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Legend-wait-for-it-dary GM wrote:

Ken,not sure if you missed my earlier post, but there is no need to drop racial traits from published races. The 15 RP is only if you are designing your own race. I am fine with either the guru or the soulknife, which does not make your job easier, I know.

Yep, I saw that, but wondered if 20 RP would be pushing it. Thanks!


I'm another one who is interested but is still finalizing an idea. Am fixating on a kasatha (with a couple dropped race traits) and possibly a Guru from Dreamscarred's Akashic Mysteries if you will allow it, or if not, I'm also really loving the idea of a soulknife. (And of course many other ideas, but trying to keep it focused!)


I have always wanted to try using the leveling intelligent magic items rules from Malhavoc Press "Book of Eldritch Might" as an intelligent magic item PC. Might be an interesting ideas for building an AI character.


Also just about done. All set except for equipment and should be able to finish that tonight.


Awesome, thanks! Looking forward to it!


Would Dreamscarred's psionics be allowed? I'm considering a thri-kreen soulknife (and will post more info, of course, if you approve of soulknives). Thanks and it sounds fun!


baticeer wrote:

@Ken: A Mystic is fine. I'm sorry, I should have responded earlier to let you know but I forgot in all the other talk here. Nice character, thanks.

No worries! Thank you!


baticeer wrote:
I'm going to say most likely yes (I've seen the class played before in my home game and never had any issue with it), but I'll have to take another look at the psionics system and see if it would require me to change any NPCs' abilities to function as psionics. Like, if your mystic is doing proper non-magical psychic disciplines then it wouldn't feel right having them fight a mind flayer straight out of the monster manual who has "psionic spellcasting" ;)

I don't want to make more work for you, but if you are ok with it, I think this could be a fun character to try:

Krieger Stoneheart - NG male deep gnome awakened mystic, urban bounty hunter background (SCAG)

The svirfneblin of the Stoneheart Clan were well known for their stoic dispositions. They often seemed cold and heartless at first meeting, but others who knew them well understood that it actually was a reaction to the harsh reality of the Underdark. Deep in the caverns, it is easy to grow fearful of every noise and paranoid of every traveler. The Stonehearts, however, were like the stone under a waterfall - just letting it all slide off of them. They mined and performed their duty, and knew no fear. A founding philosophy of the clan is that one can often choose how they live but rarely choose how they die.

And died they did. When dark elf necromancers, focused on conquest marched an undead legion to the surface, the Stoneheart Clan's village was in their path. They were nothing more than a minor inconvenience that briefly slowed the undead army. As a band of adventurers who were seeking to stop the dark elf-led legion followed close behind, they found very few survivors among the Stonehearts. They knew the village was no longer sustainable, and therefore simply left to find another svirfneblin settlement to join. All except Krieger.

A young deep gnome with a keen understanding of people, he could sense the suppressed anger and depression among his few remaining clan members. He felt it as well. Also sensing within the adventurers a determination to stop the undead army, Krieger followed them instead, talking his way into their party. A ranger named Aleanor Pathsteader in particular took a liking to the bold deep gnome. Although he was only of minor use among the powerful and experienced adventurers, Krieger was there when the dark elves and their undead were vanquished. Underneath his stoic exterior, he felt pride, and he liked it.

Although traveling with Aleanor for a while, they both realized he was out of his league. So after making sure he was settled into a nearby town, they parted ways. Krieger soon found enough small adventures to occupy himself, and even had some success being hired to find highly wanted criminals and bring them to justice. He became good enough at it that some members of the City Watch he frequently worked with wondered if he might want to join their ranks. But Krieger preferred a less rigid life. Furthermore, he became more bold and self-motivated in his pursuits of criminals including exposing a noble who enriched himself in illegal slave trade. This scandal led to his falling out of favor with the Watch. Not quite an outlaw vigilante, but certainly far from sanctioned, Krieger finds his cold demeanor, and insight into the minds of criminals and stray monsters serve him well in helping to capture or destroy the evils that lurk in shadows and in the open.

Krieger has done good things for his community by fighting the criminal and monstrous elements, but he isn't motivated by good deeds. He may not have even admitted it to himself yet, but Krieger savors overpowering, outwitting, and destroying evil. It's not even a matter of making the world a better place as much as it is a matter of Krieger no longer feeling helpless and trapped. The bigger the enemies that he defeats, the quieter the voices of doubt and fear become.


This is a character I made for a Savage Tide campaign years ago that wound up never happening. I elaborated some details and updated him for this campaign. However, he is a binder from the Pact Magic section of "Tome of Magic." Would you consider allowing that class? (It's the most balanced in that book.) I just love how the class drips with interesting flavor. If you need more info on the class, let me know. If you do not want to allow it, that's fine, I can come up with another concept. Thank you for your consideration!

Tomar Dunadrien
Noble District, associated with the Seekers
Male Human Binder

BACKGROUND:

The Dunadriens are a noble family that arrived in Sasserine shortly after the overthrow of the Sea Princes. Renn and Esme Dunadrein were scholars and infrequent adventurers from the North, who wished to retire in the newly revealed city of Sasserine with their young son, Tomar. They found a natural fit with the Seekers and possessed enough wealth to settle in as a minor noble family. In the years since, they have been a quiet family, with Tomar studying at Thenalar Academy, and his parents proving some value as scholars of particularly obscure and esoteric mysteries. So it has continued for several years, with Tomar doing moderately well in his studies and his parents being moderately beneficial to the Seekers' quest for knowledge. Overall, they are a moderately uninteresting family of middling status in a city large enough to scarcely notice them - which is exactly how they wish to be perceived.

Because the Dunadriens have a deep and terrible secret.

They did not recently arrive in Sasserine, but are actually the current members of a very old noble family whose original name was stricken from the city's records centuries ago. The Dunadriens are the remnants of a long line of pact magic binders. They have passed down the ancient practice of offering their souls up as vessels for vestiges - beings that exist outside of reality itself. The practice is shunned by most major religions as blasphemous (either for claiming the existence of beings outside the influence of the gods, or for making pacts with beings that have been cast out of reality by the gods - depending upon the theology involved).

