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

Just remember to monitor how the PCs "get" the Oread population to help them - if they're going to try diplomacy with a small army following them up the long, long avenue towards the palace... diplomacy might be tough, but if they told the Oreads not to approach unless they see fighting first - maybe?

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

There are also other "factors" that could play into your decision about the Treasure Map too ;)

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Tarlin is one of the characters I play - I've managed to make do by letting everyone I play with know his power before we start, so two-handed weapons acquired can make their way to me (also, all his spells except 1 are Cure, so he can potentially get his other cures back into the deck).

Another thing I've started doing is taking the Vindictive Harpoon loot option, that gives him another two-hander.

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

For when your concepts are reliant on having the right domain combination:

Deities by domain

Silver Crusade

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

No worries man, real life > game.

(if only I took my own advice...)

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James Jacobs wrote:
CanisDirus wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
doctor_wu wrote:

Is allowing players and npcs to add nexavar to bronze to overcome cold iron damage reduction something interesting?

How long have the properties of Nexavar been known?

Since Nexavar makes a blueish metal is allowing it to make a blue glass a good idea?

Actually... nexavar is no longer part of Golarion. (I felt it was a far too convenient and kind of lazy way to explain why the Worldwound hasn't expanded, and also sort of undermined the accomplishment of the Iomedan crusade as a result, and so it's been removed from the world as of Inner Sea World Guide.)

Since nexavar is not part of Golarion anymore... I don't really have much else to say about it—if you want to keep its presence in your version of Golarion, though, that's fine! :-)

So...

A PFS boon came out at Gen Con 2013 that involved characters receiving weapons made of Nexavarian Steel. I know that the novella "Certainty" came out in 2010 and you made the above comment in 2012, but with the focus the Worldwound is getting with Wrath of the Righteous and PFS Season 5...has something changed regarding Nexavarian Steel / Nexavar?

Thanks!

Ugh... Yeah, I had a conversation at the Con with someone about this. This is an unfortunate case of someone writing up a boon without realizing we've essentially retconned Nexavar out of the campaign setting for being a FAR to convenient mechanism to explain why the demons are stuck in the Worldwound and also marginalizing the crusaders' accomplishments in holding the line by having a far-too-convenient deus ex machina in the rivers surrounding the Worldwound.

I took Nexavar out of the setting because it weakened the crusaders' accomplishments, felt too lazy in world design, and simply wasn't as interesting as having the demons and crusaders rely on other means that weren't completely circumstantial, almost accidental...

It occurs to me that I never asked my follow-up question to this! (I think I was planning on asking you in person at GenCon 2014 but with the lines so long and GMing 8 PFS slots, I never got to see you...)

Since it's been written out of continuity anyway, would you be willing to share what nexavar was, originally? Or is it in the old campaign setting book (in which case I'll go search that when I get home)?

Thanks!

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

EricMcG wrote:
I am curious as to why items are offered on chronicles that are generally available without a chronicle to an average PFS character?

I'd recommend re-reading the "Gemstone Bounty" boon on the 4th chronicle sheet. That right there makes for a really good reason to list even mundane items :)

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

Chronicle sheet question - if you take the first option on chronicle sheet #4, do you not get the other options on the sheet?

Thanks!

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

One of my locals has a character who is a gladiator, so I see no problem with it, personally.

Silver Crusade

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Erik Mona wrote:

We've been focusing on things other than Huges recently, but I'll see what I can do to work it back into the conversation.

Huges are nice, to be sure.

An observation from my local area where we always do a "sealed box draft" with new mini sets was the thought of maybe just releasing a set with only small/medium minis?

Several of us who GM, after finding that our box had many many many duplicates of two of the larges but not a lot of diversity otherwise, realized that our boxes of minis "at home" were "largely" populated with large minis, so much so that the last ~16 minis selected in our draft were all larges.

Aside from the new iconic sets (which look *amazing* by the by!), is there a chance of maybe having a future release go with only smalls and mediums, perhaps?

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

Way to go! Congratulations to both of you!!!

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

John Compton wrote:
bugleyman wrote:
John Compton wrote:
I can see how the cannibalism trap could be distasteful for some groups...

*groan*

I see what you did there.

Another kitten betrayed!

That's even better than the one I had last night running 6-07, when the NPCs were telling the PCs (who knew nothing of any of the races involved) about their "genealogy".

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

^ that is one of the only reasons I'd be 100% okay with as a GM. I'd say that falls under the "dog ate my sheet" category.

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

I suppose, if that's the way you want to split hairs in the interpretation.

