History documentaries (good ones) are really expensive. Even a single historical photograph that is "public domain" material costs money: there are archive fees, research fees, and lots of due diligence from the legal department to make sure the image can be used. And that's just one photo!
Also, the "easy to watch" factor. Sad to say, but people would rather look at fools making fools of themselves than get interested in history that actually matters, because doing that takes thought and reflection.
TCM is great, and I think of it as the "Film History" channel.
I really enjoyed this story, even the gross undead feast, and didn't see the double bluff, though I did figure Norret had something up his sleeve (so to speak). The only thing missing is there was no picture of the feast Norret painted. I think that would have been more fun to illustrate than Nella. ;)
Also, I second (third?)the KAM Pathfinder novel.
The area of Katapesh staring the Elven Druid from the story in Legacy of Fire.
I second this motion! (but Channa Ti is half-elven; her father is a Mwangi elf and her mother is Mwangi) Not only do I want to see more of Channa Ti, but I want to know more about her rift with her father and why she chose to join the Pathfinders.
Shivers. Now THAT is creepy!
(the "wants his sister to redeem him" angle is cool too, and I could see that tied in to an epic-level campaign)
I think one of the better "new psychology" school of sci-fi books is Frederik Pohl's Gateway, circa 1977.
In keeping with the new liberated sexuality of the '70s, the protagonist [shock!] finds out he's gay! [/shock!] Actually, it's one of the first sci-fi books to really probe what long-term space travel might to do people's psyches, but some of the psychology is dated. Despite this, IMO it's actually well-done sci-fi with mysterious aliens and alien tech.
Oh yeah, and they also made it into a video game.
What were the major ideas of sci-fi published in the latest 60's and 70's? I remember the Cold War and supercomputers but that's about it. Any books you'd recommended written in that era that exemplifies the trends of that time?
Sci-fi was becoming psy-fi, with Le Guin and Ellison leading the way, probing our psyches via alternate modes of being (but hasn't sci-fi always already explored those things?) While <i>Locus Awards</i> isn't the end-all of sci-fi, their list of short sci-fi from the '70s includes:"The Death of Dr Island" by Gene Wolfe,
"The Day Before the Revolution" by Ursula K. Le Guin,
"Jeffty is Five" by Harlan Ellison,
"The Persistence of Vision" by John Varley.
These selections from the winners in: "The Locus Awards: Thirty Years of the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy," Charles N. Brown and Jonathan Strahan, eds. (New York: Harper Collins, 2004).
What a powerful conclusion! In the end it was Seyusth's story, even though it starts out from Ameyanda's point of view; up until the last section I was unsure how things would turn out. I'd like to know more about Ameyanda's background and how she became a warrior. We got some of her background in this story, but I feel there is a lot more to it...Also more dinosaurs would be appreciated! :)
Thanks Lanx, for the clarification on the title. It still bothers me though. I understand the Prince of Wales is a sovereign over Wales, but in the future he will be king of England and his title as Prince of Wales won't be as important as his greater-scope sovereignty. I just find it odd that, in Golarion, the Pharaoh would choose to go by his "lesser" title rather than the more-expansive title of Pharaoh. Stavian may have political reasons for doing so, because he needs to unify fractious Taldor (the same reason Prince of Wales is such a "hot" title for heirs apparent in England, to quell Welsh nationalism), but Khemet doesn't seem to have those problems.
I just now had the chance to open the package after walking my dog, and lo and behold it is the wrong book! It is The "Blood of Fiends" book and not "The Midnight Mirror" which I ordered. I am upset with Paizo. The order/shipment form that came in the envelope has the right information, yet it is not the right book.
It came today! (I knew I should have been more patient). Thank you for the info about the USPS delivery confirmation number. I will keep that in mind for future packages.
I used the Tracking link for my order, and I saw UPS tracked the shipment from UPS up to the transfer to the Los Angeles PO on April 18, but so far no package has arrived. The projected delivery date is today (the 23rd). I'd like to contact my PO about the package, but I do not know what to say. Do I use the Package ID UPS uses when contacting USPS? Should I give them another day for delivery before contacting them?
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Thanks to the link, I stayed up for 2 hours reading the whole thread. A lot of good points were made, and viewpoints aired. I especially liked how a lot of artists and art directors were involved in the discussion. I feel the people who discounted the art, arguing gamers should rely on their own imaginations, do not realize the effect art can have. Not everyone is affected by art to the same degree, so for some art really isn't important, but for some people it can be a prime motivator of interest; hence why so many companies spend money on billboard advertising.
The Eldritch Mr. Shiny wrote:
Given that this is free internet advice from a stranger with no background in medicine: Why not just get a pill cutter and cut the dose to something manageable? Not ideal, but better than being sick every time you take your meds.
Something else that sux: having your laptop (with all your essay notes, and the essay due next day, and not backed up) stolen at the bus stop.
Yeah, I'm NOT lovin' the god of thieves right now. May Abadar smite him in holy wrath!
If you are worried about it being too big for Wayfinder, why not break your ideas into a series of smaller articles, that could be published over a spaced-out period? I looked at your spoilers, and it looks like you could get 5 or 6 separate articles out of your ideas. As for non-canon, I'm not sure of the Wayfinder policy, but things like alternative stats doesn't sound horribly "non-canon" & violate-y; it's the kind of stuff the old Dragon magazine used to do all the time.
