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Goblinworks Executive Founder. RPG Superstar 2013 Dedicated Voter, 2014 Star Voter. Pathfinder Adventure Path, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber. FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar RPG Venture-Lieutenant, North Carolina—Asheville. 4,651 posts (5,066 including aliases). 1 review. 1 list. 1 wishlist. 25 Pathfinder Society characters. 53 aliases.


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Finding a cheeseburger in a fantasy campaign setting?

There is only one place to go...

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McGuffin's. ;)

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Stay Alert! Trust No One! Keep Your Laser Handy!

erm ... *ZAP*

<enters zylphryx #4>

Hello Friend Computer.

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Personally, I think we should include a "this page brought to you by" in the bylines for the extra content that the reviews generate.

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Sounds like the start of a review there, Snorter ... c'mon, make a full review and get us an extra page of content for the digital version of #13. :)

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RAWR, huh? Maybe it's an acronym ...

"Really Awesome Written Results"?

"Recently Available World Resources"?

"Razmirans Are Woefully Represented"?

"Really, Aroden's Whereabouts Revealed"?

"Requesting Another Watery Region"?

The possibilities are endless!!! ;)

Please note I am assuming the extra four "A's" are merely there to throw us off...

EDIT: AH! Based off that other clue, it can only be one thing ... GNOMES! Look out Sanos Forest, here we come! ;)

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Oh, and thank you to Alex "Canada Guy" Moore for the art for the board game (this is the third game of mine you have illustrated, isn't it?) and Basil Arnould Price for the artwork for Disturb Not the Dead. :)

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<start expected review plug>
...and I will hereby begin my secondary task of asking whether you all have enjoyed the issue ... and then pester folks to leave reviews.

Heck, there is even added incentive of getting more material in the PDF version of #13 if you do leave a review ... so what are you all waiting for?
</end expected review plug>

OK, that's out of the way (for this page of comments anyway). Enjoy the issue everyone. :)

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Paris Crenshaw wrote:
I just want to say that Tim and Dain did an awesome job driving this issue into the station. I was kind of discombobulated at the end of 2014. Our fearless Editor-in-Chief pulled off another amazing feat of publishing prowess. And Dain's work on layout is always fantastic. Great job, guys.

Don't forget Garrett. His impact on the layout cannot be understated and he's a big reason that we got it out as soon as we did with all the holiday hoopla thrown into the mix.

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caspers? ;)

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Sitting at the bar at 9 Mile, a Jamacian restaurant in Asheville, listening to reggae and waiting on my order of jerked Mahi over rice.

Sovereign Court **** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, North Carolina—Asheville aka zylphryx

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Ah ha! It took some digging, but I found the thread!

<must get folks to post more here to keep the thread up top ;) >

A-hem ...

HEAR YE, HEAR YE!

The APL's Anniversary game is almost upon us and we have about 20 seats we can fill!

Are you tired of holiday shopping?

Fed up with setting up decorations?

Becoming more Scroogity every day?

Well, we have what you need!!!

That clatter you hear on the roof isn't reindeer, it's Pathfinder Agents.

That sound you thought was bells? Nope, it's the clashing of swords.

Carols? Nuh-uh, it's the cries of those who fall and the cheers of the victors.

Making merry and wassailing? Well, merriment during the game, sure ... and probably beer (for those of drinking age) at the APB afterwards (assuming they are open) ... not sure abut wassail though ...

You know you want to take part in the festivities and the Race for the Runecarved Key!

Sign up at Warhorn!!!

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Drejk wrote:
Timitius wrote:
People do have lives, after all. ;-)
They do?!

Oh Drjek, don't you start talking like my boss! ;)

Yes, yes we do ... though they may be more full of work than we would like sometimes ... of course Wayfinder is not work, but an escape from work. I think we should have everything good to go before the end of the year.

Still not giving spoilers ... though I gotta give a big "Thank You" to Alex "CanadaGuy" Moore ... you know what I'm talking about. ;)

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Deletes 3 pages worth of posts scattered throughout the thread, issues warning about improper behavior and threatens to lock thread if people don't act civilly.

