Victory For Paizo! Victory For The Kids!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Gauntlet was awarded on Sunday, and with your help, Paizo brought home this mighty trophy! Sponsored by Card Kingdom, the Gauntlet tournament featured competitors from a wide array of local game companies and groups. Funds raised by all of the teams went to support Child's Play, a charity that donates games and toys to sick kids in hospitals around the world. On top of furthering such a great cause, donations also earned each team a number of "Power Ups" to use during the event, granting an edge against the opposition.

And let me tell you: the competition was fierce! Before the tournament even started, the team from the Removed From Play podcast surged into the lead, raffling off an amazing Warmachine army. We fought back, but in the end, neither of our teams were prepared for Bungie's fundraising juggernaut. Raising over $6,000 in just the last few days before the competition, they earned the top spot, which came with 5 bonus points and a mountain of power ups to use during the event.

Fundraising alone, however, would not win you The Gauntlet.

As the clock struck 3pm, the battle was joined. I sat down to play Magic against one member of each other team, while Stephen played Ticket to Ride and Erik and Jessica proved their superiority in geek trivia. Both Stephen and I did well, earning a total of 13 points for our team, but Erik and Jessica dominated at trivia, earning 20 points! Stephen then joined Erik and Jessica to play Ugg-tect, a game in which the players take on the role of caveman architects trying to construct monuments using only grunts and body language. They built well, but in the end, we earned only 8 points from the game.

We had a total of 41 points, but that was only enough for 2nd place. The Removed From Play team was hot on our heels with 40, while Bungie held the lead with 42. Before the final game, the winners of the best costume were announced and Bungie pulled even further ahead (to 47) with their excellent Doctor Horrible ensemble. The final game was Suspend, a game in which you must balance wire playing-pieces on a precarious pole. The first team to hang all of their pieces would earn 20 points, but the other teams would earn points too, depending on how fast they could finish their game. We were in trouble. We not only needed to win the final game, but we needed to win by a wide margin to overcome the 6-point lead Bungie had built.

As the countdown reached zero, each team went into a flurry of building. If a piece fell, you lost a team member, meaning that you had to be fast, but steady. As Erik, Jessica, Stephen, and I began to rapidly put together our sculpture, we could not help but keep an eye on Bungie, who were just next to us on the same table. Our practice paid off. We had played Suspend for a few hours earlier that week, becoming skilled at building rapidly, but also figuring out the best way to make the structure stable. As a team, we shouted "JUDGE" as our last piece came to rest. We were first, but it was not over yet. If Bungie came in second, they would earn enough points to claim The Gauntlet. We waited, watching the other teams intently. Then Removed From Play finished their game.

We had done it. The Gauntlet was ours!

We had a great time participating in The Gauntlet. It was a hard-fought battle, but everyone was very friendly and good-natured. After all, the real winner this day was the children. The Paizo team would like to thank all of the other teams for a truly awesome time and a great competition: Bungie, Café Mox Regulars, Card Kingdom, GeekGirlCon, Lady Planeswalkers, Penny Arcade, Removed From Play, Sucker Punch, and Wizards of the Coast. Special thanks go out to everyone at Card Kingdom who spent countless hours setting up this fantastic event. We look forward to defending our title (and The Gauntlet itself) next year!

You can watch a video of the entire event at this link over on The Gauntlet page. The final event starts at around 3:17:30 and you can hear the Paizo team call for a judge at around 3:20:00. You can also catch The Gauntlet being presented at around 3:40:00.

Of course, now that we have The Gauntlet, we thought it only appropriate to show you how it has made life better for us around the Paizo offices (and beyond!).

Our winning Suspend sculpture Celebrating the victory! I find this ominous... Winding down after the tournament
Driving to work Typing is hard Planning my home game Scheduling with an iron fist!
Erik Mona shows off our business plan Our fearless leader, Lisa Stevens Accounting just got serious Don't mess with the webstore!
Erik Keith will not be wearing The Gauntlet again Your shipment, packed with care... with The Gauntlet I'm not sure which is more dangerous... That is a tasty beverage
Owen gears up for trouble Gauntlet + Dog Slicer = Angry James Jacobs Wesley's last words: "Groovy" The Gauntlet is kitty approved!

