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Cheliax

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This may be a bit of an od question but how much leeway is allowed inthese characters allighment wise?

Also anything off limits as far as race is concernd?

Cheliax

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Been reading the new Inner sea gods book and noticed that apparently now Saranae worship is accepted in Taldor (Never one to turn their back on a good deity, the nation of Taldor supports a number of temples
devoted to Sarenrae) being the specific line.

Also the dawnflower cult in Quadria seems to be being presented as more neutral than evil (Despite being accepting of slavery having very warlike ways being merciless in battle against enemies etc.)

Was just wondering if all the older elements have been retconed out (Much like a certain deity having Paladins?)

Cheliax

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Reading over the book there seems to have been a change of stance in regards to Saranae worship in Taldor (Were apparently there are now many churches and appears to be an accepted religion) as well as how the dawnflower cult works (None of which seem to be close to evil which seems a bit odd giving there stance on things)

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Lord Fyre wrote:
Purple Dragon Knight wrote:

the cloning of Thor was the single dumbest thing they had Reed Richards do... a close second is the shipping of Hulk to Planet Hulk

Edit: hmmm... a Marvel Team-Up featuring Thor and Hulk seeking revenge on Reed Richards

HULK: "Goldielocks, hold THIS!" (hulk hands the foot of Reed Richards to thor, takes the other foot, and jumps far, FAR AWAY!!!!!!!!!)

I think we can, easily, agree that this was the worst story-line that MARVEL has ever written. (Not a small accomplishment when your canon includes One More Day.)

Which in itself was a direct result of the civil war storyline.

Cheliax

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Actually if I'm not mistaken britain also has race hate laws as well as ones against speech used to encite hatred (Hence why a certain church wasent allowed to come here from America.)

Cheliax

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houstonderek wrote:
I don't get it. Are those pics supposed to be weird or something?

Sort of but only to a specific 16% of the population that has a specific phobia near as I can gather.

Cheliax

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Impresion I got playing through and reading these threads is that deciding that 1 tier= half a lvl in power was possibly the main problem with it being closer to 1 tier = 1 lvl.

Cheliax

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In Iron gods are we going to learn why the annihlator robots have been kidnapping people?

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Myself I would prefer they keep adding the characters they want to add in.

Cheliax

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Aarontendo wrote:


I don't know anyone's personal situation here, but I'll say that my gaming budget isn't so great that I can just shrug when someone makes off with $100 and "goes dark" on a project.

I feel I should point out he hasent gone dark since he is posting updates again

Cheliax

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To be honest I would think it would be best to not have lightsaber style energy blades. Perhaps something more akin to the power weapons they have In 40K

Cheliax

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In regards to the controll mechanism being overly complicated I just look at it as the runelords basically showing off (Hey look how powerfull I am when I can get pitfiends to power my otherwise mundane dam) For a society led by people who build superweapons/plate there cities in gold/make mountain sized carvings of themself the explenation they did it because they could kind of fits.

Cheliax

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This one have Iconic's in the openers or more standard ones?

Cheliax

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We have seen two of the new Iconics (Swashbuckler and war priest) any chance of seeing any more of them in the next couple of months? (Or failing that at least an indication there is a Gnome of halfling in the new group)

Cheliax

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Not just Russian media I cant find any mention of it in the reular media as well (Which I find odd since considering the current retoric I would think something like this would be in all the headlines.)

Cheliax

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They have changed the art style there is a thread about it on the giant forum.

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Vlad Koroboff wrote:

This just in:

THIS GUY was registered as ukraininan presidential candidate.
I kid you not.
Take that,green goblin and socialists!

Hell I'd vote for him

Cheliax

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Does anyone else have problems when looking at the Pdf (Computer seems to really struggle with it.)

Cheliax

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Storm lord put up a heck of a fight in my campaign (Admitadly that was because the main damage dealer was the Paladin and he has protection against smites. Also the Marlitth lady put up an okay fight (Much better than the supposedly Mythic one from the previous book.)

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blackbloodtroll wrote:

We had a campaign where some played a cat.

Eventually, everyone hated it.

The players, and the DM.

