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Hello James,
a couple of question about conventions.
Here in Italy, till a few years ago, conventions were a thing made by gamers for gamers with a limited presence of shop owners and publishing stalls.
Now the big (big when compared with our gaming population, obviously) are mostly game fairs where new products are presented, shop owners sell their wares and the gaming activity, while present, is seen by the organizers as a promotional activity, not the core of the convention.

What is the nature of the big cons in the US? Primarily an occasion to meet new gamers you the participant didn't know before, play new and old games you didn't know existed and have a merry time, or they are more game fairs for the sellers to expose their wares to the public?

And what kind of Con do you prefer? Game fair to go on a buying spree or gaming event with several days of non stop gaming even with perfect strangers?

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Diego Rossi wrote:

Hello James,

a couple of question about conventions.
Here in Italy, till a few years ago, conventions were a thing made by gamers for gamers with a limited presence of shop owners and publishing stalls.
Now the big (big when compared with our gaming population, obviously) are mostly game fairs where new products are presented, shop owners sell their wares and the gaming activity, while present, is seen by the organizers as a promotional activity, not the core of the convention.

What is the nature of the big cons in the US? Primarily an occasion to meet new gamers you the participant didn't know before, play new and old games you didn't know existed and have a merry time, or they are more game fairs for the sellers to expose their wares to the public?

And what kind of Con do you prefer? Game fair to go on a buying spree or gaming event with several days of non stop gaming even with perfect strangers?

The big conventions in the US vary. Some of them are specifically for retailers, some specifically for publishers, and some specifically for consumers. A lot of them combine two or three together.

Personally, the type of Con I prefer is the one I don't have to go to. If I do have to go to one, I prefer smaller local ones like Paizo Con, so that there's not a huge crowd and so that I can retreat to my home if I get overwhelmed or tired of the place.


Okay you might not be able to answer this but...

Does a Fighter(Archer Archetype) using Trick Shot to perform a Combat Maneuver use DEX or STR for the roll? Most believe it to be DEX, especially after the Weapon Finesse FAQ. Some think it is STR only.


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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Do you have the sentence "You should post that in the Rules Forum" saved in a notepad or Word Document?


I am mainly curious as his comment on Bolas came up as a reason why it was only STR not DEX.


Why is it that Lamashtu, Rovagug, and Zon-Kuthon have months named after them, but Asmodeus doesn't?


James.

Not a question, just wanted to show you something:

Groetus decided to stop by Doctor Who this week.

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Azaelas Fayth wrote:

Okay you might not be able to answer this but...

Does a Fighter(Archer Archetype) using Trick Shot to perform a Combat Maneuver use DEX or STR for the roll? Most believe it to be DEX, especially after the Weapon Finesse FAQ. Some think it is STR only.

If an FAQ confused things more than it solved, that needs to be, ironically, FAQed on a rules forum.

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JMD031 wrote:
Do you have the sentence "You should post that in the Rules Forum" saved in a notepad or Word Document?

Nope.

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FormerFiend wrote:
Why is it that Lamashtu, Rovagug, and Zon-Kuthon have months named after them, but Asmodeus doesn't?

Because there are 12 months an 21 core deities (counting Aroden), and therefore of the 21 core deities, 9 get left out.


Lucent wrote:

James.

Not a question, just wanted to show you something:

Groetus decided to stop by Doctor Who this week.

That is why it looked familiar!

@James Jacobs: Thank You! Will do...

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Companion, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

What is the most inane or amusing reason a divine character of yours or of someone you played with fell?

