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Alex_UNLIMITED wrote:

Hi James.

I have some questions about the sound striker bard archetype from UM.
In particular, weird words is unclear.
1) Can I affect a single target with all the weird words? If yes, I will roll 10 attack (12th level) and my opponent many fortitude saves!
2) Can I bypass the DR? A supernatural ability does it, but with weird words I can deal D, P or B type of damage.
3) Can I activate it with a standard action and mantain it with a free action?
4) Can I combat defensively with these touch attacks?
5) Can I combine it with the dance of 23 steps if I can active this masterpiece with a move action?

To add on a little bit...

How many times can the Bard do this per day? It doesn't say it uses Bardic Performace, only a standard action and it implies you can make up to 10 attacks as a standard action. Does this mean the Bard can use Weird Words whenever it wishes, up to 10 times a day? Does it mean they can use it whenever they wish, but can only make 10 attacks per action? Or does it cost a round of Bardic Performace to use?

My gut says it takes a round of Bardic Performance to use, and up to 10 attacks as a standard action. But much like the abilities name, the entry is weirdly worded. :P

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Odraude wrote:
Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
Why the disconnect between the list of Ranger's Favored Terrains and the rules for the Environment?
Color me curious. What's the disconnect?

Under environment Forest, Desert, Marsh, Hills, Mountains, Plains and Aquatic are listed as the different terrains. Desert, for example, is broken down into tundra (cold), rocky (temperate), and sandy (warm).

The rangers' table for favored terrains is broken down differently. Desert has sandy and wasteland (guessing it covers rugged). While cold covers tundra.

A moor is listed under marshes in the environment, but not covered at all under the favored terrain.


Tels wrote:
Alex_UNLIMITED wrote:

Hi James.

I have some questions about the sound striker bard archetype from UM.
In particular, weird words is unclear.
1) Can I affect a single target with all the weird words? If yes, I will roll 10 attack (12th level) and my opponent many fortitude saves!
2) Can I bypass the DR? A supernatural ability does it, but with weird words I can deal D, P or B type of damage.
3) Can I activate it with a standard action and mantain it with a free action?
4) Can I combat defensively with these touch attacks?
5) Can I combine it with the dance of 23 steps if I can active this masterpiece with a move action?

To add on a little bit...

How many times can the Bard do this per day? It doesn't say it uses Bardic Performace, only a standard action and it implies you can make up to 10 attacks as a standard action. Does this mean the Bard can use Weird Words whenever it wishes, up to 10 times a day? Does it mean they can use it whenever they wish, but can only make 10 attacks per action? Or does it cost a round of Bardic Performace to use?

My gut says it takes a round of Bardic Performance to use, and up to 10 attacks as a standard action. But much like the abilities name, the entry is weirdly worded. :P

these questions seem better suited for the Rules Questions forum. Like, exactly suited for them.


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Dear O Mighty Dinosaur,

Forgive the complainty-soundingness of this request, I only look to understand your awesome mind!

In the ARG playtest, many agreed that since the Skilled racial feature has the same relationship to the extra skill point favored class bonus as the Toughness feat has to the extra hit point favored class bonus, the Skilled feature should therefor be treated as equivalent in power to a feat. This logic seems unassailable to me, and yet the Static Feat feature's cost remains at 2 RP, while the Skilled feature is still double that, at 4 RP. What is your Wisdom, O Toothy One?

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Will Tabris ever show up/has ever shown up stated in one of your products or as a primary NPC?


Cheapy wrote:
Tels wrote:
Alex_UNLIMITED wrote:

Hi James.

I have some questions about the sound striker bard archetype from UM.
In particular, weird words is unclear.
1) Can I affect a single target with all the weird words? If yes, I will roll 10 attack (12th level) and my opponent many fortitude saves!
2) Can I bypass the DR? A supernatural ability does it, but with weird words I can deal D, P or B type of damage.
3) Can I activate it with a standard action and mantain it with a free action?
4) Can I combat defensively with these touch attacks?
5) Can I combine it with the dance of 23 steps if I can active this masterpiece with a move action?

To add on a little bit...

