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Goblin Squad Member. Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber. Pathfinder Society Member. 4,465 posts (4,522 including aliases). No reviews. 1 list. 1 wishlist. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 5 aliases.


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Did Occulus make up for Argento's Dracula?


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I keep suggesting a mythic AP set in Iblydos that should involve the Titans vs the Gods.


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James Jacobs wrote:
And personally, after two EXCEPTIONALLY DIFFICULT Adventure Paths in a row for me, I'm eager to do something more classic and less "INVENT A NEW RULES SET LIKE MYTHIC OR TECHNOLOGY FOR THIS AP" type of campaign... ;-)

So Casmaron seems like a good plan then. ;)


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James Jacobs wrote:
Justin Franklin wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Justin Franklin wrote:
James, could you please reinvent the Campaign Setting? ;)
That's one way to induce a panic attack in me.

Time to make an Eric Mona alias. J/K.

Since you have said that the current mass combat rules aren't as detailed as you would like. What would you want to do there?

Figure out a way to build robust rules that don't shunt your character sheet to the side. I want a mass combat game in Pathfinder to be one where you NEED your character sheet to play, because that's the game Pathfinder is. Subsystems that don't really involve your PC are less satisfying to me.

The mass combat system should be easy to learn but difficult to master, and should have a wealth of expansion and customization without being overwhelming and impossible to learn.

I'm not sure it's something that can exist, in other words.

Hmm, interesting. I wonder if you could something similar to what they did in the WEG Star Wars games with Spaceships. Treat the army as a single stat block like now, but add both the ability for the party to wade into the battle or just run the army like now. Maybe a combo of an encounter and a battle with either how the army does influences the encounter or the encounter influences the battle. Now I will have to think about it.


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James Jacobs wrote:
Justin Franklin wrote:
James, could you please reinvent the Campaign Setting? ;)
That's one way to induce a panic attack in me.

Time to make an Eric Mona alias. J/K.

Since you have said that the current mass combat rules aren't as detailed as you would like. What would you want to do there?


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James, could you please reinvent the Campaign Setting? ;)


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James, per the earlier answer about my ability to ferret out announcements. Would it help if I annotate where I got the information from, or hurt?


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You mean the Wes' article on the afterlife for Mummy's Mask number 6, which is mentioned in the podcast of the AP seminar from PaizoCon 2013. :)


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James Jacobs wrote:
Davick wrote:
LazarX wrote:
Tels wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Paladinosaur wrote:

James,

will the technology guide have some sort of laser sword so I can roll a Paladin Jedi for Iron Gods?

Nope.

Fortunately, there are plenty of d20 compatible Star Wars games to choose from for that.

Or you can just make it a brilliant energy weapon.

How... how can you guys do sci-fi technology and not include an energy sword!?
Both Star Trek and Dr. Who have managed without for half a century.
Then what the hevk is that Technic League captain wielding?
It's called a null blade. It's basically a +1 construct bane bastard sword that can cut through hardness like it was made of adamantine, and that can disrupt magic and technology and scramble their effects... essentially "nullifying" a magical or technological effect for a short time. The blade itself is physical. and is made of a rare and difficult to craft (the secrets of which are held by the Technic League) adamantine-noqual alloy.

How cool is that! I assume there will be rules for tech failure since we are dealing with tech that is both ancient, and has been through a starship crash?


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Congrats Owen! Now get to work making us cool stuff! ;)


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James Jacobs wrote:
Justin Franklin wrote:
Is it bad then that my goal is to get you to spill the beans on what hasn't been announced? Well being silly about reading into what you do say. :)

Kinda, yeah... since another way to phrase "getting me to spill the beans" is to say "trying to get me fired for revealing information I wasn't supposed to reveal."

And in all honesty... you're actually pretty good at sleuthing out future releases, so that when you DO start interpreting things... and when they DO now and then turn out right... that kinda stresses me out as well, since if management sees you post those things, or more to the point, those messages gain traction somewhere and folks start talking more about it... it starts to look like I'm spilling secrets on some level. Which stresses me out even if it doesn't come to that.

A good example of one person's silly being another person's stress.

Well I will try to be quieter with my sleuthing, since the point is not to cause you stress or get you fired.


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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:

So, what's the barghest hero-gods' plan? To turn Golarion into Goblarion? :P

Their plan is to wallow in and enjoy their power, and maybe to bicker among themselves, and to do what Lamashtu tells them to do whenever she has a job for them.

