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Bob
NightmareSr
Are there other channels like that, named different but are the same channel?

On the Inherent/Passive issue, I should also mention that it's not 100% clear whether they should ultimately be just one channel or get split in two. I've found documentation suggesting both possibilities, though the things I've found most recently suggest they actually should be two separate channels. That's one of the things I need to look at closely when I finally do a full review of the system.

The larger problem is that most of the passive feats (defensive, reactive, feature, armor) aren't actually checking the spreadsheet to decide which channel they go to. Instead, they all just get sent to the Passive channel. The exceptions are the upgrade feats, which do check the spreadsheet to see whether they should go in the Upgrade or Racial channels. What that means is that feats saying they go in Upgrade or Racial will go where they say they do, and everything else will go in the Passive channel.

This is basically the result of these spreadsheets getting ahead of implementation, with the goal of letting players plan for the day channels got fully implemented. Unfortunately, that day is taking a lot longer to arrive than we'd originally thought.
Bob
The Passive and Inherent channels are treated as the same channel, which is obviously confusing. We plan to revisit the whole channel system to sort out a few issues along these lines, but I'm not sure when we'll be able to schedule that work.
Bob
The Emerald Aristocrats are eying another hex! Here's the current status for all hexes still running the sequence:

  • Corbenik 5-5: Currently on escalation 28 (Over the Crown) at 0 strength.
  • Middenheim 4-5-5: Currently on escalation 27 (Gathering of Legends) at 98800 strength.
  • Veggr Tor 2-3: Currently on escalation 26 (The Revenge of Nhur Athemon) at 100000 strength.
  • Staalgard 4-4: Currently on escalation 26 (The Revenge of Nhur Athemon) at 100000 strength.
  • Talonguard 4-5-5: Currently on escalation 25 (Elite Dark Elves) at 59705 strength.
  • Unassigned (Phaeros 4-4-5): Currently on escalation 24 (Elite Duergar Slavers) at 8148 strength.
  • Sylva 2-3: Currently on escalation 21 (The Wrath of Nhur Athemon) at 16500 strength.
  • Hope's End 4-5: Currently on escalation 21 (The Wrath of Nhur Athemon) at 50000 strength.
  • Unassigned (Sylva 4-4): Currently on escalation 20 (Ustalav Invaders) at 7279.75 strength.
  • Canis Castrum 4-4: Currently on escalation 19 (Elemental Rift) at 35800 strength.
  • Unassigned (Marketstead 3-3-3): Currently on escalation 18 (Undying Ogg) at 0 strength.
  • Greystone Keep 3-3: Currently on escalation 18 (Undying Ogg) at 5100 strength.
  • Phaeros 3-4: Currently on escalation 17 (Mordant Spire) at 4849.25 strength.
  • Unassigned (Fort Ouroboros 6-6): Currently on escalation 17 (Mordant Spire) at 15877.5 strength.
  • Unassigned (Fort Ouroboros 3-3-3-4): Currently on escalation 17 (Mordant Spire) at 19231.5 strength.
  • Unassigned (Fort Ouroboros 2-3): Currently on escalation 17 (Mordant Spire) at 20580 strength.
  • Succinct Prime 3-3-4: Currently on escalation 17 (Mordant Spire) at 22320 strength.
  • Sunholm 5-5-6: Currently on escalation 16 (Duergar Slavers) at 0 strength.
  • Unassigned (Staalgard 1-6-6): Currently on escalation 16 (Duergar Slavers) at 14250 strength.
  • Unassigned (Brighthaven 1-2): Currently on escalation 16 (Duergar Slavers) at 14350 strength.
Bob
NightmareSr
Bob
… with discounts for purchasing the credits in bulk (6 for the price of 5, 12 for the price of 9).
Is this how the current pricing has been intended?
Just curious if the new bulk pricing is going to be the same, because the current isn't exactly 6 months for price of 5, or 12 months for price of 9.

No, the previous pricing was based on being $2 less per month ($12.95) when buying 6 months and $3 less per month ($11.95) when buying 12 months. The new pricing offers slightly better discounts in terms of percentages, and has much simpler messaging: X for the price of Y, or buy Y get Z free.
Bob
This is turning out to be more difficult to fix than we'd hoped and we need to focus on getting EE 18 out the door. We'll return to it when we can. Until then, please don't upgrade to Catalina if you want to play on your Mac.
Bob
You are a Troll
So players will have to learn how to play the game by scrolling through the Public Spreadsheet???

