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Man, I grew up on German and Swedish 70 and 80s porn. Nature vs. Nurture and all that.

So did most of my players.

Except for my wife, she grew up on hentai, which shows every time we encounter a roper, an aboleth, a chaos beast or some other slimy tentacled thing...

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I always expose my players* to sexuality without warning. If somebody jumps through the window in anguish, well, I live on the ground floor.

* I don't run games for kids, on a principle.

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OOOOOH A KATANA THREAD!

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Mike J wrote:

my gaming group is all older (30+)

I don't want to ever be put in a situation where I have to explain to someone what a <insert adult topic> is.

A 30+ person should know what <insert adult topic> are, barring corner cases.

Also, I find it curious when folks have no problems with murdering sentient beings using balls of magical fire and acid, but flip out at the notion of hiring a prostitute.

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PHEW! I was afraid we're going to see a female nipple there and have millions of innocent children at risk, but fortunately, Paizo dodges artfully the bullet once again. :-P

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Every company has its Duke Nukem Forever.

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I always get a laugh out of veteran WFRP players who come back to me with "man, is the Pathfinder world rauchy!" comment. They don't see it as a negative, but are surprised by how often things that go bump in the nearby bush actually turn up as plot elements or NPC/PC modus operandi.

I also enjoy the fact that it encourages players to actually relate to sexuality of their PCs over the course of campaign. But on the other hand it doesn't force anybody into anything, so if you want to play yer asexual dwarven tunnel warrior whose only addiction is booze, fine. :)

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Adam B. 135 wrote:

Kidnapping people is not a good act. Pathfinder defines good and evil based on the act, not the mentality behind it.

So if my Paladin kidnaps an evil drow priestess in order to ransom her for 200 children who were about to be sacrificed to demon lords in an unholy rite, did he fail? Man, gaming with you must be difficult :)

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Now, having read it, I think it gives the final adventure of Kingmaker a run for its money. However, given that while Song of Thousand Screams was outstanding, it was barely connected to the rest of AP, so Crystal's adventure wins on the count of being a natural extension of the campaign.

Also, weredinosaurs.

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Weredinosaurs. And there I thought White Wolf went all the way with Mokolé. Well played Paizo, well played.

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Paizo should totally print a Dryad who helps the party, protects the local communities, leads wayward children back home safe, fights the evil fey, aids Good druids and rangers an at the same time keeps a harem of charmed oh hi Mikaze ORCS and keeps brutally treating them as sex slaves/cannon fodder AND leave her alignment out of the statblocks because giggles.

The ensuring alignment flame war would be nothing but glorious.

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Insain Dragoon wrote:

I think there is a difference in level between "not nice" and using magic to coerce someone into abandoning their homes to protect a forest on your whims+being your sexual object.

Though in your campaigns you can do whatever you want man.

First, the Bestiary clearly states that dryads are benign and they resort only to killing evil foes. Second, "charmed admirers" might as well be orcs, drow, goblins, bandits or whatever other Evil crap that happened to try and have a go at a dryad's tree. So, if you got charmed, you likely deserved it.

And if your GM is of that type of alignmentary absolutist, I'd consider finding a new one. He'll likely set you up for a "let an orphanage of goblin kids burn down or save them?" situation sooner than later, and we'll have one more fun thread about what alignments truly mean in D&D.

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GODDESS CRYSTAL! WE'RE NOT WORTHY! WE'RE NOT PREPARED!

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Ross Byers wrote:
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Especially since Paizo was apparently over-worked at the time with Sean's departure, but Jason still had enough time to launch products for Minotaur Games. Unless he decided he simply didn't need sleep and worked round the clock on Paizo and Minotaur products.

Minotaur is Jason's own brand. He works on it on his own time. He's salaried: he doesn't get overtime. Paizo doesn't own his nights and weekends.

Or is your position that if Paizo wants to give him 120 hours a week of work that he's not allowed to do anything for himself?

