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baron arem heshvaun wrote:
I wasn't aware it was a competition. But I guess if it's a higher priority for you that I watch television instead of finishing development on Heaven Unleashed, so be it. Book might be late as a result, though.
I watched the first three episodes last night and if I hadn't had so much work to do today, I'd have just stayed up and watched the whole series. It's soooo good. In some ways, I like it more than Daredevil, because it seems to get to the season-long conflict so much sooner than the slow build that Daredevil used. Then again, we'll see if it veers off in another direction that I don't see coming.
Thoughts So Far:
I love that they don't waste any time establishing her powers, Luke's powers, and Patsy, er, Trish's, history as a superhero herself.
Tennant is every bit as creepy as I expected him to be, and the depiction of PTSD they have going is perhaps the best I've ever seen.
Can't wait to watch the rest tonight. Who needs to sleep the night before flying 3000 miles to visit inlaws anyway, right?
As a huuuuuge Daredevil fan, I'm embarrassed to admit that I'm even more excited for JJ than I was for DD. I can probably attribute the current state of anticipation to the extremely high quality they established with DD, but still, never thought I'd be more excited for a show about anyone other than DD. I'me currently rereading Alias to brush up on her canonical elements before the show.
As for Iron Fist, they did hint at him in DD, since the drug runners put the symbol from his tattoo on their heroin packets. Rumors around NYCC hinted that Marvel might be canceling his series and the Inhumans movie, but neither has been confirmed (and I believe both have been outright denied).
Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
Just because we've made a mistake in the past doesn't mean we should keep doing so. But calling all those wigs is an easy enough solution, so I'm not too worried about it.
Mike Selinker wrote:
Yet only one runelord actually ruled from Xin-Shalast. The others ruled from their own capitals.
PDK PM'ed me about this and it'd be a shame if my response to him was only seen by his eyes, so here's information I provided about Mendev along the Egelsee River.
That's because none of them survived.
I've been a big fan of Moon Knight for a while now, and have recently gone back and read his origins (there are several versions), in the Epic Collection trade compilation released last year. I think there's a lot he has in common with the other "street-level" heroes they're doing Netflix series of, and he could make a great addition to that. I don't know if he'd be enough to carry a feature, but if DD (another fav of mine) can carry a TV show, then MK is more than capable of the same. I imagine that they'd wait to see how the mystical elements of Iron Fist are received before deciding if MK would include the Khonshu stuff or more of the straightforward mercenary with a bunch of personalities backstory.
Paladins of NG-adjacent deities are pretty well established in canon. And while you can be a paladin of Shelyn or Abadar, you still need to be LG to be a paladin, regardless of your deity's alignment.
We probably could have done a better job covering a more diverse range of alignments in the book's cities. We certainly made a point of ensuring the good/evil axis was covered.
While I don't think cities necessarily need to be more lawful than chaotic, it is important to remember that the goal of this book was to present settlements that were somewhat indicative of their respective regions. If they were outliers, existing beyond the scope of most other settlements in their nations, they wouldn't really meet that design goal.
Rest assured, there are chaotic-leaning settlements in all of the presented countries (except maybe in Kaoling), we just haven't detailed them yet.
If only I wasn't blind, I might actually be able to enjoy this a bit more... Still, visually inclined previews aside, I'm looking forward to this one.
Well that wasn't very accessible of us, was it. If you can access spoilered content, I've put the words from the shared sidebars below. Sorry for the inconvenience!
Playing a Garundi:
Playing a Garundi
Builders of empires and keepers of ancient arcane traditions, Garundi make gracious hosts and gregarious neighbors. Their communities can be found throughout the Inner Sea region.
IF YOU’RE GARUNDI, YOU LIKELY:
Playing a Keleshite:
Playing a Keleshite
Sophisticated empire builders and savvy traders, Keleshites are known across the Inner Sea region as urbane and courteous hosts, providers of opulent goods, and economic savants.
IF YOU’RE KELESHITE, YOU LIKELY:
Playing an Elf:
Playing an Elf
Elven society follows a stately course of highs and lows— despite their relatively recent resurgence, elves have lived on Golarion as long as humanity, and love to laugh, make friends, and try things on a whim.
IF YOU’RE AN ELF, YOU LIKELY:
Playing a Half-orc:
Playing a Half-Orc
Half-orcs are often treated as objects of derision and hatred. Their inner conflicts make them prone to resentment and loneliness, but they have a burning desire to survive.
IF YOU’RE A HALF-ORC, YOU LIKELY:
I like the fear eater, it's like an evil version of the caterpillar from Alice In Wonderland.
The fear eater was originally called the dread glutton and was picked up from RPG Superstar 2015. When brainstorming the book, we felt it was a great fit, and were happy to provide yet another avenue for Superstar contestants to see their work in print!
Alexander Augunas wrote:
I don't think Vic is the one managing that vault, though if he is, it's even safer than you imagine, because no one else knows about it.
Is Paizo in $$$ trouble?
No, but as with any business, we are continually performing cost/benefit analysis. In the case of book pricing increases, these are largely due to inflation and the rising cost of production. For the web fiction, Sutter pretty clearly addressed the reasons behind the end of the line—it's done its job and our resources are now better spent elsewhere.
The smaller a map, the harder it is to pack it full of tags, as they quickly clutter it and make it really hard to read. So if you're looking for the most comprehensive map to date, that's the Inner Sea Poster Map Folio. The next comprehensive map after that is the one that comes in the Inner Sea World Guide.
This book follows the same format as past "Unleashed" books, so no dedicated bestiary section presenting new monsters. That said, two of the individual creatures that receive statistics in the book are new unique creatures rather than variants of existing devils.
As mentioned above, there are currently no plans for "Devils Revisited" but that doesn't mean we won't ever do one. It's just not something currently being worked on or locked in as a future project.
I had the pleasure of working closely with you for a couple seasons of PFS, Mike, and they were among the best years I had working on the campaign. You've done amazing things with it since taking over. I still remember getting word that you were coming onboard (I was at home playing Half-Life 3 when Erik called me) and it's been incredible seeing what you've done since then. Best of luck in your future endeavors! I look forward to catching up one last time while you're in your Paizo blues at Gen Con.
Michael Dean wrote:
The issue we've continually run into is that once people have looked at stuff, they grab that stuff and get in the line to pay, and then that line stretches beyond the edges of the booth. By limiting the number of people in the booth at any given time, we can ensure that the line to pay never obstructs the walkway or becomes more than we can manage. So rather than waiting in line to pay with merchandise in hand, customers now spend that time in line outside the booth, allowing them to more quickly pay once they've had the time (as much as they need) to peruse the booth.
Oh, they can communicate. But his memories of life are likely very spotty, and he may not know exactly what emotion caused him to remain on the mortal coil instead of moving on. It is certainly an aspect of the character meant to be explored in the future, either in something Paizo releases or among players who are using her as a PC.