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James, is Pazio going to do anything related to casmorn in the nex two years?

I have a geographical/topographical question for you. Does the northern boundaries of Tien-xa meet the northern boundaries of avistan or is their a polar region in between?

I am thinking of plunking a new race in the most northern eastern portion of Minkai.
The gazetteer says Minkai is on the verge of a civil war I was woundering how you would think the populace would react to a highly milirstsic matriarchy lawful evil in nature appearing in their neighborhood?

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Adam, why do many of the giants pictured in the released art work look like big fat slobs. It seems to me that no art work for giants has an average body style? Not that I am against fat giants the Hill giant mini in the last set is one of my favorites. He looks like an over grown hill billy, like what I have always pictured hill giants looking. The only improvement that I could have though of for that mini would be a large straw hat.

Do Fire giants use giant sized bows and crossbows?

Why are disparate groups of giants working together? Normally the are competitors with one another aren’t they?

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MR. Brock Core only Campaign seems to defeat the whole purpose of PFS
PFS if I understand it correctly is a marketing tool for Pazio to introduce players to Pazio products.

I already don't like not being able to use Pazio produced material that I have bought in PFS, now the PFS staff wants to further restrict what I can and cannot play. You can count on me never playing in core only Campaign.

If I were running PFS I would open PFS up to all Pazio produced material as well as 3PP produced products. There are loads of really good 3pp produced material, the Spellless-Ranger and SKR's summoner and elilodon are off the chain. It would also help end the bias that I see from many younger players against 3pp products.

IMO core only leads to lazy GM's and underdeveloped players. You have to think all the time when new material is released each month. Core only will hurt Pazio IMO.

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James, Play test was the wrong word. What I am looking for are examples
of characters Rob or someone else at Pazio who has played Mummy's mask AP has used so that I can compare them to my character and show them to my GM because he is not giving us anywhere near the loot we need to buy items that our characters need. In other threads that I have commented on
people have pointed out that we could craft items but the crafting rules are so broken that it not feasable to do this either.

So we can hope to find Items that don't seem to be there because the designers seem to have an anti-martial bias. In this AP it seems they don't like casters very much either as I have seen almost no scrolls given out as loot or wands. My current character will hit 11th level tuesday and the character that I am applying credit to is 7th level and has far better gear than my 11th level character.

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Hi Mark, I have a question on Arcane Exploits. Do you know if Pazio has any plans on adding Metamagic feats that effect arcane exploits?

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I think 1 level wands should have 50 charges at max caster level.
2nd level wands should have 25 charges at max caster level
2rd and 4th level wands should be able to have any amount of charges max 25 at full caster level.

I also think that wands should be able to be metamagiced for each increased spell slot of the meta magiced feat it consumes one extra charge
for instance a wand of cure serious maximized would only be able to hold 6 charges but would heal 24+12 or 36 points per charge.

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Rob and James, perhaps I did not word my earlier post very well. What I would be interested in seeing is some characters that either of you played in this AP or any other AP at maybye 5th 10th and 15th level.

I am interested in seeing their gear so I can kind of set my expectation level for future AP's that I play in. I think that I am comparing my previous play in what I would have to say is a much higher magic setting
in greyhawk/Ferun and Arduin than in Golarion.

How can characters in Mummy's Mask buy gear in the mid point 5th threw 10th level when they are in the deep desert? Crafting is out too as it takes far to long for the timeline in this ap.

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Rob Is there an option outlined for the characters to seek out and destroy the cult? There are becoming annoying. Our Gm is running the ap pretty much out of the book as he works long hours as a teacher.

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Rob would it be possible to post test character that the testers used at 5th, 10th and 15th level. I would like to see how they are geared out and also show them to my GM. Part of the problem I seem to be having with the AP is one of expectations. Through 10th level I have not found anything useful to my character a 10th level bloodrager our wayang
sorc really likes the bronze dude but no joy for my character.

The treasure that we have found in no way compares what we are awarded on chronicle sheets for the AP that we apply ot our PFS characters. Placing one real good item ie the bronze dude does not make up for the rest of the characters getting squat there is all kinds of cool things we could find in this setting.

