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And now for something completely different: I wish WotC would update the Basic PDF to have the page numbers in the correct corners... :)


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JoeJ wrote:
When I first paged through 4e at the book store it looked to me like a video game rather than an RPG.

Completely agree. Except for the lack of a controller, display, and graphics of any kind, it was just like a video game!

Pardon the sarcasm, but this little bit of edition warring needs to be taken out behind the chemical shed.


Lisa Stevens wrote:

We may very well be "kicked down" to #2, but it would be more accurate to say "kicked up" to #2, because Pathfinder continues to grow and sell more and more Core Rulebooks. This quarter we are in right now, the one where D&D 5e is releasing, will see us sell more Beginner's Boxes and Core Rulebooks than any other quarter outside of the ones the two products were released in!

It seems pretty clear to me that D&D5 is going to scratch an itch for some customers that wouldn't be interested in Pathfinder. Different strokes for different folks. I don't think there is all that much overlap between our two markets, which is great for roleplaying games, since that means more people playing RPGs. If we were just divvying up the same shrinking pie, then it would be a losing situation for all. But for my vantage, it seems like RPGs are growing. I know that Pathfinder sure is!

-Lisa

Pathfinder and 5E aren't mutually exclusive, either. I expect to run a home game with 5E, but I don't see myself abandoning PFS any time soon. All my friends are there. :)


GypsyMischief wrote:
And then I got trounced, because the forums are a happy place.

Sadly, that's all too common. We tend to turn on each other quite readily. :-/


houstonderek wrote:

Without the OGL we had:

AD&D (what eventually became Pathfinder, is OSRIC, and basically is Castle and Crusades) - underwhelming example.
Champions (much better game than Mutants and Masterminds)
A crapload of other systems that were relatively popular and commercially viable until the OGL and the d20 era.

So, the OGL, again, basically made a market where it was all basically "Let's play 3.X in space/superheroes/spyland/Star Wars!!!".

Ugh.

Diversity. It's what the OGL KILLED, not encouraged.

Seriously, I don't care about OSRIC/castles and crusades/13th age/any d20 fantasy game other than D&D, I don't need twenty different names for basically the same d20 fantasy game. If I want a different flavor of fantasy, I want a completely different system so it feels different. Not the exact same mechanics with different fluff.

I guess I didn't have that experience. I could still play Champions just fine. In fact, a new edition of Hero came out in 2001. And we got new games like Fate (2003) and Savage Worlds(2004) during the heyday of the OGL.


Without the OGL, there would be no:

Pathfinder
Castles and Crusades
Mutants and Masterminds
OSRIC
13th Age
Labyrinth Lord
Spy Craft
Etc., etc., etc.

Was there a flood of crap? Absolutely (Fast Forward, I'm looking at you). But overall, lots of cool games -- and a lot of great adventures -- wouldn't exist without the OGL. YMMV.


I predict that arguing about Gaza will prove about as effective at resolving the conflict as lobbing rockets has been.


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Someone said "pray for Gaza," so they' antisemitic? Reminds me of the Seinfeld where everyone was calling Jerry an "anti-dentite" because he disliked the dentist.

Sometimes I seriously consider moving into a cave in the mountains. :-/


houstonderek wrote:

To answer the OP:

I was busted and lost it all (what I was busted with had a retail value of about five million dollars, so I was a millionaire for about two minutes before the Feds swooped in ;-) ),

Hey, that's two minutes longer than I've managed...


Diego Rossi wrote:
To hit a invisible creature or one with total concealment you attack the square, not the creature.

Right. Meaning the square is the target. And if the square is in the middle of a cloud, you can't see it, therefore according to RAW, you can't target it, no?

Again, I understand how it works. I would simply like it if the rules were clear.


LazarX wrote:
That really hasn't benefited WOTC that well, has it? It's been good for US, true, but not for WOTC's bottom line. That was part of the problem with 3rd edition for WOTC, people were buying other products, not Wizards'.

Perhaps, but even assuming that's true, WotC can't go back in time and undo the OGL. They can either embrace the OGL with 5E, and gain advantage, or try (again) to kill it, and gain disadvantage. ;)

As someone who wants to see 5e succeed, I hope they do the former.