How many times can the Bard do this per day? It doesn't say it uses Bardic Performace, only a standard action and it implies you can make up to 10 attacks as a standard action. Does this mean the Bard can use Weird Words whenever it wishes, up to 10 times a day? Does it mean they can use it whenever they wish, but can only make 10 attacks per action? Or does it cost a round of Bardic Performace to use?

My gut says it takes a round of Bardic Performance to use, and up to 10 attacks as a standard action. But much like the abilities name, the entry is weirdly worded. :P

these questions seem better suited for the Rules Questions forum. Like, exactly suited for them.

Personally, I'll probably never play the class, I was asking the question to satisfy my curiosity. Because it's just to satisfy my curiosity, I could care less about the 'RAW' answer. Besides, Rules questions are asked to James all the time, despite the fact he isn't 'the Rules Guy'. Honestly, if he clarifies a question when nothing official has been made, it's usually a good enough guideline on how it works. It may not be official, but it's close enough to satisfy me in my book.

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Serisan wrote:
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Stratagemini wrote:

So there's a New Feat in the Aasimar section of the ARG called Celestial Servant. it allows you to grant the celestial template to and animal companion, familiar or mount.

How does that interact with Improved Familiar when:
a. you summon a familiar who is a normal animal (lets say a monkey) enhanced by a template such as Entropic or infernal? Do you get a Celestial/Entropic Monkey?
b. You summon a new improved familiar (such as an imp)? Do you get a Celestial Imp?

Technically, yes, it would grant the Celestial template to your entropic animal or your imp... but in practice, alignment considerations would make such an event unlikely at best. Celestial Servant is primarily aimed at enhancing "normal" companions/familiars/mounts, so a GM could well simply say you can't use this ability on something that's already got conflicting "flavors" on it.

For the same reason, while you can pour maple syrup on a chocolate cake... and while doing so DOES make the whole thing sweeter... it's not necessarily a good idea and you probably shouldn't do it because it ruins both things for a lot of folks.

Is there any reason that you could not have a creature that is both Entropic and Celestial? Chaos and Good aren't in conflict.

No reason other than flavor for specific creatures.

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Stratagemini wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Evil Midnight Lurker wrote:
It is pretty nifty -- I'd imagine that if it's true, the Bleaching would be a form of punishment for not observing enough interesting things...
Interesting. It DOES sound like a sort of off-the-cuff comment one of us might make in a messageboard post or in a chat room or somewhere else where words appear and then are lost within a day or less.
Are there any plans to expand a bit on the whole biomechanical obeservation devices thing, in the form of hinting in some of the game material? Because honestly it makes gnomes (already a fairly interesting and tragic race) even more fascinating. I'm not asking you to tell us the truth, that's the sort of information that seems like it would not be fun to actually know the truth. But some rumors or hints in game material would probably be pretty fun to see and get players thinking.

No plans yet... and it's not biomechanical in any event. It'd be more proper to call it biomagical.

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The Minis Maniac wrote:
James I just ordered "The Slumbering Tsar" compilation from FGG. I was wondering where on Golarion you would [place the city of Tsar? I was thinking possibly just east of Qadira in the desert and wastes of Casmaron somewhere.

That's likely where I would put it. Perhaps a bit north of that.

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Poit wrote:

Hi James, I have a couple questions question about movement modifiers.

If a creature does not have a land speed, what happens if that creature gets a bonus to its land speed? The example that came up in tonight's game was a fast zombie giant squid. A fast zombie grants +10 to land speed, but a giant squid does not have a land speed - its speed is swim 60 ft., jet 260 ft.

Would a fast zombie giant squid get:
A) A land speed of 10 ft. (effectively, its lack of land speed is a land speed of 0 ft., so it gets increased to 10)
B) +10 to its swim speed (basically, applying the bonus to the creature's "primary" mode of movement)
C) No benefit from the land speed bonus

Also, if a creature does not have a land speed, if something is based on its land speed, what do you use? For example, the half-fiend template grants a fly speed of twice the base creature's land speed. What is the fly speed of a half-fiend giant squid?

** spoiler omitted **

If a creature doesn't have a land speed... it technically doesn't have a speed to modify and therefore boosts tot hat speed are lost (kind of like modifiers to Constitution are lost on undead or constructs).