Several times throughout Sasserine's history, these pact magic practitioners have been forced to hide themselves or face extermination. The most recent time began with the arrival of the Sea Princes, which lead to the surviving family members spending generations hiding within the Shadowshore and Merchant Districts under the guise of a couple different families over time. Now, with the Sea Princes driven off, the Dunadriens have created a new name, a false story of their arrival, and are trying to re-emerge into noble society.

Tomar knows very little about his true ancestry. There are whispers of being descendants of someone that now exists as the vestige Dantalion, although that being is still beyond Tomar's understanding. There are also vague memories from early childhood of a grandfather - stern and knowledgeable about so many great mysteries. Tomar also remembers him as profoundly twisted in appearance and somedays scarcely human. His scant memories of Grandfather end one night when Tomar was woken by screams and crashing sounds in the basement. Tomar laid terrified in bed until his parents came in. With their hands still bloody, they grabbed the young boy and said it was time to move to a new home and a new name.

"Is Grandfather coming with us?"

"No, Grandfather wasn't careful. He tried to find an answer where he should never have looked. We will not speak of him again."

Every time Tomar asked about his grandfather after that, his parents calmly told him that he never knew his grandparents and they all died before he was born. Tomar doesn't even know if the man was his paternal or maternal grandfather, or even his name. Tomar was so young that even now he doesn't even remember if his own birth name before then was Tomar or something else entirely.

Now with the Sea Princes gone and great change occurring in Sasserine, his parents felt the time was right to rejoin noble society, and especially the Seekers and their resources. They secretly hope there are other signs of distant relations or other pact magic binders in or near Sasserine, although they fear they may be the last within the city. If nothing else, the records of the Seekers may contain information on new and more powerful vestiges that they can contact.

PERSONALITY:

Tomar can be quite friendly and easy-going, but this is simply a mask. It is a skill that he has learned growing up in hiding and living a lie. Underneath, Tomar is paranoid and confused, but he knows his survival may depend on hiding those feelings from others, and even himself.

He knows that that pact magic his family practices is taboo, and must be kept as secret as possible. However, he does not know who he needs to keep the secret from, and consequently worries that every city guard might be watching him, or priests walking by might have magical abilities to detect a vestige within him. Furthermore, from his studies of pact magic as well as other ancient forbidden knowledge, Tomar knows that this world is just the polish on the surface of unimaginable power and unknowable beings existing in impossible places. His biggest weakness in keeping up his facade is when he gets comfortable with others, he can easily slip into rambling about the great unknown lurking all around and within them, and leave others his age feeling disconcerted around him. But he finds these mysteries fascinating and underneath all of the deception and paranoia, he is basically an extremely curious person about what lies between realities.

So he keeps a smile on his face (but not too big of a smile), says hi to his neighbors (but doesn't ask about their day for fear they might inquire about his), and generally tries to be as ordinary as possible while seeing a reality that is impossibly far from ordinary.

RECENT INCIDENT:

For the past 10 years, life had been going well, and the Dunadriens felt they had re-integrated into society quite well. That changed when they found a simple note on their door one morning claiming "I know your secret" and demanding a sum of 1000 gp to keep from revealing the secret. Tomar's father Renn, claimed it was a hoax. "Likely every family in this district has some secret they don't want revealed. Make a vague claim on a random nice home, and you will eventually get someone panicked enough to pay. It's best just ignored."

Tomar's mother, Esme, took the threat seriously, however. After almost 10 years rebuilding their reputation, she did not want to see it crumble. So one night she had Tomar accompany her to the Shadowshore District near where they once lived when he was young. She asked him to keep watch while she met a rather shifty looking man behind a tavern. Tomar thought he looked familiar and may have been welcomed in their home on a few occasions in his youth. However, he was shocked when his mother and the man began to argue, and when the man reached for a knife at his belt, Tomar's mother killed him with an attack so quick, Tomar stood frozen trying to comprehend what just happened.

Esme then grabbed Tomar and began to hurry away, but unfortunately ran into the bartender escorting a drunk traveler into the alley for a quiet place to sleep off his inebriation. Panicked, Esme said that man tried to attack them, but Tomar managed to fight him off and save his poor, weary mother. Not knowing what else to do, Tomar played along. His mother spun a tale (of sufficient detail to appease without enough to detail to warrant corroboration) about seeking to find a shipment that arrived late and then becoming lost before being set upon by the man. The local city guard properly admonished them for traveling in the district after dark but congratulated the boy on saving his mother and sent them on their way.

His mother refuses to discuss the incident, and Tomar, again, is left wondering what really happened and why. He does not know if the shifty man left the message or if the argument was about another matter and the note was a hoax as his father claims. Either way, Tomar knows that asking his parents will not get him any answers.

FUTURE:

Tomar is someone who has actually done very little. Most of his life he has had things happen *to* him, rather than actually doing anything himself. In the campaign, he will make the interesting transition to attempting to take control of his life and actually doing things and seeking answers rather than letting events simply happen to him.

Also, although the "family secret" is an important part of his background and could easily play a role in the campaign, I know secrets rarely work well between characters. Once he feels comfortable with the rest of the party (which shouldn't take long if he doesn't scare them off), he will "out" himself very early on rather than trying to hide it from the other characters for long.


Couple ideas floating around, but quick question - what do you think of the UA mystic? Being the Illithid Trilogy, I wasn't sure if psionics would be a great fit or a bad one (or if the class is too beta). Since it only goes up to level 10, I might consider some multi classing anyway. It's just one of my ideas, but thought I would check and see. Thanks!


GM Choon wrote:
Ken Marable wrote:

Just saw this thread (away on vacation) so I definitely appreciate the few extra days! Thank you!

I am considering a summoner (unchained, of course), but am also toying with occult. I see you are "check with me" on Ultimate Intrigue, so do you have a preference on any of the classes from Occult Adventures since it's another newer and unusual book? Thanks!

I have no preferences with that book, no. I honestly haven't read most of it either, but anything save the kinetecist should work well in the setting.

Sorry I didn't see this sooner.

I am going back and forth on party size at the moment. Announcement will probably be sooner rather than later. No promises. :)

No worries, ends up I didn't really have time anyway. Good luck to the rest of you! Should be a fun campaign!


Just a quick note that I won't be submitting. It sounds like a fun campaign, and I might follow along and read it. But too much else going on to even get a character finished.

