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Where Do I Hang My Greatsword?

Monday, November 15, 2010

Coming to work at Paizo is like coming home. When I first started working at Wizards of the Coast I worked with Erik, had regular chats with Jason, and Lisa and Sean were always nearby, stalking the shadows, waiting to strike.

Those were good times and I'm looking forward to revive them in my new digs. I'm excited about doing more work on the Pathfinder RPG. Throughout the development of 4e I watched its rise with keen interest. As a subscriber, I was already a Paizo fanboy. I wanted to see the solutions that Paizo would put forward, because I love RPGs and I know there is never a single solution to a design challenge. I also wanted to see my friends succeed.

Paizo's solutions were stellar and so it was no surprise that the successes have been triumphant.

When I left Wizards and was invited to work on the Pathfinder RPG Advanced Player's Guide as a freelancer, I jumped at the chance. When Paizo invited me to join their staff, I eagerly leaped again. Now amidst many old friends and quite a few new ones, I look forward to making sure that you, the Pathfinder player, get the game you deserve with each and every product: a game that's exciting, evocative, and fun. So my job is to make sure you at least get what you're accustomed to and more. It's going to be a fantastic challenge.

Now let's confirm some crits!

Stephen Radney-MacFarland
Designer

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Cheliax

A hearty welcome (home) Stephen!

My what big minis you have.

And as I'm sure you know, new art in the blog posts you write are always welcome.

And will keep the pitchforks and torches at bay.


The lucky dog you still have your Warduke action figure, all I have left is my Troll.

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

Welcome Stephen!

Cheliax

well if you work on more books like the APG, then you can't go wrong! and neither can paizo!

we'll be wip... cheering you on all the way


Welcome! As for the sword, as long as it's steel it can go on the cubicle wall. If it's foam, please hand in your keycard and security will escort you out of the building.

Taldor

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Companion, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber

DAMN! I Always WANTED the Nightmare... not to mention the Dragon steed. I had to be content with the Hook Horror, Dragonne, and the Castle play set. :)

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

Well I don't have a greatsword (anymore) but my katanas rapiers and other blades mostly hang on the wall in the spare bedroom. I've one by my bed though, and if I ever get an honour blade, it will hang in the front room.

Andoran RPG Superstar 2010 Top 8

Wow. Just wow. This made my day. :)


Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber

Welcome, Stephen!

I'll have you guys know Stephen and I shared many wordless head nods at NeonCon. I think it actually began to bother him after awhile. I mean, how many times can one guy shake face at you, right? I was a nodding machine out there!

Paizo Employee Designer

baron arem heshvaun wrote:

A hearty welcome (home) Stephen!

My what big minis you have.

And as I'm sure you know, new art in the blog posts you write are always welcome.

And will keep the pitchforks and torches at bay.

Those are just a handful of my special "minis." I'm actually a huge collector of fun things D&D and d20. Those guys are just a small selection of my rather large D&D action figure collection. I also collect the Citadel range of D&D minis that popped up in the 80s (still a great range) and Underworld Minis, not to mention the great offerings over at Reaper Miniatures.

After I start participating in Tuesday's minis painting lunch, I'll have to throw up some of my finished work. How's that for art?

Oh, I guess you mean art from books. I'm sure they'll let me do that from time to time in the near future as well.

Paizo Employee Designer

Can I Call My Guy Drizzt? wrote:
Welcome! As for the sword, as long as it's steel it can go on the cubicle wall. If it's foam, please hand in your keycard and security will escort you out of the building.

I tried games with foam swords when I was younger. I was banned from that activity for hitting too hard. From then on, I've only used cold hard steel.

I guess I get to stay. ;-)

Paizo Employee Designer

The Jade wrote:

Welcome, Stephen!

I'll have you guys know Stephen and I shared many wordless head nods at NeonCon. I think it actually began to bother him after awhile. I mean, how many times can one guy shake face at you, right? I was a nodding machine out there!

Nodding never bothers me. I'm a big fan of the wordless head nod. Nonverbal communication FTW!

Cheliax

Welcome to Stephen. I look forward to seeing your wonderful additions to the PF brand.

Andoran

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Obviously, welcome (again? still? ;-) to the Pathfinder community.

On a side note: I'm on the verge of taking up a collection to buy the Paizo office a real camera. The last few in-office shots have been such long exposures that they've got horrible motion-blur from hand-jittter, even at blog resolutions.

