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Publisher, Chief Creative Officer. Pathfinder Society Member. 6,101 posts. 3 reviews. 1 list. 1 wishlist.


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Mercury141 wrote:


I think having both female and male miniatures of the various races is great, it really helps to more accurately represent what is in your game on the table.

I think it is of key importance to keep the period / setting in mind with the miniature design and distribution though.

Yes, women can and do take up arms in real life as well as in fantasy settings and there should be miniatures to represent them. Even modern, armies from 'enlightened' nations don't have 50% female soldiers, so it'd be unrealistic to have half of the pikemen featuring klockenbooty,...

The thing is, though, these figures aren't being created in a vacuum. Before Pathfinder there were hundreds and hundreds of D&D Miniatures, and before that we had first-wave prepainted figures like Mage Knight, some of which are still good enough to be worth using.

Add to that 40 years of metal miniatures, as a lot of gamers no-doubt mix prepainted and unpainted or personally painted figures.

With all of those other figures in the mix, there are still some really weird gaps. Characters with instruments. Female halflings. Basically females of any other race than human, half-elf, or elf, or females who aren't sexualized or wearing full plate armor. So sometimes we do try to fill those gaps.

Building these sets is not always about finding a "perfect" balance of genders or creatures, or whatever. It's in large part about providing the _right_ miniature for a given role. So you might not need 11 female warrior types, but the variety is good for people hunting for a figure for their own character, or for a given NPC at exactly the right moment, or whatever.

Sometimes "providing the right miniature" is dictated by the source material. If the Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path says an important villain is a woman, she's going to be in the set no matter how many other female figures we've done in the past.

That's a big part of the disparity. As we move away from Adventure Path themes (for the time being), we're going to see more picks based on awesome art, or based on filling gender/race/class roles we haven't done yet than on fulfilling a specific NPC quota.

So, there are a lot of factors that go into it. "Women prolly wouldn't have been warriors so foten IRL" doesn't even enter into it.

I think we have a dress/skirt wearer coming up. Can't remember. The Shifty Noble kind of fits the mold you're looking for, but it's not one of my personal favorites.

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Pigraven wrote:
Any clues, besides him being a he? Is he from one of the eleven base classes, or is he a prestige class guy? Maybe he's a surprise from the NPC section? Is he a martial character or a magic character?

Well, it depends on which figure you're talking about. ;)

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Arikiel wrote:
Orcs/Half-Orcs for representing PCs with minis. Especially for women.

I agree with you, but request at least some credit for producing two half-elf females so far, Irabeth and Imrijka in Wrath of the Righteous.

In any event, I'm on the case.

The Iconic Heroes sets are going to help a lot with these.

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Pigraven wrote:
Anyways, I'd love to see Erik pull out more things from the NPC Codex. I'm hoping that he at least considers it if the high-quality Iconics line proves a success. Even if they don't, he's shown he's willing to dip into this sourcebook for the occasional PC/NPC-friendly piece, such as the old Gnome wizard from the last set.

You won't have to wait long for this.

My second favorite figure in the whole set (at the moment) is from the NPC Codex.

And I haven't shown him yet.

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Cleanthes wrote:

Halflings and gnomes have done relatively well with gender mix also, though still not 50/50.

I often get asked by customers what prepainted minis I have available to cover this or that gender/race/class/weaponry mix, and I don't feel too bad when they ask for something with very unusual weaponry and I can't help them, but I do feel bad when I can't accommodate them just because the gender isn't well represented.
Paizo, want to make a lot of players happy? More druids, and especially more female druids. I'm constantly telling people I can't give them the female druids they want. (And yes, I know about the Human Druid from H&M. I can't keep her in stock.)

So noted! I love feedback like this, btw.

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Dance of Ruin wrote:


I am wondering if Paizo has any numbers on how large its European client base actually is, and whether that would not justify having a warehouse in the EU to avoid this sort of problem.

It's definitely something we've strongly considered. My sense is that we're not there yet, and we probably won't be there next year, but if the game keeps growing the way it has been and we keep making good decisions in other arenas, this idea is going to keep coming up until it happens.

As an aside, last year at Christmas I paid $175 in shipping for a Union Jack Dalek toy I could only find from Forbidden Planet UK. I paid the shipping fee without comment, as I realized what it was like to be on the other side of that particular equation.

So, I feel your pain. I hope we can work out a better solution to international shipping (particularly of large items) in the years to come.

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Swiftbrook wrote:
This is awful! There's no way I'm going to be able to afford four to eight sarcophaguses! It looks great, but many I've played and run many adventures where you need multiple sarcophagus. At least these look inexpensive to manufacturer, so hopefully there will be two per case and a lot available on the secondary market. If they're rare, or as popular as I expect, then they'll fetch $20 or more each -- ouch!

