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RPG Superstar 2013 Marathon Voter, 2014 Marathon Voter. Pathfinder Society Member. 17,856 posts (24,206 including aliases). 13 reviews. 4 lists. 1 wishlist. 123 aliases.


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Chris Lambertz wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Rynjin wrote:
Gark the Goblin wrote:
Orthos wrote:
I hate the way Paizo's forums have become so much like Tumblr in the past few years. Especially with the way Certain Subjects are heavily moderated.
Tumblr is not heavily moderated. The staff allow all kinds of active hate groups on that site. Paizo is heavily moderated, though, yes.
It's more accurate to say that Paizo has increasingly become less tolerant of viewpoints that don't perfectly mesh with their own.
This is what I meant, yes. And that viewpoint tends to be very very reminiscent of some of the most outspoken parts of Tumblr.
Just popping in for a moment to touch on this, and I'm going to shamelessly utilize some words from some of our moderators (and the PMG) here:

It's mostly just a gripe. I disagree with a lot of the moderation policy here, but I recognize that I'm in a minority on that regard, and in my personal stances towards some of the things that get moderated. It's not my place, I'm not the one who calls the shots, etc. etc. etc.

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Rynjin wrote:
Gark the Goblin wrote:
Orthos wrote:
I hate the way Paizo's forums have become so much like Tumblr in the past few years. Especially with the way Certain Subjects are heavily moderated.
Tumblr is not heavily moderated. The staff allow all kinds of active hate groups on that site. Paizo is heavily moderated, though, yes.
It's more accurate to say that Paizo has increasingly become less tolerant of viewpoints that don't perfectly mesh with their own.

This is what I meant, yes. And that viewpoint tends to be very very reminiscent of some of the most outspoken parts of Tumblr.

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Drejk wrote:

*click-click*

Ooooh... Could the demon actually be the <redacted>?!

Why... Uh...

Gunnerkrigg?

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Honestly JK I just found your thread boring. Sorry.

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evil_diva wrote:
Orthos wrote:

I hate the way Paizo's forums have become so much like Tumblr in the past few years. Especially with the way Certain Subjects are heavily moderated.

I hate Imagine by John Lennon. Worst song in the world.

I am a Tumblr user myself, and I am almost afraid to ask how it has become like Tumblr? Are we talking "Omg! tag your s!&* because I get super triggered by this!!" Or more in the as-sensitive-as-a-toothache-aggressive-SJW-crap?

The latter.

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I hate the way Paizo's forums have become so much like Tumblr in the past few years. Especially with the way Certain Subjects are heavily moderated.

I hate Imagine by John Lennon. Worst song in the world.

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A lot of it for us is that as we work primarily with non-profit organizations, many of our clients - in fact, a large majority - are churches and other religious organizations. As a result, the clients have an expectation of what employees at the company will look, dress, and act like, an expectation that the owner and management want to adhere to.

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NobodysHome wrote:
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I envy you guys for being able to get away with that. I hate suits and ties, so much. But my current job requires the men to wear ties (and the dress code for women is even more inconvenient), so there's no escaping that.

Oh, geez. I am *soooo* sorry!

Being a technical trainer was the best job I ever had.
Having to wear a shirt and tie Every. Frickin'. Day. For that job was the worst requirement I ever had.

Just wait -- you'll get into your 40's or 50's, get some years under your belt, and your employer will say, "Please just don't come to work naked or in a clown suit and we'll be happy."

Hah, I wish. No, they're very picky about dress code where I work. Employees from the new recruits to the veterans in their 60s-plus are all expected to adhere.

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I envy you guys for being able to get away with that. I hate suits and ties, so much. But my current job requires the men to wear ties (and the dress code for women is even more inconvenient), so there's no escaping that.

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Readerbreeder wrote:
Orthos wrote:
I blame Cosmo for passive-aggressive sniping little ingrates managing to still successfully play the martyr.
Oh, so you've met a certain population of my students, have you? Though the "successful" part of that statement comes mostly in their own minds...

Sadly the same is not true for my situation. Dammit Cosmo.

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I blame Cosmo for passive-aggressive sniping little ingrates managing to still successfully play the martyr.

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Rysky wrote:
Ensirio the Longstrider wrote:
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Readerbreeder wrote:
Liz Courts wrote:
Numerous People: So what's up with the mayonnaise?
Only Liz (and likely Cosmo) could pull off something so heinous that it would make people fear mayonnaise.
As if! Mayo is an evil, vile abomination that deserves to die all on its lonesome without outside help.
This just in! Succubi fear mayonnaise! Paladins the multiverse over can now be seen smearing their swords in the stuff.

