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I had my cat scratch my brand new SecretLab Game of Thrones Limited Edition gaming chair.

I immediately bought a baby gate.

Anyone who knows about those chairs and what they cost knows my hurt.


Love to read James Jacobs work. One of the best if not the best to ever do it.


Since half of Pathfinder lorewise came from your homebrew you should probably just write the APs as well!

Kidding, but I'd love to see an adventure written by you someday if possible.


Since it’s a new edition I try to let my players know sometimes what checks can disable or be used to learn or do things. I’ve always felt giving a little tidbit here and there is better than discouraging players by murdering all there characters due to rule nuances.


You mentioned you are not directing the APs anymore James Jacobs, what are you in charge of now?

Not leaving the company I hope!


Putting my vote in for not being a fan of the twin idea.

I had some wonderful random encounters in the jungle and there are some perfect creatures like Krooths,Flytraps,Crocodiles etc. in the first bestiary to throw in there.

A random encounter table would of been ok and a few more monsters added in back to add to table would've been awesome.

I am seeing quite a bit of negativity geared towards this AP and this book in particular but I think it's a solid adventure and very easy to add-in small bits which you should always be doing anyways.


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Sorry James to clarify my issue with the bad writing is that Nketiah directs the PCs to this hex with the intent of them learning about Cinderclaw cult but nowhere in the area info is there anything about what this NPC should inform them of or what knowledge of the cult he has. It is essentially a dead end if players were to follow this tidbit. I know sometimes as GMs the info is left to us to determine and that’s fine but this is 1 instance where it probably should be spelled out what this NPC has for info. I’m going to correct myself as well because “bad writing” isn’t right to say either. Incomplete writing of how the NPC and quest moves forward with the direction being given by Nketiah to visit the elephant people. I can’t find anything about what this man knows.

Thanks


Nkethiah informs the PCs to travel to the elephant people’s hex where they can find out about the cinderclaws from them. The one man there only speaks Mwangi and has nothing written into encounter for what he would know or share with the PCs. Personally I can handle making stuff up and running with it but this is very bad writing for leaving a dead end like this with a NPC that speaks in language PCs could not even speak possibly.


Just wanted to pop in and tell James Jacobs that I personally like this adventure and the pace and the subsystems and hex crawl it uses. How you guys do more of these.

On the issue of maps and the quality of them. They aren’t terrible but one thing that is somewhat bothersome is having map that is wider than 48” when printed out. I know you guys can’t always make things fit perfectly for printing and using at scale but I have a 8x4 gaming table which i couldn’t even fit the one map on width wise but only by 5 inches or so. Not a big deal and I trimmed some but would be awesome if possible to consider most people with the bigger tables can’t use a map physically if wider than 4 feet.

To further talk about quality the maps in this book aren’t terrible but they aren’t near the quality I would expect from you guys. Swamp and forest maps are fine but mine is pretty bad in some spots where the map just feels empty and underutilized.

Overall I’d give the Book 4.2/5 and am very happy with the direction 2E is going. Players are loving it.


Just wanted to pop in and tell James Jacobs that I personally like this adventure and the pace and the subsystems and hex crawl it uses. How you guys do more of these.

On the issue of maps and the quality of them. They aren’t terrible but one thing that is somewhat bothersome is having map that is wider than 48” when printed out. I know you guys can’t always make things fit perfectly for printing and using at scale but I have a 8x4 gaming table which i couldn’t even fit the one map on width wise but only by 5 inches or so. Not a big deal and I trimmed some but would be awesome if possible to consider most people with the bigger tables can’t use a map physically if wider than 4 feet.

To further talk about quality the maps in this book aren’t terrible but they aren’t near the quality I would expect from you guys. Swamp and forest maps are fine but mine is pretty bad in some spots where the map just feels empty and underutilized.

Overall I’d give the Book 4.2/5 and am very happy with the direction 2E is going. Players are loving it.


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I think with the fact Paizo needs PF2 to be successful for their company to be viable as far as profits and keeping the doors open yeah they need to publish frequently.

I think alot of people are forgetting how little money RPGS actually make in the gaming scene.

CCGS, Wargames (Warhammer,Hordes,Etc.), Board games all are bigger money makers than RPGS by quite a bit.

Paizo needs 2E to be accepted and utilized and purchased or they aren't going to be in a good situtation.

I'm not going to speak for Paizos financial situation because I have no idea what it is but I imagine everything is riding on 2E being a success for the company to be able to sustain and grow.


