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...An adamantine golem is described as being made of adamantine. How does this not mean that it can bypass DR/adamantine?

If I had an adamantine sword, and the DM ruled that just because it was made of adamantine didn't mean that it could bypass DR/adamantine, I would ragequit on the spot.


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There are rules somewhere noting that you can see light sources at a very great distance.


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Damn, JJ, you never told us Shensen was a Solar Exalted! :D


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UnArcaneElection wrote:

^Actually, did Aroden become divine because of the Starstone, or was he already divine when he raised it, and maybe even completed the forging of its divinity-granting powers?

I think the official word is "because of the Starstone; anything in print to the contrary should be ignored." But we'll find out more soon.


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Mr. Bubbles wrote:
And at the end of it all, at the dawn of a new Age, he left. Can you really say he died? How? How does a god die and ensure their divinity can no longer grant spells? It didn't stop Acavna, it didn't stop Lissala, but why did it stop Aroden?

Lissala isn't dead. Like, seriously, canonically, she's not dead at all. She just wandered off, like Towelie.


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Imbicatus wrote:
I just looked this up and read it for the first time. Not bad for the meat of the story, but damn, I hate having to wade through Lovecraft's racism.

Is that the one where the horrifying shocker twist ending is that the lady had an ever so slight trace of African ancestry?

Because... yeah.


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Dragon78 wrote:
"In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight...."

In the spaceship, the silver spaceship, the lion waves goodbye...


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I was a charter subscriber, but had to quit for a couple years early on for financial reasons. :(


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Taking another look at Holomog's traits, it's too bad you can't take more than one Faith trait. Imagine an Asmodeus-worshipping lawful good cleric... casting word of chaos. And adding the good descriptor to it.

It'd make Azzy's head explode. :D


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Simeon wrote:

There's also mention of a city-state called Three Craters, in the Land of Northern Lakes which is described as "a mostly-barren landscape pitted

with crater lakes, strange geological formations, and
specks of monster-infested forests where the residents
dig into the earth to mine precious metals, highly pure
iron, and skymetals."

Called it two years ago! :D


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page 49 wrote:
Segada purchased these metal machines from the city-state of Three Craters in the Land of Northern Lakes far to the east—a mostly-barren landscape pitted with crater lakes, strange geological formations, and specks of monster-infested forests where the residents dig into the earth to mine precious metals, highly pure iron, and skymetals.

I called it! :D


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Page 21: "Shrine of the Wily Linguist"

...how the heck did that one get through? o.O;


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Typo on page 27, in that same ritual:

Failure A random creature conjurable via summon monster XI appears and attacks all participants for 9 minutes.

Summon monster ELEVEN? Does it bring in the members of Spinal Tap?


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nighttree wrote:
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Sarkorian God summoning: only mentioned in a small paragraph.
Oh PLEASE tell me your kidding...that was what I was most looking foreword to :( <stomps off to have a tantrum>

This isn't actually true. There's a whole occult ritual from Sarkoris used by god-summoner-types to grant a band of warriors bonuses, at the price of the primary ritualist being possessed by spirits in a somewhat unpleasant fashion.


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Do any of Golarion's philosophies just go all-in and embrace a seven-element system?


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I'm having a problem with this passage from page 183:

"Strix are neither particularly prolific nor long-lived, which keeps their numbers low. A strix couple might have only two children, and many pairings remain childless, ensuring they cherish every member of their society. Such makes each death all the more devastating."

That's not "low numbers," that's "rapid extinction spiral" leading to "why are there still strix at all?"


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Many of us still prefer Exdeath. :)


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archmagi1 wrote:
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As far as we know Norgorber didn't have a sponsor.

There are some secrets that the reaper of reputation must hide from even the developers.

I still say he's four halflings in a trenchco - thud

(seedy hobbit pokes head into screen) Nothin' ta see here, folks. Move along. And don't go askin' the wrong questions, ya got it?


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Erik Mona wrote:

Hope that doesn't come as too big of a disappointment.

Oh, I prefer this one. :D

Does this mean that the effects of the Starstone from Mythic Realms are also in error? Because that has never sat well with me either.


