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The smitter wrote:
is it sad that this is the highlight of my day, waiting for you to answer random questions?

Nope. JJ is rather interesting, in a Creepy editorial sort of way. ~grins~

Liberty's Edge

Is it wrong to find Zuggtmoy attractive?


Pathfinder Adventure Subscriber

Which of the iconics would be most embarassed at finding herself (or himself, equal opportunities are good) having to be a damsel in distress?

I'm guessing Lini's tiger.

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Aberzombie wrote:

What is the truth behind....

...alien abduction?

Vivid dreams and sleep paralysis.

Aberzombie wrote:
...the Men in Black?

Paranoia and misinformation.

Aberzombie wrote:

...the Bermuda Triangle?

A good PR department and some creative reporting (the entire ocean is covered with mysterious disappearances; the Bermuda Triangle doesn't really have much of an edge over anywhere else)

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deinol wrote:
If you had a chance to design a new non-fantasy setting (I was going to say sci-fi, but why limit creativity?) what would it be like?

A post-apocalyptic Earth where the Lovecraftian monsters came into power. Which I'm more or less already working on (and have been for nearly a decade!).

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ulgulanoth wrote:
of the iconics who hates undead the most? and who likes undead the most?

Seelah hates them the most. Seltyiel likes them the most.

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James Jacobs wrote:
drunken_nomad wrote:

You ever dance with the Devil in the pale moonlight?

Say you had 10 bucks on a Friday night, would you spend it on a monster dagwood sammich or a pint of SoCo? What would you do with the change?

How much would you pay for a 'Detective Comics' #37 in Fine condition?

Did you ever read 'Milk and Cheese' comix?

Nope, sammich (change would pay for hookers), I would pay whatever change I had left from the hookers, nope.

Word to the wise, if a hooker is offering you something for less than 10 dollars YOU DO NOT WANT IT.

Or do you?


The Beetle Man or the Ettercap Prophecies?

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JMD031 wrote:

So I guess I cannot borrow any amount of money?

What can I have for free?

Is this what it feels like when doves cry?

Do you dye your hair?

Who was your favorite actress to play Catwoman?

What would Golarion look like if it was set in a more modern setting?

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

If you could say one thing to all the people who are getting uppity about future products (i.e. epic and psionic rules) what would you say?

Nope, answers to your questions, yes, no, Michelle Pfeiffer, less interesting, Artichoke Hearts and Garlic and Jalapeno Peppers, ease your jets turbo!

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Justin Franklin wrote:
How can I get Advanced Readers Copies of all of Paizo's books?

They don't exist, for one. So your first step would be to convince Erik to change that policy.

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JMD031 wrote:

Have you played any other types of games (collectable card, miniature, etc.?) other than RPGs?

If so, which ones?

Yes. I played Magic a LOT during college and for a year after. (I own a copy of every red card up through Homelands, for example.)

I also played Mythos a fair amount (the first Call of Cthulhu collectable card game.)

I play LOTS of video games, but I'm not sure that's what you were looking for.

Used to play a lot of Battletech back in high school. And I play board games now and then, along with other card games.

I don't really play many miniature games at all.

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Celestial Healer wrote:
What's your favorite opera?

Don't have one because I'm without class or style.

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Kajehase wrote:

What's your favourite soap opera?

Have you heard the word is love?

I don't have a favorite soap opera because I have too much class and style. And love's a lie.


What is the scientific answer to "If a tree falls in the forest, does it make a noise?"?

Have you ever read "The Ring of Winter"? If so, any comments on it?


James Jacobs wrote:
A post-apocalyptic Earth where the Lovecraftian monsters came into power. Which I'm more or less already working on (and have been for nearly a decade!).

Don't know if you read comics or not, but you'd probably love the "Cancer-verse" alternate Marvel Universe currently appearing in various cosmic titles there.


Do you know of a good miniature that looks like a bearded fisherman or whaler in a southwesterner?

I've been skunked so far, with only The Ancient Mariner from Horrorclix popping up

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KnightFever wrote:
Why people sometimes call you 'Doctor James' or 'Doctor Jacobs' ?

