Staffan Johansson wrote:
I have a dwarven thief who's also a face.
It's not difficult.
Just saw this. I did rework it a bit with some Hephaistos magic to make the main weapon stronger and its defenses weaker. Sort of a glass cannon: enough to scare, but not enough to really harm.
Keyona, Red Left Arm of Shotazu wrote:
Oh, my sweet summer child...
The lovely days of my childhood, having Luke Skywalker fight Mazinga (and later Godzilla).
My understanding was that anything Paizo won't put in print for legal reasons or ethical choices won't be allowed on Infinite, either (the Android Abolitionist Front in Starfinder being another example from their "ethical" side). Did I misunderstand?
Starfinder is largely designed around combat and combat simulation (how well it models this is, of course, open to interpretation) much like its Pathfinder and D&D forebears.
It's fun to do stuff like Redshift Rally, where even getting caught investigating your enemies can have severe negative consequences, let alone direct violence against them. But that's the exception, not the rule.
The still unknown Mech Hardcover AP / AKA Jenny J's SECRET (or now not so secret) project what do you expect / want from it?
It's literally quoted above. In my reply that you quoted.
If you do standard fantasy and even some subgenres, sure, there's plenty to choose from. And 3rd party stuff is there; Dean Spencer for one does great work.
But, if in Starfinder you wanted to do, say, a half dozen new Swarm creatures, some new gear, a short adventure, etc., you've got maybe 5 pieces to choose from. And nothing for the new critters. Which is great for finding a cover but not much else.
Could I create it without that? Sure. Is it worth the extra cost and effort to me (or likely anyone else)? No, for the reasons I cited above. Is that the end of the world? Nope.
Paizo announced a policy. I provided feedback. My situation may not match yours, and I'm ok with that.
As far as the end of SF being nigh... that's sort of true for every TTRPG. How many companies can you really expect to be around a decade or so from now? How many are going to support an edition of a TTRPG for... what, six years now (seven if you count the year between announcement and release)? How many are going to put out hundreds of adventures and dozens of supplementary books?
Yes, output on SF has slowed down. No, it doesn't appear it had the confidence of certain higher-ups initially. Yes, there are some points that are pretty creaky. Yes, it's hit its maturity point.
But it's been one heck of a success. If we get another 3-4 years before another edition, that's roughly the same lifespan as other "failures" like PF1 and D&D5E.
Not sure why the militancy on both sides here. Enjoy what we have, look forward to the future.
Paizo can do what they wish.
However, in the short term, I think it means I won't be releasing the (small) projects I was working on to Infinite. I can write, but I have zero artistic talent. The pool of available artwork for Infinite (especially Starfinder) is very small.
I got some estimates for just minimal original or stock art that would have been 3-4x what I expect to make off the entire thing, making the choice either no art or AI art.
So... not worth the effort at present, IMO. I'll write up just enough for my purposes, use it with my local group, and call it a day.
It's no big loss to the community in my case, but I wonder how many other people will be in the same boat where theirs would be a loss.
Just curious: Has anyone ever made any 3D prints of any of the advanced junsul (hierarch, boss, mage, praetorians, etc.)? I know about the Planets of PEril jinsul warrior mini and have a few already.
I can print the pics out on sticker paper and use a pawn, but if anyone's already put in the work for real minis for fan use...
I dropped the nuar/ghoran negotiations since the PCs were already effectively in the middle of a diplomacy/skill challenge and I didn't see a point in piggybacking another.
Instead, I had the 3rd challenge be "justice or mercy." The PCs are taken through the portal into a prison/dungeon with one inhabitant. Turns out it's their old pal Zantos Loachwurt.
Backstory: Loachwurt had become an advisor to President Daglaan and was responsible for the PCs being sent on a low-odds suicide mission behind enemy lines to the Vast (book 3). No, Huskworld's plot of sending the most capable defenders off on a wild goose chase to the Vast when the SDF was thinking invasion was eminent didn't make sense to me.
In the meantime, though, Daglaan has been having dreams as the God-Host is exerting psychic influence on him. These dreams lead him to a seer: Sister Spark. Daglaan went more and more insane and paranoid under her influence. Loachwurt being Loachwurt and disliking someone else usurping his rightful place as the provider of all answers, he took it on himself to have an outburst about her "superstitious nonsense" that landed him in the special prison after a few beatings from the guards.
And coincidentally at the complete mercy of the party.
Oh, and the dinosaur push is boring as well. Need some way to make it more interesting.