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

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Much as I love the snark thread, I remember last season we had a compliments thread too, and I'd like to get it going again.

Two items I've seen so far-- one a bit chilly, one a bit heavenly-- (Really hope I'm not being too specific with that, as I've seen numerous items that I could be describing with those vague terms) do nothing that original with mechanics. In fact, mechanically I'd even say they are treading overworn territory-- but where they brought a smile to my face, and earned my vote, was in their beautiful descriptive text and imagery. Sometimes it's possible to polish up an old concept with a rocking visual. Good work, Mystery Designers.

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

Oohhhh, creepy item that doesn't need any overdone descriptions of gore or blood, and creates an effect I would actually find useful and interesting. Nicely done, Designer!

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I mentioned this in the snark thread, but I saw one item earlier tonight that was a dead ringer for my own submitted item. Same basic idea. There were some things I liked better about my own, but some things I think the designer of the other item did better. I can't help but feel if we just put our ideas together, we'd have a top 32 item for sure.

In any event, the way they presented their take definitely made me see some ways I could have improved my own.

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Some really amazing items this year.

The ones that remember the game is about fun first, will usually get my vote and some items have serious chops.

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Like last year, I think the overall quality of items has noticeably improved and we haven't even had the first cull. I haven't hit Star quite yet, and I've already seen a couple that made me think "Wow, I really wish I'd thought of that."

When the next call for Wayfinder submissions is announced, I really hope some (many) of this year's SupahStah! hopefuls take a shot at submitting something: new spells, new critters, new magic items, and new fiction. There is alot of untapped creativity and talent out there that deserves to be seen by the Pathfinder players.

Liberty's Edge

I agree that the quality and format of the items I have seen so far is noticeably better than last year. Way to go, guys.

Marathon Voter Season 9

One item I found in particular, which I fear describing in any detail, blew my socks off. It had some issues in formatting and pricing but it was honestly such a nifty and fun item that, even if it isn't taken as a top 32, I plan to use it in my homebrew campaigns at some point.

Dedicated Voter Season 9

Cthulhudrew wrote:

I mentioned this in the snark thread, but I saw one item earlier tonight that was a dead ringer for my own submitted item. Same basic idea. There were some things I liked better about my own, but some things I think the designer of the other item did better. I can't help but feel if we just put our ideas together, we'd have a top 32 item for sure.

In any event, the way they presented their take definitely made me see some ways I could have improved my own.

I've had a similar experience :P.

Liberty's Edge

Very good item (though for high-level play). Not on my keep list but quite flavorful. I would like to see you make it to top32 so we can get more from your designer.

Dedicated Voter Season 9

A very interesting item; probably overpowered for its price, definitely neat though. The balance of flavor and crunch is quite tasteful.

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I really really like this one item, but I can't openly comment on it. I will be sure to do so if it makes the Top 32 + Alternates. If not—and it'll be a shame if it didn't—I'll keep looking for it in the Submitter-posted Review/Feedback threads. Excellent job. :)

Edit: Rats, I forgot to save it before I voted it up. I'll be looking for you again, well done item.

Liberty's Edge

Ambrosia Slaad wrote:

I really really like this one item, but I can't openly comment on it. I will be sure to do so if it makes the Top 32 + Alternates. If not—and it'll be a shame if it didn't—I'll keep looking for it in the Submitter-posted Review/Feedback threads. Excellent job. :)

Edit: Rats, I forgot to save it before I voted it up. I'll be looking for you again, well done item.

AS, you can PM me its name if you wish (or some short description) so that I can send the item to you if I see it.

The same happened to me last year and I was really happy that someone else had kept it ;-)

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

Ambrosia: Same offer as theblackraven made.

Liberty's Edge

Wonderfully imaginative, though the crunch would need some revision IMO.

Liberty's Edge

Saw one of the item I reviewed. It is really great and easily upvoted. Makes it to my Keep list actually.

Marathon Voter Season 9

That was a really close one, I was hovering over the 'both' option for a good few minutes before the tiniest formatting error swung me. Good work to both mysterious designers.

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although I usually talk about the technical aspects of items a lot, I think I will pop in here and say...

Wow, very good use of lore and Golarion-Fu in a lot of items this year!

I really don't expect to hit a high percentage of my favorites in Top 32 this season as the field is much wider I think.

Very well done to every single entrant!

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 9 aka flykiller

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I have already seen most of the items I reviewed in the Workshop thread. They are all great and all have improved from their draft versions. I will be extremely surprised if at least one of them doesn't end up in Top 32 (or alternates).

I have also seen a very well-done item which counters the effect of my own item :) Up you go, unknown arch-nemesis!

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

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I like you, shield. *pets it gently*

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

You are an item that I would use many time on many characters. You've got a great imagination.

Liberty's Edge

Okay, I've seen such abilities a thousand times before. But not that last one. Which makes it excellent and a Keep :-)

Dedicated Voter Season 9

Now that's a simple, useful ability with a reasonable price that even low level parties could have a use for. I like!

Star Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 9

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A suggestion to everyone in this thread - keep a list of these items, and then when the feedback thread is posted and we know which item belongs to which person, tell the designer how much you enjoyed their work! A good review always makes everyone's day. ;)

Liberty's Edge

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Ah, item that I longed to see ever since I saw your name on the list.

It is a bit disappointing to have such an epic name and reasonably high price and a faint aura :-/

Apart from this, the visuals are really good and the crunch quite nice. I wish to see more of your designer :-)

And Keep it is.

