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Erik Mona

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Publisher, Chief Creative Officer. Pathfinder Society Member. 6,457 posts. 3 reviews. 1 list. 1 wishlist. 1 Pathfinder Society character.


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Yeah, basically it's because Red Sonja doesn't wear a breastplate.

I could have just said "dudes, she's wearing chain mail" and be done with it, but I wanted to do something a little more interesting mechanically.

Or, at least, more interesting to _me_. :)

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I hope it goes without saying that I will also be at the PaizoCon miniatures trading afterparty that I founded and host. :)

See you guys there! :)

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Lorian wrote:

That seems pretty thorough Erik.

I'd get the most use out of the Donkey laden with gear personally.

If you need more dressing type ideas, a campsite set might be good.

maybe 2 tents in a case, 1 camp fire (or two, I could see that being a 2 per case too)

I've been trying to convince WizKids to do a campsite for years.

And they are finally doing one, only for that "other" brand. Victory, I guess? ;)

Anyway, all that means is that we had to try even harder to make the next set's dressing-heavy case incentive even more impressive! :)

But I'm getting ahead of myself, as usual. :)

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Here are the horse-like things I can see us doing, not including actual monsters like nightmares and pegasi and stuff, which is obvious and which we'll get to eventually.

Horse with saddle
Armored warhorse
Donkey laden with gear

That might be it. Am I missing anything?

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Hellgate is large enough for a Medium figure to walk through. It, the Arcane Pillar from last week, and the Cage, are all about the same height, which translates to about 11 feet tall. Most Medium figures are about 6 feet tall.

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Marco knows a lot about Pathfinder Battles.

Sometimes more than I do.

But his knowledge is a bit shaky about this topic, I'm afraid. :)

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OldSkul wrote:
Loving this set. Have y'all ever considered creating lamassu or shedu miniatures? I don't know why but I've been feeling the need to create an adventure featuring one of these for my homebrew game.

I haven't yet seriously considered either of those, but will add them to the list of stuff to take a closer look at.

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Cat-thulhu wrote:

I hope that last large is a bone devil!

Will we get to see actual production minis before the set releases (not paint masters)?

Hope so!

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I'll do what I can on dungeon dressing repaints.

Your estimate is almost right. We've still got:

1 dungeon dressing
2 small/medium rares
1 large rare

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I'm doing an entirely new green martian race for Pathfinder. And a new archetype that probably he and John Carter will both use. About to launch into that seriously on Saturday, in fact!

Thanks for supporting the comic!

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LOL.

Sort of.

Yesterday I spent the _entire day_ in Paizo's conference room in budget meetings, scheduling meetings, and job interviews for someone else's department.

Not exactly the stuff dreams are made of.

That said, today I had a ton of fun creative meetings, not least of which being a 2-hour playtest of the phenomenal Starfinder starship battle rules, so yeah, some days I definitely have a dream job.

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Steve Geddes wrote:
Tell me you weren't a little bit tempted to try and work Ostog the Unslain in.

More than tempted. He appears in the series in issue #3 (as a visual joke/cameo).

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Ask a Shoanti wrote:

Another solution I've seen where the character art depicts an inappropriately attired PC, but the player wants something more practical, is to spring for the cost of the glamered armor quality. Suddenly you've got your platemail or what have you but it now looks exactly like your character sketch. The cost makes it impractical at low levels, but with the flat cost, at higher levels, it's workable.

I felt like that was a cop-out in this case. I can get away with giving Sonja bracers because she wears armbands, which is close enough. She doesn't wear invisible plate mail, so far as I've noticed. A lot of the rules I make for myself in how I go about this are, frankly, arbitrary, but trying to keep it close to the stuff the character actually has is a necessity for me.

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Strife2002 wrote:

Two little nit-picks about the above reasoning not to include that armor type:

1) Monk's would still be screwed, as their abilities are taken away when wearing ANY armor, regardless of stats inherent.

