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RPG Superstar 2013 Star Voter, 2014 Star Voter. FullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 6,746 posts (6,853 including aliases). 73 reviews. 1 list. No wishlists. 7 Pathfinder Society characters. 16 aliases.

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David Bowles wrote:
Get technologist on a skill monkey for season 6, and then just retrain it away later.

That works once you know about it. For some reason I can't discern, it isn't mentioned in the Guide to Organized Play (despite there being a "special rules for Season 6" section!)

But even so, how does a season 6 skill-money feat-tax make the game more enjoyable for anyone?

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Yes, you might not benefit directly by doing the right thing. But someone else does. And hopefully they remember, and maybe they even do the right themselves in the future...whether or not they expect to be rewarded. By acting selflessly, over time we can improve society for everyone.

Or, you know, FUGM.

I don't think it takes Confucius to figure out which one works better for everyone in the end. ;-)

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Tiny Coffee Golem wrote:
I think they should be installed in the theaters.

Sadly, some people (Surgeons, Police Detectives, Jack Bauer*) need to be reachable at all times.

* Steel-toed boots not recommended for use on Jack Bauer.

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Liranys wrote:
Seriously though, people still rend VHS???

Unfortunately, rending is an unavoidable down side of video tapes. ;-)

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Sean K Reynolds wrote:

Wiggz, that doesn't even make sense.

Your statement implies that the designers, developers, and editors at Paizo are spending X minutes per day specifically to focus on "LGBT flag waving"* instead of spending those X minutes "checking for rules compatibility" or "editing books" or "answering FAQs."

It's like you think there's some extra mental process involved in being sensitive to LGBT issues, instead of it being a trained part of your thinking. An editor doesn't read a book, then do another pass to check specifically for LGBT issues, and another to check for profanity, and another for rules language. It's all part of the same process--the editor reads the text, and if there's anything that sets off a mental flag**, something gets done about it.

* aka treating LGBT people (which includes many people on staff) like they're people... instead ignoring, marginalizing, or suppressing them.

** Whether that mental flag is "I don't think that's the correct name for the feat they're citing," or "we don't normally include f-bombs in our books," or "maybe this significant NPC shouldn't be a gay stereotype."

I don't always agree with SKR, but when I do, it's because he writes something like this.

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When I run the world, theaters will be required to employ someone with steel-toed boots to kick talkers in the unmentionables. :P

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Kelsey MacAilbert wrote:
I was born in '91.


Wow, is my spot in the old folk's home ready yet? :P

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Vod Canockers wrote:
|dvh| wrote:
Except you also get health care, etc. in Denmark.
Which you pay for as a tax.

You already covered that. No double-counting.

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MMCJawa wrote:
Alex Smith 908 wrote:
Yeah I was trying to point out how bigoted Wiggz post was. Sorry if that wasn't clear.
Yeah Sadly I have read messages on the internets that were not satire that say similar things to what you stated...

In your defense...Poe's law

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Lisa Stevens wrote:
WotC wasn't immune to the crappy paint job every so often either

As someone who purchased at least a thousand, this is absolutely true. There were some real stinkers...but there were some really good ones, too. Just like Pathfinder Battles.

Of course it's a lot easier to overlook a dog when the cost per figure is $1.25, rather than $3+, but that's hardly Paizo's fault. After all, Paizo doesn't have Hasbro (who I hear knows a thing or two about large scale toy manufacturing) behind 'em.

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James Jacobs wrote:

Did someone say something?

Weird. My computer indicated someone made a post to this thread... but I'm not seeing anything.

Hmm. Must have been the wind!

** spoiler omitted **

*shakes fist in impotent rage*

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James Jacobs wrote:
Scribbling Rambler wrote:

Mark's post on negative conditioning has implications well beyond the FAQ.

For example, when I see a particular community member who posts negative comments on every single AP, it is much harder to recognize any valid criticsms they may have. So my eyes tend to slide past their posts.

Quoted for truth... for better or worse.

So THAT explains why you never read my posts. ;-)

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Tacticslion wrote:
Please spend your money responsibly.

Nonsense! That's downright Un-American!

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Liz Courts wrote:
Kthulhu wrote:
(Although the fact that they are a online store as well adds quite a few more staff.)
Not as much as you might think.

Many, not much! </grammar rant>


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Kirth Gersen wrote:


Do whites have an entrenched advantage in the U.S. overall? Absolutely.
Do blacks have an entrenched advantage in the U.S.? Absolutely not.
Do hispanics have an entrenched advantage in the U.S.? Absolutely not.
Do I benefit from this power disparity? Often, even if I don't see it.

I think that's key -- realizing it exists, even if you often don't see it. For me, that took being on the other side of things.

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Simon Legrande wrote:
I'm not sure that I ever said racism doesn't exist. I'm quite aware of its existence partly in thanks to the term "white privilege". I'm acknowledging that racism exists on all sides and that anyone who says only whites can be racist is flat out wrong. The way I see it, the only way to eliminate racism is for ALL people to stop practicing it.

