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Pathfinder Society Member. 5,639 posts (5,695 including aliases). 9 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 2 aliases.


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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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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! :)

Andoran

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You *could* always just use a pencil and a blank character sheet :P

Andoran

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lokiare wrote:

This part particularly worries me: "The “guiding light” through the design of 5e has been “What would Gary and Dave do?”"

from http://newbiedm.com/2014/03/19/dd-news-out-of-gama-trade-show/

What does that mean exactly? Does it mean that they will leave half of the game design process up to DMs and include many subsystems that contradict each other and have no math behind them or do they mean something entirely different?

I'd say it just means that, since Gary and Dave created the game we all know and love, those two are pretty excellent minds to try and tap into when creating a new edition of D&D.

Andoran

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Raging Swan Press is celebrating its Fourth Birthday by running a 40% off sale on all their PDF products until the end of the month.

That means if you've been meaning to check out the Sunken Pyramid, this month is a great time to do it!!!

Andoran

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brvheart wrote:
I helped celebrate both your birthday and my wife's my ordering a few more pdfs! My wife and I just started a Freeport campaign so these should be helpful, thanks. I have been using some of the previous ones for one off encounters and fill ins. They are also good for aides in designing my own.

Oooh, if you are starting a Freeport campaign, you should definitely check out the Sunken Pyramid!!!

Andoran

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From the
New Paths Compendium from Kobold Press:

  • The spell-less ranger, a skilled warrior of the wilderness
  • The shaman, with otherworldly new abilities and an animal spirit guide
  • The battle scion, a master of sword and spell
  • The white necromancer, wielding death magic for the side of Good
  • The elven archer, deadly ranged fighter capable of astonishing feats of marksmanship
  • The savant, master of all trades (if only for an instant)
  • The all-new theurge class, combining arcane and divine power!

Andoran

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Heh, from what I hear, the maps for my Sunken Pyramid adventure came very close to sending the cartographer completely off the deep end! :)

Andoran

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Hey hey!

New Paths Compendium on Paizo's Top Downloads From Other Companies list again this week - and it jumped up to #6 to boot! :)

Andoran

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Timitius wrote:

Wayfinder hordes informed of the need for Midgard art!

I hope that some of the artists do strongly consider getting behind this project...

Hey, I did all I could, honest!!! :)

Congrats on the well-deserved forum titles by the way!!

Andoran

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Doug OBrien wrote:
Considering throwing my hat into the ring, so it's only fair to warn any other potential candidates that I am proficient in Windows 95 and Windows 98.

That will come in VERY handy in Mac-based company! :)

Andoran

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Very soon (as in this May) I have a very strong suspicion 9/10 people are going to say Deep Magic from Kobold Press.

Full color hardback, 376 pages, 1,927 backers, 733 spells!

Authors include:Wolfgang Baur, Jason Bulmahn, Ed Greenwood, Stephen Radney-MacFarland, Richard Pett, Owen Stephens, Neil Spicer ... and plenty more

Find out more - Deep Magic

Andoran

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I said this in the other thread, but I think it's worth repeating here. The Paizo staff put an incredible amount of hard work and passion in to making the products we all love.

It really feels like some people might want to spend a little less time complaining or being demanding and a little more time simply saying ... Thank You

Andoran

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Sean K Reynolds wrote:
I'm opening the thread again, now that it's not the weekend ...

That fact that Sean took the time to post this amazingly frank and honest response speaks volumes about the kind of person he is, the kind of company Paizo is and the incredible amount of hard work and passion they all put in to making the products we all love.

It really feels like some people might want to spend a little less time complaining or being demanding and a little more time just saying ... Thank You

Andoran

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@ Eric Hinkle - thanks so much for the nice review!

@ Ambrosia Slaad - a "Lamia Disciple" PrC for sorcerers (lamia commoner (or human/humanoid with lamia blood) that slowly bestows the powers of a lamia matriarch is a pretty excellent idea actually!

I'll file that away for future use - who knows, there might be a future product which would require some additional lamia material some day :)

Andoran

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Lemmy wrote:
Truth is, Paizo doesn't care about balance. At best, they care about the illusion of balance... From their PoV, something being overpowered or underpowered doesn't matter nearly as much as if they seem to overpowered or underpowered.

