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The White Lion wrote:
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!
Joshua Hagan 64 wrote:
Hmm, I guess I am not allowed to post the blurb from Sins of the Saviors. It appears that my post was removed.
Correct. The posting of verbatim text from any of our books is not permitted. You are free to paraphrase and summarize the contents of the section in question, however. We're not trying to hide the information, but rather the copyrighted text from our book.
Dustin Ashe wrote:
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:
• Adventure Card Game
—Pathfinder Society Adventure Card Guild
...Season 0 - Season of the Shackles
—Rise of the Runelords
—Skull & Shackles
• Adventure Paths
• Bestiaries & Monster Ecologies
• Deities & Religion
• Game Aids
• Geography & Locations
• Golarion General
• Inhabitants and People
• Pathfinder Legends
—Rise of the Runelords
...1 Burnt Offerings
• Pathfinder Online
• Pathfinder Society
...Ruins of Bonekeep
...Season 6 - Year of the Sky Key
• Planes & Planets
• 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!
It was my pleasure, Romaq. Don't read too much into my last sentence there. I just had a realization as I was about to submit that how much "real" work I could have done in the same time. But a man needs to be able to let loose and nerd out about the taxonomy of books every once in a while, so thanks for the opportunity.
Please post the final DDS designations you give the volumes in your collection when you're done with 'em.
Dustin Ashe wrote:
Maybe someday, but the above post will have to suffice for now.
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.
• 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
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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?!
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.
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.
The cited sources from the article you linked to are the only placed to date that have mentioned the town of Dunholme. It began as a simple name-drop in the Bestiary section of Pathfinder #13, and has since appeared on maps of Taldor but has not been expanded upon in any way. You are free to use it in your game however works best for your story :-D
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I'm saddened by this news, as I played with Rick a number of times while I lived in New York. I'll always remember a game of The Frozen Fingers of Midnight he ran as a slot 0 for me and other GMs in the NYC PFS region, because it was during this game that I learned of the passing of my grandmother. Rick was extremely caring that night, and while I continued the game, he was very understanding and gave me as much time as I needed to compose myself. I hadn't played with Rick for many years before reading this, but I remember him as a kind, fair, and fun GM, and I'm sad for the New Jersey Pathfinder Society community, his family, and many friends.
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.
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.
That is not an official Paizo product, and actually violates a number of the terms of the various licenses we provide to allow people to make fan-generated content using Paizo's trademarks, artwork, and other intellectual property.
Will we get specific half-fiend (devil) templates for each core devil in this manual?
No, those appeared in Demons Revisited, and would likely appear in a similar Devils Revisited were we to do one. Rather than explore each type of devil in a general sense, this book will present specific members of different diabolic races (and some non-diabolic denizens of Hell as well) in the same manner we did for dragons and undead in their respective "Unleashed" titles.
It was largely a joke, but thank you for the further clarification. :-P
In the same way an enhanced bow or sling applies its bonus to ammunition fired with it, a +1 grenade launcher would increase the to-hit bonus of attacks made with the launcher by 1, and increase the damage dealt by the fired ammunition by 1 as well. You are correct that the enhancement bonus would also be applied to any combat maneuvers associated with the weapon.
I wonder if this book will implement a Nemesis system for taking out Belkzen's captains and warchiefs. ;)
It will not. Many, many warchiefs are named and given class levels, however, so you can set your sights on any number of them to eliminate if you wish. There's no new rules subsystem introduced in the book, however.
I had a similar thought when the game was still in development a few years back and made a version of each of the Doctors, with regeneration simply replacing the old Doctor with the new one, and transferring over the same number of upgrades to the new incarnation. They each had a different set of abilities and stats based on their specific flavors (Reverse the Polarity for the Third Doctor, Jelly Babies for the Fourth Doctor, etc.) with slightly different stats.
I also toyed around with a few Companions, monsters, and items, like the sonic screwdriver, psychic paper, and different types of Dalek.
Ultimately, the task of creating a whole game in addition to my normal responsibilities was more than I had time for, and knowing that even if I completed it, I'd never be able to do anything with it without a license led me to give up the effort.
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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.)
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).
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.
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!
I'd look at the average wealth by level of the PCs and decide on a value that seems appropriate. If one character is severely underequipped, an item of more value might make sense for her. If they're all on target for their level, I'd let each of them select an item that takes them about 20% of the way to their next wealth tier, as long as it was a single item. It's ultimately up to you as the GM, but the PCs should feel like they have actually attained something of value and that will be useful for them as a result of their success.
They're not PDF format, but Dynamite does offer Pathfinder comics (along with their other titles) digitally through Comixology.