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Goblin Squad Member. RPG Superstar 9 Season Marathon Voter. Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber. FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar Venture-Captain, Indiana—Bloomington. 1,446 posts (2,294 including aliases). 19 reviews. 4 lists. 2 wishlists. 48 Pathfinder Society characters. 7 aliases.


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Silver Crusade

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Male Half-Giant Geologist 5 (PrC: Geophysicist 2) / Historian 4 / Teacher 3

Yea, I probably won't run another one until after Thanksgiving at this point, but I'll keep everyone posted in case they want in. In the meantime I'm going to mark this game as finished/inactive, so thank you all very much again for making my first GM PbP experience a fun one!

Grand Lodge

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First Steps Maps First Steps, Pt 1: Mission Briefing | Map of Absalom
Einn Emberstrands wrote:

Question: When's the sequel start?

I'd be up for continuing with this motley bunch in more hi-jinks!

As for another game - I could possibly do that. Is there a scenario that you'd all like to play?

Grand Lodge

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First Steps Maps First Steps, Pt 1: Mission Briefing | Map of Absalom

Thank you all for playing in my first Play-by-Post as the GM! I hope you all had a fun time, and please feel free to leave any comments or questions about how I did things here in the discussion thread. I've run games in person, on Roll20, and over mIRC/chatrooms, but never a PbP, so I'm open to any feedback.

Look for chronicle sheets in a few days - links to them will be posted both here and in the Gameplay thread.

Thank you all again!!!

Grand Lodge

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First Steps Maps First Steps, Pt 1: Mission Briefing | Map of Absalom

Zot's throw misses by a hair!
Where does it land?: 1d8 ⇒ 3

It strikes the wall next to Larkin, however, catching both human and halfling in the (-1 hp) splash, as well as putting the final "nail" in the mage's coffin (cairn?).

Thanks to Ledford's raging wild abandon, he leaves himself more open to attack than not, and so Steve's bite connects, dropping the halfling!

Larkin, a coward at heart when on his own, drops his weapons and executes a Full Withdraw action and flees the alley. Unless you want to pursue, you are...

OUT OF COMBAT!

~~~~~

If you for some reason want to continue:

(ROUND 5)
Zot
Steve
Einn
Ledford (-18 hp, prone & bleeding out)
Larkin (-5 hp) (Fleeing with alacrity!)
Halli (DED. Dead)
Kegan (-9 hp)
Bumi

Deandre (-16 hp, medium-well, prone, & bleeding out)
(ROUND 6)

If you save any of the dying ones to interrogate:

You learn that Deandre, a newly ordained Cleric of Norgorber, put together this band of semi-psychotic former circus performers who wanted to try their hands at thieving and banditry. She caught wind near the Wounded Wisp tavern (where Pathfinders often frequent) that Ambrus was sending over a dozen teams of neophyte Pathfinder agents out on errands around the city, so they camped out this area laying in wait for a group that could possibly be Pathfinders, and, well, you all know how that turned out for them - really poorly!

~~~~~

After returning to the Grand Lodge with a few hours to spare, you file your report.

At the end of the day, Venture-Captain Ambrus Valsin thanks you for carrying out his tasks, and assures you that not every mission for the Pathfinder Society involves running errands about Absalom.

He congratulates you on proving your skill and responsibility, and promises you a new assignment will be forthcoming in the near future to take you beyond Absalom’s unassailable walls.

As newer members of the Pathfinder Society, you likely now have a good idea what life will be like as an agent in the organization and have become at least slightly familiar with Absalom, as well as several of the faction leaders/representatives who will ply for your allegiance while you are still malleable (i.e. first level retrain - able to change your faction for no cost)

~~~~~
Primary Success Condition: Successfully complete at least three of the four tasks on Ambrus Valsin's list.

Secondary Success Conditions: Completing the Primary success condition qualifies you for the Secondary success condition, and earns you a second prestige point.
~~~~~

With that, ladies and gentleman, you have completed First Steps Part 1 - In Service to Lore!

