The Paizo Community is a Collective Judgernaut!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

We've said it before but it bears repeating: when we asked you to help us sort through the wondrous items for RPG Superstar Round 1, we had no idea just how dedicated our fans truly are. We had almost a half million total votes cast. That's at least 8,000 hours of cumulative time spent ranking items, or the equivalent of one person* working full time for more than four years—all over the course of a single month.

  • Number of Star Voters (100 votes): 592
  • Number of Dedicated Voters (500 votes): 231
  • Number of Marathon Voters (1,000 votes): 84
  • Number of people who voted exactly 99 times: 8
  • Number of people who voted exactly 501 times: 116

Special thanks go to our three Champion Voters (5,000 votes):

The judges are combing the results right now, and the top 32 items will be unveiled Tuesday, January 22 at 2 p.m. Pacific time. If you haven't started on your Round 2 archetype for the River Kingdoms, you'd better get busy!

Gary Teter
Senior Software Developer

*Note: If that one person is Clark Peterson or Neil Spicer, the task would be completed in under one calendar month, but that's only because they're actually inhuman judging machines.

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Marathon Voter Season 6

Holy crap, Thomas LeBlanc. Maybe he should be RPG Superstar 2013 Grand Champion Voter.

He's like Neil Spicer-lite.

Silver Crusade

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Neil Spicer Zero?

Dedicated Voter Season 6

LeBlanc spent roughly 120 hours voting? 15 8-hour work days? That's... a lot.

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9 aka motteditor

Wow, Thomas. I'm impressed. Or disturbed. I'm not sure which.

The poor 99ers. I know I slowed down a lot once I got to Marathon, so I'm not surprised there were 116 blue jeans voters.

I'm pleased I managed to get into the exclusive field of 84. Hopefully I'll still get into a more exclusive Superstar field, but I'll settle for that for now.

Gary, can we find out how many Champion voters we had?

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

Go Thomas!!!!

And glad I'm in an elite 84.

Dedicated Voter Season 6

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I think Thomas should get a little crown or something to go next to his voter tag. "Yeah, that's right. I'm the KING of voting. You all can feel free to worship at your leisure."

I'll take being in the slightly less elite, but still formidable "Dedicated Voters Division." DVD for short. I'm making t-shirts. :P

Marathon Voter Season 6

Marathon Voter Club! WOO!

Also: Thomas! Well played.

Paizo Employee PostMonster General

Whoops, forgot to include the Champion voters. The blog has been updated.

Grand Lodge Star Voter Season 8

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Was it possible to see how many votes I had made at anytime?

Dedicated Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7

Respect to Thomas LeBlanc!

I suspect I might be one of the 50>1< votes. Whew :)

Dedicated Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7

!!

But! Big respect to CHEERS and Feros too! :)


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Dear Champion Voters,

Have you considered a career in gold farming? >:D

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

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Yikes. I'm a seasonal worker (vineyard & horticultural nursery manager) so my off season hours are quite low giving me a lot of free time in the winter. But I had no idea...

Thomas, you are a mad man! :)

Marathon Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7

Thank you Paizo for the numbers. 4 years is a lot of dedication. Special Congrats to the Champion Voters!

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

Holy moly rigatoni! That'sa lota votes!

Grats Thomas, Cheers, and Feros! You gents are beasts!

Sczarni RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9 aka Arkos

I made the top 87! Wooooo! That's almost like making the top 32, right?

But seriously, half a million votes is incredible. Congrats on what I hope is a successful crowdsourcing experiment!

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32, RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2013 Top 16 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka RainyDayNinja

I didn't realize the Marathon Voter level would be such an exclusive club. Then again, probably the only reason I made it that far was that it took that long (about 2000 votes by my estimate) for me to see my own item. I think I only voted 3 times after that.

Dark Archive RPG Superstar 2010 Top 32, 2011 Top 16 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka Boxhead

Now, how many of the marathon+ voters have a previous RPG Superstar tag? Or are guys like Anthony Adam who are always seriously invested in the contest?

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At least one fits your question :P

Marathon Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7

Thomas LeBlanc, you are a trooper.

