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Pathfinder Society Member. 833 posts (963 including aliases). No reviews. 4 lists. 1 wishlist. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 7 aliases.


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SONG OF THE HORIZON WALKER

I was totin' my pack along the dusty Lamasara road,
When along came a wagon with a high an' canvas-covered load.
"If you're goin' to Lamasara, Mack, with me you can ride."
And so I climbed up in the wagon and then I settled down inside.
He asked me if I'd seen a road with so much dust and sand.
And I said, "Listen, I've traveled every road in this here land!"

[Chorus:]
I've been everywhere, man.
I've been everywhere, man.
Crossed the deserts bare, man.
I've breathed the mountain air, man.
Of travel I've had my share, man.
I've been everywhere.

I've been to:
Fangwood, Barrowwood, Shrikewood, Azurestone,
Chitterwood, Shudderwood, Whisperwood, Whitethrone,
Absalom, Denebrum, Quantium, Woodsedge,
Sandpoint, Stark Point, Wolf Point, Pilgrimage,
Hammer Rock, Nisroch, Dravod Knock, Irrisen,
Belkzen, Drezen, Carpenden, now and then.

[Chorus]

I've been to:
Urgir, Elidir, The Miasmere, Orthost,
Katheer, Haugin's Ear, Al-Bashir, Hope Lost,
Usaro, Okeno, Maheto, Chillblight,
Taggoret, Manaket, Touvette, Dyinglight,
Dustpawn, Ridwan, Osirion, Mwangi,
Orolo's Quay, Macridi, The Dirt Sea, let it be.

[Chorus]

I've been to:
Lastwall, Winterwall, Canterwall, Pitax,
Viperwall, Nidal, Valenhall, Cheliax,
Redtooth, Tolguth, Whispertruth, Verspex,
Kibwe, Iadenveigh, Jalmeray, The Spire of Nex,
Kashang, Kokutang, Holvirgang, Diobel,
Blisterwell, Dwimovel, Castrovel, all is well.

[Chorus]

I've been to:
Magnimar, Mechitar, El-Fatar, Pezzak,
Alkenstar, Spiritscar, Heibarr, The Forgotten Track,
Brevoy, Barstoi, Xa Hoi, Nystra,
Aramor, Taldor, Nagajor, Vudra,
Tanglebriar, Fangspire, Mordant Spire, Sothis,
Bellis, Promise, Axis, you can't miss.

[Chorus]

(I've been everywhere)


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GM Rednal wrote:
*Imagines a group of magical girls who were empowered by Pharasma, and act as vigilantes within the city to keep the undead down*

One doesn't actually need to be a Magical Child Vigilante to play a magical girl ... and your description closely matches a character idea I have.


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Distant Scholar wrote:

A new set of lists!

Open Design, OtherWorld Creations, 4 Winds Fantasy Gaming ... I wonder whatever happened to those old companies? :-)

Marc Radle wrote:
Open Design is Kobold Press. The company simply stopped going by Open Design and is now know as Kobold Press.
Purple Duck Games wrote:
4 Winds Fantasy Gaming was purchased by Purple Duck Games.
Sethvir wrote:
Otherworld Creations was the parent company of Super Genius Games. Ask Owen Stephens for further clarification. Oh, which also means that most of the Super Genius Games products are now under Rogue Genius Games.

Dang it; I was hoping Owen would chime in on OtherWorld Creations first. I missed the hat trick.

Spoiler:
The :-) was there to indicate that I actually knew what happened to the old companies. Thanks to y'all for spelling it out, though; there are probably folks here who didn't know.


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Top 10 Products of 2015:
01. Spheres of Power (228 points)
02. Ultimate Psionics (220 points)
03. Spheres of Power: Expanded Options (180 points)
04. One on One Adventures Compendium (169 points)
05. In the Company of Dragons (161 points)
06. Way of the Wicked Book 1 (146 points)
07. Path of War Expanded - Work in Progress (103 points)
08. Pathfinder Legends - Rise of the Runelords 6 (77 points)
09. Path of Shadows (61 points)
10. (tie) Pathfinder Legends - Rise of the Runelords 5 (55 points)
10. (tie) Psionics Augmented: Mythic Psionics (55 points)

If one wishes to ignore the Pathfinder Legends series, add In the Company of Gelatinous Cubes (50 points) to the list. If that one was free, and you wish to ignore free products, add Everyman Unchained: Monk Archetypes (47 points) to the list.

