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Zaister wrote:
So, any chance for some new collected epubs from the web fiction? It's been quite a while.

We're actively working on it!

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Tectorman wrote:

I'm not understanding something. I get increasing the cost due to the financial need to break even/turn a profit. I have no problem with the cost of the novels going up while only giving the same amount of content. Heck, I probably wouldn't have noticed.

But why couldn't you have just kept it mass market paperback size at trade paperback costs? All my other books are mass market size, so this is a significant inconvenience for me. Those books were small, unobtrusive, able to fit in my cargo shorts pockets, and I'm sorry it never occurred to me before now that I needed to praise these qualities (note to self: send multiple e-mails to other favored novel lines to encourage them to leave well enough alone).

Next time, buy me dinner first.

I'm sorry the new size isn't working for you. We felt like increasing the cost and increasing the size go hand-in-hand—people are used to paying a certain amount for mass-market books and a higher amount for the larger print/higher print quality/etc. of trade paperbacks. While I really appreciate that you would have been willing to pay more for the mass-markets—it's the same content, after all!—our prediction was that people would respond poorly to paying significantly more for the exact same novel format, and that the trade paper format would be seen as added value by the majority. As with everything in publishing, it was a gamble, and whatever way we went, it was inevitable that some people would be disappointed.

I continue to hope we made the right decision, in part because I personally love the new, larger-format covers. :) But thanks for your input!

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Khonger wrote:

I just saw Lord of Runes on audible. I'm excited to pick it up. I really love these stories.

Does this mean that all future Pathfinder Tales will be released in audiobook form?

Vic is correct! It's a bold new world!

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Kendrosthenes wrote:
If you could be a "celestial body" (in let's say 24 hours), how would you look to the naked eye?

I see what you did there. :)

(I was Mars, complete with rover.)

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Protoman wrote:
Also, not to be naggy or anything, but this was up maybe 3 hours before the next Paizo blog bumped it down from the main Paizo site? Maybe at least put it in Web Fiction tab for next while?

Thanks for letting us know! The web team will fix that.

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Ross Byers wrote:

Nominally speaking, the Pathfinder timeline advances in real time (it was 4707 when it started publishing, it is 4715 now). But Paizo has stated that they don't want to canonize exactly when or in what order adventures happen, especially for ones that could significantly change the campaign setting.

For instance, the Guide to the Worldwound notes the fall of the Tower of Yath, which occurred in The Worldwound Gambit. But that tidbit doesn't change any adventures - it's just an easter egg to notice if you've read the book. Likewise, Stalking the Beast and Reign of Stars make reference to other Pathfinder Tales stories. But it doesn't affect their plots - they aren't sequels. Well, both of those actually are sequels. What I mean is they aren't sequels to the other works they reference.

And progressing the timeline via fiction is less damaging than via adventures. It's still an extra book to read, but at least a story has exactly one outcome. An adventure, or adventure path, can have wildly varying outcomes.

Which brings me to my point. I've been reading Lord of Runes. I haven't finished it yet, so this might not be a complete set of examples.

It occurs in Korvosa, mentioning the Blood Veil plague and Gray Maidens.

It has references to Thassilonian lore that imply the the Shattered Star AP and/or Rise of the Runelords AP have been completed. (More likely the former than latter, since the looting of Xin Shalast isn't mentioned.)

And I've just reached the part when Eando Kline shows up, which I think implies the Serpent's Skull AP occurred.

But the big one, because it actually changes the world, is it refers to the Mendevian Crusades as being over, which I have to assume relates to the conclusion of the Wrath of the Righteous AP. (I suppose this had to be addressed somewhat, since Kings of Chaos ties in to the destruction of Kenabres at the beginning of that AP.)

Is this just a consequence of being the fifth book in the Radovan and...

The general policy of not advancing the timeline continues to stand, but just as we make the occasional exception for adventures (like Shattered Star being a sort of sequel to Rise of the Runelords), we also make occasional exceptions for the novels.

