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Tanis says the reward for this scenario (and only this scenario) should be "Each character chooses an ally that has an adventure deck number of 5 or lower from the box." We'll get that updated.

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WesWagner wrote:

IMO, and I know I am repeating myself, theme is important in a game like this and given the artwork and name of the spell, and the implication that the weapon you are summoning is not actually real, it would make much more thematic sense if the power on the card stated that you should add the divine and magic traits to your check.

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Allow for Abstractions. Sometimes the story you imagine can get in the way of playing the game. Despite their aquatic nature, Bunyips can be encountered in the Manor House. Caltrop Bead works against Skeletons, even if they don’t have flesh on their feet. Don’t force the cards to fit your story; let the cards tell you their stories.

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cmastah wrote:
I really think Kylo's sword saber looks silly....Darth Maul's lightsaber could be USED as a staff saber, how is Kylo going to use the hilt?

You are very late to this party, my friend. Ask Stephen Colbert.

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Vic Wertz wrote:
*Playing* is legal—our *reporting* ducks just aren't lined up yet. They should become reportable later in the week.

Paladin is reportable now.

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ryric wrote:
I don't know if they're going to stick to any sort of order when releasing them once we finish the CRB classes - maybe roughly the order or RPG release?

Nope. There's no huge list going deep into the future. We do them in batches of 3 or 4, and usually, we decide what the next batch is just shortly before the designers are ready to work on them. We factor in obvious things like what we're doing with Adventure Paths and OP (for example, Paladin was the top of the list for new decks because of Wrath) and less obvious things like making sure we space out basic character types (we don't want a bunch of focused spellcasters all in a row, for example). But we also factor in whether or not the designers already have a bunch of ideas sitting around for a particular class, or whether a class might benefit from mechanics that we plan to introduce in a future Adventure Path, or just whether the designers are particularly keen on working up a particular class.

Which is to say, I think we'll keep surprising you.

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skizzerz wrote:
Blog post says "And let's not forget that every demon they defeat (including Vellexia) has a 1 in 6 chance of summoning Shamira." but the rules indicate otherwise. Vellexia is never defeated, if she would be defeated she's evaded instead. That means she never triggers the 1 in 6 chance to summon Shamira. Which is actually correct so I know how to play it when I finally end up getting my AD4?

The blog is incorrect. Removing "(including Vellexia)."

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Kthulhu wrote:
So basically, until Lucas's death, there CAN'T be a 1080/24p, 7.1 DTS HD MA Blu-Ray of the ORIGINAL original trilogy (and even then, it will require a deal between 20th Century Fox and Disney).

I can't remark either way regarding the veracity of your general statement... but if you want the ORIGINAL original trilogy, you can't have a 7.1 soundtrack. The closest thing would be the original 70mm 6-track mixes, which had 3 front channels (left, center, right), a single surround channel, and a pair of low-frequency-effects tracks. (In modern terms, they were "4.2" mixes.) You want split surrounds and differentiation between rear and side, that won't happen without somebody making additional creative decisions well outside the scope of the original production.

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*Playing* is legal—our *reporting* ducks just aren't lined up yet. They should become reportable later in the week.

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Pizza Lord wrote:

I kind of hope that with the cull the time limit will be reduced. I understand the 60 seconds at first, when there's definitely going to be items that haven't been seen, but when the list is narrowed I think it can be reduced.

There may be newcomers showing up late, but they can obviously take as much time as needed to read, it isn't like there's a deadline per vote.

The delay isn't about making you take the time to read it—it's about mitigating voting fraud. We don't want people clicking as fast as possible through all the entries until they spot their own (or their friend's, or just their favorite) and voting it up, then repeating. (Or doing the same to repeatedly downvote an entry they dislike, or just to introduce chaos to the voting by randomly voting on as many pages as possible.) Assuming a number of entires in the high hundreds or low thousands, seeing two entries per minute means you have to vote for hours (on average) between seeing the same item twice (of course, random is random, so it's *possible* to see repeats much sooner, but over time, you'll drift to the average).

