I can't stand all the cynical aspects of Golarion.
I hate how Paizo put a gold dragon in charge of a dystopia where humans are bred like cattle 'for the greater good'.
I hate how there's an entire knight's order devoted to Hell because they believe Hell's structure is 'idealized'. Tyranny is ideal? What?
I hate Paizo's obsession with Varisia.
I hate the Lovecraftian elements on Golarion.
I hate how it actually took complaints on the forums to convince the writer of that Carrion Crown path that, yes, there needed to be a way to avoid dealing with the vampires and actually destroy them in case somebody wanted to play a character who would find being forced into a truce with blood drinking undead unacceptable.
I hate how you have to free Baba Yaga, an evil witch at the end of Reign of Winter no matter what, and there's no way to avoid it. And I hate people that use the excuse 'you can continue the adventure into mythic to destroy her'. Yes, if you aren't completely burned out on the path by then. And...if you are?
I hate how the church of the goddess of the sun, healing and redemption is actually corrupt and on the verge of civil war.
For the record, I look forward to Mythic Psionics when you can get to it. I already have a stat block I've been working on mostly just using modified versions of stuff in Mythic Adventures.
Same here. Put me on the list of people who would love a Mythic Psionics book when/if you get to it.
Jeremy Smith wrote:
You've heard it here, folks! Jeremy has officially started on Mythic Psionics! ;) j/k
Paul Watson wrote:
And pretty much everything written by Joss Whedon. It's like he has an allergy to happiness or something.
Um, I'm actually aware of the fact being transgendered has little to nothing to do with sexuality. It's about gender. It's been scientifically proven women and men have different brain chemistry. I get that. Transgendered women were born with female brain chemistry, and vice versa.
A friend of mine who I work with is a lesbian. She's never told anyone she has this feeling that she should be siring children instead of baring them.
Look, please understand, I'm not trying to be hostile, and if I was in my previous posts, I apologize. I just think in this instance in an attempt to be more inclusive to transgendered people who are into D&D they went overboard with putting all these specific traits, which, by themselves, are uncommon, into a single couple. It comes off as strained.
Yes, absolutely. Imagine that, an American president who was born in the U.S., which is a legal requirement, and is black because his parents are from Kenya, an African country, where the vast majority of people, are, in fact, black. What an unbelievable combination of events.
Lord Snow wrote:
Actually, no. I'd have a problem with a half dragon aasimar, because, again, that's such a contrived, rare combination it feels just as forced.
And, again, somebody is missing the point.
You want a real world analogy? Okay, fair enough. I'm crippled. I have spina bifida. I was basically born with a broken spine, and I'm paralyzed from right below the knee down. I wear leg braces. Is it possible I'll fall in love with a blind half Chinese/half black woman and wind up with a child who is born with Achondroplasia? Absolutely it's possible. But I doubt it will happen.
Also if you've never met a transgendered person of a minority race and her lesbian wife then you should explain to them how they are unrealistic an breaking their disbelief.
That's just it. I haven't. I'm sure they exist. But the odds of finding a couple exactly like that are so small I'd have to be mind numbingly lucky to meet them.
And in fiction, when you come across characters like that, with that many specific traits, all wrapped up in a single couple, it feels forced and contrived.
I wanted to put my two cents in because, quite frankly, I kinda felt Irabeth and Anevia felt 'forced' but NOT in the way everyone else here has been discussing. Let me see if I can explain. Okay.
I think the problem I had was the scenario of Irabeth and Anevia as a couple was that the odds of having so many 'minorities' found in just two characters was bordering on unbelievable. Let me demonstrate.
Hey, here's a new NPC paladin for you!
I hope I'm getting my point across. I dunno. Maybe it's just me but it's just....how do I put this? I think it would've been better if Irabeth had been male. Because I think it would've been ....better odds? Yeah, of finding a couple where a transgendered woman was married to a man. Hell, even if it had been a human. Or if Irabeth had been a half orc that came from the more likely scenario where the union was violent rather than loving. It's just....finding so many relative 'rarities' in two people, I mean....the odds seem off.
Now please understand, I sure as heck am not complaining. I applaud Paizo for doing this. I myself am crippled. I have a birth defect called Spina Biffida and it's really nice seeing NPCs of different backgrounds getting a little love, because I can kinda relate.
Not in exactly the same way obviously, but I'm definitely in the minority.
So, anyway, sorry for the rambling. I hope I got what I was trying to say across.
