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isn't it already out via torrents? I thought the Sony hack also involved the release of several Sony movies

I don't think they want to encourage anyone to start torrenting movies...


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Well...I can think of a real world solution to some of these concerns. Scientists are really smart people, and most have skills or the smarts to make themselves a lot of money in industry. However many of them stay in academia, because they are more interested in research or teaching.

So Bob the 10th level wizard might be able to make a ton of cash by applying his magic to real world solutions. However, he would be HORRIBLY BORED, and would much rather spend his days researching the planar properties of the maelstrom.


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I can't blame the theaters...I think they are concerned that some segment of the population will stay home because of fear that the threats will come true. Theaters show lots of movies, not just the interview. If people think something bad is going to happen, they won't see ANY movie at that location, and the theater sales will tank.


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Kthulhu wrote:
Rosgakori wrote:
I think this might also lead to Sony selling Spider-Man to Marvel Studios, possibly.
I think it's amusing how, in the past couple of weeks, everyone thinks that Sony is going to sell their license to print money to Disney.

Nah...the rights are never going back, not unless Sony films itself dissolves. But the deal that was being hatched out would have given Marvel control of the Spiderman character in exchanged for Sony keeping some percentage of the profit. Given the success of Marvel films to make a lot of money as well as being economical in their production, that arrangement might actually make more money in the long run for Sony

So not so much as "giving back" as it is renting out


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I think the theaters are less concerned about an actual attack (which would be phenomenally stupid for North Korea, because it would demand a military response) and more concerned with people avoiding the theater for fear of such an attack, and sinking sales for ALL the movies currently released. Especially since my understanding is that Christmas is a pretty good day for ticket sales.


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Yeah if the rumors are correct, the Japanese division of Sony has been rather unhappy with how the Spiderman franchise has been handled, and are more supportive of the deal.


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Lamashtu is from real world Sumerian myth, as is her enemy relationship with Pazuzu, which was used on the show as well as in Pathfinder.

It was actually a pretty faithful depiction of the mythological character.


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Hama wrote:

No, they just won't exist as far as MCU is concerned. Not until they get the licenses back.

Spiderman does though, because Sony has no problem working with Marvel. But Fox, as we know, is a bunch of terrible douchebags.

Both Sony and Marvel are generally concerned about how to use characters which they don't completely own the rights to.

Apparently Sony and Marvel were in serious negotiations to have Spidey appear in the Captain America 3. It made it all the way to the top before both studio heads nixed the idea.


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I kinda expect to see agents die unheroically on this show,

And this was my problem, Tripp's death should NOT have been unheroic.

I don't think it was unheroic. He had no idea WHAT the diviner was doing to Skye, and by damaging it he thought he was helping her. And that was after running around the temple and defusing bombs, one of which was at the very last minute.

So yeah he still went out like a hero, even if his actual cause of death was accidental.


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I feel like Lycanthropes would be best suited for a Lycanthropes Unleashed book, or maybe a Revisited volume. Otherwise it sounds awfully niche, and we already have Blood of the Moon.


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Duergar are already in the Monster Codex, and Centaurs are confirmed for Inner Sea Monster Codex


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Don't forget that Terrigen mists come from Terrigen crystals, which is what the diviner transformed into before gassing out mist

Also the Terrigen mist doesn't alter humans of non inhuman descent. Hence why Tripp wasn't initially affected.

As for Tripp's death...my understanding is that the actor already had lots of scheduling conflicts related to being on another show. So I would guess that was the biggest reason he was killed off.


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Aranna wrote:

Guys Lucas IS from a much older generation that doesn't hang out online or follow twitter trends. He didn't grow up with computers or cell phone... his preferred entertainment may not include camping out online. In which case it is entirely believable that he may have missed the viral buzz about the new Star Wars trailer. Now it would surprise me if after being asked about it by a reporter he didn't go online to watch it later.

Well said.

I am pretty sure my mom has never watched a movie trailer online, and would be confused on why anyone would bother


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I didn't really see much feline about Raina..more reptile or even bird. There apparently is a Marvel reptilian character named Raina, so maybe that is the answer?

