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Thanks. I never noticed that was clickable. Now I can label them with nicknames too.
Cheers.


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Is it possible to delete "experienced" characters you no longer want to use?


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As a general rule, Paizo won't look at unsolicited material (be it novels, sourcebooks, adventures or anything else). It's a policy to protect them both from being swamped by submissions and also to provide legal protections:

One potential scenario is that someone sends Paizo an adventure which they choose not to use. Then a few years later a similar-ish adventure comes out and the disgruntled author accuses them of theft of that creative work. By never reading unsolicited submissions, they are protected from that.

(I understand you weren't necessarily looking to sell them anything, but by making the policy with no exceptions it is better protection for them).


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I generally run most of our campaigns but leave the choice of game system and adventure to my players. That said, I'd really like to give starfinder a shot (our history with science fictiony games is pretty poor).

Consequently, I'm looking for a one-paragraph summation of Starfinder - themes, genre, whatever...that I'm hoping will inspire them to choose this for an upcoming campaign. Is there an "evevator pitch" summary somewhere? A broad-strokes description of what the game is going be like?


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User7866 wrote:
Steve Geddes wrote:

I know it's a bit of a hassle, but you can ask Customer Service to cancel your sub in December after the Armada Map Pack and then restart it yourself once these have shipped in January.

You're not forced to buy them.

I was informed last year by a Paizo customer service person that doing that was against the agreement that one accepts when one becomes a Paizo subscriber.

Since I find most of the Map subscription adaptable to the game I do play, I rather not lose my privileges.

In this day of such computerized automation, a subscriber could reasonably expect a button or some other such 'device' where one could push/toggle/whatever it a reasonable time before the release day (e.g. 45 days afore) and not half to take every map idea that comes across the developers' minds.
Is this really too much to ask?

Hmm. I'd definitely ask once more - I know many people opt-out of the Campaign Setting subscription whenever a map folio comes around (for example). It's not too much to ask - many people have asked (and been told yes)!

It may be against the spirit of the subscription if you were to subscribe for one thing and then cancel immediately (or more likely, if someone tried to subscribe, back-order-with-a-discount and then cancel without receiving any subscription item). However, I am very confident you are able to cancel a subscription at any time - even if you then resubscribe after missing only one item.

Definitely worth clarifying with them (although I presume one of them will chime in on Monday). I suspect there was some misunderstanding when you spoke about it last year.


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My apologies for the lack of clarity. I wasn't explaining what books were, I was agreeing with 137ben.

My only point of disagreement in this thread is that it doesn't cost money to access the information when a reprint comes out. Other than that, I'm not disagreeing with anyone (nor glossing over anything).


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High hopes for this book. Qadira is somewhere I've wanted to like but have been deterred due to lack of concrete information. Quite a way outside my traditional tastes, so once more Paizo are broadening my horizons.

Is there some introductory information about Qadira's Eastern/Northern/Southern(?) neighbours?


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User7866 wrote:

Why is this set part of the subscription?!?

These are so specialized that anyone that does not play Pathfinder or another of its ilk has no use for it.

I know I have no use whatsoever for these and now I am going to paying $25 for maps that will sit in my map case doing absolutely nothing for all time.
That is unless I pay eBay or somewhere else a pretty penny just to get a portion of that money back.

This is one of the rare times I am completely and totally disappointed with being a Paizo Map Subscriber.

I know it's a bit of a hassle, but you can ask Customer Service to cancel your sub in December after the Armada Map Pack and then restart it yourself once these have shipped in January.

You're not forced to buy them.


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137ben wrote:
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Yeah, the auto-update thing is a definite advantage of PDFs over hard copies. Not really any way around that though (other than to not update either, which seems perverse).

I just wanted to point out that it doesn't cost any money to keep abreast of changes, that's all. The information is provided free of charge. (The cost of reprinting the book is a function of the medium, not a result of paizo policy).

It costs time, convenience, and energy. Moreover, if someone is already comfortable referencing all the rules from Paizo's website, then they have no reason to buy the rulebooks at all. In some sense, everyone who buys Paizo's rulebooks is doing it for convenience. Referencing a hardcover book alongside a poorly-formatted errata PDF is not convenient, negating one of the primary reasons for buying the book in the first place.

