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Goblin Squad Member. RPG Superstar 6 Season Marathon Voter, 7 Season Marathon Voter, 8 Season Marathon Voter, 9 Season Dedicated Voter. Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Companion Subscriber. Pathfinder Society Member. 2,865 posts (3,194 including aliases). 3 reviews. No lists. 4 wishlists. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 4 aliases.


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Old school - Star Frontiers!


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Absalom station was actually the destination of ship that crashed into Numeria (it was on auto pilot, thought it was on docking course and was not expecting the station to be wrapped in Golarion the plant).

The station had experienced some long forgotten disaster resulting in it falling silent for eones, it's body mass and gravity well attracting space matter around itself, eventually forming the planet Golarion with the station becoming the core of the world.

When the gods spirited Golarion away, the space station got left behind and the rays of the systems star started to power the station again as it returned to life...


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On the subject of "seems" - it is basically a short form of "appears to be". Now there are times when it would be okay to use these terms, when your item has an appearance that is disguised in some way, however, the templatefu says

"Don't tell me what it is like, tell me what it IS"

Your wordcount is precious, seems and appears to be are great word wasting constructs as to me, and as a designer, they indicate the writer is unsure about what they are describing.

Be definite, let me know what things are, not what they may be. Be bold and confident - it gets you noticed.

I broke this habit at last, and I am sure it was a contributing factor in achieving Top 100 last season :)


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Kosmonaut Ivan Rûski wrote:
Odd thought; how does one go about brewing in zero gravity? Certainly the station will have some sort of artificial gravity, but if it fails? Ivan must have his vodka!

Maybe the station is of sufficient size and density that it naturally generates a gravity sufficient to be normal Golarion gravity.


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This post completes my review started in the review section… yeah, I blew the character limit again! >.<

So, let’s continue…

The Sweetest Fruit
A Mwangi diversion now greets us, a moody short story that keeps you guessing right until the end. Speaking of the end, this story suffered a little I think from the impending word limit wall, it felt slightly rushed as up until the last few paragraphs, there was a slow well-paced build to the story. The twist at the end leaves you guessing. The artwork depicts the main baddie revealed in the story, although the angle of the head seemed off slightly to me.
Article: 8/10, Art: 8/10

Gro’kosh
A CR10 plant creature! One thing I loved about this creature is its ability to dominate creatures it implants with its seeds. This explains how the plant creature can survive and be tended by these minions and also provides additional forms of defence for the clever GM to spring upon unsuspecting players. The art work gives a very thistles on rose bush appearance that fits well with the creature description and abilities.
Article: 9/10, Art: 8/10

Shadows of the First World
Now we have another bloodline, Shadow. The theming on this one is very much tighter and coherent than I found in the Ancestral bloodline previously reviewed. The article continues with a shadow themed prestige class that is a great fit and has high synergy with the Rogue classes, and caster classes that invest in the stealth skill. The accompanying art renders the prestige class in extremely high details, I loved it.
Article: 9/10, Art: 9/10

The Blood-Slicked Mantle
Wow, a whole page magical item – I love magical items, and this one is an actual artifact! There are a lot of costs, benefits, and powers for both player and GM to keep track of, but such is the nature of old school artifacts and this one feels so very old school. All of the powers make sense and are related in various ways. I liked this item and can see a lot of roleplay opportunity from it as well. The artwork shows a super depiction of the shoulder throw that this item is fashioned like.
Article: 9/10, Art: 9/10

The Mwangi Expanse – Senghor
Something different again, this magazine continues to delight and surprise the reader. Now we have a setting article that fleshes out the Mwangi port city of Senghor. The bulk of the article tells of two major NPCs that the party can meet and interact with – each giving some history to various aspects of the city’s formation. I definitely see this article as the precursor to the now featured Weal and Woe articles of later issues. The line art is simple yet effective.
Article: 8/10, Art: 7/10

From the Rookery
At first the title made me expect a bestiary of avian fowl-ness – yes, managed a pun in the review, grin. What I found however was an awesome selection of avian based spells – covering the cleric, druid, paladin, sorcerer and wizard classes. Some spells seem apt to me for the advanced classes, I can definitely see the oracle and witch making use of some of these, especially Plunging Hood. The artwork shows a flacon mistress of elven descent, and is a nice line art that begs for my coloured pencils to begin their work.
Article: 9/10, Art: 8/10