Have fun!!


This sounds like fun! Think I will give it a try:

4d6 ⇒ (3, 2, 3, 2) = 104d6 ⇒ (5, 4, 3, 5) = 174d6 ⇒ (2, 4, 6, 2) = 144d6 ⇒ (4, 4, 3, 5) = 164d6 ⇒ (3, 4, 5, 2) = 144d6 ⇒ (6, 6, 6, 3) = 214d6 ⇒ (4, 1, 6, 2) = 13

Whoops, should have put those on multiple lines. But that leads to:
8, 14, 12, 13, 12, 18, 12

Zowie! That's some nice rolls. Been a while since I had rolled an 18 even with 4d6 drop lowest.

Debating between some Kwai Chang Caine (from the old "Kung Fu" tv series) inspired monk walking the land, or a warlock. I see there's been mention of both, so I'm not sure now.

Monk might be an Asian-styled dragonborn to really stand out - named Tianlong Jie or something.

Although I was thinking more along the lines of a "Devil's bargain" Old West trope for the warlock than fey, but haven't developed it too far yet. Maybe some name like Montgomery Cardluck or "Lucky Gum" for short. Hmm....

Decisions, decisions - but either way, I gotta get crackin'!


Just saw this thread (away on vacation) so I definitely appreciate the few extra days! Thank you!

I am considering a summoner (unchained, of course), but am also toying with occult. I see you are "check with me" on Ultimate Intrigue, so do you have a preference on any of the classes from Occult Adventures since it's another newer and unusual book? Thanks!


Sara Moyna wrote:
I am already very attached to Congruence

Yay! This is one of my first PbP games, and it's been great so far. Congruence just wants to fit in, and that seemed like a nice angle to go for. It's wonderful that she is looking out for him. I'm glad we got paired. :)

Orla Pentastone wrote:
I'll be honest I have no idea what a Modron is. In fact until just know I've been pronouncing it as Mordrin in my head XP.

If you are curious, this is relatively what Congruence looks like.


FYI - I cleaned up some grammar and bad autocorrects in Wyaph Cloudrunner. Sorry I didn't review it earlier.

Wyaph Cloudrunner


Orla Pentastone wrote:
Congruence wrote:

Ok, settled on Congruence, but I will take the weekend to be absolutely sure.

Added the background. I have handwritten notes on 5 friends, 5 enemies, etc. I will get those typed up and his stats finished & formatted this weekend.

Congruence, Paladin of Primus

Is a Paladin of Primus different from a regular Paladin? If not are you using the Pathfinder Paladin?

Because if you are using the Pathfinder Paladin you get Smite Evil 1/day and Detect Evil at will under special abilities.

Nope, it's a standard paladin. For Detect Evil, that's a goof. I was typing things up quickly from handwritten notes and the "1/day" must have been for whatever was next to it. Smite Evil, however, is delayed to 2nd level for the Chosen One archetype. Chosen One paladins come into a couple of their abilities slightly later as they are just discovering their destiny.

But my stats definitely need some checking and clean up. I am settled enough on my choices that I am working on finalizing all the numbers now. I will post when it's done and definitely need some double-checking. Thanks!!


Not much there yet, but I will be adding to it throughout the day and then finalizing and formatting this weekend.

I will also update the link when I finalize the name. Currently a toss up between Congruence and Variable.

My modron PC

Sorry, rough and not much there yet. I have had some really fun ideas for the flavor, but have been going back and forth on figuring out the best mechanics to fit that flavor. But like I said, by tonight, it should be far closer to finished and include the background and NPCs. (Got it all pretty much settled in my head, just gotta get it on paper.)


No worries. Thank you for the understanding. Looking like things are settling back into a bit more normal now, so I should be able to contribute more.


I have been all over the place with ideas. Was inclined towards alchemist for a bit, but think I might have settled on a Modron Chosen One Paladin of Primus (cranium rat familiar - same stats as normal rat - that at 7th level is revealed to be a monodrone familiar - if approved). But why would Primus have a paladin?? Is it another God posing as Primus? Or is Primus balancing out a LG paladin with something sinister & scheming out there as well?

Nice unplanned bonus is that a paladin could help with the healing as well.

However, I can easily come up with other ideas if it helps, for example with some ranged combat. Otherwise, I will work on statting up my paladin and see how it turns out.

Of course, now I'm wondering about ranged character ideas. Always wanted to try out a thrower - either fun times like a Captain America-style shield thrower or a character that makes prodigious use of Throw Anything. Hurm... a modron who is still trying to comprehend what is and isn't a weapon, so it carries around lots of random items that it throws - quite effectively - at enemies.

Blarg! Too many fun ideas! Just might need to stat up both ideas and see which has a more interesting background & personality occur to me.


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Nice work. I don't recall what stats they used, but waaay Bastion Press has dolphins as a PC race in their Oathbound setting but that was probably 3.0 and what you have is likely better anyway.

Not sure how to fit it into stats, but if you want some other flavorful ideas that have some basis in reality, I have studied dolphin brains a bit and they are awfully fascinating. the Int penalty makes sense also because their logic/reason (e.g. Frontal lobe) parts of their brains aren't as developed as even some other primates, but the emotional parts of their brains are actually more complex than humans. So their emotional experiences may be even richer than our own. Not sure how to translate that into game terms, maybe bonus saves against emotion-based effects, or morale bonuses are increased by 1, or something, I don't know. At the very least a bonus to Sense Motive would be appropriate (land mammals are so emotionally predictable). :)

Personally, I would be inclined more towards a Cha bonus than Con, but whichever.

A fun little oddity is that dolphins can't smell, and there are doubts about taste but that hasn't been confirmed. I suppose if you wanted to be accurate, you could make them immune to stench effects. Those are rare enough that I don't think it would be a big bonus, mostly some quirky flavor. But it's not exactly a fundamental trait to them, and more like something that would come up in a trivia game.

There is also some evidence that their senses are far more integrated than ours, but that's not fully agreed upon and I'm not sure what that would work as except a Perception bonus which you already have.


Trying to Pathfinder-ize the Exiled Modron stats. I started with the PC race from the Dragon article, shoved it though the ARG (with a hat tip to this this thread), and then considered a dash of android traits which seemed appropriate (using numbers from Adam Diagle's comment).

