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Erik Mona

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Publisher, Chief Creative Officer. Pathfinder Society Member. 6,167 posts. 3 reviews. 1 list. 1 wishlist. 1 Pathfinder Society character.


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Marco Massoudi wrote:


Is the "Rusty Dragon Inn" Pathfinder Battles set 45 or 51 minis?

45.

Marco Massoudi wrote:


Is the "Bar Case Incentive" the building with walls or is it made up of different pieces like the shown counter and rack?

It is literally the piece shown on the blog. The bar "back" and the actual bar, with shelves and bottles and lots of details. But it's not a whole building or anything, which would be impossible. We tried and tried and tried to get Baba Yaga's Dancing Hut as the case incentive for Reign of Winter, and it simply wasn't feasible.

Marco Massoudi wrote:


If so how many squares is it gonna be?

That's a good question I don't know the answer to.

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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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LOL. "Eando" himself is a bit of an Easter Egg.

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Our long international nightmare will soon be over.

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Jeven wrote:
Erik Mona wrote:
beyond that, this is mostly ancient occultism with some Victorian-era flourishes here and there.

What is ancient occultism? Which ancient cultures/eras does it draw from?

The C19th occultism didn't interest me at all, but if it is has deeper roots in history then that makes it a whole lot more appealing.

19th century occultism, in the main, is deeply rooted in gathering and systematizing ancient esoteric arts and practice, sometimes for real and sometimes as a pretense.

Auras, lots of psychic phenomena, chakras, the astral plane, and the etheral plane, for example, are drawn from the mythology of ancient India. 19th century movements like Theosophy cribbed a little from here and a little from there to concoct a picture of the hidden "truth" in the lore of major world religions.

What is 19th century? What is ancient? It's hard to tell sometimes.

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Just a Guess wrote:


The relevant thing about occult adventures I said was that it has a gaslamp fantasy feel I don't see fitting for the classic fantasy I want.

The quote above was done when some schoolmaster began to lecture me about golarion alredy having scifi and gunpowder.

Yeah, that may turn out to be a fair criticism, but in general I suspect you will find it less egregious than you might fear.

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

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Lots of good suggestions here.

Keep 'em coming!

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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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The line is not "shelved," per se, in that we will continue to release products for it when they make sense.

The long and short of it is that Item Card and Face Cards sales have not justified producing more of them, so we're not.

Stuff like the condition cards and the Critical Hit cards sell very well.

So if we come up with an idea more like the latter, we'll do it.

But we don't want to just release cards to release cards when they aren't selling very well.

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Yes. We have to have good, legible-to-a-sculptor art reference, which usually means a full-body illustration that is very clear and not too stylistic.

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Steve Geddes wrote:
Erik Mona wrote:
One day, I won't be doing this anymore, and a part of me will be very relieved.
Well that's just great. What about ME, Erik? Who's going to pick miniatures for me then? Did you think about that? Huh?

I'm building a set list in about two weeks.

Give me a suggestion you know we have cool art for, and if I agree I'll try to sneak it in.

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UndeadMitch wrote:

Now that we've got the Core and APG Iconics, how about some love for Reiko and Hayato? I'd love to see the Ninja and Samurai get their day in the sun.

They're coming in the Iconic Heroes sets.

As for the ACG iconics being in this set instead of Balazar, to be honest with you I'm not 100% certain they even existed when we built the set list for this set.

The lead times on these things are craaaaaazy.

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Marco Massoudi wrote:
Erik Mona wrote:

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.

I said "I think i´ll pass on the case." because i don´t like that dragon enough to pay $50 for it.

I WILL buy one or two bricks like i have been doing since "Heroes and Monsters".

Also i like the Balazar and Padrig minis but not enough to have 2 almost identical versions of them. ;-)

Yeah, never mind me. Those are legitimate gripes. I was just really grumpy earlier today.

Happily, I just got out of Mad Max a few minutes ago, and I am now cured.

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These are not paint masters, but production figures.

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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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Just a Guess wrote:

No scifi in my fantasy.

I'd allow early firearms/gunpowder but my fellow GMs say no.

There is basically nothing in this book that I would consider sci-fi.

Well, ok, there is a tinfoil hat, which is sort of a sci-fi concept, I guess. An a "Lemurian" thought record that ultimately comes from the Richard Sharp Shaver dero stories, but beyond that, this is mostly ancient occultism with some Victorian-era flourishes here and there.

One of the reasons we did not call it "psionics" is that we didn't want the book to have a sci-fi vibe at all.

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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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I think making the liquid and the glass different colors would have made the mini too expensive to do given some of the other ultra-expensive minis in the set, so alas that was not an option this time around.

