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What's your favorite fey, and why?

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Cheapy wrote:
What's your favorite fey, and why?

Nymphs, because they're so blindingly, stunningly awesome.


What monster(s) are you sick of?

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Golden-Esque wrote:
What monster(s) are you sick of?

Humanoids with the half-dragon template. Half-dragons of most non-reptilian varieties, in fact.

I've been sick of them for nearly ten years, though...


When you first introduced Golarion, did you have any idea it would be as popular as it became? Were you nervous about how it would be received, or did you already know it was deeply cool?

Liberty's Edge

Kobolds, furry or scaley?

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NotMousse wrote:
Kobolds, furry or scaley?

Scaly. See all of our Golarion art for reference.

If I preferred them furry, then our kobolds would be furry. I have that level of power.


James Jacobs wrote:
NotMousse wrote:
Kobolds, furry or scaley?

Scaly. See all of our Golarion art for reference.

If I preferred them furry, then our kobolds would be furry. I have that level of power.

Where have you exercised this power before?

Have you gone mad from it?

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Timtao wrote:
When you first introduced Golarion, did you have any idea it would be as popular as it became? Were you nervous about how it would be received, or did you already know it was deeply cool?

I knew it was cool... but I was VERY nervous about how it might be received. That it's been as well received as it has been is incredible and very very uplifting, to say the least.

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Cheapy wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
NotMousse wrote:
Kobolds, furry or scaley?

Scaly. See all of our Golarion art for reference.

If I preferred them furry, then our kobolds would be furry. I have that level of power.

Where have you exercised this power before?

Have you gone mad from it?

All over the place in Golarion. And nope. I'm 98% sane.


I made a grave mistake, James. My birthday is next week and I have no idea what to ask my friends and family for!

Normally I could just ignore them, but my friends and family are practically pounding on my door like party zombies, moaning, "Giiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiifts, giiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiifts!"

What should I ask for? Let's pretend that I have ... eight individuals who want to buy me presents. Give me eight gift ideas. Be specific too!

If it helps, I own the entire hardcover line that's currently available, as well as:

(Campaign Setting) Book of the Damned 1, 2, and 3, and Inner Sea Magic.

(Player Companions) Adventurer's Armory, Blood of Fiends, Dragon Empires Primer, Halflings of Golarion.


Have you considered adding a new setting to the Paizo catalogue?


Not sure if this has been asked yet, but as I am a fan of your Revisited line of books, I was wondering if their was any plans to do a Golems Revisited book?

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Golden-Esque wrote:

I made a grave mistake, James. My birthday is next week and I have no idea what to ask my friends and family for!

Normally I could just ignore them, but my friends and family are practically pounding on my door like party zombies, moaning, "Giiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiifts, giiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiifts!"

What should I ask for? Let's pretend that I have ... eight individuals who want to buy me presents. Give me eight gift ideas. Be specific too!

If it helps, I own the entire hardcover line that's currently available, as well as:

(Campaign Setting) Book of the Damned 1, 2, and 3, and Inner Sea Magic.

(Player Companions) Adventurer's Armory, Blood of Fiends, Dragon Empires Primer, Halflings of Golarion.

Well... if you're a GM, I would recommend asking for an Adventure Path. Looking at your books, I'm seeing what appears to be an interest in scary stuff, so perhaps you should ask for:

Carrion Crown (Pathfinder Volumes #43–48)
Rule of Fear
The Carrion Crown Map Folio

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Alephtau wrote:
Not sure if this has been asked yet, but as I am a fan of your Revisited line of books, I was wondering if their was any plans to do a Golems Revisited book?

No plans yet.

And since it's arguable that the most interesting and story-rich golem of them all is the flesh golem (thanks to Frankenstein), and since that golem has already been covered in Classic Horrors... chances are VERY GOOD that we'll not do a "Golems Revisited" book.

Chances are better of us some day doing something else entirely with constructs as a theme. I'm not sure what that would be... but it wouldn't follow the "monsters Revisited" line and layout.

Sovereign Court Contributor

James Jacobs wrote:
Cheapy wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
NotMousse wrote:
Kobolds, furry or scaley?

Scaly. See all of our Golarion art for reference.

