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Liz Courts

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Community Manager. RPG Superstar 6 Season Star Voter, 7 Season Star Voter, 8 Season Star Voter. FullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 9,925 posts (19,529 including aliases). No reviews. 1 list. 6 wishlists. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 10 aliases.


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Randarak wrote:
What does Studio 2 Publishing have to do with this?

Information corrected!


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SLAaDOS wrote:
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Isaac V wrote:
Did anyone notice that the site didn't go down at any point? This was a triumph!
I'm making a note here: "huge success".
It's hard to overstate my satisfaction.
At Paizo Science: We do what we must because we can.

For the good of all of us.

Except the ones who are dead.

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Stay on target...
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...Looks like it will be closer to 12:30!

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It took some digging, but I found a super-handy post with a lot of fantastic information on map-making in general.

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Sara Marie wrote:

sara marie: ...hmm so if Liz’s brownies are dense and rich and made with sin...

sara marie: ...and her coffee is a dark dark black hole (also dense and rich and apparently made with sin)...

gary: do not dunk the brownie

sara marie: ...if you have a brownie with a cup of her coffee...

gary: do. not. dunk. the. brownie.

Something something bag of holding and portable hole.

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Dieben wrote:
Please have more contests like this in the future, hopefully they'll be in adventures I have already played.

That is definitely the plan!

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As one of your judges for round 2 (and as a cartographer), the kind of thing I would expect to see in your text description includes (but is not limited to):


  • Thematic details: Is it an overgrown mess? Dirty? Shiny and Chrome? Blood spatters? Any glowy bits?
  • Major topographical elements: toppled statues, pillars of rock, trees, rivers.
  • Environment: Desert dirt is different than forest dirt.

The technical details (elevation indicators, scale, secret doors, windows, trap doors) do not need to be in the text description.
One of the other things I will be looking at on the map is: how fun will this be to run an encounter in, both as a GM and as a player? Are there fun variations in terrain that I can use as choke points? Ambush sites? Is all just a flat expanse? Can I use elevation to my advantage? Is the rogue going to be able to sneak attack somebody here? Will I long for the days of bouncing lightning bolts?

Okay, maybe not that last two, but you get the idea. If the battlemap comes out, I want it to be fun and memorable for both sides of the table.

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If you find yourself getting angry, please step away from the keyboard. Posting angry doesn't help the discussion or the community.

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In addition, please do not conflate somebody who doesn't have recorded PFS sessions as somebody who does not know the campaign setting or canon. This is not a good assumption to make, as many people may be aware of the setting's intricacies but have no interest in Organized Play; nor should the reverse be assumed. Please be civil to other posters, thanks!

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Sara: "Just because I'm right doesn't mean you're wrong."

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Announced! Product image and description are not final and subject to change.
...Let's be bad guys.

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Rynjin wrote:

I think everyone's getting too hung up on keeping the encounter largely the same with a different class.

A different class is, naturally, going to lend itself to a very different sort of playstyle.

His Tactics section is very much going to change.

Exactly. Different classes require a different approach to a situation. :)

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kevin_video wrote:
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Phylotus wrote:
Man, that lack of Ectoplasmic Armor really hurts his AC...

There are ways, and ways, to accommodate this... One just needs to be tricksy! (Which is why it will take me a while to submit an answer, despite preferring to be 'first' in category however I decide to proceed. So many choices!)

I will also note the timing of this contest with RPGSS getting exciting... arggg! :)

I'm in the same boat. As soon as Paizo announced it on their Twitter, I went "Pfft. Challenge accepted." I'm starting to regret that.

It's almost like I planned it that way...


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I once wrote a witch lich worm-that-walks. Sadly, it got cut in development. (Tears.)

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JJ Jordan wrote:
My favorite part of this blog post: "Paizo time"

The longer I've worked here, the more I'm convinced that the Paizo offices are caught in a Maelstrom-fueled eddy where time flows differently. Sadly, it often works against us, rather than for us.

I'm still trying to get the proteans to understand that.

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Diminuendo wrote:
are Archetypes of non-occult classes allowed, assuming they are from the Occult Adventures book? (such as the Psychic Detective Investigator Archetype or the Psychic Bloodline for Sorceror)

No—the classes must be from Occult Adventures.

Deadkitten wrote:
Wait....wouldn't the old Dragon Magazines for 3.5 technically count as "Paizo published material" in this regard?

As much as I want to say yes, I'm going to have to go with "no"—we don't own the IP on that and we can't reproduce any of the content legally.

Cthulhudrew wrote:
The original version of Rasputin had his own unique Oracle mystery. Can our version have its own unique archetype/other sort of Occult modification?

No new mechanics—statblock only!

As far as point buy goes, follow Brandon's lead here.

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*whistles innocently*

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Rynjin wrote:
I think I have the perfect idea. Which I imagine is the same idea as a lot of people, but oh well.

It's all in the execution of the idea. :)

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Naal wrote:

I have two headscratchers about this.

Do we use a regular 15-point-buy for his stats (CR = character level -1), a 20-point-buy (CR = character level), or what? Because I cannot match his ability scores with any common generation method. At best I get a 26-point-buy. Unless I am missing a major boost source for Con or Cha.

"As long as his CR meets 17" is my ruling.

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The second issue is gear. By-the-book 96,000 for level 18 NPC? Ol' Ras above has about 115,000 worth.

Available money is equal to the value of his equipment in his original stat block.

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Leo_Negri wrote:
Not a complaint, but what's with all the Princess Bride quotes this week in the store blog. Every title since Monday.

We really really really like that movie.

