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Goblin Squad Member. Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber. FullStarFullStar Venture-Lieutenant, Germany—Freiburg. 2,224 posts (4,728 including aliases). No reviews. 3 lists. 1 wishlist. 9 Pathfinder Society characters. 7 aliases.


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I expect Occult Mysteries to be amazing though, because so many of the people at Paizo love the concept. They've been planning and ruminating on something they love and are excited about, and love is where the real magic comes from.

Fear not, your damning praise will be quickly silenced by all the "ha ha Failzo hates point-based psionics so they're giving us another vancian system where casters rule and martials drool' people ;-)

How good that there are droolbags so nothing get´s spilled on the floor.

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Erik Mona wrote:

On Thursday I conducted a dinner meeting with the design staff and Brandon Hodge, with the topic being Occult Adventures. We discussed the book's overall theme, its general contents, and an overview of the six new classes that will be included in it.

It was one of the most exciting, productive design meetings that I've ever had during my time at Paizo (which started on Day 1).

I learned the following things:

1) Jason Bulmahn, Logan Bonner, and Stephen Radney-MacFarland are fantastic game designers filled with tons of amazing and innovative ideas about where to take the Pathfinder rules system.

2) Mark Seifter is a FANTASTIC addition to the team. He has a fundamental understanding of the Pathfinder rules that makes him invaluable, and his extensive "real world" experience as a 5-star Pathfinder Society judge and frequent player gives him a practical expertise that I think will really aid the design team in general. We are lucky to have him.

3) Brandon Hodge is a 33rd degree occult badass. (I actually already knew this.)

4) So am I. (I knew this, too.)

5) Bulmahn is willing to let me go off on digressive riffs about the seven principles of mankind, Theosophy, reincarnation, the Astral and Ethereal Plane, and auras for about 7 minutes, but after that he starts to make fun of me.

6) Occult Adventures is going to be hugely popular, even among folks who might not think it is their cup of tea at the moment. People are going to love this book.

7) Not only will this book be a fantastic resource for ALL Pathfinder players, but it will show how much "design space" is still left in the Pathfinder rules engine. Some of the mechanical discussions under discussion are tremendously exciting.

I love the Advanced Class Guide, and I'm looking forward to Pathfinder Unchained, but the design of both of those books is predicated on existing character classes. There's a ton of innovative stuff in those books, but it's all predicated on stuff that already exists. This book is going to be full of fresh,...

Well, i had hoped for psychic magig not being vancian, but let´s see what you make out of it. There is enough room left in that system that it could be good.

Occult Adventures sounds very promising. I hope for a strong Cthulluh vibe and a rules mechanism, that finally restricts metagaming and brings a lot more respect and horror to the heroes. This could also be in Pathfinder Unchained though. Yes it would restrict player freedom, but on the other hand it could/would create a better gaming experience very often i guess. Because all that metagaming and attacking everything and cheesepowerplay can get very unatmospherical while it is extremely hard to resist. Oh and if you do something like that, please take care so it can become PFS legal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Now what i really would love to see would be a different magic system for Pathfinder. Something very similar to the one used in Dreamscarred Press Psionics, but only with magic.
Points up to caster level, spells you can augment with more points.
Spells you can make more powerfull or usefull with more points, like sleep for higher CR, mind-affects for undead or others, etc.

THAT would be awesome and give a much more dynamic feel to magic, expressing the power gain in a different way, but also stay in check.

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Kitsune are so much more^^

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Real men do cry.
Because real people do have emotions.

Personaly, if a situation makes me cry, i´ll just do it.
No matter where i am or who can see it.
Because essentially, i´m not ashamed of my emotions.

Would i see anyone cry at my table, i would try to comfort that person if i can. Because other people do deserve our support.
Exceptions there only prove the rule.

Without reading all of the above, i´m not sure why or how crying should be especially related to women. Something like that reeks of a wrong understanding of feminity and masculinity and deep seated emotional problems.

Persons should not be reduced to sex and gender, neither should the discourse be reduced like that.
If you stop seing different gender and start noticing you´re surrounded by different people, which have totally different attributes, among which gender is one of many, things become a lot smoother and easier.

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You got stuff for psionics in Path of War?

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I wonder whether it was slightly misbranded (if that's the term?) as a lot of stuff felt like it was from a campaign companion.

I don´t doubt that the book is awesome, but that player companions feeling like campaign companions is a rising critique.

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Not sure why overly prude people should be a guideline for PF covers.

