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Erudite Owl

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Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4. Goblin Squad Member. Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Card Game, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber. Pathfinder Society Member. 1,880 posts (5,511 including aliases). 8 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 14 aliases.


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ubiquitous wrote:
Crystal Frasier may be eclipsing Jim Groves in regards to my favourite writer.

I will take that in the spirit of healthy competition. :)

And second place isn't all that bad either.

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Xethik wrote:
Franz Lunzer wrote:
coyote6 wrote:
j b 200 wrote:
Melkiador wrote:
The shield brawler doesn't seem to have the weapon proficiencies for shield. I find this sad.
Some one already mentioned this, they get proficiency with a shield through the "close" weapon group.
Nope. Shield champion replaces all armor and weapon proficiencies of the base brawler, and only gets simple weapons. No close weapons group.

Let me quote the shield champion's weapon and armor proficiencies:

Quote:
Weapon and Armor Proficiency: A shield champion is proficient with all simple weapons. She is also proficient with light armor, and with bucklers, light shields, and heavy shields. This replaces the brawler’s weapon and armor proficiencies.
(emphasis mine)
Pathfinder FAQ wrote:


Shield Bash: If I am proficient with wearing shields, can I make a shield bash without a nonproficiency penalty?

Armor proficiencies and weapon proficiencies are different things.

Table 6–4: Weapon (page 142) lists light shields, heavy shields, and spiked shields as martial weapons. The shield bash attacks entries (page 152) say that using a shield in this way is a "martial bludgeoning weapon."

Regardless of whether or not you are proficient in wearing a shield for defense, attacking with a shield is using a martial weapon and you take appropriate penalties if you are not proficient in martial weapons (for example, if you are a cleric, you take a –4 nonproficiency penalty when making shield bash attacks because you are not proficient in martial weapons).

Found here

The intention was always that shields would also be weapons that the shield champion would be proficient with, as well as an armor proficiency. I wrote it, so I know my intentions. Whatever one might think of the overall strength of the archetype, there was no intention to deliberately gimp it with a nonsensical disadvantage. That would be patently silly.

So, it was an oversight as far as I am concerned. Unfortunately, my remarks are not binding. You have my regrets for the inconvenience to PFS folks. Please FAQ it and I am sure it will be corrected.

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Well, this is kinda awesome.

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pippo pappi wrote:
its possible have more shaman archetype info? :)

The Animist is genuinely weird and unlike anything else. I'm surprised he hasn't gotten noticed.

Animism is this belief that everything has a spirit which can be interacted with. Like diseases, houses, the terrain, constructs, your car. Herbie the Love Bug (1968) was an early cultural example of animism, and so is Christine by Stephen King. In Poltergeist 2, you see a native american shaman appeal to the spirit of Craig T. Nelson's car to start.

The animist gets an interesting mix of spells, like most of the speak with... series, including the druidic and clerical ones. Wizard spells that affect constructs, dream, skinsend, and spells that apply to the soul, even if their from the clerical and wizard lists.

The can communicate with bad conditions directly. I mean, they can actually talk to the shaken condition and argue with it. Tell it leave. It can ask the blind condition to cut you a break on the shaman's behalf. There is a small risk the bad condition might try to jump into the shaman, or just get stubborn.. though at higher levels the animist just points to the door and says "scram!" That doesn't make them a true healer, but its a neat quasi-healing function.

The animist is a skilled exorcist.

Later, the animist can possess other creatures... and objects. Unlike normal magic jar they go into their familiar (when not in other creatures) instead of some magic gem. They can then piggyback on the familiar's senses and coordinate with the familiar telepathically. When they grab other bodies, those go into the familiar (but at no risk to it). Object possession is as per possess object.

At high levels they can interact with incorporeal creatures, and even go ethereal.

They forfeit a fair number of hexes, but they still have a wander spirit and wandering spirit hexes, so you can round them out a little.

Its a weird, neat archetype and I'm kinda proud of it. Hope people like it.

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Zark wrote:


AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Do they keep inspire courage?

Yes.