Mine was misreading Ragathiel's stats as NG so I made my inquisitor CG, which when the DM found out and informed me I fell and am now working on shifting to NG. The amusing part is that he sent Azatas as servants of Raggy to politely "fall" my character so now I can tell people "So my LG god sent CG followers after me for being a CG follower" :3


Hey james
i know you read alot of horror novels what have been your last few reads..have you ever read anything by dan simmons? i just read hyperion and fall of hyperion..and thought they were great..just order "the summer of night"
also what was the last fantasy novel you read
thanks


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James Jacobs wrote:
FormerFiend wrote:
Why is it that Lamashtu, Rovagug, and Zon-Kuthon have months named after them, but Asmodeus doesn't?
Because there are 12 months an 21 core deities (counting Aroden), and therefore of the 21 core deities, 9 get left out.

Speaking of months in Golarion, how do Good people feel about having months named after beings of virtually infinite evil and malice. Could you see a month called Satanus going over well IRL? Wouldn't that freak some people out, cause some to outright refuse and call it something else, or at best consider those really unlucky months? Any of that in Golarion?

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Rysky wrote:

What is the most inane or amusing reason a divine character of yours or of someone you played with fell?

Mine was misreading Ragathiel's stats as NG so I made my inquisitor CG, which when the DM found out and informed me I fell and am now working on shifting to NG. The amusing part is that he sent Azatas as servants of Raggy to politely "fall" my character so now I can tell people "So my LG god sent CG followers after me for being a CG follower" :3

Haven't had any of my characters fall from grace yet, so I can't say.

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watchmanx wrote:

Hey james

i know you read alot of horror novels what have been your last few reads..have you ever read anything by dan simmons? i just read hyperion and fall of hyperion..and thought they were great..just order "the summer of night"
also what was the last fantasy novel you read
thanks

Yup; I've read a LOT of Simmons. The Hyperion books are great... don't forget Endymion and Rise of Endymion; those are the sequels to the Hyperion books. He's a great writer. "The Summer of Night" is pretty cool, but my favorite thing he's written is "The Terror."

I just finished reading "The Twelve," which was excellent, and I'm currently reading an anthology called "We Live Inside You," by an author I've never read before (Jeremy Robert Johnson), and he's REALLY good.

The last fantasy novel I read? Hmmm... I don't read a lot of fantasy novels, honestly; the last one I read was actually "The Worldwound Gambit" in preparation for working on "Wrath of the Righteous," I think...

The last fantasy novel I read for pleasure and not for work was "The Wind Through the Keyhole."

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Wildebob wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
FormerFiend wrote:
Why is it that Lamashtu, Rovagug, and Zon-Kuthon have months named after them, but Asmodeus doesn't?
Because there are 12 months an 21 core deities (counting Aroden), and therefore of the 21 core deities, 9 get left out.
Speaking of months in Golarion, how do Good people feel about having months named after beings of virtually infinite evil and malice. Could you see a month called Satanus going over well IRL? Wouldn't that freak some people out, cause some to outright refuse and call it something else, or at best consider those really unlucky months? Any of that in Golarion?

The real world and Golarion are different places, first of all. Folks don't freak out because there are months named after evil deities. After all... some months are harder than others after all.


Hey James,

How are you?

What kind of firearms (and ammunition) are available in Alkenstar?
Only early firearms?

Also, I know firearms are rare in Golarion, but how rare are they in the planetary system as a whole?


Hey James,

I am curious about wehy you don't read alot of fantasy?

Do you just not like how most fantasy is written? Or is it more that is what you deal with at work? Though you do seem to include alot of horror into your fantasy.


Do you own any guns? If yes, what do you have?


Runelord themed questions.

Xanderghul and Sorshen held their positions all their life. Karzoug was the 8th runelord of greed. How many runelords were there before Alaznist, Belimarius, Krune and Zutha?

Zutha was a unique undead. Was he like that before he became a runelord?

Was Runelord Goplaris (Zutha's predecessor) an undead?

Zutha is according to you lower "level" than Karzoug. Would he be higher "CR" due to his template?

Krune was both a 17th level wizard and high priest of Lissala. How? Was he using unique items? Was he really a mystic theurge?

