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ruemere wrote:
Smaller companies, like Runic Games (guys behind Torchlight) had to get financing (bought off by PerfectWorld owners), and yet they still have problems with completing the game, satisfying themselves with Torchlight 2.

As an employee of Runic Games, I feel a bit of clarification is called for here.

Runic Games had long been planning a two-fold approach to following up Torchlight: Torchlight II, and, eventually, a Torchlight MMO.

Torchlight II is still in development (but we're close). The Torchlight MMO is still only in the planning stages, because all of our resources are currently dedicated to Torchlight II. It's a bit of a stretch to call that "having problems with completing the game"; it's like saying Ubisoft is having problems completing Battlefield 4.

And Perfect World didn't "buy off" Runic Games. They provided financing so we could finish Torchlight II SOONER, rather than later.

I'm not saying your overall concern isn't valid--only that you're mistaken in your assertions about Runic.

JD Wiker
Lead Writer
Runic Games


Ghost In The Ruins wrote:
I think there should be no connection between the Pathfinder Society Organized Play and Pathfinder Online whatsoever. They are completely different animals, with only partially overlapping consumer bases. Benefits of one should not transfer to the other.

I agree that transferring benefits is probably not a feasible plan, but, certainly, it would make a certain amount of sense to offer initial closed beta-testing to PFS members, with open beta testing going out to non-PFS members later down the road.

Personally, I'd like to see Paizo take some of what they've learned and developed from handling the PFS and apply it to the MMO. When it comes to moderating social interaction, managing the in-game economy, and ensuring that all the players enjoy a similar experience, there's a fair amount of crossover between MMOs and OP.


MRblahface wrote:
One thing I want is this, I would love a mode or feature to Play Pathfinder RPG online as I would on the table top. So have a person running the game then have players running there characters. Have the capability to have characters, Npc's, armor and interactions with the world the GM has created ect. I know you can now do this with other software such as maptool but more easy and user friendly.

The trick with a system like that is that what the GM does will have an effect on the ENTIRE game--particularly if you can customize items and NPCs. It wouldn't (necessarily) be like Neverwinter used to be, where you could create an adventure, complete with all the trappings, and let players do whatever they like--and acquire whatever you wanted them to have. If you create a superpowerful weapon, for example, that becomes a permanent part of the game.

Obviously, though, City of Heroes/City of Villains eventually developed an in-game editor that allowed players to generate content, in much the way you're describing. The major differences, of course, are that they have a pretty finite list of what permanent items can be included, because, again, those find their way out to the rest of the game world and muddle the economy. That said, there are ways to handle doling out items that won't damage the game economy too badly (separate servers for "twinked" characters, for example, or making the items bind to the character on first use or upon arrival in the character's backpack). Even so, having a party of characters running around statted and outfitted to the max because of some Monty Haul GM is probably going to be a fairly large design challenge.


This is terrific news! I can't wait to see what Paizo/Goblinworks does with this!


Pathfinder Initiative Cards Version 3--Humanoids and Monstrous Humanoids is now available from the Paizo Store!

This set includes:

boggard
bugbear
centaur
cyclops
dark creeper
dark stalker
derro
doppelganger
cloud giant
drow
drow noble
duergar
ettin
fire giant
frost giant
gargoyle
gnoll
goblin
green hag
harpy
hill giant
hobgoblin
kobold
lamia
lizardfolk
medusa
merfolk
minotaur
morlock
ogre
orc
sahuagin
sea hag
skum
stone giant
storm giant
svirfneblin
tengu
troglodyte
troll
wererat
werewolf
yeti

Like the Pathfinder-Compatible Initiative Cards, this set also allows you to print each 3x5 Initiative Card individually, or four to a sheet!


Urath DM wrote:

Zombie Island of Dr. Ned as inspiration, perhaps?

There's a little of that in there, yes. And some other games. But mostly I was thinking of the zombie cyclist girl from "The Walking Dead."

JD


The Torso monster template is now available as a FREE DOWNLOAD in the Paizo store!


Set 2 is now available!

This set's monsters include:

Basilisks
Black Puddings
Cloakers
Babau Demons
Shadow Demons
Bearded Devils
Ettins
Gelatinous Cubes
Ghasts
Ghouls
Gibbering Mouthers
Gray Oozes
Medusas
Mimics
Minotaurs
Ochre Jellies
Ogres
Rust Monsters
Shadows
Skeletal Champions
Stirges
Trolls
Wights
Wraiths
Xills


Neil basically nailed it: The GM doesn't particularly need that info in most campaigns.

But, in the case of campaigns where the players are a bit ... dicey (pun intended), you could use monster cards to track them. The same basic info is all there--PLUS the attack and damage section.

JD


theneofish wrote:
Think I'll have to pick this up - Thieves Quarter was one of my favourite 3.0 edition supplements - I didn't know the design team were still in business. Shame it's pdf only though; I guess that's the nature of the beast these days.

We're working toward getting all of our books in print. Keep an eye on our website (thegamemechanics.com) and Facebook (facebook.com/thegamemechanics) for news!

JD Wiker
President
The Game Mechanics


Looking for a short modern d20 adventure? This one takes the heroes to 30,000 feet ... and that's where the action really gets started!


Looking for a short modern d20 adventure? This one's got the end of the world, a creepy Italian villa, and a mysterious, talking bronze head ...


Arcane Quarter, the third volume in the award-winning City Quarters series, is now available in the Paizo store!


Temple Quarter, the second volume of the award-winning City Quarters series, is now available in the Paizo store!


