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Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

We prefer that customers try to keep one paizo.com account. For organized play, you can create multiple characters on the same account.

Before I can answer the second part, are you asking about the current setup for Pathfinder Society RPG play, or are you asking about the future organized play program for the Adventure Card Game?

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Er... this happens to be an unusual circumstance. Normally, you can subscribe to any line starting with either the most recent release or the next upcoming release, but this month, we have *two* current releases in that line: Inner Sea Gods and Inner Sea Combat. Even though they release the same day, our system considers Inner Sea Combat as the most recent, so you can't currently start a subscription with it. However, if you send an email to customer.service@paizo.com and ask if they can set Inner Sea Gods as your starting volume, I think they can take care of you.

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Hawkmoon269 wrote:
My state (Delaware) has no venture captain. I'm interested in maybe helping coordinate, so who should I contact?

Drop a line to mike.brock@paizo.com!

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I suspect you won't want to use your rule for Skull & Shackles.

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I am being swayed to the point of view that everything should be in nautical miles. So the traditional 10-foot pole that every dungeoneer must have on their person at all times will now be a 0.00164578833554-nautical-mile pole. (Ask for it by name!)

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Well, we're not going to do it until S&S goes to the printer, at least. And also the Class Decks. But after that, I'll see if I can fit in some work on it before I'm buried in the AP *after* S&S...

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Inner Sea Gods is part of the Pathfinder Campaign Setting Subscription, which means Campaign Setting subscribers (and only Campaign Setting Subscribers) get the PDF for free when their subscriber copy ships.

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atheral wrote:

This is an interesting development.

Are these decks going to be tied into the subscription? or is it too early to consider such things?

Organized play for the card game may be interesting as well, especially if you're looking for a game to play at a con in between other things, instead of committing 4 hours to a RP slot.

Class Decks will not automatically be shipped to subscribers, but PACG subscribers who preorder Class Decks will receive the standard PACG subscriber discount on them. (Preorders for the first 7 will be up in the not-too-distant future.)

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I have issues. Putting the entire card text in the Community Use Policy presents some problems, but I also don't want to be in the business of granting individual permissions to reprint the card text. Solving this is not a thing I currently have the luxury to think about at length.

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kysmartman wrote:
But wait. I thought you wrapped up the combat and had an anytime slot to play those Cures before you had to attempt to close the location?

"You may immediately attempt to close this location" means that if you choose to attempt that, you must do it immediately.

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kysmartman wrote:

Okay, I want to make sure I played the Villain right.

The Scribbler (who I imagined came to Sandpoint after Batman laughed at his villain name) says "Before the encounter, each character at this location summons and encounters a random monster.". My question is what happens when multiple people are there.

A) Draw one monster everyone encounters a copy of it.
B) Draw one monster per person and each character encounters their own going in turn order.

"Each character... summons and encounters a random monster" means each character summons a random monster and then encounters it.

kysmartman wrote:
Also, can someone explain the point of the scenario rule (Pass a Wisdom or Divine 8 check or reset your hand and end your turn)? What other stuff are you going to do (outside of The Garrison having cards in it) after you permanently close a location? That's the only one you have to fight to close so using a character's power (like Seoni or Ezren on recharging spells) isn't an issue.

I must be misunderstanding your question. Let's say you explore and encounter a henchman, which you defeat, allowing you to close the location. Sure, because you're at a closed location, exploring again is unlikely to be an option, but there are many cards you could play or powers you can activate at that point. But in this scenario, if you fail that roll, you don't get to do any of those things—all you can do is reset your hand and end your turn.

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Hawkmoon269 wrote:

I would think that if is says on this check, it means any card played in relation to any of the steps of Attempting the Check:

Determine which die you’re using.
Determine the difficulty.
Play cards and use powers that affect the check (optional).
Assemble your dice.
Attempt the roll.
Take damage if you fail a check to defeat a monster.

So that would mean, no to the Wand of Enervation and Swipe, which are each played as part of that sequence. It also means you can't play any card to reduce the damage if you fail the check to defeat the monster.

But you could still play a card like Toxic Cloud, which is played as part of the Encountering a Card sequence, but not as part of Attempting the Check.

Correct.

What this is modeling is that you have encountered a monster, and you are summoning another monster to get between it and you. You aren't in this fight—you're standing back and watching. If the summoned monster wins the fight, you reap the benefits, and the summoned monster absorbs whatever bad things would happen before it goes away.

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The original question is not about how you determine a random card, it's about whether or not you can look at them. My point is that when you're *not* allowed to see the cards you are working with, we tell you that.

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One today... but the day is still young!

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He should. He should also say "Xyoddin Xerriock is immune to the Mental and Poison traits."

