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Hey GarnathFrostmantle, thanks for the review. We did strive to make the layout as close to what one would expect in a Paizo Bestiary. Glad you like it. :)

And thanks also to Rysky for the review, and the running reviews in the comments. Love seeing this kind of stuff. :)

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I picture a devil armed with a yardstick who thwacks those who use poor grammar or mumble ... but maybe that's just me ... mumble mumble <THWACK>

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Timitius wrote:
Silver Griffin wrote:

I really like what I have seen so far. Doubly so since it's free.

Any chance this will have a print edition?

Unlikely. Once you surpass 84 pages, saddle stitch is no longer possible. Binding and cover options make this more expensive to print too.

Probably possible for people to print on their own though....

Tim

We'd need to add a few more pages (or drop one) as well ... 181 is not a good print page count. ;) Rest assured if we ever decide to print it, that will get done. ;)

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Rysky wrote:

*sees the Aequoreal*

*sees the credits*

;_;

Uh oh, did we make an error Rysky?

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<cough>reviews when folks get a chance<cough>

I think this is the earliest review request I have done yet.

And for folks at PaizoCon, have fun! And see how many of the folks on the cover you can find (alas, you will not find me there this year).

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So usually when I have posted a notice like this it was because it was a person who had an impact in my life. And while the Gong Show certainly was a memorable part of my childhood (I never got into the Newlywed Game or Dating Game due, mainly, to my age when they were broadcast), and I have enjoyed his writing, this posting is a bit different as I knew Chuck. Not well, but I did know him.

The first time I met him was at my brother's wedding. Chuck was my sister-in-laws uncle, and meeting him was an unexpected bonus to the wedding in general. He was an honestly nice guy, pleasant to talk with, and more than willing to have his picture taken with my cousins who were also fans from the Gong Show days.

I met him a couple other times after that, and each time it was a pleasure to talk with him. The most memorable meeting, however, was when I showed up at a book signing he was doing locally for Bad Grass Never Dies and he recognized me (I had only met him at the wedding a year before at that point).

I found out about his death last night, though decided to hold off on posting until the announcement was made. Chuck, you will be missed.

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the paladin fell for accepting gifts in violation of the emoluments clause of her holy order.

The paladin baked cookies for the orphans.

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He did not, however, include in depth, safe, and sanitary cooking guidelines, leading to the deaths of thousands who followed his instruction, causing him to be guilty of thousands of counts of death by negligence, which, of course, is the result of not being fully orderly and somewhat chaotic.

The paladin regained his paladinhood.

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To pass through, yes, that would still be an acrobatics check required, regardless if the PC has AoOs remaining or not. I was under the impression it was just moving around. bad readinG on my part.

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casting a spell triggers an AoO, as long as the ninja has combat reflexes, the wizard moving out of a threatened square would also trigger an additional AoO. if the ninja does not have combat reflexes, then all he can do is stand by and watch the wizard walk on by.

EDIT: or what orfamay said ... that's what I get for trying to post at work

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By slaying his patron deity, the paladin severed the connections to the divine, making the paladin nothing more than a crappy fighter. The resulting swearing caused the paladin to fall.

The paladin wept.

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By paying tribute, he was in fact worshiping false idols.

The paladin took a much needed vacation.

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not yet. will be hopefully checking it out tonight (as long as it has been updated on the syfy app).

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Andre Roy wrote:
zylphryx wrote:
I admit I am kinda liking the cities concept. And it still allows for ORCS!

Exactly.

Or any kind of humanoid. A City-dwelling or "civilized" orc (sub)culture would be an interesting addition I think.

Oh if we do run with the cities theme, I will be spearheading an orcish invasion, like the claiming or Urgir. I've got several Orc themed / city themed article ideas bouncing around in my brain right now.

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Meraki wrote:
Andre Roy wrote:
zylphryx wrote:
I admit I am kinda liking the cities concept. And it still allows for ORCS!

Exactly.

