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I think they will have feats that require levels also. They talked about having more powerful feats that way. There was an unearthed arcana few months back where they had this. Also think will tweak some subclasses like the champion. I do agree backgrounds to give feat and probably stat increase.

An independent built from ground up rework of 5e was level up Advanced 5e by EN Publishing. I think I like this better than 5e.

PF2 still favorite d20 system.


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I would love to see a Mythic book. Still think about year off. So maybe the book announced Gen Con 2023 for release in Summer 24. This announcement will be classes dealing Blood Magic. Blood Rager and maybe caster. They mentioned blood Magic was coming in upcoming book.


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I think mythic set of rules could go along way toward having over the top characters.

I have always framed d20 games as fantasy sup hero games. Can start humble beginnings and grow into epic heroes. I did kind of house rule to where not everyone is capable of leveling beyond 3rd level which are elite soldiers. Only those touched by gods can go beyond 3rd level. Kinda like Dan Machi. Pathfinder society identifies the divine touched and largest organization of such beings. Say around 200, 000 south beings not including monsters. Pathfinder society sends Devine touched out to deal with monsters that normal people cannot. Characters can have allot of lower level encounters that can make them feel powerful based on how PF2 scales.

I think casters are just fine. Still best utility and healers. No longer the best at everything. That is fine with me. It is ok to have party think hard about not having Champion, Fighter, or Barbarian in the party. AD&D to Pathfinder 1e required casters in the Party.


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I would be very happy with a Mythic book. I am pretty happy with the state of things after the release of Secrets of Magic and Guns and Gears. The book of the dead was the icing on the cake.

With the Secrets of Magic and Guns and Gears coming back to back like they did and Dark Archive releasing soon. I think we are on the 2 class a year release schedule now. That book with the 2 classes typically has released in the summer around Gen Con.

I do hope the book they talk about releasing is Mythic but may still be too early yet.

Does anyone remember how many years into Pathfinder 1e it released in. I want to say year 4?


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The fix to this is not have every npc be able to raise levels. D20 games in general are very poor at simulating more realistic combat. a game like the Witcher RPGs is much better at it with more lethal combat. What d20 games do emulate very well and why I think they are so poplar is fantasy super heroes. Quite simply put do not have the heroes fight 20th level town guards because there is no such thing.

Here is the campaign rues I have

Pathfinder 2 Campaign.

Champions

Characters are champions. They are touched by the divine. This allows them to go well beyond the limits of mortals. They can take multiple sword blows that would kill the normal mortal. They can soar to the rank of being able to take on Giants and Dragons. Divine Touched/Champions come form all ancestries and heritages. They are often held in high regard by the inhabitants of Golarion. They are legends o be passed down though the generations.
-These champions that are touched by the Gods with their divine spark are identified at a very young age and incorporated into the Guild/Pathfinder Society. They are taken from their families and raised and trained by the Guild/Pathfinder Society. A more senior member of the Guild/Pathfinder Society will often oversea and raise young members in groups of 20 called a House. These 20 members are divided into smaller adventuring parties that go on missions for the Guild/Pathfinder Society. There are houses in most major settlements for Golarion. The number of houses may range from 1 to as many as10 for the largest settlements/cities such as Absalom.
-The Guild/Pathfinder Society is the most powerful and far-reaching entity in Golarion. It has the overwhelming majority of divine touched champions in Golarion. There are approximately 500,000 divine touched/Champions that are part of the Guild/Pathfinder Society. There are 20,000 divine touched/champions who have separated from the Guild/Pathfinder Society in Golarion.
-Golarion has approximately 30,000,000 million inhabitants. They are broken down into tiers of power.
Tier I Level 1 to 5
Tier II Level 5 to 10
Tier III Level 10 to 15
Tier IV is 15 to 20.
-Devine touched/Champions are the only beings that can go beyond level 1 which is the pinnacle of mortal training. At Tier IV the divine touched are often seen as avatars of the divine. Gods may often be in direct contact with them.
-Many Gods are involved with and support the Guild/Pathfinder Society. Many of their divine touched children are part of it or soon will be. The Guild/Pathfinder Society is a way to gain and exert influence in the world at large.
-The Guild/Pathfinder Society has divine touched/champions of all alignment form Lawful Evil to Lawful Good and the same goes for the deities who support and back it. It has created equilibrium amongst the gods and stopped open warfare amongst the gods/divine wars. There are still wars amongst mortals.
-The Guild/Pathfinder Society does a variety of missions for the mortals. They can be from
-Slaying Monsters (who are not part of the Guild/Pathfinder Society) but extremely powerful and often only Guild/Pathfinder Society can defeat them.
-Exploring lost temples and ruins.
-Taking care of rogue divine touched champions that threaten society.
-Depending on the circumstance taking out political rivals.
All of this for the right price and or influence.


