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It would be nice to have a section mentioning that this is a Horror-themed campaign and not a standard Heroic campaign. It would help to reiterate the player's expectations for the campaign. I know that this is somewhat the GM's responsibility too, but it would be nice to have it reiterated in the Player's Guide.
I mention this because I'm currently running Carrion Crown. Everyone is having fun, but nobody is afraid for creeped out. There's a ton of joking at the table (humor breaks the mood of horror games). Essentially, the group has decided to play it as a heroic campaign. I've resigned myself to this, so that I can have fun too, and I'm enjoying it. It was just really cool in the first few sessions when the players really WERE creeped out about what was going on.
84 backed projects, only ToN and one other have "burned" me so far. As TriOmegaZero said, the others are behind, but moving). I hold out hope that ToN will finish. The other was only a $5 or $10 pledge, so I decided to NOT buy coffee one week to make up the loss. :)
I tend to back safe Kickstarters (Reaper Miniatures, Frog God Games, Cheapass Games, CoolMiniOrNot), so I have had a good experience with it.
If you decide to Kickstart a project, Kevin, I promise you that I will look it over and make a decision based on whether I would want to run the adventure. To copy Papa DRB:
Q1. If I wrote an Adventure Path, would you legitimately support it?
Q2, If I did this, what level would you want it to go up to?
Q3. Is having it supported with Hero Lab files a deal maker?
Q4. Some APs, like Castle Whiterock, have pregens. Would you want these added?
I've been enjoying the battles that go on in my Hisser tank. The males fight for territory by hissing and charging each other. It' hilarious!
We saw a dog-sized monitor lizard at the free zoo (Petco) a few years back. It was not for sale, they had brought in some folks to let people see some exotic pets and (believe it or not) discourage folks from buying pets they were not prepared to own.
They had a full grown red tailed boa, a full grown ball python, a small (3-4 foot long) American alligator and the monitor lizard on a leash. My son was excited to get to pet all these animals.
In another 5 or 6 years when my kids are older and I'm retired from my National Guard, I'll probably start pushing to get an emperor scorpion (with the venom sac intact). I'll do the required research first, of course, but I've wanted one since I was in high school.
As I said before, I may see if we can pick up a giant millipede in the meantime. I think large arthropods are a lot of fun. I also love that my kids view spiders and insects as creatures to "save from the house" rather than as things to squish.
I believe they are officially known as spotted roaches, and do not appear to be able to climb glass. Still researching them.
Probably Blaptica dubia, a popular feeder species that cannot climb glass. Hmm... Maybe I'll see if I can pick some up. They sound like they would be fun to raise.
I briefly considered getting a Tarantula or a Scorpion to help control my Hisser population, but they seem like they would be a lot more work than the roaches are. I haven't done much in the way of research, though.
Seriously impressed Itchy, and I must admit, cockroaches are the one creature I am a bit uneasy around. Will have to work on that (my pet tarantula will be upgrading to Island roaches as feeder insects soon).
If you've got a Tarantula, roaches should be nothing!
I've not heard of Island Roaches. If you are looking for feeder roaches, I've heard that you want to look for a non-glass climbing species (such as Dubia or Discoid roaches).
Hissers are glass climbers, and we have had escapees from our tank. If you want to raise hissers, look online for plans to build a hisser enclosure in a 5 gallon bucket. It's the most secure way to raise them.
I'd encourage you to research roach species. They are misunderstood and maligned in our culture, but they are relatively harmless. Essentially the only way to get sick from one is to let them walk over your food or to put a live one in your mouth (I don't recommend doing either of those). There are feeder species that you can raise that don't survive well in cold climates and that can't climb glass. Once you pay for a few breeders and get a population going, you'll never need to buy crickets again.
When my son was 2 we decided to get a freshwater fish tank and get gold fish. When we started looking into all the WORK that goes into properly keeping goldfish, we took everything back to the store and said "No thanks." That started our hunt for a proper apartment dwelling pet for a toddler.
We settled on Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. They are tough enough to survive toddler handling. They don't bite. They don't carry any transmissible diseases. They are educational. They are beautiful. They are self replicating, so if the toddler squashes one, you've got more. They are durable, so if you or your toddler forgets to feed them for a few days, they'll be okay. They are tropical, so they die if they escape (I live in New England. Winters are too harsh for tropical roaches). They don't fly. They are also edible. We have tried them, but it is difficult to get over our own cultural issues with entomophagy.