It got to the point where everyone would rather play no game, at all, then play with this cat pc.

It is a fun idea, in theory, but in practice, it will eventually grind on everyone's nerves, and everyone in the group will hate you for it.

Note: This player simply had this cat pc do, as a normal cat would do. That was all.

You have been warned.

Yeah had a similair experiance with A Psionic cat Pc in a campaign I was in. Sounds amusing at first but quickly becomes annoying in my experiance.

Cheliax

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Ilja wrote:
Vlad Koroboff wrote:
Papaver wrote:
They filmed the attack and posted it online.
Is it even possible to be more stupid?
If your goal is to spread terror it is a fine way to do it, just like public lynchings and similar.

Plusthe guy who is supposed to investigate this stuff is a member of his party.

Cheliax

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To be honest think I'm just gonna give the rest of this series a pass I just find reading it so off putting.

Cheliax

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Anyone else find reading this just downright depressing now?

Cheliax

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Tangent101 wrote:
I'd rather the fiction be removed entirely and additional maps and background information given. If I want fiction, I'll buy a book. (And trust me; I regularly DO buy books for my personal enjoyment.)

This kind of highlights my problem with the new set up. People who dont like the fiction still arent going to like it and it just puts me off the fiction a bit.

Cheliax

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As the title says what does everyone think of the new format for fiction in this Ap. Personally I much preferd the previous fiction. In the current story the fiction itself was fine but I did not care for the bit at the end and that it is also to possibly be used as an encounter map in the main Ap (Frankly it takes up space that could have been used for more story or art full body pictures of the main story cast etc and the map is not much use for an encounter map.

Cheliax

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Yeah stop taking someone seriously when they begin to claim the BBC is in the russians pocket.

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GreyWolfLord wrote:
Quandary wrote:

Contrary to your statement, there were in fact TWO options.

One was to seek accession to Russia, the other was to revert to Crimea's previous Constitution. (which had broader scope of autonomy from Ukraine)

As another poster previously pointed out, anybody not voting directly impacts the vote turn-out, which needs 50% to be valid... So not voting at all is effectively a vote against both listed options. That is actually a generous approach because then it doesn't split the vote of people who might vote "no to both" with those who decide to boycott the vote completely (it actually gives the benefit of the doubt to "No to both" by letting them count wholly apathetic people as votes against both options). As it turned out, the vote turn-out was announced to be around 80%, so "no to either option" was apparently not a popular option, or even a competitive minority. Having a listed option for that, as opposed to an implicit option per consequence of turn-out requirement, wouldn't change anything.

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IF...in a nation where only 50 - 60% are Russian, 15% were actually kicked out or have had to FLEE Russians in the past...then ANYTHING over 86% should in favor of Russia should automatically start ringing alarm bells.

The TURNOUT (i.e. the people who voted) was announced to be 80% something percent (which is very high by most measures). The announced vote percentage is OF THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED, just like how things are calculated in any other democracy (otherwise US Presidents couldn't get elected). If you multiply the % that voted at all by the % of votes for "Join Russia", it turns out that ~75% of the electorate supported joining Russia (and a bit more supporting further autonomy from Ukraine without joining Russia per se), which falls well short of your 86% ringing alarm bells line. That's probably not just ethnic Russians, but mostly, I'm sure... Who are of course the dominant majority in Crimea.

I have no idea what you're going on about "if some people

...

Well having actually seen the ballot Paper I can confirm there were two options. As for 95% If memory serves in previous refernedums back in the 90's they were getting 88% so a 7% shift in two decades does not seem all that impobable to me.

Cheliax

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Really hoping there is another spawn of Rovagug in Inner sea gods (Since if memory serves he dosent have regular heralds?)

Cheliax

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How is the fiction in this one (Seem to recall them saying there is a new format for it?)

Cheliax

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Anyone have this yet and if they do which Iconics are in it?

Cheliax

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Majuba wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:

Has anyone gotten there shipping soon email because I haven't even gotten that yet?

For those who have gotten the PDF, what are the new monsters like?

You may have already received this last week - it was in a new format and I think a different subject line... yes, mine just said "Paizo Order # 3XXXXXX".

