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He, he. Too keen for my own good!

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No print version?

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My latest subscription looks to be set to go standard mail, however my account is set to ship USPS priority. Is this simply a glitch in the display? If not can you please adjust the post to priority rather than standard if possible. Thank you.

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Berk the Black wrote:

Looking forward to several elf archers!

And waiting with anticipation on the Iconic sets. If there even close to the digital renders they are goingvto be a huge hit.

Given that these are the paint masters I'd say we have a far greater chance. These are a definite improvement on the original iconics.

Glad to see that comic con pic, it really shows off the grand scale of the Shemhazian. That going to be one huge and intimidating piece of plastic.

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You asked me to keep and eye out and contact in this eventuality.

Just got my email to advise of October shipping and items in my sidecart do not appear to have passed over into the order. The print versions of mythic aliens does not appear in the order but appears to be in stock. The other items, Ultimate War and Mythic Monsters: Constructs are there (and I assume Mythic Monsters: Aberrations is still on preorder).

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Agreed, drider would be very nice. I'd like an Ash giant, they make great enemies and there's certainly no likelihood WotC will make one.

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These are looking good. Level of detail is great, paint is excellent, poses are cool. If the quality does indeed match this they will be remarkable minis. I look forward to the improvement in facial detail, although this has mostly been a paint issue rather than sculpt issue in the past, with a few exceptions.

Looking to be a great line! Is there, or will there be, a subscription option for these (assuming the Aus dollar is actually worth anything by then)?

Now, any word on the other lines? Huges? Evolution?

Also weren't you going to reveal the final mini from lost coast this week? (Edit: ninja'd by an Ogre?)

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Cheers. No problems, these things happen.

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Just going back over some older orders since my latest subs just shipped. My account page states I have 2 pending orders waiting to ship but nothing is showing up in the actual sidecart section.

I know have the following pending orders:

Order 3277296
Mythic Monsters: Constructs (PFRPG)

Order 3264369
Ultimate War (PFRPG)

Order 3216952
Mythic Monsters XVIII: Aliens (PFRPG) Alternate Cover Print/PDF Bundle
Mythic Monsters 18: Aberrations (PFRPG) Alternate Cover Print/PDF Bundle

As far as I can tell only the constructs and aberrations books are on preorder. Are the other two the sidecart items? If so why didn't they ship with my latest subs on Friday (although this is also listed as pending)?

Thanks in advance for your time and help.
Jason

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Scribbling Rambler wrote:


I do wish that one of the boggards was common, instead of the goblin. As much as I love the Pathfinder goblins we are getting an awful lot of them, and boggards are another good "large force" creature with less variety available. However, I'm pretty sure I'm in the minority in this view.

Still holding out hope that the last mini is a Dire Corby or a Flumph...

Yay, minority of two. Although I'd like to see several of the other "large force" minis get the goblin treatment. If the same variety of sculpts was available for boggards (a personal favourite), kobolds (close after legends), derro, hobgoblins, orcs I'd be ecstatic.

I'd also like to me some themed double minis like a spriggan in both small and large size, a duegar in medium and large for instance. Or similar size changing foes.

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Erik Mona wrote:

I left the last mini because, truth be told, even the second photo isn't very good. It's a cool mini. I probably should have included it here. I'll probably do it as a post-script to next week's preview.

Understandable. Although I never really judge the minis by photo anyway, they are so different in hand.

On another site you mention the next announcements may start end of October. Leaves me curious as to what will fill the gaps in the next 4 weeks. Any hints?

Also you mention you'll be going over the 55+ sculpts in the next set. Does this mean the next is a larger set (which I believe you may have you hinted at before), or is it simply a case of more sculpts than actual minis in the set and you are in the process of refining the final details?

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If these are production run minis I pretty sure the QC issues are dealt with. All of these have nice, clear detail. The only flaw is the limits of 2D photos.

Glad to see the goblin druid, although at common I may get a few too many in a case. Although he does look very nice(?) and that face is so malicious.

