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While 2e is a fun iteration to play, I've come to realize that my interests are shifting away from PF. Good luck in your endeavors.

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I'm happy with dwarves not having a DEX penalty. Though with the whole resonance thing going on with Charisma, that penalty to Charisma may seem a bit harsh.

Ever spend a lot of time underground? It's not for the particularly clumsy.


there's an ancient symbol that I think summarizes what's going on, which I've updated for the current administration.


Like today's fare .

Enjoy!


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Queen Moragan wrote:


For atmosphere, the 9 houses are very swashbuckling musketeer-like in Venice, with house gondolas all over providing access to the city.

That's interesting... In the "People of the River" map, its hinted that Mivon may be flooded like Venice. I haven't come across anything that corroborates it, though. Have you?


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So I'm taking a stab at putting together a map of the city of Mivon as part of my plan to set up a successor AP to Kingmaker using Giantslayer. Before I start drafting, I need to get an idea of what is known about the city. The wiki page is a good start, of course and that's where I started. But it isn't always inclusive.

So far I have the following tidbits about the city itself:

- Lots of fishing (so, lots of docks)
- eels.
- Swordlords have a specific dueling place called the Sevier in the central square of Mivon.
- the city has stone walls around it and an inner set of walls that are more formidable.
- the inner walls protect the rich and elite in the city.. the outer ring (especially to the south) are docks and slums.
- there is a league of merchants building near the central square.
- the high council building (aka Council Hall) used to be the palace and is located near the central square.
- there is a market square adjacent to the central square.
- Mivon city is located in a swampy, low valley. Most swordlord families have villas and estates on the low-lying hills just outside of the city.

For completeness' sake I've uncovered this about Mivon (the nation) as well...

- most Mivonese towns have wooden palisades.
- there are several stone keeps on the west side of the river. Stone appears to be a lesser problem than in Brevoy, but it's still prioritized towards Pitax.
- there's an exiled group of elves living in the NE of Mivon in the forests.
- raising sheep is a major resource in the southeastern (hilly parts) of Mivon.

I'll take any additions. Bonus points if you can cite where you got the info from!


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a.k.a "Ankheg Appreciation Day". It's really popular among the Nomen Centaurs!

http://www.rgbcartoon.com/?comic=115-g3-rise-of-the-groundhogs


I was going to run a 1st Ed campaign this year, set in Mystara, but it turned into a Pathfinder campaign. There was too much to convert. There was also some grumbling about how much harder it was to create certain character classes in 1st Ed and max levels, etc...

I would be amused by a 1st Ed conversion of Golarion. Thinge were so much more... final in 1st Ed. As others have echoed, it really only bears a passing resemblance to 3.5/Pathfinder. I think the thing I really miss are the feats and skills. We may have gone too far in the other direction (with too many feats) right now, but eliminating them entirely was a problem as well.

I would like to use the magic/leveling system from 1st Ed alongside the weapon expertise system from Mystara (Basic DnD). That, I think, would make for an interesting combat mechanic.


Agreed. Foucalt's Pendulum was awesome. Took me three reads to get through it and a crap-ton of alternate research to get the side-references, but well worth it.

As for awfulness... Harry Potter probably still tops my list. As I explained to someone yesterday you can't agree with a book on a fundamental level when its main point is "hard work isn't important compared to raw talent".

I also can't stand Robert Jordan, the Twilight Series, the Hunger Games, most of Turtledove in retrospect, Dan Brown and the Divergent series. I've stayed far away from Game of Thrones simply because what I've heard would probably lump that work into this group as well.


Put me down for Kingmaker.


Right now, I'm prepping a Giantslayer AP that takes place in the Stolen Lands after Kingmaker has ended. It promises to be fun. Basically dealing with the aftereffects of Brevoy and the PCs and et cetera with the looming threat of the new AP hanging over everyone.

Having said that, I doubt very much we'll get anything like that in an upcoming AP. Paizo did it's sequel AP with Shattered Star. They also seem very reluctant to do a second sandbox AP (or re-release the one they did).

I think the best way to guess would be to look at the genre niches that haven't been done, with emphasis on places that have been (at least briefly) described in previous supplements. Sort of like Trunau was in Towns of the Inner Sea.

I'd be happy if they extended the map south a little. I've given up on them extending it east or west, frankly. They'll get to that when and if they decide to - no sooner.

So, if we go anywhere new, it'll probably be southern Garund or Vudra.


