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1. I remember you saying before that if you had a pathfinder movie you would want Treerazor to be the main villain. Who would you want to do his voice in such a movie?

2. Which iconics would you want for the movie, and who would you want to play them?

1) Treerazer, not razor. But yeah. He'd be cool as a villain. Whoever did his voice would likely have it modulated by computers to make it sound inhuman, but my preference just off the top of my head would be Tony Todd.

2) Valeros, Seoni, Kyra, and Merisiel. Dunno about actors off the top of my head other than Sarah Shahi for Kyra.


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The mechanics of familiars get a little fuzzy on couple rarely thought of things, so I'm curious about the story side of it.

Familiars gain intelligence and sentience, so, are they capable of self study and self improvement? Is there some reason they wouldn't aside from the obvious possibility of laziness? Are they incapable of gaining the sort of improvement represented by levels?

Are there cases of familiars keeping their familiar status and/or abilities when the caster dies? (a 3.5 npc supplement had such a familiar and I've been trying to play a similar character ever since)

Also, reincarnate has a slight chance of coming back as an animal. Any prominent characters in Galorian that had this happen? How would you handle this for creating a pc that had this happen in their bg? (edit; and now that character is an an intelligent animal rather than a normal race?)

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TheAlicornSage wrote:

The mechanics of familiars get a little fuzzy on couple rarely thought of things, so I'm curious about the story side of it.

Familiars gain intelligence and sentience, so, are they capable of self study and self improvement? Is there some reason they wouldn't aside from the obvious possibility of laziness? Are they incapable of gaining the sort of improvement represented by levels?

Are there cases of familiars keeping their familiar status and/or abilities when the caster dies? (a 3.5 npc supplement had such a familiar and I've been trying to play a similar character ever since)

Also, reincarnate has a slight chance of coming back as an animal. Any prominent characters in Galorian that had this happen? How would you handle this for creating a pc that had this happen in their bg? (edit; and now that character is an an intelligent animal rather than a normal race?)

As long as a familiar remains a familiar, it can only gain in power by becoming a more powerful familiar. They have the ability to learn and study, but their capacity to improve is bound 100% to their master. A familiar that manages to break this tie to a master can then improve via class level or the like, but loses most of its familiar powers in doing so.

A familiar whose master dies remains intelligent for a time, perhaps the rest of its life, but many revert to their true nature in time.

No prominent characters on Golarion have been reincarnated as an animal, with one major significant exception: the gorilla king. Someone who is reincarnated as an animal would gain racial HD and thus isn't appropriate for a PC. If it happened in my game and I wanted to run with it, I'd build that player a custom animal race with zero HD using the race builder rules.

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I have been noticing a trend of familiars who lost their mages in your AP entries, actually. Though the only ones I can name off the top of my head are Erylium and Ekubus.

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James, what is the home plane of the Vishap? In its bestiary 5 entry it has the extraplanar subtype, but I don't see a home plane given. So, from where do these badass ley line dragons hail?


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Tacticslion wrote:
Somehow I didn't realize you were from California! That makes me wonder: are you a lifelong Westcoaster, or have you moved elsewhere? If so, where? What about places you've traveled? I feel like you've at least partially answered this one before, but I never have luck searching your thread, and I don't think it was me...

I grew up in Point Arena, CA, on the northern California coast. Then I went to college, at UC Davis, which was five more years. After college, I moved up north to Seattle—that was the first time I'd ever been out of the state of California. Up here in Washington, I've lived three places—north Seattle, then Renton, then here in Redmond.

The only times I've ever been out of California or Washington (or Oregon since it's between the two) is when I flew out to Gen Con. One of these days I hope to actually travel somewhere not for work so I can actually enjoy the place I'm going (and actually go to a place that's enjoyable)... but so far, not yet.

Does your dwelling in Seattle give you any fondness for Shadowrun, given that it makes Seattle pretty much it's "Greyhawk"?

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I can scarcely believe I'm asking this but, do catfolk have any particular feelings or taboos regarding nudity? I've got a player who's playing a catfolk urban barbarian, and she feels it'd be fun to show off her character's wild, impetuous spirit by going around topless (for the record, the other players have no problem with this, but I'm trying to talk her into toning it down).

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Ectar wrote:
James, what is the home plane of the Vishap? In its bestiary 5 entry it has the extraplanar subtype, but I don't see a home plane given. So, from where do these badass ley line dragons hail?

