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David Neilson wrote:
Well either 19th Century or Thulsa Doom. So it can split either way there, making any of Occult classes seem ancient is just a swap of clothing and a bit of body paint.

Thulsa Doom beats Jane Austen any day of the week.


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James Jacobs wrote:

Alkenstar certainly has a unique feel to it; but it's also one of the more polarizing and more "out of context" areas in the entire campaign setting. The preponderance of guns and technology and the strange characteristics of the Mana Wastes make it a somewhat difficult region to reconcile in many minds (including mine) with the nature of the surrounding regions of Golarion.

Guns in fantasy settings tend to have this polarizing effect. In my opinion, when you put guns into a fantasy setting, you should go all-out with them, and they should be common and well-known. Final Fantasy does this very well, as does the Iron Kingdoms (created by Privateer Press).

Golarion is, for the most part, not a "guns in fantasy" world. Yet it IS supposed to be a world where everyone can find at least one corner of the world that they really enjoy. Thus, we have a gun/tech region with Alkenstar (along with vikings, science fiction/fantasy, pirates, and other specific "D&D" traditions elsewhere).

But still, Alkenstar is a particularly strange fit for the rest of Golarion, and as a result we're very unlikely to do much more with it in the future. If there's an upsurge of interest, of course, that might change, but for now, Alkenstar is perhaps the most likely place in the Inner Sea region that we'll never do much more with and thus leave it safe for GMs to develop as they wish without much fear of us coming along later to create "official canon" for the place that might disrupt or conflict with homebrew development.

well, that's a bit disappointing, even if the post was written 5 years ago.

any change in intent in the intervening years? particularly now that Iron Gods and Reign of Winter have had their share of the weird?


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equinoxmaster wrote:
UNNECESSARY BEHEADINGS HAVE INCREASED IN GALT!!!

"ALL BEHEADINGS NECESSARY" SAYS NEW EDITOR OF THE ISARN DAILY GAZETTE


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The Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting for 3E is one of the finest products ever released for D&D. I'd pick it up for the several lifetimes worth of material it contains.


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GregH wrote:

I've always wanted to re-run Against the Giants, but don't have the time or patience to convert it. So I'm really interested in this. Problem is, I play 3.5 and don't have the disposable income to move to Pathfinder. I've read that Pathfinder and 3.5 are "close enough" that you can run an adventure from one "as is" with the other rules. Is that true? Are there any serious caveats to that? If I do get this AP, I'd want to run it with minimal to no conversion.

Thanks.

heck, you could just use the SRD.


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I thought the best part was the very real possibility that Hakotep's queen escapes after she's defeated.

now that's an adventure path...


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or perhaps not even self-mutilation, but prolonged fasting on days important to the deceased, wearing of sack cloth, always dressing in black, etc.

I can see congregations of ZK's church periodically abandoning all material possessions as representative of their loss.

The S&M stuff makes for great visuals, but it doesn't make sense for most people's every day lives.


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eh. i found "fantasy prussia" quite uninspiring.


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Belabras wrote:
Yakman wrote:

Honestly, looking at the Azlanti and the Aboleth, pretty much anything in Pathfinder is dark. Inhuman aberrants with a perhaps billions of years old intelligence with plans that may have no time horizon that can be understood by mortals are right there at the bottom of everything. And there are things that might be beneath them...

The most inhuman things in the Pathfinder universe appear to have created or at least civilized the humans.

so, from the start, we are at a really bizarre and crazy dark place.

The More You Know

Yeah, some secrets are better not delved. That said, if you wanted to avoid direct Aboleth machinations, you can always go to one of the other planets.

Not Aucturn though. That's not an improvement.

can you avoid the aboleth just by going to another planet?

after all, if they really threw down the starstone....


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thejeff wrote:
JurgenV wrote:
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yellowdingo wrote:
LazarX wrote:
If Nigeria, of all places, can contain this, we should manage.
Nigeria is a commonwealth nation with socialized medicine. The usa is still struggling with equality of healthcare.
It is much smaller and easier to manage. Socialism is not the answer every time

I'm not sure an actual socialist health care system is required to deal with Ebola, but some organized government level of intervention is. Especially for those of you calling for quarantines and travel bans.

More generally, a purely free market health care system can't deal with epidemics. Infected people need to be treated and isolated, generally at significant expense, even if they can't pay, in order to keep them from passing the disease on to others.

I think that isolation is the biggest part. It needs to run it's course without another infection and then it is over
And how do you do that without government force or government funded health care? What happens to the people who can't pay?

the government pays for them anyway.


