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Deadmanwalking wrote:
And if you're talking allied...mentioning the rulers of Cheliax, Irrisen, or Korvosa doesn't make a lot of sense. Those aren't allies for most PC groups in the conventional sense of the term.

True. It was kind of two points mashed together. :)

1) Most of the quest-giving NPCs my PCs have personally encountered in the APs I've played have been female; and

2) Most of the most "famous" (out of game) leaders of Golarion are female. I mean, everyone knows who's queen of Korvosa and Cheliax because they've been highlighted as important to the setting. I know Osirion has a Ruby Prince, but I haven't been aware of any opportunity for a party to meet him. (This may change with Mummy's Mask; I couldn't have told you who the queen of Mendev was before Wrath of the Righteous.)

EDIT: I have not played Kingmaker but have heard that it's more male-NPC-heavy.


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Joana wrote:
the average party of PCs is going to meet many more allied females in positions of importance than males.

Bolded for emphasis. Yeah, you fight a lot of bad men, but it feels like most of the good guys that actually personally meet the party and send them out on quests are female.

Maybe it's just the APs I've played or the fact that the game hasn't gotten past book 1 in most of them, but I've taken orders from Kendra Deverin, Cressida Kroft, Almah, Janiven, Ameiko, and Ionnia. I think the only male who's tried to order my PC around was Mr. Plugg.


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DM Beckett wrote:
Im ferferring to more the setting having mostly women in desirable positions of power (not so much 50/50).

I think DM Beckett's point of view might be coming from reading/playing the APs and modules more than diving into the campaign setting material. As has been proved in the Male Romance Options thread and as James Jacobs has affirmed is intentional, the average party of PCs is going to meet many more allied females in positions of importance than males. That makes Golarion seem a more female-dominated setting than the 50-50 mix that goes on in the background, where the PCs aren't actively adventuring.

For example, the mayors of Sandpoint and Heldren are women. Cheliax, Irissen, Korvosa, and Mendev all have queens; Minkai has an empress. Even the one Venture Captain who has featured prominently in an AP was female. While I'm sure there are equal numbers of kings and other male leaders in the setting, they haven't played as central a role to the APs as the female leaders have, by design. I mean, yeah, the Land of the Linnorm Kings and there's only one woman there, but I don't believe there has been an AP or module where the PCs have gotten up close and personal with any of them.


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Have you tried putting a random AP volume in your cart and seeing what your shipping options are? They're all the same size/weight so Iron Gods #1 should ship for the same cost as, say, Wrath of the Righteous #5.

My last AP volume shipped to Texas for $6.09 in February, standard postal delivery.


Okay, I don't know if the backstory for this AP is really that convoluted or if I'm just getting confused because it's been so long since we've gotten the information. Is Tazion supposed to have been a snake-person city? And were they on the Ydersius-worshipping side of the conflict or the Zura-worshipping side? Were the Zura worshippers snake people at all?


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This is too, too funny! :D

R2-D2's soliloquy wrote:

This golden droid has been a friend, 'tis true,

And yet I wish to still his prating tongue!
An imp, he calleth me? I'll be reveng'd,
And merry pranks aplenty I shall play
Upon this pompous droid C-3PO!
Yet not in language shall these pranks be done:
Around both humans and the droids I must
Be seen to make such errant beeps and squeaks
That they shall think me simple. Truly, though,
Although with sounds oblique I speak to them,
I clearly see how I shall play my part,
And how a vast rebellion shall succeed
By wit and wisdom of a simple droid.
[Exit R2-D2 into escape pod.


This is too, too funny! :D

R2-D2's soliloquy wrote:

This golden droid has been a friend, 'tis true,

And yet I wish to still his prating tongue!
An imp, he calleth me? I'll be reveng'd,
And merry pranks aplenty I shall play
Upon this pompous droid C-3PO!
Yet not in language shall these pranks be done:
Around both humans and the droids I must
Be seen to make such errant beeps and squeaks
That they shall think me simple. Truly, though,
Although with sounds oblique I speak to them,
I clearly see how I shall play my part,
And how a vast rebellion shall succeed
By wit and wisdom of a simple droid.
[Exit R2-D2 into escape pod.


How on earth does something made of water take squeezing penalties? I guess it's less nonsensical than air having to squeeze to get through a particularly narrow passageway ... but not by much. :P


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Umpteenth verse, same as the first. :P


I spent Easter morning in the ER. :P Underlying issue was dealt with; now I'm just waiting on my blood count to come back up so I'm not so exhausted.


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There are a couple of instances where the elves reward the party with magic gear of their choosing. Did you take advantage of those?

When I ran the campaign, we only made it to the beginning of book 5 when one of the players moved away and we went on indefinite hiatus, but at that point we were right on track with WBL.

Edit to confirm we had a four-man party. But since the elves' rewards are per PC, the number of players wouldn't matter in those instances.


Guys, I'm really ill today with anemia. Will try to update later if I find the energy.