Finally, we had a wide variety of awards to give you, the fans, for helping us reach certain funding goals during the event. On Friday, we posted a Primitive Human Race for use in your Pathfinder games. We also promised a number of spoilers from the upcoming Advanced Class Guide. You can find some of the spoilers in this thread, but the rest are posted below.

  • In the playtest for the Advanced Class Guide, the new classes were called hybrid classes, since each is a mix of two parent classes. In the playtest, you could not take levels in either of the parent classes if you had levels in the hybrid class. In the final version, we removed this restriction.
  • The Shaman's spell list changed several times during the playtest. In the final version, we gave the class its own unique spell list to better suit its theme. This includes a number of spells drawn from the cleric list, the druid list, and the witch list, but it also includes a number of brand new spells found in the book.
  • The Skald got access to a few more powers from its parent classes, including versatile performance and uncanny dodge. It also got a few new songs that it can use in place of its raging song, such as the song of the fallen. Check it out!
    Song of the Fallen (Su): At 14th level, a skald can temporarily revive dead allies to continue fighting, with the same limitations as raise dead. The skald selects a dead ally within 60 feet and expends 1 round of raging song to bring that ally back to life. The revived ally is alive but staggered. Each round, the skald may expend another 1 round of raging song to keep that ally alive for another round. The ally automatically dies if the skald ends this performance or is interrupted. The skald may revive multiple allies with this ability (either at the same time or over successive rounds) but must expend 1 round of raging song per revived ally per round to maintain the effect.
  • There are a wide variety of great options for every character in this book, from archetypes to feats, spells, and magic items. Just to give you a taste, here is one of the more interesting spells in the book.

    Path of Glory

    School conjuration (healing); Level bard 2, cleric 2
    Casting Time 1 standard action
    Components V, S
    Range touch (see text)
    Area four 5-ft. squares/level (see text)
    Duration 1 round/level
    Saving Throw none; Spell Resistance no

    You cause four 5-foot squares (one of which must be your space) to glow with dim illumination. Starting on your next turn, as a swift action you can extend the glowing area by an additional four 5-foot squares; each new square must be adjacent to a square that was previously glowing. Allies that end their turns on a glowing square (including one who falls unconscious in the square) are healed of 1 point of damage.

Well, that about wraps up our coverage of The Gauntlet.

Wait... what's that?

Stephen wants to say something about me needing to get punched with the Gauntlet. That sounds like a nasty rumor. I am sure nothing like that would happen within the next few weeks for all of you to watch. I am sure of it. Anyway, I want to thank all of you who helped make this victory possible. Look for The Gauntlet to make a number of appearances in this blog over the coming year. We are looking forward to defending our title next year, hopefully allowing us to keep this mighty trophy. We know that you will be here to support us!

Jason Bulmahn
Lead Designer

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To avoid breaking up the blog post too much, I saved one spoiler for the comments section. Since you all have been so patient with us and so supportive in our quest to bring home The Gauntlet, here is the complete list of archetypes that will be making an appearance in the Advanced Class Guide, due out this August. Of course, I am not going to tell you which class they belong too. I will let you speculate on that! :)

