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RPG Superstar 2013 Marathon Voter, 2014 Marathon Voter. Pathfinder Society Member. 7,832 posts (9,364 including aliases). 9 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 14 aliases.


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Qadira

Changing Man wrote:
ooh, I've always liked Selket/Serqet :) Ever since I saw that one statue in the museum... Bonus points if there's a write-up for a hidden Cult of Selket operating as good guys somewhere in the desert with their own unique take on the Desert Scorpion Style... Maybe vigilantes, even...

Good guys? Well, not really, no...but you could certainly run them that way. My job was to create stuff for PCs to strive against.

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kevin_video wrote:
Shadowborn wrote:
It's like dealing with the Internet. A lot of people are jerks. Eventually, you just learn to ignore them and move on, or the 'net becomes a place of eternal pain and suffering.
I don't know that, that's a good comparison. Depending on the site, you have upwards of 90% of the people you deal with there are trolls telling you that they're first or second, to go kill yourself, to stfu, pics or it didn't happen, you're not talented so just take off your clothes already and show off the goods, or to die in a fire. But yes, I do consider the 'net to essentially be a form of purgatory.

Well, it was a comparison that fit for me because I tend to stick with sites where the trolls are at a minimum. When I go someplace to read an article, I read the article but rarely read the comments if it allows them. Inevitably, they devolve into name-calling, threats, stupidity, and spam. I grab the info I came for and ignore the rest.

The judges will provide good feedback. Here on the Paizo boards, feedback from the masses is usually positive and constructive. The community here is why I always come back. There are inevitably bad apples, but they're in the minority.

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kevin_video wrote:
Shadowborn wrote:
Anthony's got the right of this. As a writer one needs to practice a sense of detachment (thick skin is usually the way this is termed). You're not your writing. Any good writer always puts a piece of themselves into the writing, but it's no longer attached, so to speak. So long as a person is critiquing your work in a constructive manner (not just telling you what's wrong, but why it's wrong and how to correct/improve it; not just saying they don't like it but expressing why it doesn't wow them so you at least can tell if it's something to be concerned about or just a personal opinion being expressed, etc.) you should accept it graciously.
And I can accept that without issue. It's the stuff in brackets that make me wince.

That's where you just have to teach yourself to not take it personally. It's like dealing with the Internet. A lot of people are jerks. Eventually, you just learn to ignore them and move on, or the 'net becomes a place of eternal pain and suffering.

If I get criticism from someone that isn't worth the read, I usually just thank them for their input and move on to the stuff that I can use to improve my writing.

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Woot! The Emerald Order is unlocked! I'm stoked, because I had a lot of fun writing that one. A great group to use as an ongoing enemy in a campaign.

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motteditor wrote:


The average CR for the monsters we received was 7.475. They ranged from a low CR of 2 to a high of 18.

Wow. That's quite the range.

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Anthony Adam wrote:

And if you post them publicly for feedback, you will find those of us taking the time to provide that feedback do so not only to help you learn and grow but also to do the same for ourselves.

This means that although we may say things we didn't like or disagree with decisions you made on your design, it doesn't make anything you have done wrong, it's just different to what we would have done. We provide the feedback so that you can think about the differences next time you do a design.

I also find anyone taking the time to give good feedback usually also refers to what they like and agree with, sometimes even saying "I wish I had thought of that!".

I know that I try to. Finding the excellent in a design is equally, if not more, important than recognizing miss-steps.

Anthony's got the right of this. As a writer one needs to practice a sense of detachment (thick skin is usually the way this is termed). You're not your writing. Any good writer always puts a piece of themselves into the writing, but it's no longer attached, so to speak. So long as a person is critiquing your work in a constructive manner (not just telling you what's wrong, but why it's wrong and how to correct/improve it; not just saying they don't like it but expressing why it doesn't wow them so you at least can tell if it's something to be concerned about or just a personal opinion being expressed, etc.) you should accept it graciously.

And remember, a lot of criticism doesn't mean it's not good. If it truly weren't worth improving, most people wouldn't bother to take the time.

Qadira

Retcon, schmetcon. Canon, schmanon. I still like what I like.

Qadira

Best of luck, everyone.

Qadira

Unseelie wrote:
How far is this new hotel from the SeaTac Marriott, where Paizocon has been previously held? I'm a Marriott rewards member, so I'm inclined to stay there rather than at the Doubletree if it's close enough?

According to Mapquest, 1.12 miles away. Head down the hill from the Mariott, hang a left on International Boulevard, and drive for two minutes, or walk for several more.

Edit: Apparently, you have to drive past it until you can get to a turnaround and come back up on the right side of the street, so the walking distance is actually shorter.

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GeraintElberion wrote:
The last episode should have been good because it was written by Mark Gatiss.

Fixed that for you.

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My favorite explanation is in Vault of Souls where

Spoiler:
the souls of atheists turn into gems that are kept in Pharasma's tower, where they repel Groetus (who orbits as a giant, skull-faced moon above) and keep the universe from coming to an end.