What are your thoughts on this? I am open to any changes, just taking a stab at a first pass.


  • Outsider (I pushed for them to be outsiders, but dictate from WotC at the time was Living Constructs) 3 RP
  • +2 Int, +2 Con, -2 Dex, -4 Cha Mixed weakness -2 RP
  • Acid, Cold, Fire Resistance 5 3 RP
  • +2 Perception 2 RP
  • +2 Save vs Illusion 1 RP
  • +2 Natural AC 3 RP
  • Surprise Vulnerability Flat-footed until 2nd turn when surprised. -1 RP (?)
  • Constructed (Android trait) For the purposes of effects targeting creatures by type (such as a ranger's favored enemy and bane weapons), androids count as both humanoids and constructs. 2 RP
  • Emotionless (Android trait) Modrons have problems processing emotions properly, and thus take a –4 penalty on Sense Motive checks. -1 RP
  • Constructed Immunities (Android trait) Modrons are not subject to fatigue or exhaustion, and are immune to disease and sleep effects. Modrons can never gain morale bonuses, and are immune to fear effects and all emotion-based effects. 4 RP

Which is 14 RP if I'm adding correct, right?

I dropped penalty to Cha-based skill checks against Chaotic creatures. Seemed like extra bookkeeping for an unusual bonus, and Cha penalty was upped to -4 anyway, so seemed like double whammy. It is flavorful, however, so I am open to it, but wasn't sure if it is worth the extra tracking.

We don't have to use all of those Android traits, but I think they work better than Living Construct sub-type, although I can live with that or even the Half-Construct from ARG. They just seemed rather fitting.

Thoughts?


Patrick Curtin wrote:
Ok. I didn't hear from Woran, so I am bumping them down to the alternate list. I am giving Ken the slot because having him ask to be a player in a Planescape game is the equivalent of having Jason Buhlman or James Jacobs ask to play in a Golarion game. Plus, I really want a well-played Modron character in this.

Wow! That is flattering! I certainly don't rise to the level of Jason Buhlman or James Jacobs - I was just a freelancer for a few years there, and a fan with enough web coding skills to take over Planewalker when Brannon moved on. That modron article was one of the highlights of my time freelancing.

I don't want to take someone else's spot but I would love to play. I already have a few modron character ideas popping into my head today.


If you are compiling a list of alternates, I'd love to be added to that list. I have plenty of Planescape background - I used to run the Planewalker.com website when it was WotC's "Official Planescape Fan Site" and even had a Dragon mag article published (the one on modrons).

I have plenty of character ideas, so could fit in anything. If it could work with the concept you have, I'd love to try updating the modron PC race from that article (or other sources) to PF and give it a try with a confused rogue modron running with some orphans trying to find its place in the scheme of things. If not, like I said, I have plenty of other ideas and am partial to the planetouched races or powered-down gith (-zerai or -yanki).

Have fun! Sounds like a cool campaign!


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Here is my submission:

Wyaph Cloudrunner, Bariaur Fighter, Godsmen

I'm still new to PbP, but if it's a chance to play some Planescape, I am all for it! Haven't tried a 5e fighter yet or ever played a bariaur, so I thought I would give them a try and the concept seemed fun.

Wyaph Cloudrunner will be a god. His only doubt is whether he can convince you that you will be a god, too.


Steve Geddes wrote:
It occurred to me that renown (early in the DMG, around page 25 from memory) might be a useful optional rule. Aren't factions a significant thing in Planescape?

Nice memory, it's on page 22-23.

And looking at it, I agree that it would be a great addition to work with the Factions.


bookrat wrote:
Plancescape 5e - Interest Check

Interested? YEESSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!

*ahem* Sorry about that.

I am definitely interested. Buried in Real Life for the next week, but does seem to be settling and will be better soon.

bookrat wrote:

If you were to play this campaign, what would be more important to you?

Fellow players know Planescape, but not 5e
Fellow players know 5e, but not Planescape

How much would you be interested in helping your fellow player understand either one?

If there is a willingness to learn, either is fine with me - especially with knowing Planescape. It is a very unique setting that could have a very strong flavor to it, but only if players are open to that.

I would also be very willing to help fellow players understand Planescape. I suppose I could help with 5e, I generally know the system. However, I haven't played it very much so I don't think I would be the best for that. On the other hand, I am very familiar with Planescape and even ran Planewalker.com back when WotC gave their blessing to us as the "Official Planescape Fan Site." Ironically, I only DMed 1 Planescape campaign that didn't last very long (only completed part of Inifnite Staircase) and never got to be a player in one. However, I read all of the material and it is my favorite campaign setting of any edition.

Unfortunately, I could see a lot of interest in this game, but I would love to be able to play in it. It could be a lot of fun.


Sorry I didn't finish my submission (Taradin Stormfury). Truckload of life hit this week with a family member in the hospital. If my Sorc/Barb would fill a niche that no one else would, I can finish him up pretty quick, but otherwise it looks like you have plenty of other great submissions. So good luck to the rest of ya!


Sorry, will get mine finished and posted today!


Arturius Fischer wrote:

There's a reason the "Tacked On" last season felt "tacked on".

Because it was.

The original show was supposed to be 5 seasons, but they were told around 4 that it wouldn't be.

So--they sped things up to complete the metaplot. About halfway through, they were told that they would, indeed, have a fifth season after all.

You know, after they had written in all the major plot points.

According to jms at the time, they only moved up the plot several episodes so that they could wrap with Sheridan as President. The season 5 story was there all along (including hints to most of the major events throughout the previous seasons).

With how Tolkein-esque the whole arc was, Season 5 was the scouring of the Shire. Plus, jms said he didn't want to just have "and they won the war(s) - the end" but wanted to deal with the after effects of war which so many stories leave that out.

However, the reason they leave it out is because it's usually anti-climatic which is what season 5 wound up being. Although Peter Jackson did have a half hour of goodbyes at the end of the trilogy, he was at least smart enough to realize the scouring of the Shire would have been awful for plot pacing (and possibly a terrible ending for the movies for other reasons as well).

