Final Moments of the GameMastery Guide

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

At long last the GameMastery Guide has left the building. Turns out these big books take an incredible amount of work and cause a good deal of sanity damage, but after finally flipping through the color proofs, it looks absolutely incredible. In the coming weeks leading up to this monster's release we'll be showing off some of the coolest parts, but for now, take a look at a few shots from the GMG's final days of development.

Testing out Chapter 5's random treasure generator. I think Josh got a potion of aid. Yeah. A measly potion.
We started a contest seeing who could roll up the most valuable item. Lisa always wins.Turns out there's a LOT of tables in this book. The ones here are just for the chapter on rewards.
My proxy. Allowing me to be in two places at once and make well-considered decisions. Chris Carey and Jeff Alvarez pitch in for the book's penultimate layout checks. Art Directorix Sarah Robinson oversees the process.
Why is this happening in my office! Sutter and Judy Bauer enter the fray.James uses charts to detail an NPC alter ego, then goes on to name, captain, and crew a ship with just a few random rolls.

And now we all get to take a long break and finally rel—hold on, the Advanced Player's Guide is due WHEN?!

Wes Schneider
Managing Editor

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Dark Archive

Mmmmmm ... Hook Horror proxy.

Dark Archive

At least it isn't an Ergo Proxy. I've never been able to understand one of those.


I always like these little glimpses into the office, puts faces to the names and all that, pip pip.

EDIT: Aww man, it's still three and a half months away though!

Shadow Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rulebook Subscriber

Hey...I thought Hook Horrors weren't open content.


MisterSlanky wrote:
Hey...I thought Hook Horrors weren't open content.

Because they refuse to let them out of the office.


vagrant-poet wrote:

I always like these little glimpses into the office...

Same here.

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Did someone cast Hold Person on Jason in the 3rd and 4th pictures?
;-)

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

*gasp*
There's a picture of Christopher Carey...?!?!

Liberty's Edge

vagrant-poet wrote:

I always like these little glimpses into the office, puts faces to the names and all that, pip pip.

EDIT: Aww man, it's still three and a half months away though!

I thought the GM guide comes out in May? That's only a month away.

Liberty's Edge

*sniff* A treasure table *sniff*

I love you guys.


Thanks for all the hard work guys - really looking forward to this!

GMG currently listed as July

Contributor

Majuba wrote:
Thanks for all the hard work guys - really looking forward to this!

There was a point in this book's life where I would mumble things like "madness," "train wreck," and "bane of my soul." Now, though, after a lot of development love, chart creation, intern hours, additions, revisions, sacrificed weekends, stiff drinks, wtf moments, omg moments, and like 32 paginations, this has really become something pretty, pretty awesome. I mean, the index has tags like: chases, extraterrestrials, firearms, magocracy, mazes, NPC gallery, rules lawyer, time travel, and Utopia. In fact, in the next week or so, I'll probably show off the the whole index just so folks know what they're getting into. But yeah, really, really, pretty cool now, and looks absolutely gorgeous - Sarah really out did herself (and hopefully by saying so she'll forgive me for posting that picture she didn't want going up!).

Also, to aid anyone digging into the backgrounds of these photos: The 1920s volumes of our Amazing Stories archives, Descent, a WTF mug, a fuji apple, African Mythology by Jan Knappert, Kyle Hunter's full pager from Dragon: Monster Ecologies, and Diet Coke.


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Jared Ouimette wrote:
At least it isn't an Ergo Proxy. I've never been able to understand one of those.

First, you must be familiar enough with Evanescence to immediately catch the inspiration for Real's character design. :P

Second, you must understand Ergo Proxy before you can understand Ergo Proxy.

Sovereign Court

F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
Majuba wrote:
Thanks for all the hard work guys - really looking forward to this!

There was a point in this book's life where I would mumble things like "madness," "train wreck," and "bane of my soul." Now, though, after a lot of development love, chart creation, intern hours, additions, revisions, sacrificed weekends, stiff drinks, wtf moments, omg moments, and like 32 paginations, this has really become something pretty, pretty awesome. I mean, the index has tags like: chases, extraterrestrials, firearms, magocracy, mazes, NPC gallery, rules lawyer, time travel, and Utopia. In fact, in the next week or so, I'll probably show off the the whole index just so folks know what they're getting into. But yeah, really, really, pretty cool now, and looks absolutely gorgeous - Sarah really out did herself (and hopefully by saying so she'll forgive me for posting that picture she didn't want going up!).

Also, to aid anyone digging into the backgrounds of these photos: The 1920s volumes of our Amazing Stories archives, Descent, a WTF mug, a fuji apple, African Mythology by Jan Knappert, Kyle Hunter's full pager from Dragon: Monster Ecologies, and Diet Coke.

I can't wait for its release. Thanks for all the hard work.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16, 2012 Top 32

F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
The 1920s volumes of our Amazing Stories archives, Descent, a WTF mug, a fuji apple, African Mythology by Jan Knappert, Kyle Hunter's full pager from Dragon: Monster Ecologies, and Diet Coke.

I'll take "Things in the Paizo Office" for 200, Alex.


F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
There was a point in this book's life where I would mumble things like "madness," "train wreck," and "bane of my soul."

Sounds like me writing my thesis (due in three days). Particularly the parts like "train wreck," and "bane of my soul." I hope I come to love it after the defense.

Oh, and on topic, really looking forward to this book! :-)


Really looking forward to this. :)

Dark Archive Bella Sara Charter Superscriber

Hooray for tables!

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Sebastian wrote:
Hooray for tables!

Yep. They're really good at keeping stuff off the floor. Props also to desks and chairs!

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Vic Wertz wrote:
Sebastian wrote:
Hooray for tables!
Yep. They're really good at keeping stuff off the floor. Props also to desks and chairs!

Except, ironically, themselves.

Silver Crusade

A lot of folks wrote:
tables

Saucy Tart and Sly Pimp are getting updated?

I'm curious about how Utopia got into the index. Campaign setting themes/government types?

Liberty's Edge

Can't wait for this! Was wondering about it, thanks for the update!


Twings wrote:
F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
There was a point in this book's life where I would mumble things like "madness," "train wreck," and "bane of my soul."

Sounds like me writing my thesis (due in three days). Particularly the parts like "train wreck," and "bane of my soul." I hope I come to love it after the defense.

Oh, and on topic, really looking forward to this book! :-)

I wish I had no idea what you were talking about. Over four years and eleven chapters later, I know only too well.


Twings wrote:
F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
There was a point in this book's life where I would mumble things like "madness," "train wreck," and "bane of my soul."

Sounds like me writing my thesis (due in three days). Particularly the parts like "train wreck," and "bane of my soul." I hope I come to love it after the defense.

Oh, and on topic, really looking forward to this book! :-)

I look forward to the book too.

@Twings: I'm doing the revisions for my thesis right now after my defense. So far, no love, other than loving the idea of printing out a copy to put through the shredder. My friend loved burning a copy of hers. Don't ever expect to love it in my mortal lifetime. Or my next 100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 lifetimes either.

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