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Developer. FullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 7,775 posts (8,554 including aliases). 19 reviews. No lists. 3 wishlists. 5 Pathfinder Society characters. 19 aliases.


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xebeche wrote:
Mark Moreland stole my pen while playing Legendary. Who can I talk to about this? :P

I didn't steal it, you walked away before I could give it back. If you would like, I can have it placed in your sidecart and it will be returned along with your next subscription shipment (that's totally not a hassle, right Customer Service team?). In any case, the pen served me well for the rest of the con, and for that you should feel nothing but pride.

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We confirmed at PaizoCon that the six cities are located in (and written by): Arcadia (Adam Daigle); central Casmaron (James L. Sutter); Iblydos (John Compton); Kaoling (Rob McCreary); southern Garund (Crystal Frasier); Vudra (me!)

We'll have more information as the book gets closer to release.

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I liked that I got to see so many fans, volunteers, players, families, and business partners all concentrated in one hotel! So much Pathfinder-related fun!

The snooze button on my alarm clock could have worked better by allowing me to sleep in just a few more minutes each time I pressed it.

I suggest next year that everyone who didn't go to PaizoCon go.

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Kemiroch wrote:

Just like Marvel/Disney marketing, Black Widow is omitted :(

What is that scenery?

To be honest, I really looked for her. Among the thousands of Clix I have, it can be really hard to find any single figure, especially when said figure is relatively small and mostly black. I did find Gamora, but the GotG weren't as good a fit for this fight as the Avengers. Maybe next time I run it?

As for the terrain, those are something Lisa bought for the office from a Kickstarter, but what company produces them or if they're still available, I don't know.

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This thread is so much fun to read. I don't get to participate in this sort of wild speculation anymore, so thanks for letting me live vicariously through all of you. You still have 2 days to keep at it until we announce the next AP at the banquet, so keep it up!

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Sharoth wrote:

Alton Brown just called. He is haveing a Star Wars cooking show.

First, add blue food coloring to the milk.

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Star Wars Christmas special on repeat, 24/7? I'm down.

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It's also worth noting that the creative content of the novels is still being handled by Paizo. So if you've liked the level of diversity and representation of women and queer characters in past Pathfinder Tales novels, expect that to remain. While Tor is publishing the books and handling their distribution, Paizo is still developing the content within them.

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xavier c wrote:
Mark Moreland wrote:
xavier c wrote:

1)what is the Cervapral like?

2)what is Talmandor like?

They're both just celestial furries, really. Agathions. Geez.
Do you have a problem with furries?

No, just being sarcastically reductive of an entire subtype of outsider. They're anthropomorphic animals from the upper planes. Lulz.

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xavier c wrote:

1)what is the Cervapral like?

2)what is Talmandor like?

They're both just celestial furries, really. Agathions. Geez.

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Pillbug Toenibbler wrote:
Oooo, Southern Garund... can Crystal please write this section?

Funny you should request that...

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MMCJawa wrote:
Yay on getting more info, but Nay that we are cramming all of Golarion in one book...

We're keeping the details on each region limited to a gazetteer of a single city for each, so this book doesn't preclude further expansion of any of the areas in question. We didn't need to cram the entire Inner Sea region into Cities of Golarion or Towns of the Inner Sea, and this book will take largely the same format.

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The Redemption Engine features the city of Kaer Maga, written by the location's creator and Paizo's fiction editor, James L. Sutter. The first third of the Pathfinder's Journal novella, The Compass Stone (edited and largely written by Sutter), takes place in Varisia, with sections in such locations as Magnimar, Korvosa, Kaer Maga, and the Cinderlands. The novella, Light of a Distant Star, by Bill Ward, takes place in
Riddleport.

A number of web fiction short stories are also set in Varisia, including:


Looks like you've got quite the reading list

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I'm really excited for this event's sophomore offering, and look forward to discussing the wiki in depth with everyone who attends. Please feel free to ask any questions you might have, suggest topics for discussion, or declare your anticipation here!

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Why isn't my employee discount working, dammit!?

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Turin the Mad wrote:

Arcadia needs a clean break from "humans, humans, everywhere". Why not a lizardfolk Empire, a theocracy of sentient tyrannosaurs or any number of other possibilities instead of " oh, look, more humans / [insert PC race here] ".

