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Milo v3 wrote:
Seems like paizo (and posters) have forgotten that the "Blood of" Line was originally focused on giving cool options for a specific race, sad to see it change into a more generic player companion.

I think the worry is, say you make a book just focused on Wayang. How many people are interested enough in Wayang to buy an entire book on the subject? Doing two or three races as a focus is more likely to attract buyers than focusing on one minor niche race (which is pretty much what Fetchlings and Wayang are really).


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YES the revisited series LIVES AGAIN!!!

sorry this is my favorite campaign setting series, and I always thought a Darklands-themed book made obvious sense. I think the books that take a different angle than just a creature type generally come out better, so I have high hopes for this book.


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yeah wondering if this will have info on the Caligni, the 0HD darkfolk race in the upcoming Bestiary 5.


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Milo v3 wrote:
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Sure, just blithely ignore the fact that in order to choose the path, you were a mass murdering SOB who killed tons of innocent people in horrific ways to get there to start with. You're talking about someone who was essentially a sociopath on the order of Jeffrey Dahmer or Hannibal Lector combined with a megalomanical power fixation to boot.

Those kind of people don't simply wake up one morning and decide to become angels. In fact, they never do.

What if they became a lich only to stop a greater evil that they have prophifised to defeat... but in 350 years. So they used lichdom to ensure they would be there, and in the time between now and then, simply continued to commit good acts to try and redeem their "For the greater good" evil acts.

Note: This isn't a hypothetical to just make an extreme example, this was an NPC I've used previously.

Well...no one here is going to show up and tear up the sheet with the Lich's stats on it. If you want to run a home game with a good or neutral lich, that is fine.

Personally I would never run a lich like that, as I prefer the Golarion fluff. That the process of achieving lichdom involves evil acts that result in the utter loss of humanity in the individual performing those acts. To me, choosing the path of lichdom implies a priori that the person is evil or become evil. I see that as different from a sapient who accidentally/against there will becomes undead like a ghoul or vampire, who at least initially I would expect to keep their alignment.

The folks who maintain those beliefs either fail the process or quit, or pursue any of the various other methods that magic users can have access to that lets them live longer, either literally (immortality, transfer of consciousness into a construct, polymorphing into a long-lived creature, hibernation, messing with time, reincarnation, cloning, etc) or metaphorically (finding a worthy individual to pass your goals down to, or establishing an organization to continue your work after your demise)


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Both Correia and Torgersen were nominated for the Campbell (which is done by the same clique as the Hugos). Torgersen had been nominated for a Hugo as well. All before the Puppies started.

WorldCon is a small clique in the larger SF/F world, but not so much in an exclusive sense.

And as Correia routinely points out, Torgersen was nominated after already being a multiple time NYT best sellers, while many of the nominees are virtually unheard of by the public. As this has routinely been advertised as a fan favorite award, why are top grossing works with the largest fanbases not making the cut?

NYT bestsellers are already rewarded for that accomplishment, by having piles of money to sleep on.

At any rate...do we want to make the Hugos about what is successful? Because profitable/popular doesn't necessarily equal good. I am going to make a leap and say that none of the people following this thread think the Twilight series is that great, or deserving of a special award. Based on the above logic though, every single Twilight book should have earned a Hugo, because clearly they have a large fanbase and are popular.


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Yes, but the award doesn't advertise itself as favorite of a niche group. It advertises itself as favorite of all of fandom. Until they resolve that disconnect, they are going to have problems.

"Fandom" is a specific term. It's not "anyone who likes SF/F"

Yeah there is absolutely no such thing as a single fandom. I don't know why anyone would claim otherwise. Hell, I got into Fandom clashes online before I even graduated high school (B5 vs Star Trek!), so I don't know why other people don't realize this. From a book standpoint, you have so many books released per year that its almost impossible to keep track of a single subgenre, nevertheless all of fantasy and science fiction. People gravitate to the types of books they enjoy the most, whether that is supernatural romance, Star Wars novelizations, or Hard science fiction.

At one point the Hugos did pretty much represent all of Fandom, but that is because the field was small enough that someone could realistically have read or at least be familiar with most of the works being published. That's not the case anymore, and I think the way forward is just to acknowledge that and start up separate awards, or try to get new award categories put in.


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There is an issue of free will and choosing Good or Evil, which in my opinion only makes it more likely that your Lich is going to be evil.

