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Hi James,

Sorry if it's been asked before and I missed it, but just curious if you were able to say what you contributed to the 5th Edition DMG? I was just having a look at my copy and noticed a James Jacobs under the additional contributors.


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equinoxmaster - You shouldn't be, yours was sent yesterday and shows as going through, so check your emails and your downloads.

Merry Christmas to those of you who have your goodies already and you're welcome!Delighted to hear that you're getting use of it already too Artemis. :)

I'm having no more luck managing to send more than one gift at a time and have queried it with the Paizo team, so the other gifts are a little delayed sorry. Everything will go out by Christmas though even if I end up resigning myself to sending everything one by one. :)


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Honestly, you've got a new player excited to make his own character. I struggle to see how this is anything other than a good thing. Certainly offer to help him out if he seems unhappy with the results or just isn't very effective, but learning how the system works is part of the fun.


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I noticed that there are some neat new options when gift giving (such as multiple recipients per product), but unfortunately I can't seem to make the gift giving work if gifting more than one item at once. I started out with 15 items in my cart and added each of the recipients, but all of the recipient information vanishes when I try to go to payment.

I mucked about a bit, but found I could only complete giving a gift if I had just one item in the cart. Anything else just removed all the gift recipient information that I had added. I'm using Google Chrome on the Mac, would be great to know if you have any suggestions!


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hmmmm... I've managed to send out the Obsidian Apocalypse copies and Psionic Bestiary. Being a little delayed on the others since the gift giving options seem to not be working if I send more than one at once... Going to see if I can find some way to make this work without sending them one by one!


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I'm going to take the haiku as a request for company of dragons! Added a couple of bonuses and that's everything taken! I should send things out tomorrow once the Giant Hunter's Handbook is out. And until I do the draw anyone else is free to sign up for the Belkzen bonus draw. :)

1) It's not a partridge, but The Raven's Call from Kobold Press does contain a bird to kick us off at least! - Gerald

2) What? Somebody stole the town Christmas tree? And all the presents? And there are size 1200 footprints all around? Bring me that Giant Hunter's Handbook and we'll sort things out! - MagusJanus

3) You won't find a Christmas Tree, but how about researching the Beasts of the Boundless Blue? - necromental

4) And as long as we're anywhere near the water, brush up on your nautical warfare with Fire as She Bears! - Readerbreeder

5) You think the Drow stole our Christmas tree? Well, check out the Rise of the Drow Prologue if you really insist... - Dustin Ashe

6) Sooooo... does the Player's Guide to the Crossroads say anything about which direction we go now? - Oladon

7) Ooooookay... I really don't think taking the path marked Obsidian Apocalypse is helping here! - Artemis Moonstar, lucky7

8) Though I suppose this Shadowy Keep on the Borderlands could be a hideout. - Christopher Utley

9) I hate to say I told you so, but we didn't find what we were looking for there at all! Good thing we found that friendly Company of Dragons who helped get us back on track. - Paper Crane Style Monk

10) Maybe this could be a psionic dragon? Check the Psionic Bestiary, maybe they'll be able to help us find the goodies! - DungeonmasterCal

11) You're saying that it's guarded by some kind of Mythic Monsters? But I at least get to pick which monster is the guard? - Aleron (fairy tale creatures), equinoxmaster (good creatures)

12) That was lucky that the guardians turned out to be good! Look at the Bundles of Goodies we have here. Pick one of the bundles for yourself! - Sethvir, ErockB

Bonus Round) MagusJanus, Dustin Ashe, Aleron, equinoxmaster, Gerald, Artemis Moonstar, Oladon, Readerbreeder, Voadam


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I'll be sending everything probably midweek, but I'm pretty sure everyone will get an email notification when it arrives and I'll post here.

Sorry lucky7 and ErockB, those two got picked already. The Puddings do sound fun though... *thinks*

Still got Fire as She Bears, Player's Guide to the Crossroads, Company of Dragons, and more entries for Belkzen to give away!

1) It's not a partridge, but The Raven's Call from Kobold Press does contain a bird to kick us off at least! - Gerald

2) What? Somebody stole the town Christmas tree? And all the presents? And there are size 1200 footprints all around? Bring me that Giant Hunter's Handbook and we'll sort things out! - MagusJanus

3) You won't find a Christmas Tree, but how about researching the Beasts of the Boundless Blue? - necromental

4) And as long as we're anywhere near the water, brush up on your nautical warfare with Fire as She Bears!

