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Erik Mona

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Publisher, Chief Creative Officer. Pathfinder Society Member. 6,218 posts. 3 reviews. 1 list. 1 wishlist. 1 Pathfinder Society character.


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QuidEst wrote:

*gets to the magic items section*

*dies*
This is too perfect for this world, too pure. The cursed items and minor artifacts are amazing, and do a fantastic job of implying encounters or entire campaigns.

Glad to hear it. I'd guess about 70% of the items in this book came from the initial brainstorming sessions Brandon and I put together. Other freelancers wrote most of those items and added a bunch of their own, but this book was somewhat unusual in that the magic items and many of the spell concepts were determined as part of the overall outline, and freelancers were assigned specific item concepts rather than "write 50 items," or whatever.

It was really fun to be involved so heavily in the outlining of this book, and it's interesting to see how people react to what amounts to a relatively subtle "behind the scenes" change from our normal operating procedure.

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From my perspective as a minis collector and a GM, I look at the line as a good source of very nicely painted adventurer types in lots of interesting varieties, plus oddball animals and companion creatures that otherwise probably wouldn't be made.

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1) No PRD changes yet (likely after Gen Con).

2) We're still selling the first print run of the book. We'll let you know when that changes, but it hasn't changed yet.

3) We'll likely make a blog post and discuss some of the changes once we're legitimately selling the second printing of the book.

Given the overwhelming desire/demand for errata for this book, I made sure that we posted the errata as soon as possible, not "when the new printing is on sale," as we normally do.

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Duncan7291 wrote:
I just had a number of gamers locally balk at the old $30 MSRP in stores. $35 isn't going to make it any easier for them.

I imagine it would be an even tougher sell if it didn't exist at all?

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We had intended to get these done for Gen Con this year, but other things got in the way, and we decided to put them back on the "middle burner" until some time after the convention.

They _will_ happen eventually!

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FLite wrote:

There was a post somewhere in there that was something like:

"It will either be released before gencon, while we are still in the office to answer questions. Or it will be late and offered after gen con, but it won't happen during gencon because we do not have the technical and process capability to issue it when that many people are out of the office."

This is incorrect.

The errata is coming BEFORE Gen Con, as I said it would.

Thanks for your patience, everyone. I know this one has been a long time coming.

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graywulfe wrote:

Unless I am misremembering, Liranne is a Half-Elf, not a human...

Oops! Fixed.

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danielc wrote:
Erik Mona wrote:
Of particular interest to you, I did at one point contemplate doing a mini of the "Seoni in Valeros's armor" image you use as your avatar. :)
Oh my, what stopped you. That would be a fun miniature to own. I would love to see that show up at some point.

I might still do it.

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Magic Square wrote:

This is a truly great backstory! A collection of backstories for the iconics should be a top seller if they can all be done this well!

Lord Maskelyne? Is this John Nevil, Jasper, Nevil or Noel? or is it a misspelled Maslklyn ye Mage? Perhaps Meligaster made off with a cursed copy of Our Magic...

Look 'em up.

Pulled the name from this guy, J. N. Maskelyne, who (among other things) was an outspoken critic of the Theosophical Society.

I have an autographed copy of his "The Fraud of Modern Theosophy Exposed" on my desk at home.

I don't think he'd be a big fan of Meligaster, or of Occult Adventures in general. :)

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Rushley son of Halum wrote:

So it's gone to the printers but the PDF isn't available yet is that right?

Surely if you're printing a new batch you should be able to put a date on it now?

I know, right?

Must be any day, now!

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Ashram wrote:
Still betting money that it will officially come out AT GenCon.

How much money are you betting, and can I get in on that action?

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Jester David wrote:
Arachnofiend wrote:
Jester David wrote:

Wow... That is one long backstory. If I showed up at a game rocking that, my DM would shoot an evil glare. Certainly seems like the longest of any of the iconics.

Haven't read it yet. Tried and got distracted. But I'll make an effort.

Yikes, and people say it's my generation that has a short attention span...
It's 1,500 words. 3 1/2 pages at 12-point font. That's short story length.

Sorry to make you read, bro.

