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The RPG line are the books with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game logo on their front covers, found here. They are considered evergreen products, which need to stay in print. Paizo also makes Campaign Setting and Player Companion lines, which have their own logos and are more tightly tied to Golarion. When a book on a particular topic is out of print, Paizo is more likely to release a new book on the subject than reprint an old one. Magnimar, City of Monuments is in the Campaign Setting line.

For the information you're looking for, have you looked at the downtime rules in Ultimate Campaign? They're not Magnimar-specific, but they give gp and labor costs for buildings and businesses. (Another perk of the RPG line is that their content is available free in the PRD.)


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Kobold Cleaver wrote:
I totally get that joke, but just for the sake of, uh, captain yesterday, maybe someone should clarify.
captainyesterday wrote:
yeah i dont get it unlike kc who does

Check DrDeth's profile, 5th line in particular.


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I once made a cleric of Gorum "fall" in my game because he plotted to murder an NPC in his bed instead of facing him in fair combat.


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Tacticslion wrote:

Using, "to hit bonus" instead of, "attack bonus" - I said I'm sorry!

I know, I know - it's just kind of part of the gaming culture, but it's so incredibly off-sounding.

Me, reading a conversation wrote:

Person A's post: "What is the 'to hit bonus' in that situation?"

Me reading, silently: It's "attack bonus" - literally in the rules, that's what it's called - just say, "attack bonus," that's all I'm asking, just say...

Person B's post: "Your 'to hit' would be a +12."

Me reading, silently: ... daggummit.

It not even shorter - 'to hit' is five letters and a space (six characters total), while 'attack' is six letters (still six characters total).

It flows awkwardly in English conversational structure.

It doesn't even make sense within it's own wording.

I love you all so dearly, but daggum, for some reason that is completely unfathomable this structure hangs on and thrives through conversation.

I mean, even saying, "bonus to hit <subject>" flows better, but it's so consistently, "'to hit' bonus" (or "'to hit' value") in so many conversations that it's just... it's weird.

You can tell who's a grognard by that. In the AD&D rules, it was literally called a "to hit" bonus, quotation marks included.* I mean, you're free not to like it, but if you really don't know where it came from, that's where. :)

*:
AD&D DM Guide wrote:

If you opt for a per level advancement in combat ability, simply use the table but give a +1 "to hit" bonus to fighters who attain the second level of experience shown in each group of 2 levels, i.e. 1-2, 3-4, etc.


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Adventure-a-Week has a quartet of adventures written for Beginner's Box rules, in which the PCs are students at a Hogwarts-like Adventurer's School. This is the first. It has four pregens, so you would have to come up with a new one for your fifth player and convert it to the full rules if you wanted to.

Hollow's Last Hope is a delight and one I always recommend for a one-off. It was written for 3.5 so would need conversion, but it was Paizo's first Free RPG Day module so it's a free download if you want to take a look at it and see if it serves your purposes.


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Are there rules about using Ride to mount an animal that doesn't want you to ride it? It seems odd that it's just a move action with no chance of failure, even in combat or when the horse belongs to an enemy force.

Are there rules about using Ride to mount/dismount a mount more than one size category larger than yourself? Or is it just impossible for, say, a halfling to get on a horse or a hippogriff?


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It's neither official nor a Paizo product, but this Pathfinder Name Generator generates surnames for Chelaxian, Keleshite, Taldan, Tien, Ulfen, and Varisian ethnicities.


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Hawkmoon269 wrote:
Customer service can do it for you if you contact them.

This is true, but you can do it yourself, too. If you go to your My Account page and scroll down to My Sidecart somewhere on the right side of the page, it should list your CotCT hardcover and there should be a button that says something like "Ship Right Away." (I no longer have anything in my sidecart, so I don't have the option and I can't remember exactly how it's worded.)

Click that, and it will generate an order with just your CotCT hardcover (and, I believe, anything else that's ready to go in your sidecart.) That's what I did.


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GreySector wrote:

I'm curious why some art assets are not available as forum avatars, specifically:

Giles Halmis (Skull & Shackles 3 of 6)
The Eel (Skull & Shackles 4 of 6)
Krant (Masks of the Living God)
Ifrit (Advanced Race Guide, Blood of the Elements)

When some other art assets from those same books are, for example:

Sylph (Advanced Race Guide, Blood of the Elements)
Tsadock Goldtooth (Skull & Shackles 3 of 4)
Vailea (Skull & Shackles 4 of 6)

Without knowing anything specific about these images, in the past, Chris has said this...