Same with the Hag, common means around 5 in a case if the distributions are about the same as before. A number of Hags that would see my players revolt. However, despite the simplicity I think this one has the capacity to be awesome in hand, that face looks really clear and well detailed

You're right about the noble, the pic does let it down a little, mainly the arm holding the knife. That said, it shows the very clear attention to facial detail I have been waiting on for some time. If I get one like that from my case I would be more than happy. Clear facial features, neat eyes, tidy paint. The City of Monument book is rife with potential miniatures - the Forever Man (yes please!), Aspis agent, Mystery Cultist, Aeryn Darvengian to name a few. Every piece of character art in there would look damned good as a mini.

Sinspawn. Wow. Incredibly nice and it looks as though his colour will fit in well with the pre-existing sinspawn. Once again the consistency and attention is apparent. Paizo and Wizkids work well together. My only issue, bendy trident syndrome from the softer plastic, but I believe I'm in the minority here.

Boggards. Leaping one get a massive A++ form me. Love it. I am a real fan of the transparent post for just this reason, it makes the mid leap pose possible and that adds some real character to this mini. This I a freaking brilliant miniature.

The first I'm not as fond of, and that may well be the angle. He doesn't look like the same species and he appears to be larger than the second.

Sad to hear about Feiya and Irovetti but the delay is much better than a second disappointment. I think it's a sign of true character that the two companies work so close to get the details just right.

Really happy to hear you're pleased with the new iconics, makes me very excited to see them.

Now with these, that takes the total to 44, including the Shemhazian. Doesn't that mean 1 more to go? So Erik why have you left 1 mini, all by itself, until the very last?

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Any word on path of villains?

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That's my take as well. The ability is divided in two parts.

The first triggers when subject to a melee attack, the Parry. This counts as an AoO for all intents, and as such limited by your available AoO.

The riposte is then a second effect triggered by a successful parry. Unfortunately the riposte is a once a round thing since it's an immediate action and consumes your swift action for the round.

So with combat reflexes and a 16 Dex you could parry up to 4 times in a round, very useful I say. And on one of these, if successful you could riposte (using up your swift action for the round to make this immediate action)

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You take care now Mr Mona!

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Another one for the collection. Like you Berk I'm a little bummed to see the knife throwing effect gone, but I'm happy with the final Merisiel. I am a hopeless fan of the transparent effects though. It looks likes set 3 will need to include some non core iconics unless they start in on the prestige classes.

I also like the small badger, adding that lone companion/familiar to each set is a real winner in my eyes, maybe We'll even get Balazars eidolon.

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I have several legendary games items I have preordered , mainly mythic monsters books, ultimate war and path of dragons. These were set to ship with future subs when I bought them to minimise postage to AUS. Today I received notification that path of dragons shipped by itself. I think these may be the first non paizo preorders I have. Is it possible to make sure the others go to my sidecart so they will ship with my subs? Or do they always ship separately? Thanks for your time

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I'm personally very pleased with this season. So far. I was starting to tire of the Matt Smith slap stick, happy ending material, I think Moffat dropped the ball with John Hurts doctor and the return of Gallifrey. They should have left Hurt as a darker more sinister doctor rather tan redeeming him in the end.

I do, however think Capaldi is a truly awesome doctor. This season is really driven by him and he captures a sort or pertwee/baker feel that I grew up with. I'm not sure about the Moffat future, as I said before I found much of the previous season disappointing but I hope with the intent for a new darker feel Moffat will return to form bringing us more stories like his works in the earlier season.

So far the only thing I've been critical of - the golden arrow! I liked the dalek episode despite it parallels to the episode from the first new season.

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Congratulations Erik. I for one will miss you in customer service. All the best in the new position, and I don't mean the one shown in that picture!

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Thanks for that, you guys are the best.

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No alternate cover of this one?

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Just thought I'd bump this now and see what shakes loose.

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Love that sniper, not sure she hits the mark in terms of fit with the existing watch minis but that may well be that she has a much better pose and facial features. That's not to say I won't be aiming to collect quite a few (see what I did there). Have Wizkids changed the way they sculpt the faces on these? This set appear to have better, better formed features.

Once again its clear to see how much paizo responds to feedback and suggestions. The firepelt is one of those things people have been requesting for a while now, and here it is.

I assume the rarities on these two are a result of sculpt complexity and paint? Not sure where others stand, but I could use more of the watch sniper than the firepelt.

