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James Jacobs:
Have you come across Julian Simpson's modernisation (for radio broadcast) of the Charles Dexter Ward story?
The basis is that a pair of amateur investigators are researching/looking into the disappearance of Charles Dexter Ward from a locked room in an asylum for an 'unsolved mysteries' podcast show, the last person he saw being his doctor, Doctor Willett.
It recasts Joseph Curwen as a cult leader who was believed killed during an FBI siege in the early 1980's, and plays around a bit with what's going on, but there's a lot of the original Lovecraft in the story, and familiar name-checks.

Not sure if it's accessible outside the UK, but the BBC has a site for the episodes (and for a subsequent rewrite/modernisation of The Whisperer in Darkness here: *Link*

(I came across it in the past couple of weeks, since the BBC have been re-running the episodes of the Charles Dexter Ward story on Radio 4.)


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Gladior wrote:
Charles Evans 25 wrote:
With a lot of people stuck at home on government advice/under government lockdown, now might be a good time for a Paizo RPGSuperstar contest?

In fact, they are!

RPG Superstar

Get your designs ready!

Glurk. Non-paizo website.

I already have so many logins and passwords on different sites I can't remember them all... <sad face emoticon>
Well: all the best to those who can afford another website account.


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With a lot of people stuck at home on government advice/under government lockdown, now might be a good time for a Paizo RPGSuperstar contest?


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Saddest?
Well, the titular character of The Little Match Girl, at least when I was younger. (I'm not sure who/what/if anything in more recent years.)
Darn you Hans Christian Andersen.


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<Settles back onto hoard of library books which would technically be overdue if the libraries which made the mistake of lending them to a dragon compounded said mistakes by daring to ask for them back and goes back to sleep.>


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*Yawn*


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Just a Mort wrote:

Well, you're asking someone who has no idea on the numbers of fauna in a region, so what I did was to Google "animal name per square mile". Else what was I supposed to do, pause the game while I found research papers?

I guess the moral of the story is not to ask your GM on the general animal population when you use commune with nature.

To be honest if you were to ask me about fauna in my home country, I wouldn't even be able go give estimates per square mile, less say other places I'm not familiar with!

The fun things is, now all those beavers are in the area, officially, the party can spend a *lot* of time emptying water out of their boots and cursing all the 'water obstacles' if they don't just have a flying carpet or something. I think 350 odd beavers equates to fifty or so family groups which have been busy (as beavers) terraforming...

:D

Edit:
Actually, looks like average family size may be ten or so, which means only 35 families...
Still a good chance of running into beaver lakes though, unless the party is keeping to high ground or something.


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Just a Mort wrote:

Ok here's the amended list:

113 grizzly bears, 3319 deer, 84 lynxes, 97 bobcats, 4149 birds, 9040 rabbits, 743 wild boars, 452 wolves, 12014 squirrels, 110 badgers, 623 weasels, 113065 mice, 1834 snakes, 9654 moles, 96312 lizards, 20367 fishes, 23742 bats, 791 porcupines, 7345 hedgehogs, 231 otteres, 353 beavers, 1130 frogs, 503 toads, 7345,000,0 salamanders, 3001 foxes, 76 tortises, 8894 voles, 7499 shrews, 1236 ringhorns, 176 goats.

I think I've pretty much covered it. Its probably not representative of how a forest looks like, but I tried looking up the nets for the figures, and then just cobbled them together.

Uhh. Not sure that the habitats suitable for all those creatures are identical; for example if you have that many beavers, aren't they going to dam & flood rather a lot of territory, reducing living space available to creatures which don't like living in water?


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Not a question for James Jacobs, but a Merry Christmas.
:)


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James Jacobs wrote:
Charles Evans 25 wrote:

If the 1987 film Mannequin were to be remade by a current day film director, who do you think might do the most interesting job of it, and why?

(I enquire since the 1987 Mannequin aired on terrestrial TV earlier this month here in the UK and it got me wondering about a Del Torro version would look like...)
David Cronenberg, since that would transform the movie into something I'd be interested in seeing. A body horror movie about a mannequin that doesn't understand the difference between the flesh and the plastic.

Ah. That might be interesting and the idea actually reminds me of a John Wyndham short story Compassion Circuit, although that came at the flesh and not-flesh theme from a slightly different angle.


