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Pathfinder Society Member. 7,633 posts (7,689 including aliases). 13 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 2 aliases.


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Kobold Playtest: Macabre Substitutions in Barovia

Very cool article!

"This summer, I decided to run The Curse of Strahd for my three players. The party consists of a fighter and a pair of rangers. Aside from low-level ranger spellcasting, the party has almost no access to magic. The intent of this campaign is to set a tone of truly Gothic horror from the first encounter on. As this is a sunless, colorless, and soulless land, I needed monsters that created paranoia, fear—and, ultimately, horror. Part of this lies in the deadliness of encounters when there is no healing magic; the other part lies in using effective monsters.

At the same time as we initiated play, my Tome of Beasts arrived! Upon reading the stories of several monsters, it struck me that I could piece them together in my own version of Barovia as they are perfect for creating Gothic horror. The monsters are: the mylings, the beggar ghouls, and the drowned maiden…"

Read all about it!!

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Lorathorn wrote:
What does it take to get a review put up on EN World?

From what I can tell, you just go to the link above and then click the "Write Your Own" link just under the 93% and the green thumbs-up dice graphic. You do have to have an EnWorld acount though.

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Mark Carlson 255 wrote:

About those 4 page segments, IIRC a RPG print guy said that you have 4 of those 4 page segments in a larger sheet of paper that they fold into the various pages of the book. But I could be miss-remembering whi exact worlds also.

I was also luck enough to find a Battle tech book that had back to back blank pages a few pages apart. These printing oddities vary rarely make it out of the publishing house as the printers catch them and destroy the copies before they leave the shop.
That reminds me I should have it appraised.

Like I said, those are called signatures. They do indeed get folded down, bound, and then trimmed into the final book. The actual size of the signature depends on things like press size, print run, etc. 8-page signatues are pretty typical for a standard offset print run. Larger sigs are also common in larger print runs and huge presses. 4-page sigs (i.e) 2 printer-spread pages on an 11x17 or 12x18 sheet, front and back) is more common with smaller print runs - often on digital presses such as are used for print on demend services.

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Chemlak wrote:

Now that's a loaded question, Alex.

I just spent a few minutes looking through my 3PP material, and there's an interesting pattern (which may just be publisher bias, so don't take this as a given): products cover a range of pages up to about 12, and then suddenly jump to about 30 (I got one hit of 28 pages, but most were 30-40). And then you suddenly jump to 64 pages.

Now, even with my admittedly dire knowledge of publishing, I know that a print book must have a multiple of 4 pages in the interior, and they commonly get bundled in groups of 8 (which is why you get books with page counts of 32, 64, 96, 128, and so forth, and there's a word for it and I don't know what it is), so the 64 page jump is a viable print product (I'm not saying you can't make smaller print products, but they're not as common).

So, a "small pdf", to me, is anything of fewer than 32 pages, and is pretty much always going to be less than 13 pages.

A few examples: Ultimate Relationships from Legendary Games is 8 pages long, including covers, and I consider it small. On the other hand, Ultimate Charisma from Everyman Gaming (I think you might know who I mean), at 68 pages total (hey, look, 64 interior pages), is not small. Middle ground, Mythic Monsters: Demons (the first Mythic Monsters book), by LG is 30 pages long, but I have to actually trawl through my collection to find The Genius Guide to Feats of Multiclassing (21 pages), or Dodeca Weather (20 pages), and it's then really hard to find anything more than 12 pages long.

I'd say a rough way to figure out if it's a "small PDF": if, as a publisher, you're not caring about page count for the purposes of possible print runs and it's fewer than 32 pages long, it's small.

In printing, those are call 'signatures'. Typically books are printed in 4-page, 8-page, or 32-page signatures.

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@Cintra Bristol - Great to hear. and good tip!

@DM Jeff - thanks for taking the time to post a review!

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Hmmm ...

Is Pathfinder "In Its Twilight"? Observations From A Retailer

Is D&D Still In The Lead? The Orr Group Says "Yes!"

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Brother Fen wrote:
This is awesome. Will these be compatible with the Pathfinder bases?

Absolutely!

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Hey look what we have here!!!

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Thomas Seitz wrote:

Bad Moms? Seriously? I'm not sure I can condone the idea of Mila Kunis in comedy that doesn't have Seth Green or Seth McFarland.

Questionable attempts at humor aside, don't come down on Mila Kunis! She's an excellent actress and is very good in comedies. In fact, she's great in one of my favorite comedies, Forgetting Sarah Marshall

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KenderKin wrote:
A base class mystic theurge with options that include several spell lists.

If you are ok with third party content and are looking for a single class theurge, might I suggest that you check out the New Paths Compendium from Kobold Press.

One of the new base classes within is, you guessed it, The Theurge :)

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An excellent video review and preview of the book!