Looks like this was the year for Spheres of Power. It's had success in 2016, but not as much as in 2015.

Top 10 Publishers of 2015:
01. Dreamscarred Press (505 points)
02. Drop Dead Studios (471 points)
03. Legendary Games (410 points)
04. Rite Publishing (298 points)
05. Big Finish Productions (196 points)
06. Expeditious Retreat Press (169 points)
07. Fire Mountain Games (166 points)
08. Rogue Genius Games (135 points)
09. Everyman Gaming (89 points)
10. Kobold Press (72 points)

If one wishes to ignore Big Finish Productions, add Ascension Games (61 points) to the list.

Since I don't have complete information for 2014, I haven't compiled a list for that year yet.


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Here's what things look like in 2016:
Top 10 Products of 2016 (so far):
01. Kineticists of Porphyra (134 points)
02. One on One Adventures Compendium (95 points)
03. Kineticists of Porphyra II (71 points)
04. New Paths 8: The Trickster (58 points)
05. Monster Classes - Work in Progress (41 points)
06. Path of War Expanded (39 points)
07. The Destroyer's Handbook (35 points)
08. GM Gems: A Collection of Game Master Inspiration (31 points)
09. Path of War (29 points)
10. Psionics Augmented: Soulknives (27 points)

Hooray for Kineticists! Hooray for One on One Adventures! Hooray for the Trickster! Hooray for assorted Dreamscarred Press projects! If one wishes to lump Path of War Expanded and Path of War Expanded - Work in Progress together, it goes up to 45 points, and swaps places with #5.

Top 10 Publishers of 2016 (so far):
01. Purple Duck Games (207 points)
02. Dreamscarred Press (168 points)
03. Drop Dead Studios (103 points)
04. Expeditious Retreat Press (95 points)
05. Kobold Press (84 points)
06. Everyman Gaming (34 points)
07. Goodman Games (31 points)
08. Rogue Genius Games (28 points)
09. Rite Publishing (24 points)
10. Legendary Games (21 points)

Well, would you look at that #1 finisher. Rogue Genius is mostly Talented Witch, I think. Rite is probably In the Company of Dragons. And, as always, Expeditious Retreat Press is all about the One on One Adventures. Goodman Games came from their GM Gems early in the year.


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And now, for the current running totals, with 2009 added in:

Top 10 Products of All Time:
01. Ultimate Psioncs (303 points)
02. Spheres of Power (283 points)
03. In the Company of Dragons (211 points)
04. Spheres of Power: Expanded Options (206 points)
05. Way of the Wicked Book 1 (206 points)
06. Kineticists of Porphyra (140 points)
07. Pathfinder Paper Minis: Monster Set 2 - Goblins (129 points)
08. Pathfinder Paper Minis: Monster Set 1 - Gnolls (111 points)
09. Path of War Expanded - Work in Progress (109 points)
10. Undefeatable 1: Wizards & Sorcerers (108 points)

An interesting mix of old and new. If one wishes to combine Path of War Expanded and Path of War Expanded - Work in Progress, Path of War Expanded jumps to 6th place (148 points). If one wishes to ignore the paper minis, add Kobold Quarterly 9 (105 points) and Path of War (98 points) to the list.

Top 10 Publishers of All Time:
01. Dreamscarred Press (832 points)
02. Pathfinder Paper Minis (581 points)
03. Drop Dead Studios (574 points)
04. Louis Porter Jr. Design (546 points)
05. Legendary Games (528 points)
06. Rite Publishing (366 points)
07. Big Finish Productions (354 points)
08. Open Design (290 points)
09. Expeditious Retreat Press (283 points)
10. (tie) Purple Duck Games (213 points)
10. (tie) Rogue Genius Games (213 points)

If one wishes to ignore Pathfinder Paper Minis and Big Finish Productions, add Fire Mountain Games (174 points) to the list. I also feel compelled to point out that Kobold Press has 162 points.


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A new set of lists!

I've compiled the data up to the 16 April 2016 (today!) "This Week in Paizo" e-mail. I also have the 2009 data that has been sent to me by Sethvir (thank you!). I've made changes in how the spreadsheet has been set up, so that it doesn't take so long to re-calculate everything. The original link should take you to the new spreadsheet, but I'll put a link to the spreadsheet here anyway.

