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Silver Crusade RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32

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What's your favorite thing about the RPG Superstar contest?

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A skeleton has only bones. It has no eyes or other sensory organs. It has Darkvision 60ft.

Does that mean if the skeleton is in broad daylight on a flat plain, the skeleton cannot see at all, even in inch in front of it?

How about a Moon Beast with Blindsight 90ft. If it is on the same flat plain, can it only see everything within 90ft? Meaning everything beyond 90ft is blurred or dimmed or simply non-percievable?

If so, it would seem that the same holds for the skeleton above, then. Trying to figure out if we've been doing undead wrong who have to physical eyes to see and who do not have any other "visions."

In Vision and Light, it says, "In an area of bright light, all characters can see clearly." But the word "see" can't possibly be applied to all creatures, unless "see" equals "perceive." Like perception encompasses all senses, not just vision.


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BadBird wrote:
Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
BadBird wrote:
This isn't like one of those phone-things where you pay by the minute for real estate tips is it?
Why, would you pay me by the minute for real estate tips?
Yes.

Awesome! So... what do you need to know, and how many minutes can you afford at $5/minute?


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mechaPoet wrote:
What's your favorite thing about the RPG Superstar contest?

That answer varies based on when you ask me.

Classically, before I was a Paizo employee, it was the fact that it was a clear step to take if you wanted to break into the industry. Especially after Dragon was gone, before Wayfarer came along. The jump from "fan who writes well" to "rpg hobby freelancer" to "rpg professional" (freelance or otherwise) isn't easy, and I love (and still like) that RPGSS gives a clear step a new designer can take to get started and possibly keep taking until it provides some results.

Now that I've been host twice, I'm actually happier about the people I get to communicate with and know a bit. I've made some very friendly contacts through RPGSS, and it's a big thrill for me to get to know people with similar love for the game I have.


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nogoodscallywag wrote:

A skeleton has only bones. It has no eyes or other sensory organs. It has Darkvision 60ft.

Does that mean if the skeleton is in broad daylight on a flat plain, the skeleton cannot see at all, even in inch in front of it?

Nothing in this post is an official ruling, or an errata, or a faq. It's just my opinion. :)

That said:

Absolutely not, or we'd give it some kind of dayblindess.
Basically creatures can do what people can do unless A: common sense dictates otherwise (pigs can't craft crossbows), or we say otherwise.

A skeleton walks without muscles, and clearly the dread magic that gives it the semblance of life also allows it to see, smell, hear, and even smell without the appropriate sensory organs.

:)

nogoodscallywag wrote:
How about a Moon Beast with Blindsight 90ft. If it is on the same flat plain, can it only see everything within 90ft? Meaning everything beyond 90ft is blurred or dimmed or simply non-percievable?

Nope. "Moon-beasts have no voice or eyes, yet they "see" more than most"

Compare that to Buggane. "Bugganes are blind. They are immune to gaze attacks, visual effects, illusions, and other attack forms that rely on sight."

So, if you are 61 feet from a Buggane (outside of the range of its tremorsense), it can't detect you.

If you are 61 feet from a moon beast, it's eyeless perception is as accurate as a creature with eyes, even though its ability to see doesn't come from that particular organ.

nogoodscallywag wrote:
In Vision and Light, it says, "In an area of bright light, all characters can see clearly." But the word "see" can't possibly be applied to all creatures, unless "see" equals "perceive." Like perception encompasses all senses, not just vision.

In general the core rulebook rules are discussing PCs and humanoid NPCs, who mostly (but not exclusively) depend on sight, and that is the context those rules are designed for.

Silver Crusade RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32

Owen KC Stephens wrote:
mechaPoet wrote:
What's your favorite thing about the RPG Superstar contest?

That answer varies based on when you ask me.

