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My weekly Wrath of the Righteous campaign had it's first fatality. The player was decent about it. I also am ordering my new Dwarven forge terrain this month but won't get to use in game for quite awhile. Hope all is well with everyone else.


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Super easy turn on the gas stove and gas heating while the master is sleeping and if he wakes up and notice I just produce a small electrical spark and blammo he's gone or he slowly suffocates in his sleep. Easy


James Jacobs wrote:
The Minis Maniac wrote:
James can you please convince someone in charge to do a Pathfinder revamp of Curse of the Crimson Throne? I know a lot of people would buy it. Is there anything i can do to convince you paizo folk?

I know a lot of people would buy ANY of the APs if we republish them, taking the numbers from Runelords as an indication. Whether or not we will do another one like this doesn't depend on demand; we know it's there. It depends on the schedule, resources, timing, stock in the warehouse, personal interest, and more.

But! I'll see what I can do!

I can completely understand that. I like the idea of an eventual red and black hardcover edition of CoCT. It would be so cool and it was a solid adventure Path. Plus I won't pester too much I know you guys know what you are doing.


James can you please convince someone in charge to do a Pathfinder revamp of Curse of the Crimson Throne? I know a lot of people would buy it. Is there anything i can do to convince you paizo folk?


See were I running a game in Andoren I would probably gritty that up too. I'd put major threats to this burgeoning democracy. Constant subversive threats from within by Cheliax. Maybe some super corrupt noble families trying to bring it down from within. That sort of stuff.


Deadmanwalking wrote:

See, I'm fine with misogynistic Good Gods...I just tend to think Erastil is a bad choice for such a deity. It implies things about Golarion's past (ie: that it used to be more sexist than it is currently) that aren't true and don't make sense when examined.

And more generally...I tend to feel Golarion is already a pretty dark place. Or more accurately a world with plenty of pretty dark places within it. It seems to me that 'making it darker' is a rather silly idea. Just set your game in one of the darker corners and you're good to go.

I mean Geb has slave pens where the slaves are primarily used as a food source. Galt is a dystopian nightmare. Irrisen is a land where the darker kinds of Fey rule and peasants are constantly afraid. Ustalav is a haven for evil, corruption, and paranoia of all sorts. And those are jst the four that leap to mind.

Why does the world need to be darker than that again?

It isn't about the obvious evil places, it's about the less evil places. I mean Mendev is a generally a good guy bastion. In my Mendev you have horrible atrocities committed by the crusade in the past usually by mistake and other times by successful manipulation by cultists. You have deep racial tensions between the Sarkorian refugees and the Crusade and Mendevians. You have criminals sent to join the crusade against their will. You have the church of Iomedae at the front losing influence with the people due to wrongful inquisitions and executions. You have a growing population of severely wounded (physically and mentally) crusade veterans, and a general undercurrent of dissent that the 4th crusade has been a complete failure. And with the growing casualties it seems the 4th crusade only favored the demons as no progress has been made, and the rate of new crusader recruits has fallen drastically. As well as the native mendevians beginning to resent the crusaders for past failures and inability to protect them.

So in short this to me brings Mendev more alive and made it more colourful, more alive. It also conveys the importance of the PCs to be good.


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thejeff wrote:
The Minis Maniac wrote:
Odraude wrote:

I think when doing shades of gray, people tend to go quickly towards ultra violence and sexual violence to make the world seem gritty. I prefer more atmospheric and less on the nose showings of gritty fantasy settings that many people don't normally go for. Paranoia and mistrust, hopelessness, hypocrisy, sociopathy, famine, apathy, class war, bigotry... I feel these and more really add to that atmosphere one is looking to for a darker world without going straight to the jugular. Just remember that even in these dark times, there should still be some good people the PCs can trust.

I personally like to focus on a group's lack of empathy combined with hypocrisy to make compelling villains and that feeling of despair.

I get the whole GM treating darker or grey settings as a club against certain players. I think that is a bad GM thing. Moral ambiguity along with flaws and mistakes of society and people make things interesting for the players. But I have heard stories of the creepy GM victimizing a female player through bad GMing, and we all know thats awful. But if there is some misogyny done right where the player can slap it in the face and say I'm so much stronger. Then I think it CAN make an interesting plot. But we just need GMs to stop being creepy.

It can make an interesting plot, but so can many other things. It gets boring if every female character has to deal with the same plot.

