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Thevanan Quain

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Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber. FullStarFullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 2,280 posts (3,301 including aliases). 15 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 7 Pathfinder Society characters. 20 aliases.


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Some of us believe that all alcohol is magical.

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Pretty much any possible relocation away from Indianapolis is going to hamper my ability to attend Gen Con. And I (and my brothers) have been attendees for many years.

However

I am incredibly pleased by the stance the organizers have taken on this issue, on behalf of many of the convention's attendees. And in support of a notion of fairness that extends beyond a state, or even a country.

If I lose out on my ability to attend, I'm satisfied it is for a valid reason.

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I blame Cosmo for all my problems here.

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I never met Mike, and only knew him through his posts on the boards and his writing. He produced quality material and seemed like a good guy.

My condolences to his family and friends, including the connections he made here.

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Monthly with a gap.

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Oh. And adding to the Logue Love shudder...

Mists of Mwangi is still one of the most fondly remembered Pathfinder Society scenarios for many. And it can make a fun game night regardless of whether you're involved in Organized Play.

Plus: The Kobold King!! Isn't he about due to come back again?

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Nicolas Logue wrote:

Heh. I may need to fire up Flash now, thanks Darius. :-)

Sorry, Kajehase: I'm afraid my contract precisely stipulates - its Blessed, or no one.

While I'm a great fan of both Winstone and Oldman's bodies...of work, I mean...its all about casting. Only Brian Blessed could capture my...well...Logueness, as Sissyl put a finger on it earlier.

But would Blessed want to play you again in a movie after he's played you so many times in real life???

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I believe the green peanuts are made with recycled material, therefore more environmentally friendly than the white ones.

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Auxmalous, I think that is exactly what Daigle is talking about.

Prior to the release of Iron Gods, was the idea that this was an homage to Barrier Peaks stated by him, James Jacobs, or Rob McCreary? Or was that just inferred by the community and re-stated on the boards?

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Having the Fox and Bard in a set would break the pattern of 1 small per pack.

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I blame Cosmo that this forum is way too long.

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It's Cosmo's fault that Colonel Chestbridge is so mean to Claire.

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Congrats!!

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Christopher Anthony wrote:
[redacted]: need more tall socks to avoid leg shaving

Can't fool me... Bulmahn.

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Happy from the blog and The Clompster.

Sad from the no more Gary blogs (for now).

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I just want to add that Paizo is extremely good about crediting creators for their work, even when they don't really have to.

A few years back, my brother wrote a small supplement for a 3PP which detailed a number of fencing feats and combat maneuvres. Concurrently, another freelancer was writing material with the same theme but different mechanics for the original Campaign Setting hardcover. Even though it was clearly a case of independent development, and the mechanics were different, Paizo still cited my brother's article in the OGL of that book.

Creator rights are a hot-button issue these days, but I don't see this card generator as anything but a useful tool for players.

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I blame Cosmo for Chyro not realizing that Craig Shackleton only writes pushover encounters.
Seriously, the guy's a marshmallow.
He has been that way ever since I killed his character Zeffin the dwarf in 1980.
Which was inspired by Cosmo.

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Lovely Customer Service Folks,
As requested above, please cancel my PACG subscription.
I will likely start up again after the big box, assuming the setup is the same as last set.

Thanks!

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Haladir wrote:
I am the modren man!

Are you sure that's not spelled "Modron"??

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Jack of Nothing wrote:

Also I believe the warning about the alignment shift was when I coup de graced a gnoll slave trader we were supposed to "take care of" and I mentioned Urgothoa, he claimed I was making a sacrifice to her. If memory serves the only thing I said was Urgothoa take you. She's the god of death right? Basically I just told the guy to die.

But I suppose the inconsistency in what truly defines you as evil makes these sort of troubled characters impractical. Thanks everyone, you have been a great help.

Pharasma is the goddess of death. Using Pharasma in your quote above would be likely be less problematic.

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jones314 wrote:
Troymk1 wrote:
We in the commonwealth cherish our U's
And your dyslexic r and e?

I'm unsure what you refre to...

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Aerros wrote:
bbKabag wrote:
Aerros wrote:
Scribbling Rambler wrote:
My only complaint so far is the improper spelling of armour, as is the case with many Paizo products.

Please know what your talking about before you try to correct others...

Thank you.

You're*

I think he was just being sarcastic about the Canadian/British spelling of "armor."

lol That's what I get for rushing.

:)

bbKabag has the right idea. I guess I should have included a smiley or something.
It's a way I've been annoying the Paizonians for years - I remember talking to Jason Bulmahn about all of the typos in the preview of the Core Rulebook at PaizoCon almost 6 years ago.
I would tell you his reply, but it wouldn't pass the censoring filters.

