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Gorbacz wrote:
Golarion has way too many <<evil outsiders are behind why the place is gone bonkers>> countries to add another one, IMHO. Cheliax, Worldwound, Irrisen, Nidal, it would be refereshing to see Taldor's problem caused solely by humans being humans.

+1 one gagillion Just pure unadulterated human avarice!


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The book I used for my homebrew AP is called Encyclopedia of the Byzantine Empire by Jennifer Lawler.

It gives you a great description of titles and such as well as some of the forms of government they had during the empire. Lots of nomenclature of the empire, and key figures. Also goes over some of the noble houses.

As for titles - if you've ever wondered why the Grand Prince is simply not the King of Taldor or Emperor of Taldor, as apposed to being his primary home title, it may be because even though Taldor follows male primogeniture, any male member (i.e. Prince) of the royal house is eligible to become the 'Grand' (primary) Prince. It does not have to be direct male primogeniture.


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Not at this time. But ask again in two weeks and I may have a different answer for you.


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I've always been a huge Taldor fan, and before this announcement I had thrown a couple of ideas HERE, some similar to other folks.

A few months ago before the Taldan sourcebook or the War of the Crown AP were announced I put THIS shell of a Taldan AP with dozens of pages of notes.

I have a whole folder on my computer worth of research on the Taldan Empire, and the route I was taking with my homebrew AP. I ordered a history book on Byzantium to get a feel and knowledge of the titles that had been used in previous books referencing Taldor.

I am still going to work on this project just to see how these turn out in comparison to the official AP.

With that said I still look forward to the War of the Crown AP, even If I don't like some of the direction that the initial premise is going with. I can still say I'm hyped about it. Some of my favorite authors are writing the books. To the doomsayers I say, chill take a seat and lets enjoy the show.

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Awesome I am coming up from Ft. Knox early that week I can make both slots.


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I also would like to see story arc and I would like no metaplot - perhaps it can be replaced with the occasional faction storyline.

I also would like a character tree where you can link up to 3 of your SFS characters to achieve goals/share equipment/use boons earned (maybe they are all on the same ship, or belong to the same faction, are one big happy family) when completing scenarios.

No character could be more than 2 levels from each other.
No swapping of personal equipment other than expendable items. (grenades, stim vials, etc)
No playing of scenarios more than 1 tier from each other.
Characters cannot not make profession rolls at the end of each scenario

Example: June has 3 characters as part of his tree:

Xanthal the Starunner (Human Male Technist 1)
Valkron of Arun (Kasatha Male Psiblade 1)
Myallene Lorthen (Lashunta Female Starknight 2)

Xanthal goes on a mission/scenario SF-01: Into The Breach and earns a purchasable item: Blades of Enrath (+1 Durasteel Psiblade)

Valkron goes on a mission/scenario SF-02: The Many Chambers of Xoth-Karuun/ and earns an item: Galactic Starunner (5% off all biotech equipment), He also gets on the chronicle a boon - Memory Chip, +1 to Navigation skill in the Arden Sector

Myallene goes on a mission/scenario SF-03: Return of the King Xeros and earns a Story boon: Echoes of Old Azlant .

June decide to buy the Blades of Enrath that Xanthal earned in his chronicle for Valkron because he can use it (which gets crossed off from the chronicle sheet). He in turn gives the Galactic Starunner boon to Xanthal because it fits his character goals as a galactic trader. (annotates it on the chronicle sheet). Myallene earned he Echoes of Old Azlant story boon, and although it hasnt been detailed yet to players all characters on the tree qualify as having it for Story Arc purposes on future scenarios.

Hopefully it wasnt too confusing.

DISCLAIMER: I know nothing of Starfinder development and made scenario/race/class/boon names as an example.

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BigNorseWolf wrote:

provided they have a venture-officer associated with the location.

We're out in the boonies but warhorn with the folks in albany. Does that count?

POOF!

We can work this out.

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CONGRATS to all the GM's who've made it to five star island!

Special thanks to Geoff Griffith and a very , berry special with whipcream on top to Brent Bowser!

HUZZAH!

P.S. we will continue the party in a few months at Origins.


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INTERREGNUM!

For gold and glory! Grand Prince Stavian III has promised lands and noble titles to those bold enough to reclaim long abandoned territory on the sparsely populated frontiers of Taldor. Bring order to the lawless and chaotic regions and fight off the ills plaguing the land to claim greatness as the next heroes of the empire. Can you manage to fight off the bandits, monsters and other horrors of the Whistling Plains or will you too be a casualty of an empire in decline?

In the Interregnum Adventure Path heroes will explore the area and engage in battle and conquest against roving bandits, orc tribes and scurrilous robber barons and lay claim to long dormant titles, lands and riches in the name of the empire. Rebuilding and fortifying their newfound domains as the rightful lords and delve into the scheming, convoluted maze of imperial politics.