I've also categorized things by year, so there will be more lists. I won't be repeating the yearly lists once the year is complete. They're aren't being presented chronologically, so read carefully!

Here are the new lists, starting with a blast from the (recent) past:
Top 10 Products of 2009:
01. Pathfinder Paper Minis: Monster Set 2 - Goblins (129 points)
02. Pathfinder Paper Minis: Monster Set 1 - Gnolls (111 points)
03. Undefeatable 1: Wizards & Sorcerers (108 points)
04. Kobold Quarterly 9 (105 points)
05. (tie) Pathfinder Paper Minis: AP 19 Bestiary (90 points)
05. (tie) Tome of Secrets (90 points)
07. Pathfinder Paper Minis: Katapeshi Caravan (82 points)
08. Pathfinder Paper Minis: Howl of the Carrion King (78 points)
09. Pathfinder Terrain: Ruined Undercrypt of Kelmarane (75 points)
10. Expanded Character Sheet (73 points)

People sure liked their paper minis. If you don't, and want to ignore the game aids (minis/terrain/character sheet), add to the list Undefeatable 2: Clerics (68 points), Kobold Quarterly 10 (55 points), Undefeatable 4: Barbarians (41 points), Undefeatable 5: Fighters (35 points), Hungry Little Monsters [d20] (34 points), Curse of the Moon [d20] (33 points), and Darkness without Form: Secrets of the Mimic (32 points). I skipped over 2 more game aids on the way down.

A special note: Pathfinder RPG products didn't start showing up until late August; that may be one reason for the popularity of the game aids. Also, the lists started in April, so 2009 isn't a whole year.

I never saw an Undefeatable 10: Rogues for 2009; maybe it came out in 2010? If not, Louis Porter Jr. Design has some work to do...

Top 10 Publishers of 2009:
01. Pathfinder Paper Minis (559 points)
02. Louis Porter Jr. Design (534 points)
03. Open Design (290 points)
04. Sean K Reynolds Games (101 points)
05. Wizards of the Coast (94 points)
06. OtherWorld Creations (89 points)
07. Adamant Entertainment (88 points)
08. Cubicle 7 Entertainment (81 points)
09. WorldWorksGames (75 points)
10. 4 Winds Fantasy Gaming (44 points)

If one wishes to ignore Pathfinder Paper Minis and WorldWorksGames (Pathfinder Terrain), add Radiance House (37 points) and The Shining Jewel (19 points) to the list. Expeditious Retreat Press then just misses the list with 18 points for One on One Adventures, still on the lists today!

Adamant Entertainment is on there for their Fell Beasts series. And once for Tome of Secrets, although that's listed under Cubicle 7 Entertainment the rest of the times. Radiance House is on their for their d20 Pact Magic stuff. I understand that they've done (or are working on?) the Pathfinder version.

Open Design, OtherWorld Creations, 4 Winds Fantasy Gaming ... I wonder whatever happened to those old companies? :-)


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For me, the tricky/annoying ones are the name collisions/near-collisions.

Examples:

  • Andoran <-> Andor, or the adjective Andoran (Tolkien)
  • Absalom <-> Absalom, son of King David (the Bible)
  • Thuvia <-> Thuvia, Maid of Mars (John Carter Mars series)
  • Eye of Abendego <-> Abednego, one of Daniel's three friends (the Bible)

Name collisions are almost unavoidable, but I seem to find a lot more of them in Golarion than in Greyhawk or the Forgotten Realms.


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Jason Nelson wrote:
Legendary Games began five years ago today, with the original core team of Clark Peterson, Jason Nelson, Neil Spicer, Clinton J. Boomer, and Neil Spicer.

I didn't realize Neil Spicer was so important to the founding of Legendary Games.


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Does Magical Demon Girl Aura Khelestia! count as "weird ridiculous"?

[Edit: forgot the exclamation point.]


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Trogdar wrote:
The sad thing is that most people don't realize that, if you argue in bad faith, your not actually arguing at all and essentially handing the argument to the opponent.

If one is making an emotional appeal, rather than an intellectual argument, arguing in bad faith might give one the emotional edge. Many (most?) people these days respond more favorably to an emotional argument than an intellectual one, which I think is unfortunate.

