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So, are we finally getting a proper sourcebook on Westcrown? :)

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Ed Reppert wrote:
There are times when I think Dick the Butcher was right. And there are times when I *know* he was right.

le sigh.

90% of time, lawyers don't call the shots as to substance of the law. What they do is translate the wishes and whims of the client (be it government, corporation or John Doe) from humanese to legalese.
Getting snarky at lawyers (of which there are quite a few around here, for example me, Sebastian and couple others) because you don't like some kind of law is like getting mad at the cook at your local diner because you ate a really nasty burrito two states away three years ago.

Knowing a bit about the guys behind OGL (Ryan and Peter) and knowing a bit about how the Corporate Overlords of WotC and Hasbro function, I'm not entirely surprised if one of conditions under which Ryan and Pete were able to get OGL done and accepted by the Lords of the Boards was making sure it's applicable only to gaming material (hence the name, Open GAMING License). Heck, the whole "but it won't apply to novels/movies/comics" thing might as well have been a bargaining chip thanks to which OGL could be adopted, leading ultimately to Paizo, Pathfinder and this community.

Sure, it does generate a slightly weird situation where you can have pseudodragons in the adventure part of an AP, you can have them in the bestiary, you can have them in support articles and heck you can have them in ads for new products but you can't have them in fiction. But then again, this is a wonderful case study of how IP laws apply to gaming material, perfect for teching students :)

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Now that we pretty much know what will be and what won't be in Bestiary 5, it's about time to speculate about B6!

My picks:

Daemon Horsemen
Psychopomp Ushers
Qlippoths
more megafauna
weird alien fey a'la lurkers in the light
templates for modyfing elementals
robotz with lasorz, naturally
new steeds ... esp for Small races

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Oh, now I finally know the true identity of Ambrosia Salaad...

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You can never, ever, ever have too many bestiaries.

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I agree, we need a Catholic gay antipaladin villain in an upcoming AP. Preferably a kobold.

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This thread needs more TOZ.

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Wake me up when the OP accumulates more than three temp bans, two threats of physical violence and one threat of a lawsuit. And gets on magnuskn's ignore script.

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I'm not sure if I prefer the current "mainstreamed, streamlined, harmonic" art direction of Paizo or the "anything goes WHEEEEE!" hit and miss direction of the early days.

And I'm still jaded about all those Murican traditionalists booing out manga-styled art. Arnold Tsang, YOU WILL BE REMEMBERED.

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Anguish wrote:
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Reposted from here:

I will be frank: one of several primary goals for the Pathfinder Tales line is to attract fiction-loving non-gamers to the world of Pathfinder. And we believe that Tor has the ability to advance that goal farther than we ever could on our own.

Without partnering with Tor, the future of the line would likely not rise above "more of the same." And sure, that's great. But if Tor is able to expand the readership, we might be able to do more and bigger and better things in the future. We might be able to mix things up and do something special outside of the bimonthly paperback novel run. We might be able to attract authors that we can't get right now.* I can't make any promises, of course, but we wouldn't be doing this if we didn't think it gave the line a better future than it would have otherwise.

*Addendum to repost: James tells me that the Tor deal has already allowed us to secure at least one author that we’d been wanting to secure for a while.

I hear you Vic, and I really don't mean to sound like a curmudgeon. More importantly, I don't mean to be one. I absolutely wish you well.

Thing is, this is New Coke. I hear you that the Tor partnership might allow you to do more and bigger and better things. It's a novel line. We want novels. Not bigger and better things. You might do something special. It's a novel line. We want novels. You might be able to attract authors you can't currently get. You know, I can't name a single author (who is still alive) whose contribution would justify the changes... to me. You've got an established stable of very good authors and luring in Hickman and Weiss or Neil Gaiman or Muhammad Ali isn't as attractive to me, the reader, as it sounds on the outside.

New And Improved Tide is fine to write on the outside of the box, but really, we just want a laundry detergent that gets our clothes cleaned....

Simply put, you're not the target group. Paizo aims at People Who Never Heard Of Pathfinder Before with this move, not at Pathfinder Charter Oversubscribers. Likely their calc is that for each one dedicated customer who quits their Tales sub they're getting two new thanks to the increased outreach and visibility of the new setup.

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Crystal Frasier wrote:
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The Midnight Mauler remains among my favorite PFS scenarios. Did you have a favorite part of developing it?

My favorite moment surrounding Midnight Mauler came many weeks after it was released, when an angry-looking Mark Moreland marched up to my desk and glowered at me for a few seconds in silence, before he finally spoke.

"Crystal, did you seriously name the werewolf in this adventure 'Wolf?"