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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Even though it isn't appropriate for the competition, I always love reading the backstories that have been added to some of these items. I like that authors care enough about their item to place them into the lore of the world, whether or not that's Golarion.

It's my most favoritest dealbreaker.

Star Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 9

I've just found the first item to really leave me shaken with excitement. Good work!

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32 , Dedicated Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9 aka Tothric

Just saw a joke item that was a not so clever play on words.

To quote the Internet, "I not even mad, I'm impressed."

It's unusually clever, in that, "I'm going to use this spell in a neat way". Sort of vain.

Star Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 9

That weapon sounds really good.

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

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I was pleasantly surprised by a weapon with an unexpected take on an often used name. Well played!

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32 , Dedicated Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9 aka Tothric

THAT my good sirs and madams, is how you write a "joke" item, seriously, with good voice, AND get a vote.

+1 vote for you. Because the item is both hilarious and serious, BUT it's mechanical effects are not only useful, but quite frankly in an empty niche.

I do hope you make it to the top 32 sir or madam.

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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Tothric wrote:
THAT my good sirs and madams, is how you write a "joke" item, seriously, with good voice, AND get a vote.

This comment makes me think of the cornstaff from last year. I REALLY liked that item!

Marathon Voter Season 9 aka Janvs

Wow, that is an awesome cloak! Flavorful, thematic, well-formatted, and cleanly written.

I'm not sure that it's especially original, and it may be a little cheap for its effect, but after all the sloppy entries I've read I am just pleased as punch.

Star Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 9

Though I originally thought the latin in this item's title was going to be a character's name, I think it's a really clever twist on the rules it uses.

Marathon Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9

I'm laughing about all the comments in this thread about body parts, what shouldn't go into body parts and more body parts.

Also whats with all the monsters?

Liberty's Edge

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Another item whose name intrigued me and that lived up to my expectations (despite the unnecessary drawbacks). The crunch of the primary ability is exceptional IMO. Which makes it a Keep.

EDIT - If I had not upvoted it so fast :-(

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The black raven wrote:

Another item whose name intrigued me and that lived up to my expectations (despite the unnecessary drawbacks). The crunch of the primary ability is exceptional IMO. Which makes it a Keep.

EDIT - If I had not upvoted it so fast :-(

PM me the name. I'm copying all the items I see for further analysis as time goes on, so I may have it!

Liberty's Edge

Feros wrote:
The black raven wrote:

Another item whose name intrigued me and that lived up to my expectations (despite the unnecessary drawbacks). The crunch of the primary ability is exceptional IMO. Which makes it a Keep.

EDIT - If I had not upvoted it so fast :-(

PM me the name. I'm copying all the items I see for further analysis as time goes on, so I may have it!

Done ;-)

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The black raven wrote:
Feros wrote:
The black raven wrote:

Another item whose name intrigued me and that lived up to my expectations (despite the unnecessary drawbacks). The crunch of the primary ability is exceptional IMO. Which makes it a Keep.

EDIT - If I had not upvoted it so fast :-(

PM me the name. I'm copying all the items I see for further analysis as time goes on, so I may have it!
Done ;-)

Got it! And sent! :)

Liberty's Edge

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And received. You are amazing ;-)

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32 , Dedicated Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9 aka Tothric

Faros, you are awesome.
I'd REALLY LIKE to see what notes you take from the items you read, and study.

Personally, always willing to learn, and you seemed to disappear during the Blazing 9. Do you have notes from last year?

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Tothric wrote:

Faros, you are awesome.

I'd REALLY LIKE to see what notes you take from the items you read, and study.

Personally, always willing to learn, and you seemed to disappear during the Blazing 9. Do you have notes from last year?

I'm actually going even more in depth this year than last season. Keeping copies of every item is a first for me. If you read through the Items Seen threads of the past, you will get what analysis I did there. I'm going to do more extensive analysis and notes after the voting is done and I have time. I'll post a new Analysis Thread when I'm not so busy! ;)

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32 , Dedicated Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9 aka Tothric

So, I just saw an item that triggered off an enemy suffering from a specific condition.

I liked the way it was handled. Good job mystery person. And just in time.

I needed some positivity in my voting.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9 aka surfbored

Just saw an article of clothing that made my keep pile. The abilities weren't terribly original, but the mechanics felt fresh and the writing style was quite good. It beat out another item I previously upvoted so, kudos!

Marathon Voter Season 9

Most of the "roll a die to see what it does" items are kinda lame and uninspired, but I actually really like this one. It's very clever and not what I expected, and I can imagine it being really crazy and fun to use.

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

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For those worried that they have not seen their item yet, I have further support: Last season and the one before that, I did not see my item until I was WAY into Marathon voter status (1000+ votes).

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

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For those who have seen their item and are worried...I saw my item—the first year voting was around—on the first day, and I made Top 89. Take that as you will. :)

Shadow Lodge RPG Superstar 2013 Top 16 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka DLandonCole

I wrote an item that I thought had a pretty good shot of getting through. Then I saw an item that was actually superstar.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9

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My favorite item so far is an extemely understated item that doesn't do any more than it needs to.

Grand Lodge Dedicated Voter Season 9

Clearly unformatted item that's almost certainly OP for the price, a few grammar and spelling mistakes... and yet. I really loved the concept, and the writer clearly put some work into giving it an interesting drawback. I can't upvote it compared to the one next to it, but I'd love to see a reworked version of it down the line.

Dedicated Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9

That armour is awesome, well done.

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