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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:
Vic Wertz wrote:

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:
Gorbacz wrote:
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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Skaeren wrote:

Besides, they make more money from the likes of their board games, miniature packs and so on than the books, now, anyway.

You have Paizo's sales data? Wow, that's something people were asking about for ages. Care to share? Give us any numbers?

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Only because they base their work on what is becoming an increasingly outdated business model.

It won't be outdated as long as brick and mortar stores exist and function as social hubs for gamers. As long as that is the case, companies who want to be something more than a tiny print-on-demand outlet which has 10 permanent staff (like, erm, Onyx Path) need to mind the whims of LGS owners. And those are easily made angry by direct sales, early PDFs and anything that drives the sale away from their store.

Onyx Path decided to damn the torpedoes and ignore the physical outlets altogether - but their size and ambitions are a whole different ball game from Paizo. Also, they really don't have to mind WotC because they're in different league.

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Marco Massoudi wrote:
Ross Byers wrote:
Steve Geddes wrote:


On comment I'd make though:
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For example: the pawn production costs did NOT increase $5 - i can guarantee that.

You really can't make that guarantee. As I alluded to above, print costs are tied to volume, so even if the printer hasn't increased their prices at all - the production costs could easily rise if the number printed each set drops far enough.

I don't know any of the details, of course. Nonetheless, it's easy to forget that there are many moving parts in these kinds of decisions.

Maybe not $5, but $1.25 is believable. And MSRP is usually twice wholesale, which is nearly twice what the distributor buys it for. So a $1.25 or so production cost increase can easily drive a $5 MSRP change.

When the first pawns came out in 2012 they were priced at 14.99 or 15.99 - i can´t remember which.

3 years later they cost 24.99.
I have asked a friend who is knowledgable in the chinese print costs and he said this increase is b+#!##$&.

No one would mind a price increase of 10% or 15% but come on this is ridiculous!

I´ll stop buying these things and only use the plastic minis i have and continue to buy the Pathfinder Battles line - as long as it stays at it´s price niveau or increases it´s cost at a reasonable pace (like $1 from $14.99 when it came out to $15.99 nowadays).

You realise that even with this price hike pawn packs are more economic than minis, right? :)

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DISTANT ... WORLDS!

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Anybody who thinks that these price hikes are horribadawfullybig obviously never was a regular customer of anything by Games Workshop ;-)

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Ceirwyn wrote:
I'll add we have enough demons/devils for now. What we need are more angelic/divine creatures to balance that out.

Useless stat blocks are useless. Unless you're running Way of the Wicked and are in the business of mass slaughtering celestials, that is.

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Bah, blatant sexualisation of females! Horrid! At least there are no nipples exposed...

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Ms. Pleiades wrote:
I tend to portray Varisians as either German, Austrian or Sinta Roma (Gypsy), which ends up making the Szcarni a little bit odd when they're flexing their mafia vibe.

Varisians are pretty much Roma/Travellers. If you're looking for a Prussian (I assume that's what you mean by 'German') feel, Molthune is the closest you get, militaristic and orderly and all.

By the way, Roma organised crime makes Mafia look like a bunch of outdated, fat, senile gentlemen form a bygone era. You're just lucky they never really expanded into 'Murica. The moment I saw the "gypsy gangster" vibe in Varisia I felt riiight at home.

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Steve Geddes wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
Drizzt! Demons! Underdark! How original! Never done before! What's next, Elminster vs. spawn of Bhaal in Sword Coast? Or maybe ... evil white dragons in Icewind Dale? ;)
maybe we'll get against the giants next.

Yeah, they should totally do an adventure story called Giantkiller when you start with an orc raid upon a village and then fight increasingly harder giant types in various environments culminating with a battle against a mighty storm giant overlord in his cloud castle.

Hmmmm...........

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Drejk wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:


Rumors of the death of print have been greatly exaggerated.

Well, then again, you're dealing with a target group which is notorious for its hostility towards technology.
I always felt like roleplayers were more technologically and scientifically inclined than average population...

That's because you're used to Euro roleplayers, who are a vastly different demographic than the American ones. Your random player background generation table for Poland will result in two M.As, one B.A. and one PhD (half of them did code in Pascal back when before you were born) while in the US it will get you a soldier, a convict, a taxi driver and a college student who's not entirely sure if he shouldn't have just done something more serious with his life like the other guys did.

