A vendor on RPG Geek is selling the book for $18 Canadian; xe.com says that's about $17 US. The vendors typically ask you to purchase them an Amazon gift card that covers the cost of the book plus shipping.
I've only ordered one thing this way, but I was very happy with it. Good luck!!
My father took my brother and me to see Robocop when it came out. I was probably 15 (I think) and my brother was 12. As the intro screens were rolling, a little voice pipes up from in front of us and says, "Daddy, what does that say?" I simply could not believe that a parent had brought their child who was probably between ages 4 and 6 to an R-rated movie!
To stay on-topic :). My husband had our daughter watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer when she was young to show her that bad guys could be defeated. And she's fairly well grounded, though the Hush episode still freaks her out. I'm probably much more protective than he is -- but then I had that experience at Robocop! (As a teenager, *I* was grossed out!)
Or maybe a package of all the add-ons as part of an upgraded adventure path subscription? I've stopped my Pathfinder Flip-Mat, Map Packs, and Cards subscriptions, but I think it would be neat to get all the maps and cards used in the adventure path for one extra price.
I may never sleep again, but spend the rest of my waking life flossing and brushing in an effort to avoid that woman.
Hey, at least you only have to go once every six months. I get to go see my dentist (and hygienist) every three months! That's how bad I am!
Well, okay, so I did grow up without fluoridated water, and my mother does have really soft teeth too. But I drink way too much soda.
5 implants (and waiting for the jawbone to heal from the last extraction) plus um 12 (I think) root canals later... all I can say is,
"Love your hygienist, Dungeonmaster Cal, love her; for she is all that stands in the way of doom!"
One of my regular players was always late -- it was just part of her personality. So I'd tell her that the game would start at 11 and tell everyone else that it started at noon (on a Sunday). When she arrived at noon, she was right on time! :)
I don't know if this will actually help in your particular situation, but I agree with the others. Plan for her not to be there and then you're pleasantly surprised when she arrives. Depending on the situation, I might have her character as a "ride-along." She's there, but she doesn't actually do anything until the player is there.
I'm a bit late to this, but have you read the books by Gail Carriger? Soulless is the first in the series. They're set in an alternative Victoria London where vampires and werewolves are common. Our main character is born without a soul, so her mere touch changes vampires and werewolves back to human. Highly recommended.
If it's not too late, would you please cancel my order of Rise of the Runelords Deluxe Collector's Edition? I had to pay over $4K to get my car repaired last week, and I need to save the cash. I hate that I'm going to miss out on this, though...
Hi!! I thought I converted my pre-orders of the pawn collections to subscriptions, but I must not have done it right. I have 2 copies of the Rise of the Runelords pawn collection in this order, plus another copy of the Bestiary pawn collection.
Would you please correct this order so I only have one copy of the Rise of the Runelords pawn collection and no additional Bestiary pawn collection?
I'm sorry I didn't do this right....
Thanks for your help!!
Kirth Gersen wrote:
Feeling nervous. I don't remember reading in her blog where she said sexualized -- but a part of being nervous in these situations is feeling that the guy is treating you... and I'm not going to say this well I think... like an object, a thing to have. I don't know this guy and I don't know his intentions; he may very well have wanted to discuss her lecture further. But the *way* he approached her made her feel otherwise and reduced to that object.
I think -- my opinion only! -- that she's had previous experiences where someone asking her to share her ideas turned into something more that she didn't expect and she grafted those previous opinions onto this guy in the elevator.
Guys, I got mugged (and sprayed with mace in the eyes) walking back from the hotel at Dragon*Con over 10 years ago on a Sunday *morning* and I haven't been back. I imagine that Ms. Watson had something similar happen to her, not rape, but scary (again, my opinion) that led her to be more fearful in this kind of situation.
I just want to add that I've been afraid to be alone in an elevator during the *day* with a man. You don't grow up female in the US without learning where you're vulnerable. Add that to the fact that Ms. Watson was in this elevator at some godawful time in the morning when the crazies come out -- and I completely understand her reaction.
Maybe the guy really was a nice guy. But he was inviting himself to her room (!!) to have a cup of coffee at like 4 in the morning.
