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Voin_AFOL wrote:
UnArcaneElection wrote:

^If all real world politial and religious commentary is forbidden from the Campaign Setting forums, how are we supposed to compare worlds and world experiences?

Call me crazy, but I think it's possible for rational people to discuss religion and politics and keep it civil.

Up to a point.

And then we duel.

Like civilized gentlemen.

;P

Women play this game, too.

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Flynn Greywalker wrote:

James, I have some questions about The Carrion Crown "Ashes At Dawn" path module. SPOILER ALERT to those who read further.

Use the spoiler tags, as shown under "How to format your text" below the window where you type in your post.

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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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We're talking facial hair, armpits, chest,back or intimates?

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Oh my, a second "Clerics are Weak" person! I thought Beckett is an unique snowflake ;)

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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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Great Lawful Evil code! ;)

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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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Kthulhu wrote:


Couldn't agree more. If Paizo is going to try to wipe away anything that someone might find offensive, they might as well shut down now. It doesn't matter how blandly inoffensive you try to make something...there WILL be SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE who takes offense to it.

If you make it TOO blandly inoffensive, that someone will be me.

It's not like TSR and WotC didn't produce mostly blandly inoffensive sanitized content for the entirety of their publishing history without a) shutting down b) getting you to take offense to it :)

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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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I was contemplating asking for this by means of an e-mail notification, but that would flood my inbox really quickly. ;)

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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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Kalindlara wrote:
Icyshadow wrote:
Does the party work for or against House Thrune in Hell's Vengeance?
Seems to be a pretty clear For. The PCs are basically the counter-revolution.

Yes, but there's a question if they serve Cheliax's masters, Cheliax's masters' masters, or Cheliax's masters's masters' masters, OR the Veiled Masters ;-)

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Divine/arcane/beatstick/skillmonkey.

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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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Well, but given that they are American, that weird 'centimeters' thing you mention might be something unknown over there.

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My experience of over 16 years of studying and applying law in practice has led me to the conclusion that in an environment with dragons and undead, law is something that should be glossed over unless you want to have a big headache OR the entire table has minimum of a BA in law and is ready to discuss the finer points of what happens to the inheritance when somebody gets reincarnated.

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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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TOZ wrote:
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knowing the rules is crucial...
Meh. I don't find that to be so.

I've always syspected you of being a closet magical tea party cops and robbers gygaxianist. ;)

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KILL KRUSH MAIM BURN DESTROY!

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Ninjas saying they have nothin to do with a book is like me saying that I aim to behave.

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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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Let's get back on the topic of ... dinosaurs ... OK, maybe that belongs in Ask James Jacobs.

As for Kreed I've ran him as a guy who has occasionally enforced his interpretation of "first night law". When my PCs arrived in Falcon's Hollow Kreed was in the midst of interrupting a wedding ceremony to announce that once the party is over, he wants the bride delivered at his door for some hot action.

The PCs blew me out of the water - instead of rolling initiative and escalating the Battle of Falcon's Hollow, the Int 8 Cha 6 Fighter kindly asked for legal grounds of Kreed's behaviour. I've ran it so that Kreed pretends that it's some extension of ancient feudal laws with the Consortium as the lord of the land and himself as the deputised official. At that point the party pointed out that since feudalism was abolished in Andoran, Kreed should go and stick the whole idea up his.

Unsurprisingly, the entire wedding was quite in favour of such interpretation. Not willing to blatantly loose his cool in public, Thuldrin retreated, and thus the PCs BECAME HIS MORTAL ENEMIES 4EVA.

I thought that worked well without hitting people in the face with the "you see a scene of sexual violence, by the way did anybody order pizza for tonight?" problem.

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James Jacobs wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
Sorry Haladir, I'm beyond the edit window and try as I might, I can't make happy everyone all the time, sadly.

Which is why it's so important to make sure what your'e typing in a messageboard post (or an early game book, for that matter) is really what you REALLY want to say, and perhaps be remembered by, for the rest of forever. And while I agree that it's impossible to make everyone happy all the time... trying to make people sad even some of the time, if only once, is destructive and completely avoidable with some forethought.

Think thrice, post once.

That's probably wise and true, but I guess it will take more than one cool guy who writes fun games to erase all my bitter and painful experiences with religious organisations. Oh well, you reap with you sow.

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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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Alain isn't evil, he is CN. So is Damiel. Selytiel is the only Evil iconic before this guy came around.

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Sorry Haladir, I'm beyond the edit window and try as I might, I can't make happy everyone all the time, sadly.

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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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RuyanVe wrote:

What did they cut for the larger-than-usual gazetteer?

Ruyan.

Considering that an usual AP installement has two support articles, this one likely has just a single one that's double the size.

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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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DOUBLE SIZED GAZETTEER ABOUT GODDESS CRYSTAL????!!!! ;-)

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Oh snap.

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It's always the same as PDF date, so in this case July 29.

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Molthune is Golarion's Prussia, so if German names fit anywhere in the setting, it's Molthune. You could go with any other cool sounding German name, there's something alluring about a long haired mysterious elven swordsman named Siegfried Sturmdrang who wields a massive zweihander whom he refers to as 'Charlotte'...

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Von Hohenstaufen.

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Any robotz with lasors?

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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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I didn't mock anyone. I've expressed my opinion about it, and saying that it was written for grognards (which is not a derogatory term, AFAIK) is no different than saying, for example, that Paizo is pursuing socially progressive agenda.

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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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Given how remove curse/disease/poison aren't exclusive to religious classes, I don't see the problem. Also, Use Magic Device is a thing. Rahadoum is just a place where Bards, Witches and Alchemists fill the niches left by having Clerics, Oracles and Paladins out of the picture.

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"Devil's Advocate" wrote:
It's also a offensive concept which indicates a lack of understanding or care for an individuals sense of spirituality, which is probably the most important aspect of any ones sense of self. Kind of ironic as part of the reason for the Rahadoum face-lift was to not offend real world atheists.

I dunno. I am a real-world atheist and I sympathise with any ideas that revolve around eradication of religion.

Breaking News: Atheists Are Not a Uniform Group! :)

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Perhaps I've failed my English roll, I meant "doesn't have even one theme that grabbed me", not "there is no theme at all".

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It's the most boring Paizo AP to date. I mean, it's not badly written or with structural problems, but it just doesn't have a single theme, NPC, location or idea which grabbed me. It feels like if after Iron Gods Paizo decided to put out a super turbo conservative AP to placate the grognards and compete with WotC in the field of traditional adventures.

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