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HV coming on the heels of HR is an interesting choice on Paizo's part, but no more so than making an Evil AP. Neither CoT nor HR have been in Cheliax proper, being set in outlying areas relatively free of House Thrune, so I imagine that seeing a more representative Cheliax is in order. I will pay close attention to every bit of info about this one. I doubt I'll be subbed for the first month or two, but if I hear that it's otherwise stellar... well, if anybody can pull that off, it's Paizo.


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Will the new Medium still be able to channel multiple spirits at once?


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Hmm. These new iconics might be evil, and they might have serious differences with each other, but that doesn't mean that they can't see that they have common cause, or that they could even be friends. I can see good people betray each other, and I can see evil people be loyal unto death. Mortals are weird like that.


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Mark Seifter wrote:
Guess how many CR 20 plants are in the book, Bestiary fans?

We're finally getting the Mean Green Mothers From Outer Space? AWESOME!


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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
I'm more worried about HOW evil you'll have to be in Hell's Vengeance. I can handle playing someone who's ruthless and harsh, like Darth Vader, Lady or Julius Caesar (in my humble opinion the EPITOME of the Lawful Evil alignment), but I draw a line at sadistic stuff like rape, torture or systematic slaughter. I sincerely doubt Paizo would go that far, since they're awesome people, and most sane people would be uncomfortable with that kind of stuff anyway, but part of me feels like if I don't cross that line, the most common response I'll get is "You're not evil, you're Lawful Neutral."

I don't think they'll go that route, if only because that sort of thing isn't typically part of diabolical evil. Oh, the diabolists would use those things if they thought it best, but they don't usually start there. I suspect that, at their most relatively benign, the PCs will uphold and support House Thrune's rule. They'll do things like crush rebellions, recapture escaped slaves, create sedition in neighboring countries, and the like. You know, banal evil.


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I'll wait to hear more about the AP before I decide. There have been a number of calls for an Evil AP, and I feel glad for the people who will like it. I, though, am probably not one of them.


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Cthulhudrew wrote:
I wouldn't be at all surprised to find it fairly easy to play Hell's Vengeance as good guys with some modifications.

That's certainly my hope.


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We'll have to wait a couple months for the finished product, but I would consider the Mesmerist.


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Mark Seifter wrote:
At the very least, it has some really awesome setting neutral monsters that would have been in OA but got moved so we could fit even more occult awesomeness into the book. So it's a case where you guys get to have your cake and eat it too, since the awesome split off into a second book instead of just being cut!

Excellent. That's precisely what I thought. Bring on the occult goodness!


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Milo v3 wrote:
That's disappointing. My group doesn't allow stuff from golarion, I'll have to make my own psychic monsters or wait till Bestiary 5.

If there are no monsters in OA, I would imagine that a good chunk of the monsters from the Bestiary will be setting neutral, or at least not explicitly related to Golarion.


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Rumour is he's also going to be in Black Panther. If so, he's almost certainly Everett K. Ross, a decently high ranking member of the State Department and utter Butt Monkey when it comes to the superhero world.


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Oh, yes, this sounds AWESOME!


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Robert Brookes wrote:
A multi-eidolon (but still 1 at a time) could be cool. Would probably need to lose armor training for the summoner and the summon monster SLA. Might restrict eidolon rebuilds at level up too. Stagger the new eidolons in at different levels. Might modify Twin Eidolon to allow two different ones to be out at the same time. It's a reasonable concept.

There are versions of such a summoner kicking around on the boards here. The most common trade in is indeed the Summon Monster SLA, they get the eidolons at different levels. Of all the ones I've seen, my favourite was found at the Pathfinder Database... which is now down, and cannot be found at the Internet Archive.

I think that a FF/Pokémon archetype could serve to further distinguish the Summoner from the Spiritualist. There are some real differences between the two classes, but a number of similarities as well.


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Hmm... 57, 27, 100, 48, means Oracle, Cleric, My Choice, and Magus. I'll go with Arcanist.

The Fellowship of the Celestial Eye

The Celestial Eyes believe that all things can be known through studying the building blocks of reality. Some believe that the divine shall show them the way because gods and other immortal entities know more about the universe than any mortal. Others hold that the universe is best understood by focusing on the manipulation of its pure self and how those forces can be blended with other pursuits.


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Very interesting. I assume that your dwarves have lifespans like humans?


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*fingers crossed* Please let there be a summoner with multiple eidolons, like in Final Fantasy.


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Cthulhudrew wrote:
How do we know everyone who has their copy isn't too busy reading and/or playing to bother checking the message boards? :D

On the one hand: that's entirely possible. On the other hand: the desire to gloat is mighty.


