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Kobold Cleaver wrote:
No, wait, see, my submission is genius. The problem is you didn't understand my submission.
Clearly my rejected submission was too beautiful for this world, so sublime that it can only be understood by advanced celestial beings!
There is the whole 'words I used were not words I meant' thing, 'though, where you find out after the fact that what was perfectly clear in your head turned into indecipherable gibberish in the translation to the written word...
And, like a joke, once you have to explain it, the magic is gone.
I have offered in the past to reply to those who did not make it in, and provide feedback as to why, if I am asked to by the author. The problem becomes that many who get that feedback.....well, they don't take it very well.
Bah, wimps! I've gotten rejected twelve times for a single issue!
And by Dragon magazine. And Super-Genius Games. I'm at least level 3 in Reject. It's all good. I write stuff to quiet the voices in my head so that I can sleep. :)
John Kretzer wrote:
Seven! Seven favorites! Ooh Ah Ah!
I think I'll have to submit some sort of Efreeti 'Sun Vizier' Archetype, just to make the mocking eternal.
Oh wait, submission guidelines forbid that. Silly guidelines! Cosmo!
Blackfingers and the Reaper of Reputations, respectively. ^_^
The Reaper of Reputations thinks killing people is for wimps. He likes to *destroy* them, instead, by poisoning their reputations with vile slander. End up on a list and unable to live within 300 ft. of a school because of a rumor that isn't even true? That's totally how the Reaper rolls.
Aroden seen getting his horse reshoed at a Quik-Smithy outside of Westcrown! Witness sketches on page 3! "He looked just like the God of Humanity statue in Corentyn! He even winked at me and put his finger to his lips!"
Aroden's profile also found on a grainery wall. "That moldy patch right there, doesn't that look just like his image on those commemorative coins they sold?"
Freehold DM wrote:
Ditto. Only it would be bad money.
Dirty. Evil. Sexy. Money.
Not every entity singing to itself in the void quailed and shuddered at the coming of the light when the stars first peeked through into the material plane.
While others wailed and fumed and rejected this new outrage, one at least gazed with wide wonder at the burning spectacle, curiosity overcoming the discomfort of this new sensation.
The oily darkness sloughed from her wings as she soared to embrace the twinkling fragile light of the stars, remained behind, clotted and coiling over countless immortal lifetimes, filled with resentment and unutterable longing, until it snared a newcomer to the outer dark, a naïve fledgling god named Dou-Bral, wrapping him in evil and fear and pain long since abandoned and forgotten by it's original source.
Dwarves in Golarion might be a tad more monolithic culturally than in some other settings, since there aren't a bunch of dwarven subgroups like 'hill dwarves' or 'gold dwarves' running around (excepting, of course, the Duergar), and dwarves generally have their own sub-pantheon of gods which are explicitly a family, with a husband-father, wife-mother and passle of children and uncles and whatnot.
'Traditional' marriages might be the rule, with the exception being that they are just that, traditional, a matter of binding different clans together and cementing alliances and producing heirs, but not necessarily anything at all to do with love (again, particularly among the duergar / followers of Droskar, who might regard a marriage as just another dreary chore / onerous duty they must perform half-heartedly, at best).
If this is the case (and this is just one view on how dwarven marital traditions might ape those of their racial gods, unlike elves, who have an assortment of elven and shared human gods, none of them seemingly related to one another, or sharing any marital ties), then it's entirely possible that behind-the-scenes sexual relationships outside of marriage could be tacitly accepted, with a nod and a wink, so long as nobody blabs and causes embarrassment to the spouse being 'cheated on,' by bringing up out loud what pretty much everybody knows it going on all over the place anyway.
