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In our new grimdark universe, the economy is totally just dwarf parts. "Gimme five teeth for an ear," you'll hear someone say.
Okay, maybe not. Actually, I'm really happy with our idea for the futuristic currency—I think we've figured out a cool way to have it be both physical *and* digital (and plausible) while avoiding some of the pitfalls of either alone. Dunno when we'll be revealing it, but I'm excited to share with y'all!
Will Huston wrote:
I apologize for spreading the crud. Shaking hands is a hard reflex to break!
But yeah, I recovered in fairly short order. Hope you did as well. :)
One thing I should point out in the various narrators' defenses: The Steve West/Ilyana Kadushin books were produced *at the same time* as all of the backlist titles. We signed two separate deals—with Macmillan Audio to make audiobooks of the new Tor-produced novels, and with Audible to release all our backlist. The two companies were working in parallel, recording simultaneously to try and get the whole line out in a relatively short window of time. Trying to use the same narrators for all of them would have created a world of problems, especially since each company had its chosen narrators that it like to use, so in the end we opted to let each company operate independently. (At least this way, if you don't like one narrator, you've got a lot of alternative choices.) But it definitely wasn't that the narrators weren't following each other's leads and trying to maintain continuity with previous narration, because there literally *wasn't* any previous narration when they started!
This has been your Behind the Scenes Business Moment at Paizo! :D
Liar's Island featured some material from** spoiler omitted **, is there any other Pathfinder Tales that have any of the occult classes show up ?
While I can't think of any off the top of my head, Meligaster from occult Adventures features prominently in the Pathfinder: Hollow Mountain comics! :D
We're not planning to do any fiction in the Starfinder Adventure Path—since it's the start of a whole new game, we need all the backmatter space we can get for new setting and rules info! That said, I can pretty much promise you'll see some fiction-like things popping up elsewhere...
The journal debate is dead—long live the journal debate! :P
Seriously, though: Thanks for the feedback, everyone! The idea of doing a short story collection or some sort of short story subscription (like a paid version of the web fiction) is deeply appealing to me as a creator, but so far we've shied away from it because the sales numbers on short story collections are pretty dismal compared to novels. Ditto for short fiction in other formats—the web fiction, while beloved by some, just didn't generate enough buzz by the end to justify the opportunity cost in addition to the *actual* cost. Each web fiction blog cost the company around $500, and even more importantly took some of our top editors away from working on the products that were *making* the company money. As with other discontinued projects like Planet Stories, we kept it going as long as we could out of love for the art form, but in the end, we had to do the responsible thing.
That said, it's really nice to hear from people who appreciate short fiction, and who knows? If the demand is there, perhaps it could return in a new and improved form someday...
Amanda Plageman wrote:
Thank you! I've written those little chapter opener bits for almost all the hardcovers, and I've really enjoyed developing the iconics' personalities through them. So much good-natured snark. :D
Mark Moreland wrote:
I too am sad to see the fiction go, both because it means 6 pages of extra work for me to do on a monthly basis, but also because it was one of the elements of Pathfinder that first hooked me as a fan. Back when I was just "superfan" Yoda8myhead, I even made my own lulu.com compilation of all of Eando Kline's adventures so I could more easily read them on my daily commute (see this blog post from 2009 for pictures)—my first foray into publishing.
Oh man, blast from the past! Mark handing me that little book was one of my most memorable fan interactions, as it was the closest I'd ever been at the time to holding a novel I'd written.
Fun fact: For several years after, my author photo was that picture with Death's Heretic photoshopped in over the cover. :D
That's useful info, thank you!
Hmm... I'll have to check with Macmillan and see what's up with that. Are the other Pathfinder Tales novels showing up for you?
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Hey, thank *you*! I still love the City of Strangers, and I'm so glad people keep adventuring there. :D
Erik was saying he wants PC playable stats in every *bestiary*, not every bestiary *entry*. As a general design goal, we feel like a science fantasy game benefits from having a lot of playable races, and thus we want to lean toward including that info where feasible. But we are absolutely *not* promising that every CR 18 space whale will be a playable race. :P
I mean... yeah, totally intentional, I'm the king of symbolism.
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
I'm sure I knew at the time, but I actually don't remember! Perhaps he's more into having his staff be happy and empowered and calling the shots—it would certainly make sense, since his workers are also espionage experts.