Sorry, but that's pretty harsh. I also happen to disagree with you - I think Paizo cares a great deal about game balance, but balance is a very difficult thing to maintain ...

Is there room for improvement? Sure, always. All in all, though, I think Paizo does a pretty great job on that front.

Andoran

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Bunnyboy wrote:
WHERE DO GEMS COME FROM?

Well, when a mommy gem and a daddy gem love each other very much ...

Andoran

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Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
LMPjr007 wrote:
You know what is REALLY missing from 3PP? Teaming Up.

How about Legendary, and Kobold Press, and Rogue Genius?

You know, as a random example.

Sounds like the ideal 3PP team up!

Andoran

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Interesting!

Have you checked out the White Necromancer from from Kobold Press? The class is very much what you are trying to accomplish here and might be well worth a look.

You can find the class as part of the New Paths Compendium

You can read more about the White Necromancer class itself HERE although the New Paths Compendium contains the most up-to-date version, plus all the other classes, spells, feats etc :)

Andoran

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DoomedPaladin01 wrote:
Marc Radle wrote:
In fact, my group is starting up a brand new campaign next Sunday, and after a long, painful and gut-wrenching decision process trying to choose which of the aforementioned NPC classes to play, I finally decided to play a Battle Scion with the Force Blaster archetype. I kind of see him as an almost Jedi-like character :)
Give him Folding Plate and you'll have Iron Man.

That's ... awesome

Andoran

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I only had the chance to meet Sean once and it was just for a few minutes ... but he still made an impression!

I was at PaizoCon a few years ago. My son had wanted to come with me but couldn't due to finals, so I brought his Core book with me and was getting all the Paizo staffers to sign his book (along with folks like Ed Greenwood, Wolfgang Baur etc)

Anyway, one afternoon, I was walking through the Coast's main lobby and I noticed Sean sitting on the arm of a chair, obviously quickly scarfing down a salad for lunch. It was clear he only had a short break to eat and I really didn't want to interrupt his few minutes of downtime ... but I also didn't want to blow what might have been my only chance to have him sign my son's book.

So, I kind of sheepishly went over to him, apologized for interrupting his lunch and asked him to sign my son's book. Not only was he NOT perturbed at having his short lunch break interrupted, he signed a really nice note to my son and then chatted with me for a few minutes as well. He was incredibly nice, incredibly genuine and an all-around really cool guy.

Andoran

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DoomedPaladin01 wrote:
Damn that Feros review really nailed it on this one. Great crunch, but it could have been blended a little better. Its the "see page (wrong page number)" that bugs me the most.

Thanks so much!!!! For the record, those bug me too - it's always frustrating when something slips through the editing phase, but it happens, alas. The next printing will have those cleared up and the PDF has already been corrected, FYI :)

DoomedPaladin01 wrote:
Otherwise an excellent book! I <3 the Battle Scion and Shaman.

Once again, thank you!!! I'm quite proud of the Battle Scion and Shaman, so it's great when I hear things like this :)

DoomedPaladin01 wrote:
Marc, how would your Scaling Feats work with their Mythic versions? Would the one Scaling feat qualify a character for all of the Mythic feat versions it includes of regular feats? Would you combine a Mythic feat tree into a Scaling Feat, or make players buy them normally to compensate for the increased power?

Hmmm, that's a great question! Unfortunately, it's not once I feel overly prepared to answer, simply because I have not really done much with Mythic at all beyond paging through the book briefly. I'd be very interested to hear how other folks handle it though!

I do LOVE seeing how many people seem to like the Scaling Combat Feats and, even better, how many are now using them in their games!

DoomedPaladin01 wrote:

Since I'm on this topic: Marc, Ben, Wolfgang, or anyone with authority on Gearforged, Darakhul or any other race that is destroyed an 0 hp rather than killed...

Any suggestions on what to replace (or alter) Hard to Kill (Ex) with?

Interesting question ... let me see if I can cast summon someone who can answer that ...