A fast zombie giant squid would technically get no benefit from the speed bonus, but I would recommend giving that bonus to its swim speed, since that's obviously the intent of the template. Same goes for things that grant boons based on land speeds.

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Tels wrote:

Trivial Pursuit: Pathfinder Edition.

Will it hit stores soon?

Heh. I wish.

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Thomas LeBlanc wrote:

In Golarion:

1) What causes an animal to become dire? (breed, evolved, created)

2a) Are there any were-dinos?
2b) Any lycanthrope giants?

3) What is up with the Fleshwarren?

1) Having "dire animal" parents. It's not a template. It's a common name for different species of animals who, in fact, have real names like smilodon or daeodon. AKA: The way you become a dire animal is the same way you become a squirrel or a lizard or a human. You're born to that type of parents.

2a) Yes.

2b) Yes.

3) You'll need to give me more info than that—where's that from? EDIT: Just looked it up on Google... looks like it's one of many of the minor side planes that Todd threw in to the Great Beyond that, to date, we've not expanded upon. What's up with it is pretty much only what's in that book.


If there was one person who could beat you at a Golarion trivia contest, who would it be?

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AbsolutGrndZer0 wrote:

So, I asked this question sort of already I think, but I wanted to ask it again in a different way. If someone was raised in Cheliax to worship Asmodeus and such, and they are Lawful Neutral, do you think it's still fitting for them to actually worship Asmodeus, just follow his tenets of Law and Power, without actually being EVIL about it?

Also, on a related note... Is that legal in Pathfinder Society play? Like a Lawful Neutral cleric of Asmodeus wouldn't necessarily have to be an evil person, or are evil deities not allowed either?

OH and another question not related... Infernal Healing has a material component of a drop of devil's blood or a "dose" of unholy water. Is this commonly available since it's such a small amount, or if not then what price? Also, would Eschew Materials negate it?

You can certainly worship Asmodeus while being lawful neutral, or neutral evil, for that matter, but you'll be tempted and, more likely, tricked VERY often by church-related stuff into performing acts that edge you closer and closer toward lawful evil. If you remain low-profile, that's probably all that'll happen, but the higher profile you get, the more likely you'll be persecuted or imprisoned/disappeared/killed for being a heretic.

And in any case, worshiping and thus supporting the religion and spreading its word promotes its associated alignment, so even if you're working to be lawful neutral, you ARE in some small way at the minimum spreading lawful evil–if only by encouraging the lawful evil elements of the church to become (if only slightly) more active in response to your actions.

It's technically legal for PFS play, but I would STRONGLY STRONGLY STRONGLY recommend against it, for 2 HUGE reasons:

1) We often use the evil deities as focuses for bad guys in our adventures. In a home game, the GM has the leeway to adapt that plotline to fit a group that includes a worshiper of that evil god. In PFS, GMs do not have that, and in that case there'll be some adventures sometimes that your character will not really fit with—you'll be forced to act directly against your religion if you do, and that can make you sad.

2) You might understand and enjoy the shades of gray and "gaming the system" of having a non-evil worshiper of an evil deity, but that's not something that EVERY PLAYER will understand and/or enjoy. Since you often have no real control over who the other players in any one PFS game you sit down to play will be, and since there's a strong "NO PVP" element endorsed by the campaign, you'll be making the game less enjoyable for anyone in the group who's playing, say, a paladin or a character who's anti-devil. In PFS play, you really do need to be aware of the fact that the more "fringe" and "outlandish" your character gets (whether the character does so in a story flavor way like this, or does so with rules by making strange and weird class/archetype combos), the more likely that character is going to be clashing with the quite rigid rules of PFS play. Characters like the one you mention are MUCH better for home games. Play something less outlandish for Pathfinder Society, is my heartfelt recommendation.

As for Infernal Healing... how commonly available it is depends on your GM. It's a non-costed material component, in any case (it's not enough to be worth anything), and as such it would indeed be negated by Eschew Materials (but that would NOT negate its "EVIL" descriptor).

