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Pathfinder Society Member. 7,164 posts (7,220 including aliases). 13 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 2 aliases.


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You didn't hear it from me, but I actually have three more new classes ... :)

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How awesome would that be!?! I do have three more all-new classes written, playtested and ready to go ... Just saying :)

Of course, first we need to be sure the Trickster gets out to as many folks as possible, so spread the word! (oh, and *cough* the more reviews, the better *cough*)

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I'm not gonna disagree! :)

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My pleasure!!!! Really glad folks are digging the class!

2 out of 2 5-star reviews so far!

Really this class is pretty stellar. It does exactly what’s printed on the box and does it very well and even in ways I didn’t expect.

Overall I can say that I love this class. It seems to be the perfect balance between Rogue and Spellcaster, able to provide a very skilled character whose abilities can be augmented by its own magic as well as serving in a support role as a backup spellcaster. ... I give this class a solid 5 stars. Good work, Kobold Press!

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Thanks so much to DungeonmasterCal and Insain Dragoon for the wonderful reviews!

@Insain Dragoon ... if there would ever happen to be, oh, I don't know .... an expanded and updated hardcover version of the New Paths Compendium for example, I think I very much might yoink a few of those suggestions!

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Wow, I feel like I'm in some pretty esteemed company! :)

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Awesome to see the just-released New Paths 8: The Trickster from Kobold Press mentioned!

The class has proven to be rather popular so far - I hope everyone checks it out! :)

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Yep! That's why I said "#2 on DriveThruRPG' and RPGNow's Hottest Pathfinder lists" :)

No worries though - you have very good grammar for a moose!

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Yowzah!

Just saw that New Paths 8: The Trickster is #2 on DriveThruRPG' and RPGNow's Hottest Pathfinder lists! :)

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Thanks Liz!

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Hey everyone - I've really been enjoying this thread!

Hope you don't mind, but I wanted to ask that everyone check out the just released New Paths 8: The Trickster from Kobold Press

The New Paths line has had a number of popular classes so far, including the Spell-less Ranger, White Necromancer, Battle Scion, Shaman, and the New Paths Compendium

The Trickster class is essentially an arcane rogue type of class that has built in customization through its Forte class feature, which include Acrobatics, Arcane Accomplice, Spell Pilfer and ... you guessed it, Beguile!

While not a full-fledged Beguiler-like conversion like ertw has done so masterfully, if you choose the Beguile forte, you can make a class that has much of the Beguiler's flavor and ability. Please check out New Paths 8: The Trickster and see what you think!

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Hey everyone - awesome to hear folks are so stoked for the Tome of Beasts!!! (we are too! :)

In case anyone is not sure what that is, you can check it out here:
Tome of Beasts

Oh, and Threeshades - the book is projected to release in late May :)

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Vic Wertz wrote:


If you combine that with the suggestion he's working on Second Darkness, and with the statement that Paizo can't seem to give away the original printings of that AP ...

Well, if you're offering, I'll take a set! :)

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Lord Mhoram wrote:

Cal - The Battle Scion was not what I was after, but I can see why you went that way. :)

You mean, because it's awesome!?! :)

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Looks like the first review is from Rednal!!!!

Awesome that you like the book!

Even *more* awesome that you liked the lamia chapter so much (I, uh, know the guy who wrote the lamia :)

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It's February, and that means a new set of FREE wallpapers for your desktop, tablet, and mobile phone!

Head over NOW to download the Febuary Desktop!

And, don't forget the 2016 Kobold Press Calendar is available for sale right now :)

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The Books Are Shipping Now! :)

In fact, folks near Kobold world headquarters have already reported receiving their copies!

Sounds like the PDF will be released on Monday as well!

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Per PRD:

Full-Round Action: A full-round action consumes all your effort during a round. The only movement you can take during a full-round action is a 5-foot step before, during, or after the action. You can also perform free actions and swift actions (see below). See Table: Actions in Combat for a list of full-round actions.

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Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Marc Radle wrote:

The prevailing theory is indeed that Snoke is really Darth Plagueis.

If true, I think it would actually have some pretty cool and interesting ramifications for the new trilogy ...

I'm pretty sure that when they said the EU was dead, they nailed the coffin shut. I'm going with the idea that Snoke is a new creation that will be retrofitted into the background of all the previous movies as the one who's been in charge of the whole Sith shebang from episode 1 and perhaps before.

Darth Plagueis isn't EU, he was mentioned in the Prequels, and therefore canon.

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The prevailing theory is indeed that Snoke is really Darth Plagueis.

If true, I think it would actually have some pretty cool and interesting ramifications for the new trilogy ...

