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RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32. Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber. Pathfinder Society Member. 6,467 posts (6,795 including aliases). 3 reviews. No lists. 1 wishlist. 3 Pathfinder Society characters. 4 aliases.


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Mathmuse wrote:
Bootravsky wrote:
To be honest, I'm a lazy GM. NPC Guide? Yes Please!
The module is lazy in the same way. Notice the battle mages in the Technic League compound, room D7 on page 36 of Palace of Fallen Stars. Those aren't hired guards like the sellswords beside them; instead, I believe they are junior Technic League members. The expected value of a 6th-level NPC's gear is only 3,450gp. A technological stun gun, the cheapest technological firearm after the single-shot flare gun, costs 3,000 gp. Sixth-level characters cannot afford technological weapons, so we can use per-constructed NPCs without change for anyone below 8th level.

That points out a problem though. From Book 1 - Both Meyanda and Sanvil Trett are grossly over-equipped (enough to qualify for a CR bump).

Bootravsky wrote:

To be honest, I'm a lazy GM. NPC Guide? Yes Please!

Unfortunately, the rules in the Tech Guide, while awesome, require some reskinning to make NPCs from other sources usable in Iron Gods. For instance, i would love to have a whole series of adversarial encounters with the Captains of Starfall (and their own minions - I see them as being very Zhentarim-esque). What would be exceptionally useful, is a shorthand way to port the NPCs from the guide into usable Tech classes. Obviously, in Iadenveigh and in the barbarian lands, not much would need to change. But in Scarwall or Starfall? However, it seems like it could be done fairly easily.

First of all, do you own Numeria, Land of Fallen Stars? It already has:

  • Android Imposter
  • Numerian Gunslinger
  • Technic League Hireling

That same source also defines a "Technic League Contingent" (CR 10 encounter) as

  • Technic League Arcanist (Lvl 8 Wizard) - which you would need stats for. (In a pinch, use this NPC.)
  • 2 Gearsmen
  • 5-8 Technic League Hirelings.

Another great source for Technic League NPCs is Wayfinder 16

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Stand With Sweden!

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Thomas Seitz wrote:
All I know is I think this Mechanic needs to reconsider her life's mission...

If Mechanic survives, Bandana will give her the opportunity.

"If you're gonna tie my hands up, at least have the manners to stop saying stuff that's just begging for a facepalm."

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LuniasM wrote:
Yeah! And while we're at it, where's the LG counterparts of the Eldritch mythos? Give me a writhing alien mass of incomprehensible proportions that spreads sanity and peace throughout the cosmos!

I believe those are Flumphs.

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Dale McCoy Jr wrote:
I know that's a long and rambly answer to your question, but I hope that gives you a more complete picture of what is going through our minds right now.

Thank you for taking the time to give such an informative and thoughtful answer.

So, in answer to your question.

  • Adventures
  • An alternate setting (... not everyone agrees that putting Starifinder in Pathfinder's future is a good idea.)
  • An Adventure Path building on that new setting.

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Dale McCoy Jr wrote:
Any other suggestions?

I know that adventures will help in the short term, but how do they sell in the long run?

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There wouldn't be.

The core of a Succubi seduction is a dishonet leading one away from what is "right" for them. One cannot be "tempted" to do what is right; Good is a choice, and must be so.

An honest "seduction" to "goodness" would require another mortal desiring a long term relationship (usually, but not always, marriage).

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Will Aethera (Encounter Table Publishing) be Starfinder Compatible?

If Aethera isn't, will it surive the launch of Starfinder?

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Does this post actually belong in a Pathfinder Society thread? (It would have been better placed in a Pathfinder Campaign Setting General Discussion.)

Beckman wrote:

Well, I have absolutely no interest in futuristic RPGs, including Starfinder. At all. And I also hate that it's in the same world as my fantasy genre.

Like, "Look, nothing bad can happen since we made it to the future OK." Did they have to lower the stakes on my Fantasy game??

So I hope they do not dial back their releases of the things that I do care about (Pathfinder) for the things which I do not (Starfinder).

(Not saying that it is a bad game or that other people who like it are wrong - just that I do not)

While I actually am looking forward to Starfinder, your second point (the harm of setting Starfinder in the same universe as Pathfinder) I do agree with.

But then again, I do believe that there are other settings being developed for Starfinder.

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As I've mentioned elsewhere though, adventure supplements - at least at start up - might be very helpful. The "official" AP is coming out a little to slowly for my taste. :(

Now, I do see that you are writing a short "teaching" scenario, which is all to the good. I am also hopeful that other companies (without your head start on system mastery) will fill that void.

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Here is an interesting speculation.

Paizo is moving slowly with Starfinder, because the believe (based on prior market experience) that the potential market is smaller. If Paizo is right, then coming out with too much material would be just as bad as not enough.

