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Mine all mine...don't touch wrote:
Any chance of seeing the other bestiarys in the same format? It would be more useful to have all five in smaller size than one and then four regular.

Now that the first one has done well enough, we'll start discussing the possibility.

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Just want to say I appreciate seeing the review.

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Marco Massoudi wrote:

SKULL AND SHACKLES:

AP #58 sunk from less than 250 to under 100!.

That exclamation mark sure seems exciting, but that could very well mean it went from 101 copies to 99. :-)

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Well, anything said in the last five days wouldn't be "Overheard at the Paizo Office," it would be "Overheard in the Delta Airlines Waiting Area."

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Gorbacz wrote:
The term "Adventure Path" is not trademarked by Paizo. The term "Pathfinder Adventure Path" is.

This is correct. (If you're looking at the legal text in the original Rise of the Runelords volumes 1 through 4, we did briefly claim it as a trademark, but we eventually decided not to.)

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Continuing our tradition of always picking the cards with issues for the preview blog... Added Poison Bullets to FAQ.

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No—but Smith should have the Hireling trait. Added to FAQ.

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Locking this thread until a moderator can look at it.

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skizzerz wrote:
Leng Spider's type in the RPG is magical beast, not outsider. While the ACG traits don't need to match RPG creature types (indeed they often don't), I just wanted to point out that outsider is actually it's own type; things from other planes aren't necessarily always outsiders.

We generally use the creature types from the RPG, but "Magical Beast" is an exception (partly because it's just way too long as a trait name); we recategorize those case-by-case. Sometime we make them Aberrations, like the Devilfish and the Manticore. The Griffon and the Pegasus are just Animals. Lamia are Lamia, and the Frost Worm is just a Worm. The Bunyip is, of course, a Bunyip.

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At this time, we intend to offer PDF subscriptions solely for PDF-only product lines.

There are many reasons we don't offer PDF-only subscriptions to lines that have print editions. Here are a few of them.

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Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
Dexion1619 wrote:
That look's much, much, better!
One of the functions of concept art, which is what we were originally showing, is to determine what works, and what doesn't. Having that stage allows us to get to this stage. :)

I will also note that the logo is still subject to change.

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Ashram wrote:

Core Rulebook: Sixth printing

Bestiary: Third printing
GameMastery Guide: Third printing
Advanced Player's Guide: Second printing
Bestiary 2: Second printing
Ultimate Magic: Second printing
Ultimate Combat: Third printing
Ultimate Equipment: Second printing
Bestiary 3: Second printing
Advanced Race Guide: Second printing
Advanced Class Guide: Second printing

PF Setting stuff:

Adventurer's Armory: Second printing
Technology Guide: Second printing

I haven't attempted to verify the completeness of this list, but a few missing items do immediately come to mind:

• The Beginner Box (the second printing added the Transition Guide, and the pawn stands gained the Pathfinder logo)
• The Critical Hit and Critical Fumble decks (the product pages tell you what changed)
• The Combat Pad has been redesigned a few times—it was originally designed by Open Mind games; we gave it a facelift when we added it to the GameMastery brand and then another when we branded it Pathfinder RPG.
• Flip-Mat Basic has been through a few printings, though the most notable changes are in the packaging—it was originally polybagged with a header card, and now has a full wraparound cover.
• Several of the Pawn boxes have been reprinted—I'm not sure which ones—and if the original printing's pawn bases didn't have the Pathfinder logo, I'm pretty sure they all gained it in reprinting.
• The entire Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path was reprinted.

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Season of the Goblins Adventure 1 will be available later this month; Adventure 2 is due in September.

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Yep—the first four Flip-Mats were produced by Steel Sqwire before Paizo took over the brand—the original Flip-Mat (which had a sort of parchment look), as well as Forest Path, City Square, and the first Dungeon. It is very unlikely that any of them will ever be reprinted.

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Sara Marie wrote:
katina: If you’re telling me that Cosmo is actually the mascot from a forgotten cereal brand... I could probably believe that.

Was it King Vitaman?

No—wait... I bet it was Sugar Krinkles!

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There are many pieces to an AP—the first parts of MM went to the printer yesterday, and the rest will follow over the coming weeks.

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Jeff Alvarez wrote:
We will be featuring a blog that covers this stuff and some of our seminars as well a bit later this week so stay tuned for more.

Here it is!

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The current thought is "For your move step, if any other open locations are occupied, move to one."

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The likelihood of Adventure 5 being released on July 26 is nil. While August 2 is still possible, at this moment, I think it's more likely that we'll be previewing 5 and 6 at Gen Con and releasing them in mid-August.

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I have removed discussion of copyright violations/piracy. Not appropriate.

