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Erik Mona

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Publisher, Chief Creative Officer. Pathfinder Society Member. 5,932 posts. 3 reviews. 1 list. 1 wishlist.


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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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c873788 wrote:
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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Ascalaphus wrote:
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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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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apearlma wrote:

Speaking as someone who worked in a service bureau, are you absolutely certain that it was your mistake as opposed to the printer? If you signed off with the correct logo, what may have happened is someone at the printer loaded up the wrong logo. Presuming they have done work for you before, they probably have all the logos.

I'm sorry to say that we've looked into it extensively, and it was a member of our art staff who made the final mistake. The fault is entirely ours.

And to answer a question from a few pages back, no I did not fire anyone over this, because I am not a monster.

It was just a dumb mistake. A very embarrassing, potentially very, very expensive mistake, but a dumb mistake nonetheless.

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Robert Jordan wrote:
The only way this will be unforgivable is if we don't get our regularly scheduled minis preview!

Working on it now.

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Bless your heart.

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All things will come to you… in time.

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It was deleted because it was part of a thread derail having to do with another word many find offensive, that you brought into the conversation in the first place.

Your points about the word "lame" were not part of the problem, and we have no problem with you reposting them.

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This is degenerating into an edition war, which isn't allowed here.

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Cat-thulhu: I haven't yet revealed ALL of the different ways of getting a better Feiya. I ask you to hang tight for a bit longer, as I think once the whole story is out there you'll be pretty satisfied.

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Cthulhudrew wrote:

Really interesting backstory for this iconic. Very well written and intriguing. One of my favorite stories so far. One of my other favorites was Balazar, also written by Erik Mona.

Conclusion: Erik needs to write more fiction!

Hey, thanks! I really appreciate the sentiment.

And with this "Meet the Iconic" out of the way, I now only have one article for Pathfinder #100 on my schedule, and then I can write whatever I want.

And that article is going to be a doozy.

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Oh, and it's highly, highly unlikely that this will be the only time you get canonical info on the iconics. I'm sure they'll appear again and again in various places.

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Drock11 wrote:
I'd like to go on record as disliking open ended things like this in an iconic's backstory if an incident is going to be mentioned at all. In something that supposed to reveal the nature and past of the character, and for some of the iconics these writeups might be the only canonical info we ever have of them, it makes little sense to purposely leave out what may be the most important aspect of it. It's not clever. It's irritating.

Well, sorry you're irritated, but I did it for a very specific purpose.

Aside from standing in for your PCs in art, the iconic characters' main purpose is to be used as pregenerated characters. Given that this guy is all about killing, and given that he is neutral, I wanted to leave it up to the _player_ to determine what happened to the paladin.

Perhaps the player would like their neutral slayer to be a bit more on the evil side, focusing on the killing and political intrigue, no matter the costs. Perhaps the player would prefer to take a more nuanced approach, wherein Zadim tempers his slaying with mercy.

By leaving the end open-ended, the player can run their character any way they like.

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Is the paladin dead? You'll have to ask Zadim.

If you can find him!

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JK, he's neutral.

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It would be a spoiler to reveal his alignment. ;)

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Bag change wasn't really financial. We'll consider doing something cooler next year.

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Does it help to imagine him singing Olivia Newton John's "Xanadu"?

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I'd love to do a trollhound mini.

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The Munchkin Tavern and Scotty's Brewhouse figures are limited-edition goblin Minimates, and are for sale for $5 each.

Another Minimate will be available through the prize/token program in the Pathfinder Society area (Sagamore Ballroom).

Another Minimate is available free with a $100 purchase at the Paizo booth in the exhibit hall (Booth 203).

The booth will also have a limited edition Goblin Raider Pathfinder Battles repaint available free with a $50 purchase.

The "mystery item" is also a Pathfinder Battles figure. I don't want to reveal more about it at this time.

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IxionZero wrote:


But my meaning was, me want set of ACG iconics as prepainted minis, and me no want to wait until mid-2015 or 2016 for just a single one. Which would be the earliest if they aren't doing the Tian iconics after Oracle and Summoner, based off of RoW which only had the witch and this year which is going to have two PFB sets.

I know something you don't know…

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Leo_Negri wrote:
Erik Mona wrote:
Depends. Are you an orc?
No, just a person with a real hate for those smug daisy-eaters. Question is, Where are the Dwarves, and Gnomes; the two least represented races in the Pathfinder battles line (in fact gnomes are the least represented in PPM over all).

Well, we've already previewed a gnome in this set. There was also one in Heroes & Monsters, and of course Lini is a gnome, and we did a mini of her. There's another gnome in the set after this, too.

I'm pretty sure there are no dwarves in this set. There are several in the next set, though!

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Stay tuned for more news on future plans for iconics. There was a small chance of an announcement at PaizoCon, which didn't happen for a variety of reasons. Expect to hear something coming out of Gen Con next month.

I think people will be really happy.

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By the way, anyone curious about Ostog the Unslain's side of the story regarding Girt Bearwearer and Hrolf Harfargr can check out the Paizo PCs section of the old NPC Guide. :)

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We love you too, Brom the Obnoxiously Awesome.

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I would have done the little "o" on top of the A, but since we use these characters for a lot of licensing I didn't want to cause font issues for future licensees.

Gotta mix in that business with the pleasure. :)

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Alexander Augunas wrote:

What's this? An iconic background story from Erik Mona that DIDN'T take two years to write? Before you know it we'll have that Nex Player Companion everyone's been clamouring for too!

And it certainly seems like being Publisher has its perks, eh Erik? ;-)

Nice job with the short story; it was a fun read to be sure.

One of the perks is that a few people like to be hyper critical and assume the worst, that's for sure!

I was not assigned two years to write the Balazar "Meet the Iconics" write-up.

No one else wanted to do it (obviously), so I volunteered to make it happen. It did take a while from that point to the point when it was finished, but not two years (or even one year).

Glad you enjoyed the skald write-up. I've got one more coming up in a few weeks (not years).

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You'll definitely hear more about minis at Gen Con. We have to announce _something_ there, after all! :)

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Stay tuned for a full checklist on the MiniMates and how to get them. Good photos of all of them are imminent, and without that a big post on it sort of loses its oomph.

We'll have a unique Pathfinder Battles figure as a sales promotion, given free with any purchase of $50 or more. (An exclusive Minimate kicks in with purchases of $100 or more).

We also have plans to distribute at least one more figure via more mysterious means somewhere at the con. You're going to have to be at the right place at the right time for this one, I'm afraid. It's a surprise.

We always keep back significant quantities of all promotional miniatures for later sale on Paizo.com. We realize not everyone will be at the show, so missing out won't mean missing the miniature entirely, as long as you pay attention to the website.

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