If one can argue on an emotional level, but force one's opponent to argue on an intellectual level, so much the better (apparently).

Trogdar wrote:
At least, if the end is to achieve something through discourse, then it serves both parties to argue in good faith.

Unless the end that one is trying to achieve is social dominance over the other party, or some other goal that isn't directly about the topic of discussion. Some people do that, which I think is also unfortunate.

Of course, these are debate tactics, and not good rules for an actual, constructive discussion.


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So, Brigh has the matrix of leadership?


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Voin_AFOL wrote:

The old 2nd edition AD&D Birthright setting (a spiritual precursor to Kingmaker) had something like this: the "Player's Secrets of [Nation] series [...]

The paperbacks are obviously harder to come by these days, but you might be able to find pdfs floating around.

The Dungeon Master's Guild (used to be D&D Classics) has at least some of the PDFs for sale; $5 each.


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Ssalarn wrote:
I was more getting at the idea that the thrust of the thread initially seemed to be identifying the most popular 3pp products for PF, and that seems to be getting mixed a bit with identifying the most successful company, and these can be two very different things.

That's one reason why I made both lists.

Ssalarn wrote:
I certainly can't claim to know the answer to either, but I just thought it was important to clarify that the metrics being used don't really account for all the variables in either question, and the answer to one isn't necessarily the same as the other.

I, as the collector and analyzer of the data, hereby solemnly swear that the metrics I'm using hardly account for any of the variables in either question. But, it's what I got.

If the retailers would like to send me all their information about how much of what products were sold when, I will gladly accept it. I promise I won't tell anyone.


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Marc Radle wrote:

Fascinating thread!

It might be interesting to see those numbers/rankings updated/reevaluated periodically ...

It has been about a month, hasn't it?

I've compiled the data up to the 5 March 2016 "This Week in Paizo" e-mail. I haven't done anything with older data yet. The original link should take you to the new spreadsheet.

Here are the new lists:
Top 10 Products:
01. Ultimate Psionics (292 points)
02. Spheres of Power (243 points)
03. One on One Adventures Compendium (229 points)
04. In the Company of Dragons (208 points)
05. Spheres of Power: Expanded Options (206 points)
06. Way of the Wicked Book 1 (147 points)
07. Path of War Expanded - Work in Progress (109 points)
08. Pathfinder Legends: Rise of the Runelords 5 (94 points)
09. Ultimate Relationships (90 points)
10. Kineticists of Porphyra (90 points)

If one wishes to ignore the Pathfinder Legends series, add Path of War (69 points). There have been some small changes in points (and 4 and 5 switched places), but the big new book is Kineticists of Porphyra.

Top 10 Publishers:
01. Dreamscarred Press (747 points)
02. Drop Dead Studios (545 points)
03. Legendary Games (523 points)
04. Big Finish Productions (354 points)
05. Rite Publishing (348 points)
06. Expeditious Retreat Press (229 points)
07. Rogue Genius Games (185 points)
08. Fire Mountain Games (174 points)
09. Everyman Gaming (157 points)
10. Kobold Press (118 points)

If one wishes to ignore Big Finish Productions (makers of the Pathfinder Legends series), add Purple Duck Games (114 points) to the list. The top 10 are identical, but some publishers had a jump of 30 or more points. Again, Purple Duck Games' Kineticists series brought them almost to the top 10.


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Adahn_Cielo wrote:
Ooooh, waking up with amnesia in an asylum? More than Torment, I'm getting some strong Sanitarium vibes here!

Unfortunately, my players would probably play it like Nine Princes in Amber. They don't get into the horror vibe.


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The Power What Be at Paizo are of the (probably correct) opinion that the many, many campaign settings of 2nd edition AD&D is why, at least in part, TSR went under. They're not going to make another campaign setting.

On the other hand, with distant planets and alternate dimensions, it's not too hard to go somewhere quite different and still remain in the same multiverse.


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Thanks for all the encouraging words. The data I'm using aren't the best for determining such things, but I don't have access to the best data, so one does one's best.

JoelF847 wrote:
I wonder how much the top 10 list changes daily though. Since the emails are weekly, if there's a lot of day to day variation, then the weekly snapshots could be only 1/7th of the dataset. One way to check this would be to look at the top 10 list daily for a few weeks and see how much things change.

I'm assuming that the weekly list is the total over the whole week, rather than the daily snapshot for that particular day.