The Gallery Below
Next we have an article about a hidden gallery with a quite extensive list of content. This article would be of great use to any GM in populating a treasure room or gallery with “art fantastique” for the players to encounter and then try to trade away. The banner artwork for this article depicts many of the items listed for a corner viewpoint looking into the galley room itself.
Article: 9/10, Art: 8/10

Too Small to Notice
And so, the closing article, another journal styled story set in artic like conditions. Shorter than the previous journal items, it is a refreshing read and a nice way to close out the issue. Again the journal ends at a point where the reader is left wondering what happens next, but I think that is the nature of lost journals when found, the writer has indeed met an untimely demise leaving the PCs to finish their task. The artwork clearly indicates the freezing conditions by depicting so much fur around the story protagonist.
Article: 8/10, Art: 8/10

In summary, this is a simply stunning first issue of any community produced magazine I have ever read in my 43 years of gaming. The amount of love for the setting, and for the game, by every contributor, be they writer or artist, simply shines through. This magazine set a very high standard for the issues that follow and I can tell you now, those following issues continue to raise that bar ever higher. A magnificent first issue that every Pathfinder GM and Player should acquire and read. Overall, I score this first issue as a whole…
Articles: 9/10, Art: 9/10

And award it a well-deserved 5 stars.


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For those who like a more spiritual sci fi... might I suggest trying Enya and Clannad?

Then of course we have Holst The Planets and Wagner The Ride of the Valkyrie.

And don't forget the amazing 2001 A Space Odyssey and related.


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Hey all

Just so it doesnt get forgotten, please can we have postcards in future for we foreigners to send a little of Paizocon home to our loved ones. Just a simple Paizocon Wish you were here, maybe with a goblin screaming "so we can eat you". It doesnt need a number, so they can be reused every year.

Now, to more serious stuff.

I travelled 5000 miles and I made it, the journey was hard and I was very stressed on arrival due to my aspergers and being in an enclosed space with many people for a 10 hour plus flight.

I just want to pass on how absolutely amazing and unbelievable EVERY member of staff was (and those who met me who weren't staff too), especially to me - most of you knew of me which blew my mind somewhat but the thing that truly showed how special you all are is that you were all aware of my aspergers as I was very open about it in the forums before coming.

All of you, staff and public, made every effort to ensure I was comfortable and happy whenever we talked. Your gestures were overt enough that I could read them. I felt comfortable and safe, and I felt I had found a new circle of friends.

I ended up finding a support group that was unexpected and unbelievable. So much so, that even though I hate being stuck in an enclosed airplane for over 10 hours, I am going to come back again for more. You are all superb people.

I really cannot put into words how amazing you have all been, I felt like I belonged from day 1 of the con - that is so amazing to someone like myself who suffers problems in social crowds that I simply cannot put it into words, so allow me to close simply and heartfeltly (if that's a word)...

Thank you. Thank you so much.


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Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

I was there (at Paizocon 2016) when the announcement was made - very excited and pleased that this will soon be coming to my game table!

Thank you Paizo!

Grand Lodge

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Male Dwarf Ranger 1; NG; HP 12/12; AC 16 (t 13, ff 13), +4 AC vs. Giants; F +4, R +5, W +1; CMB +2, CMD 15; Init +3, Speed 20 ft.; Heavy Crossbow, 2-hand, +4, 1d10, 19-20/x2, Rng 120'; Point Blank Shot; Traits: Easy Way or the Hard Way, Tireless Avenger

*chuckles quietly to himself in his head, always amused at Enlil's confidence, sure in his knowledge that something always goes wrong...*

The only physical evidence of his amusement are his twinkling eyes and a wry smile upon his lips.

Grand Lodge

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Male Dwarf Ranger 1; NG; HP 12/12; AC 16 (t 13, ff 13), +4 AC vs. Giants; F +4, R +5, W +1; CMB +2, CMD 15; Init +3, Speed 20 ft.; Heavy Crossbow, 2-hand, +4, 1d10, 19-20/x2, Rng 120'; Point Blank Shot; Traits: Easy Way or the Hard Way, Tireless Avenger

A weather-beaten dwarf sits, eyeing the teacups with a look of suspicion. He does not drink yet, but does sit, placing the mother of all crossbows across his lap and poses his concerns...

"Permit me to introduce myself, I am Darvful. I have some concerns, which if I may, I state openly and with no malice or intent to insult intended. If I understand correctly, the guards will react with lethal response to us as if this were a real raid, to which we may have to respond in kind for our own safety.

This does not sit well with me.

These guards are innocent and uninformed, yet we may have to maim or kill them if we are to be successful in our assault. What assurances do we have that this act will not result in us becoming the hunted... hmmm? Or are you asking us to fail in our assault in order to convey an image of success in the transport's security measures to your lord?"