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Ennies have no relevance to the hobby. They are a biased award that means nothing. Look at the winners this year and look at their actual sales and popularity. This is my opinion.


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I agree. Should be more up to date especially considering COM is a month away.


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I'd buy a prepackaged product that contained the adventure and pawns James. I think this would be something that maybe you should see if is possible and if others would want it.

I thought about Marcos idea as well doing the two part release but I don't think that would be something Id be interested in.


Does everything with the "Magic" keyword need to be identified now?

Even potions have the tag so I'm just wondering what exactly needs to be identified or is it just everything with the magic keyword?


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I wish I had time in my life to see if the fantasy city in my game had the same population density as New York! (Joking)


Is there supposed to be an XP reward for bringing Calmont back alive and for dealing with the
Bumblebrashers?

Sorry if this has been answered I looked through pages but couldn’t find an answer.

The other thing I’m wondering is why Alak as written is ok with the PCs basically looting the graves of his fallen comrades? ( I’m changing this to him not allowing it)

Other than those things and a few typos and stuff I’m very happy with this an intro adventure to the new APs.

Great job James Jacobs and team!

My group is loving PF2 and you can count on us supporting this game fully.


Im also interested in how this works.

I’ll check bestiary when home.


I like what you are getting at Bidmaron.

I'm trying to play RAW and only GM Fiat special situation like this but wanna make sure I'm not overlooking hardcoded rules before I improvise.


Using the avoid notice exploration activity allows character/s to roll stealth for initiative but without there being a surprise round sneaking up on an enemy can actually be a worse tactic in that characters can't really get a free action or round and are forced to roll stealth which for most characters isn't the better option.

Is there something in the rules I am missing as to why sneaking up on an enemy as a party successfully doesn't really do anything good for most of them and can even be a negative for some party members?

Would the sneak action through the stealth skill give a free attack?


I printed mine just fine. It will come out wet because they are so dark and you are laying down so much ink I would try maybe putting the printer on the lowest quality print setting as possible and make sure its set for regular printer paper.


Just finished reading this AP and have had our first session and really liking this AP. I see that there is some grammatical errors and a few things that don't make the best sense and I can tell the product was little bit rushed but overall a pretty solid product. 4 out of 5 stars from me.


Thanks guys I scoured the Game Master section but I guess I should've looked in glossary.


As title says does any XP carry over??

Its not anywhere in the rules I can find other than when you reach 1000 to go back to zero.

What are you guys playing as?

I can see being at 940 XP and gaining 80 XP just going back to zero as the carry over with new APL and stuff making it less XP but what about something like 980 XP then 160 XP gain??

We are going to do the Age of Ashes XP and I'm planning on allowing no carry over whatsoever but wanted to hear some thoughts.


I’m playing it as a 80XP encounter.


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I'M going to disagree with some of you guys and say that I think the art is fantastic and I like the new style.

On a different note have you guys seen the art done by other companies in the same industry???

Paizo is for the most part leagues above 99% of the competition.


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I think Gencon sales can be a good indicator.

Starfinder for example killed it.

I think its a very strong game and I prefer it over 1E but I don't think it will have a chance to come anywhere near 5e for the simple fact of brand recognition.

Best case scenario for Paizo is that they can get back some lost ground that 1E has lost over last few years in sales numbers slowly dwindling.


I love the new art. Luckily they do put the art for most characters and monsters in the APs and I've gotten pretty good at cutting it in photoshop and making my own pawns. Still would rather have beforehand.
I know they don't have art at the beginning and most of the GMs I know other than me don't purchase the AP pawn boxes for this reason and just use substitutes.


Just a warning to people trying to use 110 LB cardstock that not all printers can print on this thick of paper and its good to see if your cans cause trying to use this thick of paper on something not compatible will completely brick your printer possibly. ( Speaking from Experience)


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Printing error by not being in the book or printing error as being on the sheet?

I'm thinking it got axed last minute from the CRB but wanna be sure as its a pretty huge loss for a sorcerer if he actually should get it.


Paizo please start releasing these at the beginning!


Resolve at level 17 is showing as something on my Sorcerer specific character sheet that a Sorcerer should receive but isn't showing up in the CRB.

This gives Sorcerers Master level will saves and critical successes for will saves instead of successes.

Which is correct? ( Was it left out of CRB and forgotten to be removed from Char Sheet or the other way around)


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So reading over the book a few times I'm a little confused about searching and finding hazards and secret doors and the likes.

