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This has been going back and forth for several pages, with the same points repeated ad nauseum. At this point can we either turn to the original topic?


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Go down the rabbit hole, you could argue that you only really need a single skill focused class, a caster class, and a combat class. EVERY other class could be argued as just archetypes of those three ideas.

I actually think there is enough thematic material and mechanics to produce a base Inquisitor class


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Mark the Wise and Powerful wrote:

Another area that I think needs some help is the campaign setting. I think mixing, for example, gun slingers and the more fantasy realm classes shatters the illusion.

Likewise, there's lots of other classes that don't seem to go together.

I applaud the flexibility of the Pathfinder game system, though, but it seems like more guidence would help about what is recommended to go together.

Development of things like Old West type campaigns should also be encouraged.

Perhaps, the topic really should fall under something called "campaign realms". Advice should be given about not mixing realms, unless there's a special purpose.

The "realm(s)" to which each class belongs should indicated.

Then, GMs could declare which "realm" their campaign is intended for.

Races would also fall under particular realms.

I think they are sort of doing the "realms" approach, if perhaps not that fine. Certainly the Lost Omens campaign setting book is "grouping" sets of regions/nations together, and it kind of sounds like future books might build upon that. Granted, I am sure Numeria will be jammed into one broader region with it's neighbors, the same as Alkenstar, but it is a step in that direction


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I am more wondering what Cersei's plan for the Daenerys is. Faceless Man Assassin?


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Definitely feels like they might be setting up Dany as the Mad Queen with her general attitudes in this episode.

I think calling Dany the Mad Queen is harsh. That title belongs to Cersei. That said, she certainly has a mean streak that could be used to make that comparison, and one of her advisors needs to get through to her that burn the dissidents is not always the best answer.

Maybe not mad queen, but she definitely didn't come across as that sympathetic here, and seems to think her name is sufficient to create love and loyalty.


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Definitely feels like they might be setting up Dany as the Mad Queen with her general attitudes in this episode.


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I wouldn't be surprised if a Treerazer AP wasn't coming very early in the PF2E AP cycle, since none of the 1E Ap's dealt with him, and it would be a good way to highlight elves and emphasize the CG nature of them, something which Paizo has sort of been inconsistent at.


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I think people are probably reading too much into the Tarrasque not being in the first Bestiary. In canon, the Tarrasque is the herald of one of the core 20 deities, and a monster that has gotten a lot of love from Paizo (unlike Tiamat for instance)

If it's missing, it's probably because:

They wanted to shake things up in the first bestiary, and not just repeat the contents of Bestiary 1

They want to flesh out either heralds or Rovagug spawn in a separate book, either with other heralds or with other spawn.

They want to give some time to see how PF2 plays before they go ahead and make a monster that is that notorious for high level play, so they make sure they don't forget about some key weakness


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Alternatively They plan on doing a bunch of Spawn of Rovagug at once, along with specific spawn rules, rather than introducing a single one right now. Treerazer is a demon so presumably doesn't need any new rules for his type of monster.


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I'd like to see the corruptions return at some point. I thought that was a nifty rules set, and with the current feat set up, would be easy to modify and integrate into PF 2E


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Hi James,

I've been watching and reviewing, in order of production, all of the Godzilla and Godzilla related Toho Kaiju films over the last few months. I am still somewhat in the middle of the Showa era of movies (Man there is a lot of these...).

Off the top of your head, what would be your favorite Toho Kaiju movies of this era?

And it's not Godzilla, but War of the Gargantuas freaked me out as a kid—the idea of a kaiju eating people and spitting out their clothes left a mark on my brain.

Funny you mention that, I literally just watched that movie. And yeah, I was surprised how much people eating was in that movie.

I am super excited to get to the Heisei era films...I've only every seen the Return of Godzilla and Godzilla vs Destroyah. Do you have a favorite of those set of films?


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Hi James,

I've been watching and reviewing, in order of production, all of the Godzilla and Godzilla related Toho Kaiju films over the last few months. I am still somewhat in the middle of the Showa era of movies (Man there is a lot of these...).

Off the top of your head, what would be your favorite Toho Kaiju movies of this era?


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Kevin Fiege Recently told Io9 that there were no plans to have the X-men show up in Phase 4.

I assume Black Widow will be the next movie after Spiderman: Far from Home, given they have cast that and I think it's about to go into Production.

Honestly I am waiting as much right now for the big post Endgame media event they will probably be doing to announce the Phase 4 movies, almost as much as I am Endgame itself.

Oh, and rumors I have seen circulating today are saying we are going to get a Disney + Streaming show with Hawkeye and Kate Bishop!


