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RPG Superstar 2013 Top 16. Goblin Squad Member. RPG Superstar 2013 Star Voter. Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Card Game, Companion, Maps, Modules, Pawns, Roleplaying Game Subscriber. FullStarFullStar Venture-Lieutenant, North Carolina—Fayetteville. 2,857 posts (3,004 including aliases). 1 review. 1 list. 4 wishlists. 6 Pathfinder Society characters. 9 aliases.


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Whenever I am going to a PFS event, I bring everything I need to run the three short evergreens (The Confirmation, First Steps Part I, and Master of the Fallen Fortress) with me, so if a table doesn't make, I can always run an evergreen. I find that most folks, if given the choice between playing a scenario the GM is running cold and a well-prepped evergreen, will pick the evergreen and just start new characters.

BTW, I would not ever run Bonekeep cold. Players who sign up for Bonekeep are looking for a particular experience (or they don't know what they're getting into and shouldn't be playing it. If you run it cold, you run a real risk of either softballing the hard stuff or killing somebody off that you shouldn't have because you didn't grasp some part of the scenario (tactics, for instance).

But, as for tips to mitigate running cold if you absolutely must:

1. Have a blank flipmat.
2. Standard GM 101 stuff: read the Adventure Summary, primary and secondary success conditions, tactics in the statblocks; phone a friend who has run it or check the forums/GM Shared Prep for advice.
3. Try to avoid social scenarios (Blakros Matrimony, Merchant's Wake) or complex infiltration/investigation scenarios (Scars of the Third Crusade, Murder on the Throaty Mermaid, The Disappeared); go for simple and straightforward fare like Mists of Mwangi.
4. Take breaks in between encounters to figure out what happens after the encounter and what's supposed to happen next.
5. When in doubt, give the PCs the benefit of the doubt. You don't want your lack of preparation to wind up screwing over a player.

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I disagree that Con is that important for a wizard. By around 5th level, if something is doing hit point damage against you, either you aren't using the defenses available to you or your party's failing to protect you.

I generally prefer 14 Dex 12 Con because of the slight edge in initiative. To me, getting from 12 to 14 Con isn't worth dumping Cha or Wis any. It's a matter of preference, though.

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There are a lot of uses for Cha-based skills in PFS. If you dump Cha, you need to know you're going to be taking a back seat in certain scenarios.

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Seriously... a thread about a children's book devolves into casters vs. martials and edition warring in three posts?

-head asplode-

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The definition of love as action, rather than emotion, didn't originate with Vachss, whoever he is. The koine Greek in which the New Testament was written has several different words for love. Christianity teaches that agape, the highest form of love, consists of actions increasing the wellbeing of another. Lewis's Till We Have Faces, a retelling of the myth of Cupid and Psyche, explores the differences between active love that seeks the good of the beloved and emotive love that seeks the gratification of the lover.

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The more sandboxy the game is, the more likely I am to use actual XP rather than narrative leveling. As a player, I also prefer actual XP. XP is a reward for defeating challenges; narrative leveling removes the reward incentive because you just are whatever level you need to be when the plot requires it. Ultimately, it takes away a measure of player agency.

I do, however, use group XP. I am not about to track XP totals for 5 different people. Everybody's the same. I reward individual excellence in other ways.

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If by "rinse" you mean "run water over it to get off most of the gunk," then I rinse.

If by "rinse" you mean "scrub it with a scouring pad and soap," that's the dishwasher's job, not mine.

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The mods are able to devote more time to the Rules forum because they quash PTL topics right away. IMO that's a feature, not a bug.

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Sissyl wrote:
Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Sissyl wrote:
It is difficult for many people today to accept that if you hear an opinion you don't agree with, you aren't a traumatized and therefore saintly victim.
Conversely, it is difficult for many people today to accept that if you have the ability and anonymity to be a douchebag poster, you don't have to exercise it.
Have to? No. But being a douchebag does in no way include "disagreeing with what someone else thinks and attacking that person's arguments." Which many seem to think it does. Playing the victim card happens instantly today. As does various racist/sexist cards. That is most of the difference today.

While I agree that victim cards are overplayed, I think there's a distinction between attacking someone's argument civilly and politely and doing so in a jerk way. Some posters skirt the messageboard rules by being total jerks, technically attacking other posters' arguments, but doing so in a hostile, condescending way that demeans and bullies other posters.

