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Oh my, very pleased to see this


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Kobold Cleaver wrote:
Damn that unfashionable tyrant!

I think you mean magnificently fashionable tyrant! Even better if the armor reflects hurled stones back at the dirty peasants who hurl them.


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Yeap, had to renew my subscription for this one. And the one after. And the one after that.


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Real life has ridiculously low stats. I have a high INT class, but i'm pretty sure I have a 11 at best.


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I'd love to see more details for Absalom, mostly because I've always wanted to run a city guard style game and can thing of no better city to put it.


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Mead Gregorisson wrote:

The fact that we have such a big government is a part of the problem. Yep. It has become overcomplicated and inefficient.

Krensky wrote:

If you're setting up a legal system from scratch attaching all those rights and privileges to a civil union contract or whatever and leaving 'marriage' as a ceremonial thing done by churches or other groups is fine.

It's too complicated a knot to undo that way for existing systems in the West though.

It didn't become anything, it was built that way on purpose. The US government has 3.8 million square miles and 319 million people to deal with. That's not going to be an efficient process at any time, and never has been nor is it something that can be handled by a small organization.

There's more than just inheritance questions as well, tax law, adoption, housing, banking, etc. Then you have regular old individual prejudice that being married supposedly shows someone as more mature, more stable, and can help in your career. The idea of trying to undo all the laws already in place just to have create some all new system and having the same bigots trying to prevent gay people from being treated equally under those laws is a terrible idea.


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Unfortunately, you can't remove government from marriage without removing all the various legal benefits that being married brings, which i think many people would take issue with.


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Zhangar wrote:
Myrryr wrote:
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Samy wrote:
Why would you guys want the enemies to be neutral rather than evil? I'm a little uncomfortable slaughtering neutrals by the hundreds.
Most lovecraftian entities are beyond the petty mortal concept of morality.

I'll note that intelligent entities that consider themselves beyond morality are normally actually evil =P

"Beyond morality" is merely a justification.

It's interesting to note though that having an alignment generally just means your soul is destined for a specific outer plane.

Somehow, with the Outer Gods being already part of the Material Plane (or entered it from outside time and space), I don't think Pharasma could judge them as being aligned anywhere. Azathoth isn't sentient, so honestly he's basically neutral, in the same way a black hole is neutral. But Yog-Sothoth's goals are 'something something the universe, something alien, something', and simple mortals are to him what microbial life is to us... beneath our notice.

Shub-Niggurath... she's a bit harder. She actually a concrete motive. Which is to say, breed breed breed. Oh you can't breed? Breed anyway! She's like a more focused, more tentacled version of Lamashtu with less information about her. I bet she could figure out a way to impregnate inanimate objects. Pregnant chairs! Pregnant swords! Ya know what, she'll even impregnate your ideas. Watch as she manages to make the idea of capitalism pregnant somehow.

I suspect most mythos creatures, in the unlikely event of death (a lot of the stronger ones can only die by violence), get judged by Pharasma and sent to compatible outer planes. The section of the Abyss that Starspawn go to might be exceptionally hostile...

Though I just thought of a question for Mr. Jacobs - where did chaotic evil souls go before the Abyss was "broken into" by the Proteans?

Anyways.

Yog-Sothoth and Azathoth are simply Time and Energy made manifest. Trying to contact them or...

Not Mr. Jacobs but,

If I recall correctly, the Proteans broke into the abyss before the advent of mortal life, so i don't think there were any chaotic evil souls to be sent there.


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I haven't seen a definite answer, but I suspect they start out remembering their past life, but it probably fades relatively quickly. Everything about their existence after being ghoulified is completely different from their life, so it probably no longer has any real bearing on them now.


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That's because it's an inherently political problem. It requires action from not just one nation, but many, there's nothing that isn't political about that. Besides, this thread is about the conspiracy theories about global warming, which is also political, not least because many American politicians are adherents of them, or at least claim to be.


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Darn having to wait until Wednesday.


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LazarX wrote:
Squeakmaan wrote:
Well, within those 5-7 years we did reach the record minimum extent of the Arctic Ice sheet coverage, which still has not recovered to previous levels.
There's a big difference between Arctic Ice and Antarctic Ice. Ice in the Arctic Ocean is already in the water... and by itself doesn't add to the world's ocean volumne. Ice on LAND however, such as Greenland, continental glaciers, and Antartica, when it melts it flows into the world's oceans, thus it becomes an increase in oceanic volume on a global scale.

That was in reference to the Ice Cap loss, not the sea level rise.


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Well, within those 5-7 years we did reach the record minimum extent of the Arctic Ice sheet coverage, which still has not recovered to previous levels.


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I think this another issue that can also influence these conversations is the "Reality is Unrealistic" trope. Frankly, most people who haven't spent significant time researching history (not just history of course, a great many subjects), are wrong because they're relying on common knowledge and pop culture, which as it turns out, is wrong quite often.