I just hope if someone plays a pregen at a table where they could have played one of their own PCs that it didn't end up getting anyone else's character(s) killed or anything else (mission failure, loss of gold, rewards, etc) because of a pregen that may not have been put together as proficiently as someone's PC. Or that the person playing a pregen when they had one of their own characters in-tier had a good reason (dog ate my character sheet/chronicle sheets would work).

I guess this just leaves me confused as to why someone would want to play a scenario with a pregen instead of their own character.

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

Cire wrote:
Mike Bramnik wrote:

Moot point, since I don't think that's allowed in the first place.

If you (proverbially) have a PC who's in-tier for a scenario but play a pregen, you can't put the pregen credit on that character, since you could (and should) have played the character.

All three Bonekeeps are 3-7, so if they've played 1 and/or 2, they're in-tier for 3.

That is not what the rule says.

I was wrong about Bonekeep's tier (I wrote it down wrong in my excel tracker apparently - thanks for catching me on that, Kigvan), but:

Guide to Organized Play, Page 6 wrote:

You may not apply

a Chronicle sheet earned with a pregenerated character
to a character that was already at the
level of the pregenerated character or
higher, as you should have used this
character for the scenario instead.

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

Moot point, since I don't think that's allowed in the first place.

If you (proverbially) have a PC who's in-tier for a scenario but play a pregen, you can't put the pregen credit on that character, since you could (and should) have played the character.

All three Bonekeeps are 3-7, so if they've played 1 and/or 2, they're in-tier for 3.

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

Wraith235 wrote:

I am doing a last Min read through right now for a table Im running in an hour and 1/2

I have found 4 of the tasks ... but cannot find the 5th

** spoiler omitted **

whats the 5th one Mentioned in the sidebar

The sidebars on pages 14 and 15 should answer that question.

Spoiler:
4 player adjustment gives a "Free task success" to help balance the difficulty

Hope you see this in time!

Silver Crusade

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And here I was, trying to summon the spirit of Captain Spalding, the African Explorer...

Silver Crusade

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Hello, I must be going.
I cannot stay,
I came to say,
I must be going.

I'll stay a week or two,
I'll stay the summer through,
But I am telling you,

I.
Must.
Be.
Going.

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

Wishes are a GM's best, and most devious, friend.

I always encourage GMs to check out this ongoing forum game to see how well they do at corrupting PC desires *grins*

Corrupt the Wish

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

FranKc wrote:

I've played this two weeks ago and am planning on running this next weekend. While playing I had fun, but it did take some pushing that our characters wanted to start a revolution. Combats were surprisingly challenging and we missed a bunch of boons but managed to get both prestige.

Read this through once and I did not get the sorcerers archetype. It sounds cool but can she use any of those abilities in combat against the PC's in any useful way? I'd appreciate some input on the matter.

I would make the assumption that her fellows know how her archetype works, so when they want to receive the benefits from one of her spells marked with an asterisk, they'll have to, out loud, go "I wish _____" (they can be as sneaky about the specifics as you want to make them as GM, IMHO).

If I'm at the high tier when I GM this (also this weekend) I'm thinking of using her "heart’s desire" ability on a PC that looks like they'd prefer talking to fighting, and if they say anything that can be twisted, using her 4th level wishcraft arcana spell would be kind of cruel, but totally fitting (and, frankly, one of the only ways I could see it being used the way the mechanics of her archetype work...).

Also, remember that

Quote:
A wishcrafter gains a +1 bonus to her caster level when using a creature’s wish as a verbal component in this manner.

Hope that helps!

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

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Mystic Lemur wrote:
Mike Bramnik wrote:
Short run-time + 0 risk of death = great quick demo/intro.
Did I miss something? Dying in a quest "doesn't count?"

Given it's 2am I'm not awake enough to track it down at this moment, but Mark Moreland once stated that ONLY for Ambush in Absalom and Urge to Evolve (the two quests that give 0xp, 0pp, and 0gp), that we can't expect players to use their own characters with a risk of death since there is no reward like for a normal scenario (or quest, now that Silverhex is out).

If I recall correctly, if you "die" playing Ambush in Absalom, you still get the chronicle sheet (since you can't play it multiple times on the same character, of course), just with all boons crossed out.

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

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Yea, my #1 was deleted about a day after I started playing PFS for the exact same reasons/way as you. I've just been putting all my events that I GM for-no-credit on XXXX-1 just for fun ever since, and I keep my local players guessing as to what my "real" first character is/was.

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

Zdravstvuite and congratulations!

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

Congratulations!

(and look for a message from me shortly :-) )

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

Short run-time + 0 risk of death = great quick demo/intro.

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I don't know if it got posted elsewhere, but the ACG reporting sheets HERE are pretty awesome, IMHO!

