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RPG Superstar 2013 Star Voter, 2014 Star Voter, 2015 Star Voter. FullStarFullStarFullStar RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Chandler. 7,301 posts (7,413 including aliases). 81 reviews. 1 list. No wishlists. 7 Pathfinder Society characters. 15 aliases.

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Threads like this can make stamp-collecting seem appealing. :-(

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pres man wrote:
Never mind, it is a wasted effort.

This. I'm not sure whats worse; he's serious, or he isn't. :(

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'Merica! 'Freedom!

Don't feed the troll, folks.

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Obvious troll is obvious.

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The Fox wrote:
You have misidentified the problem. Lack of winter is not the issue at all. It is that Gen Con is at the end of July. That is Summer in most of the northern hemisphere. In Phoenix, the end of July is an entirely different season. I think it is called Damnation.


Here is someone enjoying a pleasant July stroll in Phoenix.

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Children in a crosswalk impinge upon my freedom to drive down the street, and yet somehow I'm legally required to stop.

Where will the madness end? WHERE?

L I B E R T Y ! ! !

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Here's hoping Gencon follows through and bolts.

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thejeff wrote:

And we've seen where your approach leads too. Allowing businesses to discriminate at will leads, oddly enough, to discrimination. Leads to the despised minority lacking any practical freedom, even if they theoretically have it.

Even outside of discrimination, the same principles lead to abuse by the wealthy few and desperate poverty for the vast majority.

Plenty of states do protect their citizens from discrimination and abuse and pass regulations to ensure their safety without becoming dictatorships as you describe.

Sometimes, shockingly, the middle road actually works best.

Nope. Everyone knows it's either Mad Max or 1984.

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The right to refuse service to gays is like the right to refuse service to black people, or women, or old people. That is, for the good of society it must give way to people's right to be treated equally. Sure, you can refuse service to anyone for no reason, but you can't refuse service to someone on the basis of race, age, sex, or other protected class. Of course, the ultimate (and obvious) answer to the inevitable "sexual orientation isn't a protected class" response is to simply make sexual orientation a federally protected class. It's only a matter of time, so let's just do it already.

Edit: Some people are arguing that we have effectively already done so.

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Expecting the free market to weed out charlatans -- especially before they do plenty of damage -- simply isn't realistic in a modern, hyper-specialized economy. Most consumers lack the means, time, or ability to perform, say, independent trials of experimental drugs. That's why we have an FDA.

Why is this even a discussion?

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A highly regarded expert wrote:

My state rep. is one of the guys behind it. He's a 20-something home schooled religious nitwit. Thoroughly disgusting. -Wesco-details-the-Religious-Freedom-Restoration-Act.html

Working link

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"Religious freedom bill"


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If you enjoy delving into the minutiae of equipment maintenance, more power to you. All I'm saying is that, personally, I'd rather spend that time in other ways. Thankfully, the world is big enough for both of us.

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If and when a new screen is released...please, please, please make it landscape. :)

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Ran it twice today. I'll probably give another read through before writing a review (I'm running it again next Sunday), but my immediate thoughts:

First and foremost, this is a great scenario; probably my favorite 1-5 since Night March. There are several opportunities for fun role-playing. However, there are some gotchas:

1. It's easy -- and understandable -- for the players to get hung up on solving the riddle. Be prepared to give them a gentle push.

2. Both tables asked about the dare which sent Virml into the archives, so at least have a name or two ready in case.

3. Both tables also asked about the name of the fey lord who trapped Caught within the scroll. Have something ready for this as well.

4. The map. Oh gods, the map. Drawing it was bad enough, but we had a lot of "is that a legal square?" and "how many squares to go through a diagonal of deep bog?" (six, I think).

5. A few of the monsters do not appear in the appendix -- refresh yourself on the ju-ju zombie, void worm, and nixie before running.

6. Be ready for players who don't want to put Caught back in the scroll. By my reading, the easiest way to get the 2nd prestige is to re-imprison someone for the crime of being arrogant, meaning you might as well toss Kreighton in with him...

