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The next Spiderman arc after Spiderverse is has the title "Renew Your Vows", with the cover having Peter and Mary Jane together with a daughter.
The spiderverse also establishes a version of Spiderman who is pretty much exactly Peter Parker, only still married. So what ever reality altering events make up Secret Wars may simply go with this version of Spiderman.
Freehold DM wrote:
Rate my professors isn't a great measure of a teacher's ability. Students that in general do poor in a class (because they don't study, don't come to class, etc) often get angry when they don't do well, and of course blame it on everyone else. And some students will mark a professor favorably IF the teacher is super easy, not necessarily good.
Retiring Spiderman, Batman, and Superman really is not going to bring in new readers who have never read a comic before. It may get some new readers from other lines, although whether or not they offset people who rage-quit when there favorite character disapears, I don't know.
If people talk about Iron-Man or Guardians of the Galaxy, it's mostly because they were successful movies that appealed to the non-comic reading community
From all I have seen, comic books are just a hard sell to a lot of people. I don't see how retiring known and popular characters somehow ENCOURAGES more people to buy into the medium
xavier c wrote:
Do you think the people of Golarion use magic for sexual purposes. Such as spells or Potions that create effects similar to viagra or increase sexual pleasure.or Summoners using there eidolons as sexual partners or How do feel about that.
Sure but probably only among magic-users and the rich (and brothels that cater to those groups). I doubt common folk really have the finances to spend on those purposes.
I could even see it as being a sore spot between the have's and have nots. Ooh...look at the decadent nobles, who are blowing there money on magical sex toys, while we struggle to eat every night or keep the farm up and running.
I can't agree with this more. I suffer from social anxiety disorder and suffer extreme shyness and awkwardness around the opposite sex. I don't see how making gaming environments more friendly towards women is some sort of burden for men, nor do I see "increase women participation" and "increase the number of gamers in general" are mutually exclusive ideas
Celestials also have the edge in that the different alignments of good outsider closely collaborate with one another to deal with evil. IN contrast, Demons, Daemons, and devils don't really get along that well together, even if there is nothing as extreme as the blood war going on. For that matter, Demons in generally really don't collaborate well, and their alliances tend to fall apart.
Jester David wrote:
I think The Paizo big wigs have stated that the core rules are still selling strongly (I think its been said that the core rulebook has sold more copies every year than the year before, or something like that). I think there are still legs left on the system, although I personally would prefer the release schedule to slow down a bit (I just can't even remotely keep up anymore)
While a 2nd edition might be ever more closer, I don't foresee them ever going back to producing 3rd party content for WoTC. Such a move would probably require a huge downsizing that would purge most of the staff. And I am still not sure whether 5E is going to necessitate such a change.
I am glad 5E exists, but I rather would have both brands going strong, than one extinguishing the other. Personally I am glad that both systems fill different needs and really don't compete.
Having seen the third movie (finally) last week, I honestly think it was probably the weakest of the three movies
I really liked An Unexpected Journey. The Desolation of Smaug was undercut by extended action sequences that rendered the orcs and Smaug as incompetant (barrel chase and Smaug's dwarf hunt).
The Battle of 5 armies just seemed...poorly put together. First, I still stand by my thoughts on on the second movie, and the death of Smaug should been how the movie ended.
Secondly, it seemed...rushed. You could easily ground Thorin's gold sickness by developing his backstory with Dain and playing up the siege of Thorin by elves and men. Also the elf gems and the fate of Bard were just left hanging.
Legolas should really have been only and extra in this movie. Tauriel should have taken down Bolg. To make a big deal about adding a strong female character, only to have her be rescued by Legolas was lame. If anything, if Tauriel should have rescued Legolas.
The CGI seemed worse than the original trilogy, especially the Trolls. Not sure if it was because I saw it in 2D and not 3D, but it was.
Their was also the inclusion of tons of unneeded details. I rolled my eyes every time the cowardly human lackey showed up on screen.
Oh well..at least I got to see Werewyrms and hobgoblins?
There are also variant dwarf cultures in the Mwangi expanse as well, but I don't think much has been done with them.
Dwarves also exist in the Crown of the World, but no clue how much they vary from the more southern dwarves
Chess Pwn wrote:
Uh...I am pretty sure the weekly FAQs stopped because of Christmas and New Years, and then the requisite catch up involved from those holidays.
Mark's been incredibly open about the FAQ process, and just the other day answered some questions about it on his "Ask Mark" thread.
oh wait you are being serious...
