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Cheers,

Usually 'the Vs' or 'the finger' in my part of Blighty.

In my experience, it's retty rare among adults: the kind of things kids do when the teacher's back is turned.

We love a good swear-word: guide to British swearing, not for polite society.

Stephen Fry explains why we enjoy a good swear

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I am fluent in British English.

I don't get it.

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Is the blog title a reference to

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening:

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

- Robert Frost

?

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Oh, no!

Hopefully we'll see plenty of Lilith on the boards still.

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Gorbacz wrote:
Speaking of legal stuff, does having accumulated three temp bans, one written warning (that's all by Paizo), three threats of physical violence, two threats of lawsuits, one death by shotgun blast threat and one "I'll send my mum after you" threat (all by stellar members of our community) make me ineligible? Just you know, exploring my options.

You better stop going on about all your bans or, I warn you, I'm gonna give you a big cuddle and pat your head.

There, now you can add that to the list each time.

You're welcome:
Explosive Runes!

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I hope this has a lot of meaningful choices (a la Banner Saga) which come from guarding civilians while gathering an army.

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I always enjoyed the fiction.

I much prefer having the short fiction (web fiction and AP fiction) to Pathfinder Tales because it was a different scale of fiction that was fun to read in an evening.

The Tales line occupies a different headspace.

I would totally subscribe to a PF monthly/weekly short fiction line, even if it was online or pdf only (the kind of thing I see on some Patreon things).

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Lord Fyre wrote:
I started with The Hook Mountain Massacre. Does that count?

I bought Burnt Offerings and a five-pack of players guides from a shop.

Subscribed with Skinsaw.

It doesn't count...

But I've got an awesome shelf of books.

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Back on topic, sounds cool: do the heroes have to take down a dragon guarded bridge to slow the horde?

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Keep the fiction. I enjoy it.

Many of us subscribe to read, not to play (will anyone play every AP), and having the varied elements is part of the pleasure of an AP.

I enjoy how the fiction was first used to introduce the world (Eando Kline!) and is now more closely linked to the AP.

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I'm thinking a cleric of Shelyn.

Wakes up utterly devoted, clinging to Her as the only thing he is sure of.

Turns out he used to be a cleric of Zon-Kuthon.

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It's interesting that so many posts talk about Paizo's rules bloat.

I've got to agree. I'm here for the adventures first, Golarion second and rules options come a distant third.

I do wish that after the first year we'd had one hardcover per year in the RPG line.

I'm supposed to read occult adventures and horror adventures to fully enjoy Strange Aeons. It just puts me off the AP...

I wonder how many groups play 'full pathfinder' with every single Paizo rule book?

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CorvusMask wrote:

Uh, this sentence confuses me:

"To communicate with some of the stranger enemies in this campaign, learning Aklo might help, but the language of aberrations and dark fey is an unusual skill for beginning characters and requires a solid justification."

...Why does it require player to justify it when PCs start with amnesia where they barely remember anything? Including possibly them having a companion animal/eidolon?

In fact, the mystery of your amnesiac character saying: "I know what they're saying! Why do I know what they're saying?" Seems pretty ace.

You won't have to explain it until book 3

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Cole Deschain wrote:
"Cyclopean" was the word I recall him abusing the most...

I actually think his use of 'cyclopean' was incredibly satisfying.

The Greeks of the Archaic/Classical period lived alongside huge ancient ruins that they could not explain or understand in practical terms (these were the 'citadels' of the Mycenaean and Minoan civilisations which had collapsed over four hundred years earlier.
They described these structures as Cyclopean to explain there construction.
Although in mythology the cyclops were presented as wild, destructive cannibals, dominated by impulsive behaviour (see, The Odyssey) which creates a kind of disonnance.
They also had a myth that these states were controlled by kings of incredible power, the implication being that these kings might command cyclops. Which seems pretty Thassilonian to me! (and, of course, Thessalonika had Mycenaean settlements).

So, Lovecraft taps into a modern perspective of the Classical greek world, using 'cyclopean' to describe something vast whose construction one cannot truly imagine or understand.

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I would second the Ursula Le Guin recommendation; 'Wizard of Earthsea' and its sequels are excellent.

