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Sczarni RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9 aka Arkos

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Eric Morton wrote:

I must be in a pessimistic mood.

Every few pages in this thread, I see a statement of condemnation that says something like, "This item spits in the face of everything fun about gaming and makes me question the existence of E. Gary Gygax. I will up-vote a poorly-templated grocery list before I ever allow this piece of garbage to tarnish the game forever with its unforgivably bad mechanics and its unsavory intentions towards my loved ones."

Every time I read a statement like that, I immediately assume it's directed at my item. I don't assume that about any of the mild snark in this thread, just the truly vitriolic stuff.

I've read every single post, and that's exactly how I feel. On the other hand, at least they're talking about my item? There's no such thing as bad press? Ugh.

Star Voter Season 9

Ahhh. I found it. Was pages and pages ago. I ended up in the middle of this thread somehow and when I refreshed it brought me to this page and I couldn't locate it...

Anyhow, PM sent. :)

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 16 , Dedicated Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9 aka Petty Alchemy

I did the same thing, but then I decided to stop. Instead I drink in the praise thread and look for hints of my item there.

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

Two terrible items...so much for a cull. Oh well, that one's slightly less terrible...
Whoa, two really good items. I guess that's what the cull was for?

Dedicated Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9

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how have you survived two culls?

RPG Superstar 2014 Top 32 , Star Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9 aka Ixxix

that doesn't do that...

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 16 , Marathon Voter Season 9 aka Thrawn007

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Eric Morton wrote:

I must be in a pessimistic mood.

Every few pages in this thread, I see a statement of condemnation that says something like, "This item spits in the face of everything fun about gaming and makes me question the existence of E. Gary Gygax. I will up-vote a poorly-templated grocery list before I ever allow this piece of garbage to tarnish the game forever with its unforgivably bad mechanics and its unsavory intentions towards my loved ones."

Every time I read a statement like that, I immediately assume it's directed at my item. I don't assume that about any of the mild snark in this thread, just the truly vitriolic stuff.

If it makes you feel better, I'd likely downvote just about anything from Gary Gygax.

Dedicated Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9

That prerequisite spell can't achieve the level of effect you are giving the item, by far. At no Caster Level, but much less at the item's.

Dedicated Voter Season 9

Wait, what's the target for that? The item itself? If so, I am getting a pretty hilarious mental image.

Scarab Sages

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Ah, a hilarious homonym error. 2 points!

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That unit of measure for that animal is only "3", 3 is not a swarm, but you still gut upvoted!


Average word count seems way down after the second cull. Take notice, future superstars!

Dedicated Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9

That word in the title of this item that is meant to describe what the item is, doesn't mean what the Slot and later description tell.

Dark Archive Marathon Voter Season 9

Pathfinder Companion, Lost Omens Subscriber

It is a little sad to see "Spells in a Can" still existing after 2 rounds of cuts while other items have gone by the wayside.

Grand Lodge Marathon Voter Season 9

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JJ Jordan wrote:
Average word count seems way down after the second cull. Take notice, future superstars!

If we collate all entries and combine them with the Items seen list, some useful metadata could emerge.

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Browman wrote:
how have you survived two culls?

If the item hadn't broken any major rules of the competition then it probably hasn't been reported. So it survived the 1st cull.

If the item has mostly got the formatting right, it might have received upvotes against similar quality items that didn't.

The first two culls really only weed out the stuff that seriously did not pay any attention at all to the rules of the competition.

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Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Two items with minor social skill bonuses, but one does something weird and the other doesn't do anything interesting.

Marathon Voter Season 9

Thrawn007 wrote:
Eric Morton wrote:

I must be in a pessimistic mood.

Every few pages in this thread, I see a statement of condemnation that says something like, "This item spits in the face of everything fun about gaming and makes me question the existence of E. Gary Gygax. I will up-vote a poorly-templated grocery list before I ever allow this piece of garbage to tarnish the game forever with its unforgivably bad mechanics and its unsavory intentions towards my loved ones."

Every time I read a statement like that, I immediately assume it's directed at my item. I don't assume that about any of the mild snark in this thread, just the truly vitriolic stuff.

If it makes you feel better, I'd likely downvote just about anything from Gary Gygax.

"What is this 'Dungeons and Dragons' drivel? This is not Make A New Game Superstar material! *Dumps*"

RPG Superstar 2014 Top 32 , Star Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9 aka Ixxix

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"What is this 'Dungeons and Dragons' drivel? This is not Make A New Game Superstar material! *Dumps*"

More like "you made an item that sucks someone into a black hole and instantly kills them with no save?...well alright"


JJ Jordan wrote:
Average word count seems way down after the second cull. Take notice, future superstars!

I'm still seeing plenty of longer entries. However, they use their words to tell you how the item works, not to give you its backstory and description down to the most minor detail.

Shadow Lodge Star Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 9

We had a couple of culls... why do I still have to vote between a very bad item and another very bad item?

If nothing else templates are getting better.

