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Hawkmoon269 wrote:
"Street date" is today, so none of them should have had it on the shelves before today. That doesn't really answer whether or not retailers in the UK actually have it, but it does mean that they couldn't have had it for sale before today.

Unfortunately, we have little visibility into international distribution timelines. Most of the overseas distributors use consolidators within the US—that is, a US location that takes all the stuff they order from a bunch of manufacturers and bundles it together into a single shipment. This saves them money, but introduces a big time variable, as stuff may wait around at the consolidator until they have enough to ship overseas. And once it gets there, it also has to clear customs, which sometimes happens quickly, and sometimes slowly.

All I can tell you is that we ship to international distributors (or their consolidators) at the same time we ship to other distributors.

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Hawkmoon269 wrote:
So that list in the FAQ probably needs updating.

Updated. Thanks for the notice!

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I've updated the dates in the promo card list to account for the delay introduced between the Base Set and Adventure Deck 2. I didn't make any other changes.

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GoodGuyJim wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
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?"

Sorry I think that came off more ungrateful than I wanted it to :-)

It's all good, you can direct people to Hawkmoon's spreadsheet for now

No worries, it didn't come off that way at all. It's a reasonable request!

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See my post from Monday at 6:30.

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Our current ruling is that "you must take the second result" means "you must take the second result."

But Goblin Pegleg actually says that you must take the lower result, which is a bit of a wrench in things, because it has a built-in reroll... and playing a reroll card *after* that, which would specify you take the second one, might mean you make the *third* roll but take the second, which would be weird. (But beneficial, if the second one were worse than the first....)

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Waycoolsuperdude wrote:
You do not get to close the location for monsters, only henchmen and villains.

Technically, you get to close the location when you defeat a villain and when a card tells you that you may attempt to do so. Meaning that there can be henchman that don't allow you to close a location, and there can be other cards that do. (Also, when it's empty, you can make 1 attempt per turn while at that location.)

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One today.

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Buckler Gun should have the Piercing trait. (But Goblin Buckler Gun and Flaming Buckler Gun do not and should not.)

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ryric wrote:
I had forgotten that Lady Agasta was a loot ally, so I spent a bunch of time looking for her in the allies pile. Then the henchmen. Then the villains. Then the light bulb happened.

Doh! When we introduce a new card, we're supposed to tell you what kind of card it is. We'll fix that next time we update the file (though we don't have any immediate plan to do that at the moment).

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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 don't currently have one set up with Game Trade.

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See this post and the one after. And on a related but slightly different note, this one.

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Mike Selinker wrote:
CajunAtx wrote:
So there's only one location for this first scenario? and it's filled with henchmen, barriers, and the villain? Maybe I'm missing too much information from the back of the card?

The back just says:

1-6 FOG BANK
YOUR SHIP IS ANCHORED AT THE FOG BANK.

...which further hampers Alahazra's attempts to peek into the future...

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When Master Scourge or Mister Plugg is undefeated, do not check to see whether he escapes. If all locations other than the one he came from are closed, display him next to this sheet; otherwise, shuffle him back into the deck he came from.

When Master Scourge or Mister Plugg is defeated, do not check to see whether he escapes; display him next to this sheet.

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Inside the printed cardboard box pictured above, there's a clear plastic form holding the unassembled mini.

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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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Scott Rogganbuck wrote:
• Many of the characters were unable to make any upgrades to their decks over multiple scenarios. Compared to the regular game, this makes the characters a bit weaker while some of the scenarios feel a bit harder (so many Shark Islands!).

One thing I think some OP players tend to overlook is this: while changes to your deck will come more slowly than in regular play, when you do get them, they're cards that have been specifically designed to support that class—and even better than that, they're often cards that you are selecting from a couple different choices. It's like playing a video game where the stuff you defeat drops loot: one game might drop lots of random stuff which is less likely to be useful to you, while another might only drop stuff that the game knows you can use. Home play is the former, and OP is the latter. If we gave you lots of drops that were all tailored to you, you'd be too powerful for the opponents we have to throw at you.

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Let's try this:

Old:
When you would defeat Master Scourge or Mister Plugg, display him next to this sheet. If he would escape, shuffle him into the location deck he came from instead.

New:
When you defeat Master Scourge or Mister Plugg, do not check to see whether he escapes. If all locations other than yours are closed, display him next to this sheet; otherwise, shuffle him back into your location deck.

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GoodGuyJim,

Since you didn't specifically mention the FAQ, i just want to make sure you know it exists... the RotR FAQ is here.

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Making a dice accessory for the card game is a challenge to begin with. What's the idea configuration of dice in such a set? Ask 20 people, get 20 answers.

And it's even more complicated because we're adding the d20 to Wrath (and only Wrath), meaning if we offered a set with no d20, it wouldn't be complete if you're playing Wrath, and if we offered a set with 1 or more d20s, and you're *not* playing Wrath, we'd be making you pay for dice you're not actually using in the game that you thought you were buying them for...