Andoran

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Wow ... what a great post! I don't think anything else needs to be said

Andoran

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Oh man ... All the best to Sean and Jodi of course, but Sean is awesome! Not having him at Paizo sucks!

Andoran

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Jim Groves wrote:

Marc, How tied into alignment are these mechanics? I applaud the cool design space in making them playable, but I'm interested in jazzing up my evil NPC creatures. Would your product assist in that?

Again this is no premature criticism, I'm just checking the flexibility.

Thanks Jim! No worries - good question!

Alignment is really not that tied in at all actually. The vast majority of lamia commoners, just like the Matriarchs that rule them, are thoroughly vile and evil. Every once in a great while though, a lamia commoner is born who does not share his people's taste for evil and debauchery. It's kind of assumed that a PC lamia commoner will be one of these rare, non-evil lamia commoners. However, there's nothing built in that forces any alignment.

As for a cool, evil NPC ... a lamia commoner would make a GREAT evil NPC! There would in fact be a pretty large number of very cool options for such an evil NPC - everything from an important henchman or bodyguard all the way up to the big, final adversary him (or her)self!

Heck, I would LOVE to see (or even write) an adventure featuring just such an evil lamia commoner NPC (or, more likely, multiple such NPCs!)

Please let me know if you do end up creating an evil lamia commoner NPC - I'd love to hear how it goes!

Andoran

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I'm very much in the North East (I live in Pennsylvania) and we have a LOT of snow ... and it's supposed to KEEP snowing until sometime this evening around 8PM or so.

Luckily I'm able to work from home in weather like this so I didn't have to brave the roads today.

I'm definitely growing to hate these North East winters!

(Oh, and Freehold DM ... you ARE crazy! :)

Andoran

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Lord Fyre wrote:
But ... according to Golarion's lore, there are no Male Lamia.

That's true, but remember lots of people play in campaign settings other than Golarion. Many folks play in the Midgard setting from Kobold Press, or one of the many other published settings ... not to mention the COUNTLESS number of homebrew settings that are out there! Heck, there are even plenty of folks that DO play in the Golarion setting but alter certain aspects to better fit their campaign!

Plus, material from Advanced Races: Lamia could still be incorporated even into a strict cannon-only Golarion game with just a little work. For instance, as detailed within, the Lamia Matriarchs (which are indeed all female) lead the less powerful lamia commoners with an iron hand. These lamia commoners are the ones that can be both male or female, although even among the lamia commoners, females strongly outnumber the males.

Andoran

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Kvantum wrote:
So how much is the expanded over the (excellent) 5-page article on lamias from Kobold Quarterly 24?

Thank you!

I don't know if I can come up with a detailed and comprehensive list (I wrote lots of little additions and expanded bits through out) but if I remember correctly, the Serpent Blade prestige class, the Favored Class Options, the Alternative Racial Traits and the class-by-class analysis detailing how each class does (or in some cases does not) work for lamia adventures were not in the original article ...

There is also a nice full-page sidebar (complete with an awesome illustration) which talks about Lamia PCs in Midgard. In fact, one element detailed in this sidebar (the powerful lamia serpent blade warrior known only as Va’zesh (“swaying death”) who leads the small group of outcast lamia commoners said to inhabit the Isle of Kyprion) will even get some additional love and attention very soon ... Mr. Oceanshieldwolf might be able to shed some additional light here :)

Hope that helps!

Andoran

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Advanced Races #8: Lamia now available from Kobold Press!

Lamia tread a strange path of violence and magic—and for a tiny few, redemption.

Though extremely rare, lamia adventurers do exist. They are almost exclusively outcasts who have struck out on their own or escaped the wickedness of their brethren. Cut off from the matriarchy and its debauched rituals, might they be something more than monsters? Might they become...heroes?

Advanced Races 8: Lamia gives you everything you need to play a lamia adventures:

- 8 alternative racial traits including Constrict, Mystical Tattoo, and Wisdom damage

- 6 new lamia feats including Highborn Lamia, Serpent's Eyes, and Snake's Tongue

- 2 new prestige classes, new favored class options, a new spell and oracle mystery, and more!

