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Pathfinder Society Member. 861 posts (1,008 including aliases). No reviews. 4 lists. 1 wishlist. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 7 aliases.


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Sundakan wrote:
And even then...build your character around Steal, Reposition, or Overrun. I dare you.

I did build an outline of a character built around Steal a while back. I ran out of feats; not because the character was as good at it as she needed to be, but because I ran out of feats that improved it.


Krensky wrote:

No, it's not.

A determistic system can not produce random results. So the moment any part of your system to generate random numerous is deterministc, it incapable of producing actually random numbers.

This is completely, and utterly, false. Sorry.

If all of it is deterministic, then there is no randomness, but even a little randomness will usually make it random (with some distribution).

Don't make me break out my math Ph.D. thesis.


Terquem wrote:
Every time someone mentions that it will be more "science-fantasy" than "science-fiction" I cringe a little bit more in fear.

Get ready to cringe often, then; it's not a science fiction game.


Because they wanted to make me think of this guy.


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Ssalarn wrote:
I'd also strongly suggest you pick up Beasts of the Boundless Blue, an underwater bestiary from Alluria full of awesome critters.

Piranha Bear.


Lord Mhoram wrote:
The duration of the "Gap" is going to be interesting. Originally I felt it was like 50 or 100 year gap, and the interview basically thousands of years. Be interesting exactly how long, and how that plays out.

I'm still trying to mentally grasp how such a long gap would affect society.

Is all information recorded during the gap gone, or (somehow) just the historical information?
Did new technologies come about during the gap? If so, do people remember how to use the new technologies, fix them if they break down, and make more?
If people set up a space colony somewhere during the gap, but were then forgotten about, it seems no one outside would know they even exist. Would they be able to survive?
For those who lived through the gap, do they (from their perspective) suddenly know how to use this technology, without knowing how they know? How much of a shock would it be to find that the entire world is suddenly different?

I'm imagining generations of people who now aren't even a memory; people that no one knew ever existed. That's sad. :-(

[I know, MST3K mantra, but still.]


This sounds like a wonderful thing. I eagerly await reviews for the product.


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Alexander Augunas wrote:
Heaven and Hell both share an alignment axis. I think them teaming up is perfectly logical.

I can see them being on the same side of a fight, but I can't really see them teaming up.


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Sissyl wrote:
I really need rhombal dodecahedrons to use as d12s. Why this is not a thing yet is beyond me.

Whatever could you mean?


Wicht wrote:
Here's something interesting: the Fantasy Name Generators website can do treant names. Ten at a time.

Are computer screens large enough to hold treant names?


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Captain Zimri wrote:
Alternatively, in Pathfinder, if a PC were to attempt the exact same strategy, what is there to give besides a bonus, the amount of which you need to determine on the spot? How would you calculate a bonus or penalty in such situations?

I don't know if this was carried over into the Pathfinder rulebook, but in D&D 3e there was a guideline of giving characters a +2 or -2 modifier to a roll if the GM wasn't certain what value to give for a situational modifier.


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Attempting to distill the opening post to its thesis sentence:

Neal Litherland wrote:
In short, I feel that too often we, as players, forget that having PC levels doesn't give our characters legitimate authority in the game world.

It's long been a trope in adventure fiction that the hero takes on what the local authorities can't, or won't. It's no surprise that we want to bring that into our adventure games. [I'm also currently binge-watching Arrow, so it's on my mind.]


Male Human
Ssalarn wrote:
Unrelated, anybody going to be at PaizoCon?

If they held it somewhere other than the far corner of the US, maybe I could make it sometime. :-)


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Sciamancer wrote:
I'm starting to think RP are a bad method of measuring races, honestly, but I'm not sure.

You are far from alone in that belief.

Some 3PP construct races you may not have looked at:

I have no opinion on how powerful or suitable they may be. I'm sure I missed some.


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Presenting:
Top 10 Products of 2012:
01. Psionics Expanded: Advanced Psionics Guide (178 points)
02. Way of the Wicked Book 1 (159 points)
03. Psionics Expanded: Advanced Psionics Guide – Work in Progress (93 points)
04. Pathfinder Paper Minis: Skull & Shackles 1 (88 points)
05. Genius Guide to Feats of Multiclassing (73 points)
06. Pathfinder Paper Minis: Sandpoint Townsfolk (71 points)
07. Player's Guide to the Crossroads (63 points)
08. Psionics Unleashed (62 points)
09. Way of the Wicked Book 2 (53 points)
10. Bullet Points: 7 Magic Missile Feats (52 points)

If one wishes to combine Psionics Expanded and Psionics Expanded Work in Progress, it goes up to 271 points. Between that and potentially ignoring paper minis, you may add Kobold Quarterly 20 (51 points), Bullet Points: 12 Alternatives for the Fighter's Bravery Class Feature (49 points), and Bullet Points: 7 Sinful Feats of Lust (49 points). There are four other products in the 45-47 point range: Houserule Handbooks-Spell Points, The Midgard Campaign Setting, the Genius Guide to Horrifically Overpowered Feats, and 15 Specific Weapons, Volume 3. Don't ask me why volumes 1 and 2 didn't do as well as volume 3.