I think Whitehall is dead...and while anti-climatic, it did fit with how thin went. Curious how the Hydra plotline will develop next year, or if the rest of the second season is going to focus on Inhuman stuff.


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memorax wrote:
At the same time it should also be something they work on without being asked imo. We had a book that while usable was lacking when it came to gods. So they gave us the Inner sea Gods book. The current Paizo book while again serviceable is also lacking. If we can get a Strategy guide which I don't remember seeing a huge demand for or many fans asking. Why not a book on the planes.

The Strategy guide was never intended for long-term fans. It's more meant for beginners and people transitioning from the Beginner's Box. It's meant to grow the fan (e.g. consumer) base, not necessarily cater to it.

As for why they haven't done a Great Beyond Hardcover, it might be for similar reasons as why they waited for all the core 20 gods to have AP articles. They may hold off on such a compendium until the planes and major planar forces have received equivalent coverage in AP or CS format.


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Anzyr wrote:
And even those subtropes are a minority of all fantasy settings. (And equivalent exchange is actually pretty cost free in the manga since the power comes from geothermal energy).

I don't read Manga, but from what I have seen, "Magic has a price" is the predominant trope for powerful magic in TV, and fantasy novels. Maybe Manga/Anime is different.


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What does NOT make sense is that Paizo decided to add tech into Iron Gods and the ww1 part of the Winter AP but the one AP that screams tech is Skull and Shackles..Pirates, cannons, flintlock pistols and derring do and they made it optional. This to me was a big mistake, the non black powder world should have been the optional for this one.

Makes no sense to me but hey I added it in anyway.

S&S came out before RoW or IG...I think there was a bit more worry on how the inclusion of gunpowder might influence sales. We got IG partially because RoW did so well, is my understanding.


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It wouldn't surprise me that much if Inner Sea Races tones down the Orc description somewhat, leaving them as pretty nasty but less innately so.

Inner Sea Gods did something similar with Erastil and a few other gods.


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Io9 posted a spoiler free review for tomorrow's episode. Sounds like our speculation about Skye's paternity may end soon.


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JiCi wrote:

Ultimate Villainy: a book that essentially combines aspects from the Book of Vile Darkness (well, the tolerable ones at least), Examplars of Evils and Elder Evils.

Basically, how to make a good viallin with each and every class in the entire game? Bonus points if they can make 5 variations of each: a Lawful villain, a Good villain, a Neutral villain, a Chaotic villain and an Evil villain (shouldn't be that hard, but still...)

DMs can have troubles making villains out of Good-aligned characters, when you can "simply" have them fight due to different ways of thinking. For instance, the leader of a revolution might be CG, but opposing either a LG lord or the PCs who are trying to overthrow a LE lord, but not in the same way as the CG leader. Another example: a paladin can be a villain, but again, it's not THAT easy to make it so when 99% of your party is Good-aligned.

I want some guidelines on how to make memorable, believable and viable villains out of every class and if possible, every alignment, in addition of adding rules about stuff that villains do to others.

So yeah, have Paizo make a 300-something book how to make great villains.

I've long felt a villain book would be great; feats, spells, traits, items and archetypes to make memorable villains; example henchmen and lairs; GM advice on designing and running BBEGs.


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Alex G St-Amand wrote:
MMCJawa wrote:
Alex G St-Amand wrote:
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MMCJawa wrote:

I haven't looked through it in awhile, but Ultimate Equipment had lots of new stuff as well, so it wasn't just a compendium.

Although part of the problem with that book is we have gotten a ton of new equipment since then, which has limited, so the book didn't really turn out that ultimate after all.

Only in the context of PFS. PFS adds lots of everything (except Base Classes) to the 15-16 books of the PRD, and creates the overwhelming majority of what people call "bloat" (which is basically a non-issue for homegame-only players who stick with the PRD material almost exclusively).

For base Pathfinder, which is just the Reference Document of 15 books, it was the "ultimate" book until the ACG arrived, which required a handful of new magic items to be written for the new Hybrid classes.