If there's a time to take a step into an alien culture that isn't dead set on turning everyone into slime-covered meat snacks (aboleths) or slave labor meat snacks (serpentfolk) but has their own distinct culture, Arcadia is the place.

Considering there's the lizardfolk nation of Droon in southern Garund, we are unlikely to also place one in Arcadia. That said, there are a ton of races that don't yet have a corner of the map to call their own, so it's entirely possible another "monstrous" race will get their own civilization in Arcadia as well as other places on the map.

As to whether Arcadia is the best fit for where alien, monster people live, that's a tricky question. One of the goals of the Pathfinder campaign setting is that there be representation for players of all sorts, and that includes many players who identify as native american (of any number of specific heritages). To insinuate, even unintentionally, that people from Arcadia (read "America") are monster people that you won't be able to easily identify with is less than ideal.

So expect something akin to Tian Xia with Arcadia and our other unexplored continents—many humans of varying ethnicities, as well as a smattering of other races, from elves and dwarves and gnomes to new ones, such as nagaji, wayangs, and samsarans were for the Dragon Kingdoms.

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Qstor wrote:
Flynn Greywalker wrote:
I believe an Inca/Maya people will be part of Arcadia, once they do campaign books on this continent. I also believe the Native American like cultures will pop up.

I don't think there's any plans for a sourcebook on Arcadia.

Mike

Have we ever indicated anywhere that there wouldn't be a book on Arcadia?

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Such wording is present in every posting we do, primarily because it needs to be clear from the onset that you must be local to work here; telecommuting is not an option. So while it sounds like it restricts people from other parts of the country/world from applying, it is just a roundabout way of saying that you must be a resident of the Seattle area by the time you start working. We have had a number of folks (myself included) hired from far, far away with the understanding that we would be Seattle residents as soon as possible.

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Goddity wrote:
So if its a play by post, what happens during the hammer bit?

GMs are responsible for their own air travel for such instances. Paizo cannot be held responsible for uncomfortable flights or poor quality airline "food" en route.

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The signup sheet is next to the pool on the roof.

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I thought the Heffalump was an editorial department thing. We'll have to hire someone new to get it back on our side of the building.

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Julie, we have to get you an avatar on here. There's like a law or something against Paizo staff not having custom pictures next to their names.

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Nah, it's the other Jason that really doesn't like armor spikes. We developers have natural armor against such meager weapons and don't fear them at all.

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The White Lion wrote:

I am working on an entire book in the setting of pathfinder's world of Golarion and would like to know if there is any way it could possibly become an established Pathfinder Tales book if the people of Paizo liked it enough?

I am thinking of adding one of my own created monsters as a substantial part of the story and would they or would they not accept that in a Pathfinder Tales book?

We cannot accept unsolicited novel submissions, and any such material we receive we cannot read to protect ourselves from legal action down the road. So the short answer to your question is, "no, your book cannot be released as official Pathfinder content." Since that's the case, you are free to add whatever items of your own creation to the book that you see fit. You're also encouraged to share your work with the community, such as on the Pathfinder fan fiction website, Pathfinder Chronicler or (for shorter pieces) the Wayfinder fanzine. You can also share them under the terms of our Community Use Policy, which permits the non-commercial use of our intellectual property under certain conditions, as detailed in the policy itself.

Best of luck, and thanks for your interest in adding to the Pathfinder world with your own creative contributions!

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Different people gain different benefits from a varied level of organization. Let's not question why or whether or not it's necessary for the OP to organize his library and instead help him find the system that works best for him. It's not up to anyone but him what that "best" is.

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Dustin Ashe wrote:
Mark Moreland wrote:
I could write just as much about how I organize my vast Pathfinder digital library for fast navigation both via directory trees and searching, but that wasn't the question. For physical books, you really can't go wrong with a product line/alphabetical title organization scheme.
Mark, can you please write about how to organize your vast Pathfinder digital library for fast navigation?

Yes! I posted some screenshots of my directories on my tumblr, but I can also go into it as best I can here, too.

