Paizo Top Nav Branding
  • Hello, Guest! |
  • Sign In |
  • My Account |
  • Shopping Cart |
  • Help/FAQ
About Paizo Messageboards News Paizo Blog Help/FAQ
Durkon Thundershield

Dale McCoy Jr's page

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises. Pathfinder Society Member. 5,048 posts (5,061 including aliases). 1 review. 4 lists. No wishlists. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 1 alias.


RSS

1 to 50 of 5,048 << first < prev | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | next > last >>
President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Cheapy wrote:

I hope for a Pathfinder 2.0. The underlying rules system it is based on has critical flaws in it and it has not held up well when critically examined compared to modern roleplaying systems. It's 15 years old, and it is really showing its age. We've had amazing innovations in RPG design the past decade during a rebirth of roleplaying games. And PF benefited very little from this.

Hopefully Unchained helps a lot, at least for me.

This. Pathfinder really could use a rules update. Sure its a great game, but there are lots of places where the warts are well known and could use some base level modification.

Mattastrophic wrote:

There is a third possibility. Paizo could start releasing material for Pathfinder that is also 5E-compatible. Like the APs. It would only grow the potential audience for their products.

-Matt

While anything can happen, I don't see that happening, for good reasons.

1) mastering 2 systems at once is not easy.

2) they would make PFRPG subject to the whims to another company (even if only in a minor way). That can really play havoc with operating capital.

3) they'd have to do a whole lot of 5e system work to make the APs work. They won't be able have alchemists, inquisitors, oracles (just to name a few classes), any monster from B2-4, any NPC from the NPC or Monster Codexes, anything but core book races, and much more in any adventure path until they catch 5e up to where they are.

that's just off the top of my head.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

1 person marked this as a favorite.
Steve Geddes wrote:
As I understand things, the risky thing about publishing for 5E under the OGL is the prohibition on advertising it as compatible with a trademark.

That is one of them. There are others, but as long as you know about them and avoid them, everything should be fine. You can still find yourself in a lawsuit who's whole purpose is for one company to drive the other company out if business, which is a real possibility, but I don't think this will happen.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

thenovalord wrote:
Hmm. Rather stuff from fresh.......5e plays diff to other d20 games so simply porting stats over won't get that 5e feel IMO

Tyrkaven was actually first written for 5e, we converted it to Pathfinder initially. Now we're just publishing the original.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

I can't wait to gather up your characters and sacrifice them to Tyrkaven, I mean let you save the missing people.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Eventually, yes. When eventually will be is unclear. It will most likely be an adventure compendium, but we don't have any plans at this time.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

So who is interested in signing up for this?

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Wahoo!!!

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Wahoo!!! Its up.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

3 people marked this as a favorite.
Dale McCoy Jr wrote:
Mattastrophic wrote:
If you think about it, this decision is great for third party publishers.
*looks around innocently* *hums to himself for a moment*

Totally off topic here for a moment, but those that click this link and enter their email address and check a 5e box before tomorrow morning may get a nice surprise come the morning.

Just saying. Totally has nothing to do with Dungeons and Dragons and a lack of support. Nothing at all.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

1 person marked this as a favorite.
Mattastrophic wrote:
If you think about it, this decision is great for third party publishers.

*looks around innocently* *hums to himself for a moment*

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

4 people marked this as a favorite.
Adjule wrote:
I still have the mindset that a DM who uses published adventures is a lazy failure of a DM because he can't come up with adventures of his own.

I use to agree with you on that. Now I recognize that it is just a matter of how much free time you have. The first published adventure I ever used in 2011-ish time frame. For the 15+ years before that I prided myself at never, ever using a published adventure. Now I'm just plain busy and published adventures are pretty much the only way I can run a game anymore, unless I want to wing it every session.

MAJT69 wrote:

It's completely baffling to me that they are refusing to give D&D any further content. No new classes, etc.

That's the main reason we've decided to return to Pathfinder. 5th edition D&D is a great rules set, but we want regular new content.

Paizo gets one thing right - the RPG drives the other things, the minis, card games, etc.

In D&D, the MMO and minis are all-important and the RPG is a dim and distant third.

Bizarre and disappointing way to run a system, and simply not for us.

