Ladies and Gentlemen: Your Top 32!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Today we announce the Top 32 in RPG Superstar Season 9! These contestants have won the approval of their fellow fans by accumulating the votes needed to set themselves apart from all other entrants. Their items will be available for everyone to peruse, and over the next few days our judges will comment on all the items to ensure our contestants get the feedback they need to improve as the contest proceeds.

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32

Charlie Brooks
Horseshoes of the Storm Rider

William Collins
Fate-Woven Braid of the Norns

Kalyna Conrad
Crow Brother's Cloak

Bill Davies
Storm's Wrath

Jason Evans
Starsling Buckler

Shane Fogerty
Choker of the Queen Bee

Mark Griffin
Ebon Fury

BJ Hensley
Brooch of the Monarch

Vadims Hesins
Quill of Leng

Mike Hill
Purging Lotus Bell

Kiel Howell
Bottled Cloud

Taylor Hubler
Spiraled Madu

Joseph Kellogg
Banshee's Tongue

John Leclaire
Hide of the Hagfish

Elizabeth Leib
Glaive of the Lion-Hearted

Crystal Malarsky
Figurine of Wondrous Power, Ruby Butterfly

Brian Minhinnick
Lava Lash

Kris Newton
Gown of Many Graves

Mark Nordheim
Swindler's Grasp

Donald Robinson
Daylight Diadem

Chris Shaeffer
Caber Twig

Walter Sheppard
Thornweave

Jarrett Sigler
Shark Toothed Maw

Jeffrey Swank
Boots of Ethereal Wake

James Thomas
Blade of The Ice Stalker

Robert Thomson
Phantom Corsair Boots

Brandon Thorne
Cloak of the High Plains Wind

Philip Tucker
Scattertracks

Isaac V
Wolflord's Fang

Nick Wasko
Banshee's Wrath

Garrick Williams
Shattered Blade

Daron Woodson
Defender's Door

Alternates

Kim Frandsen
Brass Helmsman

Frank Gori
Iounic Pipes

Robert Guthrie
Scallywag's Tooth

Stephen Stack
Leviathan's Terror

I want to take a moment here to issue a big "Thank You" to all our voters! This year our slate of items was selected entirely by public vote, rather than having the popular vote select a pool from which our judges made the final choice. Nearly a quarter of a million votes went into this selection, and we culled the bottom percentage of items 5 times throughout the contest, leaving us with just the top third of entries for the final push through the weekend. None of this would be possible without our dedicated fans and the community as a whole, and we really appreciate all the time and effort that has been put into making sure we have the best possible set of contestants going into Round 2.

We will also in due course reveal what items failed to make the Top 32 and our 4 alternates, but did make it into the top 100. Those won't be presented in any particular order (so no one will be tortured by knowing they were item #37), but for participants who want to know if they got close, we'll have the information available.

For our Top 32 and 4 alternates, today also represents the moment when they discover they definitely have a map to turn in by 11:59 PM Pacific time on September 3. The official rules of Round 2 have been available for a few days, but I encourage any contestant who hasn’t done so to read them in their entirety. While we are allowing 50 words of description this year, this is still the map round, not another example of the encounter round (which we'll still have later). Use your 24 x 30 grid to present an area that inspires GM with ideas for encounters and adventures. Make sure your visuals are clear, and that a cartographer would have no questions about what is supposed to go where. A cartographer can't read your mind, so if you don’t make it clear what's a road and what's a river, you risk having a boat in the middle of an alley (which is fine if that's part of a fascinating location you've thought up, and not so much if you wanted a mermaid pool).

Good luck to everyone! I look forward to seeing what new adventure locations you'll all create!

Owen K.C. Stephens
Developer, RPG Superstar Host

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Silver Crusade Star Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9

Congratulations, everyone!

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

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It's always cool to see all the new names we haven't seen before, but I always get a kick out of seeing the familiar faces too. And it's especially awesome to see old faces but new to the 32+alternates list people, i.e. theheadkase and GM_Solspiral! Way to go, guys!!!

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

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Congrats to all of the Top 32, but especially to my talented wife Kalyna, fellow Fat Goblin Jeff Swank and Taylor Hubler! Now make maps!

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

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Well done, and good luck Top 32! You guys are in for a crazy adventure.

Dedicated Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9

@John Leclaire:

Hide of the Hagfish is an excellent item. It made my top 32, and wasn't even a close call. I didn't order my top 32, but things that weren't close calls numbered about 20 or so. Then there were maybe a half-dozen that were obviously in once I compared them against the next batch. Then things got more difficult.

