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I am the people. The Leviathan, the will of many given singular shape and form. It makes me feel so ... special. Thanks Wiggz!

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Ed Reppert wrote:
Jake's arguments would be irrelevant, of course, since Golarion is not Earth.

Sure it isn't, but it draws enough from Earth cultures as to invite comparisons. See: every argument about how a Golarion creature that is lifted from Earth myth/folklore/cryptozoology is or is not true to the source material.

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Ed Reppert wrote:

"everything you need to take your adventures into the royal courts and noble houses of the Pathfinder campaign setting"

Well, maybe. It seems to me that a discussion of armory, or more popularly heraldry (the system by which coats of arms and other armorial bearings are devised, described, and regulated) would be a natural for a book like this, but based on James Jacobs' statements that there is little interest, if any, in the subject at Paizo, I'm betting there won't be much, if anything, on it in this book. OTOH, maybe that won't disappoint any customers, except for me. :-)

Look, you need to hire a history major to do this right, else Jake the OCD heraldry fan will drown the forum in raging flame about how the coat of arms of House Jeggare is a BLATANT RIPOFF of the CoA of Drusecu family (Romania, XIII century) and also how it fails to follow the established Eastern European tradition of having griffons stick out their tongue while present on the arms. I can why Paizo thinks the return of investment on this is crappy.

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Disclaimer: I am a manga/anime fan, currently halfway through Macross Delta and Seven Deadly Sins. So yeah, if you hope for some quality harping on how weaboo wuxia bullcrap killed Gary Gygax, not here.

Anyway. I've noticed a conjecture. Several of the most outspoken "martial-caster disparity/Fighters need to be more awesome/Failzo failed us again by failing" people are big on action anime. Either they profess it openly here, or a cursory glance at the Internet reveals their passionate presence on anime forums or their YouTube channels full of Ninja Scroll clips or their 18+ Sailor Moon tumblrs. Also, Book of Nine Swords was the bestest d20 supplement ever.

This got me thinking. Perhaps, after watching this, this and of course this, their expectations regarding sword-swinging characters are at a level which Pathfinder, a game designed mostly by non-anime-watching folks who apparently envision high level Fighters more something like this, cannot quite satisfy. Which leads to frustrations elaborated in all the locked threads.

Maybe there is a game out there which caters better to running barefoot on clouds, swinging your sword so that mountains are torn assunder, EXCEPT YOUR SWORD DOESN'T EVEN TOUCH THESE MOUNTAINS, IT'S THE SONIC WAVE OF MANA WHICH THE SWING GENERATES THAT TEARS THE WORLD APART?

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Dragon78 passed on this one, so we're not getting the weekly "I hope the cover gets updated soon" post ;-)

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Thomas Seitz wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Well, I guess the good news there then is that it's ABSOLUTELY gonna be out for Gen Con 2017! Way early even!

HOLY CRAP!! :DDD Awesomesauce!

*pauses* Dammit now I figure out a way to get GenCon. :p

GenCon 2017 is over a year away, so you have plenty of time.

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James Jacobs wrote:
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Spire of Nex.
HA! That should have been #4 of the "don't bother mentioning since I know folks want it" above. Well played, toothy bag. Well played indeed! :-D

Do I get a second pick? :) If yes, it's the Hollow Mountain on Golarion and Eox elsewhere.

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Spire of Nex.

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golfdeltafoxtrot wrote:
Am I the only person that found that blog post a bit off-putting?

Yes.

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CorvusMask wrote:
I thought kobold sorcerer bloodline was available only to kobold xD

You'll understand how it's possible when your dad, with his final breath, will reveal to you the terrible truth: your true mother was a Murloc.

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Buri Reborn wrote:
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Sales on stuff like these is usually minimal.
So, what you're saying is that I need to perpetrate large scale identify theft and fraud so Paizo can get the money they need to make this worth while. rubs chin

No, because if the victims of the theft will eventually ask their banks to chargeback Paizo, you'll end up with your favourite company having a massive hole in their budget.

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Sales on stuff like these is usually minimal.

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For a class who doesn't rely on feats to blow up reality, they're never "starved" or "emaciated", they just merely get more or less gravy to pour over their full casting.

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Aralicia wrote:
Harleequin wrote:

For me the ninja should really be quite distinct from the rogue wherever possible, yes there is crossover but for me the ninja should be more attack based and less skill monkey.

Assassination, stealth, sabotage, martial arts rather than performing, bluffing, knowledge, linguistics, UMD

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A d10 Ninja makes much more sense than a d6 Ninja. After all, the Rogue class is supposed to cover an extremely wide range of concepts, from burglars through spies to con men/women, while Ninja is pretty much a straight up sneaky assassin.