When my friend Matt Sernett found out that I and my sisters grew up amid a HUGE number of pets (between the three of us, we had dogs, cats, garter snakes, alligator lizards, anoles, rats, guinea pigs, deer mice, chickens, horses, gurnsey cows, rabbits, cockatiels, parakeets, trap-door spiders, a goat, fish, and a number of local wild animals who visited regularly including racoons, skunks, mountain lions, bats, owls, ravens, deer, wild boars, rubber boa constrictors, giant Pacific salamanders, newts, banana slugs, black widows, termites, carpenter ants, scorpions, blue jays, finches, and countless other critters AND that my dad was a commercial salmon fisherman who often brought home things like salmon, tuna, lingcod, abalone, crabs, sharks, and all manner of tales about sightings of blue whales, humpback whales, orcas, jellyfish, and lots of other marine creatures and who often took us down to the tide pools to look for things like urchins and anenomes and so on and so on)...

Well, when Matt found out how many animals I had around me when I grew up in Northern California, he thought I was Doctor Doolittle, but knew my name was James Jacobs, so instead he called me Doctor Jacobs. And that leaked out on the internet somewhere.


James Jacobs wrote:
The 8th Dwarf wrote:
Out of all of the Role Playing systems you have played who is the:

Best villian? Nyarlathotep.

Most Badass Dragon? Dragotha.
Coolest NPC? Iggwilv.
Most Powerful Wizard? Iggwilv.
Most interesting God? Wee-Jas, tied with Eilistraee.
Nastiest Demon? Malcanthet (in a good way), Zuggtmoy (in a bad way).
Best Monster? Froghemoth, from S3.
Most fun adventure? "Queen of the Spiders," tied with "Mordenkainen's Fantastic Adventure."

Where/what would you rank Bargle? :)

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Justin Franklin wrote:
If I just start to refer to you as Jason Jacobs can I get both you and Jason to look at the question? ;)

We'll both ignore the question because:

A) We'll be annoyed that you crossbred us and

B) We'll assume that the other jerk's answering.

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ulgulanoth wrote:
looking at the AGG it seems Paizo has a volcanic erruption planned to appear in some way (I'm guessing serpent skull AP) am i right?

Nope. We covered volcanoes during "Legacy of Fire." No need to go back there anytime soon.

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Justin Franklin wrote:
So what was the book that Ultimate Combat replaced that was starting to get designed that will probably come out 2012?

It's still secret 'cause it might still come out in 2012 and we're not ready to talk about it.

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Monkeygod wrote:
my coworkers don't believe I know a talking T-Rex and that said amazing creature distracted me while at work today. How do I convince them that you are real??

By sending me a robot that looks and sounds exactly like Asia Argento, Kate Beckinsale, Rachael Weisz, or Merisiel but can be programmed for any number of tasks or duties.

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LazarX wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Studpuffin wrote:
Have you enjoyed your sudden bout of fame?

Gives me something to do while I decide among the following to spend my lazy Sunday afternoon:

1) More World of Warcraft

Which server? I'm on Earthen Ring myself. I wouldn't ask you which character any more than I'd reveal it myself. I'm big on maintaining the MMORG/Real Life firewall. :)

I'm on Kilrogg. My main character is Shensen (I have a few alts, but generally don't play them all that much because Shensen has a pet raptor and that's hard to not enjoy).

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JMD031 wrote:
LazarX wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Studpuffin wrote:
Have you enjoyed your sudden bout of fame?

Gives me something to do while I decide among the following to spend my lazy Sunday afternoon:

1) More World of Warcraft

Which server? I'm on Earthen Ring myself. I wouldn't ask you which character any more than I'd reveal it myself. I'm big on maintaining the MMORG/Real Life firewall. :)
If you were on this person's server and on the opposing faction would you gank them?

Nope; not right now. My main's a hunter, and they suck for one-on-one PVP these days.

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baron arem heshvaun wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
So instead let's just say 400, because that's how many hp Zeus and Cthulhu and Odin had in 1st edition.
Well technically they had 800 hp when in their home plane, as per the original Manual of the Planes.

I'm not interested in any of those fancy NEW books! I'm talking about the ORIGINAL Deities & Demigods! Sheesh!!!!

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Mothman wrote:

Do you like Star Trek (any version)?

Yes.

I like the original season a lot. I like J. J. Abrams' reboot a lot. I like about 70% of the Next Generation, and I like DS9 after the first season.

The other stuff? Puke.

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Mothman wrote:
Paizo pride aside, do you prefer the illustration of Pazuzu in Lords of Chaos or the one in Hordes of the Abyss?

I like the one we just posted quite a lot. The one in Hordes of the Abyss is pretty cool, though, even if they did run the art WAY too small.

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Mothman wrote:
Have you seen the Finnish movie Sauna?

No.

Should I?

