Here's mine, although I may add more seminars depending on recording arrangements.
PaizoCon 2013 schedule for Ryan. Costello
Friday, July 5
02:00 PM – 06:00 PM
07:00 PM – 11:59 PM
Saturday, July 6
01:00 PM – 02:00 PM
02:00 PM – 04:00 PM
07:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Sunday, July 7
I’m happy to see so much praise for how this went, and understand a certain amount of the criticism. Obviously I’m coming from a position of bias, but I think the interactive element was last night’s biggest success. People who missed it live have the option to watch it at their leisure, or listen to it when the audio releases next week. People who don’t like the format are marginally affected. The information will continue to come out in regular blog posts. I agree that there will be the feeling of being out of the loop or playing catch-up. I know when I miss a convention with a big announcement, it’s not a fun position to be in. This is at least a more inclusive version of that situation, because a narrowcast is far more accessible than any convention.
The biggest shortcoming it seems was communicating where to participate in the live broadcast. I know it was linked at least three times on our Facebook page, Mike linked to it on his Facebook page. That is a bit of a Facebook bias. Mike may have Tweeted, but we didn’t. I know our homepage does not incorporate the youtube channel pretty much at all, which is the reason we are redesigning the site. Perram’s a busy guy, and I’m no web designer, so that will have to happen when it happens.
In the future, when we expect large announcements on an episode, I will set-up a friend of the show to help live Tweet the announcements. I know Alex Greenshields was posting the biggest news on the PathfinderWiki Facebook group. After the interview, I asked Brian Darnell if he could start threads for all the big announcements on the Paizo.com forums, but he said threads had already been started.
I’m glad people enjoyed the episode. It was our largest broadcast audience, with 250 viewers at the peak. We’re more than honoured that Mike, Mark, and John chose us as the venue for the preview announcements. We aim to improve as we go forward in this format, and appreciate all the feedback we’ve gotten.
To be clear, I'm not speaking for Paizo or the PFS team. Just talking about what Know Direction can do on our end.
Our YouTube channel, where the recording will air life on Wednesday, April 17th, at 8:00 pm EST, 5:00 pm PST, can be found here.
Mark Moreland wrote:
But since the show is recorded live, by viewing it and joining in the conversation, you may have the ability (at the podcast's discretion) to direct questions to those of us in campaign HQ as part of the interview.
We monitor the comments on the video as it airs. If anyone has questions for Mike, Mark, or John, this is your opportunity to ask them.
Celestial Healer wrote:
I'm so glad you started this thread, Treppa. I am thinking of running a game, actually, but I am concerned that the ladies at the table won't be able to keep their eyes off of my manly physique. Since they're probably not used to a man in the GM chair, should I make sure I wear high collars, long sleeves, and long pants so they don't get distracted? I have a turtleneck that might work, but it's a bit tight, so I can wear a sweater over it to hide the outline of my torso.
You go on telling yourself that girls will pay attention to you dressed like that. Yeah, I wear tight shirts. Yeah, I look good in a t-shirt. Yeah, girls might only start paying attention to me because I look good in a tight shirt. The point is, they pay attention to me, and when it's my turn, that's all that matters, bro.
PFS is an advertising tool for Pathfinder. It is the best kind of advertising tool, one that is fun on multiple levels, but it is still there to sell Pathfinder material, and to support the stores that support their product. It is more lenient that other companies, like Games Workshop. PFS doesn't say you have to use a Pathfinder branded miniature to use, and the rerolls for Paizo-produced t-shirts and Character Folios is additive. But ultimately, if PFS doesn't pay for itself, Paizo can't support it. You don't have to own every Pathfinder product to play, you barely need to own any, but it isn't asking too much that you own the products that contain the options you are using. This is more expensive for an optimizer, its true, but there are other rewards for optimization.
Conversely, you can play Pathfinder for free. Use the PfSRD for all your options, spend a day turning an old press table into a giant grid map, and write your own adventures. You don't get all the additional advantages of PFS, but again, that's a form of advertisement with a few rules to recoup costs and pay for a few salaries of some pretty swell guys.
Sarusan is the golarion australian analog.
All available information on Sarusan comes from ancient accounts, because no modern expedition has successfully returned from Sarusan.
That makes justifying the kangeroo a bit tough. Washed up in a crate and I mistook him for a giant mouse, maybe?
Hill Giant wrote:
I was thinking more like this!
I guess I read something that wasn't there. If that's the case, then mad dog sounds like exactly what I'm looking for. Thanks guys!
Hm. A sylvan sorcerer with a kangeroo sounds... insane. But not exactly the insane I was going for. I might have to settle for druid if I want to go this root, but I am still entertaining options.
It would be nice if there were a feat that opened up animal companion options, or something other than a class feature.
