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Pathfinder Society Member. 5,886 posts (5,942 including aliases). 9 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 2 aliases.


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Andoran

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I mentioned this in the other thread but figured it's appropriate here as well :)

Folks looking to play a mystic theurge right from 1st level might want to check out the Theurge base class contained in the

New Paths Compendium from Kobold Press

Andoran

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Interesting thread!

Folks looking to play a mystic theurge right from 1st level might want to check out the Theurg base class contained in the

New Paths Compendium from Kobold Press

Andoran

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Wolfgang Baur wrote:

I do have an update! The New Paths files are very close.

Right now, it's looking like July is a long shot but possible. If it is not out in August I will wear a funny gnomish and dance a jig.

Wolfgang speaks the truth! I've been exchanging a quite a few e-mails with the team doing the Hero Lab files for the New Paths Compendium, so I can confirm that they are well under way!!!

Andoran

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Me too. In all the many years I've played the game, and all the different people I've played with, I've actually never, *ever* seen anything but some form of true roll your stats character creation!

I like rolling way too much. That sense of randomness, anticipation and excitement from rolling stats is just too much a part of the game's fabric for me to ever want to give point buy much serious consideration

So, to the OP I say absolutely ditch point buy and give rolling a shot.

Andoran

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When I first read the thread title, my mind immediately saw it as Gilthanas (from DragonLance)

That's all I have to contribute :)

Andoran

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Changing Man wrote:
Looks like we're getting the Hex Blaster Archetype... Marc Radle's going to a busy man these next weeks, what with this and all the extra goodies from Mythic Mania- not to mention his 'usual' stuff :)

Ha! Sleep is for the weak ;)

I'm already working on the Hex Blaster battle scion archetype and I'm quite pleased with how is progressing. I'm really excited for folks to see it when it's finished! :)

Andoran

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Slaunyeh wrote:
Shadowborn wrote:
Am I the only one that thought the beetle discussion was the best part of the episode? That wasn't in the books.
I've seen a lot of people complaining about the pointlessness of that scene, wanting them to have cut it to devote more time to the fighting. Personally, I really liked that scene. It was a moment of bonding between two brothers who haven't had nearly enough scenes together. I'm glad they kept it in.

Absolutely! We actually re -watched that scene again because it was so awesome!

Andoran

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Is this an honest attempt at a thread topic? If so, you probably want to change the title to something less adversarial and condescending ...

You also probably want to provide some actual context and reasoning behind you 'question'.

Andoran

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Thanael wrote:
Sunken Pyramid is not completely free but they have the first act as a free preview. Also check out their free mini setting The Lonwly Coast.

Hey, thanks for the nice words about The Sunken Pyramid! I'm incredibly proud of that adventure, so it's always great to hear folks like it :)

Andoran

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Damon Griffin wrote:
Srsly, what does it take to shut this guy down? Can messages whose subject contains +91-9001992787 be blocked?

That actually sounds like it might be a good idea!

Something has to be done soon - it's getting out of hand :(

Andoran

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Well, for what's it's worth, they are working with some third party companies :)

Andoran

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Bardess wrote:
If I am to do what I am to do, I must know something more about the warlock very soon ^___^

Looks like I might want to take an early gander at the warlock as well ... :)

Andoran

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Sheldon from Big Bang Theory!

Andoran

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gamer-printer wrote:
One consideration, not all freelancers are writer/designers. Some are writers only, though many are writer/designers, some are illustrators only and/or cartographers only. Also some are editors only, and page layout only. Some do the editing and page layout themselves, many do not. The rare individual may do all these things, but the majority do not.

Hey cool! I'm rare! :)

Andoran

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Ryan. Costello wrote:

Thank you for the stellar review of the savant, End.

Absolutely - it's a very interesting class!

Also glad you liked the skin-changer, one of the other brand-new classes :)

Andoran

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Now we just need to get audiobooks of the Pathfinder novels! :)

Andoran

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Don't look now, but Deep Magic is once again #1 on Paizo's Top Selling Products From Other Companies and Top Downloads From Other Companies list :)

Andoran

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If you buy a CD, are you entitled to buy the LP and cassette version (let's pretend those are still current formats) for just a few dollars more because you already paid the artist, record company, producer and engineer once?

