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Goblin Squad Member. Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber. FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 858 posts (1,231 including aliases). 2 reviews. 6 lists. 2 wishlists. 23 Pathfinder Society characters. 2 aliases.

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Silver Crusade


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.

Mike Bramnik

Silver Crusade *****

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).

Pictures below!

PFS@IU at the Fair!

Shadow Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

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

Facebook video

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

Silver Crusade *****


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!

Silver Crusade *****

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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.

Current Event Information

BloomingCon's (IU student-oriented) Facebook page

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!

Silver Crusade *****


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.

Super Important Question:
Page 15 - the Angazhani encounter - for tier 10-11 it doesn't say how many there should be
(since the 4 player reduction says "remove two" I'm guessing there's supposed to be more than 2 for tier 10-11?)

Lesser question:
Should I assume the "C = Crusader (D1 only)" on the map on page 13 is a misprint of some sort?


Silver Crusade *****

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?


Shadow Lodge *****

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Additional Resources wrote:

Pathfinder Player Companion: Undead Slayer's Handbook

All content in this book is legal.

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.

Silver Crusade *****

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!

Shadow Lodge *****

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Just sending a hopeful word to our PFS Turkey members that you're all okay out there - most of the US/world media isn't covering what's going on out there, so information on our end is sketchy, but we're thinking about you.

Shadow Lodge *****

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I got my start with PFS when I was in my very last semester at Northern Illinois University with the (currently continuing) conversion of the geology department into PFS players. One of my first players out there who took up the mantle of being a GM quickly was Chris Dodge, who just attained his first PFS GM Star, all without having FLGS support and doing most of the legwork himself to keep games going.

Congratulations Chris!

Shadow Lodge *****

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For anyone out there among us PFS Agents and Seekers who are also chess aficionados, I've created a "lodge" on where we can congregate, play chess, perhaps even have people play each other as their characters, talk, roleplay, etc.

Pathfinder Society Chess Lodge is the place - hope to see some of you on there sometime :)

Silver Crusade

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+10 points for the Eddie Izzard reference!

Silver Crusade *****

Very much looking forward to both of these!!!

Shadow Lodge *****

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When you can, let us know that you're alright up there?

*thoughts for everyone up in Boston right now...*

Shadow Lodge *****

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Even since before I moved to Bloomington Indiana for grad school, the PFS community here was strong, thanks to major support from our FLGS, The Common Room, but in the last six months, local players have really stepped up to run games and get a large community of gamers playing in Pathfinder Society Organized Play.

Among these awesome players and GMs, I'm proud to publicly congratulate "MJ" (Michael Johnson) and Mike Tuholski (so...we have a lot of Mikes, ok?) on both achieving their Second stars as PFS GMs in the last week!

With four one-star GMs already as well, I'm sure I'll be posting more congratulations in the not-too-distant future to them as well for their achievements in volunteering to provide fun gaming experiences for others!

Way to go Mike^2!

Shadow Lodge *****

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With credits to Will Johnson and Mike Lindner as well, some of the VOs have been trying to work up some sort of document to help clarify this while keeping it simple enough to fit on one page. I've already saved this as a .pdf and if people like it I can upload it to the GM shared resources.


Light Levels:
• Supernaturally Dark - Just like dark but darkvision does not work.
• Dark - Effectively blind w/o darkvision. 50% miss chance (total concealment), lose Dex bonus to AC, –2 penalty to AC, and –4 penalty on Perception checks that rely on sight and most Str and Dex skill checks.
• Dim Light - 20% miss chance Concealment w/o darkvision or the ability to see in darkness. Can make a Stealth check to conceal self.
• Normal Light - Just like bright light but no penalties for light sensitivity or light blindness.
• Bright Light - All characters can see clearly. Can't use Stealth unless invisible or has cover. Penalties for light sensitivity and light blindness apply.

• Low-light vision - Double the effective radius of bright light, normal light, and dim light.
• Darkvision - See normally plus dark areas within 60 feet. A creature can't hide within 60 feet of a character with darkvision unless it is invisible or has cover.

