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thegreenteagamer wrote:
There seems to be at least one demigod from each outsider group...except aeons. Why not?

The Monad is what stands in for aeons as a "demigod." Why? Because this is one of the ways aeons are different is all.

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HangarFlying wrote:
Did you enjoy your viewing of the new Star Wars?

In fact, I did. And now that I've had a few weeks to think it over... I think it's my favorite Star Wars movie yet.

Spoiler:
I kind of consider it to be a remake of Star Wars, but pretty much every thing that changed in this new movie from the original's plot is a HUGE improvement. The only exception I can think of is the movie's score, which is pretty samey with no big difference, but since Star Wars has one of the most memorable movie scores ever, that's hardly a bad thing.

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HenshinFanatic wrote:
If Golarion exists on the same Material Plane as a presumably fictional counterpart of our Earth, do beings similar to the Residents of the Land of Light exist within the setting? And if so, what would be the best way to model such a powerful race?

They can if you want them to.

I wouldn't include them though.

If I did, though, I'd make new stats for them that would interact with the kaiju rules in some way. WITHOUT making them kaiju, of course.

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Therrux wrote:
Merry Christmas James! Thanks four all the hard work and putting up with our dumb questions all these years. In the spirit of today I ask you, what class do you think Santa would be?

Rogue. Maybe ninja.

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JohnFaraday wrote:

Mr Jacobs,

Do you think that a character becoming a pathfinder would be a good story for a 1-1 campaign? Do you have any other I'deas for a 1-1 campaign plot?

Also, Merry Christmas from down in Australia.

The best way to do a 1-1 campaign, I think, is for the player to build her character and to include a robust backstory with lots of hooks. Then, the GM can take what the player created and craft a custom-built campaign from that, using elements the GM wants to play with as a framing device to deliver the story.

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Have you ever played a character who had a pet or some other animal accompany them that WASN'T due to class features? Not a familiar, not an animal companion, not a bonded mount, just a regular animal that you happen to love and take care of?
Yes. Latest example was Sasha Dracktus, my Skull & Shackles character, who ended up with a pet parrot. Who probably starved to death after that TPK ended the campaign, alas.

Aw, poor little birdie. :(

Why do some people get so worked up about other people's head-canons and how they choose to view their favorite characters as a different sexuality or gender than the assumed norm, claiming that such things "ruin" their enjoyment of a character or story? I've seen this crawling out of the woodwork with BioWare fans and it's quite disheartening to see.

On that note, why does the mere EXISTENCE of GSD individuals get people so upset? Why would the lives of total strangers and how they find happiness have any impact on how another person lives? Why is policing the behavior of others so important to them? I just can't wrap my head around it.

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baron arem heshvaun wrote:

Happy Christmas James!

I wanted to share this family's monstrous gingerbread rendition of the Overlook Hotel from Kubrick's "The Shining," complete with a rice crispie treat maze and interior rooms depicting famous scenes!

It's fascinating!

I thought you were not the biggest Star Wars fan, I am happy you saw it opening week.

What are your thoughts on The Force Awakens? How do you compare it to the previous movies?

You are not a big Tolkien fan either, if you had to create an adventure and pick one, would you create one set in Middle Earth or in the Star Wars Galaxy?

What would some of those plot points in the adventure be?

Did you ever play the Original Knights of the Old Republic? The story line of that game was one of the finest in the gaming medium.

Cool gingerbread!

I'm not the biggest Star Wars fan... not even close... but that's not a binary thing. If you aren't ALL IN on Star Wars, that doesn't automatically mean you hate it.

I just replied about my thoughts on it a few posts above, but the short version is this: Best Star Wars movie yet.

Same goes for Tolkein. If I had to create an adventure between the two though, I'd probably go with Star Wars because that universe seems to have more room for new stories than Lord of the Rings.

As for the plot? Dunno. That sounds an awful lot like me doing free work! :-P

I did play Knights of the Old Republic, and loved it.


James Jacobs wrote:


6) Nope; integrated weapons are not natural attacks, and as such aren't affected by an amulet of mighty fists.
Had you considered the robot bestiary text includes this?
Quote:
Integrated Weaponry: A robot that has a technological weapon (such as a laser rifle or chain gun) built into its body treats such weapons as natural attacks and not manufactured weapons attacks, and cannot make iterative attacks with these weapons.

