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Wow. I still have my copy of the BBB! My binding is fine and I used the HELL out of it. To be fair though this is my third one as I gave my older copies away to friends when they got hooked on the game.
It really seems that game books are very hit and miss. The binding 1E UE is generally considered to be terrible, but I never had a problem with mine.
Sebastian Hirsch wrote:
Divine protection would have been fine it if gave a flat +1 sacred bonus to all saves. As it is, it is broken, broken, broken for Oracles.
Ah...in that case, you're right. As a medium creature, she has the option to wield it 2-handed (instead of 1-handed), but should probably use the 1-handed damage die.
I'm not familiar with the Titan Mauler archetype. Wow.
Seriously, in every other industry, 'edition' means 'published revision.' Using the word properly, pathfinder is already on its sixth edition. And, arguably, pathfinder is itself the third edition of "D&D 3.0".
Yeah...that is confusing. They really should have gone with "version" or somesuch when they did 2E in '89. But they didn't, and it stuck.
Having owned the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 6th printings of the CRB*, I would definitely pay extra for a Smyth-sewn copy. Alas, I fear I am in the minority. Maybe if we get a deluxe edition some day...
* In fairness, none of the bindings failed. I gave my 1st printing copy to a friend when I got the 3rd printing, and I still have the rest.
Edit: I did have my copy of Champions 4E (the Big Blue Book) rebound when the binding gave out...I've been paranoid about the binding of large hardbacks ever since.
For the most part, I found the hybrid classes both conceptually and mechanically redundant. But then again, I'm very much a "core-only" guy, so the book wasn't really aimed at me.
Besides, I still bought the book in PDF for PFS purposes, because the price was so reasonable, and just to reward Paizo's digital-friendly behavior.
I think I still need to put on it Paizo's community Use policy disclaimer because that paragraph is under the Permissions which has the text
If I recall correcty my business law correctly, Paizo owns the copyright to the Bonekeep scenarios, and to any rendition of the maps which is contained therein. Paizo may have trademarked "Bonekeep" (and if the haven't, they probably should). However, they do not -- if fact cannot -- own the layout of the dungeon, meaning you would be free to post your map under the name "Skeletalcastle" or whatever (assuming you aren't using any copyrighted art). That said, if you can do what you want within the community use policy, it's probably easier for everyone concerned. :)
Edit: Femur Fort? :P
I tend to ignore the setting specific ones (Dragonlance, Greyhawk, OA) unless I'm playing in those settings, though I had forgotten about the Survival Guides. As for 2E basically being "a splat book for 1st ed"...not exactly sure what you're trying to imply with that, but I don't consider a new edition a splat book for the prior edition.
As for what happens with 5E -- they've implied they're going to go slower than 3E or 4E, but who knows?
Sure. And if anyone on this board thinks that WotC wont VERY quickly start adding tonnes of splat books to add as many options, then you dont know the history of D&D.
The closest thing 1E had to a splat book was UA. TSR did, however, produce plenty of modules. Some of WotC's recent comments hint they might be going in a similar direction.
So their letting Amiri slide past the the "Inappropriately Sized Weapons" rule because technically she can treat a bastard sword as a one-handed weapon and therefor a large-sized bastard sword is in fact still considered a two-handed weapon to a medium-sized creature who is proficient with it?
Nope...I'm pretty sure she's taking the -2.
In your defense...Poe's law
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.
James Jacobs wrote:
So THAT explains why you never read my posts. ;-)
Kirth Gersen wrote:
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.
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...
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.
Then these conversations should be about empathy from all people for all people not the usual attacks of white privilege. Just as i cannot know what it is like to be black they cannot know what it is like to live in fear of retaliation for what people of my skin color did to someone of theirs at some time, to be threaten with it regularly, to be told that the school can have a african american, etc club but no such club for any variety of white. We need to get beyond race. and yes that does mean to treat all equal even if some want more/better/different.
I'm sorry you see acknowledging white privilege as an attack. I see it as the starting point for serious discussion.
Simon Legrande wrote:
Oops, is my racism showing again?
Nope...just your defensiveness. Acknowledge our differences is not racist...just realistic.
If you really want to be part of the solution, take a step back and try to picture yourself on the wrong side of centuries of ingrained racism. You won't be able to do it -- any more than I can -- but you might get enough of an inkling to help with that chip on your shoulder.
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.
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.
Simon Legrande wrote:
Frankly, as a white male, I find the idea of "white privilege" offensive. Especially the damned if you do, damned if you don't thinking behind it.
Personally, I find white privilege offensive, rather than attempts to acknowledge and combat it. White privilege is very real...even if you don't realize it. Or more accurately, because you don't.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sean K Reynolds wrote:
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.
I'm still of the mind that any new edition of Pathfinder will be a (relatively) minor tweak to the current game and that Paizo will put it off as long as possible.
Probably correct. Though I can wish, can't I?
Even a reorganized CRB (ala Beginner's Box) would be a big deal because it will invalidate the page references in every previously published book (and errata that affects pagination is something Paizo has been hesitant to embrace).
Which is a valid point.
Hmmm....now I kinda wonder why they didn't position the Strategy Guide explicitly as the stepping-stone from BB to Core.
Of course, the Unchained book with its redesigned classes could be something of a stealth edition change itself.
I've thought the same myself, and I'm very curious to see what they deliver.
I don't really get this. If you have perfectly square buildings maybe, but most building that I see are not nearly so uniform.
Not in the real world, no. Though more often than not they are rectangular, and they tend to be easier to represent on a grid. Which of course means you end up with a lot of 10' x 10' bathrooms and 5' x 5' tables, etc. What I particularly like is that 99% of buildings on Golarion seem to be aligned perfectly along cardinal directions...
It's all about ease-of-use vs. accuracy. Grids are the easiest to use, but the least accurate.
I'd just like to point out, YET AGAIN, that there has been no official statement regarding PDFs from WotC. They might eventually put everything 5E out in PDF. Just because they don't have simultaneous PDF releases doesn't mean that PDFs will never come. People here are acting like they HAVE announced that they won't be offering any 5E PDFs. Some people are acting like they announced it while kicking a bunch of puppies to death.
In a way, their refusal to answer the !@#$@# question is worse.
If and when they meet my needs by offering 5E in a non-proprietary digital format, I'll consider moving to 5E as my fantasy RPG of choice. Until then, I will not. No puppy-kicking hyperbole required.
I'm actually pretty knowledgeable about the various digital formats. As it turns out, I've spent the last ten years working in IT for one of the largest publishers in the world. But that's really beside the point. Any industry-standard data format which is NOT tied to their proprietary application would be fine.
However, if access relies on a continued sub, or on the continued existence of an authentication server, then their "digital offering" is a non-starter. Further, if they were willing to offer the content in an industry-standard format, why not make also make PDFs available, and let customers choose how they prefer to consume the content?
I'm sorry, but all indications are this this isn't about meeting the customer's needs, but rather about them maintaining absolute control, which, aside from being a fool's errand, always comes at the consumer's expense. Pass.
So for me, the answer to the OP's question is really quite simple: Wizards can release their books in a non-proprietary digital format (the standard for which, at least in the RPG market, is PDF), or they can find another customer.