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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Grand Lodge

Congrats to all the winners (and alternates)!

Star Voter Season 9

Congratulations, well done!

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

1 person marked this as a favorite.

Congrats to everyone who made it!

Sovereign Court Marathon Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9

Well, Congrats to the top 32.

I guess I should get back to work. ^.^

Sovereign Court Marathon Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9

Congratulations everyone! Awesome job!


Pathfinder Companion, Maps Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Shane Fogerty and Mark Griffin link to the same Paizo account.

Star Voter Season 9

Congrats to the winners!

Dedicated Voter Season 9

Congratulations, looking forward to those maps!

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

Congrats everyone! Get to drawing those maps! :)

Star Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 9

Congratulations to all you top 32!

Dedicated Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9

1 person marked this as a favorite.

Well done all, some great items made the top 32, well earned places all :)

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

1 person marked this as a favorite.

Thank you! I'm feeling a tad overwhelmed at the moment.

*Wipes tears of joy from map*

Good luck fellow 32 +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

Congrats peeps!

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

Congratulations to all of you!

Sovereign Court Dedicated Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Card Game, Companion, Lost Omens, Pathfinder Accessories, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber

Congratulations! Can't wait to see some maps!


Gratz to those who made it through!

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9

Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion Subscriber; Starfinder Superscriber

Congratulations, everyone!

Can't wait to see the maps.

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 16 , Marathon Voter Season 9 aka Thrawn007

Congrats everyone.

Impressed with the voters overall as well. Good picks.

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32, 2011 Top 16 , Star Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka JoelF847

Congrats to everyone who made it, now comes the hard part. looking forward to what all of you submit throughout the rest of the competition.

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 4 , Marathon Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9 aka King Tius

2 people marked this as a favorite.

Oh my goodness, I can't believe I made it! Thank you to everyone who liked my little buckler. This statement rings truer this year than ever before: I couldn't have done it without all of you!

Dark Archive Marathon Voter Season 9

Links to profiles seem to be incorrect, two of them are linked to same page for some reason xD Ah well that will be probably fixed by time I check this again

Anyway, congrats


1 person marked this as a favorite.

Congrats all!

Should we go ahead and comment or should we be polite and let the judges post first?

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

I see a number of familiar names up there again, but rookies most Superstar winners are first timers. So hit the gas and don't let up. The pace of this contest is brutal. You'll feel like a Balor's flaming whip is at your back the whole time.

--Vrock on Superstars!

Dark Archive

Congratulations everyone!!!

Marathon Voter Season 9

CorvusMask wrote:

Links to profiles seem to be incorrect, three of them are linked to same page for some reason xD

SOCK PUPPETRY

Just kidding.

Marathon Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9

Whoo hoo! Good job everyone, I see many of my favourites up there : D

Good luck in Round 2!

Scarab Sages

Congrats to the chosen! Well done y'all!

Marathon Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka Clouds Without Water

Congrats all!

Lots of stuff I like in that list, glad you all made it in!

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9 aka surfbored

I'm shocked at how many I recognize from the voting process. Last year I barely recognized any. This year I actually got to up vote many of these. Congrats to all of you!

Scarab Sages Star Voter Season 9

Congratulations everyone! Solid items all around! Can't wait to see what you make next.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16, 2012 Top 32 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9 aka Epic Meepo

Congrats!

Dedicated Voter Season 9

Congrats everyone! I'm sad that my favorite item, the Plush Guardian of Cuddles, didn't make it. Whoever you are, you rock!

Star Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9

Hooray for you top 32. Seriously good job. But I am a bit jealous.

RPG Superstar 2015 Top 4, RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16 , Star Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8

Congratulations! Now take a few minutes to let the air back into your lungs.

Dedicated Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9

Let me be the 40th or so to say congratulations.

Now I have to read you all again (and read for the first time I missed during my marathon) to appreciate you individually and anew.

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

Congrats to my fellow competitors!

And thanks everyone for voting! Whether it was up or down or even an equal. Thanks!

Now to figure out what map to make a final draft of...

Star Voter Season 9

Congratulations to our Top 32!

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

Way to go, new 32! Good luck! Don't forget to breathe!!!

Dedicated Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9

Congrats everyone.

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

All I can say is thank you everyone. Thank you for giving me this opportunity.

I'm so excited, I'm almost in tears!


Congratulations, Top 32. Looking forward to the map round.


Definitely, congratulations to all who are still in the competition, and may creativity and energy prevail! I look forward to seeing all the new and exciting ideas that will forever change my vision of Golarion.....

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

Woo-hoo! Congrats to everyone! And alternates, be ready in case you are called up!

Marathon Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9

I am glad that a couple of items that I like have made it in the Top 32. Still, congratulations to everyone and I hope you practiced your mapping skills.

I sure didn't--had a peculiar feeling that I wouldn't get chosen.

Community Manager , Star Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8

Joana wrote:
Shane Fogerty and Mark Griffin link to the same Paizo account.

Fixed.

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

Big congratulations to everyone in the Top 32 + alternates. Well done!

So happy to see a bunch of familiar names on the list, all of them very talented. Take it home, guys and girls. It's a wild ride from here, and you'd better bring every last drop of that talent if you want to make it to the top.

Marathon Voter Season 9 aka Janvs

Ack! I'm an alternate! This just replaces my waiting anxiety with a different flavor of waiting anxiety!

Congrats to the top 32!

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 16 , Star Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka thornnm

1 person marked this as a favorite.

0_0 You're kidding right?

Thank you all so much!!! I'm sitting somewhere between passing out from joy, and passing out from terror! Good luck to my fellow competitors!

Scarab Sages RPG Superstar 2015 Top 16 , Dedicated Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka Rusty Ironpants

Congratulations to the new Top 32 and alternates. Great job, you all deserve it.

Dedicated Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9

1 person marked this as a favorite.

Wow - on reading through the names?

I've discovered 26 of my top 32 made it through in the top 32+4.

24 of my top 32 made it through to the top 32 flat.

AND one of my alternates is one of the 2 actual RPGSS alternates that I didn't pick for my top 32.

AND I didn't see Bottled Cloud in my voting marathon, but I like it. Hard to be completely impartial about it, but it would have had a very good chance of being in my top 32 if I had seen it.

I'm liking this field.

Really, really liking this field.

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