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In my never-ending quest to find neat fantasy-gaming art and artists to commission to create character art for my PFS characters, I stumbled onto this guy who had created some really neat digital maps of Golarion. I even printed out one of his maps (Island of Kortos) to use whenever I GM #6-98.
I've followed his work for a bit, but once I discovered he was a PFS player, I wanted to give him the props he clearly deserves!
This guy, and his maps, are pretty awesome, and I wanted to share this find with the PFS community at large! Hope you enjoy his maps as much as I do!
We have a Con!
Join the Pathfinder Society at Indiana University as we descend upon the Indiana Memorial Union for King (Cobra) Con, January 15-17 2016!
All games will take place in the Oak Room on the mezzanine level, just above the Biddle Hotel lobby. Indiana University classes don't begin until January 19th, so this will be a great time for gaming before campus is full to overflowing for the spring semester.
Featured at this convention is our Saturday night Special, the multi-table "Siege of Serpents", and also two dedicated gaming slots on Sunday for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game!
Sign up* and join us!
Find us on Facebook for more details!
* note, please check with VC Mike Bramnik or VLs Joe Ducey, Alex Mirowski, or Justin McNeely before signing up to GM, as many slots have already been requested by our local GMs. Thanks!
Since there have been at least /two/ /different/ posts in recent memory about these sorts of issues, I wanted to present the question in the most general sense possible, and check to see if there is (or can be) an official PFS ruling on the matter.
The Question: If Source X and Source Y both have Item Z, but each source has different "stats" or other information for Item Z, AND if a Player owns both sources, which one takes precedence?
(Obviously, if Player A only owned Source X and not Source Y, they would only use the stats from Source X. If Player B owned Source Y and not Source X, they would only use the stats from Source Y.)
Options I can see from my chair:
A - The most recent of the conflicting sources
My guess would be A, and as a GM that's how I would proceed if presented with this at a table, but this is one I'd love to find/get an official ruling on, if possible.
Thanks very much for reading!
If you're around online tonight, the Know Direction Pathfinder podcast is live right now with PFS OPC Tonya Woldridge as well as ACG Designer Tanis O'Connor!
If you hop on while the podcast is live, you can ask questions and have them answered on-air!
In addition to announcing Michael Johnson's 5th GM Star HERE, I have the pleasure tonight of announcing a plethora of other recent GM accomplishments!
Venture Lieutenant Joe Ducey has just achieved his 3rd GM Star in PFS, as have long-time GMs Ben Planton and Daniel McDeavitt!
Joe Connor, who hasn't been GMing with us too long, has already raced to his 2nd GM Star as well!
Bloomington now has 44 "active" Stars' worth of GMs, with no sign of slowing down! I couldn't be prouder to be the VC of this lodge - you all make this gaming community so great!
When I moved to Bloomington, Indiana - I already had one star under my belt, which makes this announcement even more awesome!
Michael "MJ" Johnson was announced at Gen Con 2015 as Bloomington's first 100% home-grown 5 Star PFS GM!
MJ has been running games for the society since PFS first caught on locally, and has been going nonstop ever since! He is a local favorite, and sometimes I'll even catch players asking a week in advance which table he's GMing so they can sign up for it!
Congratulations, MJ - you are one of the cornerstones of our lodge, and we wouldn't be the same without you!!!
So, just about a year ago I made a Vishkanya Stygian Slayer, and got him up to level 4. Now I have ~4xp of GM credit on him (so he's 5.1 or 5.2, not 100% positive), and I've been invited to play him in a Rise of the Runelords (module-mode) game starting with Skinsaw Murders (investigation/tracking/shadowy-stuff so I'm told).
Sometime between when I played him last (Nov '14) and now, I lost my "build sheet" which had my notes for where I wanted to go with him. Since then, however, Pathfinder Unchained came out, and I'm wondering if anyone might have thoughts about a Stygian Slayer (TWF Kukris) with a few Rogue levels might be an idea worth considering?
