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Goblin Squad Member. RPG Superstar 2013 Dedicated Voter, 2014 Star Voter. Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Tales Subscriber. Pathfinder Society Member. 5,480 posts (5,552 including aliases). 7 reviews. 1 list. 4 wishlists. 2 Pathfinder Society characters. 15 aliases.


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What a writer does with their time is none of my business. A writer doesn't owe me anything. If I buy a book and enjoy that book then that's that. If the book is part of a series, but doesn't tell a whole story on its own then I'll probably be annoyed and not continue reading the series.

In movie terms: I love Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. It's a great movie even if you never watch another Star Wars movie. George Lucas didn't owe us prequels to that story. And look what happened when he did. We were all very sad about it.

Writers should write what their passionate about, when they are passionate about it. I've seen plenty of good writers lose steam over the course of a series, and churn out terrible novels because of contractual obligations combined with a lack of inspiration. I've seen great writers power through about a novel a year, because that's how they work.

But it's like anything, a solid reliable body of work generates readers. An author doesn't owe the audience anything, but will create a more loyal following if they continue to give what they can to their art.

I hope I've explained my position well.

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If you want to go further back Age of Worms is THE Undead Adventure Path.

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I've never seen anything use anything similar to spell points. Most fiction I've seen has used actual fatigue rules to govern spellcasting. If anything the pool of points would be based on the caster's Constitution, and actually causes fatigue/exhaustion/unconsciousness or even ability damage when overused.

Prepared casting and spontaneous casting and spell points are all abstractions.

Slot based systems are already point based, it's just that they're preconfigured rather than spent on the fly.

You know what the advantage is for slot based casting?

Ease of play. Casters already have pretty complex turns since their spells can do a lot of complex things. Adding more math to the process just increases turn times, as they try and work out how much they want to augment the spell, what the cost is for the augmentation and the like.

A prepared caster just says: I cast Magic Missile, resolves the spell and crosses it off their character sheet. As the GM of a lot of newer players who want to play spellcasters this is a godsend. A spontaneous caster says: "I cast magic missile" resolves the spell and ticks a 1st level box.

Does it lose some granularity compared to pp casting?

Sure, but no system is perfect and no system is the be all and end all. I know as a player I prefer slot based spellcasting, because I just want to do the cool thing, and more maths is less fun for me. I know other players like power point casting, and that's cool too.

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KidDangerous wrote:

I'm currently running Skull and Shackles in space ("Skulljammer") using DSP's ultimate psionics in place of any magic using class.

It's a lot of fun! I've borrowed from Distant Worlds, Iron Gods and the Technoogy Guide but also Numenera's Cypher system. It's a great way to represent lost/malfunctioning tech. I've converted a lot of the Numenera Cyphers to PF rules and would be happy to share if you're interested.

Players love it so far it's got a very Treasure Planet vibe. I think it would work really well for Kingmaker too

I'd be interested in seeing Numenara Cyphers converted to PF rules.

Also Skulljammer is badass.

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36) Climb Talon Peak, enter the ancient elven observatory there. Find a bunch of ancient elven dust mummies, one of whom is staring at an ancient scrying pool. Look into said pool and attempt to scry the last thing scried in the pool. Look upon Azathoth, roll a 1 on your Will save. Gain a permanent madness, which ends up being a second personality based on an ancient elven astrologer. Then realize that you might not actually be mad and you may be host to the lost soul of the person staring into the scrying pool.

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Captain Jimetheon Turbulence Dread, Halfling Swashbuckler Guybrush Threepwood and Captain Jack Sparrow. Loveable liar, thief and insult swordfighter.

Rocky Krakoa, Oread Brawler Ever-Lovin' Blue Eyed Thing and Rocky from Rocky. A champ who took a few too many blows to the head.

Ash Q'Asheem and Sharumander, Human Summoner and Eidolon Ash is a combination of Ash Ketchum and Gandalf. Sharumander is basically Aku from Samurai Jack redeemed with GREAT FLAAAAAAMING EYEBROWS.

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Entombed at the heart of the moon is the last cybernetic survivor of the CYBORG Civilization that ruled this region of space, and the Varnhold Rover may have just awoken it.