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It really should say "discard the top card of your deck", but I'm not sure if that's worthy of errata for a card that won't be reused in future sets.

And no, S&S hasn't gone to the printer yet, but we're close.

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Rynjin wrote:

Ideally, entry level positions that can support telecommuting. I understand that Paizo can't afford to fly people around for work, and I don't expect them to, but surely there are some jobs that can be done, at least short term (6 months to a year, perhaps) with the person working from home and staying in constant contact with the main team.

I understand that indirect communication is a bit hectic when it comes down to crunch time, which is why I don't suggest it for the core positions (like SKR's position, if we're being honest), but fringe positions like artwork, story outline, etc. shouldn't have as much of an issue.

We do freelance contracts with writers and artists—and sometimes even designers—that do not require them to be local, but if you're a regular employee, you must work locally. Our experience is that that's a great policy.

The design job you are talking about is not an entry-level job, and not something that can be handled on a freelance basis. It's a hugely important full-time job that requires massive amounts of talent *and* experience, and it requires near-continuous interaction with our on-site staff.

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...which you can find here.

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Whenever we have you do things with random cards, if it's important that you don't look at them, I believe we always say "without looking at them." (See Goblin Fortress, Junk Beach, Scarnetti Manor, etc.)

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One (especially sad one) today.

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Somehow, we lost the first power from that card:

Recharge this card to reduce Combat damage dealt to you by 2. You may draw up to 2 cards.

(We didn't notice this until now, so it is not corrected in the 2nd printing.)

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Fighter deck cards will indicate that they came from the fighter deck (for example). So as long as you don't have two players of the same class at the table, sorting cards out afterward is easy.

In organized play, we will prefer to muster tables to avoid class duplication; in cases where that can't happen, players with the same character class will need to pay attention or take notes.

When we do write-on boxes on cards, like the character and role cards, they cannot have the usual varnish on them (if you look closely, you'll notice different gloss levels between characters and other cards). We therefore limit writable areas to cards that never get shuffled.

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At Origins, we will have RotR demos (for new players—not really of value to those of you who know how to play) and an S&S demo scenario (of value to new and current players). We *may* have an ongoing RotR game for current players.

At Gen Con, we will have the above, and we will also be debuting our organized play program. Keep an eye on the Paizo blog for details about that.

Bringing your current character is not useful for any of these things.

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Erixian wrote:
Another big question is how to mix the cards into your APs. Are they intended to be mixed in with the cards that are already in S&S or RotR?

In home play, you can add the cards from these decks as usual, as soon as you reach the appropriate chapter.

In organized play... keep your eye on the Paizo blog!

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brad2411 wrote:
So if this is like a society version of the game how will that work with say playing in rotrl and get cards from that deck but say the rotrl box is not yours but the character deck is. Do you have to break down and rebuild your deck everytime?

Keep your eye on the Paizo blog!

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zeroth_hour wrote:
Vic and Mike, are you going to implement a Venture Officer system similar to that of PFS? I'm going to see how to make this happen at my FLGS. :)

Keep your eye on the Paizo blog!

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Please don't poke your retailers just yet—we have not formally announced it to them, and we won't do so until we are ready to have them sign up to participate. That'll be soon, but it's not now.

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Just rejiggering quantities. (It's all still first printing for the moment.)

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In addition to the characters, the decks will contain a variety of cards useful for characters of that class—some from Runelords, some from S&S, and some designed especially for these decks. (Many of the ones from S&S will actually debut in these decks first, as the Adventure Decks they are drawn from won't have been released yet.)

And while you will need one of these decks to participate in the organized play program, they do function as general accessories for use with any Base Set.

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Retailers don't know any more about this than anyone else at the moment. We're fixing down the details before we make a broad announcement.

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We'll have more coming up in the Paizo blog soon, but I will tell you each character deck will focus on a single class, and includes 4 different characters of that class (and each of those characters will have two different roles, as usual). The fighter deck, for example, will include a new version of Valeros plus three other fighters that *aren't* human males, each with 2 all-new roles to choose from.

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As usual, Hawkmoon269 is correct on all counts. The second printing of Adventure Deck 5 should be arriving in the next week or two.

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Calthaer wrote:
Don't have the reference, but I'm pretty sure that Vic has said numerous times that promo cards aren't normally going to be sold, re-released, or re-printed after the fact. They are nice, rare cards that make the game slightly more enjoyable, and they are a IMO a very good incentive to subscribe - you're guaranteed to get them. That's the deal, and it's been that way since the start of the product. It's clearly working for them, so I'm not sure what incentive they'd have to change it, barring solid proof that doing something different would be a better incentive...

Well, we don't plan on reprinting them, but we will likely have some of the original printing of some of the promos left at the end of the year. (More than that I cannot say just now!)