Silver Crusade

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Apparently there's been over 200 posts since last I looked in, and for some reason when I use the search function it's not showing me posts I know are (were?) there before, so apologies if any of these have been answered in the interim:

Do we know if:

1 - Can Metamagic feats affect blasts/talents? (Force Blast + Toppling Spell would be a nice combo)

2 - Can Telekinetic Haul be used on a willing creature (other than self) as well as an object? If not, can it be used on an object that a creature is standing on top of?

3 - Would racial alternative traits that affect elemental/ish bloodline powers/spells also apply to Wild Talents and Blasts? For example:

Advanced Race Guide wrote:


Some dwarves’ affinity for the earth grants them greater powers. Dwarves with this racial trait are treated as one level higher when casting spells with the earth descriptor or using granted powers of the Earth domain, the bloodline powers of the earth elemental bloodline, and revelations of the oracle’s stone mystery. This ability does not give them early access to level-based powers; it only affects the powers they could use without this ability. This racial trait replaces stonecunning.

(emphasis mine)

Thanks!

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

Locally, we are victims of our own popularity.

We used to have 3-4 tables of PFS a week. Now we're at 5-6 a week, spread over two days, and tables are still selling out the moment people can sign up for them! GMs too - if I want to GM anymore, I have to arrange it two weeks in advance just to make sure I'll get one of the tables!

As with all things in PFS, expect table/venue variation :)

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We have a local player whose Lore Warden (trip-focused) character is level 14 now - I'll see if I can't poke him to this thread to weigh in :)

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

There are scenarios and modules that have madness/sanity effects. Not quite what you're looking for, but close, perhaps?

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

I'll be totally honest...I'm really kind of regretting using my level 7 credit-baby character on the kineticist playtest...there are quite a few things that need to be worked out with that class, IMHO, and I doubt I'm going to be able to get 8 more games in before the 25th to put it towards a new character.

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

I think the key is this line from the chronicle sheet:

"At the end of the playtest, you gain benefits based on the number of lines you have filled."

I have a level 7 GM/campaign-credit baby I was going to make into a playtest character, but the chances of me getting 9 games in tier 7-11 or above between now and the 25th are also kind of slim, so I'm hoping either this chronicle sheet is "extended" if there's a second round of playtesting, or if acquiring the higher level rewards is still possible later on (not that I'm planning on having my character die, but because I think the RP implications of being a cult leader could be lots of fun to play out heh).

Either way, I'm hoping to get two games of 7-11 in this weekend, so that's a good start at least :P

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UnArcaneElection wrote:

Sure would help if we had a Golarion world map . . . .

HERE you go.

The Mordant Spire elves are known to sink *any* vessel going too close to Azlant, so going NW from the Inner Sea is out of the question, except for the Linnorm Kings who stay far to the north.

The Chelaxian and Andoran colonies must have ships that either go through the sunken continent (unlikely), or they sail around SW of Azlant - meaning they leave the Inner Sea, turn due South to the West of Mediogalti Island (to avoid the Eye of Abendego), and then go around from there. That might be the ideal spot for Shackles pirates to venture out and catch ships, in addition to Rahadoumi, Sargavan, Mwangi, and Aspis vessels, as mentioned elsewhere.

(Source for the Arcadian colony information, here - enjoy!)

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Starting the party I'm GMing for on Book 2 tomorrow - thanks very much for this!

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There's always the continent of Arcadia to consider - maybe some of the best routes from Arcadia around the destroyed continent of Azlant happen to skirt the edge of the Shackles?

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Katina,

You are indeed correct - it seemed to fix itself between when I posted and you posted, so, awesome, again! :)

Thanks so much, once again, and sorry to bother!

Mike

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Heya, sorry to be bothering in a separate post, but since I *did* say "thanks!" initially to the original post before I noticed the shipping issue, I'm guessing it went off the radar...I just want to make sure that this gets caught before the order clears/charges my card...

Quote:


Er...sorry...but... just noticed something....

Before:
Subtotal (36 items) $129.23
Shipping & Handling $27.47
Shipping & Handling Discount - $10.00
Order Total $146.70

After:
Subtotal (33 items) $114.23
Shipping & Handling $58.18
Shipping & Handling Discount - $10.00
Order Total $162.41

I'm assuming this was a system hiccup of somesort... but since it more than doubles the shipping costs, this sort of qualifies as a "new issue"?

Thanks very much and again sorry to bother!

Silver Crusade

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just giving this a gentle bump because I think I posted my reply right before the weekend and there have been lots of posts since then...sorry for (potentially) being a pest with this, and thank you again!

Silver Crusade

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(hoping I noticed in time before the order gets processed)

Silver Crusade

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Er...sorry...but... just noticed something....