The Bestiary has a nifty elemental outsider, a tiny construct, a small magical beast (that reminds me of a creature I edited for Wayfinder #10), a sort of baby phoenix, and (of course) some delicious new swarms.

So which Iconics are on the cover of the Bestiary opener?

Cheliax

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Still spawning orders then?

Cheliax

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Any good Iconic art in this book (Lini specificly?)

Cheliax

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On my subscriptions page my March subscription seems to have been Merged with My April one.

Cheliax

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Actually I still dont think he has lied or stolen anything (Then again I was pretty certain from the start that this was going to be a lot more complicated/longer than he planned.)

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Scott Jacobs 770 wrote:
In the end this is not economically a sound decision and i know im not alone in this... spoiler alert printed in china.

Hmmm the fact this is the model they have been running from the start and they are still here would indicate otherwise. So excuse me if I take the word of the still going strong company over some random voice on the internet.

Cheliax

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James Jacobs wrote:
Samy wrote:

James, I was stalking you guys' base on Google Maps (sorry for being creepy!) and I got curious. What's that huge building right east of you, in the middle of that wasteland looking area? It looks like some sort of mining area, what is it, a gravel factory or something?

Do you guys ever sneak over the fence at midnight to LARP Fallout there? :D

Oh, and how much of a part of that entire 7120 building is you guys?

The big building is a brand-new Fed Ex distribution hub. There was a lot of construction and landscaping going on there recently in preparation for it.

James and Wes and Adam have climbed up the hill to look around there a few years back and have... stories.

Counting Goblinworks, we're about 75% of the building I'd guess. Probably a little more.

Out of curiosity what are the other 25%?

Cheliax

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Seems the Iconic swashbuckler and Warpriest have been ousted on the free RPG Facebook page. Just wondering is it them and if it is is the Swashbuckler male/female and I assume Half elf?

Cheliax

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Shisumo wrote:
The Free RPG Day module also seems to show the warpriest and swashbuckler iconics...

Just me or does the swashbuckler look male? also seems to be half elf If I'm not mistaken.

Cheliax

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The black raven wrote:

Just received my latest order from Paizo and it got an ad for GenCon with what looked suspiciously like new iconics :

- A very Hulk-like male green skin (I guess Half-Orc) that could be a Bloodrager (or maybe a Brawler)

- A blond human (or similar) male playing a string instrument that made me think of a realistic/serious Elan (of OOTS fame) but with a goatee and who might be a Skald

- A tan-skinned redhead female human who looks like an arcane caster (Arcanist ?) with like a hundred rings at her belt (to replenish her pool maybe)

- A blond human or elf female with the classical archer Ranger look. My guess is Slayer since I do not see a companion nearby.

Of course I could also be 100% wrong about these new (to me at least) characters ;-P

Honestly dont think those are the new iconics just a general add for Gencon I think.

Cheliax

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Ah well Sadly no reason for me to buy it then unfortunatly (Really do not like most of the current cast ((Come across as really really dumb at the best of times)) and after 12 issues and a special of not liking them I feel I've given them more than a fair chance)

Cheliax

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Sounding like a broken record I'm sure but still no Lini back in it?

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Seriously as I pointed out above she dosent remain consistent with her own personality between her appearence in book 1 and her appearence in book 5 (Which now that I think about it is even weirder since a huge deal is made of her 'first' appearence in book 5 when she has already appeared with very little fanfair in book 1)

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Just realised something else that has been bothering me about the entire situation. As written this is actually not the groups first encounter with Iomedae it's actually the second. the first happening way back in the first book