Hey, I just wanted to ask you guys who bought the pdf so far. I bought it last week, and while I love the write ups for all the new monsters, it takes forever to go through the document because, for some reason, opening the file slows my computer to a crawl. Is anybody else experiencing this or could it just be my pdf reader?
I just bought the pdf from DriveThruRPG. This book is EXACTLY what I always wanted with the kingdom building rules- espionage! That alone is worth the price of this book IMHO. This book is the PERFECT compliment to Book of the River Nations. Here's really hoping this goes PoD. If it does you'll have my money in half a heartbeat.
Sean K Reynolds wrote:
Okay, this book is now an official must have for me.
It arrived!!! The first box! I'M HOLDING MY COPY OF RAPPAN ATHUK IN MY HANDS!!! HAHAHAHA!!!!!
Oh. Well, I also got my t-shirt, the GM screens, the side view poster, the decals, the pin, the little note book thingy for which is either for GMs or players and I can't remember right now, the hex grids, the minis and the cute little frog, which is cool and everything BUT I'M HOLDING RAPPAN ATHUK IN MY HANDS!!!!!!
Eh, the point's moot now anyway. I just upped my pledge again for the subscription.
One thing I am really hoping is in this book. Well things I should say. I would like to see culture aspects to help bring them to life. Common forms of dress, any forms of address for nobles etc that is common to them(like in Russia you had a Czar instead of a king), common types of foods(since most cultures develop their own types of foods) just anything to help make that ethnic group/s come to life and stand apart. So when PC's go there it feels different and not just cause the people have funny names and or look a little different.
THIS. For the love of the Powers That Be, this.
Thanks! Much obliged!
Dale McCoy Jr wrote:
You need to put this book out. Like, right now. So I can buy it.
I'll buy several copies!
I'll PREORDER several copies!
Does that help the motivational process?
Oh, dude, if that's the case, then don't worry about it. I never meant to come off like you should drop everything and post an update. Especially if it's an emergency like family in the hospital. Apologies.
It never ends with you guys, does it? First it was the Tome of Horrors Limited Edition. Then it was The Tome of Adventure Design. THEN it was Slumbering Tsar. And NOW a Kickstarter campaign for Rappan Athuk. I didn't want to pledge $250. I really didn't. But I had to. I can't get 'The World's Biggest Dungeon' without the bonus level. That's....that's what you were banking on the whole time, wasn't it?! That we gamers are obsessed completionists! Damn you, FGG. Damn you. Now take my money!
::cries quietly in the corner::
Cayden Cailean will always be my favorite deity in the pantheon simply because he has the greatest backstory I've ever read in all of fantasy.
A god who achieved divinity by accident because he got drunk....and he was so drunk at the time he can't even remember HOW he did it.
It doesn't get better than that.
I am NOT an addict. I just....own....every book Paizo's ever printed about the Pathfinder game....and Golarion....and...every issue of every adventure path....except Rise of the Runelords. I got into Pathfinder late, see. Why did I have to wait so long?! Why?! WHY?! ::giggle:: Oh, but that's okay. Ha ha. Just a few more months and I get my sweaty hands on the reprint of Rise of the Runelords! AHAHAHA! YES! UPDATED FOR PATHFINDER! THEN MY COLLECTION WILL BE COMPLETE!!!! AHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!!!
I'm not an addict.
I'm going to throw my two cents in. I'm not too keen on this. The whole history of the lich has been one of a spellcaster choosing to become one, finding out that to do so they have to create a phylactery, craft a potion, drink it, and then bam, if they make the throw, they die and resurrect as a lich.
As far as all the other examples of undead creating more of their kind against the will of the victim, sure, that's the way those undead have always 'reproduced'. There's no 'process' to that. The undead attack the victim, the victim dies, and they become undead. A lich doesn't create another lich just by killing somebody.
Having somebody become a lich because they were forced into it just...I dunno. It just doesn't fit with me. You're telling me some other wizard/cleric/sorcerer took the time to make a phylactery for Azrani, crafted the potion, and forced her to drink it? How? Poured it down her throat while holding her down?
I gotta say, the more fluff that comes out for Pathfinder Chronicles the less I'm liking the setting.
Kelsey Arwen MacAilbert wrote:
"She believes in the cause of good" is irrelevant. The cause of Good does not condone doing horribly evil things to evil people. Your character is acting the exact same way as the people she's killing are. She's torturing people, for crying out loud. I'd say your PC is LE.