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Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber. 451 posts. 4 reviews. 1 list. 1 wishlist.


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The campaign is possibly salvageable, but it will require significant rewriting. You could start over, or maybe play that whole scenario as a "what might have happened" or if you really want to keep going, immediately go on to Book 2, and have more soldiers, more guards, more everything to really hammer home how badly they blew the plan.


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Presentation


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Mars, cuz why not.


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Andrew Turner wrote:

My experience with police forces in the US follows.

My opinion:

When you're polite to an officer, they're polite to you. 1% of the time this isn't true.

When you're belligerent with an officer, they're belligerent with you. 99% of the time this is true.

What some Americans (and internationals) are calling fear of the police, I call respect for authority (which I have).

Simple rules, from my point of view:

If an officer engages you, be polite and respectful.

If an officer issues a directive, follow it.

When an officer says, "Hands up!" don't start walking toward them! Put you hands up and be quiet.

When an officer asks for ID, don't invoke the Constitution or Patrick Henry, just show them your ID.

When you've broken the law, no matter how trivial or what circumstances you believe mitigate your offense, be contrite and respectful--that doesn't mean you have to admit you did or didn't do anything, but don't be deliberately stupid.

When an officer tells you to calm down, or stop cursing at them, calm down and shut up: the officer's demand was explicit and black-and-white; there is absolutely zero chance that they actually meant for you to teach them all the profanities you know, and in as loud a voice as possible.

Oh Sure, my experience with cops has always been super polite and above board. But then, I'm middle-class white in an area that's majority white, with an entirely white police force. That doesn't mean that my very limited interactions with the police are somehow universal. So when black people say they have a completely different relationship with police, the very least I can do is listen.

Police are not always polite, they are not always reasonable. They also do not always have the legal authority to issue demands to you, that you are completely within your legal right to ignore or disobey. You just might get beat or shot for it, and then they will be able to say how frightened they were and be totally justified, and everyone else will say how you should have been more polite.


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The "global cooling" had pretty much no scientific support and almost entirely based on media hype. This is not the case for Global warming, the catastrophic effects of which WILL happen unless steps are taken to ameliorate the worst effects, like: sea level rise wiping out a number of low lying island nations (many of whom are not meaningfully contributing to it nor have the economic ability to protect themselves), ocean warming and acidification are already have dramatic effects on aquatic animal populations, and altering the patterns of migratory animals which has large ripple effects throughout the entire ecology, and let's not forget the droughts of course.

These aren't the cries of hyper-ventilating panic junkies, these are the warnings of esteemed climatologists. Some of these are already happening, but people still label them as hyperbolic panic attacks.


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That is a rockin cover


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I think part of what makes me so angry at this, is that I really did believe (likely without cause) that while there were surely just a few bed eggs, that gross injustice would be dealt with within the system. The disillusionment was... painful.


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Ah yes, the old, my unsupported opinions aren't convincing people therefore they're all irrational gambit. Truly it has a long and storied history.

Frankly, if a cop tells you to do something they don't have the right to do, you don't have to obey. Cops aren't dealing with the scum of the earth all day long. In fact they're dealing with the scum of the earth almost never. Most of the time, they're dealing with traffic violators. Many cops are not corrupt, but until they stop protecting the ones who are, there's no way to tell the difference.


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But should I expect to get hurt for not complying fast enough? Or for just being the wrong color? should i get hurt for not obeying a directive the officer has no legal authority to give?


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Well, to be honest, when a wizard gets grabbed by a monk who specializes in grappling, he's gonna have a bad day. That's working as intended though, the wizard has a wide variety of defensive spells to help prevent that, but if the monk gets through it, he's supposed to win that grapple. But if you're worried about coming up with things to avoid that, keep in mind, an individual cannot initiate a grapple with something more than 2 size categories larger than him. Throw some huge things at the monk.


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I received my shipping email, and was able to download my PDF of Valley of the Brain Eaters, but the package itself never arrived. Is this within the normal shipping time, or should I be concerned?


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I read a sci-fi story recently that had an interesting take on AI. Rather than having separate AI everybody had their own AI assistant, basically a better Siri who provided them with information and such. An interesting, and optimistic, take on it.


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Council of Thieves and Carrion Crown are both interesting, but I think Council might be easier to run for a first timer.

And really the roll-playing vs role-playing dynamic is entirely up to the group.


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I think it's because Magic and Science, in Pathfinder, don't necessarily operate by the same rules. Magic operates in a wide variety of different ways in Golarion, Wizards who prepare spells (but note different wizards prepare spells in slightly different ways, but reach the same outcome), alchemists, witches, sorcerers, etc, these offer a wide variety of very different magical theories. The rules of the game offer an abstraction, but magic might not follow the same kind of predictable results in every situation aside from those spells that have been discovered and disseminated, like Fireball.

As for the person who mentioned why nobody is pushing the boundaries of magic I would say that they are, just about every Adventure Path at least mentions someone who has found some kind of magical doodad or ritual or what have you that nobody else has.


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I'm not sure I'd agree, but I generally care nothing for cries of states' rights, as it's almost always done in an attempt to do infringe on the rights of some group of people. So it's possible my i'm just not seeing the loss of power you're talking about.


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Or i could talk to several of my veteran friends, who are die-hard liberals. They have quite a bit to say about republicans cutting benefits for the wounded or traumatized.


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Mythic. It is far, far superior to gestalt.


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I don't believe in bloat, i really don't. We have more options, that's it. If you don't like one or more options, don't use them, that's why they're called options. And more options is one of the things gamers are always clamoring for, i know I am.


