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Adam Daigle wrote:Wiggz wrote:It takes zero additional "manhours" (interesting term to use in this comment) to make a world that is open and inclusive.Drogon wrote:You're right: it won't be popular at all. In fact, it's a pretty sure bet you'll completely derail this topic with that kind of post. Do yourself a favor and delete it.I'm not trying to derail anything - that seems to me to very clearly be one of the 'irons' Paizo has in the fire... its not occurring by happenstance, its occurring as a result of very conscientious and deliberate planning, something which I'm certain involves much discussion and deliberation... i.e. time. Manhours. In the interest of being inclusive and accepting of all sincerely offered viewpoints, even unpopular ones, why would I feel the need to censor my own?
The Elixir of Sex Change is a very tiny example of what I'm referencing. I'm assuming ti was written up, possibly a handful of drafts as I imagine most written work receives, reviewed by someone, possibly several someones as most written work is, some effort put into determining a proper gp cost for it and so on... and I imagine every step of the way that took some time. Not exhaustive amounts to be sure, but it adds up, especially when spread across numerous characters - NPC's and Iconics, items, story lines, etc.
Now, I'm assuming that the Elixir of Sex Change didn't magically appear on the printed page and I'm assuming its sole purpose was to make the world more open and inclusive, no? That suggests your statement isn't entirely true.
Yes, it would have taken some time to get in the book. Slightly more than the Elixr of the thundering voice below it, about the same time as the Drinking horn of the Pancea above it, and most importantly, exactly the same amount of time as the alternate item that would be needed to fill that 3.5 column inches in the ACG.
It's not that if Paizo stopped including LGBT friendly elements in their books it would free up time to deal with editing passes or any of the other issues, as they would still need to fill the book space used to describe those characters