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Woody Elliott wrote:
Marathon status. Proof that I have no life...

Champion will confirm it. :0)

RPG Superstar 2015 Top 32 , Marathon Voter Season 8 aka Angry Wiggles

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Pillbug Toenibbler wrote:
Woody 'Inigo Montoya' Elliott wrote:
Marathon status. Proof that I have no life...
"Have you ever considered piracy writing something for Wayfinder? You'd make a wonderful Dread Writer Roberts." [/Westley Gob]

Interesting. One of my brainstorming bestiary entries fits with this month's theme. I shall have to submit it and see if they agree. After some fine tuning, of course.

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

I've seen my item twice now. So at least it got two votes.

Scarab Sages RPG Superstar 2015 Top 16 , Dedicated Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka Rusty Ironpants

item, unless you are the Rod of Wonder, I don't wanna see any random tables!

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2015 Top 32 , Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8 aka Cathara

Rusty Ironpants wrote:
item, unless you are the Rod of Wonder, I don't wanna see any random tables!

It's like you read my mind.

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Cathara wrote:
Rusty Ironpants wrote:
item, unless you are the Rod of Wonder, I don't wanna see any random tables!
It's like you read my mind.

No, that's a different one...


That's not a bad little item, but waaaay too expensive for what it does.

Dedicated Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8

This one had so much, it required a flowchart with yes no choices to sort out.phew complicated....
This one has a great and simple idea, but absolutely no formatting or basic info, more like a pitch actually.

This one a creative snake item j'taime!

A magical suit of "RUN AWAY"!

Helicopter of scoping out and scouting

One construction equals only it's price but description has quite a shopping list of spells and materials.

Shadow Lodge RPG Superstar 2015 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka mamaursula

I feel like a lot of people have a calling in fiction writing.


This item from my last pairing is probably the most ambitious design I've seen yet in this contest. Unfortunately, I think it's just trying to do too much in one item. Kudos for a gutsy choice though.

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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mamaursula wrote:
I feel like a lot of people have a calling in fiction writing.

The comment that launched a thousand terrible short stories.

Silver Crusade RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9 aka Zahir ibn Mahmoud ibn Jothan

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Woot! Dedicated Voter!

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Sorry item 0ne but I'm to tired for that much math, oh item two why do you have more math than the first?

edit: Dedicated!

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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What your forum tag says about you!:

Star Voter (any year)- greenhorn
Dedicated - you've seen some sh*t
Marathon - We got a cot for you in the back
Marathon Multiple years - Glutton for punishment
Champion any 1 year - we got a leather couch for you to sit on and tell us how your parents failed
Champion Multiple years- I have no words...

Top 32 any year - cool kids table
Top 16 - cooler kids table
Top 8 - best exit point if you aren't going to win.
Top 4 - foot in the door?
Winner - this is where the money and [redacted] come in

Silver Crusade RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9 aka Zahir ibn Mahmoud ibn Jothan

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Well, there was no Top 8 my year, so 16 was cool for me. I'm going for Marathon again. You Champion people freak me out.

I do wish they'd fix my alias to show my real name though.

Marathon Voter Season 8

Any estimates on how many "Joke item but good rules" are going to make it into the Top 100? I've encountered four likely candidates so far.

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Zahir ibn Mahmoud ibn Jothan wrote:

Well, there was no Top 8 my year, so 16 was cool for me. I'm going for Marathon again. You Champion people freak me out.

I do wish they'd fix my alias to show my real name though.

I don't see why. We're just as sane as anyone else.

*Puts on Napoleon Hat and stands in toilet*

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Moik wrote:
Any estimates on how many "Joke item but good rules" are going to make it into the Top 100? I've encountered four likely candidates so far.

Maybe none. There are enough good items that took their creation seriously that they wouldn't be needed. To be Superstar a joke item would have to be truly stellar.

Dedicated Voter Season 8

Goes to show that I am indeed crazy that I missed this place, while of for one awkward celebration. And here I thought it would be semi-full of hate.

Okay, I know...

Do I ever not want to vote for you item vs. Item that I really, really will not vote for... Oh, well, turns out I did in fact want to vote for item 1.

With that name, item, I have to really dislike the other one to vote for you. Look, I didn't dislike the other one enough. There you go. Stop being called that, and we'll talk. Maybe. (I don't actually like what you do either, though, but it would improve you)

I'm on-and-of making up different names that I like better for items. Some of them might deserve it, but mostly I'm a bit bored.

Shield that does not so shield-ly thing vs. this pesky rod that does... something. Oh, well, I kind of like you anyway not-shield-ly shield.

Hey! New item! Shiny! Now why do you have to do something horrible with no understanding of variance of power? Oh well, I like this rod anyhow, I want to go vote of this perfectly nice rod.