And Two Extra:

Is Mengkare of Hermea really a LG Gold Dragon? Is he instead killing people who oppose him?

What could be so much worse than what we got in the first draft of Hook Mountain Massacare


Just wondering if the Paizo crew has kept in touch with some of the "Champion" writers of the early days of Dungeon Magazine.

I've read the story of how you guys "found" Mike Shel after a number of years, but do you know whatever happened to guys like Willie Walsh and Nigel Findley?


Have you played Silent Hill?

If so, what do you think the monsters would be? I'm hesitant to say that they're outsiders, since they're from Silent Hill's world, but they're also born from thoughts, emotions and nightmares. I'm somehow inclined to think of them as fey.

Pyramid Head is probably another can of worms entirely.

Shadow Lodge

Hi James,
A bit of a complex question regarding Lastwall/Hold of Belkzen.

I had a look at Skeletons of Skarwall and noticed (p. 60) that while the Sunwall was still standing, Urgir was BEHIND it. As in, in Lastwall territory.
Would that mean the goodly humans at Lastwall actually conquered Urgir for a time? Or that it was under near-constant siege? Or peace treaty?

Just curious since I'm working on a home game and not sure how to work that part in.

Shadow Lodge

What entity (if any spring to mind) would you associate these lyrics with?:

Spoiler:
From the shadows of the stars
Comes a man with no face, soul of million scars
An evil Count, The End of Days
There are many ways to

Take full advantage when we cannot see
Make us live in a part-time reality

To get a hold of the only seed
We must make them all see bloodshed that is he
Splitting hairs is not the key
Water or fire

Take full advantage when we cannot see
Make us live in a part-time reality

One flash of light and for good we are gone
No-one to wonder what we have done
New breed of ignorance, new circle will start
Unless we try real hard

When you wake up, was it a dream
All the sick paradoxes all around the world
In the mean time, Count, he leaves
From the land of the free

Take full advantage when we cannot see
Make us live in a part-time reality
So they take full advantage if we cannot see
Make us live in a full-time insanity


My knee-jerk guess on hearing them the very first time was Nyarlathotep, but after reading through Crimson Throne I was kinda thinking Zon-Kuthon might fit.

On that note, ever heard a song that you felt just really suited a character, a plot, or an event perfectly?

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Ral' Yareth wrote:

Hey James,

How are you?

What kind of firearms (and ammunition) are available in Alkenstar?
Only early firearms?

Also, I know firearms are rare in Golarion, but how rare are they in the planetary system as a whole?

We've got an entire adventure and some source material coming out later this y ear that'll go into details about what firearms are available in Alkenstar, but I'm pretty sure that if you look hard enough, everything in Ultimate Combat is there to be purchased. The more advanced firearms might be prototypes or unique weapons. We'll see.

On some planets, firearms are more widespread. Distant Worlds has more to say about that.

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John Kretzer wrote:

Hey James,

I am curious about wehy you don't read alot of fantasy?

Do you just not like how most fantasy is written? Or is it more that is what you deal with at work? Though you do seem to include alot of horror into your fantasy.

I don't read a lot of fantasy because I prefer horror. Even the fantasy stories I do like (The Dark Tower, Game of Thrones, Conan, Elric, Fafhrd & the Gray Mouser, Lovecraft's Dreamalnds, Clark Ashton Smith's stories) tends to be really bleak and dark and gritty fantasy with strong elements of horror in it.

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Morain wrote:
Do you own any guns? If yes, what do you have?

I do not own any guns.

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Lawful GM wrote:

Runelord themed questions.

1 Xanderghul and Sorshen held their positions all their life. Karzoug was the 8th runelord of greed. How many runelords were there before Alaznist, Belimarius, Krune and Zutha?

2 Zutha was a unique undead. Was he like that before he became a runelord?

3 Was Runelord Goplaris (Zutha's predecessor) an undead?

4 Zutha is according to you lower "level" than Karzoug. Would he be higher "CR" due to his template?

5 Krune was both a 17th level wizard and high priest of Lissala. How? Was he using unique items? Was he really a mystic theurge?

