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

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Four years and six months ago, my friend Carl Harris brought forth to my attention, a new game we should try, conceived by Paizo, and dedicated to the proposition that all systems were NOT created equal (cause 4e was lame).
-Abraham Lincoln...sort of...

Carl played in a few sessions at our local gaming convention that year and became hooked. He quickly dragged me into it, and now, FINALLY, I get to publicly acknowledge all of the hard work he has put into this campaign to help make it grow.

Carl is a great GM and player. If you ever get a chance to sit at a table with him, you should take the opportunity.

Congratulations, Carl, on earning your fifth GM star!

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

BigNorseWolf wrote:
Seth Gipson wrote:


You only need 80 more. :P

Music

** spoiler omitted **

*golf clap*

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

More or less what Kevin said. Or ask your local VO to email Mike for you. Either way.

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Seth Gipson wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
A Medium-Sized Animated Object wrote:
BNW, what's your beef, man? Like, you're attacking different aspects of this thing, but what's your thesis?
That when trying to stealth, there are 87 different things that can go wrong so one of them is very likely to.

87? Pffft. There's 2.

1. You get seen.
2. You get heard.

:P

You get smelled

You get blindsighted
you get blindsensed
You get detect magicked
You get tremorsensed

You only need 80 more. :P

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

BigNorseWolf wrote:
A Medium-Sized Animated Object wrote:
BNW, what's your beef, man? Like, you're attacking different aspects of this thing, but what's your thesis?
That when trying to stealth, there are 87 different things that can go wrong so one of them is very likely to.

87? Pffft. There's 2.

1. You get seen.
2. You get heard.

:P

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

Either is fine. He's actually a lot of fun to play.

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

My Paladin is great at being sneaky. He often scouts ahead, and if he is seen, then that is Irori's way of telling him he has not yet perfected the art, and must practice more. He welcomes the challenge.

Of course, he was a Ninja before he was a Paladin, so...

:P

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

The convention is only a few days away now! Dont forget to sign up, and I hope to see you there!

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

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Pathfinder Society is to Indiana Jones, as Aspsis Consortium is to the Nazis.

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

melferburque wrote:
kinevon wrote:
melferburque wrote:
I was under the assumption that GM credit gave you tier specific gold but unlocked all tiers worth of loot and boons?

So, would you consider this to be shenanigans, or legal?

Let's say that I GM an older Tier 1-7 scenario, then apply it to a new PC. He would gain the 1-2 sub-tier gold, but your post would imply that he would gain access to all the items listed for sub-tiers 1-2, 3-4, and 6-7?

if I GM a 3-7 and apply it to a level 3 character, what difference does it make if that character gets access to the 6-7 loot? it's basically the same thing as playing up and getting carried through a scenario, which does happen all the time.

Except that didnt happen in this case, which is the point.

The difference is that the different tiers often have access to different items, and sometimes those items are pretty cool.

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

Joseph Kellogg wrote:
Mark Stratton wrote:
So, in your example, the level range is 1-5, being played in Subtier 1-2, but a level 4 pre-gen is still in the correct level range. Honestly, though, if a person can show up with a level 4 character to a 1-5 table (even at subtier 1-2), then a player should be able to play with a level 4 pre-gen.
But in that interpretation, someone could choose to play a level 4 pregen in a subtier 1-2 game to make it a cakewalk, and prevent the other characters from being able to shine. Or alternatively play a level 1 pregen in a subtier 4-5 to score out-of-tier gold for their first-level PC while assuming no risk, but also being more of a liability than an asset to the group. I think those are the kind of situations we want to avoid.

Just tell them they need to play the one for the appropriate subtier, cause what you are suggesting someone might do sounds pretty close to breaking the Dont Be a Jerk Rule to me.

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

Around here we factor the pregens level into the equation, and just use the most favorable level of pregen for the subtier the players are wanting to play at.

That definitely could be wrong, though. never considered not adding the pregens levels in.

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

Doug Miles wrote:
Neither one have been announced to my knowledge. Tim is still listed as a 4-Star, but Michael does indeed have 5 now. Does anyone know when he was bumped up?

Mike was announced at Gencon last year. Tim got his in October, I believe, though the system hasnt officially given it to him, yet for some reason (CS?).

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

Other option: Use your GM star to gain another GM credit for the scenario again at a later date and apply that one to the character you want, instead of using it to play a scenario again.

Not necessarily a great option, but its something.

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

Both Michael VonHasseln and Tim Statler from Cape Giarardeau, MO appear to be missing. I might just be overlooking them though.

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

You might want to pick up a copy of this book. It'll probably be quite helpful to figure out what kind of builds you want to use.

Aside from that, the advice people have already given is very good.

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

Jiggy wrote:
Mark Stratton wrote:
What were the requirements for a given PrC prior to the revision in the FAQ?

To use EK as an example, the requirements were (in addition to martial weapon prof):

To have a number of levels in an arcane spellcasting class to reach 3rd-level spells on their class progression chart.

Quote:
What are the requirements for that same PrC after the revision to the FAQ?

To have a number of levels in an arcane spellcasting class to reach 3rd-level spells on their class progression chart.

Quote:
Are both of those the same?
Yep.

Fixed that for you. Just because something can be attained in another way doesnt change the wording of the requirement.

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

Jiggy wrote:
Mystic Lemur wrote:
The Prestige class didn't change.
If the Prestige Class hadn't changed, this thread wouldn't exist. But it did change. Specifically, the entry requirements changed. The text of the entry requirements didn't change, but what the entry requirements actually mechanically ARE changed. To suggest a meaningful difference between changing the words and changing the meaning is entirely unreasonable.

In the past, rebuilds are given to people who actually have levels in a class that has had changes made to them (such as the Warpriest). So, to be consistant, rebuild options should be given to people who actually have levels in the Prestige Classes already, not to those who were simply planning on taking them at a later date.

Since Im sure that statement above wont be enough to do it for you, let me ask another question:

If I had a character who hadnt actually taken levels in Warpriest yet, but had planned to take a few later on, and I felt my character concept was ruined now because of the change, then should I have been allowed a rebuild?

IMO, no. Only characters who are currently being affected by the change to the class in which they have levels should be given a rebuild (if even then).

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.

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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.

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Congratulations, Patrick!

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