Right there with you. This is the kind of strategy you employ when you value the core as a brand that can be used to generate revenue through other mediums instead of valuing the core itself. It leads to not taking chances, playing safe, and not rocking the boat. Its going to lead to adventures that revolve around "going somewhere and killing things" instead of actually doing something cool and interesting, like one that centers on machine gods and so forth.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Wahoo! A great 4 star review by Malwing. Thank you good sir!

Links to Malwing's reviews of Reapers and Seedlings

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

1 person marked this as a favorite.
Malwing wrote:
Currently Book of Heroic Races Compendium is ... on my priority list.

Wahoo!!!

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

RCM wrote:
Mr. McCoy, on the Elan's Marksman favored class option "Marksman: Add a +1/4 circumstance bonus to DCs to resist marksman powers." Does the bonus apply only to powers that come directly from the Marksman's power list, or can it apply to powers obtained from Expanded Knowledge as well.

My first instinct would be no since it comes from a feat and not a class ability, but let me ask a few others that know Psionics better than me their opinions.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

13 people marked this as a favorite.

Up until now, I have actively not talked about my fellow Pathfinder Compatible companies because I always felt that it was not proper. If I said anything less than positive, I felt that that was a snide way of saying my products are better, and if I said something glowing I was always afraid that someone would say that I am “shilling for my buddies.” So I stayed away from it. But honestly, I was not being true to myself. I typically love the work that my fellow Pathfinder Compatible publishers do and I want to take a few moments to share with you every so often some of my favorite Pathfinder Compatible books. Allow me to start with what I feel is the best Pathfinder Compatible book, and quite frankly better than some Pathfinder RPG books, available: Ultimate Psionics by Dreamscarred Press.

Read the whole article at JonBrazer.com

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Kryzbyn wrote:
Elans are by far my favorite psionic race. Will be picking this up.

I really hope you enjoy it. I am enjoying reading through Loki's work and I think fans of elans are really going to enjoy it.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

bookrat wrote:
because of the philanthropy that John and Debbie have done to help gamers in need and how nice he's been to me when I've contacted him.

John is an awesome guy.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

3 people marked this as a favorite.

Earlier today, I finished adding all the favored class options from this supplement to their respective races on d20PFSRD. So now you can see all the favored class options for:

Androids,
Catfolk,
Changelings,
Elans,
Gillman,
Lizardfolk,
Merfolk,
Samsaran,
Skinwalker,
Tengu,
Wyrwood, and
Wyvaran

You can download this as its own PDF here or as part of the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium—Work in Progress subscription.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Earlier today, I finished adding all the favored class options from this supplement to their respective races on d20PFSRD. So now you can see all the favored class options for:

Androids,
Catfolk,
Changelings,
Elans,
Gillman,
Lizardfolk,
Merfolk,
Samsaran,
Skinwalker,
Tengu,
Wyrwood, and
Wyvaran

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Andreas Rönnqvist wrote:
Check out the cover at our website

*Long whistle* DAAAAAAMN that's good! Me likey!

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

BTW, the signature elan psychic warrior arrived over the weekend. link

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Wahoo!

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Dale McCoy Jr wrote:
Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Elans
Mean Eyed Cat wrote:
...um, do we have an ETA for this? :-)

It's on the calendar for June, but it might be switched for July.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

3 people marked this as a favorite.
Misroi wrote:

I'm pretty sure you should ask Haley first before you have sex with Elan. She'd probably fill you full of arrows for trying.

Oh, wait, what are we talking about?

You win the thread, good sir.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

1 person marked this as a favorite.

An elan gets its ball (or its lady balls) radiated to the point of being dead.

That's right, I'm saying elan woman have balls.

I should probably delete this post since it is almost 2am and I am giggly. Oh well.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

I haven't read the submission for Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Elans that closely yet. I'll take a look at it and let you know if there is anything in there. And if not, I'll ask the author if he can add something on this topic.

;)

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

There's a new technological item and hybrid item as a web enhancement for Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Catfolk over at JonBrazer.com

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Reaper Brian is an awesome guy.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Thank you Chemlak for your review. Much appreciated.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

3 people marked this as a favorite.
Malwing wrote:
So, can someone review more of Jon Brazer's race books if they have them. Seedlings were good but I'm on the fence about them.

I highly endorse this call for more reviews of JBE books.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

1 person marked this as a favorite.

