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Goblin Squad Member. RPG Superstar 7 Season Star Voter. Pathfinder Society Member. 2,060 posts (28,265 including aliases). No reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 29 aliases.


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Safely in Sydney... but still sorting out interwebs collywobbles.

Safely in Sydney... but still sorting out interwebs collywobbles

Safely in Sydney... but still sorting out interwebs collywobbles.

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Google is your friend:
GMP Miniatures
Blue Table Painting

There are a lot more out there - those are just the top couple that came up on google when searching for miniature painting service.

I would re-suggest using your local gaming shop if possible as well. Put up a flyer and you'd probably be able to find someone happy to do it on a payment or a product-in-lieu-of-payment basis.

Mark of interest to investigate.

After due consideration and with the wealth of other interest I figure I won't be missed... and am therefore pulling myself out of contention.

Good luck to every and all others.

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Bloody Jack is a beautifully brutal and evocative introduction into the setting. The redacted and the bit with the redacted... oh and the denouement where the redacted, redacted at the redacted.

Consider the whistle well wet and salivating for the rest of the goodies.

Waves - reaffirming my intent to submit a Tortured Crusader Paladin (archetype is from Horror Adventures). He won't be a fine or mighty dwarf, instead being somewhat of a broken Stoic.

Abadar is the most Vulcan.

I'll toss in an interest chit - specifically for the dwarven side of the equation (hankering to run a Tortured Crusader Paladin).

I do have some exposure to the AP on the GM side of the screen and even ran part of it on the boards here - but it was long enough ago that I've legitimately forgotten most of it anyway :P

Jesse Heinig wrote:
What is the "troubled history" of this AP? Players who are aware of it could certainly work to help get around it.

Basically that it hasn't been finished and doesn't look like it's going to be in the foreseeable future. Some of the content has been release (either 2 or 3 volumes) but the tail end of the campaign will potentially be homebrew - which the GM has indicated he's comfortable running with.

Respectfully and with well wishes then I shall withdraw my interest.

Interested... but only if there is no Commissar involved.

I just find that the disparity in assumed power between a rank and file soldier - and the 'beyond reproach, cannot be questioned, fully within his rights to shoot you in the head' Commissar to be too much.

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The end is near. I hear a noise at the door, as of some immense slippery body lumbering against it. It shall not find me. God, that hand! The window! The window!

Apologies for being a bit late getting in on this (though in my defence I was floating around offshore on an oil rig for the last two weeks).

I was a backer for both of the Artisan Dice kickstarters - the original d6 edition as well as the polyhedral, plus I've ordered a couple of sets separately. Here's my TL/DR recommendation if you're thinking of ordering from them... don't.

Crap photo of my dice
Artisan dice are the second row - top are standard, and bottom two are ceramic

For Length:
The three poly sets that I ordered and received (Purple Heart, Lignum Vitae, and a Rainbow set) are nice as a novelty, but they do have some issues. Mis-centered numbers and readability issues are the higher order, and the D4 specifically 'feels' a bit undersized and delicate. I think they'd hold up quite well to general play (covered table, or a Wyrmwood dice tower, or the like) but 'may' suffer if you're someone who often sends dice flying off the table onto hard floor or the like.

The d6s I received earlier are better - with only minor blemish issues. Some of them I like alot (my Holm oak set, plus a set of 4 x liars dice I got originally), and they hold up well to play and rolling.

The hand feel of wood dice can vary quite a lot as well - denser woods feel more 'sturdy' while others are lighter than plastics.

The other elephant in the room is that in all honesty they don't offer good service. Their first kickstarter over promised and under-delivered after many delays. Their second is worse... significantly so. I've personally written off the $300 ish I've put in as a loss, as I just don't see them following through on some of the work. Their KS comment / update section portrays the full story - but it's a very very long read with a massive tail end of vitriol.

Their online order is a minimum 6-8 weeks delay, though you're likely looking at longer.
Relevant reddit discussions are here

That said - some of their work is good - the signature sets they put up on the last KS were really well done. But I would only buy complete sets - that are physically in front of you at the time. That way you can get the important 'hand feel'- plus you get instant payoff for your investiture. I believe they will be at GenCon?

I don't believe anyone else is doing wooden poly sets though. There are some other cool poly dice out there - like:
Prism dice - though not yet received in hand.
Gemstone dice - really nice... though wouldn't cope with dropping off the table. Also numbers are applied rather than engraved.

Unfortunately my favorite set is from a company that I don't think is operating any more: Black Rock Relics - which are ceramic dice. Beautifully done, sharp edges and tough as nails.

