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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!
For the Flying straight up question, you need to check out
Flying Maneuver Fly DC
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.)
It sounds like you have the option selected to only allow traits based on the background selected.
Go to Configure Hero in Character Menu. Then scroll down to Ultimate Campaign. There's a subsection called Ultimate Campaign Character Backgrounds. Make sure that Unrestricted Traits & Drawbacks is selected.
Just bought this and I have yet to run it. I am once again disappointed by the volume of books required to run the scenario (Core Rulebook, APG, ARG, Bestiary 1-4). Seems to be that if I want to run two season 4/5 games at a con or my local gaming store I have to bring half my gaming shelf.
Dshagins, if you weren't aware of it already, there's a great resource for PFS Gms HERE Most scenarios have had stat block cheat sheets made for them. Since GMs are allowed to use the PRD, as long as you have the time to prep beforehand, you can print off the sheets and not have to rely on books/internet for stats. That's what I do every week for the games I run, or at least have the cheat sheets on my tablet so I can read them off of it. I wasn't a huge fan of them making all the hardcovers into core assumption for the GMs, but letting us use the PRD goes a long way to helping prep.
Thanks guys! I definitely wasn't expecting it this morning. I'm looking forward to continuing to help my region grow. A couple of years ago, I'd have never thought there'd be enough PFS in the area to support a VC, but after traveling around the last year, it is quite a bit busier than I thought. Thanks to all the players and especially the GMs in my area, if you ever need anything, feel free to email me and I'll do whatever I can to help.
A man pulled in to a roadside diner. He ordered coffee and started looking at the menu. He thought breakfast sounded good, so he ordered the Eggs Benedict. When his meal came he looked at the waitress strangely and asked, "Why did you serve it on a hubcap?" She replied, "Well, honey, there's no plate like chrome for the hollandaise."
Its also quite possible (without knowing the scenario) that the GM was mistaken in letting the paladin know the NPC was evil. You have to be either a divine caster, or have 5+ HD to detect as evil. I've caught myself several times saying whether or not the paladin detects evil. Many don't realize that it takes 5+ hd to even detect as faint.
Bug your GM. They technically aren't required to report them, but it is greatly appreciated by Paizo and the players if they do. As long as you've got the chronicle sheets for them, you're covered. Those are the official records of play, not the website. If you can't get your GM to report them, you can contact Joe Caubo, who is the Venture-Captain for Online Play.