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AbsolutGrndZer0 wrote:
Oh and while I am thinking about it, I'm not sure who to tell about this... In the Ultimate Magic PDF the bookmark for the Magus Archetypes page is missing, as every other class has a bookmark. :P Who should I email about this for possible fixing in the next update, or can you relay the message? :)

I would send a note to customer service about that.

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Kajehase wrote:

With the Dire wolf being the actual name of an species that lived in the Americas during the Pleistocene period.

Question for James: Considering your habit of using animals from this period in place of the "dire" varieties, would that make Homo Erectus Dire Humans?

Correct. In earlier (pre 3rd) editions of the game, the dire wolf was the only "dire" monster in the game. During 3rd edition's design, the designers decided on extending the word "dire" to cover ALL prehistoric non-dinosaur creatures. Which is, in my opinion, a pretty lame and frustrating decision, and one I fought tooth and nail to do away with in Pathfinder. I mostly lost that argument due to the "backwards compatibility" requirement, but I was able to attach those animals real-world primeval names to their entries as a sort of compromise. We'll still use "dire" when we make up stats for monsters who didn't have significant prehistoric variants who fit the model of a "bigger, tougher monster," or in the case of new ones, we increasingly just introduce them as primeval monsters/megafauna. AKA: We introduced it as a megatherium, not a dire sloth. Because, obviously. Who can say "dire sloth" without laughing? I bet there's no game group out there who can meet that challenge.

No.

Homo Erectus would more likely be lumped into the same category as a "caveman" entry, if we were to do that in the first place. Or maybe all lumped in with "neanderthal."


Diego Rossi wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
wraithstrike wrote:
Quote:

Diseases, poisons, spells, and other abilities can all deal damage directly to your ability scores. This damage does not actually reduce an ability, but it does apply a penalty to the skills and statistics that are based on that ability.

For every 2 points of damage you take to a single ability, apply a –1 penalty to skills and statistics listed with the relevant ability.

Do hit points count as a statistic for this purpose?
Nope. Abilities means precisely that—one of the six ability scores.

I think he is asking if losing 2 points from the constitution ability score will apply a -1 hp/level penalty to the character maximum and current HP.

And if he is not asking that, I am asking that ;-)

That is correct Diego. I was asking about the hit points.

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Diego Rossi wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
wraithstrike wrote:
Quote:

Diseases, poisons, spells, and other abilities can all deal damage directly to your ability scores. This damage does not actually reduce an ability, but it does apply a penalty to the skills and statistics that are based on that ability.

For every 2 points of damage you take to a single ability, apply a –1 penalty to skills and statistics listed with the relevant ability.

Do hit points count as a statistic for this purpose?
Nope. Abilities means precisely that—one of the six ability scores.

I think he is asking if losing 2 points from the constitution ability score will apply a -1 hp/level penalty to the character maximum and current HP.

And if he is not asking that, I am asking that ;-)

Losing 2 points from Con always applies a -1 hp/level penalty to the max and current HP, regardless of what's causing that Con damage/drain.

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blackbloodtroll wrote:
Can a Cleric wielding a light shield on each arm cast spells with somatic components?

Nope. That's what bucklers are for.

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Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
Why the disconnect between the list of Ranger's Favored Terrains and the rules for the Environment?

If you're asking "why are the categories of environment listed in the core rulebook different than the categories of environment listed for the ranger's favored terrains?" ...

Two reasons.

1) Favored terrains were new to the game, and weren't forefront in our minds when we were working much later on the Environment chapter, which is much more modeled on 3.5's edition than the ranger's favored terrain were. AKA: we forgot/didn't notice they were different.

2) Even if we HAD noticed, I doubt we'd change things, because the book was already huge, and we would take as many space-saving tricks as we could (like combining forest with jungle). Furthermore, I'm not really sure that the disconnect between the ranger's favored terrains and the categories of terrians in the Environment chapter actually causes any problems at all. I've never noticed it causing problems, and this is the first time I've heard of anyone even noticing that disconnect, so while it's a curiosity... I wouldn't call it a significant problem. Or even a problem at all.

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FiddlersGreen wrote:

Dear JJ, a few questions if I may:

1. Are the wildblooded bloodlines bloodlines in their own right? Would you be able to select wildblooded bloodlines with the Eldritch Heritage feats and would a wildblooded sorcerer be able to utilise a Robe of Arcane Heritage?