Classically, before I was a Paizo employee, it was the fact that it was a clear step to take if you wanted to break into the industry. Especially after Dragon was gone, before Wayfarer came along. The jump from "fan who writes well" to "rpg hobby freelancer" to "rpg professional" (freelance or otherwise) isn't easy, and I love (and still like) that RPGSS gives a clear step a new designer can take to get started and possibly keep taking until it provides some results.

Now that I've been host twice, I'm actually happier about the people I get to communicate with and know a bit. I've made some very friendly contacts through RPGSS, and it's a big thrill for me to get to know people with similar love for the game I have.

What is Wayfarer? I tried looking it up and got some hits on the Wayfinder fan zine. Did you happen to mean that, or is there another thing to check out as well?

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I was specifically speaking of the Wayfarer fan 'zine. It's a great way to make a first entry into RPG writing, and to have something you can show as professional-level work if you are (for example) contracting third-party publishers about possible freelance.

I think it helps fill the void left by Dragon ending its print run, and no longer really feeling like a viable gate into the industry anymore,

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 16

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If you had the executive decision of giving a core race slot to a featured/uncommon race, who would get it? Likewise for moving a currently core race to featured/uncommon.

Or perhaps to simplify: What is your favorite non-core race, and least favorite core race?

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Petty Alchemy wrote:
If you had the executive decision of giving a core race slot to a featured/uncommon race, who would get it? Likewise for moving a currently core race to featured/uncommon.

Who I'd pick for a racial rank downgrades are easy. I'd downgrade half-elves. Don't get me wrong I *like* half elves, but I feel their niche is the least unique of the existing core races (unlike the half-orc, which has an important role no one else gets particularly close to), and they represent the smallest population of people so I'm fine with them being a featured race.

What race I'd upgrade to core is muuuuuch trickier. There are races I feel have strong niches not cuttingly filled (and of the --folk, for example), those that make sense if I want to expand representation on other continents (ifrits, kitsune, oreads, samsaran, wayangs, et al), and those I feel have strong fan bases who would love to see more regular representation (aasimar, drow, and tieflings primarily) - especially since I pressure we'd still make all core races always available in PFS.

I'd actually want to gather opinions and do some more research before making such a call, because I think it has far-reaching implications on what our game is, and what stories it's most likely to support.

But in the end I suspect I'd go with changelings. The niche of "born with a seed of potentially powerful magic... which may also corrupt you" is cool. Changlings can be reasonably placed in they community of nearly any humanoid settlement, which allows them to be easily sprinkled throughout a campaign setting. And they give a "touch of darkness" option that's distinctly different from half-orcs.

And since i only get one if I'd picked tiefling, the aasimar fans would pillory me, and vice versa. :)

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 16

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That's a good answer. I'd definitely expect you to do the market research before actually making such a choice, but the off-the-bat answer makes sense and was what I was after.

Even though it should clearly be Grippli.

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If I had that kind of power, I'd *actually* probably command minions to create a PC race appropriate form of lizardfolk to make a core race.

But that was outside the scope of the question. :)


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Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
If I had that kind of power, I'd *actually* probably command minions to create a PC race appropriate form of lizardfolk to make a core race.

*makes a note for an e-mail*

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You could always upgrade nagaji - not exactly lizardfolk, but the closest we've got.

Despite my long-enduring love of the race, I'd argue against making changelings a core race*. A lot of their mystique, in my opinion, comes from their rarity and obscurity; having "one on every corner" would undermine that.

*Barring a huge setting upheaval, such as making hags a major force in the setting's story.


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In *most* games, having changlings listed as a core race doesn't automatically make the common. That's more a case of what we do with NPCs.

The exception to this, of course, is PFS, where if 1/4 of all player characters are changelings, they don't feel rare. But OTOH, short of allowing them but only via boons of some kind, that happens to any race allowed by PFS, and the boons solution gives only a very limited number of people a chance to enjoy changlings in any capacity.