And Two Extra:

6 Is Mengkare of Hermea really a LG Gold Dragon? Is he instead killing people who oppose him?

7 What could be so much worse than what we got in the first draft of Hook Mountain Massacare

1) We haven't revealed that info yet.

2) An Azlanti human, just like the other runelords.

3) Unrevealed.

4) No. He was probably an 18th level necromancer, which means his template would have bumped him up to CR 19.

5) "Priest" is a generic term in Pathfinder we use to denote someone who worships a deity. A priest can be ANY class. It doesn't have to be a divine spellcaster—that's certainly the most common for a priest, but it's not the ONLY option.

6) We've not yet revealed his alignment. If I were to do so today, it would be either lawful neutral or lawful evil, depending on my mood, I guess.

7) Quite a lot.

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justmebd wrote:

Just wondering if the Paizo crew has kept in touch with some of the "Champion" writers of the early days of Dungeon Magazine.

I've read the story of how you guys "found" Mike Shel after a number of years, but do you know whatever happened to guys like Willie Walsh and Nigel Findley?

Willie Walsh is active in the RPG industry again, and has been doing some writing for other companies, I believe. I'm not sure what Nigel Findley's status is. Both of them had both mostly stopped writing for Dungeon by the time I came on board at about issue #100, so I never had much contact with them.

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Voyd211 wrote:

Have you played Silent Hill?

If so, what do you think the monsters would be? I'm hesitant to say that they're outsiders, since they're from Silent Hill's world, but they're also born from thoughts, emotions and nightmares. I'm somehow inclined to think of them as fey.

Pyramid Head is probably another can of worms entirely.

I've not played the game, but I'm pretty familiar with it.

The monsters would most likely be outsiders, undead, or constructs. I wouldn't categorize them as fey—fey come from raw nature and primordeal places, not realms of torment and torture and urban decay.

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Neil Mansell wrote:

Hi James,

A bit of a complex question regarding Lastwall/Hold of Belkzen.

I had a look at Skeletons of Skarwall and noticed (p. 60) that while the Sunwall was still standing, Urgir was BEHIND it. As in, in Lastwall territory.
Would that mean the goodly humans at Lastwall actually conquered Urgir for a time? Or that it was under near-constant siege? Or peace treaty?

Just curious since I'm working on a home game and not sure how to work that part in.

The borders of Belkzen have shifted a LOT over the past several centuries, as the humans and orcs have fought. Currently, the orcs are in ascendence, but before, there's been points when the humans controlled a lot more of the region.

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Orthos wrote:

What entity (if any spring to mind) would you associate these lyrics with?:

** spoiler omitted **
My knee-jerk guess on hearing them the very first time was Nyarlathotep, but after reading through Crimson Throne I was kinda thinking Zon-Kuthon might fit.

On that note, ever heard a song that you felt just really suited a character, a plot, or an event perfectly?

I could see those lyrics associating with numerous entities; the two you mention are good choices.

I have heard songs that fit things in Golarion well... but none come to mind at the moment.


Well, the thing about the creatures in Silent Hill is that all of them are born from the psyches of the town's victims. The town itself? Sure, call it an outsider or aberration. But Pyramid Head (and, actually, a lot of the monsters in Silent Hill 2), for instance, is born from the protagonist's sexual frustration. In fact, they kind of remind me of the Tane.

And now I want to make a stat block for Pyramid Head. All I know is that he's got to have a ludicrous Constitution score, and pretty high Strength and Charisma. TO BATTLE!


James Jacobs wrote:


4) No. He was probably an 18th level necromancer, which means his template would have bumped him up to CR 19.

7) Quite a lot.

Would he not be higher than CR 19 due to 25 point buy and PC Gear. Or does his template only raise his CR by +1, making it weaker than a standard Lich?

