While it should go without saying that we're all interested to see what each of the top 16 have come up with, I'll be equally interested to see which headshots were selected. I'm curious about the breakdown of everyones selection, which were picked, which were avoided and which were duplicated.
Many of the headshots can easily be villains, while others are quite a stretch. Did villainous looking pics get avoided in favour of a longer stretch? Did the judges consider how easy/difficult a particular selection was while doing their commentary? Did duplicated pics get similar treatments from both submissions, or did each contestant see something really different? How many duplicates (or triplicates) will there be? Maybe there are 16 different treatments for the same pic :P
I see so much other potential in all of these pics, and am really looking forwards to participating in discussion of what could/would have been. What cool ideas did people come up with and then leave behind? What trends will be evident in these discussions?
Naturally all of this will have to wait until next week but I can see the discussion threads on this round being active for a long time. I just can't get over how cool this round is!
Karuuk Soulrender, the Unrelenting Embrace
Karuuk Soulrender CR 9
I've just been through and commented on all the top 32 (should have gotten around to it sooner, kind of feel like a jerk). I wanted to get my input in before this afternoon, as I know I'll be looking elsewhere.
Does anyone know if we get the round 3 rules this afternoon as well, or will that come along later? I think someone said something about a PDF too ;)
I am super stoked to see what my fellow 32 have come up with, and also a little scared.
Best of luck to everyone!
I know round 5 is quite a ways away, but I also know that most of us are working on something, even if only in the background. I was wondering how the rest of you are tackling this task, and also about the design process of previous entrants.
I have what I think is a pretty solid idea. I like my hook, my location, my villains and their motivation, but I have conflicting ideas about how to proceed from here. Part of my wants to start stating stuff up, tweeking their capabilities to what I need them to do. Part of my wants to start making maps and designing locations. Part of me wants to spend hours researching background for half conceived ideas, read related material and draw concept art. My home campaign is planned session by session, it's simple, "this is what we're going to do today kids". Anyone else out there running into the same wall? Or am I just a chump?
I've been looking at the same few hundred words for so long now my brain is going to burst. It's been read, re-read, edited, balanced, processed, re-edited, revised, re-balanced etc ad nauseum ad infinitum. I was beginning to worry I would somehow ruin it so I bit the bullet and submitted.
Anyone else in the same boat? Taking a break or working on a later round?
Champion of Philosophy (Cavalier)
At the risk of getting a little ahead of myself I've been working out some stuff for my archetype, and I've run into a tricky question. With so many archetypes and so many new abilities, some overlap seems inevitable. If an archetype idea would suggest an ability that another archetype already uses what is the proper protocol? Should we use the existing ability, and will we be penalized for not using 100% original content? Should we attempt to write a similar but alternate ability, and risk being told that this already exists? Should we not use the ability at all, and risk weakening our submission thereby? I would never think to cut and paste my entry as a dodge, but I can see how a single existing ability could tie it all together. I understand that the point of Superstar is to write amazing new stuff, and not regurgitate the old, but is the point not also to manipulate the existing rules in new and interesting ways? A potential overlap seems inevitable. Do you have a plan for addressing this, or are you simply going to put a blanket ban on any such re-use?
Does anyone out there have any idea what round two means by archetype? To me an archetype is a story device that has been around for centuries, and is represented and interpreted multiple times. Seems very unlikely that the top 16 will be able to find archetypes that modern literature have not yet identified. What are you other hopefuls expecting from this round?