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Publisher, Chief Creative Officer. Pathfinder Society Member. 6,231 posts. 3 reviews. 1 list. 1 wishlist. 1 Pathfinder Society character.


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There are (many) more townsfolk coming.

Hilariously, I've been focusing on at least one monster per update, because the early posts were filled with fear about the set being _only_ townsfolk. :)

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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.

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I use that guy a fair amount, so I can't explain it if he's not popular. One of the few WotC minis still in relatively heavy rotation at my table.

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Marco Massoudi wrote:

Hello Eric, i have a problem i hope you can help me with.

While we havn´t seen an actual production mini (you probably havn´t either), i have enough faith in the set to order 2 bricks.

I would love to order a case and the bar mini but i am reluctant to do so before i have at least measurement specs.

Is it 2 pieces - the wine rack and the bar or is it one piece or more?
How long and how high is it in squares on a map?

It would be cool if we had a photo before the Diamond Previews order is due in 2 or 3 weeks but i realize that is probably not possible.
But it should be possible to get some measurement specs from wizkids?

Thank you.

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.

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Expect an announcement imminently.

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edduardco wrote:
Horror Adventures will come with six new classes/paths/something new?

I would not expect Horror Adventures to include six new classes.

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Looking into it!

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Right back atcha! :)

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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.

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Fromper wrote:
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.

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Jon Cary wrote:
JBurz wrote:

Negative Feedback

I'm wondering if four specials is almost too many.

My understanding is that the decision to have 4 Specials this year was driven by Gen Con, based on the number of seats filled in previous years. I expect we'll see multiple Specials in the future because that sells more tickets.

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.

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Heine Stick wrote:
psyrus wrote:
Ultimately, I am still confused as to why 2nd ed psionics wasn't revisited and re-made for Pathfinder. I'd gladly play a revised, and balanced "psionicist". I had control over the direction my character grew; if I wanted damage - I went damage, if I wanted defense - I went defense, if I wanted mobility - went mobility, if I wanted utility - I would take a look at how some of the powers could be used, if I wanted a purpose... well, I as a player had already started with one.

Paizo staffers have indicated on a few occasions that they aren't interested in psionics as we've seen them in previous versions, and one of Paizo's key criteria when deciding what to produce is that it's something they have an interest in.

I'm fairly certain that the reason you're seeing this approach to psychic magic is that it's an angle that really works for Paizo and their vision for the game.

For classic psionics, you might want to check out 3rd-party publisher Dreamscarred Press' Ultimate Psionics. It's supposedly rather well done.

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.

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Muser wrote:
Wouldn't this thinly disguised rant thread be better in PF General Discussion?

I think it's ok. Rules (especially badly edited, broken ones) sometimes change, and necessitate a change to a character. It's an unfortunate event, and I can understand the desire to leave a memento mori.

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QuidEst wrote:

*gets to the magic items section*

*dies*
This is too perfect for this world, too pure. The cursed items and minor artifacts are amazing, and do a fantastic job of implying encounters or entire campaigns.

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.

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Joe Hex wrote:

It's frustrating that I still can't find an in-store released date for the book anywhere. Everyplace I check, has a different release date listed, and those dates are constantly changing. Some don't have a date at all. As of this week, I've seen Aug 20th, Aug 18th, and Aug 13th. I wonder where they are even getting those dates?

Is July 29th exclusive to the Paizo store? If so,it makes it hard on us players who want to support the local hobby/game shops. Not only are those shops owned locally, they are also the places that host things like organized play, and even let a group reserve a night just to play with their own group. It would be sad to see these stores accommodate Gamers like that, and then have all those players just end up buying their books online. It's hard enough that small stores cannot compete with online prices, but getting their books almost a month later makes things worse.

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.

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From my perspective as a minis collector and a GM, I look at the line as a good source of very nicely painted adventurer types in lots of interesting varieties, plus oddball animals and companion creatures that otherwise probably wouldn't be made.

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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.

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Duncan7291 wrote:
I just had a number of gamers locally balk at the old $30 MSRP in stores. $35 isn't going to make it any easier for them.

I imagine it would be an even tougher sell if it didn't exist at all?

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We had intended to get these done for Gen Con this year, but other things got in the way, and we decided to put them back on the "middle burner" until some time after the convention.

They _will_ happen eventually!

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Folks,

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!

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You'd have to ask WizKids that question, as we do not have anything to do with pricing decisions on the Pathfinder Battles line.

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FLite wrote:

There was a post somewhere in there that was something like:

"It will either be released before gencon, while we are still in the office to answer questions. Or it will be late and offered after gen con, but it won't happen during gencon because we do not have the technical and process capability to issue it when that many people are out of the office."