Does the reminder change your answer, or do you simply think this is a (singular?) exception to the rule that integrated weapons are otherwise always treated as natural weapons?

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Zark wrote:

Merry Christmas James Jacobs

1) What do you wish for Christmas?
2) What movies do you look forward to in 2016?
3) Favorite movies this year so far?
Kind regards Zark

1) Health and happiness for my friends and family.

2) Short list: The Revenant and The Hateful Eight. Slightly less short list, the new Godzilla movie from Toho.

3) By "this year" I assume you mean "last year" at this point. My top movie of 2015 is Mad Max: Fury Road. No contest. The next nine best movies I saw are, in no particular order and possibly with me forgetting one or two:
It Follows
We Are Still Here
Furious 7
Crimson Peak
The Gift
The Martian
Ex Machina
Sicario
Bridge of Spies

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How does it feel to be featured in a calendar? I was happy to look at my new Kobold Press wall calendar after hanging it up at work today and seeing your birthday among other fantasy and gaming luminaries. (BTW, happy upcoming birthday Saturday!)

Also, how come Paizo doesn't have a calendar for sale? (And if there is one in the future, I'd prefer a daily calendar to a wall/monthly calendar)

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Hydraggon wrote:

Thanks for everything you've done for us, James. Have a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I have some questions regarding our favorite abominations, the Qlippoth.

1) What do they think of good outsiders when they aren't in direct conflict? Do they tolerate them with grudging appreciation for holding off mortal sin or do they think of them as another sickness to be wiped from the multiverse?
2) Does every Qlippoth Lord have a favored or direct descendant species, like Yamasoth and the Gongorinans?
3) I'm not sure if you're the right person to ask, but will we ever get more illustrations or an NPC of a Motherless Tiefling?
4) Will we be getting new Qlippoth soon, along with new Demodands and Proteans?
5) Will what we know about Qlippoth Lords ever get built on, like stats or info about Lords we've already heard about, like Thuskchoon? I ask this specifically because I've created a cleric of Chavazvug but there isn't very much to his lore or the lore of his cults at all (or any of the mentioned Lords other then Yamasoth).
Sorry if it's a bit much, but these questions have been bugging me for a whole now.

1) They hate them. Good is bad, after all!

2) Not all of them do, nope. Yamasoth has the gongorinans because he did in "The Secret of Sekamina Cave" and "The Underground Kingdom of Yamasoth," two adventures I wrote up when I was back in 6th grade. :-P

3) Maybe. Depends on if someone uses one in an adventure or the like. They're pretty rare/obscure though... no plans at this point.

4) None on schedule at this point.

5) Eventually, I suspect so... but not soon.

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Dragon78 wrote:

1)Has the name of Castrovel's moon been revealed yet?

2)Is Catrovel's moon like Castrovel or more like the mostly lifeless Golarion's moon?

3)Akiton doesn't have a moon, correct?

4)Is there any chance we will find out what the twin planets Damiar and Iovo were like before they were destroyed and became the Diaspora?

5)Do we know when in the Golarion timeline the twin planets were destroyed?

6)Is Aucturn more old one/elder god related or more dominion of the black or about the same for both?

7)Since the Ilee of Apostae are so different in form from each other wouldn't that make them very hard to stat up as a "race"?

8)Shouldn't the Aballonians have there own subtype or at least use the robot subtype?

9)What is your favorite planet(other then Golarion) in Pathfinder? Favorite moon of Liavara, Bretheda? and over all?

10)What movies have you seen lately?

1) Nope.

2) Undecided, but I suspect it's more like Golarion's moon and Earth's moon.

3) Dunno off the top of my head.

4) Not really something we have any plans to explore at all in detail, but we'll be dropping tidbits now and then.

5) It was during Azlant's time but before Thassilon.

6) About the same for both, but mostly because when we invented it we hadn't really drilled down on the differences between the Elder Mythos and the Dominion of the Black.

7) No more difficult than demons or fomorians or angels or devils or qlippoth or rakshasas or nagas or any one of the numerous similar races we have in the game.

8) Probably. If we do anything significant with them in the future we'll revisit that. Unless we forget.

9) Favorite planet: Castrovel. Don't have a favorite moon.

10) Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Mockingjay Part II

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Have you seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet?