For Radovan and Jeggare, we wanted to have King of Chaos be tied to Wrath of the Righteous, but of course that means that Lord of Runes then takes place after that AP (or at least after R&J's involvement in it). And to use a Gray Maiden, we needed to make a decision about Curse of the Crimson Throne, and so on.

Basically, in order to let Lord of Runes—the first Tor novel—play with a lot of established toys, we relaxed some guidelines. But on the whole, we still want our novels and APs to work no matter what order you read or play them in, so we're deliberately avoiding locking things down into a timeline whenever possible.

Hope that answers the question!

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Kendrosthenes wrote:

In case you missed it, here's a link to James Sutter's recent (May 2015) AMA on Reddit:

http://www.reddit.com/r/Fantasy/comments/36ia81/im_james_l_suttercocreator_ of_pathfinder/?sort=confidence

James, great job answering all those questions. You rock!

Thank you! I've been super-buried in work recently, but I'll try to get back to this thread as well soon. :)

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Jeremy Corff wrote:

I know one of the things that makes Setting books interesting to me are the story hooks given to various places and factions. I see something like the Valley of the Birthing Death (Land of the Linnorm Kings) or Skywatch (Brevoy - Inner Sea World Guide) and can't help but think of the stories hinted at in the description.

Do you as authors have moments like that with the setting, or do you prefer to do all your world building on your own?

All the time. "Where do they get to go?" is as important a question to me as "Who are my characters?" when I'm in the early stages of planning a book. For better or for worse, a lot of my plots start out as "What story could possibly take them to X, Y, *and* Z?" I'm sort of a glutton in that regard, and fleshing out favorite locations only briefly mentioned in the setting material is the best part of writing tie-in. :)

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StarMartyr365 wrote:
James Sutter wrote:
Kalindlara wrote:
James Sutter wrote:

Also, for folks doing the math at home, it's important to remember that back in the Dungeon and Dragon days, we were mostly pretty poor. I taught night classes and frequently ate out of dumpsters during my early Paizo tenure, and not just because it was cool and bohemian (though it kinda was).

Nowadays, ten years later, I pretty much *never* eat out of dumpsters, and instead of 6 roommates in a falling-apart flophouse I have 7 roommates in an actually pretty nice house. MOVING ON UP, BABY!

Which one was your, um, musical magnum opus written for? ^_^
All of them. Some things never change. :)

I could have used that song a couple of years ago. Then again, when I finally got them to do their !@#$ing dishes someone put an entire pan of au gratin potatoes in the dishwasher without scrapping the leftovers out. The dishwasher never worked right again and I ended up kicking them out a month or so later.

Good times.

SM

Oh god. I salute your survival of the beautiful trench warfare that is shared housing. :)

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Dave Gross wrote:
If they had been anywhere near 50% ads, they never would have folded.

They never did fold, actually—the license wasn't renewed. The magazines were actually doing better than they had in a long time when WotC took them back in-house.

That said, yeah, 50% ads would have been *decadent*.

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Kalindlara wrote:
James Sutter wrote:

Also, for folks doing the math at home, it's important to remember that back in the Dungeon and Dragon days, we were mostly pretty poor. I taught night classes and frequently ate out of dumpsters during my early Paizo tenure, and not just because it was cool and bohemian (though it kinda was).

Nowadays, ten years later, I pretty much *never* eat out of dumpsters, and instead of 6 roommates in a falling-apart flophouse I have 7 roommates in an actually pretty nice house. MOVING ON UP, BABY!

Which one was your, um, musical magnum opus written for? ^_^

All of them. Some things never change. :)

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Also, for folks doing the math at home, it's important to remember that back in the Dungeon and Dragon days, we were mostly pretty poor. I taught night classes and frequently ate out of dumpsters during my early Paizo tenure, and not just because it was cool and bohemian (though it kinda was).

Nowadays, ten years later, I pretty much *never* eat out of dumpsters, and instead of 6 roommates in a falling-apart flophouse I have 7 roommates in an actually pretty nice house. MOVING ON UP, BABY!

