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RPG Superstar 2013 Marathon Voter, 2014 Marathon Voter. Pathfinder Society Member. 7,540 posts (9,033 including aliases). 9 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 13 aliases.


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Qadira

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That's one of the things I like about eidolons: the vague nature of them. It allows for interpretation in game. There's a Legendary Games product, with pregenerated characters for the Carrion Crown AP, where the summoner's eidolon is a manifestation of the soul of a great warrior ancestor.

I wrote an archetype for Chelaxian summoners where the eidolon is a hellbound soul that the summoner is given use of to shape into a new type of fiend, in exchange for their soul at the end of life, of course.

Been tossing around the idea of a summoner whose eidolon is a manifestation of the character's inner will, the childhood "imaginary friend" made real, and another where the eidolon is the Hyde to the summoner's Dr. Jekyll.

Qadira

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Auto-hit, good range, force damage, and no save. What's not to like? Find me a first level spell that beats it.

Qadira

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People in different groups tend to have a collected assembly of acceptable jargon used specifically in that group--set terminology that everyone immediately understands as part of the group (e.g. IT people have language/terms they use amongst themselves, simplifying it when dealing with people outside their skill-set). When someone comes in and uses words outside of that collection, it tends to mark them as an outsider. If they don't assimilate, they remain an outsider, to some degree.

Qadira

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JourneyQuest?

Qadira

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They'd better introduce a new moral compass for the group soon. The moral compass always dies, and Michonne is getting too in touch with her feelings for comfort.

Qadira

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Rynjin wrote:
Shadowborn wrote:
Rynjin wrote:
And toon is a recognized abbreviation for your character in an RPG.
Obviously not, or else you wouldn't see so many people mention that they'd never heard the term used before outside of these boards.

So because some people have never heard of it, it's not a valid term?

What kind of logic is that?

Perfectly valid logic.

If people who regularly play RPGs have never heard the term used before, then it can't be considered a valid term in RPGs.

Qadira

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Rynjin wrote:
And toon is a recognized abbreviation for your character in an RPG.

Obviously not, or else you wouldn't see so many people mention that they'd never heard the term used before outside of these boards.

Qadira

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Laithoron wrote:
Shadowborn wrote:
Now if, rather than calling me "DM" or "GM," a player insisted on calling me the "monster generator," then we might have a problem.
What if they skip straight to shooting the food?

It happens. What I don't understand is why they keep trying to kill everything with potions.

Qadira

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I've said this before and I'll say it again:

XP is a reward to the character for actions in the game. The character and the player are not the same thing. Don't use in-game mechanics to reward/punish out-of-game behaviors. Talk like reasonable human beings.

Qadira

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Toon is short for cartoon, which refers to an animated character. Characters in tabletop RPGs aren't animated, hence it's a misnomer.
I'm a stickler for accurate language.

That said, if you insist on calling your character a "toon" at the table, I'd be mildly annoyed, but I could live with it.

Start calling monsters "mobs," however, and you'll quickly find it to your disadvantage. If you wanted to cast your spell at the troll, then you should have designated the troll. Since the only "mob" on the map is the crowd of fleeing villagers, well...

Qadira

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You're not trying to portray Spider-Man as a criminal, so we'll forgive you.

Qadira

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I've been looking through DAT's old art. Man, it was the artwork that got me as fired up about playing these games as anything else. Trampier is as influential for me as Gygax and Arneson ever were. He did a lot of the original Gamma World stuff too, and that was one of my favorite games ever.

Qadira

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This thread never ceases to bring me joy.

Qadira

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Rynjin wrote:


Also one has to wonder if "heroes are created" and someone purposefully decided to splice animals together to make superheroes why the f!*$ would they pick a turtle

I'll play devil's advocate.

  • natural armor
  • all of a turtle's senses are keen, especially their eyesight and sense of smell
  • natural longevity
  • being able to quickly retract one's head into an armored space makes for a decent defensive maneuver

Yeah, that's all I've got. Apparently they're not going for the accident storyline, which might mean they're phasing Splinter out entirely, which is a bad move to me.

Then again, their original origin story dovetailed off Daredevil's, which of course is a sticky IP situation.