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What i´m not getting is why males have to look more or less like females in some depictions and be wearing make up. And i don´t mean that comics supposed to show how ridiculous female comic poses often are.

I want to add to that, since the first time i saw that comic, i did the same as many artists. I watched people in my surroundings and on the street, how they pose. There is a difference in women and men, perhaps it is socialized, with some it´s not that big, but it certainly adds to receive the gender of that person, independant from their biological gender. And then of course comics generaly exaggerate, that´s their nature, isn´t it. So this comic agenda seems like a Don Quixotery to me.

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Reminds me of THE typical half-orc backstory^^

Nah, actually my father was human and my mother orcish. She worked as a dominatrix though. *cough*

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The thing is, if you go to an art site and look what´s going on there, you will find out very fast, that Paizo art is already very moderate in many perspectives. It is quite realistic, not sexist (although some still claim so), as far as i can say outfits suit personalities, classes, etc and make sense. Armor and weapons tend to be on the more realistic side too.
Looking at some other stuff, it could be much worse.

I also can´t understand the criticism for the inner sea magic cover because there are three females, but no males on it.
All the Paizo covers i have in mind, none is a real offender and they are fairly even distributed. There are several with no females at all on it.

In my opinion, there are several individuals that are very engaged in gender/feminism/equality topics and search for something everywhere.
I can understand that, because i have similar problems with some other topics i´m researching. But the gender/feminism thing can be totally overdone. It´s like with sexuality. Not everything is something sexual, has sexual connotations or is meant as sexual, yet you can always find someone who takes offense and receives it that way. Often, because individuals are pre-occupied with that topic.
It´s a difficult topic and there are surely a lot of areas where further development is urgently needed. The art and covers here don´t belong to that area in my eyes.

And by the way, most of that "problems" can be rooted down to simple questions of power. So in that sense, what can be witnessed here is partially a fight for power. And, because it is utterly moral free, it can not be supposed, that if there is some change, that change will lead to a better world or more justice and equality.
More likely, one repressive power exchanges another one.

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You´re not really critisizing He-Man there?

Because this and this just looks super awesome and cries fantasy all over like not many other things to me.

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Not to mention that the depiction of ethnic varisians could lead to serious trouble in europe right now and a lot of debates, because what they are supposedly depicted of is something like a supressed and chased away minority that has huge problems.
On the other hand, unfortunately partially because of this, there is also a real world reason for something like the scarni faction.
And none of this is one bit funny.

So before someone complains about how a fictional character in a fantasy game is dressed, there are really other things to be adressed.

And then, i rather have Seoni dress scantily and some others be nude.
Because this is a fantasy game and clichees are ok there, just as the whole varisian theme. I really don´t need real life topics in there and surely no real life concerns. And if so, clothing is really the least one.

Also not sure why people and persons in a fantasy game should wear realistic clothing.

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What can early June expected to be like? 1.? 1. weekend? 1. week?

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thaX wrote:

So once the creatures make or fail their save, you then determine who, of the failed saves, is affected. Most of the time, the GM makes the saves until the limit is met with those that failed. That is what I have seen done at tables in and out of PFS.

Then those people did it wrong.

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Affected by the spell is the reason a creature has to make a saving throw.

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This theme is just sucked so dry and overdone.
Hopefully Paizo will stay away from this for a very long time and come up with newer, more refreshing and entertaining options^^

Like a book for Kitsune, Nagaji and Wayang.

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Oil of glitterdust is a real nice one.
Might want to buy some myself for the next dungeon party hehehe.

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This gender and fe/male discussions get tiring.

If you don´tknow someone better, treat it like a person and try to behave. You never know their packages and it´s also not your business.
Should work fine.

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How about "revisited" and "unleashed" books about Taldor, Cheliax, Andor and Quadira?
Especially "unleashed" might fit two of those in some ways.

I would prefer more material on other regions though, like Tian Xia.
And not just the whole continent in one thing.
An AP in the kraken run country for example would be super awesome!!!

Also there needs to be the Kitsune Player Companion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jeremy Smith wrote:
Stuff.

Thank you for being awesome and delivering awesome materials to us.

It´s highly appreciated.

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Actually some albums from Dead Can Dance and Lisa Gerrard are a good match too. Especially in dungeons, a bit eerie and mystical at the same time.

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Dreamscarred Press Forum?

