Clark Says: Give yourselves a hand!


RPG Superstar™ 2008 General Discussion

Legendary Games, Necromancer Games

Everyone who submitted, give yourselves a hand!

Nice work all around!

We got some really, really good submissions. And there are still tons I havent reviewed. This is going to be an awesome test. I asked you guys to make it hard on us and you responded. Our pick of top 32 is going to be real tough.

So for everyone who entered, you have my applause. Whether you make the cut or not. It is quite a project just to design and item and work it and evaluate it and edit it and then have the stones to submit it--put it out there for our review and criticism. I've written stuff, I know what it means to make something and put it out there for review and criticism. Its hard! Risking rejection and comment. But you guys did it!

That alone is the first step to RPG Superstardom. Maybe this wont be your break, but you wrote and you submitted. Einstein said genius is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration. You guys did the perspiration part. Lots of people talk about it and never do it. You now are among the ones that "did" and I think that is awesome.

Everyone who submitted should be proud of themselves!

Best of luck! Now its our turn...

And you have my word that I will consider every single entry seriously and with the dedication and commitment that you guys deserve for all your hard work.

Marathon Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 8

Thanks! Can't wait to know who is la crème de la crème.

And thank you, Clark, Erik and Wolfgang for letting us do this.

Edit: Thank you Lisa!

Legendary Games, Necromancer Games

You really should thank Lisa. It was mostly her brainchild. And a great idea it is! I just got to be a judge. I sure didnt come up with it. Just more great stuff from the Paizo crew. They are amazing and this contest is just more proof.


Clark Peterson wrote:
You really should thank Lisa. It was mostly her brainchild. And a great idea it is! I just got to be a judge. I sure didnt come up with it. Just more great stuff from the Paizo crew. They are amazing and this contest is just more proof.

Out of curiosity, if it was Lisa's idea, why isn't she judging?

Liberty's Edge

Talion09 wrote:
Clark Peterson wrote:
You really should thank Lisa. It was mostly her brainchild. And a great idea it is! I just got to be a judge. I sure didnt come up with it. Just more great stuff from the Paizo crew. They are amazing and this contest is just more proof.
Out of curiosity, if it was Lisa's idea, why isn't she judging?

'cause she's the boss.

Legendary Games, Necromancer Games

Casue this is a butt-load of work and she is smarter than the three of us :)

Paizo Employee CEO

Talion09 wrote:
Out of curiosity, if it was Lisa's idea, why isn't she judging?

Talion, if you knew me, you would know that I am an idea person. But in order to make an idea work, you have to get great people to work on it. From the start, I wanted top industry talent, who really know their 3.5 stuff, to be the judges for this contest. I still need to ask Jeremy Walker rules questions at every D&D game I run, because I have never been a rules lawyer. So I felt it would make sense to leave it in the hands of professionals. :)

I can say that Clark, Erik and Wolf have really done a bang up job of judging. It has been like sitting at the feet of the masters being able to peek in on their conversations in the RPG Superstar Judging Chambers. I learn something new from them every day that we have been judging and I hope they can pass along some of their wisdom in the upcoming competition.

My heartfelt thanks to our three judges for putting in long hours and doing such an amazing job!

-Lisa


Clark Peterson wrote:
Casue this is a b**&-load of work and she is smarter than the three of us :)

Or you could just pick 32 at random. =)

My odds of surviving Open Call would probably be better if you did! =(

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Yes, much thanks to Lisa, the Paizo crew and the judges ... these sort of things really get the creative juices flowing!

Liberty's Edge

Mothman wrote:
Yes, much thanks to Lisa, the Paizo crew and the judges ... these sort of things really get the creative juices flowing!

You're absolutely right. If nothing else, I like the Wondrous Item I created, and I can't wait to get it into a game...but I never would have created it without the contest.


Many thanks to all the Paizo team for taking the plunge and running this contest.


As a curiousity, would you be willing to let us know how many submissions there actually were? I understand you might want to hold back that information until the general announcements for the top 32, and if you say as such, would be completely satisfied to wait until then.

Scarab Sages

goldomark wrote:
Thanks! Can't wait to know who is la crème de la crème.

I think I'm more the Creme Brulee.

A soft centre, covered by a hard shell, due to being flamed...


section8 wrote:

how many submissions there actually were?

More than 850 according to the submission page.


