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Developer. RPG Superstar 2014 Dedicated Voter, 2015 Dedicated Voter. Pathfinder Society Member. 7,468 posts (7,569 including aliases). 1 review. 1 list. 1 wishlist. 3 Pathfinder Society characters. 25 aliases.


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Oh no! He's loose!

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
I'm more worried about HOW evil you'll have to be in Hell's Vengeance. I can handle playing someone who's ruthless and harsh, like Darth Vader, Lady or Julius Caesar (in my humble opinion the EPITOME of the Lawful Evil alignment), but I draw a line at sadistic stuff like rape, torture or systematic slaughter.

Ummm... didn't he blow up his daughter's home planet?

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Marco Massoudi wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Is Wes writing one of the adventures?

If you mean F. Wesley Schneider -

Pathfinder Adventure Path #103: "Hell´s Vengeance: Hellfire Compact" by F. Wesley Schneider.

I hope he can manage writing both his first novel (Pathfinder Tales #30: Bloodbound) and the opening salvo for an AP...

Turns out he's already written both before you ever heard this announcement.

And rocked them both.

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As the developer and the person who wrote the art brief for the cover, I can confirm that it's a harpy.

Goblins are scared of harpies, and it takes a badass group of goblins to take one on.


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James Jacobs wrote:
...She's on par with Baba Yaga in power.

Eh, I don't know about that, sonny.

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It's truly beautiful.

(Your original was badass too!)

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Marco Massoudi wrote:
But i guess the Mindspin Mountains could contain a second Fire Giant Kingdom...

Indeed! Just like the Mindspin Mountains forms the border of five different human/humanoid nations, giants stake their own claims.

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I was just about to bring that up again, and then I scroll down and see you've taken care of that. :)

I don't want to reveal too much too soon, but the Arcadian city going into this book is not one that has been mentioned before. It will be new and not a colony.

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Justin Sluder wrote:
Adam, are you ready?

Possibly.

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ohako wrote:

Hi Adam,

There are lots of rules for crafting goodies out of the squicky bits of dragons in the Dragonslayer's Handbook.

a) are there rules in there for crafting goodies out of dragon bones, claws, or teeth?
b) if not, why not? those bits sound like they would be really useful.

I didn't work on or outline that book, so I don't know the thoughts behind it. Since it's a Player Companion, I'd imagine that there wasn't information about using bones, teeth, and claws in crafting because of space. It's really tough to fit a bunch of varied information in those due to the format.

Also, we don't do too many monsters where their body parts are valuable. Doing that turns the monster into treasure, and in play it can slow down the campaign if a character stops to skin their kills and prepare special materials from the body every time.

We already have rules for bone as a material, but if you wanted to fancy it up a bit (since it's from a dragon) you could ignore the part about it having half the hardness and the fragile quality.

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Thanks again to the Order of the Amber Die for another great look into y'all's campaign!

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Yeah, helluva cast in this one.

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Samurai632 wrote:
.... I won't get into the reasons why I feel I owe you a thank-you, but I really appreciate the hard work you guys do, and how you all come on these forums and answer questions and keep us informed. ....

You're quite welcome, and thank you for your thank you! On days when the hard work is extra hard work (not that today was extra hard), it's great to see things like this. Seeing the appreciation and knowing that you're helping people have fun really helps keep us kicking ass.

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Odraude wrote:
Seconded for a native Arcadian city. We have enough Inner Sea cities. We need a glimpse into the life of the Arcadians, not the colonists.

I happen to agree.

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As the developer that worked on that chapter, I can absolutely say that Ugmitok's printed alignment is a typo. Sorry folks!

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Turns out, I agree too. (Which is why I didn't include a new drake.)

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Tim Hitchcock wrote:


As the high emissary of flumphs in Golarian, can you get spell check to acknowledge flumph as an actual word? Every time I type it, it either comes out "flu mph" or "fluff"

I learned it by watching you!

I just add it to the dictionary and never see little squiggly red lines again!

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I'd like to publicly thank Logan for ordering the flumph art.

Pew pew!

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Rock on, Gninja and Robot!

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Turns out you can just turn the event listing into a thread. :)

Neat!

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When I first told other people around the office about this group, the first thing out of most people's mouths was, "How old are they?" Because, I know that back when I was a teenager, we'd play all damn weekend sometimes, but now that I'm older and weaker, I just don't have the fortitude. Kuddos for the stamina! (And detailed reports!)