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Cuuniyevo wrote:

Good story, but I think the first sentence should be changed from:

"From the fine tailoring of his immaculate suit to the gold handle of his elegant sword cane, little about Meligaster's current appearance belies his upbringing as a common slave."
to
"From the fine tailoring of his immaculate suit to the gold handle of his elegant sword cane, everything about Meligaster's current appearance belies his upbringing as a common slave."

I'm also pretty sure "baroques" isn't a word. :S

"Bronze baroques," is a French construction sometimes used in sculpture and interior design. If you prefer, you can read it as "baroque bronzes," and I suspect you will sleep easier. :)

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I think of him as neutral evil. In PFS he'll be neutral, trying half-heartedly to turn a new leaf. :)

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Hey, I had one of his autographed books on the desk when I wrote this. :)

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Kalindlara wrote:
Kvantum wrote:
Still no Feiya and Daji for the Heroes sets?

They're having a devil of a time with Feiya's miniatures... it's like some sort of curse.

While I'm glad to see the new Iconics pouring in, I require more Seltyiel. Make it happen, please.

Of particular interest to you, I did at one point contemplate doing a mini of the "Seoni in Valeros's armor" image you use as your avatar. :)

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I hate to say it, but everything I've learned about the minis business in the last four years tells me that a set like that would sell so poorly it could mean the end of the line in one fell swoop.

I like a lot of the creatures that you've suggested (including the chainsaw one), but I've got to pace out the weird stuff more judiciously than "all at once," or we aren't going to be having these weekend conversations much longer. :)

Neothelids are on the short list for Gargantuans, btw. Probably need a different name for them, however.

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Hey, now, don't be hateful.

Hate leads to suffering.

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c873788 wrote:
Her white lotus experience seems to be akin to the rising of the kundalini. The awakening of her serpent fire is not something I would expect to happen at first level.

You could certainly look at it that way. If so, I'd consider it more of a temporary "first time" sort of a thing. She's definitely not meant to be an omnipotent 7-chakra psychic god at first level, but I can see the rajah's advisors being worried about what could happen if she one day became one.

To put it in very unfortunate nerd terms, "No one has a count that high, not even Master Yoda."

:)

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Albatoonoe wrote:
I distinctly got the vibe that the advisors' plans were more politically dubious rather than outright evil.

This, but then again, you never know....

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Robert Little wrote:
The story seems to imply both of her parents may still be alive...what kind of adventurer has those?!?

Not only that, but she has six living siblings as well!

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Troodos wrote:
Is the whole White Lotus thing intentional?

If you mean, is the allusion to the famous 1890 occult novel "The Idyll of the White Lotus," by Mabel Collins, intentional, then the answer is "absolutely yes."

If you mean, is the lotus meant to be a metaphor for the crown chakra, then the answer is "kinda, sorta, yes."

If you mean something else, then the answer is "not intentionally."

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Helcack wrote:
Wonderful story, I especially enjoy the description of coming to understand the flow of the universe. It is rather accurate to others accounts, though I do wonder is it simply that those who become monks focus more upon bringing the physical in alignment with the metaphysical compared to psychic where they attempt to overcome the physical with the metaphysical...

I think that's a pretty accurate view.

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the xiao wrote:
awesome story, hottest iconic but... she looked like having gotten enlighment at... 1st level? she sounds too powerful but thats also cool I guess... but damn, isn't she hot or what? AND SMART! and loves books! she is my hindu waifu lol!

I wouldn't call it enlightenment, certainly. More like a glimpse at the awesome powers to come through mastery of the self and a greater understanding of the esoteric underpinnings of the world. Rivani has a _lot_ of psychic potential. So much so that her initial trial frightened the rishis of the rajah's court, and they exiled her because they saw that one day she could easily outstrip even their power.

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Ajaxis wrote:
Very nice. I do wish it had something on Rivani's reaction to her abilities and trials. Disgust, awe, simple acceptance? I know what she's been through, but not what makes her tick. Valeros, for example, I understand.

From my perspective, I think she was likely surprised by the potency of her initial trial, but after she settled into it a bit she redoubled her efforts at studying esoteric secrets in hope of unlocking even more of this power. That accounts for her post-trial work in libraries in Quantium and Absalom.

