Cheers for Jason!


RPG Superstar™ 2009 General Discussion

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The big galoot actually checked ALL the math on the Top 17 stat blocks. Considering that several of them are multiclassed templated monsters, that's a LOT of math. He spotted stuff that skimming the stat block wouldn't.

So I bought him a latte.

Thanks, Jason, for throwing yourself on that stack of grenades! :)

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8 , Star Voter Season 6

Wow, so he's checked 17 more stat blocks than were checked in all of WotC's Complete line of books. Kudos! ;-)

Contributor

Ha! :)

Paizo Employee Director of Game Design

What can I say, I am a glutton for punishment. That said, I did a cursory inspection of all 17 stat blocks, not a complete work over. There are limits to the amount of punishment I will take, especially with a few of those monsters...

So, it would not surprise me at all if there are some mistakes that I missed, but I will let the voters take a look for themselves.

Jason Bulmahn
Lead Designer
Paizo Publishing

Scarab Sages

Matthew Morris wrote:
Wow, so he's checked 17 more stat blocks than were checked in all of WotC's Complete line of books. Kudos! ;-)

Seriously. If there's any NPC stat block in any WotC supplement that's 100% correct, I havn't seen it yet. Some of them are pretty tame (wrong skill totals) but some just make you wonder what got edited out, because the NPCs don't match the rules at all.

I can sympathize, though. It's a LOT of effort to make sure everything in a single stat block is perfectly correct, even when you're not dealing with a character designed to make use of an entirely new class that may not even be done yet when you make the NPC. You could pay me to take the job, but I'd grumble a lot!

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2009, RPG Superstar Judgernaut

Jason Bulmahn wrote:
What can I say, I am a glutton for punishment.

Thanks for taking on the task, Jason. I'm interested to see your assessment. An editor is always a designer's best friend. It can only help all of us improve.

--Neil


Umm...Jason, next time, ask for more than a latte, man.

Star Voter Season 6

Jason Bulmahn wrote:

What can I say, I am a glutton for punishment. That said, I did a cursory inspection of all 17 stat blocks, not a complete work over. There are limits to the amount of punishment I will take, especially with a few of those monsters...

So, it would not surprise me at all if there are some mistakes that I missed, but I will let the voters take a look for themselves.

Jason Bulmahn
Lead Designer
Paizo Publishing

As the Japanese saying goes, "none of us are as smart as all of us."

Dark Archive

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber
Sean K Reynolds wrote:

So I bought him a latte.

Hopefully there was some booze in that latte. You've gotta kill off a few brain cells after that amount of exercise.

Contributor

Oh, he wasn't done reviewing stat blocks when I got him the latte, didn't want to skew the review for the last few....

Legendary Games, Necromancer Games

Seriously, you guys have no idea. My brain--what little there is of it--would have literally exploded had I attempted that at home.

Jason's reviews need a legal disclaimer:

"Stat Block review by trained professional, do not attempt this at home."

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8 , Star Voter Season 6

Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Umm...Jason, next time, ask for more than a latte, man.

Like if Willow has a sister *ducks*

The Exchange

Pathfinder Maps, Pawns Subscriber

Heh. I would have just came into his office and sat on his desk and said, "Have you finished with that math stuff yet? Cause I am getting bored!"

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16 aka NChance

High five Jason.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32 aka Lord Fyre

Clark Peterson wrote:

Seriously, you guys have no idea. My brain--what little there is of it--would have literally exploded had I attempted that at home.

Jason's reviews need a legal disclaimer:

"Stat Block review by trained professional, do not attempt this at home."

Wait a minute. Aren't you a "trained professional"?


I believe he is. Just his brain is slightly more explosive.

Legendary Games, Necromancer Games

Lord Fyre wrote:
Wait a minute. Aren't you a "trained professional"?

Yeah, but I'm no Jason. He is a stat block god!

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16 aka Clandestine

I bow down to the mastery and only hope to achieve a comparable level of stat mastery. *sigh*

Paizo Employee Director of Game Design

Clark Peterson wrote:
Lord Fyre wrote:
Wait a minute. Aren't you a "trained professional"?
Yeah, but I'm no Jason. He is a stat block god!

In all fairness... it is not the best god to be. My domains are Law, Math, and Headaches.

Jason Bulmahn
Lead Designer
Paizo Publishing

Dark Archive

Jason Bulmahn wrote:
Clark Peterson wrote:
Lord Fyre wrote:
Wait a minute. Aren't you a "trained professional"?
Yeah, but I'm no Jason. He is a stat block god!

In all fairness... it is not the best god to be. My domains are Law, Math, and Headaches.

Jason Bulmahn
Lead Designer
Paizo Publishing

Will we be seeing the Ma the and Headaches domains in the final version of PFRPG? :)


David Wickham wrote:
Will we be seeing the Ma the and Headaches domains in the final version of PFRPG? :)

Power Word Migraine!

CR

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16 aka Mark Thomas 66

That is pretty damned impressive.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16 aka NChance

Jason Bulmahn wrote:
In all fairness... it is not the best god to be. My domains are Law, Math, and Headaches.

Hmmm... Any connection to the Pharaoh of Numbers from J1?

Star Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8

Sean K Reynolds wrote:
Oh, he wasn't done reviewing stat blocks when I got him the latte, didn't want to skew the review for the last few....

Heh heh... "skew the review for the last few" LOL @ Sean! (Did anyone else catch that?) Seriously it made me laugh out loud.

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2009, RPG Superstar Judgernaut

The_Minstrel_Wyrm wrote:
..."skew the review for the last few"

I believe Sean writes poetry in his copius spare time. He's an artist, too! Have you seen his art portfolio? It's awesome! ;-)


Those of us who give our math over to others
Have more time for our poetical druthers.

PS Mrs M is an accountant! :D

Liberty's Edge

Jason I can't follow you... your domains might get me killed :P

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32 aka Gamer Girrl

Having finished going over all the villains, and about to dive back into three for my last two votes, I cannot say thank you to Jason enough!

First, I've learned so much on how to do all this dang math and figuring out villains CRs ... and I know that you, sir, must be a god in Mathematics, where I am a lowly English Major that flees from anything mathematical when I can :)

::bows low, murmurming "We're not worthy!"::

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