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Pathfinder Society Member. 6,788 posts (6,844 including aliases). 13 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 2 aliases.


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Freehold DM wrote:
And color coding lifesabers is largely a thing of the past.

I think the color of lifesavers is related to their candy flavor.

Not as sure about lightsaber though ... :)

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Marc Radle wrote:

If you'd like to play a Mystic Theurge type of character but don't want to prestige or multi class, why not try the Theurge base class in the New Paths Compendium from Kobold Press?

The New Paths Compendium has received a ton of 5-star reviews and the Theurge base class has proven to be among the most popular of the many new classes in the book :)

A couple snippets from recent reviews:

The Theurge is, in my opinion, a long needed addition to the game. The use of a "Prayer Book" elegantly handles the balance issues of giving a single class access to effectively every spell in the game.

The Theurge! Oh my! ... the Theurge has a lot of versatility, and can bring a lot of tools to any party.

The star for me is the Thergue.

The Theurge is an amazing spellcaster that allows you to cast divine and arcane spells right from the get go, without having to make that climb into Paizo’s Mystic Theurge prestige class ...

Did mention the Theurge base class in the New Paths Compendium from Kobold Press? :)

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Now that the books are arriving all over the world, I'm anxious to see some reviews posted! :)

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Until there is an official OGL from Wizards, 3PP must be very careful how they handle '5E compatible' releases. Adventures tend to be more about story and rather light on crunch which means adventures are easier (and less frightening legally!) to release and still play the 'skirt the compatible with 5E' game.

Once an actual 5E OGL is finally released, you'll see much more typical 5E content

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cmastah wrote:
GreyWolfLord wrote:


Darth Plagueis...didn't happen.

Darth Plagueis NEVER happened. I've heard about him recently and he ISN'T in the movies, so unless they canonized him later....he NEVER happened.

There's no evidence of his existence in ANY of the three prequel movies. If he's cut from the new movies, people who've never heard his name or even heard Sidious had a master will never know he existed. This is like saying Old Yeller actually had a happy ending because in reality someone switched out the dog with a DIFFERENT dog that had rabies. If the audience have no clue (LITERALLY no clue, as in they're not given any) then it never happened.

Darth Plagueis was absolutely mentioned ... in Revenge of The Sith

The Tragedy of Darth Plagueis The Wise

Of course, Palpatine could have made the story up in order to manipulate Anakin, but Darth Plagueis is definitely is mentioned

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If you'd like to play a Mystic Theurge type of character but don't want to prestige or multi class, why not try the Theurge base class in the New Paths Compendium from Kobold Press?

The New Paths Compendium has received a ton of 5-star reviews and the Theurge base class has proven to be among the most popular of the many new classes in the book :)

A couple snippets from recent reviews:

The Theurge is, in my opinion, a long needed addition to the game. The use of a "Prayer Book" elegantly handles the balance issues of giving a single class access to effectively every spell in the game.

The Theurge! Oh my! ... the Theurge has a lot of versatility, and can bring a lot of tools to any party.

The star for me is the Thergue.

The Theurge is an amazing spellcaster that allows you to cast divine and arcane spells right from the get go, without having to make that climb into Paizo’s Mystic Theurge prestige class ...

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DungeonmasterCal wrote:

Southlands

Southlands Bestiary

The Southlands Campaign Setting and the Southlands Bestiary have been receiving a lot of great feedback :)

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GreyWolfLord wrote:

I think this movie could be funny.

The reactions when Lucas didn't really deviate from set canon, but stretched the limits of applicability was moaned and hated by fanboys all over.

Abrahms totally destroys canon (I believe Zahn had to get Lucas's official seal and approval, and in that Lucas's canon had the Rebels actually WIN at the end of the Return of the Jedi, and even changed the ending to reinforce how massive the win for the rebels was when the emperor was killed along with Vader) and all the Fanboys cheer.

I really don't get it.

The original creator is hated, but the one who destroys the original so they can do a Star Wars (without it even being an alternate timeline) is the one cheered for doing so (at least from all the reports coming in...which could be false, but so far all the posters seem to support).

Fans can be very odd at times.

I guess the hatred for Gungans and Ewoks run strong in the fans dark side...

I call it sort of perplexing.

(Yes, it's official now, the celebrations you saw at the end of Return of the Jedi...yeah...that was the precursor to the rebels getting the snot beat out of them...seriously...it's canon now as found in the new star wars books).

