RPG Superstar returned in 2009 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. 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.
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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.
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
Due to a tie, there were actually seventeen 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.
Matt Banach Vladislav Rashkovski Joao Beraldo Philip Snyder Carl Klutzke Doyle Tavener Jacob Manley Mark Thomas Eric Morton
Of the hundreds of contestants who submitted wondrous items for round 1 of the contest, 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.
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
- ↑ Paizo Publishing. (December 5, 2008). Meet the Judges, RPG Superstar.
- ↑ Paizo Publishing. (March 24, 2009). Neil Spicer Voted RPG Superstar 2009, Paizo News.
- ↑ Paizo Publishing. (March 3, 2009). 4 Finalists Named for RPG Superstar 2009, Paizo News.
- ↑ Paizo Publishing. (February 5, 2010). 17 Finalists Advance to RPG Superstar Round 3, Paizo News.
- ↑ Paizo Publishing. (January 21, 2009). Paizo Announces RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, Paizo News.