The primary goal for me with my digital asset organization is efficiency and thoroughness. As the keeper of canon, it's important for me to have easy access to a library that is both complete and navigable/searchable. I have a directory I keep on my Dropbox that syncs between my personal computer and my office computer, simply called Pathfinder. That's where all the magic happens.

In the Pathfinder folder are the following subfolders:

Spoiler:

• Adventure Card Game
—Characters
—Pathfinder Society Adventure Card Guild
...Season 0 - Season of the Shackles
—Rise of the Runelords
—Skull & Shackles
• Adventure Paths
—Carrion Crown
—etc
• Bestiaries & Monster Ecologies
• Deities & Religion
• Fiction
—Comics
—Journals
—Novels
—Short Fiction
• Game Aids
• Geography & Locations
• Golarion General
• History
• Inhabitants and People
• KQ
• Maps
—GameMastery
—Interactive Maps
• Modules
—3.5
—PRPG
• Organizations
• Pathfinder Legends
—Rise of the Runelords
...1 Burnt Offerings
...etc
• Pathfinder Online
• Pathfinder Society
—Chronicle Sheets
—Guides
—Pregenerated Characters
—Quests
—Scenarios
...Ruins of Bonekeep
...Season 0
...etc
...Season 6 - Year of the Sky Key
...xxx Retired
• Pawns
• Planes & Planets
• RPG
—Beginner Box
—Playtests
• xxx_Misc
• xxx_To Sort

Because I'm generally looking for efficiency, I break everything up into the unit size I'm most likely to use it in. Thus, backmatter articles from the Adventure Path go are split up by articles and sorted by subject rather than as a whole book, but Campaign Setting books are generally organized by whole book (with the exception of some of the Revisited books, where each individual monster gets its own chapter, sorted by monster name in "Bestiaries & Monster Ecologies". In some cases I have shortcuts to a specific PDF in other folders, like aliases of the hardcover bestiaries in the "Bestiaries & Monster Ecologies" folder, with the actual files living in the "RPG" folder.

I put inside front/back covers, forewords, backmatter, and frontmatter files in the "xxx_Misc" folder. This keep the OGL/Ad pages, covers, and tables of contents out of the way when navigating the rest of the files, but maintains searchability of them since some inside covers (especially in the AP line) contain canon we don't want to lose.

The "xxx_To Sort" folder contains files I've recently downloaded or that have been updated since I last downloaded them. This keeps them searchable but lets me do all the organization of specific files in large chunks instead of several times a month.

I set up a shortcut to a specific set of search parameters, namely searching the contents of files and only searching within the root "Pathfinder" folder. This allows me to query the entire library of canon in one go with the minimum number of steps. Because I use a Mac both at home and at the office, I can put the entire directory in the dock for easy access, meaning I can do canon keyword/proper noun searches while working in Word, inCopy, or on the messageboards or wiki.

The system works primarily because everything is clearly labeled (so I know what I'm looking at when I get a screen or two worth of search results) and complete, so nothing slips through the cracks because it was beyond the scope of the search. Setting this up took a lot of time initially, but not it's a breeze to maintain, and since I can sync it between computers, it means I don't have to duplicate work or try to remember what computer I downloaded the errata'ed version of the APG onto.

Anyway, that's what I've got. Hope that helps!

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We have not had interns for almost a year. After what happened to the last few, we deemed it an inefficient investment. Now the warehouse raptors are too full for interns; they'd have nowhere to put them!

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I believe Crystal has now officially become the Paizo employee to have worked in the most departments. Third time's a charm!

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Moar developerz!

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Okay, I'm going to keep posting!

It is possible to use the Dewey Decimal System for Pathfinder books, but you'd need to use the whole system within the set of Pathfinder products.

000 Generalities
• Here I'd put all the setting-neutral hardcovers, though I'm not sure exactly where. Perhaps under 003. They really don't fit anywhere else.

• Printed copies of the Compleat Encounters, the Alpha or Beta playtests, and other esoterica would go under 093, as they represent the Pathfinder equivalent of Incunabula.

100 Philosophy and Psychology
• Here we have books like "Faiths and Philosophies" (duh) and probably the "Champions" player companions, as those are about being a follower of a religion more than the religions themselves.

• Theoretical future books on alignments rather than deities would also go here. That's sort of what the "Champions" books are already, at least moreso than the "Faiths of" companions.