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Nathaniel Gousset wrote:
I am a bit disappointed by the Velociraptor, can't help on other explore except the one he provide, not usefull if you dont draw a fight... A tiny bit too circumstancial to my taste.

Come now, my friend... it's set 5—surely you have some ways to figure out when monsters are a'comin'!

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The new character decks should be available wherever the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game is sold. They won't be part of the PACG subscription, but subscribers who preorder them will get the usual subscription discount applied to them.

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It should ship in June, and PaizoCon is in July, so... I hope so!

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One addition today. (We'd actually made the ruling a while ago, but neglected to add it to the FAQ.

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James Hebert wrote:
What are the chances of seeing a re-issue of sold out singles? The iconics are going for like $50 on ebay. It's giving me chest pains. Is the goal to make these collectibles or to give us something to game with?

While these are gaming minis first and foremost, we also recognize that there is a collectible aspect to them, and we want to preserve the investment that collectors have made. Which means we won't be taking a rare mini and making it common—at least, not in exactly the same form.

Normally, a good solution to this problem would be a repaint—issuing the same figure with a new paint job—but that really doesn't work for the iconics. People who don't have Seoni want "real" Seoni, not "weird blue dress Seoni."

This means we have to do *resculpts* to solve the problem. But sculpts (and new molds) are expensive, so WizKids needs to know that if they put out new versions of the iconics, they can sell enough of them to justify those high costs.

This is something that we're actively thinking about. We recognize that we need to get prepainted plastic minis of our iconic characters out there to more people, and I believe that we will have a solution in the near future. But it won't be reissuing existing figures.

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Dazylar wrote:
But hey, better safe than sorry! I'm changing all my passwords in about a week.

Me too. I'm changing them all from "password" to "password2".

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Majuba wrote:

I love the blog, but I really feel it deserves a spoiler warning. A lot of people might be just getting to book 3-4 in the Anniversary Edition.

Also... disintegrate *drool*

Sins of the Saviors was originally published in 2007—how long a moratorium do we need?

Spoiler:
Rosebud was his sled!

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zeroth_hour wrote:
I'm confused. Chad refers to the Velociraptor as a *she* but the FAQ refers to the Velociraptor as a *he*. Which is it?

Hmm. The interns we sent in to check haven't returned yet.

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Pigraven wrote:
A future Pathfinder Battles set of all humanoid creatures.

So when we have a group of people saying "I want X and not Y" and another group saying "I want Y and not X", if we release a product that contains only X or only Y, we are guaranteed to lose part of the potential audience. But if we continue to release products that contain both X and Y, we know we will capture *some* of each of those groups, in addition to capturing the group that likes the mix of X and Y. In short, "all humanoids" is a much riskier proposition than the usual mix.

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Vic Wertz wrote:
Subscriptions alone aren't accounting for the entire first printing, but the combination of subscriptions, paizo.com preorders, and initial retail orders are coming close to that. I can't make any guarantees about what Amazon might send you.

I can, though, tell you that the first shipment we sent to Diamond (the distributor Amazon buys from) contains only first printing decks, while the second shipment, which we have not yet sent, will likely contain only second printing decks.

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Subscriptions alone aren't accounting for the entire first printing, but the combination of subscriptions, paizo.com preorders, and initial retail orders are. I can't make any guarantees about what Amazon might send you.

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Hawkmoon269 wrote:
Hey. How does the Velociraptor already have the errata applied to its powers?

We have already prepared the second printing. (I believe that the additional letter "s" on this card is the only change in the entire set.)

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Do I read you right that the potential "charge for access" issue goes away in a month? If so, I'd say feel free to prepare for when that issue goes away, but don't do anything until it fits comfortably under Community Use.

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[redacted]: [redacted] [redacted] glitterdust?
[redacted]: [redacted] glitter bomb!
[redacted]: [redacted] a bag full of glitter and Elmer's Glue?

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Cleanthes wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
Cleanthes wrote:
I can't say I'm all that surprised about the Builder Packs and Evolutions. I keep a pretty close eye on the aftermarket, and I'm starting to see signs of retailers dumping some overstock on some of those (especially the white dragons and the undead line), which suggests that they weren't doing as well as hoped.
Our own sales of the White Dragon Evolutions pack have inexplicably accelerated of late.
I'm glad to hear it! Has the red dragon set met expectations?

I'd say we're "content" with the numbers, which is more than "disappointed" and less than "happy".

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The Flip-Mat Mega-Pack should be available at the same time as the module. It's $79.99. Did I mention the package is thicker than a stack of 2 Core Rulebooks?

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Orbis Orboros wrote:
Getting Mike or Vic would be nice at this point, though.

We are discussing. (The answer will not be timely as Mike is traveling.)

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