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Hawkmoon269 wrote:
If the adventure path is full of barriers with the Trap trait, Simoun might be the most powerful one of them all.

Nope—hardly any traps in Mummy's Mask. You just go right on ahead and explore that tomb, confident in the knowledge that its builders would never even think to set up traps for those who enter. No sir, no worries there at all. Head on in—I'll be right behind you.

What's that you say? Two out of three barriers in the preview have the Trap trait? Boy, THAT sure is statistically unlikely, isn't it?

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Vic Wertz wrote:
You shouldn’t know where your token card is while you are shuffling.

In case you're wondering about the presence of that weird statement, since the token card doesn't have a standard back, you could technically comply with the instruction "shuffle it into the deck" and just continue shuffling until your token was on top again. So we added this "no peeking" rule. (As Mike would say, "this is why we can't have nice things.")

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Longshot11 wrote:
Mummy's Mask Rulebook wrote:
NEW: ...When your token is examined, encountered, or would be returned to the box or removed from the game,
That's ... odd. I notice the conspicuous absence of "banish" up there...

The quoted rule cares only that your card would be returned to the box; it does not care why.

Longshot11 wrote:
...Although, on the other hand, if that means we get to banish the cards traded to Traders - that's also cool.

Nice try, but I still ain't talkin'.

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First World Bard wrote:
The "must evade any banes you encounter" bit is fascinating, especially when it runs into banes that cannot be evaded. Unless "must" is a word that overrules "cannot".

See the Golden Rule. Which, by the way, is now "The Golden Rules" in MM...

(Man, I would really hate to have to say that you must "never not evade any banes you encounter...")

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Here's a sidebar from the MM rulebook:

Mummy's Mask Rulebook wrote:

NEW: TOKENS IN LOCATION DECKS

Some cards require you to shuffle your character token into a location deck. You shouldn’t know where your token card is while you are shuffling. When your token is examined, encountered, or would be returned to the box or removed from the game, remove it from the location deck and place it at that location. While your token is in a location deck, you may explore, encounter cards, and play cards; you cannot move, and you must evade any banes you encounter.

I'm not spilling all the beans on traders just yet!

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Doppelschwert wrote:

What happens when a card makes me summon cultist of baphomet on another players turn? Does that count as an exploration for me and in particular, would I need to track whether its the n-th exploration of that turn for cards affecting me as well?

The same issue arises with the effect of lances when played on another players turn.

I was never quite sure on this - I ruled it does not count as exploration since you can only explore on your own turn, but then again I'd like to have the extra die from my lances...

Only your friend is exploring. You're just encountering a card.

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The locations and reward from 2-5D were mistakenly copied from 2-5E.

The 2-5D location list should be:
1. Courtyard
1. Festering Maze of Sloth
2. Thassilonian Library
3. Academy
4. Prison
5. Apothecary
6. Glassworks

The 2-5D reward should be "Each character chooses weapon, spell, or item and adds a card of that type from the game box to the cards acquired during this scenario. Adventure Card Guild characters may choose a bonus deck upgrade."

We will fix.

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The whole "play a scenario without playing an adventure" thing exists because when the original rulebook was written, there was doubt from some (not me!) that people would fully adopt the Adventure Path idea—that folks might instead want to pick and choose which scenarios they would play. Of course, nobody really does that, and the game frankly doesn't support that style of play all that well anyway, so we've entirely removed that concept from the Mummy's Mask rulebook: when you're playing a scenario, you're always playing part of an adventure.

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I won't have the opportunity to formalize this FAQ for a while, but we'll be revising this card to say the following:

Future Imp wrote:

You may not play this card during an encounter.

Display this card to draw 1 or 2 cards. At the end of the turn, if you drew 1 card, recharge this card; if you drew 2 cards, discard this card.
Discard this card to explore your location.

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Hawkmoon269 wrote:
This sort of gets at the issue of how concerned the designers should be about CD Characters being played in non-organized play.

Function inside and outside of OP is equally important to us.

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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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