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The PACG Mummy's Mask convention promo card will also be available for the asking. (Not technically a Gen Con exclusive, as it will be at other cons, but it does debut at Gen Con.)

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whew wrote:
WTF! $21 postage on a $31 order?

That sounds bad... but everything in your order is on clearance. If you were to phrase your question based on retail value rather than sale price, $21 postage on a $172 order seems much more reasonable, doesn't it?

But shipping costs aren't based on retail value *or* sale price: they're based on size, weight, destination, and the chosen shipping method. You've got more than 6 pounds of stuff, including a board game that weighs 2.5 pounds by itself.

If you go to the USPS website and ask for a quote to ship a 6-pound package from our zip code (98052) to yours, the cheapest shipping option you'll get is USPS Retail Ground for $22.98 (the smallest single box everything would fit in is 13x10x6, so it won't fit in any Flat Rate Box, and the contents don't qualify for Media Mail). By breaking it into two packages, we can charge you a bit less than that and get you Priority service.

Our shipping charges are designed to cover our costs, not make a profit; we spend a lot of effort keeping our costs as low as we can without losing money—including breaking your order into multiple packages when it saves *you* money.

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Captain Tight Pants FTW.

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Analyzing loot in that way doesn't necessarily tell the whole story.

Some loot cards—especially weapons—will be outgrown, while other cards will remain useful for the rest of the AP. And not all loot cards are created equal—Emerald Codex is one of the best cards in RotR, so even if that's the only loot card in your deck, I'm not going to cry for you.

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Folks, please knock off the obscure rules discussion and keep to the topic.

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I've removed an edition war post and responses to it.

There's plenty of opportunity to talk about the games you like. Why waste your time—and mine—talking about the ones you don't?

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We will soon be updating 2-4B. The following During This Scenario power has been added: "On your combat check, you may bury the top card of your deck to add 1d6 and the Acid or Fire trait."

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We gave them permission.

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The title of Season of the Righteous Adventure 4 changed in development, so the copy of the Adventure Path page currently included in adventures 1 through 3 have the wrong title (The Mighty and the Fallen); the copy included in adventures 4 through 6 have the correct title (The Mighty and the Righteous).
The titles of Season of the Runelords Adventures 4 through 6 changed in development, so the copy of the Adventure Path page currently included in adventures 1 through 3 have the wrong titles; the titles are listed correctly starting with adventure 4.

If we ever have cause to update those files, the sheets will be updated, but we're not going to make everybody redownload all those files just to get a minor correction to a page that they already have in corrected form anyway (and if they don't have it in corrected form yet, that means they haven't gotten far enough for it to matter anyway).

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cartmanbeck wrote:
Mike Selinker wrote:

<notices thread, gets out popcorn>

Fair warning: Our template list is 615 lines long. Today.

Nice! I wanna know ALL OF THEM! :)

Complete list below:

All PACG Traits:
Note: This list is in kit form; you'll need to assemble it yourself. You will need multiple copies of many of the components below. Some components may not be used. No further instructions are available.

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ -ə

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The likelihood of Adventure 5 being released on July 19 is currently very low. July 26 is much more likely, but if we can get it to you sooner, we will.

The likelihood of Adventure 6 being released on August 2 is currently very high.

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Playing an item counts as playing an item, unless something tells you otherwise, and nothing here is telling you otherwise. (Note in Hawk's link above, Goblin Buckler Gun tells you it counts as playing a weapon instead of an armor.)

Playing a spell limits your ability to play other spells, so doing something that counts as playing a spell limits your ability to play other spells.

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Dammit—it's always the cards we choose for the blog that have the stupid typos that everyone (especially me) should have caught at 15 different points. On Burning Snot, "roll" should be "use."

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Locking this until somebody from the community team can deal with it properly.

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Added to FAQ.

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Explained that summoned cards can actually summon a lot of other cards.

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A fresh take:

Optional vs. Required Checks
• If you are instructed to attempt a check, you must do so.
• If you are instructed to succeed at a check to do a thing, and the instruction does not use the word "may," you must attempt the check; if you succeed, you must do that thing.
• If you are instructed to succeed at a check or do a thing, you must attempt the check; if you fail, you must do that thing.
• If you are instructed to either attempt a check or do something else, choose one of those options.
• If you are presented with 2 or more options, none of which require a check, you may choose any of those options.

(Shrine to Lamashtu and Coastline, and possibly a few other cards, should then say "Either do X or do Y.")

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Not to be confused with Churrosina, goddess of delicious fried pastries.

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Ezekiel Shanoax, the Stormchild wrote:
...thanks to Paizo for making it possible for 3rd party publishers like Steve to contribute freely and grow the game for all of us.

