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Tanis *showed* Ekkie at PaizoCon, but we did not give them out.

I'm pretty certain this is a retailer who has received his Free RPG Day kit (and I've connected enough dots that I think I know who it is). I've passed on the info to the Free RPG Day organizers. (Retailers are not allowed to release products prior to the event, and they are not allowed to sell the products at any time.)

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UndeadMitch wrote:
Eegarding Vic's post: I strongly believe if a card has a list of things to do (like our friend the Cyclops Oracle) then it should be done in the order listed on the card, unless the card specifically says to do it in any order.

The rulebook explicitly says that the default is exactly the opposite: "If the game doesn’t specify an order for things, you decide the order."

The real problem here is that it's not obvious which of these rules apply to the situation:

"If a card instructs you to do something impossible, like draw a card from an empty deck, ignore that instruction."

or:

"If you’re told to do something with a certain number of cards and there aren’t that many cards available, use as many as there are. For example, if you’re told to draw 4 cards from a deck that has only 3 cards, draw the 3 cards. (Regardless, if you need to remove any number of cards from the blessings deck and don’t have enough, you lose the scenario; if you need to remove any number of cards from your deck and don’t have enough, your character dies.)"

The latter, not the former, should apply here. (The wording will *certainly* change on the former, and we *may* change the wording of the latter and/or the card in question.)

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We've only revealed the current releases, plus Ekkie, the Free RPG Day promo character.

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You gotta take care of your horse. You'll notice his Lancer role has a power that can help with that.

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We'll release them together.

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Vic Wertz wrote:

That said, I can tell you this for sure: Examining a card does not remove it from its location, and the rule "If you’re told to do something with a certain number of cards and there aren’t that many cards available, use as many as there are" applies to the first part.

It's the second part that needs some debatin'.

I don't have the exact wording for the resolution yet, but the answer is going to be that you die.

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Garrett Guillotte wrote:
I'm surprised PaizoCon 2016 wasn't mentioned at the preview banquet. The dates for it were in the inside rear cover of the program and I'm assuming it'll be at the same venue, but it seemed like an odd omission.

It will be at the same venue. Unless 7.3 billion people show up.

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No change: Not dead, but not currently in active development.

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That said, I can tell you this for sure: Examining a card does not remove it from its location, and the rule "If you’re told to do something with a certain number of cards and there aren’t that many cards available, use as many as there are" applies to the first part.

It's the second part that needs some debatin'.

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Tanis: I put it in your gun. That you just used to shoot me.

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Added to FAQ.

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Mechalibur wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
Mechalibur wrote:
Ugh, I'm starting to regret dropping my sub after S&S.
You'll find we have the solution for that problem here.
That fixed the issue, thanks.

Thank YOU! And welcome back!

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They've been added to the package here.

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That's our testing special! It'll be fixed in future posts (but we're probably not gonna bother fixing the busted ones).

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Mechalibur wrote:
Ugh, I'm starting to regret dropping my sub after S&S.

You'll find we have the solution for that problem here.

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zeroth_hour wrote:
Okay, this thing is a nitpick - the session sheet says "Coordinator Initials", but "Bob" is not coordinator initials.

Bob's full name is Bob o'Robert b'Oberson.

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Myfly wrote:
Hawkmoon269 wrote:
Correct. UTC - 0700 (because of daylight savings).

Which is in Germany?

Right now, we got 7:37pm.
What is the time difference to Paizo HQ?

Daylight savings in Germany and/or Washington make it more difficult to determine the time difference.

Type "time in Seattle" into the Google search box.

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Defeating the Tangle Traps does not allow you to attempt to close the locations.

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Cort: WHAT?!? (I need to stop coming in to the middle of conversations....)

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Guys, we're not looking to solve the Reign of Winter issue in this thread. We're already working on the next *two* APs after Wrath, and we already have a good idea of how we want to follow those (and note that I'm not saying whether or not RoW is one of them).

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There are a *lot* of things that go into choosing characters for an AP. Mechanics, obviously, but also marketing and long-term strategies. A lot of people spend a lot of time on it.

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Editorial control on the Tales line remains in the capable hands of Paizo's own James Sutter.

