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And a CR +2 encounter amounts to "moderate challenge, some resources are going to be depleted", per Pathfinder math. And it's not a demon lord, just a run the mill mid-level fiend. I understand that 35yrs ago defeating a glabrezu was stuff of legends, but the game did change a bit here and there since then.

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Cool beans, never knew much about Aussie RPG market before :)

Europe is much more varied when it comes to RPGs, as a result no game can claim to be "that LotR game geeks used to play" (well, maybe except DSA in Germany and Warhammer in UK and Poland). Also, it's something like 20% of the whole global p'n'p RPG market, and of course it's all hopelessly splintered, and all those Frenchies, Italians and Spaniards won't ever touch anything not written in their native tongue, and other factors which result in that pretty much everybody, Paizo included, treating EU as a secondary market at best.

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D&D is a big brand. Over in US and Canada, at least, D&D is synonymous with an entire hobby. But it's a big brand with a tiny target market, so what WotC is doing that's trying to take the big brand to new markets. That's very sensible, and likely also an indicator that the pnp RPG hobby is shrinking. Over 25 years of playing CCGs, board games, wargames and RPGs I've seen the first three hobbies explode in popularity, while the RPGs have their glory days long gone.

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But is WotC really interested in D&D books in gaming stores? I doubt so, if they were, they would be putting out books at rate they did in 3e/4e times. I believe 5e is The Placeholder Edition, out there merely to keep the "product zero" alive so that WotC can license the hell out of it and have relatively easy income without all the hassle.

Of course, at this point most retailers are overjoyed, because finally they have The Most Popular P'n'p RPG back on their shelves and the publisher isn't trying to work around them. But what will happen in a while, if D&D release schedule is pretty much "2 super adventures per year, zero splatbooks"?

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Yeah, WotC has, mostly thanks to M:tG, a relationship with brick'n'mortar stores that's pretty much pure love and fluffybuns - which is why they don't ever want to do anything that would remotely irk LGSes. Paizo went the opposite direction and decided to g#% d##n the torpedoes with direct sales, subs and PDFs for everything, resulting in a far less cordial relationship with stores. Time will tell who bet on the right horse.

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Kajehase uses the metric system against Anglo-Saxons! IT'S SUPER EFFECTIVE! :D

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Find another GM. Core-only 3.5 is horrible. Your GM sounds like one of those "I have fantastic idea how to houserule the game, I've never playtested them or discussed with anybody, but they're brilliant because they're mine" people. Gaming with them usually leads nowhere.

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GM is stingy with magical items? Great, take Vow of Poverty and if your GM starts crying that you are destroying balance in his game, direct him to us :)

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Books ... paper ... those were those funny things people used back in the XX century, right? ;-)

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/sarcasm
What, Asmodeus CR 36? That's two rounds of combat from a moderately optimized mid-level party, and when I say "moderately optimized" I mean that even chimpanzees could do that, let alone human beings who actually comprehend what 'math' and 'balance' mean.
/sarcasm

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Sara Marie wrote:
Thamius wrote:

Let's see, it should still be there. Yes!

Can the Charter title be handed down in my will? I'll let my son and daughter fight over it.

I would suggest discussing that with a lawyer who can handle or specializes in wills and digital estates ;)

YOU RANG, MA'AM? ;-)

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TOZ wrote:
Kain Darkwind wrote:
That trust is slow built, and the pushing must be executed carefully, but it is possible, and in fact, quite a bit of fun when done right.
Which roleplay are we talking about now, d20 or BDSM?

Why are we talking about extreme dichotomies, again? Can't we do both, just like we can role-play and rollplay at the same time?

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No, no, tight underwear on men = gay or European ... wait, that's all evil when you think of it.

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Juda de Kerioth wrote:

and don´t forget that the last chapter was intended to give us the ways to make our own classes... they did´nt

The classes are unbalanced, and in the op spectrum, there will be suitables for your monster build

my players skip the book entirely since that playtest we made against a chimera at lvl 2 and the party won.

there is too much to keep tunned with the game

You're still referring to that bizarre example of yours, full of rules errors where Arcanist, the strongest class in ACG, died right away without contributing anything to the fight? :)

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Whoops, another thread where the OP dumped Wis and rolled 1 on Knowledge (Internet).

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Yes, the same way some folks prefer World in Flames to Risk WW2 Edition.

