Buying content twice hasn't stopped Lone Wolf and Paizo from having a successful relationship.
I think a large part of that is OGL content, the art assets are in a different category. There are free alternatives to Hero Lab, but Lone Wolf makes the UI work well, and this is where they add their value.
Mr Chickins wrote:
personally i dont get the point. i think piazo could have just teamed up with the roll20 guys and had something up and running 12 months ago. surlying just linking the piazo and roll20 shopfront would have been a easier. why dosent piazo sell maps etc on roll20? seems obvious to me.
I believe at one of the convention panels, Paizo said they had talked to other companies about licensing, but were unable to find a common ground.
Could you post your original data? It would be nice to update this with Bestiary Box 2.
An idea: for products that are a single PDF include two links, one for a zip and one for a raw PDF. I don't know the technology issues surrounding this but I'd think it'd be clear enough from the users' point of view.
I assume that have never worked tech support, as there is no such thing as "clear" when it comes to how end users will interact with software. (E.g. I have had to help someone power on their computer.)
There would be some increased demand on Paizo's support staff if a change is made, (as Vic mentioned above). This has to be weighed against the benefit to smart phone and tablet users, which don't have Adobe's PDF reader plugin to "intercept" PDF downloads.
(While I'm thinking of it, I should mention that direct ePub downloads would be nice to do, in addition to PDFs.)
I also frequently use my iPhone to read the forums without a problem.
Making posts is a bit more difficult, due to the large text entry width compared to what is visible on the screen. (If I can easily read the text, I can't see more than about 40% of the line.)
Ross Byers wrote:
Maybe detect the browser platform when determining how to personalize? (I of all people know that that is far from trivial, but it's an idea.)
A simple profile setting somewhere would be a more direct (and controllable) solution.
I suppose the scenario of when a small PDF (i.e. just of maps) is included with a download would also require some special handling, further complicating the issue.
Jerry Martin wrote:
I don't have an official answer, but see Vic's post a few up, and: http://paizo.com/products/btpy8x6n/discuss&page=3?Pathfinder-Adventure- Card-Game-Subscription#147
I think this would only count for the next few days, though.
For ordering just the Character Add-On deck to Germany, the total cost including shipping/handling was $21.86. I assume shipping charges are based upon the black magic of USPS pricing, so your experience may vary.
I would like to suggest (where sensible) a direct PDF download, as opposed to ZIP files, so that one could directly load my PDFs into iBooks on iOS devices. (I recognize that one can use 3rd party utilities to unzip the file, but I find this to be buggy at times, especially with the large hardcovers.)
An alternate suggestion along similar lines would be an App connected to my Paizo Downloads, which could handle the PDF downloads.
Doug Hood wrote:
New to this stuff: what is the size of each individual square - ie will basic lead figure fit? Agree with other comments - this is lacking specifics, I see people can only get info they need to decide to purchase as board posts. Unless the specs are on the BACK of the envelope - in which case need an expandable image for that also.
It's one inch square. Stats can be found on other products in the line. For instance, the previous Basic Flip Mat
I store mine folded vertically between the side of my desk and the wall. They could be folded both vertically and horizontally, but I find it takes a bit longer for it to straiten out afterwards. The already thick paper is embossed/impregnated with a chemical that lets you use it with whiteboard markers.
Pick up a pack of wet erase markers and you can quickly setup a combat. Dry erase will work fine, they tend to get unintentionally erased easily.
It's worth noting that the first panel clearly shows Tarquin sheathing his dagger, which is presumably covered in Nale's blood. He can still do resurrection from the blood, if he wanted. Another interesting question is if Nale would consent to being resurrected by his father at this point.
Vic Wertz wrote:
Thank you Vic for taking the time and energy (across many other posts as well) to keep Paizo's operations and intentions transparent. It has given me much confidence in Paizo as a company.
Zyren Zemerys wrote:
Does anyone know a good link for a nice Pathfinder character sheet? Need to print some for my pupils.
These are customized per class, I use these when I need to print out one for players.
There are many potential sheets between all 3 PDFs, for the common sheets like inventory or gear.
I was wondering if a lite version of the PDF is available with the PDF purchase. This is a HUGE book, so I'm concerned about it being able to be loaded smoothly on my iPad. Thanks!