If I preferred them furry, then our kobolds would be furry. I have that level of power.

Where have you exercised this power before?

Have you gone mad from it?

All over the place in Golarion. And nope. I'm 98% sane.

Somehow, I always imagined your Cthulhu Mythos % to be a bit higher. Whip out that Necronomicon and get studying, man! We can't have you falling behind...!


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James Jacobs wrote:

If you get a magic item to increase Perform, you increase your versatile performance skills. If you get an item to increase a skill directly, that does NOT increase your perform skill. In fact, only if that increase bonus bumps the actual skill modifier up above your perform modifier would it matter. A circlet of persuasion is an EXCELLENT item for a bard, but things like boots of elvenkind are increasingly not all that great (assuming you have a versatile performance that can be used for Acrobatics in that case).

Same goes for feats and spell effects.

You can't double up on versatile performance, in other words.

No doubling up. Got it. Still it seems like you are now contradicting one of your earlier statements.

James Jacobs wrote:

A bard can do a lot worse than taking Skill Focus (perform) rather than one of the +2/+2 to skills feats.

But for magic items, I would rule that something like boots of elvenkind WOULD grant you the bonus even if you were using versatile performance by using your Perform skill. The boots are supposed to make your Acrobatics work better, and it makes no sense at all for a character specialized in being all Acrobatic to suffer just because the rules allow her to use a different skill check.

Versatile performance is supposed to widen a bard's skill selection, in other words, not to have stealth punishments that prevent you from using items.

So which is it? If I the boots do they increase my skill WHILE using versatile performance? If I have a different item that increase just my perform skill, might that improve Acrobatics if it is an associated skill?

If both are true, than how come doubling up isn't allowed?

If anything, I think I might be more confused.

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Ravingdork wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:

If you get a magic item to increase Perform, you increase your versatile performance skills. If you get an item to increase a skill directly, that does NOT increase your perform skill. In fact, only if that increase bonus bumps the actual skill modifier up above your perform modifier would it matter. A circlet of persuasion is an EXCELLENT item for a bard, but things like boots of elvenkind are increasingly not all that great (assuming you have a versatile performance that can be used for Acrobatics in that case).

Same goes for feats and spell effects.

You can't double up on versatile performance, in other words.

No doubling up. Got it. Still it seems like you are now contradicting one of your earlier statements.

James Jacobs wrote:

A bard can do a lot worse than taking Skill Focus (perform) rather than one of the +2/+2 to skills feats.

But for magic items, I would rule that something like boots of elvenkind WOULD grant you the bonus even if you were using versatile performance by using your Perform skill. The boots are supposed to make your Acrobatics work better, and it makes no sense at all for a character specialized in being all Acrobatic to suffer just because the rules allow her to use a different skill check.

Versatile performance is supposed to widen a bard's skill selection, in other words, not to have stealth punishments that prevent you from using items.

So which is it? If I the boots do they increase my skill WHILE using versatile performance? If I have a different item that increase just my perform skill, might that improve Acrobatics if it is an associated skill?

If both are true, than how come doubling up isn't allowed?

If anything, I think I might be more confused.

You're confusing the way the rules work with the way I wish they worked, basically.

In my games, I'd let boots of elvenkind boost a Versatile Performance because that makes sense to me... but if you're into playing the game specifically rules as written, that doesn't work that way.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

If Cayden Cailean, Gorum, Rovagug, Irori and Urgathoa somehow existed as regular humans in real life, what Jobs would they be employed at?

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Stratagemini wrote:
If Cayden Cailean, Gorum, Rovagug, Irori and Urgathoa somehow existed as regular humans in real life, what Jobs would they be employed at?

Bartender, General, Cannibal Serial Kiler, Kung-fu Movie Star, and Nightclub Owner.

Scarab Sages

I suddenly feel the urge to relaunch my 'Kult' campaign...


James Jacobs wrote:
Stratagemini wrote:
If Cayden Cailean, Gorum, Rovagug, Irori and Urgathoa somehow existed as regular humans in real life, what Jobs would they be employed at?
Bartender, General, Cannibal Serial Kiler, Kung-fu Movie Star, and Nightclub Owner.

Hmm... Calistria owning another nightclub a few blocks away? *laughs*

On another note, is there any chance of more material about Sorshen coming our way any time soon?

