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James Jacobs wrote:
The Minis Maniac wrote:

Didn't mean to bother you and I'm not the type to say I need all of what I want right now. I'm adult enough to realize you need to cater to all your fans. And I know Wrath of the Righteous had it's detractors ubt hey I really disliked Iron Gods. I just loved the Dungeon magazine method wear you managed to get to 20th level and challenge a well known great foe known in old game lore like Demogorgon. I guess I just like the idea that you might make an adventure path some time where mephistopheles or even a kyton demagogue gets his comeuppance. Sorry didn't mean to be a downer hell I'll keep my subscription even through said plotlines that bore me. I have Iron Gods after all. And have subscribed since the beginning. So don't take my statements as anything negative. Just one fans input.

No worries! I'm just a bit reflexively thin-skinned when it comes to Mythic Adventures. I'm actually VERY proud of Wrath of the Righteous—it's a storyline I'd been aching to tell more or less from day one of Pathfinder once we decided there was a Worldwound, and it's just really soul-cripplingly frustrating and depressing that some folks have latched onto it as a failure due to the way the Mythic Rules and high-level play interacted when I put so much work into the AP to make it memorable. It just ended up being memorable for a lot of the wrong reasons, and that overshadows what I feel is one of the better storylines we've done in the line.

Ah well. Sorry if it felt like I was snapping at you, cause I wasn't. :-)

No worries I am a fan who has full support for the staff. I really couldn't do what you guys do. I couldn't go through the constant criticism with the positive attitude you guys and gals manage. I love pathfinder and am a full supporter, and as someone who has a slight idea on the economics of a gaming company there is a reason I buy products even I'm not a huge fan of them. The more money the company gets the more you guys are able to eventually produce the stuff I do like. I may be one guy but I'll always be in the staffs corner.


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James Jacobs wrote:
The Minis Maniac wrote:
James I am so happy about Bestiary 6 having so many demi gods and mythic foes. I am just so sad that we may never see another mythic adventure path. Can you say if we will ever see one again? Were sales of Wrath of the Righteous really that bad?

It's not that sales of Wrath were bad at all. They, as with all our Adventure Paths, were quite healthy as far as I know.

The problem was that I personally do not like how the interaction of Mythic and high-level play worked out, and as such am not interested in duplicating that effort.

If I had a time machine and knew now what I knew then I would rebuild Wrath of the Righteous so that the PCs still hit 20th level, but would spread out the mythic advancement about by half, so that you gain 1 tier per volume and max out at tier 5 or tier 6.

ANYthing is possible in the future, I suppose, but doing another tier 10/level 20 AP would require building foes that vastly exceed CR 30 in scope, and the game world doesn't really have room for that area, so it's kind of not something that we can do with the game.

But yeah. Ask me again in 5 years. I might have changed my mind.

That said... there are high CR foes for mythic characters to fight in Bestiary 6, yes, but there are NOT going to be "Mythic monsters" as they were presented in Mythic Adventures or periodically in Bestiary 4 and 5. Demigod-tier foes will retain mythic surge ability in the same way demon lords and Great Old Ones and Empyreal Lords have that ability, but there won't be monsters with "MR" in their CR line in Bestiary 6.

Didn't mean to bother you and I'm not the type to say I need all of what I want right now. I'm adult enough to realize you need to cater to all your fans. And I know Wrath of the Righteous had it's detractors ubt hey I really disliked Iron Gods. I just loved the Dungeon magazine method wear you managed to get to 20th level and challenge a well known great foe known in old game lore like Demogorgon. I guess I just like the idea that you might make an adventure path some time where mephistopheles or even a kyton demagogue gets his comeuppance. Sorry didn't mean to be a downer hell I'll keep my subscription even through said plotlines that bore me. I have Iron Gods after all. And have subscribed since the beginning. So don't take my statements as anything negative. Just one fans input.


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James I am so happy about Bestiary 6 having so many demi gods and mythic foes. I am just so sad that we may never see another mythic adventure path. Can you say if we will ever see one again? Were sales of Wrath of the Righteous really that bad?