Going by Golarion canon, the ritual to become a lich requires extensive research and the commitment of horrible depraved acts, unique to each ritual. Thus anyone going for Lichdom and suceeding at the task is going to have been okay with who knows what sort of depravity. Even if they were good...the very act of researching Lichdom ensures they won't be by the end.

I mean at least vampires and ghouls can be turned against their will. Liches only come into being by an individual choosing to be evil.


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Lord Snow wrote:
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Vox is also tied to Gamergate, which taps a similar vein of anger...
Gamergate is actually quite a different beast - for one it is much much (much) bigger than the Puppy Wars (is that a name people use? it's stuck in my head for some reason and I wonder if I've read it somewhere or came up with it myself), so classifying Gamergate as a single front is borderline absurd. The puppies...

I don't want to go back into dissecting Gamergate. They're not the same thing, that's certainly true. In addition to what you've said, Gamergate got much nastier, with more doxxing and threats, etc.

That said, they're both aspects of the same culture war and Vox Day is both backing Gamergate and drawing Gamergaters into the Puppy Wars.As he said:
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At this point, #GamerGate is about more than games now. It is a Schwerpunkt in the ongoing cultural war for the West. And the gamers of #GamerGate are the only defenders of freedom and Western civilization who are counterattacking and causing enemy casualties.
that's the thing - he may be bringing Gamergate into the Hugo controversies, but that's a one way street. I'm fairly confident saying 99% of Gamergaters have no idea what the Hugos even are. And if they did know, many of them would disagree with Vox's stance on the issue. So I wouldn't cast the Puppy Wars as part of the same conflict, even if the sides fighting it are minor factions in Gamergate. It's not so much a skirmish in the greater war as a similar, smaller scale conflict that happens concurrently.

I don't want to touch Gamergate with a ten foot pole (because discussion of that topic here leads to madness and thread closure), but Vox has admitted to recruiting gamergaters into the Hugo voting process, voters who almost certainly know nothing about the Hugos or read anything on the rabid puppy roster.

Which makes sense in the context the rabid puppy slate dominating.
I would hazard the Sad Puppy voters probably were less unified in their voting since presumably that crowd were at least somewhat familiar enough with the field to have different tastes.


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I agree with thejeff

GRRM has a great piece on his blogs about this controversy, including a history of the Hugos. There HAVE been controversies in the past a few times with voting, but mostly they were rare instances that maybe only effected a few votes

To me...I just don't see the point of faking the system to get your book nominated. There is no cash prize, and "Hugo Awarding Winning" is at least in the short run not going to cause a spike in book sales. In contrast flooding the nominations has a good shot of alienating fans, and giving you a bad reputation amongst the editors/publishers/authors in attendance. That's going to hit your bottom line because its probably going to negatively impact your ability to collaborate or sell your work.

And...honestly for those really into the Hugo...having an award you didn't earn would feel like a hollow victory, no different than a doctorate degree from a diploma mill. There wouldn't be a whole lot of pride in the win.

I am an avid birder and here in the US the ABA maintains voluntary "rankings" of birders. I (or anyone else) could enter whatever number of species seen into the rankings, and no one would check it. I could rocket myself up as a top birder in the country, pretty easily. But pretty much people don't do that, and I don't do that, because the real satisfaction of birding is seeing the bird. I would imagine the real satisfaction for an author in winning the Hugos is knowing that something they poured their hearts into was beloved by the fanbase.


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I have to confess being extraordinarly interested in threads that get modded, which half the time increases with Chris Lamberts description of why the thread got modded.


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Aside from 4th Edition, I don't really know of any other RPG that handles errata in this way. Most use it to fix typos and other similar mistakes; they don't make actual changes of substance (I'm sure someone will have examples that show that RPGs do it too, but it definitely doesn't seem to be the industry default).

I am not sure how many rpg games are really comparable to Pathfinder. The errata method used by Paizo really only works with the assumption of widespread internet, so its not something I would expect to see prior to the 3.0 era of gaming. Games that are relatively rules light don't need errata since GMs are expected to have more leeway in deciding things. And a lot of other game companies either have really slow production cycles and low staff, making errata difficult to produce, are small scale enough that they can sell batches of rules in a beta format and then update/errata them afterwards (this seems in line with what Dreamscarred does), or mostly focus on adventures, which again seldom need errata.


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Wolfgang Baur wrote:
Well, the orang-pendek is a RW cryptid, a sort of Sumatran Sasquatch, so I'm inclined to say you're right, it's got to be some kind of a bigger primate.
I believe it is the "half-sasquatch" that is mentioned in the ISWG as rumored to exist in Arcadia.

