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Contributor. Pathfinder Society Member. 139 posts. 1 review. No lists. No wishlists. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 1 alias.


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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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Ha! yes, and oddly, I see at least one more face in the crowd I know. Bizarre!

If the photographer turned 180 degrees, they would probably have gotten me, too...

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Eric Saxon wrote:
So, its been a week. Anyone know where the next chapter is?

Yep, all of the Paizo crew is pretty much here at GenCon. I think we'll have to wait for the next installment, but I think it'll be worth the wait.

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Kairos Dawnfury wrote:

Perhaps it's because I'm younger and haven't read an many novels, but most of my experiences with stories have been angsty anti-heroes and scoundrals who become heroic in the 11th hour.

Paizo's short fiction was honestly what got me really reading novels in the past few years, so I had the opposite experience. I'd like some genuine heroes with an emphasis on the GOOD aspect of their alignment. Heroism to me involves their intentions as well as their actions.

I didn't mean to imply I didn't like this story, I merely jumped on the bandwagon. I'm hoping we end up with a Rocky like story of a shaken confidence.

I would suggest King of Chaos for you as well, and there is a lot of fantasy out there, so look for reviews. If you want to read a great series in that vein, I might suggest Elizabeth Moon's Deed of Paksenarion. I fell in love with it 25 years ago, and still have my copies.

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I like this very much, and with all due respect to the above comments, how can you look upon a disabled character in the opening scene of a story, and not knowing anything about how or why they became disabled, decide that they are not, were not, or won't be heroes?

Frankly, I've had quite enough stories of "perfect" heroes. I enjoyed many such stories in years past, but I want something more complex now. I like to see someone who might not be a typical "hero" evolve into one throughout the story. I'm guessing that's what we'll see here.

Also completely agree with James: Heroism is actions, not shiny armor.

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James Sutter wrote:

...and having said that, Chris Jackson totally just told people the stats for his main characters from Pirate's Honor. Which I'm totally fine with--authors are welcome to "out" their characters if they want, I just don't want to pressure them into it. ;)

Stats over here.

Okay, I didn't really stat them, but was asked class and level, so I gave the basics. I didn't go so far as to outline abilities, feats, skills, etc., and won't. I guess I should have used a Spoiler tab.

Keep in mind that what James said above is key. Characters grow, change, and mature...but we *do* follow the rules.

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Cojonuda wrote:

Hi

1)what level would Torius Vin and Celeste (Moon Naga) be?
2)what is Torius class? Pirate or Swasbuckler prestige (he never "sneak attack") or just a plain old fighter?
3) could not find any stat on a Moon Naga in the PFSRD site. Any ide/suggestion?

I am planning on incorporating them to this AP.

I created Torius as a 6th level fighter (corsair) You can find the archetype on the Pathfinder SRD webpage Here's the link: http://www.d20pfsrd.com/classes/core-classes/fighter/archetypes/paizo---fig hter-archetypes/corsair

Celeste is advanced one level in sorcerer above the Bestiary 3 stats for Lunar Naga, so she gets a couple more spells. They cast as 5th, and I needed her to cast as 6th... though I don't remember why...

Have fun!

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It was really a treat to play this with Greg GMing at PaizoCon! We had a blast!

There was much rending...

Thanks Greg!

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I liked the hotel, the staff were great and the pool area was very cool. The free WiFi was a huge plus for me. The restaurant was a little pricy, but that just made me eat less... We actually requested a fridge for our room, so we had some food there which saved cost. From the point of view of someone flying in for the con, this venue could not have been more convenient. A free short ride from the airport, a short walk to the light rail into town.

The seminars were very good, though one room that was scheduled for seminars, readings, etc was taken over by gamers... That turned out to be a non-issue, as we simply redirected the attendees to a new venue.

It was a huge treat for me to meet the Paizo staff, and I want to thank everyone for their hospitality, friendship, and camaraderie. Thanks also to the people who bought out all the copies of Pirate's Honor from the store...you made my day!

Extra special thanks to Kyle for an awesome Meet and Eat, although that was not a "con event", it really started things out right.

Well done, Paizo!

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I'm *really* jazzed about this... More monk stuff is always good! And the price is noting to whine about, either. Well done! You have sparked my muse... I so want to write a monk character as a PFT protagonist. Maybe we can all corner Sutter at PaizoCon and buy him beer until he agrees!

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Jim in OK wrote:

I just finished Chris A. Jackson's Scimitar Moon and now, even more than before, I am hoping he will pen more Pathfinder novels.

Scimitar Moon seemed like a weak young reader novel for tween girls at the beginning, but quickly showed it's true colors. It has pirates! Super exciting! Great villains! Cool heroes! I'm really looking forward to more adventures with the crew of Stargazer and now I know where to get the epubs!

Great to hear you enjoyed it, Jim! Read on! There's plenty to choose from. And rest assured, you will be seeing Torius and crew again!

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Itchy wrote:
James Sutter wrote:
Third reading...?! Wow! Somebody buy this man a couple more Pathfinder Tales books. :)

Too late, I already bought them all. ;)

You just made James very happy... and me, too!

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Jim in OK wrote:

I grabbed a digital copy of Scimitar Moon for my Kindle app so I can continue to read your piratey adventures. Too bad your other books aren't available from Paizo in .epub format; I really prefer my e-reader app to the Kindle format.

Glad you liked the story, Jim!

FYI, you can get all of my work in e-pub format from either Kobo or Barnes and Nobel. They both sell e-pubs. Alternatively, you can get the e-pub versions of the Scimitar Seas novels directly from the publisher, Dragon Moon press.

Fair winds indeed...I'll take all I can get!

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I like it a lot! Just goes to show you, no matter how many precautions you take, eventually, something's going to pop out of a box and eat you... or try.

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I will definitely be there with my wife, so that's two more... Really looking forward to it! Thanks!

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flash_cxxi wrote:
I'm almost finished, but I just have to say that given the super high quality of this piece of pure awesome, I expect to see the further adventures of the crew of Stargazer in print within the next year or there is something seriously not right with the world!

What a wonderful thing to say! Thank you, Flash! I guess I better get to work making the world "right".

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Loving the art! Curious: does Paizo employ any of these artists full time, or are they all freelancers?

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Really loving the art! Thanks everyone for the comments and the interest. Yes, as James said, this is a prequel. If you have already read Pirate's Honor, this will fill in a little backstory. If you have not, this will not ruin the story at all, and sets a few things up...

Enjoy!

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flash_cxxi wrote:
I want that other Belisle pic of Celeste on it's own though! That pic is sweet. :)

I'm hoping for one, too... You may get one with the upcoming web fic... I fell in love with the image in Bestiary 3.

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I've been biting my nails for this to go live, just to see the character illustrations. I love this one of Torius! The artist really nailed it!

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The effort you put into this, Kyle...really awesome and much appreciated.

I do have one question: Bathrooms? Will we have a port-o-let?

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Awesome, Tim!

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TheChozyn wrote:

Chris,

Hope to see more adventures with the crew of the Stargazer in the future be it another full novel or here on paizo.com with the free fiction.

As do I... Keep a weather eye on the horizon! Glad you liked the story...

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I enjoyed this very much. It's hard to develop characters in short fiction, and Neal does a very good job. Good solid heroes all, but individuals and just "irregular" enough to add spice. Nicely done indeed!

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Glad to see people are enjoying it. For those of you still on the fence, there will be a sample chapter posted on the Web Fic page May 1st, and a four chapter "Prequel" story posted in the following weeks. Enjoy!

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