And I said yes. And Mark sighed in that way Mark sighs. And then he turned around and left.

Because "Vilk" is Polish for "wolf."

Frankly, that's no biggie. Tell that Smoreland guy to bugger off and instead he should ask the relevant person why didn't they check the Danish dictionary while naming Harsk, the iconic dwarf.

However, if you named the NPC "Kurva" or "Wyebana" ... there would be consequences.

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Jiggy wrote:
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Because "Vilk" is Polish for "wolf."
What's Polish for "bad"?

Me.

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Wiggz wrote:
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Well, the good news is that you've been getting one. A new edition that is. Its called 'Unchained' (among other things) and its being enforced via PFS, a.k.a. Paizo's canary in the coal mine.

The only thing that is being 'enforced' in PFS is the new Summoner which, truth to be told, was long overdue. The remaining classes are optional, and no optional rules are available apart from skill unlocks if you're using the Unchained Rogue.
At the moment. But wasn't long ago when there were NO rules being affected by Unchained. The remaining classes are indeed optional... for now. Just as the Summoner once was.

The Summoner change is in no way different from "X and Y are not legal for PFS play" which happens with every rules content that comes out. By this reasoning, you should be expecting edition change from the moment PFS came into existence, because it has its own rules for and XP. And that item creation feats are verboten there, so they'll SOON(tm) be banned in normal games as well.

Sorry, you're just a hammer and everything looks like a nail to you.

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Wiggz wrote:

Well, the good news is that you've been getting one. A new edition that is. Its called 'Unchained' (among other things) and its being enforced via PFS, a.k.a. Paizo's canary in the coal mine.

The only thing that is being 'enforced' in PFS is the new Summoner which, truth to be told, was long overdue. The remaining classes are optional, and no optional rules are available apart from skill unlocks if you're using the Unchained Rogue.

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DISTANT ... WORLDS!

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Anybody who thinks that these price hikes are horribadawfullybig obviously never was a regular customer of anything by Games Workshop ;-)

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Ceirwyn wrote:
I'll add we have enough demons/devils for now. What we need are more angelic/divine creatures to balance that out.

Useless stat blocks are useless. Unless you're running Way of the Wicked and are in the business of mass slaughtering celestials, that is.

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Drejk wrote:
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Rumors of the death of print have been greatly exaggerated.

Well, then again, you're dealing with a target group which is notorious for its hostility towards technology.
I always felt like roleplayers were more technologically and scientifically inclined than average population...

That's because you're used to Euro roleplayers, who are a vastly different demographic than the American ones. Your random player background generation table for Poland will result in two M.As, one B.A. and one PhD (half of them did code in Pascal back when before you were born) while in the US it will get you a soldier, a convict, a taxi driver and a college student who's not entirely sure if he shouldn't have just done something more serious with his life like the other guys did.

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Drizzt! Demons! Underdark! How original! Never done before! What's next, Elminster vs. spawn of Bhaal in Sword Coast? Or maybe ... evil white dragons in Icewind Dale? ;)

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I don't need to ask, he favorites most of my posts anyway ;P <3

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This book is relevant to my interests. Proceed.

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thejeff wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:


Rumors of the death of print have been greatly exaggerated.

Well, then again, you're dealing with a target group which is notorious for its hostility towards technology.

? What target group is that?

Geeks? Humans? Readers?

Edit: The most I've seen is people banning phones/tablets at the table for distraction reasons. While others run games from them. A lot of complaints about WotC not having digital options available.

People who don't know what a ZIP file is in 2015.

People who check their email once per month.

People who think vidja games killed p'n'p RPGs.

People who wish PFS scens were available in print because wow, you can actually print those PDF things?

People who ban Hero Lab use in their games.

People who wish things were like they started gaming in 1976.

All of the above happen on regular basis in this community.

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Vic Wertz wrote:


Rumors of the death of print have been greatly exaggerated.

Well, then again, you're dealing with a target group which is notorious for its hostility towards technology.

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And aliens!

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Ah, dedicated moderators. Finally, a challenge worthy of me. So, does a Paladin violate the code when he or she drinks decaf?

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Barachiel Shina wrote:

But I've ran games where those classes go on for several encounters, rest, and continue as if nothing.

That's a problem of how you run your games, not how the classes are designed.

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"Blizzard nerfed Warlocks, and Warlocks are my fave class becuz they pwn", episode 356.

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Since apparently we have a new trend here...

WHY IS SHIPPING ON HARDCOVERS SO UGLY THAT IT FORCED ME TO QUIT THE RPG SUB AND NOW I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE 29TH FOR MY PDF THIS IS UNFAIR BAD AND NOT NICE *HEAVY BREATHING* *BLOOD PRESSURE*

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Any new monsters?

