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The Pact Stone Pyramid (Inactive)

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A Pathfinder Module, converted from 3.5 to the Pathfinder system, with a party of level 7.


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Ooooo.

There are sexy new PBP features. Thanks Paizo.

Might take a spell before I've got them figured out.


Unexpected house guests this weekend - things are delayed, but will be back on track soon.


Male Half-orc Barbarian (Invulnerable Rager) 4 / Sorcerer 1/Dragon Disciple 3

Sorry about the radio silence, busy at work combined with prep for second round of a job interview. Will post IC soon.


Hurgah the Reaver wrote:
Sorry about the radio silence, busy at work combined with prep for second round of a job interview. Will post IC soon.

Best wishes with that interview!

Things should be quiet for Hurgah for a bit anyways. Just don't get too comfy on that beach.


RAWRRRRRRaaarrrrrARRRRRRRRRRR!!!!*

*("Hit me with your best shot")


Pact Stone GM wrote:


Best wishes with that interview!

Second that!


Phrip wrote:
Pact Stone GM wrote:


Best wishes with that interview!
Second that!

And Thirded!


Male Human Cleric/8
Max Hellspont wrote:
Phrip wrote:
Pact Stone GM wrote:


Best wishes with that interview!
Second that!
And Thirded!

Fourthing seems a little redundant, but here it is anyway.


M
Donkor Sooron wrote:
Max Hellspont wrote:
Phrip wrote:
Pact Stone GM wrote:


Best wishes with that interview!
Second that!
And Thirded!
Fourthing seems a little redundant, but here it is anyway.

...Fifthted?


Male Human Writer 2/Dreamer 7

Well, seeing as I just got done with the THIRD interview, all help and good karma is greatly appreciated.

We are down to two applicants, both fully qualified for the position, and it is now just a matter of who has the best chemistry with the top managers.


Male Human Writer 2/Dreamer 7

...and the chemistry was good, it seems. I'm hired. Now, who's gonna point me towards a monster to munch on?


Wooo-Hooo! Congratulations!


Congrats!


JaceDK wrote:
...and the chemistry was good, it seems. I'm hired. Now, who's gonna point me towards a monster to munch on?

Awesome! And with any luck, we will have some poo covered hydra for you to kill soon enough,though Moon will insist on thoroughly cleaning it before any dining commences.


Just an early heads up, I will be away starting this Thursday till the Monday after. I doubt I will have access to the internet so feel free to DMPC me Beetle.


Dennis Harry wrote:
Just an early heads up, I will be away starting this Thursday till the Monday after. I doubt I will have access to the internet so feel free to DMPC me Beetle.

Will do Dennis - hope it's a holiday!


Indeed it is a nice trip to Barbados with the wife. If I don't get a chance to act before I leave I am leaning towards casting Sanctuary on myself. If deca starts dealing out damage though I would look to channel energy as some of us are injured.


Happy Thanksgiving! (for the Canucks. . .)

Happy Columbus Day! (for the Yanks. . .)

Happy weekend for the Euros?

-Beetle


One of the Above to you too, Beetle.


With Deca-Jaw’s return, I’m afraid we’re potentially leaving things on a bit of cliff hanger. I’m going to be away for the next week and a half and I don’t expect to have access to a computer. I should be posting this Saturday and Sunday morning and then my computer will be boxed away. Hopefully there will be sufficient interest in the game to survive such a lull.

I am keen to get a map to clarify positioning. I see a scenario where Hurgah, Karek and Hal potentially beat each other out for the few remaining charge lanes and I can’t imagine how I can describe that without a diagram to share. But I am also painfully aware my scanner is now away in an unmarked box somewhere not to reappear for at least a couple weeks. We’ll soldier on, I hope.


Oooooo, a time-out – you guys got lucky there.


It's worse than I thought, I gotta pack away my stuff now already.

Man! I'll be left in suspense. Will Deca-Jaws achieve his life long ambition of eating an adventuring party? It's something that's been on his bucket list so long, it was even a desire back when they used to call him Lil'Penta-Petey!

Be well guys,

Feel free to discuss combat strategy and even (as a hypothetical of course) your post-Deca plans. I'd use the time.

See ya in a bit,

--The Beetle, signing-off.


See ya in a couple,Beetle. We've been whackin' away at this game since March, so I'm sure a time will not kill it. Might give Jace the break he needed so he won't have to drop out, also. I plan on skinning that beast for at least a part or two to be incorporated into Breach's gear. Yet another epic tale for Gandel to convert add to the Song of Breach.LOL.


