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I've just realised I got this all wrong.

Christmas gift bundles are usually discount bundles.

So, there's a good chance that anyone buying the two separately would be paying more than $1.10

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UXO which is a collaboration from a member of Unsane and Steve Austin from Today is the Day.

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Samy wrote:
I'm going to have to assume that the villian spelling is intentional after multiple occurrences.

Yeah, that's weird.

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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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To be honest, this debate has just triggered my nepotism radar.

I worry about people who are clearly 'connected' and might not have had the same pressure to prove themselves.

Paizo have produced some very fine writers but, as a subscriber, my collection has four or five real stinkers.

So, I looked at some samples

Seems a bit wordy and pleased with itself but there is hope for the writer. That's a common flaw in a first novel.

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Skinwalkers was really underwhelming. Just spoon-feeding the reader like we're all morons. I might skip out on my sub for this one.

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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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Popular hack writes terrible verse...

ROMEO

[To JULIET] If I profane with my unworthiest hand
This holy shrine, the gentle fine is this:
My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand
To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.

JULIET

Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much,
Which mannerly devotion shows in this;
For saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do touch,
And palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss.

ROMEO

Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too?

JULIET

Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer.

ROMEO

O, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do;
They pray, grant thou, lest faith turn to despair.

JULIET

Saints do not move, though grant for prayers' sake.

ROMEO

Then move not, while my prayer's effect I take.
Thus from my lips, by yours, my sin is purged.

JULIET

Then have my lips the sin that they have took.

ROMEO

Sin from thy lips? O trespass sweetly urged!
Give me my sin again.

JULIET

You kiss by the book.

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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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Marco Massoudi wrote:

I have just leaved through this book today in my local flagstore and immediately decided to NOT buy it.

I have not read evetything so i can't really say much about the quality of the story. That said, i liked the older stuff Mr. Logue wtote.

It's good.

Marco Massoudi wrote:

2 things made me dislike the book immediately:

1. The maps are very simple and can be drawn in a few minutes. Nothing evocative there.

The maps on the inside cover are quite evocative and complex, as is that on page 20. The rest are more practical for a GM to draw, which I see as a benefit.

Marco Massoudi wrote:

2. The included fold-out map has a miniature battle scene on both sides of a very simple structure in the city of Dimayen which can be drawn in 3 minutes.

It also includes a secret door for everyone to see.
It would have been better to have a map of the city on one side, especially considering that the map of the city with about 5000 inhabitants in the back of the book is very small and only 10 locations are marked and listed.

Concerning the poster map: the location depicted is the only one small enough to fit on the map. The other locations are too large.

I do think the secret door is an error but the flaw with poster maps is always the need to conceal what the PCs can't see.

Marco Massoudi wrote:

Considering that part 1 (about half of the book takes place in the city, it is clearly underdeveloped.

Sadly this adventure continues the sunken quality of the module line,which started so awesome with The Dragons Demand...

Logue uses to concept of city 'circles' to make the most of appendix 1. The city is pretty interesting and I wouldn't mind seeing it in greater detail but it works for the story, especially combined with all of the content in the adventure which describes and evokes the world of Dimayen.

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Ragusa Cekbar wrote:
Is the Jackal Prince of Famine statted up in this adventure, or at least given a lot of lore?

A lot of lore and fully statted up: cool villain.

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Lesson 42: Forums are way too long.

An' ain't that a fact.

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Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:


Tricky--"Black Steel"

I love this, actually like it more than the original, but part of that is due to the original... possibly the finest cover ever.

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Yet another reason to feel sad that they took the spoof covers away from subscribers and whacked up the price.

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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?

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I am really bad at advice.

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Kavren Stark wrote:
I ran across a fifth version of the book on Flickr, by an artist called J. Madrid. Here's the URL: linkified

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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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Great investigation: deserves an FAQ.

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Leo_Negri wrote:

What happened with the Movie Poster Homages no longer being the Paizo.com exclusive cover? I'm glad they haven't been discontinued, since they were (and still are) my favorite variant, but I am a little sad I don't have them coming in my subscription every month any more.

Looks like Dynamite think you'll pay $20 for the movie poster cover.

Depressing, I really enjoyed getting them in my sub.

Issuse 1 and 2 are both still in the post to me: fingers crossed for a Christmas treat of those two plus AP100.

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Still waiting.

I'm European, and backed for a print copy.

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Bjørn Røyrvik wrote:

I am a big fan of the earliest books, "The Color of Magic" and "The Light Fantastic". Many fans think he got better as he went on, and that may be true about his writing, but I think the earliest Discworld books are generally better than the later ones.

Mostly because the world isn't defined yet, and things can be thrown in there for a laugh (and making fun of fantasy tropes or specific works of fiction) without regard for consistency or what has come before.
Later works become increasingly soapboxy. He was always a bit preachy but as time wore on it became more and more thinly veiled, to the detriment of fun. Especially "Jingo" and on suffer from this. Not that there aren't enjoyable books beyond this point or that there are ones that are not worth reading, but the ones I reread are the earlier ones.

