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Part of me does wonder...what percentage of viewers were basically hardcore Clinton/Trump supporters, and how many were casuals who could flip between the two.

I mean all my friends and colleagues watched...but there was no way in hell any of us would ever vote for Trump. My suspicion is that, moreso than normal, people were tuning in to see there favorite spar with their nemesis, than out of any need to be convinced.


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Raven Moon wrote:

Hillary is just talking in circles. She says one thing then contradicts it. Now she does this in a very general and vague way. I just dont trust anything she says. She really does not care if American lives are lost "What difference at this point does it make" (paraphrased of course). It makes a huge difference. She has spent a career in obfuscation and subterfuge and I just dont trust her. She has yet to present any policy and only presses the vote in a poor way. This vote for me because he is bad, is a piss poor reason. She really does not have much to hold her up based on her record. I see her as little more than a failure being pushed as a quasi Manchurian candidate.

Just my .02 worth. You dont have to agree with me and you dont even have to like it. But you do have to respect my right to say it.

Personally I dont like to see real world politics in my gaming. Gaming is my escape and distraction from real world issues, I dont need the arguments where I go to relax. I cant stop anyone from expressing an opinion here but I can ask to keep it to a minimum. Make the debates elsewhere please.

Thank you for your time
Raven

Well...it's a thread on the presidential debate...if you don't like to mix politics with gaming just don't click on the thread


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Oh god he talked about taking the oil...


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the real question is how many swing state voters feel the same way.


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"That makes me smart" uh no that makes you an word that would be bleeped out


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Can Lester Holt just tase Trump everytime he talks over Clinton...


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I hear Clinton has been fighting Isis her entire adult life...?


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So he is just not going to answer direct questions...


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I am okay with no more linnorms. I would much rather see the Azi make it to a hardcover, or a new dragon type for the North American Horned Serpents.


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wraithstrike wrote:

I really do wish we had emoticons here.<---serious comment.

I know we can do the :) and :( among others, but many people dont know what all of them mean.

It would make it easier to for people to note when they are being angry, just joking, and so on.

True, but I see that abused as well on other forums (example: posting something really offensive but then including a smily at the end, as if that excuses the previously written comment).


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bugleyman wrote:

Please understand: I'm not stuffing gold doubloons into my pillowcase just yet. ;-)

Why not? Have you thought nothing of the future adventurers who may someday be rifling through your bedroom looking for loot, in the post-apocalyptic wasteland?


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I'll throw in a "guys flag it and move on" on occasion, usually when I see a post that gets a bazillion replies that I know are going to result in thread-locking if they continue


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To paraphrase Jason X

"It's okay, the Juju Zombie just wanted his machete back!"


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Irontruth wrote:


I think the marches and protests have to evolve. Here in Minnesota, they've started disrupting major economic targets and I think that's the way to go. Disrupt the airport, freeways, anything that represents millions of dollars a day. Shut it down, or even just slow it, and you force people to listen.

Last year BLM did a head fake towards the airport, then hit the Mall of America (it's a big deal here, during the Christmas lead up we get a LOT of out of towners shopping here, as far away as Iceland when times are good). They've shut down the biggest freeway once as well. Hit the elites in their pocket book and they can't ignore you.

Maybe...but its also just as likely to annoy people who won't be pissed off at the elites, but rather shift that irritation towards BLM or whatever movement is responsible for the protest.


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Touching on one of Greywolf's posts, One of the strongest arguments I have heard made for Hillary from voters on the left is whether they want Trump to nominate conservative judges. So I think Pro-Trump and Pro-Clinton camps are both heavily pushing the supreme court nominations as the most key element of this campaign.

Promising to nominate a conservative justice would not help Hillary Clinton. Those one the right would think it was just more of her "lying", while those on the left, who think she is a democrat in name only, would be mad and not vote for her.

Unfortunately, a large chunk of voters this election, perhaps moreso than the last few, feel they have to hold their nose and vote for a candidate they don't really like. That's pretty much the only single thing that Hillary and Donald are the same on.