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Ra-Ra-Rasputin, Russia's TPK Machine.
*nods at Gorbacz for that particular line*
Also, since it came up elsewhere, all of his class levels must come from Occult Adventures. If you wanna go crazy and make him multiclassed, have at it. :D

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Christopher Rowe wrote:

What exactly constitutes "cover credit" on a hardcover RPG book (since so few of them actually list the designers/writers on the cover)?

I'm listed in the "writing and additional design" credits on the new FFG Force and Destiny core book, does that rule me out? It's my only RPG design credit on a released product thus far.

"Cover credit" means: Is your name on the cover of the book? If it's not (and you meet the rest of the criteria), you can enter.

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TOZ wrote:
Liz Courts wrote:
I really, really, really hope so, but that largely depends on how many fires I have to put out.
*puts away the matches*

ಠ_ಠ

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Dylos wrote:
Any chance Occult Adventures will be in the PRD before this contest ends?

I really, really, really hope so, but that largely depends on how many fires I have to put out.

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If there's a particular piece of art that you really really really want as an avatar, I suggest you look at our new Design Challenge. :D

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Katina: Liz, is your iTunes the one called “From Awesome to Don't Judge Me”?

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Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
Ah, that clarifies things, Neil was listed as a Round 5 Judge only. Did y'all bribe him with letting him publish his precursor adventure to Realm of the Fellnight Queen?

There aren't a *lot* of people who don't work in the Paizo offices I'd ask to be a judge for every round, but Neil is absolutely on that very short list. He's been a huge part of this contest and community every year, and I was thrilled when he agreed to the massive time commitment being a judge for the entire contest.

No bribery needed. :)

Oh? Tell us about his Judgernaut forum tag :P
A gninja did it.
Ah, the Crimson Pen of Cyttorak.

No, no, the Purple Pen of Punning Purple Prose.

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Oh, hey, it's SkalCon! My artwork is among the items that are up for auction!

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A reminder that not everybody plays the game the same way—what works for one group won't work for another. Please be civil to each other, thank you!

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Katina: And i think it’s telling of the people i hang out with that I went “Ooh, the Necronomicon! I should tell people about this.”

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It's been covered pretty well in earlier posts, but also read the FAQ on the Runelords Anniversary Edition.

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Rynjin wrote:
Liz Courts wrote:
My (current) bucket list

The "Vault Dwellers" idea sounds a lot like the Throne of Night AP from Fire Mountain Games.

Maybe if it's out before 2025 that would give a good framework for you.

When I first wrote that bucket list, it was in 2012, a bit before I heard about Throne of Night. Mostly my thoughts for it would be for the exiles to establish their own kingdom, building on a few tidbits from the Second Darkness AP.

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My (current) bucket list

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  • Legend of the Five Rings—4th Edition: I totally want to do a Tale of the 47 Ronin nod, with the party seeking revenge upon those that wronged them, with a healthy dash of Seven Samurai and "Lone Wolf & Cub" thrown in.
  • Interdimensional Cops (GURPS): I have a nice lovely stack of 4th Edition GURPS books that I've yet to use, and I love the whole dimension hopping, alternate reality trippiness from Infinite Worlds. Point-based systems means a fun combination of magic, technology, and whatever else I feel like. :D
  • Vault Dwellers (Pathfinder RPG, Golarion): Kingmaker in the Darklands. Dishonored and disfavored drow are sent with their servants to explore and hold a newly discovered Darklands vault. But will they hold it for their House...or for themselves?
  • End of Days (Pathfinder RPG, Golarion): Agents of Groeteus, aided by daemonic hosts, seek to usher in the unbinding of reality. High-level planar adventure.
  • The Dying of the Light (Pathfinder RPG, Golarion): Post-apocalyptic fantasy, with psionics. From my campaign site: "Survival horror, with a bit of steampunk/arcanotech thrown in. While the Azlanti have a lot of magic and technology at their disposal (even a combination of the two with arcanotech), the world is not friendly to the weak. Think 30 Days of Night with magic."
  • End of Innocence (Pathfinder RPG, Golarion): Middle-aged craftsmen and villagers must take up the mantle of adventurer after a plague strikes and kills all of the young.
  • Curses!!! (Pathfinder RPG, Golarion): All of the PCs are cursed by various deities and cannot die until they have atoned. The curses are bad, but the PCs will keep returning in bodies not their own...
  • Temple of Elemental Evil (Pathfinder RPG, Eberron): Yeah, I've been wanting to do this one for a while. :D
  • It Belongs in a Museum! (Pathfinder RPG, Eberron): Indiana Jones. Eberron. Airships. Work it. *dances around*
  • Dungeon APs (Pathfinder RPG, ???): I've wanted to run Shackled City, Age of Worms, and Savage Tide since they were released.
  • School is Hell (Pathfinder RPG, Golarion): Transfer students from various arcane academies throughout the Inner Sea transfer to the prestigious Academae in Korvosa. Harry Potter-esque, spells as skill checks.
  • Council of Thieves Adventure Path (Pathfinder RPG, Golarion): All-tiefling party for this AP.
  • Dragonborn (Pathfinder RPG, Golarion): Yeah, I want Skyrim in the Lands of the Linnorm Kings. Time to use Words of Power from Ultimate Magic, yeah!
  • Pathfinder Society (Pathfinder RPG, Golarion): Sure, do Organized Play, but keep the same group, and less of the "You're in Absalom! Next week, Osirion! The week after that, Tian Xia!" and do a nice fun cruise through the Inner Sea.
  • Thieving Guild: Just a straight up, "build your own thieving guild" urban campaign. Gutter rat to kingpin.

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rknop wrote:
Does this stack with Pathfinder Advantage?

It does!

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