And I don't know anything about Dawkins except that he's a big atheist writer. But after his reaction to her very valid concerns, I will *never* read anything by him. To my mind he's clueless about half the population and isn't willing to learn.
Since I'm now reading this forum, I just realized that I'm kinda late to this particular point, and ya'll are already making it for me. :)
Cosmo, I am so sorry to be a pest, but the order is still showing as pending, and Lorefinder doesn't seem to be in a sidecart. Would you please check on it again? I just can't wait to read Shards of Sin -- I've been checking my email every hour or so to see if the order's shipped yet so I can download the PDF! :)
Thank you for *everything* you do!!
Thank you!! I figured I must have done something wrong. :) I'm glad you were able to get it straightened for me!
Hi! It looks like this is still pending because Hell's Heart is backordered. Would you please go ahead and ship the rest of the order and include Hell's Heart in next month's shipment?
One of the proud 1075! :)
I really liked where Paizo had taken Dungeon, though some of the Dragon issues were hit or miss for me. So when they gave me the option to change the rest of my subscriptions into Adventure Paths, I jumped at the chance. I think I only received 1 or 2 free, but I was hooked! The title on the back of Burnt Offerings was what we got me: "We be goblins! You be food!" I couldn't wait to see what Paizo was going to do next!
I do tend to lurk and not post much, but I do want to thank Lisa, Vic, both James, Wes, and all of the wonderful Paizo team for everything you do for the fans. I have become seriously addicted to Pathfinder!
Maybe you could convert CoCT to Pathfinder for the 10th anniversary of the adventure paths?... <hopeful>
Here is my attempt at Brodyz's suggested class levels for Keeper Crove, with thanks to Hero Lab:
Wizard Spells Known (CL 8th, 4 melee touch, 6 ranged touch, concentration +12):
According to Hero Lab, Keeper Crove can't have protection from evil as a spell, since both he and his deity are evil.
At least for me, it is easier to find print products then try to remember what folder I put the file in, then try to remember what the thing is called.
I'd just like to point out that I bought this awesome program called Bookcat that lets me keep track of the PDFs I've purchased and where I've stored them on my laptop. Whenever I want to open a PDF, I open Bookcat first. Then I can find the book info and click on the link to open the PDF.
You can also use it to keep track of which shelf you've stored the hard copy on. It can search by ISBN, so you don't have to enter all the data. Disadvantage is when a publisher doesn't purchase ISBNs -- and I know many of the PDF-only publishers don't -- I have to type in the book info manually, and I'm not very good about updating it...
I prefer PDF/print combos as well, though I'm trying to get better about purchasing PDF only. It's easier for me to read the printed book than a PDF, but I like converting adventures to OneNote files (another great program!) so copy and paste from PDF is best there.
See that's part of the problem. When I say "contraception," the religious right hears "prevent pregnancy." But I shouldn't have to tell my employer or my boss or the pharmacist that I have a medical issue that requires birth control.
The religious right treats it as ONLY preventing pregnancy and conveniently forgets the rest. I think if it weren't for birth control pills, I would have had to have a hysterectomy too. So my sympathies to your mom for having to go through that!
(And can I just say how ridiculous is that first, it's called a hysterectomy -- you're removing a woman's uterus because it causes her hysteria??? and that removing a major organ is considered a GOOD thing?)
And to be fair I've never known a man to refuse to wear a condom (though admittedly my experience is VERY limited!!). I've heard stories, though. I'd like to think the type of guys I'd hang out with would be "gentlemen," and would think of their own personal safety too! :)
The whole part where it's not about women getting pregnant. It's about women having control over their own bodies AND their health.
I'd like to point out that this assumes that a woman can get a man to WEAR a condom. It also presumes that women ONLY take birth control (contraception) to prevent pregnancy.
I'm on it because my periods are bad. I have endometriosis so bad that I can't stand up when I'm cramping. And I mostly certainly can't function at work. This doesn't even include the migraines I get.
So yeah, this is a woman's health issue -- not just a call to prevent pregnancy.
What you quoted is for employer-sponsored coverage. Yes, employers are required to provide a better plan.