I'd like to remind people that the Ninja's skills weren't limited to stealth and assassination, but also to skills as varied as espionage, disguise, impersonation, medecine, pyrotechnics, or tactics. This makes the ninja the very definition of skill monkeys.

Historicaly, the ninja were primarily used as spies, not assassins. In fact, most the best known assassination attempts by ninja were failed attempts. Ninja were more useful to their patron as spy, scout or saboteur than as assassin.

That said, a skill-monkey only class is usually not that fun to play in the usually combat-focused PF game. Thus, we need to have ninja that are more battle-ready than the historical ninja, and try to follow the folkoric vision of the ninja, capable of becoming invisible, walk on every surface, and sometimes teleport or control elements.

For this reason, I'd probably encourage a Rogue-Monk hybrid, but without a sneak attack. Instead, the ninja could specialize in combat maneuvers (including bonuses of some kind to maneuvers against a flat-footed target ?), representing their preference for unconventionnal warfare and tactical tricks. This would also explain why they would prefers weapons like the Kusarigama and other weapon particularly adapted to combat maneuvers.
Include a Ki pool to add some supernatural powers (invisibility, underwater abilities, a bit of elemental effects) to account for their legendary feats, and I think we would be...

Design by realism is frequently a horrible decision in a game about teleporting dragons across planes of reality.

Look, if you are not at least a 6/9 caster or a full BAB class, you need some REALLY good chops to stand next to them. The problem with core Rogue and core Monk was that they did not fill this criteria. I doubt that being able to prance around the battlefield while handing out situation bonuses basing on CMB is such chops.

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Steve Geddes wrote:

"You've saved $1,439.73 off suggested retail..."

Thanks, Lisa! :)

Man, you're me(n)tal to the core ;-)

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A d10 Ninja makes much more sense than a d6 Ninja. After all, the Rogue class is supposed to cover an extremely wide range of concepts, from burglars through spies to con men/women, while Ninja is pretty much a straight up sneaky assassin.

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Well I guess it's going to be a major trigger for anyone with bibliophobia.

*puts on glasses, walks away*

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2 parts by ladies, nice!

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NenkotaMoon wrote:
So what happens when something does sell well but isn't well liked. From what I know, the HV AP isn't all that liked on the forums from what I see.

Same thing as with cough syrup, it gets the company across the budget line.

And forums aren't exactly the best indication of what is liked or not.

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Conservative Anklebiter wrote:
Unless you want Jade Regent to happen again and you know people still aren't all happy about that.

When you say "people" you mean yourself under your main alias, Hayato Ken and who else? :)

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Hayato Ken wrote:
There´s a very interesting elven nation in Tian Xia! Jinin...next to an interesting hobgoblin nation...what could possibly go wrong?

Sales.

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1. APG
2. Bestiaries
3. Ultimate Equipment
4. Occult Adventures
5. Gamemastery Guide

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Dragon78 wrote:
I am excited for this product but I was still more excited for Occult Adventures. I hope I will like this one better then Ultimate Intrigue but then again I was disappointed with every ultimate book except Ultimate Equipment.

So, your 4/5 star review of Ultimate Combat doesn't count? ;)

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You didn't answer my question.

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Hell's Rebels is a law vs chaos AP.

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Are the adventure titles an indication that you need a M.A. in English Studies to get beyond the credits page?

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Almost exactly 5 years after epsiode 1! ;)

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Captain collateral damage wrote:

Gorbacz: so your main problem with GR is that the main deity is not a typical revolution god? Iomedae is from Cheliax, and probably doesn't like the fact that her home worships devils now, it makes a lot of sense that she's the main god.

As for whether the initial attack on the god law was thought through, if I were leading a group of Iomedean knights against Cheliax getting the sword that was wielded by Iomedae would be the first thing I did too, and I'm pretty sure most people who have any sort of planning and strategy capabilities would agree with me on that.

My problem is that what GR is hopeless, doomed to fail and will only result in massive backlash against civilians, whose blood will be on Iomedae's hands. You don't rebel against the regime unless you're 100% sure that the vast majority of populace is on your side AND will take up arms and join you in a jiffy - and the problem is, most Chelaxians don't really mind Thrune that much. Sure, dissidents get executed in gruesome ways, but the average Joe can get by no probs as long as her or she dby oes lip service of worshipping Asmodeus. So given a choice of risking their life by joining some revolutionary movement that even doesn't have any foreign support AND sitting quietly, most will chose the latter.

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Zon-Kuthon is love.

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Glorious Reclamation is a bunch of crazy fundamentalists who act first and think later. I honestly enjoyed every bit of HV where the Iomedaean twerps get what they deserve. Next time you want to topple a regime? Ask Milani to hook up with Cayden.