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Sara Marie wrote:
Event has been updated with title and description. Good luck to the six brave souls who decide to attend.

Wow, Sara wishing luck to participants. Ok, officially scared now.

Whatever happens to the six lucky souls, remember this, you will all have a valid reason (or set thereof) to take full and active part in the blame cosmo thread forever after.

And whatever you post in that blame thread, it's all Cosmo's own doing :P


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Hey all

I dont know if this is done normally by Paizo, but just in case, and like me you need to visually see how events line up so you can plan your selections, here is a google shared event map...

I'll try and get the rest done later tonight (UK time), but all of Friday is up (so far).

Linky

Hope someone other than me finds it useful :P


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Suggestion for Paizo peeps for the future - please collate this and include as a printed mini guide found in the Paizocon attendee baggies you get at registration.

Pretty please with a cherry on top!


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RULE : Players characters are heroic and better than the norm, but they are not gods...

After creating your character, and applying racial modifiers, add up the bonuses and subtract the penalties of your attribute scores.

If the total is less than +6, the character is too weak - re-roll.

STR +2, DEX +1, WIS +0, INT +1, CON +3, CHA -2 = total +5 - re-roll

If the total is greater than +11, the character is too strong, every hero must have some weaker aspect(s) - re-roll.

STR +1, DEX +4, WIS +0, INT +1, CON +4, CHA +2 = total +12 - re-roll


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Updated sheet

Now includes entries for all Paizo modules released up to end of March 2016, and all AP's up to AP 102, Hell's Rebels 6 of 6, and finally the list of creatures in Bestiary 5 creature list have been married up to their requests or entered as appropriate.

Companions and Settings will be checked for creatures and any found added in the list over the next few weekends (there are a lot of those books >.<)

I'll go back to adding this lists requests into the sheet in the meantime.


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The countdown site I was using is broken/failing, so here is a nicer countdown for you all (I believe this one even adjusts automagically for your local time zones).


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Liz Courts wrote:

Alayern, if there are specific things that we do not address in our Event Policy that you would like to talk about, please email community@paizo.com—we'd be happy to discuss it.

As one of the organizers of the very first unofficial PaizoCon, along with Tim Nightengale, I am very much invested in making sure that everyone has a safe and fun convention that captures the convivial nature of that first gathering and is respectful of all attendees, no matter their background, no matter where they are from, no matter their skill level and familiarity with games. I want to sit down at a table and roll the dice with new folks, and I want people coming to PaizoCon to be able to do so as well in a safe space. Our guidelines at the show will be the same ones that guide our interactions on the forums, and we expect our attendees to follow them.

This is most reassuring.

With all the recent posts appearing on social media about problems with going to conventions, and this thread, and designers I know making dedications on social media about being safe at their table, I had started to question whether going to a con was safe at all anymore.

I have always wanted to attend a US game convention once in my life, a bucket list item. It has taken me to being 54 years old to fight my fears and my aspergers to book the trip and the one convention I thought I could manage was Paizocon due to a perceived "family" aspect of the con in all that I have read and seen over the years about it.

This is why, my one US convention is Paizocon and not GenCon - because everything I have read and seen tells me it is both safe for and understanding of people like myself.

I would like to think that the vast majority of Paizocon attendees are going for the game, to meet like minded individuals, to chat to designers and 3pps, and to meet their gaming stars (and maybe snag some autographs), that's why I am going.

For someone being 7,500 miles away from home in a strange land with different customs and is getting more nervous with every passing day and that impending flight, I truly appreciated your reassuring post.

Thank you Liz.


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Lol, and my brain is now going - EMP museum - better not take my gadgets there!


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Here you go - no pressure!

Maybe I can prise the RPG Superstar start date from one of the staff and create a clock for that too when I am there! :P


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Kobold Cleaver wrote:
Oh my goodness this is so complicated ...

And this is why I took 9 seasons to break Top 100! :P

So I do understand and empathise totally - keep practising, every new item brings new lessons and shows improvement.


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Crafted of bone implies it is made solely of bone with no wood, so yes, I would call it a "heavy bone shield" and maintain consistency with the wooden 10lbs weight.

Some might argue it should be 15lbs, but I just don't think bone is as heavy as steel so for me, 10lbs feels right - and as with the public vote, if it feels right it gains votes.

This change eliminates all the confusion on the shield construction :)

Line of sight is definitely the better term to use.

