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I'm not new to Pathfinder at all, but I'd be interested in playing, especially if it helps get new players interested in the hobby. I'll rework an older character of mine, a half-orc monk, since that'd be less likely to steal the spotlight from new players.

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My research says that Joe had notes for the final three books, and that the family has them. I'm hopeful that they can be completed by someone with a great deal of love and respect for the world Joe built and release them, possibly with a portion of the proceeds going to some charity that Joe would have favored in life.

Rest with Ishir, Grandmaster Dever. :(

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Huh. So that's what was done for Taldor.

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Since we're talking about plot spoilers...:

I always hated the setup for the investigation that sets up Book 2. I mean, it's not designed to be an Agatha Christie novel or anything, but it's not a very satisfying beginning. Also, if you just plop down the notes with Your Lordship on it without anything to act as camouflage, then I figured genre savvy players would remember the culprit way too quickly.

So I spent a good portion of the time between Books 1 & 2 building up possible suspects in the murder besides Shayliss's PC fling, notably Titus Scarnetti. I still have no idea why the books didn't introduce him as a foil for the party, but he and the rest of the Scarnetti clan are great for that role - someone who wants Sandpoint to prosper, but under their control. Since the PCs were allying themselves with House Deverin, it only made sense for House Scarnetti to try to turn the town against them. When that didn't work, he tried to get closer to one of the other party members by suggesting that his lumber interests could make her parents' trading empire a great deal of money. In general, I gave him quite a bit of screen time to muddy the waters.

Also, Jubrayl was on the scene early on as well. One of the party members - Shayliss's paramour, as it happens - had Sczarni ties, and there was some bad blood between the two prior to the murders. Again, another player in the game who might have wanted to frame the PCs for murder.

In the end, though, they made the appropriate checks to know that they were looking for someone undead, and quickly ruled out both, but the reveal of who the culprit was still took them by surprise, so I count it as a win!

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Hmmmm, maybe I should build an arcanist...

Oh! Also, is the game on these boards? Or is it elsewhere?

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This recruitment was all a dream...

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Eeek, hadn't thought of that. I'm not even sure that living on this side of the barrier between realities even protects against her divine vengeance. What do I need to do to make sure I can get her inquisitors off my back?

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So, obviously, Calistria's the best deity out there, but who's your second favorite? Like, if Calistria stopped being a deity, or never existed, or whatever, then which deity would you agree the most with?

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"It had to be me," Weiralai said in her odd, clipped manner of speech. "Someone else might have gotten it wrong."

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That's how I'd rationalize it, W&A. Winter's not an adventurer - she's basically a cloistered priestess who was assigned to this job by her Mother Superior. Despite being 3rd level, she's way out of her depth.

Personally, I'd modify her spell list so she doesn't have useful stuff like create water or purify food & water prepared, simply because it hadn't crossed her mind to prepare it. She doesn't have Knowledge (arcana) or Spellcraft, so she doesn't exactly have a head for magic. That way, the PCs get to be the ones to suggest using those spells either in place of mundane resource gathering, or perhaps in addition to it.

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That sounds like Barzillai. He probably didn't have the patience to get through the banality of Act I before getting to the sanity-blasting profundity of Act II, and burned the copy.

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Yep. This is a must see. Probably the best thoughtful sci-fi piece I've ever seen.

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Does Andoran have privateers? While I can see the fledgling democracy trying to distance themselves from the barbarism of the Shackles pirates, I'd be surprised if they didn't have a few captains that target Chelaxian ships in order to disrupt trade for one of their political rivals in the Inner Sea. What, then, is the difference in Andoran's eyes between a "pirate" and a "privateer?" Is it the letter of marque that places them on the side of freedom and liberty?

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Well, dang. Guess I need to pick up a copy now. :)

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But who watches the watchfolk?

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No question for you, James - just wanted to say that I appreciate the world that you and the rest of Paizo have labored to create and bring to us. Having run Runelords nearly to completion, and in the midst of running Hell's Rebels and Iron Gods, I have enjoyed sharing the stories you and the rest of the staff have laid out with my friends, and seeing how they react to the terrible and wondrous stuff inside. My hat is off to you for creating a vibrant and mysterious world full of danger and intrigue that requires heroes to go out and save it.

Your game and your world has made me a better person. I know the signal gets lost in the noise of the Internet, and those of us who support you aren't as loud as the ones that vocally complain, but I have to believe there are more of us than there are of them. Thank you once again, from the bottom of my heart, for Pathfinder, Golarion, and your creative visions.