On a side note all this talk about pricing is making me wish I hadn't gotten the idea for my item 2 days before deadline and written it up on deadline day AFTER my exam. I would have liked to do some semi-decent calculations. But I really didn't have time in the two hours I spent on it. Well. Hopefully my more go-with-what-feels-right price will work. I do so wish there had been something remotely similar to compare to or a spell that did something more like what I wanted to base the price on. Bah. You guys are making me paranoid after all. I promise, I'll never, ever price something based on what feels nice again. I'll do the boring calculation and feel justified about my pricing.

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

NSFWish besides you might squirt coffee out your nose. You have been warned:

Ok the phallic competition just got stiffer. I just read about a wooden rod with a knob that grows when you put put hands on it. The staff that quivers when you stroke it.

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32 , Dedicated Voter Season 8 aka artofcheatery

Okay, I don't understand how or why I would use this item. It's a pretty crappy cursed item and it made me vote for an unformatted SiaC Staff

Dedicated Voter Season 8

Oh there's a lance. I'd been wondering if I was going to get to see one of those. Neat enough. And it's up against the pen, which thinks it's mightier. I disagree in this case. The longer piece of weaponry wins the day.

Silver Crusade Star Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 8

I keep seeing items where 'if you're fighting this singular type of thing, the encounter is over and also you poop on all their corpses and do a kickflip.' Meh.

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

Oh from your name I expected something inspired by Hanspur, cool I'd vote you up. Oh what nope just one of the Old Gods. Know your game world.

Dedicated Voter Season 8

I want to vote for you, sort of almost wondrous item. But honestly, you could at least pretend a little harder to be what you should be to belong in this competition. Well, I guess the actually belonging item that I do not like will get the vote. This once.

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

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Guys I know you are avoiding naming the item or being specific about the powers, but many of the items you are referencing are somewhat...unique in their concepts and powers. It's becoming increasingly easy for me to identify them.

If I can identify them, then the various authors definitively can. And what they are hearing is quite dismissive if not rude. We need to vent—believe me I know—but we have to be very careful here. The authors are unable to identify their items without disqualifying themselves. So their hands are tied in trying to defend their decisions.

I have compared it in the past to someone holding your arms behind your back while someone else punches you in the stomach. Not cool. So while we have been doing a decent job so far, we do seem to be slipping towards the bad zone where posts get flagged and eliminated.

Before you post ask if this statement could apply to more than one item. If it can't don't post it. If it can you are probably OK.

Let's try and keep these threads a fun place to visit for everybody.

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

Feros' is right


And another item gets the vote because the one it was paired with couldn't just give me a well-planned item at an appropriate cost, and stuck me with an unbalanced drawback at the last minute. Why must you do this?

"This car gets really good gas mileage and has great brakes and handling, can go from 0 to 60 in 6.8 seconds, and comes with complimentary satellite radio."

"Oh, and it has a 1 in 20 chance of exploding into flames every time you start the engine."

Dedicated Voter Season 8

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Mantra: Trust the voting process. Trust that there is enough great, superstar items that not even good, but annoying items will get close to the top 32. Trust the judges to pick the very best of the very best.

Remain sane. Over 700 votes given now. Think I'm around 600 unique items, though I haven't crosschecked my lists yet.

Time to call it a ... hmm, very early morning actually. Well, then. Merry Christmas everyone. May your voting be bright and inspiring and not too troublesome.

Shadow Lodge RPG Superstar 2015 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka mamaursula

GM_Solspiral wrote:

...

Top 8 - best exit point if you aren't going to win...
** spoiler omitted **

There was no Top 8 in 2014, so all the Top 16's are still eligible and only the Top 4 were DQ'd by association that year. Let me tell you, 2014's Top 16 have taken that as a slight and they are out in force this year. I truly think we'll be seeing repeat players again this year.

Marathon Voter Season 8

Why are there SO MANY:

1) Shields that disarm attackers

2) Items that reverse the "polarity" of your channeling or how channeling affects you

3) Sticky armors

4) Stuff that provides continual silence

Stuff like blades that cut space/time and let you teleport I expected, but these things...they're such a weird niche, but there are tons of them. I think at least 6 of the first, four of the second, five or six of the third...is there really a great need for this stuff?

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mamaursula wrote:
GM_Solspiral wrote:

...

Top 8 - best exit point if you aren't going to win...
** spoiler omitted **
There was no Top 8 in 2014, so all the Top 16's are still eligible and only the Top 4 were DQ'd by association that year. Let me tell you, 2014's Top 16 have taken that as a slight and they are out in force this year. I truly think we'll be seeing repeat players again this year.

Referencing any particular Top 16's in particular there, mama? ;)


Now there's a cool ring. Tight theme, integrated abilities, and well written.

