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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. 1,883 posts (5,514 including aliases). 8 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 2 Pathfinder Society characters. 14 aliases.



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Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

Hi!

This has not shipped yet, and that's fine.

Is it possible to hold or suspend this until the 24th of this month, whereupon it is free to go?

I think the shipment has been delayed because of GenCon, and since it might be a week before it ships anyway, could I stretch that out until the 24th?

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

Hey there!

I am not confused, but I am posting to get a second opinion and to see if someone knows of a reference that I couldn't find with a search.

So here's the deal:

Druid is able to wildshape and take the universal monster Grab ability. This grants a +4 circumstance bonus to maintain a grapple.

The Core Rule Book says that when you maintain a grapple you get a +5 bonus. No type of bonus is mentioned.

So the wildshaped druid gets a +9 bonus to maintain a grapple?

(I'm aware of size restrictions, for simplicity let's assume the druid has the size to grapple his/her opponent)

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

Hi there Customer Service!

I have not received an email with a notification that my card will be charged in the near future for my subscriptions...

I realize that no subs have shipped yet, but always get the advance notification except for this time.. so I thought I would check to make sure everything is cool.

Thank you!

Jim

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

Hi there,

I have two questions.

1.) I'd like to add the Book Add-On to my pledge before I transfer it to Goblinworks. I know Ryan said time is running short to do this. I wondered if I could wait until after midnight today, and do it on the 24th? (Tomorrow). That's when my credit card statement rolls over and I won't have as massive of a bill.

2.) During the second Kickstarter there was an option to add a shield-mate. There were these unique game items you would receive in-game for every day that you were a backer to promote early pledging. Then basically you could designate another user, who would then also receive all the Daily Bonus items that you're eligible for. I promised another backer I would do this for them. I don't ever remember designating him and I am not sure how.. Or if that is a system that will be implemented at another time. Can I check on that?

Sorry if that second question is a little complex. It was hard for me to explain. :)

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

Hey Awesome Customer Service!

I was going to order a roll or two of gaming paper, but someone told me that a certain number of rolls came on a box. Such that if I ordered four rolls at one time that I would save myself some money on shipping?

Can you confirm? And if they have it slightly off, could you tell me what a smart option might be? ('Cause if I save a couple bucks on shipping that means another roll of paper maybe).

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

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I know we've had a goodbye thread, but it just doesn't seem right not to say something on his last day. You know, like those awesome action/suspense movies where the detective catches the bad guy, or the bomb is diffused and the city is saved?

Then everybody rises to their feet and gives one final round of applause as he leaves the scene?

Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Sean K. Reynolds.

Applauds on Sean's way out.

PS: I respectfully ask for those who don't share the feeling to refrain from posting in this thread. Just this one time, please and with gratitude in advance?.

Lantern Lodge **

Can't wait for Destiny of Sands #2, we ran #1 on Friday, and my group not only surprised me with an erotic new use for the climb skill, but in correctly identifying the Geod as Golorion's answer to twitter, as they announced that once they find the thing they are looking for they will report back with "#FoundThem" to their benefactor.

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

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Hey PFS Folks!

I am not posting this to make mischief, and my regrets if this is common knowledge. I checked a couple pages worth of threads and didn't see a subject line that had 'Ennie' in it. So if this is yesterday's news, please disregard with my regrets.

THAT SAID...

This was something interesting brought to my attention. I didn't know about it and I wondered if the headline got buried.

Seems that the Ennies have created two new catagories for Organized Play. One for Publishers and one for Volunteers.

Here's the ink: HERE

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

Ms. Robot Chris,

A kind patron has left us a thoughtful review of Demon's Heresy (for which I am grateful). They do report some trouble with the interactive map with the hexes. The review with the comment is HERE .

I know your own schedule is very busy, but when the opportunity permits could you take a look for them?

Thank you!

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

Awesome!!!!

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Does any one have an opinion on this game, available on Steam?

It looks intriguing, but the Steam Forums are chock full of trolls and I want to solicit opinions from this community.

I seldom multiplayer, so that wouldn't be an issue for me. How is the game otherwise?

Thanks in advance!

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

First,

If such a product already exists, please forgive me, and if you would be so kind point to where it is!