I agree. And not every plot is good for every group. I know when I start a campaign I always have a preparatory meeting with my group and ask what players are comfortable with and I always have complete transparency with my players what they are comfortable with. I think that is also important in darker plot lines. I know in my Wrath of the Righteous campaign, I have a religious person at the table, and I cleared it with them first about the how I planned to make the crusade muddy morally as well as dark and gritty. They consented and have enjoyed the game so far. I think that is always key, you need to know your players and their comfort levels.


Odraude wrote:

I think when doing shades of gray, people tend to go quickly towards ultra violence and sexual violence to make the world seem gritty. I prefer more atmospheric and less on the nose showings of gritty fantasy settings that many people don't normally go for. Paranoia and mistrust, hopelessness, hypocrisy, sociopathy, famine, apathy, class war, bigotry... I feel these and more really add to that atmosphere one is looking to for a darker world without going straight to the jugular. Just remember that even in these dark times, there should still be some good people the PCs can trust.

I personally like to focus on a group's lack of empathy combined with hypocrisy to make compelling villains and that feeling of despair.

I get the whole GM treating darker or grey settings as a club against certain players. I think that is a bad GM thing. Moral ambiguity along with flaws and mistakes of society and people make things interesting for the players. But I have heard stories of the creepy GM victimizing a female player through bad GMing, and we all know thats awful. But if there is some misogyny done right where the player can slap it in the face and say I'm so much stronger. Then I think it CAN make an interesting plot. But we just need GMs to stop being creepy.


I like flaws. I kinda wish we could make a sourcebook to add flavor and contention in there. meaning how to run a game with these real world issues such as religious tension, gender issues, and prejudice societies. Basically a way to add into the campaign as something to majorly strive against. Maybe I'm just weird. But I like to muddy up my good and bad guys. Make things more morally ambiguous. For example I have been running Wrath of the Righteous. And I have run with these muddied conflicts. I play up the criminals be exiled to Mendev to serve in the crusade. I play up the inquisitions witch burnings and innocent people being tortured and killed. I play up the fact Mendev in my game is a mixed bag of good people who sometimes get it wrong. I love playing up them meeting a shell shocked veteran who is to mentally broken to fight anymore. Or the fact that the crusade hasn't been completely right. I make up facts about them accidentally slaughtering whole towns of Sarkorians purely by mistake thinking they are practicing demonology when really they were just ignorant of their cultural beliefs. I love to add tension between Mendevians and Sarkorian refugees. I do this because it makes things much more dire in my opinion. You have good guys getting it wrong whole good churches doing bad things because people are at the helm. I know this isn't for everyone. What do you guys think?


Thank you Sara Marie


I nudged mine and it said it was accepted


You can go ahead with it on the 15th and all will be good.


Redbeard the Scruffy wrote:
Where have you been?

I imagine he went to visit his family in Northern Cali for the holodays. But that is only conjecture not hard and fast knowledge.


Please wait to ship this until the 15th. Bit tight on money this week I afraid.


James.
I had an idea for a character concept and had some questions. Do the Golarion Vudrani have the cultural male to female transgendered folks like they do in India? In India they are called the Hijra what are they called in Golarion?


James Jacobs wrote:
The Minis Maniac wrote:

Ok long post but sure you will enjoy it

Firstly want to thank you for adding the Great Auk to the species that exist in Golarion. It actually almost seems prescient on your behalf. (Even if the species was harmless combat wise).

My husband has aside project with an archeologist friend of his (my husband is a seabird biologist highly studied in the alcidae, puffins razorbills Great Auk *extinct*). Anyway his archeologist friend was studying in newfoundland digging through old midden (garbage heap) sights around known viking colonies. And he found out along with the predictable fish and large birds, they hate a huge amount of Great Auk. He coordinated with other archeologists in Iceland andScandinavia. And it seemed vikings wherever they went in the north ate this bird as it was a very large bird and was flightless. So I guess it turns out we know what a traveling northern vikings favorite meal was :P

But now to the question. As certain viking tails about sea serpents and other nasty creatures they encountered come up. It is speculated that one species they very likely did come in contact with was the Giant Squid. As their bodies do periodically wash up in the North sea and the North Atlantic ocean. But they seem to almost exclusively come to the surface after or near death. Do you think the vikings did encounter a giant squid? And if so do you really think they fought the thing or simply encountered a dead or dying specimen and embellished there stories about it to seem more heroic?