The movie isn't out yet - how did Abrahms 'totally destroy canon'?

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It's been said officially a number of times that the expanded universe books are not canon, so material from Heir to the Empire is not relevant to the movies. I know some folks wish this were not so, but it is.

Of course, instead of getting back to talking about The Force Awakens, the actual movie that's coming out, the thread will now probably devolve into a debate for and against the merits of the expanded universe books ...

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Christina Stiles wrote:
Marc Radle always does amazing production work!!!!

Wow! Thanks so much Christina! :)

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Long hair on women without a doubt (I'm a Big Bang Theory fan and I hate Penny's new short hair!)

I grew up in the Hair Band '80's, so I'm a long hair on guys fan as well

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A number of new reviews are in!

Including Endzeitgeist's review - You can't hope for better than 5 stars + the Endzeitgeist seal of approval!!!! :)

Shadows of the Dusk Queen

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Orfamay Quest wrote:


Drive away some of the paying customers while doing literally nothing to prevent spam? Yeah, that's a great idea! <rolleyes>

Orfamay Quest, just curious. Why are you being so derisive, hostile and adversarial about this?

We're all in this together, and we all just want 'our' site to not be under attack by these spammers. Folks have varying degrees of understanding when it comes to matters like this. People are just trying to offer ideas to make the site better and keep these pieces of #$#$! away.

It seems like you might have a higher level of understanding on this kind of stuff than many other folks. Maybe instead of snarky comments and condescending <eyerolls> that don't actually help, you might try to be a little more civil and even offer up some ideas that might help the situation.

Just a thought ...

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Ha! I was just going to say that! :)

Shadows of the Dusk Queen - 5 stars + seal of approval!

In all seriousness, though, I've alerted the Kobold Shipping and Fulfillment Department and I suspect End will have the download links in question before you can say 'Tosculi Hivemaster'!

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Wow, General Discussion is absolutely FLOODED!

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Gary Teter wrote:

Anti-spam measures can, if improperly implemented, completely destroy an online community, in slow ways that are hard to detect at first. Keeping the paizo.com messageboards a safe, fun place for everybody is super important, so we're naturally cautious.

On the flip side, having forums constantly flooded with this spam garbage can and will also completely destroy an online community :(

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BigDTBone wrote:
Gary Teter wrote:

Anti-spam measures can, if improperly implemented, completely destroy an online community, in slow ways that are hard to detect at first. Keeping the paizo.com messageboards a safe, fun place for everybody is super important, so we're naturally cautious.

I've been working on some new anti-spam tools while everyone's away at Gen Con. We'll probably start testing them later this week. It'll take some time to fine tune them so they'll be operating in an "advisory mode" until we're sure the spamhammer can be made fully operational. But rest assured, those knuckleheads are in our sights.

Anti-spam should be more targeted toward the behavior of the spammers.

Stuff that wouldn't affect 99.9% of people at all; if your account is less than 7 days old you:

Can't make two new threads in the same forum less than 3 hours apart.
Can't make 3 new threads AT ALL less than 6 hours apart.
Thread title can't contain non-English characters.
Thread titles cannot contain .com (forum software must ignore spaces)
cannot make a new thread until they make 10 other posts OR a purchase. (This one is pretty extreme, granted)

All of these actions should result in a user warning and then an automated temp ban if the another trigger action is attempted. The temp ban should trigger the automatic deletion of all user posts in the last hour.

If the system has that that occur more than 4 times in an hour it adds a requirement line to account creation, "PFS number" that way people who are trying to sign up at a con or just on the other side of the world on game night can take the number they got from the coordinator (who generated 20 of them ahead of time and keeps them in their bag) and create an account without noticing any restriction or delay.

These actually sound like excellent measures (minus the last one of course). As I read them, it occurred to me that a number of other message boards I belong to also have similar restrictions to new users.

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No worries Andrew - these classes most likely will be part of something cool, I promise!

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recruit00 wrote:
The only classes I want to see now are Ultimate Prestige, where they take prestige classes and make them base classes. So we can build Arcane Tricksters, Theurges, Dragon Disciples, Lorenasters, Shadowdancers, and tons of others.

