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Erik Mona

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Publisher, Chief Creative Officer. Pathfinder Society Member. 6,430 posts. 3 reviews. 1 list. 1 wishlist. 1 Pathfinder Society character.


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Glad to have lived up to your hopes, Marco! :)

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Naw. We looked around a bit, but no one gave us quite that special Kenway feeling.

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Werthead wrote:

Wait, there's an episode where Aubrey Plaza plays PATHFINDER? And I still can't watch it.

I was lucky enough to be in the audience for that one, and got to see it live. :)

It was pretty amazing!

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Pathfinder is named in the credits and all of the books and stuff are clearly visible on the table, in the introductions, etc.

They originally recorded hour-long sessions and then edited around them to focus on the funniest stuff. It's quite possible that the few overt mentions were cut, but if you look at the credits, Pathfinder is clearly identified as the game they are playing.

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Thank YOU, Steve! :)

Apologies for any technical glitches. We'll do our best to address those on Monday.

The good news is that the Golem Clearance is going to be around for a good while! :)

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Some great ideas here, folks!

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Marco Massoudi wrote:

Can we still make some suggestions for set 12, Erik? ;-)

Please do!

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Eviljames wrote:
Any chance of doing more with the unpainted metal line with Reaper? These are nice and all but I'm a painter and I'm not as fond of blind random packs. All that ever seems to get added to Reaper's line are the iconics and one or two npc's from the adventure paths. The black dragon mini has been in limbo for ages. What's up?

Reaper has more stuff in the pipeline! I approved eight figures at the GAMA Trade Show a few weeks back, and they look fantastic.

I think the transition to focusing on Bones and the fulfillment of all those Kickstarters knocked back a lot of Reaper's new minis plans, but they are moving forward and I expect new product to start flowing soon.

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Authors are listed as they are because of the alphabet. Just chiming in to add that this is largely Jessica Price's book. I for one can't wait to read the whole thing!

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We looked into this pretty heavily, actually. My original Starfinder proposal had things going to 10th level, believe it or not.

That said, after tinkering with the implications for a few months, we've decided that Starfinder, like its older brother, will go all the way to 20th level.

In part this is to allow for greater compatibility between the systems. The underlying game is largely the same, so it makes sense to have the range be the same, too.

Yeah, a lot of people don't play between 16 and 20, but that seems a safer place to end things than 10, which is right in the sweet spot that a lot of people enjoy playing the most.

So the final game will go to 20th level.

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Very interesting that you ask this question now!

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Yeah, awesome!

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Marco Massoudi wrote:
Erik Mona wrote:

I have not received any official word from WizKids of a set delay.

That doesn't mean there won't be one, just that I have not received word that there will be one.

If that changes, I'll change the release month in my blogs. Until then, or if I never do, I won't. :)

I know you are too busy right now (and with Gen Con round the corner and your Hellywood career that is understandable ;-)) but is there any ETA on the Paizo Product Catalogue 2016?

I rather like these... :-)

I'll be working on the catalog this week and the next, with an eye toward getting it out at Gen Con.

Fingers crossed!

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The adventure is in editing right now. It fell behind Curse of the Crimson Throne, which went to press last Friday, so it's making its way to the top of the pile. I've got a meeting about it later this afternoon to kick it up a few notches.

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A mini of the iconic spiritualist would cover the old and disabled requests in a single figure.

The occultist is also obese, or at least "quite fat."

So it would be awesome to have minis of the Occult Adventures iconics, that's for sure!

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I have not received any official word from WizKids of a set delay.

That doesn't mean there won't be one, just that I have not received word that there will be one.

If that changes, I'll change the release month in my blogs. Until then, or if I never do, I won't. :)

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Misroi wrote:
Then again, Alternity was never designed to be a competing product with D&D2E. It was designed as a playtest for 3E. Similarly, I believe that the Star Wars Saga Edition game was designed as a playtest for 4E rules. As a result, I'm suspecting that Starfinder might end up being the precursor to a second edition of Pathfinder, but we're a few years away from that happening by my estimation.