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I do think there will be more character options and rules variants in 5.5. How much it leans into this depends on how people respond in the survey.


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I would agree.


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I watched a streamer talk about how Pathfinder Nexus may be a way of phasing out physical book sales. Since the PDF was 30 on nexus. I do not see this for several reasons. First is we do not know how much Paizo gets of the 30. Also does Paizo get any of the PDF sales on Nexus because it was part of the licensing deal up front. Either way I think it will still be profitable for Paizo to sell physical books. The rising cost of printing and shipping from China. This is not the only place to print books. Europe, Canada, and the US have become more competitive as far as printing goes since shipping has jumped up so much. There was small kickstart for Genefunk that raised 40,000 and produced a 190 page offset print book. So there some different places Paizo could go to print books if China becomes too expensive.

I will say that D&D beyond attracts allot of streamers and does have some players that only play using it. Maybe Pathfinder Nexus can provide that same option.


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I do think the ranger will get reworked and allot of the additional features added in Tashas will be added to 5.5 where you could swap out class features. I think Tashas may be the base for some of the rangers changes. My hope was that the new addition people who were on the fence and wanted more options would take the chance and try PF2.


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I think as others have pointed out it is more like D&D beyond and character generator. It will maybe have feature like beyond and have the books incorporated into it also. I do not think it is going to compete as VTT against Foundy, Fantasy Grounds, Roll20 or other VTTs


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Ahh. Thanks. We will have to see. One of the groups I play with gets more use out of VTTs. Not sure how much of benefit Pathfinder Nexus will be. We will have to see. I think it launches pretty soon.


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What do people think that Pathfinder 2 official online tool. Pathfinder nexus?

It is maybe similar to D&D beyond. Not sure if it is a virtual table top like roll 20 or Foundry.


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Me too. I will go back to playing Pathfinder 2 and Starfinder. The Union has been recognized and this is something staff and freelancers wanted. Hopefully it will lead to happier and more engaged staff.


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If different policies can be shown that that manager had for one group versus another. Yes that is an issue. Do we know if that manager is still there?

Also there are two managers mentioned. Is there 3 or just two and one with multiple instances.


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True if they know that employee is phobic.

A company is not responsible for career growth out side the company. Were they denied positions within the company based on that. Yes it would be discriminatory.

As far as husband and wife staying in same room would not be viewed as risk. Even though they are different genders since they are marred. It is possible that that manager got advice that was not forward thinking. This was also 4 to 5 years ago. The advice they may have gotten would be different now.

As far as the employee that was let go so the manager could higher her friend. I am not sure on that, but can say if they indicated that is why they were let go and there was no performance issues sited. Then that employee wins their unemployment case and has an EEOC case and likely settlement.

So it has not been said that certain employees at Paizo are phobic. It has been Paizo is phobic.

I think the Union can be a resource for both staff and Management to go to if they need guidance on possible future situations.


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I am very happy Union was recognized. It is great for the staff and Paizo.