Steve is the very exemplar of the reason we do these things. His impact on the industry goes far beyond the products he published.

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Sara Marie wrote:
katina: Valeros’ Very Beery Battered Fish ’n’ Chips

I would assume they're both Very Beery and Very Battered.

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Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
DM Wellard wrote:
Personally I think it has all the potential to be Paizo's Alternity...which if you don't remember it was the final nail in TSR's coffin.
Save that TSR was going under already, for reasons having nothing to do with Alternity. When you have a civil war among the owners, that's never going to end well. That and the frequent fatal minefields that can be encountered with unexpected growth.

Those who have educated themselves on TSR's demise don't all agree on the relative import of the various causes, but I doubt many of them would put Alternity in their top 10 list.

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I'm just saying that it doesn't need to be our bestselling product to be considered successful. It *does*, of course, need to be a great product, and I have no doubt it will be.

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It's possible.

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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
Jason Nelson wrote:
They've talked to a number of 3PP folks about the possibilities ahead, but there is as yet no confirmation that I have seen about what shape or form a SFRD and/or compatibility license may take and how it will interact with the PRD and PF comp license.
I'll just say that, as one of the primary voices in this discussion, I'm very satisfied with what we have done in this respect with Pathfinder, and currently expect that this particular apple isn't likely to fall far from the tree.
As a followup: Has there been any decision on whether the Starfinder and Pathfinder compatibility licenses will be mutually exclusive? Can a single product contain rules/conversions for both systems?

While very little has been firmly decided, I'll note that the Pathfinder Compatibility License doesn't prevent you from using it on products that are also compatible with systems other than the Pathfinder RPG. I don't see any reason why we'd want to change that with the Starfinder license.

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memorax wrote:
That being said I'm not sure it will be as successful as PF was imo.

The good news is that Pathfinder is not the stick by which Starfinder will be measured. As I said upthread:

I wrote:
...another key to all of this is that we're not expecting Starfinder to be as big as Pathfinder. It's got a much smaller team producing a much smaller number of products, and that... means that we don't need to achieve a Pathfinder-like level of success for the line to be worthwhile.

Nobody is expecting to sell as many copies of the Starfinder RPG core rulebook as the Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook. Frankly, if it sells more copies than, say, Bestiary 5, we'll be pretty happy.

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It's way too early to commit to anything, but it's a possibility we will continue to evaluate.

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elcoderdude wrote:
For S&S, we have an official card count, although I don't quite understand the discrepancy with Runelords.

Do you mean the fact that (excluding promos) Runelords has 1155 cards and S&S and Wrath each have 1170?

Our cards are printed on 110-card sheets. This is why all six adventure decks and each set's Character Add-On Deck contain 110 cards each; together, they account for 770 cards in each AP.

That leaves 385 B cards in Runelords, and 400 B cards in Wrath and S&S.

385 means we're using 3.5 110-card sheets. (The "half-sheet" cards are printed on regular sheets where the top and bottom halves are identical; the top half goes into one box, and the bottom half goes into another.)

So what's with the extra 15 cards in Wrath and S&S?

Some of you will recall that Runelords was first printed in China, so it was designed to suit the requirements of that printer. You may have noticed that all of the cards that have checkboxes on them have a different surface than the other cards. The other cards have a lacquer varnish that protects the card surface, and also gives them a nice glossy look. We don't varnish the cards with checkboxes because they're easier to write on that way (and because you're never asked to shuffle cards with checkboxes on them, we're not concerned about the lack of a protective surface). With our Chinese printer, the unvarnished cards were on the same sheet as varnished cards.

With our US printer, they prefer to put the unvarnished cards on a separate sheet. S&S and Wrath each have 15 unvarnished cards: 7 characters, 7 roles, and the Fleet card (in S&S) or the Redemption card (in Wrath). We still use 3.5 regular sheets in those sets, so the total count is increased by the number of unvarnished cards.

So now you're probably wondering why the US-printed Character Add-On Decks and Class Decks have unvarnished cards but aren't over 110 cards. The answer is that our printer *prefers* the unvarnished cards on a separate sheet, but that doesn't mean they *require* it. It's more important in this case that these products fit into a standard box, and the standard box is designed for a single 110-card sheet, so we put the unvarnished cards on the same sheet as the varnished cards.

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To create a new thread about Pathfinder Battles, go here and click the "Add New Thread" button toward the upper right.

To create a new thread about minis that are not licensed by Paizo, go here and do the same.

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Later this week, we will reissue this scenario, removing "if you defeat it and your location is open, you may immediately attempt to close your location" from the scenario rules.

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