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At one point earlier this year, James S. actually had me slowly gathering information on all the we needed to get out into epubs (which includes most of that list, I believe). It's still on our to-do, but right now they keep getting other bigger projects bumped above them...like Starfinder, for instance. But I want to see all the fiction out there as well, and I know it's just a matter of time.

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A Dresden of skeletal T-Rex.

A _______ of Krampus.

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As a not-so-subtle plug, all (or most, at least) Pathfinder Tales novels are on there now. ;)

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For anyone who has ever participated in one of those StoryBundle or HumbleBundle deals--where you pay what you want for books, graphic novels, or the like--there's a new scifi/fantasy one being run right now for two weeks only.

Here's the link!

(Full disclosure: One of the books is a new release of mine, and I know quite a few of the other authors involved)

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If you'd like to jump in and ask me anything over on the reddit/Fantasy page, here's the link!

Thanks to anyone who has already posted a question. I'll be answering them throughout the evening until things wind down.

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To clarify, #4 is a misspelling. Might want to tweak that, Brad!

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A favorite memorial to him by GU Comics.

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The Three Body Problem, by Cixin Liu
The Melissa Allen Trilogy, by Jennifer Brozek
Updraft, by Fran Wilde
Barsk, by Lawrence M. Schoen

Highly recommended so far, one and all.

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A menace of Black Dragons.

A _______ of Paizo editors.

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Kobold Cleaver wrote:
Bonus points on the second one if it turns out they're all figments of your GMPC's imagination.

*You look up from behind the GM screen. All players have disappeared from around the table. The whole group and game was entirely in your head. Yet all the snacks have also been eaten. How is this possible?*

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Hm. Two ideas which sound fun but would likely be horrible.

1. End the campaign with "And then you wake up and realize it was all a dream..."

2. Slowly reveal that most of the PCs are actually figments of one PC's imagination, or fragmented personalities within his/her mind.

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He's actually designing the ultimate gaming-themed nuclear fallout shelter. Just in case.

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Thanks for the feedback, Feytharn! I'm glad you enjoyed it. And I appreciate the RPG rec as well. I'll be sure to check that one out.

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Such an excellent author (and great guy, I might add)! Whipped through this adventure much like the rest of his.

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Wish granted. Here is a nano-second.

I wish cancer would be cured.

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If you took a person's intestines and stretched them out in a straight line...that person would die.

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Orthos wrote:
Alternatively, you could be a Strength-focused Magus. That low Dex won't matter quite as much when you can cast in full plate.

Oh, I like that idea. I think that'd fit me pretty well, actually. Now to save up for some plate armor...

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JonGarrett wrote:


Looks like you should be a Bloodrager. Have you ever been so angry you set things on fire with your brain?

Not that I've noticed! I just stared intensely at a piece of paper for a while but got nothing but a headache for the effort.

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Hmm...

Top stats: Intelligence, Strength
Middling stats: Charisma, Constitution
Low stats: Wisdom, Dexterity

Not sure exactly where'd that land me class-wise, and it does make me think about how I'd like to adjust certain aspects, or wonder how they might change over the years to come.

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My first PaizoCon! I can't wait. It'll be great working with the team and getting to meet everyone who makes it out.

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Belabras wrote:
Any furture plans for Akina and Ondorum?

I would love to continue exploring their adventures if given the opportunity, and I definitely have a handful of ideas where they might wind up next. I doubt this is the last we'll see of them, but it depends on the publication schedule and author line-up they've already got in place for 2016-2017. Excited to see what other folks create as well!

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A pleasure as well, DB! I should be at the next one as well, so I'm sure we'll cross paths again in meatspace. Thanks for reading and enjoy Gary's story. I certainly did.

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DB, per the Forge Spurned: http://pathfinder.wikia.com/wiki/Forge_spurned

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As a random aside, DB, the Gray Disciple wasn't actually a planned character when I set out to first write the story. Kind of like the Roper opposing Ondorum's mindset in ways, though, the Gray Disciple posed a unique opportunity to be something of another dark mirror.

