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Deverin Manor is located on the south of Sandpoint, which means Kendra Deverin must go along Schooner Gulch Road to visit the town. But the road is right next to the wood. Is it safe to use the road? I'm afraid that she would be ambushed by a horde of goblins or other foul monsters someday. And some wild animals too, I suppose.


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Have you seen Bird Box?
Yes. It was mediocre. A classic case of "The book was so much better."

Did the book do a better job describing the monster(s) and/or providing a reason why this thing started happening in the first place? I don't mind movies that don't answer ALL questions, but this one had zero questions answered, and was very frustrating to watch. The forgettable Sandra Bullock performance did not help.

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Rysky wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Have you seen Bird Box?
Yes. It was mediocre. A classic case of "The book was so much better."
Sorry to hear that, what were some differences you preferred from the book?

The fact that the creatures, being things that you can't actually see, work better in a medium not based on sight makes it fundamentally flawed of a thing to do as a movie.

A few spoilers for those who haven't read the book.

Spoiler:
The river journey was underwhelming. The crazy wildlife was missing, which was a shame; the wolf attack and the bird attack were really cool, as was having the monster attack happen on the river rather than in the woods.

Having her leave the river multiple times was lame as well, since the more she stumbled around in the woods with a blindfold and didn't break an ankle stretched credulity longer and longer.

Her sister's role in the book was much larger and more heartbreaking.

She took longer to seek out the shelter, which meant she had more time on her own to learn and be self-sufficient and less dependent on other people.

So yeah... lots of stuff that would have required a bigger effects sequence (wildlife attacks) and less dialogue (her on her own) were the parts I enjoyed more.

OH and a few more...

Spoiler:
The kids, growing up as essentially sightless with no idea what a tree looks like, had a whole weird way of interacting with the environment that the movie missed. They felt more like burdens in the movie, but in the book, their increased reliance on hearing and scent and the like gives them an advantage that they can use to help her mom; they can hear things she can't and help her navigate the river as a result.

The ending, when they reach the shelter, was a LOT creepier, where new children being born were blinded at birth so they could survive. It was really disturbing and creepy, another way that the world changed once sight was deadly.

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Aenigma wrote:
Deverin Manor is located on the south of Sandpoint, which means Kendra Deverin must go along Schooner Gulch Road to visit the town. But the road is right next to the wood. Is it safe to use the road? I'm afraid that she would be ambushed by a horde of goblins or other foul monsters someday. And some wild animals too, I suppose.

It's absolutely safe to use that road. Remember that the goblin attack on Sandpoint in Burnt Offerings is not an everyday thing... it's something that's happened ONCE in over four decades. There's not non-stop monsters lurking at the edge of the Sandpoint map. As detailed in the book, where it talks about wandering monsters in the region, the vast majority of those encounters are with friendly people or non-threatening animals.

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GM PDK wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Have you seen Bird Box?
Yes. It was mediocre. A classic case of "The book was so much better."
Did the book do a better job describing the monster(s) and/or providing a reason why this thing started happening in the first place? I don't mind movies that don't answer ALL questions, but this one had zero questions answered, and was very frustrating to watch. The forgettable Sandra Bullock performance did not help.

They didn't spell it out in black and white but there were a lot of theories and evidence; plenty for the reader to draws their own conclusions. But the whole POINT of the monsters, that they make you kill yourself if you look at them, IS the monster, and the implication was that if you see one on TV or really even hear the description that it's too late and there's no hope for you.


Hi James,

It was both cool and heartwarming to read about the polyamorous relationship of Desna, Sarenrae, and Shelyn in Planar Adventures. How did that come to be?

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Blissful Lightning wrote:

Hi James,

It was both cool and heartwarming to read about the polyamorous relationship of Desna, Sarenrae, and Shelyn in Planar Adventures. How did that come to be?

It's been a thing for a while, in fact. I can't remember if there were elements of it that I mentioned in chat many years ago or put in subtle references to in a book and then the internet started to pick up on it or if it was the reverse. I've been wanting to get more detailed on all sorts of relationships between the gods (affairs, romance, conflicts, familial, rivalries, wars, etc.) for a long time. It SHOULD have been in the original Gods book and then SHOULD Have been in the Inner Sea Gods book but those books ended up being more focused on the worshipers rather than the worshiped, so it wasn't until Planar Adventures I had a chance to start putting that stuff in.