Have you checked out the New Paths Compendium from Kobold Press? The book has 14 out of 14 5-star reviews :)

It actually has a Theurge base class. And ... at least two of the other classes you mentioned are in their final playtests right now ... :)

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I actually love the Pathfinder RPG. I plan to give D&D 5E a try at some point and I might even like it ...

But, I Pathfinder will remain my preferred system.

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Now, fans of D&D 5E can also get a taste of the Southlands :)

Southlands Heroes Now Available – 5th Edition Compatible

Also, a little birdie told me that Kobold Press just might be announcing something pretty big and pretty awesome at GenCon about which 5E fans will be pretty stoked .... but you didn't hear that from me :)

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What surprises me most is that there seems to be no way to go after these people legally. I'm sure the fact that they are (apparently) in a different country doesn't help, but still ...

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In regards to the awesome Paizo folks manning the digital walls to take out the spammers before they can do too much damage, I think Col. Jessep from A few Good Men said it best ...

"We live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by people with ban hammers. Who's gonna do it? You? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves forums. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at the game table, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like IP address, source code, moderator. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to someone who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way."

So to the folks fighting to keep out forums safe and clear of these spamming pieces o' @%$##% ... I say Thank You!

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Gauss wrote:

calagnar, I can think of several possible reasons for the PDF to not be released until the second printing.

1) If they release the second printing PDF now and then make changes before the physical second printing they have to release an updated second printing PDF. That means there would be two second printing PDFs floating around which would be confusing for people.

2) You are assuming that the second printing is already created. The errata does not mean all the text fitting is completed already, it could just mean that they know what they want the new text to say.

3) Those people who want the physical copy may feel slighted that the PDF is published before the physical copy. IE: why would Paizo alienate one group (hardback purchasers) over PDF purchasers?

These are just possibilities, I am not a publisher so I don't know the industry specifics but there are probably very good reasons not to publish a PDF until the physical book is also published.

All excellent and certainly valid points!

@calagnar - trust me, the folks at Paizo are FAR from lazy! They are some of the hardest working people around.

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Mark Seifter wrote:
Dragoncat wrote:
They have returned. To battle stations!
Either they are figuring out when our hours usually end, or maybe they are just starting up their work day.

I'd say they absolutely have figured out your hours! The mornings before you guys get in are murder, as are the hours after you guys leave. The weekends tend to be even worse.

Unless you guys can figure out some way to keep these pieces of %#$! out completely, it almost seems like Paizo needs moderators to alternate hours and/or work from home to take care of these attacks during the non Paizo work hours.

I'm actually starting to wonder if this is less random spam, and more some kind of sustained, intentional attack specifically on Paizo

The honest truth is, unless this problem is fixed, the forums are going to become pretty much useless except during Paizo business hours. I know I've said it before, but the situation is really becoming depressing ...

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pezlerpolychromatic wrote:
I wake up and boot my computer, and what do I see? Nearly every post on the side is spam. This is bad, folks, this is bad.

I have to admit, I admire those that can take a more cheerful, humorous approach to this. For me, seeing the crushing amount of spam on the forums for the majority of each day (the obvious exception being the 8 or so hours each week day when the moderators are working) is getting depressing, discouraging, frustrating and, frankly, disheartening for me personally.

I LOVE this site and these forums, but seeing the huge (and, it seems, increasing) amount of this spam garbage in more and more forums is making it harder and harder for me to even want to come to the forums anymore. It really sucks that these #*&%!$ spammers can just crap all over a site and make it almost unusable :(

Coming to these forums has gone from what was once an extremely enjoyable way to spend some time ... to a real slog because of the spam.

And yet, it seems like there is little that can be done, either to stop it OR to go after them and prosecute the spammers in some meaningful way. They just get to do it and we just have to just sit here and take it.

Sorry, it's just becoming really depressing to see it happen ...

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Yes, there really was a D&D summer camp ...

Shippensburg University, in my home state of Pennsylvania, held week-long D&D camps every summer during the mid-eighties?

It was an awesome, geeky time! Head over and learn more (and check out an ... ahem ... awesome photo :)

One Time, at D&D Camp ...

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I think this will be of interest to anyone who plays RPGs ...

How many people know that Shippensburg University, in Pennsylvania, held week-long D&D camps every summer during the mid-eighties?

It was an awesome, geeky time! Head over and learn more (and check out an ... ahem ... awesome photo :)

One Time, at D&D Camp ...

