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Sebastian

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Bella Sara Charter Superscriber. Goblin Squad Member. Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber. Pathfinder Society Member. 9,436 posts (9,632 including aliases). 1 review. No lists. 1 wishlist. 23 aliases.


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Eric Mona wrote:
You're all permabanned.

What he said.


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You're all permabanned.

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You realize that Eberron will one day be the default setting for D&D, and thus all adventures not set in Eberron should be easily convertible into Eberron with minimal changes.

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You've ever complained about Will Wheaton's editorial...

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You remember when a hot topic could reach 3 pages in less than a week.

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A 20th level commoner would be outstanding in his field.

Spoiler:

Get it?! Out standing in his field, where he grows his crops!

Spoiler:

Uncle Joke!

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markofbane wrote:
John Woodford wrote:
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jemstone wrote:
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Drejk wrote:
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Dazylar wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Itchy wrote:
Fromper wrote:
Irnk, Dead-Eye's Prodigal wrote:
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strayshift wrote:

"I'll go... uh... check on Mr Scruffy."

Sinister?

Yeah, that struck me as a bluff check, where nobody was paying enough attention to bother making a sense motive roll. Guaranteed he's stalking the vampire.
it struck me as "the best way I can help is by being out of the way"
Possibly. Just reread it & I noticed that he's kind of looking directly at Durkula as he's saying it. I suspect that Fromper & strayshift might be on to something...
Either we're totally right, or Belkar really is just worried about the vampire eating his cat. :P
Or it's both. Also, the nesting quotes are starting to look like either a pit or a pyramid, depending upon how my eyes look at it.
Both pit and pyramid are appropriate for OotS :P
That's a pretty weirdly proportioned pyramid...
I suppose it'll look right when it gets to about 35 'nests'.
That's what you get when you make pyramid out of sticks.
I think its starting to look more like a longhouse.
ALL HAIL THE NEST-QUOTE-A-MID.
50 Shades of Nest Gray pattern's forming there.
At what point does the background in the middle swamp the print?
An intriguing question. I suppose we can find out while we are waiting for the next OotS comic.

So, the OotS thread is now the how deep can nested quotes go challenge?

I'm in.

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Wait...Yahoo still exists?

I suppose this is technically good news, but, uh, Yahoo? I haven't been to Yahoo since I needed a modem to connect to the internet.


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Rawr! wrote:
Sebastian wrote:

*sigh*

Whatever. I guess I'll go binge on all those tragedies that Hollywood makes on a regular basis. Or the movies with really well-developed sympathetic villians with compelling backstories and understandable motives. I'll keep an eye out for the rare gem of a movie that somehow slips through the system with a happy ending and trite message for your sake. I certainly can't think of well over a thousand movies that boiled down to an extraordinary character learning to accept and overcome their differences. Frozen is probably the only one.

You like Community, so what do you know?

HA HA HA!!!

HA HA HA!!!

Spoiler:

WHAAAAAAAAA!!!! *sob* TV is dead, entertainment is dead, life is an empty void of pain and misery.

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Piping hot OotS ready to go.

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I loved the 3e style book-books, but I suspect I am in the minority on that. That said, I wish that WotC had done more in the 3e days to be consistent with the color scheme/layout and experimented more with the bookishness of them (like the locks on the core rules and the weird eye on the MM).

These covers are fine - I have no strong opinions on them one way or the other.

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Tacticslion wrote:

Thanks! Where was it mentioned why he was originally kicked out? And the reasons for that?

(I think I remember someone intercepting a note for him and destroying it, maybe?)

Was it Xykon when he caught Miko?

Edit:

Almost - it was the Monster in the Shadows why Xykon caught Miko.

I'd forgotten about that entirely

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[that guy] Knowledge skills are trained only. [/that guy]

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I think this discussion dances around the most important issue:

Which of the X-men characters is the most appropriate to use in marketing a breakfast sandwhich?

I'm going with the Blob because I'm lazy and that's the obvious answer.

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If you're using the OGL, copyright law is irrelevant. Copyright law comes into play when you have two parties without an agreement between the two of them and you're trying to determine their respective rights. If the parties have an agreement (let's say, for the sake of argument, a license), then the terms of the agreement control. If the agreement contains a provision stating that you won't use a third party's Product Identity without their consent, and you use that third party Product Identity without their consent, the license can be terminated irrespective of whether the use would be okay under copyright law. If the license is terminated, then you're back in the merry old land of copyright law, which is a substantially less safe place to be.

I play a lawyer on the internet, but this isn't legal advice.

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Which AP volume will have stats for DEMONDOGS!?

