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roysier wrote:

Someone role plays well and I allow a diplomacy skill check and suddenly a bunch of other players start rolling dice and start saying "I assist".

My answer: "I don't think so. You must role play in some capacity to assist".

This is one of the "table rules" that I tell my players before we start the game. For Bluff, Diplomacy , and Intimidate, you must actively contribute to the conversation leading up to the check in order to aid another, even if is something as small as "I cross my arms and loom menacingly in the background."

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I actually don't mind the lack of statblocks - I find that having to add templates and things makes me really read over monster abilities. In essence, I've found that it's improved my preparation (though added to the time I have to spend.)

Speaking to that, since no one had gotten around to it yet, I just uploaded my prep document to the GM's Shared Google Drive, in case it's useful for anyone else. Use with caution; I'm not sure about some of the applied templates.

Question about A1: The sheet of beaten gold with the ritual is written in Aklo and describes a ritual to be done. The ritual does not require being able to understand Aklo. With these descriptions, I'd rule that if no one in the party speaks Aklo, then you can't learn about the ritual at all, so no one can actually do it. If one person understands Aklo, then everyone in the party can complete the ritual. Sound correct?


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Mark Moreland wrote:
atheral wrote:
*Picks jaw up off floor*, wow..these pieces are fantastic, if all of the pieces in the book are like these it'll be worth picking up even if the text sections are blank.
Good news, everyone! The text sections are not blank!

FTFY. Now, I defy anyone to read Mark's post and NOT hear it in Farnsworth's voice.


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Might I also direct you to the Pathfinder Wiki? There's nothing in there that Mark didn't mention, but generally, I find that's a great first stop for any lore questions because, if nothing else, it lists all the products that mention a particular being/place/thing.

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To send someone a PM, you can click on their username, and the third line down on that page (below their name, and their stats) will say "Send a Private Message."

To read your own PMs, the easiest way is to go to the top of any page on the site, and right beside your own user name (where it says "Welcome, <username>!") you can click on the little envelope.

Also, all us Venture-Officers have publicly posted email addresses; you can find Brendan's (and everyone else's) on the Regional Coordinators page.

:)

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Well, I do, anyway. Two of the four scenarios he wrote for PFS are solidly in my top five favourites to run (3-01 and 3-15), and the other two are also great.

I know he's been called up to the big leagues, writing AP chapters, but can we get him back once or twice a season to write something for PFS, please? :)


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Zahir ibn Mahmoud ibn Jothan wrote:
Sniggevert wrote:


In a private home PFS game, sure they can.

In a public advertised game, not so much.

Have a citation for this?

There has been discussion for home games, of you can exclude people, etc. But if you are playing a PFS game, that will be reported as such, I'd love to see a citation that the GM can decide to exclude a specific character concept that is otherwise PFS legal.

There's a link in an above post with a citation, but seriously, even without one, how are you going to enforce it?

"Don't bring that character to the PFS game tomorrow afternoon."

"You have to let me! The internet says so!"

"Okay, game's off."

"Fair enough. Want to hang out tomorrow afternoon instead?"

"I can't. I'm playing PFS with some friends."

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People who are being marginalized from playing also need to be willing to walk away from the table once in a while. I've got quite a few super-optimized characters in our region, and I just won't play with those characters any more, since it's not fun for me. I don't demand that the GM "fix" the problem - I just leave. Yes, it sucks that I don't get to play, but I also don't have a miserable time.

If there are 3+ characters who are all optimized, then they get to play together and "win" the scenario. If there are not, then they don't get to play because there aren't enough people at the table.

You can't fix something like this with a rule in public play. All you can do is let people know that you don't want to play with them.

Several of these players have toned down their roflstomping in recent months. I like to think that social pressure from other players had a significant part to play in that change.

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Frankly, I think 7-person tables should also need the approval of the players already seated. I hate playing at a 7-person table, and I don't think it does the players a service either. To that end, when I'm playing a game where the coordinator adds another player to our table and it hits 7, I'll bow out and go home. It's not a protest - well, not really - it's a, "I know I'm going to have a miserable time if I stay, so I'm not going to put myself through that."


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I'm actually of the opposite opinion to the prevailing one. Pulling him aside is required at this point. "Hey, cut it out," may get the behaviour to stop (either for the time being, or completely) but it trivializes the behaviour. If sexism and racism could be addressed by bystanders just saying, "Hey, stop that," we'd have a much more egalitarian society.