That's an excellent question. I'd never thought of it at all until you asked, in fact. Let's see...

(opens up Bestiary 5 and turns to the vishap)

It's neutral and has links to ley lines... let's say Ethereal Plane, I guess. Frankly, I'd rather associate them with the First World. It really feels like a monster that got designed and developed by someone who didn't really consider the implications for the monster's presence in Golarion, alas.

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Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Does your dwelling in Seattle give you any fondness for Shadowrun, given that it makes Seattle pretty much it's "Greyhawk"?

Not really, since I moved to Seattle several years after learning about Shadowrun, and haven't ever really played it at all since moving up here with the exception of the excellent video game.

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
I can scarcely believe I'm asking this but, do catfolk have any particular feelings or taboos regarding nudity? I've got a player who's playing a catfolk urban barbarian, and she feels it'd be fun to show off her character's wild, impetuous spirit by going around topless (for the record, the other players have no problem with this, but I'm trying to talk her into toning it down).

Up to you.

I'd say yes, but only because we've only ever shown them with clothes on in print, and because showing them naked starts to make folks (including several here at Paizo) uncomfortable.


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James Jacobs wrote:
Tony Todd.

Favorite movie featuring this gentleman prominently? I'm a Sushi Girl fan myself.

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Cole Deschain wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Tony Todd.
Favorite movie featuring this gentleman prominently? I'm a Sushi Girl fan myself.

No contest. Candyman.

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
I can scarcely believe I'm asking this but, do catfolk have any particular feelings or taboos regarding nudity? I've got a player who's playing a catfolk urban barbarian, and she feels it'd be fun to show off her character's wild, impetuous spirit by going around topless (for the record, the other players have no problem with this, but I'm trying to talk her into toning it down).

Up to you.

I'd say yes, but only because we've only ever shown them with clothes on in print, and because showing them naked starts to make folks (including several here at Paizo) uncomfortable.

Yeah, I agree.

What makes a monster a monster?


James Jacobs wrote:
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Does your dwelling in Seattle give you any fondness for Shadowrun, given that it makes Seattle pretty much it's "Greyhawk"?
Not really, since I moved to Seattle several years after learning about Shadowrun, and haven't ever really played it at all since moving up here with the exception of the excellent video game.

Is that the same one that's being sold at GOG, the reservation for old classic games?

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
I can scarcely believe I'm asking this but, do catfolk have any particular feelings or taboos regarding nudity? I've got a player who's playing a catfolk urban barbarian, and she feels it'd be fun to show off her character's wild, impetuous spirit by going around topless (for the record, the other players have no problem with this, but I'm trying to talk her into toning it down).

can you clarify if the player or the character goes around topless? O_O

Thank you.


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James, this is not intended as a slight to the developers at Paizo. I am in the midst of trying to rewrite book 6 of Wrath of the Righteous for my group. I am trying to up the epicness of the book.

My question is - if Iomedae or Sarenrae were to grant the PCs a vision of the Circle of Hierophants (which I want to incorporate into my story) would that break the "contract" that exists between good and evil? If the intended use is the closure of the Worldwound.

And, how far can gods/goddesses go before breaking the "contract"?

We are loving Wrath so far. Great story.

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I know you don't like Gencon that much but I just found out Steamforged Games will be demoing the Dark Souls board game there, so hopefully you'll get to play it you're interested

Thought this might cheer ya up a bit.


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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
I can scarcely believe I'm asking this but, do catfolk have any particular feelings or taboos regarding nudity? I've got a player who's playing a catfolk urban barbarian, and she feels it'd be fun to show off her character's wild, impetuous spirit by going around topless (for the record, the other players have no problem with this, but I'm trying to talk her into toning it down).

Actually now that it's been brought up, I'm curious

What cultures don't have a nudity taboo? And for those that do, what's the source behind it? (Or is it as simple as "because the real world does?")


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1) What do you think is the most frightening animal to be found...

a) ...in the oceans?

b) ...on land?

c) ...in the skies?

2) Read any interesting nonfiction books lately? If so, which one, and what intrigues you about it?

3) If you could have any non-sapient creature from Pathfinder as a tamed - but not domesticated - pet, which would you pick, keeping in mind it would still have its natural instincts even if it's been taught to obey you to the best of its ability?

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
What makes a monster a monster?

Strictly speaking in Pathfinder? I guess... having any racial HD does.

