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There was a Pig, that sat alone,
Beside a ruined Pump.
By day and night he made his moan:
It would have stirred a heart of stone
To see him wring his hoofs and groan,
Because he could not jump.
-Lewis Carroll, Sylvie and Bruno/Sylvie and Bruno Concluded

..."He remarked to me then," said that mildest of men,
"'If your Snark be a Snark, that is right:
Fetch it home by all means - you may serve it with greens
And it's handy for striking a light.

"'You may seek it with thimbles - and seek it with care -
You may hunt it with forks and hope;
You may threaten its life with a railway-share;
You may charm it with smiles and soap -'"

("That's exactly the method," the Bellman bold
In a hasty parenthesis cried,
"That's exactly the way I have always been told
That the capture of Snarks should be tried!")

"But oh, beamish nephew, beware of the day,
If your Snark be a Boojum! For then
You will softly and suddenly vanish away,
And never be met with again!'...
-Lewis Carroll, The Hunting of the Snark

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2009, RPG Superstar Judgernaut

Vic Wertz wrote:
A chef who's interested in what other chefs are doing—and what they *aren't* doing—would be a far more valuable asset in my kitchen, guaranteed.

::munching::

"Anyone else hungry?"

::looks around::

"What?"


I just needed to get that off my chest*... Carry on.

Edit:
*The Lewis Carroll, that is.


NSpicer wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
A chef who's interested in what other chefs are doing—and what they *aren't* doing—would be a far more valuable asset in my kitchen, guaranteed.

::munching::

"Anyone else hungry?"

::looks around::

"What?"

Hah! Beat you to the top post of a page for once... :D


jreyst wrote:

As much as I dislike 4E, there are very many parts of PF that could be substantially improved via a healthy injection of some of the 4E concepts.

I strongly welcome Stephen and HOPE he does SOME injecting. :)

But if the wrong things are injected....ewwwww!


Darrin Drader wrote:
I'd just like to point out that the 4E condemnation comes primarily through the players, not the Paizo staff. Since the release of 4E, I can think of no instances where they have disparaged the system, regardless of their true feelings about it. I have no qualms sharing how I feel about the system, probably to my detriment, but the Paizo staffers have been models of professionalism (and for all we know, some of them might actually play in some 4E games...).

I don't recall seeing any criticism of the system either (although there may have been). I only recall Erik Mona and James Jacobs lamenting the fact that the 4E team pretty much discarded (and, IMO, disrespected) the great body of work that James and Erik had done in the later 3.5 years on the outer planes and the monsters that live there.

I still believe that had the 4E design team maintained the "fluff" of prior editions that the 3.5/4E schism would not have been as great. But they didn't, and here we are.

And really, why would Paizo criticize WotC at all? Paizo likely owes it's current existance to the bone-headed decisions of WotC that alienated so many....

Win-win! :D


Pathfinder Companion, Maps Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber
DaveMage wrote:
Darrin Drader wrote:
I'd just like to point out that the 4E condemnation comes primarily through the players, not the Paizo staff. Since the release of 4E, I can think of no instances where they have disparaged the system, regardless of their true feelings about it. I have no qualms sharing how I feel about the system, probably to my detriment, but the Paizo staffers have been models of professionalism (and for all we know, some of them might actually play in some 4E games...).

I don't recall seeing any criticism of the system either (although there may have been). I only recall Erik Mona and James Jacobs lamenting the fact that the 4E team pretty much discarded (and, IMO, disrespected) the great body of work that James and Erik had done in the later 3.5 years on the outer planes and the monsters that live there.

I still believe that had the 4E design team maintained the "fluff" of prior editions that the 3.5/4E schism would not have been as great. But they didn't, and here we are.

And really, why would Paizo criticize WotC at all? Paizo likely owes it's current existance to the bone-headed decisions of WotC that alienated so many....

Win-win! :D

I actually would say that the change from the OGL to the GSL is the number one reason Paizo doesn't make 4th edition products.

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Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
As usual, I will refuse to accept him until he gives me blog art. Big, beautiful, blog art.

That fungus mess up your leafy head again, old treant? Leave the New-Guy-With-A-Wrestling-Moniker alone; he's barely settled down. I can send you some dirt... uh, I mean pretty pictures instead.