2. If you could go back in time with the experience and knowledge you have today, would you have done the sorcerer bloodlines the way oracle mysteries are done? Would this affect how sorcerers are done in a hypothetical Pathfinder 2.0?

3. What is a T-rex's primary source of dietary fibre?

4. What's wrong with a Chaotic Good Celestial/Entropic Monkey? XD

1) No, they aren't. That's why they're not listed as bloodlines, but instead listed as archetypes. Things like Eldritch Heritage and that robe would work off of the associated non-mutated bloodline's rules, and would likely need your GM's adjudication to clear up problems should they arise.

2) Nope; having mysteries and bloodlines work different is good, because it helps further make those two classes feel unique and different.

3) The fibre inside the bellies of those he eats.

4) It's overkill. Like putting powdered sugar and brown sugar on your Captain Crunch, and then using strawberry milk instead of normal milk. You can do it, and some folks might like the taste... but it's still weird and overkill. And there's a lot of unnecessary overlapping.

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Alex_UNLIMITED wrote:

Hi James.

I have some questions about the sound striker bard archetype from UM.
In particular, weird words is unclear.
1) Can I affect a single target with all the weird words? If yes, I will roll 10 attack (12th level) and my opponent many fortitude saves!
2) Can I bypass the DR? A supernatural ability does it, but with weird words I can deal D, P or B type of damage.
3) Can I activate it with a standard action and mantain it with a free action?
4) Can I combat defensively with these touch attacks?
5) Can I combine it with the dance of 23 steps if I can active this masterpiece with a move action?

1) No. Each weird sound has to affect one target.

2) No; these words inflict physical damage, and as such they must abide by the rules for physical damage if you come up against a creature that has damage reduction against bludgeoning, piercing, or slashing.
3) You can't maintain this ability. You use it up the round you activate it (as a standard action).
4) Yes.
5) Yes.

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Tels wrote:

To add on a little bit...

How many times can the Bard do this per day? It doesn't say it uses Bardic Performace, only a standard action and it implies you can make up to 10 attacks as a standard action. Does this mean the Bard can use Weird Words whenever it wishes, up to 10 times a day? Does it mean they can use it whenever they wish, but can only make 10 attacks per action? Or does it cost a round of Bardic Performace to use?

My gut says it takes a round of Bardic Performance to use, and up to 10 attacks as a standard action. But much like the abilities name, the entry is weirdly worded. :P

It's a bardic performance—it's listed under that heading. It replaces the suggestion bardic performance. It may not specifically say "this uses 1 bardic performance" but it does. Each use of bardic performance gives them a bunch of sounds (maximum 10).

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Cheapy wrote:
Tels wrote:
Alex_UNLIMITED wrote:

Hi James.

I have some questions about the sound striker bard archetype from UM.
In particular, weird words is unclear.
1) Can I affect a single target with all the weird words? If yes, I will roll 10 attack (12th level) and my opponent many fortitude saves!
2) Can I bypass the DR? A supernatural ability does it, but with weird words I can deal D, P or B type of damage.
3) Can I activate it with a standard action and mantain it with a free action?
4) Can I combat defensively with these touch attacks?
5) Can I combine it with the dance of 23 steps if I can active this masterpiece with a move action?

To add on a little bit...

How many times can the Bard do this per day? It doesn't say it uses Bardic Performace, only a standard action and it implies you can make up to 10 attacks as a standard action. Does this mean the Bard can use Weird Words whenever it wishes, up to 10 times a day? Does it mean they can use it whenever they wish, but can only make 10 attacks per action? Or does it cost a round of Bardic Performace to use?

My gut says it takes a round of Bardic Performance to use, and up to 10 attacks as a standard action. But much like the abilities name, the entry is weirdly worded. :P

these questions seem better suited for the Rules Questions forum. Like, exactly suited for them.

That is also true. I'll answer them here, but folks sometimes seem to get worked up and intolerant since my name isn't listed in the rulebooks as a designer all the time.