I thought harder on the max range and decided I was wrong - we have a limited rounds of animation which implies a max distance but this made me realise something else is missing... it flees at maximum speed... so... what is the speed of an animated weapon?

The animate spell doesn't quote a speed, so that doesn't help. Gah! But joy, quoting a speed takes the animation a little more out of SIAC territory. Yeah, specify a speed for the animated weapon when fleeing.

One last one, what if the weapon targeted is an active dancing weapon - would the rounds of animation supersede the remaining rounds of dancing animation or would they stack?


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I might have the odd bar or two with me each convention day, so if you seek me out and my supply hasn't run out (or I failed my Will vs Resist Chocolate DC), you may sample some Galaxy - or if you are really lucky, I may even have some mini Lindt bunnies left over from Easter!

Basically, because I am seriously dieting and exercising now, I will be putting all my chocolate gifts into the Paizocon supply for you all to save me by eating it for me.

I know Paizocon will be a struggle with a banquet and nearby Thai food and the Crab Pot restaurant and your wonderful smokey BBQ restaurants, so I am giving away the chocolate to feel less guilty about all the other food :D

In case you are wondering, since July last year, I have swum the equivalent of the English Channel 5 times already and have lost steadily a small amount of weight weekly, now totalling 30 lbs. gone in a healthly way (just under 1 lb. a week - but it was higher, it's just that time spans Christmas food time! >.<)

I need to lose about the same again to get back to my marriage weight of 32 years ago ;) - ambitious, but I am half way there.


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Well proofreaders, be warned that with so little food being provided by Season 9 entries of RPG Superstar that when I review this issue, I will be doing so while being VERY HUNGRY!

You have been warned! :P


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Liz Courts wrote:
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Hugo Solis wrote:
Darn be the dollar's worst historical exchange rate... Have lots of fun everyone!
Sad news Hugo but understandable. We will miss you!

*sniffles*

No froggy for us. :'(

I got hungry, so I ate him!


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Paris Crenshaw wrote:
Paris Crenshaw wrote:

Okay, so we've discovered something that we need as many of our writers as possible to be aware of. I'm going to post it here, and we'll be including it in future submission guidelines. This is REALLY IMPORTANT for people who use open-source software, like OpenOffice and LibreOffice, and save their files as .DOC files. There is a mismatch between file types when trying to open the .DOC files in versions of Word from 2013 and up. It results in losing the last few lines of text. Those lines can only be viewed on Word 2010 or earlier.

If you use these programs, you MUST put one or two carriage returns after your last paragraph before you save the document as a .DOC file. Otherwise, we will have great difficulty being able to read and edit your submission.

Please spread the word to others who may not see this post, in case they are already working on future submissions.

Thanks!

I've done some fiddling with files and it looks like there may be a "fix" for this. If you open the DOC file in Word, save it as a DOCX file, then close and reopen the file, the text comes back. Although this seems to work consistently, it's still best to follow the directions above if you're going to use open-source programs to prepare your submissions.

From an IT bod... docx is commonly referred to as exchangeable document format and has become the industry standard for most word processors as the file to use between mixed platforms.

However, if you google "microsoft word viewer" and install that (it's a Microsoft free app - they also have viewers for powerpoint and excel sheets) you can use it to check your saved files open correctly in word as it uses the same word dll's as the full word app uses, it's just read only. Hope that also helps.


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Pat Luther wrote:
Majuba wrote:
Template Fu wrote:
SpeediShuttle confirmed from Seattle Airport to Hotel

Assuming you're staying at the convention hotel, there is a complimentary 24-hour shuttle service provided by the hotel (to travel the whole 3/4 mile to the hotel). You just follow the signs for Taxis/shuttles/etc out across an enclosed skybridge (walkway) and down to a long loading area. There you call the hotel (via code there) to let them know which section you're at. Quite simple in practice.

Last time I took it, when you called the number there was just a recording telling you it was running every 15 minutes.

Also, you can take the light rail directly from the Amtrak station to the airport to catch the shuttle. That's what I've done in the past.

Noted for next time, as it's my first solo trip and I suffer from Aspergers - enough to make it a very scary solo trip but not totally debilitating - I booked a shuttle service so that I don't have to approach strangers and ask around too much.

Not operating very well in crowds and social situations can be a real bind at times, and in a different country altogether, I decided to have someone wait for me with sign and vehicle to make things as easy for me as possible.

That's one of the great things about RPGs/Pathfinder - I get to hear players describe how the character acts and feels and I don't need to "read their body language" to work it out - it allows me moments of "fitting in / being normal" - which is quite a precious feeling.


