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What is he attacking us for? As far as I can tell we didn't insult him or anything, and we said we didn't care if he roughed up the guy. Doesn't make sense to me. Are we not allowed to avoid the fight without upfront paying him off? (wouldn't surprise me. That seems to be the most common style of issue I have with paizo aventures) Or are they just that completely unreasonable that they wouldn't even bluster a bunch of trash talk first?

In any case, I have an announcement for days, like during this last week, when I need to make a general announcement, such as being unable to post or something.

http://paizo.com/threads/rzs2ukd5?TheAlicornSages-Announcements#6


He's attacking you because someone failed a diplomacy check to improve his attitude by a factor which caused him to go from unfriendly to hostile.


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Right, mechanics getting in the way again. Definitely need better diplomacy mechanics. It's on my list to fix if anyone has suggestions.

Grand Lodge

Male Half-Elf Unchained Rogue 1 | HP9/9 | AC15 T12 F13 CMD12 | F+1 R+4 W+1 | Spd 20'/30' | Perc+12+ | Init+4

Oops. Been camping with the Boy Scouts. Got the sunburned face to show for it, too.

Will post Carrel's take here shortly. I'm thinking it will start with something like "Being discrete means that we learned nothing, but we could talk about some unrelated bits and pieces."


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What would Yumiki know of docking certificates, not that I expect a lot, but hopefully she knows it is? since I actually have no clue. Domething to be found in the harbormaster's office I assume?


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Given what the gm said, only the Soveigrn court party members know of that at the moment.


Yeah, it's a sovereign court side-quest. Much like the money from earlier. Yumiki would know that it's a certificate, and if pressed Lady Darchana could give her a brief description.

Grand Lodge

Male Half-Elf Unchained Rogue 1 | HP9/9 | AC15 T12 F13 CMD12 | F+1 R+4 W+1 | Spd 20'/30' | Perc+12+ | Init+4

Hello?

Sovereign Court

AC/F/T/C: 13/10/13/13 HP: 6/6 ## Rez 3/3 (max 4) SPD: 1: 5/5

I'm here. Not sure about anyone else.

Strange, I could've sworn I replied just before Saya's post and was waiting on Mivvy or the gm. Mivvy hasn't said anything at all when asked to stay for a moment despite being a soveirgn court character though.

Sovereign Court

Female Human, Taldane Myvanwie Jadrine Keostela Hetherington Swashbuckler 1 | HP 11 / 11 | AC 18/14/14 | F+1 R+6 W+1 | Init+4 | Perception+4 |

Sorry, I’ve lost track of what’s going on in this game.

I’m not sure who’s who or what we’re supposed to be doing. Finding the source of the sensor?

Anyone want to give a summary, maybe with a cast list? Otherwise I need to find time to re-read the whole adventure before I can make a post that isn’t gobbledegook.


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We are investigating to find out who sent and/or arranged the sensor. Thus we are looking at the At Sea as that is where the slave came from.

Sovereign Court

Female Human, Taldane Myvanwie Jadrine Keostela Hetherington Swashbuckler 1 | HP 11 / 11 | AC 18/14/14 | F+1 R+6 W+1 | Init+4 | Perception+4 |

Okay, so Darchana is the woman who bought the slave? Or the other one? Weren’t there two nobles?

Sovereign Court

AC/F/T/C: 13/10/13/13 HP: 6/6 ## Rez 3/3 (max 4) SPD: 1: 5/5

It was Darchana's party, the slave was owned, though recently purchased, by Silviana Dimora.

Dimora's majordomo informed us where the slave was purchased, which was the guy we saved.

He had got the slave from the At Sea.

Sovereign Court

Female Human, Taldane Myvanwie Jadrine Keostela Hetherington Swashbuckler 1 | HP 11 / 11 | AC 18/14/14 | F+1 R+6 W+1 | Init+4 | Perception+4 |

So, the slave was used to spy on Darchana, the other noble was just a dupe?

Sovereign Court

AC/F/T/C: 13/10/13/13 HP: 6/6 ## Rez 3/3 (max 4) SPD: 1: 5/5

That would be the assumption everyone seems to be making, including the npcs. My experience with pfs, limited as it is, implies that most likely the assumption is true simply cause the writers so far tend to treat this as a minitures combat game with story as mere dressing, but they might throw in the assumption being wrong as a twist, but even if theh did, following along the tracks is probably the only intended way for players to make it through.