Is there a daily list? I don't recall seeing one.

Rite Publishing wrote:

Regardless, a better way to do it IMHO.

Public money and customer data is out there for ALL Kickstarters. Just go look at who has the most backers that tells you who has the most customers.

That's an alternate way of doing it. I'm not convinced it's better.

Rite Publishing wrote:
But if you dont' think the biggest sellers are Frog God Game and Kobold Press your crazy.

I'm crazy! Crazy!

The Razi wrote:
Now annalyze the data from drivethrurpg and similar services... that could give an insight on the profile of shoppers here and there.

Is that data easily available?

Wolfgang Baur wrote:
...and I notice it only goes back to October 2014...

If I had earlier data, I'd use it. If someone found it for me, I'd incorporate it. [I've tried to find it, and failed.]


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Due to random curiosity mixed with insomnia, I've created a list that (very) arguably presents the most popular 3PP products. Behold!

Methodology:
I found all the "This Week in Paizo" e-mails that I managed to save, and looked at the "Top Downloads from Other Companies" list. I gave 10 points to first place, 9 to second, all the way down to 1 point for tenth place. I added up the results. The lists contain the 10 products and 10 publishers with the highest scores.

Disclaimers:
There are many:
  • The data contain no actual sales information, only rankings. But one does one's best with the information at hand.
  • This only contains data from the Paizo store. I know that some products and companies sell more copies from other websites.
  • This only contains data from downloads, not from physical products. The "Top Selling Products from Other Companies" list tends to contain comics and miniatures almost exclusively, which is not what I'm interested in studying.
  • The "Top Downloads from Other Companies" list is not guaranteed to contain only Pathfinder products. Practically speaking, I have found few, if any, products that are not.
  • The lists I have on hand only range from October 3, 2014 to February 5, 2016. Having access to earlier lists would almost certainly change the results.
  • There are probably other disclaimers I could add that I'm forgetting about at the moment.

Link to Data:
You can download the Open Document Spreadsheet of the data, and my analysis, to work on it yourself. I intend to keep it updated as new information (or old information) comes in.

Top 10 Products:
01. Ultimate Psionics (291 points)
02. Spheres of Power (243 points)
03. One on One Adventures Compendium (211 points)
04. Spheres of Power: Expanded Options (203 points)
05. In the Company of Dragons (199 points)
06. Way of the Wicked Book 1 (147 points)
07. Path of War Expanded - Work in Progress (109 points)
08. Pathfinder Legends: Rise of the Runelords 5 (94 points)
09. Ultimate Relationships (90 points)
10. Pathfinder Legends: Rise of the Runelords 4 (84 points)

If one wishes to ignore the Pathfinder Legends series, add Path of War (69 points) and Advanced Bestiary (67 points) to the list.

Top 10 Publishers:
01. Dreamscarred Press (700 points)
02. Drop Dead Studios (515 points)
03. Legendary Games (514 points)
04. Big Finish Productions (354 points)
05. Rite Publishing (339 points)
06. Expeditious Retreat Press (211 points)
07. Rogue Genius Games (185 points)
08. Fire Mountain Games (174 points)
09. Everyman Gaming (152 points)
10. Kobold Press (78 points)

If one wishes to ignore Big Finish Productions (makers of the Pathfinder Legends series), add Green Ronin Press (68 points) to the list.


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Paulicus wrote:
I still believe that teamwork eliminates any "bad feelings" that come from the disparity, which addresses a good portion of the complaints.

Anecdote time!

I'm currently in a play-by-e-mail 3.5 game. Our 15th-level party recently came across a room containing nine nagas (it was a big room). My character, a psychic warrior/elocater with a touch of barbarian, is very fast, and rushed into the room towards one of the nagas, struck it with is giant sword, and wounded it! Next up, the wildshape ranger/master of many forms used a blade barrier SLA, and the druid cast arc of lightning. Six of the nagas died.

I was seriously considering having my character mope in the corner after that one.

This anecdote certainly isn't the be-all and end-all of the experience, but hopefully it illustrates that "bad feelings" aren't necessarily eliminated by teamwork.

Oh, and there's this, too: my nephew (who is playing the master of many forms), when we saw the set-up in the room, asked, "So, you're going to run by them and whack them all with your sword, right?" Something that's consistent with the power level of a 15th-level character, completely in character for my PC, perfectly sensible to my nephew as a player, and not allowed by the rules.