And yeah, those eyes and the fingernails are just enough to drop them right into the uncanny valley and deposit them directly in the Creepville town square. Ugh.

Qadira

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Ancient marble quarrying techniques.

Qadira

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I still want to hear more about those indecent and possibly dirty chips meatrace was eating.

Qadira

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If I ever call 911 about one of my cats, hopefully the cops just shoot me and put me out of the gene pool. I don't care if the thing is 22 pounds, it's still just a house cat and easily defeated with a spray bottle of water. Heck, a denim jacket and some gloves and a good grapple roll ought to do until you can toss the thing outside.

Qadira

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You know why I don't use the weapon size rules as written?

Small longspears, that's why. 'Nuff said.

Qadira

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Oh, right. Michael Bay is still churning out this offal.

Qadira Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014 aka Shadowborn

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As John Travolta would say: "Thanks, Roan Stewaeert! And special thanks to our host, Struan Kzing!"

Qadira

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Hey,

There was a post on the Pathfinder RPG page on Facebook that I think deserves consideration and wanted to make sure word got back to Paizo promptly, so I'm reposting here. Also, since this community is usually friendly and often pro-active, someone here might already have something that could help in this situation.

Mark Christopher Hoke wrote:
hey all!! I am trying to help out a friend. I am trying to find a history of the world of pathfinder. I know it little by little in a lot of books but here is the catch...my friend is blind. So any know of one that maybe out there or is there anyone that may want to make one up on youtube? I think it would be a great idea and my even be fun. I would do it myself but I dont know how to do it. Any help would be great thanks!!

Qadira

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MeanDM wrote:
But yeah. I don't disagree, it's a pretty grim show.

It's set in a world after an apocalypse. Grim is pretty much going to be a set standard for such a world.

Qadira

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If you don't have any books referencing Cheliax, JiCi, you could also brush up here.(Also provides a solid reference section at the bottom.)

Qadira

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thejeff wrote:
Shadowborn wrote:
See, this is why I have a problem with the idea of Spider-Man being cast as black. It wouldn't fit the story at all. The idea of a black kid growing up poor in New York as part of a non-traditional family is completely outside the realm of reality. Who would actually buy into something so fantastical?

As for Spider-Man, I wouldn't have real problem with Parker being cast as black, as long as they kept him the basically the same nerdy kid he was and didn't try to make a racial thing out of it.

I'm not fond of making someone else Spider-Man, as in the Ultimates, because I like Parker and am not really interested in someone else who happens to have the same set of powers. Whatever race that other person is.

You've chipped through all the irony in my statement and uncovered what I was actually saying. Well done.

Qadira

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See, this is why I have a problem with the idea of Spider-Man being cast as black. It wouldn't fit the story at all. The idea of a black kid growing up poor in New York as part of a non-traditional family is completely outside the realm of reality. Who would actually buy into something so fantastical?

Qadira

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If you explain it, then it must be important to the story or it shouldn't be in the story!

For some reason, that reminded me of almost every Jean-Claude Van Dam movie where they have to take time at the beginning to explain his accent. (Yes, he's an American martial arts and yoga instructor [see! he can do the splits!] but he was raised in the Netherlands which is why he talks like that.)

They didn't even try to explain it in Bloodsport, where he's playing Frank Dux, who was born in Toronto and raised in California. In the flashbacks to when he's a teenager, they just made the kid playing him fake his accent. *facepalm*

[/derail]

Qadira

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Orthos wrote:


Yeah, Doom is defined a lot by the methods and the mindset. Lawful Evil to a T. And the mask, in a sense. Anybody can wear the mask and the green cloak, and it's iconic.

And Doom is a megalomaniac genius, not a businessman accidentally endowed with electromagnetic powers and a bad case of metallic eczema.

Qadira

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Rynjin wrote:

Hey, Amazing Spider Man was pretty good. Better than the other Spider-man 1, actually (it...hasn't aged very well).

Sure, if you completely ignore the fact that Peter Parker isn't really Peter Parker; he's a cool skater dude who also happens to be brilliant and gets bitten by a radioactive spider.