Pretty sure they'd fall for resorting to that.

Or at least have a negative level the whole time they're carrying the stuff.

Au contraire. If the Chaotic Evil outsider believes an object to be foul and despicable, isn't it by definition the opposite of what composes her - therefore Lawful and/or Good?

If mayo truly were a force of evil, most if not every fiend would be encouraging its use, pulling more souls to their side.

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Icyshadow wrote:
I might have lost a dear friend to the grim reaper...

=(

My condolences.

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Happy belated belated birthday =)

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AngryNerdRageDemon wrote:
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Tacticslion wrote:

That DAGGUM Time Devourer from Chrono Cross, if played by a competent GM.

I WANT MY COLORS ALL IN THE CORRECT ROW, DAGGUMMIT. WHY WON'T YOU LET ME HAVE ALL MY COLORS IN THE CORRECT ROW. >:(

I feel like randomly casting a Blue spell right here in the middle of your combo. Sorry bro.

D:<

Haaaaaaaaaaaate~!
HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATE~!
GLARBLYARGLARHGYABLERAASFDEWRF~!

Hey look on the bright side!

Belthasar has another half hour of exposition for you to read!

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Philip Knowsley wrote:
...when the party Arcanist says "I don't care if the other party members want to go adventuring, I want to study Cyclops History for the next 5 years using all of the artefacts, clay tablets & pottery we just found in Vor Dakai's Lair. Oh, and can we build a university (instead of a museum) with a wing dedicated to those studies?"

This is pretty close to my party's Oracle.

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Tacticslion wrote:

That DAGGUM Time Devourer from Chrono Cross, if played by a competent GM.

I WANT MY COLORS ALL IN THE CORRECT ROW, DAGGUMMIT. WHY WON'T YOU LET ME HAVE ALL MY COLORS IN THE CORRECT ROW. >:(

I feel like randomly casting a Blue spell right here in the middle of your combo. Sorry bro.

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Canadian Bakka wrote:
...when the primary export of the local nation is honey, thanks to literally every farm having an apiary attached to it.

Seconding this part. The other doesn't apply.

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SAMAS wrote:
meatrace wrote:

Those flying medusa heads from Castlevania.

F@~$ those guys!

Too late, they already exist.

http://paizo.com/pathfinderRPG/prd/bestiary4/beheaded.html#beheaded

You're several posts late on that reply; he already explained why those versions aren't scary.

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Does this even really count as a Monday for us Stateside? Since almost all businesses are closed for the holiday.

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Tiamat's no slouch either, between the fact that she warped and reversed dimensions to keep you from finding her, then once you do reach the backdoor she's guarded her entire area with a series of several minibosses in a row. Then when you actually fight her she does things like drop waterfalls on you, fill the entire area with laser beams, and lunge out of the background to crush you.

Think she's one of the few enemies in the game who's truly harder in the remake.

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Mother in the original La-Mulana.

Five different forms, each only vulnerable to a specific weapon. The final form of these five must be attacked not only with the correct weapon, but in a specific pattern; get the pattern wrong and she shifts back to her first form and starts the cycle over again. The only clue as to this pattern? Three cryptically-written stone tablets scattered across completely different sections of the megadungeon where the game is set.

THEN, once you've managed THAT, you have to have a specific mixture of special holy elixirs from a completely different section of the ruins - a massive sidequest in its own right, and if you got it wrong you have to leave her room, leave her section of the dungeon, and only then can you warp to the other dungeon, run the sidequest again, and hope you get the mixture (one of three possible results) correct this time, then go back, beat Mother's original five forms again, get the pattern correct on Form 5, and then use the correct elixir. And like the pattern puzzle, the correct mixture for the elixirs is hidden in scattered tablets with no rhyme or reason to their location all across the ruins.

Only after you do all THAT can you face her in the TRUE final battle, in which she cycles through mimicking the attack patterns of the game's other bosses, amped up in power to match final battle difficulty.

----

The Steam/Wii remake removed the Form 5 puzzle completely and reduced the "only vulnerable to a specific weapon in each form" to "takes less damage from all but a specific weapon in each form", which greatly reduced the inherent frustration in the boss. That said the elixir puzzle is still there and the remake version of the boss is faster and more mobile, so it's certainly a challenge on its own, just a less hair-pulling one.