Why did you not put items like a decanter of endless water, cloaks of comfort, bags of holding or handy haversacks even +1 metal armors with the comfort enchanment. perhaps a camel figurine of fabulous power a really cool item for fighter type character's would have been armor like what was in the tv show Star Gate that retracts into a torc worn on the neck. All kinds of mundane jewelery would be grat treasure awards we could take them back an trade them to our buddy

The Crystal dragon for information or magic items that he might have found since our last encounter with him.

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James, do you and Wes read and edit the AP's for content? I am playing Mummy's Mask right now and both the cr level is way off and the risk reward ratio seem way off. Last night we fought 2 tough opponents an elder earth elemental and a el 12 monk got 3 potions of cure mod the control rod for the bronze mechanical thing we found later in front of the sightless sphinx less than 1000 gp and a non magic ring.
I liked the fight but we got no real gear that is valueable to us at our level.

We have not found any arms and armor more than +1 since 4th level we are now 10th level no stat booster items or anything usable by martial characters. this is a glaring issue in the AP. There has not even been a Cure mod or serious wand in the AP in the last 2 books. We are in the desert a decanter of endless water or a cloak of comfort might be a nice item to find. I sure would put items like those if i was designing a module or AP.

As a buyer of Pazio produts I do not understand why there is such a wide disparity in the quality of your products. The Galorian product line is top of the line your hard back line is great except for the editing issues
in the Advanced Class Guide [other than the editing the content is over the top Bloodrager's, Swashbucklers and hunters are great.] I have been underwhelmed by Mummy's mask and liked the west crown ap had a real good gm that added a lot to make it better.

TO improve your ap's toss out the 15 point buy for creation of NPC's and gear npc's at the same WPL as PC's of the same level.

I am looking forward to the Hero's of the Wild and Hell's Unleashed AP
I am looking forward to how rebellion is handled in a lawful evil society.

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The story leaps In Mummy's Mask don't bother me so much as IMO very poor encounter design. Right now our party is in book 4. The encounters with the exception of the

The fight with the monk and the earth elemental
have been steam rolled as we are a 5 member party that consist of now 10th level characters a bloodrager, a shadow sorceror,a mystic theurge, a ninja and a War priest.

I am playing the bloodrager and have not found one useful item in the entire AP. at el 4 I bought a +1 great ax and upgraded to an undead bane at el 5 and have found no undead at any point since. No martial items greater than +1 have been put in any of the books with exception of a +2 punching dagger worse than useless to a fighter or a blood rager. no armor or shields greater than +1 or any armor type heavier than scale mail
this is truly a AP that hates martial characters. No stat boosting items
no magic rings of any value we have found a +2 cloak of protection and a wagon load of +1 cloaks of protection useless to characters beyond level 5 who all ready have one. The only thing the +1 cloaks are useful for is to keep track of how many cultists we kill.

If I did not like the other players playing the AP I would quit as it is so bad. The only redeeming factor in the AP at all is story line and as Peter has pointed out you have to make big jumps in that as well. There is no flow between books 1-3. Books 3 and 4 connect well I hope this continues in books 4 and 5.

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Mark i have a question on armor and special materials for you.
Could you ask the other rules developers if they have ever considered
improving the base ac of armor made of Mithril or Adamintine .

Both of these metals are much stronger than steel which is the base metal that metal armor is made out of.

IF I were writing the rules I would give chainmail made of mithril +3 to the base armor increasing the armor bonus to 8 and Adamintine by 5 to ac bonus of 10. I would increase plate armor made of Mithril by 5 to an armor bouns of 14 and Adamintine by 9 to 18. I would also up the DR granted by adamintine to 5 as you have high level martials that have a DPR of over 100 points over round.

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Cold Napalm, when you made you test chainmail did you make 6 in one mail or 12 in one mail?

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Mark Wrote:
Honestly, as the GM, you could just let your players use a two-handed black blade. The extra damage is more than balanced by the inability to ever do spell combat.

Mark What I'm trying to do is figure out how to balance wielding a 2 hand weapon and spell combat. Can you give me any ideas. I was thinking of increasing the spell slot of the spell cast by one. and requiring a concentration check.

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Does channel negative energy effect swarms? DO inflict spells effect swarms.

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Hi Mark. I am currently making a PRC that combines a Blade Bound Magus with an arcanist. They get a black blade and arcane exploits and +2 to their arcane pool but no increase in there spell casting ability.

I would like them to be able to use 2 handed black blades but am stumped in how to make a balance mechanic to do this could you give me some ideas?

