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RPG Superstar 2015

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This article refers to the RPG Superstar contest that ran from December 2014–March 2015. For the RPG Superstar contest running from August–October 2015, see RPG Superstar Season 9.

RPG Superstar 2015, which ran from December 9, 2014, to March 24, 2015, marked the first time Owen K.C. Stephens hosted the contest, the return of the Top 8 round, and the first RPG Superstar contest where wondrous items were excluded in the initial open call for magic items.

See also: RPG Superstar


The panel of judges included:

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Round 5



On March 24, 2015, Paizo announced that Monica Marlowe had won RPG Superstar 2015 with her Pathfinder Module pitch for Down the Blighted Path, expected to be released in January 2016.1

The RPG Superstar finalists are expected to be offered the chance to write Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild scenarios for the Year of the Serpent.

Top 4

Each of the Top 8 contestants submitted an encounter set in Nar-Voth by February 20, 2015. Paizo revealed the submitted encounters and opened public voting on February 24, 2015.2

On March 3, 2015, Paizo revealed the Top 4 finalists of RPG Superstar 2015 after a week of public voting on their Round 4 encounter submissions. Each of these designers was tasked with pitching a 3,000-word proposal for a 32-40 page adventure, designed for 5th-level characters and set in Nar-Voth, by March 13, 2015.3

Contestants advancing as far as the Top 4 were
Brian J. Fruzen Kalervo Oikarinen Christopher Wasko

Top 8

Each of the Top 16 contestants submitted a monster native to Nar-Voth by February 6, 2015. Paizo revealed the submitted monsters and opened public voting on February 10, 2015, and revealed the Top 8 semi-finalists on February 17, 2015.4

Contestants advancing as far as the Top 8 were
Gabriel Almer Scott LaBarge
Ben Iglauer R Pickard

Top 16

Each of the Top 32 contestants submitted a map by January 23, 2015, and submissions were revealed and voting began on January 27, 2015. On February 4, 2015, Paizo revealed the Top 16 quarter-finalists of RPG Superstar 2015 after a week of public voting on their Round 2 map submissions.5 Top 16 selection Jason Keeley withdrew himself from the competition on February 3, and Newton Philis, the contestant who placed 17th in voting, advanced.6 It was later revealed that Keeley withdrew from the contest because he had been hired as an editor at Paizo.7

Contestants advancing as far as the Top 16 were
Charlie Bell Jason KeeleyW
Russ Brown Anthony Pennington
Jeff Heikkinen Newton PhilisP
David Higaki Chris Shaeffer
Dana Huber

Top 32

For the first time, the Open Call round sought magic weapons, armors, staves, rods, and rings, but not wondrous items. Of the hundreds of contestants who submitted items for Round 1 of the contest, Paizo announced the selection of the following contestants as the Top 32 entrants on January 20, 2015.8 On January 29, Top 32 selection Olivier Rayé-Lalonde was disqualified for elaborating on an entry, and alternate Allana Siliwinski advanced.9

Contestants advancing as far as the Top 32 were
Charlie Brooks Ben Parkin
Christopher Donnangelo Olivier Rayé-LalondeD
Mark Hart Justin Riddler
Taylor Hubler Matt Roth
Jacob Kellogg Allana SliwinskiA
Patrick Kilcullen Maria Smolina
John Laffan Frankie Trombetta
Matthew Morris Benjamin Wilkins

 Jeff Hazuka

 R D Ramsey

 Jensen Toperzer


A: Alternate; D: Disqualified; W: Withdrew; P: Promoted
  1. Owen K.C. Stephens. (March 24, 2015). This Year the Winner is Bringing the Axe!, Paizo Blog.
  2. Owen K.C. Stephens. (February 24, 2015). Encounters in the Darklands, Paizo Blog.
  3. Owen K.C. Stephens. (March 3, 2015). The Final Four!, Paizo Blog.
  4. Owen K.C. Stephens. (February 17, 2015). Announcing RPG Superstar 2015's Top 8!, Paizo Blog.
  5. Paizo staff. (February 3, 2015). Top 16 Finalists Announced for RPG Superstar 2015, Paizo News.
  6. Jason Keeley. (February 3, 2015). Comment on Leviathan's End, Paizo Messageboards.
  7. James L. Sutter. (March 19, 2015). Welcome Jason Keeley, Paizo Blog.
  8. Owen K.C. Stephens. (January 20, 2015). Top 32 Announced!, Paizo Blog.
  9. Mikko Kallio. (February 4, 2015). Comment on New Round 2 Entry!, Paizo Messageboards.

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