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drunken_nomad wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Kirth Gersen wrote:
Orthos wrote:
HammerFall ► Hammerfall

My friend Heyward, about Bad Company:

"When a group has a song that's named after themselves, it's a sure sign that they suck!"

Hey man, "Minor Threat" by Minor Threat is a CLASSIC.

IRON MAIDEN by IRON MAIDEN

...Iron Maiden's gonna get you, no matter how far.

Bad Company is a pretty goofy band (though I still like 'Rock n Roll Fantasy') and the song is alright *shrug* (as is the 5FDP cover of that self titled tune).

Orthos, have you had a chance to see Wacken Open Air festival? Or Paganfest if youre in the states? A lot of those bands play in those places...Download Festival in UK too. Watching Amon Amarth or Kamelot or Turisas or Gamma Ray live is spectacular!

Snot - Snot

Refused - Refused are F*+!ing Dead

Wu-Tang Clan - Wu-Tang Clan ain't Nothing ta F#!& Wit

Jane's Addiction - Jane Says

Atari Teenage Riot - Atari Teenage Riot II

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leo1925 wrote:
I am running Iron Gods (party currently in science deck) and i have read most (but not all) of the 2nd book, the art seems better than ever to me, the 1st book is very good (although the science deck seems kinda weak) but the 2nd book seems very boring to me, i sincerely hope it isn't boring to play as well.

It looks like it will play well.

Your players' choices will make a big difference, they have a huge opportunity to (even unwittingly) approach the situations in many different ways.

It also has plenty of perverse and engaging details which are Logue's signature.

What, particularly, seems boring to you?

Taldor

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So, Jim Zub is writing the DnD comic now, as well as the Pathfinder comic?

One-man genre!

Taldor

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Congratulations!

Taldor

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I don't think you can judge an AP on three books.

Even after all six are out, you need to give time for them to be played and reflected on.

Taldor

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GreyWolfLord wrote:

AS LONG AS WE ARE TALKING DIVERSITY...There are a few areas which PAIZO does not represent minorities.

I don't think most of the pictures they post have a racial minority (I think ethnic, for example Hispanics, but I haven't seen any Asians or African Americans in the pictures that they post on their blogs, or on the representatives of their company all that much).

In fact, we've seen more European women and men than any minorities. We've seen a few LGBT, normally not in their photos though, but on the forums.

That is, if we are going to talk about the hiring representation, of course.

As far as the editing the OP came across as personally motivated (whether it was or not). Hard to comment on such a thing in that light.

On that same note, and related to the design and development team, I think a women would almost be mandatory for that. I was unaware that there were no women on that team. Wouldn't it be great to have a woman's insight? I think a women on the team would be able to more aptly directly apply a woman's sense of interest and thoughts which many times are not heeded or seen on teams composed entirely of men.

Just my two useless copper since this subject was brought up.

When it comes to art, the Paizonians have mentioned that fantasy artists are a funny bunch.

They often get art which which is much more white and buxom than they ask for.

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I have just returned from Oxford Beer Festival, which I enjoyed very much.

The highlight was Gallipoli (a fantastic stout/porter with really rich flavours), from a tiny local brewery. Blue Sky was also excellent (very fresh and crisp) and so was Stormcrow (dark and licquorice,with extra points for a LoTR reference).

I wish all of my beer was fresh from the cask!

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Babies are awesome!

Baby TacticsLion is, presumably, preparing for a mythic game of Kirthfinder already.

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Nostalgia!

At The Drive-In - Relationship of Command

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Limeylongears wrote:

A good week for picking up inexpensive reading material in charity shops:

I Knew a Young Lady Who.. - Yorkshire Cat's Protection League (99p)
Lies of Locke Lamora and A History of Tea - Helping Hands (50p each)
Das Krapital (Roger's Profanisaurus) - British Heart Foundation (£2.50)

The latter is one of my favourite books of all time, being a huge compendium (?) of indecent words, phrases and expressions, very few of which would be at all appropriate for sharing on paizo.com. However, if anybody has ever cried 'Begone, Demon Lord of Karanga!' after disposing of a particularly arduous bowel evacuation, consider yourself congratulated.

