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I wanted to give a quick update to let you know my 5th Ed PotA campaign, which is set in Kear Mage, is still going strong. The party us now 15th level and I expect to conclude it at 20th level by the end of the year. Doing this in Galorian, instead of the FR, has been an excellent fit.

The timing of Planes of Power coming out in August is perfect, because PotA tops out at 15th level and I am now extending the fight against elemental evil into the inner planes. Last session I used AP 23, the Impossbile Eye to put the party in the City of Brass. I used the second edition Secrets of the Lamp to flesh out the city (both were written by Wolfgand Baur).

I am also excited about the hard bound edition of Curse of the Crimson Crown coming out (which relates because of my use of Sial as an important NPC, see OP). I might run it next as a prequel (using 5th Ed rules, of course) to this campaign.

I would encourage more DMs to run 5th Ed Galorian. Conversion on the fly is not difficult, especially when I reskin 5th Ed MM stats with my Pathfinder Pawns. I am a huge fan of the Realms, but I find that Paizo does such an excellent job of sprinkling in interconnecting mysteries and details in their campaign setting suppliments which inspires my creativity.

Come on in. The elemental evil water is fine.

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Chris Lambertz wrote:
I figured it might be worth mentioning here that it is on my radar to make it more obvious for folks to find the translated versions of our products that we do carry through the webstore when browsing :)

Excellent. That seems like a good idea. Maybe even add a resource page with links like are in Garrett's post for all languages that have such resources.

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Garrett Guillotte wrote:
It might be worth noting that the Italian community site 5clone works closely with Giochi Uniti, and co-hosts the official Italian PRD with Giochi Uniti. There's also an Italian wiki named Golarion Insider that translates content from PathfinderWiki and d20PFSRD.

Perfecto! Grazie.

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Vic Wertz wrote:
marv wrote:
On a side note, it seems to me the translations are a key selling point. I would think it would make sense to sell such product on this site and press that advantage, expanding the player base use of this site.
While we do carry some of our translation licensees' PDFs, the fact is that their books are not in English, but this website is. Also, the primary customer base for these products is not within the US, and international shipping is relatively expensive. In short, paizo.com is not exactly the ideal place for the target audience.

Thank you for the reply. I suspect there are some partnerships that, if the volume of sold translated product increased enough, could help with distribution costs and inventory.

I guess I'm suggesting, in addition to selling such product, is that you could significantly expand your reach if you weren't an English only website. PF could become a stronger global brand. I don't see any other gaming company in our hobby having trying to do that. I get there would be some expenses associated (to write blogs, monitor message boards, etc.) but it could pay off big. I suspect there are many market growth opertunities.

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Sorcifically, I'm interested in the Italiano version of the Beginner Box (Pathfinder Gioco di Ruolo: Set Introduttivo) both the box and PDFs. Does anyone know how?

All I find is eBay but I prefer a more reliable source.

On a side note, it seems to me the translations are a key selling point. I would think it would make sense to sell such product on this site and press that advantage, expanding the player base use of this site.

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James Jacobs wrote:
magnuskn wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
magnuskn wrote:
toxycycline wrote:
This is amazing. I ran this a few years ago and had a blast. Will there be a Pathfinder Pawns set in the near future to go with it?

That'd be awesome. :)

I hope they manage for Laori to keep her chainmail swimsuit. :p

No. Laori's "swimsuit" is the piece of art I'm most eager to change/fix.

Well, dammit. :) I know it isn't physically realistic, but then again so aren't fireball spells. I hope the new illustration can at least keep the feeling of perkyness which informed a lot how I presented Laori during the campaign (that and of course Mikaze's excellent write-ups of Laori's interactions with his group of player characters).

It has nothing to do with "realistic' and everything to do with being out of character and ridiculous for her to wear. She's still perky and all that but that has nothing to do with inappropriate armor.

Seems like a simple quality issue. Compare it to her on page 13 of Skeletons of Scarwall, while not full body, it is a much nicer drawing.

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James Jacobs wrote:
magnuskn wrote:
toxycycline wrote:
This is amazing. I ran this a few years ago and had a blast. Will there be a Pathfinder Pawns set in the near future to go with it?