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The problem is that there are certain topics that some people have shown they can't talk about at all without being jerks about it.

Whether it is better to lock those topics or ban those posters is a different discussion.

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I would think that an everburning torch would not, since the continual flame that powers it doesn't actually burn anything.

A sunrod, on the other hand, probably puts off an metallic/ozone smell like an arc welder or a sparkler.

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How did I miss its first incarnation? This is a great thread.

Mikaze wrote:
One of Michael's titles was "The Angel of Chaos". It never went further over the details on exactly what kind of chaos

That's because Saint Michael is the patron saint of paratroopers.

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Ancient irregulars and conscripts were often skilled slingers because they were shepherds. Shepherds often used slings to protect their flocks.

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I bet it was "language's morphology." Which may be distantly etymologically related. :D

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I don't think it actually requires any more work from the development team to allow campaign mode, except for adding in the paragraph about how campaign mode is allowed.

Campaign mode being available doesn't mean you can't run a module at a game day or con. It may be impractical to run campaign mode for a long module at a con; so just run it in module mode. If players don't want to do that because they're playing it in campaign mode somewhere else, that's OK. Run something else at your con. Those players are having fun the way they prefer, and they're buying products. Mission accomplished.

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We're all born morally equal, but our choices define us differently.

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Lamontius wrote:
a 3'x 4' piece of plexiglass

This.

Lamontius wrote:
black construction paper cut in squares and/or circles

My buddy uses those cheap round cardboard coasters for that fog of war. I just use upside down chronicles.

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Bjørn Røyrvik wrote:
Charlie Bell wrote:
I married one.
You married an online translator?

No, a medievalist. :D

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Much Ado About Nothing, II.3 wrote:


Rich she shall be, that's certain; wise,
or I'll none; virtuous, or I'll never cheapen her;
fair, or I'll never look on her; mild, or come not
near me; noble, or not I for an angel; of good
discourse, an excellent musician, and her hair shall
be of what colour it please God.

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Haladir wrote:
Hama wrote:
Tin Foil Yamakah wrote:
Single ply toilet paper
Oh yes, nothing tells me what kind of person someone is as repeatedly finding single ply toilet paper in their homes.

Hey! I use single-ply TP!

It's more economical, better for the environment, and lasts longer on the roll!

There's a miserly Presbyterian joke in there somewhere...

In the Army, we call that John Wayne toilet paper: it's rough, tough, and don't take no s--- from nobody.

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The inclusivity (or lack thereof, depending on who's posting) of the art/world/iconics/etc.

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Not being Mrs. Bell

but also

Crass/rude behavior
Bad manners
Haughtiness
Lack of responsibility for one's own actions and affairs
Nagging/guilt tripping
Tackiness

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TanithT wrote:
true stuff

Aranna's post prompted some reflection on my part about the nature of experience and how it intersects with privilege and isms.

I think we tend to notice stuff that affects us personally, and we tend not to notice, or to discount, things that don't. So a white woman will probably have a higher awareness of the misogynistic variety of sexism, whereas a black man probably has a higher awareness of racism.

It seems almost obvious, but so often it gets ignored, that our individual experiences shape the way we view the world. For instance, if racism affects us, we perceive racism in the world.

This is not to invalidate anyone's experience, or to suggest that racism, sexism, etc. aren't actually problems. Quite the opposite: we should strive to remember that just because our own experiences don't involve the problems faced by others, that we should assume they don't face them. Other people have problems we don't experience and can't, as a result, fully understand.

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Vashikaran black magic love specialists?

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Sorry to continue the grits threadjack, but I feel I must warn Aranna - grits are incredibly easy to screw up. Getting the consistency right is difficult, and even if you do, they thicken as they stand. So if you happen to get nasty grits, don't assume all grits are nasty.

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"You're right, you actually never said that, I was totally putting words in your mouth. Sorry bro."

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No, what I think about Sterling I already wrote upthread. Unlike him, I own up to what I say whether publicly or privately.

This whole situation has nothing to do with liberal/conservative, but there are people on both sides who so very desperately want to use it to discredit the other side.