1st level Feat - Sleep Venom (the potential to KO someone so quickly with a DC that scales up as I level was a very attractive draw)
I have just enough prestige/gold to retrain almost everything else except for that one, so I'm open to suggestions if there are any to be had?
Thanks very much in advance for any ideas!
Everyone, please join me in congratulating Joe Ducey on being confirmed by Mike Brock today as a new PFS RPG Venture Lieutenant for Bloomington! Joe has gone out of his way over the last several months to GM, help me with coordinating ideas and events, and help new players and GMs in PFS, and is a great addition to Alex Mirowski (RPG VL @ IU main campus) and Christina Green (ACG VL) as part of our local Venture Officer team! Welcome aboard Joe!
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I *really* hate to bother you guys and gals - I know you're working virtually around the clock with more orders/emails/posts/calls than you can deal with...but, the above order contains items that I ordered/piled-up-in-sidecart ranging from early February to mid-March.
Several of these items are destined to be prizes for an upcoming PFS convention/charity event that I'm helping run the weekend of May 15-17. As we're less than 1 month away from that event, I just wanted to make a post just in case something got held up with the order that can be manually bypassed in order to make sure this order ships with enough time to get here for said event.
Again, sorry to bother, and thank you so very much!
Announcing The Convention at Stonekeep 2015 - May 15-17 in Bloomington Indiana!
Most local-level conventions, you'll find, offer a nice variety of fun (and sometimes easy) scenarios. Not this time! Stonekeep is going to be a, well, stone-grinder of a con! With special permission from Mike Brock - we'll have Bonekeep parts 1, 2, *and* 3! We'll also be offering every scenario that has a "Hard Mode" option and a selection of other scenarios that will truly test your mettle as Pathfinders!
(Don't worry, we'll also have a few gentle offerings - I promise!)
Bonekeep <=> Stonekeep, right? Well, sort of. In addition to normal PFS convention activities, this event is going to be a little special for us here in Bloomington. There is a local facility called Stonebelt - an assisted living facility for persons with physical and developmental disabilities. Several members of our lodge are current or former employees of theirs, and we know that there are several pieces of equipment that they are in need of - a perfect invitation for us to step up and give back to our local community!
Several of our lodge's GMs have been cooking up an integrated ACG-RPG Charity scenario where the success of the ACG players will contribute directly to some of the challenges the RPG players will have to face the next day! These scenarios are non-PFS, but will be played with PFS and PACG rules, and come with *significant* prizes for the winning table (ACG and RPG both)! Look for a separate announcement about "bidding" for a seat at these tables soon!
In addition, we'll also have some rare items and services up for auction, with all proceeds from the auctions and charity tables going towards the purchase of needed equipment for Stonebelt.
As if that wasn't enough, we'll be running the Season 4 Special Scenario - Race for the Runecarved Key and will have Adventure Card Guild demos going all weekend long!
So, mark your calendars for May 15-17th - dare ye brave the dangers of Bonekeep AND Stonekeep?
Look for a Warhorn to go live on or around April 1st, 2015
Huge thanks to three local businesses who are offering their support for this effort:
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As a geophysicist, I get a lot of things coming through my email that are of little interest to anyone outside a few specific fields. Sometimes, however, I get something that everyone can relate to, and even more rarely, something that has the potential to be really awesome for PFS and Pathfinder as a whole!
(Name the features on Pluto and its moon Charon - the public news story related to this train of thought.)
NASA's New Horizons probe is approaching Pluto and Charon, and NASA has a public campaign to name the features of these bodies. As I looked, I saw items from Tolkien, Pratchett, and other fictional worlds had been nominated. As such, I thought to myself, "wouldn't be awesome if Absalom or Pharasma or Skyreach became actual places on another (dwarf) planet!" and so, I bring this to you:
Nominate a Name! - If we all come together as Pathfinder players and GMs and suggest names from Golarion...who knows! Maybe we'll actually play a role in naming a mountain or crater or other feature on another world!