If you buy a hard back novel, are you entitled to the audiobook for only an extra couple bucks because you already paid the author, publisher, distributor etc once?

For that matter, if you get into an author or a band later in their career, are you entitled to all their earlier works at a discount?

Heck, I once joined a coffee of the month club but I didn't feel entitled to get all the previous month's coffees (before I decided to join) at some sort of discount!

It just is not a reasonable thing to expect and neither is what you want from Paizo.

Andoran

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Mromson wrote:

Wouldn't Paizo be using those very .pdf's for printing purposes? That shouldn't cost extra, given that you'd need them for printing purposes. Then again I have no idea how said process goes, so I could be absurdly wrong.

I certainly think that the watermarking policy is absurdly ridiculous, especially after the product has been out for a while. Look at every video game in existence - they're all readily available despite the fact that some companies have gone to absurd lengths in their desire to control published content. What's a simple .pdf going to do against that? I don't really see it as anything but a punishment towards the consumer - "do I really want to see my damn name and email on every freakin' page in every pdf?" Things get out. Period.

From my perspective, if I own the hardcover of a book, then I immediately feel entitled to the digital version of the product as well. I generally don't mind if I'm charged a little premium for either hardcover or .pdf when I already own one version ("for convenience", as they say) - it's when I'm essentially told that I own one or the other, without paying (essentially) double when I get annoyed.

Nope, a pdf created for professional offset printing is VERY different than an optimized, bookmarked pdf created for digital customers. You create each separately and each requires its own amount of time, expertise etc. In my opinion, charging a fair price for the PDF in addition to the physical copy (or offering it as a special subscription premium) is more than reasonable.

Creating all those bookmarked, optimized absolutely is a significant additional step and certainly is worth charging for

Just because something is digital doesn't mean it should suddenly be free. And I strongly disagree with your notion that if you buy the physical book you are entitled to the pdf for free. If you buy a CD should you be entitled to then download all the mp3s from that CD as well for free?

Andoran

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Wolfgang Baur wrote:
Great idea. I am sure one or more of the Kobolds would be happy to chime in.

Sure!

Andoran

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Triple Huzzah! :)

Deep Magic is #1 again this week on Paizo's Top Selling Products From Other Companies list and Top Downloads From Other Companies list :)

Andoran

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Hey there Alex!

I certainly respect your opinion, but I would point out that Deep Magic is a HUGE book and close to 300 pages of it ARE open content, compared to less than 76 pages which are not. That's a pretty big percentage of Deep Magic that is open content.

In fact, it is because so much of Deep Magic (and the New Paths Compendium, for that matter) IS open content that the good folks at Legendary CAN use Mythic versions of it in their upcoming Mythic Mania books ...

As many of the folks in this very thread have pointed out, companies are free to keep some material (typically things considered product identity etc) closed, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that! Companies are entitled to make money, and keeping control of their content is one of the main ways they do that.

Like I said, you are absolutely entitled to your opinion, but using phrases like 'hassle and heartbreak' and 'lazy' seem pretty disingenuous.

Andoran

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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
I got my New Paths Compendium today, as well. Another great book that I can't wait to use in my games.

Awesome!

Feel free to post a review in the New Paths Compendium product thread if you like :)

Andoran

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Hey everyone!

The good folks at Dungeonmastering.com approached me about doing a weekly blog about my work etc

dungeonmastering.com

It's called Pen & Pixel

Each week I’ll talk a bit about an illustration from my portfolio, explaining both the brainstorming and the backstory. Then, the reader who posts the Coolest Comment about it and/or that weeks blog (may be something serious or funny or insightful) gets the original illustration mailed to them, for free!

The inaugural installment is about none other than [The Sunken Pyramid[/b] ...

"More than a year later, I was writing an adventure for Raging Swan Press called The Sunken Pyramid. This is a large, underwater adventure involving sahuagin, a mysterious, submerged pyramid-like rock structures and an ancient evil. In addition to writing the adventure itself, I also did many of the illustrations.