Paizo Employee PostMonster General

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There are fourteen former RPG Superstar contestants who made Marathon voter:


  • Andrew Black (MythrilDragon)—RPG Superstar 2008 Top 16
  • Andrew Marlowe (Locke1520)—RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16
  • Eric Hindley (Boxhead)—RPG Superstar 2010 Top 32, 2011 Top 16
  • Eric Morton (Epic Meepo)—RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16, 2012 Top 32
  • Jacob Kellogg (Jiggy)—RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32
  • Jacob Trier (Jacob Trier)—RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16
  • Jacob W. Michaels (motteditor)—RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16
  • Jerry Keyes (surfbored)—RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32
  • Joshua Kitchens (Draconas)—RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16
  • Joshua Murphy (Teth Evik)—RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32
  • Mark Hart (Mark Hart)—RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32
  • Matt Banach (Ezekiel Shanoax, the Stormchild)—RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16
  • Samuel Kisko (Core)—RPG Superstar 2008 Top 16
  • Sean McGowan (DankeSean)—RPG Superstar 2010 Top 32, 2011 Top 4

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

Thanks Feros, CHEERS! and Thomas!
Thanks for the numbers Gary! :)

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

So if there were 1000 items, plus or minus, then each item was voted on around 1000 times. That should lead to some pretty reliable rankings!

500,000 votes of 2 items each = 1,000,000 item-votes, then divide by 1000 items = 1000 votes each item.

Shadow Lodge

Nicely done Kilrex, we knew that it was going to be a lot; but we couldn't have guessed that it was going to be SHOCKING! ;-)

Lantern Lodge RPG Superstar 2015 Top 32 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8 aka SirGeshko

Wow! That's impressive! Congrats to everyone who voted!


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O.o Thomas, you sure hace a FEROCIOUS clicking finger!

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

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I was just happy to have a dedicated voter tag. Everyone in the top 3 voters, I have to say: Wow.

Liberty's Edge Contributor , Star Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 9

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Impressive work Thomas, CHEERS and Feros!

Congratulations to all the marathon and dedicated voters as well.

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

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Gary Teter wrote:

There are fourteen former RPG Superstar contestants who made Marathon voter:


  • Andrew Black (MythrilDragon)—RPG Superstar 2008 Top 16
  • Andrew Marlowe (Locke1520)—RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16
  • Eric Hindley (Boxhead)—RPG Superstar 2010 Top 32, 2011 Top 16
  • Eric Morton (Epic Meepo)—RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16, 2012 Top 32
  • Jacob Kellogg (Jiggy)—RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32
  • Jacob Trier (Jacob Trier)—RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16
  • Jacob W. Michaels (motteditor)—RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16
  • Jerry Keyes (surfbored)—RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32
  • Joshua Kitchens (Draconas)—RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16
  • Joshua Murphy (Teth Evik)—RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32
  • Mark Hart (Mark Hart)—RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32
  • Matt Banach (Ezekiel Shanoax, the Stormchild)—RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16
  • Samuel Kisko (Core)—RPG Superstar 2008 Top 16
  • Sean McGowan (DankeSean)—RPG Superstar 2010 Top 32, 2011 Top 4

Allright - Jacobs represent!

And Gary, there are actually 15 former Top 32 who made Marathon. One of us just went the extra distance. Thomas, you are a man of pure adamantine. Feros and CHEERS too.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Funny, I don't remember any of them as Internet Forum Warriors worthy of being my peers. They must be doing something right!

Star Voter Season 6

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I am impressed. I knew there was a lot of heavy-duty voting going on, but I never imagined that kind of scale. Great job, everyone!

*Hands Thomas LeBlanc a golden trophy*

*slinks away with his Star Voter and a "I Participated!" sticker*

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Galnörag wrote:
Was it possible to see how many votes I had made at anytime?

Or can I see my total now that it is over? I am curious to see my count


That is an ungodly number of votes, and time spent voting for Mr. LeBlanc.

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

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Wait a second...almost half a million votes? As in, just under 500,000? That would mean...

My voting alone accounted for over 1% of the vote.

Meep.


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I'm confused. I admit I haven't been following the superstar contests, but how can you cast a thousand votes in one ongoing contest with obviously less participants? Can you vote as often as you like for the same contestant now?

Grand Lodge Dedicated Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 8

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Next year, we need to make a 'Thomas LeBlanc, what are YOU looking for in a wondrous item?' thread.

