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manplant wrote:
My question is, then, is epic vertical growth (BAB, saves, spells per day etc) a significant source of unbalance in the pathfinder setting? Is horizontal growth (spells known, feats, skill points, etc?)

The Inner Sea region is very much built to host 1st to 20th level adventures.

If we do a post 20th level rulebook, I'm 99.543% sure we'll do a new sub-setting to host play there. Likely set on another continent, planet, or plane.

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Gregg Helmberger wrote:
Hey, did you ever start that Masks of Nyarlathotep game you mentioned? If so, how's it going?

I did! We're one (1) session in so far. Haven't had a chance to play again for a few months, alas, due to work taking up all the fun time. :(

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martinaj wrote:

Incidently, while I am (momentarily) back on the topic, has anyone mentioned the possibility of a "sequel AP" that takes off from multiple APs. Maybe some nation-shattering event occurs in Varisia, for example, and calls go out to the heroes of both RotRL and CotCT, allowing PCs from different APs to interact with one another and swap war stories.

Yup!

Jade Regent, which starts this Gen Con, will be our first tentative steps into "AP Sequel" territory.

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Is there a difference as a GM, being a professional game designer and having professional designers sit around the gaming table, playing in your campaign?

(At least, I would imagine there'd be some pressure to come up with something that would wow the socks off of players so jaded by 40-or-more-hours-a-week immersion in gaming. It's not like they're going to sit up and take notice because you dropped a roper on the table.)

When was the last time you sat as a player in a game where the GM was not a fellow gaming professional? Is there a difference as a player, being so involved in the mechanics of the game system and the minutiae of the game world? When the GM pulls something new out of his hat, is there a part of you that says "Something like this, in Kintargo? Clearly, this kind of plot fits better in Ostenso, where an NPC like this paracount wouldn't violate canon ..."

I ask, 'cause I know a lot of serious trivia-nerd fans who get riled up that way if you stick something in an adventure in Orlov that goes against the sidebar on page 57 from Adventure Path #33. And I'm wondering if it's the same, or worse, or what, among Paizo staffers.

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Chris Mortika wrote:

Is there a difference as a GM, being a professional game designer and having professional designers sit around the gaming table, playing in your campaign?

(At least, I would imagine there'd be some pressure to come up with something that would wow the socks off of players so jaded by 40-or-more-hours-a-week immersion in gaming. It's not like they're going to sit up and take notice because you dropped a roper on the table.)

When was the last time you sat as a player in a game where the GM was not a fellow gaming professional? Is there a difference as a player, being so involved in the mechanics of the game system and the minutiae of the game world? When the GM pulls something new out of his hat, is there a part of you that says "Something like this, in Kintargo? Clearly, this kind of plot fits better in Ostenso, where an NPC like this paracount wouldn't violate canon ..."

I ask, 'cause I know a lot of serious trivia-nerd fans who get riled up that way if you stick something in an adventure in Orlov that goes against the sidebar on page 57 from Adventure Path #33. And I'm wondering if it's the same, or worse, or what, among Paizo staffers.

In my experience? Not really. There are some folks at Paizo who are rules lawyers, some who are canon masters, some who are casual gamers, and so on. Maybe I'm just lucky to game with folks who just happen to respect what the GM is doing, whether or not they are themselves RPG professionals or whatever.

The last time I was a player in a game where the GM wasn't a gaming professional, though, was a long time ago. But looking back on that game and comparing it to the games I play WITH professionals... there's honestly not a lot of difference as far as I can tell.

Someone who'd get all uppity about changes the GM was making to the world and confront the GM wouldn't last long in pretty much any of the games I've played in or run, honestly. If a gamer can't let the GM run the show... he needs to find a different hobby.

Silver Crusade

Just a little bump on the "huge map monster" question, and if it's something we might see someday. :)

edit-and then I remember that one module kinda did this...

Liberty's Edge

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James Jacobs wrote:
John Kretzer wrote:

Hey James some questions about psionics.

Alot(or a vocal few) don't like psionics in D&D becausae it just does not fit in their view of D&D. Personaly I have always liked the added dimension of it. Anyway...here are the questions.

1) Do you personaly think that psionics fit in D&D?

2) Do you think psionics fit into Golarion? Do they already have a place in Golarion?

3) Will Pazio come out with rules for psionics? If so can you guess when? Before or after we see the rules for after 20th level play?

