Having been on somewhat of a self enforced hiatus from posting, but still keeping up with news/release info etc I feel a monumental shift currently. Never a giant fan of the corporate culture as evinced by Paizo, nor a fan of Golarion. But I enjoyed PF1 immensely, and though my play options for PF2 are pretty much PbP or run it myself for family I am coming to slowly understand the ruleset.
So I am not particularly surprised that a company mistreats its workers. Reading the offerings from Lissa Guillet, Liz Courts and most recently Mark Seifter’s piece on the cost of producing RPGs ( constantly battling the thought in the back of his mind that to actually obtain a decent wage, the truth for him and others at Paizo is to leave) well these are fairly common worker’s struggles the world over.
Liz Courts has been a bastion of professionalism, pleasantness and candour through all of my dealings with her as a 3rd Party Publisher. Her obvious dedication to the hobby, to Paizo and its community cannot be overstated. Her statements are exemplary and show beyond a shadow of a doubt that there have been serious shortcomings that were identified but not acted upon.
The responsibility for the actions of an owned company fall to the owner/s. Regardless of who was or was not making decisions for the welfare of the employees/all stakeholders, Lisa Stevens can recreate Paizo. In a fairer manner. Diversity and inclusion means every human, every animal, every tree. As the water cycle flows through you and flows through me. Each decision that impairs that cycle (printing, energy, labor, wages, rights, transportation, healthcare, mindfulness - ethics) impairs all stakeholders, internal and external.
Mark makes a point that RPGs cost less to buy per page than they did in 1974. And cites low wages as a factor that enables that. But so does outsourcing cheap printing, or any other of the myriad cost-cutting measures that almost every business engages in. And the argument is always “but we are a business”.
Yes you are, and how you run that business - the core ethic determines the choices you “force” yourself to make. I would pay more for a product if I knew the employees were paid more; and hope to pay a little less where middle managers were not necessary to endure happy workers from home could work when and how they want twice as productively; and more again when cradle to cradle printing in the local area in a non-toxic fashion employed yet more local people. And on ad nauseum.
Clearly there are steps that can be taken, but which ones will they be?
- Oceanshieldwolf/Morgan Boehringer
P.S. Hi to Umbral Reaver. Been a long time, glad to see you return.
Looks like the final lucky13 winners are:
I'll get your PDFs to you ASAP - or you can PM me to send me a Drivethru conversant email and I'll get 'em to you sooner.
Once again, thanks to taig for organising this, and nice to see the 3PP community feeling the generous!
To all those Lucky13 winners:
The first lot of PDFs gifted to:
should now be in your respective account downloads.
The second lot:
I have sent the request to the fabulous raptor-avoiding Rick Kunz - these should be in your downloads forthwith. Which means "sometime before the end of eternity*, and after a small amount of time feeding the raptors some bleached gnome** Oceanshieldwolf reckons might keep them busy"***."
* yes, eternity will end someday. Mwahahahaha. Or night. (Eviller**** mwahahahahaha)
Looks like Oddman80 wins a complete set of Forest Guardian Press publications! Oceanshieldwolf also got a 13 in the initial roll, so because he is me, he gets them too!!!! And seeing as Lazaro did too, I'll gift them to Lazaro as well.
In fact, let's change the rules. Any roll of 13 (retroactively, as well as in the way forward machine) gets all 6 FGP products. I'll check the first roll off, and find out who that is.
Current winners of the Lucky 13 FGP prize:
Wow, what a fantastic review!!! You always say such nice things Thilo, even when waving the critique-stick. Yup, definitely some Ooops! moments in this one, but I am glad you saw the shine through the mistakes.
I have a revised version almost complete, with a new archetype added as well. I'll post a changelog/discussion here as I did with the Direlock, only this time perhaps in a spoiler!
Once again, thanks for taking the time to do these exhaustive reviews.
Alrighty then. Just like last year:
Except now I think FGP has, wait for it.....six products!!! so the unlucky lucksters get all 6!!!!
Thanks for all that you have done for the 3PP community - your swift and effective email replies have made the experience of being a 3PP all the more enjoyable, and your forum help and advice without parallel.
May your future endeavours garner you as much love, praise and respect as has been showered upon you here.
And I'm definitely one of the cantankerous ones...
I'm not sure it is, but I do feel there should be an easier way to find potential artists for RPG products than trying to track them down thru Behance or DeviantArt.
One thing you could do, at the very least, is have a link to your online portfolio in your profile for interested publishers to peruse.
I have seen, I think, someone looking for editing work make a thread here, but I personally found it distasteful. Not sure why. Possibly because I'm a grumpy old wolf.
There are a few that apply to channeling, and one or two that act akin to mercies, yes.
This revised fervor provides a broader range of choices for a Warpriest's fervour beyond the normal heal/harm and swift-casting.
