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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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Onyx Path didn't develop the MMO, you're confusing them with the original White Wolf which was bought by CCP. In fact, most of the products you're linking and mentioning are by the "old" White Wolf ... which is now defunct, for all practical reasons concerned. The current Onyx Path is something entirely different from the pre-2006 White Wolf.

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.

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Uh oh, realism.

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DM Beckett wrote:
White Wolf/Onyx Path seems to disagree, and in a lot of ways does have a pretty similar set up, with strong PDF and electronic support as well as physical products, as well as available older products for purchase.

Onyx Path ...

... doesn't have its own store and warehouse
... has a minimum permanent employed staff and relies on hired contributors
... has a business model that isn't built around subscriptions
... is entirely PDF/PoD/Kickstarter based
... does pretty much RPG books, some merch, and not much else
... so, no minis, cards, accessories etc.
... sits in its own niche without having to worry about the 600pd gorilla
... to reiterate: is a really tiny company which is about having the owner + few other guys and the licensor (CCP hf) happy
... which means comparisons between it and Paizo are about as valid and comparing WotC to Chaosium
... meaning yes, they both do p'n'p games for nerds, but here the similarity ends.

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Last time Paizo ventured into the realm of in-house application development things didn't went exactly well, so I guess they'll be super careful about any further digital projects that are not outsourced (and if you want integration with forums and purchases, outsourcing is a shaky proposition).

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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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Ah, 151-154 are those weird transitional issues that happened after Paizo and before 4E. In that case, they might still be buried somewhere deep on the WotC website...

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They don't exist, because the way WotC revoked the license, the time window for Paizo to make PDFs didn't cover the last few issues. Of course, WotC didn't make them either when they took over because 4E. Dead tree copies are your only hope.

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Total Ferengi moment there. Except, of course, a *respectable* Ferengi would never allow to get so caught with his/her pants down.

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Pffft, everybody knows that the only proper browser for the PC Master Race is Lynx ;)

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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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Also, bear in mind that the combat pad isn't "books" but "games" as far as customs, VAT and other stuff is concerned.

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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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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
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Did you know that Voltaire drank 50 to 70 cups of coffee A DAY in the five months he was writing Candide?
That sounds like an exaggeration.

Nope! Says it right here in this Cracked article (which may or may not be SFW, I'm not sure, just added a warning in case it is).

XVIII century coffee was nowhere equivalent of today's 'spresso. It was far weaker and frequently watered down and/or mixed with milk and cocao, so the result was a fraction of the strength of today's cup.

I can imagine he drunk an equivalent of 20-30 modern cups per day, which is something I've gotten close to once or twice...

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Can anybody copy-paste the book plz plz?

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Kthulhu wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
Well, Gary Gygax never provided that info for his designs. ;)

Aside from monsters that required magic weapons to hit, nothing before 3.0 had assumed magical items just to be functional.

You're trying to tell me that the roll 3d6 in order STR 16 Fighter did not require a STR booster in order to be anything more than a dead weight back in the Gygax days? Because that's what I remember :)

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Well, Gary Gygax never provided that info for his designs. ;)

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Steve Geddes wrote:
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I'd hazard a statement that a 0e/1e/2e Fighter without a level-appropriate magic weapon and a STR booster is screwed far more than a 3.5/PF one. And that's even more ironic considering how dependant on RNG, adventure writer and Mister Cavern whims magic item availability is in older eds.
Who's Mister Cavern? :/

A person who can't be called "Master" because it makes them feel go a bit overboard.

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I'd hazard a statement that a 0e/1e/2e Fighter without a level-appropriate magic weapon and a STR booster is screwed far more than a 3.5/PF one. And that's even more ironic considering how dependant on RNG, adventure writer and Mister Cavern whims magic item availability is in older eds.

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This thread doesn't have Kthulhu going on about how this is the ultimate example of utter failure of humanity that 3.5e and Pathfinder are? /shocked

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*shrug* the game paradigm of 3.5/PF is different from earlier eds. Not everything is for everyone, if you prefer a less magic-dependant game, there are plenty of RPGs that cater to such assumptions.

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Gorbacz wrote:
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.
Felt like noting now months later that just because they don't like it doesn't mean it can't happen. There is such a thing as offering options for people with different interests than yours after all

And there's also the thing called 'creative direction'. I'm sure there is a significant group of people who would be happy with Golarion having goth lolis with rocket launchers, me included, but I'm not sure if that's what James and co. want for their game world.

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Completed: RotRL
Running: S'n'S, RoW
Abandoned: JR

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

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Create Mr. Pitt wrote:
What are some of your wishes for Pathfinder 3.0?

Now that's one pittfall best avoided...

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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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OGL doesn't cover non-game material, so using proper names which are OGL but not public domain in novels is legally uncertain, and best avoided.

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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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DM Beckett wrote:

Weapon Style: Ray/Touch Spell?

90% sarcasm and humor. 90%. . .

Seems like your sarcasm filter combined with confirmation bias made you miss the blurb about "divine fighting techniques". Who knows, maybe the elusive Paladin of Jesus Christ is finally around the corner? ;-)

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This thread needs more TOZ.

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Kill, burn, maim, rape and destroy, that's something I can roll with.

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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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I hope it's not Taldor, that place smells of boredom and TV Tropes.

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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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Albatoonoe wrote:
Also, for anyone that doesn't follow Wes on tumblr, he mentioned queer vampires. WOOO!

Are they going to glitter? And will one of them be named Tum Cirry?

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Americans complaining about fuel prices...

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Crystal Frasier wrote:
Arutema wrote:
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:
Crystal Frasier wrote:
Because "Vilk" is Polish for "wolf."
What's Polish for "bad"?

Me.

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Dibs on Distant Worlds AP. Lazor gunslingers vs. Eox. This will gobsmack everybody, delight some, disappoint others, make Sincubus very sad and it's totally (REDACTED).

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Wiggz wrote:
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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.
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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Vic Wertz wrote:
Myth Lord wrote:

No bestiary 5... bummer and bye.

Cia next year.

Between 2010 and 2014, the last hardcover of the year was released in October twice, November once, and December twice. Now, I'm not saying that means there will or won't be a Bestiary 5—or any other book—this year; I'm merely offering some historical perspective.

Vic, you killjoy, you're ruining an unique opportunity for a year long break from "plz more mythological creatures, less robotz with lasors" threads...

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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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