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Goblin Squad Member. FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar Venture-Lieutenant, California—Los Angeles (Inland Empire). 421 posts (511 including aliases). 28 reviews. 6 lists. 1 wishlist. 20 Pathfinder Society characters. 2 aliases.


Grand Lodge

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Wow, Archer quote. Nice

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Lieutenant, California—Los Angeles (Inland Empire)

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Here's a cheat sheet with a description of the always available list and the fame table. It makes it easier to make purchases if you have it at games.

http://tinyurl.com/aftermodgmref

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Lieutenant, California—Los Angeles (Inland Empire)

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Shadow absalom!

Grand Lodge

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  • Gnomes and first world. I'd love to see a real gnomecentric story. A gnomecentric story would also be opportune for animal point of view characters.
  • Darklands like I mentioned above but LOTs of darklands and no drow or minor drow. Dwarf main characters exploring Nar-Voth, Sekamina, and Orv with lots of reveals about the vaults.
  • Some deep diving into the non-human population. I'd love to see the perspective of Tengu, POV of an Orc, how giants view the world, there are a lot of options here and many stories to be had
  • A cheliax political drama digging up info and background on the church, hellknights, the Thrunes, etc This could be good for Varian and Radovan or a new character. It would be a real treat to see a novel from the perspective of Abrogail Thrune II, in fact a story from the perspective of any many major character from the world of Golarion would be AWESOME!
  • I'd like to see a story where the protagonists are evil. An Antipaladin would be amazing, or character from Nidal who just accept Evil as the best you can be. A story Kuthite devout priest who tries to be a good person in his own way would be amazing. I don't know if Pathfinder Tales could go this dark but I still want to throw this idea out there.
  • A story about the gods. I would love to see what they are like, this could be from their perspective or from the perspective of a mortal brought into their realm. Other points of view I would like to see following this them would be heralds and empyrial lords.

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Lieutenant, California—Los Angeles (Inland Empire)

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No matter how good your tactics are, describe the Npcs/Monsters. don't just put Minis/counters down and start combat. Describe what a monster does when it attacks and if a PC doesn't do it, fill their description in for them. Combat can get really dry and good tactics can get really frustrating if it is described as
"19. ac? 18? hit. 11 damage"
vs.
"The troll's first claw misses your shield but the second one takes advantage of the new shield position and cuts Anvil underneath his collar bone."

Descriptions don't have to be this well though out. They can be as simple as

"Ac? Rolled a 19, the troll hits you with it's claw, 11 damage to anvil"

There should always be some kind of description. As a player I often have to ask "What are we fighting?" "What caused that 16 damage to my character?"

I play with a lot of GMs that are REALLY good at tactics and really good at flavor in role playing situations but some of those same GMs totally forget about flavor in combat. It's not an easy thing to do but it is so worth it when it is done. It can be the difference between a "challenging" GM and a "difficult" GM.

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Lieutenant, California—Los Angeles (Inland Empire)

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Strategicon Gamex, Los Angeles's #1 gaming convention and THE con for Pathfinder in LA with an expected 60 tables this year is holding its annual convention over Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27 at the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel.

You can sign up for the games at:
http://warhorn.net/gamex-2013-pfs/

Pre-registration for convention is open on the strategicon web site:
http://strategicon.net

Rooms are available at the hotel, The convention room rate is nominally $109 per night for a double, $119 for triple, and $129 for quad. Parking Options

We are offering several modules plus Bonekeep!

Info on our Bonekeep special:

Ruins of Bonekeep Special:
The ruins of Bonekeep have stood outside Absalom
for hundreds of years. The crumbling ruin is
just one of many testaments to the foolhardy
conquerors who tried—and failed—to lay claim to the
City at the Center of the World. Records state that it was
home to a necromancer who tried to animate the city’s
dead, but the armies of Absalom razed the keep to its
foundation before he could complete his mighty spell. In
the years since, few adventurers have bothered to explore
the ruins, finding only a trinket or two for their troubles.
What no one ever discovered was the series of dungeons
beneath the ruin, which have lain undisturbed until now.

