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Goblin Squad Member. RPG Superstar 7 Season Star Voter. Pathfinder Society Member. 2,027 posts (27,019 including aliases). No reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 29 aliases.


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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!

Black Dougal wrote:
Actually, right now my total favorite writer is Jim Butler. The Dresden files is the perfect mix of light and grimdark.

I love Jim Butcher as well... but it's not grimdark in any way shape or fashion.

If you want grimdark - you go to Lord Grimdark himself Joe Abercrombie.

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Greg A. Vaughan wrote:
Per the phone call we had a couple hours ago that should read 45 days for The Blight.


Back in the KL saddle... and back to work tomorrow. Jet lag is slowly easing and normalcy resuming... just Rugby World Cup to keep me up now ;)

GM Dien:
Will be firing you a PM with more substance in the next 48 hours or so

GM Zed - appreciate the consideration... hopefully I'll find the time to cobble him together before I head off!

Elven Psychic (Psychedelia discipline) who is a devotee of Chucaro - the Maiden of Haze and Whimsy.

The character is inspired by both the writeup of Chucaro within Chronicles of the Righteous and the following two quotes from Bill Hicks.

Your denial is beneath you, and thanks to the use of hallucinogenic drugs, I see through you.

Today, a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration – that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves.

I'll round up the crunch and fluff over the next few days and throw it up for your perusal - though I have to put forward a small proviso first.

I'm about to head off on a significant (3 week) holiday to the UK and UAE, so will be less active on the forums than usual over that time period. Probably not completely absent - but definitely quieter.

I'll be back in action after that point though (and if you have a look at my posting history you'll see that there's no real risk of me pulling a disappearing act).

Assuming you're ok with that initial bit of absence, then I'll put forward the stoner elven psychic for you to peruse.

The muse not having sunk it's teeth into my brain, I shall have to unfortunately withdraw my potential submission.

Good luck and god speed to all those remaining.

After due consideration... I will confirm that I'll back out of the PbP.


Respectfully withdrawing.


Shelyn's Paladin's Code:
The paladins of Shelyn are peaceable promoters of art and beauty. They see the ugliness in evil, even when cloaked in the form of beauty, and their mission is to defend those who devote their lives to the creation of beauty, bring it forth themselves, and prevent the weak and foolish from being seduced by false promises. Their tenets include the following adages.
• I see beauty in others. As a rough stone hides a diamond, a drab face may hide the heart of a saint.
• I am peaceful. I come first with a rose rather than a weapon, and act to prevent conflict before it blossoms. I never strike first, unless it is the only way to protect the innocent.
• I accept surrender if my opponent can be redeemed—and I never assume that they cannot be. All things that live love beauty, and I will show beauty’s answer to them.
• I live my life as art. I will choose an art and perfect it. When I have mastered it, I will choose another. The works I leave behind make life richer for those who follow.
• I will never destroy a work of art, nor allow one to come to harm, unless greater art arises from its loss. I will only sacrifice art if doing so allows me to save a life, for untold beauty can arise from an awakened soul.
• I lead by example, not with my blade. Where my blade passes, a life is cut short, and the world’s potential for beauty is lessened.

That's from Inner Sea Gods... and I agree with Gorbacz that there are some tasty concepts in there to drive a character.

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*Gibbers quietly in the corner in anticipation*

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Need to have a Paladin of Ghenshau show up somewhere...

That's the empyreal with ignorance, placidity, and simplicity as his sphere of influence.

Expect table variance about what people think gods are all about...

However Calistria's Anti-Paladin code includes these two lines: My life is my path, and none will sway me from it.
I devote myself to the pursuit of my passions.

To my eyes that shows a commitment to something greater than just kill slay plunder, etc.

And the Goddess of Trickery surely has at least a healthy portion of backstabbery going on in the background.

Eh - not quite. He's in Calistria's domain... which means he's surrounded by duplicitous backstabbers out for themselves.

Plus if all he does is the MDK style of CE, then he's likely not going to be following Calistria's code all that closely.

Shakespearian Option

Lutherian Option

Scottish Option

Detect thoughts and it's big brother Seek Thoughts.

Stonelord (a Dwarf specific archetype in the ARG) replaces the smite with a stonestrike, and also gets rid of spell casting for a defensive stance ala Stalwart Defender.

Short answer: You'd likely get enough interest to get the campaign up and running.

