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Maro's Alchemy Tracking Sheet

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Alchemist's Cheat Sheet
Alchemy Tracking Sheet

I'm playing an alchemist in Josh Frost's Tuesday night game. Though I've played many caster characters in my day, including some with item creation feats, the alchemist class is very reliant on consumable items—the mutagens, bombs, extracts, potions, and alchemical items it creates. Inspired by Crystal Frasier's use of our GameMastery Item Cards for her character's scrolls, I started to assemble a collection of potion and alchemical cards for my character, Maro. However, given the number of formulas he knows, plus three mutagens, bombs, and the many alchemical items already in the game (plus more to come with Adventurer's Armory later this month), I ended up with more than 20 cards, and given that on any round I might be using any of them, sorting through them wasn't as efficient as I'd like. So I built a one-page alchemist tracking sheet.

Using a combination of item card art, public domain art, things I drew myself, and some manipulation with a graphics program, I now have a sheet that shows Maro's three mutagens, his bombs, bottles for his known extracts, and bottles for 12 of the most common alchemical items he may make, buy, or carry. Now when he prepares a Dexterity mutagen (which he calls his "snake potion"), I draw one box by the green mutagen bottle, and mark it off when he drinks it. Each day, I draw a box by his bomb bottle for each of his daily uses and mark them off as he throws them. Boxes go by the alchemical items he has and are likewise marked off. The last section is extracts and potions, which serves a dual purpose as he can create an extract or potion from any formula he knows. If he makes a potion, I draw a box by it and write "P" in it so I remember it's a potion (usable by anyone in the party); if he makes an extract that day, I draw a box with an "E" in it so I know only he can use it.

This tracking sheet also makes it easy if the other PCs need to grab a potion while Maro is unconscious; presumably he's explained which potions are which or labeled them, and any ally trying to find a cure wounds potion on his unconscious body can immediately tell what to look for and if he has any available. It also prevents the ally from trying to drink his extracts (which don't work for anyone but him).

The tracking sheet I use actually has the names of Maro's mutagens ("bear potion," "gorilla potion," and "snake potion") and formulas (cure light wounds, disguise self, enlarge person, expeditious retreat, jump, shield, and true strike) on it. I thought as a generic tool for any alchemist the sheet is more useful without those names so you can customize the list for your alchemist (or potion-brewer) PC, so the version here has blank spaces in those areas. If you want to type your potion names onto the tracking sheet instead of writing them by hand, the font I used is "The Alchemist" by S. John Ross's Cumberland Fontworks (see page 2 of that link). He has some really cool fonts on his site (and some other gaming stuff). The fonts are free for noncommercial use, and he gave permission for Paizo to use the font in this blog post. Thanks, S.J.R.!

Sean K Reynolds
Developer, Pathfinder Chronicles

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How big a geek am I that I get excited by a table of item cards put together?

How big a geek are you that you are in the same boat?

;)

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I have a player I suspect is going to be mad scientist-excited over this and Adventurer's Armory now.

Scarab Sages

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

This right here is a Perfect example on why PDFs of the Item Cards would be very useful for Subscribers!

RPG Superstar 2009, Contributor

This an awesome game accessory for the alchemist class. Pretty much a must-have for any obsessive-compulsive equipment-tracking player out there.

Not that I'd know anyone like that...

I'm just sayin'...

Sovereign Court

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I would love to see an Alchemist flavored Gamemastery Item Card set!!!

Potions, vials, syringes, bombs, torches, kits, herbs, spell components, minerals, bottles, pots, cauldrons, and whatever surprises may be in the Adventurer's Armory - that is way more than 52 cards of useful goodness!


Dragnmoon wrote:
This right here is a Perfect example on why PDFs of the Item Cards would be very useful for Subscribers!

+1

I'm starting to go towards using Fantasy Grounds, and that would be incredibly helpful.


WARNING!

Using Strength Mutagen, Bloodblock, and Potion of Lesser Restauration together will kill you.

Sovereign Court

What great idea!

Sovereign Court

DitheringFool wrote:

I would love to see an Alchemist flavored Gamemastery Item Card set!!!

Potions, vials, syringes, bombs, torches, kits, herbs, spell components, minerals, bottles, pots, cauldrons, and whatever surprises may be in the Adventurer's Armory - that is way more than 52 cards of useful goodness!

+1!

Sovereign Court

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KaeYoss wrote:

WARNING!

Using Strength Mutagen, Bloodblock, and Potion of Lesser Restauration together will kill you.

I thought that was only if the symptoms persist for more than 4 hours.


If you experience a Strength boost that last longer than 10 hours, please consult your physician immediately.

Side effects of a Dexterity boost may include nausea, vomiting, high blood pressure, difficulty urinating, drowsiness, restless leg syndrome, rage, venomous biting, cancer, and death.

Use of a Constitution boost may pose a threat to Alchemists because the analogue may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs (such as nitroglycerin) and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. Alchemists with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates.