Marathon Voter Season 6

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I say award the three Champions a penny per vote in store credit. That was just an insane amount of effort.

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

Zaister wrote:
I'm confused. I admit I haven't been following the superstar contests, but how can you cast a thousand votes in one ongoing contest with obviously less participants? Can you vote as often as you like for the same contestant now?

you didn't vote for contestants at all in the first round, you were just given two anonymous items from the pool to rank against each other... again and again and again (with different item pairings each time though).

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Zaister wrote:
I'm confused. I admit I haven't been following the superstar contests, but how can you cast a thousand votes in one ongoing contest with obviously less participants? Can you vote as often as you like for the same contestant now?

We weren't voting for individual items. We were ranking two items at a time. We would see two items and pick which one was better. Then we would see another pair. When you match every item up to every other item, you get thousands of pairings with only hundreds of items.

EDIT: D'oh! Ninja'd!


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Ah I see, I didn't know that there was voting in the first round. In previous contests, I think, the winners of round one were chosen by the judges. Interesting method! :)

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16 , Star Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7

Wow. Just wow.

Shadow Lodge Marathon Voter Season 6

Well done to everyone who voted with huge props to our three Champion Voters: Thomas LeBlanc, CHEERS and Feros. Completely awesome!

Gary, if possible can you say who had the most votes out of the Marathon voters? I think like a few, I got to Marathon and then eased up but are there any voters who went for Champion but didn't quite get there?

Best Regards
Herremann the Wise

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

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The winners of round one are still chosen by the judges, all of our feverish voting was just to determine the order in which the judges look at the items.

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

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Thanks all! (mumbling)for making me feel like I had nothing better to do for the entire voting period

When a number is attached, the time sinks seems so much larger. I was pretty close to Marathon by the end of the first weekend. I would have earned Dedicated just voting at stop lights traveling to-from work.

Last Thursday at the game store, we played a game where someone would read off an pair of items and I had to be able to give a synopsis for each item from memory. I was accurate about 80% of the time.

Well voting is over and I am going through withdrawal. Gary was my pusher and the damn smart phone was an enabler...

Sczarni RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9 aka Arkos

Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
Last Thursday at the game store, we played a game where someone would read off an pair of items and I had to be able to give a synopsis for each item from memory. I was accurate about 80% of the time.

Some friends were making characters recently for a PFS-like Shattered Star game, but while everyone else was thinking of PFS-legal item options for their characters, I just couldn't get the endless list of RPGSS items out of my head! I seriously need to recover from this voting process, and I wasn't even one of the top voters.

Shine on, you crazy voting diamonds.


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Arkos wrote:
Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
Last Thursday at the game store, we played a game where someone would read off an pair of items and I had to be able to give a synopsis for each item from memory. I was accurate about 80% of the time.

Some friends were making characters recently for a PFS-like Shattered Star game, but while everyone else was thinking of PFS-legal item options for their characters, I just couldn't get the endless list of RPGSS items out of my head! I seriously need to recover from this voting process, and I wasn't even one of the top voters.

Shine on, you crazy voting diamonds.

My gf came up with the idea for a one-shot involving opening voting pages and then equipping the characters with no magic items other than one or the other of those items. Before the cull, it would have been a bit of a comedic one-shot for sure...

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Will total item rankings be ever released?

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 32 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka Phloid

The voter titles are cool and all, but how about titles for those of us who have submitted to the contest every year? I'm certainly a "Dedicated Submitter," but I don't think you can call me "Champion Submitter" since I fail to crack the top 32 every year.

I'd be interested in to see statistics on that. I hope I'm not the only chronic hopeful that has entered every year and not made the top 32. Maybe this will be my lucky year. It is certainly my most "Superstar" item based on the judge's preferences.

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka Hodge Podge

Wow.
Well, if they aren't at least SOMEWHAT close to the proper order now, they're never going to be. I bet our top three voters have had a discernible impact on this competition all by themselves. They account for like, what, 4% of the total vote cast??

And hats off to everyone over Star Voter status! I tried to make time for it, but I would always start nodding off in my chair.

RPG Superstar 2008 Top 16 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka MythrilDragon

Impressive! I guess I have a lot more free time on may hands than I think.

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