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A Vision of Brute Squad (Inactive)

Game Master ThorGN

A Vision of Betrayal PFS PBP, Level 1


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Stats: GMed 8 PFS PBPs; Played 18 PFS PBPs

The Plan

I have invited you here in order to form a group of players that can role play together through several PFS PBP games. My hope is that the character you bring to the group will be with us for a long time. Implied in joining is a commitment to stick with us for a while and not play your character elsewhere. I also expect players to be able to post at least once a day, preferably a couple of times a day, baring extenuating circumstances. If these two qualifications or the details that follow make it so you do not wish to join this group for the long haul then please tell me so. There will be no hard feelings; honestly there are more players that would be interested in this than I can take, so if you are not interested, someone else will be.

I started this post so everyone can get acquainted. We need to wait to start until myself and a character I have invited here are done with the current PBP we are in. Hopefully not too long, but probably at least a week out. Am I jumping the gun on this? Yes, totally. I’m just excited! I think we have the potential for a really good group here.

I plan to start by running Part 3 of the First Steps Sequence. Take note, this is not three scenarios, only one, the third one. It’s a quick and dirty scenario and I am running it to cater to one of the characters I have invited here. After that I will run 3 scenarios in the 1-2 Tier. Then I will look to run some scenarios in the 3-4 Tier. This is important: After I run 4 scenarios I want all characters to be at 6 XP. This will allow us to move on to a higher tier together. As you may notice, 4 does not equal 6 (honest, I was a math major). That means you will need to get 2 XP for your character from somewhere else over the next six months. There are a few ways to do this.
a) Join the group with a character that already has 2 XP to his name, then you will be right on track.
b) At some point in between scenarios play or GM with your local PFS group to gain the XP needed to get you on track.
c) Join the group with a level 1 character and switch to a level 2 character you already have when the party catches up to you.

I already own several scenarios that I can run for you all, but I am also open to suggestions. If there is something you are interested in, speak up!
Character themes are a little difficult to bring out in PFS play because of the modular feel of the scenarios. Largely it will be your responsibility to bring out important character motivations, goals, and traits. However, if you let me know what your RP goals are, I can attempt to tailor some NPC interactions to play off your character.

Mechanical Particulars

I am a Plot focused GM. I will allow time to role play, after all that’s why we are here, but I will also not hold up the story waiting for you to say something. For better or worse, I don’t like waiting. On the good side it means you should not be waiting long for the next thing to happen, on the bad side it means that if you don’t speak up quickly the opportunity to do something may pass you by. If you think I am moving faster than you can react, then please raise your virtual hand and let me know.

As part of the effort to keep things moving, I will roll initiative, group skill checks, and saves when appropriate for everyone. This will get us past the die rolling and on to the action quicker.

For combat, I will be using Google Docs. I think everyone should be able to see them when I post them. Having a browser that allows you to edit these docs is a plus, but not necessary. You will see what I mean when we get into it.

I will need your PFS number and an email to send your Chronicle sheets. PM me as soon as you are able with those things.

Remember that you can’t play this character elsewhere! (Except in between scenarios to get that extra 2 XP mentioned above.)

Please post any questions here. I don’t claim to be perfect. I promise to listen to any disagreements on rules. Please post respectfully and respect my ruling as GM. I’m here to provide an enjoyable game. I will assume everyone is familiar with the standard formatting of a PBP game, so please ask if you are confused about something. If there is anything in the above info dump that you are unclear on or have an issue with, please bring it up before we get started.

Use this discussion thread for talking about general strategy, telling jokes, and anything else tangentially related to the game. Please only post in the gameplay thread as your character.

Assuming you have taken the time to read all this, introduce yourself. I think currently we have a Barbarian, a Bard, a Monk, a Paladin, a Ranger, and an undecided.

Scarab Sages

HP 9/9, Init +6, AC: 13, T: 12, FF: 10, F: +2, R: +3, W: +2 Perception +1 <Dark Vision>, CMD: 12 , Male Tiefling Witch 1

I'm here! Still undecided because it looks like we need a caster to better round the party. Unfortunately casting is my weak suit because I never get to play them enough to understand their mechanics. I'm the kind of person who learns by doing.

Currently caster-wise this witch is all I have created.


