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Erik Mona

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Publisher, Chief Creative Officer. Pathfinder Society Member. 5,929 posts. 3 reviews. 1 list. 1 wishlist.


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Thanks to all the players and volunteers, and especially to Mike Brock and his HQ staff. I was able to pop into the Sagamore a few times this year, and those visits were among the highlight of the convention.

I'll repeat the endorsement of the "energy" in the room Friday night. It really is special. It's hard for me to imagine a more exciting room than the ENnies with Paizo having such a strong showing, but getting to head over to the Sagamore immediately after to share in our victory with the folks who make it possible is one of my most cherished show highlights!

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Tinkergoth wrote:
Been a long time since I've done much reading on it, but is the seven principles of mankind related in any way to the Seven Rays of Light or the Seven Rays of God? From memory (and we're going back at least 8 to 10 years or so here, back when I was in my mid teens), each ray represented a higher level of awareness, with each step gained resulting in the soul having a more pure spiritual nature, with the final ray being where they transcend the physical world entirely?

I'm still trying to get my head around the rays. They're often mentioned off-handedly and not really described, and each writer seems to have a different list and a different definition. It's difficult for me to imagine that they are not related, but then again the Theosophists are crazy for the number 7, and almost everything is doled out in that quantity.

I'm working my way through Besant and Leadbeater's Theosophical Manuals (100-page summaries of key points to introduce the philosophy) and they haven't really covered the rays yet. The internet is practically useless on the subject, so I'm sticking with primary sources.

What I understand about the concept seems ripe for exploitation in an RPG, but I admit I can't fully get my head around it yet.

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c873788 wrote:


I think Leadbeater is my favourite writer though I do enjoy Besant and Powell as well. Strangely enough, I've read very little of Blavatsky but I do have a cherished book of hers at home that is a very old, hard cover book which is essentially what I'd call a Bestiary that runs from A to Z. I think it is quite rare and it has makes for fascinating reading. I can't remember what it's called off the top of my head but I'll check when I get home.

Moving off the Theosophical texts, you may find Dion Fortune's Psychic Self-Defence both an entertaining read as well as an interesting source of information for your new book.

Have you read Alice Bailey? Pretty crazy offshoot stuff.

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c873788 wrote:
Erik Mona wrote:

5) Bulmahn is willing to let me go off on digressive riffs about the seven principles of mankind, Theosophy, reincarnation, the Astral and Ethereal Plane, and auras for about 7 minutes, but after that he starts to make fun of me.

Are you a fan of Annie Besant?

I have three of her books in my hotel room right now. :)

I tend to think C.W. Leadbeater is a better writer and brings more of a touch of the fantastic to his books, but both of them are invaluable.

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Ascalaphus wrote:
Erik Mona wrote:
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It sounds pretty exciting. A question though, if I may? When it was said they'd be more like Penny Dreadful than Prof X, did you mean the pulp genre or the signature character from Mage the Ascension? Because the latter would (also) be extremely awesome, and quite appropriate.

I meant the recent Showtime television series.

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On Thursday I conducted a dinner meeting with the design staff and Brandon Hodge, with the topic being Occult Adventures. We discussed the book's overall theme, its general contents, and an overview of the six new classes that will be included in it.

It was one of the most exciting, productive design meetings that I've ever had during my time at Paizo (which started on Day 1).

I learned the following things:

1) Jason Bulmahn, Logan Bonner, and Stephen Radney-MacFarland are fantastic game designers filled with tons of amazing and innovative ideas about where to take the Pathfinder rules system.

2) Mark Seifter is a FANTASTIC addition to the team. He has a fundamental understanding of the Pathfinder rules that makes him invaluable, and his extensive "real world" experience as a 5-star Pathfinder Society judge and frequent player gives him a practical expertise that I think will really aid the design team in general. We are lucky to have him.

3) Brandon Hodge is a 33rd degree occult badass. (I actually already knew this.)

