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Over the Mountain

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Working at Paizo is awesome—there can be no question about that. Most days—those days when I'm in my happy-hippie, all-is-right-with-the-world mood—I show up to work and think, "Wow, we're all so lucky to be editing RPGs all day! How did we ever get so lucky?" That's most days.

And some days, we *&#@ing earn it.

Last Saturday was one of those days. Every year around this time, we start to reach the mission critical phase on our Gen Con products, and it's all hands on deck trying to get them out the door in time for the do-or-die ship date which will allow them to be at Gen Con. This year is no exception, and while most of the big products (such as Dave Gross's Prince of Wolves—more on that soon!) have already been put to bed, the Advanced Player's Guide is still in the last, messy phases of its birth. Thus it was that Saturday found me, Rob McCreary, Judy Bauer, Sarah Robinson, Wes Schneider, James Jacobs, and Erik Mona in here for more than 11 hours on Saturday to try and get things handled. (It should be noted that Chris Carey was in his Fortress of Editorial Solitude, having been saddled with the final proofing of Before They Were Giants, and Sean was busy moving. I'm pretty sure Jason was in a coma somewhere.)

Even with most of the Editorial Pit on hand, weekend workdays still feel different than normal ones. Everything's a little looser, and what professionalism we cultivate tends to get abandoned (though I did not, as originally planned, wear my jammie pants).

All of this is necessary to explain the photographs, I promise.

You see, when we moved into our new office last September, it was immediately noted that the otherwise normal-looking office building is bordered on two sides by a big field of brambles (reportedly haunted by vagabonds and feral corgis) and a big grassy ridge. At several points since the move, Wes and I have looked up at the ridge and wondered what mysteries might lie, Narnia-like, just over its crest.

Around 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, having just finished editing chunks of the classes chapter of the APG until my eyes were ready to bleed, I decided I needed something stronger than caffeine to keep me going, and stormed into Wes's office.

"Wes," I said, in my most inspiring voice, "It is time. We're going over the mountain."

Wes looked at me for a moment.

"Yeah, okay," he said.

Thus it was that everyone save Erik and Sarah (who had left for the evening) and Jacobs (who's too old and wise for such things) trooped outside on our Voyage of Discovery. Leaping over the drainage ditch, we scrabbled up the steep, grassy rise and came out into a magical wonderland!

Photography by Rob McCreary

Well, okay, maybe it was a gravel pit. But the point was, we had gone over the mountain! And for what it's worth, the gravel pit was pretty cool. Wes and I spent a few minutes running up the mountain of rubble to get a view of the surrounding countryside, then noticed the idling dump trucks and realized it was an active gravel pit—one which might not appreciate a bunch of trespassing nerds—and beat a hasty retreat to recommence editing.

And there you have it—the wild excitement of a Saturday at the Paizo offices!

(EDITORIAL NOTE: Sutter and Wes would like any authority figures to know that the preceding anecdote is entirely fictional; that they in no way condone trespassing, accidental or otherwise; and that they're both too pretty for jail.)

James L. Sutter
Fiction Editor

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Tags: Before They Were Giants Conventions Dave Gross Gen Con Paizo Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Pathfinder Tales Planet Stories Prince of Wolves
Cheliax

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Maps, Modules, Pawns, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber

Awesome! :)

Qadira RPG Superstar 2008 Top 6, Contributor

I love going on random adventures. Kudos to you guys for indulging in a bit of wandering.

Andoran

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Heh, cool!

What’s really cool is when you get into the early hours of the morning of your third day of work with no sleep and start hallucinating tiny talking preying mantises (manti?). Good times.

Cheliax

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber

You guys are lucky that you didn't run into any wandering monsters. A half-fiend corgi is a terrifying thing...

Cheliax

But they like the pretty ones in jail or so I'm told. ;-)

Also I just realized how bad of a spot/listen check you rolled to have not noticed the truck at the very start. :-P

Lantern Lodge

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Cards Subscriber

First hand experience for that 'gravel pit' random encounter table...:D

Cheliax

... not all who wander are lost

Grumble ...

Bunch of young emo wanna be's ...

In my day, we walked up the mountain both directions ...

And we put chalk on our dice ...

And a type VI demon had 8D8 + 8 hit points ...

and we liked it !

Actually that's not too bad of a little bit of nature you guys have over there ... it's no Central Park mind you ... but then you have a smaller chance of getting mugged.

Find any mushrooms per chance?

Andoran

Huzzah! 100 XP for fully exploring a hex!

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber

Wait, how can Wes climb a mountain with no shoe?

That makes no sense.

Paizo Employee Developer

Mothman wrote:

Heh, cool!

What’s really cool is when you get into the early hours of the morning of your third day of work with no sleep and start hallucinating tiny talking preying mantises (manti?). Good times.

That was not a hallucination.

Andoran

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

8-O

It was you!

Osirion

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

Cool! I walked to the Mississippi on Friday morning for my adventure :) Note: not a normal occurrence, I live in TX.

I expect many awesome gravel-pit adventures to come!


Majuba wrote:

Cool! I walked to the Mississippi on Friday morning for my adventure :) Note: not a normal occurrence, I live in TX.

I expect many awesome gravel-pit adventures to come!

Ah, heck. Pecos Bill useta walk to the Mississippi then back to the Rio Grand evry mornin whiles he was waitin for his coffee water ta boil.


Well now we know where the Paizo editors will place deadline-missing freelancers, internet trolls, etc. - a convenient gravel pit out back.

...Who chose this location for the offices? ;)

Contributor

Proof y'all are tired and not thinking straight: it's not a gravel pit, it's a gladiatorial pit.


Sean K Reynolds wrote:
Proof y'all are tired and not thinking straight: it's not a gravel pit, it's a gladiatorial pit.

This makes much more sense now. :D

Andoran

How exciting!

Cheliax

Sean K Reynolds wrote:
Proof y'all are tired and not thinking straight: it's not a gravel pit, it's a gladiatorial pit.

This! Is! Sparta!!

Shadow Lodge

It's only a model.


dm4hire wrote:
Sean K Reynolds wrote:
Proof y'all are tired and not thinking straight: it's not a gravel pit, it's a gladiatorial pit.
This! Is! Sparta!!

No man, it's "THIS! IS! PAIZOOOOOOOOOOOO!" :P

Andoran

Lilith wrote:
No man, it's "THIS! IS! PAIZOOOOOOOOOOOO!" :P

*boots a HERO player into the editorial pit*

Andoran Contributor, RPG Superstar 2012

"Dire" corgis, not "feral" corgis. :)

Paizo Employee CEO

What they don't know is that I went over the mountain within the first two weeks of moving into the office, by myself, and I fended off the evil shovel monsters on a solo-quest! Big XPs and I didn't have to share with anyone! :)

-Lisa


Lisa Stevens wrote:

What they don't know is that I went over the mountain within the first two weeks of moving into the office, by myself, and I fended off the evil shovel monsters on a solo-quest! Big XPs and I didn't have to share with anyone! :)

-Lisa

Yeah! \m/ But will the monsters respawn? Maybe their kin come back for revenge? Will there be a Wanted: Heroes! poster by the water cooler to defend the Paizo stronghold?

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