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Penknight
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Posted - 01 Jul 2008 :  03:43:45  Show Profile Send Penknight a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I hope that no one minds my asking this here...


Hello, Mr. Reynolds. I had a question about Anger of Angels and I was hoping you could help me out with it. I was looking over the Dominion Feats and I was surprised that there wasn't an Angel of Mercy feat listed. I was curious as to why, and if there was one, what would the Prerequisites and Benefits be, please? Thank you so much for your time, sir.

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seankreynolds
Forgotten Realms Designer

USA
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Posted - 01 Jul 2008 :  03:47:31  Show Profile  Visit seankreynolds's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Um, I'm a little busy this week finishing a book and packing, and busy next week driving from California to Washington for my new job at Paizo, but if you repost your questions on July 12th (I'm subscribed to this scroll, and hopefully I'll have internet at my new place by the 12th) I'll give it a shot. :)
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sfdragon
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Posted - 01 Jul 2008 :  09:35:08  Show Profile Send sfdragon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
congrats on that job at Paizo, and do tell them that im buying the pathfinder book when it comes out

why is being a wizard like being a drow? both are likely to find a dagger in the back from a rival or one looking to further his own goals, fame and power


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Razz
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Posted - 06 Jul 2008 :  17:47:44  Show Profile Send Razz a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Wizards are the most powerful class in the game, and should be, and so the costs involved make perfect sense and perfect balance, in my opinion.

Besides, why must there always be a blur between a good story and a good game mechanic? I think the idea of wizards pouring time and money into their magic is both traditional fantasy lore and interesting. At the same time it's balancing. To change things around for the sake of a game mechanic starts to badly blur the lines between the game and the story and you end up metagaming the entire world, unfortunately.

I mean, this is a class that has access to do whatever he wants with just the right spell, as 2nd Edition proved and continues to in 3E. Go to a research lab, spend money, research the spell you want whether homebrew or official. Done. I am glad it costs tons of time and money for the Wizard to do what he has to compared to everyone else, otherwise

And you can't weaken the magic, like they did in 4e, or else magic loses both its flavor and power and turns off most people to even bother playing one. Why play the greatest archmage of all when you can only throw one fireball an encounter and can get easily slain by the 15th-level exploit attack of a warrior. Can't even teleport properly or fly, either. Eh?

I mean, after all, that's why 4e was made, where the lines don't even exist anymore. Sadly. (heck, the poor Wizard in 4e isn't even...that awesome anymore...it's like we went from the great Elminster and Gandalf to Harry Potter. Huh!?)
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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 06 Jul 2008 :  22:04:23  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I generally stay out of the classic "Should wizards be all-powerful?" debates, but I've seen it argued (IMO successfully) that it has not consistently been the case in myth or literature that characters without magical powers stand absolutely no chance against a powerful wizard.

By the same token, I don't recall ever reading a story about a low level wizard who spent most of his time shooting a crossbow because the few spells he had were used up.

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Penknight
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Posted - 13 Jul 2008 :  04:53:47  Show Profile Send Penknight a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Penknight

I hope that no one minds my asking this here...


Hello, Mr. Reynolds. I had a question about Anger of Angels and I was hoping you could help me out with it. I was looking over the Dominion Feats and I was surprised that there wasn't an Angel of Mercy feat listed. I was curious as to why, and if there was one, what would the Prerequisites and Benefits be, please? Thank you so much for your time, sir.

Feel kind of odd quoting myself, but I'm reposting as was requested.

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Penknight
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Posted - 26 Jul 2008 :  02:43:36  Show Profile Send Penknight a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by seankreynolds

Um, I'm a little busy this week finishing a book and packing, and busy next week driving from California to Washington for my new job at Paizo, but if you repost your questions on July 12th (I'm subscribed to this scroll, and hopefully I'll have internet at my new place by the 12th) I'll give it a shot. :)

Just hoping that your new job at Paizo is going well for you, sir.

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Skeptic
Master of Realmslore

Canada
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Posted - 01 Aug 2008 :  15:27:39  Show Profile Send Skeptic a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Faraer

quote:
Originally posted by seankreynolds
Furthermore, wanting to "roleplay" rather than "rollplay" doesn't make you a superior gamer, as there is no "evolutionary path" from rollplaying to roleplaying. Thinking that there such an evolution is pure gamer snobbery.
I agree that the idea that you start off playing an 'easy' souped-up boardgame and then move on to 'advanced' roleplaying is nonsense -- roleplaying being something difficult is one of the dafter and more destructive gamer fantasies.


I have big problems with the "rollplaying" vs "roleplaying" thing.

If there is a "shared imagined space", you are playing a RPG, if not you are playing a board game.