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The Best Goblin! wrote:

Dear O Mighty Dinosaur,

Forgive the complainty-soundingness of this request, I only look to understand your awesome mind!

In the ARG playtest, many agreed that since the Skilled racial feature has the same relationship to the extra skill point favored class bonus as the Toughness feat has to the extra hit point favored class bonus, the Skilled feature should therefor be treated as equivalent in power to a feat. This logic seems unassailable to me, and yet the Static Feat feature's cost remains at 2 RP, while the Skilled feature is still double that, at 4 RP. What is your Wisdom, O Toothy One?

No wisdom. I wasn't involved with all that internal design—that's a Jason Bulmahn question. My gut tells me that he did it that way because Static Feat gives you a one-time boost that single level, while Skilled gives you a boost EVERY level. But again... dunno for sure.

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doc the grey wrote:
Will Tabris ever show up/has ever shown up stated in one of your products or as a primary NPC?

More information is needed before I can comment on "Tabris."

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Cheapy wrote:
If there was one person who could beat you at a Golarion trivia contest, who would it be?

There's far more than just one person who could beat me at a Golarion trivia contest.

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James Jacobs wrote:
doc the grey wrote:
Will Tabris ever show up/has ever shown up stated in one of your products or as a primary NPC?
More information is needed before I can comment on "Tabris."

Sorry I may have gotten the name wrong I'm referring to the angel that was chronicling the planes and wrote the books of the damned.

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doc the grey wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
doc the grey wrote:
Will Tabris ever show up/has ever shown up stated in one of your products or as a primary NPC?
More information is needed before I can comment on "Tabris."
Sorry I may have gotten the name wrong I'm referring to the angel that was chronicling the planes and wrote the books of the damned.

Oh! Not sure if the name is wrong or right off the top of my head, honestly.

We will be doing more with this character in the future though.


Does it bother you when people say "player" when they mean "character" as much as it bothers me? I feel like doing a double take every time I see a thread where someone wants advice about whether to let their players die.

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Danny Kessler wrote:
Does it bother you when people say "player" when they mean "character" as much as it bothers me? I feel like doing a double take every time I see a thread where someone wants advice about whether to let their players die.

It doesn't bother me as much as it amuses me.

I'm more bothered by things like:

    [*}People who spell Treerazer's name with an o.
  • The half-dragon template when it's applied to humanoids.
  • Succubi as devils, not demons.
  • Hangnails.
  • Improper apostrophes.
  • Overuse of acronyms.
  • Paladins of Asmodeus.
  • Summoners.

For starters, at least.

Dark Archive

and dwarfs and musicals right?

So if you don't like half-dragon humanoids will we see a dragon equivalent of the tiefling/aasimar?

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ulgulanoth wrote:

and dwarfs and musicals right?

So if you don't like half-dragon humanoids will we see a dragon equivalent of the tiefling/aasimar?

Dwarves, sure.

But musicals would in fact go on the actually quite short list of things I hate.

The chances of us doing a dragon equivalent of a tiefling/aasimar are remote. In my opinion, Dragonlance did this best with the draconians. To the extent that I'd rather not poach that success.


Finished going through the Advanced Races book today. There was a reference to a group of beings I have never come across before

In the entry for fetchlings, it mentioned that they seldom ruled themselves, but often served powerful umbral dragons and Nihiloi.

What are Nihiloi? Is this a generic term for powerful shadow creatures, another word for Kytons, or some new type of being we haven't seen yet? It's definitely an intriguing name that raises questions on what exactly they are.

Silver Crusade

James Jacobs wrote:
...And in any case, worshiping and thus supporting the religion and spreading its word promotes its associated alignment, so even if you're working to be lawful neutral, you ARE in some small way at the minimum spreading lawful evil–if only by encouraging the lawful evil elements of the church to become (if only slightly) more active in response to your actions.

Would this extend to everyone pushing a religion of an alignment slightly different than their own? Specifically, a Paladin of a non-LG deity? though obviously not a Paladin of Asmodeus... That would be silly.

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James Jacobs wrote:
doc the grey wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
doc the grey wrote:
Will Tabris ever show up/has ever shown up stated in one of your products or as a primary NPC?
More information is needed before I can comment on "Tabris."
Sorry I may have gotten the name wrong I'm referring to the angel that was chronicling the planes and wrote the books of the damned.