Details on this quite a lot? Or is there something preventing you from doing so.

New Questions:

Mind Blank stops the detect auras line, the locate line, the scry line and mind reading. Does it stop spells of communing with higher powers to divine information (Commune, Divination, Legend Lore, Vision, Contact Plane, Augury).

Runelord Xanderghul was a 20th Level Illusionist with mythic tier 10. The most powerful wizard around. How did he and his wizard minions function? They ban Conjuration and Transmutation by default, depriving them of the two most powerful schools, true seeing weakens their illusion specialisation (a relatively easy spell to come by), the Shadow line is only partially effective and the Taiga Giants can block their powers. This is different from Sorshen because at least she can mind control people to overcome the swathes of creatures immune to mind affecting and she still had conjuration. How can Xanderghul be so dangerous?

Adamantine and Noqual golems are two of the most dangerous around. Are their golems for the other skymetals (Inubrix, Djzet, Abysium, Horacalcum and Scitatite)? What are their CR's and particular unique powers?

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Voyd211 wrote:

Well, the thing about the creatures in Silent Hill is that all of them are born from the psyches of the town's victims. The town itself? Sure, call it an outsider or aberration. But Pyramid Head (and, actually, a lot of the monsters in Silent Hill 2), for instance, is born from the protagonist's sexual frustration. In fact, they kind of remind me of the Tane.

And now I want to make a stat block for Pyramid Head. All I know is that he's got to have a ludicrous Constitution score, and pretty high Strength and Charisma. TO BATTLE!

Sound like undead creatures or outsiders to me then.

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Lawful GM wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:


4) No. He was probably an 18th level necromancer, which means his template would have bumped him up to CR 19.

7) Quite a lot.

Would he not be higher than CR 19 due to 25 point buy and PC Gear. Or does his template only raise his CR by +1, making it weaker than a standard Lich?

Details on this quite a lot? Or is there something preventing you from doing so.

New Questions:

Mind Blank stops the detect auras line, the locate line, the scry line and mind reading. Does it stop spells of communing with higher powers to divine information (Commune, Divination, Legend Lore, Vision, Contact Plane, Augury).

Runelord Xanderghul was a 20th Level Illusionist with mythic tier 10. The most powerful wizard around. How did he and his wizard minions function? They ban Conjuration and Transmutation by default, depriving them of the two most powerful schools, true seeing weakens their illusion specialisation (a relatively easy spell to come by), the Shadow line is only partially effective and the Taiga Giants can block their powers. This is different from Sorshen because at least she can mind control people to overcome the swathes of creatures immune to mind affecting and she still had conjuration. How can Xanderghul be so dangerous?

Adamantine and Noqual golems are two of the most dangerous around. Are their golems for the other skymetals (Inubrix, Djzet, Abysium, Horacalcum and Scitatite)? What are their CR's and particular unique powers?

His high point buy and gear would probably bump him up further to CR 20. Still lower than Karzoug, though. In any event, I'm not yet ready to reveal more details about Zutha or any of the other runelords.

Mind blank does not stop spells it doesn't mention that it stops. Commune still works, as do similar spells.

I'm not 100% sure Xanderghul was mythic tier 10. He might have been... but that's not a guarantee. He certainly WAS a 20th level illusionist though. As for how he "functioned," well... with imagination and ingenuity and different tactics than the typical wizard. The fact that he was the most powerful runelord certainly argues to the fact that he was more powerful than the other wizards—he's smarter than them as well. He functioned by simply being better at wizardry than the rest, which means that he wasn't limited by the status-quo of "all wizards must cast certain spells to avoid sucking."

We haven't yet statted up golems based on the other skymetals, and as such don't have CRs set for them yet.


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Nigel Findley passed away from a heart attack in 1995, I'm afraid.