Chris Lambertz wrote:
Sometimes artwork doesn't lend itself to fitting our requirements for avatar images (image quality, composition, brightness, clarity).

... and this...

Chris Lambertz wrote:
the main reason why you may not see a piece of artwork from a product in our avatar list could be that it didn't scale favorably (loss of detail or awkward proportions).

... on the subject.


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I believe you can preorder until the street date, which is October 19th.


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Faelyn wrote:
Are there any plans for a Starfinder Society option as well?

Check the last bullet point under Gameplay:

Quote:
  • Starfinder organized play is something we're actively investigating, but not ready to announce anything about just yet.

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    Didn't there use to be a rule that you could cast a spell directly from a spellbook but it erased the page like casting it from a scroll? Or was that just a houserule my group used back in AD&D?


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    1. In your opinion as a horror fan, which is scarier when PCs arrive at a supposedly-inhabited outpost: finding everyone killed in gruesome ways, a la the Reaver episode of Firefly or the town in The Andromeda Strain; or finding the place mysteriously empty, like the Mary Celeste or Roanoke?

    2. Would the addition of haunts which give the party a glimpse of life just before whatever happened happened change your answer?


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    Quote:
    [Tiny creatures] must enter an opponent's square to attack in melee. This provokes an attack of opportunity from the opponent. You can attack into your own square if you need to, so you can attack such creatures normally.

    When Tiny or smaller creatures enter an opponent's square to attack, can that opponent provide soft cover to them from enemies in adjoining squares? Or, similar to facing, are the Tiny creatures presumed to be occupying all parts of the square for the purpose of attacking from different sides?

    Tiny creatures have a space of 2-1/2 ft, and four can fit in a single square. I presume, from the attacking rules, that a Tiny creature can also fit in a Small or Medium enemy's square, despite the fact that the enemy has a space of 5 feet. Can two Tiny creatures simultaneously attack a Small enemy and occupy the same square? Is there any limit on how many creatures of various sizes can share the same square, i.e., one Medium and one Tiny, one Small and two Tinys, etc.?


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    Spellcraft wrote:
    Identifying a spell as it is being cast requires no action, but you must be able to clearly see the spell as it is being cast, and this incurs the same penalties as a Perception skill check due to distance, poor conditions, and other factors.

    But PfRPG's Perception skill doesn't apply penalties to the skill check for those factors, like 3.5 did; rather, it grants bonuses to the DC the skill is rolled against.

    So, by RAW, there is no penalty to a Spellcraft check (or bonus to the Spellcraft DC) for distance, poor conditions, etc. Correct?


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    Spellcraft wrote:
    ....you must be able to clearly see the spell as it is being cast, and this incurs the same penalties as a Perception skill check due to distance, poor conditions, and other factors.

    Fireball has a range of 400 feet plus 40 feet per level. If you're 400 feet away, the enemy caster's Spellcraft DC to ID your spell goes up by 40 (at +1 per 10 feet). I rarely see GMs enforce the penalties for distance on a Spellcraft roll.*

    There's a bard feat that lets you conceal casting in a performance.

    Cunning Caster lets you make a Bluff check, but it would require some investment in Cha/Bluff. Secret Signs does the same thing but with Sleight of Hand and only works on somatic-only spells.

    Masked Intent gives you a +4 or +8 to the DC to identify your spells, but it takes two feats, an expensive ritual, and a bunch of weird backstory.

    *:
    Perhaps partly because the skills are written poorly: Spellcraft specifically calls out the penalties to the roll for distance, but Perception doesn't apply penalties to the Perception roll but adds bonuses to the DC you're rolling against. By RAW, there are no "penalties" to apply.


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    Ah, thanks. I was thinking I'd seen it discussed before but didn't realize it had been FAQed.


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    Skeld wrote:

    I'm too lazy and apathetic to find an old post to link.

    -Skeld

    Link


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    Xethik wrote:
    Ah, I can't believe I missed the subscription time on this. Oof, silly me.

    You can still start a subscription with book 1 of Strange Aeons up until Strange Aeons #2 ships in September.


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    All right, adding hold portal and magic missile to Min's spellbook.

    8 skill points added: Appraise, Intimidate, Knowledge (arcana), (dungeoneering), (local) x2, (nature), Spellcraft.

    Will save +1; BAB +1; hit points 4 (half plus 1) +2 Con +1 FCB = +7 hp for a total of 16.


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    Marco Massoudi wrote:

    Kingmaker had less than 1000 NONMINT copies of AP #33 left in 2014 and less than 25 of AP #36.

    All issues are out of print.

