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Erik Mona

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Publisher, Chief Creative Officer. Pathfinder Society Member. 6,406 posts. 3 reviews. 1 list. 1 wishlist. 1 Pathfinder Society character.


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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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Flurious Firestar wrote:


If I might make a suggestion or two, other good huges would be figures that could be used in nearly every campaign. A huge plant creature of some type, perhaps. Elementals, naturally. Hydras are also good.

All of those are on my short list.

Flurious Firestar wrote:


Like Cat, I am hopeful we will see themes in the set. I know I'm repeating myself, but Hobgoblins would be good. They are the only goblinoid without that kind of attention yet.

Hobgoblins would, indeed, be great.

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Cat-thulhu wrote:


Sadly I note the release date looks to be confirmed for October now. Production delays?

These sets don't really have a set date until WizKids gives them one, so I dunno if it's fair to call it a delay. We'll be getting two sets a year for the foreseeable future, with maybe some extra stuff in between. Beyond that, there's not really a "set" time for the sets.

Cat-thulhu wrote:


Does this also mean we get the regular previews back?

Yes, though it's a long time until October, so I may need to be strategic on the timing so as not to run out. The last few weeks with no minis blog have been a bummer!

Cat-thulhu wrote:


I also hope this set has a theme creature or two, the ghouls, bugbears, gnolls etc in prior sets makes collecting for games so much easier. I like my creatures to look like they belong together.

I'd say there are at least 2 themes to this one, maybe 3, depending on how you define "theme." There is definitely a specific humanoid type that gets several miniatures in the set, which I hope to reveal relatively shortly!

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Folks,

At 1:00 pm PST (about an hour from now), Erik Mona, F. Wesley Schneider, James L. Sutter, and John Compton will be livestreaming a Pathfinder RPG/Humble Bundle 4-hour Mini-Marathon from the Paizo offices.

The Mini-Marathon will feature the authors of the Pathfinder comics from Dynamite as they play through several of the encounters provided with Pathfinder comics, to celebrate the launch of Humble Bundle's new "Pathfinder, Presented by Dynamite" book bundle, which you can grab HERE.

Tune in at 1:00 to the OfficialPaizo Twitch channel to join us!

As a reminder, there's still one week left to shore up your digital Pathfinder collection with the Humble RPG Book Bundle: Pathfinder! Don't miss out!

See you on Twitch in just about an hour!

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That would be a copyright infringement sort of thing.

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alakor wrote:


on that note either they didn't expect any where near this amount of traffic, or their admins are paid in left over tacos.

Definitely the former. This bundle has pretty much shattered any previous book bundle, so I think it has taken everyone by surprise, to a certain extent.

We VERY MUCH appreciate your patience as our site deals with the increased load. I understand how frustrating it can be to have to wait in situations like this, and we apologize for the inconvenience.

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The flier idea is a GREAT one. I'll see about putting something together.

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Seraphmoon wrote:

This isn't my groups cup of tea, too evil for our taste. That is fine that they made an adventure path for this, I am sure most people will like it, I just wish it wasn't RIGHT after another hell themed adventure path. For our group it is an entire year of wasted adventure paths, in the future I wish you would spread out similarly themed adventure paths, because if it is a theme someone doesn't enjoy it is a year before they have something to look forward too again.

If you don't agree that is fine, enjoy the path!

This is a unique circumstance brought on by the "two sides of the same coin" approach we're taking to these two campaigns. Expect a return to the standard "each AP is very different" approach.

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I like the way you're thinking, but you need to scale down a little bit. Producing Baba Yaga's Hut as a case incentive was not deemed affordable, and that would be less complicated than what you are proposing here. While a modular Wizard's Tower is a SWEET idea, it's not currently something Pathfinder Battles is able to do. Jason brought a really neat Dwarven Forge building set to work the other day, and that might be the best solution for now.

When it comes to scenery, I think it's better to think of a sort of "playset" that is made up of items similar in scale to what we already produce in the main range, only along a very specific theme. The Rusty Dragon Inn bar is a good example of this, though I could see pitching something a little more elaborate.