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captain yesterday wrote:

i'm starting book 1 tonight, i thought my wife and kids wouldn't like it, i let them skim the book, they all said, separate of each other "why aren't we playing this!?!"

well actually my son, only being 3 said "I want to be a robot!"

we all want to be bad boy robots


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Having only read about the Church in the Inner Sea setting, it seems to me that there's a huge amount latitude available for it.

Within Nidal, he's a national savior, as they were the only country to be saved from the continent-wide disaster of the Starfall.

Yes, there's a lot of S&M and Pinhead stuff involved, but he's also the god of Loss. I can easily see widows and orphans making offerings to him, and there being a kinder side to the faith.


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Just bought Occult Mysteries (thanks for the recommendation Jake Jacobs) and boy... some interesting things. Particularly the inhuman nature (not necessarily evil nature) of the Dominion of the Black. Some fascinating stuff there.


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Honestly, looking at the Azlanti and the Aboleth, pretty much anything in Pathfinder is dark. Inhuman aberrants with a perhaps billions of years old intelligence with plans that may have no time horizon that can be understood by mortals are right there at the bottom of everything. And there are things that might be beneath them...

The most inhuman things in the Pathfinder universe appear to have created or at least civilized the humans.

so, from the start, we are at a really bizarre and crazy dark place.


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Adam Daigle wrote:
But... but... I like eating food and having a place to live. :)

tired of it. honestly, you, and Jacobs need to quit promoting this stuff. Also Sutter. STOP TELLING ME ABOUT ALL THE GREAT THINGS YOU GUYS PUT OUT BECAUSE THEN I BUY IT.

Also, if you have a chance to talk to Sutter, can you ask him if be's got some more material about Bretheda's moons, because I have some interesting ideas....


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James Jacobs wrote:
Squeakmaan wrote:
So more like the xenomorphs from the Alien series and other H. R. Giger style stuff?

That's a better comparison, yes. They're not intended to be the actual xenomorphs though, of course.

"Valley of the Brain Collectors" will reveal a lot. There's more tidbits in "Occult Mysteries" as well.

can you please stop making me buy more product? please.


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More IRON GODS type stuff.

Want aliens, want robots, want goodness.


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I've always thought that there's a part about Razmir that we aren't being told. After all, a 19th level Wizard can do pretty much anything...


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I wouldn't have it as a Rogue Trader vessel, but a member of one of the Martian Techpriest exploration expeditions would make a ton of sense.


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i love russian dashcam videos on youtube!


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at some point, people have to go home. that point hasn't been reached yet.


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an ID needed at all for a carpet cleaner? this is a problem far worse than racism.


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new favorite brewery is port city out of alexandria virginia.

i could not imagine liking a white beer. but they made one that is enjoyable. their pale ale is also amazing.


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shut up and take my money.


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Forty2 wrote:

As far as the Palentine Eye is concerned. I like it, but I have discovered another good candidate... a follower of the Whispering Way. There have been... quite a few undead in the campaign so far, having an undead-loving foil might be a good move.

Maybe Ren stumbled into can altercation between the two groups and was thrown off the cliff to ensure his silence? Perhaps he ran across a defector from the Order? Would any of that even make sense?

Totally. The Whispering Way wants to bring undeath to everything... and whose got more undeath than Osiron?

I can easily see a Whispering Way cultist becoming fascinated with the Osiriani traditions and culture and abandoning the Avistani prediliction for lichdom and vampireism in favor of the mummification rituals of Orsiron.


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Yeah, I bought tickets on Aeroflot to fly over that part of the world the day before the plane was shot down... great...


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I love foggy mornings in the mountains of Appalachia


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GeraintElberion wrote:
Aw dang, I was waiting for this to come out so that I could buy it and completely missed the 'pre-order gets free pdf' bit of the blurb.

me too...


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Vlad Koroboff wrote:
thejeff wrote:


Much like all the talk about how Russia had no interest in looking beyond Crimea?

Well,rebels already had referendum,and formally requested to join RF.

No recognition,no nothing.Because El Presidente,like any good Cylon,has a plan.
Also,what's so bad about expansion,especially if people are OK with it?

people are NOT ok with it, the referendums were NOT legitimate, etc.

For someone who is decrying how Kiev is run by neo-nazis, it's strange how you can't see that it is Moscow who is running another Anschluss.


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oh silliness.

companies pay what they have to pay to attract and keep the talent they need to attract. sometimes they make stupid decisions, but mostly, they try hard to get it right.

besides, wages are only one piece of the puzzle.


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ORDER THEM TO USE GAS AND CLUBS.

Just think about that. Legitimate governments don't have to issue orders for this violence against their own people.