This is going to sound odd, but sometimes I wish a had a good map for another plane of existence. If I was envisioning a custom made flip-mat and I didn't have to worry about it being too crazy or frivolous..

I would want one side to represent a scene that I could use to depict Golarion's Boneyard. I realize GameMastery products tend to be generic for usability to GMs who don't use Golarion, so perhaps some otherworldly landscape where the throne of some unspecified deity is depicted.

On the other side, perhaps something like the ethereal plane or Limbo where islands of matter float.. like on the cover of Bestiary 2. This could be a handy all purpose map.

Why would I want a map that featured a deity's throne / or the Boneyard? Because in my game when players die, they got to the Boneyard and await judgment. When they are the subject of a raise dead spell or resurrection they are pulled from there back across the River of Souls. Sometimes I run entire short encounters there with psychopomps and other outsiders. Sometimes entire adventures spring from what happens in the Boneyard.

This may be too exotic or extravagant for a flip-mat, but there is no harm in spitballing ideas. :)

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

I added this subscription when I saw GenCon go nuts. I guess I was hesitating and decided to up on board.

Is it too late to get all the special Convention cards?

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

This Monday, July subscriptions should be shipping. That means Mike Shel's The Dragon's Demand the first of the new Pathfinder Supermodule format will be in our downloads next week. Some lucky fools will have it Monday possibly.

We know The Dragon's Demand will have HARD COLD FACTS about the Dominion of the Black.

How do we know this? I'll tell you how we know!

From James Jacobs's lips to your ears!

It don't get more cold-hard-facty than that.

Who or what mysterious agencies are behind the Dominion? Tell us what you know!

Take a guess. Be specific. Put it behind spoiler tags just in case. Its okay if you agree with somebody else, you'll share in the glory and the bragging rights. NO INSIDER KNOWLEDGE! Take your guess before it starts to ship.

Here's mine:

Spoiler:
Neh-Thalggu! Brain Collecting Crabs From Outer Space!

What's your guess?

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

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From the Paizo Preview Banquet:

We know the overall title of the AP is "The Mummy's Mask".

The country is clearly Osirion.

Strange hints about Stargate style flying pyramids have been mentioned by attendees of the banquet.

Authors currently undisclosed.

DISCUSS!

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

Paizo Banquet wrote:

300-hundred page hardcover details the chief gods and goddess of Golarion.

New prestige classes, subdomains, and spells empower characters to be the champions of their deities.

Dozens of new traits, feats, and more unlock the power of the gods for every character class."

March 2014

This is not speculation but confirmed fact, from the PaizoCon Banquet. The text is what appeared on the projectors, courtesy of some fine folks who took pictures and posted to Twitter and Facebook.

Note: Yes, this is a hardcover, but it is also for the Campaign Setting. We haven't seen campaign material in a hardcover for a while.

This is the proper sub-board for this, so please discuss!

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

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Hello Jade Regent Fans!

And a special hello to those that may have wanted to love it but found it might have missed a few notes.

My name is Jim Groves and I have written over 13 different Paizo products in various different product lines. In my adventures I brought you crazy goblins, Asian horror, a hostage crisis, and giant vegetable monsters marauding your local supermarket! Murder and mayhem under the Big Top!

And most recently in The Shackled Hut I brought you a series of critically acclaimed set piece encounters with a dark fairy-tale theme.

Well today I am please to announce that my collaboration with Legendary Games is available for sale at their website, and will be available here at Paizo and Drive-Thru very shortly.

It is called Road to Destiny and it chronicles a series of set piece encounters (not at all unlike The Shackled Hut) which take place in the 540 mile journey from the PCs hometown to the next site of your Far East Adventure Path.

When I say they're "set pieces" I mean that most of these encounters tell their own story. They're detailed and very open-ended with multiple ways that the PCs can resolve them. Many provide hooks for future encounters and plotlines. Every encounter that has a chance of combat comes with an attractive color map (which the GM can use for similar encounters in other campaigns). The encounters have an overall story-arc that fits right in with your Far East Adventure Path, or you can break it out and use it as part of a homebrew game. All you have to do is file off some of the story elements!

And it works with the concepts of traveling by caravan, not against it. The PCs have places to trade and a reason to use their caravan at low levels.