It's been forever since I read the series, but IIRC there were also cases where magic had unexpected consequences. The main character at one point summons a giant storm to break up a potential battle, only to later get yelled at by his mentor, who had to spend something like a year running too and fro over the realms, fixing all sorts of strange weather that was the result of messing up the meteorological system
I agree with others...lets not make this another "what level are LotR characters". Ultimately LotR wasn't created under Pathfinder constraints, and can't be expected to follow guidelines for magic use.
And it's not like it's the only low magic setting out there. I expect Game of Thrones/Song of Ice and Fire" and its descendents is the first thing nowadays that a lot of people think about when they hear "low magic"
E, because what the hell, I can finally come up for a bit of air after spending last week on a research proposal.
Ehecatotontin/yeyecatl/aires/yehyecatzitzin = Mesoamerican; 1.5 ft tall wind dwarves which served the wind god and distributed wind; long-haired; wear colorful clothing; sometimes associated with Quetzalcoatl; could be made from a piece of shaman’s soul or clay figures; black yeyecatl are evil, yellow yeyecatl are good; evil aires live in ugly places such as ravines, and under damp rocks; dwell in caves with luminous lights; aid saints in bring rain to villages; introduced corn, beans and other major foods to humans; may also produce frost, snow, hail, lightning, and thunder; flooding is a result of aires compete with one another; can only be seen by sorcerers.
Elëngassën = Patagonia; ugly humanoid armadillos; large in size, covered in a stony armadillo-like shell; harmless cave-dwellers, but would throw rocks and attack intruders; growly speech used to insult women; only vulnerable to attack from its stomach
En-kwe-shu-i-yen/ogwe’s-hai-i = “Not men at all”; NE Native American; 4ft tall immensely strong, pygmies that arrived after humans. Yellow skin; talk in thin whoops and always well-dressed; tear up trees; hunt with bows
Enano = Hispanic South American; yellow-skinned, red-eyed dwarves, who can cast spells of silence over there victims which they attack
Encantado = Amazon; Shapeshifting Fairy folk who can take the form of river dolphins. Come from a magical underwater realm called encante. excellent musicians who enjoy parties which they infilitrate to seduce women; crave the pleasures and hardships of mortal life. Can be distinguished in human form by the presence of a blowhole. Can control storms, ensorcel humans to do their will, inflict insanity and illness. Most powerful at twilight; often kidnap people for company.
Enfield Horror = Illinois cryptid; Grayish, slimy three legged red-eyed monster, with claws; arms short; stands 4.5 feet high; armored; patchy hair
Epunamun = Mapuche SA; evil hairy elf, which could also appear as a terrible fire-breathing dragon with a curly tail
Ewah/Wampus = half female/half woman monster cat from Cherokee Mythology; spirit of death and the earth, whose cry is a foretelling of death; black in color with red hindquarters
Guardians is more similar to Star Wars as a movie than it is to normal Super hero comic movies. And it's really really close in feel to Farscape, if you ever watched that show.
At any rate I agree with the above...its one of the best marvel movies out there, with perhaps only Winter Soldier edging it out as best (IMHO)
Are we even remotely still talking about climate change research and lessening our industrial footprint? I have known my share of climate change researchers...I am pretty sure most of them are not Doctor Doom.
I dunno...I can think of hundreds of NPCs...it's the stats I am too lazy to do. I am not sure I would buy a bunch of descriptions...I could just pull characters from TV or movies for that stuff
I think the devs have stated they don't have much interest in expanding any existing dragon category, and would rather introduce a new set of 5.
Kevin Mack wrote:
Yeah not really believing the North Korea did it part myself. I mean for one thing I cant believe they would have the tech or anyone with the skills to do it.
North Korea does have access to computing equipment. Just because the population at large is living in a subsistence economy, doesn't mean the government doesn't have access to those resources.
I dunno...this sounds EXACTLY like North Korea to me.
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.
Lord Fyre wrote:
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.
Freehold DM wrote:
I am pretty sure my mom has never watched a movie trailer online, and would be confused on why anyone would bother
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.
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.
That doesn't seem like terribly great business logic. First off, Paizo relies pretty strongly on the subscription model. An annual rule compendium would get little if any interest from most of the subscribers.
"OH look, you mean I can get the rules from X, that I already have, only stripped of flavor? yay"
Yes, Paizo does reprint options from APs and other lines, but usually alongside new rules and monsters. and some rules and systems just are not as popular as others. I don't see this at all being profitable for the company, and may in fact encourage people to dump there existing subscriptions.
