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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.

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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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darth_borehd wrote:
Another free software, GIMP, can be used instead of Adobe Photoshop to make classic blue and white D&D module maps.

I, personally, find paint.net to be more user friendly than GIMP.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Ssalarn wrote:
Kobolds get easier to play when you accept the fact that you personally, as the character, should probably never expect to deal real damage with a melee attack, unless there's magic involved.

I pretty strongly disagree. A crit range of 14-20 plus 6d6 sneak attack damage seems like a whole lot of melee damage to me, particularly when I can do that 4-7 times in a round.

At low levels, yes, you are right, the stat penalties on kobolds make them pretty bad in melee. But in higher levels, those stat penalties matter very little, in my experience.

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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.

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Hey Danubus,

We know that buying directly from us doesn't work for everyone. Please do buy wherever makes the most sense for you! We don't mind at all if you get it from your FLGS or Amazon. We actively support those channels so that people have the options that work for them.

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Hey all!

A couple quick notes:

We're in website feedback. Questions about how to do something on the site should be in customer service. I've directed this to their attention so they can take a look and see if there's anything that still needs to be answered.

Regarding American Express: in short, AMEX charges more for processing. There's no getting around that. It's simply more expensive to take. Right now, we're not willing to take that extra hit in order take accept AMEX.

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Leozz wrote:
Anything open in Finance department? :-)

Nope. I had one back in July, but it's long gone.

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

Yes.

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Generally, Paizo doesn't let other companies use its IP for free. If you see another company making products with our properties, it's a safe bet to assume there's a licensing deal in place.

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Like Haladir, I became a morning person after I finished college and approached thirty. Some days I wish I could sleep in, but between 7 and 8 is my waking time.

A lot of it comes down to habits and sleep hygiene. Essentially, if you follow a consistent bed time that allows you to actually get enough sleep, you eventually stop being sleep deprived and having to sleep in to make up sleep debt. Sleep hygiene also does wonders for how good you feel throughout the day.

But, to more thoroughly answer your question: gamers tend not to be morning people because they stay up late. It's really as simple as that.

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No need to look it up, it's right here: http://paizo.com/rpgsuperstar.

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Sara Marie wrote:
A newish warehouse monkey.

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

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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!

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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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Drejk wrote:
He didn't do any cooking either?

Depends on how you define cooking. He certainly managed to dirty some pots and pans as well as plates.

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Set wrote:

all the freshmen who literally have to go home every weekend *because they don't know how to do their own laundry.*

I had a roommate for a couple years, well after college, who never, not once, did his own dishes or his own laundry. Grown man, on the career track level, who went home to have his mom do his laundry, then got married and had his wife do it.

I was flabbergasted every time.

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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.

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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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Celiwyn wrote:
In Washington state you also have to have a "5th year" of college credits and work (or have a CPA sign off on) 2000 hours under a certified CPA.

Actually, it doesn't have to be under a CPA. It has to be coordinated by a CPA, but you don't have to work under one. The wording on the state site is:

WA Board of Accountancy wrote:

The experience must:

Be obtained through the practice of public accounting and/or employment in industry or government. In certain situations employment in academia may also provide experience to obtain some or all of the competency requirements. It may also be obtained through one or more employers, with or without compensation, and may consist of a combination of full-time and part-time employment.

...

Be verified by a licensed CPA who has held a valid CPA license to practice public accounting in the state of Washington or be qualified for practice privileges for a minimum of five years prior to verifying the experience, including the date that the experience is verified. The five years do not need to be consecutive.

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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!)

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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!

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Hey all. I have an upcoming opening for a staff accountant. This is a support position to the senior finance and accounting staff (that would be yours truly), and requires strong data entry skills along with a knowledge of accounting procedures.

As always with Paizo jobs, the posting can be found on the Paizo jobs page.

If you are interested in the position, send in your resume sooner rather than later!

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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".

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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.

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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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Not only is it legal to inform them of that (so far as I know), but there's also some pending legislation/court decisions that allows merchants to charge customers a portion of their credit card processing fees. Paizo has no intention of doing so, for the record.

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I'd just like to put in my two cents here: I do routinely evaluate our credit card processing options. It simply costs more to take American Express than any other credit card (you may note that last year I added Discover to the list of cards we accept) and by a significant margin.

I'm an American Express holder myself. I wish we could take it. But the extra fees charged are quite high comparatively, and it doesn't make a lot of sense to accept it at this time.

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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

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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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