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JohnF wrote:
... along with the first 270+ issues of Dragon ...)

Heh, I have almost every issue of Dragon ...

The Quest for One Thousand Dragons (Part 1)

The Quest for One Thousand Dragons (Part 2)

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First review is in! :)

Shadows of the Dusk Queen Review

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Thanks for the great review! :)

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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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Reviewed! :)

These books really deserve a look

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Reviewed! :)

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Reviewed! :)

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Reviewed! :)

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Landon Winkler wrote:
One of my favorite seminars at GenCon every year is "Auntie Lisa's Story Hour." It's basically just Lisa Stevens sitting around and reminiscing about her time in the industry. Especially as someone who's been roleplaying for a long time, it's neat to see the other side of all those shakeups.

Agreed. Her blog posts to that affect have been riveting, and I can only imagine it's even cooler to hear that sort of stuff live!

I'd love to hear some backyard gossip about Ars Magica, White Wolf, Wizards during the Magic the Gathering launch, and her time working with the RPGA and Greyhawk setting.

The Designers and Dragons books talk about ALL of those things in detail!

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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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Is this a good time to mention the idea I've been kicking around? :)

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Doing a bit of thread necromancy here:)

I've been reading these books and they are really fantastic! I can't reccomend them highly enough! Even in you didn't take part in the Kickstarter (I didn't) you can still buy them directly from Evil Hat.

If you are at all interested in learning more about the people, companies and games that make up the history of the RPG industry, pick up these books!

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I've never considered anything other than the 6 movies to be canon. That seems to be the prevailing attitude for most fans, from what I've heard, experienced, seen and read (fans of the various books, comics etc obviously don't agree).

As far as I know, the movies only are canon has pretty much been the official stance as well.

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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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I received a PM earlier asking what that was stuck in the stump of that one limb in the hanging tree preview image. I gave the person sending the PM kudos for his keen eye, but told him I probably shouldn't say.

It is kind of important though ... :)

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I'd say DM_Blake has it pretty much exactly right. Whenever you playtest something (and reviewing something should really follow the same basic theory), you should keep all the other variables as tightly under control as reasonably possible.

When running an adventure (either to playtest it or in preparation for a review) it's best to make the adventure itself the only variable element. The characters should ideally be a fairly standard mix of class and race, maybe even using point buy for stats.

As pointed out above, if you take a super powerful, highly optimized group through, or a group with really off the wall classes and/or races, and then the adventure seems to simple for example, there's no fair way to know if it was really the adventure, the mix of characters, or both.

The inverse would also apply - taking, say only 2 characters, characters lower than the recommended level, or not having a good mix of classes (no cleric or other healing class and then complaining the characters died early) or some other obviously less than ideal group through the adventure and then saying it was way too hard would also not necessarily be fair.

Having said all that, a good, well-written adventure should certainly be able to survive some variation! The point is that, the more you deviate from the norm (in classes, races, level range, number of players etc) the less likely you will be able to fairly review a product.

Does that rather long-winded response help at all?

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Malwing wrote:
May I direct you here?

Hey, interesting thread ...

Sure, I'll pop in!

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I think I'd maybe keep advancing as a paladin from this point on. I love clerics and paladins, but it sounds like full on paladin going forward is the way to.

On a side note, it's 'character' not 'toon'! Sorry, but 'toon' drives me bat-crap crazy

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Awesome!!!

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Awesome!!!!!

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Hobbun wrote:
Jason Nelson wrote:

They pushed our ship date back by almost a month, so the books are now scheduled to arrive on July 23.

That's really cutting it close for Gen Con. If the date remains the same (23rd) you will have them available for the con? For not only just backers of the KS, but to purchase, as well?

It is indeed. What we ended up having to do was pay extra to airmail 4 cases of each book to one of our LG folks who lives in Indy. I'll also be bringing 2-3 cases of each with me to GenCon. We'll have most of them at our booth #2639, but we'll also have some at the Paizo booth as well, plus one or two other booths.

Ouch! Getting ... hosed (I was going to use a different word, but decided to be a grown-up instead :) by a big printer all the way in China is not fun!

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Hobbun wrote:
... are just the ones Paizo had purchased to sell on their website.

Technically, Paizo doesn't actually purchase things to sell through their web store ...

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Hey there hyulf & Jeven!

This is a fairly self contained adventure (the action is within the forest) so it easily fits into any campaign world! It's not specifically set in Midgard, but it would certainly work in a Midgard game with no issues. Similarly, this adventure would be perfect for a Kingmaker campaign - since a great deal of Kingmaker is about exploring and concurring the land, it would be very easy to have the players discover, and then need to investigate, the forest.

What's more, there are some cool elements that can easily become part of a longer running campaign. There are even the seeds to a follow up adventure sprinkled about :)

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Thanks Liz! Awesome to be able to feature the art again!

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Marc Radle wrote:

Awesome!

Oh, Shadows of the Dusk Queen is now available right HERE thru Paizo!

Be sure to check out the link above - now with awesome art preview! :)

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Thanks Liz. Can you please remove the others as well? They each still give away too much!

We can talk offline about maybe popping less spoilery previews up

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Oceanshieldwolf wrote:
Well, the art is fantastic, so I see why the previews are there....but still

The art IS pretty fantastic, though. It's one of the reasons I wanted to do the section of full page art to show the players!

