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Grand Lodge *** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Jacksonville aka Baronjett

People who look at chronicle sheets ahead of time are the same players who go peeking into their Christmas packages a month early. Play the darn scenario and then if you want to cherry pick, GM a game and place the new sheet on a new character. The sheet can also give hints on the play of the game and give the player knowledge ahead of time. Going into games blind is more more fun, exciting not knowing..... my personal opinion is that chronicle fishing is a lessor form of cheating.

With that said a GM might during the mustering phase give the players an idea of what kind of an adventure is coming. A player with both a bard and a barbarian is going to probably make a different choice with a title like Blackrose Matrimony vs. Assault on the Wound.

Also the new seasons do give hints on the factions being addressed.

Grand Lodge *** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Jacksonville aka Baronjett

Playing up can be tough for all players. The low level character can sometimes be a real liability and sometimes the scenario can be deadly even for the higher tier. Its no so bad with a 6 player table but with a 4 or 5 player table the situation can be magnified.
One thing I have done at my store is before posting a scenario reach out to a few regulars and ask what tier they would like to see. A 3-7 table will then be posted as a 3-5 or 5-7.

As a GM we should also ask to speak to disruptive players off to the side.
Even a 4 or 5 star player at a convention could be working off of little or no sleep and just needs to be reminded that the game is for everyone.

We play twice a week around here and I see out of tier problems pop up only once a month or so....

Grand Lodge

If you cast this spell at my table I'd consider the horse a normal, non-combat trained horse and have it save vs. any harmful spell like fear. For beneficial spells I wouldn't make it roll. I'd make you roll animal handling to make it do the things you are asking above like moving ahead across a bridge. So make sure you have some ranks in handle animal. I think creative spell casting should be encouraged, but moderated.

(If memory serves, isn't there a spell that can also turn a normal animal into a combat trained one?)

Hope this helps.

Grand Lodge *** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Jacksonville aka Baronjett

Comment about running cold....

We look for players who have recently played a scenario and give them a good 20-30 minutes to leave the table and read the scenario in peace. Then we set expectations that there will be a few breaks between "acts." Most adventures are only 15-20 pages and some are easier to run than others. One other thing, I try to always bring 2-4 green (level 1-2 repayable) scenarios with me at all times. Many of or GMs have run these multiple times but don't think to bring a copy. That way there is always an option.

Grand Lodge *** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Jacksonville aka Baronjett

I would love to try this too. Been playing since the DnD White box!

Grand Lodge *** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Jacksonville aka Baronjett

I Like Sammy T's idea. Paizo could charge $1.00 extra for current season scenarios, then lower the price for past seasons, as long as Paizo is providing more content.

Grand Lodge

Bump

Grand Lodge

Ok, question about Emergency Force Sphere. If the character casts it with a small space at the bottom of the hemi-sphere, can he cast out of it and target another character standing 10 feet away with a spell like haste? Would that give him protection against enemy spell casters 10 feet away? I had this come up during a high level PFS game recently.

Grand Lodge *** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Jacksonville aka Baronjett

Kitsune make great sorcerers with a chrisma bonus and get a boost to dexterity too.

For your first strait spell caster I would suggest a 14 constitution and put your favored class bonus into hit points. That way you can start with 9 hit points.
Use a light crossbow as your weapon and some good spells like color spray and you can really rock a low level adventure.

Don't forget to take a cantrip that can do direct damage like acid splash.

If you have mage armor up and a 16 dexterity you have a decent armor class of 17.

If you have an 18 Charisma and spend one skill point on intimidate you have a +7 with that skill at first level, a nice little skill to have in battle.

These are a few ways to add value as a sorcerer and stay alive.

A scroll or two of Shield for 25 gold each can help survive those first few adventures too!

Grand Lodge *** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Jacksonville aka Baronjett

The Scenario says to use pregenerated characters. Is this still enforced for non-convention play?

Grand Lodge *** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Jacksonville aka Baronjett

saw that, but it does not say you can buy items that are normally not available.

