Vencarlo Orinsini

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Discussions here on the boards heightened my awareness of such art:

Science fiction authors attack sexism amid row over SFWA magazine

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It's my birthday today and I decided one way to celebrate is spend some cash on Pathfinder-compatible products. There's a lot of those, though, and I'm only allocating a hundred bucks.

So, what do you recommend? I'm primarily lookin' at pdfs.

Thanks in advance!

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Will be interesting to compared the upcoming Paizo Pathfinder product with the supp from SGG.

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Saw the Pathfinder Society's running several tables at Comic-Con. Who's running/participating?

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Because Pathfinder is considered backwards-compatible with 3.x stuff, has anyone out there just used the Core rulebook and strictly 3.x for their games (i.e., using the various Complete books, MM, MM2, & MM3, Spell Compendium, modules galore, etc.)? Impression I get is most folks drop their 3.x stuff as soon as their Pathfinder equivalents are available by Paizo or third-party providers with an occasional dip here and there from 3.x.

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What were the major ideas of sci-fi published in the latest 60's and 70's? I remember the Cold War and supercomputers but that's about it. Any books you'd recommended written in that era that exemplifies the trends of that time?

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Well put. Still not sure of the reasons, though I agree about the perception issue on physical copy versus virtual. Thoughts?

Book publishers are being sued by the Justice Department for allegedly colluding to raise e-book prices. This isn't a case of simple greed.

Full article

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Has there been a response from the Paizo staff, either officially or personally, to WotC's announcement of a new version of DnD?

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I know it's been asked before, but what's the impact to the game if spells that normally take a standard action to cast now take a full turn. Thanks!

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After a successful Pathfinder RPG Beginner Box one-shot, gonna start a campaign. Setting's Land of the Linnorm. Suggestions on PC races and classes? Not too sure, for example, how the paladin fits in the setting or many of the classes from the APG, especially the alchemist, cavalier, and summoner. Same with the halflings. On the other hand, the samurai and ninja from Advanced combat actually fit in the setting.

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Good question:

Should We Fight to Save Indie Bookstores?

Reasons to let indie stores go echo the same reasons to shut down FLGS.

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What the subject says. I can't find my copy :(

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If Paizo never released supps detailing Epic gaming or psionic rules, would you think less of either Pathfinder, Paizo, or both? Or would your opinion be greater?

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Kewl

Gen Con: New Marvel Comics RPG Games Announced By Margaret Weis Productions

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HEART Danforth's art!

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Like to start my first Paizo subscription with Pathfinder Adventure Path #49. How do I go about doing so?

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Just saw the mention. Pirate themed, eh?

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Mentioned by Jason Bulmahn on his fb page. Anyone have more details?

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That cover. No ridiculous armor or weapons. Or bizarre floating magic runes. Or video-game proportions. Just mano versus (giant) mano in clash of grit and steel. So...sword and sorcery. *swoon*

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This sounds like fun. Goblet of Fire, anyone?

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Inspired by this list (I was actually reading the articles, really!), I'm wondering what everyone thought was, in their personal opinion, the most hyped-up RPG they've ever seen or, better yet, played.

Mine is Torg. :D

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There are no two ways about it: E-books are here to stay. Unless something as remarkable as Japan’s reversion to the sword occurs, digital books are the 21st century successor to print. And yet the e-book is fundamentally flawed. There are some aspects to print book culture that e-books can’t replicate (at least not easily) — yet.

Full article here. Number four reason is my current peeve. I'm sorry, but I still don't associate a pdf, for example, of the Pathfinder Core book with the HC itself (and thus meriting nearly pricing, if Paizo had gone that route).

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So, what does everything about about DC restarting all its titles, from Batman to Justice League to Booster Gold(?), with issue #1? Heroes are to appear younger, apparently, Supes and Wonder Woman have new costumes, and the "origins" of many characters will be "revamped" to more modern(?) sensibilities?

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Actually, not really a competition.

What do you think of the different ways two companies offered archetypes? Strengths? Weaknesses?

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With the so-called "edition wars" thankfully behind us and the GSL updated (slightly), any chance Paizo will publish even a single supp, mod, or even an AP for 4e?

