In with the New

Friday, January 22, 2010

I recently had the "opportunity" to run into yoda8myhead, extra pervasive poster on these boards and mastermind behind the Pathfinder Wiki. Besieged with the usual onslaught of questions and accusations also came a request for a few more pieces of art previewing some of our upcoming products (and perhaps in some cases "past-viewing" some recent releases). Ask and ye shall receive… ya harpy. :P

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Yoda is my PAL.

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Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Yoda is my PAL.

...and a harpy but I guess we already knew that.


I'd like to think I'm the #2 harpy.


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Hmm what's up with the Sword Lady's legs? It looks a bit like she's just hanging in the air.


She's levitating with joy at the three pic blog. Her hip is cocked and she's turned her other leg in. Sword Lady is always alluringly coy like that when I'm looking at her.

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Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
I'd like to think I'm the #2 harpy.

I'd agree with that.


I can see I haven't made enough of an impression on Wes. Obviously, I'm not trying hard enough.

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Sword Lady is actually a picture of my PC Shensen from the NPC guide. She's also the highest level character in the PC section... might even be the highest level character in the book. So if anyone's bad-ass enough to be just hanging in the air, it's her!

(She's a dervish dancer type character with lots of ranks in Perform (dance) for the graceful murdering frenzy, and the illustration is her in the middle of a blood-fueled pirouette before she lashes out at a scary gorilla. Also, she carries a bunch of potions of fly so that's always a possibility too...)


So much for the "just" hanging in the air. :)

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Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Yoda is my PAL.

Hey man, I played a PFS game with Yoda so I'm cool too.

Yeah.

Harpy #3


True, Baron AH is usually right there with us. We're the Trimurti of Picture Demander/Picture Threatener/Picture Pleader, or something like that.

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

I actually suggested some art posts as a way of making some stress-free blogs and Wes thanked me for the suggestion in the chat room. He's just feigning ingratitude now to save face.

Oh, and thanks, Wes!

[edit:] Also...Shensen needs to watch how she holds that sword. She's gonna cut her hand.


So, I post twice as often as you, and you get the rep as a more than regular poster, b/c you're over there in the chat room. I knew I'd rue my neglect of the chat room.

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yoda8myhead wrote:
[edit:] Also...Shensen needs to watch how she holds that sword. She's gonna cut her hand.

Wisdom 7. She'll never learn.


Pretty girls can hold swords however they want.


Any hints as to the other staff characters?

Even what people are contributing characters, and will it be explicit who owns who?

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Also, she's a lot better at swordfighting than me, so I suspect she DOES know what she's doing. And she can cast healing magic anyway.


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James Jacobs wrote:
Also, she's a lot better at swordfighting than me, so I suspect she DOES know what she's doing. And she can cast healing magic anyway.

So, knowing your predilections, I'm guessing she's a bard of some kind.

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vagrant-poet wrote:

Any hints as to the other staff characters?

Even what people are contributing characters, and will it be explicit who owns who?

The chapter lists who owns which character. And all of the other characters in the chapter are from the Shadows Under Sandpoint campaign I'm running, so if you head on over to that campaign's journal to get said hints! :)

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Zaister wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Also, she's a lot better at swordfighting than me, so I suspect she DOES know what she's doing. And she can cast healing magic anyway.
So, knowing your predilections, I'm guessing she's a bard of some kind.

Yup.

Half-elf fighter 4/bard 8, in fact. And ready for duelist levels.

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Has the NPC Guide gone to the printer yet or is it still in the works?


James Jacobs wrote:
vagrant-poet wrote:

Any hints as to the other staff characters?

Even what people are contributing characters, and will it be explicit who owns who?

The chapter lists who owns which character. And all of the other characters in the chapter are from the Shadows Under Sandpoint campaign I'm running, so if you head on over to that campaign's journal to get said hints! :)

Well I have been following it along, and have to say I'm very excited to see thier characters statted up!

It is you and the staff players then who will have NPCs?

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yoda8myhead wrote:
Has the NPC Guide gone to the printer yet or is it still in the works?

Yes.

