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Contributor. Pathfinder Society Member. 163 posts. 1 review. No lists. No wishlists. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 1 alias.


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John Kretzer wrote:

Ah...makes sense.

Now for more questions...

What does the A stand for in your name? I can't seem to find that anywhere.

Adam

John Kretzer wrote:
Is Torius and the Stargrazer crew at all inspired by Firefly?

Perhaps subconsciously, as I didn't realize the similarity in crew roles until a fan pointed it out.

John Kretzer wrote:
As a sidenote I just finished Deathmask...a true horrifying, depression, awesome, and well written book. My one comment is Poor Tolya...** spoiler omitted **

My darkest novel...yes, I agree, Poor Tolya. I really think Peter Jackson could make that book an awesome movie, though...

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Rysky wrote:
John Kretzer wrote:
Chris A Jackson wrote:
John Kretzer wrote:

So...I was also wondering if we will see the crew deal with other pirates?

** spoiler omitted **

But dealing with other pirates either has allies or adversaries would be interesting I think.

There may be pirates in their future...not near future, but future. Maybe a duel between TV and Besmara? Nah...

That sparks another question...

Why does Torius Vinn worships Gozreh and not Besmara? I am fine with it...I was just wondering why when creating the character you went that way.

My guess would be because he likes the ocean more than piracy.

Exactly that, Rysky. For Torius the sea represents freedom, which is one of his driving desires. Piracy is just a job. Now Grogul... yeah, he loves his work.

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John Kretzer wrote:

So...I was also wondering if we will see the crew deal with other pirates?

** spoiler omitted **

But dealing with other pirates either has allies or adversaries would be interesting I think.

There may be pirates in their future...not near future, but future. Maybe a duel between TV and Besmara? Nah...

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Liane Merciel wrote:
And I wonder if that isn't, to some extent, because it is hard to build a heroic adventure story with a non-EVIL!! villain (or at least I can't think of one off the bat, although I would welcome examples if anybody has any. Heroism with an actually [not just on-paper] N or G villain: does it exist?).

I'd have to vote no.

I would like to send you a book and see what you think, Liane. I wrote "A Soul for Tsing" a very long time ago, and it has one very different element: there is no villain. It is a very "heroic fantasy" but no villain. I'll send you a review copy if you're interested. The key is to create an element that is challenging to the hero, but not character based. Think of disaster movies as an example.

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I have another question...

** spoiler omitted **

After long discussion with the editorial staff *cough Sutter cough* it was deemed best to do so...

I rather like the way it worked out. ;-)

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Ed Reppert wrote:
Boat. Pictures. Post. 'Nuf said. :-)

Thanks for prompting, Ed! You can check out our sailing adventures here: Mr.Mac Sailing Blog

You should look for older posts than that link, just scroll to the bottom and click "older posts" for more sailing. Lots of Caribbean pics in there. Enjoy!

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Itchy wrote:

When we were out at Cape Cod 2 years ago, we went on a "seal watch" walk down one of the beaches. At the time, there was a Great White Shark hanging out near the Cape. I was PRAYING that the shark would launch itself out of the water attacking one of those seals. It never happened.

Alas, I am blessed to be paying off a house with a job that feeds and takes care of my family. Maybe someday I'll sell it all, buy a boat and sail the Seven Seas!

One of my dreams is to someday dive with Great White Sharks (in a cage of course). Maybe someday.

We were sailing across Cape Cod Bay, or rather motoring, because there was no wind, and Anne and I were looking for whales when we saw a very large fish jump straight up out of the water about a quarter mile away. I will not say that it was a Great White, but it sure looked like one to me, and that is how they feed. It was large, maybe twelve feet, and cleared the water entirely. A holy s*** moment, for sure.

Yes! Pay everything off and go! There is no reason not to.

Oh, and we have swam with sharks in the Bahamas (snorkeling) but only once felt threatened. I will never, however, get into an anti-shark cage. I've seen Jaws too many times...

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John Kretzer wrote:

Other project?

I am guessing you can't revealed anything about it yet.

Here is another question that you probably can't answer yet....

** spoiler omitted **

Well I can not wait till Feb. Hopefully the months would pass by quickly.