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Rocket Surgeon wrote:
Look back through threads like this from the last 6 months. It's the same 4-5 people who join the thread to write long posts against the need for a new edition. They usually re-use the same old arguments, along the lines of "backwards compatibility and dollers spent."

Just because they're old arguments doesn't make them invalid arguments. :-)


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I'd be up for a re-organization of the rules, but not a new edition (a la D&D 2->3, 3->4, or 4->5).

Arachnofiend wrote:
Meanwhile, the store I go to has an entire section devoted to Pathfinder and has more books for older editions than it does for 5e.

How many books are out for 5e? I don't actually know.


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[can't resist] I'll wait for the Othello flip-mat. [/can't resist]


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Since I don't feel that the real world makes sense, I'm at a loss as to how to answer the question. :-)


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Here's a link to some traditions (and a different multiple traditions rule) I've come up with. The intention is to have many small traditions rather than far-reaching traditions like arcane magic or divine magic.

There are only four traditions in the document right now, but I'd like to have dozens of them, and would encourage players to make their own.

Here's the document.


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In general, "at will" says one can do the thing whenever one wants, but doesn't say how long it takes.


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PCGen does a pretty good job of it.


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Those are bigger than HERO System Fifth Edition Revised? I am impressed.


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LazarX wrote:

Not Wizards. there isn't any such thing as a company called Wizards of the Coast any more, it's just a subsidiary brand name put up by Hasbro.

When you think in terms of this project being done by Hasbro, then you can see it in it's larger context... just another movie based on a Hasbro toyline which will probably met the fate of most, if not all movies based on Hasbro toys.

Clearly, Battleship was the best movie of 2012.


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I was skimming through Spheres of Power yesterday (I still haven't read it thoroughly yet), and a thought for a campaign world came up: What if everyone in the world had Spheres of Power-style magic? And I mean every sapient being has at least a little bit of magic, and other styles of magic/spellcasting aren't available.

Would one be able to make pretty much general PC character type with just the eleven base classes in the book?

I'm a bit concerned about skill-heavy characters, or if concepts like "raging" or "nature warrior" are covered, or even if they are necessary. But, like I said, I've only skimmed the book. Maybe all the needed stuff is there. It might even be covered in the "Using This Book" section. [I do know about the conversion archetypes, but I'd prefer to avoid those, if possible.]

I'd probably want to make an NPC class (or three—commoner, expert, adept). Other than that, what might be needed? What might be useful? I'm sure some of you are far more familiar with Spheres of Power than I am.

If there seems to be enough interest, I might do some sort of play-by-post here using the idea.


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If you scroll down far enough, the alchemist discoveries page on d20pfsrd has a list of third-party alchemist discoveries, along with sources. I suspect there will be some of interest to you.


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DM Sothal wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:

...

I can't wait to find out what all 5 types esoteric dragons are called. ...
** spoiler omitted **

Does someone read xkcd?


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I challenge someone to come dressed as an aeon.


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If you haven't seen The Year of Yokai! thread, you should.


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If you can ignore the name "psionics" and some of the names of abilities, the 3e psionic system makes more sense to me for characters with supernatural or magical abilities: not an arbitrary uses-per-day mechanism, but a pool of energy points, and the user can choose which of their known abilities the energy will power.

Digitalelf wrote:

From what I have read here on this message-board, a lot of posters, even those that use psionics, do not agree with that, and therefore let magic effect psionics and vice versa.

I happen to like keeping the two independent of one another in that regard.

With regards to flavor, I agree. However, there may be mechanical balance problems (e.g. Spell Resistance vs. Power Resistance, Anti-Magic Shell vs. Null Psionics Field) to consider. If one source of power is more common than the other, you might find one power source running rampant over the other. Also, the classic 3e "psionics is different" had no psionic abilities affecting magic in any way, no magic affecting psionics, so it was more extreme than your quote.


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Wayne Reynolds wrote:
I think of all the Iconics, Shardra would be the one I'd go back and change the most.

Maybe you'll get commissioned to design a mythic Shardra.


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Space Invaders. They just keep coming. Faster and faster ...


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Tacticslion wrote:

UNCHAINED ADVENTURES!!!

(Also, Advanced Mythic.)