This is one of the reasons why I was suggesting adventures, but ... what sells better?

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Thomas Seitz wrote:

Baron,

I think the OotS might have advantage against a FEW frost giants but an entire army is something else.

An army of Frost Giants still does not have a chance!

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James Sutter wrote:
Ha! Yeah, I don't have a preference either way. Everyone at the office calls me Sutter, and everyone in the rest of my life calls me James. I imagine this is what it feels like to have a pen name—they're both you, but different yous. :) For the messageboards, let's stick with Sutter for clarity!

God-Emperor seems appropriate.

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John Kretzer wrote:
But I win so we don't die together.

What make you think you would win?

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Mathmuse wrote:
Lord Fyre wrote:
  • Palace Guards accost the two females for - less the honorable - favors.
  • Boffin is a dwarf, so is not pretty by human standards, but the human Val has Cha 18. Val is the GMPC, so this one does not involve the players enough, but it is amusing to imagine. 8th-level barbarian palace guard meet angry 13th-level bloodrager. Except that if Val makes her Wisdom check to keep her wits, she will remember that she is pretending to be a 1st-level wizard. Mudball to blind the guard, Expeditious Excavation to drop him into a 5-foot hole, and Disguise Self (I allow her a few sorcerer spells) to fade into the crowd. Wow, 1st-level wizards are powerful! ;-)

    Okay. That one doesn't work quite as well. :(

    Mathmuse wrote:
    Lord Fyre wrote:
  • then ... the tight lipped Adventurer is press-ganged into entering Silvermount (complete with implanted tracker chip), for a Technic Captain.
  • Not while his blackblade rapier from his bladebound magus archetype is screaming, "Kill the tyrant. I want to feel the blood from his guts!" The blade was forged in Galt.

    When the Technic League "recruiter" hears that, the player will have a lot more problems.

    Mathmuse wrote:
    Lord Fyre wrote:
  • And, a Priestess of Desna is a troublemaker that the League would want to encourage to move on.[/list]
  • She hangs around Killbox, helping the poor. To quote the Starfall article, "... the Technic League patrols rarely reach too far into Killbox unless unless the need is particularly dire." Maybe I can have the 1d4 bogeymen from the random encounter table take a dislike to a cleric of Desna instead.

    Possible, but that doesn't route her back the the main plot.

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    Shisumo wrote:
    Based on how it played in the live stream, it kind of felt like a magus/eldritch knight type.

    So, like a Jedi?

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    What happens when the Police defy the courts?

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    Also keep in mind that the Technic League guards all the known entrances.

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    John Kretzer wrote:
    Lord Fyre wrote:
    Shall we die together?
    I have a problem...I always fight to win...

    Which is exactly what Captain Picard did. By proving to Tomalak, that the Romulans would lose, he avoided the fight altogether.

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    Mathmuse wrote:
    Elric had encountered Mockery when two palace guards abused a sausage vendor on the main street.

    ...

    This is your in.

    Have the Technic League or the Palace Guards harass the PC's businesses.

    • A Technic League officer commandeers the warehouse - but sees no reason to pay rent.
    • Palace Guards accost the two females for - less the honorable - favors.
    • then ... the tight lipped Adventurer is press-ganged into entering Silvermount (complete with implanted tracker chip), for a Technic Captain.
    • And, a Priestess of Desna is a troublemaker that the League would want to encourage to move on.

    Hit them will all that and your heroes may find some motivation.

    If this seems contrived, remember that PCs tend to have the worst luck when it comes to random encounters while traveling.

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    Shall we die together?

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    Adventure Supplements!

    The other stuff can (and should) come later, but a library of solid adventures would help Starfinder get off the ground quicker.

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    Given the slower rate that official Starfinder adventures will be coming from Paizo, that adventure supplements would be very helpful.

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    I will be the villain!
    (In other words, I will be the GM.)

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    Jason Nelson wrote:
    The question then, of course, is what else you'd love to see from the Legendary library updated to Starfinder rules, and what kinds of new products you'd like to see coming your way!

    As Steel_Wind points out, one problem that Starfinder will have initially is a relative scarcity of adventure supplements (either in a "rip-off" of Paizo's setting or in Legendary Games's own). This will improve as the game goes on, but initially, this will be a non-trivial problem.

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    Mathmuse wrote:
    Hardness X reduces all weapon damage by X and all energy damage by X. It acts very similar to "DR X/adamantine, Resist everything X," except that abilities that bypass DR don't bypass it. Adamantine has the special property that it ignores hardness less than 20, so everyone in my campaign now carries adamantine weapons. Alas, the special material adamantine also adds 3000 gp to the price of a weapon, so no-one can afford that at low levels.