Sorry. that earlier post was under my alt, Wszebor. Oops.

Anyway, thumbing through the AP, it looks like most of the required changes are in the earlier modules. Later on you're so deep in the mountians that it doesn't matter much.


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I think I'm going to remove the bomb. Let the PCs fight their way up through the castle as it flies towards civilization. If Avistan loses a city or two, oh well lol.


So, our group is on board with Giantslayer as a successor AP. The premise will be that the trouble comes out of the Icereme Peaks that mark the border between Iobaria and Brevoy.

<spoilers may follow>
For our particular campaign, the PC Kingdom has thrived. We own our initial holdings + Varnhold + half of Pitax + lands east of the Centaurs. This last bit is in name only - I ran an original adventure that took the PCs to the edge of the Castrovin Sea.(as shown here - http://hexagonal-maps.blogspot.com/ - I also have notes on that adventure which I really need to clean up for a more public dispersal).

Mivon controls the southern half of Pitax.

The AP will likely end with the return of House Rogarvia - an act which will cause tremendous instability. The PC kingdom is still nominally part of Brevoy, whereas Mivon is very anti-Brevoy. The PCs may be loyal to house Surtova or to Brevoy itself or (as is likely) seek independence. Regardless, House Surtova will be quite insistant that the PC Kingdom 'pay back' all the support given it by Brevoy and Surtova by siding with them.

So at the start of Giantslayer, the situation will be a brink-of-civil war Brevoy, a Mivon eagerly looking to take advantage of the situation and the PC kingdom caught in the middle. Brevoy may already be splintering, with cities decalring themselves neutral in the conflict. One town that will directly declare neutrality will be the dwarven settlement of Brunderton. For the purposes of Giantslayer, Brunderton, with its excellent location at one end of the Valley of Fire, will serve as a proxy for Trunau.

I do expect to expand the scale of the AP, with frequent humanoid raids and giantkin raids into Brevoy. I want to make the impression that Brevoy is teetering on collapse and ruin. Word has gotten out across northern Avistan - if you want to destroy civilization, come to the Icereme peaks. There will be a steady stream of humanoids coming - almost like a humanoid crusade - pouring through Brevoy and the PC Kingdom.

Beyond that, the AP "works" in that most of the places can be dropped right into the Icereme peaks with only a little modification required. The main plot can be dragged out for months to years as the BBEG takes time to increase the size of his armies and to repair his MacGuffin for the invasion. I'm currently looking into thematically appropriate stand along modules that I can weave into the overarching story-line. I'll also post some of the new maps and content that I've created to my blog (linked above)

That's where I am. Our group will start in the new year. :)


While looking for an AP to play as we finish up Kingmaker, I investigated Giantslayer. I find the parallels between the Mindspin mountains and the Icerime peaks to be intriguing. Also the motivations of the BBEGs in Giantslayer are somewhat familiar to those who know the origin story of Brevoy. I also see the opportunity for there to be natural pauses in Giantslayer (like Kingmaker). Names - particularly place names would obviously have to be changed and some of the encounters altered thematically. But the main plot would remain.

Thoughts? Good idea? Screwy idea? :)

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frank gori wrote:
hewhocaves wrote:
Thieving Bookmark

Pit Crew Style feedback:

-So explosive runes are one of those circumstantial traps your GM sort of has to be a certain type to use already. You got that type of GM this cheats around the types of traps he lays otherwise this is near useless.

It's a ribbon that grabs magical text? Do something more interesting with the magical text like tattooing it on flesh or maybe you can learn the info by wearing the ribbon like a headband for the day.

Still wouldn't be superstar but maybe with something more cinematic and visual...

:) "feedback" feedback...

There's always going to be a GM that doesn't do one thing or another. I had a GM once who thought level drain was too much a bookkeping pain to use. By that reasoning, anything with level drain would be pointless.

Tattooing is overdone. Its become another min-max crutch. If you treat it like another way to get a Spell Tattoo, then the criticism would be that it's a reskin of inscribe spell tattoo.

The headband is a great visual, even if it doesn't add anything to the item, and probably confuses it to some degree.

Thank you for the feedback, though.

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If you would be so kind :) ...

Thieving Bookmark:
Thieving Bookmark
Aura weak transmutation; CL 5th
Slot none; Price 3500 gp; Weight
Description

This innocuous item is an elegant ribbon of any color, of the type used to hold one’s place in an expensive tome. It may be used as a mundane bookmark without its magic being drained.