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wakedown wrote:


Back when I could fork out $6.99 for a copy of Dungeon and get 100+ pages of pure (sans-ad)

Not to rain on the nostalgia, but we had ads in Dungeon. LOTS of ads. As many as we could get, really—it's how we subsidized an otherwise atrocious business model (meaning the magazine business model in general). And we'd spend hours trying to figure out how to fit them all in, because some folks would buy the right to be in specific places in the issue.

One of the exciting parts of starting Pathfinder was knowing that we'd never again have to stick an ad page in the middle of an adventure. :P

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Cover art is final but text treatment on it is not.

And for folks wondering, this is one of the best novels we've published in the line. And I'm not just saying that because Wes works here—he really busted his ass making this book the best it can be, and it shows. As editor, I'm really proud of it, and can't wait for everyone to get their Ustalav and vampire fix. :)

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Jeremy Corff wrote:

Inspired by Winter Witch, but a question for everyone:

How do you deal with power creep?

Specifically, there is a tendency for characters in continuing series to grow in power (as they overcome the core conflict in each tale) to the point where it eventually becomes difficult to significantly challenge them. Especially in a shared setting series like Pathfinder Tales where real world threatening events are going to have repercussions that are outside of the scope of the novel line.

Very, very carefully. It's honestly one of the trickiest aspects of a series.

Of course, I get to send my character to the planes, where there's *always* someone more badass than him around the next corner. :)

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captain yesterday wrote:
But are you pro tribble?

I mean, they're basically space hamsters, right? It's pretty hard to be anti-space hamster, regardless of the imminent doom.

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Luthorne wrote:

Yeah, I was mostly wondering since they're described in Bestiary 4 as being aggressively expansionistic, have no patience for people moving into their area, and fiercely defending their territory, so I wasn't sure what their boundaries were...if they objected to anyone ever entering their territory, or if it was primarily those they felt offered a credible threat to their territory or holdings (such as someone planning to settle down there or do some hunting), and whether or not they would consider diplomacy and trade with others, or were purely focused on expansion and had no interest in dealing with those whose territory they would eventually be taking anyways, etc.

And yeah, I've certainly pondered the possibility of the formians having landed in lashunta territory via their usual asteroid trick, resulting in long, bitter war which could certainly lead to hatred on both sides and with the Colonies firmly in control of what may once have been lashunta territory...but there are certainly other possibilities, so I was curious!

The craziest one I pondered was that lashunta were the result of a group of formians that went rogue after falling in love with some of the elven population, their descendants becoming more humanoid-like as they bred with other elves before finally stabilizing with only vestiges of their former heritage in the form of antennae, a limited form of telepathy, and some degree of gender dimorphism...but I figured that one was pretty unlikely!

1) Any chances of a book set on Castrovel to give us more potential hints about what things are like over there? I love Distant Worlds and People of the Stars has a bit here and there, but they just whet my appetite...

Really, what I'd love is a big Campaign Setting book all about Castrovel, but somehow I doubt that's too likely anytime soon...and ones for Akiton, Triaxus, Verces...

2) What would be some books you'd recommend reading to get in the proper mindset for a Castrovel adventure?

3) Have you looked at the...

Ha! Yeah, while I generally don't present new canon on the boards, I will say for certain that the Lashunta are *not* the result of formian-elf interbreeding. :)

1) I'd love to do more on Castrovel, too! Too many books to write, too little time...

2) Pulp! Castrovel is the land of pulp—specifically pulp Venus—and ALMURIC is the book I'd most recommend (available from Planet Stories!), though I'm sure Erik would point you toward a dozen different authors.

3) I've indeed done some work on Occult Adventures! But since I don't want to steal anyone's thunder, I'll only say that you'll be seeing some discussion of how that book ties into Castrovel in a product pretty soon here. :)

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Tor is explicitly anti-DRM. I don't know exactly what deals they have worked out with various retailers, but I know that if they can sell a book DRM-free through a channel, they do.

At the moment, it doesn't look like Tor is selling direct, at least as far as the Macmillan website is concerned—I think they prefer to cede that ground to the retailers.