The lamia culture, society and mystery cult/moon centered quasi religion really got inside my head as I wrote this and I’m really, REALLY proud of the results!

I hope everyone checks it out! :)

Andoran

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Very happy to see this finally slither into the moonlight! :)

Andoran

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baron arem heshvaun wrote:

I was about to share that link as well.

Excited for upcoming season 4.

There's also this.

Um ... wow ...

Friend of yours? :)

Andoran

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Thanks Johncolossus! Really glad you love the White Necromancer! If you build it right, the skeleton undead companion makes a GREAT warrior body guard!

Oh, just checked my e-mail this morning - the New Paths Compendium made Paizo's Top Downloads From Other Companies list again this week (#4).

I think this makes something like 4 weeks in a row!

Very pleased :)

Andoran

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I'm sure this thread will turn out just fine ...

Andoran

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Boy, it's been awhile since I've seen the "Tier 1 Class, Tier 2 Class" thing get dragged out!

Andoran

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If a cleric casts animate dead on a corpse in order to create a zombie, the spell takes one standard action to cast.

If he wants that zombie have a template (say, a Plague Zombie) he also needs to cast contagion. This takes an additional standard action, yes? So, creating a Plague Zombie requires 2 rounds?

Are there any rules stating which order these spells need to be cast, and if they need to happen immediately, one after the other? In other words, according to the rules, could a cleric cast animate dead to create the zombie, let the zombie fight for a few rounds and then cast contagion on the same zombie, turning him into a Plague Zombie? Or, could the cleric cast contagion on a corpse first, and then come back a few rounds later and cast animate dead so that the resulting zombie created is a Plague zombie?

Please keep in mind I realize that in a home game, DM's and players can resolve things types of issues themselves if needed. I'm specifically asking if there are actual, written rules that address these questions

Thanks!

Andoran

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Purple Duck Games wrote:
Makarion wrote:
Sadly, Rite Publishing has the kind of track record that causes people to ban all third party material in PF games. No quality control whatsoever.

Are you talking about the same Rite Publishing with a 4.5/5 review publisher average at Rpgnow, and the same Rite Publishing that had a nomination from Endz for having one of the best 3PP books of 2013 (101 Mystical Site Qualities)?

That Rite Publishing?

I must admit I was kind of suprised to see that comment as well. Rite Publishing is usually regarded as one of the top Pathfinder 3PPs - I can't recall ever reading a review or message board comment before this one calling in to question their quality or game balence ...

Andoran

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Amaranthine Witch wrote:
There is an error in Table 12: Theurge. At level 8th it indicates +6/+2/+6 as it's saving throws, when it should be +2/+2/+6

Actually, that's a special class bonus you get only at 8th level because of ... um ... reasons ...

No? OK:) Thanks AW! We'll be sure that gets fixed!

Andoran

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Thanks Eric! I'm very happy with how the skin-changer turned out, so it's great to hear such an enthusiastic response! :) I hope everyone looking for a true shape-shifting class checks the skin-changer out.

And thank you Terokai! I'm a big fan of the white necromancer class too :)

Andoran

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I've been playing since about 1978 so ... about 35 years give or take! We started out with the Basic Boxed set (the one that had the card board punch out chits instead of dice (TSR had a temporary period where they apparently had troble getting dice).

We laid the two page map out on my friend Jeff's family room floor so we could all see it and treated it like a quasi board game, but only the Dm knew what was in each room.

I also remember getting the AD&D harback books (DMG, Players Handbook and Monster Manual) around the same time and not realizing they were two different 'flavors' of the same game :) Man, those were great times ...

Kobold Press has some great memories from some very cool people:

D&D’s 40th Anniversary: Words to Celebrate, Part One

D&D’s 40th Anniversary: Words to Celebrate, Part Two

D&D’s 40th Anniversary: Words to Celebrate, Part Three

Andoran

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My biggest regret is that Steve Jobs is no longer around to enjoy the birthday ...

Happy Birthday Mac, and RIP Steve

Andoran

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I use both Macs and PCs all the time for work and fun, but my heart will always belong to the mighty, wonderful Macintosh!

Happy 30th Birthday Apple Macintosh! :)

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