Stats: GMed 8 PFS PBPs; Played 18 PFS PBPs

I’m a big fan of playing Combat Clerics. If you want to see what I mean, take a look at Belegorn’s character sheet in my profile. Not everyone likes Clerics though.

Ultimately, you should play something you will enjoy; a character that will come alive for you. It would be nice to have another caster, but if you won’t like it, then I would rather you play something else that you look foreward to. Now I feel a little bad about telling you to play a caster. I’ve seen people make characters to fill a void in the party matrix and then find out they can’t stand it several sessions down the road. Don’t do that. Your choice of character won’t make or break the party. (Probably)

Grand Lodge

female Elf (Taegrejee na'Maauteran) monk 1 - DECEASED

dot for participation and enthusiasm :)


Stats: GMed 8 PFS PBPs; Played 18 PFS PBPs

If everyone could format their Gender line like Aesantiel has her’s, that would be a big help to me.

Silver Crusade

Male (hp 20/20 : AC 18 (T 11, FF 17) : CMD 16 : F +8 , R +4 , W +7 : Init +1 : Perc +3) Teifling (Pitborn) Paladin (Sacred Shield) 2

Do you have an idea of what scenarios will be run after A Vision of Betrayal?

Silver Crusade

HP 11/11, Init +4, AC: 19, T: 14, FF: 15, F: +2, R: +6, W: +2 Perception +4, CMD: 14 , Female Human Bard (Arcane Duelist) 1

Do you mind how I set up my stats? BTW, I would definitely consider this character a caster bard. After our first session she'll be the CLW bot/bardic song. Lingering performance + Saving Finale =Awesome. This is most likely the best party for her since we have so many get up in your grill characters.


Stats: GMed 8 PFS PBPs; Played 18 PFS PBPs

Well, I expect you all will have a lot of input on that. Here are some scenarios I already own. I can also pick up new scenarios.

Owned Tier 1-2 Scenarios:
Frostfur Captives
Temple of Empyreal Enlightenment

Owned Tier 3-4 Scenarios:
Sewer Dragons of Absalom
City of Strangers, Parts 1 & 2

If you have something you want to play, post it and we will see if everyone is good for it.

@Kassandra, No, as long as it's easy to read.

Silver Crusade

Male (hp 20/20 : AC 18 (T 11, FF 17) : CMD 16 : F +8 , R +4 , W +7 : Init +1 : Perc +3) Teifling (Pitborn) Paladin (Sacred Shield) 2

Okay, I know we're still a good way out from that point, but I'll just note that I've played all of those, with the exception of the City of Strangers series. When the time gets closer, I'll make some suggestions for other tier 1-2 scenarios.

Silver Crusade

HP 11/11, Init +4, AC: 19, T: 14, FF: 15, F: +2, R: +6, W: +2 Perception +4, CMD: 14 , Female Human Bard (Arcane Duelist) 1

I came late to the game (PFS that is) so anything that is not season 3 or 4...

That being said here are some ones I would like to play any of the following.

0-08 Slave Pits of Absalom 1-5
0-13 The Prince of Augustana 1-5
2-11 The Penumbral Accords 1-5
1-47 The Darkest Vengeance 1-5
0-14 The Many Fortunes of Grandmaster Torch 1-7
1-51 CoS 1: The Shadow Gambit 1-7
1-52 CoS 2: The Twofold Demise 1-7
2-23 SLS 1: At Shadow's Door 1-7
2-24 SLS 2: Web of Corruption1-7

Grand Lodge

female Elf (Taegrejee na'Maauteran) monk 1 - DECEASED

I'm a PFS noob, so no strong preference on scenarios.

In terms of party roles, Aesantiel is primarily close combat, growing towards strong acrobatics and grappling.

Mid term trajectory is for Aesantiel to be a backup know-bot. She'll be taking some dips into bard/archaeologist, with emphasis on divination and non-combat spells (cause she'll be busy doing other things in combat).
@Kassandra, I don't think that'll bigfoot your schtick too badly will it?

Silver Crusade

HP 11/11, Init +4, AC: 19, T: 14, FF: 15, F: +2, R: +6, W: +2 Perception +4, CMD: 14 , Female Human Bard (Arcane Duelist) 1

Not at all. Your archaeologist's luck bonus stacks with my bardic performance.