Since I'm in HR :), I did some quick research, and there appears to be confusion in the insurance industry. Some people are saying that yes, catastrophic coverage will be considered individual coverage, and others are saying that it won't.
But here's a link to a news story about what insurance insiders are saying.
I think you have valid points about tax/no tax, but we need to do *something*. My leukemia medicine costs $6,000 per month -- for 30 pills. Thankfully, I have insurance so I only pay $35 (and the manufacturer does have programs to help those who can't afford it). And I did nothing wrong to get leukemia. Was it because my parents moved to a small textile mill town in the 70s where (although I can't prove it), I'm sure those textile mills were dumping God knows what kind of chemicals in the water -- and we drank well water? Was it the dental X-rays I had in my 20s? Was it the one summer I worked in one of those mills and was exposed to carcinogenic fumes for most of the summer? Nobody knows. But it's not like I'm a smoker or obese or any of those things. This just happened.
And that's my point. Sometimes bad things happen, and you need health insurance to help cover those expenses. I can't get health insurance on my own. Not surprisingly, they don't want to cover someone who could potentially have to have a bone marrow transplant (a multi-million dollar procedure), though it's been almost 9 years since my diagnosis.
Plus, if people go to the doctor early enough, these illnesses can be detected when all you have to do is take an expensive pill and not need an expensive bone marrow transplant.
I'd like to add to the discussion that you can satisfy the individual mandate by purchasing catastrophic coverage only. So if the idiot on the interstate who's driving drunk and on a suspended license without car insurance crosses the median and slams into your car, you'd be covered for the huge hospital bill to put you back together.
Admittedly, it's been a long time since I priced catastrophic coverage, but the last I checked, it can run around $20 to $50 a month. Would you be willing to spend $20 a month to have that level of coverage? It won't cover basic medical expenses, only the big stuff.
Tiny Coffee Golem wrote:
This. I moved *back* to Atlanta from Phoenix (mostly because I have family here). We're having summer right now -- temps in the 80s. The pollen is really bad, though.
When we do have winter, it's usually very mild -- but when it's bad, the city shuts down. Good excuse to stay home and game! :)
I remember reading somewhere in the Second Darkness archives that many GMs recommended replacing the first three Second Darkness AP adventures with the Freeport Trilogy from Green Ronin. I haven't tried this myself, and I don't remember who recommended it and if they mentioned how well it worked.
But it's an interesting thought that allows you to keep some of the seedy underbelly of Riddleport while adding heroic elements. As Joey mentioned above, you'd need to make sure you added the meteor and the drow...
This. I absolutely love CotCT. What's especially interesting to me is that none of the adventures in the path are superior stand-out adventures like say Whispering Cairn, Burnt Offerings, or Souls for Smuggler's Shiv. But they all build on each other in such a great way that you have a truly magnificent adventure path.
Bitter Thorn wrote:
Wow, I go away from 24 hours to do that work thing, and this topic has exploded! I know I'm late on commenting on this, but BT, I can't afford to fire my insurance company. I can't afford to have individual insurance. If I didn't work for an employer or be destitute, I'd have no coverage at all. I'm uninsurable; I have leukemia.
Now, GA law says the insurance companies are required to offer me coverage -- but it doesn't have to be affordable coverage.
Right now I'm doing well -- and trying to come off the medicine that stops the leukemia to see if that might be a permanent solution -- but there's still the risk that at some point in my life I'd need an expensive bone marrow transplant. And insurance companies really don't handle risk well, especially on an individual level.
So what's your answer for people like me who are uninsurable? Do we revise the entire healthcare system to reduce costs? (which isn't necessarily a bad idea, mind you) But then I worry about the difference between the haves and the have-nots. Right now I can have insurance very similar if not exactly like what Warren Buffett could purchase because I work for an employer that provides group coverage. But without that umbrella -- alone in an individual coverage marketplace -- I'd be lost and wouldn't have anything.
I certainly don't expect you to have all the answers (though that would be massively cool -- think of all the things you could do!! :), but I want to make sure you're seeing all the sides of the coin on this issue....
I think the issue with contraceptives here, BT, is that the Catholic Church is fine with giving Viagra to men (because it's a "legitimate medical problem"), but says that requiring them to offer similar coverage to women (that is, contraceptives) is against their religious freedom.
