We Have Ways of Making You Report

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Early this month I posed a challenge to the community to report their Pathfinder Society events in exchange for an extra-early preview of art from the forthcoming World Guide: The Inner Sea. Well, I'm overjoyed to report that the targets we set were the definition of an underestimate of what you folks were capable of. Not only did the number of events taking place in October surpass our monthly average, the total number of previously unreported events that finally got reported exceeded our expectations to a level we haven't seen since we sold out of the Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook before it was even released. Seriously. I'm incredibly proud of the entire PFS community, and all of you should be too! I knew people were playing, and now we can actually see how much our fans are enjoying the campaign.

As a lawful being through and through, I will now uphold my end of the bargain. Though there are still a few days left in October to increase your numbers even further, the targets are already clearly blown out of the water. Thus will I release the hostage art. And this isn't just any art, mind you, but an image James Jacobs specifically didn't want to reveal until much, much later. Cries of triumph echoed from Erik's office, through the editorial pit, and as far as the warehouse when we saw the numbers, though, so you all get what you earned.

BEHOLD!
Illustration by Tyler Walpole

Now that you got what you wanted, don't stop reporting. I plan to keep the rewards coming for your hard work!

Mark Moreland
Developer

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Silver Crusade

Holy #$%&.

Numeria is awesome land.

Barbarian is crazy awesome man.

Dark Archive

Finally!

The Iconic Widow Maker Mech!

Well played Moreland ! Well played.


No that is differently a Goliath Scorpion machine, notice the torso mounted stinger.

Sweet, sweet pic

Dark Archive

Gorbaz, to the Madcats! For House Kurita!

Grand Lodge

YYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To paraphrase the movie 300:

"This is AWESOME!"


What the duce? Why can't I edit my posts? And how come that handsome devil Mikaze is above my post?

So is that pic is a partial homage to a certain Spider ship that one had to enter in the Demonweb pits?


baron arem heshvaun wrote:

Finally!

The Iconic Widow Maker Mech!

Well played Moreland !

Gorbaz, to the Madcats! For House Kurita!

"A Timber Wolf tarnished by your barbaric freebirth hands is a horrendous thought."

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
baron arem heshvaun wrote:


Gorbaz, to the Madcats! For House Kurita!

Dear Sir Baron, thou did misspellth my name !

Sovereign Court

I think Amiri will be upset.

She's the crazy barbarian who attacks enemies many times her size!

And, y'know, nobody wants to upset Amiri.

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Wait.... but what where the numbers?... ;)

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I think now I understand James Jacobs when he said that rifles and pistols don't fit into a fantasy world, but scorpion battle robots with tail mounted plasma accelerators do.

Bring on Numeria !

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

Dragnmoon wrote:
Wait.... but what where the numbers?... ;)

Big

Dark Archive

Gorbacz wrote:
Dear Sir Baron, thou did misspellth my name !

I know dear sweet Gorbacz, I tried to edit my post but as you'll see a few posts after that one (as The OP) I said I could not edit my earlier posts ... and I tried for 10 minutes. It was still a good battle cry.


Mark Moreland wrote:
Dragnmoon wrote:
Wait.... but what where the numbers?... ;)
Bulmahn Big

Fixed that for you

Liberty's Edge

O___O

Holy- I don't even- What-

Jeremy Puckett

Sovereign Court

Oh my that is quite splendid artwork. Given the high volume of conventions in October, I am not surprised at the Golarion shattering numbers (what, did you expect earth shattering?).

But the question remains, where did they find the concept art for the scrapped project 'Superman Lives'?


That is SO CRAZY it might have blown my mind...

Grand Lodge

Mikaze wrote:
Numeria is awesome land.

Wow. Yeah. My PCs are going to be really, really upset when they end up lost in Numeria....:)

Awesome artwork, thanks for the challenge Mark!

And a HUGE thanks to everyone who is playing/reporting, you guys are AWESOME!

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

The artwork is fantastic, but I really hope this isn't an indication of PF going more sci-fi. I don't mind basic tech in the game, but giant robots? That's not my cup of tea.