Look for Chronicle Sheets to be posted in the next few days. Thank you all for playing, and I hope you all had fun in my first-ever Play-by-Post as the GM!

Grand Lodge

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First Steps Maps First Steps, Pt 1: Mission Briefing | Map of Absalom

Since we are nearing the end of our game, please submit the following information here on the Discussion thread:

Player Name:
Character Name:
PFS / Character #:
Faction:
(If any) Day Job Roll:

Thanks very much!

Silver Crusade

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Just for your amusement, I stumbled across this on tumblr and decided to make one for where my RoW group is right now...

Star Wars-style crawl for RoW book 6

Grand Lodge

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First Steps Maps First Steps, Pt 1: Mission Briefing | Map of Absalom

Kegan: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (20) + 4 = 24

Kegan notices that the loading doors are barred from the inside and will not open. He *does*, however, notice a tiny glint of gold hidden between two wooden slats near the corner of the warehouse. Bending in to take a look, he sees that it is a carefully hidden key!

Nice time for a nat 20

Grand Lodge

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First Steps Maps First Steps, Pt 1: Mission Briefing | Map of Absalom

Zot, you get benefit of the doubt, being that this is your first PbP, your crit will hit and confirm. Once Bumi posts, I'll update from there :)

Something else I forgot to note was that the "bot" timer ignores weekends - only weekdays, so Bumi's still got a bit :)

Grand Lodge

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First Steps Maps First Steps, Pt 1: Mission Briefing | Map of Absalom

<3

You smurfs (and smurfette) are absolutely adorable lol

Grand Lodge

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First Steps Maps First Steps, Pt 1: Mission Briefing | Map of Absalom

As you unlock the door and exit (the scepter key does unlock the door), the servant who locked you inside in the first place tells you that you may keep the wand and map, but asks for you to return the keys.

He smiles and clearly makes a mental note of which of you are blue. He informs you that Amenopheus has left the estate for the day, and has been instructed to wish you well and see you off the estate grounds at your convenience.

GM: Where to next? :)

Grand Lodge

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First Steps Maps First Steps, Pt 1: Mission Briefing | Map of Absalom

Kegan turns the key, which opens the cube...but not before setting off the trap!

Kegan: Will Save: 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (2) + 1 = 3
Zot: Will Save: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (15) + 5 = 20
Bumi: Will Save: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (5) + 3 = 8
Einn: Will Save: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (1) + 2 = 3

Duration: 3d20 ⇒ (6, 9, 13) = 28 Minutes

A burst of harmless glittery smoke billows out of the trapped lock mechanism, turning the skin of Kegan and Einn bright blue for the next 28 minutes! (removed Bumi since he posted he was moving to the door before I posted the trap results...lucky Dwarf)

Inside the Steel Cube is the Map of the Salhar burial vaults beneath Sothis, an Official Charter to explore said vaults, and a wand of Knock (CL 3rd, 11 charges).

Silver Crusade ***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Bloomington aka CanisDirus

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I just wanted to post this picture from our local PFS night earlier this evening. Our youngest Star GM, Raymond, created a chase scene from #4-01 Rise of the Goblin Guild entirely from legos - the players from that table tell me that it was a ton of fun, so, with pride, I wanted to share! :)

Chase Scene!

Grand Lodge

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First Steps Maps First Steps, Pt 1: Mission Briefing | Map of Absalom

Works fine for me, Zot :)

Grand Lodge

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First Steps Maps First Steps, Pt 1: Mission Briefing | Map of Absalom

Huzzah for reliable internet from my folks' place!

Grand Lodge

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First Steps Maps First Steps, Pt 1: Mission Briefing | Map of Absalom

To clarify, Ollysta "just smiles" at the two hitting on her was to suggest that she just barely even noticed them since they were being "slightly uncouth".

She will give Zot a rather large smile, and offer to speak with him at great length once both of their busy days working on Pathfinder affairs have concluded.