Since culls result in fewer entries to go through before you're likely to see your target again, the delay actually becomes *more* important to the process as we cull.

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It's great to hear that you're using them together. I think some people have the misunderstanding that Occult Adventures is our idea of a "definitive answer to psionics," which it really isn't. Apples and oranges coexisting in the same bowl!

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nondeskript wrote:

Vic has stated in the past that Paizo does not own a trademark on "Adventure Card Game", strongly implying that they view that as a genre of games which any game designer can work in without asking Paizo or Lone Shark for permission. If you wanted to design your own ACG and use a few of the larger concepts from PACG, you would probably be fine, just like how Arctic Scavengers and Dominion (both Deck Building games) share some concepts (such as purchasing cards, having the same starting deck every game, using all of the cards in your hand each round). Depending on how many concepts are reused between Apocrypha and PACG and which specific concepts they are, Paizo may not have been able to stop them even if they wanted to. Of course, since Lone Shark and Paizo clearly have a close working relationship, it would be truly shocking to find out that Paizo had any issue with it or that Mike hadn't at least mentioned it before the KS launched.

tl;dr: Paizo likely couldn't do anything to stop Apocrypha unless it was literally a 1:1 reskin of PACG, and Lone Shark's relationship with Paizo means that would be highly unlikely.

I have previously said:

The Pathfinder ACG actually began when Lone Shark brought the game that would become Apocrypha to us, saying (more or less) "We're working on this game that we know isn't quite right for you, but we think we can make a game *like* it for Pathfinder that you will love."

..to which I will add that it was always clear that Lone Shark was going to continue to develop that game. But in no way is it PACG 2.0—PACG and Apocrypha are separate branches on the same family tree.

I have also previously said:

When it comes to competition, I believe that Magic: The Gathering actually benefited quite a bit from the existence of other trading card games. By itself, M:TG was a successful game, but it couldn't be the cornerstone of a genre until there were other TCG/CCGs. This is why we didn't trademark "Adventure Card Game"—I'd love it if, in a few years, there are a handful of ACGs in existence, giving weight to our game.

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Please send me a copy, then—we're still in editing, so having a finished copy would make the job much easier!

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Robert Jordan wrote:
Vic, from a different view point I agree that C is the winning option for how to handle things. The issue is that the updates aren't just hitting PFS, they're going to the source material instead of a PFS reference document. Some of my players will buy the PDF or a more recent physical copy than the source I have on my shelf. That causes conflict at tables outside of PFS, where it really shouldn't. PFS is it's own strange beast with it's own esoteric rules and adjustments and that is perfectly fine, when it flows out and begins to twist the rest of the game it becomes a problem.

Following that logic, you would prefer we were selling new players the exact same Core Rulebook that we introduced several years ago, complete with all the problems that we've identified and fixed in the years since? I'm not a fan of that plan.

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Words like "editions" and "versions" mean different things to different people.

Officially, Call of Cthulhu has had 7 editions, though the rules themselves changed very little between the first 6, so some people would say there have been just 2. Yet others say there have actually been *18*.

When it comes to PACG, where the content gets completely replaced every year, and sections of rule are added, removed, and rewritten, there's really no point in that kind of naming/numbering scheme.

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Myfly wrote:

Just spinning some ideas...

[snip]

Just my belly feelings...
What do you think?

I think very little of that has a connection to reality.

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Myfly wrote:
MTG never got a 2.0 update, so who knows...

There was a time when Magic sets had numbered editions. Alpha and Beta were retroactively considered (but not labeled) 1st Edition; Unlimited was retroactively considered (but not labeled) 2nd Edition, Revised was retroactively considered (but not labeled) 3rd Edition, and 4th through 10th Editions were actually labeled as such. (The next 6 editions were named by year, followed by Magic Origins this year, which, had the numbering remained, would be 17th Edition.)