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Drizzt! Demons! Underdark! How original! Never done before! What's next, Elminster vs. spawn of Bhaal in Sword Coast? Or maybe ... evil white dragons in Icewind Dale? ;)

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I don't need to ask, he favorites most of my posts anyway ;P <3

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This book is relevant to my interests. Proceed.

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thejeff wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
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Rumors of the death of print have been greatly exaggerated.

Well, then again, you're dealing with a target group which is notorious for its hostility towards technology.

? What target group is that?

Geeks? Humans? Readers?

Edit: The most I've seen is people banning phones/tablets at the table for distraction reasons. While others run games from them. A lot of complaints about WotC not having digital options available.

People who don't know what a ZIP file is in 2015.

People who check their email once per month.

People who think vidja games killed p'n'p RPGs.

People who wish PFS scens were available in print because wow, you can actually print those PDF things?

People who ban Hero Lab use in their games.

People who wish things were like they started gaming in 1976.

All of the above happen on regular basis in this community.

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shadram wrote:

Until PDF viewers can offer the functionality of a printed book, I can't imagine I'll ever switch completely.

I generally have a bunch of bookmarks in each of my books when I'm running a game, making it easy to jump between pages that I need, and even this obvious function is missing from any eReader app I've tried. Add in the ability to cover the pages with PostIt notes, and even switch back and forth between books easily (an often painfully slow process on my tablet), and print is still the superior format.

Several PDF readers allow you both to add bookmarks and notes. I use Foxit and it supports both features.

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Vic Wertz wrote:


Rumors of the death of print have been greatly exaggerated.

Well, then again, you're dealing with a target group which is notorious for its hostility towards technology.

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And aliens!

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magnuskn wrote:
Nicos wrote:
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magnuskn wrote:

Hard to Fool (APG), Hard to Fool (UC, great job keeping those talent names separate, guys ^^), Ki Pool (UC) and probably others?

The APG talent is called Hard to Fool, the UC talent is called Hard Minded. But hey, never let facts get in the way of confirmation bias.
NOt originally at least.
Yeah, I guess someone didn't get a first printing.

Oh no, the rabid fanboy Gorbacz failed to slavishly support his Paizo overlords with an early purchase! Noooooooo!!!!!

Or ... he is rabid enough to have both printings. :D

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magnuskn wrote:

Hard to Fool (APG), Hard to Fool (UC, great job keeping those talent names separate, guys ^^), Ki Pool (UC) and probably others?

The APG talent is called Hard to Fool, the UC talent is called Hard Minded. But hey, never let facts get in the way of confirmation bias.

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Morzadian wrote:
Paizo couldn't survive without the sale of hardcover books. They have said it themselves numerous times. It's not just WOTC (who rely on hardcover book sales), however Paizo is very 'digital' friendly.

Any links to statements on this? The last time I read anything about the topic, Paizo's primary source of income were monthly subscription lines, with Adventure Paths being the biggest of them. Hardcovers are an icing on the cake in their case, as opposed to WotC, who (at least during the 4e era) based their model around having 1-2 hardcovers out every month.

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Ah, dedicated moderators. Finally, a challenge worthy of me. So, does a Paladin violate the code when he or she drinks decaf?

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Kthulhu wrote:
Steve Geddes wrote:

My impression is that they were definitely burned by 4E and are taking a 'slow and steady' approach to development/expansion this time around.

I'm more of the view that splat books will happen eventually. Provided the success of the core game continues and the fans keep asking for them. (They've certainly indicated they're open to them, down the track).

It is amusing to see some of the old posts on this topic on these forums, where some people predicted that within a year of release, 5e would have a mountain of splats.

Yeah, I agree. I am so glad my prediction that 5e is a Placeholder Edition made mostly so that WotC can license the crap out of it gets confirmed more and more.

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Barachiel Shina wrote:

But I've ran games where those classes go on for several encounters, rest, and continue as if nothing.

That's a problem of how you run your games, not how the classes are designed.

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"Blizzard nerfed Warlocks, and Warlocks are my fave class becuz they pwn", episode 356.

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Since apparently we have a new trend here...

WHY IS SHIPPING ON HARDCOVERS SO UGLY THAT IT FORCED ME TO QUIT THE RPG SUB AND NOW I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE 29TH FOR MY PDF THIS IS UNFAIR BAD AND NOT NICE *HEAVY BREATHING* *BLOOD PRESSURE*

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Dotted for much interest in the thread. Fast forward to PDF date, please!

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