Even with his original vision of the story that was season 5 being shortened several episodes, it was still far too long to tell what amounts to a really long epilogue, but with some other subplots thrown in to try and mask the fact that it's an epilogue.

But considering that basically no show at the time had the concept of a pre-planned story arc until Lost (although they missed that all-important "pre-planned" part), it's still pretty cool what he managed to pull off, even if the last season was far weaker than seasons 2-4.

Sorry, I'm a B5 junkie. I could talk for hours about that show. But as for the original point of the thread - I love that idea of a campaign exploring a mysterious alien ship! Might have to start working on writing some stuff up.


I'm interested. If you allow Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide, my concept is Taradin Stormfury, a half-elven storm sorcerer sailor whose ship was destroyed by Shatterkeel. Floating in the water for days fighting off sahuagin savengers he learned the true primal power of the storm. Beyond just a magical force to dabble with, it could be raw fury.

Finally making it to land, he seeks revenge on Shatterkeel and unleashing the raw fury of the storm upon him.

Basics:

Half-elf Storm Sorcerer 2/Barbarian 1
Current plan would be balancing both classes, but that could shift depending on how things develop and what needs are.

Background: Sailor
Personality: I work hard so that I can play hard when the work is done.
Ideal: Freedom - The sea is freedom - the freedom to go anywhere and do anything.
Bond: Shatterkeel murdered my captain and crewmates, and left me to die. Vengeance will be mine.
Flaw: Once someone questions my courage, I never back down no matter how dangerous the situation.


Updated my character. Stats are about the same, but changed her name a bit and tried to do better with the personality.

Arda Skitterstone

Thank you!


I'd love to join in if you'll have me!

I am flexible on character concept since I have plenty and can fill in a needed niche if necessary. Although with this many, hopefully we are pretty well covered. If so, I have been itching to give the Occult Adventures classes a try and see how they play.

My top choices (both likely dwarven) are:

- an earth-focused kineticist (going for the earthbender concept from Avatar, which was obviously much of the inspiration for this class) or

- a shadow caller spiritualist, cursed with a living shadow but learning to make use of that curse (basically not a spiritualist by choice, but running with it and starting to appreciate the power it gives him)

But like I said, I can easily fill in any other gaps. I also like skill-focused characters (rogue being obvious choice, but there's some other nice ones like investigator, too) if necessary.


Here is my submission. Also cross-posting to your other recruitment thread. I am slightly more interested in this game, but I would enjoy either one.

Stats:

Ama
Female earth genasi druid (Circle of the Swarm) 3
Medium humanoid, neutral good
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Armor Class: 13
Hit Points: 24 (3d8+6)
Speed: 30 ft.
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STR 13 (+1), DEX 14 (+2), CON 14 (+2), INT 8 (-1), WIS 15 (+2), CHA 10 (+0)
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Saving Throws: Int +1, Wis +4
Ability Proficiencies: Dex +4, Wis +4
Tool Proficiencies: Herbalism Kit, Disguise Kit, Thieves' Tools
Senses: normal, passive Perception 14
Languages: Common, Primordial, Druidic

Actions
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Scimitar. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature.
Hit: 1d6+2 slashing damage.

Sling. Ranged Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, range 30 ft./120 ft., one target.
Hit: 1d4+2 bludgeoning damage.

Dagger. Melee or Ranged Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft. or range 20 ft./60 ft., one target.
Hit: 1d4+2 piercing damage.

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Abilities
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Earth Walk, Merge with Stone, Wild Shape (Insectoid Forms variant, 1 hour, expend spell slot heal 1d8/spell level), City Secrets

Spells
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Prepared: 5, Save DC: 12, Attack: +4

Cantrips
Magic Stone, Mold Earth

Equipment
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Leather armor, explorer's pack, Druidic focus (dead scarab tied to a rock), small knife, map of Calimshan (heavily featuring back alleys and the Undercity sewer system), common clothes, pet beetle, belt pouch, thieves' tools

10 gp

Background and Personality:

Background: Urchin
Personality Trait: I like to squeeze into small places where no one else can get to me.
Ideal: Aspiration - I'm going to prove that I'm worthy of a better life.
Bond: I owe a debt I can never repay to the person who took pity on me.
Flaw: It's not stealing if I need it more than someone else.

(Just used the Forgotten Realms based story from the other recruitment thread. Doesn't really matter to me where she is from.)

Ama's earliest memories are of struggling for survival on the streets of Calimport. Her early years are a blur of endless scavenging with each day a repeat of the last. All this changed when she was found by Bashir the Elder, Archdruid of Calimport. Mocked by many as vagrant beggar, Bashir was actually a powerful druid and self-appointed protector of the city, especially the destitute masses living on the streets. Bashir initially taught her the basics of surviving - how to steal enough to not rise the ire of the merchants, which inns provided the best cast off scraps, and where to hide from city guards and those who would prey on the street urchins.

Soon, however, Bashir began to notice Ama mirroring him as he patrolled the city. In particular, her unnatural ability to move about the city in ways that often left him unable to find her impressed the ancient druid. Studying her closer, he realized that she was touched by the dao, and that perhaps even genie blood ran through her veins. Taking her as his apprentice, he began to teach her how to listen to the city as a living thing. Its health could be measured in the vitality of its vermin, as they were first to show signs of infection. The lowest merchants were its pulse, showing signs of oncoming hardship long before it strikes the nobility. Urchins like her were the nerves sensing all aspects of the city and only needing a central spirit to gather that information. Bashir had been that spirit, and now he trained Ama, his "Alley Gnat." Ama learned quickly and became a devoted apprentice, carrying out his work throughout the city.

Just over a year ago, Bashir informed Ama that he had received a summons to assist former companions of his in the North. Ama could tell the threat was dire if Bashir was willing to leave the city he protected. Ama continued his work, but soon found she felt more concern for her mentor than for the city. Over the months, she found herself realizing that it was Bashir alone who has cared for her, and the city had left her to starve and die. As it came to the first anniversary of Bashir's departure with still no word from him, Ama turned her back on the only city she ever knew. After stealing a sword from a drunken guard, she left and traveled north to search for word of her mentor and learn of the world beyond Calimport's walls.

