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Scarlette wrote:

. I run a rogue with daredevil and bow specailization

Um... No you don't. Which one do you have slotted?

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The Pathfinder Video Games session went generally well, with the exceptions that Obsidian Special Guest Chris Avellone was stuck in convention (foot!) traffic and was unable to attend, and the event in the next room was excessively loud.

As expected, no real new information about PFO was released, but the game was explained to new people with an extended Q&A session. Overall reception was positive.

Afterwards, I and Pino ware able to show Nihimon's alpha twitch feed and provide some general information about the great player community we have, do a little bit of shameless recruiting, and elaborate a few points in more detail, to about 8-10 people.

I believe Harad Nevar was able to complete an additional interview with Jason and Erik in a marginally better sound environment, but I think that both the seminar and interview require significant postproduction before release.

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There's a spoiler in there for Emerald Spire. If you have been or should avoid major spoilers, use caution.

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A +3 battle focus.

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I'll be around, carrying the messenger bag. I suspect that our shared interests will cause some meetings, but it's a huge event and we are likely to miss each other.

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When will we get rid of the archaic remnant of the railroad age and agree about what time it is?

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I don't know overwolf, but ts3 doesn't conflict at all.

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KoTC Edam Neadenil wrote:
Nihimon wrote:


1. I absolutely agree that most Caravans will want to avoid "hauling air", and will do their best to ensure their return trip is as profitable as the outgoing leg.

That will depend on the cost of wagons.

It may be be more efficient to sell them at the other end and fast-track home. Build or buy a new one next time.

Leaving out the time cost of returning home, the buyer if the wagon is going to use it to transport something.

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Every caravan has to go somewhere; where are the bandits going to take it if they win?

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Is a PFO session at DragonCon a thing? I thought that Goblinworks was doing PAX Prime this weekend.

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1000 XP ought to be enough for anybody.

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Whatever you do train, include it in your notes.

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The art being in is part of MVP, and the art pipeline doesn't gradually iterate up to high-quality.

That said, each armor has five permutations for two sexes and four races already; that's a freaking lot of unique meshes that have to be in before certain features are implemented. Props to the art department for not holding up features or release.

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After seeing how quickly and well the PvP enthusiasts from theses boards adapted to PFO, I think that anyone who cares to learn about how to play will be able to win at least some of the time. (I include "break contact and exit combat" as winning)

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The real problem with implementing a flaking check in PFO is that it requires that "enemy" and "ally" be somehow codified.

At the tabletop, the DM can make a ruling regarding how three mutually hostile parties flank with each other. Writing the complete set of rules for when any combination two player characters can flank with each other is not feasible; when my friend the cleric steps up behind me and prepares to cast a spell on me, he shouldn't cause me to be flanked. When the same character steps up behind my foe and prepares to cast a spell on him, he should cause my foe to become flanked.

Suppose that said cleric is a friend to both combatants who are hostile to each other; should he flank with them, or not?

"Untargeted" closely approaches the same behavior, but replaces all of the complicated friend/foe logic by checking the target's target.

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I hope for effects conditional on the weapon having a keyword that isn't looked for by the damage, but that pretty much requires that an ability be usable by two weapons that have different keyword progressions.

That might be a very strange path to take; I imagine a things like elven curve blades that are one-handed fencing weapons, but have a different keyword progression from rapiers, and attacks that are legal with both, but work better with one or the other.

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If everything is a commodity everywhere, price difference will be roughly equal to the danger of being robbed, plus transaction costs, given enough competition.

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I think that attempted price-fixing is evidence that things are Working As Intended. I don't think any such attempts will be successful.

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"What size of organization related to PFO are you a part of?

None
2-10
10-25
25-200
201+"

"Did that group form specifically for PFO?"

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PvP consists of much more than combat. If someone wants a fight and you don't, then staying out of the fight is at least a partial victory.

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+1 for the buttons lighting up again when the condition is met.

+2 for real icons that can be quickly interpreted indicating status effects. Memorizing the color and location of those effects is high-overhead.

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Meh. I expect the coin drains will be big enough to consume all of the coin. I was preferring an auction house rather than the things one has to do without one.

If getting a recipe for +2 Steel Wire costs coin, it is much less than if it costs coin and time spent "LTB +2 Steel Wire recipe!"

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Guurzak wrote:
DeciusBrutus wrote:


+5 Tier 1 gear, with the perfect selection of keywords and feats, and attack skill 6 or armor skill 10, has as many keywords as +2 Tier 2 gear with a armor skill of 6 or attack skill of 4.

I'm not confident that the extra keywords on +4 and +5 gear will directly add to weapon damage or defense ratings the same way that the +1 to +3 keywords do. Those may be reserved for special-purpose keywords like Cold Iron which bypass DR or have other specialized effects.

Have we seen any armor or weapon recipes with more than 4 keywords drop yet?