The Varnhold Vanishing is explained by an incredibly powerful teleportation device that has moved all the human residents into stasis chambers, uploading their minds into microchips to be bartered in the Dark//Net. So the Cyborgs can rise again.


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Depends, which half is god and which half your paladin has sex with.

Just kidding, seems fine and definitely not a succubus trying to trick you into siring a half-demon baby to raise in a fast time area of the Abyss to try and kill you next year.

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This is me not engaging and drinking a cool beverage.

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A handy guide to surviving the playtest.

Grab a group of players, and put together some characters using playtest rules.

Run an adventure.

Report your findings, and perhaps some suggestions for improvements and changes (AFTER the bit with the findings).

Only visit the specific class pages to grab errata by looking specifically for posts from the Devs.

Do not engage with the theorycrafters, they will only make you sad.
I repeat. Do not. Engage.

Enjoy the free preview of the cool class that's going to be out soon and enjoy a cool refreshing beverage.

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captain yesterday wrote:

26) the General is a Halfling Cavalier (order of the cockatrice) named Zapp Bramblethorn,

27) the diplomat is a Grippli Druid (with the frog domain named Kiff Krokker
Zapp not only won the midnight joust blackout drunk (-4) thru the most insane series of rolling 20s i've ever seen in my entire life! but also nearly lost the war of the river kings by sending wave after wave of his men at a platoon of wyverns, enacted Bramblethorn's Law, renamed Fort Drelev "Fort Bramblethorn" then added at least 5 brothels in the first year:)
in case you can't tell, we watch a lot of cartoons:)

28) We have a Grippli Druid named Kif too!

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12) Use a ritual to resurrect a long dead race of Elven Skinwalkers, declare yourself their god and then don't do anything to protect them from being killed by a combined force of Barbarians and Giants. RIP the denizens of Coyote Rock.

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If I'm remembering the old story correctly, the Albatross only became a curse after the Mariner shot it.

Kalistocrats should spend more time reading books instead of ledgers.

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Hama wrote:
It's a guy in a rubber costume walking down a miniature city, knocking down toy fire trucks.

And nobody has managed to make a better one.

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Rathendar wrote:

I think is a fairly cool sounding idea/premise. You could enforce the 'hard' borders of the region with extreme weather effects or brutal terrain.(lightning storms, magma fields, etc) Gives me an old Star Frontiers-Volternus saga vibe.

Merging the magic into nanites works well enough in theory since arcane can detect divine and vice-versa.

random idea: The trolls could be a survivor fragment group that was infected by something, causing degeneration/bulk. Could even give Hargulka a less monstrous name and have him be met on the ship in transit and the one in his chapter is all he can manage to say now.

Hank Gulka's Mutant Kingdom

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3) Bribe Tyg-Titter-Tut and Perlivash with alcohol, then get yelled at by Tyressia because they are CHILDREN you MONSTERS.

4) Build the greatest magical academy in the River Kingdoms on the haunted grounds of Candlemere where an ancient malfunctioning aedura (elfgate) is housed and often draws the attention of Yog Sothoth "The Lurker At The Threshold".

(They don't have to be GOOD ideas right?)

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Klaus van der Kroft wrote:

I had ignored this series for quite a while (to be honest, I've never been a fan of anime in general), but after accidentally watching the first episode last week, I was caught. Ended up binge-watching the three seasons.

I really enjoyed the series, and cannot wait for Season 4.

Now, I have a sort of tangential question: I understand LoK is a spin-off from Avatar: the Last Airbender. I tried watching some of the first episodes, but it felt more like a kid show compared to LoK and so far I have not been able to get caught.

Is the tone and style of the first episodes of The Last Airbender the same throughout the rest of the series, or does it change afterward?

Avatar the Last Airbender does get pretty mature, but maintains a quality of silliness throughout the run. It's why it's so good.

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Ross Byers wrote:
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I'm fairly sure I read somewhere in the lore that Nex in fact died during their war, but Geb couldn't accept that fact without solid proof. I'll have to do some hunting when I get home. Otherwise I'd assume the same as you.

Nex disappeared into a private demiplane and vanished. He may have been mortally wounded. He may have ceased to exist when the demiplane disappeared. He may have escaped, but aged to death in the intervening centuries. He may be trapped in another universe. He may be biding his time until he returns.