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Thanks for taking on such a gigantic endeavor! Looking forward to the future reports.

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Certainly a weapon.

BUT... despite the interesting drama folks can conjure in their minds, the real goal is for departments to work seamlessly with each other, so wars would mess things up. So, that means that Amanda (and Crystal and Linda) are weapons aimed at the deadline beast, focused forward at achieving more badassery.

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Tacticslion wrote:

Awesome to know! (And... I didn't get it either... >.>)

Flumphs are... rather super-awesome in my book. A low CR creature, from space, that's lawful good, who's entire purpose is facing things of far, far higher CR and stopping them from wreaking their nasty evil upon the innocent worlds?! HOLY COW! I love 'em!

(Between these things and the much-more-serious Lar, I've got lots of ideas and interests in incorporating them (and a certain lawful good King of mine in Kingmaker has big, big plans for making a kind of haven for both of these creatures to match the haven he's made for non-evil fey, kami, and mortals in his kingdom...)

I really feel there's a lot that could be left to explore and develop, but I, for one, certainly understand the limits with coming up with new content of that sort, and blending silly with serious!

Adam Daigle wrote:
[side note] I've actually been considering changing my avatar to something else, something more serious that I've been really into for a much longer period of time, but I've yet to pull the trigger on that because I'm afraid it'll disappoint people. :)

While I'll certainly miss your current avatar, I, for one, want you to be comfortable in your own avatar! So do it! Do it! ... if you want to/feel comfortable with doing so!

Thanks for all of your insights!

Thanks for the interest!

I had some other ideas about them that I didn't get around to at the time, because I was afraid to push things too far at that point. While exploring the lawful good element, I thought it'd be interesting if flumphs were atheist/agnostic (for what that means in a fantasy RPG). They already straddle a weird spot of being one of the few good aberrations, but I think it'd be cool if their concern for other sentient live in the universe was a practical motivation instead of them serving a power that encouraged it. I think it'd be cool if these little loveable underdogs choose to dedicate their entire existence to helping other beings because witnessing suffering is terrible... who cares what the gods say.

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Tacticslion wrote:

I've read your entire thread! What do you think of that?

Also: I love Flumphs! And wish there was a Flumphs of Golarion! I know that (several years ago) you said you might have flumphed yourself out of flumph material in Misfit Monsters Redeemed, but do you think you might just have built up enough flumph-steam(-like-emissions) to do that book yet?!

I think it's rad that you've read the whole thread! It makes me happy that folks are paying attention to and seeking information and opinions from some of the newer developers/creators here at Paizo. (No disrespect to the old school crew, of course.)

As for more flumph stuff, I kinda fell into the role of a flumph champion due to Tim Hitchcock. He wrote an adventure for Dungeon called "Box of FLumph" back in the day and later told me that he did it on a dare, because someone challenged him saying that there'd be no way that Dungeon would publish an adventure that dealt with flumphs. Maybe I was dumb or naive or not crude enough (somehow) to realize that they were essentially an old school fart joke (something that still bugs me to this day), so I was happy and eager to redeem them in Misfit Monsters Redeemed. I feel that it was a great success, but I also agree that they are still silly monsters, and fitting silly monsters into things can be really hard to pull off right. While I may not have any immediate ideas on how to best showcase them again any time soon, it's not out of the question. I don't think that they have enough momentum to fill out a whole book, however.

[side note] I've actually been considering changing my avatar to something else, something more serious that I've been really into for a much longer period of time, but I've yet to pull the trigger on that because I'm afraid it'll disappoint people. :)

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It seems like part of my plan has already started. :) I was hoping this would be a good place for all of you to see who else was coming and set up plans to meet up, hang out, and talk shop.

My secondary plan was to let readers know which of their favorite writers were going to be at the show, and it looks like there's going to be a good turnout.

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Happy to have you with us, Amanda!

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
What's the best way to be NG if you only know how to play LG?

By being kind, helpful, and a bit more tolerant and flexible.

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James Jacobs wrote:
Darius Darrenbar wrote:

James

Have you ever thought about bringing back a villain from a previous adventure path and reusing them for future one? If so what character(s) would you like to bring back?

Yes. And I'm not gonna say who, cause I'm gonna do it.

Nice.

Oh, crap. Rules of the thread... a question...

Isn't coffee better black?

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Mark Moreland wrote:
I thought the Heffalump was an editorial department thing. We'll have to hire someone new to get it back on our side of the building.

