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Hey, why not?

*Group Hug!*

Hope you'll have a better day!

--C.


Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker was great!

Carry on!

--C.


Another for the list:
The Pagemaster (1994).

Carry on.

--C.


Valantrix1 wrote:
Luthorne wrote:

I've received my copy! Hopefully this isn't too much information, but if it is, I totally understand if the moderators feel the need to delete this post. I'm hoping just this much is okay...

** spoiler omitted **...

Ok, that increased my interest 10-fold. Thanks!

Agreed!

Thank you Luthorne.

Carry on!

--C.


It's unlikely that the Golarion system is in the Milky Way Galaxy.

In People of the Stars, reference is made to the Milk Spiral as one of the galaxies (among others named) that can be seen in Golarion's skies...

Although the name of the galaxy in which Golarion is found is not given, it is stated as not being the same as the Milk Spiral.

So...

Nice star maps!

Carry on!

--C.

<edit>
After re-reading the initial post, I realised that the question was not:
"Is the Starfinder Setting [=Golarion System etc.] in the Milky Way Galaxy(MWG)?"
but:
"Does the Starfinder Setting look like that of the picture of a ficitional MWG (i.e. is it galactic in scope)?".

...

Apologies.

Still. It has been said that, unless published otherwise, the norm for details like that should be assumed to be like that of Earth -- at least for Golarion (i.e. Pathfinder). However, it's a reasonable assumption to have for Starfinder - until we learn more from August onwards...
So. It is probable that the Starfinder/Pathfinder galaxy is similar to our own barred-spiral galaxy (i.e. the MWG).

As for whether Starfinder is galactic in scope or not: I don't think it's been stated officially. However, even if it's just limited to the Golarion system (What is the name of Golarion's sun?), that's still quite a large setting in & of itself.
We'll see come August if not sooner, I guess.


Saw Gen13. It was ok.

WildCATS was fun!

Titan AE was awesome!

Other movies:

  • The Secret of the Sword
  • The Sword in the Stone
  • the 3 Care Bear movies (The Care Bears Movie, Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation and The Care Bears Adventure in Wonderland)

Carry on!

--C.


The Prince of the Sea and the Fire Child, aka The Legend of Sirius (the direct translation of its Japanese title, Sirius no Densetsu).

The Land Before Time (first movie only).

Howl's Moving Castle.

+ Many of the ones already mentioned!

(^_')=b

Carry on!

--C.


James Jacobs wrote:
Psiphyre wrote:

Hey James!

Hope you're well.

Q: Have you seen the British movie The Dinosaur Project (2012)?

I cannot vouch whether or not it's a good movie, but it is a 'found-footage' film, which you have said that you're a fan. And there are dinosaurs!

Thanks for your generosity in always replying to all of our questions.

Have a good weekend!

--C.

I have seen it and quite enjoyed it. I can vouch for it as being a good and entertaining and worth-the-time-to-watch movie.

Thanks for the (indirect) recommendation! Wasn't too sure about it.

Glad you enjoyed it! I'll have to give it a try. ^^

Q1: About how old were you when you first became interested in dinosaurs?
I was almost 4. :D

Q2: As a dinosaur-enthusiast, what was your favorite dinosaur book(s) growing up? (Before high school, or there abouts.)

Mine were/are:

  • Dinosaurs (All About), by Rupert Oliver & Bernard Long [Illus.] (1983)
  • The New Dictionary of Dinosaurs, by Ron Wilson & Cecilia Fitzsimons [Illus.] (1986)
  • Dinosaurs and How They Lived (Windows on the World), by Steve Parker & Giuliano Fornari Sergio [Illus.] (1988)
  • The Illustrated Dinosaur Encyclopedia, by Dougal Dixon, Andrew Robinson [Illus.] & David Johnston [Illus.] (1988)

Please & thank you.

--C.


Hey James!

Hope you're well.

Q: Have you seen the British movie The Dinosaur Project (2012)?

I cannot vouch whether or not it's a good movie, but it is a 'found-footage' film, which you have said that you're a fan. And there are dinosaurs!

Thanks for your generosity in always replying to all of our questions.

Have a good weekend!

--C.


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phantom1592 wrote:

Out of curiosity...

