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Ok folks it is that time. After 3+ years it is time to step down as Venture Captain for Arizona. I am not leaving PFS, but I am getting married later this year and some health issues have helped push this decision. Also I wanted to make sure Arizona was better off now than when I took it over. We have grown our player and GM base quite a bit, I am truly proud of what has been accomplished under my watch. With that I hand the reigns to Tom Martin, one of my esteemed Lieutenants, to take over a Captain. He guys keep me in mind if you need a 12th for the VO FF League, maybe every team won’t have their best week against me next year. Til another time PEACE YA ALL.
My first GM game was in April 2009, I had over 200 games run before I got my 5th due to special requirement, which was some time in July 2013 with Day of the Demon(3rd run). Take your time, run allot fo different things, having a 5th star should mean you are elite as a GM, that is the most important thing help your players enjoy the game it's about them.
This actually goes into GM and Players preperation. I ran this and prepared a very combat intensive adventure. My table was PFS of 5 characters(one brand new player). I told them this was a difficult adventure and because of this they were well prepared, those that played the Pre Gens from the module were told to be familiar with abilities and resource management. Now there is no gold modification for not completing every encounter, just the loss of access, not a huge issue. The group did well and worked together. Most players went unconcious at some time, but all survived. They did not go through each encounter, but they did complete the final encounter before bugging out. It ran in about 4-4.5 hours. Honestly had this been just a group of Free RPG players I doubt it would have gone as well. Free RPG day is used as a recruiting tool, as far as that goes I am unsure if it would have made non PFS players come back. This emphasizes the importance that VO and GM's have for ensuring people have a good time, death or not. We are in the business of recruiting new players to help the society grow.
Phoenix Comicon was a huge success this past weekend. We had 5 VO's there , Myself and the state's Venture Lieutenants Tom Martin, Jeff Way, Chris Mullican, and Jim MacKenzie.
The convention had roughly 82,000 attendess. PFS was a big hit considering it was not in the convention center. We were competing with allot of gaming options.
We had excellent support from players, GM’s, the convention gaming coordinators and the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Over the 7 slots we has 47 of the scheduled 56 go off, which for a comic book convention is excellent as this was not a “Gaming Convention”
This included 9 tables for the Special Siege of the Diamond City, which went very well.
The convention focused on season 5 with a smattering of season 2, 3, and 4, mostly low tier.
We had 42 new players, based on new PFS numbers, and it is hoped most will pursue PFS at the game days around the state.
We had a table dedicated to Goblin Attacks, which had 16 games run.
We also had several GM’s and tables set for player character generation.
While we had our own room, next year we plan to have Beginners Box and Goblin Attcks set up in the open gaming are to show case and gather even more players.
This will be a great event for Pathfinder and all. Here are some events for it.
60 tables offered including Siege of the Diamond City and Bone keep.
1. Badges can be comped if you run 12 hours of gaming at the convention.
2. If you wish to run you need to be approved by myself/Tom Martin/Jeff Way/ Chris Mullican/ Jim Mackenzie ie your venture officers.
3. Conventions require the cream of the crop as far as GM’s, if you don’t have a history of running or just want a dust up please schedule to run between now and the end of May at a game day. If you are form out of town(state) get a recommendation from your local VO.
4. Conventions are normally 4 hour slots, also unless you are a VO or 3 star or better GM you will not run something you haven’t done so before.
5. We should have 60-70 tables at least.
6. We will have Pathfinder: City of Secrets #1, the new comic from Dynamite Comics and the encounters for it at PCC, also the Author Jim Zub will be attending. KIICCCCCKKK ASSSSS (FYI Thank Chris Mullican for this)
7. The special will be Siege of the Diamond City, run Saturday night of the convention. If you have played it and want to run it let us know.
Ran this Sunday and umm some issues,
First need to know the contigency if PC's kill important NPC's.
Second important NPC's should have stats not just class/level or referances to further in the adventure.
Not fond of telling PC's "Well you're boned"(didn't really and made things work), but you get the idea.
Also this scenario can easily run long even at a good pace, be prepared. Big thing is have the maps pre drawn(I did saved about a 1/2 hour) or it will take you a while to do so as they are elaborate.
Not sure if this exists, but it would be helpful. Since we have the inventory sheet I thought it would be nice if someoene who be more PDF talented than I create this. As a GM it is very helpful to know what a player has in each slot, to know if they are cheating or just confused. I have seen one for 3.5, but PF has different slots. This sould be great to hand to a GM, so they know and be helpful to a player so they know what they already have filled.
