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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Card Game Subscriber. FullStarFullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 2,371 posts (3,396 including aliases). 15 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 8 Pathfinder Society characters. 20 aliases.


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Scribbling Rambler wrote:


** spoiler omitted **

Oops. Apologies for missing that.

Grand Lodge

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Interesting.

Spoiler:
Especially as my group is just returning to the Hut on Triaxus after recovering a bearskin.

Family members of those who have 3 design credits are still eligible, right? ;)

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I remember starting a 1st-ed campaign this way with my brothers (I think). Fun!

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Absolutely brilliant cover.

Did Mr Mona have a hand in that choice of homage?

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I blame Cosmo for the rainy plains of Spain.

And other show tunes.

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MikeMyler wrote:
(perhaps due to your capacity to overly indulge in wine at all times of the day or night)

Far more likely, sir, that it was the lead poisoning which also led to my inability to differentiate circles from squares.

I will be sure to check it all out.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Mr Myler, I can attest to the fact that his spur-of-the-moment creativity is on a par with any of the finest gamers I've met.

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Karloch wrote:
Scribbling Rambler wrote:

Except that several company reps told several people at Gen Con (including me) that they could not give a firmer date than "soon", and could not even narrow it down to a couple of quarters (I asked).

Considering we're almost finished the 3rd quarter, if they cannot narrow it down to a couple of quarters at this point, it's extremely unlikely to be this year.

I think you'll find this very enlightening

I'm quite happy to be wrong.

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But sir!!
Will it have rules for transporting a heard of alpacas through the Appalachians??

Best of luck with this KS, Mike! It looks like a lot of fun.

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It's not in general release yet, and I don't usually review adventure products until after I've run them, but my excitement for this product line spurred me on a little early. I'm no Endzeitgeist, but I hope people find this useful or interesting.

"The Assimilation Strain" is a 1st-level adventure which serves as an optional introduction to the Legendary Planet Adventure Path.

It's a visually appealing product. The art is reminiscent of pulp sf books, with an added touch of early RPG products. I like the added touches of the starscape headers and otherworldly footers, along with the planetary symbol around the page numbers. Layout and font are attractive and easy to read. I was impressed that I only noticed one typo, considering how fast this was produced to get it out for Gen Con. And the extra pdf of all of the maps and art, including player-friendly versions of the maps, is a fantastic bonus.

Among my all-time favourite beginner adventures are "The Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh", "Against the Cult of the Reptile God", and "Burnt Offerings". While I don't believe "The Assimilation Strain" will supplant any of those, it's not far off. And it has a lot in common with those great adventures: a well-written investigative adventure with multiple layers of adversaries, taking place in a small town populated by three-dimensional NPC's.
I don't believe that I've been this excited to start a campaign since I picked up a book with Karzoug on the cover 8 years ago.

The only minor flaw so far is that a map (ground floor of the manor) is absent from the original pdf and print version. It is included in the bonus map file, and I'm sure it will be put into an updated pdf. And the descriptions in the adventure are sufficient for most GM's to create an appropriate map.

Well done, Legendary! I'm eagerly awaiting "To Worlds Unknown"!

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I also find the Q-Workshop dice beautiful to look at, but often hard to read. I greatly prefer plain dice these days.

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Except that several company reps told several people at Gen Con (including me) that they could not give a firmer date than "soon", and could not even narrow it down to a couple of quarters (I asked).

Considering we're almost finished the 3rd quarter, if they cannot narrow it down to a couple of quarters at this point, it's extremely unlikely to be this year.

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Awesome!
Thanks, Diego!

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In my opinion, a few of the "expansion" factions were ill-advised, the Shadow Lodge among them.

A mysterious group within the Society running counter to the Decemvirate makes a great source of conflict, or set of NPC adversaries. In a small home campaign, it would work well for PC's.

When they added the Shadow Lodge as a playable faction, they removed one possible source of rivals for the scenarios. And many (a small percentage, but still many) players missed the point of how to be subtle rivals.

For me, the question is not why the Shadow Lodge was removed, but why it became playable.

This is not meant to disrespect anyone who enjoyed playing their legal Shadow Lodge characters. I just personally found it clashed with the goals of the campaign. Don't get me started on the Sczarni.

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Mea culpa!!

I suspect I'm out of luck now that it is pending, but is it possible to remove "We Be Goblins Free" from this order?

I forgot that it was in my sidecart, and picked it up at Gen Con.