I honestly don't see the difference there... They're working with differnet sections of the world and changing them around with every AP that DM's have to dance around to make their story work...

At first glance, this is a valid point (for which Rysky has also noted).

But I think where some ARE seeing a difference is, as Rysky also noted*: APs are NOT considered canon until they are played by a particular group, as they do not affect the status quo presented in the ISWG - unless the particular AP influences events of a subsequent/(semi-)sequel AP (but even in this case, the events are only canon for the relevant APs). So if something happens in an AP that contradicts one's own game-canon, it is easier to ignore (or appropriate!) if one doesn't like it.

However, in Campaign Setting books (&, to a lesser extent, Player Companions) it's different: They are part of the canon of the setting in that they expand upon the status quo (i.e. setting canon) presented in the ISWG (although there are a number of retcons &/or contradictions that are introduced/accidentally slip through - some softer than others...).

Disclaimer: This does also apply to much of the lore-enhancement articles in APs, as determined by Paizo.

So Paizo having a [semi-]official explanation for Aroden's death is necessary to keep some consistency for any product that does officially expand on the setting canon (again, mainly Campaign Settings). However, Paizo does not intend to reveal/make it official by publishing it.

And I think it's here where some feel reluctant to deviate from the setting canon by expanding upon the status quo & making their own canon: The possibility that their expansion/ideas/canon will be contradicted by Paizo in official 'setting-canon-expansions' is higher than any reveals in an AP.
Which is also why some posters seem to be contradicting themselves when they are dissatisfied with Paizo not revealing the 'official' reasons/causes behind Aroden's death due to the impact it may have on their own games but are ok with an AP that would reveal (or, at least, explore) those very reasons/causes... APs are canon only once played, and then only for that particular group, so have effectively zero-impact unless a GM decides otherwise.

TL;DR:
There might not seem a difference between the Aroden Mystery's impact on games vs. whether a particular GM has plans for a particular aspect of the setting (NPC, location, plot hook, etc.) only for it to be thwarted by an AP using the same aspect. However, an AP is not officially canon until Paizo says it is (such as setting up for another AP). Any impact on the setting caused by the Aroden Mystery, on the other hand, is.

I hope that this sort of explains things, at least from where I'm looking at this thread. Everyone who has posted here has had valid points about this subject (yourselves included) - at least to them.
So let's not go back to dismissing people's criticisms/opinions/praise again. Please?

What? My view on this subject?:

<shrug>
TBO I mostly forget that it's a thing that impacts the setting. It's mostly just a historical event of Golarion.
I don't play in Golarion. But I DO find it a useful toolbox to add elements to or enhance ideas of my group's home setting! There is a lot of awesome material in Pathfinder! But my group has invested too much in our setting to want to use the Pathfinder setting (& Aroden) as is, so...
<shrug>

Carry on!

--C.

*Rysky wrote:
...I like the APs and Modules, but they are self contained within the playground, and aren't even considered unless you as the GM run them or declare them as canon.

<edit>The above does not invalidate what Razcar said**.

**Razcar wrote:
I am now trying to explain the issue that others have, not me, but why not :) I think they see a large difference of scale with the death of Aroden and the start of the Age of Lost Omens and other plotlines, such as whatever happens with Sheila Heidmarch et.al. Aroden's fate is seen as a metaplot, by some, and I wouldn't blame them since that's what was sold for a while. I myself would like it to be a metaplot, like the slumbering Runelords, but stronger and little less localized to one nation (Varisa). Something going on back there even now and that lends a subtle color to other stories, and not just a historical event that's done and over.


Yay!

:D

--C.


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Poor goblins.

Bet they'd kill for the flame-thrower! ^^
I'm not sorry.
;p

--C.


Ok, ok.

NOW I'm getting excited!

^^

--C.


Fourshadow wrote:
Psiphyre wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
Now that I think about it, if they use a kaiju for the cover it would be so big that all you would see is a foot, tail, etc. unless they show it way in the background.

Kinda like what was done with Cthulhu for Bestiary 5 ?

Carry on!

--C.

How about 4? It wasn't 5.

5 has Grim Reaper, Greys and...darn, I forget! And it is one of my favorite covers, too...

Whoops. Wrong volume.

Brain fart?

Bestiary 4 is correct!