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Just paid for my 4-day pass and banquet ticket...

TemplateFu is coming to the USA!


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Hold on to your hats everyone!!

Hotel Booked and Paid - single occupancy with mountain view and a bath tub instead of a shower - YES!

Flights Booked and Paid - Virgin Atlantic - all direct - night flight return to London so I can be better rested for the journey home from the airport!

Look out USA, TemplateFu is on his way!

Just need to get me the Paizo con tickets left now - can't wait for them to go on sale.


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Decided to bite the bullet and have booked a 10 day slot around the con - arriving on the Wednesday 25th May around 1.30pm US time, leaving around the same time on Friday 3rd June getting back to the UK in the wee hours of the morning local UK time (urgh!)

Yes, TemplateFu is checking off a bucket list item - coming to a US games convention... and he chose... Paizocon!

Now, just need to wait for the Paizocon ticket sales to open and I'm all set. I might even splash out for the dinner option if it's available this year! :D

Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9

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Jarrett Sigler wrote:
Russ Brown wrote:
@Jarrett, can you give an example of a feat with the semi-colon?

Yes, I will go ahead and give a few that I have found.

Arcane Talent

Artillery Team

Banishing Critical

Breadth of Experiance

Confounding Tumble Deed

Detect Expertise

Heroic Leader

Dimensional Disruption

Those are a few. I think there are more. I know it's not exhaustive.

Make sure you reference the PRD for Paizo formatting, sometimes the d20pfsrd is not the same.

I think these examples are ok, for example, click the breadth of experience link here on the prd


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Hey all

I would just like to wish Paizo and all my fellow forum posters a very happy holidays and a wonderful new year.

I would also like to, for the first time, offer a thank you for the year:

Thank you to Paizo management for controlling the good ship Paizo for another year, bringing us loads of new Beasts, the 100th AP, Season 9 of RPG Superstar, and many items of gaming goodness.

Thanks to the RPG Superstar judges, IT clever souls and everyone participating in this Seasons competition, making Season 9 a warm and wonderful place to learn and compete in.

Thanks to the Technical Bods and WebSite Maintenance people - our forums remain a friendly and spam free place. This is down to each and every one of you keeping things running, so you definitely deserve this moment of appreciation. Good job all!

Thanks to the Web Store Ninjas, from the Grand Ninja Masters and Mistresses down to the lowly trainee Ninja - all of my products arrived in good time and condition as usual. All my questions (not very many) answered with good cheer and wonderful promptness. You all all customer relation gods and goddesses.

Thanks to the development team, for pushing through the edits, rewrites and all things development. You have certainly earned your holiday time this year, so feet up, relax and have a nice break. The whips can crack again on your return! :P

Thanks to the coffee runs, doughnut supplies, cake bakers, and treat suppliers who kept everyone's sugar levels at hyper production levels.

And thanks to anyone who I may have missed in that summary.

Happy holidays one and all!


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Just a quick pop in to the Superstar forums so that TemplateFu can wish everyone the very best for the holiday season!

Happy Holidays to everyone!


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Promises he has been good and not eaten too many Superstar entries this year!


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And the review finally draws to conclusion - wow, reviewing is actually more work than you think... but it's also more fun than you think too!

Moving on, we have a poem/song collection with Thorns in the Heart. The first, Road and Oak, I think is my favourite, followed closely by War Mother - which I can see both as a funeral dirge as it was intended but also could be used very nicely as a Goblin war chant! The artwork is a nice rendition of a winged lady reading a book that has just surprised or shocked her.

TemplateFu scores this article 8/10, the artwork 8/10

Next a collection of Side Trek Seeds. The first is a lizardfolk and Aspis Consortium entanglement, easily dropped into a campaign in the Mwangi Expanse. A good solid plot that allows the PCs the freedom to choose sides and live with the consequences of their choice. The next one is a location based plot, a mine infested with spores. And the third is a drop in plot involving the much loved land sharks, the bulettes! Two pieces of art accompany this article, the first a cowled medusae - I really like the innocent style of the cowl hiding the medusae within - it may end up in my game very soon! ;) The second art is that of a bulette bursting from the ground - a good rendition full of energy and action.

TemplateFu scores this article 9/10, the medusae artwork 9/10, the bulette artwork 8/10

Next we have the last short story of the issue, Evil is Your Wingman. A story full of imps, demons and downright nastiness - I loved it. It is yet another story from the creatures viewpoint, but like the previous stories, is well written and full of action. A good closing story for the issue. The artwork made me recall meeting Diablo in the original Diablo game for the first time - and hence I really like this one for the feelings it evoked.

