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.