As far as Crystals account. It is widely agreed that they were not allowed to share a room. Do we know the reasons behind not sharing a room? Was it due to a certain view of risk and advice they may have got. Or was it due to negative views they held. I do not know. Neither does anyone else. Also one or two bad managers does not make a company and it’s many new employees who may not been there at the time phobic. Even the managers who were there at the time are more than likely not all phobic.

Congratulations to Paizo and staff for the Union which can have a pitiless impact in dealing with these issues.


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Great news on the best day of the week. Friday (at least this is when I read it) Congratulations!!!!

As far as addressing prior harm. I think the developing some policies along with the Union and broader Union resources can help. This is a benefit for both Staff and Management. Beyond that I do not think much can be done with employees and management and staff that may not be there.

If it is current management. An investigation will need to be done for negative actions to be done.

Based on the Unions first goals was salary so that is the first thing being done. Taking a look at having more staff work from home can go along way with having salaries stretch farther.

Anyhow congratulations again on the Union.


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Thank you thejeff. That is good to hear. I happen to be in state where Unions do not have allot support if any from the legislature. I am glad that is not the case in Washington. Hopefully Paizo staff will have good news soon on the Union.


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Does anyone know if the State of Washington is strong Union State that has the support of the Legislature. It can have an impact into how much Union can do. I would think that Management as well as staff organization the Union push have looked at this.

As I have said before I would recognize the Union since this is something a large part staff want. Hopefully the Union would be able to do the things they want.


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On the site issue. I did in another post indicate that working from home and thus not needing to live in the area could help with cost of living. They could use Microsoft TEAMs or Zoom. I do think that is something the Union could definitely do. It may save money for Paizo if the could get smaller office since more staff would be working off site.


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So I have said that I fully support the Union because the employees are behind it. Happy employees tend to be more engaged and productive. Paizo and their staff would benefit.

The Union however is one step. As I have said they do not have the authority to investigate managers and their misconduct. They could mediate maybe. This would be more when disciplinary actions are involved rather than harassment or abuse. In those cases it more than likely be investigated by management. If staff are not comfortable with that. Then you can reach out to the EEOC. There are big and small cases on their web site.

https://www.eeoc.gov/

So I do support the Union. It is an important step. It is a step though. Other resources may be needed.

I would encourage customers to send email support for the Union to Paizo management.


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An EEOC case does not have to be the most wide spread or egregious case. There just has to be evidence that employee A was treated different than employee B due to being discriminated against (Protected Class). So if employee A was suspended for 9 months for an action and employee B did the same action and was suspended for 2 months. You could possibly have an EEOC case. Or for example you have different policies for contract work because someone is part of protected class. You could have case. The evidence can be multiple witnesses to the incident. Emails or the disciplinary action itself. The process starts off by filing the compliant (there is time limit). The EEOC reviews the case and decides if there is evidence support compliant or not. The next step is typically mediation between the employer and compliant. So you do not need a mountain of evidence. Nor is it fantasy for the EEOC to take a case. How do I know. I have been involved in State and Federal EEOC cases. It can help the case if the employer has had multiple compliants filed with the EEOC.

As far as the freelancers go. I agree it is limited pool. There are also limited employers for freelancers in the Rpg field. Two biggest Paizo and Wizards.


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So, the EEOC and Labor Board and the fair labor and standards act allows the Union to have laws to back them. The union does not have allot to do with investigating Managers.

I believe thejeff was the one who indicated Paizo would go out business if the management would not recognize the Union. I do not think that will happen. That is how I took one of the post. Maybe I misread it.

In regards to the freelancers. Unfortunately they can find other freelancers. If the freelancers stop work they could look for other freelancers and or redistribute work to staff. I surely hope that does not happen.

Why not show how a Union could benefit the Management by employees be engaged and happy at work. This generally leads to more productive staff.

Finally if for whatever reason the Management does not recognize the Union. It does not mean they have to be in unsafe or abusive work environment. They can reach out to the EEOC and Labor board. Also to take any kind of action against an abusive manager an investigation will need to be done. If staff is not comfortable with management doing the investigation then there is labor board and EEOC. They can also offer protection to staff who filed the compliant.