No fun, James. You DO know how to be silly, right? :P

Anyway, is the implication with Osirion's deities in Golarion that somehow ancient Egyptians came through a portal in the distant past and brought their religion with them? And why did Nethys appear as a purple pharaoh dude to Azghaad and not use his true form of half-perfect-half-charred? I personally would find the latter more impressive than some weird purple pharaoh dude. I mean, why purple? It just looks silly!

I do know how to be silly, yes. Just check the "Ask Merisiel" thread for proof.

The unfortunate thing about being Creative Director is that I have to be VERY pedantic and careful and deliberate about answering questions and what I say online, because the internet is full of folks who not only aren't silly or don't get silly or get confused when someone is silly... there's folks out there who actively oppose Paizo and want to defame us or me or whatever. And I'm not interested in giving them out-of-context quote opportunities. Neither am I interested in saying something goofy and having lots of folks miss the point and assume that a joke I've said is in fact the truth. Especially since, unlike conversations, where words vanish once you speak them... whatever you write on the internet is basically permanent and around forever. One mis-spoken accidental turn of phrase can haunt you forever.

Is it bad then that my goal is to get you to spill the beans on what hasn't been announced? Well being silly about reading into what you do say. :)


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Robert Brookes wrote:
Tim and Jim! Two of my favorite people on the same product! Huzzah!

Funny I was thinking 2 of my favorite people Jim and Paris. :)


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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Oceanshieldwolf wrote:
Can't believe Iron Gods already needs an obituary thread.. ;p
Maybe they're using character creation rules from the Traveller RPG? Supposedly, your PC can die during character creation.

I believe Rolemaster did as well, as did the background generator for Cyberpunk 2020.


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James Jacobs wrote:
Dragonborn3 wrote:
Really? I know there was mention of paizo doing their own version of psionics somewhere, and that is wasn't going to be power points. Maybe I'm misremembering.

I've said before that I'm not a fan of 3.5's power point system because it's too easy to abuse and reinvents the proverbial wheel when the wheel still works fine, if not better, than the alternative.

That's not the same as "We're working on psioncis."

Although when you do psychic magic I will buy it. So we are getting the Technology guide. So I guess the 64 page Numeria book and AP weren't enough space to introduce all of the necessary technology?


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Cthulhudrew wrote:
zergtitan wrote:
All I Know is something to due with the 13 eyeless krakens is going to be announced at GenCon (hinted by JJ on his thread), so we might be getting an Absolam/Aboleth AP. Maybe.
Apparently, you must have missed this post from him saying that such speculations were premature at best, that his saying "at least 6 months out" was only to be taken as a "we have no plans at the moment to speak of" and wasn't to be read into too much.

On top of which it would have to be announced in less then 6 months if it was the GenCon 2015 AP. :)


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Neongelion wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Neongelion wrote:
Is there anything you guys can reveal that will have more tie-ins to Iron Gods or adventures set in Numeria? The only things I've heard of is the adventure path itself and a campaign setting book, which as I understand will be more about stuff for the GM rather than player options.
We'll be letting bits and pieces of more previews and revelations about the Iron Gods AP out in the months to come... but not all at once! :-)

Five whole months of sneak previews and revelations? Is this Paizo's ultimate form of torture to rabid fans of Numeria?!?

I didn't want to do this, but I am now going to build a time machine to fast forward to this August. By my calculations I will have finished the device in about five months.

Your days are numbered, Paizo.

People of the River is the Player's Companion for this AP. Or at least the only one currently announced.


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James Jacobs wrote:

As in, we haven't announced anything about it yet, and our announcements are more or less only 6 months into the future.

I do intend to some day follow up on those eyeless krakens. I won't announce that early, though, and by saying "More than 6 months away" I'm saying it could be seven months away, or seven years away, or seven decades away.

Someday, yes. Which is what I should have said at the start, because it's too easy for folks to read too much into anything concrete like an actual number.

I resemble that remark! :)


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James Jacobs wrote:
donato wrote:
How far are we from learning more about the 13 eyeless kraken?
More than 6 months away.

So it will not be announced as an AP at PaizoCon or GenCon? Interesting....


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Alexander Augunas wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
I already have my excuse ready for why it's not here when we get to 2015, in fact!
Spoiler Alert: Adventure Path after Iron Gods is the Kaiju Adventure Path and in Book One Tian Xia is destroyed forever. Mendev, eat your heart out!

