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A lot of the drama and religious taboos from our world used to come from unwanted children, before contraceptives became common.
Yes, they have existed since antiquity. But what good are they when 0.05 % of the population has them ?
Okay, now this is Golarion, and let's imagine 20 % of the population has them. This still is not good behaviour to spread unwanted children around, and if you are a Paladin, then you definitely should worry about feeding them.
I think this is okay for him, if he lowers is Wealth by Level by 1 level / child.
Insain Dragoon wrote:
Maybe not a great cover, per se. Could have been better. Could have been more representative of divine power.
But over sexualized ? This one ? No. I barely see anything worth of interest.
I'll say it again : I find nothing wrong with fanservice.
I don't think paizo art is any kind of porn, nor nowhere coming close and but I think that a lot of people are awfully too quick to get offended.
Now, on the NPCs, I think the real question should be : are they interesting to roleplay for the DM, so that they can stand out, and make the story more appealing than just offing them as a bag of hps.
You know, even as a evil, evil, evvviiill SWM (shocking, I know), I have never been particularly offended/aroused/intrigued/other by Paizo art ... as opposed to what I regularly see IRL just by looking around me in normal life (without any special effort) ?
I find the very notion that the current art is some kind of porn downright silly and absurd. In fact I don't think about the art. At all. I look at it and forget it. Offense is in the eye of the Eye Tyrant.
The fact also that I regularly see reports from the world, where women are actually oppressed into wearing non revealing clothes that rot their lives and how they would so much like to lead normal lives, if only they could...
Makes me look at this whole thread with a huge grain of salt.
I happen to agree with that. it's just that I see too often the same arguments, and while they are fine by themselves, I don't want politically correct to stiffen authors from providing good challenging story hooks.
The dungeon is politicaaly correct and safe for authors. I happen to want more varied adventures than that.
That thread again.
I think self censorship leads nowhere, I think the Paizo folk have done pretty well : they have maintained a pretty good balance over time. In fact, sometimes they are not offensive enough in my taste.
I think some parts of the audience are way over sensitive, and the slightest thing have them take offense. I note cultural trends.
All that, while we are swamped by far worse on a daily basis by mass media.
The system issue is one thing : it would be possible to design adventures even in Pathfinder without (mandatory) combat, but then you would need to design adventure goals and rewards that stimulate non combat behaviour.
And also, NPCs attitudes and behaviours that discourage the murderhobo attitude. Like credible law enforcement.
And then also, that would require a lot more deisgn work on NPCs, dialog, and such, to make it worth the time.
Also, the skill system is very limited as it stands now, and a talented player can reach absurd modifiers of diplomacy. Some spells also, are very detrimental to murder mystery solving, as they give away far too much information, at far too low levels.