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Vice President of Finance

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Liz Courts wrote:
BlackOuroboros wrote:
I wonder if somebody had a Glyph of the Open Road tattooed, would they be able to use that to get a PFS reroll?
I'd allow it.

BRB, making an appointment with my artist.

Vice President of Finance

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Liz Courts wrote:
Wei Ji the Learner wrote:


Which food/grocery retail location is the least expensive one yet still aware of dietary restrictions?

It very much depends on the dietary restrictions you're concerned about. I have found most restaurants in the Seattle area much more aware of celiac and vegetarian options than in other parts of the country.

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.

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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.

Vice President of Finance

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QA Erik: I wish I had 8 legs. Then I could wear 4 pairs of hot pants.

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Mike Selinker wrote:
pH unbalanced wrote:
What deity does Raz worship?
In our All Characters spreadsheet, Raz's deity is listed as "Self."

I'll try not to let godhead go to my head.

Vice President of Finance

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Scribbles methodically in The Eternal Ledger.

Master of Coin

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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.**

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Adam Jury wrote:
Tranquilis wrote:

Much to be said for a paper resume. Much more likely to be seen.

Not if the company say to submit resumes electronically. If you mail in a resume to a company that doesn't want them mailed in, it gets thrown in the "does not follow instructions" pile, which usually resides in a garbage can.

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.

Master of Coin

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Liz Courts wrote:
Cosmo: His coffee gained sentience and began berating him on the dangers of diabetes.

Oh, come on. I don't make it *that* sweet.

Master of Coin

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Redacted: Yeah, I used to take shots of vinegar as a kid.

Money Chris: ...that explains so much.

Redacted: The penchant for stabbing comes from the goblin side of the family.

Master of Coin

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Edenwaith: getting the volunteers through the line faster is something that I will be bringing up in the post-GenCon debrief.

Master of Coin

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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.

Master of Coin

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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.

Master of Coin

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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
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 chris.self@paizo.com)? 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.

Master of Coin

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Mythic JMD031 wrote:
Jessica Price wrote:

Sara Marie: customer service does not negotiate with terrorists.

Christopher: Editorial doesn't negotiate with errorists.
Well if Customer Service won't negotiate with terrorists, can we find some other service who will?

If it reduces the rate, I'll negotiate. Anything to improve cash flow!

Master of Coin

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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.

Master of Coin

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Liz Courts wrote:
Ashley: Is this going to blow up in my face or something?

Yes.

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Sara Marie wrote:
A newish warehouse monkey.

She prefers Warehouse Morlock. Monkeys are so...civilized: Mika

Master of Coin

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Hi Ogee,

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!

Master of Coin

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Well, I'm hoping it's not G. It takes *forever* to clean out the traps once those buggers get dug in. I mean, we don't have an infinite supply of interns to send down there.

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Celiwyn wrote:

I wasn't able to attend due to lack of childcare - but I have to send a huge THANK YOU!

The Master of Coin signed my Core book for me! I sent it with a friend who was able to go and he tracked Chris down for me.

I wasn't sure where else to post this - but definitely grateful!

/bow

It was my pleasure.

Master of Coin

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Cosmo: Time for tickles!

Will: ...bad touch.

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Thank you to all who applied. This position has been filled.

Don't let that stop the discussion going on here, though!

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Gary has sekritly replaced Sara's coffee with Mrs. Butterworths, let's see if she notices!

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TriOmegaZero wrote:
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.

http://www.mncpa.org/cpa-exam/exam-facts/exam-statistics.aspx and http://www.cpaexampassrate.com/

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Calex wrote:
When is Paizo gonna open an an office in Canada, blast it!

When it has a climate exactly like that of Seattle! Vancouver doesn't count, that's just Seattle North. (I kid and tease!)

Master of Coin

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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!

Master of Coin

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Kajehase wrote:
Still sounds better than Danish cheese.

I've had and enjoyed some pretty rank cheese before. I'll have to give Danish a try. If I can find it for less than "your firstborn / pound".

Master of Coin

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Trust me...he never posts anything that's not about him.

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Cosmo wrote:

Money Chris: Read more: Is Bourbon the Best Alcohol for Cough Suppression? | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4601251_bourbon-best-alcohol-cough-suppression.html #ixzz2RDJAWpgR

Money Chris: I know what I'm having for lunch. >.>

For the record, I did. And it helped. And I had a really excellent nap.

Master of Coin

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Gary: bovine growth hormone is for murder dragonflies that wish real herd they were faun

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Erik Keith: cause penguins are like 75% fat

Erik Keith: 25% tragedy

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Gary: think of the online ad industry as a casino with no cameras, no guards, no pit bosses, no security staff, no ability to 86 a customer

Gary: and no ability to tell the difference between a roomba and a whale

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Sara Marie: oh

Sara Marie: I forgot those were in there

Sara Marie: time for breakfast

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Liz Courts wrote:
The crew didn't take to well to his dirge about his lost...uh, horniness either.

...how does a bard roll a 1 on his first perform check in the campaign? I mean, seriously?

/threadjack

Master of Coin

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Azaelas Fayth wrote:
Liz Courts wrote:
Azaelas Fayth wrote:
Ouch... What Spell is that for?
Metamagic component for an enchantment spell. Big question of the night was "...Will they grow back? ;_; "
I would hope so...

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."

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The bag speaks the truth.

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redacted d: This entire conversation is getting entirely too OGLAF for me

Note: Oglaf is very NSFW if you decide to google that.

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Gary: HAHAHHAHA

Gary: THE DWARF VERSION IS THE SHORTER ONE

Master of Coin

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For extra fun, replace "Sara Marie" with "Cosmo Baby".

Master of Coin

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Sara Marie: step one

Sara Marie: are you a billy goat?

Sara Marie: step two

Sara Marie: are you near a bridge?

Robot Chris: how do I know if I'm a billy goat?

Master of Coin

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Cosmo: but... fun!

Cosmo: WHY DO YOU HATE FUN?!

Robot Chris: YOU. MUST. HAVE. FUN

Robot Chris: (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡FUN

Cosmo: YOU WILL TAKE OUR FUN AND YOU WILL LIKE IT.

Former VP of Finance

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Gorbacz wrote:
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.

Former VP of Finance

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richard develyn wrote:

As far as I can see, Paizo are reducing the size of their section 15 in their products by not bothering citing copyright for anything they own themselves and by ignoring the recursive element with respect to anything owned by anyone else which is not actually being used in the actual product.

Eminently sensible, but neither action is compliant with the OGL.

(And I bet they didn't pay a lawyer a penny before they did it ;-) ).

Richard

We have a copyright lawyer. We even pay him!

Former VP of Finance

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You forgot the "Oh my god, that's so hot! Get it out of my mouth! I think my tongue is blistered...is my tongue blistered?" step.

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Sara Marie wrote:
[redacted]: Its times like these I could use a little bottle in my drawer.

Where {redacted = the whole staff, times like this = all the time, and little = very large}.

Former VP of Finance

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Robot Chris: if there were a pony that was both Derpy and Fluttershy, I would be that pony

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Wes: I'm training to be a goat!

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Erik Keith: Honeycorgi doesn't care, it just runs how it wants

Robot Chris: MECHA-CORGI CRUSHES INCOMPATIBLE BROWSERS, PATHETIC HU-MAN

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Mark Moreland wrote:
Rob: Oh, come on! Everyone has an inner 6'2" Russian dominatrix!

For some of us, it's not always inner.

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