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Liz Courts

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Community Manager. RPG Superstar 2013 Star Voter, 2014 Star Voter, 2015 Star Voter. FullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 9,381 posts (18,970 including aliases). No reviews. 1 list. 6 wishlists. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 10 aliases.


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Locking thread. If you're interested in having this discussion again, please try again with a bit more civility.

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Jessica Price wrote:
Set wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Paladin of Baha-who? wrote:
This kind of thing might be included in a 'Romance of the Inner Sea' book -- which could include marriage customs among the various human and non-human nations. Forum denizens mention that possibility a lot, but I suspect Paizo is skeptical about how well it will sell to the general customer base.

I would pay good money for such a book.

Good. Money.

Ditto. Only it would be bad money.

Dirty. Evil. Sexy. Money.

Well, if it's dirty evil sexy money, let's get that sucker on the schedule.*

*Kidding.

...

*puts away wallet*

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Chris Lambertz wrote:
zergtitan wrote:
When do you think we will begin to see the Iconics introduction blogs? Next week? The week after?
Soon™. We have plans for them to be introduced before the book's release :)

We have such sights to show you.

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You realize you could just ask Crystal what she meant, instead of going back and forth about it?

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Kevin Mack wrote:
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Numerous People: So what's up with the mayonnaise?
Wait that wasent just a joke comment put up on facebook?

It was not (there is photographic evidence to prove it).

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While it might not be the exact same owlbear, I'll point you to this Kickstarter from Dreamscarred Press. :D

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Numerous People: So what's up with the mayonnaise?

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Unseelie wrote:
Store: The new space is MUCH bigger, but it felt like there was less third party product than the year before. No Green Ronin, which is a damn shame... Advanced Bestiary is one of the best third party books for Pathfinder ever. Also, the new Freeport book is just amazingly gorgeous. There was also no Raging Swan product, where there was the year prior. Creighton's stuff is great.

Both of those are total derps on my part (I'm sorry Chris & Creighton ;_; ) when I was putting together the packlist.

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Removed some off-topic commentary and their replies. Accusatory and baiting posts aren't welcome on the Paizo boards—they do not help foster the community we want here. In addition, Paizo has always strove for, and continues to strive for, representation across all spectrums of ethnicity, gender, and sexuality in our game products, and if that's not something that works for you and your game, you are welcome to change it in your own personal game. But we will continue striving to be more inclusive and have a place for everybody at the gaming table in our game products.
As always, if there are questions about our Community Guidelines, please feel free to email community@paizo.com.

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Ashley: Oh Abadar, hear my prayers. Bless my caffeinated beverages so that my mind may clear and my eyes may focus. Grant my 10-key swiftness and accuracy, and give me the serenity and endurance to pass my Diplomacy checks today.

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Let's return this thread to the original topic, please.

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As a good rule of thumb, if you present something negative, please also post something positive as well. Knowing what we did right is just as important as knowing what we did wrong!

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Rycaut wrote:
If Hell's Vengeance and Hell's Rebels take place in a similar timeframe (I haven't read much about them yet so not sure) just had the thought - would it be possible to run BOTH? Perhaps with the same group but with different characters - alternating one book from one then one book from the other? (and possibly having the two parties effect each other in some fashion?) May not be possible if the stories don't allow for it - but just had the thought that it might be a fun exercise with the right group (or alternatively with two groups that one GM runs...)

:)

I'm not sure if it's going to be *deliberately* set up like that (yet), but I know if my players were interested in that kind of setup, I would definitely Make It So.

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Smashed. *sips morning cup of coffee*

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Smashy smashy.

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Me: Needs more Ooo
Katina: MUCH CANDY
Katina: SUCH KINGDOM

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Katina: I still haven't seen that yet.
Robot Chris: G%$++&n it Katina. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?

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Also, if it helps, even Wayne Reynolds gets daunted. :)

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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
I sometimes get bogged down not by where to put villages and oases (for example) but by how would the ocean currents flow? How would they affect weather and climate? Sometimes too many details flood my mind and that causes a shut down, too.

Again, look to real-life examples, like the Gulf Stream. For the most part, it's not something you'll have to worry about in your games, so don't sweat it. It *would* be a concern if you have to head out on the ocean, but until you reach that point, don't sweat it. Do what you need for your current adventure arc—everything else can wait. :)

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Now available!

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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
Liz Courts wrote:
And when all else fails, crib liberally. Take an existing map of the Earth (or Mars, or TItan, or whatevs), invert it, rotate it, make some tweaks, and use that as your map.

Thanks, Liz. Great advice! I do crib a lot. I don't know how far up the thread you've read, but I base the general look of my world on actual Earth from the Oligocene Epoch of Earth's prehistory. The continents look similar, though the coastlines are often different and the continents don't necessarily connect to each other (ie North and South America don't have the Isthmus to connect them).

But that's about as far as I've gotten. It's drawing the smaller area maps with cities, landmarks, deserts, oases, etc that really just bogs me down.

My brother and I did something similar when we first started gaming (although it was Pangaea for our map).

Cities grow where there are resources to support it, deserts where there's a lack of water (though this is a gross simplification), oases where there is a manufactured well or an underground source of water.
Landmarks are generally unusual or notable geographical features, or have other historic or cultural importance.
It's pretty easy to get bogged down in the details, so just focus on the area that you're currently running an adventure in. Pick five things, add one type of settlement for each size category (thorp, village, town, etc.), and just build as you go. (Don't forget to take notes as you worldbuild along the way.)