Because if you accidentally prove to Geb that Nex is still alive, then he would return to the world full-time and get back to the work of killing Nex.

Everybody needs a hobby.

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There is a special circle of hell for theater talkers.

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Orthos wrote:
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Orthos wrote:
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Paizo sells fiction. There is no such thing as fiction that does not have a social agenda of some sort.
Eh, on this we'll have to disagree. I've read plenty of books whose only "agenda" was to tell an entertaining story, with no intent nor result to challenge any perceptions or status-quo. Doesn't make them any less entertaining IMO. So I can't say I agree with the idea that all fiction has an agenda, social or otherwise, beyond telling a tale.
If a work of fiction does not in any way challenge the status quo, then the social agenda it's pushing is that they agree with the status quo.

As I said above, I wouldn't use "agenda" for that.

Also not necessarily. It may just mean that the author... you know... doesn't want to write a story about challenging public perceptions or anything of that sort.

I think some literary types are a bit too eager to search for meaning where there may or may not be any. =)

I'm a literary type, and there is always a meaning, whether you want to read it in a text or not.

Take for example the book Magician by Raymond E Feist. I love that book. It's a wonderful fantasy story possibly one of the best ever written. It also has zero queer representation and its female representation game is pretty weak. Raymond E Feist's agenda is to create a fantasy medieval culture, but it participates in the erasure of queer and female contributions to medieval culture. Intentional or not Feist has an agenda and bias that exists in the book. It's his book, he has a right to his agenda.

All art is political.

I can be aware of all that, and still love Magician, still be entertained by the story and the cosy feeling of home I get when I start into those opening pages with a boy on a beach.

When a company, such as Paizo includes queer representation it is an agenda, but there's nothing wrong with that because Paizo is allowed an editorial policy that's what freedom of expression is. I think that Paizo has always been clear what their editorial stance on inclusion is and has been for a long time. It's what makes me proud to support this company.

I'll leave you with this.

Jane Espenson wrote:
“And if we can’t write diversity into sci-fi, then what’s the point? You don’t create new worlds to give them all the same limits of the old ones.”

Respectfully,

DM_aka_Dudemeister.

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Orthos wrote:
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Paizo sells fiction. There is no such thing as fiction that does not have a social agenda of some sort.
Eh, on this we'll have to disagree. I've read plenty of books whose only "agenda" was to tell an entertaining story, with no intent nor result to challenge any perceptions or status-quo. Doesn't make them any less entertaining IMO. So I can't say I agree with the idea that all fiction has an agenda, social or otherwise, beyond telling a tale.

If a work of fiction does not in any way challenge the status quo, then the social agenda it's pushing is that they agree with the status quo.

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I'm Australian, and the arguments I've been having on Facebook tell me nope. Apparently people can be awful all over the world.

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Yeah, my expectations are roughly an Unearthed Arcana book for Pathfinder, which means there'll be something I use almost every campaign, something I use maybe every other campaign, and some stuff I might never use but glad to see it there if someone else has a cool idea they want to run.


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Kthulhu wrote:
I still think Paizo could have saved a LOT of development time, and managed to put out a better balanced system by just licensing Ultimate Psionics as an official Pathfinder book.

Your powers of precognition are amazing... are you psionic?

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NOBODY BLUSHES LIKE GAKTON!

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From my perspective as a guy who put out a bunch of extra content for Kingmaker I'm always excited to see how they've been chopped and changed to fit into other people's campaigns. I'm just excited people use my material at their tables at all.

I'm sure the feeling is 10,000 times more gratifying for a published AP author.

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My first attempt at running an AP was Shackled City, Life's Bazaar which I ran in Eberron and things rapidly went off the rails when the PCs left the dungeon to rest up and I had the Hobgoblins come out and track the PCs to their home where they used fire magic (illegal in Cauldron) to try and stop the blighters and the Paladin went to the local constabulary and had the PCs and hobgoblins all arrested at the same time.

I realized that I needed an AP that could be a little bit more adaptable to my group of insane people.

Then I discovered Kingmaker: A SANDBOX, I thought, this would be perfect since a Sandbox doesn't really assume any particular course of action. Let's see how this works out.

