Interesting. I've seen 9 people's other lists. I haven't calculated how many unique items there are on these lists - over 100, I'm guessing.
But two things were quickly apparent:
Thanks everyone who has messaged me. I hope your item appeared on my list. Hang on. Ummm... Maybe that should be, "I hope your item appeared on Feros' list!"
Why not jump in? PM me your list and I'll return you mine. I'd be interested to understand others’ tastes and hope I can encourage a few people whose items appear only list? (I only made Star Voter though, so there would be plenty of items I didn't see.)
Perhaps someone who is on top of this thread could make a list of everyone who has volunteered to share lists!
Just added another item to my keep file. It's not my usual style, in that it just gives a few basic bonuses. But the visual is fantastic, and I reckon the right player would love using it.
Not counting my own item I currently have 7 "keeps", although I did start compiling this list rather late in the piece. I don't consciously favour longer or shorter entries. That said, 6 out of my 7 keeps are 200+ words.
Neil, Treppa & Cheapy - thank you!
I recently saw one oddball item which made me stop and think, "when would anyone use that?" I realised its single function could be used offensively, defensively, to help a group buff before an encounter, and probably in many other unforeseen situations. It's potentially open to abuse, but some tweaking of the mechanics could fix that. And I like the originality and quirkiness. Keep.
Love this thread! Great idea!
It's a bit vague, but I look for items that will be fun for everyone when played.
So rather than items which just buff characters so they overcome challenges by sheer (magically enhanced) power, items that encourage the players to be creative. The most memorable encounters are usually those where the characters have attempted something unexpected - even if it flopped spectacularly. I've seen plenty of items this year that give characters nifty little powers that will require ingenuity to utilise. Some of the terrain items others have mentioned fit into that category.
On the flip side, as a GM, I like items that will help me craft encounters which are a bit different. There's one simple, expendable, low powered evil item in this year's contest that I think is great, and might well use in the near future. Anything that will save an encounter from the routine of [hit monster with axe] - [repeat until it's dead]. As a GM, if I can keep players on their toes, that's when they are most engaged and will have most fun.
I also like things that are cinematic, so a bit of flavour text or an evocative title gets a thumbs up from me.
Over in the other thread people often complain about 200+ word counts. Quite a few items in the CRB are 200+. If that's what it takes, go for it. (Disclaimer: items I submit tend to be on the longer side. So maybe I'm biased.)
Finally saw the married couple item! Haha.
Still waiting to see:
I think I've hit most of the other crowd favourites. This thread has provided some entertaining puzzles to enliven the voting process.
It can be pretty merciless. Thanks for pointing that out - I'll try to be more gentle if I comment in the future.
Lots of items cop criticism because of what this competition in particular is looking for.
But in an actual home brew campaign, who really cares? There are items I consistently vote down here which could still be loads of fun around a table.
Outside of this competition, if your gaming group enjoys it and it makes your game fun, that's all that matters. No one at your game table will care whether you got the price right, remembered to italicise spell names, or just happened to design a torc the same year six other people did.
It's good to see so many people getting into the spirit of a fantasy RPG and then sharing their creativity publicly in this competition.
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Because it sounded like the other word in the title. It even used most of the same letters.
Glad I can be of assistance.
My first RPGSS entry, posted here exactly as I submitted it. I.e. 300 words with no blank lines between paragraphs. Having voted 500+ times, I now realise that was a problem right there :(
I didn't make the 89. I'm keen to hear what people thought and why it was voted down. Thanks!
Woodengolem, I kind of hope you are wrong, because I want to see more of the awesome items and get to vote for them!
On what are you basing your theory that "items with less votes get called up more frequently"?
There are three weeks of voting to go. Are we doomed to see only the bottom of the field?