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RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8. RPG Superstar 2013 Dedicated Voter, 2014 Star Voter, 2015 Dedicated Voter. Pathfinder Society Member. 1,455 posts. 14 reviews. No lists. No wishlists.


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TriOmegaZero wrote:

Started watching Is It Wrong To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon and finding it to be rather charming. Hopefully the protagonist will remain adorably clueless rather than turning into annoyingly clueless as the harem gathers.

I needs me more Assassination Classroom. Not so desperate to switch from the dub to the sub yet, but we'll see how well the wife and I hold out.

I am enjoying Dungeon as well- more than I would have thought from the initial premise and title.

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#1 and 2 are my definitive favorites- after that, things get dicey and change on mood.
1. Beck/Mongolian Chop Squad
2. Angel Beats
3. Sword Art Online
4. Ghost in the Shell (any and all)
5. Cowboy Bebob
6. Samurai Champloo
7. Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn/UC
8. Knights of Sidonia
9. Log Horizon (season 1 only- season 2 was...ok)
10. Ghost Hunt (or is it Ghost Hunters)

Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam probably would be up there but I haven't seen the last 10 episodes.

Guilty pleasures because I enjoy them immensely for whatever reason except they both kind of end feeling very unresolved.
1. The Sacred Blacksmith
2. Chrome Shelled Regios
3. Air Gear

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Sara Marie wrote:
Room updated to Cascade 11.

Cool, thanks!

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Endzeitgeist wrote:
Since my patreons asked for it, there'll be more Vathak reviews next week. :)

Awesome- and perfect timing too! I'm gathering our Colonies material for a compilation so any reviews will help with the editing process. Much appreciated!

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Thanks for the review! I'm taking notes for when we do the supplemental PDFs for our next region- Ina'oth.

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Looking forward to it!

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Just FYI, I removed this from my schedule as it ended up conflicting with an informal meet and greet I want to attend that afternoon. So, there may be an extra spot available.

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Unfortunately, Fat Goblin Games ended its distribution deal with Chronicle City so the Campaign Setting book is no longer available in print except for any store that has back stock.

Fat Goblin Games is, however, planning to do a print on demand compilation of all of our Colonies projects (one of the six regions in Vathak) later on this year.

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Chris Lambertz wrote:
Now available!

Huzzah! It lives, it lives!

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Mine all mine...don't touch wrote:
I'm in!

Excellent, and we got a full boat! I've already got the swag sitting in my house and Rick Hershey is layouting the pregens while I work on my adventure notes. Should be a good time!

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Cool, thanks.

Personally, for me anyways, if it doesn't work out, I'm fine doing something later in the afternoon.

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cartmanbeck wrote:
How about we plan for Sunday at like 1:30 we all try to meet at Dave's Diner? That'll give those of us running PFS games that morning time to finish up and get over there, and we won't spoil our dinner for the banquet Saturday. :)

Does this still work for the majority of people overall? I finish up a game at 1pm that day, so I'm good to go.

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Had a question about the time on this- 10pm-6pm? Or is it supposed to be 6pm to 10pm (which would be awesome). Thanks!

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Freehold DM wrote:
John Benbo wrote:

I really wanted the Gundam Unicorn OVAs on blu-ray but they are ridiculously expensive (episode 7 is listed for over $200 bucks on Amazon). I bought the DVDs instead (a little over $70 for the whole series) and the picture quality is amazing.

Rightstuf is advertising a preorder of Turn-A Gundam. Has anyone seen this and have an opinion on it? My only knowledge of it is from the Mobile Suit Gundam Dynasty game.

turn a is...weird. very weird. It attempts to link all gundam-and I do mean ALL, everything except wing I think- into a single reality or closely linked realities. That and the art and the music....it was very odd.

Cool, thanks. Amazon is listing the preorder considerably cheaper at $35 which still tempts me, mostly to throw my support for Rightstuf to release more gundam. Not sure why they are starting with this one instead of a more well-known or popular series unless maybe it's due to licensing fees or something.

I still have to watch the last Zeta movie- I wanted to complete the actual series first but Netflix doesn't carry the last 10 episodes. I know I'm for some disappoint in the movie because

Spoiler:
Four's not in the last one...she's so 80s, I love it. I would have been great if she'd been voiced by Cyndi Lauper or Madonna back in the day

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I really wanted the Gundam Unicorn OVAs on blu-ray but they are ridiculously expensive (episode 7 is listed for over $200 bucks on Amazon). I bought the DVDs instead (a little over $70 for the whole series) and the picture quality is amazing.