Electric Wizard wrote:
No one has mentioned The Death Tax. That's a Socialist thing isn't it? (I really don't know.)

I can't tell if you're being serious.

I mentioned the estate tax upthread...that's what some people call the "death tax." And it's "Socialist" in so far as the very idea of taxation itself is Socialist -- which is to say, not at all.


Scott Betts wrote:
I remain convinced that the actual terms of the license didn't matter at all, except insofar as people misconstrued or misjudged the terms of the license (save, perhaps, large companies like Paizo for whom the license is actually untenable), especially after its revision. There are a number of small 3pps that worked within the GSL just fine.

And I remain convinced that if WotC had released 4E under the OGL from the start, there wouldn't be a Pathfinder RPG. The OGL made Pathfinder possible, but WotC abandoning the OGL made Pathfinder necessary. You know as well as I do that the "we can't tell the kinds of stories we want with 4E" excuse is tripe. You know because you've used 4E to tell those stories. You wrote an excellent conversion of ROTRL for 4E, for heaven's sake.

Scott Betts wrote:
But why would anyone do that? Given the choice between buying the version of 5e made by the official creators and with a huge support and player base, or the version of 5e made by a tiny company with very little to distinguish itself and almost no player base adoption, why would anyone choose the latter? Edition clones have only been reasonably successful when they clone a version of the game that is no longer in print.

I'm not suggesting someone would...I'm suggesting that WotC's irrational fear of someone doing so is the only reason I can see for them not releasing 5E under the OGL. Which is funny, because if someone did want to do it, not releasing 5E under the OGL wouldn't stop them.

You're obviously free to disagree, but it seems quite clear to me that Wotc has little to gain by avoiding the OGL...but quite a lot to lose.

**

I attended the slot zero, and there were some issues with the scenario. :P


Scott Betts wrote:
Plenty of people are willing to put up with the OGL for the system it was written for. I expect very few people are willing to shoehorn it into systems that it was not written for. We're talking about 5e, not 3.5.

The OGL has been put to use re-creating pretty much every other version of D&D: Everything from OSRIC and Castles and Crusades (1st Edition) to Labrinth Lord (D&D) to god knows what else. All they do is change a few names. I think it's highly likely someone will do the same thing for 5th edition unless they're given a better choice (i.e. the release of 5E under the OGL). Advantage becomes favor; disadvantage becomes disfavor. Pretty much all the other terms (AC, hit points, hit dice, saving throws, etc.) are accessible through the existing 3.5 OGL.

Scott Betts wrote:
Especially once an actual licensing framework is released for 5e.

Perhaps. However, I think the GSL fiasco demonstrated pretty conclusively that the terms of the license matter.

So in summary: By not releasing 5E under the OGL, WotC can make it inconvenient to support 5E. However, a determined party could still use the 3.5 OGL to do what Paizo has done with 3.5 (and what WotC apparently fears someone will do with 5E): Publish a viable D&D competitor. As someone who wants to see 5E succeed, that seems like the worst of all possible worlds.


Scott Betts wrote:
Why would WotC voluntarily cheapen the value of its own licensee (Trapdoor Technologies) by allowing other digital tools companies the same level of rights access without the protections of a (robust) licensing agreement? Heck, it's possible that Trapdoor even has an exclusive license to develop D&D digital tools.

The specific item in question (digital chargen tools) is kinda incidental to my point: The OGL cat is out of the bag. People who really want to put in the effort can already do 5E products using the OGL (see Frog God). All that not releasing 5E explicitly under the OGL does is muddy the waters, raise the bar to entry (not every company has a lawyer or judge on-staff), and discourage participation.

I'm buying 5E either way, and want to see it succeed. In my opinion repeating the lack of communication at launch surrounding licensing for 4E isn't a good start.


Jeraa wrote:

Any particular reason this is on a Paizo board, and not a WotC one? I'm not sure what the point of posting this here is.

