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Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
Are we going to see more diversity in this set?
Not really, no.
I wouldn't expect a lot of purple-skinned gnomes. i think a lot of people would consider that a mistake, or a next-to-useless mini, so if what you want is really outlandish stuff like that, I suggest painting it up yourself.
I nearly put an Akuje Elf in the set after this one, but decided not to. We'll get around to elve and half-elves with different skin tones, I suspect.
There are no halflings in The Rusty Dragon Inn set, nor in the set after that. I'll try to put them in somewhere soon.
Marco Massoudi wrote:
I don't have all of this information yet, but will try to get it soon. At Gen Con I was told about some improvements on the bar, so we're probably due for another image relatively soon.
Yeah, I think I'd run True Dragons throughout the whole show, and just try to pack Sunday with other awesome stuff in general.
I suspect Gen Con wants to keep people in seats as long as possible, and if Sunday starts to look like an "optional" day, they lose a lot of attendance as people drive home early, etc.
This is a Paizo problem, not a problem with the GM volunteers. The problem is that Paizo considers the Friday before GenCon to be an acceptable deadline to have all scenarios distributed to the GMs. If they made the deadline two weeks earlier than that, and made sure everyone on their staff knew it 6 months in advance, then you wouldn't have nearly as many complaints about unprepared GMs.
I agree that this is a Paizo problem. We consider the Friday before the show to be the final deadline on which we can deliver adventures to prevent an abject failure and total systemic catastrophe, and unfortunately based on several issues this year that "final day" was indeed the only day by which it was possible to deliver the final versions of some scenarios. As others have mentioned, we tried to supply "everything but the maps" versions of a few not-quite-finished scenarios to help people prep, but this is an area where we can clearly do better.
I actually don't find the Friday before the show to be "acceptable." I had to "accept" it this year, but that's not quite the same thing, and we hope to have a far superior solution in place for 2016.
Jon Cary wrote:
While this is the correct context, and Gen Con did ask us to experiment with a "special" every day, their desires are not the only factors in our decision-making process. Four specials certainly put a strain on our editorial operation that led to judges getting their adventures a bit later than we would have preferred, so when we're making our plans for next year, we're certainly going to take all factors into account before making programming decisions.
Heine Stick wrote:
BTW, I don't know how much of it will see the light of day, but I just did an hour-long recorded interview with The Escapist in which I spend about 45 minutes enthusiastically going into the thought process behind this from the Gen Con floor.
I hope some of that comes through in the final article, as I'm super busy at the moment and don't have time to type it out.
Anyway, more later on this (and honestly I've spoken about the reasoning several times, including fairly recently on the Know Direction podcast.
Glad to hear it. I'd guess about 70% of the items in this book came from the initial brainstorming sessions Brandon and I put together. Other freelancers wrote most of those items and added a bunch of their own, but this book was somewhat unusual in that the magic items and many of the spell concepts were determined as part of the overall outline, and freelancers were assigned specific item concepts rather than "write 50 items," or whatever.
It was really fun to be involved so heavily in the outlining of this book, and it's interesting to see how people react to what amounts to a relatively subtle "behind the scenes" change from our normal operating procedure.
Joe Hex wrote:
We do everything we can to make sure that the paizo.com release date is the same as the hobby store release date.
Big box stores like Barnes & Noble and websites like Amazon often have a couple more stops in their distribution chain, so it sometimes takes about a week longer for books to come out in those venues.
The book should be available in hobby stores on or around the 29th.
1) No PRD changes yet (likely after Gen Con).
2) We're still selling the first print run of the book. We'll let you know when that changes, but it hasn't changed yet.
3) We'll likely make a blog post and discuss some of the changes once we're legitimately selling the second printing of the book.
Given the overwhelming desire/demand for errata for this book, I made sure that we posted the errata as soon as possible, not "when the new printing is on sale," as we normally do.
As many of you know, our current Organized Play Coordinator, Mike Brock, will be moving on to another job outside Paizo shortly after Gen Con. Mike has done a fantastic job coordinating the international Pathfinder Society campaign, and we are very sad to lose him.
However, the show must go on, and that means we're currently on the hunt for a new Organized Play Coordinator.
We've just posted the job listing here on paizo.com. Please take a look!
At this moment, we are limiting applicants to folks who have Venture-Officer experience, or who have at least 2 years of professional experience running an organized play campaign for a major game company.
Pathfinder Society is one of Paizo's most important programs, and it is very important to me that the new coordinator comes from "within the ranks," as someone who understands the campaign's infrastructure and the important role that volunteers play in making it such a success.
Please join me at Gen Con to give Mike Brock a hearty send-off and a round of applause for a job very well done.
After that, we'll have a new captain at the helm. Maybe that new captain is YOU!
This is incorrect.
The errata is coming BEFORE Gen Con, as I said it would.
Thanks for your patience, everyone. I know this one has been a long time coming.
I might still do it.
Magic Square wrote:
Pulled the name from this guy, J. N. Maskelyne, who (among other things) was an outspoken critic of the Theosophical Society.
I have an autographed copy of his "The Fraud of Modern Theosophy Exposed" on my desk at home.
I don't think he'd be a big fan of Meligaster, or of Occult Adventures in general. :)
AT LEAST NOT YET!!!!
Watch out, Amiri! ;)
So are the Aeons getting a retcon? Lords of Karma sounds like a cool direction, and also sounds like maybe less thematic overlap with inevitables.
I would not say that aeons get a retcon. More of a focus, with a little bit more about the Logos spirit that they claim to communicate with, which plays pretty heavily into the Positive Energy Plane.
Jester David wrote:
Sorry to make you read, bro.
"Bronze baroques," is a French construction sometimes used in sculpture and interior design. If you prefer, you can read it as "baroque bronzes," and I suspect you will sleep easier. :)
Of particular interest to you, I did at one point contemplate doing a mini of the "Seoni in Valeros's armor" image you use as your avatar. :)
I hate to say it, but everything I've learned about the minis business in the last four years tells me that a set like that would sell so poorly it could mean the end of the line in one fell swoop.
I like a lot of the creatures that you've suggested (including the chainsaw one), but I've got to pace out the weird stuff more judiciously than "all at once," or we aren't going to be having these weekend conversations much longer. :)
Neothelids are on the short list for Gargantuans, btw. Probably need a different name for them, however.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
We'll definitely do this, but that's honestly months away.