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James not a question but more a comment. Been playing the new Demon Hunter on WoW and it's a lot of fun with great story. I fully suggest you make one name it after one of the evil iconics :)


James Jacobs wrote:
The Minis Maniac wrote:
So James the Party is now level 8 and we have had 2 deaths so far. (Bright players). Last night I nearly killed another character. The issue I have has is that its the same player. This is his 3rd character, should I lighten up on him? I haven't been killing him on purpose I was just playing the monsters as they are.

I've had players like that in games I've played or run, and in most cases, it's because the player either doesn't get tactics (more common) or enjoys taking risks and isn't too concerned about having to replace characters. If the latter, you don't need to do much at all, since the player's playing the game he wants to play. If the former, that can be a problem, especially if the risks keep putting the party in danger. That SHOULD be self-regulating with the other players helping to keep the risk taker from being outlandish.

In either case, I'd suggest talking to the player to see if there's a solution. If the player is frustrated and annoyed, then you might want to lighten up on him or, even better, warn him when something he's attempting has a good chance to result in death. "Do you REALLY want to run into the room alone?" for example, rather than just taking him at his word and not allowing for "take baksies."

And talk with the group as a whole. It may not be a problem if the whole group, including the player, is fine with it.

Communication is the route to solving the problem, in any event.

THAT SAID: You say you "play the monsters as they are," but I suspect that doesn't include "some monsters are dumb or less tactic-minded or more foolish than others," even among the same monsters. You should, now and then, play monsters as creatures that sometimes make bad or poor choices. Not only does it help verisimilitude to see one of the three ogres in the group accidentally do something that provokes a bunch of attacks of opportunity accidentally, but it also helps to build trust between you and your players, since you're obviously not trying to...

I swear I am playing monsters realistically and I do take their intelligence into consideration. In this case they were fighting an intelligent undead that he managed to piss off royally. But Yeah I should talk with him about tactics because there are some issues there.


So James the Party is now level 8 and we have had 2 deaths so far. (Bright players). Last night I nearly killed another character. The issue I have has is that its the same player. This is his 3rd character, should I lighten up on him? I haven't been killing him on purpose I was just playing the monsters as they are.


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To those not affiliated with my social networking. Happy Treason day, Ungrateful Colonials. *drinks tea properly, nose stuck well up in the air*


Is there any way I can make the paizo employees feel appreciated? I do have a box of inspirational writing swag for some of the development team I am going to send. That might help but anything else?


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James Jacobs wrote:
Aww! AND: Thank you back at ya Jessica, Crystal, Lissa, and Tanis, for being so damn awesome and inspiring and brave and kick-ass in the first place!

You have more than just co workers on your side James. And I agree all the above people are awesome.


DSXMachina wrote:
The Minis Maniac wrote:

So I am soon to be a player on a game for the first time in awhile. Take a look at the character I'm playing. (yes I did borrow and change a few things to come up with a compelling Oracle mystery.

"My character idea. I want to play a Human (Keleshite) Oracle of Lore. His name is Hassan. Hassan was found on the steps of the Grand temple of Saranrae in Katheer as a baby. The child from the very beginning was a great mystery to the sarenites, as the child had white pupiless eyes as if blind but saw perfectly well. Also when in stressful situations blood would trickle from his eyes like tears, and he would only be able to speak in an (at first) unintelligible dialect, but was later found to be an archaic form of the celestial language. And most intriguing of all a growing birthmark of the child in a script that to this day eludes translation. As Hassan matured and got older the birthmark also grew and now the script snakes all over his body, in a complete mystery of text. The best scholars could only determine that the text was extraplanar in some way, and that the child also had extraplanar blood that did little else than give him these strange features (no in game mechanic). And that the speech and and blood from his eyes were the part of an oracles curse. What do you think of my concept?"

I like it, gives the GM a few hooks, puts forth a few NPC's & motivation/actions to do in towns. A couple of characteristics of Hassan could be good, is he generous/fearful/...etc or does he have any habits? Unless you are going to see what naturally evolves as you play?

Hassan is NG. So as a result he is driven to know more about his past. Also he as very empathetic person as he has always been an outsider with his curse and strange lineage but the sarenites were always kind to his plight. But also by being raised priests he is very disgusted by evil as well.