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Sleight of Hand 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (18) + 7 = 25
Perception: Braddon 1d20 + 8 + 2 ⇒ (8) + 8 + 2 = 18
Gristav 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (11) + 1 = 12
Snake 1d20 + 8 + 2 ⇒ (9) + 8 + 2 = 19
Badeye 1d20 - 1 ⇒ (13) - 1 = 12
Sense Motive 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (1) + 8 = 9


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Same guy back again.


No, just the four of you went.


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Odraude wrote:
Just add some Dudes in Dismay next time.

To be fair ... he did have a dude in dismay instead of a damsel in distress. And Paizo changed it for some reason.


...which is pretty much what Tebati told Kamishah about Ansha's motivations. ;P


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I firmly believe there aren't enough sexy enslaved male NPCs eager to show their gratitude to their rescuers in Paizo products. ;)

Avoiding the damsel-in-distress trope is usually something Paizo does very well, so it's bemusing to me that they intentionally put a hot chick in the helpless role in this instance.


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@Matt Goodall: Wow, that spoiler is incredibly disheartening to read. It means that Paizo has purposefully changed a male NPC into a sexy enslaved female in need of rescue, in at least this one instance.


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Perception 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (6) + 10 = 161d20 + 9 ⇒ (13) + 9 = 221d20 + 10 ⇒ (6) + 10 = 16


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PRD>Magic>Spell Descriptions>School (Subschool)>Illusion wrote:

Saving Throws and Illusions (Disbelief): Creatures encountering an illusion usually do not receive saving throws to recognize it as illusory until they study it carefully or interact with it in some fashion.

A successful saving throw against an illusion reveals it to be false, but a figment or phantasm remains as a translucent outline.

A failed saving throw indicates that a character fails to notice something is amiss. A character faced with proof that an illusion isn't real needs no saving throw. If any viewer successfully disbelieves an illusion and communicates this fact to others, each such viewer gains a saving throw with a +4 bonus.


Not to contradict everyone for heading to the Scarnettis, but I'd totally forgotten about the other dead bodies until the DM posted the reminder. :)


Mummy's Mask:
He rubbed me the wrong way pretty much first thing, that's for sure. But the real issue isn't his character but mine. That whole "I will put you through a series of tests" thing just reminded me why I never play fighters. If they're any good at fighting, they're utterly irrelevant any time the game's not in combat rounds. I mean, skill monkeys and casters still get to contribute when the party's in combat, albeit at a less effective level than the pure combat build, but in tests of "wits and skill at spells," the fighter's dead weight; she's just standing around waiting for the next thing she can bludgeon into oblivion. In a PbP game, that's a lot of not participating.

That's where her talking back to the echoing soul or whatever it was came from. In character, Pherenike wouldn't have said a thing; she would have left it to Aristedes to react and then taken her cue from him. But that's SO BORING. I'm just not sure I can get enthused for level after level of doing nothing but rolling dice.

And I should be saying all this in the Mummy's Mask discussion thread, but then JaceDK will come in and give me some helpful advice about how much fun it is, when you have nothing to contribute, to makes posts like "Pherenike looks to the more intelligent members of the party to tell her what to smash" or "Pherenike waits patiently for everyone else to solve the riddle," and I'll want to stab him with a pencil. :P

Nuveril was certifiable and had no issue with saying whatever was on her mind, no matter whom it might offend, so that made her fun to play; even when she had no relevant knowledge or skills, she always felt like her opinion was relevant and deserved to be spoken. Playing Pherenike just makes me realize how much I miss Nuveril.


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You might ask in the Savage Tide subforum and see if anyone's done a conversion of that particular monster.

When I've had to convert a poison without a Pathfinder equivalent, I've looked on the poison table for one with the same DC and used that as a guideline for frequency and effect.


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So I've noticed some Paizo staff with shiny new avatars the last couple of days. Does this mean that, once they've picked out the best stuff for themselves, they'll release the leftovers for us huddled masses to enjoy? :)


Hm. According to HeroLab, it is, although they seem to take a latitudinarian view of "effects related to race." If you really want an extra magus arcana at level 6 as opposed to 6 hp or 6 skill points to use along the way, I don't suppose I have any objections. Keeping in mind that this game isn't guaranteed to take you all the way to 6th level.


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1d10 ⇒ 51d10 ⇒ 8


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Appraise 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (4) + 6 = 101d20 + 6 ⇒ (18) + 6 = 241d20 + 6 ⇒ (5) + 6 = 11

1d100 ⇒ 10


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Happens pretty regularly, as a matter of fact. And it's infuriating. Especially when they keep recruiting for new games while ignoring the old games they've dumped.


Checking over your stats on level-up ... for no reason. ;)

Gristav wrote:
2 Skill Points, +2 from INT: Diplomacy, Sense Motive, Intimidate, Perform:Dance

Gris, you have a +3 Int mod, so you get 1 more skill rank to spend. Also, you get a favored class bonus for taking another level of magus that you can use for an extra hit point or skill point (or a fraction of magus arcana or arcane pool).


