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Howdy folks! I know that Q-Workshop and Paizo are working together to produce some really fancy and pretty dice. Their kickstarter has funded and is wildly successful. Heck, I'm one of the backers!
However, I wanted to let you all know about another kickstarter producing metal dice that is currently active. It's called Zucati Dice: Plain and Simple.
What's up for sale?
These are solid metal dice in a variety of metals that are simply gaming dice.
These dice are simple: They look just like the normal dice that we all use, but they are solid metals. Very pretty, very cool!
It would be awesome if you could at least take a look! Thanks!
Has anyone else noticed a reference to a surprise in your May subscription order? I was looking over my email and it shows my 4 subscription items. Then at the very bottom it says:
5 items. Estimated package weight: 3 lbs.
If you get your surprise before me, don't tell me what it is. I want to be surprised when it arrives. I'm just curious if others are seeing this too?
Actually, if you have read this post and you get your shipment before me, post it in a spoiler tag so I can see if we got the same thing!
Good morning! I wanted to register that I have noticed the conspicuous absence of Web Fiction on the Blog in the last few weeks. I am assuming that it is due to a combination of the recent Thanksgiving Holiday and the recent sales getting everyone super busy.
Be that as it may, I miss the web fiction. I genuinely enjoy reading it on a weekly basis (or sometimes letting them build up and reading them in one sitting). It's like an old friend has gone on vacation for a while. I know she's coming back soon, but I miss her while she's away.
I noticed with issue #3 that the covers are all one big image of our characters fighting goblins on a boat. I was going to try to create my own City of Secrets Wallpaper by joining the images together, but I ran into some difficulties. The art from the store is not all at same size/resolution and there are gaps between the cover images.
Might we someday get a pretty City of Secrets Wallpaper with the entire picture all lined up? Pretty please with sugar on top?
The hardcover is using the Carlos Gomez cover from Issue #1. I think that's a great cover, and thematically appropriate for a hardcover compilation in that the book tends to be Goblins telling their stories, and that's what we see on the cover.
I like that the Paizo.com cover shows us goblins from the stories themselves. I'm going to have to think a bit to decide which cover I like more.
Edit: Sudden realization: The Carlos Gomez cover will be INSIDE the book too, I'm not sure that the Paizo.com exclusive hardcover image will be inside the book as well. That may make the decision for me...
Well, that's no way to get ahead in life, unless you are a Chimera.
The story is good so far. I enjoyed The Weeping Blade, so I have favorable anticipation that this will be at least as good.
I like the different interpretations that the contract is open to. That is what I would call a poorly written contract. Granted, they were drunk when they wrote it.
Musings on classes:
Tali: Bard? Sorcerer? Expert?
Aberny: Expert? Wizard?
Larger Than Life: You wield firearms with truly terrifying menace. When you use the Intimidate skill on a creature while wielding a firearm, you are considered one size category larger than your actual size.
One of my players is playing a gunslinger with this trait. I'm wondering if you rules gurus could help me out with the fine points.
So, if the player intimidates an enemy, she is considered one size category larger than actual size... against whom?
1: Against all enemies? or only against the intimidated enemy?
2: When she is considered one size category larger than her actual size, does that mean that her weapon's damage increases to the next size increment? Does her 1d8 pistol now do 2d6 damage?
3: How long does this last?
It seems like this trait gives any player with an intimidate score an unlimited usage of Enlarge Person as long as they can make the intimidate checks. That seems a bit powerful for a trait.
Thanks for the help!
Excellent! I liked that over the four chapters, each character got a little bit of a chance to shine. The teamwork was fun to see, and the story ended with a bang!
This last illustration was excellent, though for some reason, I pictured the lieutenant as bald (death's head smile). The expression is excellent. He really looks just a touch mad.
I'll pick this up when it gets converted to ePub, I would also very much enjoy seeing these characters given a chance to REALLY wreak some havoc in a novel.
That artwork is one of the best I have seen yet. That's just beautiful! It reminds me of the gnome druid I played for my second PC.
The first paragraph of this chapter has some great imagery. I love the descriptions. The action throughout is fun and flows well.
I am really enjoying this story and looking forward to more.
It has a bit of a "Western" feel to it. Part of that is the terrain. Part of it is that every time the Lieutenant addresses the group as "Irregulars," I hear an echo of "Regulators! Mount up!" in my head.
Now I want to go watch Young Guns.
Oh! Good! A pre-Called to Darkness Kagur/ Eovath story!
I just finished reading this book and it was good! It's one of the darker stories in the Pathfinder Tales. Maybe it just felt darker because Kagur is broken for so much of the story. She doesn't really find healing for her psychological injuries until near the end of the book.
The story is a tale of revenge, but also a journey of healing for the main character. It doesn't have a rosy happy ending, but the ending IS good and positive. Also, there are dinosaurs. Dinosaurs are awesome!
If you like this chapter, you will enjoy the rest of the book
Bring out your dead!
Excellent! I like the way that Norrett uses his alchemy to mutate his body. It's a lot of fun to see.
The spellbooks are in the snuffbox. I'm just guessing.
Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe Orontius and Zharmides really ARE just old friends. They both seem to have the odd habit of scribing their first initial into just about everything they own.
If you haven't read the whole story yet, start here: Proper Villains, and don't read anymore. Spoilers are below!
Erik Scott de Bie wrote:
A severe woman with long black hair and her own set of fiendish Hellknight armor stepped through the circle of judgment.
