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Pathfinder Society Member. 12,122 posts (12,247 including aliases). 82 reviews. No lists. 1 wishlist. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 10 aliases.


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Flagged for wrong thread title, should be 'Cost of a Dance Hall?' ;)

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To add to the above: dear Euros, hate to break it in for you, but we the so-called Rest of the World is ca. 20% of pnp RPG market, and we share the bracket with Koalas and Kiwis. So it's kind of hard to expect anyone to take use into the account when making their business plans in this industry.

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Auntie Lisa!

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*Looks at half-measures employed by the above gentlefolk with mild disappointment*

*Grabs a Venusian Death Ray*

*Which was conveniently stashed at the bottom of emergency vodka crate. Yes, the one from this thread. Thanks for asking, voices in my head! Can we be friends? Do you like chimichangas?*

*Empties the remaining vodka bottles, just so to make sure his aim is steady and true*

*Aaah the voices are gone. Nothing but the song of solar butterflies now*

*Aims at the Sun*

*Fires*

HOPE YOU NOTICE THE BOOM, MIKAZE!

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Starfinder and the so-called caster/martial disparity?

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CorvusMask wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
Hayato Ken wrote:

But hey, maybe that is also a generation problem. Maybe the babyboomers keep ruling this game just like the rule everything else...I mean, what was good 20-30 years ago and worked back then still has to work today right? And all those youngins...

Every moment you spend bemoaning that "old farts" keep your love of everything Asian down with their traditionalist preferences is a moment where you aren't writing a review of Tian Xia-related products. Which James did indicate, while addressing you directly, as one of the better ways of expressing your opinion in a manner that blimps on Paizo's radar.

Just sayin'.

Isn't it kinda late by now starting to review them? .-.

I mean, does Paizo react to if oldest products are suddenly reviewed? They have already been out for years

Things change. Market changes. Target groups change. Movies and books which were ignored at release have now cult following and critical acclaim. Same goes for RPGs.

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Hayato Ken wrote:

But hey, maybe that is also a generation problem. Maybe the babyboomers keep ruling this game just like the rule everything else...I mean, what was good 20-30 years ago and worked back then still has to work today right? And all those youngins...

Every moment you spend bemoaning that "old farts" keep your love of everything Asian down with their traditionalist preferences is a moment where you aren't writing a review of Tian Xia-related products. Which James did indicate, while addressing you directly, as one of the better ways of expressing your opinion in a manner that blimps on Paizo's radar.

Just sayin'.

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No, you just need an internet connection and d20pfsrd/Archives of Nethys. It's 2016, not 2006.

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Dragon78 wrote:
Rescuing a dragon from a princess is classic trope that sadly I have never seen.

FTFY,

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Tammy the Lich wrote:
Tammy already did.

That's OK, I'll settle for some baby neothelids instead.

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Excuse me, I'm off to eviscerate and disembowel some unicorns.

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Dragon78 wrote:

Would it have been so hard to just give us a Distant Worlds hardcover book about the other planets instead of creating a whole new gaming system/world.

One does not eliminate the other. In fact, expanding the cosmoverse in Starfinder and then revisiting its state in the current Golarion timeline sounds like a plan.

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Ultimate Equipment was less of a compilation book and more of a supplementary chapter to the CRB where items both mundane and magical were limited by the page count. It didn't gather *all* the items from *all* the lines. Frankly, I consider UE to be a mandatory supplement, because the CRB is really short on pretty much everything in the item department.

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I'm not sure if you get why the LGS don't like Paizo in the first place. They do so because Paizo has its own store, offers dirt cheap PDFs which discourage book sales AND to make matters worse, offers subs with discounts. So anything that helps funnel people to Paizo's storefront and away from the LGS is bad for the LGS.

Now as for Paizo Store Card. If Paizo would offer them to stores, the next thing that would happen is that the wholesalers (Diamond/Alliance) would call Paizo and kindly inform them that due to the recent move which cuts the middleman even further out, they will readjust the terms of cooperation. Considering that Diamond/Alliance are not somebody you want to get on wrong terms with... yeah, you don't aggravate them as well.

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Compilation books signal the end of an edition's lifecycle. If you put one out, everybody will switch into "Patfhinder 2.0 is imminent" mode.