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.

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graywulfe wrote:

Unless I am misremembering, Liranne is a Half-Elf, not a human...

Oops! Fixed.

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You will, eventually.

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danielc wrote:
Erik Mona wrote:
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. :)
Oh my, what stopped you. That would be a fun miniature to own. I would love to see that show up at some point.

I might still do it.

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Magic Square wrote:

This is a truly great backstory! A collection of backstories for the iconics should be a top seller if they can all be done this well!

Lord Maskelyne? Is this John Nevil, Jasper, Nevil or Noel? or is it a misspelled Maslklyn ye Mage? Perhaps Meligaster made off with a cursed copy of Our Magic...

Look 'em up.

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. :)

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Blackvial wrote:
Ross Byers wrote:
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Rosgakori wrote:
Arachnofiend wrote:
Is this the first time an iconic has been explicitly related to another one?

Actually no, the Slayer's backstory has also familiar face there.

Meligaster is GREAT and I love the backstory. That is some supervillain s~+% there. And the addition of Lem worked like charm. Mesmer is my favorite of the new classes and I hope my GM let's me play it sometime. Good work!

though the cleric shows up in the slayer's back story, Mel is actually related to Lem
Hakon is related to Ostog the Unslain, which I think counts.
I didn't know Ostog was an Iconic character

He isn't.

AT LEAST NOT YET!!!!

Watch out, Amiri! ;)

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Rushley son of Halum wrote:

So it's gone to the printers but the PDF isn't available yet is that right?

Surely if you're printing a new batch you should be able to put a date on it now?

I know, right?

Must be any day, now!

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Ashram wrote:
Still betting money that it will officially come out AT GenCon.

How much money are you betting, and can I get in on that action?

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MMCJawa wrote:
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.

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Jester David wrote:
Arachnofiend wrote:
Jester David wrote:

Wow... That is one long backstory. If I showed up at a game rocking that, my DM would shoot an evil glare. Certainly seems like the longest of any of the iconics.

Haven't read it yet. Tried and got distracted. But I'll make an effort.

Yikes, and people say it's my generation that has a short attention span...
It's 1,500 words. 3 1/2 pages at 12-point font. That's short story length.

Sorry to make you read, bro.

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Cuuniyevo wrote:

Good story, but I think the first sentence should be changed from:

"From the fine tailoring of his immaculate suit to the gold handle of his elegant sword cane, little about Meligaster's current appearance belies his upbringing as a common slave."
to
"From the fine tailoring of his immaculate suit to the gold handle of his elegant sword cane, everything about Meligaster's current appearance belies his upbringing as a common slave."

I'm also pretty sure "baroques" isn't a word. :S

"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. :)

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I think of him as neutral evil. In PFS he'll be neutral, trying half-heartedly to turn a new leaf. :)

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Hey, I had one of his autographed books on the desk when I wrote this. :)

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Kalindlara wrote:
Kvantum wrote:
Still no Feiya and Daji for the Heroes sets?

They're having a devil of a time with Feiya's miniatures... it's like some sort of curse.

While I'm glad to see the new Iconics pouring in, I require more Seltyiel. Make it happen, please.

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. :)

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Kvantum wrote:
Still no Feiya and Daji for the Heroes sets?

Not yet!

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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.

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Hey, now, don't be hateful.

Hate leads to suffering.

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c873788 wrote:
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."

:)

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Albatoonoe wrote:
I distinctly got the vibe that the advisors' plans were more politically dubious rather than outright evil.

This, but then again, you never know....

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Robert Little wrote:
The story seems to imply both of her parents may still be alive...what kind of adventurer has those?!?

Not only that, but she has six living siblings as well!

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Troodos wrote:
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."

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Helcack wrote:
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.

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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.

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Ajaxis wrote:
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.

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Yeah, they put her through some simple physical tests as well.

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Wysteriah wrote:

Very much like all three, especially like the Dancing Girl and the Ghoul Cultist (perfect as a common). I too am hoping the size of these Ghouls is in proportion to previous Ghouls.

As far as the promo piece, I am warming up to the idea of the bar. My guess is the dressing will be the Inn accessories and furniture. I will be most curious if the bar will be in size proportion to the human miniatures. Erik, might there be a chance to get a picture of the bar next to some miniatures, or at least know if this is the case?

We'll definitely do this, but that's honestly months away.

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Wow, I hadn't considered that. She would be great for a monk.

Or, come to think of it, a psychic or kineticist.

(Occult Adventures is so cool, you guys.)

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Good idea. I'll look into it.

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That's really great to hear. Thanks for the field report, Mizkitty!

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