Yup.

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wabbitking wrote:
will the dreaded duckbunny (actual dragon magazine monster) ever make a apperanc in pathfinder?

No. It, like the mind flayer and the githyanki and Lolth, is owned 100% by Wizards of the Coast.

In this case, I'm okay with that.

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JohnFaraday wrote:
Roughly how many pathfinders are there and how many pathfinder lodges?

As many as the plot requires.

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Gambit wrote:
Forgive me if this has been asked before, but do you guys ever run/play other games also, people around the office and/or in their personal games deciding to rock out some 2E AD&D, or Call of Cthulhu, or Vampire: the Masquerade, etc, or does everyone pretty much just stick to Pathfinder?

We play all sorts of games. I can't speak for everyone else, but my preferences these days are Pathfinder, Call of Cthulhu, and Dread... and I keep hoping to get a Star Frontiers game off the ground here soon.

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Onyx Tanuki wrote:

Hey, a few rules questions I wanted clarification on. I've asked in the rules section already, but I'd really like to see what one of the creators has to say on the matter.

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1. How does the monastic legacy feat interact with the brawler's martial training class feature? The closest thing to an answer I've seen is in this very thread, but involving monastic legacy's interaction with the champion of Irori prestige class:

http://paizo.com/threads/rzs2l7ns&page=518?Ask-James-Jacobs-ALL-your-Qu estions-Here#25872

Now, I can see how in the above situation monastic legacy wouldn't work, as it runs afoul of this ruling. Monastic legacy is attempting to add effective levels to one's monk level, while the martial artist class feature is also attempting to add effective levels to one's monk level. Since that's two of the same type of number trying to add to the same thing, we could only take the larger of the two, which would probably be the number from martial artist unless we're literally just dipping into 3 levels of monk and 1 level of champion of Irori so that a paladin can smite and detect chaos.

I'm seeing the situation with brawler's martial training differently, though. There's only one iteration of a number trying to be added to effective monk levels, that being effective fighter levels. I would expect that this would give me an effective monk level 1.5 times my brawler level when determining my unarmed strikes' damage dice. However, I've been told that this is a situation of double-dipping, like the above example regarding champion of Irori, but I don't see how that is...

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2. What exactly does ascetic form work with? I'll give two examples of what I mean:

- Let's say I've taken an elemental ascetic kineticist and taken ascetic strike and all feats required for it (ascetic style,...

I don't have anything to say on those topics, really, at all, since I've not really spent any time thinking about the rules in question. Questions about "what was the purpose" or "How does this work with that" when they pertain to the hardcover rule books need to be asked of the design team—unless it's a Bestiary, I generally don't have a lot of input on the books and often don't read the books at all until a section relevant to an adventure or sourcebook I'm writing or developing draws upon that information.

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JohnFaraday wrote:

Mr Jacobs,

How well known was Cayden Cailean before he ascended? How about the other ascended gods like Irori and Iomadae?

And are the ascended known as gods on other planets?

Of them all, Iomedae was hands-down the most famous before the ascension. The others were not well known at all.

They aren't well known at all on other planets, with the exception of Norgorber, who of all of them is probably the widest reaching.

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Dragon78 wrote:

1)Has been revealed yet what the name of Castrovel's forth continent yet?

2)What was the last animated movie you saw? What was the last animated movie you saw that you really enjoyed?

3)What comic movie of 2016 are most interested in seeing?

4)Aballon doesn't have a moon, correct?

5)Do you have a favorite element for the kineticist?

6)Which planet had humans first, Earth, Golarion, or Androffa?

7)How was your Christmas? Get anything good?

1) Not as far as I know.

2) Does Attack on Titan count? It's a series, not a movie... If that doesn't count, then I think the last one I saw was probably "The Book of Life" which is also the best one I've seen recently.

3) Probably Doctor Strange, I guess.

4) I dunno. I'd have to look it up in Distant Worlds. And that's all the way over across the room on the shelf, out of reach.

5) Nope.

6) Androffa.

7) It was relaxing and rejuvenating. And yup, I got plenty of good! From an electric mixer to some excellent shirts to "Imprisoned with the Pharaohs" on CD to the new Tomb Raider video game to gift cards to a crisp $100 bill to more!


