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1) I understand that the drama of the worldwound involves heroic crusaders desperately facing off against hordes of demons. And I know that the gods generally tend to keep their battles off the material plane for fear of Mutually Assured Destruction. But if the Abyss is literally devouring a part of Golarion, why are there not tens of thousands of Archons storming Iz, Undarin, Drezen et cetera and stopping the demon's conquest? It just seems like good outsiders stay out of conflicts because the writers say so.

2) If you Earthfall'd the Worldwound like the Drow tried to do with Riddleport, would it help at all (As in killing the demons. it would screw up Golarion, obviously) or would it just make the demon problem worse?

3) Do the "demi-gods" of other outsider species (Primal Inevitables, Kyton Demagogues, Rakshasa Immortals, Oni Daimyo, Psychopomp Ushers, et cetera) have domains and favored weapons? Can you have clerics of them? If so, then will they ever be revealed?

4) We have Celestial Obedience and Demonic Obedience. Will we ever have Infernal and Daemonic Obedience too, or is that just a rabbit hole that we're not going down?


1) If I was to make a Pathfinder RPG compatible campaign setting, could I include feats like Pirahna Strike in the campaign book and under what conditions?

1a) Would it need to have a different name?

1b) Would it need different wording?

1c) Or do I just need to reference the source book?


Alexander Augunas wrote:

I CAN BUCKLE MY SWASH WITH A KATANA! I CAN BUCKLE MY SWASH WITH A KATANA!

I might just sacrifice a small animal to the Development Team in thanks. What sort of victims do Jason, Sean, and Stephen prefer?

On behalf of animals of every size, I strongly protest. Besides, practicing blood magic makes people look at you funny.

I was reading Erik's introduction to Visions of WAR, and he mentioned that he'd met WAR at what would turn out to be the last GenCon UK (I think it was in 2008, IIRC). What killed off GenCon UK?

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SnowJade wrote:
Alexander Augunas wrote:

I CAN BUCKLE MY SWASH WITH A KATANA! I CAN BUCKLE MY SWASH WITH A KATANA!

I might just sacrifice a small animal to the Development Team in thanks. What sort of victims do Jason, Sean, and Stephen prefer?

On behalf of animals of every size, I strongly protest. Besides, practicing blood magic makes people look at you funny.

I was reading Erik's introduction to Visions of WAR, and he mentioned that he'd met WAR at what would turn out to be the last GenCon UK (I think it was in 2008, IIRC). What killed off GenCon UK?

Following GenCon UK 2008, the decision was made to ban the blood rites traditionally held in honor of the Gods of Gaming in which seven Englishmen would each sacrifice a sheep for good luck. Without the Gods' blessings, GenConUK 2009 was doomed to fade away into the deepest, most forgotten sands in the Dimension of Time.

For James Jacobs: On a scale of 1 to 10, how melodramatic am I?

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The Thing from Beyond the Edge wrote:
So, if a character learned a considerable bit about one of his ancestors, would you allow him to use his own blood (IOW, genetic material of the creature to be duplicated) to satisfy your material component requirement?

You would only be able to make a simulacrum of yourself that way. Making a simulacrum of an ancestor would require a body part from that ancestor. Simulacrum doesn't work off of science (aka genetics), but magic, after all.

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Squeakmaan wrote:

Where might one find Kaiju scholars?

How aware is the population of the Inner Sea that kaiju exist?

Mostly in Tian Xia.

Not really all that aware at all.

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Alexander Augunas wrote:

I CAN BUCKLE MY SWASH WITH A KATANA! I CAN BUCKLE MY SWASH WITH A KATANA!

I might just sacrifice a small animal to the Development Team in thanks. What sort of victims do Jason, Sean, and Stephen prefer?

1) It's the design team, not the development team, who's building that book and running the playtest.

2) Jason: Brauts and beer.
Sean: Vegetarian Chipotle burritos.
Stephen: Tears.

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Axial wrote:

1) I understand that the drama of the worldwound involves heroic crusaders desperately facing off against hordes of demons. And I know that the gods generally tend to keep their battles off the material plane for fear of Mutually Assured Destruction. But if the Abyss is literally devouring a part of Golarion, why are there not tens of thousands of Archons storming Iz, Undarin, Drezen et cetera and stopping the demon's conquest? It just seems like good outsiders stay out of conflicts because the writers say so.

2) If you Earthfall'd the Worldwound like the Drow tried to do with Riddleport, would it help at all (As in killing the demons. it would screw up Golarion, obviously) or would it just make the demon problem worse?