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I know this isn't a question. But I just want to say I have been a fan of paizo since Dungeon and Dragon magazine. And I support all you paizo staffers fully. I'm sorry you deal with that sort of harassment which is really really uncool in my books. James you've been a champ in this thread and your role as creative director. Don't let the bastards get you down. Your too good an asset to the industry to let that happen.


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So I am soon to be a player on a game for the first time in awhile. Take a look at the character I'm playing. (yes I did borrow and change a few things to come up with a compelling Oracle mystery.
"My character idea. I want to play a Human (Keleshite) Oracle of Lore. His name is Hassan. Hassan was found on the steps of the Grand temple of Saranrae in Katheer as a baby. The child from the very beginning was a great mystery to the sarenites, as the child had white pupiless eyes as if blind but saw perfectly well. Also when in stressful situations blood would trickle from his eyes like tears, and he would only be able to speak in an (at first) unintelligible dialect, but was later found to be an archaic form of the celestial language. And most intriguing of all a growing birthmark of the child in a script that to this day eludes translation. As Hassan matured and got older the birthmark also grew and now the script snakes all over his body, in a complete mystery of text. The best scholars could only determine that the text was extraplanar in some way, and that the child also had extraplanar blood that did little else than give him these strange features (no in game mechanic). And that the speech and and blood from his eyes were the part of an oracles curse. What do you think of my concept?"


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Aeglos and Drejk you will always be welcome in this english palatial estate. *sips tea properly*


The Minis Maniac wrote:

Ok here. Is a fun one. Favorite Comic Book series, hero/villain, and storyline.

Mine is Sandman by DC/Vertigo
Death is my favorite hero or ally
I enjoyed Tale of a thousand Cats storyline and the son of The Sandman storyline.

As for favorite villain I would have to say The Joker. I always loved him.


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Ok here. Is a fun one. Favorite Comic Book series, hero/villain, and storyline.

Mine is Sandman by DC/Vertigo
Death is my favorite hero or ally
I enjoyed Tale of a thousand Cats storyline and the son of The Sandman storyline.


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Also if someone steals a Tesla electric car is it called an Edison now?


So background, at 25 I unlocked the rare achievement of hereditary allergy to alcohol. (Weird I know but 7% of allergies develop late in life and happened to my dad around the same age). So my coworkers like to bother me about it a lot. They do things like buy profiteroles (belgian alcoholic cream and chocolate pastries) in the staff room. Invite folks out to drinks and then ask if I want to come anyway. They don't understand how someone can live without alcohol been doing it for 7 years now. It's my normal and somedays their teasing just drives me a bit crazy.


I took the plunge and bought myself a set of gator jawbone dice. No one is going to be able to ever touch them ever!!!!! But they are going to be a suitable GM dice set mwahahahaha.


WE have all been gathered here today for one reason. Ladies and gentleman........ how do we kill superman?!!!??!!!


So glad I am off for 2 weeks. Anxiety has been a bit unreasonable lately trying to whip that demon back into it's cage where it belongs. But I have been sleeping better insomnia is gone and I am not sleeping 12 hours a day from medication side effects either. I need to find some time traveler from stopping the car crash when I was 19 that resulted in my traumatic brain injury but, until then the ongoing battle with the demon inside shall continue.


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Sorry guys. I follow the thread regularly. I am a gay married man. And I suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder for going on 14 years now from a traumatic brain injury. (I should count myself lucky thats really all the aftereffects I got). Needless to say I am the mentally ill everyone is blaming. I have huge anxiety attacks that yes can make me aggressive, but no I have never hurt someone else while having them. Myself maybe but not someone else. Would I in the depths of my despair grab a gun and shoot a bunch of people who hate me? NEVER!!!! I may not like said people and they may eventually have part in my death by helping cause an anxiety attack that results in a heart attack or stroke. Have I had dark thoughts at my worst that I wish they would be harmed? I can admit that but I would never go through with it. The fact is most mentally ill people are much more likely to be victimized (as I have) or harm themselves. Now saying that I know my triggers and how to avoid getting more upset. I am not going to read anymore of the pro gun lobby explain this away, nor am I going to listen to people blame other marginalised groups and try and say it was anything but anti-LGBT hate. I am going to have to take a break for my own health. I wish you all the best. and I will look for charities to donate to help the Orlando families. (Don't pray as an atheist but I have to do something). I will be back to the thread after this has passed maybe in a few weeks....


