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Developer. RPG Superstar 2014 Dedicated Voter. Pathfinder Society Member. 7,163 posts (7,259 including aliases). 1 review. 1 list. 1 wishlist. 3 Pathfinder Society characters. 23 aliases.


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Our AP panel is about to begin, so all will be revealed within the hour.

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I miss ya, Sean! Can't wait to see you next week!

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Alleran wrote:

I have a number of questions you might be able to answer!

They're about Baba Yaga, and what opinions you think she holds about certain things on/about Golarion. Reign of Winter gave some of her thoughts on Irrisen (namely that she's a bit disappointed in it), but there's more to her than Irrisen, obviously. Also, I do understand that anything you post might not necessarily be completely canonical, or be prone to being overwritten in published material, so if it's just your own opinion, I'm fine with that. Anyway:

1) What is her opinion of Golarion in the sense that it's a prison for Rovagug?

1a) Would that have at all been in her mind when she picked it to establish Irrisen?

1b) What about the presence of creatures like the aboleths and their experiments with Azlant? Would she be aware of them, or they of her? How would either side treat the other, in your opinion?

2) Would she feel overly threatened by the difficult-to-kill Spawn of Rovagug that tend to pop up every so often?

2a) Might she be a candidate for somebody who may know a method of killing them permanently (if she had to)?

3) Golarion is a place that's had many extraordinarily powerful individuals, including several ascended deities. Is she even mildly interested in the unique Starstone?

4) Did she have any opinion on Aroden, pre- and post-death? His death does seem to have been tied in to mucked-up prophecy.

5) What about her opinion on powerful spellcasters who've done things like summoning the Oliphaunt of Jandelay?

5a) Is she at all interested in or knowledgeable regarding Jandelay, since she's somebody who travels widely across the Material and Outer Planes?

5b) Do you think she could summon the Oliphaunt herself, if she wanted?

6) She offers a boon to the PCs at the end of RoW. She's also been quite nasty to people who demand things from her. If somebody were to ask her for something in exchange for their doing her some service (dangerous or otherwise), do you think she would be more or less open to granting their request? After all, they're not just asking for something without thought to giving her proper payment.

7) Is she ever interested in actually testing her strength/skill against somebody who could challenge her, assuming that she encounters them? She's virtually at the height of "mortal" power, but I'd assume there's somebody out there who could still pose a threat. After so many years of immortality, I sort of imagine that she might get bored enough that the prospect could intrigue her, just as a break from the monotony.

8) Why does her statblock not include a +6 enhancement item for her INT score?

9) With the recent release of technology and sci-fi rules... how much does Baba Yaga know about that sort of thing?

9a) Is she interested in it at all? Or is it outside her experience to the extent that it could surprise her?

10) Has she ever encountered (friendly or otherwise) groups such as the Dominion of the Black? If so, how do you envision such encounters ending? Did the Dominion avoid her? The reverse?

To start, Baba Yaga probably doesn’t concern herself too much with the affairs of Golarion outside of Irrisen and the few other places she’s dabbled in the past 1,400 years. She spent more time on Golarion in the past, but her recent returns have been fairly short affairs. That said, I’ll answer these questions as if Dear Grandmother actually gave a damn about Golarion and its unique concerns.

1. It’s probably interesting to her. It might even be why she first noticed the Cage.

1a. That’s entirely possible, but since she hasn’t ever really gotten involved with anything Rovagug-related, it’s probably not a big factor in that choice.

1b. She likely knows about aboleths and their involvement with Azlant, and I’m pretty sure that some aboleths know about Baba Yaga. She probably isn’t too worried about aboleths, mainly out of hubris. Orchestrating super-humans is probably the most interesting thing about aboleths to Baba Yaga, but she thinks their goals and past actions are poor approaches.

2. Spawn of Rovagug are dangerous and anyone nearby when one emerged would be wise to avoid them. She’s not threatened by them because she knows she doesn’t have to deal with them if she doesn’t want to.

2a. Permanently imprisoning them works just fine, as far as she’s concerned. It would be especially beneficial if you were the one that held the keys to that prison. I’m not sure if she knows a way to permanently kill them, however she’s certainly a candidate for someone with the ability to figure it out if she wanted to.