That aside, I would be surprised if 5e gets an OGL treatment like 3e did. That didn't work out like WotC probably thought it would. It ended making their largest competitor possible (allowing Paizo to create Pathfinder, and therefore compete with 4e).

If anything, we may see something similar to how 4e OGL stuff was done. No actual mechanics, just the names. You can reference where the material is, but thats about it.

I posted here because this is the board I use the most by far, and I think it is of interest to many here. That said, I did also post on ENWorld. The WotC forums are horrible to the point that I'm simply unwilling to use them.

As for making their largest competitor possible -- that's totally true, but too late to take back.


Dear WotC:

Over on the Lone Wolf forums there is a discussion about Hero Lab supporting 5E. The gist is that their hands are tied until you releases news on 5E licensing.

This is exactly what I feared would happen.

You should have learned from 4E and embraced the OGL early and publicly for 5E. Unfortunately, your failure to do so is already having negative effects on your potential customers. And for what? The OGL genie is out of the bottle. The good news is that it isn't too late to make it right. Release 5E under the OGL. Don't discourage third party support of your product by creating uncertainty. Don't hamstring 5E before it is even released. Please.

Sincerely,

A D&D fan
32 years and counting


Andostre wrote:

Am I reading the basic rules correctly in that the allowable Dex bonus is the same for each armor category (entire bonus for light armors, +2 for medium armors, and 0 for heavy armors)?

If so, this is so minor and nitpicky that I hesitate to even mention it, but I did like in 3.x that in each armor category there was a variety of allowable Dex bonuses. This meant that a character's Dex bonus and the armor's base AC were both considerations in which armor was picked, and this led to a variety of preferred armors.

Now, in most cases, each character is just going to gravitate to the same armor types: studded leather, half plate, and plate.

Also, "chainmail is now a heavy armor" is going to appear in all those "things that changed in 5th edition that you didn't know about" threads.

I think that's by design; that is, a conscious choice to favor simplicity and consistency over additional detail which may (or may not) be more "realistic." I happen to like the change, but it is entirely a matter of opinion, of course. I do think that padded armor imposing disadvantage on stealth is a clear WTF moment, though.

As for "chainmail is heavy armor" -- That was a point of confusion during the very first 5E session I ran.


This came up at a PFS table I was GMing several weeks back. According to the PRD (and my sixth printing corebook):

PRD wrote:
"Ranged Attacks: With a ranged weapon, you can shoot or throw at any target that is within the weapon's maximum range and in line of sight."

(emphasis mine)

Surely this should read line of effect, rather than line of sight? Otherwise this implies that shooting a target in darkness or concealment isn't possible.

Obviously in a home game, I just rule this as line of effect and move on, but it would be nice to have the wording changed for PFS purposes.


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So I ran my first session of 5E over the weekend. We began the Starter Set adventure using the basic rules.

The game moved along well. We spend a total of five hours, which included character generation and dinner. During the ~3.5 hours we actually spent playing, we got through five combats and wrapped up the first section of the adventure. It reminded me of "reset" 3rd edition with many of the corner-case rules removed. I particularly liked the "hybrid" prepared/spontaneous spell-casting model shared by the cleric and the wizard. Someone at the table described it as a "D&D greatest hits," which I think was very appropriate.

We tried going map-less for a combat, but it just didn't feel quite right. Then we tried a grid with minis, and while that was close, it felt a bit "fiddly" for the rules-moderate nature of the game. We decided next time we're going to use minis and maps, but without a grid, and just measure distance with string. That should offer a visually appealing tactical representation without the restrictive feel of a grid. Since the rules don't assume a grid, it seems like the best balance. It also seems appropriate given D&D's war-game roots.

One thing I noticed was the need to read and re-read the basic rules. With several iterations of D&D and Pathfinder rattling around in my head, it was really tough to keep everything straight.

Naturally the lack of customization in the Basic Rules was very confining, but the experience left me really wanting to see the Player's Handbook. I still fear WotC is going to make bone-headed mistake at the last minute, but I'm excited in spite of myself: 5E might end up being close to my "ideal" D&D. If so, it will become my "go-to" game for fantasy role-playing, but it seems highly likely that I'll be sticking with Pathfinder for organized play unless most of my friends switch (thanks, network effects!).


