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FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar Venture-Captain, Texas—Houston. 257 posts (531 including aliases). 1 review. No lists. No wishlists. 16 Pathfinder Society characters. 1 alias.


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Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Houston aka Arutema

Sister Bellis of the Golden Erinyes (Cheliax Monk 12) has joined the seekers. She cannot play Eyes of the Ten and is looking for other options.

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Houston aka Arutema

Guide page 22 wrote:

All conditions gained during an adventure, except for
permanent negative levels, ability drain that does not
reduce an ability score to 0, and conditions that provide no
mechanical effect, must be resolved before the end of the
session; if these are not resolved the character should be
reported as ‘dead.’ Permanent negative levels, ability drain,
and non-mechanical conditions being carried over to the
next session should be recorded under the Notes section
of the Chronicle sheet. An unplayable character should be
marked as dead when reporting the session. See additional
rules under Dealing with Afflictions in Chapter 7.

Negative levels and ability drain are explicitly allowed to carry over until you can get a Restoration to fix them.

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Houston aka Arutema

An urban mystery adventure for 1st-level characters.

Everyone in the fishing town of Ilsurian is excited when the legendary Umbra Carnival rolls into town—even if the show is run by members of the much-maligned Varisian ethnic group. With strange and exotic beasts, scandalous performances, games of chance, and all the other fun of a traveling fair, who could resist such an opportunity for entertainment?

Unfortunately for both the town and the circus, however, entertainment isn’t the only opportunity the carnival presents. Hidden within Ilsurian, a guild of thieves and scoundrels has been waiting for just such an occasion to launch a campaign of theft and murder—leaving the strangers from the circus to take the blame. With tensions mounting between locals and performers, and the body count rising on both sides, it’s up to the PCs to uncover what’s really going on and clear the circus’s name before the entire town erupts in a firestorm of ethnic violence.

Written by Jim Groves

Signups on Warhorn.

Be warned, we may go later than advertised.

Grand Lodge

revaar wrote:
Judging by a lot of the catfolk builds I have seen, the entire race has been adopted by half orcs and breed for larger teeth.

I, for one, welcome our Orc-bred Smilodonfolk overlords.

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Houston aka Arutema

Also, liches are from the bestiary. Here is what additional resources has to say about the bestiary:

Additional Resources wrote:

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Bestiary

Animal Companions: ankylosaurus, aurochs, brachiosaurus, dire bat, dire rat, dolphin, elasmosaurus, electric eel, elephant/mastodon, frog, goblin dog, hyena, monitor lizard, moray eel, octopus, orca, pteranodon, rhinoceros, roc, squid, stegosaurus, triceratops, and tyrannosaurus; Familiars: all familiars listed on pages 131–133; Feats: none of the feats are legal for play for PCs, animal companions, or familiars unless specifically granted by another legal source. Other: all creatures in this book are legal for polymorph effects (including a druid's wild shape ability) within the boundaries of each spell or ability's parameters.

This is an inclusive, rather than exclusive list. It does not allow any templates from the bestiary for play for PCs. Therefore the Lich template is not legal for a PC to play.

Grand Lodge

Gwen Smith wrote:

Those traits appeared both in Faction Guide and in Shattered Star. In the Faction Guide, they were class restricted and in Shattered Star, they were not.

Whether they are class restricted depends on which version your GM is willing to use.

If this is PFS, only the Faction Guide versions are legal.

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Houston aka Arutema

Congratulations Jesse, you've earned it. I'm honored to have such an incredible organizer in my town.

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Houston aka Arutema

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... your Sorcerer with the wand of cure critical is pulling healing duty.

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The Fox wrote:
hotsauceman wrote:

Also, There is such a thing as a silencer for your gun, Oil of silence is 250 gp and makes your gun silent for 1hr.

Be careful though: it also may well tick off all the spellcasters in your party, and makes healing you a bit more problematic, even from a wand.

(And, I think it is 300 gp)

An oil of the spell Silence is indeed 300gp.

An Oil of Silence is a specific magic item which silences only a single target firearm.

Curse you duplicate named items!

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Houston aka Arutema

Due to me losing my voice and no signups thus far, this game has been canceled.

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Houston aka Arutema

GM Arkwright wrote:
Pathfinder Campaign Setting. The Additional Resources page lists all weapons as acceptable in organized play.