Sovereign Court

Fem (HP 19/19 | AC 16 | T 12 | FF 14 | CMD 15 | F +3 | R +4 | W +2 | Init +2 | Per +7) 1/2E Bar(Urban) 1, Brd(Dervish Dancer) 1

Thank you for the invitation to the group.

I think to meet the XP plan I'll have to find a local game with the right timing, and I'm not sure of being able to make that work.

I will try.

Noa is an unoptimized smart nimble barbarian, and I don't really know where she's going next. 6 levels of Barb to get the spell-sundering thing her bio hints at? Only maybe. If she were riding with you all, I'd welcome whatever advice you'd have.

There's another Noa of mine in a RotRL that seems it might fail; if that runs foul of your guidelines re: character, I'll leave without a fuss. You might favor Gristav with an interview, then.

I'd say I'll build to suit, but that puts me further behind in XP.


Stats: GMed 8 PFS PBPs; Played 18 PFS PBPs

No, that's fine. I like Noa so far.

You know, with your Gypsy-like background I could totally see you going Rage Prophet.


Stats: GMed 8 PFS PBPs; Played 18 PFS PBPs

If the extra XP becomes a real problem for multiple players, then we can work something out.

Sovereign Court

Fem (HP 19/19 | AC 16 | T 12 | FF 14 | CMD 15 | F +3 | R +4 | W +2 | Init +2 | Per +7) 1/2E Bar(Urban) 1, Brd(Dervish Dancer) 1

I'll take a look at Rage Prophet. I mean, as an eventuality.

(a minute later)

That's pretty ragey. Noa's not ragey. She gets scary calm. (Urban Barbarian) I'm not even sure she'd have the right features to make it legal.

Dawnflower Dervish, now... :) Or basically anything with the word 'dance' in the title.

Grand Lodge

(HP 22/22 | AC 18 | T 12 | FF 16 | CMD 17 | F +5 | R +5 | W +2 | Init +2 | Per +6) Male Human (Ijo) Ranger 2

"Hello! I am here. I will help you."

Dasiji is a friendly Mwangi fisherman of Desperation Bay who became a Sargavan Guard, and then joined the Pathfinders. He's aimed at becoming a ranged character; but at these low levels, he's plenty effective as a 2h melee character too. Loads of fun to play with Quick Draw.

I need to do some bookkeeping with the last couple of scenarios, and I have tomorrow off work, so no prob. I will also look at formatting the alias line. After First Steps Part III, the sky's the limit; I haven't played any of them, so whatever works for everyone else.


Stats: GMed 8 PFS PBPs; Played 18 PFS PBPs

Looks like City of Strangers is on the docket then. It can be run at the 1-2 level, but I thought it would be more fun at the 3-4 level. I should probably get around to reading it...

Scarab Sages

HP 9/9, Init +6, AC: 13, T: 12, FF: 10, F: +2, R: +3, W: +2 Perception +1 <Dark Vision>, CMD: 12 , Male Tiefling Witch 1
GM Brute Squad wrote:
I’ve seen people make characters to fill a void in the party matrix and then find out they can’t stand it several sessions down the road. Don’t do that.

I'm not saying I wouldn't enjoy playing a caster. I am saying I would more than likely be bad at it. I would probably enjoy playing a cleric though. It's more complicated than I'm used to but I could give it a try and more support couldn't hurt.

I'll get back to you on pc development.


Stats: GMed 8 PFS PBPs; Played 18 PFS PBPs

I actually think Clerics are way easier than Witches or Wizards, but more complicated than your standard melee character if that is what you are used to. Let me know if you want some ideas on mechanical choices and whatnot.


Stats: GMed 8 PFS PBPs; Played 18 PFS PBPs

Kassandra, I’m interested in seeing what you mean by a Caster Bard, and having 4 characters that will benefit heavily from Inspire Courage should be a lot of fun.

Ian, we have 3 characters that can run a Wand of CLW already. I want to put your mind at ease if you don’t end up playing a Cleric.


I didn't actually get the character bookkeeping done yesterday, but soon! In the meantime, here's a thread from a couple months ago where I got bored and tried to list all of the story arcs linking PFS scenarios.