Grand Lodge *** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Jacksonville aka Baronjett

I agree with the two posters above but..., where in the current Guide does it say you can use your 2 prestige to buy an item like a CLW wand? We know you can't buy it with gold until you get to 9 fame.

Grand Lodge

We had the core rule book on PDF and a brief slow down in our game over the weekend over this situation.

Full defense is a standard action, standing up is a move equivalent action, and then you take your free 5 foot step.

Could someone please reference the passage on the current edition that allows this?

Thank you!

Baron Jett

Grand Lodge *** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Jacksonville aka Baronjett

Well done, inspiring me to try a druid!

Grand Lodge

I like Hero Lab, my feeling was 95% correct before this and 96% now!
:)

Grand Lodge

Thanks for posting Quiet Riot. I was at the table and he was using Hero lab as "proof" that it worked. We didn't want to slow the game down nor was the "character" in question playing the scenario. He was leveling another character.

I asked him to post in the forum if he couldn't find the exact situation. My thought is always check the actual books first when you are trying to coordinate abilities, not Hero Lab. Hero lab is great, but not for rules.

My first thought along with two other PFS officers was it was still Heavy armour first and mithril as an add on... and couldn't move down two steps for movement.

Thanks for all your help!

Baron Jett

Grand Lodge

Thanks, that jogged my memory. It's been 4 months since I played him and needed to level up before today's game. Going to get rapid shot for sure!

Grand Lodge

I've seen advice mentioning that taking rapid shot for my Musket Master at 4th or 5th level is a good idea but I can't see how it would help.

If at 3rd level reloading is a move action, how does my Musketeer get his 2nd shot off?

Rule Notes for Musket Master:

1st level I get Rapid reload, Full round to stand action to re-load.
3rd level I get Fast Musket and get it down to a move action to re-load.

Thanks for the help all and Happy New Year.

Grand Lodge *** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Jacksonville aka Baronjett

Interesting Tumskunde, I didn't realize you could enlarge your familiar.

I wonder if a Tiefling Wizard could cast Enlarge spell on his familiar with Share Spells?, even though he can't cast it on himself.

Grand Lodge *** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Jacksonville aka Baronjett

congrats Loved your answer, having fun is what it is all about.

Grand Lodge *** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Jacksonville aka Baronjett

This came up in a game again tonight.

Looking through the updated PFS guide.

+1 Mithril breast plate can be purchased as soon as you have the gold.

Dragon armor you still need the Fame.

Are there any other special materials that need fame? Any recent update on these rules?

Thanks,

Baronjett

Grand Lodge *** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Jacksonville aka Baronjett

I play in Jax Florida with about 50 PFS players.

About 1/2 the players go for power builds.
The only character I've seen in my 14 months playing is my
Halfling who does worship Caldira.

I know that If I build a character with this trait I better have a good reason or the other players will call "Cheese".

Social pressure around here is to make characters that fit their back story, feats, classes and traits.

Happy Holidays,

Baronjett

Grand Lodge

Hmm, I see your point. Its never come up in game before for me since by the times those spells are being thrown around characters are all above 4th level anyway.

Grand Lodge

Douglas has it right. What I wanted to say was 5th "Good" characters will take the extra damage from Hellfire.

the alignment spells shows us when characters are considered "Good" or "Evil" and at what level.

4th Lawful good wizard gets hit with Hellfire doesn't take extra damage, a 5th level would.

A 1st level Lawful good Cleric would take extra damage for being good at 1st level.

Grand Lodge

I believe that all characters and creature of 5 or more hit dice are affected if they have an evil alignment. So, by the time you are able to sling Hellfire around most of the BBEGs will be affected...

Check Core rule book's table under detect evil(good, law and chaos too)

Grand Lodge *** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Jacksonville aka Baronjett

Our players get excited when they see a higher CL Wand or partial charge item on the chronicle sheet. I like the idea of keeping it like it is but having something fun or unique on each chronicle sheet.

It can be a one time boon, misc. magic item not seen anywhere else or an influence modifier.