5) You think the Drow stole our Christmas tree? Well, check out the Rise of the Drow Prologue if you really insist... - Dustin Ashe

6) Sooooo... does the Player's Guide to the Crossroads say anything about which direction we go now?

7) Ooooookay... I really don't think taking the path marked Obsidian Apocalypse is helping here! - Artemis Moonstar

8) Though I suppose this Shadowy Keep on the Borderlands could be a hideout. - Christopher Utley

9) I hate to say I told you so, but we didn't find what we were looking for there at all! Good thing we found that friendly Company of Dragons who helped get us back on track.

10) Maybe this could be a psionic dragon? Check the Psionic Bestiary, maybe they'll be able to help us find the goodies! - DungeonmasterCal

11) You're saying that it's guarded by some kind of Mythic Monsters? But I at least get to pick which monster is the guard? - Aleron (fairy tale creatures), equinoxmaster (good creatures)

12) That was lucky that the guardians turned out to be good! Look at the Bundles of Goodies we have here. Pick one of the bundles for yourself! - Sethvir

Bonus Round) MagusJanus, Dustin Ashe, Aleron, equinoxmaster, Gerald, Artemis Moonstar


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Console yourself knowing the Psionic Bestiary has a 5 star review too Cal!


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Updated the list below with what's been taken so far. Still some neat things left though! :)
(Note: Both things you've nominated (apart from the Belkzen draw) were taken sorry equinox, but I've put you down for a 2nd Mythic Monsters anyway.)

1) It's not a partridge, but The Raven's Call from Kobold Press does contain a bird to kick us off at least!

2) What? Somebody stole the town Christmas tree? And all the presents? And there are size 1200 footprints all around? Bring me that Giant Hunter's Handbook and we'll sort things out! - MagusJanus

3) You won't find a Christmas Tree, but how about researching the Beasts of the Boundless Blue? - necromental

4) And as long as we're anywhere near the water, brush up on your nautical warfare with Fire as She Bears!

5) You think the Drow stole our Christmas tree? Well, check out the Rise of the Drow Prologue if you really insist... - Dustin Ashe

6) Sooooo... does the Player's Guide to the Crossroads say anything about which direction we go now?

7) Ooooookay... I really don't think taking the path marked Obsidian Apocalypse is helping here! - Artemis Moonstar

8) Though I suppose this Shadowy Keep on the Borderlands could be a hideout. - Christopher Utley

9) I hate to say I told you so, but we didn't find what we were looking for there at all! Good thing we found that friendly Company of Dragons who helped get us back on track.

10) Maybe this could be a psionic dragon? Check the Psionic Bestiary, maybe they'll be able to help us find the goodies! - DungeonmasterCal

11) You're saying that it's guarded by some kind of Mythic Monsters? But I at least get to pick which monster is the guard? - Aleron (fairy tale creatures), equinoxmaster (good creatures)

12) That was lucky that the guardians turned out to be good! Look at the Bundles of Goodies we have here. Pick one of the bundles for yourself! - Sethvir

Bonus Round) MagusJanus, Dustin Ashe, Aleron, equinoxmaster


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Limit of one per person on the list of 12, but anyone can go in for Belkzen, I'll do a draw for that. :)

So that looks like MagusJanus down for Giant Hunter's, Dustin for Ride of the Drow, Christopher for Shadowed Keep and Sethvir for the #12 bundle!


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Time sure flies, but we're due for another 12 Days of Christmas PDF giveaway! The 12 days of Christmas items are each first come first served and limit one per person. Just post here if you want anything that hasn't been claimed yet and I'll get it out to you once everything is taken.

Since the 'Bonus Round' isn't available yet just post if you want it. Then when I send the other gifts out I'll randomly pick which two people get the pdfs. :)

1) It's not a partridge, but The Raven's Call from Kobold Press does contain a bird to kick us off at least!

2) What? Somebody stole the town Christmas tree? And all the presents? And there are size 1200 footprints all around? Bring me that Giant Hunter's Handbook and we'll sort things out!

3) You won't find a Christmas Tree, but how about researching the Beasts of the Boundless Blue?