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thejeff wrote:
zylphryx wrote:

Civilization is not based on creatives who produce works of entertainment being forced to continue to produce work they no longer wish to produce. Demanding they do so is analogous to the boss at a job you are wanting to leave claiming you owe the company since you did good work and forcing you to continue at a job at which you have no desire to continue.

In truth, he could beg you to stay and refuse to rehire you if you come back looking for work. You owe him nothing more than the labor you provided. When you leave, he owes you nothing further unless he feels the desires to give it. The same princie holds for authors and those who paid for the work the author produced.

Absolutely no one has said a damn thing about forcing authors to do any such thing.

Actually, by taking the stance of "if an author does not finish a series that she no longer wishes to work on, folks should no longer purchase her work", you are in essence forcing the author to continue a path she does not want to follow or lose her source of income. It is not holding a physical gun to the head, but it still is a means of force. So, explicitly no one has said anything about forcing an author to do any such thing, but implicitly, yes, yes it was said.

Granted, people should vote with their wallets. It is an effective means to bring about change. But if an author states she has no passion for the series any longer, that she is no longer happy when working on it, should one still continue to demand the creator give up her happiness / enjoyment in the work she wants to do in order to satisfy the Fans desire for closure to a story arc?

EDIT: And to be clear, as I have stated from the beginning, I personally believe there is no obligation on either party's side. The author owes the fan nothing other than the actual books the fan purchased. The fan owes the author nothing beyond the book(s) they have already purchased.

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Civilization is not based on creatives who produce works of entertainment being forced to continue to produce work they no longer wish to produce. Demanding they do so is analogous to the boss at a job you are wanting to leave claiming you owe the company since you did good work and forcing you to continue at a job at which you have no desire to continue.

In truth, he could beg you to stay and refuse to rehire you if you come back looking for work. You owe him nothing more than the labor you provided. When you leave, he owes you nothing further unless he feels the desires to give it. The same princie holds for authors and those who paid for the work the author produced.

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MMCJawa wrote:

why are we having discussion of buying a book in a ongoing series that just has "HAHAHA" written for 300 pages? That...would never happen, because editors and publishers are not idiots

You might as well lead with an example such "What if reading the first sentence summons a Balor that then eats all my family members in front of me".

It would be terrifying ... and probably grounds for suing the publishing company for not vetting the material for summoning magic. Definitely a case of Supernatural Criminal Negligence.

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Unreasonable demands like "how dare you have a life!!! Get back to writing my book b*$%!!"

And unfortunately you do see things along those lines pop up from a rabid fan base.


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Hmmm ... $9.99 for a PDF?

Yeah, that sounds reasonable. Let me get my credit card.

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
I like bacon, but I think it's overrated here in the internet.

Sacrilege! It is impossible to overrate bacon. ;)


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<piddles on the carpet and scampers out of the room>

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Game over, man! Game over!

<contemplates>

Game on, man! Game on!

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That's it, I'm quitting PathfBWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA ... I just can't ... I can't say that with a straight face ...

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Board game submitted.

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Congrats Mike!

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Article on Osirian Tomb Curses submitted.

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It says I appreciate a person with a good mind ... their brains taste so much better than folks who ... NOTHING! THE AVATAR SAYS NOTHING ABOUT ME!!!!

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He was a true actor, able to make us laugh (Mrs. Doubtfire, The Birdcage, and too many others to list), make us cry (What Dreams May come, The Fisher King, and Awakenings are the first ones to come to mind), and make our skin crawl (Insomnia and One Hour Photo). But personally, it was the off the wall roles he played that will stick with me the most (Death to Smoochy and World's Greatest Dad).

He will be missed. :(

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Anthony Adam wrote:

Yes! 723 words, sending a really nasty nasty for consideration. It is indeed possible to get a really nasty creature at CR 15 in under 750 words - not easy, but can be done :D

And no laundry list either - I managed to reign myself back some. Kind of. But it did eat my party when I tested it out - lol - poor souls, 5 pc's went in, 3 ran away, 1 crawled away after stabilising herself and, ummmm, one didn't.