Nice clw roll, Harrol. I was hoping she wasn't going to wake up just in time to take a color spray to the face. :)


Considering Chausiku was in the tent holding Kieran at the same time Morvius was out in the courtyard fighting alongside us?

Have to admit, I considered the possibility before remembering we'd seen them both in the same place.


With all the focus on the entertainment, games have not been discussed. Phillip is certainly free to assume that the line-up will be the same as last week.

Treasure is surprisingly hard to place in an urban setting, but I hope to lead you guys to a windfall soon. You also have a few hundred gold in undistributed loot from your previous escapades that's presumably lying around somewhere at the Goblin.


I'm in Fort Worth. I can't help you with Dallas, as I don't go east of the airport unless I'm absolutely forced to, but if you come to this side of the Metroplex, I recommend Los Vaqueros in the Stockyards for Tex-Mex (steak fajitas and strawberry sopaipillas) and Cousin's for barbecue (just had sliced brisket there tonight).


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Sense Motive 1d20 + 1 + 2 ⇒ (14) + 1 + 2 = 171d20 + 3 ⇒ (1) + 3 = 41d20 + 2 + 2 ⇒ (3) + 2 + 2 = 7


Did you unhide the gameplay thread? Even if it's dotted, you won't see it in your Campaigns tab if it's hidden in the messageboards.


Will update gameplay later, but I'd like clarity on whether Braddon's pushing for a raise is an IC issue or an OOC one. That is, does Braddon feel disrespected by his wage, or is Dave concerned about the party being under WBL? Or some of each? :)


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Club: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (14) + 3 = 17 for 1d6 + 3d6d1d20 + 3 ⇒ (4) + (16, 10, 10, 6, 13, 9, 11) + 3 = 82 for 1d6 + 3 ⇒ (4) + 3 = 7

You need to fix your dice tags, Mark. Although I suppose I should be happy to take only 7 damage when you rolled 82 to hit. ;)


Inquisitor detect alignment works as the spell, correct? It doesn't have the extra verbiage that allows the paladin to use it against a single target as a move action, so it's the 3-round cone version of the various detect spells?


Where in Texas?


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New guy.


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Give things Fast Healing, especially things that aren't supposed to have Fast Healing. Nothing gives you that horror movie "jump" like thinking you have an encounter over and done with, standing around healing, maybe considering resting, etc., when one of the "corpses" on the floor suddenly grabs your ankle.

Describe things like zombies as coming to pieces at the first successful hit ... but the separate parts continue to attack until enough damage is dealt to get it down to 0 hp. You don't have to change up the stats; just apply its attack to a limb pulling itself across the floor or a head rolling after the PCs and biting while the other parts "miss." Even though the mechanics are straight out of the Bestiary, the players will feel like they're harder to kill.


Busy day. More later. Just wanted to get Dave back in the mix if he's available before I am.


Re the set-up for the tomb, I'm with Mark that this mini-delve feels ridiculously epic for 1st-level characters. I was expecting a cave where we smash some skeletons and find a minor historic object. Without metagaming that the DM will scale the dread riddles of the god-king, this absolutely ought to be a TPK before we even get in the door. I mean, if the third riddle is solveable by 1st-level PCs, who are the first two appropriate for, house cats and commoners? And it's already killed Safan who, I presume, is higher-level than we are. My completely inexperienced PC certainly doesn't feel more prepared than a professional archaeologist and Pathfinder.


Well, you shouldn't be so popular. ;P

Mark:
Phil's intent was to rise early for coffee before the breakfast meeting ... but then Gristav arose pre-dawn and I didn't want to play Phil along with Tendal and Daynadrian. Happy to say he got up even earlier and set the kettle a-boil before Larur got to the kitchen. He could have taken coffee for him and Ethel back to his room and then spent some time with her before heading upstairs. She'd be excited about the completion of the dresses and her potential last day on the job with Betta. And Phil's new clothes were to be done today as well, if I recall? Have to go check. Anyway, the gladiators won't be on the sand at the arena until mid-afternoon, so I hope you won't mind him being pressed into the expedition to Rotgut.


Thanks for looking that up for me, Dave; looks like it was left in Saul's possession so I'll let you guys decide if you're going to ask for it back to help Mescher try to take her into custody.

And Mark's just turned up on the boards in other threads, so we'll hope to see Phil sometime soon. Welcome back, Mark! Hope you enjoyed your holiday.


Does anyone remember who ended up with the letter which Weatherby wrote to Lil and Braddon and Dayn intercepted? Was it Saul? Are you guys going to go through with the general's suggestion to have it delivered to divert Lil to Roderic's Cove?


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This is a fantasy game. As long as the "likes girls" crowd is getting Samaritha, Aerys, Sasha, Ameiko, Sandara, and Arueshelae, the "likes guys" crowd should get options just as attractive, not the old, fat, bald guy who pees himself in terror when combat starts.

EDIT: And what's up with the 'S' and 'A' names, now that I list them?


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I loved Alpha Centauri; hope this is as good!

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