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Orthos wrote:
Lissa Guillet wrote:
Frito chili pie day was way better than pizza day in the cafeteria.
Your school had cardboard pizza with plastic cheese too huh? =)

When I was in Elementary School, I was convinced that I hated pizza because all I had ever had was what the school tried to pass off as pizza. Once I tried REAL pizza, I saw the light.


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Sister Mary Rambo wonders when Boss Fishy will show up in thread. Sister Mary Rambo misses Boss Fishy.

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My wife knits while gaming all the time. She's ADHD, and it actually helps her pay attention to things if she has something to keep her hands busy.

Frankly, unless the person the OP was talking about was knitting INSTEAD OF playing, then I don't see what the knitting even has to do with the post, much less why it was the title. Sounds to me like the interaction with the rabid dog was more of an issue.

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In vague order of preference:

1. Spelljammer
2. Mystara
3. Eberron
4. "Classic" Forgotten Realms

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My take on it: The rules are written with human(oid)s PCs in mind. Since the races that PCs can be pretty much all have hands, that's what somatic components for PCs are assumed to use.

Somatic components for races that don't have hands but cast spells anyway use gestures appropriate for the creature. When polymorphing (or otherwise changing shape), you need appendages similar enough to what you normally have to perform the somatic components correctly, or you need some ability that allows you to use other gestures, such as the Natural Spell feat.

...Which is pretty similar to what you said in your last paragraph, which I would have noticed if I'd finished reading your post BEFORE writing mine. 8^)

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Mark Seifter wrote:
The Adept/Expert is called the Dabbler. They gain the ability to customize their spell list a little bit just like how expert customizes their skill list. The Aristocrat/Warrior is called the Warlord, and they focus on the sort of aristocratic style of "fair" combat and lording over strongholds of lower level warriors. Aomidori, the iconic warlord, went berserk after her kingdom was destroyed by the rising successor state of Lingshen poisoning their water supply. She was only saved when Kess and Reiko convinced her not to attack the army of Lingshen singlehandedly but instead to focus her anger and become an adventurer with them.

You realize you have to actually do this now, right? That level of cool detail can't be relegated to a joke... 8^)

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I backed the Realm Works Kickstarter because I thought it was a really innovative and useful idea, but have barely used it because of the daunting amount of stuff to do. Since I almost exclusively run APs nowadays (mostly to save prep time) I would happily pay to have even more prep time saved by getting the Pathfinder APs, Modules, Campaign Setting, etc. in Realm Works.


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I upload a backup copy of my personality onto the RAID, which self-destructs in a fit of depression.

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@Ashiel,

Whatever your problems, I'm very glad whenever I see somebody 1) acknowledge them, and 2) try to improve. Keep it up! 8^)

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I just received my print pack and, frankly, I'm not crazy about the exclusive version of the module's cover, or the minis. You want 'em? (Just the module and minis; you can buy the flip-mats, cards, and novel separately.) PM me to work out terms. 8^)

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Redeemed Mythic Goblin! 8^)

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In the Magic chapter.

Magic chapter, Components section wrote:
Divine Focus (DF): A divine focus component is an item of spiritual significance. The divine focus for a cleric or a paladin is a holy symbol appropriate to the character's faith. The divine focus for a druid or a ranger is a sprig of holly, or some other sacred plant.

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Matt Thomason wrote:
Oh, I could absolutely go for that too. A series of one-shots for Iconic origins.

Yes. Paizo/Dynamite, please do this. "Iconics: Origins" would be awesome. 8^)

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Just chipped in a chunk of change to chime-in support for the children. (And cavemen. 8^)

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Too much perfume. If I can smell you coming at 30 ft., and I don't have the Scent special ability, it's too much.

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Sara Marie wrote:
katina: I think my brain has blue-screened.

I am quite familiar with that feeling. I have two small children. 8^)

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Hey, I'd be honored by a personal visit by a Paizo employee. Even if it was Cosmo. *runs away*

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Icaste Fyrbawl wrote:
I may be overstepping my bounds here, but in my experience with resumes, if you want a chance bad enough and feel that your experiences can make up for a lack of qualification, don't cripple yourself by not applying. Diamond in the rough, after all.