We bought 6 of them through mail order. When we lost count at 300 or so, we took them to a reptile shop, selected 13 adults to restart the population, and donated the rest to feed the reptiles. It's time to contact the pet shop again to reduce our population...
A few years ago, my wife took some to the "petting zoo" at our church's Harvest Festival. They were a big hit! The kids loved them! She also brought a bunch of frozen then seasoned and baked sub-adults. They were all eaten and some folks came back for more. :)
If anyone in the Central Massachusetts area wants to get some Hissers, send me a message and we can work something out. If you don't want a breeding population, I can give you adult males. They'll live a couple years before you need to come back for more.
Indicting my interest? I didn't know interest in 3PP was a crime? If it is, then I'm an outlaw! Count me in! And thanks for your generosity!
Also, of ALL the companies Kickstarting projects out there, FGG has a GREAT track records of getting their books published. They continue communicating with backers after the project closes so that we know what is going on.
Sometimes there are delays (there almost always ARE with KS projects), but they are great at communicating the delays and keeping the backers informed.
In short: Backing a FGG KS is a very low risk venture.
It took me too long to get the thread started! I'll see if I can delete the one that I started.
I am backer #1. Now I need a shower...
Also note: Pett's last name is misspelled in the Thread title. If Herald Frog cannot fix it, could one of the moderators please fix it? Thanks!!
Edit: deleted the thread that I had started for the same kickstarter.
Kobold Cleaver wrote:
Eh, I think "Did you just say—" is pretty clearly linked to what Durkula just said: "And your brother, of course." The camera angles (widening out on the line) indicate that that's the key bit Roy's reacting to.
Actually, I think he may be keying on the death of everyone in Azure City. I don't think there's any way that Durkon would know that all the Azurites are dead. The OOTS did not get word that Azure City was lost until after Durkon was a vampire. We could assume that Roy told Durkula on the airship trip, but I get the sense that Durkula was not spending time with everyone else during that trip.
Is the Blight a desert book? Please make a desert book. I just bought Dunes of Desolation and want more!
The Blight is a city book. A really messed up city book. Lots of undead alongside the living (if it's as much like Crooked as they are saying it is), some crazy nasty monsters. Just a nasty place to live. I wouldn't want to live there. Some tentacle monster thing that crawled out of my copy of Crooked is still living in my attic...
I suspect that Roy's actual gut instinct(s), whether he wants to admit it or not, is to distrust HPoH. However, he also doesn't want to admit that Durkon is dead, hence his desire to trust HPoH in spite of his true instinctual reaction. Thus, his actual gut instinct is to distrust HPoH, but he is telling himself that his gut instinct is the opposite of what it really is.
HPoH. I've seen this acronym used before. I know it points to "Vampire Durkon," but what does it stand for?
High Priest of Hel?
The black raven wrote:
Mr. Scruffy (the cat) has been Belkar's Animal Companion since it joined the party.
The lizard is Bloodfeast The Extreme-inator, having been Baleful Polymorphed into a lizard. Interstingly, there have been two castings of Baleful Polymorph, both have resulted in a lizard.
My group is the same, we only play heroic characters, no Evil characters, no evil games. However, we made an exception to this one. Since it was goblins and they are supposed to be mischievous, we had a TON of conflict within the party, but it was all in good humor. Everyone laughed, even if they failed at a task. When battle was struck, they did work together (mostly).
We laughed more during that night of play than during any other night of play. For these modules, you just need to NOT take the game too seriously.
Wrecan's shield looks like a giant button, especially in panel 3 where... I'm not really sure exactly what he's supposed to be doing with it there.
Yes, it does look like a giant button! Maybe he's looking over his shoulder in that panel?
Perhaps the person the character is based up used a button as a mini's shield (that's a REALLY good idea!) then carried that over into his GitP avatar?
"Wait, did he just say, 'vampire?'"
I think that the gods of good are on to Hel's scheme (whatever it is) and are trying to counter it somehow without her knowledge. Sounds like all the good clerics are on the lookout for a Dwarf vampire.
Also, I'm betting that all the good clerics are meeting up at Durkon's old hometown. That would fit with the prophecies.
I'm probably wrong, but that's my guess for now.
James Sutter wrote:
I'm sure you don't need me to ask this, but please send an update out to us (and/or post it here) once you get all the fiddly details about what digital formats are available and where they are available.