That and he should post his holiday plans at least 6 months ahead so that True Forum Fans know where his absence from messageboards is justified and warranted.

And honestly, designers should be allowed to ignore the forum only on state and religious holidays. I mean, how hard it is to answer rule questions while climbing or snorkeling? In the global digital age, there's no excuse for such leeway.

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Folks, can we just stop using all those computers? They're basically overpriced calculators, and humanity did just fine without them for ages.

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Anything that makes the 3.5e math easier and/or more accessible gets thumbs up from me.

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Insain Dragoon wrote:
Reminder that this company intentionally witheld the information that errata was even in the works at all for no reason whatsoever while the lead developer took a 2 month unannounced vacation from the forums following Gencon.

What is this I don't even.

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Dragon78 wrote:
Humans, Elves, Dwarves, Orcs, and Hobbits...I mean Halflings, there is nothing Tolkienesque about these guys;)

Oh I forgot that Tolkien invented humans, silly bag I am.

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Mythic Evil Lincoln wrote:

Second Darkness is the most flawed AP, but it has some awesome potential. I think it would be the one most in need of a makeover.

But if we're not talking about correcting issues, then I'd say Kingmaker. And since this is a complete fantasy, why not make it a big boxed set with a player's guide for Kingdom building and some play-set style punchout cardstock city building materials.

Yep.

And a VHS tape with an animated film! I really wonder why they stopped doing those.

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Drejk wrote:
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I, for one, welcome a book that will focus on the Core Seven as opposed to the recent streak of Mos Eisley Cantina races.

Gorbacz got married and suddenly he became conservative fantasy traditionalist...

EDIT: Or traditional fantasy conservative?

No, Gorbacz realized that everybody in his 3 PF groups plays the core 7, except that one guy who plays a half-aasimar half-skinwalker furry wolfman wizard with cat eyes, floral breath and a flaming halo in the shape of an infinity symbol floating above his head.

Yes, I need some traditionalist beer drinking rude obnoxious elves for a change.

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I, for one, welcome a book that will focus on the Core Seven as opposed to the recent streak of Mos Eisley Cantina races.

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Selling point: roll a full caster with spells that target Will and Ref saves, giggle at poor martials who spend 5 adventures getting Large/Huge full attacks in their faces. Bonus points if one of these martials is a Monk.

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By definition, every post on a *discussion* forum is made to invite a debate of sorts.

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I value Paizo for innovation, be it bold new themes or new takes on old ones. CotCT, while a very traditionalist story overall, has had more than enough super cool twists and elements in it to make it count. But Giantslayer, which is right around the corner, sounds and feels much less exciting than Hell's Rebels - where it was enough to drop the words "Cheliax, rebellion, infernal contracts, Thrune, masked ball" to get me going. "Fight <INSERT RANDOM GIANT TYPE> at <INSERT RANDOM LOCATION>, repeat 5 times, fight" sounds dull in comparison.

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A bag, you say...

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TriOmegaZero wrote:
Now to figure out which of my characters will brave this trail.

The brave ones, duh.

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Jeven wrote:
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There should be a general forum rule against starting such threads.
There should be a general rule against complaining about the presence of threads which you are not interested in but other people are.

Let me guess, you're a new one here.

*checks*

Yup. 2013. Fresh kid, new to the block. I can see the acne on your face.

See, I am a grizzled old dog, I fought in a flame war, or two. I took two termp bans on my chest and I watched in glorious joy as people got permabanned because I've managed to trip them over into frenzy.

But I digress.

There have been dozens of these threads already, and they usually end in tears, Paladin questions, Icyshadow and Mikaze going on their usual "always Evil is terribad, let's have some villages of Good orcs who could raise these kids, Paizo why won't you give us any?" tangents, somebody going off in a totally opposite direction (likely just to argue with these two), somebody likening killing goblin babies to whatever is currently happening in Palestine, somebody saying how alignment is a retarded idea to begin with, somebody saying how alignment is good because Gary Was Right, somebody linking his/her 'monster orphanage' thread and somebody asking why the hell is killing children any different from killing adults, then somebody saying that killing children is basically like killing puppies since children aren't really full human beings and then some lone mother walks into the thread and imagines somebody saying that to her IRL and oh dear, is my coffee ready?

