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Vic: You know you've typed the word "instead" very badly when it autocorrects to "Netanyahu."

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I agree with Orbis too. Unless you guys find a way in which this is A) important and/or B) breaks something, in which case I reserve the right to change my mind.

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The set after Wrath will also be previewed at the banquet.

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houstonderek wrote:
How long after Pathfinder was released did it take to get a stable of non-English versions on the shelf? 5e is six months old or so, if it was in that time frame, I think it would fair to bring up their lack of foreign language editions. Otherwise, not so much.

Tracking down the exact answer would take a bit, but I know that we had announced French and German even before we released the English version and I believe both of those languages had their versions of the Core Rulebook out quickly. We released in August 2009, and I'm pretty sure French was out before year end, and German was pretty close to French.

(Also, I've learned that Lisa has already revealed that Chinese and Hebrew translations are in progress, and there are still others to be announced.)

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Sorry—did you say something?

;-)

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There's no GM in the PACG, so there are no GM credits. The system is nevertheless currently granting them to everybody who reports a session, and that will be fixed.

We'll look into the "Prestige does not count" message—there's no prestige in PFSACG play, so we shouldn't confuse you with that message. Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

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Bluenose wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:

We've just learned from our German translation partners that there are now more Pathfinder products in German than there have ever been D&D products—ever, regardless of edition. And while our French translation partners haven't actually counted, they believe the same is probably true for their language.

If D&D had ever been anything but a second-string game in the fantasy RPG market in Germany that would be rather more impressive. Though it's a good time to be competing with a game where the product schedule is low due to the next edition being developed.

For those not in the know, you're speaking of Das Schwarze Auge, which has pretty much always been the most successful RPG in Germany, and is just about to release their own 5th edition. DSA is published by the same company that publishes Pathfinder in German, and I can tell you that they're expecting Pathfinder to continue to do just as well with DSA 5 in the mix—and their release schedule backs that up, as they're actually increasing production.

The pace is also increasing in French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese, and there are several other languages in development. On the other hand, last I heard, there are no official translations of D&D 5th Edition in the works in any language.

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I can give everybody an update... the make-good packs should be arriving any day now.

If you purchased your deck 4 from paizo.com, and you have a subscription shipment coming in February (for *any* line, not just the PACG), we'll be putting your pack into that sub shipment.

If you purchased your deck 4 from paizo.com and you do not have a February subscription shipment, we will send your pack out separately at around the same time.

We will also be sending tons of these packs through our regular distribution chain along with our February releases, which means US retailers should have them around February 25, and international retailers shortly thereafter. If you purchased your deck 4 from a retailer, we would prefer you contact that retailer and make sure they procure one for you.

If your retailer absolutely can't find a way to help you, our customer service department will.

Also, once we get them, we will be inserting them into our remaining stock of deck 4; once we've done that, it means that when we fulfill either paizo.com or distributor orders for that deck, the pack will already be included in the box.

By the way, none of the cards in this pack have any value in the game if you don't own Skull & Shackles Set 4, as they all rely on other cards in that deck to function. There's also no game value in having more than 1 pack for each copy of deck 4.

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NobodysHome wrote:

Now you're just depressing me. I remember when the "You must have been born after this date" alcohol birth date passed my high school graduation date (happens when you're 39, people).

I finished my Ph.D. in the 1990's. Talking about 1990's kids is just mean.

My 21st birthday had its 21st birthday a while ago.

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Andrew L Klein wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
MightyJim wrote:

I think it's pretty rare to even want 3 - generally I get frustrated at having to take the 3rd one when i know that if i waited 2 scenarios i could take a far better one with a role card

it's particularly painful for characters with big hands getting closer to death.

You know what they say about characters with big hands...
More damage? Usually casters? Can palm a basketball? WHAT DO THEY SAY VIC

They have small decks.

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Jester David wrote:
The catch is Paizo has been expanding a LOT in the past five years, really increasing their production. Monthly Player Companions, five hardcovers a year, and more. I've heard comparisons to TSR in it's peak. Having done the numbers myself, Paizo is comparable in terms of RPG books, even if you include the Realms and campaign settings (it does fall behind when you consider the magazines though).