    If i were a betting man, i'd say we get a hardcover collection (with the improved kingdom and troop rules from Ultimate Campaign) by 2020. ;-)

    I think a new kingdom-building AP, maybe set in Arcadia, would be a better bet.

    Ooh, or a planet-building AP set on a remote moon for Starfinder!

    If it's the rules/format that are popular, they'd make more money with a new AP using the same rules/format than reprinting an old one.


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    Normally, I'm first to rain on anyone's parade about new hardcover compilations.

    But this would be fantastic. Maybe reworking to fill the level gap between Crown and Revenge and make sure Revenge and Carnival don't cover the same levels.

    I wouldn't say anyone should expect it, but I would totally buy it if they made it.


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    On your Downloads page, each product has a Date Last Downloaded and Date Last Updated column. Check and see if there's been an update since your latest download.

    (Paizo sends out an email as well when PDFs are updated, to let you know to download the latest version, but if your inbox is anything like mine, those are easy to miss.)


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    What is your opinion of The Thunder Below? I.e., does it suffer from its unusual genesis, or do you think it's as good an adveture as any despite being conceived backward, as it were?

    Where would you set it if you were going to run it in Golarion?


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    Quote:
    Orc Ferocity: Once per day, when a half-orc is brought below 0 hit points but not killed, he can fight on for one more round as if disabled. At the end of his next turn, unless brought to above 0 hit points, he immediately falls unconscious and begins dying.

    My half-orc fell to -3 and used Ferocity to fight on for one more round. But after taking the hit that dropped her below zero, she was hit two more times before her initiative came back up.

    Does taking additional damage before the end of her next turn affect orc ferocity, or does she still get one more action regardless once the ability is triggered? What if she takes enough damage to kill her before the end of her next turn? Clearly, if she's below negative Con, she'll die after her Ferocity turn, per the ability description, but can piling on damage after the ability is triggered prevent her from getting the benefit by killing her before her one-more-round action?


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    What does the word "Sczarni" mean in Varisian?


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    Does Absolom have a newspaper? How about any other major cities of Golarion?


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    If Lewis Carroll (Oxford mathematician and author of Alice in Wonderland) lived in Golarion, which country would he live in?


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    Meh, I typed Ansha instead of Alicia again. :P


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    No one's in the office at Paizo yet. Wait until the business day starts, and someone will flip the "availability" switch.


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    Crypt of the Everflame had some illusory monsters and had this to say:

    Quote:
    These [redacted] are illusory. Whenever they hit or are hit by one of the player character, they react appropriately, but give that PC a DC xx Will save to notices that these [redacted] are not real. Characters who are told that the [redacted] are not real receive a +4 bonus on the save. If the save is failed, the character believes the wounds caused by the attacking [redacted]. Once all of the characters have disbelieved or all of the [redacted] are slain, both the [redacted] and the wounds caused by them disappear.

    That was very early in PfRPG's life and might have been contradicted since then, but I always liked the mechanic.


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    Yeah, I don't play RPGs to be challenged, though I understand that lots of people do. (And, fwiw, I never go to Chipotle precisely because they don't have as many options as Freebirds.)


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    As taks says, it makes more character options possible, particularly if the player wants feats with ability score prereqs. For example, with a 15-point-buy it's hard for a fighter to get a 13 Int for Combat Expertise and the Improved line of combat maneuver feats and still have fighter-like melee damage (Str) and front-liner hit points (Con).


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    Sorry, guys. Had a busy Father's Day weekend with a lot of family stuff, and my son leaves for camp tomorrow so I spent today packing and making checklists. The bus leaves at lunchtime tomorrow, so I'll advance the gameplay thread tomorrow afternoon.

    I note the Professor referred to Elrisiel as Ansha in the Mummy's Mask thread. See? It's not just me. :)


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    I'm pretty sure UnArcaneElection means those are his house rules that he feels are more palatable with 20-point-buy than 15.

    UnArcaneElection wrote:
    20 point buy gives some headroom for some adjustments that I would want to make anyway:


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    James Jacobs

    Also here

    And here

    Although he prefers 20-point-buy to make the PCs more heroic


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    Clicking on the pregen link just took me back to the paizo.com home page.

    (Also, there's an 'e' missing from 'pregenerated.' And the fact that the file is 666 kb amuses me greatly!)


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    Iammars wrote:
    - It's easier to look back at posts that were relevant to the campaign

    This is why I have a different DMing alias for each of my games. If someone (including me!) wants to look back for a specific detail I've posted, they don't have to slog through random things I've posted around the boards or posts from other games; they can go to my DM alias's post list and get only posts from that game.


