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Largest Open-Call Tabletop Roleplaying Design Contest in History Closes Round One with over Half a Million Votes Cast by Paizo Community

REDMOND, WA (January 22, 2012): Paizo Publishing, LLC, publisher of Pathfinder, the leading tabletop fantasy roleplaying game, announces today the Top 32 finalists from RPG Superstar, the company’s annual contest to find the newest talent in game design.

Half a million votes were cast by the Paizo community for the wondrous item designs submitted in Round One, enabling judges Wolfgang Baur, Clark Peterson and Sean K Reynolds to identify the 32 finalists. They are, in alphabetical order along with their wondrous item submission:


Adam Blanchard                                            Matt Blackie

Goblet of the Elements                              Gorum’s Stompers

Charlie Bell                                                     Matthew Duval
Spell-Winding Timepiece                          Seer’s Soap                          

Chris Shaeffer                                                 Maurice deMare

Cloudwrangler’s Gloves                             Sash of the Salty Seas

Christopher Dudley                                         Michael Eshleman

                             Icon of Aspects                                             Walking Stick of Concealed Thaumaturgy

Clay Blankenship                                            Michael Pruess

Cobra-Head Cloak                                        Tree Frog’s Gloves

George Cunningham                                       Mike Kimmel

                       Skipping Stone                                                         Gloves of Flame Command

Guy Russell                                                     Nicholas Herold

Rat-tread Boots                                            Gorget of Living Whispers

Isaac White                                                     Nickolas Floyd

Ethersnare Dust                                           Thorn Creeper Sandals

James Conder                                                 Pedro Coelho

Map of Refuge                                                          Reins of Unstoppable Stride

Jobe Bittman                                                  Rorik Moore-Jansen

Quiver of Spiderkind                                               Trick Shot Glove

Jon Haire                                                         Sam Harris

Swarm Slurper                                                          Witchwood Comb

Joseph Kellogg                                                Scott Fernandez

Shattered Mirror of the Insect Queen      Verdant Crown of Oak and Iron

Joshua Kitchens                                              Shawn Kowalke

Hell-shod Boots                                           Whispering Gloves

Kalervo Oikarinen                                          Steven Helt

Gloves of the Frugal Healer                                  Quicksand Cloak

Landon Cole                                                    Zachary Hensley

Ghost Ship Binnacle                                               Spectal Lampblack

Mark Nordheim                                              Ziv Wities

Wintertide Candle                                       Many-Layered Veil


“RPG Superstar is the only gaming contest of its kind – the opportunity to get industry professionals to scrutinize your work and give you the opportunity to join Paizo’s stable of talented freelance writers,” says judge and Paizo game developer Sean K. Reynolds. “This year we have a great mix of new faces and competitors from previous years, and the incredible voter turnout in Round 1 means the gaming community has been involved from the very start of the competition. Congratulations to this year’s Top 32, and good luck in the contest’s next challenge!”

2013’s alternates are Giorgios Abate, Jeff Lee, Damien McGurrell, and Garrick Williams. The Top 32 will now be required to design a concept for a class archetype to the specifications of the RPG Superstar judges and submit that concept by 2pm Pacific time on Friday, January 25. These Round Two submissions will be revealed to the general public on Tuesday, January 29 and the public will then get to discuss the entries and vote for their favorite. Voting ends on February 4 and the Top 16 by votes will move on to Round Three.

The ultimate winner of RPG Superstar, to be announced April 2, 2013, will write an adventure for Paizo’s Pathfinder Module line to be published in early 2014. Complete rules are available at

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