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DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:
[tangent] Does anyone else hope the Evil Iconics are just the Hell's Rebels iconics with goatees?[/tangent]

Well now I do


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As something of a Hell fan-boy (Woo Wes is writing!) I am pretty much completely stoked. Thank goodness I have a real job now so I can actually buy these AP's


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Eh, he was down on it before it ever came out. When you run with 6 players using 25 point builds then complain the challenges don't work I have limited sympathy. But hey, an Evil AP is another reason to re-up my AP subscription.


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Unfortunately it seems I also am most looking forward to things you want the least. Sorry buddy, there will be more bestiaries.


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Hey comrade. Just got a job with a union, it freakin rocks!


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Thank you very much, I did see the button for "ship as soon as possible" but it was grayed out and un-clickable.


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I recently got a subscription because I was excited to get Pathfinder Unchained, but it says that Unchained is in my Sidecart (never even hear of that) and expected to ship in July. I'm not sure why that would be, that's much later than I expected, months after it become available without a subscription.


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Killer_GM wrote:
thejeff wrote:

Yeah, it looks like "public utility" was sloppy usage on the part of the Times. "common carrier" just doesn't mean anything to most people was probably the thinking.

Great news though.

Freaking out the Libertarians is only a bonus. :)

300+ pages of new government regulations over the internet is great news? Anything you don't want government regulating?

It's only about 7 pages of rules, the rest is background information, definitions, footnotes, and about 80 or so pages of dissenting opinion that amounts to nothing more than "We don't like government."


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If ever there was a time to bust out my Arcane Duelist with a Falcata, A Taldan AP would be it.


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Anything you imagine the villains in an Indiana Jones movie to do, could work for the Aspis Consortium. Either that, or think of basically any really scummy company (fictional or otherwise) and you;ll have some good ideas.


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I think it all comes down to, are you going to tell them they can't? Because frankly I don't want to be there when you try.


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Well, sadly for him, he's not a PC, so he doesn't get to just gain a level, though I suspect he's desperately trying to do just that.

I also suspect he's deliberately chosen not to go the lich route, with it's well known drawbacks. Though were he to show up in an AP, that might change, becoming so desperate that he is willing to take the drawbacks.

As for the Sun Orchid Elixir, not only is it expensive, but if people found out, it might give away the secret. Though it's entirely possible he's tried and failed to get a dose, the competition is fierce after all.


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I've had more than one fighter who did take Master Craftsman. The most recent was a Duelist in Kingmaker. It was awesome, I had a room just for my swords.


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Part of the problem is the noticeable spike of people accidentally injuring themselves or their loved one emulating the absolutely awful idea of BDSM in that book.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/02/10/sex-toy-injuries -surged-after-fifty-shades-of-grey-was-published/


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Thank you.


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Finally


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Fergurg wrote:
Hudax wrote:
Fergurg wrote:
Why would I need an excuse?
You need an excuse because there is no valid argument against the proposal.

I gave 2.

1) The argument that the more common a degree is, the lower its value.

2) I should not have to pay for somebody else's children to go to college. If you want to be generous, do so with your money, not mine.

I have to disagree that those arguments are valid.

The first point, is of course, completely wrong. The value of a college degree is not in its rarity, that has no bearing whatsoever on the value it provides. It's quite the opposite in fact, the greater number of people with degrees the greater value they bring to both the economy and society at large.

Your second point is slightly more reasonable, in that while it benefits both the economy and society in innumerable ways to have more college educated people, and that you personally will benefit by making sure more people, including those of lower economic ability have access to higher education, there's no law requiring you to be happy about improving both your life and the life others.


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Is there anywhere I can learn more about the Chapel of Rent Flesh?


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Nice. Looking forward to this one


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Dominion of the Black/Iron Gods related question:

Spoiler:
Do all intellect devourers serve the Dominion, or is it more on a case by case basis?


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On Golarion, Darkwood isn't really stated as having a specific climate it is unique to, however the largest concentration of it that's been published seems to be in Andoran. Darkwood Vale is a region who's economy seems to be primarily dependent on harvesting Darkwood, so it's not terribly rare in that region.


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Legacy of Fire, Wrath of the Righteous, and Kingmaker, in that order. Iron Gods will probably make the list soon, but I'm waiting for the final chapter.


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Zhayne wrote:
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It's not surprising that there are folks less than happy. There are those who won't be happy with anything other than a regurgitation of the 3.5 psi system tweaked to Pathfinder status.
Yeah, I'm certain it has nothing to do with DSP's psionics being better in every possible way.

To you. I much prefer Paizo's take on it.


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Cast-iron skillets. Gonna cook so much s#!$


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I do. One of my favorite companies.


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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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