That'd be awesome. :)

I hope they manage for Laori to keep her chainmail swimsuit. :p

No. Laori's "swimsuit" is the piece of art I'm most eager to change/fix.

I just flipped to page 19 of Escape from old Korvosa and can see why. Wow, I'm so glad you are changing this.

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Richard Moore wrote:

WIth regard to the Guide to Korvosa, there's little reason to revise or reprint that one since it was largely a system-neutral document to begin with--which I quite like, since I've been planning to run CotCT in D&D 5E for a few months now and am just waiting to finish some other games before I undertake another AP run.

I have the exact same plan. Will wait to run 5h Ed CotCT until the hardback comes out.

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Marc Radle wrote:

Hey everyone - awesome to hear folks are so stoked for the Tome of Beasts!!! (we are too! :)

In case anyone is not sure what that is, you can check it out here:
Tome of Beasts

Oh, and Threeshades - the book is projected to release in late May :)

Looks like the kick starter for this is over. Any chance I can still get in on the action? Really want this (hardbound plus PDF).

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DM Jeff wrote:

There is indeed!

CONVERTER

You copy the text from any Pathfinder monster from the System Reference Document and it spits out a pretty good conversion instantly.

Some special abilities or spellcasting may need to be added depending on how weird but it gets you off to a very good start.

Excellent. Are you the developer? Any idea when more special abilities will be added? This is an extremely useful tool.

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Luthorne wrote:
marv wrote:
Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, Gentile Repose, creator must have 5 ranks in knowledge(cooking); Cost 1,500 gp
I never knew there were Jews on Golarion...live and learn!

Lmao. And those who aren't, apparently, like to rest a lot.

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This product reminds me of a magic item I created for RPG Superstar a few years ago:

Ghoran Snaps
Aura faint transmutation; CL 5th
Slot none; Price 3,000 gp; Weight -
Description
These tasty wafers bestow a +1 competence bonus to all knowledge checks made by the consumer for 1d4 minutes for each wafer ingested. Untrained knowledge checks are allowed for the duration of this bonus. Each ingestion is a standard action and the bonuses and durations are cumulative.

As an outward manifestation of the ugly hearts in the Geb necromancers whose undead minions harvest the sentient ghoran used in baking this treat, the consumer also receives a -1 penalty to all charisma based skill checks for each wafer ingested in a day for the remainder of that day.

These wafers are extremely delicious. After ingesting one, a will save (DC 15 plus 1 for each wafer ingested in that day) must be made to overcome the urge to ingest another in the next round.

If more than 5 wafers are ingested in a day, the consumer receives a permanent loss of one charisma point due to an ugly facial distortion. Ghoran Snaps come in a bag of 15 wafers.
Construction
Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, Gentile Repose, creator must have 5 ranks in knowledge(cooking); Cost 1,500 gp

P. 184/5 of core rule book

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Freehold DM wrote:
Guess that 4th ed stuff didn't last roo long, did it?

I'll be civil and call 4th edition a "nexus" which inspired me to give PF a try. And I'm so glad I did. Paizo is a great company. I hope they get a 5th license someday.

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I've chosen to label the sunderimg as any FR material that is 4th ed related. I've been completely ignoring it and have used my older material for my PF and now 5th Ed games set in the Realms.

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What license is this being published under? Does kobold have a special license for 5e material? If not then what are the limitations you are developing under?
Btw, looks great! Can't wait for release.

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Sean K Reynolds wrote:
Thanks, Marv. For ISG, I actually only wrote the god entries (which come from the various AP god articles I wrote), the heralds, the servitors, the magic items that appeared in the pre-PF Gods and Magic, and any spells from the AP god articles. So if you liked any of the other stuff in the book, credit goes to the other authors as well. :)

It was the God entries that impressed and inspires me as a GM/DM. Any chance you'll get to write any game supplements for WoTC? Last I heard you were providing material for third parties but none for supplements.

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Given that that Golarion has edged out FR as my favorite setting, it is natural that I would set my first 5th Ed campaign there. I am running Princes of The Apocalypse and wanted the rich NPCs, gods, and setting details that Paizo excels at. As much as WoTC talks about story being important, I have yet to see it done well in their products. I hope someday they partner with Paizo in writing some 5th Ed APs because I plan to keep playing with the 5th Ed rule set for a long long time.