3) Do the "demi-gods" of other outsider species (Primal Inevitables, Kyton Demagogues, Rakshasa Immortals, Oni Daimyo, Psychopomp Ushers, et cetera) have domains and favored weapons? Can you have clerics of them? If so, then will they ever be revealed?

4) We have Celestial Obedience and Demonic Obedience. Will we ever have Infernal and Daemonic Obedience too, or is that just a rabbit hole that we're not going down?

1) Because you're over-inflating the importance of Golarion in the eyes of Heaven, first of all. It's but one of countless worlds on which things like this, some less devastating, some more devastating, are happening. And because it's something of a test for mortals. And because an army of archons or whatever attacking the region would only give the Abyss more of an excuse to escalate and send even more demons and then suddenly you'd have nothing but ruins—celestials are not bound by human reactions and emotions, and they know that sometimes the best bet is to provide more subtle aid in the form of answering spells and conjurations and the like. And because that's not the game we're setting up to play. And because doing so would leave their own home and other projects undefended—who's to say that the whole Worldwound situation isn't at least partially a lure to distract Heaven or whoever so the demons can strike against whatever it is they had to leave unprotected? But the MAIN reason is that the higher powers move in ways mysterious to us; they're not human, and their knowledge of the situation is greater than ours, and a big part of faith is believing that they're doing the best thing for us by letting us fight our own wars.

2) It would kill a lot of the demons and a lot of the crusaders, but would not hurt the Worldwound—it might even make it bigger. Regardless, once the damage was done, the dead demons would more or less be immediately replaced by reinforcements, but this time there'd be no crusaders to oppose them. AKA: It would make it MUCH worse.

3) Yes—they're all demigods and have domains, subdomains, favored weapons, planar realms, and the like. We'll reveal more about them when the time is right (AKA when we do books about them).

4) I'd like to have obediences for all deities and demigods. But that's not something we ca do all at once. Have patience!

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Daethor wrote:

1) If I was to make a Pathfinder RPG compatible campaign setting, could I include feats like Pirahna Strike in the campaign book and under what conditions?

1a) Would it need to have a different name?

1b) Would it need different wording?

1c) Or do I just need to reference the source book?

1) Pretty much all of our rules content is open content. You'd just need to follow the restrictions and guidelines of using the OGL in your product, and correctly cite the sources, and re-flavor the parts that aren't open content (the flavor text for the most part).

1a) In the case of something like "Pirahna Strike," no. But if the name utilized a proper noun from Golarion, yes. A feat like "Taldan Duelist" would need to be renamed to something like "Falcata Duelist." A prestige class like "Red Mantis Assassin" would need to renamed to something like "Crimson Assassin."

1b) Only the parts that draw upon specific world flavor. That particular feat has none, so you'd be fine.

1c) You need to reference the source in the OGL, but IIRC you can't cite page numbers in the body of your text. You'd have to read the OGL to be sure.

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What does Nadiri's Holy Symbol look like?

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SnowJade wrote:
I was reading Erik's introduction to Visions of WAR, and he mentioned that he'd met WAR at what would turn out to be the last GenCon UK (I think it was in 2008, IIRC). What killed off GenCon UK?

I'm not 100% sure, but I'm guessing it was the cost involved in setting up a convention overseas was too much.

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Alexander Augunas wrote:
SnowJade wrote:
Alexander Augunas wrote:

I CAN BUCKLE MY SWASH WITH A KATANA! I CAN BUCKLE MY SWASH WITH A KATANA!

I might just sacrifice a small animal to the Development Team in thanks. What sort of victims do Jason, Sean, and Stephen prefer?

On behalf of animals of every size, I strongly protest. Besides, practicing blood magic makes people look at you funny.

I was reading Erik's introduction to Visions of WAR, and he mentioned that he'd met WAR at what would turn out to be the last GenCon UK (I think it was in 2008, IIRC). What killed off GenCon UK?

Following GenCon UK 2008, the decision was made to ban the blood rites traditionally held in honor of the Gods of Gaming in which seven Englishmen would each sacrifice a sheep for good luck. Without the Gods' blessings, GenConUK 2009 was doomed to fade away into the deepest, most forgotten sands in the Dimension of Time.

For James Jacobs: On a scale of 1 to 10, how melodramatic am I?

6.32

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Rysky wrote:
What does Nadiri's Holy Symbol look like?

It gets a description in the upcoming Inner Sea Gods book. I don't know if we'll be illustrating it though. And while I invented it... I don't remember what it was, since I invented a hundred or two more holy symbols that same day for the book.