Psionics fit into D&D, yes... ESPECIALLY if you build classes and options that feel "fantasy." Stuff like a mesmerist or a fakir or a swami, perhaps. Part of the problem with 3.5's psionics is that they made up new stuff that didn't feel like ANYTHING. A "wilder" doesn't scream psionics to me by its name, which is a problem.

Psionics fits into Golarion... but not really the Inner Sea region. They've got a place in Golarion, though—the subcontinent of Vudra.

At this point, I would probably guess that rules for post-20th level play would be more likely for us to explore first. I suspect that our take on psionics (which would most likely present them as a form of magic akin to divine or arcane, and would completely abandon point-based systems in favor of the Vancian system) would rile up too many people for us to want to give it a try, alas.

So something like Rolemaster Essence, Channelling and Mentalism?

From my point of view the main difference between sionic and magic is that while higher spell/powers in magic can give you access to completely new abilities the psionic powers kind that you can access are "set in stone" by your choice at first level and you essentially get access better, more refined and/or mover powerful versions of the same power.

The psionic would chose how "wide" his is set of power(s) is at character creation and then get a slower/faster progress in the quality of powers depending on how focused he is.

If you want an Vancian access to psionic powers they should not be "prepared" powers but "spontaneous" powers.


Couple of random questions:

1) Beyond the two Inner Sea books and its Companion book, is there more info currently available on Qadira? And will we see more any time soonish(next year or two)??

2) You had said there was most likely to be a Winter Witch Archtype. As its not listed in yesterday's blog preview, is it going to intead be in Inner Sea Magic? Kinda makes sense for it to.

3) Do you write material for your weekly blog every week, even if for some reason your blog gets bumped?? If so, why doesn't it get put up on a different day? Even one of the weekends?? The Tuesday and Thursday blogs are something I look forward to each week and it rather annoys me when the get bumped.

Liberty's Edge

Link between the earliest dinosaurs and T. Rex.

It just happens to be a Daemon too. >:)

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:


Basically, attics and basements are both dark, creepy places in your home where you don't really live, where the bugs and bats hide, and as such they're sinister mysterious "caves" inside of your house. What could be scarier?

Don't forget closets and that really scary place under the bed!

At one point in my life I lived in a two story plus attic style house. We had the 2nd floor and the attic had three functional rooms where us kids lived in. Which was the first time I finally got my own room and was free of sharing space with the two sisters. In addition to the clothes closet it had lower cabinet cloests and I'd have frequent dreams where I'd open that low closet door and would find a door inside it that led to another house that was a physical reversed mirror of our own.

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Studpuffin wrote:

Link between the earliest dinosaurs and T. Rex.

It just happens to be a Daemon too. >:)

I saw the article on Tom Rex's hillbilly cousin earlier. James, when can we get it stated up for use as an animal companion?

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Studpuffin wrote:

Link between the earliest dinosaurs and T. Rex.

It just happens to be a Daemon too. >:)

TOO LATE! I already noticed that on my own, but it's good to see my dino-network is still working. Finding news like that on my own made me worry the network was broken!

Liberty's Edge

James Jacobs wrote:
Studpuffin wrote:

Link between the earliest dinosaurs and T. Rex.

It just happens to be a Daemon too. >:)

TOO LATE! I already noticed that on my own, but it's good to see my dino-network is still working. Finding news like that on my own made me worry the network was broken!

Dang! Oh well, the descendants of Archosauria shall rule again someday!

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Monkeygod wrote:

1) Beyond the two Inner Sea books and its Companion book, is there more info currently available on Qadira? And will we see more any time soonish(next year or two)??

2) You had said there was most likely to be a Winter Witch Archtype. As its not listed in yesterday's blog preview, is it going to intead be in Inner Sea Magic? Kinda makes sense for it to.

3) Do you write material for your weekly blog every week, even if for some reason your blog gets bumped?? If so, why doesn't it get put up on a different day? Even one of the weekends?? The Tuesday and Thursday blogs are something I look forward to each week and it rather annoys me when the get bumped.

1) There's bits and pieces about Qadira scattered all over the place. The two that have the most information in one place, of course, are the Inner Sea World Guide and the Qadira Player's Companion. There's a little bit more (not a lot) in the upcoming module, "Tomb of the Iron Medusa," and bits and pieces spread all over in the Legacy of Fire Adventure Path (mostly in the form of genie rules and information). There's been several Pathfinder Society scenarios set in Qadira as well, I believe.