Without getting into the conspiracy theories about Starfinder, I do not believe that it was the case that Alternity was in any way a stalking horse for third edition D&D. That argument can certainly be made for Star Wars Saga (although see Owen's post, above), but from having worked at WotC during the end of Alternity and the beginning of third edition, I'm not aware of any connection between the two.

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Thanks, Kuro! Ostog is going to make a cameo appearance in the next run of Pathfinder comics, but as of yet it's simply a background cameo. Surely that is not enough to hold his ego down, however, so one never knows where he might pop up next!

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We'll keep the bed warm for you.

(Blue and Red sheets available.)

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Kodyax wrote:
Raid the UFO community for ideas as well as Science Fiction.

We've been doing this for Pathfinder, so it's difficult for me to imagine us stopping. :)

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Hey, I've written some stuff! Namely levels in Thornkeep and the Emerald Spire. :)

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Steve Geddes wrote:
Erik Mona wrote:

Actually, ERIK MONA's like or dislike of Doctor Who is what's important here.

I'm also the guy who came up with the "Golarion is missing" angle.

Make of that what you will. :)

How much fun would it be to get to write one of the first AP instalments?

Chance of a lifetime, I reckon. :o

Quiet, you.

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James Jacobs is busy creative directing _Pathfinder_ and working on a passel of sekrit projekts.

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Actually, ERIK MONA's like or dislike of Doctor Who is what's important here.

I'm also the guy who came up with the "Golarion is missing" angle.

Make of that what you will. :)

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Starfinder will be a lot more sci-fi than Spelljammer, at least visually. Think sealed starships in the vacuum of space shooting beam weapons at each other more than flying galleons with people shooting fireballs at each other.

Ok, maybe the fireball part.

Oh, also in Starfinder all of the players will have a role in ship-to-ship combat rather than just one.

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Yeah, I want to do a house cat eventually. Not this set, though.

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The event is held in concert with Miniature Building Authority, which provides the terrain. It is a non-ticketed event in the Sagamore Ballroom, and is open pretty much the entire con.

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I dunno, there are still a bunch in this set.

I won't stop until I've done all of them, or until someone makes me stop. :)

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Thanks in advance for folks helping our team raise funds this year! I'm very excited about the cool dungeon we put together for last year's effort, and having played this year's games I'm really looking forward to Paizo doing very well in this year's tournament.

If you backed my efforts last year, I still owe you some "thank you" swag, which I'll be sending out shortly. Expect to hear from me soon to confirm shipping details. Thanks for your patience, as this process has taken a lot longer than I anticipated last year. But your stuff is coming soon!

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i.e. that I'd have enough of it to do two different catalogs.

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It'll likely come out between PaizoCon and Gen Con.

And, alas, no, there will probably only be one catalog this year. Our plans to split it up were based on some assumptions about my time that turned out to not be true.

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All good things...

The green sword is definitely clear plastic.

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No comment. ;)

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Darrell Impey UK wrote:
Way back when a certain company was putting miniatures for creatures smaller than Small on to 1/2" bases, so that more than one could be fitted into a square. Is this no longer possible?

It might be possible. I dunno. I haven't tried.

As much as I liked being able to put multiple Tiny figures in one square, I really did not like how often they seemed to tip over. The Quasit, for example, would never stand up.

So I decided to put them on Small bases to help with balance issues, and figure the trade-off is worth it.

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Marco Massoudi wrote:

So i hope that some of these are in either DF or Set 12:

-Ankheg
-Ant, Giant
-Ape, Dire
-Archon, Hound
-Archon, Lantern
-Basidirond
-Boar
-Cave Fisher
-Chuul,
-Cloaker
-Crab, Giant
-Darkmantle
-Devil, Barbed
-Devil, Bone
-Devil, Erinyes
-Dinosaur, Pteranodon
-Dog
-Drider
-Drow
-Dryad
-Eel (s&l)
-Familiar, Cat
-Familiar, Lizard
-Familiar, Monkey
-Familiar, Rat
-Familiar, Toad
-Familiar, Viper
-Familiar, Weasel
-Girallon/Angazhani
-Golem, Wood
-Homunkulus
-Horse, Pony
-Hyena, Dire
-Kyton
-Leech, Giant
-Mantis, Giant
-Merfolk
-Mohrg
-Morlock
-Nymph
-Octopus (s&l)
-Oni, Ogre Mage (female)
-Otyugh,
-Pixie,
-Pseudodragon
-Rust Monster
-Salamander
-Satyr
-Sea Hag
-Shadow
-Shocker Lizard
-Squid
-Svirfneblin
-Vampire (female)
-Vargouille
-Vegepygmy
-Violet Fungus
-Wolverine (m&l)
-Xill
-Yellow Musk Creeper

Are some in these sets? ;-)

Thank you for your time.

