I wanted to offer my deepest apologies. I had noticed that my payment had been declined, and had naturally assumed it was due to there being no money in my account when you tried to pull it. As it turns out, I never changed my card information when my account got hacked 6 months or so ago. Still my bad, but I put you guys throgh the process of re-submitting it with an invalid card (even if it only takes a couple of minutes). I have since changed my payment method and it has gone through.
I dunno. I think that, considering Ninja Division has failed to deliver on four Kickstarter campaigns so for, some skepticism at this point is only natural.
Curiosity, which four?
This is the second campaign of theirs I've backed, and I backed it based on A) I REALLLY want some Starfinder minis, and B) the fact that Ninja Division was so prompt on their fulfillment of the Super Dungeon Explore: Forgotten King campaign I backed (everything I pledged for came and under estimated date (by about a week)). They were infact a lot quicker on the fulfillment end of things than several of the other Kickstarters I have backed (knock on wood, I have only gotten burned ONCE, the Goblins card game).
Does anyone know if Paizo has any plans to do Pocket editions of Starfinder (and any other hardbound rulebooks that may follow). I am loving the game but the core rulebook feels like it weighs about 3 kilos and as the system grows the books are only going to get heavier. I got to use a mates pocket copies of the Pathfinder Core Rules and Bestiary 1 for a recent game (I borrowed them purely due to the weight factor) and I fell in love with them. I have bad eyes, so I thought I would have trouble reading them, but that wasn't the case. A Starfinder Core Rulebook would be of great use, at least to me.
Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
What's wrong with Piers Anthony? If you exclude the pun loaded Xanth series (which really is straight up fantasy-comedy), the vast majority of his work is decent Sci-Fi / Science Fantasy.
All of these are appropriate, heck Pazio even reprinted 2 of the in their Planet Stories line.
Much as I dislike him, I am actually surprised at the omission of Orson Scott Card from the list.
I wasn't expecting Mulder to make an appearance, but now that he has, he might be my favorite.
Not Mulder, the Question. And he has managed to displace the Shirren from his perch as my favorite, And push the Vesk and Rat back to 3rd and 4th place, with the Human Operative in 5th and the Android a distant 6th :) I can't wait to see the two(?) remaining Iconics.
The Shobhad - Akhiton's resident 4-armed giant nomads armed with Raydium rifles. :) They are an homage to ERB's Green Martians, though culturally distinct.
You're right this is more like MAX MAXING.
I don't understand all the doom and gloom here. How are well rounded ability scores a sign of a "min maxer's dream?" Especially since there won't be many ways to boost a roll, I bet the average character still has lower to-hit or skill check bonuses than a mildly optimized PF character. Remember, magic weapons won't boost attack rolls, magic armor won't boost AC, there won't be any cloaks of resistance, etc etc
How is 18's across the board at level 20 well rounded? In ANY other situation, this would be seen as the worst form of muchkinism.
People have followed up with more uneven stat spreads that look to be a slight break to the "samey"ness at higher levels, which allays some of my issue with this. This is a problem I see with most Sci-fi systems, at high levels, base stats are one of the few differentiating factors, since tech is such a major equalizer. I'll have to see how it all plays out in the end, but boosting 4 stats every 5 levels just strikes me as excessive is all, it eliminates the need to choose whether to boost a weak stat or reinforce a strong one.
Now I am not a designer so I don't have all the insights that they do into how statistics influence things across the board, but I am a veteran player of 35 years, acting as DM/GM/Ref for 34 of them, and I have seen things that are great at lower levels break down at higher ones. Like I said I'll just have to wait and see how it plays out.
Well this is now the first preview for Starfinder that has not left me thrilled. This is a min/maxer's dream, and while fine for organized play, seems like it will be a pain in the rump for more story-driven GMs. I understand that 20th level characters are supposed to be rare (hell, Characters above level six are supposed to be pretty rare), but with these stat bonuses, I get the feeling things are going to feel very "samey" for high level characters.
However I do seem to be the only dissenting opinion here.
I found this and thought some of the gunslinger players would find it interesting.
Dwarf and Orc gunsfighters (one half orc as well)
Folklore - Any, I love critters from folklore.
Literature - What no Banths, Thoats, Plantmen or Ulisos? How about Theskar and Kanagans from Venus, or the Skeleton men of Jupiter? (Not sure that the last three are in the public domain though, but the 1st 4 are [since books 1 - 3 managed to slip into the public domain])
Dragons - Not sure, I think we have enough; but if they were to do a paired set, how about a set of counterparts to the Imperial Dragons?
Closed Content - Where is there a Pathfinder Original or 3rd party equivalent to the Mind Flayer (I really want to know this, not being sarcastic).