"Is killing orc kids evil?" sits right next to "Why some people consider rogues weak", "Caster/Martial disparity - truth or myth?" and "Did my Paladin just fail?" in the Inevitable Mod Lock Material category.

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There should be a general forum rule against starting such threads.

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bugleyman wrote:

Has WotC's crack team of technical experts managed to solve the intractable conundrum of PDFs yet?

*shakes Magic 8-Ball*

** spoiler omitted **

Well, they did, but now the issue is considered by The Board of Directors, who have only recently discovered that the VHS/Betamax war was finally concluded...

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pickin_grinnin wrote:

In the end, a company should focus on hiring the best candidate for the position. Period. No company should bear the burden of hiring someone primarily because of his/her gender, orientation, ethnicity, etc. Successful companies hire the best person, regardless of any of that.

Sure, in an ideal world, where companies don't play into prejudices such as "women are inferior employees because they bleed once per month" or "all Mexicans are illegal thieves so I ain't hiring no mex crap in my True American company".

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OK, since the Word of God says Asmodeus is a bad idea, I'm going to go with Ragathiel.

Raggy: "I SHALL KILLMURDERGENOCIDE YOU ALL IN THE NAME OF GREATER GOOD!"
Devils: Hey, man, but you're, huh, one of us basically.
Raggy: "*sobs* STOP REMINDING ME! BURNINATE!"

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I just don't run games for such people. Sooner or later, my deranged godless communist Yurpean self shines through and I get thrown out of the window.

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Count me in the 'moar options' camp. If I want to play an RPG where options are purely cosmetic and the only difference between a spear-wielding Norse valkyrie and a gnome dinosaur hunter is fluff-only, I have all those retro-D&D and rules-light systems to keep me warm.

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Funny observation: that one time I've have had a problem with a Chinese client, there were apologies, remedies and a bottle of cognac delivered by UPS to my home.

(If only they knew that I prefer Scotch over cognac!)

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You can't really build a solid point-based class builder, because of the way class features are interdependent and don't exist in a vacuum. Let's assume you take the "rage" class feature and price at 10 points. However, rage will have a completely different impact on a class depending on other class features and characteristics - it will have the most impact on a full-BAB class which assumes STR as the main combat stat, far less impact on a medium-BAB class where STR is a secondary attribute and will be worthless for a slow-BAB class.

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I'm going to roll a dwarven paladin who is obsessed with the spell haste for my next Pathfinder game. He will have maxed Know(arcana) and Spellcraft and will continuosly discuss how awesome haste is, what is the history behind the spell, who was the first caster ever to cast it, what are the variants of the spell and what the finer points of difference between the version cast by Wiz/Sorc and the Summoner one.

His tragedy? Not having it on his spell list and having no ranks in UMD. There, instant roleplaying. In a tabletop miniatures wargame!

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GâtFromKI wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
How's that all different from having to learn most of a spell list in order to play a full caster efficiently?

When you create a level 1 CRB wizard, you chose something like 8 spells out of a list of ~30 level 1 spells; there is even a list of the level 1 spells with a summary of the effects. Then you have to chose the prepared spells, but it's a list of 3 out of your 8 known spells.

By the time you have to chose some level 2 spells, you have a good knowledge of the level 1 spell. And so on.

Note that the kineticist would be far simpler with a list of power by element and level, like the wizard spell list.

For the medium, at level 1 you immediately have access to all spirit, at any time of the day with the transe... A level 20 medium may be simpler that a level 20 full caster, I don't know, but the whole complexity of the class is frontloaded at level 1; there is no simple entry point for the class.

Oh, and the complexity allows you to easily create some corner cases that aren't covered by the rules, like having contradictory compulsions or using the influence system to bind more spirits than you are allowed to or ignore the sprits compatibility rules...