Before then, UE was the end-all-be-all of items. UE still stands as the major bulk of all Magic Items in the PRD, however.

this is why I would suggest they do compendiums for the stuff in Campaign Setting, Player Companion, Adventure Path, Modules, etc (while converting 3.5 stuff in the process).
I suspect that would run into the same issues as why they have said they don't want to do any more hardcover AP compilations. IF people can expect a compilation of campaign setting or player companion stuff, a considerable number of people will probably cancel their subscriptions.
Depend how often they do one, how much is in it, and how long after initial release of the original material they do it... people have been asking for compilation/remake/convertions/etc of out of print things very often, and I think RotRL aniversery edition proved it was doable.

Well they have sort of been doing something like this, (Inner Sea Gods, Inner Sea Races), so I expect they will keep reprinting material alongside new material/updated material.

I don't think "Let's just reprint all the 2013 player companions into one book" is a good option however.


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Aelryinth wrote:

The whole 'lightning' thing is if you're trying to get it to flow through unnatural processes, like long copper wires, repeatedly. Natural ores, nervous systems, alchemy and magic would naturally avoid the whole debacle.

AI's that are disrupted by malfunctioning electrical circuits, then spontaneously 'reset' by a magical surge in the wrong way makes for a great reason for spontaneous free will and craziness, too.

==Aelryinth

That's the thing...my group would be like "why are copper wires (a natural element) not natural, but electricity through unprocessed ores works? Why isn't the nervous system effected?"

So no doubt it works for you, but my group would probably just get into a giant philosophical debate over natural vs unnatural, or try to nitpick holes in the situation


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Alex G St-Amand wrote:
chbgraphicarts wrote:
MMCJawa wrote:

I haven't looked through it in awhile, but Ultimate Equipment had lots of new stuff as well, so it wasn't just a compendium.

Although part of the problem with that book is we have gotten a ton of new equipment since then, which has limited, so the book didn't really turn out that ultimate after all.

Only in the context of PFS. PFS adds lots of everything (except Base Classes) to the 15-16 books of the PRD, and creates the overwhelming majority of what people call "bloat" (which is basically a non-issue for homegame-only players who stick with the PRD material almost exclusively).

For base Pathfinder, which is just the Reference Document of 15 books, it was the "ultimate" book until the ACG arrived, which required a handful of new magic items to be written for the new Hybrid classes.

Before then, UE was the end-all-be-all of items. UE still stands as the major bulk of all Magic Items in the PRD, however.

this is why I would suggest they do compendiums for the stuff in Campaign Setting, Player Companion, Adventure Path, Modules, etc (while converting 3.5 stuff in the process).

I suspect that would run into the same issues as why they have said they don't want to do any more hardcover AP compilations. IF people can expect a compilation of campaign setting or player companion stuff, a considerable number of people will probably cancel their subscriptions.


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I think Brad Douriff and Lucy Lawless are a bit different sort of Red Herrings though. They were cast primarily for shock value when they were killed.

Casual viewers really are not going to even remotely pick up on these clues, so it's a nice nod to fans while providing some foreshadowing.

At any rate I could still be surprised, but I tend to believe the Zabo/Daisy rumor. At the very least, there has been enough secrecy about the identities of Skye and her father that I have to believe they are existing comic characters.


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I haven't looked through it in awhile, but Ultimate Equipment had lots of new stuff as well, so it wasn't just a compendium.

Although part of the problem with that book is we have gotten a ton of new equipment since then, which has limited, so the book didn't really turn out that ultimate after all.


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Undone wrote:
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I profoundly disagree with this assertion. Committing genocide is Evil...certainly the genocide of non-Evil creatures. Neutral creatures can sometimes perform Evil acts, but that doesn't somehow make them not Evil.

Perhaps genocide is impossible to commit without some particle of Evil, but isn't it equally impossible without some vapor of Good? The self-justification of the genocidalist is not persuasive of me as to their Good, but neither is a blanket condemnation as Evil was has surely been enacted a hundred thousand times in history by people seeking, above all else, to survive and thrive.
Sure. But the Evil inherent in the act so vastly outweighs any scrap of Good involved as to make it almost meaningless. It's there, but not super relevant.
Commit genocide of demons and nothing of value is lost.