Paizo Employee Director of Game Design

Hey there folks,

We are really excited to have Stephen on board. As it turns out, there is a dirty little secret I am about to share about game designers.

We like games.. all sorts of games. We dream about writing for just about every system imaginable. We tinker constantly. We think about what could be in relation to what is.

System does not matter that much to us in the grand scheme of things. We are always looking for a better rule, a better way of doing things.

I know Sean and Stephen share this vision with me, which is why we make a great team. And I know I can speak for all three of us when I say that we are excited to be working on Pathfinder.

Lets leave edition sniping out of it.

Let me publicly welcome Stephen aboard. Its good to be working with you again.

Jason Bulmahn
Lead Designer
Paizo Publishing

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure, Rulebook Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
Beyond confirming that we're working on an intro game, we haven't yet said much more about it yet. Beyond asking, "What would YOU like to see in an intro game?"

Intro game can mean a lot of things. I'd love to see a real beginner's game that doesn't require a brand new player to understand what a Trip DC is, but I'd hate to see I Can't Believe It's Not Pathfinder(tm) like GURPS Lite, for example. The trick is giving new players an intro while providing them with a gradual and obvious path from there to Tru Pathfinder(tm).

Someone above also spoke about Modern. I think the response to that was a bit dismissive. As a GM that's working on a crossover game, I'd like to suggest that some rules for Earth folk in Golarion and visa versa wouldn't be unwelcome, though I understand if it's not a high priority. I definitely don't want to see the kind of quasi-compatible divisiveness that Modern introduced, as I think that would hurt Pathfinder, but making modern or ancient Earth a viable locale for part or all of a Pathfinder game would be really interesting.

Senior Designer

thenorthman wrote:
Stephen Radney-MacFarland wrote:

Well I do have the build of an aging wrestler who didn't keep up with the steroids.

I'll have to use that if you don't mind!

Sean

Use away!

Senior Designer

Thomas Riccio wrote:

Massive coolness! Paizo has gotten the best people. I am so glad to read SRM is here now too.

I assume that "mystery missile" sighting was actually everyone's feelings when SRM's hiring was announced. I know that's how I felt.

Hey Tom, it's good to "see" you. Tom was the victim...er, player in one of my 3e home games, and a capital gentleman. Thanks for the well-wishes!

Senior Designer

F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Is this the thread where we haze the new guy?

Yes. Yes it is.

And ask him crazy questions about specifically how he will be increasing your home game's level of awesome.

Don't you deserve to know?

Well, to riff off of Vic's analogy a little....

Well, I do have a vial of ultimate awesome I hope to sprinkle on all of your home games before the main feast. That's how I will start. Then I'll make an salad of awesomeness that you can feel free to gorge yourselves on.

That will cast a heroes' feast that will feature some great steak. Apologies to all the vegetarians out there (including Sean). I don't cast that spell with soy components.

Senior Designer

Charles Evans 25 wrote:
Stephen Radney-MacFarland wrote:

... Paizo does foster a better sense of transparency and responsiveness. It’s one of the things I like about working here.

<evil grin>

So, in the interests of transparency and responsiveness, what happened to that Rise of the Runelords campaign hellknight that you were playing? (Spoiler tag specifics please, if appropriate. ;) )

And are you allowed to deny that since February 2008 during your prolonged posting absence you have in fact been working on the secret lunar base Paizo has in the vicinity of Saturn (put there to monitor the cats?).

Oh, that is a long and sorted tale, one now long suppressed by the Pathfinder Society. It seemed that some of them didn't like the fact that a hellknight could be a hero...of sorts.

I can neither confirm or deny the existence of any Paizo off-earth bases, but can anyone tell me how to get rid of hair balls and cat dander?

Senior Designer

ulgulanoth wrote:
so Stephen, what are you planning/hoping on doing for paizo? and what country will you take over in golarion?

Well I can only hope to improve on the awesomeness that is Paizo. I will endeavor to do that every day, every hour, and every project.

As for specifics, and plans for the domination of this country or the other, I'm awaiting a report from my goblin scouts to find a good place to strike. It's not that they write anything down (and if they did, I don't think it would be helpful). I just follow them around and see where they get the giddiest. That's where I'll find my opening.

Senior Designer

Jason Bulmahn wrote:

Let me publicly welcome Stephen aboard. Its good to be working with you again.

