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Goblin Squad Member. Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Legends Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting Subscriber. 1,234 posts (1,420 including aliases). 33 reviews. No lists. 2 wishlists. 1 alias.


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More on Order of the God Claw please! I'm playing an Order of the God Claw Hellknight in Rise of the Runelords. :) He is loosely based upon Javert from Les Miserables. It's been a lot of fun.

This will be in my cart for sure, I like the Hellknights and find them intriguing.


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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!
It's also fun to watch the larger roaches trying to shake off a smaller roach that is clinging to their back. They shake their abdomen back and forth rapidly, while the little one does his/her best impression of a rodeo cowboy!


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Woo Hoo! I just sent a PM to Jason Nelson and I will soon be the evil GM owner of a copy of the Mythic Monster Manual!

Mike, thanks for your generosity in this. I love to see more 3PP products at gaming tables.


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Divinitus wrote:

Good thing that you have avoided those tarantula hairs!

I will warn you, however, that it MAY be in your best interests to get a scorpion that has been devenomed. There was once, when its tank was being cleaned out, that it almost connected with that tail.

Monitor lizards are awesome. They don't require much upkeep, not anymore than a cat anyway. You can even train some of them to use a litter box.

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.


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Figures that I ALSO got a 1 the day before the low roll wins, then I get a 17. o_O Congrats to all the winners so far! Thanks taig for your generosity!


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GM_Beernorg wrote:
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.


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GM_Beernorg wrote:
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.


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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.


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taig wrote:

I consider myself lucky that a lot of third-party publishers provide me with gainful employment, so I thought I would give back to them *and* give away free stuff to you.

Here's how it works:

Post in this thread indicting your interest in getting a free PDF (or PDFs).

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!


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Arnwyn wrote:

I'm not a big Kickstarter fan (just buy at retail when/if it releases)...

... but I backed this. Absolutely.

I love FGG.

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.


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Asked and answered, apparently! I wonder if one of our lovely moderators is now a backer?


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Noooooo!! The moderators can fix the title. Herald Frog should have the honor of starting the thread for this campaign. Also, I already deleted it, so your link just points to the messageboards now.

Sorry. :(


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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.


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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.


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minoritarian wrote:
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...


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Hmmm... I'm a Disability Claims Analyst and a part time Satellite Communications Technician.

I guess that makes me an Inquisitor 3/ Wizard 3?


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137ben wrote:
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?


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And yeah, that cat does seem to be an animal companion these days, while the tiger is just a pet.

The cat stayed Small when it came time to advance then. No wonder a 1st-level commoner had zero chance against it.

That reminds me that there is still a smallish Lizard around unless I am mistaken ;-)

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.


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Berselius wrote:
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Aw c'mon, I like the goblin modules. These are really entertaining. Have you played one of them? I can tell you they are good and the goblin characters are actually very cool.
I don't play as monsters. I don't even play with groups whose PC's are evil aligned. I'll tolerant a friend playing a PC that's Lawful Neutral or even Chaotic Neutral but not evil aligned and certainly not evil aligned monsters. I only play with heroes or adventures with at least some decent morals.

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.


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Thanks for the replies. Looks like it will be a pass for me (even at the reduced price). I do like your psionics stuff and my children LOVE Wee Beasties!


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Orthos wrote:
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?


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Andi and Captain Bandana don't seem to be getting along...


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986: Inn Doubt

Rich is cranking out the comics. The elven cleric is ditzy. There are no dumplings. It's very sad, how dumpling free this strip was. I want to see more dumplings in future strips.


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"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.


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James Sutter wrote:
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Will Tor be able to make the Paizo-published Tales novels available on Kindle? What about the Journals and Webfiction?

I don't own a Kindle, but it would be nice for that segment of the market to have the same availability as the iBookstore.

Still workin' on those parts—stay tuned. :)

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.


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Nicos wrote:
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. ;)


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Whump whump whump whump whump whump whump.

Heh. I think that Bozzok is going to be little more than a stain when Crystal-Golem is finished with him.

I'm glad that the Bozzok loose end got tied up.


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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!


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137ben wrote:
From what's in the actual comics and books, though, Haley's mom was a human from Greysky City, who died a long time ago from unspecified causes (AFB, but I don't remember anything about her death in OtOOtPCs).

And by "unspecified causes" you mean an arrow with purple fletchings.


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I always look at them first. Though they contain spoilers, they are generally so minor that they lead to moments of, "Oh, so THAT'S what it meant by The Walking Man." I have not felt like looking at the map ruined the book for me.