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Yup; wisdom definitely matters as far as perceived intelligence. Frankly, so does charisma. It's hard to accurate gauge the intelligence of someone you're that busy disliking. :P

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meeko wrote:

I like to put it in perspective of IQ

IQ = int * 10

The average human IQ is about 100. an above average human is 110-120

"genius" begins around 130 (but thats just based off of the bell curve's significant figures.)

so your wiz with an int of 19 is quite literally a Einstein in comparison to the layman, as he should be. He has the mental aptitude to comprehend 9th level spells! s&@~ that can literally redefine reality.

Genius is 145+.

Also, the IQ = int * 10 doesn't really work; the distribution is all wrong.

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ChainsawSam wrote:
15.87% of the population is dumber than that. We certainly don't institutionalize...almost 16% of our population based on intelligence alone.

Right...we use skin color for that.

Wrong thread?

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Liz, I think most of the comments in this thread are predicated on the idea that the ACG errata is done (or nearly so), and the outstanding question is simply whether it should be held until the first printing of the book is sold-out. I know my mine were.

In a more general sense, of course more errata would be nice, but I appreciate that resources are not infinite.

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Some day, possibly in the not-so-distant future, someone will decide that Paizo's use of smurf images is a copyright violation. Then Paizo will have to remove all the smurf images from their database, rendering thousands of smurf posts completely nonsensical.


Edit: OMG that is the perfect avatar for this post... :-)

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p-sto wrote:

Keeping your distribution chain happy is important though. It would be bad news for Paizo if stores decided to stop stocking their books because they feared that they can't move the product before Paizo releases another print. It does beg the question though, has Paizo consulted with retailers and have there been any specific objections to errata being released too early.

I wouldn't be all that happy if that were the driving force behind this policy though it would be a little more understandable at that point.

I'm not saying their position is wrong, exactly; merely that I believe it puts the focus in the wrong place. But again, Paizo hasn't hired me as a consultant, it's not my company, and so it's not my skin in the game. :)

I will say that, in the cases I have studied, companies don't seem to lose sight of great customer service overnight. Instead, it often happens through a series of small, seemingly well-considered decisions that gradually chip away at the customer experience over years (or even decades). I'm not saying this is definitely one of those decisions -- though I suspect it might be -- I'm saying that if it were my company, it is certainly something I'd keep in the back of my mind.

To me, supporting your customers first and foremost is always the right answer.

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Liz Courts wrote:
Local game stores are also our customers, and invalidating their inventory on a just-released title is not good for them.

I don't think releasing Errata constitutes invaliding their inventory. But even if it did, technically speaking retailers are just middle men. The consumers who buy your books are the people you should be most concerned about.

Keep in mind that, as someone moving away from printed books where possible, I have zero intention of buying any printing of the ACG, meaning I have no personal stake in this. I'm just speaking from a "business school case study" perspective when I observe that maintaining a laser focus on delighting customers nearly always pays off in the end. If it were my company, I know what I'd do. But hey, armchair quarterback. :)

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So, I'm running this twice this weekend, and have now read it twice. I am really looking forward to the NPCs, and planning to continue prepping tonight.

However, I've also sunk over an hour into drawing the maps. The first map took 15 minutes, even with a bit of problem. So far the second has taken nearly an hour, and it still isn't finished (or 100% accurate). IMHO maps predominantly oriented on the diagonals should be rejected outright before reaching a cartographer.

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Alexander Augunas wrote:

While this looks like a really fun scenario, it might hinge upon a major mechanical error.

The Overflow Archive is about a kitsune bard who escapes from an enchanted fey scroll. This kitsune possesses the Realistic Likeness feat, which he uses twice during the scenario. The first time, he transforms into a lowly, male, Pathfinder initiate. This is all well and dandy, but the next time that the PCs encounter him, the bard has taken the likeness of Kreighton Shaine. An elf.

Realistic Likeness reads as follows:


Realistic Likeness (Kitsune)
When you are in human form, you can take the shape of a specific individual.
Prerequisites: Kitsune.
Benefit: You can precisely mimic the physical features of any individual you have encountered. When you use your racial change shape ability, you can attempt to take the form of an individual, granting you a +10 circumstance bonus on Disguise checks made to fool others with your impersonation.

