|Erik Mona Publisher, Chief Creative Officer|
The cover is not an homage. We were enjoying some work the artist was doing for us on another project, needed an exclusive cover for paizo.com, and decided to use him.
Further, the "homage" covers are taking a little break during the second story arc, and may or may not return.
Now that some time has passed, I can engage this topic without worry that I become contaminated by the sheer... Estesness of it.
Essentially, Maelfesh appears ONLY in the Mika-Oba books, and really mostly only in The Demon Hand.
There's nothing official about him beyond that.
He's horrible. Those books are really, really, bad, and you do no favors to Greyhawk by incorporating that drek into your games.
YMMV, of course. :)
Right, this is NOT a tactical map, but rather a regional map of the Sandpoint region.
Well, she's back for the last episode this season, so you're not quite out of the woods yet.
Me, I actually like her. I think Kingston does a solid job, and the character is a nice addition to the Doctor Who mythos.
If it seems like you are insulting another person on a thread about Doctor Who, it's probably best to take a step back and evaluate your demeanor.
Please be respectful toward one another.
Hell, one of my favorite companions is Turlough, but you don't see me baiting people into a fight about it. ;)
Goblin dogs range in coloration from gross pink to darker brown, as we've shown in our illustrations of them to date. Part of the deal with doing a repaint is, well, it's got to be a different color, so that's why you see some variation.
For that matter, goblins themselves vary a bit in coloration, so future goblin figure repaints may very well look more gray or even lighter-skinned/pale than the mostly green guys we've produced so far.
Don't get me wrong. The Colossal Red is an awesome sculpture/room decor piece, but in terms of using him as a mini... I think it's kind of a one-shot deal.
Make lots of these, Eric. I would point at how fast you sold through the encounters and iconics packs as a metric, and at how rapidly huge dragons rise in price on the secondary market. Don't under-produce these.
Both the Beginner Box Heroes and the Champions of Evil sets are currently available. :)
The Rise of the Runelords set is the only standard set to date to have a Huge booster associated with it. For the time being, we won't be doing Huge minis as part of big sets at all.
Subscription discount codes work for Encounter Packs. The White Dragon Evolution boxed set counts as an Encounter Pack for these purposes.
That Troll Champion will be the largest troll we'll do. Check out the Sea Troll from Skull & Shackles (once it's out) for the "definitive" height of a standard troll going forward (the one in Heroes & Monsters was too small).
Scale really is the most difficult aspect to get right with these things, that's for sure. :)
One of the things I'm struggling with a bit is that our Gargantuan dragons are almost always going to be smaller than the WotC ones, because they cheated and put theirs on giant bases with tons of overhang. The Gargantuan Blue looks smallish compared to their Gargantuan Blue, but it's probably the right size for a Pathfinder dragon.
Which is frustrating.
But it is what it is, and I don't have a great "solution" at this point.
Oh, how big is this huge white dragon compared to the "Huge Black Dragon" from the original release? I ask because I had found the size disappointing for the Black Dragon.
It's bigger. If I were to do the Huge Black Dragon today at the same size, I'd probably put him on a Large base. The Large White Dragon in the Evolution pack is significantly taller, and maybe even a bit bulkier, than the Huge Black Dragon we did for Heroes & Monsters.
The reason I'm not being too specific is that we don't actually have the Whites on hand, since we sent the paint masters to the factory over a month ago. When we get production samples I will photograph all of the dragons together for a fun size comparison.
Here's the thing.
Nex is mine. Mine mine mine mine mine mine mine.
When we put together the Gazetteer, each member of the editorial staff got to pick one country that was "theirs," that they'd be the champion of, etc. etc. etc.
Nex was the country I claimed. I have a ton of ideas for it, but not that much free time.
At some point, I will have the free time to do it up right. In the meantime, we'll keep detailing it piece by piece until I have enough time to do it in style. Then, I promise it will be awesome.
Until then, there are plenty of other awesome countries in the world. :)
I strongly suggest that the OP stick around for a little bit. There's a product we're about to announce that addresses on of his specific criticisms explicitly, and one we're working on right now (that will come out later) that will have a ton of the type of thing he's asking for.
That said, it's important to understand that our books--all of them--are meant to be used as part of A GAME. If you're running a campaign set in Cheliax, for example, it's certainly important to have stuff like regional maps, cultural details, and a fair amount of contextual history, but it's also helpful to have stat blocks for important NPC types (hellknights, Nidalese shadow casters, etc.) and it's often helpful to have things like campaign traits to hook players into the setting.
We can find a good balance between continuity wank-fest and useful campaign resource. We're not always going to get that balance right for every gamer on every product, but we will continue to do our best with it, and as the campaign setting matures it's likely that the OP will see more material that is more in line with what he's asking for.
But there will be rules in most of these books, because the books are meant to supplement play of the Pathfinder RPG.
And there's more of this sort of thing to come in this set, as well. :)
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