Catching people flat footed . . .


RPG Superstar™ 2009 General Discussion

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32 aka Lord Fyre

The current rules for round four seem designed to test not only the writer's flexabiltiy, but also their ability to write under deadline pressure.

All their work has to be tossed out!

Ouch!!

Scarab Sages Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4, Legendary Games

Pretty rough stuff, but this is the final 8. Time to ratchet up the challenge!


I find this turn of events fascinating. Stat blocks aren't really my thing, so I'm happy to be able to get into this round. I remember that there was speculation that the judges would do this sort of thing (villain switcheroo) for the stat block round. Funny how it ended up coming to pass, but at a later timetable....

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Sometimes we need to tap a freelancer to finish a project on short notice.

Sometimes we need a freelancer to revise a section of their manuscript on short notice (say, if the turnover was very late).

Heck, these sort of things take up about half of James' time. ;)

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RPG Superstar 2009 Top 8

Well, I just managed to pick my jaw up off the floor!

Personally, I am really excited by the rules. I think it's a great twist and in all honestly, nothing gets the creative juices flowing like this kind of shock.

My only hope is that I do the villain I have chosen justice, and that it pleases the original creator.

...oh, and that everyone thinks it's great and votes for it.. too...

ahem.


That is awesome.

For some I know it means tossing out stuff they have probably been preparing for weeks...but now we get to see the real creativity come out.

Let the games begin!

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2009 Top 8 aka Tarren Dei

Actually, this feels better.


Ow. I can definitely see the reason for this but it is still harsh. And thus exciting: baptism of fire has been passed, now starts the meatgrinder. Pass the popcorn :)

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Very much in keeping with the reality show cruelty.

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On the flip side reading a couple of those villains made me think 'it would be great if they had..."

I think that kind of inspiration is a superstar mark.


how wild would it be if all 8 chose the same villan ? that would be an apples to apples comparison!


In the the round 4 rules:

"Content from the Villain Stat Block round of this year's RPG Superstar contest (but not the villain you created)"

I think the stat block may be a big determining factor in which villain people chose enter in round 4. Alot of entries scored well with voters because the stat blocks were more detailed and better reflected the character concept from round 2. I think this alone means we may see the same villains popping up in several entries.

Not sure how well this will work....perhaps all Top 8 member villains should have been randomly dealt out, so that there was no choice in the matter. I would think of that as more of a freelance challenge.


Keith Duperreault wrote:

In the the round 4 rules:

Not sure how well this will work....perhaps all Top 8 member villains should have been randomly dealt out, so that there was no choice in the matter. I would think of that as more of a freelance challenge.

I agree that it would be more of a challenge, but for the purposes of this challenge some would get front runners with built-in support and some would get neat, but less regaled villains. Letting people choose was the right move here.

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heh, they should all choose the bard who makes heroes into legends :P

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2009 Top 8 aka Tarren Dei

cwslyclgh wrote:
noxumbra wrote:
how wild would it be if all 8 chose the same villan ? that would be an apples to apples comparison!
couldn't happen, the author of the villain the other 7 chose would have to choose a different one.

Unless we all chose a villain by a superstar that didn't make it into the top 8.

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Tarren Dei wrote:
cwslyclgh wrote:
noxumbra wrote:
how wild would it be if all 8 chose the same villan ? that would be an apples to apples comparison!
couldn't happen, the author of the villain the other 7 chose would have to choose a different one.
Unless we all chose a villain by a superstar that didn't make it into the top 8.

thank you for posting before I finished editing and showing my foolishness to the whole fricken world... sheesh the nerve of some people ;-P

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2009 Top 8 aka Tarren Dei

cwslyclgh wrote:
Tarren Dei wrote:
cwslyclgh wrote:
noxumbra wrote:
how wild would it be if all 8 chose the same villan ? that would be an apples to apples comparison!
couldn't happen, the author of the villain the other 7 chose would have to choose a different one.
Unless we all chose a villain by a superstar that didn't make it into the top 8.
thank you for posting before I finished editing and showing my foolishness to the whole fricken world... sheesh the nerve of some people ;-P

Heheheh. Whoops. Sorry.

I had thought the exact same thing and almost posted it.


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Do the entrants have to use the full stat blocks of the villains? Eg. if the average stat block submitted is 1,000-1,500 words, that doesn't leave a lot for the rest of the lair & other encounters. By listing the villain as [name], x hp, and maybe a few more bits of info (perhaps tactics), it will mean that the entrants have more room for maneuver.
I can imagine that otherwise, only the shortest villain stat blocks would be used. Just an idea, anyway.

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2009 Top 8 aka Tarren Dei

ericthecleric wrote:

Do the entrants have to use the full stat blocks of the villains? Eg. if the average stat block submitted is 1,000-1,500 words, that doesn't leave a lot for the rest of the lair & other encounters. By listing the villain as [name], x hp, and maybe a few more bits of info (perhaps tactics), it will mean that the entrants have more room for maneuver.

I can imagine that otherwise, only the shortest villain stat blocks would be used. Just an idea, anyway.

We don't need to use the stat block. We are asked to mention tactics the villain uses if encountered in particular spaces when appropriate.


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That's cool- good luck to all of you!

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