TemplateFu scores this article 9/10, the artwork 9/10

Finally we have the issue Bestiary! A goodly collection of nastiness to spring on your players.

First up, at CR 7 is the Disembowled Prophet. A really nasty take on undead trolls. The abilities and theme make sense and the artwork is quite brilliant for this creature. Another of my favourites from the issue!

Next is a CR 6 air dragon, the GaleWyrm. A creature that uses the force of gales and wind as the core o its design. The abilities are consistent and the design tight. The artwork is lovely, full of dragon sinuosity and grace. I loved this too, but I love dragon art full stop! >.<

Now we head to late mid game with a CR12 Grim Harvester. An undead humanoid wielding a greataxe! This one really isn't very nice to meet but great fun to plan to run against your party! ;) I though the art was a superb rendition and only heightens just how malevolent and creaapy this creature is.

And then, joy of joy, a CR 1 ooze - the Jungle Ooze! I wondered if this needs bumping up to CR 2 though, not only is it vulnerable to something a first level party will have little to no access to, but also uses poison, very deadly to first level party saving throws. This ooze is quite vicious at CR 1, so do take care if you use it. The artwork represents it well once again.

Next a CR 3 tinty magical beast, the Mediogalti Devil. A low CR creature with one attack that confused me. If a claw deals 1d2 minus 2, then as the minimum damage for a successful hit is 1, then the claw attacks always do just one point regardless of the die roll. Also with Str being 6, there are even worse negative modifiers on its main attack resulting in a very limited damage output potential for a CR 3 creature. The artwork though is super nice.

Another CR 3 beast next, the Roperling. A humanoid creature sans skeleton that has rope like appendages, A weird and wonderful aberration with reach that is sure to creep out your players. The artwork represents the visuals I imagined very well.

Back to mid game CR 8 now with the Shepherd Devil. An outsider bardic devil who is the antithesis of inspirational bards, instead sickening its foes with its performances. The artwork is very moody and definitely brings forth the oppressive vibe of this creature.

Next a CR5 swarm, The VoidWasp Swarm. I hate wasps, if I hear so much as a buzz, I leave the room like a little girl... which I guess is why i found this design so decidedly wicked and evil. The artwork gave me the shivers too.

And closing the issue is a delightful CR 1 creature, Wechselkind. A small fey that has so many situational options that it will catch out your players time and time again. This one is going to get heavy use in my campaigns. The artwork clearly showing how evil can be found in the most innocent of looking things. I really like the possibilities of this one.

TemplateFu scores these beasties:

Disembowled Prophet - article 9/10, artwork 10/10
Galewyrm - article 8/10, artwork 10/10
Grim Harvester - article 9/10, artwork 10/10
Jungle Ooze - article 8/10, artwork 9/10
Mediogalti Devil - article 8/10, artwork 9/10
Roperling - article 8/10, artwork 8/10
Shepherd Devil - article 8/10, artwork 8/10
Voidwasp Swarm - article 9/10, artwork 9/10
Wechselkind - article 9/10, artwork 10/10

And so my review completes with an overall feeling for the issue as a whole...

It has both great diversity and great utility across many regions and campaigns. I think this is one of my favourite issues so far from the Wayfinder stable and I dare to think it may even be better than the Ennie award winning issue!

TemplateFu overall scores for this issue are: content 9/10, artwork 9/10


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And the review box isn't big enough :P

My review continues here... Sorry for any inconvenience.

Primitive and Deadly next, a collection of four magical weapons that giantkin would use, consisting of a greatclub, greataxe, earth breaker, and longspear. A nice variety of weapon types that allow players to find something of use. There is incosistency in the tagging of sourcebooks it looks like, one is PF84 (I think means p[age 84 in the core book, and the other is ACG but no page number. Ooops, channelling the TemplateFu too much there - grin. The weapons are mean and mighty, and the greataxe artwork is very nice indeed.

TemplateFu scores this article 9/10, the artwork 10/10

Next we have an article in the realms of army based campaigns and events. A collection of special abilities for armies of specific races (boggard, gnoll, goblin, hobgoblin, kobold, orc and giant). Your players may scoff at a Kobold army before, but the crunch and options herein might just catch them by surprise! The goblin army art accompanying the article has a real pathfinder Golarion feel to it, you can just picture them singing their weird little songs. Definitely an article to squirrel away and spring on players when there is an army based event in your campaigns.