Although odd to use the name of a SE Asian Cryptid for an Arcadian race...

Not like there are not plenty of names for Sasquatch like creatures in Arcadia.


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DM Beckett wrote:
Even if we pretend that the sky is falling and there are actually people that would not buy a book that says it's a new edition (but okay as long as it's a new printing instead), well, who really cares. Are we really going to not fix and improve the game over a few people shouting on the internet that they will Ragequit or whatever?

We don't know how "few" that number is. If those "few" make up say, 30% of the player base, you have just lost a giant chunk of business. As I repeated earlier...the time to launch a new edition is when sales show signs of slowing down and dropping, not when the edition is still economically healthy. Which according to Paizo folks it very much is.

As for occult...I haven't seen any of the rage and gnashing of teeth for this release that I saw with the ACG. So I am really confused by what you mean in saying it has as many errors as the ACG.


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I don't see any reason to remove Vancian casting in a future edition. By all means introduce new forms of casting or alternate casting rules, but I don't see a reason to annoy fans of that form of casting.


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Everything I have heard rumor wise doesn't say that the rebel alliance lost the war. Rather that in various parts of the Galaxy, Imperial remnant(s) still existed. Because as it turns out Galaxy wide empires don't fall over night, even if the heads of state are slain.

I don't get how that is weird or even goes against the conclusion of the original trilogy. That is pretty much the tactic that the Expanded Universe followed, and no one much complained about that.


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IT folks deciding to make everyone use the network to store all their files, in the process removing a bunch of personal users folders preventing me from installing statistical analysis software I need for said work

Also the payroll people sending my first check to a random office on campus without alerting me. Than when asked why, their reply of "I have no idea why we did that".


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I'm wondering if Paizo will abandon the Modules line and leave it up to 3PPs to fill in this "middle length adventure" niche in the gaming market, or if they will just direct everyone to the shorter Pathfinder Society adventures, which aren't really my first choice.

I dunno...from a business standpoint the modules are a pretty good way of testing the waters for products that may be considered risky, or catering to demands of folks that want a certain type of adventure for which there is no room on the schedule to do anytime soon.


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Lissa Guillet wrote:
As someone who went to college post transition, administrative people are often for more willing to listen and deal with those kinds of situations than an 18 year old boy just coming out of high school. Chances are they will look for someone who is specifically more compatible for you. You likely won't be their first rodeo. You might even get an apartment to yourself. =) Also, when you get on campus, find the LGBT association and signup. You can make contacts and possibly find a roommate for the next semester or the following year and if your really lucky, make lifelong friends. They will also likely have a safe space. Also, please, please, please be very careful. College is generally better than high school but there is still a lot of growing up and maturing for them to do.

I am not Trans...but I agree with advice 100%. Most college campuses, at least in liberal areas, are going to be somewhat familiar with your situation, and can help match you with a room mate situation that might be more amenable to you situation. Going in blind with a male room mate in college is always a crap shoot in the best of circumstances. A bad room mate match could make your first semester hell, and even if you get a good room mate that might not insulate you from general harassment from other guys on the floor. My experience has been that college age kids are just that...kids, and often incredibly immature.


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The Paizo folks keep track of there sales data...I don't think we will see a new edition until the Core Rulebook levels off or declines in sales, and we seem something similar happen to the AP/CS line.

Vic has said that the above has not happened yet, and based on product announcement and development time, we are probably 2-3 years minimum (and possibly longer) away from that time.


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I am betting the new Marvel comic universe will be something like 80% the old 616, only with some popular Ultimate/Alternative Universe characters added (Miles, SpiderGwen), some reworking to make certain characters more similar to the MCU versions, and some retconning of unpopular directions for characters (i.e. Spiderman's faustian pack)


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A book about mythological monsters converted into Pathfinder language.
The Bestiaries are already 75%-90% mythological creatures.
I still want MOAR! And a pure product (without other creatures that aren't from mythology) is a must for me.

Outside of a revisited style CS softcover, I don't see this sort of book being all that viable


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Beasts of the Boundless Blue from Alluria Publishing is a pretty kickbutt bestiary, although obviously mostly focused on aquatic critters

The Midgard Bestiary by Paizo's own Adam Daigle is pretty good. I haven't seen the Southland's Bestiary yet, but if it holds to similar standards its probably worth checking out.


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I tend to belong to the people who believe Caster-Martial disparity is real, but nowhere near the level of problem people complain about. I guess...seeing all these threads on the subject, do people actually think it's something that can be simply fixed in the current edition of the game via errata or a new hardcover, or is this really campaigning for a new edition?