Ragwaine wrote:


More than 850 according to the submission page.

Submission page?

Paizo Employee Creative Director, Starfinder aka Robert G. McCreary

Kruelaid wrote:
Ragwaine wrote:


More than 850 according to the submission page.
Submission page?

The main RPG Superstar page, found here.


I will second the thanks to the great folks at Paizo for the opportunity and to the excellent judges!

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories, Pawns, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber
Clark Peterson wrote:
You really should thank Lisa. It was mostly her brainchild. And a great idea it is! I just got to be a judge. I sure didnt come up with it. Just more great stuff from the Paizo crew. They are amazing and this contest is just more proof.

Three cheers for Lisa!!!


DitheringFool wrote:
Three cheers for Lisa!!!

Yip Yip Hoorah!

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

Thanks Lisa.. It was a fun way to spend a few hours on a Saturday if nothing else.

Hey Clark,

Do you guys actually see our Message Board names when you review the entries? Or are they totally anonymous to the judges when you get them?


This has been answered before, but there's a lot of posts so it's easy to miss. All the submissions had any identifiers scrubbed.

Legendary Games, Necromancer Games

Totally anonymous. In fact, the entries are screened by Gary who scrubbs off any names in case someone sends in a submission with their name in the body of the submission text (which some have done).

So we have no clue who did what.


(delurking)

Yeah, thanks for setting this up. Look forward to seeing the best of 850+.

(relurking)

Scarab Sages

I thought this was such a great idea I told my players that they were expected to all submit items. We are a bunch of old farts (for gamers anyway) who have seen the industry change significantly in the past 30 years. To encourage these guys and gals to make submissions I told them all that I would find a way to work into our existing game their items, where possible, so I have seen nine of the items submitted and can tell you I wouldn't want to have to select the best one out of the bunch. I do not envy the judges the work they are facing nor the criticisms they are facing, because it will not be possible to please all of us.

So to the judges and staff of Paizo I want to extend a heartfelt thank you and appreciation for having the courage to do something like this and to put in the extra time and energy to give back to the community of players and masters who support this industry. You are appreciated.

May the best non-gender specific person win!

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

varianor wrote:
This has been answered before, but there's a lot of posts so it's easy to miss. All the submissions had any identifiers scrubbed.

Thank you! And thanks for not roasting me either... :)


I would just like to add my thanks to Lisa and everyone at Paizo for this great idea and the opportunity to submit. First time I ever attempted anything like this and like the others, I am really looking forward to seeing the 32 chosen out of the 850+.

Great job!

Silver Crusade

Thank you all for this wonderful opportunity. I do hope I make it to the end. I love creating, I love writing, and I love D&D. In the end this is a wonderful experience. I'm already having fun! Again my thanks.


I concur with the sentiments directed toward staff and judges. I've done some these contests before from WotC to Malhavoc to Bioware (with mixed results ;) ), but this one was some of the most fun because of the judges involvement out of the gate.

Great job by the entire team and community.


Thanks to everyone at Paizo for this fun opportunity to show our design skills. It's a cool idea and it will be interesting to see everyone's ideas put to review by the pros. Best of luck to all.

Star Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9

While I hope I get in the top 32, I would still love to see...say the top 100 entries. Maybe in a pdf format?

And thanks for the opportunity...getting published is so hard these days.

Dark Archive Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4

Mothman wrote:
Yes, much thanks to Lisa, the Paizo crew and the judges ... these sort of things really get the creative juices flowing!

Well, it got ME going. Or, uh . . . "flowing".

*grin*

- the Boom,
1/3 of the CreativeJuices Team,
Writer and Producer,
Player of Hennet, Blackrazor and Pazuzu

Star Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8

Thanks for the kind words Clark.

P.S. did you get the check I sent? ;-)

Paizo Employee Senior Software Developer

bugleyman wrote:
P.S. did you get the check I sent? ;-)

Actually I "scrubbed" all the checks, too.... My Cayman Islands account gets fatter every day.

Spoiler:
I don't really have a Cayman islands account.

Spoiler:
It's in Switzerland.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
thatboomerkid wrote:
Mothman wrote:
Yes, much thanks to Lisa, the Paizo crew and the judges ... these sort of things really get the creative juices flowing!

Well, it got ME going. Or, uh . . . "flowing".