Fortunately, there are more than 800 different dice and dice sets available right here at paizo.com, so I'm confident that you can find options that suit your desires!

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We'll make it optional.

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One today. (So far.)

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Holy Light: You're correct, but we don't generally FAQ typos unless we think they lead to potential misunderstanding.

Monkey: We are currently discussing whether the same card should really be allowed to have different Basic/Elite/Neither configurations as a set-dependent variable. So TBD on that one.

Speed: That's frustrating, especially because it's correct in the PDF proof I'm looking at, but incorrect on the printed card. (Puzzling out how the heck *that* happened...) Added to FAQ.

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NyteJKL wrote:
Would you still take blessings from the box if he was defeated (or from the blessing deck if undefeated) and shuffle them into the open locations even though he goes back into the same location?

"Would" is our magic word for "that thing didn't happen—something else did." So he doesn't *actually* get defeated, and he doesn't *actually* escape.

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pluvia33 wrote:

Right, and as I've said in the other thread, I read that as the "instead" only referring to "if he would escape" because that is what is in that sentence. The only time either of them would escape is if they are undefeated because if they are defeated they go to the sheet. If the "instead" was meant to apply to the previous sentence, then they shouldn't be two different sentences. There should be a ; instead of a . after the first part.

Hence, this is why we need official clarification. The fact that there has been no official word kind of gives me the feeling that they're thinking about rewording the scenario in a major way, otherwise they would have given a simple "yes" or "no" by now.

When you see "would" and "instead" together, "instead" tells you what happens in place of the thing that "would" happen.

In this case, "instead" is telling you where the villain goes instead of escaping.

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Yep—if he would escape, whether or not he would be defeated, he ends up back in the same location. If he would be defeated (and would not escape), he gets displayed.

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When a location's "At this location" power says "At the start of your turn, do X", if you are at that location at the start of your turn, do X. If you are not at that location at the start of your turn, don't do X. If you are at that location, but it is not the start of your turn, don't do X.

There's a fair number of sharks at Shark Island.

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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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Erik Mona wrote:
Joana wrote:
Plus, if I'm understanding the problem correctly, a quick riffle through a newly-completed book would have looked fine; it was only after the ink fully dried that the pages started sticking together.

This.

In fact, the printer always overnights us a handful of sample copies before they put everything else in the containers destined to cross the Pacific. Our samples of this book were (and still are) just fine, while we found some degree of stickiness in nearly 100% of the books we spot-checked throughout the shipment that arrived by sea.

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But hey, you guys can check out a spread now. Does that help those of you who were hazy about our goals for this product better understand it?

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Liz Courts wrote:
Bellona wrote:
"Sealed signature"? Is that a printing/publishing term?
A signature is 16 pages; a sealed signature just means that the signature was gummed up.

I'm pretty sure Erik was thinking about something we did when we published Dungeon 95, where a "mature content" signature (that's a 16-page section) related to the Book of Vile Darkness was deliberately "sealed" so that you would have to cut it open to access the content. (Believe me, that was annoying enough when it was done *intentionally*...)

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lstyer wrote:
Huh. Maybe it's different for companies than for individuals self publishing, because it's my understanding that the self-publishing author can set his own prices.

Anyone participating in their program can (and indeed must) set their own prices. But unless you're one of the two publishing giants that they have undisclosed agency agreements with (that's Simon & Schuster and Hachette), Amazon is now, and always has been, allowed to sell for less than those prices whenever they want to.

Actually, one way that the Amazon agreement has actually gotten *worse* over the last few years is related to this: it used to be that if they sold your product below your list price, they would at least pay you as if they had sold it at the list price, but the current agreement allows them to pay you based on their reduced price instead. This means if they decide to give your product away for free, they now don't have to pay you at all—and this isn't hypothetical; they actually do it regularly enough that they spell it out as a specific example in their sales agreement.

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Theryon Stormrune wrote:

...what should happen is that after the scenario, you pool all the cards acquired during that scenario and choose in an orderly fashion.

(I saw in your statement that Lem picked up a bunch and had to get rid of 3. But if he managed to pick up 5, he should put all 5 in the pool and let people know those two that he'd like.)

That's not quite what the rules say:

Rules wrote:
After each scenario, you must rebuild your character deck. Start by combining your discard pile with your hand, your character deck, any cards you buried under your character card, and any cards you displayed; you may then freely trade cards with other players.

So the cards that you acquired during this scenario (and didn't banish or give away) are not treated any differently than the cards you had before the scenario started—either way, they start in your combined pile, which you may trade from. Which is to say that the "whoever acquired it has first dibs" method is pretty much what the rulebook says.

That said, part of this process is guided by social contract—specifically, *how* you trade is up to you and your group. Since your method is a perfectly valid implementation of trading, it's fine too.

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zeroth_hour wrote:
The Shopkeeper's Daughter barrier in the RotR RPG story was a very annoying sidequest. From what I've seen of the online RotR runthroughs everybody hates that encounter.