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Rynjin wrote:

I think The Punisher is one of the few Marvel """"heroes"""" (imagine this as an infinite number of sarcastic air quotes because I don't have enough time to type them all) I actually hate.

Same here. Fun fact: Chuck Dixon (comic writer, for those who don't know) is on record as saying that he made a big mistake when he wrote the character? That mistake was not realizing that the Punisher was in fact the villain.


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Charrend wrote:
Dear Lord... do alignment requirements still count if it's a secondary class? If not then my only character from now on is Paladin+Barbarian. Maybe switch it up and do primary Barb and Paladin secondary. I mean, Celestial Bloodrager has been fun, but not quite what I was going for.

My thoughts exactly! Aw Yeah!

Why yes, I do have a Pally and a Barb as a couple, and now I can (hopefully!) make them all couply in a mechanical sense while being within the rules. Why do you ask?


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Most of those would fit. I'm less sure about the Magus. They would eventually show up, but probably down the road.


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My vote is for Second Darkness. I'd love to see what the designers would do with it now that they have even more experience with Adventure Paths.


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John Kretzer wrote:


I was just thinking it would funny if the supporting cast for a future novel would be Azra, Malena, Kemeili, Oparal, and others I might be missing. Watching Radovan juggle and squirm I think would be funny. Well maybe for a short story.

There's too much comedy gold. It would have to be a novel.


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Gorbacz wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
I hope for a Castrovel AP one day but it will be a long time till we see an AP(or AP volume) that takes place on another planet again.
I wouldn't be surprised if the Feb 2016 AP is Distant Worlds, given how unpopular Giantslayer turns out to be.

We've only had one part, though I concede that it's important to start strong right out of the gate. That really difficult for this type of AP, what with giants being the main threat and 1st level characters being unable to fight them. Also, I think that this AP suffers from bad timing, ie. being stuck between Iron Gods and Hell's Rebels. Still, I hope for cool things to come!


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Thank you! I got the "will ship in 1 to 7 business days" email for the new order. I look forward to the guide.


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Hello. At the risk of looking like an idiot, I'd like to let you know that I appear to have made a mistake. I was checking on my Strategy Guide order, which I pre-ordered (#3490399). I saw that it was in my sidecart, and that it would ship with the next shipment. I took that to mean that it would come with the next release in that line, which is next month's Pathfinder Unchained. I wanted to get it as soon as it was ready, so I adjusted the order, and now it looks like I have accidentally ended up ordering it again (#3490400). I don't need two copies of the book, so if you can get rid of one of those orders, that would be fantastic. If not, well, I guess it will be a reminder to myself to go to Customer Service the next time something seems off. Either way, I thank you for your time.


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Mikaze wrote:


A lot. :) It will need to wait until after the street date though, and does need the disclaimer up front that whatever isn't in the book isn't official canon.

I can go ahead and say that ** spoiler omitted **

Sounds promising! Thank you!


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Mikaze wrote:
If you're interested in playing one for Giantslayer, I can offer supplementary material for the Bloodied Gauntlet(some) and the Burning Suns(a lot) to help you fit into that campaign. I'm sure the creators of the Ice Tooth and Storm Screamer tribes will have some advice too!

The Burning Suns sound interesting. What can you share?


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I have an idea for a mythic AP: the PCs are the resistance fighting against a fiend from another planet, recently released after being imprisoned by the gods. They get a couple of tiers, and at the end of the second adventure they confront the villain. They almost defeat him, but at the last second he opens up a portal in time, and flings them into a future where his evil is law. They must then return to the past, to undo the future that is--

Huh? What's a Genndy Tartakovsky? And what kind of a samurai is named Jack?


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How soon is now?


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Mystic_Snowfang wrote:


THANK YOU for saying this. Even if your character doesn't have any interest in sex, and it never comes up, they never mention that someone is pretty that character is likely asexual. Which is a type of sexuality.

The Barbarian hitting on a barmaid (or bar.. dude?) that's sexuality.

The Paladin professing undying (but chivalric, and therefore form afar) love for some noblewoman. That's still sexuality.

The Dwarf deciding to settle down with another Dwarf, and go about the business of setting up hearth and home. That's still sexuality.

Most creatures are sexual in nature.

The only way you could completely exclude sexulaity from your game is have everyone be andriods.

Even that is no guarantee. All it takes is for one android to find a Barry While album.


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Blackfingers wrote:
So, how exactly is the Black Soveirgn himself dealt with? Is he a straight antagonist, can he ally with the PC's, or at least be persuaded out of fighting, etc..?

There are options.