And I misspoke. They lose inspire competence (and countersong, suggestion and dirge of doom) for various alternate powers. The fire resistance also increases with level.

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Zark wrote:


Agree.

I would mind brief description of both archetypes :)

Okay, here are some notes about the flame dancer.

A low level ability to use Performance to mitigate high heat conditions and help allies who have caught on fire.

A 3rd level ability to grant allies the ability to see through flames and smoke without penalty as long as there is light, plus the gaze of f lames oracle revelation. replaces inspire confidence.

A little later they grant fire resistance to allies.

Eventually they go back and add in a nice handful of wizard fire spells (up to and including fireball)into their spell list.

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Gisher wrote:

Can anyone briefly describe the Voice of the Wild archetype?

I'm hoping it has some druidy flavor. I've been wanting a Celtic flavored druid-like bard ever since… well ever since the original 1st edition bard was eliminated.

Sure, it's kind of a nature bard. They can access some druid spells. They also gain a new bardic performance that allows them to grant an ally an animal aspect, based off of the hunter's animal focus ability.

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Hrothdane wrote:

Whoa, so brawler gets 3+1/2 level uses of martial versatility now?

That's awesome.

That is correct on both counts.

You can dole out those uses as you see fit. Every feat grabbed is one use that lasts 1 minute. So I picture you can save them for your whole adventuring day, or (at higher levels) you could nova them out with three feats in one encounter.

The break points when the brawler can access more combat feats with increasingly faster actions are 6, 10, 12, and 20.

The maximum number of extra feats is typically 3.. except at level 20, when you're only limited by the number of uses you have left.

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Insain Dragoon wrote:

Brawler questions

-skill points per level

4 + Int modifier

Insain Dragoon wrote:
-do any archetypes swap out brawlers flurry?

The Strangler.

Insain Dragoon wrote:
-do any archetypes/feats change what weapon groups you can flurry?

At higher levels the Shield Champion can chuck that shield as a ranged weapon as part of her flurry.

Sorry, I did not scour the feats.

Insain Dragoon wrote:
-I remember a concern being how often one could use martial versatility to grab multiple feats. How many times per day could a level 11 Brawler grab max feats in a usage?

The break points at 10th and 12th level. The number of uses is 3 + half Brawler level (minumum 1). So that is 8 and 9 uses per day. Each time a single feat is acquired, that is one use per day utilized.

At 10th level and 12th level, the brawler can theoretically grab a maximum three feats in a single round. The difference being, what action is required to get those three feats. Then can, of course, acquire less feats, but you wanted to know the maximum.

Insain Dragoon wrote:
-capstone?

There's not a single capstone, but rather a small suite of goodies. A bonus combat feat, improved awesome blow, and they can use martial versatility to obtain any number of combat feats that they want, as a swift action, that they have daily uses to pay for.

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andreww wrote:

On the Shaman:

Does the Wandering Hex Lore Spirit still give them full access to the Wizard list?

Yessss.. But I think *Full Access* is a bit misleading. They can add a sorc/wiz spell to their spell list for every point of their CHA modifier (minimum 1). Every level after they take the hex, they can replace out one of those spells for a new one. They cast them as Divine Spells and use WIS as the casting modifier for DCs.

So yes, but only for a small handful of spells.

EDIT: Punctuation improvement to add clarity. And I guess a couple Wizard spells would spruce up your selection.

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London Duke wrote:
Jim... At this point I will settle for anything you could provide. It's long been a character I have hoped to play and optimize.

Well, she is proficient with all shields but the tower shield. Unlike normal brawlers.

She can throw a light or medium shield as a thrown weapon. No improvised weapon penalties. Shield spikes do apply. Assumed to have Far Shot for this purpose only. At 7th level, this throw shield can be used to make combat maneuvers.

At 5th level there is an ability to make it come back.

At 15th level there is powerful damage absorbing ability if you're going to be dropped below 0 hit points.

EDIT: There is a lot more, and stuff about how brawlers flurry factors in, but I am trying to stay in preview mode. A couple good bonus feats if you meet the prerequisites.

