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Silver Crusade

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Why does it feel like anytime I try to make a PC that I like it feels shoehorned when I put it into Golarion?

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Why does it feel like anytime I try to make a PC that I like it feels shoehorned when I put it into Golarion?

Perhaps because you're trying to do too much with the PC, or trying too hard to build off of ideas from other sources? It sounds like being in continuity, with WHATEVER setting or inspiration, is pretty important to you, so you might do better at creating Goalrion PCs in starting with Golarion content for inspiration rather than real-world history or other fantasy novels or the like?

Or barring that... come to peace with those feelings of shoehorning?

Silver Crusade

James, if Queen Abrogail had all three parts of the glutouness tome and gave them to her patron. What do you think he would do with them? I think Varian might have toy give the Queen the first part of the tome to get back in her good graces. I'm just asking you this as a what if question not that it is going to happen.


I'm really liking the preview for the Vigilante class. It immediately made me think of

Spoiler:
Vencarlo Orisini/Blackjack
from Curse of the Crimson Throne.

If there were ever to be a Collector's Edition (or updated version) of Curse of the Crimson Throne is there a chance his character would be modified to be a vigilante?


Is there any chance in the near or even distant future we will get Book of the Damned style supplements for the other outsider races? Specifically for psychopomps and/or proteans?

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Lou Diamond wrote:
James, if Queen Abrogail had all three parts of the glutouness tome and gave them to her patron. What do you think he would do with them? I think Varian might have toy give the Queen the first part of the tome to get back in her good graces. I'm just asking you this as a what if question not that it is going to happen.

All sorts of things COULD happen, but if it were in a story I was telling, it'd involve all those plans going bad when Zutha gets involved.

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Pipefox wrote:

I'm really liking the preview for the Vigilante class. It immediately made me think of ** spoiler omitted ** from Curse of the Crimson Throne.

If there were ever to be a Collector's Edition (or updated version) of Curse of the Crimson Throne is there a chance his character would be modified to be a vigilante?

Until I see the final class, I can't say.

That said, when I did the Runelords revision, I really did try my best NOT to change existing NPCs to different classes, because if it's not broke... don't fix it.

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KaiserBruno wrote:
Is there any chance in the near or even distant future we will get Book of the Damned style supplements for the other outsider races? Specifically for psychopomps and/or proteans?

In the near future, as in the next few months? No. Since we've announced the next few months' products and no such book is on the list.

Beyond that, anything is possible... but one reason the Book of the Damned books got written is because Wes and I really wanted to write them, and that helps a LOT in getting a book like that on the schedule. Wes and I do both like psychopomps and proteans... but at this point, there's no plans for such a book to manifest.

Silver Crusade

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Do people in Brevoy name kids Choral in honor of their founder, or is that sort of frowned upon given Choral's legacy as a brutal tyrant?

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Do people in Brevoy name kids Choral in honor of their founder, or is that sort of frowned upon given Choral's legacy as a brutal tyrant?

I doubt many people get named Choral.

And not just because in a fictional setting if you name two characters the same name people freak out way more than they should.

In real life, you can have a story involving 6 people named James. In a fictional story, that breaks verisimilitude and doesn't work.

So... don't expect any other Chorals to pop up anytime soon.

Silver Crusade

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This is another one of those "it's not normal, but then PCs aren't supposed to be normal" sort of things, isn't it?

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
This is another one of those "it's not normal, but then PCs aren't supposed to be normal" sort of things, isn't it?

PCs aren't supposed to be normal, but I'm not sure what you're asking about. A PC named Choral? That's up to you, not me.

Dark Archive

James what is your process for making NPCs?


Which do you believe is more important rules consistency or story?

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ulgulanoth wrote:
James what is your process for making NPCs?

The adventure decides what their role should be—be it dungeon guard or serial killer or suspicious ally or giddy murderer or whatever. That comes first. Their personality and appearance grows from there. Class and stats and all that come along near the end of the process, although a lot of the decisions as to what they are get made during the first part.

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The smitter wrote:
Which do you believe is more important rules consistency or story?