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...now I want to build a boggard mesmerist to throw at my Kingmaker party. :D


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Aroden ascended to divinity but then stuck around as a very active physical god for a long time, which is one of the reasons that humans are the most influential species of the modern era.


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Thanael wrote:
Hermea huh? Now now... I could see Razmiran but Hermea? Occult? Interesting.

Exploring the potential of the eugenically augmented human mind?


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Ylem wrote:

The passage of time doesn't necessarily guarantee technological progress. Look at the technological disparity between the Europeans and the Native Americans when the two cultures met.

In other fictional worlds, such as Middle-earth and Westeros, technology seems to have stalled at the medieval era for thousands of years. No one minds.

And it many be that our technological leaps are the anomaly, perhaps due to outliers like Newton and Einstein.

Everywhere on Earth, at every point in history, humans have advanced as far as possible given the resources available. The Americas came up short on things like domesticable animals and plants, and Australia was even worse; being able to import everything from already-built-up areas just trumped the local developments.

In a world where magic both divine and arcane is a resource, I'd expect patterns to go a bit differently.


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UnArcaneElection wrote:

Just realized that if Nidal has been like it is now for thousands of years (apart from the brief break in which Cheliax controlled it outright), this would be enough generations for significant biological evolution to occur in the people.

That would only work if you assume that there's no significant amount of population shift and outbreeding. Nidal isn't closed to other nations.


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Handaxe Beak wrote:
Hell, you can look at art coming out of Korean churches and see Jesus and his followers represented as Asian people. Not to mention the most popular modern image of Jesus is as a fair-skinned fellow with blue eyes and light brown hair.

In fact, back during the Renaissance nobles used to commission portraits of themselves as Jesus.

The one that caught on? The one whose face is still Jesus today all over the Western World?

Cesare Borgia.


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StarMartyr365 wrote:
Can we get a Sword and Planet AP that we get to battle the Dominion of the Black in the next couple of years?

Legendary Planet, from Legendary Games. Kickstarter just finished successfully, the players guide and prologue adventure are already out.

The bad guys aren't officially the Dominion of the Black, but they seem pretty similar so far.


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DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:

I for one hope this adventure path ends with my Brawlbarian punching Cthulhu in his stupid squid face.

I want my heroes to eff the ineffable.

Punch the unpunchable.

Eff the ineffable.

Iä! Iä! Fight the Mythos!


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My problem with the Vigilante is that Paizo has already locked themselves into having a Vigilante base class, and no amount of playtesting will convince me that this is a good idea. It doesn't matter how good the class becomes; it's not something that should be a class. Paizo should have publically playtested the idea before committing themselves to printing it.


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DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:

The spam is coming from inside the threads.

Specifically the Legendary Planet kickstarter threads.

IT'S IN THE ROOM! Game over man, game OVER! I ain't even going home in a body bag!


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I want a table of noble titles with clear explanations of where the "para-" stuff fits in.


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Jason Nelson wrote:
Check out the latest update, not just to announce that the 5th Edition version is in layout and should be finished today, but also to get a preview of most of the holy symbols that will be accompanying Sean K Reynolds' article on the gods and goddesses of the Legendary Worlds cosmos!

...Stanford Pines is a god?


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Why are you using a Durkon avatar for an Elan book? ^.^


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Because Pathfinder is 2 better than DC!


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Shikigami and ofuda... instead of "kami medium," why not call this archetype "onmyouji?"


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Hmmm. If spirits are based on mythic paths now, I see potential for several third-party paths to become third-party medium spirits...


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Ross Byers wrote:
He's Hamlet. But with more ghosts.

I'm not seeing Hamlet so much. A little, sure, but... wrongfully imprisoned... a wise mentor... a daring escape...? Oh, I think we can do better.

Alexandre Dumas wrote:

"Let us start, then; we need no witnesses."

"Very true," said Monte Cristo; "it is unnecessary, we know each other so well!"

"On the contrary," said the count, "we know so little of each other."

"Indeed?" said Monte Cristo, with the same indomitable coolness; "let us see. Are you not the soldier Fernand who deserted on the eve of the battle of Waterloo? Are you not the Lieutenant Fernand who served as guide and spy to the French army in Spain? Are you not the Captain Fernand who betrayed, sold, and murdered his benefactor, Ali? And have not all these Fernands, united, made Lieutenant-General, the Count of Morcerf, peer of France?"

