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Erik Mona

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Publisher, Chief Creative Officer. Pathfinder Society Member. 5,988 posts. 3 reviews. 1 list. 1 wishlist.


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Ironically, the game writer who lifted Githyanki and Githzerai from Martin is Charles Stross, who turned out to be a famous SF writer in his own right.

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Monster Codex is shipping now. If you've not yet received your shipping notice, it should arrive in the next day or two (it takes a few days to churn through the entire list).

The Monster Codex will, in fact, be added to the PRD. I'm not exactly sure when, and the person to ask has gone home for the weekend, but the answer is "relatively soon."

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I just spoke to the product's developer, and here's the deal.

SOME of the cleric illustrations from Inner Sea Gods are in the Inner Sea Pawn Box. The team included a male and female cleric from all 20 of the "core" gods, and several of those illustrations were taken from Inner Sea Gods. Others came from other products, while about half of them are brand new illustrations commissioned specifically for the pawn set.

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I just looked through the whole book.

There are two druids with alignments listed as CE, a troglodyte on page 215 and a troll on page 229.

Both should be listed as NE.

Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

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Yes. We're monkeying around with the back end of our technology on the website to make something like this happen.

Stores are always supposed to have received their scenarios for free, but up to now there hasn't been a good system for it, and we've not always been good at communicating how to make it happen. We're now trying to automate it, but we're not quite there.

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They are sometimes called Azlanti stones, because their manufacture seems to have originated (and is most commonly associated with) the prehistoric human kingdom of Azlant.

We have not revealed why they are called "ioun" stones in an official source, and probably won't for a good long while.

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We have added significantly to our web team in recent months, and every day they are making progress.

Things are on the right track, and with the added capacity soon to come we are all optimistic about the team's ability to keep things stable, deal with emergencies, and make sure smaller items like this don't fall through the cracks.

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My dream is to do a huge Absalom hardcover with tons and tons of interconnected NPCs. I absolutely love Uncaged and would really love to do something like it for Pathfinder.

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Uhhh…

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Devian wrote:
I for one like psionics. Any idea when the play test will be up?

We're currently expecting playtesting to begin in late October.

Just in time for Halloween. :)

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pickin_grinnin wrote:
I still don't understand why they are using the term "Occult" when the book is about psionics.

Because, while many of the classes featured in the book use "psychic" magic, psychics are not the end-all-be-all of occultism. This book also has material that draws inspiration from eastern mysticism, conspiracy theory, ritual magic, secret societies, and other "occult" elements of fiction and history.

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Just had a meeting about this issue today. I can't say when it will be resolved, but the web team is very much aware of the problem and are looking for the right time to start working on a fix.

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Dragon78 wrote:


I hope every class to date gets some love in this book.

Every class will not be getting significant development in this book. There's nothing in there, for example, specifically for the samurai, or the bloodrager.

There is a bunch of stuff for oracles.

There's also lots of spells, feats, and magic items that will be useful to all characters.

But I don't want to leave you with the impression that there will be something for every class, like in the Advanced Class Guide.

We're sticking mostly to thematically appropriate classes, which as it turns out is pretty close to most of them, but there will be exceptions.

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brad2411 wrote:
So when is the Playtest going to start?

Some time in the second half of October. The preliminary classes are all done and are currently being reviewed/fiddled with by the team of talented freelancers we have working on this book. When that's done, they go to editing and layout, and then they come to you.

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Helcack wrote:
I'd like there to be something to make the rogue viable... Maybe something like masterpieces but called rituals for the rogue that let them use specific spells or create unique effects.

The rogue will be addressed in Pathfinder Unchained months before Occult Adventures comes out. While there _will_ be some toys for the class in the book, rebalancing the class is sort of beyond the remit of this project.

And we'll have just done it, anyway.

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Dragon78 wrote:


While Occultism is the study of cult practices such as(but not limited to) alchemy, magic, extra-sensory perception, astrology, spiritualism, and divination. I would like to see stuff on occultist from different real world historical times, Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Theosophy, Thelema, Tantra, Kabbalah, etc.

I predict you are going to like this book.

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Odraude wrote:
Better editing and quality control, now that GenCon is coming a month early.

Ha.

This is my #1 wish for the product, too, and I wrote half the outline. :)

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Technotrooper wrote:
I have personally reached the "no more rulebooks" stage with Pathfinder. Unchained will probably be my last. I have enough rules to last a long time. I will still continue buying the APs that look interesting but I do wonder if, between 5e and people feeling like they have enough Pathfinder rules, a downturn is inevitable.