I honestly don't know which dungeon dressings will come 2 to a case, but I'm almost willing to bet my personal collection that it won't be the sarcophagus.

With three pieces (including what amounts to a regular common figure in the form of the mummy), this thing screams production value. After holding this piece, there's just no way that it seems inexpensive to manufacture.

If it were a "regular" figure, I'm confident it would be a rare.

So, we'll see, but I think this is going to be a chase figure.

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Pigraven wrote:
I had remarked about the previous Frost Giant, from the Heroes & Monsters set, that I thought he was frail looking for a giant. While I liked his sculpt, he just appeared too lean to me for a creature that was supposed to represent and kick-butt in the cold.

It's interesting to note that Heroes & Monsters contains a small number of fantasy figures Wiz Kids was experimenting with before we partnered with them. The Frost Giant is the best example of this. While the figure is super, super cool, it is not actually based on any Pathfinder artwork, which partially accounts for why he looks a bit different than the Frost Giants in our books.

The more you know…

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Scribbling Rambler wrote:
And although we've already seen the sasquatch and chupacabra, I'm greedy and hope to see more of the creatures which set Pathfinder apart from other games.

You will. In this set, even.

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Curmudgeonly wrote:

Any word on the evolution sets?

No, but I have an in-person meeting with WizKids execs at ToyFair next month, and it's on the agenda.

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Berk the Black wrote:

I'm happier that it is gnolls right now. That sculpt is marvelous.

I noticed the latest AP is giants. Does this mean we can expect to see more in this and the upcoming sets? Just because this and possibly the next few sets aren't AP based doesn't mean Paizo won't be producing minis that support these adventures, right?

I would not expect a lot of giants in the next two sets.

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Cleanthes wrote:


And the sarcophagus! I really, really hope the paint job on the lid is up to the task.

I was particularly impressed with this detail on the paint master. I think it's going to be a huge winner!

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Alex Smith 908 wrote:
So if gnolls are the subtype does that mean no kytons? I was rather looking forward to them.

I can confirm that there are no kytons in this set, alas.

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I grew up in Minnesota, so for about 20 years of my life I was White Castle-adjacent. Three years of college in Boston was, alas, largely slider free save precious return visits to the Homeland.

I returned to Minnesota for a few years and was back in White Castle heaven, but then I got hired by Wizards of the Coast and moved to Seattle in 1999.

Happily, my job involves a fair amount of travel. I have enjoyed White Castle sliders in the following locations.

Minneapolis/St. Paul
Indianapolis (an annual Gen Con tradition, see the above link)
Columbus (a semi-annual Origins tradition)
Manhattan (three visits a year, roughly)
Los Angeles (at an inflatable White Castle in Hollywood erected to promote "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle")

In my opinion, it is sacrilegious to adulterate a proper slider with any ingredient other than bun, "all-beef" patty, steamed onions, and the requisite pickle.

Even a slice of "cheese" is a bridge too far.

I am ultra-orthodox.

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Anguish wrote:
Erik Mona wrote:
Anguish wrote:


It might help availability but it won't help price. Spending $10 each for something that I'd need/want in bulk isn't... likely. Spending $4.50 is.

We almost always price our promos at $5.

Think there's a disconnect going on somewhere. Maybe you're referring to hypothetical promo repaints down the line... some day... maybe? You'd mentioned that, so I'm guessing that's what you're referring to.

In which case, yeah, that'd be fine. Just... as-of-now not announced. So if I want X of what IS announced, I'll be paying rather more than the $5 per mini for them.

Not complaining. Again, I totally respect that there are fiscal realities involved with the production of these, and I've always been rational about it.

Yeah, I get you. I think I misread your original post.

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Anguish wrote:


It might help availability but it won't help price. Spending $10 each for something that I'd need/want in bulk isn't... likely. Spending $4.50 is.

We almost always price our promos at $5.

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Cat-thulhu wrote:
Berk the Black wrote:
The brazier is fantastic. I'm looking forward to the rest of the Dungeon Dressing pieces. Eight in a case? Wow, that's not going to be enough... That means duplicates of only one or two pieces. I foresee these going fast on the singles market.

That's the biggest "problem" I foresee as well, and I always seem too ate singles just that bit too late, a few moments after they sell out.

I hope they do a dressing pack, like the iconics sets coming. Or better still reimplement the builder series witha dungeon builder terrain set. I am a plastic-tragic though

Another idea I thought of (but not fast enough for this set, alas) is to do certain bits of dungeon dressing you might want more of as promotional repaints. That way, when the extras eventually end up for sale on paizo.com, you can order as many as you want.

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Cat-thulhu wrote:

4 for 4. Dragon is very nice indeed and looks to be a perfect match for the evolution set. Thank you for the much needed dire boar and two big thumbs up for the chupacabra, as a common I can see me gathering a creepy pack of the little suckers.

