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Parallel design is nothing new. And I don't think it's a problem - if three companies decided to put out reinterpretation of 3.5 psionics, I wouldn't begrudge them for stepping one each other's toes, but be happy that there's more to choose from. Also I wouldn't expect them to hold their creativity back and wait until Paizo makes up their mind on that particular slice of design.

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I'd like to state on the record that the way Mark interacts with the community is absolutely awesome. It goes for other Paizo staff too, but insofar I've had the idea that the lore arm of Paizo was much more on the ball in this department.

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Myth Lord wrote:
Yes. Poor DMs players take more than an hour to choose their race in the future...

I think it's about time you accept the fact that people have differing tastes, and your target group of "people who want to stare at colour art of their favourite mythological creature" is quite likely somewhat smaller than the groups of "people who want interesting monsters to challenge their players with" and "folks who are looking for cool playable races, cohorts, summons and planar binds".

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knightnday wrote:

What confuses me is that people seem against the idea in general that a trans* individual, or gay, or whatever is represented in the material at all, as if it will rub off on you through the paper or somehow influence your game or thoughts.

If you don't like or want something, change it. It takes literally seconds and you move on. I've had all female groups in the past that were interested in relationships with NPCs and have happily swapped genders where appropriate to the characters and players alike.

As said above by Rednal, I'm quite happy that Paizo tries to include representatives of many individuals in their material. It helps inclusiveness, it might open some eyes, and it helps set up their world as a living thing and not a reproduction of what might be seen in many traditional fantasy books/movies/shows.

Well, our hobby is about escapism, and for some it's escaping from the world which rapidly changes in a way they're not exactly happy with. Some believe that the good old D&D where men are manly men, women have -2 STR -2 CON +2 CHA and all those icky Social Progress things are left out is where they can find solace.

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It was stated on numerous occasions that Golarion is far more of an equal-opportunity-for-adventure place with female adventurers being something of a common sight. What we do perceive is a distortion caused by the fact that majority of p'n'p RPGers are male and tend towards playing male characters. All the more reason to promote a more balanced gender ratio in our hobby!

But there is hope. My Skulls'n'Shackles game is 3 ladies and 2 gentlemen, and my Reign of Winter game is 3 guys and 2 gals. And I'm running an all-female group SOON. Hopefully, a generation later or so, an average gaming table will be much more diverse than it is now.

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*sniff* Salim, Isiem, Zae, Keren, and Appleslayer, please make sure you all hang around.

Especially you, Appleslayer. You naughty little puppy, you.

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Ah, the good old "inclusiveness hampers creativity" argument, or "is there a really, really, REALLY good story enhancing reason why this bartender isn't white?".

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Ouch, calling the Dutch "Ersatz Germans" is about as much of a shiv between the ribs as calling Scotsmen "Ginger English" is...

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The art is ordered well before the rules are finalised, and if Wayne Reynolds draws your iconic with something that ultimately isn't 100% rules as written, you just roll with it. Why? Because he's gorramn Wayne Reynolds, that's why. ;)

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I personally prefer the one city = 64 pages approach. The 'boxed set, four books of total 300 pages, six foldout maps, every house detailed down to how many giants rats are in the basement' way leaves way to little wiggle room for the DM and tends to cost a million in terms of overseas shipping.

I find Magnimar and Kaer Maga books perfectly fine in terms of scope. Cities of Golarion is too brief for my tastes, while Ptolus/City of Brass is just way too overwhelming.

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Whoops, he actually is Lawful. But it doesn't matter, his true alignment is Jerky Jerk.

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KILL KRUSH MAIM BURN DESTROY!

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Well, the author of the GtDV was pretty big on dragons hanging around everywhere and being something more of a regular occurrence ... while ultimately James and Co decided that dragons in the Inner Sea are much more reclusive and don't mingle with humanoids. As a result, several dragon-related elements of the setting (such as parts of Dragons Revisited and Guardians of Dragonfall) have faded into the Never Mentioned Again Zone, where the keep company of Darklight Sisterhood and Paladins of Asmodeus.

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There's already a Golarion Slenderman, it's called Thin Man and dwells in the Inner Sea Bestiary. Reprinting him in world-neutral book could be a good idea, but then again I prefer my bestiaries full of original work not seen before...