Additional Resources wrote:
As of 3/7/11, the Pathfinder Chronicles Campaign Setting has been replaced by the Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea World Guide. Equipment, feats, and prestige classes already in play remain legal, but no further equipment may be purchased from this book, nor may a character take a feat or the first level in a prestige class from this source when gaining a new level.

So to answer your original question, this combo was nixed on March 7th, 2011 and is not legal for a new character, as the Thorn Bracer has never been reprinted in a legal source.

Grand Lodge

There's always Rovagug, patron of wanton chaos and destruction.

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Houston aka Arutema

Time's running out. Signups will close Friday at midnight for pre-mustering.

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Houston aka Arutema

On the edge of life and death, between winter and spring, there is a holiday of hallowed halls held here. To some it is known as the Day of Bones, the time when those looked upon by Pharasma celebrate their profession and the transitory nature of life. Join us Saturday, March 1st, 2014 for Online VTT Gameday 3 – Day of Bones, and see if you can keep one foot out of the grave and delay your travels upon the Infinite Staircase.

Ever seeking long-lost secrets, the Pathfinder Society sends a team of agents to explore a reportedly haunted house in the Dragon Empires nation of Minkai, hoping they can uncover the secret behind the legendary location's tormented past.

Written by Jim Groves.

The time is not a typo. We do indeed run at 2:00 AM EST. That's 7:00 GMT and 18:00 Australian Eastern. Signups are on the Midnight Misadventures Warhorn.

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Houston aka Arutema

Viskous wrote:
I hadn't realized there was a difference mechanically.

The starting languages are different.

ARG Kitsune get Common and Sylvan.
DEG Kitsune get Tien and Senzar (plus the free Common for PFS play).

Grand Lodge

Alexander Augunas wrote:
To play devil's advocate, of the four new Tian Xia races the kitsune is the only one that can be unlocked in Pathfinder Society Play. So it is popular enough to be deemed a fitting reward for continued PFS participation.

There are 5 races mentioned in the Dragon Empires books. Of those, only the Samsaran is not legal for PFS play at all.

Tengu is legal by default.
Kitsune, Nagaji, and Wayang all have boons.

That said, Kitsune seems to be the most popular of them. I also wouldn't mind a 'Races of the Dragon Empires' book that gives them all more attention.

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... your magus with a wand of Infernal Healing is the party healer.

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Dragnmoon wrote:
So I signed up for GMing with the link you gave me, anything else I need to do?

I'll be sending out a mass email on how to claim your GM badge shortly.

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Houston aka Arutema

Also, check out our Facebook page for latest announcements.

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Houston aka Arutema

Pre-registration closes in only 10 days. Openhorn will close shortly thereafter for pre-mustering.

Order your badge now, as events are filling up!

We do still have room for a standby GM or sign-in desk staffer if you are interested.

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Houston aka Arutema

UpSbLiViOn wrote:
Leathert wrote:

Yeah, Sarenrae is probably the archetypical one, my healer has her as his deity. It also works nicely for those times when he gets a bit angry (usually when you insult his goddess), as Sarenrae has her fiery side.

With an aasimar I probably wouldn't choose a racial deity, though one of the Empyreal Lords could be a nice fit, what with them being kind of angel-y as well. There's just so little info on them, it might be a bit difficult to find a catchy one.

Where can I find information on the Empyreal Lords and are they PFS legal as a diety choice?

Chronicles of the Righteous is the best source for them, and all of them are legal except Irez.

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Houston aka Arutema

Stephen Ross wrote:

Majuba, TimrehIX; oooh... in response to the cookie thing... I think I'm the ONLY person who has brought cookies to a Dallas PFS game. But thanks to the guy who brings the glazed donuts... *-<8^)

We could kick some chips at OwlCon...

You totally should. We still need a couple GMs and a sing-in desk volunteer. Email me if you're down for that, it's

Grand Lodge

So I'm thinking of building a summoner with a turtle-like eidolon. I have a small-sized turtle from one of Reaper's familiar packs, but does anyone know of one suitable for a medium one that will (mostly) fill a 25mm base?

Metal, plastic, painted or not are all OK.

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Houston aka Arutema

We could still use 1 or 2 GMs plus a standby GM or two. Also, I could use someone to staff the sign-in desk in a couple slots if GMing is not your thing.

Want to help (and claim a free badge for it)? Email me at

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Houston aka Arutema

There is no such thing, and were someone to create one, it would not be a valid chronicle.

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Houston aka Arutema

Saint Caleth wrote:

Well there was a warhorn at a more Asia freindly time, but I'm not sure if it is active any more. It worked out well for me because it was on Saturdays at 3pm for me in Singapore.