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JiCi wrote:

PC race wishlist:

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- A fey-based humanoid, Medium, 0HD, a elven humanoid with nymph, dryad or satyr ancestry. Seems like a missing thing here, because we have celestials, fiends, genies, lycanthropes, hags and vampires, but feys haven't been presented with a descendant PC race so far... aside from dragons and giants as well ;)

Look, IIRC, they'll go very lightly on PC races for B6, but the 4 races mentioned in the summary might not be the only ones presented. Also, you kinda can't have too many races, because the world is BIG :P

Well you will be happy to hear that B6 will have a Fey-based class, Naiads, so that is one thing off your list.


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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Ryzoken wrote:

"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me."
-Martin Niemöller

{marks "Godwin" on bingo card}

well as we all know, Paizo banning people on the board is the exact same situation as rounding up people and sending them to death camps...exact...same...situation


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Lady Ladile wrote:

The only real 'issue' I feel compelled to comment on is the tendency of some posters and mods to automatically assume the worst intentions behind certain posts - malice instead of ignorance. It's nothing unique to the Paizo forums but it bothers me when I see it, even more so from a mod because they represent Paizo as a company.

I understand that everyone has bad days and some have more garbage to deal with behind the scenes than others, I really do. But please, if you see a post that upsets you just step back for a moment and ask yourself what the odds are that the person who made it was deliberately being offensive/sarcastic vs. speaking out of ignorance. Barring obvious trolling language I'd bet it's most likely the latter instead of the former, especially when you consider that people from all over the world and of various cultures and walks of life read and post here. I say this because it sounds like just that sort of thing was the catalyst for this whole mess in the first place.

People do misrepresent themselves sometimes, I will grant you, but what percentage of those incidents result in bans or deleted posts?

Obvious trolling isn't really much the problem. It's people making statements or creating analogies that to their own worldview and those who share it seem perfectly fine and reasonable. But not everyone interprets things the same way, and people who may point out that fact or imply it's offensive usually get dismissed as biased/"SJW"/some other agenda. I rarely every encountered deleted posts that arise from "oh sorry I meant x". It's almost always discussion between the different parties escalating and becoming heated, or the person who suffered the most deleted posts double downing on what he said or arguing against the mods.


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knightnday wrote:
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Places without rules on what you can say aren't worth going to.

True, I'd even argue that Paizo needs harsher rules. I just think they need to be more transparent about the rules and when people are punished. The combination of rules that are done based on mod judgment instead of a rigid list of rules and just unpersoning people who are banned instead of clearly stating why they are banned is the worst of both world. I like the idea of letting mods perform judgment calls because no simple list of rules can cover all of human interaction but you need to clearly let everyone know when and why moderation is applied, for anyone to reasonably get a feel for what is and is not probation worth and what is and is not banworthy.

If you're going to cover up when and why someone was disciplined it just creates an atmosphere of mistrust and fear. Especially if the reason is "customer privacy" even after the customer has voiced their desire for more openness.

The problem becomes that you lay a clear line of where banning, probation, removing a post and so on will occur and people will go out of their way to ride the absolute razor's edge of the line and play in the grey areas.

You don't even have to be a gamer to do it. Children do it from a very young age. "Don't touch your brother" will turn into a game of how close you can put your finger to be annoying while saying "I'm not touching you!"

For my money, the original edict of "Don't be a jerk" was more than enough and could have been moderated stronger. I'm pretty sure that people here know what they are posting. You type that snipe, that snarky comment, that little quip that you'll repeat to your friends later about how you showed that guy, and all the while you know that you are contributing to a lock on the thread or provoking someone else to comment to see if THEY can get their posts removed before yours.

I'm a customer and I don't want to know why X was punished. A simple "Knock it the...

I was about to post the same thing. Long before I began posting here, I spent a lot of time on a certain non-game forum that had very explicit set in stone rules for moderation. One poster and his fans basically tanked the entire forum by posting posts against people in just such a way that they would aggravate the person, without actually violating the rules. Eventually the harassed parties would slip up and violate the rules, and get moderated. Those who didn't just get fed up and left.