You could ask in rules here too, just mark it "psionics".
Or at the Giant in the playground forum.
Beware though, the FAQ on the dreamscarred press forum as well as some posts out there indicate that not all people bother reading the whole thing and therefore have an incomplete understanding about the rules, which leads to errors then. Like with overchanneling or augmenting powers.

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Callous Jack do you have a Deviantart site?
Guess that with some examples like many other artists have could be a good "preview".

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Thanks S.K.R. for all the great work!
I really appreciate and love it. Also your decision seems like big balls, leaving a company like Paizo at a time like this looks a bit strange from europe, but maybe it´s something that is lacking here, attitudewise.
Hope it will be the right decisions and you will bless us with your good work again in the future!

Also from know on the word "I Spicered you." shall be known hehe.

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Wow that´s a real good idea Set!

You could have different Kitsune Clans live all over the world, coming together in a big meeting every now and then and haggling over their claims, weaving great fox magic spells, hiding parts of their fey world and domains from humans right before your eyes.
Like a park in a city could actually house a huge "fox-hole", with some members of that clan in the city council, ruling the lives of humans hehe.

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One should remember, when this spell was designed, there were no hipster personalities around. Today it probably would have to be worded differently.

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James Jacobs wrote:
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This post is my favorite thing on the internet right now. Thank you for saying this, Tirisfal.

So, James. As Creative Director is this part of your bailiwick? Do you have an opinion on the matter or an official company line you'd like to share? ;)

(Look at me trying to be on topic again!)

As Creative Director of Paizo, I do NOT feel that the iconics need a redesign at all. I feel quite proud of them, and that we've managed to cover a wide range of styles, personalities, and appearances. Can we improve further? Absolutely. We make new iconics now and then—we've got 10 more coming later this year, in fact.

But I'm not interested in "redesigning" any of the ones we've already got.

From a crunch perspective, some iconics could be a bit better^^

Else i totally agree, as fas as i can tell most iconics and also other characters are shown in an immersive fashion, being clothed realistic from a Golarion point of view and probably their view, what makes the most sense.

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That sounds already great! After Jade Regent we will soon be ready for a new AP and were planning for something post apocalypse desert like, but Kingmaker in the desert could make a good sandbox too.

I´ll spoiler this:

After i read about the rival party in the description of the first mummy´s mask volume and reading the other descriptions, i thought that party could be in service to another competing empire. The mummy and her cult could just be another threat there.

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I live in a country where firearms are illegal. Some persons like hunters and policemen do have firearms, with a lot of restrictions. Nobody is allowed to carry any firearm with her in public, just for fun or protection or anything. I can say my country is really safe and comfortable. Some years ago they even banned bigger knives and a lot of other weapons. Nobody cares, because nobody needs that stuff.

Honestly, the thought of people carrying a gun at a gaming event i am would make me uncomofortable. Even if you are a responsible person, s!++ happens. And there might be other persons not as responsible. In my eyes, firearms should be banned. Globaly. There are much more important things to produce than instruments that only bring death, pain and suffering.

I think Mike made a good call there. The only weapons you need on a PFS event are your gaming dice and a sharp mind.

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Well let´s not forget about the feat master craftsman, which doesn´t allow spell trigger or completion items, but still a big deal.
That´s already a revolution there.

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Yeah catfolk would make that problematic probably.
A Tian Xia theme might be possible, Kitsune, Tengu and Wayang, maybe add Samsaran and Nagaji. But that would already be a bit much for a player companion i guess.

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Hello there.
I was just asking myself and JJ if there is the possibility of something like that. Could be Tian Xia independant too.
Any way it would really be appreciated and judging how famous Kitsune boons are in PFS i´m sure i´m not the only one out there wishing for this!

Of course the japanese Kitsune are the main inspiration, but in western culture there are also many fox themes. Reinecke Fuchs (something european/german) i believe is called Reynard the fox in english for example. Or with Loki you have a fox themed norse trickster god.
Could be a good fit in the river kingdoms and is kind of half fey anyway.

Could also have a racial swashbuckler prestige class.

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Well unfortunately the western (meaning U.S. + vasalls and european) print and music industry have some very annoying delusions about taxes and what they should earn, what makes printing here rather expensive.

Perhaps laser 3D printers this year will change some things there.
I can very well imagine a business modell where printers of some sort are deployed somewhere and you order something from a company what then get´s printed at the nearest place to you, instead of shipping it around the earth 5 times. But such things will depend on the customers too. Guess it would be a lot better for ecology.
Just imagine, when i get a book from Paizo, it was printed in China and then shipped to america to finally come to europe.
In my eyes it would be much better if Paizo would send a printing order to a press in europe and the job gets done there.
That COULD be an advantage of the digital age^^

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[nsa]Right. Site hiccups...[/nsa]
This isn't the gaming site we monitor...