Of course, for photos of print proofs like the recent Bestiary 2, perhaps that's seen as a feature ;)

Paizo Employee Creative Director

ajs wrote:

Obviously, welcome (again? still? ;-) to the Pathfinder community.

On a side note: I'm on the verge of taking up a collection to buy the Paizo office a real camera. The last few in-office shots have been such long exposures that they've got horrible motion-blur from hand-jittter, even at blog resolutions.

Of course, for photos of print proofs like the recent Bestiary 2, perhaps that's seen as a feature ;)

To be honest... we would never use said camera. When we do photos for blog posts, it's almost ALWAYS because we're scrambling to get art up for some last-minute something or ever, and as a result those pictures get snapped via camera phones.

That, and no one here's all that bad-ass at photography anyway.

That, and some of the cell phones here have crappy cameras anyway.

That, and they're supposed to be snapshots, not professionally-done photographs. That's part of the charm. It's easy to overproduce a blog, and that way lies the route of 1 blog post every few weeks, unfortunately. We've all got a LOT more stuff to do than making every photo be an award winner.

Like writing overly long messageboard posts.

Like this one.

I guess I should get back to work.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Stephen Radney-MacFarland wrote:
After I start participating in Tuesday's minis painting lunch, I'll have to throw up some of my finished work.

Stephen's professional relationship with Paizo actually started several years ago, when he painted some of the GameMastery Compleat Encounters minis for our product catalogs. See the product pages for Dark Elf Sanctum and The Vault of the Whispering Tyrant for some of his work.

Silver Crusade

Stephen Radney-MacFarland wrote:
After I start participating in Tuesday's minis painting lunch, I'll have to throw up some of my finished work.

Never use the terms "lunch" and "throw up" in the same sentence. I thought your painting was making you sick!

Congratulations.


Having seen a picture of you for the first time I think you could be a mean Prof. Snape next holloween.


Elf_NFB wrote:
DAMN! I Always WANTED the Nightmare... not to mention the Dragon steed. I had to be content with the Hook Horror, Dragonne, and the Castle play set. :)

That's funny. I had the bronze dragon and always wished I had the warhorse . . . ;)

Paizo Employee Designer

Abraham spalding wrote:
Having seen a picture of you for the first time I think you could be a mean Prof. Snape next holloween.

I definitely have the hair! Now I'll just have to get that sneer down and become a little more pasty white.

Sometimes my wife dresses up as Bellatrix Lestrange for Holloween. We would make a dark and strange couple.

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Shadewest wrote:
Stephen Radney-MacFarland wrote:
After I start participating in Tuesday's minis painting lunch, I'll have to throw up some of my finished work.

Never use the terms "lunch" and "throw up" in the same sentence. I thought your painting was making you sick!

Congratulations.

Are you making fun of my regurgitation minis painting technique? Sure when I’m done the minis smell bad, and there’s always the danger that I could rip a hole in my esophagus, but the technique is really fast!

Paizo Employee Designer

KnightErrantJR wrote:
Elf_NFB wrote:
DAMN! I Always WANTED the Nightmare... not to mention the Dragon steed. I had to be content with the Hook Horror, Dragonne, and the Castle play set. :)
That's funny. I had the bronze dragon and always wished I had the warhorse . . . ;)

I have both. The warhorse is cooler.

I have the Hook Horror, the Dragonne (actually Erik Mona gave me that when we worked together at Wizards). I don't have the play set.


Stephen Radney-MacFarland wrote:
Abraham spalding wrote:
Having seen a picture of you for the first time I think you could be a mean Prof. Snape next holloween.

I definitely have the hair! Now I'll just have to get that sneer down and become a little more pasty white.

Sometimes my wife dresses up as Bellatrix Lestrange for Holloween. We would make a dark and strange couple.

At least the pasty part will be pretty easy -- either a little foundation or maybe just a slight floor paste would do it -- and to be honest I think you'll need to get some face putty for the nose.

BUT it would be a kicking costume.


Stephen Radney-MacFarland wrote:


I have both. The warhorse is cooler.

I knew it!

I had Zarak, Warduke, Strongheart (I had one with a silver paint job and one with a grey paint job), Ringlerun, Ogre King, Northlord, Mercion, Kelek, Grimsword, The Fortress of Fangs, the Nightmare, and the Bronze Dragon.

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