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Marathon Voter Season 9

Yay!!! Best news of the day so far.


Good luck everybody

Liberty's Edge Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Champion Voter Season 8

Where does the time go? It seems like yesterday that it was the 2009 contest.

Good Luck entrants!

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

Good luck entrants! I'll be looking forward to reading your labors of love. :D

-Ben.

RPG Superstar 2014 Top 4, RPG Superstar 2013 Top 32 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8

This looks like a lot of fun. I'm in!

Good luck, all!

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32 , Star Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7 aka Monkster

Good luck, all! (God, I'm still recovering from not making it in last year, has it been a year already??)

Umm, probably a silly question, but presumably, we're looking at 3.5 and/or Pathfinder game mechanics, vs. 4th Edition?

EDIT: Never mind - just found and read the rules. Always good to do that, first...

Sovereign Court

YAY! I can't wait. I'll be following this closely !

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32

Been waiting all year for this. Here we go!

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2009, RPG Superstar Judgernaut

Winterwalker wrote:
Where does the time go? It seems like yesterday that it was the 2009 contest.

Oh, I can tell you where the time goes. It goes into a whole lot of writing right up into late-August. And then it goes into several weeks of development. Then, by the end of November, the whole thing is ready to start over for someone new. My 15 minutes are up. It's time for a new Superstar to shine.


This contest is what first brought Paizo's existence onto my radar. A truely amazing contest, and I very much look forward to reading this years entries. May the best imagination win!

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

Exciting times!

I was ever so tickled to be a finalist the first time around and to add what advice I could to contestants last year. It's also a way to meet friends and to see the amazing variety of play and design styles that all find their way under the heading of our favorite hobby, to say nothing of meeting a lot of cool people both virtually and in many cases in person (I'm looking at you Booms, Rob, Neil, and all the folks I met at PaizoCon as well).

I'll offer my encouragement to anybody who loves D&D/PF to give it a shot. You can't win if you don't play, but if you enter you might just have a chance to be throwing haymakers round after round, and you might be on top of the heap when it's all over.

Do a little research. See if what you're doing has been done before.

Give it a little hook, a little spice, but don't worry that you have to come up with *THE* most inventive thing that's ever been invented. For Heaven's sake don't be boring, but don't chicken out just because you think you're not the next Leonardo da Vinci. Ideas + craft + style + good grammar are a recipe for success.

Lastly, avoid puns, easter eggs, and that sort of thing. Yes, I know I and others have used them in the past, but that kind of thing has kind of run its course in terms of amusement value. Don't rely on people 'getting' the joke or reference to make your submission memorable and outstanding, just make it rock the house all on its own.

To sum up: Worry less about being clever and more about being awesome!

Bring on the next SUPERSTAR!!!

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8 , Star Voter Season 6

Ok, here's an egocentric question.

Depending on the format for the item, I'm thinking about entering, but...

I'm worried if I get ran over by my depression again, falling into another creative rut and just petering out. I don't mean to sound prideful and assume I'd make it into the top 32 again, but I'm worried about getting in, crashing, and denying someone else a slot.

Anyone want to offer their opinion?

(That said, I'm trying to get others in my gaming group to enter as well)

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2009 Top 8 aka Tarren Dei

Matthew Morris wrote:

Ok, here's an egocentric question.

Depending on the format for the item, I'm thinking about entering, but...

I'm worried if I get ran over by my depression again, falling into another creative rut and just petering out. I don't mean to sound prideful and assume I'd make it into the top 32 again, but I'm worried about getting in, crashing, and denying someone else a slot.

Anyone want to offer their opinion?

(That said, I'm trying to get others in my gaming group to enter as well)

Enter and have fun. (Just wish I could enter again! It was such a blast last year.)

Scarab Sages RPG Superstar 2009 Top 4 , Star Voter Season 6 aka raidou

Matthew Morris wrote:

Ok, here's an egocentric question.

Depending on the format for the item, I'm thinking about entering, but...

I'm worried if I get ran over by my depression again, falling into another creative rut and just petering out. I don't mean to sound prideful and assume I'd make it into the top 32 again, but I'm worried about getting in, crashing, and denying someone else a slot.

Anyone want to offer their opinion?

(That said, I'm trying to get others in my gaming group to enter as well)

Matthew, don't sweat it. Enter to have fun and to learn from the process of putting your ideas out there. Don't worry about what might happen, just give it a shot and enjoy the ride.

-eric


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Tarren Dei wrote:
Enter and have fun. (Just wish I could enter again! It was such a blast last year.)

Can you not enter, Tarren? At least you can support your son if he enters!