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I think that the hardest game element to manage in the novel line—for me and probably most of the folks here—is the magic system. It's hard to have to think through every implication and make sure that, even if it's not in the story, you know why your protagonist doesn't just cast Spell X and solve any given problem.

Probably one of the most pervasive specific issues is that of magical healing and resurrection, as folks have mentioned—it's hard to keep tensions high when there's a perception that anyone can be brought back from the dead for the price of a nice magic item. (There are, of course, plenty of good ways that issue can be skirted, and logistical reasons why being rich in Golarion doesn't make you functionally unkillable, but at the end of the day we're still working within a framework designed to let *players* bring characters back to life while trying to keep everyone else from doing the same thing.)

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rknop wrote:
What formats will the ebooks be available in?

I know that they'll be sold by:

Kindle
iBooks
B&N Nook
eBooks.com
Google Play
Kobo

I'm personally not super savvy about ebook formats, so I'm not sure how many of those have proprietary formats. I need to investigate and educate myself before I can answer further. :)

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We've said it before, but one thing about expanding the setting in small, bite-sized chunks rather than huge books covering whole continents is that you get to pour all your energy and creativity into really fleshing out a small section of the world. And then you do it again. And again. Over time, the patchwork becomes a whole, and that whole is WAY more interesting and flavorful because you as the author had the chance to recharge, to consider the interactions of previous installments, to see what people liked, etc. That's actually how we started out building Golarion, back when the Inner Sea was mostly just names on a map and brief paragraphs of info supplemented by gazetteers in the back of Pathfinder, and I think it's one of our artistic choices that I'm most proud of. Biting off too much at a time ends up with too little butter spread over too much bread.

So yeah, I'm really excited about this project, and hope that readers feel the same way. :)

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All I can add to what Mark said is that big things are coming, and soon. Please stand by. :)

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Orthos wrote:
If you could write any one story in Pathfinder/Golarion of your choosing, no restraints, no inhibitions, no limitations except those of the setting itself, what would it be?

My next one. I need to get a few projects out of the way first, but then I think it's high time to return to the First World... ;)

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Steve Geddes wrote:

As a general question to any author interested in answering it:

How many of the other PF Tales books do you read?
How much of the campaign setting stuff? Just the ones covering the area your novel is set in? The whole kit and kaboodle? Something else?

1) All of them, multiple times. :)

2) Once upon a time I got to read it all. Now I rarely get to take edit passes on the new setting books—there's just too much material given my other job responsibilities—but the other developers and editors are really good about bringing me those sections that touch on topics near and dear to my heart!

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John Kretzer wrote:

These question is for everyone....

So in your opinion who is the most powerful character in the PF tales Novels?

Do you guys avoid writing trilogies as a conscience decision or was it decided from the top? (personally I love the stand alone novels or ongoing series you guys seem to decide to go with)

What is your favorite part about writing in Golarion?

1) Shyka. Don't mess with the Eldest. :)

2) That's a decision Erik and I made for the line a long time ago—since we hope to one day have a ton of PF novels in print, we want to make sure that any book a reader picks up is a good entry point. It can also be really hard to get bookstores to stock all the books in a series, leading to a steep decline in readership.

3) Getting to steal toys from some of my favorite creative minds, and also getting to spend some time living in Golarion as a character rather than a top-down architect.

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I'm guessing this thread is going to be *very* popular with the Tales writers...

Oh, and I first came into contact with the Pathfinder setting when we all looked at each other and went "OH S+$% OH S~$* THE MAGAZINE LICENSE DIDN'T GET RENEWED—WHAT ARE WE GOING TO PUBLISH?!" The rest is history. :)

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Luthorne wrote:

1) Do you envision lashunta and elves as being fertile with each other as humans and elves are, or no? Not asking you to say definitively one way or the other, just curious as to what your off-the-cuff opinion would be.

2) Do you think formians are generally open to trade and other such so long as it happens on their terms, or do you think they're generally xenophobic about all other races? Could you see them allowing a trade or diplomatic envoy onto their land?

