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Contributor. Pathfinder Society Member. 259 posts. 1 review. No lists. No wishlists. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 1 alias.


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I don't use one as a major character, but Pirate's Honor has a Jani, Pok-nal, as a secondary character.

You may even see him again...

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There's always a lure to up the ante with every successive book. There are pluses and minuses in doing so, however.

On the upside...the magic and powers are way cool to play with in a story narrative. Finding new ways to apply spells (sometimes not as the designers intended... Muaa haa haa) is a blast.

On the downside, if your characters are such badasses, who in Golarion can oppose them. You run into the superman scenario really quickly.

Oh, and I hope you all enjoy the upcoming "Pirate's Curse"... I up the ante as far as villains go by quite a lot...

Muaa haa haa!

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Haldelar Baxter wrote:
I'd like to thank all the authors that take the time to answer questions here and all the great products you produce for everyone.

You are most welcome... but we're all gamers, too, so, for me at least, this is truly a labor of love.

As a GM, I learned story telling and how cool it was to create something people could enjoy. From that, and a ton of practice, I get the same joy out of people enjoying my fantasy tales...

There's nothing better than getting a thank you from a fan, so, in turn, thank you for enjoying my work.

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Steve Geddes wrote:
How does a novel get commissioned? Do you guys go to James Sutter with a story idea and pitch it to him, does he come to you? Does it generally start as something loose: "We want you to write a pirate novel" or is it more defined: "Here's a completish outline of the story we want written - note the goblin with a lisp in chapter four"?

Pretty much what Liane just said...

My first approach to Paizo was at Gencon, and I pitched myself as a nautical fantasy writer, not with any specific idea for a story in mind. I talked to Sutter directly, and just happened to have something that nobody else was pitching at that point.

It varies from novel to novel a lot for me how much input I get from the editor on story plot. As Liane stated, we pitch an idea, then get approval or approval with changes or suggestions, then hand in a chapter-by-chapter outline. For me this is no problem, since that's how I start anyway. Maybe that's one reason I like working for Paizo so much...we are on the same page on a lot of things.

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John Kretzer wrote:
So are the PF Tales authors excited about StarFinder and a chance to write sci-fantasy?

I already am writing some Pathfinder "Swords and Planets" fiction for a third party company, Legendary Games. The Legendary Planets AP isn't Starfinder, a lot more like John Carter of Mars meets Pathfinder, but it is a beautiful product. Seven installments coming, the first two and a primer are already out.

As for writing for Starfinder...That'd be fun, but there's no one even talking about that yet... Gotta get the game out first!

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Gordrenn Higgler wrote:
When including spells with expensive components and creation of magic items, do you ignore the material requirements from the game mechanics or do you include something else?

Liane is much more detail oriented there than I. I sometimes get into spell components when it's a major issue, like casting scry, you have to have a silver mirror, so Celeste had to buy one, and that was kind of tricky because she was casting it from a scroll, but the mirror made sense to keep, so it was kept. I certainly don't use spell components as plot points much, but sometimes as a financial burden. In my novels, I've never had anyone in the story create a magical item. I tend to write sorcerers more than wizards. I do keep track of how much magical items cost, however. Not many pirates can dump 10K gold on a trinket!

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Athos710 wrote:
Will any of the Tale Tellers be at GenCon and be willing to autograph their works?

Sorry I missed this post, Athos! Yes, several of us were there. Paizo always arranges signing times at their booth (schedule is posted on the side of the big purple wall.) I'm pretty much always going to be at GenCon and DragonCon, at the very least.

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Tyler Jacobson just won a Chelsey Award for this cover! Congrats to Tyler and to Howard!

Awesome cover

http://www.locusmag.com/News/2016/08/2016-chesley-awards-winners/

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Yay!!! Excited for this one to come out...

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As long as there are space pirates... I'm in!

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DM Mathpro wrote:
Snicks new voice took me FOREVER to get used to but eventually the author grew on me.

You mean the new narrator? The one for Pirate's Prophecy? I have not heard that one yet...

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DM Mathpro wrote:
Chris A Jackson wrote:
DM Mathpro wrote:
Another question for Mr. Jackson(slow day at work): Would you be surprised if you saw Pirates Honor/Promise/Prophecy fan fiction pop up on the internet?
Not really... I would also not be offended if someone chose to write some... Why, did you find some?
No but all through my listening to Pirates Prophecy my muse was striking to write some. Not sure what the rules are for fan fiction containing Paizo owned characters though.

Might ask Sutter that question...

I love that audio also.

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NenkotaMoon wrote:
Isn' it all fan fiction?

Well, we're all fans of Pathfinder, but people don't get paid to write fan fic...or at least most of the time. There are programs where fan fiction approved by the IP owners can earn, but I think the question was about free fan fic. I don't think Paizo would appreciate people writing PFT fan fic and making money on it...