Grand Lodge

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I know my answer, but it's classified.

Grand Lodge

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First Steps Maps First Steps, Pt 1: Mission Briefing | Map of Absalom

Arriving at the Temple of the Shining Star in the Ascendant Court, you are immediately directed to Ollysta Zadrian. This paladin of Sarenrae is young in her years, but holds herself with the poise of a queen and warrior simultaneously. She smiles as you approach.

"Thank the light of Sarenrae you have arrived! I knew Ambrus would come through for us in the Silver Crusade. I desperately need you to bring medicine to an orphanage and let me know if the headmistress, Gilga Baltwin, is deserving of our charity. Since our quest began, the needy have clamored for our aid, and I suspect some are abusing our generosity. It may sound cruel, but there are plenty of dishonest people out in the world eager for easy gold."

“Do you know of the Silver Crusade? After discovering so many factions splintered the Society, a number of us banded together to proliferate the cause of charity and kindness using the Society’s resources. As it is said, ‘The Dawn brings new light’ and I’ve made it my life’s work to use our recent darkness to bring a new light to the world and to the Pathfinder Society. I apologize for straying off point. Will you bring this parcel of medicine to Auntie Baltwin’s Home for Recovery in the Eastgate district?”

Assuming you agree, she continues.

"Normally I'd love to answer your questions before sending you off, but I also need to arrange for a vital caravan of medical supplies to be sent to Mendev, so I'm afraid I'll have to leave you to learn what you can from her neighbors."

The Exchange

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Active Effects: Mage Armor (1 hour inc.) | hp 16/16 | AC 18 (22 with Shield) | FF 17 (21) | T 14 | CMD 13 | Fort +3 | Ref +2 | Will +7 (+2 vs Poison/Spells/SLAs) | Init +1 | Perception +8 (+2 Visual) | Sense Motive +7 | Movement 20ft | Male Dwarf Psychic

So sorry I haven't posted before now - I'll do Fulgrim's intro and then his combat actions.

Scratching himself on his backside, a surly-looking, soot-stained, cigar-smoking dwarf with smoked goggles in his hair that's starting to go from blonde to gray ambles into the briefing. He's wearing full plate armor* and has a well-used looking warhammer slung at his side. He puffs one last time on the stogie before spitting it to the floor and rubbing it out with a heavy boot, before speaking in a gruff accent.

"Howdy, all. Name's Fulgrim Stonebridge. Spent a good 80 years as a guard at Dongun Hold down Alkenstar-way, patrolman on the bridge o'the gods and all that. The missus says I need to..." He puts up fingers to do "air quotes" " 'Find myself' 'fore she'll let me back in the house and all. Bein' that she's a priestess of Folgrit and all, makes her head of the house...but that don't matter much to all you."

"What I'm bringin' to the party is my age and wisdom, yessir, that's right. Oh yea! I can tell what y'er thinkin, yessir!" He narrows his eyes and looks around until he locks his gaze on Rashid. "You there! You're thinkin' about... Beer!"

"Wait, wait...no...sorry, that's me. I'm thinkin' about beer. YOU'RE currently skeptical of my ability to tell what yer thinkin! Ha, told ya! Anyway...where we off to again?"

* Perception DC 20:
Fulgrim is wearing Mock Armor - it looks identical to Full Plate unless a DC 20 Perception check is made to see that it's actually carefully painted and crafted balsa wood - it doesn't even qualify as armor at all.

Silver Crusade ***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Bloomington aka CanisDirus

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Huge congratulations to all of the new Five Star GMs, Campaign Coin recipients, and especially to Bob Jonquet on Order of the Wayfinder - well deserved all around, everyone!!!

Silver Crusade

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My breath... Death!

Silver Crusade

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I've wanted a good Erinyes mini for almost as long as I've been playing Pathfinder - I am SO happy to see one in this set!!!

