From Hundreds of Contestants, Now Down to Four, as Global Competition to Find New Stars in Game Design Enters Final Round
REDMOND, WA (March 3, 2015): Paizo Inc., creator of the popular Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, announces today the Top 4 Finalists in the 2015 RPG Superstar Game Design competition.
RPG Superstar™ 2015 Top 4 Finalists and their Winning Encounter with a Map Designs
Brian J. Fruzen (Milwaukee, WI) – The Gloomsworn Path
Monica Marlowe (Cincinnati, OH) – The Hanging Gardens of Karexin
Kalervo Oikarinen (Helsinki, Finland) – Fellforge Chapel
Christopher Wasko (Connecticut) – Darkblight Fallow
“Behold our four finalists! They have navigated the surprise of creating a new category of magic item, diligently labored to create stand-alone maps, wrought creatures of the Darklands, and braved the travails of creating new and interesting encounters,” says Owen KC Stephens, Pathfinder Developer and Host of RPG Superstar 2015. “Hundreds began this exhausting and arduous path, and now these four have proven themselves to be the best of the year.”
In the final round, the Top 4 must design a 32 – 40 page adventure for 5th level characters, set in the Nar-Voth. The deadline for the final round’s entries is March 13, 2015, and public voting will begin March 17, 2015 on paizo.com/rpgsuperstar.
Now in its 8th year, RPG Superstar receives thousands of entries from all over the world, which are reviewed by a panel of experienced game designers, and then voted on by the paizo.com community, who have cast millions of votes over the years.
The winner of the competition will have their adventure published by Paizo as a Pathfinder Module, a full-color, 64-page, high-quality softcover book, compatible with not only the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game (RPG), but also with any game published under the Open Gaming License (OGL). Also, three runners-up will win assignments to write adventure scenarios for Paizo’s Pathfinder Society Organized Play campaign, offering all four finalists professional writing contracts with Paizo Inc., and an opportunity to begin their game design careers by working on the world’s best-selling roleplaying game.
The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is the wildly popular tabletop RPG, in which players take on the role of brave adventurers fighting to survive in a world beset by magic and evil. The Pathfinder RPG is currently translated into multiple languages, and the vibrant Pathfinder universe has been licensed for comic book series, graphic novels, miniatures, plush toys, and apparel, and is being developed into a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game.
About Paizo Inc.
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