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You apply adamantine to the base hardness so your heavy adamantine shield starts with 26 hit points and 20 hardness.

After that you treat it as you would your steel shield.

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Benchak the Nightstalker wrote:

I was under the impression that the idea that the Nazca used hot air balloons was still speculation. A guy showed that ypu could build a hot air balloon with the materials they had at the time, but no actual evidence of balloons has been found.

Have their been new discoveries I missed hearing about?

As I understand it, they actually did find drawings that showed them as well. Nazca makes a poor landing field for spacecraft. As the one ranger put it. "Once you get under the stones, the ground is quite soft. I'm afraid our spacemen would have gotten stuck."

But applying Occam's Razor, what's more logical to assume, that the Nazcans could have used hot air balloons that could be made with local technology, or do we assume space aliens for which we have NO evidence directing this sort of construction for no particular reason? Whereas the Nazcans working alone WOULD have had reasons that fit their culture, mainly a form of shamanistic belief.

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Greylurker wrote:

The Doctor has never been a fan of soldiers but he's always been tolerant. He spent three incarnations helping UNIT. He's always been of the opinion that guns cause more problems than they solve, and soldiers tend to jump for their guns at the first sign of trouble.

but clearly this regenration has dragged up something very specific this time. On top of that the during our visit to the Doctor's childhood we heard his parents(?) talking about sending him to the military instead of the academy. There is a raw nerve that has been exposed here and I think part of this season is going to be dealing with it.

oh....

this would be an excellent time to revisit his Daughter/Soldier/Clone

Save that he's sure that she's dead. Besides Moffat has a clear aversion when it comes to using Russel Davies material, which is probably why Davies made such an effort to clear up his loose ends before ending his tenure as showrunner.

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Kaisoku wrote:

In the vein of the "I did it for immortality" theme, I was surprised to see that there wasn't any similar-to-lich clockwork version.

Basically, the idea would be that the creator would imbue his soul into a "catalyst device" (usually in the form of some perpetual motion device, lol), which would reconstruct a clockwork body on death.

The original ruler of Thassilon, Xin tried something like this. It went badly.

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FiddlersGreen wrote:
It's hard to speculate on the degree to which being able to bend elements could help the advancement of technology. We can already see that they took several shortcuts in the development of their technology. For instance, IIRC, Marko's day job involved using his bending to help run Republic City's power generators (talk about clean energy!). Also, the metal benders used metal-bending to operate the shields for their city.

It's a bit hard to believe that republic city's energy needs were met by a half dozen benders who didn't even work full time!

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jemstone wrote:

So you're saying the only way they could have gotten that technology isn't through hard work and innovation and a desire to improve the lot of mankind through technology, but rather...

** spoiler omitted **

No... the fact that the Nazcans had balloons proves that no alien "help" was needed.

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Captain K. wrote:

He's called Quinn. He is indeed awesome.

I prefer to think of him as Mighty.

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j b 200 wrote:
Other than worshipping demon lords instead of Lolth, how would you say Golarion drow differ culturally from Faerunian drow?
They don't really care about the surface world, as a general rule. They might want to wreck it in a few outlying cases, but they don't want to rule it. They don't raid it. They see it as beneath them and not worth their time.

Or above them? Is it possible that drow grammar might use the term above us, the way and context we'd use beneath us? After all, the beings they hate the most live above them.

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ElyasRavenwood wrote:

I am curious what are peoples impressions?

How big is the Pathfinder society in game?

How many field agents are there?

How many Venture Captains?

How many support staff?

So how large do people thing the pathfinder society is in game?

Thanks

There's a difference between in game and in canon.

In game there's a whole horde of them. In canon, I'd say a lot less, after all I find it highly unlikely that several thousand Pathfinders were present at the events of the Blakros Matrimony.

I would say that in canon the entire size of the organisation would be a couple of hundred, tops.

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I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:


When confronted with the notion, though, you must admit it's a pretty compelling character concept, right?

It used to be, but after havin sat through several years of threads about dhampir paladins whining about how they're so screwed up with their Paladin powers, it excites me as much as someone announcing they're going to create a drow ranger who specializes in two weapon fighting.

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David knott 242 wrote:
Thomas Long 175 wrote:
Roanoke island was a pre james town colony located in the new england area that was said to have died off in its 2nd winter. Apparently, when the ships arrived next season the establishment was still there but the people were all gone with no trace of what happened to them.