Public shaming doesn't work, so don't make a big deal of it at the table. But at the end of the night, pull him aside and say, clearly but firmly, "You were making comments here that are sexist and hurtful. I did not want to interrupt the flow of the game or embarrass you publicly tonight, but next time I hear you speaking that garbage at my table, I will tell you to leave. There is no place for those kinds of words or sentiments in PFS. I will be speaking with the coordinator so that they know my concerns as well."

Brook no discussion or argument. "But it was in-character! But it was a joke!" - Doesn't matter. Response: "I have explained my feelings to you, and why your words were inappropriate. There is no justification that is enough to balance or excuse the things you were saying. If you have a problem with that, then I suggest you find somewhere else to play."


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dfsearles wrote:
Why make it easier to get the things we want. Back when I first began playing D&D, I loved trying to figure out how to multi-class to get just what my character needs, but Paizo keeps putting out all these "combo classes" and takes away from the adventure.

Why not? If you don't like them, don't use them.


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If it can be done, I'd love to see Iobaria or other parts of Casmaron explored in fiction, but that steps away from established canon to give authors a pretty blank slate to work with and may be difficult.

Ideally, I'd like Tim Pratt to write it. :)

Other authors I think you should investigate/approach if you have time, and if you think they might fit. I've read Sword & Sorcery from some of them before, and others I would love to hear their take on it. In no particular order:

Ken Liu
Saladin Ahmed
Rajan Khanna
Greg van Eekhout
Robert Jeschonek
N.K. Jemisin
Holly Black
Garth Nix Garth Nix Garth Nix Garth Nix GARTH NIX!!

Ahem. Sorry about that. I appear to feel strongly about Garth Nix.

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I came here to comment on how awesome the title is. It amuses me that 80% of the existing comments are also about how awesome the title is. :)

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The Fox wrote:
Matthew Pittard wrote:
If a character was purely interested in a monetary recompense but still be good at finding things, then its likely they might join the Aspis.
Why? They are always getting their asses handed to them by the Pathfinders. If a character is truly selfish, then the Pathfinder Society is not a bad gig.

Again, I say this:

You can say "My character would prioritize all these other things before the Pathfinders," but if/when you do, don't be surprised if you cost yourself some prestige.

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Looking for a quick peek into the options that Faiths and Philosophies might offer you for a PFS character? Check out today's Companion Corner.

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A little late on the reposting here this week, but this past Monday our latest column was an Asmodean Advice about effective choices in Summon Monster IV through VI.

Listen, just because he's the patron God of Cheliax doesn't mean he gives bad advice. I'm just sayin'.

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Chris Lambertz wrote:
Jeff Mahood wrote:
Can I request that this document be categorized under "Paizo Publishing, LLC: Free Products" in the Downloads page, where the GtOP is? Right now it's showing up in the Season 4 Scenarios category, which is not at all where I expected to find it.
Looks like I forgot to click a button there. The document should show up in your My Downloads page under "Free Products." When browsing products on the store, it will appear under the previous seasons for reference. :)

Huzzah! Three cheers for Chris and her quick solutions!

On topic:

If players are spending half a session time stumbling around doing everything possible that might possibly award them the second prestige point, then they're doing it wrong. Generally speaking, clues to the optional objective are in the VC briefing, and if they're thinking about the justification for that briefing and not just creating a mental tickbox of what needs to be done for the first PP, the second will get done along the way.

I know people are going to get frustrated by this. John and the Campaign Management are trying to stimulate a cultural shift here, and not subtly - this is a major change to the way PP work, and will therefore rustle some feathers. However, once again, we're seeing a few vocal posters complaining within six weeks of the change. Give it a chance, see how it works, and then if you still don't like it after it's been in place for a while, offer suggestions. But at least give players a few months to figure out which way is up before kneejerk posting.

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Can I request that this document be categorized under "Paizo Publishing, LLC: Free Products" in the Downloads page, where the GtOP is? Right now it's showing up in the Season 4 Scenarios category, which is not at all where I expected to find it.

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Could we get all the pregens in a single file, rather than one per class (or in addition to?) Ideally, a file that's all the level 1s, and a seperate one for level 4 and level 7, but even all 39 pages in one file would be great.

I'm trying to print off just a set of level 1s for an upcoming convention, and it's a huge pain in the butt to send 13 print jobs when I could make due with selecting pages in Preview or Reader and sending a single job.

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Earlier this summer, the Ontario Pathfinder Society website relaunched with a slick new design and a better interface, thanks to the hardworking efforts of Toronto Venture-Lieutenant Michael Iantorno, whose degree in Fine Arts means that he knows a whole lot more about design aesthetics than I do.

In addition, we took the opportunity to launch a series of community-focused columns, written by members of our community with experience and/or passion for writing. Our goal is to publish a column every Monday, rotating through the different columns so as not to overwhelm a particular author.