Because insurance is provided by employers instead of by the state as it is in other countries, you have employers who think they can control their secular employees by not offering standardized coverage.
This does not mean that I think we should necessarily switch to state-provided coverage, but I do think there should be standards so that minorities are not treated as second-class citizens by the all-powerful corporation. The employer doesn't get to say, "Oh, I think the only people who get AIDS are gay people, so I don't want to cover their medicines because I think being gay is against God."
I could go on a huge rant about the way the Catholic Church treats women (I studied medieval history!), but I won't go down that path. Suffice it to say that because some employers think that birth control is not a "medical issue" doesn't mean that they don't have to comply with the law and provide it to women.
I know my experiences are anecdotal, but most of the women I know take birth control to prevent medical issues. Preventing pregnancy is purely secondary.
It's especially frustrating watching coverage of this issue in the media, and the only people on the Congressional panel are men. The only people the Congressional panel calls to discuss this issue are men. Not saying that a male ob/gyn wouldn't have a good perspective, but you know it would be probably be a good idea to talk to the women who actually deal with these issues!
Just turned 41. Female. Never military. Been playing pretty much D&D exclusively (different formats) since 1984. Introduced to the D&D Red Box and fell in love with it. Lost interest in the 90s when TSR seemed to falter. Came back for Planescape and stuck around to 3.0, 3.5, and now Pathfinder. We don't get to game very often, though.
Answered the survey, so please don't include me.
Smarnil le couard wrote:
It depends. If you're healthy, you can probably get decent insurance for less than that a month. But heaven forbid if you're sick or someone in your family is sick! The costs can easily escalate into the thousands of dollars for the monthly premium.
Me for example. I can't even get individual insurance; they won't insure me at all, because the risk is too high. The only way I can have insurance is through my employer -- and working in the benefits department I can tell you that family coverage costs the company about $1,200 a month. The employees pay about $300 of that cost a month. It's a really good plan. Most things are paid for with copays, but the expensive stuff (hospitals, MRIs, CAT scans) go towards deductible plus coinsurance (the amounts you would have to pay before the insurance did). But there's a max out of pocket of $1,500 for individuals and $3,000 for families for deductible and coinsurance. So if something catastrophic happened, you'd only have to pay $1,500 -- but you'd still have to pay copays for doctor's visits and the like.
We got lucky this year, and our health insurance rates are only going up by about 5%. The national average is around 11% per year -- and that's just not sustainable.
You're assuming that bus service is available. I live in a suburb of Atlanta, and we just recently implemented bus service. It doesn't go nearly enough places and is a major hassle. You pretty much *have* to have a car to get anywhere -- especially in a reasonable amount of time.
BA with honors in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
Halfway through CEBS (Certified Employee Benefits Specialist) and will probably never finish. The health economics test caused my mind to explode...
I highly recommend that you change the names of some of the towns and the wizard. My players spent more time giggling over "Toaster" the wizard and the village of "Thighmaster" than paying attention to the plotline. Seems like there was another one as well that drove me crazy, but fortunately I've managed to blot it from my memory!
I also used the Caves of Chaos from Return to the Keep on the Borderlands to create some sidequests to up their experience level.
Ever so often I drag the box set out and think about trying to start up the campaign again. It's such a great concept and plot!
Would you please cancel some of my sidecart items? Trail of Cthulhu Book of Smoke, Trail of Cthulhu Bookhounds of London, Trail of Cthulhu Arkham Detective Stories (Extended Edition), and Trail of Cthulhu Rough Magicks? I was able to find them at my FLGS. :)
Thanks for your help!!
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
An excellent book that discusses this plus other travesties in American medicine is Medical Apartheid. The author can occasionally be shrill as she repeats her main point, but after reading the book, I've started recognizing more and more that what's researched is true.
Very, very scary.
My husband gets pretty upset when K is always late to everything, because my husband is always, always on time, and if we're, say, going out to dinner with K, we end up sitting at the table waiting for him for 40 minutes feeling like jerks for taking up the table and not ordering. Yes, we have talked to him about this, he knows it upsets us when he's always late to everything. He doesn't care. Therefore, we don't do anything with K anymore, besides Pathfinder.
