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Inigo Montoya was a laughable failure of a build who would get gang-ganged by a moderately competent party 6 levels below him, yo.

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Look, the way Internet works, even if Paizo would set out to put resources aside and have a comprehensive database of entire open content, somebody would do it faster. This is because companies are slower than dedicated fans with surplus of free time. So in the end they would be looking at opening an open door. So what they did is put up a database which is limited to setting-neutral material (bonus points for people who don't give a damn about Golarion).

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Considering that Paizo makes most of their money on adventures, I doubt it's that much of an issue as some people pin their hopes on.

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Yes, but for some reason the rulebook was called 'Trail of Cthulhu'. Dunno, maybe some printing error.

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Orfamay, Archives of Nethys does exactly that.

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Article 663 section 3 subsection b of the contract states, that in order to to apply for CR 20+ help against threats of mortal nature, the current reigning monarch of Cheliax must fill the application form DZ45/489/IV, present it personally at the Gates of Hell and await for a minimum of 66 days until the preliminary phase of application is processed. The deadline may be extended at will. The price for such services is...

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KingmanHighborn wrote:

I just don't want to play as one, and really if the option ever came up (never happen but I wish) I'd walk away from humanity to be a catfolk in real life.

Yeah, but I doubt that having a tail and whiskers would suddenly make you a better person. ;)

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CorvusMask wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
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I would prefer the above list to be cut in half, but YMMV.

This makes me wonder, is there really a reason why people would be bothered by options that they aren't interested in that other people are interested about? .-.

Like, whats wrong with existence of options? You don't like them, someone else will like them.

I'd prefer people coming to me with an idea of an interesting elf or dwarf or tiefling, not with an idea for a quarter-skinwalker/quarter-aasimar/half-halfing.

I mean, I love 3.5/PF for its option crazy approach, but there are limits to everything, and while I don't mind the proliferation of classes/archetypes, the crazy race sprawl is slowly becoming irritating.

But I don't think its even possible to have character who is aasimar, thiefling, elf, orc, human and skinwalker at same time :p Nothing says you can mix them, so that argument sounds like you are making up a problem that doesn't exist

(plus dwarves and elves are kinda boring anyway)

Bastards of Golarion has rules for mixed ancestry. The combo is possible and is played in one group I am in. :)

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CorvusMask wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
I would prefer the above list to be cut in half, but YMMV.

This makes me wonder, is there really a reason why people would be bothered by options that they aren't interested in that other people are interested about? .-.

Like, whats wrong with existence of options? You don't like them, someone else will like them.

I'd prefer people coming to me with an idea of an interesting elf or dwarf or tiefling, not with an idea for a quarter-skinwalker/quarter-aasimar/half-halfing.

I mean, I love 3.5/PF for its option crazy approach, but there are limits to everything, and while I don't mind the proliferation of classes/archetypes, the crazy race sprawl is slowly becoming irritating.

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137ben wrote:

My Bestiary 5 Wishlist:

Milo v3
Myth Lord
Dragon78
Joe Hex
xavier c
Albatoonoe
Kalindlara
Wannabe Demon Lord
Dr. Johnny Fever
MMCJawa
Ragusa Cekbar
Gregor Greymane
Icyshadow
Kthulhu

Outrage, insult, personal attack, reported, lawsuit in preparation. ;-)

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The talk was never about not using psionics. It was about not using the 3.5 interpretation of psionics, power points and all.

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I would prefer the above list to be cut in half, but YMMV.

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It's not about how people feel about mythic. It's about how it sells.

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They're like R-rated murlocs.

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The problem is that they have no agenda apart from making sure there's balance in things, and that one is mightily difficult to play out as either allies or antagonists.

Aeon: BEHOLD ME, WUBWUBRON THE BALANCINATOR. I guard the balance of magic item distribution in the multiverse. I are CR 20. You folks have to many trinkets, surrender your Big Sixes or else.
PCs: Srsly?

Inevitables are skewed towards an extreme, which makes them great for some concepts. But Aeons are just ... meh.

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Dragon78 wrote:

I still think we need a half-human/half-dwarf race and a gnome/Halfling mix as well.

What we REALLY need are half-human/half-half-elf and half-human/half-half-dragon races. Without those, Golarion feels incomplete ;-)

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Grow up, guys.

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No, it's about PCs who ironically pretend to be evil but in reality are just jaded and bored CNs who want to challenge the society's perception of the notions of good and evil. Tragically, they end up butchered by CG Paladins of Asmodeus.

Sorry, couldn't resist.

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Finally :)

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DM Beckett wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
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.

Onyx Path is the new company that allowed them to legally begin license out and produce the older material from when WW and CCP Merged, rather than the other way around. They are different companies yes, but mostly just in a legal sense, which allows new products to directly reference and continue to progress and include older ones. The "old" WW did a similar thing with Swords and Sorcery and Black Dog in a sense.

As for the MMO, I'm not sure if you are referring to the fact it was cancelled or who "owned" it. And while I'm not a fan of the restarted system, clearly it was not a failure at any point as it's all now currently going into the 2nd Ed.

GMC/WoD2

VtR2

WtF2

OK, let me give you a short rundown on White Wolf/Onyx Path history.

At the height of its strength, White Wolf was a major gaming publisher with RPGs and board games and card games and video games and t-shirts and pop tarts and whatanot, kind of like Paizo of today. However, they took the bold move to scrap all their super-popular publishing lines and reboot them into a new continuity. That didn't go well and ended up with the company in dire straits. The owners eventually sold the assets of the company to CCP (it was officially called a 'merger' but pretty much meant that CCP bought the intellectual property and kept some employees while nixing the entire publishing part). CCP was after an established RPG IP so that they could develop their second big MMO (which ultimately went nowhere and was recently declared dead).

Onyx Path came to being in 2012 when a group of ex-White Wolf people approached CCP in order to strike a deal for licensing to publish p'n'p RPGs. They are now publishing both "original" and "new" WoD stuff, but they're doing it using a very conservative business model and have a skeleton permanent staff with most of the work farmed out to freelancers.

So if you're drawing any parallels, then the current Paizo is a bit like the old White Wolf (minus the whole compete directly with WotC part). And the old White Wolf folded precisely because it toyed around with their core product. The current Onyx Path is different from Paizo on oh so many levels that drawing any comparsions is pretty much moot.

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As long as LGSs (who foam at mouth at mention of words 'digital' and 'subscription' as it means cutting their sales even more) form a major component of expanding the hobby AND as long as "digital only" people are overshadowed by "I check my e-mails once per month, what do I use to open those ZIP files anyway?" people, things aren't likely to change.

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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:
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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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CorvusMask wrote:
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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What are some of your wishes for Pathfinder 3.0?

Now that's one pittfall best avoided...

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