The answer is no....and boy is she itching for it. Hmmm...there you go getting me thinking again...

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I will be there...as long as there's rum.

Playing some PFS hopefully, and signing some books. Can't wait!

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No web fic setting up the third book... Sorry, John. I may talk to Sutter about doing one for some other project though. Web Fic is a lot more for showcasing new writers for the fans, I think.

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There's also a magical academy mentioned in Winter Witch. The Acadamae in Korvosa.

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I'm sure you've heard creative writing instructors tell their students about "the rules"...

The Rules:
Thou shalt not kill pets. Thou shalt not kill children. Etc... And the most important: You can break the rules if you do it right.

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On Character death: Who among you have read "Wool"? I gotta say, after the third major POV character died, I stopped caring about the POV characters! The trick, I think, is to threaten the POV character with worse than death events...

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Liane Merciel wrote:

Character Death

Chris Jackson does this really, really well in Pirate's Promise:

** spoiler omitted **...

I really thought I would take some heat for that, Liane. There are *rules* that you don't break, right... I'm glad it worked for you. Now, I'm looking for more rules to break!

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Itchy wrote:

Have you ever seen St. Elmo's Fire? Ever since I heard of it, I've wanted to see it.

Also: February 2016? Awesome!

I've seen static flashes in the rigging at night...not truly St. Elmo's fire, which is, as I understand it, "ball lightning" that forms on the forestays and travels around the rigging and shoots from the tips of spars...

I've also felt the static shock through the metal wheel while steering during thunder storms... Lightning scares the crap out of me.

Waterspouts, too... Seen more of those than I want to ever see again...

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John Kretzer wrote:

I saw the release date for the next book is Feb of next year...I have not waited for a release of a book like this in a long time.

Anyway will we see Vreva and Celeste form friendship with less hate involved? Not that I want to see the back and forth go away...love those exchanges. But considering everything will actually friendship grow between the two?

Will we see Astrus again?

Also a question not related to the books...

Got in weird or strange sailing stories to share...like ghost ships or sea monsters?

I can't give any details out on the story or plot...Sorry John I will say there is no Astrus in the next book

Lots of strange sightings...long tentacle like things floating past in the dark, whales and dolphins under the boat at night glowing like ghosts with phosphorescence, tiny birds landing to rest on the boat far at sea, ships I could hear, even smell, but never see at night... yes, all that.

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I got Saffron from a friend of mine, who has an all-white short hair cat named Saffron, who incidentally hates me... He's got bright yellow eyes, and stares at me constantly. He'll brush my leg, then hiss and swat when I try to pet him. Since I love cats, I was deeply hurt by this, and threatened to make him a character if he didn't lighten up.

He didn't lighten up...

BING! The perfect familiar character, attitude and all.

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Someone get that man a pirate hat!

Welcome Jason, and congratulations!

Drinks for everybody!

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John Kretzer wrote:
Whose else call is it? So we can start to beg them. ;)

The editor has a big voice as to what get's the okay to be included. I get along wonderfully with Sutter, and I've broached the subject. We'll probably have a beer and discuss it at PaizoCon...

Suffice to say, there are many irons in the fire...

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Rysky wrote:
Jackson! You know my thoughts on the matter, more Zarina pleeeeeeeaaasssseeeeee!

Not 100% my call, but let's just say you have all stimulated my imagination. Considering it...

I really like the idea of a "Vreva alone" novel. You should all be salivating buckets for the upcoming Pirate's Prophesy...you will see a new side of Vreva Jhafae.

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It has certainly stimulated my thought process.... ;-)

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I think it would be fun to do character histories, and I have no problem with stats, as I have them already, but it does open up the barn door for argument. I suppose you could ask the question if you would like to have other characters of fiction put out that way. John Carter of Mars? Tarzan? Holmes and Watson? The only problem I could foresee is that readers will read the characters before they read the fiction, and frankly, it's kind of a spoiler if you know what makes someone tick before it's revealed in the story.

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I can think of one more: she could come back as an Axiomite... Don't think I'll go there.