The first two (or three?) Psionics Expanded parts came out this year, too, and got a few points (not included above). I think Way of the Wicked got through book 5 this year, but only 2 got on the top 10 list.

Top 10 Publishers of 2012:
01. Super Genius Games (788 points)
02. Open Design/Kobold Press (457 points)
03. Dreamscarred Press (349 points)
04. Fire Mountain Games (303 points)
05. Pathfinder Paper Minis (241 points)
06. Rite Publishing (128 points)
07. Headless Hydra Games (111 points)
08. Abandoned Arts (92 points)
09. Little Red Goblin Games (65 points)
10. Legendary Games (59 points)

If one wishes to remove Pathfinder Paper Minis from contention, add Jon Brazer Enterprises (50 points) to the list.

This is the year Open Design changed their name to Kobold Press. There was about a month gap between the last OD product and the first KP product; part of the name change? Little Red Goblin Games owes many of its points to its Legendary Levels books. Again, even less dominance by SGG; more publishers are getting more points, it seems. I can't remember if I've heard from Headless Hydra or Abandoned Arts recently.

I'm saving updating the all-time lists for when I'm done with 2013 and 2014.


Trying ... to suppress ... American ... anti-royalty urges ...

Royalty are no better than anyone else!

Couldn't do it.


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Men & Magic wrote:

Before they begin, players must decide what role they will play in the campaign, human or otherwise, fighter, cleric, or magic-user. Thereafter they will work upwards — if they survive — as they gain “experience.” First, however, it is necessary to describe fully the roles possible.

CHARACTERS:
There are three (3) main classes of characters:
Fighting-Men
Magic-Users
Clerics

And thus is history made.


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Now incorporating 2011, and all of 2016 so far:

Top 10 Products of All Time:
01. One on One Adventures Compendium (321 points)
02. Ultimate Psionics (313 points)
03. Psionics Unleashed (260 points)
04. Spheres of Power (243 points)
05. In the Company of Dragons (211 points)
06. Spheres of Power: Expanded Options (206 points)
07. (tie) Way of the Wicked Book 1 (161 points)
07. (tie) Kineticists of Porphyra (161 points)
09. Pathfinder Paper Minis: Monster Set 2 – Goblins (129 points)
10. Pathfinder Paper Minis: AP 31 (112 points)

If one wishes to disregard the paper minis, add Undefeatable 1: Wizards & Sorcerers (108 points) and Book of the River Nations: Complete Player's Reference for Kingdom Building (106 points). The Genius Guide to the Godling, Kobold Quarterly 9, and Making Craft Work all clock in at 105 points.

Top 10 Publishers of All Time:
01. Super Genius Games (2045 points)
02. Kobold Press/Open Design (1279 points)
03. Dreamscarred Press (1203 points)
04. OtherWorld Creations (1097 points)
05. Pathfinder Paper Minis (989 points)
06. Legendary Games (630 points)
07. Louis Porter Jr. Design (594 points)
08. Drop Dead Studios (586 points)
09. Rite Publishing (556 points)
10. Big Finish Productions (354 points)

If one wishes to combine Super Genius Games, Rogue Genius Games, and Otherworld Creations, then SGG gets a total of 3359 points. Combining them, and/or ignoring Pathfinder Paper Minis and Big Finish Productions, would lead to adding on Expeditious Retreat Press (333 points), Purple Duck Games (301 points), and Jon Brazer Enterprises (251 points).


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Presenting:
Top 10 Products of 2011:
01. Psionics Unleashed (232 points)
02. Book of the River Nations: Complete Player's Reference for Kingdom Building (106 points)
03. Tome of Horrors Complete (93 points)
04. Advanced Options: Alchemists' Discoveries (71 points)
04. (tie) Tome of Horrors Complete: Unlimited Edition (71 points)
04. (tie) Ultimate Options: New Magus Arcana (71 points)
07. Ultimate Options: Grit and Gunslingers (60 points)
08. Psionics Expanded: Advanced Psionics Guide – Work in Progress (58 points)
09. Kobold Quarterly 17 (57 points)
10. Kobold Quarterly 19 (56 points)
10. (tie) Making Craft Work (56 points)

If one wishes to combine Tome of Horrors Complete and Tome of Horrors Complete: Unlimited Edition, then it jumps into 2nd place, at 164 points. Psionics Unleashed opened the year big, owned the top spot for three months, stayed in the top half through May, dwindled away for a couple of months, then came back and brought Psionics Expanded with it.