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Follow up from the post, Why DnD 3.x over PF:

What rules have you adapted from the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game into your 3.x campaign? The skills? Channel energy? Certain feats?

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Ever been a player or GM (or both) and you find yourself attracted to another player? Or fellow GM? How'd you react?

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Those 3PP who generated products for 3.x and now the Pathfinder RPG, is there a difference in how the two companies treat you and/or your products?

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First time I've heard of it. It's from his early years as a designer. Developed for Rolemaster's Spacemaster supplement.

Anyone have it? Opinion?

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W00t! First purchase -- ever -- for my Sony eReader.

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What does everyone think so far? Hate the costumes, Peter is a breath of fresh air to the dynamics of the team.

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More than half the gamers I know were or are designing their own roleplaying game system. I've half-started based on systems from Traveler to Fudge/FATE to, of course, d20 SRD. Right now I'm looking at DnD 4th edition as the latest base to create a system and inflict on my poor groups.

What systems have you designed?

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Oh, kewl.

Literary Sources of D&D

Dancing and intelligent weapons
"In India...the sword can serve as the embodiment of a deity. In fairy-tales there are self-moving and other miraculous swords." -- Fabulous Beasts and Demons, by Heinz Mode.
Efreeti Bottle
Taken directly from the Arabian Nights tales, particularly the story of Aladdin. (See Genie)
Ioun stones
Dying Earth series, by Jack Vance

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To all those of the Jewish faith and background:

Israel remembers Holocaust victims

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Are there any places on the web authorized to sell the pdfs LEGALLY? I'm looking to downsize my print collection (several bookcases IS getting a little ridiculous) and instead keep e-copies of most products.

Thanks in advance.

Per Paizo:

Do not advocate illegal activities or discuss them with intent to commit them;
Do not post any content that infringes and/or violates any patent, trademark, copyright, or other proprietary right of any third party.

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We were extremely fortunate to get an early copy of the upcoming D&D boxed set called The Shadowfell: Gloomwrought and Beyond to unbox and show you all today. It comes packaged in a thin box the same size as the Red Box starter set and comes with a very sturdy 127 page paperback Campaign Guide, a 31 page Encounter Book, two sheets of cardboard tokens, one poster with a map of gloomwrought on one side and an encounter map on the other, and a Despair deck of 30 cards.

Full review here.

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Inspired by this thread.

I would be more than interested in seeing a third-party publishers' take on the 3.x / Pathfinder base classes. Though not a direct Pathfinder product, Bad Axes Trailblazer has an interesting take on the fighter class. Same with the druid.

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You didn't ask him the most important question: when's he gonna write a mod for Pathfinder ^_^

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The Paizo staff has more than once mentioned Greyhawk as one of their sources of inspiration for Golarion. You can especially see it with the human-centric, multi-nation backdrop. At the same time, Golarion has its own feel. IMO, Golarion is definitely darker, with the monsters more, well, monstrous (hello, Golarion ogres); a ruling class trying to emulate Hell, etc.

So if you had the World of Greyhawk setting, how'd you introduce such elements? What would your Theocracy of the Pale be like? Would the Great Kingdom just be some sorta sleeping giant? What dark deals is the Sultanate of Zeif really engaged in?

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Wait. What? How'd I miss this?!?

Classless 4e

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For Fighter (Weapon Master)

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A corollary from the thread, Why PF over D&D 3.5.

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Some tips and tricks from Matt James, a designer for 4e.

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Kewl.

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Second edition's out. There was a flutter of activity for a while on the system. Now all is silent.

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Last week, I talked about the concept of balance and how it relates to Dungeons & Dragons. Probably nothing better encapsulates the issues of balance in D&D—and the attitudes around those issues—than the comparison between the fighter and wizard. From the earliest days of the game, the disparities between these two classes has served as the basis for much of what people have loved and loathed about D&D’s rules.

Full article here.

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With all this talk about "balancing" the fighter against the wizard class, has anyone done anything about the more extreme power difference found in many superheros games? How did y'all balance, for example, a player running a Batman - level PC while another runs a Superman or Green Lantern PC? Limit them, powerwise, ala the "power level" found in M&M?

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