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Nutcase Entertainment wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
The only way PDF subs could boost sales would be if they would come with a discount. This would send LGS owners foaming at mouth. Most of them have a love/hate relationship with Paizo and love/love/love+++ relationship with WotC. The absolutely last thing you want to do is to tip it over into "screw you and your Failfinder books and your silly little PFS" territory because as far as US/Canada is concerned, LGS are a critical element of the hobby. Much less so in ROW, but it amounts to 20-30% of the market at the very best, so you're pretty much setting your business according to whatever local parameters are over the big pond.

True, but it can also bring new customers.

Sure, but if Paizo has not done so far, it means they've calculated the ROI and figured out that risking loss of LGS support is too big a gamble.

And it's not like the core rulebook PDFs aren't dirt cheap already.

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The only way PDF subs could boost sales would be if they would come with a discount. This would send LGS owners foaming at mouth. Most of them have a love/hate relationship with Paizo and a love/love/love+++ relationship with WotC. The absolutely last thing you want to do is to tip it over into "screw you and your Failfinder books and your silly little PFS" territory because as far as US/Canada is concerned, LGS are a critical element of the hobby. Much less so in Rest of the World, but ROW amounts to 20-30% of the market at the very best, so you're pretty much setting your business according to whatever local parameters are over the big pond.

Simply put, too much risk for too little gain. I'm pretty sure Paizo runs this through the numbers on at least annual basis, and if they haven't set up PDF-only subs insofar is because they know the ROI would be crappy.

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Giantslayer v2, or "since we've announced a sci-fantasy RPG, and we all know how that goes down with the traditionalists, let's make a super safe AP to go with it".

Let's hope at least it will be more fun that GS was.

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Nutcase Entertainment wrote:

* Is it time for PDF ONLY SUBSCRIPTIONS Yet?

might help reduce prices and costs, and maybe boost sales in the process.

PDFs subs wouldn't reduce prices and costs much (printing is cheap, what is expensive are things that you need to do anyway - art, art, art, words, layout, more art). And it would piss LGS's off even more so than they already are angry at Paizo for providing any PDFs in the first place. So if you put out a PDF subscription scheme with a discount, whatever you will gain in people subscribing won't offset the angry LGS owners who take your product off the shelf and stop hosting PFS events.

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captain yesterday wrote:
This isn't Japan Gorbacz. :-)

DOMO ARIGATO MR. ROBOTO!

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Keyboard? You're shepherding a science fantasy RPG and you ain't got a neural implant jacked directly into the Cyberspace? :)

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MMCJawa wrote:
Nightterror wrote:
The beginning of the end. Next big bestiary will feature only monsters for this. Bye myth monsters you were great and will be missed.
You should be happy. Monsters sound like they will be compatible between both editions, so there is a much greater likelihood of a bestiary 6 next fall, which would include a lot of starfinder appropriate critters but would probably also include regular monsters.

Way to kick Sincubus in the shins with the news of no Bestiary 6 this year, MMCJawa! You brute! :-P

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DM Wellard wrote:
You know,we have spent decades trying to convince the non roleplaying public that we are not a bunch of devil worshiping psychopaths and this AP manages to reverse all the good work done over these years, and yes I have read the adventures . This is going over the line and it can only harm us in the long run.

Vampire: the Masquerade blew up all the good work in 1991, yet the hobby is still around.

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I believe that the collapse of PF Online freed up some resources as well.

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Here's a big "I don't wanna" - I don't want for existence of Starfinder to result in sci-fantasy elements getting removed from vanilla Pathfinder. On some level, this is an opportunity for Paizo to have the cake and eat the cake, with Pathfinder being more "traditionalist fantasy" and Starfinder covering the weird stuff. While I'm very happy that I am getting a full-blown sci-fantasy RPG, I'd love for robotz with lazors to creep into baseline Pathfinder books every now and then.

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Funny, in my Skulls 'n' Shackles the group also stumbled upon a seawrecked spaceship. Except, less elves, more tentacles and Dominion of the Black.

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Yeah, Mecha is pretty much a must. Plain old Mechwarrior-style mecha, transforming Macross-style mecha, biomech Eva-style mecha...

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Jingasa of the Fortunate Space Marine.

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WAR fits sci-fantasy even better than plain old elves and dragons. Giev robotz with lazors plz.

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I hope my wallet survives two sets of subscriptions running concurrently.

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ROBOTZ WITH LAZORS.

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I, for one, welcome our new overlords. Using Paizo website (blog included) on mobile devices is a painful experience. Facebook and Twitter are much more suited for us, early adopters of the new reality.

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Perhaps you're interested in filling a class action lawsuit over the lack of blog previews yesterday? I could be of assistance, at a fair price.

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What about human-humans?