What I call Golden Age DW include "Pyramids", "Small Gods" and "Reaper Man" and a few others and are possibly the best, where he has a solid grasp of what he wants to do, the writing skills necessary to pull it off and enough blank canvas in the Disk to play freely and no need to reference any other characters or events in the other books. SG especially is preachy but he pulls it off very well, probably better than anywhere else.

"Night Watch" is one I've seen held up as a favorite ,or near favorite, by a number of other people. It is good, though not as good as the others I've mentioned.

I would recommend one of these. Pyramids is a stand-alone which leans on well-known tropes (ancient egypt, assassins, private education) so feels like an easy way into the Discworld and Pratchett's style.

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The UK says...

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UAE just proved what everyone already knew.

We have about seven average spinners to choose from and no real quality anywhere. So they pick Moeen because he can bat better than the other average spinners.

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edxerox wrote:
Excellent. Brilliant. Can this have some houses, with the roofs off so you can see inside.

I would love this with some downloadable roofs to print and slip over the top until it is time to see inside.

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Officially, Cthulu is on earth.

I don't know if you want to take your players there, like Baba Yaga does in Rasputin Must Die.

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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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This is really good. Just finished chapter 20 (no spoilers but: No Way!) and this is great stuff.

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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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Spencealot wrote:

So I am in a pathfinder story right now and my 13-14 year old friend has been trying to destroy me in the game because I was voted leader as the group and I have told about 3 npc's that I am the leader. He is a lvl 3 human, anti-paladin and I am a lvl 3 elf, ranger. I really need him dead before he becomes too powerful and our DM is sorta like he just lets almost everything go past the rules. Like one group member who also tried to kill me once (but he came to his senses that I am 2 levels higher than him) well his back story is that a fire god brought him back to life after he died as a baby and he can go through fire lava and is not affected of anything of the such. Also the guy Im trying to kill just got an army of like 300 orcs and they are ruled by him just because he asked the orcs as his soldiers. So its sorta screwed up but yeah thats some background, please help me if there is a way to kill him really good.

Also post your own questions for revenge here.

PS ask me if you want more information on this guy like his AC or my AC, and I have a bow that gives +4 to attack my BAB is +3 and my dex bonus is +5 so its total is +12

This sounds like when I started playing at a similar age, maybe a bit younger.

We were very flexible with rewards and into rule-of-cool over everything else.

We were also all about our own characters.

If I have this right and you are a young group starting out then read on...

I think you should probably figure out, as friends and away from the table, if this is how you want to play the game. Maybe in a situation with a parent or other adult nearby (because this reduces the likelihood of people getting stroppy and throwing dice).

My suggestions for a better game:
1. Your GM should not write the adventures. There is plenty of free stuff out there that he can run until he feels confident.
Honestly, the professionals are talented and experienced. Learn from them. These are all free adventures released by Paizo.

2. You should all be good.
Evil is tricky and problematic. Being heroes makes for simpler relationships.

3. Be a gang.
Make your characters together and create a reason why you are all together. If someone wants to spend money on an adventure then Crypt of the Everflame is designed to be a first adventure and it does a great job of bringing a party together.

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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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So, how is the writing being divided on this one?

It must be an unusual writing experience.

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It's 3.5 but Carnival of Tears is about a festive winter fete that is corrupted by evil fey.

It could easily be Christmas styled with minor cosmetic tweaks.

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Deserving winner. Well done.

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Just started on H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald.

A graceful writer, is the first impression.

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Autokrator: some intense, brooding metal.

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Trying Adnams dry-hopped lager.

Does what it says: a dry, very good lager. I like.

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I'm still waiting for mine.

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Lord Snow wrote:
GeraintElberion wrote:
Lord Snow wrote:
SmiloDan wrote:

I tried reading it, but it was too slow and boring.

I tried watching it, but it was too slow and boring and the characters were really annoying.

"Slow" doesn't even begin to describe it, honestly, but then neither does "brilliant". The footnotes are great, every single one of them, and the Fey themselves had some of the creepiest imagery and dialogue I've ever read. It's not a light read, for sure, but I do think it's a genre classic.

didn't it win all sorts of awards, too?

In other news, it seems that I have developed a kin intuition about The Wheel of Time - I know exactly how long certain scenes and descriptions are going to be, which is extremely useful when I don't want to read them. Two Aeas Sedai approach the POV of the episode? skip a paragraph, you don't care who the Aes Sedai are and what they look like anyway. That annoying main character that everyone seem to like for some reason approached a woman? skip a page, they are cat fighting. The queen enters a dressing room with a couple of maids? skip two and a half pages, they are comparing dresses and blushing.