3) Why do formians hate lashunta so much? Did the lashunta used to be slaves ala Radio Man before winning their liberty and taking formian territory, which they view as unforgivable, or do some lashunta have the ability to disrupt telepathic communication which they view as a threat, or what? Or is it antennae envy? It's the antennae envy, isn't it.

1) Hmm... hadn't really thought about it. I suppose my answer is "probably not naturally, but all things are possible with magic."

2) I think they'd be somewhat open. The hatred of the Lashunta is a relic of past territorial disputes between the two races, not necessarily a generalized xenophobia.

3) See above!

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
What IS it about fedoras that turns young men into misogynistic, delusional, self-obsessed whiny-butts?
Psst. Trilby. It's a trilby. Fedora is a different kind of hat. I don't know why people keep calling them Fedoras, when they are clearly not. I like my fedora, thank you very much, and it is not a trilby.
Okay, then. What is it about TRILBYS that turns young men into misogynistic, delusional, self-obsessed whiny-butts?

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the style of their hats, but by the content of their character." — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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I have not! Thanks for the suggestions!

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DeciusNero wrote:


And no Casmeron? Or is that under the Vudra entry?

Oh, there's Casmaron in here. I can *personally* ensure that... ;)

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Dragon78 wrote:

What/Who inspired the Sarcesians?

Primarily Dan Simmons' Ousters from the Hyperion novels. While he's not the only person to come up with similar designs for people living in hard vacuum, the Hyperion Cantos remains my favorite SF of all time, so I can't deny the influence. :)

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Dragon78 wrote:
I thought the Lashunta were inspired by the Cupians of the Radio Man series?

Them too! There was a lot of pulp getting blended for our red and green planets. :)

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Kajehase wrote:

How many roads must a man walk down, before you can call him a man?

Have you heard the word is love?

Who put the bop in the bop-she-bop?

1) One, but it's rather long, and covered in angry badgers.

2) Yup.

3) Me, and I kinda need it back.

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As several folks have said, "Common" is indeed relative, both on Golarion and beyond! It's a convenient shorthand.

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Oh man, this thread! Be still, my heart!

It's always fun to see people pick out your influences, because half the time it's spot on, and half the time it's stuff you've never heard of. :)

As it turns out, while Jacobs is correct that I was hugely influenced by Dan Simmons, the pulps, and Lovecraft for various planets, probably my biggest single influence was our own solar system. While I'm the rankest amateur when it comes to most hard science, I'm really fascinated by different astronomical phenomena and how they might impact life on a given world. So while one might look at Triaxus and think "Super-long winters and summers? Talk about a Game of Thrones rip-off!", the truth is that I actually came up with the long seasons idea by thinking about planets with really eccentric orbits, and I was totally oblivious to the parallels until I was writing the entry and typed something like "Every Triaxian knows that winter is comi—OH G#&~+@N IT!" :P

So, to list some of the broad-strokes influences:

Aballon: Real-world Mercury, and the thought that robots really ought to have their own planet.

Castrovel: A wide variety of takes on pulp Venus, including some of the ones mentioned. The Lashunta were also heavily inspired by Robert E. Howard's Almuric. (Erik Mona, aka The Pulp Master, helped lay down pulp guidelines for both Akiton and Castrovel.)

Akiton: Pulp Mars, by way of Burroughs and Brackett.

Verces: Dune never crossed my mind, though I can see where you'd get that. Actually, I've wanted to write about a tidally locked planet for years—I even wrote part of a novel about one, back before I wrote Death's Heretic, and that world served as the model for Verces.

Diaspora: Dan Simmons, plus our own asteroid belt.

Eox: It just seemed like being undead would make space exploration so much easier. Plus I saw a picture somewhere of a skeleton wearing a space helmet and went "UNDEAD ASTRONAUTS! GENIUS!"

Triaxus: I've actually never read Helliconia, and as noted didn't recognize the GRRM parallels until fairly late in the game—I was just really interested in the evolutionary effects of a highly eccentric orbit. The biggest literary influences for me on this one were Richard Knaak's Dragonrealms series and the Pern novels—the Inner Sea's never really been the right place for dragon riders, so I wanted to make sure they got their own nation somewhere.