And I don't think I accused you of saying racism doesn't exist.

What I meant was that ignoring race entirely -- assuming such a thing is possible -- actually enables racism unless everyone does it. And since we know that not everyone does...

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Simon Legrande wrote:
That chip up there is called collectivism. I keep it there as a reminder that even though I wish to be treated as an individual and strive to treat others the same, that will usually be considered bad because many other people would rather identify themselves by the group they belong to. Every now and then someone comes along and tries to load some guilt up there too. Because for some reason I should be held accountable for the actions of people I've never met just because we have the same skin color. Well there's no room for the guilt so don't expect me to feel any.

Nor should you.

But refusing to acknowledge racism doesn't eliminate it, just as the act of acknowledging racism is not itself racist.

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And now, a Musical Interlude.

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thejeff wrote:
"White privilege" isn't about guilt. It's about recognizing the institutional prejudices and not reinforcing them, even if that's just by not denying that they exist and effect others.

Well said.

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Simon Legrande wrote:
This is why I pointed out that it was a rhetorical question. I knew that it was impossible and someone was likely to come along and explain how I'm wrong for thinking people shouldn't be treated as lesser people for having a different skin color because as a white person I just don't know any better. I'm actually surprised if took this long.

Only that isn't what happened. But as you pointed out, you'd already made up your mind what the response was going to be, so what actually happened doesn't really matter.

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JurgenV wrote:
Other than insulting and verbal beatings to whites who get involved in race discussions with out self flagellation HOW do you combat it?

In a word? Empathy.

I'm a white male. But I'm a white male who grew up in Hawaii, at a time when racial slurs were openly used against the light-skinned. And I don't just mean some people used them....pretty much everyone did. School employees, civil servants, etc. At the time, of course, I hated it. In hindsight, I think it gave me some perspective. So while I can't begin to imagine how it feels to be black, I do have some experience living with a culture of racism. And it sucks, not matter how "subtle" it happens to be.

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I actively dislike the "grow at all costs" paradigm. I've worked in enough large companies to know that once you get past a certain size, mediocrity is all but guaranteed.

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Ssalarn wrote:
Instead of telling someone their work sucks, tell them what they did right first, and then offer a suggestion on how the weak portions could be better. I forget that sometimes as well, but it's a philosophy for communicating criticism we should all strive to uphold.

That's great advice...which I would do well to remember myself.

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As to the question "does Paizo have too many irons in the fire?"

I'd say...maybe. I'd say the customer service back-up and the ACG editing do seem to point to them being right on the ragged edge of what they're current able to handle. Things should improve, though, once they are able to bring more CS folks on board.

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Super-reasonable PDF policy, especially with respect to the price of the hardbacks in the RPG line.

They support a vibrant, healthy organized play program.

With few exceptions, I find their adventures to be first-class.

Even though they don't necessarily do what I want, they are generally very responsive to customer requests.

Flip-mats are crazy awesome.

Erik Mona has been very approachable and not at all dismissive on the occasions I've met him.



The Beginner Box.

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"Professor Snap" should have been a thing. Just sayin'.

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Sean K Reynolds wrote:
I've seen the 1st and 2nd printing AA, and I know they don't have "stats for a buttery knife." So unless he has a unique printing that does, he is lying.

Or he was incorrectly remembering what he saw from the ToC as having been in the text. People do that sometimes. Generally, we call it a mistake, rather than a lie.

And really, there's still an error in the book, so irrespective of its particular nature, his point stands.

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Sean K Reynolds wrote:
BigDTBone wrote:
The forest is right over there, by the trees.

My point still stands: you shouldn't propagate false information when you know it is untrue, as this conversation between Vic and *you* in 2011 shows that you know it is untrue.

Actually, it doesn't. It shows Vic responding to his post, but not further response from him -- meaning there's no way to know if he ever saw Vic's reply.

Personally, I think I'd have more evidence than that before I essentially called someone a liar. But hey, don't let that stop you.

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Kthulhu wrote:
I am assuming, however, that Paizo maintains some sort of oversight. If Dynamite turns out a six issue Kyra/aboleth hentai, would Paizo find out as they were published, or would they veto it beforehand?

Veto? That?

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Mythic Evil Lincoln wrote:
All of the page references in my 3.5 APs are wrong and I run them in Pathfinder easily enough.

Maybe, but you're Mythic. ;-)

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Sanity prevails. :)

Also: How could anyone not want a Core Rulebook that looks more like those cards?

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I think the solution is to add more customer support people. :)

P.S. Kudos on the full-ride insurance for a customer-support position. It's almost like treating your employees well makes them happy, or something. ;-)

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Steve Geddes wrote:

I know. You've always been clear you're not advocating piracy - I pretty much agree with your position in that thread (not quite to the same extent, but pretty much).

I was commenting on your claim that nobody has advocated piracy or tacitly endorsed it. I don't think that held once the argument of ethics vs legality was introduced (not by you).

Ah; then please accept my apology. The whole thing has left a bad taste in my mouth and I appear to have assumed the worst.