Cookie for you!

Carry on.

--C.


Dragon78 wrote:
Now that I think about it, if they use a kaiju for the cover it would be so big that all you would see is a foot, tail, etc. unless they show it way in the background.

Kinda like what was done with Cthulhu for Bestiary 5 ?

Carry on!

--C.


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Thank you!
(^_')=b
(It does!)

--C.


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This looks very interesting!

Would it be ok to list the 6 Hawaiian & 6 Maori deities?
(Just their names would be fine.)

Please & thank you.

Carry on.

--C.


Agreed!

Carry on!

--C.


William Ronald wrote:

As the civilizations of Garund and Avistan predate the founding of Absalom (and the raising of the Isle of Kortos from the floor of the fairly young Inner Sea), one of those civilizations likely named the northern tropic (Tropic of Cancer on Earth) and possibly the southern.

<snip>...

Just a little correction ^ from someone who is currently living in the Southern Hemisphere.

Otherwise some interesting points you've brought up! ^^

Carry on!

--C.


Thank you.

--C.

Can barely wait to get the book!


Rysky wrote:
Psiphyre wrote:

Would I be out of line in asking whether the book goes into any detail (beyond just name & epithet - & possibly alignment) about any new gods or faiths worshipped in Kelesh?

Not necessarily a full write-up like those in Distant Shores.

Any extra information (symbol, areas of concern, etc.) beyond a "Yes, there are!"/"Unfortunately, no..." is left completely to one's discretion.

Please and thank you!

Carry on!

--C.

PS: Regardless of whether or not there are new gods in it, I'm quite excited to get this book! ^^

There is a whole section on other Kelesh faith and philosophies and describing them, but none of the deities mentioned have a writeup.

Thank you for the reply!

(^_')=b

Re_describing the faiths: Would that include the alignment & areas of concern (at the very least) of the different deities mentioned?

Please & thank you.

Carry on!

--C.


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Would I be out of line in asking whether the book goes into any detail (beyond just name & epithet - & possibly alignment) about any new gods or faiths worshipped in Kelesh?
Not necessarily a full write-up like those in Distant Shores.

Any extra information (symbol, areas of concern, etc.) beyond a "Yes, there are!"/"Unfortunately, no..." is left completely to one's discretion.

Please and thank you!

Carry on!

--C.

PS: Regardless of whether or not there are new gods in it, I'm quite excited to get this book! ^^


m(_ _)m

--C.


As for the product itself: I'm stoked about all the demigods and other high-end entries (mythic or not) that'll be in it!

My groups (& GMs) want more powerful "monsters" to interact with.^^

Carry on!

--C.


Thursday the 24th of November is Thanksgiving in the States. As it is close to the weekend, it is possible that the Friday may be included as part of a long weekend, which is what I think Plausible Pseudonym was getting at.

However, I don't live in the States, so I'm not 100% on Friday being a no-work day (although I do know that the international schools are taking the day off...)

I'm sure we'll know for sure next week.

--C.


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Sometimes it helps just to get away/take a break from something that is no longer keeping you in a good place - if only for a while.

Wish you all the best!

Be kind to yourself, and hope that this break will help you.

Thank you for everything thus far.

Come back when you are ready!

*hugs*

--C.


Hey James.

Hope you're well.

I was wondering whether you have read The Magus (1965), by John Fowles?

Thank you.

--C.


You pretty much got all of it. And mostly right!

Edit: It was Midnight who slew Myrkul, while Bane was killed by Torm (who sacrificed himself to do so). Cyric (who did kill Bhaal) acquired their (Bane & Myrkul) portfolios mostly because he happened to be at the right place & right time (i.e. the Celestial Stair - or something) when Ao was assessing the fallout of the 'Godswar'(=Avatar Crisis).

Cyric did go on to murder Leira, goddess of illusions & deception (with Mask's assist).
Although there were/are rumors about that say that what he slew was an illusion... <shrug>

Otherwise good summary of the whole story arc.
(^_')=b

Carry on!

--C.


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Or Gnobi - from shinobi.

;P

Carry on!

--C.


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Fourshadow wrote:

Ah, nuts! I was hoping this would be on my local shop's shelves for their Black Friday sale when I would get at least 30% off...