You and the rest of the Pazio staff have a happy new year.

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Rob, my group just finished book 3 and are getting ready to start book 4.
How can our gm upgrade the baddies so we can get some treasure,

Our party consists of a 9th level Bloodrager, 9th level Ninja, 9th level fighter sword and board shield fighter, a wayang 9th level wizard and a mystic theurge.

Our gm is being very tight fisted with treasure as he is afraid of the party just crushing the bad guys and the party having no challenge.

We are at the point IMO where I don't see going forward as the risk reward
is way off I am at least 4 levels below where I should be in gear but still am tearing things up. When raging and buffed I deal 1d12+22 and am getting 3 attacks when hasted. The Ninja is worse as he can get more than 3 attacks around if he spends KI He turns invisible gets sneak damage
as well a being a crit fisher with a 17-20 keen nodachi.

The Ap's just are not designed for optimized characters. How can our gm up things to increase the challenge. The story is great but the challenge level is off.

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Ian still having the issue. Both with my iPad os 8.2 with safrai and on my windows 7 pro with mozilla.

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Toy Golems are evil. look at the doll watchers in Iressen. Look at Chuckie and all the murderous clowns toys. Save your self right now and put the vile thought of toy Golems out of your mind lest you loose your soul.

The above is a friendly message from
Para Lictor Morgrym Rufano Order of the Scourge

This your only warning. The Inquisition is watching you!!

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when I am logged into the site everything after website feedback vanishes but when I sign out the page view returns to normal.

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What is up with the web site? After the web site feed back all other parts of the site are gone. I can go to the pfs portion by clicking on the link to the left side of the page but advice rules are not there.

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Mark, is there any difference between the arcane pool of the Magus and the arcane Reservoir of the arcanist?

I am going to make a PRC that combines a Magus and an Arcanist. I plan on giving the PRC the Black Blade of the Magus the arcane pool of the Magus and arcane exploits of the Arcanist but no additional spell casting.

Can you give me some advice on how to do this and have a good balanced class.

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Rob, I really like the desert exploration phase of book 3. The story is real good. I am really looking forward to finding the Spire.
the only thing lagging is the WBL curve we are about 13000 gp per character though we lost about 5000 gp to Deka when we got arrested. But that was fun too.


Does a Behier count as a Linnhorn for kingship in the land of the Linnhorn Kings?

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John there is really no reason not to allow advanced firearms with the inclusion of tech in season 6 and with the reload rules that allow black powder firearms the same rate of fire as advanced firearms. I could see limiting advanced firearms if you really had reloading rules for black powder that mirrored real life.

I really don't think it is a good idea to taunt players with treasure
they find but cannot use because of silly rules that make no sense.
In the future either let player use items they find or don't put them in the scenario or module to begin with.

The rules difference between advanced firearms and early firearms is very small, basically just difference in the misfire rate.

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Mark, other than mithril which halves the weight Adamantine does not really do anything for firearms. Perhaps it should reduce the explosion failure to zero because the chamber is a lot stronger than a firearm made of steel or iron.

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Mark, in forth coing book could rules be added for firearms made of mithirl and adamintine?

Are there rules for mediums using Ouija boards or to contact the spirit world?

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In the enigma vaults you find a broken mithril pepper box rifle.
Can it be taken to Alkenstar to be repaired?

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Meadow, my problem with wands is that you have to buy them with 50 charges in the first place . No 2nd level spell is game breaking even if you have 50 charges.

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Mike, what is the point of limiting 2nd level wands until after 6th level as 2nd level wands cost 4500 gp. IMO that is vey excessive . There are no game breaking 2nd level spells.

I really did not look at this before as in pfs I normally play Maltial characters.

It seems to me that the cost in prestige to buy magic item needs to adjusted downwards.

What is the magic level the campaign low or medium? The magic level cannot be seen as high in any means as by 10th level martial charcters are Lucy to have arms an armor of +2 or greater?

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Can someone explain the term rage cycling? I have not play a barbarian and don't know what the term means.

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James are there aasamirs desended from Solars, planatars, deva's, or hound archons?

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James Jacobs told me on his thread that the rules system would have to be redesigned to support 4 armed pc's as I wanted to port over a race from another system.

