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Rogar Valertis wrote:
Given these conditions it's very hard for me to feel the remain people's pain. It might be a problem for the UK, it might be a problem for the EU, but it was the result of the people expressing its choice freely and it needs to be respected, not vilified.

I concur! We should stop heckling Germans for voting NSDAP in 1933 and respect their thoughtful choice which brought about so much stimulus for positive change across the world.

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I hope we get more options for divorcing healing from divine.

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YES.

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Well, there's one positive - in few years, no more Nigel Farage venting his silly talks in the European Parliament at the expense of my taxes. It's a small consolation, but you gotta dig for those silver linings.

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This is bad and sad.

1 million Poles who migrated to the UK are facing an uncertain future. Will they be deported? Will some be allowed to stay? Under what criteria? Income, education? Most migrants are unskilled blue collars. If they are forced to return, our strained budget and economy might not be able to handle it.

For all its cocky and frequently infuriating exceptionalist attitude to the EU, the UK was the single anti-Russian hawk among a bunch of doves. We could count on the Brits keeping the eastern flank on the agenda, without them? Not so much.

The only glimmer of hope is that now, free from the looming British veto on anything related to closer integration of the EU, the "Original Six" will initiate a move towards EU 2.0.

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SyrioForel wrote:

What is the argument for leaving?

I am not being sarcastic.

Argument 1: "THE EMPIRE THAT NEVER SAW A SUNSET WILL NOT BE REIGNED BY NAZI-CONTROLLED CYBORGS FROM BRUSSELS"

Argument 2: "The Polish plumber who came to fix my kitchen sink was drunk and smoked on the job, EU GTFO."

And I am not being sarcastic ;-)

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So, you can either pay the 17th level Wizard to teleport you for her usual fee, or buy the 100 credits ticket on Desna's Star which will be there by 4 PM. Your pick!

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Because Rule of Cool > all, I'd say go with allowing to teleport the Monk, have him fight the battle, but at some point afterwards have some weird side effect of pushing the Limited Wish above its limits appear. Like a vengeful genie going after the party for exploiting the spell.

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Blessing of fervor

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Axial wrote:
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But don't you exterminate a GR army attacking a Hellknight castle?

No, you exterminate the GR garrison that's already holding the Citadel.

** spoiler omitted **

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That actually would be a really crap backstory for Hell's Rebels, because

Spoiler:
at the point where the PCs ultimately strike a deal with Thrune which results in both sides parting their ways more-or-less peacefully, that one PC should ragequit the party in order to carry out his or her no-compromise no-step back vendetta.

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Paladin of Slaughter, the CE variant? :)

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Berselius wrote:

Also, it may be just me, but holy hell does that armor those Hellknights are wearing on the cover look tough as nails to put on.

I wish Paizo had included the Fast-Donning Straps armor accessory (or something similar) from the Races of Stone book of Wizards of the Coast.

Maybe then armor wouldn't be such a pain to endure for Fighters.

Armor Training (Ex): Starting at 3rd level, a fighter learns to be more maneuverable while wearing armor. Whenever he is wearing armor, he reduces the armor check penalty by 1 (to a minimum of 0) and increases the maximum Dexterity bonus allowed by his armor by 1. Every four levels thereafter (7th, 11th, and 15th), these bonuses increase by +1 each time, to a maximum –4 reduction of the armor check penalty and a +4 increase of the maximum Dexterity bonus allowed.

In addition, a fighter can also move at his normal speed while wearing medium armor. At 7th level, a fighter can move at his normal speed while wearing heavy armor.

Also, Armor Master's Handbook has the Quick Donning advanced armor training feature, whereas you can swap out your -1 ACP + Max Dex for ability to don and discard armor faster and with a chance for no penalties at all.

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My wife is mesmerising, does it count?

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Guys, this is in the Player Companion line, I wouldn't sharpen my teeth for any GM stuff like feats for dragons or new monsters.

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Oh, a Ragathiel PrC. That'll make some villain.

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Berselius wrote:
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Meh. Good is for wussies.
And evil is for people who are too lazy to put any effort into their actions.

And that's why CN is my favourite alignment. All the fun, zero responsibility!