Really, my uncanny ability to just skip ahead the exact number of lines to reach the next part where something actually happens is growing uncanny.

It seems to have won awards for being the 'right kind' of fantasy: ponderous, cod-Victorian and self-important. Like much literary fiction, it wears its themes on its sleeve.
Maybe. But then, I know personally about my self that I have nothing but contempt for literary fiction, and am not impressed by it. The SFF works that are considered literary I usually don't like. "1984" was one of the worst books I had the misfortune to read, and it's cousin "Brave New World" was one of the dumbest. For the most part, I'm looking for a good story with some fantastical elements to make it interesting - and JS&MN delivers very strongly on that front. It is a deep and intricate fantasy...

I don't dislike any particular genre. The Lowland is literary fiction, and also one of my favourite reads of the summer.

I lost patience with JS&MN, partly because it seemed to take it self very, very seriously. Not so much the story but the style. It's just not my cup of tea.

Just because it's not for me, doesn't mean it isn't a good book.

I just don't really rate book awards. I think there is a lot of ego, metropolitan-elite-ego, that goes into the judging of most book awards. Much more so than music or film awards.

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Lord Snow wrote:
SmiloDan wrote:

I tried reading it, but it was too slow and boring.

I tried watching it, but it was too slow and boring and the characters were really annoying.

"Slow" doesn't even begin to describe it, honestly, but then neither does "brilliant". The footnotes are great, every single one of them, and the Fey themselves had some of the creepiest imagery and dialogue I've ever read. It's not a light read, for sure, but I do think it's a genre classic.

didn't it win all sorts of awards, too?

In other news, it seems that I have developed a kin intuition about The Wheel of Time - I know exactly how long certain scenes and descriptions are going to be, which is extremely useful when I don't want to read them. Two Aeas Sedai approach the POV of the episode? skip a paragraph, you don't care who the Aes Sedai are and what they look like anyway. That annoying main character that everyone seem to like for some reason approached a woman? skip a page, they are cat fighting. The queen enters a dressing room with a couple of maids? skip two and a half pages, they are comparing dresses and blushing.

Really, my uncanny ability to just skip ahead the exact number of lines to reach the next part where something actually happens is growing uncanny.

It seems to have won awards for being the 'right kind' of fantasy: ponderous, cod-Victorian and self-important. Like much literary fiction, it wears its themes on its sleeve.

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Less than 1%

Think of all the pbp related threads, all of the threads about new products etc.

I barely notice alignment debates because they're not in the areas of the forum that I frequent.

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Is Roy going to do a Rocky here: just keep on surviving until Durkula has run out of spells and is 'just' a vampire?

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Press have knives out for Lancaster. I think he's doomed.

There are worse sides than England who will qualify for the quarter finals (Scotland) but England have suffered from such a tough group.

As a Welshman, I'm glad we have qualified with a game remaining.

I also thought Australia looked very good.

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Maybe it's the end of OotS?

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one of those days: 1d1 ⇒ 1

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Elves of Golarion was disappointing.

Elves in Second Darkness were disappointing.

However, elves in the Pathfinder Tales line have been pretty cool and interesting. I like them.

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Oh man, it makes no sense to have these humans living in the cold, northern lands. They're just not suited to the environment.

Dwarves, with their constitution bonus, should live in the cold parts of the world.

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Oh man, it makes no sense to have these humans living in the hot, desert lands. They're just not suited to the environment.

Dwarves, with their constitution bonus, should live in the hot parts of the world.

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Oh man, it makes no sense to have these humans living in the humid, jungle lands. They're just not suited to the environment.

Dwarves, with their constitution bonus, should live in the humid parts of the world.

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etc.

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Aranna wrote:

3rd largest sporting contest? What do you mean by that? Largest in what way? I thought you meant fans... but an online search clearly disproved that. Largest in terms of time to complete it? Is that it? Cause that would make sense The only two longer ones are maybe the Olympics and World Cup Soccer (football everywhere else)(And why did we make a new sport and call it the same as an old sport anyway, too confusing).

I might watch some rugby just to see what it is...

There are about eight different events which all claim to be the third largest. Behind the football World Cup and the Olympics it all gets a bit fuzzy.

You can watch all of the RWC games in full on youtube. Or, for highlights find the channel for World Rugby (the game's governing body).

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Bluenose wrote:
after that display I expect Japan to beat Samoa and be in with a chance of qualifying for the next round, though it'll probably depend on points difference in the end.

They've got a different system.

In the event of a tie, the winner will be the one who beat the other.

Points difference will only come in if they drew their match, or if it was a weird three-way tie.

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Sissyl wrote:
wait, what???

I'm guessing that he helps people to write their wills.

I teach English and Classical Civilisation.

So, I suppose low-level expert with ranks in profession (teacher), knowledge (history) and something to do with Thassilon and Azlant.

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Namibia did very respectably, considering their status.

They were utterly delighted to get a try.

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