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Fair enough. It is an awesome cosplay.

edit: Tho I also wish that her Imperial Devilishness Majestrix Abrogail was eligible :)

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All are fantastic costumes.

I'm putting in a vote for Lini.

However, tho it's a great costume, wasn't Sajan from last year?

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I also enjoyed the Players' Guide for the campaign.

However, I suspect that I will hold it back from my players until after "The Assimilation Strain", allowing anybody who wishes to create a new 2nd-level PC at the start of "To Worlds Unknown".

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Adding my voice to the chorus of praise for the map/art folio.

Extremely well done and very useful!

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A customer service team that good deserves Moar Special Lunches!

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There isn't.
There could be.
Time will tell.
:)

I'd love to see one as well, but there isn't one planned out of the next 3 AP's. And I fear that it is lower on the priority list (purely personal speculation).

There is Cult of the Ebon Destroyers. As well, there is a Pathfinder Society scenario set in Jalmeray (Assault on the Kingdom of the Impossible), but it doesn't really have anything to do with Vudran/Jalmeray culture.

Edit:Ninja'ed and corrected by the T Rex himself!

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Sara Marie wrote:
Sorry for the post deletion. I've ultimately ruled that overheard was a hair over the line and removed it.

Too bad. I was thinking #GenConpickuplines could become a thing.

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I picked up the Southlands Campaign Setting and Bestiary at Gen Con while visiting the booth shared with the Legendary folks, partly due to the salesmanship of Mike Shel.

So far I have only glanced thru the Setting, and looked slightly more in-depth at the Bestiary, but OMG what a pair of beautiful books. And those maps!!

I run many Pathfinder AP's, and don't really have time to sink wholesale into another setting (especially after adding Legendary Planet). However, I see many ideas in these books that could be used in Mummy's Mask, Serpent's Skull, Skull & Shackletons, or a homebrew campaign. And I see many creatures in the Bestiary that a GM/writer could use as an exotic import to more northern climes.

I look forward to getting further into these books and posting a review.

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CurseTheseMetalHands wrote:
And if the sales were abysmal? Well, I think that'd a pretty clear statement that those sort of miniatures just aren't all that desirable by the masses and, as such, probably shouldn't be shoehorned into regular sets either, lest you diminish the overall appeal and damage sales of those sets as well.

The problem is that a set with abysmal sales would have a strong probability of killing the line completely.

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Robert Hetherington wrote:

Just wanted to take a moment to say thank you Erik for taking some time to check in and help clarify various stuffs.

I look forward to working with Paizo next year and having GenCon be even more awesome than ever.

As well as the clarifications, the thank you talk to the demo crew went a long way.

I saw a fraction of what a crazy convention Erik had: performing job interviews, interviewed for tv and print, meetings and seminars, the Ennies, constantly conducting business when the rest of us were having fun...

Erik is one of the most approachable guys imaginable, and he loves to talk about Pathfinder, books, minis, etc with the fans (like me). I know that he only had time to put in token appearances at some events he attends regularly.

Bottom line, I know that he had to make an extra effort to get out and be involved the way he was, even if it was less than he may like. And I appreciate it a lot.

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That's a cool idea!

Last year, I got almost all of the sharks to sign the interior of my S&S box.

And those folks are enthusiastic about PACG and Apocrypha. Almost like they enjoy games or something.

:)

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pH unbalanced wrote:
Steven Lau wrote:
Most of my GenCon was spent Demoing and helping Organizing the Demoing of the Card game near the Paizo Booth. I had very little free time to socialize.
Mine too. Wish I'd said 'hi' -- now I'm trying to figure out which other demoer you were.

It was nice to meet you Ph.

Steven was the clean-shaven VL who wore his green shirts.
I'm Neil, the "mature" gent who did a lot of the player greeting on Thursday. (and by greeting, I mean chasing them as they approached in the aisles)

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hfm wrote:


Can't wait to buy it, I think the guy said could be weeks, could be a year, for release date. So at least that's narrowed down. :)

Yes, I believe the official release date is "soon".

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First World Bard wrote:
Scribbling Rambler wrote:


GM Reward, Duty Is Its Own Reward: Unlock the ability to play Arueshalae in Season of the Righteous.
Out of curiosity, what class deck does she use? Rogue probably makes the most sense, though given her Charisma, the Bard deck would also probably be playable enough (with that shiny Ruby of Charisma and all).

Sorry, I forgot to include that. Rogue Deck.