People, who by the way, were right. Yanukovich was a thief, and he shouldn't have been in power.


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How is "the lesser evil" having thugs murder civilian protesters?

Please.


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wha?

the lesser evil was NOT to massacre the protesters in Kiev. That's just evil period.

Yanukovich, larcenous coward that he is, did the right thing and ran away when his situation was no longer tenable.

He is a thief, not a mass murderer, and if he had ordered his security forces to murder those people, then he would have been overthrown even earlier, and probably not have had a chance to escape to Russia and enjoy his stolen fortunes stashed in secret bank accounts.


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Artanthos wrote:
Arnwolf wrote:
Yes, the poor are ignorant and should work hard, make money, buy property, then vote. It is far better than poor people voting themselves breads and circuses from the state coffer, which eventually destroys all democracies.

Feudalism was a perfectly functional system for centuries.

it was perfectly functional for:

1-fending off vikings/magyars/Kings
2-keeping poor people poor and marginalized
3-keeping rich people rich w/o them having to work hard or change anything

other than that... not so great.


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Vlad Koroboff wrote:
Yakman wrote:


The people manning the barricades were THE GOOD GUYS. The people who've taken over are corrupt, yeah, but they aren't nazis. That's a ridiculous assertion.

Can we call any right-wing extremist nazi?

no. you can't.

additionally, the whole "right-wing extremist" thing is just... silly. it's a ploy that moscow is using to tarnish the new gov't in ukraine and turn people against it. it's transparent and ridiculous.


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JohnLocke wrote:

This is one of the most depressing things I've ever read. Seriously, how does anyone - even the most ardent patriot - view the U.S. as anything other than an agent of violence and despair around the world?

I'm not naive - I fully support a nation doing what it has to in order to defend it's legitimate interests. But America's desperation to assert and maintain it's dominance - subjugating so many for the benefit of so few - simply infuriates me. It's that arrogance, that disregard for right and truth and simple fairness that really does it.

But I still feel angry with myself when I take pleasure from events - such as yesterday's massive gas deal between Russia and China - that circumvent America's will sometimes. I've internalized such a belief that we - "the west" - are the good guys that I consciously have to remind myself of the facts to convince myself otherwise.

the author made a lot of good points... then he called the Ukrainian revolution a "putsch" and lost me.

The people manning the barricades were THE GOOD GUYS. The people who've taken over are corrupt, yeah, but they aren't nazis. That's a ridiculous assertion.


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bugleyman wrote:
Arnwolf wrote:
It was a short term fix that put people to work. There were still economic problems caused by regulation. But the worst of the depression on the poor was over.
So...to recap, the government's deficit spending ended the Great Depression. Got it.

nope. the post-war expansion ended the great depression.

people like to talk about the depression ending with ww2, but when food and clothing is rationed, i find it hard to call that prosperity.

add in the post-war recession, and one could argue that the great depression really, truly, didn't end until 1947.


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DM Barcas wrote:
I worked a case last year where I dealt with a number of electricians. The journeyman electricians I dealt with were trained in trade school but made excellent money. Those who did trade school, became master electricians, and went back to formal school made absurd amounts of money. (They made $300/hour for consultation work on the case.)

i work on drilling rigs.

most of the hands don't have a college degree. almost all of them earn at least $80k, with the majority earning well over $100k. work your way up to being a directional driller or a company man, and that number gets much larger really fast.

there's a market for skilled tradesmen. plumbers in affluent neighborhoods make good money, as do electricians, etc. college degrees are nice, but no guarantee that you'll be relevant 10-15 years from now... people will always need toilets and electric power.


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Freehold DM wrote:
Arnwolf wrote:
The biggest problem we have is nonproperty owners voting. Biggest mistake we ever made. I don't care if they are black, jew, muslim, martian, and/or gay.
The time period where that was true to the level you insinuate has long passed.

still the case in virginia.


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Alex Smith 908 wrote:
Arnwolf wrote:
Yes, the poor are ignorant and should work hard, make money, buy property, then vote. It is far better than poor people voting themselves breads and circuses from the state coffer, which eventually destroys all democracies.
You do realize that Rome was at its height when free bread and mass entertainment existed right, and that Rome wasn't a democracy? The only democracy to truly collapse was Athens and there only people who owned land could vote. All other democracies that have fallen were destroyed in violent military coups. Most of those were caused by military personnel and veterans becoming disenfranchised with society or being mistreated. Name one democracy that allowed non-land owners to vote that has collapsed.

the weimar republic comes to mind.


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Krensky wrote:

10k a year is very low, even for a state school.