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Yes, sorry. The Daughter is definitely rare.

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I don't have any copies of the replacement minis, so I'm not currently able to post them. I'll ask around and see what I can pry loose.

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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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Vic Wertz wrote:

Some of you might recall that Flip-Mats were originally produced by Steel Sqwire. Initially, we just distributed their products into the hobby; later, we licensed the Flip-Mat brand from them and extended the line as the publisher, and eventually, we purchased the brand from them.

During that first period, they published 4 Flip-Mats: the original Flip-Mat plus the the 3 Flip-Mats you're talking about. The cartography style they used was a bit softer, and I'd say a bit less realistic.

Also, I'm not certain that we have the files for those early Flip-Mats, so unfortunately they are very near the bottom of the "potentials" list.

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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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Large and Huge yes, Gargantuan probably not.

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Hayato Ken wrote:

2 questions:

-Will this be a Paizo exclussive?

No. Battle Foam will be selling through their normal channels, including direct via their website.

Hayato Ken wrote:


-What´s the expected price + shipment to europe?

Totally need something like that now that my Mini collection is growing!

It's too early for me to be able to answer that for Paizo. Keep your eyes on the product page for more details.

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hxcmike wrote:
Any chance we'll see these at GenCon?

Yes. Battle Foam plans to be selling these at Gen Con.

In fact, I believe we will have a few samples to show off in person as early as PaizoCon.

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Dragnmoon wrote:
This is cool, when will it be available for Pre-Order?

We should have the item ready for preorder relatively soon. We'll not be shy about it when we post an official product page. :)

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Steve Geddes wrote:
Hi Erik. Does the hiring of mike mean you're going to be freed up a little more to be more directly engaged in adventure/sourcebook writing?

Not directly, but I have been a little more active in terms of writing, lately.

Occult Mysteries: I wrote the Knights of the Ioun Star and the 5th Volume of the Pathfinder Chronicles section.

Emerald Spire Superdungeon: I wrote the Throne of Azlant level.

Pathfinder Origins: I wrote the first and sixth issues of the new comic from Dynamite, and the backmatter in each (1 is out, 6 is still coming).

Occult Adventures: I played a fairly major role in setting up the outline for this book, concepting (but not writing) many of the magic items, and I wrote the sections on auras, chakras, and the esoteric planes.

I'm also currently writing two articles for Pathfinder #100.

So, while none of that stuff has to do with Mike coming on board (he's been here a couple years already), I have been trying to add more time for creative contributions into my schedule over the last year, and look forward to more of that sort of thing in the future.

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Jason Bulmahn will also be there as a special guest of the convention.

While Paizo does not have a formal sales booth, we _do_ have an official presence in Hall D where we will be running demos of the Adventure Card Game on a walk-up basis. The regular Pathfinder Society room will have tons of ticketed events throughout the weekend, as well.

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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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It's some sort of angel-like character I bought as a capsule toy at an Asian market a long time ago. Probably something from an anime or video game, but I don't know which one.

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Guys, the truth is that there isn't an answer yet for some of that stuff. I don't know what the planned price for the game will be, or when it will be released, etc. We're still early for those kinds of questions, alas. :)

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I think the triaxians in Reign of Winter make good catfolk proxies, too.

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I will look into whether there's anything we can do to improve this. I agree that it sucks when this happens. Sorry it just happened to you! :(

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Let's keep things on topic, folks.

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Yes, I've got my eye on a few more gnomes and halflings.

I'd like to do male and females of all PC races for each class type. (Not necessarily each class, which is probably impossible.)

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Folks,

When the new code for paizo.com rolls during this evening's downtime, we'll be fixing a lot of little bugs and problems with the Pathfinder Society scoring system. Generally speaking, this should return some missing sessions to your record, but as with any major code revision there's a chance some things will fall through the cracks.

There may also be some slight shifts in star ratings. The system currently counts Adventure Card Guild sessions toward your star rating, but it shouldn't, and this will be fixed with the new code.

Please take a look at your personal play records following the reappearance of the site, and let our customer service team know if you see any problems.

Thanks!

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So noted on the dinosaur colors. That's an excellent point.

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The Fox wrote:

They look great!

Erik, just curious: any particular reason you guys went with the unholy symbol of Rovagug instead of Lamashtu?

I think the art was taken from a specific NPC who worshiped Rovagug. I believe it was from Legacy of Fire, as someone else already noted. :)

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I can see what you mean by the duck aspect. It does indeed have a bit of a rounded beak, but in hand the figure looks pretty awesome, honestly.

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