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Evil Midnight Lurker wrote:
Robert Brookes wrote:

After having read this book, I can certainly say that I'm getting a Deus/Renraku vibe from:

** spoiler omitted **

That is a very good thing to be compared to, too :>

Deus as in Xenogears? Hell yeah...

...unless that means the second half of the AP will be PCs sitting in chairs narrating the story in the past tense. ^.^

Deus is also the name of a rogue AI in the Shadowrun RPG setting. Robert's reference to the Renraku Corporation is the clue. Deus takes one of their arcologies hostage.

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magnuskn wrote:

Uh, the developers of the ACG flat-out said during the playtest period that they were going to add a DEX-to-damage option in the book, although they said that they would probably restrict it to certain weapon types.

And since the Swashbuckler is supposed to be the main beneficiary of said feats/options/whatever and the Swashbucklers shtick is to use one-handed/light piercing weapons, it would be bizarre if the developers would have decided to instead give out the option only to slashing weapons.

And maybe they did just that. I don't know.

You're missing the point the started this. If you start making Dexterity do the job of Strength as well as what it does already, across the board and not in one specific class, there is no point to Strength. Keep doing that, and you will run into problems.

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Necromancer wrote:
(Clr/Sha/Wit) Speak with Haunt: Haunt answers one question/2 levels.

I don't usually do this, but I have to say.. I cooked that one up to help add roleplaying elements to them, which seemed to be a frequent source of complaints.

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I don't want to create work for the Design Team, but I have what I think is a cool Blog Post for after the book is released and the previews are over.

A blog article that explains what criteria they would place on a spell to make it a "shaman spell", and so on for other classes that get their own spell lists.

That way, they're not caught up trying to retrofit a lot of older material from other product lines, but they give some advice to GMs who want to make those decisions for themselves. Like what exactly is the difference between most a cleric/druid spell that is good for the shaman versus one that is not appropriate. I often advocate that GMs should be unafraid to make those determinations (and still do), but some guidelines never hurt.

You'd probably have disclaimer it was not valid for PFS (which require uniform rulings), but it would give some pointers for the folks at home.

Just a passing thought.

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DeciusNero wrote:
Sweet, now I can have friends on the Other Side!

You will like the animist I suspect. That archetype is doing some unusual things.

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Thank you!

Navior is one of my favorite reviewers too. He candid, fair, and never tries to be clever for the sake of cleverness.

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If you remember when I was this chubby owlish figure that did more talking than actual "WATCHING"..

Oh, wait.

damn

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Chris and Mike,

I have actually allowed a neutral aligned gnoll in my Mummy's Mask campaign.

(Personal tragedy caused her to become disillusioned with Lamashtu and convert to Pharasma... and her work with the poor and destitute as a skilled midwife has granted her tolerance and grudging acceptance by civilized locals)

Does this book have stuff for neutral gnolls?

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That's fine, Tangent101.

I sort of want back up a little, because I don't want to attribute everything to "Gms telegraphing the plot", because I actually don't think that sums everything up in a single neat package.

It just feels like a lot of the push back comes from GMs who are reading but not actually running the AP. I maintain it is not a novel.

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Jeven wrote:

It sounds like the AP is very reactive rather than proactive - the PCs are reacting to events at the start of each volume of the AP rather than having any overriding goal of their own. They are mercenary treasure-hunters who become accidental heroes.

I suppose that's in line with the Indiana Jones type adventure theme though.

Hmmmm.

I'm not sure about the other chapters, but that is not the feedback I am receiving about Chapter One. Unless I am misunderstanding some folks, GMs seem to think that Chapter One relies too much on Players/PCs being self-starters.

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(The following is not a reply to the quote)

Though that sparks an interesting though (to me). I wish we had a metric to just evaluate player/PC reaction without input from the GM.

Some of the comments make me wonder two things:
1.) How much the "Reader/GM" who ponders running the Campaign telegraphs the plot in advance to the players, and then draws a conclusion on either their reaction or their anticipated reaction.
2.) How much the "Reader/GM" feels they MUST telegraph the plot in advance in order to get the groups interest.