You were in that 20 or so, "this is definitely in my top 32 list, no question" group. Like I said, I have no idea if you would have been #1 or #20, but there was never a question that you belong in this group of designers.

I hope this helps you overcome any stage fright so that you can turn in your best map work. I'm looking forward to seeing what you can do!

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

Congrats, everyone! I recognize a lot of names this year- past contestants and 3PP freelancers. It's going to be quite the season!

Star Voter Season 9

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Congratulations to those that made it.


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Well done everyone! Especially pleased to see quite a few through that I was on the pit crew for too, so no pressure those peeps, Monica won last year and I was on her pit crew, so no pressure :P

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

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To those about to doodle, we salute you!

Scarab Sages Developer

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Congratulations to everyone!
I have SUCH wonders to show you!


My congratulations as well to the top 32 & alternates!

Dedicated Voter Season 9

Congratulations, everyone! These are all top-notch items and you should all be proud of what you created. Huzzah!

Paizo Employee Organized Play Manager

Congratulations to all that took the plunge and entered!

To those going through to Round 2, huzzah! Best wishes on smooth mapmaking.

Grand Lodge RPG Superstar 2015 Top 32, RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8 aka Jiggy

Congrats, everybody!

*fist-bumps Joseph*

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

Tag me in!

*fist-bumps back*

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

Now the impatient wait begins until I can vote for maps...

Congrats everyone! Wow me!

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32 , Star Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 9 aka electricjokecascade

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I'm a little shell-shocked, but thanks to everyone who upvoted my item - I honestly didn't expect to make the Top 32. Insanity! Time for deep breaths, and from this time forth, my thoughts be mapmaking, or be nothing worth!

RPG Superstar 2015 Top 8 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9 aka Amanuensis

Congratulations!

Very happy to see some of my favorites!

Sczarni RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32, 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 and congratulations. This looks to be the best season yet.

Marathon Voter Season 9

Congrats guys.

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32 , Dedicated Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9 aka Petty Alchemy

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Did anyone notice that the site didn't go down at any point? This was a triumph!

Congratulations everyone, and great job tech team!

Grand Lodge RPG Superstar 2015 Top 32, RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8 aka Jiggy

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Isaac V wrote:
Did anyone notice that the site didn't go down at any point? This was a triumph!

I'm making a note here: "huge success".

Marathon Voter Season 9

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Jacob Kellogg wrote:
Isaac V wrote:
Did anyone notice that the site didn't go down at any point? This was a triumph!
I'm making a note here: "huge success".

It's hard to overstate my satisfaction.


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Zombieneighbours wrote:
Jacob Kellogg wrote:
Isaac V wrote:
Did anyone notice that the site didn't go down at any point? This was a triumph!
I'm making a note here: "huge success".
It's hard to overstate my satisfaction.

At Paizo Science: We do what we must because we can.


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SLAaDOS wrote:
Zombieneighbours wrote:
Jacob Kellogg wrote:
Isaac V wrote:
Did anyone notice that the site didn't go down at any point? This was a triumph!
I'm making a note here: "huge success".
It's hard to overstate my satisfaction.
At Paizo Science: We do what we must because we can.

For the good of all of us.

Except the ones who are dead.

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

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Mark Griffin's user link is still broken (points to https://people/MarkDGriffin instead of https://secure.paizo.com/people/MarkDGriffin).

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Congratulations to everyone! Lots and lots of familiar names and faces this year.

Repeaters:

  • Charlie Brooks (2015 Top 32)
  • Taylor Hubler (2015 Top 32)
  • Joseph Kellogg (2013 Top 16, 2014 Top 16)
  • Elizabeth Leib (2009 Top 32)
  • Mark Nordheim (2013 Top 32, 2014 Top 16)
  • Chris Shaeffer (2012 Top 16, 2013 Top 32, 2015 Top 16)

Freelance Forge members:

  • Kiel Howell
  • Joe Kellogg
  • Mark Nordheim
  • Jeffrey Swank
  • Robert Thomson
  • Nick Wasko

Third-party publishers:

  • Daron Woodson (Abandoned Arts)
  • Frank Gori (Flying Pincushion, d20pfsrd, Tricky Owlbear)

Wayfinder credits:

  • Kiel Howell (Wayfinder 10, 11, 12, and 13)
  • Joseph Kellogg (Wayfinder 11 and 13)
  • Elizabeth Leib (Wayfinder 2, 3, and 4)
  • Mark Nordheim (Wayfinder 13)
  • Jeffrey Swank (Wayfinder 11 and 12)
  • James Thomas (Wayfinder 11)
  • Nick Wasko (Wayfinder 13)
  • Stephen Stack (Wayfinder 13)
  • Frank Gori (Wayfinder 9 and 10)

Pathfinder RPG designers previously credited by third parties:

  • Kalyna Conrad (LPJ Design's Obsidian Apocalypse and Path of Undeath; Fat Goblin Games's Carnival of Sinners, Campaign Kits: Maidenhill and Her Many Secrets, and Bleeding Hearts and Chocolates)
  • Kiel Howell (Fat Goblin Games's Ten-Foot Poles and cover credit on Vathak Hauntings: Red Rose Manor; Raging Swan Press's GM's Miscellany: Random Wilderness Encounters and Random Encounters: Wilderness II; Flying Pincushion's Into the Breach series)
  • Taylor Hubler (Fat Goblin Games's Ten-Foot Poles and 5 Haunted Items; d20pfsrd's Blood & Steel, Book 1: The Fighter; Flying Pincushion's Into the Breach series)
  • Mark Nordheim (Flying Pincushion's Tides of War: Mounted Charging Feats and Into the Breach series; Rogue Genius Games's From the Forge: 13 Evil Spells; Outland Entertainment's Arcane Focus: Secrets of Sensory Magic)
  • Walter Sheppard (Jon Brazer Enterprises' Daddy Delves: Doom of the Sky Sword)
  • Jeffrey Swank (Fat Goblin Games's Call to Arms: Ten-Foot Poles and Secret Societies of Vathak: The Final Phase; Purple Duck Games's Purple Duck Storeroom: More Magic Pants!; Frog God Games)
  • James Thomas (Kobold Press's Tales of the Old Margreve, Streets of Zobeck, Zobeck Gazetteer, Alleys of Zobeck, Midgard Campaign Setting, Midgard Tales, Midgard Bestiary, Southlands Bestiary, Temple of Dagon, Kobold Quarterly #23, and the KoboldPress.com blog; Green Ronin Games's Freeport: The City of Adventure)
  • Nick Wasko (Raging Swan Press's GM's Miscellany: Random Wilderness Encounters, Random Encounters: Wilderness II, Village Backdrop: Starspun Hollow; Rogue Genius Games's From the Forge: 13 Evil Spells; Outland Entertainment's Arcane Focus: Secrets of Sensory Magic)
  • Daron Woodson (Open Gaming Monthly 4; Rite Publishing's Pathways #22; Amora Games's Liber Influxus Communis)
  • Frank Gori (Kobold Press's Deep Magic and Wondrous Items: Helmets & Shields Made from Monster Hides; Open Gaming Monthly 4 and 5)

Pathfinder RPG designers credited by Paizo:

  • Elizabeth Leib (cover credit, Pathfinder Society scenario #28: Lyrics of Extinction)
  • Mark Nordheim (item in Daughters of Fury, credit in Tears at Bitter Manor)
  • Walter Sheppard (Pathfinder Society Quests: The Silverhex Chronicles)

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

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I'm also in Wayfinder Garrett!

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

Kiel Howell wrote:
I'm also in Wayfinder Garrett!

Fixed!

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

Kiel Howell wrote:
I'm also in Wayfinder Garrett!

So is Kalyna.

Grand Lodge RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32 , Star Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka Snowblossom

Congratulations to my fellow Top 32 contestants! You all did great work. Looking forward to seeing everyone's maps :)

Paizo Employee Developer

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Congratulations to all 36 contestants and alternates. You're in for some of the most exciting and challenging weeks of your gaming career, so strap in and enjoy the ride. I can't wait to see what talent you'll get to show off in forthcoming rounds!

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

I, too, was in a few Wayfinders. One under Caleb T. Gordan and I think twice under my actual name.

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32 , Star Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka Abandoned Arts

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Oh. My. Glob.

Thank you, everyone. Also, this.

Garrett Guillotte wrote:
Congratulations to everyone! Lots and lots of familiar names and faces this year.

Hey, I'm on a list.

Liberty's Edge Contributor, RPG Superstar 2012 , Star Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 9

Congratulations to everyone! I look forward to seeing your maps.