Or any kind of humanoid. A City-dwelling or "civilized" orc (sub)culture would be an interesting addition I think.

Urgir is stronger city than all wimpy human cities!

Well, it was a dwarf built city ... But it got its character from orcs! ;)

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Never underestimate the importance of ethnobotany!!! or that part of my degree

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I admit I am kinda liking the cities concept. And it still allows for ORCS!

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Hobgobs would probably want to wait until after Ironfang is fully released to avoid conflicting with official content (I expect they will be fleshing out hobgobs during that AP), but I am also a Orc/Gnoll/Goblinoid fan, so I like this train of thought.

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Well I was going to pop in to begin asking for folks to review, but there already is one, so I will dig deeper.

First thanks for the review! All the folks who have put this together would love to know what exactly you enjoyed, and what we may have dropped the ball on. Details, we live for details! That said, seriously, thanks for the quick review. :)

Ok, I'm done. That feels better. ;)

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Tim, if the next issue is not orcs, I think we have a contender for a future issue. ;)

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Nothingness wrote:
zylphryx wrote:
so what generation would immortals go in? Just curious, not that I am, or am claiming to be, but you know, if someone actually were immortal ...

Generation Highlander.

And they are only immortal... so far...

Ha! Gen Highlander! Good one!

[note to self - sharpen the blade when i get home ...]

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Rednal wrote:

@BNW: Oh, yeah. I mean, quite frankly, there are a lot of places that seem to see workers as a liability to be tolerated only out of necessity. Companies do not want to pay workers, as evidenced by the flat actual wages for the last, oh, four decades or so. Meanwhile, Millennials also see things like CEO pay rates rising far faster than everyone else's, from I think it was... ~20x the average worker a few decades ago to over 300x today. Workers are more productive, but they're not seeing an increase in benefits to go with that - rather, in many cases, all their hard work seems to be going straight to the pockets of the company executives while many of them are struggling just to make ends meet because of rising costs.

So, are Millennials cynical about business? Yeah, I think they are. Honestly, I think that's one of the driving forces behind their desire for a better work-life balance - they don't want to work quite so hard for people who don't seem to care about them. Especially when executives' pay is broadly tied to the stock market, so they can get paid better when the company as a whole is successful, a fact that is not true for most workers.

oh it's not just millennials who are cynical on this front. i'm gen x and have been cynical about the entire corporate/business mindset for 25+ years.

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so what generation would immortals go in? Just curious, not that I am, or am claiming to be, but you know, if someone actually were immortal ...

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oooo ... Orc siege tactics ... would be a fluff piece mainly, but could be entertaining.

Could also see doing a write up on orc settlements in the Underdark.

hmmmmm .....

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And then promptly fell for setting the groundwork for the rise of telemarketing calls and political robocalls.

The Paladin invented post it notes.

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that'll teach me to rely on mythology. ;)

so yeah, by RAW it would work ... for 1d4 rounds (or 0-3 rounds since it has to die and then be raised). when the auto resurrect fires, you'll have a really ticked off phoenix.

Personal rule, no it would not ... because mythology, man!!!!

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Garrett Guillotte wrote:
zylphryx wrote:
orcs

If we did an orcs issue, I bet Mikaze would come back.

Otherwise my vote is CITIES CITIES CITIES CITIES CITIES! So many cities out there with so much information but such little love.

Cities would be cool. There are orc cities (or at least one ... above ground anyway).

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it would not work. the spell requires a mostly intact corpse or skeleton. When a phoenix dies, it is reduced to ash and rises again from the ashes. Thus no skeleton or corpse.

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The Paladin fell because the hobgoblins were actually traders, not raiders. Failure to communicate clearly can be a pain.

The Paladin wore white in October.

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The Paladin fell because one should not make promises one cannot keep.

The Paladin sat in the corner.

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And to be clear, it's not really so much that there are "a bunch of bad guys". You have each individual who had their own pre-sensate baggage to some extent (i.e. - Wolfgang and the German mafia, or Caephas being in a pretty violent location, or Sun and her evil brother/prison), these are all really the personal baddies. Then you have Whispers and BPO (the organization he works for), who are the overarching baddies.