I would also argue that "1 rulebook a year" is not doable either. If they did that, odds are they would have to ax a lot of their design and editing team. Which in turn would probably reduce the quality of their other material.
Okay...I mean I get it, David Bowles, you don't like 5E. I think that has been abundantly made clear.
But I mean the last...three, four pages of posts have I think been entirely dominated by your posts and people responding to them. Maybe we all can just agree to disagree, and have conversations about other aspects of 5E?
Otherwise...yeah this thread has just gotten really pointless.
Here's another installment of my NA monster list (letter D)
Deelgeth = Navajo; giant antelope like monster, who first consumed all the grass, then the trees, and then all the animals and people; One of the Anaye; Eventually began to devour the clouds themselves, causing a drought; only vulnerable on his underside; sides and back immune to damage
Devil Monkey = American Folklore/cryptozoology; Shaggy, violent, baboon-like creature, with powerful backlegs, three-toed feet, and long bushy tails; fast and good leapers;
Devil’s Snare/Vampire Vine = Nicaruaga; carnivorous vine, thick and pulpy, which adheres to it’s victims; drain blood via a series of tiny maws which open up when ensnaring a hot, rasping open wounds which it uses to drain the blood of its victims
Djien = Seneca NA: reckless man-eating humanoid spider beast that stores it's heart underground, allowing it to regenerate from any wound
Do-gakw-ho-wad = Abenaki NA; tiny, angry spirits which avoid being eaten by predators by propping sticks in their mouths
Dosaido = Penutian; goblins which wield fiery sticks; can ignite hair on fire; stomped into the earth for misusing fire by the creator god
Douen = Trinidad; spirits of African ancestors and dead babies; backward feet, large head, and no faces and small round mouths; sexless; braided hair; steal produce from fields at night
Droll = Southern US; spirits of young children who died painfully; shapeshifters; turning a coat inside out repels them
Duende = Spanish nocturnal house goblin; hide in walls of homes and torment small children by injuring, scaring, and stealing from them. Will eat children if given the chance, and will bargain with poor mothers for their kids to use as food. Can cause delirium in children; Nocturnal. 15-20 inches tall, brown with wrinkled faces and coarse spiny hair; chatter, squeak and squawk to communicate; various hair colors; sharp teeth; chubby; large black eyes; no external ears; chicken-like feet; smell of rotting meat; no thumbs; walk hunched and can run on four limbs; wear red and green rags; use toys and music to entice children; hatch from dirt; can become invisible, easier to see from afar than up close; can steal shadows which result in injury and death in the victim; hurt by salt and holy water; can be driven away by guitar music or by knowing their name. Serve the devil and associate with demons
Dzee-Dzee-Bon-da = Abenaki NA monster so frightening in appearance it can scare itself
Dzunukwa = Kwakwaka'wakw Pacific Northwest mythology; giant man-eating ogress with long pendulous breasts, scraggly hair, and bright red lips; can heal others and regenerate from all wounds except for fire; when finally slain by fire, discorporated into a cloud of mosquitos
Bill Dunn wrote:
I was super hyped on the prequels...and well they were disappointing. So I am not trying to get my hopes up about the new movies.
Add in that I think J.J. is horribly overrated, and that Disney will apparently be cranking out Star Wars movies at a steady pace until the heat death of the universe, just makes me very guarded in my enthusiasm for the new stories.
Magda Luckbender wrote:
Good stuff...and yeah probably the most efficient option for using undead would be to stick them on a treadmill and tell them to walk. Simple to command and contain, and you could do it without pesky clergy necessarily getting wind of it.
Of course all of this really seems more like setting related background, and unless you are doing a kingmaker style campaign, may be really hard to have a PC implement.
The undead you create remain under your control indefinitely. No matter how many times you use this spell, however, you can control only 4 HD worth of undead creatures per caster level. If you exceed this number, all the newly created creatures fall under your control, and any excess undead from previous castings become uncontrolled. You choose which creatures are released. Undead you control through the Command Undead feat do not count toward this limit.
Wouldn't this sort of limit the ability of a necromancer to hire out undead as laborers? I can't imagine mid to high level necromancers really bothering for the most part, and low level ones might have difficulty being able to make enough that that they can make enough that would be worth their training
There are also benefits to using, you know, live oxen. Farmer can breed more, use them whenever they want, use their poop for fertilizer and their grazing to control unwanted weeds, and finally eat them when they get to old.
The necromancer idea seems pretty similar to issues currently in agriculture with GMO crops. Basically you are allowing a third party to gain a monopoly over a key product (labor) you need to make ends meet, which would only worsen as the more undead oxen that are used, the less living oxen are needed, driving the price of the latter up.