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Duiker wrote:

Thank you very much for the quick replies, I'd almost ordered the backordered bundle here, which would have made for quite an expensive PDF!

Adventureaweek: you should find that you only have 3 books left now. Looking forward to running this.

You won't be sorry that you bought one of the last ones. These are QUALITY books!


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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.


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As soon as it updates to show the print versions, I'm buying this! I have children. My oldest and I enjoy painting minis and looking through Bestiaries together. It looks like this book will help bring the younger ones into the fold as well!


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Backed! I can't Argue with $15 to get tons of new bloodlines AND help out a small publisher.

It also helps that you have been very public with the fact that the book is pretty much written, so there's not going to be LONG delays in fulfillment.


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Laurefindel wrote:
Kthulhu wrote:
Ever read the Dark Horse comics? This is exactly the way they went. They killed off Ripley instead of Hicks & Newt (although Ripley later turned out to be alive after all). And some of those stories were not only better than Alien 3 and Resurrection, they were better than Aliens as well.

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Ok, you got me interested.

To the comic-book store!

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.


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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! :)


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Chris A Jackson wrote:

I'm very excited about this deal, primarily because it will increase distribution. The Kindle availability is huge. The format change allows more detailed artwork on the cover, and perhaps some larger format maps and/or schematics inside.

Frankly, I'm shocked at the discount for subscribers and even non-subscribers who buy from the Paizo site. That shows you all how much Paizo loves you. Really.

Can't wait for December... cough *more pirates...* cough...

*cough, cough, cough*

*washes coffee off screen*

That's exciting news!


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I think Crystal got SMARTER when she was turned into a variant flesh golem.


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Forest? What forest? All I see are a bunch of trees...


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DungeonmasterCal wrote:

The rotten part is we barely get to play once a month, and sometimes not even that. It may be the end of February before we reconvene, and already the couple I mentioned won't be available. Which sucks, because the adventure tonight was "Part Two" of the one we ran two weeks ago and the continuity party of my brain is twitching because they can't make it.

whine whine whine.

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.


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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.


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Blit wrote:
"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!


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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.


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Web Fiction is back! Yay!

Enjoying this so far. I'm very interested to hear more of what Blit looks like.


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Saffron is my favorite character in this book so far. Not because Saffron is a cat, but because Saffron is so well written as a cat!

Also, it's really nice to see a Wizard interacting with her familiar!


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A few thoughts:
The Clever Endeavor reminds me of the Mos Eisley Cantina.

There are two "Faithful Servants" in this story: Salim and Connell. One unwillingly serves a (presumably) deserving mistress. The other willingly serves an undeserving master. I can see why Ceyanan wanted them to work together.

Connell is deliberately made likeable. He is compared to a puppy. Who doesn't like puppies? He obviously cares deeply about his master. Can eidolons love? The title of Chapter 4: The Greatest Gift, puts in mind John 15:6 - "There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends.NLT" I would say, yes, in James Sutter's view, an eidolon is capable of love. This is further supported by the two outsiders in the Clever Endeavor who are engaged in a relationship that is somewhere on the spectrum of lust to love.

Salim is initially made somewhat unlikeable. He is violent, gruff and rather unsympathetic. He gets somewhat more likeable over the course of the story.

I'm going to attempt to read Death's Heretic with a very critical eye on Salim. When I read the book the first time, I liked the character. However, he is a VERY bitter man. I generally find that bitter people are unpleasant to be around because the bitterness that fills them tends to spew out as they interact with others. Case in point: Salim's comment about Percinov's mother. He theorizes that she is dead. He confirms this hypothesis in a way that is very emotionally painful for Father Adibold. We don't notice it right away because we tend to want to like the main character in the story (especially if the story is from their POV) and because Father Adibold is portrayed as a rather unlikeable person.

I am theorizing that Salim is an unreliable narrator (I know that Varian and Radovan are unreliable because Dave Gross has said as much). Let's see how my theory holds up to scrutiny.


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Update: Added novels released/ announced since the last update.