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I am happy to say that I got my replacement order and it had the 2 missing books. The order is complete. When UPS had the order not tracking information was available. When they handed it off to USPS the package showed up on their tracking system. USPS is trackable if you sign up for informed delivery a free service.

I did have a quick question. If more than one book is being shipped with a subscription does it still go out USPS priority or does the shipping method need to be changed?


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My guess is that me. Even if it is more than people who post here. Most have not canceled yet. Also the bulk of their sales probably goes through Amazon who if they have said anything (which I doubt) please post the link. So even if everyone saying they are going to cancel on Twitter does. They will still not go out of business. Also I do not know of any other distributors that have said anything about it. We are also assuming that those on Twitter are the majority of the subscribers. I am not sure they are. So yes I am comfortable in saying Paizo will not go out of business if they do not recognize the Union.

However, as a company Paizo should want happy and engaged staff. This is why they should recognize the Union. Some customers will be happy with them recognizing the Union some will not be. Ultimately the goal should be happy engaged staff who will be more productive and have better products. Which will lead to happier customers.


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The Union would look at hiring practices and working conditions. But enforcement would be done by the EEOC and Labor Board. To access those agencies you do not need a Union

Also Paizo will not go out of business because they do not support the Union. The majority of subscribers have not posted here or about this. Also none of the distributors have said anything. So even if everyone who posted in this thread stopped all their subscriptions. Paizo would not go out of business.

The reason I feel they should recognize the Union is employees who are comfortable and happy at work are more engaged and productive employees. Based on the list of Paizo staff at various levels there are concerns about the work place. Recognizes the Union can be a good first step in helping the Paizo staff be more engaged and happy at work.

It is for this reason among others I hope the Union is recognized.


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Also the fair labor and standards act by Rosevelt. This is what made it more uniform and enforcement possible. There are many states that do not have a strong Union and enjoy 40 hours week, overtime, and days off thanks to the fair labor and standards act as well as the Unions which Rosevelt supported the idea. So without the Union the fair labor and standards act may never have happened. Without the fair labor and standards act Unions and workers would lack legal protection from working more than 40 without overtime.

So I do hope Washington is strong Union state for Paizo Union.


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Many credit the 40 hour work week starting with Henry Ford 1937 who thought workers would be more productive with 40 hour week instead of 48. Then Union was negotiating with GM about working conditions and had sit in strike. To strengthen this idea Franklin Rosevelt did the fair labor standards act in 1938 which strengthen it.


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The Union is one step. As I have said many times. The labor board and EEOC are an effective way to create change. Even when the Union is in place. To create change with the problem Managers you are going to need some kind of evidence to discipline that Manager (emails/multiple witnesses to the incident). If the staff does not feel comfortable with upper management doing that investigation than another avenue is the labor board and EEOC.

Having a full time HR staff is also a needed step. Having a non trained person in HR is not going to benefit anyone.

Once the Union is formed and there are issues that the Union and Management do not agree on. The labor board and EEOC can resolve the issue especially if they can afford a lawyer.

I hope the Union is recognized and Washington is strong Union state. The state I am in is not pro Union. I am member of the Union in the state. They do not do much more than inform on legislation that may in pact state agencies.


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I do not think Wizards/Hasbro is clear on how much will change or be added. They are sending out more surveys in 2022. I think the feedback they get will guide how many options are added and tweaks made.


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Is there anyway to know when the warehouse may ship this replacement order. Since it is going media mail and I ship priority mail it is going to take a little longer to get to me?

Thanks


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Thank you. Was about to post this had been resolved.


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Is there any reason customer service is not responding to post where Paizo has taken money and not provided the products. If I have not heard anything by Friday will dispute the credit card charge.


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I should have 3 books in the order. 1 Grand Bazaar and 2 Guns and Gears. The order says complete and 3 items. I only got 1 Guns and Gears. I still need 1 Grand Bazar and 1 Guns and Gears. Can this please get resolved ASAP.