Stats: GMed 8 PFS PBPs; Played 18 PFS PBPs

Not a problem. The PBP Noa and I are in is not going as fast as I would like.

Silver Crusade

HP 11/11, Init +4, AC: 19, T: 14, FF: 15, F: +2, R: +6, W: +2 Perception +4, CMD: 14 , Female Human Bard (Arcane Duelist) 1

Aren't you in Flame citadel with me?

Sovereign Court

Fem (HP 19/19 | AC 16 | T 12 | FF 14 | CMD 15 | F +3 | R +4 | W +2 | Init +2 | Per +7) 1/2E Bar(Urban) 1, Brd(Dervish Dancer) 1

Everything seems to be slowing down in all my games here. Seasonal Affective Disorder?


Stats: GMed 8 PFS PBPs; Played 18 PFS PBPs

Yes I am, but Noa as a character is playing with me in Voice in the Void. That one needs to end so she can play here. Since you are using a different character it does not matter when Citadel ends.

Sovereign Court

Fem (HP 19/19 | AC 16 | T 12 | FF 14 | CMD 15 | F +3 | R +4 | W +2 | Init +2 | Per +7) 1/2E Bar(Urban) 1, Brd(Dervish Dancer) 1

Are there any very fast (by reputation) sources of XP? Maybe we could grind through 2 pts of those with a new toon. Could that be faster than waiting for Noa's current GM? My toon Gristav looks to be one fight away from his first chronicle sheet, as well, so maybe Gris is a faster option.


Stats: GMed 8 PFS PBPs; Played 18 PFS PBPs

Nothing that will take less time than the other session will, even at it's slow pacing. You could start a new toon, or sit out of this one with Noa and join on the next one, but you already stated that getting an extra XP from you local group will be a little tricky for you. I'm trying not to make you do it twice.


Stats: GMed 8 PFS PBPs; Played 18 PFS PBPs

Another note on Scenarios, I would prefer not to need to convert Season 0 to Pathfinder.

Kass, you have run everything in seasons 3-4, or just all of the Level 1-5 scenarios?

Grand Lodge

female Elf (Taegrejee na'Maauteran) monk 1 - DECEASED

Hey all - please pardon the spam, but I've got another group that's down one GM. Any help to take the recruitment call viral would be greatly appreciated!

utopia27 wrote:

We have a great group of 6 players assembled (and started off) for a Rise of the Runelords (Anniversary Edition) game.

We had a GM, but he has disappeared on us. We believe this is a medical issue - and we all understand (though we're a bit worried). It's been 2 months now since our old GM last posted on the boards anywhere, and as a group we've decided to either draft a new GM, or give up the ghost.

This is a good group - great characters, good interaction, good pace.

If you've considered running an RoR game, please take this as an opportunity to have a proven group, with lists and logistics and whatnot already set up.

Here is the original game campaign group, the gameplay thread, and also FYI there was significant RP in the initial recruitment thread.

Please post any response or discussion in the recruiting thread


Stats: GMed 8 PFS PBPs; Played 18 PFS PBPs

No way man, your character's avatar is the same as my GMing one. It would be super confusing.
;)

Grand Lodge

female Elf (Taegrejee na'Maauteran) monk 1 - DECEASED

Didn't actually want to poach active GMs from active games - I was thinking more to distract a player or two, and seduce them to the GM'ing dark side (we have cookies (TM)). But if you've got any other groups where you might suspect budding GM interest, I'd appreciate a re-Tweet :)

And... the avatar is far too appealing not to see a lot of use.

Silver Crusade

HP 11/11, Init +4, AC: 19, T: 14, FF: 15, F: +2, R: +6, W: +2 Perception +4, CMD: 14 , Female Human Bard (Arcane Duelist) 1

Yes, except for the Quest for perfection series.


Stats: GMed 8 PFS PBPs; Played 18 PFS PBPs

I would be up for running those if everyone is able to play them.

Grand Lodge

female Elf (Taegrejee na'Maauteran) monk 1 - DECEASED

I've only got Tier 1 characters - was that the implication?


Stats: GMed 8 PFS PBPs; Played 18 PFS PBPs

Yes, they are Level 1-5 scenarios. I was asking if anyone else has played those scenarios yet.