The Nirmathas stuff is probably canon violation, but the rest of it, about the good-aligned non-tragic backgrounds and the stats, seems perfectly do-able to me. And if Wayfinder says it isn't like "Gloarion orcs" enough, you might be able to go to Kobold magazine with your articles, making them about orcs in general.
Jason Nelson wrote:
So what you're saying is that the real cover is going to have two chimerae fighting Amiri? Yay!
Never underestimate the creativity of PCs! They can McGuyver or steal almost anything if they put their minds to it. I once had a PC make "moonshine" liquor using an old suit of armor and some rotted bannanas.
I lean toward Zuxius's (and Montalve's later) response to the question of profanity. I am not opposed to it, but I much prefer if an author can use it creatively, instead of using time-worn or contemporary swear words. For example, someone using words that are profane towards a specific Golarion deity would be entertaining and contextual:
I am so pleased! Microfiction is the "next big thing" among my MFA-type friends. It is well suited to internet publishing and time-pressed readers' tastes. It's a challenging form of fiction, so kudos to you. Also, kudos for your drafting! Editing can be one of the most satisfying parts of writing.
Sanakht Inaros wrote:
@Inaros: :( I hope everything gets resolved in your favor.
Arguments in favor of cannons:-Unlike wizards and sorcerers, cannons can't be killed, turned to stone, or have their attacks counterspelled.
-Cannons can be destroyed with "Break Object" type spells and by dealing enough damage to them, but that takes the focus of an attack off the wizard preparing "Fireball" right next to the cannon. (i.e. they're a distraction)
-If the wizard or sorcerer dies, the minion can still use the cannon (at great personal risk), but not the magic scroll the wizard dropped in his death throes.
Talonne Hauk wrote:
My gaming group is about to fall apart because the host is going through a mid-life crisis and divorcing his wife. He's a real good friend, but he's being a bit of a diva, and a lot of it has to do with new online relationships he's forged. I'm sure I'll be able to find/forge a new group, but since I like this one, and I've sunk a lot of time GMing the group over the past few years, I think this is sucky.
I don't know your group dynamics, but would it be possible to have someone else host? That might take the "pressure" off your current host and the group won't need to break up.
Sanakht Inaros wrote:
The Virginia Workers Comp Commission. It's been 8 months and they STILL can't figure out how to spell my name. Letters, calls, emails, and they INSIST I don't know how to spell my last name. I didn't realize there were that many ways to misspell my name.
Well, to be fair, Sanakht Inaros isn't one of the Top 10 Baby Names in Virginia.
I'm a programming noob. I'm making one of my first projects in Visual Basic for a class I'm taking. I just spent 3 hours looking for a Property for one of my Objects, not finding it, looking on MSDN to try to find out why I couldn't find it (o the horror!) and finally, finally finding it in my Property window, where it was all along. Somehow I was just not seeing it (and my Search function on Windows hadn't found it at all!)
A public monument will be built to honour Dungeons & Dragons pioneer Gary Gygax in a park in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
aaarg! writer's block :(
I find that flipping through a Monster Manual or Bestiary is a good way to generate ideas. Just pick a monster and imagine encountering it - Who would be likely to confront this monster? Why? (Right there you have 2 characters, and a conflict: man vs. beast) The story doesn't even need to be a direct conflict - it could be about what happens before or after the conflict takes place, too.
@Dorgar: I understand your feelings of disappointment about not being in the anthology. Having worked on several publishing projects, I want you to know that it is no slight (intentionally or otherwise) to not get a place in the published book. Lots of worthy stories did not get in, for a variety of reasons. It helps, as an author, to develop a thick skin.
In terms of structure, there needs to be a mechanism and/or plot point that is really keyed to ships and sailing or ship-ship combat as an objective (whether in the over-arcing AP or in an adventure). Too many "pirate" adventures are landlubbery. Even the Monkey Island games and Pirates of the Caribbean movies tend to have the McGuffins land-based (except when the objective is getting/stealing a ship).
Ditto! The Eye of Abendego HAS to be in this one, with some neat combat modifiers and skill checks!
I'm not averse to mermaids, per se. Just the kind I saw in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." There are plenty of other monsters to use as aquatic foes that have not had so much exposure lately. What about some old-fashioned killer sharks? We need those for walkin' the plank!
I saw a billboard for Conan in my hometown (LA). It looked like it could be the cover of one of the novels, maybe one by Boris Vallejo or some artist like him. It made me want to see the movie, and I previously wasn't that interested in it...I guess having Arnold as my governor kinda turned me off to the whole "Conan" thing. :P
A "conventional" adventure path I'd like to see would be one where the Big Bad Guy is actually a fire-breathing dragon. Even more than saving the princess, killing the dragon is the founding myth of the hobby. I've killed too few dragons in the dozen years I've been playing this game.
I request more dragons. It wouldn't be too conventional to have an AP focused mainly on dragons, would it? One dragon + princess = yawn. But one dragon + another dragon = fire-breathing realpolitik.