Spoiler:
Devotion Point Awards

Iomedae takes note of the PCs as they work their way through
the Gray Garrison. Ancient laws and edicts beyond mortal
comprehension prevent her, or any of the deities, from taking
a direct hand in mortal affairs, even when those affairs are
being threatened by a demigod like Deskari, but neither will
the Inheritor sit idly by without providing a small boon to
those PCs who took time out to honor her fallen garrison.
After the wardstone is destroyed, the next time the PCs
rest, they have a singular, shared dream in which a scarred
but beautiful woman dressed in plate armor visits them
and thanks them for their kindness and service before
apologizing for the fact that she cannot help them in the
future. Yet she can grant them a token of her gratitude, and
kisses each dreaming PC on the brow.
When the PCs waken, their Devotion Points are gone—
in their place they gain additional rewards, depending
on how many points they accumulated overall. Note that
these rewards are cumulative; earning 10 or more points
grants all four of the following permanent boons.
1–4 Devotion Points: Each PC gains a permanent +2
bonus to a skill of her choice.
5–7 Devotion Points: Each PC gains 5 permanent hit points.
8–9 Devotion Points: Each PC gains a bonus feat of
his choice (the PC must qualify as normal for the feat’s
prerequisites).
10 or more Devotion Points: Each PC gains a +2 increase
to an ability score of her choice.

Frankly to me the way Iomedae acts in this scenario is completly diffrent than how she acts in book 5. Here she is humble, apolagetic and gives you abilities (Depending how well you do up to the equivilant of gaining a lvl) without the pop quiz or horn torture.

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James Jacobs wrote:
Changing Man wrote:
As a mythic character and slaying Baphomet, couldn't you theoretically usurp his domain for your own? Didn't Kostchichie do something like that?
Yeah... that's more along the lines of themes we explored back in Savage Tide. It's not really thematically appropriate for supposedly good-guy PCs to become demon lords, but it's certianly possible.

How about that inverted rune giant if he is still alive?

Cheliax

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Will there be any more pregenerated character books coming out for other Ap's soon?

Cheliax

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Any chance of hearing more about Catfolk anytime soon?

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F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:

What IS the general opinion of most nations about the Pathfinder Society? It seems the more I read of them (especially from the Pathfinder Society unlikable or is it just me? thread) the less awesome they seem to be, utilizing unethical methods and hoarding the info and artifacts for themselves, becoming so bad there's actually a special interest group among them dedicated to steering the Society towards good ends (The Silver Crusade) and one dedicated to advocating for Pathfinder agents treated callously by the Decemvirate (The Shadow Lodge). And their treatment of Eando Kline and his warnings speaks VERY badly of them.

Simply put, it seems like most info we've received on the Pathfinder Society makes them seem more like egotistical jerks, more like Belloc than Indy. More like Heinrich Schliemann than Howard Carter. That they're not concerned with the study and analysis of ancient history, but more with the treasures and magic they left behind, and instead of sharing it with the world, only care about bragging about it to their colleagues.

I suspect it varies widely. Most nations probably aren't big fans of explorers coming in and stealing their national treasures. That opinion is probably exacerbated by the more unscrupulous members of the society. That said, I do think there's been too much focus on the society's leader's being douchebags and that something you'll see less of coming up.

Interestingly, though, you did hit on exactly who the Society was modeled after: Belloc. Knowing that Pathfinder players tend to be more on the fortune and glory side of things than Indy, the Society was initially pitched as being more like Indy's money-grubbing, suave nemesis than the brazen scholar-hero. That's not to say that they're mutually exclusive or that there's not room for both types of play, but at the end of the day, we decided we had to dangle gold and power under most PCs' noses to get them exploring.

Again, though, expect more attention on the heroes of the...

Thats good to hear.

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As a Pro Union Scotsman I do find a lot of the nationalists arguments to be either nonsensical or frankly very short sighted.

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Skeld wrote:


Kevin Mack wrote:

Well ran the encounter but pretty much reworked the entire thing (One character had the trait that ends up making them a gods child this case Iolmadae so removed all the damage parts and made the questioning more like Iolmodae trying to get a feel for her daughter and finding out more about her)

I did mention the way it is supposed to go down to the players afterward they pretty much all groaned and made the "Lawfull stupid." Commnent

Interesting. So you removed the damage component, but did your PCs take any of the actions that would have triggered the damage if you had left it in?

-Skeld

The second question would have counted as a fail since they diddent hesitate to answer (By this point they have several former cultists, Nurah, a redeemed succubuss and two retrievers who were reddemed via the forge thing in drezen so would see no reason to hesitate at the question.)

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