I'm very proud of this adventure. I played Jade Regent myself, and my GM had to come up with encounters for those 540 miles and this is inspired by his struggle. I hope it makes your campaign more fun and robust!

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

Even freelancers sometimes have questions!

Can you dismiss a spell cast from a wand? (Assume the spell is dismissible (D) in the first place)

EDIT: I suppose this could apply to staves as well.

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

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Inspired by James Jacobs (though this is something I sincerely would be cool, so I am not just doing lip service).

I'd like to see a book that adds feats, maneuvers, tricks, and rule mechanic support to existing monsters.

Monster Prestige Classes!

Monster Archetypes!

This could include new templates, advanced templates, and so on, but the book wouldn't need to exclusively templates.

Another idea is some discussion to adding classes to monsters (good and bad design), and maybe a clear guide to advancing or lowering a monster's HD. There is such an article now, but one that walks through the process with an example.

And overall.. just a MONSTER mechanics rule book!

Others are free to expand on this idea.

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

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Whoo hoo!

One million!

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

I was going to wish Don Walker congratulations on his 5 Star in PFS in this thread:

Here

But it appears locked...
Or I am banned from it.

Congratulations Don!

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

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Best Store Tagline Evah!

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As you may or may not know, Wildfire, the small company that develops Cthulthtech, has had no end of trouble with companies who print and distribute their books.

Yet they endure.

They're seeking to re-energize their fan base, do some easy word of mouth marketing, get some Kickerstarters going, and basically scream at the world they've not given up.

One thing they're doing towards that end is giving away the finished PDF of their latest hardback for free! Burning Hoizon.

At first it looked like this was a gift to their loyal messageboard posters and forumites, but I just found a poster by one of their head developers saying it was okay to spread the word to other forums.

It does appear that you need to register on their forums to see the post where they provide a link to DriveThruRPG, GOOD FOR THE END OF OCTOBER. It's been going for like two weeks and I don't think word has gotten out much.

I will post a link to the announcement which you do not need to be registered to read.

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

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I've been finding that when I do freelance design work, the Paizo PRD has been an amazing tool.

I have an office, but your typical Office Depot computer desk, and usually I'm surrounded by little tv trays piled high with hardbacks and softcover campaign setting books. And I knock stuff over. Or my poor cocker spaniel wants to go outside and I'm just barricaded by books and moving stuff out of the way get out of my chair. I accidentally knocked the B3 on his head, poor guy!

Lately I've just been bringing up the PRD, opening multiple tabs, and referencing information (OGL Rule information) quickly and easily without knocking down a ton of books all over the place. I can review how to build a haunt, create an item, or just check whether a monster is suitable for an encounter in just a few seconds.

It's really been a big help, and I bet you hear it from the fans, but I wanted to add my thanks as a freelancer too. :D

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

Jonathan Choy did some awesome 3D maps for the Golden Serpent at GenCon. He shared a photo album with the PFS Online Collective and the pictures are wicked cool.

I finally asked his blessing to post a link to this community and he consented. He may comment on them soon, but I was too excited to wait any longer.

It's always gratifying to see cool stuff like this.

Golden Serpent in 3D!

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

Hi Guys,

Sorry I didn't jump on this last week, it slipped past my attention.. but this order I picked up at PaizoCon, and it looks like its about to ship again. Could you take a look?

If it did go, I don't mind just sending it back. I won't even open it.

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On an unrelated note, but another Customer Service question—when I was at PaizoCon I cancelled my regular order of the Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition and replaced it with the Mega Ultra Cool Deluxe Version That Is Bigger Than Bulmahn's Head Edition.

The nice guys at the Con suggested just following up to make sure the switch had been made correctly. IS everything cool?

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I also wanted to thank Cosmo and Jeff Avalarez for being cool about the mix-up with my wife's banquet ticket (which was actually purchased, for those of you snooping in the audience). She just came to the Con to hang out and relax, and she came away with a very positive of Paizo as a Company, as well as their fans being really cool and fun people. It made for a nice time. Thanks!

Goblin Squad Member

As absolutely pointless and likely un-provable as this is, I claim the throne of $175,000! I upped my pledge of $50 to $100 right when it was at $174,960!

