Welcome and good luck in the new job. Ashamed to admit it, but I've worked at a community college for 16+ years and had to look up Andragogy.
I love this idea! A vertical cliff face flip mat. Or, some type of vertical flip mat for those flying encounters.
The group I GM for is about to finish book 2. As a GM, I have enjoyed this AP greatly. It is just enough sandboxy to allow for some open play without getting too out of control. As stated above, read all the books and weave in some of the metaplot early on.
Love the interactions and vivid areas that the PC's can visit. Rickety Squibs and Bloodcove were two areas I really fleshed out.
I give it a big recommend.
Extremely cool from a historical perspective. It is great you thought to keep a copy of the chat. It is this type of historical document that the digital age makes so difficult to keep. Well, it is not difficult to keep but we all too often forget to treat digital knowledge as worthy of archiving.
My hope is that the subscription to the pawns will eventually give you access to the "electronic pawns" for use on the Paizo Game Space. Or...if you have a pawn subscription, you could pay say $5 more to also get the Game Space version...hint, hint Paizo.
Don't forget that it also needs to be an Android app!
I added in a shark to the reefclaw encounter. It makes perfect sense that a shark would be attracted to the splashing and the blood in the water....
W. Kristoph Nolen wrote:
Yep, this is just another example of why Paizo is a very different kind of company with very genuine people working for it. Thank you for sharing this story. We need to make a bigger deal out of the good things people do in the world.
James Jacobs wrote:
Thanks for the clarification. Really looking forward to this AP, I've gone so far as to buy the PDF of Burnt Offerings so I can begin to get ready to run this one.
James Jacobs wrote:
James, I know I get the 1 point of wisdom drain on the first attack of each round via the lamia matriarch ability, but could you deliver the 1d4 wisdom drain via spellstrike if she was at least a magus 2?
Okay...quick question...if either Xanesha or Lucrecia had been given Magus levels...could they then deliver their wisdom drain or laughing touch via spear or daggers respectively?
Vic Wertz wrote:
This was what was sent out in an email by Gencon:
RPGs Moving Around in 2012
As we grow into the newly expanded convention center, we’re shifting a few things around this year and trying to consolidate RPGs so they aren’t quite as spread out.
In 2012, most RPGs will be in the JW, Marriott, and the Hyatt, so they will all be within a block of two of each other, making it much easier to get between games. There will be some exceptions, depending on event needs and overall submission volume, but the bulk of RPGs will be in those three hotels. In addition, Wizards of the Coast will be hosting the majority of their RPGA and Living Forgotten Realms events in the Marriott, where True Dungeon used to be.
Keep the new locations in mind as you are choosing your hotel room for 2012. You might want to try a new hotel to keep close to the events you want to play.
Erik Mona wrote:
Less than a month into 2012 and I do believe we have a candidate for best Paizo employee post of the year...
Thanks for the post Sara. It has been the past couple of months that orders have been slow in the mail. It is definitely not a Paizo issue. It is something with the USPS.
Okay, this is just a general observation I've made recently. Is anyone else experiencing slow shipping with USPS and their Paizo products? It seems that my shipments are much slower than they once were. Normally, I would get the shipped message and the items would arrive in 5-8 days. It seems like the normal now is 8-10+ days. Right now, I am waiting for items that shipped on November 30 to still arrive.
Maybe I'm just more impatient, but it really seems the USPS has been slow the past three months.
Anyone else having a similar slowdown?
I have noticed that there were people with all kinds of disabilities there at the con last year. I was very pleased to see this and I had the pleasure of gaming with one of them. However, I also noticed that there were a few people who, while not rude in their actions, were uncomfortable with playing along side these people. My advice, get to know them and do what you can to make their gaming experience easier. You will find that by helping them, your own experience will be better. I had a blast helping one individual read their character sheet, and I certainly enjoyed playing with them.
