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I'd be more moved by the "cannot cover every location" argument if we weren't about to get our second and third (back-to-back!) Cheliax APs. I've still got my fingers crossed that we'll get a LoLK-type AP in the near future.

In the meantime, there was this Kickstarter that funded a couple month ago.

-Skeld

Edit: Hey, looks like I can post from work again. :D

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I'm glad to see lots of people have gotten their PDFs, my spoilers weren't too spoilery, and everyone enjoyed the tidbits. :D

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I'm done tonight. Since the TLS change, I haven't been able to post from work, so I'm out until tomorrow evening. Hopefully everyone has their PDF by then and there won't be any more questions. :)

-Skeld

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Taggerung559 wrote:
Any chance you could share what class features the magus archetypes replace?

Spoiler:

Esoteric alters: weapon/armor proficiencies, spellcasting, arcane pool, and spellstrike. It replaces: spell recall, bonus feats, medium/heavy armor proficiencies, and improved spell recall.

Mindblade replaces: spellcasting (with Psychic spellcasting), arcane pool, spell recall, knowledge pool, improved spell recall, greater spell combat, greater spell access, medium/heavy armor proficiencies, and improved spell combat.

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Gisher wrote:
I am curious whether the Psychic Detective trades Extracts for Psychic Spells. If not, then what are her powers?

Spoiler:

You're basically right. they use Psychic spellcasting, plus a couple other things.

Quote:
Any info on the two Magus archetypes would also be welcome.

Spoiler:

Esoteric (Magus Archetype) specializes in unarmed combat.
Mindblade (Magus Archetype) can manifest weapons made of psychic energy.

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That's a lot of stuff.

the xiao wrote:
could you share some vexing daredevil,

Spoiler:

Specializes in using feints and tricks in combat.

toxitician,

Spoiler:

Can inject a target with toxins that do various things.

psychic duelist

Spoiler:

Specialize in psychic duels.

and/or onmyoji details please?

Spoiler:

Sort of a divine-powered spiritualist with a bonded spirit that offers some additional protections.

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Dragon78 wrote:
What does the Kinetic Chirurgeon get?

Spoiler:

The Kinetic Chirurgeon gains Paladin Mercies, and some extra healing beyond what a Kineticist can elect to do. There's also a modification to how Burn works and how much the character gets for healing purposes.

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John Kretzer wrote:
What is the witch archetype like?

Spoiler:

They have two class abilities that are focused on using ley lines. One of them turns the Witch into a spontaneous caster. :D

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Dragon78 wrote:
What are the new force spells?

Spoiler:

Etheric shards, incorporeal chains, telekinetic storm.

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What are the names of the new sorcerer bloodline powers?

Spoiler:

Ectoplasm bloodline: entangling ectoplasm, ectoplasmic reach, ectoplasmic form, malevolant ectoplasm, ectoplasmic body.
Psychic bloodline: psychic strike, mental resistance, undercasting prodigy, thoughtsense, true thought-form.

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Does that sensate gain perception as a class skill?

Spoiler:

Yes.

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Is there healing focus kineticist archetype?

Spoiler:

Yes, Kinetic Chirurgeon.

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Dragon78 wrote:
Any new spells with the force or light descriptor/subtype?

Spoiler:

Force: yes.
Light: I haven't seen any yet.

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Gorbacz wrote:
Any robotz with lasors?

Yes, the book is full of them!

Spoiler:

No! EXPLOSIVE RUNES!

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Axial wrote:
Alright, so what are the new archetypes, mysteries, bloodlines et cetera for the existing classes?

Spoiler:

See my previous post, and:
Promethean Disciple (Alchemist Discovery)
Order of the Eastern Star (Cavalier Order)
Order of the Shroud (Cavalier Order)
Ethereal and Mind (Witch Patrons)

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Dragon78 wrote:
Any new sorcerer bloodlines or oracle mysteries? If so what are they?

Spoiler:

Ectoplasm and Psychic bloodlines.
I haven't seen any Oracle goodies.

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Yrtalien wrote:

Any info on the Kineticist... how often do they get wild talents?

They still only have aether/ fire/ water/ and air?

Anything

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Wild Talents on even levels.

Aether, Air, Earth, Fire, Water.

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Dredcor wrote:
Details about the Medium and the Storyteller archetype please!

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I'm not sure what you want on the Medium. Can you be more specific?

Storyteller (Medium Archetype) gets:
Diminished Spirit, Knowledge of Tales, Versitile Surge, Storyteller's Performance, Learn the Story, Living Story.