It could even be *more* open than that, as in ancient times when a man could have one or more wives and three hundred or so official concubines, and so long as he didn't sire (or recognize...) any children by his concubines, the wife/wives basically put up with it, since their children wouldn't have to compete with any 'bastards' that showed up. This doesn't feel terribly 'Lawful Good' to me (less Torag, more Shelyn, and Calistria nods approvingly), and dwarves are pretty prideful folk, so I'm not sure it would be suitable for *most* Golarion dwarves. If the bisexual dwarf comes from a clan that has this sort of open relationship (marry to produce heirs, recognize only those heirs, sleep with whoever else you want, but don't be making babies with them!), then same sex relationships might even be encouraged, since they guarantee clean lines of succession and no bastards (since the spouses various same-sex partners won't be getting knocked up by them, barring some fantastical magical mishap...).
But that's probably 'too good to be true,' and it might be more likely, and more dramatic, if the dwarven PCs family expects her to settle down with a nice dwarven boy for the good of the family and start making the babies and furthering the bloodline and all that stuff, which could lead to siblings showing up occasionally to try and 'talk sense into her' or even hired representatives of dear old dad, ready to drag her home, as her 'walkabout' has gone on long enough, in his eyes, and it's time for her to woman up and do her 'duty' by her family. (Assuming dad isn't a complete ogre, he might have convinced himself that he's rescuing her from her non-dwarven adventuring companions, 'Who have clearly led her astray, and poisoned her mind with their Elf / Human / Halfling nonsense! Who wouldn't want to marry Sven, and seal our family to the RichDiamondMine Clan? I'd marry him myself if I could!')
That might be more palatable, if the disapproving family isn't completely draconian about it, just kind of confused, as they honestly haven't allowed themselves to accept (or even hear) that the PC doesn't *want* to come home and marry a boy-dwarf and have babies yet (if ever).
The nature of the 'evil dad trying to marry off his daughters' can be turned a bit around if it's the *mom* that's trying to arrange good marriages for her daughters, both for the good of the clan, or for political reasons (perhaps an alliance between the PC's clan and her betrothed's clan will help protect and expand the otherwise fragile peace? Perhaps it will create a ruthless unstoppable monopoly? Perhaps some from column A and some from column B, and revealing the seamier side of it to the rest of the family might turn them against it, since they were being sold a shiny future full of rainbows and puppies?), or just because that's what dwarf-moms do, scheme and plot to arrange the best matches for their girls, and at some point she'll whip out the shocking comment, 'Do you really think I wanted to marry your father? Selfish child! You belittle the sacrifice every woman in our family has had to make, going back to the dawn of time!'
It might be interesting if the homosexual angle of it was literally irrelevant to the family. They'd be just as upset if she went out adventuring and slept around with other boy-dwarfs, because the point is that she's supposed to stay home and marry WhatsHisName.
On the other hand, if your player actively wants to explore a situation where her actions are controversial, then handwaving it and having her family be all, 'Yeah, we've known since you were six and threw all your dollies away and started wearing armor and trying to grow a beard, sis.' could be kind of frustrating. A 'coming out' story where everyone is all 'meh, whatever' can be as disappointing in it's own way as one where there's shouting and doors being slammed. Once your sure what the player is looking for, then you can tailor the reaction from her family / culture / whatever to suit.
Golarion surely has plenty of room for any range of reactions, since even the dwarves aren't robots, and there are as likely to be some 'philes as some 'phobes.
"Crocodile" Mika Dundee wrote:
This vein of thought might inspire James Jacobs to consider a Sarusan AP sooner, rather than later! :)
Evil excuses to save a bunch of people;
29. Magical Statistics - Every person has potential to be useful to either you personally, or to the community. Maybe everyone won't become a wizard or cleric, or carry the necessary bloodline to become a sorcerer, but the more people exist, the greater number of those special people will exist, through sheer weight of probability, and the stronger your land will become. Breed peasants, breed! We need more magic workers, even if they are 'just' Adepts!