I've located the four cult facilities (referred to as the “Haunted Keeps”) in Kear Maga:

  • Air cult of the Howling Hatred: Feathergale Spire, home of the Feathergale knights in Highside Stacks
  • The Black Earth cult: Sacred Stone Monastery in Oriat.
  • Eternal Flame cult: Scarlet Moon Hall, home of the Circle of the Scarlet Moon in Widdershins
  • The Crushing Wave cult: Rivergard Keep in Cavalcade.

I then located the four elemental temples in the Undercity. This arangment, all within the same city, simplified making this truly sandbox. If you look at a map of Kear Maga you'll see that if the cults succeed and open the gate it will rip the city in two from bellow. The morally challenged nature of this city has proven a rich backdrop for this AP.

I located temple of the Elder Eye in Crystalrock. I turned it into an elemental magic temple of The All-Seeing Eye, Nethys (replacing, with similar name the Elder Elemental Eye as the main God behind the scene). I then replaced the four princes with the Elemental Lords (see inner sea world guide p.233):


  • Ogremoch --> Ayrzul (Earth)
  • Yan-C-Bin --> Hshurha (Air)
  • Olhydra --> Kelizandri (water)
  • Imix --> Ymeri (Fire)

I then needed to explain what PotA does not: why were those four legendary weapons created and why do the PCs care? My solution was to use "Shadowcount Sial” from the Korvosa Crimson Crown AP. In summary, Sail forced the dwarfs of Janderhoff to forge them. In a contractual agreement with Nethys, Sail exchanged them for the location of some Kazavon artifacts. An agent of Desna is then the cause of Sail to see the error of his beliefs, converting him to LG alignment, turning his back on Zon-Kuthon. However, with Sail having the Mark of Zon-Kuthan, he is now blind and in pain. I located him in The Flickering Tower in HighSide Stacks. His guilt and desire to stop The All Seeing Eye's plan to erupt Kear Maga in a fountain of Elemental Magic, form him as an NPC that can motivate and aid PCs to complete their mission.

This is a work in progress with the campaign is still in the early stages. If there's interest I'll add more detail and I welcome other ideas.

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Sean K Reynolds wrote:
Jeven wrote:
DaveMage wrote:
I certainly don't know what it's like to work for either company, but I would surmise that burnout is a potential issue.
His god articles were becoming increasingly stale - just compare the early ones with the more recent. You could tell he was getting bored with them, instead of something inspired they read more like a word-count chore.

True, I was getting bored with them... and it didn't help that 69 is a demon lord, 71 is a horseman of the apocalpyse, 77 is a demon lord, and 78 is a demon lord, all of which are very similar in their philosophy of "we accept worship from anyone, without any restrictions on what you can do with your power, so long as you are evil evil evil."

(Adam could tell I was getting tired of the repetition.)

But Brigh and Zyphus were definitely fun to write. :)

Hey Sean!

Even if you were bored, I really do think that Inner Sea Gods was a masterpiece. You should be proud of all you did for Paizo. I hope WoTC has you working on some 5th Ed material.

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I see Jamz's google doc link for his UE spreadsheet is now broken. Anyone know where I can find it or an equivalent?

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This blog post has wet my appetite for Emerald Spire (I had previously planned on ignoring this adventure).

The village of Hommlet (T1) is my all time favorite adventure. I learned my craft as a DM/GM running it over and over. Ended up having to create my own Temple of Elemental Evil as it took many years for T1-4 to come out, which was also a good learning experience (and I prefer my take on it, naturally).
Hommlet is the ultimate sandbox to play in. So many fond memories and tools it added to my Gamemastering.

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Curious question (very relevant to my home champaign): on page 129, why was Chalmus Col moved from Vainbride Asylum in Tamrivena (AP 23, page 67) across Ustalav to Havenguard Asylun in Chalmus?
Was there an AP, Module, or Scinario in which he was moved?

I assume it was simply because Chalmus is a larger city.