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Depends. Bokrug has the Great Old One subtype, which includes immunity to death effects, so you could rule as a GM that even though you scored that 1/400 chance to cut off a baddie's head, Bokrug is immune to it. Since the vorpal quality requires circle of death to create, there's even some precedent, should the players require it.

Or you could let the players kill Bokrug or the Mad Poet. Personally, I wouldn't award full XP for either. Bokrug is immortal, and simply chopping his head off means he dissolves into sea foam and the encounter to get the Ib Idol is simpler. While that initially sounds good, the character is now free to be targeted by his Vengeful Dreams ability. That's effectively a DC 38 Will save followed by a DC 33. Failing both of these ends up netting the poor soul 3d6 points of Wisdom drain and possibly netting an insanity.

Killing the Mad Poet is also problematic. Congrats, you've killed him! This isn't the first time he's died in the Dreamlands, though, and while you might loot his body, he'll be waiting for you to sleep again, and he will reclaim his items. You can bet that the 20th level wizard will not be kind to you for daring to strike him down.

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FelixGold wrote:
Neongelion wrote:
Cole Deschain wrote:

My god, the sour grapes all over the comments on this (frankly, quite exciting) article make me understand why people decompress from the 'net...

I remain psyched, nonetheless.

I can't tell if the people that said "you lost me at Tabletop" or "tabletop? LMAO" were genuine or not. I really don't know what they were expecting.

Also it's good to see that Starfinder doesn't seem to have fallen into the utter fashion disaster that plagues way too many sci-fi settings. At least, that's what it's looking like right now.

Well they shouldn't have really expected better from a crappy place like Polygon, should have gone with somewhere like Rock Paper Shotgun who has a much more compatible user base.

Maybe, but there's also something to be said for preaching to people not predisposed towards your message. For some people on Polygon, Starfinder might be the first tabletop RPG that they run across.

I suspect we'll see some Starfinder news on RPS eventually as well, but honestly, why not target places where you might potentially expand the hobby?

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Christopher Anthony wrote:

Robot Chris: Paizo Con—it's the bees knees

Katina: Are the bees treated fairly? We need to save the bees, you know.
Katina: I hope they're not being hunted for their knees.
Robot Chris: Only the finest, fair trade, organic knees.
Robot Chris: Non-gmo bees
Sara Marie: Free range knees
Katina: Knee range

God, you guys couldn't be more Seattle if you tried. XD

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Also, restoration can only remove 1 permanent negative level per week, so if they don't get it done within the golden 24 hour limit, they're up a creek.

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I can't blame her right now.

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His stuff probably doesn't go with him, which undoubtedly annoys the Runelord of Greed beyond contemplation. Otherwise, wouldn't Karzoug's burning glaive go with him? The Sihedron tome is a symbol of Xin-Shalast as much as it is Karzoug's, so I imagine that and many of his other items are the regalia of Shalast.

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B1 and Saltmarsh are not familiar at all with me, but I'm passingly familiar with the Caverns of Chaos. I'm eager to get into this, let me work something up.

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All that said, I wouldn't tell your American friend to stop. It's probably ultimately futile, but nothing will happen if she doesn't.

(Hell, I signed an online petition to motivate electoral delegates to vote Clinton instead of Trump as the Constitution allows, knowing full well it would be political suicide at best and possibly an ignition switch for an actual war if there was a chance in Hell it could happen. I think the odds that the delegates will not vote Trump is about as likely as the moon suddenly deciding to stop its geosynchronous orbit and fly off to Mars for lunar companionship, but we all do what we must in order to cope.)

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Quick American civics lesson! The US Congress has two houses - the House of Representatives and the Senate. Back at the founding, there were two factions at loggerheads. The more populous states wanted to base representation on population, since any legislation passed by the body would affect a larger majority of people in their state. The less populous states wanted a set number of people to represent each state to avoid the tyranny of majority. There was a lot of debate, and it led to several unfortunate decisions (such as the 3/5ths Compromise), but ultimately gave us a bicameral legislative body. The House sets its numbers based upon population, and currently has 435 representatives. The Senate has two senators per state, for a total of 100.