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bugleyman wrote:
So...someone asserting that this whole matter is just a witch-hunt by prosecuted by freedom-hating leftists? What a big surprise!

It's right up there with the insinuation that anybody defending Sterling is conservative because everybody knows conservatives are racist.

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DSXMachina, I was wondering how it compares to people's views of the Duke porn star.

I think the Clark Peterson business was some journalist trying to make a mountain out of a nonexistent molehill, capitalizing on circa-1980's D&D hysteria. Clark's actual behavior, from reading the articles, was above reproach.

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Orfamay Quest wrote:
One would think that an ostensible libertarian would support the sanctity of contract in the situation. But I guess contracts in Libertopia only count when you are the person screwing someone else over and not when you're being screwed.

You've got it twisted. The NBA going after Sterling is free market at work. It isn't a free speech issue, because, as others have pointed out, it was perfectly legal for Sterling to say everything he said. I think sometimes people confuse sports leagues with the government. But then again, we do from time to time waste Congress's time and our money with Congressional hearings about baseball doping, and our taxes pay to build stadiums for these guys for free, so I can see where the confusion arises.

To answer the OP: welcome to the wide world of instantaneous global communication. Wiretapping is bad, but so is shooting off at the mouth. Nobody but you controls what you say but you can believe the rest of the world will hold you accountable for it.

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Some nations might have mandatory military service requirements for arcane casters (it's less likely for divine casters; see modern Israel for an example of why). Some might even have dedicated military schools for arcane casters, like West Point for wizards: you get a free education in spellcasting, but you owe X years of service afterwards. Military spellcasters will probably be highly-paid specialists, like US military surgeons who might start as senior officers (jump straight to Major, Lieutenant Colonel, or even Colonel).

See this post in another thread about how magic might affect fantasy warfare.

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"I love the new FAQ and I am incredibly excited about applying the rules changes in my next home game!"

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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Got up to the point in Moorcock's The Oak and the Ram where I was so rudely interrupted by thieves last year at Socialist Summer Camp.

Down with the Fhoi Myore!

For workers revolution to smash that punk in upstate in NY who stole my stuff!

Down with private ownership!

I've been on an uneventful 12-hour night shift in a place where I can't have electronics. I've been working my way through the Planet Stories line and so far I've finished Gygax's Infernal Sorceress, Henry Kuttner's Elak of Atlantis and The Dark World, and Moorcock's Masters of the Pit. Working on City of Spiders right now.

Of these, Gygax was an unexpected delight. He went full 1E with a myriad of polearm names and castle terminology, although the in-universe terms for various forms of magic were a bit distracting.

Elak wasn't very good. It read like Cliff Notes of a REH novel. The plot just progressed too fast with too little exposition. The Dark World was much better; lots of interesting villains and a big, clever twist on the ordinary guy transported to a magical world trope.

Even when he is consciously pastiching ERB, Moorcock is, of course, Moorcock, and his Mars books deliver.

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I could do it in an RTS game or the right kind of RPG, but it would feel weird in an FPS gunning down guys wearing the same thing I wear to work every day.

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redward wrote:
The Morphling wrote:
Another thing that bugs me is when a player looks at the GM and says "Give me a Will save."

This used to bother me, but then I realized that it's the exact same thing I would say to a player as a GM. So it could easily be considered learned behavior. I'll usually respond by saying something like "what am I saving against? I need to know in case it's immune."

"Make a Spellcraft check and I'll tell you." :p

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I'll game with anybody at a con, game day, or PFS event. But for my home groups I have the luxury of being very selective as there is a huge gaming renaissance where I live. There are great gamers within a short drive that I can't make time to game with regularly. Why would I game with people who get on my nerves?

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Combo with a pile of arrows and flame arrow to deal 1d8+1d6 per level.

It's way more expensive, but combo it with a pile of +1 holy arrows for 1d8+1+2d6 per level. Poor man's version of that is to fling vials of holy water with it.

Keep stacks of adamantine, cold iron, and silver durable arrows and you're as good as an archer for taking out golems and stuff. The adamantine ones might also let you destroy traps at a distance.

Cast wall of fire and move enemies back and forth through it as much as you can in a round. Fling them back into clouds or black tentacles when they escape.