Ah, Viz! I wonder if that's humour which travels well?

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So, third Gulf War coming soon to a military near you.

Ain't it grand!

Taldor

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This is great: the semi-sandbox environment, the rep rules, the gangs...

Good work Logue.

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That's not really a sensible comparison.

Geography is often misread here: the Falklands are a long way from Argentina, they are not 'naturally' part of any state.

The people who matter here, the Islanders, speak English and feel themselves to be British. The economy has, for generations, been supported by the UK with no expectation of benefit.

In a sense, colonising the Falklands has been a mistake but we have supported the place regardless.

Every so often they have a referendum to prove the obvious: the overwhelming majority of the islanders want to remain British.

I don't understand why LazarX has a problem with that?

It makes more sense for Alaska to join Canada and Hawaii to become an independent state than it does for Argentina to govern the Falklands. None of those things should happen though.

Taldor

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Galtieri's Junta started the war.

And, unlike him, Thatcher was democratically elected.

Also, honestly, it's hard to find a Briton who harbours any real resentment toward Argentina as a result of the Falklands war.

I know that 1980s-style lefty humour thinks any knock to El Thatcherino is hilarious but that one just doesn't scan...

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It's depressing that an oppressive dictator can use war to distract his people and then, even after they angrily ditch him, the animosity he manufactured continues for generations.

What a terrible, terrible man.

Taldor

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CE characters like to mess with people: "Sure, I'll turn your parents into vampires: bring them to me."

Taldor

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I have almost every PAizo book and have had no problems. However, I have not opened WotR volumes as I was playing it.

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It is a magnificent event, all the same.

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Is this a forum post, or is it ad copy?

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James Sutter wrote:
havoc xiii wrote:
So I'm rereading this book and I notice Lissete a song about a certain "hero" and his halfling brother. That was awesome to see.
I was wondering how many people noticed that particular Easter egg. :) Glad you enjoyed it!

Explainings?

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So...

A sci-fi author with no web-fiction and no published novel-length fiction is dropped into cliche-danger territory.

I am concerned.

James better be showing some mad editor-fu here and have gone full diamond-in-the-rough with this author.

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The obvious choice would be Athens.

It has the infrastructure, it has the history (well, Greece does, and Athens had the Panathenaia), it could do with the money and it is not a big competitor so bias wouldn't be a problem.

Taldor

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Hey, that's not right: Valeros should be trapped and bleeding while the others come to his rescue.

And I thought you respected 3.5 continuity...

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Rynjin wrote:

Which would be a perfectly valid argument if other authors weren't doing a job that was both good AND timely.

Also TBH the quality of the ASoIaF books can be mapped pretty close to inversely proportional to how much time he's taken to write each one.

I mean, maybe I'm wrong and the books are actually much worse than they would be if he were releasing them in a timely fashion, but considering most of the problems with the books is "I GOTTA HAVE MORE PADDING" I doubt that.

You're making the mistake of conflating length of time taken to create with quality of product (much like people think "It's more expensive! It MUST be better!").

I'm a s$&%ty artist. It takes me twice as much time to make anything as my other classmates did. Doesn't make my art better. It's still garbage.

It still is a perfectly valid argument, regardless of what other authors do, because not all authors are the same. It's a human thing.

I've not read any GRRM, incidentally, I was just addressing the principle.

And you have either misread or misunderstood my post. At no point did I conflate length of time to produce a work and quality of work.

I said that a rush job is normally a bad job.

What I suggested is that work does not always take the same fixed amount of time to produce and that there may be times when you have to take longer to produce the same quality.

Why are you misrepresenting my suggestion? I don't get it.

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My next three reads are all things I need to build schemes-of-study for: The Woman In Black, The Sign of Four and Never Let Me Go.

The only one I haven't read before is Never Let Me Go.

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Treppa wrote:
I've been reading Story Physics, which uses The Hunger Games as an example of outstanding plot construction, so I bought all 3 books in the series and read them yesterday. Though they aren't my favorite books, I can see how the plotting works and works well.

