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Hi, James.

Two years ago, I asked a question about the Council of Truth on the Campaign Setting thread, and never got an answer...

When was the Council of Truth was active, and when did they disappear?

I imagine that you're the man to ask: You introduced them to Golarion in the module Seven Swords of Sin. You also wrote about them in the Campaign Setting City of Strangers, and also in Pathfinder #63: The Asylum Stone.

We know that the Council of Truth was active in Kaer Maga starting in the fairly recent past, and then disappeared without a trace "some years ago."

Have the dates of when the Council of Truth was active in the City of Strangers ever been published? Were they active for a long time? (5 years? 50 years? 500 years?) And, how long ago from the present day did they disappear? (5 years ago? 20? 50?)

In my game:
...I decided that the Council of Truth came to Kaer Maga in 4659 AR, and disappeared in 4702. They disappeared the same year as the Late Unpleasantness in Sandpoint... and that wasn't a coincidence...

Sczarni RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

James, who is in charge of making sure the 4 newest novels get a PFS Chronicle Sheet?

More Tim Pratt and Liane Merciel books please! Also, I can't wait to read Forge of Ashes.

And is there a sneak peak at the ballerina novel somewhere?

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Mythic Evil Lincoln wrote:

Happy 1000th AMA post!

How's that feel?

Ooh, you're right!

I'd say it feels good, Abe. Real good.

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Haladir wrote:

Hi, James.

Two years ago, I asked a question about the Council of Truth on the Campaign Setting thread, and never got an answer...

When was the Council of Truth was active, and when did they disappear?

I imagine that you're the man to ask: You introduced them to Golarion in the module Seven Swords of Sin. You also wrote about them in the Campaign Setting City of Strangers, and also in Pathfinder #63: The Asylum Stone.

We know that the Council of Truth was active in Kaer Maga starting in the fairly recent past, and then disappeared without a trace "some years ago."

Have the dates of when the Council of Truth was active in the City of Strangers ever been published? Were they active for a long time? (5 years? 50 years? 500 years?) And, how long ago from the present day did they disappear? (5 years ago? 20? 50?)

** spoiler omitted **

The Council of truth was active for a while—definitely more than 5 years. And we've never published an answer to precisely when the Council of Truth was active or when they disappeared, as the dates might be too big a clue as to what actually happened to them. Sorry to leave you hanging. :)

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Thomas LeBlanc wrote:

James, who is in charge of making sure the 4 newest novels get a PFS Chronicle Sheet?

More Tim Pratt and Liane Merciel books please! Also, I can't wait to read Forge of Ashes.

And is there a sneak peak at the ballerina novel somewhere?

1. John Compton and Mike Brock do the PFS sheets. They've been really busy recently, but I know it's on their list!

2. Your wish is my command. Tim and Liane do great jobs. :)

3. I certainly hope not! Right now, the only people who've seen it are me and anyone who may have hacked my Dropbox account. It needs more polishing before it'll be ready to go out into the world. But at least the first draft is done!


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James Sutter wrote:
The Council of truth was active for a while—definitely more than 5 years. And we've never published an answer to precisely when the Council of Truth was active or when they disappeared, as the dates might be too big a clue as to what actually happened to them. Sorry to leave you hanging. :)

Thanks for the response! If you're not ready to reveal what happened, I feel better about running with my own plot. It's certainly not the only change to Golarion canon I've dropped in.

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Haladir wrote:
James Sutter wrote:
The Council of truth was active for a while—definitely more than 5 years. And we've never published an answer to precisely when the Council of Truth was active or when they disappeared, as the dates might be too big a clue as to what actually happened to them. Sorry to leave you hanging. :)
Thanks for the response! If you're not ready to reveal what happened, I feel better about running with my own plot. It's certainly not the only change to Golarion canon I've dropped in.

Excellent! Yeah, I try to leave lots of unanswered questions in my books for exactly that reason—as a GM, I always want to speculate and make up my own answers. Wondering's the best part. :)

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For those who've asked questions about Pathfinder Tales, or when the next Dave Gross book was coming out, and other things of that nature... the truth has finally been revealed:

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/industry-deals/ar ticle/65682-tor-will-do-pathfinder-novels-with-pazio.html

There'll be much more information coming shortly, but now you know why I couldn't say anything. :)


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well i'm not paying $15 for a paperback, not trying to be critical or negative, just saying that might be too high a price point, the books are good but with one income they aren't that good, i'm actually rather crushed by that:(

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captain yesterday wrote:
well i'm not paying $15 for a paperback, not trying to be critical or negative, just saying that might be too high a price point, the books are good but with one income they aren't that good, i'm actually rather crushed by that:(

Ah, BUT: We'll be selling them on Paizo.com for a 30% discount. So if you buy them from us, you'll actually get them at basically the same price, just in the bigger and nicer trade paperback format. :)


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Ah, BUT shipping costs nearly cancel out those savings so thats kind of a fallacy isnt it

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Digital method might be your best option then. 90% of the books I buy now are on Kindle.