Top 10 Publishers of 2011:
01. Super Genius Games (1118 points)
02. Open Design (432 points)
03. Dreamscarred Press (312 points)
04. Jon Brazer Enterprises (192 points)
05. Frog God Games (173 points)
06. Pathfinder Paper Minis (161 points)
07. Rite Publishing (143 points)
08. Legendary Games (85 points)
09. Spes Magna Games (56 points)
10. Adamant Entertainment (30 points)

If one wishes to disregard Pathfinder Paper Minis, add TPK Games (28 points) to the list. Louis Porter Jr. Design just misses out (27 points). Super Genius Games isn't as dominant as they were the previous year; other publishers got in the top 10 more often. Legendary Games shows up this year, in late October. It's the first year for TPK Games, too, in late December.


A nightshade? As in, one of several powerful undead monsters? Or do you mean something else?


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An idea:

  • In a given "season", have a small set of 3pp material that is going to be in the adventures/campaign/modules, that a GM would need to be up on.
  • In a particular gaming group, the players can use that material, plus whatever else the GM is comfortable adding to the mix.

If one group is running an adventure using triple-gestalt mythic egregiously-overpowered-feats, and another is using core Pathfinder with spellcasting replaced by Spheres of Power, and both groups are having fun, does the power difference matter?


Jeremy Smith wrote:
This is what happened to our van.

Are you sure Ken and Ryu didn't drop by for a visit?


The beholder was nerfed pretty heavily. It may as well not exist any more.


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Some day, I'll be wealthy enough to restart the RPGA, and I will fairly and even-handedly decide all those things LRGG is concerned about.

:-)


dreikner wrote:
I think you added up your favored terrain bonuses incorrectly. Each time you gain a new favored terrain you can select any ONE favored terrain to increase by an additional +2. You don't get +2 to all of them.

That, um, was part of my cunning plan to get people to post in my thread.

The Favored Terrain bonuses should all be +6, except water and all others stay at +4 and +2 respectively. [Every time a new favored terrain is added, add +2 to the previously-gained terrain.]


Cevah wrote:

I heard the first verse in the voice of C W McCall.

Rest of it didn't scan as well. :-/

Sill, I liked that first verse a lot.

/cevah

Compared to what? It's not like the song it's based on is strict on its meter and rhythm.

[Edit: Link added for those mythical folk who might not actually know what song I'm talking about.]


No relation? I'd recognize cousin Arky anywhere.


FiddlersGreen wrote:
Ooooh baby do you know what that's worth?

Let's find out.

Appraise: 1d20 - 3 ⇒ (14) - 3 = 11

No. No, I do not.


Zonugal wrote:

"Ideally, you'll want his biggest attributes in his physical stats, and you'll want wisdom, charisma, and intelligence in that order."

I don't know if I'd say you should put intelligence as his dump/last stat.

Teddy Roosevelt was no dummy.

Teddy Roosevelt has 18s for dump stats.