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The answers are yes, yes: 7, and 7.

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The reprint arrived yesterday, just in time for PaizoCon!

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Hawkmoon269 wrote:
It is nice to see some of the things you think are "standard" for PACG get tossed out the window.

Hold on to your hats—this ride is just getting started.

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Anguish wrote:
Oh, it's clear it makes sense. Just not to the consumer. For all I know sales were poor, and this change was the only way to continue making the books. Dunno. Don't really care. What is obvious is that there's been a drastic change not only in pricing, but in the product offered, and the benefits for existing purchasers is effectively nonexistent.

Reposted from here:

I will be frank: one of several primary goals for the Pathfinder Tales line is to attract fiction-loving non-gamers to the world of Pathfinder. And we believe that Tor has the ability to advance that goal farther than we ever could on our own.

Without partnering with Tor, the future of the line would likely not rise above "more of the same." And sure, that's great. But if Tor is able to expand the readership, we might be able to do more and bigger and better things in the future. We might be able to mix things up and do something special outside of the bimonthly paperback novel run. We might be able to attract authors that we can't get right now.* I can't make any promises, of course, but we wouldn't be doing this if we didn't think it gave the line a better future than it would have otherwise.

*Addendum to repost: James tells me that the Tor deal has already allowed us to secure at least one author that we’d been wanting to secure for a while.

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pluvia33 wrote:
Personally, from what I heard about it, I didn't consider the "WWI" theme any more of a gross misrepresentation than calling Jade Regent a "ninja" AP.

Since you point it out, that *is* also a pretty gross misrepresentation.

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I don't think this scenario merits an official resolution, but my answer is that if you start up a new Balazar, bring Padrig back. But if you don't, leave Padrig out.

(You might think that last sentence isn't terribly meaningful, mechanically speaking, since there's no apparent way to use Padrig *without* Balazar... but I'm nevertheless saying it.)

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Go to the Beginner Box page on our site and scroll down to the Free Beginner Box resources section. The free Beginner Box Player Pack PDF includes the barbarian class.

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I just received new PoD samples a few weeks ago, and though paper quality has improved since the last time I looked into it, I'm still not happy with the print quality.

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Wait, do you mean the *list* price is going down?

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kyrt-ryder wrote:
Lumberjacking WITH Chainsaws is damned hard work. Without? Probably takes 5-10 times the man hours to bring down the same lumber-sized trees.

We definitely want our lumberjacks to be OK.

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I really wouldn't suggest assigning meaning to Amazon's pricing strategies. All it *usually* means is their computers' arcane algorithms have determined that changing the price right now is a good sales strategy.

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Because then it wouldn't be a reprint—it'd be new enough to annoy people that have the old one.

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Two of each.

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Onwu Anzu 7
Kraken's Spite 1
Cetaceal 1
Burnt Saffron 1
Impervious 1
Mark of Yunnarius 1
Ravishing Ruby 1
Hu-Hazhong 1
Lightning Elemental 7
Scurvy Zombie 1
Cyclops Savage 1
Mokele-Mbembe 1
Allosaurus 7
Daughter of Imerta 1
Animate Dream 7
Kraken 1
Cryptic Runes 1
Mugslup 1
Brineborn Giant 7
Helm 1
Bow 1
Rigging 1
Crow's Nest 1
Cargo Hold 1
Galley 1
Lost in the Storm 1
Avatar of Dagon 1
Karkinoi 6
Councilor's Ring 6
TOTAL CARDS 69

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That is so not what I said!

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Snorb wrote:
Some stuff needs to be baked into every character (looking at you, Precise Shot, Shot on the Run, and Spring Attack!!!)

If we're baking stuff in, I want chocolate chunks.

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Myth Lord wrote:

No bestiary 5... bummer and bye.

Cia next year.

Between 2010 and 2014, the last hardcover of the year was released in October twice, November once, and December twice. Now, I'm not saying that means there will or won't be a Bestiary 5—or any other book—this year; I'm merely offering some historical perspective.

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You are right—evading avoids that damage.

