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Your "creative solutions", David, are WAY beyond what is allowable for GMs to do in PFS. If you're running it in a homebrew game, fine, but its not ok in PFS.
So they don't know some things about a couple of creatures, so what? They'll figure things out by trail and error just like we used to before having Knowledge checks. I just played in 6-01 and none of us even had K:Engineering, so we had to do it the old fashioned way anyway. Smart PCs/players will figure things out even without the free pass that they get had they had the knowledge for it.
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Oh look, I bought two tickets for that seminar months ago... ;D Can't wait. :)
MaartenDF, welcome. About 3-4 years ago my homegroup switched to PFS as our format for our core games. At that time none of us had ever gone to a convention and had no real intention of going to one. Because PFS had the paperwork, and allowed for taking our characters "on the road" I went to my first Con a few months after we started, since we had some friends that lived in a city that had the con. We were all geeks and I thought it might be fun to try out, and a 5-star GM Doug Miles was running an exclusive scenario that only he could run in Michigan and I wanted to play it. Ever since I was hooked.
I had no intention of ever playing anywhere but with my homegroups, but since then I've gone to 3-4 conventions a year and my friends and I are even working to start our own convention (Tavern Con). I've spread out and run at several stores regularly as well as kept our original homegroup running PFS and switched a family group I ran for to PFS as well. I love being able to experience an entire adventure in one sitting and know that I could go about anywhere in the world and be able to fine a PFS game and play with my own characters.
It is a bit more paperwork than a normal homegame, yes, but after a while you stop noticing, at least I have.
As one of the GMs running 1-4 for the 1-11 special, I welcome new players to my table. Its one of the reasons I sign up for the low tables. I love introducing new players to PFS and sharing my love for the game.
I honestly would urge you to think about playing something other than the Saturday night special. Bonekeep 3, I think, would be a bad experience for new players since its pretty much written to kill characters in bad ways (at least the first two have and I don't see Jason changing that).
I'll admit that WAAAAAAY before I became a VO, I was a Rules Guy. For a while I considered myself a lawyer until I looked it up, and they generally only use rules to benefit themselves/their party whereas I would point out rules that hurt the party as well. :) I figured the rules are there for a reason so we should be using them correctly whether for weal or woe. Since becoming a VO, I've noticed its a really annoying habit, and try to keep quiet about it, unless the GM or another player asks.
I also generally try to not play games I've already GMd because of your concerns. The first time I did as a VO sadly I admit I performed like you said. I felt horrible about it later. It was a scenario I'd run quite a few times but had never played, and it was obvious that the GM either hadn't read through the scenario very well, or just kept missing things that people needed to know for their faction missions. I tried to nudge him subtly, but he wasn't taking the hints.
I've since gotten better, and if I do play a game that I've run/played before, I either play stupid characters and don't participate in decisions or I play really smart characters and use their Knowledges to help me metagame less since they know things, but then I still try to not be the one to make major decisions.
Its sometimes a hard line to walk, but first someone has to realize that they're doing it, before they can address it.
So thank you for the post Burt, hopefully it will help some GMs/VOs out there to maybe realize that they've done similar things and might help them to adjust and make their games more fun because of it.
There's multiple reasons why people are expected to bring the actual books/printouts with them. 1) yeah Paizo wants to make money 2) rules on a webpage have no validation that they are accurate, of course multiple printings of a book can change rules as well, but mostly the rules stay the same or are clarified in the newer printings. (This is the biggest reason why the PRD is not accepted, not because of money)
And sure, paizo's PRD should be completely accurate because its Paizo, but it isn't. They also only have the hard cover books on it. If someone is trying to get away with using d20pfsrd, forget it. There's no way I'd accept anything from that site at a PFS table. Its a great resource for searching for something, but not an accurate resource for rules adjudication.
First off, Welcome to PFS! :D
Others have answered your questions pretty well I thought, so I'm just going to tackle this one...
On a related question, are there any issues with running something for a group which includes your significant other?