We've just learned from our German translation partners that there are now more Pathfinder products in German than there have ever been D&D products—ever, regardless of edition. And while our French translation partners haven't actually counted, they believe the same is probably true for their language.

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Taylor is definitely a bard with mythic tiers. Calculating her bard levels, she demonstrated Deadly Performance at the American Music Awards, so that makes her 20th level. For mythic, well, Fearless is a third-tier ability, and she's clearly had that since 2008... I'd say she has Unstoppable, but probably not yet Immortal, so she must have 8 mythic tiers.

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Kajehase wrote:

With this one I'm going to wait until they say it's shipping from their warehouse.

It's still possible for there to be a very localised earthquake opening up a wormhole underneath the books and transporting them into a vault in the depths of Old Seattle where they can only be recovered after the adventuring party of Lisa Stevens, Vic Wertz, Erik Mona, and (for some reason beyond human understanding) Vin Diesel and Taylor Swift has gone on a long quest in the abandoned depths, fighting off sewer crocodiles, lost bridge trolls, even more lost bridge clubs gone feral, and (of course) the secret Chinese invasion force that's been tunneling its way below the Pacific Ocean since the Korean War.

We do still expect to have it in time for the February shipment. There are still ongoing delays from dockworker strikes up and down the West Coast, though, so there's plenty of opportunities for us to be foiled again!

But between Vin's STR of 16 and Taylor's CHA of 21, we can solve any problem.

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Actually, a better guideline would be "only add the class decks for the characters you are playing."

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In Wrath, cards like this would say "Recharge this card to defeat a barrier you encounter whose highest difficulty to defeat is 14 or lower."

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Warning—danger!

There's a very good reason why the "give a card" step happens at the start of the turn, and only allows cards to move from the active player to an inactive player. It prevents you from revealing your Super Awesome Weapon card for every combat on your turn, then at the end of the turn passing it to the next player, who reveals it for all his combats, then at the end of the turn passes it to the next player...

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The designers do indeed know what the next set is; they're already working on it. The set after that is firm as well, though the next couple after that are less firm.

I hope to be able to hold the announcement for the set after Wrath until the PaizoCon banquet.

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We haven't made any announcements regarding that yet. (Note that that doesn't mean it is or isn't happening...)

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Andrew L Klein wrote:
Mechalibur wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
Blog wrote:
The Owner mechanic is one you'll be seeing more of in upcoming sets (coughWrathoftheRighteouscough) and it's featured on every card in the Iconic Heroes miniatures line.
Actually, there is one card in the set that does not have the owner mechanic. And that's all I'm gonna say for now.
Wait, what? Literally every card except one has the owner mechanic in WotR?
Aww c'mon, you've been here long enough to know that anything vague sounding like that is vague on purpose and probably doesn't mean the most literal reading of it :)

I like to think we're less vague and more deliberately obfuscating in these cases.

For example, if you want to know what the Iconic Heroes card is that doesn't have the owner mechanic, don't ask Mark Seifter, because he doesn't know.

See? Not vague at all.

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While these do use digital sculpts, that's not a major factor in the pricing. What is a big factor, is that these minis have many more paint operations (more colors, more details) than most minis. Even the rarest figures in randomized sets don't generally have even close to the number of paint ops you'll see on the figures in this set.

Also, they are the same scale as other Pathfinder Battles minis (meaning Medium figures have a 1" base).

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The Knight Argent wrote:
There really needs to be a "Like" button in the forums. :)

You can mark things as favorite with the plus sign in the upper right corner of the post....

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And people say evasion is weak.

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I just want to alert folks to this FAQ entry, which clarifies that powers that trigger when something else happens can actually be used multiple times during the same check or step.

This might seem like a big deal, since we've been very explicit about powers only being used once per check or step, but I strongly suspect that almost everyone playing the game intuitively understood it even though it was technically not in the rules.

Let's look at S&S Lem: "When you would recharge a card, you may shuffle it into your deck instead." If your Lem encountered the Chelish Marine Captain and recharged two cards, did you shuffle them both in? Bet you did.

And on his Seasinger role: "When you roll on the Plunder Table, you may add or subtract 1 from the result." Lem defeated Goblin Keelhaulin' and made five plunder rolls. Did you use his power on all five rolls? Guessing so.

