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Paizo Employee Creative Director

LazarX wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
JaC381 wrote:
ISG says once the Worldwound is dealt with, Iomedae wants to send the crusaders after the devils of Infernal Cheliax. How will the Order of the Godclaw (and the other Hellknight orders) react to this?
Good question! They'd likely end up having a schism and losing their Iomedae members, or the Iomedae members would convert, or the entire organizaiton would go rogue and they'd lose the Asmodeus members, or something along those lines. They would not emerge unscathed in the end.
Could this be why our favorite Chelaxian faction leader had has her faction's goal, prolonging the conflict in the Worldwound?

No.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

ulgulanoth wrote:
James, before the earthfall, what countries where around Kyonin?

There were none. It was unsettled, uncivilized wilderness around Kyonin before Earthfall.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Guardian of the order of cheese wrote:
I'm just here, what do you think of me just being over here. In the corner. Glaring menacingly. Waiting. Watching. Contemplating the meaning of life.

Can't answer that since you forgot to include a question mark, and as a result, it's not technically a question.

Cheliax

James Jacobs wrote:
ulgulanoth wrote:
James, before the earthfall, what countries where around Kyonin?
There were none. It was unsettled, uncivilized wilderness around Kyonin before Earthfall.

Huh, does this mean that before the earthfall there where much bigger wildernesses than there are in the modern Golarion?

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
Odraude wrote:
I noticed in Occult Mysteries that there is a book called the Secrets of the Dreaming Dark. Is this inspired by the Dreaming Dark from the Eberron universe?
No.

Then was the naming pure coincidence or are they perhaps inspired by the same source? What was Pathfinder's inspiritation for the book and its name?


Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Something that's been bothering me...

There is no "sleeping" condition but there are several effects that cause a creature to sleep. Now, in general, should all sleep effects follow the rules of the sleep spell, in that slapping or wounding a sleeping creature wakes them up? Or, would some sleep effects be harder to break?

Examples: the sleep poison of a pseudodragon or a homunculus (extraordinary abilities) and the sleep arrow effect of a pixie (supernatural).

They would be pretty weak effects if they can be removed so easily, but perhaps that's intentional. Otherwise, they could be pretty deadly in certain situations.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
LazarX wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
JaC381 wrote:
ISG says once the Worldwound is dealt with, Iomedae wants to send the crusaders after the devils of Infernal Cheliax. How will the Order of the Godclaw (and the other Hellknight orders) react to this?
Good question! They'd likely end up having a schism and losing their Iomedae members, or the Iomedae members would convert, or the entire organizaiton would go rogue and they'd lose the Asmodeus members, or something along those lines. They would not emerge unscathed in the end.
Could this be why our favorite Chelaxian faction leader had has her faction's goal, prolonging the conflict in the Worldwound?
No.

What Chelaxian faction leader?


James Jacobs wrote:
AlgaeNymph wrote:
Would you be interested in a fantasy setting where almost all the named characters were women?
Yes. It'd be a breath of fresh air to see a setting like this, frankly. Or a setting where all of the main characters were women.

Then would you be interested in giving this a look?

Oh, and I looked at Rat Queens on TV Tropes. Has that comic had any influence on Merisiel's personality?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

ulgulanoth wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
ulgulanoth wrote:
James, before the earthfall, what countries where around Kyonin?
There were none. It was unsettled, uncivilized wilderness around Kyonin before Earthfall.
Huh, does this mean that before the earthfall there where much bigger wildernesses than there are in the modern Golarion?

No. It means that before the Age of Destiny began, that large civilizations were very rare. The physical size of the region was more or less the same (more land before Earthfall, of course), but there weren't nations there yet with a few exceptions; Kyonin being one.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Rysky wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Odraude wrote:
I noticed in Occult Mysteries that there is a book called the Secrets of the Dreaming Dark. Is this inspired by the Dreaming Dark from the Eberron universe?
No.
Then was the naming pure coincidence or are they perhaps inspired by the same source? What was Pathfinder's inspiritation for the book and its name?

It's most likely parallel design. Turns out, when you combine decades of game design with specific words, you'll have duplicates and parallel design.

The inspiration for the "Dreaming Dark" title was a combination of the Dark Tapestry and the fact that the great old ones and outer gods who are so strongly associated with that region are also strongly associated with dreams.

In other words, both the designer of the book for Pathfinder and the element in Eberron were likely both drawing inspiration from Lovecraft, who utilizes themes of dreams and darkness a LOT in his writing.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Michael Landis wrote:

Something that's been bothering me...

There is no "sleeping" condition but there are several effects that cause a creature to sleep. Now, in general, should all sleep effects follow the rules of the sleep spell, in that slapping or wounding a sleeping creature wakes them up? Or, would some sleep effects be harder to break?

Examples: the sleep poison of a pseudodragon or a homunculus (extraordinary abilities) and the sleep arrow effect of a pixie (supernatural).