Marauders of the Lost Lands (1 of 6): You’ve answered the emperor’s call and have embarked in reclaiming and resettling the lands of the Kolmene Prefecture. Explore forgotten delves and ruined keeps to clear out roving bandits, monsters, and corrupt nobles ravaging the countryside. Also includes a gazetteer of the northeastern prefectures of Taldor and revamped domain rules for establishing your realms.

The Tarnished Scepter (2 of 6): Defend your newly won lands and the growing settlements within it to earn even greater accolades from the emperor. Make alliances with various noble houses as you battle jealous rivals, fight border skirmishes, train military units and enforce your right to rule. Included is a detailed description of the noble houses of the region, complete with coat of arms, their various alliances, resources, and other information.

Roar of the Unbearded (3 of 6): Brought down by the machinations of his rivals, Grand Prince Stavian has died, leaving no appointed heir and throwing the Empire into chaos as various houses maneuver to lay claim to the Primogen Crown. War is afoot, as competing houses, prefect governors, and various factions engage in the devastation of rival settlements and lands to achieve dominance in the empire. The carnage devolves into riots in cities and the countryside. Will you be able to maneuver through the complex internecine battles on the field and in the Imperial court? Included will be a treatise on the laws of succession and the numerous titles of the Taldan Empire.

The Sunsworn Conspiracy (4 of 6): The battles rage on as the chaos in the empire shows no signs of abetting as various royal factions solidify their positions. A new threat arises, as hidden forces advocate for revolution in the western parts of the empire and unknown conspirators attempt to incite Qadira into entering Taldan affairs. Will the strength of your domain, your allies, and personal skill be enough to avoid certain disaster for the empire? Included is a gazetteer of Zimar and its environs.

The Culling of Many Crowns (5 of 6): Emboldened by your success in defending the empire from enemies both foreign and domestic you and your allies hope to bring peace and stability before it’s too late. While engaged in diplomacy you realize that when all else fails, peace must sometimes come from the sharp edge of a blade. This volume will include the detailed histories of the Royal Houses of Taldor, their exploits and notable members.

The Lion Ascendant (6 of 6): The struggle for the Primogen Crown continues with the last of the warring factions, however an end is in sight. The ascension to the throne will not be won easily or without a last ditch attempt by your foes in their quest for victory. A victory that may shatter the very foundations of Taldan Society. Included in the book will be a section on the changes to Taldor after the war of succession and the possible story threads that can be continued.


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INTERREGNUM!

For gold and glory! Grand Prince Stavian III has promised lands and noble titles to those bold enough to reclaim long abandoned territory on the sparsely populated frontiers of Taldor. Bring order to the lawless and chaotic regions and fight off the ills plaguing the land to claim greatness as the next heroes of the empire. Can you manage to fight off the bandits, monsters and other horrors of the Whistling Plains or will you too be a casualty of an empire in decline?

In the Interregnum Adventure Path heroes will explore the area and engage in battle and conquest against roving bandits, orc tribes and scurrilous robber barons and lay claim to long dormant titles, lands and riches in the name of the empire. They will engage in rebuilding and fortifying their newfound domains as the rightful lords and delve into the scheming, convoluted maze of imperial politics.

Marauders of the Lost Lands (1 of 6): You’ve answered the emperor’s call and have embarked in reclaiming and resettling the lands of the Kolmene Prefecture. Explore forgotten delves and ruined keeps to clear out roving bandits, monsters, and corrupt nobles ravaging the countryside. Also includes a gazetteer of the northeastern prefectures of Taldor and revamped domain rules for establishing your realms.

The Tarnished Scepter (2 of 6): Defend your newly won lands and the growing settlements within it to earn even greater accolades from the emperor. Make alliances with various noble houses as you battle jealous rivals, fight border skirmishes, train military units and enforce your right to rule. Included is a detailed description of the noble houses of the region, complete with coat of arms, their various alliances, resources, and other information.

Roar of the Unbearded (3 of 6): Brought down by the machinations of his rivals, Grand Prince Stavian has died, leaving no appointed heir and throwing the Empire into chaos as various houses maneuver to lay claim to the Primogen Crown. War is afoot, as competing houses, prefect governors, and various factions engage in the devastation of rival settlements and lands to achieve dominance in the empire. The carnage devolves into riots in cities and the countryside. Will you be able to maneuver through the complex internecine battles on the field and in the Imperial court? Included will be a treatise on the laws of succession and the numerous titles of the Taldan Empire.

The Sunsworn Conspiracy (4 of 6): The battles rage on as the chaos in the empire shows no signs of abetting as various royal factions solidify their positions. A new threat arises, as hidden forces advocate for revolution in the western parts of the empire and unknown conspirators attempt to incite Qadira into entering Taldan affairs. Will the strength of your domain, your allies, and personal skill be enough to avoid certain disaster for the empire? Included is a gazetteer of Zimar and its environs.

The Culling of Many Crowns (5 of 6): Emboldened by your success in defending the empire from enemies both foreign and domestic you and your allies hope to bring peace and stability before it’s too late. While engaged in diplomacy you realize that when all else fails, peace must sometimes come from the sharp edge of a blade. This volume will include the detailed histories of the Royal Houses of Taldor, their exploits and notable members.