Is it a coincidence that the Ghol-Ghan capital is directly under the eye of abendego?
Does or did The planet Bethereda have any land outside of its moons?
What created the eyes of the ancients in Bethereda and are they natural?
Why do the eyes of the Ancients from a Triangle?
Do or have the Betheredans ever worshipped another?
Were the current Bethredans the first people of their planet or was their an earlier "ancient" group?
Were the people of the planet known as the Cradle be they the Betheredans or their ancestors ever evil or interested in conquest?
Did they ever go to Golarion?
The Ghol-gani worshipped large beings from beyond the stars towards the end. Dominion, Old ones, The thing that got Dorubral or Betheredans?
Did the people of Ghol-gan ever manage interplanetary contact or transport?

As you can tell I propose the Cyclops and the Ancient Brethredans either made a deal together or made a deal with a third party and the eyes in abendego and the ancients are the price. I know you can't reveal but thoughts?

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Luthorne wrote:

1) What are some of the resource books you've found particularly useful or interesting lately in your work...or just enjoy perusing for personal enjoyment?

2) Who are a few of your favorite artists? Not necessarily anyone that makes art for Paizo, but anyone whose art you've enjoyed.

3) What are three periods and places in history that you think are generally interesting, off the top of your head? Can be either an event or just a general time period.

1) Haven't used many books outside of Pathfinder resources lately for most of my work recently. For personal enjoyment, though, I've been reading up on sleep paralysis and some wilderness survival books.

2) I'm a huge fan of Eva Widermann and Wayne Reynolds, and am always excited and honored to have them contribute to things I've worked on. Ben Wootten is a fave as well. For "old school D&D" I've always been a fan of Keith Parkinson and Erol Otus. Beyond that, I've always loved the work of M. C. Escher, and also quite like a lot of the artists who worked on the old pulps (although I shamefully admit to not knowing names there).

3) The Aztec empire before Cortez showed up is fascinating. Europe during the Black Death. The exploration of Antartica in the late 19th/early 20th century.

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Axial wrote:

In Dance of The Damned, part of the adventure which concerns influencing the noble houses makes it clear that you can't recruit the pro-Thrune houses into joining the rebellion.

Spoiler:
What happens if you try to kill or kidnap the heads of the houses allied with Thrune? They don't have full stat builds but their levels and alignments are given. The writers must've anticipated that some players would want to "pay them a visit"

Spoiler:
By kidnapping, you're doing evil, and essentially becoming the evil you're trying to replace. In effect, you are ceding Kintargo to the forces of evil by abandoning the role of hero. In fact, the history of the region has SPECIFIC examples of this occurring in the time after the fall of the Silver Ravens, and the attempt to kidnap agents of the Thrune-allied nobility directly resulted in the last nail in the coffin for the already critically wounded Silver Ravens. AKA: the PCs shouldn't recreate the tragic mistakes of history.

One reason we DID gloss over the Thrune allies was specifically to avoid giving that option any perception of "weight" to the reading GM, to imply that it's really not something that makes a lot of sense and is VERY "off the tracks" and beyond the scope of the adventure. It's no different than the party deciding they want to do an expedition to Sargava in the middle of the Hell's Rebel's AP—it's not something that really will help tell the story that the AP wants to tell, and by glossing over it, we marginalize its role. Of course, if a group of PCs in a game decide to do it, the GM can either roll with it and create all that content on their own, or they can use the numerous NPC allies to communicate to the PCs just how terrible of an idea it is to become the enemy they're trying to defeat.


if you were teleported golarion what place in golarion would you want to live in?(for simplicities sake the teleportation gives you the language of the region your in.

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Dragon78 wrote:

1)The Deities that decimated Androffa, what were they deities of? alignment(s)?

2)Are there any catfolk deities?

3)Are there any lashunta deities?

4)What was the last animated movie that you saw?

5)What was the most disappointing movie of 2015?

1) "Decimate" doesn't mean what you think it means—that's a pet peeve of mine, folks who use "decimate" as a synonym for "destroy." That said... the deities who destroyed and lashed out against Androffa were part of a large pantheon—essentially, deities from my homebrew setting. The ones who plunged Androffa into a dark age themselves were sealed away by the gods who disapproved of that act (and among those are familiar faces like Desna, Sarenrae, and Pharasma), but the ones who did the lashing out have not been "ported over" to in print Pathfinder stuff... and they won't be. I'm keeping those for me.