I should probably have pointed out that she hasn't quite been able to duplicate the power surge she felt during that first test, and she's still very guarded about the ramifications of others learning of her inherent gifts. So while she individually continues to hone her craft, she's a bit wary of letting others in for fear of their reaction. This plays into her "rambling man" style approach to personal relationships as well.

Rivani is incredibly knowledgable, very intelligent, and extremely inquisitive. Nearly everything she has learned about her powers has come not from human interaction, but from personal introspection and the written words of long-dead adepts. This has bred in her a sense of self-reliance that can easily be interpreted as arrogance, but those who attempt to forge a lasting bond with her find Rivani to be a welcome ally and companion, albeit a very guarded one.

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Wow, I hadn't considered that. She would be great for a monk.

Or, come to think of it, a psychic or kineticist.

(Occult Adventures is so cool, you guys.)

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Good idea. I'll look into it.

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Cat-thulhu, that's really terrible, and an obvious collation error on the factory side. We're looking into it and will contact you shortly.

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A few drive-by answers.

1) Still no precise word on Iconic Heroes Sets 4-6. They are in the works, and I will let you guys know more on release schedule as soon as I know more myself. We've approved all of the sculpts at this point, and they're fantastic.

2) No plans for a taiga giant at present. I honestly hadn't really considered it. What do other people think?

3) Not sure why dungeon dressing isn't up on the site. I'll check on Monday.

4) Shardra will appear in an upcoming Iconic Heroes set.

5) No real "special inclusions" based solely on my taste in this set, though I did come up with the idea and worked to make sure that the chest and the mimic looked pretty much exactly the same.

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Honestly I would have commissioned another Ameiko drawing for this set back in the day when we had 55 sculpts per set. Now that we've lost 10, I'm really leery of doubling up figures we've already done, especially named unique NPCs.

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I hope to share more about upcoming sets in this week's Publisher Preview Blog. They're in the works.

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I'm sorry to report that the Feiya and King Irovetti figures (Feiya in particular) were not up to WizKids's standards, so they've decided to push them back into the next set, The Rusty Dragon Inn.

Apologies that this has been more difficult than originally intended, but I'm certain that WK is doing their best to make sure everyone is pleased with the replacement figures.

So, to repeat, the replacement Feiya and Irovetti figures are NOT in Dungeons Deep, and will appear in the next set instead.

Thanks for your patience.

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Berselius wrote:
Sigh, greeeaaattt...another goblin module for Free RPG Day...(rolls eyes).

LOL, when we don't do one we get skinned alive.

We can't win, so we tend to switch off every other year.

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Milo v3 wrote:
Edit: Sarusan is likely not getting an AP for ages... None of the developers care for it, which as an Australian I find rather disappointing.

This is not the case at all. I have never heard anyone at Paizo suggest they don't care for Sarusan. The real reason we haven't done much with it yet is that is so far from Avistan and it is meant to be deliberately mysterious, at least for the time being.

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Kevin Mack wrote:
Really hope it is set elsewhere in Cheliax and seperate from hell's rebels

It is. Both APs take place during the same general rebellion in Cheliax, but they do not deal with the same location. Hell's Rebels is all about the city of Kintargo. Hell's Vengeance doesn't go there at all.

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There will be more posts here from the Paizo staff once PaizoCon is over. The AP staff has not yet conducted their Adventure Path Q&A, which will have a lot more Infformation on Hell's Vengeance. Until then, a couple things:

1) Hell's Rebels and Hell's Vengeance take place at the same time, during the same general rebellion throughout Cheliax. Hell's Vengeance has nothing whatsoever to do with Kintargo, and Hell's Vengeance does not in any way "undo" Hell's Rebels. We've had that concern for months and months, and have planned things accordingly to avoid the problems some people here are worried about.

2) The AP staff is very familiar with Way of the Wicked, and I am certain that they will be taking great pains to provide a very different experience. Although I referenced Asmodeus at the Preview Banquet, in fact the PCs in Hell's Vengeance do NOT work for Asmodeus. They work instead for House Thrune, which isn't the same thing. In fact, friction between House Thrune and Asmodeus is a significant plot point in Hell's Vengeance.

More soon.

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Our long international nightmare will soon be over.

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You guys are going to be shocked about the next case incentive.

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I can say with authority and certainty that it will not be a full year from the book's publication.

