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In Pathfinder, adventurers need big cities to buy magic items. Or die.

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Is it mean to wonder if this is a troll?

If the OP has 2e experience and three posts ever on the boards... 30+ years old...

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Is this Beginner Box rules?

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

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That sounds like a fantastic game. My players split up and two were killed by Black Fang while another two fell to the reefclaw.
It's their own fault for refusing to talk to the goblin king :)

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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 just listened to the Know Direction recording of Nick's PaizoCon seminar.
Really interesting and enjoyable.

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My guess is that Concordance is the Neutral book.

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I hope this is super mysterious and CN.

I only want answers about the first world if they're the kind that prompt more questions and mystery.

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F. Wesley Schneider wrote:

Oooh! Though, on a serious note about the "batlike" description, that's deliberately chosen as Havenguard Asylum is a small Kirkbride Institution. Maps of Caliphas show the asylum's architectural similarity to famous institutions like Danvers, Weston State, Buffalo State, and, my personal favorite (and childhood backyard) Spring Grove. So that's where that came from!

Thanks for the chance to point it out and for reading! :D

Now that is cooler.

Can you re-print with footnotes?

Also, taking criticism with such good grace shows way more character than I'd probably manage.

I've tried again and I think a simpler conclusion is that your style is not my style. And that's fine.

So, I think I was being a picky-picky moaner because I wanted this to be like the classic gothic stuff I like, but set in Ustalav. And that's unfair, to complain that I book wasn't what I had demanded. Damnit, did nobody get my psychic commands?! Again!

Although, now I want the 'What happens to Ustalavian politics when the tarrasque turns up' novel, or maybe AP. Maybe my psychic commands will work this time. Psychic Command!

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owenstreetpress wrote:

Just signed up for this, which brings the total number of higher education institutions at which I've taken courses higher than I really feel like enumerating.

And those of you attending (or thinking of doing so): don't forget to save your receipt because you can probably write this off on your taxes.

Anyway, a bit about me. My actual name is Jason Owen Black, and I've been playing RPGs since 2nd Edition back in the early 90s. I've been interested in game design since about the same time, and did some freelance stuff for the d20 System before I went off to grad school. Since then I've gotten back into game design and have some third party credits for Pathfinder. I'm interested in developing my skills both as a GM and a designer.

I haven't actually read any of Nick's adventures, but I did take a GMing on the fly workshop at PaizoCon 2015 which was great (and helpful in my current 5e game I'm running). I also got to play some Call of Cthulhu and Pathfinder with Greg Vaughn at PaizoCon 2016 so I get where Nick's coming from there :)

Looking forward to the class!

Revenge of the Kobold King is a free FreeRPGday module published by Paizo and written by Nick. It is 3.5 but also ace and free.

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Marco Massoudi wrote:


I don't have a credit card at the moment and have no intentions of putting up with customs.

It depends on the bank, but I can buy with my debit account from Paizo and just get a small charge for an overseas transaction (£1).

Subscribe too and you'll get the Pathfinder Advantage.

I have never had a customs block for books, and I have been getting them from Paizo at least once a month for more than five years.

Even with postage, you're going to save a lot over that 20-30 Euro amount.

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What I really want is more adventures written by Creighton.
When do we get to visit the dwarf halls from the map in the shadowed keep?

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The backstory to this one is full of complexity and potential red herrings. I like it but think I may have to re-read a lot before running this.

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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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I'm into the third chapter and this has some horribly tortured prose.

It is too vernacular and inelegant to be considered gothic. I like gothic.
Instead it is simply confused. Characterisation is inconsistent, descriptions contradictory...
The description of Havenguard as batlike (massive, hundreds of eyes, veined tongue, you know, like a bat) as 'palace-like'. 'Imposition' used to clumsily transfer 'imposing'. A building which thrums with hundreds of breaths (just not how breathing carries).
At the top of the same page a faint haze of moonlight somehow illuminates acres...
And then a coach designed to carry mourners in stately passage, in no way described as speeding 'ground to a halt'.

Very poor.

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Lisa Stevens wrote:
Gerald wrote:
I know what Lisa said, but I'm worried this will cause a slip in original PF quality, much like the ACG when the team was distracted with PF Online. That ended up a debacle IMHO. Hopefully they have learned from that and will be fine. I'm definitely worried, though.