I prefer the non-DRM ePub format myself, though I was just starting to try out the pdf format.
And thank you for working to be as tranparent as possible as things develop.
If it is 90% as good as dungeon dressing then it is a 5 star book.
I'm pretty much in agreement with this statement, though I reserve judgment until I actually finish reading the book.
I'll be downloading it tonight and start reading like crazy. Looks like my Pathfinder Tales reading is going to drop off for a month. ;)
I got my review up late last night. Marc Radle, let us know what you think of the print copies of the book.
I'll be honest, reading this book with intent to review was difficult (mainly due to the length of the book). I would lay in bed reading it on the iPad and my eyes would start drooping after 4 or 5 tables. Not because they are boring, but it's just hard to stay focused on such a random assortment of information when I just finished a full workday and an afternoon of engaging with my kids.
It is definitely the sort of book that, if I had a physical copy, I would be flipping through it about once a week just looking for fun ideas to get my brain working!
You won't be sorry that you bought one of the last ones. These are QUALITY books!
NO!! You have me desiring to obtain another Pett written product! The last one of those that I bought came with... something... tentacles... beaks... eyes... mouths...
Ever since it came, something is still creeping around in my attic leaving tentacle slime on the rafters.
On the positive side, our mouse problem is gone.
On the negative side, I had to build wire mesh cages around all the beds and install nightime buckets for the kids in them. Also, I have a pending lawsuit from an extermination firm. They want me to return the exterminator that they sent, but all I was able to find to send was the skeleton.
Look for the trade paperbacks. They should still be around. You'll be looking for Volume 1. The first 3 story arcs (Outbreak, Nightmare Asylum and The Female War) follow Newt and Hicks' further adventures. Note that for the Trade paperbacks the characters names were changed to Billie and Wilks (to keep everything consistent with the canon of Alien 3).
You could also go to a used bookstore and look for the Novels of (nearly) the same names (Earth Hive, Nightmare Asylum and The Female War) by Steve Perry. They are not great works of fiction, but they are okay. They are essentially novelizations of the Dark Horse Comics stories.
James Sutter wrote:
2) At the moment, we're not sure whether we'll continue to be able to give out free electronic copies with physical copy subscriptions—it's possible that people may have to buy one or the other. On the plus side, we *will* be offering a big 30% discount to make sure that the books remain roughly the same price folks are used to.
If the included digital copy goes away, I would be very sad. I don't think I'd be sad enough to stop my subscription, but I would be sad. I tend to read the digital and physical copy concurrently. During lunch, I'll read the book on my iPad. At night before bed, I pull out the physical copy and read it by red filtered flashlight (so as not to bother my sleeping wife).
I'll continue to follow this, and I know Paizo will do a great job keeping us informed of what decisions they make and why. It's one of the things you do well as a company! :)
Chris A Jackson wrote:
*cough, cough, cough*
*washes coffee off screen*
That's exciting news!
I hear you on that. I am in two games that are monthly and we are generally working to schedule 2 months in advance because otherwise they don't happen. Thankfully, we almost always play on my National Guard Drill weekends (since I'm already in the area), so that helps to keep us somewhat consistent in meeting for that game.
I was just glad to get an update. I'd prefer more frequent updates, even ife it was just a once a month, "Still working" update. There are two Kickstarters (other than this one) that I supported over a year ago that have not fulfilled yet. However, I still get a monthly poke from them that progress IS being made and I will eventually get my books. That's enough to keep me happy and interested.
"But no matter how helpful I was, no matter how long I lived in a place, I was never a part of the place. Nobody trusts the hellspawn. Something bad happens—crop fails, some gaffer bites it, a member of the city guard gets killed—guess who gets blamed? Doesn't matter that I saved their skins a hundred times, oh no! It's a worldview thing, see? Once you dehumanize someone, they become the source of every bad thing. Doesn't matter what you do, it's what you are, and eventually they always turn on you."
This is the most important paragraph in this story.
I am really enjoying this tale!
I finished reading this book this morning. For no reason, I woke up at 3:30AM. I got children back into bed that ALSO woke up at 3:30AM for no particular reason. When I couldn't get back to sleep, I read until the book was done 2 minutes before my alarm went off.
This book was very good. I will work on getting a review written and posted tonight. Well done, Mr. Chris Jackson. Well done.