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2009 Top 8 aka Tarren Dei

ericthecleric wrote:
Can you not enter, Tarren?

No one from the previous top 8. (Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.)

ericthecleric wrote:
At least you can support your son if he enters!

He's already working on his item.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 8 , Star Voter Season 9 aka Zynete

Tarren Dei wrote:
ericthecleric wrote:
Can you not enter, Tarren?
No one from the previous top 8. (Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.)

Yep.


Boo-yeah! I'm so glad to see RPG Superstar 2010! I probably won't be entering this year (my mind is on sci-fi gaming), but I will be watching with avid interest!

The Exchange

Matthew Morris wrote:

Ok, here's an egocentric question.

Depending on the format for the item, I'm thinking about entering, but...

I'm worried if I get ran over by my depression again, falling into another creative rut and just petering out. I don't mean to sound prideful and assume I'd make it into the top 32 again, but I'm worried about getting in, crashing, and denying someone else a slot.

Anyone want to offer their opinion?

If you make it into the top 32 and then crash out because of a medical problem then you did better than the other 15 who crash out because their entry sucks.

I might be in the same position due to a migraine that renders me blind for half a day and then stupid for a couple more.

If you beat me into the top 32, you deserved to be there more than I did - end of story.

Good luck.


Sean K Reynolds wrote:

FYI, we changed the word limit to 300 for a reason, but you won't see why until a later round.

And to prevent the list of R1 judges from growing longer and longer each year, we've only called back the previous year's Top 4 to comment on this year's R1 entries.

Boomer and the others are, of course, free to comment as part of the open debate. :)

[tinfoil] Keep your entries under thirty words contestants!!! One of the later rounds will involve 'uh, actually the outline you were given for your item got an extra zero on the end somehow, and so now you have to edit your item description down to thirty words or less, because of the imaginary page-count limits - just like our real writers have to stab and mutilate their work to make it fit into a Nicolas Logue shoebox...' [/tinfoil]

Edit:
The Nicolas Logue Shoebox is a secret unit of measurement used by Paizo to determine if an article or piece is too long. The reasons for the name of it are too long to fully go into here, but the fact that abbreviated and the initials reversed it reads SLN is naturally no coincidence...

Contributor

Dryder wrote:
Are wondrous items for the four new base-classes allowed?

I discussed this with Wes, and we've decided to not allow wondrous items relating to or based on the four new base classes. We appreciate the enthusiasm everyone is showing for the new classes, but because they aren't finalized, they may change over the course of the competition. We're concerned that playtest-related changes to the classes may break or invalidate a submitted wondrous item, and we don't want that to result in any bias against the item or disqualify an item because it doesn't follow the current version of the class or uses a rule that no longer exists.

I'll get this added to the FAQ ASAP.

The Exchange Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 6 , Dedicated Voter Season 6

Should be fun. Get your ideas percolating, people!


Matthew Morris wrote:

Ok, here's an egocentric question.

Depending on the format for the item, I'm thinking about entering, but...

I'm worried if I get ran over by my depression again, falling into another creative rut and just petering out. I don't mean to sound prideful and assume I'd make it into the top 32 again, but I'm worried about getting in, crashing, and denying someone else a slot.

Anyone want to offer their opinion?

(That said, I'm trying to get others in my gaming group to enter as well)

Definitely go for it. You have nothing to lose. Besides, just making the first cut is a credential and will get your name kicked around by some of the biggest names in the industry.


This sounds like fun! I'm looking forward to seeing all the different entries, and have one to submit myself. :)

The Exchange

Sean K Reynolds wrote:
Dryder wrote:
Are wondrous items for the four new base-classes allowed?
I discussed this with Wes, and we've decided to not allow wondrous items relating to or based on the four new base classes.

Crud!

*scrumple*

Scribble!

Plenty more where that came from :)


Matthew Morris wrote:

Ok, here's an egocentric question.

Depending on the format for the item, I'm thinking about entering, but...

I'm worried if I get ran over by my depression again, falling into another creative rut and just petering out. I don't mean to sound prideful and assume I'd make it into the top 32 again, but I'm worried about getting in, crashing, and denying someone else a slot.

Anyone want to offer their opinion?

(That said, I'm trying to get others in my gaming group to enter as well)

Always, always, always try to repeat. You're not denying someone a spot if you qualify, you're growing as a developer/writer/whathaveyou. Who knows how far you or I will go this time?

See you on the item-forging trail!

Liberty's Edge Contributor, RPG Superstar 2012 , Star Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 9

Yeah, I'd like to get past SKR looking at my item and saying "WTF? Next!"

