Victoria Jaczko Wins RPG Superstar 2014!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

We are thrilled to announce the winner of the 2014 RPG Superstar contest. After 4 months, more than 1000 submissions, and nearly half a million votes, game designer Victoria Jaczko is 2014's RPG Superstar! Paizo will publish Jaczko's winning Pathfinder Module pitch, The Daughters of Fury, set to release November 2014.

Victoria's design decisions—a grief-based magic item, an undead warhorse, a haunted chapel in a land torn by revolution, and a city besieged by a devil trying to collect a debt—are all unusual and interesting choices, showing she has the ability to approach an idea from a new perspective and present it in an intriguing way. Being able to come up with something new really struck a chord with the voters, allowing her to establish an early lead in the Round 4 voting and maintain that until the end.

The three runners-up—Robert Brookes of Newmarket, NH, Mikko Kallio of Helsinki, Finland, and Mike Kimmel of Seattle, WA—have won assignments to write Pathfinder Society scenarios.

I'm very proud of this year's RPG Superstar winner. The judges often point out that the goal of RPG Superstar is to find the next superstar designer—someone who has well-rounded skills for creating fun magic items, interesting monsters, clever encounters, and exciting adventures. Victoria's progress through the challenges of each round shows that she can produce quality work, and I look forward to seeing her finished adventure module and her future contributions as a published designer. Congratulations, Victoria!

Special thanks to the 2014 RPG Superstar guest judges Peter Adkison, Rich Baker, Judy Bauer, John Compton, Liz Courts, Adam Daigle, Crystal Frasier, Lee Hammock, James Jacobs, Rob Lazzaretti, Russ Morrissey, Patrick Renie and Amber Scott.

Sean K Reynolds
Host, Designer, Former RPG Superstar Judge

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Woot! Congrats Victoria and the other three finalists, =) I look forwarding to purchasing and running your works, =)

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

Congratulations Victoria!!! And very well done (in alphabetical order) Mike, Mikko and Robert!!!

Can't wait to see Daughter's of Fury!!!

Sczarni

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I'm mollified by having to wait until November to get this in print only by the fact that it will be one of the best birthday presents to myself since it will be out then. Though I'd move mountains to have it sooner. Congrats yet again Victoria I can't congratulate you enough.

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

Congratulations! Like others have said, the competition this year, especially in the final round was very tough.

Silver Crusade

Congrats, Victoria!

Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens Subscriber

Congratulations, Victoria! You earned it!

Star Voter Season 6

Great Job Victoria!

RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16, 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, Victoria!

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, Starfinder Society Subscriber

Yes, I picked the winner!

Um, er, I mean Congratulations! ;)

I really loved the potential of your proposal, so bring it to fruition and we fans will have a real treat to look forward to!


Pathfinder Card Game, Companion, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber

Big time congrats to Victoria and the rest of the top 4!!

Silver Crusade RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9 aka Zahir ibn Mahmoud ibn Jothan

Congratulations Victoria!

Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8

Top work!


Congrats to everyone in the Top 32, and especially to Victoria! Should be an interesting ride for you in the coming months. :)

Star Voter Season 8

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Woohoo! Looking forward to an adventure with Orcs! Paizo doesn't have enough of them. Congratulations!

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2014 Top 32 , Star Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9

Congrats!


Congratulations Victoria! I cannot wait to see what you do with "The Daughters of Fury"! On a side note, are we getting anymore Modules within the next few months guys and gals at Paizo? I would love to see more high level ones (for parties of 12th level and higher). ^_^

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

Congrats Victoria!


Congratulations Victoria! Your entries were evocative and mold-breaking. I can't wait to see your ideas in print.

Now please, take my money.

Star Voter Season 8

Berselius wrote:
Congratulations Victoria! I cannot wait to see what you do with "The Daughters of Fury"! On a side note, are we getting anymore Modules within the next few months guys and gals at Paizo? I would love to see more high level ones (for parties of 12th level and higher). ^_^

Next Module is supposed to come out later this month

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9

Congratulations Victoria! This year's competitors really gave you a run for your money. Well done to the Top 4, I would have enjoyed any of your proposals as an adventure and I'll be looking for PFS scenarios from you. I know I'm going to enjoy Daughters of Fury.

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Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Congratulations Victoria, you put together a lot of great work this year and definitely deserve the win :)

Silver Crusade Star Voter Season 7

Woo! Congratulations Victoria! Was really pulling for this one!