I have a friend who is very similar; she is always an hour late for everything. So we would say to her, "We're getting together on Sunday at noon to game. See you then!" Then we would tell everyone else to come at 1 p.m. That way, no one had to wait around for her to show up. She would be "magically" right on time!
I can't remember any more, but I'm fairly certain I even told her I was doing this... and she understood the reasoning. <shrug> It's just the way she is.
Maybe that would help you with K's chronic lateness?
Everything else seemed to reference specific creatures' morale.
Robert Hawkshaw wrote:
This book sounds very familiar to me as well. I've tried a couple of different searches, including Google and Amazon, and what I came up with is George Shrinks. It doesn't have faeries, but it does seem to have the other details you mention. It doesn't sound quite right, though...
Moff Rimmer wrote:
I feel like I've learned a lot by listening to you and CourtFool and others debate. So, thank you!!
<tentatively raises hand, delurking briefly> Has anyone read Conversations with God Book One? Sure, there's plenty of hippie, feel good stuff in there, but I also felt like there were some important messages about how god communicates with us.
It certainly helped me after my cancer diagnosis. It's been a while so I'm not sure I can adequately explain it, but I think it does explain some of CourtFool's concerns over a god who can't communicate.
Sorry for the intrusion... <return to lurk mode>
Bitter Thorn wrote:
None taken, I assure you. :) I lurk A LOT and post very little.
Which reminds me, I have a lot of questions on CotCT that I should post...
Thank you both Sharoth and Bitter Thorn for your kind thoughts!! It really does mean a lot.
I can say, from being on the other end of a question on an "open" marriage, that you need to be very careful how you broach the subject. I know it works for others, but it was obvious when my husband was asking me that it would just be for him.
As you can imagine that didn't go over well.
Marriage is tough, without a doubt, but we make a promise to care for each other in "sickness and health." I know I'm not the same person he married, but ongoing cancer treatment (probably permanent -- I'm one of the "lucky" ones) means that I'm not as sexual as I was. And I can't help that!
(sigh) I apologize for the bitterness....
I would like to politely point out an attitude on this forum (and, well, quite a few other places) that is getting on my nerves.
Admittedly I've only skimmed through most of the responses, but has anyone suggested Mercedes Lackey? Her newer stuff is not nearly as good, but she has quite a few series with strong female protagonists on the front lines. The Herald-Mage series has a little more sexuality in it, but not too bad. Gore is generally kept to a minimum, and the stories are more about characters.
I highly recommend:
The Heralds of Valdemar series: Arrows of the Queen, (you can tell it's her first book, but it's still very well written.), Arrow's Flight, and Arrow's Fall
Vows and Honors series: The Oathbound, Oathbreakers, and Oathblood
The Last Herald-Mage series: Magic's Pawn, Magic's Promise, and Magic's Price
The Mage Winds series: Winds of Fate, Winds of Change, and Winds of Fury (focuses mainly on the Princess growing in her powers)
The Mage Storms series: Storm Warning, Storm Rising, and Storm Breaking (honestly my favorites of the Valdemar series)
I also enjoyed The Black Gryphon, The White Gryphon, and the Silver Gryphon, but they are a little darker than her Valdemar series.
The Five Hundred Kingdoms books have all been very enjoyable without sex or a lot of gore. What if fairy tales were true?
The Diana Tregarde series is dark and includes belief in witchcraft, so your mom may not appreciate them (Children of the Night, Burning Water, Jinx High, and Trio of Sorcery)
I'll also second David Eddings, Raymond Feist, Joel Rosenberg, and Christopher Stasheff. Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series is good but repetitive after a while. Jennifer Roberson (the novels of Tiger and Del, Chronicles of the Cheysuli). Lynn Flewelling (but I found her novels to be darker than I expected). Deborah Chester. Tanya Huff. Holly Lisle. Um, I should probably stop now! :)
Is it possible to find these files somewhere else? I'm thinking of running a Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil campaign in Golarion, and other GMs' suggestions are always welcome!
Thanks for all your hard work on this!