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Richard Redmane wrote:
I suppose it's obvious I still have a decade of lore to go through given that I understand barely a fourth of what you just wrote. But regardless, I still stand by my original request/complaint: Ditch the kitchen sink approach for Starfinder, or at least don't indulge in the subgenres of sci-fi until much later in the new game's life cycle.
While I do understand where you're coming from, I've come to realize that a big part of the success of Pathfinder stemmed from the kitchen sink approach at launch.
Think about it, when Starfinder comes out, we'll only have one AP and no modules to flesh out the setting. Now consider that if you sit ten gamers at a table to play a sci-fi game, chances are that you'll get at least five different ideas of what a sci-fi game is. Maybe a lot of gaming groups won't be interested in the flavor of sci-fi that the first AP will offer.
But if the setting laid out in the core book presents the kitchen sink approach, the GMs will be more likely to find the sort of environment their players prefer, and the adventure seeds (I'm assuming these will look like the ones in the Inner Sea World Guide) will give them a taste of what this game can bring to their table. Which will lead to them following the line, and ensuring its continuing success.
In my case, I was a big fan of Spelljammer. Still have a lot of the books. But my gaming group wants something closer to Stargate, except for someone who wants basically a Shadowrun-like game. At six months per AP, it'd take at least a year and a half to cover all three preferences. And this is just my group.
Hopefully you'll find your preferred type of sci-fi covered in the core book. Hopefully everyone will.
For magic to advance in order to keep in ahead of what technology can achieve.
I mean, magic is magical because it goes beyond what can be achieved without it, it basically grabs the laws of physics, squeezes them in a tutu, and makes them dance at the casters' whims. So in a setting where technology makes the impossible possible, magic would need to be really scaled up in order to continue being "beyond the realm of possibility".
So, a souped-up magical system, please!
"He", I suppose. Because in my native language, the rule is to use the male pronoun for individuals unless the contrary is known, and for groups unless the clear majority is female (we also have male and female third person plural pronouns). As far as I know, there is no such rule in English, or one to the contrary, so in the absence of a rule I default to habit.
I watched the trailer still somewhat hopeful. When it finished and I realized I hadn't even smiled once... not looking forward to this.
What basically hit me was that the trailer started out sounding like the movie is a sequel, then it becomes obvious that it's a remake. But it was... flat. Meh-ish is the best thing I can say about it.
Dire Elf wrote:
That's terrible, was there any chance he was innocent? Maybe he could appeal or something?
Does he have family, kids of his own? I can't imagine what it'll be like for him. It's very nice of your group to keep his things safe until he gets out.
Green Smashomancer wrote:
BUT THE MINI'S! Are the mini's okay?
Good Ral Partha metal minis. Had to be washed and repainted, but the minis themselves got off easy.
Everything made of paper, however, was... too far gone.
Our friend had to be taken to the hospital but made a full recovery. We continued gaming for several more years, before life sent each one in a different direction.
Out-of-game. Long time ago, with my second gaming group, playing AD&D on a sunny Sunday afternoon shortly before the turn of the century. The table was set on the patio, lovingly painted pewter minis next to our, admittedly, well-thumbed character sheets.
A tad graphic.:
One of the players barfed. No. That doesn't paint the correct picture. One of the players's stomach exploded upwards and out his mouth and nose, turning him into a brief but violently gushing geyser of what could only be described as an overcooked soup made with cow tripe and rotten fish heads, complete with red-brown spongy chunks.
Much like a fireman's hose, the player's mouth showered the entire table, and the two players sitting across from him-a good five feet away-for what seemed like an eternity but was probably closer to a good thirty seconds. Time seemed to slow down to a crawl. Those of us not directly involved could only stare in horror. From the blower-of-chunks, whose eyes were shut closed in sudden and visually excruciating pain, to the abject horror on the faces of those receiving said vile effluvium.
When it finally came to an end, our friend tried to utter an apology, but slid from his chair and hit his nose on the table, hard, adding a sudden, but blessedly small, spray of bright red blood to the unholy mess that the table had become. He then proceeded on his way to the floor, where he lay in a tearful sobbing heap.
Bad prawns. He'd had bad prawns the night before.
The Racist Mute can be hilarious, and still be an asset to the party.
Case in point: I misread the adventure summary for a game and showed up with a character with a seething, unquenchable hate for all that Andoran stood for, only to find out that we would actually be playing .as. Andoran undercover agents in Qadira.
So instead of changing the character, I spoke to the DM and we agreed my character didn't speak Common, and had (also) completely misunderstood what the mission was about.
Since the rest of the party was playing as deep-cover spies and saboteaurs, my character took them at face value and hacked and slashed what he considered impious Andoran sons-of-pigs, and communicated with the rest of the party in hilariously misunderstood hand signs and gobbledygook.
There is no wrong concept. There are poor executions.
I didn't get the confirmation email, but that wasn't that important anyway. Still, I checked my order and saw this, which is sort of confusing:
Subtotal (6 items) $24.48
Which means something weird is going on somewhere. Could you please clarify it? Thanks again!
Dear Paizo people,
I received an email letting me know of a problem with Order # 3461479. I noticed there that my RPG subscription still is active. On March 2 I asked for its cancellation (here: http://paizo.com/threads/rzs2s18r?Please-cancel-my-subscription).
Could you please remove the Pathfinder Unchained (OGL) Hardcover from my order?
I imagine it's a case of not being able to figure out the proper voltage and/or other parts of power generation that I don't understand! Probably the same reasons we don't try to power things with lightning bolts and such.
The one time I tried, my flux capacitor overloaded. Seems that that particular lightning bolt had 1.85 gigawatts instead of the expected 1.21. I ended up traveling to 1545 instead of 1945, and you know how awkward that can be.
Basically, nothing is canon unless you want it to be.
Events referenced in the novels as being "Golarion history" could be considered sort-of canonical, except they might turn out to be misleading information because no one in Golarion actually knows what happened in those times and the version stated in the novel is history "as far as the characters know it".
Biggest likely reason: Silver dragons are very cool, Huma and all from Dragonlance. Silver dragons are the #2 good dragon, and good dragons are supposed to be stronger than evil generally. But with just cold immunity, Silver dragons were only resistant to the very *least* of evil dragons, the barely sentient whites. Adding Acid immunity made them formidable foes for Black and Green, but still not overly dominant against the stronger Blues and Reds.
This is one explanation I would gladly accept as valid. I really love it when something in Pathfinder happens "because Dragonlance". No sarcasm, Dragonlance is my all-time favorite setting.
I simply assume that all magic has a Visible Spooky Effect.
Paladin casting Detect Evil? Her eyes shine with the light of her deity.
Sorcerer casting stilled silent Detect Thoughts? A vague blue nimbus appears around his head.
Seems to flow well with every single illustration of a spellcaster doing his mojo published in the books.
It may have to do with the glue used and your humidity levels. If the air in your home/city is just dry enough, it can cause the glue to crack and lose its gluey-ness. I know it doesn't help you and I'm sorry that it's happening, but I work in publishing and when you ship books to different climates you get some pretty unexpected results.
I once took a paperback printed in the UK on holiday to the Amazon. Within fifteen minutes of getting off the airplane, the book had swollen to at least three times its original thickness. It was part of a box set, and it never again fit its case.
I'm just trying to explain that this doesn't necessarily mean that Paizo's printers are using sub-standard glue, it might just be an unfortunate coincidence of it not being able to withstand your specific climate.