Think furniture and modest bits of terrain more than giant buildings. Also think extremely high utility locations.

Every campaign has a tavern.

What location also features heavily in most campaigns?

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drumlord wrote:
Quote:
...both versions of the vigilante class from Ultimate Intrigue...
Wait, did I miss something? I thought there were 4 versions of vigilante (in the playtest at least). Is it narrowed down for the final version?

The iconic vigilante has two guises, a "costumed" guise and a "secret identity" guise. Wayne Reynolds has illustrated both, and they are awesome.

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James Jacobs wrote:
Erik Mona wrote:

One of the funniest aspects of this thread, to me, is that even a lot of Paizo employees probably don't know the correct answer(s).

I hope I'm not one of those who don't know those answers!!!

That remains to be seen.

How cooperative are you feeling these days? ;)

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One of the funniest aspects of this thread, to me, is that even a lot of Paizo employees probably don't know the correct answer(s).

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The PFS Field Guide is the correct map. I revised it myself to solve various issues like the size of the Ivy District, and in doing so I decided to consolidate the city's districts to make it a little easier to wrap your head around the scope of it.

The Merchant's Quarter and the Coins are now the same thing.

Green Ridge is now a neighborhood within Eastgate.

Fort Tempest is not labeled because it is a location within the city, not a district in and of itself (at least not in the version of the city presented in the Field Guide).

The Guide to Absalom is a well-written book, but after setting my own campaign in the city and trying to get a sense of the whole place, I think the way the city is presented in that book is extremely scatter-shot, and not particularly helpful to running a campaign set there.

One way to make it easier to understand is to consolidate the districts, so I did so.

Eventually we will do a great big Absalom book along these simpler district divisions, and give this place the attention it deserves.

64 pages ain't enough.

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Get ready for Pathfinder Monopoly with game pieces Valeros, Ezren, Karzoug and Karzoug, Jr!

#wheresseoni

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Liz Courts wrote:
j b 200 wrote:
JJ moves to Hollywood to head up Paizo Productions a la Gygax in the 1980s.
That...didn't turn out so well for Gygax, so let's hope not.

Besides, if anyone at Paizo is going to shift to a lifestyle of Hollywood drug parties and playmates in hot tubs, I'm afraid to say it's going to be me, not Jacobs.

I mean, I think that much is clear.

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You guys are really making me miss Winter Fantasy.

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Thanks, Marco!

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It is awesome to hear that you guys are enjoying the series. Is there any chance I could get some of you to post reviews to the issue product pages or even the ongoing subscription?

We're really proud of what we're doing in this comic, and we'd love for more people to get to see it! :)

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We're all looking forward to seeing you folks at this year's show!

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Yes, this is the Gen Con release.

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Steve Geddes wrote:


There were a few odd choices for rarity, but that's par for the course - no doubt there's competing priorities: 'things that are easy to paint' should be common and 'things we don't need many of' should be rare. Making a bunyip difficult to place.

Also for some reason when writers in our adventures use bunyips, they tend to use a bunch of them at the same time.

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Cat-thulhu wrote:

1 in 10 so far, I could go 1 in 5 sets. I agree with you Steve there are way too many gargantuans that need doing, I could list 15-20 I desperately want to see in plastic without resorting to books.

PLEASE DO.

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Marco Massoudi wrote:


When can we expect the 2016 Paizo product catalogue now that it comes out twice a year?

When I get around to doing it, probably appearing in a couple of months.

Thanks for the idea of small dragons. I'll see what I can do.

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My problem with Laori Vaus as far as minis are concerned is that I feel that the artistic style of her illustration doesn't quite match the Pathfinder aesthetic. Accordingly, I think she'd make for a pretty boring miniature. Flat color, very difficult to sculpt spikes, and a goofy face is a good recipe for a bad miniature.

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Thanks, Christopher! Glad you are digging the series! It's been a ton of fun to work on for all of us!

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