Remember the AP after Iron Gods will be done by Rob. So anything Kaiju related would be in 2 APs. Assuming James has claimed it. ;)


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James Jacobs wrote:
Kelsey MacAilbert wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Kelsey MacAilbert wrote:

From what I understand, a given thread becomes unstable once it hits a massive number of posts, at least in Vbulletin. Does Paizo's software have a similar problem, or is that purely a Vbulletin thing? If so, what's the thread size at which this thread will finally start to be unstable?

Also, is there any chance of Paizo's forum software ever becoming commercially available?

I have no idea about that; but this is hardly the thread that's gonna hit that ceiling first if it exists.

Oh, yea. I forgot about FAWTL. I've had that hidden for about 2 years now.

Hmm. It is on it's sixth iteration. Do you have any clue why?

Nope.

All of the previous Fawtl threads hit the board maximum at the time and had to be closed. Gary continues to improve the code to allow longer Fawtl threads (probably other reasons too).

Anything new to tell us?


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Mikaze wrote:
What is wrong with you people? D:

Many Many things! :)


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James Jacobs wrote:
Justin Franklin wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Klaus van der Kroft wrote:

Hey James, I'm curious:

Which Pathfinder product has been the most challenging to create/design so far?

Wrath of the Righteous. Which recently replaced Dragon Empires Gazetteer as "most challenging."
Really? I am surprised at that. My party just hit 4th level and so far it is awesome.
Turns out that building an entire campaign based on rules you're not familiar with or aren't even done being written when you're trying to develop adventures that were themselves written even earlier, while still making sure that things come out playable in the end, is really really tough.

I could see how that would be an issue, probably doesn't help they did a mini set at the same time huh? Well so far it is excellent, I will let you know how the rest of the campaign goes.


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James Jacobs wrote:
Klaus van der Kroft wrote:

Hey James, I'm curious:

Which Pathfinder product has been the most challenging to create/design so far?

Wrath of the Righteous. Which recently replaced Dragon Empires Gazetteer as "most challenging."

Really? I am surprised at that. My party just hit 4th level and so far it is awesome.


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I am doing well just to scare everyone Jude will be 3 and a half in 2 weeks. :)


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Solnes wrote:

*wanders in*

Morning Folks

Are we mourning getting out of bed?


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James Jacobs wrote:
Misroi wrote:
Alright, how about the Galt AP for Comrade Doodlebug, then?

The answer to this and all future "How about an (INSERT TOPIC HERE) AP?" is:

We'll see.

Whoops, Sorry I started that, and if you are wondering why I asked for a distant world AP for Mikaze go here

Have you used Syrinscape during a gaming session?


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F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
James Sutter wrote:

(づ。◕‿‿◕。)づ *♥:・゚✧ *♥:・゚✧

This is the greatest and weirdest compliment I have ever received.

Yeah, and that's after this last night. :P

Come on people. Some of us have to deal with this #$%&.

Sutter's stuff isn't that good.

I did what I could, Wes!


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Lilith wrote:
Justin Franklin wrote:
I don't know why, but having met Mikaze at GenCon last year makes this even weirder. :D
If by "weirder" you mean "awesomer" then I agree with you. :D

Weirder in that I am actually picturing Mikaze doing this.


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James Jacobs wrote:
Justin Franklin wrote:
Can we get a Distant Worlds AP for Mikaze's sake? :)

I already gave Mikaze "Wrath of the Righteous."

Don't you think it's someone else's turn?

Ahh good point! And I was asking for Irrisen and Numeria so I am good.


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snickersimba wrote:
Im talking in the future. When I hijack an icecream truck and go on a multistate police chase. (that was a joke dear god) Trust me, I make a half decent employee. Just if you offer me paperwork, you are asking for a small campfire. Snickers does not do paperwork or maths. Unless its pathfinder maths. Snickers is still trying to wrap his head around the times tables.

I find the easiest ways to meet them is PaizoCon, although GenCon is a close second. Although not everyone goes to GenCon.


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Can we get a Distant Worlds AP for Mikaze's sake? :)


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Freehold DM wrote:

Good morning everyone.

I... Am not doing well. Things have taken a sudden turn for the worst in my personal life and I'm crashing at a friends right now. I may be posting intermittently for a while and may or may not go full lurking status. Pm me for grisly details if so moved/curious. I want to thank everyone for all the love, support, acceptance and patience you have shown my zaniness over the years. Post when I can.