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This is the second time I've gotten the suggestion that maybe Zarina survived... Hmmm... and you give good reasons and compelling ideas about why her survival is a good idea. Hmmm... all good!

Only thing I would say is I wasn't thinking Zarina's fighting was suicidal or cowardly, but a moment of redemption. She did not have unlimited teleport (dimensional hop, actually) and used that up quickly in combat, so she couldn't teleport to Stargazer. Could she have escaped? She was surrounded by slavers... Don't know.

So, you said you had a dozen ways she could have survived or could come back. I can only think of a few, and I don't know about bringing her back as undead... that's kinda icky...

Ideas everyone?

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Thanael wrote:
Check out the excellent self published novels by Chris A. Jackson. They are not licensed by Wizards or Paizo, but they are set in a fantasy world which could easily be a campaign setting for either D&D or Pathfinder.

Thanks Thanael! I wrote a lot of self-published work, and got published by a small press before I got picked up by Paizo. I still write in my own world, and I'd advise any writer inspired by RPGs to create their own setting if they want to write fiction. You can check out my work at jaxbooks.com.

Previous post was absolutely correct. Paizo does not accept unsolicited submissions of any length. If you want to write for Paizo, you need to have a publication somewhere (not self-pub) before you pitch an idea to James Sutter. You may want to pitch the idea to Wayfinder Fanzine. A great way to get your work out there in front of the Paizonians and lots of fans!

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As I see it it's a dosage issue. I played around with this a lot in Pirate's Promise. Vreva Jhafae uses poisons at low doses to affect people's judgement, etc. Oil of Tagget is simply a knock out drug, IMHO, but it's listed as a poison.

As far as game play goes, there is one clear paradox if drugs are poisons: the Drunken Master Monk. If alcohol is a poison, he's in trouble when he gets immunity (11th level)...all his DM advantages go down the drain.

So drugs are drugs, and poisons are poisons, but you can kill someone with an overdose of drugs, as you can merely mess with someone using the careful application of poisons.

My two cents.

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Gotta say, I'm loving these new covers! Very cool to see another by Tim, too!

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I'm very excited about this deal, primarily because it will increase distribution. The Kindle availability is huge. The format change allows more detailed artwork on the cover, and perhaps some larger format maps and/or schematics inside.

Frankly, I'm shocked at the discount for subscribers and even non-subscribers who buy from the Paizo site. That shows you all how much Paizo loves you. Really.

Can't wait for December... cough *more pirates...* cough...

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Liane Merciel wrote:

Zarina Capoli - Pirate's Promise

At the beginning of this book, it seems clear that Zarina doesn't wear perfume. Vreva does two thorough assessments of her -- once at their initial meeting, again the first time they have dinner together -- and doesn't notice anything either time. Given that Vreva is a character who would notice, I think it's safe to say that Zarina is fragrance-free when they first meet.

You nailed this on so many levels... Initially, Zarina is all business, and is probably scent free, especially since her association with Vreva is business... Abadar is after all the god of merchants, and so, of business... This also tells me that I did not go deeply enough into that particular scene. Vreva would have analyzed her scent, or the lack of one, to assess the inquisitor. Well done!

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She might do it impishly or she might do it seductively, but I would bet a stack of dollars that at some point that they were playing in her parlor, Vreva would try to get Zarina into fragrance, and would then insist that she keep whatever bottle seemed to match her best.

I would go for seductively.

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slightly sweaty, salty flowers after they've been crushed under sun-warmed skin in the course of summer lovemaking.

Wow...so perfect. This is an olfactory image that would stick in Vreva's mind for her entire life. Yes.

Thank you.

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You did a beautiful job with Celeste, Liane! Thank you!

You seem to be having a great deal of fun with this...

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I would like to hear your idea of Celeste... yes, she's a naga, but she takes human form regularly, and admittedly feels "different" while human. I think she would enjoy perfume. She may have to flick her forked tongue to truly enjoy it, but...

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Liane Merciel wrote:

I'll start with an easy one.

Vreva Jhafae - Pirate's Promise

As a high-priced courtesan with a wealthy clientele, my guess is that Vreva has quite a collection of perfumes at her disposal.