And that was a non-gaming forum. Imagine how much more effective some RPG fans could be at violating the spirit of the rules, given all the RAW posts.


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Guy Humual wrote:
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This is a chicken and egg situation. You are assuming that the media, by not calling him out on his nonsense, are misleading voters, and are responsible for Donald being a nominee.

When in fact Trump won the primary by APPEALING to a base of voters who are excited to have a candidate so bluntly state all the stuff they agree with, or don't feel personally bothered by them.

The Media is certainly not blameless on this, but information on all the presidential candidates is not difficult to find. A not significant number of voters, the voters that put Trump in his current position, are fully responsible for there votes

I think you'll find the egg always came first. Trump has always been in the media, he's been portrayed as a smart savvy business man and self made billionaire, and that was fine when that meant nothing. Now he's trying to run for president, it's time for the media to correct the record, and failing to do that is bad for the country.

Now without a doubt some of his followers are racist, sexist, intolerant, and xenophobic, but is that half to 40% of the country? Some of the folks that support him are just folks who watch right wing media like Faux news. This is the fault of Faux news as well, make no mistake, but the viewership of Faux news is no where near close to half the country. Trump doesn't exist on the national level without all the free coverage from the big media companies. He got far more coverage then the other candidates during the primaries then his opponents and he continues to feed off all the free coverage he still gets. It's unavoidable now that he's the republican nominee but they can at least try to fact check him now.

Trump got the nomination because he catered to a very angry Republican base by appealing to the worst natures of the party, in a blatant way. He had...what 40%? of the republican vote at the time. There is an exceptionally large fraction of the party who went for him, despite the wishes of the party itself and even the right wing news media.

People are not empty vessels, who form no opinions until shown one on TV. Fox news helped maintain certain idealogies and somewhat shift them, but they would have failed as a network if there wasn't already a large consumer base interested and only interested in a rightward leaning conservative slant on reality. The media is not innocent in the long term of the current slant and direction of the Republican party, nor are the republican's political strategies. But to imply that voters are innocent in this silly. Voters were already primed for a Trump candidate long before he entered the field.


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Guy Humual wrote:
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Guy Humual wrote:
If the system allows for a Donald Trump, allows people to think he's a viable candidate, then how is that on the voter?
When the candidate demonstrates repeatedly that he's a racist, misogynist, fraudulent, lying flip-flopper, and the voter puts his chop down for him anyway, it so is on the voter.
What I'm trying to say is that if he's not called out on his racist, misogynist, fraudulent, lying flip-flopping and the media don't immediately call him out on that, then invite Trump supporters onto their shows to defend Trumps position, well that gives the notion that there's some debate about his reprehensible actions. The voter gets to think maybe Trump's right. Trump is entirely a monster of the media and if he wins they're bare most if not all the blame.

This is a chicken and egg situation. You are assuming that the media, by not calling him out on his nonsense, are misleading voters, and are responsible for Donald being a nominee.

When in fact Trump won the primary by APPEALING to a base of voters who are excited to have a candidate so bluntly state all the stuff they agree with, or don't feel personally bothered by them.

The Media is certainly not blameless on this, but information on all the presidential candidates is not difficult to find. A not significant number of voters, the voters that put Trump in his current position, are fully responsible for there votes


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Turin the Mad wrote:

The Vietnam War would like to have a talk about Democratic administrations escalating matters into boots on the ground on a large scale for a protracted period, reversing the second Iraq war's Republicans started/Democrats finished it.

Let alone the staggering number of "brush fire wars" across both parties' administrations since World War II and especially after Vietnam.

Which was ~40 years ago...

The politicians behind Vietnam debacle are retired or dead. Many of the politicians pushing for the Iraq War are still in office


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^Also, most (all?) of the Planetouched, plus Dhampirs and Changelings, are explicitly described as being of partly or mostly Human origin, so they should be easier for a player to meet the roleplaying qualifications for than Elves.