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

Congratulations everyone! Best of luck in round 2 :)

Sovereign Court Marathon Voter Season 9

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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion Subscriber

BIG congratulations to all the Top 32+ winners! ^_^

Voting was very difficult near the end there... tons of tough choices. I even voted for the gown of many graves over my own item at one point!

This was probably my last chance to enter... so hopefully, I'll get to work with some of you in the future!

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

Well done Top 32!
A lot of my keepers, so I am not surprised to see so many repeat names.
Welcome to the new folks!

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32 , Star Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka Project_Mayhem

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Well, I was not expecting that ... 0_0

My very sincere thanks to everyone who upvoted me, and a plague of Pugwampi on anyone who downvoted me.

Congratulations everyone, good luck to the rest of the top 32+alts, and oh god I have to go make a map.


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Bill Davies wrote:

Well, I was not expecting that ... 0_0

My very sincere thanks to everyone who upvoted me, and a plague of Pugwampi on anyone who downvoted me.

Congratulations everyone, good luck to the rest of the top 32+alts, and oh god I have to go make a map.

Don't cancel the plague of Pugwampis! We need the work!

...you wouldn't believe our union dues! :P

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 all! Well done on getting the public on board. Now impress us with your imagination and skill!

:D

P.S. I'm very busy this week (work is nuts this time of year) and I am seriously sleep deprived from going for Champion voter. But I am determined to comment on every entry like last year, so expect a comment on your items sometime this weekend!

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

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Sorry for the omissions; I've flagged the list here as a double post and put the list on Google Docs.

Specifically:

  • Kalyna Conrad (Wayfinder 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)
  • Taylor Hubler (Wayfinder 8 [as Caleb T Gordon], 9, and 11)
  • Robert Thomson (Wayfinder 9)
  • Philip Tucker (Wayfinder 4)

That brings the total number of Top 32+4 with Wayfinder credits to 11+2, or more than a third of the field.

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

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And a double shout-out to everyone in the Top 32+4 who aren't on the list at all. Show us what you got, wildcards! YEE HAW

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32 , Dedicated Voter Season 9 aka Helena Handbasket

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I'm truly honored to have made it this far! I'm glad you liked (or at least heartily tolerated ;) my item, and I hope to improve as the competition continues.

Now I'm off to complete my map. Or die* trying.

*probably not, but I may transmute into a puddle of nerves for the next coupla days

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32 , Dedicated Voter Season 9 aka Helena Handbasket

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Garrett Guillotte wrote:
And a double shout-out to everyone in the Top 32+4 who aren't on the list at all. Show us what you got, wildcards! YEE HAW

Woohoo, I'm a wildcard!

Grand Lodge Marathon Voter Season 9

Congrats to all, and good luck with that map turnaround. I'm looking forward to seeing what you all can do.

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32 , Star Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka thornnm

CripDyke wrote:

@John Leclaire:

Hide of the Hagfish is an excellent item. It made my top 32, and wasn't even a close call. I didn't order my top 32, but things that weren't close calls numbered about 20 or so. Then there were maybe a half-dozen that were obviously in once I compared them against the next batch. Then things got more difficult.

You were in that 20 or so, "this is definitely in my top 32 list, no question" group. Like I said, I have no idea if you would have been #1 or #20, but there was never a question that you belong in this group of designers.

I hope this helps you overcome any stage fright so that you can turn in your best map work. I'm looking forward to seeing what you can do!

Thank you CripDyke!! I'm over my initial shock and ready to bring my "A" game to this next round! Let's do this thing people!!

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32 , Dedicated Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9 aka Tothric

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Glad I'm a wild-card!

I'm super excited to move forward!

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

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Garrett Guillotte wrote:


Congratulations to everyone! Lots and lots of familiar names and faces this year.

[bunch of stuff]

...

Thanks for putting this together, Garrett. I was noticing the same thing, but didn't have the time today to cross reference everyone/everything.

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32 , Dedicated Voter Season 9 aka Curtisin

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Thank you to everyone who voted for my item. It's an honor to be in the alternates, especially against such fierce (and in a lot of case experienced) competition.

Good luck to all of you. :)

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32 , Star Voter Season 9 aka Sir_Toon

Well this is nerve wracking, and unexpected. But it's also encouraging to see I was able to come up with something so many people liked despite being a complete novice here. I'll do my best to keep up with the the standards set by all these other wonderful designers in the map round!

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