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my own speculation is that they go after Thanos early on, but somehow fail, perhaps resulting in even more major character deaths...


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Roswynn wrote:

It would be preferable indeed to have the pcs face proportionally more powerful orcs as they level up. Base monster at level 1, then low level barbarians, then also sorcerers, rangers, clerics, higher and higher level - as the pcs grow in power, so do the foes sent against them. And they also change - not only in class, but also in strategy, mounts, magic items, etc.

It's not that a group of orcs isn't a challenge for a higher level group, it's that a group of basic orcs isn't. Not all orcs are as unskilled as the typical "1st level warrior" bestiary fare (thank the gods).

In Pathfinder 1, Troops were a good solution to this, since you could use them to run much larger groups of generic opponents and still keep them a threat at higher levels. I really hope these come, preferably sooner than later.


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I am somewhat neutral on the issue (no pun intended). I think this does make it easier to role up a martial champion of a diety which doesn't rely on spells, which is a thing I like.


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I feel like I am already getting a rough sense of some of the plot beats, unless the Russo's are deliberately messing with the trailers (which they have done before...)


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The director's background is in horror movies, and it definitely shows in parts...


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Although it's worrying that they are starting casting before they have a director. Ideally, you want a director to have a say in that...


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I think I have seen about half of the MCU movies twice in theaters, including all the Avengers movies. So I am expecting to see Endgame twice as well


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Yep...got my tickets for opening night. Thankfully the local chain is a lot smaller than AMC, so I didn't run into any crashing websites when purchasing them


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Is it me or is this show getting good all of a sudden? I've always liked it but the quality ranges wide; last few episodes have been on an upswing.

Really liked this one--and yeah, Thomas, they have Lex nailed.

Melissa Benoist continues to astound with being able to play various alternate Karas and make them all feel difference.

And I LOVED the Linda Lee reference!

Personally as for Superman, I can live without yet another take on the Superman saga... it's been done. A lot. And, mind, I loved most of them. But I'm good. That said, yes, Tyler Hoechlin is a great Supes and I liked their take on Lois a lot too. If they went in that direction they'd have a good cast, but I've no idea what they'd do that hasn't already been done a gajillion times before in various shades of 4-color to dark-n-gritty. If I am wrong I will welcome it.

This has IMHO been a really strong season. I didn't care all that much for season 2 (ugh Mon-El), and couldn't even finish season 3. But I am digging this season and where it has been going.


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I hadn't heard anything about her playing a gay character, but there was a casting call or something a few weeks back calling for a gay male actor.

I am incredibly skeptical Angelina Jolie is being courted for Sersi. If they go with an Eternals movie, they are going to want to sign on an actress for that role who can commit to a full trilogy and probably various cross overs. Jolie I think is at a point in her career where she is not going to want to commit to that, and if she did it would cost a fortune.

If you look at the casting for their tent pole movies, they mostly have gone for young actors with a few prominent roles under their belts but who still mostly fly under the radar. See: Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Brie Larson.

Nah, if they are going with Angelina Jolie, it's probably as a villain (See: Cate Blanchett, Kurt Russell, Michael Keaton) or as a mentor figure (See Tilda Swinton, Annette Benning, Anthony Hopkins).


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another option, besides spontaneous vs prepared, is a full on spell-point based caster. Paizo's past hesitation IIRC with that method of casting was the lack of comparable mechanics in the game which they thought made it unwieldy and difficult to learn. Given the existence of focus powers, creating a dedicated point based caster which started off by default with a lot more "points" and then used that for casting is suddenly something that is an easy extrapolation of the current system. (Note I am not talking Champion, but something that by default has a lot more spell points and which primarily uses those points)

The other niche I was thinking of are dedicated pet classes related to each list. In Pathfinder 1, we already almost have that, with the spiritualist(Occult), hunter (Primal), and summoner (which in PF unchained revamped version is probably a better fit for the Divine). I know some folks feel these can be either just combined together as one class, but I feel there is a lot of thematic differences between, say fighting alongside your pet wolf, and and having a weird Protean buddy that pops out of nothing.


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yeah I am hoping the codices come back. I think their biggest fault was not having setting material integrated with them, so apparently that won't be a problem going forward.


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Honestly, my only wish is that they don't rehash PF1 development cycle. Mix things up and give us new stuff along with the old.


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ancestries are a concern, especially heritages that were introduced that seemed "off", or ancestries just ultimately not having too much built in.

I know we are getting substantial modifications to this in the final version, but it still remains an aspect of the game that I am pretty apprehensive about.