Dark Archive

Kurt_the_Demon wrote:
The artwork is fantastic, but I really hope this isn't an indication of PF going more sci-fi. I don't mind basic tech in the game, but giant robots? That's not my cup of tea.

The technology that can be found in Numeria has been part of the games we all play since humble the beginnings of D&D.

But never fear, for:

What happens in Numeria, stays in Numeria.

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

Star Captain Johnathan Fletcher wrote:
baron arem heshvaun wrote:

Finally!

The Iconic Widow Maker Mech!

Well played Moreland !

Gorbaz, to the Madcats! For House Kurita!

"A Timber Wolf tarnished by your barbaric freebirth hands is a horrendous thought."

So says the member of Clan: My Little Pony.

Feh, you can keep your clan tech, if I have to, I'll take a ROTS Void-sig Archer to make my point.

(Or just beat you with an X-tech Wolverine, to twist the knife)


"I think we'll need a bigger boat..."


That's a fine piece of artwork, though it brings up the question of why Numeria hasn't conquered all it's neighbors with BattleMechs yet.

Unless those are just defense robots guarding the wrecks...

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Matthew Morris wrote:
Star Captain Johnathan Fletcher wrote:
baron arem heshvaun wrote:

Finally!

The Iconic Widow Maker Mech!

Well played Moreland !

Gorbaz, to the Madcats! For House Kurita!

"A Timber Wolf tarnished by your barbaric freebirth hands is a horrendous thought."

So says the member of Clan: My Little Pony.

Feh, you can keep your clan tech, if I have to, I'll take a ROTS Void-sig Archer to make my point.

(Or just beat you with an X-tech Wolverine, to twist the knife)

Battletech Fanboy Running Off At The Mouth:
I've proved it once before, and I'm in no rush to prove it again but give me a stock Longbow 12C and House Marik's propriety Magnetic Pulse Warheads and I'll kill any Clan Heavy or Assault. Nobody likes the ATM "Stun-Lock".

As for Lights and Mediums... now... that's a different kettle of fish altogether.

The Archer claim depends on the configuration. If it's the MML Archer refit... yeah sure. If it's one of the weird stealth LRM boats, not so much.

I'd wager a stock CDA-3F or 3G could make a void-sig LRM Archer incredibly uncomfortable. Maybe not win, but definitely make it extremely miserable. I could see a Clan light/medium speed duelist design like the Solitaire or Grendel doing the same.

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32, 2011 Top 16

That picture brings a tear to my eye. The only thing missing is if the barbarian had a brilliant energy 'sun sword' that would slice constructs easily into many pieces. New screen saving has been downloaded!


Great. Now I have Will Smith's "Wild Wild West" running through my head.


Why do I imagine some chick to come in from the left, beat up that big demon robot thing, and then undress and dance to summon some ginormous outsider to tear it to shreds?

Dark Archive

hogarth wrote:
Great. Now I have Will Smith's "Wild Wild West" running through my head.

Boot Hill has been part of our gaming history as well ...

;)

Scarab Sages

Lucky that thing hasn't got targetting systems.


Matthew Morris wrote:


So says the member of Clan: My Little Pony.

Feh, you can keep your clan tech, if I have to, I'll take a ROTS Void-sig Archer to make my point.

(Or just beat you with an X-tech Wolverine, to twist the knife)

"Neg, barbarian. Someday your dishonor might allow such a victory, but that day is not today."

Spoiler:

Sorry, I have not kept up with the new toys and as you know do not play in that time line. I also play IS, but again not in that time line. Words can not express my hate for that rather silly timeline

Liberty's Edge

hogarth wrote:
Great. Now I have Will Smith's "Wild Wild West" running through my head.

That's the first thing I thought, along with Kevin Smith's script story.


A huge thanks to all of you and to Jacobs for not calling for a knife fight when we told him what the numbers were. :)

(In all honesty when Jacobs found out the number he was more than happy to cough up the piece.)

Now, what can we do for November?