They would be pretty weak effects if they can be removed so easily, but perhaps that's intentional. Otherwise, they could be pretty deadly in certain situations.

Sleep is indeed a pretty weak effect since it can be removed easily. You'll note that things that generally cause sleep, like pseudodragons and homunculs and a pixie are low CR foes. The fact that their special attacks are relatively easy to fix even without spells is entirely by design.


Does chocolate exist on Golarion and where can it be found ?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
LazarX wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
JaC381 wrote:
ISG says once the Worldwound is dealt with, Iomedae wants to send the crusaders after the devils of Infernal Cheliax. How will the Order of the Godclaw (and the other Hellknight orders) react to this?
Good question! They'd likely end up having a schism and losing their Iomedae members, or the Iomedae members would convert, or the entire organizaiton would go rogue and they'd lose the Asmodeus members, or something along those lines. They would not emerge unscathed in the end.
Could this be why our favorite Chelaxian faction leader had has her faction's goal, prolonging the conflict in the Worldwound?
No.
What Chelaxian faction leader?

I'm assuming that was a PFS question, and I'm not familiar enough with PFS and their faction leaders to remember her name without having to go look it up.

But it's important to remember this—PFS is reactive to what we do in the campaign setting, and its elements build off of what we create. PFS is one possible incarnation/subset of a Golarion, alongside of all the home games running out there. It's not intended to be, itself, a primary source of baseline canon.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

AlgaeNymph wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
AlgaeNymph wrote:
Would you be interested in a fantasy setting where almost all the named characters were women?
Yes. It'd be a breath of fresh air to see a setting like this, frankly. Or a setting where all of the main characters were women.

Then would you be interested in giving this a look?

Oh, and I looked at Rat Queens on TV Tropes. Has that comic had any influence on Merisiel's personality?

Interesting! Thanks for the link!

I had Merisiel's personality more or less worked out back around the time we started the Adventure Paths several years ago—she and her personality predate Rat Queens by quite a lot. That said, her personality and Betty's personality are REALLY pretty awesomely close. It could be that some of Merisiel's personality influenced Rat Queens... but I doubt that (as much as the idea that something I've created might have somehow influenced something as awesome as Rat Queens kinda makes me giggle in pride and delight... I don't think the creators of Rat Queens know much about Merisiel... I guess I could be wrong...). More likely, the iconic "feisty stabby flirty rogue" archetype, which has been out there for a long time, simply landed in these two characters.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Haldelar Baxter wrote:
Does chocolate exist on Golarion and where can it be found ?

It exists, and can be found for sale in most cities.

As for where the natural resources appear... again, we haven't nailed those down for natural resources. Somewhere in western Garund I would guess.

Shadow Lodge

Out of all the class options, like discoveries, rage powers, and bardic masterpieces, which one us your favorite and why?


James Jacobs wrote:
Rysky wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Odraude wrote:
I noticed in Occult Mysteries that there is a book called the Secrets of the Dreaming Dark. Is this inspired by the Dreaming Dark from the Eberron universe?
No.
Then was the naming pure coincidence or are they perhaps inspired by the same source? What was Pathfinder's inspiritation for the book and its name?

It's most likely parallel design. Turns out, when you combine decades of game design with specific words, you'll have duplicates and parallel design.

The inspiration for the "Dreaming Dark" title was a combination of the Dark Tapestry and the fact that the great old ones and outer gods who are so strongly associated with that region are also strongly associated with dreams.

In other words, both the designer of the book for Pathfinder and the element in Eberron were likely both drawing inspiration from Lovecraft, who utilizes themes of dreams and darkness a LOT in his writing.

Yeah, sorry, I wasn't trying to imply you ripped off Eberron. Rather, I really love Eberron and the Dreaming Dark and I thought it was cool to see a nod to that. One thing that really felt compelling to me in Lovecraft's work was his Dreamlands. I always loved that and my favorite of his books is The Dream Quest of the Unknown Kadath.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
LazarX wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
JaC381 wrote:
ISG says once the Worldwound is dealt with, Iomedae wants to send the crusaders after the devils of Infernal Cheliax. How will the Order of the Godclaw (and the other Hellknight orders) react to this?
Good question! They'd likely end up having a schism and losing their Iomedae members, or the Iomedae members would convert, or the entire organizaiton would go rogue and they'd lose the Asmodeus members, or something along those lines. They would not emerge unscathed in the end.
Could this be why our favorite Chelaxian faction leader had has her faction's goal, prolonging the conflict in the Worldwound?
No.
What Chelaxian faction leader?

I'm assuming that was a PFS question, and I'm not familiar enough with PFS and their faction leaders to remember her name without having to go look it up.

But it's important to remember this—PFS is reactive to what we do in the campaign setting, and its elements build off of what we create. PFS is one possible incarnation/subset of a Golarion, alongside of all the home games running out there. It's not intended to be, itself, a primary source of baseline canon.