Correct except for the location of the colony. Roanoke Island is part of the Outer Banks of North Carolina -- I've been there.

It's an interesting set of stories. It's not exactly true that there was no trace of what happened to them. Roanake never got it's resupply after the last group of colonists were settled. (the earlier group had been a group of men left by Walter Raleigh who left the colony after royally pissing off the local tribes, (they had sacked a local village in revenge for the accused theft of a silver cup)

The ships did not arrive next season, they were supposed to arrive to supply the colony next season but there was no actual visitation for about 3 years.

Complications, including the greed of several ships sent to relieve them (they took up privaterring instead and never arrived) and preparing to defend against an attack by the Spanish Armada delayed any relief for years. When the colony was revisited and found deserted they found that the bulk of the houses had been dismantled, not burned.

In a separate account Chief Powhatan, famous mainly for being the captor of John Smith and the father of Pocahantas claimed to have slaughtered the colony. it is believed however that many of the residents either sought refuse with local tribes such as the Crotoan and Hatteras and or were taken captive by other Indian tribes that the Crotoan were at occasional war in. there were records of a fair number of grey eyed Indians who claimed descent from the settlers and had a fair amount of education as evidence.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roanoke_Colony

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LazarX wrote:
The WitchBane of Rassilon?

If it was vampires than it would be the Bow of Rassilon.

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Volvogg wrote:

Not really familiar with mythic rules and whatnot. What additional options are available for this type of concept as a mythic character?

A whole crapton. In fact my Paladin in Wrath of the Righteous is a fairly decent secondary Summoner herself, thanks to dual pathing Guardian and Hierophant and Mythic Paragon.

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wraithstrike wrote:
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He was speaking of the PrC, not the assassin profession. Being an assassin does not make you evil.
If you are jaded enough that you will kill someone merely for a contract, you're evil in my book.
I should have given an example.I agree that killing for money/profit is evil. The non-evil assassins I was speaking of are those that such as government agents who kill people to protect their country, as an example. To avoid any hair-splitting we will assume the gov't is not having him kill people for bad reasons. :)

Then that would be some very weird government. Kings and governments employ assassins to do things they won't dare be caught ordering openly.

.... and then sometimes they hire an assasin to kill the assasin.

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houstonderek wrote:


A. RPGs aren't "more popular than ever". That peaked in the Eighties. We're a healthy niche hobby, WAY behind CCGs, board games and video games, but still commercially viable.

We've transitioned from being "Is that the weird game your son plays?" to "It's the game my dad plays with his geezer friends."

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Splode wrote:

It's ultimately going to depend on how alignment is defined by the table, the GM, and the setting you're playing in. We forum folks could debate the alignment of such an action until the cows come home, but all we'd really do is show how undefinitive the alignment system is for characterizing the morality of one's actions.

All I can say is...I hope your Paladin enjoys their trip to the Boneyard.

Actualy what you all are really showing is that there is a contingent on this board dedicated to finding new ways to push the Paladin's red button.

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ShroudedInLight wrote:

I know a lot of people are just going to tell me Summoner, but the ability to only summon one creature at a time is pretty harsh, at least if I am reading it right since it limits you from making use of Superior Summoning.

You are not restricted to one creature at a time. You ARE restricted from using both your Eidolon and your Summon Monster SLA's both at once.

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KestrelZ wrote:

The problem is balancing in-game logic with the rule of cool.

The three most destructive words to a setting when used without restraint.

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lastknightleft wrote:
So is there a reason I can't use feats for these interchangeably? I don't understand the need to reinvent the wheel and call it a 2 dimensional spheroid.

How about the fact that there is no rules support for such use? Unless you're playing PFS, the person you need to ask is your home GM.

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Dragon78 wrote:
Yes, because it is so hard to believe that it took them only 60 years to go from hot air balloons and tanks to get cars and airplanes;)

Hot Air balloons were in use for thousands of years before we got to tanks and cars. The Nazcans used them to draw their immense line art.

And remember Republic City also has skyscrapers, shock gloves, functional air ships (a lot safer than we ever developed), airplanes, and electricity and radio. that's quite a bit for a mere 7 decades.

What's curiously lacking are trains.

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Territory isn't that big a deal. We have a lot of cooperation locally between Venture Officers of New Jersey, Pennslyvania, and New York.

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I hope not. My hand drawn maps are usually unrecognizable, pale imitations of the maps in the scenarios.