We're still playing it :)

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David Eddings had an area in his Belgariad/Malloreon series of books where spellcasters would summon ineffable demons, part of the summoning was picturing a form to hold control of said demons, part of their duels was trying to make something more gross, horrifying and anatomically improbable than the person you were battling.

Anyway, Eidolons fit into that concept to a T.

It's one of the few places that a RAW summoner fits. For me though, a summoner is more flavorful with a more limited selection of evolutions by selecting from the list in Ultimate Magic.

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Over the past three weeks I have watched all of the New Doctor who (mostly) for the first time (apart from a random episode or 2 I'd seen on TV with some friends).

I'm all caught up now.

Episodes with Donna in them are the best. All the Doctors annoy me at first and die just as I like them, except Tennant's Doctor who died just after he started to annoy me.

I'm hoping the new Doctor softens up some more.

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Very Metropolis. I dig it.

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You want to talk about journalistic ethics in games coverage?

Then you should talk about where the money comes from. A website plastered with advertising for a Triple-A game by a huge publisher like EA, also reviews said game. How "unbiased" do you think that coverage is? How unbiased will their coverage of other games from that publisher be?

Indie developers are not the problem when it comes to the ethics of games journalism.

Games journalism is mostly extended PR, except for the odd editorial, or consumer advocate. You want to talk about the ethics of games journalism, then follow the damn money.

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Let's look at the Data.

For those of you who don't like reading, less than 0.5% of articles talk about feminist topics.

Not your shield also started on 4Chan as another method of harassment and distraction. I am happy to dismiss a side of an argument that has no basis in reality.

Cisgender heterosexual white dudes already have all the cards, your perceived inequality to white people is fear that people (women, poc, queer and gender fluid) without our privileges having the same power we do.

As a kid, I wondered why girls didn't play video games. Now when women want to play and try to tell us how they can be included, they get threatened, harrassed and ignored.

So yeah, I'm dismissing a side of this "argument" because one side is wrong. The opposition to the feminist "agenda" is that women don't deserve the same rights as men.

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If games are art, then they are allowed to have a point of view and are political artifacts. This means that if a game company wants to create a game that promotes diversity and tolerance, or a single independent creator wants to make a game about their personal experience they are allowed to.

GamerGate was created by the disgusting depths of 4Chan to shame women who are trying to change the culture of gaming for the better. I will never support the harassment of any creator.

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Oh wait we can congratulate ourselves?

In my Kingmaker game the King (A dwarven cavalier) has a sweet Pegasus companion, it was a horse at level 1, but eventually it grew wings.

Another character who died, came back to life as a Dhampyr thanks to the evil manipulations of Rhoswyn just because he missed playing the character.

In my Jade Regent game I let a player kill off a monster they were unprepared for that was attached to a ceiling by growing a feather token tree into it.

I let my players get away with an incredible amount if it generates a laugh or a good time.

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Stuff about the Ethereal Plane and adventuring in character's dreams.

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Humanish, humanesque?

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thejeff wrote:
DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:

What's the difference between a monster and an alien? To your average adventurer nothing.

What's the difference between a laser pistol and a wand of scorching ray? Not much.

OTOH, if there's no difference, why bother?

Because at the same time for a player it's kind of cool when you say:

"There's a five legged creature before you, from each foot spring three claws. All five legs are arrayed around it, much like a spider, though its body is conical with eyes arrayed all around it. It rears back to reveal a blender-like mouth of teeth at the bottom of the cone."

Players: "What the hell is that?"

You know what reaction you get from players when you present them with something they've never seen before. Shock, confusion, fear. Everything their characters should feel.

You know what happens when you give a fighter a laser pistol? He can cast scorching ray as long as the batteries last: Who says fighters can't have nice things?

There's plenty of points, and many of them are it introduces the most important element to a fantasy RPG:

Surprise.

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The Evil Queen wrote:
I love sf movies, i love mixed games like ff and deadspace. I however never will like high tech sf in d&d and pathfinder. It feels off for me personally. Also I think lasers and computers are too powerfull for even dragons and titans. In this world of guns fantasy creatures wouldnt survive a single day.

When you decide not to change your mind then it's too late.

But if you want to open your heart to the radical, and haven't read the Tech Guide yet, or the Guide to Numeria, or Iron Gods please do yourself a favor and read them with an open mind.