Outsiders are really weird since they are composed of pure alignment. And they spontaneously arise from souls, so even if you wiped out every last demon, more would just generate eventually.


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thejeff wrote:
Aelryinth wrote:

well, the fun part is, it's magic. If they start poking, blow something up.

Note that none of the above precludes gearsmithing, clockwork or steamwork. So you can have tech, it's just got a big, steaming, unwieldy cap on it. ANd you can make magitech, but it keeps magic as the power source.

More like players poking holes in the theory, if you let them know what it is. Not characters. If you're just keeping it in your head, fine, but I don't really see much advantage to it.

Holes like the electrical impulses in your body.

If you want clockwork and steamwork, fine. Have them. If you don't, then don't.

Unless your game is specifically about characters trying to figure out the laws of physics, bootstrap an industrial revolution or something similar, it doesn't really matter why the setting has the tech level it does.

Yeah. I would rather play in a setting where the GM just goes "This is the highest tech level available, and I am trying to run a campaign with this feel" Rather than "this fundamental universal property doesn't exist solely to prevent technology at level x from working". If only because I have a science background, and tweaking little things like how electricity works is bound to produce side effects you didn't picture.


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True

The indictment proceedings for the Ferguson case were really weird, and not how they normally proceed in criminal cases. The Prosecution went out of its way to show that the cop was innocent. He might be (I don't think this case is as black and white as people made it out to be), but either they should have gone through normal proceedings and proved the cop innocent at trial, or if they didn't think there was a case, not gone through the proceedings at all.


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Angstspawn wrote:

Like many people all around the world I saw images of police violence, I heard or read about American policemen shooting teenagers or children, and I'm puzzled. I don't judge but try to understand.

From abroad it seems to me some policemen act like an occupation army's soldiers: "I identify a potential threat in a hostile zone, being the most likely target in the area, no caring much as these people are not mine (if not openly my enemy), I shot. If I was right I saved my life, if I was wrong this violent behavior will intimidate locals. Last but not least, as I'm in a warzone I'm protected and won't be prosecuted as long as I'm not committing a war crime (rape, mass slaughter, etc...)".

On the other hand I always thought the job of police was to bring suspects to justice or die trying. Which means you can be killed because you don't shoot first.
It's more difficult (and sometime more dangerous) but the main difference with the soldier is that you operate in your own country and, logically, among the people you create a nation with.
Besides, if you're afraid to be the target of criminals, you can always choose another profession.

To those who know American police and policemen I've the following questions:
- Why it seems the few policemen using excessive violence are covered and not sanctioned (even "just" fired)?
- Why policemen shoot so quickly? Considering only force will solve the problem.
- Is it that these policemen are fearful or that they want to enforce a morale or a concept of society of their own?
- Does killing someone as a policeman improves your image among your colleagues?

I don't think this is particularly symptomatic of the USA as a whole, but rather when it does happen in the states, it is likely to get picked up news media. There are something like...three big cases going on in the country right now, in three different cases. I've had friends and family in law enforcement, and none of them are only in it for the sake of power or as an excuse to kill. In fact, I bet a significant portion of the US police force has never fired their gun at a suspect.

As for why things might be different (and I am not sure they are so much)

I haven't checked recently, but A lot of urban areas have higher crime rates than comparable cities in at least Western European cities, at least as far as violent crime. That higher crime rate is probably due to having a really poor support system for the poor and mentally ill, as well, as well as a society that is still dealing with the more subtle influences from past generations of racism. Also the whole jails as business and excessive laws that criminalize a lot of things that shouldn't be, or give excessive sentences

Militarization of the Police: politicians really want to give police surplus military equipment, which I think contributes to a US vs them attitude between police and civilians.

Easy availability of fire-arms which increases the chances that a police officer may be in danger.

For various reasons, Police often end up policing communities that they themselves are not part of. See Ferguson.