2) Yes, but they're pretty obscure. We haven't said much, if anything at all, about them yet. For the most part, most catfolk in the Inner Sea region would worship deities from the core 20 or perhaps an empyreal lord.

3) Yes. Castrovel has its own pantheon. Pretty much zero work has been done defining it. Maybe some day...

4) The Book of Life, I think.

5) Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

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Redbeard the Scruffy wrote:
Where have you been?

On vacation.

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Fallout Rampage Cap'n Yesterday wrote:
Redbeard the Scruffy wrote:
Where have you been?
I'm going to guess, playing Fallout 4 and getting away from work, if only for a little while.

Nope. Was down in Point Arena, and made a conscious decision to not visit paizo.com for the 11 days I was there. Because, vacation.

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John Kretzer wrote:

Happy New Years!

How was your New Years Eve?

INCREDIBLY low key. Basically spent it at home, hanging out with Mom and Dad watching some of the Twilight Zone marathon, Guardians of the Galaxy, and then the fireworks in San Francisco on TV.

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Dragon78 wrote:

1)What is your favorite movie of 2015?

2)What are your favorite two cleric domains?

3)Are there any rules/game mechanics that you would have liked to have changed but kept because of backwards compatibility for 3.5?

4)Are there any rules/game mechanics from older or newer editions that you would have liked for Pathfinder?

5)Are any of the Kaiju listed in B4 CR30 creatures? If so how many?

1) Mad Max: Fury Road

2) Charm, Travel

3) Yes.

4) Yes.

5) Unrevealed... but I kind of like the idea of there NOT being any CR 30 kaiju.

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baron arem heshvaun wrote:

Happy 2016 Mighty Tyrant Lizard!

What do you think of A Study in Emerald, where Neil Gaiman, pulls together the worlds of Sherlock Holmes and H.P. Lovecraft.

Have you tried the game based on the story?

As a general rule, I really don't dig what Neil Gaiman does when he works on Lovecraft stuff. I just don't like his take on it; it feels too silly or borderline disrespectful to me. I much prefer his other work outside of Lovecraft.

Not a big fan of "A Study in Emerald" in any event.

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Coridan wrote:
What domains would Adimarchus have? Obviously Chaos, Evil and Madness, but what would the 4th be?

Hmmmmmmmm.

Probably Trickery.

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Ed Reppert wrote:
What more does he need? :-)

Heh... that said... a 4th domain is what he needs. All demigods (which includes all demon lords) get 4 domains. That is, in fact, one of the few things that consistently defines a demigod.

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Mort the Cleverly Named wrote:

A Kaijitsu lore issue:

"The Brinewall Legacy" says that Amaya was born in 4680, and Ameiko in 4689. "Burnt Offerings" says Tsuto was born in 4688. However, "A Song of Silver" references Lonjiku's disappointment in his children as the reason for cheating. Obviously, he can't be disappointed in his kids 8 years before the first one was born, and if you place Amaya's birth late enough for Ameiko to be old enough to have been a disappoint she wouldn't be old enough for Council of Thieves.

Obviously it isn't a big issue or anything, but just for the fun of lore, which version would you go with? Older Ameiko/Tsuto to fit in Amaya? Or nix the disappointment bit and add "cheating for no reason" to the list of reasons Lonjiku was kind of a jerk?

That whole thing has become weirdly complicated and tangled, in part because we keep going back to the Kaijitsus and this shows one oft he ways us not having a constantly updating timeline makes things weird.

Ameiko was born in 4689 AR. This is from "Brinwewall Legacy" and that's the most accurate date, since her lineage and legacy and all that are front and center in that AP. As with all of our APs, there's no hard-coded "start date" for when Jade Regent begins. Ameiko's entry explains that she joined her fateful adventuring group at age 16 (which would put that in 4705), and then next year in 4706 when she was 17 things went bad and she returned home to Sandpoint. I'd say she was 18 when she ended up established as the owner of the Rusty Dragon, then give Runeloreds' events a few years to play out, so that when any one group starts Jade Regent, she would be about 21 or 22 or thereabouts.

All of that said... Ameiko and Amaya should be about the same age.

