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1,527 posts. Alias of Francois MICHEL.


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Taldor

Yeah, I am forbidden to select it.
Well, eventually, you will sell it here, right ?

Taldor

Ars Magica

Taldor

I'd like an entire AP, with no mention ever at all of the outer planes, or any outsider monsters. And no demi-planes/not quite planes/semi planes/anything looking like this even from afar ... AT ALL !

And planets are just as bad as planes.

Taldor

Well Glasgow and Edinburgh are like 50 miles apart, and then, they don't manage to understand each other

Taldor

Insain Dragoon wrote:


Sometimes I do feel the cover art to be... not the best choices.... Inner Sea Gods for example. The cover is a great piece of art, but the wrong one for the cover.

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.

Taldor

how reliable are they in delivering KS ?

Taldor

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.

Taldor

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.

Taldor

no sound ?

Taldor

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Having been at a concert today, I have seen lots of women, and Seoni is dressed more modestly than a lot of them.

Just saying.

Taldor

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rknop wrote:
Stereofm wrote:

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.

I think both of these things are true. BUT, neither one undermines the OP's point.

Just because other people are hypersensitive about your behavior doesn't mean that you now have an excuse to be insensitive about your own behavior. No, Paizo shouldn't overreact. But, it's worth their being critical and thoughtful about what they're doing, and taking reasoned criticism (such as given by the OP) to heart.

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.

Taldor

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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.

Taldor

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.

Taldor

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Pathfinder, no question here.

Taldor

Daft Punk are French for instance. but you won't see them at eurovision

Taldor

Oh, I don't mind paying for it either.
It's just so frustrating when things like that happen.

Taldor

So I updated to the latest versions of Hero Lab itself, and PFRPG.
It seems all of my third party files are no longer taken into account, except the Midgard ones.

Anyone else experience this ? So annoying.

Taldor

Ah shame, but still promising. Keep us posted.

Taldor

I had the invisble bug once, and then log off/log in did the trick.

Pretty fun game so far.

Taldor

It's been solved since though. I retried and it worked.
Very annoying though.

Taldor

Dear Paizo,

I want to order the content of my shopping card, but somehow, an error message is displayed very briefly, and I am sent back to the checkout page with no clear explanation.

Help me please :)

Taldor

FTAGHN !

Taldor

Ah and how about now ?

Taldor

The black raven wrote:
brvheart wrote:
Stereofm wrote:

I think Pathfinder is already overpowered for Pathfinder, so ToB is definitely no go :)

No seriously gimme

** spoiler omitted **

Best,

Stereofm, you really should check out Rappan Athuk and Slumbering Tsar from Frog God Games. Guaranteed to increase the body count!

Check out this thread:

Slumbering Tsar.

I am one of SFM's players. And I can guarantee to you that we are playing on a rather relaxed mode optimization-wise.

Putting over-the-top threats in front of us will inevitably lead to an arms race where we optimize to the max. The game will become a mere game of numbers and rolls with VERY little opportunity for roleplay and fun.

The game needs more non-combat scenes and goals. And the monsters should have some nice tricks that go outside the usual constraints of the system without making an optimized (but not that much) PC useless or an easy kill. We need more surprises and out-of-the-box thinking in combat encounters rather than uberpowerful enemies.

Some examples I enjoyed confronting and conquering :

- monster goes through walls as if they do not exist
- enemy steals your actions and uses them to act several times each round

I think the key, whether in combat or non-combat scenes, is to encourage players' creativity.

And we don't agree on this one.

There should be danger and the threat of losing, at least some of the time. And no the DM should NOT have to rework everything in the adventure so that happens. This is not what happens currently. Recently, I almost soloed a module with my "weak" by your standards build for Eldric with just the help of a cleric that healed me. I finished the end boss alone in three rounds. Should it not tell you something ?

Offering better options for the players to customize their characters is fine, but this is also exactly where the arms race is. The arms race IS there. So if you do not offer a higher challenge in the adventures while allowing every option available to the players, the game becomes a cakewalk. And I don't believe in restricting players choice too much.