Midnight Misadventures.

It's inactive at the moment. I'm looking for someone (preferably not another American insomniac) to take over.

Grand Lodge

Some races have spell-like abilities with a caster level equal to their character level.

If I'm reading the recent ruling on SLAs correctly, that means that a creature with an arcane spell as a SLA qualifies for the Arcane Strike feat and calculates the extra damage from it based on their character level. Is this correct?

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Houston aka Arutema

What I have so far:

Shan Taicho: Drunken Tengu marksman.

Ntisi Roberta Pharast: Dhampir undead hunter. (And after a particular bad run-in with Babaus, now demon hunter.)

Frederigo: Wayang magus with a fondness for bad jokes and horrible but harmless pranks.

Small pile of Kitsune boons given away.

Grand Lodge

It definitely took a while, but I've been painting one of Reaper's big Bones dragons. Behold; Argentwroth:

Image 1
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Image 3

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Houston aka Arutema

Dragnmoon wrote:
TimrehIX wrote:
Come to a Dallas PFS game. I'll prove it.

Until she got fired I think our local cookie baker here in San Antonio wouk beaten your cookies any day!

Dallas Vs. San Antonio Bake Off!!!!

I demand Houston representation in this event!

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Houston aka Arutema

Player signups are now open.

To play, buy your badge through the main Owlcon website. You'll get a login and instructions once payment is confirmed.

We still need GMs too. If you want to GM, just email me at

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Houston aka Arutema

Submitted my info: Slayer 1

Grand Lodge

So i got myself an undine boon for PFS, and was considerign buildign a sorcerer, watersinger bard, or possibly shaman using this feat to get a little extra utility from my low-level spells. First, its rules text:


Prerequisites: Hydraulic push spell-like ability, undine.

Benefit: You may use hydraulic push to attempt a bull rush, disarm, dirty trick (blind or dazzle), or trip combat maneuver. Each time you use hydraulic push, you must decide which of the allowed combat maneuvers you want to perform. You may use this feat with your hydraulic push racial spell-like ability, your class-granted use of hydraulic push, or any hydraulic push spells you cast, but not with magic items or other external sources that use that spell.

Normal: Hydraulic push can only be used to make a bull rush combat maneuver.

But I'm wondering: is it worth the feat tax. Even if I use a bloodline and Varisian tattoo to scale up its CL, will it keep up with the CMD of high-level enemies?

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Houston aka Arutema

The end of phase one of GM signups is fast approaching. If you're not signed up to GM and picked your slots by Dec. 27, you'll need to contact me privately to set you up as a GM.

GMs also get early access to signup as players after committing to 2 GM slots prior to the 27th.

So register and pick your slots today!.

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Houston aka Arutema

They are not modules, but special certs given out at conventions (often to GMs). So if you're looking to play an unusual race, contact your local venture officer and see if he needs GMs for any upcoming cons.

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Houston aka Arutema

Congratulations. It was an honor to evaluate you for it.

Grand Lodge

The Pathfinder Society scenario 'Defenders of Nesting Swallow' has Tengu NPCs statted out as proficient with Katana and Wakizashi.

I would presume they are proficient with the other eastern swords from UC such as the Nodachi and Nine-ring Broadsword.

Grand Lodge

Openhorn is an open-source PHP-driven event management system designed for gaming events, designed with the intent of giving organizers greater control over the registration process.

It requires a UNIX-like web host running PHP 5.3 or higher and MySQL or equivalent.

It is in rough beta now, with user-side functions complete, but many admin functions needing work. I'm looking for fellow PHP developers to help debug, improve and expand the code. Send me a PM with your Google account name if you'd like to help out.

Check it out on Google Code.

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Houston aka Arutema

All of Garund needs more love if you ask me, but if I had to break it down, I'd say:

The Shackles
Mwangi Expanse

in that order.

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Houston aka Arutema

If you want to help out, but would prefer not to GM, we also have need of a few hard-working people to staff the sign-in desks. Proficiency in Herolab a plus.

Sign up to GM or help out here.