In an X Files parallel, the personal baddies are the lower level hurdles Murder and Scully took on (the bureaucracy wanting to hinder and discredit the investigations, the other agents looking down on their efforts, etc). The Smoking Man and the shadow organization he was part of would be the BPO equivalent.

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The paladin fell because one should not merely punt a gnome.

tHE PALADIN LEFT HER CAPS LOCK ON.

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OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRCCCCCSSSS!!!!

What? Oh. Ahem.

First world.

orcs

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Purple Dragon Knight wrote:

In terms of my reasons to dislike the show at this point: that's mainly the nerd in me I guess. I usually like to see the behind the scenes backstory from a BBEG point of view, kinda like how X-Files finally explained FEMA and cigarette-smoking man. For every bad guy, there's an event or circumstance that led to him being a bad guy. X-files would have gotten boring real fast for me if they would have kept cigarette-smoking man unexplained and just as an out-of-context bad guy.

In terms of Sense8, there's a bunch of bad guys, led by a main bad guy with powers. He seems to want to destroy all the other Sense8. Why? Every episode that I watched I sat hoping they would start making connections, but then BAM fight fight orgy fight. Ok, I said, that's cool (the first few times). But in the end... ok... what's next?

Soooo ... you do realize that "the Smoking Man" back story did not even start to be picked at until season 2, and you really never got full backstory for him (though you got several variants and speculations). At this point, Whispers is ahead of the game as "the Smoking Man" only had 4 words in season 1 of X Files (yep, looked that up ;) ).

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You and your deviled ham sandwiches, KC, causing paladins to fall left and right.

The paladin answered a telemarketing call.

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Unless my job / financial situation looks up dramatically in the next month, I won't be there ... which will make for my longest absence from PaizoCon ever ... this makes me a sad panda.

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The paladin fell because paladins were not meant to fly and by attempting it she was disrespecting the deities' will. And gravity, mainly gravity.

The paladin debated religion with the street preacher.

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Since the WF16 layout is done for the moment (off to the proofreaders), I may try to put together a weal or woe I came up with a little too late for the Osirion issue ...

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The paladin fell because in not tipping they were stealing the service provided by their waiter. And stealing is bad, mmmm-kay?

The paladin walked into a bar ...

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The paladin fell because 2016 will not allow us to have good things ...

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Loved the book as a kid and the animated film as well. He will be missed.

2016 please stop. Just stop.

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I was really hoping she was going to recover. Today is a sad day for the Rebellion and us all. :(

2016, why are you not done yet?

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I thought green packing peanuts were an indicator of being made of recycled material, not biodegradability.

EDIT: well you learn something new every day. apparently they are made of recycled polystyrene but are also specially treated to break down in a landfill withing 1-5 years.

And the pink ones are anti-static.

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Ah, so it strikes me that the lack of connection to Cauldron y'all are feeling really is more the result of GM style. It does take effort on the GMs part to ensure there are points of connection, beginning as early as PC creation.

Creating additional material can also work for immersing the player's into the city. For example, I put together the following items prior to our first game (the Gazetteer was inspired by some of the other similar works put out by other folks on theRPGGenius site for the AP).

Player's Guide
Gazetteer 1

I do plan to continue the Gazetteers as a regular element, partly to show the impact the PCs have, partly to help build up the rivalry with the Stormblades, and partly to introduce various elements of the city (via the "ads" on the sidebar).

I also expect the Gazetteers to aid in dropping occasional clues / red herrings (though we do have a sort of unofficial house rule that if the PCs are going off on a red herring in a major way, the GM usually works an actual red herring (or scarlet fish or similar imagery) into the plot, so the players are aware it is off the rails. Sometimes we have continued on the false trail simply for the fun of it, but mostly we end up backtracking to see what we missed.

