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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.
Marco Massoudi wrote:
Turns out he's already written both before you ever heard this announcement.
And rocked them both.
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.
.... 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.
Tim Hitchcock wrote:
I learned it by watching you!
I just add it to the dictionary and never see little squiggly red lines again!
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!)
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.
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.
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. :)
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.
James Jacobs wrote:
Oh, crap. Rules of the thread... a question...
Isn't coffee better black?
Adam Daigle wrote:
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!
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?
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).
I really love the exoskeleton template. I just might have to roll up
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.
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.
I worry less for the isolated and pampered witch than I do for his or her companions. :)