At least NINE of the creatures on your list are in THIS set.

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There isn't a list, because it isn't quite as common as you might think. The biggest parallel is that "City of Secrets" takes some characters and story cues from "Dawn of the Scarlet Sun," by James Jacobs.

Many details on Hollow Mountain itself come from "Dungeons of Golarion," as well as from the Runelords article that backed up one of the Shattered Star adventures.

I may be leaving something out from some of the other Origins issues I didn't write, but I don't think so.

Of course "Dark Waters Rising" takes some inspiration from "Burnt Offerings," and "Tooth and Claw" is something of an adaptation of the adventure from the Beginner Box, now that I think about it.

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Marco Massoudi wrote:

Did you already sent the minis suggestions for "Set 12" to wizkids or is there still time to wish for some creatures?

I have a preliminary list, but haven't finished it yet and certainly haven't sent it to WK yet.

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Marco Massoudi wrote:

Shouldn't the "2016 Paizo product catalogue" be coming up soon?

Yes. I plan to start working on it next week.

--Erik

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Cat-thulhu wrote:


I also note with hollow discord the need to space things out until October. Does that mean no more iconics sets? No additional releases in the battles lines?

Not explicitly, no. In fact, I suspect there may be some other releases between now and then.

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Well, getting to choose every single miniature in the set is a fair amount of control.

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Cat-thulhu wrote:
I am a bit saddened by the inclusion of another identical creature in the lines but they do cater for two different audiences apparently, personally I just use the one I like the most whether it's the official one for my game or not.

I am sorry to disappoint you, but I have absolutely no control (or knowledge) about that other miniatures WizKids makes for their other partners, and there is no way for me to incorporate that information into the set lists I create for Pathfinder Battles.

Every so often, I might say something like (and this is a random example, so don't read into it) "I'm thinking of doing a big Darklands/dark elf theme" and someone over there might say something like "for reasons we can't quite tell you, we'd prefer that you focus on a different theme in that timeframe," but that's about it.

Cat-thulhu wrote:


I'm assuming wizkids do it at the request of the parent company, each still requires a new sculpt, so why not add to the variety of what's out there. Rather than ask me to choose between two invisible stalkers, why not give me one, and a myconid and increase the chances I'll buy both minis?

This is not within my power to do.

Cat-thulhu wrote:


On that note can you shed any insight behind the choice of these two reveals? Like the incentives did wizkids choose them from a large bundle of art you sent? Did you request these particular ones? If so why? I'm genuinely curious as the what goes on in the background of these sets.

I built the setlist, and sent it to WizKids based on what miniatures I want and which pieces of art we have that I think will translate well to minis. I have a big list of figures we have not yet done (or that no one has done), which is where the Invisible Guardian comes from. I was also surprised to see a similar creature in an upcoming non-Pathfinder set, but as the sculpts are very different I am not really worrying about it.

The Hellcat is just a sweet picture that I've always wanted to see in mini form, and I knew WizKids would do a great job on it (which they have).

The original setlist for this set was a bit more heavily themed, with a larger number of devils and angels, specifically. WizKids asked me to tone down the theme a little bit, so I swapped out about a dozen figures to make it more of a generally themed set than something specific. If you look really close (once the full list is out), you'll see some of the DNA of that original set list in there, but it's now a more general set, and I agree with WizKids that it will likely sell better because of it.

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H2Osw wrote:
what determines the rarity of a particular piece?