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If the 1987 film Mannequin were to be remade by a current day film director, who do you think might do the most interesting job of it, and why?
(I enquire since the 1987 Mannequin aired on terrestrial TV earlier this month here in the UK and it got me wondering about a Del Torro version would look like...)


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ROADS
Central Birmingham roads have been in chaos today, due to repair works ongoing at Spaghetti Junction and the related at least partial closure of the A38(M) 'Aston Expressway'.
These repairs will probably be ongoing for at least the next week or so and may affect travel by road on all days of PaizoCon UK 2017 in central Birmingham.

The highways agency map, showing current or planned engineering works on motorways can (at the date of this post) be found here: *Link*


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Things to do in Birmingham
This summer, a horde of bear sculptures decorated by a variety of artists (and in some cases by school children) has spread out across Birmingham for the summer. More information about this event is available during this summer at the 'Big Sleuth' website: *Link*


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Trains
Checked at my local station today; only engineering works scheduled in the West Midlands area currently announced are for the line from New Street to Rugeley Trent Valley on Sunday, which will be running a rail replacement bus service in consequence for some of the route.


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Snorter wrote:
...There's the following categories of numpties, who should be barred from voting on the grounds of incompetence...

If you're barring people from voting on the grounds of incompetence, obviously wisdom only comes with age and experience, so only those fine folk over the age of 65 should be allowed to vote on such grounds.

(These superabundantly experienced citizens are, of course, also those who have put the most into the country in terms of a working life and taxes paid, and who - as those who have 'invested' the most into the economy - have the best grounds for having a 'say' in what gets done with what they have built up...)

Crazy? I'll show you CRAZY!!!
Disclaimer: There should of course be a disclaimer here, but I'm too busy telling young whipper-snappers to get orff my lawn to fill it in.


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The Raven Black wrote:

The EU is NOT a government, no matter what paranoid Britons and others think

It is an alliance of sovereign states that agreed to work together for their mutual benefits

It never became a stronger political union than this thanks in a major part to the UK fighting it relentlessly. Which makes it even more ironic that the Leave side won because the UK citizens were afraid of that imaginary EU government.

The problem with saying 'The EU is NOT a government' is that it seems to have gone out of its way to deliberately name a lot of its institutions (such as the European Parliament, the various European Presidents, and the European Court of Justice*) as if it were a government.

It also has a 'budget'.

For an institution which isn't a government, the EU seems to like dressing up as one a lot - well, either that or the translators really messed up when translating the various names and titles of its departments and functionaries into English... :)

* The European Court of Human Rights (which should NOT be confused with the European Court of Justice) is, of course, actually (at the time of this post) an institution outside of the EU. Not that there aren't some in the UK who apparently confuse the ECHR as being an EU institution, which misconception has possibly been unfortunately aided by European treaty obligations requiring member states in some circumstances to abide by ECHR rulings. :(


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Didn't Roald Dahl write stories like this? I'm thinking in particular of his Two Fables collection, although it's been some time since I read it, and I may be misremembering. I think one of the stories in that had a Princess so dazzlingly beautiful that people driven crazy by it threw themselves onto the pikes of her guards, if she went out in public.
She came to a bad end, which she brought down on herself, of course...


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And that's over for another year (at least for the convention-goers...)

There was an announcement during PaizoCon UK this year that the organisers are looking at 22nd-24th July for the 2016 convention. (Nothing nailed down yet.)


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Kobold Cleaver wrote:


Ask a Succubus Enforcer wrote:
Well, since the date for submitting questions to you has now passed, and you haven't posted further officially reopening the submission process, it looks like you don't want this thread any more.
I was using the kobold calendar, you ethnocentric bastard.

She's flattered. She wants to know if you're available for a date?

It might be a good idea to find something else you plausibly have to do unless you reaaaally like bubble bath and lavender essence, which she has something of a fad for right now, although you did *NOT* hear me say that...

Disclaimer:
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Kobold Cleaver wrote:

You all asked for it, whether you knew it or not, and now you shall receive.

Submit here your questions for Kobold Cleaver, God-King of the Locked Wastelands, Bane of Orderkeepers, Postmonstyr Botherer, Bluefolk Denier (or sometimes bluefolk-kobold hybrid, he's kind of inconsistent about it), Speaker to the Self, Spammyr of Worlds, Respected and Admired Friend to Sebastian the Monstrosity, Linker of Stupid Youtube Clips, Irritant to Community Managers, and also he sometimes talks about ponies I guess?