I'm using a light version of the RotRL Anniversary Edition.
If you brought (a small) lunch from home, a $2 might cover it. However, $10 for a days isn't feasible.
Please note that you will need the plastic bases to use with this. The intention is to use the bases from the Bestiary Box.
Additionally, this set will not include pawns where they can be found in the Bestiary Box in sufficient quantity. Even then, this will not be a complete coverage of all the NPCs (there is another thread somewhere on that), but it will cover the bulk of the NPCs.
If you are in Europe, the shipping for the Bestiary Box from the USA is expensive. You can find it from Fanasty Welt here.
Zyren Zemerys wrote:
Hmm, is there a PRD somewhere in German? (I don't see any on Ulisses Spiel's website.) There is a PDF of the core rules available for 10 Euro.
Was the SRD translated?
Zyren Zemerys wrote:
Oh please not...even though there is an English Version (The Dark Eye) I hope none of our English speakers here has ever touched it^^...
I've ran across the (German) DSA box, but I don't think I've handled the books.
I assume everyone here knows Pathfinder. I do have A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying game on my shelf, but I haven't read it yet.
The bigger question is: where could we run the game? The forum rules don't allow long threads in foreign languages, (as they can't effectively be moderated).
Matthew Morris wrote:
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I assume this is the lead in to that, but the use of prophecy as direct foreshadowing leaves a need for some kind of twist. Zombie (or some other undead) Belkar, perhaps?
DM_Kumo Gekkou wrote:
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I don't have answers to your questions offhand.
However, if you are looking to prepare for this, I highly recommend listening to Chronicles: Pathfinder Podcast episode that reviewed this module. They cover some other pitfalls with that scene.
Wow -- always, always, ALWAYS work in a text editor! Just lost my post with the full break-down of what was missing.
Use this to solve that problem.
I'm not in the publishing business. Would adding 12 sheets at an extra $1 a sheet be do-able? Or would you lose too much market because not all gamers are as obsessive-compulsive as I am, and would balk at the extra price?
You also have to account for shipping. The Bestiary Box is extremely expensive to ship overseas, (I think more so than the Box itself,) where the Runelords pawn set was in the normal shipping range.
Bilbo Bang-Bang wrote:
Are there really large ratmen living in the sewers of Germany seeking to undermine its government or is that all a myth? If were to take a vacation to said country, what city would most likely harbor such vermin?
It is a well known myth that the baby crocodiles were flushed down into the sewers, grew up, and ate all the ratmen. I cannot say what the crocodile-men are up to.
Moving from the gameplay thread.
Bejis Krupt wrote:
I remember Detect Magic stunning the caster if they see a Overwhelming (or possibly Strong?) aura, but the PF CRB doesn't have that text under the Detect Magic spell. Neither does my 3.5 PHB. Is this a holdover from 3.0?
I can't find a source in text, but my original group always played it this way. Could this be a holdover from 2nd edition or earlier?
(There are rules for Detect Good/Evil/Law/Chaos on this, but not on Detect Magic in the PF CRB)
Bilbo Bang-Bang wrote:
Spain seemed like it was meeting the price/safety point, plus my wife speaks Spanish fluently....Germany would be a bit pricey I am guessing.
What exactly do you want to see? Historical places (and then from which part of history), warm-relaxed-tourist areas, cross country trip to get a up close and personal feel for the land and people?
What level of comfort are you looking for? Youth hostels vs. fine hotels, fancy meals vs. broetchen (bread)?
How much are you looking to go around? You can buy some tourist packages for the trains, but this takes some planning (and serious intent to travel) to make it worth while. If you just want to see one city, walking everywhere is cheap.
Are you taking young kids with you (that would get bored easily)?
The only other place I found that even remotely compared to Spain's level of cheapness was Berlin, which is a truly amazing place.
Berlin was amazing. It is (to some degree) connected of most of the major events of the last century. Know your history before you go there.
The only NPC they had any real interaction with before leaving was Jask. That part actually worked out really well since they have ZERO healing between the 3 of them so getting a Cleric to follow them has been very beneficial. But it still means they missed out on 4 NPC quests and a bunch of interesting RP.