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First off, i want to say I am very excited about the release of 2nd edition coming in August.
Are you developing the Adventure Path set to begin in August? How hard is it to develop an AP for a rules system that is still in flux? What kind of things can you do to help to alleviate this problem?


How long is the tenure of a mayor in Sandpoint? Maybe four years? And can he be reelected limitlessly?


I argue with my friends about these rules:PF1:Can i cast Storm of Blades(spell) to create any size Greatsword to deal Incredible damage?
Can i use ROBE OF COMPONENTS to create Focus(Components)-wands to Weaponwand(spell)and wait the spell end “At the end of the spell’s duration, the encased wand is ejected from the weapon. If you have a free hand, you may catch the weapon as a free action; otherwise, the wand drops to the ground.”so i have Lots of wands(any kind) without pay money?


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Currently reading Planar Adventures and I'm loving it, both things I long wanted to know and things I didn't know I wanted to know that will be useful in future campaigns, so thank you for that.

Could you suggest a plausible reason (or reasons) for conflict to occur between aeons and inevitables ?

Inevitables are on the outs—they're a concept that reality once needed but no longer really requires, and aeons are moving in to fill that vacancy. So the "official" conflict would then be that inevitables are an outdated race made obsolete by aeons, who are more efficient at the job, and are edging them out. Think of inevitables as 8-track cassettes and aeons as digital downloaded music, perhaps?

I apologize if any of this is going to be answered in the upcoming Concordance of Rivals, but I am both curious and poor, so feel compelled to ask regardless.

When did this shift of aeons becoming the primary managers of reality come about (or are they still secondary and just in the process of becoming primary)?


SOLDIER-1st wrote:

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James Jacobs wrote:
the nerve-eater of Zur-en-Aarh wrote:

Currently reading Planar Adventures and I'm loving it, both things I long wanted to know and things I didn't know I wanted to know that will be useful in future campaigns, so thank you for that.

Could you suggest a plausible reason (or reasons) for conflict to occur between aeons and inevitables ?

Inevitables are on the outs—they're a concept that reality once needed but no longer really requires, and aeons are moving in to fill that vacancy. So the "official" conflict would then be that inevitables are an outdated race made obsolete by aeons, who are more efficient at the job, and are edging them out. Think of inevitables as 8-track cassettes and aeons as digital downloaded music, perhaps?

I apologize if any of this is going to be answered in the upcoming Concordance of Rivals, but I am both curious and poor, so feel compelled to ask regardless.

When did this shift of aeons becoming the primary managers of reality come about (or are they still secondary and just in the process of becoming primary)?

Follow-up question: what will the ramifications of such be for Axis, the axiomites, and the inevitables (will they still exist, will they shift their purpose, will they go to war with the aeons, etc.)?

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j b 200 wrote:

First off, i want to say I am very excited about the release of 2nd edition coming in August.

Are you developing the Adventure Path set to begin in August? How hard is it to develop an AP for a rules system that is still in flux? What kind of things can you do to help to alleviate this problem?

Yes, I am. It's incredibly hard and stressful. The things I can do to help it is to rely entirely on in-house authors for the whole thing, because we have a huge head start on understanding 2nd edition's rules, but even then, the writing for many of them has to be done a few months before the rules are set in stone and off to the printer.

We went through this before, of course, with Council of Thieves. It was tough then too. We learned a lot from the process, but there's always new surprises to encounter.

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I argue with my friends about these rules:PF1:Can i cast Storm of Blades(spell) to create any size Greatsword to deal Incredible damage?

Can i use ROBE OF COMPONENTS to create Focus(Components)-wands to Weaponwand(spell)and wait the spell end “At the end of the spell’s duration, the encased wand is ejected from the weapon. If you have a free hand, you may catch the weapon as a free action; otherwise, the wand drops to the ground.”so i have Lots of wands(any kind) without pay money?

Your GM gets to answer the question. She or he will get you an answer FAR faster and with more accuracy and support for your table than any other source.

Otherwise, please ask rules questions in the rules forums, where they can be seen easily by other folks. I don't answer rules questions here.