Minimum-Maximum Wordcount: 10-15 words per question. No more please. I do not have time for more.
Deadline for Submission: All questions must be submitted before midnight MDT on 4/30/2015.
Maximum Question Count: Kobold Cleaver, Crafter of Titles, will accept no more than ten questions.
Respect Levels Required In Questions: MAXIMUM
Sass Levels Permitted In Questions: MINIMUM

Failure to abide by these simple rules will lead to your being banned from my thread. THESE ARE ORGIINAL ANSWERS; DO NOT STEAL THEM WITHOUT MY *EXPRESS* PERMISSION OR I WILL PURSUE YOU WITH THE FULL WEIGHT OF THE MESSAGEBOARD COPYWRITE LAWS.

don't like, don't read! :)

Well, since the date for submitting questions to you has now passed, and you haven't posted further officially reopening the submission process, it looks like you don't want this thread any more.

<Starts measuring the thread to check if it's the right size and shape for a cafe which serves afternoon tea.>

Oh, yes, and feel free to put us on your 'banned' list. For 'CE inclined' denizens of the Abyss, any rule, order, prohibition, restriction, or similar exclusion directive along the lines of something saying 'ABSOLUTELY NO CREATURES REMOTELY RESEMBLING A SUCCUBUS ALLOWED IN HERE WHATSOEVER!!!' counts as a gilt-edged invitation, a chat-up line, and a welcome mat all rolled up into one enticing package...

Disclaimer:
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They in no way, shape, or form indicate that this thread may be subjected to an extremely 'friendly' takeover by a sorority of like-minded Ladies who feel that hijacking someone else's bandwagon is considerably more stylish than starting one's own...


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It's perhaps a touch religious in places, but:

Quote:

When a knight won his spurs, in the stories of old,

He was gentle and brave, he was gallant and bold
With a shield on his arm and a lance in his hand,
For God and for valour he rode through the land.

No charger have I, and no sword by my side,
Yet still to adventure and battle I ride,
Though back into storyland giants have fled,
And the knights are no more and the dragons are dead.

Let faith be my shield and let joy be my steed
'Gainst the dragons of anger, the ogres of greed;
And let me set free with the sword of my youth,
From the castle of darkness, the power of the truth.

*Wikipedia link*


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My condolences to his friends and family. I only vaguely knew him, by means of these messageboards, but he seemed to be a hard worker, who threw his heart into projects.
Never a man with enough time to do the impossible, but he came close enough anyway as for the difference to be indistinguishable to most.


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Scott LaBarge wrote:

Here's a random PF question, since I figure we've got a lot of collective PF expertise here: is adamantine magnetic?

EDIT: And I know about Magneto and Wolverine's magnetic adamantium, but I'm assuming we can't just identify adamantium in the Marvel universe with adamantine in Golarion.

If you'll excuse the intrusion, failing regular sources, you could always try the 'Ask James Jacobs' thread down in off-topic.


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dana huber wrote:

Ophidian Coil

Aura faint transmutation, moderate necromancy; CL 5th
Slot ring; Price 10,000 gp; Weight --

Description
This small wooden ring resembles a serpent with tiny gemstone eyes coiling around the wearer's finger. The wearer's skin manifests a faint, diamond-shaped pattern of scales, and the pupils of the wearer's eyes become vertical, as a snake's. The wearer grows a pair of fangs, gaining a bite attack as a primary natural attack. This attack deals 1d4 points of piercing damage for a Medium wearer or 1d3 points of damage for a Small wearer.

Three times per day as a free action, the wearer of the ring may cause her fangs to drip with venom, making her bite attack poisonous for 1 round. This poison has a DC of 10 + the wearer's Con modifier, but otherwise acts as black adder venom. If the wearer rolls a natural one on an attack with her poisonous bite, she is exposed to the poison.

Once per day as a standard action, the wearer may command her tongue to lengthen and become forked for one minute, during which she gains the scent special ability. While this ability is active, the wearer has a 20% chance of failure when casting any spell with a verbal component, as the tongue makes it difficult to speak.