But poetically speaking? What makes a monster a monster is attitude. Jack the Ripper and H. H. Holmes are as much monsters as anything, and they were both human.

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Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Does your dwelling in Seattle give you any fondness for Shadowrun, given that it makes Seattle pretty much it's "Greyhawk"?
Not really, since I moved to Seattle several years after learning about Shadowrun, and haven't ever really played it at all since moving up here with the exception of the excellent video game.
Is that the same one that's being sold at GOG, the reservation for old classic games?

This one, from Harebrained Schemes.

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Purple Dragon Knight wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
I can scarcely believe I'm asking this but, do catfolk have any particular feelings or taboos regarding nudity? I've got a player who's playing a catfolk urban barbarian, and she feels it'd be fun to show off her character's wild, impetuous spirit by going around topless (for the record, the other players have no problem with this, but I'm trying to talk her into toning it down).

can you clarify if the player or the character goes around topless? O_O

Thank you.

This is a place to ask ME questions...

... but that said, that's a good exception! :-P

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Mogloth wrote:

James, this is not intended as a slight to the developers at Paizo. I am in the midst of trying to rewrite book 6 of Wrath of the Righteous for my group. I am trying to up the epicness of the book.

My question is - if Iomedae or Sarenrae were to grant the PCs a vision of the Circle of Hierophants (which I want to incorporate into my story) would that break the "contract" that exists between good and evil? If the intended use is the closure of the Worldwound.

And, how far can gods/goddesses go before breaking the "contract"?

We are loving Wrath so far. Great story.

WALL OF TEXT TRIGGERED!

Spoiler:
There is no "contract" between good and evil. There's an understanding among the deities that the more they directly become involved in the affairs of mortals, the more their enemies and competitors will become involved, and that can quickly escalate into a scorched earth scenario of an arms race where the gods come out of it more or less okay but their worshipers are gone. As an example... take the story of Desna and the demon lord Aolar. When Desna got sick of Aolar poaching on her worshipers, Desna invaded the Abyss and killed Aolar. The demon lords got so worked up and angry and frightened that a good deity would do something like this that they did something they never did before; they joined forces and were about to unleash their combined might on the good planes, something that would DEVASTATE those realms and, even if the demons eventually lost, would have certainly resulted in the deaths of many good deities and demigods and the destruction and corruption of a lot of outer planar stuff. The demons ended up not doing this only barely, in large part because Calistria snuck in and managed to, as the goddess of trickery, defeat the demon alliance from within. Several of the good and lawful deities were about ready to exile or worse Desna, but Sarenrae and Calistria and Shelyn (who had all had their faiths hurt by Aolar) stepped up to defend Desna and managed to save her from punishment. End result was one dead demon lord, but a VERY close call that could have turned out much worse. And that was a case of a deity meddling with outsiders. A deity meddling that much with mortals? That's even more outlandish!

There's a lot more leniency granted to demigods here, of course; a demigod is more allowed to directly interact with mortals (as seen with Wrath of the Righteous and Deskari's meddling), since unlike deities, demigods have stats and can thus be successfully opposed by powerful mortals. Wrath is proof; the fact that Deskari directly meddled and in theory ends up being killed by mortals is more or less enough to keep most demigods from bothering to risk such a move.

Iomedae's interaction with the plot, and to a lesser degree deities like Desna (who step into start a succubus on the path of redemption), is intentionally VERY minor. When Iomedae shows up to directly encounter the PCs, she doesn't simply give them the solution on a silver platter; she makes them WORK for her aid and even then the aid she grants doesn't guarantee success. By behaving the way she did, she helps to keep the agency of failure or victory squarely in the mortal realm, and helps to prevent escalating the divine clash that could well see someone like Lamashtu step in to help Deskari and his followers.

So, having deities step in to directly aid the PCs in the AP would, in world, run the risk of equally or more powerful opposing deities helping their minions in the same or greater ways, which would have the end result of no advantage for the PCs or even a significant DISADVANTAGE for the PCs. Furthermore, you run a very real risk of neutering the players' agency in the game if you set a precedent that the gods will just step in at the last minute to save the day. What's the point of playing an entire AP if the end would have been the same had your player characters never done a thing, since the gods were always capable and willing of fixing things? You want your PCs and thus your players to feel that THEY were the ones who saved the day, or that THEY were the ones who failed.