TemplateFu scores this article 9/10, the artwork 9/10

Next, we have a short story presented as a pathfinder report. The Oiv'heur'eihr - please don't ask me to pronounce that, I'm useless at tongue twisters! The whole tone of the story keeps a filed report style that lends great authenticity and realism to the details. Again, I won't spoil the plot, but will say you should enjoy reading this immensely, I know I did. The artwork was a little cartoon like for my tastes and the face of the pathfinder seemed rather simian to me than human, I'm not sure if that was intended, but it did throw me as it was unexpected.

TemplateFu scores this article 9/10, the artwork 7/10

Next, a cyclopean themed collection, Remnants and Relics, consisting of 3 Barbarian Rage Powers, A witch archetype, 3 combat feats, and a couple of magical items. The witch section felt out of place and tacked on when reviewing the wealth of combat oriented options provided. I think it would have felt a tighter focused article if that had been dropped in favour of an extra magical item or feat. The cyclopean artwork is super, really good lighting effect from the source of light - a huge spear of light and lightning!

TemplateFu scores this article 8/10, the artwork 9/10

Next up, Cache of the Ravener King, a collection of 3 wondrous item treasures and a minor artifact! I found the minor artifact to be very intriguing, lending itself to different plant and damage type combinations to easily create variations to suit different campaigns. I love easily adaptable things, so this scored well with me. The artwork is serviceable, representing 2 of the four items, one of which is the minor artifact in question. Personally, I would have rendered a finer gold chain to emphasise the delicacy of the flower being held, but that's just my own personal tastes.

TemplateFu scores this article 9/10, the artwork 8/10

Articles remaining to review: Thorns in the Heart, Side Trek Seeds, Evil is your Wingman, Bestiary (each creature to get a summary review). These will be coming soon... in this thread of course! ;)

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One tip for effect clarity, you will love this one...

Get Wayfinder 14. It's free.

Read my article on a creatures essence - a creature design article that actually starts with putting away the books!

Yup, that's right. What the article tries to do is illustrate how really concentrating on your design theme and identifying what you want it to do first, that the wording is clearer after.

Quite a lot of woolly wording comes from feeling your way through what you design as you design it, so put away all the stat blocks, the books and start with a simple shopping list of effects and abilities.

Once you pare that down to a cohesive set, the writing part should follow a lot cleaner and it should fit easier into the templates.


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I'm about a third of the way through the issue, and have posted a review on where I have got to so far. I will add more review once have read a little more.


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What Monica and Neil say! I have had to develop a very thick skin sometimes, even from my own review circle and gaming buddies, so one tip I can share - don't look at the number of people being vociferous, people who don't like something are always more vocal than those who do...

How often do you hear a table ask to thank the chef at a restaurant versus how often complaints get made when something isn't right. In that restaurant, all those tables that don't complain - they are satisfied customers!

So look to this thread, everyone has congratulated you, most of us envious of your success in the competition and we are just the tip of the iceberg of those who quietly and privately make their votes.

I'd also like to echo what Raven says about style - you are all distinct - this means you will all carve our your own fan base, your own chunk of games design space and so on.

View the reactions to your work not by positive or negative but by the strength of that reaction - if you stir the passions of the gaming community, then you must be doing something very right!

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frank gori wrote:

Every round past round 1 few people stick around... the Critique my item thread is usually a good indicator as it starts to die the interest in the contest begins to wane.

I personally stick around and there's a die hard audience but yeah it is a little sad to watch these boards go from a vibrant community to a ghost town.

I know, I feel a little guilty about not commenting more this year, but I have just so much work to finish up. It's been that way since last year (lots of work, not the same unfinished things >.<), so I guess that's a good thing.

I also blame Paizo a little... had they not sprung this one on me, I had actually planned to clear my decks for December to do my usual support and feedback to the community, but the devious peeps they are scheduled it right bang in the middle of my work mountain *shakes fist and grrrr's menacingly*

Yay! As I take a momentary break, my brain kicks in with a confirmed "done" and one less thing on the table.

Just one big one left to do...

*peddles the grindstone to spin it faster*

(although I have one thing left to do, I have two already waiting in the wings and a third in proposal stage - lol, so much for clearing the decks!)

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Not just game developers, it happens in many companies just under different names, for example

Post Implementation Review
or
Project Completion Summary
or
Implementation Reflection

"post-mortem" is just an older term for this sort of process that hasn't been replaced with new fangled terms yet.

It's what companies do when some task is completed and they have similar tasks in the pipeline - to take lessons learned from completing that task that can be applied to the next one and so do it better next time.