I have been hitting refresh for ten to twenty minutes just for that absurd bit of narcissistic 'whatever makes you happy' bit of joy.

YAY ME!

:D

Yay Pathfinder Online and Super-Sized Thornkeep!

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

Hey gang,

After Hinojai (and starting with the Golden Serpent which comes out at PaizoCon 2012) I have been trying to up my game, writing wise.

The feedback threads have been great for me in terms of understanding what makes a better faction mission, what people enjoy as treasure, the need for there not to be too many thug encounters, and all kinds of good ideas.

I *think* I have a good handle on story ideas and I always throw some roleplaying in the mix no matter what... But...

Now I'm curious about good and fun encounters. Cool fights, or even interesting non-combat encounters that weren't necessarily roleplaying encounters either.

Yes, I could look at the reviews, and actually these days I read the reviews constantly (even the ones that aren't mine). But with 3 and soon to be 4 seasons the forum search engine is just not real fast and easy to pull out narrow data.

So.. Tell me the names of those scenarios that really stand out as having cool encounters, or even one outstanding one that you always remember to this day. Can be combat or non-combat. Then I'll look at them and not copy them, BUT BE INSPIRED BY THEM!

Feel free to tell me why you chose them, but I say "quick and dirty" because you don't have to do an in depth analysis if you don't want. Just the basic facts.

(Can you show me where it hurts? - Sorry Roger Waters, song quotes just come to me natural!)

If you think someone is crazy and wrong, respectfully disagree, but lets not fight those out here. Just state your disagreement, quick and dirty on why, and then hash out the fine details in some other thread dedicated to that scenario.

WHEW! Long post.

TLDR: Tell me what scenarios had cool encounters. Don't derail the thread!

Thanks!

Jim

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

I did some investigation into this product over at the Margaret Weiss Productions website, and I came across something useful that Paizo might want to include in the product description. Or ask MWP if they would like to update the description (whatever the appropriate protocol is).

The Premium products, specifically Civil War-Premium, include the Basic Game with the sourcebook. Its like a bundle. You get the core rules with the event sourcebook for a complete campaign game package.

Just to be redundantly clear: The Civil War Premium product contains Civil War Essentials AND the Basic Game. So there is product overlap.

To add to the confusion, later Civil War Sourcebooks like the Civil War: X-Men and Civil War: 50 State Initiative will be different from the Essentials and Premium packages. And in that case there is no product overlap.

I thought it might be worth confirming this officially, so it can be included in the product description so that people don't get confused later on, and upset if they accidentally make a redundant purchase.

My source of information for this is the MWP website (though I saw it mentioned on other websites as well). Since they're another online vendor I didn't want to link to it out of courtesy.

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

Hi Folks,

I've been reading threads like "You Used To Play PFS, But Now..." and it's got me wondering something.

What can we do to help?

And I don't want to disparage that discussion, I think it's fine. Enlightening even. Nevertheless, it (if just by the way the discussion is framed) emphasizes the negative with a side order of mourning. That's why I decided to start a brand new thread.

I'm also NOT posting in any official capacity, other than a concerned member of the community- just like all of you.

So I'd like invite people to post what they would like to have in their PFS experience going forward.

Here's some suggestions:

1.) If you have a list, jot them down in order of importance. The first being most important to you.

2.) Say it in a brief opening statement or phrase (like "Faction Missions That Matter". Then, if you want to explain it in depth, go right ahead! But that brief summary phrase will help you focus your point, and really drive it home to the rest of us.

3.) Keep it positive. We got lots of threads saying what is wrong. Take it as a challenge and say what you want, not what you don't have. Try to avoid making it personal. We all care, but we're different people with different styles and different ways of communicating. Please give it a shot; we're all smart enough to flip the question around into something negative like, "I want other people to stop being stupid", but that's not positive. There's always a way to express what you want without going hostile. For example: 'I'd like more guidelines on table etiquette, or character creation.'

SO....... We all know what's wrong, let's move past that. What would you like to see in the future? Or-

How can we help?
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Who the heck am I, and why do I care?