CalebTGordan, with this attitude you would be welcome at my gaming table any time. Not to preach, but disabled is the one minority we are all only an accident away from.
Hopefully, I will make it to Paizocon this year. I have the airline miles for a free plane ticket....now...can I get off work.
I am really enjoying the story and characters. I like the way the characters are being thoroughly developed. The mystery behind Salim's past feels a little forced early in the story, but I must say I'm intrigue about how he came to this point in his life. Overall, it is a very good read. Looking forward to finishing it later in the week.
Erik Mona wrote:
I agree with Erik on the conversation needing to be on the box set. But, this being the internet and all, did want to add a couple of quick items.
First, I bought these sets for my niece and nephews. I fully hope they will play with just their friends. However, young kids today have no clue how to play a real RPG. I do think they can learn just using the box set, but, my goal was to give a short introduction.
Plus, after they opened their sets, they basically demanded we play. You don't turn down a desire to play.
Last, and probably the most important part brought up, I grew up playing RPGs. I definitely think the single reason we learned to play ourselves in the 80's is because no one older than us then knew how to play. Now we do...so...let's teach the new generation. I want someone to come over to my house when I'm in my 80's and run my weekly game. I need to start that GM early so they will be really good by then!!
I plan to use the BB to let my 10 yo DM for the first time. I have played some old Red Box Basic and 4e with him so he has RPed before, but this will be his first DM experience. He is pretty excited. I had thought of letting him DM with the new Red Box but the BB has a higher replayable factor. Plus the BB rules are simpler than 4e.
I had to specifically tell all of my players, "Do NOT look at the GM guide yet." I did not want them spoiling the adventure before we get to use it. However, after looking at it, I believe it will be a great way to get your son to GM for the first time.
Okay, got my box sets in yesterday and luckily had a family gathering last night. I presented a box set to my 12 year old and 8 year old nephew and one to my 9 year old niece.
First impressions, they LOVED the pawns and fretted over picking exactly the one they wanted to be their character. My 8 year old nephew went so far as to try to keep the fighter pawn from my niece's set because it was the one he picked as his (I had to explain that he had one just like it in his set).
Second, they wanted to play immediately. Therefore, I had the mayor of Sandpoint send them out to Farmer Malachi's farm where a goblin raid had taken place the previous night. They made their way to the farm and nearly took out Malachi when he came around the farmhouse corner...they just knew that noise around the corner had to be goblins!!! After a short roleplay of meeting Malachi...the group set off in the direction of goblin tracks.
Since we did not have time for the full mini-adventure(and my 8 year old nephew kept saying..."Get out the Maps!!"), I used the open side of the flipmat to run an encounter where 5 goblins were laying in wait in the tall grass. The goblins succeeded on stealth against everyone but the rogue and combat began. It was a fun encounter with everyone killing at least one goblin. Everyone was involved and had fun. The night ended with a meal at farmer Malachi's house and an invitation to stay the night and return to Sandpoint in the morning.
Overall, the new character sheets were great. Everyone was getting to the point of knowing where their basic stats were by the end of combat.
Excellent job Paizo!
Bill Webb wrote:
Okay, you far exceeded my expectations of the TOH. I'm in on the TOAD. Will preorder today.
Thank you for a great book.
Okay, got mine today and all I can say is "WOW"!! This is a must have. I don't know about others, but I love the black and white art. I guess it hits all those old memories of early RPG books.
Great job FGG.
The PDF is bookmarked, but not hyperlinked. I don't think EN World realized that you have to go to the bookmarks on the left side of Reader to get the bookmarks. I did not find it until I started looking.
Now that I have, it will be very useful.
Gary Teter wrote:
The Tome of Horrors is giving the personalizer a real workout, even more so than the release of a Pathfinder RPG rulebook. Partly this is due to the insane one-day demand and partly due to the enormous size of the final watermarked file. I think that server had an uptime of like six months, but I had to reboot it this morning to get it to cooperate.