So! Have patience; you'll find out in a few months!

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James Jacobs wrote:

2) Jason: Brauts and beer.

Sean: Vegetarian Chipotle burritos.
Stephen: Tears.

Wowzers! What good fortune that I have already shed plenty of tears over the Investigator class! Its almost like a conspiracy or something.

James Jacobs wrote:
Alexander Augunas wrote:


For James Jacobs: On a scale of 1 to 10, how melodramatic am I?
6.32

Huzzah! I'm slightly above average!


Mr. James Jacobs,

You have mentioned in the past that Churchanus' holy symbol has not been revealed. That's fine, but I was wondering, do you have any idea what his color scheme was? You know, Desna is blue and purple, Asmodeus is red and black, that sort of thing.

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The NPC wrote:

Mr. James Jacobs,

You have mentioned in the past that Churchanus' holy symbol has not been revealed. That's fine, but I was wondering, do you have any idea what his color scheme was? You know, Desna is blue and purple, Asmodeus is red and black, that sort of thing.

I would say Churchanus's colors were likely brown and green.

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Any idea when news of the pathfinder comics after Issue 12 will be announced?

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Companion, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
Rysky wrote:
What does Nadiri's Holy Symbol look like?

It gets a description in the upcoming Inner Sea Gods book. I don't know if we'll be illustrating it though. And while I invented it... I don't remember what it was, since I invented a hundred or two more holy symbols that same day for the book.

So! Have patience; you'll find out in a few months!

Yay!

Also while we're on the subject care to give any tips when designing Un/Holy Symbols?

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Kevin Mack wrote:
Any idea when news of the pathfinder comics after Issue 12 will be announced?

Nope. What we have and haven't said about the comics out in public, or what we're gonna say in the future, is more of a question for Erik than me.

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Rysky wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Rysky wrote:
What does Nadiri's Holy Symbol look like?

It gets a description in the upcoming Inner Sea Gods book. I don't know if we'll be illustrating it though. And while I invented it... I don't remember what it was, since I invented a hundred or two more holy symbols that same day for the book.

So! Have patience; you'll find out in a few months!

Yay!

Also while we're on the subject care to give any tips when designing Un/Holy Symbols?

Be knowledgable in how real-world symbols work, and check out what sorts of symbols (holy or otherwise) others have invented for their games or worlds for inspiration.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Companion, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
Rysky wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Rysky wrote:
What does Nadiri's Holy Symbol look like?

It gets a description in the upcoming Inner Sea Gods book. I don't know if we'll be illustrating it though. And while I invented it... I don't remember what it was, since I invented a hundred or two more holy symbols that same day for the book.

So! Have patience; you'll find out in a few months!

Yay!

Also while we're on the subject care to give any tips when designing Un/Holy Symbols?

Be knowledgable in how real-world symbols work, and check out what sorts of symbols (holy or otherwise) others have invented for their games or worlds for inspiration.

Okies, thanks


Are you excited that a Warpriest of Desna can effectively use starknives in combat!?

I feel like I need to roll up a female drow Warpriest now

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Kairos Dawnfury wrote:

Are you excited that a Warpriest of Desna can effectively use starknives in combat!?

I feel like I need to roll up a female drow Warpriest now

I've not looked at the warpriest at all, but then again, I never felt that a cleric of Desna couldn't effectively use starknives in combat. I don't have the same expectations for combat performance for characters that seems to be the norm on the internet though.


James Jacobs wrote:
The Thing from Beyond the Edge wrote:
So, if a character learned a considerable bit about one of his ancestors, would you allow him to use his own blood (IOW, genetic material of the creature to be duplicated) to satisfy your material component requirement?
You would only be able to make a simulacrum of yourself that way. Making a simulacrum of an ancestor would require a body part from that ancestor. Simulacrum doesn't work off of science (aka genetics), but magic, after all.

Curses to the use of logic!

Thanks again for the responses

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Companion, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber
Kairos Dawnfury wrote:

Are you excited that a Warpriest of Desna can effectively use starknives in combat!?

I feel like I need to roll up a female drow Warpriest now

Don't forget about Black Butterfly :3


How would one run an effective GMPC?

That is, without being overbearing or a Marty Stu.

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Voyd211 wrote:

How would one run an effective GMPC?

That is, without being overbearing or a Marty Stu.

I wouldn't run a GM PC. I've done it before and it is very unrewarding and frustrating and annoying.