Sure.

I can't imagine any plausible counter to the claim that hardcovers do worse than PDFs when it comes to reprints/updates. The fact the rules get updated is a definite downside of buying hardcovers, if you care about having the most up-to-date printing.


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Sundakan wrote:

But as things stand, things really aren't that convenient for hardcover purchasers, which is kind of the point. A book like the original print ACG that is changed almost beyond recognition may as well BE a doorstop for all the good it does you having to cross reference a 20 page errata document every time you read the book. As opposed to buying the product that is 1/4 the price and can be updated automatically so you have both printings for the price of one.

That kind of inconvenience dis-incentivizes someone to buy a first printing, and shaming them into doing so because they might prevent one from being made at all is not cool.

Maybe I misinterpreted Vic's tone, but that's what it sounded like.

I agree with you that it's a definite downside of using hardcopies over PDFs. Furthermore, the more large-scale and significant the errata/FAQs are the more of a problem it is.

FWIW, I feel like the reason the changes are so significant of late is a function of the growing complexity of Pathfinder - each new gadget introduced to the system has thousands of class features, feats and other gizmos to interact with, written by dozens of authors over ten-plus years. It doesn't surprise me that it is common for a book to be released and for the designers to notice unintended consequences more than used to be the case (I seem to remember Paizo's errata policy of updating the printings being lauded as visionary back when the CRB was first reprinted. No doubt, there would have been similar complaints if they were as far-reaching as some of the latest FAQs/errata changes have been). If I'm right about that then the chance of the Starfinder core rules being substantially revised soon after release is probably slimmer.

I do think you misinterpreted Vic's tone - I think he was providing information for prospective purchases as to Paizo's policies rather than trying to shame people into buying copies of books they will regret. That's partly based on the many, many statements from him and other Paizonians over the years to the effect that they are comfortable with people accessing the rules in any of the various ways that is possible - hardcovers from Paizo, from FLGS, from amazon or via PDF. They do after all make the rules available online pretty promptly and the PDFs of the rulebooks are very, very cheap. So I don't think they're in the business of driving up revenues at every opportunity.


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Yeah, the auto-update thing is a definite advantage of PDFs over hard copies. Not really any way around that though (other than to not update either, which seems perverse).

I just wanted to point out that it doesn't cost any money to keep abreast of changes, that's all. The information is provided free of charge. (The cost of reprinting the book is a function of the medium, not a result of paizo policy).


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Ah. No worries. I was a little concerned at my reading comprehension. :)

Glad to see the shift in pricing for a subscription product isn't seen as a no-go as much as it used to be. I think the subscriptions generally benefit from that added flexibility (from time to time).


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Sundakan wrote:

Besides which, asking someone to buy a certain (more expensive) version of your product in the hopes that the hypothetical next version (that they will then have to repurchase to easily access the changed information) will be better is an odd sentiment.

Very good for the company making the product, but not very good for the consumer who just paid 8 times as much (hardcovers generally being at least $40 versus $10, times 2) for the same product.

Whether the errata are usually good or bad is a matter of opinion. However, it's worth noting that you don't need to repurchase a hardcover you've bought to find out what the changes are. You can get access to the changed information for zero cost (especially if you consider the PDF and the hardcover to be the "same product"). They make a download available for each historical printing listing changes in the most recent printing.

You just don't get your hardcover updated when a new printing is released, which is the nature of the medium - if you like hardcovers over PDFs you give up on the auto-update feature but can hold doors ajar with it.


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We've needed a giant crab figure for a long, long time. Nice work, Erik!

(Like I'd say anything negative when you're in that mood.)


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Steve Geddes wrote:
Should this have the "not part of the subscription, but subscribers who preorder get a free PDF" Bit?
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Note:This product is part of the Pathfinder Maps Subscription.

Oo, clearly not. Sorry about that I must have read too quickly in my excitement. :)


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Should this have the "not part of the subscription, but subscribers who preorder get a free PDF" Bit?


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This looks fantastic. Supplements about these sorts of adventures are few and far between.


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My submission is done on paper - I just have to type it in. (Wild magic, human sorceror - recently arrived in Sigil and unaligned faction-wise).