30. The Economic Pyramid needs a bunch of peons at the base to support the lucky few at the top. Some hatchet-faced scrub needs to get up and harvest the grain that some other pock-marked loser will make into flour that will eventually become this succulent pastry (through some process involving procurers and cooks and whatever that us noble folk could care less to learn about) I'm going to nibble at and then discard. If we let all our peons get killed and eaten, who the heck is going to lug the heated bathwater up the stairs for my morning scrub? Who is going to wash my robes? Cook my meals? Listen attentively and / or fearfully (captive audiences are the best audiences!) while I complain about declining standards of quality in wines they'll never get to taste?
31. Gratitude is not Optional. I saved your entire miserable town, what do you mean I have to pay for drinks at the tavern?
32. Everyone has Value. Night Hags and Cacodaemons pay top coin for souls, even if the soul was that of a Commoner 1. Letting someone else kill them is taking money straight out of your pocket. The bodies might also have some value, to a Gebbite. Waste is evil and disrespectful to the gods who gave us such bounty!
33. Can't sell 'em into slavery if you let them get killed.
34. Damn Statistics, Again. There are a finite number of horrible encounters you can have in an area, a finite number of high CR challenges or beasties or whatever. The more people there are around you, the greater chance of one of those terrible fates occurring to someone else, and not you. Avoid calling them your precious 'Arrow Catchers of Fate' in a language they might understand...
Yeah, I just noticed that, many hours too late to edit my own reply, which ran with the 12. Eh. Maybe there were twelve magic warriors, but two of them got drummed out for being prats, and now history only remembers the other ten. :)
Something to add to the Conspiracies of Golarion thread, perhaps.
And I'll match his 12 Magic Warriors against the Circle of Eight any day.
I like the notion that the 'Twelve Magic Warriors' might have been the first ever examples of what later became the Magus class (or some sort of Eldritch Knight hybrids, or Fighter or Wizard Archetypes that mixed the martial and the magical). Heck, even a Paladin works right out of the box as a 'Magic Warrior,' or an Arcane Archer.
Other sorts of 'Magic Warriors' from previous games could include the Abjurant Champion, Suel Arcanamach, various types of Death Knight, Bladesingers, Gish, etc.
Tying the legends of Jatembe to the founding of one of the settings base classes (the Magus) kind of gives the Old Mage a lasting impact not often seen (although others might see that as stealing it from elves, who could also be seen as the 'first Magi').
The one with Anne Francis and a pre-comedy Leslie Neilson, of course!
The one mentioned in Rocky Horror Picture Show!
Kirth Gersen wrote:
(3) On top of that -- and this was the real problem -- Taylor Kitsch has absolutely nowhere near the kind of larger-than-life screen charisma that propels an action-adventure movie franchise.
I also liked the movie, and would have liked it more if they'd gotten someone with some *charm* in the role. Carter was supposed to be a southern gentleman, among other things, and someone able to play that up, like McConaughey (sp?), might have been able to bring that across.
Kitsch seems fine in serious roles, like in Savages, but doesn't really work as a POV/lead character, IMO. Being (for the most part), the only Earth-human on-screen for much of the movie, it was essential that Carter be an approachable engaging sort of personality.
Pssh. Eleventy-bleem posts, 2037 favorites. That's like 11%. (If I chopped out the 5000+ in-character PBP posts, it's still only 16% ish.)
Cosmo is to blame that Paizofolk* have software tools that allow them to find out not only how many Favorites they have in total, but can separate out how many come from each other, and who has the most Favorites on a single post, and yet refuse to share such metrics with us peons!
*Paizofolk are like catfolk, but less catty (in most cases) and more Paizo-y.
Edit: Cosmo is also to blame that my math sucked worse than normal because I counted my 'Favorites' and not my 'Favorited By' numbers. Ugh.
Yeah, that bugged me, too. If somebody needed to hold the 'please explain to the normal person / non-science geek in the room the plot' ball, couldn't it have been someone who legitimately wouldn't have known, like Eddie, Iris or Joe?
Instead, Caitlin, one of the smartest people in the city, goes all Professional Physicist Barbie. "Gosh, math is hard! Someone with testicles needs to explain this to me, 'cause I'm just a girl!"