Animist, blade adept, blood arcanist, blood conduit, bloodrider, bolt ace, bounty hunter, brown-fur transmuter, champion of the faith, cleaner, counterfeit mage, crossblooded rager, cult leader, cutthroat, daring champion, daring infiltrator, deliverer, disenchanter, divine commander, divine hunter, divine tracker, ecclesitheurge, eldritch font, eldritch scion, eldritch scrapper, elemental master, empiricist, exemplar, exploiter wizard, fated champion, feral hunter, feral shifter, flame dancer, flying blade, forgepriest, grave warden, greenrager, herald of the horn, hex channeler, holy guide, hooded champion, infiltrator, inspired blade, kata master, martial master, mastermind, metamagic rager, mongrel mage, mountain witch, mouser, musketeer, mutagenic mauler, mutation warrior, mysterious avenger, naturalist, nature fang, occultist, packmaster, picaroon, possessed shaman, primal companion hunter, primalist, psychic searcher, rageshaper, sacred fist, sacred huntsmaster, sanctified slayer, school savant, shield champion, sleuth, snakebite striker, sniper, speaker for the past, spell sage, spell specialist, spell warrior, spelleater, spirit guide, spirit summoner, spirit warden, spirit whisperer, spiritualist, steel hound, steel-breaker, steelblood, strangler, stygian slayer, temple champion, totemic skald, underground chemist, unlettered arcanist, unsworn shaman, untouchable rager, vanguard, verminous hunter, visionary, voice of the wild, warsighted, white mage, wild child, wild hunter, wild whisperer, wildcat, and witch doctor.

Thanks again for supporting Paizo. We look forward to defending our prize next year!

Jason Bulmahn
Lead Designer

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Hurrah, but...where's the punch video?

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lucky7 wrote:
Hurrah, but...where's the punch video?

Its going to take a bit to get that put together, as mentioned toward the end of the blog.


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Excellent spoilers! was hoping for more but I guess the suspense is what makes your products sell.

O.O----->Paizo.


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Jason Bulmahn wrote:
lucky7 wrote:
Hurrah, but...where's the punch video?
Its going to take a bit to get that put together, as mentioned toward the end of the blog.

It could happen at PaizoCon.


Way to go guys!


That spell is pretty cool and I'm glad the Shaman and Skald got some updates for their final version. Cannot wait to get the book when it comes out.


Was going to say, I felt kind of cheated on the spoilers, until I read that place holder.

Still, I wasn't very enthusiastic about the Skald, but that Song of the Fallen looks awesome!


Gah, you people are never satisfied, are you? Vultures, the lot of you! Excellent blog post, Jason. I especially love song of the fallen. I can imagine some cool stories coming from that power :)

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I was going to say that Lisa Stevens had the best picture with the gauntlet, but then I saw James's. This is the first post-diet picture of James that I've seen.

Like, woah! Looks like all that hard work and discipline paid off for you, man!

(Sorry Lisa. You still have second place. :-] )

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Glad to see that the hybrid class restriction was removed, also glad to see shaman getting it's own spell list.


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Based on the final row of images, I think there's a narrative at play. Wes slighted Owen in some minor way that to Owen was huge. Owen then got James Jacobs to pose with Das Gauntlet knowing full well that James wouldn't be able to resist using the gauntlet with a sword. This picture is where we see the gauntlet imbued with the Viciousness of Jacobs. Upon taking the gauntlet off, it used the lingering vicious energy to crawl its way to Wes' chair where it proceeded to choke him to death, and satisfy Owen's perverse need for vengeance.

Upon slaying Wes, the gauntlet worked its other magic, and cast reincarnation on Wes, turning him into a kitty.

Because that's evil.


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Wesley's last words: "Groovy"

I approve of the use of Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn One-lines.


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Cheapy wrote:
Jason Bulmahn wrote:
lucky7 wrote:
Hurrah, but...where's the punch video?
Its going to take a bit to get that put together, as mentioned toward the end of the blog.
It could happen at PaizoCon.

From your keyboard to SRM's ear.

Er, fist.

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You guys have a kitty in the office???

Give it control of the Player's Companion line for a month or two. I'm still hoping for Kittens of Golarion.

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Thanks for your hard work & dedication, Team Paizo!


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I like the "Kids Menu" sign behind Jason.

Stout + Gauntlet. Just like Mom used to make.


You guys are awesome. Thanks for dealing with our whining :D

MOAR Spoilers!

