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Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

Its most likely a combination of population density, number of venues, geographic, and more.

Southern Illinois isnt a terribly populous region to oversee, but it stretches out quite a bit between locations, and if things were going well in an area I couldnt oversee personally most of the time, I would likely be requesting a VL for the specific area of the region.

However, different VOs do it different ways, I imagine. I likely want to handle it that way because thats how Bob handled it with me (He was VC of Central/Southern IL, I was VL) before Kristen and I were promoted to VC. He handled the middle of the state, and I took the southern end.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

Bump!

The con is only three weeks away, so dont miss your chance to sign up! Lots of fun to be had!

Interested in Core Campaign? weve had several inquiries about ndoing Core for the Season 2 Gencon special for Sunday afternoon, so we will be running at least one table of Core only during that!

Hope to see you there!

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

Over the past couple years, we have seen many more people clammoring for more low level play for the exact reason you state, roysier. Theyve played almost everything out there and have not enough material to get new characters started.

Im hoping with the introduction of the Core Campaign, this can be alleviated a little bit and perhaps we can go back to seeing more higher level scenarios being released.

Also, keep in mind that Season 6 still has 5 months worth of scenarios to be released, so there are hopefully a couple more 7-11s coming down the track!

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

part 3 was released last Gencon. In the box text, it mentioned it being the last one, so it seems there wont be a Part 4.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

Bump!

Still plenty of open slots for both players and GMs!

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

While this kind of thing might not be for everyone, I find the idea of the Day Job check for how much you made to be hilarious, especially if another PC takes you up on the offer.

If you roll well, they apparently tipped you well.
If you roll low, they short changed for you for reason.

:P

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

Dont remember if Birthmark is in the web traits doc or not. If so, thats a good option. If not, it wont work for Core.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

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I agree with Garrett, this was definitely unexpected!

Thanks very much everyone, and definitely to Bob and Mike VonHasseln for everything theyve done to help make our region grow.

And as Mike Mike VH mentioned, Kristen definitely deserves recognition, too. She has worked just as hard as I have, despite not holding a Venture title the whole time.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

Quadstriker wrote:

Only read the title.

NO.

This.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

@ Lune: Aid Allies replaces the normal +2 you get for Aid Another, it doesnt stack.

DesolateHarmony wrote:

All of these things listed in this thread reference the same item: The Aid Another action. All of them are variants of Aid Another, and thus don't stack with each other.

Aid Allies (Ex)
At 2nd level, whenever an order of the dragon cavalier uses the aid another action to assist one of his allies...

Swift Aid (Combat)
... Benefit: As a swift action, you can attempt the aid another action,

Benevolent
When the wielder of a benevolent weapon uses the aid another action to grant an ally a bonus on attack rolls,

You are both right and wrong here. Aid Allies and Swift Aid are both versions of Aid Another, and I agree, wouldnt stack. Benevolent is specifically designed to boost Aid Another, which both of the previous abilities use, so it most definitely WOULD stack with either of those.

Also, before someone suggests trying to stack Aid Allies from the Cavalier and the Helpful Halfling bonus to Aid Another, I dont believe those stack either. Both of them change out the flat bonus you give (3 and 4 respectively), instead of saying 'give an additional +1/+2' or something similar to what Benevolent says.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

Jeff Morse wrote:
Bob Jonquet wrote:
Less than 48 hours to go until WINTER WAR!!!
guess that means I should prep now :)

HA! My prep is already done!

*rolls Bluff check*

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

Sammy T wrote:
Hoping there'll be at least two other high tier folks.

Kristen and I took that slot off, though I dont think we have any actual plans for it at this point. So we might join up, but the highest I can bring to the table is a Brawler 6/Living Monolith 3 or a Ninja 4/Paladin 4.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

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Just dont die.

/thread

;)

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

Sior wrote:

This isn't so much about replayability, Seth, merely the lack of specials or exclusives available.