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Hi Mark, this post is on guns. Could you talk with the other devs n guns an possibly make some changes. IMO black powder fire arms should only be allowed one reload per melee rond unless you have rapid reload then you get two shots per round. Reduce the price of black powder fire arms by half. If the devs want gunslingers to have a higher rate of fire
Allow rifles and revolvers. With James fine implementation of tech the probation of modern fire arms needs to be revoked.

Gunslingers are a fun class to play and gm with only a few changes they would be great and most changes are only minor tweaks. The only deed that is annoying as a gm is richoett shot.

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How about some bad guys that are not dweebs and are actually scary to fight. The snakes are push overs. Make aspis on par with pc's use a 20 point build for them.

Do not restrict material! The whole point of PFS is a. Sales tool for pathfinder products.

Place better items on chronicle sheets. Npc's should get the same wbl as pc's.

As to scenarios please limit things like chases army things to a few scenarios per season.
I really do not like the mecanic for chases as a player or gm.

Scenario stories for seasons 5+6 have been vey good keep it up. I am looking forward to finding tech items in season 6 James did a very good job designing tech items and I look forward to seeing them implemented in the game. To those who don't like tech give it a chance, JAmes designed it to work like most magic items.

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Was the dying character below her con? If she was at 0 hp she still had a number of rounds equal to to her con to make a stablization roll.

I agree with Pirate Rob on drawin a cure CLW wand as a free action as part a move action as part of a move action that would negate quick draw. Invest in a spring loaded quick draw sheaf. I advise low level characters to tak a withdrawl Action at 3hp or below use your CLW wand or a potion of CLW. For non LG characters before going into combat use a wand of infernal healing.

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Mark, I have a question about the celestial bloodline would it unbalancing to replace the two riding feats with flyby and strong wings or improved maneuverability as you gain angel wings at 12th level?

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Mark, do you know when the errata for the bolt master arch type is going to be released?

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Rob, I am back to beating my dead horse about treasure. Our party is now 7th level we have found no treasure of note in book 3. We found 3 suits of +1 leather armor a 2nd or 3rd level item after the fight with three maxed out assassins. nothing after the bone golem or the cool mummy that we fought.

Story wise the nitpick I have is more clues could have been dropped about Denka and her membership in her order. I am really enjoying the story.
It would have been really easy treasure wise while the party was researching in the one of the libraries to place magic scrolls or a spell
and would have fit the theme.

It would have been nice to find a player handout with a book about the esoteric order of the Palantine Eye and a handout about the Sky Pharaoh we know very little about him. Would have it killed you to put in an amulet that gave a bonus in knowledge history or arcane [not a game breaker at all].

How our our characters supposed to by level Appropriate gear if we find little or no treasure? our Gm is trying to keep close to what is written in the books.

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My Gm has told me that I could get magical tattoos that would take take place of a belt slot item. I was Wondering what the price adjustment to make an item slotless. The Item that I want is a +4 strength belt
The only reason I want the tattoo instead of the belt is cosmetic I am playing blood rager and I thought would be cool to have Ink of beasts on the blood ragers body.

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Hi Mark, yet another question for you. I would like to modify the Blade Bound arch type to allow use of all simple martial and exotic weapons except bows,crossbows and polearms.

To do this the new arch type would require adding a bonus feat at 4th level when the Magus aquires his black blade of Still spell and at 10th level the magus would gain the Component freedom Somatic [from the Mythic book]

How should I balance the changes to the arch type?

Mark I don't like the randomness of how the Magus gains his black blade.
I have an idea on how to change this. I would push back to 4th the level when the the magus gets his first stat bump and the Magus would choose
his weapon and what it is made out of. The Magus would perform a magic ritual binding himself to his weapon sacrificing his first stat bump to give his weapon sentience. The Black Weapon would continue to gain intelligence as per the black blade chart. I would also change the ego
rules to mirror the standard intelligent magic item rule. I also would allow weapons enchantments to be placed on the weapon. So in all respects the black blade would be a custom intelligent magic weapon instead of a hybrid magic weapon/ class feature. Can I get your comments on this?

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Hi Mark, I am playing a bloodrager with the celestial blood line who is an Angel blooded Aasamir. My question is why don't the celestial resistences from race and blood line stack?

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Hi James, I have a question on why there is such a disparity between the magic level of the characters presented in pazio fiction [which is very good IMO. I have bought all of the novel except the pirate novel. ] and the magic level of the AP's?

