All Items Sorted, So Begins "The Winnowing"


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You'd have to have a pretty darn distinctive writing style for someone to identify it in a 300 word item.

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And that wouldn't necessarily be a good thing, since we're encouraged to follow the examples in the core rulebook. More likely, they could identify an item by "didn't an item last year refer to Asxanthalas' Reign of Fiery Terror too? Homebrew item. Reject"

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Haha, yeah, I didn't think it would necessarily be an easy or good thing either.

When you have an active person on the board who almost got in (or did) 4 years running though, I think it's possible. Something like Goblin Skull Bomb shows the kind of flavor that I think could be pinned to a specific person, given enough exposure to them.

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Hodge Podge wrote:

Haha, yeah, I didn't think it would necessarily be an easy or good thing either.

When you have an active person on the board who almost got in (or did) 4 years running though, I think it's possible. Something like Goblin Skull Bomb shows the kind of flavor that I think could be pinned to a specific person, given enough exposure to them.

I can remember the flavor of the Goblin Skull Bomb. In fact I try to emulate that sort of thing in my item, but that is a long way from style. As for regulars on the board, I think I could only identify Neil by style*

Spoiler:

*by style I mean brevity :)

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And by "brevity," you mean by "wall of text"...don't you? ;-P

Spoiler:

EXPLOSIVE RUNES!!!

Kind of like that...?

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Neil Spicer wrote:

And by "brevity," you mean by "wall of text"...don't you? ;-P

** spoiler omitted **

Aye :)

Somehow I dinnae think the one minute response time or explosive runes counts as style, but they are certainly part of your signature :)

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The one-minute response time is definitely a signature element of my style. There are more wondrous items responded to within one minute of their posting than you'd think. ;-)

As for the spoiler-thing, if it's from me, you always know it's either a wall-of-text or explosive runes.


I prepared Explosive Runes this morning.

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Neil Spicer wrote:
As for the spoiler-thing, if it's from me, you always know it's either a wall-of-text or explosive runes.

Which still beats

Spoiler:
Explosive Diarrhea!

ba dum dum

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Neil Spicer wrote:

The one-minute response time is definitely a signature element of my style. There are more wondrous items responded to within one minute of their posting than you'd think. ;-)

As for the spoiler-thing, if it's from me, you always know it's either a wall-of-text or explosive runes.

I'm sure that was at least one Neil post that was a wall of text AND explosive runes :P

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In true superstar fashion, the judges are almost done with the winnowing--nearly a full week ahead of schedule. We set ourselves a deadline of this Friday. It IS superstar to finish your assignments ahead of schedule :)

[pat fellow judges on the back]

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has a new thread begun for the almost rans yet?

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You know, I don't think anyone would object to an early reveal... :)

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SmiloDan wrote:

You know, I don't think anyone would object to an early reveal... :)

I imagine Ross and everyone else that has to set 'the reveal' up behind the scenes (and is planning on having all next weekend to do just that) probably would. :-)

And speaking solely for myself in Guest Judge (yes, I gave myself uppercase letter titles) capacity, I can't say that I'd mind having a full week (give or take) to go through & give my commentary, rather than having to cram it all into a weekend's time.

So, go Real Judges! (Because you guys really do earn the capitalization...) I heartily endorse the notion of an early finish to your decision making.


Crimson Jester wrote:
has a new thread begun for the almost rans yet?

Here

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At what time does Paizo typically post the results of Round 1 on the 24th?

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Teh Lurv wrote:
At what time does Paizo typically post the results of Round 1 on the 24th?

"All events are at 2 PM Pacific time. Dates and times displayed above are in the US/Pacific time zone."

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Mike Kimmel wrote:
Teh Lurv wrote:
At what time does Paizo typically post the results of Round 1 on the 24th?
"All events are at 2 PM Pacific time. Dates and times displayed above are in the US/Pacific time zone."

Ah, for some reason I thought that only applied to contest deadlines. Thanks for the clarification.

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The way I understand it, basically anything of significance will happen at 2:00PM PST. :)

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We've selected the top 32 and 4 alternates.

No, we won't be releasing anything early.

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1 week (minus 3.5 hours) to find out!


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Russ Taylor was an alternate, I believe. And now he's everywhere.

Russ Taylor has been 'everywhere' for a long time now. Well... at least if you were involved in Living Greyhawk. Never a more under-appriciated man, I tell you!

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Clark Peterson wrote:

We've selected the top 32 and 4 alternates.

No, we won't be releasing anything early.

Congratulations to you, Neil, Sean & Ryan on once again completing a difficult task.

Round of applause for the judges, ladies & gentlemen!


...and there was much rejoicing:)

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Sean McGowan wrote:
Clark Peterson wrote:

We've selected the top 32 and 4 alternates.

No, we won't be releasing anything early.

Congratulations to you, Neil, Sean & Ryan on once again completing a difficult task.