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runslikeawelshman wrote:
What is the wind speed of a creature such as an Air Elemental using its Whirlwind ability? How does it interact with Obscuring Mist and similar spells/effects?

There's no text in the rules I can find that specifically addresses this, but given that the whirlwind is strong enough to cause damage, I'd say it qualifies as a strong wind for purposes of spells like obscuring mist.

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The hatred of trees is integrated early in dwarven culture, I see.

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Male Human(ish) Level 3 RPG Monkey

Magnus notes the sound of shouting coming faintly from the distance. Whisperwing hears it also, and can see light from several torches in the distance, further into the hills.

Whisperwing/Kalaya:
Whisperwing notes Magnus, during a brief rest stop, take the time to move away from the party and check on the bag that contains the fungus, and pack more soil into it before moving on.

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You guys want to keep it down? I'm reading the article about Russian physicists turning lead into gold.

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Male Human(ish) Level 3 RPG Monkey

Magnus:
The thing seems to be about 30% larger than before.

Go ahead and give me Perception checks, all around.

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Male Human(ish) Level 3 RPG Monkey

He's wearing shoes, trousers, and a shirt, all in darker colors. Over them he has on an apron that appears stained, perhaps by food. A port wine birthmark sits on his bald head just over his left eyebrow.

The man's face reddens as he sputters angrily. "I don't know nothin' 'bout any missing person! And I've never seen that before! Mayhaps you lot dug into my cellar to steal my stock! I should call the guard on you!"

Qadira

DeathCon 00 wrote:
It's unfortunate since throwing knives are so deadly in the movies.

Had to fix this. Carry on.

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Freehold DM wrote:

Went shopping this evening. Stopped by the dessert aisle to discover a huge 50% MORE!!!! sign on the 6 pack of pudding. I looked closer to discover that that the sign on the package proudly proclaimed that it held 50% more than the competition's pudding 4 pack.

More proof that the numbers will say anything if you torture them enough.

Well, at least it's honest advertising.

Qadira

If you're looking for flavor and info on the deity, then go here.

If you're looking for the rules on how to run a cleric, then go here.

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Freehold DM wrote:
I hate math more so than Joss Whedon, Alton Brown and Mark Zuckerberg combined.

Wait, wait, wait...you hate Alton Brown as well? What sort of a monster are you? (Hating Zuckerberg is totally normal.)

Qadira

Spoiler:
They were at 83%, after hauling slab after slab of gold "circuit boards" so big it took two robots to carry one, and then that little gold arrow was enough to boost them into orbit... :/

This was one of my least favorite DW episodes since the series restarted with #9. The bit at the end was good, but for the most part it exceeded the maximum silly factor by several degrees.

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Male Human(ish) Level 3 RPG Monkey

You trudge uphill for a couple of hours, your progress hindered not only by debris from the impact and mud from the storm, but by strange vegetation as well, shrubs and trees twisted into strange forms and colors.

The trail leads into the hills and then merges with a clear trail. The other tracks likewise seem to have taken this path.

Magnus:
You're fairly certain your new bundle is significantly heavier than it was before you left the camp at the crater.

Qadira

Male Human(ish) Level 3 RPG Monkey

As Master Parisos stretches his senses for magical emanations, Broderick discovers that the sacks are filled with onions, potatoes, and yams.

A rattling sound from the far side of the room catches your attention. A metal accordion gate slides back as light spills into the room. A portly, bearded fellow holding a lantern steps into the room, humming to himself off-key. When he catches sight of your group, the hum dies away. He gives a conscious blink, as if not sure he's actually seeing you. Then he takes a step forward, pointing his finger at you.

"Hey! What're you lot doing in my cellar?"

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I'm sorry I came up with the idea for a story casting you as an inquisitor charged with ferreting out the notorious sorcerer Baba Ji, who is terrorizing the good citizens of the city.

I'm still writing it anyway, so I guess this isn't an apology so much as a notice.

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The fire damage is all applied by the same attack, so fire resistance only applies once to the total damage roll. So it would take 14 points of fire damage.

As for the burning effect, fire resistance is applied to any effect that causes fire damage, so it would apply to each set of 3d6 on a given round.

Qadira

Longest 3 hours of my life...

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Male Human(ish) Level 3 RPG Monkey

After a second or two of straining, there's an audible snap, and the wooden obstacle swings out like a hinged door. Peering through, the party sees what appears to be someone's cellar. Racks with kegs and bottles line the walls, and bulging burlap sacks hang from hooks affixed to support beams in the ceiling.

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Male Human(ish) Level 3 RPG Monkey

Master Parisos is unable to push it out of the way, and it seems larger than the hole it covers, so it won't pull in. He does not immediately note any mechanism to open it.

Broderick steps forward, crowbar in hand, and works one wedged end in between the stone of the opening and the wooden barrier.

Strength check, +2 for the crowbar. If Master Parisos pitches in and puts a shoulder to it, he can make a check as well, and add it to Broderick's total.

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Drejk wrote:
I wonder if I manage to find something for me and design it in time...