I actually had nothing really to do with the great auk showing up. Turns out, though, that Paizo's got a pretty good hivemind type thing going; it's one of the main reasons we don't do telecommuting and require all of our developers and editors to be in-house. Glad you enjoyed that auk though! :D

And I absolutely think that the vikings knew about and encountered giant squids. And I certainly think it's possible they fought one.

Whats not to love Great Auks were the northern hemispheres closest thing to a penguin. :P


Ok long post but sure you will enjoy it

Firstly want to thank you for adding the Great Auk to the species that exist in Golarion. It actually almost seems prescient on your behalf. (Even if the species was harmless combat wise).

My husband has aside project with an archeologist friend of his (my husband is a seabird biologist highly studied in the alcidae, puffins razorbills Great Auk *extinct*). Anyway his archeologist friend was studying in newfoundland digging through old midden (garbage heap) sights around known viking colonies. And he found out along with the predictable fish and large birds, they hate a huge amount of Great Auk. He coordinated with other archeologists in Iceland andScandinavia. And it seemed vikings wherever they went in the north ate this bird as it was a very large bird and was flightless. So I guess it turns out we know what a traveling northern vikings favorite meal was :P

But now to the question. As certain viking tails about sea serpents and other nasty creatures they encountered come up. It is speculated that one species they very likely did come in contact with was the Giant Squid. As their bodies do periodically wash up in the North sea and the North Atlantic ocean. But they seem to almost exclusively come to the surface after or near death. Do you think the vikings did encounter a giant squid? And if so do you really think they fought the thing or simply encountered a dead or dying specimen and embellished there stories about it to seem more heroic?


Does it pay to bribe the Dev team to get what you want published?


Lissa Guillet wrote:

It's a less direct acronym for the same thing.

I don't think I've ever played a trans character. I have a hard enough time day to day to deal with that in a character very often. When they are, it's simply a background element that doesn't ever come up really. Never had a problem playing a lesbian character but I'm super duper open about my life for obvious reasons and I live in the Seattle area so it's never been a problem. It's pretty rare we even get looks holding hands in a grocery store, the nerd kingdoms in the area have far less to say about my orientation than, say, the fact that estrogen is invading their spaces. And even that's a pretty small minority at this point.

Also, apparently, we're "in" right now; the new cool thing... So, I guess it's less likely to be a problem, though now, we're fighting for better representation.

I know I exhibit as a heterosexual male to the public but am openly gay. all my characters I make are either. Heterosexual males with bisexual tendencies who are generally slender rogue or Bow rangers. Or a similar class. Otherwise I tend to play heterosexual females with strong leadership roles (Paladins,Barbarians, Clerics). I live as a gay male as well and I find it less interesting to play one in the fantasy settings.


Thanks for the advice folks..... I just wish I wouldn't ever find myself in these situations.


So I have a really really scary awkward situation at work. So a woman at work whom I have major difficulties with basically said in the staff room that her husband pushed her up against the wall in a verbal argument. Apparently the mans father just passed away and he has gotten uncontrollably angry with her and their kids. Putting hands on your spouse is just plain not okay in my books. And if this is what she is admitting too what else could be going on. What should I do. This woman is super irritable to me and not generally nice to me, but I don't think I have it in me to not say or do something.......

Edit: I know this isn't LGBT specifically, but I am part of the LGBT community and this is a safe place.


I have also been wondering about the fate of Pathfinder Battles Huge miniatures. Have asked several times in several places and still no response. :(


So in Pathfinder how fecund are Goblins?
a) How many children does a typical goblin female have?
b) How long does it take for a goblin take to reach maturity?
Only asking for ideas on if you put down most of a goblin tribe how long before they are a threat again.


So Erik. Are there going to be any more huge minis coming from the pathfinder Battles line?


OK GreyWolfLord. I understand your belief on the subject but it is overwhelming believed by the scientific community. My husband works for RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) and the UK government. He associates with BAS (British Antarctic Survey) and the UK weather service. All of these associations 100% agree greenhouse gases are causing major climate change. Plus we are both Canadians. There is a known muzzle on climate and ecological science in Canada from the conservative government. And my husband has worked with multiple universities there and environment Canada. All of those places also believe greenhouse gas emissions are driving global climate change. I also have friends in Sweden the states, Russia, Japan, and Australia. They all work with various ecological and government agencies and guess what again none of them or their employers deny climate change science. I'm sorry but this is the truth


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Fourshadow wrote:
CBDunkerson wrote:
Fourshadow wrote:

"Climate Denial"? Really? It's still a theory, guys. Sure, things are indeed warming up--that much is TRUE. However, the why and how? Um, not really. That is still theory, not absolute truth.

