Liz Courts wrote:
Also, there is a very large chain grocery store about 2 miles away. I'm certain they'll have plenty of items that are safe for any dietary restriction.
This has pretty much been answered. But I'll chip in anyway.
Paizo doesn't use a special map software to generate our maps. We hire professional cartographers to do so (if you open the cover of almost any of our books with a map in it, you're probably going to see the name Robert Lazzaretti in it under "Cartographer" [he's not the only cartographer we use, but he's the one we use most often]).
It's not that Lazz has special software that we can't get. It's that he has decades of experience making maps for fantasy games and thousands of them made.
It's much like if you said, oh, "What software does Paizo use to generate their iconics?" It doesn't work like that. It's not about the materials used, it's about the skill. There's nothing special about what Wayne Reynolds uses to make the iconics (in fact, he uses Reaper minis paints). It's all about the skill and practice.
Money Chris: "And thus began the Great Gaming War. Many lives were lost, many games were burned, and only one came out victorious."
Accountoumancer Ashley: **Pan to shot of three accountoumancers looking at a battlefield from atop a cliff, one with a broken green visor, one with a half burned ledger with pages falling out, and one with singed and smoking robes and a cracked staff.**
Adam Jury wrote:
This is 100% true. I put specific instructions in my job listings and auto-reject any that don't follow those instructions.
Would I accept a resume that was mailed if I didn't specify electronic submission? Yes. However, by the time that piece of dead tree has been placed inside a couple of metal boxes moved around by burning dead dinosaurs and then carried around by a couple of apes, I've probably already done a round of interviews. If I'm hiring for a position, I'm hiring as fast as I can get someone in, and electronic submission is instant.
Along with Liz, I was one of the pairs of boots on the floor behind the registers the entire time the dealer hall was open.
First, I'd like to say that Neil hits the nail on the head perfectly (as usual) in his post. Those are exactly the reasons that the lines were handled the way they were.
As Liz intimated, it was not an easy thing to add a fourth register. If anyone here came to it, you'll remember that it was crammed into a corner, was being run off my personal laptop, and I was hand-keying credit cards as the scanners are all for Mac. And that's just the internal logistics of it, beyond the logistics of going through convention support to get that activated.
With that said, it was absolutely something we needed to do. It was not at all fair to you, the fans, to have to wait in those lines for as long as you were on Thursday. The fourth register really helped. On Friday, I had reports of 2 hour lines or longer. On Thursday, I didn't hear anything longer than half an hour (which is still longer than I'd like, but not quite as ridiculous).
I'm going to push for more registers and register support next year, as that's truly our bottleneck. On Thursday and Friday, we literally never stopped, and had to turn people away at the end of the day. I don't find that acceptable as a fan or as a business person.
Landon Winkler wrote:
From all reports on both sides, they don't feel like they're in a zero-sum game
I'm a bit late to the party here, but I want to expand on this.
From a business and economics sense, it is very much not a zero sum game. It's not a case of "Pathfinder or DnD, they are mutually exclusive". A zero sum game also assumes that everyone who will be playing is already doing so. There are plenty of people who play both, people who switch from one to the other, people who switch from another game system to one of the major D20 players, etc.
If DnD is successful, that will bring in more players, new and old, which will expand the overall market. A larger market is good for everyone. The bigger the pie is, the larger a slice everyone can have.
Why even bother with a sticker? You know what the book is and what's inside it. I'm just hacked off because my FLGS sold the last copy they got in just TODAY 30 minutes before I got there.
If your FLGS is, in fact, selling the book already, could you please email me with the identity of your FLGS (I'm at firstname.lastname@example.org)? I'd like to track down who their distributor is so I can find out who broke street date and see if we can put a stop to that.
Mythic JMD031 wrote:
If it reduces the rate, I'll negotiate. Anything to improve cash flow!
One of my favorite characters was a kobold in a Kingmaker game.
Allow me to talk about my character for a moment...I used the standard kobold stat penalties, but at the levels we were playing that wasn't too much of a hindrance. He was a rogue/assassin, and was actually functioning as the royal assassin in the Kingmaker game. It was a great time. He one-shot a roc (there's a great story behind that) and assassinated royalty.
I'm the blue-haired young man mentioned in your post. I'm quite glad we were able to get you your copy of the game. Sara Marie in particular worked very hard to make sure that all the subscribers were able to get their copies of the game.
I know that, for myself, despite the long hours and the week of hard work, I'm honestly pleased every time I help someone get a game they've been looking forward to and will enjoy. Every one of those smiles you get from us is real and genuine.
So, have fun!
It was my pleasure.
Is CPA training so intensive that you can't work and study simultaneously?
Work, social life, passing the CPA. Pick two.
The CPA exam has a pass rate of about 45-50% per each of the four sections. If you're not prepared, you will not pass. It's pretty common to pass two or three of the four, but you have to get all four of them to become licensed.
Carter Lockhart wrote:
If only I lived in Seattle. I'd be all over this. I love how "Copies of all products produced by Paizo Publishing." Is part of the compensation package.
At this point, I'd say probably 1/3 of our staff moved to Seattle to take a job here. You'd be in good company.
And since you're s subscriber...you can just add what you're paying for that right onto the compensation!
For the record, I did. And it helped. And I had a really excellent nap.
Azaelas Fayth wrote:
We actually researched goat horn regrowth at the table as the closest real-world analog. The result was, "...maybe. If the flesh wasn't too damaged in the removal."
Or, because we're taking American IP law here, there's this funny doctrine of "undefended IP is not worthy of legal protection" in the U.S., so American companies pretty much *have* to take legal action to protect their intellectual property every once in a while, because otherwise the courts over there might refuse to side with them when the needs comes to (say, when somebody actually actively and maliciously exploits their IP).
This is a very salient point, and one that was discussed at length in my business law classes.
Pretty much: if you don't defend your IP, then you lose the right to defend your IP. This is precisely the reason that Xerox and Kleenex no longer have the right to fight against people using those brand names: they didn't defend them in the past.
If you use an American company's IP incorrectly, not only can they, but they arguably have a legal obligation to take legal action against you.
*That's* why you should talk to a lawyer if you have *any* uncertainty about a US copyright legal document.
Edit: I'll go on to say, Paizo takes legal action all the time. We routinely send out DMCA notices for works that violate our copyright. I informed our employee who handles this of some violations less than an hour ago, and we'll probably have notices out by the end of the day.
richard develyn wrote:
We have a copyright lawyer. We even pay him!