2) Wizards already have an amazing loophole: haramaki armor (Ultimate Equipment). That armor gives a +1 AC bonus, has no max dex penalty, no ACP, and no spell failure chance. It can be enchanted, and doesn't really require Light Armor Proficiency since no penalties for non-proficiency would be derived due to its stats.

EDIT: It's also cheaper than the above armor, and weighs less.

There was an earlier draft of decorative armor that specifically said it didn't count as wearing armor. After that failed, I made one of her archetype powers work so long as you didn't have an armor bonus (which decorative armor didn't provide), but the whole thing turned into a rabbit hole and I ended up going with a much simpler solution.

The haramaki definitely came up often in our discussion.

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One cool thing is we've already done Allevrah. ;)

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Wow. Some great suggestions here. Catfolk. Scorpion-men. EXCELLENT.

As far as our drown go, I prefer the Steve Prescott designs from the Second Darkness covers, so a few of those are a lock of we do draw at all. Drider also seems like a lock.

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All I said was no Red Mantis in Deadly Foes. :)

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I hear everyone on drow.

It may very well be time. Mike and I will crack the seal on the Ebon Archive and see what comes crawling out.

Qlippoth are an interesting thought. I'd love to sneak one or two of them in there, especially since I was the one who brought the whole concept into third edition with Armies of the Abyss.

Agreed on the lack of a lot of good secondary PC race choices. We'll comb the archives for undines, ifrits, oreads, and sylphs especially. Do feel free to post specific image suggestions in this thread, if you've got any.

Kitsune fans are going to BLAST OFF into the stratosphere when they see the cover to Blood of the Beast. Holy hell, that thing is a furry's paradise. God help us all.

I think ratfolk are very strong candidates. Lots of good art for them poking around here and there. Ditto tengu. Both of these races seem to be particularly popular, which is cool.

A Cthulhu-esque monster or two is always welcome. Maybe there's something juicy from the first few volumes of Strange Aeons. Hmmmm.

Thanks for the suggestions, everyone! Keep 'em coming!

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You're going to freak out at an awesome orc in the next set. Seriously.

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We're still working on it, but it turned out to be significantly more awesome and complex than we originally counted on, so we've shuffled the schedule around a little bit.

The book is currently in development, but we haven't slotted it onto the schedule officially yet.

There are still several high-profile Pathfinder projects for 2017 that have yet to be announced.

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Gorbacz wrote:
Marco Massoudi wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Who is the creator of Galt?
I think Jason Bulmahn is.
Actually, it's Erik Mona.

Guilty.

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Glad to have lived up to your hopes, Marco! :)

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Naw. We looked around a bit, but no one gave us quite that special Kenway feeling.

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Werthead wrote:

Wait, there's an episode where Aubrey Plaza plays PATHFINDER? And I still can't watch it.

I was lucky enough to be in the audience for that one, and got to see it live. :)

It was pretty amazing!

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Thank YOU, Steve! :)

Apologies for any technical glitches. We'll do our best to address those on Monday.

The good news is that the Golem Clearance is going to be around for a good while! :)

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Authors are listed as they are because of the alphabet. Just chiming in to add that this is largely Jessica Price's book. I for one can't wait to read the whole thing!

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We looked into this pretty heavily, actually. My original Starfinder proposal had things going to 10th level, believe it or not.

That said, after tinkering with the implications for a few months, we've decided that Starfinder, like its older brother, will go all the way to 20th level.

In part this is to allow for greater compatibility between the systems. The underlying game is largely the same, so it makes sense to have the range be the same, too.

Yeah, a lot of people don't play between 16 and 20, but that seems a safer place to end things than 10, which is right in the sweet spot that a lot of people enjoy playing the most.

So the final game will go to 20th level.

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The adventure is in editing right now. It fell behind Curse of the Crimson Throne, which went to press last Friday, so it's making its way to the top of the pile. I've got a meeting about it later this afternoon to kick it up a few notches.

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A mini of the iconic spiritualist would cover the old and disabled requests in a single figure.

The occultist is also obese, or at least "quite fat."

So it would be awesome to have minis of the Occult Adventures iconics, that's for sure!