Will there be a feat that grants a bonus to barbarians who constantly shout "DEMONDOGS!"?

How fabulous will the sunsword be?

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I give it a hearty meh with a few good songs and awesome super power displays.

The false love interest didn't work at all. It's one thing to try to surprise the audience, it's another to not lay any ground work for a character's sudden betrayal and dramatic switch from good to evil. There were a number of scenes where his actions were in direct conflict with his actual evil agenda (e.g., telling the angry mob not to kill Elsa when he could've just been silent about it; giving out blankets and whatnot to the suffering people when he could've just said "nah, ain't gonna happen").

Also, what was the point of having the other sister's memory erased? Was that just so she could also be surprised when her sister manifested awesome super powers or so she wouldn't understand why her sister was cold (no pun intended) and distant all those years? I expected that to have some meaning in the movie, but it never seemed all that relevant.

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Freehold DM wrote:
I like ninja psylock. It may be the horny teenager in me, but I do. I find the complaints about her overdone.

Ninja Psylocke as a new character would've been fine - a martial artist telepath is a pretty nifty idea for a comic book character. But I really liked pre-ninja Pyslocke - she was sharp, creative, and was one of the few non-telekinetic telepaths.

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Enlight_Bystand wrote:

Goodreader is a solid PDF reading application for the iPad. You can download zips directly from Paizo into it.

ISWG is just a masive file, and it will struggle to download it. Probably the best tactic is to download it to your main computer. Then when you sync, on the bottom of the app tabs there will ber a pane where you can transfer documents directly into Goodreader, which will allow you to get the files over.

Goodreader is my solution as well - I can download files from my account on the Paizo website directly to my iPad using that program.

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How many walkers have you killed?

How many people have you killed?

Why?

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psionichamster wrote:

Finally....

Now I just have to wait to harvest all the rules for some Fallout Pathfinder fun!

Shut up and take my money!!!

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A re-organized, marginally touched up version that is the same level of change as PF was to 3.5 and 3.5 was to 3.0.

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First Class was good, and so were the Bryan Singer X-men movies, so I'm optimistic. Can't say I give all that many f++&s about continuity - if it's a good story and an entertaining movie, I have a hard time caring how it fits in with the other movies, or the comics, or the cartoons, or the Ultimate universe comics, or the alternate zombie-universe version of Marvel comics, or the video games, or the breakfast cereal, or any other X-men brand flavored media product.

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Pan wrote:
Sebastian wrote:

I'm really enjoying this season - I'm happy to see them finally out exploring the post-apocalyptic zombie world. I think this season may be my favorite so far.

I also attribute much of the enjoyment to the lack of Rick, who is, by far, the worst leader in the history of history. Why anyone follows his whiny, indecisive, sometimes insane ass around is the greatest mystery of the show.

What do you think of this seasons pacing? For me its been inconsistent but I am really enjoying the character development. To be fair to Rick he realized hes not good at being a leader and tried to give up the reins. Nobody is stepping up tho.

I haven't had a problem with the pacing because I keep getting my post-apocalyptic fix. One of my all time favorite shows is Life After People, which is a plotless pseudo-documentary style show about what would happen to all the things humans built if the they were to suddenly disappear. 75% of the reason I watch TWD is for scenes where the characters explore the shell of the post-zombie apocalypse world, and as long as I get that, I don't mind slow or odd pacing.

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lokiare wrote:


If they want me to leave I'm sure they'll let me know. Until then, I'm going to continue to post facts, numbers, and quotes that show 5E is definitely falling short of its design goals. Like I said before it doesn't matter what they call it or what rules they set up. I could set up rules that you can't eat pie without urinating on it. It doesn't mean pie is meant to be eating with urine. Forums are for discussing things and stifling that discussion in any way makes a forum not worth the server cost its hosted on. I don't personally care if they use words like 'jerk' to describe people that have legitimate concerns with the industry or specific products from their competitors. If they ask me to leave I'll simply go somewhere else where open discussion is allowed and where we might actually further a discussion and solve problems instead of patting each other on the back and telling each other how awesome everything is as the walls and ceiling falls in on us.

*shrug* Do whatever you want, I'm just pointing out the many ways in which you are wrong on any number of topics. I'm not saying that your poor understanding of what this particular forum is based on your understanding of what a platonic ideal of a forum is might be indicative of a recurring defect in your arguments and reasoning, but it does seem clear to most in this thread that you have a very hard time separating what you like and prefer from objective facts. Similarly, you predicated much of your criticism on the idea that the designers had made a binding commitment to you personally to implement choice quotes selected by you in a manner you prefer. I suppose that objectively that might be true - maybe all of the WotC designers are stalking you and making statements and releasing products specifically to raise your ire. Stranger things have happened.