So, if you really want Iomedae or Sarenrae or someone to step in and give the PCs a vision... you need to set it up that the PCs are the ones who enable that. Maybe they go on a quest to recover an ancient artifact that allows them to contact a deity? Maybe they save a favored worshiper? Maybe one of the PCs has excelled in faith and can receive the vision not as a "Here help" but as a "You've spent 20 or so character levels being my best cleric, so here's a prize."

So... as long as the PCs think that they are the ones saving the day, then I guess the evil deities will think the same and won't risk retaliation by intervening.

Whew... hope that clears things up and helps you decide how to move forward!

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Rysky wrote:

I know you don't like Gencon that much but I just found out Steamforged Games will be demoing the Dark Souls board game there, so hopefully you'll get to play it you're interested

Thought this might cheer ya up a bit.

I generally don't have any time to demo games at Gen Con at all; I'm pretty much working the entire time, or catching rest to avoid the con crud when I'm not working or grabbing dinner. I'm one of those folks who is usually in bed and trying to get to sleep by 8 or 9 in the evening at Gen Con... as opposed to someone who usually heads to bed at 2:00 AM...

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Desril wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
I can scarcely believe I'm asking this but, do catfolk have any particular feelings or taboos regarding nudity? I've got a player who's playing a catfolk urban barbarian, and she feels it'd be fun to show off her character's wild, impetuous spirit by going around topless (for the record, the other players have no problem with this, but I'm trying to talk her into toning it down).

Actually now that it's been brought up, I'm curious

What cultures don't have a nudity taboo? And for those that do, what's the source behind it? (Or is it as simple as "because the real world does?")

Most cultures in Golarion have a nudity taboo, but that's in part because being naked means you're vulnerable, and Golarion is much more dangerous than the real world! Ask your players if they'd like their characters to be naked for an adventure (AKA abandon their magic rings and armor and belts and headbands and stuff). Pretty sure they'll think that's taboo too!

But in a more practical sense... if we had a race that embraced nudity and had visibly human genitals or nipples or orifices, then we'd look like fools for building that into the race and whenever we illustrated them NOT illustrating them naked. And that's not an option for us, alas, due to the nature of how the USA views nudity. We can show folks exploding in scenes of hyper-violence all we want though. It's pretty frustrating, and hopefully some day that dichotomy will swing in the other direction (or at least we'll be more comfortable with nudity) but until then... our NPCs will be staying dressed.


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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
What makes a monster a monster?

Strictly speaking in Pathfinder? I guess... having any racial HD does.

But poetically speaking? What makes a monster a monster is attitude. Jack the Ripper and H. H. Holmes are as much monsters as anything, and they were both human.

James, have you read Devil in the White City, or are you an oddball like me who read about H. H. Holmes in a serial killer coloring book you found at a friend's house?

. . .

Y'know, said friend was a perfectly nice guy, but I feel like there's no putting the toothpaste back in the tube after describing the contents of his bookshelf.

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James Jacobs wrote:
Rysky wrote:

I know you don't like Gencon that much but I just found out Steamforged Games will be demoing the Dark Souls board game there, so hopefully you'll get to play it you're interested

Thought this might cheer ya up a bit.

I generally don't have any time to demo games at Gen Con at all; I'm pretty much working the entire time, or catching rest to avoid the con crud when I'm not working or grabbing dinner. I'm one of those folks who is usually in bed and trying to get to sleep by 8 or 9 in the evening at Gen Con... as opposed to someone who usually heads to bed at 2:00 AM...

Okies, sorry.

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Luthorne wrote:

1) What do you think is the most frightening animal to be found...

a) ...in the oceans?

b) ...on land?

c) ...in the skies?

2) Read any interesting nonfiction books lately? If so, which one, and what intrigues you about it?

3) If you could have any non-sapient creature from Pathfinder as a tamed - but not domesticated - pet, which would you pick, keeping in mind it would still have its natural instincts even if it's been taught to obey you to the best of its ability?

a) Great white shark

b) Sydney funnel web spider

c) Mosquito

2) Haven't read much non-fiction lately... I generally don't, in fact.

3) Deinonychus. Assuming I had the land to let it run free, and the resources to keep it fed legally!

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Hitdice wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
What makes a monster a monster?

Strictly speaking in Pathfinder? I guess... having any racial HD does.

But poetically speaking? What makes a monster a monster is attitude. Jack the Ripper and H. H. Holmes are as much monsters as anything, and they were both human.