So everyone who is reading and writing the reviews, are all reviewing what was done to do it better next time! :)

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Mark Griffin wrote:
Anthony Adam wrote:

making Top 100 has really opened the doors wider for me and I'm suddenly getting a lot of interest in various proposals I have sent to a number of 3PP.

Do you really think this is a function of making the top 100, or is it because of practice, persistence and a good attitude?

They probably helped.

Maybe.

A little.

Ok, you win! ;)

Being able to point and say "that was mine" helps too! :D


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Jeffrey Swank wrote:

Each time I get ready to click "submit," my cursor would go back to "review" and I would read it all again. lol. Over, and over. Each time I seemed to find something new to correct. Finally after 1.5 hrs of trying to click that submit button, I finally did it. I think that button had an repulsor field built around it. lol (or I am addicted to the preview button?)

/me attends PBA (Preview Buttons Anonymous)

If you are correcting things in the web form/preview instead of in a separate editor, I'm going to slap you sideways! :P

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Good luck everyone, I'm still lurking, just very, very busy right now - making Top 100 has really opened the doors wider for me and I'm suddenly getting a lot of interest in various proposals I have sent to a number of 3PP.

It's both exciting, scary, and intimidating all at once - a bit like that dreaded submit button feeling. :)

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Congrats everyone!

Wow, Top 8, chances are I won't see you again as contestants in future years, and some of you have been around as long as I have!

Good luck and god speed!

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I suspect that if someone PM's privately saying "what page is the roaring hulk of doom on?" and they get back a private "Bestiary 27, Page 4,564", that would be no different to them borrowing a book, scanning a book in their game shop, etc.

So long as all you are doing is asking for a page reference, I wouldn't think it was a problem, just keep it private (both query and answers) so no one knows what beasties you are thinking of using.

Also ask for more beasties than you are actually using to hide which ones are actually being used if it worries you.

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And it gets tougher still when you actually start working on real products...

I have a product in the pipeline for a 3PP where I was one of the lead designers for the first time. I finished some months ago and the work is now going through all the editing, pre-prodiction, production, post-production, art acquisition, construction into pdf, etc., that all products go through.

It's under NDA until release and rightly so... so that's months already of me waiting to say "I did that!" - and I will, you can count on that, it's by far one of my best things so far and I am very proud of it.

So how do you tackle this keep silent time? ...

You have to learn to keep moving...

Start some new designs.

Even if you don't have the round 4 rules, you could make some more maps, do some more monster creations, put into practice what you learnt from your feedback and at the same time build yourself a small grab bag of designs that can be in semi or fully finished state to draw on when you find you need something quick ;)

Keeping yourself busy will help improve your work and even revisiting old tasks builds your confidence and skills for when you do know if you progress or not.

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I find your development process feedback extremely helpful and informative... Those of us not in the contest need feedback like this to learn from and so improve our own skills. I wouldnt fret about it Adam, I rather suspect its not much different to feedback you provide to in house designers and freelancers who submit their work to you, so we all need to be able to take such feedback on the chin and keep on working and learning.


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Busy day at work ahead, so I will be emailing the creature ethos design to those who PM'd me their email address in about 4 hours from this post - a.k.a. UK lunchtime ;)

I hope it helps.


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Wow, 9 seasons and I break top 100!

*faint*

Stunned. Just Stunned.

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R Pickard wrote:
Map Fu wrote:

*Yawns and stretches, awoken by Template Fu's gentle snores*

Ahhh, it must be time for Maps soon! I smell fresh scanning in the air!

*Takes his leave to the bathroom to refresh for the reviewing ahead*

*sees map fu, clutching her unreviewed map from 8 months ago; sits in a corner and weeps out of the cruel cold of abandonment*

(ETA: I realize it is far more important at this point to focus on the new season, not old news. I'm just being a drama queen (with a far amount of silliness to boot).)

No worries, I'll get to them, I have just been ubah busy with freelance work - all of which will start seeing the light of day over the next year.

So much so, I think I won't be eligible for Season 10 when it comes around! >.<

I'll still vote each year though, cant keep me away from that!

I also have a creature ethos design article coming out in the next Wayfinder, so if any of you want the unedited version, I will be happy to mail it to you if you think it will help you start on your creature feature ideas.

All I ask is you don't share it on as it will soon be available in shiny edited form for free in Wayfinder - I'm just letting you finalists have first dibs ;) PM me your email if you would like this (it's word docx format so should be easy to read in most readers)

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