I'm guessing mine was too spell-in-a-can or OP in some way, but I'll take feedback in any form.
Armor of the Sun
Once a day, the armor can be activated with a magical incantation to explode into bright illuminations. The burst of light blinds anyone within a 10-foot radius of the user for 1d4 rounds, or dazzles for 1d4 rounds if they make a reflex save (DC 12). If an Evil character is caught in the burst, they take 5d4 damage whether or not they pass the reflex save. After the initial Burst of Radiance, the armor is surrounded by an aura of red and orange flames for 7 rounds. The flames radiate the area within a 5-foot radius around the wearer. All characters that make a melee attack or move into a threatened zone against the wearer while active take 2d6 points of fire damage and catches aflame, or halved if succeeding in a reflex save (DC 14) and avoids catching on fire. The damage from catching on fire does not stack if the character is damaged by the aura of flames multiple times.
I'm (or I will be) submitting my item for critique and I got culled round 1, so I'm sure you shouldn't feel too bad for what'll be coming your way. Besides, critique is good as long as you don't take it personally.
How do you report an item for DQ, and is there anywhere that lists the circumstances for disqualification? I didn't know you could flag items, so I've just been downvoting even the most egregious ones, assuming they would just get culled.
From the voting page:
If you find an item during voting that breaks any of the contest rules, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
I think this is mostly to rid out any of the bad formatted ones and such items that could have made it through the cracks.
Landon Cole wrote:
I think you meant to say "as great as my joke." Puns are never bad!
Any time! I like chatting with people plus it's good to have a couple more DnD players in my social mix, so it's not a problem for me.
Clay Clouser wrote:
I've been submitted for awhile. I think my mechanics were strong but I didn't get the mojo where I wanted it.
This is my problem. I like my item enough and so have the people I asked about it for their opinions, but whether the voters are going to like what I presented is another thing. Other voters just might not get what my item is or just not care for the abilities, but I'll hope for the best.
I wouldn't feel too bad about it unless you're posting multiple times on the same topic with different identities, in which case I will inform you that I am here for you if you need a friend so you don't have to talk to yourself in a thread.
Russ Brown wrote:
An important change to note from last time is that the selection of the top 32 this year will be strictly by the popular vote.
I do feel at ease reading Monica's explanation on the voting process. I know in other threads that people said this won't be a problem, but since I'm new to this contest and to the forum for the most part, I couldn't help but think in the back of my mind that something just odd or bad in general could end up in the Top 32 just because think it's funny and the judges couldn't cull them out.
I'm going to echo people from earlier posts, but I was surprised to see RPGSS starting so soon this year! I don't check my mail often, so I only coincidentally happened upon the roll call this year when I was talking to a friend about it and got to work to make sure I could enter this year (missed out SS2015).
Are people usually nervous doing this sort of contest? I think I'm gonna be an insomniac all week until the voting happens and either I get voted up or I bomb in the polls! Either way, look forward to being involved for the first time despite what could be a busy schedule in the near future.