Also the Mwangi Expanse, like Chult in the Forgotten Realms, isn't much larger than a single Europe-analogue *country* in the Inner Seas region, compared to real world Africa vs. real world Europe.
Presumably, if/when we get a Southern Garund Gazetteer, detailing the nations south of Geb and Sargava, where the vast bulk of 'fantasy Africa' would lie, instead of a single jungle somewhat larger than the River Kingdoms (and more of a wild adventure location than any sort of actual 'country' like Cheliax or Taldor), there will be a much more representative focus on African-esque themes and deities and nations and cultures.
15. The House of Respite
D&D and Pathfinder don't give enough credit to Animals. Intelligence <=2 and Charisma in the single digits? Not if you've had a dog that was like part of the family, or met a dog who knew how to open doors and also knew how to make you feel REALLY BAD after you followed his owners' explicit orders not to let him into the guest room . . . .
In addition to dogs, cats, bulls, snakes, etc. even 'mindless' vermin in the real world have Intimidate ranks! (I've seen spiders chase people down a hall, for real, size penalty be hanged!)
Wow, that's an amazing cover!
Can't wait to see what dark and twisted stuff we've all come up with for this dark and twisted land!
Diana is a DEMI-GOD with super strength, flight and a warriors mentality and the skills to back it up. She's also capable of great compassion and unerringly loyal to people she calls her friends. She SHOULD have an epic film of some sort.
[Wonder Woman tangent]I tend to think of JLA Superman and JLA Batman as being opposite sides of a Mutants & Masterminds Power Level chart. (In their solo books, things change.) Supes has power level 10, but isn't a skill master. Bats has skill level 10, but has no powers. Each of them does things the other doesn't. (Again, barring solo Superman books, where they play up that he's 100x smarter than Batman and can think faster than lightspeed and has the sum total of Kryptonian science / martial arts / etc. downloaded into his head when he was a baby.)
Diana is kind of a mix, and just as Superman and Batman don't really have any reason to measure how awesome they are *by each others standards,* she doesn't either. She's not as powerful as Superman (usually), but she's got skills (in some cases centuries of fighting skills baked in) more like Batman.
Ideally, she's not competing for who can lift the most in a benchpress with Superman, because, as Black Widow says in Avengers 2 'That's not something I need to prove.', and she's not competing with Batman for 'world's greatest detective,' because she *still* doesn't need to measure her swinging Amazonian **** against the boys.
Where she is wildly different is that possibly her most iconic enemy, the Cheetah, she has spent years *trying to save,* and regarding as a friend who has gone terribly astray. Unlike Superman and Batman, who really don't have any illusions about 'redeeming' Lex Luthor or the Joker, not only does Diana want to rescue Barbara Minerva from the Cheetah curse, but she's redeemed bad-guys in the past, something Superman and Batman, more 'catch and release' sorts of guys, aren't so good at.
Indeed, Wonder Woman's first recurring foe, *a Nazi*, Paula von Gunther, ended up living on Paradise Island, using her skills for good.
That's something not a lot of superheroes can claim, that they've turned a villain around, and in so doing, eliminated their threat far more effectively even than killing them would have (and certainly more than a trip to Arkham would have), since dead people in the comics don't always (or even often...) stay dead.
But anywho, that's Wonder Woman.
As for Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers, I'm not really a fan. Strikes against her include; got her name and powers from a dude, wore a bikini as a costume for years despite being an Air Force captain we were meant to take seriously, was an alcoholic and got pretty pissy about it when Avengers tried to suggest that 9 AM was a bit early to hit the hard stuff, picked the wrong side in Civil War, and (through no fault of her own) ended up giving birth to a son that was the father of the child and then went off to live happily ever after in a creepy mind-control relationship with him, which, unfortunately, is her most memorable storyline (other than losing her memories and powers to Rogue).
