This year's voter-generated top 100 list


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Here (in alphabetical order) are the top 100 items submitted this year, as determined by public vote:

Amber Robe
Amulet of Reverse Incantation
Ashen Ka Shabti
Baldric of Revealing Mists
Bear-Skin Rug
Beastmaster's Barbute
Bitter Widow's Veil
Black Rings of the Master
Bog Boots
Bonedancer Bodhrán
Bosun's Call
Boulder Thrower's Kit
Bowstring of Specter's Strike
Bracer of Forceful Restraint
Breach Master's Epaulets
Charlatan's Symbol
Choker of the Siphoning Scorpion
Chrysalis Vial
Cleats of Unsubtle Entrance
Cloak of a Thousand Daggers
Cloak of Ettinkind
Cloak of Inversion
Cloak of the Shadow Twin
Cloak of Woven Mists
Copper Squirrels
Cowl of Whispering Shadows
Crest of the Fallen
Crown of the Murder King
Crown of Webs
Death Mask
Deck of Falling Houses
Deck of the Hellwasp's Sting
Driftwood Token
Dwarven Songwood
Earthbind Boots
Echoing Stone
Evergreen Seed Pouch
Familiar's Soulstone
Fetish of the Frog Queen
Fleshless Shroud
Footpad's Lantern
Forgettable Fedora
Gauntlet of Earth Shattering and Elevating
Ghost Hunter's Gi
Gloves of Suspended Arcana
Gloves of the Artful Gardener
Gloves of the Dread Viper
Goblet of Liquefied Cognition
Gossiper's Gourd
Groundbreaker Cloak
Harbinger's Knock
Hedgewall Seed Pouch
Horned Helm of the Wild Stag
Hushing Sphere
Hymnbook of Life’s Laments
Ice Rime Gloves
Insulated Gloves of the Blacksmith
Ironmorph Dust
Jar of Mottled Clay
Keffiyeh of Pure Breath
Lightning Leapers
Linebreaker's Sabatons
Mage-string
Mantle of Butterflies
Mantle of the Manticore
Mask of the Wayang
Moonstrider's Cloak
Murktouch Cloak
Nightsbane Quiver
Patternward Spectacles
Planar Rift Spike
Poltergeist Knot
Quicksilver Gloves
Quicksilver Scabbard
Resonant Tines
Robe of Resonance
Sandstone Sirocco
Scatterstone
Scourge Vial
Screeching Fiddle
Shadow Archer's Gage
Skysilk Thread
Slaying Shroud
Specter Net
Spellmason's Mallet
Spellsnaring Canvas
Spirit Flask
Spirit Window
Sporebane Brooch
Star Cinder
Stormcrusher Gauntlets
Sugegasa of the Beloved Child
Summoner’s Skirl
Sun Wukong's Puzzle Box
Swift-Hook Gauntlets
The Akene Amulet
Treads of Momentum
Treestrider’s Satchel
Voidspun Lenses
Wardstone Bracers

If you had a favorite item that didn't make it into the above list... take it up with your fellow voters! :)

All of the above items had at least a +200 positive vote count. In other words, each was upvoted at least 200 more times than they were downvoted (for example, the lowest-ranked item on this list had 625 votes for and 404 votes against). Overall, this is a very strong showing in the top items (especially considering that last year, anything below #89 was no better than a tie between upvotes and downvotes).

If you didn't make it into the Top 32, but your item is on this list, my most sincere congratulations to you. Why? Because hundreds of people thought your item was pretty cool and worth considering for the Top 32. That's pretty awesome.

If your item is in this list and you didn't make it into the Top 32, your goal for next year is to figure out what made the judges select the other items instead of yours. Talk to the voters. Talk to the judges. Ask for opinions and critiques. Learn. Do better. Remember, the voters often look just at items, but the judges are also looking for who has the potential to be a good designer overall. Submit another, better item next year, one that really shows your talent, your moxie, your mojo. We've had some competitors take two or three tries to make it in. You can do it!

And if your item isn't on the above list, don't despair--yours might have been #101. Keep trying!

(And thanks again to Judy, Morrus, and Patrick for judging Round 1!)

(And there is some helpful advice in a similar thread from RPG Superstar 2013.)

Dark Archive RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16 , Star Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8 aka FaxCelestis

Hey look, there's my item.

KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8

Bo-YAH! Still got it.

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

Top 100! That's a first! And here I spent the entire voting period kicking myself for making an item that could be considered a weapon. :S Glad to know some part of it worked!

