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Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4. Goblin Squad Member. Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber. Pathfinder Society Member. 1,949 posts (5,581 including aliases). 8 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 2 Pathfinder Society characters. 15 aliases.


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Mizkitty wrote:
I'd love to find out just what information was extracted from this Frostfur captives we escorted...

I am having tea with the Foxglove sisters this afternoon, I shall endeavor to ask!

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John Compton wrote:
And for those of you who were guessing whether the Year of the Serpent would involve the Aspis Consortium or the serpentfolk, why can't it be both?

Union of the Snake!

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Some of my peers have said that Pathfinder Core Rules don't lend themselves to adventuring underwater very well. That while there are temporary fixes for short adventures and encounters, long term it is more of a hassle than fun. They're citing movement tied to a skill, slow movement in general, weapon penalties and added combat complexities, and so on.. plus other logistics (how do wizards prepare spells, blah blah).

1.) Do you find that to be true?

2.) If so, do you ever wish it wasn't?

Golarion has so many cool and terrifying mysteries under the waves, I wish we could explore them more. Not just to race to Aboleths, but to other stuff as well.

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I'm sold. I want to put these critters in adventures!

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If it troubles you much, by all means make her a male opera singer.

And bear in mind, she's not there to be won as a prize by male characters. Or female characters. She's in a committed relationship with an important NPC who cannot undertake the task herself—because too many other people would be endangered if she took a needless risk for personal reasons.

I appreciate the concern and it is noted. A writer has to make some choices sometimes and this was one of them. I'm not perfect, but I know I have great Editors like Judy Baur to help when I don't see my own biases.

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Luna eladrin wrote:


Afterwards they shot the fire rocket into the air as a signal for the revolution. Subsequently, Vladimir the fire sorcerer invited Bella to the roof and asked her to sing a revolutionary song, which she did. He used illusion spells to create a lovely light and sound spectacle, and Aleksej the bard accompanied her on his musical instrument. It was a memorable performance.

Oh, now that is awesome. You must be a fantastic GM blessed with the coolest players. Thanks for sharing!

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A few stray comments:

The Technology Guide does have some Golarion Campaign Setting material (Androffan tech) in it which will have to be changed or removed in accordance to the rules. Sections of the book are also posted as part of the Paizo PRD as Core Rules Content. That makes it a valuable resource and at least as baseline for comparison in making technological content.

So I think both perspectives have some merit but neither are exclusively correct.

We're going to have some technology. The parts of the Technology Guide that are open content are a resource for consistency. We have a responsibility to produce content that is mechanically balanced and consistent with the Core rules. That's why a baseline really is an important tool.

But.. as an author who has communed with both the publisher and developer, we're aiming for Sword and Planet. Not everyone knows what that means. I struggled with it myself. As "homework" I sat down and watched the film version of "John Carter." Without getting sidetracked about things like critic reviews and what fans of the novels felt about the adaptation, its a great visual two-hour primer on some of the themes and tech levels we're looking at. You'll see guns, energy weapons, flying ships but also a healthy dose of sword-fightin' that comes straight out of sword and sorcery style action.

(And I enjoyed the movie whether that matters or not)

Science Fantasy.

Hope this helps!

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Sir Croome? From Seeker of Secrets? He's no coward. I think he's British. Well, the Golarion equivalent, Taldane.

There are a lot of cameo's and special mentions throughout the scenario.

Seriously, if you read it again if he didn't duck behind the barricade, he'd take a crossbow bolt in the head. Then he runs off to fight an elephant by himself.

Aint that tuff enuff? Fabulous Thunderbirds? Bueller?

I thought that was pretty badass for a guy with a monocle. Elephants are CR 7.

That said, there's no harm in swapping him out. I'm not offended on Sir Laribold's behalf. There's just a lot of NPCs that have small roles or are just mentioned by name. This is to reflect how much of the Society is present for this special occasion. Its likely not all players will catch the references, but they're kind of like "legal Easter eggs."