4) So am I. (I knew this, too.)

5) Bulmahn is willing to let me go off on digressive riffs about the seven principles of mankind, Theosophy, reincarnation, the Astral and Ethereal Plane, and auras for about 7 minutes, but after that he starts to make fun of me.

6) Occult Adventures is going to be hugely popular, even among folks who might not think it is their cup of tea at the moment. People are going to love this book.

7) Not only will this book be a fantastic resource for ALL Pathfinder players, but it will show how much "design space" is still left in the Pathfinder rules engine. Some of the mechanical discussions under discussion are tremendously exciting.

I love the Advanced Class Guide, and I'm looking forward to Pathfinder Unchained, but the design of both of those books is predicated on existing character classes. There's a ton of innovative stuff in those books, but it's all predicated on stuff that already exists. This book is going to be full of fresh, exciting ideas that have not been done before, and I couldn't be happier to be working on it

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zergtitan wrote:

Nice! :)

now we can get an updated guide to Cheliax and maybe a "people of" book that talks about them.

Probably.

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They are both in the line.

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Much appreciated, Rambler! I always knew that the iconics would be huge (we got a taste of this when we introduced nameless ones all the way back in Dungeon magazine). In the early days of Pathfinder, though, I never imagined we would be able to do as much with them as we have. It's been really cool to explore their stories in the Pathfinder comics, see little figurines and toys of them, and see alternative versions like mythic and "cold weather" variants appear over the years.

It's awesome that people like them so much.

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One last note before I go.

While there are a lot of characters from the NPC Codex showing up in the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Class Decks, those characters are NOT, strictly speaking, ICONIC CHARACTERS. While we might get to them eventually in this format, I probably won't call them "iconic," so as to avoid confusion.

To be clear:

Iconic characters are representatives of base classes introduced in Pathfinder RPG hardcover books, illustrated by Wayne Reynolds.

If a character does not fit those criteria, it is not an iconic character.

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Everthefool wrote:


Also, unless I've missed it, is this the answer to the Joker-faced Feiya? Or has another announcement slipped by me?

See last week's blog for more on the plans for Feiya.

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Hobbun wrote:


Also, Erik, how many exclusive minimates will be different locations and where are these locations at? You mentioned a couple of weeks or so you would be supplying us with this information. I know one can be gotten at Scotty's, at least one at your booth, and another at an unnamed restaurant.

The two-packs will be at the Paizo booth.

There are four exclusive goblin figures. You can get them in the following ways:

1) Preview Goblin: Free with $100 purchase at Paizo booth.
2) Konkrud: Free prize after playing Pathfinder Society game in the Sagamore Ballroom (this one isn't automatic, and requires a high roll at the prize station).
3) Dogslicer Ale Goblin: This one is available for $5 from Scotty's Brewhouse, Paizo's officially sponsored Indianapolis watering hole.
4) Munchkin Pathfinder Goblin Hireling: This one is available for $5 at the Munchkin Tavern at the Tavern on South, Steve Jackson Games's officially sponsored Indianapolis watering hole.

All four Minimates will also be available for a limited time on paizo.com after Gen Con.

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Chumpstyle wrote:


Now, any chance we'll see a Biter miniature in one of these sets? (*crosses fingers*)

Yes.

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agraham2410 wrote:


I assume you can use these cards with any game set?

Correct.

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OmnionMagnari wrote:
Will the anti paladin ever get an iconic?

Maybe. He'll very likely get a miniature. We don't really consider the prestige classes "iconic" characters in the same way we do the ones designed by Wayne Reynolds, but that guy has been popping up now and again, so I'll probably do a mini of him just for fun one day.

As I said a few posts up, if these sell really well, we could always start doing them for things like prestige classes. If the sales are there, we'll ride this format into the sunset. :)

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Steve Geddes wrote:
Will this mean fewer (or zero) iconics in the "standard" sets?

