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Around the Office in 80 Seconds!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Good morning, and welcome to S.M. Tours. Today we are offering a "virtual" tour of the elusive Paizo Publishing offices. Here to greet us as we open the front door is the ever-cheerful Customer Service Manager Cosmo! While tempting, we recommend for your safety that you do not stare directly at the moustache, as it has been known to attack on occasion.

On your left are the offices of our technical team. If we could see through the gloom in the first office, we would find the illustrious PostMonster General and his minion Ross. We here at Paizo try to simulate the native environment of these computer folks, as it helps with productivity. Please, no flash photography—it disturbs their delicate sensibilities. Moving forward, we see that our Technical Director Vic is not yet in. Unlike the cave where his team slaves away, Vic's office is usually cheerfully lit by fluorescent lighting.

On your right we have a set of cubicles: one for yours truly, one for the warehouse manager, one for a laser printer, and one for a set of label printers. While quiet now, in a few days those label printers will fire up to continuously spit out subscription labels for hours at a time—truly a sight to behold.

Pressing onward, we have several more administrative offices lying dormant. This is to be expected, as we started our tour fairly early this morning and the residents have not yet arrived. Behind the door on the right is our server closet, where hundreds of little hamsters feverishly run in shifts to keep the servers running and the website on.

And here we have the upstairs breakroom, complete with refrigerator, sink and the all-important coffee maker. Next, past the restrooms, we have probably the most impressive location at the Paizo offices: the combination conference room and library. Here you will find all manner of old, new, rare, and interesting games, books, and magazines.

We are tight on time, folks, so let's keep moving along. Here we have still more offices. You'll notice that the double-doored corner office is the largest of the lot, fittingly occupied by our CEO, Lisa Stevens. The expansive office seems to help with the various and sundry secret meetings which take place there.

If you'll follow me down the stairs, please, past the monsters... here we have the offices belonging to our publisher, managing editor, and creative director. On the left are the set of cubicles referred to (for obvious reasons) as the "Editorial Pit."

And what do we have here...? It would appear that, unlike the other unoccupied offices, this one has its door open. What do you think, folks, should we take a peek inside?

It appears this is the office of lead designer Jason Bulmahn. Jason is on vacation this week and seems to have forgotten to arm his office's defense system. You folks might be getting more of a tour than you bargained for!

Let's just take a quick look at what we have on the desk...
Illustration by Carolina Eade

Sara Marie
S.M. Tours

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Tags: Carolina Eade Iomedae Paizo Pathfinder Player Companion Snagged From the Vault Wallpapers
Silver Crusade

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NICE.

Taldor

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Cool art, I like the implication that Ioemdae was confident of her ascension and had loads of paladins with her when she went to the starstone.

Silver Crusade

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Mikaze wrote:

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NICE.

See Mr. Moreland (or should it be "Lessland" ?)

That's how you roll.

You make a proper blog post, and a funny one too, and you DON'T FORGET ABOUT FRESH NEW ART PREVIEW.

We're watching, Mark. Eyes on you. EYES ON YOU. We're on a horse.

Cheliax

I’m here for the S.M. Tour ... got my whips, got my handcuffs, got my ball gag, got ... wait, what? Not that sort of S.M. Tour? ... oh, sorry, moving along.

Andoran

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Nice blog post and pic Sara Marie.


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Is that for Faiths of Purity?

Cheliax

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Zaister wrote:
Is that for Faiths of Purity?

Given which forum we're in, either that or Inner Sea Primer would be my guess. I would have thought it a tad early for faiths of purity art.

Grand Lodge

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The image's file name contains PZO9414 - that's the code for the Inner Sea Primer.

Great picture, by the way!

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

New work wallpaper!


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Excellent Blog post, SM. So how do you always happen to get the cool art previews?


nice wallpaper...... maybe I will get it when my desktop can go online again...(I hate downloading things on my laptop)


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I can bouch for S.M. Tours awesomeness, she's quite the guide, specially while nespaerpaper-smaking back Crystla's cave raptors.

And, AWESOME ART!

Osirion

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S M Tours wrote:
Behind the door on the right is our server closet, where hundreds of little hamsters feverishly run in shifts to keep the servers running and the website on.

And here I was expecting giant space hamsters...