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RuyanVe wrote:

Somehow befits your avatar .

Maybe we'll see an AP set in the distant past of Golarion where humanoids are battling the spreading of humans.

Ruyan.

Age of Serpents would be good for that. The height of the Azlanti war with the Serpentfolk.

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Shisumo wrote:
Has an author list been announced?

I don't think so. I know a couple though. Best I leave that to Jason or Neil.

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Thurston Hillman wrote:
Maybe I need to tape a video of me continually shoving gobstoppers into my mouth... OM NOM NOM!

::stares coldly::

See this?

Eccentric Genius Beloved By All wrote:
Satan sends booze overseas!

That contains no passive language. Just so you know.

::drops the mic::

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Robert Brookes wrote:
Canadian.

Satan sends booze overseas! I must go to Scotland and learn to craft expensive liquor! Woe is me, there is not enough days in this lifetime!

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Rob McCreary wrote:
Maybe it's an AP all about everlasting gobstoppers (they're everlasting because of fast healing, you know).

MISTER MCCREARY WHAT MUST I DO TO BE AN AUTHOR ON THIS AP!

I will send scotch, tee-shirts, European pastries, anything! I won't pay you for the privilege, but I will think long and hard about it (before I make a voodoo doll of you).

I will even work with Hillman if I must!

Spoiler:
Big Wonka Fan.

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Neil Spicer wrote:
But, I consider myself quite lucky to have the support of more than a few industry veterans in writing and publishing it. .

There are a lot of industry vets that are excited to be part of it too!

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Hope everybody has a good time! Please be sure to give the Legendary Games folks your feedback!

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By all means, the three I offered were either my PCs or those from my home games. Though Nigel is a bloke.

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Legendary Games's Road to Destiny was designed to integrate with the 500 mile caravan journey to Brinewall. In as much as it can, it foreshadows events in Chapter Two. We've had a couple rounds of edits and fixes,and it truly has some great maps.

5 stars from EZG too.

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Bless her heart, I zoomed right past credits page. Shame on me!

Mark, I'm not that vain as to stare at my own name. (And I was called Grover for my first twenty years of life, it took me 20 more to stop cringing at it.)

All due apologies! Three cheers for Linda Z-P! This doubly explains the awesome!

Serious you folks did a great job.

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Thanks for the kind words everybody. Except Hillman.

I think John Compton did an incredible job refining my work. Authors are supposed to be bold and confident, but I know there were some rough bits. Convention specials are their own special animals and this was my first. I think the Developer really deserves an extra round of applause here too.

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Marco Massoudi wrote:
Also i would expect that the Mindspin Mountains gazetteer in this volume has at least a rough map of the region to which can be referred to throughout the adventures.

Marco, I have the PDF of Chapter Three open that specific article and I'm staring right at a map like you're describing. I mean there is literally a rough, but fairly detailed map of of the Mindspin Mountains. I am counting 17 different cities, ruins, dungeons, and places of interest.

I am seeing a number of adventure sites on that map that appear in Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Belkzen, Hold of the Orc Hordes, including Kragnaroth the other fire giant kingdom. Which makes sense, because the Developer of the Belkzen Campaign book is also the author of the Mindspin Mountain article (Mark Moreland).

I'm not trying to be argumentative or disrespectful, but the AP Team (freelancers and Developers) have to husband our resources carefully. There are limits to what we can provide within our page count. Authors are limited on word count. Part of that is so we have room for maps and artwork. Everything has to be carefully balanced. We add extra words, we might lose some art or maps. Too many maps or art and we have to lose words.

So, getting back to Rob's earlier post, I believe we've provided the maps necessary to run the AP. The Map Folio does expand the details on the map and incorporate other products. Remember, if we rely too much on another campaign sourcebook, we run the risk of giving folks the impression they HAVE to buy another book—which simply isn't true.

I hope this helps.