The Beard wrote:
This is a terrible decision by the GM and the player should have petitioned their local VO. Two major reasons for this is 1. the Barbarian was CN which is a legal Alignment, which alone makes this a poor decision. 2. Was the barbarian Raging? Probably, which can be a seriously mitigating/aggravating factor.
That is hilarious(I aslo have a Sczarni Gnome sorceress who has that as her day job, I call it the publiuc relations bureau of Sczarni), which is why as a GM never impose personal vendettas/opinions on PC's. Just use the rules as written, if something is unclear ask other veteran GM's.
So now any racial hatred should not be allowed and Rangers should not be allowed to use favored enemy abilities? This isn't the US and it's LAWS have nothing to do with the game. All I did was give some reasons to explain a Coupe De Gras action, that's all. Also "racism" is all over Golarion.
This is in refernce to Coupe De Gras not just killing, which seems to occur frequently. I take it from your post you are opposed to Coupe De Gras period?
There needs to be clear definition of what and "evil" act is. To be honest Coupe De Gras is an evil act unless you have the racial hatred trait or something that explains serious dislike of a catgory of creature such as Favored Enemy. Also some racial alignment requirements should be instituted, such as Asimar must be good either Lawful or Neutral. Tieflings should have aligment based on there heretige either infernal or demonic. Also as GM's use these traits, Evil outsiders should attack Asimar first unless they have a really good reason not too, play racial hatreds. As mentions why does Holy work for Neutral characters, they are not affected by Unholy.
The society is not a "good" organization, but netral characters should know that for a mission to succeed they need to work with others. Chaotic Neutrel is on the whole the most selfish of alignments and thus act that way unless something really benefits them. PC's should play their characters appropriately and not just use alignment as a beneficial tool.
GM's know what alignments are at your table and keep your players in check. One thing is making Atonement needed for not just good PC's who do evil or "questionable" acts, but for any PC who goes against their alignment.
The only issue with Eyes is hat it is written for characters who played seasons 0 and 1 mostly. Retired PC's who started characters from the UC and UM, have shown some power game which isn't their fault those books just allow allot of cheese. Despite this it run's well for a 6 player table despte being written for 4, just don't run 7 it will go longer and not be nearly as much fun.
The main issue for this is which perception determines flanking. The person attacking or being attacked. The person attacking an opponent doesn't know the other person flanking is there unless the have the ability to see invisible. Thus how do they know they are flanking? This needs to be FAQ'd since nothing in the rules for flanking address this "specific" issue.
Got myself a new VL hear in Phoenix, Tom Martin, he has the dubious honor of being the player with the most prestige spent due to death at my table, thus he is being made my minion BUWAHHHH. Actually Tom is a verteran PFS player and a great GM, he is also terribly helpful to me a VC and I am very happy he is on the Team, he will be at Paizo.con so treat him right fellas.
I had a great time running this, but two things I didn't like, when a faction mission requires failure by the PC's or presenting a really good reason to talk with someone outside the PC's main operation seems poor in my opinion. Also the main confrontation at tier 8-9 seems to be a bit low on the CR.
The rouge was doing allot of underhanded stuff, and as the GM I even warned him. The Coupe De Grad was done when the NPC was clearly unconcious and other oppenents were up and threatening, his actions actually allowed the main fighter to go down due to his full round action. I wasn't flippant to the Rouge, but he was very upset and almost belligerent to me and some other players. While I am not happy about potentially losing a PFS player, I consider how many would leave if he continues his ways. bad players can make others leave. Hopefully he learns how to play with others and changes his RP style, if not I can only do so much.
I had a similar issue at a GenCon in 2009, playing Sniper in the Deep. We walked into the dockside tavern to gather information on the missing pathfinder. Upon entering we scoped the place a bit, and decided too talk to barthender. Before we could do this the Chelaxian "Paladin" pulled his greatsword invoked flame and announced his intention to murder the bartender in single combat due to some slight to the paracountess, so much for diplomacy. The party let the Paladin do his best, while we took care of the cronies. I was having a great time disarming and laughing my butt off due to the Pladin gett the short end in a very bad way. Our cleric cast hold person on one of the cronies, so I booted him over the rail into the ocean below, FYI my character was CN. The cleric dismissed the spell and we made light work of the cronies. The Paladin was having serious issues so the wizard saved his bacon. Apparently the player took serious issue with me booting the "helpless" cronie into the water and called me EVIL. I pointed out to him that I knew the cleric would "likely" dismiss the spell, but I did not declare murder like him, and pointed out he is Lawful Good and I was not critical of his actions. Needless to say he tried to take every oppurtunity to not help me too complete the adventure and often told me I was evil. Thus when he fell in the water in his full plate, and began drowning due to failed swim and con checks, I did not assist him despite having the best swim in the group(I was also otherwise occupied in lethal combat). The player was a bit angry especially with me for not trying to save him, I sarcastically told him if he has earned enough respect from the paracountess she could raise him. He was not amused, but the GM and the table were. I think this goes to the don't be a jerk to your fellow PC's since you may need them and while PVP is not sanctioned they can ignore you.