It seems a good chunk of the caster-martial disparity comes from the core rulebook, since the comparisons seem to always use the extreme endpoints of wizards and fighters. Unchained included options that reduce the power of spellcasters and increased the power of fighters (in the latter case, skill point increases, background skills, stamina system, and VMC), but this doesn't seem to have made much of a dent really, or clearly is not what the CMD folks were looking for.

It just seems that a lot of CMD issue and complaints with martials tends to get at implicit underlying phenomena in the game, ranging from how combat works (the whole full attack issue), to wealth by level guidelines, how spellcasting works, how spells themselves are set up, etc, all on top of any underlying problems in class design. This is all wrapped up in differences in playstyle, group dynamics, etc which can either magnify or reduce the CMD to nothing. It just doesn't seem like something you can fix with a simple "unchaining", and as long as the extremes exist in the game people will complain about them, just like how investigators and slayers didn't really stop people from complaining about rogues.


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where are you reading new races? nothing in that product descriptions sound like that.


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Kthulhu wrote:
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If we have Wizards so mighty they can create whole dimensions, why don't we have Fighters so skilled they can slice a hole into a new dimension with nothing but a sword and some elbow greese?
Because that's impossible. You need magic for that.

Ok, let's hold martials to realism.

To make the game balanced, we also will hold spellcasters to realism.

As such, spellcasters chant gibberish, play with owlbear feces, and make shadow puppets....AND NOTHING HAPPENS!

The wizard just bottomed out to being at a tier below the commoner.

I think most people model their "realism" in the game after whatever media they enjoy. Personally I want martials to reflect the abilities of John McClane, Inigo Montoya, or Sandor Clegane. I don't necessarily want a strict realism, but rather a cinematic one.

Looking at the game, there is a measure of "realism" for spellcasters, and thats comparisons with spellcasters in other media. Pathfinder unfortunately does a really really really bad job at emulating a wizard in literature and film, as they are far far more powerful than any of those characters.

Martials need SOME buffing, but as I have stated before, it really wizards that need nerfing. And honestly that level of change probably something that would need to happen in an edition change, not via patchwork fixes in other hardcovers.


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nor errors...the way the printing process works IIRC, for the book to be released in Mid August would mean its probably already on a boat coming across the Pacific.


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To me...I think Josh Trank really wanted to do a "superhero" movie that really played up the body horror element involved in superhero transformations, that is often not dealt with. That could have been a really really cool and solid idea for an original film. That is NOT an appropriate theme to go with for the Fantastic Four. Cronenberg is not a name that comes up when you think of those characters.

Josh Trank's first movie Chronicle dealt with superhero stuff....but it was a horror movie more than anything else, not something comparable to say....any of the Xmen or Marvel movies. It sounds like that is the approach he was taking on Fantastic Four, than Fox execs/producers freaked out at his direction and reshot the last third of the movie, which is why from what I hear that section doesn't really make any sense.


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My PDF collection at this point is pretty big...I don't really have the space though for much stuff in print, except for hardcovers that are really too big to enjoyably read.

I don't have all the campaign setting books for instance on PDF, but I have a pretty large chunk of them, at least the 3.5 ones.


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I liked the Drizzt books in high school (should I be posting that to the confessional page?) :(


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To follow up...a lot of people seem to agree with you. Rotten Tomatoes has it at a 9%...which might be a worst score than the prior movies (I am too lazy to check). The producers seem to already be writing it off, as the most recent comments have them backpeddling and denying that the film is set in the same universe as the X-men movies.

Granted it could still make a ton of money, which will be enough to make Fox happy. But if it bombs maybe we will be one step closer to the F4 returning home to Marvel, where they really do belong.

Well at least Deadpool looks awesome?


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LazarX wrote:
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Paizo's smartest move on this concept would be to NOT title the films Pathfinder (not the least reason being that there is already at least one Pathfinder film out there).
No, Paizo's smartest move would be to duck their heads in buckets of ice water until the notion goes away and sanity returns.

Whatever. If Paizo could license the property or some of the content for any decent amount of money, they should go right ahead and do it. Almost no reason not to.

They certainly shouldn't try to do it themselves. Or, frankly put any real effort into it.

Paizo could not give away the movie license to it's property, much less try to sell it. There's practically nothing to appeal to a general audience.

um...They just this week optioned a movie based around PEZ. I think you vastly underestimate what film studios will option.