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mardaddy wrote:
The PC's ultimately prevailed, killing all but Azaz, who is now a prisoner. They have finished exploration of the Erudite Eye and they have the scroll with the warning about the Mask, but failed to read the hieroglyphics, so have not realized yet that it IS a Mask and that it is missing and someone RECENTLY took it. I guess Azaz will connect those dots for them.

Good plan, sounds like it is going well.

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Well done!

That matches what I have.

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TriOmegaZero wrote:
John, what maps do I need to get together for this?

If John doesn't answer before Sunday morning I will Pm you.Bear in mind I have not seen the post development, but I can't imagine many locations changed.

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Sometimes Easter Eggs are accidental. Mark Moreland found a reference to Doctor Who in the Numeria Campaign Sourcebook that I did not intend. He really had to walk me through it because even when he told me about it, it didn't click.. but when I did see it, wow—it was pretty legitimate. I mean, I would have had a hard time convincing anybody else it was not deliberate. I was surprised.

(Because it was based on the documentary about the origins of the show on the BBC Network and not from an actual episode)

Don't bother to look for it, Mark removed it to be safe. All we could reckon was that I did watch the documentary (we're both fans of the show and Mark knows that) and maybe the names filtered into my subsconcious. I had heard the "no easter eggs" warning enough that I wouldn't do it on purpose.

I mean their fun to find, but most of my outlines say "DON'T PUT IN EASTER EGGS." As a professional its kinda hard to ignore that.

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Adam Daigle wrote:

It's truly beautiful.

(Your original was badass too!)

YAY!

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I am looking forward to seeing the frost giant village map. I drew the original.

Forgive me, this is a MICRO SPOILER, but the village is not on a flat plateau, so I drew it isomorphic style. Different height elevations are a terrain feature. I really hope it comes out well as I think it will be an exceptional and practical player aide for PCs to strategize and plan raids.

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F. Wesley Schneider wrote:

Hey Mark, remind me: If we ever do another Bestiary (don't know why we would, but if), lets look into doing PF-branded handkerchiefs at the same time.

So froth. Much foam.

::raised eyebrow followed by quiet applause::

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Topic change to product content!

DeciusNero wrote:
Deathknights, frost giants, and Uragotha!

Yes, yes, yes, all this and much much more!

Obviously I have to keep my mouth shut, but there is a wide range of enemy types besides traditional giants. I wasn't sure of the articles and who the authors were, so I am pleased to see the team of authors who join me!

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I noticed that too.

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Undead war machines!

Yay my cover is here!

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Garrett Guillotte wrote:
Interesting $5 price bump. Is the line getting more expensive? Or will this one have an extra sheet or two to handle all the supersized baddies?

It might be size as you suggest. I can tell you there are very few enemies in Chapter Four that are not at least Large.

(There are a few though)

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zergtitan wrote:
Jim Groves wrote:
I'm kinda hanging around waiting to see if the cover shows up soon.
Did she say she was doing that today or did she only hint at it? I hope she also updates the cover for Occult Adventures. :)

I'm sorry, I didn't see any hints. If she did hint, it was a coincidence to me posting. I haven't been on the boards much the last few months.

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They're creepy, I promise you that. Nifty backstory too, if that didn't change in development.

I'm kinda hanging around waiting to see if the cover shows up soon.

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Muser wrote:
It's kind of troubling that so many deaths reported in this thread are related to gm's adding to or changing the encounters. Be vewy vewy caweful with that!

True, true.

But GMing is a practiced skill. You get better by doing, so it is excellent when GMs and Players give each other some grace. Pathfinder is a complex game with a lot of moving parts. I think a retcon rather than a complete reroll is a great idea.

Plus, you get to have fun imagining a worst case situation!

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DeciusNero wrote:
Though I wouldn't mind some more paraelementals - specifically smoke elementals. Just sayin' :P

I can't speak to paraelementals, and definitely not smoke beings...

But I think an interesting elemental creature might be coming up in a future issue. :)

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Crystal Frasier wrote:
I think it's going to be a great AP, if I'm allowed to toot my own horn!