If you want to get your wood on though - I'd heartily recommend the fine folks at Wyrmwood for pimped out accessories - maybe one day they'll branch out onto dice...

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Been there and done that previously with a poisoner gnome Bard that used illusions for stage effects and his flute doubled as a blowgun.

Would be interested to tag along, but don't have the time right now to commit to details (I am working offshore on an oil rig for the next couple of months).

So here's a dot, hope you rock on... and maybe hire a roadie / session musician at a later stage.

NSFW due to language - but these are well worth a watch and chuckle.

The summary blurb from IMDB:
Fed up with the Magical Realm's obsession with large-scale fantasy warfare, Jack the Wizard decides to migrate to the sanest place he can think of: Melbourne's Western suburbs. After accidentally causing Flinders Street Station to turn ever so slightly into a giant Fish monster, his existence (and that of his fellow magical immigrants) is revealed to the Australian public. Fearing a backlash against himself and his kind, Jack swears off using magic in a bid to better assimilate into human life. But of course, fitting in was never going to be easy when people tend to get a bit 'explode-y' whenever you sneeze...

With re-spect and re-gret I'll withdraw my dot. Won't be in an adequate and appropriate headspace to put together a character I'll be happy with.

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Við hleifi mic seldo ne viþ hornigi,
nysta ec niþr,
nam ec vp rvnar,
opandi nam,
fell ec aptr þaðan.

Or... you know... dot :)


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SmiloDan wrote:
I just finished reading The Aeronaut's Windlass and the cat character Rowl is extremely racist against humans, and it makes him really annoying. I think he's supposed to be kind of cool, but because he's always acting stuck up, and totally discounting everyone else (even other cats, so I guess he's also a misfelid) but it makes him dumb. And he's supposed to be clever, quick, intuitive, and tough.

*Raises eyebrow* - that isn't so much racism as it is Blue and Orange Morality. I had no issues whatsoever with the manner in which Rowl was presented.

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Congratulations to ol' Blighty... and heartfelt commiserations to all of us as we'll play witness to her birthing.

Now that the funding is done, now begins the long cold night before dawning twilight throws light upon her beauty... can't wait!

Stepping into hostile territory here... but the Punisher has a great deal of potential if done right, and forms an important part of the moral world of superhero-ing.

Done right he is not a 'common thug' or just someone who likes 'murdering criminals'... he's an extension of moral absolutism given literal flesh. The unwavering belief that people who cross the line deserve to be 'punished' and an unwillingness to compromise regardless the circumstances.

The contrast of that against a more morally grounded character like Daredevil has the nugget of a great empathic piece within it. Whether Punisher works as a standalone series is another thing entirely though.

ShinHakkaider - the reasons you quote for liking the Operative from Serenity is an example of a Punisher style character done right.

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WormysQueue - the money that you pledge specifically on the kickstarter will be charged at the close of the kickstarter in a few days.

There will likely be an additional time to pick up some more add-ons during the Backerkit phase - which will be at a later date. This is also when shipping will likely be collected as well.

It's worth kicking in as much as you think you can on the kickstarter though - as it will count for stretch goals.

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Not long now precious... not long at all...

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In the swirling twilight of dusk and soft lit by foglights in the canker... hot as bro

Just re-iterating what others have stated - if you're looking to get a start DM'ing a PbP, starting with a module or a PFS scenario is a great way to do it. It'll help round out your own style, preferences and whatnot before you get into the hard slog of a full blown AP.

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I'm rolling deep... wallowing in fact...

List of Applicants:
  • drbuzzard
  • Wolfgang Rolf
  • Ammon Knight of Ragathiel
  • Black Dow
  • scranford
  • Spazmodeus
  • Lady Ladile
  • Jamzilla
  • Christopher Rowe
  • oyzar
  • Korak The Boisterous
  • Storyteller Shadow
  • _Aer recruitment placeholder
  • Redbeard the Scruffy
  • Dalgar the Great
  • Ictoo
  • GM Giuseppe
  • Gaming Ranger
  • French Wolf
  • Doomed Hero
  • Dreaming Warforged
  • Kater85
  • GM Tribute
  • Mark Sweetman
  • The Lion Cleric
  • PatheticWretch
  • Xunal
  • Twigs
  • Hayato Ken

29 applicants down from my count - interesting list too... full of memories for me.
Humble apologies if I've mistyped anything in there.

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What kind of player you are?
Four parts roleplayer, three parts rollplayer, a dash of the obscure, splash of the absurd, sprinkling of the verbose and steep the contents in the dark until pungent...
That is to say that I tend to enjoy the word heavy aspects of the genre, particularly in the PbP form, though I also appreciate the more structured and tactical aspects of the system. I can play t'wards the comedic and bizarre, or straight down the line - but I have a preference towards tales where grey is more prevalent than black and white.