;)

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My only complaint so far is the improper spelling of armour, as is the case with many Paizo products.

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I blame Cosmo for Some Assembly Required.

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Is the playtest restricted geographically?

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I blame Cosmo that kids today can't even tie their pumpkins down right.

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Shephel wrote:
Scribbling Rambler wrote:

For those who are fans of Mike's work, I'm going to shamelessly plug Yetisburg, an incredibly fun 2-player game. At 3 bucks it's an incredible steal.

I admit to being totally biased about this game, as it was because of it I first met Mike and many of the Paizo folks.

However, I can say that I ran it continuously for 3 days straight at a major convention, and still wanted to play it when I got home :)

Aaaaannnnd now I have a new game. Hopefully it gets here soon.

Yes!!

I knew that secretly siphoning off some of Liz Courts' product-selling-powers would eventually pay off!!

Only problem is that I now think I need 2 or 3 more copies for myself...

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For those who are fans of Mike's work, I'm going to shamelessly plug Yetisburg, an incredibly fun 2-player game. At 3 bucks it's an incredible steal.

I admit to being totally biased about this game, as it was because of it I first met Mike and many of the Paizo folks.

However, I can say that I ran it continuously for 3 days straight at a major convention, and still wanted to play it when I got home :)

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I've made a huge mistake...

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Tels wrote:
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Need me the tunes to use so I can sing along. For some reason, I keep thinking these are to the tune of Little Mermaid songs.

I'm betting #1 is "Part of your World", as it fits quite well.

I think the second is a different verse of the same song...

Ah, good. It wasn't just the fact that I enjoy listening to Disney songs more than I do most music and automatically try and fit songs to the tune of Disney hits.

The second is from "Wicked".

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I blame Cosmo for being a love vashikaran specialist.

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Walter Sheppard wrote:

I'll be limiting people to Core for my run of the Council of Thieves AP, because that AP was written before other sources like the APG were published.

I expand this specific rule to be my general rule in the AP's I run: my players can only use books which were available to the designers of the AP I'm running.

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doc the grey wrote:
But again I hope that all of my worries are entirely unfounded, that Core is an unmitigated success, and that even I'm playing a game or 2 here in a year. But the way that these worries have been addressed and worse how it feels fears have been dismissed rather than being assuaged by some of those most fervently championing has done nothing but increase my concern

However, your response to my anxiety about trying to return to the campaign is also quite dismissive.

The current rules hurdle for new or returning GM's is real and monolithic. I'm a GM with 35 years experience, a former VC, somebody who has been a Tier 1 GM at Gen Con multiple times (as well as a room captain in Season 1), and helped to run the first ever PFS session. Yet I find the onus of catching up to run a current scenario overly stressful and off-putting. If I were somebody who had never GM'ed it would be even worse.
While I may have to learn something new for a specific scenario (assuming I GM a scenario which has something new, many do not), at least it has been reduced to smaller portions. And more importantly, it is something I can learn as part of my preparation in advance, rather than after somebody shows up with a character I don't understand.
And once I have progressed on that slower learning curve, maybe I will feel ready to once again return to the primary campaign.

Is it a legitimate concern that there may be conflict between the campaigns, especially in less active regions?
Is it a legitimate concern that some players will drop out?
Is it a legitimate concern that store owners will move less product via the Core Campaign.
Yes to all.

However, this idea also will bring in new (and returning) players and get new (and returning) GM's to step up. It will help to re-invigorate the back library of scenarios. And, it allows limited replay for those folks who are running out of options.

Only time will tell if the concerns outweigh the positive opportunities. For now, we're only looking at opinions and speculation.

My opinion and speculation is that this is a great option which will eventually grow the Society as a whole.

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doc the grey wrote:
Mike Lindner wrote:

This is awesome. I think this will really help those who want to or at least may be willing to try GMing. I look forward to running core only games.

This is coming from "one of those" that uses every option under the sun.

Not really. As a Player it reduces the number of source books you have to know but as a GM you still have to know all the rules that whatever scenario you are using references. In other words even if you are running a core table their is still a high chance you are going to have to know how to use feats, skills, spells, or classes from other supplements if that module makes use of them.

I strongly disagree.

As a GM who has not run a Society session since 2011, the sheer volume of new classes, races, archetypes, feats, spells, etc etc has been far too steep a hill to climb to get back into running a PFS game. And that's with my being comfortable with the books which had come out to that point (APG, Ultimate Magic (Ultimate Combat was new and not an issue yet)).
On the other hand learning a new monster, or the abilities of a specific NPC, is just basic GM prep.
The problem is not the rules for the scenarios, it's all of the combinations of abilities of the unknown characters who may show up.