Story.

Liberty's Edge

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Are manes product identity? I'm looking for the demon counterpart of the lemure as a low-level demon adversary, but it seems like where most devils and demons got ported over to Pathfinder, the manes didn't?

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Samy wrote:
Are manes product identity? I'm looking for the demon counterpart of the lemure as a low-level demon adversary, but it seems like where most devils and demons got ported over to Pathfinder, the manes didn't?

Manes are from mythology. If we WERE To pick them up, though, we'd have to present them in a different format than as "lowest CR demons that turn to acid clouds when you kill them." And since I actually quite like that version of them, I've been very hesitant to "overwrite" them as official Pathfinder creatures.

For what it's worth, if I did port them over, they'd look pretty identical to what I did for them in 3.5's Hordes of the Abyss.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

So your recommendation would be I just use that version when I want a low CR demon?


James, since the topic of NPC / PC creation has come up, how do you come up with names for your characters? I can conceive of, stat up, and write histories and personalities for a dozen characters in less time than it takes me to find a single name that I actually like for a character; especially if I'm trying to come up with one that's culturally appropriate for the character.

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Samy wrote:
So your recommendation would be I just use that version when I want a low CR demon?

Sure!

Or just use stats for a tiefling and describe it more demonic. That's probably the best bet. Your players won't know they're fighting a tiefling if you describe it as an 'Orange skinned biped with goat horns, black eyes, a long curved knife, and a long thin tongue that dribs blue slobber" when they encounter it.

OR if you have time, make up a new monster!

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ZanThrax wrote:
James, since the topic of NPC / PC creation has come up, how do you come up with names for your characters? I can conceive of, stat up, and write histories and personalities for a dozen characters in less time than it takes me to find a single name that I actually like for a character; especially if I'm trying to come up with one that's culturally appropriate for the character.

All sorts of ways. Sometimes I use random name generators on the internet. Other times I take a word and spell it backwards and then shuffle a few words around. And other times I just make up the name whole-cloth, based on a lifetime spent reading fantasy books and RPGs. And sometimes, if I need a name that evokes a specific ethnicity, I'll look at real world names and then either use obscure ones or respell them a little different to make them look a little more exotic.

And often what I'll do is not just make up one name, but several dozen and write them all down in my notebook with little boxes to check off once I've used them. That way, when I'm working on an adventure, I don't have to stop when it comes time to name someone and agonize for hours or days. I'll just look through the list and pick the one that sounds good.

All that said, naming NPCs is one of the hardest parts, if not THE hardest part of creating an NPC. At least, for me. You want the name to be perfect, after all, but not one that if someone says it out loud they'll accidentally pronounce it to be something dumb or silly.

Finally, there are entire BOOKS of names out there as well. They're a great resource to have handy.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
This is another one of those "it's not normal, but then PCs aren't supposed to be normal" sort of things, isn't it?
PCs aren't supposed to be normal, but I'm not sure what you're asking about. A PC named Choral? That's up to you, not me.

Yes. That was exactly what I was asking.

How the heck did krogan wind up on Thedas? (I know they're an Easter Egg, I just think puzzling out the in-universe implications would be funny.)

Scarab Sages

James,

Are you a fan of the Penny Dreadful series on Showtime?

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
How the heck did krogan wind up on Thedas? (I know they're an Easter Egg, I just think puzzling out the in-universe implications would be funny.)

It's my understanding that there's implications that Dragon Age and Mass Effect take place in the same universe, only separated by thousands of years.

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Aberzombie wrote:

James,

Are you a fan of the Penny Dreadful series on Showtime?

Yes. I am. But...

Spoiler:
I don't have Showtime, so I depend on the kindness of friends for my Penny Dreadful fix. When it first started last year, I watched it with Jessica Price. Wes Schneider was also involved. And then, half-way through the season, for reasons I'm still not clear on, Wes kept having excuses to not be available, so Jess and I kinda got stranded waiting for the opportunity to catch up... and then other shows came along and the next thing we all knew, the 2nd season of Penny Dreadful started, and now we're all way behind.