So there you have it. A window.

Some time between the end of PaizoCon and the beginning of Gen Con.

For sure.

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Rushley son of Halum wrote:


Again, it has been 9 months. You surely must have a plan and dead line in place by now. Any properly run company would. Can you shed even a small bit of light on that for us? Please?

No.

It'll be sooner rather than later.

It's a top priority, but it won't happen before the end of PaizoCon, which starts tomorrow.

I'm making it happen as fast as I can. I'm reluctant to share more information than that, because if it doesn't happen when I say it will, we will be castigated for it.

So, it's going to happen soon, but I don't want to get more specific than that.

Very soon indeed. Please be patient just a little while longer.

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LOL passing on the set because of three minis.

One day, I won't be doing this anymore, and a part of me will be very relieved.

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It's probably not constructive for me to point fingers (especially when as publisher the ultimate responsibility is mine), but bad luck definitely played a role. While there isn't much we can do to change that, we have changed just about every other factor that went into the problems with this book, and I do not expect them to re-express themselves any time soon.

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Axial wrote:
Why is it that the psychic is a badass in every piece of artwork that's been released?

Because she is a badass?

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Insain Dragoon wrote:

The only problems I have had so far in Unchained are a few very minor errors (Campaign instead of Combat in a book reference), some very minor oddities (Agathians not being able to grab the mount evolution while Devils can), and the skills chapter having some pretty difficult reading.

All together the book is exactly where I expect a 40$ Hardcover from the leading RPG publisher to be at in terms of quality.

Thank you.

We have taken many steps to avoid many of the problems that plagued the ACG, and while the books will never be perfect I am pleased to hear that you feel there has been an improvement.

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ACG errata is being worked on now, and has been worked on for quite some time.

I did expect this to happen sooner, but part of the process involved having the entire book re-edited from cover to cover, which is more than just spotting errors pointed out here and addressing them (we're doing that, too).

We've had some staff changes in our editorial department (including hiring more editors to prevent a similar experience for everyone), and that has also slowed down the process somewhat.

I believe that the books we have published since the ACG (Monster Codex, Strategy Guide, Unchained, and the forthcoming Occult Adventures) are much tighter and better edited than the Advanced Class Guide, which was a low-point for our internal editorial process and has resulted in a multitude of behind-the-scene changes aimed and preventing a repeat.

So, I know I've said this before, but the errata will be appearing quite soon. I can smell it cooking from my office.

And its smell is the smell of delicious cookies, which is quite a step up, from where I'm sitting.

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Wayne Reynolds wrote:
Kajehase wrote:

More Lem, and not jokes about him having hat-envy this time. ;-)

What do you see his flute being made of? Depending on who draws him, it looks either like bone or like wood to me.

Lem's flute is actually made out of Silver.

Thank god you said that, as it's a plot point in Pathfinder Origins #6! :)

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Folks, I was sick yesterday and didn't get a chance to fully update my pledge page. I've since rectified that with a whole suite of thank-you rewards for donors. Please check it out!

Erik Mona's Revised Pledge Page

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LazarX wrote:

Gillmen is the trope name derived from the B Movies they first swam out of.

Yes, Paizo is progressive-minded, but sometimes they set that aside for the Law of Pulp. They don't need a run a progressive crusade in every Bestiary entry.

As the guy who "invented" the gillmen: this.

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WhatAShame wrote:
Dustin Ashe wrote:
I'm hoping that you reprint this one some day.
Definitely a good one to reprint. Super useful for a GM. You've got my support as well.

This one is on the short list, but it's probably still a bit too recent to avoid the order/re-order issue Vic mentioned above. I'm watching it. If the first eight classics sell really well, there's really a lot of opportunities to bring back several.

But that's currently a pretty big "if."

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Ha! I'm actually working on the product descriptions for these right now.

To answer some of your questions a bit earlier than that, however, here are some quick responses.

• They are not evergreens, but we're printing enough that they should be around for a while. Future printing decisions will be made based on how well these sell, and how much appetite we think the public has for _another_ printing, which is a decision based on information that doesn't yet exist, so we haven't made it yet. ;)

• These are straight-up reprints of "classic" Flip-Mats. There is no new cartography involved with these new (old) releases.

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