Voting in the Senate is tricky, since a party in the minority can filibuster indefinitely, unless at least 60 senators agree to hold a vote on a bill. There's occasionally talk of removing the filibuster as a weapon/tool by the majority party, but it rarely goes anywhere for the simple reason that today's majority party could and will eventually be tomorrow's minority party. Right now, the Republicans will control 54 seats in the Senate, compared to the 44 Democrats and 2 independent senators (who almost always vote with the Democrats, anyway). In order for the Senate to flip, at least four Republicans would have to go independent and consistently vote with the Democrats just to tie. Unfortunately, at that point, the Vice President gets to do his one job in the Constitution, which is to break ties, so we're right back to Trump getting what he wants. In order for the senate to reliably flip, we would need at least five senators to go from red to purple.

So, yeah, unlikely, especially since there's little reason to do so yet. The Republicans won big on Tuesday, on an election where there was every popular indication that they were going to be sinking with Trump as a lodestone around their necks. They rode his coattails into office. What political benefit is there to switching teams now?

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Well, let me first start off with this. I'm so sorry for what we're about to inflict upon the rest of the world. I did what I could. :(

After that, I'm not sure. If you have spare money, donate to causes that promote humanist goals - Doctors Without Borders comes to mind, but I'm sure there are local charities that you could assist. Volunteer time with organizations designed to improve social issues for marginalized people. Speak up and out about any bigotry and intolerance you see. Get out the vote for legislators that work to improve the lives of marginalized citizens.

I can't offer anything more specific than that - I'm trying to turn my own slacktivism into actual activism, and that's not even a week old.

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I have never been more angry about the results of an election than I was on Wednesday. It has made me resolve to take an active role in dealing with the aftermath of our terrible, terrible mistake. I'll urge you all to do the same, with a level of involvement you're comfortable with.

And those of you who aren't American...I'm so sorry for what we're about to inflict upon the rest of the world. I did what I could. :(

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I have never been more angry about the results of an election than I was on Wednesday. It has made me resolve to take an active role in dealing with the aftermath of our terrible, terrible mistake. I'll urge you all to do the same, with a level of involvement you're comfortable with.

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Eric Hinkle wrote:

Good to see some villains suited for the material from Ultimate Intrigue. And that 'gambler' down at the bottom picture, what the heck kind of gamble is he running?

"This 'ere game, we take turns hittin' each other in the head with this nail-studded club. When one fellow can't get up no more, t'other wins. Seein' as how it's my club, I'll be first at bat."

"CLUBS IS WILD!!!"

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I'd recommend that you allow the monk player to play an Unchained Monk, mostly because it helps solve some of the issues that come up when playing a monk. The other three characters should broadly meet the requirements for a traditional party - you've got the skill guy, the arcane guy, and the divine guy.

http://paizo.com/pathfinderRPG/prd/unchained/classes/monk.html

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That's basically what I'd do, Tom. If a PC has a dominant weapon, and they're targeted by a transmutation spell, it eats the spell without requiring any action or decision on the part of the character. Also, Karzoug knows of at least one dominant weapon in the party and is cognizant of the danger they represent, so I doubt he'd waste time casting transmutation spells on those PCs. While he can learn that as they encounter his minions and projected images in the Pinnacle of Avarice, he also has arcane sight and enough Spellcraft to basically know which people have dominant weapons and which don't once they're within 120' of him. Basically, after the first time they face his image, he should know which, if any, of the PCs are vulnerable to his most dangerous spells.

Case in point - the cleric/paladin of Ragathiel in my party decided that sin magic was bad and wanted nothing to do with a dominant weapon, so he's going into that fight a little less prepared. He's going to get hit with a flesh to stone or baleful polymorph early on.

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Not every evil is from outside Golarion. Some of them are homegrown.

Still, you're playing Hell's Rebels, so expect to kill quite a few lawful evil outsiders!

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thejeff wrote:

Majority is all I'm really hoping for. Flipping the House was a long shot, even before Comey interfered and they took Trump's twitter account away.

Is a Senate super majority even technically possible? I guess it is - 24 Republican seats up for election, but Democrats would need to take 14 of them and hold all theirs. Not happening.

Just remember, folks, we can't trust this guy with a cell phone and 140 characters, but we can trust him with the highest office in the land.

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When thickening gumbo, do you use okra or filé powder?

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Orfamay Quest wrote:
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If Trump doesn't win I have to think his tenure as head of the FBI may be coming to a close.

Even if Trump wins, it may be coming to a close. There is an official complaint that has been filed against him that he violated the Hatch Act. When that complaint is investigated, he will be removed from office if it is upheld. There's not actually a lot of wiggle room for Trump to interfere with that process (by design). I'm not even sure that Trump could pardon Comey, since it's an administrative and not criminal procedure.