I'm quite proud of the Weapon in the Rift map I drew this past weekend for an upcoming convention. I was also shocked that it fit on one piece of the 25"x30" lined easel pad I purchased.

I only wish I had been able to add a 3rd dimension to it for the final encounter.

I got lazy. I extracted the image, blew it up in Scribus, exported it to PDF and sent it off to a Staples Copy and Print and made an engineering print. I consider the 3 bucks it cost me, money well spent.

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In short, yes there are... It's your player's onus to prove what mechanism he's using and to provide the source, if needed.

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keyafay wrote:

Things to clarify and keep in mind.

1. This is a custom Campaign, driving to a steam punk style.
2. I have changed potions from magic to Alchemical
3. I am utilizing encounters that will not require magic in order to defeat them.

This hasn't been laziness or lack of thought for the set up. I have always believed in the saying “Two heads are better than one” so although I have a method that is working, I always like to look for ways of making it better.

I do like everyone’s input and I feel more confident in what I have created so far. The “Pure Steam” 3rd party book has been a great reference to this as well.

Thank You all for the feedback!

The problem is that you're asking a question that assumes a standard type setting and a standard type campaign using the standard rules. You've gone far enough off the beam in all three axes, that the CR system isn't that meaningful anymore.

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EntrerisShadow wrote:
Chris Mortika wrote:
Doctor Who is a British show, but Moffat has shown before that he's sensitive to American values and wants the show to do well over here. So why (a) make the black guy controlling and possessive, and also (b) insinuate that the black girl is late for "Shoplifting"?

You just answered your own question.

Really, the Brits seem to have a much better standing in race relations than we do. I would think portraying minorities in a negative light would be far more off-putting across the pond. I mean, seriously - consider the last time a Hollywood movie allowed its white female lead to be romanced by a black guy. (Without it being the entire plot of the movie ala Jungle Fever.)

Political discussion aside, this episode was actually the best of the new season, in my mind, but I'm still agitated over The Doctor's hatred of soldiers. IX and X had far better reason to hate soldiers, and even though his hatred of war and the military was trotted out quite a bit, they always made sure to show him being respectful to enlisted soldiers. (If not always the top brass. The Sontaran Strategem/The Poison Sky are good episodes to see it in action.)

I mean, just why? Where did this even come from? For that matter, shouldn't it have gone in the opposite direction, considering this incarnation regenerated after making his peace with the War Doctor? It's maddening!

Have you considered the possibility that it's simple jealousy? The one person he approved of of Mr. Bow Tie was no real threat to Clara's attachment to him. The Doctor travels almost always only with FEMALE companions... think about that.

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Leithlen wrote:
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Alzaric wrote:
The game has basically been built around the idea that GW would release a Minimum Viable Product to start with, and those Early Enrollees would have the opportunity to participate in determining the priority for development tasks. They're calling this process "crowdforging." If certain people are uncomfortable with this process, perhaps they should wait to start their gametime/subscription time until Open Enrollment begins. Hopefully by that time, the game will be in a state that they feel is acceptable.

Does it matter if the majority do not feel the product is viable when game data becomes persistent?

What if people are uncomfortable with what the state of the game was when the product began and how it will impact the future state of the game?

Does it matter when a player chooses to begin their paid playtime if the world itself was created in a state they will forever be uncomfortable contributing to?

Ding ding ding! We have a winner! You hit exactly what I have been trying to warn about. I've seen many games (often with terrific design ideas) launch in terrible state. Most of them can't maintain a sufficient player-base to keep things running (and the active population of forum is probably less than 1/100th the player-base needed for an MMORPG). In others, especially ones in which the players have a major impact on the world, the economy and territorial conquest are sufficiently skewed by play under unfinished and unbalanced systems as to alter the game experience in an undesirable fashion, lessening the experience for early adopters and creating a situation that late-comers aren't willing to participate in.

You're absolutely postively correct but for one thing. PFO is in Alpha status, not launch. Champagne may have been smashed over the hull of our luxury liner, but she's far from finished.

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We want a movie with class, worthy of respect....

Or we'll take Zardoz. It's got Sean Connery!

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zauriel56 wrote:
How many shots can a gunslinger get off dual wielding pepperboxes? And when you reload with rapid reload, will that only get one bullet in?

Two is the number of shots you will get, and the number of the shots will be two, as long as the number of hands you command is limited but not less than two, having no free hands to do the needed rotation of the barrels.