Thanks for mentioning Advanced Changelings, Liz.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Lorathorn wrote:
Well, it does make me wonder what parameters there are for companies that are releasing 5th edition compatible products. Many seem to simply do that by skirting around mentioning copyrighted names and such, which seems sneaky in an amusing sort of way.

There's alot that can be done without any license. (Note: IANAL. Do NOT take this as legal advice. At all. Consult a lawyer or you are dumb.)

First off, you cannot copyright a system. The game, at its core, is d20 roll + modifiers, compare to predetermined number to determine success or failure. No one can stop you from using that in much the same way that no one can stop you from describing how to add 2+2. However, you can be sued by the presentation of that information. That is plagiarism. So if you take the core concept of everything and reword it, you are good.

Next, you can't copyright the names of monsters that are from folklore and real world animals. So if you have an adventure where you fight lions and banshees, you're good. If you fight beholders, you have a problem.

While you can't claim compatibility, you can say that it can be used with something. Nothing wrong with that. Just like there is nothing wrong with baking recipe saying to use a blender, or a hot pocket says to use a microwave over a certain wattage.

There are a number of other things that a publisher can do that are perfectly legal, but they all similar to those above.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Chemlak wrote:
Managed to fit it in during my lunch break. Book of Beasts: Legendary Foes is done!

Thank you good sir. You made my morning.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Steve Geddes wrote:
I subscribed nominating 5th edition interest only a while back (maybe a month?) but havent yet received anything. Is that just due to the license situation still being unresolved and you've had nothing to announce? Or have I possibly screwed something up?

My last (and first) 5e newsletter was, about, a little over a month ago. Right now there is not enough going on for a regular newsletter, but I'll be sending out another one soon.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

3 people marked this as a favorite.
goldomark wrote:
Some clarification, this ain't e-tools like DDI (e.g. character builder). This is a Virutal Table Top.

Yea, this is the class abilities already programmed in, the monsters already programmed in, etc. This is the equivalent of hero lab data files + online gaming space.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Dang. Its that close. I better finish up those monsters for the game(s) I'm running.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

goldomark wrote:
Dale McCoy Jr wrote:
Especially considering that Sasquatch Games had not produced a single RPG book before the PotA was announced (and long since turned into Wizards).

Except for Primeval Thule?

My bad. It wasn't before. It was exactly the same day. Link 1 Link 2

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Cylyria wrote:
I always figured them to be about 2 things. Money and power.

This. My warlock, Sir Tim von Daggerdale, is a Zhent and he is all about acquiring wealth and influence.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Sara Marie wrote:

I believe we have confirmed with Reaper that they will have a Paint 'n Take again this year.

We also have one painting workshop 'Basing Miniatures" on the schedule as well.

*Does happy dance*

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

1 person marked this as a favorite.

Subscribing to JBE's newsletter would not be a bad idea. Just throwing that out there.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Steve Geddes wrote:
What I find most surprising is the shift to outsourcing production of the adventure content. Addressing 'bloat' was clearly an idea whose time had come - it seems to me that WotC are vying away from the OGL approach and are looking to utilise third party publishers through a more traditional licensee/collaborator model. I didnt expect that.

I didn't expect them to outsource, but it doesn't surprise me. I talked to a member of WotC back at GenCon 2012 and they said that they know they need to keep hiring new talent (at that point, they hadn't made a new high profile hire since Mearls, IIRC). And (yes, I was told this) that they need to have the OGL as a path to making new hires. Their opinion was that 90% of everything produced for the OGL was crap, but that they had to accept that for the 10% that was brilliant and make hire from that group.

So I am highly surprised that they have not released any kind of open license yet (OGL or otherwise), but I assume that their outsourcing of adventures is management's way of doing that without having the "90% crap" problem.

What does surprise me more than anything else though is that the two companies they hired from so far are run by former Wizards' employees. So if my guess about this being their audition for new hires method is correct, then they are not looking for new hires but are sticking with what they know. Especially considering that Sasquatch Games had not produced a single RPG book before the PotA was announced (and long since turned into Wizards). Mind you, they might have simply done that while the rules were being written/very early days after being published (since they know they can handle a dynamic set of circumstances like that) and will move forward using new companies for talent audition.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

1 person marked this as a favorite.
Malwing wrote:
I'm mostly posting to keep the thread bumped. I took the request for reviews seriously because it is true; I have bought a lot of third party products due to good reviews. Generally I get books or pdfs to fulfill a need but its a money risk if there isn't an honest review that gives the details that you need to decide on whether or not to purchase. I hope that more people review and read my own reviews because that's how third party products keep a level of integrity and dignity as opposed to being dismissed as inherently unbalanced, bloating and useless.