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Owen KC Stephens wrote:

In *most* games, having changlings listed as a core race doesn't automatically make the common. That's more a case of what we do with NPCs.

The exception to this, of course, is PFS, where if 1/4 of all player characters are changelings, they don't feel rare. But OTOH, short of allowing them but only via boons of some kind, that happens to any race allowed by PFS, and the boons solution gives only a very limited number of people a chance to enjoy changlings in any capacity.

I see we are in the same time zone so I'm guessing that you are also having insomnia tonight. I'm about to go try again to overcome mine. If I'm successful, hopefully I will dream of a Lizardfolk Core Race. ;)

Have a good night.

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Mr. Stephens, I was recently inspired by some of your social media posts on unusual hybrid monsters. So I dug through my knowledge of the Pathfinder monster creation rules, the SRD and a smattering of information on Australian marsupials to create the Awakened Wombat.

What do you think of such a creature?


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Gisher wrote:
Owen KC Stephens wrote:

In *most* games, having changlings listed as a core race doesn't automatically make the common. That's more a case of what we do with NPCs.

The exception to this, of course, is PFS, where if 1/4 of all player characters are changelings, they don't feel rare. But OTOH, short of allowing them but only via boons of some kind, that happens to any race allowed by PFS, and the boons solution gives only a very limited number of people a chance to enjoy changlings in any capacity.

I see we are in the same time zone so I'm guessing that you are also having insomnia tonight. I'm about to go try again to overcome mine. If I'm successful, hopefully I will dream of a Lizardfolk Core Race. ;)

Have a good night.

Thanks!

I am, in fact, a long-time sufferer of insomnia though it is thankfully sporadic. Currently I am also dealing with antibiotics and painkillers and the impact they can have on a normal sleep schedule.


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Dover Pro wrote:

Mr. Stephens, I was recently inspired by some of your social media posts on unusual hybrid monsters. So I dug through my knowledge of the Pathfinder monster creation rules, the SRD and a smattering of information on Australian marsupials to create the Awakened Wombat.

What do you think of such a creature?

Sounds like fun! I could easily see such creatures acting as guides and guardians of natural areas.

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Hi Mr.Stephens,

Dose the shadow subtype eidolon(form blood of shadows page 11) get access to natural attack evolution such as bite,claws,sting and gore?the book didn't mention this but their basic form has bite,tail and claws.

Grand Lodge

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Owen KC Stephens wrote:
Dover Pro wrote:

Mr. Stephens, I was recently inspired by some of your social media posts on unusual hybrid monsters. So I dug through my knowledge of the Pathfinder monster creation rules, the SRD and a smattering of information on Australian marsupials to create the Awakened Wombat.

What do you think of such a creature?
Sounds like fun! I could easily see such creatures acting as guides and guardians of natural areas.

Thank you. :) I like creating fun content for my campaign. I have a follow-up question. Awakened Wombats are based mechanically on Donkey Rats. I am thinking of replacing some Donkey Rat encounters with Awakened Wombats. Would this be fun or would it lead to bad craziness? ;)

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wingermage wrote:

Hi Mr.Stephens,

Dose the shadow subtype eidolon(form blood of shadows page 11) get access to natural attack evolution such as bite,claws,sting and gore?the book didn't mention this but their basic form has bite,tail and claws.

Each shadow eidolon automatically gets access to the attack forms listed with its base form.

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Dover Pro wrote:
I have a follow-up question. Awakened Wombats are based mechanically on Donkey Rats. I am thinking of replacing some Donkey Rat encounters with Awakened Wombats. Would this be fun or would it lead to bad craziness? ;)

Those two options are not mutually exclusive. :D

That said, you know your adventure and your players better than I ever could, so I'd trust your gut on that question.


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Are you one of the best?

The correct answer, by the way, is "Yes." :D

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Tacticslion wrote:
Are you one of the best?

The human in me just says: "Awwwwwww." and scuffs a foot.