Check it out!

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Southlands Campaign Setting WINS the Silver Ennie!!!!!

Congrats all around!!!

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Hey everyone - it's finally here!

The Tome of Beasts is now AVAILABLE!!! More than 400 fully developed and playtested creatures for 5E, each with a beautiful full color illustration!

You can get it Right Here on Paizo.com

Or thru the Kobold Press store
(where you can also see some page samples AND also buy the Tome of Beasts Pawns AND the Book of Lairs

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Man! For a studio that did pretty much everything right with the Harry Potter franchise, they are just royaly f***king their super hero films up in a monumentally colossal way!

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Want to get more out of your games? Want to be a better gamemaster? Who doesn’t…?

The Kobold Guide to Plots and Campaigns has just released. It’s now available in the Kobold store.

It brings you essays from some of the most respected professional gamesmiths around—like Wolfgang Baur, Jeff Grubb, David “Zeb” Cook, Margaret Weis, Robert J. Schwalb, Steve Winter—who direct you in building your campaign, engaging with your players, and telling a better story. Discover how these seasoned gamemasters have been entertaining their players for years. Devour their collected wisdom, and learn how to have more fun doing what you love.

I've had the pleasure of reading this, and it is AWESOME!

Get your copy of Kobold Guide to Plots and Campaigns TODAY!

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Cuup wrote:


Paizo CEO: What if we printed a book of just Archetypes of the Core Classes instead?
Game Devs: Um, sir, aren't Archetypes to existing Classes more redundant than new Classes?

FYI, the Paizo CEO is a woman ...

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Hey everyone!

The Tome of Beasts is officially here!!!

Order your goodness today!

Tome of Beasts for 5th Edition

Book of Lairs

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Well, going for a small point size and narrow leading is a good start. There's nothing wrong with an OGL at 6pt. A condensed font also helps. There are plenty of reasonable typographic "tricks" that can help fit a large and unruly OGL on a single page

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I must admit - whenever I see someone bring up the whole Tier thing, I start to twitch. Thankfully, you don't see it come up nearly as often anymore.

There is just no such thing as a rigid, accurate categorization for classes and I really would love to see the whole Tier quasi theory just fade away once and for all. It's such an over-simplistic, completely arbitrary and, frankly, meaningless attempt at trying to quantify something that just doesn't need quantifying.

The very fact that the people who subscribe to the Tier quasi theory can never seem to agree on which classes go into each tier is a good indication of how meaningless it really is.

As pointed out above, the one thing it IS good for is starting pointless arguments ...

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Interesting enough, George Tekai did not like the idea of Sulu being gay and has spoken out against it quite a bit.

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Con Report: Shadows of the Dusk Queen
Paizocon may be over, but our enjoyment of it certainly is not! Mike Welham braved the lovely weather and terrific gamers of the Northwest to run Shadows of the Dusk Queen for some Pathfinders ready for action. Sounds like they had a wonderfully fun time—and even had a surprise teammate in the form of artist Bryan Syme.

Read all about it!

WARNING - there are SPOILERS ahead!!!

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Yeah, I probably should have typed it as SAW-hwuh-gin (I've never quite been able to figure out those dictionary pronunciations!)

I guess the REAL answer is ... it's pronounced whatever way works best for you. And let's not even START on the correct pronunciation of Drow!!!!

(It rhymes with snow, by the way - you can trust me:)

The more important thing is ... regardless of how you pronounce Sahuagin, everyone should be sure to pick up Unlikely Heroes for 5th Edition!!!

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As some of you may know, I’m a full-blown, grade A, no apologies, Dice Geek!

Lately I've been wanting a cool set of wood dice. I did some searching and came across Artisan Dice, including the Kickstarter they did a while back. They look pretty beautiful in the pictures but also seem REALLY over priced though! I mean, I know wood dice is pretty niche, and I'd expect to pay a bit more for them, but wow! $150 or more for a set of dice? That's pretty nuts ...

So, my first question is, has anyone actually gotten dice from them, in particular any of their wood dice? If so, were you happy? Were they worth that kind of money?

Has anyone found wood dice (full sets, not just wooden d6's) out there more reasonably priced?

Thanks!!!

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Pan wrote:
Hama wrote:
Quark Blast wrote:
I hear there's an opening at Navigation now.

They have two ways to address this. One is to have Chekoff die off-screen, maybe movie #4 starts with his funeral, and they get a new navigator, or they can get someone young, who kinda looks like him to replace him.

My money is on Tom Holland.

Third option is to give it about 5 years and re-reboot. Unlikely if the series takes off. I hope the series does because I love the premise they are working with. Though the CBS paywall is obnoxious so who knows?

Huh? Did you just combine the conversation about how to replace the actor who played Chekov in the new movies with the conversation about the new Star Trek TV series CBS is doing?