No, it´s the people´s sexual preferences, like you do with several free dating apps etc^^

Because that´s very important for national security.

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Guess i´m gonna keep my PFS elemental ancestry fire boon untill then.
Already eager to use it on an ninja or wishcrafter, but let´s see.
Maybe something good will come out of it^^

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Or monsters are hidden in the sand, just burrowed there waiting for someone to pass by. Could have dug a hole or little sandcave like some desert spiders too. Or be sneaking around with a very good desert camouflage.

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That´s right, because hidden in the cellars of the pathfinder Lodge, somewhere deep within, are a lot of halfling slaves who know how to nick that bow for you. Even though halflings normaly prefer slings, they know to overcome their human slavers one day, they probably need bows too.

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For clerics and inqusitors there are some archetypes and conquisitions who let you add or take WIS to/for CHA in diplomacy and others.

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GM´s should sit down with their players and talk about this.
About everyone´s perspective on what is strong and powerful and what not, but also why. About what players want to play and how. Crunch and flavorwise. Then you reach a common point, everyone has fun and feels good.

A GM cooking his own soup there just based on his feelings alone is, well, not something i would do. And i have to say i don´t like it with other GM´s that much. Same is true for houserules actually. Suer the GM spends probably a bit more time, but if you want good players that help you out, by doing their stuff for example and playing good, you have more fun as a GM too.

As said above, some of the most powerful things are in the CRB and APG.
And after all, the system mastery brings the greatest power still.

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Yeah and in my eyes the chance of failure should always be there, why else roll dice and not just skip the entire thing/combat? i had some other GM´s do that with small combats or when just minor foes were left, didn´t like it one bit. Either you focus on a storytelling aspect or you dice it out with the chance of failure.

Regarding homework, Glitterdust is not an enchantment spell, but conjuration. Charm and suggestion are often played way to powerful and don´t actually do what some people believe them to do. And dominate is a level 5 spell which does what it is supposed to. Other spells on that level from other schools are just on the same power curve.

As far as item go, look at amulett of proof against detection and location, comes at 35000gp. Even a ring of mind shielding costs 8000gp. Or periapt of proof against poison at 27000gp.

That iounstone resonant power is totally out of design and just as obnoxious if you ask me and anyway far too cheap too. And i´m not the only one with that opinion.

You want some people run and write scenarios for you?
Well, consider they should have some fun and ways to do that.
If that only becomes a headache, you can run and write the stuff for yourself at some point. I have to say there were enough combats so far that were totally obliterated buy some builds and things and this enhancement is very well going into the same direction.

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Don´t know where to post this else, but it would be really, really good if stuff like that get´s clarified before or at release, to save a lot of people a lot of headaches and discussions. That way we could alo more often play and enjoy this game^^

Do swashbuckler finesse and slashing finesse work with a titanmauler barbarian second levels jotungrip? I can totally see someone crossclassing there and trying to use a nodachi one-handed.

I can tell you right now: Nodachis are two-handed weapons. While a Titan Mauler may be able to wield it one-handed (I'm not even sure if it really is), it's still a two-handed weapon and cannot be used with slashing finesse (which requires a one-handed weapon)

In the hands of a Titanmauler, a two handed weapon is treated as one handed with jotungrip. You ad-hoc solution does not solve the question.

Something like this will most probably come up in PFS and "table variation" or some people saying they know it are not satisfying. I ask this question because of the language that is used there, which is very similar in a lot of other cases, in this case dervish dance, so you can´t just say something. There are enough other examples where people said it´s not working but it actually is working.

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Don´t know where to post this else, but it would be really, really good if stuff like that get´s clarified before or at release, to save a lot of people a lot of headaches and discussions. That way we could alo more often play and enjoy this game^^

Do swashbuckler finesse and slashing finesse work with a titanmauler barbarian second levels jotungrip? I can totally see someone crossclassing there and trying to use a nodachi one-handed.

Also how about improved unarmed strike and hamatulatsu, which let´s you do piercing damage with unarmed attacks.

I guess a lance on a mount, though one-handed then, is out though?

Also it would be really nice and good if some more weapons would see some more backup, so we don´t see a flood of dervish dancing, scimitar wielding swashbucklers. Backup for shortspears would be awesome, or even real spears! And whips!

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