Using a fortune (dice rolls) or karma (comparing numbers) resolution system outside of combat is NOT playing a board game.
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Skeptic
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Posted - 01 Aug 2008 :  15:36:09  Show Profile Send Skeptic a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by seankreynolds



{Of the things that exist in the Realms, and can be done in the game, a small minority require any kind of extensive new rules. Don't you think? 3E books are padded with more rules than even a rules-heavy campaign needs, such as the many gratuitous prestige classes that offer nothing that can't be done with multi-classing and feats.}

I'm certain that is the case now. I don't think that was the case in the first two years after the FRCS, where we were coming up with 3e equivalents of 2e abilities and trying to nail down playable versions of magical effects that were never before defined in game terms. But once those were done, yeah, you're going to see a publisher try to find other rules content to make the books game-appealing, otherwise the "game" books are just books of lore. There's nothing wrong with books of lore, but they're not really GAME books any more.



Adding "crunchy" settings elements can certainly be as much useful in actual play than adding "fluffy" lore.

The same reasoning about 4E monsters stats is good IMHO, don't write how goblins fight differently than humans in a short text, give us some mechanics that shows it in play.

However, as character creation in D&D has a lot to do with combat-optimization and less about character developement, it doesn't work so well.

Just in comparison, in some RPG, negative traits (which could be setting specific) cost as much to buy than positive traits because both give to the player a way to get the focus on his character during play.

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seankreynolds
Forgotten Realms Designer

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Posted - 02 Aug 2008 :  05:33:13  Show Profile  Visit seankreynolds's Homepage  Reply with Quote
On the topic of the Angel of Mercy ... yeesh, thinking back 5 years now.

I either

(a) didn't think of it, which is unlikely as there are several named angels in the book listed as "of mercy" (lower case, indicating there isn't a feat for it), or
(b) decided that pacifist-type characters are wonky in a game where killing your enemies is the accepted standard.

If I were to make such a feat I'd start with something like the Angel of Friendship's skill bonuses. For its special ability, every time you deal an opponent enough damage to knock them unconscious or kill them, you may instead place a Lesser Geas upon them (save applies) that they will report to the nearest town for punishment or incarceration for their evil deeds and harm no other until that punishment is served.
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Wulgreth
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Posted - 14 Aug 2008 :  11:31:53  Show Profile  Visit Wulgreth's Homepage Send Wulgreth a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am running the adventure "Pool of Radiance" but am not sure which year it is set. I started my campaign in Flamerule 1974, but in Ches that year Myth Drannor was already taken by the sun elves, hence I have to slip the date a bit back... but how much?
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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 14 Aug 2008 :  19:04:54  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wulgreth

I am running the adventure "Pool of Radiance" but am not sure which year it is set. I started my campaign in Flamerule 1974, but in Ches that year Myth Drannor was already taken by the sun elves, hence I have to slip the date a bit back... but how much?



You mean 1374? *chuckles*

You can always ignore events that don't work for your campaign, such as the retaking of Myth Drannor.

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--Richard Greene (letter to Time)

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Kuje
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Posted - 14 Aug 2008 :  19:19:34  Show Profile Send Kuje a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Since that was released even before the FRCS, I'd place it in 1371/1372. Actually, looking at the date that WOTC has for the novel tie in to that adventure, they say it's 1369.

http://www.wizards.com/forgottenrealms/fr_timeline.asp#KnownChronological

quote:
Originally posted by Wulgreth

I am running the adventure "Pool of Radiance" but am not sure which year it is set. I started my campaign in Flamerule 1974, but in Ches that year Myth Drannor was already taken by the sun elves, hence I have to slip the date a bit back... but how much?


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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 27 Aug 2008 :  02:32:07  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well met!~ I need some sagely advice. If someone has the ability -- through a spell or a magical device -- to detect auras (specifically alignment) can they see the aura of an individual who is the subject of an ordinary third-level invisibility? I.e., do they see an aura which has no visible reason for existence and from which they can infer the existence of someone or something able to cast the aura?




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seankreynolds
Forgotten Realms Designer

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Posted - 27 Aug 2008 :  04:10:05  Show Profile  Visit seankreynolds's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yes, but it's basically taking them three rounds to discern this, as per the Detect Evil spell (presence/absence, number, and finally location ... the third round tells you what square).
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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 27 Aug 2008 :  15:00:26  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Those darned, cunning PCs!


<grumble> Thank you, Sean.





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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 27 Aug 2008 :  18:26:00  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sean, I have another question for you which you are probably the best one to answer since you have gone to Paizo:

In REAL D&D, what is the current list of spells which may be made Permanent? Given the number of spells added in recent years, I hope that the list has been expanded since 2003!