Deanoth wrote:
I love these!! I only WISH that all the creatures from both bestiaries AND all the Adventure Paths were represented here too though. Not just the low level ones :)

They're on their way.

JD


Pathfinder Random Encounter Initiative Cards are now available from the Paizo Store!

Set 1 includes:

  • Dire Rats
  • Fire Beetles
  • Human Skeletons
  • Giant Centipedes
  • Spider Swarms
  • Human Zombies
  • Chokers
  • Skeletal Champions
  • Goblins
  • Ghouls
  • Giant Spiders
  • Cockatrices
  • Gelatinous Cubes
  • Rust Monsters
  • Shadows
  • Wights
  • Stirges
  • Darkmantles
  • Troglodytes
  • Bugbears
  • Vargouilles
  • Gray Oozes
  • Mimics
  • Ogres

Like the Pathfinder-Compatible Initiative Cards, this set also allows you to print each Initiative Card individually, in either a 3x5 or 4x6 format, so you print only the ones you need, and only as many as you need!


Coltaine wrote:
Any chance of finishing up the City Quarters series?

As Sethvir pointed out, yes, we're planning on finishing it, starting with Mercenary Quarter (hopefully later this year). And, yes, Chris West is on board to do maps again.

We're also in the process of converting the existing books over to Pathfinder, with some help from Neil Spicer.

JD


There's a better way to look at magic weapons--and now it's in the Paizo store!


The first City Quarters adventure is just a click away!


Cromagh's is loose in the Paizo store! Bury your gold and lock up your womenfolk!


Sethvir wrote:
Magnificent! On the conversions are you re-releasing the whole thing reworked for Pathfinder or doing a conversion guide like what Oone Games has done with their Road to Revolution series?

The plan is to release new, "Pathfinderized" editions--there's just too much text that will need to be changed for a conversion guide to cover it all--but we'll continuing selling the original, d20 System editions, for those players who want them.


Sethvir wrote:
Does this mean that Christopher West is coming back to do the maps too?

In fact, Chris is working on maps for Mercenary Quarter right now.


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Do you plan on reflavoring Divine Quarter to fit the Golarion deities (as much as possible), or will you stick to your own OGL set of gods, and maybe offer a sidebar for palette-swapping?

We'll be sticking with the Liberty pantheon, because we're trying to build Liberty up as a campaign setting (or, at least, a mini-campaign setting).

That being said, a sidebar (or a web enhancement, or both) explaining how to swap out the gods is quite likely.

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And will Mercenary Quarter cover both the Upper and Lower quarters?

Both parts, yes.

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With Divine, Thieves, Arcane and Upper/Lower Mercenary Quarters detailed, the Noble Quarter will be pretty much all that's left to round out the entire city. Is there some plan to come up with a supplement that would detail the Noble Quarter? Perhaps using a Kingmaker-esque set of rules applicable to all classes, for entering into the 'big leagues' of high society, merchant houses, market manipulation and all that jazz?

We definitely have plans for the Noble Quarter, and may or may not combine it with the Palace District. And I've always wanted to do a separate book on the Outwalls--the land outside of Liberty that's generally acknowledged to be under the jurisdiction of the Prince.


Dark_Mistress wrote:
Any plans for some PFRPG products int he future?

Absolutely!

We've already got PFRPG-compatible Initiative Cards available as a free download, with fields you can fill in and save using Adobe Reader (making it easy to print them out whenever you need them).

And The Game Mechanics have multiple PFRPG-compatible products in the works--including converting all of the City Quarters books to Pathfinder! (AND we're starting work on the Mercenary Quarter--which will be entirely PFRPG-compatible!)


d20 System Initiative Cards are at last available in the Paizo store!

Each of the Monster Sets has about half of the monsters from the fantasy System Reference Document (SRD).

In addition to monsters actually found in the SRD, each set includes a selection of aged dragons. The Game Mechanics have created one of each true dragon and aged it through all twelve age categories. Monster Set 2 includes many of the celestial and infernal creatures from the summoning tables in the PHB.

Initiative Cards: Monster Set 2 is a PDF for GMs containing pre-filled Initiative Cards for 328 monsters, as well as instructions for use and blank cards for characters and monsters. See a complete list of monsters in this set before you buy, at http://www.thegamemechanics.com/products/initiativecards2_toc.asp

More products from The Game Mechanics are on their way to the Paizo store right now!


d20 System Initiative Cards are at last available in the Paizo store!

Each of the Monster Sets has about half of the monsters from the fantasy System Reference Document (SRD).

In addition to monsters actually found in the SRD, each set includes a selection of aged dragons. The Game Mechanics have created one of each true dragon and aged it through all twelve age categories. Monster Set 2 includes many of the celestial and infernal creatures from the summoning tables in the PHB.

Initiative Cards: Monster Set 1 is a PDF for GMs containing pre-filled Initiative Cards for 348 monsters, as well as instructions for use and blank cards for characters and monsters. See a complete list of monsters in this set before you buy, at http://www.thegamemechanics.com/products/initiativecards1_toc.asp

More products from The Game Mechanics are on their way to the Paizo store right now!


Pathfinder-Compatible Initiative Cards are at last available in the Paizo store!

These cards include fields you can save and print, and come either four to a page ... or one to a page, so that you can print out exactly the player character or monster card you need, directly onto a blank 3x5 card, or a blank 4x6 card!

And best of all: They're free!

More products from The Game Mechanics are on their way to the Paizo store right now!


Thieves' Quarter is at last available in the Paizo store!

More products from The Game Mechanics are on their way to the Paizo store right now ... and Pathfinder-Compatible, form-fillable Initiative Cards are already available as a free download!


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