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Paizo Publishing Kicks off Search for 2013’s RPG Superstar!

Paizo Publishing Kicks off Search for 2013’s RPG Superstar!

Leading Roleplaying Game Publisher hosts annual open contest to find the best and the brightest amateur game designers

Paizo Publishing proudly announced yesterday the launch of RPG Superstar™! Now in its 6th season, RPG Superstar™ is Paizo’s annual contest to find the newest talent in game design, and an opportunity for budding game designers everywhere to have their work seen and critiqued by game industry leaders. The call for entries opened on December 4, 2012 at 2 PM Pacific time and runs through December 18, 2012.

RPG Superstar™ consists of five RPG design challenges spanning several weeks, led by a team of celebrity judges, consisting of industry luminaries and Paizo game designers. In previous years, the initial onslaught of submissions was reviewed and winnowed down by the guest judges. This year’s contest introduces a new twist, whereby the fans will be the first to get their eyes on the hundreds of submissions received in Round 1, and the voice of the people will choose which designer moves on to the next round.

The winner will be enlisted to write an official Pathfinder Module to be published by Paizo. Three runners-up will win assignments to write Pathfinder Society Scenarios, meaning all four finalists will be offered professional writing contracts with Paizo Publishing, and an opportunity to begin their game-design careers by working on the world’s best-selling RPG.

Specifics for each round’s challenge will be announced as each begins. The winner of RPG Superstar 2012 will be announced on April 2, 2013. Complete rules and a submission form are available at paizo.com/rpgsuperstar.

 

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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 paizo.com 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 paizo.com. 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 Paizo.com messageboard account, and begins on December 20. The judges will select the best 32 entries out of the 64 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 paizo.com 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, 2012. Do you have what it takes to be the next RPG Superstar?

RPG Superstar™ 2013 Schedule

RoundRound BeginsEntries DueEntries RevealedVoting BeginsVoting EndsWinners Announced
1Open Call: Design a wondrous itemYesterday, 02:00 PM US/Pacific12/18/1212/20/1201/15/1301/22/13
2Top 32: Create a new archetype
3Top 16: Create a monster and stat block
4Top 8: Design an encounter with map
5Top 4: Submit a Pathfinder Module™ adventure proposal
All events are at 2 PM Pacific time. Dates and times displayed above are in the US/Pacific time zone.

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Pathfinder RPG Comic Book!

PATHFINDER ROLE-PLAYING GAME NOW A DYNAMITE COMIC BOOK!

Fantasy Comics Based on Best-Selling RPG Coming in 2012

 January 4, 2012 (Runnemede, NJ) – Paizo Publishing has licensed its award-winning Pathfinder Roleplaying Game to Dynamite Entertainment, who will publish comics based on Pathfinder’s exciting fantasy world in 2012! Launched in 2009, Pathfinder has taken the tabletop gaming world by storm, and is now tied with Dungeons & Dragons as the best-selling hobby roleplaying game in the world, spawning rulebooks, adventures, collectible figurines, and novels, as well as the forthcoming Pathfinder Online massively multiplayer computer game.

 

“We are thrilled to be working with Dynamite on a new Pathfinder comic!” said Paizo Publisher Erik Mona. “Dynamite’s proven record with licensed properties and their ability to attract top creative talent to their books make them a natural fit for Pathfinder, and we can’t wait to see how they explore the Pathfinder world!”
“When we sat down and first started speaking with Paizo, the excitement that Erik had for Pathfinder was amazing, and the success he and his team have had is well earned,”  states Dynamite Publisher Nick Barrucci.  “We’re proud to be working with them to help bring Pathfinder to the comics market, and to bring our comics to their market.  It’s the best of both worlds.  This is the start of a great working relationship.”
Here’s What People are Saying About Pathfinder
“Pathfinder is a game surging in popularity amongst a hobby gaming field that is already enjoying steady growth.” — Mtv Geek
“The excellent Pathfinder role-playing game should be up every old-school tabletop enthusiast’s alley.” — GameInformer Magazine
“A bold idea executed in the best way possible—with a lot of class. It’s definitely worth a look.” —Ain’t It Cool News Tabletop
“#1 in the roleplaying game category.” — iCV2 Magazine
To find a comic shop near you, call 1-888-comicbook or visit comicshoplocator.com
For art and more information, please visit dynamite.net
For more information about Pathfinder, please visit paizo.com/pathfinder

About Dynamite Entertainment

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, Green Hornet, Vampirella, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, Game of Thrones and more! In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and best selling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Michael Avon Oeming, Mel Rubi, Marc Guggenheim, Stephen Sadowski, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner and a host of up and coming new talent!
DYNAMITE is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles—including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s PROJECT SUPERPOWERS—have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. Several of their titles have also hit The New York Times Best-Sellers list: The Boys, Vampirella Archives, Robert Jordan’s New Spring and Wheel of Time graphic novels. In 2005 Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%). The company has also been nominated for several industry awards, including the prestigious Eisner Award.

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. Paizo.com 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.

Paizo Publishing, LLC, the Paizo golem logo and Pathfinder are registered trademarks of Paizo Publishing, LLC, and Pathfinder Chronicles, Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Modules, Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, and Pathfinder Society are trademarks of Paizo Publishing, LLC.

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PAIZO LAUNCHES RPG SUPERSTAR 2012


PAIZO LAUNCHES RPG SUPERSTAR 2012

Open Call RPG Design Challenge Seeks New Talent

 December 5, 2011 (REDMOND, Wash.) – Paizo Publishing is proud to announce RPG Superstar 2012, the fifth season of its popular RPG design contest. The search for the newest talent in RPG design begins December 6, 2011 on paizo.com.

“Over the last five years, RPG Superstar has discovered some of the best new RPG designers in the business,” said Lisa Stevens, CEO of Paizo Publishing. “We’re 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. After a team of celebrity judges winnows down all open call submissions to 32 finalists, members of the paizo.com 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 assignments 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 Sam Zeitlin’s The Midnight Mirror emerged victorious as 2011’s RPG Superstar winner after a week of public comment and fan voting at paizo.com. His winning adventure releases in February as a full-color printed Pathfinder Module.

Paizo has selected four judges to oversee the competition. RPG Superstar veteran judge and Paizo Developer Sean K Reynolds leads a team of seasoned professionals including Ryan Dancey, the father of Open Gaming and the CEO of Goblinworks (designers of the forthcoming Pathfinder Online MMO), Legendary Games president and Necromancer Games founder Clark Peterson, and RPG Superstar 2009 winner and frequent Pathfinder author Neil Spicer. Additional guest judges will assist with each installment of the multi-challenge contest. The judges will critique each round’s entries before the public vote.

Starting at 2 PM Pacific Time on December 6, 2011, contestants will be able to submit their RPG Superstar entry atpaizo.com/rpgsuperstar. 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 January 6. Judges will select the top 32 entries to be announced on January 24; those 32 contestants will be assigned a new design task and their entries will be posted on paizo.com 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 2012 will be announced on April 3, 2012. Complete rules and a submission form are available at paizo.com/rpgsuperstar.

Do you have what it takes to be the next RPG Superstar? Go to paizo.com/rpgsuperstar and start your journey now!

 

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. Paizo.com 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.

Paizo Publishing, LLC, the Paizo golem logo and Pathfinder are registered trademarks of Paizo Publishing, LLC, and Pathfinder Chronicles, Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Modules, Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, and Pathfinder Society are trademarks of Paizo Publishing, LLC.