Lead the PCs to a point where they need to make a social skill roll, to try to win over NPCs to their side. If the NPCs are unfriendly, I would have them question the PCs leadership skills as the PCs try to give orders/suggestions. (This should generate some need to start working on Diplomacy checks.) If they are indifferent, they could still suggest alternate plans on occasion, countering the PCs propose as the best course of action.
Make sure you are aware of how the NPC interactions will come into play later in the adventure path. This is an important staging ground the later, as the NPCs will be the ones to represent the other factions initially, (and then presumably continue representing the faction).
It is important that most of the NPCs should survive. At least one should be favorable to the PCs. If one or two of the NPCs doesn't get along with the PCs, that can carry over later as well.
I guess the root of the problem is that I just don't see how "maintaining the camp on the beach" is important enough to get any NPCs to stay behind - once they're Friendly/Helpful, why not just have them abandon that camp, group with the PCs, and set up new camps every day as they push south through the jungle?
The NPCs should continue with the PCs as they travel the island, so they can continue to keep up the relationship developments. However, they don't always have to be at the front line. They can stay at a "base camp" while the PCs explore the local area, then everyone heads on together to make a new base camp.
As this is a survival situation, there will be many tasks to handle. Smoking meat for preservation, processing plants to collect enough edible material. There should be a lot of time devoted to maintaining equipment, as the hot humid air quickly rusts, molds, or otherwise weakens the limited set of materials on hand. It is important to stress that this environment supports life so well, they are under a constant assault of eat-or-be-eaten aspects, from the microbial (diseases and organic parts of equipment decomposing), to annoying monkeys stealing food, to large predators deciding the PCs are a snack.
In the past, if the shipping type was "Standard Postal Delivery", the shipment has been (sometimes multiple) smaller boxes or envelopes.
It is worth noting that shipments usually take 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 weeks, though occasionally it can take longer, especially during the Christmas shipping rush. (Even if two packages are shipped on the same day, they may arrive at very distant times.)
I've only had to pick up subscription shipments from the customs office twice in about 3 years. In general, they seem to be more interesting in larger shipments. Most of the time, the subscription shipments are sent in 2 small boxes rather than 1 big box.
I think they updated their process a year or so ago, so you may want to check on specifics if it has been a while since you last ordered products internationally.
Hello. I hope you don't mind me posting in here, but this thread seems to get referenced in my other games often enough that I started following it.
Tirion Jörðhár wrote:
I would say "cool" and "warm" are opposed, and "hot" and "cold" are opposed. Outside of "cool/warm" being a weaker form of "hot/cold", I can't really define where to use what.
I think "cool/warm" is more about one's perception, and "hot/cold" more physical states. (I was cold, so I put on a warm sweater.)
Poor Wandering One wrote:
Also interested but skeptical. Not really seeing what the mythic rules add other than power creep. However the proof is in the pudding and if anyone can convince me it is Tarx so I am game.
I think the idea was to try to power creep in a way that would allow for the 'Beyond CR (Level) 20' without getting so bogged down, though I haven't had time to read the play test to see if that is what it seems to be doing.
I'd also be interested in Tark's play test game, although my time has been a bit constrained recently. If there are enough players, I'd be willing to sit out.
The problem with this is that everyone has their own personal variation and interpretation of just the Pathfinder rules.
Many programs are not even tied to Pathfinder, but try to be a general tool. Every program/utility has it's conceptual priorities. Some of these are designed with interoperability in mind, some are more proprietary.
It comes down to the concept that if "We need a standard to integrate the existing standards", all you really accomplish is confusing the situation further by increasing the number of standards.
In short, a unifying API/standard would be wonderful, but A. It's not feasible and B. not all parties are motivated to want it.
Edit: I should clarify that a single unifying API isn't feasible. Not all tools have the same "perspective" on data. As you decrease the set of tools to common functional grouping, common understanding is possible. To some degree, this already exists between some of the bigger tools. The trade-off between general acceptance and universal usefulness must be made, and finding this trade-off is the bottleneck.
Marik Whiterose wrote:
Sometimes in programming "Herding Turtles" might be a more appropriate timeline.
I'm afraid that metaphor won't work. Programers have long since mastered making turtles go where the programmer wants.