What I like about this map:
Neil Spicer wrote:
That's a valid point. *starts looking at items from round 1*
This is my second time participating in RPG Superstar. My item in the previous season was the Jackdaw Katabira (remember that? no? good, good, very good), which I didn't submit to the Bash My Item thread, since I was disappointed in my performance. But I am making amends this year, so here it is. Don't mind the aura too much, I originally planned different spell requirements, and somehow forgot to revise the aura; most likely this is because I have the bad habit of submitting the items right off the bat.
There's much I would say about my item, including bad things, but I don't want to influence your critique. So for now thanks.
As a swift action, the wielder can cause the flanged head to become gradually hotter and then cool off in a cycle lasting for 7 rounds, as if affected by the heat metal spell. The cycle will repeat itself perpetually until deactivated using another swift action. However, it must cool off completely before being heated again.
When used like this in combat, the mace deals 1 additional point of damage if it's hot, or 2 additional points if it's searing. If the weapon is searing on a successful critical hit, the target suffers an extra 3d6 points of fire damage, while everyone adjacent to it must make a DC 16 reflex save or take half, as the burst sends small pieces of molten metal in every direction. Following this powerful blast there is a 50% chance of the heat metal spell being cast on one metallic piece of the target's equipment (Will DC 18 negates).
The heat or fire coming from the mace does not harm the wielder.
Victoria Jaczko wrote:
Where I have trouble is this item reminds me very strongly of a few I've seen before, but I can't quite place it. (I recall 2014 had a strong "swarm" theme, which might be where I'm getting it.) This is not something that's against you, as nothing like yours has made Top 32 before, but it does make me hopeful to see something fresh in the next round.
Almost every conceivable crow-related power has been done in The Crow comic book franchise. Maybe it reminds you of that?
Kiel Howell wrote:
5000 votes yields an overall 2% of all votes (250k). This 2% was spread over many items...so affecting 1 item significantly more than others is not possible.
Statistically speaking 2% for one person is a lot. A theoretical cabal of a couple of champions and several marathoners would be able to set the trend and decide a big chunk of the Top 32 if most of the data from the other voters is fuzzy.
I don't think this is the case if honest, and I personally enjoyed this year's first round, but the algorithm can be manipulated if you have the resources and will to do it.
Maybe it's locked for everyone else after a specific amount of people log in?
Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
If you're going to abide by these guidelines, know that you can reach to quite some astronomical values.
For some reason it's harder for me this year to vote often, but I have finally reached Star Voter.
Regarding the voting algorithm I wouldn't bet on any conclusion, especially based on a single person's voting experience. I have seen my item last season only two times, and both were long after I reached Dedicated, maybe I was Marathon already. My item didn't survive the cull afterwards.
Both items with and without a backstory can be superstar. If a DM doesn't like foreign ideas, the Core Rulebook is enough, really. The rules say make a magic item, not make a magic item appropriate for the Core Rulebook; just use the template from the CR. At this point, I would be shocked to find out that Paizo is looking for designers to create more items for the CR, rather it would make more sense to make items with backstories for themed publications, since that would cater to people who like to read more than just the CR.
It's fine to say that "here's a +1 dirk that does an additional 1d6 damage to undead...", but an aspiring designer needs to know how to say that Solomon Kane used that dirk to cut open the bellies of 100 undead and since the weapon was magically enhanced to be so precise, he managed to decorate the Christmas trees in every London house with their insides.
I don't know the exact criteria the judges will use in determining the winners, the mechanics are of course very important, but, personally, I wouldn't dismiss the backstory that easily.
Damn, I knew I should've submitted my Trantorian Armor instead, which is a nifty pink t-shirt created at the other end of the Worldwound that acts as a +1 cotton armor with a nanotiny nuclear power plant embedded into it. It is technically impenetrable unless hit head-on by a Far Star class battledragon. As with all such items, the +1 means that once per day the wearer can prepare breakfast in the left pocket microwave, as long as the wearer is not in a desert or a void.
Besides the usual requirements, the caster also needs to have the Improved Copyright Evasion ability, and the spells greater merchant brain and shield.
PS: This isn't hidden critique, just something that popped into my mind while voting. :)
I'm also losing hope that I'd ever see my item. I have an idea what might lead it to be disqualified, but that would be a misunderstanding. In any case, I hope there's a way to recover it after the voting process, as I haven't saved the text...
I didn't select the Elven Curve Blade primarily for this feature, but I am wondering if I can increase my damage with one point. So the Elven Curve Blade is a two-handed weapon, and you add a number of points equal to Strength mod. x 1.5 to your damage roll. What if I have only a +1 modifier to Strength, do I add 1.5? That would be the first time I'd add half of a point of damage...