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Insain Dragoon wrote:
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The leveling-up guides for EACH level for each class up through 20th level seems like a great idea!
Unless those guides include fun stuff from the APG, I don't see how useful they are? Unless you're playing a CRB only game, in that case rock on!
One of the important aspects of the Strategy Guide is that it suggests several routes a player might take to build an effective but not monstrously optimized character—one that will be both fun and fairly powerful. When it comes to teaching the game and familiarizing someone with the options, limiting the material to the Core Rulebook's contents makes the process much more approachable. Also, by the time one has gained a few levels following this book's advice, that player is likely in a much better headspace to look at the other Pathfinder RPG sourcebooks available and assess whether or not any additional options are good choices.

In that case it's going to be funny when someone picks Druid :) I wonder if they mention the trick that Druids can in fact wear barding to shore up wildshape AC, or that becoming a Dire Tiger is the business! That way they can become better Fighters than the actual fighters.

If that's how you view classes and gameplay in general, I sincerely doubt that you're the target group for this book.

Yes. You can treat that as a compliment. You're smarter, more observant and analytical than 99% of unwashed masses who play this game without paying attention to BASIC CONSIDERATIONS such as "what other classes can I make obsolete by wildshaping into a barding-wearing Dire Tiger?" or "can I throw the guy who picked Rogue out of the window? He's a liability and dead weight for the party". All the power to you and utmost respect to your mental faculties, yet still, you're not the target group.

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RA RA RASPUTIN
Lover of the Russian queen
There was a cat that really was gone
RA RA RASPUTIN
Russia's greatest love machine
It was a shame how he carried on

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Kthulhu wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
Good luck transitioning a level 15 AD&D Elven Fighter/Cleric into BECMI without any changes.
The base systems are close enough that you literally do not have to make any changes, that's my point. Will it be a 100% RAW BECMI character? No. But it's playable, and the pre-3E games didn't tend to have as may people waiting with spreadsheets, ready to pounce on tiny errors as SOME editions have.

Actually, transitioning said Ftr/Clr between 3e/3.5e/PF is far simpler than making a move between an edition where elves are a race to an edition where elves are a class.

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Good luck transitioning a level 15 AD&D Elven Fighter/Cleric into BECMI without any changes.

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We're talking March 2015 here? :P

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That's why I wrote 'relative', i.e. the amount of posts generated by Kingmaker, RotRL and Carrion Crown during the half-year period of their publishing cycle eclipses the number of posts on, say, Shattered Star and Mummy's Mask. And we have it pretty much confirmed here and there that Kingmaker was a major hit, while I don't see much indication that Shattered Star was a sales maverick. So you can pretty much guesstimate the popularity (which obviously isn't always paramount to sales, hi ther Grim Fandango!), which would be something like that:

1. RotRL
2. Kingmaker
3. WotR/Carrion Crown/CotCT
4. Skulls 'n' Shackles
5. Iron Gods/Reign of Winter/Jade Regent/Serpent's Skull/CoT/LoF/SD
6. Mummy's Mask/Shattered Star

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Given that pretty much nobody at Paizo, and certainly not James Jacobs is a fan of half-dragons/dragonborn/draconians/etc., I wouldn't hold my hopes up.

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To the OP: go play 5E. Rules light, I highly doubt there will be any "feats and classes" splatbook for it, ever, and as a bonus - zero North-Western progressivism shoved forcibly down delicate religious throats. I mean, what's not to love?

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The relative number of posts in each AP subforum is pretty much a good indication of how popular each AP is.

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Alexander Augunas wrote:
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BONUS CHAPTER: GORBACZ INVADES SEATTLE, PREPARE YOUR VODKA.

The Adventure ends four pages in when Gorbacz enters a drinking contest with Jason Bulhman, and everything turns out alright without any PC intervention.

Whoa.

Only because Cosmo spiked the drinks.

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BONUS CHAPTER: GORBACZ INVADES SEATTLE, PREPARE YOUR VODKA.

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Do we get to burn an orc orphanage? ;)

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Design which forces you to have a member of class X to progress is crap design. Especially if the most appealing ways to circumvent it involve stuff like using henchmen as expendable trap detectors.

Design which leads you to arguing about who is facing which way in order to determine if a class can use its ability is poor design, too.

Gygax might have been a great storyteller and funmaker, but he sure wasn't the sharpest blade in the armory as far as wrangling rules is concerned.

And I too remember that I've had so much fun with bunch of my Australian friends at Trevor's shack in 1968 when we played Tomb of Horrors. I also remember wearing those rose glasses which were so damn hot an accessory at the time!