Oh! Not sure if the name is wrong or right off the top of my head, honestly.

We will be doing more with this character in the future though.

Ohh yay! Now might this be something that is just being talked about or something that might come up sooner like a watch paizocon/gencon thing?

Second question when a victim is sacrificed to a demon lord, archdevil, daemon, or other evil outsider generally interested in obtaining souls does the aforementioned BBEG obtain it or does it pass on to pharasma like any other soul that has passed on through less horrible means?

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MMCJawa wrote:

Finished going through the Advanced Races book today. There was a reference to a group of beings I have never come across before

In the entry for fetchlings, it mentioned that they seldom ruled themselves, but often served powerful umbral dragons and Nihiloi.

What are Nihiloi? Is this a generic term for powerful shadow creatures, another word for Kytons, or some new type of being we haven't seen yet? It's definitely an intriguing name that raises questions on what exactly they are.

The nihiloi area a race of chaotic neutral outsiders from the Plane of Shadow. They were detailed in Pathfinder #29. We've not done an awful lot more with them beyond their appearance in that volume's Bestiary though.


The nihiloi was an epic fight in that AP! Loved it!

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uriel222 wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
...And in any case, worshiping and thus supporting the religion and spreading its word promotes its associated alignment, so even if you're working to be lawful neutral, you ARE in some small way at the minimum spreading lawful evil–if only by encouraging the lawful evil elements of the church to become (if only slightly) more active in response to your actions.
Would this extend to everyone pushing a religion of an alignment slightly different than their own? Specifically, a Paladin of a non-LG deity? though obviously not a Paladin of Asmodeus... That would be silly.

It depends entirely on the deity, frankly, and the way in which the worshiper is drifting away from the deity's alignment. Paladins of non lawful good deities have their own discussions elsewhere on how they worship and the like (particularly in Faiths of Purity and Faiths of Balance).

Not all religions are equally intolerant of "alignment drift" and not all factions in a single religion are as well.

I prefer to think that the evil religions are the most intolerant of it, simply to preserve them as "bad guy" organizations that we can use in adventures without fear that we'll be inadvertently building adventures that PCs won't be able to go on because it'd be like sending them in to loot their own home.


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In the realm of silly, should Prostitution be a Profession skill (which makes it a superior skill for Dwarf characters), or a Perform skill (which aims for all the CHA folks out there, including Paladins)?

It seems rather silly to me that Calistria might have more use for Dwarves than Elves.

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Serisan wrote:

In the realm of silly, should Prostitution be a Profession skill (which makes it a superior skill for Dwarf characters), or a Perform skill (which aims for all the CHA folks out there, including Paladins)?

It seems rather silly to me that Calistria might have more use for Dwarves than Elves.

I actually wouldn't call that the realm of silly—merely the realm of "Probably not appropriate for a Core Rulebook due to its mature nature."

Prostitution would absolutely be a Profession skill, but if you really wanted to go down that road, I'd probably qualify sex itself as a Perform skill for these purposes.

As an analogy, think of it as the difference between simply selling musical instruments (which would be Profession) and actually playing them well enough to be paid for your performance ( which would be Perform).


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James Jacobs wrote:
. Who can say "dire sloth" without laughing? I bet there's no game group out there who can meet that challenge.

Anyone who's played a Dark Sun campaign knows that Athasian sloths are pretty damn dire.


1)What about a Dragon blooded race that is more a kin to Daenerys from Game of Thrones were they look human(for the most part)? They might have strange eye/hair color, some scales in places, reptilian eyes, etc. but still look like humans(or whatever other of the core races)

2)I know you saw Prometheus so what did you like? didn't like? favorite character(s)? least favorite(s)? did you like the design of the "Engineers"?

3)Other then the core races, what races in the Advanced Races Guide would you allow players to play as? What wouldn't you allow?

4)Can A half Contruct be healed by healing spells or do you use spells like mending, make whole etc.?

5)What is favorite comic book movie? Favorite comedy? favorite sword and sorcery movie?