Liavara and Bretheda: Just my ideas of what life might be like on a gas world, and all the moons gave me chances to play with fun astronomical phenomena like tidal heating or Europa-style oceans that I couldn't fit in elsewhere.

Apostae: Captured objects and generation ships! There are a million books dealing with both, but lets give the nod to Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama.

Aucturn: Lovecraft, all the time.

Pretty much everything else came from my brain—making up craziness is the best part of this job, after all! Hope that helps shed some light without killing the magic. :)

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Bumping to make sure everybody in the Seattle area (either local or flying in for Paizocon) knows about Dave's event!

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Ross Byers wrote:

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. :)

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Ross Byers wrote:
So, serious question, what does the Tor contract mean for the backlog of Pathfinder Journals and Webfiction that has not yet been compiled into ePubs?

The short fiction and journals will continue to be compiled and sold as epubs on paizo.com as normal. We've just been super busy recently, and it's a ways down on Ye Olde To-Do Liste. :P

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Hey everybody! Sorry to let this thread languish so long, but I was on vacation.

Regarding Pathfinder Tales ebooks: At least initially, they'll be sold by third parties—pretty much all the major players, now including Kindle! One of the big plusses of this deal is that we can finally, *finally* get the books on Kindle, which folks have been asking for on these threads forever. There will be links on Paizo's product pages that let you buy the ebooks from the vendor of your choice. The MSRP on these is $9.99, though individual sites have the ability to discount and make deals as they wish.

I agree that it's unfortunate that there's not a "subscribe" option under this model. It's certainly something we'd love to have, it's just unclear at this point whether there's a way to do it technologically and contractually when people are buying through the other vendors.

If it's seemed at times that not all the information was available, it's because we've been figuring this thing out as quickly as possible, trying to get everything arranged on very short timelines. Trust me, it's not subterfuge—you're just watching our internal processes work in real-time. :)

Regarding the price increase, and whether this counts as a "money grab"... I'm afraid that's really up to you to decide. What I can tell you is that it's really, really hard to make money on mass-market paperbacks unless you're selling a HUGE amount—the price is simply too low, once you factor in the printing costs and the bookseller's discount. Presuming you pay your authors and artists a decent rate—which we do—you can sell thousands of copies of a book before you get close to breaking even.

When we started Pathfinder Tales, we chose mass market because it seemed like the default, and because it's what we all had such fond memories of—certainly when I was a kid, most of what I owned were mass-market paperbacks. But the market has changed since I was a kid. More and more publishers are moving to trade paperback because you simply can't make money on print unless you're publishing an increasingly small list of Big Names. If we were starting Pathfinder Tales now, there would be no question that we'd go trade paperback.

The changes—the price bumps, the new size, the partnership with Tor, being able to sell on Kindle—are necessary to help the line grow and thrive. We need the books to be a competitive price and sell more copies so that we can do right by our authors, our game, and our partners.

It's important to me to keep the books as cheap as possible. But it's also important to me to get the best authors I can, and to reach as many readers as I can. Sometimes those two conflict. And in the end, as steward of these amazing books that my authors have poured their blood and tears into, I have to opt for whatever is going to get the books out to the most people. This isn't about trading old readers for new, it's about growing beyond what we can do on our own. And while paying more is obviously never going to be folks' preference, I hope that the price increase of at most $30 a year isn't going to break the bank for most readers.

Thanks for understanding!

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
What is love?

Baby, don't hurt me.

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Aww, thank you! I'm very much looking forward to doing another Salim book under Tor's aegis, I've just been stymied by the fact that it apparently takes me a *really long time* to write a novel. :P

Actually, for a while I was considering holding off releasing The Redemption Engine until things with Tor were finalized, but I figured I'd already made people wait two years for a sequel, and three would just be ridiculous...