Male Human Writer 2/Dreamer 7

Don't worry. As long as I can get away with making posts like "Hurgah grunts at the antics of the dwarf team." and "Hurgah eats the nasty 10-headed Hydra" and otherwise just copy/pasting my full attack rolls, I'm sticking around. :-)


JaceDK wrote:
Don't worry. As long as I can get away with making posts like "Hurgah grunts at the antics of the dwarf team." and "Hurgah eats the nasty 10-headed Hydra" and otherwise just copy/pasting my full attack rolls, I'm sticking around. :-)

Ahhhh, and here Moon was hoping for some more bonding discussions and witty repartee with the mysteriously deep Hurgah. You know, to develop that dynamic duo / odd couple thing.


Oh man this is a crazy cliffhanger for the next two weeks!


Male Half-orc Barbarian (Invulnerable Rager) 4 / Sorcerer 1/Dragon Disciple 3

Fortunately for me, I have plenty of cliffhangers in my other PbP's to keep me occupied.


This pause has been God send. Army has me on 19 hour shifts right now.


Oh Nos!

I didn't even notice, but it looks like post 2,000 in the game-play was nabbed by me. And not a very sexy post either.

Maybe Deca-Jaws should enjoy the hero points, or Thalia?


Pact Stone GM wrote:


Oh Nos!

I didn't even notice, but it looks like post 2,000 in the game-play was nabbed by me. And not a very sexy post either.

Maybe Deca-Jaws should enjoy the hero points, or Thalia?

Dune Squad Triumphant

A Pox upon Witch Thalia
Bite Me Deca-jaws


Phrip wrote:

Dune Squad Triumphant

A Pox upon Witch Thalia
Bite Me Deca-jaws

I very much intend to - but only after I'm done snacking on your party's sorcerer.


Phrip wrote:


Dune Squad Triumphant
A Pox upon Witch Thalia
Bite Me Deca-jaws

P.S. Funky Haiku!


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Pact Stone GM wrote:


Oh Nos!

I didn't even notice, but it looks like post 2,000 in the game-play was nabbed by me. And not a very sexy post either.

Maybe Deca-Jaws should enjoy the hero points, or Thalia?

Better idea. Let's give the 2 hero points to Gandel for Max's Google map.


Male Dwarf Barbarian (Breaker) 8

I wholeheartedly agree with both condolences to Dennis and Hero Points for Gandel. Sorry for my silence, but not too sorry. I've been a little preoccupied this week myself, getting engaged.


Karek Kogan wrote:
I wholeheartedly agree with both condolences to Dennis and Hero Points for Gandel. Sorry for my silence, but not too sorry. I've been a little preoccupied this week myself, getting engaged.

Congrats! Many happy preoccupations to come!


Well said Phrip! Congrats Flamethrower!

(P.S. Does your partner know about your bearded heritage and that you have rage issues?)


Congrats on the engagement my 3 year anniversary is today.

Thanks for your well wishes everyone.


Congrats on all your relationship milestones dammit.

Hmmm, If Flamethrower sets a date and we manage to keep this game going, this PBP will have witnessed the demise of two bachelors.


XP Update

In addition to the defeat of the legendary Deca Jaws, I’ve tabulated XP for the exploration (and lootin’) of A’Viss and the race to the Tumen Oasis. As well there was XP for the “Behind Enemy lines” saga in which the deadly duo staged an escape from the dig site and survived a night while being hunted.

I’ve accelerated things rather liberally, but all in all I’ve cobbled together 40,250 XP which I am dividing 7 ways. That gets everyone 5,750 more XP. By coincidence, I’m tracking everyone at 40,250 from the prior award. When I add the 5,750 share, each PC now has 46,000 XP. For those of you goal-oriented types, the magic number you are looking for to level-up is 51,000 (medium-advancement track).

So congrats on that – you are just past 2/3rds of the way to level 8.


Male Dwarf Barbarian (Breaker) 8

Nuts. A friend of mine played this module. He said they got to level nine right after defeating DecaJaws.

We must be playing this out of order or something.


Male Halfling Bard (Archivist) 6 / Pathfinder Delver 2

Well you know, players never go through modules the way the writers planned.

Plus we missed all that XP by leaving A'Viss instead of staying to defeat the aboleth army.

Oh, and congratulations to Flamethrower/Karek on you engagement and to Dennis/Hal for your anniversary!


Before you guys carve through Jason’s possessions any further, I better step in and make sure we have a discussion – I should have done so earlier – my bad.