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I can't wait for folks to get this book into thier hands!

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Ciaran Barnes wrote:
I didn't know he was going to be a father soon. Tragic.

Agreed. I was shocked when I first heard about Steve's death, but when I found out he was going to be a father .... man, that's even more heart-breaking ...

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Thanks so much Endzeitgeist and The Raven Black for taking the time to update your reviews based on the revised file!

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Interesting! Looking forward to it!

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Reposted from a different thread, but relevant here as well :)

DungeonmasterCal wrote:

Ok, here's my take on the Revised Trickster. I even edited my original review with the following text.

The Trickster (Revised)

Ok, at first glance I didn't care for it that much (but I was on painkillers for a bad knee at the moment). I've had a chance to read it over again and I like pretty much everything they've done, with the exception of cutting back Skill Points to 4 per level. I love Skills and having my players use them, so I'll probably house rule it that they still get 6. The new Shadow Forte is a good addition, and the Dual Forte Archetype is a nice addition.

Changing the magic schools to exclude Evocation and Necromancy is something I'm on the fence about. I personally think the Trickster should be able to choose which two schools he excludes himself, but it's a minor quibble and one I'm sure won't be shared by everyone who uses the revised version.

Overall I like the revisions, and it may be the one I offer any players who might like to give the class a try. And like I said, I like skilly characters, so I may keep the 6 per level option from the original version. Good job Marc and Kobold Press!

Hey there DungeonmasterCal, thanks for the comments on the revised Trickster - glad you liked it! :)

Personally, I'm with you regarding the skill points, but I decided that enough people felt 4 skill points per level was more appropriate that I decided to acquiesce, knowing that houseruling back up to 6 skill points per level is super simple if so desired.

Really glad you liked the new Shadow Forte and Dual Forte Archetype! I'm really happy with how both turned out!

Regarding the sidebar detailing the exclusion of the Evocation and Necromancy schools from the Trickster's spell list, keep in mind that's a variant only. The core class still gets access to all the schools, I just wanted to respect and acknowledge those folks who were uncomfortable with the Trickster having the full wizard spell list, so I offered this lower-power variant.

Again, really glad you like the revisions!

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I'll admit when I have what I think is a good idea I'm excited about, it becomes all I can think about and I can't wait to start writing. Once I start, it just flows out of me.

BUT, there are other times, particularly when I need to write something I'm not necessarily as exited or passionate about, that I have as much trouble as anyone getting started and and then keeping the momentum once I do finally get started. It's a very frustrating feeling to be sure.

I've read many interviews and biographies from writers who say that, when they are working on project and feeling the dreaded writer's block, they set aside a certain amount of time every day (a couple hours, or even just a single hour or less) in which they MUST write. No matter how well or how poorly it seems to be going, they simply must write something for the project. They may not edit themselves and they may NOT trash, delete or crumble up what they have written.

Then, they come back to what they wrote at a later time and look at it with some degree of objectivity to see what's there. Maybe a given day's writing resulted in nothing worth keeping. More likely, however, there IS something good, even if it's just a single paragraph, a sentence, an idea, or even just a cool name. Keep that nugget of gold, refine it and then keep moving forward like that every day.

You might be very surprised what you end up with!

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There's a great writer's quote (not sure who first said it) that's very apropos here:

"I hate writing. I love having written."

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Hey everyone! An updated New Paths 8: The Trickster has just been distributed to all the normal channels.

Main updates include:

  • Skill Ranks per Level reduced to 4 + Int modifier
  • Added a sidebar called "Trickster Spells and Balance" which offers a lower-power variant to the standard trickster spellcasting class feature
  • Added a new forte (Shadow)
  • Beefed up the Acrobat forte (added more magic abilities and synergies)
  • Added an archetype: Dual-Forte Trickster

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Wow! That's horrible!!!

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Agreed! :)

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Darigaaz the Igniter wrote:
Marc Radle wrote:
Ranger: The rugged, nature-oriented Aragorn archetype really appeals to me, especially when you throw in the archer angle, although I prefer my rangers to not be spellcasters ...
Well there's always the slayer, or a couple of archetypes that trade out spells. Or just roll with a 10 Wis.

True! In my case, however, my go-to is almost always the Spell-less Ranger, also from the New Paths Compendium :)

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Great thread! Very interesting!

My top Paizo classes (in no particular order)
Oracle/Cleric: Kind of cheating here, I know, but I only get three! :) I love playing divine classes for the rich role-playing potential, and both of these classes are great
Paladin: Much like above, the paladin has so much role-playing potential, and it's a powerful class!
Ranger: The rugged, nature-oriented Aragorn archetype really appeals to me, especially when you throw in the archer angle, although I prefer my rangers to not be spellcasters ...

