RPG Superstar™ 2013 Top 32 Revealed

Tuesday, January 22, 2012

Paizo Publishing today announced the finalists for RPG Superstar, the largest open-call tabletop roleplaying game design contest in history. The paizo.com community cast over half a million votes to sort the best gamer-submitted wondrous items using the rules from the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, available in stores and in electronic form at paizo.com. Judges Wolfgang Baur, Clark Peterson, and Sean K Reynolds selected the best 32 items from the highest-voted wondrous items. The Top 32 wondrous items are now on display at paizo.com, complete with judge commentary and additional comments from 2012 RPG Superstar finalists Steve Miller, James Olchak, and Tom Phillips, and winner Mike Welham. Gamers are invited to contribute their own comments to the entries.

"RPG Superstar is the only gaming contest of its kind—the opportunity to get industry professionals to scrutinize your work and give you the opportunity to join Paizo's stable of talented freelance writers," said judge and Paizo game developer Sean K Reynolds. "This year we have a great mix of new faces and competitors from previous years, and the incredible voter turnout in Round 1 means the gaming community has been involved from the very start of this competition. Congratulations to this year's Top 32, and good luck in the contest's next challenge!"

The Top 32 finalists (and their winning wondrous items) for RPG Superstar 2013 are (in alphabetical order):

Adam Blanchard
Goblet of the Elements

Charlie Bell
Spell-Winding Timepiece

Chris Shaeffer
Cloudwrangler's Gloves

Christopher Dudley
Icon of Aspects

Clay Blankenship
Cobra-Hood Cloak

George Cunningham
Skipping Stone

Guy Russell
Rat-tread Boots

Isaac White
Ethersnare Dust

James Conder
Map of Refuge

Jobe Bittman
Quiver of Spiderkind

Jon Haire
Swarm Slurper

Joseph Kellogg
Shattered Mirror of the Insect Queen

Joshua Kitchens
Hell-shod Boots

Kalervo Oikarinen
Gloves of the Frugal Healer

Landon Cole
Ghost Ship Binnacle

Mark Nordheim
Wintertide Candle

Matt Blackie
Gorum's Stompers

Matthew Duval
Seer's Soap

Maurice de Mare
Sash of the Salty Seas

Michael Eshleman
Walking Stick of Concealed Thaumaturgy

Michael Pruess
Tree Frog's Gloves

Mike Kimmel
Gloves of Flame Command

Nicholas Herold
Gorget of Living Whispers

Nickolas Floyd
Thorn Creeper Sandals

Pedro Coelho
Reins of Unstoppable Stride

Rorik Moore-Jansen
Trick Shot Glove

Sam Harris
Witchwood Comb

Scott Fernandez
Verdant Crown of Oak and Iron

Shawn Kowalke
Whispering Gloves

Steven Helt
Quicksand Cloak

Zachary Hensley
Spectral Lampblack

Ziv Wities
Many-Layered Veil

2013's alternates are Giorgios Abate, Jeff Lee, Damien McGurrell, and Garrick Williams.

The Top 32 will now be required to design a concept for a class archetype to the specifications of the RPG Superstar judges and submit that concept by 2:00 PM Pacific time on Friday, January 25. These Round 2 submissions will be revealed to the general public on Tuesday, January 29 with judges' comments and the public will then get to discuss the entries and vote for their favorite. Voting ends on February 4 and the Top 16 by votes will move on to Round 3.

The ultimate winner of RPG Superstar, announced April 2, 2013, will write an adventure for Paizo's Pathfinder Module line to be published in early 2014. The 2012 RPG Superstar champion module, Mike Welham's Doom Comes to Dustpawn, releases in April 2013.

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Paizo Employee Developer , Dedicated Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9

Congrats Top 32!

Star Voter Season 6

Congratulations, Top 32!

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

Congratulations! I look forward to seeing your archetypes.

Sczarni RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2015 Top 32 , Star Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka CalebTGordan

Amazing items. Looking forward to seeing the next round.

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

Congrats!

Designer, RPG Superstar Judge

Congrats, folks!

Star Voter Season 6

Congrats and good luck next round

Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7

I see a LOT of my favorite items from the running. Good to know my intuition was in line with the judges =D

Congratulations all!

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 4 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7 aka Jatori

Congratulations Top 32!

Dedicated Voter Season 6

Congrats to the Top 32! There are a lot of people I'm very happy to see on the list. :)

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

Congratulation to everyone who made it to the top 32 as well at the 4 alternates. This is some awesome stuff, I look forward to seeing what you all come up with for round 2.

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 4 , Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 9 aka MillerHero

Congratulations!
Now get to work on finishing your archetype.