Hyrum.

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

Kurt_the_Demon wrote:
The artwork is fantastic, but I really hope this isn't an indication of PF going more sci-fi. I don't mind basic tech in the game, but giant robots? That's not my cup of tea.

This reaction is partly why James was hesitant to release this as the first preview of the coming World Guide. While this image is awesome, and totally captures the spirit of Numeria, it isn't indicative of the flavor of the rest of the book. Rest assured that we'll be showing off some of the more traditional fantasy art down the road. Not that it'll be of any lower quality, of course.


Awesome. I would love to make some fantasy/tech maps to go along with that!

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Kurt_the_Demon wrote:
The artwork is fantastic, but I really hope this isn't an indication of PF going more sci-fi. I don't mind basic tech in the game, but giant robots? That's not my cup of tea.

As Mark said... this reaction is exactly why I was hesitant about showing off the artwork. We might have 100 new pieces of art, 99 of which are sword & sorcery fantasy, and 1 piece of new art that's science fiction fantasy, but if we show off that 1 piece and not any of the other 99, it makes it look like, to the public, the whole book is filled with robots. Which is patently not the case. There's just as much sci-fi in Golarion now as there was a year ago—that is to say, there's a SIZABLE region in the north central area of Avistan where robots and lasers and flying cars and metal men can be found, "Expedition to the Barrier Peaks" style.

Of course, if this thread is an indication, a lot of folks share Paizo's excitement for this type of genre mixing, and we all know where that kind of synergy leads...


James Jacobs wrote:
Of course, if this thread is an indication, a lot of folks share Paizo's excitement for this type of genre mixing, and we all know where that kind of synergy leads...

To awesome adventures? :P

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Dies Irae wrote:

That's a fine piece of artwork, though it brings up the question of why Numeria hasn't conquered all it's neighbors with BattleMechs yet.

First of all... the giant robots are monsters, not resources, for Numeria. They play the same role in Numeria that giants play in Varisia—they're more interested in conflilct with Numeria than the neighbors. Numeria's robots aren't into conquering other nations. At least... not YET!

THAT SAID. Here's another reason why Numeria hasn't conquered its neighbors.

Worldwound: Filled with demons led by things like balor lords.

Mendev: A nation more or less filled with highly trained crusaders backed by one of the Inner Sea region's most powerful religions.

Brevoy: Not only is this region too far away from the robots, but it's filled with armies as well.

River Kingdoms: Too much water; the robots would all rust. (Also, the Outlaw Council and the River Kingdoms' habit of rising up against invasions is pretty rough on invaders, robots or not).

Ustalav: Even robots are afraid of vampires, liches, Hannibal Lecters, and Yog-Sothoth.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber
Saedar wrote:
"I think we'll need a bigger boat..."

You know, I've seen this movie probably a hundred times and know it by heart. But only recently I've seen it in its original language (I am from Germany). Otherwise, I wouldn't have understood your comment.

And yes, it's fitting :)


Adventure Path Charter Subscriber

OMG!!!!can I now propose PFS scenarios for numeria!!!! I have one ready! I am talking to you Mark!

Silver Crusade

That kind of technology would blow my player's minds. Completely blow it. I must hide this information from their pathetic puny minds.

The Exchange

GeraintElberion wrote:

And, y'know, nobody wants to upset Amiri.

For sure! If you do, she'll go complain to her boyfriend Sean, who will then draw you being eaten by a grue.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure, Pawns, Rulebook Subscriber
Kurt_the_Demon wrote:
The artwork is fantastic, but I really hope this isn't an indication of PF going more sci-fi. I don't mind basic tech in the game, but giant robots? That's not my cup of tea.

I know you've already gotten the official response on this from multiple people, but let me take a fan's perspective: this is a great picture to show us first. It's not great because giant robot = awesome sauce. It's great because it captures the central feature of the Inner Sea region: it's about as heterogeneous as you can get.

There's a land of dark horror. There's a land of totalitarian devil worshipers. There's a land of revolutionaries experimenting with democracy. There's a land of mummies and sand. There's a land of dark secrets in the jungle.

