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F. Wesley Schneider

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Editor-in-Chief. 3,148 posts (3,178 including aliases). 1 review. No lists. No wishlists. 3 aliases.


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Qstor wrote:
I was hoping for more fey too.

REJOICE! You will get more of the thing you like! :D

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Kalindlara wrote:
In related stories, a Tumblr post from the devs that kind of explains the art. ^_^

Good eye, Kalindlara. I never sneak any teases in there or compile spoilers I find. ;)

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KaiserBruno wrote:
The Sahkil sound cool. Wondering what there deal is. And to Mr. Schneider are there going to be normal psychopomps in Bestiary 5? They and the proteans are my favorite outsider races.

We certainly haven't mentioned either race yet, so I can't confirm nor deny.

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Dragon78 wrote:

Considering I do not like psychopomps, I have no interest in the Sahkil, like this game needs another evil outsider group. Now those Manasaputra guys sound interesting, we could use another good outsider group though CN, LN, and N(non-psychopomps) outsiders are so unloved.

Any info you can give about this book that nobody has asked yet?

Yes, but that feels soooo much like cheating.

Turns out the closed door Paizocon Art Preview was full of good stuff. I think that seminar's going to be a must-see for spoiler addicts next year!

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Kalindlara wrote:
I do find it interesting that the sakhil are appearing right around the same time as an AP article on Mahathallah, fallen psychopomp. ^_^

Another good catch by Kalindlara.

Almost like there's going to be connections.

Almost like I'm working on both. ;)

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Joe Hex wrote:
Really glad to hear about a playable "Dark Folk" race. I'm honestly surprised we haven't got one before now. (I did make my own with the Advanced Race Guide, but the more the merrier!)

Right? I've kind of adopted this race in the last year or two and have a few schemes.

Schemes a half-breed is important too.

Schemes that probably exceed a single monster write-up's word count in scope.

But that's for later...

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Dragon78 wrote:

1)So what part of Golarion is the sasquatch-like race from?

2)Will there be any proteans or inevitables?

3)Will the sasquatch-like race and dakfolk race be the only new(not a reprint) 0HD races?

4)Will there be any creatures from the positive energy plane?

5)Will there be any oni, azura, rakshasa, or qlippoths?

Same as above. You haven't missed the answers to any of these from Paizocon.

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xavier c wrote:
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Axial wrote:
At the Future of Paizo pane a race of corrupted NE psychopomps were mentioned. Are they pro or anti undead?

There will be plenty more details on the sahkil down the road.

Adam Daigle and I have put a lot of thought into these guys and rest assured, they're going to be twisted.

Are the sahkil a new race of evil outsiders?

Are there any other new races of evil outsiders?

Will there be any new races Lawful neutral/Neutral/Chaotic neutral outsiders?

Will there be any new races Lawful Good/Neutral Good/Chaotic Good outsiders?

I'm sure all of these questions will have answers closer to the book's release. But you certainly didn't miss the answers at Paizocon.

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Myth Lord wrote:
Are the Sahkil all from mythology? or made up entirely?

Somewhere in between. Adam Daigle's done his homework on these guys, but we're also both pretty twisted.

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Axial wrote:
At the Future of Paizo pane a race of corrupted NE psychopomps were mentioned. Are they pro or anti undead?

There will be plenty more details on the sahkil down the road.

Adam Daigle and I have put a lot of thought into these guys and rest assured, they're going to be twisted.

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Dragon78 wrote:
Can you say how many 0HD races are in this book?

We certainly could. ;)

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Dragon78 wrote:

I am disappointed to hear that the brain mole isn't the brain mole:(

Does one of those CR 20 plant creatures break into musical numbers before it eats it's victim:)

There's a middle ground between what I said and the brain mole not being the brain mole.

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Adam Daigle wrote:

Turns out he's already written both before you ever heard this announcement.

And rocked them both.

Rah!

Yet another instance where I need a tiny pennant to wave.

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Marco Massoudi wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Is Wes writing one of the adventures?

If you mean F. Wesley Schneider -

Pathfinder Adventure Path #103: "Hell´s Vengeance: Hellfire Compact" by F. Wesley Schneider.

I hope he can manage writing both his first novel (Pathfinder Tales #30: Bloodbound) and the opening salvo for an AP...