"Oh," cried the general, as if branded with a hot iron, "wretch,—to reproach me with my shame when about, perhaps, to kill me! No, I did not say I was a stranger to you. I know well, demon, that you have penetrated into the darkness of the past, and that you have read, by the light of what torch I know not, every page of my life; but perhaps I may be more honorable in my shame than you under your pompous coverings. No—no, I am aware you know me; but I know you only as an adventurer sewn up in gold and jewellery. You call yourself in Paris the Count of Monte Cristo; in Italy, Sinbad the Sailor; in Malta, I forget what. But it is your real name I want to know, in the midst of your hundred names, that I may pronounce it when we meet to fight, at the moment when I plunge my sword through your heart."

The Count of Monte Cristo turned dreadfully pale; his eye seemed to burn with a devouring fire. He leaped towards a dressing-room near his bedroom, and in less than a moment, tearing off his cravat, his coat and waistcoat, he put on a sailor's jacket and hat, from beneath which rolled his long black hair. He returned thus, formidable and implacable, advancing with his arms crossed on his breast, towards the general, who could not understand why he had disappeared, but who on seeing him again, and feeling his teeth chatter and his legs sink under him, drew back, and only stopped when he found a table to support his clinched hand. "Fernand," cried he, "of my hundred names I need only tell you one, to overwhelm you! But you guess it now, do you not?—or, rather, you remember it? For, notwithstanding all my sorrows and my tortures, I show you to-day a face which the happiness of revenge makes young again—a face you must often have seen in your dreams since your marriage with Mercedes, my betrothed!"

The general, with his head thrown back, hands extended, gaze fixed, looked silently at this dreadful apparition; then seeking the wall to support him, he glided along close to it until he reached the door, through which he went out backwards, uttering this single mournful, lamentable, distressing cry,—"Edmond Dantes!"

:D


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Mystara was entirely mapped, at least on the global level, both inside AND out. :D By no coincidence at all, Bruce Heard's World of Calidar has a pretty darn sweet global map complete with climate zones and wind currents, though only the Caldera region has been focused on so far -- you might ask Bruce and his cartographer Thorfinn Tait for advice. (In fact, just hire Thorfinn Tait! He's got to be in the top five in the RPG industry right now.)

I don't think the Forgotten Realms Atlas actually was complete, if you're referring to the one by the late great Karen Fonstad. At the time it was published, iirc, only Faerun and Kara-Tur and maybe Maztica had been detailed at all, leaving a big blank where Zakhara would go and several smaller continents that may only be outlines to this day.

Krynn... was an easy job of mapping, iirc, as it only had two smallish continents and a few island chains. And Taladas did get covered completely in its boxed set, yes.

Eberron of course has its world map.

Harnworld is probably mapped in way too much detail. :)


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So, if Mike Shel is writing about a desert planet...

...can we have a Mud bloodline for sorcerers? ^.^


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Ker-pledge! at $140 Pathfinder.

("Ker-pledge?!!")

...How would I go about adding a set of 5th Ed PDFs for a friend who vastly prefers that over PF? Do the $15 add-ons?

Also, remind me: will this be a mythic AP?

It's $56,000 to completion, we got a full bag of dice, half a pack of bestiaries, it's dark... and we're wearing sunglasses.

Hit it.


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Still needs a drug-addled journalist class. :D But backed!


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When the cavalier party leader/king talks about getting a back-banner with the motto "Get off my property!"


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James Jacobs wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
Will there be maps for the region around each town/city or just the town/city itself?
No maps of the regions, but maps of the cities yes. And if I can get my act together... a more accurate map of the planet...

squeeing intensifies

I would like to take this opportunity to once again plead for, as ridiculous as it may sound, an inflatable ball map of Golarion. ^.^


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Sellsword2587 wrote:
Evil Midnight Lurker wrote:
...giving an anti-slavery organization an ability called "Rebel Yell" is... kinda iffy.
Why? They are a rebellious lot by nature? And they are more anti-oppression than they are anti-slavery.