Essentially some provide different action economy utility, or direct buffs to other warpriest abilities. The vanilla Warpriest's fervor capabilities are also in there, renamed Fervor Heal/Harm, and Fervor Casting.
The Wildshot is a shootin' gun totin Brawler; the Studied Theosophist gets all Knowledge skills and a metaphysic pool to help with casting in exchange for channel; the Torrent Duelist is an unarmored fighter with different techniques for one-handed, two handed and two-weapon fighting; the Vault Raider is tricksy with traps and sports the new Delving implement; the Brigand is a bruiser in medium armor with some bullying and ambush related abilities; the Lurking Predator is a spell-less Hunter with a Ferocity pool and deeds to use with that Ferocity (that the Animal Companion can use too); the Eye Collector likes to stab you and make you blind and maybe take your eyes too for disguises and the Shawled Viper is a poison user.
The Order of the Veil is all about protecting the mind and being unseen/forgotten.
Craig is (at least in one case) talking about THIS error he found in the Direlock Base Class.
Essentially it's a time related endeavour. Updating the file isn't particularly onerous - although I do publish each PDF in two formats - a full color format, and a b/w format.* You'd be surprised how a little block of text can however throw out the layout/image placement, pagination and bookmarks. Happily I don't envision the removal of some erroneous text too taxing in this case.
The other, again not particularly onerous time sink comes from uploading the new files to all the places the PDFs are held - in the case of the Direlock that would be OBS (Drivethru), Paizo and the d20PFSRD Store.
Another problem comes from the content that appears on the d20PFSRD site - the Direlock text comes from the PDF, and any errors in the PDF are replicated on the site. I've been trying to get John to add the Direlock-only feats to the site for a while, and the spell list and one new spell for a while, but he's plenty busy without worrying about my bespoke little desires....
I *should* have done "it" (fixed the PDF) ages ago, and it was top of my list after setting up my computer after moving house. Which I was due to do today. Then I discovered my son's high temperature of a few days ago may have some connection to the red spots now covering his trunk and head.
So, I'll get to it as soon as I can.
And sorry for neglecting to say earlier Craig: thanks for the catch. I was wondering why nobody else had noticed until now.
*(Louis Porter jnr once kindly tried to explain to me how to make the one file do both, but it didn't really seem to do what I wanted - not just turn off the images but make a simple concise, layout-cleared, images cleared text only version).
Very nice Ragi, though I am unfamiliar with the inspiration/source material, from reading the wikipedia entry it definitely feels right.
I'm liking the psi-lock (;P) mix you have going on there, the direlock (and thus the dire mantle) specifically works with psionic power points too, so having your allies spam you with power points works a treat also...
Thanks for making these available to the fanbase,and for all your work on creating character sheets for 3PP classes...
Sure, sounds like a plan. I'll send another email to Liz Courts...
Ok. Since nobody ever said "let they wot is rolled an unnatural 13 during a Third Partymas roll-off be first" Forest Guardian Press will gift whoever gets an unmodified 13 (because maybe there are sekrit modifiers....) during a roll off will get all four Forest Guardian Press PDFs.
And the third runner up on the twelfth day of Third Partymas gets that offer too.
Yes, sorry to be tardy as well - been keeping tabs on the thread, but like Christos, real life is keeping me from...stuff.
Thanks for the considered shout-out Malwing!
The good news is that I'm getting close to finally pushing Yggdrasil out the door, and Warpriest: Nuances (working title) is 98% complete. Just have one chart to finish and it's ready.
I think by applying you... now have it. My recollection may be hazy, but by going through the steps you are now Registered. Check with Liz Courts at
to make doubly sure. I don't remember getting any notifications, and also being a little mystified. If this is the case, there may be some tweaking that can be done - I just figured it was me being a little obtuse. :)
I'm currently working on a book of uses for and alternative access to Fervor as well as a few Warpriest archetypes, and I'm curious what you meant by this:
I want a lot of small changes for the warpriest, but the obvious thing it should have had was being able to use fervor for spells on its equipped equipment.
* What are the other small changes you would like to see for the Warpriest? How would you make the class less MAD?
I'd be happy to give full credit to you (or any one else - Rynjin, Secret Wizard?) for any ideas.
The Ragi wrote:
You can now keep tabs on your Savage with her own character sheet! Download for free at https://www.dropbox.com/s/z42uoxe60o71n40/savage_sheet.zip?dl=0
Fantastic! Thanks to The Ragi!!! This should help folks get Savage!!!
It's definitely an option .
Forest Guardian Press releases all its PDFs as bundles with two versions -
- a full color, full artwork (sometimes all color, sometimes a mix of color cover and b/w interior) for web/device viewing version AND
- a LITEPRINT version that is b/w with no decorative borders, and no art.