James I'm a GM and I discourage my PCs from picking certain monster races as PCs by telling them that society is likely to take issue with them. For example Sure you might be a nice drow but all the drow that have been heard of have been demon worshipping psychopaths. You enter that village and you're going to attract the attention of the guards. Who are constantly going to watch your every move at best and try and kill you at worst. I mean in a fantasy setting people generally don't care if your a good troll if every other troll they've heard of eats people. Is this fair?


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Meh I though it'd be bigger


Hey James. I am avowed skeptic, but I find this has been somewhat limiting for my gamemastering and storytelling. So I enjoy collecting creepy urban legends and picking the brain of believers to get a better sense of how to tell the story. I need to get into different character mindsets in game. So as a believer in bigfoot do you mind if I pick your brain on some bigfoot views and stories? I promise to not be picky mean or derisive about it all. So feel free to ignore the following questions if you want
1) Bigfoot
a) Any cool urban legend or local stories from your childhood you can share? and if so please do.
2) Skunkape
a) In your view is it bigfoot or a bigfoot relative or regional variant like the difference between the black Rhino and the western black rhino.
3) Appalachian wildman
a) Is it bigfoot? Or is it again a bigfoot relative or regional difference. Keep in the mind the appalachian wildman is known to be very aggressive.
4) Sasquatch
a) Is it bigfoot? Sasquatch are reported mostly in northern Canada in the vast tracts of boreal forest very scarcely populated by anyone, They are known to wreck hunting cabins, and through large rocks at said cabins when people are there.
5) Yeti
a) Is it bigfoot? or a relative? Or is it just a regional variant? Yeti is mostly only reported in the hindu Kush and the around the himalayas.
6) Gigantopithicus Blacki
a) Is it the genetic precursor to bigfoot? Dying out 100, 000 years ago in what is now vietnam, China, and India, Blacki was over 9ft tall looked like a cross between a human and a orangutan, with darkish fur. Reported to be still alive by some rural natives of southern asia, and some saying it isn't blacki but something just as tall and more upright. Is it bigfoot of southern asia.

Keep in mind I am only interested in how you view and think about these things.


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My anxiety is peeking today. Driving me crazy. I am cisgendered married gay man. But all these anti transgender bathroom bills filling my newsfeed on facebook is killing me. Coming from people who should know better. Yes I know I should unfriend/block these people, but if I don't make a stand and have these conversations with people who will? I mean I see some gay friends sitting back and not standing up for the trans community while the focus isn't on us for a change. *Sigh* It makes me sad and frustrated. There is no difference between me and my husband and my transgendered friend (Dan) *name changed for safety* and his husband, and my friend Lisa and her husband. No difference whatsoever you attack one you attack all. UGhhhhhhhI need to take a beta blocker today just to have these conversations that need to be had.


So I am working on a new adventure location. A place I call the inverted sea. A spot in the ocean where for over 100 leagues the water gets unnaturally clear and glows a pale blue green. Reefs appear in the sky along with all manner of wildlife swimming freely in the air. The sky is a permanent night with visible stars and moon, and at the seas centre a great sea elf city of unimaginable beauty. Boats who enter this area can sail into the sky without difficulty. Where is the best place to put this location on Golarion in your opinion James? I wish to use it as a big part of a custom campaign.


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Found out today you're supposed to urinate on a jellyfish sting, not a jelly stain. Sorry lady at work....just trying to help.


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The Minis Maniac wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
It's not easy living in a small town if you're different. :-)
I understand that completely. I am living in small town England. And being a gay married man from England I don't exactly blend in. But everyone is super nice to me.

Edit: I am a canadian in England ugh typing way to fast these days.


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captain yesterday wrote:
It's not easy living in a small town if you're different. :-)

I understand that completely. I am living in small town England. And being a gay married man from England I don't exactly blend in. But everyone is super nice to me.