Personality
Ama is a deeply conflicted person still trying to find her place in the greater world. On the one hand, she is caring and seeks to protect the weak. On the other hand, she is quick to turn her back on those who don't appreciate her. She dreams of greatness rivaling the stories Bashir would tell off his exploits, but also feels she isn't worthy unless she proves herself. However, she has grown quite fond of her current companions and has begun to worry about the day she receives word of Bashir's whereabouts and face the dilemma of searching for her mentor or remaining with her newfound friends.

Thank you for your consideration!


Here is my submission. Also cross-posting to your other recruitment thread.

Stats:

Ama
Female earth genasi druid (Circle of the Swarm) 3
Medium humanoid, neutral good
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Armor Class: 13
Hit Points: 24 (3d8+6)
Speed: 30 ft.
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STR 13 (+1), DEX 14 (+2), CON 14 (+2), INT 8 (-1), WIS 15 (+2), CHA 10 (+0)
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Saving Throws: Int +1, Wis +4
Skills: Perception +4, Sleight of Hand +4, Stealth +4, Survival +4,
Tool Proficiencies: Herbalism Kit, Disguise Kit, Thieves' Tools
Senses: normal, passive Perception 14
Languages: Common, Primordial, Druidic

Actions
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Scimitar. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature.
Hit: 1d6+2 slashing damage.

Sling. Ranged Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, range 30 ft./120 ft., one target.
Hit: 1d4+2 bludgeoning damage.

Dagger. Melee or Ranged Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft. or range 20 ft./60 ft., one target.
Hit: 1d4+2 piercing damage.

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Abilities
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Earth Walk, Merge with Stone, Wild Shape (Insectoid Forms variant, 1 hour, expend spell slot heal 1d8/spell level), City Secrets

Spells
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Prepared: 5, Save DC: 12, Attack: +4

Cantrips
Magic Stone, Mold Earth

Equipment
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Leather armor, explorer's pack, Druidic focus (dead scarab tied to a rock), small knife, map of Calimshan (heavily featuring back alleys and the Undercity sewer system), common clothes, pet beetle, belt pouch, thieves' tools

10 gp

Background and Personality:

Background: Urchin
Personality Trait: I like to squeeze into small places where no one else can get to me.
Ideal: Aspiration - I'm going to prove that I'm worthy of a better life.
Bond: I owe a debt I can never repay to the person who took pity on me.
Flaw: It's not stealing if I need it more than someone else.

Ama's earliest memories are of struggling for survival on the streets of Calimport. Her early years are a blur of endless scavenging with each day a repeat of the last. All this changed when she was found by Bashir the Elder, Archdruid of Calimport. Mocked by many as vagrant beggar, Bashir was actually a powerful druid and self-appointed protector of the city, especially the destitute masses living on the streets. Bashir initially taught her the basics of surviving - how to steal enough to not rise the ire of the merchants, which inns provided the best cast off scraps, and where to hide from city guards and those who would prey on the street urchins.

Soon, however, Bashir began to notice Ama mirroring him as he patrolled the city. In particular, her unnatural ability to move about the city in ways that often left him unable to find her impressed the ancient druid. Studying her closer, he realized that she was touched by the dao, and that perhaps even genie blood ran through her veins. Taking her as his apprentice, he began to teach her how to listen to the city as a living thing. Its health could be measured in the vitality of its vermin, as they were first to show signs of infection. The lowest merchants were its pulse, showing signs of oncoming hardship long before it strikes the nobility. Urchins like her were the nerves sensing all aspects of the city and only needing a central spirit to gather that information. Bashir had been that spirit, and now he trained Ama, his "Alley Gnat." Ama learned quickly and became a devoted apprentice, carrying out his work throughout the city.

Just over a year ago, Bashir informed Ama that he had received a summons to assist former companions of his in the North. Ama could tell the threat was dire if Bashir was willing to leave the city he protected. Ama continued his work, but soon found she felt more concern for her mentor than for the city. Over the months, she found herself realizing that it was Bashir alone who has cared for her, and the city had left her to starve and die. As it came to the first anniversary of Bashir's departure with still no word from him, Ama turned her back on the only city she ever knew. After stealing a sword from a drunken guard, she left and traveled north to search for word of her mentor and learn of the world beyond Calimport's walls.

Personality
Ama is a deeply conflicted person still trying to find her place in the greater world. On the one hand, she is caring and seeks to protect the weak. On the other hand, she is quick to turn her back on those who don't appreciate her. She dreams of greatness rivaling the stories Bashir would tell off his exploits, but also feels she isn't worthy unless she proves herself. However, she has grown quite fond of her current companions and has begun to worry about the day she receives word of Bashir's whereabouts and face the dilemma of searching for her mentor or remaining with her newfound friends.

Thank you for your consideration!


Thanks! I will work up the PC tonight.

If it helps, I was about to edit my post to include what forms are possible at which levels. I think this is a complete list of possible wild shape forms:

Level 2: Crab, spider, giant centipede, giant crab, giant fire beetle, giant wolf spider, swarm of insects/beetles/centipedes/spiders

Level 6: Ankheg, carrion crawler, giant scorpion.

Level 8: Giant wasp, swarm of wasps

Level 10: Phase spider**

Level 12: Chuul**

Level 15: Bulette**, Rhinceros beetle (triceratops), umber hulk**

Level 18: Death wasp (wyvern)

And I believe these are the only forms I can take (which is fine with me, there is a nice spread as we progress in levels).

bold ones are new options not available to ordinary Cirlce of the Moon

** Requires 2 uses of wild shape


I was considering giving a Druid a try and was looking at some of the possible wild shapes when I came across Cirlce of the Swarm from Kobold Press's Southland Heroes. What would you think about this?

Cirlce of the Swarm:
Variant Druid: Circle of the Swarm (Circle of the Moon)

Insectoid Forms
Your wild shape feature works as the Circle of the Moon’s Circle Forms with the following changes.

Your choice of forms is limited. You may use Wild Shape to change into any insectoid, arachnid, or similar beast (such as a crab), though you must still have seen the creature to do so. In addition, you gain access to the following list of non-standard forms (you must follow the same CR and ability restrictions as outlined in Circle Forms): ankheg, carrion crawler, death wasp (use wyvern stats), giant rhinoceros beetle (use triceratops stats), and swarm of insects (all variants). Other insectoid forms may be available at your DM’s discretion.