Sorry I can't be of more use. :)
Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
Genre: Most of them! If we do this right, you'll be able to play Alien and Event Horizon as easily as Star Wars and Fifth Element. :D
And we decided to announce it so far in advance because we wanted to do it at Paizocon, surrounded by a bunch of hardcore fans, rather than at some convention where only a portion of the audience gives a hoot.
Are there any new classes on the horizon? Also are there any areas of Pathfinder you'd like to explore more?
Starfinder will have a bunch of new classes. :)
In terms of areas of Pathfinder I'd like to explore more, I just finished a First World book that's coming out this fall, so that's one of my bucket list items! But right now, most of my attention is really turned to the other planets in the system.
Are you accepting idea pitches and suggestions I assume?
If you're talking about actually writing products, the answer is no—open submissions, even just ideas, require really time-intensive sifting processes, and can end up in weird legal limbo if you're not careful. So for now all Starfinder writing is invite-only. But you're welcome to post suggestions for the types of things you want to see on the boards, so that we know what you're into!
I can now confirm there's a Starfinder panel at Gen Con! I don't know what new info we'll reveal there—we're all pretty leery of saying too much when the game's still a year away—but I'm sure something new will leak. :)
Look, if Paizo splits in half, it's inevitably going to be Upstairs vs. Downstairs. You'd think that we down here in the pit would have the natural advantage, being on the ground floor and controlling the stairwells, but that's underestimating Customer Service's willingness to use Cosmo as a human shield as they rush the barricades...
Seriously, though: If we thought there was *any* reasonable chance that Starfinder would fail or split the company in some terrible way, we wouldn't be doing this. As somebody who's put 12 years into Paizo, and whose ability to not sleep outside in the rain directly depends on its profitability, I'm certainly not eager to throw caution to the wind. So while I know I'm a biased source, I hope that helps put some minds at ease. :)
Steve Geddes wrote:
Yay! Glad you liked it, Steve! :D
Just to clarify: Learning things about the Gap is only *one* of the Starfinders' missions. There are other aspects to what they do, all based around the core idea of exploring new worlds and sharing that information for the good of all.
Beyond that, I should probably hold my tongue until we're finished with development on those sections. :P
Years later, I still think my original answer from that older thread is pretty good:
James Sutter wrote:
As folks have said, Starfinder shouldn't really affect Pathfinder. As for it affecting how soon we get another Salim novel... well, that's actually pretty fair, as my brain and writing time are both full to the brim with Starfinder at the moment, and likely to stay that way for quite some time. :)
You will totally be able to use bows in Starfinder. That said, most people probably choose laser guns or assault rifles instead, for the same reasons most people would do so in real life. :P
It should be noted that all the weapon/armor/item math is getting tweaked for Starfinder, so things will likely look different than what you're used to, even in the tech guide.
They'll be more intertwined than in Pathfinder, simply because there's almost no setting information in the Pathfinder Core Rulebook, and the races will be uniquely Starfinder rather than classic fantasy tropes. That said, I think you could totally ignore all the setting material easily. (And in fact, GMs will be strongly encouraged to go out and explore brand new worlds anyway, so there's a lot more room to worldbuild even within the canon than in Pathfinder...)
Nick O'Connell wrote:
Malwing is spot-on. As befits a science fantasy setting, Starfinder is quantum superposition canon: it both is and is not the actual future of Pathfinder until observed by an outside party—you—at which point the wave function collapses and it becomes either canon or not for your game. :D
Not sure if you can answer this yet, but can you comment on the likelihood of lizardfolk (the ones from Akiton), maraquoi (from Marata), reptoids, sarcesians, trox (whether the originals from Nchak, the descendents of the modified versions that wound up enslaved on Golarion, or both), urogs (from Dykon), and vercites being core races in Starfinder? Or perhaps the centaur-like creatures from Arkanen, the kalo from Kalo-Mahoi, or the thin humanoids with light-absorbing skin from Thyst? I think a 0-HD formian caste would also be neat, but trox could serve as an insectile race...
I can't say anything yet, sorry! Stay tuned. :)
Thanks for the well-wishes, folks! Things are super crazy right now as we get the massive beast that is the Starfinder project rolled out in earnest, but it's really exciting finally being able to talk about it!
Oh, and I haven't read Simon Green before, and Salim... well, he *probably* isn't around in the Starfinder era, but it's pretty tempting to imagine, isn't it? :)