As for your specific questions:
Cops generally circle the wagons, like any group. Also the media tends to more often focus on the initial claims, and does not do the follow up on later evidence.

Hindsight is always great, but if you are stopping a suspect in the dark with no back-up, and absolutely no foreknowledge if a suspect is armed, bad decisions can be made. Bear in mind that between 100-200 officers are killed each year in the line of duty

I don't think any police officer wants to enact their own morals on anyone. Most just want to make it to pension and get the hell out (from my limited experience)

God No. It does get you mandatory psych counseling in at least some states, suspensions, and legal worries


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There was a rumor that Tony would assemble a new band of Avengers for Infinity Wars Part 1, which would apparently...fail? or at least not stop Thanos in time? Possibly ending with Tony Stark's death? Presumably that would include Stark, along with newbies Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Dr. Strange, and Ant-man (and maybe Winter Soldier?). This may or may not be due to most of the original Avengers being out of action or assumed dead (Hulk...in space? Ragnarok and Cap 3 events?)

That would segue into Infinity War 2, which would require the Guardians, Thor, Hulk, and Cap to join up with the new Avengers, and take down Thanos.

Other than Infinity Wars being a two parter, all of this is just rumor at this point.


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Actually Neh-Thalguu are probably a bad example. The recent article on the Dominion of the Black strongly implies that while sapient, they probably are not a "natural" race, and are engineered to be scouts for the Dominion. So they may be closer to being biological constructs than to creatures with truly free will.

I don't think there ARE baby Neh Thalgu to run across, at least in Golarion canon. And any you encounter are going to be dispatched on very specific missions from the Dominion of the Black


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It certainly seems to me that 5E was designed to cater to the old school game players rather than the pathfinder players. As such, it's no surprise to me that it's skewed more heavily to the DM-fiat end of the spectrum, rather than the clear-codified-rules-for-everything end of the spectrum.

I think there's a correlation between whether one prefers Pathfinder or prefers the older style of game and where one thinks the 'power' should sit between player and DM.

By necessity, D&D 5E had to differentiate from Pathfinder. It was never going to win back the adherents to the edition they had abandoned.

From a microeconomics perspective, it makes sense. Different people like different things. The idea of winning an argument over which is "better" is too trifling for me to get stressed over.

As someone who prefers Pathfinder, I am looking forward to Pathfinder Unchained because I want to preserve all the stuff I like about Pathfinder but pick and choose rules modules that preempt the Christmas Tree Effect, make running it a little easier, etc.

One could have differentiated without stripping out 80% of the game. The Monster Manual is just a tragedy in how boring it is.

I would not define the Monster Manual as boring...it's actually a pretty solid book. Even if I am deeply disturbed by Sahuagin having noses...


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I like the choice...And Cumberhatch can do arrogant, which works for the character

Early rumors hint that a new roster of "Avengers" will be formed by Stark for the first half of the Infinity War, and I think it will be fun to see Stark and Strange but heads.


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We'll see...it's been diminishing returns for the series for me, and I am concerned this might be too much of a retread of T1 and T2. A good chunk of the trailer seemed to be "Hey, remember that scene? here is our version of it!"


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Hyde isn't a mutant technically, at least not in the same sense as Wolverine. He was born normal and only through experimentation was his genetics messed up.

I don't think he needs to be an inhuman, although it's likely his wife was.


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Myth Lord wrote:

I'm now 80% sure there will be a Bestiary 5 next year.

Why Sincubus? Why are you so sure of yourself?

Well.

The pro's for bestiary 5:

1) Some hints people left on the forum that work for Paizo. (i'm not gonna say which ones, search yourself on the different forums.)
2) Wesley Snijder doesn't have much time to reply in his question topic lately, could this have anything to do with devils? Devil Lords? Devils Revised?
3) Hell's Rebels will be in the second half of 2015, perfect way to introduce the Devil Lords in bestiary 5.
4) The two-year ritual.

You forgot 5) Occult Adventures is the fall hardcover release, and if it follows a similar model to Mythic Adventures, than new psychic monsters will be in Bestiary 5, and psychic versions of existing monsters will be in Occult Adventures.