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captain yesterday wrote:
well i'm not paying $15 for a paperback, not trying to be critical or negative, just saying that might be too high a price point, the books are good but with one income they aren't that good, i'm actually rather crushed by that:(
Ah, BUT: We'll be selling them on Paizo.com for a 30% discount. So if you buy them from us, you'll actually get them at basically the same price, just in the bigger and nicer trade paperback format. :)

Will Tor be reissuing any of the already released novels in Kindle? I'd love to read Death's Heretic, but having to move back in with my parents until this upcoming Fall means space for books is at a premium, and the Kindle does help with that...


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Orthos wrote:
Digital method might be your best option then. 90% of the books I buy now are on Kindle.

I don't have a tablet, just a computer which my kids and wife monopolize, so thats no good (tho i truly appreciate the effort)

but also i realize that "trade paperback" is probably what the larger format of books like Twilight and such are called, if so then my previous argument is rescinded, thats actually a decent price:-)

still waiting for more Pratt tho:-) Tim or Chris (you know for the (hopefully inevitable) movie ;-)

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captain yesterday wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Digital method might be your best option then. 90% of the books I buy now are on Kindle.

I don't have a tablet, just a computer which my kids and wife monopolize, so thats no good (tho i truly appreciate the effort)

but also i realize that "trade paperback" is probably what the larger format of books like Twilight and such are called, if so then my previous argument is rescinded, thats actually a decent price:-)

still waiting for more Pratt tho:-) Tim or Chris (you know for the (hopefully inevitable) movie ;-)

Yeah, trade paperbacks are those larger, prettier paperbacks closer to the size of a hardcover. I hope that when you see them in real life, you'll agree that it's worth the money! (Incidentally, especially with the rise of ebooks, those smaller mass market paperbacks are a really hard model to make work unless you're selling a bajillion of them...)

And you won't have to wait long for more Tim! His new one, Liar's Blade, hits in August. We figured he and Dave were solid choices to help us kick off the new Tor era right. :D

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MMCJawa wrote:


Will Tor be reissuing any of the already released novels in Kindle? I'd love to read Death's Heretic, but having to move back in with my parents until this upcoming Fall means space for books is at a premium, and the Kindle does help with that...

We're still working on that, but the prognosis looks good. :)


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James Sutter wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Digital method might be your best option then. 90% of the books I buy now are on Kindle.

I don't have a tablet, just a computer which my kids and wife monopolize, so thats no good (tho i truly appreciate the effort)

but also i realize that "trade paperback" is probably what the larger format of books like Twilight and such are called, if so then my previous argument is rescinded, thats actually a decent price:-)

still waiting for more Pratt tho:-) Tim or Chris (you know for the (hopefully inevitable) movie ;-)

Yeah, trade paperbacks are those larger, prettier paperbacks closer to the size of a hardcover. I hope that when you see them in real life, you'll agree that it's worth the money! (Incidentally, especially with the rise of ebooks, those smaller mass market paperbacks are a really hard model to make work unless you're selling a bajillion of them...)

And you won't have to wait long for more Tim! His new one, Liar's Blade, hits in August. We figured he and Dave were solid choices to help us kick off the new Tor era right. :D

This why editors (and editors of editors:-p) are the unsung heroes of writing, i already have this one on my shelf, so i assume you meant the sequel to Liar's Blade and yes i can see how the days of the old school tiny paperbacks are numbered:-)

by the way tell Tim he reminds my Wife of Douglas Adams (who by the way is a huge Douglas Adams fan)

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James Sutter wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Digital method might be your best option then. 90% of the books I buy now are on Kindle.

