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Pathfinder Society Member. 1,116 posts (1,283 including aliases). 2 reviews. 1 list. 1 wishlist. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 6 aliases.


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Blackwing is my favorite character in OOTS!

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So, I'd heard of "Dreamer Deceiver" but I'd never heard it before. Holy moly! Now I know why they call Rob "the metal god"!

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Black Sabbath's Paranoid

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Archivist.

I'm currently a librarian, but I used to be an archivist and some of what I do is not all that much different.

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Following Kajehase's example:

1) Don Quixote, by Cervantes. Loads of humor and much more lighthearted than the Dale Wasserman musical!

2) Hold Tight, Don't Let Go, by Laura Rose Wagner. Set in Haiti after the earthquake, this is the only book that made me cry this year. Excellent!

3) Nightglass, by Liane Merciel. For a story set in Nidal, very tastefully done and the traditional redemption arc made me feel good. It reminded me I haven't read a Western in a long time.

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Krull

Why it bombed: sci-fi fantasy mashup with cheesy special effects and plot (didn't help that it went up against "Star Wars" during its release).

Why it rocks: soundtrack, cheesy-aweome sets, so very, very Dungeons & Dragons in the manner of its sci-fantasy mashing. Really the whole reason I like Numeria in Pathfinder is because I saw "Krull" as a kid.

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Cutthroat Island!
1995, starring Gena Davis. One of the biggest box office bombs ever... but 12 year old me thought Matthew Modine was just too amazing and that Geena Davis was the ultimate "action girl"!

I guess it's nostalgia for my misspent youth, but I still like the movie.

CI also has some of Frank Langella's worst acting moments ever caught on film, and that's including the 2000 mini-series of Jason and the Argonauts, a Dino de Laurentiis production (he was also a producer on Flash Gordon!).

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I'm waiting with 'bated breath to find out if Malek is abandoned to the charau-ka and angazhani. Should be fun!

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I know it's been argued against, but since Paizo has done a Giants AP, they ought to do a Dragons AP!

<chants>Dragons! Dragons! Dragons!

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I had no clue that the vampire aboard the Mechane was the undead Gontor Hammerfell until you linked to Rich's post, 137ben. I think the strip would have been improved by showing Durkula creating his undead minion, because my default assumption was that Gontor was just dead, without the "arise my child, and seek the blood of the living!" option (probably because of the X X eyes).

I did get that the 7th vote was going to be necessary.

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InVinoVeritas wrote:
GreyWolfLord wrote:


I love the weather and culture in San Fran just a wee bit more though. I'll be there over the Winter Holidays, and I expect I can even go to the beach and swim without having fear of freezing to death! For example.

Eh, the California Current is a cold water current--that water comes from Alaska, unlike the Caribbean waters of the Gulf Stream off the east coast. It's why wet suits are a thing for Californian surfers. It's also why rain in California is cold and never warm.

But yeah, the set point of temperature is much higher in general.

Not quite true. SoCal got the remains of the hurricane Patricia that hit Mexico, and we expect to get a strong El Nino this year, which means potentially more warm rain and sharks in San Francisco bay. So we do get warm rain, it just fluctuates on the Southern Oscillation. It also isn't the greatest here in SoCal because it won't likely contribute to snow, which we need more than rain.

Stay thirsty, my friends!


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Do you think they offer discounts to Kuthites who show their barbed chains at the door?!

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Possibly, but when Durkon was killed, he had XX eyes before he became a vampire. Link.

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It's metal Monday! Beyond the realms of death

\m/ >< \m/

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Turin the Mad wrote:
This is NBH's game, not mine. ;)

Of course. You had just posted above me, which is probably why I made that typo. I'd have corrected my post, but I was hastily posting before I rushed out the door to go to work and I didn't see my mistake until just now. Sorry, NobodysHome! Keep up the good work!

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justaworm wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Supperman wrote:
I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next with the froghemoth now.
Definitely a love interest for Malek. How else can I possibly run it?
Oooooh. This has the potential to be the single greatest moment in Serpent's Skull history for all groups on and off this planet that have ever ran it! ... and I don't even think that is hyperbole ...

So true! I've only been lurking on this thread so far, but this comment demanded a "favorite". Keep up the awesome game Turin! I can't wait to see what happens next!

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Treppa wrote:


EDIT: Reading Nabokov's matchless prose has really taken the wind out of my NaNoWriMo sails, but I'm doing it anyway.

Way to go! I considered doing NaNoWriMo this year (and it's not too late to start) but I feel too intimidated since I don't have an idea for a new novel and last year's novel is in a big ugly pile of notes on my desk and bookshelf, eyeing me accusingly and whinging in a plaintive voice "when will you edit meee?" I'm cosidering doing a NaNoEdMo (Novel Editing Month), but haven't decided yet.

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Set wrote:


While there's religious hints aplenty in Aelyosos, Anuli and Radripal, Segada doesn't seem to have much on Arcadian gods, other than a picture of a priest of Kazutal. There doesn't seem to be a 'temple quarter' in Segada, which may give it's own hints to differences over there, or just indicate that Paizo wasn't entirely ready to pin that down quite yet, and so had this community be less religiously focused, to avoid putting a fence up prematurely and hedging out whatever neat idea shows up later for Arcadian faith(s)...