The Earth has cycles of warm-ups and cool-downs throughout the ages. Again, the how and the why is all still theory.

Shockingly illogical.

You might as well argue that since gravity is "still a theory" we don't KNOW what would happen if you jumped off the top of the Sears Tower.

Hyperbole much?! It is very easy to prove gravity. Toddlers do it every day.

First off there is a difference between the common usage of the word theory and the scientific term theory. Secondly gravity is actually much more widely debated among scientists than climate change is. 97% of climatologists out there agree that humans are causing climate change through greenhouse gas emissions. However on the gravity side of things we are still looking for a universal theory of gravitation. Basically gravity seems to work very differently on the really small scale than it does on the really large scale. WE still haven't found out why :)


bump


Hey all Canadian now living in Bedfordshire looking for a regular gaming group or to start one. I am in the town of Potton near the Sandy rail station. I have a huge collection of miniatures Dwarven Forge terrain and of course various gaming rulebooks and resources.


I know you said you had no control over the shipping method. But I got my shipping notice last night :)

In case it was someone on your end and not a coincidence thank you so much. You have no idea how much it means. As I will be spending my birthday alone in a foreign country and my spouse will have just have left for 4 months for field work. Even it arrives close to my birthday it will really cheer me up.


Thanks Sara Marie. I understand completely.


Order #3590996 if possible. :)


Hey Sara Marie. Is there anyway you can let the warehouse staff know that my birthday is on the 31st and my birthday gift is on that order :P


So I successfully managed to integrate 2 of the IP D&D monsters into pathfinder namely Mindflayers and Beholders. I made beholders alien aberrations that get seeded on to planets by meteorite. Basically Great mother is a rogue planet with rings of around her full of seeded meteorites that periodically get hurled toward planets to create hives of beholders. As for mindflayers they are an alien race that are now beholden to the great old ones and spread throughout the galaxy to further their goals. Many powerful mindflayers work for the dominion of the Black in my golarion version. What do you think James?


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Is there any way you guys can relocate Paizo publishing somewhere more central? I only ask cause according to seismologists. You guys are due for a huge 8.0-9.2 scale earthquake really soon. As on average one strikes that area once every 243 years and you are already overdue. :(
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I HATE card games. Hate them all and have developed a phobia of any TCG.


Freehold DM wrote:
Lissa Guillet wrote:
Fergie wrote:

Again, not saying this is some kind of magical wonderland of freedom, but I guess it's all relative.

One of the great things about Seattle as well. King County is super liberal and accepting. It was great to escape Oklahoma. I still miss it sometimes but it's pretty regressive there. Safety was a large part of why I left.
stuff like that pisses me off to no end. I can see someone being bigoted or just intolerant. But to take it so far as to physically attack someone is beyond belief.

Yup it's like that in certain areas of the world. I haven't been home in a decade, it isn't super safe back home, and my family when never be happy with me.


Erik Mona wrote:

A few drive-by answers.

1) Still no precise word on Iconic Heroes Sets 4-6. They are in the works, and I will let you guys know more on release schedule as soon as I know more myself. We've approved all of the sculpts at this point, and they're fantastic.

2) No plans for a taiga giant at present. I honestly hadn't really considered it. What do other people think?

3) Not sure why dungeon dressing isn't up on the site. I'll check on Monday.

4) Shardra will appear in an upcoming Iconic Heroes set.

5) No real "special inclusions" based solely on my taste in this set, though I did come up with the idea and worked to make sure that the chest and the mimic looked pretty much exactly the same.

Yeah Taiga giants are important for a few reasons

1) They appear in a few adventure paths and modules.
2) They were an early Pathfinder monster creation. First appearing in adventure path #4
3) They are a huge giant that looks really cool.
4) With the frequent use they have really become a staple encounter.


Hey Erik when will we ever see a taiga giant?


1) the promo miniature is not on the order for some reason.
2) there used to be an option on my account to make sure 1 promo ships with every case but I can no longer find that option. :(


Erik you really need to get us some Taiga giants soon as well.


Let's face it. The commoner minis are super necessary for combat especially in urban campaigns, they may not be exciting. BUt when a fight breaks out on a city street, all these merchants, and commoners are bound to be in the way. As for dungeon dressing, again it makes life much easier to have physical representations of stuff.