Now, I'd like to direct you to change shape's rule text:


Change Shape (Su): A kitsune can assume the appearance of a specific single human form of the same sex. The kitsune always takes this specific form when she uses this ability. A kitsune in human form cannot use her bite attack, but gains a +10 racial bonus on Disguise checks made to appear human. Changing shape is a standard action. This ability otherwise functions as alter self, except that the kitsune does not adjust her ability scores.

So a kitsune has three criteria that must be met when using change shape: the form must be human, it must be be of the same sex as the kitsune, and it must be a specific, single human form.

Realistic Likeness allows you to use your racial change shape (which requires you to change into a specific, human form of the same sex) to attempt to take the form of an individual. That would alter the "single, specific" clause of Realistic Likeness, but it wouldn't change "human" or "same sex." I...

I get that NPCs "following the rules" is important to some, and while there is nothing wrong with that, it seems unlikely that the players would ever note this discrepancy unless the GM shows them [REDACTED]'s stat-block.

In short, this seems like something best ignored. YMMV.

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This entire "article" can be summarized as follows:

"I hates me some Obama!"

Move along, nothing to see here. Let's not do that site the favor of any more hits.

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I am now dumber simply from having read that.

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Lorathorn wrote:
Some Pathfinder books could benefit from allowing bookmarks, on the other hand...

Agreed! I certainly wouldn't mind having more permissions on my Pathfinder PDFs. However, I am not knowledgeable about the granularity of PDF permissions; there may be a technical reason bookmarks aren't allowed.

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Kthulhu wrote:
Pathfinder PDFs do come with DRM. Have you not noticed the watermarks?

I have, and you're right...technically there is DRM. I should have written onerous DRM. Meaning I have no problem being unable edit PDFs, or that those PDFs are traceable to me. I meant things like being forced to deal with proprietary applications and file formats, the inability to copy files, etc.

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Bluenose wrote:
You know, every time I see this I have to wonder something. Of the games which do have PDFs and some sort of licensing scheme that allows for support, what do you play?

Pathfinder (mostly; owned in PDF) and Savage Worlds (when I can get it; also owned in PDF). I'd also like to try Dungeon World (which I own in PDF), 13th Age (also owned in PDF), FATE (owned in PDF) and Castles and Crusade (which -- spoiler alert -- I own in PDF).

In fact, there is literally no RPG I own or have any desire to play that isn't readily available in (DRM free!) PDF, coupled with liberal fan licensing...except D&D.

Even the RIAA has figured out that offering high-quality DRM free content is the way to go. The @#$@#$ RIAA!

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Steve Geddes wrote:
Although the fans seem to care deeply, I dont think WotC care very much whether their TTRPG is competitive with other RPG publishers. I think they want to make sure their IP remains 'current' and is generating them some level of profit while they chase the movie/computer game windfall.

I think you must have it right. Which makes me very sad, but such is life. :)

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First of all, thanks for not accusing me of being a liar -- that is, that I sneak off and play 5E because it's just that good.

Yes, that is a thing that happened.

Steve Geddes wrote:
Do you think you're representative of the entire market, though?

The entire market? No. More so every day? Absolutely. I'm already 42, but I'm pretty darn sure the printed book will become a niche item -- if not a museum piece -- within my lifetime. WotC leadership is showing all the signs of clinging to a dead business model until the bitter end.

Steve Geddes wrote:
I understand that "no PDF = no buy in" for you, but does that necessarily mean that they're doomed to fail (presuming their goal is purely to keep a foot in the door, not to dominate the TTRPG market)?

It isn't so much that the lack of PDFs will kill them; it's the "we know best" hubris behind it (and the lack of a licensing process, and the C&Ds, etc.). Any number of people have been asking for a PDF/ebook option for years to no avail. Companies which ignore their customers to that extent do so at their peril. Seriously, taking nothing away from Paizo, the TTRPG market was WotC's to lose in 2008, and lose it they did. Spectacularly.

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On the two occasions that I've played it, I found D&D 5E to be a great game. But until WotC sells PDFs and offers reasonable licensing (which is the gate-keeper for all kinds of support), the quality of the game itself is beside the point -- it simply doesn't fulfill my requirements.

Thankfully, though it may be painful to watch WotC torpedo ANOTHER edition of D&D, the industry -- at least in some form -- will survive. The economics of e-books all but guarantees that much.