That brings up some intriguing ideas for me about home-worship and household gods. Maybe it is a culture (at least in the city) that doesn't care much for big-temple worship and prefers private ceremonies at home.

Maybe their priesthood did something really, really bad and were banished.
Maybe there was a curse placed on the city that no public temple can be erected, lest the city perish in fire, flood and plague from the other jealous gods. (Could lead to a fun campaign where PCs need to seek out a secretly built temple and destroy it, or save it...)
Lots of options!

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I actually like the final cover. Not too many products have had rakshasa on them, and the Indian/Kung-Fu mashup is very Golarion. I'm looking forward to this book!

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I really like the perspective in that last panel. But I wonder how Durkon is going to die...or die again... or whatever vampires do.

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<sings>
Do you know the way to Pangolais?
I've been away so long, I may go wrong and lose my way.
Do you know the way to Pangolais?
I'm going back to lose my mind in Pangolais.
</sings>

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Caineach wrote:
Wrote about Annie Bellet

If you read the linked article in Wired magazine on the first page of the post in the thread, she talks about why she declined her nomination. It was because she didn't want to be associated with the slate and have politics dragged into it, not because she was pressured. She explicitly states that she wasn't pressured. She felt the nomination was tainted.

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I'd totally watch an Animal Planet channel "Puppy Wars" tv show, if it's anything like the "Puppy Bowl." I picture puppies scampering across a battlefield on the Western Front, or standing in front of a draped flag to rally the troops - we could call him General Pawtton!

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MMCJawa wrote:

I thought this was a good write up of the current state of affairs from Wired

Who Won Science Fiction's Hugos, and why it matters.

I don't think this article was that well written. Mostly a matter of tone. Calling sci-fi "one of literature's crummier neighborhoods"? It mischaracterizes what sci-fi has historically been about by describing it as just "lazers and aliens" and also denigrates the fans, unless I'm misled in thinking the term "trufan" is pejorative. And it treats the awards as if there's some dividing line between "Sci-fi then" and "Sci-fi now." You'd think a Wired culture journalist would be more nuanced and knowledgable about the history of the genre. Even the so-called Golden Age she describes and that the sad puppies have nostalgia for (the one era of sci-fi that due to pulp presses was more about "lazers and aliens" than any other) wasn't just "Forbidden Planet" with its troglodytic, 1950s Hollywood misogyny.

Mischaracterizing what sci-fi is and has been historically buys in to that: "yes, it was all about space vixens and manly white-man's lazers, all about escapist middle-class and blue-collar fun and any serious ideas weren't read or appreciated." Have I read some of the "Planet Stories"? Yes. Are they fun? Yes. Are they more deserving of awards because of how they were written and their populist appeal than "Dhalgren" or "The Left Hand of Darkness"? No. Not more deserving. Just different. Can't we have both "big idea" sci-fi and "populist" sci-fi without someone saying "no, now you've ruined it"? And the idea that today's version of Delaney or Le Guinn is a threat to today's version of H. Rider Haggard is ridiculous. That seems to me to be what the puppies are arguing. This makes me very disappointed in Wired. It makes me very disappointed in the fandom.

I guess I'm fan-ranting.


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Wakes up one morning and casts Baleful Polymorph.

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golem101 wrote:
Jester David wrote:
9000 years with no art or music under the rule the theocratic rule of a sadist god's clergy...

Graphic descriptions of nastiness.

** spoiler omitted **

It's not YOUR art, but kuthonites like it. Sometimes a bit too much.
And they had close to ten thousand years to develop it, refine it, create styles and trends.

Stay away, or you may become art.

Just had this thought: some of Kafka's work would fit right in in Nidal: "A Hunger Artist," "In the Penal Colony." Heck, a Kuthonite could have written "In the Penal Colony"!

Spoiler:
Knowing something about Kafka's background and predilections, he'd probably be writing Nidal fanfic if he were around today.

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P-Funk

"Improve your interplanetary funkmanship!"

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Grond wrote:


Hobgoblins: I want to see an AP dealing with them. They are, imo, the most interesting of goblinoids and their ability to fight coherently and as a militaristic society lends itself quite easily to an AP. Have the big bad be a hobgoblin king emerge and unite their clans against the nations in Golarion where they are most easily found: Isger, Andoran, heck Molthune would be great because their constant hiring of hobgoblin clans could lead to this by having one hobgoblin king decide to take over the nation.

Apparently the hobgoblin city of Hongol in Tian Xia will be in the "Distant Shores" book.

Marco Massoudi wrote:


The hobgoblin capital of Hongol in Tian Xia has been confirmed.

Distant Shores discussion link

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1. Amiri
2. Sajan
3. Red Mantis assassin

Runner up: Damiel

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Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:


(Amuses self by imagining Hester and Tess teaming up to wreak revenge upon Arthur and Angel and other dickish men.)