As to Pazuzu. I may not get a lot of use out of it, but man that is an awesome minis and brings me closer to my complete Demon Lord collection - Baphomet, Deskari, Noctucula, Lamashtu and now Pazuzu (yeah Lamashtu is a god but she has slots into the group neatly). Now all I need is Koschitchie, Cyth-Vsug (my personal favourite demon lord). I hope his weapon isn't to flexible, I am one of the apparent few who prefer the more rigid plastic and less flop in my weapons, coincidentally the harder plastic may be what allows for better detail in face features and may actually account for some of the difference between these and the final minis.

7 to go...

That Pazuzu looks to be on a different peg and base, are you actually using the new peg/base system that appeared in the D&D set? Or is it just a better base attachment?

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Mine arrived today, in the merry old land of Aus, and I must say I'm quite impressed. I was surprised at the number of typos and reference errors but the overall content is fantastic. Several of the new classes will really excite members of my gaming group, me personally I want to give the Slayer, Swashbuckler and Hunter a spin. Thankfully I'm currently running a game so I can try out some variations of these on my enemies...err PC's.

On a different note I got one with the Adventure Path Title rather than the RPG title. I like it, it appeals to the collector in me to have a misprinted cover. I may get a copy without the error and keep this one as a shiny salute to the depth of my first world problems (now if I can only get the barrista to make my double decaf, caramel mochacinno with a neat little picture on top)

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So Cort any news on whether the subs are now limited to one per individual or is this an error. I would really like to sub for two since this almost reduced the price by 2/3 here in Australia.

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Absolutely brilliant preview. I really missed it last week but this makes up for that.

Firstly let me say well done on the Feiya AND Irovetti solution. This shows a real dedication to the line and exceeds my expectations on the issue.

The minis. I can not believe we get a goblinsnake, my goblin collection nears completion and I thank you heartily.

I saw the green in the photo you mentioned but its nice to see her in the preview and I didn't realise she was large either. This looks very nice and ties in well with the gargantuan incentive from the previous set.

I love that bronze, at first I was taken aback a little, it looks so different to the other versions of a bronze dragon I'm used to, however I've sat here and looked and I think this may be my preferred look.

This preview, and the Feiya announcement have cemented my need to sub two cases for this one, I just hope the techies can sort it out so I can do that. I have great hopes this will be the set that rests the benchmark.

Now a quick question arising from Gen Con. I saw some photos on another site of a goblin pyro promo from gencon. I thought we were looking at a goblin rider or hell wisp? What changed? Also when do promos usually hit this site for us in the far away places?

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I placed this order and have only just realised I ordered the standard cover version of the Aberrations book. Can I please change the print product to the alternative cover? I realise this is part of a print/pdf bundle so understand if this is not possible. Thanks in advance.

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Can you please cancel my cards subscription. I wish to skip the next two and will resubmit for October. Thanks.

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When I last checked these where on backorder. I just want to make sure these won't slow down my August sub, this months does have the Advanced class guide after all!

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I'd hardly say you're looking for an argument, just a discussion of viewpoints. Iwas referring to Bathazar from the APG. The ones I referred to do indeed look like iconics, well to me at least. The originals are readily identified because they've been there from the start. Adowyn does look like a hunter, that's what she is, but she also passes very easily for a ranger, or indeed Druid. Either way she makes got a good PC or NPC figure. As an icon she will be great for the PACG or my tabletop.

I do agree that the idea of an iconic does indeed get diluted by the addition of many new ones such as the ACG ones, but they are icon and once they are out there they will be easily recognised as the class they represent. In a few years time people will say "that's the hunter that piece o art". This occurs now with the APG classes, each of them are now easily recognised as their respective iconics, they also ca pass as other classes - I can wad illy use the witch. As a wizard, the oracle as a cleric, or indeed even Ezren as am arcanist.

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Great cover. Love the alternative covers, really lets you appreciate the art.

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Many of the newer iconics still fit that pure essence category. Anowyn easily looks to be a pure ranger, the summoner and arcanist look like distilled wizards. It's often the iconics that are hardest to get on secondary markets. The big question for me is how will sales go? Do people need more than 1-2 of the iconic packs to fill their need? I'm a big fan of this idea I just hope they sell well enough. I though the builder line was a brilliant idea, as did many others, yet sales didn't really pan out. I think this has a greater chance since it fits in with their heroclix starter concept and that seems to be going strong.