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I think D&D taking the top spot was a foregone conclusion. The real question is, can it hold it? My guess is no, especially given the intentionally sparse release schedule, but WotC simply may not care. It seems to me that 5E is more about the D&D brand than it is about RPG book sales. Which is a big part of the reason I find their ongoing, multi-year failure to address e-books so puzzling...but that's another thread.

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Jonenee Merriex wrote:
And don't worry, I have your number on speed dial :D.

She isn't worried; she has caller ID. ;-)

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I'm sad to see you step down, but I'm (selfishly) glad that I was able to attend one of your conventions before you did. Not only was it a great time, but I learned a lot from you about how to run a successful con. :)

Thanks for everything you have done, and if you're ever in AZ I'd be honored and delighted to run a table for you. Best wishes!

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TOZ wrote:
My wife is not on the forums and gets to hear ALL about it. :)

Just another piece of evidence that our wives are smarter than we are. ;-)

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N. Jolly wrote:
I share Tels's sentiments here, and I think it shows that people who like this game aren't happy with the way it's being handled.

Surely you mean SOME people aren't happy? Because if this thread and the others like it are any indication, some people seem to be.

Also, delivery matters. "Hey, I don't like this thing" is almost certain to be more effective than "I declare you unfit." Trust me, I speak from experience. :P

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Just a Guess wrote:
Please don't ever pretend not to hate martials, paizo.

I have it on good authority that Erik Mona sits at his desk cackling softly to himself about his hatred of all things martial, gleefully twirling his mustache the entire time. Rumor has it that he plans to remove Power Attack from the game entirely.

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thegreenteagamer wrote:
Suffice to say, most of us who think it's cheesy think it's REALLY cheesy.


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It has nothing to do with power or balance. The old ruling simply made. no. sense. Not only was it clearly at odds with the design of prestige classes going all the way back to 3E, it essentially invalidated the entire prestige class chapter of the NPC Codex.

Are prestige classes often under-powered? Yes, yes they are. The old SLA ruling wasn't the way to fix it.

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A couple more thoughts:

* That's one more house rule I can scratch; and
* An entire chapter of the NPC Codex is no longer outdated.


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Good ruling! Between this and the 10' reach change, you guys are on a roll.

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TOZ wrote:
bugleyman wrote:
Threads like this make me want to play Savage Worlds. :P
It is not the system that is the problem, merely the players...

I'm actually inclined to say it is a bit of both.

The more crunch is published for a system, the more likely unbalanced combinations are to arise. Obviously that doesn't mean that all simple systems are balanced, or that all complex systems are not -- just that the more stuff you throw in the pot, the harder it is to foresee every possible permutation.

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Threads like this make me want to play Savage Worlds. :P

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NobodysHome wrote:

Honestly, I think the greatest favors ever done for me were by complete jerks:

- If I mis-used "its/it's" or "they're/there/their" in an English paper, I got an automatic 0 on the entire paper.
- If I made a mistake while driving, my driving instructor slammed on the brakes, yelled, "BAM! YOU'RE DEAD!", and my turn was over.

Kind of made me remember proper grammar and proper driving. Go figure.

Sounds like this.

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I find that I actually like the Arcanist as a "one-size-fits-all" full arcane caster. That is, a replacement for both the Wizard and the Sorcerer.

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David Bowles wrote:
For the most part, I really like the ACG classes. The warpriest is something that just couldn't be built right with fighter/cleric levels, just like the magus couldn't be build with fighter/wizard levels. For this reason, I'm not participating in CORE, as none of the classes I'm interested in are available in that mode.

Interesting. Personally, I've always seen the cleric as a "war-priest" out-of-the-box; They already have a martial bent. In my ideal world, I think Clerics would be six level casters, and there would be a separate pure divine caster class ("the priest?").

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Tacticslion wrote:
Your point's taken, but this is more akin to choosing not to purchase a yacht because you believe the yacht is too big for your tastes, then complaining about the fact that others have the yachts you didn't want.

Understood. In fairness, I've been a big critic of bloat in organized play, but the Core Campaign really helps, if not outright solves, that issue.

I do think there is something to the idea that too many rules increases the need for a new, cleaned-up edition, but since I would welcome that anyway, I'm not personally going to complain about it. :)

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