Scarab Sages

Have you considered making a Sentai class to fight off Kaiju? Also, how long until there are giant robots piloted by gnomes to fight off Not-Godzilla? If this happens, please call their organization Gnome Force 5.

Sovereign Court

The dwarven feats Dented and Cloven Helm allow crit damage to be applied to a Dwarf's helm. But I don't know of any rules for determining how many hit points a helm has.

Furthermore, what if said helm were a Dwarven Boulder Helmet? It's a light weapon, but it definitely isn't a blade, dagger, or hafted weapon. How many hit points does a Boulder Helmet have?

If your helm was a Dwarven Boulder Helmet, would you treat its hit points as those of a weapon, or some other amount as defined in the first question?

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BMovieMonster wrote:
Have you considered making a Sentai class to fight off Kaiju? Also, how long until there are giant robots piloted by gnomes to fight off Not-Godzilla? If this happens, please call their organization Gnome Force 5.

No plans, or interest, really.


James Jacobs wrote:
SnowJade wrote:
I was reading Erik's introduction to Visions of WAR, and he mentioned that he'd met WAR at what would turn out to be the last GenCon UK (I think it was in 2008, IIRC). What killed off GenCon UK?
I'm not 100% sure, but I'm guessing it was the cost involved in setting up a convention overseas was too much.

That makes a certain dismal sense. I think I like AA's version better, if only because it satisfies my inner drama-cat.

Much as I hate to harsh everyone's kaiju buzz, ginormous critters like that would take an unbelievable toll on the ecosystem, so I'm guessing that there wouldn't be too many of them in the first place (apex predator = lowest population). People simply may not know about them because they don't see them that often. Sound reasonable, James?

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RtrnofdMax wrote:

The dwarven feats Dented and Cloven Helm allow crit damage to be applied to a Dwarf's helm. But I don't know of any rules for determining how many hit points a helm has.

Furthermore, what if said helm were a Dwarven Boulder Helmet? It's a light weapon, but it definitely isn't a blade, dagger, or hafted weapon. How many hit points does a Boulder Helmet have?

If your helm was a Dwarven Boulder Helmet, would you treat its hit points as those of a weapon, or some other amount as defined in the first question?

Table 7–12 on page 175 of the Pathfinder Core Rulebook lists hardness and hit points for common armor, weapons, and shields.

I'd say that a typical helmet is about on par with a typical buckler—hardness 10 (assuming a metal helmet) and 5 hit points.

If a dwarven boulder helmet is a light weapon, well... both types of light weapon listed on that table have only 2 hit points, so I'd go back to the buckler values.

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SnowJade wrote:

Much as I hate to harsh everyone's kaiju buzz, ginormous critters like that would take an unbelievable toll on the ecosystem, so I'm guessing that there wouldn't be too many of them in the first place (apex predator = lowest population). People simply may not know about them because they don't see them that often. Sound reasonable, James?

Which is why kaiju spend so much time hibernating, first of all, but also why I spent a whole paragraph on page 165 of Bestiary 4 talking about how kaiju metabolisms work, and how they feed off of things other than meat and plants, and why they don't starve when denied "food" but instead go into hibernation.


James Jacobs wrote:
Voyd211 wrote:

How would one run an effective GMPC?

That is, without being overbearing or a Marty Stu.

I wouldn't run a GM PC. I've done it before and it is very unrewarding and frustrating and annoying.

That makes me sad, because I want to to play Rise of the Runelords with my friends, and we have no GM. I was hoping I could moderate and roll up a character, but now I don't know what to do about that.

Silver Crusade

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

Would you consider that there's enough to Pharasma's own version of the Death Domain to make it an actual Subdomain instead of just swapping some spells?


James Jacobs wrote:
SnowJade wrote:

Much as I hate to harsh everyone's kaiju buzz, ginormous critters like that would take an unbelievable toll on the ecosystem, so I'm guessing that there wouldn't be too many of them in the first place (apex predator = lowest population). People simply may not know about them because they don't see them that often. Sound reasonable, James?

Which is why kaiju spend so much time hibernating, first of all, but also why I spent a whole paragraph on page 165 of Bestiary 4 talking about how kaiju metabolisms work, and how they feed off of things other than meat and plants, and why they don't starve when denied "food" but instead go into hibernation.

Aha! When I actually get a copy, I'll take a look. Thanks for letting me know where the info is.


Have you heard about what the WestJet airline did?

Praise be to Sara Marie!

Dark Archive

James Jacobs wrote:
Which is why kaiju spend so much time hibernating, first of all

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Speaking of Kaiju have you seen this new bit for May 2014 James?

