Contest: Announcing the very first Designfinder talent search competition!


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Which was your item, Sliverik?

As for the "Almost In," I don't think we'll release that list for a few days (if at all), or discuss why certain items didn't make it. I would like the focus to remain on the Top 16 for the moment. (I will at a certain point offer feedback for those who didn't make it, but probably not until after this weekend at the earliest.)


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I created the ghostly bracers.
When reading your comments, I realised I mistakenly used "quick action" instead of "swift action", but that's the kind of mistakes you do when you don't play in english and have to translate everything!

And I fully understand about your decision, 16 items is already a lot to talk about!

(I've just seen there is a subject to discuss about the results... I missed it, sorry!)


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Whew, fast turnaround before Round 2. Gonna be a busy week ;)


Has the list been posted yet?


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Dragios wrote:
Has the list been posted yet?

It has, here.


Congratulations on making to the top 16, Sliverik!

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Congratulations, Sliverik and Chris!

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Congratulations to our 16 folks!
For those who didn't advance, if you'd like feedback on your item, feel free to PM me; while I can't promise you a quick response time, I can promise I'll take a look and give constructive feedback! :)


"Entry must be on a 24 x 30 grid, with a 1 square = 5 feet scale. We’ve provided a sample grid here."

Where is this sample grid?


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Well, this is unexpected. I did not expect that I'd actually make it through to the second round. I figured I was out of the running when I found the formatting template after submitting.

To my colleagues in the top 16, congratulations on the first round, and I look forward to seeing what we all come up with for round two.


I'm not sure why the sample grid isn't up. I'm trying to get that resolved (sorry for the delay!).

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That's an oversight on our part.

A map has been emailed in PDF to all competitors, and there's now 2 versions of the map up on the site itself, one in JPG, and another in PDF.


Congratulations everyone!
I am glad to see such an international showing. :)


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Congratulations, to the community members who made it into the Top 16!

And congratulations to everyone who entered. It is *hard* to do that, to put yourself, something you made, in front of a bunch of nitpicky judges. Even if you didn't make it, be sure to give yourself credit for that--and go forward and plan for the next thing coming.

It was an honor to read through all of your entries. Whether sheer perfection or... needing a little work... it's great to see what creative gamer minds come up with when challenged.


Jacob, could we get a bit more clarity on the intent behind the write up?

Are we looking for something with "here's where all the traps and secrets are, and what their DCs are" or more "Here's a location, I'll tell you a bit about it and you can fill in the details yourself"?


I would say the intent is in the following paragraph:

Quote:
Your write-up can describe a village, wilderness area, dungeon or other appropriate area where you expect to set an adventure should you win the contest. It can describe background about the location presented, and what might be going on there now. If the area is a settlement it does NOT need to include a settlement stat block, though it can (but remember, your goal is to provide a place for an adventure, not a gazetteer).

You're pitching the location of an adventure, one you think people would want to play in. If you think setting DCs would best do that, go for it; if you think more general descriptions would be the best way to handle it, that's what you should do.


The last bullet point in the rules for round 2 says, "All this information must either fit within the 24 x 30 area of the map."

Either that or what?


"Either" appears to be an extraneous word. I'll delete it when I get home. My apologies.


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Hey everyone, I wanted a grid with slightly lighter lines, so I went here. I used Fine weight, .35" square size, 24 x 30 number of squares, and Light Grey grid color. It's the same grid, just a little lighter.

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Round 2 is now over for the contestants in the Designfinder Contest, and the judges have retired to the 9th layer to deliberate!

The 15 entries (we had an unfortunate DQ) will be revealed, along with the judges comments, comments on the 26th, after which you'll be able to vote on your favorites to go through to round 3! - Once revealed, please feel free to comment and discuss the various entries, UNLESS you're one of the contestants. In that case, you should refrain as it could get you disqualified.

And may I say that some of the entries we've received were really good, and were places I'd want to explore with my own gaming group.

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While we wait, I just wanted to mention that if you submitted a magic item and didn't make the top 16, send me a PM if you'd like my notes on your item. Depending how many people take me up on this, it might take me a while, but I will get them to you!