Positive waves From here as well. Let me know if I can do anything.


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Mikaze wrote:
Asurasan wrote:
Mikaze wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:

Prediction:

Iron Gods is a smash it.
A few years down the line, Distant Worlds AP is announced.
Mikaze faints, Drejk and I get drunk.

I would not faint.

...

I would stand out on the balcony of my open air bedroom, my hands resting upon the parapet as I gazed longingly at the infinite stars shining in the night sky and my hair flows in the cool breeze.

And behind me I hear the door open. Distant Worlds is there, its shirt unbuttoned. Its hair is flowing in the breeze too even though it's in the bedroom.

I run my hand through my hair. "I was worried you would never come." A tentative step forward.

Distant Worlds approaches with less hesitation. "You knew I couldn't stay away."

We are face to cover now. I shudder as it steps into the moonlight, the scent of packing styrofoam hanging thick about it. "I knew."

Distant Worlds places its hands on my shoulders and draws near, but then pauses. "But what about Wrath of the Righteous? And Mummy's Mask, and the others?"

"Shhhhh..." I place a finger upon its lips. "Allow us this one night. This one night under the stars."

Distant Worlds pulls me closer.

I whisper in its ear. "Take me to the stars. And tell me that you'll keep me safe from the terrible secret of space."

Distant Worlds begins to open its cover.

The stars shine in the night sky, but upon this earth upon that night, there was a supernova.

That is naughtier than that play-by-post I was telling you about. :P
STOP READING MY DIARY JOURNAL, MOM

I don't know why, but having met Mikaze at GenCon last year makes this even weirder. :D


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My assumption is it is for Wes' article on what happens when you die on Golarion. Daigle mentioned it during the AP seminar at Paizocon ot GenCon.


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Adam Daigle wrote:
I believe some of those hints Wes posted on his blog is something he's working on for me and it is not something for Iron Gods.

Crap! I am pretty sure that will actually be for Mummy's Mask..


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zergtitan wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Guy St-Amant wrote:
3) How is life?
3) Super stressful and busy and exhausting, with a touch of depression.

*opens door to zen garden and hands JJ tea*

"Great creators of wonders deserve to have an easy and cheerful mind."

*Shelyn leads a group of celestials in a small concert while a redeemed succubus serve JJ food and drink along with dancing.*

"Rest and enjoy yourself world maker. When you've had your rest you can return to continue creating more wonders for all to enjoy with renewed vigor."

*Casts time stop on Seattle to allow enough time for rest. And returns to the confines of the sanctuary to allow JJ time alone.*

Now that you are relaxed can we get that Casmaron Campaign Setting book? ;)


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Adam Daigle wrote:
I believe some of those hints Wes posted on his blog is something he's working on for me and it is not something for Iron Gods.

Casmaron AP? You know you want to!!!;)


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I would really like to see a Mythic AP where the bad guys are trying to free Rovagug. With the BBEG fight occurring at the Pit of Gormuz.


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James Jacobs wrote:


Also also... we're trying hard not to directly ape the books D&D released to support their rules.

So you are saying Manual of the Planes and The Dungeoneer's Survival Guide are next year's hardcovers? ;)


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Gary Teter wrote:
(Oh and on a personal note, I've been neglecting the friends I've made here on our messageboards the past few months, and I apologize. I've been busy.)

Who are you again? ;)


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Do you think that announcing the APs so close together now hurts the excitement level for the Feb-July AP?


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Very cool!


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I usually go "Yo! Paizo people!" That often works for me, well that or baby pics or videos.


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I know something else that would scare James. 64 page Casmaron campaign setting releasing in November 2014. :)


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Good luck, Sean and Jodi! Hope to see you at the next GenCon I make it to.


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Majuba wrote:
Jim Groves wrote:
Sorry. I am garrulous however, so my relative silence is a clue in of itself.
Hours, Days, Weeks, or Months?

Since February just shipped, I would guess months although the first Mummy's Mask AP will be out in March. Although I would expect anything Dominion related would be later in the AP.


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Damn it Jim!!!!!!


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Wait Gary Teter is a man?!?!?!?!?! :)


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MagusJanus wrote:
Okay if I join the convo? If not, I won't post further.

We accept all comers, even Cosmo.

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