Previous multi-table specials have been done repeatedly and (locally) will likely not be run again any time soon, including the most recent.

The current exclusive is Bonekeep which was available before becoming an exclusive. Hence, most everyone has played it already and have no interest in a replay, and those who have not played it have no interest in doing so.

So unless I start launching into gameday preparations with older specials trying to find sufficient number of people to play (or replay with stars or replay with Core), it's not looking likely to be able to run these specials until a new EX is released.

Assuming you have enough players on board with Core to make enough tables to do the Specials again, then yes, it is about replayability. Aside from scheduling conflicts or lack of players, I see no reason why you guys couldnt run the Specials again if you really wanted to.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

BigNorseWolf wrote:
Walter Sheppard wrote:
However the people that are interested in the Core Campaign are coming from the exact same player base as those that are not interested.

This is a bit less than half correct.

Core appeals to two types, those who have played everything and quit PFS. Core can bring them back on a more regular basis. But so could the two scenarios being published every month. These people are more or less outside of PFS

And then there are new players who are going to walk in without having any idea of the difference. PFS Core and PFS Classic are both drinking out of the same well here.

I havent read much of this thread, but this is nothing but wrong. Ive got plenty of stuff left to play, definitely am not a new player, and I am more than a little bit interested in it. Not cause Im a VO, but because I am.

Edited to remove aggressiveness. Not my intention. Apologies.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

Assuming GM stars are all based off total tables, and not tables per campaign (no idea if this has even come up or what the answer would be), but with the Core campaign just being launched, youve now got a whole new set of options available.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

Jodokai wrote:
Seth Gipson wrote:

A friend just pointed out to me that as per the post above, there cant be any animal companions/familiars/mounts in the Core Campaign, as it doesnt say anything about the Bestiarys...

Similarly, that would work the same for Wild Shape/ the 'Form' spells.

I assume this likely means stuff from Bestiary 1 is legal for those purposes?

I don't have my Core Rulebook handy, but don't Rangers and Druids have a list of animal companions that they can choose from in the CRB? Wildshape will have to open up the bestiary though.

EDIT: Whoops a whole page started before I answered this.

Yea, I had apparently forgotten the lists were included in the CRB itself. Been a long time since I built either of those classes apparently. :P

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

GM Hills wrote:
The classes that have such things list the options, I do believe.

They do, but the stats arent included in the Core, IIRC.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

A friend just pointed out to me that as per the post above, there cant be any animal companions/familiars/mounts in the Core Campaign, as it doesnt say anything about the Bestiarys...

Similarly, that would work the same for Wild Shape/ the 'Form' spells.

I assume this likely means stuff from Bestiary 1 is legal for those purposes?

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If DC Comics owned paizo, they would call this 'Golarion 2'. :P

I think that idea fits pretty well, actually. An alternate universe, which occassionally has someone cross over to the 'Prime' one. Hmmm.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

Nefreet wrote:
Is there a similarly set date as to when GM registration opens up?

Whenever Mike announces it on the blog. I think its normally in February.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

Hiya,

I dont know the particulars of PFS in KC, but the Venture Captain of the area is Seth Brummond. He's a pretty nice guy, and Im sure he can help you find something.

His email is sbrummond@gmail.com.

Good luck and happy gaming!

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

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.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

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
Murder on the Throaty Mermaid
In Wrath's Shadow
Hook Mountain Massacre (Rise of the Runelords AP, book 3)
Anyone want to add?

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.

Throaty Mermaid:
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'.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

Jeff Merola wrote:
Avatar-1 wrote:
Jeff Merola wrote:
The official ruling is that electronic chronicle sheets are not valid (except for online sessions) so you have to print any off for face to face sessions.
Can you link to that ruling?
Here you go.

Im not saying this didnt actually get added to the Guide, but I cant find it in the current version.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

Nice! Thanks for pointing that out, Mike!