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Good orcs? Great, more cheap XP!

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A healthy relationship is all Unity really needs. Don't we all?

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Pigeons? Smoke signs? Native runners?

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Marco Massoudi wrote:

Maybe the TTIP free trade agreement will change that.

If the customs charge would vanish only the shipping and handling fee would remain.

That is still some money but it would be a beginning.

Of course paizo could make a lot of money if they just had a warehouse in the European Union.

The USA has roughly 319 million inhabitants, the EU has about 507 million.

Guess who would buy more miniatures... ;-)

Americans, because wargaming and p'n'p gaming is far more popular (in terms of population percentage) than in the EU. Currently, 70-80% of the global RPG market is US+Canada.

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The intelligent things is to have people use the 'search' function. Alas, this dazzling display of superior intellect implemented into precise action eludes many.

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Yeah, that Kickstarter was cringe-worthy on every conceivable level. The whole "if you don't back us then you're a part of the force holding progress back" part was hilarious, doubly so if you consider how technologically backw...conservative the D&D fanbase is.

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Steve Geddes wrote:
What you miss in forum bling, you make up for with enthusiasm and wit.

I rarely miss the ability to embed images in posts on this forum, but this one time the hell I do.

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Well, at least there are no bare female breasts there, so we're good.

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Dude, you're a Tolkien fan angry that Game of Thrones doesn't have a Big Bad everybody is united to fight against. Let it go and play some Dragonlance or Forgotten Realms.

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Wish I was one. I feel like it's the only thing I miss from my "unapologetic fanboy shill secretly paid by Paizo to heckle and harass Texans, Germans, Finns and Other People Who Actually Care About Balance, Rogues and Jesus Christ" street cred card.

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Bluenose wrote:

Games Workshop are large enough that they're required by law to make their annual report available online. That lists annual revenue around £120 million for several years now.

Privateer Press had annual revenue of $15 million in 2010. They've haven't grown anywhere near fast enough to be close to GW.

And it's not as if the IcV2 data doesn't include miniatures, if there's any assumption that they mean anything. Guess what they think is number one.

You can have all the revenue in the world, but it's profit that counts. GW, at 120m rev, has had its profits fall from annual 30m in 2010 to ca. 12m in 2014. That's ... harsh, to say at least, for a publicly traded company with a business model that's not exactly the most flexible one out there.

I don't think Priavteer is publicly traded, so any numbers will be hard to come by and hardly reliable, and 2010 is an age ago in wargaming business. But everybody whom I know to play GW games actively jumped ship already, so there's to that.

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Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg approve this.

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YOU MEAN I CAN NOT HAZ BUY THIS ANYMOAR? NOOOOOOOOES!!!!!

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Games Workshop is knee deep in crisis. They pretty much fell behind Privateer Press on all fronts, their stock prices in London all headed towards trash values and they're in panic mode with moves like 'our stores will be now a one employee affair regardless of store size', 'White Dwarf is weekly now!' and 'you want to make a Space Marine dates a pigeon visual novel for Iphones? Great, here's the license, just give us 1 cent per sale, please?'.

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But bane weapons are for martials, and everybody knows that The Only True Way Of Playing Pathfinder By Remotely Intelligent Beings is with a party of Cleric/Druid/Wizard/Arcanist... ;-P

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But don't all Swedes know English better than an average American does?

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Kajehase wrote:
The whole mines and beer angle (and the beards) makes them seem quite German to my eyes.

Great, next thing they'll wear brown shirts and build tanks to invade nearby countries...

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99% of Paizo crunch is open content, so it will find its way into AoN and d20pfsrd. Additionally, since Archives of Nethys operates under the Community Use Policy, it can actually refer proper Golarion-related names, unlike d20pfsrd which has to cauterize everything as they don not fall under the CUP and can't use Paizo IP in any way.

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Lord Snow wrote:


Who is Larry Wilhelm? have we seen anything by him before?

Quite a lot.

On the topic, Lord Snow, don't you think the hill giant lady on the cover is standing in ... a completely unnatural ... oversexualized ... exploitative ... manner? I mean, what women strike such a pose? :P

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The CRB gets errated with every printing, thou I'm not sure if there is one around the corner.

Pathfinder Unchained, coming this April, will be a book of alternative rules which are supposed to exist beside but not replace the CRB.

So that's pretty much that.

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Speaks volumes on how being dark, horny(ed) and edgy is sexier than being angelic and nice :P

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