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Perhaps the supernova ripped open a portal to ... whichever plane these demons come from?


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Absalom Station is Casablanca. That works...

Starfinder's set-up on a lot of things is close to the notes I was making for my own setting - VERY close, in certain aspects, telling me I was on the right track. When it came to communications, I was torn between instantaneous and ship-speed. Now, ship-speed was a bit of a variable that depended on several factors, but ultimately was intended to replicate the "age of sail" feel. Given the fact I had a type of "drift beacon" that aided in making those jumps between systems, it made sense to me to have instantaneous communications if there was a beacon at each end - after all, the beacons were communicating constantly to provide navigational data so why not throw in access to the GalactiNet, too? So, you have age of sail travel speeds, but also the internet.


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I'm just thrilled we're getting previews...


kaid wrote:
Doc_Outlands wrote:

"Raia doesn't hold to any unrealistic expectation of non-interference in alien cultures..."

"What is this ... 'prime directive?' How ridiculous! How can you learn what they have to teach you if you never interact?"

I love it. Can't wait to see the class reveal. (That's later this week, right?)

If they follow the normal pattern we should get the technomancer write up friday afternoon.

I couldn't remember if it was Thursday or Friday, but was pretty sure it was *before* the weekend. Since I work 6 or 7 days a week, I can't always remember trivalities like the weekend!


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"Raia doesn't hold to any unrealistic expectation of non-interference in alien cultures..."

"What is this ... 'prime directive?' How ridiculous! How can you learn what they have to teach you if you never interact?"

I love it. Can't wait to see the class reveal. (That's later this week, right?)


I'm stoked. STOKED!


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It's math, Jim ... but not as we know it!


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Follow-on ... I think some of this is coming from the old Apple video game Neuromancer. Which was loads of fun. Hacker decks can only hold a certain number of external chips and only run certain levels of programs, based on their complexity/level/tier, so you *MUST* do proper recon to figure out which programs you need to have slotted when you make your run.

(I played loads of different cyberpunk games "back in the day" and liked elements of each system better than others. Odds are very good I'm synthesizing from GURPS, Shadowrun, CP2020 & Hardwired, SWRPG's slicing rules, and at least one other that I can't remember. I know at least one of my players *REALLY REALLY* wants to play a hacker/mechanic, so I've spent loads of time thinking about how to incorporate decent playable hacking into the D20/Pathfinder system.)


Luna Protege wrote:


Why am I suddenly picturing things like small single use external drives that exist only to give a boosted performance for only one hour before burning out due to being Overclocked about 1000%?

Actually, something like that probably isn't too different in effect as a potion would be.

That's exactly the way I've envisioned it for many years - I *think* that was how it was handled in an old cyberpunk game ... Cyberpunk 2020, maybe? Maybe the Hardwired supplement? At any rate, that's what *I* would like to see and if Starfinder doesn't have something like that in it ... it will once I write it up. Which will be easy to do, just by changing the wording in the Brew Potion feat.

Luna Protege wrote:

I get the feeling if we played intrigue games more often, we'd be using potions for a similar purpose on specific skills. Probably to disable traps or to pick locks. Or... More likely given the need to get it right the first time... For fast talking your way out of, or into, a situation.

... Weirdly enough, I somehow imagine that drinking a potion of Charisma right before bluffing is probably going to raise a few eyebrows... But that's neither here nor there.

We do that playing Skyrim all the time. :D "Oh, shoot! Forgot to put on Volsung before haggling with the merchant!"


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Those look great! I'll have a place to put my Ryan Wolfe minis!


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I don't see where Interplanetary Teleport is limited to intra-system travel only - "truly no range limit and you do not need to have seen your destination, though you must have a solid grasp of which world you wish to travel to" makes it pretty clear casters with access to 9th-level spells can go anywhere in the universe they please.


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Quig struck me as an intelligible jawa... and that made me happy.


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I'm in for HeroLab, as it has proven quite helpful. I think I likely need to get the authoring module, too...


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A haunted space station, being run by an AI - who may be dealing with a virus and thus be ... unreliable.


Oliver Veyrac wrote:


Would be pretty cool if that was how you increased damage, etc. For example a PL 6 ship's damage reduction could be overcome by PL 7. A PL 7 ship's damage reduction could be overcome by PL 8.

I was just thinking about this very thing yesterday and I really like the idea...


faeted wrote:
Artificial Intelligences beyond the androids. Preferably something similar to the Droid Design Handbook.

From WEG? SWd6RPG?


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Owen KC Stephens wrote:

So, I have formed the RGG SCG (Rogue Genius Games Starfinder Compatible Group)

And they are working on the Starfarer Companion, and a setting called Blood Space.

More news to follow over the weeks ahead.

My soul sings!


