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Interview 27 – Mark Kalmes, part 2

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Dan Repperger

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Interview 27 – Mark Kalmes, part 2

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You can find a transcript of this show here (http://subscriptorium.com/753/2samples/1ftb)! * (0:20) John's Bloodmoon Goblins (http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product/109300/Bloodmoon-Goblins-%28PFRPG%29) Pathfinder supplement is now available for sale as a PDF, with print soon to follow. * (2:22) The  ecology and agenda of monsters in Pathfinder Online. * (3:42) The nature of existing (and eventually expanded) "theme park" content as opposed to the "sandbox" content. * (6:08) The reason we need to ask hard questions about this MMO. * (8:06) Does the gaming world really need another fantasy MMO?  The historical context for Pathfinder Online's creation. * (16:29) The cash model for the game.  The points at which it will likely be subscription-based versus "freemium" or completely free-to-play. * (18:02) Given the market climate -- and Paizo's obvious claim to fame -- why not focus the resources into a high-end virtual tabletop instead of an MMO? * (19:26) The graphical enhancements planned between the tech demo and actual game. * (21:15) The purpose of the second Kickstarter, particularly in light of investor funding. * (31:53) How is player feedback going to be gathered and used to alter the game world during the design process?  How is Paizo involved in the game's development? * (35:52) Balancing the influence of project backers when comparing the number of people on one side against the depth of pocketbooks on the other. * (37:27) How Goblinworks is defining the game's "beta" and why there's a subscription attached to it.  Whether there's intended to be any character-resource resets or similar setbacks during the beta. * (45:58) Mark's interest in seeing large-scale combat look more like authentic, Medieval warfare. * (48:45) A round-up of the relevant links.  You can checkout the Pathfinder Online Kickstarter right here (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1675907842/pathfinder-online-a-fantasy-sandbox-mmo).  If you want to visit Mark's blog, that would be here (http://www.kalmes.org/).  And finally, our postcards contest is up for voting over here (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/85QX296). Hosts: Dan, Johann, John, Pat Guests: Mark Kalmes

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