Well, I thought it was fun. Maybe this will be better:
J. R. Black (CR 15)
Human ranger (warden, skirmisher) 6 / horizon walker 10
NG Medium humanoid
Init +11; Senses Perception +33, low-light vision, tremorsense 30 ft.
Defense
AC 37, touch 18, flat-footed 32 (+11 armor, +5 shield, +5 dex, +3 defl, +3 nat)
hp 122
Fort +16, Ref +19, Will +13
Fire Resistance 10
Immunity: fatigue, exahustion
Offense
Speed 40 ft.
Melee +19 longsword (1d8+3)
Ranged +28 composite longbow (1d8+5)
Class Abilities
Favored Terrain: in favored terrain, bonus on initiative, Knowledge (geography), Perception, Stealth, Survival [+2 of bonus added in]
Favored Terrains: desert (+20), plains (+18), swamp (+16), forest (+14), mountain (+12), jungle (+10), cold (+8), underground (+6), water (+4), all others (+2)
Terrain Mastery: in mastered terrain, allies within 30 ft. in line of sight and hearing get +2 on Climb, Stealth, Perception, Survival (move action, 4 rounds)
Mastered Terrains: desert, plains, swamp, forest
Terrain Dominance: against creatures native to dominated terrains, gain favored enemy bonuses (Bluff, Knowledge, Perceptions, Sense Motive, Survival, attack, damage)
Dominated Terrains: desert, plains, swamp
Live in Comfort: in favored terrain, take 10 on survival checks, take 20 if not in immediate danger and distracted
Terrain Bond: in favored terrain, allies within line of sight and hearing get +2 on initiative, Perception, Stealth, Survival; allies leave no trail [added in]
Able Explorer: in favored terrain, roll twice for Acrobatics, Climb, Fly, Ride, Swim
Master of All Lands: automatic success on saves vs. natural weather and temperature; allies within 60 ft. gain +2 on such saves, +4 if in mastered terrain
Hunter's Trick: 7/day
* Chameleon Step: move twice speed at a move action, with no Stealth penalty for movement
Statistics
Str 10, Dex 20 (24), Con 14, Int 10, Wis 14 (18), Cha 10
Base Atk +16; CMB +16; CMD 36
Feats: Diehard, Endurance (B), Fast Healer, Improved Precise Shot, Manyshot, Point-Blank Shot(B), Precise Shot, Rapid Shot, Snap Shot, Weapon Focus (longbow)
Skills: Acrobatics +22 [Jump +23], Climb +19, Knowledge (geography) +21, Perception +33, Ride +15, Stealth +38, Survival +27 (track +30), Swim +18
Wild Empathy (+6)
Languages: Common
Combat Gear:speed composite longbow +5 (+0), longsword +3, mithral shadow agile breastplate +5, buckler +4, ring of protection +3, amulet of natural armor +3
Other Gear: belt of incredible dexterity +4, vest of the vengeful tracker, eyes of keen sight, boots of the enduring march, gloves of reconnaissance, headband of inspired wisdom +4, cloak of resistance +4 [usually worn], hunter's cloak [usually not worn]


The NPC wrote:
There was a 3rd party option for epic/mythic. It came out before mythic, but for the life of me I can't remember what it was called. I think it had a red cover.

Are you thinking of Legendary Levels, by ... Little Red Goblin Games, maybe?


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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)


I had a vaguely similar idea that I was going to name "Logomancer". If this is intending to be more similar to a 9-level caster than a 6-level caster, maybe that would be a good name?


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Sethvir wrote:
I had some free time today, so 2011 data has now been sent off. Just from a rough review of the data as I was pulling it together, two things I don't see changing are the number 1 product and the number 1 publisher(s). But we'll see if my assumptions are borne out.

This will take me a while to get to.


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Marc Radle wrote:
Distant Scholar wrote:
Adding together Open Design and Kobold Press gives them 844 points, and moves OD/KP to 4th place.
You really should combine Open Design and Kobold Press, since they are (and always have been) the same company ...

I'm still trying to decide what to combine, and what not to combine. Should Path of War Expanded and Path of War Expanded - Work in Progress be combined? What about things like The Book of Heroic Races Compendium and the individual releases that combines? [At least, I think there were individual releases.] What about Strange Magic and its contents, which I think have had three or four different versions? And I'm still not sure exactly what to do about OWC/SGG/RGG.

I'm looking for suggestions. And I'm strongly leaning towards combining Open Design and Kobold Quarterly. I have to figure out how to do it cleanly without damaging the integrity of the data.


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Correction:
In the previous Top 10 Products of All Time list, I accidentally conflated One on One Adventures (283 points) and Spheres of Power (243 points). Since you are all keeping detailed records of this, please insert One on One Adventures into 2nd place, and change Spheres of Power's total to 243 points. Thank you.

Here are the current running totals with 2010 added in:

Top 10 Products of All Time:
01. Ultimate Psionics (303 points)
02. One on One Adventures Compendium (283 points)
03. Spheres of Power (243 points)
04. In the Company of Dragons (211 points)
05. Spheres of Power: Expanded Options (206 points)
06. Way of the Wicked Book 1 (147 points)
07. Kineticists of Porphyra (140 points)
08. Pathfinder Paper Minis: Monster Set 2 - Goblins (129 points)
09. Pathfinder Paper Minis AP 31 (112 points)
10. Pathfinder Paper Minis: Monster Set 1 - Gnolls (111 points)

Despite the enormous success of OtherWorld/Super Genius, none of their products made it on the top 10 list. It was the large number of products that continually showed up on the list that scored big for them. The only new product is a set of paper minis. If one ignores paper minis, the list changes a bit: add Path of War Expanded-Work in Progress (109 points), Undefeatable 1: Wizards & Sorcerers (108), and Genius Guide to the Godling (105). Aha! There's a genius guide! If Path of War Expanded and Path of War Expanded-Work in Progress are added together, they end up with 148 points, and jump up, barely, to 6th place.