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Brian Torrens wrote:
I have access to some high-tech printing equipment and running on thick cardstock isn't usually an issue.

*Activates +4 laser-stare of envy*


Brian Torrens wrote:
How thick are the pawns (the stock itself). I am considering ordering some of the bases, but I would like to know how wide the opening is so I know how thick a card stock to print my pdfs on. I picked up some of the pdfs of the pawn sets and I find it really handy to print out just the figures I need for a specific set of encounters.

Very thick -- it's closer to card board than card stock. Picture the box a Monopoly set comes in. You probably can't print on something this thick...I would suggest printing on labels, then affixing to poster board or even foam core.

Edit: Just measured -- they're about 1/12" thick.


thejeff wrote:

Why eliminate the capital gains tax? Doesn't that just encourage more financial gambling?

Or do you mean eliminate the separate treatment of capital gains and tax it as regular income? That would make more sense.

And there should at least be some level of exemption on estate tax. The truly rich can just start foundations and trust funds instead anyway.

I was basically being a smart-ass by offering to concede the just world fallacy if we could agree to eliminate inheritance. :P


Hey, I have a fool-proof plan plan for eliminating the whole inequality debate!

1. Eliminate the capital gains tax.
2. Institute a 100% estate/expatriation tax.

No more unproductive rich. Problem solved.


Andrew R wrote:
And the jealous will be here any moment to cry that they have too much and deserve to be robed of it

I am not in support of robing (or disrobing) anyone.


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Supreme Court 2014: The only freedom that matters is mine. :P


Auxmaulous wrote:

These are huge concerns - on top of all of that, Wotc has not put out a good module since they took over the TSR reigns. IMO - of course. I just can't think of anything that was slightly memorable that they have produced during the 3rd/3.5 era. Not talking Dungeon mag 3rd ed era, some of those were good - much better than Wotc offerings at the time. I just can't remember any of the modules - the hardcover "return to" being included (I have them all). Just boring adventures that started looking very set piece/minis focused near the end (those book layouts were terrible).

Luckily we have FGG taking some of this on, but I think the actual adventure content is going be (and has been) their weakest area and pretty lightly supported for this game if no other 3pp step up.

Maybe the new AP style mod will fix it?

I completely agree that the best adventures of the 3E era were in Dungeon -- it wasn't even close. That said, I did like Red Hand of Doom.


5E definitely looks to be closer to my preferences mechanically, but I have serious doubts that they'll get the other stuff (PDFs, the OGL, organized play) right. We'll see. Since I like the rules themselves, I want to believe, and the is new leadership and new direction -- but 4E didn't end well for me.


Blacksheep wrote:

DDN looks like a streamlined, intuitive, easy to learn system that, if properly supported (and it looks like the first two mega modules involving Tiamat would qualify), would be a lot of fun to play.

A few problems DDN has when compared to Pathfinder are:

1. PF has everything on PDF, which lends itself to easily printed art, maps and text excerpts I can bind, mark up and so on w/o damaging the original books; DDN does not.

Completely agree, except to say we don't actually know the DDN PDF situation yet. But there appears to be a pretty good chance they're going to get this wrong.

Blacksheep wrote:
2. Paizo's flip maps are simply awesome. I can't even imagine Wizards having the snap to produce something like The Emerald Spire with full maps of all sections.

Agree Flip-Mats are awesome. Hope WotC does something similar (and/or brings back Dungeon Tiles).

Blacksheep wrote:
3. Golarian >> Forgotten Realms. Not even close. Though the Realms are still cool, they are also pretty tired by now; Wizards needed a better game world. In short, Golarian is basically all of the old D&D game worlds and much more, all Pathfinderized.

Personally I don't care...my best campaigns were home brews.