Patrick Curtin wrote:
The Minis Maniac wrote:
*Sigh* Ended up killing off another PC last night. Nearly killed the entire party. The party are truly scared of demons now though :P They hammered dretch and Abrikandilus but Babaus and Nabasus scare the s*@@ out of them now lol
Yeah that DR and SR can really mess with a party

They have cold iron weapons so the DR wasn't the issue. The fact the Nabasu successfully managed to summon a second Nabasu. And little known fact Nabasus have sneak attack and 2 of the bastards going at a person with sneak attack was really brutal :(


*Sigh* Ended up killing off another PC last night. Nearly killed the entire party. The party are truly scared of demons now though :P They hammered dretch and Abrikandilus but Babaus and Nabasus scare the s*&$ out of them now lol


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Sharoth wrote:
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First week in August we are back to Scotland for familial obligations. Alex and I will be enjoying some time at some local castles, as well as seeing some of Alexs family.
I hope you two have fun. How are you feeling after that nasty fall?

Just sore. Not too bad though.


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First week in August we are back to Scotland for familial obligations. Alex and I will be enjoying some time at some local castles, as well as seeing some of Alexs family.


No walk in clinics nearby, and husband is in Australia for another 2 weeks. I'll honestly be fine my head doesn't hurt at all. Just tired as it is 1am here.


Came afterwards. Got really warm and dizzy, and then almost passed out while I was on the floor. Feeling better now. Still haven't assessed injuries. Frankly hoping if I ignore they will go away.


So I just fell down the stairs. I was tired after work and fell from the top of so me steep stairs and I hurt my knee and my calf somehow. Afraid to look now just laid there for 45 minutes and felt so stupid and had the weirdest dizzy spell and nearly passed out. I am so stupid......


Patrick Curtin wrote:
The Minis Maniac wrote:
Just got my dwarven forge shipment. I may need a minute to myself after looking at it all.................. *proceeds to lay dwarven forge stuff on bed to roll around naked on*
That sounds like epic Lego pain

Yes but Patrick some pain can be pleasure.


Just got my dwarven forge shipment. I may need a minute to myself after looking at it all.................. *proceeds to lay dwarven forge stuff on bed to roll around naked on*


It says both shipped and payment method declined on my subscription page and no message for pending order and no option to retry the payment method. So I am thoroughly confused.


Patrick Curtin wrote:
The Minis Maniac wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
Sharoth wrote:
The Early Middle Ages, 284--1000 with Paul Freedman - Yale Courses
This historical podcast is pretty darn good
Some people believe that AD 614 to 911 never happened. Just saying.
People believe a lot of damn fool things

You hurt my brain patrick. Why must you hurt my brain. *proceeds to have a brain haemorrhage*


Patrick Curtin wrote:
Sharoth wrote:
The Early Middle Ages, 284--1000 with Paul Freedman - Yale Courses
This historical podcast is pretty darn good

Some people believe that AD 614 to 911 never happened. Just saying.


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I don't want to work today.........


DSXMachina wrote:
The Minis Maniac wrote:
I have a problem I just spent another $400 on Dwarven forge products.............
I would say come up north a couple of hours.... but that'd be way too heavy an amount of terrain.

I would even love to have another player in my Potton group. (All newbies) We may just have to arrange a gaming weekends thing or something. Maybe a quarterly event where we get UK (non wacko) folks together for big adventures.


I have a problem I just spent another $400 on Dwarven forge products.............


aeglos wrote:
Kajehase wrote:
It's a few years younger than my parents...
my parents are 78 and 70, time is ticking, I hope my boy has some more years with his grandparents

I understand that man. Alex and I have been thinking of adopting in the next few years but my parents are both back in North America in their mid 50's unlikely to travel much. And Alexs mom is already gone, and his dad doesn't even own a passport.


So a buddy wants to play a Ulfen wizard with a puffin familiar. Do you think it is acceptable to just use the raven stats and give it a +3 swim check (seabird that spends most of its time on the water)?


So the players did something royally stupid. There are now facing a cr 9 Demon and a Cr 7 cleric at the same time and the 4 PCs are level 6 Mythic 1.......... Next week PC deaths are imminent.


Awesome detail on the imp. I think Erik has taken advice well from folks I remember when the line first started and the suggestions given and he has taken them all to heart.


No game night tonight. So doing some video gaming.


And no work tomorrow. But lots of game prep to do before tomorrow night.

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