Shouldn't be a prob, especially since both are already done. :D

In fact, one's already at the printer.

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captain yesterday wrote:
Is Wes writing one of the adventures?

Yup!

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Luthorne wrote:
...things like the intellect devourer, night hag, xill, and neothelid all count as occult monsters already, so chances are good that they'll just be run like any monster, but happen to be well-suited for games with an occult theme.

A great many monsters that already have occult themes can be run as they are, or you can invest them with the new psychic magic rules to make them work even better. Several of those you mention get new psychic brethren in Occult Bestiary.

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Barachiel Shina wrote:

Hmm...not really fond of a huge Alien theme. Robots I could use. Mythic monsters are fine as long as they don't overload this book. I thought we got that back in Bestiary 4?

Also not caring about the new "occult monsters" in this, as I have no interest in Occult Adventures. I thought that was the purpose of the Occult Bestiary?

I would not say the book has either an aliens "theme," per say.

There are aliens, there are occult monsters, there are even mythic monsters, but I wouldn't say their presence overshadows the book's goal: present a @#$%-ton of cool new monsters! :)

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Dragon78 wrote:
They have said they might reprint monsters from the Inner Sea Bestiary when it sold out/no longer in print. But that could be a while from now maybe B6 or B7.

As there seems to be a lot of speculation about this, yes, Bestiary 5 WILL include a small number of creatures from Inner Sea Bestiary.

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Gorbacz wrote:
You can never, ever, ever have too many bestiaries.

True Facts.

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Evil Midnight Lurker wrote:
I notice the text says "leshi" and not "leshy." Typo or different monster?

Typo.

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nighttree wrote:
PLAYABLE DARKFOLK ? YYYEEEEEESSSSSssssssssssss

Exactly my sentiment, that's why I wrote them. ;)

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Lord Gadigan wrote:
I spotted that in another thread it looks like there's going to be a 0HD Darkfolk and a 0HD Sasquatch-type.

Yes.

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Matthew Morris wrote:
Joe Wells wrote:
I wonder if there will be overlap with Occult Bestiary.

I doubt Overlap, but I'm pretty sure our old friends the caller in darkness, brain mole, and thought eater will be using mechanics from Occult adventures hardcover.

(Since Paizo had to re-invent the psionic wheel :P)

This will also mean that several old psionic standbys have been reinvented.

For example, "brain mole" is now a term for a TERRIFYING new band of creatures.

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Myth Lord wrote:

Really curious how much of my biggest wishes this book contains.

** spoiler omitted **

Really hope it are more than in Bestiary 4 who had: Abaia / Almiraj / Alp-Luachra / Buggane / Erlking / Fossegrim / Harionago / Hyakume / Karkinoi / Lampad / Leanan Sidhe / Soulsliver / Cactus-folk / Tikbalang / Tooth Fairy / Other-art for Vouivre from my wishlist.

Also hope on 4 interesting Dinosaurs (therizinosaurus with art) and some megafauna!

Also hope the Raiju, Ammut and Sha (Set Animal) make it from the AP bestiaries.

REJOICE! Monsters from this list do appear in Bestiary 5.

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Joe Wells wrote:
I wonder if there will be overlap with Occult Bestiary.

There will not be.

The Occult Bestiary will present psychic versions of existing monsters and new occult monsters from Golarion.

This will present other occult/psychic monsters.

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Dragon78 wrote:
They have art for the dream dragon on the blog they just posted.

We have so far showed off the Dream Dragon and (predictably) the Nightmare Dragon.

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Dragon78 wrote:
Well the leshy are plant creatures and I am sure we will get more then that.

We previewed the ADORABLE lotus leshy at Paizocon.

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Dragon78 wrote:
Is this the final cover art?

My word, no.

See past bestiary covers for a suggestion of what this one will look like.

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Marco Massoudi wrote:

Is the "caller in darkness" a lovecraftian creature?

Also i would be very interested if more Demon Lords, Great Old Ones and an Archdevil or 2 are included.

Personally i like the inclusion of robots.

I'll do my best to answer with a few things I know we already spoiled at Paizocon.

* The caller in darkness is a 3.5 beastie

* There are NOT any more demon lords, great oldies, etc. There are, however, a great many mythic and high CR monsters.

* Yay, robots.

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Albatoonoe wrote:
Also, for anyone that doesn't follow Wes on tumblr, he mentioned queer vampires. WOOO!