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Those changes are generally not something on the order of affecting every single monster ever printed.


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Those are all good points.


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It's unlikely, as in setting a couple gods are hinted to be as old as creation, Asmodeus (if he's not lying) and Pharasma (probably not lying). But they are definitely older than mortal life, which the demons are not, so many of the gods are older than the Qlippoth Runestones.


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IF America had a secret plan to use disease to wipe out Africa all it would need to do is stop funding malaria treatment research, it's a far more effective killer.


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I too like manifest. It feels more occultish, and while feel is terribly subjective, it is important when trying to evoke the proper atmosphere.


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While the new cover is undoubtedly awesome, is it giving anybody else Pinocchio flashbacks? "I got no strings, to hold me back"


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I really like the new classes. Am looking forward to playtesting them soon. I may need to work a little harder at working in the occultish flavor of the kineticist than the other classes though, really play up the mysterious and possibly eldritch nature of the powers, it comes very naturally to the others though.


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For the people talking about the friendliness of the south. I've lived in the South my entire life, we're not friendlier. We just have slightly different social expectations in some very few situations, and even here a polite nod to someone passing on the street is still the most common and widely accepted and appropriate mannerism.

Here's a tip for guys, and I'm singling out guys because if there's a rash of women catcalling men we can redress the issue then, women on the street don't want to talk to you. Know that your need to say hello to women, and in the south yes it's still primarily women, is not showing friendliness, no matter how badly you want to show her how friendly you are by chatting her up based entirely on how physically attractive you think she is.


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Sweet! Thanks for the heads-up


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Well seeing as none of that conversation on 3rd party quality is in any way related to the playtest, I fail to see why you're wasting everybody's time with it. While I absolutely disagree with you on every single thing you said, i think you should make a separate post if it's something you really want to discuss. And limit this board for actual constructive playtest feedback.


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I hope we get to see the Carcass-Man of Belkzen


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My hope is the when Occult Adventures is fully released that it will contain some info on the Dreamlands.


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Not worried at all. Bloat is just a bad word for options. Options, are by their very definition, optional.


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How do cultists of Rovagug feel about kaiju?


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Mr. Jacobs,

If a medusa, or other creature with a gaze attack, became a witch would her familiar be at risk from the gaze attack?


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Imagine Brigh as a slightly less good-hearted Kaylee from Firefly. She loves machines (including weapons, vehicles, and constructs) even the ones that aren't intelligent. People who fix or build machines are her favorite kind of people. Her clergy are deeply focused on the art of discovery and learning for it's own sake, and it's expected that their discoveries are to be shared, so that others might build upon their work with their own discoveries.


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I think it really stems from two things. First, which somebody else already mentioned they just might not *like* spending their hoard on things like armor for themselves. Second ego, i imagine a many hundreds of year old being who knows he's bigger, stronger, and smarter than just about anything he could possibly meet simply wouldn't feel the need to armor himself against the likes of puny mortals. Especially when his scales are stronger than any armor.

While not all dragon's are like Smaug, they were heavily influenced by his representation in The Hobbit, and he was a very prideful creature.


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Now it's teach a man to fish, and he will complain when I dump toxic pollutants in the water. so better to let him starve


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Yes! Begin the downloading.


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at This point, I might just have to keep hitting F5, so excited for this.


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Well, not necessarily, Some people get their subscriptions later than others.


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I'm cool with that


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I don't know if anybody has mentioned it yet, but one of the enemies in the final installment of Way of the Wicked

Spoiler:
is a Silver Dragon wearing Mithril Plate mail


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I do believe that is the idea


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Dominion of the Black info! alien tech! That cover! So excited.


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I like the system, I got started with 3rd Ed, and quickly moved to 3.5 when that came out. But when 4th ed came along, i didn't enjoy it as much, so when one of my friends told me about Pathfinder I decided to check out the beta, and really enjoyed it.

Plus I really enjoy the Golarion setting, it includes pretty much everything I've wanted to see in a Fantasy Setting, and they whenever they have to make a choice about the setting, they consistently go with the one I'd prefer.


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They're surrounded by super-science, you could have someone resurrect them via unknowable super-science to do their bidding, until the players throw off the shackles of servitude.


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Well, it might not be a single gene, if it has a genetic component at all, but rather a combination of genes. Or it could be a recessive gene(s) as well. It's been a while since genetics, but anything involving more than 5 or 6 genes, you start to run out of room for your Punnet Squares.


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So more like the xenomorphs from the Alien series and other H. R. Giger style stuff?


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To my knowledge there hasn't been anything set in stone about that process. I would consider it more metaphoric than actual physical feeding, being outsiders they are metaphysical concepts given form so they can flip biology off in the rear-view mirror as they speed down Evil Lane. They are described as replacing their own organs and body parts from their victims so that could also be considered a form of feeding.

I would suspect kytons would "work" on their victims anywhere they have an opportunity, captured mortals on the material plane, or those who willingly followed them to their own plane, or the souls of mortals sacrificed in specific rituals.

This is all supposition on my end though, but I really would like to learn more about kytons, and hope they get their own book or barring that their own article someday.


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Eiseth the Erinyes Queen


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Rahadoumi may very well disregard the very notion that Pharasma has the authority to judge them, even in death. Hence why they wind up where they do, they can't go elsewhere until they've been judged and they will not be judged.

Of course, the multi-verse being what it is, it's entirely possible more than one explanation is true at the time.

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