So either the community was told that a user was suspended in error, or the user was suspended by one member of the CS team and unsuspended by another. If it is the former, that is frustrating and disappointing. If it's the latter, that is inexcusable.
The user in question has gone well beyond 'dogwhistles' and has been in the territory of actively hostile for quite some time. If decisive action can't be taken in such a cut and dry case as this, then I agree with the OP's statement that these forums are an unsafe place. Leadership has proven over and over again that they aren't willing to take the necessary steps to protect the community, even when their own staff ask them to.
How many months has it been since the first "Give us a chance" message? How many chances does this make?
I won't go too into detail about ways that you can run this, because I don't really think I can give an unbiased answer here. If you want your players to find the scrolls without interacting with the camp, they could be on the bodies of the iruxi where they fight the graveknight.
I would avoid making the child the sole survivor, as the idea of taking them away from their culture for their perceived benefit plays into its own colonial tropes and very quickly strays into some bad territory.
Just curious: Who wrote the section on Tehialai? Polynesian culture is seldom represented in RPGs let alone mainstream media, and I'm curious about the inspiration and author of the piece.
That would be James Case. He goes into detail about his inspirations on Twitter
Yeah. Portraying incredibly graphic racialized violence can cause harm. It can retraumatize people. Portraying 'bad things as bad' doesn't change the fact that they are traumatic to large swathes of the population. It's the reason why content warnings and rating systems exist. It's the reason Paizo doesn't allow sexual assault or harm to children in their published content.
And you're right, the company isn't obligated to do anything. But they chose to do it. Sorry if that sucks for you. I call it a win.
Also you don't know what the word whitewashing means, please stop using it incorrectly.
I'm not gonna quote your message cause you are out here writing mad essays that really just demonstrate that you aren't actually listening to what anyone has to say and you are ignorant to a lot of larger conversations happening.
There have been many, many conversations about problematic content that Paizo has published in the past. They happen all the time. The fact that you are not a part of those conversations does not mean that they aren't happening. What may seem sudden to you has been building up for years. And your demands that everyone rehash all of those conversations for your benefit are unreasonable.
Also yeah, a lot of Black people do think 12 Years A Slave and movies like it are harmful. Again, you are really just putting your own lack of awareness on blast. I highly recommend you take a step back from this conversation and reexamine yourself.
Generally speaking? You don't debate them on their terms. You don't let them dictate the conversation. You say, "I can see that you are arguing in bad faith. You are a bigot and I am not going to engage with your sealioning/gish galloping/strawmanning. The humanity of others is not a debate."
Usually with less nice words, but this forum has policies against that.
That you don't even know the difference between diversity and representation is evidence enough that you are out of your depth for this conversation, and I think the best thing you can do is excuse yourself from it before you embarrass yourself further.
What do people think of introducing the students from this book during the events of earlier books? Jumimo most of all could be around, and I'm thinking the others likely join during the events of books 1 or 2. Anyone think its narratively preferable to hold them in reserve so there's some new students to figure out in book 3?
I think it certainly makes sense for Jumimo to be around for the earlier books, at least as a background NPC. And it could even help expand on his character arc. I would probably avoid including any more of the other new students though, just to avoid juggling too many pre-existing relationships. (There can be as many as six depending on how players handle previous adventures, even without making any changes.)
What culture is Fardrik, one of the students introduced in this book, supposed to belong to?
Fardrik is Vidric. While all Vidrics faced hardships under colonial rule, he also dealt with additional discrimination. Outside of that, the specifics of his background will depend on how you choose to tell his story and what your table feels comfortable exploring.
While I understand being upset the circumstamces, this should be about celebrating the work and accomplishments of people in our community. Luis, Joseph and Diego are all fantastic writers who have done so much to push for diversity at Paizo. They should be allowed their moment to shine and get the recognition they deserve.
If you aren't willing to spend ten extra bucks to support the people who create your LUXURY hobby product? That's fine. Pathfinder is already an incredibly generous game. They post all of their rules online for free. You could play the game without ever spending a dime.
But it's insulting to even imply that paying employees a living wage is in any way comparable to charity. They work their asses off and they deserve to get paid for it. Anything less than that is unacceptable. If increasing the costs of the books is how they earn that wage, then we should all be in favor of it.
Huh, I didn't know they were shapechangers, just never looked much into them. That could be fun for sure!
In fact, most anadi in mainstream society spend the majority of their time in a humanoid form *because* they know so many people are afraid of spiders and they don't want to be judged.
Understandable if you still don't want to include them, but I think it's a very interesting dynamic to explore.
What are the thoughts on the way that SoT presents the free archetype? I found a bit restrictive . For example , if my goal is to become a wizard halcyon speaker , why i have to choose the druid archetype on the second level ?
I'm not sure I understand what you mean. The way it works, you can still take the halcyon speaker dedication at second level in place of your wizard feat. The free druid archetype is going to be in addition to your regular feat choices.
I want to thank Eleanor, Luis, and everyone else at Paizo for how supportive they were during that time. I was writing for this book while my city was on fire. There were days I didn't even want to get out of bed, let alone open a computer or check my phone just to be greeted with even more bad news.
I can't speak on behalf of any other freelancers, but I truly appreciate you for holding this all together and giving me the space I needed to make something I could be proud of.
Minor correction: The Ekujae are one of three groups of elves. But yes, all three will be in the book.
I can't wait to try to GM this and accidentally make a class full of obnoxious young students that my players will struggle to want to keep alive. I can envision any Malfoys suddenly getting "lost" in a hurricane...
A good teacher is responsible for taking care of ALL of their students. Even the ones they don't personally like.
I don't really think anything has been "retconned" about Goblins, at least as far as PF1 going to PF2. A lot of them still do love fire, rancid food, and would rather have a pet rat than pet dog. The iconic goblin is even a bombardier. But now that it's frowned upon to kill goblins on sight, more and more of them get to branch out and and explore. They get to meet people and have experiences that they couldn't before.
I think it's perfectly reasonable, and necessary if we're going to pull away from viewing intelligent races as "monster by default."
The Gold Sovereign wrote:
I would like to clarify something. Is the Mwangi Expanse completely different from North Garund? I mean, Geb, Next and Osirion are all outside of the Mwangi right? The Mwangi is actually in North Garund, IIRC.
The Mwangi Expanse is a distinct region of Garund that does not include Geb, Nex, etc. They are neighboring regions of the same continent, with very slight cultural overlap.
captain yesterday wrote:
Did you click on the link? Because if you haven't I think you should at least give it a quick skim
While I tend to be a bit more lax in my home games, I generally wouldn't allow it if we were playing as 'by the book' as PFS. The reason why there's a feat tax on using skills in different ways is because without it, there's not a lot of incentive for players to diversify their skills as long as they can find some justification for using the skill they want to use.
With feats like this, you have a choice - do you want to put everything into Occultism and get a little more flexibility in how you use it, or would you rather take another ability and put more of your skill boosts into Deception?