/science geeking, and back to your regularly scheduled fantasy RPG geeking :)
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So, I'm playing in Iron Gods as an Oread, and I have the following alternate racial trait:
Advanced Race Guide wrote:
Crystalline Form: Oreads with this trait gain a +2 racial bonus to AC against rays thanks to their reflective crystalline skin. In addition, once per day, they can deflect a single ray attack targeted at them as if they were using the Deflect Arrows feat. This racial trait replaces earth affinity.
Would this work vs laser/beam attacks? We're just starting to encounter this sort of thing, so I wanted to see if there's a rule or something I missed regarding this.
Thanks very much!
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Spellstrike Gloves, found in Ultimate Equipment have a curious description as to what spells can or cannot be used:
...the gloves allow the wearer to treat a ranged magus spell as a spell with a range of “touch,” allowing him to deliver the spell with his spellstrike ability. The glove can only affect spells that normally affect one or more creatures at a range greater than “touch” (such as slow), not rays or other created effects. The altered spell only affects the creature attacked (any other targets normally allowed by the spell are lost).
How is "other created effects" defined? Any spell that has a physical "presence" (i.e. Snowball, Fireball, Lightning Bolt, Web, Black Tentacles, etc.)? Or is it only Rays, Conjuration spells, and other spells that bring something into being (so Snow/Fireball would be okay, but not Web/Black Tentacles)?
Thank you very much in advance.
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In playing/running ACG Adventure 0-4A and 0-4B today, we came across a situation where a player at our table could recharge an ally with the animal trait - the only one he had available was the "Rogue Ape", but it is not labeled as such - shouldn't it be an animal?
(Posting this specifically for our players from today to mark for FAQ consideration)
So, I went through the PFS Scenario "The Beacon Below" (Tier 7-11) tonight with my playtest character... my d20s betrayed me at every turn, and even with +14 to hit sometimes (due to bonuses from blessing of fervor and prayer and point blank shot and feel the burn), I only landed 3 telekinetic blasts the entire game.
Telekinetic haul looked like it would have been useful at one point near the end of the scenario, but other PCs in the party got a rather high diplomacy check to convince a NPC to help us "do the thing" a different way instead. I kinda felt useless.
Also of note, I only took 1 point of burn during the whole scenario - that was when I first put up Force Ward at the start of the dungeon crawl part of the scenario. Every time I needed to use things that needed burn, the combination of Form Infusion specialization and making a move action to reduce Burn by 1 reduced it to 0.
The original idea was to make him useful in combat while also having some utility to help a party outside of fighting... even if more of my attack rolls had hit, though, the spear-chucker barbarian in the party was landing ~70 damage a round, and the bloodrager was doing ~25 a hit (and with blessing of fervor being up during the longer/harder battles, they got to swing a lot while my character didn't have much usefulness...)
(items in italics are things that I did not use even once during his playtest, that I might consider swapping out or, if need be, paying pfs prestige for "retraining").
(no I don't use HeroLab, so apologies if the formatting feels "off" to you...)
Favored Class: Kineticist
Trait - Reactionary (+2 initiative)
Human alternative racial trait: Heart of the Slums (+2 Stealth and Sleight of Hand checks, +4 Survival checks in urban and underground environments, roll twice for saves vs disease).
Gear of note:
Elemental Focus: Aether
Then, one day, he was found by Kreighton Shaine of the Pathfinder Society, who wanted to learn from Jah just as much as he wanted to teach the boy control, and patience. Five years later, Jah-ah-Koh is now a Pathfinder Field Agent going on missions for the Society and the Scarab Sages, with whom he hopes to unlock more of the mysteries behind his occult powers.
So, yea, there he is. I have another chance to play him on Monday evening in another 7-11, but I'm starting to have second thoughts since he felt so useless earlier...any advice would be welcome. Thanks!
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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...
Thanks very much and again sorry to bother!
So, at our first local event, both groups beat scenario 1 and were excited to try 2 right away. One group beat it on their first shot, but the other table (the one I was at) lost on the very last turn of the blessings deck (everything was in place - villain was just too deep in the deck for the last location we scoured). We decided to try it again, however, and got lucky with villain placement and won quickly.