A Core campaign is not for everybody, and it may not be for you, but it requires far less homework on the part of a GM.

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Sara Marie wrote:
cosmo: so... I’m a reasonable intelligent simian.

Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!!

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Jiggy wrote:
Scribbling Rambler wrote:
Undone wrote:

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The real problem is GM's actually believe the bolded part of people who optimize.
What are they supposed to believe when somebody says they want to "break the game"?
Perhaps that that single individual might do something disruptive, rather than attributing that attitude to a whole category of people who have no interest in such a goal?

Mis-communicated.

As a GM, I don't believe that all optimizers wish to ruin a game. Almost all players optimize to some extent (including me).
However, I do believe that some optimizers do set out to spoil peoples fun. Which is what I quoted (EDIT: "people who optimize" not "everyone who optimizes").

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Undone wrote:

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The real problem is GM's actually believe the bolded part of people who optimize.

What are they supposed to believe when somebody says they want to "break the game"?

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This is a very interesting development.

As somebody who was involved in Society play at the very beginning, it has been great to see how successful it has become.

However, as somebody who had to step back from it for a while, the thought of all of the extra classes, races, archetypes, etcetera that I would have to learn has made it overly daunting to try and run a table again.

While I'm not ready to leap back in yet, this makes it much more possible for that day to come.

Who knows? It might even make me want to run a table on the cusp of July and August...

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Erik Mona wrote:
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I am wondering if Paizo has any numbers on how large its European client base actually is, and whether that would not justify having a warehouse in the EU to avoid this sort of problem.

It's definitely something we've strongly considered. My sense is that we're not there yet, and we probably won't be there next year, but if the game keeps growing the way it has been and we keep making good decisions in other arenas, this idea is going to keep coming up until it happens.

As an aside, last year at Christmas I paid $175 in shipping for a Union Jack Dalek toy I could only find from Forbidden Planet UK. I paid the shipping fee without comment, as I realized what it was like to be on the other side of that particular equation.

So, I feel your pain. I hope we can work out a better solution to international shipping (particularly of large items) in the years to come.

If I retire next year, I could run the Canadian distribution centre out of my basement ;)

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I blame Cosmo for GenCon hotel booking.
Indianapolis seems to have an excess of gall.

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It's the game of the "Overheard" thread!!

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These all look great!

However, I confess to being a bit disappointed that the mystery sub-type was gnolls. I'm sure these will be an improvement on the ones from the past, and they definitely fill a niche for newcomers. I just hope we will see future representation for many of the creature types which were speculated on (qlippoths, daemons, oni, kytons, ...)

And although we've already seen the sasquatch and chupacabra, I'm greedy and hope to see more of the creatures which set Pathfinder apart from other games.

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Christopher Anthony wrote:
Cosmo is His Most Holiness. Your scale is miscalibrated.

For some reason this came to mind.

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I'm also like Steve Geddes - in the past I've found the dungeon dressing better in theory than in use. However, I'm certainly interested to see how they turn out. If it does turn out to be an ongoing thing, I hope the number is fluid, and/or that the dressing "slots" may also be used for things like mules.

That said, all of these renders look great.

However, I'm more excited at some of the things mentioned in the text: 51 figure set, lots of characters, loose theme...
And while it is not tied to a specific AP, it's interesting that there are "several dwarf figures" arriving around the completion of Giantslayer.

And Dire Corbies live in dungeons deep.

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I'm surreal, which is like real+

Isn't it?

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Marco Massoudi wrote:


If we eleminate the ones already made and the obscure, the following remain:

aeon, agathion, angel, archon, asura, azata, daemon, div,
great old one, inevitable, kami, kyton, oni, protean, psychopomp, qlippoth.

The beatific one is an asura, so one of those has also been done.

I would add robot to your list based on the Iron Gods AP.
However, I'd say daemon, qlippoth, kyton, oni or protean would be the leading suspects (and all very welcome).

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D'oh!!!

More research needed.

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Curmudgeonly wrote:
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As usual, this set will "flesh out" a couple of key monster types (including a major one people have been demanding from the start, but which we've not yet included in a single set).

I'm hoping this means fey!

Well... we've had at least two fey (redcap, faun) and a plant (vine choker), but I don't think there has been an ooze yet...

EDIT: Not that I'm arguing against more fey or plants.

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ooooOOOOoooooo!!!!

I will yell at my TV on your behalf the next time it is on, Gary. Hope you feel better soon.

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