If it's Starfinder's fault then I'm liking it even less than I already did--which was not at all.

Weeell... IIRC A member of staff at Paizo (I think it was Ms Price) has said that the moisture levels in China (where the books are printed) has been rather high recently, resulting in a much longer drying time (for the ink) than anticipated, thus implying (but not necessarily saying) that that may be the cause for all the delays.

Not saying that there couldn't be other reasons as well. Just that, unless given the actual reasons for all the delays (unlikely), let's not place blame (directly or not) where it isn't warranted. It will just lead to more unnecessary unpleasantness.

Cool?

Disclaimer: This isn't directed at just you specifically. It is meant as a general thing.

<sigh>

But of course, this being the Internet, people will post regardless...
Whatever. <shrug>

--C.


nighttree wrote:
Thomas Seitz wrote:

I'm all for Boneyard/Purgatory Dragon.

Nighttree,

I think we've run out of Tane...

I thought only two had been done so far ???

Aren't there at least five?

Don't have my books but, there's the Jabberwocky, Jubjub Bird, Bandersnatch, that weird tree thing and the magenta-scaled, fire-breathing bear with a serpent for a tail thing.

Or maybe I've got that wrong...

Kalindlara - HELP!
(Please and thank you.)
<edit> Found the info! So no worries.^^

<shrug>

--C.

<edit> There have been five statted out in the bestiaries, as mentioned above. The tree-thing is the Sard & the bear-thing is the Thrasfyr!
:o
;p

<edit-edit>Ninja'ed (below, while I was editing my post)!
Thank you Kalindlara! (^_')=b


Alessia Cara's Scars to Your Beautiful.

--C.


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As always, thank you very much, Kalindlara!!

(^_')=b

Carry on!

--C.


UnArcaneElection wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:

{. . .}

Pharasma

Pharasma knows who the Consort is. She does not care. All that ever was or ever will be leads to the Boneyard. She does not motivate or restrict her clergy or divine servants with respect to the search- truly an erratic single digit percentage of the faith partakes in one way or another. If attacked for her knowledge, she will defend herself and call upon others for aid, starting with Asmodeus and Lamashtu. Pharasma is the one one deity that is not and cannot be the Consort.
{. . .}

Why can't Charisma be the Consort? And if she isn't, but Asmodeusu or Lamashtu is (or maybe even if not), calling on their aid might be a bad idea . . . .

Charisma?!

Did you perhaps mean Pharasma?
Otherwise...

...

<shrug> :p

--C.


Interesting idea!

[ . ]

Carry on!

--C.


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thunderspirit wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
At least SOME people here have avoided the suffocating embrace of Facebook!

We refer to these people as "grognards."

(The judges will also accept "curmudgeon", "prosophobe", "dinosaur", and "Luddite".)

I like dinosaurs!

Probably why I've never ever needed Facebook!

:p

--C.


Big Hero Six is pretty much a stand-alone movie that uses properties from the Marvel universe to which Disney has the rights...

Just saying. :p

--C.


This sounds useful!

--C.


Luthorne wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
I like the name promethean but kind of wished it was a aberration based template instead of a part golem one.
Why aberration? I could see fire (because Prometheus stole fire), divine punishment (since he was probably the first punished by the gods in his mythology), or flesh golem (because 'modern' Prometheus), but aberration doesn't seem to make much sense, there...deep one, hive, or maybe shadow seem more thematically on-key for that?

Perhaps in relation to the movie Prometheus of the Alien franchise, as well as the usage of 'promethean' for the 'alien engineers'?

Not actually what the word means, but it does seem to have acquired those associations among younger generations...

And I could be wrong!
;p

Carry on.

--C.


Threeshades wrote:

I had some time on my hands so I compiled this rough guide to color alignments and which types of spells and creatures are associated with the various colors.

Google Doc Link

This is short, sweet & useful.

Thank you!

--C.


Thought you might be lonely in this thread, so... ;)

I've seen a few episodes & have enjoyed them. However, when they are screened is rather irregular (at best) where I'm currently living.

A pity, really. The show seems fun!

I think I might prefer to watch them in their original language (French) - not that the English voice acting is bad. I just feel that there are some... nuances that have been lost in translation.

YMMVT

Carry on!

