The Superstar Season Begins!

August 7, 2015

As we announced last week, RPG Superstar has come early this year! The Open Call will run until 11:59 PM Pacific time on August 16, 2015. Public voting and judging then has until the 31st of August to determine the top 32 items.

To ensure the bottom ranked items aren't showing up over and over (which both annoys champion voters and reduces the useful information we can get about how better items compare to each other), we hope to cull the bottom 10-20% of vote-getters more often. We may have to adjust the frequency based on how many entries we get and for internal scheduling, but the idea is to make sure we're constantly filtering out the least popular items. This means voter input is crucial at every step, as we refine what items are pitted against one another.

At the end of the Open Call, the top 32 remaining items become our Top 32, and the next 4 become out alternates. The remaining items in the top 100 will be presented in alphabetical order. Our Open Call judges will work on getting feedback up for our Top 32 within a few days of the reveal, since we know contestants and watchers alike enjoy seeing their commentary.

Before Round 2 begins we'll outline the full rules for the map round (short form—you'll fill in a Flip-Mat-sized grid and have 50 words to give judges and voters an idea what your map represents). From Round 2 onward the process will be much as it has been previous years, with judges giving feedback and recommendations to voters. We have an amazing line up of judges, including winner and longtime community member Neil Spicer, who is going to be judging every round this year.

So settle in, get your magic items crafted and your voting buttons limber. It's time for another season of RPG Superstar!

Owen K. C. Stephens
Developer and RPG Superstar Host

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Is this earlier because no module has been out for 6 months?

More writers for more adventures is good, but since "The Dragon´s Demand" there has been no perfect module out, the old ones at 32 pages were much better and more frequent. Also they were much more cost efficient.
The included maps are a good idea but after TDD none were really useful.

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Yay, Neil's back as a judge!

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Best of luck to you all!

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Whoop whoop, love this time of year!

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Could you change the format for voting?

You put up 2 random (?) items and ask people to vote for which one we think is best. The only problem is that in the past I would like both items and would like to vote for both. Other times I would get items I think are both bad and neither should get my vote.

Could you please change the voting in the future to read:
*Item A is better than B.*
*Item B is better than A.*
*Both A and B get my vote.*
*Neither A nor B get my vote.*

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Charles Scholz wrote:

Could you change the format for voting?

You put up 2 random (?) items and ask people to vote for which one we think is best. The only problem is that in the past I would like both items and would like to vote for both. Other times I would get items I think are both bad and neither should get my vote.

Could you please change the voting in the future to read:
*Item A is better than B.*
*Item B is better than A.*
*Both A and B get my vote.*
*Neither A nor B get my vote.*

I think the system doesn't really have an analog for both items are =, it is only A is better than B, B is better than c, ect.

I have read that it is suggested to really try and find which one edges out the other in voting even if both are very good.

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Kigvan wrote:
Charles Scholz wrote:

Could you change the format for voting?

You put up 2 random (?) items and ask people to vote for which one we think is best. The only problem is that in the past I would like both items and would like to vote for both. Other times I would get items I think are both bad and neither should get my vote.

Could you please change the voting in the future to read:
*Item A is better than B.*
*Item B is better than A.*
*Both A and B get my vote.*
*Neither A nor B get my vote.*

I think the system doesn't really have an analog for both items are =, it is only A is better than B, B is better than c, ect.

I have read that it is suggested to really try and find which one edges out the other in voting even if both are very good.

In fact you should use the equal button as little as humanly possible. The purpose of the voting is to determine which of the pair is better; it is quite irrelevant for the sorting system whether both items are poorly designed or are very well made. The math that does the sorting only cares which is better.

If they really are equal, you aren't helping or hurting either item by voting them as equals. You are just throwing them back in the mix with neither a + or a -. Since it is the overall percentage of up or down votes on comparisons where the choice is actually made that affect the results, this really doesn't help or hinder them in any way. The reason they would prefer you use the equal button as little as possible is that the vote you cast that way doesn't help the rankings in any direction.

So having an "equally good" and an "equally bad" option would give two buttons that produce the exact same result as far as the data collection is concerned.

RPG Superstar 2009, Contributor

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Jacob W. Michaels wrote:
Yay, Neil's back as a judge!

::with an Al Pacino voice:: "Just when I thought I was out...they pull me back in." ;-)

I'm seriously looking forward to the creativity and mojo everyone will bring to the contest. So, you better sharpen your pencils and bring your A-game, people! It's on!

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I forget if I already said this (I feel like I did somewhere), but I hope Owen/someone reaches out to last year's Top 4 and asks them to comment on all the Top 32. I don't know if they'll have time before the reveal so it can lead off the cavalcade of comments, but I think that was a really cool element in previous years.

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Agreed Jacob, but with the word meister judging again this year, one wonders if it wont all get said :p

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Anthony Adam wrote:
Agreed Jacob, but with the word meister judging again this year, one wonders if it wont all get said :p

When all is said and done, there's nothing left to do or say.

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Welp. Thar she blows. Submitted.

Looking forward to seeing what this year's entries are like. Sadly, due to the changes with the website and my work's outdated web browsers, I will not be able to waste... err, diligently spend time reading through and voting on entries until I get home at nights.

Good luck all!

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