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James would followers, alien races and aberration followers of the Dark Tapestry set up civilizations on 1) rogue planets floating far from a star.
2) Planets surrounding a brown dwarf star.


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How common is it for a human in the inner sea region to have a trace amount of "other"(elven, outsider, other humanoid) blood in them?


James Jacobs wrote:
The Minis Maniac wrote:
So i would like your opinion on my solution for trace ancestry of other humanoids in humans in game? Meaning any other bloodline other than human in a human that isn't making up half of the person. Basically if one of your great grandparents is an elf, then you have a chance to be born half elf, but if you're not you can have elven characteristics (purely cosmetic no game effect). For example my chelaxian heritage human cleric of Iomedae has an aasimar sister. He was born with pupiless sky blue eyes and shocking white hair, but is human. He may have trace amounts of celestial blood with no game effect. Does this sound like a good solution?
My opinion is to let the creator of the character do what they want. Minor cosmetic things like this that don't have game effects are fun to make characters unique, but the GM needs to be the one who gets final say. Every GM will have a different threshold as to what "minor cosmetic features" constitute after all.

Luckily I am the GM. I was just seeing what you thought of my GM solution is all :)


So i would like your opinion on my solution for trace ancestry of other humanoids in humans in game? Meaning any other bloodline other than human in a human that isn't making up half of the person. Basically if one of your great grandparents is an elf, then you have a chance to be born half elf, but if you're not you can have elven characteristics (purely cosmetic no game effect). For example my chelaxian heritage human cleric of Iomedae has an aasimar sister. He was born with pupiless sky blue eyes and shocking white hair, but is human. He may have trace amounts of celestial blood with no game effect. Does this sound like a good solution?


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I am also happy to see, Caitlyn Jenner has finally been presented. I hope she finds fulfillment and happiness with her new life.


I really do wish there was a Golarion specific guide to this sort of thing. I would love this sort of intrigue when it comes to gender and sexuality. I mean it is a huge part of everyones identity. (And yes asexuality included). This sort of intrigue is important, and the views of each society in golarion on the topic is important. It really helps you to really get immersed in the cultures. I know this kind of product is unlikely to happen, but I'm just saying it would be awesome.


Is it true that if you type google into Google, you will cause an infinite logic loop in googles systems that will break the internet? If so I'm terrified I might do it out of a mad whim.


Crystal Frasier wrote:
Ashiel wrote:
Crystal Frasier wrote:

It varies from person to person, but:

1) Most trans people don't want their old name shared, especially without their permissions. To most people, especially women who've transitioned and live fulltime, it is a vulnerability, like sharing their medical information or allergies without their permission.

Is there a place I can find the statistics on this sort of thing?
It was a giant mistake for me to come back into this thread

:(


Crystal Frasier wrote:

It varies from person to person, but:

1) Most trans people don't want their old name shared, especially without their permissions. To most people, especially women who've transitioned and live fulltime, it is a vulnerability, like sharing their medical information or allergies without their permission.

2) It's rude to bring up a name forced on a person and associated with a bad period in their life, like if you were sharing the childhood nickname bullies used to use to taunt them.

3) Even if you're not trying to hurt them with their deadname, you've just put a tool in everyone's hands around you to hurt your friend should the whim strike them.

4) A lot of trans women try to hide elements of their past, to protect themselves from old harassment or violence, or even just to get or keep a job. Sharing deadnames makes it easier to track old information they'd rather leave buried.

4) You can absolutely talk about someone else deadnaming your friend without mentioning their deadname yourself.

Mentioning her old name was absolutely irrelevant to the story, and your story was specifically that she was upset with someone using it.

A lot of the pain of these things we're talking about isn't immediately obvious, and doesn't become obvious until you've begun your transition and seen the world try to tear you down on a constant basis. Being respectful in your language, especially towards a minority group, isn't about "If you say X word, trans people will have nervous breakdowns," it's about helping create a world that isn't constantly and subtly aggressive, that doesn't wear people down. It's about showing a disrespected group a modicum of respect in a very hostile world.

Not to mention, invoking a trans woman's deadname grants you the power to summon her. But not to bind her. It's just safer for everyone involved.

You just peeked my anxiety a bit. A friend of mine transitioned about 10 years ago. And I knew her long before she transitioned, and would often say her dead name (by accident while not thinking) shortly after she had chosen her new name. I feel really bad now. I know it wasn't intentional and she seemed quite fine and understood. But still.......

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