Give me a movie about Monica Rambeau any day of the week, instead. She didn't get her powers (or name) as a hand-me-down legacy, and her powers are unique and visually interesting (instead of third-rate Superman knock off). She's also led the Avengers. (And Nextwave!) And while I'm sure she'd look fine in a bikini, Monica wears pants to a gunfight.
xavier c wrote:
I recognize some of the Archons (Warden, Throne, Tome) and Agathions (Musteval, Equinal, etc.), in particular, from 3.X D&D, so they'd probably be unusable by Paizo.
There's plenty of other things that could take their place, like Chalice/Grail Archons with a healing / purifying focus or Serpentes (snake agathions, associated with the lost wisdom of long-dead rulers).
They pretty much write themselves. For an Archon, pick some item of symbolic significance (such as the rod/staff/wand of the tarot, or the crown) and run with it's symbolic elements (fire, for the wand, to make an Archon with a heavy fire-evocation-arcane theme, rulership for the crown). For an Agathion, pick an animal type that 3.5 didn't already use, and go with any mythic associations, so a crow Agathion might focus on serving as a psychopomp or on locating (and destroying / devouring?) undead. It can be pretty formulaic, if you just want to churn out a bunch of new monsters.
I prefer to come at it from another direction, and design a monster that would thematically have abilities that do X because I want an encounter that does X.
Marco Massoudi wrote:
The good thing about this title being called "Distant Shores Gazetteer" is that it will probably only contain cities at the edge/sea of a realm and that fact limits the amount of knowledge needed to run an adventure there.
There's also the added bonus that, if they have a much better idea a year or two from now for one of these areas, the single city described might prove to be an outlier, and end up not being nearly as 'representative' as previously expected, sort of like someone landing at Sargava, and basing their expectations of what the rest of the Mwangi Expanse is like on that one city.
Or landing at Kaer Maga after a teleport mishap, and basing your expectations of the rest of Varisia on a city where troll entrail-diviners might not be the strangest sight you'll see.
Limiting our initial sneak peek to a single city allows for some tweaking, later, if an even better idea comes along.
The Pet Avengers were Lockjaw, Lockheed, Speedball's cat Hairball, Kar-Za's smilodon Zabu, Falcon's falcon Redwing, Ms Lion, and Throg - the Frog of Thunder.
[Pet Avengers tangent]I think Speedball's cat was named Niels (some sort of science joke that goes over my head, maybe a Niels Bohr reference?).
That team could totally expand to include Cosmo (telepathic/telekinetic Russian dog / cosmonaut), Brightwind (Dani's Pegasus), Red Wolf's wolf, Hugin and Munin (Odin's ravens), Old Lace (telepathic deinonychus associated with the Runaways), Pizza Dog (from the recent-ish Hawkeye series), Princess Python's python (or perhaps that one could join the Pet Masters of Evil?), etc.
112. Whenever she encounters a monster, she relates whatever knowledge she has of the beast by explaining that her older brother told her about this creature, and giving the impression that he was some sort of widely-travelled adventurer (an impression she has no interest in dispelling). At other times, she will comment about how her brother would love this, or he once described people who dress like these folk. At night, she fishes out a small locket during her watch and quietly describes the day's events, with a special focus on creatures and their tactics, vulnerabilities, etc.
(Her older brother was a sickly child, and anyone seeing the two of them together could be forgiven for thinking her the elder of the two, as he never truly matured the way he should have. He would read voraciously, naturalist's tomes and bestiaries and the like, and then tell his younger sister, who had become his caregiver over time, fantastic tales of the two of them adventuring together, facing the beasts he had read about that day. She promised him that someday he would get better and they would adventure for real. But he died, and now she carries a lock of his hair in her locket, and relates to him the adventures he never got to have in life.)
Lord Fyre wrote:
And yet that's entirely what I thought she was talking about. The hospital fire, Drakov's daughter, etc. Not that she couldn't have kids, which, as I understand her character, she never wanted anyway.
She's not a 'monster' because she can't have kids, but because she's a stone cold killer, and, at the end of the day, she's not even all that upset about it (as she later demonstrates by pushing Banner off a cliff, because she 'needs the other guy,' something that Banner reacts to by leaving her and not saying good-bye, since he *hates* being 'the other guy' and doesn't want to spend his life with someone who will literally push him off a cliff to make him more useful to her tactically).