On a different note, I was so hoping that Sajan would get the Cesser of Ning treatment, a cool mid leap pose. I've become a real fan of the clear posts, and the new D&D minis seem to use it really well for flying minis. To my mind the Cesser of Ning mini was a truly awesome mini, but it's really limited to catfolk monks, a human version would be much cooler. Of course this Sajan still looks cool, and as I said before if the detail is even half that in the digitals these will be a big deal in the miniature market.

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Actually one of them is a demigod, remember one of the traits leads to a PC being the child of a god. In this case he's Shelyns offspring.

Another to the divine herald of a god. This would have been the paladin of course so that may get a little odd. The blood of the dead demon lords is their source, but like the power of the PC's it varies in its strength and has the capacity to grow as mythic trials are overcome. The source of the power may originally be the wardstone/blood but its final form is dictated by the mythic trials the characters undergo. Certainly in the case of demons those trials are mythically evil - possessing a mythic servant of good. Corrupting a powerful organisation etc The variation in that source could fundamentally alter a beings soul, and hence their alignment.

While most demons take the road of evil to ascend through the ranks, couldn't the parties mythic trials along the good axis fundamentally alter the very nature of the demon, as it alters their fundamental nature.

The redemption, if it occurs, would take a seriously long time - the whole campaign really. With the final act being the decision he makes upon Deskaris defeat, or the ritual to close the worldwound.

Also bear in mind the continuing article has a possibility for the redemption of a demon lord, and possible ascension to CN diety.

It's all a bit in he air at the moment and I appreciate the feedback and ideas.

At the current time I'm thinking his abilities will fluctuate between paladin and antipaladin depending on his actions. He will need to explain the curious effects such as why his aura now lowers an enemies AC or saves. This is why I foresee discovery, the loss of power and the change of direction are hard to miss. Another biggie is "Would he use the corruption forge to alter Radiance?"

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Actually one of them is a demigod, remember one of the traits leads to a PC being the child of a god. In this case he's Shelyns offspring.

Another to the divine herald of a god. This would have been the paladin of course so that may get a little odd. The blood of the dead demon lords is their source, but like the power of the PC's it varies in its strength and has the capacity to grow as mythic trials are overcome. The source of the power may originally be the wardstone/blood but its final form is dictated by the mythic trials the characters undergo. Certainly in the case of demons those trials are mythically evil - possessing a mythic servant of good. Corrupting a powerful organisation etc The variation in that source could fundamentally alter a beings soul, and hence their alignment.

While most demons take the road of evil to ascend through the ranks, couldn't the parties mythic trials along the good axis fundamentally alter the very nature of the demon, as it alters their fundamental nature.

The redemption, if it occurs, would take a seriously long time - the whole campaign really. With the final act being the decision he makes upon Deskaris defeat, or the ritual to close the worldwound.

Also bear in mind the continuing article has a possibility for the redemption of a demon lord, and possible ascension to CN diety.

It's all a bit in he air at the moment and I appreciate the feedback and ideas.

At the current time I'm thinking his abilities will fluctuate between paladin and antipaladin depending on his actions. He will need to explain the curious effects such as why his aura now lowers an enemies AC or saves. This is why I foresee discovery, the loss of power and the change of direction are hard to miss. Another biggie is "Will he use the corruption forge to alter Radiance?"

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Wow, this is fantastic news. Hard to gauge form Digitals but Seelah is already a step up, and that Droogami will be magnificent if it's even close to that in a sculpt. I am glad to see we will be getting all the iconics, very excited to see Bathazar, Hayashi and the new advanced guide iconics.

As for the minimates, Will it be possible to get the gencon exclusives? Nightglass and the ghoul have won me over. Looks like more spending in the future.

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That is indeed the initial inspiration behind the idea. Ibased Eustoryiax on that book, added in some extra and modified his mythic abilities to make him a interesting ongoing challenge and a lot more insidious. The blunt tool magic jar has never really worked got me. As I said before demon possession should be varied as befits the demons. Few have the power I my games but when it crops up it varies just like the demon. so we I use a blend of sources. The old 3.5 hordes of the abyss book was great, the part of council of thieves that covered possession. Since he's mythic there is also some leeway with the mythic powers, they are after all way out there.

