Saturday, January 28, 2012

RPG Superstar 2011 and 2010 entries


(Note: due to the entry rules, these items now belong to Paizo, LLC. I am using them under the Paizo CUP. )
This was my entry from 2011:
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Rings of the Master
Aura faint abjuration, necromancy,  and transmutation; CL 5th
Slot wrist; Price 41,500 gp; Weight 5 lbs.
Description This set of ten mithral rings is engraved with mystical Tian characters. Mundane versions are known as chi sau rings, which are used in the monasteries of Tian Xia to condition the body through hours of form training; gaining power and speed from the extra weight on the arms.  
   
A wearer that has the Deflect Arrows feat may avoid two ranged attacks per round, instead of the standard one per round. He also gains the ability to deflect magical rays by making a DC20 reflex save, once per round, in lieu of deflecting normal missile weapons.
   
Once per day, as a standard action, the wearer may use 2 points of ki to activate his inner reserves, gaining 10 temporary hit points for a duration of 10 minutes.
   
Due to the mithral construction of the rings, unarmed attacks are considered silver for purposes of bypassing damage reduction.

Construction
Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, entropic shield, false life, haste Cost 20,750gp
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This was my 2010 Entry:
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Ghostfire Torch

Aura moderate abjuration; CL 9th
Slot none; Price 1,800 gp; Weight 1 lb.
Description
This polished birch torch flares to life with a pale green incorporeal flame when lit. Within the 20 foot bright illumination radius of the torch incorporeal creatures become almost corporeal. This near corporeal state negates movement through solid objects and their attacks do not surpass natural armor, armor and shields. In addition they lose their 50% reduction in damage from corporeal sources and they may be affected by normal weapons. Within the 40 foot dim illumination radius of the torch, incorporeal creatures are reduced to 25% reduction in damage from corporeal sources, but maintain the rest of their incorporeal abilities. Once lit the torch quickly burns out, only lasting for 10 minutes.

Construction
Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, dimensional anchor, ability to channel positive energy Cost 900 gp
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The general consensus was that it was too cheap, and it really took away the incorporeal aspect. It's a one shot item, for 1800gp, I think it would mostly be used as an escape mechanism. It was priced perfectly according to the creation rules. The judges can be funny, sometimes they judge on originality and creativity, other times they ding the professionalism. This one they compared to a fanboi item...which is strange since I'm a GM 99% of the time...Also one of the problems that the judges didn't catch, is that it was similar to an item from 2009.