A combination of sculpt and paint complexity mixed with frequency of use at the table. A simple orc with a bow or sword would likely be slated in the common rarity, whereas a powerful orc king with a colorful outfit is more likely to be the type of figure that requires a detailed sculpt and lots of paint steps, and that would likely appear only once in a campaign, so I'd make him rare.

That said, sometimes unanticipated complexities (or efficiencies) come up in the production process, and a figure gets moved to a different rarity than we'd originally planned for. This is pretty rare, but it does happen.

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Cat-thulhu wrote:


I'm really looking forward to seeing the hobgoblins. The inclusion of themes has been a little hit and miss, although much more hit than miss - guards, ghouls, bugbears where all good for me. The gnolls were disappointing, awesome sculpts but the size was a little too much on the small size, a bit larger than a standard adventurer and they would have been the best gnolls available.

Incidentally, for the first time in this set (Deadly Foes), I've received a sort of "line-up" of all of the figures together, so I can judge their size not just in an abstract way, but also against each other. I'm not saying I definitely would have made the gnolls taller with this resource, but it seems likely. I'm very pleased with this development, which is just another example of why WizKids's digital sculpting methods are far superior to the old way of doing things.

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Marco Massoudi wrote:

There is a picture from the ICv2 article where HARSK the dwarf ranger, the human hunter and SEELAH the human paladin are shown in the same look as the 2 VALEROS minis.

These are the exact same sculpts as the ones from the ICONIC HEROES NOXED SETS, only unpainted/orange-brown.

Still, i think the detail is so good that for the low price of $3-4 i will buy ALL 150 minis (in 1, 2 or 3 packs) IF THEY ARE NOT IN BLIND BOOSTERS!

Eric, do you yet know if they are in blind boosters or not?

Thank you.

Don't read too much into those other images. My understanding is that they were there to show off some of the detail and the materials used, but they are not going to be in the line in those poses.

There is nothing "blind" about this line. What you see is what you get.

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Vernon Fults wrote:
Erik, will the unpainted new sculpts eventually be repurposed for minis in the Pathfinder Battles PPMs?

Not that I am aware of. I suppose it is possible that the digital sculpts could be "re-posed" to create unique sculpts, but if that's the actual plan I have not heard about it.

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Cleanthes wrote:
That's all well and good, but when's the last time that we saw a normal set with Huges? And when are we likely to see one again? The fact is, there are certain Huges that are going to be in high demand *in multiples* -- elementals at the top of the list -- and I honestly don't understand the thinking that says "stay away from the minis for which there's the highest demand". If the goal is the sustainability of the line and of its ability to deliver Huges, it seems obvious to me that you go where the market is. But hey, I'll be thrilled to get these minis, I'm entirely on board, I hope they're very popular, and I'm confident that Paizo (and expect that Wizkids) know what they're doing.

I don't want to psychoanalyze WizKids, and we haven't discussed this issue in particular in regards to why they chose the ones they chose, but I suspect they wanted to do a test balloon on a 2-Huge pack to see if the pricing and sales worked before biting off the elementals. It doesn't make sense to do two elementals and then not follow up with the other two, only to be hounded to the end of time about when they are coming out.

Incidentally, the two Huges I suggested were _not_ elementals either. :)

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We're working on it.

Also, a quick update. The PowerPoint slide photo that's floating around does have one mistake on it. The price of the Curse of the Crimson Throne hardcover will be $59.99.

Thanks, and sorry about the mix-up!

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Guys, a quick update. The PowerPoint slide photo that's floating around does have one mistake on it. The price of the Curse of the Crimson Throne hardcover will be $59.99.

Thanks, and sorry about the mix-up!

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Pocket Editions are the same page count, layout, and content as the most recent printings of the Bestiary and Core Rulebook. They are smaller in dimensions and have soft covers, but everything else is exactly the same.

Curse of the Crimson Throne HC is scheduled for a September release.

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DropBearHunter wrote:

while I like the idea of huge minis, why send out the test baloon with rather exotic choices?

well, at least the dragon can double for any other huge dragon.

I sent WizKids a ton of images, and these were the two that they picked. I think they thought "Hey, dragon! People love dragons" and "Hey, Cthulhu! People love cthulhu." I suspect they are correct.

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