Valeros played both his Longsword and Dagger on one check. Did he use his power to recharge them both? Seems likely.

And on and on.

So at first blush, this might seem like a big change, but I think you'll find that that this is a case of the rules changing to describe how people already play.

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One today (so far).

Edit: One more. Not done yet.

Edit: One more.

Edit: Two more.

Edit: One more.

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Edit: In this FAQ entry, I’ve replaced the sentence “You may not play cards or use powers while you reset your hand” with “While you reset your hand, you may only play cards or use powers that say they may be used when you reset your hand.”

Edit: Another.

Edit: Another.

Edit: Another.

Edit: Another.

Edit: Alllllmost... done....

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Shade325 wrote:

About to run this tonight. Reading through I have a question about the during this scenario rules. They say the following.

During This Scenario wrote:
Place the ally Heartbreak Hinsin faceup next to this scenario. While Heartbreak Hinsin is next to this scenario, add 2 to any check against henchmen.
Is there actually a way to remove Heartbreak Hinsin that I'm missing. Seems odd the scenario calls out his +2 to checks against henchmen only applies when he is next to the scenario card/sheet when there is no way to remove him (that I can think of.) Am I missing something?

Honestly, he's there mainly for flavor. He's effectively the male lead of the story, so he needs some table time.

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The Community Use Policy does indeed apply to the card game. Note that it's called the Paizo Inc. Community Use Policy, not the Pathfinder RPG Community Use Policy, and it contains very little product-specific language (apart from telling you you can't use blog images from Planet Stories or Pathfinder Comics).

It specifically tells you the limitations on how you may use content from the Community Use Package, which includes the card templates, the character sheets and even high-quality images of the iconic characters. (It currently does not contain especially useful images of the 3 non-iconic characters from each Class Deck, but that should change soon.)

As long as your plans comply with the CUP, you're good to go.

I will note that while the CUP lets you use characters and locations from most of our products, it only allows people doing campaign journals or play-by-posts to use storylines from those products. This means that you're not allowed to adapt a storyline that we've published (so you can't do, say, the Carrion Crown adventure path), but you are allowed to make up your own stories (so you *could* come up with a parallel storyline using characters and locations from Skull & Shackles, or you could come up with new adventures extending the story of Rise of the Runelords).

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Myfly wrote:

All scenario names of the SS base set are well known from the start...

Why not the the OP ones?

Because surprises are fun.

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There will be more Class Decks, but we haven't formally announced them yet (and I believe we've formally announced everything through May).

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Waitaminit.... this *is* work! I've been tricked!

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Zoltán Mészáros wrote:

These are really awesome!

Do we get a spoiler about the PACG cards too ? Are there any special rules for them, or we simply shuffle the 6 new cards into the boon decks?

I'm not quite sure what the situation for previewing the cards themselves is, but there *is* a new rule:

New Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Rule: Owners wrote:
If you are playing the character listed as the owner of a card, you may use that card when you build your character deck. Otherwise, add it to the box anytime after you add the first Adventure Deck of an Adventure Path.

For example, there's a Droogami ally card that lists Lini as the owner. If you're playing Lini, you can choose Droogami as one of your starting allies. If nobody's playing Lini, you'll have to wait until you start the first chapter of an Adventure Path to put Droogami in the box... and if you want her in your deck, you'll have to encounter and acquire her first.

The first six Iconic Heroes sets contain a total of 37 cards. 36 of them list owners.

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I'm only reading this blog to procrastinate doing work.

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Sigh.

The printer messed up and swapped the quantities on Gholdako and Ghol-Gan Obelisks in deck 4. There should be 1 Gholdako and 6 Obelisks.

To make matters worse, I actually *caught* this mistake on their proofs, so their failure here is on multiple levels. Fortunately, the person responsible for this error (as well as for the wrong cards getting into RotR decks 3 and 4, and for a bunch of similar errors that I caught before they ended up in final product, and that I believe to be at least partly responsible for some of the S&S and Class Deck launch delays) is no longer with them.

Being short 1 Blink Spider is our fault, though.

We will be turning these lemons into lemonade via a free make-good pack. Details later—hopefully the next PACG blog. In the meantime, I suggest proxying with Buccaneers (that is, setting the Ghol-Gan Obelisk to the side, adding Buccaneers to the location decks instead, and referring to the Obelisk whenever you find a Buccaneer).