Jason Bulmahn
Lead Designer
Paizo Publishing

Likewise, sir. Likewise.


Stephen Radney-MacFarland wrote:

Howdy everyone,

Thanks for the kind words. Oh, and sometimes I wake up in the morning disappointed that I’m not Jeff Grubb ;-) I’ve been a fan of Jeff since I was a teenager, and also have a lot of his books lining my shelves.

He’s busy with that bundle of awesome that will be Guildwars 2 over at ArenaNet, and I think that’s a good thing.

I want to say I am excited to join Paizo. I’ve been a huge fan of the company since day one. I remember the day that Erik told me that the publications section of Wizards of the Coast was spinning off as their own company, and knew that group was destined for great things. I look forward to contributing to the great Pathfinder line and learning from Lisa, Erik, James, Jason, Wes, Sean, and all the other talented folks at Paizo.

For the record, I didn’t work on d20 Modern. I was that RPGA guy for a great many years (and worked with both Erik and Jason during those crazy days). I was the Organized Play lead for the development of 3.5. I have worked on 3.5, 4e, Star Wars Saga Edition, and Pathfinder. I teach game design at a couple of colleges, have my own blog where I talk about RPG design, its business, and the future of digital tools for (www.neogrognard.com), and have a column for Dungeon magazine titled “Save My Game.” I also paint minis professionally. I’ve done some work for Paizo's GameMastery line, and have done a number of paint masters for both the D&D and Star Wars minis lines.

As you can see I’m a big snarling geek. As you can imagine, I should fit in just fine here.

Oh, and Jason teases me about my pony hair, but I think he’s just jealous.

To each his own, I loved d20 Star Wars.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Companion, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber
F. Wesley Schneider wrote:

We might have another idea or two for basic ol' Pathfinder before we start hitting you with Diet Pathfinder, Pathfinder Vanilla, Pathfinder Lite, and so forth.

But if you give us "Cherry Vanilla Pathfinder" you can eventually round the corner and give us "Pathfinder: Throwback" and everyone knows "throwback" is the best :o

Senior Designer

Arnwolf wrote:


To each his own, I loved d20 Star Wars.

I have nothing against it; I just didn't work on it. I did play it.

I worked on a Saga Edition book, Knights of the Old Republic, so impact was minimal as far as the whole line goes. Other times I would serve as a sounding board and occasional shoulder to cry on for Rodney Thompson, the guy who spearheaded the game after the release.

The freelancers, Rodney, and Chris Perkins made that game what it was, which was pretty flipping fantastic. I just helped where I could.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Justin Franklin wrote:
I actually would say that the change from the OGL to the GSL is the number one reason Paizo doesn't make 4th edition products.

More than one person has asserted this recently, but it really isn't so. We were far more interested in evolving the 3.5 rules than in working with a new system that was clearly taking a different tack. As we said at the time, we believe the 3.5 rules set provided the best possible base for telling the kind of stories we wanted to tell. Additionally, as our customers were learning more and more about 4th Edition in the lead-up to the release, an ever-increasing proportion of them were encouraging us to continue supporting the current system.

The fact that the GSL is a nonstarter (in our view) certainly made the decision to go our own way a little bit easier, but I'm quite confident that even if we'd been able to use something exactly like the OGL to support 4th Edition, we'd still be exactly where we are.


Asgetrion wrote:
Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
As usual, I will refuse to accept him until he gives me blog art. Big, beautiful, blog art.
Babble babble babble leafy babble babble, babble treant? Babble babble babble babble babble babble babble; babble babble babble. Babble babble babble babble... uh, babble babble pretty pictures babble.

Yes, I want the new guy to give me pretty pictures. Geez, dwarves are incoherent and thick as well as dirty and perverse. Where are my blog pictures, new guy?

Vic Wertz wrote:
The fact that the GSL is a nonstarter (in our view) certainly made the decision to go our own way a little bit easier, but I'm quite confident that even if we'd been able to use something exactly like the OGL to support 4th Edition, we'd still be exactly where we are.

(Emphasis mine.)

A place I like to call Super Happy Funland...with Pictures.


Pathfinder Companion, Maps Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber
Vic Wertz wrote:
Justin Franklin wrote:
I actually would say that the change from the OGL to the GSL is the number one reason Paizo doesn't make 4th edition products.