And I can't wait to see some awesome locations!

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The judges have had a variety of reactions to the locations, but I think it would have been boring if we all had the same expectations.

I'm looking forward to the reveal to see what everyone else thinks!


Yeah, I just finished my last comments for the round. There really is some excellent work here -- both in prose and in design -- and we definitely didn't agree on all of them. Looking forward to the reveal and seeing what you all think.

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Where can we look at the map entries? All I can find on the designfinder site is the names of the maps. Also the voting appears to be broken as well.

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Grumpus wrote:
Where can we look at the map entries? All I can find on the designfinder site is the names of the maps. Also the voting appears to be broken as well.

Voting goes live at 2 PM EDT (so, roughly 2.5 hours from this post). It looks like you're seeing things "in progress" as the site gets set up for voting. Sorry for the inconvenience!

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Yeah, you're only seeing the prep work. I'm not activating the links until later today. :-P


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But we're glad you're excited and checking in! :)


*impatient dance*

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Jacob W. Michaels wrote:
But we're glad you're excited and checking in! :)

Who said i was excited? :)


Well, roughly 30 minutes now!^^

I suppose contestants can't vote? Or is it just assumed that we will all put our location in, and the seven other votes will be the interesting ones?

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You can vote and yes, we expect you to vote for your own, and then 7 interesting ones.

As long as you do NOT comment on your own entry (except perhaps to do a polite thank you). Engaging in defense or anything similar of your entry might cause you to be DQ'ed.


Okay, thanks for the info! I'll be sure to vote wisely, then!

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And for anyone following along at home, Round 2 Voting is now ready. Each of our contestants has put in their (hopefully :P ) best efforts, and it's now ready for you to see it too!

Please go HERE! and you'll be able to cast YOUR vote on your favorite location. Voting closes on the 2nd of July, and we reveal the 8 participants who go on to round 3 on the 3rd!

Good luck everyone! :)


Everyone can vote for up to 8 options. If you choose to vote for fewer, that's up to you.

Scarab Sages

Lots of neat location ideas!


Which are your favorites? We (and I'm sure the contestants) would love to hear from people about their work.

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Just making sure the voting is working correctly. I voted yesterday, and went to look at some comments this morning and it appeared as if i hadn't voted, and it allowed me to vote again as i wasn't sure if yesterdays votes were recorded. After refreshing the page, it looks like I could vote yet again (i didnt try). So this could be something to look into, or you can just ignore me too if everything is running smooth from your end.

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Jacob W. Michaels wrote:
Which are your favorites? We (and I'm sure the contestants) would love to hear from people about their work.

I already voted, but was particularly fond of Chris Daily's Sporewood and Nathan Ross's Wealwood Manor. Both creepy, interesting locations with lots of adventure potential.

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Just making sure the voting is working correctly. I voted yesterday, and went to look at some comments this morning and it appeared as if i hadn't voted, and it allowed me to vote again as i wasn't sure if yesterdays votes were recorded. After refreshing the page, it looks like I could vote yet again (i didnt try). So this could be something to look into, or you can just ignore me too if everything is running smooth from your end.

Hmm. The poll says it's only allowing 8 votes per all time, but we'll look into this. Thanks for the head's up.

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Jacob W. Michaels wrote:
Grumpus wrote:
Just making sure the voting is working correctly. I voted yesterday, and went to look at some comments this morning and it appeared as if i hadn't voted, and it allowed me to vote again as i wasn't sure if yesterdays votes were recorded. After refreshing the page, it looks like I could vote yet again (i didnt try). So this could be something to look into, or you can just ignore me too if everything is running smooth from your end.
Hmm. The poll says it's only allowing 8 votes per all time, but we'll look into this. Thanks for the head's up.

Oh well to be honest I only voted for 3 entries(both times) so maybe its my issue for not using all the votes available?


Got my voting for Round 2 done. A lot of great effort from all the entries.


Thanks for all your comments, PL. They were really insightful and very interesting reading.


To all competitors: It's been pointed out on the OGN forums that there was some confusion about the Round 3 rules and what location the villain had to be appropriate for.