Crystal didn't understand the rules and gave it to Julie when she started. The Heffalump now roams free!

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We were actually talking about vacations and dams.

Things get weird sometimes.

I mean, often.

Okay.

It's the default.

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Great thread, Wayne! Thanks for taking the time to do this.

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Adam Daigle wrote:

Congratulations, Monica!

We went through this competition with style and grace! You deserve this win!

I was going back through this thread and I only just now noticed my typo in this post.

I meant you.

You went through this with style and grace.

Sorry for the typo.

And congrats again!

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Kajehase wrote:
What are your feelings about the non-human races reacting differently to common foodstuff? Like cheese being addictive for halflings to make a silly example, or orcs being intolerant/allergic to apples, for a less silly one.

I like that kind of stuff. Having worked kitchens for the greatest part of my working life, I have a strong connection to food. Food says a lot about a culture, so including things like that really help spice things up and help things feel more real.

Did you make up those two examples or have we said as much in text somewhere?

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Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
Kajehase wrote:
Flumps are almost real.

Kinda reminds me of a metroid...

Adam, do you think metroids and flumphs are related?

Perhaps, but aren't metroids mean? I think there are enough weird floaty things out there that they don't all have to be related.

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Kajehase wrote:
Flumps are almost real.

Needs more spikes. :)

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captain yesterday wrote:

Looks into dusty moth filled wallet

You keep moths in your wallet?

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C'mon, people!!! Don't encourage this (these) maniac(s)!

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I'm not gonna lie, I'm fascinated to see the detail and analysis of this conversation.

I'll officially say that some of you are right and some of you are wrong. ;)

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I'm not posting this to invalidate your concern, but I have to say that we do try really hard to manage expectations. To use one of your examples, Iron Gods wasn't supposed to be "the spaceship AP." It was designed to be an Adventure Path that explored Numeria and dealt with the idea of how technology and faith interplay, and I think we hit that mark.

One thing I can't control is when people read X and want Y, then are upset that X wasn't Y. That said, we will continue to manage expectations and give as clear a vision for the Adventure Path as possible (without giving too many spoilers up front).

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What's even better is that she sent me this later!

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I'm so happy that you're back with us, especially since we'll be working together more closely than your previous positions. Sorry I wasn't there today for your first day back!

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I'm very happy to be working with you, Linda!

Let's make awesome things!

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How quickly do you expect this thread's post count to surpass my question thread? :)

(I give it about a week, you magnificent bastard.)

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Tonlim wrote:
I really love the exoskeleton template. I just might have to roll up a necromancer an entomologist soon.

Yay! I'm glad you like it. It was the sort of thing that came up one day when Rob and I were taking a break. I was talking about using raise dead on bugs and noted that making a dead bug into a zombie makes a certain amount of sense, but what if you used the skeleton template? That was enough of a spark that I knew that I had to make the exoskeleton template for such a corner case. :)

I'm also really into insects and arachnids.... so that had some influence.

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One thing that I like to do to give characters more personality is to give them quirks instead of full-on personality features. For example, perhaps your wrathful/stoic/honorable/generous dude only eats a certain kind of cuisine (for health or preference or whatever). Maybe he speaks with a slight stutter when he's nervous (or when he's skirting the line of being dishonest). Maybe he's afraid of birds. Maybe he talks in his sleep. Maybe he clears his throat loudly without being aware that he does it. Maybe the guy really likes the color green and buys everything green, and when he can't get something in green, he repaints it. Go for the small details and build those up instead of piling on broad personality types.

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Congrats to the Top 8!

This was a great showing and I loved the monsters you gave us all!

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snickersimba wrote:

what do you think of an elf who has spent his entire life in a library and has no clue that things like living in the wilderness and near death are still very much a thing?

Because thats my witch, he joined the society under that idea. Hes used to clean clothes, warm food prepared in a kitchen and a soft bed each night.

He has never even seen bloodshed before.

Lets see how long it takes for him to freak out.

I worry less for the isolated and pampered witch than I do for his or her companions. :)

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I said it before and I'll say it again... this round had some really great submissions. I wish I had more than four votes. Great job everyone! I asked for everyone to 'bring it' on the monster round and I wasn't disappointed.

Thank you!

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snickersimba wrote:
Also, what would sajan do if he found out his sister was actually now a man, and is actually oloch?

He'd be happy that he found his sister.

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