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Freehold DM wrote:
Whedon will continue to kill off characters for inscrutable purposes, and fans will continue to tune in.

He kills them off for dramatic purposes and to move along the plot. Killing off Tara in Buffy, for instance, was instrumental in the development of Willow's character. Not to mention that it aired out the skeletons in Buffy's head as well.

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Hopefully all of your sessions have been reported. What I would do is go the the Pathfinder Society section of your account and do a print out of your player and GM sessions if any. That would help much.

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By the time you get to Book 5, you're pretty dam powerful mythic figures, not the novice heroes she's considerably gentler towards at the end of Book 1. So the kid gloves do come off. She has to make bloody sure that she did not make a mistake in vesting you with this kind of power.

At least she's not calling Sebastion in on you.

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Well they are going for dark and gritty, not four color, which means in a Shield series, characters are going to die, with most likely Fitz being next, now that Skye has made him redundant.

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Ravingdork wrote:
Master of Shadows wrote:
My point is that for the desired result, the hats duration is irrelevant. You put on the hat, make your disguise check, and once you have the result, thats your disguise. since you only make the check once, and all perception checks are rolled against that same check, you only need the +10 bonus during the instant in which you rolled the die. after that the perception DC is static regardless of the spells duration. There is no need to refresh the spell when it wears off unless they wish to change disguises.
Does this preclude the player having the option to take 10 on his Disguise check? I'm thinking not.

Taking 10 means you're working on the Disguise skill yourself. You can't take 10 when all you're doing is activating a magic item.

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Lou Diamond wrote:

Things I think need to be done to fix the hunter.

1: The Hunters AC should get full HD through level 20. Reason Hunter's AC should be tougher than a Druids as the Hunter gives up 4 levels of spell casting and Wild Shape.

The Hunter's AC already is buffed over the Druid's AC. Animal Focus buffs that scale, and free teamwork feat synergy. And I'm not even counting the skirmisher Ranger tricks.

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I'm surprised the Psionic crowd hasn't mentioned Darkover or the Deryni novels.

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MMCJawa wrote:

Does a DnD movie need to define itself as being completely different from all other fantasy movies? I don't think so, or at least I don't think it needs to in order to be successful. There are lots of genres and sub-genres...what generally makes a movie stand out from other movies of its type is the directions, plot, and characters, and in genre flicks the world-building and special effects.

If they make a good movie and market it well, it will stand out. Especially since big-screen fantasy movies have been so hit and miss.

I will turn this around and state that given the still small comparative size of the D+D/Pathfinder market, AND as demonstrated through past history, the brand itself will not sell a movie. It will not save a mediocre movie from being .... mediocre.

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phantom1592 wrote:
If you are going to use the name "Dungeons and Dragons' then it has to be BETTER then the other things out there.

Given the history of D+D films to date, it could equal the quality of a Troma film, and still be an improvement over earlier efforts.

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Bellona wrote:

I assume that you already have the Distant Worlds supplement from the Campaign Setting line. There are lots of nods to various planetary tropes in it.

For example, Triaxus is a combination of McCaffrey's Pern and Aldiss' Heliconia, probably plus other stuff that I didn't notice.

** spoiler omitted **

Heliconia absolutely yes, I don't see the Pern nod though.

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pennywit wrote:
Somebody has GOT to use this mythic sheep lich in an actual campaign.

Absolutely.... You go first.

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celestialiar wrote:

What is going on? I can't do anything. Is anyone else experiencing this? I was happy to try it, but I've been trying for like an hour to get something to happen.

Can't even hardly log in, then one of my characters got warped somewhere. I am hoping to log in soon.

If you want a halfway reliable game, sit out alpha and wait until Beta comes along. Walking on cut glass is the definition of testing alpha software.

nobody's trying to hear that. At least, I'm not. I did expect it, and you're the second one who has said it.

Bugs do not equal being unable to log into the game or being unable to interact with anything then getting teleported into the clouds. So, as I said, I can't take the "BUT ITS ALPHA" comments very seriously.

Yes, Alpha DOES mean things like that. Alpha means that at any time for any unknown reason the software can go absolutely kablooey or react badly to either a client or server side change. Alpha means that functions may not be fully implemented or operate in unexpected ways. Alpha does not mean "reliable software".

