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IMO, a ratings system for adventures is a fantastic idea. All kinds of categories could be included, so any person could find potentially anything they find offensive/unwanted, and completely avoided. This is definitely something that should be done...by the player community, not by Paizo.
To the OP, my best suggestions (other than doing exactly what you did) is by going to the messageboards and asking people which ones you should avoid if you dont want to see/dont want your kids to see X kind of thing happening. I attempted to start that kind of list in the 2nd response to this long thread, but since then this has spiraled largely out of control.
There are a number of scenarios (and other adventures) Paizo has released that arent necessarily kid friendly.
I cant speak for Paizo on whether your message will actually get them to put a notice on the product page for each one, so until someone addresses this formally, might I suggest we use this thread to list other 'mature' scenarios/adventures so this might be avoided in the future for you and anyone else...
Temple of Empyreal Enlightenment
Now, to be fair, some of these I have seen run for kids, and some of the GMs are able to spin the stuff to be not as gruesome or adult sounding, to help appease worried parents, but that isnt everyones cup of tea, and some of these would be harder than others to do that with.
Probably the easiest one to change on the list, but Im listing it as it has a 'companion' on the ship. Ive played this particular one with a kid around 10, and the GM described her as 'The Morale Officer'.
Jeff Merola wrote:
Im not saying this didnt actually get added to the Guide, but I cant find it in the current version.
This is your official invitation to CarbonCon 2015 on March 21st and 22nd at the SIUC Student Center in Carbondale, IL!
We will be running lots of fun events there, including:
Sign up for events can be done at our Warhorn site.
Entrants in the cosplay contest will be able to perform a skit if they wish, and judging will be separate for costume and performance. I think theres gonna be a prize.
Want to get in free, sign up to GM at least 2 slots.*
Only tables that go off will count towards the discount for GMs to get in free. When the preregistration closes, any GMs who do not have enough players preregistered for their 2 slots to go off will be sent an email, notifying them that payment for entry to the convention will be due before they can get in.
If enough players sign up at the door that one of those tables would now count toward the discount, a refund will be issued to the GM.
Because of this, I suggest signing up for at least 3 sessions, to give yourself a little wiggle room.
If enough players are interested, i will be putting the Wardens of the Reborn Forge Seeker Arc onto the schedule (but only if I can get confirmation from players, as I dont want the GM to have to deal with paying if at all possible).
Sunday afternoon we will be running the season 2 Gencon special Year of the Shadow Lodge. Gm spots for this will be given first to those who need a special to achieve a 5th star and to those who have played but not already run this.
PACG events will be run all weekend long, beginning Saturday with the beginning of Adventure 1, and continuing on its own pace through the end of the convention, trying to complete the entire Skull and Shackles season if they can!
If you are interested in GMing, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a fillable pdf copy of the judges form.
We hope to see you there! And dont forget to look us up on Facebook!
I think that everyone should experience GenCon.... once. But given how nasty the natives in Indianapolis are compared to the people who treated us so nice and politely in Milwaukee, I wouldn't suggest anyone go more than once. I've found the locals to have the worst qualities of New Yorkers, with none of the redeeming aspects. I don't think I'll ever make another trip to GenCon unless it goes back to Milwaukee.
Never went to Gencon in Milwaukee, but Ive never had a bad experience in Indy with the people.
Just for clarification, the one-quarter of a hotel room does not mean your spouse/significant other can come and bunk with you as well, unless they are also a Tier 1-2 GM. Although if both of you are Tier 1-2 of course you can room together, and you can make requests with who you want to room with, as long as all those people are cool with it.
Also, if this is your first year, make sure to give yourself some time to check out the dealer hall. Its only open like 10-6, I think.
That's one of the benefits of taking enough levels in 'Catholic'*. You eventually get Immunity to Acid. :P
*The above comment is meant entirely in jest and should not be taken as an insult to the Catholic faith.
~Gm Eyes of the Ten
Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
I'll have to reference the discussions about it again, I may be misremembering.
Ive been doing this the same way, but I cant argue with jiggy's logic about creating and failing to define a new term.Edit: Especially considering just about every effect in the game that definitely does count goes out of its way to say "This is a X".
As others have already said, its hard to judge the GM when we werent there to see what was going on at the table. Situations like this sound bad at first glance, but there could be many other things that could be going on. By 'kill', I assume here you mean 'attack'.
Im not saying the GM wasnt in the wrong at your table, nor am I searching for answers (these are mostly hypothetical questions), Im just offering up why/how its difficult to judge the actions of someone at a table you had no part in.
This is why you get Slippers of Quick Reaction, so you get to take a move and a standard in the surprise round. So you can Greater Invis + full move. :P
I have a bunch of different characters, so it stays pretty fresh for me by just switching up what Im playing. Lately, I just play the one Kristen says Id probably enjoy the scenario the most with (if she has GMed it, or knows what factions its for or what tier), and I play those.
Seeing you post this reminds me, though, that I need to ask you about Bruno. Ive got an idea for a grappler, but I have no idea how to build a teutori. Mind giving me some insight, Sammy? :P
My area uses Facebook for general chatter and announcements: Southern Illinois Pathfinder Society. I announce a rough monthly schedule (things get added on as we go) around the middle of the month before they are scheduled (so announcing January schedule mid Dec). We use Warhorn for signup, and many people have access to it.