That should totally be a Kate Beaton comic!

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Set wrote:
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Catfolk are too independent to form a centralized government. I can't see them running a whole city.

If Elves can have a city, and Gnomes can even manage a village, then I'm sure Catfolk can pull it together as well.

Set, I'm surprised to hear you speaking well of catfolk, given your own heritage!

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I hope the Southern Garund city is either a city in
a) Nurvatchta, because I <3 spiders!
or b) Holomog, because it already has some nice history attached to it with Durvin Gest, Mastrien Slash, and the Field of Maidens as potential plot points/quests.
Droon is cool, but dinosaur-riding lizards sounds kinda "been there, done that." Even if it is Droon (I hope not) I know Crystal will make it seem cool, or at least interesting.

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Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:

Thank you, I will pass the word along, Lord Dice.

He complained that Butler was the only black female sci-fi/fantasy author he could find at the Nashua Barnes and Noble and that Kindred was the only book they had by her. I then cuffed him for thinking that he could find a wide variety of books at the Barnes and Noble.

The comrades might also like Butler's short story collection, Bloodchild and Other Stories. Butler didn't write much short fiction, but what she has written is excellent! "Bloodchild" gets the most press and awards, but I personally like "The Evening and the Morning and the Night" the best out of the collection (or maybe I have "Bloodchild" anemia). "Speech Sounds" is also great, especially since Butler and I are both from SoCal and I know some of the places she describes in the story; I can't drive by the Music Center without thinking of that story.

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Sad Wings of Destiny

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Update: I got Ken Liu to sign my copy of The Grace of Kings after the sci-fi/fantasy panel at LA Times Festival of Books. This is one hefty book! Over 600 pages! But I'm really looking forward to it, especially after hearing Mr. Liu speak.

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<brags> I'm going to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this weekend! I get to see John Scalzi interviewed by Wil Wheaton! And I'm going to get Ken Liu to autograph The Grace of Kings for me! <crosses fingers></brag>


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<Circe enters the thread, strutting her stuff.>

Ahem...You pigs are forgetting someone.

<struts on out of the thread.>

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In my opinion, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is the best of the Sergio Leon spaghetti western trio. The others lean more heavily on , while intensifying the violence of, standard western tropes -- but TGTB&TU expands outwards and builds this whole fantasy west in an almost archetypal pastoral that is like no other western.

The "Ecstasy of Gold" theme, "The Good's" theme (Dadadadada...Wa-waaa-wa), and the standoff scene are right up there with the Odessa Steps scene in Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin as a defining moment of cinema.

I also agree that Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is better than the other two films that precede it. The 4th Indiana Jones film...<shudder!>

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Currently reading: The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett.
There is some "rounding out" of the loose threads I saw in the movie, but otherwise I feel the movie captures the essence of the novel. The only real difference is the Hays Code, because Spade does more with the ladies in the book than Bogey ever does in the film. Hammett doesn't pad his story, but I can see his process at work -- the procedural aspects that make the reader question who-dun-it, which is a thing there is less time to do as a film-viewer. I think that really is a tribute to John Houston's work.

Because I saw the movie first, all the characters sound like their counterparts, even on dialogue that wasn't in the film. Joel Cairo looks more dashing in the book, but it is hard to beat Peter Lorre for his good looks, innit?

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Feros wrote:
3!

Don't you mean 3.1415?

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I love what happens to Nobby in Feet of Clay. That book has to be in my Top 10 list, if I ever get around to writing one.

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Getting in touch with my inner LG Cavalier

Spoiler:
and Broadway geek
. link

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Since the monsters don't get much direct sun exposure, they need darkness-enabled features. I'd like to see something involving spores, or those bioluminescent bacteria, like angler-fish have. Something different than your standard "it has darkvision" response. Not everything should be able to see in the dark. I also like the monsters that have tremor-sense, echolocation, or other work-arounds for the darkness condition. It just feels more organic to me. So I hope we get some monsters with those alternative qualities.

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Maggot Brain

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Samnell, I don't know if you are still reading Civil War stuff, but I thought of you while reading this news item about abolitionist Elijah P. Lovejoy: Lovejoy's will found.

Oh, and I'm reading stuff. Serpent's Skull AP, to be exact. I liked the fiction by Robin Laws. It has a "Magnificent Seven" vibe, though the plot is very different from that movie.

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I just downloaded the Wayfinder. I'm really enjoying reading through it. This has to be the best fanzine ever, in terms of adherence to theme/style! Keep up the good work!

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I love the sound of "volcano-themed class options"!

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511. Oxygen doesn't become the third most abundant element in the universe shortly after the Big Bang. Life as we know it never evolves.

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Hi. I'm looking for a regular Pathfinder group in west LA. I tried looking on Warhorn.net, but Warhorn's website has changed since I last visited it and most of the stuff listed on there seems to be PFS specific or tournament/convention based. I'm cool with PFS, but was wondering if there are any Adventure Paths going on that I could join.

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Elfrida Andree, Piano Trio No. 2.

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