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"Ah no, not again."

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Every thread needs more TOZ.

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*SAVED*

The first few are downright awesome and things I would actually use in game. (The vulture/sphynx as a familiar and cockatiel/tabby as a housepet I especially like.) Then the last three were just plain hilarious.

Funny side note: Firefox spell-check does not recognize cockatiel. Recommended correction is "cockatrice". Stew on that a bit. =)

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I blame Cosmo for having to bid two of our Age of Worms players goodbye last night after schedule conflicts resulted in them needing to drop from the game. I'm glad they're having fun with their other hobbies, but I'll still miss having them in the group.

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The Doomkitten wrote:
Those games will always hold a special place in my heart as the first-and only-ones to ever actually make me cry.

Final Fantasy IX for me. Freaking You Are Not Alone scene.

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Lord Twitchiopolis wrote:
Your regional economy is driven by radishes and alcohol.

Cows, wine, and bees here. Soooooooo many apiaries. Having a Thriae hive as a vassal state helps.

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Sharoth wrote:
Kingmaker sounds like it would be a blast to play in or run.

It really is. And not only is every group's version going to be drastically different, but every playthrough can be drastically different. It's one of the few pre-written campaigns with noticeable replay value. How many APs can you say that about?

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Par for the course for DailyKos.

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N/A Entropic Axiomite Doodler 1/Author 5/Talespinner 7/Ad-Lib Artist 2/Worldbuilder 5

I likewise have been busy with things and just generally forgetting to check the forums.

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Ragadolf wrote:

If only there was a way I could do it while sitting on the couch catching up on all of my DVR'd shows from this season,...

;P

Well, not sitting, but if you have an exercise machine or treadmill you can always set it up in front of your TV/Computer and run with it that way.

I always wanted to put the treadmill in my room at my parents' place so I could get my walking done and play Final Fantasy/Pokemon/whatever other game I was on at the same time. Stairs and narrow hallways in their house made it impractical.

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I would lean to no, primarily because lichdom is a (usually) voluntary metamorphosis, so I presume they'd keep their own intellect and will post-transformation.

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Philip Knowsley wrote:
DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:
You've spent more hours in Homebrew content than official adventure content.
Yep, yep, yep, yep...

x2 combo

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thegreenteagamer wrote:

How nobody mentioned Kefka is beyond me.

Opening round, everyone now has 1HP, no save.

Queen Zeal in Chrono Trigger is fond of this tactic as well.

That said... beyond that, the reason I've avoided bosses like that is because, all things considered, they're fairly typically beaten. Healer burns a Mass Heal before Kefka's initiative comes back up, fight goes on. It's endgame, if you can't deal with tactics like that, you've already lost. Ditto with Golbez, Sephiroth, etc. Lavos is a bit odd, sure, but once you figure out the trick it's just a matter of beating up the right piece and surviving/enduring/outhealing his attacks.

The stuff I figured this thread was for were things that the games had that Pathfinder/D&D characters would have trouble dealing with due to differences in the system, which usually means focusing on gimmicky or annoying enemies.

Bowyer for example works because he utterly shuts down one mode of attack for the entire party, forcing people to either delay or greatly rethink their strategies. Magic-users will suddenly be utterly useless one round. The next all physical attackers will be able to do nothing but stand or move. And so forth.

Zubats work because their sheer numbers and the rapidity of attacks coupled with their easily-defeated weakness will wear on the party faster than a single more difficult enemy.

Giygas works because his mode of attack is undetectable, unpreventable, unavoidable, and can only simply be endured and healed, and the method to defeat him is extremely obscure (if you don't already know the game) and involves a very non-standard solution for a Pathfinder character.

And so forth. =)

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Rynjin wrote:
Orthos wrote:

On the subject of Pokemon, Abras are pretty annoying in a non-hostile sense, especially if the party needs to get one for something and can't cast dimensional anchor yet.

Imagine a mage or other villain who has one as a familiar/minion and keeps sending it to steal things from the party. Missing weapons, missing gold, missing spellbooks/spell component pouches, missing holy symbols... and attempting to catch something that can teleport at-will despite being worth almost nothing in a straight-up fight.

You *can* do this with some existing D&D/PF critters, but they're usually high-enough level to have better/more interesting/less annoying tricks up their sleeves.

This is what Imps do.

Imps have at-will teleport? It's been a while since I looked at their statblock, admittedly... Nope, just invisibility. Still pretty nice, but not as immensely frustrating as something being able to hop half a world away at the drop of a hat.