I can tell you that there was not a single editorial team resource that got distracted by Pathfinder Online. There was maybe a once every two weeks 1 hour approval meeting. That is that. Pathfinder Online had next to zero impact on the Paizo editorial team.

-Lisa

I worried at the time that a whole bunch of paizonauts writing Thornkeep and Emerald Spire might have an impact. Extra work is extra work.

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Irish66 wrote:
hi there new the world of rpg well not new havent played since 8th grade ummm 1986 im trying to figure all this out because my 12 year old daughter wants to play. im as clueless now as i was then if not more but by god i will learn haha

It's a great way to learn.

The adventure is great hack and slash too. If you want more social interaction it takes a bit more work.

Check out Fangs from the Past for a great Beginner Box adventure with more social stuff.

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Or has this been a bluff, distracting us from Sutter's really secret project?

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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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Jessica Price wrote:
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Jessica Price wrote:

Thanks! :-)

We were in the Washington Post, too!

Linkified

Edit: Don't read the WP article comments. >:(

That's a pretty troll-baiting slant to take on the story.

The BBC reports: "GenCon more diverse"
WP reports: GenCon diversity controversy!"

No wonder the comments are a mess; the article invites conflict.

Not that I agree with the trolls, just... c'mon, report the story.

No, the comments are a mess because a loud segment of gamers can't stand being called on their misogyny, and take even merely pointing out that Gen Con's past GoH/II slates have been exclusionary as an insult. If the BBC had allowed comments, they'd be a mess, too. If you don't believe that, feel free to look at the Pathfinder RPG group where someone posted a link to the BBC video. It was vitriolic enough that the OP had to turn off commenting.

And yes, I'd say that the fact that gamers respond to an announcement that a slate of speakers is gender-balanced with threats, talk of boycotts, and other temper tantrums is actually part of the story.

Fair enough, I still think that knowing the trolls will come anyway is no excuse for inviting them in with a tip of the hat.

So, I guess... I would, if I could, redact the words 'No wonder the comments are a mess' from the above.

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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Jessica Price wrote:

Thanks! :-)

We were in the Washington Post, too!

Linkified

Edit: Don't read the WP article comments. >:(

That's a pretty troll-baiting slant to take on the story.

The BBC reports: "GenCon more diverse"
WP reports: GenCon diversity controversy!"

No wonder the comments are a mess; the article invites conflict.

Not that I agree with the trolls, just... c'mon, report the story.

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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:
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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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Thread Ressurection!

I was reminded of this when I cracked open Reign of Stars in the Tales line.

So much immersion-breaking language that is the opposite of timeless in just the first few pages:
'they were a fine area denial weapon'
'poor ordnance-purchasing decisions'
'trigger' as a verb
'housewarming present'
'a short-acting compound'
'researcher'
'security-conscious'
'automatically'
'overkill'

and then there's the weird use of a term from Freudian psychoanalysis to refer to traps: 'defence mechanisms'.

KAM is ace at alchemical language. he should be the model.

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Jeven wrote:
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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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James Sutter wrote:
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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.

Do you have any links to any of Gary Kloster's short sci-fi, or a blog, or something? My Google-fu was weak and I had trouble finding him and wasn't sure if I had him or some other Gary Kloster in my search results.

Hopefully more info about the author will be forthcoming.

For the record, both Gary and I are fully aware of the danger inherent in a novel about the Mwangi Expanse—and the opportunity. The reason Gary hasn't done any web fiction yet is because the web fiction story I assigned him was so good that I immediately made him turn around and make it the first four chapters of this novel!

Long story short, I'm *really* excited about this one. Gary took on a monumental task, and knocked it out of the park. I can't wait for you all to read it. :)

Finally got round to reading this and really enjoyed it. Nice work all round.

I would happily read a sequel.

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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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That many damage-dealers means that a bard's buffs would be very effective.
Plus, the charismatic leader thing.

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Doubt wrote:
Most of the other player guide's for adventure paths are now free pdfs. Was it intentional to leave this one at $7? I've been using the player's guide as a samples to choose which adventure paths to pick up.

This is a full 32 page book of original content in the companion line (now the 'players' companion' line) rather than a pdf-only guide with half the pages that is designed to promote/support an AP.

It comes from a time when Paizo was trying out different ways of providing players' guides.

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Sweet Smashing Pumpkins reference.

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James Sutter wrote:
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(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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