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I think Wizards is not to set on how far changes will go at this point. I do not think it will be anything too drastic. One interesting idea is to use proficiency dice instead of set number. This is optional rule in DMG. The new Transformers, Power Ranger, and GI Joe use it. If it is popular in those games it may make its way into 5.5/6. I do not think that would do anything more than that as far as changes to the system goes. I do see more character options, maybe rebalancing, more feats, and more combat options.


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People may be more prone to try system they were thinking about now that it is known there will be newer version of D&D in 3 years. Maybe not huge amounts but sone may make the switch to PF2.


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I would agree as far as PF2 growing some. Which is good in my book. My favorite Forgotten Realms book was the 300 or so campaign book and all hardback supplements for the 3/3.5 version.


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I do like PF2. As stated it is my favorite d20 system.
Then Starfinder and 5e. I do think the classes need some rebalancing to be closer to the newer subclasses. How much of this will be done 5.5/6 remains to be seen. I do think they will add more options to combat and feats. I do not think it will be as big a shift as 4th to 5th. I think it will be more than 3.0 to 3.5. Related to staff working on it now and 3 years away. If it were minor tweaks it seems strange would announce when 3 years out rather than wait till closer to launch.


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I would agree. I do not think PF2 will overtake 5e but may pick up some players based on a new addition of 5e being announced. Players may not want to spend the 150 or so on books that will be replaced. Granted now it is still 3 years away. True you could always use Amazon where I think the 3 books are 29 or so. I just think about 2 years out from 5.5 players may try PF2. I hope they do. It is my favorite D20 game. Then Starfinder and 5e.

I do think it will be a refinement and retuning if classes. Maybe some extra crunch in combat ported from DMG. The monster book will have their be stat blocks. I think the will add more feats and maybe feat trees like the attic heaven book. I think they have a frame work, but Dan response to surveys will probably dictate how much they add and tweak. If they do a full open play test then I think more changes will occur.

My thing with critical roll was people often debate that critical roll made D&D5e. Others say no it did not. I am in the camp that think they helped each other. At the time critical roll launched on geek and sundry. D&D 5e had spent time on New York Times best seller list. As critical roll grew I think it definitely helped D&D. The staff at critical roll may want to spread there wings and see. It could even be 2nd campaign. I think they played PF1 for
a bit. So maybe they give PF2 a try.


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Even so maybe living in different parts of Washington rather than Seattle could help some.

I think a full time HR or 2 could help with workers comp labor laws and taxes.

It would be a big change. Could be done in phases. Live state Washington first then maybe other states and finally countries.


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I would agree may be a chance for PF2 to grow some. Since 5th D&D is being replaced 3 years.


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From a few post back. I should have said I do not have any knowledge the manager who stopped the sharing of the room got HR or legal advise rather than I do know. Sorry.

I think someone said that Paizo had adjusted its stance on customer service coming in to the office. If that is the case. Sarah may want reach out labor board. Had concerns about staff returning. voiced them. then let go. Not to long after Paizo revised stance. Labor Board may be resource available.


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Do the steam powered prosthetic limbs and any stat bonuses to Strength or Dexterity like cybernetics


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At the D&D celebration Ray Witanger Announced redoing the core book for the 50th year of D&D. Some statements were more surveys coming out and there will be ways for customers to provide input to make it the game they want. I do not think at this time they know how extensive changes will be. Many think something like 5.5.

What this might do since new edition announced is PF 2 to close the gap some. I think Pathfinder caught and passed 4th Ed D&D around time 5th was announced.Several things are different. D&D 5th is the best selling rpg all time. D&D 4 th did not sell as well as Wizards wanted. There is not as much discontent as there was with 4th. But, what I do think sales of D&D 5th core books will slow down. Especially at local game stores where the set is 150. Selling this at local store may be hard since need to replace 3 years. You can get them on Amazon much cheaper.