In fact I know they wouldn't like it...

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Ross Byers wrote:

Re: Snick - I can't think of any actressess known for that kind of manic energy - which probably says something about how women are cast in Hollywood as much as it does about my memory. (If Snick were male, we'd just cast Bradley Cooper to do his Rocket Raccoon and continue the GotG reunion you've got rolling there.) Catherine Tate could probably do it.

Could grab Essie Davis, Tatiana Maslany, or another actress known for being a chameleon instead of for a particular type of role, instead.

Tatiana Maslany is an amazing actress and could do any part! With perhaps a bit of CG and makeup, I think she could do a manic gnome easily... WIN!!! Thanks for the suggestion!

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DM Mathpro wrote:

Thanks guys!

Really Vreva is that old? Its not how I picture her at all...I mean I guess she's probably in her 30's or 40's but...

Okay, maybe a slightly younger CZJ... Still, she's looking amazing... http://www.healthaim.com/catherine-zeta-jones-shares-anti-ageing-secrets/39 934

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DM Mathpro wrote:
Another question for Mr. Jackson(slow day at work): Would you be surprised if you saw Pirates Honor/Promise/Prophecy fan fiction pop up on the internet?

Not really... I would also not be offended if someone chose to write some... Why, did you find some?

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Just want to mention that I have a short story in this very cool anthology... If you have a hard copy, and happen to attend GenCon or Dragon Con, this year, bring it by my booth and I'll be happy to sign it!

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DM Mathpro wrote:
If you guys were to see your novels turned into a movie who would you like to see play your main characters? Really interested in seeing Chris's response to this but its for anyone/everyone.

I posted this somewhere, but I can't remember where...

Curiously, Torius is a hard one to cast. Maybe Chris Pratt... The scene in GotG when he's kicking cave rats reminded me of Torius. Half badass, half smartass.

Celeste: Zoe Saldana... OMG, she's perfect

Vreva Jhafae: Catherine Zeta Jones (again...perfect)

Grogul: Vin Diesel He could tear that part to pieces...

Thillion... another tough one, not sure.

Snick. I totally balked on this one. I don't know of a single actor who could pull it off. Suggestions?

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flash_cxxi wrote:
Any idea when the Audiobook for this will become available?

The audio is now available, and the sample is quite nice! Steve West does Torius Vin, doing an Thuvian accent! Sweet!

http://www.amazon.com/Pathfinder-Tales-Pirates-Prophecy/dp/B01DWIYHTQ/ref=t mm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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Kajehase wrote:
Have any of you read any particularly good books lately?

Reading the Dennis Lehane "Kenzie/Genarro" novels... Damn fine writing.

One of my biggest problems is that I do not read enough. I can't turn off my internal editor. I'm actually leaning toward audiobooks for this reason. I'm not as critical when I'm listening.

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The betrayal of family, for me, was the linchpin *gotcha* in this novel. My heart broke... I literally had to stop reading, put the book down and catch my breath. What a superb moment. The "B!tch Slap" from hell...

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Mark Moreland wrote:
FYI, Forge of Ashes author and Paizo editor Josh Vogt is doing a Reddit AMA today. You can ask him questions about Pathfinder Tales, books in his Cleaners series, or whatever (literally, ask him anything). The AMA can be found here.

Forge of Ashes also just got short listed for a Scribe Award! Woot to Josh!

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Alayern wrote:
For those of you fine folk who are full-time (or close to it) authors, how long did it take for your writing to become your primary source of income?

A very long time... I started writing "seriously" about 25 years ago. I quit my day job to do some sailing in 2009 (figuring I could maybe get four years in before having to go back to work) about the time the Scimitar Seas novels were starting. Those did well, I started writing for Paizo, then had a self-published series hit on digital. We have been very lucky and have been paying all of our bills (few though they may be, since we're just sailing around with no mortgage) with our writing proceeds for the past four years or so.

Financial independence as a writer (as your only income) is hard to achieve. The vast majority of "professional writers" have day jobs. The old adage goes "Don't quit the day job unless you've got three years of income in the bank." Good advice.

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Proud to have a short piece of fiction in this one! I'm slated to have one in each chapter! Love Swords and Planets. Cut my teeth on John Carter of Mars...

Plus, my cyborg, rogue, smuggler is a badass... ;-)

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Belabras wrote:

Question for everyone:

How did you get started? Fan-fic, open submissions, etc? What was your first foray into the field?

Not sure if you mean with Paizo, or writing in general, so I'll answer both.