2) The Winter Witch is very much a Golarion thing; it's not something that needs to show up in a world-neutral book, because we want to talk about the Winter Witch as she impacts roles in Irrisen. Which means that archetype more or less had to go in a Campaign Setting book. Like Inner Sea Magic.

3) I generally write material for the Thursday blog sometime on Wednesday, because they have to be sent upstairs to the web team by the end of the day on Wednesday or they don't go up (we in the editorial department can't actually post things to the blog ourselves for various reasons). It doesn't go up on a different day if the blog gets bumped because I find out it gets bumped and then don't write it until next Wednesday. If it annoys you when those blogs get bumped... register your complaint as a post to whatever blog DOES go live on that day... but keep in mind that complaining like that CAN make one look like a jerk, say, if they complain about us posting something about raising money to help Japan...

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Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
Studpuffin wrote:

Link between the earliest dinosaurs and T. Rex.

It just happens to be a Daemon too. >:)

I saw the article on Tom Rex's hillbilly cousin earlier. James, when can we get it stated up for use as an animal companion?

2031? There's a lot of other dinosaurs already waiting in line for stats.


Are there any plans on making more Proteans in the future? As a chaos race You'd think they have a great variety and well...they seem to have they least of any of the alignments really. Which is a shame as the ones that do exist are made out of awesome and I'd like to seem more.

So should I hope to see more in the Bestiary 3 or will I have to wait for the 4th one?

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MinstrelintheGallery wrote:

Are there any plans on making more Proteans in the future? As a chaos race You'd think they have a great variety and well...they seem to have they least of any of the alignments really. Which is a shame as the ones that do exist are made out of awesome and I'd like to seem more.

So should I hope to see more in the Bestiary 3 or will I have to wait for the 4th one?

We'll probably be making more proteans in the future, yeah. I'm not gonna say when or where though. Stay tuned!


James Jacobs wrote:
Gregg Helmberger wrote:
Hey, did you ever start that Masks of Nyarlathotep game you mentioned? If so, how's it going?
I did! We're one (1) session in so far. Haven't had a chance to play again for a few months, alas, due to work taking up all the fun time. :(

Well here's hoping you get back to it soon. :-)


Wondering if an Assassin who is no longer evil can:

1) Keep progressing as an Assassin
2) Keep all their abilities

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harmor wrote:

Wondering if an Assassin who is no longer evil can:

1) Keep progressing as an Assassin
2) Keep all their abilities

That's a good question for your GM to answer.

If I were your GM... I'd say:

1) No.
2) Yes, but if you use them too much in the wrong way, you'll go back to being evil.


Not for the mighty T-Rex, but still a Dinosaur:
National Velociraptor Awareness Day


When does the epic lvl. handbook come out & will it be like 3.5 where their are no new things, forinstance how rouges only got increases to sneak attack damage? That would be disapointing

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Run, Just Run wrote:
When does the epic lvl. handbook come out & will it be like 3.5 where their are no new things, forinstance how rouges only got increases to sneak attack damage? That would be disapointing

It won't be called "Epic Level Handbook" for one thing.

It's also not something we're seriously beginning to plot in house either yet.

AKA: It's probably a few years away still, at the minimum.

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Run, Just Run wrote:
When does the epic lvl. handbook come out & will it be like 3.5 where their are no new things, forinstance how rouges only got increases to sneak attack damage? That would be disapointing

+1 if no BAB, base save, or skill rank increases are allowed. Adding a selection of unique abilities would be the awesome!

Would you add demigod rules as part of epic rules if Pathfinder ever gets official post 20 level rules?


finally something non gaming relates.
1. What kind of car do you prefer (SUV, convertable, etc).

2. What kind of car do you drive?

3. Is that your car over there having a ticket being written up by a meter maid?


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Is the meter maid called Rita?

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber

THIS might be the perfect present for James.
I would love to see a video where James comes to work and sits at his desk with this costume! :)

Dark Archive

oh wow Dryder...

Grand Lodge

James Jacobs wrote:
Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
Studpuffin wrote:

Link between the earliest dinosaurs and T. Rex.

It just happens to be a Daemon too. >:)

I saw the article on Tom Rex's hillbilly cousin earlier. James, when can we get it stated up for use as an animal companion?
2031? There's a lot of other dinosaurs already waiting in line for stats.

For the next 20 years could players potentially use the Cheetah or Velociraptor stats from the animal companion list, and just flavor it differently?