Depending on the person it may or may not be easier to run. Too many would probably run a Dhampir as a vampire from Twilight imo. Even then what is the standard to be measured. That's the issue their no really measurable standard beyond the DM. Which if he/she is already against allowing non-core. Chances are good one is not playing that Dhampir. Tell me upfront yes or no to a non-core race at the start. I go to a session to play D&D. Not So you think you can roleplay a non-core race.

The ven diagram of Twilight fans and Pathfinder RPG fans probably has very very little overlap. The go to example of dhampirs for most Pathfinder folks is probably Blade or Vampire Hunter D.


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after watching the Moana trailer and noting that the Kakamora that pop up in it are actually from real life Solomon Island folklore, I'll vote for Pathfinder adaptation of them (Although less coconut people and more like the original legends).


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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Guy Humual wrote:
The DNC are right, Hilary is great, but the voters are wrong. The exact opposite of how elections work.

The voters can be wrong. It happens.

A casual glance at American history books reveals voters have been wrong many many many times. After all voters at various points were against outlawing slavery, women suffrage, social security, desegregation of schools, and most recently gay marriage (amongst other issues of course).


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Beyond ticking off Lamashtu, all the Demon Lords, Pharasma and probably a good chunk of the Psychopomp ushers, the problem is too vast to be resolved with soul gems. The abyss doesn't just receive souls from Golarion or even Golarion and the surrounding planets like Castrovel. It receives them from the entire universe. So even if you were able to develop employ this tactic effectively across a nation or even world, it's like trying to empty the ocean with an eyedropper.

Not to mention that a single CE evil soul has the potential numerous demons, depending on the sins in question and how evil the person was.


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When people consider biodiversity crises and major hotzones of extinction, people almost always turn to places in Africa or South America. In fact the current extinction capital of the world is located in the US State of Hawaii. Since 1800, approximately 30 species of bird have gone extinct on the islands, due to habitat destruction, invasive species, and the spread of avian malaria, which most of the native species have no immunity to. This is on top of extinctions that occurred a thousand years ago, as a result of initial Polynesian settlement of the islands. Numerous snails and insects have gone extinct as well.

The extinction crisis is still ongoing, and since 1980 a total of 7 bird species have gone extinct, the last in 2006. This includes the last representative of an entire group (family) of birds found nowhere else BUT Hawaii Several other species have had populations plummet in recent years, raising concern of the possibility of further bird extinction.

Despite being the extinction capital of the world at current, The US only spends ~14% of it's annual budget on conservation of Hawaiian birds, and the average endangered bird on Hawaii receives only 16% as much funding as endangered species in Alaska and the continental 48 states.


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doc roc wrote:

Its a tough one regarding climate change. Anyone thats studied climate science knows that it is the most complicated inter-disciplinary subject going..... just so many inter related variables.

Ultimately human beings will NOT damage the planet in the long term. The planet has gone through mass extinction episodes where 95% of ALL life (including microbial) has vanished and still come back bigger and better!

Are humans beings making things crappy.... unquestionably.

Are human beings "damaging" the planet..... extremely unlikely

Yeah but you are arguing semantics. Planet in the context of environmental concerns means biospheres and ecosystems. Which we are screwing over in ways not seen in millions of years. Yeah the planet will recover, but you nor your grandchildren will be around to see it.

I like animals. I like hiking in nature. I like the idea that when I die that at least some part of the natural world won't be destroyed.

And ultimately screwing over the ecosystems that support civilization will screw over society as we know it. Just ask the easter islanders.


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Buri Reborn wrote:
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I don't see what the problem is. Out of all the Internet, safe spaces for LGBTIQ people are very very rare. Paizo has made an effort to be progressive and inclusive in it's products and messageboards. Do the non-LGBTIQ folk really need to turn Paizo into yet another place to abstractly poke, prod, and dissect LGBTIQ identities?! While actual LGBTIQ customers and Paizo employees are sitting right here, sharing the same space?! Really?!

If you've got a burning need to do so, maybe find another board to pick the topic apart, or set up a free blog at Blogger or Wordpress. Many of us deal with these little and big aggressions to our identity every day, and I'd rather not have to also absorb them here too. Is that too much to ask?