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Yeah, it's really getting out of control (and sort of depressing). They've obviouy figured out to flood multiple forums with this crap in the morning before the Paizo staff gets in and then in the evening after they leave.

The sheer amount of spam I encounter each morning and again each evening is making it very tough to want to even come to the forums any more (or at least only during Paizo's business hours)

Paizo folks, PLEASE do something. The 'just flag them each day so we can get rid of them when we get in each morning) approach just isn't working any more

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Remember when this was about STAR WARS The Force Awakens?

Those were good times ....

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So ... is it possible to just remove those Asian characters as options from the site? It feels like doing that would hinder these jerks' ability to spam the site quite a bit ....

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Perplexed, maybe dial the vitriol back just a bit. The folks at Paizo (and Paizo as a company in general) are absolutely the best. They're all great people who are passionate about gaming. Bring up issues politely and with respect and I think you'll find they are more than willing to try and help

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If Third Party classes are allowed, I might direct you to the Theurge Base Class presented in the New Paths Compendium from Kobold Press.

Why wait for a prestige class when you can go with a base class instead ? :)

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I've never seen the hardcover edition from Mongoose, but my understanding is that these 4 are greatly improved, expanded on and added to, so for that reason alone I'd go with these.

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These are absolutely facinating books - I highly reccomend all 4!

I actually think the author's style and the decade by decade format is perfect for the topic. The amount of info and the way you can see it all interconnects is highly interesting and informative.

The fact that the books concentrates solely on tabletop, pen-and-paper roleplaying is a strong selling point. In fact, far from being a negative, it is the very point of the books - to chronical the history of tabletop, pen-and-paper RPGs. I'm sure a similar book about video games or whatever will come along, but that was never the intent of these books.

Again, these are really excellent books and well worth the money

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What is countdown? I'm a big Star Trek fan but I don't know what this is ...

Regarding Star Wars and canon - can you elaborate? I've seen nothing about The Force Awakens that suggests Abrams is ignoring established events from the previous 6 movies. Are you talking about events from books?

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Nice!!!!!

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Thanks Liz!!!

I’m excited to see this finally released into the world! Although not my first published adventure, Shadows of the Dusk Queen IS my first adventure published by Kobold Press, which makes it extra special to me!

This includes a 12-page art and map appendix. I always loved those great AD&D modules that included pages of art so you could actually show the players what they see for each encounter, so this is my homage of that.

Can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks!

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Speaking of TableTop ...

Will plays Dragon Age with Chris Hardwick, Kevin Sussman, and Sam Witwer AND Chris Pramas is the GM!

Pretty cool (and funny). Also cool to see the guy that wrote the actual game act as GM.

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Kthulhu wrote:
I don't think I've seen him sans beard since ST:TNG, but just looking at him, I think he's probably better off WITH the beard.

Here he is with a much smaller beard (plus, there's a lot of funny, great stuff to enjoy as well)

Big Bang Theory - Best of Will Wheaton

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I trust the show's producers. I haven't read the books, but so far the pacing, plot development and ratio of action to quiter, dialogue scenes has been just about perfect.

As has been said before (about this and other successful book adaptations) what works well in books often does not translate effectively to film. Producers have to change things up, trim portions and tighten up plot threads in order to make books work in film, which is, afterall, an entirely different medium.

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Congrats on funding so quickly!!!!

How does the "for Pathfinder and 5th Edition" part work? Are you producing a Pathfinder version and a separate 5th Edition version or are you doing one version with dual Pathfinder and 5th Edition statas?

If I missed that explanation on the Kickstarter page, I chalk it up to not enough coffee!

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So, the question is: Are Skills considered Class Features when comparing Archetypes.

Might I suggest as many people as possible FAQ *this* post (because the Developers have requested that a question be stated as clearly and concisely as possible) and we'll see if we can get it officially clarified

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Wow, very cool!

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When did 'stealth' become a verb? That's what I wanna know!

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Phil Greeley/Rochandil Calenlad wrote:

Hi All,

I am hoping to get some answers to these many questions I have as an aspiring 3PP. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Thanks,
Phil

There area a few threads on this already that may well contain the answers you seek!

Some Questions about Third party publishing

Publishing Questions

Do's and Don't's of 3rd Party Pathfinder Supplements?

Third party artwork

That should get you started!

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Nice write up about Larger Than Life: Giants

Check it out! :)

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