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Dragon78 wrote:
I hope this one will have polymorph spells for fey, ooze, construct, and non-elemental outsiders.

I'm not entirely sure if expecting a book titled "Horror Adventures" to contain spells that turn you into Tinkerbell isn't a one-way ticket to disappointment.

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I agree, Vudra, Casmaron and Arcadia could use some lovin'.

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NUMERIA!!!

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I hope we're getting some previews during PaizoCon.

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Jingasas of Golarion.

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Ashiel wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
But, oh Great and Powerful Ashiel, the way these proclamations are worded is a part of BBEG's plan. They are not what the PCs are ultimately rebelling against. You really should give the AP a read before jusging it solelybading on the Player's Guide.

I want you to consider how stupid the premise of rebelling against a thing you don't know about is. Yes, there is nerfarious stuff going on behind the scenes. But like with many APs, it's really behind the scenes. It's nothing that is known. It's not why the rebellion occurs. On the outside, the supposedly super oppressive government is literally not super oppressive and most of the proclamations are actually obviously beneficial and a non-hindrance to the average citizen.

Trying to say "But there's really bad stuff that the PCs aren't aware of, and that's why the PCs should rebel" should in and of itself demonstrate why it's dumb.

The stuff quickly unfolds in the first adventure, becomes glaringly visible to the PCs and is the actual cause for the rebellion. You really should read the things you want to argue about first.

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JiCi wrote:
None of us (x2)

I'm not sure you can claim being present within the mind of everybody in the thread.

Look, where you are and what are you thinking today might not be who you are and what you think several years down the road at point where Paizo might publish an AP vaguely similar to the one you outlined here. You could be still the super cool guy who is fine with this, but you could also be somebody who litigates for living.

And don't worry, people reacting hostile to my advice is something like 50% of the job.

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Yeah, Tiamat was basically namdropped so that everybody including her in their home games doesn't have to do headcanon in order to have her in the setting.

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But, oh Great and Powerful Ashiel, the way these proclamations are worded is a part of BBEG's plan. They are not what the PCs are ultimately rebelling against. You really should give the AP a read before jusging it solelybading on the Player's Guide.

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Can I request Reiko in a goth loli maid outfit? And no probs with such outfit revealing anything related to the "is Reiko a boy or a girl?" situation, Alto Saotome made a precedent that your gender doesn't matter when it comes to that particular costume.

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We need a "Dance Hall Manager" bard archetype badly.

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No, I've just met my share of clients whose fun thought experiments devolved into something much uglier a couple years down the road. And your "without being reminded how other people reduce creative fun into monetary opportunities" mindset is EXACTLY the mindset of people who to court over somebody taking their forum post and turning it into profit without their consent or participation.

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Zaister wrote:
The only thing you can achieve by pitching something like that here is make sure that Paizo will certainly not create an adventure path in that vein.

To expand upon Zaister's thought - it's because the last Paizo wants to is to wrestle with a lawsuit.

Or rather - the last thing they want to is to have you lose the lawsuit, because of the " Users posting messages to the site automatically grant Paizo Inc the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, sublicense, copy and distribute such messages throughout the world in any media." boilerplate.

Which means that by posting here, all your ideas are belong to Paizo. So before you post any works of yours that would not fall under the OGL anyway, think twice.

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I actually like the "good guys are dumb" idea, quite realistic.

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Hayato Ken wrote:

Orcs were also in Giantslayer.

While Giantslayer is well done, it´s not really spectacular or outstanding.
Old school is overrated, especially in the light of everyone understanding something different there, up to different genres and times. I just had a big discussion with some 50+ year old players about that term and for them it´s not about dungeons, dragons, giants or whatever, but more a style of play, mainly the absence of a clear plot and story. Instead the players are supposed to develop that somehow.

Something that should also not be forgotten are modules.
There´s several modules catering to stuff like orcs, dungeons, etc.
Unfortunately none for Tian Xia.

In the context of D&D, "old school" means a combination of:

- streamlined rulesets (no splatbooks),
- balance? what's balance?
- no weaboo wuxia anime video game 'fighter does anything apart swinging his/her sword' bull,
- strong GM control over the game (no magic items for you unless the adventure says so etc.),
- adventures focused on combat and dungeon crawling,
- strong adherence to genre tropes (Paladins must be LG, it's Orcs->Ogres->Giants->Dragons).

and it is far from overrated, given what runaway success 5e is with "old school" folks.

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What are those "paper books" you people keep talking about? I thought we hunted down and digitized the last survivors in 2025...

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