Rightstuf is advertising a preorder of Turn-A Gundam. Has anyone seen this and have an opinion on it? My only knowledge of it is from the Mobile Suit Gundam Dynasty game.

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Only 10 bucks away from the $200 mark!

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Ninjas and robots working together! Mass hysteria!

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Mine all mine...don't touch wrote:
Signed up and hoping to get in

Awesome!

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John Bennett here, line developer for Shadows over Vathak. I'm very excited to run an official Shadows over Vathak game at PaizoCon.

Anyone who plays in the game will receive a free print copy of The Colonies: Player's Guide and a print of the Shadows over Vathak game map.

Don't know what Shadows over Vathak is? Well, it is available here as Pay What You Want.

Feel free to ask any questions!

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cartmanbeck wrote:
How about we plan for Sunday at like 1:30 we all try to meet at Dave's Diner? That'll give those of us running PFS games that morning time to finish up and get over there, and we won't spoil our dinner for the banquet Saturday. :)

If my Shadows over Vathak event doesn't conflict, I'll be there.

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cartmanbeck wrote:
Since we don't know the event schedule yet, does anyone have a preference between lunch on Saturday or lunch on Sunday? Is there one day that usually has more or better events in the afternoon than the other, that some of us might not want to miss?

I remember last year that both days were both pretty busy. The banquet is the big thing on Saturday.

Also, for me personally, I am not travelling with anyone so I'm pretty much open for lunches/dinners (except the night of the banquet) any time Friday through Sunday (leaving early Monday).

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My cats believe in the 15 minute adventuring day.

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cartmanbeck wrote:
Yeah hopefully we can plan something for right near the convention hotel. Just doing a quick search, it looks like Dave's Diner and Brews is within walking distance. I like food and beer, so that would be my first choice (though I'd prefer to find a place with more microbrews). There's also Mango Thai within easy walking.

Either of those is fine with me as is walking.

Also, last year, there was a lot of mingling at the hotel bar in the evening/late night. This is a different hotel than last year, but I'm guessing they'll have some sort of bar area.

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Raging Swan Press does adventures with an old school feel that might work for you.

Here's a listing of their adventures here, many of which are also in print on other websites as well- Raging Swan Press Adventures

"Against the Cult of the Bat God" (which I wrote) is for 5th level adventures and pays homage to the original.

"Dark Water Rising" (Ron Lundeen who does adventure work for Paizo) is for 6th level.

"The Sunken Pyramid" (Marc Radle from Kobold Press) is a well-reviewed 7th level adventure.

All adventures have free samples at Raging Swan Press which you can check out.

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Nicos wrote:
Malwing wrote:
Nicos wrote:

I recommend obsydian apocalypse for anyone that want ideas for (several) post-apocalyptic PF campaign.

I would like to know about product to make traps good and not "roll perception roll - disable device"

For traps could you describe what kind of traps you're open to because I have some recommendations but want to know if I'm recommending the right thing. To define traps are you limited to manufactured traps?
I would like some interactive traps, where the result depend on what the players decides to do instead of two simple skill checks. And I'm talking about any kind of trap.

GM's Miscellany-Dungeon Dressing has a bunch of traps for each section. It's a compilation of a bunch of smaller dungeon dressing PDFs which includes Fiendish Traps 1 and 2- those have some interactive traps (used one recently). If you don't want the big book, you can buy the individual PDF relatively cheap.

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And you have my axe!...I, mean, I'll be there (and hopefully won't get stuck for 4 hours on the tarmac like last year). Coming in around 8pm Thursday. Hoping to run a Shadows over Vathak event.

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Haladir wrote:
John Benbo wrote:
Speaking of NH, I've been buying a local brew by Henniker Brewing- a roasted coffee stout that is quite delicious.
That sounds really good! My mom and sister both still live in NH, so I'm there several times a year to visit. I hadn't heard of Henniker Brewing before-- I'll have to check them out next time I'm there!

It's fairly new, I believe, as I've only seen it recently.

NH is odd with their beer so look for it in a package store or grocery store known for its beer selection.

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Haladir wrote:
Kirth Gersen wrote:

This post threatens to bring politics into our beloved beer thread, so I'll spoiler it. I just needed to vent!

** spoiler omitted **

Well, you could always move north of the border. New York doesn't allow wine sales in grocery stores, but otherwise the alcohol laws aren't all that onerous.

I lived in New Hampshire for a while. The state controls hard liquor sales, but allows wine and beer sales in grocery stores. It's pretty funny, actually: every major highway into New Hampshire has a "New Hampshire Welcome Center and Liquor Store" rest area right off the highway. Some of those rest areas offer convenient turn-around ramps to head right back to Maine, Massachusetts, or Vermont!