Personally, I think those stats would work fairly well, but I was wondering how you thought they fit, opposed to other already existing animals.

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Hi, James -

I posted this earlier in the Rules Questions forum, and I got some interesting (although non-conclusive) feedback there, but I'm curious for your opinion. I know it might be more of a Bulmahn question than a James question, but I'm interested to know how you would handle it if you were GM'ing. I can't just ask the GM because, well, I am the GM.

If two PC's are on the ground and in squares where they'd ordinarily be flanking a Will-O'-Wisp, but the Will-O'-Wisp is 5 feet in the air ("one square up", if it helps to think of it like that), do the PC's still get the +2 flanking bonus?

Mayn thanks for your non-binding opinion.


Is it considered poor form to ask specific rules questions in this thread?


Who between you and Rob Granito is the real legitomite creative director for Pathfinder?

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Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
Run, Just Run wrote:
When does the epic lvl. handbook come out & will it be like 3.5 where their are no new things, forinstance how rouges only got increases to sneak attack damage? That would be disapointing

+1 if no BAB, base save, or skill rank increases are allowed. Adding a selection of unique abilities would be the awesome!

Would you add demigod rules as part of epic rules if Pathfinder ever gets official post 20 level rules?

Since my primary desire for post-20th level rules is so I can stat up demon lords, and since demon lords are demigods... yup!

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Ekeebe wrote:

finally something non gaming relates.

1. What kind of car do you prefer (SUV, convertable, etc).

2. What kind of car do you drive?

3. Is that your car over there having a ticket being written up by a meter maid?

1) I prefer cars with good gas mileage that aren't so big that it feels like I'm driving a landslide. I really don't like SUVs as a result.

2) I drive a 2008 Saturn Aura.

3) Nope. Parking's free here at Paizo!

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
Run, Just Run wrote:
When does the epic lvl. handbook come out & will it be like 3.5 where their are no new things, forinstance how rouges only got increases to sneak attack damage? That would be disapointing

It won't be called "Epic Level Handbook" for one thing.

It's also not something we're seriously beginning to plot in house either yet.

AKA: It's probably a few years away still, at the minimum.

Now that you've actually said that, you do realise that they'll be expecting a preview next week, and playtest classes next month? :)

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godsDMit wrote:

For the next 20 years could players potentially use the Cheetah or Velociraptor stats from the animal companion list, and just flavor it differently?

Personally, I think those stats would work fairly well, but I was wondering how you thought they fit, opposed to other already existing animals.

Probably. In fact, using stats for one monster to stand in for another is one of my favorite tricks.

Although when daemonosaurus gets statted up, I'll endeavor to give him some sort of special attack or ability that sets him apart and thus justifies him having his own stat block.

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Jeremiziah wrote:

Hi, James -

I posted this earlier in the Rules Questions forum, and I got some interesting (although non-conclusive) feedback there, but I'm curious for your opinion. I know it might be more of a Bulmahn question than a James question, but I'm interested to know how you would handle it if you were GM'ing. I can't just ask the GM because, well, I am the GM.

If two PC's are on the ground and in squares where they'd ordinarily be flanking a Will-O'-Wisp, but the Will-O'-Wisp is 5 feet in the air ("one square up", if it helps to think of it like that), do the PC's still get the +2 flanking bonus?

Mayn thanks for your non-binding opinion.

Yes. They're still on opposite sides of the monster, so they still flank it. Flying monsters have to work a little bit harder to not get flanked using flight as a tactic. Floating directly above a target works good.

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Ambrus wrote:
Is it considered poor form to ask specific rules questions in this thread?

Absolutely not.

It IS considered poor form to get all righteous and indignant when, invariably, my ruling doesn't match someone's idea of right or wrong, though.

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Ainslan wrote:
Who between you and Rob Granito is the real legitomite creative director for Pathfinder?

Does that Rob Guy (whoever he is) have "Creative Director" after his dinosaur?

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber
ulgulanoth wrote:
oh wow Dryder...

Wow good, or wow bad?!

I hope no one feels offended...


What are the coolest houserules you've ever played with / encountered?
What are the lamest houserules you've ever played with / encountered?

Apologies if you've answered something similar already; I've not read through all 158 pages of this thread.


Dryder wrote:
ulgulanoth wrote:
oh wow Dryder...

Wow good, or wow bad?!

I hope no one feels offended...