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I would love that with some kind of wrap-up final adventure which gives a vaguely happy ending.
Those are some quality adventures.

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Absalom, Absalom!

Spoiler:
that joke never gets old

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I grew up as a fan of an obscure musical subculture called emo-core.

It was, ultimately, about sincerity and a certain kind of d.i.y. punk rock.

Discussions like this make me all forlorn for what can happen to one's youth.

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James Jacobs wrote:
TheAlicornSage wrote:

Are there any brothels in Golarion that make use of Sheets of Nymph Summoning, or similar?

I heard about this happening in a game, the PC made the item then used it to make money. Creepy but funny.

First I've ever heard of "Sheets of Nymph Summoning." Sounds like something some GM made up for his homebrew game.

That said, there are brothels in Golarion, and there is magic in Golarion, so absolutely there are brothels that use magic in Golarion. That type of thing isn't something we cover in print though, due to the fact that sex gets people all weirded out here in the USA, so that element is left to each individual GM's style to add or not to their game as they see fit.

How do you reckon the nymph feels about this magic item?


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I have created a forlorn elf, cleric of desna, who lost her parents at Kelmarane.
I'm thinking of a distracted, contemplative, staring into the distance character who will gradually grow more confident (or withdrawn) depending on her experiences in the AP.
Her parents were starfall outcasts and she is forlorn by blood so can have a kind of love/hate interested/scared relationship with non-forlorn elves.
She has lived an itinerant life, ministering to trading caravans across the region.
See profile for crunchy bits.

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J. Woodward wrote:
Who are the writers on _Gallows of Madness_?

Mikko Kallio

Mike Kimmel
Benjamin Bruck

Developed by Amanda Hamon Kunz

from here

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James Jacobs wrote:
Blackstorm wrote:


1) When you'll come to Lucca Comics&Games? I need to made you sign a lot of books :D

2)If I use the bowstaff as quarterstaff, can I apply the feats I have for the archery combat? Like weapon focus, or deadly aim, or clustered shots, or the mighty composite properti of the bow. As I understand, bowstaff doesn't change the shape, so weapon focus and the like would work, but none of the ranged feats would work, I am right? (and as a bonus question, can I choose wether I use it as bow or as staff while spell is active?)

1) I'm unlikely to ever go to Lucca, since that's an expensive trip to send folks to, since I'm generally not one of those folks who goes on those types of trips, and since I kinda like it that way because I don't like conventions.

2) As for this question... I can't really answer, since I'm not familiar with bowstaves. That said... if you use something as a bow, and it fires like a bow, and it uses stats like a bow... it's really pretty lame if your GM won't let you use bow feats and stunts with it. :P

I know this is the place for JJ to answer questions but I'm pretty sure there's a feat chain to let you use your ranged feats when meleeing with a bow.

empty quiver style
empty quiver felxibility
So, should a level one spell replace a lengthy feat chain (five feats)?

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Ticonderoga is, for me, a great name from a Tom Waits song.

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Creighton Broadhurst wrote:


20 Uneventful Days in a Forest by John Bennett

That's a lovely resource. Cheers.

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I wrote the above in something of a bad mood with the novel.
I will endeavour to write something more constructive and thoughtful later.

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James Jacobs has already written a Hobgoblin invasion AP and it was brilliant, despite the crowbarring in of all those dragon-ish beasties.

Check out Red Hand of Doom.

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If you look in the mirror and say the city's name twice, the second time an exclamation, you might summon William Faulkner, a level 8 dread laureate.
However, if you do this it is unlikely that your story will end well.

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Jessica Price wrote:
Paz wrote:
I did a double-take when I saw Crystal's face on the front page of the BBC News site!
It was on the front page? 0_0

You still are.

Right-hand sidebar, fifth article down.

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Jeven wrote:
Shaun wrote:

Lord Gyr of House Gixx

...
Sarenrae sounds like "saren-rye".

I wonder if Gyr Gixx was a homage to Gary Gygax.

Sarenrae "searing ray" the light spells woman.

The god Nob ... Nog... ?? ... ugh, whatever, lets just call him Nobgobbler.

Yes, that has been confirmed as a genuine Gygax tribute.

Making it hard to pronounce is probably part of the tribute!