The GAME DESIGNER in me wants to know, one of the best What? And how big a percentage of the total is considered "Best"? The best 20? The top 13.25%? Those who are so good they feel willing to pit their worth against anyone in the industry under any circumstances? Those who have won awards?

The Company Man in me says "Of course - I am a Paizonian, and we are ALL the best!"

And then there's the introvert with social anxiety side of me that loudly whispers "Ah... probably not."

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Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
Dover Pro wrote:
I have a follow-up question. Awakened Wombats are based mechanically on Donkey Rats. I am thinking of replacing some Donkey Rat encounters with Awakened Wombats. Would this be fun or would it lead to bad craziness? ;)

Those two options are not mutually exclusive. :D

That said, you know your adventure and your players better than I ever could, so I'd trust your gut on that question.

Thanks. B| I haven't given them any bad craziness encounters yet. I'm still feeling my way with adventure site design. And you are correct. Some of the more interesting encounters for my characters have been the weird ones.

My gut says not to do it, because one of my players, a grognard like me, can get annoyed when I introduce something weird in one of my adventures.

On the other hand, I am planning on spreading the influence of my BBEG, Thelsikar (yeah, *him*, from the Beginner Box) and his activities are like a bad meme. I've described him as barking mad and suffering from massive cognitive dissonance from being a Human cleric of Lamashtu.

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These things are often great in small doses, but can become old if you draw they out too long.

For example, in the Humble Bundle Twitch Livestream Gaming Marathon, Jason, Logan, Amanda and I played up the silly "Goblin Jug Band" angel for our whole game session. It was cute, and silly, and we were hamming it up for the camera as well.

But I don't think we'd have focused on that for a campaign that we played twice a month for two years. It've gotten old.

So if your gut says not to do it, either just don't do it or, if you really want to buck your gut instinct, do it in a way that can be easily fire walled if the players don't like it, or get tired of it.

Game story time.

In the 1990s I ran a heavily-houseruled 2e D&D game. It wasn't unusual for us to play haphazardly (coming up with a story for the character of whoever showed up, regardless of how much sense that made), and to play after a long day of people working, and to play until the sun came up.

In other words, we often played while punchy. Silliness could creep in.

In an example I remember well, I was running a game with just two players and three total characters - a wizard, a cleric, and a a paladin. They got stuck in an area with many small floating islands over a bottomless void, and needed to cross many, many chasms. After they used every spell, plan, and resource they could think of, they were still two chasms short. And we were all tired, And it was 7am, having played allllll night.

So the paladin's player suggested she tie a rope to the cleric, swing him around her head with her 18/00 Strength (for those of you who don't remember percentile Strength scores, that was really good - but not superhuman), throw him 120 feet over both remaining chasms, have him grab onto the far side, and then she and the wizard would jump into the void trailing the rope and climb up to him.

This was clearly a stupid plan. Throwing a fully armed and armored human 120 feet is not a reasonable feat of Strength, even for someone very strong. The world record for a 16 lb. hammer throw is only 284 feet, and that's less than 10% of the weight and a record set by someone trained in using a well-balanced throwing item. I didn't care. I wanted to go to sleep. So did the players. We all agreed this was reasonable, and it worked, and we ended the game session

And then we woke up, and thought about what allowing that bit of Looney Toons logic into the game meant.

When that group was next together, with additional friends, the story got told. A lot. And we all agreed it was sillier than we wanted that campaign to be.

The player who had the wizard suggested that maybe the pocket dimension they'd been escaping had been affecting their minds, and that even the characters knew that wasn't ACTUALLY how the party had escaped. That was just the mass hallucination they had all shared.

This solved everything, and was adopted as campaign canon. The characters all remembered what we had played out, so we could reference it and talk about the rest of that game session before we got too goofy and should have stopped, but within the continuity of the world it was accepted as a hallucination. We decided not to play when that tired anymore, and the players didn't feel like the game had become too silly for their tastes.