I'd be really freaked if a steel longsword could get Cold Iron, because that's one of the automatic Keywords that cold iron ingots are used to produce.

As it stands, there's no abilities that use more keywords than a +3 t3 weapon. I can't even guess what the +4 keyword would have to be to make it better than nothing.

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Now, account for how likely it is that the conditional would be met this combat, adjust for how effective possible status effects might be, and the whether or not an otherwise suboptimal DPS might finish off the opponent.

Rotations are descriptive of systems where there is little variance in tactics. I hope that at least PvP ends up not having that characteristic.

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PJB sounds like Potent Juniper Berries.

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Worth noting is that an algorithm that prefers to attack now if an attack is possible will end up spamming the lowest stamina ability to the exclusion of all others. Keeping enough stamina to use the conditional is a valid tactic.

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Lam wrote:

Depends on what you are farming and how good you are. A tier 2 gatherer in "Star metal hexes" may do quite well, if they don't die. Tier 2 should be reachable by week 6 if not by 4. I expect star metal hexes in forest or plains to be highly productive on tier 2 and 3 items of those types. I do not know if there is non-mine counter parts for those terrains.

Many of us will have many Golden Goblin Balls in month 1 and 2, but I am not sure what production would be worth such. look at the recipes and the different refinements and the levels that are needed. THis is a complex net, and I am not sure the PvP focus on the forums will make these. Many (like myself) expected our DT to do these, but DT will not be available at EE.

ANy Gatherer making important component for desired tier 2 item may be sitting in the catbirds seat.

A wizard may have more coin, but the gatherer may make the key ingredient that a player will pay for.

Raw, refined, and crafted goods that people want will be easy to turn into coin. It might be hard for a while to turn them into enough coin. (Especially before the loop gets established; in the first days, those who train combat skills will go out and kill stuff and get both coin and materials; until the refiners start selling, they have no coin with which to buy materials to process and sell. Ditto with the crafters, and until there is equipment to buy the adventurers have nothing to do with their coin.

I suspect that this will be made somewhat easier by social structures that operate under communism at least for a few days. At least they won't have deadlocked supply chains that need to be jumpstarted somehow. Other options I see are generalism (everybody puts their cup in the faucet directly to get seed funding) and capitalism (some person or group jumpstarts the system with credit, either borrowing or lending).

There are probably emergent dynamics that my basic knowledge about economics doesn't suggest.

And in any case, lower transaction costs make the entire process easier to start. Ideally at the start of EE the transaction costs will be mostly coin, rather than time and communication.

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The first person to craft any given item in EE will be someone who spent all of their experience towards crafting that category of items.

It will not be possible to be producing the best stuff while also being a competent adventurer. It remains to be seen if it is possible to produce enough to influence the economy using little enough xp to be reasonable, and I think it is very likely that the most effective gatherers will invest significantly in not dying.

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Whichever produces the most coin per hour.

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Players will buy an item which provides some amount of training time; they will place it on the in-game market for some amount of coin.

I estimate that the in-game item will cost from $15-20, but I have no basis to estimate how much coin the market will determine that is worth.

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Dorgan Berkham wrote:
Guurzak wrote:
Not going back to the fight at all will decrease your power even more. If T1 is what you have left in your bank, then that's what you equip.
Sure, but you may think that your expected losses by the power decrease are too high a cost for what you are fighting for.

+5 Tier 1 gear, with the perfect selection of keywords and feats, and attack skill 6 or armor skill 10, has as many keywords as +2 Tier 2 gear with a armor skill of 6 or attack skill of 4.

T1 Weapons will do about half damage from missing when used against T2 armor, after all damage reduction from armor, depending on defense and attack values.

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A low level ranger can be indistinguishable from a fighter. ;)

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So, a small chance of losing a customer, in exchange for causing content to have less value? That seems like a poor design choice.

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It's not that the cost for "off-class" abilities is higher (they cost the same), it's that every character has finite XP and things are expensive.

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Leithlen wrote:
Yes, that's what the discussion is about actually. If you can select your bind point (and not just go to the nearest one), then a scout is forced to struggle out of hostile territory. If you can just select your bind point all the way back in your own settlement, you're home and ready to gear up. Of course with instant communication, the scouts job is done whether or not he makes it back anyway...

Alternately, if the scout has to struggle out of his area of operations, it is hard to force him out.

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Leithlen wrote:
@ DeciusBrutus Going by the thread topic "Fast travel by suicide" the discussion got started as a way to stop people from using death as a quick way back from a scouting mission or some such thing. Having most of your items left on your corpse and 25% destroyed is adequate to stop this from being used to bring things back from dangerous areas, etc, but there's still some chance of suicide being used as a travel mechanism back from a scouting mission (if you have all of your equipment threaded, or just don't take much with you in the first place). Steven Cheney stated that GW doesn't want this to become a common activity or strategically important, so they're looking at spawn options and how it will affect this situation. People here were offering some ideas to curtail suicide deaths from being advantageous.