I wrote a few novels, and tried submissions directly, which failed. I got an agent, which turned into a disaster (no details there) and I got disgusted. So, I self-published three novels and started marketing at conventions. At conventions I met other writers, and got a recommendation to a small press, who picked me up to write a series. If you are serious about getting into SFF writing, conventions are an excellent place to make connections and get exposure, but they're not cheap, so for those first several years, my day job was paying for my writing career, but it turned out to be a good investment. That series (the Scimitar Seas novels) did well, and since they were nautical fiction, I pitched myself to Paizo (at GenCon) as the guy who could write Pathfinder pirate stories. They had just come out with Skull and Shackles, so there was a market for this, and a niche for a novelist to fill. Sutter liked my samples, and the Stargazer short story, and picked me up for a novel. Serendipitously, just before Pirate's Honor came out, one of my self-published titles, Weapon of Flesh, which has always been one my fans have been bugging me to continue with a sequel, went crazy in digital sales, so that series continued and is doing pretty well.
Now I'm a full-fledged, and full-time, hybrid author, writing for a few different publishers and myself.

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Alayern wrote:
How do you folks outline your novels? Bullet points? Mindmapping? Sticky-notes with push pins and string and low-res pictures on a cork board a la conspiracy theorist?

I outline all my novels because I've got a crappy memory. Also, as far as the PFT stories go, we have to submit an outline before we get the green light to write it, so...

I hate sticky notes (but my wife loves them). I always create a "timeline" document to keep a quick reference of what is happening in which chapter.

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mathpro18 wrote:


A question for you good sir. Do you know when the audible copy of Pirate's Prophesy will be available. And do you happen to have the magical power to make that day be today? I've been eagerly awaiting the release of this since I found out about it last week.

Another question? Did I read correctly that your working on a 4th book for this series? If so do you know a release year for it and would you be able to give that to us without violating your NDA?

Sorry I missed this one!

So, unfortunately, I don't know when the audio is coming out, but I'm dying to hear it. As far as magical powers go... all I can do is make rum disappear without a trace!

As for the next novel, yes, it's in the works, and no, I can't talk about it yet... But it's cool... And I'm dying to have you all read it!

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DM Mathpro wrote:

So here is a question for all authors:

What was the hardest part of adjusting to the fandom that Paizo attracts?

Was it hard to get used to?

Not hard at all, since I've been a gamer for about 40 years. I like gamers' enthusiasm. Had a fantastic time at PaizoCon last year just hanging out with folks I can identify with.

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Berselius wrote:
Hmmmm...one quick question...do Nagas have mage's hand as a at will spell-like ability or do they use telekinesis as per the spell? I've always wondered how Celeste is manipulating objects without arms or hands.

They have mage hand, prestidigitation, and open/close as 0-level spells that they can use at will... Just one of the benefits of having no hands!

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Alayern wrote:
To All the authors: What was the biggest/coolest thing you bought with the money from your first novel?

Well, hmmm... I think it had something to do with my boat... I was doing a lot of refitting prior to going sailing when I first started to make more than I spent being an author. Prior to that, just about every cent and more went into marketing, conventions, and a new laptop every time mine melted down.

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mathpro18 wrote:
James Sutter wrote:
mathpro18 wrote:
Do you know when the audible copy of Pirate's Prophesy will be available.
Very soon! The audio versions usually trail the print release by a little bit, and the *actual* on-sale date is tomorrow... subscribers often get the print books early just because they're special. :)
Thanks James...hopefully it comes out by Friday so my wife and I can listen to it on our road trip but if not thats fine. We're in the middle of Plague of Shadows.

I'm dying to hear it myself! Can't wait!

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Belabras wrote:
Lest Chris think we don't appreciate it.. Yay, new book!

Thanks!!! This thread slipped past me... Sailing and writing is just soooo much work! More coming your way!

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DM Mathpro wrote:

Another question for Mr. Jackson:

Is it bad that I called off of work at a previous job to continue reading Pirates Honor because I couldn't put it down?

Ha! No...not bad at all! Hope I didn't get you fired!!

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Swashbucklersdc wrote:

I finished this the same weekend I received it in the mail! I love this line, the storytelling, the characters, everything about it.

Chris Jackson isn't only my favorite Pathfinder Tales author, he has quickly become my favorite author!

*Blush*

You have no idea how good that makes me feel... Really...

Thanks!

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FattyLumpkin wrote:
Thanks, Adam. That's what I thought but I don't know how to do it. I'll do a search to find out. I'm familiar with a couple of the standard methods but either never heard it put that way or something. As you can guess, I don't play. I'm in the collecting-Pathfinder-stuff phase. Anyone ever mention there is a lot to read?!

A great way to learn character creation, advancement, and building of feats and skills is to play with Herolab. You can get a demo version for free (can't save your characters) that is good to practice on.