Qadira

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TarionsCousin wrote:


You gain a -20 temporary penalty to your effective Charisma modifier.

Except, of course, where Intimidate checks are concerned.

Qadira

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On the bright side, the movie could tank, Fox could lose millions, and then perhaps they'll decide to sell the movie rights back to Marvel so we can finally get a decent FF film that at least somewhat resembles the comics we know and love.

Qadira

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Mikaze wrote:
jesters are fine though. completely different.

Yes, because nothing about jesters could be even remotely creepy.

Qadira

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So what you're saying is that dozens of Paizocon attendees should not show up all at once looking like this guy.

Qadira

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This might really be a break-out role for Vin Diesel. It has a lot of range.

"I am Groot."

"I am Groot."

"I am Groot."

"I am Groot."

"I AM GROOT!"

Qadira

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Working on [redacted], first part of [redacted] for Kobold Press.

Qadira

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Finally got my review up.

Everyone, this issue is fantastic! Authors, editors, artists, cartographers, you all deserve a big thank you. Any Pathfinder fan not downloading this magazine is either insane or suffering some sort of curse that keeps them from the best things in gaming life. Seriously.

Qadira Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014 aka Shadowborn

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Excellent idea. Now all we need is someone who copied all the items to a file...

Qadira

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Orthos wrote:
I'm wondering if Dashing Swordsmen can get a penalty for Trying Too Hard.

Yes, but if they take the Scraping the Bottom of the Barrel feat, which delays the penalties for a number of rounds equal to their prestige class level.

Qadira

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Caineach wrote:
Ross Byers wrote:

Julio is smart about taking a vacation. He's genre aware enough to know if he hangs around he's gonna die. Loan Elan the +X anarchic rapier and get the hell out of the way.

Edit: If his chaos sabre is better than a +3 keen rapier (what he gave to Elan last time), that's a heck of a sword.

They are going on level 15 or so. A +3 Keen just doesn't cut it anymore.

You've got keen observation skills, but I don't think you should be quite so cutting with your remarks. Your sharp wit won't win you many friends that way. Do you get my point?

Qadira

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Why RPGs are good for you.

Qadira

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More bewbs. Even on the dudes. I want to see Valeros with a rocking pair of armor kittens under that breastplate. Lem needs to be in a bodice. Heck, put those furry little feet of his in bodices.

Qadira

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DM Beckett wrote:

In nearly ever culture we know of, the concept of marriage or wedding is "officiated" by some sort of spiritual figure, from a priest to an elder/shaman/medicine worker/etc. . .

It was very uncommon for anyone else to even be involved (outside of friends and family) except for a few reasons. The late Babylonians might have, the mid to late era Romans, and a few other cultures would hold an annual to centenial census, both to see the relative number of people in what areas as well as for taxes, where who was married was a factor. Legally, for the most part the only other real wat it mattered was either for legitimacy of an heir or for political obligation.

But even in those cases, the non-religious government had no actual say on it, it was just a tool that could be used, not controlled.

In middle eastern cultures, but also in many tribal cultures worldwide, the concept of marriage is vedy different than our western one. It is generally not a lifelong assumption, but rather one where one parth assumes complete responsibility over the other for their protection, well-beinh, housing, education, and food, and can often not be sexual at all or even age dependant. Most of those cultures have no governing officials, but rather either a council of elders or heavy social and religious taboos to enforce.

Actually, where marriages in Europe during the Middle Ages were concerned, it was the couple themselves that actually performed the ceremony, no priest needed, unless he was one of the witnesses. Link.

Qadira

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I fail to understand sports fandom. You really have no vested interest in the team's victory or defeat unless you own the franchise. I saw a guy today who unliked the Oatmeal's Facebook page today because of a cartoon. A cartoon. It was an Angry Birds version of a seahawk riding a galloping and severely obese bronco with a Superbowl trophy dangling on the end of a stick to entice the horse to keep moving. That was the final straw for the Broncos fan, apparently.

Now RPG fandom I understand just fine. Thanks, Paizo, for the discount.

Qadira

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Tin Foil Yamakah wrote:
Shadowborn wrote:
Cooking Chicago-style Italian beef for dinner.