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Aenigma wrote:
How long is the tenure of a mayor in Sandpoint? Maybe four years? And can he be reelected limitlessly?

Check the entry for the Sandpoint Town Hall on page 19 of the Sandpoint book for full details. The short version is 4 years and no term limit.

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SOLDIER-1st wrote:

Following text quoted from here.

James Jacobs wrote:
the nerve-eater of Zur-en-Aarh wrote:

Currently reading Planar Adventures and I'm loving it, both things I long wanted to know and things I didn't know I wanted to know that will be useful in future campaigns, so thank you for that.

Could you suggest a plausible reason (or reasons) for conflict to occur between aeons and inevitables ?

Inevitables are on the outs—they're a concept that reality once needed but no longer really requires, and aeons are moving in to fill that vacancy. So the "official" conflict would then be that inevitables are an outdated race made obsolete by aeons, who are more efficient at the job, and are edging them out. Think of inevitables as 8-track cassettes and aeons as digital downloaded music, perhaps?

I apologize if any of this is going to be answered in the upcoming Concordance of Rivals, but I am both curious and poor, so feel compelled to ask regardless.

When did this shift of aeons becoming the primary managers of reality come about (or are they still secondary and just in the process of becoming primary)?

In Golarion—it's always been that way but us mortals didn't quite get it.

In the real world—as soon as we started talking about 2nd edition and decided we wanted to focus on Aeons having a stronger role in our game since they're something we invented.

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Follow-up question: what will the ramifications of such be for Axis, the axiomites, and the inevitables (will they still exist, will they shift their purpose, will they go to war with the aeons, etc.)?

No change; we've already shifted things toward this setup in Planar Adventures, with the inevitables being on the way out. They'll still be around, more or less, but they won't be used as often and will have a more quantified role associating them with aeons.


Amos Deverin, Fenchus Deverin, and Kendra Deverin were the first, second, and third mayor of Sandpoint, right? And does that mean The mayorship of Sandpoint has been monopolized by the house of Deverin?

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Aenigma wrote:
Amos Deverin, Fenchus Deverin, and Kendra Deverin were the first, second, and third mayor of Sandpoint, right? And does that mean The mayorship of Sandpoint has been monopolized by the house of Deverin?

No, but it does mean that the people of Sandpoint have been very pleased with how the Deverin family has been doing the job and so they keep voting Deverins into office. There's no sinister or conspiracy-themed efforts by the Deverins to keep their hold on the title, nor is it something that they've dominated for financial gain.


Tar-Baphon ascended to mythic power using the Cenotaph. But Zutha, who created it, was not mythic. He made a fount of mythic power and yet didn't use it for himself?


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Sigh wrote:

Hi James, a lot has happened since my last post here, but that's not why I'm here. Just wanted to get your opinion on the Daywalker spell, it's one of the most interesting Necromancy spells in the game IMO and has a lot of potential RP possibilities, not the least of which being the ability to give a Ghost a corporeal form for 24 hours.

Also, if I had a character who wanted to charge someone for casting this should I just refer to the Spellcasting section of Goods and Services or do you think the spell's unique effects necessitate a higher price?

The prices in the Spellcasting section of Goods and Services are the standard for those prices. You can ask whatever you want for a cost, but don't be surprised if you don't get a lot of customers if you wanted to ask more! And don't be surprised if fellow party members get cranky if you try to charge them for your services too!

Of course, your GM has final say in all of this.

That's fair, though I still wonder what you think of the spell itself and its potential uses, has it been used in any of the games you've run or seen run?

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Aenigma wrote:
Tar-Baphon ascended to mythic power using the Cenotaph. But Zutha, who created it, was not mythic. He made a fount of mythic power and yet didn't use it for himself?

Correct. The fact that Zutha is a powerful character is what is mythic about him, not him himself.

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Sigh wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Sigh wrote:

Hi James, a lot has happened since my last post here, but that's not why I'm here. Just wanted to get your opinion on the Daywalker spell, it's one of the most interesting Necromancy spells in the game IMO and has a lot of potential RP possibilities, not the least of which being the ability to give a Ghost a corporeal form for 24 hours.

Also, if I had a character who wanted to charge someone for casting this should I just refer to the Spellcasting section of Goods and Services or do you think the spell's unique effects necessitate a higher price?