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Finally have the chance to pop in and respond a bit! Wow, awesome discussion you've got going on. It is excellent to see the compare-and-contrast of knowledge and experience you bring to the game and the world.

Let me try to tackle at least a few questions!

1) Of the underdark/Darklands races, what made you choose the dark folk? Was it something asked of you by Paizo staff, or entirely your own?

When researching for the novel, the dark folk caught my eye as a race that, while present, hadn't been explored in too much depth. It left me with a lot of room to explore and play around with Izthuri and her people, trying to find ways to make creatures that could come across as vile or distasteful in some contexts and making them more relatable.

2) Who or what inspired the Roper? (I have named him Garrulous in my head because I love him so much).

Oh, that was a scene I couldn't wait to write for the longest time. Again, as you point out, ropers themselves haven't really been given "personalities" or shown as much more than obstacles/monsters to be overcome. I wanted a way to really mess with Ondorum's perspective on reality, even if he's being enlightened by what would be considered an evil monster. (Love the name, Garrulous, by the way!)

3) Does Izthuri have any class levels, or is she just the dark stalker (caligni) creature? Might they reach class levels in the future, or does that run counter to your own stance?

She was brought into the story as just the dark stalker, yes. I'm certainly not against creatures gaining class levels, even if it's via a home-brew set of rules.

4) Did the npcs in the derro torture room survive? Did you have any ideas of what happened to them (half-finished or otherwise)? ... if yes, would you be willing to share?

I left their fate a bit ambiguous on purpose. Obviously a few perished or were well on their way to doing so. One or two might've wandered out of the warren, maybe even made it back to their original homes, on the surface or otherwise--but doubtful that their half-mad mutterings of small underground lunatics would be taken very seriously.

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I'll be following along, just FYI, as I'm fascinated what folks draw out of this. If you have any specific questions, definitely toss 'em up! However, I won't spoil anything along the way. ;)

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Leandro 'Verbal' Garvel wrote:
I'd like a code, please! Also, what do you think you'll pick for your unique image on the forums?

Good question! Perhaps a monk of sorts. If I could get a shot of Ondorum, then I'll probably go with him, for obvious reasons. :)

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All right, everyone. That's the last of them. I hope folks enjoy the reads!

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Thanks, all! Everyone's has been messaged except for Duiker. I couldn't find a PM option for you. If you message me or let me know your email, I'll reserve one to send direct.

Enjoy!

7 gone. 3 left!

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Thanks again, everyone, for all your warm welcomes! For any readers/players interested, I've got a small "thanks for having me" offer over in the Books section of the message boards.

Time for a new adventure!

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Hey all,

I recently started at Paizo as their newest editor, and it's great to be here! I appreciate the many warm welcomes, and wanted to make a little offer as a “thanks!”

Some of you may already know of my Pathfinder Tales novel, Forge of Ashes. Well, I've actually got another book out in the world: Enter the Janitor. It’s a more humorous urban fantasy about janitors and maids working for a supernatural sanitation company. Think elements of Ghostbusters, MiB, and Dresden Files tossed into the mix.

Anyways, it’s one of a dozen books in a Halloween/Monsters Storybundle this month. As a bundle author, I’ve got 10 codes that lets people download the whole bundle for free. So, for the next 10 people who express interest, I can send a redeem link and code your way.

Wish I had enough to share with everyone, but I wanted to at least make good use of these, and I figured you all were a safe bet. ;)

Again, great to be here and I look forward to getting to know folks better as things progress.

Onward and upward,

- Josh

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Thanks, all! Very excited to join the team.

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Hey there! Thanks so much for giving this story a lot of thought. I really enjoy your perspective on the whole experience. I was happy to provide some unusual elements in an entertaining fashion.

Thanks for being wonderful readers!