Are we going to have a replacement player? If we get one and we redistribute Jason’s stuff we fall into what I believe they call Alexander’s paradigm. Imagine if a PC is killed off every encounter and a replacement PC is added, but the deceased PC’s treasure is redistributed each time. In just a few encounters the PCs strength level bears no relation to their level or the wealth-by-level tables. In theory, it should be semi-self-correcting as if the encounters are too easy, nobody will die any further, at least until the PCs level appropriately. But in long-running campaigns and PBP’s players can just vanish, regardless of the threat level, and it would take a huge amount of time before it corrects.

In my view, there’s two fixes:

1. Jason’s stuff was devoured by Deca-Jaws and not recoverable (save for the wand of endure elements since that ships already sailed on me.)

2. The Dune Squad goes ahead and re-divides up his stuff, but we close the door on recruitment. Sure the treasure increases your power level, but I still treat you as a party of 9 for the purpose of generating encounters. (8 if you vote out Thalia, but you’re not that short-sighted are you?)

So how do folks feel about the recruitment issue? Ideally we could open the door to a lurker, if we have one who is still following the threads – that would be cool. I could recruit another old gaming buddy of mine. If I can get the guy I’m thinking of he’d be pretty dam entertaining, but I don’t know if he plays PBP. Maybe one of you has someone you would like to vouch for. I am also cool if people like it as it is now, we’ve got a good group. I could also re-post to the recruitment thread and see who’s interested.

As an aside – I sure hope we haven’t lost Bilbo! You out there buddy?


Karek Kogan wrote:

Nuts. A friend of mine played this module. He said they got to level nine right after defeating DecaJaws.

We must be playing this out of order or something.

I don't think so. I spoke to your friend and it sounds like his group did everything the exact same way: go to gold tent, plane shift to elemental plane, liberal use of the crap sack, eating the still-beating heart of a hydra.

The only difference I was able to tease out was the party turned on their Bunky to extend their water breathing duration - maybe they discovered he's a secret cache of mass XP?


Male Dwarf Barbarian (Breaker) 8

It's certainly not out of order to say that Jason's stuff was largely destroyed. I thought about asking something to that effect, but it came out as "OOH GIMME TREASURE."

I personally don't feel as though we need another player. Seven PCs is enough. More PCs can slow things down even more as we wait for people to chime in or take their turns. I'm not massively opposed to it or anything, so if there's somebody who's just itching to join this insane crew, let them at it. The only requirement is that they are insane.


Pact Stone GM wrote:


So how do folks feel about the recruitment issue?

It didn't even occur to me about recruiting another player. I certainly think the group we have is fantastic, but I am not averse to adding another chap (or chapette)...unless, of course, they turn out to be another traitor. Still sore about that!....in a good way, mind you. If not for Thalia the traitor, we never would have had Behind Enemy Lines, plane shifting, and a craptastic battle of epic proportions. I'm all for more entertaining zingers, or the bland feeling of actually making progress. I'm good for any and all directions you take us.


Karek Kogan wrote:
I'm not massively opposed to it or anything, so if there's somebody who's just itching to join this insane crew, let them at it. The only requirement is that they are insane.

Hey now! "Insane" is a legal term. I much prefer the term "crazy", which is definitely a requirement for joining the Dune Squad.


Male Dwarf Barbarian (Breaker) 8

Also, Karek moves that you at least let him retrieve his full plate and large quantity of alcohol before you unceremoniously destroy Jason's Handy Haversack.


Male Human Cleric/8

I would be for recruiting another player. I think the game moved along at a pretty nice pace even when we had the full 9 we started with. And the green meanie is not averse to GM PCing when he needs to, and his good at it.

Some new blood wouldn't hurt, and I'm always excited to see the way the beetle plays with things. A new addition could move the plot forward in bizarre and unpredictable ways.

I think it's a good idea, and if we've lost Bilbo I think it's a great idea.


Male Dwarf Barbarian (Breaker) 8

Here is a potential sending that shifts the blame off Donkor.

"Spoke with Exemplar, betrayed by Thalia. Shifted to Water Plane. Totally not Donkor's doing. On track now. Defeated Decajaws. Jason deceased. Bunky a little shaken."

I think that hits all the important points.

Sound off.


Male Dwarf Barbarian (Breaker) 8

This is the sending Karek would send if he had the capability to send a sending. Which of course he doesn't, because magic only leads to trouble. But Krenshaw would want to know.

"Vire da guy who reccomended Dalia, and anybody who dalked wid'er. She is Cancer. Dond hear her lies. Donkor loose cannon. Jason dead. Rebenge!

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