Where Amaya's entry gets weird is when it implies that Lonjiku was disappointed with his daughter, Ameiko, and that's why he fell in with the Chelish noblewoman. Not true; that's an error. Lonjiku was disappointed that Tsuto was born a half-elf, proof that his wife had cheated on him, and it was in the months after Tsuto's birth that he had his own affair. At some point soon after this affair, Ameiko was conceived back in Sandpoint.

Hope that clears things up!

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BLloyd607502 wrote:

How would you describe the way the Hags call to their daughters? Is it a magic ritual? Or something more inbuilt to being a Hag (A Supernatural ability maybe?)

Is it something a non-Hag could be taught to do by a Hag or more in-the-bone as it were?

Also Happy New Year

I like the idea of it being a magic ritual; meshes well with the fact that hags already have ritual-type stuff going on with their coven magic.

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TMP wrote:

In "Elves of Golarion" (and some other places, I think) it states that elves believe in reincarnation. Is this an aspect of the "Brightness" philosophy, and therefore applies only those who subscribe to it? Or, is this something all elves believe in? In either case, how does this impact the number of elven petitioners of elven deities in realms like Elysium? Are these realms sparsely populated due to so many elven souls reincarnating instead?

Keep in mind that Elves of Golarion was a VERY early book for us, and not everything was 100% dialed in yet in what we wanted to do with elves. It's better to go with what we've got about elves in Inner Sea Races these days—that info there is more accurate and representative. Think of "Elves of Golarion" in this case as a sort of "rough draft" if you will.

Some elves believe in reincarnation, some don't. It's not really something that defines them as a race, in the same way it does for, say, the samsarans or the Tians.

A race that reincarnates a lot would have a comparatively lesser number of petitioners in the outer planes, in theory... but keep in mind that in many cases, deities don't simply constrain their worshipers to one race. When a mortal dies and is reborn as a petitioner, it doesn't really matter what he or she was in life.


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James Jacobs wrote:
My top movie of 2015 is Mad Max: Fury Road. No contest.

I don't understand the love for that movie. It got such good reviews but my wife and I just looked at each other throughout thinking "Are we watching the same movie everyone else is raving about?"

Why did you like it so much?

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:

Why do some people get so worked up about other people's head-canons and how they choose to view their favorite characters as a different sexuality or gender than the assumed norm, claiming that such things "ruin" their enjoyment of a character or story? I've seen this crawling out of the woodwork with BioWare fans and it's quite disheartening to see.

On that note, why does the mere EXISTENCE of GSD individuals get people so upset? Why would the lives of total strangers and how they find happiness have any impact on how another person lives? Why is policing the behavior of others so important to them? I just can't wrap my head around it.

It's human nature to get worked up about things that are perceived as important to you, be it sexuality or religion or politics or your favorite movie or whatever. As much as it is human nature to get worked up about people who get worked up about those things in different ways than you might prefer.

I wish I could say it was also human nature to accept the fact that some folks are different and have different interests and to let them be without trying to change them or be threatened by them, but we've got a long way to go before then. And in fact, it might be human nature to NOT have this capability.

That said, the best thing to do, I guess, is to be tolerant of folks who are intolerant, in the hope that some day tolerance will be more common than intolerance?


James Jacobs wrote:
Hope that clears things up!

Exactly what I was looking for, and nicely reconciles everything. Thank you so much!

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Slithery D wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:


6) Nope; integrated weapons are not natural attacks, and as such aren't affected by an amulet of mighty fists.
Had you considered the robot bestiary text includes this?
Quote:
Integrated Weaponry: A robot that has a technological weapon (such as a laser rifle or chain gun) built into its body treats such weapons as natural attacks and not manufactured weapons attacks, and cannot make iterative attacks with these weapons.
Does the reminder change your answer, or do you simply think this is a (singular?) exception to the rule that integrated weapons are otherwise always treated as natural weapons?

Ugh

Lame

Whatever.

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JoelF847 wrote:

How does it feel to be featured in a calendar? I was happy to look at my new Kobold Press wall calendar after hanging it up at work today and seeing your birthday among other fantasy and gaming luminaries. (BTW, happy upcoming birthday Saturday!)

Also, how come Paizo doesn't have a calendar for sale? (And if there is one in the future, I'd prefer a daily calendar to a wall/monthly calendar)

That's weird. I didn't know I was in there. Creepy!