Aw, I hope that is not true. I think you'll really like Occult Adventures. I've been working on it with the freelancers and the design staff and I'm really excited by what I'm seeing.

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I just became fully aware of this problem earlier this week, and have been looking into what is going on. It's currently behind a few more or less critical tasks on the hands of the web team. It's the highest on a list of PFS-related tasks, and I'm on the job now trying to advocate that it finds its place as soon as it can.

I'll make a point to come back and update you guys on the progress of this job.

I apologize that this issue has slipped through the cracks for as long as it has. It is very definitely on the agenda.

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I wouldn't worry about it. Lies and hearsay are pretty common on this here internet.

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This is absolutely, categorically untrue.

No employee has even left the company since we published our trans iconic, so the theory is nonsense on its face.

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I am already feeling better. Thanks, everyone! I'll have an extra special blog next Friday to reward you for your patience!

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Further development of Sandpoint is on hold until James Jacobs can work up the right combination of willpower and free time to write it. Sandpoint is his baby, so as much as I'd like to publish a product like this, I won't do it without James.

Right now, at least, that means it's not happening. Who knows what the future could bring, though?

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You don't ever need to apologize for posting critical comments about our books, especially if they are constructive. I don't require your contrition, and neither does anyone else. If we fell short of your expectations, we fell short of your expectations.

We shall endeavor to exceed them in the future.

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joeyfixit wrote:
In other words, the response wasn't to pander to the demands of the boards and completely rewrite the rogue, it was to make a new class that is more or less a super-rogue.

Right. For the former you will have to wait until Pathfinder Unchained! :)

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Insain Dragoon wrote:


I can only speak for my experiences, but after reading the ACG I was so dissapointed I looked into more 3PP that could act as a new source of content for myself and my group and alternate systems such as DnD 5E, Rogue Trader, Numenera, Monster Hunter International, and Dark Heresy 2E

I'm sorry you had such a negative experience with the book, Dragon. While I don't agree with the premise of this thread in general, it is true that last year had a couple of significant challenges that may have contributed to some of the problems you cite.

Many of those factors (losing a core member of the design team, developing a bonus hardcover superadventure to support a huge Kickstarter campaign, and developing a book as visually complex and ambitious as the Strategy Guide) are not likely to occur in 2015, so I am personally optimistic about the future.

I am working on Occult Adventures (next year's Gen Con release) as a freelancer, and have had lots of opportunity to participate in the overall conception of the book. I've also worked closely with each member of the design team, all of whom have been uniformly terrific and on-point in every discussion I've had with them.

That book is going to be fantastic.

If we fell short of your expectations with the Advanced Class Guide, I'm confident that the books coming up will regain some of that faith you have lost. I have a lot of faith in them, and in those yet to come.

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This particular pig is sort of a company mascot, having starred in both of the We Be Goblins free adventures we've released. When we did the We Be Goblins builder series set Squealy Nord was the most requested figure. He's something of a special case. There won't be farm animals in the next two sets.

Unless you count horses.

Or equipment-laden mules.

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Cat-thulhu wrote:


Now a quick question arising from Gen Con. I saw some photos on another site of a goblin pyro promo from gencon. I thought we were looking at a goblin rider or hell wisp? What changed? Also when do promos usually hit this site for us in the far away places?

I have a sizable pile of different promo repaints, some of which we haven't ever told anyone about. They'll be a surprise, when they show up.

So far this convention season has gone like this:

ORIGINS: Hellfire Wisp (Will-o-Wisp Repaint)
PAIZO CON: Bloodbriar Goblin Raider (Goblin on Goblin Dog repaint, slightly different from Emerald Spire version)
GEN CON: Goblin Raider (repaint of Goblin Pyro)
GEN CON PFS SPECIAL: Horned Demon (red-skinned repaint of purple WotR demon)

ALL of these figures exist in huge quantities in the Paizo warehouse (I think we gave away fewer than 500 copies of the Origins figure). They will all, eventually, appear on the Paizo.com store, probably after the convention season in a few weeks.

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Steve Geddes wrote:

Erik, I know you're keen to eventually get most dragons done at most sizes. However, there is an upcoming D&D set with dragons galore. I wouldn't expect that to alter your long term goal, but will you reduce the incidence of dragon minis in the next couple of sets until the D&D one has come and gone?

Yeah, probably.

I want to get a Gargantuan Red out there ASAP because I used to be a DDM collector too, and even though I have an eye on the business I'm always afraid things will end before I complete certain sets of things. I REALLY want a Gargantuan Red Dragon in Pathfinder Battles before we're done.