Ruins of Bonekeep is a series of special events for the
Pathfinder Society Organized Play campaign designed
by Jason Bulmahn, Lead Designer of the Pathfinder
Roleplaying Game. “Level 1: The Silent Grave” is the first
event of the series, with more scheduled to be released in
the coming year. This event is designed for six characters
from 3rd to 7th level.
Unlike other Pathfinder Society events, this game has a
higher level of danger and reward than most, designed to
test characters to their limits. In addition, this event has a
large number of possible encounters, and the players are
unlikely to complete them all in 5 hours. This is intentional.
The event should not be extended beyond the 5-hour limit.
If time expires, the game ends and the PCs escape, even
those that are at negative hit points or near death.

This special adventure is being held only at larger convention, such as Gencon and Origins. But GAMEX qualifies, allowing our Southern California/West Coast players to experience this unique event.

Are you brave enough to accept the challenge?

Register on the GAMEX PFS site:
http://www.warhorn.net/gamex-2013-pfs/

And pay on the GAMEX official site
http://www.strategicon.net

Special sessions of this unique adventure with special judges are scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday night with a Pizza party scheduled upon its conclusion to afford players bragging rights on how far they complete this adventure.

Judge Signup Procedure:

GM Signup procedure:

If you would like to GM a table please send an e-mail to pfslacoordinator@gmail.com with what slots you would like to judge and what scenarios you would like to judge by May 5th 2013. If you don't include scenarios, we will choose scenarios for you based on need. We will have all scenarios up to 4-20. Make sure to include your e-mail address that you use for your Paizo account so the PDFs can be added to your account on time. Scenarios are chosen based on needs of the schedule so you are not guaranteed the scenarios you request.
Slots are:


  • Friday 2p, 8p, midnight
  • Saturday 8a, 2p, 8p, midnight
  • Sunday 8a, 2p, 8p, midnight
  • Monday 8a, 2p


Hope to see everyone there!

If you have questions or suggestions, please contact pfslacoordinator@gmail.com

LA Grand Lodge Venture Officers

Grand Lodge

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I think your friend is trolling you.

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Lieutenant, California—Los Angeles (Inland Empire)

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I like her too and I never understood the hate on for her. I often wonder if it is just how people read her. I've run her more as a strong noble woman who thinks that explaining herself and being nice to those that have to follow her orders is below her.

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Lieutenant, California—Los Angeles (Inland Empire)

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I printed the info from the blog on the back of the chronicles, I think that helped a lot.

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Lieutenant, California—Los Angeles (Inland Empire)

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Dude, I think I ran this and had it run for me totally wrong. I don't remember there ever being an obscuring mist. Time to reread it in case I ever am running it at a con.

Grand Lodge

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This thread is planted here for discussion about an awesome Akiton Runelords mashup N'Wah (AKA Ashton Sperry) idea Ashton posted to the Fan's of Paizo Facebook group; reposted here to hide details from Runelords players so as not spoil Runelords or this set piece.

what was already posted by Ashton(rough rough draft of summary):
The ancient empires of Azlant and Thassilon rarely came into conflict—the former finding the latter to be crude rabble organized by a foolish exile, and the latter to self-absorbed to respond to the sneering rebuke—but on occasion, one or the other found something too tempting not to risk attention. When Azlant began construction of gates to other worlds, the Runelords of Thassilon sat up and took notice, particularly the kingdom of Shalast. Seeing in these gates an opportunity to generate vast wealth, the archwizards of that nation began construction on a portal of their own: the Cerise Passage, a gate to the cold desert world of Akiton.
The construction of the Cerise Passage was ill-timed, however, for a scant few weeks after its completion, Karzoug deposed his master, the Runelord Haphrama, and claimed his throne. Karzoug had long allied with horrors and abominations from other planes, and saw little need for a gateway to another world when his own potent magics and alien contacts could provide as much or more wealth on their own. Citing budgetary constraints, Karzoug has the Cerise Passage deactivated, and over the years, its existence faded from memory. With the coming of Earthfall and the destruction of Thassilon, even the limited references in Karzoug's vast treasuries came to be lost.
Until now, that is. A witchwyrd by the name of Xuron discovered the location of the Cerise Passage within an old tome he had recently acquired. It was good timing, for his part: he had a buyer who had expressed interest in possessing a sample of Akitoni malachite, a rare gem found only in the darkest crevices of Akiton's Edaio Rift.
Xuron booked passage to Magnimar, and from there to Sandpoint, the community closest to the location of the Cerise Passage. There he hopes to find heroes brave and capable enough to risk the dangers of the Edaio Rift and return with what he seeks. Fortunately, Sandpoint has a few heroes who just might be up to the task...