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I WOULD be nice if the Battle Herald were given a Base Class form, but at the same time, a Battle Herald is really meant to be a Commander - like a rank of Major or higher. You don't START as a Major, you work your way up to that and greater.

So, to that regard, I don't think it's terrible that the BH is a Prestige Class.

That being said, a Cavalier Archetype with some Bard abilities like Inspire Courage and some abilities copying the BH might be nice, honestly.

I could see such an idea working for a base class. In "Medieval" esq settings, nobles and such would be expected to lead there armies into battle, even with only minor or no actual battle experience. And many of them would have received training from a very young age to do just that.

Think of characters like Robb Stark from a Song of Ice and Fire. He was a skilled and competent field commander at the age of 15 (I think) in the books. Sucked at the politics part, but was a natural at commanding troops in the field.


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something like a Tarzan/Wild Boy nature class would be nice...Druid and Hunter come close, but something that excels in unarmed combat and doesn't have spell list, but instead channels the abilities of animals. (running like a cheetah, swinging through trees like a monkey, etc). Possibly a Druid/Barbarian hybrid?


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The descendents of the Inca are the Quechua-speaking peoples of the Andes. So far my creature archive records the following creatures:

Abuelitos = little people who dwell in ruins around Lake Titicaca;

Achkay/Auka/Aqui/Unaguilli/Aschcu guagua = ; baby spirits which resemble animals; Sharp-toothed with brilliant pupils; minor spirits of the hills; mediate between the living and dead; crop and mountain spirits; transport people to hell; can only be seen by shamans

Amaru = Quechua; Llama dragon; giant monster with the head of a llama, draconic wings, and a serpent like body; also depicted as a double-headed underground serpent, with the head of a bird and a cougar; has difficulty moving on land, so inhabits seas and rivers; symbolizes water, strength, and lightning; the destroyer that bring floods which also bring life; can travel between the material plane and the afterlife

Chuzalungu = soul of a slave beaten to death by his master; appears as a tall, white human, with huge hat, tail, bright eyes, tousled hair, and backward feet; defends forests

Coquena/Llastay = shy little man in ragged white and brown clothes with a feathered hat; spy on hunters and can loose wind and lightning from bags of silver and gold; protects wild ungulate herds and turkeys; can appear as a bird, insect, or giant guanaco.

Machukuna = People of the moon; former inhabitants of earth, who venerated the moon; were wiped out in a cataclysm formed from the appearance of the sun; lair in caves and emerge at night to warm themselves under the moon; jealous of living people, and react with wrath if anyone raids their tombs; control of weather

Muqui = “He Who Suffocates”; old, three foot tall dwarves; red hair, white skin, metallic eyes, and long gray beard; shiny small horns; inhabit abandoned mines and wells; dress in green and wear helmets and carry lanterns; can change into dogs or phase through rocks; if removed from underground turn into stone and water; evil

Ochukullkos/Suripchaquin = Hairy little men as big as corncobs, with ostrich-like feet; dwell in a dark underworld of mirrors where everything is reversed; dress in wool ponchos and blankets; herd vicunas and chinchillas

Sacha cuca waira = Evil wind of the forest; human sized evil spirit which dresses in leaves and branches

Ucumar = large-bigfoot/bear like creature, with prominent fangs, razor sharp claws, and thick black fur; small eyes, with prominent jowls and a huge mouth with protruding teeth; lack a soul

Urkuyaya = Mountain Father who can kill trespassers with his gaze

Yastay llama = giant spirit llama which protects herds of guanacos and llamas; protects starving hunters, but punishes those who kill without need; may transform into demonic form to punish, with eyes that burn with the fire of the sun; immune to bullets; sometimes helps lost travelers in the desert, and can be placated with offering of mashed corn


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And Elder Things are part of the mythos stuff as well.
Part of the mythos, but mortal, worldly creatures, not incomprehensible god-things.

Indeed, despite their alien nature, there minds actually are not that far off from man.


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Not that anyone who really is a scientist or concerned with the science seems to be reading the thread.
Ahem. ** spoiler omitted **

Indeed...I am a professional paleobiologist with a PhD in Ecology. I don't think agree with anything GreyWolfLord has said in this thread.


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Ashiel wrote:

The playtests are a farse anyway though. I mean Paizo intentionally released a nerfed version of the kineticist class for the playtest instead of the actual version they were intending, rendering the whole thing moot. Similarly, in previous playtests for things like Ultimate Combat, I realized that Paizo's open playtests were just publicity gimmicks.

Whaizo. Just Whaizo.