Also note I always have magic jar work to varying degrees depending on the caster. She can rip in and take over, or subtely insinuate and hide. Skill use is required to hide and go unnoticed. The connection is also two way, both parties are privy it each other's memories and thoughts, the caster simply has more control until the target makes a save and drives him out. It works really well to fill in plot details and backgrounds, and provide PCs with information at hey wouldn't otherwise know. Many a story hook has come from the vague memories of a possessed/ magic jarred character. I've even had PCs take the spell purely to use it for this type of info gatheting (though that may be ethically dubious)

Essentially for us, enjoyment of the game is most important. I like your ideas Red Velvet Tiger, sounds interesting. I think the main complication that opens the door is the mythic power, I think the possibilities that arise from a convergence of mythic good and mythic evil leaves room for BOTH characters involved to be tainted by their nature.

How does the demon react when no he finds the mythic power of good slowly influencing his actions? Does he even see it coming? Does it open the door to ask is there more to existence? It's a long, long road but I'm willing to try and see eat what player does. I fully expect the demon to be discovered, it's a big ask and let's face it players are pretty clever.

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To be honest I don't see him redeemed, that's the most remote outcome in my book. He is set to be a recurring villain. They hated him when he body hoped between crusaders to spy on them. They hated him when he interfered with the siege preparations. He was far more hateable than Nurah, whom they interestingly assumed was under his control from the get go. I fully envision what will happen is:

Mythic demon hides out and subtely manipulates for own ends. He is mythic and currently higher than the player, so he can mask his presence to a degree. He is not really in possession of the paladin as such, he is there but is biding his time to guage these unusual mythic enemies. As such he subtly affects the actions of the paladin, not simply grasping hold and taking over. He knows the rest of the companions are powerful. Since he is not causing the Paladin to contravene his code he is alright at the moment.

This gives me an opportunity to see if the player is up to the challenge and/or the rest of the party will get annoyed (were all 35+ so this doesn't happen very often anyway). Since radiance is simply a +2 sword at he moment I have no issue with it. As it awakens I'm certain the jig will be up.

This is how I see it going:

Paladin loses Oath vs fiends

Paladin loses powers slowly as he falls under the increasing influence of the demon. He may pick up the demons abilities if he succumbs to my temptations to use them.

Once radiance becomes holy, the gig is most likely up. Before that I see radiance nudging him to do the right thing, the demon the wrong. Essentially he will be torn between 2 powers.

At some point he will come into direct conflict with the party and reveal his hand. He is a Demon, he is overconfident and superior. Most likely when he is forced to act against the wishes of Baphomet. Party will soundly trounce him but he will escape. Paladin will need an atonement and I will replace some of encounters I am less enamoured with in part 3/4 with this quest, it will involve the Hand of the Inheritor in some way so that the kidnap in part 5 doesn't just come out of the blue.

I don't see possession as a black and white thing. It may be the 20+ years of call of cthulhu gaming alongside my D&D/Pathfinder. Demons, especially Shadow, are supposed to be masters of possession. How could demons influence kingdoms and empires if it was so obvious? How has Eustoryiax worked to manipulate the crusade for so long? It should be a scary and very subtle proposition where a person isn't truly aware they are being subtly manipulated. Certainly if it was a Vrock or Hezrou etc. I would think it would be very cut and dry.

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Sebastian Hirsch wrote:

I am sorry, but basicly you are allowing a player to play an NPC. I seriously doubt, that you want your player to play this straight, and kill the other players when it is convenient.

It is also worth mentioning, that even if he can manage to hide his evil aura, the paladin still detects as a subject of the magic jar effect. My suggestion would be to end this.

I've had players play NPCs in the past. It's a complex PC. As I said he wants to give it a go, normally I'd sit in your camp and say no, maybe play in it out for a session to bring home the horror of possession. He's keen and after so many years I want to see if I can make it work. Eustoryiax was soundly trounced by the PCs when he confronted them originally so is content to study and wait. I think a mythic ability could be invented to mask his presence. If he's ham fisted and gives the game away I'm happy to have him driven out, atoned and continue.