Really really eager to see this one released. :D

And gg to the other finalists too! It was honestly an extremely tight match this year. :)


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"Now let's say you've finished your first draft. Congratulations! Good Job! Have a glass of champagne, send out for pizza, do whatever it is you do when you've got something to celebrate. If you have someone who has been waiting impatiently to read your novel--a spouse, let's say, someone who has perhaps been working the nine to five and helping to pay the bills while you chase your dream--then this is the time to give up the goods..."

-From Stephen King's "On Writing", pg 210.

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 32, 2011 Top 4 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9 aka DankeSean

Congratulations Victoria! While it was a REALLY strong final four, and any entry would have made an awesome winner, I was pulling for yours because... well, I voted for it and wanted to be right. :-)

Dark Archive Star Voter Season 7

Congrats Victoria, can't wait to see the adventure!

RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16 , Star Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 8

Congratulations, Victoria!!!

Very excited to see the final product on shelves in the not too distant future!

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

YES! Congratulations!

Dark Archive

Congratulations, Victoria!

Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8

I loved all your submissions. I'm looking forward to the module!

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16, 2011 Top 32, 2012 Top 4

Great job and congratulations, Victoria!!

RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16 , Star Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 8

Woohoo!!! Congratulations, Victoria, and to all the top 4!!! What an amazing contest this year :D


Congratulations Victoria!

Greatly enjoyed reading your submissions - your Veil thrilled me for both flavor and a new kind of mechanic as well. Joyous to see!

Victoria Jaczko wrote:
I will make something awesome for you guys. :)

We'll hold you to that.

But no pressure ;)

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

Congratulations! This was an outstanding competition, which makes victory all the sweeter! Great work.

(Not being online yesterday became physically painful when I realized I wouldn't know who won for 24 whole hours!)

Grand Lodge

Excellent work! I'm so looking forward to it!

Star Voter Season 7

Starfinder Superscriber

Gratz V! Can't wait to see the final product!

RPG Superstar 2014 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7 aka Belladonna Blue

GreatKhanArtist wrote:

"Now let's say you've finished your first draft. Congratulations! Good Job! Have a glass of champagne, send out for pizza, do whatever it is you do when you've got something to celebrate. If you have someone who has been waiting impatiently to read your novel--a spouse, let's say, someone who has perhaps been working the nine to five and helping to pay the bills while you chase your dream--then this is the time to give up the goods..."

-From Stephen King's "On Writing", pg 210.

I love that book. Whether you're a King fan or not, On Writing is always a book I recommend for prospective word-slingers.

And quite right, too. Though my celebration is boring and mostly consists of guilt-free Pinterest time. The goods seem slated for giving up, publicly, around November. ;)

Neil, I swear I've remained as zen as possible while also being utterly stunned. Not sure how well that works.

Thank you everybody again. I am reading every comment, but I'm still a touch snowed under. (Figuratively speaking, of course. It's already too damn hot in Arizona.)

I appreciate everything. Looking forward to getting to work!

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

Well done, Victoria keep on playing.

Silver Crusade Star Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9

Congratulations, Victoria! When can I Pre-Order?

Congratulations to Robert, Mikko, and Mike! I look forward to their PFS scenarios!

RPG Superstar 2014 Top 32 , Star Voter Season 7

Congratulations, Victoria! I can't wait to see the final version!

Scarab Sages

Congrats Victoria! Looking forward to the Scenario! It sounds amazing!


The Fox wrote:

Congratulations, Victoria! When can I Pre-Order?

Last year's scenario was actually available for pre-order the day it was announced. I think the subscription hiccups may have delayed this one a bit. (or perhaps it didn't work out well last year for some reason).

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

Huge (and belated) congrats, Victoria, as well as to the three runners up! I look forward to seeing the module and PFS scenarios, as well as everyones' other future projects!

Grand Lodge Marathon Voter Season 7

Congratulations to Victoria, and to Robert, Mikko, and Mike! Looking forward to seeing the finished products!

Scarab Sages RPG Superstar 2013 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka Steven T. Helt

Victoria is part of our Cross of Fire adventure path from Louis Porter Jr. Games. As author of the saga's second adventure Havoc of the Mind's Eye, the reigning RPG Superstar gets you deep into a post-apocalyptic story where survival is still a struggle for 9th level characters.

She's done a great job with this, and reinforced my belief that the best horror stories are also incredibly heart-tugging. Come to our KS page and back her, and two other Superstar names as well!

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