Ouch...being in IT I feel your pain. Seems it was more like an IT "Tome of Horrors!"
I did see the book/project mentioned on several RPG websites, heard it talked about on multiple RPG podcasts over the summer and read about it on the Paizo boards. It was not kept super-secret, but it was low key I will admit.
Tell you what Darcon, I ordered a print copy through FGG and Paizo. If no one in my gaming group wants my extra copy and you are willing to pay what I have in it plus shipping to you, you can have it (the shiny Tome of Horrors minus the ebay markup). Why? Well, your posts have marked you as a sensible fan of this game. Therefore, as long as my group doesn't want it, it's yours if you want it.
Okay, not to be too snarky, but Libra has created 1,116 words to state a dislike of the Beginner Set being in the subscription line. With about 30 words, you could cancel your sub and restart it after the Beginner Set ships. Simple solution to a simple problem.
You don't get the box set that many subscribers, myself included want, and you can easily restart your subscription. I really don't see how your needs and the wishes of the majority of subscribers could be more easily supported by Paizo. By the way, I have my subscriber set plus two more on order (one for my nephew and one for a friend's son). So, yes, I do think this will get a new generation into RPGs.
Neil Spicer wrote:
Being native to NC (cannot say I'm a Tarheel as I went to NC State!)...you took the words right out of my mouth!
Wish I could have made it to Gencon this year. Maybe next year I can complain about Indy weather...
Wolfgang Baur wrote:
In the print version of the book the two round limit sentence is missing from the Crush Windpipe Talent on page 15. The two round limit is mentioned in the Close Windpipe talent, but not Crush Windpipe.
It seems that with the two round limit missing, Crush Windpipe is very powerful.
Still, love the book...adding an alehouse drake to my Kingmaker campaign tonight!
Bought the print/pdf bundle. After looking through the pdf, I'm really glad I bought the print also. The design, layout and artwork of this book is excellent. I cannot wait to see the printed book.
Looking forward to using some of these drakes in my Kingmaker campaign.
Congrats on a great product.
Erik Mona wrote:
Have to agree with Erik about Brandon Hodge's From Shore to Sea. Used it in my Kingmaker campaign. Good stuff.
Well, I have to agree with Lisa on this one. I have the Inner Sea Guide in pdf already (got it early because I'm a subscriber) and it is a beautiful and informative book. I also can say that Golarion is why I'm in Pathfinder now instead of another system. I love the world Paizo is/has built. It is an interesting place with a believable and unique history.
I don't think you can go wrong with the Guide to learn more about Golarion. Of course, you will probably want both the Bestiary books also once you start to GM.
I also really like this article. As a former 40k player, I always liked the way terrain played such an important role in tactics. I would like to move those ideas into my RPG combats. Will you be covering anything like rooms filling with water or gas..or rat swarms as hazardous terrain possibilities?
Somewhat unrelated, but I've found the SORD Pathfinder edition extremely helpful in my GMing and rule-learning. It is not available in PDF from Paizo's site (unfortunately), but RPG Now has it at http://tinyurl.com/5reaplu.
If you wanted to develop your own tests, you could create a Moodle (www.moodle.org) site (open source Learning Management System) and make quizzes using the information in the SORD.
Excellent work again. The pace seemed a little rushed compared to the other entries, but I guess that is a function of it being a short web fiction. Still think Roubris needs his own book!
Or, Roubris uses the power of the sword to become much, much more than he is now...at a price of course.
Good points! Plus, real guns jam and misfire even today. If you have ever shot a real shotgun, you have delt with jams. Shoot a muzzleloader for any time and you will have a misfire. This happens with modern firearms...imagine the barely understood stuff coming out in Golarion.
Having "flipped" through the pdf of this book last night, I'm impressed. Tons of material in this book. I just hope it doesn't get overlooked due to the Bestiary 2 coming out the same day. Very well done Mr. Jacobs.