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Zesdead wrote:

...maybe...but it seems odd to me that Paizo are releasing a regional CS book that isn't tied in with an AP...I can't think of any other examples...unless of course we are getting two regional CS books associated with Hell's Rebels (the second one being an, as yet unannounced Cheliax book)...

I expect we have a while to wait before we get any confirmation either way on a Cheliax book...

Well, the Absalom book wasn't associated with any AP.

And I think there's no Andoran at all in Hell's Rebels. What I do suspect is that since Paizo did a CS line Osirion book and is pretty much 99% sure to do a Cheliax book, they'll be releasing Andoran, Qadira and Taldor books, too.

Which is great news, because several of those badly need an update and cleaning up.

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Wiggz wrote:
Krathanos wrote:
Chalk up another vote for a dragon-centric AP. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think we still haven't had a Dragon BBEG, which is a crying shame.

But hey - we've got Robo-Gods!

Maybe they should do a 'transformer' themed AP next, or one where the PC's go on a five year mission to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations...

I seriously and wholeheartedly approve your suggestions. It's great to see you make the journey from "grumpy traditionalist who got robots in his unicorns" to a full-on science-fantasy fan! ;-)

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I'd strongly suggest moving from IE to a serious browser, which means pretty much anything but IE. Well, maybe except Lynx, if you're a fan of those newfangled 16-bit images.

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Your example has nothing to do with ACG. A crit for 4d6+16 is something that a Barbarian and a smiting Paladin geats easily with Fighter and Ranger close behind.

The Arcanist, arguably the strongest ACG class ... died. So. Much. Overpowered! He literally died from being awesome, a tavern story in the making.

Everything in this combat that made it a cakewalk was wacky use of variant rules for called shots. When you introduce variant rules, balance changes. But it's not the ACG that changed anything here.

And as noted before, using called shots multi-head monsters need to be hit in every head in a single turn in order to suffer any conditions.

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I was wee little three years old when this was on the radio!

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Check out my review of Fires of Creation. I wrote it during a quite similar level of intoxcation (0,7l bottle of Grant's whisky topped with a few porter beers).

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Scott Betts wrote:
Kthulhu wrote:
Did anyone actually think that it was big?
No, but the idea that the entire tabletop RPG industry can support (and this is being charitable) fewer than 100 full-time workers is sort of jarring.

Paizo has an online store and branches out into dozens of things other than RPG. I'm pretty sure that if they were doing only Pathfinder they wouldn't be able to sustain much apart from a skeleton crew.

Steve Jackson lives off Munchkin. Catalyst lives off Battletech. WotC lives off M:tG. Fantasy Flight lives off board games and living card games.

Many companies, such as Pelgrane Press or Chaosium or Onyx Path are 1d6 permanent employees and the rest is freelancers. And these are relatively big names in the industry with big products, btw.

Yeah, I can totally see there 100 people being employed only out of money that comes from RPGs.

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What's wrong with Good being about murderkilling those who aren't Good? Ragathiel says nothing!

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Actually, the article clearly states:

"We define the "hobby games market" as the market for those games regardless of whether they’re sold in the hobby channel or other channels."

So it's not just LGS.

And I fully believe the credibility of the article. The CCGs have addiction mechanisms and pro competitive play (which of course pales to e-sports, but you can still live off playing M:tG or Yu-Gi-Oh.

Board games are going mainstream, even more so in Europe. You can grab one and play with your family, your friends who come over, your co-workers, anybody can play Carcassone or Catan in an instant.

RPGs? Backwater hobby with no visual appeal, no addiction mechanisms, high entry barrier (300+ pg rulebooks full of tables?), no pro competitive play, social stigma of being an activity for 40yr old white male neckbeards. Sure, many of those things change, but in general? It's a very, very, VERY small industry.

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Kthulhu wrote:
What I can't wait to see is how quick of a turnaround some of the posters here will have, from touting the ICv2 numbers as unassailable, to talking about how they are meaningless because of the factors that many people have pointed out over and over.