My top 3PP classes (in no particular order)
Trickster (Kobold Press, New Paths Compendium): A wizard/rogue hybrid class with plenty of versatility - very fun to play
Shaman (Kobold Press, New Paths Compendium) Spontaneous druid - what else do you need to say! ? :)
Theurge (Kobold Press, New Paths Compendium) A powerful arcane/divine spellcasting class that is all about spells, including cool ways to combine them.
What can I say - I know the author! :)

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Hey there matlouraph!

Although I wrote the majority of the New Paths Compendium, the Savant is one of the classes I did not have a hand in, so I can't help with your questions. I CAN, however, attempt to use ancient and powerful magic to summon the person who IS responsible for the Savant.

Stand by while I gather up the necessary material components ...

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Might I suggest checking out the Advanced Races Compendium, from Kobold Press? It has a ton of interesting yet balanced PC races - each new race gets an entire chapter, and once of those PC races is Minotaur.

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Agreed. The very small potential upside to allowing custom avatars is not worth the mountain of downside it was cause

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Happy (belated) June!

It's time once again for a new set of FREE wallpapers for your desktop, tablet, and mobile phone!

Grab the June Desktop featuring the cover art for the Tome of Beasts by Marcel Mercado!

And don't forget that all this art is in the awesome 2016 Kobold Press Calendar so be sure to pick up your copy:

2016 Kobold Press Calendar available now :)

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Nice!

This looks very interesting - can't wait to check it out!

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Thank you for the review Raven Black! Extremely well-reasoned and considered indeed! Very happy to see you liked the class

You bring up some interesting points that are certainly worth considering. In fact, I'm about to start playing in a new campaign (Hell's Rebels) - I think I might make a few tweaks to the class and then playtest them in this new campaign to see how they work out ...

Stay tuned!

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Sounds like DS9!!!

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Actually playtesting is the opposite of theorycrafting. Playtesting is exactly what it sounds like - actually playing the game under many different scenarios and noting any problems, issues etc., then making adjustments, playing more, adjusting again, until you are as confident as possible you have it right.

Theorycrafting, while there is a place for it, is much less valuable because it's just someone making assumptions based only on what they read without actually making the effort to playtest.

Any company worth their proverbial salt will playtest the heck out of something like this, and Paizo is absolutely a company worth their proverbial salt.

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Gorbacz wrote:
Nutcase Entertainment wrote:

* Is it time for PDF ONLY SUBSCRIPTIONS Yet?

might help reduce prices and costs, and maybe boost sales in the process.

PDFs subs wouldn't reduce prices and costs much (printing is cheap, what is expensive are things that you need to do anyway - art, art, art, words, layout, more art). And it would piss LGS's off even more so than they already are angry at Paizo for providing any PDFs in the first place. So if you put out a PDF subscription scheme with a discount, whatever you will gain in people subscribing won't offset the angry LGS owners who take your product off the shelf and stop hosting PFS events.

Just an aside ... Printing ain't cheap, believe me. You're right that art, words, editing, development and layout cost a lot (especially when done at a professional level) but printing is also a huge expense.

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So, now that Starfinder has been announced, is that the secret project? It seems like there's a connection, given The Forgotten Futures game James has been working on ...

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chopswil wrote:
MMCJawa wrote:
chopswil wrote:

Starfinder?

so, i guess Pathfinder product sales are dipping?

I'd rather they put more effort into Pathfinder, countries described in "Distant Shores" or an ongoing mega-dungeon like "Hollow Mountain"

I tried "star frontiers" and "Traveler" not really my thing

I would assume that mega dungeons and more Campaign setting material would not remotely be influenced by Starfinder anyway. It's more the "world neutral" RPG line.
it's a question of resources; now you have lots of paizo people devoted to Starfinder and not Pathfinder

I have a feeling we'll hear about new hires over the next few weeks and months.

Honestly, I see this as a good thing - it means Paizo is in a good enough place to release a new game. And they are more than smart enough to do this the right way.

I wouldn't worry at all about this announcement - I see it as a very positive move

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Starfinder RPG is pretty huge news!

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Scott_UAT wrote:
I'm going to recommend you look over Endzeitgeist's reviews of 3rd party materials. Everyone is a bit biased on their personal preference- he's a pretty solid centerline voice though.

A thousand times this!

You can't go wrong with Endzeitgeist's reviews. In fact, he recently released his "Best of 2015" list!

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Phylotus wrote:
Is anyone else having trouble with the trading system? I keep putting up one of my events for a trade, and every time I come back it is no longer listed (this has happened about 2 or 3 times). Am I misunderstanding the system?

I'm having the same issue! I actually started a thread on this topic and Sara Marie said she's asked the Tech Team to look into it ...

Events-Trading-Question Problem

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