No. There are enough iconic characters scheduled in the next few "normal" sets to cover all 11 of the Core Rulebook iconics plus those from the magus and gunslinger plus the 6 from the Advanced Class Guide.

I probably won't do some of the animal companions in both formats, though most of them are already done too.

That leaves the Advanced Class Guide iconics. I might not put those in normal sets. What would people prefer?

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Pigraven wrote:


I do second Scribbling Rambler's question, who is the fifth iconic in this set? Was he/she left out on purpose or was it by mistake?

By mistake. It's Sajan, and he's up now! :)

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Pigraven wrote:

Erik said the Iconics will be monthly, so I think it's reasonable to expect they will be their very own subscription.

31 Iconics means at least six months of these. Does that number account for the Advanced Class guide? Those will be included, too.

It will be interesting to see what happens after they get through all the iconics. Will they do them again in different sculpts? Will they move on to something else? I feel like one possibility once through all the iconics would be to start doing the PC/NPC types found in the sourcebooks. For example, the NPC Codex is a great source of artwork that would help a DM's collection.

We have briefly discussed the idea that we might do more than six sets if they sell well enough. Possibilities would include:

1) Any additional iconics who might appear in 2015.
2) Any player characters used in the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Character Decks (almost all from the NPC Codex).
3) Prestige classes.
4) Archetypes.

Monsters are a little tougher in this format, as minis for them are not as useful to the card game as minis of player characters.

Of course, if these sell really well, we might just do them forever! :)

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danielc wrote:
Vernon Fults wrote:
Question: Is Seelah supposed to be left handed? The last mini and all the artwork I recall have depicted her holding her sword in her right hand.

I think the top quality Iconics should match the artwork. I agree, all the pictures I have show her as right handed so I hope they "fix" that for the final figure.

I too would love to have a subscription of the Iconic Sets. Save me time as I already know I will be buying them all. ;-)

Because art has a tendency to get "flipped" to fit various layouts, our official policy is that all of our iconics are ambidextrous.

Seriously.

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TerminalArtiste wrote:


And now I want to know more about this Jade Hawk!

A lot of the details here, and ESPECIALLY the Jade Hawk detail, is from Jason's Monday night weekly Pathfinder campaign (which I am also in). Adowyn is loosely based on the druid character of Jason's girlfriend, Eleanor.

You'll have to ask them about how the druid managed to convince the Jade Hawk to give up those feathers. I am sworn to secrecy.

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That's a very difficult project.

It would take at least 36 issues to do even a hugely condensed version of that story in the comic, and I don't have faith that a publisher would want to tie up a title with a single storyline for that long. Given the longevity of comic series in general these days, when publishers more often simply start over with a new #1 (which has already happened with our Pathfinder comic) make it even harder to imagine that we could pull it off.

I'd love to do it (and I mean _I_ literally would love to do it), but it just doesn't seem like the smartest play given the realities of comic publishing at this time. I just couldn't live with myself if the story got canceled a third of the way through or something. I'd be hounded until my dying days.

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We just don't have the time to dedicate to an effort like that.

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While I am forbidden from revealing the identities of any veiled masters, I can confirm with authority (heh) that Warren Ellis's Planetary Guides and to some extent the Planetary organization itself was part of the jumble of ideas that inspired the Pathfinder Society, and specifically the Pathfinder Chronicles.

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Joana wrote:
When Paizo products are first announced, the cover art hasn't been commissioned yet so they put up a placeholder cover with the right title but old art. Paizo updates their own images when the actual cover is finalized, but Amazon and other stores generally don't bother to.

This.

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James0235 wrote:
The image in this post shows the book with the correct logo. I don't suppose you guys have an image showing what it will really look like, do you?

It has been purged.

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After looking over the copy I just got this evening, I have to say I am now certain that we did not pack enough for Gen Con. I think this book is going to be HUGE. It is absolutely gorgeous, and contains all kinds of amazing items that open up all kind of new possibilities for Pathfinder campaigns.