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Curious question (very relevant to my home champaign): on page 129, why was Chalmus Col moved from Vainbride Asylum in Tamrivena (AP 23, page 67) across Ustalav to Havenguard Asylun in Chalmus?
Was there an AP, Module, or Scinario in which he was moved?

Btw, great book Sean!

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Sauce987654321 wrote:
Ashiel wrote:
That said, I don't thing 40 regeneration is appropriate from what I remember of Godzilla movies, and I'm surprised he doesn't even have Hold Breath or water breathing or something. He's actually really slow on land and swimming as presented here. :\

This is a really old Godzilla build I made years ago.

This is the most updated one I have. Even still I would make modifications to it.

** spoiler omitted **...

Very nice build.

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Any visits to Akiton?

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Sean, thanks for all you've done at Paizo.

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Akiton! Following in John Carter's shoes (or rather some human from Golarian)...

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Mythic Adventures pp 119-123 does a good job of outlining the hero's journey. For those interested, here is another take with quotes from Joseph Campbell:

Word doc from websterschools.org

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The Temple of Empyreal Enlightenment:
Dakang has another sermon of heresy to give! Best NPC in PFS play!

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Odraude wrote:
There's a mythic chimera in the second Wrath of the Righteous adventure. Luckily, medusas, hydras, and phoenixes are already mythizied.

Thank you for pointing this out.

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cartmanbeck wrote:
Patrick Renie wrote:
marv wrote:
With Mythic Adventures published, will there be an update to the stats for the creatures in Mythical Monsters Revisited? Either as a PDF update or part of other product? Granted, 'Mythical' does not necessitate the need for 'Mythic' rules; however the connection is logical.
We have no plans to update this product with mythic rules, though adopting the abilities of monsters from Mythic Adventures (or using such rules as inspiration) and combining them with the unique monsters from Mythical Monsters Revisited would undoubtedly yield some interesting results. :]
Fair enough, Patrick! I hope that you all won't mind if I throw together some community use mythic versions of these monsters for people. I'll post them here once I have them up sometime next week. :)

You rock! Let me know if I can help.

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Sean K Reynolds wrote:


There's not going to be an update for Mythical Monsters Revisited because its title refers to "creatures of myth," whereas the mythic rules refer to "heroes worth of myths."

Sean,

I can certainly understand Paizo not wanting to update older books when a new one comes out so 'no' is a very reasonable answer to my request (and the answer I was expecting).

However, I think the first few paragraphs of Chapter 6 in Mythic Adventures refutes the explanation you give. Giving the monsters in Mythical Monsters Revisited mythic ranks (by updating the stats in the PDF) is completely within the spirit of Mythic Adventures.

Also, doing that would help reinforce the Mythic brand name recognition in your product line.
Just a suggestion. Love your work Sean.
John

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With Mythic Adventures published, will there be an update to the stats for the creatures in Mythical Monsters Revisited? Either as a PDF update or part of other product? Granted, 'Mythical' does not necessitate the need for 'Mythic' rules; however the connection is logical.

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With Mythic Adventures published, will there be an update to the stats for the creatures in Mythical Monsters Revisited? Either as a PDF update or part of other product? Granted, 'Mythical' does not necessitate the need for 'Mythic' rules; however the connection is logical.

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Wolfgang Baur wrote:
HURRAY!!! Let's talk offline about that.

I will buy it!

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Any thoughts on a book of haunts getting a similar treatment?

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If you have a wife, don't start your description of your $40 purchase with the phrase "they're like little cardboard cut-outs". I am getting no end of grief for buying $40 for cardboard. :(
Paizo, I love the pawns, keep them coming!!!!

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Sean,
You've been in Con mode for too long. PaizoCon 2013 ended a few weeks ago. You best hop on a plane to Indie and help the Paizo crew clean up from GenCon 2013.
:}

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Alexander Augunas wrote:

So you could almost say that some of your most Mythic Adventures happened at GenCon, hrm?

** spoiler omitted **

Though I bet some were Epic.

more:
See what I did there?.

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TriOmegaZero wrote:
Hmm, I was mistaken. If the PCs cannot retrieve the keys and have no way to move between the levels then they would fail the mission after all.

I found the answer to my trap question on page 417 of the Core (I feel silly for not thinking took there first).

Thanks.

