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Feb 222012

Top 8 Advance to Round 4 of RPG Superstar

Finalists to Design Original Encounters by End of Week

February 21, 2012 (REDMOND, Wash.) – Eight amateur game designers have advanced to Round 4 of Paizo Publishing’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.

I’m really impressed with the results so far,” said Sean K Reynolds. “The monster round had many excellent submissions, and several of them are practically ready for publication. Each round we see the voters selecting the most talented competitors for the next challenge, and the best designers step up and meet that challenge.”

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

Adam Donald (Toronto, Ontario)

Flask of Liquid Sunlight, The Red Bastards, Pyrebloom

Steve Miller (Raleigh, NC)

Night Monarch Vardo, Arcadian Interceptors, Necrotic Reef

James Olchak (Raleigh, NC)

Rajah’s Silhouette, Cold Hearth Lodge, Hushfoot Bocan

Tom Phillips (Fleming Island, FL)

Feywhisper Crown, Sisters of Chana-Zhol, Slaughterhound

Sam Polak (Apex, NC)

Moonlight Flute of the Ghost Hunter, Riders of the Black Steppe, Ravenous Gorgewort

Daniel Rust (London, England)

Elixir of Resurgent Flame, Anointed Choir of the Rapture, Laru

Russell Vaneekhoven (Rancho Cordova, CA)

Chimaeric Mantle, The Foulgrip Rangers, Witchbole Willow

Mike Welham (Kernersville, NC)

Raptoring Gloves, Monster Reformation Alliance, Phasic Ravager

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.

For a complete schedule for RPG Superstar 2012, plus rules and FAQs, visit

About Paizo Publishing

Paizo Publishing®, LLC is a leading publisher of fantasy roleplaying games, accessories, board games, and novels. Paizo’s Pathfinder® Roleplaying Game, the result of the largest open playtest in the history of tabletop gaming, is currently the best-selling tabletop roleplaying game in hobby stores. Pathfinder Adventure Path is the most popular and best-selling monthly product in the tabletop RPG industry. is the leading online hobby retail store, offering tens of thousands of products from a variety of publishers to customers all over the world. In the nine years since its founding, Paizo Publishing has received more than 50 major awards and has grown to become one of the most influential companies in the hobby games industry.

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