... and yes, there's a land of high tech monsters and wrecked alien spaceships.

The Inner Sea is about, as far as I can tell, exploring every genre of popular RPG fantasy to have contributed to the legacy from which Pathfinder inherits, and that definitely includes fantasy/high tech fusion (obviously starting with roleplaying back in Barrier Peaks, but also owing to classic fantasy literature as far back as Dune and Pern and many, many others right up to the modern day with video game crossover fantasy/SF like World of Warcraft). It would be remiss for Pathfinder to ignore this rich history.

The trick is keeping all of these elements contained enough that any one campaign / AP / scenario can ignore the bits it doesn't want. IMHO, this is why Numeria is located nearby to much of the action of the Inner Sea, yet far enough out that no one HAS to go there or travel through it to get to/from most of the rest of the world.

What's wonderful about this is that bringing all of these genres together lets us explore, not just the individual elements on their own, but how they play together. How do the vampires and liches of Ustalav interact with the democratic revolutionaries of Andoran? What kind of cult(ural) contact exists between Osiria and Cheliax? These boundary interactions bring some really rich story-telling possibilities (on the fiction and roleplaying fronts) to Golarion that most fantasy worlds would have trouble introducing.


Cool!

This art has "Expedition to the Barrier Peaks" written all over it!

-Swiftbrook
Just My Thoughts

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure, Pawns, Rulebook Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
Worldwound: Filled with demons led by things like balor lords.

Now you have me imagining some automaton in Numeria firing up an emergency medical lab to "repair a survivor" recovered from an excursion to the Worldwound. Obviously those horns are some sort of cancerous growth. The bright red skin indicates some sort of radiation exposure. These are all fixable, given time and advanced cloning techniques...

RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32

ajs wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Worldwound: Filled with demons led by things like balor lords.

Now you have me imagining some automaton in Numeria firing up an emergency medical lab to "repair a survivor" recovered from an excursion to the Worldwound. Obviously those horns are some sort of cancerous growth. The bright red skin indicates some sort of radiation exposure. These are all fixable, given time and advanced cloning techniques...

Because history has shown us the merging a demonic presence with a machine always works out so well.

Great plot hook.

Grand Lodge

Ross Byers wrote:
Because history has shown us the merging a demonic presence with a machine always works out so well.

What could possibly go wrong? :) Like breading Charau-ka with a succubus. I'm sure it'll turn out just fine for everyone involved.

Ross Byers wrote:
Great plot hook.

+1

Silver Crusade

ajs wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Worldwound: Filled with demons led by things like balor lords.

Now you have me imagining some automaton in Numeria firing up an emergency medical lab to "repair a survivor" recovered from an excursion to the Worldwound. Obviously those horns are some sort of cancerous growth. The bright red skin indicates some sort of radiation exposure. These are all fixable, given time and advanced cloning techniques...

What could possibly go wrong?

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Mark Moreland wrote:
Dragnmoon wrote:
Wait.... but what where the numbers?... ;)
Big

Yeah but you're short, so big is not much for you.. ;)

Zing!!!!!

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Kortz wrote:


That's the first thing I thought, along with Kevin Smith's script story.

good to see you posting again!

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
We might have 100 new pieces of art, 99 of which are sword & sorcery fantasy, and 1 piece of new art that's science fiction fantasy, but if we show off that 1 piece and not any of the other 99, it makes it look like, to the public, the whole book is filled with robots. Which is patently not the case.

That said, I would love a book for pathfinder full of robots!!!!

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Dragnmoon wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
We might have 100 new pieces of art, 99 of which are sword & sorcery fantasy, and 1 piece of new art that's science fiction fantasy, but if we show off that 1 piece and not any of the other 99, it makes it look like, to the public, the whole book is filled with robots. Which is patently not the case.
That said, I would love a book for pathfinder full of robots!!!!

It'd be easier for us to send you a box full of robots. We're still struggling to perfect robots thin enough to be placed inside of a book.

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