3. As someone who came from so little to where she is today, she’s likely interested in those aspects of Golarion. It might even be why she first noticed this world.

4. Aroden was a candle that burned too brightly too quickly. She probably has some manner of respect for him as a god of humanity. He also reminds her that even gods can die... and that she’s not a god.

5. Spellcasters do what spellcasters do. She’s all about testing limits and trying for the big things.

5a. Unsure if she’s interested. She probably at least knows it exists.

5b. Probably.

6. That all depends on the request and the act committed. She’d likely drive a hard bargain and put a twist on things if she could, especially if she felt like she was being taken with less respect than she expects.

7. She certainly knows that there are plenty of beings out there that pose a serious threat to her, and despite her hubris, Baba Yaga is wicked smart and has no plans to die anytime soon. She’s note eager to test those kind of limits. She’s built herself a pretty comfortable existence, and plans to keep it as long as she wants. She’s also very patient, and if she wanted something that would be dangerous to attain or wanted to defeat or test a power stronger than herself, she’s likely work a long and convoluted con to achieve it.

8. Hubris. She doesn’t need it.

9. Yes.

9a. She visits hundreds of worlds. Some of those have stone age technology and others have space age technology. They’re all tools, but to her magic is the greatest tool.

10. Unknown.

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Odraude wrote:
I buckled and got the subscription. Shame on me :p

I think you mean, "Hooray for me!"

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Alleran wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
They already said the artwork was for the male Lashunta.
Just the male, then? Ah well.

There's a female lashunta on the cover!

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Albus wrote:

Very nice they put some aliens in the bestiary. Hope they continue with that.

Are the aliens from the Golarion solar system or from some other planet?
And any new information regarding the dominion of the black?

If things go as planned, the Bestiary in each volume of Iron Gods will have at least one alien and at least one robot.

The ones in this Bestiary are from Kasath, but aliens in future volumes are from various other places.

There's a bunch of Dominion of the Black stuff in Pathfinder #88.

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Just to stir the pot of speculation a bit more, when I said that someone was so close that they were practically right, the poster in question pretty much had the elevator pitch of the plot (and the correct location in general).

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Don't just thank me. Thank the rest of Team AP, the art team, and the Robot for getting it on the site.

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Blackfingers wrote:
Thanks guys! Didn't think this would be out before Gencon. Good to have something to tide me over until the actual adventure begins! Also, is the purple-haired lady on the cover the same one on the 1st adventure's cover?

I was worried that it wouldn't be out as early as it is, but things turned out for the best. Go Team AP!

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Someone in this thread is so close that they're practically right.

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Logan Bonner wrote:
We on the design team are really not looking forward to writing the remaining five volumes of the Advanced Class Guide Adventure Path. Geez, 50 more classes!

On the other hand, it was the easiest Adventure Path that Team AP has ever done!

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zergtitan wrote:

:( I was just trying to help.

Anyways, I can't wait to see the Player's Handbook when it comes out! :)

And I appreciate that! :)

For an update: It's unlikely that the Player's Guide will be available for download when subscribers begin getting access to their PDFs (which is what has happened almost every time before now), but it looks like we're on track to have it available by the street date of the first volume of the AP.

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It is not out yet, and sadly I can't give an accurate estimate of when it will be available for download. We're all stretched pretty thin right now as GenCon nears, but rest assured I'm working on it! (At home after hours, even.)

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Lou Diamond wrote:
James is the cool looking green glowing sword that the Technic League captain carrying in the Tech guide?

It is!

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samerandomhero wrote:
... Its funny how your mind associates the poster avatar with the person. Even after meeting adam in person, i still associate him with the mantis...

Well actually...:
My first ever handle online back in the early 90s was Mantis, and as soon as I turned 18 I got a mantis tattoo on my calf (that I drew myself). So, I actually associate with the mantis avatar more than my current flumph.
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Me too!

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Wayne, thanks for stopping by and sharing your creation process with everyone!

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I have passed a career milestone. I have Erik writing an article for me. :)

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Justin Franklin wrote:
Dennis Baker wrote:

You remember when James Jacobs still dropped spoilers in Tuesday night Chat.