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Marcus Ewert wrote:

I for one will deffo be buying from *both* product lines at least initially. I may drop off on Starfinder after awhile, as I'm way more of a fantasy guy, but SF can count on me buying *at least* its first AP, in full. And if I go nuttsballs for Starfinder, I'll follow it to AP #2 and beyond... While still buying as much Pathfinder as I currently do.

I.e. - I will be an exemplar of Vic's Situation 3, above. Overlap.

Interesting sidenote?: i'm one of those happy Paizo customers (I'm sure there's more than just me) who doesn't even *play* RPGs anymore. I just love reading the good words and ogling the pretty pictures. I buy Paizo stuff purely to read (and gawk at).

I still play a bit, but the reading material is my main motivator also.

I'm definitely going to subscribe to Starfinder for the forseeable future (at least the first two years) and I have zero expectation my group will ever actually use it.


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GreyWolfLord wrote:

I pointed out before, the thought that TSR went bankrupt because it had several different lines is about as flawed as stating Coca Cola has been going bankrupt since the 70s since it sells other drinks besides Coke.

It had NOTHING to do really with it's competing lines, that was a misconception put out by Dancey, most likely due to trying to promote D20 and WotC D&D over TSR AD&D in the long run (IMO).

I don't know if he said it also, but for what it's worth Lisa Stevens was the person at WotC responsible for going over TSR's records and working out what went wrong.

It's correct to say that there were lots of bad decisions in TSR's later years. However the fact is that the existence of "market splitting" product lines (as opposed to what they are hoping for with Starfinder/Pathfinder) was a major factor. I'm pretty sure Lisa or Vic once stated it was THE most significant factor in TSR's downfall.


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bookrat wrote:

Well, I just found out that you can't publish anything other than forgotten realms or ravenloft (or "no setting").

My Planescape adventure conversion was removed from the GM guild for exactly that reason (wasn't one of those three).

I'm sorry you went to that effort to no avail, but I must admit I've been a little surprised at the number of non-Realms, non-Ravenloft, non-generic products around. By the sounds of it they are probably being taken down shortly after listing - I had just assumed it was a condition they'd decided not to enforce.


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TriOmegaZero wrote:
I don't think we crossed paths this year Steve, so I'm glad I didn't get a chance to ruin anything for you. :) Hope you're able to make next year too!

Me too. I'll pay more attention to which forumites are going to be there next time. I was kicking myself to see some of the people I missed out on saying hello to.


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lucky7 wrote:
I'm from suburban Connecticut, so there's not much going on here. But we were the ideal wartime community of 1943!

Still on the list for the future...


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Freehold DM wrote:

Come to ny.

I will show you around personally.

We are wonderful people here, with a few exceptions.

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We're working on it, Steve! We're working on it.

The only way to fight hatred and violence is with joy and peace.

Oh, and I totally agree with Freehold DM!

Completely ignore the perception about the Big Apple being dangerous. New York City is one of the safest cities in the US. It's an amazing place: the cultural and financial capital of the US. There's always something interesting to do.

And New Yorkers can be some of the friendliest people you'll ever meet!

In fact, the only city I love more than New York is Boston...

(Go Sawx!)

New York was the first US city I visited and it remains one of my favorites. We left wanting to move there for a year - such a lot to see and do. And yeah - we felt very safe and the people were much friendlier than my preconceptions. I swear I expected a mugger on every corner. :/

(Boston was fun too).


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Aberzombie wrote:
Steve Geddes wrote:
.....and finally flew to New Orleans for the final week. As usual we were struck by a sense of community and welcoming friendliness everywhere we went. The side of America we love and wish we could explain to our friends back home.

You must have visited a different New Orleans than the one I'm familiar with......

Sadly, I'm not joking. As it's my hometown, I still have plenty of friends there and constantly get news. The crime rate has been really bad in the last year or so, and it's only getting worse.

I'm a pretty cautious traveller, so stick to the busy areas with lots of people around. We pretty much just visited the French Quarter, the Garden District and then various paddlesteamer/bus tours (plus an awesome airboat ride to see and hold some alligators). :)


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Pan wrote:

There is plenty more to see. Not sure the twin cities is a huge destination for your future trip planning but you'll find a big midwestern welcome if you decide to visit!