You mean all the "it doesn't factor DDI and if you factor DDI D&D IS THE BEST!" people? :)

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Quoting the article:

"ICv2 has released the results of a study on the size of the hobby game market, including the finding that that the market in the U.S. and Canada totaled around $700 million at retail in 2013, as reported in the recently released Internal Correspondence #85. ICv2 also broke down the market by category, and found that the collectible games category was by far the largest, at $450 million; miniatures were second, at $125 million; board games were third at $75 million; card and dice games fourth at $35 million; and RPGs last at $15 million."

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Insain Dragoon wrote:
Maybe he means for non-US customers?

Canada isn't part of United States? ;)

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Zaister wrote:
Yeah right, especially me. :)

Double irony is the best irony :D

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Zaister wrote:
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I expressed some pretty extreme disappointment, earlier in this thread, that Obsidian's designers' talent was being wasted on a port of a vapid card game.

The card game is most certainly anything but vapid. You may be thinking of deckbuilding collectible card games, but the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game nothing like these games.

Respectfully, I think you have no clue what you are talking about. The card game is an awesome game.

Zaister, please. You're some anime video games kid, Alex is a True Fan of Fantasy. You don't compare ;-)

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also, as much as I enjoy the current result of the poll, vocal minorities like us are hardly indicative. And folks who want PF2.0 want it for vastly different reasons, see:

Bugley: Beginners Box layout, no splatbooks plz.
Rynjin: Buff monks, decapitated SKR on the cover.
Beckett: Option to play LG Cleric of Jesus Christ who is > other classes.
Kthulhu: Fatal blunder which finally bankrupts Paiozo and leaves Monte Cookie homeless.

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Lakesidefantasy wrote:

I predict the 2nd edition of pathfinder will be announced by 2016.

Were you one of the 'I predict Paizo will go bankrupt by 2010' people?

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Think again

I'm pretty sure it holds true for Europe as well, perhaps with board games having a slightly bigger slice, percentage-wise.

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John Kretzer wrote:
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jimibones83 wrote:
Can we get an update from staff on how well this book has sold so far? I'm just curious
Paizo does not disclose sales data. But they sold every book they had at GenCon with them, which is usually a good indication that the thing is smokin' hot.
Is it? I mean don't they in general sell out of all the new releases during Gencon?

Nope. They usually (but not always) sell out of new hardcovers, but full sale of softcovers is a rare thing. Coincidentally, Fires of Creation sold out as well, and I don't remember if any AP that debuted at GenCon ever did so except for Burnt Offerings.

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jimibones83 wrote:
Can we get an update from staff on how well this book has sold so far? I'm just curious

Paizo does not disclose sales data. But they sold every book they had at GenCon with them, which is usually a good indication that the thing is smokin' hot.

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I think that we've *glasses* got some guidelines to follow *exits*

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But what about childlike emaciated goth lolis who serve as companions to wizened old sorcerers with the Tentacle bloodline?

WAIT WHY IS EVERYBODY LOOKING AT ME LIKE THAT PLEASE PUT THAT PITCHFORK AWAYUUUUGHHBRLLLLLL....*expires*

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Kthulhu wrote:
Paolizo

It's 'Paizo'.

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Any platform that allows some Warren Worthington The Fourth to wake up one day with a hangover and to shut down my access to it permanently gets a big 'no'.

Of course Lisa Stevens and DTRPG owners can do that as well, but at least I have my PDFs on my computer.

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But everybody knows PDFs are what pirates use to steal your corporate bonuses! Heard that at the golf course last week. Also, Earl told me about this crazy new Iphone thing. Wonder if Microsoft's gonna have much success with it, personally I'm sticking with my Nokia. Reminds me, gotta check how much my shares of them are.

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James Jacobs wrote:
justmebd wrote:

Hello!

I have a "process" question.

With the two 2015 APs now out there for everyone to talk about, where are you at in the process for deciding on the 2016 APs?

To clarify, I'm only asking in the sense of:

"Good God let me get through these two first"
"Still kicking around ideas"
"Narrowed it down to a final list"
"Actually already have it penciled in but anything can happen in the next year"
"Other Appropriate Response"

Thanks!

