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

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Congratulations everyone!

Kermit flail!

Spoiler:
Aren't you glad you weren't Rick Rolled for a change?

Sovereign Court Marathon Voter Season 9

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So... question.

Am I allowed/intended to go into the top 32 threads and post my critique, etc., of the items? That's what it looks like, but I don't want to go astray...

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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Yes you can! I did this every year I knew about it!

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

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You are not only allowed, Kalindlara, you're encouraged to do so. Feedback is how they (and anyone else reading) improve.


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Congrats all!!

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

Congratulations everyone! A lot of items I don't recognize in the finals this year, but my voting participation was admittedly greatly curtailed by the fact that I can no longer access the site from work, so there are a lot I didn't see.

(And I have to find other ways to fill my time working now... :p)

Dedicated Voter Season 9

Holy Crap, Results are up!
Sorry for being late to the show, I blame time zones.

Great work and it's been a pleasure taking part. It's so classy to see some of favorites make it. Congrats!

Contributor

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Congrats to the Top 32! Congrats to the alternates! :D

Enjoy your moment in the sun and now get to work, omg get to work! I look forward to seeing what you all have in the next round :)

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

Congratulations to all of the Top 36! A strong field this year!

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

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Congrats to the top 32, those of you who are from TFPG know who you are, and I am quite proud, go get em!

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

Congratulations to you all and I wish you all the very best of luck.

Liberty's Edge Star Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9

Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

My very heartfelt congratulations to all whose name are on that list, both 32 and alternates. You deserved it and you did face heavy competition to get there. Best of luck in the next round.

I am happy to see in the list not only items I upvoted consistently or even kept, but also items I saw thanks to the workshopping thread, as well as items I now know were those of people that took the time to review and comment on my own item. I feel both honored and grateful that these remarkable designers took the time for that.

Some of the items on the list I did not quite expect to see there, but I will inspect them in better depth so that I can understand what I missed when I saw them during the voting.

And some items, I just did not see and will discover with glee.

Very well done, you all. Awe us with your maps now ;-)

RPG Superstar 2015 Top 4, RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16 , Star Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 8

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Man, looks like I'm on silence duty again this season :(

Go Team Wasko!!

Liberty's Edge Star Voter Season 9

Map Map..good luck

Liberty's Edge Star Voter Season 9

Have to say...First time seeing any of these items

Dark Archive Star Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Congratulations All!

Dark Archive RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32 , Star Voter Season 9

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

Good grief Sir! How do you keep track of all that?

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