Well, we really appreciate your efforts.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Malwing wrote:
In another thread we discussed what class concepts were still needed in the game.

Which thread? Link please?

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Malwing wrote:
14 more reviews in the past two days.

May I just say thank you for Book of Heroic Races: Seedlings being one of them.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Is this the color you would use for skeleton bones or would you recommend something else? I'm new to painting minis.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

I just want to say thank you to Malwing for his beautiful 5 STAR review.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Jiggy wrote:
For instance, I'm a fan of caster/martial hybrid types of characters. When I went to make a character for 5E, that was the first thing I started looking at how to do.

Have you checked out the battle variant of the warlock? I forget the name *stifles complaining about lack of PDFs* but you're proficient with a weapon and you get spells. The warlock is more of a secondary caster, IMO from having played one.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

1 person marked this as a favorite.
Dale McCoy Jr wrote:
Now where's some kind of license, any kind of license to produce compatible material. Because Wizards is not coming anywhere close to meeting the demand for adventures, additional crunch, settings, etc.
Krunchyfrogg wrote:
After Pathfinder became a more successful game than D&D 3.5, do you think WotC is going to let that happen again?

It doesn't have to be the OGL. Even if it was the revised GSL, that would work fine.

Had you asked me that question when it was first released, my answer was "I'm cautiously optimistic." I believed it was possible, but I recognized the doubt in the back of my mind for what it was.

Had you asked me when they released the DMG, I would have been frustrated, but I would have held out hope.

Today, no.

We are 9 months out since the release of the PHB. That is 8 months longer than the first version of the 4e GSL's release after it's respective PHB. We are 3 months out from the revised version of the GSL (so yes, in the same time frame since the 4e PHB's release there have been 2 versions of the GSL). And a year and a half longer than the much publicized telephone conference that Wizards had with Paizo, Green Ronin, Mongoose, Goodman, and Necromancer (and I think a few others) to get them on board with 4e when it launched. If Wizards was serious about fostering some kind of compatible market, they would have done something by now other than a few designers saying, "Yes, we really want to make it OGL."

And yes, Perkins did say something stronger back in November (6 months ago). But since then Mearls went on jury duty and things screeched to a halt with certain product developments. He said on twitter that the conversion documents for older modules should be coming in July. When asked about a license, he didn't respond. Which, I think at this point, is reasonable to assume that it is not going to happen.

If Wizards put out some kind of ... anything ... that hinted at some kind of license, I'd be the first to speak up in their defense. But we haven't seen anything other than, what is in my opinion, several developers that believe in the OGL trying to influence those that make decisions by speaking publicly about it. And have since not said anything else on the topic.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

The Golux wrote:
So how does the subscription work? When you buy it you get all the previous ones plus the new ones when they come out?

Precisely!

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

My thoughts: I like it.

Now where's some kind of license, any kind of license to produce compatible material. Because Wizards is not coming anywhere close to meeting the demand for adventures, additional crunch, settings, etc.

1 to 50 of 5,048 << first < prev | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | next > last >>

©2002–2015 Paizo Inc.®. Need help? Email customer.service@paizo.com or call 425-250-0800 during our business hours: Monday–Friday, 10 AM–5 PM Pacific Time. View our privacy policy. Paizo Inc., Paizo, the Paizo golem logo, Pathfinder, the Pathfinder logo, Pathfinder Society, GameMastery, and Planet Stories are registered trademarks of Paizo Inc., and Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Pathfinder Adventure Path, Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Pathfinder Player Companion, Pathfinder Modules, Pathfinder Tales, Pathfinder Battles, Pathfinder Online, PaizoCon, RPG Superstar, The Golem's Got It, Titanic Games, the Titanic logo, and the Planet Stories planet logo are trademarks of Paizo Inc. Dungeons & Dragons, Dragon, Dungeon, and Polyhedron are registered trademarks of Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc., and have been used by Paizo Inc. under license. Most product names are trademarks owned or used under license by the companies that publish those products; use of such names without mention of trademark status should not be construed as a challenge to such status.