To use, the bookmark is placed between the blank pages of a book and activated. It is then removed and placed between the written pages of another book. If left for an hour, writing and images are removed from the written book and placed in the blank book. Removal begins with the pages touching the bookmark and proceeds forward. Up to 30 pages of non-magical writing or 10 pages of magical writing can be moved. Magical protections like glyph of warding or explosive runes are bypassed and not transferred.

A thieving bookmark cannot transfer scrolls or magical books that do not grant spells. Secret page causes the illusory text to be copied and also dispels the effect. If a spell would continue beyond the remaining available pages, that spell is not transferred. If the blank book runs out of pages, subsequent pages are lost to both books. If the bookmark is moved before the hour ends, the magic simply fails.

Regardless of the result, an hour after being placed inside the second book the thieving bookmark vanishes.

Construction
Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, memorize page, comprehend languages, erase, creator must be able to scribe scrolls: Cost 1750 gp

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JJ Jordan wrote:
hewhocaves wrote:


Thieving Bookmark

Cool, well-written item. Would be a great story/plot/adventure specific item but it's a little niche for a book of magic items.

I read this item and want to read more things from you.

Thank you! I want to write more things to be read. I'm going to submit something for the next Wayfinder, I think.

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Have at it :)

Thieving Bookmark
Aura weak transmutation; CL 5th
Slot none; Price 3500 gp; Weight
Description

This innocuous item is an elegant ribbon of any color, of the type used to hold one’s place in an expensive tome. It may be used as a mundane bookmark without its magic being drained.

To use, the bookmark is placed between the blank pages of a book and activated. It is then removed and placed between the written pages of another book. If left for an hour, writing and images are removed from the written book and placed in the blank book. Removal begins with the pages touching the bookmark and proceeds forward. Up to 30 pages of non-magical writing or 10 pages of magical writing can be moved. Magical protections like glyph of warding or explosive runes are bypassed and not transferred.

A thieving bookmark cannot transfer scrolls or magical books that do not grant spells. Secret page causes the illusory text to be copied and also dispels the effect. If a spell would continue beyond the remaining available pages, that spell is not transferred. If the blank book runs out of pages, subsequent pages are lost to both books. If the bookmark is moved before the hour ends, the magic simply fails.

Regardless of the result, an hour after being placed inside the second book the thieving bookmark vanishes.

Construction
Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, memorize page, comprehend languages, erase, creator must be able to scribe scrolls: Cost 1750 gp

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This was a hard one to swallow for me... so hard that I started to do some data mining on what made it into the top 32 this year vs previous years.

Doing the data mining was both cathartic and informative. I don't begrudge the people who made it, and I'll keep my findings to myself for the near future so as not to sully their moment in the sun :)

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Congrats to the winners!

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....Replaces Lando Calrissian soundtrack for Red One in Death Star soundtrack....

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Sure, I can wait.. i'll just go right back to work. Let me just continue reading this textbook on Hydrology.

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Nightdrifter wrote:
Liz posted that it'll be closer to 12:30.

Yeah, but which day ?

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Zertz wrote:
Kobold Cleaver wrote:

THE RESULTS ARE UP!

Just kidding.

Pitchforks, gentlemen. Now.

I'm at work. I've got a plastic spork. Oh wait. Casts enlarge spork

And you thought prepping that was a stupid move.

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*rolls for system shock...*

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Lando's line "They told me they fixed it!" is on an endless loop in my head...

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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Ambrosia Slaad wrote:

...And, if you are interested, consider contributing to the next issue of the all-fan Wayfinder. Tim & Paris are always looking for new talent, but bring your A game and most polished submissions, because there's a limited amount of room to shoehorn everything into an issue. Keep an eye on the Community Use Projects subforum for the upcoming official announcement, issue theme, and submission rules for issue #15. And remember, treat it like a professional gig, because Paizo and 3PP read it too.

An update: For anyone interested, Wayfinder #15's theme will be the River Kingdoms. Expect Tim (Wayfinder Editor in Chief) to post the official announcement and submission rules in the next week or so. Submissions will be due in December, so you have a little bit of time yet to let it marinate in your imaginations.

Neat - I've got some half-baked stuff for that, should I not advance.

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Nazgul Lord wrote:


No Dental. But excellent coverage for Mental Health.

We've found our members get more value from that.

