RPG Superstar Questions


RPG Superstar™ 2008 General Discussion

Scarab Sages

This thread is needed, so I'll post it up because I cant seem to find it elsewhere.

My question is this: I am soldier stationed in Iraq, and I want to compete, but the schedule is just too heinous considering our mission tempo. Is this going to be the only RPG Superstar competition or will there be others in the future I will be able to compete in while stateside?

Just as a suggestion... once per quarter or bi-annual might be good.


THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!

(sorry, but it was crying out to me and I would have torn myself in half if I hadn't posted this)

Scarab Sages

daysoftheking wrote:

This thread is needed, so I'll post it up because I cant seem to find it elsewhere.

My question is this: I am soldier stationed in Iraq, and I want to compete, but the schedule is just too heinous considering our mission tempo. Is this going to be the only RPG Superstar competition or will there be others in the future I will be able to compete in while stateside?

Just as a suggestion... once per quarter or bi-annual might be good.

...and I refresh my browser, and my prayers are answered.

*goes off to RPG Superstar section*

Paizo Employee CEO

daysoftheking wrote:
daysoftheking wrote:

This thread is needed, so I'll post it up because I cant seem to find it elsewhere.

My question is this: I am soldier stationed in Iraq, and I want to compete, but the schedule is just too heinous considering our mission tempo. Is this going to be the only RPG Superstar competition or will there be others in the future I will be able to compete in while stateside?

Just as a suggestion... once per quarter or bi-annual might be good.

...and I refresh my browser, and my prayers are answered.

*goes off to RPG Superstar section*

We are taking this thing one contest at a time. Once this season of RPG Superstar has run its course, we will decide whether there will be others. For right now, this is the only time we are planning to do this. But if enough people get excited about it and we discover some great new talent, then I expect that there might be more seasons.

-Lisa

Paizo Employee Senior Software Developer

[moved thread to RPG Superstar general discussion forum]


Another question, what happens to all the submissions that were not accepted? The rules say that:

The Rules wrote:
I understand that all submissions to the RPG Superstar contest become the sole property of Paizo Publishing and that I willingly forgo any and all ownership of submitted materials and give all such rights to Paizo freely and without encumberment.

Does it mean that Paizo may use the submissions later? If it can, will the owner get paid for it? If not, can he use them in other works in the future?

Thanks.


Uri Kurlianchik wrote:

Another question, what happens to all the submissions that were not accepted?

Does it mean that Paizo may use the submissions later?

That clause in the rules mainly covers us in the event that we were already working on an item that was thematically similar to your own. Most likely, we will not be using the submission in the future.

Uri Kurlianchik wrote:
If it can, will the owner get paid for it?

IF we used the magic item in the future, the owner would not get paid for it, no. But like I said above, the likelihood that we'd use one of the rejected magic items is incredibly slim and the clause only covers the possibility that we were already working on a similar magic item in current designs.

Uri Kurlianchik wrote:
If not, can he use them in other works in the future?

The clause states explicitly that your item becomes the sole property of Paizo. Per that clause, you are not allowed to re-publish anywhere else an item that was submitted for this contest.

It should be noted that this is fairly standard, basic language for any contest of this type. We're not inventing new legal text, here. :-)


Should those of us that are currently in round two of the Gamemastery open call wait until the winner of round two is announced before submitting an item for this contest?


Wondrous Item

How strict is the 'wondrous item' category?
If a person had an idea for a ring, rod, armor, etc.
Would these be rejected outright because they are not technically wondrous items?

For the moment I am assuming any item that cannot be crafted with the Craft Wondrous item feat (ie staves, armor, weapons, rings, rods, wands, potions) will not be accepted. But I would like clarification on this.

Also, will Paizo be accepting general subissions in the future for spells, items, monsters, etc. Or will all submissions now be handled in the 'contest' format?

I have some good (IMHO) ideas for monsters, but I am not sure I will have good enough ideas for the other categories to make it to round four.

Thanks, in advance, for any reply


Bowhisper wrote:
Should those of us that are currently in round two of the Gamemastery open call wait until the winner of round two is announced before submitting an item for this contest?

I never saw anything about Gamemastery open call contest?

Where is this, and is it too late to get in?


Joshua J. Frost wrote:

That clause in the rules mainly covers us in the event that we were already working on an item that was thematically similar to your own. Most likely, we will not be using the submission in the future.

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IF we used the magic item in the future, the owner would not get paid for it, no. But like I said above, the likelihood that we'd use one of the rejected magic items is incredibly slim and the clause only covers the possibility that we were already working on a similar magic item in current designs.

Hrmm..

So If I submitted an idea for the contest, and it were to get me to the next round (ie. it is deemed good enough) by the judges, and I were to make it to the final round, but loose. Every item submitted would becom property of Paizo; but because I lost the final contest I could not gain any compensation if any of these were later published.

Is that, in a nutshell, correct?

Scarab Sages Marathon Voter Season 7

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Midrealm DM wrote:

How strict is the 'wondrous item' category?

If a person had an idea for a ring, rod, armor, etc.
Would these be rejected outright because they are not technically wondrous items?

If you read the tip thread you will see that they will be rejected. A wondrous item is, as you surmise, an object that can be crafted with the craft wondrous item feat.

Dark Archive Contributor

Bowhisper wrote:
Should those of us that are currently in round two of the Gamemastery open call wait until the winner of round two is announced before submitting an item for this contest?

Yes. There should be plenty of time between the announcement of the one and the deadline of the other. :)

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Uri Kurlianchik wrote:
Does it mean that Paizo may use the submissions later? If it can, will the owner get paid for it? If not, can he use them in other works in the future?

Note also this, from the FAQ:

The FAQ wrote:

Who owns my entries in the contest?

All entries in the RPG Superstar contest will become the sole property of Paizo Publishing. If published, reasonable effort will be made to credit the original author.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Midrealm DM wrote:
Also, will Paizo be accepting general subissions in the future for spells, items, monsters, etc. Or will all submissions now be handled in the 'contest' format?

This contest has no bearing on any other submission processes we may use in the future. (And, by the way, the GameMastery open call closed a while ago.)

Midrealm DM wrote:
I have some good (IMHO) ideas for monsters, but I am not sure I will have good enough ideas for the other categories to make it to round four.

That's part of why we let people know going in what they're in for. If you don't think you're going to be able to follow through with one of the steps (including the Module, should you win), you probably shouldn't enter.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Another part of the reason that you're giving us ownership is that all submissions for future rounds actually *will* be published online right here as part of the contest. Effectively, you're giving us the right to do that.

(And I'd also note that because those submissions will be published online, they won't have a high commercial value to us or any other publisher, because they've already been available for free.)


Vic Wertz wrote:
(And I'd also note that because those submissions will be published online, they won't have a high commercial value to us or any other publisher, because they've already been available for free.)

In contrast to their value prior to online publication, which may rival that of a nice cup of coffee. Alright, a bad cup of coffee.

Cheers,
Roger

Scarab Sages

My item type did not come into existance until the 1700's. Is it at all possible that I could use it anyway?

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Small Attention Span wrote:
My item type did not come into existance until the 1700's. Is it at all possible that I could use it anyway?

You can submit whatever you like, and anachronistic items certainly do stand out among the submissions.

But the less it appeals to a standard group of player types, the less likely it is to work for me or the other judges. There's pros and cons to this approach. Up to you.

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