This is based on comments like, "Chapter One feels disconnected from the plot." I'm being completely serious when I suggest that the only plot that the players should concern themselves is the one described in the Players Guide. The rest of the worries seems like a "meta-concern" that Reader/GM is projecting on to the campaign without actually knowing one way or another how the players would react. Plus, if the Reader/Gm conveys that concern, either vocally or just in their attitude, how do they really know how well it works? If one determines in advance that the campaign is flawed and undermine it from the beginning, a disappointing outcome shouldn't be surprising. That's a self-fulfilling prophecy.

When Reign of Winter was coming out, I thought one of the coolest things would be to start the campaign (in Taldor) with ZERO advance knowledge. No thoughts of Baba Yaga, Dancing Huts, Cold Monsters, or Rasputin. Taking the story in, as it unfolds. Likewise, I think the Half-Dead City works best with the same premise, excepting of course what is in the Players Guide.

Simply put. Chapter One is a long set-up, but without a preconceived notion of the story or expectation, that set-up goes rather quickly. I'm running right now while telegraphing as little as I can. It's working quite well.

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captain yesterday wrote:
And knives too.
actually i meant the whole path:)

Well.. HA! I had self-confidence! (inside joke)

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Lincoln Hills wrote:
I appreciate the information and the viewpoint, Jim. I'm usually quite pleased with the flavor and the power level of what appears in APs; the "lonely boss monster" was worth noting because it seemed to me to be one of the few cases where there is a disconnect between the way the game plays and the way the adventures are written.

Absolutely.For the record, I think your comments are entirely accurate as well as helpful.

Obviously I can't actually speak for all writers. I like to think, however, that we are all continuing to adjust and refine as we learn. Plus for the health and frankly the variety—the developers are always adding to the author pool. They have to. It would be unwise to rely on the same 8 men and women, plus the adventures need different people in order to remain fresh. Each new author has a bit of a breaking in period and that is hard to avoid no matter how naturally talented they are.

Although! Our Developers do not change and they are always the vigilant watchdogs and vangards of quality and innovation.

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Lincoln,

A couple factors I'd like to throw out there for your consideration. Writers and developers need feedback. That also includes hearing what we could have done better. Unfortunately, sometimes the feedback we get is so hostile its difficult to read it. That's not an excuse for not continuing to improve. I'm pointing out that we get a lot of sarcasm. That doesn't help. That stuff gets tuned out.

Incidentally, your posts in this thread are helpful. I'm not even speaking about this specific thread or any post in it. There's no finger pointing happening in this thread, I'm speaking in general.

Another thing to consider, there is a significant delay on the feedback an author receives and what we can then do about it. I am not making this thread about me, but I am going to use me as an example:

By the time I got any feedback on The Shackled Hut, Demon's Heresy was turned over. It was gone. There is literally a six month delay in our ability to compensate from what was learned. So, by extension, The Half-Dead City is more of a reflection of Reign of Winter than it is Wrath of the Righteous.

I can tell you this.. Say I hypothetically wrote another AP chapter, there would be only one or two solo encounters in say 52 hypothetical pages, and neither of them would be the final encounter. But they would be well suited to an entire group.

Hypothetically this would be evidence that we're listening and acting on it. Nevertheless, there is a delay before the echo comes back.

Hope this helps!

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Major_Blackhart wrote:
Love the art of the book, especially for Urgo Axebiter. I love the fact that Paizo made him much more threatening than the standard imbecilic look of hill giants. He looks much more hardcore badass.

That's sort of how I design.

Sometimes when you come across the seed of an idea in the Inner Sea Guide, you can find yourself attacking the premise or finding a way to make it work. I much prefer the latter, because that is what makes a richer and more interesting world.

For instance, if the INSWG suggests the Pharaohs of the First Age could do impossible things with magic by today's standard, I think writers should back that statement up.

If Urgo Axebiter was said to unite 30 tribes of giants, I'm not going to just look at the hill giant stat block and raise one eyebrow..