Although they could go more novel and put new monsters in OA, so we will have to see


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What I'm saying is that, no matter for which noble cause you slaughtered the toddlers for, you still slaughtered some toddlers and that's an Evil act.

That's just plain wrong.

Things are right or wrong, good or evil, because of the foreseeable consequences of the act. If in balance they saved innocent lives, or at least as far as they knew they were saving more innocent lives than they took, they did the good thing. End of story.

But that gets into a "The Ends Justify the Means", which is probably one of the biggest tropes in villain motivation out there. Plenty of people committed atrocities believing they were making the world a better place.


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Major_Blackhart wrote:
I don't think Paizo would do a full Orc AP because of the level of evil acts it would probably involve, tho I would buy it in a heartbeat.

Well we got the Worldwound AP, which is focused on demons. Which are way worse than orcs.


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I can see us getting a bestiary every year. Well at least until we get 5-7 Bestiaries. I wouldn't mind a bestiary that is nothing but reprints so we could get caught up on the APs and other products.

Last time I asked for that, I got smacked down big time, like "NO, WE DON'T WANT AP MONSTERS IN BESTIARIES! GET OUT OF HERE!"

Give me a separate book called "Adventure Path Bestiary" with 300 monsters from the APs. Look, the APs have a lot of unique monsters that could be used anywhere else. However, not everyone is willing to buy each and every AP booklet to get the monsters.

Yes, some monsters have been reprinted in Bestiaries, but only a fraction.

As I think back about it, I don't really want B5 to have loads of AP monsters as well, BUT I'd like to get a separate spin-off-like book that regroups ALL the monsters from APs.

One thing I wish they would do is add a footnote that the monster also appeared in the AP volume. That way you have the stat block handy in the Bestiary, and if you want to look up the additonal information (ecology, etc) available in the AP volume, you have a handy reference for which one it's in.

I'd also like to see such footnotes included


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actually...they already announced The Defenders for Netflix, as a team up of Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones following those characters respective series. Not sure if Dr. Strange will show up, although it sounds like they are going with a major actor, so might be hard to use him in a Netflix series.


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Lord Snow wrote:

Episode was O.K, though not nearly as good as the previous one. Somehow it seemed like the pacing was a bit off and despite a ton of stuff happening, I felt like the plot was meandering. Some good FitzSimmons stuff though.

It had a lot of balls in the air in the form of different plotlines, none of which were really resolved. Its pretty much part 1 of a 2 part episode.

random notes:

Wow...Skye did much better than I expected at combat, holding her own against 33. I guess May really has been drilling her.

I love that a week later, even the news is like "Yeah...the senator probably didn't kill himself" Because honestly my first thought was "who the hell will believe that".


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They can also arise from the corpses of cannibals, who with the exception of "Donner Party" scenarios, are not going to be the greatest people anyway.

Donner Party scenarios as... a scenario where everyone involved is white? Or do you believe that people commonly engaged in cannibalism 'cause it was fun?

Most "cannibalistic" tribes in the real world eat the flesh of deceased enemies, which, in my opinion, is not really a mark of character other than saying this guy is hella thrifty, no point in letting a good pound of flesh go to waste just because it was a "human".

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That's going to all come down to the flavor of the setting though. In Golarion, and how I would run it, being a ghoul isn't like being a guy who has a craving for a cheeseburger. You might start off neutral, but you are going to have a deep, never satiated hunger for flesh, specifically humanoid flesh. It doesn't matter how much you down, it will be ever present.

So? Dude wants humanoid flesh. All life can only be sustained by more life.

I could see the point of "but this guy cannot subsist in an ecosystem because it is fully parasitary and will destroy it"... perhaps, perhaps being a parasite makes you evil internally because you can only, in the balance of things, destroy rather than create. I could buy that.

First off, by Donner Party, I meant driven by necessity. Where the choice is to consume the dead or die. Some real world cultural cannibalism is believed to be driven by this. If your eating people for kicks, and not a rare/uncommon ritual use, then you are probably not a good person.