Regular light sources: (These change the ambient (non-magical) lighting of the area)
• Candle - creates dim light to 5'.
• Lamp - creates normal light to 15' and increases the ambient light by one step (dark to dim or dim to light) out another 15'.
• Torch - creates normal light to 20' and increases the ambient light by one step (dark to dim or dim to light) out another 20'.
• Hooded Lantern - creates normal light to 30' and increases the ambient light by one step (dark to dim or dim to light) out another 30'.
• Bullseye Lantern - creates a cone of normal light to 60' and increases the ambient light by one step (dark to dim or dim to light) out another 60'.
• Sunrod - creates normal light to 30' and increases the ambient light by one step (dark to dim or dim to light) out another 30'.

• Darkness - Drops the lighting one step in a 20' radius (no lower than dark). It also prevents equal or lower-level magical and all non-magical light sources from raising the ambient light. It also can be used to counter or dispel any light spell of equal or lower level.
• Deeper Darkness - This drops the lighting two steps in a 60' radius (all the way down to supernaturally dark). It prevents lower-level magical and non-magical light sources from raising the ambient light. It also can be used to counter or dispel any light spell of equal or lower level.
• Dust of Twilight - Extinguishes non-magical lights and dispels all light spells of 2nd level or lower in a 10' area.
• Light - creates normal light to 20' and increases the ambient light by one step (dark to dim or dim to light) out another 20'.
• Dancing Lights - creates up to four light sources that give light to 20' and increases the ambient light by one step (dark to dim or dim to light) out another 20'.
• Continual Flame - creates light to 20' and increases the ambient light by one step (dark to dim or dim to light) out another 20'. Can be used to counter or dispel darkness spells of equal or lower level.
• Daylight - creates bright light to 60' and increases the ambient light by one step (dark to dim, dim to normal, or normal light to bright light) out another 60'. When brought within a magical darkness, both daylight and the darkness effects are temporarily negated where they overlap. Daylight can also be used to counter or dispel any darkness spell of equal or lower level.

Two possible solutions for magical (supernatural) darkness:
1. A Heightened Continual Flame spell. At 4th level it functions fine in Darkness spells of 3rd level or lower.
2. Daylight and a non-magical light source. The magical light sources all counter each other and a torch or sunrod will then function normally.

Silver Crusade *****

Welcome aboard John! Hope we don't drive you crazy *too* quickly! :P

Shadow Lodge *****

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This may fall under GM call (YMMV) and the "unusual solutions" clause of the Guide, but I wanted to ask this here just in case other GMs have other ways to figure this out.

Say one of your players comes up with a unique solution to dealing damage, such as "we drop the piano out the window on top of the guys trying to beat down the door" or "I just rolled a natural 20 on a strength check - I'd like to pick up the blacksmith's anvil and throw it at them" or "I have an anchor/ship feather token I'd like to throw at them."

In non-combat situations, GM-call is GM-call, but during combat, where things have specific hp and weapons do XdY+Z would you handle something unusual like that?

Shadow Lodge *****

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CommonCon - The gaming convention for the everyday, common gamer!
(Sponsored by The Common Room of Bloomington, Indiana)

CommonCon 2013 - January 5-6, 2013

For the first year, CommonCon is going to be on the small side, and will focus on Pathfinder Society, but we're currently working on a 3-year plan to expand to encompass Magic: the Gathering, Live-Action Roleplaying groups such as "The Camarilla", and other games as well.

As of October 2012, we are planning 5 time slots with 3-4 Pathfinder Society tables per time slot. A full list of scenarios will be announced and posted before November 2012.

Featured - "The Dinner Table" - Join Venture Lieutenant Mike Bramnik at a special "Oasis" table for dinner and the Season 3 Exclusive Scenario, "The Cyphermage Dilema" Friday night of CommonCon (a small additional admission fee may be required for this table).

Admission will be $6 for each day, or $10 for both days. Pre-registration information will be announced and posted during or before November 2012.

Please contact Mike Bramnik if you would like any information that isn't posted here!

Are you a Pathfinder Society gamer in Indiana? Join our Facebook group and find out information on our weekly games!


Shadow Lodge *****

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One of my players asked me a question today that I honestly don't know the answer to, and since it's for her PFS character I wanted to ask here (since a home game would just be GM call for this I think).

The question was: "Can you buy a feat if you don't have the prerequisites for it, and simply not be able to use it until you do meet them?"

When I started to hem and haw about that, she followed up with: "Or, can I not-buy my level 3 feat at level 3, but hold the feat slot until level 4 when I do meet the prerequisite?"