(Well, I did, but that's NOT ALL I did!)

...Urgo is just going to have to be badass enough to make that not an idle boast. That's all there is to it.

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DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:
My review is up.

You totally made my day. So much so I had to quote you on Facebook. :)

Thank you so much, that meant a great deal. As always, thanks to Russ Taylor, James Jacobs, and our Developer Mark Moreland for helping to make this book such a success.

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Berselius wrote:
Does anyone else hope that we'll be seeing a module involving a diabolic cult opening a Hellmouth in Numeria thus enabling an invasion of cybernetic enhanced Devils (led by a particularly ambitious Pit Fiend with a rocket launcher for a arm)? ^_^

The Chapel of Rent Flesh is pretty darn close. :)

Feel free to suggest it as a module, after you read about it.

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Congratulations Mark!

I look forward to what you bring to the game!

EDIT: Psychic Magic and a Book of Unusual Environments- like underwater, aerial, and a rules based Manual of the Planes pleeeze. Use your powers while the honeymoon period lasts! All 72 hours of it.

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You're welcome, Peter. If I am not saying much.. I will argue a few points, but some I think part of my role is to just listen and consider. I'm aware of my own bias.

Also, I firmly believe you don't invite people to discuss something and then attack them for it.

CARRY ON!

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Laric,

I certainly did read your review. I have some friends, bless their hearts, who text me while I'm eating out or at the movies, to let me know who said what. I'm serious. I probably need to tell them to stop, but I'm a gentle soul that way.

Against my better judgment, I'll talk a bit about your comments. Not to argue with you, but perhaps to present another perspective.

INTRODUCTION: The introduction is actually quite short, as it stands. You suggest that we have no introduction and just start them at the tomb. I see that as a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" proposition. If some introduction is not present, I feel many GMs would be much more upset. As it stands, the introduction is easily expedited. You suggest this is a long drawn out scene when its two short read-aloud texts, which are incredibly easy to zip through or bypass. There is a generous amount of background information, but that is there to provide a contextual rationale and verisimilitude. I feel you're depicting me as standing over your shoulder rapping your knuckles with a ruler if you don't spend 20 minutes droning aloud. That's a bit unfair.

This is where I question "armchair reviews" because I have to wonder how it would actually play out if I got you at a table with some players in front of you. Whether that opening scene might not just be over with in a few minutes and then you would be on to proper play with the PCs fully engaged.

FIRST TWO DUNGEONS: That's somewhat unkind to the PFS freelancers and developers who work very hard to deliver some great adventures. That said, you sound like you're looking for the "crisis trigger". I respect what you've said. One thing to consider (very mild spoiler, probably won't wrreck the story, but I err on the side of caution):

Spoiler:
By delaying the crisis to chapter two, the follow-up author, Crystal, can utilize monsters and encounters that are out of the CR 1/2 range. The players have more interesting spells and special abilities, as do the creatures. Then the crisis transcends the back and forth "swing and miss, shoot 1 magic missile for the rest of the day" stage. I really think this point gets overlooked. This allowed us to make a more thrilling crisis.

WATER TRAP: I appreciate the point Laric, I really do, but that trap is killing PCs. I don't do a happy dance reading that, because that's not my goal. However actual play experience is pointing towards it being a meaningful challenge. Again, you might not see that from an abstract reading.

I DO take your other comments as constructive feedback. You have a lot of worthwhile observations and I really did read them when you first posted them a few weeks ago. Again, I'm sorry it disappointed you.

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I do appreciate the feedback about the first chapter, and I don't want anyone think that it falls on deaf ears.

I do wonder what the take-away is from this?

We can't expect players to be self-motivated? We can't tell the GM, "Players should make characters that are interested in exploration and the recovery of valuable treasures" and expect them to communicate that to the players and have them work with an established premise? Are some of you saying, "Yes, please, milk the guilt, responsibility, or fear angle, because otherwise its not really roleplaying."

That might sound sarcastic, but hear me out, if that is really the case—then its good to know. Be aware, your feedback can shape future design, so its good to be aware of the message you're communicating.