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On the subject of Pokemon, Abras are pretty annoying in a non-hostile sense, especially if the party needs to get one for something and can't cast dimensional anchor yet.

Imagine a mage or other villain who has one as a familiar/minion and keeps sending it to steal things from the party. Missing weapons, missing gold, missing spellbooks/spell component pouches, missing holy symbols... and attempting to catch something that can teleport at-will despite being worth almost nothing in a straight-up fight.

You *can* do this with some existing D&D/PF critters, but they're usually high-enough level to have better/more interesting/less annoying tricks up their sleeves.

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O_o

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Jiggy wrote:
Orthos wrote:

And sticking to that universe... Bowyer from Legend of the Seven Stars.

What's that? I shot this particular glyph with an arrow? Now you and everyone in your party can't attack/use magic/use items/retreat. No save. Sucks to be you!

O_O

/thread

A video of the relevant part of the battle for those not familiar with Super Mario RPG.

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pennywit wrote:
My players were assaulting a rather large army of large undead, and had persuaded the kobolds of Sootscale to send along a good-sized army. When they were camped out on the Dunsward, I decided that in lieu of wandering monsters, I'd do a wandering Plot Twist. I laid three Plot Twist cards down in front of my players, and asked them to choose one. It came up: BACKSTABBED!! The kobold general demanded some extra BP from the players as a bribe to keep fighting. After discussing it, the players said no. So, off marched the kobolds. Then, one player produced his own Plot Twist card: SCHADENFREUDE. "Wouldn't it be tragic," he said, "if the kobold army encountered some undead they couldn't handle on their way back to their caverns?"

Okay, I've heard nothing but good about these cards.

EDIT: Apparently this is where you buy them. Shows me for asking before searching. =)

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... when the party's response to an invading army is not "hit back now now now!" but rather "What is their reason for this? Could their be an ulterior motive? What are we missing here?"

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And sticking to that universe... Bowyer from Legend of the Seven Stars.

What's that? I shot this particular glyph with an arrow? Now you and everyone in your party can't attack/use magic/use items/retreat. No save. Sucks to be you!

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BigDTBone wrote:
Gannondorf. OoT version.

The Nightmare Blot from Link's Awakening. Can you imagine a shapeshifter of that caliber with the endurance that thing has (seriously, it has like nine forms) getting its "hands" on a few Pathfinder bestiaries? *shudder*

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So ran a NWN event last night ripping heavily from What Lies In Dust.

The haunts? The shadow hounds? The skeletal dragons (in place of the triceratops)? The vampires? The laser-beam firing artifact? Even the floating insane skull that the PCs thought might be a demilich? None of this freaked out the players as much as the soulbound dolls.

Add to this them appearing and disappearing through hidden passages, moving things around behind the PCs' backs, stealing and rearranging discarded items, and other such nonsense, and they were incredibly unnerved by the end of the event. One guy even said he was expecting it to break into a D&D equivalent of a FNAF game.

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Kryzbyn wrote:
The ability to easily AOE as a martial would be amazing.

A bit off the normal path, but I recommend The Genius Guide to Horrifically Overpowered Feats. Barring a few (Gestalt, Magic User, a couple others), they really aren't that broken, and the Meta-Attack Feats are both incredibly not-broken and amazingly useful to martial characters. Highly recommended, inexpensive, and surprisingly well-balanced despite the starting tagline of "this product is a bad idea".

My review's right at the top if you want further details. =)

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I still haven't finished the original NWN1 campaign despite purchasing the game in 2003, though I've played through both the expansion campaigns. But then again I bought NWN primarily for the multiplayer so it's not as if it hasn't seen its fair share of use.

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Yuugasa wrote:

I love Mass Effect!

It does have some issues though.

Yahtzee sums it up well. =)

Yahtzee makes most things better (or at least more entertaining) so this is par for the course. =)

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captain yesterday wrote:
Authors are big help, will look for those, lots of Him Butcher...

Yes Yes Yes Yes YES to Jim Butcher. Both his medieval fantasy Codex Alera and his modern fantasy Dresden Files are amazing and awesome.

And he has a steampunk series, Cinder Spires, coming out this fall.

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I am extremely extremely thankful that I've somehow managed to avoid all these sorts of landlords. All the ones I've had have been very good to downright awesome and accommodating.

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... when the party takes the effort to not piss off the faerie queen not because she'll smite them all, but because her wrath might negatively effect the crops and send the economy into a tailspin.

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