Use it to drop portable holes over bad guys for crowd control. Or over friendlies when you need to get them out of the fight.

Move your fightys around with it so they can make full attacks without having to take move actions.

Ring of telekinesis is crazy expensive (75k) but the uses for at-will telekinesis are limitless.

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It's obviously not American. Other countries have different sensibilities.

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Tensor wrote:
In high school, my summer job was breading hamsters at a local pet supply distributor. 100's of 'em.

I know this is an old post, but I died when I read this. Mental picture of somebody dipping little squeaking hamsters in egg then rolling them in flour and bread crumbs.

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I hope this one doesn't get locked--there've been some great posts in this thread.

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Not sure; probably to make it easier for recruits to remember.

The Army Values. The acronym may be a little trite, but the values are solid.

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lemeres wrote:
I notice that several people have brought up modern military oaths and creeds already, but for me, I want to turn towards an actual discussion of military and law enforcement ethics. This is because, while mantras and high sounding ideals are nice, and they are often the details that survive into the historical records (or at least the ones that most people bother reading), they might not actually reflect the spoken and unspoken codes of conduct that were actually followed.

The Warrior Ethos sums up the essence of the military ethic: I will always place the mission first. I will never accept defeat. I will never quit. I will never leave a fallen comrade. We are deadly serious about that fallen comrade bit, too.

lemeres wrote:
This is because clarifying some of those details are important since the line between 'strategy' and 'dishonorable conduct' needs to be very clear so that the paladin can be something other than a froathing leeroy jinkins style religious fantatic. Are ambushes and steal dishonorable tactics? What about the use of smoke screens?

Ambushes, raiding supply trains, foraging, and smoke screens are all time-honored tactics. No reason a paladin shouldn't use any of these. However, an honorable combatant code should probably prohibit a paladin from intentionally harming noncombatants, except in unavoidable collateral damage type cases. For instance, no killing the squires with the supply trains, but if you have to cast earthquake under the enemy army and there happens to be some squires with the supply trains with it, fair play.

lemeres wrote:
Those questions make me turn towards the kind of conduct expected of a SWAT team as a comparison (although, I'll admit, my understanding is based more off of hollywood here). They are expected to protect civilians and maintain public trust, which lends well to being LG (even if it is not strictly necessary). Typically they are expected to try to issue warnings and try to negotiate surrender. At the same time, they are allowed a certain degree of leeway when a civilian is in immediate...

Law enforcement and military objectives are different. The military aim is to kill the enemy; whereas the LE aim is to apprehend him.

Proportionality is key. If there's an enemy sniper in a village bell tower, no earthquaking the entire village to get him. Fireball might be OK unless the church underneath the bell tower is flammable and full of civilians. The paladin is probably constrained to respect lawful and/or good places of worship, but is permitted self-defense in any case.

See Laws of War and rules of engagement. Actual operational ROE are usually classified, but you can find examples like the NATO ROE and the San Remo ROE Handbook on that wiki page. The general principles protect noncombatants (including detainees and POWs), culturally significant sites, medical personnel, and clergy; mandate proportionality and limit the use of certain kinds of weapons ("terror" weapons such as chemical/biological weapons); establish escalation of force procedures; and allow for self-defense.

See also use of force continuum and Law of War.

Before you get in a tizzy about chemical weapons, think about this. Incendiaries are also generally banned. So if you want to go very strict on this, almost all magic would be banned: not just cloudkill, but also stinking cloud and fireball.

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OP wrote:
Seduction...how do you like to handle it?

Candlelight and Otis Redding.

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29. If I'm running published material, I'm all for player agency, but don't go off the rails. If you do, I'm out of things to run because I don't have time to write an entire adventure around your side trek.

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Really? Here's an answered FAQ request from two days ago.

You have to use the system for it to work.

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Article.

A local newspaper article on the 40th anniversary of D&D has pictures of our Wednesday night PFS group and quotes from several of our Pathfinders.

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Peaceful Korean reunification is about as likely as the US peacefully annexing Cuba.

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Sean's one of the best designers in the industry (if not the best). I'm disappointed to see him leaving Paizo, but hopeful that he'll continue to be a prolific freelancer.

Sean, best wishes to you and Jodi in your future endeavors.

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