Marathon Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka Clouds Without Water

This list makes me very happy. Not only because my item is on it!

More important to me is that many of my favorite items are on it as well. I felt kind of off the wavelength from the top 32, but it's nice to see I wasn't so far off from the voters. I really liked a lot of these 100 items!

Dedicated Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7

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Ah. There are the rest of my favorites which did not make it into the Top 32. I maintain that a few of these items god robbed and should have won (looking at you, Ashen Ka Shabti) but I'll go through that if I see them in the Critique thread.

Shadow Lodge RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 8 , Star Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8 aka WalterGM

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Ouch, didn't even make it in here this time around.

Well done y'all!

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9 aka theheadkase

Didn't make it on this either but good job all around!

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32 , Star Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9

Looks like all but 2 of my favorites were on the list. Mine just happened to be one of those two that didn't make it.

Good work everyone that made the voter's cut!

Grand Lodge Marathon Voter Season 7

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Huh, surprised Tactician's Go-Ke didn't make it. That one was on a lot of "top #" lists.

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8

Samuel Stone wrote:
Huh, surprised Tactician's Go-Ke didn't make it. That one was on a lot of "top #" lists.

This speaks something of the dangers of reading too much into a very small sample size. My item is on this list, but it didn't make a single of the favorites lists I saw.


Yay, made the top 100 list!

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

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Not on the list... disheartening. At least I actually got to see my item and vote on it this year.

Champion Voter Season 6, Champion Voter Season 7, Champion Voter Season 8, Champion Voter Season 9

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My Baldric of Revealing Mists! YES! :D

Grand Lodge RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8 aka Jiggy

WalterGM wrote:

Ouch, didn't even make it in here this time around.

Well done y'all!

Right there with ya, buddy. :(

Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8

Exciting to see my (Gauntlet of Earth Shattering and Elevating) made it all the way there. Heh, I thought the stupid name would have kept it down. Hope I'll get it reviewed and see my missteps. I want to get into that top 32 some time in the future.

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

Sean K Reynolds wrote:
We've had some competitors take two or three tries to make it in.

Or five. :)


Rasputin17 wrote:
Exciting to see my (Gauntlet of Earth Shattering and Elevating) made it all the way there. Heh, I thought the stupid name would have kept it down. Hope I'll get it reviewed and see my missteps. I want to get into that top 32 some time in the future.

Earth hand-slotteers unite!

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16, 2012 Top 32 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9 aka Epic Meepo

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Epic Meepo, Superstar 2009 Top 16, Superstar 2012 Top 32, Superstar 2013 Top 89, Superstar 2014 Top 100

Other contestants need to stop improving every year. I keep sliding lower in the standings. :P

Edit: I was really worried I wouldn't make it into the Top 100, given the fact that Anthony Adam posted a butterfly-themed sample item on the forums (even going so far as to call out "chrysalis" as a cool word). I also know from the Incessant Ramble thread that at least one Marathon Voter was consistently down-voting all potion-related items.

Grand Lodge Marathon Voter Season 7

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

@Evan: There's a thread for item critique that can be found here:
http://paizo.com/threads/rzs2qkn9?2014-Critique-my-Wondrous-Item-thread

Silver Crusade Dedicated Voter Season 7

Sorry I posted in the wrong one >.< Thats what I get for having 15 tabs open at a time lol

Star Voter Season 7

Well I made the Mask of the Wayang. I am a little bummed still I did not make it (had what I think is a great monster made in prep for round 2) I am still thrilled that I made the top 100 in community votes. Thank you all.

Star Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7

I'm happy and surprised by my top 100 showing

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

Didn't make it.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8

Well, my Slaying Shroud was one of many misty, swirly cloaks that couldn't break free.

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Champion Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9 aka GM_Solspiral

Good to see my Shadow Archer's gage was at least popular with the voters.

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

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Gak. Didn't make it this year. Aside from a big change that I felt (after the fact) I should have made, I still felt really good about my item. Ah, well. Next year it is. :)

I don't see the... can't remember what they were called... gloves that summoned forth dead hands from the earth to grapple opponents. I thought those were awesome, and really evocative, and was surprised they didn't make the top 32, much less the top 100!

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

Congratulations to these other 68 Top items!

Thanks Sean :)

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

Jacob Trier wrote:
Samuel Stone wrote:
Huh, surprised Tactician's Go-Ke didn't make it. That one was on a lot of "top #" lists.
This speaks something of the dangers of reading too much into a very small sample size. My item is on this list, but it didn't make a single of the favorites lists I saw.