Spoiler:
I'm an author, but I'm not writing as one. I also have no official rank in anything. But I enjoy writing PFS Scenarios, and I'm considering starting to GM in Season 4. This is not meant to be self-promotional, I just want to help. I think we can spend a lot of time dwelling on what's wrong, but sooner or later we need to look at the solutions. So let's talk about what would make each of us excited and interested in PFS again!

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

This is great advice. I stumbled on #1, once upon a time. This stuff really happens.

Follow these guidelines and I promise your chances of winning will increase dramatically.

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

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Hey folks!

I love putting clues together. Once upon a time I guessed the plot of Second Darkness before it was officially announced, just based on some of James Jacobs Paizo Chat comments.

I'm starting to see bits and pieces of the Big Picture. So let's try to put some puzzle pieces together! If you have any doubts whether we could put a cool Distant Worlds AP together, this may change your mind!

The spoiler will not ruin any published adventure, but it does reveal some of the fiction from Legacy of Fire. Out of consideration I am putting it behind a spoiler tag, but it won't wreck ruin any actual adventures.

Spoiler:
I was just re-reading some of Elaine Cunningham's Channa-ti fiction from Legacy of Fire. There is a neat Distant World's tie-in. AP#19, page 75.

Elaine Cunningham wrote:

Janu sent me a mocking smile and pointed to the evening sky, where the planet Aucturn shone bright on the horizon and the rising moon, thanks to the dust raised by violent khamsin storms, was the color of a bloody coin.

"The khamsin," said the imp, echoing my thoughts with eerie precision. "Know this, water witch; Air and dust elementals are not the only creatures who feel the power of Aucturn's alignment. You will learn this."

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So I googled, Khamsin.

Interesting. Dust and wind elementals being affected by the alignment of Aucturn in the solar system.

I was waiting for my paper copy of Distant Worlds. I think I am going to download my PDF and take a look at Aucturn.

::imagine time passes::

Okay, that's fascinating. A living planet that bleeds black goo. Where have I heard of that before? The Darklands? Could Aucturn have a tidal pull on the black blood deep in the Darklands? Or a tidal effect on something else? If Aucturn pulls at the oceans, what does that mean for everybody's favorite boogeymen- the aboleth?

Before you think I'm too crazy, the passage above was written by Elaine Cunningham. Who did Elaine work for? The Fiction Editor. Who is the Fiction Editor? James Sutter. Things to make you go hmmmmmmmm.

Okay, walking back through this from the other direction. The imp in question was a gift to a Vudrani merchant from a questionable man. The imp was spying on his 'master' concerning a whaleskin map to a lost city called Xanchara, just off the coast of Osirion, which is the last known location of an artifact called the Reliquary of the Drowned God.

So we have Aucturn as a 'Dark Tapestry' planet, and now we have a lost sunken city with a Reliquary of a Drowned God. Very Lovecraftian, even if we know that Cthulhu is on Earth. BWHAHAHAHA. This is so much fun!!! I love playing detective!!!!

Of course, now I run to check the contents of the upcoming campaign setting book Lost Kingdoms (featuring Adam Daigle, Wolfgang Baur, and Jeff Erwin!) Unfortunately, Xanchara is not listed as one of the lost kingdoms, though not all of them have been announced yet. And actually to mitigate expectations, I'm not sure I would expect it to be a topic because it is a sunken city. That requires some special topic handling, and I'm not sure they'd have the word count to do it justice. You never know though!

Now tie in the fact that the map comes from a mermaid. Merfolk in Golarion are not your Disney variety. They're bad crazy. Then tie into that Erik and James' famous statement that you won't start to see any hints of Golarion's metaplot with the aboleth move until the merfolk start to become active. Which has not happened.. yet. But aboleth definitely give me a creepy Dark Tapestry kinda vibe. Especially if Aucturn is effecting Golarion in some weather/magical/metaphysical way.

None of it makes sense yet, but seeing some synergy. We have details on Aucturn, and separate puzzle pieces are finally coming together. I need to re-read Elaine's Dark Tapestry story completely. There may be more clues!

Note: none of this, not one bit, comes from any freelancer relationship I have with Paizo. I freelance for them, but I'm a padawan learner, not part of the Inner Circle. This is 100% speculation on my part based upon old fashioned poking through source books like any other fan or customer.

What do you think? ARE YOU EXCITED NOW?

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