The Lion Ascendant (6 of 6): The struggle for the Primogen Crown continues with the last of the warring factions, however an end is in sight. The ascension to the throne will not be won easily or without a last ditch attempt by your foes in their quest for victory. A victory that may shatter the very foundations of Taldan Society. Included in the book will be a section on the changes to Taldor after the war of succession and the possible story threads that can be continued.


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Since Taldor doesn't seem to be a focus development wise, I've chosen to make my own Taldor centric Adventure Path. This thread definitely shows me that their is a least some interest.

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I had a great time at the Origins Game Fair. Had the opportunity to play, GM and be part of a great HQ team that included Mike McNerney, Mike Costello and Vincent Holiday (aka Brent the Babe, aka VC Shiela Hidemarch, aka Lady Arodeth) and many others.

Best of all I had the pleasure of spending time with many friends I've made over the years. It's always a blast to see them and share stories from Golarion and beyond. The folks from SCARAB came up and supported us as well with GMing. Shout out goes out to them. You guys rock! We also had more than one hundred new player society numbers given out. This was amazing growth of PFS and individuals interested in playing the Pathfinder RPG.

Gamers had the pleasure of playing Pathfinder Society along with Erik Mona and Tonya Woldridge at their tables!

Special thanks goes out to VC Mark Stratton for filing in as the Overseer GM and managing almost 20 tables of The Sky Key Solution at the last minute.

All in all I had a great time at Origins and I hope to see you all there next year.

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Tonya Woldridge - announced Pathfinder Academy. A program for young pathfinders that will be going to all locations to assist local coordinators in order to help children in playing and understanding PFS and will help bridge the gap and ease younger members into full society play.


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Nice mini's Erik....but take good pictures of the ruins and eat some tamarindo with chile!

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Lord Twitchiopolis wrote:

Actually, yellow Tengu are a big one to consider.

As I stated before, there is no legal source for dye.
However, it's not uncommon for people to have characters with outlandish hair colors in PFS and for such things to be simply hand waived.
The same goes for armor and clothing: there's no upcharge in an item's price for it's color.
It's just assumed that you can get whatever color you desire.

Now, feathers can be dyed.
If a Taldan can have red hair (while by the books they do not), then they must be coloring their hair.
What is to prevent a tengu from bleaching and dying their feathers?

Oooh I just might use my boon to make the first ever Golarion Chickenhawk...with green feathers.....tengu im no tengu im a chickenhawk and I aint afraid of nutin'


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Hmmm....

#1. Pathfinder Reloaded (aka 2.0)

#2. Pathfinder Movie/Cartoon Consultant

#3. Ancient Empires of Casmaron (Hardcover Sourcebook)

When/If he gets back in the AP developer's chair:

Adventure Path #121: Sovereign's Fall
(Part 1 of the Taldor AP: The Tarnished Scepter) A mix of high stakes politics, with a mix of Kingmaker, a dash of chivalry


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A night at Foxglove Manor!!!

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"Panthfinders" :)


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Their statement pretty much says that the majority of their gamers communicate via 3rd party sites rather than on their forums.

Not sure if that's true.

An area where like minded gamer who play the same game system can share their ideas and products to foster more gaming is a good thing. Although the vast majority of gamers don't use the forums much. Even here. Probably like 10% (wild guess).


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KingOfAnything wrote:
Taldor is thriving! All "evidence" to the contrary is the result of lies and deceit by the enemies of the Empire.

LONG LIVE THE EMPIRE and FUTURE EMPRESS OF TALDOR, PRINCESS EUTROPIA

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It could of been just an honest mistake and he misplaced the final encounter.

I would change an encounter location if players actions have dramatically changed it. (i.e. if the encounter occurred in a tavern and the BBG was going to show up, but the PC's burned it to the ground so the bad guy shows up in the street instead) The only time it would be an issue is if there were environmental factors built into the encounter and even then you could replicate most things elsewhere.

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Mike you will be missed.

As a fellow brother in blue and a brother in arms your leadership style simply wont be replicated. You expanded PFS greatly and even got me to join the VO corps. You've held the line on the absurd and compromised when needed. You guided a steady ship in PFS and mentored a great many players and GM's alike.

Remember that the lack of an official title doesn't stop the camaraderie and friendship you've gotten over the years, So I still hope to see you again at conventions to share a game, a story, or better yet a drink or two with you.

Farewell and may you find happiness in everything you do.

One sad goblin,

June

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Wow those two original scenarios sound GREAT! Imagine if we could do that for other cons/areas and the scenarios became PFS/PACG Legal.

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Jack Amy wrote:
Thanks for the list Andrew, what was Grand Convocation 4712? A quick search and I couldn't find anything meaningful on it.

It was an AWESOME experience, especially if you rp'd with the Oracle. ;) jk

It was a PaizoCon 12' only event, that included combat, skill challenges and Rp only encounters.

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