Do you dip the buns in the broth and then add the meat and more broth?

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh

Toast the buns, add provolone cheese, roasted bell peppers, then the meat, then homemade giardiniera, then dip in the broth. I basically have to eat these things shirtless standing over the sink if I want to minimize the mess.

Qadira

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Cooking Chicago-style Italian beef for dinner.

Qadira Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014 aka Shadowborn

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I didn't have a lot of time for item reviewing this weekend, so I'm doing monsters instead. First I'll look at how the monster's basic rundown fits the monster creation table, then general theme and abilities.

= Monster meets the target statistics for its CR
+ Monster exceeds the target stats for its CR
++ Monster greatly exceeds target stats for its CR
- Monster's stats do not meet target stats for its CR
-- Monster's stats are greatly below target stats for its CR

hp: --
AC: +
High Atk =
Low Atk n/a
Low Dmg =
Primary Ability DC: -
Secondary Ability DC: -
Good save: =
Poor save: =

As it stands, the design for the living shiver is a bit of a glass cannon, except that the cannon doesn't pack much of a punch. Higher AC counters the lower hp--a bit--but then the DC for its abilities is lower than it should be for its CR. Just raising the Charisma two points would have gotten it where it needs to be, but higher DCs would be justified given that this monster, on the whole, just isn't very tough.

Shiver Cloud: It's not a cloud, it's a breath weapon. Cloud denotes a specific area of effect that this ability doesn't have. "Shiver breath" would have been accurate enough. Mechanics aren't together with this, and inclusion of links doesn't excuse lack of execution.

Hallucinogenic Dreams: This could have been much more than just a charm person effect. Control and influence of a deeper sort would have been good. Perhaps a suggestion from the dream to bring more victims to a place the living shiver could addict them at its convenience.

I find the idea behind a living drug inspired. It's a real fringe design space and I wish it had been run into full gonzo territory. Aberration works, I suppose, though I might have gone a little more alien with the appearance. Shiver is made from dream spider venom, so an arachnoid appearance would have made sense. Several posters keep going back to the template idea, and one wonders if that is what was originally intended, but then changed because of the "no templates" rule. The concept of a living drug spreading its taint through a city is a great hook for an encounter or adventure and I wish it had been delivered with greater detail and skill. It might have been better served making it a CR 4 encounter, which would have allowed more design space for better abilities and overall strength. Unfortunately, this offering won't be getting my vote.

Qadira Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014 aka Shadowborn

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Not sure which post spawned the apology, Riftwalker, but I did see you restrict the feedback of your item to people that didn't post in the rant thread.

I'd like to stress again that the rant thread is meant for people to blow off steam and have a little fun. It's not like every item that received a comment was down-voted every time. Likewise, some of the items I commented on got more up-votes than not.

The critique thread is an entirely different animal. If you ask, then you will receive. It's not necessarily going to be what you want to hear. I thought my item had a decent shot to get me into the Top 32 this year. It didn't even make the top 100. Voters just didn't like it. That doesn't make me happy, but it does change the way I think about item creation. Therefore next year I do things differently.

Whether you're doing RPG Superstar or writing things for publishers in the industry, there are going to be people reading your writing and responding to it. Those responses aren't all going to be good ones. Someone is bound to dislike your work, for whatever reason. It's best to develop a thick skin early, ignore the unhelpful and look for critique that helps you improve as a writer.

Qadira

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So now I have this image in my head of an extraordinarily intelligent, but incredibly socially awkward summoner whose eidolon is the epitome of feminine wile and charm.

Wait...this sounds familiar.

Oh, yeah. (NSFW: Language)

Qadira

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Just when I thought nothing could top the Succubus in a Grapple thread...

Qadira

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Prepare to run We Be Goblins for my gaming group, with a special appearance by an old gaming buddy of mine who I haven't seen in almost 20 years.

Qadira Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014 aka Shadowborn

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You guys got a foyer this year? All we had was a shack out behind the pavilion.

Be sure to have your monsters ready to go. One alternate is already in the game and you never know if you might be the next one to get a shot. It's not the best way to get in, but any opportunity could be your ticket to Superstardom.

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