I believe you will understand my point of view soon when you master Jade Regent and see for yourself.

Taldor

I think Pathfinder is already overpowered for Pathfinder, so ToB is definitely no go :)

No seriously gimme

Spoiler:
DEADLIER Adventures !!!
I want a Hard mode. Like now ! No more mr Nice guy !
I have experienced players who are way too comfy with the rules loopholes.

The PCs are not the problem. the opposition IS.

Best,

Taldor

Ok, so available when ?

Taldor

I like the premises. Keep talking.

Taldor

I accept some amount of risk when I finance kickstarters. The one for torn Armor for instance, I can partly forgive. Because a blunder was made and an explanation offered.

I will take what I can from this one and move on from the creator, that's it.

Taldor

I IS BATMAN !!!!

Taldor

HEy !

ONE DAY LEFT ! Get IT NOW, NOW NOW !!!

No seriously, it looks cool, and well on its way.

Taldor

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I agree : not enough Romance potential (regardless of gender).
Also : too many missions (fight scenes), vs not enough roleplay / negotiation / Trade / Romance opportunities.

Taldor

I have just bought the book, and I wonder why you have chosen to include the church of the One True God along with lovecraft-like cults ?

The choice seems risky, and ... why ?

Taldor

Still, it's not a huge selling point for me. So anyone a bit father in Thief ?

Taldor

I have only played the first Assassin's Creed II game, and not the others yet. I don't remember QTE's in the first one. If there were some, then they were good enough that I forgot them, or else they come later in the series.

I have definitely to try the second game, but first, I am going to advance more in skyrim.

Taldor

Scott Betts wrote:


It sounds like your complaint, then, isn't necessarily with the idea of QTEs (which really just boil down to interactive cinematic sequences) but rather with the poor implementation of QTEs we see in many titles. Are there any examples of games you've played that contained QTE-like sequences that you enjoyed?

That sounds reasonable, and I could agree with that, but no I don't recall any game with a good QTE. If you know one, ask me, that might change my mind.

Taldor

Yeah mostly, you get a prompt at a very counterintuitive moment, that usually makes no sense at all, and by the time it is displayed on screen, it is too late, you die horribly, and have to reload the game, waste ten minutes, and learn the sequence by rote in order to hope winning.

And then, that's the good part, usually, they are bug-ridden too.

No, thanks. Give me back my cutscenes.

Taldor

Scott Betts wrote:
Stereofm wrote:
No QTE = Good. I will probably nuy it after all.

I really don't understand this. Literally the only practical effect that removing QTEs had on the game was making cutscenes that were previously interactive non-interactive.

That's a good thing?

Yes.

I have found that I don't like games with QTEs, and that however the rest of the game may be good or not, QTEs ruin the enjoyment of the game for me after a short while.

Past examples that were ruined for me : Dead Space 2 and 3, Tomb raider.

So now QTEs = no buy.

Taldor

No QTE = Good. I will probably nuy it after all.

Taldor

And the QTEs ? Are they as annoying as initially described ?

Taldor

Galt, Taldor and the Aquatic Elves.

Taldor

i wish all the Best to Sean, and look forward to reading his ideas in books again soon.

Taldor

I think I will wait for the minis to be commercially available before I buy any of them.

Taldor

Yeah, and about print ?

Taldor

Yes.
But you did not manage to buy before I bought it myself.

Mwahahahaha ?

Taldor

bought

Taldor

I liked the adventure, there were some good ideas, and it seemed like the danger factor was at last a bit better than usually, but I have one gripe : not enough art.

Taldor

Depends on the campaign, but I always ask for a backstory. All of my players but one comply.

Taldor

London Grammar and the Temper Trap

Taldor

I used to live in Scotland some gosh ... 17 years back, and they already wanted it. While I wish them all the best, I am far from certain that it would really work economically.

More luck to all my friends there anyways.

Taldor *

Hey sorry for the delay.
I'll talk about it to ,D; the owner. I'm sure we can do something.

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