"The Past"
A Lesson in Taxonomy WF [between 4643-4662 AR, approximately 60 years before Hell's Pawns]
The Walkers From The Crypt WF [approximately 20 or more years before Plague of Shadows]
Noble Sacrifice WF [between 4697-4701 AR, approximately 10-15 years before "The Present"]

"The Present" (stories more or less happen concurrently, except "sequels")

Edited by James Sutter: (multiple authors)
-The Compass Stone Rise of the Runelords AP, Curse of the Crimson Throne AP, Second Darkness AP
-Prodigal Sons Kingmaker AP

Dave Gross:
-The Fencing Master WF > Hell's Pawns AP > The Lost Pathfinder WF > Prince of Wolves N > A Lesson in Taxonomy WF > A Passage to Absalom WF > Husks Jade Regent AP > Master of Devils N > Killing Time WF > Queen of Thorns N > ** > King of Chaos N

**:
Certainty WF and The Worldwound Gambit fit here. I am uncertain how much earlier Certainty takes place. The Worldwound Gambit is 2 years prior to King of Chaos.

Howard Andrew Jones:
-The Walkers From The Crypt WF > Plague of Shadows N > Bells for the Dead WF > Stalking the Beast N

Elaine Cunningham:
-Dark Tapestry Legacy of Fire AP
-The Illusionist WF > The Winter Witch N

Robin D. Laws:
-Plague of Light Serpent’s Skull AP
-The Worldwound Gambit N > The Ironroot Deception WF > In the Event of My Untimely Demise WF > Blood of the City N > Sweet Ichor Wrath of the Rightous AP
-The Treasure of Far Thallai Skull and Shackles AP

Kevin Andrew Murphy:
-The Secret of the Rose and Glove WF > The Perfumer's Apprentice WF > Thieves’ Vinegar WF > The Bonedust Dolls Reign of Winter AP

James Sutter:
-Faithful Servants WF > Death's Heretic N > Boar and Rabbit WF > The Redemption Engine N (April 2014)

Hugh Matthews:
-Krunzle the Quick WF > Song of the Serpent N

Tim Pratt:
-A Tomb of Winter's Plunder WF > City of the Fallen Sky N > Reign of Stars N
- Bastard, Sword WF > Liar's Blade N

Liane Merciel:
-Misery's Mirror WF > Nightglass N > Nightblade N > Nightblade N

Bill Ward:
-The Box WF > Light of a Distant Star Shattered Star AP

Richard Lee Byers:
-Lord of Penance WF
-In Red Rune Canyon WF > Called to Darkness N

Chris A. Jackson:
-Stargazer WF > Pirate’s Honor N > Pirate’s Promise N

Ed Greenwood:
-Guns of Alkenstar WF
-A Matter of Knives WF > The Wizard’s Mask N

Chris Willrich:
-The Cloak of Belonging WF > The Dagger of Trust N

Wendy N. Wagner:
-Mother Bears WF > Winter’s Wolves WF >Skinwalkers N (February 2014)

Michael A. Stackpole:
-WF placeholder WF > The Crusader Road N (June 2014)

F. Wesley Schneider:
-Guilty Blood Carrion Crown AP
-Shattered Steel WF

Gary Kloster:
-Firesoul N

Josh Vogt:
-Hunter’s Folly WF
-The Weeping Blade WF
-Forge of Ashes N

Note:You will not lose anything by reading any of these out of order. All of the Pathfinder Tales are written in such a way that a later story will not spoil a more recent story. I just put things in order because I enjoy reading them in order. Where stories are not connected, I have endeavored to place then in the order that they were published.

To assist the reader, I am adding some notation after each story.
N = Pathfinder Tales Novel
WF = Web Fiction
AP = Adventure Path Fiction

-Aaron


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Hey folks! It is currently both Hannukah and Christmas-time. Now is the time to pick this up if you haven't already. Now is the time to throw one of these beasts into your game. I know I will!


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I'm guessing that's a typo in Inner Sea Gods.

Per the Actions in Combat table. Drinking a potion is a Standard Action that provokes an Attack of Opportunity.


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Marc Radle wrote:

Which happened first? Did they immediately charge the demon so you asked for initiative rolls OR did you ask for initiative rolls as soon as the demon appeared so they charged it?

I think this point is critical

I think Marc Radle asks a VERY good question.

I am currently running a game with Non-Combat Initiative. I am running a group through The Haunting of Harrowstone and from the time they walked up to the front of the Prison, I have had them in initiative. It has slowed the game down a bit (I do break initiative if they are going to make a big move through cleared areas of the dungeon), but it was the only way that I could see to make the Haunts work in a way that was actually creepy and effective.

Otherwise the game worked this way:
Rogue: "I walk carefully into the room, checking for tracks.
GM: "Roll initiative."
*Rolls*
Everyone: "I delay for the cleric"
Cleric: "I walk in and channel energy."
*Haunt ends*

It has worked. My group has been creeped out more than once.

Once we are out of the haunted prison, we'll be back to "Initiative means we are about to FIGHT!"

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