The prices in the Spellcasting section of Goods and Services are the standard for those prices. You can ask whatever you want for a cost, but don't be surprised if you don't get a lot of customers if you wanted to ask more! And don't be surprised if fellow party members get cranky if you try to charge them for your services too!

Of course, your GM has final say in all of this.

That's fair, though I still wonder what you think of the spell itself and its potential uses, has it been used in any of the games you've run or seen run?

It hasn't been used in games I run, and I'm only barely aware of what the spell is.


I've been looking into the Dreamlands and Leng recently and I was wondering if you might be able to point me to some sources or trains of thought that will expand upon or improve my depiction of them.

I've read Strange Aeons and Planar Adventures so far as my main Paizo sources and theb I've been thinking of using Bloodborne as my inspiration for Leng.

Any help or feedback would be great :)

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Pharasmin wrote:

I've been looking into the Dreamlands and Leng recently and I was wondering if you might be able to point me to some sources or trains of thought that will expand upon or improve my depiction of them.

I've read Strange Aeons and Planar Adventures so far as my main Paizo sources and theb I've been thinking of using Bloodborne as my inspiration for Leng.

Any help or feedback would be great :)

Pathfinder #65 has an article about Leng. And there's always a HUGE number of Chaosium products for them for Call of Cthulhu.

But reading Lovecraft's "Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath" is the best place to go for more about them.


We already know Sorshen's source of mythic power is the Everdawn Pool. Are the sources of mythic power of Xanderghul and Alaznist revealed? Can you tell me how they became mythic?

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Aenigma wrote:
We already know Sorshen's source of mythic power is the Everdawn Pool. Are the sources of mythic power of Xanderghul and Alaznist revealed? Can you tell me how they became mythic?

More info is in the last adventure of "Return of the Runelords."


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What's your favorite Dreamlands locale from Lovecraft's writings?

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Cole Deschain wrote:
What's your favorite Dreamlands locale from Lovecraft's writings?

That's a tough choice. It's either Leng, the Underworld, or Ulthar.


Are you familiar with the Dreamquest of Velet Boe? If so what is your opinion?


Is there going to be any Giantslayer references in Tyrant's Grasp, such as possible returning NPC's?

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Java Man wrote:
Are you familiar with the Dreamquest of Velet Boe? If so what is your opinion?

Never heard of it. Googled it. Am intrigued.

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Patrickthekid wrote:
Is there going to be any Giantslayer references in Tyrant's Grasp, such as possible returning NPC's?

I didn't work on either of those APs. Rob worked on Giantslayer but has nothing to do with Tyrant's Grasp. Ron and Crystal, who set up and worked on Tyrant's Grasp were not the developers for Giantslayer, nor did they write any of the adventures. The two campaigns take place in adjacent regions, but their themes and stories and plots are VERY different.

I suspect that as a result, there will be no references from Giantslayer in Tyrant's Grasp.


There are several monsters that I cannot identify. On page 60 of Vaults of Madness, there is a big snake fighting charau-ka. On page 30 of Inner Sea Bestiary, there is a blue winged creature caught by a deadly mantis. On page 70 of Shadow of the Storm Tyrant, there are several gray giants fighting a black giant. What are these monsters?

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Aenigma wrote:
There are several monsters that I cannot identify. On page 60 of Vaults of Madness, there is a big snake fighting charau-ka. On page 30 of Inner Sea Bestiary, there is a blue winged creature caught by a deadly mantis. On page 70 of Shadow of the Storm Tyrant, there are several gray giants fighting a black giant. What are these monsters?

Snake from Vaults of Madness = just a giant snake. If you want stats for it, take your favorite existing snake and follow the rules in Bestiary 1's appendix for increasing its size up to Colossal.

Blue winged creature from Inner Sea Bestiary = wyvern

Gray giants from Shadow = stone giants

Black giant from Shadow = a gigas (probably an earth gigas, even though the description later doesn't mention crystals growing from their flesh)


Lamashtu created barghests and goblins. Thus their alignments should be same. But barghests are lawful evil and goblins are neutral evil. I'm not sure whether Paizo changed the alignment of goblins to chaotic evil because of this but I'm confused. Why are their alignments different? It's not like barghests were created by a lawful evil god such as Asmodeus.