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My own two cents

I like the feel of books, and if I am reading something like a PF hardcover rule book, I genuinely enjoy the experience of reading a physical copy more than a digital one. And when playing a game, it's sometimes nice to have a book open so that my computer can have other useful things up without me having to flip back and forth.

That said the PRD is far far easier to look up things in then the textbook most cases.

Personally I am one of those folks who, If I am going to game in real life, I would prefer to minimize the electronics. I recently tried out adventure league locally to get my fix, and didn't have that fun of an experience. Now part of that was due to one player whose idea of "role-playing" was trolling the rest of the party and having his character attempt sexual assaults on the NPCs (blegh), but 3 of the 5 players basically just stared at their phones the entire session with little or no interaction. As a teacher, I deal with that stuff enough at school that the idea of dealing with it in my free time is a major buzzkill for me.


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I think you can still keep the pyromania as an innate aspect of goblins and also still have them not be pure evil. Plenty of societies in the real world have venerated fire and used it heavily as a tool. It's possible Goblins can just channel that towards more productive areas, like alchemy and so forth.

Also, I am pretty sure Paizo is easing off as well on the "Drow are always evil", as well. Personally I would be happy if all mortal humanoid races biologically had equal propensity for good or evil. That some races are more prone to one over the other should be down to culture and history, rather than anything. We can keep the "always evil" for fiends (literally made of evil), undead (powered by the magical equivalent of radiation) and aberrations (whose minds are so alien that the concept of "good" is impossible for them to comprehend)


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archmagi1 wrote:
I watched the first three (Sonnie's Edge, 3 Robots, and The Witness) and didn't really care for it much to progress further. 3 Robots was fun, and Sonnie's Edge was interesting, but The Witness fell pretty short, and I didn't stick around for a 4th episode.

I am through Good Hunting, so about half way through, and The Witness by far is the weakest.


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Okay folks...you convinced me to check it out.

Got to say I enjoyed recognizing some of the stories, which I was kind of surprised at, since of late I haven't been able to get in a lot of reading and when I do it tends more towards the horror end of the spectrum.


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I think you could also sub in Black Panther for Iron Man, given that both are rich and have access to advance tech and resources, enough to essentially bankroll the team.

IF I was Marvel, I would actually let the Avengers rest for a bit, and go with the new version of the Ultimates. Practically all of the existing team has been or will be introduced, including Cap Marvel, Black Panther, and Monica Rambeau. And Dr. Strange would be an easy sub in for America Chavez (You might need to wait a bit to build up the Multiverse concept before adding her)

Rumor has it that John Boyega had been in talks with Marvel, so at least some folks have speculated he could end up cast as Blue Marvel.


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I believe Netflix and the showrunners have committed to 4 seasons


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glad to see that screen junkies piece posted!


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Hi James,

Out of curiosity, what are the current streaming services you are subscribed to. Obviously Netflix and Amazon Prime based on the prior comments.

FYI I have been finding the horror selection on Hulu a bit stronger of late than Netflix, other than a few original movies. Although I find Amazon and Shudder to be pretty good as well


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I dunno...Marvel getting the majority of it's properties back (and the potential for a Star Wars complete box set) are literally the only positive news out of this whole merger.

I mean, it's not like Fox was doing a terribly great job with the Marvel properties anyway.


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I rolled my eyes at the casting news but honestly...He was pretty great...far exceeding my expectations.


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Black Dougal wrote:

I hope this isn't too off topic, but if the Nova Force was so powerful, how come they had trouble with just Ronan and his ship. How they hell would they have been able to hold off Thano's?

And given that, why did the Guardians leave the orb with the Nova Force? When i saw infinity war I was kinda pissed at the guardians for causing half of Zandar to be a target.

IIRC, The Nova corps were spread out looking for Ronan and trying to reclaim the prison they lost. They weren't expecting an attack on their capital.

Not sure where else they would have left the Power Stone...They needed someplace that was secure enough to protect it, but also not likely to use it against others.


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Hi James

With all of the talk of Superman, how interested are you in the upcoming film Brightburn? Since that seems to take the superman origin in a horror direction, and I know you love horror.


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The writer/director that Marvel selected is an Asian American, so one thinks that Marvel is sort of aware of issues (and probably more so than with most films...China is a huge moneymaker for Marvel films so I think they are going to distance this as far as possible from the Yellow Peril origins.


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I kind of feel like the existence of champions sort of eats into the Warpriest's role enough, which was already pretty niche, that I am kind of fine in it being reduced to a class path.