    Some people do "house rule" that if a creature has a vulnerability, that they can't use their hardness to protect against it.

    While that might be R.A.I. (Rules as intended), it is not the way the rules are written.

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    Luke_Parry wrote:
    wellsmv wrote:
    i hope to find out that the numerian spaceships are from from the future of starfinder.. and crashed after a failed time travel experiment.
    The answer to that question is revealed in the Iron Gods AP...

    Even so, that would be an interesting twist.

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    Timitius wrote:

    I'm not entirely sure it's accurate, but the consignments page is telling me only 40 people have downloaded this issue. That suggests that only people who are interested in this issue are those of you who were published in it. PLEASE tell me that's wrong!

    It looks like the interest cycle for this issue only lasted about 1 week, too. Now that we are 2 weeks out from release, I'm assuming people have gotten a chance to read through it. We'd love the feedback!

    I've downloaded every Wayfinder issue, and have never contributed (but, I would like to).

    In any event I still have an outstanding question (above) about one of the spells.

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    Some would have to be cast that way.

    Very few wizards can cast Magic Fang - which is one of the ones listed under permanency.

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    Hopefully, you have at least one character who cannot resist pushing the GIANT YELLOW BUTTON. :)

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    If the alignment works, how about the ongoing war between Belkzen and Lastwall?

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    PossibleCabbage wrote:
    RAW is not a catch-all. There are many things not covered strictly by the rules as written, for example "Can dead people make perform checks" (there is no rule saying that they can't). So a certain amount of GM interpretation is necessary (because obviously corpses cannot tap dance.)

    They sure can stink up the place though. :)

    Actually, Corpses can dance!

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    captain yesterday wrote:

    We had to fight Hetuath three times, because no one figured out to press the GIANT YELLOW BUTTON.

    After the third time they took me aside and said in no uncertain terms that they would not be fighting him a fourth time. :-)

    Did you have to tell them what they missed?

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    AmbassadoroftheDominion wrote:

    Planes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I have some Maelstrom-themed Aberration ideas. and maybe a couple of Ethereal-themed vermin, since I was too late for this issue

    I have a feeling that Timitius's list is in order of likelihood.

    Timitius wrote:

    So, the discussion I've seen here has me leaning heavily towards:

    Andoran (FREEEEEDOMMMM!)
    Fey
    Occult and Horror
    Mountains
    Cities
    Maaaaaaybe Tian Xi (I find it hard to believe Paizo is done with Tian Xi)

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    Zeugma wrote:
    I love how Roy's speech is just so contradicted in the last panel.

    Actually, it isn't.

    His team (Roy, Elan, Vesuvius, Haley, and even Belker) are acting like a well oiled machine. It is the ship's crew that are having a problem.

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    Snorter wrote:

    Unfortunately, the deadline for issue 17 was on Jan 1st, but there should be a call going out for issue 18 once the shortlist for 17 has been chosen, and the dust settled.

    The thread for issue 17 contributions is already kicking around ideas for the next theme; if you follow that, you'll see what's leading the running, along with some of the reasoning behind why some themes get picked, or not.

    Dude, when you give directions like this, link the thread!

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    There is an appetite for more Tian Xi stuff that (aside from the occasional PFS scenario) is going unfulfilled.

    It is also at low risk of being contradicted by Paizo.

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    John Kretzer wrote:
    Hunt, the PugWumpus wrote:
    Rysky wrote:
    John Kretzer wrote:
    Rysky wrote:
    How does His Majesty and you like to play most?
    The usually cats stuff...though he always eventually goes for the hand...
    They always go for the hand...
    {shows up wearing eyepatch} Except hamsters.

    Ah Boo...you know he was just not a regular hamster he was a Giant Miniature Space Hamster.

    These Hamsters?

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    He'sDeadJim wrote:

    Its only the 19th.

    They will need another week or so...approximately.

    I'm sure they will get to it as soon as they can.
    =)

    Especially with this nagging. :)

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    Kerney wrote:
    Isabelle Lee wrote:
    I've always been severely ambivalent about Andoran. As I said before, though, do what feels right - I don't need to be in every one of these. ^_^
    I totally get that. I am a fan of Andoran, but I know what it is like to be left cold by a part of the fandom. ** spoiler omitted ** Still, you are very talented and we would miss you.

    Don't worry, she would still write an article or two for the issue. :)

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    Have you been asked about dancing recently?

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    Cardack wrote:
    Ratfolk Alchemist (aspiring to be technomancer)

    You might suggest, that the Ratfolk Alchemist might be happier as a Ratfolk Wizard, for four reasons:

    1 - Greater access to Electricity spells (this will help party survival during the first few levels).
    2 - Greater benefit from found spell books (the AP has quite a few).
    3 - Access to the technology spells from the Technology Guide.
    4 - Even with House Ruling, he/she would qualify for the Technomancer Prestige class one level earlier.