Indeed, from the few I did hear from I was doing well. I am glad I dinnae get too involved in that trading.

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

I'm afraid, my darling Breach Master's Epaulets, that you're still due for a few revisions.

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 32 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka Phloid

Well, I didn't even make the top 100. Maybe I should be disappointed, but in a way, it means I can blame the voting public and stand firm in my belief that the judges would have loved it had it been in their reviewing pool. Yeah, that's it. It's all you voters' fault. Yeah. I'm still awesome. Yeah...

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16 , Star Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7

Some cool stuff in that list and a great deal I never saw. Congrats to all of you who were in the top 100 even if you didn't make the top 32. Oh well guess I'll have to wander over to the critique thread and hope I get some decent feedback this year. Especially since there is an item on that list that was mechanically similar to my (also not so superstar) entry last year, which I got no quality feedback on. I better strike while the tread is young.

The Exchange Star Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 9

Wow, every year I keep getting better. My ashen ka shabti fell flat with my players, but thanks to this community I know that I am getting closer. Thanks for the votes and I look forward to posting in some feedback threads.

And CONGRATS to the Top 32.

The Exchange Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9

Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

My fav item made top 100. You deserved top billing treads of momentum (Not my item).

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 32, RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka Hodge Podge

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What, no BEARD KNOT THINGY OF EPIC FIREY DWARFISHNESS?

I am almost as upset as when Beardforge didn't make it.

Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting Subscriber

Cool! My mantle of butterflies made the list!

Scarab Sages Dedicated Voter Season 7

Yay! There's mine! ^^

points at Spellsnaring Canvas

RPG Superstar 2014 Top 32 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7 aka Belladonna Blue

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Chris Shaeffer wrote:

What, no BEARD KNOT THINGY OF EPIC FIREY DWARFISHNESS?

I am almost as upset as when Beardforge didn't make it.

Beard Knot of the Descending Heavens was my singular favorite item. It topped my list with underscore, all caps, bold type with exclamation points and glitter.

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2014 Top 32 , Marathon Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 9 aka Netopalis

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I think that the problem a lot of people, myself included, had with the beard-knot was that it burned the dwarf's beard in the process. Then the dwarf is beardless. No true dwarf would ever use it.

Sczarni RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32 , Champion Voter Season 6, Champion Voter Season 7, Champion Voter Season 8, Champion Voter Season 9

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Didn't make the Top 100. Blood item = bad idea! (barbazu gorget)

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

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35 of the top 100 items are called "__ of __" --:|

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Champion Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9 aka GM_Solspiral

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Belladonna Blue wrote:
Chris Shaeffer wrote:

What, no BEARD KNOT THINGY OF EPIC FIREY DWARFISHNESS?

I am almost as upset as when Beardforge didn't make it.

Beard Knot of the Descending Heavens was my singular favorite item. It topped my list with underscore, all caps, bold type with exclamation points and glitter.

I joked that I was going to make an NPC with that, the shears of the hairless hag and headband of the hirsute!

Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I am honestly amazed to see my item on the top 100 list, especially considering how many items (lots) I saw that I immediately thought were better.

The Exchange Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9 aka Shadowborn

Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
Didn't make the Top 100. Blood item = bad idea! (barbazu gorget)

For what it's worth, the barbazu gorget was the first item to claim a spot in my Top 32. My witchbane glove failed to make the Top 100 as well.

Marathon Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8

Huzzah made it to the top 100. Pretty pleased about that. I'm glad people liked my item.

Dark Archive RPG Superstar 2010 Top 32, 2011 Top 16 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka Boxhead

I did not make the top 100 with the green thumb, for what it's worth.

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

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Netopalis wrote:
I think that the problem a lot of people, myself included, had with the beard-knot was that it burned the dwarf's beard in the process. Then the dwarf is beardless. No true dwarf would ever use it.

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My exact thoughts every time I read the item. A true dwarf would rather tattoo "I'm a bearded Gnome" on his forehead than actually cut off his beard.


Certainly uplifting seeing my item there.
I am on the right path after all. ^^

However, with each year more and more people enter the contest., so even if I may get better it also gets more difficult every time.

Lantern Lodge RPG Superstar 2015 Top 16 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8 aka Black Powder Chocobo

Wow, my Linebreaker's Sabatons made 100. This makes me very happy even if I didn't make the 32. Time to go to the critique thread and see what the opinions were :)

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