Dark Archive

ooooh this looks fun!


Matthew Morris wrote:

Ok, here's an egocentric question.

Depending on the format for the item, I'm thinking about entering, but...

I'm worried if I get ran over by my depression again, falling into another creative rut and just petering out. I don't mean to sound prideful and assume I'd make it into the top 32 again, but I'm worried about getting in, crashing, and denying someone else a slot.

Anyone want to offer their opinion?

(That said, I'm trying to get others in my gaming group to enter as well)

Do you think stress from being in Round 2 directly caused the depression? If so, I think it would be sense to ask yourself if the game is worth the candle? Depression can be an absolutely ghastly place to be. If not, hmm, it's a tricky thing you're asking... :-?

If it's any help, I think that in previous years that there have been contestants who've dropped out before Round 2 closed, which is why Paizo have a reserve list for that round. You could at least enter Round 1, and if things came to a point where you had been offered a Round 2 place bow out at that point with a clear conscience if you weren't feeling too good at that point.

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

Charles Evans 25 wrote:
Matthew Morris wrote:

Ok, here's an egocentric question.

Depending on the format for the item, I'm thinking about entering, but...

I'm worried if I get ran over by my depression again, falling into another creative rut and just petering out. I don't mean to sound prideful and assume I'd make it into the top 32 again, but I'm worried about getting in, crashing, and denying someone else a slot.

Anyone want to offer their opinion?

(That said, I'm trying to get others in my gaming group to enter as well)

Do you think stress from being in Round 2 directly caused the depression? If so, I think it would be sense to ask yourself if the game is worth the candle? Depression can be an absolutely ghastly place to be. If not, hmm, it's a tricky thing you're asking... :-?

If it's any help, I think that in previous years that there have been contestants who've dropped out before Round 2 closed, which is why Paizo have a reserve list for that round. You could at least enter Round 1, and if things came to a point where you had been offered a Round 2 place bow out at that point with a clear conscience if you weren't feeling too good at that point.

People have indeed dropped out for any number of reasons, and while none of the alternates ended up getting tapped in 2009, Russ Taylor went from the FIFTH alternate in 2008 all the way to the Final 6 in the contest that year.

I believe we only had one repeater from the 2008 top 32 into the next year. If the rules say let you enter (i.e., not top 8), then by gum ENTER! Maybe you'll get in again. Maybe you won't. No way to know except to try!

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8 , Star Voter Season 6

Thank you for the input everyone.

No, dying a horrible death in round 2 didn't cause the depression. There are perks to not having much of an ego, but my ego must have one heck of a fortitude save because it had to make a save vs massive damage after round 2. :-)

It's just one of those things that comes and goes, and I live with.

Since everyone else seems to be tossing in their two c-bills for advice I'll give mine.

Take pride in your work, but don't let it blind you.

If you get picked for the top 32, or if you ask Clark to critique your item after you aren't, take the critism to heart but not personally. They will be brutal, they will not pull punches. But if you want to be in 'the industry' you had better develop a thick skin and listen to them.

So I'll be entering my [redacted] and we'll see where the chips fall.

Liberty's Edge

I assume, as in the past, that we're not allowed to discuss our entries on the boards. Correct?

RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32 , Star Voter Season 7

Gark the Goblin wrote:
I assume, as in the past, that we're not allowed to discuss our entries on the boards. Correct?

Correct. For three reasons:

1) The judges aren't allowed to know who submitted what. If you're just posting the same item elsewhere, your name is then on it.

2) This is supposed to be a test of YOUR game design ability. Discussing your item and getting feedback before turning it in means it isn't really your item.

3) If you post your item, that means people can see it. That means they can copy it. The last thing we need is someone making the top 32 based on an improved version of someone else's work.

Once the Top 32 are announced though, discuss away.


Matthew Morris wrote:
If you get picked for the top 32, or if you ask Clark to critique your item after you aren't, take the critism to heart but not personally.

"Don't take it personal - just take it seriously."

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

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I think that this year will be very difficult considering we have two seasons of awesome feedback. There is going to be some very talented people in this bunch me-thinks!

Anyway, good luck guys!

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32, 2011 Top 16 , Star Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka JoelF847

Matthew Morris wrote:

Thank you for the input everyone.

No, dying a horrible death in round 2 didn't cause the depression. There are perks to not having much of an ego, but my ego must have one heck of a fortitude save because it had to make a save vs massive damage after round 2. :-)

It's just one of those things that comes and goes, and I live with.

Since everyone else seems to be tossing in their two c-bills for advice I'll give mine.

