Wolfgang Baur (the_monkey_king) wrote,
Wolfgang Baur

Oroboro and Paizo

Last night I went to a friendly local game store, the recently-moved Oroboro games of Bellevue, WA, to take part in a discussion of the Pathfinder books with Erik Mona, James Jacobs, and Wesley Schneider. It was reasonably well-attended, and a nice wide-ranging discussion of Paizo's plans, adventures, style, and goals.

I enjoyed just hanging out with fellow gamers; I spend so much time on message boards and in online communities that sometimes I forget how good it is to see people face-to-face, and hear the excitement of a new gamer or the clever questions from a long-time player. Or getting compliments on one's scarf as well as one's writing. I gotta remember to actually get out to the shops more often and say "Hi". My hermit tendencies are great for writing, but lousy for the social life.

Plus, hey, spoilers galore about Golarion and the setting. I got to see the cover for the Pathfinder Gazetteer, heard more about the planned uses of the Harrow deck I playtested last weekend, and saw art for the second adventure path, "Curse of the Crimson Throne."

The Paizo dropped hints about what the second set of icons will include), what they think of gnomes and dwarves, and even an Ecology article that won't hit until the spring but that already has my mouth watering. I won't reveal it here, after that whole Titivillus/Princes of Hell thing. Seems only fair to let the Paizo gang reveal it on their site, if they want. But yeah, they have plenty of great stuff coming up.

What else? Oh, talked a little about how people are playing the current "Rise of the Runelords" adventures (many tales of its success at the game tables, no surprise). The inevitable "Will 4E suck or rule?" discussion cropped up without any answers. I was as pleased as anyone to hear some Pathfinder #5 and 6 spoilers (Plateau of Leng! Yes!).

Oh, and I had a little talk about Kobold Quarterly with the owner, Steve. Turns out he's eager to carry the magazine, a sentiment which warms the cockles of my publisher heart. And I'm not sure exactly when I polymorphed from a designer into a publisher, but clearly it happened sometime in the last 6 months. Gotta post about that sometime; it's obvious in retrospect, but still came as a surprise to me.

It was nice to get a social night out; it used to be a weekly event for me, but now it's more like once every few months at best. I think I'll be going back to Oroboro on a lunch break sometime soon.
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