You could, if you wanted to, use it as the basis for a full-on science fiction campaign if you wanted to. It turned out even better than I imagined it would.

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James0235 wrote:
I think someone else already mentioned this upthread a bit. But, what about the proof copy? I'm probably wrong here but it was my understanding that the way this worked was that after all changes were made the printer sends off a proof copy. And if everything looks good then the order is printed. If a change is made then another proof copy is sent out. Is that not actually how it works?

It was not noticed on the proof copy, making it officially 100% case closed our fault.

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We decided against the sticker because we feel it would actually bring _more_ attention to the problem. Stickering it at the factory was impossible, as the books had already left the factory by the time we discovered the mistake.

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The Purity of Violence wrote:
For Pathfinder #100 I'd like to see a visit to the Spire of Nex, written by Erik and developed by James. Iconic location, iconic names. An aboleth involvement would be nice...

Maybe in 150 or 200. :)

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NoncompliAut wrote:
Can you make a PDF version with the error too, to be offered among the PDF download options?

No. The PDF version will feature the correct logo.

We're cool with admitting our mistakes, but that doesn't mean we celebrate them. ;)

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Duncan7291 wrote:
I still have a Cal Ripken baseball card with "f u" on the bottom of his bat :)

I believe you will find that it is a Billy Ripken card. I think there are three versions, if I remember correctly. The original "FU" version, a "blackout" version, and a "scratched out" version. Can't remember which one was more valuable.

Great card. :)

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Hahaha! That's a good one.

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If you mean the linen bags we had last year, I can confirm that unfortunately we do not have any this year. We do have other promotional items, but we're just using our standard store bags this year.

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Judge probably comes from wargaming, as I'm pretty sure it's hard-boiled into the RPG convention culture. I know it was used heavily in the RPGA in the 80s and 90s. I think I remember the old Marvel Super-Heroes RPG actually used the term "judge".

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Samy wrote:
Well, if this product sells ten times the average Campaign Setting book, I'm sure we'll eventually get an Ultimate Technology.

Me too.

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Kor - Orc Scrollkeeper wrote:

I think the concept of Builder Sets is great, but I would go a different direction with them:

- Make them a set of visible miniatures.
- The set would contain 2 each of 3 different types of miniatures. (Total of 6 miniatures).
- At least 2 would be re-painted minis from past sets. For cost-effective production purposes, likely all 3 would be re-painted miniatures.
- The miniatures in the set would all have to be generic in appearance (i.e. no goblins in wedding dresses)

It is my belief the above sets would sell well (I of course have no idea of what WizKid's definition of "well" is). These would appeal to the people that don't buy minis off the secondary market.

I agree that this is probably the next logical step for a product like this.

The problem is that WizKids has TONS of evidence, above and beyond the Pathfinder Battles line, that suggests that visible sets do not sell very well. They are thus very reticent to do them.

Stay tuned, though. I am working on it.

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Mercury141 wrote:


I do think some asian figures could be advantageous, perhaps as a theme for a set, like the pirate themed one!

I feel pretty safe in saying that I now understand the miniatures buying community to know that such a set would probably kill the line dead.

Too many people would consider it an easy skip. I see visions of canceled subscriptions and lots of dead product.

The people who would love it would love it. LOTS of people wouldn't buy it.

So Asian-themed minis are going to have to appear in regular sets, just like everything else.

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Marco Massoudi wrote:

Eric you mentioned a

"Pathfinder Iconic Heroes Boxed Set to be released in October"?

Will this be a collection of the Pathfinder Battles Iconics

SEELAH, HUMAN PALADIN (H&M)
HARSK (RR)
SEONI (RR)
LEM, HALFLING BARD (SS)
AMIRI, HUMAN BARBARIAN (SS)
SELTYIEL, HALF-ELF MAGUS (SAS)
LIRIANNE, HUMAN GUNSLINGER (SAS)
LINI, GNOME DRUID (LG)
SAJAN, HUMAN MONK (LG)
ALAIN, HUMAN CAVALIER (WR)
IMRIJKA (WR)
FEIYA (RW)
?