4) And as long as we're anywhere near the water, brush up on your nautical warfare with Fire as She Bears!

5) You think the Drow stole our Christmas tree? Well, check out the Rise of the Drow Prologue if you really insist...

6) Sooooo... does the Player's Guide to the Crossroads say anything about which direction we go now?

7) Ooooookay... I really don't think taking the path marked Obsidian Apocalypse is helping here!

8) Though I suppose this Shadowy Keep on the Borderlands could be a hideout.

9) I hate to say I told you so, but we didn't find what we were looking for there at all! Good thing we found that friendly Company of Dragons who helped get us back on track.

10) Maybe this could be a psionic dragon? Check the Psionic Bestiary, maybe they'll be able to help us find the goodies!

11) You're saying that it's guarded by some kind of Mythic Monsters? But I at least get to pick which monster is the guard?

12) That was lucky that the guardians turned out to be good! Look at the Bundles of Goodies we have here. Pick one of the bundles for yourself!

Bonus Round) We never did find out who took our tree and presents in the first place though... It'll take a while to get all the paperwork in order, but I want to send two of you into Belkzen to see what is going on!


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It is a false assumption, I'm afraid. The probability has to total 1, so if your chance to win has gone up your chance to lose has to go up as well.

Personally I sometimes think it's clearer to think back to the difference between perfect knowledge and no knowledge on the part of Monty for understanding the solution. If I start at the beginning with three doors (2 goats, 1 car), then when I pick one it's pretty clear that my chance of being right is 1/3 regardless of whether Monty knows where the car is.

Now if Monty has to get rid of one door, but doesn't know where the car is then there's a 1 in 3 chance that the winning door was discarded, a 1 in 3 chance Monty has the winning door, and a 1 in 3 chance that my door is the winning one. Since there's no way to get at the 'discarded' door, then my chances of winning are equal whether I stick with my original door or move to Monty's.

But in the problem Monty has perfect knowledge and the rules say that he must discard a door with a goat. Monty's knowledge doesn't do anything to change my chance of picking the right door in the first place, that's still 1 in 3. But there's zero chance for Monty to discard the door with the car, the rules say he always discards a door with a goat. There must be a 2 in 3 chance that Monty has the door with the car, hence if I can switch then I should.


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Oh awesome! Hope that more of these become available on the Mac over time though, I don't bother to switch to Windows much for gaming now...


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wraithstrike wrote:

Someone else brought up problems with book bindings, which I had not considered. Most of my books are pdf, and my hardbacks hardly ever see use. The AP's I have in physical form are holding up, but I hardly ever use them either. So of course I can't comment on whether it is use or quality of the binding that is the issue. I also don't know if people are taking use/handling into account, but if the binding is an issue then it should be fixed.

PS: When people say "quality" while complaining they should be more specific. What exactly is dropping is a question that should be answered. Every book has had errors, and I think the last two major releases coming back to back may have created a "sky is falling" syndrome. I could be wrong however. This is an interesting topic, so I will watch to see how the next book turns out. Other than the equipment guide, I had not really seen this much complaining about 1 product.

Most of my books are still physical and I haven't had any problems with the bindings at all. But sure, if there's an actual problem it should be addressed. I'd suggest that there are always a certain number of books in a run that have binding problems though, so you'd really need to be Paizo to see if binding issues were on the increase.

I'm pretty sure complaining in the rule book line will continue to be high. I think that's an inevitable result as the number of rule books released foes up. That doesn't mean that none of the complaints are going to be valid, but I think it's natural to expect complaints to increase from the earlier days.


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Wiggz wrote:

The Elixir of Sex Change is a very tiny example of what I'm referencing. I'm assuming ti was written up, possibly a handful of drafts as I imagine most written work receives, reviewed by someone, possibly several someones as most written work is, some effort put into determining a proper gp cost for it and so on... and I imagine every step of the way that took some time. Not exhaustive amounts to be sure, but it adds up, especially when spread across numerous characters - NPC's and Iconics, items, story lines, etc.

Now, I'm assuming that the Elixir of Sex Change didn't magically appear on the printed page and I'm assuming its sole purpose was to make the world more open and inclusive, no? That suggests your statement isn't entirely true.