I mostly coordinate just our twice monthly Saturday game days at one of the local stores, while other people who live closer organize the week night games and anything that goes on at other venues, depending on who is able and willing to head it up.
On game day, I bring copies of the Warhorn sign up, so walk ins can register too if they want, and we get seated and playing, most of the time, within 5 minutes of the sessions scheduled start time.
On any game days I organize, the GMs bring me the reporting sheets. If they organized the sessions themselves, I assume they can handle it.
Works well for us for the most part, though I am looking for willing volunteers to help start up events at new locations.
Assuming they paid what Greeves asks, which is likely far more than the slave price (I say without looking up the slave price), Id just tell them to mark down the purchase on their ITS as the slave, if they really want to keep him.
After that, every time I GMed for that player Id be asking what they have the slave doing, especially if they like to keep it around, and [/i]especially[/i] if there is a Silver Crusade or Liberty's Edge person in the party.
*Actually, I really do think that's coming. I think that Pathfinder Unchained book (or whatever its called) thats coming next summer with new versions of the Barbarian, Rogue, and Summoner is atest to see if players would be interested in this new version. If it is, they'll move forward with 2.0.
Ah, I thought there was one that high. Oh well. *shrug*
Game Master wrote:
Interesting. Is there no way to get to level 20 without RftRK as your last game?
Yes, both RftRK and Siege of the Diamond City can be applied in the 12-15 range for player or GM credit.
So once you are done with Eyes and are at 13.2, apply one of those either by playing or GMing it to hit 14, and the module up from there.
To be fair, before you joined the conversation, it was already about the number of levels needed to be slow tracked to get to 12. Then you join with 'I can do it with 6 slow tracked levels'. Of course we assumed 'only' was meant to be part of it.
Even if thats a mistake on our part, you saying it can be done in 6, when you mean this part over here in 6, but that other part in 2, thats a very strange way for you to word it.
I hate when threads break down to grammar conversations! :P
Templates are all in the back of each Bestiary as well as on the PRD already.
Friend just told me you can't slow track all of it as you will end up out of tier for parts of it and you can't do out of tier for GM credit. Is he correct?
Not all of it, no. There are 16 levels ending with for level 13, so it looks like youd need to Slow track 8-10 depending on what level you start out as, and what level you want to end on.
Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
You already have to slow track through 8 levels of it to be able to play them all on the same character. The sheet that comes in the chronicle download shows which levels should be slow tracked to do them all to hit 13 at the end (levels 4,5, and 10-15).
I guess if you slow tracked all of those, plus 9 and 16, you could end exactly at 33xp, though.
Im actually GMing a group through it right now. I might make that suggestion to them as well, so they can do this same option. Hmmm.
If they play the final few levels of Emerald Spire, they wont be able to do Eyes. You have to be at exactly 33xp to start it, and cant play anything else in the middle of it.
If you mean just for kicks, sure, go for it, but I dont think theres a way to do it all for actual PFS credit on the same character.
Im of the opinion thain a world where undead regularly rise, that knowledge of a skeleton having DR/bludgeoning is probably about as common as RL people knowing that sharks can smell blood in the water, or that you should play dead cause then a bear wont eat you, or that climbing a tree will help get you away from a wolf, but not from a big cat, etc. Its not always the best idea, but it could help.
Similarly, if someone wanted to throw some water onto a fire elemental, I wouldnt count that as metagaming.
Is that in a book someplace? most expensive one Ive seen is Gold for 100.
Those GMs are breaking the 'Dont be a Jerk' rule.
She can use them no problem. Similarly, if you have kids who want to play, they can also use the PDF. Possibly other people who live with you as well, though that tends to be a case by case basis kind of thing..
As far as sitting at other tables, as long as each person has access to the PDF (either in printed form or tablet, laptop, etc) for the stuff they need to have for their character, theyre fine.
Michael Brock wrote:
One of the things to keep in mind is that, if we are going to help cut the time back to a manageable four hour slot, most of the "unique" systems we've put in (mass combat, dog sled race in #16, etc...) are likely going to be done away with. When a GM has to teach the players about the mechanics of a unique system for that scenario only, that leans towards adding an extra 15+ minutes to the slot.
New goal: Become a published Paizo author by writing a module about adventurers in a 'Mission Impossible/ Whodunnit' style mystery that leads to Mass combat and giant monster fighting, finishing up with and an infiltration. All taking place on another planet or plane.
Other things to add that Id like to see:
If you are looking for ways to decrease GM prep time:
~Use more in-print flip mats/ map packs.
~More 'Mission Impossible' style scenarios like The Disappeared and Library of the Lion.
This last one is probably something taboo at this point since there has been, to my knowledge, no official development of the areas, but Im asking anyway, as this is one of the things that Ive been wanting to see for a long time:
Can we explore someplace the rest of Golarion please? Arcadia? Casmaron? Sarusan? Azlant (on the bottom of the ocean)? Lots of ground that doesnt seem to have been touched with more than the broadest of brushstrokes. Lots and lots of open ground to cover. :)
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P Diddy Nackle, the OG wrote:
Krackle, the sorcerer searching for a blue dragon cause he could ONLY cast lightning bolt (even if it looked a lot like Magic Missle, Burning Hands, Charm Person, etc.),
This is my favorite part. I might have to borrow this for something. :P
I believe Ive GMed for a Nackle or two, but never a bunch at once.