On a funny note I GM'd a table where the CN rouge coupe de grad the NPC the Neutral Good Cleric was supposed to speak with to complete her faction mission. The Cleric secretly deemed the Rouge as Evil since he did this without provocation and really had no reason for this other than he was.... whatever. So the cleric decided to never heal the rouge and even used her selective channel to exclude him, once even healing an enemy. The player who was the rouge died in the scenario and did not have enough gold or prestige to raise himself. He said this was equivelent to PVP and thus illegal, and I asked him if he had knowledge religeon, he said no to which I said, then you have no idea what channeling is and thus too bad. I don't think he is coming back.
OK first off as the VC for AZ please come to me before the forum's I have mail and FB if needed, 2nd this is not PVP, because the charmed undead is not a PLAYER AND IT IS MINDLESS. Also how do other players know if the cleric in question had SELECTIVE CHANNEL? This is way too much meta gaming. Please end this thread here.
I grew up in Phoenix but would love to come back for a visit and for this event (you had me at Jewel Staite, haha). Will keep it in mind as the date approaches, however I am unable to promise my attendance. Must speak with the Mrs. about a summer trip.
I met her at a local con in 2006 She is as personable as she is beautiful.
OK folks if you will be in the area of Phoenix or want something fun to do over Memorial Day weekend come to Phoenix Comicon. PFS will be offered in force and we are trying to post 50+ tables. We have been running there for the past 2 years and it has been awesome, not only has the Con grown the PFS community has also. There will be allot offered other than PFS, this convention is awesome. This is definately the place to LET YOUR GEEK OUT!!!! This is the link to the website http://www.phoenixcomicon.com/ PFS will also be on warhorn.net at http://warhorn.net/phoenix-cactus-comicon/ I am in the process of getting things organized with the gaming coordinator. Progress to come.
In the corner you all notice a tall muscular man who seems to almost appear. You realize most of you only saw him because he allowed you too. He notices the gathering...of sorts, stands and with uncommon litheness walks to the table. He is not nearly as impressive in dress as he is stature, standing nearly six and a half feet tall, he speaks in broken common with a heavy skaldish accent. "Friends" he utters,"Karl Yergos, liquidation bureau", you get the feeling the words Liquidation Bureau were almost read from a cue card and were not naturall for him.
My my so what a dilema as to what retired character to play this with;
Handsome Jack of Taldor who would see the Blakros museum burn to the ground rather than have another pathfinder agent perish in that atrocious portal of insanity.
Karl Yergos Linnorm Archer who has the social graces of a goat and looks to match.
Umm those of you who are playing the 12th level tier for this got any suggestions?
Phoenix Cactus Comicon 2012 was a huge success. Considering this is not a formal gaming convention and all the other attractions available I could be none more pleased.
The convention went from Thursday the 24th through the 27th. We had 8 slots with 18 tables that went off, each table averaged 5.2 players, most we new to PFS. In fact we had 30 new players, more and more each slot. Turns out word of mouth spread well and the new players had such a good time they continued to come back and brought their friends. I attribute this to the EXCELLENT corp of GM’s I had at my disposal, no arguments and slots ran as scheduled. Also the most important thing everyone had FUN!!!!!
One really great thing is I had 5-6 players from the Prescott and Flagstaff area of northern AZ and it is hoped we can get a gameday rolling up there. So if you are one of them and read this get hold of me ASAP.
These are the scenarios run
Slot 1 5-24
Slot 2 5-25
Slot 3 5-25
Slot 4 5-25
Slot 5 5-26
Slot 6 5-26
Slot 7 5-26
OK folks as your VC I have secured some new locations for our gamedays which are posted at Warhorn.net under a a gathering of players yahoo group. If you are not part of this group please get on it ASAP. Samuri Comics has a new location in the east valley and it is where our new PFS gameday on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. If you are in the area and not sure about gamedays let me know on this thread I will find you.
This is a good reason why GM's need to know the module very well and know they party strength. While I havenever fudge rolls or intentionally tried to keep players alive during a combat. I have had them find some consumables in treasure that help them during the adventure, nothing serious, but a few cure potions or maybe a lesser restoration, simple stuff. A GM should always gauge the survivability of a party, but remmeber that sometimes bad things happen.