More than one person has asserted this recently, but it really isn't so. We were far more interested in evolving the 3.5 rules than in working with a new system that was clearly taking a different tack. As we said at the time, we believe the 3.5 rules set provided the best possible base for telling the kind of stories we wanted to tell. Additionally, as our customers were learning more and more about 4th Edition in the lead-up to the release, an ever-increasing proportion of them were encouraging us to continue supporting the current system.

The fact that the GSL is a nonstarter (in our view) certainly made the decision to go our own way a little bit easier, but I'm quite confident that even if we'd been able to use something exactly like the OGL to support 4th Edition, we'd still be exactly where we are.

I stand corrected then. Although my point was that Paizo definitely did not want to be tied to some one else's ruleset any more.

Grand Lodge

Mairkurion {tm} wrote:


Yes, I want the new guy to give me pretty pictures. Geez, dwarves are incoherent and thick as well as dirty and perverse. Where are my blog pictures, new guy?

You say that like there is something wrong with being incoherent and thick as well as being dirty and perverse...

personally I emphasize the dirty and perverse...

Oh, look a barmaid and beer!

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Justin Franklin wrote:
Although my point was that Paizo definitely did not want to be tied to some one else's ruleset any more.

And a good point that is!

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Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Asgetrion wrote:
Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
As usual, I will refuse to accept him until he gives me blog art. Big, beautiful, blog art.
Babble babble babble leafy babble babble, babble treant? Babble babble babble babble babble babble babble; babble babble babble. Babble babble babble babble... uh, babble babble pretty pictures babble.

Yes, I want the new guy to give me pretty pictures. Geez, dwarves are incoherent and thick as well as dirty and perverse. Where are my blog pictures, new guy?

Ain't my pictures good enough for you?

And who are you calling dirty and perserve, mr. Treant-Whose-Son-Is-A-Shambling-Mound, eh? *Shudder*

Wait... I thought I'd never admit say these words, but you're actually correct -- I *AM* a dirty and perverse dwarf who worships Asmodeus in unspeakably horrible ceremonies! Thick and incoherent? My neck is indeed thick, and my superior Chelaxian way of reasoning is probably lost on lesser mortals. ;)


Stephen Radney-MacFarland wrote:

Apologies to all the vegetarians out there (including Sean). I don't cast that spell with soy components.

Good. Yes, tell us more crazy things about SKR we may use against him.


Now there's two of them. Sheesh. Giving those dwarves a dictionary would be like giving a goldfish a horsehoe.

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Stephen Radney-MacFarland wrote:

Apologies to all the vegetarians out there (including Sean). I don't cast that spell with soy components.

Good. Yes, tell us more crazy things about SKR we may use against him.

Hmm, maybe that's where he got the nickname. It's been so long I don't remember.


Pathfinder Companion, Maps Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber
Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Stephen Radney-MacFarland wrote:

Apologies to all the vegetarians out there (including Sean). I don't cast that spell with soy components.

Good. Yes, tell us more crazy things about SKR we may use against him.

Just catch Jodi on Facebook or the chat room she must be full of information we can use against SKR. ;)


Justin Franklin wrote:
Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Stephen Radney-MacFarland wrote:

Apologies to all the vegetarians out there (including Sean). I don't cast that spell with soy components.

Good. Yes, tell us more crazy things about SKR we may use against him.

Just catch Jodi on Facebook or the chat room she must be full of information we can use against SKR. ;)

We need multiple sources. At some point, that "protect your spouse" thing is bound to kick in.


Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Justin Franklin wrote:


Just catch Jodi on Facebook or the chat room she must be full of information we can use against SKR. ;)
We need multiple sources. At some point, that "protect your spouse" thing is bound to kick in.

Jodi's taken levels in barbarian. This is a risky proposition at best.


Good point, Lilith. And Justin's a bug-eyed alien thing which we all know tend to anger barbarians anyway.


Pathfinder Companion, Maps Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber
Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Good point, Lilith. And Justin's a bug-eyed alien thing which we all know tend to anger barbarians anyway.

You just don't tell her it will be used against SKR. Be nice to the barbarian and compliment her minis and costumes.


Justin Franklin wrote:
Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Good point, Lilith. And Justin's a bug-eyed alien thing which we all know tend to anger barbarians anyway.
You just don't tell her it will be used against SKR. Be nice to the barbarian and compliment her minis and costumes.