I find adventures to be fun to read, as does our Creative Director. That said, adventures are not the same as a novel, because the main characters are missing. Those are the players and their characters. Everything else is a stage for them to tell their own stories.

Now.. it is fair to say that the Half-Dead City might be challenging in that you (the GM) get a greater benefit from incorporating the gazetteer and developing stories for the individual players.

Now, if folks find the backdrop to their characters lacking, you have my regrets. Honestly and sincerely.

But please know that I have and continue to find some of the critiques to be somewhat puzzling. If this post offended, you have my regrets.

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mikeawmids wrote:
Tangent101 wrote:
I liked the first book actually. I thought it made sense. And it technically wasn't three dungeons - it was two dungeons and an abandoned house and cellar.
It doesnt really matter if you're in a tomb, a house or the wreckage of an alien spacecraft, if you're kicking open doors, killing monsters and taking their stuff, you're in a dungeon. :p

Mike, it really DOES matter if you disparage a piece of work but you neglect to mention that you're frustrated that it doesn't covert easily to a completely different rule system, especially one that is deliberately streamlined, has a radically different player economy/reward system, and is generally more narrative.

I really hesitate to write this, because of the school of thought that "all feedback is good feedback" and "the customer is always right".

Nevertheless, you have been extremely critical without being forthcoming that you actually think The Half-Dead City is a lousy Savage Worlds adventure. I have to admit, when I read that I was both relieved and disappointed that you weren't forthcoming about that to start with.

I do appreciate the frustration. I tried to convert Curse of the Crimson Throne to 4E with very mixed results. Yet, I didn't blame the product for it, or even Wizards for their RPG. It just didn't work out.

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Starglyte wrote:
Just a wild guess from teasers I read on another website, but would said support group be staffed by Kytons?
Magic 8 Ball wrote:
Signs point to yes

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The Friendly Lich wrote:

Can we have a tie-in adventure module about shutting down the Chapel of Rent Flesh?

Please?

I refer you to Mr. Owen K. Stephens. :)

I am so pleased to read this, I'm okay with one of my many fine colleagues writing it.

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Starglyte wrote:
Anything good on Chesed?

OMG!!!!!!

rubs hands together

There's absolutely nothing good about Chesed.

There is fun stuff though. Don't be mad at me though. It is the job of fans to spoil.

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Mikaze wrote:
edit-Bravo, whoever wrote the Chapel of Rent Flesh. That last line was especially chilling. D: Xaubunchror's artwork also just screams Dominion of the Black to me.

I wrote the background. My esteemed colleague, Mister Russ Taylor wrote the creatures and the mechanics. James Jacobs I believe provided sensitive material on Starfall, as it overlaps Iron Gods. (NOTE: I mean only that he was the best qualified to do so, as it was being developed, not that there is duplication of material).

I like to think Mr. Moreland played to our strengths. I don't consider it my book, but one the four of us share. Russ, Mark and James did an outstanding job.

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Mikaze wrote:
HOT DAMN

Ya see something ya like? ;)

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Adam Daigle wrote:

Since our last campaign ended in a TPK (total pirate kill), we started up Mummy's Mask, and our group chose the adventuring party name Shining Scarab.

We have a human witch, a human druid, a human ranger, an elf fighter, a human cleric, and a human oracle. Two members of the party worship Sarenrae (Shining) and all of the group are from Osirion and wish to see their culture preserved (Scarab).

Rubs hands together excitedly

What a handsome and interesting group!

I am excited to see how Professor McCreary, ahem.. entertains you with our plethora of dynamic challenges. Watch that first step.

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Devastation Bob wrote:
In the first dungeon, my pbp players aren't sure that piton is "safe" and want to try to tie the rope to the big rolly door. IMHO there's not enough room to do that, but wanted to run it by you guys here first in case I'm being too harsh. What do you think?

I am not sure what part of the rolling stone they would tie it to, but their suspicion is not completely unwarranted. Would you trust your life to some stranger who packed your parachute a hundred years ago?