I do think there is some room for PF2 to capture some players looking for more player options and even new players. With guns and gears around the corner allot of favorite classes have shown up with PF2. If you wanted swing for fenced you could even try to approach Critical Roll about PF2 streaming show. They started with PF2

Should be interesting 3 years.

I do think when D&D 5.5/6 hits it will sell a bunch. There are 3
years till then


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There is a federal minimum wage law. They could look at each state or country and base the salary on that. I would be surprised if they did that based on research it would take. If they make the salary to far below industry that would be a problem. An HR staff would be important for that researching the salary for the various staff. There has also been an established salary for all the positions since it is not a new company.


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What it does do is make the money that the staff does get go farther. Sadly the Rpg part of the industry is not known for its high pay and benefits. This could maybe have what they do it go a little farther.

They could maybe meet few times year when required. There are many businesses state side considering the same thing as far as working from home.


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One of the many concerns this week was the low pay of staff. Being a game developer is not the highest paying job out there. There are also a limited number of these jobs. This can be compounded by many companies be based in expensive areas to live. Paizo is in Seattle.

As COVID 19 hit many companies went to virtual work. I wonder if Paizo could not use that with the majority of their staff. With Microsoft Teams or Zooms files can be shared and edited by groups. Is their a need for staff to be in the office or even live in the Seattle Area. Certain higher level staff and warehouse maybe. But customer service, editing, design, and development could be done virtually.

What this does is allow staff to be in different parts of the country and have their salary go farther. 60, 0000 in New Mexico may go allot farther than Seattle. It could be a good salary in New Mexico, but near the poverty level in Seattle.

It also saves staff gas on driving to and from work.

Staff could work from home and customize their work environment.

It could possibly could cut down on child or day cost staff may
have.

What it does for Paizo is potentially expand pool of applicants due to not being required to live in Seattle.

Help retain staff that do move due to family getting different jobs.

Lower cost of building maintenance and upkeep. Could move the smaller amount of staff to different building.

Warehouse would remain the same.

Would need an IT person to coordinate IT services for people not at the main office and set up IT contracts for computer trouble shooting and getting staff technology they need.

HR to set up direct deposit. Beyond that full time HR could look at Benefits like insurance and 401k things

It is just food for thought. It is benefit for staff with changing the structure some. Paizo staff or working from home now.


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Well not my own thoughts. As I stated no issues at all with self identification and I would have no issues within sharing a room. As far as ongoing issues going on Labor Board and EEOC are some avenues for help.

As far as passionate argument was trying for dispassionate, but I guess failed. I have always been more of phone or phase to phase person. It is hard to see the emotion behind emails or post.

The reality is I have no idea what happened with that situation. Was the managers decision based on bad advise from someone (HR Consultant). If so this could be corrected by HR staff and training. If it was based on discriminatory view. This is more problematic and may need intervention of Labor Board or EEOC.

The arguments were hypocritical thoughts of others. Maybe the advise the manager was given (If they were given any advice. I do know if they were).

As far as nothing happening. I do think something did happen. I could have worded better by not saying loses credibility due to not filing grievance. I would hope they were aware of the two groups (EEOC and Labor Board) maybe not. Even if they were aware and choose not to file that does not mean nothing happened. I would hope they would have, but I am not in their situation and have all the details of why or why they did not file a complaint with Labor Board or EEOC.


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True it does not. Hopefully moving forward HR staff can help with coming up with better and inclusive policies. Having managers do this without any knowledge of HR policy presence or laws is not good idea. This is evidence by the denial of room sharing. I think an HR person could have provided better guidance at the time.

As I have said I think they should be allowed to share a room. I also think a person should be able to self identify.

All the post I have made here is not to justify Paizo or the managers actions. Just what the thought process might have been at the time however flawed.

Finally the labor Board and EEOC references are not so much for staff who have left but current staff who may not have means for a lawyer. It is another avenue for them to pursue if facing similar situations.

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