He'd probably tell you so, backing it up with a drawing of a dinosaur and claims of extensive work with Jason Bulhman. Google it. :p


James Jacobs wrote:

Absolutely not.

It IS considered poor form to get all righteous and indignant when, invariably, my ruling doesn't match someone's idea of right or wrong, though.

Cool beans. I'll check my indignant outrage at the door then. =)

Can Shadows speak and if so can a caster using the Shadow Projection spell from the APG cast spells?

Liberty's Edge

James Jacobs wrote:
Jeremiziah wrote:

Hi, James -

I posted this earlier in the Rules Questions forum, and I got some interesting (although non-conclusive) feedback there, but I'm curious for your opinion. I know it might be more of a Bulmahn question than a James question, but I'm interested to know how you would handle it if you were GM'ing. I can't just ask the GM because, well, I am the GM.

If two PC's are on the ground and in squares where they'd ordinarily be flanking a Will-O'-Wisp, but the Will-O'-Wisp is 5 feet in the air ("one square up", if it helps to think of it like that), do the PC's still get the +2 flanking bonus?

Mayn thanks for your non-binding opinion.

Yes. They're still on opposite sides of the monster, so they still flank it. Flying monsters have to work a little bit harder to not get flanked using flight as a tactic. Floating directly above a target works good.

Thanks again, James. That's sort of in line with what I thought, as well. To me, flying creatures have enough advantages as-is. Being virtually unflankable probably shouldn't be one of them. Coolio, sir.

Dark Archive

Dryder wrote:
ulgulanoth wrote:
oh wow Dryder...

Wow good, or wow bad?!

I hope no one feels offended...

good wow, i'm not sure where one could be offended by...


(edited)
Bought bestiary 2 today. Posting here instead of venting (sorry, long hard day) up in the product thread.
Questions:
1) Where the heck has the alu-fiend gone? Is the majority of Paizo prejudiced against them? Is Orcus holding the alu-fiend race to ransom?
2) What about the arcanaloth? This was a classic 2nd edition Planescape denizen, and I seem to recall it even showed up in the Savage Tide AP in conjunction with a certain witch-queen...
Is the arcanaloth Hasbro IP, or is it simply that it doesn't fit well in the philosophical space occupied by the daemon hierarchy of the Paizo universe?
3) Umm, there seems to be a printing error on page 174. Someone seems to have replaced whatever artwork was intended for the Krenshar with something out of an old style Disney or HB cartoon with a wrinkly boiled turtle head (with bad dentition) appended. How did this one slip through proof-reading?
4) The brownie. What a delightfully illustrated sinister sadistic evil aligned fey... Wait, it's neutral?

Generally speaking the bestiary 2 reminds me of a mix of what I found to be the worst bits of the 2nd edition Planescape Monstrous Compendium Appendix III (including at least one of the very same creatures) with some things after the manner of the pretty darned good bits of the 2nd edition Planescape Monstrous Compendium Appendix II.

On the positive side, it was nice to see the Shemhazian, Lamia Matriarch, Soulbound Doll and a lot of the fey which made it in, although I do find it a bit disorientating seeing some of the ones from Pathfinder issues reduced to the one page entry format. (I know, I know, pages cost cost money, and space is limited, alas.)
The Jabberwock and some of the mythic stuff is interesting, and the Eva Widermann art is brilliant.


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2) If it ends with 'loth (or, presumably, Lolth) it's Wizards of the Coast's intellectual property.


@Charles Evans 25: answear to number 1: Alu-fiends went to the same place combions did....back in 3rd ed. Which is to say the half-fiend template. Just add half-fiend template to hot-chick.

@James: I got a question...

Is the Ultimate Combat book the last Ultimate book? Or are there plans on making the Ultimate books a seris...like Bestiary 1, 2, 3(pressumably)?


Kajehase wrote:
2) If it ends with 'loth (or, presumably, Lolth) it's Wizards of the Coast's intellectual property.

Except the Piscoloth and Hydroloth have become the Piscodaemon and Hydrodaemon. I think the Derghodaemon may have been a 'loth too.


John Kretzer wrote:
@Charles Evans 25: answear to number 1: Alu-fiends went to the same place combions did....back in 3rd ed. Which is to say the half-fiend template. Just add half-fiend template to hot-chick.

Alu-fiends/demons were in Tome of Horrors in third edition. Hence my (to some extent tongue-in-cheek) enquiry if Orcus is holding them to ransom?

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