Do you think that an awakened Aucturn (or similarly big creature) could be statted up as a creature?

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Aenigma wrote:
Lamashtu created barghests and goblins. Thus their alignments should be same. But barghests are lawful evil and goblins are neutral evil. I'm not sure whether Paizo changed the alignment of goblins to chaotic evil because of this but I'm confused. Why are their alignments different? It's not like barghests were created by a lawful evil god such as Asmodeus.

Deities aren't limited to creating creatures ONLY of their own alignment. And beyond that, Lamashtu STOLE the first barghests from Hell, but I'm not sure we've every actually said who created them.

And we were also working with traditions inherited from D&D at the time and were more timid about changing alignments. With the upcoming edition change, we won't be if it makes sense to change some alignments around.

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Do you think that an awakened Aucturn (or similarly big creature) could be statted up as a creature?

It's possible but there'd be no point to it. Something that big isn't something you should fight with a sword. If you want to have a planet fighting someone, you'd be better off inventing new rules to handle such a huge difference in scale, or perhaps present the fight/conflict in an entirely different way.


I didn't know barghests were originally in Hell. Did Lamashtu steal all barghests then and thus there is no barghest remaining in Hell? I guess Asmodeus would miss his lost children(which means, barghests) badly.

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Aenigma wrote:
I didn't know barghests were originally in Hell. Did Lamashtu steal all barghests then and thus there is no barghest remaining in Hell? I guess Asmodeus would miss his lost children(which means, barghests) badly.

She stole four of them. Asmodeus didn't make them. Not everything in Hell is his.


I have always thought that goblins are green. But page 137 of Inner Sea Races said that their skin ranges from green to gray to blue. I have to ask, is green the most common skin color among goblins? By the way, on page 76 of Sandpoint, Light of the Lost Coast, there is a goblin with unique skin color. Is it purple or violet?

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Aenigma wrote:
I have always thought that goblins are green. But page 137 of Inner Sea Races said that their skin ranges from green to gray to blue. I have to ask, is green the most common skin color among goblins? By the way, on page 76 of Sandpoint, Light of the Lost Coast, there is a goblin with unique skin color. Is it purple or violet?

Green's the most common. Blue/gray is second most common. Other colors, are much more rare. (The purple in the image you reference is kinda an error, alas.)


Can a goblin interbreed with a monkey goblin? I personally think they can't because they look so different.

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Aenigma wrote:
Can a goblin interbreed with a monkey goblin? I personally think they can't because they look so different.

They can, but the kids are either goblin or monkey goblin, not a "half-goblin" or anything like that.


Warchief Ripnugget has slowly started to build his tribe again by using ghouls to infect captured goblins. So can I assume that even other evil goblins who wish to take vengeance on Sandpoint would be hostile to Ripnugget, because no sane goblin would wish to become undead?

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Aenigma wrote:
Warchief Ripnugget has slowly started to build his tribe again by using ghouls to infect captured goblins. So can I assume that even other evil goblins who wish to take vengeance on Sandpoint would be hostile to Ripnugget, because no sane goblin would wish to become undead?

Who said goblins were sane? Some of them would want to become ghouls, cause that's a power jump for a goblin. It'd be on a case by case basis, but certainly at least some of those undead goblins are volunteers, either because they want to be "immortal" and powerful, because they still have some loyalty and admiration and fear of Ripnugget, or all of the above.


It seems that Lamashtu wishes to kill Uvaglor badly. Then how about Pazuzu? Does he want to kill his son Uvaglor too? Or does he deeply love his firstborn son?


Mr. James Jacobs,

As the resident Kaiju expert. In your estimation, how many kaiju would be need to create the amount of destruction usually involved in an apocalyptic event that precedes a post-apocalyptic event?

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Aenigma wrote:
It seems that Lamashtu wishes to kill Uvaglor badly. Then how about Pazuzu? Does he want to kill his son Uvaglor too? Or does he deeply love his firstborn son?

He doesn't want to kill Uvaglor, but doesn't love him. He sees Uvaglor as a tool to spread his own legacy through the Material Plane and as a shiv to twist in Lamashtu's side to torment her.

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