And yet, a trans user of the boards is no longer welcomed here by Paizo. So, clearly, it's not such a safe space, afterall. There was no poking, prodding, or dissection involved. Someone clearly misunderstood the topic as they were being discussed because that someone wasn't involved. They thought they would mantle themselves for a cause that was not involved in the thread prior to their participation. They included it and twisted the discussion, not the people that were actually having the discussion.

I missed the specific posts in question (I never followed Ashiel FAQ thread). I have however seen a few cases involving said posters being a bit...for lack of better terms...tone death on phrasing of arguments or statements. What one group may seem as "reasonable" another group may not. I know Ashiel in question, on related topics, has been asked to drop a specific tangent dealing with LGBTQ topics for similar reasons.

Basically because you found something reasonable and harmless, does not mean it was interpreted so by other posters, including lurkers and staff.


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People seem to be misconstrue "Hillary is not as progressive as I want" with "Hillary and Trump are the same"

Even a casual glance at the candidates policies reveal that is not remotely true. On a personal level, a Trump presidency is likely to severly influence whether I have a job in the next year few years due to his stance on science. At a broader level Trump stands for a lot of things that are actively going to hurt large swath of Americans, including many posters here.

A Hillary presidency would likely, at worst, ensure the continuation of a lot of current obama policies and no worsening of the current state of affairs. At best it will greatly improve our country on multiple fronts.

Our best case with Trump is that he is so divisive and incompetant nothing gets done and he is a 4 year president, or less because of some scandal. At worst he actually gets his way and butchers social services and environmental regulation, creates multiple international incidents which cost American lives, and buries the country in massive debt from his stupid border wall and other unrealistic programs.

Maybe not everyone here will personally feel that effect, but a lot of other people are going to.


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Just chiming in that while I may not always 100% agree with every moderation decision, I think you folks do a good job overall on moderating and I support your current policies.


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This will never be fixed - and neither will anything else in the soft covers. Its a shame, really, because the splat books are where the most interesting niche characters typically originate, and they are riddled with the worst written rules in the game.

Not necessarily...IIRC quite a few options from the softcovers get incorporated into hardcover books in some form or another.


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Surprised I haven't seen this posted yet

2016 Science Debate.

For the last few elections, candidates have been sent a list of 20 questions dealing with key issues relating to science and health that the presidential candidates will have to deal with. This year the questions were also sent to libertarian and green party candidates in addition to the two main party candidates.

Reading there answers leaves no doubt in my mind that Hillary is the one I want to win, and who will be a solid president.

Overall breakdown of answers:

Hillary: pro-Science, environment, and health. On the point summary of the question asked alongside specific policies she will use to address the issue in question, goals, and how she will get the funding.

Stein: Pro environment but vague on many science issues. A couple of good replies but also a lot of cutting and pasting of the same reply to very different questions. Goals established but many of them unrealistic and not really a clear policy.

Trump: zero support for science or the environment. Vague rambling replies that don't actually remotely answer the question, or even imply no factual understanding of what the question is about. No statements of policy other than the occasional "This will be a priority". Some of the replies can basically be put down as "$%@% the environment.

Johnson: "crickets". Didn't even bother replying


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yeah...and then you look at overall views of libertarians on social programs or environmental regulation, and any interest that momentarily emerges gets flushed down the toilet again.


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Druma would be an ideal location for a Merchantile-themed AP, where the primary goal of the AP is to get super rich, but to do so they have to grow and protect their business, and get embroiled in regional politics/various local threats.

Wolf of Wall Street, only with actual wolves...


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Samy wrote:
I wouldn't mind a 64-page Campaign Setting book full of player options.

I would.

I invest in campaign setting materials for books like the nation/setting gazetteers, monsters revisited/unleashed, "Realms" books, and "Book of the X" series. I find that stuff a lot more entertaining to read when I don't get to game much or am stuck on the other side of the GM screen.

We have a monthly PC series, and at least two hardcover RPG books a year devoted to player content. I don't mind a little bit of PC material where appropriate, but lets keep the player options most in the players book and the campaign setting/GM material in the campaign setting line.