Anyway, one of the encounters involved a roughly circular underwater chamber filled a third of the way with bones. In brain-storming about what cool monsters I might have lurking in this chamber, I of course thought of skeletons. But normal skeletons are kind of boring..."

Read the entire blog (and maybe even receive the original Shark-Jaw Skeleton art work for FREE, just for posting in the Comments section! :) here:

Pen & Pixels - Shark Jaw Skeleton Blog

Please check it out and then be sure to check back every Friday for a new installment

Thanks!!!

Andoran

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Silentman73 wrote:


It isn't to say that there aren't current efforts (and there have been past efforts) to do just this. Kobold Press has released the White Necromancer into the Pathfinder universe at http://www.d20pfsrd.com/classes/3rd-party-classes/kobold-press-open-design/ white-necromancer This is basically an arcane caster with some healing magic and power over undead. They're a spontaneous caster, as well. Right there you've removed the primary limitation of a Wizard (they don't have to prepare spells, and they have healing magic).

Thanks for bringing up the white necromancer class (which you can find in the New Paths Compendium).

I completely understand the desire to keep healing within the realm of the divine, and I'm fine with that for the most part.

However, since true necromancy involves tapping the powers of life as well as death, it really made perfect sense to give healing powers to the class, even though the white necromancer is an arcane class.

Andoran

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And the 3PP's sincerely appreciate all you hard work in this arena!

Andoran

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Wolfgang Baur wrote:
I'm happy to report that an errata sheet for Deep Magic is available at the Kobold Press site.

And I'm pleased to report it's actually quite short - less than a single page, in fact.

I'd say that's pretty good, considering Deep Magic is more or less the size of the Pathfinder RPG Core Rule book ... and the errata PDF for the first printing of that book is many pages long.

So, not too bad, I'd say :)

Andoran

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Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:

Well I am here, and so far I have been offered French chocolates, a golem by my name, and a heffalump.

...

I suspect it'll get trickier tomorrow. :)

A heffalump but no woozle? How distressing ...

Andoran

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Awesome to see the New Paths Compendium jump back onto Paizo's Top Ten lists! The mysterious Deep Magic effect, perhaps? :)

New Paths Compendium jumped up to #6 on the Paizo Top Selling Print Products From Other Companies list

AND

#9 on Paizo's Top Downloads From Other Companies list!

Thanks everyone! :)

Andoran

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Deep Magic is currently the top-selling non-Paizo product at the Paizo Store and the #1 Pathfinder RPG product at DriveThruRPG!

Double Huzzah! :)

Andoran

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There are a couple over on the Kobold Press forums

Here's a pretty good one (you have to scroll down a bit:

Deep Magic Runebound Edition

Andoran

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Heh ... it takes well over three hours just to drive across my own particular state:)

It is indeed a BIG country!

I was mostly just kidding around with Owen, by the way ... although I do freely admit that driving more than about 3 -4 hours *anywhere* kind of makes me want to seriously contemplate putting an ice pick through my sternum.

Andoran

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Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
Marc Radle wrote:
On the road? You're not *driving* all the way to Seattle are you???

Well... yeah.

That's what the roads are for, right?

Heh ... :)

If you're going half-way across the friggin' country from Oklahoma to Washington state, roads are for soaring over at high speeds in an airplane! :)

Andoran

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Deep Magic is listed as one of DriveThruRPG.com's Hottest Titles!

Andoran

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You know, I find that a good rule with the OGL (and with life really) is this. Strive to do what you believe is the right thing to do. Don't look for shifty grey areas you can exploit just to get what you want.

If a publisher chooses not to make something of thiers open content, that is perfectly acceptable and you should simply respect that and move on. Period.

9 times out 10, if you honestly and sincerely stick with trying to do the right thing, you'll be much better off.

Andoran

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Just an aside ... we don't say pally in these parts. We actually say paladin.

It's in the bylaws ...

Andoran

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Yeah, from the sounds of it, the producers and writers of the show have ironed out confusing parts, fixed pacing and plot issues and stripped out much of the long and tedious bits to make a tighter show.

I also love the show. I love reading books too but I also don't have much of a desire to read these books. I'm very happy sticking with the show

Andoran

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Ismael wrote:

Damned weakness to impulse buying urges.