That's the problem with them, you can see the cogs and gears poking out all over the place.

And it is so structurally repetitive.

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I would argue that a writer has an obligation to her/himself, to their art and to posterity.

All of these things are reasons to do a good job rather than a timely job.

If an author is finding it hard to do a top-notch job, why rush them into producing a poor piece of work. That's a terrible idea.

Quality, not quantity.

If GRRM died in three years time, would it be better that he was remembered as the guy who screwed up his epic work with two shoddy final works (this is called 'doing a Lucas') or as a great author who didn't finish his masterpiece?

Would we remember Peake so fondly if he had a completed epic with a terrible, terrible final act.

It's not entitlement: it's a failure to comprehend that the creative process is a product of something more than X amount of hours in front of a typewriter/keyboard/pen&paper.

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Hudax wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Hudax wrote:
He's like the student whose 5 page essays are 30 pages long and several months late. You want to fail them on principle.
H-hey! I put a lot of research and effort into those, thankyouverymu-

YOU! *crumples up fictitious red pen*

It's a good thing I'm not a teacher. Everyone would just get C's.

Coward!

:b

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Don Juan de Cornelius wrote:

Funk for Friday!

Perennial favorite:

There's a Riot Goin' On

There's a riot goin' on inside of me...

Taldor

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Farage's excuse for every mad UKIP employee is bumbling: "Well, I can't be expected to know what's going on with all of these people running around. I know I'm in charge but really, there's a lot to do. Anyway, was it my round..."

I don't think Farage is a bumbler - he's whipped the mess of UKIP into some kind of shape - I think he pretends to be one for the same reasons that Boris does.

The British like an affable bumbler.

Incidentally, my perception may be at variance with your own but to belittle my perception as 'projection' seems unfair.

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Thematically, you might argue that A Song of Ice and Fire is about endless cycles of conflict, tribalism and narrow self-interest.

Which means that, by not completing his novel, he is continuing his story in a new medium.

How does James feel about books which deliberately mess with reader expectations? Or those that are crafted with incomplete conclusions?

Some people think that Pathfinder Tales *owes* them third-person, past-tense writing. Are they correct?

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I'm still excited to see Logue's name next to things.

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I'm going to repeat this...

It doesn't matter how long you live, you're still going to spend your whole life as a level 1 peasant unless you hit the heroic jackpot.

A human who gets granted eternal life will still stay at level 1 for all of eternity unless they get adventuring (or GM/advernture-designer fiat elevates them for story reasons).

The lifespan doesn't matter. If you've got a 6 intelligence then you'll just go from stupid kid to stupid adult to stupid relic.

The real controversy is that after the age of 70 humans don't have to roll a save against senility every year! Paizo are idiots...

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Aubrey the Malformed wrote:
...snip...I'm not convinced by your bumbling through comment either. The rise of UKIP suggest the tolerance for bumbling through in general is pretty low, especially where this bumbling seems to benefit a few people and leave others behind...snip...

We have had a system which benefits the few at the expense of the many for all of recorded history. I can't really see that changing any time soon.

And we've always put up with it: I can't imagine major protests for a fair society any time soon.

The idea that UKIP are supported because people want decisive leadership is laughable. Is Farage selling himself as anything but an affable bumbler?

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I don't really enjoy it but my better half thinks it's great.

I'm on St. Peter's Organic at the moment, I think I'd call it a classic best bitter.

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It's true, Pratchett's writing is far from mere jolly japes.

If he'd been interested in flattering the egos of the mighty by directly satirising individuals then he'd probably be held up as a modern Swift.

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Ravingdork wrote:
GeraintElberion wrote:

A human wizard who goes through RotRL matures from 18 year old bumbler to super-awesome knower of all things and cosmic reality bender in less than a year.

That is so unrealistic, characters should advance no more than one or two levels per year...

Wizards are unrealistic? Hah!

GeraintElberion wrote:

A human wizard who goes through RotRL matures from 18 year old bumbler to super-awesome knower of all things and cosmic reality bender in less than a year.