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Here's some random speculation...what if they sub in the Mandarin for Fu Manchu

Edit: Man I just CAN NOT write a sentence tonight


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They better have multiple ancestry books though if they do since in 1e there was really only one race focused book :p

I kind of suspect they might be changing up the model

I could see future RPG hardcovers basically built around some idea, and including relevant classes, races, items, class options, and even monsters all relevant for that theme. They've already been tinkering with that in the final PF 1E books, and it allows them to avoid falling into a trap of producing books that are just rehashes of 1E books.


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Interesting speculation for Endgame:

So, someone on some message board made a note of this, which I didn't even remotely consider while watching Captain Marvel

In Infinity War, Vision surmises that the Mind Stone may effectively be vulnerable to it's own energies, which means someone powered by the Mind Stone, like Scarlet Witch, could destroy it. This turns out of course to be true. (IIRC, this idea was laid out also in the first Avengers...the only thing that could penetrate the tesseract's shield was Loki's staff empowered by the mind stone. "It can't defend against itself")

So...Carol Danvers is, like Scarlet Witch, powered by an infinity stone. This seems to suggest that she actually has the ability to potentially destroy the Space Stone, and maybe other stones? Given Scarlet Witch's dusting, that might be the pivotal role she plays in the next movie.


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I'm thinking that the next couple of books will be some sort of Gamemastery/Ultimate Campaign GM tools book, shortly followed by an APG equivalent, updating a few of the most popular and essential classes/races/etc .

I don't remotely expect that we will get a book early on that will just jam in all the PF existing classes/races/what have you. We'll get new stuff, but I expect new races/classes/character options to be bundled together in new books on specific themes, and will mix in brand new stuff along with existing materials. I feel like the best model going forward is maybe 6 races and no more than 5 classes


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Quandary wrote:

I don't see the "Kobolds look like Goblins" angle AT ALL.

They look exactly like small "humanoid" versions of "new style" Pathfinder dragons.
Which means relatively short/blunt "snout", low-set eyes, and (ornamental/non-attack) horns.
Goblins don't have ANY "snout", don't have low-set eyes, or horns.
So the comparison seems based on thinking they don't look like "old style" non-Pathfinder-specific dragons. So yup, this is Pathfinder (2e).

I was curious Mark Moreland mentioned there was "no ancestries" in this book, meaning it doesn't offer the 2e equivalent of "PC race stat adjustments" (and racial abilities) for 0HD/Class-built NPCs which 1e Bestiary did for numerous races. I know there was general de-emphasis of class-built NPCs, but AFAIK it was supposed to be still equally valid option to use as appropriate... Yet no longer for all the 0HD Bestiary races, until whatever new product covering that is published.

So, this was something I very much was expecting. in PF 1E, sure there are alternate racial traits or other mechanics geared for specific races, but for the most part, you could take a bestiary, pull out a new race, and roll up a new character. However, with the requirement of ancestry feats, you just needs a lot more mechanics for a new race to be viable, especially as the game goes on and the core races continue to get new ancestry feats/heritages. The only way to make a new ancestry viable then would be to either put it in a player splat, or dedicate a lot of bestiary space to each new race, which would drop the page count for other monsters

I do wonder how in the long run this will affect sales. New races were usually a thing in the later volumes that got people who otherwise wouldn't purchase a GM book to actually pick this up. So I wonder how changing this model is going to influence things...


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Thoughts on the Skrulls in the MCU

Movie plot spoiler:

Work on the script for this film almost certainly wrapped up prior to the merger. I am wondering if they felt okay with taking this angle because super-skrulls and such were tied up with the Fantastic Four.

Kind of like they were okay with killing off Quicksilver, since there was another iteration of him out there in the Fox movies, that would eventually be more popular than their version.

I am sure a lot of current MCU plans are getting reworked what with all that IP coming back home, although Marvel is going to be getting so many good villains they can probably afford to let Secret Invasion sit on the back burner for a few more phases.


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I'll eventually see this, but probably on Netflix.

Just one question, did they retcon the Tessarct backstory? I thought Howard Stark found it in the ocean after world war 2 and presumably gave it to the US govt?

You mean Disney+ here, given that netflix is no longer going to be getting any new MCU/Star Wars/Etc films beginning in 2019.

Movie plot spoiler:

I don't think it's a retcon. We know that Howard Stark recovered it from the bottom of the ocean...we just now know that someone else experimented with it between that event and the events of the Avengers


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stuff on trailers

You know, in hindsight, this is a movie that really did have a too spoilery trailer. I would have much much much preferred a movie where they saved the "Binary" reveal towards the end. It would led to a hell yeah moment when it actually happens if you are not expecting it, but here it offered no surprise.


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