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honestly, every preprinted campaign will be railroady, it's just the nature of the beast. It is the job of the GM to obscure the tracks. Even Kingmaker, the "sandbox" AP, still had railroad aspects (i.e. the overarching plotline of the AP).

That said, not sure why your GM is not letting you buy a house in town, if that is the way you want to run. And PC actions should definitely have an impact, probably not on the greater plotline (as the PCs are most likely not interacting on that level until mid/upper levels), but should have an impact on Cauldron and the smaller stories going on there. It is possible there could be adjustments to the greater storyline from the actions on the PCs in the smaller storylines. The extent of the PC impact really depends on the GM and how they run the campaign. This is, of course, a rule for any campaign that a GM runs.

I am currently running the campaign (updating most elements to PF) for some friends and while it is early on so far, it is going well. I do plan on introducing some sidetrek items to tie into the PCs' backstories, which should help invest the PCs more into the story of Cauldron.

As to the bigger picture, there is an overarching plot, and the PCs should be receiving hints as they go along. If you have not been receiving hints as the story has progressed, that may be an issue with the way the GM is running the game, or you are overlooking the hints.

While there are some plot holes in the campaign (as there are within any campaign), as long as the GM prepares in advance these holes can be patched .

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Some of the house rules I tend to run with:

Level up at the speed of plot. Makes for smoother game play I find.

If you qualify for Combat Expertise (i.e. - you have Int 13+), you gain the feat automatically; similarly for Power Attack (i.e. - you have Str 13+ ... forget about BAB +1), you gain the feat automatically. I don't see the reasoning behind needing a feat to basically fight defensively in an intelligent fashion (CE) or hit harder but leave an opening in your defenses (PA).

For raise dead, it does not need to a a single 5000gp diamond, just 5000gp worth of diamonds (or diamond dust). A single 5000gp rock should be exceedingly rare; if it isn't, then the value of diamonds should plummet, making the needed stone even bigger in size in order to fulfill a gp requirement.

As GM, I roll your Craft Item checks if you make a magic item. This has been a point of contention in some groups, but if you mess up the roll and get a cursed item, you should not have the meta knowledge that it is a cursed item.

You can resize magic armor and weapons down one size category with a successful Craft Magical Arms and Armor check. And no, you don't end up with extra mithral from reducing the size of the elven chain. Chalk it up to the crafting cost.

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Oh, one other classic, though not John Cusack (the film class I mentioned reminded me of it.

The Party - Peter Sellers as an Indian actor accidentally sent an invite to a party after having ruined film production. Freaking hilarious, 1960's era comedy.

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Set wrote:


And on topic, Highlander is a fun movie to add to the list.

After having watched Highlander 30 some odd times over a week in order to do a film analysis paper (lighting, shot type, camera angle, etc. etc. and the intended effect of such to be imparted to the viewer) I really can't watch the movie any more ... and I used to love it.

Back on topic.

More comedies (did I mention I kinda like comedies?) ... and I can't believe no one has mentioned any John Cusack comedies yet, so here you go ...

Better Off Dead - John Cusack as a teen with issues who meets a French exchange student Diane Franklin. Quirky comedy from Savage Steve Holland.

One Crazy Summer - John Cusack as a teen with issues who meets a guitar-playing hippiesque Demi Moore. Quirky comedy from Savage Steve Holland.

Hot Pursuit - John Cusack as a teen who tries to catch up with girlfriend's family on a Caribbean vacation. Kind of a comedy of errors comedy in a lot of ways.

Tape Heads - John Cusack and Tim Robbins as two security guard, high school graduates turned video producers. Quirky comedy and the Swanky Modes! Actually Sam Moore and Junior Walker, but still, the Swanky Modes!!

Gross Pointe Blank - John Cusack as a hit man who goes to his 10 year high school reunion. Great comedy with a great 80's soundtrack.

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Back in my day, we did not get into RAW rules arguments since the original ruleset was sparse on a lot of specifics. We did, however, get into house rule arguments.

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