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Looking forward to recalibrated, refocused and rebalanced Aeons. If anyone can make them interesting, it's Erik and Brandon.

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Explicit references to sexual violence made in a "game for kids" are risky, because they can end up with you having some religious nutjob organisation running a monthly campaign of blocking your customer service line with calls about how you destroy the youth. It's Amurica we're talking about, after all.

Paizo has at some point switched to more vague language (eg. "she suffered much abuse at the hands of lustful ogres") which makes it safer in a theoretically PG-13 environment.

Guide to Darkmoon Vale is very much a book from Golarions infancy, and many things from it were ultimately retconned, such as that carousing dragon who spends his time drinking in an inn.

I'd wish Paizo would drop the kids gloves in the sexuality department (O HAI NIPPLES!), but then again I am a debauched European monster who sexually violates nuns for breakfast, so what do I know.

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The little hinged foldout I can without, but you Paizo folks better make the pages brimstone-scented and add a VHS cassette with a live-action Pathfinder movie starring Lorenzo Lamas as Valeros OR there will be a riot.

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Skeld and his blasted Get PDF On The First Day (Su) ability... ;-)

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UNCA STALIN, IS THAT YOU?

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Vocal groups on a forum do not indicate majority of market. There are at least 4 groups: the 3.5/DSP one, the please not 3.5/DSP one, the please no psionics in my medieval fantasy one, and the indifferent one. I'd hazard a guess that the last group is by far the biggest.

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Bards and Rogues with UMD are around since 2000, and there's the entire non-core 3.5 content that's full of non-divine healing.

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Article 663 section 3 subsection b of the contract states, that in order to to apply for CR 20+ help against threats of mortal nature, the current reigning monarch of Cheliax must fill the application form DZ45/489/IV, present it personally at the Gates of Hell and await for a minimum of 66 days until the preliminary phase of application is processed. The deadline may be extended at will. The price for such services is...

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CorvusMask wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
I would prefer the above list to be cut in half, but YMMV.

This makes me wonder, is there really a reason why people would be bothered by options that they aren't interested in that other people are interested about? .-.

Like, whats wrong with existence of options? You don't like them, someone else will like them.

I'd prefer people coming to me with an idea of an interesting elf or dwarf or tiefling, not with an idea for a quarter-skinwalker/quarter-aasimar/half-halfing.

I mean, I love 3.5/PF for its option crazy approach, but there are limits to everything, and while I don't mind the proliferation of classes/archetypes, the crazy race sprawl is slowly becoming irritating.

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The talk was never about not using psionics. It was about not using the 3.5 interpretation of psionics, power points and all.

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I would prefer the above list to be cut in half, but YMMV.

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They're like R-rated murlocs.

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Grow up, guys.

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No, it's about PCs who ironically pretend to be evil but in reality are just jaded and bored CNs who want to challenge the society's perception of the notions of good and evil. Tragically, they end up butchered by CG Paladins of Asmodeus.

Sorry, couldn't resist.

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Finally :)

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DM Beckett wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
So if we are comparing the "old" White Wolf with Paizo ... well, didn't White Wolf go belly up due to failure of their restarted settings? Yep, it did. And they sold all their IP to a video game company from Iceland. Not the most glorious death of an established publisher, future reincarnation notwithstanding.

Onyx Path is the new company that allowed them to legally begin license out and produce the older material from when WW and CCP Merged, rather than the other way around. They are different companies yes, but mostly just in a legal sense, which allows new products to directly reference and continue to progress and include older ones. The "old" WW did a similar thing with Swords and Sorcery and Black Dog in a sense.

As for the MMO, I'm not sure if you are referring to the fact it was cancelled or who "owned" it. And while I'm not a fan of the restarted system, clearly it was not a failure at any point as it's all now currently going into the 2nd Ed.

GMC/WoD2

VtR2

WtF2

OK, let me give you a short rundown on White Wolf/Onyx Path history.

At the height of its strength, White Wolf was a major gaming publisher with RPGs and board games and card games and video games and t-shirts and pop tarts and whatanot, kind of like Paizo of today. However, they took the bold move to scrap all their super-popular publishing lines and reboot them into a new continuity. That didn't go well and ended up with the company in dire straits. The owners eventually sold the assets of the company to CCP (it was officially called a 'merger' but pretty much meant that CCP bought the intellectual property and kept some employees while nixing the entire publishing part). CCP was after an established RPG IP so that they could develop their second big MMO (which ultimately went nowhere and was recently declared dead).