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I will be at Dragoncon as well, plus Rose City Comic Con (Portland), followed by Salt Lake City Comic Con to wrap up the year!

Once I move to Seattle, I'll be looking at the more local con scene and contacting bookstores/game stores as well--so open to hearing from them too.

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Thanks so much! A pleasure to meet you as well. This con has been awesome and it's great to see such a dedicated Pathfinder community in town.

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Wendy Wagner 859 wrote:


Guess I need to make sure I get to PaizoCon!

Can't wait to meet in person, Wendy! I also recommend GenCon and Worldcon (that's where I met Dave). Will you be at either this year?

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Dave Gross wrote:
I do play characters named Radovan and Jeggare on Warcraft, come to think of it.

Heh. I use character names from multiple stories I've written as game names, both in WoW and elsewhere. Seems like I've taken the time to think them up in the first place, might as well put them to good use!

Actually, I just remembered naming one of my WoW monks Ondorum at one point...

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leo1925 wrote:


My question is this:
If you were to put your protagonists through an AP (either the entire AP or specific module(s) of the AP) or module, which one would you choose?

Hmm...Kingmaker could be a fun one, especially if it had Akina in more of her mercenary mode, potentially with Ondorum at her side wanting to help the situation, rather than take advantage of it. Seems like they'd brew up a little unintentional chaos in that AP setting.

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JoelF847 wrote:

With all this talk of sharing/borrowing each others characters, would you be interested in a Thieves' World style anthology set in Absalom where you liberally used each others characters? It probably couldn't work with established protagonists from novels, but if they were characters who were only used in the anthologies, it wouldn't interfere with plots for novels.

I know I'd be super excited about something like that, more so than a Rashomon-style story.

I do love shared world projects! Might be tricky with the main characters, as you point out, but there's also some one-offs in the web fiction that could easily pop up here and there!

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Subparhiggins wrote:

Have any of you ever tried to actually play any of your Tales characters in a Pathfinder game with other people? Or at the very least, made a character sheet for that character?

Edit: Also I want to thank you guys for the work you do. The Tales novels, as well as the short fiction in the APs, and on the website, really help the setting come alive for me. I do a lot of roleplay, and its the little things you guys put in your books that I love the most. Example: the 'tines' being a way to insult people, the superstitions(valid ones!) over a baby born laughing in the Land of the Linnorm Kings. I love learning about these things, and incorporating them into my own pathfinder characters. :)

I haven't had a chance to play them yet, but I definitely make up character sheets for the main cast (rough ones, at least) so I can track things easier as I write.

However, I will admit that for some reason, in Pillars of Eternity, I felt compelled to create a female dwarven barbarian to lead the party. And her helmet has horns. Funny that.

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Hey there! I had a desire to be an RPG writer. After selling a few stories to different markets, I read all the Pathfinder Tales that had been published so far. And then I wrote a story in the Pathfinder style (but not in the world). When I emailed James, I sent that story along with a few I'd already had published.

He liked it enough he asked me to rewrite it in a Golarion setting. And that became The Weeping Blade. That was the start, and it continued on to Forge of Ashes! That is my debut novel and I couldn't be prouder.

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No pressure at all, Robert. :) I greatly enjoyed writing this story and I certainly hope folks have fun with these characters once they're unleashed on the world.

And thanks to all for the kind and encouraging words!

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Congrats and welcome to both of you!

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Excellent intro to this story. Nice mix of action with the character interaction. Having recently finished Stalking the Beast, it's fun to see how this pair met. I'm sure many readers here will love to see more of Lisette.

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Thanks for giving a peek into your inspirations and processes, Gabrielle! Really enjoying the story thus far. I like your point on how it can be hard work to feel in control of everything about a story and yet try to give it a sense of unpredictability and free will for characters that spring fully from your imagination. Definitely have felt that struggle before.

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Just wanted to drop in and thank everyone for all the great comments! Glad people enjoyed this first fiction foray of mine into this world. It's been marvelous!