Let's guess James Jacobs' Secret Project


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thejeff wrote:
As Vic Wertz pointed out recently, that's a misconception. There are some complications, but it's possible.

In this day and age, considering that video games use multiple licenses regarding stuff such as graphics engine, physics engine, sound banks, libraries and most of all distribution services, the chances of any of these colliding with the OGL are rather high, and nobody at WotC is going to tell whether they'll sue your or not until they do so.

And worst of all, even if you do comply and work it all out and you put your game on Steam and GOG and then Gabe Newell updates the Steam TOU and makes it collide with the OGL. Bang, cease and desist from WotC laywers, there goes your business.

Frankly, if making an OGL video game without entering a licensing agreement with WotC would be simple, somebody would have done it by now. If you came to me with the OGL and asked me how do you go about making an AAA+ video game with it, I would advise you to scrap the OGL and make a game using your own mechanics. Trouble is, you lose all the Owlbears and Rust Monsters by doing so.

And yes, I did advise video game companies on an occasion or two, so this is a rare instance of me actually speaking ex catedra :)


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Didn't they announce a pathfinder videogame a while back? Whatever happened with that?


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Dragon78 wrote:
Didn't they announce a pathfinder videogame a while back? Whatever happened with that?

Still in production.


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They did announce at least the plans to make such a game and the timing might actually be right, since the Obsidian card game is about to be released i believe.

I certainly hope for a turn based game there, with focus on a single player campaign and perhaps options for online multiplayer cooperation.
I also believe that the concept of PFO - being so far from Pathfinder and being PvP focussed - were essential in it´s failure, since both gather to a small amount of people, whereas Pathfinder like it is would be attractive to nearly every Pathfinder player.

It´s my hope that Mr Jacobs is either working on that, or on the glorious new Tian Xia AP, or perhaps on both.


Dragon78 wrote:
Didn't they announce a pathfinder videogame a while back? Whatever happened with that?

* Pathfinder Online.

* Paizo Game Space (Virtual Table Top?).
* Online card games.
* ?


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Gorbacz wrote:
this is a rare instance of me actually speaking ex catedra :)

Illusions shattered. I thought you were always speaking without a catheter.

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This thread continues to amuse me.


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He is using monkeys to test a new virus in a secret underground laboratory to see if he can turn them into gnomes.

Hey, it's plausible. :P


zorander6 wrote:

He is using monkeys to test a new virus in a secret underground laboratory to see if he can turn them into gnomes.

Hey, it's plausible. :P

He's running an experiment to see how many monkeys at keyboards you need to produce a AP?


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I'm pretty sure it is a Paizo-sponsored documentary on the ongoing writers' feud between Greg Vaughan, Richard Pett, and Nicholas Logue. Getting all the waivers so that the three can legally be in the same room is requiring multiple reams of paper for the lawyers to haggle over.

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MMCJawa wrote:
...I am not sure James is super interested in non Dreamlands/Abyss planes, so it doesn't feel like he would be the sole person working on that.

I heard he's got 99 projects, but the Abyss ain't one.

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MrVergee wrote:
My wish for James' secret project: he's planning a long trip in a place cut off from the outside world, giving him time to recover from all these years of hard work and dedication to Paizo and its audience without having to check the boards and answer all our cries for help and insight. We'd surely miss you, James, but it would be worth it, knowing that you'd get the chance to recharge those batteries and be there for us for many years to come.

While this is my favorite post so far on the thread, it's also the only one I'm willing to say is not any of my secret projects. At this time, at least.


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half life 3 confirmed

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BV210 wrote:
I'm pretty sure it is a Paizo-sponsored documentary on the ongoing writers' feud between Greg Vaughan, Richard Pett, and Nicholas Logue. Getting all the waivers so that the three can legally be in the same room is requiring multiple reams of paper for the lawyers to haggle over.

I never liked either of them, not right from the start...


Is he building a classic man-in-suit Godzilla costume for Paizo Con?
There will be much stomping of buildings on that day!

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BV210 wrote:
I'm pretty sure it is a Paizo-sponsored documentary on the ongoing writers' feud between Greg Vaughan, Richard Pett, and Nicholas Logue. Getting all the waivers so that the three can legally be in the same room is requiring multiple reams of paper for the lawyers to haggle over.

I hear this is the final encounter in Shax's House of Pain.

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Misroi wrote:
BV210 wrote:
I'm pretty sure it is a Paizo-sponsored documentary on the ongoing writers' feud between Greg Vaughan, Richard Pett, and Nicholas Logue. Getting all the waivers so that the three can legally be in the same room is requiring multiple reams of paper for the lawyers to haggle over.
I hear this is the final encounter in Shax's House of Pain.

Whatever you do, do not volunteer to get Logue sodas from the basement. Just don't.

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Everyone knows JJ is on a special project for Paizo where he is attempting to prove the existence of Bigfoot.