Silver Crusade ***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Bloomington aka CanisDirus

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Kalindlara wrote:
pH unbalanced wrote:
HK Lapè Blakros, OotS wrote:
Such frivolity in public is unbecoming, brothers and sisters.

Is Order of the Stick one of the Hellknight Orders?

I might have to make a Hellknight.

The closest thing to a Hellknight they had was Miko, and that... didn't work out so well.

That said, one of the dead Hellknight orders actually has some interesting synergy with the Order of the Stick plotline...

Path of the Hellknight wrote:
Vise: This order, charged with eliminating manifestations of extraplanar chaos, was annihilated in brutal planar retaliation.

From the recent Paizo Reddit AMA

Wes Schneider wrote:

Okay. Order of the Vise. How about TWO sentences:

One of the more worthy orders formed by King Gaspodar during the Chelish Civil War, the Vise was mandated with opposing manifestations of extraplanar chaos. The order was short lived, though, their fortress—Citadel Darvhage on the north shore of Lake Sorrow—being reduced to rubble by some manner of brutal planar retaliation.

(After he was begged for more than just one sentence about them)

Silver Crusade ***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Bloomington aka CanisDirus

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Preston Hudson wrote:
and I hope to see Legacy of Fire converted and sanctioned one day.

Seconded. This is one I really do love and plan to run some day!

Silver Crusade ***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Bloomington aka CanisDirus

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I couldn't help but notice...

Battlestar Galactica (1978) Saga of a Star World pt 3:

Viper Squadrons:
Blue, Red, Green, Yellow, with an "appearance" by "Purple", and "Orange". Coincidence? :P

Grand Lodge

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First Steps Maps First Steps, Pt 1: Mission Briefing | Map of Absalom

The Dire GM's first attempt at running a PFS PbP.

Recruitment is closed for this first game, though I may do open recruiting once I get the hang of running games on this medium!

If you are one of the people I invited for my first game, please feel free to post and ask any questions you'd like here!

Silver Crusade ***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Bloomington aka CanisDirus

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I spoke with one of the VOs from the Pathfinder TR Facebook account - as of a few hours ago everyone seemed to be doing okay, but definitely solidarity here.

PFS Turkey officers and players - if there is anything we can do from across the Atlantic, just let us know!

Silver Crusade ***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Bloomington aka CanisDirus

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xebeche wrote:
Hitting the prep hard this weekend. I'll try to get statblocks and reflections posted in a couple of days for those with limited time before the convention.

Xebeche - just wanted to say thank you for the prep documents. I just got my #7-98 downloaded about an hour ago, and your docs are going to be amazingly helpful!

Thank you!!!

Silver Crusade ***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Bloomington aka CanisDirus

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godsDMit wrote:


If not, then Mike Bramnik might be a good person to ask for assistance. I've never heard him yell, but he's at least a head taller then me, I think, so he's got the height advantage going for him, making him more noticeable.

I'm on the brute squad.

Silver Crusade ***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Bloomington aka CanisDirus

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This is a sample email from him:

"Your options are.

Bust: Head and shoulders
Waist: Head down to the waist
Fullbody: Head to toes

and then

Sketch
Lined
Colored
Full Illustrations, these require scenario and setting description, these are usually fullbody inherently.

Please include as much detail as you feel needed."

So I think you can go as much or as little as you want!

Silver Crusade ***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Bloomington aka CanisDirus

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Somewhere out there there are some people who helped me try out running PFS on IRC. I'll see if I can't track any of them down (it was me plus two other GMs).

Silver Crusade ***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Bloomington aka CanisDirus

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Hey there! So, a friend of a friend of mine found this on tumblr and it caught my eye, since I mainly use tumblr for looking at neat character art (and finding artists to one day save up to commission).

This artist is trying to raise money to pay for an emergency surgery brought on by a bad car crash, and is offering to do character art for as little as a dollar to this end (I wouldn't expect him to do super full color for only $1 myself, though).