Thanks for the upcoming birthday wish, I guess? ;-P

We don't do calendars because it's a self-obsoleting industry—we prefer to publish books and products that ALL have a chance to be "evergreen" and thus could appeal to someone on the day the book is first published AND a year later AND ten years later, and so on. Calendars don't do that, and anything you have left over once you hit the new year is, essentially, eating your profits in that you have to pay to have them destroyed or stored or whatever.

It's not really a publishing model we're set up to do or set up to WANT to do, both physically and mentally.

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Lawful GM wrote:

Is it a coincidence that the Ghol-Ghan capital is directly under the eye of abendego?

Does or did The planet Bethereda have any land outside of its moons?
What created the eyes of the ancients in Bethereda and are they natural?
Why do the eyes of the Ancients from a Triangle?
Do or have the Betheredans ever worshipped another?
Were the current Bethredans the first people of their planet or was their an earlier "ancient" group?
Were the people of the planet known as the Cradle be they the Betheredans or their ancestors ever evil or interested in conquest?
Did they ever go to Golarion?
The Ghol-gani worshipped large beings from beyond the stars towards the end. Dominion, Old ones, The thing that got Dorubral or Betheredans?
Did the people of Ghol-gan ever manage interplanetary contact or transport?

As you can tell I propose the Cyclops and the Ancient Brethredans either made a deal together or made a deal with a third party and the eyes in abendego and the ancients are the price. I know you can't reveal but thoughts?

Yes, it's a coincidence.

Probably not.
Unrevealed.
Because that's the shape they make; no reason (or if there IS one, Sutter hasn't told us).
Dunno.
Dunno.
Dunno. Lots of these questions about Brethadans would be better posed to James Sutter.
Yes.
Old Ones.
Not on a national scale, but certainly on an individual and more limited scale.

As written, though, there's no link between Ghol-Ghan and Brethedans, but there certainly could be in your version of Golarion.

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wabbitking wrote:
if you were teleported golarion what place in golarion would you want to live in?(for simplicities sake the teleportation gives you the language of the region your in.

Sandpoint.

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Steve Geddes wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
My top movie of 2015 is Mad Max: Fury Road. No contest.

I don't understand the love for that movie. It got such good reviews but my wife and I just looked at each other throughout thinking "Are we watching the same movie everyone else is raving about?"

Why did you like it so much?

I liked it because it was visionary, because it was expertly directed, because it relied on real stunts with minimal CGI (and most of that was to remove wires and add backgrounds rather than to create what was actually the focus of the scene), because the soundtrack was breathtakingly awesome, because it presented a female heroine, because of its feminist elements, because it allows the female characters to have things to do other than react to male characters, because it's got excellent roles for older characters as well as the younger characters, because it's in a genre that I've adored since the start of the genre (Mad Max was the first R-Rated movie I ever saw, and Road Warrior was the second, and Beyond Thunderdome was the first PG 13 movie I saw), because it had the guts to be an R-Rated summer movie rather than PG 13, because it's a movie about sexual violence that knows it doesn't have to SHOW the sexual violence to make its point and thus avoids glorifying it, because the actors and actresses in the movie are great, because it showed me sights I'd never before seen in a movie, because even the minor characters have well-rounded backgrounds, because the cinematography is beautiful, because it avoids the super-fast jump-cut Michael Bay school of disguising mediocre filmmaking with rapid cuts and has the conviction of the skill of all involved to have long lingering shots, because the names of the characters are so creative, because it was directed by the same man who directed the first 3 movies and felt as good or better...

And so on.

It's not only my favorite movie of 2015. It's actually my favorite Action movie ever. Ever.

I get that some folks don't understand the love for the movie. But regardless of that, I'm hardly the only person to love the movie, as its reviews have proven. I wouldn't be surprised to see it get a Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Director, and more nod at the Oscars.


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Glad to see I'm not the only person that thinks Fury Road was the best film of 2015.


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James Jacobs wrote:
I get that some folks don't understand the love for the movie. But regardless of that, I'm hardly the only person to love the movie, as its reviews have proven. I wouldn't be surprised to see it get a Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Director, and more nod at the Oscars.