Great Blog, and exquisite art!

It does give rise to a question - how old was Iomedae when she took the Test of the Starstone?


Nice blog, and art is always nice, although I have to say I prefer the Iomedae-illos in Gods & Magic and Pathfinder #26 better - those made her look much more tough and determined, whereas in this one she looks like a 14-year-old.

Osirion

great image for a wallpaper :)


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Kajehase wrote:
Nice blog, and art is always nice, although I have to say I prefer the Iomedae-illos in Gods & Magic and Pathfinder #26 better - those made her look much more tough and determined, whereas in this one she looks like a 14-year-old.

I like the difference as this is her ascension to godhood and the other ones are her as a god.


Pathfinder Tales Subscriber

Well done, Sara Marie on blog and art! I see that my esteemed colleague from the land of winged horsemen has said everything else that needs saying.

Paizo Employee Developer

Justin Franklin wrote:
Excellent Blog post, SM. So how do you always happen to get the cool art previews?

SM doesn't have any real work distracting her from rooting around the office for fancy art. Or so I keep telling myself.


Heh ... someone should make the Paizo's office as a Dunegon Map ;)


So glad this blog didn't make it to my office. I forgot to disable the booby traps before I left.

Cheliax

Joshua J. Frost wrote:
So glad this blog didn't make it to my office. I forgot to disable the booby traps before I left.

I...noticed. Looks at his severed arm.

Silver Crusade

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I can't help but want a companion piece for Cayden Cailean's ascendance.

Complete with him stumbling around off center in the picture, throwing up in the rift...


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Mark Moreland wrote:
Justin Franklin wrote:
Excellent Blog post, SM. So how do you always happen to get the cool art previews?
SM doesn't have any real work distracting her from rooting around the office for fancy art. Or so I keep telling myself.

It's ok Mark, SM admitted that PMG steals it off the servers for her.:) (J/K)


Mikaze wrote:

I can't help but want a companion piece for Cayden Cailean's ascendance.

Complete with him stumbling around off center in the picture, throwing up in the rift...

*chuckle*

Cheliax

Mikaze wrote:

I can't help but want a companion piece for Cayden Cailean's ascendance.

Complete with him stumbling around off center in the picture, throwing up in the rift...

Must have Cailean ascendant art. Although, I would think even a newly ascended deity would be able to hold their liquor.


I have to say I think this version of Iomedae is BANGIN'.

I'd get down on my knees and pray for her if she gave me a coy glance.

Random character concept: Would a paladin who has an unhealthy crush on Iomedae be out of the question?


Wolf Munroe wrote:

I have to say I think this version of Iomedae is BANGIN'.

No, she uses a sword. It's right there in her hand.

If you're interested though, I do have a copy of the Eleven Acts I could give you. It's rather inspiring...

Silver Crusade

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Wolf Munroe wrote:

Random character concept: Would a paladin who has an unhealthy crush on Iomedae be out of the question?

Actually, a paladin with a "courtly love" attitude towards Iomedae could be very interesting.

Hell, who knows how many of Shelyn's paladins fall into that category?


Mikaze wrote:
Hell, who knows how many of Shelyn's paladins fall into that category?

Heh. Never noticed Shelyn was NG before.


Mikaze wrote:
Wolf Munroe wrote:

Random character concept: Would a paladin who has an unhealthy crush on Iomedae be out of the question?

Actually, a paladin with a "courtly love" attitude towards Iomedae could be very interesting.

Hell, who knows how many of Shelyn's paladins fall into that category?

Wait...Iomedae is NOT available? :'(


I've always thought of Iomedae as an ascended version of Joan d'Arc, so I like her looking youthful pre-ascension.


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Somewhat off topic: Now I'm thinking that Sara Marie & Crystal would be perfect in a buddy/road picture or maybe a remake of something like The Great Race. Or a Roger Corman Raptopus. Or maybe an April 1st Wayfinder thingie.

Hedgehog.

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Wolf Munroe wrote:

I have to say I think this version of Iomedae is BANGIN'.

I'd get down on my knees and pray for her if she gave me a coy glance.

Random character concept: Would a paladin who has an unhealthy crush on Iomedae be out of the question?

Given that - despite her other divine attributes - she is a major league Hawtie, I don't think that would be out of the question at all.

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