Looks like all three of mine are gonna make. One is full, the others are at 4 and 3 so far.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

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:
~Pathfinder Society
~Pathfinder Adventure Card Guild
~DnD 5th
~Vampire
~Call of Cthulu
~Magic: The Gathering
~Pokemon TCG
~Yu-Gi-Oh!
~My Little Pony TCG
~Cosplay Contest (with performances)
~Smash Bros Wii U tournament
~Cards Against Humanity tournament
~board games

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 southernillinois.pfs@gmail.com 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!

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

LazarX wrote:
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.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

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.
If you dont have anyone specific in mind, Mike will try to pair you with another couple, though you dont have to.

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.

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Steven Lau wrote:
We don't get brainwashed... they just waterboard us until we break.

The proper term is 'Alignment Restructuring'.

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Nefreet wrote:
Dragnmoon wrote:
I blame the Pope!
Proof that gelatinous cubes can't devour everything.

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.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

Congratulations, Patrick!

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

~Gm Eyes of the Ten
~Play through Wardens of the Reborn Forge Seeker Arc
~GM at Gencon
~Encourage my local playerbase to attend conventions outside the immediate area
~Add at least two new venues running PFS events regularly to my region
~Finally make use of our location and run an event at Castle Park, likely with some sort of donation towards the park.
~Finish playing Emerald Spire
~GM a group through Emerald Spire

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

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".

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

Alecak wrote:

We have had the same GM in 2 back to back games where he has had creatures ignore Summoned creatures, ignore characters next to them (and provoke to move round) to kill another character when they were out of the fight for at least another 4 rounds (healer was out of the fight for 5 rounds the character went down the next round).

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'.

Examples:
Perhaps the PCs adjacent to the bad guy werent a significant threat to it?
Perhaps the PC the bad guy went after was doing the most damage?
Perhaps it had favored enemy?
Perhaps it went after that PC for a story based reason?
Perhaps it was in the tactics to go after someone who fit that PCs description?

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.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

Bruno Breakbone wrote:
Bruno now a beautiful and handsome gym teacher who help weak babymuscle wizards get stronger!

This explains mythic Ezren being so ripped.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

Jiggy wrote:
kinevon wrote:
You know, it can be amusing when the Diviner gets to go first, but doesn't see any threats. What to do? "There's something coming, something bad...."

For my diviner EK, the answer was "I cast shield." ;)

EDIT: For others it could be "I cast greater invisibility and then take a 5ft step."

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

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

Thirded.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

Friday afternoon: Valley of the Veiled Flame- GM
Friday evening: *redacted*

Saturday morning: The Jester's Fraud- GM
Saturday afternoon: Open
Saturday evening: Valley of the Veiled Flame- GM

Sunday morning: The Seagang Expedition- Player
Sunday afternoon: The Slave Master's Mirror- Player

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Kristen and I are all signed up! :D

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

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

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

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.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

Legacy of the Stonelords, so you can explore tha areas you didnt get to the first time around.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

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.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

Pathfinder 2.0!

jkjk

*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.
This is purely speculation on my part though. Being a VC has garnered me no extra info on that.*

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

kinevon wrote:
Seth Gipson wrote:
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.

That would let you get to 19.0, as there are, currently, no Tier 17-19, 18-20, or 19-20 modules or APs available.

Right now, you have to play from 13.2 to 19.2, using modules, ending with one of the 16-18s at 18th level play, then play or GM credit Race to get to 20.0.

Ah, I thought there was one that high. Oh well. *shrug*

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

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.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

Nefreet wrote:

I understand what you've been saying.

You're interjecting the word "only".

That's what's causing this disconnect.

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

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

Got it, misread your last post.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale aka Disturbed1

That makes more sense, though its almost exactly what I said way up there ^^^^

Also slow tracking the 16th floor and 6 floors prior will leave you in the middle of a level, as you will have then slow tracked 7 levels. I assume I am misreading something or you misphrased?

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