Rob and I know what the two 2016 APs are already. We ALMOST announced one of them at Gen Con, but decided not to for various reasons. And the one we didn't ALMOST announce already has a rough outline and rough titles for all six parts.

Did you refrain from the announcement because you knew that news about the inevitable Distant Worlds Feb 2016 AP could cause heart attacks and cerebral haemorrhages at the Con Floor?

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Nope. Regular AP, lots of devils and hellknights expected. Also, Richard Pett writes a ball party. It's going to be balls to walls there.

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Blackvial wrote:
awesome book, just wish you put in a tech based alchemist archetype

Fullmetal Alchemist sounds familiar...

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Let's be frank - you have on this forum people complaining that 3.5 Cleric was weak, people complaining that Swashbuckler is OP and people who change sneak attack to be usable only once per round because OHMYGODALLTHOSEDICEOFDAMAGEHAXBLIZZNERFPLZ.

So, you'll ALWAYS have somebody unhappy :)

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The author lineup is nothing but brilliant. Two gals! Goddess Crystal! Princess Amber! Jim Grooves! James writing a 128pg issue 100 special! The guy called Mike who wrote Mud Sorcerer's Tomb! SIR PETT!

I was worried we're going to get some ultra-conservative AP to offset the inevitable Distant Worlds AP coming in Feb 2016, but if this thing is conservative traditionalist fantasy, I don't want to be a progressive liberal. Now I need to gain 100kg and wear a fanny pack over an utilikilt...

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A single hardcover for all the APs? Nobody is going to shell out 40 USD for a book that has only a couple of pages of use for that person. It's just not a viable product, business-wise.

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1d6-3 quarters.

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RangerWickett wrote:

I think there's definitely value in having a fantasy RPG that's more complex than 5e D&D, but in Pathfinder now there are some common fantasy character archetypes that can only be achieved if you either have comprehensive system knowledge or use a search engine for a while. Or, more precisely, you can achieve them otherwise, but you end up getting penalized.

Use the core rules to make a 'swashbuckler.' You can do it, but you end up doing less damage than a heavy armor fighter, and probably with a lower AC. If you know the right feats and multiclassing tricks, though, your swashbuckler gets ridiculously powerful compared to 'Bob the classic fighter.'

The system is just not as _elegant_ as it could be. It slows play down, and makes game sessions provide less value. It slows prep down, and distracts GMs from focusing their attention on storytelling. And for god's sake it slows design down, because I've written adventures for both 4e and PF, and 4e monsters get the same job done with a lot less mental energy.

Revise the rules, and you'll get more stuff done in your game, your GM will run _better_ games, and the Paizo staff and freelancers will be able to write more adventures so you can have MORE games.

I think there's a value in a game which rewards the fact that your abilities at math and gaming the system are better than Average Joe's.

If you want a swashbuckler and the core concept doesn't suit you, you take one of the million 3PP solutions. Or now, you take the official one.

"Rules shouldn't be getting in the way of storytelling" is about as valid as "Theatrics shouldn't distract you from the game". There are people who value the former more, and there are people who prefer the latter.

I actually feel slightly irked by the notion that I'll run better game if the system will be easier. I can run great games with PF. I can run great games with Call of Cthulhu or WoD or GURPS or Cats in the Shrubbery. I can handle math. I can handle story. If I can, anyone can.

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Most European debit cards work with Paizo without any problems. I have two debit cards in different banks, and both are OK.

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You fought in the "Paizo is still undecided if 4E" thread. Double points if you exchanged broadsides with Scott Betts.

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Insain Dragoon wrote:
Vote with both your wallet and reviews. Give the book exactly as many stars as you believe it deserves.

Thanks for the reminder, 4-star review posted.

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Free sex and booze.

Also, my first date with my soon-to-be-wife was disguised as character creation for a Pathfinder campaign.

Wait, this means Cosmo gets to choose our firstborns second name. Oh, crap.

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Cool. Now finally we can assemble a team made up of a Human Gunslinger, a pair of Half-orc Slayers, a Wyrwood Druid and a Raccoonfolk Alchemist and have them team up with a wheelchair-bound Human Psychic and his uncanny students on a quest to save the galaxy from Dominion of the Black.