I don't have a tablet, just a computer which my kids and wife monopolize, so thats no good (tho i truly appreciate the effort)

but also i realize that "trade paperback" is probably what the larger format of books like Twilight and such are called, if so then my previous argument is rescinded, thats actually a decent price:-)

still waiting for more Pratt tho:-) Tim or Chris (you know for the (hopefully inevitable) movie ;-)

Yeah, trade paperbacks are those larger, prettier paperbacks closer to the size of a hardcover. I hope that when you see them in real life, you'll agree that it's worth the money! (Incidentally, especially with the rise of ebooks, those smaller mass market paperbacks are a really hard model to make work unless you're selling a bajillion of them...)

And you won't have to wait long for more Tim! His new one, Liar's Blade, hits in August. We figured he and Dave were solid choices to help us kick off the new Tor era right. :D

Do you mean a new one with Hrym and Rodrick or a reissue of Liar's Blade?

Edit: lol ninjaed by 26 seconds by Yesterday.

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D'oh! You're correct—I meant his new one, Liar's Island.

It's been a busy day today. :P

Silver Crusade

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James Sutter wrote:

D'oh! You're correct—I meant his new one, Liar's Island.

It's been a busy day today. :P

Sweet. Loved the shout out to all the rogues in Reign of Stars.


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Does the new announcement mean that a certain Pathfinder Tales Managing Editor will have more time that might get devoted to producing Campaign Setting and Golarion module materials?


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Rysky wrote:
James Sutter wrote:

D'oh! You're correct—I meant his new one, Liar's Island.

It's been a busy day today. :P

Sweet. Loved the shout out to all the rogues in Reign of Stars.

Especially the one to Scott Lynch's ne'er-do-wells.


Pathfinder Adventure Subscriber

So listening to a recent episode of Tor.com podcast Rocket Talk, I heard Justin Landon mention that Sam Sykes is writing a Pathfinder novel. Anything you can add to this?

RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32

What does the Tor announcement mean for Pathfinder Tales subscribers?

I assume I'll still be getting the books, but will I still be getting an ePub?

For that matter, when might we get more of the ePubbed Short Fiction?

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Gladior wrote:
Does the new announcement mean that a certain Pathfinder Tales Managing Editor will have more time that might get devoted to producing Campaign Setting and Golarion module materials?

Ha! Not at all—I'll still be doing everything I did for the line before, and more. :) That said, I *am* working on a new campaign setting supplement I'm quite excited about...

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Kajehase wrote:
So listening to a recent episode of Tor.com podcast Rocket Talk, I heard Justin Landon mention that Sam Sykes is writing a Pathfinder novel. Anything you can add to this?

Sam is indeed writing for us! He's just started in on the novel, and having read the first chapter, all I can say is that if you like Sam's other books, this one will be just as snarky and irreverent. :D

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Ross Byers wrote:

What does the Tor announcement mean for Pathfinder Tales subscribers?

I assume I'll still be getting the books, but will I still be getting an ePub?

For that matter, when might we get more of the ePubbed Short Fiction?

As I noted above, most of what the Tor changeover means for subscribers is that your books will be bigger and prettier at close to the same cost. :) While the price is going up, we'll be giving folks a 30% discount to bring it down to roughly the amount you're used to paying. We probably will *not* be able to continue doing a free ePub with print copies—you'll have to choose whether you want print or ebooks—but at long last we'll be on the Kindle!

As for more short fiction ePubs: Those are sadly on the back burner as we run around getting all the other products squared away, but I'm hoping to have another massive batch in another few months.

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That's a shame. I get a lot of use out of the ePubs. It'll be a tough decision, but I might need to cancel my sub and go digital-only for Tales.

Silver Crusade

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Wow, that is a bummer, I was getting spoiled by reading the epubs instead of waiting for the dead tree version :3


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James Sutter wrote:
Kajehase wrote:
So listening to a recent episode of Tor.com podcast Rocket Talk, I heard Justin Landon mention that Sam Sykes is writing a Pathfinder novel. Anything you can add to this?
Sam is indeed writing for us! He's just started in on the novel, and having read the first chapter, all I can say is that if you like Sam's other books, this one will be just as snarky and irreverent. :D

what are some of his other books, sounds fun:-)


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I've not read anything by him myself, but his series is called Aeons' Gate (the apostrophe may be placed wrongly), and he's got a story in the Dangerous Women anthology.

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Sam's also got a new book just out called THE CITY STAINED RED that's getting really good reviews. It's very much an adventuring party sort of story, and part of what convinced me he'd be a good match for the line. :)


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James Sutter wrote:
While the price is going up, we'll be giving folks a 30% discount to bring it down to roughly the amount you're used to paying. We probably will *not* be able to continue doing a free ePub with print copies—you'll have to choose whether you want print or ebooks—but at long last we'll be on the Kindle!