It's circa 40 spells at 1st level if you're playing core-only, but if you throw in APG, ACG, UM and UC (note: no softcovers!) you're at 120 1st level spells or so. Which actually is a front-load as well, because the higher the level, the less spells.

I don't think having a single front-loaded class is bad, I'd just treat it as something for those people who really love absorbing lots of data to play their class right. A Wizard player in one my campaign is pretty much memorizing (as a person) every spell that there is, and he lately told me he's halfway there.

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But Pathfinder, like D&D, always was a wargame. No amount of rose-tinted glasses worn during re-reading Tomb of Horrors can change the fact that D&D grew out of a desire from Gygax and Arneson to have a small-scale tactical wargame they could use to play out their fave sword & sorcery heroes vs monsters adventures. And so they did.

When you try any RPG system that grew out of opposition to D&D - and has rules, narrative and acting interact together far more than D&D does - it become blindingly obvious that no matter if it's 0e, 1e, BECMI, 2e, 3e/3.5e/PF, 4e or 5e they're all wargaming rulesets with the entire role-playing part bolted on and only loosely connected. Having played quite a few dozens of non-D&D RPGs I always get a laugh when "old school" people ramble on about how 3e and onwards it's all rules and no role-playing. Guys, you're all wargamers arguing whether wood elves were better off in 2ed or 4ed of the game.

Now of course you can have fantastic role-playing in D&D and you can publish amazing campaign settings and adventures for it. But always, you'll be playing a tactical wargame, and the ruleset will concerns itself with combat and pretty much nothing else. The mechanical chassis doesn't interact with neither the players' acting nor with GM's narrative.

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How's that all different from having to learn most of a spell list in order to play a full caster efficiently?

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Asmodeus, of course. House Thrune has outlasted its usefulness, it's time for a fresh new perspective on things.

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Alex Smith 908 wrote:
I'm sorry that we've done this "oh no teh bloat" song and dance so many times that the actors are recognizable. Put this up there with monday monkday, rollplay vs teaparty debates, and caster supremacy arguments as something that happens every single week on these forums. Nothing is accomplished, no one is convinced of anything, and the people whining on both sides are the same every single time.

Isn't this the time for our monthly Paladin alignment thread, by the way?

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MYTHIC TOZ wrote:
Wiggz is missing the point.

Ah, the post where Rynjin's crusade began.

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Fun fact: the OP of this thread was recently seen rocking an Arcanist, which is something he should totally not be doing if he was to take his own concerns seriously.

Fun fact 2: ACG is almost sold out, so I guess that until the sales of player-oriented hardcovers pummel, the care box for this thread will remain quite empty.

Vote with your wallets! Stop buying Paizo books! Burn the ones you have! Print out the PDFs, and burn them too! Youtube it! Make sure you tell your community! Be a real capitalist!

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Wiggz wrote:


What got me intthe presumption that updating out-of-print AP's that were released under the 3.5 ruleset would somehow negatively impact the sales of new AP's to current subscribers has pretty much been proven to be false...

Proven? How? By scientific data? Empirical research? Court rulings? You have any analysis from the fields of economy at hand? Numbers? Predictions based on said numbers? Or, for the lack of the above, experience working in the gaming industry which would give some remote credibility to guesswork? Knowledge on potential ROI? Factoring said ROI into annual budget? Long-term financial strategy?

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Adam Daigle wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
Fun fact: we have 60 bottles of vodka left from the wedding. Help plx?
Well, you know our address. :)

I was kind of hoping that Paizo staff will drop by for a house party, where I will proceed to drink Erik under the table and extract the release schedule for the next 5 years, but I guess that will have to wait to until Paizocon. In the mean time, I'll try to figure out if sending a bottle of (arguably dangerous) liquid over to 'Murica won't end up with me waterboarded in some Pakistani jail...

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Fun fact: we have 60 bottles of vodka left from the wedding. Help plx?

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