Eventually I think you would just end up in some sort of feudal share-cropping system, where the peasantry is permanently in-debt and under the control of a necromantic aristocracy. As a setting element that is great of course, but also provides a pretty good reason why its not widespread and hasn't replaced normal use of oxen/human labor.
Astral Wanderer wrote:
I don't think anyone expects every single monster from folklore in these lists to make it. The devs have stated in the past that they like adapting monsters from folklore, because in many ways they are time-tested from being real legends, and often have odd cultural quirks which can make them. It's not like those lists just came out of the blue.
There is also the issue that almost all monsters pulled from myth have come from European and to a lesser extent Asian myth. Some of us post these lists because we would like to see greater cultural diversity in monsters. I am a huge fan of Arcadia and can't wait to see it developed, but if it is going to be Golarion's version of the New World, I would rather it be populated with monsters from that region, not goblins with the serial numbers filed off.
At any rate, it's obvious these lists are not hurting anyone, and indeed many monsters from Bestiaries 3 and 4 have been in this list. And given that practically the majority of all monsters in the game are derived from myth, literature, and film, it seems to be a winning formula
1) The earlier Doom didn't follow Canon at all, which is in part of why he didn't work. And the Fantastic Four actually have a pretty large villain roster...they don't need to include Doom to keep their rights on him, since as TheJeff says, they are a parcel deal.
I don't NEED a Fantastic Four movie; their are certainly more than enough movies to keep me occupied. I will see the movie if the buzz/reviews are good. If the Doctor Doom change is symbolic of other changes, I don't think it will be.
And keep in mind, this is a Fox superhero movie, which comes from a studio that has been very hit and miss in their output. They have had some decent movies (X1, X2, First Class, Days of Future Past), but also a lot of mediocre if not absolutely horrible movies (X3, Wolverine Origins, Elecktra, Fantastic Four 2). So even without the Doom news, I would be hesitant to get excited over this movie.
Yeah I don't think the argument is
"Dr. Doom must be %100 faithful to the comics"
The argument is changing an element or two is fine if it works within the context of the storyline, but throwing out everything about the character is bad. Especially bad to do if you are working with one of Marvel's most iconic villains.
Magneto and Doc Ock are great examples where they kept the core elements, but changed certain elements. Doc Ock got a sympathetic origin story and reason for his villainy, while Magneto got a toned down costume and, in the original 3 movies, was portrayed by someone old enough to pass as a holocaust survivor.
But they still kept the iconic elements of the villains, the robotic appendages in Doc Ock and the Mutant rights extremist of the latter.
And other villains have had way way more faithful adaptations. Loki is super popular, and he is a pretty straight adaptation of the character. Ultron is getting a different origin story, but just the glimpses from the trailer make him a truly menacing figure.
Also, given all the aliens, demons, robots, and mutants in comic book adaptations, Evil megalomaniacal dictator and scientist with a metal mask is not really going to come off as to unrealistic bad. Give him a good actor and a solid role and it will work.
Guys...can we lay off the hostility?
What Mike Mearl proposes is almost exactly the same thing Paizo has done in the past. Release a AP, build products around supporting that AP. The mention of Psionics makes that pretty clear. I don't see anything saying that once they do a Spelljammer book, they will never touch it again.
Although to be fair, Spelljammer is probably niche enough that I don't see it getting heavily supported, regardless of what the 5E people did.
the ending comments from Mearls do support the idea that 5E overall will receive less material than 4E/3E did, since they are super concerned with bloat. I would also argue that simplified rulesets are harder to produce bloat, as mechanics are less laid down in stone. Although to be fair, I suspect there will be people yelling bloat at the Adventurers Handbook, since everyone has a different idea on what bloat is.
The only reason the Aunt May rumor took off is because Sony in generally really wants to milk the Spiderman franchise for everything it can, so the idea they would make a "Agent Carter" esq movie about her isn't that much a stretch.
While I did see the Aunt May thing before Doctor Doom, the Doctor Doom part was a bit more...what the hell.
At least if Fantastic Four bombs, maybe Fox will give it back to Marvel? Come on, you know you want to see Doom or Skrulls face off against the Avengers someday.
yeah, I don't like posting homebrew stuff because once you post it, you lose control of it. Someday I would like to use the setting I have been developing either in a novel, or at the very least publish it as as 3pp rpg product. I don't want any actually novel ideas I develop to be borrowed by random people on the internet and then published.