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I'm with Cpt. Yesterman on WotW. Between the purlpe-prose-ish writing writing style ("And lo and beholdeth. The villains rideth into the villageth. Ze ground zrembles. The weight of their evil deeds hovers over the village like an iron tombstone cover waiting to close." and ridinkolous ending ("Now kids, the whole point of the AP was to show you that evil never wins and that depravity will be punished") it was a chore. I understand the "first full evil AP yay!" appeal, but when you take the rose...evil red-tinted glasses off, it's really nothing special.

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Haladir wrote:

Why are white people called "Caucasian?"

Racist 19th-century pseudoscience.

A better term would be "European," which is what I try to use now.

Well the term "European" is certainly insulting to majority of Brits, so no dice.

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The difference between D6 and D8 HD is on average 1hp/level. It's not that much.

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Dragon78 wrote:
A magic armor that lets you roll into a ball and move on the ground and even the walls and ceilings like Metroid would be awesome.

How's that horror-themed?

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waynemarkstubbs wrote:

Elidir is the capital of a Cheliaxan vassal state.

Eleder is the capital of a different (former) Cheliaxan vassal state.

Whose bright idea was that? I bet that led to some fantastic confusion during the empire.

Birmingham, Alabama vs Birmingham, West Midlands.

Washington D.C. vs Washington (state).

Plenty of real world precedent.

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Rogar Valertis wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
Rogar Valertis wrote:
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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.

Really? Maybe you ought to ask yourself why so many people were willing to vote for a rabid (if charismatic) "Bohemian corporal" then.

It's not much different from what's happening today: a lot of people were suffering and choose an option that promised to change things. They made a tragic mistake but it was NOT entirely THEIR fault. The conditions for them to hurt and therefore the space for the likes of said corporal to present themselves as a credible alternative were in place due to the policies enforced by the winners of WWI. Weimar is widely reputed as the finest example of democratic institution but alone that wasn't enough to improve the living conditions of so many germans, the Weimar Republic never had a chance to do so DESPITE being something akin a perfect democracy.
Bottom line: you want to keep EU? Then the EU needs to change its policies. Its focus should be on improving people's living conditions not the already great income of a very small if well connected and powerful minority. Otherwise yes the risk of history repeating itself exist, because the same mistakes are being made by those in power, not because Democracy gives people the right to choose for themselves.
So should we stop heckling the Germans or not, because you kind of didn't answer my question :)
I believe the answer was implicit but if you need a statement here it is: we should look at what happened with objective detachment and take a lesson from it so it doesn't happen...

All right, just to make sure we're on the same page, if it was 1933 fresh after that fateful German election day and I'd go like "JESUS CHRIST YOU NUMBSKULLS WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?" you'd be there to tell me that I should respect their decision and wait until I see what happens with objective detachment?

Wow! I mean, it would be cool if the world would wait for you every time it goes bananas, but problem is, it doesn't.

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Rogar Valertis wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
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.

Really? Maybe you ought to ask yourself why so many people were willing to vote for a rabid (if charismatic) "Bohemian corporal" then.

It's not much different from what's happening today: a lot of people were suffering and choose an option that promised to change things. They made a tragic mistake but it was NOT entirely THEIR fault. The conditions for them to hurt and therefore the space for the likes of said corporal to present themselves as a credible alternative were in place due to the policies enforced by the winners of WWI. Weimar is widely reputed as the finest example of democratic institution but alone that wasn't enough to improve the living conditions of so many germans, the Weimar Republic never had a chance to do so DESPITE being something akin a perfect democracy.
Bottom line: you want to keep EU? Then the EU needs to change its policies. Its focus should be on improving people's living conditions not the already great income of a very small if well connected and powerful minority. Otherwise yes the risk of history repeating itself exist, because the same mistakes are being made by those in power, not because Democracy gives people the right to choose for themselves.

So should we stop heckling the Germans or not, because you kind of didn't answer my question :)

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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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YES.

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Paul Watson wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
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.
Didn't you hear? He's going to be our ambassador, given his experience in Europe (and the fact that we want him as far away from us as we can get.)

Well at least that'll be at solely the expense of your taxes ;)

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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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It's non-binding, but given the British political culture, which is heavily based around customs that ought to be followed, I cannot imagine a scenario where the HM Government ignores the referendum. This isn't France, for Lord's sake! ;-)

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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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Botho Käse wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:

Which for some reason was not set up before I got to this right now.

Anyway, if you lads and gals vote remain, drinks are on me the next time we meet.

Can't vote, but am pro-remain, I'll be in Cambridge in the fall, so how far am I from my free pint (or two, to boost the local economy)?

Not that far, a friend of mine picked up a job at Cambridge Univ, I might swing by to say "hi" at some point.

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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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Which for some reason was not set up before I got to this right now.

Anyway, if you lads and gals vote remain, drinks are on me the next time we meet.

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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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