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Vic Wertz wrote:
yoda8myhead wrote:
Has the NPC Guide gone to the printer yet or is it still in the works?
Yes.

Curse you Vic Wertz, and your single answer to a multiple choice question! You are the definition of something...that.....does what you, ummm, just did.....

*goes off to look up some dictionary words.*

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vagrant-poet wrote:
It is you and the staff players then who will have NPCs?

Yup. Three of the group joined the game too late to get full stats into the book but the others are all in there. As for my character, she's actually my longest-lived/favorite character I've played and since I've not yet been able to play in a Pathfinder game as a player (apart from a relatively rushed playtest), I got to grandfather in from Jason Nelson's Forgotten Realms campaign (although not at 20th level, which is where she ended up... no room for that many awesomeness, alas).

And then! Tomorrow, Erik Mona's running a playtest game and I'll be able to play Shensen in a Golarion Pathfinder adventure, so by the time the NPC book is out, she WILL be a legit character for Golarion. So it all works out.


James Jacobs wrote:
Sword Lady is actually a picture of my PC Shensen from the NPC guide....

She's hot.

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yoda8myhead wrote:
I actually suggested some art posts as a way of making some stress-free blogs and Wes thanked me for the suggestion in the chat room. He's just feigning ingratitude now to save face.

Blah, blah, blah. Never happened.

Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
So, I post twice as often as you, and you get the rep as a more than regular poster, b/c you're over there in the chat room. I knew I'd rue my neglect of the chat room.

Well as you can see, folks who expose themselves to after hours staff punchiness and uncensoredness open themselves up to at least 870% more blog-based harassment. The statistics are hard to argue with.

yoda8myhead wrote:
Oh, and thanks, Wes!

Yeeeeeeeah. No prob!

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James Jacobs wrote:
Sword Lady is actually a picture of my PC Shensen from the NPC guide...

Huh. I always thought Shensen was a night elf ranger with a raptor pet named Guttugger and a propensity for spaming the /train command. WEIRD. O_O

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F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Sword Lady is actually a picture of my PC Shensen from the NPC guide...
Huh. I always thought Shensen was a night elf ranger with a raptor pet named Guttugger and a propensity for spaming the /train command. WEIRD. O_O

LOL.

If she ever breaks out the train set from dalaran you MUST buy the toy robot to smash it. :)

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Does anyone else find it odd that James always has awesome female characters? :)


F. Wesley Schneider wrote:


Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
So, I post twice as often as you, and you get the rep as a more than regular poster, b/c you're over there in the chat room. I knew I'd rue my neglect of the chat room.

Well as you can see, folks who expose themselves to after hours staff punchiness and uncensoredness open themselves up to at least 870% more blog-based harassment. The statistics are hard to argue with.

I've been schooled. I'll have to make more chat time in the future.

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F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
Huh. I always thought Shensen was a night elf ranger with a raptor pet named Guttugger and a propensity for spaming the /train command. WEIRD. O_O

HA! How would you know, Mr. "I only play Warcraft during Beta so I don't have to endure interacting with Shensen's train obsession?" Oh wait. I think I figured it out.


James Jacobs wrote:
F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
Huh. I always thought Shensen was a night elf ranger with a raptor pet named Guttugger and a propensity for spaming the /train command. WEIRD. O_O
HA! How would you know, Mr. "I only play Warcraft during Beta so I don't have to endure interacting with Shensen's train obsession?" Oh wait. I think I figured it out.

Aha. is that who Rowyn Kellani's pet is named after? My pc's really liked that name.

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Chef's Slaad wrote:
Aha. is that who Rowyn Kellani's pet is named after? My pc's really liked that name.

+2 Continuity points for Dr. Slaad! :P

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SirUrza wrote:
Does anyone else find it odd that James always has awesome female characters? :)

Naaah. I believe he wrote an editorial about about transvirtaulism back in Dungeon *murfurr murmuh*.

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REPORT: Shensen surivied an Erik Mona adventure playtest (despite a close call with a golem). Woo hoo!

And yup. Rowyn Kellani's pet is named after my Warcraft character's pet raptor.

