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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.
Hayato Ken wrote:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nutcase Entertainment wrote:
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.
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.
Nutcase Entertainment wrote:
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.
Way to kick Sincubus in the shins with the news of no Bestiary 6 this year, MMCJawa! You brute! :-P
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Hayato Ken wrote:
In the context of D&D, "old school" means a combination of:
- streamlined rulesets (no splatbooks),
and it is far from overrated, given what runaway success 5e is with "old school" folks.
It never ceases to amaze me how strongly people feel about "Good" in D&D. I mean, you can put pretty much anything in a book about demons/devils - from baby-eating skin-wearing chainsaw-wielding splatter to "vaguely CNish bordering on redemption" and everybody is cool, except that one person who was tricked by their (ha!) friends into watching Martyrs and how as a panic trigger button that goes off every time the topic of flaying somebody's skin alive is brought up.
But put out a book about heavens and you suddenly get folks get up their arms about things such as their ideal vision of what celestials should look like, what their mental stats should be, what 'goodness' exactly is, how Arshea shouldn't be Good because she's really CN or how Ragathiel is really LE (yep, I'm a bit guilty of the last one) and what pronouns should be used in the context of ultimate benevolence.
I mean, folks, take a walk, go to a church, talk to Father Spirit, experience some divine transcendence on the top of the impossible mountain and realise that this is just a game of pretend-elves.
Well, if those Warp Spasm powers will be random, your 3/4 BAB Barbarian could end up with, say, darkvision, 10' reach, Fast Healing 5 and AoE fire damage attack ... which means that he still sucks at combat compared to any full BAB class.