The columns are:

5-foot Theatre: A column focused on useful tips for GMing in general, but with a particular focus on the challenges for GMs.
Asmodean Advice: Similar to the Mergy's Methods, this is a column on advice for players. It's designed to be useful tips for new players and experienced ones.
Companion Corner: Wondering if the newest volume of the Companion line has anything useful for PFS play? This column has the answers! Every month, with an aim to look through the newest release, we'll look at a few of the new options (equipment, feats, and so on.)
News from the Front: For members of our community who have an idea for a column post, or something to talk about that they'd like a soapbox for, News from the Front is the space for them to do it. You never know what might get posted here until it goes up.

If you're interested, this link will take you to an index page for all the columns.

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Evan Thorngage wrote:


I am also a level 4 Druid. Decidedly not crappy though (Druid is probably the strongest class in the game).

Do I win too?

Nope. You only win if you have a level 4 CRAPPY druid. Sorry if the criteria were unclear.

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Cold Napalm wrote:
Daniel Luckett wrote:
So, conclusion: The system worked, and you were effectively challenged?
Not sure where you would conclude that from.

Probably here:

trollbill wrote:
The good news is we all survived and succeeded in the adventure. But we were sweating it for a bit.

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Glen Shackleton wrote:
Another option (the route I took) is to attach yourself to the nearest Venture Captain as a VL. That way you have a good resource for advising you in getting things rolling and, once things start to grow you can always apply to be a VC.

And if you do it the way Glen did, you swear up and down to the VL that recruits you that you have no interest in being a VC, but that you're happy to build the community until such a person emerges.

Then, six months later, you take the plunge anyway. :)

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I'll also just point out that one may be doing their players a disservice by not at least telling them they should have the books. A lot of the emotion that's coming out of some of the recent threads is based on situations like, "I've been playing for three years, and when I went to a con the GM told me I couldn't play my favourite character because I didn't have the APG. What's that about?!"

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As an Ottawa native, I feel the need to point out that only someone from Toronto would refer to Ottawa as "northern Ontario."

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Jeez, Glen, I remember a conversation between us about eight months ago where I'm sure you said you'd never take the job. Now, you're stuck with it. :P

Congratulations!

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If you're just joining this conversation, here's a quick summary of the last 100 posts or so.

A: But the GMs have to have all the books, right? So I shouldn't need to?

B: No, the rules say you have to have them and bring them to the table.

A: But that's a lot of books, and they're heavy.

B: It's not fair to make the GMs carry them FOR you. And it's the rule, so it doesn't matter anyway.

A: But why can't I just print out a copy of the relevant abilities from Herolab and just bring that? Herolab is better anyway, because it does all the calculations for you and there's no danger of calculation errors.

B: Yes, but it's the rule, and you have to have the book.

A: Okay, but the PRD has a lot of the rules. I could just bring a printout of that.

B: No, because the rule, you see..

A: Yeah, but what about d20pfsrd? I could print out that reference, and...

B: No - the rules say -

A: But I don't LIKE that!

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Please, for the love of all that is holy, stop presenting alternative strategies for players that are not within the rules as laid out in the Guide to Organized Play. As I posted earlier, you have four options:
1) Bring the book.
2) Bring an eCopy of the PDF that has your (or a family member's) email watermark.
3) Bring a printout of the relevant pages on the PDF that have your (or a family member's) email watermark.
4) Don't use something from a book you don't have and/or don't want to carry around.

If you want to argue to change the rules, then start arguing to change the rules. However, it's worth pointing out that that argument has been going on in this other thread for some time, and it seems unlikely to bear fruit.

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Why is this conversation still happening?

1) If you GM, you can use the PRD to help you in preparing, in case the scenarios reference things that you don't have access to. You are not responsible for knowing or being able to look up on-the-fly anything that is not in the Core Rulebook.

2) If you play, the onus is on you to provide access to non-Core material that your character uses, in case the GM doesn't have it and doesn't have access to the 'net from the game space. You can do that by bringing the book, bringing a legal copy of the PDF on a device of your choice, or by printing out a page from a PDF that you own and that shows your email in the watermark. If you don't want to have to bring a book, then don't use stuff from that book.

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As an aside, neferphras, I challenge you to refrain from playing in favour of GMing for your local community or home group over the next few weeks, and then revisit this thread and re-read what you're asking GMs to be responsible for. I expect that your attitude will change significantly, and you might understand why a lot of people in this thread are seeing your request as unreasonable.