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Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:

Straight Outta Hogwarts

Gangsta wizards wear their seat belts, apparently.

For some reason, made me think of this.

"Where my gerunds at?"

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Sweet Smashing Pumpkins reference.

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Arcadia bugs me.

I'm a student of Ancient History, and a lover of art filled with classical allusions.

As such, I have a very strong sense of what Arcadia represents.

From Wikipedia: "Arcadia (Greek: Ἀρκαδία) refers to an ancient civilization of pastoralism and harmony with nature. The Greek province of the same name is derived from it; Arcadia has developed into a poetic byword for a noble and peaceful wilderness. Arcadia is a poetic place associated with bountiful natural splendor and harmony.[1] The 'Garden' is often inhabited by shepherds. The place is also mentioned in Renaissance mythology.

The inhabitants were often regarded as having continued to live after the manner of the Golden Age.[2] It is also sometimes referred to in English poetry as Arcady. The inhabitants of this region are regarded as living close to nature, peaceful, and virtuous."

So, Arcadia is a mythical/fantasy place name.

And in Pathfinder it is a fantasy place name.

But of a very different place.

A really annoying choice.

It's like having a race of lizard people and calling them 'Ewoks'.

So jarring!

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Imagine being Egyptian: there even the dead cats are historical!

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Slint - Spiderland

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amen punk

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John Woodford wrote:

And how many people reading that will recognize that it's a eulogy for Wrecan?

ETA: I wouldn't have, but for 137ben's post.

Wow, that's beautiful and sad.

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Type O Negative - October Rust

This is a serious blast from the past.

So serious; so playful...

plus

Moss Icon were pretty damn amazing.

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I've heard he's got a gift for fantasy writing, you might call it a knack...

...

..

.

I'll get my coat.

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I'm confused by this whole audible nonsense.

Why can't I just download the file? It's annoying.

Pass.

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dien wrote:

Can't stand Name of the Wind. Had at least four different friends whose reading tastes and intelligence I like and respect praise it to high heavens as the most amazing new fantasy in forever, so I went into it expecting something pretty good...

...and got something that reads like someone wrote up a novel starring their first RPG character. Wish-fulfilment Mary Sue doesn't even come close. Not only that, the prose is fecking AWFUL (he spends three pages describing what a certain type of silence sounds like), and Kvothe is just... intensely unlikable in every metric I can think of. I cannot fathom why anybody enjoys his character.

That silence bit is one page. One brilliant page. I adore it.

He writes elegant prose, a pleasure just to read many of his sentences.

Each to their own.

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Lesson 42: Forums are way too long.

An' ain't that a fact.

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Wow, that's horrible.

Suddenly, I feel more positive about Royal Mail.

So, um, yeah... maybe try moving to the UK?

.
..
...

I am really bad at advice.

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I like PF.

I don't see a reason to change? Unless Paizo are dependant on publishing bestiaries & splatbooks and run out of ideas.

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The UK says...

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baja1000 wrote:
Can't wait to play this campaign. I love playing LE characters the most, being that anti-hero sort of character is just always fun. Fun to play as Red X. "I don't like to play the hero...doesn't mean I don't know how."

An anti-hero is not necessarily a villain and/or evil. They can be Byronic, outsiders or simply incapable of standard heroism, like Hamlet.

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CBDunkerson wrote:
Lord Mhoram wrote:

While I am more on Berselius side of the fence about this whole thing, I understand why it is being attempted.

I do like the fact that the characters are not being called Evil Heroes or Anti-heroes but Villains.

Oddly, I'm having much the opposite reaction... I don't mind evil characters or campaigns, but I'm used to them being 'evil/anti heroes' rather than 'villains'. That is, I could see something like an evil character fighting to preserve Cheliax on the belief that order is preferable to chaos... but Lazzero just seems like a jerk. Mom and dad didn't understand him and other kids were mean? Boo frickin' hoo.

...And he was tempted by an evil god...

But, yeah, I don't think we're meant to feel sympathy for him.

He's a villain!

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Norin d'orien wrote:


-the white thing around his chin..meh, looks like he's stolen it from a nun

I think it's a ruff, which seems pretty Chelaxian to me.

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Autokrator: some intense, brooding metal.

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