Longer answer: You'd also filter out a fair proportion of people that wouldn't be interested in the concept.

Only answer that matters: PbPs live, breathe and die by the DM. If it's something you're interested in - go for it.

So after diving a bit deeper into the Spiritualist... even I'm struggling to come to terms with how all the bits interact!

Therefore I'm going to respectfully withdraw and wish all those remaining the best.

Books 1 and 2 have been released in PDF form to backers, and the custom art prints have been fulfilled as well.

DM Stalwart - now that the thread of interest is piqued... I'll write the reasoning into my submission :)

It'll be a wee while as I'll build the character in full and use the submission as a means of demonstrating what the character is capable of as part of the narrative.

As a side note - Spiritualists get access to Cure and Restoration spells as well ;)

DM Stalwart - in line with your post above about not wanting to be weighed down by new mechanics and such... I thought it would be prudent to do a partial suggestion first before writing up a full blown character.

Spiritualist Basic Concept:
The Spiritualist is a new class that is most similar to a Summoner.
Medium BAB, Good Fort and Will saves.
4+ Int skills per day, with access to all Knowledges
6 level spellcasting based off of Wisdom
Primary defining ability is to be capable of manifesting a Phantom (similar to an Eidolon)

Phantoms are partially customizable, but only in choosing an 'emotional focus' - which for my character would be Despair. This gives his phantom some emotionally based abilities (such as increased attacks vs shaken / emotionally compromised targets, Aura of despair, etc).
A 5th level Phantom would be a 4 HD, +4 BAB, 8 skill points, 2 feats, with 2 x 1d8 slam attacks.
Phantoms can either manifest as 'incorporeal' or 'ectoplasmic' = physically present. Each form has different advantages and disadvantages - though my character would focus predominately on the ecto form - as that's the one that can most easily attack.

The high concept for the character would be a Half-Elf that was brought up by his elven mother after the human father abandoned her. His mother sank into despair after the abandonment and subsequent shunning by the elven community, eventually giving up and starving herself to death. My character then lived hard, suffering through whispers and voices eating their way into his head. Eventually learned the ability to summon his mother's essence as an emaciated phantom.

From there he pursued and ended his father's life, and came to the attention of the Red Mantis as a piece of unmolded clay. Since then he has been shaped under their care and grown into the level 5 operative he is today.

If you could give me a small indication of whether there is enough of a piqued interest to see a full blown submission that would be grand :)... or if the potential of learning the rules puts you off, feel free to tell me no as well.

DM Stalwart wrote:
@Mark: I'm not sure if (when) I'll pick up Occult Adventures. I won't say no, but I'm not crazy about learning a whole bunch of new classes, either. That may be discouraging, or a challenge to come up with something good enough that will get me interested in trying them out.

Wondering_Monster - asked and answered above.

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In handy poster form to put on your wall as a reference.

DM Stalwart - reading you loud and clear. I'll wait until I can read through it in detail before making a call on whether I can build something that I think might be both a) easy on the DM, and b) pique your interest enough.

Will also let the mind wander in the meantime to see if anything sticks.

Dotting for consideration. I had pitched a Halfling Mouser for the initial recruitment though I would change that up for this re-recruitment taking the current character roster into account.

The initial recruitment was anything Paizo published, and I should get my greedy mitts on Occult Adventures when it releases as a PDF on Wednesday - is that fair game for concept fodder?

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Most well rounded party would surely be 4 x Bloatmage?

Derek - that view's fine as long as the goblins react in the same way. As in greet the PCs either indifferently or in a friendly manner. If the morality of the world is to be grey on gray, then the 'monsters' need to behave similarly.

Banesfinger - direct to my email (same one as registered on KS) by Michael Clarke himself (as in not through KS as an intermediary, nor via Gary).

My guess was that Gary parsed out the email addresses of the appropriate persons and Michael wrote a direct email to them. Would you like me to PM you the full text and contact email?

As there might be others interested in the news - I thought I'd just pop in with a mention that Michael Clarke (the artist) just got in touch to confirm the custom art piece that came along with the $250 pledge on the campaign.

So some movement in the backgrounds.

This one - which ran to 26,346 posts.

This one - at 8,858 posts.

Reference for anyone else to save searching.

Total of 2,647 posts only - fair to say that the entire experience was streamlined somewhat...

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