Shadow Lodge RPG Superstar 2015 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka mamaursula

Congratulations to the 2013 Top 32!!!

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 4 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 9 aka Matt Duval

2 people marked this as a favorite.

oh my gosh. I feel like I'm dreaming. Congratulations everyone!

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

Congratulations top 32!

Champion Voter Season 6

Congratulations.

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

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Congratulations to everyone who made the top 32, and the 4 alternates. You guys put together some fantastic items, and I am excited to see where you go next.

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

Mazel tov, all.

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

That's a solid list! Congrats everyone!

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8 aka John Benbo

Congrats! Lots of familiar names this time around, too.

Liberty's Edge

congrats everyone!

Paizo Employee Developer

1 person marked this as a favorite.

Congratulations, all. You're on our radars now, so do good work. We'll be watching closely (along with thousands of voters), so no pressure!

Best of luck!

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

Congratulations you all!!! I voted for about 25 or 26 of these items every time!


Honored to be an alternate, as there are some big shoes to fill in the Top 32. I see a lot of my favorites on that list.

Congratulations, folks! Put your best efforts forward.

Dedicated Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7

Well done :)

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

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Congrats guys!

Dedicated Voter Season 6

Congratulations class of 2013!
Way to beat the toughest field yet!

Star Voter Season 6

Congratulations to you all and best of luck in the next stage of the competition. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

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

3 people marked this as a favorite.

Woohoo, I made it! And for those who were wondering, or disappointed that none of the Jacobs made it, I am in fact Jacob Kellogg's brother. I may adopt the pencil dragon avatar, out of solidarity.

Webstore Gninja Minion , Star Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8

Congrats to all who made it this far—and a hearty huzzah to everybody that entered!

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

1 person marked this as a favorite.
Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber

Well done everyone. Template Fu will begin visiting shortly :)

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

Congratulations, everyone. Good luck in the weeks ahead; I can't wait to see what you bring this year!

Sovereign Court Dedicated Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7

Big congratulations to all - this is a solid list. Good luck in the second round!

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

Grats to the top 32, it is somewhat gratifying to see so many of the items I placed in my keep file make it through, including my personal favorite item.

Good Job, and good luck with the rest of the competition.

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

Congrats to the honored few! Better get to editing those archetypes!

Liberty's Edge Star Voter Season 6

Ah, well. Didn't get in again. Congrats to the finalists!

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

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

Congratulations to all! A very strong group! Good luck!

Dark Archive Star Voter Season 6

Hmm.. My favorite two items didnt make the list. but i see several that i did vote for. congrats everyone.

Lantern Lodge RPG Superstar 2015 Top 16 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8 aka Black Powder Chocobo

Huzzah to all who made it (and starts copying items to study for next year's Superstar)

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 32, RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka Hodge Podge

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No Jacobs!? No Erics!?

I DO PROTEST!

... but what's this... a... Joseph Kellogg? Good job man! I guess you'll do as a stand-in for the J's. ;)

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

Congrats to all! Way to run the gauntlet!

Marathon Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7

Congrats, people!

Star Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8 aka Gio

1 person marked this as a favorite.

^^ I am really honored to be one of the alternates!! I wasn't expecting to see my name up there at all!

Also most of my favorites made top32 which is awesome!

Congratulations Top32!, Best of luck on the next round!

Now... back to studies (If i can calm down that is).

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

Congrats folk! Looking forward to archetypes!

Silver Crusade Star Voter Season 8

Very nice items, can't wait for the archetypes.

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

1 person marked this as a favorite.
Chris Shaeffer wrote:

No Jacobs!? No Erics!?

I DO PROTEST!

... but what's this... a... Joseph Kellogg? Good job man! I guess you'll do as a stand-in for the J's. ;)

Preach it, brother! And surely we must have SOMEONE to defend the honor of the RPGSS class of 2012...oh, wait.

Big congratulations to all 36.

Liberty's Edge Star Voter Season 6

Wow what a great host of items, gratz to all 36! Shame I had to wait until this year to submit an item when the competition goes through the roof! Great job to all through the entire process. :)

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

Congratulations to all of you.

I wish you all, very excellent times.

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 32 , Star Voter Season 6 aka Electric Monk

George almost starts with a J.

Well done everyone!

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

Wow! so many names I am glad to see!

Steven, Ziv & Gio, I know you have been working hard and deserve this opportunity. Charlie I met at PaizoCon (Trololool!) congratulations!
RainyDayNinja & Shadowborn and probably lots of others I will recognize once I put the avi to the name woot!

Good job all! looking forward to a great season!

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