It's going to be different for sure but will it be any more difficult than balancing some of the mythic complexities?

Where do you see the biggest issue here? You seen quite strongly opposed Sebastian.

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I like that idea, perhaps a battle of souls to see who succumbs first. A redeemed shadow demon or perhaps a fallen demon paladin. I'm going to lower his level a bit now, maybe mythic 2 so the player can easily play either without issue. Should be interesting, a soul torn between 2 paths. I have a week still before we sit down and talk over the idea.

Means I will definitely replace the shadow area below Drezen with an evil twisted lab for Vorimeraak. He'll abandon this to continue his studies when the PCs confront and defeat his latest creations , prob just as they retake the sword of valor and reactive it. He doesn't want to get caught there after all.

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Erik Mona wrote:

I should hope that their watching will help. I know that they hope so too.

I also know a lot of people want a pack mule. I'm one of them, for what it's worth.

For what it's worth I have faith. I can see the line means a lot yo you Dnd I'm sure there will be definite improvements. Personally I think the line is very strong and I'm very much a long term backer.

Big thumbs up for a lack mule too. How about a red mantis?

Oh and what is your inclusion this time? loved ghw all liked and the gibrileth etc

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Erik Mona wrote:
They are $5 each. Do you ask her before you order a grande latte? ;)

You are an evil man Mr Mona. Perhaps I shall sacrifice that latte.

I too am interested in hearing about the builder. Line, or any added lies really. Perhaps some word on the huge minis, or the evolution line. Been quiet on that front.

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Best iconics ever! And Squealy Nord. Thank you Erik. So hoping wizkids have put some time into practicing faces, these are two more with great facial features. My fear with Alhazra is that she will end up with a small featureless face like Seela. Both have some crazy and incredible level, the sheer number of objects on Damiel is going to take some serious picking out in the painting, and that tampo makes Alhazra really pop. I can understand the rare slot for them.

As for Nord, since he's uncommon I can get a small litter of 3-4 in a case. Not 100% certain why I'd need this many, or indeed the potential 8 I can get from 2 cases but I will find a use.

Definitely the best set to date Erik. I believe that 33 of 45 now, with 12 to go. We've seen 22 small/medium, 10 large and the Gargantuan. If it's like RoW that means 2 large to go and 10 medium/small. I'm excited and with over 3 months to go until release I'm also wondering what is going to come up - 12 previews leaves 4 weeks worth afterall.

As for the minimates. While I really like the look, I'm just not sure I can justify buying them to my wife :(

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I'll set the scene but beware there are spoilers.

Book 2, party are sitting outside Drezen citadel having been victorious in their seige. They have foraged in and been repelled. Curious as to what is happening eustoryiax the mythic shadow demon has body hopped out to the army and used crusaders to spy out the "heroes" threatening the sword of valor. The snake style monk managed to notice and a fight ensued. He was driven from the crusader and sadly to make a long story short the only place he could go was the paladin of iomedae AND NO ONE NOTICED the will saves he failed. By the time the shadows were defeated (he so mined these) they had forgotton. They even searched everyone else. In the camp, conducting a witch hunt that revealed naught, leading them to the conclusion he'd fled back into the citadel, they weirdly and totally out of normal character just assumed none of them were affected?

I gave the paladin an out and had radiance capable of bailing him out of the mess. He WANTS to stay possessed and play it out. I gave eustoryiax the mythic feat beyond morality to help him out.

I'm now not 100% certain where to go with it. Should he slowly corrupt radiance? Can he fool the big guns later? I'm certain Nocticula won't care, Iomedae might though.

I've also set Eusoryiax against some of the antagonists, he hates and is vengeful against Aponavicious. Is loyal to Baphomet, so not the least inclined to aid Deskari, and if left long enough will seek to usurp the worldwound if he can end Deskari!

Any advice? Should I end this now? Play it out fairly, new saves regularly opposed of course by the demons mythic powers? Put it in t he hands of the player. I'm very certai the other players won't be upset ( well not too much). I kind of like the idea.