But, from your perspective, tying a rope to a piton is a time honored tradition done by adventures since 1974 or something..? Let them bang in their very own piton to put their mind at ease. If they still don't trust that, offer a DC 5 Climb check as a modified special Knowledge check. If they succeed (which I am sure they will) you can then promise them that it will hold their weight safely.. and that they should worry about not failing that Climb check instead!

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Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
Ross Byers wrote:
(4714 must have seemed so far away in 4708. Time flies!)
It did, it really did...

Spring 4718 is only a day a-way!

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My guys actually tripped, grappled, and pinned.

I regret if I was terse. Balance is always something I watch keenly. From previous APs, I've come to a conclusion that if an encounter leans towards being difficult, than 50% of the people will be upset. If its too easy, the 100% of the people will be upset. ;D

Personally, I would just make fire 100% effective, but not 150% effective. That lends some credence to the hardness rules. However, you know your group best and you're the most qualified person to make that call.

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PartTime GM wrote:
Jim Groves wrote:
brad2411 wrote:
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My goodness!

It's almost by design! ;)

Both of you, Stop stealing my ideas! ;)

Jim, did you contribute to this particular part of the book?

Yes I did!

I contributed:

The Aucturn Engima. The Harbingers of Fate. The Book of 1,000 Whispers, The Way of Kirin, Aleh Almaktoum, and The Inward-Facing Circle

All the authors and their sections are listed in the preface.

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Another guess are the Technocratic Conventions from the Mage RPG. One Convention is even known as Iteration X (among the Syndicate, Void Engineers, the Progenitors, and the New World Order).

I really do not know for sure though, just a possible guess.

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The right decision was made.

The AP Bestiary should have culturally inspired monsters based on folklore. Egyptian mythology has some unusual creatures, but that was THEIR CULTURE.

Snakes and big cats were two creatures they feared mightily. What could be worse than having them combined?

If we lose sense of cultural authenticity, the game suffers. Hooray for Wes for asking questions and doing some research before he acted. Hooray for Adam for standing his ground.

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brad2411 wrote:
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My goodness!

It's almost by design! ;)

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nighttree wrote:

EXCELLENT !!!!

Do they give any more information on the Dominion ?

They do!

I leave it for fans to ferret that information out.

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Gorbacz wrote:
And yeah, I know, somebody could turn that table on me re: LGBT issues. But thankfully, this...

I hear ya, and I am not your father so I won't say any more after this..

I just think when you suggest that someone might be reacting because of their background or some other factor, you're implying that you know something personal about them. That can be a very charged statement to make in a conversation. It depicts the other party as very reactionary and not self-determined. That takes their personal power away and kinda predisposes them to a negative reaction.

I'm saying let's take them at face value.

Anyway, lecture mode off. I am thinking I might duck back out of this thread anyway. Cause the whole internet and my bosses are watching me right now. ;)

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Easy Gorb.

This started because Lord Snow made a dry remark about the cover in another thread. I asked L.S. if the cover offended him. So, if anybody is responsible for this thread, its me.

You see, I find it very easy to be passive aggressive and sarcastic. Rather than confronting L.S. in an unpleasant and confrontational manner, I just asked him straight out. "Do you find it offensive?"

Note: I did not mean to accuse of L.S. of being passive aggressive, but I wanted to raise the level of discourse.

But.. Lord Snow replied in a very clear, reasoned, and mature way. The cover did offend him. At that point, its no longer my place to judge him. I asked him to explain and he did, honestly and forthrightly.

Plus, he asked me a question. Which I started to answer but Customer Service pulled the plug on the thread. I replied in Private Message and we came to a point of mutual respect.

Tinkergoth wanted to facilitate the conversation but I found that I was satisfied. That's why I didn't really want to post any more.

I don't find this particular cover to be too much for my taste. However, having listened to Lord Snow, I don't think he's coming out of left field either.

I like you Gorbie, but I think the nationality bit was a cheap shot, but maybe we can just overlook it before the Powers That Be intervene.

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