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Hey there Crai - if I'm not mistaken, the person who originally posts a review can make edits to it later on. As long as you are actually logged in, you can edit the review yourself ....

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Interesting Explanation / Commentary on Star Wars Canon, EU, etc.

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Hey! Anyone want to get wild and crazy and get back to just talking about the Force Awakens Movie?

I know all this random talk about strange, non-canon, expanded universe stuff is an absolute hoot, but, you know, the title of the thread is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so, ya know, maybe we can get back to just talking about the movie?

I know, I know, it's a nutty idea, but who knows, maybe it'll stick ...

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Marc Radle wrote:


While you're at it, don't forget to pick up your copy of the the 2016 Kobold Press Calendar:)

Quick update - you can now also preorder the Advanced Races Compendium hardcover Right HERE on Paizo.com !!!

Trust me - this is one heck of an awesome book - can't wait for everyone to check it out next month!!!!

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You can now preorder the Advanced Races Compendium hardcover Right HERE on Paizo.com !!!

Trust me - this is one heck of an awesome book - can't wait for everyone to check it out next month!!!!

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Which one in The Force Awakens was Natasha again???

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Here4daFreeSwag wrote:
Good to see those free wallpaper pics out there :)

Agreed!

And, given the subject of this thread, your screen name couldn't be much more apropos!

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Krensky wrote:
Kobold Cleaver wrote:

I was honestly pretty confused at all the talk about Poe when I exited the movie theater. He was such a minor character. Kinda like a slightly more prominent Wedge. I guess we could be generous and put him level with Lando*.

*Speaking of which, I really hope Lando Calrissian shows up in the next movie. He was always one of my favorites.

He's supposedly showing up leading and army and wanting vengeance for somethibg. Presumably Han's desth.

I do kinda wanna see Billy Dee Williams pull a You're No Jack Kennedy speech on Benny.

Really!?!? Where'd you hear that???

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Kobold Cleaver wrote:
Lemmy wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
I think you are getting your movies confused - she wasn't very well represented in toys in avengers 1, not 2 iirc. And I think it was a specific type of toy, the dress-up one. Which was already facing problems because she (at the time) had a pair of guns as a iconic weapons. This is of course, assuming I am remembering things right.

I remember that happening in Avengers 1 I really didn't see many BW merchandises at the time...

But it really doesn't seem to be the case with TFA. When I bought toys for my nephew and niece, I could see Kylo Ren and Rey everywhere! Finn and Poe were harder to find, but they were there.

People are way too eager to shout accusations of bigotry these days...

And people are way too—oh thank god Irontruth said it for me.

Lemmy, Irontruth, you both do need to stop trying to get the last word on this. You can't both get it. Accept that and move.

Gotta agree - please guys, let this go, or create a new thread for it, and let's get back to taking about the movie, ok?

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baron arem heshvaun wrote:

Collin Trevorrow on the "Petition to Bring Back George Lucas for Episode IX" which currently has over 21,000 signatures.

Dear God, no.

George created something amazing, and for that Star Wars fans are forever in his debt. But letting him anywhere near the directors chair of a modern Star Wars film is a huge mistake. He just doesn't have it in him any more ( and he's pretty much said as much numerous times )

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Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
phantom1592 wrote:

Add in that 1) Jedi DO exist again. Luke had a training facility and was training jedi for how long? 30 years have passed since ROTJ, are we to assume that NOBODY ever graduated from his school?

Unless Episode 8 shows otherwise I'll have to assume that Luke was a complete failure as a Jedi teacher, otherwise it would have been one of his students instead of Rey facing him on that mountain.

And that's the real downer about Seven. It undid the happy ending for all of the main characters of 4-6, as it seems the past three decades have been miserable for just about everyone, Luke failed at his school, (although setting it in an ancient Dark Side temple might have been his first greatest mistake), Solo failed in his marriage, lost his ship for over three decades, and the very New Republic that Leia helped found, turned on her. and Chewbacca will never be able to redeem his life-debt.

There's nothing to suggest Luke located his school in an ancient Dark Side temple. I don't think the movie ever says where it was located in fact. The movie DOES mention that after the events of Return of the Jedi, Luke left in search of ancient Jedi temples, though no reason was given.

There's also no reason to think he failed as a teacher. It's very possible that Ben's/Kylo Ren's betrayal happened to Luke's first 'class' as it were. It actually sounds like Luke established his school and then, only a few years in, Ben/Kylo was seduced by the dark side and, along with his Knights of Ren, slaughtered all of the students (or all but one, since it's quite likely someone managed to get one young student in particular away in time ...) . That would also explain why there are no new young jedi who graduated from the school ...