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Oceanshieldwolf wrote:
Is it a good idea to include pageshots that include the BBEGal's tactics and some of her abilities?

Hmmm ... that's a good point! I'll shoot Liz an e-mail ...

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That's awesome El Ronza! I really appreciate the vote of confidence!

I'd love to see a review if the mood strikes you :)

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bookrat wrote:
Just out of curiosity, are there adventure modules with some of these great new classes already written into them?

Great question! Kobold Press definitely actively supports the NPC classes. There are new spells for them in Deep Magic, there are new archetypes for them in many of the Advanced Races line, there is plenty of support for them in the upcoming Southlands books, including the Gravebinder, a brand-new white necromancer archetype.

As for adventures, I believe a few Kobold Press adventures utilize classes from the NPC. Off the top of my head, the Raven's Call does and I know (because I wrote it:) that the upcoming adventure Shadows of the Dusk Queen definitely uses classes from the New Paths Compendium (as well as a few feats and spells!)

Quick update! Shadows of the Dusk Queen is now available :)

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Awesome!

Oh, Shadows of the Dusk Queen is now available right HERE thru Paizo!

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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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Hey everone - I'm super over-the-moon excited to tell everyone that Shadows of the Dusk Queen, my first adventure with Kobold Press is now available at the Kobold Press store (and should also be available right here on Paizo.com shortly)!

Shadows of the Dusk Queen is a Pathfinder Roleplaying Game compatible adventure for 8th-level characters that takes players deep into a forest out of a dark fairy tale, where a long-imprisoned fey queen has returned – and evil creatures are stirring.

Featuring full-color art, (you can check out a few sample pages if you click the links above!) including a 12-page art and map appendix (so you can actually show the players what they see for each encounter!)

I would love to some reviews and otherwise hear what everyone thinks! :)

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No problem, as long as you were able to pick it up! :)

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Hey there!

This is a fairly self contained adventure (the action is within the forest) so it easily fits into any campaign world! What's more, there are some cool elements that can easily become part of a longer running campaign. There are even the seeds to a follow up adventure spinkled about :)

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I'm super over-the-moon excited to tell everyone that Shadows of the Dusk Queen, my first adventure with Kobold Press is now available at the Kobold Press store (and should also be available right here on Paizo.com shortly)!

Shadows of the Dusk Queen is a Pathfinder Roleplaying Game compatible adventure for 8th-level characters that takes players deep into a forest out of a dark fairy tale, where a long-imprisoned fey queen has returned – and evil creatures are stirring.

Featuring full-color art, (you can check out a few sample pages if you click the links above!) including a 12-page art and map appendix (so you can actually show the players what they see for each encounter!) Shadows of the Dusk Queen is great for groups who love dark fantasy adventure, or for GMs looking to shake things up by bringing a little fear to the table.

The whispers are getting louder. Do you dare take the forest path, and learn the secrets of the Dusk Queen?

Can't wait to hear what everyone thinks! :)

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This might be a dumb question, but ... I'm not sure why there is confusion on this. Did he die in the books? Does he get resurected by Melesandre in the books? Does he instead warg into someone/something else in the books? Obviously I've not read them, so I'm asking an honest question here.

Is the 'is he or isn't he' stuff because they've strayed far enough away from the books on this that it's up for debate now? Or maybe because this is about where things end in the ladt book?

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Interesting ...

I think I like the look of the show's thrown much better! :)

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Don't forget his column in ... Dungeon mag, wasn't it?

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Ah! Well ok then! :)

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Neongelion wrote:
Adam Daigle wrote:
That's actually off topic for this thread and probably isn't something folk need to get into here.

Agree 100%. Marc I'd just use Google Fu for that, it's a huge can of hideous, dire worms.

On topic: I really can't wait to get a hold of this "AGE" stuff, especially Titansgrave. I always felt like my homebrew sci-fi/fantasy/post-apoc setting doesn't sit well with Pathfinder, and this system seems much more flexible and rules-lite, which is also right up my alley.

Fair enough! I'll Google it to see what all the kerfuffle is about!

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Neongelion wrote:
Lord Snow wrote:
How could one dislike Wheton? He's so earnest about his hobbies, each of us nerds should just like that. Besides, he's charismatic and funny. And was in a Stephen King movie.

Well I personally disagreed with him on things involving certain controversies (coughgamergatecough) in the gaming industry.

Others don't like him because they find him to be a self-absorbed and arrogant who panders to the "nerd" culture way too hard.

I personally can't say I exactly see that in him, but the stuff he said about gamers was horribly overgeneralizing and made it seem like he was talking down to us, souring my opinion of him. But that's come and gone and I can't say I don't like the guy nowadays.

Mind if I ask what you are referring to with 'gamergate' and the 'stuff he said about gamers'? I'm not familiar with this ...

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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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Axolotl wrote:
I got some messages using Chrome 43, but I was able to turn them off. I can't update Safari at work (ahem, yes, I'm at work) as we use Hackintoshes (ahem) to run older versions of Pro Tools. None of that is your concern. :) Chrome is fine.

You, um, do realize there are millions of Macintosh users out there (including the folks at Paizo) and the majority of musicians using ProTools.

Just saying, since that sounded a little like a pot shot at the Mac :)

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I actually really like him.

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New page ... new reminder to click the FAQ button on the post toward the beginning of the thread (previous page).

So far we have about 57 FAQ requests and counting ...

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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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