How can I compliment them, Justin? They blind me with the radiance of their beauty! Well, at least I can kind of see her minis, as being of a lesser glory. Still, my tongue is fey-touched, not divine!


Pathfinder Companion, Maps Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber
Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Justin Franklin wrote:
Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Good point, Lilith. And Justin's a bug-eyed alien thing which we all know tend to anger barbarians anyway.
You just don't tell her it will be used against SKR. Be nice to the barbarian and compliment her minis and costumes.
How can I compliment them, Justin? They blind me with the radiance of their beauty! Well, at least I can kind of see her minis, as being of a lesser glory. Still, my tongue is fey-touched, not divine!

That was a pretty good start.

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Nice thread guys!!! ;oD Compliments are MUCH appreciated!

Wanting some info on Mr SKR eh? Muuuwahaha I hold all the knowledge!

Barbarian requires bribe...Remember, I'm the type that falls for all the puzzle-traps in the dungeon... LOL

What's funny, is that it's actually true! When I play True Dungeon I warn all the other players that I cannot be trusted with puzzles. I used to think I would be excellent at puzzles...nope...true heart of a fighter. LOL!


Heck, Alexander the Great was civilized, but he knew how to take care of puzzles. The sword!

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there's no puzzle that can't be solved with destructive rage...

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16, 2012 Top 32

ulgulanoth wrote:
there's no puzzle that can't be solved with destructive rage...

Except for the puzzle called... love...

She was a raging barbarian. He was a disciplined monk.

In world where fate was aligned against them, theirs was a love that would ignite a revolution.

"Sajan, I must leave you to fight beside my people."

"Amiri, I will not let what have end here. I will find you."

*passionate kiss*

*cue dramatic music and epic battle scene*
*rebellious barbarian horde charges legion of Chelish devils*
*large explosion*

"Your training has reached a critical point, my student. You cannot leave now."

"No. I cannot wait a moment longer while while the woman I love fights for her very survival."

*as catapults fire, a flight of dragons descends upon a massive fantasy city*

"Sajan!"

"Amiri!"

*large extraneous explosion*

"Nooooooooooooo!"

*large extraneous explosion*
*ninjas with light sabers do battle with robots*

*close-up shot of an angry Voldemort*

"Potter!"

*wizards fly on broomsticks*
*exterior shot of Hogwarts*
*musical crescendo*
*the Death Star explodes*

"Noooooooooooooooooooo!"

*dramatic end to music*

Summer 2011

Dark Archive

no, no destructive rage still works...

Contributor

Epic Meepo wrote:

Except for the puzzle called... love...

[i]She was a raging barbarian. He was a disciplined monk....

Awesome! Thanks. :)


Nice, Epic Meepo.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

There should be a director's cut of this trailer, with Jacobs and Mona dressed up as Serpentor and Cobra Commander, shouting "COBRA-LALALALALALALALA" while running across the Paizo office.

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

Gorbacz wrote:
There should be a director's cut of this trailer, with Jacobs and Mona dressed up as Serpentor and Cobra Commander, shouting "COBRA-LALALALALALALALA" while running across the Paizo office.

Hmm, problem is we run out of female Cobras too quickly, there's what, Baroness, and Zarana?

Pretty clear that Lisa's the Baroness, and Vic's Destro. Sean's Mindbender...

Contributor

Please do not associate me with G.I. Joe. :p

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

Sean K Reynolds wrote:
Please do not associate me with G.I. Joe. :p

I wasn't, I was associating you with COBRA :P


Sean K Reynolds wrote:
Please do not associate me with G.I. Joe. :p

What do you have against GI Joe good sir? I have to know, because well, we know what knowing means.

Liberty's Edge

Hyrum Savage wrote:
Sean K Reynolds wrote:
Please do not associate me with G.I. Joe. :p

What do you have against GI Joe good sir? I have to know, because well, we know what knowing means.

Knowing is half the battle!

Yo GOE!!!

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

Marc Radle wrote:
Hyrum Savage wrote:
Sean K Reynolds wrote:
Please do not associate me with G.I. Joe. :p

What do you have against GI Joe good sir? I have to know, because well, we know what knowing means.

Knowing is half the battle!

Yo GOE!!!

And spelling is the other half!*

*

Spoiler:
Yeah coming from typo king here it rings a little hollow, but I couldn't resist.

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