Take care thanks for letting folks know its not an all out war zone in the U.S.!

We'll get there eventually. Our goal is to visit every state. We've only ticked off about ten so far. :)


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DharmaBummed wrote:
Mine came today. Does have a tracking number but just wasn't given it. Disney Movie Club does this also. Just cheapness not to give the customer a tracking number if available. Not that they couldn't they just didn't most likely to save money

I seem to remember Paizo explaining why tracking numbers are an issue once. It's something to do with the way USPS generate tracking numbers - their system doesn't talk to Paizo's system, so that when Paizo generate the confirmation email and the shipping label they don't know what the tracking number will be. They could wait for USPS to generate it, locate it and then amend the email and/or send a new email but that would slow things down (especially at peak times such as subscription shipments or with this one-off event which seriously outpaced anything they had predicted.

I don't think there's anything wrong with being vocal if you don't like something. However, I'm pretty sure it's not cost (Paizo charge shipping at cost, so it wouldn't really cost them anything anyhow - the shipping charges would just go up). It's more a technical issue.

Caveat: That's just a half-remembered discussion from a few years ago. I don't work for Paizo, so could well be way off. :/


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We arrived back in Australia last week after yet another amazing visit to the US.

It began in Seattle at my first ever Paizocon. Although it was much anticipated, the convention managed to be even better than I expected. I got to finally meet a large number of the staff (my goal was to say hello to all of them, but that turned out to be beyond me) and they were universally friendly, approachable and incredibly generous with their time. I attended all those seminars I've always been so jealous about missing, got to go to the banquet and hear the big news and updates direct from the staff, rather than waiting for snippets on the messageboards. I also played in a couple of games, met some 3PP guys I'd only ever spoken to via email and even survived being the canary in a trap-laden Bill Webb dungeon. :) If you've never been to Paizocon - you should make it a priority. It was a lovely feeling to be amongst such friendly and happy people.

After that we spent a week driving down the west coast to San Francisco, spent a couple of days there and finally flew to New Orleans for the final week. As usual we were struck by a sense of community and welcoming friendliness everywhere we went. The side of America we love and wish we could explain to our friends back home.

It was whilst we were in New Orleans that Orlando happened - displaying the other side of the US and the bit that gets all the airplay here at home. When I tell people about our trip, their response is always "You weren't anywhere near Orlando, I hope?" It's such a shame that the violent side of America is what makes the news - not the welcoming, generous people we see and meet every time we visit.

The attack in Orlando was tragic and awful. Made even worse by the stupidity of hating someone else just for who they are and how they live. I can't imagine what it's like to be targeted in that way and the fact people still manage to express themselves and live their lives in the face of such violence and loathing is quite inspirational.

I love American people and I truly hope that the compassionate, friendly, tolerant people that I've always been fortunate enough to meet can find a way to win over the violent, intolerant few who always seem to make the news.


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James Jacobs wrote:
Rysky wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Wolfgang Rolf wrote:

Agreed a Vigilante would make more sense.

What I am actually hoping for is more traits! I like the current traits very much, but I wish there were ones that lent themselves to more opportunistic and immoral characters.

Well, it's been a while since you asked this, and now that I'm copy fitting the introduction to the book... it looks like there's room for at least one new trait. Perhaps two! So, expect at least one that will indeed lend itself to more opportunistic or immoral characters!
Yay!

I may have spoken too soon... I might have to cut it after all if the "Book References" sidebar is too big.

Bleh. This is why I should learn not to talk about things until they're done, I guess.

FWIW, I really like the fact Paizo are willing to give us a 'behind the scenes' look at what goes on from time to time. Even if it does mean that occasionally things shift around.

I'd never have thought of "We had to drop a couple of traits because the Book Reference sidebar was too big" as a reason for the omission.


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Thanks. I thought so (I even remember asking him!) I just couldn't remember where, so figured I'd ask again. :)


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I was more questioning your claim that previous delays have been due to managing the two lines, rather than taking a view about things going forward. (I have no idea what will happen). I'm certainly not claiming they don't move things around. However, I think what your analysis misses is that the same was true before they were producing D&D Minis.