I'll add this to the FAQ soon.

I'm really sorry this happened.

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At some point, I'd love to have the time to go through and tag all that, but for now, the best you can do is go through each entry and say "does the FAQ entry match the card in my deck?"

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It wasn't us!

And yes, when you have a wishlist, people can buy you stuff without knowing your address.

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We try not to unfairly complete with the retailers that sell our products. Many retailers already resent that we sell things directly. If we guaranteed that subscribers received product *early*, that would be a *huge* problem.

Our goal is for most US subscribers to receive their subscription product within a couple days of the street date. That's a goal, and not a guarantee, but we do hit it for most people most of the time.

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Her outfit relies heavily on magic. Also, this.

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Ashley Kaprielian wrote:
Jiggy wrote:
Does that mean you married Cosmo, or that Cosmo officiated your wedding?
He officiated.

Oh, man. Just because Cosmo says a thing is legal, it is not necessarily legal. I'm just saying this, you know, FYI.

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We will put them back up. (This may take a little while; things got complicated.)

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So the bad news is that, due to a problem with the print run that was only discovered after it reached our warehouse, this book has been delayed again. The good news is that you can now check out a spread from the book, so if you've previous commented that you don't understand the point of this book, you can now see for yourself.

Details here.

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Season of the Shackles adventures 2 through 6 each contain 4 scenarios.

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a2fan wrote:
Did PF Unchained get renamed to PF Unleashed?

Only when Erik has had too much coffee/not enough coffee/the exact right amount of coffee. Fixed.

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BigDTBone wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
Tinkergoth wrote:
Steve Geddes wrote:

How does it work, exactly? Do you just upload a PDF and they post you a printed copy?

Or do you need to tinker with the file(s) a bit?
From what I understand, the files given to the company are the same ones that would go to the printer when ordering a batch of books. They just keep them on file and print as required. I could be over simplifying it, but that's the way it was explained to me. So whatever format normal printers would want the files in, it'd be the same deal.
I can't speak for service bureaus that print one-shot PDFs for customers, but on a professional level, all printers, including PoD printers, require you to provide files made specifically for them, taking into account their particular printer's requirements for things like trim, bleed, creep, dot gain, total ink coverage, and the like.
Gosh, are TIC and dot gain really issues you guys are dealing with? The papers you guys use should be handling well over 300% TIC and coated paper basically got invented to combat dot gain. I hope your printers aren't giving you issues with these specs. I really hope apprehension over these issues aren't keeping you guy from pursuing domestic POD services.

We don't actually have to *think* about those specs—printers usually provide a pre-made setting file that we use when we output a print-ready PDF for them. (For all I know, they set the dot gain at 0 these days.) But it does mean that we can't just take the file we made to target an offset press in China and send it to a PoD printer in the US. At best, you need a new setting file, and at worst, you need to adjust your page sizes and bleeds.

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Samy wrote:
Give it a try. What do you have to lose? A little bit of time? A stamp and an envelope? Even if the chance is minuscule, isn't a shot at a dream job worth that much at least?

"A stamp and an envelope?" Save your $0.49—I don't think I've seen a resume arrive by mail in 20 years!

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For space reasons, we can't add a lot of words here, and I can't put it in in the guide, as the way loot works will not necessarily be the same throughout the AP.

If it said "you may choose 1 player to temporarily replace 1 item in her deck", would you know what to do?

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Good point. We'll want to solve this by adding the randomization to the front end, though:

Each player chooses a type of boon other than loot and shuffles two random cards of that type from the box facedown into a single treasure stack.

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You might want to check out some of the videos on this YouTube playlist, many of which walk you through a full game session.

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I have asked for those, but they may be coming in a separate package since they are not actually Iconics.

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I'll just note that we have not announced any Class Decks for April. But we *are* working on more.

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Theryon Stormrune wrote:
Vic, does that mean that the set following will be coming after GenCon?

We are hoping to be on an April/October cycle now. The impact on the OP schedule is yet to be determined (but I will say, as I'm important as Gen Con is, keep in mind that, ultimately, it's just one weekend out of 52 each year).

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