Top 32 Announced!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

We are thrilled to announce the RPG Superstar 2015 Top 32 finalists! The community has cast thousands of votes for the submitted magic items in our Open Call round and helped our judges, Liz Courts, Mark Seifter and myself narrow down the final entries. They are, in alphabetical order:

RPG Superstar™ 2015 Top 32

Gabriel Almer
Staff of the Prime Mover

Charlie Bell
Crook of Unseen Forces

Charlie Brooks
The Hero's Breath

Russ Brown
Ice Fang

Christopher Donnangelo
Staff of the Vanara King

Brian Fruzen
Pyrolastic Spike

Mark Hart
Venom's Kiss

Jeff Heikkinen
Flowing Fortress Armour

David Higaki
Earthcracker

Dana Huber
Ophidian Coil

Taylor Hubler
Fist of Havoc

Ben Iglauer
Fool's Scepter

Jason Keeley
Rod of Exorcism

Jacob Kellogg
Soulshifter Staff

Patrick Kilcullen
Swarm-strike Caster

Scott LaBarge
Keyhole Stiletto

John Laffan
Staff of the Thieving Magpie

Monica Marlowe
Spectre Blight

Matthew Morris
Psychopomp's Crosier

Kalervo Oikarinen
Fate-binder

Ben Parkin
Magrim's Mountain Crusher

Anthony Pennington
Depth Charger

Newton Philis
Breach Barrier

R Pickard
Harvestweal

Olivier Rayé-Lalonde
Ring of the Investigator

Justin Riddler
Mountain Stance Armor

Matt Roth
Rimewinder

Chris Shaeffer
Hide of the Vibrant Frog

Maria Smolina
Shield of Stormwall

Frankie Trombetta
Interrogator's Ally

Christopher Wasko
Windstrider Mail

Benjamin Wilkins
Staff of the Trusted Phsyician

Alternates

Jeff Hazuka
Fellbough Hookhammer

R D Ramsey
Tunnel Fighter's Ring

Allana Sliwinski
Harlequin's Hurlbat

Jensen Toperzer
Rod of the Iron Rose

This contest is an important part of Paizo's efforts to find new talent and give fans the opportunity to prove they have what it takes to join our stable of freelance writers. Thank you to everyone who voted in the Open Call! And to our Top 32, good luck in Round 2!

Owen K. C. Stephens
Developer and RPG Superstar Host

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

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Congrats to the Top 32 (and Alternates!)

Paizo Employee Designer , Marathon Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7

Good job everyone! Now comes the next step; let's see what you're all made of!

RPG Superstar 2014 Top 4, RPG Superstar 2013 Top 32 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8

Congratulations everyone! It's good to see both the familiar names and the new faces. You've all got your work cut out for you. If you're in the top 32+4, you probably shouldn't be reading this. Go work on your map!!!

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

Congrats! I'm looking forward to another great year (as well as scouting for some new talent).

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 4 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7

Well done! Now heed Mike's advice and go work on your map... and don't forget to have some fun in the process.

Man, I love this contest. :)

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2013 Top 4, RPG Superstar 2011 Top 16 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7 aka primemover003

Congratulations all! I see a lot of familiar names in this crop of Superstar hopefuls. Now roll your Craft (cartography) checks!

--Vrock Superstar

Dedicated Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9

Congrats winners and alts, some good and imaginative items in there, you deserve your slots :)

Marathon Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9

Congratulations! Can't wait to see what next week brings!

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

Well done, everyone! Embrace and enjoy the mad rush of emotions running through you right now, then channel that energy into super submissions for the next round.

Very pleased to see some good friends and fellow Freelance Forge members represent on the list.

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 16 , Dedicated Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9 aka Petty Alchemy

Congratulations everyone. Excited to see some of my favorite items on the list, and many of the others I expected to see given the exit poll. You all deserve to be here, looking forward to see what you make next!

Scarab Sages Modules Overlord

Congratulations to everyone!

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

Congrats

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! Well done! :D

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, well done, and excelsior you Top 32 and alternates! Looking forward to seeing your R2 entries!

Scarab Sages

Congratulations to all the top 32 and 4 alternates.

That last hour was a long, long wait. I knew we all had a roughly 10% chance of progressing from the second post-cull pool, going purely on number of entrants remaining.
Enough of a chance, to force us to refresh the blog several times.

Next year, though! Next year!

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

Thank you, everyone. I feel greatly honored by this. I promise not to disappoint.

It looks nice to see the RPG Superstar tag next to my name!

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

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Congratulations! I'm excited to see what you all bring in upcoming rounds.

RPG Superstar 2015 Top 32 , Marathon Voter Season 8 aka Laik

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Thanks for voting and congratulations!

*Rushes to continue mapworks"

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

Congratulations! Especially excited to see lots of newcomers in the list--welcome to the big show!

Star Voter Season 9

Congratulations!!!

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

Congrats to the top 32 (and alternates)! Good luck to you all in the next round.


Hategratulations, you lucky so-and-sos!

Dedicated Voter Season 7

Grats!~

Grand Lodge RPG Superstar 2014 Top 4, RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9

Congratulations!! See you in round 3! (Well, 50% of you ;-) work hard and make sure you are in the top half!)