That is so difficult for me to imagine, characters should advance no more than one or two levels per year...

Fixed that for you.

What's so hard to imagine about that? Jedi and magic'd up heroes form other media sources do it all the time!

I need to get facebook linked up to my Paizo account so they can tag posts as satire...

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A human wizard who goes through RotRL matures from 18 year old bumbler to super-awesome knower of all things and cosmic reality bender in less than a year.

That is so unrealistic, characters should advance no more than one or two levels per year...

Or

Adolescence is culturally defined and almost every person in the world lived and dies at level 1.

Going above level 1 makes you special.

Maybe these elf kids are level 1 commoners from 16 to the age they die.

Maybe 100 is just when they become sexually reproductive?

I know people in their 90s who are ignorant and stupid: ageing does not innately confer skill and intellect.

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Aubrey the Malformed wrote:
GeraintElberion wrote:
I don't foresee an English parliament (in a sense, there already is one) but rather some kind of technical voting settlement for West Lothian issues.

Problem is, it could really make life hard for a Labour government if they didn't have a separate assembly for England to decide English issues. If they simply deny Scottish MPs the right to vote on English legislation, then a Labour governemnt probably couldn't pass most of its policies. It'd be a political disaster.

And London will dominate, come what may. Frankly, with a higher population and much higher GDP than Scotland, they deserve their own assembly (though that would probably be bad for the rest of the country).

I think the solution would probably be to pass national policy and then, afterwards, have regions tweak it.

The vast majority of British law is applied nationally at the moment and I don't see that changing.

Councils have a certain flexibility in taxation but it does not require a separate vote for each county.

I'm not saying that this is an ideal solution but it is a perfectly manageable one for Labour.

It seems equally likely/unlikely that the Conservatives will try to engineer English-only laws to drive through policy.

The British people are fine with bumbling along with some funny traditions but tend to take against extreme gamesmanship. I can't picture a US style conflict politics thing working here.

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My initial Reaper KS minis arrived the same week that my daughter was born. That's a lot of minis I have yet to paint...

Even without my girl, there have been a lot of mini kickstarters over the last few years. It suits the industry but burn out is inevitable.

And it has funded.

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Louis Agresta wrote:
GeraintElberion wrote:
I would put Logue at the top for Razor Coast alone.

To be fair, while RC is Logue's brainchild/heartchild/creative c-section, and he wrote about a third of the core book, Hitchcock wrote the other third.

I love when those two collaborate. Carnival anyone?

- Lou

In my perfect world, those two are housemates in a sprawling gothic plantation-owners house.

Without outside influence they would shred most of their work in drunken arguments but the need to compete with Pett's creative output is just too strong.

Also, given my Razor Coast love, I should definitely add Agresta to the list!

Taldor

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Ironically, or fittingly perhaps, the Scottish referendum was, in retrospect, a great advert for Britain.

I don't foresee an English parliament (in a sense, there already is one) but rather some kind of technical voting settlement for West Lothian issues.

Regional assemblies in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland probably clarifies the topics: it is easier to label things as only-affecting-England now.

London still dominates: that's the real 'English Question'. I can't see Cameron addressing that.

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I would put Logue at the top for Razor Coast alone.

Creichton Broadhurst and James Jacobs are too close to call in 2nd and 3rd.

I've just changed my mind about eight times for fourth place. Hodge/Frasier/Pett/Vaughn/Hitchcock/Spicer/Develyn

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Just got my weekly Paizo e-mail and the last bit was a lovely tribute.

RIP

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They're great: a very fine oatmeal stout they do.

I've opened my first bottle, Dead Pony Club. It's a Californian Pale, apparently: very grapefruity...

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Just got a variety
here].

Includes Sam Smiths Apricot! For the wife...

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Quietly pleased.

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I don't think there is much of an appetite for regional government in England. Beyond an excitable minority in Cornwall.

Lots of people just see it as an extra layer of government.

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The polls are now very even.

I have no idea how it's going to go.

I really hope they stay.

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I was surprised to discover that the Doctor can shut people down with a finger to the forehead.

Weird.

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