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Jiggy wrote:
MMCJawa wrote:
As long as they don't insist that their opinions hold some universal truth for everyone I don't see an issue.
That's where a good deal of this community falls short, I'm afraid. :/

Indeed, although I think everyone probably has some subject/series they feel similarly about.


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It's safe to assume that most of the original Mythos material written by H.P. Lovecraft and his peers, including Clark Ashton Smith and Frank Belknap long are canon. Not sure how far this extends, like whether the Robert E. Howard pulp stuff is also canon.

The origins of Humanity are still a mystery on Golarion, so who knows?


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doc roc wrote:

Part of me wants to see Trump win....just to see what happens!

I actually think him not being a natural politician counts hugely in his favour.... too often politics and reality become detached. So many politicians get elected having done nothing but politics in their lives and theyre just detached from reality IMO.

Similar to teachers.... very often the best ones have spent some years doing other things in life before they went into teaching.

I'm not sure a mega-rich businessman who inherited his wealth effectively is any less detached from reality than some career politicians.


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Mythic use on specific creatures would probably be fine: If your players are really good at tactics and crafting effective murder machines than the monsters might need a boost anyways

I would probably not let players gain mythic tiers, at least not until the final volume (Carcosa strikes me as a kind of mythic place). Mythic potentially can lead to characters steamrolling encounters, which won't help the general vibe of the AP.


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I've given up on shows after only a couple of episodes (Scream Queens) and have persisted multiple seasons through other shows (Gotham). How long to "give a show" really is dependent on taste and if there is a particular element/character you really like, who is good enough to hold your interest.

If I dismiss a show because I didn't immediately like, but people tell me that it eventually gets really good, I will give the show another try (Clone Wars). After all sometimes show do change for the better, whether it through new actors, better creative control, changes in narrative, or other revamps.

Also Anime is just sort of a weird category. Pretty much all the anime I watch is chosen because of topic. Blindly going into anime seems really weird. I loved Attack on Titan and Cowboy Bebop, but that doesn't mean I have any interest in some high school drama just because it also is anime.


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rand across an old paper on myths from the Seneca Native American tribes: found a few interesting creatures which I don't think I have seen mentioned yet. Some spelling maybe off from however they are spelled nowadays, which sometimes happens in older works

Ganoshashoo = Seneca NA; mysterious spirits that appear as disembodied legs and lower torso, with a single glowing eye which can retract and move, at loin length; never full seen; do not have arms; fast running; seen running at night as an omen of disaster; Greatly feared although they never directly harm anyone [Really weird and apparently was reported into the last century]

Sagodadakwus = Seneca NA; grotesque gaunt ogre figure; preys upon gluttons, stalking them outside at night; disembowels it’s victims and scoops out there digesting food with a spoon, eating it instead; carries around a kettle to place any leftovers [Probably the most terrifying of the bunch]

Gononk’goes = Seneca NA; Gigantic women who stalks lovers at night; those who make improper remarks during the act, or take too long, she smothers them with her chest and carries them to a cliff, where she drops them to their death [uh...that is a very different "lover's lane monster" MO right there...]

Doonongaes/Djodigwado/Gas’hais’dowane = Seneca NA; shapeshifting water serpent of great size and power; adorned with either wide antlers or bison like horns; changes into an attractive man to lure young women away, but can also be a protective figure, rescuing maidens from cursed islands; females may do the same to males; wearing the clothes of a Doonongaes will turn a human into one; Mortal enemies of Thunders [Another regional version of the Horned Serpent myth, although the ability to change others into Horned Serpents is mostly unique, as is the combination of traits usually seen in mermaid type figures]


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My issue with the fiction was...each chapter of the multi-volume stories was so short that I seldom could ever remember and keep track of the characters in the wait for the next volume (especially if volumes were delayed as sometimes happened.

So I am actually kind of glad that we are losing the fiction for more backmatter, since it's more material I am likely to read. As long as designing those extra pages are not too much extra work for the folks developing stuff!


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huh...pleasantly surprised, although I would guess this might be because the late fall release that the bestiary normally slots into is going to the Starfinder monster book (although if it is I hope they go with field guide or some other name)

It's pushed early, but if bestiaries are every other year, than 2017 was kind of the "scheduled" year for the next hardcover book.