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Yeah, I love what Gary did with the Aspis Consortium in this one, and how the book's two adventuring parties contrast with each other. Even though one is definitely the "good guy" party, he does an excellent job of humanizing everyone. I particularly like Morvius (the fighter) and his arc... I think he and Valeros would probably be great drinking buddies. :)

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Joseph's right—Lord of Runes is far and away the most ROTRL-esque novel, and will have lots of Easter eggs for players of the early APs!

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The Numerator wrote:

As a subscriber, I'm fine with the switch. Getting both physical and digital copies has been FABULOUS in the past, but truthfully I'm surprised that deal has remained as long as it has (which to me shows Paizo's loyalty to their fans). Where else do you get both types for the price of one? Music, Bluray, B&N, Amazon... All of them make you buy both formats separately, or perhaps bundle both together for 30-60% more than the price of physical alone. But here, I have dozens of essentially free ePubs, for which I am thankful.

But people are correct: for the current subscriber, this isn't a better deal than what we've had. But this deal with Tor isn't about the current subscribers. It's about getting the Pathfinder brand to thousands of Fantasy fans worldwide, many of whom don't even know Golarion exists (err... sort of exists?). This can only strengthen Paizo's support base, which will ensure that we continue to get many more years' worth of awesome, high quality fiction in this world we've all come to love!

How many of us were introduced to TTRPGs through the old Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms, Dark Sun, or Ravenloft novels? That was my original inlet (here's to you Fizban!), and I see this deal as positioning Pathfinder Tales as potentially being bigger than the D&D brands of the 80s and 90s. That would be fabulous for our game and the future of our fiction line.

So in the short term, "what's in it for me" sense, the deal isn't great for us. But if having to choose only one format for my subscription means that I can have conversations with random strangers about Radovan & Jeggare, Salim, Rodrick & Hrym, and Torius Vin, simply because I'm wearing a Pathfinder tee shirt (which, oddly enough, happened to me today), then that is very good news for all of us!

Thank you, Numerator—that's been exactly our thought process throughout all of this. It's always a careful balance between what's best in the short term (for the customer, for the company, for the brand) and the long term, and the six different perspectives rarely line up. But I'm really excited about where this change is already letting me take the line. :)

@John: Font size was definitely a concern for us as well! Pretty much everyone in our editorial pit wears glasses, so readability is more than just a philosophical issue around here. ;)

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The novels are great for helping players get the feel of the setting—it's one of the primary reasons we make them! And if you're looking to get a taste of Ustalav and Carrion Crown, there's no better place to start than Prince of Wolves.

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Yeah, that thing's popped up before. I don't know how people think they'll get away with it, but I hope no readers were confused. :\

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Itchy wrote:
Liane Merciel wrote:
Darkborn wrote:
the Joyful Ones were nothing short of horrifying. (I searched the Bestiary books and couldn’t find them – if anyone could tell me where I can find a stat block for them I would greatly appreciate it for when I get ready to GM the Midnight Mirror module in the fall.)

They are fun little dudes. :)

No Bestiary entry exists for them, as far as I'm aware. The Joyful Things originate on p. 68 of Skeletons of Scarwall (Book 5 of Curse of the Crimson Throne), in the write-up on Zon-Kuthon.

I don't know if they were originally supposed to be/do what I made of them, but it seems like if you've been reduced to a limbless torso, you've got to get your jollies somehow.

It looks like the Joyful Ones may be making an appearance in Pathfinder Origins #4: Merisiel. That story takes place in Nidal.

It's true! I talk about them a bit in the backmatter as well. :)

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While I love everyone's interpretations (especially Marco's), the name is generally pronounced "Ing," though creatures with different types of mouths place a different amount of emphasis on the initial vowel.

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Thanks, Aoaan! :D

And I agree that Vint deserves a larger place in Golarion's histories. Fortunately, as I wrote in the back matter, Khurbresh seems to appreciate him properly...

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deuxhero wrote:
How did the Army of Exploration reach Amanandar by ship if Amanandar is inland and the entire western coast, bar a few port cities, is blocked by the wall of heaven?

That's a question for Rob, I'm afraid! He's the biggest Taldor fan on staff, and maybe the biggest Tian Xia fan as well, so he gets to make that call. :)

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