Grand Lodge

I've been playing p&p 1.5 years and GMing for 1. Some of the players in my homebrew campaign have been playing 15+.

The BBEG of the current year-long arc is a Hungry Ghost monk who misread a prophecy and thinks that by consuming the soul of a nascent dragon embryo and alchemically altering himself he can stop a cataclysmic planar invasion.

I recently became aware of Paizo's aversion to half-dragon humans and the general overuse of same in D&D for decades.

So, are my players likely to find this boss lame?

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Midnight_Angel wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Stratagemini wrote:
If Cayden Cailean, Gorum, Rovagug, Irori and Urgathoa somehow existed as regular humans in real life, what Jobs would they be employed at?
Bartender, General, Cannibal Serial Kiler, Kung-fu Movie Star, and Nightclub Owner.

Hmm... Calistria owning another nightclub a few blocks away? *laughs*

On another note, is there any chance of more material about Sorshen coming our way any time soon?

Calistria would own a brothel that does a side business hiring out assassins.

And yes, there's more stuff about Sorshen coming soon... Shattered Star #2, in fact...

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Exocrat wrote:

I've been playing p&p 1.5 years and GMing for 1. Some of the players in my homebrew campaign have been playing 15+.

The BBEG of the current year-long arc is a Hungry Ghost monk who misread a prophecy and thinks that by consuming the soul of a nascent dragon embryo and alchemically altering himself he can stop a cataclysmic planar invasion.

I recently became aware of Paizo's aversion to half-dragon humans and the general overuse of same in D&D for decades.

So, are my players likely to find this boss lame?

You know your players better than I do, so I can't make that call for you.

Grand Lodge

James Jacobs wrote:
I can't make that call for you.

Thanks, you just did. Now to find my plot scalpel.


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Can I make multiple sunder combat maneuvers as part of a full attack, or do I only ever get one at a time? The wording in the maneuver description is ambiguous as it strongly resembles disarm and trip, which both clearly allow you to attempt those maneuvers with each and every attack.

Silver Crusade

Have you ever been somewhere that creeped you out in a horror movie kind of way? What is the creepiest place you have seen in person?

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

A construct detect as magic?

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Ravingdork wrote:
Can I make multiple sunder combat maneuvers as part of a full attack, or do I only ever get one at a time? The wording in the maneuver description is ambiguous as it strongly resembles disarm and trip, which both clearly allow you to attempt those maneuvers with each and every attack.

Each and every attack. Until your fellow players get fed up that you're breaking the treasure.

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Celestial Healer wrote:
Have you ever been somewhere that creeped you out in a horror movie kind of way? What is the creepiest place you have seen in person?

Plenty of times. Old spooky houses deep in the woods. The primeval forest that surrounded my house growing up. Basements and attics. Indianapolis.

Horror is everywhere.

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Diego Rossi wrote:

A construct detect as magic?

Assuming you're asking "Do constructs radiate magic?" then no, they do not. Neither do undead.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
Diego Rossi wrote:

A construct detect as magic?

Assuming you're asking "Do constructs radiate magic?" then no, they do not. Neither do undead.

Yes, that was I meant. I was fairly sure of that, but I had some poster stating the opposite and so asked for confirmation. Maybe it would be a good idea to add that caveat to the detect magic spell or to the undead and construct entries in the Bestiary?

Or that is already written in some corner of the CRB?

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

The alchemist's Bomb feature? does it count as an Alchemical Item for feats like Burn! Burn! Burn! from goblins of Golarion?

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James Jacobs wrote:
Stratagemini wrote:
If Cayden Cailean, Gorum, Rovagug, Irori and Urgathoa somehow existed as regular humans in real life, what Jobs would they be employed at?
Bartender, General, Cannibal Serial Kiler, Kung-fu Movie Star, and Nightclub Owner.

You can get *paid* to be a cannibal serial killer? I've been doing it gratis all these years!

Silver Crusade

Vic Wertz wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Stratagemini wrote:
If Cayden Cailean, Gorum, Rovagug, Irori and Urgathoa somehow existed as regular humans in real life, what Jobs would they be employed at?
Bartender, General, Cannibal Serial Kiler, Kung-fu Movie Star, and Nightclub Owner.
You can get *paid* to be a cannibal serial killer? I've been doing it gratis all these years!

