Top 8 Advance to Round 4 of Paizo Publishing RPG Superstar

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Eight amateur game designers have advanced to Round 4 of Paizo paizo publishing continues rpg superstarPublishing’s RPG Superstar, the largest open-call tabletop roleplaying design contest in history. Celebrity judges Sean K Reynolds from Paizo, Necromancer Games president Clark Peterson, Goblinworks CEO Ryan Dancey, and RPG Superstar 2009 winner Neil Spicer critiqued the Pathfinder campaign-setting-specific creatures from Round 3 before public vote determined the 8 semifinalists.

The Top 8 finalists for RPG Superstar 2012 and their winning entries to date are:

Adam Donald - Toronto, Ontario
Round 3 Pyrebloom
  Round 2 The Red Bastards
  Round 1 Flask of Liquid Sunlight

Steve Miller - Raleigh, NC
Round 3 Necrotic Reef
  Round 2 Arcadian Interceptors
  Round 1 Night Monarch Vardo

James Olchak - Raleigh, NC
Round 3 Hushfoot Bocan
  Round 2 Cold Hearth Lodge
  Round 1 Rajah’s Silhouette

Tom Phillips - Fleming Island, FL
Round 3 Slaughterhound
  Round 2 Sisters of Chana-Zhol
  Round 1 Feywhisper Crown

Sam Polak - Apex, NC
Round 3 Ravenous Gorgewort
  Round 2 Riders of the Black Steppe
  Round 1 Moonlight Flute of the Ghost Hunter

Daniel Rust - London, England
Round 3 Laru
  Round 2 Anointed Choir of the Rapture
  Round 1 Elixir of Resurgent Flame

Russell Vaneekhoven - Rancho Cordova, CA
Round 3 Witchbole Willow
  Round 2 The Foulgrip Rangers
  Round 1 Chimaeric Mantle

Mike Welham - Kernersville, NC
Round 3 Phasic Ravager
  Round 2 Monster Reformation Alliance
  Round 1 Raptoring Gloves

The Top 8 will now be required to design a location in the Pathfinder world of Golarion, complete with rules for an encounter using monsters drawn from Paizo’s new Pathfinder Battles prepainted miniatures line (produced in cooperation with WizKids). Contestants must submit their entry to Paizo by 2:00 PM Pacific time on Friday, February 24. These Round 4 submissions will be commented on by the four regular judges plus special guest judge Mark Moreland, whose responsibilities as developer for Paizo’s Pathfinder Society and Pathfinder Modules lines give him hands-on experience with encounter design every day.

After the judges have added their comments, Round 4 submissions will be revealed to the public on February 28, followed by a one-week period for playtesting. Voting begins March 6, 2012, and ends March 12. Paizo will announce the top 4 entries on March 13, 2012.

The ultimate winner of RPG Superstar, announced April 3, 2012, will write a Pathfinder Module to be published in early 2013. The 2011 RPG Superstar champion module, Sam Zeitlin’s The Midnight Mirror, releases in April 2012.

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