The faction leader with all the good parties of course, Zarta Dralneen, who was nearly a victim of Chelaxian's backstabbing politics. (aren't all politics backstabbing?). The Season 5 goal of the Chelaxian faction was to prolong the battle in the world wound in order to weaken the nations traditional enemies, i.e. the Andorans and the Silver Crusade, and the Iomedan type folk, hence my question. Not so much to make them lose, but to temper their enthusiasm for any post-Crusade action against Cheliax and it's patron.

Cheliax

1) Do you include any level of technology in your fantasy games? (Guns, airships etc.) If so, at what level?

2) Is there a chance of seeing a feat tree or ranger fighting style for dual-wielding a gun and blade (published in official Paizo product, that is)?

3) Is there a possibility of a gun-wielding archetype for magus, where pistol replaces the blade?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Dragonborn3 wrote:
Out of all the class options, like discoveries, rage powers, and bardic masterpieces, which one us your favorite and why?

I've actually never really even considered those as their own thing and thus don't really have a favorite.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Odraude wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Rysky wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Odraude wrote:
I noticed in Occult Mysteries that there is a book called the Secrets of the Dreaming Dark. Is this inspired by the Dreaming Dark from the Eberron universe?
No.
Then was the naming pure coincidence or are they perhaps inspired by the same source? What was Pathfinder's inspiritation for the book and its name?

It's most likely parallel design. Turns out, when you combine decades of game design with specific words, you'll have duplicates and parallel design.

The inspiration for the "Dreaming Dark" title was a combination of the Dark Tapestry and the fact that the great old ones and outer gods who are so strongly associated with that region are also strongly associated with dreams.

In other words, both the designer of the book for Pathfinder and the element in Eberron were likely both drawing inspiration from Lovecraft, who utilizes themes of dreams and darkness a LOT in his writing.

Yeah, sorry, I wasn't trying to imply you ripped off Eberron. Rather, I really love Eberron and the Dreaming Dark and I thought it was cool to see a nod to that. One thing that really felt compelling to me in Lovecraft's work was his Dreamlands. I always loved that and my favorite of his books is The Dream Quest of the Unknown Kadath.

No worries!

I'm actually not really all that up on Eberron lore. I was a bit more back in the Dungeon days a decade or so ago, but I was never a big fan of the setting and once we switched away from the magazines over to Pathfinder, I pretty much let all my Eberron lore atrophy, so I only vaguely remember what the Dreaming Dark was now...

Paizo Employee Creative Director

LazarX wrote:

The faction leader with all the good parties of course, Zarta Dralneen, who was nearly a victim of Chelaxian's backstabbing politics. (aren't all politics backstabbing?). The Season 5 goal of the Chelaxian faction was to prolong the battle in the world wound in order to weaken the nations traditional enemies, i.e. the Andorans and the Silver Crusade, and the Iomedan type folk, hence my question. Not so much to make them lose, but to temper their enthusiasm for any post-Crusade action against Cheliax and it's patron.

And there ya go. As far as I know, she has no interaction/association with the Order of the God Claw, in any event.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

nightflier wrote:

1) Do you include any level of technology in your fantasy games? (Guns, airships etc.) If so, at what level?

2) Is there a chance of seeing a feat tree or ranger fighting style for dual-wielding a gun and blade (published in official Paizo product, that is)?

3) Is there a possibility of a gun-wielding archetype for magus, where pistol replaces the blade?

1) Yes. My fantasy games are pretty much exactly where Golarion's are at. That's no coincidence, since a fair amount of Golarion and its world construction philosophies are from my homebrew setting. So... Guns, yes. Airships, not so much. Lasers and robots? Yes, in certain parts of the world.

2) Anything's got a chance. I don't generally work on the player option line of products though—but if I wanted to put an NPC who used that style and was a ranger, I could see designing it for that NPCs. Anything's possible.

3) Same as #2 above.

Shadow Lodge

Ok I have a few specific design questions.

It seems that at paizo you have different "departments" that develop different lines of products. Is this so? Do you have an AP "department, player companion "department"' campaign setting "department", etc?

If so, how are things approved to go into print and determined to fit well in the setting?


1) Which musical traditions in the Inner Sea region are most likely to have lyrics?
2) Would you consider Norgorber to be a god of cheating (as in fixing sports matches)?
3) Does magical healing remove Lichtenberg figures?


James! Who initially designed the gunslinger? I think it was one of the more innovative things to come out of paizo and I think the whole grit thing really works with what it is trying to reproduce so I was just curious. Also who did summoner? It is one of my favorites because I always wanted to be able to play say a succubus as a PC and this gets me as close as anything.(even though I realize it is probably the class many are real disappointed with) Anyways I hope you find a bit of fun during your days. Good luck and thanks for being cool.

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