Wow, really? I've heard from a lot of people who remember that encounter as one of the highlights of the entire *campaign*. Not only does it provide ample hooks for roleplaying during the scenario itself, it often develops into a continuing storyline.

A *lot* of characters have wound up wed to the shopkeeper's daughter, and not always by their own choice.

You can read the full text of the RPG encounter here.

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Vic Wertz wrote:

"Optimal design" is not our primary concern for the starting decks. While they need to be very playable and somewhat logical, the single most important consideration is actually that you can build any 4 Base Set character's decks out of the Base Set box at the same time (and any 6 characters if you've added the Character Add-On Deck). This is a lot more difficult than it sounds; it's actually kind of a big logic puzzle.

And if you follow this logic through, you'll quickly realize that it means if we give one Divine caster a spell, we can't also give it to another unless there's another copy in the box. So a lot of horse trading has to happen.

Further, you may also notice that the total number of cards assigned to starter decks is pretty close to the total number of Basic B cards in the box (not counting Blessings of the Gods), which also means that almost all Basic B cards have to be assigned to *somebody's* starting deck.

So the question we have to answer is often not "what is the best card for this character," it's "whose deck can this card legally and most reasonably fit into?"

I should also note that this means that when *you* build decks, at the very least, you have access to the cards that we assigned to the characters that you're not using. So one of the easiest ways to build your own starting deck that's better than the ones in the rulebook is this: Build all of the active characters' decks using the suggested deck lists, then go through the other Basic B cards from the box, one card type at a time, looking for improvements.

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"Optimal design" is not our primary concern for the starting decks. While they need to be very playable and somewhat logical, the single most important consideration is actually that you can build any 4 Base Set character's decks out of the Base Set box at the same time (and any 6 characters if you've added the Character Add-On Deck). This is a lot more difficult than it sounds; it's actually kind of a big logic puzzle.

And if you follow this logic through, you'll quickly realize that it means if we give one Divine caster a spell, we can't also give it to another unless there's another copy in the box. So a lot of horse trading has to happen.

Further, you may also notice that the total number of cards assigned to starter decks is pretty close to the total number of Basic B cards in the box (not counting Blessings of the Gods), which also means that almost all Basic B cards have to be assigned to *somebody's* starting deck.

So the question we have to answer is often not "what is the best card for this character," it's "whose deck can this card legally and most reasonably fit into?"

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See each adventure, under the header "This Adventure Requires..." For example, Adventure 1 says: "During this adventure, the game box should include only cards with set indicators of B, C, P, or 1."

If you're doing something other than that with your box, you're on your own with respect to how to make it function as though your box is set up correctly (though Tanis's suggestion makes sense).

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Jessica Price wrote:

Leaving aside the PFACG, which functions somewhat differently...

On the Adventure Card Game, the difference between designer and developer depends on who you ask.

If you ask our partners at Lone Shark Games, they would tell you that Mike Selinker is the game designer, and Chad Brown, Tanis O'Connor, Paul Peterson, Liz Spain, and Gaby Weidling are developers. Mike created the primary architecture of the game, and the others contribute lots of ideas, including both cards and mechanics, but much of their role is about refining things, and Mike ultimately has the final say when it come to mechanical issues. They would also tell you that Brian Campbell and I are editors. (The published credits reflect this view of things.)

In Paizo's terms, though, Lone Shark as a whole acts as the design team, while I'm acting as the lead developer (and Brian does something that pretty much everyone would agree is editing).

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The version of Adobe Creative Suite we're using changed at pretty much the same time as we transitioned from Season 5 to Season 6, and it's certainly possible that Adobe changed the way they create PDFs with images that have alpha channels, but it wouldn't be anything we did deliberately, and it's unlikely to be anything we have any control over.

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

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Shyfty wrote:
The text in the Card List section for Damiel is badly misaligned as of Nov 12, 2014. Anyone with some mad PDF Kung-Fu willing to work a fix and post somewhere?

We will fix them.

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CoreGoon wrote:
The email I got mentioned that there were some changes/updates to Damiel, Lini and Seltiyel. I can't see a change right away, so what changed?

Apart from correcting a few typos, most of the changes were to bring characters in line with the current FAQ resolutions.

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There are currently a number of things in discussion about summoning. They're pretty complicates, but I'd expect that rules entry to get an adjustment soonish.

In the meantime, yes, go ahead and let that summoned barrier summon a ship.

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nerhael wrote:
I'm at tempest cay. I encounter and defeat the henchman. I then succeed at the closing check. It then says, 'when permanently closed, on closing, move to a random other location'. Could I then explore at that location spending a blessing/ally/whatever?

Yep.

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Pirate Rob wrote:

We were going to play this with a table of 4, but had 2 late entrants at the last moment and ended up playing with a table of 6 instead of 6 tables of 3.

I'm assuming you meant "2 tables of 3"?

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Since there are so many copies of BotG, and it's such a minor change anyway, they'll be in a pack of their own. If you don't think they're worth it, you don't have to buy them, but if you want 'em, you can get 'em.

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We will preview it more as we approach the revised release date.

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