeing walkie talkies and other boring items. One of my favorites has not seen since the culling, sure its template was poorly done, but I really liked it.

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 32 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7 aka Standback

Anthony Adam wrote:
Sounds like you are describing Neil :D

My first reaction to this announcement has been "Quick, let's see what tags the judges have!"

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8

1 person marked this as a favorite.

Wohoo - Marathon achievement unlocked!

Star Voter Season 6

Oh you cheek cheeky ppl. As if I didn't feel compelled to do it already.

Liberty's Edge Marathon Voter Season 6

Will be curious to see if any items I considered really bad to still be in there.

Star Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 9

This is the best news I've heard all day. Thanks Paizo staff!

Owner - House of Books and Games LLC , Marathon Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7

Hmmm. I should have a tag, but I don't seem to. I can guarantee that I've voted 395 times on 790 (non-unique) items; I have the items saved to prove it.

Oh! There it is. Weird. It must not update your tag until you post or something :)

Edit: And now I need to see if my item is still in there :)

Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8

Clouds Without Water wrote:
I'm surprised at a few that survived the cut, but I haven't seen a truly awful one since The Culling.

since the culling I have only seen one item in my "absolutely will not vote for this item under any circumstances no matter what it is paired against category". I have seen a few more items that I thought would be closer to the bottom (stuff that I would really only consider voting for if it was up against one of the previously mentioned items) that made it through though.

Star Voter Season 6

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Everyone is calling this "The Culling", being the Stargate Atlantis fan that I am I just keep picturing huge spaceships coming and taking away entries. :p


Wow, this is an awesome development! Great choice, guys! I'm actually more invigorated to go back to voting now, knowing that some of the chaff has been cast off.

Grand Lodge Dedicated Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7

Reckless wrote:
roger Gilbert wrote:
any idea on what item where droped?
Your, mine. ** spoiler omitted **

most likely havent seen mine since...

Star Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9

Wow- I somehow missed this post yesterday. Thanks for keeping us informed. I'm curious, though- without going into specifics, obviously- are you seeing the sorts of numbers/trends/etc that you anticipated with the voting method, or have there been unexpected surprises with it?

Shadow Lodge Star Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 9

shammond42 wrote:

I feel like I have been voting a lot but I am only a Star Voter. Some of you have been spending a serious amount of time on this.

Steve

I just posted here to see if I showed up and to state how glad I am the bottom 25% are out.

Shadow Lodge Star Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 8

Well, getting a title is a nice touch. Thanks Paizo people!

Dedicated Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7

Removing the bottom 25% has definitely improved the voting experience. Good decision.

I'm curious - will there be another cull after the second week of voting?

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