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Kruelaid wrote:
What's your most memorable homoerotic experience?

It's tough to pick just one!

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JMD031 wrote:
Kruelaid wrote:
What's your most memorable homoerotic experience?
Would it upset you if you read an erotic fanfic by this guy staring you?

Only if it was poorly written and badly edited.

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Spanish Inquisitor wrote:
Does anyone ever expect me?

In gamer circles? Yes. All the time.

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David Wickham wrote:
What is the square root of Pie?

CAKE!

David Wickham wrote:
If a train leaves from somewhere and another leaves from somewhere else when will anyone care if or when they passed each other?

As soon as what's going to happen does.

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Kajehase wrote:
What's so funny 'bout peace, love, and understanding?

The fact that no one gets them.

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Mothman wrote:
James, would you stroke a duck?

Sure! He'd just best be sure not to poop on me.

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The smitter wrote:
is it sad that this is the highlight of my day, waiting for you to answer random questions?

Nope! Just means that you have good taste in internet entertainment is all.

Liberty's Edge

James Jacobs wrote:
Mothman wrote:
Have you seen the Finnish movie Sauna?

No.

Should I?

It’s pretty good, I think it would be the sort of movie you’d like. I guess it would fall into the Horror genre (or maybe a historical / folkloric horror sub-genre if such a thing exists). Our gaming group watched it for inspiration for Kingmaker (the setting reminded one of the guys of Brevoy / northern Stolen Lands, and it is about a group of Finnish and Russian soldiers who are mapping out a border in disputed, largely deserted lands), but I think it would also make good mood-type inspiration for Carrion Crown.

What movies would you recommend as Kingmaker inspiration, if any?

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Hugo Solis wrote:
What city or kingdom of Golarion that may not get developed by Paizo any time soon would you LOVE to see fan-developed?

Hmmm. Hard to say, since everything we come up with is potential area for us to develop. But as for an area that we'll probably not be doing MUCH with anytime soon that I'd love to see more ideas about... I'd probably have to say Alkenstar, because that place seems to have a lot of vocal fans. Of course, having just done some development work on it and the Mana Wastes for the upcoming world guide myself... I'm kinda interested in developing that area myself a bit more!

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Mothman wrote:
Is it wrong to find Zuggtmoy attractive?

Absolutely not. She's also edible. Which is all why I listed her as kinda nasty.

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Moorluck wrote:
Do you think it would better benefit humanity for me to be President, or Pope?

President, because it's easier to ignore him than the Pope.

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Mothman wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
drunken_nomad wrote:

You ever dance with the Devil in the pale moonlight?

Say you had 10 bucks on a Friday night, would you spend it on a monster dagwood sammich or a pint of SoCo? What would you do with the change?

How much would you pay for a 'Detective Comics' #37 in Fine condition?

Did you ever read 'Milk and Cheese' comix?

Nope, sammich (change would pay for hookers), I would pay whatever change I had left from the hookers, nope.

Word to the wise, if a hooker is offering you something for less than 10 dollars YOU DO NOT WANT IT.

Or do you?

That depends on far too many variables for me to answer.

But yes.

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Glutton wrote:

Do you know of a good miniature that looks like a bearded fisherman or whaler in a southwesterner?

I've been skunked so far, with only The Ancient Mariner from Horrorclix popping up

I do not. Sean K Reynolds might, though. He knows EVERY SINGLE MINIATURE.

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Cthulhudrew wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
The 8th Dwarf wrote:
Out of all of the Role Playing systems you have played who is the:

Best villian? Nyarlathotep.

Most Badass Dragon? Dragotha.
Coolest NPC? Iggwilv.
Most Powerful Wizard? Iggwilv.
Most interesting God? Wee-Jas, tied with Eilistraee.
Nastiest Demon? Malcanthet (in a good way), Zuggtmoy (in a bad way).
Best Monster? Froghemoth, from S3.
Most fun adventure? "Queen of the Spiders," tied with "Mordenkainen's Fantastic Adventure."
Where/what would you rank Bargle? :)

Wouldn't rank him at all. I skipped the red box, and when I joined Phil Athan's "Old School D&D Campaign" they'd already left Bargle behind and were starting on Tegel Manor. So I never really had much of an interaction with Bargle until Jason Bulmahn wanted to write "Kill Bargle" for Dungeon #150.

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Mothman wrote:

What movies would you recommend as Kingmaker inspiration, if any?

Hmmm.

I'd certainly recommend George R. R. Martin's "Song of Fire and Ice" books (and thus the upcoming HBO show).