EDIT: Oops! Didn't realize your post was from four months ago! Still... New York is a great place for beer!

And usually, we have one on each side of the road! Speaking of NH, I've been buying a local brew by Henniker Brewing- a roasted coffee stout that is quite delicious.

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Freehold DM wrote:
Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooo more knights of sidonia

Have you seen any release dates for it? I thought I saw something about April but I'm guessing Netflix might wait until all the episodes come out so people (me) can binge watch it which would put it around July like last year.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8 , Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014, Dedicated Voter 2015 aka John Benbo

Congrats!

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Blayde MacRonan wrote:

Watched Mobile Suit Gundam Origin... and it was awesome!

Seeing how Char earned his "Red Comet" moniker was great... though the the CG animation that was used seemed out of place to me from purely an original Gundam standpoint.

I'm hoping that there are more of these movies to come, considering how this one ended.

I was able to rent it this weekend through my Playstation 3- loved it!

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I had the pleasure of working with Jason on a grimoire he wrote for Shadows over Vathak. He did a phenomenal job and Paizo is lucky to have him. Congrats, Jason!

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PM sent and I'm sharing this thread with my other freelance friends.

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I have Hell Girl in my Crunchyroll queue. I'll have to watch that soon. I'm binge watching Cowboy Bebob since I haven't seen it in awhile and I'm thinking about doing a SAO 1 and 2 marathon.

Tomorrow, I need to call Netflix and talk to them- I've just sent back the same Mobile Suit Zeta disc twice because it was cracked all the way through when I received it. This is on top of pretty much every other disc in the series so far coming to me obviously damaged. I've run into this problem with quite a few of the Sunrise Bandai discs (since they aren't in distribution anymore, figuring there's only so many copies and they can't be replaced) but a QC check would be nice before they shipped it off.

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Shadows over Vathak is a Lovecraftian survival horror campaign setting that is now available as Pay What You Want.

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Congrats!

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I submitted an event for Fat Goblin Game's Shadows over Vathak setting. I'm looking for playtesters for a new, short adventure that can be run at cons and possibly offered at a future Free RPG Day. I'm planning on having some free product for anyone who attends the event.

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In my Kingmaker campaign, my players (rulers of a lawful good kingdom) needed to cause a distraction in the evil king's city in order to infiltrate the castle and kill him.

I incorporated the Technology Guide based on the evil king's background and the players had recently defeated groups of gearsmen armed with arc rifles.

Upon entering the city and making contact with the mafia-like merchants guild, I was asked by the players if the merchant guild would help them in exchange for the arc rifles.

My reply was, "You are asking the mafia if they want guns? Yes, yes they want guns."

And that's how the lawful good Kingdom of the Eternal Light got into the gun running business.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8 , Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014, Dedicated Voter 2015 aka John Benbo

This cinematic encounters work great for movies but are much harder to pull of in RPGs (as my own R4 entry can attest to). The crane is a neat addition but I worry that 7th level PCs will rely on their own class abilities (especially the spells they have access to at that point) to save the day.

The map is excellent but the overall location when compared to some of the other entries is not that exciting.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8 , Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014, Dedicated Voter 2015 aka John Benbo

Not much else to say besides this is an excellent encounter- cool location, your monster choice is tightly woven into the encounter, and some fun stuff going on as the players try to get through this area.

Love the idea of the dead purple worm but agree with making it twitch a little just to scare the players.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8 , Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014, Dedicated Voter 2015 aka John Benbo

The opening paragraph got me very excited for this location- strange crystals, warping time and space, and eyes peering out from alien dimensions. However, afterwards, there is a long backstory not quite grabbing my attention. When I get to the actual encounter, there are some neat ideas there (slip crystals) but ultimately it's "a player falls into a pit to be eaten by the geomaw" scenario. Where's that city in amber and those other dimensions?

With the word count, I realize you can't get to all those cool things you mentioned in your opening paragraph, but I feel like too much word count was spent on the backstory and not enough on the encounter where you could have fleshed out one or two of the ideas.

Great idea but needs tighter execution.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8 , Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014, Dedicated Voter 2015 aka John Benbo

There's a lot going on here so I applaud you for trying to create an interesting, dynamic encounter. Unfortunately, there are some missteps in the design that hurt it as the judges pointed out. I think the focus being on the tentamort and not the wimblewyrms is a mistake. My players would be focused on saving themselves first before worrying about trapped wimblewyrms and slavers. I'm also concerned that if the PCs do go rushing in to help and trigger the trap, they will think the whole thing is a ruse, turn around and walk away or fireball and forget the area.