Toot away. Hey, who else will if we don't?

Hell's Rebels is going to be a great time folks.

And wonderful to see this thread. Carry on! <<salutes>>

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Feargus Urquhart was interviewed by PC Gamer about Pillars of Eternity.

Concerning the possibility of a tabletop RPG, he said:

Feargus Urqhart wrote:
So, that's the first thing we're really looking at, and also, absolutely on the tabletop roleplaying. We're not sure yet how we're going to do it, we were kind of going back and forth on, do we use the game's rules, do we use someone else's rules, do we come up with another set of rules? And it's something we're going to be talking [about] soon. But absolutely, we want to expand. New books, roleplaying, all that kind of stuff.

I take him at his word, but since Obsidian has partnered with Paizo before, has there been any discussion?

I just thought I would shake the bushes, see what flies out. Probably nothing, but you know? Watcher.

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Belated congratulations!

(I posted before, but it looks like it gotten devoured by the internet and I didn't notice till now)

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Thank you! (and for the confirmation e-mail, that's a nice touch)

:)

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Hi there Customer Service!

Please cancel my Adventure Card Game subscription with the completion of Skull and Shackles and before Wrath of the Righteous ships.

I really enjoy the game but I'm just not getting enough chance to play at this time.. and my two current games still hold a lot of content for me to play with for awhile.

Thank you!

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I don't want to suggest that Mike and I were any more than online acquaintances. I also don't want to make this post about me, but....

Mike played a critical role in the chain of events that led me to writing professionally. He's not the only professional who would influence me, but he was the first.

My condolences to his friends and family.

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Welcome Jason!

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Greg A. Vaughan wrote:
Efforting

googles efforting

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What an excellent choice. So happy to see this. :)

Looking forward to maybe working with you.

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Congrats Linda, looking forward to maybe working with you some day!

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So.......................

These llamas with hats...........

How exactly are they a metaphor for [REDACTED]?

And who is a Karl?

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Destruc-TOR wrote:
My players are about to enter the howlings but I am slightly confused about the map. I get that the covered alleyways are lower down than the bridges, and that the bridges connect the upper floors, but the map makes it appear as if the bridges go from rooftop to rooftop. Which doesn't make sense - how would you get into your house from the roof? So I must be missing something. Can anyone help me make sense of this? Thanks.

Ultimately the little bridges were not intended so that the occupants could enter their home. Rather they could call upon their neighbors, without having to go down to the street. This avoid contact with mirromen, white wolves, trolls and the like.

There is a lot of fear and suspicion in Whitethrone, but I always envision that the people in specific boroughs and neighborhoods stuck together as much as possible and supported one and another—when it is clear that the monarchy and other factions did not.

In a more practical sense, the bridges are supposed to connect between second story windows. Windows large enough you could stoop and step through them. The intention between author and cartographer gets lost sometimes.

Does this help?

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Looks great! Well done Adam!

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Berselius wrote:
Jim Groves wrote:
RuyanVe wrote:

Also, please don't make the graveknight a single-bad-guy encounter, prettyplease!?

Ruyan.

Done.

Your wish is granted. I say nothing more on pain of death. I think Rob will let me survive answering that question.

While we're on the subject of fan suggested changes, please consider giving the party a chance to ally with a Silver Dragon instead the Red Dragon.

Beyond my powers. Just for perspective, almost all of the products announced here on the site have had their manuscripts turned over by the time they're announced. There are exceptions, like Core books which receive public playtesting... but alas, most "ships have already sailed" by the time we're talking about on the forums.

In the case of the no solo boss, I didn't actually change the manuscript in response to the forum post. The valuable feedback you folks give us led us not to make a solo boss encounter, but that decision was made a long time ago. I was just having fun with the poster.

Please understand, feedback DOES help. But it usually helps for the NEXT AP. Its just the time sink of the production process.

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I may not have been truthful. :D

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