I think I'm owed some back wages. We should demand full benefits, too.

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Stratagemini wrote:
The alchemist's Bomb feature? does it count as an Alchemical Item for feats like Burn! Burn! Burn! from goblins of Golarion?

It does not count as an alchemical item.


When Pathfinder RPG was made what are the changes to the rules you would have most liked to see in the final product, that didn't make it in?

And how do you think about them today? Have your changed your mind about any, that it was for the better that they weren't included?


Dear Señor Jacobs:

Was the Dimensional Occultist witch archetype intended to receive all of the planar binding spells but be left with no way to cast them without having access to magic circle? The only use I can see for these patron spells is to call extraplanar entities without the trap and ask them nicely.

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blahpers wrote:

Dear Señor Jacobs:

Was the Dimensional Occultist witch archetype intended to receive all of the planar binding spells but be left with no way to cast them without having access to magic circle? The only use I can see for these patron spells is to call extraplanar entities without the trap and ask them nicely.

That's an unintended wrinkle... but the witch can certainly do exactly as you say—cast the spell and ask nicely. That said, adding a magic circle spell of the witch's choice as a 3rd level patron spell is fine too.

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Threeshades wrote:

When Pathfinder RPG was made what are the changes to the rules you would have most liked to see in the final product, that didn't make it in?

And how do you think about them today? Have your changed your mind about any, that it was for the better that they weren't included?

I wish we'd handled Versatile Performance a bit better so that it interacts with the bard's skill ranks in a friendlier manner, and I wish we'd named breath of life cure deadly wounds instead, so clerics could swap things out...

... but as for actual 3.5 rules I wish we'd have changed (rather than additions like the two above) I wish we had changed the rule that you can't sneak attack foes in concealment, so that rogues could sneak attack people in shadowy alleys. I know there's a rogue talent that lets you do that in Advanced Player's Guide... but I wish that we didn't NEED that talent.


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Which misspellings and mispronunciations of Golarion-words are you most surprised by? Most annoying ones?


Kajehase wrote:
Which misspellings and mispronunciations of Golarion-words are you most surprised by? Most annoying ones?

Similar question. How do you pronounce Cheliax? My friends and I keep calling it Chill-axe


Would you be fine with a mage using Prestidigitation to create a flame around his finger or thumb for lighting a cigar or pipe?

Also, is there any chance that Prestidigitation will get a shorter name in the future? :P

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

What is the Golarion Equivalent of Shakespeare? Also? Who is the Golarion Equivalent of Herman Melville?


James Jacobs wrote:
blahpers wrote:

Dear Señor Jacobs:

Was the Dimensional Occultist witch archetype intended to receive all of the planar binding spells but be left with no way to cast them without having access to magic circle? The only use I can see for these patron spells is to call extraplanar entities without the trap and ask them nicely.

That's an unintended wrinkle... but the witch can certainly do exactly as you say—cast the spell and ask nicely. That said, adding a magic circle spell of the witch's choice as a 3rd level patron spell is fine too.

Gracias!


Heh, I've always said Chell-E-axe for Cheliax :)

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Kajehase wrote:
Which misspellings and mispronunciations of Golarion-words are you most surprised by? Most annoying ones?

All of them. Can't help it. All misspellings and mispronunciations vex me.

Although I get particularly riled by folks who pronounce Varisia like this:

vah-REEZZ-yah

Since that's wrong.

It's actually:

vah-RISS-ee-ah

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Odraude wrote:
Kajehase wrote:
Which misspellings and mispronunciations of Golarion-words are you most surprised by? Most annoying ones?
Similar question. How do you pronounce Cheliax? My friends and I keep calling it Chill-axe

You're WRONG!!!!!!!

CHEL-ee-axe

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ShadowFighter88 wrote:

Would you be fine with a mage using Prestidigitation to create a flame around his finger or thumb for lighting a cigar or pipe?

Also, is there any chance that Prestidigitation will get a shorter name in the future? :P

I'm okay with that use of prestidigitation.

And nope... long names are fun! Also they feel more legit.

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