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104 spoilers for you.. check the first post!

Jason

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rknop wrote:

You guys have a kitty in the office???

Give it control of the Player's Companion line for a month or two. I'm still hoping for Kittens of Golarion.

Alas, no. He would not put up with all the "work" we do that has nothing to do with petting him.

Sergeant Fuzzyboots is demanding that way...


Jason Bulmahn wrote:
Animist, blade adept, blood arcanist, blood conduit, bloodrider, bolt ace, bounty hunter, brown-fur transmuter, champion of the faith, cleaner, counterfeit mage, crossblooded rager, cult leader, cutthroat, daring champion, daring infiltrator, deliverer, disenchanter, divine commander, divine hunter, divine tracker, ecclesitheurge, eldritch font, eldritch scion, eldritch scrapper, elemental master, empiricist, exemplar, exploiter wizard, fated champion, feral hunter, feral shifter, flame dancer, flying blade, forgepriest, grave warden, greenrager, herald of the horn, hex channeler, holy guide, hooded champion, infiltrator, inspired blade, kata master, martial master, mastermind, metamagic rager, mongrel mage, mountain witch, mouser, musketeer, mutagenic mauler, mutation warrior, mysterious avenger, naturalist, nature fang, occultist, packmaster, picaroon, possessed shaman, primal companion hunter, primalist, psychic searcher, rageshaper, sacred fist, sacred huntsmaster, sanctified slayer, school savant, shield champion, sleuth, snakebit striker, sniper, speaker for the past, spell sage, spell specialist, spell warrior, spelleater, spirit guide, spirit summoner, spirit warden, spirit whisperer, spiritualist, steel hound, steel-breaker, steelblood, strangler, stygian slayer, temple champion, totemic skald, underground chemist, unlettered arcanist, unsworn shaman, untouchable rager, vanguard, verminous hunter, visionary, voice of the wild, warsighted, white mage, wild child, wild hunter, wild whisperer, wildcat, and witch doctor.

It this one of those 'baby steps' for psychic magic?!?!?!

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Jason Bulmahn wrote:
Animist, blade adept, blood arcanist, blood conduit, bloodrider, bolt ace, bounty hunter, brown-fur transmuter, champion of the faith, cleaner, counterfeit mage, crossblooded rager, cult leader, cutthroat, daring champion, daring infiltrator, deliverer, disenchanter, divine commander, divine hunter, divine tracker, ecclesitheurge, eldritch font, eldritch scion, eldritch scrapper, elemental master, empiricist, exemplar, exploiter wizard, fated champion, feral hunter, feral shifter, flame dancer, flying blade, forgepriest, grave warden, greenrager, herald of the horn, hex channeler, holy guide, hooded champion, infiltrator, inspired blade, kata master, martial master, mastermind, metamagic rager, mongrel mage, mountain witch, mouser, musketeer, mutagenic mauler, mutation warrior, mysterious avenger, naturalist, nature fang, occultist, packmaster, picaroon, possessed shaman, primal companion hunter, primalist, psychic searcher, rageshaper, sacred fist, sacred huntsmaster, sanctified slayer, school savant, shield champion, sleuth, snakebit striker, sniper, speaker for the past, spell sage, spell specialist, spell warrior, spelleater, spirit guide, spirit summoner, spirit warden, spirit whisperer, spiritualist, steel hound, steel-breaker, steelblood, strangler, stygian slayer, temple champion, totemic skald, underground chemist, unlettered arcanist, unsworn shaman, untouchable rager, vanguard, verminous hunter, visionary, voice of the wild, warsighted, white mage, wild child, wild hunter, wild whisperer, wildcat, and witch doctor.

O_O

*brain melts*


AWESOMENESS! Want mutation warrior.


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Forget the spoilers. Now i am impressed by how James Jacobs got thin. Looks like he was level drained by a wight swarm. Congratulations !


Curse your genius way of answering mysteries while creating more!