Some day I hope to get caught up. I'm increasingly thinking that means that Wes is gonna get left behind.

Scarab Sages

James Jacobs wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:

James,

Are you a fan of the Penny Dreadful series on Showtime?

Yes. I am. But...

** spoiler omitted **

My advice would be...

Spoiler:
Drop him like a zombie in the crosshairs of a high-power rifle. The second season is worth it.

Silver Crusade

James, I have a question are the lengenday games products written by Jason nelson who was the primary author of the mythic rules considered 3 party by Pazio?

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Lou Diamond wrote:
James, I have a question are the lengenday games products written by Jason nelson who was the primary author of the mythic rules considered 3 party by Pazio?

They absolutely are 3rd party products. None of Legendary Games' products go through an approval process like our licensed products do; they're entirely 3rd party productions and are not "official" expansions to the Adventure Paths.

(And Jason was one of several authors for Mythic Adventures, but not the primary one—that would have been Jason Bulmahn.)

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

So.. what will you be doing on your leap second tomorrow at 11:59:60 pm?

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LazarX wrote:
So.. what will you be doing on your leap second tomorrow at 11:59:60 pm?

PORN!

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Okay, folks... keep it to questions. Even if they're silly ones, and provoke silly answers from me. Thanks!

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Companion, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Would you be opposed to someone commissioning an erotic artist to make a piece depicting a Succubus and a T-Rex?

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Rysky wrote:

Would you be opposed to someone commissioning an erotic artist to make a piece depicting a Succubus and a T-Rex?

I would not.


What is the stand of the gods toward psychic magic? I suppose Irori would be cool with it but, what about Nethys? others? Are any gods opposed to psychic magic?

Speaking of which, do any gods proibit certain multiclasses?

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Companion, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
Rysky wrote:

Would you be opposed to someone commissioning an erotic artist to make a piece depicting a Succubus and a T-Rex?

I would not.

Excuse me, I need to go make a few emails...

Questions!

Favourite type of fish?

Favourite way of having fish prepared?

Favourite seasoning?

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the xiao wrote:

What is the stand of the gods toward psychic magic? I suppose Irori would be cool with it but, what about Nethys? others? Are any gods opposed to psychic magic?

Speaking of which, do any gods proibit certain multiclasses?

They are all pretty much cool with it. Nethys in particular, as the god of magic, endorses it.

While the gods themselves do not prohibit certain multiclass combos, the restrictions of alignments do. You can't be a cleric of Abadar/barbarian, for example.

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Rysky wrote:

Favourite type of fish?

Favourite way of having fish prepared?

Favourite seasoning?

Lingcod ties with King Salmon

Lingcod = breaded and fried
Salmon = smoked

Smoked garlic

Silver Crusade

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James Jacobs wrote:
Rysky wrote:

Favourite type of fish?

Favourite way of having fish prepared?

Favourite seasoning?

Lingcod ties with King Salmon

Lingcod = breaded and fried
Salmon = smoked

Smoked garlic

Hmm, never had garlic with fish. Will keep an eye out for it.

Ooo, what fish from a fantasy setting would you like to eat?

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Rysky wrote:
Ooo, what fish from a fantasy setting would you like to eat?

I'll try any of them, but they've got a lot to live up to if they wanna equal lingcod or king salmon.

Dark Archive

What do mermaid's tails taste of?

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ulgulanoth wrote:
What do mermaid's tails taste of?

I'd imagine they'd taste like guilt and sadness and regret.


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James Jacobs wrote:
ulgulanoth wrote:
What do mermaid's tails taste of?
I'd imagine they'd taste like guilt and sadness and regret.

So, McDonald's?

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thegreenteagamer wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
ulgulanoth wrote:
What do mermaid's tails taste of?
I'd imagine they'd taste like guilt and sadness and regret.
So, McDonald's?

Nope; McDonalds tastes like despair and anguish and an early death.


James Jacobs wrote:
LazarX wrote:
So.. what will you be doing on your leap second tomorrow at 11:59:60 pm?
PORN!

So how is that different from every other seconds? ;)

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