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Can we have another bag of devouring? I mean, I could use a change of the avatar once in a decade ;)

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Dragon78 wrote:
I thought Gen Con was at the end of July?

I asked them nicely to shift the date to August to confuse you a bit.

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On a more serious note...

1. Inquisitor
2. Vigilante
3. Kineticist

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The Forum Police wrote:
You will keep to the topic of discussion, citizen, or you will be made to.

Finally, a proactive moderation. What you got there, governmental oppressor? I HAVE LIBERTY, FREEDOM AND AN AR-15, DON'T TREAD ON ME!

*checks alias*

Oh, it's just TOZ.

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Wow, you kids managed to stay quite long on topic before devolving into your usual "civilised discussion on balance" :P

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TOZ wrote:
...

C'mon TOZzle, wipe those tears away and tell us how you really feel.

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Rub-Eta wrote:

How about:

"A god’s ability to influence planes and creatures is far beyond the comprehension of mortal beings" or

"confrontation between beings of near-infinite power could destroy entire worlds and still end in a draw".

Is that enough?

Well, not for Ashiel's Club Of People Who Take Rules A Bit Too Seriously. ;)

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Marco Massoudi wrote:
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Marco Massoudi wrote:

Less than 8 weeks till street date.

Paizo Con is over, get back to work! :-p
Aaand GenCon is coming right up. Curb your enthusiasm.

This is supposed to be in stores on august 3rd.

Gen Con starts much later that month - on august 4th. ;-)

You don't have much of an idea how much work goes into GenCon, do you? ;-)

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Marco Massoudi wrote:

Less than 8 weeks till street date.

Paizo Con is over, get back to work! :-p

Aaand GenCon is coming right up. Curb your enthusiasm.

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I don't know who Ghaleon is, but I doubt he/she predates Shakespeare, who was the first to coin that phrase in culture.

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Just when you think the Rouge threads are a thing of legend...

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
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For starters, it would mean being in favour of the very institution of marriage. Unlike the other deities, who don't really care what form your relationship follows. Well, Asmodeus and Abadar kind of do, but all the not-Good reasons.

It isn't a very defining feature in a game where you have to explain to a player that most deities aren't like us, or medieval europe, or whatever, but this one kind of is.

I don't know where you hail from, but over here in the Godless United Communist Ripubliks of Yurp, marriage is dying. So explaining Erastil as that odd guy who still thinks that wedding rings and white dresses matter makes perfect sense. He's the guy who mumbles about how all these informal ties and open relationships are not what the Founding Fathers would approve.

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
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It never ceases to amaze me how people learned to live with the Crane Wing errata or the Paladin smite team evil nerf but are on a fundamental level unable to process the Erastil fix.

No, hold on. I know why.

I really don't know what to give him as a personality without it.

What does a traditional view of marriage look like on Golarion, which has been more advanced on the issue than we are for millennium?

Does he still do the men go out into the woods to be eaten while the women stay at home to rear kids thing?

For starters, it would mean being in favour of the very institution of marriage. Unlike the other deities, who don't really care what form your relationship follows. Well, Asmodeus and Abadar kind of do, but all the not-Good reasons.

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It never ceases to amaze me how people learned to live with the Crane Wing errata or the Paladin smite team evil nerf but are on a fundamental level unable to process the Erastil fix.

No, hold on. I know why.

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Dear Great and Powerful Ashiel,

How does it feel to have a fanclub?

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Axial wrote:
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I think Abrogail having stats will be very valuable to Hell's Rebels parties who want to visit Egorian and put her head on a stake.
And have their hard-won independence from Cheliax crushed swiftly by whoever comes after her? :)

Not quite. If you cut off the head of the serpent, the body will destroy itself...especially since as far as we know, Abrogail has no successor. Not to mention seeing the feared Majestrix getting beheaded with a +5 holy vorpal greatsword would strike terror into every Thrune loyalist's heart.

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I'm pretty sure that Iraqis, Libyans and Afghans wouldn't quite agree with you on the 'cut the head and the body will wither' part.