200 Religion
• "Inner Sea Gods", "Gods and Magic", "Faiths of" player companions, and other books explicitly about religion or deities go here.

• If we were to break Adventure Path volumes up into their constituent articles, the deity articles would be included here.

• Character sheets and character folios go under 126.

• The 130s seem like they will be filling up rather quickly soon, and can already hold "Occult Mysteries" and perhaps "Mystery Monsters Revisited"

300 Social Sciences

• Most of your "People of" books are going to go here, as they're Pathfinder anthropology.

• "Ships of the Inner Sea" would likely go here, likely under 359

• "Inner Sea Combat" would be under 355.

400 Language

• If we ever did an in-world dictionary of Aklo or Elven or Shadowtongue or whatever, this is where it'd go. I don't really think anything we've previously published really belongs here, though.

500 Natural Sciences and Mathematics

• In Golarion, magic is as much a science as alchemy, so I'd put things like "Inner Sea Magic" here, along with "Alchemist's Manual" substituting magic for physics and alchemy for chemistry, so 530s and 540s.

• the 520s seem a perfect place for "Distant Worlds"

• the 590s would need to be expanded beyond simple zoology, as the Pathfinder world contains more than animals. Rather, I think a different decimal for each creature type might be fitting, at least those that are naturally occurring. Here we find the "Revisited" books save perhaps for "Undead Revisited" and "Demons Revisited" as I feel like undead and outsiders really belong elsewhere.

600 Technology

• This seems the natural fit for books about items, like "Adventurer's Armory", "Magical Marketplace", and "Technology Guide"

700 The Arts

• We haven't really done much with the arts themselves, but I could see a book on temples or dungeons or other themed structures being included along with architecture in the 720s.

• Articles on in-world games, such as those in the 'Golden Goblin' article from Second Darkness go under 795.

800 Literature and Rhetoric

• Since we're looking at this from an in-world perspective, I'd include all novels and other works of fiction in here, as 814 or 818, depending if you considered them essays about their protagonist(s) or just general writing. They certainly wouldn't interpret them as fictional, however. A story about the fairy tales that inspired the harrow, though, would be placed under 813

• 'The Trials of Larazod' would certainly go under drama here.

• I imagine you could replace the various non-English languages in the existing system with Elven, Dwarves, etc. but they would be empty, as all our books are published in Common.

900 Geography and History

• Oh man, is this a full category!

• The 910s are going to hold all your world-wide geographical books, in which I'd include "The Inner Sea World Guide."

• Cities and nations in Avistan and Garund that have their own sourcebooks would go in 914 and 915, respectively, replacing Europe and Africa with their Golarion counterparts. Anything that is primarily a gazetteer belongs here.

• "Dragon Empires Gazetteer" and "Dragon Empires Primer" go under 915.

• Fiction could arguably go in the 920s if it were considered a biography of the characters within. I could certainly see Varian Jeggare considering novels in which he appears as biographies rather than, gasp, works of fiction.

• I would place adventures in the "history" sections of their respective regions, personally, as they most embody accounts of events similar to a history book recounting battles or the journey of a particular person through a trying time. I can't really see anywhere else these go.

• The 930s are going to hold "Lost" books, like "Lost Treasures", "Lost Cities", and "Lost Kingdoms"

• "Distant Worlds" could arguably go in 999 as well, but I like it in Astronomy as it currently is.

Ultimately, using the established Dewey Decimal System to categorize books within the set of Pathfinder books leaves out large topics that simply don't exist in the real world.

Undead: Do they go under religion? The paranormal? Are they simply a different type of animal under zoology?

Planes and Outsiders: Metaphysics? Geography? Zoology?

We have no analogues to these and other topics in our world or at least not in the DDS.

So there you have it.

You won. I have now wasted FAR TOO MUCH TIME doing this. Are you happy now?!

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As a former library employee and the closest thing Paizo has to a librarian, let me say that this thread sets off all the OCD triggers. In a good way (I think?)

I have found that most book types, as the OP mentioned, self-sort when organized by product line and then alphabetically by title/numerically for numbered volumes. This puts all similarly titled groups—like "Blood of", "Champions of", "Faiths of", and "People of" player companions—together.