After sitting on the edge of our seats for a 45 minute battle and getting a plane Jane chronicle sheet is a bit of a let down.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Grand Lodge *** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Jacksonville aka Baronjett

Congrats, Hope to see you at Megacon2014.

Grand Lodge *** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Jacksonville aka Baronjett

Thanks again folks.
I hope to meet a lot of you at up coming conventions.

I plan on making at least 4 conventions next year outside of the Jax area. I've never been to DragonCon and its about a 5.5 hour drive and would like to make it if possible.

Grand Lodge *** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Jacksonville aka Baronjett

Thanks all, looking forward to helping out!

Its nice that my wife and two daughters play from time to time.
While they were growing up we always tried to keep Wednesday night as our "family game night."

Role player since the white box and have had the joy of running a game store for 5 years.

James has been a major reason PFS has taken off over the past 17 months and has that perfect mix of diplomacy and dedication.

Thanks again,

Mike aka Baron Jett

Grand Lodge *** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Jacksonville aka Baronjett

One idea, we could rate the GMs and ONLY the VCs and Paizo staff have access to the feedback. That way our VCs could help the judges grow as GMs in a non-public forum. I assume the VCs sign a company promise not to release certain info to the public, this could be another such subject....

Grand Lodge

Also what happens at the end of playtest with the characters if yes?

Also, if in the final book your playtest class doesn't make it, what happens to the character then?

I like these ideas especially for my new players who have real trouble multiclassing.

They can get right into a class that has duel flavor.

Grand Lodge

Since my game was PFS I wanted to make sure we had the Con damage right and we were playing by RAW.

We have run into wraiths three times over the past two months in my games. We have about 40 active players in Jacksonville FL and I mentioned I would post this for our group.

I'd be curious if LazarX has changed his mind?

Grand Lodge

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As a GM last night I ruled the way Wraithstrike did per my reading of RAW.

The every two points of damage line:

"For every 2 points of damage you take to a single ability, apply a –1 penalty to skills and statistics listed with the relevant ability."

Seems to be quite clear.

"Ability drain actually reduces the relevant ability score. Modify all skills and statistics related to that ability. This might cause you to lose skill points, hit points, and other bonuses. Ability drain can be healed through the use of spells such as restoration."

Only clarifies what happens.

Wraithstrike mentioned he has tried to FAQ it but to no avail, so I believe my ruling is correct until the Dev. team changes RAW.

This is like what happens when you loose a level to a drain. A Barbarian with 18 constitution only looses 5 hit points amongst other penalties even though that level granted him 11 or 12 hit points!

Grand Lodge

7 people marked this as FAQ candidate.

10th level wizard with 10 constitution takes one point of constitution damage from a wraith. Does he lose 10 hit points or zero?

Looking at the core book and need a second opinion.

Thanks, BaronJett

Grand Lodge

In my home game I let each player know how much closer they are to the next level as a percentage. Example "John your ranger is now 3.15 after tonight's game." He knows he is 15% above level 3. This allows me to spend no more than 5 minutes total on the calculation and also gives me complete control on how fast they are leveling.

As a GM I always hated spending 45 minutes at the end of an night's gaming figuring out how much expo to hand out.

A good pace for my group was around 10 to 20% of a level after 4 hours of gaming, a little more at low levels and a little less at high levels.

Hope this helps.

Grand Lodge *** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Jacksonville aka Baronjett

My understanding is that if you play a scenario for no credit you can still die and you don't get back your consumables.

Grand Lodge *** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Jacksonville aka Baronjett

If you helped a table make, risked your character's life and consumables with no benefit it would seem somewhat mean spirited to not allow you to retrain if you have not earned another experience point. That's just my 2 coppers....

P.S. I'm not calling Sniggevert mean spirited BTW.

Grand Lodge

Can a player stand up, move 5 feet and take a standard action?
The Core rule book isn't clear based on the movement rules.

2nd question:

Two fighters standing next to a shadow. One has a magic weapon the other wants to Aid another and help the fighter with the magic sword on his attack roll. Can the fighter use aid another even if he can't hit the shadow?