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I bet you did out of the love for the environment, not technological progress! ;)

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And then people are surprised when posts like 'hello, I check my email once per month using Internet Explorer 4' appear.

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Technology rules? Check.
Psi rules? Check.
We're ready.
Now, let's hope for a Distant Worlds AP in Feb 2016. :)

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Nearyn wrote:
Also, for the gents who make the point the game is not a novel or story, nor great at simulating fantasy stories, I find myself coughing “bovine fecal-matter”.

If you're coughing up feces, you should go see your doctor. If you're coughing up feces which isn't yours, you should likely see your sex therapist while at it.

Or was that a metaphor? They always fly over my head.

Ahem! While I am personally the kind of a person most verbose, let it not fool you into thinking that I am not unable of producing purple prose, and in good time I shall also rhyme. This conversation, beholden to people of our station, should be verily not reduced to mere pranks, so allow me to elaborate my remarks.

In all your long arguments and explanations, you haven't insofar faced the principal point, which is: "what the hell is preventing a party of mid-level PCs from scrying'n'frying an Artistocrat 5?".

Nothing. Except of GM fiats, and we all know how players love those.

Now, you could argue that said Aristocrat 5 has a Mighty Wizard Friend around to keep wards and guards up. Well, problem is, bad people - and BBEGs are usually very bad people - seldom have friends. So that Mighty Wizard must be there because of something.

Money? Please, people with class levels in double digits sleep on money. Mighty Wizard Friend doesn't need no money, he can just teleport and kill some dragons if he needs some.

Plot device? Oh great, you've just dodged the "BBEG must have high level" trope and you fell into "reluctant genie compelled to fulfil evil wishes" or "evil mage forced into servitude by ancient curse" or "super powerful sidekick waits for the boss to turn his back around so he can take over" tropes. Hint: they're all far more cringeworthy and overused.

Power? Yeeeah we're on to something! Mighty Wizard Friend might be there because his Big Boss is actually powerful and intimidating. Aristocrat 5. Powerful and intimidating. Wait, something's wrong here.

See, people in a high-powered fantasy setting sit on thrones and rule nations for reasons. One reasons is that they, complete with their retinue and magic trinkets, are capable of resisting a simple mid-level assassination by a bunch of teleporting murderhobos. Sure, the actual leader might be low level if he or she has really big guns close to the throne, but then the question arises - how did those big guns accept that job? Good and Neutral realms have it a bit easier because stuff like friendship, loyalty, duty and compassion play in, but evil nations that are supposed to be foil to the PCs? There, only power counts. And in magic-rich supernatural environment, power is measured by levels.

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Till all are one!

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tl;dr - this isn't a novel or a story. This is a game. It needs to take into the account game mechanics into world building and story telling. A murder mystery set in the medieval times where the victim is stabbed in his/her chest and dies looking into the eyes of the murderer is a fascinating story, but in the D&D environment it falls flat because a simple spell allows you to ask the dead body the question 'who killed you?' and render the whole mystery moot.

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Orthos wrote:
magnuskn wrote:
Pan wrote:

/not signed

With the PRD and age of the interent I will never be ready for PF2. I hope they never make one and just keep doing what they are doing. At this point all I needs me is some AP goodness.
Yet they need money to feed their families. Hence, PF2 will happen some day.
I disagree that this leads to that. Especially with Paizo's adventure-focused business plan.

It's OK. 20 years from now, PF 2.0 will happen and magnuskn will do his Dr. Strangelove routine: "A-ha! I vass righttt! Vor ze last 20 yeers I zaid zis is going zo hapfen! Mein Kanzler, I kan walk!".

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David knott 242 wrote:

I am on a laptop computer using Internet Explorer 8.

Dude, switch to some serious browser.

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If I got a dollar every time somebody posted essays without using the 'Search' function beforehand...

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Finally it looks less like a mid-90s fantasy fans bulletin board and more like something done by XXI century robots. Using lazors.

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