Monstrous Wild Shape
At 10th level, you can expend two uses of Wild Shape at the same time to transform into a bullette, chuul, phase spider, or umber hulk. This ability replaces Elemental Wild Shape.

I haven't played enough 5e to be confident on the balance issues, but it actually fit the concept I was considering perfectly.


If I am interested in either of your new 5e recruitments - you mind if I post the same PC with the understanding that I'm interested in either not both? So whichever I'd be a best fit for, if any.


FYI, I'm hoping to get a submission as well! Just started looking for a game this weekend since in my home game I'm always the DM and I miss being a player. I am new to PbP but hope you will consider me. (Been reading up on it - and I should say I am familiar with PBeM from more years ago than I care to admit, but have only played home games since then.)

My current concept is a struggling actor/gentleman burglar who is a changeling warlock vigilante. I will try to have full stats and background tonight or tomorrow at the latest.


I would be interested, but with the caveat that I'm new to 5e (DMed it a little when first came out but group is pretty die hard PF), and am a newbie to PbP (always the DM in home group and never get to be a player, so decided this weekend to look at online games here - haven't played PbP since it was PBeM in the 90's). So not sure if you would want someone new like me in there, but I would be interested in applying.

As for the different options, I'd be interested in any of them. Out of the Abyss sounds cool.

Sandbox based on character interests would be awesome, as well. Not a fan of gritty, myself, but epic quest, exploring strange world(s), and even Dirty Dozen/Ocean's Eleven/Firefly group of "Good-ish" sorta-heroes are all loads of fun.

But I'm really open to most anything.


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Malwing wrote:
One race that is really interesting and I want to see but no one really does (Neurospasta does a bit) because there is no real way that I've seen to do it in a fair way and take class levels; A.I. Not androids, or some sort of construct or robot race. I'm taking about the kind of A.I. that does not necessarily have a body. Sometimes the only body it has is a hologram. Just a sentient computer program. If there's any way you can make that happen, a PC A.I. race I'd be very happy and impressed with your design skills.

For a starting place, I'd take a look at Monte Cook's "Book of Eldritch Might 3." Has rules for intelligent items that can advance through class levels (either the "intelligent item" class or I believe any class). Always wanted to use that to make an intelligent item PC since was rather well balanced for that.

Might be a decent chassis to at least see how someone addressed some of the issues that come up with an (N)PC that is an object rather than a living thing.


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Timitius wrote:

I only hope that I can still meet up with him in Quarut in 2021 to witness his ninja empire.....

Thanks for sharing that thread! Fun stuff. :)

Two things stood out about Mike to me:

1) Back when Paizo was publishing Dragon magazine, other editors published a couple of my articles, but he was the one who talked to me the most and worked back and forth on stuff and was excited about it even though none of it saw print. Incredibly friendly and helpful. I'm sure he wouldn't remember me a decade later, but I still remember talking with him.

2) In one of the coincidences that make you pause and feel a bit more mortal on a day like today, I believe we shared a birthday (or at least within a day) and he was exactly 1 year younger than me.

However, I followed his blog and there was a post I think from a year or two ago where he mentioned that he had actually achieved every long term goal he had. His life was still far too short, but he apparently did live it well.

My condolences to his friends and family. This has to be devastating.


TriOmegaZero wrote:
Zakur Opzan wrote:
Reaper has said that once it is over, it is over.
You sure?

Yes, but I want my golems!!! :)

Increasing a pledge later doesn't help unlock anything. I'm hoping we can push a little bit more this last day to get those golems, but it started to level off yesterday.


Ezren

(Although Mastery Spy is a close second, and the rest are also quite impressive I'm always impressed withe Pathfinder cosplayers!)


Alzrius wrote:

I really like the idea of Inner Planes-focused material. I think that the Elemental (and Energy) Planes are vastly untapped sources of great adventuring material, which is all too often overlooked by attitudes of "they're innately deadly as well as boring in their featurelessness."

I say, bring on the Inner Planes!

I definitely agree about the inner planes. There was a single Planescape book and an occasional location in an adventure, but they really got little love even under Planescape. "The Plane of Water is... well... just a lot of water... without end." is pretty dull and no real different than just being undersea. Fire is just a bunch of fire, Earth is an Underdark with out drow. Blarg.

Fire should be chaotic - the planar politics constantly shifting with force and personal power rewarded. Those who live there try to control others while in an uncontrollable environment. Power doesn't last, those in charge never stay that way, settlements rise up dramatically and collapses gloriously. In Air, nothing lasts and nothing is fixed. Water flows smoothly but constantly. Power struggles are furious in Fire, but subtle in Water. The Shaitan Empries of the Plane of Earth have lasted millenia. But when a change does occur, the effects tear through the foundations of entire societies.

We have all sorts of metaphors that surround these elements, and the planes should embody those as well in their cultures and interactions.

Thanks!
Ken


ShadowcatX wrote:

If I had to pick a book, either the caravan or the circus for sure.

As to kick starter, don't do it. Not until you've got a few quality products out and people can see what your company is like.

I am going back and forth on the "small little products vs moderate sized books" and we'll see. I have a decent freelance track record and fan site creds, but this would be my first self-publish (and I can expound on all that elsewhere). And, of course, I would include sample work and not just "hey, trust me!" :)

Also, I didn't get into it, but in addition to standard PDFs, I have built something far more interactive than traditional PDF "book wannabes" that might generate some additional interest. But I wanted to focus here on the content first.

I'm pretty excited about those ideas, too. The more I think about it, I'm not sure about leading with the circus because that might be best done with significant artwork, but I'm not sure. Text might be enough to capture that particular feel. (Whichever I start with, I'm starting small with the artwork because that's an area that can add up real fast. Best to either spend the money to do artwork right or include very little at all. Going with cheap and poor quality art seems to hurt a product more than no or little art at all.

But thanks for the feedback! I'm still in the very early planning stages, so I'll definitely take this under consideration. I might start small and then build up or go right for a moderate sized book. Definitely not diving in deep with a massive book with tons of art and maps and what not. I'm not THAT crazy. :)

Thanks again!
Ken


Endzeitgeist wrote:
All right! As a backer of "It came from the Stars" and "Sailing the Starlit Sea" I have to say that I'm excited about the prospect of planar material. However, I'd suggest releasing small pdfs first before jumping in the deep end with Kickstarters or big products.