What is your favourite campaign setting?
Golarion - though it's with pains that the answer is given. Golarion has been my RPG home for years and is that which comes most freely and easily to my mind when turned to thought. The breadth and scope of the world - presence of nigh all tropes under the sun and the heady prevalence and relevance make it an o'er easy answer though.
I am most looking forward to 'The Blight' which shall be Messr Pett's magnum opus though... as it looks like this answer might change to that when it finally is given fetid breath.
Honorable mentions to Planescape, Ravenloft and Shadows of Esteren.

Have you ever played or read partially or completely the Shackled City before?
Nope - neither played nor read. The closest I've come to it was an application to a PbP made a while ago

What made you decide to apply?
The timbre and tone struck in the initial post, the presence of some old sparring partners in the recruitment thread, the desire to be involved in the pitched AP itself, and the challenge of putting together a cohesive party with whomever might be blessed by the DM's touch.

Supplemental Tidbits:
Given your statement of looking through some of my aliases for details - I thought I'd highlight a few of the better / worst:
Dibbets - for the splash of absurdity and a four year plus old game.
Qhude - for the emotionally heavy mixed roll/role and narrative driven game
Phillip Hargreaves - for a very very heavy RP focused game with depth of narratives and characters.

Thrymr Nithinger - for games where I have crashed and burned due to personality / expectation conflicts.
DM Voice of the Voiceless - for the manner in which my DM aspirations have waxed and waned over time, and for proof that my vexing inefficiency as a DM has not affected my application as a player.

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Richard Pett wrote:
Plus, there's a handy list of 7 words for each district, that will hopefully survive in their current form where the words are sized to their relevance by district in a wordcloud way

Nice :) - is there somewhere that's unctuous? I've always liked that word.

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Richard Pett wrote:
There are lots of fantastic settings on the market, but to me, great though those settings are, they only really come to life when you walk the streets – when you and your friends take in the air, mingle with the locals and soak yourselves in the atmosphere of the place imagination has birthed.

Case in point

Each of the districts gets a run down on how it looks, sounds, smells and feels - which will be a great help in building that immersion.

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Been there, backed the heck out of it.

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Frog Gods: You, sir, should unmask.
Pett: Indeed?
Frog Gods: Indeed it's time. We have all laid aside disguise but you.
Pett: I wear no mask.
Frog Gods: (Terrified.) No mask? No mask!

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*Carves the yellow sign in the balcony and awaits the dead drop at the pre-ordained location*

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Kickstarter is due to land sometime today... (I think)

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3 days... 3 days... 3 days... 3 days...

Aberzombie wrote:
The Walking Dead has found its Negan

Still need to cast Lucille...

Cassidy's Sunglasses:
His eyes should look like this

One interpretation is that it's just the vampirism causing it... but I always read into it that it was a reflection of his massive drug addiction over the decades.

I'm thinking that the massive drug addiction may have been dropped from the series.

I believe Cassidy was the man in the cell... which means he's missing his sunglasses... which likely means he's also missing a massive part of his backstory as well.

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So stay away
From eight and one
For one is great in size
And never play
Or seek your fun
Where her deep lair it lies

Devouring it now...

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QuOzl - PF and S&W initially with a potential for 5th.

As sayeth the Frog:
The Blight is another BIG book, like our previous Northlands Saga KS that wrapped up a few weeks ago was. So initially it will be for PF and S&W. It will be in the queue for a 5e edition depending on the sales numbers of campaign-related 5e versions of books like the Borderland Provinces, for instance.

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Festering Brethren... *shiver*...

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Gerald - I'm still planning on running 1-2 PbPs through the Blight. Just need to get the actual details in my hot and sweaty mitts first though.

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Correction - Pett is a daemon.

Demons exist merely to destroy - Daemons are a bit more artistically nihilistic. As the PRD states clearly under the monster entry Pett, Richard
With each life claimed and each atrocity meted out, Pett spreads fear, mistrust, and despair, tarnishing the luster of existence and drawing the Earth ever closer to it's final, ultimate ruin.

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Richard Pett wrote:
It's also true of the AP that it plays on the senses.

The absolutely beautiful part of it is the Pavlovian response you can engender from PCs. They could be happily wandering through another part of the city... and all it would take is a whiff of burnt onions upon the air to get them thinking...

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I love the what does it look/smell/feel/sound sidebar... bloody good work if that's through the lot of the book - it'll really help to make the setting come alive.

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*Basks in the unholy befoulment*

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Moar! - moar I say!

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