Does it cover "pre-existing conditions?" cause I got a laundry list. It has nothing to do with my mental problems, but it reminds me that I have my socks in the dryer.

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Nazgul Lord wrote:
Janvs wrote:

At this point I'm pretty sure we're all a part of some mad psychology experiment. There is no prize. There is no Paizo. What is real?

Nine is real. Only nine.

Take the power offered to you.

Live forever.

Become Nine with me.

oooh oooh! Does it have a dental plan? It's important to me.

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Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
hewhocaves wrote:
What are tonight's lottery numbers? PM me and I'll split the winnings with you.

Yeaaaaah.... no. There are Inevitables who hunt people who use Bureaucratic Time Posting devices for what is clearly a Personal Time Disturbance-rated purpose.

Also, with the Pastamatic Postamatic Temporal Blog Program, I could only send the numbers to an entire blog post, which means so many people would use them no one of us would win enough to be worth the risks.

Good to see you've still got your sense of humor about this!

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Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
Grumpus wrote:
This blog is dated monday september 1, 2015. hmmm
We knew by tomorrow that we'd have a problem today, and took the time to send a blog post back from then to now to explain it. :)

What are tonight's lottery numbers? PM me and I'll split the winnings with you.

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Not a problem. Life happens!

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there's a blog post up now.

*ninja'd* Damn 20' base move.

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Honestly, it could be any number of things and without dev confirmation its probably pointless to speculate. I'll be honest - I'm still in the running. I've got a map about 85%-90% ready to submit. Just need to tweak a couple of details. So I'm not stressing.

But its a map that I really like and if I'm not going to advance, I'm putting it in the vault in case someday I do advance. So, I'm as antsy as the next person to find out so I know if I'm going to spend the next couple of days obsessively tweaking the map.

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Viscount Corneleous Ornelos wrote:
It also says "released 9/1/15" not 8/31/15.

Oh wow. it does . Can we get someone official to comment on that? That would be really helpful. Presumably whatever caught on fire can continue to burn for the 5 seconds it'll take to disperse trhe crowd.

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On behalf of Paizo we'd like to thank you for all assisting in our 2015 unannounced website host stress test...

(kidding of course)

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ohmigod they culled everyone

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to quote Red One

Alllmosst theerrrree..

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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:


...And, if you are interested, consider contributing to the next issue of the all-fan Wayfinder. Tim & Paris are always looking for new talent, but bring your A game and most polished submissions, because there's a limited amount of room to shoehorn everything into an issue. Keep an eye on the Community Use Projects subforum for the upcoming official announcement, issue theme, and submission rules for issue #15. And remember, treat it like a professional gig, because Paizo and 3PP read it too.

Agreed! I need to look into that after this...

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Chris Shaeffer wrote:
Concise and awesome. :)

Concisome.

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Between this and getting Fallout: Shelter on my phone over the weekend... productivity will go through the floor.

Also - good luck everyone. Win or lose, this has been a lot of fun.

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Wow. I just found an item that passed the 4th cull and was not marked. Sheet amended!

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Tripp Elliott wrote:

We've got stats for item types, and percentages culled and such. I'd love to see some similar stats on item cost vs items culled.

What's the sweet spot on the price scale is my question.

I was thinking something similar. Specifically, the cost of the items that made it into the top 32. Has it changed from year to year?

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pH unbalanced wrote:
The fact that you haven't seen your item means very little. Even people who vote a lot rarely see their items reliably.

:) my point exactly.

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omicloudd wrote:
I don't think a 4th cull has happened yet. I have only seen my item once since the 3rd cull. Is that good or bad?

:) I only saw my item once after the first day of voting

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Just to clarify, the map must be on an appropriately sized grid, though not necessarily the provided grid?

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Vic Wertz wrote:
JJ Jordan wrote:
Do the previous upvotes count after each cull? Or do they cull and then start from scratch to see how things shake out? Just curious. I don't think it changes the philosophy much either way.
Our selection algorithm thrives on data—the more the better—and relative rankings of the surviving items were just as valid at the start of the voting period as they are now. So the data is not cleared.

Wow. Interesting. This has been the subject of much debate in our group.

Good to know.

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A moment of praise on my part for those individuals who have survived not one, not two, but three culls!

The quality is very much improved and its become quite difficult to pick out the superior item. At this point, I'm looking as much at rules mechanics, play and cost balancing as flavor!

Fun, fun!

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