I don't think the Elixir of Sex Change (and any other LGBT elements in general) was itself created to make the world more open and inclusive. I think the Elixir of Sex Change was created because it was something that made sense to the way the developers view how open and inclusive Golarion is. If it's a conscious decision to make a change as in your assumption then yeah, it takes more developer time. But if it's just further developing the way the developers see Golarion then it's a bit different.

And if developers naturally see something as open and inclusive, it doesn't take any more time to write about an LGBT character versus taking the same words to talk about a straight character.


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Personally I haven't noticed any decline in Paizo's quality. I don't have the ACG yet so can't comment on that specifically, but I think one book with some editing problems isn't necessarily a symptom of a wider problem. I think the AP's are as great as ever, along with the world building in the campaign setting, which are the things that drew me to Pathfinder in the first place. And personally I like the other irons they have in the fire. The Adventure Card Game is great fun, and I'm really looking forward to whatever Pathfinder game Obsidian comes out with.

I'd also suggest that a complex rule system means that there will inevitably be more errors as that rule system expands. The more moving parts a system has, the greater the chance that a new rule is going to interact badly with an existing portion of it. That doesn't mean that errors aren't annoying, but increasing errors doesn't have to mean that the books are getting sloppy. It may simply be reflective of an increasing potential for errors.


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I certainly prefer metric, but I'm comfortable enough with imperial that I've got no problem with it in Pathfinder. I'd be happy for it to change, but it doesn't bother me as it stands.

Here in New Zealand imperial use actually seems to have faded quite a lot lately. When I was growing up in the 80's I used both, but height and weight used to almost always be given in imperial. Though i never remember getting milk in anything other than litres. And by now weight is pretty much always given in metric here, and while imperial is more common for height the usage is still fading.

Limnen_euron wrote:
To clarify my point: having a foot divided into 12 inches might sound bizarre at first, until you realize that counting in base 12 makes a lot of sense as far as divisions are concerned: 12 you can divide by 2, 3, 4 and 6 (as opposed to 10 only being divisible by 2 and 5), giving a carpenter using of inches a very convenient way to express such notions as half a foot, a third of a foot etc. (in metric, that would force him to use repeating decimals). For similar reasons, Babylonians divided the circumference in 360 degrees.

I think the beauty of metric is how easily the units scale though. If I'm building something I'm more likely to use millimetres for any fine work, but if precision matters less it's pretty easy to shift to centimetres or metres.

Basically it means that you can express pretty much anything to two decimal places, you just need to scale your units. But I like that it makes measurement 'rules' much the same whatever scale you're working in. I think in most cases that trumps the easier divisibility of 12 for me,


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Right, and I think that the Social Justice Warrior tag is bad too. It's just a label for anything that the user doesn't disagree with. I mean, is there a meaning for Social Justice Warrior beyond 'person who is backing some kind of social justice position that I personally disagree with'? What use is that as a phrase? Just get on to what you actually disagree with rather than just throwing a meaningless label on things.

And there's no reason to take a 'side' between either article. I think the original article didn't make the point well and did come across a bit whiny, but I think Correia came off at least as bad. If I'd call anyone a bully from the two articles (let along the linked one about diversity in science fiction casts) it would be Correia.


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I'm more inclined to think negatively of people who want to throw the social justice warrior label on someone because apparently that improves their own point somehow. Yeah, lets call people names and at the same time imply that 'social justice' is somehow a bad thing. That's a worthwhile contribution to debate!


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I think the original article isn't put terribly helpfully, and I think the Correia article is a pretty poor thing as well. Having confronted some people several times is no excuse for doing so in the aggressive and dismissive manner he does.

I think one could equally say 'stop jumping to take offence every time somebody tries to talk about how privilege and racism are real things in society'. That doesn't mean that everybody talking about such things does so in a reasonable way, but some people being unreasonable isn't some kind of pass for other people being unreasonable in turn.

Personally i have little time for any argument that needs to hang itself on putting people into buckets. "Oh, all you social justice warriors are just the same!" "You're a voice for the patriarchy and part of the problem!"
Neither are terribly helpful. It just gets people wanting to hop onto whichever 'side' they agree with rather than actually listen to what a particular person is saying.


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How you look may not impact what race you are, but of course it impacts what sort of racial discrimination you may face. My grandmother is half-Chinese, making my mother 1/4 and me 1/8th. None of us have experienced much in the way of racial discrimination for being Chinese though. One of my mothers brothers does look quite Chinese though, as does one of her cousins and one of my cousins, and they've each experienced some level of racial abuse.