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UnArcaneElection wrote:
If you don't advance Summoner's Summon Monster and Eidolon, you totally shut them out for practical purposes. Prestige Classes in general have this problem (including Blackfire Adept/Darkfire Adept, which looks like it was designed for them, but then somebody forgot to finish the job). Maybe the solution for Summoners would be to advance their spellcasting and Summon Monster and Eidolon at 1/2 speed and continue to give them only 3/4 BAB and d8, as if they were 9/9 casters.

That maybe it's because because the PrC was more likely designed for conjuration specialized wizards, not summoners.

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Chris Mortika wrote:

Has anybody ever published RPG rules for the Avatar universe?

Officially published? No, that would involve some expensive lawsuit negotiations with Nickolodeon. But one might remember the Element Master project that some of us, including myself, gave some participation to on these boards. The PDF and Herolab material for that is still downloadable with some searching. Try using the term Elemental Bending Monk.

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Orthos wrote:
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Tels wrote:
I saw some articles saying that the creators were done with Avatar after Korra as they've been brunt out on it. 10 years of Avatar is a lot and they want to do something else. Though they're not saying no to returning to Avatar in the future, or letting someone else take the reigns.
I personally feel that Avatar should be laid to rest with Korra. They've told a wide scope of stories, advanced the world. The last thing I want to see is another generation of Avatar with spaceships.
Whereas I think that would be all kinds of awesome.

As far as I'm concerned they kind of pushed it to the limit of plausibility with the advances from Aang's time to Korra's.

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Thod wrote:


So after a lot of invetigation I have come to the conclusion that the most likely culprit for my bad performance is my own ISP and bandwidth throttling.

That's not a particularly likely scenario. Once your MMORG client is installed, there's not really as much data passing forth between client and server as one would think. Remember all the world data is contained client side. all that's pretty much passing between client and server are your character interactions, not a datastream of graphic movements. It's not nearly the same amount of traffic as video or even plain audio streaming.

Something like Netflix or Itunes is the real test of whether your ISP is throttling your access or more likely, setting up fast lanes for services who pony up, such as when Comcast forced Netflix to pay millions for faster access to it's clients.

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<Kabal> Yelta wrote:


This weekend I'm driving down to my sisters house to install Pathfinder Online on her PC. The install keeps saying its corrupted when she downloads it and she hates trying to figure this stuff out. Keep in mind I have played my last 4/5 MMO's with her. She gets frustrated easily when things don't 'just work'.

Not everyone will have a patient sister to come help them and they may get frustrated and give up.

People DO need to realize that Alpha does not mean Ready to Run Release Software. It doesn't even mean Beta software, it means bleeding edge stuff that's going to cut you regularly because the rough spots are still in the process of being found, much less smoothed out. If you're not going to be patient with software that will blow up on a regular basis.... don't play Alpha, think twice about playing Beta, and consider waiting until the software is actually at Release stage.

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Ryan Dancey wrote:

@LazarX - yet Blizzard it does it without the user's knowing it is being done. It might be buried somewhere in their TOS but I doubt it. There's no disclosure of Warden either.

It's not wrong to do what they do. You might think it is wrong to do it the way they do it.

What Blizzard does is no deep secret, at least it didn't used to be. There used to be a tab in the Blizzard updater which would show the Torrent interface and how many users you were peering to and from. Not really of much use save to the technically inclined.

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Freehold DM wrote:
LazarX wrote:
Tels wrote:
I saw some articles saying that the creators were done with Avatar after Korra as they've been brunt out on it. 10 years of Avatar is a lot and they want to do something else. Though they're not saying no to returning to Avatar in the future, or letting someone else take the reigns.
I personally feel that Avatar should be laid to rest with Korra. They've told a wide scope of stories, advanced the world. The last thing I want to see is another generation of Avatar with spaceships.
pah. The storyline should continue to move forward.

One can only make so many trips to the well.

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Kajehase wrote:
How many times will you have to refer a question to the rules advice section of the boards, do you think?

Do you have that response macroed by now?

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claudekennilol wrote:

Can I wield a glaive and simultaneously threaten with armor spikes?

All armor spike questions should be forwarded specifically to Jason Bulmahn.

Did Jason stat up the Iron Maiden for people who ask armor spike questions?

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The Ministry of Information wishes to remind you not to be confused by the lies of Oceania. Seltyiel is, and always has been a magus, never an Eldritch Knight. Any writing to the contrary is badwrongthink and does not exist.

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