Joshua J. Frost wrote:

If you experience a Strength boost that last longer than 10 hours, please consult your physician immediately.

Side effects of a Dexterity boost may include nausea, vomiting, high blood pressure, difficulty urinating, drowsiness, restless leg syndrome, rage, venomous biting, cancer, and death.

Use of a Constitution boost may pose a threat to Alchemists because the analogue may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs (such as nitroglycerin) and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. Alchemists with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates.

You sir win this thread!

Contributor

Dragnmoon wrote:
This right here is a Perfect example on why PDFs of the Item Cards would be very useful for Subscribers!

Actually, PDFs of the cards would still include the backgrounds on the cards, so a PDF would put you in the same boat as scanning the cards (minus the effort of scanning, of course)--you'd have to edit out the backgrounds to make something like Maro's sheet.


Lilith wrote:
You sir win this thread!

*bow*

Sovereign Court

Joshua J. Frost wrote:
venomous biting,

Does MY bite become venomous, or do venomous things bite me?

RPG Superstar 2009, Contributor

Joshua J. Frost wrote:
Lilith wrote:
You sir win this thread!
*bow*

Sharpening that wit for the PaizoCon banquet, I see... :-D


cappadocius wrote:
Joshua J. Frost wrote:
venomous biting,
Does MY bite become venomous, or do venomous things bite me?

Answer unclear, ask again later.


NSpicer wrote:
Joshua J. Frost wrote:
Lilith wrote:
You sir win this thread!
*bow*
Sharpening that wit for the PaizoCon banquet, I see... :-D

Always sharpened. Always.


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On a not-serious note, how fast does an alchemist's body process all that liquid? With all the potions, extracts, and mutagens he chugs, you'd figure the guy has to take a pee break like every fifteen minutes.

Sovereign Court

Generic Villain wrote:
On a not-serious note, how fast does an alchemist's body process all that liquid? With all the potions, extracts, and mutagens he chugs, you'd figure the guy has to take a pee break like every fifteen minutes.

Where do you think an Alchemist's Catalyst Vials come from???

--Vrocky Horror Picture Show

Sovereign Court

Generic Villain wrote:
On a not-serious note, how fast does an alchemist's body process all that liquid? With all the potions, extracts, and mutagens he chugs, you'd figure the guy has to take a pee break like every fifteen minutes.

See the second row? That's not really antitoxin...


I'm surprised there hasn't been any commentary on the names of at least some of the new alchemical items from the APG.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Zurai wrote:
I'm surprised there hasn't been any commentary on the names of at least some of the new alchemical items from the APG.

Actually, I believe those "new items" are actually already out, in "Adventurer's Armory."

The Exchange

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James Jacobs wrote:
Zurai wrote:
I'm surprised there hasn't been any commentary on the names of at least some of the new alchemical items from the APG.
Actually, I believe those "new items" are actually already out, in "Adventurer's Armory."

You are such a tease. We're still waiting for this to drop into our download lists, any day now.


James Jacobs wrote:
Zurai wrote:
I'm surprised there hasn't been any commentary on the names of at least some of the new alchemical items from the APG.
Actually, I believe those "new items" are actually already out, in "Adventurer's Armory."

I wasn't even aware the Armory was anywhere close to shipping, let alone already out. Still, even if the source is wrong (AA not APG), I'm surprised there havn't been any comments on the new items.


Sean K Reynolds wrote:
Dragnmoon wrote:
This right here is a Perfect example on why PDFs of the Item Cards would be very useful for Subscribers!
Actually, PDFs of the cards would still include the backgrounds on the cards, so a PDF would put you in the same boat as scanning the cards (minus the effort of scanning, of course)--you'd have to edit out the backgrounds to make something like Maro's sheet.

I'd be OK with that.

Liberty's Edge

This tracking sheet is very cool!!! I'd like to have something for my Dwarven Barbarian Melga that is in this same campaign but in all honesty it wouldn't say much more than Rage and Heavy Pick. LOL!!! :o) MELLLL GAAAAAAAAAA!!!!

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Lilith wrote:
Joshua J. Frost wrote:

If you experience a Strength boost that last longer than 10 hours, please consult your physician immediately.

Side effects of a Dexterity boost may include nausea, vomiting, high blood pressure, difficulty urinating, drowsiness, restless leg syndrome, rage, venomous biting, cancer, and death.

Use of a Constitution boost may pose a threat to Alchemists because the analogue may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs (such as nitroglycerin) and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. Alchemists with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates.

You sir win this thread!

+1 Pure Win.


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Hay i know this is an old blog and no one is looking at it anymore but I was wondering if there could be an up date with all the cool new Alchemy items out there now

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The smitter wrote:
Hay i know this is an old blog and no one is looking at it anymore but I was wondering if there could be an up date with all the cool new Alchemy items out there now

+1

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