Top 10 Publishers of All Time:
01. OtherWorld Creations (1097 points)
02. Super Genius Games (927 points)
03. Dreamscarred Press (860 points)
04. Pathfinder Paper Minis (826 points)
05. Open Design (682 points)
06. Drop Dead Studios (574 points)
07. Louis Porter Jr. Design (567 points)
08. Legendary Games (528 points)
09. Rite Publishing (400 points)
10. Big Finish Productions (354 points)

Yes, OtherWorld Creations and Super Genius Games, individually, beat out our previous first-place publisher, just considering the year 2010. If one wishes to lump together OtherWorld Creations and Super Genius Games, and/or ingore Pathfinder Paper Minis and/or Big Finish Productions, add on Expeditious Retreat Press (283 points), Purple Duck Games (213 points), and Rogue Genius ... wait. And Fire Mountain Games (174 points), and add 213 more points to the OWC/SGG/RGG conglomerate. [It's over 2000!] Adding together Open Design and Kobold Press gives them 844 points, and moves OD/KP to 4th place.


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Presenting:
Top 10 Products of 2010:
01. Pathfinder Paper Minis: AP 31 (112 points)
02. Genius Guide to the Godling (105 points)
03. Genius Guide to Apprentice-Level Characters (87 points)
04. Genius Guide to Archer Archetypes (82 points)
05. Advanced Options: Oracle's Curses (81 points)
06. Genius Guide to the Time Thief (72 points)
07. (tie) Advanced Feats: Secrets of the Alchemist (69 points)
07. (tie) Genius Guide to Loot 4 Less: Vol 2 – Pretty, Pretty, Rings (69 points)
09. (tie) Genius Guide to Ice Magic (63 points)
09. (tie) Genius Guide to the Magus (63 points)

The number of points each title is getting is lower than in 2009, despite 2009 not being a whole year. There were 83 distinct products listed in 2009, and 99 in 2010. There were 95 in 2015 (the only other year I have complete data for as of now).

One might also surmise that the Advanced Player's Guide came out in 2010.

Considering the titles we have going on up there, guess who's going to be on the Top 10 publisher's list?

Top 10 Publishers of 2010:
01. OtherWorld Creations (1008 points)
02. Super Genius Games (927 points)
03. Open Design (392 points)
04. Pathfinder Paper Minis (245 points)
05. Spes Magna Games (55 points)
06. Jon Brazer Enterprises (40 points)
07. Frog God Games (39 points)
08. Cubicle 7 Entertainment (35 points)
09. Rite Publishing (34 points)
10. Reality Deviant Publications (29 points)

Did you guess correctly? Yes, indeed, the #1 and #2 spots are taken by OtherWorld Creations and Super Genius Games, for essentially the same product catalog. There's a significant drop between #2 and #3, a drop between #3 and #4, and a precipitous fall from #4 to #5. Many, many weeks were mostly OtherWorld/Super Genius, with a few Open Design, and an occasional guest appearance by one of our other contestants.

If one wishes to lump OtherWorld Creations and Super Genius Games together, and/or ignore Pathfinder Paper Minis, add Dreamscarred Press (28 points) and Louis Porter Jr. Design (21 points) to the list. Yes, Dreamscarred Press' Psionics Unleashed was ... unleashed ... in 2010. But, it only came on the list in the middle of December.


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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.


One caveat: Ultimate Psionics doesn't have most of the monsters that Psionics Unleashed contains. The Psionic Bestiary has those monsters and more.


I've been trying to keep track, mentally, of how many projects and products Dreamscarred Press is in the middle of designing and developing. I gave up, and decided to make a list instead.

  • Akashic Mysteries
  • Monster Classes
  • Something-Or-Other, the First Language
  • Lords of the Mist
  • Arcforge
  • psionic/psychic supplement---or is that one out already?
  • the Medic (path of war expansion)

Which ones am I missing?


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Today's a busy day; I'll try to respond by late tonight.


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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.]


First question: I'd imagine no maneuver is allowed in a grapple unless the maneuver specifically states it is allowed. Or, maybe, if the discipline uses weapons that can be used in a grapple, and the character is using such a weapon, those maneuvers can be used in a grapple. That last one probably isn't RAW.

Second question: By RAW, that looks correct; using Pride Movement would keep the character from getting bonus damage on a charge. It probably wouldn't break anything if you houseruled otherwise.

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