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Ed Reppert wrote:
I believe that his post should be passed out by professors in business schools as it shows how a company can go from a success to a failure. I only learned that TSR had come into a crisis when Dragon magazine was unavailable and was pleased that WotC came to the rescue. I think that the first thing that a business leaders need to do is listen to their customers.
There are many good games out there, and if Pathfinder does not work for a group try others. Having read what Sean K. Reynolds is working on, I will say that I like many of his ideas. (Ironically, I have been in games where fighters were dominant because the players used every supplement that they could get their hands on and had a ton of magic items. That and the GM did not understand campaign balance very well despite being a great story teller.)
I flagged both posts. Let's just flag them and let the mods ban them.
I will say that I appreciate the work that it takes to keep this site going. Having been involved in many online communities, I know the the jobs of moderators is not easy.
Sean, I like many of your ideas and have enjoyed your work for many years. (Your Scarlet Brotherhood supplement for Greyhawk made that group a favorite villain of mine.)
I do feel that splitting the base did not help TSR. Let me share this link Acquiring TSR in which Ryan Dancey.
Either moving onto the full PFRPG or finding another system seems better than splitting an existing customer base. No game can satisfy everyone, so my advice is to find something that fits your needs.
The newer material being the most accurate is a general principle of Paizo, from what several people have said here, including James Jacobs as I recall. I did not find errata specifically for this product on the resources page.
Chris, Brian D. Mooney posted this in another thread last week.
Having read some of the Pathfinder novels, here are some ideas.
Ruins: There are ruins in Kyonin, dating back to before Earthfall. The party may be asked to investigate.
Elven border party: An elven border patrol has to rusn to a crisis, and asks the PCs for some help. (Ideally, the leader can be someone that they encountered before or is connected to someone that they have worked with before.) As for the threat, how about a group of Razmiran cultists who have uncovered an artifact tied to the Old Ones and are now about to try to modify an elf gate to let something from the Dark Tapestry in to Golarion. Or have the cultists trying to infiltrate Kyonin.
From the depths: Something is causing some elven farmers or horse ranchers to disappear, and the party is tasked to get to the bottom of it. Enemies could be drow, aboleth or other horrors.
King Xeros Gambit. See the Pathfinder Wiki entry on King Xeros of Old Azlant, which is featured in a PFS adventure. An uncovered carving shows that the ship visited Kyonin and a diviner has determined that it will appear again soon in Kyonin -- near the border with Treerazer's turf. The party must get to the ship before some of Treerazer's agents do and try to rescue a helpful NPC -- who can hep advance the plot.
Both adventure sound interesting. I am somewhat surprised that the Sovereign Court faction is concerned about slavery. On reading the entry, I thought Liberty's Edge would be followed in the description by the Silver Crusade. (As I recall, many in Absalom were not happy about the resumption of the slave trade, so perhaps a noble in Absalom is active in opposing it -- and the Sovereign Court truly wants to work with this potential ally.)
Charon's Little Helper wrote:
Well - maybe I'll try it at next Origins and have a high ranking judge (VL level or higher) weigh in on it. And I'll use a level 1 character so that I can re-spec if they decide to make it suck.
Well, since it is terribly written and Rhatahema's research shows it was not used as Charon's Little Helper thought, is there a weapon that comes closer to his desire to have a very versatile weapon to use for a throwing build?
I suspect that there will be a reckoning between Brea and Deagan. Let us say that the Kallistocracy is not looking very favorable here. I am reminded of a philosopher of the past century who said that when anything -- race, creed, or nation -- is elevated above hunanity, it turns to evil. In the case of this story, I think we have a good fictional case study.
Javin Swifthand wrote:
I could see Deagan having some contingencies. I am not ruling out a set up, as there would be many who would benefit from his demise or disgrace.
Still, I think that we will see some investigation and confrontation next time. At a minimum, Deagan has some very bad information been given out as I think most people would distinguish between a hobgoblin and a goblin as a threat.
I got the joke! I imagine that due to Golarion's outer planes having multiple powers, there would be trouble for Hell and perhaps for Abadar.(I imagine Abadar would try to figure someway out of the mess, but if everyone's worshippers are impacted by the scam, he may want to hide in the First Vault.)
Ross Byers wrote:
It could well be a set up. However, some people are arrogant enough and foolish enough to do so. So far, Deagan has demonstrated that he is arrogant and has displayed poor judgment. I shall eagerly await the next installment of this series.
The casualty count is very high for Brea's soldiers. Suffice it to say, I expect there will be a reckoning soon. It could well be that someone has set up Deagan, but would not exposing and blackmailing him be much more of a punishment in Druma?
Well, for my highest level character in PFS, Ellestron Makkarios, I took a Welsh first name and a Gaulish last name.
Amanar Bakare is a Thuvian ranger. His first name is Berber (Tamazight) for the constellation Orion and his last name is Egyptioan.
Cael Ardan, a refugee from Ramziran who would like to see Ramzir's head and body on a pike, has his name drawn from Celtic sources.
Kelannon, an elven rogue, has a name that is vaguely Celtic.
Tevieil Ellyllion is derived from a Hebrew word for world and Ellyllion, Middle Welsh for "Of the Elves"
Alarun Rachlav is a mixture of Norse and Slavic names for a Varisian/Ulfen witch.
Feel free to use a lot of different sources, and remember that people do move about on Golarion or from beyond. (Hey, at least we don't have many names like Mayor Charles Oliver O'Kane from Ravens Bluff in the Forgotten Realms. I thought that I could find that one in the Chicago phone book. ;) )
On a few occasions, I have seen parties in trouble claim that they are the Aspis Consortium.
In general, identifying themselves as Pathfinders in places known for tyrannical governments or superstitious societies seldom does any good. Mind you, I would expect the Pathfinder Society to get some good PR out of season five.
Rich Burgess wrote:
I am using Chrome and tried the link. I only briefly saw the page before it went white.
Thanks. I imagine that the feral hunter is the "lone hunter" archetype. I must have read too fast.
The changes sound interesting. I would like to see more about archetypes. Is there an archetype that replaces the animal companion with something else? (If I played a hunter, I would likely go with a companion. However, it never hurts to have options.)
Also, Mark, can you maybe comment on the hunter's role? I can see hunters working well with druids and rangers, but perhaps being more focused on eliminating enemies. (Maybe a motto of the Green Faith is "Send a druid to teach and restore, a ranger to guide and defend, and a hunter to kill?")
Check your e-mail.
My biggest beef with Sarenrae is that myself and everyone at my table went to school with a girl named Sara Ray. So if Sarenrae ever gets brought up I never hear the end of 'Paladins of Sara Ray' jokes.
At least that they are not Paladins of Saran Wrap. ;)
It should be noted that historical deities were seen in different ways over time. So, it is not surprising that worshippers of Saranrae in Kelesh, Absalom, and Varisia may have very different takes on the deity.