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Jester David wrote:

Started looking at the errata and then just stopped. There's so much that isn't "errata" but updates and rebalancing to the rules.

While I understand the need to keep things in line for the sake of balance, making my physical book useless at the table (because any given page or feature could have been errated and requires double checking) is a problematic way to do so.

The urge to continually "fix" the game and revise the books didn't do 4th Edition D&D any favours and I don't like it now. Accommodating the revisions causes more disruption to my game than many of the mechanics that were changed.

Let's see:

Plan A: We ignore the problems, refuse to answer questions that people keep asking, and force people in PFS to deal with balance issues. A lot of the audience is unhappy, but hey, you're happy.

Plan B: We fix the problems and you are forced to incorporate them into your home game. A lot of the audience is pleased, but you aren't.

Plan C: We fix the problems, and so long as you're not playing in Pathfinder Society, you ignore all of these changes. (Or just the ones you want to ignore, if that makes you happier.) Yet everybody who values them can have them, so everybody's happy!

We have decided not to go with Plan A. *I* certainly think Plan C is the best, but it turns out that if you really want to pick Plan B, I can't stop you.

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Le Petite Mort wrote:
Rather than tracking everyone's 'seen list' in a centralized database, you assign to every account a list variable. Every item you see is added to this list. Whenever the page is bringing up the next set of items, it quickly iterates through your own personal list to check if the items present have been seen by you before or not. With 800 entries, iterating through the list twice even without any intelligent/efficient searching algorithms and assuming you had already seen 99% of them, would take < 1 second.

Thing is, if you've already seen A and told us you like it more than B, you haven't necessarily told us you like it more than C, and that's a pretty valuable comparison to be had. Now, we *could* do what you say to make sure that we don't show you A vs B when you've already seen A vs B... but that's a lot of crunching for something that doesn't come up that often... and there's also a chance that you will actually give us a different answer, which is statistically useful as well.

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Myfly wrote:

I did not know yet, that every adventure path has its own dice sets...

Why are these not connected with PACG store paths?

Because they're a full set of 7 RPG dice, and if we put them in the PACG section, some people would be confused about why they all have a d10 numbered in tens, and why the RotR and Wrath sets have a d20.

Myfly wrote:
Why are those not in the game box, but generic boring blue ones?

Because it would make our $60 game a $70 game.

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Oh hey.

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Note that these are now 2-CD sets!

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Actually, I've never bought a pound 'o dice either. I've just accumulated a box full of dice that looks like I've bought a couple.

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Who needs sets? I go by the pound.

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Tanis O'Connor wrote:

I personally have no problem with general discussion of what was seen at Gen Con. Spoiler tags are a great idea.

The Monk preview blog will be up next month, and will definitely feature a few words about our tengu friend. In October we'll do a druid preview blog, and I suspect we'll focus on the dendritic fellow you can see in the preorder image.

I'm really excited about the...

Do you really want to click this?:
Explosive runes!

Tanis:
How you like them spoiler tags now?

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At this time, the only card we're looking at adjusting due to this ruling is Rage.

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Skull & Shackles came out quite some time ago.

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Kthulhu wrote:
Yet the Emperor kicked his ass so badly that Yoda fled to the far side of the galaxy and hid in a swamp for the next couple of decades before dying of old age.

Not sure why you're downplaying that—dying of old age is a pretty remarkable accomplishment for a Jedi. Much better than being chucked off a ledge.

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"Roll 1000d6."

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Big Finish *does* have new Pathfinder Legends material in production, but until they're prepared to announce it, that's all we can say.

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Sometimes I get caught up on one element of a costume that makes me weirdly ignore everything else. For example, the fellow dressed as Damiel at PaizoCon had a thoroughly amazing costume, but I was most impressed by the fact that he made his own barrel, and it was really well done.

Here, I'm getting caught up by the Red Mantis headgear, which is pretty awesome.

But I still pick Amiri.