It would make sense to spread the two lines out, in my view - however the fact things shifted so much prior to the second line existing makes me suspect they don't have a lot of control over the timing. I've heard that manufacturing in China is unquestionably cheaper but notoriously unreliable in terms of deadlines and projected shipping dates/transit times.

I'm pretty sure I remember hearing that Wizkids is quite a small outfit - as such, I doubt they have either the cash reserves or the warehousing capabilities to sit on stock for long periods waiting to release them at the perfect moment. I would think that once the product hits the US, they'd be looking to ship it out to distributors ASAP (who also won't be set up to hold stock for protracted periods waiting for the 'optimal' release date).


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Kalindlara wrote:
How many times have they altered release dates for that reason?

I haven't seen any official confirmation that the two lines releases impact on one another. I mean it makes sense that they would in a perfect world, but they used to move around a fair bit anyhow when PF Battles was on its own, so it doesn't seem to me that Wizkids have quite the control they'd like over that aspect of their business.

I actually suspect the delays are due to supplier problems and shipping/customs delays rather than some carefully orchestrated release schedule across the two product lines.


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No Pathfinder Adventure Chest. :(

Has there been any word on that other than "not yet"?


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Vic Wertz wrote:
Dragnmoon wrote:

I will you handle reprints of the Hardcover with the pocket edition?

I know normally you don't get the next printing until you are close to the end of your stock of the current, I doubt the stocks to the Pocket Edition and Normal Hardcover will match. So will the pocket edition be behind on the current printing if and when you go to the 7th printing of the Core?

Well, we're certainly not going to destroy all of our softcover stock every time we sell out of a hardcover edition. So unless we're lucky enough to have both sell out at approximately the same time, the softcover will likely fall behind the hardcover now and then.

Is this first printing of the pocket edition the sixth printing of the hardcover CRB or the seventh? (or something else, I guess).


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Yeah, whoops. Sorry about that. Perhaps I should have spoilered it. :o


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How does it work if the party belongs to several different factions? Is that an issue, or is it expected?

Being new to Planescape, my plan was to be recently arrived (and currently unaligned, faction-wise). Does that run the risk of missing some planescapiness?

I haven't typed it up yet, but my submission will be a human wild magic sorceror of the blasty, elementalist variety.


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Without going into specifics, when designing Starfinder are you starting from a big picture, universe-down approach? Or are there a few smaller scale elements you know you want and you're building up from there?

How do commercial/corporate requirements for the line impact on the design process? Significantly? Trivially? Not-at-all-that's-a-developer-problem?


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James Sutter wrote:
Steve Geddes wrote:
Is there any timeline on when details of the playtesting will be announced?
Nothing I can commit to yet, but before the end of the summer.

Cheers. That's specific enough for me.


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Ryan. Costello wrote:
Anguish wrote:

Audio... check.

Video... check.
Transcript...

Thank you for your efforts but this isn't for me.

We'd love to offer transcripts, but that is a beast unto itself. We're limited by our time and budget as volunteers. If you could recommend trustworthy freeware that transcribes audio or video, we'd certainly look into that.

Absolutely, positively not trying to rain on your parade. But that underlines why I personally don't consume podcasts or vidcasts. The time burden is placed on the consumer. I can read a lot faster than you can speak. Pretty much the reason why podcast/vidcast producers don't spend the effort to make transcripts is the reason why I don't consume them. So hey, I'm very, very glad you've got an audience. I'm only posting this to explain why I made the request.

So, to be clear, thank you for what you do.

No offense taken. I sincerely would like to include transcripts with the podcasts, but the only way we could do that is with a program that does the work for us (or a very dedicated volunteer).

Do those sorts of programs exist?


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Jester David wrote:
Steve Geddes wrote:
I think "comically ineffectual" is too strong: In world there's no reason to think the mystery is unsolvable.
Except it is. Because, like the death of Aroden, they explicitly never want to reveal the answer.

In world.

Nobody in the Starfinder universe knows that.


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Fallen_Mage wrote:
Duiker wrote:
Jester David wrote:

And the Starfinder Society has dedicated themselves to tracking down lost lore from the Gap, deducing what happened during the missing years, and discovering what happened to Golarion.

And where has Paizo even confirmed that there will be a Starfinder Society, let alone declared that this is its "primary purpose"?
Here. Mostly.