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I have not received any official word from WizKids of a set delay.

That doesn't mean there won't be one, just that I have not received word that there will be one.

If that changes, I'll change the release month in my blogs. Until then, or if I never do, I won't. :)

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We'll keep the bed warm for you.

(Blue and Red sheets available.)

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Kodyax wrote:
Raid the UFO community for ideas as well as Science Fiction.

We've been doing this for Pathfinder, so it's difficult for me to imagine us stopping. :)

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Hey, I've written some stuff! Namely levels in Thornkeep and the Emerald Spire. :)

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Steve Geddes wrote:
Erik Mona wrote:

Actually, ERIK MONA's like or dislike of Doctor Who is what's important here.

I'm also the guy who came up with the "Golarion is missing" angle.

Make of that what you will. :)

How much fun would it be to get to write one of the first AP instalments?

Chance of a lifetime, I reckon. :o

Quiet, you.

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James Jacobs is busy creative directing _Pathfinder_ and working on a passel of sekrit projekts.

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Actually, ERIK MONA's like or dislike of Doctor Who is what's important here.

I'm also the guy who came up with the "Golarion is missing" angle.

Make of that what you will. :)

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Starfinder will be a lot more sci-fi than Spelljammer, at least visually. Think sealed starships in the vacuum of space shooting beam weapons at each other more than flying galleons with people shooting fireballs at each other.

Ok, maybe the fireball part.

Oh, also in Starfinder all of the players will have a role in ship-to-ship combat rather than just one.

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Yeah, I want to do a house cat eventually. Not this set, though.

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I dunno, there are still a bunch in this set.

I won't stop until I've done all of them, or until someone makes me stop. :)

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All good things...

The green sword is definitely clear plastic.

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Darrell Impey UK wrote:
Way back when a certain company was putting miniatures for creatures smaller than Small on to 1/2" bases, so that more than one could be fitted into a square. Is this no longer possible?

It might be possible. I dunno. I haven't tried.

As much as I liked being able to put multiple Tiny figures in one square, I really did not like how often they seemed to tip over. The Quasit, for example, would never stand up.

So I decided to put them on Small bases to help with balance issues, and figure the trade-off is worth it.

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Cat-thulhu wrote:
I am a bit saddened by the inclusion of another identical creature in the lines but they do cater for two different audiences apparently, personally I just use the one I like the most whether it's the official one for my game or not.

I am sorry to disappoint you, but I have absolutely no control (or knowledge) about that other miniatures WizKids makes for their other partners, and there is no way for me to incorporate that information into the set lists I create for Pathfinder Battles.

Every so often, I might say something like (and this is a random example, so don't read into it) "I'm thinking of doing a big Darklands/dark elf theme" and someone over there might say something like "for reasons we can't quite tell you, we'd prefer that you focus on a different theme in that timeframe," but that's about it.

Cat-thulhu wrote:


I'm assuming wizkids do it at the request of the parent company, each still requires a new sculpt, so why not add to the variety of what's out there. Rather than ask me to choose between two invisible stalkers, why not give me one, and a myconid and increase the chances I'll buy both minis?

This is not within my power to do.

Cat-thulhu wrote:


On that note can you shed any insight behind the choice of these two reveals? Like the incentives did wizkids choose them from a large bundle of art you sent? Did you request these particular ones? If so why? I'm genuinely curious as the what goes on in the background of these sets.

I built the setlist, and sent it to WizKids based on what miniatures I want and which pieces of art we have that I think will translate well to minis. I have a big list of figures we have not yet done (or that no one has done), which is where the Invisible Guardian comes from. I was also surprised to see a similar creature in an upcoming non-Pathfinder set, but as the sculpts are very different I am not really worrying about it.

The Hellcat is just a sweet picture that I've always wanted to see in mini form, and I knew WizKids would do a great job on it (which they have).