Darkwhite - I think so, but I have no insider knowledge on that.

Andre - not yet, but soon.


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As a toolbox-book, Starjammer was written to mesh with the Technology Guide, while not requiring it for play. If you want high-tech, use the Technology Guide. If you want high-magic, the Technology Guide isn't necessary.


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Currently system-neutral, as Andre mentioned, so it is more of a toolbox for *everyone* to use and enjoy - but there's definite intent to create a more specific setting through supplements...


YAY!!! Congrats, Monica!!!


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Thanks for your rewrite! As I dug into things, I started seeing where I could easily turn the Campaign Staff into an entire array of siege-themed magic items. Very helpful insights. And yes, I'm sure I'll be competing in the next RPGSS.


Would love for you to have a go at mine, as well.

Campaign Staff

Spoiler:

Aura strong conjuration; CL 13th
Slot none; Price 143,000gp; Weight 5 lbs.
Description
This stout iron-bound oak staff is topped by a fist-sized knob of polished granite, carved so that the entire staff resembles a castle watch-tower of worked stone. Inspired by the fluid nature of magical warfare, a campaign staff allows its wielder to function effectively in both offensive and defensive siege roles via access to the following spells:
  • rampart (2 charges)
  • move earth (2 charges)
  • transmute mud to rock (2 charges)
  • transmute rock to mud (2 charges)
  • wall of stone (1 charge)
  • magic siege weapon, greater (1 charge)

The wielder may also spend charges to summon Medium, Large, or Huge earth elementals to serve as assistants to repair damaged structures, clear heavy debris, or wreak havoc on the enemy.
  • 1 charge – 1 Medium earth elemental
  • 2 charges – 1 Large or 2 Medium earth elementals
  • 3 charges – 1 Huge or 2 Large or 4 Medium earth elementals

Summoned elementals remain for 10 rounds and only one such summoning can be active at any time.

Construction
Requirements Craft Staff, magic siege weapon, greater, move earth, rampart, summon monster VI, transmute mud to rock, transmute rock to mud, wall of stoneCost 71,500gp

Thanks!


Thanks for the feedback, folks! After submitting and during the voting process, I came up with a few changes that I think would improve the Campaign Staff, several of which have been borne out in the feedback threads. While that does me no good in RPGSS15, it *does* indicate I'm heading in the right direction.


Thanks for taking the time to give feedback!


Well, now that a disaster at work has settled from "mitigation" & "recovery" into "replace things and move on," I want to get my Round 1 entry posted for critique. Sorry for being late to the game, but 7-day work-weeks suck.

Campaign Staff
Aura strong conjuration; CL 13th
Slot none; Price 143,000gp; Weight 5 lbs.
Description
This stout iron-bound oak staff is topped by a fist-sized knob of polished granite, carved so that the entire staff resembles a castle watch-tower of worked stone. Inspired by the fluid nature of magical warfare, a campaign staff allows its wielder to function effectively in both offensive and defensive siege roles via access to the following spells:

  • rampart (2 charges)
  • move earth (2 charges)
  • transmute mud to rock (2 charges)
  • transmute rock to mud (2 charges)
  • wall of stone (1 charge)
  • magic siege weapon, greater (1 charge)

The wielder may also spend charges to summon Medium, Large, or Huge earth elementals to serve as assistants to repair damaged structures, clear heavy debris, or wreak havoc on the enemy.
  • 1 charge – 1 Medium earth elemental
  • 2 charges – 1 Large or 2 Medium earth elementals
  • 3 charges – 1 Huge or 2 Large or 4 Medium earth elementals

Summoned elementals remain for 10 rounds and only one such summoning can be active at any time.

Construction
Requirements Craft Staff, magic siege weapon, greater, move earth, rampart, summon monster VI, transmute mud to rock, transmute rock to mud, wall of stoneCost 71,500gp


One of my favorites was Christopher West's "Guildsport" from Dungeon's "Maps of mystery." Itgot me hooked on his art-I-mean-maps. I plan on using it as a Sci-Fi frontier town.


Congrats to the 32+4!!


Name of the Rose would be an AMAZING adventure! That is the gold standard I hold my own investigation efforts up against!


Jacob Trier wrote:
Well, almost all of Paizo's official products, except the rules line, are set in Golarion, and the grand prize of the contest is a contract to write an adventure for the module line. Those have, without exception, been set in Golarion. So it really shouldn't come as a surprise that demonstrating knowledge of the official setting is a significant part of this contest.

All very good points, which I have a tendency to forget. *shrug* Means I'll have to learn more, faster.

And many thanks for the wiki link - I'm sure I will use it rather prodigiously over the next few days!


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Maybe by Tuesday I will have gotten some rest and be mentally more functional than I am today.

Of course, this is ASSUMING my [REDACTED] makes the Top 32 and I advance to the mapping round!

