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Publisher, Chief Creative Officer. Pathfinder Society Member. 6,194 posts. 3 reviews. 1 list. 1 wishlist. 1 Pathfinder Society character.


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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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Yeah, they put her through some simple physical tests as well.

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Wysteriah wrote:

Very much like all three, especially like the Dancing Girl and the Ghoul Cultist (perfect as a common). I too am hoping the size of these Ghouls is in proportion to previous Ghouls.

As far as the promo piece, I am warming up to the idea of the bar. My guess is the dressing will be the Inn accessories and furniture. I will be most curious if the bar will be in size proportion to the human miniatures. Erik, might there be a chance to get a picture of the bar next to some miniatures, or at least know if this is the case?

We'll definitely do this, but that's honestly months away.

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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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That's really great to hear. Thanks for the field report, Mizkitty!

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As soon as I have an answer to share.

We've approved sculpts for sets 4, 5, and 6.

Last I heard, WizKids had a production issue that they were trying to resolve.

You guys will know more about the situation when I know more about the situation, but I have every reason to believe that they are still happening.

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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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Kalindlara wrote:
Erik Mona wrote:
Leo_Negri wrote:
Any chance that we'll get a Non-adventuring variant of Ameiko Kaijitsu? After all the Rusty Dragon is HER Inn / Bar / Stomping Grounds.

This was originally on the list, but I had to drop it for a few reasons, not least of which being that we didn't have any decent art for it.

I believe one of the earliest issues of the Pathfinder comic has the heroes at the Rusty Dragon. I seem to recall an image of Ameiko sitting by the fire, playing her instrument and singing.

Does anyone else know what I'm referring to? Do you think that might work?

Alright, I dug out the issue in question. I'm afraid it's not nearly a good enough shot to work. Sorry. ^_^

Also, she looks exactly the same as the miniature we've already made of her.

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crazy_cat wrote:
Erik - Any ETA, even a rough one, on sets 4, 5, and 6 for the Iconics?

No, but I hope to have something to report soon. We're swapping emails about it at the moment.

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Leo_Negri wrote:
Any chance that we'll get a Non-adventuring variant of Ameiko Kaijitsu? After all the Rusty Dragon is HER Inn / Bar / Stomping Grounds.

This was originally on the list, but I had to drop it for a few reasons, not least of which being that we didn't have any decent art for it.

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No Lovecraftian stuff in this set.

I'm told they look like muppets, or something. :)

No, seriously, they don't really fit the loose theme of the set, so they're on the bench for this outing.

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Nah, never mind me. I wasn't responding so much to one specific poster or one specific bit of feedback.

The weight of years on this stuff is just getting to me, and shifting me into a necessarily more pragmatic view of things.

You can't please everyone all the time. I'm coming to grips with it. :)

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DropBearHunter wrote:
Weren't Feiya and King Irovetti figures originally going to appear in Lost Coast already?

Yes.

WizKids has pushed them back twice, now.

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Mike and I got a crack on the setlist for the next set today.

I'm at the same time super excited about the cool stuff in there and dreading the inevitable disappointment each of these reveals seems to bring.

But, as this message board is not a personal diary, I think I'll leave it at that for now.

Hope you enjoy what we have coming up next week.

Some of you won't. :)

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Marco Massoudi wrote:


You said that this set will be 45 minis including the dressing pieces.

How many will there be - 6 again?

EXCLUDING the dungeon dressing, including the case incentive.

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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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Marco Massoudi wrote:


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

45.

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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.

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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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