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Agreed KC. I think conversation about Rey appearing or not in games etc. is best moved to its own thread if necessay. I'd also submit that the discussions about which ship in a video game is best should be taken elsewhere as well.

Let's get back to talking about the movie ...

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baron arem heshvaun wrote:
It's CANON folks.

... aaaaannnd the inevitable follow up question ... where does this all come from? :)

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baron arem heshvaun wrote:
Marc Radle wrote:
Just out of curiosity, where does that info come from? It's clearly not from the movies themselves ...
Originally from West End Games The Imperial Sourcebook but has been used in many other later material including The Death Star Technical Readouts, The Thrawn Trilogy, and Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare .

Oh, OK, thanks!

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Imperial Advisor Arem Heshvaun wrote:

Long will this day be remembered, for it has seen the end of Avatar's dominance of the North American box office.

Like the Republic before it, those over grown blue smmrffs remnants of a past age have been swept away.

That's fantastic! Given the huge amount of work, energy, and downright love JJ and everyone else poured into The Force Awakens, I'm thrilled and proud to see it achieve such a milestone.

It will be very interesting to see what happens when it opens in China this weekend!

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We're kind of veering off topic but ...

I also am not a fan of 3D. I've seen the movie three times and all were in 2D.

I'll actually go out of my way to not see a movie in 3D ...

Back on topic ...

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The Force Awakens expected to surpass Avatar as the highest-grossing movie at the box office in North America!

"After hauling in $529 million worldwide during its opening weekend—the highest ever—Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to shatter box office records. This week, the movie is expected to surpass Avatar as the highest-grossing movie at the box office in North America.

Over the weekend, The Force Awakens tallied $83 million in ticket sales domestically, making it the highest third-weekend ever for a movie, according to Entertainment Weekly. The movie's now reached $740.3 million domestically, topping Jurassic World's $652.3 million and Titanic's $658.7 million. When adjusted for inflation, The Force Awakens is now the second-highest grossing domestic movie ever. It's expected to earn the top spot in just a few days when it overtakes Avatar's $760.5 million."

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Remember when this thread used to be about the new Doctor Strange movie?
That sure was an interesting thread ...

Oh well ...

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thejeff wrote:
The other difference is that Rey had basically just realized she had Force abilities and had absolutely no training or time to practice. Luke had gotten at least some basic training from Ben and had by the time of ESB at least some time to practice on his own.

I think it's pretty likely we will find out in the next movie she DID have some training. The prevailing theory is that Rey was at Luke's Jedi academy as a young child receiving training. She was there when Ben / Ren betrayed Luke and killed most or all of the students. The thought is that someone (Luke?) Force blocked her memories and dropped her off on Jakku.

If true, that would explain the images she saw when she first touched Luke's lightsabre, as her memories began to come back in jumbled and confusing bits. It also explains what Kylo Ren said to her when he was probing her mind - that she sees the island in the ocean ...

Combine her naturally strong natural Force sensitivity with the early training that seems to be slowly coming back to her due to recent events, and it makes sense that by the end of the movie she's able to do some cool Jedi-like things

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The prequels are better than The Force Awakens?

Man ...

I guess I should have taken my own advice and just dropped out of this thread a while back. Probably best if I do so now ....

Have fun

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DM Becket - you're entitled to your opinion, but saying it was 'terribly written' and doesn't deserve to be Star Wars is just not true. Those claims *could* be leveled at the prequels, but NOT at the Force Awakens. You may personally dislike the film and that's fine, but making those sorts of claims are simply being disingenuous.

Of course, when something is super popular and super successful, there will still be some folks that don't like it, and that's fine. Heck, Avatar was certainly a very popular and successful film (clearly) but I didn't care for it. Of course, I didn't seek out people (or online forums) expressly for the purpose of complaining about how much I didn't like it.

Not liking something is fine. Trying to rain on the parade of people (and let's face it, from the money the film is making, and the sheer number of people seeing this movie multiple times) that DO like it just feels like ... kind of crappy to do

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Not many company photos feature folks with green, purple AND blue hair! :)

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Benchak the Nightstalker wrote:
Cole Deschain wrote:
Benchak the Nightstalker wrote:
** spoiler omitted **

** spoiler omitted **

Or whatever. This is a series that recycles elements to a degree a Fremen stillsuit would envy.

** spoiler omitted **

JJ himself has said in many different interviews that neither Kylo Ren or Rey are their real names (that's not a spoiler - it's been said a number of times actually in interviews etc)

What their real names are, however, is a different matter!