But yeah, I'll probably tone down the dragons somewhat. The D&D ones are among the best-looking pieces in those sets, so I don't need to flood the market with dragons. Many collectors already have most of them, anyway, and there's plenty of other cool things to do.

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Thanks to all the players and volunteers, and especially to Mike Brock and his HQ staff. I was able to pop into the Sagamore a few times this year, and those visits were among the highlight of the convention.

I'll repeat the endorsement of the "energy" in the room Friday night. It really is special. It's hard for me to imagine a more exciting room than the ENnies with Paizo having such a strong showing, but getting to head over to the Sagamore immediately after to share in our victory with the folks who make it possible is one of my most cherished show highlights!

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Tinkergoth wrote:
Been a long time since I've done much reading on it, but is the seven principles of mankind related in any way to the Seven Rays of Light or the Seven Rays of God? From memory (and we're going back at least 8 to 10 years or so here, back when I was in my mid teens), each ray represented a higher level of awareness, with each step gained resulting in the soul having a more pure spiritual nature, with the final ray being where they transcend the physical world entirely?

I'm still trying to get my head around the rays. They're often mentioned off-handedly and not really described, and each writer seems to have a different list and a different definition. It's difficult for me to imagine that they are not related, but then again the Theosophists are crazy for the number 7, and almost everything is doled out in that quantity.

I'm working my way through Besant and Leadbeater's Theosophical Manuals (100-page summaries of key points to introduce the philosophy) and they haven't really covered the rays yet. The internet is practically useless on the subject, so I'm sticking with primary sources.

What I understand about the concept seems ripe for exploitation in an RPG, but I admit I can't fully get my head around it yet.

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Erik Mona wrote:

5) Bulmahn is willing to let me go off on digressive riffs about the seven principles of mankind, Theosophy, reincarnation, the Astral and Ethereal Plane, and auras for about 7 minutes, but after that he starts to make fun of me.

Are you a fan of Annie Besant?

I have three of her books in my hotel room right now. :)

I tend to think C.W. Leadbeater is a better writer and brings more of a touch of the fantastic to his books, but both of them are invaluable.

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Erik Mona wrote:
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It sounds pretty exciting. A question though, if I may? When it was said they'd be more like Penny Dreadful than Prof X, did you mean the pulp genre or the signature character from Mage the Ascension? Because the latter would (also) be extremely awesome, and quite appropriate.

I meant the recent Showtime television series.

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On Thursday I conducted a dinner meeting with the design staff and Brandon Hodge, with the topic being Occult Adventures. We discussed the book's overall theme, its general contents, and an overview of the six new classes that will be included in it.

It was one of the most exciting, productive design meetings that I've ever had during my time at Paizo (which started on Day 1).

I learned the following things:

1) Jason Bulmahn, Logan Bonner, and Stephen Radney-MacFarland are fantastic game designers filled with tons of amazing and innovative ideas about where to take the Pathfinder rules system.

2) Mark Seifter is a FANTASTIC addition to the team. He has a fundamental understanding of the Pathfinder rules that makes him invaluable, and his extensive "real world" experience as a 5-star Pathfinder Society judge and frequent player gives him a practical expertise that I think will really aid the design team in general. We are lucky to have him.

3) Brandon Hodge is a 33rd degree occult badass. (I actually already knew this.)

4) So am I. (I knew this, too.)

5) Bulmahn is willing to let me go off on digressive riffs about the seven principles of mankind, Theosophy, reincarnation, the Astral and Ethereal Plane, and auras for about 7 minutes, but after that he starts to make fun of me.

6) Occult Adventures is going to be hugely popular, even among folks who might not think it is their cup of tea at the moment. People are going to love this book.

7) Not only will this book be a fantastic resource for ALL Pathfinder players, but it will show how much "design space" is still left in the Pathfinder rules engine. Some of the mechanical discussions under discussion are tremendously exciting.

I love the Advanced Class Guide, and I'm looking forward to Pathfinder Unchained, but the design of both of those books is predicated on existing character classes. There's a ton of innovative stuff in those books, but it's all predicated on stuff that already exists. This book is going to be full of fresh, exciting ideas that have not been done before, and I couldn't be happier to be working on it

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zergtitan wrote:

Nice! :)

now we can get an updated guide to Cheliax and maybe a "people of" book that talks about them.

Probably.

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Much appreciated, Rambler! I always knew that the iconics would be huge (we got a taste of this when we introduced nameless ones all the way back in Dungeon magazine). In the early days of Pathfinder, though, I never imagined we would be able to do as much with them as we have. It's been really cool to explore their stories in the Pathfinder comics, see little figurines and toys of them, and see alternative versions like mythic and "cold weather" variants appear over the years.