To be "safe" we filled out three separate sections (out of the six) on the chronicle sheet - marking that we won #1, lost #2 but still got deck upgrades (since we all lived), and then that we won #3 and got the scenario reward (and two people also took deck upgrades since there wasn't a lot of useful loot taken heh).
Did we do that right? Or are we only supposed to have one entry per scenario, and then check "success yes/no" in pencil so it can be erased when being replayed?
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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
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!
I'm sorry to be writing on the message boards - but with my schedule, calling you guys while you're open is difficult. I've previously sent two emails a week apart that I haven't heard anything back from yet, and with some of this stuff from even before GenCon...
I'm likely going to be traveling out of state soon and would really like to make sure that I'm either around to get my orders myself, or to arrange for someone to check for me and hold them until I'm back.
Is there any way for someone from customer service to drop me a line today/tonight maybe?
Thanks very much, and sorry again for having to post this to the boards.
GMs Jill Hawley, Reyn LeBeau, Alex Mirowski, and Daniel McDeavitt cast Endure Elements on themselves and took to campus today to represent our local Pathfinder lodge at the IU Student Involvement Fair - the first time PFS has ever been invited to take part!
Given how many fliers I had printed and how many I got back in the end and reports from our GMs in the field - I'd guess that over a hundred students were introduced to the idea of Pathfinder and PFS today, and somewhere between 60-80 took fliers. Several PFS ID#s were also handed out, and 20 lucky students rolled critical hits on a big d20 to win the last of my promotional d6s that have the Glyph of the Open Road on them (with season 5 colors).
So, as the title says, is there a way to do this?
I recently obtained a boon as part of a trade, but there was no event code listed, but there was a date, GM, and PFS # - I was hoping to track down said GM and get the event name/code before giving this boon to one of my local players.
11/04/2011, PFS# 20131
Thanks very much in advance!
Announcing BloomingCon 2014, hosted by the Indiana University Memorial Union Board - a full weekend of movies, anime, and a little bit of gaming too, to which PFS has been invited!
We're going to be in the Indiana Memorial Union's Stateroom East all day on Saturday 9/27 - a room big enough for nearly 150 people. I'd love for us to PACK the place - only leaving room for new PFS recruits and walk-ins for whom we will be ready with The Confirmation, We Be Goblins!, and the new Pathfinder Adventures/Delves that are being debuted at GenCon 2014.
Sunday 9/28 we are taking over the nearby Common Room Games to run the GenCon 2014 Special #6-00 Legacy of the Stonelords.
Watch this space for a Warhorn link with scenarios soon, and if you'd be interested in being a GM, please let me know - thanks!
I asked Kyle a few questions in private, but I realized that some of these would be best answered on the boards so other GMs can see them.
...especially given that one of them changes a whole encounter.
We're going to be running this in a few days in Bloomington, and we've obtained a projector and a means to put the map of Nerosyan on the wall - but I can't seem to find a map with layers on it that we can use. I asked this on the other Siege thread but never heard anything...
Is there one out there, or should I just pull the map from the .pdf and use photoshop to make colored layers (and sort through 25 or so files to put them up on the screen)?
Alternatively, does anyone know an easy way to turn a layered .png image into a .pdf?
Additional Resources wrote:
With a Living Steel weapon now okay for PFS use, would that possibly open up a discussion into whether the material itself can be used - or is it just this one item?
With four books (one of them a big one) hitting all at once, I just wanted to check in case this fell through the cracks (i.e. the living steel wasn't supposed to be legal). Sorry to bother.
Join us in Bloomington Indiana at The Common Room for Siege of the Diamond City, Sunday May 11th at Noon!
This will be the final local event for many of Bloomington's regular gamers, as Indiana University graduation is on the 10th and several of our beloved players and GMs are moving elsewhere.
Come out and help defend Nerosyan (and Bloomington!) from the demonic hordes!
If you are planning on coming in from out of town, or have an interest in being a GM for this event, please post here or send me a private message. We're predicting ~2 Seeker (level 12+) tables and several from tiers 1-2 through 10-11.
We hope you'll join us!