Just added a link for anyone interested.

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James Sutter wrote:

Cover art is final but text treatment on it is not.

And for folks wondering, this is one of the best novels we've published in the line. And I'm not just saying that because Wes works here—he really busted his ass making this book the best it can be, and it shows. As editor, I'm really proud of it, and can't wait for everyone to get their Ustalav and vampire fix. :)

By contrast, Editrix Sutter is an absolute nightmare. The paper-cut lashes and bitter taste of writer medicine will forever scar.

I will never write the way I once did.

(/compliment)

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Redneckdevil wrote:
Kalindlara wrote:
Redneckdevil wrote:
This is going on my Christmas list now. Just gotta find other books that are taking place in ustaluv now. Back to searching.
You'll want to check out Prince of Wolves - that's the only one I'm aware of. Guilty Blood, the fiction from the Carrion Crown AP, is also good. ^_^
Tyvm. And I do agree, I loved that story in the AP :-)

Yay! Glad you guys liked Guilty Blood!

I wouldn't say the novella's a prequel, but...

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John Kretzer wrote:
David Neilson wrote:
I think it is how she is holding her sword, makes it look a mite awkward.

Actually I think it has more to do with the fact that the main character looks more like a man to me. Now that could be just a bad art...or it could be that the character is transgender.

So now I am curious as to which it is. The first can be ignored...the second would be interesting.

Absolutely love this cover. This is the second time Lucas Graciano has made one of my books look good and I couldn't be happier!

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Marco Massoudi wrote:
James Sutter wrote:

Cover art is final but text treatment on it is not.

And for folks wondering, this is one of the best novels we've published in the line. And I'm not just saying that because Wes works here—he really busted his ass making this book the best it can be, and it shows. As editor, I'm really proud of it, and can't wait for everyone to get their Ustalav and vampire fix. :)

Will this novel only take place in Caliphas or other places in Ustalav?

If so - which ones?
Thx James.

Many places—lots of Caliphas, lots of Ardis, lots of in-between.

A GIANT spoiler on all these details will release in December (and will look like and weigh exactly that same as the novel). ;)

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Gorbacz wrote:
Albatoonoe wrote:
Also, for anyone that doesn't follow Wes on tumblr, he mentioned queer vampires. WOOO!
Are they going to glitter? And will one of them be named Tum Cirry?

Thank you for your years of devoted service, Gorbacz. We're sorry we need to part ways on these terms. -_-

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graywulfe wrote:

I love knowing the references, but this one is lost on me. What is it referencing/homaging?

Everything you've been missing: My Neighbor Totoro

Enjoy, and live a fuller life.

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Yessss.

I thought you all might like this. :D

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Hey Mark, remind me: If we ever do another Bestiary (don't know why we would, but if), lets look into doing PF-branded handkerchiefs at the same time.

So froth. Much foam.

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Love this new series, Liz.

GREAT addition!

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Easily the best campaign I've ever been a part of. Thanks for the thousandth time to James for being the world's best GM.

In the end, though, I'm just glad we didn't have to fight Velmarius. Styrian got quite attached to his little collection of enchantment undoing tchotchkes.

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For a review of what's come before, click here or here.

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Steve Geddes wrote:
I've always been confused on the difference between developers and designers.

Don't be.

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Feros wrote:
Mark Seifter wrote:
Arachnofiend wrote:
So the question is, if we're having an old lady iconic in Occult Adventures, who's it gonna be? I'd put my money on it being either the Spiritualist or the Psychic. IIRC we've already been told the kineticist will be a woman, but I think fragile, aching bones would be rather counter to the class's flavor and mechanics.

While I don't believe we have revealed the genders of any of the unrevealed iconics, it is worth noting our policy for gendered pronouns in class descriptions...

As he stirs up speculation...mwahahaha

*goes to playtest document*

*scans each class for gender identifiers*

*comes up with list*

Kineticist—she—female
Medium—he—male
Mesmerist—he—male
Occultist—he—male
Psychic—she—female
Spiritualist—she—female

We already have the sketches of the occultist and the psychic, so either the kineticist or spiritualist could be an elderly female character.

Cagey.

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Erik Mona wrote:
Garrett Guillotte wrote:

If Paizo keeps hiring Boston lodgers, it'll probably get a Dunks.