Oh yeah - I'm clearly in the minority. I've just never really understood what's supposed to be so good about it (usually when there's a popular movie I don't like, I can at least see the attraction - this one just left me puzzled at the acclaim). Appreciate the list of pluses. Cheers. :)

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Liegence wrote:

Glad to see I'm not the only person that thinks Fury Road was the best film of 2015.

You're not even CLOSE to being the only person who thinks it's the best film of 2015. It's already winning awards. And I suspect it's not done yet.

Rotten tomates has it at the #1 spot for highest reviewed, over all, of the year. AKA: It's the movie that, overall, got the most best reviews in the year.

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Steve Geddes wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
I get that some folks don't understand the love for the movie. But regardless of that, I'm hardly the only person to love the movie, as its reviews have proven. I wouldn't be surprised to see it get a Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Director, and more nod at the Oscars.
Oh yeah - I'm clearly in the minority. I've just never really understood what's supposed to be so good about it (usually when there's a popular movie I don't like, I can at least see the attraction - this one just left me puzzled at the acclaim). Appreciate the list of pluses. Cheers. :)

Those are just the overall plusses. Theres lots more little ones too...

Spoiler:
...like the details in the scene where Furiosa puts out the fire on the hood of the Rig

...or how you can track the saga of the missing boot through three different characters

...or the subtle links to previous movies, such as the music box

...or the way Tom Hardy delivers his lines when he finally tells Furiosa his name

...or the fact that this is the first time in the series where a main character directly causes the death of the "main bad guy" and has the guts for that NOT to be a death delivered by Max

...or the tattoo of "Road Warrior" on Max's back

...or the human-powered winch used to raise and lower the platform at the citadel

...or how the shot of Max rising from the sand after the storm looks at first like a shot of a distant mountain

...or the long panning shot out from the chase to reveal the true scope of the oncoming sandstorm

Etc. There's a LOT in there, and the closer you look the better it gets.

That all said, not every thing is for every one. I hate musicals, for example, and don't understand what people like about them, DESPITE the fact that many people I know and respect IMMENSELY love them. I've accepted that, and that the fault is not with musicals, but with me, and I'm comfortable with that and am stoked that Musicals bring so many other people so much joy.

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JJ,

About your take on Pharasma and knowing all of Fate:

Does the trope of being 'fateless', being able to change fate, fate competing vs luck/chance, and 'not having a destiny' not exist in Golarion? It's a fairly standard device to make sure the future is NOT always certain, but you make it seem as if it's set in stone for Pharasma.

Or is merely that she can't see 'everything', but the major points are always fixed?

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James Jacobs wrote:
Pharasma's NOT about "not giving two mehs" at all. She knows what's going to happen, being the goddess of fate and prophecy and all that, and since the entire future is essentially "spoiled" for her, she just doesn't look at it in the same way us mortals do.

How does this tie in with the Age of Lost Omens? Does that mean that prophecy does still "work", just that mortals no longer have access to it? I'd always kind of assumed that it had impacted on Pharasma as well.


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James Jacobs wrote:
Steve Geddes wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
I get that some folks don't understand the love for the movie. But regardless of that, I'm hardly the only person to love the movie, as its reviews have proven. I wouldn't be surprised to see it get a Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Director, and more nod at the Oscars.
Oh yeah - I'm clearly in the minority. I've just never really understood what's supposed to be so good about it (usually when there's a popular movie I don't like, I can at least see the attraction - this one just left me puzzled at the acclaim). Appreciate the list of pluses. Cheers. :)

Those are just the overall plusses. Theres lots more little ones too...

** spoiler omitted **

Etc. There's a LOT in there, and the closer you look the better it gets.

That all said, not every thing is for every one. I hate musicals, for example, and don't understand what people like about them, DESPITE the fact that many people I know and respect IMMENSELY love them. I've accepted that, and that the fault is not with musicals, but with me, and I'm comfortable with that and am stoked that Musicals bring so many other people...

Cheers. I'm certainly fine with not liking something most of the planet seems to. I was just puzzled. :)

With regard to musicals and "hating" them - do you just find them boring? Contrived? Something else?

Have you ever seen one you actually liked?


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Given an objet d'art as treasure, how much of a discount would you put on the sale price if the PCs wanted to melt it down and sell it as its component parts (i.e., gold, jewels, etc.) rather than as a whole? That is, what percentage of the value should be 'artistry' and what raw materials?

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