That would be awesome!!!

At a SRP of $39.99 i know i would buy it!

While such a set would indeed be awesome, my reference was to a Minimate 4-Pack featuring Valeros, Merisiel, Harsk, and a Goblin.

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cannon fodder wrote:


Would a different format resuscitate the line? Perhaps fixed packs, like the Beginner Box Heroes? I'm sure this has all been discussed at length, but one can hope!

Maybe.

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Ryan. Costello wrote:


Question about Squealy Nord: Will the base just say pig, or will this be the 100% official Squealy Nord Pathinder Battles miniature?

The base says Squealy Nord.

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Curmudgeonly wrote:
Erik Mona wrote:
Robert Jordan wrote:
Out of curiosity will we be seeing anymore of the Builder Series? Or has that product line been put into a holding pattern. I literally just realized how long it had been since I had seen any movement on that front.

It's probably charitable at this point to call it a holding pattern. Basically, neither of the sets we did generated sales high enough for WizKids to want to do more.

What about the Evolution Sets and Encounter Packs?

Evolution Packs are in a holding pattern, but don't read too much into that, please.

Stay tuned for a Gen Con announcement about Encounter Packs.

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We did, but he reanimated and took a vacation.

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Red Mantis is on my list for near future inclusion. I'd like to do two or three of them, including the one on the cover of the Serpent's Skull adventure as the leader. MAYBE the set after next, pretty likely after that, though. It's still high on the list.

As for my personal choice this time… really I got to pick all of the figures in this set, so no one is more dear to me than any other. Maybe the Gnome Eldritch Knight. He might be the weirdest.

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I should hope that their watching will help. I know that they hope so too.

I also know a lot of people want a pack mule. I'm one of them, for what it's worth.

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The Minis Maniac wrote:

Way to go Erik!!! More domestic animals!!! Very good for hungry monster and farm encounters. More things we need.

1) Mounts (riderless and with rider)(Different horses light and heavy, camels riding dog)- They are always around on random encounters especially during travel.
2) Carts and caravan wagons- Used often enough by npc and pcs.
3) More commoners. Barkeep, blacksmith, shopkeeper, farmers, regular folks- Any combat happening out in an urban center, there will be folks in the way and around.

Frankly if you make these, you'll do well. Especially if your focus is miniatures for roleplay purpose. I hope you like the suggestions.

Lots of this stuff is coming.

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Cletusk82 wrote:

One thing I dont understand but hope is being resolved is the general quality decline especially on the pc type figs. Just got 4 werewolves from h&m in the mail and they have eyes painted but most of the latest humans dont have this level of detail. Rise seems to have a very good quality paint jobs as well but some of the more recent sets are not nearly as good

Really hoping this set returns to that extraordinary quality level seenin earlier sets.

Short of sending an assassination squad to the factory I have done absolutely everything I can to resolve this issue. WizKids is very aware of our position on this issue, and I'm assured that they are going to be watching the next set very, very closely.

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Robert Jordan wrote:
Out of curiosity will we be seeing anymore of the Builder Series? Or has that product line been put into a holding pattern. I literally just realized how long it had been since I had seen any movement on that front.

It's probably charitable at this point to call it a holding pattern. Basically, neither of the sets we did generated sales high enough for WizKids to want to do more.

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Donald wrote:
The figures are $5 each or the two packs are $5 each?

The 2-Packs are $9.99. You got me. :)

Two of the individually bagged goblin promos will be $5/each, though.

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They are $5 each. Do you ask her before you order a grande latte? ;)

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Cletusk82 wrote:


So are we going to get our regular Friday PF Battles update today or did this take it's place?

Web team is making it real pretty right now. Stay tuned.

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