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DM Beckett wrote:

I'm gonna have to agree, so far the book is kind of on the "meh" side. It kind of seemed to aim for the circumstantial over generally useful, and it really looks like a lot of the gear is far overpriced.

Not useless, but pretty far below what I'd expected. It seems focused most on lightly armored guys, Monks, and Arcane Spellcasters, and seems to have forgotten about, well martial and melee characters.

You forgot your signature "Once again, nothing noteworthy for Clerics" line!

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Pexx wrote:


1.A I don't have to pay an arm and a leg for netflix dvds comes with my subscription. I pay amazon 60 dollars a year for "free" shipping. What I am getting at is there are other avenues/models to go down than kicking the shipping cost direct to the consumer i.e. you and me.

Netflix and Amazon operate on volumes of product and business models which are incomparable with a medium-sized company like Paizo. That's apples and oranges there. Amazon actually sells stuff, complete with shipping, at a near-loss and makes up with the sheer insane amount of things they shove out the door every second. I believe Netflix is quite similar.

Sure, there are other avenues:

- stealth the shipping cost into the MSRP. You're still the one who's paying, except you're feeling a little better about yourself now.
- switch the postal company. Oh, wait, United States, you have only one. Tee hee! But hey, you have a Postmaster General, that's a cool name.
- dunno, you got anything?

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Ah, Protestants and their "Bible-is-a-literal-in-your-face-truth" thing :)

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Divination is flat-out the best school, if you're talking power level. Conjuration is close second, because Foo Lion Spam > reality.

Whatever a Rogue can do, a Wizar...no, wait, a Slayer, an Inquisitor, a Melee Bard or an Alchemist can do just as good if not better. There's a reason they're getting reworked in Unchained, ya know.

Specialisation - ever seen a moderately optimised party that goes along the lines of Cleric/Wizard/Paladin/Slayer?

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IceniQueen wrote:
If you want to play a good realiastic flawed character

I'm trying to imagine one, but most people I met IRL never fought a dragon, or their claims to have done so appear vastly exaggerated.

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*dons asbestos suit*
*checks the flamethrower*
*whistles innocently*

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Aaaaah.

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Aahh, the good old Logue-Pett-Vaughan jib-jabs. Feels like it's 2008 all over again!

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I've been to Nottingham last week and tell you what lads, you're doing a bloody awful job at making tourists happy! ;-)

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Roll a d6, 1-2: Bestiary 2, 3-4: Bestiary 3, 5-6: Bestiary 4. Simples!

Modules and APs mix and match, some are more traditional, others are more off the wall.

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I'd go in any order. Bestiary 2 has a slight planar slant, B3 has an "non-European myth" tingle and B4 has horror and Mythic, but each and every of them is freaking awesome.

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Marc Radle wrote:

Most people still buy print books and print is not going away any time soon. The number of folks going all digital is certainly increasing, but they are still very much in the minority.

Print is still very much were it's it for the majority of the book buying public

Go back in time and substitute "books" for "snail mail", "mp3 players", "compact cameras" or "palmtops". See how these turned out.

Our hobby, being notoriously hostile to technology, will likely hold out slightly longer than other areas, but Resistance is Futile.

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Kthulhu wrote:
Chozo Hybrid wrote:
Mine was the beginner box when that came out, not as old school
I find it amusing to see someone refer to ANY Pathfinder product as "old school".

You gotta tell them apart from "The Dark Ages" stuff somehow.

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Dragon78 wrote:
I hope for a Castrovel AP one day but it will be a long time till we see an AP(or AP volume) that takes place on another planet again.

I wouldn't be surprised if the Feb 2016 AP is Distant Worlds, given how unpopular Giantslayer turns out to be.

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IIRC, Devir has so far published the Core Rulebook, Bestiary 1, GM Screen, RotRL AE and first two Kingmaker adventures.

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How fortunate, I am running The Harrowing as a sidetrek within my Reign of Winter tonight. Now that would be veeery awkward if I had to say that it was written by a *former* Paizo employee, don't you think?

Sadly, no Hayley Atwell at our table. But we have my wife playing, and she's going to cosplay Agent Carter at an upcoming con...

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*shoots a lawyer flare in the sky, hopes Sebastian notices*

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Rogues fail at devouring civilizations. You need a Master Summoner or an Archer Paladin for that...

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Also, let's not forget that the pnp RPG market is 70-80% US+Canada, 20-30% ROW - and ROW includes Kiwis, Kangaroos, Brits and other English-speaking areas where RPGs are quite popular.

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I'll tell you what - during the 90s, it was impossible to sell an RPG here if it wasn't translated into Polish. English books were freaking hard to come by, and I've actually had to smuggle quite a few from the Sauerkrautland.