Less wondering, more doing. Chop-chop!

Qadira

Kthulhu wrote:
Shadowborn wrote:
wicked cool wrote:
question on last dalek episode? Why did he turn down the request?
The Doctor isn't big on soldiers.
Tell that to several of his former companions, some of whom WERE soldiers or warriors. Hell, tell that to the Brigadier.

I'm well aware of them. However, this Doctor doesn't seem to be big on soldiers. I'll stick with his explanation until a better one comes along.

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wicked cool wrote:
question on last dalek episode? Why did he turn down the request?

The Doctor isn't big on soldiers.

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Male Human(ish) Level 3 RPG Monkey

Upon closer examination, it appears to be a hole blocked by some large, wooden object, perhaps a shelf or cabinet.

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Male Human(ish) Level 3 RPG Monkey

The trail is easy to follow, looking much like a dirt road. As it climbs into the higher ground, it gets a little strange, as it goes through another group of charred, fallen trees. Quite literally, it goes through them. The trees lie at an angle to the trail, blown down by the impact of the fallen star. The trail cuts through them. A section of the blackened trunks neatly removed, the ends of the bisected trunks sporting a slimy residue similar to the skeletons in the wagon. Whatever this is, it appears to be headed up into the foothills.

There is also sign of a large force moving through here as well, easily seen. Many booted feet, shod hooves, and wheels traveling in the same direction.

Qadira

Can Krynn be one of the worlds that isn't saved and goes up in a great, fiery kaboom?

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Freehold DM wrote:
I was a c section too as well as a premie.

Explains why your Whedon gland is stunted.

Congratulations to the proud parents.

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ulgulanoth wrote:

Ah missed this one :(

Well maybe next time...

No time like the present. The next issue's theme has already been announced: Ustalav.

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Serpent wrote:


In other news, something's happened to Jeff's avatar...

I'm feeling a bit monstrous. I've completed creatures for two requests on the wishlist thread, with a third on the way. Once they're done, it's just a matter of deciding which one is the best entry for the contest.

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Cr500cricket wrote:
Please do the cookie golem Please do the cookie golem!

Gingerbread Golem

Gingerbread Golem Swarm

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Drejk wrote:
Is the deadline 11:59 AM or 11:59 PM?

It's usually PM. One minute before September 2nd arrives in the Pacific Time Zone.

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Male Human(ish) Level 3 RPG Monkey

Amon gives a nod and departs, leaving the lot of you to explore the tunnel. It descends for perhaps 40 or 50 paces before leveling out. This appears to be a natural formation, but there are signs that work has been done here and there to level the floor, remove stalagmites, and the like.

You follow the twisting tunnel for several minutes, noting branching passages here and there, but these are still in their natural state, tight-fitting, and show no signs of traffic.

The tunnel ends abruptly in what appears to be a dead end. However, closer observation reveals that the end of this cul-de-sac has a portion of wall that appears to be made of wood, streaked with thin deposits of limestone from the ceiling.

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I just wanted to say good luck. We're all counting on you.

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Male Human(ish) Level 3 RPG Monkey

Botting Jon to give him a Take 10 on his Survival roll.

Jon notes what he initially thought to be a dirt road is actually the trail of some creature. Whatever it is is legless, sliding over the ground and apparently destroying everything organic in its path. There isn't much left here so close to the blast, but the trail has been swept clean of any organic material. It seems to wander erratically before straightening to head nearly due northwest toward the hills.

Magnus/Tuboo returns a short time later, dragging some sort of vegetable matter with him. It's about a foot in length, bulging out towards the middle like a developing pea pod, but clearly some type of fungus to Jon's keen eyes. It trails a number of "roots," which Tuboo/Magnus is using to drag it along.

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Male Human(ish) Level 3 RPG Monkey

Magnus, in Tuboo's body, easily evades the few dwarves standing outside, slinks around the tent and noses his way under one of the walls.

Magnus:
The tent is much as you left it, with the chest holding the mushrooms sitting on the table in the middle. However sitting on the ground, near where you and Stilgar were standing when the dwarves showed you the mushrooms, are a pair of plant-like protrusions that have pushed out of the soil. They are pale and vaguely slimy looking, like mushroom stalks, but the bulge out in the middle, reminding you of pale pea pods. They're perhaps a foot tall.

Qadira

Mmm...nope. You could make construct armor out of dead body parts like a flesh golem, I suppose.

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So let it be written, so let it be done.

Edit: Well, once I have time to wade through this wish-list thread...

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I'd like to reply to the people that want a new edition, but most of the words I'd like to use will be blocked by the profanity filter. Suffice it to say I'm firmly against the idea.

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His signature is on a lot of his art in TSR books, but not all. If you match up the line work from his other stuff to the Asmodeus pic, it's a pretty sure thing that he did it.

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Looks like they're bringing in another super-powered villain next season, namely the Absorbing Man.

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Male Human(ish) Level 3 RPG Monkey

Let me know what the party decides. If you guys want to elect a party leader/spokesperson to make executive decisions for the group, please do.

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