I try to keep this in mind whenever I am running a playing a game. Some games ARE that silly, all the time, and that's fine if everyone is having fun. But adding something much sillier than the game's norm into a campaign can make people unhappy, and generally it's worth finding a ay to firewall that event from mainstream game continuity.

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Hi Owen,
I see the first installment of return to Freeport available on Drive Thru and on Green Ronin's own site. Will it be available here in the Paizo store?

Scarab Sages Developer, Starfinder Team

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Aventhar wrote:

Hi Owen,

I see the first installment of return to Freeport available on Drive Thru and on Green Ronin's own site. Will it be available here in the Paizo store?

Most likely yes, eventually.


Crossposted in AMA threads: it's a Paizopaloozaganza!

Owen.

Oooooooowwwwwwweeeeeennnnnnn.

Super-serious series of questions*:

* Nnnnnnope.

If you could have 1d4 ⇒ 2 different super-powers, what would they be and why?
(Assume corollary powers required to make a given power work are part of it; i.e. Since you'd need super tensile strength/durability to, you know, not-die when you made use of your super-strength power, you get them both when you say "super strength" as a singular option.)
Why?

If, instead, you could be a gestalt of 1d2 + 1 ⇒ (1) + 1 = 2 super heroes, who would you gestalt to be yourself? Why? Which comic universe would you run around in? Would you prefer to be in that one, or this one?

On the other hand: BAM! You just gained 3d6 + 2 ⇒ (5, 6, 2) + 2 = 15 levels in a Pathfinder class (or classes)! Which class(es) do you pick, and why? Incidentally, if you could spontaneously switch races, would you? And if so, to which?

Similarly, you won the super-lottery, and gained mythic tiers! 3d3 + 1 ⇒ (2, 2, 3) + 1 = 8 of 'em! (And you gain class levels to match; please feel free to change your previous answer if this does so for some reason.) What path do you take? (Alternate option: substitute a single tier for a simple mythic template.)

Yet another query: you monster. Specifically, you CR: 1d30 ⇒ 30 (or less) monster! Which are you?! ... and would this have been your first choice? If not, which would be?

But the wheels of fate-time have spun again, and your everything has been transposed into that of someone else! You've just become a prepublished NPC from an official source! Which prepublished NPC is it?

What campaign setting do you run around in? Why?

As a final thing: blend any and/or all of the above questions into a single ginormous question: an optional blend of a prepublished NPC, monster, and some superheroes all walk into a bar... and out comes you, as a gestalt of those guys, the race you choose, some extra superpowers, and have extra class levels and mythic tiers on top! What are you?! (Other than "awesome" - naturally.)

Equipment is a non-issue (like adjunct super-powers; what you need to do <X> is assumed). Also note that any significant others can be brought with you.

"Official" and "Pre-published" are loose terms, but general expect something that has a solid publishing company and identifiable map/world/conceits behind it (like WotC for Forgotten Realms, Eberron, Dark Sun, Greyhawk, etc; or Green Ronin for Blue Rose, but not "True20"; or Paizo for Golarion, or the Maelstrom, or the upcoming Starfinder; but not "the Bestiaries" or "the Planes" or things like that - basically things that people can find and nerd out about with you). Similarly, if it has a solid AP out for it, that, too, is acceptable (like Legendary Planet; or any of Paizo's APs). It should probably be a d20 variant, but it can be whatever you like of those many variants (True20, Blue Rose, Paizo, 3.5, 3rd; etc.). That said, if a Homebrew or otherwise "weak" entry just needs to be there due to compelling reasons... okay. Similarly other systems. Let us know why! Computer and video game translations of such (Neverwinter Nights and/or expansions/sequels; PFO; etc) are acceptable as interpretations as well.