The original setlist for this set was a bit more heavily themed, with a larger number of devils and angels, specifically. WizKids asked me to tone down the theme a little bit, so I swapped out about a dozen figures to make it more of a generally themed set than something specific. If you look really close (once the full list is out), you'll see some of the DNA of that original set list in there, but it's now a more general set, and I agree with WizKids that it will likely sell better because of it.

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H2Osw wrote:
what determines the rarity of a particular piece?

A combination of sculpt and paint complexity mixed with frequency of use at the table. A simple orc with a bow or sword would likely be slated in the common rarity, whereas a powerful orc king with a colorful outfit is more likely to be the type of figure that requires a detailed sculpt and lots of paint steps, and that would likely appear only once in a campaign, so I'd make him rare.

That said, sometimes unanticipated complexities (or efficiencies) come up in the production process, and a figure gets moved to a different rarity than we'd originally planned for. This is pretty rare, but it does happen.

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Cat-thulhu wrote:


I'm really looking forward to seeing the hobgoblins. The inclusion of themes has been a little hit and miss, although much more hit than miss - guards, ghouls, bugbears where all good for me. The gnolls were disappointing, awesome sculpts but the size was a little too much on the small size, a bit larger than a standard adventurer and they would have been the best gnolls available.

Incidentally, for the first time in this set (Deadly Foes), I've received a sort of "line-up" of all of the figures together, so I can judge their size not just in an abstract way, but also against each other. I'm not saying I definitely would have made the gnolls taller with this resource, but it seems likely. I'm very pleased with this development, which is just another example of why WizKids's digital sculpting methods are far superior to the old way of doing things.

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Marco Massoudi wrote:

There is a picture from the ICv2 article where HARSK the dwarf ranger, the human hunter and SEELAH the human paladin are shown in the same look as the 2 VALEROS minis.

These are the exact same sculpts as the ones from the ICONIC HEROES NOXED SETS, only unpainted/orange-brown.

Still, i think the detail is so good that for the low price of $3-4 i will buy ALL 150 minis (in 1, 2 or 3 packs) IF THEY ARE NOT IN BLIND BOOSTERS!

Eric, do you yet know if they are in blind boosters or not?

Thank you.

Don't read too much into those other images. My understanding is that they were there to show off some of the detail and the materials used, but they are not going to be in the line in those poses.

There is nothing "blind" about this line. What you see is what you get.

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Cleanthes wrote:
That's all well and good, but when's the last time that we saw a normal set with Huges? And when are we likely to see one again? The fact is, there are certain Huges that are going to be in high demand *in multiples* -- elementals at the top of the list -- and I honestly don't understand the thinking that says "stay away from the minis for which there's the highest demand". If the goal is the sustainability of the line and of its ability to deliver Huges, it seems obvious to me that you go where the market is. But hey, I'll be thrilled to get these minis, I'm entirely on board, I hope they're very popular, and I'm confident that Paizo (and expect that Wizkids) know what they're doing.

I don't want to psychoanalyze WizKids, and we haven't discussed this issue in particular in regards to why they chose the ones they chose, but I suspect they wanted to do a test balloon on a 2-Huge pack to see if the pricing and sales worked before biting off the elementals. It doesn't make sense to do two elementals and then not follow up with the other two, only to be hounded to the end of time about when they are coming out.

Incidentally, the two Huges I suggested were _not_ elementals either. :)

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We're working on it.

Also, a quick update. The PowerPoint slide photo that's floating around does have one mistake on it. The price of the Curse of the Crimson Throne hardcover will be $59.99.

Thanks, and sorry about the mix-up!

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Pocket Editions are the same page count, layout, and content as the most recent printings of the Bestiary and Core Rulebook. They are smaller in dimensions and have soft covers, but everything else is exactly the same.

Curse of the Crimson Throne HC is scheduled for a September release.

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DropBearHunter wrote:

while I like the idea of huge minis, why send out the test baloon with rather exotic choices?

well, at least the dragon can double for any other huge dragon.

I sent WizKids a ton of images, and these were the two that they picked. I think they thought "Hey, dragon! People love dragons" and "Hey, Cthulhu! People love cthulhu." I suspect they are correct.

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