As the cliché goes, the worst that can happen is they say "no". 8^)

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Prestige Classes.

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As a parent of small children, I'd be sorely tempted to take Sleep. I'd have to work out the ethical considerations of enchanting my kids every night, though.

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Yeah, most of the games I run, we do host. (Or are online, but that can have its challenges with kids around too.)

The problem with the one game is that most of the players live a fair ways away from our house, so it's pretty much a matter of play near them or not play. And the only one with a residence suitable for playing at was that one. (Everybody else has other reasons their homes are not suitable, which I won't go into here.)

I would say it is generally correct to assume that those who have kids will have kid-friendly houses. If you don't make your house kid-friendly when you have them, it's gonna make your life VERY difficult! 8^) Some who don't have kids may also have kid-friendly homes, but it's less likely.

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P.S. to #6 - I am actually on the hook to run a My Little Pony: Roleplaying is Magic game for my girls (ages 6 and almost-4) one of these days. 8^)

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Zhayne wrote:

And now, a pet peeve.

Pathfinder is a game system.
Golarion is a campaign setting.
They are not the same thing.

<nitpick mode>

Actually, strictly speaking, the campaign setting is called the Pathfinder Campaign Setting. Golarion is the name of the planet that most of the material for that setting is placed on.

And, strictly speaking, the game system is the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.
</nitpick mode>

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Who's gonna volunteer to charge them? NOT IT!

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I'm also going to vote for #3, though I'd be fine with any. (Even option 2. There is precedent; the Tome of Horrors Complete did separate conversions of monsters from the original ToHs that Paizo already put in the Bestiaries.)

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Human Commoner, Human Rogue with Bugbear Barbarian cohort, Old Human Wizard, and two golems.

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"Transmute Cultist to Orc"? When would I ever use that? *toss*

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Part 2 for me:

  • I've always been disappointed that Paizo (and WotC before them) have avoided some of the classic tropes so stringently. Such as, rescuing a princess, "a wizard did it", and, heck, having traditional KINGDOMS in their settings. Even not-so-traditional stuff like half-dragons. Yeah, maybe they were overdone for a while, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't ever be used again...

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The 8th Dwarf wrote:
I want to know who Zathras is?

Cosmo. 8^)

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Yeah, I haven't gotten my ship notice or PDFs yet. It's a bummer, for sure. But ship (sic) happens, sometimes things get behind schedule. Frankly, I think this is the first time since last GenCon that they've been this behind. If subscribers were getting their PDFs after the general live date on a regular basis, then we'd have something real to complain about. The vast majority of the time, though, I get my PDFs on or before the general live date, so I'm overall happy with the process.

Still, please ship today. Please ship today. Please ship today. 8^)

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I'm 40. One of the regular games I've been running is with my wife (who is older than me, but the exact amount shall remain unsaid 8^) and HER DAD.

So, no, you're not too old. 8^)

My wife and I joke that, at least with our roleplaying games, we'll have something to do in the retirement home when we get that old. Probably confuse the heck out of some of the other residents, but... 8^)

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I used to run through a complicated measure-and-resize process to get the maps to a whole number of pixels per square to use them in MapTool, but have switched to the following (which is similar, but not quite the same as at least one other person above):

1. Extract from PDF, usually using the GIMP. Save as png.
2. Create new map in MapTool. Leave pixels per square at default. (50 I think?)
3. Drag png into Background layer.
4. Turn on grid.
5. Resize map token to match built-in grid. (Yes, his usually requires making it absolutely HUGE, but I like having the grid resolution at default so I can have finer resolution drawings/VBL.) This usually entails resizing the image to roughly match square sizes, moving it so the most upper-left grid line intersection in the image lines up with the MapTool grid, then fine-tuning the image size until the grid lines match up fairly closely.

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Renvale987 wrote:
I have never felt more stupid than I do today asking all these questions.

Don't. The only actually stupid thing would be NOT asking and doing something you could get in trouble for.

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The way the item is worded, I'd say your GM's interpretation has merit.

Boots of Levitation wrote:
On command, these boots allow the wearer to levitate as if she had cast levitate on herself.

Bold mine.

It doesn't sound like an actual continuous effect to me.