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James Jacobs wrote:


  • Overuse of acronyms.
  • You mean OoA? ;)

    Silver Crusade

    James Jacobs wrote:


    It doesn't bother me as much as it amuses me.

    I'm more bothered by things like:

    [list]...

  • The half-dragon template when it's applied to humanoids.
    ...
  • I take it that it wasn't your idea then to have the half-dragon hobgoblin in Red Hand of Doom? (Which is STILL my favorite adventure!)


    A question if you have the time.

    The Planar Oracle Archetype. At 20th level are they an outsider like a tiefling is an outsider or an outsider like a succubus is an outsider?

    The text says they have the Extraplanar subtype when not on their new home plane and the native subtype when they are. The text does specify that the character can still be brought back like a member of their previous creature type, so a clarification would be appreciated.

    Also, does the change in creature type affect the character's longevity in any way?


    The Fox wrote:
    James Jacobs wrote:


    It doesn't bother me as much as it amuses me.

    I'm more bothered by things like:

      ...
    • The half-dragon template when it's applied to humanoids.
      ...

    I take it that it wasn't your idea then to have the half-dragon hobgoblin in Red Hand of Doom? (Which is STILL my favorite adventure!)

    Maybe he meant more in the way of 0HD races.

    The Exchange Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 6

    James Jacobs wrote:

    It's an annihilator robot.

    At least, assuming I don't change that for creative or alphabetization reasons.

    I know I wouldn't be shocked to see a change. All the scorpion based names I came up with seemed awful, that one worked better than my other ideas for me :)

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    Dragon78 wrote:

    1)What about a Dragon blooded race that is more a kin to Daenerys from Game of Thrones were they look human(for the most part)? They might have strange eye/hair color, some scales in places, reptilian eyes, etc. but still look like humans(or whatever other of the core races)

    2)I know you saw Prometheus so what did you like? didn't like? favorite character(s)? least favorite(s)? did you like the design of the "Engineers"?

    3)Other then the core races, what races in the Advanced Races Guide would you allow players to play as? What wouldn't you allow?

    4)Can A half Contruct be healed by healing spells or do you use spells like mending, make whole etc.?

    5)What is favorite comic book movie? Favorite comedy? favorite sword and sorcery movie?

    1) Daenerys from Game of Thrones is more akin to a unique creature. Her race is human... she's a unique special case. Game of Thrones spoiler:

    Spoiler:
    After all... if all of her line were of a special dragon human race... her brother wouldn't have died when the molten gold was poured on him!
    She's absolutely NOT what you get when you make a half-dragon humanoid though... not even close.

    2) I loved Prometheus... especially the visuals and the effects.

    Spoiler:
    My favorite characters were Liz Shaw, David, and the Captain. My least favorite? Probalby the ones who didn't get much to do and thus I remember them only as "the doctor" or "the biologist." I did indeed like the design of the "Engineers." I ESPECIALLY liked how it felt like its own movie, and didn't try to be a direct Alien prequel... but at the same time worked perfectly as an Alien prequel.

    3) That depends 100% on the campaign I was running. Normally I only allow core races, though.

    4) Those rules would depend on what sort of half-construct you were talking about. I'm not sure we've done a half-construct yet, in any case, so I'm not sure what to base these answers on anyway.

    5) The Dark Knight. Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Lord of the Rings.

    Paizo Employee Creative Director

    The Fox wrote:
    James Jacobs wrote:


    It doesn't bother me as much as it amuses me.

    I'm more bothered by things like:

    [list]...

  • The half-dragon template when it's applied to humanoids.
    ...
  • I take it that it wasn't your idea then to have the half-dragon hobgoblin in Red Hand of Doom? (Which is STILL my favorite adventure!)

    Nope.

    Had I plotted out that adventure from the start, but more or less followed the same line... I would have made the hobgoblins worship Tiamat still but would focus on her role as a devil, not a dragon. And that would mean a half-fiend hobgoblin instead.

    But I was brought on after Rich Baker had already outlined the adventure and had written the first part (up to the hydra attack)... I had a LOT of leeway in what happened after that, but the boss and the element of dragonspawn was already locked in. Pretty much all the rest was from me though.

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