The ring makes its wearer more sensitive to cold. She takes a -2 penalty to saves versus cold spells, weather, and effects. Additionally, if the wearer is successfully affected by a spell with the cold descriptor, she is slowed for 1 round.

Construction
Requirements Forge Ring, beast shape I, magic fang, poison; Cost 5,000 gp

Disclaimer:

This post constitutes the views of a CE inclined Very Advanced succubus. For those uncertain what that should imply, congratulations, you're at least thinking along the right track, but probably not worried enough. No: almost certainly, not nearly worried enough. Unless you happen to be that glovier from Magnimar that I had for tea last weekend, in which case it's a bit too late now anyway, but my apologies to your next-of-kin for the scorch marks on your hall carpet (but I *DID* put the tablecloth in to soak in good time, so the wine stains *should* come out).

Is the Item Decorative?
This item seems highly unlikely to be decorative; it's described as being a ring, fashioned from some wood so unremarkable that the person presenting this item doesn't bother to name it, and with only a couple of 'gemstones' mentioned, so small in all likelihood as to be practically invisible to the casual glance. And given that said gemstones are considered sufficiently beneath consideration to be not worth naming, I wouldn't be surprised if they turned out to be something like common garnets.
Decorative score? 0 out of 7.

Does the Item have Any Obvious non-Decorative Use Around the Home?
It might be useful once in a blue moon as part of an outfit for a servant or retainer at a 'fancy dress party'.
non-Decorative Domestic Use score? 1 out of 7.

Does the Item seem Likely to be Helpful in the Fantasy Setting of an Imaginary World where 'Operation Sealion' is taking Place?
So the (for simplicity's sake) Nasties are lining up with all their little boats to launch an invasion-attempt across a strait upon a nation of perfectly (socially) harmless tea-drinkers. And then there's this item.
So what impact is this item likely to have on proceedings?
This item's abilities seem likely to be completely irrelevant on the battlefields of 'Operation Sealion'; the only conceivable impact it would have would be the money and resources wasted on development or purchase of the item in any quantity, but even the leader of the Nasties would be unlikely to mistake this ring for a Sealion-winning 'wonder weapon'.
'Sealion' score? 0 out of 7.

Total: 1 out of 21.

Further Disclaimer:
Sighting of a post by 'Ask A RPGSupersuccubus' is by no means a guarantee that any further posts will be forthcoming anywhere, in this contest. Voters should obviously vote for whomever (if anyone) they feel like voting for.


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Tomb of the Mad Alchemist.
The only 'dungeon crawl' map I've seen in this round which suggests that adventurers in the area may have to actually break out of the 'kill things, take their stuff' routine, and take some time to work through solving puzzles.


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Taylor Hubler wrote:

Fist of Havoc

Aura strong evocation; CL 12th
Slot none; Price 75,840 gp; Weight 15 lbs.

Description
The fist shaped head of this +2 adamantine earthbreaker glows a faint orange and gives off sparks when struck against objects, sounding a deep boom with each blow. The fist of havoc can score critical hits on objects when attempting to sunder or damage them with a critical of 19-20/x3. The critical for sundering cannot be modified by any abilities or feats, such as Improved Critical or the keen weapon ability.

When used successfully against a structure, such as a door or wall, the earthbreaker strikes with such force that a large area around the glowing fist visibly cracks and buckles in. This causes the attack to be an automatic critical threat on the object. Destroyed doors turn to splinters with the door frame severely bent out and ruined. Destroyed walls, floors, and ceilings are opened up with a hole ten feet in diameter centered on the attack. Ceilings and floors that collapse rain rubble onto any creatures below, causing 3d6 points of damage. A successful DC 18 Reflex save halves the damage.

Once per day as a swift action after an object is destroyed, the earthbreaker can cause the object to explode in a deadly spray of jagged wood and hot iron. All creatures within twenty feet of the object, excluding the earthbreaker’s wielder, take damage equal to 1d6 plus the hardness of the destroyed object, and must make a DC 18 Fortitude save. If they fail the save they are shaken for 1d4 rounds.

Construction
Requirements Craft Arms and Armor, break, shatter, sundering shards ; Cost 37,920 gp

Disclaimer:

This post constitutes the views of a CE inclined Very Advanced succubus. For those uncertain what that should imply, congratulations, you're at least thinking along the right track, but probably not worried enough. No: almost certainly, not nearly worried enough. Unless you happen to be that glovier from Magnimar that I had for tea last weekend, in which case it's a bit too late now anyway, but my apologies to your next-of-kin for the scorch marks on your hall carpet (but I *DID* put the tablecloth in to soak in good time, so the wine stains *should* come out).