Round of applause for the judges, ladies & gentlemen!

When do you get to look at the items?

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taig wrote:
1 week (minus 3.5e hours) to find out!

That's how I read that post, no lie. :)

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taig wrote:
Sean McGowan wrote:
Clark Peterson wrote:

We've selected the top 32 and 4 alternates.

No, we won't be releasing anything early.

Congratulations to you, Neil, Sean & Ryan on once again completing a difficult task.

Round of applause for the judges, ladies & gentlemen!

When do you get to look at the items?

Heh. Have to admit, as soon as Clark posted his comment above the very first thing I did was run check my email, to see if Jerall, Sam and I had been granted access to the hallowed halls of judgement yet. (Not yet; I assume there is still tidying being done.) THEN I congratulated the judges.

It's interesting; I'm nearly as eager to see the entries this year as I was the last two years, when I actually had a theoretical stake in the contest. I suppose it's nice to know my love of RPG Superstar is not just completely self serving. ;-)


Congrats on defeating the mountain of wondrous items so quickly. Well done!


Are names attached to entries when the guest judges get them for commenting, or do they remain anonymous until they're officially unveiled?


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goodwicki wrote:
...and there was much rejoicing:)

And we didn't even have to eat Robin's minstrels.

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Joana wrote:
Are names attached to entries when the guest judges get them for commenting, or do they remain anonymous until they're officially unveiled?

They remain anonymous all the way through. We're pretty much as excited as anyone else to see the names behind the items when the Top 32 get announced.

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goodwicki wrote:
...and there was much rejoicing:)

[unenthusiastic]yay[/unenthusiastic]

seriously though- that is exciting :)

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Sean McGowan wrote:
...I assume there is still tidying being done.

That's correct. We're just cleaning up our commentary a bit. Though, half the judges are already finished with that task, as well. It goes to Gary and Ross after that so they can shift the forums around and grant the guest judges access. Regardless, should be in the next day or so, I'd think...depending on whether Seattle survives their blizzard tomorrow.

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Clark Peterson wrote:
[pat fellow judges on the back]

(casts mage hand)

There, there.

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Clark Peterson wrote:

We've selected the top 32 and 4 alternates.

No, we won't be releasing anything early.

Grrr. I cant decide who the biggest tease is now... It was Neil, but Clark just may have pipped him now to the #1 tease slot.


I think I'm having a heart attack.

Every damn day I wake up and it's not the 24th yet!


Well, We could always do the mad scientist routine.
[SparkyVoice]
"Won't release any information, eh? Well then Mister Peterson, I shall enjoy watching you try and escape my +10 ARMAGEDDON SPORK MONSTER OF DOOM while running in my MAZE OF EVER-CHANGING PATHS wielding nothing but a SPOON! MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"
[/SparkyVoice]

Of course we could always try this.

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So... close... must resist... urge to... stare... at... forum... until... Tuesday!

*makes Will Save*

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Aislian Aeofeln wrote:

So... close... must resist... urge to... stare... at... forum... until... Tuesday!

*makes Will Save*

I certainly believe you made a Will save. Whether you succeeded or not is another matter ......


AAAAAHHHH! Why most time move so slowly today!

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Only 23 hours and 38 minutes to go before the show begins!

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It's Tuesday the 24th in Australia! And I've just found out the results! The winning entries are awesome! You guys!


KestlerGunner wrote:
It's Tuesday the 24th in Australia! And I've just found out the results! The winning entries are awesome! You guys!

Cheater!

Torturer!
Tease!

Want my snow? I'll trade ya' ;-)


KestlerGunner wrote:
It's Tuesday the 24th in Australia! And I've just found out the results! The winning entries are awesome! You guys!

Oh you should not have done that. You'll have an army of rapid Superstar contestants after you by midnight.

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Its not tied to the date so to speak, but the specific day and time (2pm) in the Pacific US Timezone. So all the Aussies and others have to wake up in the middle of the night or wee hours to see it with the rest of us. :P

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Joshua Kitchens wrote:
Its not tied to the date so to speak, but the specific day and time (2pm) in the Pacific US Timezone. So all the Aussies and others have to wake up in the middle of the night or wee hours to see it with the rest of us. :P

9:00am in the morning actually. I'm thinking I'll get into work about 8:30am, make a tea or coffee while keeping an eye on the emails. Then about 9:05am my head will slump just slightly as no Paizo email will have been received; and then I'll try and access the site to see who made it in and which items I like best. If on the other hand I do receive an email, I dare say I'll make quite the fool of myself. Best of luck everyone, not long now. :)

Best Regards
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Less than 19 hours to go! :)

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I have a dentist appointment at 2 tomorrow, so I dare say I won't find out if I made it until at least 4.

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East coast of the US here, so I have to wait aaaalllll daaaay.

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Yeah, tomorrow's going to be a long day.

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