RPG Superstar Simon Cowell?


RPG Superstar™ 2012 General Discussion

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I’ve just very much enjoyed reading through the final submissions for this year’s RPG Superstar. I find the analysis by the judges very insightful and illuminating; with one exception. With all due respect to Ryan Dancey, I feel a lot of his blunt analysis to be bordering on rude. Whilst the judges feedback should not be sugar coated (as James Jacobs pointed out), the other judges have succeeded in offering criticism in a respectful manner. I’m not sure Ryan has.

I’ve no doubt the man knows his stuff, and there’s also no doubt that freelancers in the industry need thick skins, but does RPG Superstar really need a Simon Cowell?


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Couldn't disagree more.

Edit:

I think you are seriously miscalculating the sheer amount of time and energy (volunteered) that it takes to do something like this.

I would even suggest in the following years for the judges to do less so that they don't burn themselves out. Now that they have several threads of critiquing and general examples they could use it as reference for comments.

I don't think some people realize just how luck this community is to have the kind of feedback it receives. Let me be clear: it doesn't happen in other industries.

We are not lacking...we are over-spoiled.

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 8 aka Ottovar

If I were able to compete again I would gladly welcome Mr. Dancey's opinions on my submissions. It is not every day that you can have one of the godfathers of the OGL movement critique your work... hey, I guess that makes him the OGL-father (cue Sicilian violas)!

Legendary Games, Necromancer Games

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I have (unfairly) been labeled as the Paula of the judges. I prefer to think of myself as the Steven Tyler.

"That was beautiful, man, just beautiful!"

See?

Liberty's Edge

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Nice try, Clark. You're still Paula.

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2009, RPG Superstar Judgernaut

YES!


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Sean K. Reynolds wrote:


Oh, I thought it would be funny to characterize all four judges as PF character classes...

Ryan is the bard of RPG Superstar judges. He wants to see an exciting performance and doesn't want things to be dull. He'd rather see someone swing for the fences and make something epic and exciting than have a solid item that's dull or even average.

Clark is the paladin. He wants to find the best in everyone's item, he's showing off that shiny aura of courage to get everyone enthusiastic about the competition, but quite ready to smite any item that disregards the holy purpose of the competition--including something submitted only as a joke or to waste the judges' time.

Neil is the wizard. He'll scrutinize every item and write a lengthy scroll about its pros and cons. Given time, he can prepare an appropriate response to any competitor's submission, question, or argument, and back it up with references to one of his many spellbooks.

Sean: I'm the inquisitor. It's my job to find and eliminate problems, and by doing so, I protect the nature of the contest. I preach a lot of advice on how not to make mistakes, and get grumpy when people insist on making those mistakes anyway. Like the wizard, I have a lot of knowledge and access to a lot of books... but inquisitors aren't as forgiving as wizards are when it comes to errors.

Yes, I'm a big gamer nerd. :p

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Well, if Ryan is Simon - well, let's see...

Neil is probably most like Louis Walsh - because he's such a nice chap

Sean could be Sharon Osborne - speak your mind Sharon is soooo like speak your mind Sean, its pretty scary.

and Clark, well Clark and his dimples just has to be Cheryl Cole - rah rah go go go contestants :P

(heh heh, original Judges for original Judges) :P

Legendary Games, Necromancer Games

Wild Gazebo wrote:
Sean K. Reynolds wrote:


Oh, I thought it would be funny to characterize all four judges as PF character classes...

Clark is the paladin. He wants to find the best in everyone's item, he's showing off that shiny aura of courage to get everyone enthusiastic about the competition, but quite ready to smite any item that disregards the holy purpose of the competition--including something submitted only as a joke or to waste the judges' time.

Hehe I forgot about that one. I am a paladin. It's true.

Clark

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If your nickname is "The Most Dangerous Man in Gaming", if there are legions of rabid nerds willing to boil you in acid for killing their game, if every day execs of The Former Illustrious Industry Leader throw darts at your image cursing that whole OGL thing...well, you gotta live up to that.

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Anthony Adam wrote:

Well, if Ryan is Simon - well, let's see...

Amazing what you run into when browsing old threads - this is so needing bringing up to date, so here goes...

Sean - is the beleaguered Gary Barlow
Ryan - for some weird reason Louis Walsh now seems the better fit here since this years (2012) current run
Clark - Nicole or Tulisa? Tough one, going to plump for the - Rah Rah - Nicole Sherzinger...
Which leaves Neil as the male version of Tulisa Contostavlos

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