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TriOmegaZero wrote:
The elevator will not descend to the floor. That doesn't mean it won't descend past the floor.

Then why does it say "Without recovering these keys, descending to the bottom floor (area F) is very difficult"? If anything, having them gone would speed up the process of getting to floor F if the elevator could bypass floor C and floor E without the keys. And with the helping hand pointing down to area F, I would expect players to do just that.

TriOmegaZero wrote:
Lacedons are aquatic ghouls, as listed in the bestiary entry. The only difference is gaining a swim speed. Since the Pathfinder team was not submerged in tainted water as the dwarves were, they did not become aquatic and are regular ghouls.

Thank you!

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Some basic questions:

A3. What is the game mechanic difference between a mechanical and magical pit trap? What is the CL and duration?

A4. States that "the elevator will not descend to the floor unless its key is placed." I assume that means the elevator can not go past those floors on the way to F. True? The key to floor C is on Wedderwark in area B and the key to floor E is in flooded room D. However, the area B description does not mention the key to area C. This also means that the session will stall and end in failure if Wedderwark gets below 30hps, casts vanish, and successfully flees. What am I missing?

D. What is a lacedon? I assume they are the result of lazurite-tainted water that has "infused the bodies of the dwarves" and that they have the same stats as ghouls. But if that is true, then why in F2 are Beetle, Marcetta, and Shu-Lin referred to as ghouls? I feel like there is a reference to lacedons I am missing.

Thanks!

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kinevon wrote:

Not really. Since the Mist-Tainted template changes their minds, and how they work, it falls more under the dominated part of the PvP rule.

So then the part about...

Guide... wrote:

In short, you can never voluntarily use your character to kill another character—ever.

Means you can not leave the descision if tainted PCs attack eachother in the hands of te players. So the GM must either say they attack or they do not due to the taint.

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Mark Moreland wrote:
Doug Miles wrote:
This is a bit late in the conversation to start throwing in opinions, but where does it describe anywhere in the scenario that mist-tainted PCs should attack other PCs?
It doesn't explicitly say this, as far as I know, but given that the museum employees have all spent the last few hours hunting and killing one another, I gather that this is what would happen to PCs as well. When I played the sceanrio the party turned on itself, but when I ran it it did not and I didn't force the issue. I think it's an effective template with either result.

Mark,

Doesn't this violate no PvsP?
Guide to Organized Play wrote:
Even if you feel that killing another PC is in character for your PC at this particular moment, just figure out some other way for your character to express herself.

It seems that a better way to handle this would to assume that it was the longer exposure to the Taint which made the NPCs attack eachother and have the PCs still care somewhat about party welfare and success of the mission but with an apish mentality.

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The Temple of Empyreal Enlightenment by far is my favorite to run.

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Eelario wrote:
My top choice in the sandbox style is The Temple of Empyreal Enlightenment.

The Temple of Empyreal Enlightenment also happens have wonderful RP potential. It gets my highest recomendation.

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I would like to see a decks of chase cards devoted to various envirnments instead of the mix in the current deck. I would love for more chase options.

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Well done!

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Has all tis voting been causing all the down time of Paizo.com lately?

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Michael Brock wrote:

Eventually, this is what I want. Using your example above, there would be boxes A, B, C, and D on the data entry system, advising to check it when a condition was met during play.

In the back of scenario, it would list the following in the conclusion section:

A) Did the Villian escape? Check box A when reporting if the Villian escaped. Leave unchecked if the PCs captured the Villian.

B) Did the PCs convince an NPC to help them? Check box B if the PCs convinced the NPC to help them through bluff, diplomacy, or intimidate.

C) Did the PCs receive the information from the NPC by beating the info out of him? Check box C if the PCs beat the hell out of the NPC and obtained the info.

D) There is no option D in this scenario. Leave box D unchecked when reporting this scenario.

This is wonderful news! While we're on the subject of the event database, it would be helpful to expose the event listings and reporting via web service calls. We are trying to setup the Oregon PFS web site and I want to have only one place to enter event info.

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DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:
There need to be more Johns.

I strongly agree! Too bad my 15 month old son (who has my name) can't yet join us in our efforts to pack the Top 32 with John's.

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