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In that thread, you say:

"In 1997 it wasn't that the main RPG line wasn't making money, but that they were spending more money on project than those projects were bringing in. Hence, you may spend 20K on writing, and 15K on printing, but only sell 10K worth of material. But this wasn't the real reason for the problems, but that it was actually more of a trend."

My understanding is that some of the decision makers were kept largely in the dark about product costs.

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159 double-sided, 1011 with standard backs. Plus 9 promo cards with standard backs, plus the Ekkie promo pack, which has 4 double-sided cards (character, role, token, and explanation card).

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Tanis O'Connor wrote:

Oh no, here comes the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game LARP . . .

says nothing about the Torture Pit location

I hear when you character dies, you die.

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GreyWolfLord wrote:
Their take (which I listed a few months back in another thread) is a VERY different take on the entire TSR problems, though it in no wise goes counter to the ones you've heard from those that were at WotC, it shows that what they stated is actually rather limited and doesn't portray the entire picture at times.

We're very aware that the proliferation of campaign settings was only a small part of the problem. It's just the one that came up in this discussion.

I'd like to read the other thread you mention. Can you point me to it?

I will note that when Lisa was doing her analysis, she gained access to information that was not commonly known to a lot of TSR employees, even those who one might think would be exposed to such things. Which is to say that some of the people who were there at the time have a very inaccurate picture of what was really going on in the business, especially in the Lorraine Williams era.

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Orbis Orboros wrote:
Sandslice wrote:

...and just asked the fellow I'm sure would be playing Enora. After describing the various power feats she has access to, his response: "what's her hand size."

I'd forgotten about that quirk of his: he only likes arcane casters because of the huge hand size, not the flavour or powers. In other words, if Seoni has 8 before the role card, he wouldn't even consider Enora.

But that's just a playstyle thing.

And he only plays Arcane casters you said?

What, has this guy not met our friend Ranzak?

Lisa has been playing Enora in our Wrath campaign, having previously played Ranzak through RotR, and she feels that Enora rides on the edge of dying even more than Ranzak does.

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I promise you that people complain whenever there's white space in RPG books.

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GreyWolfLord wrote:
I think Paizo has a fallibility that they believe their own stories a little too much. They talk about splitting the lines weakening the brand, but to tell the truth, ONE major reason I think TSR's D&D was dominate for soooo long was because the SPLIT the line directly between D&D and AD&D.

This isn't just some "story." When Wizards bought TSR, Lisa was assigned the task of figuring out why TSR was in in such dire straits that they *needed* to be bought. She collected sales data on pretty much every significant product TSR ever published, interviewed former and then-current employees and distributors, and Wizards did the largest survey of gamers ever done in the industry. She managed to pull together data that even TSR execs didn't have access to when they were running the company. And all this data showed that every new campaign setting split the market more than it grew the market.

And this wasn't just historical—we saw it happen in front of our eyes while we published three adventures in every issue of Dungeon magazine. If we published a Forgotten Realms adventure, Greyhawk players would complain they couldn't use a third of the magazine, and vice versa. And, as I've mentioned before, there was one particular campaign setting (which I won't name) that, if we put its name on the cover of the magazine, it would guarantee that we'd sell fewer copies of that issue that the issues before or after it, even when more than 2/3 of the magazine had nothing to do with that setting.

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I think this thread has demonstrated that there is no one concept that seems to even come close to appealing to everyone.

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Reposting from here:

Rumors of the death of print have been greatly exaggerated.

It is true that our digital sales as a percentage of total sales are increasing year over year.

However, some portion of that increase is because the number of products available digitally only ever goes up, and because the number of available print products increases more slowly than the number of available digital products.

That last bit may not be obvious, but think of it this way: Let's say that in a given period, we release 100 new products in both print and PDF, but 15 older products go out of print during that same period. For that period, then, the total number of digital products available went up by 100, but the total number of print products available went up by just 85.

So even if there were no customers actively abandoning print in favor of digital, digital sales as a percentage of total sales would still be likely to increase year over year.

Yet even with that in mind, the increase is much slower than you might think.

Print isn't going anywhere soon, and isn't likely to become anything less than a majority of our business in the foreseeable future.

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