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RPG Superstar 2009

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RPG Superstar 2009
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(RPG Superstar)

RPG Superstar 2009 returned with a similar competition to the previous year. The contest, designed to find new RPG design talent from a pool of hundreds of prospective candidates, was judged by Wolfgang Baur, Clark Peterson, and Sean K Reynolds with guest judges including Monte Cook, Ed Greenwood, James Jacobs, and the top four contestants from the previous year.1 Based on judge reviews and public discussion, public voters selected the Top 16, 8, 4, and winner out of the Top 32 entrants to submit a wondrous item for consideration in round 1.

See also: RPG Superstar



Cover of the winning adventure, Neil Spicer's Realm of the Fellnight Queen

Paizo declared Neil Spicer the year's RPG Superstar on March 24, 2009. His proposed adventure, Realm of the Fellnight Queen was released in February 2010.2

Top 4

The Top 4 contestants were announced on March 3, 2009. Each entrant submitted an adventure proposal for public voting to determine the winner of the contest.3

Eric Bailey Kevin Carter Matthew Stinson

Top 8

The Top 8 contestants were announced on February 17, 2009. Each contestant submitted a villain's lair with map for another Top 16 contestant.

Joshua Blazej James F.D. Graham
Randy Dorman Trevor Gulliver

Top 16

Due to a tie, there were 17 contestants in the The Top 16 this year, chosen by the voting public from the Top 32 villain concept entries. The Top 16, announced on February 3, 2009, each submitted a statblock for their concept from the previous round.4

Matt Banach Vladislav Rashkovski
Joao Beraldo Philip Snyder
Carl Klutzke Doyle Tavener
Jacob Manley Mark Thomas
Eric Morton

Top 32

Of the hundreds of contestants who submitted wondrous items for the contest's first round, the following contestants were selected as the Top 32 entrants. Announced on January 20, 2009, each of these contestants submitted a villain concept for public voting to determine the Top 16.5

Gerald Andrews Elizabeth Leib
Carl Flaherty Matthew Morris
Kurald Galain Jeffrey Scott Nuttall
Craig Johnston Stefan Schulz
Andrew Judd Mike Speck
Lucas Jung Victor Spieles
Casey Smith Paul Worthen
Wesley Lee


  1. Paizo Publishing. (December 5, 2008). Meet the Judges, RPG Superstar.
  2. Paizo Publishing. (March 24, 2009). Neil Spicer Voted RPG Superstar 2009, Paizo News.
  3. Paizo Publishing. (March 3, 2009). 4 Finalists Named for RPG Superstar 2009, Paizo News.
  4. Paizo Publishing. (February 5, 2010). 17 Finalists Advance to RPG Superstar Round 3, Paizo News.
  5. Paizo Publishing. (January 21, 2009). Paizo Announces RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, Paizo News.

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