I missed "It Came from the Stars", but definitely jumped on board for "Sailing the Starlit Sea". It's awesome that it got funded and I can't wait to see what they come up with.

Endzeitgeist wrote:
Since I'm currently reading "The Japanese Devilfish Girl" by Robert Rankin, I'd love an interplanar freak show. I'd also be interested in sourcebooks on the inner planes, provided they don't offer x archetypes/PrCs/feats etc. for elementalists - there's enough of that already out there and quite frankly, I'm sick of them. Fluff...now that's something completely different. Planar adventure anthology sounds nice, just be aware of OD's Planar sourcebook coming up - any synergy would be extremely cool - the same, of course, also goes for other supplements. The less competing systems there are and the more synergy we get, the better.

I'm also following the Open Design planar project (patron of that one), and definitely plan to compliment all these other efforts as much as possible and certain not conflict or overlap with.

And I certainly am into writing the fluff. Some crunch falls out of the fluff naturally, but these would certainly be fluff-focused and crunch would arise only when it naturally follows from that. I'm not big on "Ok, we need at least X feats, Y PrCls (or archetypes now are in vogue), etc." Crunch just for crunch's sake doesn't inspire the same way a really evocative idea does.

Endzeitgeist wrote:
Caravans of the Mercane could rock - I fondly remember "March of the Modrons" and this could rock on a similar level...

And "Great Modron March" and "Tales of the Infinite Staircase" are definitely models for the kind of Planescape adventures I enjoy the most. (I would have loved to expand on the Orcus-tainted Modrons I referenced in Dragon magazine, but it was cool just getting some Modron love out there in 3.5.) However, I was definitely avoiding being as ambitious as these adventures.

Endzeitgeist wrote:

Don't be discouraged and if you want to show that you're offering a product here, put the name of your company in brackets.

Cheers and all the best,
Endzeitgeist

Thanks for the feedback! I'm still getting things together, so I'll definitely be throwing in the company name and such once it's all set.

-Ken


Guess I'll bump once to see if anyone has an opinion.

Maybe I should have tried a sexier title like "Planescape meets Pathfinder!" or something. *shrug* :)

Hey, Tiny Coffee Golem, do you have any preferences? If not, that's cool. Thanks for the interest either way. Nice alias, by the way. I like it! If you add HD, does it become a Grande Latte Golem?


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After a few years away, I'm getting back into RPG writing again and was thinking of taking a stab at producing some planar products for Pathfinder since it's often an under-served niche and I just love that stuff (plus Paizo has opened a fair amount of their cosmology - thanks!). But I'm that player who writes up 4 different PCs at the beginning of a campaign and then has to randomly pick which one to use because he can't decide. Same thing happening here, too. So I figured I would ask and see if there is more interest in any of these ideas over the others.

I'm leaning towards a hybrid sourcebook/adventure anthology format maybe in the 96 page range, but that's entirely flexible. They would be Pathfinder compatible, but heavier on the fluff than the crunch most likely - lots of locations, NPCs, plot ideas. Also, if there is interest, I am looking to build these into a line (tentatively) called Planar Frontiers. Planescape focused heavily on Sigil, and I'm looking to counter that with focusing more on the "wilds" of the Planes. Ruins, and small settlements far from big civilizations. Planar prospectors, bordertowns where two planes bleed into each other, those sorts of things.

Caravans of the Mercane
Adventures start innocently enough as caravan guards for traveling mercane merchants, but of course there is far more to their agenda - and their selecting the PCs - than at first appears. Include information on the mercane race as well as several planar trade companies. Several locations that feature planar bazaars. Information on various forms of planar travel beyond the traditional spells and magic items - from shifting your beliefs while travel to shift planes to "backroads" that only traveling merchants now about.

Pirates of the Silver Void (or just Sailing the Silver Void)
Fleshing out the Astral Plane with locations, organizations, and plots enough to support an entire campaign. Would also possibly include magical ship information (although I'd love for Sailing the Starlit Sea to get funded and be able to use or reference their ideas - just an unsolicited shout out to that project that is really close to funding but not there yet with the deadline looming).

Unnamed book on traveling planar circus/carnival/freakshow
Been burning through names on this one trying to find something with a lot of character but not too cheesy. I'll get there. But a sourcebook/adventure anthology on a traveling performance troupe that could be enemies, allies, or even the PCs themselves. Just an FYI - back when I played Warhammer 40K, I was Eldar Harlequins every time. So I love this mash up of bizarre circus/carnival and gaming.

Book of Elemental Fire
The first of 4 building up the elemental planes with locations, organizations, NPCs, plots, adventures, etc. Could see a bit more crunch creeping into this one with some definite new archetypes, support for the Ifrit, etc. I think there's plenty of great stuff that could be done with all of the elemental planes, but fire is of course an easier one to make exciting and help build initial interest. The elemental planes are an area that even Planescape didn't go too deeply into. A while back I even sketched out ideas to make an all elemental plane campaign viable with conflicts between genies and elder elementals, etc.

So, do any of these 4 appeal to you?

Lastly, on a related note, I am looking to use Kickstarter to get this funded (Claudio Pozas is already slated to do the cover artwork), but for a primarily digital product what sort of rewards would be enticing? I will probably include limited edition soft and hardcover options printed through Lulu for the higher backers. Otherwise, is varying levels of input into the design enticing? Or more tangible rewards better?

Thanks for the input!!


Apologies if this is not the best forum for this or if it's against policy (didn't see anything in the FAQ). If it's best moved, please do so.

Anyway, I'm unfortunately more in the need of some cash than my Pathfinders, so I have a set of Pathfinder #1-6 up on eBay.

Looks like most of them are out of print here at Paizo, and it's currently at half cover price anyway with 2 days left. So if you missed out on what started Golarion and the whole Pathfinder adventure path series then you can provide a good home for these books.

Thank you and take care!
Ken

Edit: Oh, and 10% goes to charity (breast cancer research in this case). I need the money, but I still think it's important to help out where we can.

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