Man I certainly hope not! I've been running for my wife for years. :) (And she's run for me once, trying to get her to run more often...) The only issue I know of is having to sleep on the couch if you kill your SOs character. ;D
I'm in the camp that suggests everyone should seriously consider spending their first 2 pp on a CLW wand. I had a TPK this last week because no one had healing. They spent all their extra gold on scrolls, but it wasn't enough. Had one of them had a wand (and one of them was third level with 12 pp) I'm sure it would not have been a TPK.
Oh, did I mention it was a season 0? *sigh*
If you have access to Ultimate Equipment, Darkleaf Cloth Leather Lamellar (DCLL) armor is also a good choice for barding. The base armor is 40g less than chain shirt, and doubling that for non-humanoid saves you 80g before doubling that for large means saving 160g even before the special material which is also 250g cheaper than mithril for light armor. So medium humanoid DCLL is 810g as opposed to 1100 for Mithril Chain Shirt (MCS) So for large barding it'd be 990g vs 1400g
But again, you need UE for that.
This so needs to become a scenario! Mike, John, take notes!
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Netopalis, those are some pretty good recommendations. I might throw in Confirmation after First Steps 1 instead of Severing Ties.
Murder on the Throaty Mermaid is an excellent murder mystery and has long been one of my favorite scenarios. If you can, try not to tell your players the scenario's name before they sit down.
I told my players it was called "Escort on the Throaty Mermaid... ;)
If it ever happens again, I'd stick the characters in a room together and tell them. "Ok, now we find out who is the world's best assassin... There can be only one!"
Its $1.15 to mail a piece of paper from the US to an international location. I just mailed a boon to the Netherlands last week. Personally I see any form of electronic copying (whether scanning or copier) as too close to cheating for me. (Sadly last year's GenCon boons were all badly made copies, so it made it that much easier for people to cheat by copying them).
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I blame dragnmoon... he's always eating vowels...
It is my great pleasure to announce that Doug Miles has run his 500th table of Pathfinder Society this last weekend. That's well over 2000 hours of entertainment that he's provided to the PFS community.
For those that have had the pleasure to sit at Doug's tables over the years, you know that not only is he a dedicated volunteer (as the 500 tables show) but he is a great storyteller. I don't know of anyone that has walked away from a game at Doug's table that hasn't had a good time. He takes the time to carefully prep the scenarios he runs, hand drawing maps, digging into the background of the setting, and bringing NPCs to life. He can take brand new players and seasoned veterans and make both feel a sense of thrill and excitement in his games.
I'll be the first in this thread to thank Doug for the scenarios I'd have the privilege to play with him running.
My first ever con game Doug ran Midnight Mauler. I was so thrilled to get a chance to play a game run by a 5 star gm! At that time it was a big deal to me, and it was a great game. We had a party of 5, all casters. As a second level magus, I ended up being the "tank". Thankfully we had a good balance of other casters, and we succeeded at saving the Master of Swords.
My second game that Doug ran, he contacted me and asked if my home PFS group would like him to come up and run the new exclusive, Cyphermage Dilemma. I was ecstatic that he'd be willing to come up and run this special scenario for our small group. We treated him well, and had a great time fighting pirates and saving scholars.
It must be a trend, since the last game he ran for me was also the new exclusive, Day of the Demon. We got a group of Michigan venture-officers together, along with some dedicated volunteers from the region and played the exclusive before we had to run it for our respective regions. Running this slot 0 was a great blessing for me, since I very rarely get a chance to play a scenario before I run it. It was also a fun time and I got to play with other organizers and share stores that all of us could relate to.
So, I'd love for others to jump in and share their congratulations to Doug, and share a story or two about his tables. Let's see how big this thread can grow and how many lives Doug has touched by he generous offering of his time and talents!
Well, Totenpfuhl, just try to remember that most people that come to GenCon have spend a lot of money to be there, so try to make it the best game you can, even if it is the last slot on Sunday.
I try to get as much sleep each night as I can so I can be as fresh my last slot as I am on my first slot (doesn't usually happen exactly, but I do try, and my last slot last year I was surprised at just how much energy the table did have.)
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Wow. Sad news. Good luck Sean and Jodi. I completely understand wanting to get out of the city. I've lived in small towns most of my life, and I don't know that I'd be able to handle living in a big city. I'm sure we'll be seeing more from you. You're too good to quit cold turkey. :)