I wanted to boost the signal for this by posting it to the Pathfinder Society, since there are thousands of us out here who have characters, and I'd guess many are like me - bad at drawing and constantly on the lookout for a good artist to draw our PCs!

So, here's the link to the details, some samples of his art, and the place where he's raising money (indiegogo). Thanks very much for reading, and best wishes to all.

LINK

Silver Crusade ***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Bloomington aka CanisDirus

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Fromper wrote:
Ryzoken wrote:
Pete Winz wrote:
Mike Bramnik wrote:
Just posting this link in case people come seeking the same thing as you in the future :)
You can also use the Faction-specific traits found in the Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Guide.
Which is super revelant for my -34 who will be walking around with no less than 5 character traits, one from each of the five trait categories permitted in CORE.
How? I know there are boons to get an extra trait, but the Additional Traits feat is in the Advanced Players Guide, so not legal for Core.

I know of two scenarios from seasons 5-7 that give you the ability to get an extra trait on a newly created character, plus I'm pretty sure that there are a few boons that also give extra traits out there as well.

So there are ways :)

I have one character with 4 traits who has never taken the "Additional Traits" feat myself.

Silver Crusade ***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Bloomington aka CanisDirus

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To this day, I still don't know what I did in a previous life to earn the pleasure of being the VC for the amazing Pathfinders in my lodge! Not a week goes by that doesn't find me with something new to be proud of from my players and GMs, and wow did we just finish off something special!

In the span of the last 10 days, I have had the pleasure of announcing five lodge members who have attained new GM Star levels! I am so proud of my GMs, that I felt like sharing their accomplishments with everyone!


  • Daniel McDeavitt - Fourth Star - June 10th !!!!
  • Raymond Pacenza (our lodge's youngest GM) - First Star - June 16th !
  • Aaron Porter - First Star - June 17th !
  • VL Justin McNeely - Third Star - June 19th !!!
  • VL Joe Ducey - Fourth Star - June 20th !!!!

Congratulations, again, to all of you. I am proud and humbled to have you and the rest of our GMs (56 GM Stars, combined!) who make our lodge such a joy to be a part of. Thank you for all that you do for the Pathfinder Society!!!

Grand Lodge

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Vera Farseeker wrote:
I named mine after my first sweetheart, Jane.

The question becomes - would you accept a young woman in trade for her?

Silver Crusade

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GreySector wrote:
Is Vigo!

Wasn't he also Vigo the butch?

Grand Lodge

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Vy am I drippings vith goo?

The Exchange

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Command me lord!

Silver Crusade ***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Bloomington aka CanisDirus

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TOZ wrote:
I'm more curious about what #8-675309 will be about.

Zarta's long lost cousin, Jenny?

Or maybe something to do with a bardic masterpiece consisting of only two tones.

Silver Crusade ***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Bloomington aka CanisDirus

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First - Welcome to Pathfinder Society and thank you in advance for wanting to run games for people and share the fun of this hobby with others! :)

As for VA, etc., Rigby's and DM Livgin's posts are definitely the way to go there!

The real trick will come later when you want to be a VL or VC - then you have to engage the current ones in single combat and take their hea...

er...perhaps I've said too much ^^;

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I am also an android user, and am curious as to what this is (being that I'm not able to make PaizoCon)? :)

Silver Crusade

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Sara Marie wrote:
Old "Scuttlebutt" Salt wrote:
Psyblade wrote:

The more I read this, the more I have a whole Babylon 5 vibe to it... with the Absalom station name...

I wouldn't mind to be invited to playtesting... but doubt that will happen :P no luck there :D

Rumor has it a large % of Paizo staffers are rather big Babylon 5 fans...

(We know that Liz Courts is Ivanova made flesh, for instance...)

There's always the threat of an attack by say, a giant space dragon. The kind that eats the sun once every 30 days. It's a nuisance, but what can you expect from reptiles?

I see I'm not the only one for whom Marcus was a favorite :D

"Who knew they were French...sorry."

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