But, in any event, it is you who is failing the forum, not the other way around. The substantive discussion keeps getting sidetracked by these ridiculous meta-conversations regarding your behavior and style. Given that you arrived here with that meta-conversation pre-packaged for our consumption, it's difficult to believe that your primary interest is in discussing the topic of 5e rather than putting on a show to prove how smart and persecuted you are.

Either way, good luck with all that.

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If only the people who created this forum had told us what it was about.

Oh wait, they did:

Quote:

What are the messageboard rules?

The most important rule: Don't be a jerk. We want our messageboards to be a fun and friendly place.

Here's where you can find answers to additional FAQs regarding the forums on Paizo and their purpose:

Paizo FAQ

I might've missed the part where they indicated that these forums are intended to be a white hot crucible of burning truth, placing frank discussions and OMG Very Serious Discussions over having fun and friendliness, but given that this a forum dedicated to discussing a system for pretending to fight monsters and take their loot, I kinda suspect that if Paizo has to choose between a friendly and fun forum and one devoted to OMG Very Serious Discussions, they will choose the former over the latter.

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lokiare wrote:


I do concern myself with what the designers said it would do. If a person says "I'll pay you back for this $5 you are lending me. I expect them to pay me back. Not come back a year later and say 'too bad.'."

If a person promises to pay you $5 you are lending to them, that's a contract supported by valid consideration. If they don't pay, you can sue.

If I tell you I'll give you $5 in a year, and then tell you to go pound sand one year later, you're fresh outta luck.

There is no binding obligation of any nature for the designers to deliver on their promises when you have given them nothing in exchange for those promises. The problem is further compounded by the esoteric and debateable nature of the promises being made (compatability, playstyles, etc.). I suppose you could try to make a case that there was misleading advertising after you actually purchase the product, but good luck with that (spoiler alert: the case will fail).

You should attempt to calibrate your expectations to the commercial and legal realities to which we are all subject. Your personal interpretation of what is owed is not consistent with either the legal concept or the general expectations of consumers at large. If the world operated as you proposed, I would sue the ever-loving hell out of those scrubbing bubbles, which have yet to manifest googly eyes and sweep through my bathtub, magically cleaning it without any effort on my part.

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I've always found using graffiti in bathroom stalls to be an effective means of communicating my opinion to others, particularly with respect to the effects of the new edition on their moms.

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Bruunwald wrote:

(You could add a Smell skill, I guess -- spreading the ranks out over several related skills would reduce the potency of any one of them.)

Per Ghostbusters, smell checks should always use the Listen skill.

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Chris Lambertz wrote:

Flipped some things back around.

We understand that the changes are going to cause debate, and this has not been the easiest thing to sort out. Let's try to get things de-escalated here, please.

Thank you. When I mentioned this debate to most of my other gamer friends, their reaction was "what does Crane Wing do?" I think there's an overwhelming silent majority that is absolutely indifferent to this feat and the change, but it's really hard to post and say "this is a non-issue and I don't really care" when people are proclaiming it to be the worst thing to happen to the hobby since 4e. Please don't lose sight of the fact that most of us don't care, and that this is primarily a proxy for those who rail against the alleged martial/caster disparity. Sure, you could change the feat back, but that's not what they really want or what they're really asking for. To adequately address the real issue underlying this reaction would require a new edition of Pathfinder, and raising that issue will likely wake the sleeping giant that is the silent majority.

Good luck sorting it out. I don't envy you having inherited WotC's most vocal audience members along with the crown of being the top rpg, but it looks like you can't have one without the other.

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Dear third party publishers,

Would one of you please publish a book, and, by book, I mean a single page, and on that page, please print the original version of Crane Wing. You're our only hope to save Pathfinder from the tyranny of Jason Bulmahn. Plus, you'll make a lot of money!

Your friend,

Sebastian

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Jason Bulmahn wrote:

Frequently, but not nearly always. Its rather unevenly applied, which has always bothered me to be honest, but that is a subject for another day.

Pathfinder second edition, baby. ;-)

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Not being able to identify a problematic poster by name seriously jeopardizes the future of mob justice here at Paizo. As an investor in torches and pitchforks, I am aghast at this development.

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Seems like the order is well seeded for an alignment debate. You've got:

Roy, who may be tempted by Durkula (who I suspect will start offering up tactics that are extremely effective, but also evil) despite being pretty solidly LG.