How are the +(number) bits on weapons determined? Is it BAB plus the Strength modifier? That doesn't seem right; I'm looking at the storm giant in the first bestiary, who has a +27/22/17 greatsword, a Str modifier of +14, and a base attack bonus of 14.


James Jacobs wrote:
Ral' Yareth wrote:

Hey James,

How are you?

What kind of firearms (and ammunition) are available in Alkenstar?
Only early firearms?

Also, I know firearms are rare in Golarion, but how rare are they in the planetary system as a whole?

We've got an entire adventure and some source material coming out later this y ear that'll go into details about what firearms are available in Alkenstar, but I'm pretty sure that if you look hard enough, everything in Ultimate Combat is there to be purchased. The more advanced firearms might be prototypes or unique weapons. We'll see.

On some planets, firearms are more widespread. Distant Worlds has more to say about that.

Wow can't wait for that! I think you guys are finally going to succeed in making me poor this year!

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John Mangrum wrote:
Nigel Findley passed away from a heart attack in 1995, I'm afraid.

Awww... that's too bad! :(

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Voyd211 wrote:
How are the +(number) bits on weapons determined? Is it BAB plus the Strength modifier? That doesn't seem right; I'm looking at the storm giant in the first bestiary, who has a +27/22/17 greatsword, a Str modifier of +14, and a base attack bonus of 14.

It's determined the same way it is for PCs.

Base Attack + Str modifier + size modifier + other modifiers.

For the storm giant, that means:

BAB +14 plus STR +14 plus size –2 plus masterwork weapon +1

14+14-2+1 = +27 for the storm giant's basic greatsword attack.


Hi James. Were you a backer of the Razor Coast kickstarter? Have you had a chance to read it? I am perhaps 1/3 of the way through and it is quality stuff, fairly grim and dark. I also really like the way the material is presented, it really works to make the "sandbox" easy to run.

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Alan_Beven wrote:
Hi James. Were you a backer of the Razor Coast kickstarter? Have you had a chance to read it? I am perhaps 1/3 of the way through and it is quality stuff, fairly grim and dark. I also really like the way the material is presented, it really works to make the "sandbox" easy to run.

I was indeed a backer for Razor Coast, but I've not yet had a chance to even glance at it. I'm waiting for the print copy, more or less, before I look at it.

It doesn't surprise me that it's quality grim dark stuff, given the authors and developers.


Say, James, on the topic of Game of Thrones- which nation of Golarion would be the best one for that sort of plot?

And just asking your opinion here, what valid reasons might there be for two paladins to fight each other where neither is taking fall-worthy actions?


1)Will we ever find out what Zon-Kuthon's original domains, ideals, area of focus was before he got corrupted?

2)Are any of the following gods older then Aroden...
A)Abadar?
B)Irori?
C)Nethys?

3)I noticed few of the core 20(21) Deities were born/created as deities, is there any reason for this?

4)Was Urgothoa an undead first or a goddess who became an undead later?

5)Are there any gods older then Pharasma?

6)Who is your favorite god and goddess in Pathfinder?

7)Are there any deities that you wish you could have used for pathfinder but couldn't for legal reasons?

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horngeek wrote:

Say, James, on the topic of Game of Thrones- which nation of Golarion would be the best one for that sort of plot?

And just asking your opinion here, what valid reasons might there be for two paladins to fight each other where neither is taking fall-worthy actions?

Brevoy.

A duel, certainly. A case where different religions have different goals—I could see paladins of Sarenrae or Shelyn violently disagreeing with a paladin of Abadar, for example.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Companion, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Is there anywhere in Golarion (or the other worlds or the multiverse for that matter) where there might be group of gnolls who don't follow Lamshtu, say a druidic sect that follows the Green Faith or really any other philosophy, or does Lamashtu pretty much have the monopoly on Gnolldom?


Have you watched any Let's Plays?

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Voyd211 wrote:
Have you watched any Let's Plays?

Nope.

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