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Readerbreeder wrote:
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Drejk wrote:
Sara Marie wrote:
cosmo: I'm not insulting you, just people who do those things that you do.
To whom Cosmo was speaking?
me :P
Um, doesn't Cosmo kind of do, you know, the same kinds of things that you do, thereby leading him to insult himself? *confused face*

I wouldn't put that past Cosmo. (Heck, I wouldn't put much of anything past Cosmo. 8^)

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This blog post about the Sable Company might help. Okay, they use Hippogriffs instead of Griffons, but you'd probably just need to tweak the stats a bit.

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Weren Wu Jen wrote:

Dreamscarred Press updated the Expanded Psionics Handbook (Psionics Unleashed), but couldn't use the Thri-kreen because WoTC never made them Open Content.

So, they created the Dromites, which are insectoid.

You're right about the Thri-Kreen not being open, but Dromites were in the Expanded Psionics Handbook as well.

Dreamscarred has altered the Dromites a bit, though. XPH Dromites, as I recall, were especially humanoid, almost to the point of just being bug-eyed halflings. PsiU Dromites are more insectoid, but still just have four limbs.

Dromites are much more anthropomorphized than Kreen, but are still a good example of anthropomorphized insects.

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So, a Player Companion book about companions for player characters.

Well played. 8^)

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So, Mikaze, when are you planning to release the first installment of that? 8^)

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If it helps, there was a Spell Points system in the 3.5 Unearthed Arcana, which can also be found on d20srd.org.

I have done my own conversion of this system to Pathfinder RPG on my own website.

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Yes! More Prestige Classes! 8^)

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Thing that bugs me the most about Golarion is the lack of "traditional" fantasy tropes, like countries that are actually "kingdoms". We've got tons of city-states, a few empires, fledgling democracies, theocracies of dark gods, pharoahs, etc., but I can't think of (off hand) a country that would fit the old-fashioned "King and Queen" run Kingdom. With princesses to be saved, etc. Yes, I know, the folks in change, and likely most people, are tired of these old tropes, but I consider them to be classics, and should, at least, have some representation.

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Most of the 3rd party stuff I've bought, I've done so BECAUSE they were used in a Pathfinder product. Not because I needed it to run the adventure (stats are reprinted when needed, as mentioned above), but simply because of the exposure. My thinking is, if it's good enough stuff for Paizo to want to use it in one of their products, it's got to be good enough to take a look at...

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I saw a link to this Kickstarter project in the Distant Worlds product thread, and signed up. I'm a fan of Spelljammer from back in the day, and would love to see this produced.

Good luck!

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I so wish I had any chance of talking my wife into moving cross-country. That Software Developer position sounds like a dream job for me. (That is, I might be qualified for it, and I'd absolutely LOVE to work for Paizo!)

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Vic Wertz wrote:
Sigh... looks like our distributor thinks it's supposed to be the same price as the Beginner Box Heroes set. (It's not—that one only has 4 minis, and this one has 6.) Thanks for letting us know!

Ah. That would do it.

You're welcome. Kind-of hated to be "the guy who pointed out the beneficial-to-customers error", but I've got a lawful streak. 8^)

Edit: Plus, you folks are too cool to take advantage of. 8^)

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Cheapy wrote:
Spiderpig, spiderpig...

Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham is clearly cooler and more powerful than any of the other pigs anybody can possibly think of. 8^)

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Kelsey,

These players are seriously taking advantage of you and ABUSING you -- as a GM, if not as a person.

Like others have said, get away from these jerks. You deserve to have fun as GM just as much as they do as players. Find some people to play with who are just a nice as you are.

It might help to not just look for players for a game. Maybe try to just meet some people and get to know them as friends first. If you only meet people at game stores, then join a group as a player first to get to know them. I know you like GMing, but it's important to KNOW people and their playstyles.

Good luck!

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joela wrote:
There have been a few changes at work. Now I have a new boss who, shall we say, I find pleasing to look at. While it definitely makes it easy to pay attention in conversation, is it time to look for a new job? :(

If you can keep your interaction respectful and professional, then you should be fine. Just make sure you don't leer, and don't let it affect how you interact with her.

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