Whether somebody looks like a race is going to be a strong factor in what racism they get exposed to, often more of a factor than what race they actually are. My mother has just as much Chinese blood as her cousin, but she doesn't know what it's like to be discriminated against for being Chinese, while her cousin does.

Regardless, what discrimination Larry Correia may or may not have suffered isn't really relevant to what discrimination others have faced. Maybe he faced less, maybe he handled it differently. Neither would make racial discrimination any more acceptable.


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Lord Snow wrote:
Berik wrote:
But as you say, 'All Larry saw was a bunch of gamers' and 'All a person looking for racism saw was racism'. Would you agree that the truth was almost certainly somewhere in between? That there would likely have been some incidents of racism, while more people were around enjoying themselves?

Errr, no. Just because you have two competing viewpoint does not mean you should immediately assume that both are equally valid and decide that the truth is somewhere between them. To show you the fault of such thinking, let's pretend that a third person, call him Bob, would have gone back from the con, and written an article in his home about how everything there was a cover-up for devil worship. He would even link to a picture of someone in the custom of a fiend or something. Clearly, Bob would say, there are signs of devil worship everywhere in GenCon - I've been there and seen it myself!

Now what do you do? how do you fit this in with the other two views? is GenCon somewhere in the middle between awesomeness, racism and devil worship? No, because Bob is clearly crazy and his opinion has no real weight. It is not comparable to the other two.

Coming back to the issue at hand, one person seeing racism and another not seeing it does not mean much. Sure, maybe if you did a detailed survey with a couple dozen random people, statistics would ensure you'll be able to determine how many people saw racism and how many didn't.

As for my opinion on the whole matter - I don't take the article about racism seriously. As Correia pointed out in his response, a lot of the claims for racism were unfounded, and the attitude of "not being aware that you are the majority is a form of racism" is just absurd. I do not particularly care for Correia's snappy style, and see it as something that weakens his arguments, but it's not going to stop me from thinking he is more in tune with reality.

er... I didn't say it's somewhere in between because any two views must mean the truth is in the middle. I said it's likely in the middle because I believe it's most likely that most gamers at Gencon are having a good time, but there probably would have been incidents of racism now and then. That's not saying that racism is a systematic part of Gencon, merely that I wouldn't automatically disbelieve someone who claimed to have experienced racism at Gencon just because I hadn't.

Seriously, nothing I said is indicating I think two opposing positions must inherently be equally valid, I think the positions in each article in question are pretty poor to be honest. My argument is that the truth in this case is probably neither extreme.


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Finally got to actually play the Adventure Card Game last weekend and it really made me look forward to the app. The game was great fun, but we won't get the chance to play too often and it's a lot of set up to go through single player. An app would work really well I think.


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EileenProphetofIstus wrote:
Now that the PH is out, has their been any official talk about some Greyhawk support or is WOTC silent on the matter still? Beyond the MM and DM Guide and modules for Forgotten Realms are their any other future product releases announced? Has WOTC made any kind of announcement about their splat book support?

There hasn't been anything that I've heard, but they haven't made much in the way of official announcements on later supplements yet. Apparently the Greyhawk gods are mentioned within the deities section though, so at least it isn't totally forgotten.

A Greyhawk campaign setting would actually fit pretty well with the retro approach they've taken to parts of the system. So I'm actually crossing my fingers that we might get some support.


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I'm sure that WotC intend to use nostalgia to get a boost in sales, but I'm also sure that their business plan isn't to rely purely on nostalgia.

Personally I like the release schedule they have. They're building up the new edition a bit more slowly with the product releases which seems fairly smart. It means that people who have a lot of gaming money devoted to Pathfinder or other games can more easily keep up if they want to give the new D&D a try too. If somebody needs a campaign setting to enjoy the game that's fine, the rulebooks will still be available when a campaign setting comes out.

If the game does well then I'm sure that the range of products getting released will increase in turn. If WotC sell a lot of core rulebooks (as it seems they are), it's inevitable that they'll sell if the people who own the core rulebooks will want to buy other products. But if they keep things slow because they want to have more of a focus on quality over quantity than they may have had in the past then I don't see anything wrong with that.