So that's 2 out of my possible 3 and a couple of weeks left to try and come up with no 3 ;)

that means you have 27 words you can play with to bolster it's descriptive text ... or the top blurb for a bestiary listing. ;)

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Timitius wrote:
We generally prefer .psd files, color.

*cough*300dpi, layers intact*cough*please do not flatten the image*cough*


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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:

I am the eggslaad, we are the eggslaad

Potato am the Batman, groot groot groot joob

You called?

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1. What do you mean if I pull this trigger you won't get shot??

2. Anyone up for a game of Cards Against Humanity?

3. What in the hell is kitty jump, cat swagger, and feline power swat doing on your character sheet?

Dear following poster,
The answers to your next three questions are as follows:

1. Why yes, I am happy to see you.

2. There are just certain things a muppet can do better than you.

3. Just off the top of my head, an undead cat in a box for one.

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Vancouver WA is a bit of a drive from WNC for a weekly game. ;)

Have fun y'all and I look forward to gaming with y'all over next Memorial Day weekend.

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Lady Ophelia wrote:

So while I am figuring out what to write still, I do want to say thanks for being clearer about article word count. It really helps for those of us who are word count conscious (like me) and want to stay on target.

*sets a course for 1,500 words for her gazetteers*

Glad to hear you are word count conscious, Lady Ophelia. It is definitely a good way to be.

In fact, EVERYONE who submits an article should be word count conscious. I hear that aside from being completely off theme, it is one of the quickest ways to get your submission bumped ... or at least put into the maybe bin ... which with the number of submissions we have been getting is not where you want your submission to be.

This PSA brought to you by the Keep Tim and Paris Sane a Little Longer Foundation, with assistance from Lady Ophelia by supplying a great point for a segue.


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Or took part in a good egging ...

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TOZ wrote:
That Gruumash is pretty awesome, I hear.

Gruumash ., TOZ. Gruumash ..

Why do I feel like I am typing out some weird variant on Morse code?


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yay! Doodlebug likes me! <crosses the picket line>

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thunderspirit wrote:
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You still have your hard copy of the Beta rules.
Well, if you count printing it out...

Which means you still have it in your downloads, which means ... ;)

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You still have your hard copy of the Beta rules.

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houstonderek wrote:
Orthos wrote:
... you know how the original FAWTL got started without digging through the archives.
You're on the first page of the origin :-)

And ONLY the first page of the Origin (really, honestly, I swear looking in on those threads sporadically was like jumping into Twin Peaks on every other prime numbered episode and hoping to know what the heck was going on ... of course, that could have been the point ;) Thankfully I never spotted any reverse talking little people when I did pop in).

EDIT: Apparently, I was able to keep up with y'all for 5 pages .. .and then made the mistake of pausing in the posts ...

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Glad to hear it! So what were your favorite parts? Were there any articles that really stood out for you? How was the art?

And before anyone actually posts their answers to these questions, why not take that minute or two you were going to spend posting a reply and post a review instead?

What? Too soon after my other request for product reviews?

You know, there is one definite way to get me to stop posting requests for product reviews ... one guess, that's all you get. ;)

EDIT: Seriously though, I am glad to hear everyone is enjoying the issue. I just see "reminding folks about the importance of product reviews" as a secondary job once an issue gets released into the wild.

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Set wrote:
A lot of stuff that looked a lot like a review ...

Too subtle? ;)

Seriously, thanks for all the positive feedback folks. If you get a chance we would love to see some reviews posted ... the glow from a positive review (or the insight from a negative review) is, after all, the only form of payment anyone involved with the project gets. ;)

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Alzrius wrote:
Kydeem de'Morcaine wrote:
I don't think I've ever met anyone with any experience that thought "Paizo published it, so it must be balanced" was true. Not saying there couldn't be a few people like that out there, but I've never met them.