Is the Item Decorative?
The item is an unwieldy hammer. Some vague effort has been made to make it decorative, by casting the business-end in the shape of a 'fist', but that is detracted from by the fact that the weapon glows a gaudy shade of orange.
Decorative score? 1 out of 7.

Does the Item have Any Obvious non-Decorative Use Around the Home?
Apparently the item possesses the capability to transmogrify any object into a mixture of 'wood and hot iron', irrespective of what the material was beforehand, but only once a day and only whilst destroying said object. This seems hardly useful around the home. Neither do the generally destructive powers it exhibits when used 'on' buildings.
non-Decorative Domestic Use score? 0 out of 7.

Does the Item seem Likely to be Helpful in the Fantasy Setting of an Imaginary World where 'Operation Sealion' is taking Place?
So the (for simplicity's sake) Nasties are lining up with all their little boats to launch an invasion-attempt across a strait upon a nation of perfectly (socially) harmless tea-drinkers. And then there's this item.
So what impact is this item likely to have on proceedings?
'Operation Sealion' is a majestic vista of desperate naval battles, and dogged aerial combats. In neither circumstance is a 'wrecking hammer' likely to prove useful. And once (and only *if*) proceedings arrive on a beach, there's the small matter of a beach to cross before any structures come in range for potential wrecking.
I suspect that the item is likely to have no practical impact during any 'Operation Sealion', although the leader of the Nasties might like the look of it sufficiently to make the hugely impractical mistake of equipping a few of his soldiers with these.
'Sealion' score? 1 out of 7.

Total: 2 out of 21.

Further Disclaimer:
Sighting of a post by 'Ask A RPGSupersuccubus' is by no means a guarantee that any further posts will be forthcoming anywhere, in this contest. Voters should obviously vote for whomever (if anyone) they feel like voting for.


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Was *this post* really a good idea? Oh well, too late for you now. Speak of the Very Advanced succubus and she might appear...

Chris Shaeffer wrote:

Hide of the Vibrant Frog

Aura moderate necromancy and transmutation; CL 7th
Slot armor; Price 18,000 gp; Weight 25 lbs.

Description
Cut from the colorful flesh of an enormous frog, this +1 hide armor squishes thickly and tightly around the body as it is donned. Light sheens brightly off the slippery skin, revealing vivid patterns in almost any imaginable hue.

A virulent toxin oozes from the surface of the hide. Any creature that touches the wearer must succeed at a DC 16 Fortitude save or take 1d3 Wisdom damage every round for 4 rounds. A poisoned creature may attempt the save again at the beginning of each of its turns, and is cured after one successful save. Unarmed strikes and natural weapon attacks made by or against the wearer count as touching if they connect. The wearer is immune to his own armor’s poison, and may suppress or enable this ability as a standard action.

The wearer also grows a frog-like tongue which he may lash at nearby targets up to 5 times per day. The tongue acts as a whip, except that it is a natural weapon with which the wearer is proficient. The tongue’s reach equals the normal reach of the wearer times three. On a hit, the attack deals no damage, but grabs the target. The wearer does not gain the grappled condition, and he may make a free combat maneuver check to pull the target adjacent to him if it is a creature his size or smaller. While his tongue is grappling a target, the wearer cannot speak or cast spells with verbal components. The tongue recedes back into the wearer’s mouth if the attack misses or if the grapple ends.

Construction
Requirements Craft Magic Arms and Armor, beast shape II, poison; Cost 9,000 gp

Disclaimer:

This post constitutes the views of a CE inclined Very Advanced succubus. For those uncertain what that should imply, congratulations, you're at least thinking along the right track, but probably not worried enough. No: almost certainly, not nearly worried enough. Unless you happen to be that glovier from Magnimar that I had for tea last weekend, in which case it's a bit too late now anyway, but my apologies to your next-of-kin for the scorch marks on your hall carpet (but I *DID* put the tablecloth in to soak in good time, so the wine stains *should* come out).