Marathon Voter Season 8

Congratulations to the Top 32! :D It's exciting to see quite a few of my favorites make it on to the next round. I can't wait to see your maps!

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2015 Top 32 , Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8 aka Cathara

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Woot! Alternate! :D

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

Wow!
Congratulations to all of the top 32, I look forward to our competition! Its is a great honor just to be chosen!

Contributor

Congratulations to everyone this year! I notice some familiar names and I also see some new folks as well. I can't wait to see what you all come up with for round 2! :D

RPG Superstar 2015 Top 32 , Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8

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It's been suggested that we should introduce ourselves a little, so here goes:
I'm a college prof, specializing in ancient philosophy; I teach Classics and Philosophy, and since a Google search makes it pretty easy to uncover this, I'll just go ahead and tell you that I teach at Santa Clara University. So I'm a published author, but not of stuff that most normal humans will want to read ;-)
I've been married for 18 years this May, and I have two kids, an almost-10 year old boy and an almost-8 year old girl, whom I've been raising as hard-core gamers to the best of my ability. My son recently started running me through Serpent's Skull as my DM, and you do NOT want to face my daughter at Munchkin; she's been playing since she was 3, and shows no mercy, especially to Dad.
My gaming days go all the way back to the D&D Blue Box in the 80's, but I stopped playing anywhere but on computers until just a few years ago, when I ended up (long story) running a Shackled City campaign for 9 of my students, most of whom had never played. (And 5 of them women! Particularly proud to have had a hand getting a few more women into gaming.) We played most every week for more than 2 years, until they all graduated, and I still DM a Kingmaker campaign for those who are still in the area. One of them has also become a magnificent DM himself, and I get to play now as a player in an online Rise of the Runelords campaign he runs for us. (We're just about to invade Jorgenfist!)
RPG's have also become a bit of a side business for me, since I sell a lot of prepainted plastic minis and other RPG stuff on Ebay. Most of the profits, though, just go to feed my gaming habit, including lots of terrain and minis; my long-suffering wife has been very patient with the accumulating pile of stuff this has involved. (If anyone has a real-life bag of holding, I'm willing to make an offer!)


Congrats to the new top 32 of this years competition, looking forward to see what comes of the following rounds.

Star Voter Season 6

Well Done top 2015 Top 32. Looking forward to the maps.

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

WOOHOO!

Congratulations to Top 32! There's an awesomely crazy road ahead (though some of you already know that... :)

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

Victoria Jaczko wrote:

WOOHOO!

Congratulations to Top 32! There's an awesomely crazy road ahead (though some of you already know that... :)

Victoria! Great seeing you! Can't wait to read the module.

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 16 , Dedicated Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9 aka Petty Alchemy

Santa Clara University? About 20mins from where I live. Maybe I'll absorb the Superstar beams for next year.

RPG Superstar 2015 Top 32 , Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8

Petty Alchemy wrote:
Santa Clara University? About 20mins from where I live. Maybe I'll absorb the Superstar beams for next year.

Lol, I'll try to be as radiant as possible :-)


Congratulations, Top 32! Now buckle up, because you're in for a heck of a ride.

Star Voter Season 6

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Congrats to everyone!

Silver Crusade

Well done all of you! And good luck for round 2.

Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens Subscriber

Congrats to the winners! We're all looking forward to seeing your maps!

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

Zahir ibn Mahmoud ibn Jothan wrote:


Victoria! Great seeing you! Can't wait to read the module.

Thank you! Good seeing you too! I'm around off and on, just usually lurky-lurky.

But I'm old news. ALL HAIL THE NEW 32 HOTNESSESES.

Star Voter Season 6

Congrats, Top 32! (and Alts!) Way to go!

Now, on to the map round...

Hey, Laik, don't forget to print your squirrel on a separate unicorn!
Or somesuch. :)

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

Congratulations everyone! Now get mapping!

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka Locke1520

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Congratulations all!

Marathon Voter Season 8

Congratulations! Glad to see that so many of my favorites made it through. Definitely looking forward to your maps.

Marathon Voter Season 8

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Scott LaBarge wrote:
Petty Alchemy wrote:
Santa Clara University? About 20mins from where I live. Maybe I'll absorb the Superstar beams for next year.
Lol, I'll try to be as radiant as possible :-)

Close to me as well! And as a woman try to encourage more women to get into gaming (I'm a lecturer in CS/game design), I really appreciate your work with that! :)

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8 aka Ezekiel Shanoax, the Stormchild

Congratulations to the Top 32 and alternates.

Every entry that made it in had something special and SuperStar, so kudos!

RPG Superstar 2009, Contributor

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Avengers Assemble!

No. Wait. That's not right.

Top 32 Represent!

No, seriously. Go represent some awesome Golarion locations with your maps. There's no time to waste with these tight turnarounds.

Go Supernova!

No. That's not right either.

Go Superstar!

Yeah. That's the ticket. Now punch yours and...

Spoiler:

...On to the next round!

Also...

Spoiler:

EXPLOSIVE RUNES!!!

Grand Lodge RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 4 , Star Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka Snowblossom

Big congratulations to the Top 32 and alternates! Way to go, Superstars! I'm looking forward to seeing your maps. Good luck to all.

Star Voter Season 8

Shine on, you crazy stars.

Dedicated Voter Season 8

Congratulations, all. Best of luck moving forward.

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