James, have you read Devil in the White City, or are you an oddball like me who read about H. H. Holmes in a serial killer coloring book you found at a friend's house?

. . .

Y'know, said friend was a perfectly nice guy, but I feel like there's no putting the toothpaste back in the tube after describing the contents of his bookshelf.

I have indeed read that book, and in fact, dovetailing off the last answer... that might be the last non-fiction book I read. It's a VERY excellent book indeed. That said, I knew about H. H. Holmes long before I read that book. In fact, knowing about him is what convinced me to seek that book out and read it in the first place.

I don't remember for sure where I first heard about him, but I've been into horror since I was like 9 and started watching monster movies or first read Stephen King, so in those past 35 years I've had plenty of opportunity to stumble across him. I do know it wasn't a coloring book though. Or trading cards. I'm pretty sure those came along much later than my childhood.

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Rysky wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Rysky wrote:

I know you don't like Gencon that much but I just found out Steamforged Games will be demoing the Dark Souls board game there, so hopefully you'll get to play it you're interested

Thought this might cheer ya up a bit.

I generally don't have any time to demo games at Gen Con at all; I'm pretty much working the entire time, or catching rest to avoid the con crud when I'm not working or grabbing dinner. I'm one of those folks who is usually in bed and trying to get to sleep by 8 or 9 in the evening at Gen Con... as opposed to someone who usually heads to bed at 2:00 AM...
Okies, sorry.

No worries.

I certainly am interested in some day checking the game out, but conventions just aren't a place I can do that since I only go to them to work. I'd much rather check a game out with friends in the comfort of a familiar place that isn't crowded, noisy, and constantly brimming with the potential of a toxic fan or hater lashing out at my friends or myself.

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James Jacobs wrote:
Rysky wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Rysky wrote:

I know you don't like Gencon that much but I just found out Steamforged Games will be demoing the Dark Souls board game there, so hopefully you'll get to play it you're interested

Thought this might cheer ya up a bit.

I generally don't have any time to demo games at Gen Con at all; I'm pretty much working the entire time, or catching rest to avoid the con crud when I'm not working or grabbing dinner. I'm one of those folks who is usually in bed and trying to get to sleep by 8 or 9 in the evening at Gen Con... as opposed to someone who usually heads to bed at 2:00 AM...
Okies, sorry.

No worries.

I certainly am interested in some day checking the game out, but conventions just aren't a place I can do that since I only go to them to work. I'd much rather check a game out with friends in the comfort of a familiar place that isn't crowded, noisy, and constantly brimming with the potential of a toxic fan or hater lashing out at my friends or myself.

I can definitely understand that.

I hope your Gencon trip is a, if not fun, at least not too stressing trip this year.


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James Jacobs wrote:
Luthorne wrote:

1) What do you think is the most frightening animal to be found...

a) ...in the oceans?

b) ...on land?

...

a) Great white shark

b) Sydney funnel web spider

...

Encountered two funnel-webs in my back garden whilst living in south Sydney... Needless to say, with a three year old son who - up until then - I had been happily allowing to run around barefoot, their appearance reminded me what a lethal place Australia can be!!!

...and, when I had regained my composure, I cast Acid Spray (some hideous bug killing spray) and followed it up with a Coup de Grace by Adamantine Vorpal Shovel!!!

Follow up question if I may? Is there any real life beast that you have encountered (in the wild or otherwise) that has inspired you to create a PF monster, encounter or adventure?


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That......... was a very detailed and fantastic response James. Thank you.

For people that have not played Wrath of the Righteous and want to avoid any kind of spoilers, DO NOT open the spoiler tab here. There are some pretty huge reveals there.

Wrath Spoiler:

Operating under the assumption that the PCs do indeed rescue Iomedae's herald from Baphomet and that one of the PCs then receives the gift of becoming her new herald:

Would that be an appropriate time for a vision?

And if the vision only included a site and no other information does that help conform to not meddling in mortal affairs?

It would be up to the PCs to identify and then locate the spot. And then they would have to figure out how it relates to the problem.

I'm new to this level of designing, or rather any level of designing. I am wanting to stay as true as possible to the world of Golarion.

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Zesdead wrote:
Follow up question if I may? Isthere any real life beast that you have encountered t(in the wild) hat has inspired you to create a PF monster?

You may!