Though imperfect, the game does have tutorials that explain the gameplay basics, help text for the bulk of the game screens and systems, and the existing player guides are mostly accurate despite their age. I generally wouldn't point new players toward the public spreadsheets until they've gotten a feel for playing the game and are ready to start making more advanced plans, at which point it's harder to glean all that info from the game's UI.

The public spreadsheets themselves are a bit of a compromise, providing data that many games don't initially make easily accessible to players outside the in-game UI, at least not until they can devote some time to implementing a nice API for accessing it. The spreadsheets aren't the prettiest presentation of the data, but they're relatively easy to publish and keep updated, and we provide them so players don't have to scrape all that info off the in-game UI and make their own spreadsheets by hand.
Bob
You are a Troll
However, how about some info on how GW/Paizo plans on getting some actual people willing to play the game long enough to even have the remote thought of actually wanting to drop more cash than the sub fee to buy xp? If Open Enrollment is looming, whats the marketing plan?

We don't have any specific marketing plans to announce at the moment. Our focus right now is on getting the build out.
Bob
NightmareSr
With EE 18 officially ending Early Enrollment, is there any updates to documentation planned also?
I haven't looked recently but the player guide was out of date last time I checked. Just worried about any new players getting discouraged by the learning curve that exists today.

That's high on our list of things to work on, but we're unlikely to get to it for a little while. Though we're going to stop referring to the game as being in Early Enrollment, we're still going to be clear that there's ongoing development and lots of things that could use more polish.
Bob
With Nhur Athemon defeated in the hex assigned to Fort Ouroboros, there are now only 20 hexes left running the sequence:

  • Corbenik 5-5: Currently on escalation 27 (Gathering of Legends) at 79685.5 strength.
  • Veggr Tor 2-3: Currently on escalation 25 (Elite Dark Elves) at 0 strength.
  • Staalgard 4-4: Currently on escalation 25 (Elite Dark Elves) at 9184 strength.
  • Talonguard 4-5-5: Currently on escalation 24 (Elite Duergar Slavers) at 0 strength.
  • Unassigned (Phaeros 4-4-5): Currently on escalation 24 (Elite Duergar Slavers) at 26273 strength.
  • Middenheim 4-5-5: Currently on escalation 22 (Dark Elves) at 2500 strength.
  • Sylva 2-3: Currently on escalation 21 (The Wrath of Nhur Athemon) at 20000 strength.
  • Hope's End 4-5: Currently on escalation 21 (The Wrath of Nhur Athemon) at 50000 strength.
  • Unassigned (Sylva 4-4): Currently on escalation 20 (Ustalav Invaders) at 23000 strength.
  • Canis Castrum 4-4: Currently on escalation 18 (Undying Ogg) at 0 strength.
  • Unassigned (Marketstead 3-3-3): Currently on escalation 18 (Undying Ogg) at 0 strength.
  • Greystone Keep 3-3: Currently on escalation 18 (Undying Ogg) at 13800 strength.
  • Phaeros 3-4: Currently on escalation 17 (Mordant Spire) at 13549.25 strength.
  • Unassigned (Fort Ouroboros 6-6): Currently on escalation 17 (Mordant Spire) at 24577.5 strength.
  • Unassigned (Fort Ouroboros 3-3-3-4): Currently on escalation 17 (Mordant Spire) at 27931.5 strength.
  • Unassigned (Fort Ouroboros 2-3): Currently on escalation 17 (Mordant Spire) at 29280 strength.
  • Sunholm 5-5-6: Currently on escalation 16 (Duergar Slavers) at 2876 strength.
  • Succinct Prime 3-3-4: Currently on escalation 16 (Duergar Slavers) at 3413.5 strength.
  • Unassigned (Staalgard 1-6-6): Currently on escalation 16 (Duergar Slavers) at 21500 strength.
  • Unassigned (Brighthaven 1-2): Currently on escalation 16 (Duergar Slavers) at 21600 strength.
Bob
Though we don't have any specific ideas ready to discuss for purchasing XP (and won't until we're closer to implementing it), Pay to Win concerns have been a big part of all the discussions, and always will be.