It's kind of a poignant irony that she gives him that speech, and completely misses the point she's making, that he *doesn't want to be the Hulk,* that he, as she says with her mouth-words, he's 'not like other guys she knows because doesn't want to get in a fight, not because he's afraid of it, but because he knows he'll win.'
John Carter was another certainly underrated movie in my book, though I'm prepared to weather the scorn that comes with that statement.
I liked it.
My taste in movies sometimes seems to go completely against ticket sales. I really like some flops like Sahara and Thirteenth Warrior, but find super-hits like the Transformers movies kind of dull.
I would be disappointed if any of these cities on far off lands turned out to be just a Inner Sea colony.
Ditto. Korvosa and Sargava are not typically Varisian or Mwangi cities, but just 'Cheliax abroad.'
I'd much rather any Arcadian or Iblydosian cities be more representative of the local culture, than an Inner Sea invader / colonizer.
It's Cosmo's fault that I've got so many Paizo books that I can't keep track of them anymore, and I just bought a second copy of Ships of the Inner Sea today, having forgotten that I already have one.
If it was one of the books I used so much that I *need* a second copy, like the Core Rulebook, that would be different!
It's also Cosmo's fault that I have a space on my shelf dedicated to extra copies of books I accidentally have more than one of, and Ships of the Inner Sea is the fourth Paizo book in that space...
101. He read about or heard some legend about possession as a child, possibly while feverish or being exorcised, and is *convinced* that he's possessed still, but that the entity he actually is has been mentally affected by the exorcism and no longer remembers his true nature, other than in brief surreal dreams of otherworldly places. The entity he believes to be isn't a fiend, but a time-travelling Old Cults creature, studying this era from within mentally displaced human hosts, and he tends to take copious notes on otherwise commonplace human interactions and activities in Aklo, for 'when his memories return' and he remembers how to 'get home and finish his mission.'
Freehold DM wrote:
no love for eric?
As always, if I don't specifically mention something, that means I hate it with the heat of a thousand exploding hyperboles.
So, since I didn't mention ice cream, or oxygen, or lactose-intolerant southpaws, or wombats, or garden gnomes, or the planet Neptune, or tantric sex rituals, just assume I have no love for any of those things.
Headlines from the Katapeshi Times;
Frog-kissing out of control after woman kisses frog, turns to prince!
Stay off our side! Legalize pesh movement embarrassed by Old Cult support!
Ball-buster! Calistrian priestess unleashes explosive elephantiasis epidemic on unfaithful men!
Flip this slave! Ten tips to turn that homely 'fixer-upper' into a high-selling concubine!
Yeah, it's changed over the years from 'keeps strength' to Wasp having super-strength when shrunk (being able to bend gun barrels and the like) to the second Ant-Man demonstrating that Pym Particles (try saying that out loud and not calling them 'pimp particles...') can give someone super-strength at any size.
Which makes sense. If they just allowed their various users to add more human-strength tissue, they'd collapse under their own weight at 12 ft. tall and dissolve into a puddle of shattered bone and ruptured muscles and connective tissue before they hit 60 ft. At 10x height, Pym weighs 1000x as much. He'd need 1000x human strength and durability, not 10x human strength and durability, just to keep up with physics and be able to walk and talk and not explode in a shower of gore.
Anywho, I've always been a fan of Pym (and, to a lesser extent, Lang) and hope this movie is decent, and that we see some mention of a Janet in the picture. Her getting cut from the original Avengers script was a shame.
If they choose to go with a more Ultimates-y version of Janet (biracial, mutant or, in this case, inhuman), that would be fine. Her origin and ethnicity have never really been what's cool about the character (indeed, her origin of 'beg my wannabe scientist boyfriend to give me superpowers so I can go adventure with him and maybe catch his eye' is probably best to leave in the past anyway!).