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    The two weeks you're gone seem to last a lot longer than the two weeks you're home. :P


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    Charles Scholz wrote:

    Lately, Disney is releasing DVD's and Blue Ray's as separate items instead of bundling them into one as other other companies are. Also, they are only putting extras in the Blue Ray box.

    Maybe just in Europe? Because I got this DVD/BluRay bundle today.

    EDIT: Also, Zootropolis? Did they actually redub all the dialogue to make that name change?

    But, yeah, I see what you mean: DVD, BluRay, or BluRay/3D bundle.


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    Eldrad wrote:
    Why did the now defunct PF Online change the rules?

    Because the OGL doesn't apply to video games, is my understanding. They can't make a video game based on the underlying 3.x d20 mechanic that belongs to WotC.


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    This is a fantastic new name generator for Pathfinder, including all the human ethnicities.


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    The plans were clearly on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard.' It's Golarion's own fault for not looking.


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    RuyanVe wrote:
    As a long-time subscriber to the AP line I can't think of any CR range/encounter type/background which I couldn't pull out of one AP or another; I consider tweeking things as part of my (GM) job.

    This is true (and something I do a lot, too). But for someone just getting into the hobby, without a shelf full of APs and modules, it's going to be a lot cheaper to buy one hardback than several dozen PDFs.

    And even though I have the shelf full of APs and modules, I'm not going to say no to one more book that might have just what I'm looking for ... not to mention the HeroLab data set to make quick stat tweaks.


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    CBDunkerson wrote:
    If Iomedae is still around, in the same role, then it seems likely that Aroden never returned/reclaimed his status as patron of Humanity.

    James Jacobs has been very emphatic that Aroden is dead, not missing. Not only dead, but already been judged and sent on by Pharasma past the possibility of resurrection. The mystery has never been where Aroden is but what killed him.

    That said, I expect (based on nothing but pure speculation) that it will be the elder and newer gods that survive in Starfinder: the ancient ones like Desna who have stood the test of time and the new ones like the ascended AI. I would expect that the handful of gods prominent in the Inner Sea in the Pathfinder era (Norgorber, Iomedae, Cayden, etc.) would have passed their relevancy date, and that the dwarven/halfling/elven gods would be largely absent along with their populations.


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    wraithstrike wrote:
    A few months ago James said he had some secret project he had been wanting to do for a long time aka years. I am sure this is what he was referring to.

    Nope.


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    The "Starfinder!" update is for backers only, but one of them posted the info here:

    From the Kickstarter:

    Robert Brookes wrote:

    You may have heard it already, but if not, Paizo announced their Starfinder space fantasy RPG that is compatible with Pathfinder! Both myself and Aethera co-creator Jacob Thomas were in attendance at Paizocon and I have had a wonderful series of conversations prior to the announcement with Stephen Radney-McFarland and Wes Schneider regarding Aethera and Starfinder! We are very early in talks but we are working together to ensure that Aethera is the best product representative of our original design intention, and that we leverage our expertise to help make Starfinder excellent as well. Paizo is committed to utilizing the best authors in the industry and nobody knows Pathfinder in space better than the Aethera team!

    There will be more exciting announcements to come in the future as we know and can share more. But now that we can publicly speak about this exciting new development there will be much more to discuss!

    Right now this doesn't change anything for the Kickstarter, however we will keep you all up to date as that changes. We're still editing and developing as we speak and hosting games at Origin and GenCon!
    More to come! Keep your eyes on the stars!

    Sounds like exactly what Starjammer is doing: positioning themselves to be Starfinder-compatible rather than Pathfinder-compatible, as advertised. As I said, I've read the Aethera Campaign Setting, and it doesn't sound like the same setting as Starfinder at all: a binary star system, a century-long war, a different list of core races, etc.

    EDIT: Aethera also ran an introductory adventure in its setting at PaizoCon and is running games in slots at GenCon. They delivered their first backer rewards in April and announced a new adventure at PaizoCon. They haven't shut down.


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    Yeah, what Tacticslion said. Plus, the available information about Aethera doesn't sound like the same setting Paizo is pitching with Starfinder.

    I'm sure that Aethera will now be Starfinder RPG-compatible rather than Pathfinder RPG-compatible, but they don't look like the same product. d20pfrd's Starjammer (formerly Starfinder) is in the same boat.


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    Which link? The "Aethera Campaign Setting" link or the "early discussions" link?


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    It's still a separate company, as far as I know. As are Starjammer and Legendary Planet, two other 3PP properties. Why do you think Aethera is owned by Paizo now? Why do you think Aethera is Starfinder?

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