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Robert Jordan wrote:
Skeld always seems to be an early bird at getting pdfs. I call hackz. Also please share the hacks.

I'll never tell. ;)

-Skeld

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QuidEst wrote:

@Skeld

I'd love to hear some archetype details!
(Really, anything that looks interesting for whatever class you want to check out first.)

Spoiler:

24-ish pages of Archetypes.

Kineticist:
Blood Kineticist
Elemental Annihilator
Elemental Ascetic
Kinetic Chirurgeon
Overwhelming Soul

Medium:
Kami Medium
Reanimated Medium
Relic Channeler
Spirit Dancer
Storyteller

Mesmerist:
Cult Master
Spirit Walker
Toxitician
Vexing Daredevil

Occultist:
Battle Host
Necroccultist
Sha'ir
Totem Eater

Psychic:
Amnesiac
Formless Adept
Mutation Mind
Psychic Duelist

Spiritualist:
Ectoplasmatist
Fractured Mind
Geist Channeler
Haunted
Onmyoji

Others:
Ectochymist (Alchemist)
Promethean Alchemist (Alchemist)
Flesheater (Barbarian)
Phrenologist (Bard)
Silver Balladeer (Bard)
Ghostrider (Cavalier)
Sensate (Fighter)
Relic Hunter (Inquisitor)
Psychic Detective (Investigator)
Esoteric (Magus)
Mindblade (Magus)
Karmic Monk (Monk)
Ghost Hunter (Paladin)
Escapologist (Rogue)
False Medium (Rogue)
Ley Line Guardian (Witch)

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FYI: I have my PDFs.

I can take questions. I'll spoilerize answers. My ability to answer will be spotty until later this evening.

:D

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I dislike both ideas in the OP.

Nested conversations are terrible, IMO. I prefer threads show posts in chronological order, as they do now.

Paizo uses custom forum software they developed in-house thats hevil tied to their store software. Changing the entire forum would be a huge undertaking. Even changing it for one subforum is even less likely.

Paizo has said before that they had no interest in an up-/down-vote system. Just getting them to add "likes" took years of lobbying by many people. It's a bad idea to provide any discussion system that can be gamed to a bunch of gamers.

The less like Reddit this place is, the better off everyone is. I think both these are DOA.

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Keep in mind that it's entirely within the GM's power to pull from sources other than ones the PCs can access and/or come up with one-off abilities to give opponents unique mechanics, all of which can take place behind the screen.

A GM needs to be careful with this kinda thing to ensure he's not just creating opponents for the sake of bypassing the PCs defenses just to hand out a whoopin'. Anything the GM comes up with should be passingly in line with the rules, level appropriate, and make sense within the context of the game world and adventure. It's also entirely possible your GM might be operating completely outside the rules, in which case he will be the only person that knows the answer.

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I've always had more trouble with adults than with kids.

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Kajehase wrote:
But the bit that really annoys me is that I can't even read the main messageboard page on the phone any longer. I can get into the subforums alright, but well - it's annoying.

Y'know... I've been having the same problem at work the past few days. I think Messageboardsment worked fine up until Monday, but now I get a "connection was reset" by secure.paizo.com or something like that. I can visit individual threads and I can get to sub forums, but Messageboardsment is honked.

My work computer is a Win7 box running Firefox v38.0. I have Chrome available but I haven't tried it. Because I don't have admin privileges, changing configuration or downloading something different is a non-starter.

Any ideas?

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Atarlost wrote:
Different names. Most of the Paizo developers have done too much damage to their own reputations through terribly designed classes. I'd like to see someone of good repute who actually understands game balance as primary system designer. Last time this thread was made I named Kirth Gersen, but he's been less active lately. I'd also like to see someone with a programming background writing the actual rules text. Someone who knows how to run edge cases through the rules in search of bugs and write clear pseudocode.

The bolded part is one of the most unintentionally funny things I've read on these boards in a while.

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The thing I look forward to about PF2E is all the arguments about PF3E that'll start less than 2 minutes after it's announced.

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Galnörag wrote:
...with the disappointing plan change coming long after my money was committed.

This is why I've stopped ordering from places that require upfront payment for pre-orders (like Miniature Market). I don't have to pay for anything until it's ready to ship and I can change my mind at the last minute if I need to.

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Hobbun -

Spoiler:

I couldn't remember precisely until I looked, but in the AE, there's a Shemazian Demon in area X16 of the Pinnacle of Avarice.

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For the various reasons already listed, this isn't a "problem" that needs to be "fixed."