Do we get new info on Aroden?

Are paladins of Asmodeus legal again?

Anything on Darklight Sisterhood?

Stats for gods, maybe?

I sure hope there are no robotz with lazors in there.

Beholders, finally?

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Apocryphile wrote:
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Apocryphile wrote:
Surely you should send the link when the order goes to pending, as that's when you actually take my cash?!?
Because they don't take the cash until it ships. See this FAQ.

Well maybe the banks here in NZ do things differently, because my account is debited before my order moves to shipped. The funds are no longer accessible by me, i.e., I have paid for them.

I understand that Paizo may not receive my money for some time after that (I worked in Finance for over 11 years), but the point remains that I have paid. As the authorisation has been successful, the funds have been confirmed to be present, and set aside for Paizo so at that point there is no danger of them not receiving their cash.

So I ask again, why do I have to wait for the warehouse to get round to ship my order (which usually seems to be at the bottom of the stack) to be able to download my pdfs when payment for them has been set aside from my account for usually well over a week previously?

What reason is there for not allowing access to the pdfs once the order has been authorised? Payment is assured at that point. There is no risk, only goodwill, and swift delivery of goods paid for.

Well, having worked in finances for 11 years you surely do know that authorisations on bank accounts don't last forever. The usual expiry date is 7 days. So, consider this scenario:

April 7th: Paizo authorises your acc and gives you access to your PDFs.
April 14th: Auth expires.
April 16th: Paizo comes around to sending your order (since it's on the bottom of the stack) and charges your card, but the money isn't there any more. Maybe it's because that wasn't a credit card but a flat/pre-paid card and you spent the money on something else in the mean time, or maybe because a bailiff put an order on your account to seize overdue alimony (in most jurisdictions, bailiff seizure orders override any other authorisations and charges short of other seizure orders), or some other reason.

In either case, you have the PDFs, Paizo has nothing, and in the quite possible event that this happened because you wanted to have free stuff and get away with it, there's little short of international litigation that Paizo can do about it.

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Aaand diagonal squares are adjacent, too.

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Silver Surfer wrote:
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They already rewrote the Cleric. It's called the Shaman.
And what a hideous mistake that was... what makes it especially farcical is that the druid already had several shaman archetypes!!!

Today, the prize for getting the most hyperboles in a sentence about a game goes to...

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Marco Massoudi wrote:

The Cheliax Campaign Setting should be out in october - i hope.

By then the first half of "Hell´s Rebels" should also be available.
I wish the Campaign Settings would come out before the associated Adventure Paths to help GMs prepare additional background flavor...

Most GMs (at least, myself and all GMs I play with) never run APs before they have all 6 parts, so that's not much of an issue.

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Two butts I can live without, but I sure do hope my cloud of tentacle/penises carries over...

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Crowdfunding solves precisely zero problems here, because the biggest problem with hardcover rereleases is that they clog up the manpower and the regular release schedule, and both are pretty vital if you're running a business based around a stead monthly flow of product (and income).

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Divination is flat-out the best school, if you're talking power level. Conjuration is close second, because Foo Lion Spam > reality.

Whatever a Rogue can do, a Wizar...no, wait, a Slayer, an Inquisitor, a Melee Bard or an Alchemist can do just as good if not better. There's a reason they're getting reworked in Unchained, ya know.

Specialisation - ever seen a moderately optimised party that goes along the lines of Cleric/Wizard/Paladin/Slayer?

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IceniQueen wrote:
If you want to play a good realiastic flawed character

I'm trying to imagine one, but most people I met IRL never fought a dragon, or their claims to have done so appear vastly exaggerated.

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*dons asbestos suit*
*checks the flamethrower*
*whistles innocently*

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Aahh, the good old Logue-Pett-Vaughan jib-jabs. Feels like it's 2008 all over again!

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I've been to Nottingham last week and tell you what lads, you're doing a bloody awful job at making tourists happy! ;-)

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I'd go in any order. Bestiary 2 has a slight planar slant, B3 has an "non-European myth" tingle and B4 has horror and Mythic, but each and every of them is freaking awesome.

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IIRC, Devir has so far published the Core Rulebook, Bestiary 1, GM Screen, RotRL AE and first two Kingmaker adventures.

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How fortunate, I am running The Harrowing as a sidetrek within my Reign of Winter tonight. Now that would be veeery awkward if I had to say that it was written by a *former* Paizo employee, don't you think?

Sadly, no Hayley Atwell at our table. But we have my wife playing, and she's going to cosplay Agent Carter at an upcoming con...

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*shoots a lawyer flare in the sky, hopes Sebastian notices*

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