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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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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.

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Has anyone considered the Raygun Lounge? It's just off I-5 Downtown. Here's their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Raygun-Lounge/350346401718425

Don't know about food, but they are certainly well acquainted with Paizo.

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Nicely done! The action flows well and the characters are introduced naturally. Looking forward to more!

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Okay, really? You think the rogue class is less powerful than the monk? Really?

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Thanks Vic! Glad you liked it. Hope everyone enjoys it... I had a lot of fun writing it. And don't worry Dave. I got your back. ;-)

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Congrats Dave! Looking forward to seeing King of Chaos follow suit!

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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.

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What "Vows" section are you referring to? There is a "Monk Vows" section in Ultimate Magic. Rogues can attain a ki pool through talents, but the section here goes on and on about monks being able to take these vows... I would like a hard ruling on this if you can find one.

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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.

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JollyRoger wrote:
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.

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Here's Damon's Pathfinder art on Facebook. The cover is posted there without the title and logo.

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.442061125830641.87077.270998459603 576&type=1

Enjoy!

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ThreeEyedSloth wrote:
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"?

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This sounds like all kinds of awesome. Do you know what city it was patterned after? I get visions of a city like Katapesh all laid out on tables, each table a place on the city map with a volunteer running encounters... Something like that?

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Has anyone ever thought about just doing a huge tailgaiter in the hotel parking lot? We might even be able to Okay it with the hotel... Just a thought.

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Just finished "Liar's Blade"... love the banter... Nothing better than a wise ass weapon to keep you dishonest.

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Man! Dave is really cranking them out! So, the real question: Will this be out in time for GenCon?

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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.

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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.

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Also, this is evidently Denman's first PFT cover! Send the man some LOVE!

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I really love this cover! Denman really did an awesome job. A difficult scene to capture and he nailed it! Many Thanks! Also gotta agree with Dave, These great artists deserve some exposure. Love his work. Here's his site: http://denmanrooke.com/

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