Shadow Lodge Star Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 9

I voted a particular weapon 4 or 5 times... and I'm not voting much this season.

The item is not that good... it just constantly goes up against bad items.

Scarab Sages

A classic "race to the bottom" scenario.

Marathon Voter Season 9

My item survives again....YAY!

Star Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9

CL doesn't work that way. Do I really need to read the other entry?
Yes, of course I do. The other one could be worse.

EDIT: If you're doing something weird that the rules don't cover, tell me how it works!


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Still wondering what's with all the items that act like mood rings.

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so a Swiss army weapon... ummmm.... no.

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Jeff Lee wrote:
Still wondering what's with all the items that act like mood rings.

I think a movie is to blame!

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Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
Starting the day off with an item over word count, submitting at 300 words is just dangerous!

I think every one of my entries has been at or within 5 words of 300. Just can't help myself. :p

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ARGH.... use commas in your numbers!!!!!!!!!

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Frumple wrote:
ARGH.... use commas in your numbers!!!!!!!!!

Because sometimes that's what decides my vote!!!

Grand Lodge Marathon Voter Season 9

Oh man, that should be so much more expensive. You're so cool though... Fine, have a vote.

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Frumple wrote:
ARGH.... use commas in your numbers!!!!!!!!!

Right! Next year, nothing with a price less than 2,000,000 GP, or that weighs less than 1,000,000 lbs. from anyone!

It's going to get a little silly for skill bonuses.


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No NPC rogue will ever be able to use Sleight of Hand to take my best magic item ever again...EVER, do you hear me?!

RPG Superstar 2015 Top 16 , Marathon Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9 aka dien

Almighty alliteration, Batman!

Dedicated Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9

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yes, because after I run out of spells I also need an OP weapon, just in case a martial thought he actually had a chance to shine now.

RPG Superstar 2015 Top 16 , Marathon Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9 aka dien

Glad I didn't submit one of my first contest ideas, as I've now seen two items that are verrrry similar both to it and to each other.

Grand Lodge Marathon Voter Season 9

No, I didn't mean to vote for you! I take it back!

Grand Lodge Marathon Voter Season 9

That spell, I do not think it does what you think it does.

RPG Superstar 2015 Top 16 , Marathon Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9 aka dien

Humnn... on the bad side, your Big Power is really close to multiple weapons I saw last year, and you have some cliched descriptive language.

On the good side, you do have a really cool visual that perfectly explains your (useful, nifty) minor power.

Have an upvote for now...

RPG Superstar 2015 Top 16 , Marathon Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9 aka dien

Ooof. Rogue-in-a-can versus an item that would make me do a lot of math at the table and slow down play immensely. T___T

RPG Superstar 2015 Top 16 , Marathon Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9 aka dien

Yes, you are definitively a monster in a can. But you're a GREAT one. Upvote.

Dedicated Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9

I don't want to vote for you, but the other one is so OP I can't vote for it.


Wow. This item survived two culls? *shakes head*

Marathon Voter Season 9

Culls are great, it's getting hard to vote on items for good reasons now.

That said, I am so sick of expensive +1 weapons and armour. Unless your ability is particularly good, I'd rather just get it to +3 or something.

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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613 votes and I finally saw my item! W00t!

I don't know what to think about it being paired up against that item, but at least I finally saw it.

Marathon Voter Season 9

I'm sure I'm sounding like a broken record at this point, but we are two culls in and I still get match-ups where neither item's aura power has anything to do with their CL. It legitimately got to the point where I opened up my core rule book and double checked detect magic's table to make sure the PRD and PFSRD both didn't have a typo. But no, people go to the rules for creating magic items, see under aura it tell them to use the table in detect magic, and then say "Meh, I guesstimate this is a moderate aura. Totally can't be bothered to click that link." There is no guessing, there is no design decision, there is only the simplest table in the entire rule set, on what in my experience is the most casted cantrip in the game. To me, more than anything, it shows if the submitter even looked at the rules for creating magic items.

EDIT: For three straight pairing in a row! GAH!!! You win RPGSS, you've broken my will. Time to call it quits for a night.

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

Noooo! Now I've seen the item paired up against mine three times in ten minutes. You're sending me the wrong item, voting booth. Send me my item three times in ten minutes.

Star Voter Season 9

If you are going to enhance things with metamagic you darn well better make it part of the construction requirements or I am running home and telling mom that I am downvoting you. Neener.

- nuff said

Dark Archive Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9

I decided to snark about the snark thread in the snark thread with a very meta-snark post for the 2,000th post in this thread.

So, here is a comprehensive list of every item ever entered in RPGSS.

This way, we can all gripe about how everything has been done before, kind of like that South Park episode where Butters had all of his originality disappear as he had been informed that The Simpsons had already done everything.

By the way, I put a tortilla in my toaster oven earlier with mozzarella cheese and pepperoni with chunky salsa and Parmesan cheese on top. It almost caught fire, but it was delicious.

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