Similarly, for comics, it needs to be superheroes that people can reasonsonably be expected to come across - "that one I made up with my cousin as a kid" is an awesome answer, and worth noting and why, but prrrrooooobabaly isn't the best choice, unless it's just so powerful that you've GOT to. In which case: sure, but bring us along for the ride! Related, the super need not come from one of the "big two" in comics, so long as the people and world is both recognizes me and accessible - choosing The Incredibles world is valid (and awesome), as is Spawn (blech); you're not just limited to Marvel or DC. Similarly "standard" powers need not apply - so long as it is clearly communicable, it's fine (even if all the field specifics aren't clear, that's okay - knowing you're powered by our yellow star is fine; you don't need to know this, but it's acceptable if you do).

Finally, presume you have the basics necessary for a happy life. Your spouse, best friend, and so on, can all be considered to "come with you" (should they choose to do so) wherever it is that you go.

Oh, and one more thing: if you lived through a Legend of Zelda (as one of the Links); which would it be, and why?

Thanks! Enjoy!

Scarab Sages Developer, Starfinder Team

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Tacticslion wrote:

If you could have 1d4 different super-powers, what would they be and why?

(Assume corollary powers required to make a given power work are part of it; i.e. Since you'd need super tensile strength/durability to, you know, not-die when you made use of your super-strength power, you get them both when you say "super strength" as a singular option.)

I bounced a die on my desk, and got a 2.

A 2 is tricky. It pushes me to think in broad terms. I think I'll define my superpowers in terms of spells, because that prevents me from just wishing to do everything all the time... though this is close.
So likely I'd take polymorph any object, and heal, both at will. That'll take care of the majority of what I want to do. (And aren;t as risky as wish, which depends on the GM not being unreasonable)

Tacticslion wrote:
If, instead, you could be a gestalt of 1d2+1 super heroes, who would you gestalt to be yourself? Why? Which comic universe would you run around in? Would you prefer to be in that one, or this one?

I got 2 total, which makes this pretty easy.

Doctor Strange, because he has tons of flexibility. And Tony Stark, because he's risk and a genius and I love powered armor.
So, Doctor Iron

Tacticslion wrote:
On the other hand: BAM! You just gained 3d6+2 levels in a Pathfinder class (or classes)! Which class(es) do you pick, and why? Incidentally, if you could spontaneously switch races, would you? And if so, to which?

I got 15 total levels on a random 3d6+2 roll. I'd go cleric. That gives me lots of practical magic options without needing to find spelbooks, which I suspect don't exist in the real work, and I can worship a philosophy so I don't anger any existing religion or violate my own beliefs. Also, a good Fort save, which appeals to me.

Tacticslion wrote:
Similarly, you won the super-lottery, and gained mythic tiers! 3d3+1 of 'em! (And you gain class levels to match; please feel free to change your previous answer if this does so for some reason.) What path do you take? (Alternate option: substitute a single tier for a simple mythic template.)

If got 8 total mythic tiers, which is just a ton. I'd stay a cleric. I'd take hierophant, since it works best with cleric.

Tacticslion wrote:
Yet another query: you monster. Specifically, you [dice=CR]d30 (or less) monster! Which are you?! ... and would this have been your first choice? If not, which would be?

CR 30?. So... doppleganger with enough levels of cleric to be CR 30. Because that way I can perfectly duplicate my own appearance, which makes life easier, but I also sneak in all those cleric levels we were just discussing.

Tacticslion wrote:
But the wheels of fate-time have spun again, and your everything has been transposed into that of someone else! You've just become a prepublished NPC from an official source! Which prepublished NPC is it?

Some doppleganger...

Tacticslion wrote:
What campaign setting do you run around in? Why?

My home-brew Diesel Pulp setting, because I know enough secrets to be rich, comfortable, and help good defeat evil.

(To be continued)


Sweet!

I look forward to more!

Scarab Sages Developer, Starfinder Team

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Tacticslion wrote:
Oh, and one more thing: if you lived through a Legend of Zelda (as one of the Links); which would it be, and why?

