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Hey folks, I wanted to reach out to people that might be in this game to ask your opinion about something. I was building the pregens for this game (of which there will be a fair selection to pick from) and I wanted to know how you felt about ability scores. Normally when statting up an NPC you use the NPC array (13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8), but I've been breaking that rule and using the standard array (15, 14, 13, 12, 10, 8). Are y'all cool with that?
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.
John Kretzer wrote:
John's correct. This also gave us a chance to update and collect information that was scattered throughout a dozen different sources, especially when it comes to things like Darkmoon Vale and other Andoren places that have been around since the early days of Pathfinder.
Tim Hitchcock wrote:
I learned it by watching you!
I just add it to the dictionary and never see little squiggly red lines again!
Pat Luther wrote:
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PaizoCon is soon upon us, so once again all sorts of pirates, free traders, and unsavory folk have plotted their course to the Sodden Lands to participate in everyone's favorite monster brawling competition—Green Blood on a Black Rock!
Event lottery should go live soon, and once everything is finalized, it'd be awesome if whoever got this event posted here to let me see who's showing up. It's going to be a great time!
Oh, hey, Adam (Order of the Amber Die GM Adam, to be clear that I'm not talking to myself) I should have warned you about people always wanting more. :)
In addition to the blog posts, photos, and super detailed reports that are longer than the adventure in word count, people are going to want audio and video and anything else they can get their hands on. Sorry about the limelight. ;)
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.
Celestial Emissaries of Golarion?
That does scatter the focus, but I don't know that we have enough similar creatures to fill out a book like that. I would hope that if we do another or bigger book about space that they'd have more stage time in that product. They'd probably get along with Brethedans pretty damn well.
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.