I know when I am looking for a particular book, I'm rarely looking for "that one player companion from 2012" so chronological sorting does me little good. Even for adventures, I generally know what book I'm looking for before going to the shelf, so they're organized to help me quickly find that one, rather than by groupings I'm not using as often (level, location, now-defunct numbering system, etc.)

Because of the ever growing number of Pathfinder titles, I've had to split the collection up on a number of shelves, as I imagine most people do. I keep all adventures together on one shelf, so that's all AP volumes, the RotR hardcover, all modules, and Emerald Spire. Another shelf has all the fiction (including collected comic book hardcovers), while a third shelf has all setting-neutral rulebooks. Still another shelf holds all campaign setting and player companion books.

I have prepared for but not yet undertaken a project to create spine-readable labels for the 32-page books that are currently difficult to find when shelved.

I could write just as much about how I organize my vast Pathfinder digital library for fast navigation both via directory trees and searching, but that wasn't the question. For physical books, you really can't go wrong with a product line/alphabetical title organization scheme.

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Wow! One of the great things about Paizo growing and expanding into more than just RPG publishing is that I occasionally find myself surprised by a development from another department. This is just such an instance! Very excited to see what the community comes up with and get professionally printed copies of new cards to expand the game beyond its current boundaries.

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Any references to obscure 1990's video game tie-in comic books will be more subtle than that.

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Beware, goblins do not keep written records of deposit, so there's no guarantee you'll ever see your coins again.

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It's not from a 3PP, but you might want to check out Pathfinder Unchained when it comes out.

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Dave Gross wrote:
Ross, you know you could probably stroll over to Sutter's office and get an advanced peek, right?

That's quite a stroll, Dave!

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Miiiiight beeee...

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Getting back to the original question and ignoring the unwelcome vitriol between the OP and this one:

I think the best way to increase female participation (or, heck, participation of anyone who isn't oneself) is to be sensitive to their experiences and requests.

Some requests don't need to be stated, because they're taken for granted, as has been indicated elsewhere in this thread. One doesn't expect to need to ask others not to lick them, for example. Being licked by a stranger would make anyone uncomfortable, and thus we've accepted as a society that licking other people is not ok. We can sympathize with the victim in this situation, because we can all imagine being licked by a stranger.

To make gaming spaces (or any space, for that matter) welcoming to people not like oneself, be that someone of a different gender, race, class, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religion, physical or mental disability, etc, etc, etc, one must—at the bare minimum—be open to the fact that their experiences are also different, and there are therefore circumstances that are going to make them uncomfortable that might not even occur to you. And that's ok. No one expects everyone to anticipate every possible situation that will make another person uncomfortable. But when someone states their personal experience or makes a request to avoid discomfort, accepting that experience as valid and honoring the request to the best of your ability are the bare minimum required to make that person feel welcome in the space.

Being asked to change your behavior for another's benefit, or simply acknowledging experiences that do not mirror your own or that you haven't personally witnessed does not make you a victim. It makes you a human being in a society of other human beings. So if your aim is to increase the diversity of the other human beings in the microcosm of society that plays games together at a given event or location, be open to listening, accepting others' requests at face value, and making what changes you can to accommodate those requests. If you aren't willing to do that, you likely aren't genuine in your claims of wanting diversity and inclusiveness in your gaming group.

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Ultimately, Pharasma still judges every soul, so it might not be true in every case. A paladin who happens to fall down the stairs (ha, a fallen paladin) would still likely be sent to Heaven, and a demoniac that gets run over by a cart would still probably end up in the Abyss. A neutral evil soul, however, that died a meaningless death could be sent to any one of a number of evil gods' realms, so it might be that Zyphus gets those souls. His followers, who actively try to kill people in meaningless and (supposedly) accidental ways are certainly evil, and would be dogeared for Zyphus's realm in the afterlife.

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LoneKnave wrote:

Well, returning only affects throwing weapons, so unless the grenade launcher has a Throwing property as well, it wouldn't do much.

And even if it did, it'd probably not work like you expect (unless you expect to throw away your grenade launcher and then have it return after it bonk'd someone in the head).