Grand Lodge *** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Jacksonville aka Baronjett

This is an interesting question. The GM's character did go on the adventure, otherwise he wouldn't get the Scenario sheet. It would set in strange dynamic at the table though.

Would this lead to GMs "playing nice" so they don't have to be asked to donate gold to a fallen hero?

My feeling is that there should be an invisible wall between the GM character and the player characters.

I would be interested in getting Mike or John's thoughts though....

Grand Lodge *** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Jacksonville aka Baronjett

On a play by post game I assume the tracking sheet is filled out at the beginning of the session. That way the GM gets his chronicle sheet up front since it doesn't matter if the player characters survive, etc.

Grand Lodge *** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Jacksonville aka Baronjett

Are any of these allowed in PFS. The guide says traits through page 64.
I assume not...

Grand Lodge *** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Jacksonville aka Baronjett

I don't think you can ready a silence spell since it takes a round to cast.

Grand Lodge

can you take Opposition Research at 9th and 11th and have no opposition schools?

Grand Lodge *** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Jacksonville aka Baronjett

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I ask my players to have a back up 1st or 2nd level character ready so new players are always welcome in our area. In addition we do sign ups and dedicated high level games to keep the "old timers" happy. As a GM I always have 3 replayable sessions ready to pull out like Murder's Mark, First Steps or Thornkeep level 1-2. Of course the modules do end up taking longer with new players. I also like to sit new players with experienced players that like to help newbies get up to speed if possible. If you have the time, 5 or 6 hours the modules are a nice way to go. Everyone gets a whole level if they are successful and your newbies are already on their way!

Now with that being said some times a game has been organized for a while at a higher tier. I like the new rule that allows 500 gold and 1 experience to be assigned to 1st level character when playing a Pregen. That has really helped when we have a spot at a higher level table and a new player happens to stop by.

Grand Lodge *** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Jacksonville aka Baronjett

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Also look at the crib notes for the first session you plan on running under this same GM forum. You can also search for "easy" sessions.

Grand Lodge

Well, on Wednesday's game I did let the players know the ooze was moving pretty slow, even though they didn't have a knowledge check. This was after they saw it move and attack. I think a 10 move would be picked up on pretty easy. As far as the full defense, I assume as soon at the NPC makes one attack it becomes pretty clear the PC is defending. At that point I could see the NPC move on the other squishier PCs behind the fighter and take no AOO, but even then he would have to notice the difference between partial and full defense.

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If two PCs are fighting and one is using full defense and the other isn't what kind of knowledge check should the NPC get to recognize the PC's defense situation? Would it be automatic? or perhaps a DC 10 Intelligence check? Rules don't cover this and would like to get some ideas.

Second question.

Creature has a move rate of 20 and moves to attack the PCs who are 15 feet away. On the PCs turn the wizard asks if the creature moves at a rate 30 or faster. (No knowledge check was made BTW.)

It would seem that based on how fast the creature moved up the wizard might have an idea on how fast the creature can move, but I don't want to just give him the 20 move rate. Thoughts here?

Thanks all!

Grand Lodge

We have played 20 hours of the module at our FLGS....it would be nice for our GM to have access to the sheets.

Grand Lodge *** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Jacksonville aka Baronjett

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I for one would like to allow GMs and or VLs sign off on books owned.
I'm on a computer at work 8 hours a day and like hard copies for gaming. I don't feel I should pay twice and a new policy would really go a long way supporting my long distance trip to Gen Con. I Don't want the airline cost or hassle of bringing all my books to be added to the already expensive trip. If you can prove that you own the books and can travel with a few organized notebooks I bet the GenCon/PaizoCon attendance would increase.

Grand Lodge *** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Jacksonville aka Baronjett

Question about pregen credit added to first level character.

If I have played 6 level 4 and 7 pregen characters can I move my PFS character up to 3rd level and get 500 gold x6 for 3000 gold? Or is the max level gained only from level one to level two?

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