The first two years of Paizo’s RPG Superstar competition created some amazing adventures, plus a bunch unique items and villains. The third edition begins this week, as the first round of the open RPG talent contest was announced yesterday. Bring out your best wondrous item.
RPG Superstar puts entrants through a gauntlet of design challenges lasting five rounds, starting with the “create a wondrous item” challenge. Each round, fewer and fewer contestants make it through to the next round, culminating in the final four submitting full adventure proposals. The winner’s adventure will be published by Paizo, and past winners have built on their victory to get further work in RPG writing and design. The image above is the cover art for last year’s winning adventure, Realm of the Fellnight Queen by Neil Spicer. Robot Viking interviewed Neil in April, discussing the creation of the Fellnight Queen, drunk treants and RPG inspiration, among other things.
Each entry must use Paizo’s Pathfinder rules, which represent a major revision of D&D 3.5. Each round will feature a notable guest judge (round 1 will be guest-judged by last year’s final four). The design challenges for the other four rounds haven’t been announced yet — in the past, contestants have had to create villainous characters, new monsters and entire encounters. I wouldn’t be surprised if they change things up this year.
If you’re interested in entering, get your 300-words-or-less wondrous item (including the necessary stat blocks and some tasty fluff) ready by January 1. Read all the details at Paizo.com. Then, stop by TrollandToad.com to pick up the Pathfinder Bestiary and Pathfinder Campaign Setting to give you some ideas.