It was largely a joke, but thank you for the further clarification. :-P

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We specifically changed the scale of the map for the Pathfinder Society Field Guide because it was too small in Guide to Absalom, so the latter scale is the one to use.

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I grew up in Kansas City, so everything involves steak.

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To add to James's more thorough analysis, I could see someone wanting to enhance a launcher with other abilities, such as seeking, distance, bane, or speed, which would be much more effective than the base enhancement bonus. Don't make a +1 returning grenade launcher, however.

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Bellona wrote:
Does anyone know who was responsible for the Pain Taster prestige class' revised write-up in Occult Mysteries? I would really like to get some answers to the questions above ...

As the lead developer on the project, I'm the one ultimately responsible, and those questions should come to me. Since I'm here, I can answer them! (Note that I already wrote a really long post doing just that, but RPG Superstar voting knocked the site out just prior to my finishing the post. I hope my repeated effort is not wasted.)

”Bellona” wrote:

The Disciple of Pain class ability refers to daily hour-long self-torture routines, both the more intentse "starter" versions and the less intense "follow-up" versions. But nowhere do I see the hit point damage and other damage caused by these routines. And there must be some, considering both the descriptions and the reference under the Pain Mastery class ability.

Did something get left out, or am I suffering from selective blindness?

The ritual involved in the disciple of pain class ability does not deal hit point damage. To do so would make it one of the few class abilities that came with a built-in burden to characters who take levels in the class. The rituals are meant to be primarily flavorful means by which a character gains the benefit, similar to deific obediences from Inner Sea Gods or to a wizard preparing spells for the day. If a GM wishes to play out this hour-long ritual, she is welcome to do so, but we didn’t want to hard-code a penalty or hit point tax into the rules for all players. The reference to hit point damage in the pain mastery description is a legacy from changes made to the class last-minute that slipped through the cracks (see below).

“Bellona” wrote:


And why did the authordeveloper (fixed that for you) remove the reference to the Fortitude DC 15 (or Will DC 20) saving throw needed to survive the initiation rite into the prestige class?

Because a character shouldn’t risk death when attempting to level up. As with many special requirements for entry into a prestige class (such as a Hellknight killing a devil or a Pathfinder Chronicler selling a written work for a certain amount of money), they are primarily flavorful elements to further cement the character into the theme of the prestige class in question. Individual GMs may choose to make this ritual into a much larger part of the campaign, and by not hard-coding how it works into the class, it gives GMs the freedom to push the boundaries of what her players are comfortable with as she sees fit. As written, the ritual may be attempted many times in the lead-up to a character’s entry into the prestige class, and a failure should be an opportunity for a more intricate story rather than an opportunity to make a new character.

”Set” wrote:

In addition to that, I observed earlier that the 5th level Pain Mastery ability appears to be designed around the Disciple of Pain class ability, but instead refers to the Masochism ability (both in name and mechanics, sacrificing hit points for a bonus).

I imagine that, during conversion / updating, something got changed in mid-design, and not all changes were propogated successfully.

Your assessment is correct (see above). In order to fit the class on a single spread, we had to make some adjustments to its text in the late stages of editing and development, and this ability in particular changed pretty significantly. Pain mastery should work in conjunction with disciple of pain rather than masochism, as a result. If we ever pick the prestige class up elsewhere, we’ll aim to make the necessary adjustments to the language to clarify this.

I think that’s all the actual questions that remained unanswered. Sorry for the long delay!

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Sir, this is the Grand Lodge. Will you please keep your voice down?

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Not a secret.

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James Jacobs wrote:
Adam Daigle wrote:
Hayato Ken wrote:
....I do hope it won´t all be somehow conquered and colonized territory....
Don't worry. I'll fight that approach as much as I possibly can. :)
And since I'm on the same page entirely as Adam... he won't have to fight that approach at all.

That's what the Aztecs thought. Colonists often have other plans...

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Orthos wrote:
Use Calibre to convert into format your Kindle can read.

I read all of our fiction on my Kindle using this conversion method. It adds an extra step, but only about another minute or so all told.

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As the author of this scenario some 5 years ago, seeing it recapped in this manner, for this purpose, made me ever so happy. Please play your characters through other scenarios I wrote. I want to read how psychic magic works in those, too!

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