The actual location isn't very exciting as compared to many of the others.

Again, I appreciate the big ideas here but this needs a second rewrite (and I say this as a former contestant that ran into similiar problems in my own R4 entry).

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8 , Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014, Dedicated Voter 2015 aka John Benbo

This is definitely a cool and twisted location- I really like the idea of the planters. The traps that go with them is an also an excellent idea but it seems a little weird to me to have a CR 1 trap and a CR 10 monster encounter. I think you could have upped the lethality of the trap.

The map is pretty good but I'm unclear as to what those different colored areas are (the yellow, blue, brown colored portions of the map). Is that representing the gardens below?

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8 , Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014, Dedicated Voter 2015 aka John Benbo

Love the map and the inclusion of one of my favorite races- duergar.

I agree with the other comments that I don't like the idea of all the duergar fleeing at the sight of adventurers.

The duergar feel more like the center of this encounter than the geomaw.

Overall, I think there are some great ideas here but some missed opportunities as well. Why not use the deeplit monster? Maybe Droskar gets a little ticked off and some deeplits start bursting out of the magma or fire?

Still, you get one of my two votes based on your body of work because I want to see your adventure pitch.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8 , Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014, Dedicated Voter 2015 aka John Benbo

I like that the crystals have an environmental effect on encounter. Also, I have a soft spot for trogs so I'm glad to see them get some love. I do like the idea of the trog holed up Rambo style but the trap may have been better served tying into the stronger geomaw encounter (perhaps on the altar?).

The map is very clean and easy to read.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8 , Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014, Dedicated Voter 2015 aka John Benbo

I like the interactive environment with the acid tubers.

Being able to get information from the captives during the fight is a cool idea. For my group, I'd probably have to play it up a bit as they would be more likely to kill all the monsters first and then worry about the captives (if they didn't "accidently" set them on fire first).

Good work on this!

Edit: Forgot to mention- there's a couple of uses of the word "that" which is a pet peeve of mine. You can usually find ways to expand "that" and save on word count.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8 , Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014, Dedicated Voter 2015 aka John Benbo

Scott LaBarge wrote:

DQ, I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading your very thoughtful and delicate reply. Everything you said made a lot of sense. Especially about competition vs. collaboration — the competition is fun, but it would be a totally different kind of fun to build something collaboratively with a crew like this!

Also, for all that the competition can indeed be isolating, it's also given me an opportunity to have some great exchanges with other contestants, present and past, whom I might not otherwise have gotten to know at all. You people are even making me toy with the idea of a visit to PaizoCon (though don't tell my wife!)

Speaking about competition vs. collaboration- you may be competing now, but if you do decide to pursue a freelancing career, more than likely you will be working with your fellow competitors at some point on a project together or for the same 3PP. This competition is a good place to network and build connections.

Also, attending PaizoCon is an excellent idea if you are considering pursuing freelance work.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8 , Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014, Dedicated Voter 2015 aka John Benbo

Scott LaBarge wrote:

I'm not sure why, but I'm finding this wait harder. Jacob said something in one of his Sword for Hire blog posts about being kept awake at night by RPGSS-related thoughts, and I've definitely been feeling that way much more this round than before. This obsession is much more unpleasant when there's nothing happening on the messageboards, too.

Question for successful freelancers out there, especially ones who have been Superstar contestants: It isn't like this all the time for a freelancer, is it? Do you walk around obsessing about game design constantly? Or is the dynamic of the competition a unique thing? I'm kind of appalled with how much head space this whole business is taking up.

I wouldn't say I "obsess" over it, but part of my design process is to work ideas out in my head (and then sometimes sketch them out in a notebook). When I sit down to actually write, I want to be able to type away instead of trying to come up with ideas at the computer. Also, I usually have multiple projects I'm working on concurrently, each of which require their own brainstorming sessions.

Ok, so maybe I do "obsess"...but it doesn't keep me up at night :).

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161). Refuse to call any NPCs by their actual names but instead refer to NPCs with names culled from pop culture and fantasy/sci-fi literature and movies. Said NPCs don't seem to mind and in fact respond to "Gandalf" and "Spock."

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While out on a business trip, found a bar that had a good selection of beers. Found myself ordering some pints of "Hoptical Illusion" by Blue Point Brewery- a rather flavorful IPA. Hoppy but without being overpowering or too bitter- very drinkable.

Recently picked up a six pack of cans- a rye pale ale by 603 Brewery here in NH (603 is NH's area code). Pretty good- I would drink it again but wouldn't necessary go out of my way to drink it. Widmer Bros. Alchemy Ale is still my go to pale ale.

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