Two quick questions.
1. Are all the dungeon dressing pieces and the same rarity? That's to say wil we be getting 8 pieces at random, most likely 1 of each and 2 repeated pieces, or are some pieces rarere tag others?
2. Will we be getting different sizes, large and small as well?

1. There are only 6 bits of dungeon dressing, but customers can expect 8 per case. I assume that this implies two sculpts will appear twice (the brazier is a likely suspect). I honestly don't know for sure, and will look into it. I can say with some authority that I sincerely doubt there will be more than 1 of at least 3 of the dungeon dressing pieces we haven't previewed yet.

2. Yes. At least one of the yet-to-be-revealed bits of dungeon dressing is Large. It would need to be to fit a Medium figure inside it, naturally!

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Albino Wererat is pretty much a lock for PaizoCon. I don't have any other promo minis that we haven't already used, and I won't get the next batch until about June (in time for the summer con season).

So your albino love is safe, Mine All Mine. :)

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Kor - Orc Scrollkeeper wrote:


When minis have been leaked, Erik usually then includes them in his next preview, so on the plus side Erik will now have an easier time trying to decide which minis to preview over the next 2 weeks :)

Yuuuuup.

Guys, this isn't that big of a deal. I am certainly not broken up about it.

I could have selected the same figures on the solicitation sheets to preview, but I wanted to do different ones.

It's nobody's "fault," and it's not really that big of a problem. These things happen.

And, honestly, you guys have been starved for new images for a while, so this way you get even more than you expected!

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PF Battles figures for Hiyato and Reiko are coming as part of the Iconic Heroes boxed sets later this year.

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I have a set of these on my desk, and the carrying case alone is fun to hold and flip around and stuff.

I haven't actually rolled any of the dice yet and I think it's worth the asking price. :)

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Duncan7291 wrote:
Erik Mona wrote:

I guess it's kind of annoying, but whatever. There's nothing we can do about it, and if it lets a collector get something weird or cool as a one-off I'm pretty sure the Earth won't fall out of orbit.

Of course there are things you can do. Report it to eBay or to the manufacturer yall use. Get your suppliers to sign NDA and put liquidated damage provision in it for breach of confidentiality. I could go on but you get the point.

Yeah, sorry. "There is nothing I feel like doing about it, or worth the time investment it would take to do anything about it" is probably more accurate.

You got me. :)

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I guess it's kind of annoying, but whatever. There's nothing we can do about it, and if it lets a collector get something weird or cool as a one-off I'm pretty sure the Earth won't fall out of orbit.

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Temporarily you have a _unique_ mini. Not bad for $1.25 plus shipping.

I just looked at that seller's other auctions, which are mostly prototype action figures with no accessories. I'm guessing it's someone with access to a manufacturing plant who scoops a handful of goodies every time he comes to work.

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Cleanthes wrote:
Erik, a quick question for you, since I know you follow these pages: I recently stumbled on to a mini being sold on Ebay as a Paizo promo called the Albino Wererat, clearly a repaint of the S&S Wererat. (It was a Hong Kong seller, as far as I can tell.) I've never seen these released anywhere else or for sale anywhere else. Can you tell me what's up with this mini?

It's a promo repaint that we haven't released yet. I'm guessing someone at the factory grabbed a few and is selling them that way, as they've never left our warehouse and until now I've not acknowledged that they even exist.

We'll find a place for him as a promo in early 2014 (I'm guessing PaizoCon), and he'll be made generally available on paizo.com shortly thereafter.

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Kor - Orc Scrollkeeper wrote:

Erik, by any chance do any of the 6 pieces of dungeon terrain detach from their bases? It would be great if the bases contain a small peg that friction fits into the terrain piece.

Most of them won't actually have bases. The cauldron is a bit of an exception to this rule, apparently. :)

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ShadowChemosh wrote:


Quote:


That means that the Feiya and King Irovetti replacement figures will not appear in The Lost Coast, and will instead be inserted into the next set we do after that. We apologize for the delay, but I for one am impressed with WizKids taking the initiative to fix the problem. None of us needs more bad Feiya figures.

Just wanted to check that this is still happening for the this new set? Or did I miss a post somewhere?

Yes, that is still the plan.

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There's at least one demon in the set, just for you. (Everyone else will get it to, though.)

We don't get a lot of dungeon dressing, so I'm trying to make smart choices that add a lot of dynamism to an encounter. To be honest, I think the cauldron is probably my least favorite of all of the pieces, and I'm still really happy with it.

The rest are better.

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I'm about to change your experience, Steve. :)

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Pigraven wrote:

To be clear, it sounds like each case will contain at least one of each individual Dungeon Dressing miniature in the six-piece set, right? So each case should have, at a minimum, the entire six-piece set.