An Villain Codex, NPC Codex, and Bestiary 6 all in a row is a bit unusual, but I guess this is to free up rules design for Starfinder?

Also please...MORE SAKHILS. Definitely one of my new favorite outsider groups, and would love to see more.


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based on two separate recommendations in a couple of days, last week I FINALLY watched the horror film Pontypool

Spoilerific Monster Idea:

for those who haven't seen the movie, Pontypool is sort of a zombie movie, but one in which the vector of infection isn't a disease, but rather the English language. Symptons include steady loss of language skills, madness, and eventual resulting in a mindless being driven to attack and kill.

It's a really cool concept that I don't think any existing monster (especially the zombie templates) really model.

I would probably do it either as something that converts a person into an outsider or undead. Give it a sonic attack; anyone that takes damage is inflicted with the disease, and take wisdom damage anytime a player communicates with certain words. Take enough wisdom damage and you die and become a new infected.

Obviously it would need other tweaks, including some sort of blindsense, maybe an ability to mimic spells and throw them back at random individuals, etc.


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Melkiador wrote:
If Starfinder is just Pathfinder in Space, why isn't it just another Pathfinder RPG book? Ultimate Space. Ultimate Worlds. Ultimate Planes.

Because the existing system is rather clunky in emulating Space Fantasy tropes. Even if you keep the basic game, you need to significantly modify skills, combat, equipment, and magic to get something that feels like a better fit than Pathfinder. Plus provide robust systems for game elements like space ship combat. At that point it's a new system really.


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Boomerang Nebula wrote:
What is Dominion of the Black?

An ancient alien threat that lies in the dark reaches between stars and harvest worlds for their biological material, and whose technology is entirely organic.

They were responsible for the crash of the Starmount into Golarion as were also involved in ancient Osirion, within the current Pathfinder setting.


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As someone who is pretty lenient on race selection (my runelord game's party included a kobold, a kitsune, and a Nagaji), I would not allow hobgoblins pcs in Ironfang. It just stretches my credibility a bit too far that a Hobgoblin wouldn't be treated with extreme suspicion if not outright hostility

As for Drow in Second Darkness, it has nothing to do with Drizzt. The whole AP is about the revelation that Drow exist and major plot elements involve the elves trying to cover that information up. That sort of plot...doesn't work really well if a Drow is in the party.


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TRDG wrote:


1. Strange Aeons

2. Ironfang Invasion

3. Ruins of Azlant

4. Starfinder AP ?

1. Strange Aeons: #1 for me and the AP I have most anticipated. Love mythos fiction, love horror in general, and this AP seems to combine some really nifty ideas (starting off as a patient in an asylum) with some cool expansion beyond the Inner Sea (Dreamlands, Parchlands, Carcosa). Plus plenty of special non-ogl Chaosium monsters

2. Ironfang Invasion: Tied for #2 with Ruins of Azlant. Hobgoblins are some of my favorite "monster" races, as their combination of intelligence, organization, power, and sanity gives them a threat potential not really present in most of the other traditional monster races. So an AP that fleshes them out is pretty cool.

3. Ruins of Azlant: See above for ranking. Really interested in this in the sense that it will flesh out another new region of Golarion (really hoping for an Azlant CS book from this), hopefully provide a lot more info on the Aboleth, and looks to be trying some innovative stuff.

4. Uhh? I will almost certainly buy the hardcover, but as yet there is zero info on what the first AP is even about (Science fantasy is kind of...broad topic), so I have no idea if I will subscribe or not. It's also going to be dependent on my financial situation. Two AP subscriptions adds up fast

To give some context, I will most likely keep my Pathfinder subscription for the next three APs. I however did cancel it for Mummy's Mask (seems to have too much dungeon diving), Giantslayer (theme just didn't grab me at all), and Hell's Vengeance (Not really fan of AP's with the default assumption everyone is evil...just not interested in delving into villainy and seeing what players can come up with as evil bastards).

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