--C.


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To be released just in time for Halloween, it seems!

:D

--C.


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Mike Welham wrote:
Eric Hinkle wrote:
Mike Welham wrote:
FallenDabus wrote:

Got it!

Bestiary:
...
Mederach - CR 9, Chaotic good spider Outsiders. Egalitarian, scholarly, and predisposed to peace. Looks awesome! I'm almost too busy squeeing over getting this thing to actually pay attention to the rest of the bestiary.
...

I can't tell you how happy I am at your reaction to the mederach, which I am certain was wonderfully developed by Amanda Hamon Kunz.

I'm looking forward to seeing it.

The whole 'non-evil spider monsters' part is what intrigues me I may be an arachnophobe, but it gets tiresome to have every spider-beastie be insanely evil and out for the PCs' blood.

Thanks, Eric! As Daigle posted, "mission accomplished."

I'm mildly arachnophobic, so it was definitely a stretch for me to design a benevolent spider creature.

Now, as a major coulrophobe, I would be hard-pressed to do the same for a clown critter. ;)

That's because clowns are pure evil/ nightmare fuel!

:p

Carry on!

--C.


Ah, I see.

So Shamash is one of the elder gods (like Nodens & Bast)...

For a moment I thought that the name was being used for a new lovecraftian horror (Outer god or Great Old One), which was where my disconnect between real-world and literary mythologies occurred.

Thank you for clearing things up - somewhat.

--C.


Umm... How is Shamash a Lovecraftian deity?

Isn't Shamash the Akkadian-Babylonian derivative of the ancient Sumerian god Utu (the god of the sun, order & justice)??

Note: I haven't looked at the product itself, nor am I trying to discredit/criticise it (haven't read it, so...). It was just unexpected disconnect when I first read which gods were included...

Other than that, keep making great products!

--C.


Kvantum wrote:
Psiphyre wrote:
Kajehase wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
You mean Dance Halls of Golarion? ;)
Hey, keep it old school: Feast Halls.

Most likely wrong, but...

Wasn't it Fest Halls?

--C.

Festhalls. One word. Well, at least if my old copy of Volo's Guide to Waterdeep is anything to go by.

Thought it was something like that.

Thanks!

--C.


Kajehase wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
You mean Dance Halls of Golarion? ;)
Hey, keep it old school: Feast Halls.

Most likely wrong, but...

Wasn't it Fest Halls?

--C.


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CorvusMask wrote:
...Also, since someone talked about it way earlier, Japanese tend to go for dramatic trailers in general when it comes to animation rather than comedy. Not sure why exactly, but I imagine they are going more for heartwarming marketing stuff rather than for laughters. Either way, its not like they in general consider animation more adult from what I understand

Probably because many seem to forget that humor does not always translate well across unrelated languages, let alone different cultures...

Most of my Japanese friends did not find the movie nearly as funny as many westerners have. Doesn't mean that they didn't enjoy the movie - they do think it is cute!

So rather opt for a dramatic trailer than a humorous one if you're hoping to get people who are not native English-speakers &/or not western (particularly American) in outlook to watch the movie.

In general.

--C.


Kalindlara wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
Dead puppies.
I hear they aren't much fun...

Unless you're a necromancer...

;p

Carry on!

--C.


H2Osw wrote:
Sorry to necro an old thread but, would this book be the original to the Darklands Revisited?

Not really.

This book gives an overview of the geography, adventure sites/hooks, civilisations and such of the Darklands.
Also, it was released at around the time when Paizo was switching from 3.5E rules to Pathfinder itself (or then abouts). So there may be a few details that might have changed since then, as well as some rules that mmight need updating...

The Darklands Revisited book that's just been released is part of the Revisited line, which deals with a selection of 10 monsters/races and then does "ecology-style" chapters on each (complete with a statted example). Of course, new information about specific places or aspects of the Darklands might be mentioned, but only in context of the races/monsters featured.

TL;DR:

  • Into the Darklands = setting specific information (geography, civilisations, monsters, etc).*
  • Darklands Revisted = specific ecology/society information on 10 Darklands races/monsters.
*Caveat: Some ideas may no longer be current.

Hope that helps.

BTW Into the Darklands is a good book!

Carry on!

--C.

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