Penn State main campus is over 20k for a freshman year with room, board, fees, and books, more if you're not a Pennsylvania resident.

it depends on the state, and the school.

i'm originally from Virginia, so i'm basing my info on what the rates are there, although they've gone up quite a bit recently, and might have exceeded my figure.

i know that in texas that the big, impressive state schools charge more than the smaller ones also. i would assume that penn state does the same.


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Nicos wrote:
I always wnated to ask if every college is so expensive in the us, there is no public college or soemthing?

As far as I am aware, there is only one free accredited school in the United States, aside from teh military academies, which is Cooper Union in New York City.

Of course, only 400 students go there, and they are all brilliant, so...

Public colleges are run by the states, and are affordable, with loans generally, but beyond the reach of many people (for all expenses, $10k a year is probably a good yardstick).

Private schools are typically expensive, with the most expensive approaching $60k / year.

There are plenty of programs to make schools more affordable, but many of them are focused on loans, which means that lots of kids get out of school with loan payments that they struggle to pay.


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I think's there's a legitimate concern that minimum wages can act as an anchor for hourly salaries to gravitate to though.


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people don't have to pay a ton for a four year degree.

go to community college for two years (it's cheap!) get your associate's degree. then, transfer to a state school for your last two years.

presto, you just saved HALF of your costs, and got the best part of the college experience.

also, and here's something to think about: major in something that will get you a job. Sciences, math, engineering, medicine. the stuff people are hiring for. yeah, the economy sucks in general, but there are plenty of sectors and regions there there is growth. put yourself THERE and you'll probably do better than most kids, who don't ever think about what life is going to be like after they graduate.


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Businesses are owned by people, no? Any tax on them is effectively a tax on the business owner, who is further taxed on his direct income from the business.

Why not just cut out the corporate taxation part (which is rife with corruption and ridiculousness) and tax the actual proceeds of the business - the capital gains to the shareholder?


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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Yakman wrote:
Delaware has simple incorporation laws. It allows for a quick, relatively painless means of incorporating a company. This allows for a low start up cost for businesses. This in turn, allows for more competition.

It also allows for more corporate shenanigans, like ripping people off and reforming under a new name, or forming a corporation to buy a company and then split the companies debt off , sell the profitable part, raid the pension fund to pay for your companies "consulting fees"

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Because everyone who is anyone is a Delaware corporation, they all fall under the same regulatory schema

Or lack thereof.

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Does it siphon off tax revenue from other states? Yes.

It doesn't just re direct tax revenue. It drops it. And that means that you have to pay more in taxes to make up for that shortfall, because the government doesn't spend less just because the corporations are taxed less.

And no. That money doesn't trickle down.

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But does it benefit the economy as a whole? Yes.

There's more to the economy than wallstreet.

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Before the Delaware Corporation companies used to have to PETITION THE STATE LEGISLATURE FOR INCORPORATION. It was insane. This is a good thing.
getting incorporated was SUPPOSED to be hard. They're incredibly abusable

when it is easy to set up and yes, easy to fold up, a business, economies become more competitive. reducing the cost of entry (and exit) allows for new competitors, greater innovation, etc.

besides, corporate taxation is a bad idea in the first place. it's double taxation, and emininently abusable. tax incomes, not businesses.


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did they ever find this thing?


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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Yakman wrote:
It also ensures that companies have a single place to go to resolve disputes

In their favor

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one set of courts,

That they bought and paid for

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The "Delaware Corporation" started out as a fancy way to lure away companies from New Jersey, but it has done wonders for the US economy as a whole.

But is absolutely horrible towards actual americans that DON"T fit in a PO box.

No.

Delaware has simple incorporation laws. It allows for a quick, relatively painless means of incorporating a company. This allows for a low start up cost for businesses. This in turn, allows for more competition. Because everyone who is anyone is a Delaware corporation, they all fall under the same regulatory schema in this regards, meaning that the cost of hiring corporate law specialists decreases, since all the specialists are specialists in this field.

Does it siphon off tax revenue from other states? Yes.

But does it benefit the economy as a whole? Yes.

Before the Delaware Corporation companies used to have to PETITION THE STATE LEGISLATURE FOR INCORPORATION. It was insane. This is a good thing.


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eh, haven't been too enthused with some of the more recent offerings, but the Numeria book is going to be in my downloads file the day it goes on sale.


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Samasboy1 wrote:

Well, since they could interbreed with other human ethnicities, it would make sense that they could breed with each other...

Of course, given the high magic nature of their culture, I don't think frequent use of things like Clone would be out of order.

Ah, but they are interbreeding with other humans to create... other humans.

Perhaps to have the "Pure Azlanti" abilities, something else was involved, not just a bit of the old boot knocking.

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