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