As for actual movies? That's a really good question. I'm not sure.


James Jacobs wrote:
deinol wrote:
If you had a chance to design a new non-fantasy setting (I was going to say sci-fi, but why limit creativity?) what would it be like?
A post-apocalyptic Earth where the Lovecraftian monsters came into power. Which I'm more or less already working on (and have been for nearly a decade!).

I am planing my next campaign to be ran some time in December, this is pretty much exactly what I am going to run. I am planning on using PF rules with all kinds of other stuff (Monty Cook's World of darkness, DeadLands, d20 modern) Any chance we could see some of what you are working on?

Dark Archive

James Jacobs wrote:
deinol wrote:
If you had a chance to design a new non-fantasy setting (I was going to say sci-fi, but why limit creativity?) what would it be like?
A post-apocalyptic Earth where the Lovecraftian monsters came into power. Which I'm more or less already working on (and have been for nearly a decade!).

Was the world at our modern tech levels before the stars finally became "right" or is it slightly more futuristic, or super tech? Would you consider publishing it under Paizo or with another company? Is it d20 modern or based off an entirely different system?

One of the reasons I would back a PF/Paizo Modern would be to support two genres I love - Post Apocalyptic (Darwin's World is great, but I would love to see a Paizo ruleset and campaign world) and Horror gaming.

Is there any chance that Paizo would officially branch out in support of this down the line or do you think that will all be relegated to a third party publisher?

One more question, I know you guys love Chaosium and CoC - do you personally think that horror role-playing* is under-represented as a genre?
From the heavy horror themes in some of your APs and mods I would think so, but I am talking more about dedicated rpg systems - CoC, etc.

*By horror role-playing I mean fighting monsters, not playing one -so no WoD

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The smitter wrote:

I am planing my next campaign to be ran some time in December, this is pretty much exactly what I am going to run. I am planning on using PF rules with all kinds of other stuff (Monty Cook's World of darkness, DeadLands, d20 modern) Any chance we could see some of what you are working on?

Maybe someday!


James Jacobs wrote:
Hugo Solis wrote:
What city or kingdom of Golarion that may not get developed by Paizo any time soon would you LOVE to see fan-developed?
Hmmm. Hard to say, since everything we come up with is potential area for us to develop. But as for an area that we'll probably not be doing MUCH with anytime soon that I'd love to see more ideas about... I'd probably have to say Alkenstar, because that place seems to have a lot of vocal fans. Of course, having just done some development work on it and the Mana Wastes for the upcoming world guide myself... I'm kinda interested in developing that area myself a bit more!

Don't tease me, JJ.

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Auxmaulous wrote:

Was the world at our modern tech levels before the stars finally became "right" or is it slightly more futuristic, or super tech? Would you consider publishing it under Paizo or with another company? Is it d20 modern or based off an entirely different system?

One of the reasons I would back a PF/Paizo Modern would be to support two genres I love - Post Apocalyptic (Darwin's World is great, but I would love to see a Paizo ruleset and campaign world) and Horror gaming.

Is there any chance that Paizo would officially branch out in support of this down the line or do you think that will all be relegated to a third party publisher?

The world was about 50 years or so ahead of our current tech level. Maybe 100 years. Far enough into the future that when the world ended, there were laser guns and anti-gravity suits and nanotech and cybertech, but not interstellar flight or teleportation.

I'd absolutely consider publishing it under Paizo.

It currently uses the Pathfinder rules; it was originally written for 3.0, then updated to d20 modern, then updated from THAT to 3.5, and now it's been mostly updated to Pathfinder rules.

There's certainly a chance that some day Paizo might publish a game like this, but that raises the tricky concern of "do we support such a game beyond it being a one-shot system?" and if we DO, does that mean we abandon support of Golarion?

Auxmaulous wrote:

One more question, I know you guys love Chaosium and CoC - do you personally think that horror role-playing* is under-represented as a genre?

From the heavy horror themes in some of your APs and mods I would think so, but I am talking more about dedicated rpg systems - CoC, etc.

I think that the horror genre is quite well supported. Call of Cthulhu certainly supports it well enough for my tastes, and that game (and Chaosium) have been around longer than pretty much most other RPGS that are still in print under their original creator company.


Could you guys do a one shot with more if able/ profitable? I think horror gaming is doing pretty well, but not that much for post apocalyptic gaming.

Liberty's Edge

Given that you like (some) Star Trek ...

The Original Series or Next Generation?

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