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Paizo Publishing is proud to announce RPG Superstar 2013, the sixth season of its popular RPG design contest. The search for the newest talent in RPG design begins now!
Over the last six years, RPG Superstar has discovered some of the best new RPG designers in the business. Designers discovered in this competition have found work writing for Paizo products or even joined the Paizo staff as employees. The staff are excited to see the great new talent out there, and look forward to working with the winners for years to come!
RPG Superstar consists of five RPG design challenges spanning several weeks. In the first round, members of the messageboard community votes for their favorite open call wondrous item submissions, and a team of celebrity judges winnows those down all open call submissions to 32 finalists. In later rounds, the judges provide commentary and the messageboard community post their comments and vote on following round submissions until only four finalists remain.
This year's ultimate winner will write a Pathfinder Module to be published by Paizo. Three runners-up will win the opportunity to write Pathfinder Society Scenarios, meaning all finalists will be offered professional writing contracts with Paizo Publishing, and an opportunity to begin their freelance careers with high-profile RPG releases!
Last year Mike Welham's Doom Comes to Dustpawn emerged victorious as 2012's RPG Superstar winner after a week of public comment and fan voting at His winning adventure will release as a full-color printed Pathfinder Module.
Paizo has selected three veteran RPG Superstar judges to oversee the competition—Paizo Developer Sean K Reynolds, Legendary Games president and Necromancer Games founder Clark Peterson, and notable game designer and Kobold Press founder and publisher Wolfgang Baur. Additional guest judges will assist with each installment of the multi-challenge contest. The judges will critique each round's entries.
Starting at 2 PM Pacific Time on December 4, 2012, contestants will be able to submit their RPG Superstar entry. For the first round, that entry will be a wondrous item designed for use with Paizo's Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Each entry must be 300 words or less, and must include all of the proper mechanics and flavor. Contestants must submit their entry by December 18. Voting is open to anyone with a messageboard account, and begins on December 20. The judges will select the best 32 out of the most popular entries; the top 32 are announced on January 22, 2013. Those 32 contestants will be assigned a new design task and their entries will be posted on for the public to read, critique, and vote on. The designers garnering the most votes in each round will continue on to subsequent rounds.
Specifics for each challenge will be announced as each round begins. The winner of RPG Superstar 2013 will be announced on April 2, 2013. Will you have what it takes to be the next RPG Superstar?

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 32

Adam Blanchard - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Round 2 Mivon Suitor (Fighter)
Round 1 Goblet of the Elements

Charlie Bell - Fayetteville, NC
Round 2 Green Knight (Paladin)
Round 1 Spell-Winding Timepiece

Chris Shaeffer - Lansdale, PA
Round 2 Scallywag (Cavalier)
Round 1 Cloudwrangler's Gloves

Christopher Dudley - Laurel, MD
Round 2 River Steward (Ranger)
Round 1 Icon of Aspects

Clay Blankenship - Huntsville, AL
Round 2 Skinchanger (Witch)
Round 1 Cobra-Hood Cloak

George Cunningham - Melbourne, Australia
Round 2 Flagellant (Inquisitor)
Round 1 Skipping Stone

Guy Russell - Boise, ID
Round 2 Adjudicator (Inquisitor)
Round 1 Rat-tread Boots

Isaac White - Auckland, New Zealand
Round 2 Oathkeeper (Ranger)
Round 1 Ethersnare Dust

James Conder - Danang, Vietnam
Round 2 Riverhelm (Ranger)
Round 1 Map of Refuge

Jobe Bittman - Bainbridge Island, WA
Round 2 Arsonist (Rogue)
Round 1 Quiver of Spiderkind

Jon Haire - Yukon, OK
Round 2 Shapegrifter (Druid)
Round 1 Swarm Slurper

Joseph Kellogg - Kingsport, TN
Round 2 Gralton Infiltrator (Alchemist)
Round 1 Shattered Mirror of the Insect Queen

Joshua Kitchens - Centerville, GA
Round 2 Thief-taker (Rogue)
Round 1 Hell-shod Boots

Kalervo Oikarinen - Helsinki, Finland
Round 2 Lonesome Rider (Gunslinger)
Round 1 Gloves of the Frugal Healer

Landon Cole - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, England
Round 2 Water Snake (Ranger)
Round 1 Ghost Ship Binnacle

Mark Nordheim - St Louis, MO
Round 2 Feymarked Scoundrel (Witch)
Round 1 Wintertide Candle
Matt Blackie - Redmond, WA
Round 2 Six Freedoms Acolyte (Monk)
Round 1 Gorum's Stompers

Matthew Duval - Chicopee, MA
Round 2 Everbloom Monk (Monk)
Round 1 Seer's Soap

Maurice de Mare - Zaandam, Netherlands
Round 2 Wandering Judge (Ranger)
Round 1 Sash of the Salty Seas

Michael Eshleman - Chapel Hill, NC
Round 2 Uringen Assayer (Alchemist)
Round 1 Walking Stick of Concealed Thaumaturgy

Michael Pruess - Berkeley, CA
Round 2 Outsea Delver (Alchemist)
Round 1 Tree Frog's Gloves

Mike Kimmel - Seattle, WA
Round 2 Frontier Sentinel (Ranger)
Round 1 Gloves of Flame Command

Nicholas Herold - Davis, CA
Round 2 Huckster (Alchemist)
Round 1 Gorget of Living Whispers

Nickolas Floyd - Missoula, MT
Round 2 Oathlorn (Cavalier)
Round 1 Thorn Creeper Sandals

Pedro Coelho - São Paulo, Brazil
Round 2 Water-Born Votary (Monk)
Round 1 Reins of Unstoppable Stride

Rorik Moore-Jansen - Kansas City, KS
Round 2 Red Adder Magus (Magus)
Round 1 Trick Shot Glove

Sam Harris - Chicago, IL
Round 2 River Wrangler (Rogue)
Round 1 Witchwood Comb

Scott Fernandez - Allen Park, MI
Round 2 Forecaster (Alchemist)
Round 1 Verdant Crown of Oak and Iron

Shawn Kowalke - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Round 2 Awakened (Rogue)
Round 1 Whispering Gloves

Steven Helt - Tusla, OK
Round 2 Floodwalker (Witch)
Round 1 Quicksand Cloak

Zachary Hensley - Troy, NY
Round 2 River Warden (Paladin)
Round 1 Spectral Lampblack

Ziv Wities - Givat Shmuel, Israel
Round 2 Brinebinder (Druid)
Round 1 Many-Layered Veil
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RPG Superstar™ 2013 Schedule

RoundRound BeginsEntries DueEntries RevealedVoting BeginsVoting EndsWinners Announced
1 Open Call: Design a wondrous item
2Top 32: Create a new archetype
3 Top 16: Create a monster and stat block
4 Top 8: Design an encounter with map
5 Top 4: Submit a Pathfinder Module™ adventure proposal
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