Oh, and there is even more to read... You should check out the web fiction page (also free) and maybe some Pathfinder Tales...

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F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
Mark Moreland wrote:
OMG sexytime vampires. They're so sparkly!
You're a monster.

But a sparkly one! Congrats Wes!

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Gotta say, I've listened to the Audible versions of Pirate's Honor and Pirate's Promise, and I'm pretty happy with the narrator, John Pruden. He does an awesome job with Vreva Jhafae, and especially awesome with Snick. Well done on that choice, whoever made it! You can get a free taste on the commercial page.

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Shadow_Charlatan wrote:
Is anyone working on any new tales that feature any of the new occult classes ? Would be interesting to read reactions of people seeing a ghost following the main character everywhere they go :-)

I'm thinking about it... I love the new classes in Occult, and I think a good spooky story would go well... Haunted ghostly pirate ship, maybe??? Muaaa haa haaa!

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Gotta say I'm having a ball listening to my own novels, hearing someone else voice the characters and pronounce the names... These are very well done. Many fun hours of listening in my future...

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This is intriguing... Basically, this is a SR mod for Pathfinder, which I would truly love. I must look into this. Thanks for posting this and the discussion... Yes, very interesting...

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Catfolk country in southern Garund... Hmmmm.... Interesting...

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I was super excited to see the original cover art sketches on this at GenCon last year, and I love the idea of underwater adventures. Excited to see this available. Well done, Howard!

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Itchy wrote:
However, all the accents and voices in the Harry Potter audiobooks (which ARE excellent) are all UK accents. I would imagine that it is difficult to find a person who can rapidly switch between drastically different cultural accents.

Listen to the R.C.Bray audio of "The Martian". The guy does about a dozen accents, and really good voices. I had an audio trilogy done by a good actor, Jeff Breslauer, who did all the voices beautifully. Hard to find a good one, maybe, but they are out there.

That said, I really am looking forward to the audio of Pirate's Prophesy. Can't imagine Torius Vin with a British accent...we'll see.

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The cat is out of the bag now... yes... a very good tale!

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Since there are a bunch of scattered threads where we, the PFT authors, tell people where we will be, I figured I'd put it in one place.

To start things off, this year I will be at:

DragonCon in Atlanta, GA, Sept. 4-7, in the Dealer Room

Necronomicon, in Tampa FL, Oct. 9-11, doing panel discussions.

If anyone is affiliated with a game- or bookstore and wants a visit, post here and ask.

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LazarX wrote:

And that's the rub right there... For all the roleplaying aspects, Pathfinder is still pretty much the wargame it and D+D are descended from. Wargames are about precise mechanics, not storytelling.

I would disagree with that, actually. The reason I got into RPG's was the story-telling element, not the wargame aspect. I like strategy games, but I play RPG's to roleplay. For me, it's all about the characters, as you can probably tell by reading my fiction. Different people play for different reasons, and games like PF give what the player wants, whether that's cool character archetypes, a ton of rules to tweak, awesome settings, or the ability to take all of these and spin a really fun story for your players.

I learned storytelling by GMing, and wouldn't be a writer if I hadn't started playing D&D.

I do agree that publishing the stats for characters is problematic. Once you do it, you're locked in to those stats. Fiction characters can grow, just like your RPG characters can, and their next level might not be what you, or they, expect...

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Thanks for all the work making this happen, James... Really.

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Thanks everyone! Just so everyone knows, the amazing cover is by Remko Troost. If you want to see the whole thing, front, spine, back, without text, I posted it with permission on my FB page: https://www.facebook.com/chris.a.jackson.967

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John Kretzer wrote:

So how was Gencon?

Anything exciting happened that you can share?

Had a fantastic time at GenCon, especially hanging out with Howard... We only see each other once a year, so sipping a beer with him and catching up is great. Josh and Gary (the young guns) are both great and fun to talk to, not to mention talented and professional... I wish I'd gotten my start that early.

Also got to chat with the Tor editor handling the distribution deal with Paizo. Very good feeling about this. It's a win for everyone, really, and they are not intending on meddling with the line.

I also showed a *few* people the new cover of Pirate's Prophecy...though it has not been officially released yet. I love the artwork...it's very different from my previous covers, and instead of a map in the inside, we did a cross sectional diagram of the Stargazer, which I like very much as well. It just went to the printer... You should see it soon, and the release is scheduled for early next year.

So, yeah...a good GenCon. You were missed, Dave!

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Itchy wrote:

Update: Added novels released/ announced since the last update.

Thanks for getting the chronology straight. Important to note that although the short story Stargazer was posted after the release date of the novel Pirate's Honor, chronologically it is a prequel to the novel. Once again, it's not necessary to read the web fic first, but elements of the web fic are mentioned in the novel.

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