Ocinara of Time.

...
Because I eventually finished that one. :)


Awesome answer!

It's kind of a tie for me between Wind Waker and Skyward Sword - I think the others are awesome, buuuuuuuut... in both WW and SS, nobody dies (except bad guys), and I'd rather see my family and friends live happily through all my adventures. Technically, I suppose, that fits most Zelda games, even Twilight Princess (which has one of the most solid story-telling experiences I've enjoyed in a 'Zelda game), but I still think I'd choose WW in the end. Of course, it helps that I'm playing that one with my son right now...

So what's your favorite kind of question?


So! Owen!

I was looking at a free module I happened to have, and noticed an... interesting... name in the "About the Author" section at the end, that of "Owen Kirker Clifford Stephens"... BUWAHAHAHAHAH~!

I FOUND YOU~!

(I actually vaguely have an idea we talked about this at some point in the past, but I can't find the title in my post history, soooo... hahahahahah~! Take that, Stevens~!)

Now: I demand* all of the secrets of the module! ALL OF THEM, I SAY~! >:D

* by which I mean, "I respectfully request"

Also, unrelated, the OWEN BUNDLE IS AWESOME AND I LOVE YOUR WORK~!

EDIT: for clarity, code fixing, and punctuation; I mean, it's almost like I'm in a hurry to shower my children before a tropical storm gets here or something, and I paused long enough to make a post before I forgot for the second week in a row or something; sheesh, me, pull it together, man!


Oh: and how goes Starfinder?

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Since halloween is coming around the corner, is there a good horror movie you'd recommend to base a one off game on?

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Hi Mr.Stephens,
I meet a rule question from Animal Archive which you written.Someone ask this question on Messageboard in 2013,but it looks like still hang in doubt today.
May I ask a favor of you?

http://paizo.com/threads/rzs2tvxg?Will-Mad-Dogs-Ferocious-Fetch-cost-pets-a ction

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Owen, what happened to the >>...<< that are seen in all the other Ask anything threads?


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When are we giving Steve Helt his own thread? All he's doing is sitting at home listening to Liquid Tension Experiment anyway.


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Ched Greyfell wrote:
When are we giving Steve Helt his own thread? All he's doing is sitting at home listening to Liquid Tension Experiment anyway.

Steve Helt!

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ulgulanoth wrote:
Owen, what happened to the >>...<< that are seen in all the other Ask anything threads?

That is entirely my fault. I started this thread and forgot to add them to the title. Can the mods fix that for me?

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Tacticslion wrote:
So what's your favorite kind of question?

One that encourages me to write an answer someone who is just thinking of entering the game industry might find useful.

I remember when i just had one Dragon magazine article published, and a few things turned in that never saw the light of day. I had NO idea how to leap from there to regular freelance, or running my own game company, or getting a staff job, or being a developer or project manager under contract.

There's tons of resources for that kind of thing now, but there was a lot less in the 1990s.

Scarab Sages Developer, Starfinder Team

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Tacticslion wrote:

So! Owen!

I was looking at a free module I happened to have, and noticed an... interesting... name in the "About the Author" section at the end, that of "Owen Kirker Clifford Stephens"... BUWAHAHAHAHAH~!

I neatly dodge this issue by not checking this threat for 10 weeks. :)

:P

Scarab Sages Developer, Starfinder Team

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Tacticslion wrote:
Oh: and how goes Starfinder?

Good!

...

You know how, when you make stew, at first all you have is chunks of raw meat and chopped veggies and it seems like you made a huge mess, and do you REALLY have to tie herbs into a bag to pull out later, and how many people are we serving anyway?
But then a few hours later, even though you're still cleaning up and it's still too soupy and you don't know how it'll all come together, you get that first WHIFF of some awesome hint of the smell of stew?
That's where we are.

...

But it has had me REALLY busy over the past ten weeks...

