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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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No problem! Thanks for playing our games!

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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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Yes, the next set is not an AP set.

There also won't be a preview today, as I got mixed up after returning from a con mid-week and didn't pull all the strings that need to be pulled in order to make it happen.

Sorry!

We'll announce the next set pretty soon. I just sent WK final approvals on about half the sculpts today. My God, they're gorgeous.

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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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Miniatures fiends: I got caught up in catch-up after returning to the office from New York Comic Con this week. Your regularly scheduled Friday Publisher Preview will return next week.

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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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That has always been the idea, though in practice not so much.

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Well, this one is a common, so if you want to surround your party with elf archers or something, you're going to have to pay a lot of money to do that honor with a rare figure from five sets ago. :)

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Robert Hetherington wrote:


I explained the faction mission stuff to them. The Cheliax faction mission was cool enough that the players loved it. The characters were not especially loyal to Cheliax and were somewhat horrified at what they had done but the players loved it.

Delightful.

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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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Kor - Orc Scrollkeeper wrote:

Erik, was there a change in the paint scheme for the Shemhazian? The previously previewed mini has a lot of green paint on it, where-as the one depicted at the Con appears red & black?

Not that I'm aware of/noticed. I think what you're seeing is a trick of lighting. Everything looks a little washed out and red. Blame the bad lights at the con and my much-in-need-of-updating iPhone 4.

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Mine all mine...don't touch wrote:
So after this con do we get a chance to buy the con exclusives from the summer?

Yeah, probably.

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It is so enormous it's almost literally scary. :)

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I've been avoiding drow for now because Wizards of the Coast did SO MANY of them with their D&D Minis line. Now that they are back in the game I imagine they will be doing more, so I'd rather focus a bit more on monsters that have not been done so frequently.

That said, we have some AWESOME drow art, so we will get to them eventually.

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I forgot to send the web team the last image, even though it's sitting on my desktop. We'll have to do it next week. Sorry, everyone!

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I think you'll be pleased. They're very handy!

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The story of that particular sword has not yet been told!

(i.e. the comics are still focusing on the main six characters meeting and going on their earliest adventures. If we get to that sword eventually in that medium, it'll be quite a while from now.)

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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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bugleyman wrote:


Anyway, I rather liked the Beginner Box, and wish the Core Rule Book resembled it.

I'll be interested to see what you think of the Strategy Guide when it comes out in December.

Had I the opportunity to do it over again, I'd probably call it something like the "Starter Guide" or "Beginner Book" or something.

Elements of it--especially VISUAL elements of it--are very similar to the Beginner Box.

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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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My current understanding is that they are not promo cards, and will not be included in PACG subscriptions.

We tend to identify promo cards as promotional give-away items.

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Clearly.

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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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Yeah, we're way past the changes stage. I suspect that sculpt complexity and paint steps both conspired to make the boggards uncommon (and the lack thereof is why the Goblin Druid is common).

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Berselius wrote:
What manual is the Sinspawn Champion's statblock in? Is it featured in the revised Rise of the Runelords adventure path book?

It's actually not statted up anywhere in particular. I consider it an advanced sinspawn with a few extra beefy HD.

YMMV.

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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 wouldn't say never.

It's sold out.

It does a good job introducing the Pathfinder game.

The entire series is on the list of the 10 best-selling Modules we've done.

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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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da-Craig-o wrote:
If Wizkids would stop having video game folks sculpt their stuff, they would not have that issue. Have someone with knowledge of plastic production do these things.

The Feiya miniature was sculpted by a practical sculptor using the same methods that have been used since the 70s.

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Welcome aboard, Pirate Rob! It was great meeting you at Kubla Con this year!

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Good question. Probably some time in late October or November.

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I left the last mini because, truth be told, even the second photo isn't very good. It's a cool mini. I probably should have included it here. I'll probably do it as a post-script to next week's preview.

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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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Dave Herman wrote:


I check the site every few days for these, since I left my goblin raider in the hotel after gen-con... any idea when the might go up for sale?

Not sure yet.

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No.

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I cut the "action throw" because it looked too goofy and WK couldn't figure out how to make it removable.

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jjvreed wrote:

I had a clarification question...will each of these sets contain a PFACG card for each of the iconics it contains? In other words will each box have six minis and also five cards in it? Because honestly, I love the minis (and yes, expensive as it is, I have a mini for every iconic* currently released), but I am at least as interested in new promo cards for my PFACG adventure paths as I am in the minis.

Not only the iconics. Even the "other" sixth figure will get a card.

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