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In my mind, I always place Crimson Throne before Second Darkness because that's the order in which they were released.

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When I bought my current house, I installed an over-sized mailbox for exactly this reason. :D

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Cheliax isn't my cup of tea. An Evil campaign also isn't something I'm interested in running (after all, if I run an AP, I'm going to sink 2-3 years into it).

Both of those things I'm willing to chalk up to "not every AP is for me." However, part of the attraction of Pathfinder is the constant churn in theme/location. So I guess my question is, are we really going to dwell in Cheliax for a year?

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There's nothing wrong with people expressing their opinions on upcoming APs so long as they aren't jerks about it.

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I'm more put-off by the fact that we have two APs with similar-ish subject matter released back-to-back. That's like immediately following Wrath of the Righteous with Wrath of the Corrupt or Rise of the Runelords with Revenge of the Runelords and so on.

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A Cheliax AP followed by an evil Cheliax AP? Ugh.

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Zaister wrote:
Skeld wrote:
I'm not very interested in Cheliax or evil campaigns, so I'm looking at at least a year's worth of APs I'm not excited about. :|
We've all been there probably. For me, for example, it was the year with Carrion Crown and Jade Regent.

I wasn't crazy about those either. Right now, Giantslayer is just kinda blah, so the prospect of two more upcoming campaigns that aren't my thing is disappointing. I hope there's something good on the far side of a year's worth of Hell's Whatever.

I guess this is nature's way of making up for the awesomeness that was SS, RoW, WotR, MM, & IG. That was a good run for me.

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Zolanoteph wrote:
I would say that this thread has been largely hijacked for uses I did not intend.

If you're at all serious, forgive me for laughing even harder.

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I'm not very interested in Cheliax or evil campaigns, so I'm looking at at least a year's worth of APs I'm not excited about. :|

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Aaron Motta wrote:
Skeld wrote:
Edit: Please tell me that thing about the Rusty Dragon mini set case incentive is a joke.
Why? It's pretty awesome.

Because it's a case incentive and I personally prefer some cool monster that they'd otherwise not make that pops up occasionally, and not a big dungeon dressing. There are a number of Gargantuan monsters that would make great case incentives that are getting skipped in favor of this. While I think it's thematic for a set called "Rusty Dragon Inn," it's not something I see being very useful as a mimiature. It's underwhelming.

Maybe it is awesome. I'll reserve final judgement until I see it, but it's going to have to be really impressive for me to not eBay it.

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Has Gorbacz posted to this thread yet? He's on my ignore script.

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LazarX wrote:
Oceanshieldwolf wrote:
Why do people need HeroLabs? I seem to get by just fine without it.
Can I live without it? Sure. But it's a heck of a time saver, and my leisure time is limited.

Seconded. It saves me a ridiculous amount of time and work, which is why I use it and continue to support it.

bugleyman wrote:
Steve Geddes wrote:

You may be right about the ultimate trajectory (I don't really have any datapoints so I haven't got a clue). However, given the speed at which the first printing sold out, I think it should probably be given credit as being very successful initially.

I can't imagine Vic, Lisa and the rest (Erik and Chris, perhaps?) being so risk averse with print run sizes that a moderate success would sell out in a few months.

I have no data either, just anecdotes and speculation, but what amounts to tossing the whole game every six months just seems like a fatal design flaw to me. The card game also seems tertiary to the the RPG, and so possibly germane to a discussion about whether Paizo is splitting its focus.

From my outside-looking-in POV, the card game seems to be doing fine. I'd be more concerend about "splitting focus" with the card game if they didn't have a dedicated set of developers working it.

PFO looks, to me, like a blackhole. It's sucked in a bunch of resources and hasn't produced much. At least the impression of my players that jumped on the KS is that they are wholly unimpressed and wouldn't bother with it at all if it weren't currently getting KS benefits. Maybe Paizo/Golblinworks will turn it around, but I'm not holding my breath.

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Azgara wrote:

Hello,

So I was talking with 2 of my players the other day on changes to PF for the next campaign. I want to use the unchained Removing Iterative Attacks rule, as I’m trying to speed up play as much as I can.

I have the 2 I was talk to that didn’t like this idea, they think I’m trying to nerf them, and they want the 3 attack rolls. One was really bad and was calling me a fun Nazi, all I’m trying to do is make the gamer better for everyone.

Any of you math experts help show them that this rule change only speeds up play and doesn’t "Nerf" them. Thanks

Your players are more interested in fun than they are in a speedy game. They don't share your view on what is "better for everyone." Listen to them.