Onyx Path came to being in 2012 when a group of ex-White Wolf people approached CCP in order to strike a deal for licensing to publish p'n'p RPGs. They are now publishing both "original" and "new" WoD stuff, but they're doing it using a very conservative business model and have a skeleton permanent staff with most of the work farmed out to freelancers.

So if you're drawing any parallels, then the current Paizo is a bit like the old White Wolf (minus the whole compete directly with WotC part). And the old White Wolf folded precisely because it toyed around with their core product. The current Onyx Path is different from Paizo on oh so many levels that drawing any comparsions is pretty much moot.

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As long as LGSs (who foam at mouth at mention of words 'digital' and 'subscription' as it means cutting their sales even more) form a major component of expanding the hobby AND as long as "digital only" people are overshadowed by "I check my e-mails once per month, what do I use to open those ZIP files anyway?" people, things aren't likely to change.

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Aaand that's one of rare moments where I agree with our resident myth maniac. Aeons are pretty much the epitome of Neutral Boring and they don't really mesh with Golarion at all.

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Uh oh, realism.

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This thread feels like if it is some medieval hardcore wargame forum, not a forum about bashing dragons to death with flaming quarterstaffs.

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roysier wrote:
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Lou Diamond wrote:

The story leaps In Mummy's Mask don't bother me so much as IMO very poor encounter design. Right now our party is in book 4. The encounters with the exception of the ** spoiler omitted **have been steam rolled as we are a 5 member party that consist of now 10th level characters a bloodrager, a shadow sorceror,a mystic theurge, a ninja and a War priest.

My group has found every AP to be a steam roll and the GM's have to increase the encounter levels.

Several people from my gaming groups went to Paizocon this year and came away with the conclusion that the AP developers only care about filling out Golarion. Play balance does not matter at all in AP's. It's left to the authors and no one checks to see if or how the AP was play tested. The end result is uneven play balance in almost every AP. My main group has lost the desire to play Paizo AP's as a result.

And yet there are other groups who talk about how deadly the combats are. Paizo has to write for a middle ground situation, with the expectation that the GM adjusts to the group's power level and preference.
This argument has been used for a long time but Paizo doesn't even know if they are on a middle ground since play balance is not checked for with AP's. Apparently they suggest the writers to play-test it in their home groups using the pre-gens. Well the pre-gens are a considerably under powered build using only the core book (with traits from the APG) This is played out in PFS. Season 1 PFS scenarios are a good fit for pre-gens but the latest seasons are built for more powerful builds due to complaints of things being too easy. It does not appear the AP designers have been keeping up . At Paizocon they gave the impression they did not care about play balance at all.

The simple rule of thumb is that if your group is a bunch of heavily caffeinated OCD turbo optimizer gamists who spend most of their life trying to get permabanned on GiTP or TGD while arguing that whoever thinks that spell should give +3 bonus instead of +2 should be taken out and shot for polluting the human gene pool, you'll likely have to tune the encounters up.

If on the other hand your group is full of folks who multilcass Sorcerer/Rogue and take the Exotic Weapon Proficiency feat so that they can fight with a nunchaku and need a solid conversation on why following this up with Shield Slam is a bad idea, you might want to tune the encounters down.

And because they way world works, the second group is more frequently encountered in The Real Life, Paizo APs do tend to gravitate towards them in terms of difficulty.

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Because succubi are sneaky charmers and seducers while incubi are spread your legs and open your mouth wide brutes, and there's no reason either should be limited to either sex.

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I like the term *serviceable* when used in conservation about somebody's butt.

Anyway, this scene could have been drawn in 300 other ways which would not be an intended or unintended sexual innuendo.

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So, why isn't she fighting with her t&%+ out? I mean, this ain't porn, it's just heroic fantasy, Ostog didn't wear no shirt ever, so why can't we get some solid boobies action?

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Barachiel Shina wrote:
They should consider an "Errata Department" or something. If you plan on being a top TTRPG producer the least you can do is make sure products are of the best quality. And fixes are done ASAP.

Apparently, whatever there was to be considered has been considered and implemented, given that Unchained has pretty much none of the issues ACG had.

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No.

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Can anybody copy-paste the book plz plz?

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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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