Is the Item Decorative?
It's armour made from frogskin. A gleaming suit of full plate armour (preferably as worn by a 'knight in shining armour' paladin) is decorative (and of course highly functional). This... this is just tawdry. Depending on current trends it might be considered to be 'fashionable', but decorative it is almost certainly not.
Decorative score? 0 out of 7.

Does the Item have Any Obvious non-Decorative Use Around the Home?
Yes: playing mind-games with hezrous. (Especially useful, when strapped onto a retainer, for dealing with the ones who are door-to-door salesdemons.)
non-Decorative Domestic Use score? 4 out of 7.

Does the Item seem Likely to be Helpful in the Fantasy Setting of an Imaginary World where 'Operation Sealion' is taking Place?
So the (for simplicity's sake) Nasties are lining up with all their little boats to launch an invasion-attempt across a strait upon a nation of perfectly (socially) harmless tea-drinkers. And then there's this item.
So what impact is this item likely to have on proceedings?
Well, flippant remarks about 'Nasty' 'frogmen' aside, not very much. If the item was actually indicated to bestow some sort of 'amphibious' capability, it might be another matter altogether, but it doesn't, so that's that.
'Sealion' score? 1 out of 7. (Purely on the basis that it permits the passing of that 'frogmen' bon mot.)

Total: 5 out of 21.

Further Disclaimer:
Sighting of a post by 'Ask A RPGSupersuccubus' is by no means a guarantee that any further posts will be forthcoming anywhere, in this contest. Voters should obviously vote for whomever (if anyone) they feel like voting for.


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Jacob Kellogg wrote:

Soulshifter Staff

Aura strong necromancy; CL 13th
Slot none; Price 90,000 gp; Weight 5 lbs.
Description
This smooth, unadorned staff is carved of pristine ivory on one end and dark onyx on the other. It allows the use of the following spells:

  • Vampiric touch (1 charge)
  • Breath of life (2 charges)
  • Slay living (2 charges)

Additionally, this staff’s power can be used to control the flow of life energy beyond the normal limits of the spells listed above. When using the soulshifter staff to cast vampiric touch, the wielder may spend 1 additional charge to divide the temporary hit points evenly among any number of allies within 30 feet. Whenever the wielder kills a creature with slay living, he may spend an immediate action to cast breath of life, targeting any creature within 30 feet. Conversely, if the wielder successfully revives a slain creature via breath of life, he may spend an immediate action to cast slay living against any target within 30 feet, using a ranged touch attack instead of a melee touch attack. Spells cast as immediate actions in this way consume 1 more charge than normal.

Construction
Requirements Craft Staff, Quicken Spell, breath of life, slay living, vampiric touch; Cost 45,000 gp

Disclaimer:

This post constitutes the views of a CE inclined Very Advanced succubus. For those uncertain what that should imply, congratulations, you're at least thinking along the right track, but probably not worried enough. No: almost certainly, not nearly worried enough. Unless you happen to be that glovier from Magnimar that I had for tea last weekend, in which case it's a bit too late now anyway, but my apologies to your next-of-kin for the scorch marks on your hall carpet (but I *DID* put the tablecloth in to soak in good time, so the wine stains *should* come out).

Is the Item Decorative?
This is of course a very important question. Ivory is good, but 'unadorned' is generally very bad (and that's 'bad' in a fashion, or rather lack-thereof, which is by no means complimentary). And then there's the whole going-for-contrast with onyx thing which is *so* very-last-decade at present. I'm afraid that grotesque carvings of pixies - and various shades of green - are the current 'in' thing for necromancy items. All of which sums up to the fact that I'm going to have to mark this item very low in this category.
Decorative score? 1 out of 7. (You might have scored 2 if you'd specified what type of ivory was used and it was a variety either currently highly fashionable or simply eternally classy.)

Does the Item have Any Obvious non-Decorative Use Around the Home?
Not around any of my homes. I don't hold *those* sort of parties.
non-Decorative Domestic Use score? 0 out of 7. (And a more insecure judge than myself would have deducted at least one mark for the presumed insult regarding social habits in one of one's own properties.)