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It was good to meet you, Painlord. Sorry hecticisms prevented a longer chat.

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Scribbling Rambler wrote:

I blame Cosmo for 13 more GenCon-less days.

I also blame him for the 5 subsequent hangovers.

I blame Cosmo that flight delays added an extra hangover.

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The Gen Con card boons (paraphrased)...

Reward 1, Herald of What Will Come: (one shot) The Herald of Iomedae gives you the power to recharge a card at the start of another player's turn to examine the top card of their location deck. Lasts for the duration of the scenario.

Reward 2, Fortune's Friend: You gain 3 die bumps (there are 3 check boxes to indicate use).

Reward 3, Luck of a Halfling: You gain 2 re-rolls (2 check boxes).

Reward 4, Riftwarden Response: When a Henchman is summoned, add 1d6 to checks against them. Also reduce all damage dealt by them by 1. (2 uses/check boxes)

Reward 5, Sarenrae's Benificence: (one use) Shuffle 1d4+1 cards from your discard pile into your deck.

GM Reward, Duty Is Its Own Reward: Unlock the ability to play Arueshalae in Season of the Righteous. Before the first time you play her, choose whether to play her as a starting character, or as a Tier 4 character in Adventure 4 and higher scenarios. If you play her as a starting character, you do not gain access to her Owner cards until Adventure 3 or higher. If you play her as Tier 4, choose 3 skill feats, power feats, and card feats, and choose a role and gain another power feat. Only one player may play Arueshalae in a session.
(Clarification: The Owner cards referred to on the Reward are the Loot cards. You still start with the Arueshalae's Gift cohort. However, this will probably require a FAQ/official response)

Edit: There may have been more rewards, but I think that is the complete set.

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It was a great deal of fun.

The demo at the dealer hall was extremely well designed and highlighted the unique aspects of Wrath.

And it was extremely rewarding to be able to run a demo for some extremely enthusiastic newcomers, then to later join them for a Guild scenario while playing Arushalae ;)

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Awesome!!

Sorry to rush things, Jason, but will we be able to tailor our pledges in time to pick up any softcovers at Gen Con?

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400!!!

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Tim Hitchcock wrote:
Scribbling Rambler wrote:
HITCHCOCK!!!
Yes...

D'oh!!

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I'm pretty sure that he's hiding behind Valeros ;)

Edit: More seriously, Lem has been sidelined due to the attempt to keep it to one small mini per set. Many of us hope that he will show up in Set 6, which is approved to come out, but has no set list yet.

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HITCHCOCK!!!

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Hmmm... I would say there is a good possibility that the next donor may trigger another announcement from Jason :)

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Jason, I think a few more "Achieved!" stamps are in order :)

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The hard work of the mods is greatly appreciated!

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I think it also renumbers when you change your pledge, as I'm now number 225 but have never dropped out.

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WAITAMINNIT!!!!

If we get much farther, we unleash Hitchcock on his own planet!!!

BY ALL THAT'S HOLY, STOP!!!

Or don't, and pass the insanity on to your players.

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JohnF wrote:


Unfortunately miniatures from RotW don't come with a PACG card ...

True, but that just means Feiya only gets one instead of two.

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Papa-DRB, just make sure you pledge enough money to cover any add-ons you want. After the Kickstarter closes, you should be sent a survey to choose your add-ons.

At least, that is how other Kickstarters have worked for me in the past, and how I contributed. Hopefully, one of the Legendary Gurus can correct me if I'm mistaken.

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Hakon would go well in a Jade Regent game. Just sayin.

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Kvantum wrote:
So Seltiyel, Feiya (with Daji), Lem, Hayato, and Reiko for Set 6? And then the 6 Occult Iconics for Set 7?

I also haven't seen Quinn yet...

Actually, even though Daji is integral to Feiya's character, I kind of hope they skip him. The others you mentioned with the addition of Quinn would make a great set. And only one Small.

And the fox from RoW is perfectly acceptable, if folks need one.

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Yup. That's the tipping point to make me boost my pledge a bit.
Hardcover and 2 softcovers shall be mine.

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That statue idea is really good, especially with the varying materials. Tho Dave omitted the obvious one: marble.

Of course a few of them would have PG versions, like Desna, Shelyn, and especially Urgathoa.

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If the final minis come anywhere close to these digital sculpts, they will be fantastic.

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Cosmo wrote:

So many moles whacked... O.o

Only one way to be sure.

I blame Cosmo for starting a flamewar.

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