It says every character gets a free secret check to find hazards that do not require a certain proficiency.

If the characters are using exploration tactics other than search can they still get free check?

I really like these rules because they make traps RAW actually work nicely for the first time in history just want to make sure I am getting it right.

My thinking is that players using exploration tactics other than search do not qualify for the free check because they are busy with other stuff.


No and with heal being able to be done with skill checks and 10 minute rests I do not know if there is going to be a solid answer to this until thousands of games are played. Just my 2 cents.


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I've had the book for a few days now and have to say that I think it's quite a bit better than the original "Pathfinder".

My reasoning?

My players also have their books and are constantly flooding whatsapp chat with all their excitement over everything.

They were excited for PF1 too but it wasn't this level of excitement.

Worth the money and I can already tell that running it is going to be a blast.


Good to hear! Hopefully that’s how it pans out


Is the Advanced screen going to be portrait or landscape or both?

Personally I'd love to see both and I do love my 2E landscape screen as I'm not as hidden behind the screen and can better engage my players.


This is good news!


Would be sweet but prob not gonna happen. Be thankful you have yours!


Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:

To be honest, the Starfinder team is doing herculean work to successfully produce the pages/year we are now. And even when Chris Sims and I are replaced, the two new people on the team

Are you guys actually being replaced??

Moving on?


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I think to give the respect and love that Paizo deserves for this unique product we should all call it what it is.

Pathfinder 2nd Edition.


Thanks for the answer James, It's very reassuring for me and I'm sure alot of others that you guys read/listen to these threads and always seem to have answers/input.


Are we going to be seeing more of the modules and have them revitalized or is Plaguestone a one-off kind of deal and modules going back to being few and far between?


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I don't know if Jason Buhlman is joking or not but it looks like he's giving him heck on twitter for posting it.


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Midnight Anarch wrote:
Doktor Weasel wrote:
So it starts in Isger, goblin emissaries come asking for help. Some of their people who had been staying at the abandoned Hellknight Keep have stopped responding.
Uggggggh. They start with a ham-fisted "goblin emissaries" hook? I didn't have much of an opinion on this AP so far but this doesn't improve it. Why the heck would a party of do-good heroes care about a group of missing goblins at an abandoned Hellknight Keep? Ugggggh, why Paizo, why?! Please tell me I'm missing something with this.

Because Goblins are now core characters and this is a way to bring them in right away??

Personally I think thats the right way to go if you are trying to introduce a new race into the general fold is to humanize them a little more.


Stone Dog wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
ograx wrote:
Another question if you are still lurking in the thread James Jacobs, do we get to rebuild or do anything with this castle after we capture it back?!
The assumption is that the PCs turn the castle into their headquarters/home base. Rebuilding it and creating training halls and other support elements within the castle as downtime activities to support other downtime activities is detailed in the 2nd adventure.
I have to admit, this one post has me more interested in Age of Ashes than anything else so far.

Agreed. I know they’ve touched on the story but for a lot of us the mechanics and systems that the APs use can be just as big if not bigger of a selling point.


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James Jacobs wrote:
ograx wrote:
Another question if you are still lurking in the thread James Jacobs, do we get to rebuild or do anything with this castle after we capture it back?!
The assumption is that the PCs turn the castle into their headquarters/home base. Rebuilding it and creating training halls and other support elements within the castle as downtime activities to support other downtime activities is detailed in the 2nd adventure.

Fantastic! I really hope you guys are doing some twitch shows or putting some ads up about this AP and what cool stuff is in it. I’ve been seeing a lot of your stuff on social media and the art and showcasing has been very well done.


Another question if you are still lurking in the thread James Jacobs, do we get to rebuild or do anything with this castle after we capture it back?!


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Roswynn wrote:
ograx wrote:
Roswynn wrote:
ograx wrote:

I'm sorry James, I meant exploration mode. I assume since downtime is in exploration mode we will have specific options and events with it as well??

That is so exciting to hear as I personally feel as having some of those kind of options scripted and hashed out really lets whole system shine.

Awesome!

Downtime is not in exploration mode. They're two distinct things.
I know. I meant to specifically ask about these separate modes and if they will be integrated into the adventures and modules. Seems like they will be which is fantastic.
I apologize, I read "I assume since donwtime is in exploration mode" and my inner pedant reared her ugly head ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

All good!

This is just stuff I’ve been waiting to hear about and I’m ecstatic with the news.

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