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    Isabelle Lee wrote:
    I've always been severely ambivalent about Andoran. As I said before, though, do what feels right - I don't need to be in every one of these. ^_^

    Yes. You do.

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    Eric "Boxhead" Hindley wrote:
    Timitius wrote:
    Lord Fyre wrote:
    Eric "Boxhead" Hindley wrote:
    Lord Fyre wrote:

    I have a specific question about using the "Pursue the Iron Princess" side-trek. "spoilered" to avoid revealing inappropriate details to players.

    ** spoiler omitted **
    I'll have look at the AP volumes and see if I can't come up with some advice for you.
    Given the geography involved, the answer can be no. :(

    This is just MY suggestion, and Eric may have better ideas....but I think the solution is ** spoiler omitted **

    Just my take on this....

    Tim's idea is great, but feel free to use this as well:

    Spoiler:
    Let the PCs meet Krondarr wandering through Scrapwall, searching for his stolen bride. Alternatively, move the tribe into the city limits and run the opening encounter as written.

    You can set the dungeon at the entrance to any other mini-dungeon, or add it as a separate location, depending on the needs of your game.

    Alternatively, you can relocate the tribe and run it between adventures 1 and 2, Krondarr can help even the odds for a lower level party.

    That's actually a great idea.

    Spoiler:
    Obviously Bravam’s Knorr needs to be on the western side of the Sellen (Jovrey knows too much about tech for the tribe to be Ghost Wolves).

    That Krondarr is alone (or more correctly, the only surviver of his group) may well give a hint of his leadership abilities. However, having the party encounter Krondarr in Scrapwall loses the subtext of his fellow tribesmen not wanting him as their leader. Still, his greatsword will be most welcome against that Gearsman.

    Putting Jovrey’s gang in one of the unclaimed areas (E on the map) of Scrapwall is a good idea though (and avoids another random ruin), with the rest of the story playing out as written.

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    Drejk wrote:
    Todd Stewart wrote:
    Timitius wrote:


    The Planes? Convince me that this won't become an Angels vs. Devils issue.
    Because daemons and proteans are more awesome. :D
    *whisper* kytons...

    Suffering is appropriate for Kytons.

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    Andre Roy wrote:
    So bottom line is: we don'the know but a lot of ideas has been through around. City, fey, orc and supernatural seem popular

    Well, Fey and Hobgoblins would lead into the Ironfang invasion.

    Cities, Fey and Supernatural would support the current Strange Aeons AP and both Hell's Rebels and Hell's Vengeance.

    Ancient Empires and Fey would play into the upcoming "Azlanti" AP that has been bandied about.

    I am sensing "fey" as a theme here.

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    Now that this deadline is behind us, what is Issue 18 looking for? :)

    Timitius wrote:

    So, to head off the inevitable posts of speculation, why don't we have an open discussion as to the theme for Wayfinder #18 right here?

    Our immediate ideas are:
    Fey/First World
    Supernatural (Occult Adv., Horror Adv., Strange Eons)
    Cities of the Inner Sea
    Mountains of the Inner Sea

    In other words, has this narrowed any? :)

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    Am I reading the Siphon Structure spell (page 25 of this issue) correctly?

    Could it be used to give Hardness to a Humanoid creature? (i.e., Could the caster carry a block of steel, and siphon that to give hardness to the party's fighter?)

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    Timitius wrote:
    Lord Fyre wrote:
    Eric "Boxhead" Hindley wrote:
    Lord Fyre wrote:

    I have a specific question about using the "Pursue the Iron Princess" side-trek. "spoilered" to avoid revealing inappropriate details to players.

    ** spoiler omitted **
    I'll have look at the AP volumes and see if I can't come up with some advice for you.
    Given the geography involved, the answer can be no. :(

    This is just MY suggestion, and Eric may have better ideas....but I think the solution is ** spoiler omitted **

    Just my take on this....

    That's a good thought. Another idea I had (again moving the village) would be to have a PC Barbarian (or other Tribal Kellid) invited to go between Fires of Creation and Lords of Rust - They would arrive just in time for the "A Broken Wedding" encounter.

    That might require lowering some encounter CRs, but not by much.

    I know it is unfair of me, but I often look at short adventures (including PFS scenarios) as potential "plug ins" for the relevant APs.

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    Eric "Boxhead" Hindley wrote:
    Lord Fyre wrote:

    I have a specific question about using the "Pursue the Iron Princess" side-trek. "spoilered" to avoid revealing inappropriate details to players.

    ** spoiler omitted **
    I'll have look at the AP volumes and see if I can't come up with some advice for you.

    Given the geography involved, the answer can be no. :(

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