It's awesome that people like them so much.

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Hobbun wrote:


Also, Erik, how many exclusive minimates will be different locations and where are these locations at? You mentioned a couple of weeks or so you would be supplying us with this information. I know one can be gotten at Scotty's, at least one at your booth, and another at an unnamed restaurant.

The two-packs will be at the Paizo booth.

There are four exclusive goblin figures. You can get them in the following ways:

1) Preview Goblin: Free with $100 purchase at Paizo booth.
2) Konkrud: Free prize after playing Pathfinder Society game in the Sagamore Ballroom (this one isn't automatic, and requires a high roll at the prize station).
3) Dogslicer Ale Goblin: This one is available for $5 from Scotty's Brewhouse, Paizo's officially sponsored Indianapolis watering hole.
4) Munchkin Pathfinder Goblin Hireling: This one is available for $5 at the Munchkin Tavern at the Tavern on South, Steve Jackson Games's officially sponsored Indianapolis watering hole.

All four Minimates will also be available for a limited time on paizo.com after Gen Con.

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OmnionMagnari wrote:
Will the anti paladin ever get an iconic?

Maybe. He'll very likely get a miniature. We don't really consider the prestige classes "iconic" characters in the same way we do the ones designed by Wayne Reynolds, but that guy has been popping up now and again, so I'll probably do a mini of him just for fun one day.

As I said a few posts up, if these sell really well, we could always start doing them for things like prestige classes. If the sales are there, we'll ride this format into the sunset. :)

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danielc wrote:
Vernon Fults wrote:
Question: Is Seelah supposed to be left handed? The last mini and all the artwork I recall have depicted her holding her sword in her right hand.

I think the top quality Iconics should match the artwork. I agree, all the pictures I have show her as right handed so I hope they "fix" that for the final figure.

I too would love to have a subscription of the Iconic Sets. Save me time as I already know I will be buying them all. ;-)

Because art has a tendency to get "flipped" to fit various layouts, our official policy is that all of our iconics are ambidextrous.

Seriously.

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While I am forbidden from revealing the identities of any veiled masters, I can confirm with authority (heh) that Warren Ellis's Planetary Guides and to some extent the Planetary organization itself was part of the jumble of ideas that inspired the Pathfinder Society, and specifically the Pathfinder Chronicles.

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Joana wrote:
When Paizo products are first announced, the cover art hasn't been commissioned yet so they put up a placeholder cover with the right title but old art. Paizo updates their own images when the actual cover is finalized, but Amazon and other stores generally don't bother to.

This.

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After looking over the copy I just got this evening, I have to say I am now certain that we did not pack enough for Gen Con. I think this book is going to be HUGE. It is absolutely gorgeous, and contains all kinds of amazing items that open up all kind of new possibilities for Pathfinder campaigns.

You could, if you wanted to, use it as the basis for a full-on science fiction campaign if you wanted to. It turned out even better than I imagined it would.

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Hahaha! That's a good one.

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Samy wrote:
Well, if this product sells ten times the average Campaign Setting book, I'm sure we'll eventually get an Ultimate Technology.

Me too.

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Mercury141 wrote:


I do think some asian figures could be advantageous, perhaps as a theme for a set, like the pirate themed one!

I feel pretty safe in saying that I now understand the miniatures buying community to know that such a set would probably kill the line dead.

Too many people would consider it an easy skip. I see visions of canceled subscriptions and lots of dead product.

The people who would love it would love it. LOTS of people wouldn't buy it.

So Asian-themed minis are going to have to appear in regular sets, just like everything else.

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We did, but he reanimated and took a vacation.

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The Minis Maniac wrote:

Way to go Erik!!! More domestic animals!!! Very good for hungry monster and farm encounters. More things we need.

1) Mounts (riderless and with rider)(Different horses light and heavy, camels riding dog)- They are always around on random encounters especially during travel.
2) Carts and caravan wagons- Used often enough by npc and pcs.
3) More commoners. Barkeep, blacksmith, shopkeeper, farmers, regular folks- Any combat happening out in an urban center, there will be folks in the way and around.

Frankly if you make these, you'll do well. Especially if your focus is miniatures for roleplay purpose. I hope you like the suggestions.

Lots of this stuff is coming.

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Cletusk82 wrote:


So are we going to get our regular Friday PF Battles update today or did this take it's place?

Web team is making it real pretty right now. Stay tuned.

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