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Drejk wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
Dancing is the work of Devil, surely.
Huh? I thought that it is more of a demon thing... I am not exactly seeing Asmodeus dancing.

The Tango is totally a lawful evil dance.

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In the interest of ease of tracking all the things that need to be tracked, I just uploaded this handy little document to the shared prep drive.

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There are a few already posted, but here is the page I made for my sunder build. I take a printed copy with my character binder and hand it to the GM when I play that character.

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I see your point, MoR, but let me extend my argument slightly to make a connection that may (or may not) be relevant.

There were two points I was trying to make (and re-reading, I'll admit that it wasn't even close), and here they are laid out more explicitly

1) I'm concerned about the willingness of my GMs to stick around - regardless of the "rank" of the GM - which is dependent on their ability to have fun. Some GMs don't find it fun to watch a single player dominate the scenario, and the reasons for that are irrelevant. They're either frustrated by the ease of play, or invested in their NPCs, or whatever. If a GM isn't having fun, then there's only so many times they'll come back, and I can't afford to lose GMs. Regardless, as Andrew Christian said in the other thread, if a player shows up with an option that a GM doesn't want to have to deal with (for whatever reason), then the shortest possible, and very antagonistic conversation, looks like this:

GM: Hey, I don't want that option at my table. Either don't use it, or bring a different character.
Player: Don't oppress my options. It's legal, so you can't stop me from using it.
GM: (standing up and leaving) Okay. See you guys next week, as long as he's not here.

In short, it is an impractical argument to say "you can't ban options that you don't want to deal with." It's a great ideal, but you can't stop it from happening, because you can never force someone to be a GM.

2) I'm concerned about the fun of the other players at the table. It is often the case that if one person is dominating the game - or even dominating a specific aspect of the game like combat - means you've killed the fun of others at the table. This doesn't represent the best of Pathfinder Society, and I think it's the GM's responsibility to keep that from happening.

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I've been biting my time since this conversation started in the other thread, but I've got some thoughts I'd like to share.

First, I see Andrei's point. It hasn't come up for me as a GM, but as a player, if there's a 7th person seated at the table I'm sitting at, I'll get up and leave. Past experience indicates that for me, at least, 7-person tables aren't fun. They're legal, but I don't like them. Don't tell me that just because I'm a Venture-Lieutenant I'm setting a bad example by choosing not to participate in a legal table.

I look at it from this lens: I'm responsible for making sure that PFS puts its best foot forward. If a new player shows up with a level 1 rogue, and proceeds to do nothing for an entire scenario because someone's got an Animal Companion that destroys the experience, they're not coming back. To be clear, I wouldn't blanket ban anything that's legal, but I'd take a close look at table composition and have a conversation with anyone who was going to abuse an overpowered option at a table, to the detriment of everyone else's playing experience.

Luckily, in Toronto, we don't seem to have a lot of players like that. I can't think of any that I've encountered at public PFS so far.

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rebutle wrote:
Jeff Mahood wrote:
rebutle wrote:

My local PFS lodge is getting into Season 4 scenarios (at the 1-5 level), and here I sit, biting my nails. We're running 4-11 this Saturday. I haven't even gone through First Steps, or anything in seasons 0-2.

There's a tiny part of me afraid to voice this to leaders in my area because I'm a girl, and I don't want to be seen as wimpy or fearful because of my ovaries, but that's an only slightly related concern.

First, and I cannot stress this enough, I believe strongly that any VC or VL would take a legitimate concern like this and chalk it up to a second X chromosome.
I sincerely hope you missed a word in there somewhere.

Oh, hell. The most important part of my post and I missed the negation in the sentence. That's extremely embarrassing. I've edited my original post above.

For the record, the sentence should read "First, and I cannot stress this enough, I believe strongly that any VC or VL would never take a legitimate concern like this and chalk it up to a second X chromosome."


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It's been quite a while (nearly 2 years, if my search-fu hasn't failed me)since a Golarion Day post in the blog, and I've been itching to ask about it. Now that the Gen Con crunch is over, I thought it might be a nice time to bring it back up. I really loved the idea that once a week, there'd be a little post - a few hundred words - about a specific element of the Campaign Setting, and it's been sorely missed by more than just me. Is there any chance we might convince the staff to start that part of the blog up again?

It's possible that this thread belongs in Website Feedback. Mods, feel free to move it if that's a more appropriate place for it.

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GMing this game two weeks ago was my 60th game, and therefore my 3rd star. To celebrate this, I built some 3D terrain. Normally, I'd put this link in the discussion, but there are mega-spoilers in the images, so I kept it here instead.

Images


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Pan8myhead just doesn't have the same cache.

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