Spoiler:
He is world weary, and unhappy with his current lot, to the point where he would welcome death if he loses a fair fight. You can beat him in a mass battle, or you can have someone face him one on one (either a PC or his consort), or you can cure him of his addiction. That is the most difficult option, but the most rewarding as it makes him an ally against the Technic League.

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I would also suggest rearranging the load. The class is too back-loaded, and I appreciate that it's to discourage dipping (which is generally a good thing), but this goes too far. My personal vote is to make it a Full BAB character, but adding two spellcasting levels or overhauling Trance could work too.


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I think it has to do with flavor. We've all latched onto the Avatar/Korra comparisons, and with reason, but I think we were also meant to think Carrie or Firestarter or even some versions of Jean Grey. Those are thematically very different from benders, but the mechanics are identical.


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Would the players of a "Dawnflower Heresy" AP get to meet Sarenrae, or would something like that really be limited to Mythic APs?

ETA: Assuming that such an AP wouldn't be Mythic, that is.


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Hello,

I received my shipment notice on Friday Sept 19. It's now Thursday the 25th and the shipping info is still not on the UPS website. They say to contact the shipper if the info isn't present after 72 hours. The shipment isn't late, it takes 4-8 business days and that timeframe hasn't passed yet, I was just hoping for an update. Any info would be much appreciated. Thank you.


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James Jacobs wrote:
Anyway... the version of Earth in Golarion canon is NOT the same as real-world Earth. There are plenty of things that real-world Earth can dredge up to defend itself from aliens.

Is one of them named Gojira, by any chance?


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Jeven wrote:
Also since it only costs 35gp or so a year for a full-time housekeeper, then there doesn't seem a need for the wealthy to invest in really expensive magical housekeeping equipment.

Hmm. A thought occurs to me. It might seem that way to a human, but a member of a longer lived race could see it differently. An elf, for example, could have to shell out several times what a human would for a given service over the course of a lifetime. Looking at it like that, it might make sense to have to shell out money once and sit back and let it pay for itself. It would cost more at first, but it would be cheaper in the long run.

I think that the humanocentrism of Golarion shows in how this topic is handled. Humans are by far the dominant race, and humans rarely live longer than 100 years without some kind of artificial prolonging of the lifespan. Humans can have grand vision, but on the whole we tend to be focused on the here and now. In Eberron, by contrast, you have a culture where humans are not nearly as dominant, and where the demihumans are much more closely integrated (at least in some cases). Cultural osmosis can go in more than one direction. The demihumans of Khorvaire can be almost indistinguishable from humans culturally speaking, but it appears that they have taught the humans the value of long-term thought.


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Sara Marie wrote:

Good news is things look good in our test environment , tech team is rolling the code now! Bad news, its too late in the day to start.

Updating dates and times:

Authorization (Order Spawning) Date:September 11th 15th 16th
Begin Shipping Estimate:September 15th 16th 17th

*blinks*

COSMO!!!


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Gorbacz wrote:

Free sex and booze.

Also, my first date with my soon-to-be-wife was disguised as character creation for a Pathfinder campaign.

Wait, this means Cosmo gets to choose our firstborns second name. Oh, crap.

I'm sure he'll be merciful.

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BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

*wipes tears of mirth*

Anyway, I love that that the staff remains so engaged with the community. There probably would still be a community without that, but it wouldn't be nearly as good.

More importantly, I love that the company as a whole is committed to always doing better. There are mistakes, there are missteps, but they acknowledge them, they learn from them, and then they do better next time. That is a very rare trait, and getting that from an entire company thing is a special thing indeed. Corny as it sounds, it inspires me to do better too.

I'd just like to take this chance to thank Paizonians past and present for their contributions to awesomeness. It means a lot and we are all grateful for it, even if we don't always show it as much as we should.


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Justin Franklin wrote:
Abadar, Desna, Irori, Lamashtu, Pharasma, Sarenrae, and Shelyn all seem like safe bets since they are in the Dragon Empires as well.

Actually, Sarenrae is a lock. She's the chief goddess of the Padishah Empire. I like the list you have, and I would add Asmodeus and Rovagug to boot.


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1)Eberron
2) Forgotten Realms
3) Dark Sun
4) DragonLance


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In terms of race: I think that our iconics will cover each core race except the half-elf. We already have three of those.

As for body types... yes, please. As a sizable fellow, I'd love to see a larger iconic. A child iconic would work really well to help bring in the kids. It is time for an older female iconic. Also, I would love to see a nonhuman iconic of colour. We kind of have that in Shardra, but she can be seen as tanned. Nonhumans are typically defaulted as white when they have human-ranged skin, and it would be great for Paizo to expand out of that trend. I'd love a Black elf, an East Asian dwarf, a Latin@ halfling... you get the idea.