Before:
Subtotal (36 items) $129.23
Shipping & Handling $27.47
Shipping & Handling Discount - $10.00
Order Total $146.70

After:
Subtotal (33 items) $114.23
Shipping & Handling $58.18
Shipping & Handling Discount - $10.00
Order Total $162.41

I'm assuming this was a system hiccup of somesort... but since it more than doubles the shipping costs, this sort of qualifies as a "new issue"?

Silver Crusade

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Katina,

Like all of your peers, you are mighty and awesome. Thank you! :)

Silver Crusade

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Very sorry to be bothering via the boards again, but I know your emails might still have a massive backlog. I tried calling last Wednesday and left a voicemail but since I didn't hear anything (and since this theoretically will take just a quick second).

Long story short - I misheard my friend when we were ordering (thought she said she was missing Serpent Skull 2-6 when in reality she said only missing the "last 2"). As such, I'd just like to remove these three items from this order:

Pathfinder Adventure Path #38: Racing to Ruin (Serpent's Skull 2 of 6) (PFRPG) Paizo Publishing, LLC 19.99 5.00 5.00
Pathfinder Adventure Path #39: The City of Seven Spears (Serpent's Skull 3 of 6) (PFRPG) Paizo Publishing, LLC 19.99 5.00 5.00
Pathfinder Adventure Path #40: Vaults of Madness (Serpent's Skull 4 of 6) (PFRPG) Paizo Publishing, LLC 19.99 5.00 5.00

This should still leave the order over $100 for shipping purposes and etc, so hopefully this is just a quick request - again, sorry to bother via the messageboards. Thanks again!

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

I know they are probably very few and far between, but I'm trying to track down a dhampir boon for a local player who has been helping a lot of others out lately (and giving up boons he's earned for nothing in return). I have a bunch of things to possibly trade in return (from myself as well as 1-2 other local players who are helping me in this effort). Thanks!

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

PFS will be at a prime location at tomorrow's Indiana University Student Involvement Fair from 11am - 3pm.

If you know anyone who might even be remotely interested in gaming who is an IU student, send them our way! We've got demos, giveaways, and even some prizes!

(and we are *loving* the timing - only a few weeks before BloomingCon - great for advertising!!!)

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

Huh...I wish they had told me that when I asked about why they had it all sectioned off...

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

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This isn't so much a 100% PFS suggestion and more 50/50 between PFS and Paizo on the show floor...but for about half of the con, the line to get into the Paizo booth in the Exhibit hall was more than 2 hours long for several days of GenCon - something that prevented me from getting there at all (the one time I had a little bit of time on Saturday the line was still 45 minutes long and I had to get back to the ballroom).

Maybe something could be arranged to get Tier 1-2 GMs (i.e. people running 7+ of the 10 PFS game slots) a "bypass the line" ticket so they can duck inside once during the convention to pick up things they might want/need for the con itself?

This is especially important because after the list of flip-mats and map-packs hit the forums for GMs (too late for ordering and shipping prior to the con), we were told that extras of the still-in-print maps would be brought for sale for GMs who needed them...I ended up loaning many maps out when I wasn't using them to GM friends of mine because they were never able to get to the Paizo booth to buy them...

So, yea, just a long-winded idea for next year :)

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Source: Know Direction facebook page (via RDJ's facebook page)

Facebook video

I'm probably reading too much into this, but...thoughts?

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

I *loved* the changes from last year to this year (and I loved the changes last year from the year before) tons! It almost pains me to even mention two things that I'd like to see improved, because 99% of everything was top-notch and amazing.

1 - The music during specials...for big dramatic things like the battle horns during Siege of the Diamond City or the "attention pathfinders" notes during Legacy of the Stonelords, it was okay...but there were times during Legacy and Bonekeep when some of my players had even more trouble hearing me (or couldn't at all) over a crescendo in the music (some of my players even clapped during Bonekeep when the music got turned way down at one point). I still like it, but maybe doing volume checks during an earlier slot before the special might help?

2 - I'm not sure if this got mentioned above, but I had two tables in a row not fire on Thursday. Fortunately one of my backup scenarios was in need, so I got players, but some GMs for the same scenario as I had ran both slots while myself and at least one other had no players for either one. I know nothing about how the mustering sheets are done, but is there a way in the future to mark which GMs were present but had no players from the previous slot? I'm sure some didn't mind having multiple slots off in a row, but I came to run games and suck players into PFS :)

Again, these are tiny minor things - all in all I loved how everything was organized this year!

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

I like this quite a bit, and will be using it when I GM private events for sure!

However, as an event organizer, I like to be able to have multiple sign-ins per piece of paper used (the current reporting sheets are perfect since we often have 3 tables going during a game night). Would it be possible to maybe do a version of that with your awesome changes?

Thanks for doing the work on this!

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