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W-white mage? I love you guys so much...


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Wit a minute, STRANGLER the archetype? Curiousity activated.


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"greenrager"?
I hope this is what I imagine it to be. It probably won't be, but for now, it is my new favorite thing. :D


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cleaner
wild child

:O

:)

my body is ready, paizo

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I can't wait to get my grubby hands on the finished version of this book.


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"Accounting just got serious"

Yeah, I got that from the pic o' puppies.

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Guesses on archetypes!:
Animist = Maybe druid or hunter focused on animals, or an undead-animating cleric or wizard?

blade adept = Fighter?

blood arcanist = Probably arcanist, focusing on bloodlines

blood conduit = Leaning toward bloodrager

bloodrider = Bloodrager with a companion? Hunter/druid with bloodline?

bolt ace = CROSSBOW FIGHTER?!

bounty hunter = Slayer maybe?

brown-fur transmuter = Uh...

champion of the faith = Warpriest, maybe cleric/inquisitor

cleaner = lolwut

counterfeit mage = Rogue, spoiled previously

crossblooded rager = Gee, maybe a bloodrager with two bloodlines?

cult leader = Cleric/inquisitor/warpriest?

cutthroat = Slayer? Rogue?

daring champion = Hm... Fighter? Swashbuckler?

daring infiltrator = Investigator? Rogue?

deliverer = Paladin/warpriest?

disenchanter = Probably arcanist

divine commander = Probably paladin or warpriest

divine hunter = Inquisitor?

divine tracker = Investigator, adding a divine theme?

ecclesitheurge = Uh... cleric, more spell-focused?

eldritch font = Something... arcane?

eldritch scion = See above.

eldritch scrapper = Leaning toward arcanist

elemental master = The Avatar Wiz/sorc/arc

empiricist = Eh?

exemplar = Hm, probably something martial-ish, maybe up to warpriest?

exploiter wizard = Uh, wizard?

fated champion = Paladin?

feral hunter = Hunter? Slayer?

feral shifter = Um...

flame dancer = Bard? Magus? Skald?

flying blade = HUNTER FOCUSED ON FLYING MOUNTS?!

forgepriest = Warpriest with crafting?

grave warden = Something necromancy

greenrager = Bloodrager?

herald of the horn = No idea

hex channeler = Cleric who channels hexes?

holy guide = Ranger? Cleric?

hooded champion = Um... rogue...?

infiltrator = I've seen this somewhere before...

inspired blade = Warpriest?

kata master = Monk? Brawler?

martial master = Fighter? Brawler?

mastermind = Investigator, made for being a BBEG ala Moriarty?

metamagic rager = Hmmm... ;)

mongrel mage = arcanist?

mountain witch = Maybe witch?

mouser = Those little robots from TMNT?

musketeer = Swashbuckler?

mutagenic mauler = Alchemist?

mutation warrior = Alchemist?

mysterious avenger = Swashbuckler?

naturalist = Druid/ranger/slayer/hunter?

nature fang = Hunter?

occultist = Shaman?

packmaster = Don't we already have one?

picaroon = What did you call me?

possessed shaman = Shaman

primal companion hunter = Barbarian or hunter

primalist = Dunno

psychic searcher = Investigator ala The Mentalist?

rageshaper = Skald/Bloodrager?

sacred fist = Monk/Brawler?

sacred huntsmaster = Hunter?

sanctified slayer = Prolly slayer.

school savant = Wizard?

shield champion = Paladin/fighter?

sleuth = Gee, maybe investigator?

snakebit striker = Should there have been an "e" there...?

sniper = Slayer

speaker for the past = Um, a spellcaster...?

spell sage = Wizard?

spell specialist = Magus, more casting-focused?

spell warrior = Magus?

spelleater = Arcanist probably.

spirit guide = Shaman?

spirit summoner = Prolly shaman

spirit warden = Again shaman.

spirit whisperer = I'm just assuming spirit=shaman at this point

spiritualist = Shamanualist

steel hound = Hunter? Investigator?