As for sexy men... yes, but I should add that my idea of sexy is less Vega, more Zangief. A husky, hairy, loincloth-clad iconic would do all kinds of things to me. Just saying.


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I hope that the final battle gives us the option of lifting the Storm Tyrant's control of his bound dragons and then stepping back to watch the fireworks.


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Tectorman, it sounds like the Kineticist from Occult Adventures might satisfy your #13.


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In decreasing order of likelihood, my picks are:

1) The Dawnflower Heresy. I know that they aren't likely to touch Qadira vs. Taldor until they get the mass combat rules tweaked to their liking, but a good housecleaning wouldn't magically undo the effects of centuries of conflict.

2) A "Dungeons & Dragons" AP. By this, I mean the cartoon. The story opens with the PCs taken to another planet, probably Castrovel or Akiton, and try to get home. Of course, the big concern would be making sure that they couldn't get home until the story is over.

Oh, the iconics would be Harsk, Amiri, Ezren, Merisiel, Alain, and Sajan.

3) An AP set on Golarion that doesn't spend any time in the Inner Sea region. Jade Regent didn't so much scratch my itch as feed my hunger. I really do think we'll get this eventually, but it will probably be some way down the line.

Also, if they ever do an evil AP, I would want it to be in the vein of The Redemption Engine. That way, it shouldn't be too hard to adapt it to a non-evil party.


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Oh, Paizo.

You know how to make me a happy boy. Oh, yes.


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Liz Courts wrote:
F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
Necromancer wrote:
Well, Hakon's still an option... Hakon alongside a tsundere Harsk would be fifteen types of amazing.

I'm glad I checked in on the slash-fiction* part of the discussion before bed. Glad to see everything's in order here.

** spoiler omitted **

DAMN IT PEOPLE, I HAVE TO WORK TODAY. Stop giving me fan service art ideas!

** spoiler omitted **

In fairness, I'm the one who coined the term. I bear some of the responsibility.

So where and when can we see some of this artwork?


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There is nothing about this that is not utterly awesome. Brilliant work, Crystal. Take a bow.

Alignment wise, I would go for NG. She could well worship Shelyn, though I would more readily see Arshea. We already have an iconic who worships someone outside the Big 20, so it would be cool to have another. Plus, Arshea is one of the more constantly referenced Empyreal Lords if memory serves.

Also, I too can see Valeros knowing about what's going on in everyone's pants. Probably because my headcanon is that he keeps trying to woo the other iconics* and keeps failing miserably. See the bathhouse illustration for an example.

*-- well, except Alain. He has standards, our Val does.


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Neongelion wrote:
Jeven wrote:

Suspension of disbelief becomes harder the more it feels like a Disneyland-type theme park.

Many of the nations are so radically different they don't sit well right next door to each other. NE Avistan feels like a mess, with its mixture of C13th-like knights, C19th-like Gothic horror, and barbarians with futuristic weapons strangely ignoring each other despite not being separated by anything more than a river at best. Stepping across a border seems more like stepping into a different world.

I still really like most of the setting up close at a local level, but the big picture feels really odd. So I'm torn between like/dislike.

How is it strange? Most Kellids in Numeria distrust alien technology at best, and destroy it on sight at worst. The Technic League, the organization with a monopoly on the tech from the spaceship, are selfish, highly efficient, ruthless individuals (spellcasters, no less) who will hunt you down to the ends of the earth if you stole a technological item. And the robots of the land do not leave Numeria simply because they were programmed not to (my theory).

Explain this as a GM. If your players still cry "but my suspension of disbelief is still being strained by the mere presence of a crashed starship on my fantasy planet!" then there's no helping them. It doesn't matter if those explanations are realistic or not, it's better than nothing.

The Technic League is also an organization largely composed of paranoid drug addicts, thus further hindering their efficacy. They are their own worst enemies in many ways, and the rest of Golarion is better off for it.


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Dreaming Psion wrote:

What I predict (not necessarily what I want) is that after all these themed APS, they'll be returning to their roots with something fairly generic/vanilla yet something attention getting/iconic. That means Varisia (with all the recent adventure paths that have roamed far afield, the Varisia to everything else is a bit low compered to what I perceive is their usual standard.)

Now if Runelords and mythic have been called out as not being it, that leaves us a few options. And the first thing that comes to mind is dragons. Paizo has long held off on overusing the dragon, so I can imagine a whole dragon AP would probably be off the shelf.

There are a lot of classics that have been largely untouched. Dragons are classic enemies, and at this point they are notable by their relative absence. The next path will contain issue 100, and a dragon themed AP would be pretty badass. As for Varisia... I agree. In fact, I think it might start out in Sandpoint again. It would be good to see us go where we began for such an important milestone.

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