For the original question I'm excited about D&D Next because I've bought every edition released since I became a game and enjoyed them all. That includes enjoying 4E, even though I've ultimately decided I like Pathfinder more. I played in the playtest and found it interesting, so I'm pretty keen to see what the new edition brings.


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I'm not really sure if the OP is meant to mean do I want a new edition right now, or at some point in the future. I've gone with yes though on the grounds that I'd certainly like a new edition at some point.

Paizo is probably my favourite RPG company from all the years I've been a gamer now, I'd love to see what they came up with for a system that was less directly chained to another system. I'm not unsatisfied with what I have, but I generally enjoy new systems more than I enjoy new splat books and I'd love to see what Paizo would do rules-wise with a Pathfinder 2e.

It would be nice if any change that happened still was compatible enough that adventure paths and the like could be used in either current Pathfinder or 2e without too much effort though.


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But as you say, 'All Larry saw was a bunch of gamers' and 'All a person looking for racism saw was racism'. Would you agree that the truth was almost certainly somewhere in between? That there would likely have been some incidents of racism, while more people were around enjoying themselves?

It's perfectly reasonable to point out a very slanted view that suggests racism is everywhere at a particular place, when your experience is that it isn't present. But it isn't very reasonable or helpful to suggest that the very suggestion that such things may happen is ridiculous. It could have been a much more positive message about Larry not having encountered such things and finding Gencon a positive place, rather than attacking the initial author for his own experiences.


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I don't think that many people actually call themselves a 'Social Justice Warrior', I see it used far more often as a disparaging term for people expressing a point of view the writer doesn't like. It's like when people criticise a position for being 'politically correct'. It doesn't really mean anything in itself, it's just trying to be an umbrella term for something the author doesn't like.

To be honest I don't think much of either article, I think the actual situation is a bit more nuanced than either author is making it out to be. The first article does seem to be trying hard to see racism in everything, but the second seems equally keen on implying that it isn't present in the situation at all. I don't think either position is accurate.


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I dislike waiting, I dislike queues and I really dislike crowds. But as a Paizo fan from New Zealand I still hope I get to wait in a line like that at Gencon (or perhaps Paizocon!) one day. :D


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Mine says, "Berik has yet to successfully choose an avatar".


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There's a countdown for 11 days on their website now. Very keen to see what they end up doing. I'd actually love to see a return of something like Unlimited Adventures...


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GOG unfortunately doesn't have any of the Gold Box games yet, though they have most things from Baldur's Gate on. When I play any of the games I do so with an Amiga emulator (though I still have my old boxes up on the shelf at home :D ), since that's what I was used to. Plus it generally has better sound than the PC releases of the time. I'm on a Mac now, but winUAE was a pretty solid Amiga emulator, plus Amiga Forever gives some help getting one going.


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Lissa Guillet wrote:
Fake Healer wrote:
I would love to see randomly generated dungeons with set goals and targets within them to help with replay value on the game.
If you haven't yet, you should check out FTL. It's a scifi roguelike that's a lot of fun.

As long as we're recommending newer roguelikes I've been having a lot of fun lately with Desktop Dungeons. Great bite-sized gameplay if you don't have a lot of time, but with surprising strategic depth once you get into it.

FTL is extremely good too though.


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Fake Healer wrote:

Just thought I would toss this here:

List of Dungeons and Dragons video games.

Going through the list reminded me of some games I really liked, like Dungeon Hack which was basically a randomly generated dungeon crawl in the Eye of the Beholder III style of play. It was different every time but the lack of a good story left it as nothing more than a mindless crawl. I would love to see randomly generated dungeons with set goals and targets within them to help with replay value on the game.

I remember playing Menzoberranzan but I really don't have any impressions from the game left on me....anyone have any thoughts on that game? I wish I could remember it besides just knowing that I played it....

I've played a scary amount of those D&D games... Childhood well spent! :D

I remember really enjoying the early stages of Menzoberranzan. At the time it was the most graphically impressive game I had and running about dealing with the early stages of the drow attack and meeting the NPCs was fun. It's pretty much the first memory I have of a kenku! Unfortunately I got totally stuck after a little while venturing into the Underdark. I remember it as encountering a bug, but I could easily have missed something that I needed. I have the game on my old laptop with vague plans to go back to try and get further one day, but that hasn't happened yet...


