Top 16 Finalists Announced in RPG Superstar Game Designer Contest

Paizo Inc., creator of the popular Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, announces today the Top 16 finalists for 2015’s RPG Superstar, the annual, worldwide open call for would-be game designers to have their talents discovered, and the chance at being published in an official Pathfinder RPG module. Round Two required contestants to develop a single, one-page map, and the Top 16 Finalists were determined from the Top 32 Finalists announced in January. The Top 16 will move on to Round 3, with the task to develop a Monster and Stat Block.

RPG Superstar™ 2015 Top 16 Finalists and their Winning Map Designs

Gabriel Almer – Caverns of Steam, Near Dwimovel (Darklands, Sekamina) Charlie Bell – Smokemount Hold Russ Brown - Lost Water Gardens of Jalmeray Brian Fruzen — Salvation's End Jeff Heikkinen — Inside the Glacier David Higaki — The Gravepit Basin of Fallen Sercai Dana Huber — Elven Guardpost on the Tanglebriar Border Ben Iglauer — The Haunted Dinosaur Graveyard of Mediogalti Island Jason Keeley — Leviathan's End Scott LaBarge — Shadde-Quah Shoanti Cliff Dwelling. Calphiak Mountains Monica Marlowe — Firebrand's Redoubt: Stronghold of Lady Delbera Axebringer Kalervo Oikarinen — Ancient Cyclops Stronghold in the Icerime Peaks Anthony Pennington — The Fancy Reefclaw Brewery R Pickard — Town of Griffon Falls Chris Shaeffer — Treant's Crossing Christopher Wasko — The Drowning Temple

Says Owen K.C. Stephens, Pathfinder RPG Designer, “We’re cranking up the pressure again with the Bestiary entry for round 3. We’re giving the tightest word count range we’ve ever required, and every monster has to be strongly tied to Nar-Voth, a subterranean realm within Golarion, Pathfinder’s game world."

The deadline for Round Three entries is February 6, 2015, and public voting on the maps will end on February 16, 2015. For more information, visit

Now in its 8th year, RPG Superstar receives thousands of entries from all over the world, which are reviewed by a panel of experienced game designers, and then voted on by the community, who have cast millions of votes over the years.

The winner of the competition will have their adventure published by Paizo as a Pathfinder Module, a full-color, 64-page, high-quality softcover book, compatible with not only the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game (RPG), but also with any game published under the Open Gaming License (OGL). Also, three runners-up will win assignments to write adventure scenarios for Paizo’s Pathfinder Society Organized Play campaign, offering all four finalists professional writing contracts with Paizo Inc., and an opportunity to begin their game design careers by working on the world's best-selling roleplaying game.

The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is the world's best-selling tabletop RPG, in which players take on the role of brave adventurers fighting to survive in a world beset by magic and evil. The Pathfinder RPG is currently translated into multiple languages, and the vibrant Pathfinder universe has been licensed for comic book series, graphic novels, miniatures, plush toys, and apparel, and is being developed into a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game.