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Yeah, I think it's pretty clear Rey will turn out to be Luke's daughter. She may have even been in the beginning of her training with Luke when Luke's best student/padwan Ben Solo turned and killed most of Luke's students. I suspect Luke managed to get Rey out of harms way just in the nick of time - she may have even been the only one to survive the slaughter. A devastated and emotionally crushed Luke somehow Force wiped her memory and dropped her off on Jakku (under the care of Max Van Sidow apparently) and then went off into self-imposed exile, ala Yoda.

I think one of the interesting aspects of Episode 9 will be how Luke reacts to Rey. Will he reluctantly agree to train her, all the while fearing he will fail again? Will he keep the fact that he is her father from her and refuse to train her? That wordless cliff-hanger that ended The Force Awakens so perfectly sets up the next movie!

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Freehold DM wrote:
Marc Radle wrote:
Lemmy wrote:
Bill Dunn wrote:
Have you seen Star Wars movies before?

Oh, I agree Anakin was a Mary Sue... And we all know how likable a character he is in the prequels...

Either way, let's agree to disagree. This discussion will only go round and round.

I think that's a great idea, actually. I have to admit, it's kind of bumming me out to read these negative posts from (the admittedly few) folks who seem to have really not liked the movie and are determined to tell everyone else why they didn't.

I guess it's an odd quirk of human nature that, even though the overwhelming majority of people around the world who have seen the movie (including many who have seen it multiple times) and absolutely LOVED it ... a small minority of people going on and on about how much they disliked the movie can still make me sad for some reason.

I guess what they say about a small vocal minority can still threaten to drown out a much larger number of people who simply are not as loud and vocal is true ...

I think the reason these negative posts are such bummers for me is probably because I really loved the movie (minor flaws and all) and had a wonderful time seeing it with my son, and I'm filled with excitement for the next movie and for the future of Star Wars again (feelings I was sure I'd never feel again, especially after the prequels). Maybe I just need to give this thread a rest for a while ...

oh come on.

If I can survive whedon and brown being on TV and Facebook existing, you can survive people disagreeing with you about an awesome movie.

Fair enough

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DM Beckett wrote:
I'm sorry, but I find it more plausible that the writers simply only had a cursory understanding of the setting.

By writers, you mean JJ Abrams, a massive Star Wars fan who is extremely knowledgeable about the setting, and Lawrence Kasdan, the primary screenwriter of Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi?

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Lemmy wrote:
Bill Dunn wrote:
Have you seen Star Wars movies before?

Oh, I agree Anakin was a Mary Sue... And we all know how likable a character he is in the prequels...

Either way, let's agree to disagree. This discussion will only go round and round.

I think that's a great idea, actually. I have to admit, it's kind of bumming me out to read these negative posts from (the admittedly few) folks who seem to have really not liked the movie and are determined to tell everyone else why they didn't.

I guess it's an odd quirk of human nature that, even though the overwhelming majority of people around the world who have seen the movie (including many who have seen it multiple times) and absolutely LOVED it ... a small minority of people going on and on about how much they disliked the movie can still make me sad for some reason.

I guess what they say about a small vocal minority can still threaten to drown out a much larger number of people who simply are not as loud and vocal is true ...

I think the reason these negative posts are such bummers for me is probably because I really loved the movie (minor flaws and all) and had a wonderful time seeing it with my son, and I'm filled with excitement for the next movie and for the future of Star Wars again (feelings I was sure I'd never feel again, especially after the prequels). Maybe I just need to give this thread a rest for a while ...

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That's interesting! The opening crawl is being lauded as a more or less perfect opening in just about every review I've read or seen.

Personally, I thought it was perfect! It immediately pulled you into the story and made you want to see who, what, where, when and why. And the subject of the crawl and the situation ... couldn't be more interesting, intriguing or iconically Star Wars

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I absolutely respect the few in this thread who didn't love the movie, but it definitely seems that this opinion is *very* much in the minority.

Rottentomatoes is rating Star Wars The force Awakens at

95% Positive/Fresh
Average Rating: 8.3/10
Reviews Counted: 282
Fresh: 267
Rotten: 15

With an AUDIENCE SCORE of:

92% liked it
Average Rating: 4.5/5
User Ratings: 139,947

Those are some pretty huge positives!!!!

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Orthos wrote:

Wow. That's the exact opposite of my experiences. Everyone not on Paizo that I've talked to about it absolutely, positively loved it, and only had the most minor quibbles.

This thread is the only place at all that I've seen negative opinions more than "these small things could have been done better".

That's my experience as well. Everyone I've actually spoken to or heard talking about the movie has LOVED it. For some really odd reason, it's only been here in this thread that a few folks seem to be saying how much they didn't like it ...

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