*grin*

- the Boom,
1/3 of the CreativeJuices Team,
Writer and Producer,
Player of Hennet, Blackrazor and Pazuzu

Heh - I didn't see your sig there. No pun intended...


Thanks to Lisa, the Paizo crew, and the judges for putting this thing together. Good times and good competition in the name of having fun. I'll have a hard time waiting for 10 more days to find out who made the cut...

And Clark? Just a quick hair-splitting correction:

Clark Peterson wrote:
Einstein said genius is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.

You got the wrong brainy "E" guy. You were thinking of Thomas Alva Edison, the guy who holds 1093 patents for his inventions. And it's 1% and 99%. Just so's y'know.

Thanks again, all!
-w

RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32 , Star Voter Season 6 aka exile

The coolest thing about this contest is that for the first time (never mind all the characters I've made or adventures I've run), I felt like a gaming creator, rather than a gaming consumer. It feels good...

but by no means do I want to imply that I'm going to stop spending money on gaming stuff.

Chad


thatboomerkid wrote:
Mothman wrote:
Yes, much thanks to Lisa, the Paizo crew and the judges ... these sort of things really get the creative juices flowing!

Well, it got ME going. Or, uh . . . "flowing".

*grin*
- the Boom,
1/3 of the CreativeJuices Team,
Writer and Producer,
Player of Hennet, Blackrazor and Pazuzu

I too would like to add my thanks and appreciation to everyone at Paizo for making this contest possible. Thanks to Lisa for being the Idea-lady, thanks to the Judges for judging us anonymously...and thanks to everyone taking part and for your submissions.

Oh, thatboomerkid? Love the PSA's, I've even referred some people from here over to watch...specifically for some pointers on "dwarven customs". You and Tordek are my definate favorites...well...we can't forget Mal either. ^_^


Clark Peterson wrote:

Totally anonymous. In fact, the entries are screened by Gary who scrubbs off any names in case someone sends in a submission with their name in the body of the submission text (which some have done).

So we have no clue who did what.

Now I wonder if anyone has had so personal voice that you can recognize the author from the anonymous entry...well, 200 words is probably not enough for that.

Well, anayway, good luck for the 32 winners (over 800 entries? Sheesh, everyone who makes the cut is pretty much already a winner).

Dedicated Voter Season 6

Clark Peterson wrote:

Totally anonymous. In fact, the entries are screened by Gary who scrubbs off any names in case someone sends in a submission with their name in the body of the submission text (which some have done).

So we have no clue who did what.

That'll make it a mite difficult to give the award to the final 32 would it not?

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 16 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9 aka Darkjoy

Turin the Mad wrote:
Clark Peterson wrote:

Totally anonymous. In fact, the entries are screened by Gary who scrubbs off any names in case someone sends in a submission with their name in the body of the submission text (which some have done).

So we have no clue who did what.

That'll make it a mite difficult to give the award to the final 32 would it not?

Not if they've already decided who will win ;>

Dedicated Voter Season 6

Darkjoy wrote:
Turin the Mad wrote:
Clark Peterson wrote:

Totally anonymous. In fact, the entries are screened by Gary who scrubbs off any names in case someone sends in a submission with their name in the body of the submission text (which some have done).

So we have no clue who did what.

That'll make it a mite difficult to give the award to the final 32 would it not?
Not if they've already decided who will win ;>

roflmao


Adventure Path Charter Subscriber
Ragwaine wrote:
section8 wrote:

how many submissions there actually were?

More than 850 according to the submission page.

So, to get into the top 32, rolling 20 wasn't enough - you had to confirm that crit! (Admittedly you'd only need 6 or higher on your second roll.) In other words, the chance of each one of us making it through is less than 4%. I'm saying this as a form of comfort to those of us who don't make it...

Liberty's Edge

If this round of applause extends to me, thank you. If my entry was garbage, sorry.

/runs away crying


Win or lose, I'm interested in seeing what else was submitted. I was just glad to have the chance to try...it's not every day I get to flex my DM stuff away from the gaming table.


If there are truly this many decent items... combine this with an Art Call and make the top 54 into Item Cards.

Something tells me you'd have a bare minimum 108 packs sold if both the artist and designer's name went on each of the 54 cards. I have no idea where the break-even would be, nor on how much time the judging requires. But I keep finding this idea interesting.

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