Advanced Ultimate Unchained Mythic Adventures!


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Convenience.


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Aelryinth wrote:
It IS cheesy, because its so unrealistic and anime-ish.

You say "unrealistic and anime-ish" like it's a bad thing.


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I usually make characters who'd rather have several 14s than one 18.


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TarkXT wrote:
...the enemy is flying, invisible, and it's a thunderstorm on top of a clock tower. (this actually happened to us)

Wait, your enemy is a thunderstorm? That's awesome! I'm going to have to work that into a game somehow.


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pennywit wrote:
"because bows are for cowards!!!!" ... said my group's barbarian, in character, until a wandering manticore started strafing him with tail spikes.

A cowardly manticore.


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Which version of PCGen are you using?

Scale mail is medium armor, which slows your speed to 20'. The slowed speed gives a -4 penalty to jump. That's probably where the difference is.

PCGen usually knows the rules better than I do. There are always bugs to work out, though.


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Sissyl wrote:
Also, pretending it's a real issue, and an important one to boot, that people NOT SAY CERTAIN WORDS... because... uhhh... reasons... is pretty weird. I can understand that various companies comply under threat of lawsuits... but not one bit of that makes it a real, sensible issue.

Why is it not a real, sensible issue? If people started swearing left and right on the message boards, I would feel uncomfortable, and not come back. I suspect I'm not the only one. Why is driving away potential customers and/or community members not a real, sensible issue?


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TriOmegaZero wrote:
Distant Scholar wrote:
Why would taking damage incur a penalty on the Disarm roll? I can't find that rule.
Performing a Combat Maneuver wrote:
Unless otherwise noted, performing a combat maneuver provokes an attack of opportunity from the target of the maneuver. If you are hit by the target, you take the damage normally and apply that amount as a penalty to the attack roll to perform the maneuver.

That's what happens when one only looks under "Disarm" and not "Combat Maneuvers".


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How appropriate; you fight like a cow.

:-)


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Psionics is broken!

:-)


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Irontruth wrote:
Scott Betts wrote:
Valandil Ancalime wrote:
Sure, it's infringement on IP/closed content on a game they no longer support and haven't supported for years. They aren't losing sales because of it.
WotC literally released 3.5 reprints last year, and multiple adventures published leading up to 5e's release included 3.5 rules.
The reprints were only the core books, who's info is nearly entirely contained in the SRD, which is free and has been available online for nearly 10 years.

This is not quite true; they also reprinted the spell and magic item compendia, which were generally not open content. [And, as PDFs, they've released a lot of 3.5 non-open books.]


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Amalgam #3:

And now for something completely predictable.

Alicorn:

ALICORN (amalgam unicorn/pegasus)
CR 3
CG Large magical beast
Init +3; Senses darkvision 60 ft., detect evil, detect good, low-light vision, scent; Perception +11
Aura magic circle against evil

DEFENSE
AC 15, touch 12, flat-footed 12 (+3 Dex, +3 natural, -1 size; +2 deflection vs. evil)
hp 34 (4d10+12)
Fort +7, Ref +7, Will +4; +2 resistance vs. evil
Immune charm, compulsion, poison

OFFENSE
Speed 60 ft., fly 120 ft. (average)
Melee gore +7 (1d8+4), 2 hooves +5 (1d6+4)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks powerful charge (gore, 2d8+8)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 9th)
Constant---detect evil (60-ft. radius), detect good (60-ft. radius)
At will---light
3/day---cure light wounds
1/day---cure moderate wounds, greater teleport (within its forest territory), neutralize poison

STATISTICS
Str 18, Dex 16, Con 16, Int 10, Wis 17, Cha 18
Base Atk +4; CMB +9; CMD 22 (26 vs. trip)
Feats Flyby Attack, Multiattack
Skills Acrobatics +8, Fly +7, Perception +11, Sense Motive +7, Stealth +12, Survival +7 (+10 in forest); Racial Modifiers +3 Survival in forests, +4 Perception, +4 Stealth
Languages Common, Sylvan
SQ magical strike, wild empathy +14

This looks like a unicorn with wings, and not a pegasus with a horn. There are subtle cosmetic differences.

The alicorn should technically have a bite, I think, but it'd be relatively weak (1d3 base damage), and I have trouble picturing it using a gore and a bite in the same full attack, so I left it out.

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