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Personally I hope that D&D beats Pathfinder for several quarters at least, as (provided the sales aren't all people abandoning ship from Pathfinder to D&D) that will give a strong signal that the RPG market is in a strong place. I'm having a lot of fun playing Pathfinder and have always enjoyed Paizo's setting material and APs, but I've never been especially wedded to any one system and think that growing the overall market is a good thing longer term.

Don't get me wrong, I still really like Paizo as a company and by no means want their sales to drop off very much. But if D&D Next is a hit then it has potential to bring new people into the hobby or bring old players back, some of whom will inevitably move onto Pathfinder or other systems.


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Oh, and I loved the Gold Box games! Played Champions of Krynn in particular so many times... Me and a friend were so addicted to it that I remember once talking on the phone for ages as we were each racing to finish it first on our Amiga's! I vote that Obsidian make a Pathfinder game similar to those games on the tablet too. :D


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If you don't like Forgotten Realms a better introduction to the infinity engine would be Icewind Dale of Planescape: Torment. Icewind Dale is in the Realms, but that isn't too important since it's a much more straightforward dungeon crawler at heart than Baldur's Gate. And Planescape: Torment of course has a great story and is in Planescape!


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This is great news, really looking forward to seeing some Pathfinder computer games. I'd imagine a lot of the work they've done on getting Pillars of Eternity working as desired would translate over to what a lot of people want in a Pathfinder game. If that is a possibility it could cut down on a chunk of development time at least.

And personally I'm very excited about the PACG for tablets. I enjoy the game, but it can just be a bit annoying getting it set up and getting space cleared so having an app is a nice solution. And if I'm dreaming I'd love to have an adventure mode interface similar to the old Magic the Gathering Shandalar game.


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I really don't see the new iconics as being 'desexed' at all really. Kess is showing plenty of skin. Enora is wearing robes but she appears to be showing a fair amount of cleavage, she just hasn't posed to show that off. Jirelle is covered up, but I actually think she's one of the most appealing iconics yet. And to my mind has an ideal 'slightly cocky swashbuckler' expression.

(It's a little off topic, but I really like the art for the ACG iconics in general. The idea that the mash-up class iconics are themselves seemingly inspired by the two iconics that make up the mash-up class is a lot of fun. It's like we're seeing a second generation of iconics. :D )


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I've read (and indeed own) most of the Adventure Paths, but I've yet to actually play any of the modules. We rotate GMs and I mostly like to run my own things anyway, but enjoy reading the adventures. I do plan to run the first two Second Darkness adventures though...


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If a character with intelligence of 4 (even ignoring above average wisdom and well above average charisma) can't do the things listed in the OP, then I really don't see how the players in the example believe the 4 intelligence character is capable of adventuring with them. If wanting to save his friends and using invisibility is considered too 'advanced' then surely a vast array of things adventurers do would be too advanced. If the players struggle to accept the 'rescuing them' scene then how do they accept the sorcerer adventuring with them at all?

Really though I think it can be overblown as to just how debilitating an intelligence of 4 is. it isn't any more disadvantaged than a character with 16 intelligence is exceptional. In a pressure situation the 4 intelligence character will recall knowledge equal to or better than the 16 intelligence character roughly 25% of the time. Low Intelligence is actually already pretty harshly handicapped compared to other stats due to how take 10 rules work, there's no need to punish it more in my opinion.

And if a player of a low intelligence character plays it as if his character talks like he's smarter than he is then what's the real problem? The rules will still see them penalised appropriately. He can talk as if he has high knowledge all he likes, but the reality will show he's all talk unless he's invested points in knowledge skills. It's not like you can force a 12 intelligence player to 'correctly' roleplay his 22 intelligence wizard, so why does the other way around need to be strictly enforced?


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Oh awesome, really looking forward to seeing this! And coming out in December is giving me ideas...


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I really think that people are starting to bark up the wrong tree when the discussion starts to be about how the scientists need to start working with the tone of their message to get the climate change point across properly. Tone should be the worry of the media and the politicians, scientists have the job of looking at data and telling people what the data says. I'd much prefer they spend more time on that, rather than on public relations classes because somebody complains about the tone of the claims.

It isn't the job of the scientists to decide how the world should react to things like climate change. But when their models show it happening, it's very much their job to communicate those findings to whoever will listen.