Does the Item seem Likely to be Helpful in the Fantasy Setting of an Imaginary World where 'Operation Sealion' is taking Place?
So the (for simplicity's sake) Nasties are lining up with all their little boats to launch an invasion-attempt across a strait upon a nation of perfectly (socially) harmless tea-drinkers. And then there's this item.
So what impact is this item likely to have on proceedings?
Not much, really. We're talking huge armies, and massive fleet actions. Possibly even mighty battles in the air occurring at unimaginable speeds. This item isn't likely to be very helpful to anyone, in this context, except maybe to the mustachio'ed leader of the Nasties, as he rants and beats his subordinates mercilessly for failing to make any progress. Actually, on that count...
'Sealion' score? 6 out of 7. (I probably should have only given it five, as it's not really a genuinely pivotal item, but I was feeling generous.)

Total: 7 out of 21.

Further Disclaimer:
Sighting of a post by 'Ask A RPGSupersuccubus' is by no means a guarantee that any further posts will be forthcoming anywhere, in this contest. Voters should obviously vote for whomever (if anyone) they feel like voting for.


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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Jaelithe wrote:
A person's side in this debate seems, in some measure, contingent on whether that particular reader would prefer a brilliant continuation/conclusion after a lengthy delay, or a passable one in more timely fashion.
I think thats based on the false assumption that more time spent on it equals a better product. In fact if anything the reverse seems to be true. Getting the product faster has at least an equal chance of making it better.

This reminded of part of a conversation in academia in Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers...

Chapter 22 wrote:
...And that reminds me. Miss Lydgate's History of Prosody was marked PRESS with her own hand this morning. I fled with it and seized on a student to take it down to the printers. I'm almost positive I heard a faint voice crying from the window about a footnote on page 97 - but I pretended not to hear...

The conversation which is taking place is fictional, but I suspect that the situation arises in real life. Some writers keep on tinkering with something, making endless genuine improvements, even once something is more than sufficiently suitable for publication; it needs a firm hand from someone in their orbit to finally get said opus out the door...


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thejeff wrote:
...Generally, from what I've heard from various authors, I'd expect that the basic roadmap is laid out, which often includes a fairly detailed conclusion. The exact path used to get there is usually more general and the details will often change as characters come to life and evolve...

Actually, according to the 'LITERATURE' section of the TV Tropes 'Writing by the seat of your pants' page, there are some quite well known authors who apparently *don't* (if the tropers have their facts right) always have where a story is going to go planned out...

;)


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It seems to me that if a book comes out with specifics on the cover such as 'part 1 of 3', that that's on the publisher for making such a promise, not the author.
If anyone 'owes' the fans to produce it's the publisher, not any specific author involved in the project.


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James Sutter wrote:

I wrote an essay over at SF Signal about what series authors like George R. R. Martin owe their fans (partially to rebut Neil Gaiman's famous "George Martin is not your b*#%+" post), and I thought some of y'all might have opinions on the issue. While Paizo doesn't publish epic novel series, the parallels between something like that and Adventure Paths are numerous. :)

What Authors Owe Fans

Isn't an adventure path a multi-part game though? I'd have thought that in some senses that produces a different method of interaction between the user(s) and the product than the interaction between the user and a novel.

That might also result in different expectations of a product (an potentially of the context in which said expectations may be set).
All of which might feed into whether James Sutter, Adventure Path writer, would have different 'obligations' (perceived or otherwise) to his customers than James Sutter, Novel writer.


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Second episode was interesting. I would have liked it better if Moffat hadn't slapped in that 'Missy' segment. I have a nasty suspicion that we're going to end up seeing one of those per episode now, with someone who's 'killed' during interaction with the Doctor, until it's revealed that 'Missy' is either the Doctor's insane daughter and/or an evil alter-ego/future/alternate Clara.
(It seems apparent that it's someone with access to the Doctor's timeline.)


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I miss the Sylvester McCoy/Sophie Aldred era, when there was some depth and complexity to how the Doctor and his companion interacted...


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...you were one of those who helped to organise or attended as a special guest one of the first 'overseas' 'PaizoCon' events.
*****
With only a few days to go to this year's event it seems a good moment to me to recall those who were so generous with their time and effort to help make the first one enjoyable for attendees. And of course to recall those at Paizo, who allowed it to happen (and who even helped with stuff like supplying little special logos that PaizoCon UK was allowed to use).
*****
*This* madman was expected to attend, too, but circumstances conspired otherwise.


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Ask A Succubus Journalist wrote:
Charles Evans 25 wrote:
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You do know that true veterans don't just make one ridiculous post after another on the same thread?