Think of it, wizards drinking the juice that leaks out of ancient spaceships, driving them mad, and paranoid, and greedy and mad. Did I say mad twice? Probably because I really meant it.

Giant robotic scorpions wielding machineguns, being hunted down by Barbarians who can shrug off barrages of bullets because they're just that tough and what's a little lump of metal compared to the stroke of an axe?

What's the difference between a monster and an alien? To your average adventurer nothing.

What's the difference between a laser pistol and a wand of scorching ray? Not much.

I know it affects your sense of verisimilitude, but the real world is very verisimilar (is that a word? If not it should be), a lot of the time.

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I love a sandbox.

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I would like to run this with an all female group:

The Hell's Rebelles

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I dunno, why punish the players for fortifying their borders?

Have barbarians attack Tatzlford and give the defenders some hefty bonuses to defense. If the PCs easily repel the invasion then they'll feel clever for their foresight. The point of the attack on Tatzlford isn't to destroy Tatzlford it's the "call to action" that something stinks in Drelev.

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Option A: Draw the whole map on a flip mat or two. Should take about 10-20 minutes depending on the complexity of the map. Take post-it notes, and cover the map in the post in notes. As the players move they can remove the post-its.

Option 2: Draw the whole map on paper (or photocopy from the book or use the interactive maps). Take that map put it on the table and say: "You are here, please don't metagame." It's surprising how well that works.

Option iii: Seriously just relax, theré's no perfect method.

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Flail snails guys. It's the best way.

Seriously though it depends on the campaign, because different campaigns have different needs. I call it the Marvel vs DC game building. Although the reference is slightly dated, since they've become so similar.

In a "Marvel" style game the characters are interesting, and the world exists to showcase what's interesting about those characters. It's a "characters first, setting second" style of world. So with a Marvel style game the player characters will in some senses dictate the setting. If your group is a Human Fighter, Android Nanite Sorcerer, Elf Witch and Catfolk Alchemist then you are going to have a point of view character, some sci-fi elements, deal with a dark patron's demands and maybe meet the Catfolk race. The characters have dictated the story to tell (Guardians of the Galaxy is a good example of this).

In a "DC" universe, the setting is interesting and the characters are meant to be representative elements of that setting. Most APs run more smoothly if the advice in the player's guide is followed, characters feel more integrated into the setting, the players get to interact with the cool stuff in the setting with minimum dissonance. If you're playing Mummy's Mask you'll come up with appropriate treasure hunters and Egypt themed characters and have a grand time. Show up with a Nanite powered Android sorcerer and you're just begging to have your backstory ignored.

There is no one true way, as a GM sometimes I'm one way, sometimes I'm the other (often I'm a mix of both). As a player I try to follow the GM's advice, but in general am more satisfied with a character that integrates with the setting.

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I tie the names of the various classes to some snails, then attach tiny flails to their eyestalks and let them battle to the death. The survivors remain in my campaign.

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The outsider I'd like to see would be "Inner Demons", repressed memory and emotion given physical shape via ectoplasm.

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I've only just started watching, to find out what the fuss is about. I never watched old Who, as a kid I was very unimpressed with the sets, acting, dialogue.

I'm only just on Season 3, I liked Rose, she always made time for the ignored.

Runaway Bride was the most recent episode I watched, Donna Noble was fantastic at keeping the Doctor on the back foot. She's funny too, which is very important.

It seems the rest of the season has Martha Jones, and I think she'll make an interesting counterpoint to Rose.

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You know what else would be good as inspiration?

Psychonauts!

Such great magic items:
Smelling Salts
Bacon
Doors that allow you to travel into people's heads!

If there's information about running adventures that occur entirely in the mind of NPCs that'd be rad.

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I like PF as is. Until level 10+ where legacy problems from 3.5 creep in.

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Cr500cricket wrote:
Ack, I'm starting a trend! Now Dudemeister has it too!

RESISTANCE IS FUTILE!

ALL WILL BE UPGRADED OR.... DELETED.

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The Kineticist stuff sounds like Liz Sherman.

Actually Hellboy and BPRD is great source material for this kind of thing. Wonder if they could get Mike Mignola to do art for the interiors?

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