Silver Crusade

Male (hp 20/20 : AC 18 (T 11, FF 17) : CMD 16 : F +8 , R +4 , W +7 : Init +1 : Perc +3) Teifling (Pitborn) Paladin (Sacred Shield) 2

I've played through the entire Quest for Perfection series.


Stats: GMed 8 PFS PBPs; Played 18 PFS PBPs

So Baru, what can you play?

Silver Crusade

Male (hp 20/20 : AC 18 (T 11, FF 17) : CMD 16 : F +8 , R +4 , W +7 : Init +1 : Perc +3) Teifling (Pitborn) Paladin (Sacred Shield) 2

There are several season 0 scenarios, although I know you weren't interested in running those. Looks like the City of Strangers and The Devil We Know scenarios from season 1. It seems that I've played through all of the low-level scenarios in Season 2. Pretty much anything after #3-18 in season 3 with the exception of Temple of Empyreal Enlightenment which I'm currently playing in with Noamuth. With the exception of In Shadow's Wrath, season 4 is wide open, although that's likely to change as I'm heading out to Carnage for a weekend of gaming in early November. Hope that helps.


Male Human Merchant 15

Should be ready with the cleric in another day or so. Been real busy outside of work lately so I haven't had much time to focus.


Stats: GMed 8 PFS PBPs; Played 18 PFS PBPs

Kass have you played the Devil We Know series?

Silver Crusade

HP 11/11, Init +4, AC: 19, T: 14, FF: 15, F: +2, R: +6, W: +2 Perception +4, CMD: 14 , Female Human Bard (Arcane Duelist) 1

I have played DWK Part 2....I would be up for playing the rest of them. I can still play with the group I just wont earn credit for it, which is fine.


Stats: GMed 8 PFS PBPs; Played 18 PFS PBPs

Ok, looks like the Devil we Know and City of Strangers are in the docket. Anyone want to voice an opinion on which one to do first?

Also, since we are going with 1-7 scenarios at level 3, I will downgrade the XP thing from a need-to-have to a nice-to-have. You can always play up in the 3-4 tier if you are still level 2.


Male Human Merchant 15

City of Strangers sounds promising! I should have a Dwarf Cleric of Torag ready by tonight.


Stats: GMed 8 PFS PBPs; Played 18 PFS PBPs

Nice!

I was hoping the other PBP would be done by the end of this week, but I’m not holding my breath. If it’s not done by Monday or Tuesday I will probably start the RP at the beginning of the session anyway and the other PBP ‘should’ be done by the time we hit combat.

Silver Crusade

HP 11/11, Init +4, AC: 19, T: 14, FF: 15, F: +2, R: +6, W: +2 Perception +4, CMD: 14 , Female Human Bard (Arcane Duelist) 1

Yeah I would be up for City of Strangers first...Since DWK Part 1, is a beast....

Grand Lodge

Char Sheet HP 12/12, Init +1, AC: 20, T: 12, FF: 17, F: +5, R: +1, W: +5 Perception +4 <Darkvision 60ft.>, CMD: 13 , Male Dwarf Cleric 1 XP: 2

OK Let me know if this fits the bill.


Stats: GMed 8 PFS PBPs; Played 18 PFS PBPs

Hey, he looks just like you!

Anyway, at first glance you have a 19 point build, so add a point somewhere. You have two feats, did you mean to take Reactionary instead of Improved Initiative?
Do you own Ultimate Combat? If so there are some better armor options in there than Scale Mail.

Grand Lodge

Char Sheet HP 12/12, Init +1, AC: 20, T: 12, FF: 17, F: +5, R: +1, W: +5 Perception +4 <Darkvision 60ft.>, CMD: 13 , Male Dwarf Cleric 1 XP: 2

Wait... I have two feats? What's the other one? I meant to take improved initiative and wrote the wrong definition for it.

Added a point to Dex.

What armor are you suggesting? I only have a bit of money to start right? 150gp? I can make Four Mirror Armor fit my budget.

How important is backstory going to be for you? Because I don't have one.


Stats: GMed 8 PFS PBPs; Played 18 PFS PBPs

You Have Steel Soul written in the Trait section, but it's a Feat.

I'm not asking for an official backstory, but you should have a good enough idea of where your character comes from to be able to role play the character. He needs to be able to come alive for you.

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