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So to recap: WotC's failure to offer PDFs:

1. Inconveniences customers.
2. Reduces revenue.
3. Has no effect whatsoever on pirates.

But clearly they know what they're doing, because they're a big company, and as we know, big companies never make big mistakes...amirite?

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Did someone call me? RAWR!

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CireJack wrote:

So since this was run as a special, does it count towards the "10 exclusives/specials" for qualification for 5th GM star?

I only ask because I'm at 99 tables and want to start getting those in soon.'ve got 99 tables but an exclusive ain't one?



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Just got back to AZ from attending this convention. Ran two tables of Cairn of Shadows, got to play on five others -- it was a blast! Just a really well run Con; I wish I had found it sooner. I will definitely be back.


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VOTOZ wrote:
VOTOZ is online.

I, for one, welcome our new robotic overlords.

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Hmmm...I hope they get the flow of the rooms right.

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Chris Lambertz wrote:
Removed a few baiting posts. Guys, this one is starting the unravel at the seams. Please be aware that all kinds of gamers come to, that edition warring is ultimately unproductive, and remember to be civil to each other. Thanks!

Hey! Edition warriors are people, too!

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ikarinokami wrote:
as everyone knows the big issue with doing 2.0 is that paizo would likely invalidate previous A.P.s, that's probably the biggest issue, before paizo most companies survived on rule books and splat books, so it made sense to redo the rules ever 5 years or so. with paizo a lot of it comes from the AP's so it might not make economic sense to have a new edition.

I think if they did a 3.0->3.5 level transition, and focused on the presentation and organization, they could produce a rule-set that would work with the existing material with very little adjustment...roughly like running one of the OGL adventure paths using Pathfinder. Though admittedly, there would still be some work involved.


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If only there were a simple putting Season 6's special rules in the Guide to Organized Play's "Season 6 Special Rules" section.

I swear, is there anything people won't argue on the Internet? :P

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Jail House Rock wrote:

YES YES YES. It is awesome, but it should be better. Please start a second version and publish it ASAP.

Also, can you break the WotC connection? It seems you have enough proprietary material to let Pathfinder RPG run on its own (and finally bury WotC once and for all.)

Edit: Can a purely Paizo IP version of Pathfinder RPG put WotC down for the count? If so, publish it now.

Absolutely, unequivocally not possible for Paizo to "put WotC down." D&D could disappear tomorrow, and WotC would continue merrily along with Magic.

Besides, why would you want such a thing? Enjoy people being laid-off? Think competition is bad? :P

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Kthulhu wrote:
These forums, despite the opinion of some, aren't really any better than any others. There have been a few threads where I've had the entire Paizo Defense Force rise up and tell me to GTFO, that my opinions were unwelcome, and that I should leave these forums and not return sine I have the temerity to prefer some other system to Pathfinder.

The "Paizo Defense Force" is definitely a thing. Unfortunately.


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Jeff Merola wrote:

Except that the creature could be completely dissimilar to anything you've ever heard of, or a creature that actively pretends to be another type of creature, and you still wouldn't need a feat to ID it, unless it had the Robot subtype, apparently.

Look, I understand that I'm not going to get things changed. Paizo has obviously decided that this is how things work and my opinion really doesn't matter to them as a whole. I just don't understand why this is where they chose to draw the line in what skills could do.

"This is a CR 1 Robot. You're a level 20 Wizard with 20 ranks in Knowledge (Engineering) and a super high intelligence, but you don't have the Technologist feat so you can't identify it. You can, however, go over there and pilot the Tsar Tank with no further training needed."

Yeah, it's a train wreck. Put a rule that changes how a scenario works in a book not referenced anywhere in the scenario. *sigh*

I think I'll avoid running any scenarios involving technology for the time being.

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Pan wrote:
You can argue there needs to be changes made but as long as Paizo continues to make money and be successful with their current strategies, that's not going to happen; Regardless of your opinion.

I'm sorry, but the tone of your post is very much "if you don't like how things are, shut up, because they aren't changing" and I just can't agree with that. Customers can and should offer feedback, whether you agree with that feedback or not. In the case of play tests, Paizo is explicitly asking for feedback.

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Pan wrote:
I think you are mistaking fanbase with forum-base. The only people that talk about PF problems at PFS are forum goers IME. The folks that just show up to game are quite happy with PF and its direction.

Right up until they're not, and they just stop showing up. And no, many of those people don't come to the forums...they just go away. In fact, many people refuse to come to these forums because this isn't a friendly place if you're even perceived as being at all critical of Pathfinder. But that's another thread.

Pan wrote:
Its possible that you and yours are not, but I urge caution in trying to make a case for the majority. It might just be the case you and Paizo/PF are not a good fit. Though numbers wont lie despite making the same mistakes over and over, PF remains successful and popular.

Yes, Pathfinder is popular. So is McDonald's. Personally, I play Pathfinder in spite of the rules, not because of them. Neither of us has any idea how many others feel the same.

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