OH... you had that and ANOTHER follow up question? Excellent! :P

Yes, there's plenty of real-life creatures I've encountered in the wild that inspired me to create a PF monster. Some examples:

Sea urchins (the real-world ones are a lot less aggressive but still hurt if you step on one)
Scarlet walker (daddy longlegs)
Giant hermit crab (Burnt Offerings; for some reason we never picked it up for a Bestiary though)

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Mogloth wrote:

That......... was a very detailed and fantastic response James. Thank you.

For people that have not played Wrath of the Righteous and want to avoid any kind of spoilers, DO NOT open the spoiler tab here. There are some pretty huge reveals there.

Spoiler:
Operating under the assumption that the PCs do indeed rescue Iomedae's herald from Baphomet and that one of the PCs then receives the gift of becoming her new herald:

Would that be an appropriate time for a vision?

And if the vision only included a site and no other information does that help conform to not meddling in mortal affairs?

It would be up to the PCs to identify and then locate the spot. And then they would have to figure out how it relates to the problem.


I'm new to this level of designing, or rather any level of designing. I am wanting to stay as true as possible to the world of Golarion.

That'd probably be an appropriate time for a vision, particularly if...

Spoiler:
...you staged the vision so that it seemed to come from the rescued herald and NOT from Iomedae; that way the players interpret the vision as a reward for rescuing the herald and not a "gimmie" from the deity that she perhaps could have given them anytime. Using visions like this to point the PCs in the direction of the next adventure absolutely does not count as meddling in mortal affairs—after all, it's not like the vision showed them the answer to the adventure or, worse, solved the adventure for them!

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*reads James' post*
*light goes off over head*

I've got it. You, sir, are a scholar and a great T-Rex.

Now, to sit down and actually sketch out how events should unfold.

Thank you again.


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Hey Mr. Jacobs, I had a thought. If you're a spiritualist, and someone casts Resurrection on your phantom's body, what happens to you and the phantom. (mostly asking you because I figure the Golarion response involves Pharasma in some way).


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James Jacobs wrote:
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Does your dwelling in Seattle give you any fondness for Shadowrun, given that it makes Seattle pretty much it's "Greyhawk"?
Not really, since I moved to Seattle several years after learning about Shadowrun, and haven't ever really played it at all since moving up here with the exception of the excellent video game.
Is that the same one that's being sold at GOG, the reservation for old classic games?
This one, from Harebrained Schemes.

GOG has that for MacOS, Windows, and Linux. Standalone for 15 dollars or a package with the two expansions for 50.

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Hey Mr. Jacobs, I had a thought. If you're a spiritualist, and someone casts Resurrection on your phantom's body, what happens to you and the phantom. (mostly asking you because I figure the Golarion response involves Pharasma in some way).

You as the player of your character ALWAYS get to choose if you want to be resurrected; in this case, you as the player are actually playing Pharasma and deciding if your soul is something that can be and is willing to be resurrected. If you're playing a spiritualist, your phantom is technically part of your character, since you control it, and as such you get to make the decisions there regarding whether or not it comes back to life or not as well.

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James Jacobs wrote:
FedoraFerret wrote:
Hey Mr. Jacobs, I had a thought. If you're a spiritualist, and someone casts Resurrection on your phantom's body, what happens to you and the phantom. (mostly asking you because I figure the Golarion response involves Pharasma in some way).
You as the player of your character ALWAYS get to choose if you want to be resurrected; in this case, you as the player are actually playing Pharasma and deciding if your soul is something that can be and is willing to be resurrected. If you're playing a spiritualist, your phantom is technically part of your character, since you control it, and as such you get to make the decisions there regarding whether or not it comes back to life or not as well.

Phantoms are a bit of a gray area there since they're Outsiders and not Undead.

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Rysky wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
FedoraFerret wrote:
Hey Mr. Jacobs, I had a thought. If you're a spiritualist, and someone casts Resurrection on your phantom's body, what happens to you and the phantom. (mostly asking you because I figure the Golarion response involves Pharasma in some way).
You as the player of your character ALWAYS get to choose if you want to be resurrected; in this case, you as the player are actually playing Pharasma and deciding if your soul is something that can be and is willing to be resurrected. If you're playing a spiritualist, your phantom is technically part of your character, since you control it, and as such you get to make the decisions there regarding whether or not it comes back to life or not as well.
Phantoms are a bit of a gray area there since they're Outsiders and not Undead.

I'm aware of that; doesn't change the fact that whether or not they CAN be resurrected, the player gets to make the call, regardless of how a GM runs it.