Any solution that involves said scout respawning at a location far from his support and then struggle to get out of hostile territory seems like it would be worse than allowing the defending forces to send him all the way home.

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You have to have either that level of skill or that many ranks in the feat. Right now the two are the same thing, but with enchanting and racial bonuses around the corner, soon we will be able to tell which.

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"Skills" isn't a term of art that refers to a trainable of PFO. The things that you purchase at trainers are "Feats", some of which improve the part of the character sheet labeled "Skills".

Sorry if the pedantry is too much, I've been spending time trying to organize the wiki namespace for simple automated updating, and it's a pain.

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You need the appropriate proficiency feats for each weapon or armor feat, and the previous level for feats above level 1.

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What is the expected problem that death penalties are intended to mitigate? Spawn rushing is already a prohibitively expensive tactic.

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Giorgo wrote:

@Tork,

If I wanted to specialize a company in the area of construction of POI, Outpost and Settlement structures, would the correct skill choices be (when implemented):

Architect , Engineer, Stonemasonry, Carpentry and Blacksmith?

TBD is a fair answer of course. :)

(There is a dwarven settlement hanging on your every word, no pressure...)

That's too many skills to specialize in. Select fewer skills, and specialize in a smaller aspect of construction.

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As a side note, I see the misconception that the color codes are relative to the player- "red to me"

The monsters are color-coded on an absolute scale indicating their approximate power. A monster that is red is red, regardless of the player viewing it.

This is different from MMO standard practice.

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A strange way to speed the process up would be to give a stack of weapons to someone, who equips one and passes the stack to the next person who wants that one.

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Ryan Dancey wrote:
I would say that at this point sending more emails to Paizo's customer service team is not going to help you. Once we give an "all clear" indicating that we think all problems have been resolved, and if your problem has not been resolved, that would be a time to try and escalate. Right now you're just putting more load on a system that's already overloaded.

A "your issue is being worked on, no ETA on a resolution yet" email would be comforting to those people.

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I think the offline logistics issue isn't a big problem if only the closest shrine is used and the timer is on the order of an hour; it would take longer and not be safer, because of the need to repeatedly log in at locations known to your opponents.

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T7V Jazzlvraz wrote:
Enruel wrote:
Not a chance. They come with destiny's twins.
As we've begun to see in other threads, those accounts may accrue value beyond their price.

The had value beyond their price when they were sold; I posted earlier the financial math that showed that the fair market value of Destiny's Twin is in low thousands of dollars. (that's after a factor for estimating how likely PFO will exist after N years, using naive priors).

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I like the solution of "If you're logged out for a significant period of time, you log back in at the nearest location that you are eligible to bind to."

Combined with wilderness shrines, appropriate logout timers, and the ability of a savvy defender to open up a bind point to the public, and then heavily guard it, I think that all of the easily predictable problems are dealt with.

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Being wrote:
DeciusBrutus wrote:
Being wrote:
Killing me and taking my essences isn't griefing because I had opportunity to defend. A snap of the fingers and Cheatle wants to be able to evaporate the resources I took hours or days to gather without any effort greater than it would have taken to take control of the hex had the smallholding not been there, probably less because I had to be tending the escalations in order to harvest in the first place.
Days? You want to be able to have perfectly secure unattended wilderness storage that lasts for days, even when contested?

the scenario was that Cheatle's people run in wipe out the escalation and claim the hex. He wants to remove my smallholding without further effort. I (and those of my settlement) might have been harvesting there in the wilderness far longer than days with no sign of contest other than escalations.

DeciusBrutus wrote:


I doubt that smallholdings will provide secure storage. I think that it is far more likely that others will be able to take your stuff from the building unless there is someone to stop them.
I didn't expect to be alone in all this. I just own the smallholding. Of course the storage in the smallholding would be accessible to others, perhaps in my settlement, perhaps in my group. Probably anyone who could bind there. That isn't really secure storage, save that it cannot be simply despawned by others unless it isn't maintained.

The invulnerability behavior would end with siege engines, if it ever existed.

Would a reasonable compromise be a period of notice during which you were able to remove your effects before your building was removed? Maybe roughly equal to the time it would take to destroy the building via siege engine?

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Being wrote:

Dependents are individuals who do not guide themselves, nor who think for themselves, but instead rely on others to provide them both their goals and the means to those goals. And those others who do provide those goals and the means to those goals depend upon their followers for self-esteem.

A team of individuals who can think for themselves should usually be more adaptable to changing conditions and respond to changes in the environment than those who rely on others for direction.

That's not how you've been using it.

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So, on subject: Assuming that the emergent behavior hasn't been removed, I'm going to give myself the self-murderer flag early tonight.

Then I'm going to play. Anyone who wants to test out surprise PvP without Reputation loss is welcome to try.

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