But I absolutely shall. I have confidence.

But DANG. Golarion? Really? Crud, I don't play in the default setting and don't have much in the way of resources to cover it. Oh, well ... I'll come up with something!


I think at least one of those has already been done...


Dear Mr. Still-not-my-friend-right-now,

When I saw you had given us THREE DAYS!!! for the map, I thought to myself, "Oh, just like a REAL writing gig..."

And since my entry has been spotted post-cull, I still hate you. Passionately. Because you are making me THINK. Making me UNCOMFORTABLE. "Everyone knows" you get all the time in the world to make Genius happen! These last-minute format changes and impossibly-tight timeframes for contest entries can't be realistic!

And if I get fired for working on my Round 2 entry on office-time, I'm moving in with your cat.

Because:
I'm going to advance to Round 2.
I'm going to obsess over the map entry.

Sincerely,
Me

;)


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My voting was affected more by my multiple hats than by anything to do with the contest itself. Working 7 days a week. Trying to be a full-time dad and husband. Pushing a small handicraft hobby-business. Trying to move that business into a full-time gig. Trying to design 3d models for said business. Trying to follow the contest. Trying to plan new game-related writing projects.

I kinda forgot to vote regularly.


Brigg wrote:

My heart genuinely goes out to those whom did not survive the cull. Just remember:

If it is your dream to write and design for fantasy roleplaying, or to write and design for anything for that matter...

...your dream is to have your name on a front cover, with the confines of the book's bindings relentlessly teeming with the fruits of your labor and the shimmer of your creatuve prowess...

...or even if your dream is to be that guy behind the scenes that grins in satisfied modesty as hundreds, if not thousands, of people fervently discuss something of your design...

...mark my words:

Once you have that dream, nothing can stop you. So keep reaching for it, and let nothing hold you back. It takes a special bravery to put something you've created on display for the world to see. Be proud of yourself: you have taken a step that countless others fear and wouldn't dare.

This, utterly.


I saw an item in the competition very similar to one my gaming group collectively designed several years ago, but to my knowledge we never statted up. They leave their "great ideas" for me to beat into shape, so since I didn't like it, I never did it.


GM_Solspiral wrote:
Amazingly clever weapon nice job... I am Groot (only hint)

I loved that one!! I had the exact same reaction!


GM_Solspiral wrote:
I'm just short a walkie talkie item for my bingo card

I seriously considered - for a brief, fleeting moment - adding a walkie-talkie ability to my entry. Then I laughed hysterically at myself and said, "NO."


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The majority of what I'm seeing are solid concepts, definitely. Most of the issues I have are "needs a formatting pass," "missing a construction requirement that is otherwise called out in the description," "works better as a different type of item," or "has unneeded history attached." Quite a few could be tightened up with a rewrite for polish, also.

But overall - some very solid concepts in play! It's making me kinda nervous!


Oh - the comment wasn't strictly good or bad (some of both), but it referenced some of the same thoughts I'd had about my item in language fairly close to what I used myself.

...and it gave me an idea for at least one related follow-on item...


I'm with Jeff - just read at least one comment that I can see being totally about my item.

.....aaaaaaand there goes a fingernail!


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GM_Solspiral wrote:
Ok you're weird but I like you

Pretty sure my wife says that about me at least once a day...


I'm having more fun reading the snarky thread than I am voting, I think.


I keep seeing comments that could easily apply to my item. It makes me both elated and nervous at the same time. And I'd REALLY LOVE to ask questions ... but I must sit on those until after judging!! :D


I tried really hard to be sure my submission followed the template. I made use of the gracious offer by Template Fu *and* ran it past two other highly-knowledgeable people. I previewed it multiple times.

All this to say, the effort it took to actually follow the template was minimal compared to creating the item and it is ... vexing to me that SO MANY DIDN'T! I am very seriously tempted to downvote every item I see that is improperly formatted.

Yes, I am a curmudgeonly old fart. At a surprisingly young age.


Yes indeed - based on the voting pairs I have seen so far, I'm golden.


Is there like a "Cliff(side) Notes for Map-making?" I mean - mine look better in crayon, right. Yes, I've seen the "review past 'encounter with map entries'" advice. But I'm thinking ... in the last several years, someone has to have compiled a bullet-list of skills to make decent maps and pitfalls to avoid at all costs. Given my 14-hr-EVERY-DAY schedule, such a list would make sure I had a teensy shot at advancing, since I'd say I'm starting my map-skills from virtual scratch.


I am very interested in seeing such a staff, to the point I'm going to work on them. Pricing will get kinda dicey, I'm sure. We'll see.


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I do like my item. My pit-crew was merciless in reviewing it, exactly what I wanted/needed, until I turned in a solid entry.

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