But my expections are somewhat simpler. Win or lose, on November 9, Obama will call Comey into the White House and explain to Comey that he (Comey) wants to spend more time with his family.

I totally agree, Orfamay. That memo Comey released publicly didn't have the words "I am tendering my resignation as Director of the FBI" written on them, but that's what the effect of it will be in my estimation.

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Me too!

Of course, I didn't qualify for it, so it was pretty quick.

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Mythic you is pretty awesome.

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That reminds me, I asked Merisiel about this, but never got your take. On a scale of 1-10, how awkward was it meeting Shensen when you, Merisiel, and the rest of the Hell's Rebels team rescued her?

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Yay! Kyra's back! :D

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That's kinda what I figured. As it happens, my fledgling cultists didn't try to go after the populace, but instead went underground - they were trying to infect the caulborn. Heading below ground and letting these guys consume your consciousness while thinking really hard about the Yellow Sign can't be healthy for their collective consciousness. I figured that's how they would jumpstart a proper Hastur cult within Kaer Maga.

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Name: Doril "Tinker" Silvershaper *

Class/Race: Gnome Rogue 15

Adventure: Spires of Xin-Shalast

Catalyst: Ghlorofaex...kinda.

Story: After learning that the Sihedron rings were necessary to bypass the occlusion field surrounding the Eye of Avarice, and that two of the powerful lieutenants within lower Xin-Shalast had these items, the party decided to take on Ghlorofaex. They found the creature's hide nearly impenetrable, and he was able to resist most of their spells. They eventually did beat him down quite a ways, and the dragon merely responded by smashing one of his hands into his abdomen. A shattering sound could be heard within, and the dragon's wounds began to heal. Their eyes widened as the ancient dragon gloated about his unkillable status; he had consumed hundreds of healing potions over the years whole, and they remain in his stomach. He was confident that the champions of Sandpoint, as powerful as they are, would remain unable to conquer him as they had so many others.

And he probably would have been right, if not for the quick thinking of Doril, their locksmith and trapfinder. He realized that there was one place that Ghlorofaex's hide could not protect him, and that was inside the beast's stomach. He grabbed the edges of his flying carpet, and with a final battle cry piloted the rug inside the dragon's mouth and down his gullet, dragging his blades all the way down. His body was obliterated by the electrical discharge, but the massive internal injuries was too much, even for Ghlorofaex's potions. He spat up gallons of sparking blood, shuddered, and collapsed to the ground. The heroes had gained another magical ring, but at what cost?

(So, yeah, this is a special case, which is why the death has an asterisk next to it. The gnome's player, who had been with the game since it began over two years ago, was moving out of town, and this was his final game. Since there was no chance he would be coming back before the game was over, I wanted him to go out like a bad ass, and being swallowed by a Gargantuan blue dragon to kill it seemed like an epic way to go. I gave Ghlorofaex the advanced creature template, since I figured that would make him much more difficult. As it happened, I had to construct that healing solution on the fly when the party actually did enough damage to kill him anyway! I ended up giving them XP for defeating a CR 18 monster in the end, so it all worked out.)

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70%, maybe?

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Sure, the characters and players can say "no, I'm not a doppelganger, I'm a real person." But then, isn't that exactly what a doppelganger would say?

I'm thinking about stealing this for my game when I get there.

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James,

I fell in love with the weirdness that is Kaer Maga after playing in the PFS mods City of Strangers 1 & 2, so I knew I had to include an excursion there for my players in my Runelords game. It ended up causing a return later on due to player actions and reactions, and one thing led to another, so I have a question for you:

Would a cult of Hastur even register to Kaer Magans as something unusual?

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Well, hopefully they learned their lesson: "Never apply logical thinking when it comes to goblins."

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I think we all know who makes the best puns. Here's a hint: he also has the best words.

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Nope, he's a swashbuckler with the mysterious avenger archetype.

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Well, the current year is 4716, so 4605 is out. 4705 is the most likely, meaning her murders were eleven years ago instead of forty-one.

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Flumphs only eat hell hound puppies, occasionally known as "hell pooches".

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That's exactly what that means, Xauriel. It means that your party will have a multiple round battle on their hands, and that they may end up splitting their forces in order to deal with the hot spots that pop up around town. I actually made a blown up version of the Sandpoint map and affixed it to poster board so my players could see what was going on at any time. It also helped figure out how far each group could move, and when certain events would happen.

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