Sovereign Court

Female Human, Taldane Myvanwie Jadrine Keostela Hetherington Swashbuckler 1 | HP 11 / 11 | AC 18/14/14 | F+1 R+6 W+1 | Init+4 | Perception+4 |

I would also guess that the 4-hr time-frame keeps things simple.

My experience is that combat creates a level of tension which RP cannot and diplomacy rolls are too simple for complex situations.

I recently had to raise a girl after killing her (evil) father.

All kinds of RP swirled through my head but a 38 diplomacy check did the job...


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That is why I invested so much time on my Foil system. It can be used for any type of conflict and is easy to apply RP to the result, of course, it isn't as purely mechanical as combat tends to be, but that isn't a bad thing in my mind.

Grand Lodge

Male Half-Elf Unchained Rogue 1 | HP9/9 | AC15 T12 F13 CMD12 | F+1 R+4 W+1 | Spd 20'/30' | Perc+12+ | Init+4

For social interactions, I much prefer the older (not the new version) of L5R. The rolls aren't so different, really, but the ground which can be covered tends to be smaller, so that it takes more successful rolls to get the desired end result.

But judges can let it degrade to the same single roll triumph environment.

I try to always return to the idea that the mechanics are supposed to SUPPORT the story.

Sovereign Court

Female Human, Taldane Myvanwie Jadrine Keostela Hetherington Swashbuckler 1 | HP 11 / 11 | AC 18/14/14 | F+1 R+6 W+1 | Init+4 | Perception+4 |

I like to use circumstance bonuses a lot more in social situations.

The challenge is to reward player ideas rather than just the good actors at the table.

The Exchange

Male Human Oracle 1 | HP 8/8 | AC 16, T 13, FF 13 | F +0, R +3, W +2 | CMB -2, CMD 6 | Spd 30' | Perc +5 | Init -2 | PFS # 88575-11
Resources:
  • Spell Slots Available: Oracle: 1st: 4/4
  • Wand of cure light wounds: 46 charges
  • Wand of cause fear: 12 charges
  • Crossbow bolts: 15

My apologies for the absence. I rather unexpectedly spent the days surrounding Thanksgiving camping.

Sovereign Court

AC/F/T/C: 13/10/13/13 HP: 6/6 ## Rez 3/3 (max 4) SPD: 1: 5/5

Why are we searching? Is there something wrong with my deception plan?


Searching is the mechanic of finding the other document.

Sovereign Court

AC/F/T/C: 13/10/13/13 HP: 6/6 ## Rez 3/3 (max 4) SPD: 1: 5/5

I asked an npc for it. If the module assumes that a PC will never ever use any tactic to get an npc to aquire said item, such as charm, diplomance, or to just trick an npc into revealing those documents, then that is very poor design on the module writer's part and you should compensate.

If you don't feel comfortable with compensating for the scenerio author's failings, then we are not going to have a very game together, since I primarily use non-stereotypical tactics.

I honestly would consider a charm spell here to be a standard tactic (likely the preferred method for any bard or sorcerer) and it should have been considered as a basic tactic in the scenerio design.

This marks another occasion of paizo authors assuming the players are straightforward and evil and incapable of anything beyond charging straight into combat or cat-burglery. I grow ever more concerned that paizo just can't do anything more better than that.


My inclination is to run the scenario as written. I'm sorry that you have these problems with the written material, and my preference to stick to it. While I understand your opinion, and appreciate your role playing, these are the adventures I am running and I am running them as close to as written as I can manage.

Sovereign Court

AC/F/T/C: 13/10/13/13 HP: 6/6 ## Rez 3/3 (max 4) SPD: 1: 5/5

I'll finish this module then, for the credit and to give you time to find someone else, but I think I'll be on my way after that. I'm not here to play a video game via text. For me, the entire point of pnp games is the lack of computer-like bounderies.

Grand Lodge

Male Half-Elf Unchained Rogue 1 | HP9/9 | AC15 T12 F13 CMD12 | F+1 R+4 W+1 | Spd 20'/30' | Perc+12+ | Init+4

I'm guessing they aren't going to ask for help at this point. I could be wrong.


Okay. If nothing by morning, I'll continue.


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Carrel Firth wrote:
I'm guessing they aren't going to ask for help at this point. I could be wrong.

I wasn't going to ask for help, but your question made me go "Ask for help? Who is needing to ask for help?" So I looked back at the thread and realized I had completely missed Carrel's question.

Hope we weren't waiting around for something like that though. Good way to kill a game over nothing.

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