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Ashe Ravenheart
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Posted - 27 Aug 2008 :  18:37:46  Show Profile Send Ashe Ravenheart a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Here's the 3.5 SRD for the Permanency spell.

I actually DO know everything. I just have a very poor index of my knowledge.

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seankreynolds
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Posted - 28 Aug 2008 :  03:24:12  Show Profile  Visit seankreynolds's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yeah, I'm not really the best person to answer that anymore, mainly as (1) I haven't worked for Wizards in 5 years and I don't know if they've updated the official list, and (2) Paizo hasn't had a license to produce official D&D stuff in about a year now, so....
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Purple Dragon Knight
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Posted - 28 Aug 2008 :  05:42:08  Show Profile Send Purple Dragon Knight a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm not Sean, but I've DMed the whole spectrum, from 1st level to mid-20s, and I'd say the SRD permanency list is the official one. Anything that came later (Spell Compendium, etc.) had spells designed within their own individual framework, and unless the spell description states you can make it permanent (I don't recall seeing any such Spell Compendium spell), then they are not.
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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 28 Aug 2008 :  06:29:34  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The SRD list, alas, is precisely the same information which was published five years ago, and which ought to have been greatly expanded, given the considerable number of twenty-five to forty-dollar rulebooks (all with new spells) published since 2003. If the Permanency list has never been updated beyond what's available for free on the Internet, I will be disappointed, to say the least. But that, also alas, is something which I have come to expect in the past five years: disappointment. Curiously, five years ago was when Sean left. Is it a coincidence that the game has run steadily downhill since then? *sigh*

I think I'll ask on the Mongoose boards. They've published a large number of OGL spells since 2000. If they don't have an updated list, it may indeed be that spell designers have just included information on making permanent any spell which they thought has merited permanency. That there have been few, if any, such spells says a lot about how unnecessary most of them have been. In my opinion.




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seankreynolds
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Posted - 28 Aug 2008 :  08:30:53  Show Profile  Visit seankreynolds's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Didn't we add a few in Magic of Faerūn?
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sfdragon
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Posted - 28 Aug 2008 :  08:39:12  Show Profile Send sfdragon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
hey i have a question for you Mr. Reynolds.
can you see about removing the LA and ECL from the pathfinder races?

why is being a wizard like being a drow? both are likely to find a dagger in the back from a rival or one looking to further his own goals, fame and power


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Ashe Ravenheart
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Posted - 28 Aug 2008 :  14:44:03  Show Profile Send Ashe Ravenheart a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Indeed, the SRD Permanency is official, but SRD was never updated for other sourcebooks, because it's supposed to be the basic rules and such of the game. New spells published in other books did indeed say if they could be made permanent or not, but there's no list of those spells published. You basically have to go on a spell by spell basis.

I actually DO know everything. I just have a very poor index of my knowledge.

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seankreynolds
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Posted - 28 Aug 2008 :  17:39:06  Show Profile  Visit seankreynolds's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I'll have to read up on what Pathfinder is doing for LA/ECL races. Right now the main focus is on the PH stuff. :)
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Rolindin
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Posted - 19 Nov 2008 :  09:28:06  Show Profile  Visit Rolindin's Homepage Send Rolindin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
If you don't mind did you work on the node's in the Champion of Ruin fr book?

And if you did, was there other node feats, and spells left out?
If therer was could you share them with the rest of us?
Lay lines, was they though about when the node's parts were done.

To me the node's and lay lines are connected in many ways.
Such as you would find nodes along lay lines, and maybe even lay lines being some kind of connection between nodes.
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seankreynolds
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Posted - 19 Nov 2008 :  15:33:36  Show Profile  Visit seankreynolds's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I had nothing to do with Champions of Ruin, sorry!
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Purple Dragon Knight
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Posted - 20 Nov 2008 :  01:43:14  Show Profile Send Purple Dragon Knight a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by seankreynolds

I had nothing to do with Champions of Ruin, sorry!

LOL!
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Joran Nobleheart
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Posted - 14 Jul 2010 :  07:46:12  Show Profile  Visit Joran Nobleheart's Homepage Send Joran Nobleheart a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello! I was just wondering if Anger of Angels would get a conversion to Pathfinder. I really like the book and how it's presented, and would gladly get another copy if so. Thank you for your time and all your hard work!

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seankreynolds
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Posted - 14 Jul 2010 :  07:57:14  Show Profile  Visit seankreynolds's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I don't have plans to do a complete PFRPG conversion, though I plan to update some elements of it in an adventure I'm working on that uses angels a lot.
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