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Goblin Squad Member. RPG Superstar 9 Season Marathon Voter. Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber. FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar Venture-Captain, Indiana—Bloomington. 1,316 posts (1,951 including aliases). 15 reviews. 4 lists. 2 wishlists. 44 Pathfinder Society characters. 5 aliases.

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Silver Crusade

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Note - this is a super minor problem, so please ignore it until there's spare time!

I have found that since the last scheduled downtime that I cannot view my own PFS Sessions.

When I go to, it asks me to log in (even if I had just logged in a few moments before). When I do, it "loads" for a minute or two, then goes to the front-page. I've tried on Firefox and Chrome (desktop and also Chrome on my phone) with no success.

Any help would be appreciated, but again, this is a minor problem! Thanks in advance!

Silver Crusade

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So, by-general-rule, A.R. = Earth year + 2700 (at least in PFS, since 4716 A.R. = 2016 C.E.)

But a certain Old Crone is listed as being born in 2720 A.R. (75 B.C.E.)... that seems kind of off?

Also, 4713 ~> 1918 for Book 5?

The group I'm GMing is only halfway through Book 3, but I have two people in the party who are really good about noticing (and sometimes get hung up on) nuances like that, so I wanted to fish for an answer before it comes up, other than waving my hand and saying "timey wimey stuff".

Thanks in advance for any thoughts!

Silver Crusade ***

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Congrats to all the new 5-star GMs! And special congrats to Chris Rathunde -- not only a great GM but a super nice guy. Hope to game with you at CodCon next month!

Silver Crusade

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You clearly said, "to blave."

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

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Have some free time tomorrow?

Interested in watching Paizo staff run through Pathfinder (and PFS) adventures?

Check out the Pathfinder Twitch Marathon tomorrow from 10am-8pm PST (1pm-11pm EST)!

Full details and links can be found HERE!!!

(Even if you can't make it to watch - let your fellow Pathfinder lodge members and prospective players know about it so they can log in and see for themselves!)

Silver Crusade *****

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Discovered thanks to the official Paizo tumblr account:

Vote to name a baby Polar Bear at the Columbus Zoo "Desna"

Silver Crusade

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So, I just got this order in the mail, with a "This is a gift" at the top...but no way to tell who got this gift for me! I'd like to thank them, but...

Is there any way to learn who sent me this? Thanks very much in advance (and I understand if not).

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

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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!

Markon Phoenix's Map of Tian Xia

Markon Phoenix's Map of Cheliax

(Among others!)

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!

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

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!

Warhorn Link for games


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!

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

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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
B - The oldest of the conflicting sources
C - Submit each item on a case-by-case basis for a ruling from the PFS Team (currently John, Linda, and Tonya).

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!

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

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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!

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

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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!

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

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!!!

The Exchange


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?

Starting stats:

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!

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

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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!

Mike Bramnik
Venture Captain, Bloomington IN

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

Awesome news! Can't wait to experience these new Quests!

Silver Crusade

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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!

Mike Bramnik

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

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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:

- Common Room Games
- That's The Rub Massage Therapy Center
- Mr. Copy

Silver Crusade

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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 :)

Silver Crusade

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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!

Silver Crusade

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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).

Emphasis mine.

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.

Silver Crusade

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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)


Silver Crusade

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").

His Stats:

(no I don't use HeroLab, so apologies if the formatting feels "off" to you...)

Level 7 Male Human Kineticist
Str 8 Dex 16 Con 21 Int 14 Wis 12 Cha 10
(Human: +2 Con, Level 4: +1 Con)

Favored Class: Kineticist
HP: 87
Fort: 10
Ref: 8
Will: 3

BAB: +5
CMB: +4
CMD: +17

AC: 19
Touch: 13
Flat: 16

Acrobatics, 1 rank (5)
Disable Device, 1 rank (5)
Heal, 1 rank (5)
Intimidate, 1 rank (4)
Knowledge Engineering, 1 rank (6)
Linguistics, 1 rank (6)
Perception, 7 ranks (11)
Sleight of Hand, 3 ranks (9)
Stealth, 5 ranks (11)
Use Magic Device, 7 ranks (10)

Human - Hermean Blood (Acrobatics, Disable Device)
1st - Point Blank Shot
3rd - Precise Shot
? 5th - Deadly Aim ?
7th - Toughness

Trait - Reactionary (+2 initiative)
Trait - Ancient Historian (Scarab Seekers Faction, Linguistics becomes class skill, gain one ancient language)

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:
Elven Chainmail Armor +1 (6,150gp)
Silver Cestus (25gp)
Cold Iron Dagger (4gp)
Snapleaf (2 prestige)
Potion of Gaseous Form (2 prestige)
Handy Haversack (2,000gp)
Wayfinder (250gp)
Clear Spindle (Normal) Ioun Stone (slotted) (4,000gp)
Ioun Torch (75gp)
Deep Red Sphere (Normal) Ioun Stone (+2 Dex) (8,000gp)
Belt of Mighty Constitution +2 (+2 Con) (4,000gp)

Elemental Focus: Aether
Telekinetic Blast: 4d6+8 (P or S or B)
Force Ward: 7 temporary hp, 1 Burn for +3
Burn: Max 2 Burn per round, max Burn 7/day
Feel the Burn: Max +2 Attack/Damage to Blast
Infusion Specialization: Form -1, Substance -0
Metakinesis (Empower - 1 Burn)

Wild Talents:
1 - Extended Range
? 1 - Kinetic Healer ?
1 - Light Touch
6 - Foe Throw
6 - Telekinetic Haul

Backstory overview:
Orphaned child of a Hermean "ambassador" and a potential Hermean recruit, he started to manifest strange powers - violent outbursts of energy...but, being alone, and not understanding what a medallion in the shape of a gold dragon's head he was found with means, he lived most of his young life in the slums, taking whatever he can to survive, relying on his "gift" to create distractions and cause damage to give him enough of a window to take what he needs for food and clothing.

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!

Silver Crusade

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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...


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

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

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

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?


Silver Crusade

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Yes, this is a silly question, but once I thought of it I was only able to resist posting/asking about it for a few days.

In PFS, having a Pathfinder Society / Pathfinder / Paizo shirt gives you one free reroll per scenario. Is that something that might crossover to PFSACG?


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