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Do you know the name of the smaller mountain range between Rahadoum and the Sodden Lands (not the Napsune Mts)? Cant find it mentioned in the ISWG.

thanks

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Seannoss wrote:

Do you know the name of the smaller mountain range between Rahadoum and the Sodden Lands (not the Napsune Mts)? Cant find it mentioned in the ISWG.

thanks

I'm relatively sure we haven't named that range yet. If I had to RIGHT NOW I'd probably name them the Abendego Mountains, since that whole region to the south is the Abendego Gulf, after all... but that's kinda a lazy answer even if it ends up being the best or right one.

ANYway. No official name for them yet.

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1. How were the required Opposition schools for Sin Magic chosen?
2. Is there some trait which finds its way into all of your characters?
3. I recently tried roleplaying a female character(I am a male) and was disappointed by the experience, as I was basically just a character that had to remind the other players that it was she, not he. How do you role-play your female characters differently than your male ones in a meaningful way?

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IDTheftVictim wrote:

1. How were the required Opposition schools for Sin Magic chosen?

2. Is there some trait which finds its way into all of your characters?
3. I recently tried roleplaying a female character(I am a male) and was disappointed by the experience, as I was basically just a character that had to remind the other players that it was she, not he. How do you role-play your female characters differently than your male ones in a meaningful way?

1) Over the course of a 3 hour meeting where I went through numerous combinations and came up with cool reasons why, thematically, each school of magic tied to each sin, and thus what themes justified the two oppositions. There were usually 3 or 4 or more good ways to spell that out, but making them all fit was a weird but fun puzzle.

2) They're all women.

3) I've always been disappointed/bored playing a male character. To each their own. Not everyone has to enjoy the same things, otherwise the core rulebook would only be about 5 pages long. One race, one class, 11 feats, and maybe a dozen or two spells, assuming the class was a spellcaster. Since everyone has different likes, there are countless different combinations. What works for person A doesn't need to work for person B.

Part of how I roleplay my characters differently and have the other players remember I'm playing opposite my RL gender is habit; the more I game with the same people, the more they get used to that. Using visual aids like minis or a headshot or illustration of your character is handy as well. I guess the biggest thing is to get into touch with your feminine side, and to embrace it and let it take over. It really helps to listen to women friends and to spend time trying to understand and empathize with their viewpoints and concerns and all that. Dunno. I've been playing pretty much exclusively women characters for 15 years or so now, so practice is a big part of it I guess.

And now all of what I just typed feels awkward... so maybe I can't tell you how to play a character the way you don't want to play it. That makes more sense to me, I guess...


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James Jacobs wrote:
There's a lot more leniency granted to demigods here, of course; a demigod is more allowed to directly interact with mortals (as seen with Wrath of the Righteous and Deskari's meddling), since unlike deities, demigods have stats and can thus be successfully opposed by powerful mortals. Wrath is proof; the fact that Deskari directly meddled and in theory ends up being killed by mortals is more or less enough to keep most demigods from bothering to risk such a move.

Would that explain why some divine beings, particularly ancient ones, stay at demigod level?

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AlgaeNymph wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
There's a lot more leniency granted to demigods here, of course; a demigod is more allowed to directly interact with mortals (as seen with Wrath of the Righteous and Deskari's meddling), since unlike deities, demigods have stats and can thus be successfully opposed by powerful mortals. Wrath is proof; the fact that Deskari directly meddled and in theory ends up being killed by mortals is more or less enough to keep most demigods from bothering to risk such a move.
Would that explain why some divine beings, particularly ancient ones, stay at demigod level?

Yes. In other cases, demigods simply lack the skill to ascend. In others, they may have once been full deities but have degraded. In others, they may simply not be fated for much more. It varies.


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James Jacobs wrote:
No contest. Candyman.

Watched it as a kid. Still remember vividly a lot of the scenes.

Have you seen the 2015 movie Visions with Gillian Jacobs? How did you find it?


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Three scary movies from my childhood: "Invaders From Mars" (1953), "The Thing", aka "The Thing From Another World" (1951), and "Night of the Demon" (1957). Seen any of these, James?

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Rune wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
No contest. Candyman.

Watched it as a kid. Still remember vividly a lot of the scenes.

Have you seen the 2015 movie Visions with Gillian Jacobs? How did you find it?

Haven't seen it.

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