I miss those days!

It does provide an additional challenge to your leveled up super-sleuthing skills.

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James Jacobs wrote:

And it's delightful seeing folks misinterpreting and reading too much into specific words I posted already! Mwa ha ha!

In any case, again... we'll be announcing this one at Gen Con. Only a few weeks away!

I was thinking the same thing!

I considered stirring the pot a bit to see what else bubbled up, but I didn't want to be unnecessarily cruel. :)

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Lilith wrote:
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Adam Daigle wrote:
Great thread!
You remember when this guy was a mere Werecabbage and had a square job in the People's Republic. ;-)
Pfft. I remember him *before* he was all leafy.

Yeah, I think a good post for this thread is:

You still just call me Daigle.

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Great thread!

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David Neilson wrote:
I was actually more curious that they used "The Bull" since it is obviously a male gendered animal for a female iconic. Unlike if they had called say "The Avalanche", "The Dragon" or "The Destroyer"

I'm somewhat surprised it took this long for someone to bring that up. :)

Her final name hadn't been decided when I started working on this write up, and when I started I looked at her picture for a good while and my eyes were fixated on the bull on her left shoulder and "the Bull" jumped out at me as a boxer nickname. (I researched a ton of cool boxer nicknames in the process. I wanted something more grounded and less "epic" than something like Bonecrusher, Hurricane, or Thunder.)

After I finished writing the backstory and it was being edited, that part was flagged for the same gendered reason. I happened to like that it was not a gendered match and found it more interesting partially for that reason. I made my argument and it was accepted. Also, it's a nickname, and we all know you don't get to pick your own nickname. I figure Kess probably threw some side eye when she first heard it, but when people are cheering it at the top of their lungs (and paying to get into the arena to do so), you tend to let it slide. After a while, you get to like it. You gotta pick your battles.

On a more mundane level, bulls go with strength like, well, a spell that boosts your strength, so there's some continuity there. :)

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Dark Psion wrote:

What are the two sticks for?

They are not thick enough to be escrima fighting sticks, don't look like they are bamboo and two aren't enough for a tent or shelter.

I now have an answer for this. A couple of people asked Wayne about the sticks on his Facebook page and he had this to say:

Wayne on Facebook wrote:
The sticks are marker posts - Used in ancient travelling arenas. These days we're used to boxing or wrestling spaces marked out with four corners but in the distant past arenas were often marked out with just two poles or a couple of stones. The ring was usually formed by spectators.The markers could denote each combatants' "Corner" or sometimes used in "Capture the Flag" bouts too. They can also be combined with the mat to make a hammock. ;) As you can see, they've been used a few times as they've needed repair. :)

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Torbyne wrote:
They seem to be wrapped up with that fabric, obviously it's her easy travel adventuring hammock. Do your characters actually sleep on the ground in dungeons? Barbaric...

I was thinking a hammock too. You'd have to ask Wayne to be sure.

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spectrevk wrote:
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spectrevk wrote:

Re: her backstory - Fun, though the wayward Taldan noble is becoming something of a cliche at this point.

i doubt 2 characters total makes a cliche
There's also the wayward Taldan noble Osirionologist from Mummy's Mask, various wayward Taldan nobles from PFS scenarios (including a notorious pirate)...seems like all of Taldor's young people are bailing to go cause trouble elsewhere.

People staying home and leading normal lives don't make good adventurers. :)


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Thanks everybody! Glad you like my debut!

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Craig Bonham 141 wrote:
What's with the bare midriff? I really liked that Paizo avoided the cheesecake reletively well but they seem to be backsliding into that sad old fantasy art habit.

Wearing clothing that exposes your midriff does not mean that you're trying to be sexy.

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The biggest difference is that some of those familiar foes are not steps to preventing an evil ancient wizard that once ruled the region 10,000 years ago from returning to the world in order to enslave as much of the region as he could. :)

I totally understand the initial connection, but I think some of that is that both Rise of the Runelords and Giantslayer are both coming from classic fantasy RPG backgrounds.

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Sutter: If you take a giraffe can I have one of its legs?

