|Chris A Jackson Contributor|
Emphasis on what Vic said! Game design and writing fiction are completely different animals.
Okay, having just broken into Paizo as a contributor with "Pirate's Honor", I'll tell you how I did it. Keep in mind that this is not the only way it could happen.
1) Establish yourself as a professional fantasy author.
2) Read, learn, play and love Pathfinder.
3) Pitch yourself with a story or game element in mind. I chose nautical fiction not only because that is what I love to write, and have been successful with, but because PFT had not yet put out a "pirate novel".
4) Submit writing samples upon request, with emphasis on that last bit. I know James' post states that you can pitch with a sample, but personally, I would ask first. Deluging James with a bunch of e-mails with attached samples that were not requested will probably earn you a quick boot.
5) Wait and do not heckle!
6) If you are asked to pitch specific story lines for web fic (the typical starting point) be prepared with several pitches.
7) If James picks one of your pitches, give him your absolutely best work, and send it in.
Of the above, number one is the hardest step, but there really are no shortcuts. I put out ten novels before I pitched to Paizo.
Okay, my two cents: yes, the "Monk Vows" section of Ultimate Magic states that "Any user of ki" can take these vows. Yes, rogues (ninjas) can get a ki pool (at a lower level than monks can) by getting the ki pool talent, and therefore can take these vows (once again, at a lower level than a monk can) though I'm still having difficulty imagining a rogue taking a vow of anything, let alone poverty! So, by the rules, it seems legal for a ninja to use the vows.
However, having trouble with the already powerful rogue class having access to ki powers that (imho) were designed to give some edge to the monk class that no other could get. Looking up "rogue talents" in OGC, it seems like any rogue can take this talent. I have less problems with Ninja having monk powers, but a plain old rogue? The class already gets more skill points than any other, devastating surprise attacks, magic item use, the "Stand Up" talent as a free action. Not only that, but the monk has the additional penalty of losing his/her Still Mind feature when he/she takes vows, and rogues do not?
This is a problem.
While the beginning of the section says that these vows are available to anyone with a ki pool, every sentence in the first paragraph of "Monk Vows" in Ultimate Magic uses the word "Monk". Even if another class can get a ki pool, this passage clearly states that "A monk" can gain ki points by taking a "monk vows".
Frankly, I disagree with the "ki pool talent" available to rogues. So a rogue can gain a ki pool at first level, and a monk has to wait until 4th? This depowers monks and gives even more power to already powerful rogues.
Chris is my GM and my good friend. I am so proud of him right now. I can't wait for this to be released to the world.
Yes, and we still have to finish that adventure path! Running pirates is like herding cats... they chase booty like cats chase mice!!! A very fun AP, by the way. We definitely shifted toward Chaotic Good (Okay, maybe Chaotic Neutral, since the Boatswain's idea of discipline was slitting the offender's throat!) after the PC's got their own ship, but that was a good thing, IMHO.
Sadly, no Convocation this year. Instead, we're getting the very first run-through of the new GenCon special, which is going to be pretty spectacular. You won't want to miss it!
Bummer, but yes, I am very much looking forward to GenCon this year! Is there a thread for this "GenCon Special"?
Without asking the hotel what they are willing to do/offer us, there is no way to know what they will require. All it would take is a phone call, or a few e-mails to find out. If they want a non-refundable deposit, there are two options, take a collection or just say no thanks.
One point: since I will be flying in, and won't have a car, someplace as close as possible to the host hotel would be best for me. Don't know how many others are in the same situation.
While I would love to do a picnic in the park Meet and Eat, the 4th of July crowds would kill it, I think, not to mention the chance of rain. Someone might give the hotel a call about the meeting room rental... This is the con hotel, after all. If they set up a cash bar, they will be making money (at least from me), so some subtle hints that maybe they could comp us the room might be agreeable. If the last M&E drew 125 people, we could probably promise them that many. The only other question would be food.
Awesome question, Dave! I agree with Neil that Luma of "Blood of the City" was a character I was truly rooting for. Betrayal is always a great sympathy motivating element. I would add Jerisa from "Worldwound Gambit" to the list; torn between love and duty, another great motivator. Alaeron, from City of the Fallen Sky (Noted previous error in title, Doh!), I loved simply because I personally identified with him; poor science geek who would much rather just tinker in his lab, caught up in a serious pot of trouble. My top choice, however, has to be Salim in "Death's Heretic." Talk about a soul in torment... Wow...
I've never been much of a "Knight in Shining Armor" fan, but as I said above, I love a marginal character that turns the corner. I've always loved Radovan because he's a marginal character *trying* to turn the corner, but convinced by his own cynicism that he's not the "Knight in Shining Armor" type, very much a Han Solo motif, but with spikes...
Personally, I love morally ambiguous characters. The joy in them, as I see it, is when they turn the corner to the "cause of good" whether they know it or not. Robin Laws did this beautifully in Worldwound Gambit.
I really enjoyed Tim Pratt's "Tales of the Fallen Sky" and I really didn't think the main character was so amoral. Nor, I think was he "self-absorbed"... he was just a science nerd and totally focused on his craft...and staying alive.
Lord Snow wrote:
Hmmm. reading the plot synopsis, it looks like this story could have a big impact on the part of the world in which it is set, wich is so far unusual in Pathfinder Tales.
Yes, world shifting plots are rare indeed in Pathfinder Tales... Hmmm... Can't wait to find out how this one plays out! Awesome that Ed has come in to play in the PT sandbox!
Thanks for the Kudos, James. Torius and his crew do indeed log quite a few sea miles in this tale...the length of the Inner Sea, in fact! Just as the book was written and edited from Trinidad to Martinique,and many points in between. A writing sailor or a sailing writer...that's me, but I'm not sure which.
Kain Darkwind wrote:
Agreed! A true "Sherlock" moment... Well done, Dave! But that fireball's gonna sting.
I don't have a problem with Gozreh being fickle or cruel. That is nature. The Norse prayed to Odin, the sea god, not to gain a boon, but more often to avoid getting smacked by a wicked North Atlantic storm. For anyone who has spent any time on the sea, the "praying not to die" idea is not hard to believe... done it myself.
Also, nature is not chaotic. The natural world is a complex mosaic. You may not be able to see the picture, because you are standing too close. Back up, look at global weather, forest ecology, evolution, the sheer beauty and complexity of food chains and the natural order, and you can imagine that a god who oversaw all this might be a little...odd, but would also be very pissed off if anybody decided they could "paint a better mosaic". Not someone who is cutting wood or killing game to survive, but someone who is simply clearing a forest for "agriculture" or "Development", would definitely be in Gozreh's cross hairs.
I like Gozreh a lot...
Very nice double twist, Erik.
I had to look back to make sure there was no allusion from Terrant's pov that he already knew Ephere, but it was clean... very nicely done!
This gives me flashbacks to "Worldwound Gambit". The double, double cross with some of the crew knowing what is going on and others who do not. Once again, nicely done.
And they got the loot... yeah... Proper villains indeed...