We had originally debated doing an RPG Superstar-style "twist" in which the villain had to be from another competitor's location, but we later decided NOT to do that. An old fragment from that plan remained in the rules, but I've now removed that. Your villain may be from your location or another competitor's location.


I just did my voting, and I have to say it has been a very nice read! Some of the locations gave me adventure ideas immediately, and that is what I valued the most when deciding on my favourites.

I don't always agree with what the judges said, but they don't always agree with each other, so I don't feel too bad about it!

Solid job everyone, I'll go now and prepare a villain... in case I'm part of the new champions. Again I have many ideas, it's going to be hard to choose.


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Grumpus wrote:
Just making sure the voting is working correctly. I voted yesterday, and went to look at some comments this morning and it appeared as if i hadn't voted, and it allowed me to vote again as i wasn't sure if yesterdays votes were recorded. After refreshing the page, it looks like I could vote yet again (i didnt try). So this could be something to look into, or you can just ignore me too if everything is running smooth from your end.
Hmm. The poll says it's only allowing 8 votes per all time, but we'll look into this. Thanks for the head's up.

Just to follow up on this, only final votes are being counted (so the one person who keeps repeatedly voting for one entry is just wasting his/her time as it's tallying all of one vote total).

We've added language to clarify that to the voting page.

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And the results are now in for Round 2 of the Designfinder 2018 Contest!

Please head on over to see if your favorite won, and feel free to discuss them on our forums (links to all are in the comments).

Also, we're now opening up for the Round 2 discussion threads and the Critique My Item threads for those who have an interesting in talking about what's happened, and what can be done in the future. :)

A hearty well done to all those who made it this far, and a good luck to those who now move on to round 3!

RESULTS

Critique My Item

Round 2 Discussion

Liberty's Edge Contributor, RPG Superstar 2012

Congratulations to the Top 8! I hope you all bring your "A game" to the villain round.


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Congratulations everyone! That's where I drop out, but it was a nice experience!

I can say it now: I fully designed my location (Lawrence's Lists) as a side-quest location because I didn't understand that it should suffice on its own for a whole adventure.

Well, I'll be sure to participate again if Designfinder 2 happens!

(I'll stay around of course... at least to vote for the next rounds, and steal the villains for my campaign...)


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Congratulations to those advancing! An excellent effort by all of my colleagues in the top 16. While I may be out of the running, this is much farther than I expected to get in the first place. For a complete amateur, I think I made a decent showing.

Like Sliverik, I can now say that I had no idea what what being expected from the submissions. Perhaps I simply missed them while searching, but I was unable to find any kind of examples of what was expected in the write-up. After seeing the submissions for the round, I can now say that I would have focused the write-up less on the location itself, and more on the situation in the city that acts as the main adventure draw.

While I'm disappointed that I won't get to make 'The Janitor' for this round, (there's a reason his office was so large,) I'll be watching with interest. I'd never considered freelancing before this contest, but making this far is making me reconsider. It's clear that if I do pursue this any further, though, I have some serious learning to do, and I trust that both the submissions and comments to come will be both interesting and useful.


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It's definitely tough when you don't have examples to follow, but it was a seemingly broad challenge for a couple reasons. As the final prize is to create an adventure, we wanted to see what kind of fun locations people could come up with, but also a map that would be fun for an encounter. I think if we do the challenge next year, it'll be a bit easier for contestants to see what's expected of them.

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I'd never considered freelancing before this contest, but making this far is making me reconsider. It's clear that if I do pursue this any further, though, I have some serious learning to do, and I trust that both the submissions and comments to come will be both interesting and useful.

I think that's fantastic; heck, I'll go so far as to say this comment makes me feel like this contest has been a success regardless of what else happens. I remember I had given some idle thought to contributing to Dungeon and/or Dragon back in the day, but never knew how/what to do since I got into Superstar, which got me interested in finally doing it. There is a ton to learn, but also a lot of people who really enjoy helping others, not to mention advice and suggestions out there on the Web. Please feel free to drop me a line if I can offer more advice/help.

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