I have.

To be fair, they don't say "everything Paizo makes is balanced" flat-out. Rather, they simply take it for granted that everything Paizo publishes is allowable in play - there's no discussion about if they can use something, they just show up with a new book and expect that they can use it, being honestly surprised if the GM objects.

Assuming material is balanced and assuming material is allowed are two completely different things. If you run a table and do not outline what is and what is not allowed, you alone are to blame.

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Senet-styled tile/board game in the works. Kinda like quad-dominoes meets a senet board and chaos reigns supreme ... at least until I get the rules worked out. ;)

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Ooo ooo, I know what #13 is! It's <WHACK>

<gets dragged out of the thread by Tim and Paris until they do the official reveal>

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To quote Danny Kaye: An unemployed jester is nobody's fool.

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How, exactly, does this PFS legal ring function according to RAW?

Ring of the Sublime description from pg 27 Taldor: Echoes of Glory wrote:

This ornate gold ring is set with a single round sapphire and platinum stems. When worn, the ring of the sublime protects its wearer from fear effects as if constantly under the effects of remove fear. Wearers of rings of the sublime in Taldor often believe the ring’s ability to combat fear also removes social anxiety, making the wearer a more confident and self-assured member of high society.

So it is a constant remove fear item ...

PRD description of remove fear wrote:

You instill courage in the subject, granting it a +4 morale bonus against fear effects for 10 minutes. If the subject is under the influence of a fear effect when receiving the spell, that effect is suppressed for the duration of the spell.

Remove fear counters and dispels cause fear.

And here is where the debate comes in. Does the ring of the sublime merely grant a +4 morale bonus against fear effects, or does it render the wearer immune to fear effects?

There are 4 possible stances I can see one taking with this ring at a PFS table:
1) It only confers a +4 bonus vs fear effects
2) It renders the wearer immune to fear effects because it suppresses fear effect indefinitely due to the constant remove fear effect.
3) It grants a +4 morale bonus against fear effects and, in the event of a failed save, it then suppresses the fear effect one round late automatically.
4) It grants a +4 morale bonus against fear effects while worn, but if removed and then placed back on, it would suppress the fear effect.

If the items had been written, "it grants the wearer a +4 morale bonus against fear effects" or "it renders the wearer immune to fear effects", this would be no problem. By stating it is a constant version of a spell that has conditions as to when the spell is cast in relation to the fear effect, it leaves it open to interpretation.

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Well, Tim usually assigns the art assignments to the artists. You will want to let him know you are interested and send him a link to you portfolio.

If you do get assigned a piece, and for all artists who do, preferred format is .psd at 300dpi with layers intact (so we can turn off any background to the image if needed). Otherwise, .jpg/.png/.tiff are also acceptable (again at 300dpi), but .psd is preferred.

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Y'all know I will be checking this thread for updates on the game ... I may not be able to be there, but I would love to hear how it goes.

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Man, I was just going to ask about when to expect that paycheck. ;)

Tim's spot on, everyone involved in putting these publications together are all doing this from our love of the game, love of the subject matter , some other driving force that leads one to freely give one's efforts, or a combination of one or more of those things. We get no payment other than well written and honest reviews once the product is released.

What?

Too soon to ask folks to be sure to review #11? ;)

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Michael Brock wrote:
zylphryx wrote:

And yet another reason I get to be bummed about not getting to Seattle this year. :(

Mike, will this possibly be a recurring thing for 2015 as well, or does this look more like a single time occurrence?

If we do a play test again in 2015, it will likely apply then as well. But, if I can make my fortitude and Will saves, I hope to eventually make the Grand Convocation a thing again.

I would be so psyched to see the GC come back! I'll be crossing my fingers that you roll well on those saves.

<hands Mike a cloak of resistance +5, a headband of inspired wisdom +6, and a belt of mighty constitution +6 ... then sets about to find clerics with the Luck and Good domains to keep tapping his shoulders while he makes the saves>

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