RPG Superstar 2009 Announces 32 Finalists

Johnny was a gamer when he played his first Gygax module. Tomb of Horros I think it was, and from there it didn't take him long. Don't you know...

Johnny was a gamer when he played his first Gygax module. Tomb of Horrors I think it was, and from there it didn't take him long.

Paizo Publishing has announced the 32 finalists for this year’s edition of RPG Superstar. After hundreds of game designer hopefuls sent in their ideas for wondrous items, Paizo’s panel of experts whittled the field to the best of the best. The winner gets to write a module for Paizo’s D&D 3.5 variant, Pathfinder.

If you head over to Paizo, you can read about all 32 wondrous items that made the cut. I personally thought the Key of Closed Doors and the Twintone Flute were excellent. The best thing about reading each item’s entry, however, is also reading the judges’ comments. It’s like a weird sort of American Idol audition scene, with some of RPG’s heavyweights sipping from their oversized Coke cups.

The next step in the contest is for each of the top 32 to create a villain concept (may I suggest a Viking Golem?). Their submissions will be voted on at the Paizo message boards and culled to the Sweet 16. Further steps will involve creating a villain’s stat block, a villainous lair, and a full adventure proposal. Ed Greenwood will be in on the final judging.

3 Responses to RPG Superstar 2009 Announces 32 Finalists

  1. I realize that D&D & D20 just dominates the marketplace with its user-and-miniature-friendly might, but I’d love to see some posts about non-D20 RPGs at some point.

    —Myca

  2. Myca, I agree completely. I have been leaning on the more popular stuff this first week, but I’ll be hitting a lot of other RPGs in the future. In fact, we have a nice playtest and review coming up for an interesting indie game. And always feel free to make suggestions for a game you think is overlooked.

  3. Awesome. I’d hoped that that was what was going on, but I wanted to get my ‘talk about other games’ plea in early on, just in case.

    —Myca

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