Some of them do... I even hear that some of the poor things, by human standards, have been around for too long and cracked and started talking to themselves.


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...you reviewed EVERY LAST COUNTRY in round 2 of the first RPGSuperstar contest.


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...you have more aliases than you can remember what you were supposed to do with.


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...you have a special ability to automatically make a Will save to avoid posting something you know is going to be contentious and post something a Wisdom check tells you might be funny instead.
Not to say that the Wisdom check will be successful and that it actually will be funny (or less contentious than what you avoided posting), but still, you *tried*.


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...you posted in one of the 'Untitled' threads before the forums got way too long.


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Nicos wrote:


Well, yes, not sure why. And even then, other threads with far more inflammatory titles have been renamed instead of just locked.

If it's really bothering you, you could always give (politely) emailing the staff-member in question (via the Paizo Contact Us page) a go.


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Lord Snow wrote:

So, this might be slightly tangential to the whole subject of the thread, but reading through it did get me thinking on something that I think is interesting.

The academic study of literature is unique.

I believe it is the only occupation that is considered academic that is focused on researching something that is entirely a human creation. Science is perhaps the most deserving to be an academic field - so far it's the best way we have to study our universe. Philosophy deals with some of the less tangible aspects of the same thing. Then there's a host of "sciences" (more like research fields, really) that focus on humans - archaeology, sociology, psychology, etc. What's common to all of those is that they research humans, and human behavior, as a natural phenomena. Even in the academic study of music a lot of attention is dedicated to how sounds work or something.

But in literature, it's a group of people reacting to what amounts to the creations of another group of people. "Research" is maybe not the best word to describe the process of studying a book - given that it's a man made creation.

I wonder how this fact reflects on literature studies. I have no idea, as I'd never even consider walking into a literature course, let alone get a degree in it. Still, I'm curious.

There are various courses available in being an art critic, a film critic, a sports pundit, etc, etc. Literature is by no means the only field of human creation or endeavour that has experts who endlessly pick over other people's achievements and give forth their own opinions on.


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Oh hush, dear, and leave the nice Paizo people to do their work.


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Shouldn't that be 'safe'?


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The preceding post was censored by Ask A Succubus Censor! Keeping the internet exciting ever since the year minus dot!


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The Mighty Chocobo wrote:
Liz Courts wrote:
RHMG Animator wrote:
Then let's you their keywords as a target for an automated spam nuker.
A number of their keywords are also popular non-spam topics on the boards. It's a bit of a catch-22.
Keyword=<censored>, Target is <censored>, nuke impact in 5...4...3...2...1...

So you'd advocate yourself to be automatically ban-hammered, for use of said <censored> word in the post you just made?


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Normal service resumed! The England squad in Melbourne took control in the first few overs by keeping the run rate down, and ultimately restricted the Australians to 209. Then Edwards helped get the England side off to a slightly speedier start, before Greenway and Brindle assessed the situation, dug in, and in a carefully paced chase knocked the remaining runs off with several overs to spare. 1-0 to England in the one day series, and The Ashes are almost won!
Meanwhile, in Sydney, the clown squad did their usual act of piling out of an improbably small car which promptly fell to pieces, tripped over their overly large shoes, and parped hooters for comic effect and squirted little flowers in one another's faces.


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Lord Fyre wrote:
Hama wrote:
Maybe he told them. Maybe it's a ruse. We'll see. Maybe it's the only way Coulson can know what happened to him.
Too many questions.

If SHIELD is supposed to be counter-espionage, maybe it's a sign that the scriptwriters have remembered that at last and are thinking about plotlines involving cloak-and-dagger stuff (figuratively speaking, I mean, not actually literally involving the characters 'cloak' and 'dagger'). :)


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If it weren't quite so messy and likely to result in broken fingernails and inconveniently knotted hair succubi would dominate any prime-material battlefield.
We still end up being employed quite frequently in espionage and liaison capacities.


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Fanatics tend to be self-righteous and to denigrate anyone and anything that they don't feel chimes in harmony with their own particular views.
Then again, if I'd been paying attention, I would have noticed that C. S. Lewis said that years ago (amongst other things).
On a brighter note there are some awesome posters around such as Lynora, Sebastian, and Kobold Cleaver (and a few of the other current/former FAWTL'ers).

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