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People need to step it up. So far, all I've done is purchase is a three-meter-square section of chicken wire to put over the thermal exhaust port for my main reactor.

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Yeah, demand for this one was higher than we'd predicted. A reprint will be coming!

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The sculpts for all of the minis in the Iconic Heroes sets are all new.

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Erik*: DELETE BROWSER HISTORY! DELETE BROWSER HISTORY!

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I'm so not saying which Erik...

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Unfortunately, it's not our problem—it's a limitation of the PDF format.

Adobe insists that PDFs are a "destination file format," meaning being able to get information *out* of them is essentially an afterthought.

A really good example of how this impacts things is that they care more about what characters *look like* than they care about what those characters *are*. For example, you and I both believe that the difference between a lowercase letter and a capital letter is important, but when a PDF uses an all-caps font, Adobe has actually thrown away the knowledge of whether a character in that font was a lowercase character or an uppercase character. When you select the text so you can copy and paste it, they actually have to *guess* which it was, and they often guess wrong.

Similarly, when they encode letters like "fl" into a ligature, all they keep track of is where the "fl" glyph goes, and when you select the text (or when you search for a text string), they have to reverse-engineer the characters that make it up. While they seem to always get the characters themselves correct, they frequently screw up the spaces on one side or the other (or both).

To solve either of these problems, Adobe needs to be convinced that their "destination file format" concept is a load of crap that makes their products less useful.

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Any retailer than can buy any Pathfinder Battles products should be able to buy these.

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Vic Wertz wrote:
Please hold.

If you can’t construct a valid deck from the cards your group has available because you don’t have enough of certain card types, nothing in the rulebook prevents you from taking a loot card of the appropriate type (with an appropriate adventure deck number or owner trait) from the box. Indeed, in the section of rules that explains how to do that, you're specifically told that "loot cards count as cards of their type."

The only thing that *may* have stopped you from doing that is what Mike said a long time ago, and he is overruling that statement now. So yes, you can take such a card when the option presents itself.

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Siege of Drezen has been updated in FAQ.

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Un-corrupting is not easily done!

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Andrew L Klein wrote:
Of course, it's made up for by the hilarity of how they constantly think things get jinxed. In Runelords, our Seoni explored with no other cards, and got a devastated look on her face, to which I sarcastically responded "What, an Ogre"? She revealed the card, and Ogre, and the whole table got mad at me -- apparently the Ogre wasn't really an Ogre until I asked lol

I believe that phenomenon is known as "Schrödinger's Ogre."

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Special thanks to our demo volunteers—especially those who stuck around after their shifts ended on Sunday to make sure we were fully covered! I'd estimate that in the neighborhood of 1200 people got to try out the PACG this weekend thanks to you!

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Myfly wrote:

Title Question is not answered yet...

Ronald,
Will there be a worldwide-subscriber-only-promo card?

You're right—the question has not been answered yet.

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FAQ wrote:
If a bane says an effect happens if or when you do a particular thing, it applies to any character who does that thing.

If a bane says "If you play a weapon, the difficulty of the check to defeat is increased by 5," then if *anybody* plays a weapon on the check, the difficulty is increased by 5.

And if it says "When you play a boon that has the Divine trait, banish it," that applies to any character playing a boon with the Divine trait during the encounter.

FAQ wrote:
If it limits the things you can do, that limit applies to any character who wants to do those things.

So if a bane says "succeed at an Arcane 8 check or you may not play spells that have the Attack trait", or "you may not play blessings on this check," those would apply to everyone, not just the character encountering the card.

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Yep!

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Yeah, you normally shouldn't, but I think this card really really wants to tell you to. Fitting that on the card is going to be tricky.

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She's not *not* meant to be a replacement. See this post.

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123. Cumberbatch.

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jones314 wrote:
NyteJKL wrote:
Darn, you are right no longer available here and my go to online stores.
A lot of places still have Wrath of the Righteous booster packs so you could try that and maybe get lucky ...

Or, hey, every case is likely to contain one....

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