Will there be anything "extra" added to the subscription? With everyone getting the same discount and no free digital copy, there doesn't seem to be any incentive left to subscribe vs. just order what you want when it releases.

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Joana wrote:
James Sutter wrote:
While the price is going up, we'll be giving folks a 30% discount to bring it down to roughly the amount you're used to paying. We probably will *not* be able to continue doing a free ePub with print copies—you'll have to choose whether you want print or ebooks—but at long last we'll be on the Kindle!
Will there be anything "extra" added to the subscription? With everyone getting the same discount and no free digital copy, there doesn't seem to be any incentive left to subscribe vs. just order what you want when it releases.

I'm currently not sure if that 30% will be for subscribers only, or everyone—there are still a lot of balls in the air!


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James Sutter wrote:
Gladior wrote:
Does the new announcement mean that a certain Pathfinder Tales Managing Editor will have more time that might get devoted to producing Campaign Setting and Golarion module materials?
Ha! Not at all—I'll still be doing everything I did for the line before, and more. :) That said, I *am* working on a new campaign setting supplement I'm quite excited about...

Any chance it's this one?

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Heh! Nope, I'm not writing for that one, though I was part of the brainstorm. :)

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James Sutter wrote:
Heh! Nope, I'm not writing for that one, though I was part of the brainstorm. :)

Is Gav in there?

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Ross Byers wrote:
James Sutter wrote:
Heh! Nope, I'm not writing for that one, though I was part of the brainstorm. :)
Is Gav in there?

Oh man, that would be fun. Maybe I can sneak him in there. :)

Dark Archive

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What is Gav, really? ;)

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James Sutter wrote:
Ross Byers wrote:
James Sutter wrote:
Heh! Nope, I'm not writing for that one, though I was part of the brainstorm. :)
Is Gav in there?
Oh man, that would be fun. Maybe I can sneak him in there. :)

Knowing Gav, he may have already snuck in while you're weren't looking.


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I want more Vint.

Not a question, but I thought you should know.

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Are you currently playing in any Pathfinder games?

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Kajehase wrote:

I want more Vint.

Not a question, but I thought you should know.

Vint: Hero of the people!

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DragoDorn wrote:
Are you currently playing in any Pathfinder games?

I'm in Erik Mona's Shadows Under Absalom game, but otherwise I'm a little bit between campaigns since the Asylum Stone game I was running wrapped up. Now that I'm digging myself out from under some big writing projects, though, I'm starting to think about what I want to run next...


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What are the main differences between your job duties and Mr. Schneider's?


James Sutter wrote:
DragoDorn wrote:
Are you currently playing in any Pathfinder games?
I'm in Erik Mona's Shadows Under Absalom game, but otherwise I'm a little bit between campaigns since the Asylum Stone game I was running wrapped up. Now that I'm digging myself out from under some big writing projects, though, I'm starting to think about what I want to run next...

Mona... Sutter... single game... *weeps that he's in Florida, hence too far away*

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Zhangar wrote:
What are the main differences between your job duties and Mr. Schneider's?

The beard.

Seriously, though, there's a fair amount of overlap. At a direct managerial level, I'm in charge of the editors, and Wes is in charge of the developers AND editors (including me). At the same time, I act as his second-in-command, so I pretty much step into his shoes when he's unavailable, which adds to that overlap. Beyond that, as two of the most senior folks in the pit, we're both part of the managerial team that helps guide the overall product strategy and world design, as well as internal scheduling. In terms of our development duties, Wes takes a more active role in outlining and backstopping the game books, while I captain the fiction line.

So in short, we do very similar things, but he's the boss. :)


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James Sutter wrote:
DragoDorn wrote:
Are you currently playing in any Pathfinder games?
I'm in Erik Mona's Shadows Under Absalom game...

Aside from the title, is that anything like James Jacobs' "Shadows Under Sandpoint" game?

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Haladir wrote:
James Sutter wrote:
DragoDorn wrote:
Are you currently playing in any Pathfinder games?
I'm in Erik Mona's Shadows Under Absalom game...
Aside from the title, is that anything like James Jacobs' "Shadows Under Sandpoint" game?

Just in that it contains a lot of the same people. :)

At least, as far as I know...

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Has there been any news on the subject of Pathfinder Tales Subscriber eBooks with the Tor licensing stuff?

I'm anxious about the future of my subscription.

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