I wish Pazio would make the magic level of the AP's the same as the magic level of the fiction and give the characters the means acquire to the high magic that is presented so well in the Pazio fiction.

Do you have any plans to write in the Fiction line?

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The black blades purpose does not matter in PFS. Over a blade bound Magus's career he will have over 24 game masters that's asking 24 different game masters to try to force a player live with in a purpose that is not Defined within the rules set.

If black blades were really run with the same rules that intelligent magic
weapons then maybe you could in force the rules for a black bales purpose in PFS. Black blades are a very good concept that was not implemented well in the rules.

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as a GM what do you do when you run into a party that has very limited knowledge skills. Last night I ran Weapon in the Rift. None of the characters had knowledge Planes So they could not ID the demons or the Hound Archons. They did not have knowledge arcane so it was hard for them figure out the prisms and how to use them. I told them about the suits in the room with Galchor but they had no clue on what they di so they ignored them they really d not have the time to fool with them any way. I tried to help them by adding a magic item to aid them in the boss room but they lacked the skills to figure out them item [bracers] and did not want to just put them on so they were not used.

This whole scenario was very frustrating as I felt that I had to push them through the scenario. Besides TpK'ig the party what do the rest of you GM's do when this happens?

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HI James, would it be possible for pazio to put out a Spell and feat compendium every year or every other so feats and spells can be updated with errata and it would make it easier for your players to carry around a

I have one other question for you. on publishing do you know how pazio
could put out their books in the format used by ibooks or kindle pdf readers are very clunky compared to them.

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HI Mark, does Pazio use a template when it makes animal companions or is each done Individually. If there is a template could it be released?

Could you do a primer on the Kinetisist an put it in the play test area please include a mid to high level character to give us an idea of what a
Kinetisist looks like.

Have a happy Halloween.

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Mark, do you know if the design team is working on errata for the bolt ace?

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HI mark, I have a design question for you. Why is there such a disparity between the Wealth by level table and the price of magic items?

I am currently playing I am playing a bloodrager that is level 6 the WBL according to the chart says I should have around 16000 gp. Far to low IMO by what a 6th level martial should have IMO a 6h level martial should have at least a +2 weapon +2 armor a stat belt+2 a back up masterwork weapon a at least 3 potions of cure serious 3 potions of cure moderate
a few potions of align weapon potions of fly, see invisible and bless weapon. A +1 shield [buckler if you are a two handed weapon user.] wand of cure light wounds for your healer buddy to use on you.

It is even worse for a full caster, a full caster needs some form of armor be it a ring of protection robes bracers. all of which are way over priced for the amount of treasure that is given out in the AP's.
wands are over priced 4500gp for an el2 wand. easy fix reduce the number of charges reduces the price. Most of the AP's that I have seen out side of kingmaker don't allow crafting. So you are forced to buy items at magic shops. Most of the items that I have seen in both the 2 AP's that I have played in with the exception of one item that my gm . radically changed.

THe above is not an attack on you or the other designers but I want to understand from a design standpoint why the designers, design the way they they do.

Does pazio desing for a low magic world or a medium magic world? I know they don't design for a high magic world because I paled in a high magic Campaign and high magic Campaigns give out a 5x what pazio gives out in treasure everything costs more though.

could I get you feed back on how pazio lays out an ap or a module.

have a good day Mark.

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Rob, other than the treasure Mummies Mask is great. The Chariot race was epic though our two teams lost the crowd loved the entertainment.
My character literally loved Muminafra, she liked the Wayang to but my Assamair was her favorite.

Muminafra refered to the Wayang as her dark talking monkey.
Denka hates our party for going around her to Muminafra so we can get what we need done.
The story is beyond good. Our party is having a great time.

Our party includes a ½ elf mystic thurge, a human shield fighter, a Wayang sorcerer and an assamir bloodrager and a ½ elf ninja. The story so far has given us all good challenges.

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Mike and John, some of the things that you nix for use see very arbitrary
you allow Mammoths and dinosaurs but not dire animals all are present on in the game but not in PFS makes no sense to me it really would not change things you could always limit by level but to ban A Dire tiger when it is mechanically no different from the 7th level size increase for the tiger.

Could you add some other animals like the Panther to use as an Animal companion.

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