steel-breaker = Sunder-focused fighter?

steelblood = *shrug*

strangler = Icky slayer?

stygian slayer = Prolly slayer, eh?

temple champion = Monk? Warpriest?

totemic skald = Skald

underground chemist = Alchemist

unlettered arcanist = Ooooh, a no-spellbook arcanist?

unsworn shaman = So much shaman; prolly wrong on some?

untouchable rager = Barbarian/Skald/Bloodrager

vanguard = Someone fighty...?

verminous hunter = Vermin companion hunter?

visionary = Dunno

voice of the wild = Druid?

warsighted = Someone with... eyes...?

white mage = yep

wild child = Rehash of feral child druid?

wild hunter = Hunter?

wild whisperer = Hungover hunter?

wildcat = Dunno

witch doctor = Shaman/witch?

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Jiggy, this might be helpful.

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cannon fodder wrote:

"Accounting just got serious"

Yeah, I got that from the pic o' puppies.

The puppies serve as a distraction for Ashley's true power.

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Draco Bahamut wrote:
Forget the spoilers. Now i am impressed by how James Jacobs got thin.

A lot of hard work!

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cannon fodder wrote:

"Accounting just got serious"

Yeah, I got that from the pic o' puppies.

The puppy pictures are only there to lull those who would dare enter my office into a false sense of security while the AT-AT on my monitor takes care of the intruder.

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I must say that seeing those pictures that office looks like an Awesome place to work.


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Ashley Gillaspie wrote:
The puppy pictures are only there to lull those who would dare enter my office into a false sense of security while the AT-AT on my monitor takes care of the intruder.

But the tiara and Gauntlet really sell the seriousness as a pair. :)


Ross Byers wrote:
I can't wait to get my grubby hands on the finished version of this book.

Same!

I got a kick out of the fact that so many of the slayer archetypes have the word "slayer" in it :)


Nate Z wrote:

"greenrager"?

I hope this is what I imagine it to be. It probably won't be, but for now, it is my new favorite thing. :D

"I TURN INTO A TREE WHEN I GET ANNNNGGRRRYYY, RAWRRRR!!!"

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Wow, James sure didn't pull any punches with that diet!


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Will McCardell wrote:
Ross Byers wrote:
I can't wait to get my grubby hands on the finished version of this book.

Same!

I got a kick out of the fact that so many of the slayer archetypes have the word "slayer" in it :)

Which archetype works best with a 98 pound blond cheerleader...


Oooh! The Sanctified Slayer looks like it might be perfect for the Inquisitor/Slayer character I've been creating over the past week. Either as a rebuild, or just as an archetype to fit his second class.

Looking forward to this book!

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Congratulations to all of you. :) You totally earned that Gaun-

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Erik Keith will not be wearing The Gauntlet again

WHY DOES PAIZO HATE FUN


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1E callout time.

We seem to have found out that the gauntlet is actually The Guantlet from UK2. We very much need to find The Sentinel quickly before the Paizo offices are taken over by its malign intelligence. Stephen will be all to easy to use as a tool...

Could Paizo offices be a stand in for the Keep of Alderweg?

Is there an invading Fire Giant army?


Rathendar wrote:
Could Paizo offices be a stand in for the Keep of Alderweg?

Side note: I used to live off of Alderweg, Bamberg.


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Abyssian wrote:
Rathendar wrote:
Could Paizo offices be a stand in for the Keep of Alderweg?
Side note: I used to live off of Alderweg, Bamberg.

I'm not 100% sure i used the correct location. I didn't dig through my shelf to verify. Apologies if wrong!

Shadow Lodge

That has got to be the coolest and most practical trophy ever! Congratulations team Paizo!


Solid list of archetypes.

Of course I'm still left wondering if the "parent" class designation will still be used, or if you can multiclass between two of these new classes if they share "parent" classes. I have a feeling you will be able to...

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