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thejeff wrote:
zorander6 wrote:

He is using monkeys to test a new virus in a secret underground laboratory to see if he can turn them into gnomes.

Hey, it's plausible. :P

He's running an experiment to see how many monkeys at keyboards you need to produce a AP?

(bends down to see what the monkey's typed on his screen)

...it was the best of times...it was the BLURST OF TIMES?

(wacks monkey upside the head)

YOU STUPID MONKEY!

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Imma gonna guess a History of the Inner Sea, or more likely, a History of Varisia. A big ol book that looks at the country in grindingly small minutia.

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Skeld wrote:
Everyone knows JJ is on a special project for Paizo where he is attempting to prove the existence of Bigfoot.

That's just silly. All he has to do is go down the hallway and look in Jason's office.


Oooo... maybe he is working on bringing Dragon and Dungeon magazines back under the Paizo umbrella?


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Or... having failed to answer the age old question of "Sex and D&D", he is now collaborating with Phil Foglio to bring the Adventure's of Phil and Dixie to Golarion in a whole new "What's New" AP... Growf?!?

(I hope I didn't date myself to much there...)

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Pathos wrote:
(I hope I didn't date myself to much there...)

You did, but I think you're in good company here. :)


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Liz Courts wrote:
Pathos wrote:
(I hope I didn't date myself to much there...)
You did, but I think you're in good company here. :)

Yeah, I... crap. It has been a while.


Well him doing a Hollow Mountain Mega Dungeon would be kind of cool. It is most likely similar to doing one of the Adventure Paths, and he has said he wanted to be the only hands on it if he did it. I am probably wrong, but no one else guessed that so I figured I would toss that out as a guess.


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I think there were enough mega dungeons lately.
Emerald Spire, many Dungeons in Mummys Mask, even Giantslayer has some large dungeons.

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Hayato Ken wrote:

I think there were enough mega dungeons lately.

Emerald Spire, many Dungeons in Mummys Mask, even Giantslayer has some large dungeons.

Out of those only Emerald Spire is a Mega Dungeon.


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James Jonah Jacobs is going to show the city that Spider-Man is a menace.


Never liked mega dungeons.

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Mega city?

Absalom book?

Sandpoint book?

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Why not go all the way, a mega-dungeon that connects Absalom with Sandpoint?

Or maybe James managed to copy Erik's brain and is working on Spires of Nex?

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*grumble* F&+#ing contractors handing out Darkland building permits willy nilly and destabilizing s!&% all over the place...

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Mega dungeon that doubles as city would be cool xD

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Kaer Maga hardcover?

No, wait, different James.


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What task requires 18 months of dedicated effort from the creative director?

Helping Richard Pett figure out where to bury all the bodies.


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He's never needed help before, why now.

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Pharasma, Lady of Graves wrote:
He's never needed help before, why now.

Hobbies are more fun when you share them with friends.

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Why do I feel like posting that Power of friendship/True friends help hide bodies demotivational poster


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Well, perhaps in 18 months

-the TianXia AP
-Races of TianXia
-Deities of TianXia
-Cities of TianXia
-Monsters of TianXia

could be done. :D

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CorvusMask wrote:
Why do I feel like posting that Power of friendship/True friends help hide bodies demotivational poster

"Subliminal" messaging!


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Shivok wrote:

When/If he gets back in the AP developer's chair:

Adventure Path #121: Sovereign's Fall
(Part 1 of the Taldor AP: The Tarnished Scepter) A mix of high stakes politics, with a mix of Kingmaker, a dash of chivalry

Just wanted to say this can't be it, we already know what #121 will be about:

James Jacobs wrote:
Pathfinder #121 is about the crabmen who steal a space freighter and start lasering the Eye of Abendigo to move it inland to kill the LandLubbers.


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And in the wake of that and Hells Revenge, there´s this AP where Cheliax conquers Taldor and utterly crushes it.


Does it have a Paizo product?

I've had another thought, and it's a little out there (and apologies if anyone has already said this) but here goes: what if the secret project is a hardback D&D adventure? WOTC have been collaborating have been collaborating with other RPG teams for most of the 5th Edition stuff, so it's not outside the realm of possibility, right? Right?

Or is that it's 3:51 in the morning here in Australia and I'm just having wacky thoughts?

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Anguish wrote:

What task requires 18 months of dedicated effort from the creative director?

Helping Richard Pett figure out where to bury all the bodies.

Nowhere near long enough...

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Richard Pett wrote:
Anguish wrote:

What task requires 18 months of dedicated effort from the creative director?

Helping Richard Pett figure out where to bury all the bodies.

Nowhere near long enough...

You could just bury them all in one place. A Pett Cemetary if you will.


Since we are taking guesses, can I take a wild guess?

WotC finally granted them the rights to Age of Worms and Savage Tide.

They are making compilations of them (like Shackled City) for PF, perhaps just in time for the 10th Anniversary.

likelihood of happening...

.001%

But hey, that's what wild guesses are for!

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