Take pride in your work, but don't let it blind you.

If you get picked for the top 32, or if you ask Clark to critique your item after you aren't, take the critism to heart but not personally. They will be brutal, they will not pull punches. But if you want to be in 'the industry' you had better develop a thick skin and listen to them.

So I'll be entering my [redacted] and we'll see where the chips fall.

Glad to hear you'll be entering. I know I'll give it another shot this year. The way I see things, I win no matter what. Either I make it in and have a chance to do better this time around, or I don't and I get to have a stress free time enjoying the competition, seeing what everyone else can do, and reading the insightful comments and critiques of the judges and community. No matter what, I'm sure I'll see things that will make me a better writer and gamer.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32 aka Gamer Girrl

This is going to be fun and even more of a roller coaster ride than last year! Did ya'll notice the THREE DAY turn around for the middle rounds?! Weeeeeeeee!

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2009, RPG Superstar Judgernaut

That's the same timeframe we had last year. And I can tell you it goes really quickly. We had the benefit of (mostly) knowing what each round would focus on, though. This go-around, it appears they're keeping everything "secret" until the rules are announced. That means more potential curveballs, but that's a fairly realistic portrayal of how the RPG industry functions behind the curtain. So, batten down the hatches and prepare to ride out the storm. Those who come out on the other side definitely earn their stripes.

But that's just my two-cents,
--Neil

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32 aka Gamer Girrl

NSpicer wrote:

That's the same timeframe we had last year. And I can tell you it goes really quickly. We had the benefit of (mostly) knowing what each round would focus on, though. This go-around, it appears they're keeping everything "secret" until the rules are announced. That means more potential curveballs, but that's a fairly realistic portrayal of how the RPG industry functions behind the curtain. So, batten down the hatches and prepare to ride out the storm. Those who come out on the other side definitely earn their stripes.

But that's just my two-cents,
--Neil

Yah, that's what I was meaning, three days and no pre-knowledge ::chuckle:: Hold on to your hats, folks!

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

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Does anybody know how many people entered last year? I don't recall seeing it posted anywhere.

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

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

After much debate with the many personalities living in, around, or adjacent to my mind I've decided I'll throw my hat in the ring this year.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16 aka Mark Thomas 66

Oh hell yeah! It's on!!

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

Jerett Schaufele wrote:

I think that this year will be very difficult considering we have two seasons of awesome feedback. There is going to be some very talented people in this bunch me-thinks!

Anyway, good luck guys!

It's true - a TON of good feedback. Make use of it!

There were a few times last year that I was surprised that things came up again that had been hammered by the judges the previous year (I'm looking at YOU Mr. "Not Actually a Villain"). The first time around, we were all kinda feeling our way through. You've got two years of feedback from the judges, the voting public, and two sets of people who've gone through the wringer of the process. You'd be foolish not to take advantage of that.

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

Jerett Schaufele wrote:
Does anybody know how many people entered last year? I don't recall seeing it posted anywhere.

Don't know about last year. I think the number I heard for 2008 was 856 entrants.

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

I was so disappointed the first year, that I took a pass in the second year.

Not so this time. I'm a bit humbler now, but wiser and feeling even more creative.

Let's get it on!

Legendary Games, Necromancer Games

Lilith wrote:
Matthew Morris wrote:
If you get picked for the top 32, or if you ask Clark to critique your item after you aren't, take the critism to heart but not personally.
"Don't take it personal - just take it seriously."

Lilith, as always right on!

Some thick skin is needed. But please remember and be comforted by the fact that this is a caring, intelligent, creative community. We all know what it means to create and to share that creation, and the many sensitivities that go along with that. Its tough to make something and to put it out for comment. But if there is a place to do it, its here.

I have seen in each of the prior years that we have always been able to discuss, debate, critique and comment in an adult manner in a spirit of community with a goal of mutual improvement. So let that help take some of the edge off the reluctance that comes along with the idea of creation and submission.

Don't take it personal, take it seriously. I like that. Nice :)

Clark

Legendary Games, Necromancer Games

Watcher wrote:

I was so disappointed the first year, that I took a pass in the second year.

Not so this time. I'm a bit humbler now, but wiser and feeling even more creative.

Let's get it on!

That's the spirit!!!!

Marathon Voter Season 9

Woot! Heya clark, hope things are well. It is nice to see your back in the judging seat.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Cool. I'm not sure if I will re-submit my last year's item with some changes, or come up with something new.

And since we have Clark's attention - how's that Necromancer support for PF going along ? We would *love* to give you some of our money ! :)

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