Grand Lodge

So I played a table of 'The Confirmation' with a level 1 Slayer today. First the build:


Alika Patin
Female Rakshasa-Spawn Tiefling Slayer 1
NG Medium outsider (native)
Init +6; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +4
AC 18, touch 14, flat-footed 14 (+3 armor, +4 Dex, +1 natural)
hp 12 (1d10+2)
Fort +4, Ref +6, Will +0
Resist fire 5
Speed 30 ft.
Melee rapier +5 (1d6+1/18-20/×2)
Ranged shortbow +5 (1d6/×3)
Special Attacks favored target
Spell-Like Abilities
. . 1/day—detect thoughts (DC 12)
Str 13, Dex 18, Con 14, Int 12, Wis 10, Cha 10
Base Atk +1; CMB +2; CMD 16
Feats Weapon Finesse
Traits empyreal cultist (magnimar), reactionary
Skills Acrobatics +7, Bluff +1, Disable Device +4, Disguise +6, Knowledge (local) +5, Perception +4, Perform (dance) +1, Sense Motive +2, Survival +4 (+5 to track)
Languages Celestial, Common, Infernal, Varisian
SQ prehensile tail, track
Combat Gear Alchemist's fire; Other Gear Studded leather armor, Arrows (20), Dagger, Rapier, Shortbow, Backpack (empty), Canteen, Silk rope, Thieves' tools, 8 GP
Special Abilities
Damage Resistance, Fire (5) You have the specified Damage Resistance against Fire attacks.
Darkvision (60 feet) You can see in the dark (black and white vision only).
Empyreal Cultist (Magnimar) +1 on Diplomacy checks against good-aligned humanoids.
Favored Target (+1, 1 at a time, Move) (Ex) Study foe as a Move action, gain +1 to att/dam & some skills vs. them.
Prehensile Tail Your tail can retrieve small objects on your person as a swift action.
Track +1 Add the listed bonus to survival checks made to track.

Gameplay-wise, the slayer seems competent at low levels due to good BAB and HD, but lacking options. +1 from favored target is underwhelming, and no sneak attack yet means not a lot of class features to use in combat. I was most useful when using acrobatics to provide a flank for the party ninja so he could get sneak attack for massive damage

Overall, I was left feeling like the slayer needs more at level 1. Maybe start favored target at +2. Or go ahead and give it 1d6 sneak attack at level 1 (but keep the 1d6/3 levels progression).

Overall, I'd say competent, but somewhat bland at level 1. Looking forward to higher levels.

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Houston aka Arutema

Trade Princess Marra Furoien (Halfling Water elemental-blooded Sorcerer 12) has joined the ranks of the seekers.

Grand Lodge

Evil characters are not allowed in Pathfinder Society, period, so any Society Dhampirs must be at least neutral.

However, Dhampirs are not legal in Society without an increasingly rare boon for them. (Though if you have a really good boon to trade you can try the boon trading thread in the PFS forums.)

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Houston aka Arutema

TriOmegaZero wrote:

I would not have held it against you, but I think it was fair that they played their characters and got what they earned.

Although if Kelly hadn't been AFK when they were throwing him over his horse things may have gone differently.

They did what while I was AFK?

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Houston aka Arutema

It may end up a 3-4 after all. If you want to jump in, email me at so i can sent the VTT link and RSVP info.

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nosig wrote:

wait, are we saying Druids ACs and Summoners Eidolons with Lessons of Chaldira are overpowered?


What's the Handle Animal DC to teach a tiger religion?

Grand Lodge

I do have one complaint regarding Slashing Grace, it seems a little much to require the feat multiple times for each slashing weapon. If i want to use an urumi as my main weapon and a kukri as my backup to keep with the theme, I have to take Slashing Grace twice just to do that.

I can think of two potential solutions:
Simple: Slashing Grace applies to all one-handed or light slashing weapons.

Complex: Replace slashing Grace with a variety of fencing school feats, each of which adds specific slashing weapons to the Swashbuckler's list.

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Houston aka Arutema

Majuba wrote:

Congratulations Kelly! It's a long march up to the base camp - take it easy before you go for the summit! :)

Speaking of Houston, we haven't heard anything about OwlCon up here in DFW yet.

With the old Obsisian portal page closed, it's more difficult to get the word out, however, there is a GM recruitment thread on these very forums.

Grand Lodge

So I know it's not optimal, as there is no Dex-to-damage option, but I was looking at creating a Vudrani-themed swashbuckler using an urumi. Am I correct in reading Slashing Grace that it will allow me to use all swashbuckler class features with the urumi?

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Houston aka Arutema

So I seem to have picked up a 4th star running "Day of the Demon" for the gang at Asgard Games. I can't seem to shake it off. Hmm, doesn't look to bad though. Guess I can keep it.


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