RPG Superstar 2015 Top 32 , Marathon Voter Season 8 aka Angry Wiggles

Just when I thought I had run out of new items to vote on, you pop out of nowhere! Oh, and what a pleasant surprise you were.

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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I'm glad they are not cutting 16 to 4 again, I thought that was a cruel cut.

Shadow Lodge RPG Superstar 2015 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka mamaursula

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Feros wrote:
mamaursula wrote:
GM_Solspiral wrote:

...

Top 8 - best exit point if you aren't going to win...
** spoiler omitted **
There was no Top 8 in 2014, so all the Top 16's are still eligible and only the Top 4 were DQ'd by association that year. Let me tell you, 2014's Top 16 have taken that as a slight and they are out in force this year. I truly think we'll be seeing repeat players again this year.
Referencing any particular Top 16's in particular there, mama? ;)

Uhm...all of them? :-) I know most of them through here and The Freelance Forge. Several said they weren't entering, then it got kind of crazy once I told them I was entering. It was like a personal affront. I was just waiting until they were all done so I didn't have to go up against them. The jerks :-)

Shadow Lodge RPG Superstar 2015 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka mamaursula

This is a serious question, because I simply don't read all the possible game setting/AP/adventures available - is there some adventure somewhere that has an extended courtly setting to it that warrants the large number of court related items I'm seeing or is it just a design area that people are exploring?

Please do not accidentally DQ yourself answering this question!

Dedicated Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8

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Feros wrote:

Guys I know you are avoiding naming the item or being specific about the powers, but many of the items you are referencing are somewhat...unique in their concepts and powers. It's becoming increasingly easy for me to identify them.

If I can identify them, then the various authors definitively can. And what they are hearing is quite dismissive if not rude. We need to vent—believe me I know—but we have to be very careful here. The authors are unable to identify their items without disqualifying themselves. So their hands are tied in trying to defend their decisions.

I have compared it in the past to someone holding your arms behind your back while someone else punches you in the stomach. Not cool. So while we have been doing a decent job so far, we do seem to be slipping towards the bad zone where posts get flagged and eliminated.

Before you post ask if this statement could apply to more than one item. If it can't don't post it. If it can you are probably OK.

Let's try and keep these threads a fun place to visit for everybody.

Just in case it was myself, I pulled my most recent comment. Thanks for good guidance.

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mamaursula wrote:

This is a serious question, because I simply don't read all the possible game setting/AP/adventures available - is there some adventure somewhere that has an extended courtly setting to it that warrants the large number of court related items I'm seeing or is it just a design area that people are exploring?

Please do not accidentally DQ yourself answering this question!

I think what happens is people look for items that are not a lot of that type trying to be different, but then multiple people see the same hole to fill it. Then you get a lot of similar items.

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

Would have worked in my Kingmaker game but that was a special snowflake.

RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9 aka motteditor

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mamaursula wrote:

This is a serious question, because I simply don't read all the possible game setting/AP/adventures available - is there some adventure somewhere that has an extended courtly setting to it that warrants the large number of court related items I'm seeing or is it just a design area that people are exploring?

Please do not accidentally DQ yourself answering this question!

I seem to recall Shackled City had a big ball with all the various council members... Not sure if that counts.

I think it's a common enough trope in fantasy literature and something people probably enjoy in games. I know I'm in the midst of reading Brnadon Sanderson's "Mistborn" series and the courtly society scenes are some of my favorites, particularly the ball I just read. I think it's hard to do well in RPGs, but it does happen.

(ETA: Seriously? How am I not at dedicated yet?)

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Jacob W. Michaels wrote:

(ETA: Seriously? How am I not at dedicated yet?)

Guess you are not keeping track.

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OK my cat Pepi is making it clear that it is late and I shouldn't still be up. As she tends to curl up next to me on my bed, I suspect that I am just a bed warmer.

Later everybody!

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32 , Dedicated Voter Season 8 aka artofcheatery

mplindustries wrote:

Why are there SO MANY:

3) Sticky armors

I know! Why do you want your enemy stuck to you?

Shadow Lodge RPG Superstar 2015 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka mamaursula

Jacob W. Michaels wrote:


I seem to recall Shackled City had a big ball with all the various council members... Not sure if that counts.

I think it's a common enough trope in fantasy literature and something people probably enjoy in games. I know I'm in the midst of reading Brnadon Sanderson's "Mistborn" series and the courtly society scenes are some of my favorites, particularly the ball I just read. I think it's hard to do well in RPGs, but it does happen.

(ETA: Seriously? How am I not at dedicated yet?)

Oh yeah! I forgot about that, man that was a long time ago, how I miss Shackled City, such a good setting.

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Roughly 1400 votes and I finally saw my item again WHOOT.

#nevergetsold

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Lots of items repeating - haven't had anything new for a while

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