Oh man... is that the plan? Is Harsk going to switch from tea to regulah cawfey? Aroden wasn't dead, he just hadn't had his Spicy Smoked Sausage Breakfast Sandwich(TM) yet? Merisiel gets new orange-and-purple armor and says "time to stab the donuts" as she dual-wields french toast sticks? Life-sized cardboard cutouts of Erik Mona in the window of every Dunks saying "Looks like you FOUND THE PATH to an UNCHAINED breakfast"?

Oh god oh god where will it end~

Seriously tho, congrats!

It's funny you say that. When I lived in Boston on Boylston St. we had a Dunkin Donuts on the first floor of our building. :)

Just looked in my kitchen... it's already too late.

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Also, Linda, what's that in the background of your photo?

It looks somehow extravagantly funereal.

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goldomark wrote:

Congratulation!

So, what does a developer do anyway?

Developers are to Pathfinder RPG products what directors are to films.

They're involved in concepting projects. They pitch ideas, participate in product brainstorms, take part in world-building discussions, create outlines, and determine the best freelancers to work on products.

They're freelance wranglers. They divide projects into assignments, contact and organize freelancers, oversee milestones and deadlines, stay in communication throughout the project, review freelance handovers, request revisions, and serve as liaisons to other parts of the company the freelancer might need to contact. Internally, they report on their experiences with freelancers and their work with the rest of the creative team.

They're accomplished game designers, writers, and editors. They review the work of freelancers checking to make sure their decisions are logical, interesting, and in keeping with Pathfinder game rules, world canon, and company philosophies. This often means reworking stories, revising statblocks, redrawing maps, adjusting/recreating rules subsystems, improving the writing, and creating new content whole cloth. Many of the words you read in Pathfinder RPG products are the writing of developers (and designers and editors).

They're bookmakers. They select what parts of the text will receive illustrations, write art briefs, work with the art staff to make sure text fits/fills every page, write credits pages/back cover copy/preview text, answer all questions relating to their projects (from editors, art staff, or others), and solve any of the countless problems that might arise at any step of the book creation process. They do all this while striving to keep to the march of our varied subscription lines.

And a thousand other things. A developer helms the organization and creation of content for nearly every one of our product lines—Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Modules, Player Companion, Pathfinder Society, etc. Additionally, they're all active on these boards, attend and run games at conventions, and help chart the course of the Pathfinder world. They're advocates for the Pathfinder game, representatives of Paizo, and active agents in making the gaming community more exciting, engaging, and welcoming.

Rob McCreary, Mark Moreland, Adam Daigle, John Compton, and Owen K. C. Stephens are among the most clever and creative game makers I've ever met, and among the brightest and most dedicated people I've ever known.

We're expecting a great deal from Linda, but even though she's barely been here a week, I'm 1000% convinced she's going to blow all our expectations completely out of the water.

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Liane Merciel wrote:
Unnamed Ex-Gray Maiden - "Shattered Steel"

Exactly what Lissa said. :)

This is awesome Liane.

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RuyanVe wrote:

Fact check: there's going to be a "Devils Revisited" published by Paizo.

And it bears the question: how far down the road?

Shh.

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Luthorne wrote:
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Berselius wrote:
Will we get specific half-fiend (devil) templates for each core devil in this manual?

Have we done that for any of the outsider races? I would kind of hate to lose the flexibility of the half-fiend template by saying "You're related to an X so you always have to have Y."

I think there's more magic and possibility relating to the offspring of planar beings than simple genetics.

Yes, in Demons Revisited, half-demon templates were presented for some of the main demons, which basically acted like archetypes for the half-fiend template, granting alternate spell-like abilities and usually a few other abilities to reflect the particular demon parent; that said, it did say that it doesn't always happen, though rituals can help assure the creation of a half-demon over a half-fiend, and that it might be specific to demons because of compatibility. Not that that stopped people from wanting particular half-fiend templates for devils and other such, of course.

So noted! That sounds like a great fit for a "Devils Revisited" book down the road.

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Robert Brookes wrote:

Will we hear any more on the legend regarding Asmodeus and Ihys?

Also will there be any mention of Kytons originally inhabiting Hell before the exodus to the plane of shadow?

Were it not evident I'm invested in metaplot!

I will confirm metaplot.

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