Blacksheep wrote:
4. Paizo has excellent customer service whenever a problem comes up (which is very rare). Relate to it, Wizards. The D&D branded franchise has seriously jerked me around many times throughout the years: AD&D 2nd, the short hop from 3.0 to 3.5, the whole 4E debacle, the recalled earlier edition PDFs after I paid for them online, a generally snobby & inattentive attitude, and so on. Screw that. In contrast, Paizo has been awesome since inception.

Agree that Paizo is better, but as they grow I'm seeing some of the same problems that Wizards has start to creep in. Agree that WotC yanking the PDFs was completely unacceptable (and counter-productive).

Blacksheep wrote:
5. Paizo has a bazillion products, virtually all of them bad ass (and again, with maps, PDFs and customer service support).

Actually a downside to me when it comes to mechanics for mechanic's sake.

Blacksheep wrote:

In view of points 1-4 above, tell me again why I want to trust Wizards to handle my gaming needs?

The bottom line: I don't think Wizards can lure me back at this point. Given the way Paizo has handled PF they deserve my business.

Pathfinder is too rules-heavy for me to be 100% satisfied with it. That said, right now it's the best overall option out there.


Kudaku wrote:
I've GMed several APs on roll20 and I have to say the hardest part is usually finding good maps - APs usually only cover about 50% to 75% of the fights with maps, and those maps are frequently small, which means it's hard to fit them onto roll20 without making for ugly maps. I have had some success with community made maps, but that really depends on the AP you're running. The AP forums can be a treasure trove of great stuff! For example RotRL has quite a few user-made maps but Curse of the Crimson Throne has very little community support. I really wish I was a better artist so I could just draw my own maps when I come up short.

You might try Dundjinni. I've heard the legal terms surrounding distributing what you create can be onerous, but that shouldn't be an issue if you're just using them for your VTT games.


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Robert Brookes wrote:
Your level of Emerald Spire is one of my favorites!

Would you say you found it...inspiring?

Yuck yuck...


The more the merrier. :)


Starter Set Adventure:

Actually, that is exactly how it starts: Goblins in a cave. From there it goes to raiding a brigand's complex, going through some ruins (with a dragon), and finally through a large-ish mine. Maps are very well done, but there isn't much back story.

My impression after one read-though is that it continue's WotC's recent run of mediocre adventures. YMMV.


Matthew Koelbl wrote:
I think you misread that initial line. I did the same at first! I believe the statement is intended to be parsed as 'the PF Core Rulebook is still in (spot 7) (years after it is released)'.

I think you are correct. :)


I paint them in the meantime, but it would be awesome to have a SKU with bases in several colors.


Charlie D. wrote:

I am impressed the PF Core Rulebook is till in spot 7 years after it released for Fantasy Gaming on amazon.com. D&D is in five of the six top spots. D&D has a huge spike now. I wonder what it will look like in 6 months?

The good news is it looks like both D&D and PF can both be very successful at the same time at least on Amazon. Which is good for the hobby as a whole.

Point of order: The Pathfinder Core Rulebook will be five years old next month, not seven.


Vic Wertz wrote:
It turns out that our packaging change really played havoc with our paper stock. As a result, Watch Station, Thornkeep, Battlefield, and the revised Basic are all on slightly lighter stock than we really want, and Arcane Dungeons and Thieves' Guild are on slightly heavier stock than we really want. Basic Terrain, due in August, should be the first to use the stock we intend to use from then on.

I can confirm this. I recently picked up two copies of basic and both are extremely flimsy. However, a friend's Emerald Spire flip-mats are much sturdier.

P.S. In case it helps anyone, the "super-flimsy" maps I received have had a C-Fold, whereas all the "correct" ones that I have seen have all had Z-Folds.


Slatz Grubnik wrote:
Censorship is censorship. It doesn't matter who's doing the censoring.

True, but I think the point is that Paizo isn't violating anyone's rights in this case. It's their website.

In any event, I've said my piece -- some of which might even survive moderation. :)


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I've been offered copies of Paizo PDFs with the watermarks removed on multiple occasions. I didn't accept. Not because I'm incorruptible or righteous, but because Paizo PDFs are legally available for a fair price, and I want to support the people that make them so they'll keep making them. On the other hand, refusing to offer legal PDFs hurts only customers, as those willing to pirate are not stymied. I had simply hoped that the powers that be at WotC would have figured this out by now. Heck, I had hoped that they'd have figured it out years ago.