The term "Rebel Yell" is very specifically a Confederacy thing.

Sellsword2587 wrote:
Evil Midnight Lurker wrote:
EDIT: For that matter, associating it with the Texas Revolution is directly contrary to actual history. One of the causes of the Revolution was the Mexican government's abolition of slavery throughout its territory. The slave-holding Anglo-American settlers objected, violently.

While closely linked to/inspired by American history, the Pure Steam campaign setting has its own Ulleran history. The Order better represents the perspective of the slaves seeking freedom, than the Americans trying to keep their slaves. In Ullera, humanoids were slaves to Goblinoids for centuries.

The problem is you've packed them with Confederate imagery. Rebel Yell, Lone Star, Come and Take It... it reminds me uneasily of people who wave the Stars and Bars and then insist that no, it was all about states' rights and resisting perfidious Northern manipulation, not about slavery at all! I understand that's not what you're intending to aim for, but it's kinda too close for comfort.

May I suggest you look instead toward John Brown and the other abolitionists of the time, the Secret Six and so forth?


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Pledged for print and PDF! I'm so stoked for this. :D


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UnArcaneElection wrote:

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.

"'Any sufficiently analyzed magic is indistinguishable from science!'"

"What's with the quotation marks? Who said that?"

"ME!"


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Cthulhudrew wrote:
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When will then be now?
This is now, now.

*Bzzzt!* Incorrect! The proper response is "SOON." :D


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Elrawien Lantherion wrote:
How soon is soon?

When will then be now?


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Mythic Evil Lincoln wrote:

Well, can I be the dissenting voice here?

I'm currently reading Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick, and the colonial setting is not without fascinating dynamics.

Surely genocidal zealots as Avistani colonists in Arcadia fit with the general themes of Pathfinder foils.

I agree it is good to avoid defining all of Arcadia in those terms, but honestly I'd like a chance to blaze a path against them as much as any Chelaxian slaver. They make great unvarnished villains; and that's my own neighborhood's history I'm talking about.

I certainly trust Mr. Jacobs not to discard the interesting stuff, but before everyone jumps to conclusions, I will speak to its defense: the clash of Native American and European cultures is downright fascinating, and a great opportunity for stories set upon an "untamed" western continent. (Depending on how you define "tamed" of course.)

America was, after all, settled by European adventurers, however despicably some of them might have behaved. (Depending on how you define "settled" of course).

It's a tricky topic, to be sure. Offensive on one side and preachy on the other. But Paizo has an excellent track record with navigating such waters in the name of a good story.

The problem, as I keep saying over and over until everyone has no doubt become sick of it, is the five thousand years of contact between the continents. Ten times the real-world equivalent. To have the whole native-settler dynamic play out at this point as anything like in real history... that cannot be anything but offensive and preachy. It just doesn't make sense, and jamming it into the situation will prevent anything good from coming of it.


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Magefox wrote:
I honestly think that this books suffers from it's branded title, as occult I would say is already well represented in the flavor of existing casters like the witch or shaman of which this book does not go more in depth on . In all honesty I thought something in this would trace back mechanically to the slam dunk that is the oracle. Specifically in for things like the curses and the ancestral spirits. Also all the psychic classes while interesting lose in flavor as they all feel like they were painted Occult for the purpose of the book.

With the exception of the kineticist, these are all classes that I would feel comfortable playing in a supernatural campaign set in 1920s Earth. That's plenty occult.


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Ciaran Barnes wrote:
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Ciaran Barnes wrote:
Being such a thematic spell, MM can be a worthy specialty. However, I think this class would be done a great service if greater emphasis was also given to other force spells.
That's the Argent Savant class, I do believe. The Force Missile Mage prestige class is purely built around Magic Missile and nothing else. Well, Shield too, but that's one half of the Magic Missile portfolio. The Argent Savant (I might have the name wrong) was the pure force caster.
Right you are. I didn't realize that bit of information! Anyhow, my opinion still stands that its a big stretch to turn this into ten levels. Perhaps infusing some Ardant Savant into the class would help it feel less forced.

I've wanted to create a character with both prestige classes for a long time; Pathfinder prestige class design could probably accommodate a fusion of both.

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