Secondly, again this isn't I skipped breakfast and I am hungry cravings. This is like a drug addict looking for a fix. There is a reason why Heroine and other hardcore drugs are a bane on civilization. Imagine that, only if the user could satisfy that fix not by stealing to buy drugs, but instead by eating a person.


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Secret Wizard wrote:

Third Mind gets it. It's all about flavor.

TBH this thread seems to be full of nerds too scared to watch a zombie movie to learn that it's actually humans who are the monsters.

Ghouls eat and reproduce just like any other animal... they consume the living, but don't humans too?

What's worse, A) eating a cheerleader or B) systematically butchering animals, putting up a facade to hide the horrible act of slaughter and consumption of life, and sell them to kids along with toys?

So a Ghoul makes other Ghouls. Birds make other birds. Amoebae make other amoebae. That's evil somehow because they are a reanimated corpse? Is that mushroom that makes ants commit explosive spore suicide evil or just doing its thing?

I'd say undead are neutral unless they are intelligent OR actively created by an intelligent entity to perform an EVIL/GOOD task.

That's going to all come down to the flavor of the setting though. In Golarion, and how I would run it, being a ghoul isn't like being a guy who has a craving for a cheeseburger. You might start off neutral, but you are going to have a deep, never satiated hunger for flesh, specifically humanoid flesh. It doesn't matter how much you down, it will be ever present.

Now, some ghouls with a strong willpower can resist this urge, but many can't. If it gets bad enough they may even turn feral.

Keep in mind too, that ghouls don't just arise from ghoul bites. They can also arise from the corpses of cannibals, who with the exception of "Donner Party" scenarios, are not going to be the greatest people anyway.


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Icyshadow wrote:

Wait, how is having a kid who is evil incarnate a mature story element?

As much as I appreciate JJ being against baby killing, some of the stuff in that post makes no sense to me.

There is plenty of horror fiction dealing with evil incarnate in the shape of a child. The Omen series, The War of the Flowers, Eden Lake, The Children, Children of the Corn, etc. Where protagonists are faced with the choice of letting a child go who is destined to destroy the world, or worse, having to choose between defending themselves with lethal force, or letting a pack of murderous children do them in. You can do complex stories on the theme without being immature. I think that is what JJ was getting at.

Personally I don't think baby orcs or baby goblins fit those story elements, and it would be an evil act in the game I ran.


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I would (hope) there is no overlap between the Monster Codex and Inner Sea Monster Codex. Which means no goblins, hobgoblins, bugbears, gnolls, orcs, or lizardfolk.

I would also guess there will be no ARG races, unless a developer has adopted and figured out where they go in Golarion. The exception might be Kasatha, which do have a place in Numeria.


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was it the midseason finale? I thought that was next week?


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Will this have new playable Eagle Knight stuff? Traits, feats, archetypes or a new prestige class for the Twilight Somethings?

Also will example Eagle Knights be statted out as monsters for lawful aligned adventurers to slay?

I might expect Andoran NPCs, but otherwise these books are generally more GM focused, so I wouldn't expect a ton of player options.


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well they explicitly call out Gillmen and Strix.

Remember this is an NPC book. So my guess would be that Inner Sea races won't have much of any NPC statblocks, but rather will features new/revised feats/archetypes/prestige classes/traits.

This book in contrast, will probably focus more on NPC statblocks and related mechanics, and probably be more of a GM guide.

I think they have already stated that Inner Sea races will mostly focus on Core races, so there will be room for some overlap.


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Tieflings? Aasimars? Catfolk?


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Right now I am most curious about the White Council. How are they going to react to the current Dresden and Molly situation? Both are now untouchable and both could be considered potential threats (although now that Molly is immortal, I imagine she is beyond their reach now)

and yeah...The White Court. They may very well be the most powerful faction around with the attrition of the White Council and the dissolution of the the Red Court. I'd love to see how the politics are playing out with them.

I think its also interesting that the Fomor have showed up in ever book post Changes I think, in at least a small role, but have yet to get a book where they are the primary antagonists. Got to believe they are building up to something with them...

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