In any event, even if all discussion of piracy related matters is forbidden, care should be taken before accusing people of advocating piracy (which no no one in this thread has done).

In short, I don't take well to being accused of things I haven't done. :-/


Chris Lambertz wrote:
Removed a few posts. Advocating piracy is not OK here. And also, this discussion is veering very closely into edition war territory, let's reign it in please.

Have to take exception to this, Chris. Arguing the futility of withholding PDFs as an anti-piracy measure is in no way whatsoever "advocating piracy." Further, that's not an accusation I'd make lightly.


137ben wrote:

Where are people getting the idea that Wizards has a "no PDF" policy?

4e PDFs are all for sale.
3e PDFs are all for sale.
2e PDFs.
1e PDFs.
BECMI/OD&D PDFs

And, though not many have been released yet,
5e PDFs.

Seems like they've been pretty supportive of PDF sales.

Recently, perhaps. But the 3E core books were never available in PDF while they were current, and the 4E PDFs were unceremoniously pulled from the market -- and even from the downloads of those who had already purchased them. The situation was considered by many, myself included, to be a customer-hostile knee-jerk reaction.


gundark wrote:

I suspect we'll see PDFs of the core. I could be mistaken here, but didn't the OGL not come out until something like 6 months after the 3.0 PHB?

I STRONGLY suspect that we'll see an OGL for 5e. Mike Mearls is where he is at now because of it. There is a kickstarter campaign going on for Necromancer games right now using the OGL. I think that WotC realizes that they can't stop it. I think they'll embrace it.

I sincerely hope you're correct, on both accounts.


Imho even the concept of a stat block for Cthulhu means you've already missed the point. Does not compute.


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Charlie D. wrote:
bugleyman wrote:
Which to me is...somewhat troubling. It should be a no-brainer at this point. Though I'm generally pleased with 5E so far, the silence on PDFs and the OGL is disappointing.
Silence is better for Wizards then promises they don't deliver. I think Wizards is wise to say nothing until they can back up what they say. It makes waiting harder but is helping show that currently Wizards delivers what it says it will deliver.

Yes, but...my point is that the decision on PDFs should have already been a firm "of course."


Charlie D. wrote:
P.H. Dungeon wrote:

Does anyone know if the core books will be released for sale as pdfs or will they only be available as print copies?

I really like how paizo sells pdfs of their core books for $10, and it would be nice if WotC followed that model.

Mike Mearls has said he can't comment on that yet. We don't have an answer.

Which to me is...somewhat troubling. It should be a no-brainer at this point. Though I'm generally pleased with 5E so far, the silence on PDFs and the OGL is disappointing.


Scott Henry wrote:
So is following someone around attacking their posts.

I will try this only once: I was not "following you around." We were both posting in the same thread, and I found your statement that WotC was stealing the idea of plane-touched subraces from Paizo ludicrous. And it is ludicrous.

I'm sorry if that upsets you. However, I don't believe that being upset entitles you to send nasty PMs. The PM system isn't in place so that you can send messages that you know would be moderated if you had posted them for everyone to see.


DM Under The Bridge wrote:
bugleyman wrote:
memorax wrote:
My gaming taste changed.
Unacceptable. You, sir, are no true gamer!
Hello traveller, I am looking for a true Scotsman.

Precisely


Chuck Wright wrote:

I don't know what you guys are doing, but I was simply pointing out a factual error. I could care less about edition warring.

I'm also fairly sure that PM would have happened with or without the discussion of Tiefling subraces.

Still, as Steve Geddes wrote: Poor from. Sorry that you're being harassed.

Actually, the message in question specifically referenced the Tiefling subrace thing (which is part of what made it so bizarre)...but no worries. I just need to grow a thicker skin. :)


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Steve Geddes wrote:
Wow. Poor form.

Indeed. Especially since I'm pretty sure *wisdom* is my dump stat (as I keep participating in these threads). >:(

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