Cheers.


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I would also like to hear anything official about the Starfinder Society. Was that announced? Or is it just speculation that it might be?


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I think "comically ineffectual" is too strong: In world there's no reason to think the mystery is unsolvable.

In world, there will be a whole bunch of attempts which yield only minor clues at best - but that's the nature of such mysteries. I would think big things like that are expected to take years and years and lots of effort to solve.

It's only when analysing a solve-the-mystery-expedition from a meta-perspective that one might think "It's not going to work, of course" but from a meta-perspective it isn't supposed to - which means it's not ineffectual.

I find the whole Aroden's-death-is-forever-going-to-be-a-mystery thing really, really irritating. This one doesn't bug me, for some reason (though maybe that's just because everything is a mystery at the moment). Fingers crossed I'll be able to make peace with Golarion's Inbuilt Conspiracy Theory machine.


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Is there any timeline on when details of the playtesting will be announced?


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It's probably a little late for this advice. However, one way you can manage this is to buy yourself a gift voucher and then redeem it for store credit. Then, when your order is ready, the system will clear your credit first and the CC has already been processed when you initially made the purchase.

As I understand things, the issue arises due to the various merchant/credit card company agreements. The merchant isn't supposed to charge your card until the product ships. So situations like this mean a hold is placed when you initially order, then it lapses a week or so later, then another hold is placed as shipping looms and then finally the charge is settled as the freight label is printed.

It's invisible when Paizo have lots of stock and aren't swamped by a huge number of orders. The "buy yourself credit" strategy is useful if you don't have unlimited credit (or if you use a debit card or similar).

The downside is you can't change your mind and cancel the order between ordering and shipping. The gift voucher settles immediately and is (I'm pretty sure) non-refundable.


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I'll post a build later tonight (around ten hours from now). I'm thinking a wild magic sorceror (his magic recently awakened through being transported to sigil) or possibly a paladin.

Either way they'll be human, new to sigil and likely neutral good.


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GM Bookrat wrote:
Steve Geddes wrote:

I really much prefer rolling (I generally roll six stats in order and let the numbers guide my PC choices, though occasionally I'll swap a pair).

Any chance I can do that instead of the two options you present? (I'll take crappy rolls and am happy to "adjust down" to wherever you think is fair if I happen to roll super high).

EDIT: although now I think of it, I suppose I could just randomly rank each stat and then allocate the standard array accordingly.

Go here.

Roll a d55 to see which array you use (they're all 27 point buy).

Then assign them 1-6.

Roll a d6 to see with one goes to strength.

Reassign them 1-5

Roll a d5 to see which goes to Dextwrity.

Etc..

:)

Thanks.

1d55 ⇒ 10
15 15 12 11 9 9
Strength: 1d6 ⇒ 4 = 11
Dexterity: 1d5 ⇒ 2 = 15
Constitution: 1d4 ⇒ 4 = 9
Intelligence: 1d3 ⇒ 3 = 9
Wisdom: 1d2 ⇒ 2 = 12
Charisma = 15


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I really much prefer rolling (I generally roll six stats in order and let the numbers guide my PC choices, though occasionally I'll swap a pair).

Any chance I can do that instead of the two options you present? (I'll take crappy rolls and am happy to "adjust down" to wherever you think is fair if I happen to roll super high).

EDIT: although now I think of it, I suppose I could just randomly rank each stat and then allocate the standard array accordingly.


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The interchangeable thing is a little gimmicky to me. I just get a whole bunch of fiddly bits I can lose with little gain in utility.

I much prefer repaints as a way to broaden the available figures without incurring huge costs.


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Just finished reading this. It's right up there in my (admittedly quite long) list of absolute favourites.

Anyone looking to run a game in Cheliax should set this as prescribed reading for their players, IMO. The detail on the setting was exquisite- from Thrune to politicking to hellknights to westcrown snippets....It was an effortless way to learn some solid Cheliax lore.

The characters were interesting and complicated without being difficult to follow or confusing. I ended up wanting to know more about all three of the heroes and the villain, but still felt satisfied by the conclusion to the book. It was great to read the exploits of some truly competent characters.

Thoroughly enjoyed it. We need to move to monthly releases. :)

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