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GreyWolfLord wrote:


That's actually EASY to counter if you win the case. In most cases, if you have an effective lawyer in these types of situations, you can counter against them for all legal fees. As long as you win, you won't pay that 1M, they will.

You need to win first. And before you win, you need to pay up front. Sure, you might get your money back. But it doesn't change the fact that your small company needs to pony up 1m USD. Which I doubt is money that Paizo has idly laying on their account.

Honestly, all WotC needs is a lawsuit that is not manifestly unfounded and gets thrown away right at the start. That's all they need to drive Paizo into the ground. So what Paizo doesn't want is to get anywhere close to such possibility. Making a game that's "not OGL but very similar say there's Base Attack Bonus but it's not *that* Base Attack Bonus so uh, I think we're good here" is not safe territory, that's playing with fire.

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I don't believe that "gives us weird APs" is the expectation of majority. It is the expectation of a vocal group, myself included. Perhaps the combined "give us weird APs" group 1 and "we'll swing either way" group 2 and "give us mostly traditional APs but we don't mind Iron Gods every now and then" group 3 outweigh the "orcs and princesses no wuxia sci fi superhero crap please" group 4, and that's why Paizo's array of APs insofar looks like it does.

And if put out today, RotRL would be met with universal praise from group 2 and group 3. Perhaps also from group 4, if they can stomach gay paladins and Lovecraft in their traditional fantasy. Many can't. So nothing new here.

Also, I am an envelope pusher and I think Hell's Rebels is one of the best APs ever and perhaps the most consistent in quality of all APs, ever (sure CotCT was super cool, but that Shoanti book was weirdly out of place, sure RoW was great but I found Mother Maiden Crone somewhat a chore).

So if IFI has the same level of quality as RotRL and HR, I'm up for it. It's just that Giantslayer was bland, boring and hopelessly uninspired beyond book 1 and 2, so the moment I saw the IFI outline I was wondering if it's going to be more Hell's Rebels or more Giantslayer.

The "generic greenskins are invading" premise doesn't give me much hope but hey, maybe this time a high level party won't have to bulldoze through 47 Hobgoblins with levels in Warrior aided by 11 Hobgoblins with levels in Adept and 3 Hobgoblins Rogue/Monks by book 5.

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Sure, you can try to skirt it. But then WotC sues you for 100m USD in damages. Your lawyer asks for a modest 1% fee up front, which amounts to 1m. And like that, you're bankrupt. You might win the case, but you just ruined your company. Can Paizo eat up one million USD in legal fees? I doubt that.

Litigation in United States is not about Law, Truth or Justice. It's a business tool, and you're up against the might of Hasbro. You don't take chances.

And the reason many high profile lawsuits don't happen isn't because the law is clear or somebody is objectively and undeniably right. It's because the ROI on the lawsuit would be crap. Sure, WotC could have maybe sued Blizzard over those funky one-eyed monsters but both sides would eat up legal fees without blinking and it's not entirely sure if the judge would rule in WotC's favour, so why bother if you can't ruin the target by means of legal fees? What is your net gain?

And to make something clear: the current available assets of entire Hasbro are at 4.36 bn USD, for ActiBlizzard it's 15.25 bn USD. Who has more ammunition for a legal war?

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But Rise of the Runelords was a highly traditional super conservative AP. It's just that it was executed flawlessly :)

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The Gold Sovereign wrote:
Am I the only one who comes here every day to see if the final art and description have been updated? 10+ times a day?

I'm pretty sure Dragon78 is at 10 times per hour.

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Axial wrote:
I think Abrogail having stats will be very valuable to Hell's Rebels parties who want to visit Egorian and put her head on a stake.

And have their hard-won independence from Cheliax crushed swiftly by whoever comes after her? :)

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To expand upon Vic and Ryan: OGL and PCL are attached to very different (legally) items. OGL encompasses expressions of rules, terms, names etc. while PCL encompasses 'the product'.

When you apply PCL, you don't actually (from legal POV) touch the OGL content, you merely gain the right to declare it as Pathfinder compatible. You're not attaching the PCL to the content, there's no legal link arising at any rate. By the way, pint of beer to whoever wrote the PCL to make it super clear that it doesn't bump into the OGL. Some serious legal drafting ninja skills there, doubly so because PCL is written in a moderately humane legalese (unlike, say, the infamous 4E GSL which I am pretty sure was purposefully written in hardcore legalese).