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Therrux wrote:
Skeld wrote:

Wasn't all that redacted?

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From my understanding everything from 3.5 is in a grey area of maybe it is a part of the world or maybe it isn't, but the general consensus is that to use it if you like it.

That's not entirely true. There's lots of material from the 3.5 era of pathfinder/Golarion that is solid canon, with only a few bits that have been retconned for various reasons.

James Jacobs said in a post in the "Ask James" thread that Dragonfall isn't canon because of issues it raises with regard to how dragons are represented in Pathfinder. He doesn't mention Guardians of Dragonfall by name, but it's pretty easy to infer that's what he's talking about.

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Wasn't all that redacted?

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Liz Courts wrote:
TriOmegaZero wrote:
Opening up Cosmo sounds like the plot to a module.
Or GenCon 2010.

Paizo has been releasing Cosmo upon the world, one deranged internal organ at a time.

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I prefer that PF and 5e not borrow too much from each other. Too much borrowing is going to lead to the games being sorta same-y. I like that they're distinct games.

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Anguish wrote:
Skeld wrote:
I wish they'd get rid of the in-house advertisements that are already included in the books.

To be fair, sometimes that comes from a page-count issue. When you print physical books, you've got signatures, which are groups of pages. Imagine you've got a signature of 16 pages, and when you look at the content that's been written, you can't quite squeeze it into 64 pages... you're three over. So you commit to a fifth signature of 16 more pages. You go back to page layout and make things less tight, undoing all the space-saving measures you undertook. You make a few illustrations bigger, and the same with maps. Next thing you know, you're up to 9 pages of your fifth signature. Now what? You've got 7 pages to fill. So you add a couple side-bars, and maybe some editorial content. Now you've got 5 pages to fill. Either you're commissioning more art (costs), more text (costs), or you're going to maybe see if someone will pay you peanuts for a few pages of art. Or you advertise your own products.

I really don't object to same-publisher adverts. Totally been there on the page-count conundrum with layout. Sometimes there just isn't a good way to lay things out to fit a fixed signature count.

Don't get me wrong, Anguish, I get why the adverts are there. I tolerate them as a part of Paizo doing Paizo's business. But, all things being equal, I'd rather have 2 pages of additional content than 2 pages of ads of any sort. :D

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Lorathorn wrote:

Oh no, don't misunderstand. I'm on board with your assessment, but my example was to address to the assertion that advertising changes a book's designation, and that it has been done. Take of that what you will.

But my derision of Palladium Books was better summed up by a brilliant man who hit the proverbial nail on the head with his diatribe on the matter.

That's probably a reference to the response Paizo has given when asked why they don't ship PF books via USPS media mail. If there are any ads in a book, it doesn't qualify for media mail.

Per Vic Wertz.

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justmebd wrote:

If selling ad space on the inside covers and a few splash pages at the end instead of in-house ads brings the end-user cost down, I'm in favor of it.

I've always been mystified by the resistance to ads. They never bothered me, personally.

The resistance is probably because selling ads requires people whose job is to sell ads, support those customers, and manage that task. I doubt selling a couple ads would have any effect. After all, magazines contain a lot of ads. Any ads would have to cover the cost of the person above before it would lower the price.

Also, ads suck. I wish they'd get rid of the in-house advertisements that are already included in the books.

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I avoid this by not using XP.

But if your group still uses XP, don't give out single awards like this.

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Dennis Baker wrote:
Skeld wrote:

PFRPG has been a thing since 2009 and people have been speculating about a new edition for at least a couple years now. I've yet to see anyone put forth a compelling argument for why a new edition is needed.

-Skeld

"Needed"? If you use that as your criteria few things would ever improve.

I would love to see the beginner's box exploded into a new version that is fully compatible with the current system, but integrates improvements to the current system like the new versions of the rogue and barbarian. Also, we've learned a lot from the Beginner's Box and it would be great if we took that learning into the core system, making the system easier to learn and clearing up a lot of the confusing rules. While we're at it we can file off some proud nails like Stealth.

Essentially, It would be Pathfinder, but with the stuff we've learned since it was first released.

I would also love to see some big changes to high level play, but it would fully break compatibility which pretty much makes it a no-go.

Yes, needed. At least, I hope Paizo is basing these kinds of decisions on what their sales data tells them instead of what some people on the forums are saying they want (while others are explicitly saying the don't want).

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Atarlost wrote:
No one's going to rage quit over the conservative option.

People will rage quit over the most minor of things. An edition change is not a minor thing.

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