The illustration is a silver-haired (platinum blonde?) woman in Hellknight armor. I'm just picking nits now (and they are delicious!).
I'm glad to see that Ephere was NOT a worshiper of Asmodeus. Good twist on the twist.
At some point, I could see Tarrant's schemes catching up with him. Altara seems to be a woman who should not be taunted too often.
Tarrant Liespinner quite reminds me of Gad from The Worldwound Gambit. He's very clever, very self assured, and plans his plots well enough that he is 5 steps ahead of his opponent.
I think that I would enjoy a full novel from Erik Scott de Bie, but not necessarily one about Tarrant Liespinner. The writing was very good. The story was very good. The characters feel like a slightly different gang of Gad's people. I guess if Tarrant had come first, I wouldn't have wanted The Worldwound Gambit. Regardless, I would like to see more of Erik Scott de Bie's writing in the future.
I took one look at her and I said to myself, "Treacherous!" Never trust an elf!
I predicted that she would sell them out. I'm a bit surprised to see an elf worshiping Asmodeous, though. That runs counter to the general elf stereotype (or archetype, if you prefer).
Looking forward to the conclusion.
Excellent! I like how the Bard's music is visible to him but no-one else. A compelling antihero.
Altara the Hound has had previous romantic involvement with Tarrant Akayn the Liespinner.
Also, I'm not entirely sure the elf is actually an elf.
I look forward to the progression of this tale!
Not the ending that I was expecting, but that's not a bad thing. I enjoyed getting to see a bit of a wizards' duel!
I'm a little sad that it will be a full month (plus shipping time) before I can read the rest of Krunzle's adventures.
Overall, I found the writing style interesting. I would like to continue that line of thought a bit more while I am not a work, though.
Wow. Purchased for a copper and then dominated? That's what I call a bad day.
I am enjoying the Mission:Impossible feel to this story. The cloak and dagger-ish tone is a lot of fun. It was amusing to see the wizard concerned about someone scrying in. The spider and cockroach listening apparatus is an interesting spy movie gadget made fantasy.
I like how each different story on the web fiction (and in the novel line) has a different feel. Yes, they are all fantasy tales, but they are different kinds of fantasy tales.
This is not a Paizo book, but a book by the Author of Plague of Shadows. If you have not read Desert of Souls I would advise you to read no further. This thread is to discuss the book and maybe tempt the author himself to get involved in the discussion.
I just finished reading this and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is an adventure spanning hundreds of miles. There are sorcerers, djinn, artifacts, swordfights, undead, fortune tellers, romance, revenge and more.
I had a couple of questions about the book though, and was wondering what other thought.
In the Desert of Souls itself, as Dabir casts the spell on the grid, the Djinn changes from a beautiful serpent into an ugly decrepit snake. At the same time, Asim loses his "superpowers" (for lack of a better way to put it). Was this what the Djinn really looks like? Or is it just what he looks like on the Material Plain? What do you think was going on here?
The staff that Dabir takes from the caliph's treasury was from one of Solomon's magicians. Fair enough. But then they tell Asim that it was handed down to David. King David (the one who kills Goliath with a sling and a stone) was the father of Solomon. Is this staff traveling through time in reverse like Merlin? Are they talking about a different David? Or is there something in Islam where they believe that the Hebrews got their history wrong? Or was it simply an author's error?
Was anybody else really sad when Hamil died? I loved that he saved Asim and Dabir one last time in the Desert of Souls, but he was fast becoming a favorite character of mine.
Feel free to discuss these and any other questions/thoughts you have about the book!!
I understand that release dates are subject to change based on more factors than I care to think about. I just noticed that the projected release schedule is:
Song of the Serpent: April
There is nothing listed after that. James Sutter is playing those close to his chest.
So are you trying to do monthly releases? That seems like a very ambitious schedule!
I would like to make/glue a folder into a hardcover adventure book or two to hold the maps. I have some ideas, but I am looking for input, especially if someone has done this before.
I have been mulling around an idea this morning since I just received a new hardcover adventure book with a beautiful map included.
Option 2: trim a manila file folder to fit and glue the backside of the folder to the inside of the cover.
Option 3: trim a manila file folder such that it has tabs that I can fold in and glue to the inside of the back cover. Glue tabs on 3 sides (top, bottom and outside edge) so that the opening faces the spine of the book.
Any input would be appreciated. Suggested glue types, what has worked for you, etc.
Dear Wife and I were lamenting today about how we have no use for the canvas shopping bag of styrofoam packing peanuts that came with our case of Heroes and Monsters so we are throwing them out.
I recognize that decisions like packing filler are mainly driven by price concerns, but have you considered using the biodegradable puffed cornstarch packing peanuts? They are better for the environment and easier to dispose of (throw in the yard on a rainy day and they are gone). An extra bonus is that they make phenomenal tub toys for toddlers.
"Whoops, you dropped it in the water. Where did it go? Here's another one. Whoops, you dropped it in the water. Where did it go? Here's another one..."
Just a thought. Thanks!!
I would be amazed that Radovan has gained 15 levels of Monk that quickly, but then, this IS fiction and so does not need to conform strictly to the rules of the game. Also, it sounds like there is quite a bit more than just Radovan rattling around in that body.
This reminds me that I need to start my Radovan/Jeggare series reading in anticipation of the new book (that just shipped out), starting with Hell's Pawns moving on to The Lost Pathfinder, then Prince of Wolves and finally, Master of Devils. By the end I'll either be sick of Dave Gross or wishing for more.