and some artwork:

Grand Lodge

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yes, Liz is awesome

Grand Lodge

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You will receive vengeance for changing Kyra into a Tengu!

Grand Lodge

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When you have dreams where you show up at a game day and have prepped the wrong scenario.

Scarab Sages

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Male Human Sorcerer-8

Drezi notices Asharii's approach.
It is amazing that I am more comfortable around that devil of a woman than I am among those twins. Drezi let's his eyes skim over the two raven haired twins, a shiver goes up his spine. His finger unconsciously traces a small spiral in the air and he goes back to cheering the crowd and attempting to encourage more bidding on all the entries.

He keeps one eye to Lumi's entry to make sure to outbid Tenzekil if he comes back. I will not be beat by any man that glares at me like that let alone a white haired gnome.

Drezi looks to the other girls to see if he can read anything from their looks to him.

Sense Motive 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (1) + 2 = 3

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Lieutenant, California—Los Angeles (Inland Empire)

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FYI, no need to worry about fame for +1 weapons or armor, they are allowed purchases regardless of fame or chronicle. Here is a reference sheet that might help, all the rules come from the guide to organized play. When I make chronicle sheets for my games I print these on the back.

http://tinyurl.com/aftermodgmref

Grand Lodge

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This is yet another reason why I love Paizo

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Lieutenant, California—Los Angeles (Inland Empire)

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Callarek wrote:

Brian,

Just one change, to match the change which is either in the FAQ, or will be in the next version of the guide:

Change the 4 or less for 500 gp purchase limit to 5 for minimum Fame.

Thanks for the info. Just uploaded a new version, the link hasn't changed http://tinyurl.com/aftermodgmref

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Lieutenant, California—Los Angeles (Inland Empire)

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Here is a fantastic cheat sheet for use after a scenario with the rules for buying equipment, spending prestige, and day job roles. Here is the link if you would like to download it - http://tinyurl.com/aftermodgmref

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Mrs Camelot wrote:

Hi all,

Had an awesome time running 'we be goblins', I made cupcakes and told the players not to eat them unless their goblin character was lighting their firework.

Worked like a charm, at least 2 of the goblins kept lighting the fuse, then putting it out (licking the icing) without lighting the firework.

Reeta lit her firework right after Slorb gave it to her. It was hilarious.

(The player had heard me say not to eat it yet, but after we started, she figured it was ok).

Bless. :)

I am so gonna steal that idea! I will probably do it with something simple like jellybeans (something that the player will forget about and just stick in their mouth like a goblin absentmindedly lighting a firework). THanks!

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A set of straight forward adventures involving Intrigue in the realm of Irrisen. This could either be accomplished with natives, Ulfen, or Varisien's fighting through a slew of Baba Yaga's minions. I just finished Winter Witch, Saw Troll Hunter, and have been reading a book of norwegian folk tales and would love to sync my teeth into a campaign based in these lands.
I would favor the adventure where the adventurers play natives of the land and work their way up in influence in winter witches' court. Something like a murder investigation in White Throne would become so much more interesting if the suspects to be interviewed are witches, winter wolves, trolls, or worse.


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