Fast forward to 2015? A respected company tries to crowdfund translations of Shadowrun and Earthdawn, fails miserably, nobody needs a Polish translation any more. English proficiency is rising at rates which will soon overtake the Nordics. TAKE THAT, SWEDES!

I believe the same holds true for most areas of this planet where RPGs are being played to some degree.

Except for the crazy Japanese, who did a full fan translation of the entire open material for Pathfinder, and the French, because they get cooties every time they read something in a foreign language.

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Can we make that Hayley Attwell part a threesome?

*WIFE YELLS*

OK, scratch that, what was I thinking. Foursome?

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Like I said before, 5E is a placeholder produced so that WotC execs have an answer to the "oh but you do still produce the original thing, right?" question from video game/movie makers.

Selling licenses off a brand when you don't put out the base product is hard, notwithstanding the paradox that the base product is a niche of a niche offering with a tiny target, while the licensed stuff has potentially zillion times bigger reach.

And before Kthulhu starts losing his temper - 5E is a perfectly fine *game*. However, as a *product* I think it's just there to make licensing easier. Sound strategy from WotC there - if the licensed stuff will be any good, that is. I guess that somebody at Hasbro looked hard into ROI of M:tG and D&D and told the latter "look, figure out some way of getting expense to return ratio better or we're replacing you with My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic RPG".

Which, come to think of, would be something I would gladly give them money for :P

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Two softcover mini bestaries? I'm betting on NPC Codex 2 announced next month :)

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GODDESS CRYSTAL!

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And a CR +2 encounter amounts to "moderate challenge, some resources are going to be depleted", per Pathfinder math. And it's not a demon lord, just a run the mill mid-level fiend. I understand that 35yrs ago defeating a glabrezu was stuff of legends, but the game did change a bit here and there since then.

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Cool beans, never knew much about Aussie RPG market before :)

Europe is much more varied when it comes to RPGs, as a result no game can claim to be "that LotR game geeks used to play" (well, maybe except DSA in Germany and Warhammer in UK and Poland). Also, it's something like 20% of the whole global p'n'p RPG market, and of course it's all hopelessly splintered, and all those Frenchies, Italians and Spaniards won't ever touch anything not written in their native tongue, and other factors which result in that pretty much everybody, Paizo included, treating EU as a secondary market at best.

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D&D is a big brand. Over in US and Canada, at least, D&D is synonymous with an entire hobby. But it's a big brand with a tiny target market, so what WotC is doing that's trying to take the big brand to new markets. That's very sensible, and likely also an indicator that the pnp RPG hobby is shrinking. Over 25 years of playing CCGs, board games, wargames and RPGs I've seen the first three hobbies explode in popularity, while the RPGs have their glory days long gone.

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But is WotC really interested in D&D books in gaming stores? I doubt so, if they were, they would be putting out books at rate they did in 3e/4e times. I believe 5e is The Placeholder Edition, out there merely to keep the "product zero" alive so that WotC can license the hell out of it and have relatively easy income without all the hassle.

Of course, at this point most retailers are overjoyed, because finally they have The Most Popular P'n'p RPG back on their shelves and the publisher isn't trying to work around them. But what will happen in a while, if D&D release schedule is pretty much "2 super adventures per year, zero splatbooks"?

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Yeah, WotC has, mostly thanks to M:tG, a relationship with brick'n'mortar stores that's pretty much pure love and fluffybuns - which is why they don't ever want to do anything that would remotely irk LGSes. Paizo went the opposite direction and decided to g$~ d%%n the torpedoes with direct sales, subs and PDFs for everything, resulting in a far less cordial relationship with stores. Time will tell who bet on the right horse.

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Kajehase uses the metric system against Anglo-Saxons! IT'S SUPER EFFECTIVE! :D

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Find another GM. Core-only 3.5 is horrible. Your GM sounds like one of those "I have fantastic idea how to houserule the game, I've never playtested them or discussed with anybody, but they're brilliant because they're mine" people. Gaming with them usually leads nowhere.

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GM is stingy with magical items? Great, take Vow of Poverty and if your GM starts crying that you are destroying balance in his game, direct him to us :)

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Books ... paper ... those were those funny things people used back in the XX century, right? ;-)

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/sarcasm
What, Asmodeus CR 36? That's two rounds of combat from a moderately optimized mid-level party, and when I say "moderately optimized" I mean that even chimpanzees could do that, let alone human beings who actually comprehend what 'math' and 'balance' mean.
/sarcasm

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Sara Marie wrote:
Thamius wrote:

Let's see, it should still be there. Yes!

