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RPG Superstar 2013 Star Voter, 2014 Star Voter, 2015 Star Voter. FullStarFullStarFullStar RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Chandler. 7,353 posts (7,466 including aliases). 81 reviews. 1 list. No wishlists. 7 Pathfinder Society characters. 15 aliases.

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The OP is absolutely, unequivocally correct; Pathfinder 2.0 is NOT inevitable. Humanity could be wiped out by an asteroid tomorrow.

But barring any society-shaking event -- or the complete demise of Paizo -- there will eventually be a revision of Pathfinder. Not only does it make business sense, but with 6+ additional years of experience, I'm confident Paizo could make a better game. I do expect, however, that the eventual revision will be along the lines of tightening and clean-up, and to bring some of the better ideas (traits, archetypes, etc.) into the core, rather than a radical departure.

*** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Chandler aka bugleyman

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Um, any player can stand up and walk out at any time for any reason. If that player is the GM, either someone else steps up, or there is no game.

Or are we proposing that people be compelled to GM against their will? Actually, that might help solve the problem of not enough GMs for gamedays... :P

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Jaelithe wrote:
Why wouldn't we be able to agree on that? It's self-evident. The existence of God is not contingent on anyone's belief or disbelief.

1. I've had people argue this with me before; and

2. I've found it's safest not to assume anything when it comes to politics or religion. I simply often have to be reminded. :)

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Jaelithe wrote:
And that remains your opinion, not an indisputable fact.

You're right...such evidence could exist. I'm not entirely sure why no one has shared it if it does, but if and when they do, I'm quite ready to change my position. After all, the prospect of a benevolent, omnipotent deity is really quite appealing.

But I'm curious...can we agree that the existence (or non-existence) of God is a matter of fact, not opinion? That is, God as you envision him either exists, or he doesn't...he can't be real for you, and at the same time not real for me?

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TriOmegaZero wrote:
Pretty much. I choose to believe in a god. I don't believe there is any evidence of such a thing in our world, however. (Which is incidentally why I ignore organized religions and holy books.)

And I respect your right to believe as you do. Nor do I claim I can disprove the existence of an omnipotent god -- such a thing is manifestly impossible.

But unless/until I share whatever experience lead to this belief, I do not -- can not -- share it. Which is why I find attempts to proselytize (which, to be clear is NOT happening in this thread) to be so frustrating.

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Jaelithe wrote:
bugleyman wrote:
To be blunt, I find the whole concept of faith -- belief without empirical evidence -- to be self-evidently antithetical to our progress as a species, especially given what the statistics reveal about the origins of faith.

There's a fundamental difference between "belief without empirical evidence" and 'belief based on empirical evidence you don't accept as valid when others do' and/or 'belief based on revelation to which you have not been privy.'

I appreciate bluntness, if couched with reasonable courtesy—even if I'm not remotely swayed by the logic employed to support it.

"Belief based on revelations to which I have not been privy" is not verifiable by observation, and therefore by definition not empirical. I cannot -- and do not -- deny the possibility of such.

As to the evidence...with apologies, I will not budge. There is no strong empirical case for the existence of God (which frankly, most of the theists whom I respect freely acknowledge).

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Steven T. Helt wrote:
I'm bugged when people think that roleplaying is somehow a meaningful commentary on daily life. It's a hobby.

This. As an atheist, I enjoy playing characters of faith. The clarity afforded by an objectively verifiable personification of good is particularly appealing to me, probably because I do not believe such a thing can exist in the real world.

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To be fair, Jaelithe did allude to atheists being annoyed by bible quotations. Part of our earlier exchange was me attempting to explain why I often find them annoying (they're often implicitly treated as evidence), rather than expressing annoyance or accusing Jaelithe of using them as such in this thread. Forgive me if the distinction seems overly fine, but I do feel my earlier comments are being somewhat mis-characterized.

To be blunt, I do not believe faith is a virtue. Rather, faith -- belief without empirical evidence -- is self-evidently antithetical to our progress as a species, especially given what the statistics reveal about its origin. However, if this thread truly isn't the place for such discussion, can we maybe tone down the rhetoric about the "other side" all around?

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Jaelithe wrote:

Even if you don't consider the Bible authoritative or significant evidence for God's existence, you must nevertheless acknowledge that it speaks directly to the character of a Judeo-Christian's perception of God, which was entirely on point in responding to thejeff's comments.

Thus, it's entirely appropriate and logical to care if only in this context, whether you believe in God or not.

Yup, I got there; I was just riding the slow bus. ;-)

Edit: And I just got your last reply. I really need to start reading threads backwards before replying. :P

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thejeff wrote:
It can certainly be explaining what the doctrine and beliefs are.

Ah...that makes sense.

I need to learn to read in the implied "I believe..." in front of people statements, rather than taking them as some sort of argument.

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Jaelithe wrote:

Though I don't often do this, because most non-believers find it irritating, I'll answer with a Scriptural quote, Isaiah 1:18:

"'Come now, and let us reason together,' says THE LORD. 'Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be made white as snow.'"

I can't speak for any other non-believers, but I find it irritating because in order for the bible to be divinely inspired (as it claims), we must pre-suppose the existence of god. Using the bible to prove god exists is therefore a necessarily circular argument.

So yeah...I don't think you'll get much traction citing the bible to an atheist. :P

But we've veered way off track for this thread, so I'll excuse myself.

*** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Chandler aka bugleyman

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Jukka Särkijärvi wrote:
Incidentally, if someone needs the poems in Finnish, I'll be glad to supply my translation.'re saying you Finnished it? :P

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Alternatively we could acknowledge that bloat and character class power levels are matters of opinion. The world has plenty of real conflict without us inventing more.

Personally I find the idea that Pathfinder doesn't have a bloat problem patently ridiculous. And judging from so-called "conga line of bloat threads" it would appear I'm not the only one.

And yet somehow I'll refrain from passive-aggressively insulting anyone's parentage. Carry on.

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Ah, so now we're being preemptively dismissive of those with whom we disagree. :-/

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I've never been able to get past about episode 5 of Agents of Shield. Daredevil, on the other hand grabbed me from the first episode. Different scope/goals aside, there is much to be said for good storytelling.

BTW, what's wrong with "The Wire with masks?" The Wire is on may critics top ten lists for the best T.V. show of all time. If Daredevil even gets close it will be a first for a comic-book show.

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Never been a Daredevil fan but I'm currently four episodes in and quite impressed. Much better than Arrow or Agents of Shield, in my opinion...just entirely better than I had ever expected.

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It is basically 5E content packaged for Fantasy Grounds, which is a VTT. My understanding is that there is character generation functionality, as well as in-play support, but it all runs in the context of the VTT.

While it should come in very handy for people running a 5E game in FG, it is neither a stand-alone character generator nor an e-book "solution" (sadly).

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It seems WotC is still committed to proprietary applications over standard file formats.

Unfortunate, but wholly unsurprising at this point. In fact, I'd have been surprised if they'd have gotten it right.

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Single Eidolon butt = I'm out. ;-)

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Can we please stop labeling people based on their gaming preferences?

I started playing D&D in '84, yet I rather like 5E's mechanics. That doesn't mean I'm a "newb" or a child, any more than preferring the relative complexity of Pathfinder means you have no life.

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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. :)

*** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Chandler aka bugleyman

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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. :)

*** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Chandler aka bugleyman

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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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