Yes, one full set of all the dressing. But I think it's actually more than that. Checking. I'll address this specifically in next week's blog, when I show off the next piece.

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The_Minstrel_Wyrm wrote:

***Erik, how soon/late must one "re-subscribe" to Pathfinder Battles to qualify for the discount on the Iconics Sets?***

Ping me again if you don't get an answer to this early next week. Everyone on the CS side is gone by now, and I don't want to give an answer that may be incorrect.

I _think_ that as long as you've had the current set, The Lost Coast, fulfilled as part of a subscription before February, you should be good, but I will confirm that next week.

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Cleanthes wrote:
But I actually think I like the unlinked sets better

I _know_ I like unlinked sets better. I think they'll end up selling better, too, generally speaking, because I can focus more on "what would make an awesome miniature" than "wow, this campaign has a lot of maftets."

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Curmudgeonly wrote:
Are these renders or actual test run pieces?

These are digital renders. We have photos of the Saquatch, but honestly these renders are better-looking than the photos I have (the minis themselves look GREAT).

So I'm going to keep the previews focused on digital renders as much as possible for now. I'll do comparison photos later once I have more than 5 paint masters. :)

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I've forwarded this link to the appropriate person here. Thanks!

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That's a good idea. Thanks for it.

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zergtitan wrote:
I'm sorry to bother you able up this but so you know if Erik Mona has a similar thread to this? I wanted to ask him if there is a plan to release any more of the sketches of the occult adventures iconics.

I do not have a thread like this. I can, however, answer your question.

Yes, of course we will be releasing more images of the Occult Adventures iconics. The FINAL PAINTED VERSIONS of all six are in my in-box waiting to be fully appreciated as I work my way through the holiday backlog, but they are there. Lurking.

And good golly they are gorgeous.

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We are working on the subscriptions issue, and hope to have something in place before the next series starts.

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Right. Two full sets in 2015 plus at least 6 Iconic Heroes boxed sets.

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claudekennilol wrote:
First release in 2016?

Yes, I'm working on the setlist for a set that will not release until probably March or April of 2016.

These things take a looooong time. :)

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Yes. WizKids has not yet solicited the next set, so I can't talk about it. The situation should resolve itself shortly.

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We're currently discussing planning for the next series, so things are rosy enough to keep doing them.

They could, of course, be doing better, so please help us spread the word!

They're great for work commutes. I just finished Big Finish's 25th Doctor Who audio, which I'm using for exactly that purpose!

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As soon as WizKids lets me. Quite soon, I think.

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Wow. I feel bad for the guy who paid $49.95 for the Slaver Demon on eBay three days ago.

Merry Christmas, buddy! :/

:)

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No.

We wanted to focus on more popular, mainstream monsters with the widest possible base of people interested in using them in campaigns.

Urdefhans were never seriously considered.

My position is that we need to have a book like this prove itself with much, much more common monsters than that before we can dream of diluting the customer pool with creatures they don't recognize.

Monster Codex 4? Sure.

Some sort of Pathfinder Campaign Setting Monster Codex? Absolutely.

Not here.

Not when so many folks were skeptical of whether they would need this book, and not when we're trying something that has basically never been done before.

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Cletus:

I've been out sick the last two days so I am unfortunately not up to date on the progress that has been made in that time. (TriOmegaZero's post provides some measure of encouragement).

My understanding of the problem is that a recent software upgrade to our shipping software accidentally erased a prior fix related to shipping Pathfinder Battles boxes. Because these boxes are unusually large for their weight, the software got confused about the shipping rate, locking it to an ultra-expensive custom shipping option that would cost customers hundreds of bucks.

The second the team became aware of this they immediately began fixing the problem.

I'm not sure if that amount of information is helpful to you in any way, but there it is. That's what happened.

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Brandon Hodge and I just completed a wide-ranging interview about Occult Adventures on the Know Direction podcast.

You can listen to the interview here.

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Thanks to the lads from Know Direction, who were kind enough to invite me and Brandon Hodge to be their guests this evening. The topic was Occult Adventures, the major 2015 Pathfinder RPG hardcover rules release.

We also briefly discussed Pathfinder comics, including major revelations about the next Pathfinder comic series from Dynamite, with stories from Pathfinder co-creators Erik Mona, F. Wesley Schneider, and James L. Sutter.

You can listen to the wide-ranging interview on the other side of the link.

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Shem wrote:

I bought two boxes of both the goblins and the undead.

I think I did my part.

I get this isn't going to happen, but kobolds would be nice in one of those boxes.

Maybe in a different format.

The kobolds and orcs in Legends of Golarion were designed to be "feeders" for kobold and orc Builder Series sets.

Oh, well.

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There will be a lot of new stuff very shortly.

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