I like her. I didn't want to like her, but I do. She's human, the one race I am unlikely to play, and an Envoy, the class that interested me the least, but her story got me. Not all the tropes that have already been mentioned (reminds me of the Thief Lord), but all the little details in it. I want to know more about Absalom Station now, first of all how freaking big is it? Weydan, a god of Exploration; is he depicted as a young idealist, a dreamer looking to the horizon, or is he the Old Man of the Void, who claims spacers who die aboard a ship as his own? Looking at the guns, one is definitely a personal flamer / heat gun (Northwest Smith-style, thank you Leigh Bracket for the image :) ), but the one on her hip looks like it might be some form of projectile weapon and not a beam gun of any description. Did it come from her late friend / lover? who knows? If the other Iconics do this well at making me want to know more about the setting, I'll probably need a straight-jacket before the release date of the book. :)
Found James's post after I replied.
Who says that the one with the Midriff Armor is female? Who says they have the same cultural gender denominations for apparel? For all we know the midriff baring armor is used as a taunt to weaker opponents "We are so confident, we'll even expose our vitals while fighting weaklings like you." Maybe the Mechanic is female, maybe the obvious warrior-type is male, maybe they're both male.
Point is we won't know until all the fluff hits the shelf and not just a couple of pictures.
John Napier 698 wrote:
Tale of the Comet, part of their "Odyssey" line (Along with Jakandor and Savage Coast). It also had a novel associated with it as well (OK, but not Great IMHO).
I wouldn't get my hopes to high. I suspect that this would be a licensing nightmare to try to do. As far as I know, the only reason the comic is able to be done, is because Dynamite has the rights to those characters for comic books (and only comic books). Paizo would have to negotiate with the various properties holders if they wanted the rights to have miniatures made of them (either them or WizKids would, not sure how this would work exactly). John Carter is the only one (as far as I know) who is even partly in the public domain (the first three books made it before ERB inc. managed to get the copyright renewals in place.)
Bummed I missed out on the limited edition of the collected edition (Got the Rise LE and it is sweet). Here's as good a place as any to make my opinion known. I feel that on collected editions, the Limited Edition Version should be the ONLY version (no LE version, just a normal print run like Pazio normally does, but with the only cover being the Faux leather and foil embossed version), it just looks classier than the main release. There, it's out there, I said it. /End Whinging.
Didn't feel the need to mention Starship Troopers or Dune as they had been mentioned numerous times before. As for Ender's Game, I found it as forgettable as the rest of Orson Scott Card's work. However, I did forget one other resource that is cardinal - L. Ron. Hubbard's Battlefield Earth (not that fiasco of a film staring John Travolta) and Mission Earth Decology.
I just want aliens that recognize how bad-ass humans are.
Seconding (or thirding or however muching) a Mantis-like race (Star Wars, Star Trek, Babylon 5 [Had an information broker of this nature during season 1], and classic UFOlogy [one of the classic seven, along with Atlanteans, Nordics, Greys, Hybrids, Reptoids, and Ancients, 3 of which we already have in Pathfinder])
An expansion of the Reptoid race, possibly with a "throw-back" version that has reverted to savagery.
Catfolk in space (In addition to the Anime trope, there is also Red Dwarf, and I am also partial to seeing S.P.A.N.C.s in Starfinder).
Humans with subtle differences (Different skin tones, Egg-laying, reversed secondary gender traits [Males look like women, women look like men])
Otherwise count me as being in the same category as those who want to see originality and not 'Knock offs' of known races.
As for inspirations - Piers Anthony's "Cluster series," Futurama, Alan Dean Foster's "Humanx Collective series," and pretty much any Swords & Planets book.
What? No Androids (all made by the Deva-droid corporation)?No Gelfs?
And will there be a C.A.N.A.R.I.E.S. prestige class in your ideal version?
Dissenting voice. I for one am a fan of "prestige" monsters - Unicorns (only 2 or 3 different ones in PPM and this one is the best I've seen yet), Dragons (As long as they are different than those we currently have), Manticores (only a couple have been produced in PPM and most aren't very good), Chimerae (As long as they are different), Hydrae, Gryphons, Hippogryffs, etc. Whether they get used often or not, these are "Tent pole" pieces which bring in new collectors and keep PPM lines viable.
I've been collecting PPM since the Alpha release of MageKnight and have watched quality improve by leaps and bounds. However, the only thing that keeps these sets viable is the continual infusion of new blood into the consumer base as older collectors drop off either because they "have more mini's than they can use / have room for," or just don't have the money for them, or they decide to try their hand at painting their own, and new collectors frequently want these prestige monsters, as well as common beasties like orcs, goblins, ghouls, zombies, and various other tribal types that people have complained "We Have enough of these already." Mr. Mona has to walk a delicate tightrope with the set list from each set to make sure he includes enough "prestige monsters," dungeon dressing, unique critters that he wants, PC types, and grunts to keep the vast majority of players happy and he still gets complaints about one or two pieces in every set.