Whereas in a video game, where say, a sound bank license was to be applied by means of attaching a specific licensed burping sound to the OGL-covered entity 'Hezrou Demon', it's a tangle. And nobody will clear this tangle for except WotC (which it won't do) or the court during an IP breach lawsuit filled by WotC (which you very much don't want to happen, doubly so if your name is Paizo and you're WotC's biggest competitor). So you avoid the landmine and don't touch the OGL.

Tangentially, that's why Pathfinder Tales books also avoid OGL terminology. The OGL isn't super clear on how sits with non-game-product-fiction, so it's best avoided there.

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Kalindlara wrote:
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I believe Dragon and Dungeon would die off at some point, because niche print magazines are an increasingly poor business.

Just out of curiosity, what (if anything) differentiates them from Paizo's APs and/or Player Companions in that regard? The latter products seem to be quite successful so far. ^_^

Legitimate question, not snark.

Magazines are an arcane business. They are expected to be sold at price point well below the PF APs and Companions, so they require ads to be profitable. In the Youtube/Facebook/Twitch age, print ads are becoming increasingly irrelevant, doubly so among the hyper-tech geek target group.

Furthermore, magazines fall under several regulation and business practices such as the god-given right of a distributor to return the unsold magazines to you and get back part of the price.

On the top of that, there's the schedule that does not allow for any slips and delays. You can't just have a "no-magazine month".

And many other things which used to drive Lisa and Vic up the wall. I recall the collective sigh of relief when Paizo ended up no longer publishing a magazine. Periodical book series which Paizo does now, while quite similar on paper (HAHAHA! GOOD PUN, GORBACZ! UR SO SMRT!), are an entire different animal from business and legal point of view.

The sad story of Kobold Quarterly, which went belly up despite being an excellent publication and a rightful spiritual successor to Dungeon and Dragon, is a cautionary tale to anybody who thinks mags are a good business in this day and age.

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Flagged for wrong thread title, should be 'Cost of a Dance Hall?' ;)

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Auntie Lisa!

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*Looks at half-measures employed by the above gentlefolk with mild disappointment*

*Grabs a Venusian Death Ray*

*Which was conveniently stashed at the bottom of emergency vodka crate. Yes, the one from this thread. Thanks for asking, voices in my head! Can we be friends? Do you like chimichangas?*

*Empties the remaining vodka bottles, just so to make sure his aim is steady and true*

*Aaah the voices are gone. Nothing but the song of solar butterflies now*

*Aims at the Sun*

*Fires*

HOPE YOU NOTICE THE BOOM, MIKAZE!

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CorvusMask wrote:
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Hayato Ken wrote:

But hey, maybe that is also a generation problem. Maybe the babyboomers keep ruling this game just like the rule everything else...I mean, what was good 20-30 years ago and worked back then still has to work today right? And all those youngins...

Every moment you spend bemoaning that "old farts" keep your love of everything Asian down with their traditionalist preferences is a moment where you aren't writing a review of Tian Xia-related products. Which James did indicate, while addressing you directly, as one of the better ways of expressing your opinion in a manner that blimps on Paizo's radar.

Just sayin'.

Isn't it kinda late by now starting to review them? .-.

I mean, does Paizo react to if oldest products are suddenly reviewed? They have already been out for years

Things change. Market changes. Target groups change. Movies and books which were ignored at release have now cult following and critical acclaim. Same goes for RPGs.

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Hayato Ken wrote:

But hey, maybe that is also a generation problem. Maybe the babyboomers keep ruling this game just like the rule everything else...I mean, what was good 20-30 years ago and worked back then still has to work today right? And all those youngins...

Every moment you spend bemoaning that "old farts" keep your love of everything Asian down with their traditionalist preferences is a moment where you aren't writing a review of Tian Xia-related products. Which James did indicate, while addressing you directly, as one of the better ways of expressing your opinion in a manner that blimps on Paizo's radar.

Just sayin'.

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