Can the Charter title be handed down in my will? I'll let my son and daughter fight over it.

I would suggest discussing that with a lawyer who can handle or specializes in wills and digital estates ;)

YOU RANG, MA'AM? ;-)

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TOZ wrote:
Kain Darkwind wrote:
That trust is slow built, and the pushing must be executed carefully, but it is possible, and in fact, quite a bit of fun when done right.
Which roleplay are we talking about now, d20 or BDSM?

Why are we talking about extreme dichotomies, again? Can't we do both, just like we can role-play and rollplay at the same time?

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No, no, tight underwear on men = gay or European ... wait, that's all evil when you think of it.

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Juda de Kerioth wrote:

and don´t forget that the last chapter was intended to give us the ways to make our own classes... they did´nt

The classes are unbalanced, and in the op spectrum, there will be suitables for your monster build

my players skip the book entirely since that playtest we made against a chimera at lvl 2 and the party won.

there is too much to keep tunned with the game

You're still referring to that bizarre example of yours, full of rules errors where Arcanist, the strongest class in ACG, died right away without contributing anything to the fight? :)

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Whoops, another thread where the OP dumped Wis and rolled 1 on Knowledge (Internet).

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Yes, the same way some folks prefer World in Flames to Risk WW2 Edition.

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Insain Dragoon wrote:
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The leveling-up guides for EACH level for each class up through 20th level seems like a great idea!
Unless those guides include fun stuff from the APG, I don't see how useful they are? Unless you're playing a CRB only game, in that case rock on!
One of the important aspects of the Strategy Guide is that it suggests several routes a player might take to build an effective but not monstrously optimized character—one that will be both fun and fairly powerful. When it comes to teaching the game and familiarizing someone with the options, limiting the material to the Core Rulebook's contents makes the process much more approachable. Also, by the time one has gained a few levels following this book's advice, that player is likely in a much better headspace to look at the other Pathfinder RPG sourcebooks available and assess whether or not any additional options are good choices.

In that case it's going to be funny when someone picks Druid :) I wonder if they mention the trick that Druids can in fact wear barding to shore up wildshape AC, or that becoming a Dire Tiger is the business! That way they can become better Fighters than the actual fighters.

If that's how you view classes and gameplay in general, I sincerely doubt that you're the target group for this book.

Yes. You can treat that as a compliment. You're smarter, more observant and analytical than 99% of unwashed masses who play this game without paying attention to BASIC CONSIDERATIONS such as "what other classes can I make obsolete by wildshaping into a barding-wearing Dire Tiger?" or "can I throw the guy who picked Rogue out of the window? He's a liability and dead weight for the party". All the power to you and utmost respect to your mental faculties, yet still, you're not the target group.

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Lover of the Russian queen
There was a cat that really was gone
RA RA RASPUTIN
Russia's greatest love machine
It was a shame how he carried on

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Kthulhu wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
Good luck transitioning a level 15 AD&D Elven Fighter/Cleric into BECMI without any changes.
The base systems are close enough that you literally do not have to make any changes, that's my point. Will it be a 100% RAW BECMI character? No. But it's playable, and the pre-3E games didn't tend to have as may people waiting with spreadsheets, ready to pounce on tiny errors as SOME editions have.

Actually, transitioning said Ftr/Clr between 3e/3.5e/PF is far simpler than making a move between an edition where elves are a race to an edition where elves are a class.

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Good luck transitioning a level 15 AD&D Elven Fighter/Cleric into BECMI without any changes.

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We're talking March 2015 here? :P

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That's why I wrote 'relative', i.e. the amount of posts generated by Kingmaker, RotRL and Carrion Crown during the half-year period of their publishing cycle eclipses the number of posts on, say, Shattered Star and Mummy's Mask. And we have it pretty much confirmed here and there that Kingmaker was a major hit, while I don't see much indication that Shattered Star was a sales maverick. So you can pretty much guesstimate the popularity (which obviously isn't always paramount to sales, hi ther Grim Fandango!), which would be something like that:

1. RotRL
2. Kingmaker
3. WotR/Carrion Crown/CotCT
4. Skulls 'n' Shackles
5. Iron Gods/Reign of Winter/Jade Regent/Serpent's Skull/CoT/LoF/SD
6. Mummy's Mask/Shattered Star

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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.

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To the OP: go play 5E. Rules light, I highly doubt there will be any "feats and classes" splatbook for it, ever, and as a bonus - zero North-Western progressivism shoved forcibly down delicate religious throats. I mean, what's not to love?

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The relative number of posts in each AP subforum is pretty much a good indication of how popular each AP is.

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