Erik Mona wrote:
How about a mule that is unloaded but has a cart/wagon yoke on it as a common? Limited use I know, but every so often you need to run into a dwarven mining caravan with 4 or 6 mule teams pulling carts of ore or tailings, or an 8 mule team pulling a slave wagon (or a caravan of them )
Eric Hinkle wrote:
I'm sure not EVERY one from SyFy needs it. They've had a couple gems. Not many to be sure, but a couple. Manticore (aka Manticore WMD) Reign of the Gargoyles, and Sasquatch Mountain (aka Devil on the Mountain) were really good. (I can't believe I am defending SyFy :) )
I need a half dozen or so of the cockatrice, if for no other reason so that I can paint them up as variants for an underground cockatrice-fighting ring. Doppelganger, I can use, but who knows how frequently. He kind of reminds me of the white martians from the DCU (not the Justice League Cartoon though).
Tixt Proud wrote:
Dwarven rogue is pretty common in groups in my area. Dwarven Sorcerer / Wizard and Half-Orc Wizard, those are rare. Gnome Barbarian is also rare.
A gargantuan Silver or Gold Dragon would be nice (heck, ANY, Gargantuan Metallic Dragon would be cool). For that matter a Gargantuan Black (Pathfinder Style :) ) and a Gargantuan Blue (that isn't decked out in gold and magic) would be great. What can I say, I love Dragons.
This is why I'm so sad that the Evolutions only got 2 species of Dragon out before they more or less died :(
Silver Dragon!! I love how the figure seems very sinuous, almost fluid in its build and posture. It is a nice contrast to the bulkier Red, and Whites we have had in recent memory. Its look also just screams Pathfinder.
The Beast!! From the cover of one of my favorite adventure paths.
The Kirrix !? It's cool looking, I know nothing about it, but I like it. Now all I need to do is figure out where I can use that bad boy.
Apologies, the link kept taking me to a two-week old version of the site from my Cache where there was nothing even remotely spoiler-ish. now that I've tried it again all I can say is WOW.
Charau-Ka. Ratfolk. Tengu. Kitsune. Catfolk. And Umpteenthing for the Spriggans, Darkfolk, and Duergar (though like the spriggans, I'd like both a medium AND a large version, preferably in both genders).
Also, I get it. Golarion Drow are different than D&D Drow. Fact is that Eberron Drow were different that Forgotten Realms Drow. Neither of these facts changes that Drow were done to death in the 21 sets of DDM. I'm with Yolande and Erik on this one, no Drow (even Golarion-specific), at least for the time being, especially since it looks like WotC's new mini line is heading in that direction.
They can't do the dark young, I suspect - unlike the OGL monsters, which are permitted as long as they don't use the names (or reprint the entire OGL in every pack), I suspect that even the image of the Dark Young is Chaosium's copyright. Same goes for Coeurl. :)
The Coeurl is a given, since it was only ever used with the original author's permission and then it was a one time deal. Not sure on the Dark Young however, Reaper's most recent Bones KS has one in one of the expansions, and they are fairly scrupulous about including logos for licensed products (Pathfinder in Bones KS I, II, and III; Savage Worlds in II and III, and Numenera in II, plus one or two others, yet there is no Chaosium of Call of Cthulhu logo to be found on the KS) nor was their a disclaimer on Impact! Miniatures Chibi mythos minis, and in the wake of a couple C&D letters from WoTC, they too are fairly scrupulous about copyrighted material. I suspect that it might just boil down to impracticality and limited utility os such a mini (though I'd totally be down for it, I put in for the Mythos set in the Bones 3 KS, but A) I won't see those until next September, and B) I am lazy and use pre-paints when I can so I don't have to paint my own.
The arms on the Cutthroat are proportionally correct, the "elastic man" thing you are seeing is an artifact of the still photo being only from the front. If you blow-up the multi-angle view, you can see that his arms are slung back as he's lunging forward.
Super-villain Kobold!! Can't wait to put together an all Kobold party to bedevil my players.
A second Horse is a godsend!! If only it had a saddle :( This now gives me a total of 3 different horses in PPM, though only one has any tack on it. Please include a couple of geared-up horses in a later set, PLEASE (one saddled, one blanketed maybe, one caprissoned and one barded) and please make them Common or Uncommon so I can get lots of them. Riding and war dogs in similar kit would be nice too :)