I think you are not interpreting statements about the kineticist in the way they were intended. They released a less powerful version of the class to see what people thought regarding power level, etc. Because if it was too powerful and needed to be brought down, people would be screaming NERF at the top of their lungs. It's a lot easier to buff than nerf a class.


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I would prefer an Abyss Unleashed over Demons. Demons already have a lot of love, and I honestly would like a book that could give more love to Demodands/Thanotic Titans/Qlippoth, rather than just more demons.


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I will also add in, as others have stated, that their are biological underpinnings to gender dysphoria...it's not some sort of cultural phenomena, any more than people "choose" to be gay. So if you want to argue that it didn't "exist", than you would need to argue that the biological processes behind gender orientation are somehow different than they were in the past, or the environment regulating them was different.

Alternatively...it might not be that transgender people were "common" as today because a transgender person would have suffered extreme persecution, and thus would have stayed in the closet, committed suicide, faced societal sanction, or otherwise hid there condition. Even then though I am not certain historical evidence of trans people is completely lacking. There are certainly many examples of saints adopting male personas, not to mention folklore around female popes and such to indicate that gender dysphoria existed back then, even if it wasn't well understood.


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FYI, there are rumors that Falcon gets a robot drone "Redwing" in Civil War.


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PIXIE DUST wrote:

Ok this is not meant to be a rage thing or a hate thread or whatever, I am legitimately curious of this.

What concept does the fighter cover tjat other classes just don't do better? Between Cavalier, Brawler, Slayer, Ranger, Barbarian, and swashbuckler I dont see what he has. Oh and even worse, thematically a magus does the whole "warrior with sacred weapon thing" better tha the fighter as well...

I think it fills the role of being a very easy class to build and understand for beginners, very casual players, or people who just want to hit things with a sword without fiddling with a lot of class stuff.


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Aranna wrote:

Trans wouldn't exist in the same way as the real world... first magic can remake you in your preferred gender, and second the player can select their preferred gender right from character creation.

Yes and no. There are things like potions of sex shift, but I assume the price makes it outside the reach of a vast majority of potential customers, and it's probably specialized enough to not be a widespread formula created and kept in stock by a lot of potion makers. So it might be an option really only for nobles (which has some parallels in real life).

So you could get some sort of weird economic class thing going on, with either class (poor versus rich)
looking down on members of the other, based on differences in how trans people are viewed/assisted.

Also...you would have a hell of a motive for a transperson from an impoverished background to become an adventurer. To build up enough cash to get the potion they need/want.


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Another confession:

I really love "star wars cantina" type settings. I like tons of unique races, the less traditional the better.

I especially love it when a setting incorporates oddball races that are not simply reskinned elves or dwarves, or even worse, existing earth ethnicities reskinned as elves and dwarves.

Strangely enough though I also like the human baseline, where they are the most common/dominant race. I admit to having a really weird time reconciling these factors.


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I have to say that prior to hanging out on the boards here, I really wouldn't have thought much about LGBTQ concerns while world building. Now I do try to mull over those issues when creating races/cultures, and try to intentionally vary up presentation, rather than defaulting to the pop culture interpretation of medieval views.

I suspect most of the time this fleshing out will remain in the background, but I do think it adds to the realism of a setting.


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I kind of actually wouldn't mind if some of the Daemon Harbingers were CR 25+. Daemons lack the rigid hierarchy of devils, but that doesn't make them entirely a race of backstabbers. And some Harbingers could certainly operate outside of the Horsemen, representing powerful individuals with their own much more limited domains, or Harbingers that just don't play well with others.


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also probably should throw in the generic "orientation doesn't equal sex". You can have gay npcs in a campaign with no suggestion of sex, just by having the bartender have a husband instead of a wife, etc.


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Ildris elba improves everything though...


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As someone who doesn't own the book, I do find the errata situation hilarious.

After the book was released, we had people proclaiming the book was horrible, needed errata right now, and was proof that Paizo was going to pot and they would never ever purchase a product from the company again.

Some people continued with that attitude through much of next year, demanding early release of errata.

And then, we got early release of errata, and people are angry, proclaiming this renders the book horrible, Paizo is going to pot, and they are never going to purchase a product from the company again.

Now I know that doesn't describe everyone, and I know the ACG had probably the worst editing issues of any hardcover, but I can't help but be "amused" by "just can't win" nature of the situation.


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Lotharct may have never been a really good baseline. He is after all on the run from Hell and thus presumably should have lost a bit of power compared to a duke who is still in favor.

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