Actually, Rowyn herself is named after my second-longest-lived character (a cleric named Rowyn in Julia Martin's quite-excellent Middle Kingdoms-themed campaign back in the day).

Anyway, yeah. Transvirtuals rock.


F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
Chef's Slaad wrote:
Aha. is that who Rowyn Kellani's pet is named after? My pc's really liked that name.
+2 Continuity points for Dr. Slaad! :P

I guess there's a lot of easter eggs in the savage tide AP. One I'm wondering about in particular is the mistress of Witchwarden Tower in Sasserine.

Spoiler:
Lux Seoni

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James Jacobs wrote:
Anyway, yeah. Transvirtuals rock.

+1

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Chef's Slaad wrote:
I guess there's a lot of easter eggs in the savage tide AP. One I'm wondering about in particular is the mistress of Witchwarden Tower in Sasserine.

No real easter egg to mention about the mistress of Witchwarden Tower, actually. Although I did name her AND our iconic sorceress (Seoni was the name of one of my friends back in elementary school, so I guess THAT'S an easter egg, but not really since I've used my friends' name several times in various adventures if they're cool and exotic enough.)


Shensen is also in the Shackled City AP. ;)


Lilith wrote:
Shensen is also in the Shackled City AP. ;)

Wasn't she officially a half-drow, or something like that though?

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Lilith wrote:
Shensen is also in the Shackled City AP. ;)

Yup! Although her stats there are a little different since they don't include Forgotten Realms choices and since that version was based on an early build idea of the character I created before I realized that the duelist bard was the way to go.

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Charles Evans 25 wrote:
Lilith wrote:
Shensen is also in the Shackled City AP. ;)

Wasn't she officially a half-drow, or something like that though?

The version of Shensen from Jason Nelson's campaign that started it all was actually a full-blooded drow. At some point during his campaign, she died and got reincarnated as a half-aquatic elf. This happened AFTER I put her into Shackled City, but since it was as a half-aquatic elf that I've played the character the most, that's the incarnation that's making the transition into Cheliax and the NPC Guide. Although I am keeping the element of her being born a drow and being reincarnated into a half aquatic elf... although in the now-official Golarion version this event happened when she was a baby.

The full character history will, of course, appear in the NPC Guide.

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F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
SirUrza wrote:
Does anyone else find it odd that James always has awesome female characters? :)
Naaah. I believe he wrote an editorial about about transvirtaulism back in Dungeon *murfurr murmuh*.

Indeed. Wasn't it the editorial before that, which he first mentioned his WoW hunter. Hmm.. I think I'll go back and read them. :)

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SirUrza wrote:
F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
SirUrza wrote:
Does anyone else find it odd that James always has awesome female characters? :)
Naaah. I believe he wrote an editorial about about transvirtaulism back in Dungeon *murfurr murmuh*.
Indeed. Wasn't it the editorial before that, which he first mentioned his WoW hunter. Hmm.. I think I'll go back and read them. :)

We did a screenshot at one point of all the Paizo Warcraft characters in Dungeon #143, actually. Still one of my favorite editorial illos. Ha.

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James Jacobs wrote:
We did a screenshot at one point of all the Paizo Warcraft characters in Dungeon #143, actually. Still one of my favorite editorial illos. Ha.

Did you all gank Mike after? :)

That is old, the area around the dark portal has changed a lot. :)

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Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Pretty girls can do whatever they want.

Fixed that for you.

James Jacobs wrote:
REPORT: Shensen surivied an Erik Mona adventure playtest (despite a close call with a golem).

Alas, it is as we have feared. Erik 'glass jaw' Mona must be getting soft.

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baron arem heshvaun wrote:
Alas, it is as we have feared. Erik 'glass jaw' Mona must be getting soft.

I wouldn't say that. He killed Josh Frost's character. Twice.


James Jacobs wrote:
baron arem heshvaun wrote:
Alas, it is as we have feared. Erik 'glass jaw' Mona must be getting soft.
I wouldn't say that. He killed Josh Frost's character. Twice.

But then again ... who hasn't?

;)

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