However, I would also venture a guess that she wears one of those fragrances much more often than the others, because in that line of business, it's useful to establish a signature scent in the memory of one's guests (brand identity!). And the one I would pick as Vreva's signature scent is a very easy call: by Kilian's Liaisons Dangereuses.

Why? Well, the name, for one thing. But actually this fragrance is not as dark or difficult as the name might suggest.

It's a lush, voluptuous, sensual...

You totally nailed it Liane! Perfect from top to bottom. Well done indeed!

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How about a "bag of wind." A magical bag that has gust of wind and permanency cast on it. Just open it and point it at your sails. It would give the ship an advantage on any point of wind.

For boarding, how about magically enhanced grappling bolts for your ballistae? You could also salvage an animated capstan from one of the sunken ships that pulls in your grappling shots automatically.

Some type of magic to repair damage to the hull would be good, too.

Too much magic, I've found, can kind of negate the fun elements of nautical combat, so be careful what you give your PC's. There are spells that can sink a ship in a single shot...

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Free sample chapter, and artwork of Vreva Jhafae on the Paizo Blog page: http://paizo.com/paizo/blog

Enjoy!

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I know quite a few people who play PFRPG in Tampa, which isn't a very far hike for you. There are a couple of gaming stores, Learn 2 Play in Brandon is close. Here's their FB page. https://www.facebook.com/Learn2PlayBrandon Throw a shout up on that, and you'll find a group for sure.

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Pirates always accept hugs...and rum...

Here is my convention schedule. See you! http://jaxbooks.com/events/

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Can't wait for this one. Yay, Dwarves!

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Best idea since the Chain Shirt... IMHO.

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Love the cover!

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Justin Franklin wrote:
Alleran wrote:

I am both intrigued and wary.

Intrigued because this means more insight into naval elements and presumably the expansion on the ship combat rules in S&S.

Wary because as somebody who does have some interest in nautical stuff in reality, I worry that the authors won't and that the final rules (and representation of naval elements in PF) will come out looking like some unholy spawn of Davy Jones and a swarm of crabs. In which case I'd have to throw a lot of stuff out the window and create from scratch anyway.

Well I know for sure at least one of the authors is in the US Navy, so I expect he might know something. :)

I can vouch for the introduction as far as nautical authenticity goes. Thirty five years on the ocean. Can't say how honored I was to be included on this project, lowly novelist that I am... ;-)

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Okay, conflicts resolved and I vow to be there! Bring your copies of Pirate's Honor, and Pirate's Promise! PFS Boons for everyone!

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Itchy wrote:


-Pirate's Honor?

I'm not sure on that last one. See above about that being a foggy period of time...

Well, if you're still fuzzy on that one, catch up quickly. Pirate's Promise will be out in December!

;-)

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Love the Aleron character! A great science/geek role! Looking forward to this...

You go, Tim!

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Thanks for posting, Liz!

Yes, more of everyone...Nautical mayhem ensues!!!

And more Vreva Jhafae!

So psyched to see this coming out! Thanks to everyone who enjoyed Pirate's Honor. This one's for you!

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Nate Z wrote:
I'd be really interested in seeing stories that focus on more of the non-conventional races.

I hope you've read Pirate's Honor... ;-)

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Looks and sounds wicked... Congrats to Wendy, and Kudos to James!

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Bardic spies... Taldor and Andoran... Nice premise, and I'm intrigued.

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Very well done, Gabrielle. So psyched for you!

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Liar's Blade or City of the Fallen Sky by Tim Pratt both cover a lot of ground, and are beautifully written.

Dave Gross does cover a good bit of the world, and is the only one of us to step outside of the Inner Sea region with Master of Devils. If you're going to read Dave, however, read from the beginning...

If you want a wonderful picture of Magnamar, Blood of the City is very good.

At the risk of being self serving, if you want a nautical tale, or a taste of something south of the Inner Sea, you might try Pirate's Honor... once again, at the risk of being self-serving...

Note that I pimped my fellow authors first! ;-)

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We're using the Skull and Shackles pawns extensively running that AP. now I must have these, too. Very cool for me, with no room to store real minis.

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