V, who is trying to do the right thing, but has a damaged moral compass and hasn't come clean about what he did.

Belkar, who may or may not be drifting out of evil, but is definitely less overtly evil than in strips past.

Haley, who started out more neutral, but may be drifting to good due to Elan, but still has her own past acts that may haunt her.

Elan, who is pretty much good all the time.

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The Linear Guild has made an appearance in every OotS arc, and Tarquin and co is the upgraded Linear Guild - I'm sure they'll be in the next arc, likely filling the same role as previously occupied by the Linear Guild.

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Kthulhu wrote:
I think that there is a LOT of people in the show's fandom that are absoutely determined to like this season more simply because Dan Harmon is back. Never mind that every single problem the show had in season 4 was stuff that Dan Harmon had started.

What if you mostly liked season 4, but still like the first few episodes of season 5 better?

I wasn't really going into this season with the expectation that it would be better for Harmon's involvement. I went into it with the expectation that it would be a lot of flailing and crap caused by dealing with the baggage of season 4, the loss of Chevy Chase and the upcoming loss of Donald Glover. I was expecting a fiasco at best.

One element I would note as being Harmon-esque is the quick back and forth banter that he's so good at (e.g., the Annie/Jeff argument about teaching styles). I came into the show as a result of the D&D episode, and the very next episode I watched was the first documentary episode featuring Jeff and Britta in a similar routine regarding their fathers. That exchange had me crying with laughter, and hooked me on the show for good.

All that said, I don't agree with the fandom consensus that the final episode of season 4, featuring the darkest timeline, was all that bad. It didn't seem that far off of the season 3 episode with Abed, Annie and the Imaginarium (or whatever the hell it's called). Season 4 was a season of decent, but largely mediocre episodes; season 5 is off to a good start, and I look forward to more.

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Kthulhu wrote:
If it's any comfort, they weren't all that great.

Your opinion is wrong and you should feel bad for having it.

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Danubus wrote:
I gave up on this show. It really hasn't been all that great. I tried to like it, but found most episodes to be slow and boring. I'll watch Arrow instead.

Same here. Maybe if they finally bother answering the question regarding Coulson's return from the dead, I'll watch that episode, but given that they've strung it out this long, I anticipate it will be used in a cliffhanger.

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Don't forget that Julio has a drama-based prestige class - if any character is entitled to flout the rules for the sake of the story, it's him. He probably has a Dramatic Exit class ability that lets him leave a fight without provoking as long as he does it in an awesome way.

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We just introduced a new 11th level Warpriest to our party last night, and I was DMing, so this feedback may be a little vague as I'm not on the front line of the mechanics. We are playing Kingmaker (more or less), and the character didn't see much in-game action last night.

However, one thing we noticed right away was how poorly the abilities granted stacked with the magic item package the party had. We aren't dedicated min-maxers, but we do have a handful of crafting feats in the party. Each party member has a ring of protection +2 or greater and a stat bump item with at least a +2 enchancement bonus. As we were trying to pick appropriate domains for the warpriest to fit him into the party, we kept running into domain abilities that were ineffectual for the party level - any bonus the warpriest could provide did not stack with and thus did not do anything to the party members with magic items (which was effectively all party members).

This may be an intentional design choice, and it might be that these abilities are intentionally skewed to be effective at low levels, but become less useful as the character advances. However, other abilities in that same slot for different domains continued to be effective/useful (e.g., one ability would've let the character fly) even at the levels of the party.

I realize character generation is probably on the border of what constitutes playtesting, but the initial experience with making a high level Warpriest is that it has some abilities that are dead-ends/traps for a typically equipped party.

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ORDER UP!

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My Meh-O-Meter nearly went off the charts last night.

The Agent Coulson back from the dead mystery was old as of the series premiere. Just wrap it up already.

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Also, dimension door is verbal only, even for wizards.

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Alex Martin wrote:
strayshift wrote:
Next one up.

Linkage!

Loved Durkon's response on that one. No spells doesn't mean helpless in his case.

I especially liked how the prior conflict between Nale and Malack reinforced the notion that Durkon would be helpless, but that there were important differences at play in the confrontation between Durkon and the psion (e.g., the shadow (obviously), but also the lack of negative energy protection that Nale had in place).

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"Stop retroactively justifying your plot twist and go help the others."

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When it comes to the ratings, you've got to trust the system.

My latest take is that this is Alias, but without the awesomeness of Jennifer Garner playing sexy dress-up every episode. Also, her nerdy tech guy > FitzSimmons.

Barring the unexpected and dramatic death of half the existing characters, I don't think I'm destined to watch this show for much longer.

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