When I consulted the books, the closest thing I could find was:

PRD wrote:
A character can't use a feat if he loses a prerequisite, but he does not lose the feat itself. If, at a later time, he regains the lost prerequisite, he immediately regains full use of the feat that prerequisite enables.

To me that's gray-area, but I wanted to ask here for advice before telling her yea or nay.

Thanks in advance!

Shadow Lodge *****

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Quick question,

Say someone wanted to get a Continual Flame cast on something - that is a Cleric 3 / Wizard 2 spell, which would be 150gp or 60gp for spellcasting services depending on which one is used.

I'm asking to cover all differences like this, using Continual Flame as an example - I know that cleric/wizard/druid are the "standard" for CL, but if there's "conflict" among those three...

At a home-game it'd be GM call, but in PFS, is there a standard modus operendi for things like that? I tried to search through the forums but didn't find anything conclusive.

Thanks very much!

Shadow Lodge *****

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Hey, quick question -

Is there a list of NPCs that writers are allowed to make use of for purposes of introducing quests / setting goals for PCs? I know that Seekers of Secrets introduced many Venture Captains, but since that's no longer part of the core assumption I'm not sure how many of those are still valid.

Alternatively, is it acceptable for authors to simply write "Venture Captain X" and have that part left up to Paizo staff if the quest is accepted?

Thanks very much!

Shadow Lodge *****

7 people marked this as FAQ candidate. Answered in the errata.
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So, in another recent thread I was asking about dealing with raise-dead and etc in the form of PP. This led me to wonder about something else.

Some points from the guide before my question:

Guide wrote:
PCs can also sell off gear, including the dead character’s gear, at 50% of its listed value to raise money to purchase a spell that will return their slain ally from the dead, though they can only do so in a settlement and they cannot sell off any items found during the current scenario that they haven’t purchased.


Guide wrote:
Note that it’s possible for a player to spend her character’s Prestige Points even if the PC is dead, petrified, or otherwise out of commission.

and finally, Table 5-4 specifies that items acquired by spending 1 or 2 PP are worth 0 gold and cannot be sold.

Nothing, however, is said about Vanities. Given the second quote from the guide, and given that Vanities largely represent buying businesses, homes, and well "vanities" to represent things that happen during down-time, can Vanities be "sold" (for half their PP purchase cost, as per normal selling-back rules) to be put towards the PP a character might be able to use towards getting raised from the dead?

Example - say my character, Captain Julian Ignatius John Patrick "Black" Ramsey (his middle name is another line - don't ask) dies, but only has 11 PP available. Faced with the choice of "y'er money of y'er life", he'd probably choose to sell his beloved ship, "The Ardent Lady" to pay for the cost of bringing him back from the dead (given his religion, the afterlife might not be as kind to him if he hasn't made some sort of great achievement in piracy before he joins Besmara on her black ship). Likewise, my Chelaxian slave-merchant would definitely choose to give up his control of his caravan to a fellow Chelaxian if it bought him the "clout" needed to get raised from the dead.

Unlike my last question, I'm not sure anything in the PFS Guide or Field Guide talks about this, so I'd love for opinions (possibly Mike or Mark depending on how discussion goes?).

Thanks very much!

Shadow Lodge *****

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

This is a question that came up during Gen Con right before an ill-fated attempt to tackle

The Temple of Empyreal Enlightenment

when the GM hinted that he hoped we all had 16 PA available. I wondered aloud:

"I wonder, if you have 14 PA but die during the scenario, do you get those 2 PA (assuming a successful mission)." The GM mentioned that such is spoken about in the Guide/FAQ/Forums and yes, you do.

But then I pondered aloud:

"What if you have 12 PA instead, and even with the ones you get from the mission when you died you're left with 14 PA. If you GM games as often as you play, can you apply GM credit to 'dead' characters until they have enough to afford a raise via gold or PA?"

The response around the table was unanimous - "Good question, no idea, that's one for the forums and probably Mike and Mark."

And so, less-than-epic sleep-deprived-tale later, here we are.

I know that death is part of the game, but every once in awhile people have a character they just *love* and want to play to a "fitting" end - for those people, can they apply GM credit to their dead character in order to afford a raise/res/etc?


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