I've also thought about replacing Him at the end now with Vorimeraak from bk 3. Note he is a Hezrou I my game and has been using the ritual already to bolster the enemy armies with human demon hybrids- deformed berserk half demon humans. He is sort of an evil scientist demon experimenting on humans with the ritual to provide expendable shock troops and more demons but also for his own dark purposes. He will flee the PCs when the fight goes sour and continue his research to appear in book 3. The hybrids are members of the Winterspun tribe, and Jestak has already made an unsteady alliance with the players. She is the last of the wintersuns and came to Drezen seeking aid to retake the halls that have been taken over by abetting survivalists. The cost was the offerings to Vorimeraak, a deal she thinks has gone very sour.

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Damon Griffin wrote:

Just curious: Why were the suits made "uneven?" Per the rules a PC's deck needs to have 12 cards and be worth at least 12 points. The Crown suit is exactly 12 cards worth a total of 12 points, but --

Wands is 12 cards worth 14 points; no variety possible, but seemingly "stronger" than Crowns;

Shields is 13 cards worth 17 points; allows for a slight variation in the hand;

Swords, ditto.

Counting the rules and the ad for Social Combat there are 55 actual cards in the box. I imagine 56 cards would have fit about as well (drop the ad and include a 13th Crown and Wand); what was the rationale behind differently sized and valued decks?

I don't think you have to take cards from the 1 suit. You can use severl suits to vary benfits - some offence, some defence, some magic etc

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Sorry I posted this before in the customer service but don't seem to have got a response. I would like to cancel my subs for the Pathfinder Maps, I don't really have an interest in the technology maps so will restart after these. I asume this is the best way to skip a subscritpion itme?

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Without seeing the final version I don't think anyone can really comment on what is essentially a sneak peak at the very basic rules. The options you are talking about seem to return the game back to something that is still very 3rd ed. Once we get the 3 core (and I'm sure I'll buy them) I think it may be woth commenting since that will give a real idea of what the system is like and were it may be going. Then after the first few splatbooks we should get a real feel for what is going to happen with the game.

As for bias on competitors forum, have you looked at the WotC forum recently? I've been playing games for almost 30 years now, through every edition of D&D and I can tell you now that system bias is just another aspect of the gamer mind. The rancor that exist between some pathfinder/D&D fans is incredible. The internet has simply made it easier to spit venom anonymously. Before you worry about the bias here look up two fans credited on the new D&D stuff, they have some interesting ideas (and I don't mean that in a positive way)

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Buri, are you a WotC employee? Your posts read like a publicity campaign. :P

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Looking for some clarification of the pious sentinels ability:

Does he actually gain the benefits of the teamwork feats he selects? Maybe when he activates his hegemony?

As written it appears the strategic hegemony only affect his allies, not him. Is this the case? Does he grant save, AC bonuses and teamwork feats to his allies and not to himself?

Also in the description of the hegemony ability it states in the later half that a good cleric grants sacred bonuses, then further elaborates on this to say bonuses to saves and AC vs attacks of opportunity. Is the AC bonus a flat bonus or just vs AoO.

Thanks for any help.

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A huge thumbs up from me, super creepy cultist, useful cultist alchemist or assassin and an awesome rendition of Lamashtu. Not 100% sure what I'll use Lamashtu for but since it looks so good I'm sure I will find a place for her. At rare I should get 1 of each which is enough Etanias and Lamashtus for my table, sadly I think I could use more of Thelsikar, but picking him up on the secondary should be easy enough I suppose, or perhaps that second case? Interestingly enough after this preview that means around 1/3rd of the set is NPC/PC types. At that ratio it really leaves me hoping they have come to grips with faces (although the latest D&D minis don't really give me much hope on that front) otherwise I can see another great set getting lambasted.

Sadly the Feiya solution doesn't look like a go for me. The idea of an added cost to ship a defective mini to get a replacement leaves a sour taste in my mouth. I've never used the replacement feature simply because the extra $10-12 in shipping just isn't not worth it. That said it will probably work for those in the US and it's nice to see wizkids do something special to replace what was a dog of a mini.

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Erik Mona wrote:

I'd love to do a trollhound mini.

Agree. I too would love you to do a troll hound! And a red mantis, and a colloxus demon (c'mon fly head), and a shadow giant, and....hmmm quite a lot actually but I'll happily start with a troll hound ( and maybe a huge kakuen taka in a future encounters set?)

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