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Sweet Smashing Pumpkins reference.

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James Sutter wrote:
GeraintElberion wrote:
(Valeros, for instance, has definitely regressed) sonce Zub left the line.
I'm actually really curious about this. Where did you feel Valeros was heading, such that you now feel he's regressed?

It felt like he was maturing (not suddenly turning into a philosopher, but maturing). It was nicely gradual and involved some rueful admissions on his part. Aslo, he had a kind of horny side that was fading.

Then in Origins he was the same in Sheila's office as he was in the backstory and he has stayed at that level in Hollow Mountain.

Obviously, that's just how it seems to me.

I guess I saw him as on an arc where he would eventually (maybe not by now, but eventually) help someone to be cautious or thoughtful and there'd be a neat joke/moment with Seoni saying, "Valeros, what are you... oh, right. Yeah. Good."

And then there'd always be the option for circumstances to send him back into his old ways which would be dramatic and engaging.

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The Worldwound Gambit, if I remember correctly...

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I've enjoyed Hollow Mountain but I think character development/arcs have stalled or gone backwards (Valeros, for instance, has definitely regressed) sonce Zub left the line.

I also thought issue 5 was pretty lara-croft-inflating-boobs, which was pretty lame.

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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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This is all only relevant if you play in Golarion.

Well, it has been established that Earth exists, although the timeline does not match up with modern Earth, so it is theoretically possible to learn most Earth languages.

The real question is, how did your character discover the existence of these languages?

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Thomas Seitz wrote:
No David. There's not religious stuff going on there. Just people seeking divinity. It's completely different.

Well, that seems pretty religious to me...

The pathfinderwiki does a good summary of what we know, which isn't very much.

People only enter the cathedral if they want to become gods. I don't think it would be fair to simply call it a mythic dungeon either, the whole place is above and beyond anything you might call a temple or a dungeon.

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

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Converting for player numbers with an AP would be the kind of content that a podcast like Private Sanctuary / Know Direction could cover.

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L Kelly wrote:

linkified

Warcrab - local doom/sludge band. They play heavy

Old Man Gloom - The Ape of God

Had a weird release with a fake review copies (with alternate mixes in a different sequence) and was then released as two albums with the same name.

Hard to find the real thing online. The link is to the head-messing version.

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Slint - Spiderland

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So, at low-level Valeros has no armour?

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I tidied my module collection the other day: modules starting at every level from 1 to 16, excluding 2 for obvious reasons.

And they are all available still as PDFs.

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Daniel Rust wrote:
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Warwickshire, England, UK.

If you've not heard of Warwickshire you have heard of its most famous son: William Shakespeare.
Hey! I'm also from Warwickshire, UK. Living in Birmingham at the moment, however - the noisy, upstart neighbour.

I always longed for Birmingham as a teenager: so much more exciting and cosmopolitan.

Now I live in a village so sleepy we could be re-named 'Sleepton' and few people would notice.

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Warwickshire, England, UK.
If you've not heard of Warwickshire you have heard of its most famous son: William Shakespeare.

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Knut - H/Armless

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Looking forward to Strange Aeons: not feeling the evil AP at all.

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It is odd that the main page is... the store blog!

Although that's pretty common in the industry.

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Hello,

I would like to cancel my Tales subscription, please.

Cheers,

Geraint

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amen punk

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I gave my Beginner Box to a school library a few weeks ago. This is the perfect way to replace it.

I'll have to wait until I get paid though, roll on Tuesday!

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So, the Dark Eye promo in my sub has a Paizo logo on it.

Therefore, I have decided that JJ will develop a new Dark Eye AP.

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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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Ed Reppert wrote:

Looking forward to this. One thing in the blurb I find confusing: "the hated legacy of noble Chelish diabolists runs deep". There is a legacy of 'noble Chelish diabolists'. Okay. This legacy 'runs deep'. Dunno what that means. It is also hated. Or ... did you mean something like 'the legacy of hatred of noble Chelish diabolists runs deep'?

I'm not trying to be nitpicky, it's just I'm trying to understand what you mean. :-)

So...

noble Chelish diabolists have been an influence on the place for a long time (their legacy)

this lengthy influence is hated (hated)

this influence is deeply embedded in the town, intertwined with lives and the functioning of the community (runs deep)

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These images just remind me how much I am on the Glorious Reclamation's side.

I hope the PCs fail. I probably shouldn't GM this...

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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 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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