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From the Office of Expectation Management:
This Adventure Path isn't super focused on a nation, so if we mention Nidal or Lastwall or Molthune or Belkzen or Varisia or Nirmathas we're talking about remote mountainous areas of those places and not something where you're going to get deep into Nidalese culure of whatnot. Those nations just happen to border the area.

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mikeawmids wrote:
I wonder if giants / half giants will be a playable race for this jolly green jaunt?

Nope! You supposed to be slaying them, not hanging out with them at family reunions. :)

However, if a GM wants to hack the AP in that way, I'd love to read the campaign journal.

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Dragon78 wrote:
I hope this means that this AP will have one new giant per AP volume in it's bestiaries:)

I considered that, but I really didn't want to water down the giant pool. I'm of the mind that we have quite enough giants, but that's not to say that there won't be a few new ones sprinkled through the bestiaries. I'm just picky about them.

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What's funny is that we named the titles and authors in the panel and I saw people taking notes, so I'm surprised that no one has popped in here with the list.

I know *I* could spill the beans, but it's always much more rewarding when others get to do it.

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Thanks for the goblin brain, Majuba! It's not a PaizoCon without one!

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Joshua Goudreau wrote:
Does anyone know if the panel seminar was recorded and uploaded to the interwebs? I really enjoyed watching the discussion from last year.

There were audio recording devices on every table that I was a panelist at (courtesy of Know Direction), so I imagine it's just a matter of time before those are uploaded for public consumption.

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Shadowkire wrote:
Well, it takes place in Belkzen.

Technically, it starts in Belkzen.

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Sorry for the late update, but...

Congrats to Caeliat for her second consecutive win!

I had a blast running the game and want to give a ton of thanks to Charlie Bell for helping me out with the betting. I couldn't have made it run so smooth without him.

Everyone seemed to have a good time, so thanks to the eight awesome players who joined me early Friday morning to spill some green blood on everyone's favorite Black Rock!

Can't wait for next year!

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Kryzbyn wrote:
Is it pronounced DAY-gle or DIE!!-gle?

DAY-gull

:)

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Looking forward to a bunch of good battles Friday morning! See y'all there!

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Zark wrote:

Cool story with an unusual open ending. The open ending makes you want to know more about him and I would like to more about this character before I teamed up with him.

Good work Adam and an interesting backstory!

Thanks!

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alchemicGenius wrote:
I rather like the imagery in this one. The storm for the primal forces of air flowing in him, as well as being a very real manifestation of some strange issue he has with his mind. "Numb to fear" was another good choice of words. I like that unlike the other iconics, who seem to at least have started on their path to honing their skills, Crowe seems like he's just getting to finding his own path in life.

Thanks!

I ended it when he was still young, so I really should have added more information about how he is today. When writing it I was so stuck on the tone of the ending that I failed to bring it to present day.

We'll see how he grows into future adventures in other products. I know I've already ordered some art with him fighting monsters alongside other more well-known iconics.

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Dezren wrote:
Did you know that Crowe was based on Wayne Reynolds' own Shoanti barbarian character and background?

Totally true! When we were naming the new iconics, the first one we had in place was Crowe, named after Wayne's Shoanti barbarian that he's been playing for a while. I wasn't initially going to write up Crowe (I have another backstory for one of the others lined up), but the guy who was going to write it had something far more important flop onto his plate, so I took it on. I was basically told that he was cast out after a scene he doesn't remember involving a lot of dead horses. I'm sure that what I wrote isn't 100% true to his character's backstory, but he liked it, so that's good enough for me. :)

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I'd probably go with alfredo or a brown butter sauce.

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*flees*

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An important distinction between the comics and slashfic is that in one of them we are the ones making the decisions on where to take our characters.

:)

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It's live!

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And....

I apologize for firing off this off-topic tangent.

... Steers...

I've made it a goal to include at least one robot and one alien creature among the four to five monsters that appear in each volume. There are some fun creatures coming down the line in the months following the release of this Adventure Path volume.

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Lirianne deserves everything she gets!

I adore the illustration of her plugging away with the Maxim. She looks so happy!

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And Celeste!

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