Dark Archive

Also this is a Japanese tire commercial that I know you would appreciate.


I hope you can bear with me, I get critical with my later questions.

Me: What sort of suite would you recommend for empyreal lords?

You: Personally I'd aim for higher mental scores for most demigods.

1. What about spell-like abilities? How would they be similar to the suite that demon lords have? How would they be different?

Lots of Legacy of Fire questions:
2. Where did you get the idea for the Moldspeaker? It doesn't exactly have an Arabian Knights flavor, and risks the efreet-killing sword bonding with the wrong kind of class (i.e., classic squishy wizard).

3. At the end of Pathfinder #19 the PCs get a three-story mansion. Any advice on how to handle it under the new downtime rules? My thought is for Almah to give the PCs 5 Influence, 250 units of capital that can be either Goods or Labor, and have every room constructed a 4x speed for free. However, the reason I ask even though I have an idea to work with is because all the rooms in a mansion won't fill three stories.

4. You said you wouldn't write APs where PCs are dupes. Doesn't a plot where they're tricked by the GM into freeing evil genies from the Scroll of Kakishon count? Yes, I did read the forward (Pathfinder #22, p.4-5).

5. In the final part of Legacy of Fire (Pathfinder #24, p.41), how would the PCs have any way of knowing that the erinyes need to be saved?

6. The encounter basically says "go kill these innocents, damn them to Hell, and disregard them." Didn't that disturb anyone when it was written?

7. Speaking of trapped souls, how would good-aligned PCs deal with the palace made out of living brass?

8. If you got to write Legacy of Fire again, what would you change about it?

9. Regarding the good chunk of Iz that fell into the Worldwound. Will the PCs have a chance to save the innocents condemned to the Abyss or have they been disregarded?

10. Why does Paizo keep trying to push the Mythos as oh-so-scary while not seeming to care about damned innocents? I apologize for being ranty here but this deeply disturbs me.

Scarab Sages

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James,

My wife gave me a brand new small human for Christmas. What would be an appropriate return gift?


James Jacobs wrote:
I wouldn't run a GM PC. I've done it before and it is very unrewarding and frustrating and annoying.

Do you have the same feelings about running Leadership cohorts?

Also, while I've found cohorts and GMPCs to be as you state, I find temporary help (like Shalelu in Runelords) to be rewarding. How about you?

Silver Crusade

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Aberzombie wrote:

James,

My wife gave me a brand new small human for Christmas. What would be an appropriate return gift?

A kitty!

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Voyd211 wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Voyd211 wrote:

How would one run an effective GMPC?

That is, without being overbearing or a Marty Stu.

I wouldn't run a GM PC. I've done it before and it is very unrewarding and frustrating and annoying.
That makes me sad, because I want to to play Rise of the Runelords with my friends, and we have no GM. I was hoping I could moderate and roll up a character, but now I don't know what to do about that.

Well... what doesn't work for me might work for you. But in my experience, it's not fun running a GM PC. The joy of being the GM is that you get to play every other character... but when you're in a situation where you want to play but there's no other GMs... yeah, that's tough. :-(

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Rysky wrote:
Would you consider that there's enough to Pharasma's own version of the Death Domain to make it an actual Subdomain instead of just swapping some spells?

No... because the goddess of death should be able to grant a domain called "Death."

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Tels wrote:

Have you heard about what the WestJet airline did?

Praise be to Sara Marie!

I have not heard about it.

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baron arem heshvaun wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Which is why kaiju spend so much time hibernating, first of all

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Speaking of Kaiju have you seen this new bit for May 2014 James?

Of course! Who do you think I am?

Been waiting for/following the progress of this movie more or less for years now! :-D

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Aberzombie wrote:

James,

My wife gave me a brand new small human for Christmas. What would be an appropriate return gift?

Everything she wants!

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drumlord wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
I wouldn't run a GM PC. I've done it before and it is very unrewarding and frustrating and annoying.

Do you have the same feelings about running Leadership cohorts?

Also, while I've found cohorts and GMPCs to be as you state, I find temporary help (like Shalelu in Runelords) to be rewarding. How about you?

When a player takes Leadership, I work with the player on whether or not they want me to build the NPC or they do. In combat, I prefer to let the player control the cohort, but I'll often interject personality stuff and decisions for the cohort now and then throughout a game session.

Running non-cohort allies like Shalelu is a GREAT way to take part in the game. For Runelords, she, Ameiko, Zantus, or Hemlock are all great choices.

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