I don't recall any mainstream claims that felt we'd see major disasters by 2015, though there were some who felt that if we didn't act by 2015 then it would be too late. Regardless the models will need to be frequently adjusted over time because we're dealing with complex systems, included chaotic elements such as weather. Additionally some countries and individuals are altering behaviour due to climate science. Doomsday predictions not coming true doesn't mean the scientists who made them were wrong, it may just as well mean that people listening to them have had some impact.


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I've only flicked through the pdf, but looks good so far. My group has been keen on running a super dungeon too, so this comes at a great time for us.

Also, I hadn't noticed how there are now direct download links on the page for purchased product. I really like that touch. Kudos to Gary and the team!


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I imagine that the group who participated in the playtest will play D&D Next as well, but I've only recently gotten my main group switched to Pathfinder and I doubt we'll be switching. Though we're also playing an occasional Spirit of the Century game anyway, so switch rule systems a bit.


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The thing is the subscription model is working well for Paizo and I'm not sure it makes sense to tinker with it too much without sufficiently good reason. Sure getting the pdf for past products that you buy would be nice, but if the free pdf is available elsewhere that removes an incentive for being a subscriber. Would giving away old pdf's with physical purchase provide sufficient benefit to be worth the potential loss of subscribers? Maybe it would and maybe it wouldn't, but if Paizo are happy with how things currently work for them I'm not sure the experiment is worth doing.

And as somebody mentioned earlier the pdf's do get pretty cheap at sale time. I was initially a bit disappointed that I didn't get a pdf with the Rise of the Runelords Collector's Edition since I wasn't a subscriber at the time, but was happy enough when I eventually picked it up with a discount.

And just as a quick aside on the watermarking, certainly it isn't a perfect form of copy protection, but I find it pretty unobtrusive. And while it won't catch everybody, it does serve as a good deterrent against 'casual' piracy.


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How exactly is this handing over power to the commissioner? He's given the punishment that he's entitled to from his position, plus the owners are going to vote on a further punishment that he's suggested. So he's used exactly the power allocated to him and the owners are going to vote on further punishment that the commissioner doesn't have the power to impose on his own. As far as I can see that's working exactly as intended. Commissioner doles out a 'smaller' punishment, owners as a whole get to decide if a larger punishment should be enforced too.

Certainly there are other issues besides racism, but it certainly is about Sterling's racism as well. If he hadn't been recorded making racist statements then this wouldn't have happened. There are certainly issues to be ironed out over how the recording was obtained and over exactly what the appropriate punishment may be, but it's the fact that he's racist and that's significantly more in the public eye now is what's demanded some reaction from the NBA. You're perfectly entitled to think it's wrong to have gotten into the public eye this much, but it's in the public eye now and more people know what Sterling is like than did before this incident happened. And the NBA needs to deal with the implications of that.


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As far as I'm concerned if somebody is consciously deciding to kill a dozen random people in order to prolong their own life then that's evil. The fact that it is on some level understandable doesn't keep it from being cold, calculating and selfish.


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Sorry to see you go Sean, but all the best for the next phase of your life and I look forward to hopefully still seeing your work in Paizo's various lines.


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I pretty strongly disagree with the idea that Paizo staff should stay out of moderating threads in which they are conversing. For me it's one of the great features of the board that we get to interact with Paizo staff as people and not just in their capacity as Paizo staff members.

I don't even see how limiting the participation of Paizo staff would address the perceived 'problem' anyway. Paizo staff are going to have the same political views whether they're posting in a thread or merely moderating it. By trying to chase staff away from posting and into moderating from the shadows that will only make things worse. I trust the judgement of the Paizo staff to separate personal beliefs from their moderation. If they're ever unsure then certainly it makes sense to double-check with another staff member that their judgement is sound, but I'd be surprised if that doesn't sometimes happen already.

Certainly when I used to moderate forums being involved in a thread made me more cautious about moderating if anything, people could see I was involved so would automatically assume I did any deleting. But if something offensive is posted then it should be removed whether a moderator is participating or not.

And frankly I've participated in and read a number of the hot topic threads and have always found the moderation pretty even handed. There's a lot of confirmation basis going on where one 'side' will complain bitterly about posts being deleted, while missing posts getting deleted from the other 'side' are ignored.

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