I've been formulating a character concept with a kangeroo animal companion (Bestiary 3). I was hoping to gain the companion at 1st level. Off all the classes that gain animal companions, druid was my last choice for the concept, but I can't find any other class that both has an animal companion at 1st level, and can take any animal as their companion.
Thanks for this, Adam. I'm very strict with animal companions when I GM because I have been in games where an unrestricted animal companion overshadowed both the fighter and the monk in melee effectiveness, and the druid was a skill monkey, having invested his second best intellectual ability score into Int and dumping Charisma. I will keep a link to this post handy for the next player who questions what I mean by "what tricks does your animal companion know?".
Happy to hear you like the product, Lucien Black. Let me see if I can answer some of your questions.
Lucien Black wrote:
For the Quench ability, does not taking ill effects from not eating and drinking mean the mage simply no longer requires food and drink? As if using a ring of sustenance, minus the less sleep benefits?
I originally conceived that a character who takes quench still needs to eat and drink to survive, but the time it takes to die from it is painless. Double checking the rules for starvation and thirst, dying from it is entirely dependent on the ill effects that Quench ignores. So, for simplicity and consistency’s sake, quench works like you suggest, as a ring of sustenance minus the sleep benefits.
Lucien Black wrote:
Is it accurate that a mosaic mage knows all spells that are part of their spectrum, or do they need to learn them as a normal mage? If they know them automatically, does that include the complementary spectrums?
The Spells section of the mosaic mage class features says “To learn, prepare, or cast a spell...”, and then later “This includes all spells of the schools and subschools making up the spectrum, regardless of which classes can traditionally access the spell.” “To learn” was mistakenly included. A mosaic mage does not need to learn spells, his lest of spells known is the entirety of his spectrum, and his complimentary spectrums. Just remember that you must use two spell slots to prepare spells from a complementary spectrum.
Lucien Black wrote:
Any chance of more support in the form of new spectrum powers?
Well that’s interesting. A while ago, Owen and I talked about releasing a compiled list of spectrum spells from the Core Rulebook, probably as a Bullet Point. If there is enough interest, that could be expanded into a larger product that includes new spectrum powers, maybe new feats, other options, maybe prestige classes. I know archetypes are popular, but I have a hard time seeing what design space a mosaic mage archetype would fill that the base mosaic mage does not. Maybe a hybrid class that uses the same theme, like mosaic bards or mosaic magi?
This ultimately isn’t my decision as the designer, it is Super Genius Games’ decision as the publisher, but I am starting to see what a Mosiac Mage support product might look like.
Lucien Black wrote:
Since this is an alternate class for the wizard, can they take arcane discoveries?
Yes you can, although since mosaic mages effectively give up their wizard bonus for their spectrum powers, your only option is to give up your regular feats to gain arcane discoveries.
From the way you tell the story, I don’t think you did anything wrong. As a GM, you can also bite the plot hooks players present and the oracle player presented a very enticing plot for you to explore. I do agree with Piccolo that the imp, a lawful evil outsider, should act like an imp. You said it signed a contract for an unspecified favour. The contract is very lawful and very devil-appropriate, and the blind favour the oracle is expected to repay very much sounds like a selfish, manipulative act, ie evil. So the imp certainly seem in character from what you wrote.
I also think the oracle player did nothing wrong. Shades-of-grey is an interesting pov, and appropriately Lawful Neutral. The only concern I have is that she mentioned wanting the imp as a cohort. If this was her character’s long term plan, fine. If this is her long term plan as a player, I think she’s being a bit presumptuous that she will succeed in turning this imp. Maybe she presented it as an option, which would be fine. It is the only red flag that went up related to that player. She even tried to compromise, in character with the fighter. Again, sounds like good roleplaying and reasonable behaviour.
My interpretation is that the fighter’s player is being inflexible. Some of that may be conjecture. If the fighter character never mentioned, implied, or had any above average issue with imps or devils, her actions sound stubborn. And if she is only changing characters to stick it to the oracle player, that sounds petty. But this is how I’m reading your interpretation of the situation. Are you sure she isn’t changing characters to play something that would fit in the group better? Irreconcilable differences between characters is, in my book, an acceptable reason to change characters.
To reiterate, it seems to me that you and the oracle player are making character choices, and the fighter is making player choices. Players need to separate character actions from player actions to successfully roleplay. I would roll with the fighter player changing her character but tell her that killing the imp before she leaves is taking it too far. Justify your decision by saying that you and the oracle player are both invested in where the imp story can go, and if she has to change characters to fit in with the party, it is in the story and the group’s better interests to leave the imp alone.
Bad form? It is exactly what the people who contribute to Wayfinder love to see!
I wonder if people who normally review products hesitate to review Wayfinder because they contributed to it or feel biased about it in some way.