I want, but cannot have. 8(

If you want, you must GET! :)

Andoran

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Ash nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatul,
ash nazg thrakatulûk, agh burzum-ishi krimpatul!

Andoran

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Brandon Hodge wrote:
doc the grey wrote:
Does this add to or expand upon the vril technology laid out in sunken empires?
Doc, Deep Magic adds to the vril of Sunken Empires in a BIG way. Rather than focusing on items, however, it turns the lens to the wielders and channelers of vril, with several archetypes, feats, bloodlines, and a host of accompanying spells that allow casters to transmute the arcane energy of 'modern' spells into the raw, primordial force known as vril. Assuming everything made it in (waiting on my copy, too!), then there's also a sidebar addressing how vril wielders can recharge the vril batteries and items from Sunken Empires.

Brandon's Vril stuff in Deep Magic is extremely cool! I was even able to have a pretty awesome illustration commissioned just for the Vril section!

Andoran

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Huzzah! :)

Andoran

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KrythePhreak wrote:
New review is up ladies and gents. This is a quality book so anyone that is curious, please refer to my review and that should hopefully get anyone hungry enough to just have to buy it haha :)

Thanks so much for the kind words and the awesome review!!!

Really glad you liked the book:)

Andoran

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Oh man! That is just the COOLEST news ever!

Congrats Owen and congrats Paizo - what a great partnering!!!

Andoran

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Sidebar ...

Can we PLEASE stop saying pally? The class is called paladin and it makes me nuts when people use goofy 'abbreviations' like pally.

You don't say my party consists of a fighty, a wiz wiz, an inquisy and a rangie do you?

While we're at it, can we please stop saying prolly for probably

OK, back to the thread ...

Andoran

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Little Red Goblin Games wrote:

We tack 6 months on to our "last deadline" date in case the unexpected comes up.

We also write, do our first editing draft on whatever material we want to publish, and lock in an artist (and 1 back up) before we launch the KS.
That way we only have to edit, do stretch goals, deal with art, and format (though we generally have at least the art assets done for the layout).
We also don't do physical copies to avoid the hellstorm that brings.

Good points. The more planning, preparation and work one does before a Kickstarter launches will have a HUGE impact on the success and timeliness of the final product(s)

Andoran

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LMPjr007 wrote:
I think people forget to be civil with one another once an a while.

Truer words have never been spoken ...

Andoran

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Regarding the Improved Arcane Bond feat - it was clearly designed as the analog to Improved Familiar. I agree it IS a powerful feat, but I don't think it's overpowered. It's intended to make having an arcane bond more appealing (since many seem to feel having an arcane bond is more of a liability than a benefit). And, since it is sort of the counterpart to Improved Familiar, which allows a wizard to get something like a quasit (with its various cool spell-like abilities, additional action(s) each round for its master, simply because it is a separate creature at the master's disposal ... etc), I'd say this feat is powerful, no argument there, but still balanced.

And, don't forget the various abilities come over the course of MANY levels ... and even helps to reduce the 'dreaded dependence on multiple magic item problem' to boot! Also, keep in mind that, unlike most other feats, a PC with Improved Arcane Bond only gets the benefits of the feat when in contact with his arcane bond ...

Andoran

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Bjørn Røyrvik wrote:
But this thread is about the movie. Why are people upset that we are discussing the movie in a thread for discussing the movie?

It's one thing to discuss it in general terms ... It was really good, the writing was great, be sure to stick around for the credits, that sort of thing. It's another to say 'hey, how 'bout the big reveal that Bob the butler was the murder!"

Seriously, the difference is not that difficult to figure out. Good rule of thumb - if you're afraid something might be a spoiler, just put it in a spoiler tag to be safe.

Would you have gone to a Star Wars message board the day Empire first came out and post "Hey wow, everyone! Sure didn't see Vader being Luke's father huh? That sure was a big reveal - hope you all saw the movie before reading this, 'cause otherwise I just ruined it for you!"

Andoran

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Huzzah!!!

Or, better yet ... Blimey, Pip Pip and Cheerio! :)

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