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Removed a post and its reply. Please do not stir up the edition wars again. It was a dark time.
Also, it appears that this thread has run its course. Locking.

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Interjection Games wrote:
Fraud syndrome? Are we talking theft or just bad writing?

Pretty sure he means Impostor Syndrome.

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Distant Scholar wrote:
Hmm ... what are they balancing?

Life, the Universe, and Everything.

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Cosmo: Truer words have never been screamed uselessly into the void.

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You're worth more than free.
Full stop.
Whatever your skill level, there is always going to be somebody better AND worse than you who is already putting their stuff out there. So get out there and draw some art—you can do it. :)
But don't work for free if you can at all help it, especially for stock art.

Now on to the question! There is a lot of Stock Art available online (here for example) that publishers can use in their product (or they re-use art previously commissioned). Also, don't miss the 3PP Open Call or Accepting Submissions threads for paying work.

Also, your anxiety is something that every artist I've ever met experiences, from the beginner to the veteran. We all know its cruel embrace. Punch it in the teeth and keep drawing.

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Ack!

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Ross Byers wrote:
The red glowy bit looks like it could easily be the soul of an orphan.

IT'S POWERED BY THE HEART OF A FORSAKEN CHILD!?

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Sharaya: Panic, coffee, and booze.
Lissa: The three furies of PaizoCon.

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As a note, I would not proceed any further with this idea until you cover it with your GM and other players. This kind of topic is fraught with triggers and ripe for abuse by the GM (and I have walked out on games where it was handled poorly).
Proceed with caution.

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Maybe also try in-character journals? That might help divest yourself of that mindspace post-game (and also provides a dandy method to keep track of what's going on in-game).

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Removed a post. Please recognize the fact that not everybody plays the game the same way, and what may work for you, might not work for somebody else.

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Me: Do it.
DO IT NAO
GET TO DA CHOPPAH’S ISLAND

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I really want to try the macaroni method, because I have a couple of personal projects that require it. Also because I'm hungry.

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TriOmegaZero wrote:
Opening up Cosmo sounds like the plot to a module.

Or GenCon 2010.

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Oh dear. This is a question with a complicated set of answers. Fortunately, I can help out, but the thing you need to remember is that the Pathfinder Compatibility License is a legal document. If you do not understand it, or the Open Gaming License, you really really should consult a lawyer.
I did put together an unofficial guide to the Pathfinder Compatibility License that does explain some of what's going on.

Now, the first thing you need to decide: Are you doing this for personal enjoyment, and not for profit? If so, look at the Community Use Policy. The Community Use Policy allows you to reference our intellectual property and product identity (our setting and many many many other things).

If you're looking to publish and distribute your supplement, then you would be considered a third-party publisher. (And the thing you need to ask yourself there is: do I want to write, or do I want to deal with the *business* of being a publisher and everything that entails? If the former, seek a partnership with a preexisting publisher who can handle all the day-to-day stuff of publishing).

Agreeing to the Pathfinder Compatibility License requires you to fully understand what you're agreeing to, and being liable for your mistakes. I suggest you read the Compatibility License and the Open Gaming License thoroughly before proceeding any further.

Either way, I look forward to hearing more from you. :)

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Did someone say Harrow decks?

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A reminder to keep it civil in here. Calling something "stupid" or "dumb" doesn't really help the discussion—explaining *why* you have that response helps everybody reading.

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Removed a bunch of posts and their responses. There is absolutely nothing inherently "masculine" about dealing with your emotional responses to situations—that's an inherent part of life, not gender. Telling somebody to "man up" is utterly unhelpful, not to mention insulting, and has no place on paizo.com. Having an emotional response to a game you've played, a story you read, or art you've viewed is the reason we partake in these experiences. And sometimes we need to take a step back and do something else to process those emotional responses before doing it again. Again, that is life, and nothing to do with your gender, your Myers-Briggs personality type, left or right-handedness, phase of the moon, or preferred dice colors.

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CHeck out RPGMapShare.com and the Cartographer's Guild for maps.
Also, the macaroni method (NSFW, language) and a map-centric worldbuilding list of references.

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Players and GMs need to have a thorough discussion of topics they want to avoid in their gaming, either one-on-one or as a group, as well as hash out the "house rules" (the kind that have nothing to do with the game, more like "this is the kind of things that I expect when playing in my house" sort of thing).

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Paz wrote:
I'm expecting a snow-leopard-bus to come bounding down the road...

...I need to draw this.

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Katina: But I'm curious!
Crystal: So are cats. Go poop in a box!

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Protoman wrote:
I like that the occultist looks rather portly.

He's a man of wealth and taste.

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This cover image... I can't.... I can't even. *dies*

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Added Pathfinder Tales: Beyond the Pool of Stars to the October releases.

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rknop wrote:

That's a good list.

I can already feel Ambrus Valsin glaring at me.

He's really good at that. Keeps the greenhorns in place.

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Drejk wrote:
Crystal Frasier wrote:
Kajehase wrote:

What do I have to do to make "Do not annoy Kajehase" part of the rules for how to behave on the messageboard?

Thanks in advance for your reply,
Temporarily ego-inflated Kajehase

Suck up more to the Robot. Buying Liz booze couldn't hurt, either.
Doesn't USA law forbid sending alcohol via mail?

Not ... entirely.

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