Scarab Sages Developer, Starfinder Team

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ulgulanoth wrote:
Since halloween is coming around the corner, is there a good horror movie you'd recommend to base a one off game on?

Alien

It Follows

Dawn of the Dead (either)

Evil Dead II

The Keep

Scarab Sages Developer, Starfinder Team

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AtlasYF wrote:

Hi Mr.Stephens,

I meet a rule question from Animal Archive which you written.

I was one of six writers, and not the developer, so I'm actually not in a good position to answer either an "intent" question (I may well not have written that ability, and if I did it was 3-4 years ago) or an "official ruling" question (since those generally come from the rules team).

You could ping the thread asking the question with a FAQ request.

Scarab Sages Developer, Starfinder Team

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ulgulanoth wrote:
Owen, what happened to the >>...<< that are seen in all the other Ask anything threads?

Dunno. :D

Scarab Sages Developer, Starfinder Team

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Ched Greyfell wrote:
When are we giving Steve Helt his own thread? All he's doing is sitting at home listening to Liquid Tension Experiment anyway.

Steve has enough to do without an Ask Me thread.

I think he'll be fine with just the work he creates for himself through the Four Horsemen and Freelance. :)

Scarab Sages Developer, Starfinder Team

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DragoDorn wrote:
ulgulanoth wrote:
Owen, what happened to the >>...<< that are seen in all the other Ask anything threads?
That is entirely my fault. I started this thread and forgot to add them to the title. Can the mods fix that for me?

Probably, but you'd need to let them know you wanted them to.


Tacticslion wrote:
So what's your favorite kind of question?
Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:

One that encourages me to write an answer someone who is just thinking of entering the game industry might find useful.

I remember when i just had one Dragon magazine article published, and a few things turned in that never saw the light of day. I had NO idea how to leap from there to regular freelance, or running my own game company, or getting a staff job, or being a developer or project manager under contract.

There's tons of resources for that kind of thing now, but there was a lot less in the 1990s.

This... is fundamentally awesome. Thank you for being awesome!

Tacticslion wrote:

So! Owen!

I was looking at a free module I happened to have, and noticed an... interesting... name in the "About the Author" section at the end, that of "Owen Kirker Clifford Stephens"... BUWAHAHAHAHAH~!

Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:

I neatly dodge this issue by not checking this threat for 10 weeks. :)

:P

H-hey!

But... but... I kept checking, waiting just for this...

Q.Q

Tacticslion wrote:
Oh: and how goes Starfinder?
Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:

Good!

...

You know how, when you make stew, at first all you have is chunks of raw meat and chopped veggies and it seems like you made a huge mess, and do you REALLY have to tie herbs into a bag to pull out later, and how many people are we serving anyway?
But then a few hours later, even though you're still cleaning up and it's still too soupy and you don't know how it'll all come together, you get that first WHIFF of some awesome hint of the smell of stew?
That's where we are.

...

But it has had me REALLY busy over the past ten weeks...

AWESOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMME~!

(I am very hyped.)

NEW QUESTION:

Do you know The Protmen?

(I highly recommend Act II: Father of Death - I find it excellent.)

I am super daggum hyped about a thing they're doing, even though it's only a portion of what they want to do.

Also, have you ever seen Video Game High School? If so, what was your opinion?

Did you ever watch Farscape? Stargate? Babylon 5? Cowboy Bebop? Outlaw Star? Firefly? Galaxy Express 999 (and/or related works)? The Mote in God's Eye? C. J. Cherryh (Especially Foreigner, The Dreaming Tree, and The Faded Sun)? C. S. Friedman (especially the Braxi/Azea duology, the Coldfire Trilogy, the Magister Trilogy, The Madness Season, This Alien Shore)?

(I'm presuming heavy exposure to Spelljammer, Star Trek, Star Wars, Alien - and/or Predator - and a few other similar films. Let me know if I'm wrong!)

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