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Goblin Squad Member. FullStarFullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 1,413 posts (36,574 including aliases). 5 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 14 Pathfinder Society characters. 25 aliases.


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Andoran

Welcome to PBPs bwatford. =P

It looks like this is your first foray on the paizo forums. Do you mind telling us a bit about yourself?

Andoran

Heh. Maybe my thread will stir up more latent DMs. =P

Andoran

Hey guys. I was told to roll some stats here.

4d6 ⇒ (5, 5, 6, 5) = 21
4d6 ⇒ (6, 5, 4, 1) = 16
4d6 ⇒ (4, 3, 6, 3) = 16
4d6 ⇒ (5, 6, 6, 2) = 19
4d6 ⇒ (5, 3, 6, 2) = 16
4d6 ⇒ (4, 6, 6, 5) = 21
4d6 ⇒ (3, 6, 4, 3) = 16

16, 15, 13, 17, 14, 17

Nice.

Should I grab a mythic tier or no?

Andoran

Thanks for the info Wicked. I'm glad to hear your game's going so well.

Andoran

Pirate Rob wrote:
I'm in a Mummy's Mask pbp that had no recruitment thread, I wonder if more and more people are doing APs with a known group rather than recruiting.

Unless people are calling their campaigns by secret code words, I don't think there's anymore private Mummy's Masks games running than any other AP.

Andoran

I suppose that's possible. I didn't realize folks were that excited about Mythic.

Andoran

Usually around this time for a new AP, there’s a half-dozen recruitment threads running. I’ve only noticed a handful for Mummy’s Mask. What gives? Is the Egyptian setting/themes not terribly popular in PBP land? Does the AP have some glaring problems?

Andoran ***

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I never got tired of saying "I shoot a cat at it".

Andoran ***

Sorry about that. Paizocon put me into maximum slacker mode. I sent that email this morning.

Andoran ***

I'm sure I saw Kyle Baird at the dessert table.

Well it might have been a slice of carrot cake.

Andoran ***

I totally lucked out. I got seated at a table with Mike Brock, Painlord, Compton, and BigKyle with Verdigris DMing. Easily the highlight of my con experience.

Edit:

Compton and Brock dropped to make room. =(

Andoran

Hrm. I might be interested.

Andoran ***

Are folks going to be at the bar tomorrow?

I've been wanting to meet John.

Andoran ***

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One of my players won a boon but I forgot to note it on my reporting sheet. Who should I contact?

Andoran

Understood. Thanks for the consideration. I'll let Karl know he doesn't have a surprise sibling to look out for. =P

Andoran

Alright. I sent Karl and PM to get the ball rolling but I want to find out about the kosherness of the stuff I’m interested before I get too invested in writing up a character.

Andoran

Oh, I'm a player in that one.

I need to get the go-ahead from the DM.

Andoran

Half rounded up. So 5 per d8.

Andoran

We're doing PFS HP.

Andoran

Well an investigator is already pretty close to a wizard/rogue. I don't know how much rebuilding would really be necessary. =P

But before you do that you should post in Rise.

Andoran

The Game

We’re currently paladin, melee ranger, druid, oracle, and cleric. Our wizard/rogue recently had a kid and looks to have given up PBPing for now.

Andoran

My group might have an opening in the near future. We're near the beginning of book two.

Andoran

Grappling as a mechanic is very very weak. It started out poor and has only gotten worse as Pathfinder has applied 'clarifications'.

You've got it right. Without extensive feat investment, grapple is a net loss of actions.

Andoran

I might have a solution for you.

Andoran

It looks like you guys have been playing for going on 7 months and you're still level one. Is that the kind of pacing to expect?

Andoran

Where can I read more about Bard's Gate. I'm thinking my character is going to be the child of a low-noble family and I'd like to know more about the city.

Also, Grimmy how do you feel about tattooed sorcerer and celestial servant.

Also (again), how do you want to handle the random/variant aasimar abilities?

Andoran

I'm strongly considering a human or aasimar sorceress with a focus on support/buffing - haste, barkskin, fly, prot evil, etc. Does that sound like something that the party could use?

Andoran

Way of the Wicked honestly never interested me much until I spotted your game and started musing on Tanarukk. I'll go ahead and withdraw. Best of luck. It looks like you've got a great group.

Andoran

Can you tell me about the rest of the party?

I'm leaning toward a supportive sorcerer.

Andoran

That's why I suggested cooking something up that's a bit more appropriate with race creation rules. Call it 'Lesser Tanarukk' maybe.

He could be Thok's son!

Andoran

I'll withdraw then. Thanks anyway.

Andoran

Well even if it's not Thok specifically, would another tanaruk be possible?

Andoran

Would you be willing to let someone play a Tarnuk? I see the party just rescued one. It'd be an easy way to intro the character. =P

Obviously the full monster stats wouldn't work but what if I use the race creation rules to cook something up?

Andoran

I recently recalled another one of my favorites.

We’re in a dungeon and the party cleric gets hit with a fear effect. She’s going to flee in a panic but I use my turn to grapple her and hold her down.

This Happened wrote:

DM: Okay. Cleric, roll a wisdom check. If you fail, you take sanity damage.

Cleric: Huh. Why? And since when are we using any sort of sanity rules?

DM: You’re magically panicked and someone is keeping you from running. You’re going to take sanity damage.

Cleric: …

Me: I guess I let her go…

Same stellar DM as the batvalanche.

Andoran

Oh, awesome. Thanks!

Andoran

Is there anything like the celestial obedience line of feats for actual deities? It seems strange that these pseudo-gods have such a cool detailed feat chain but more powerful and popular gods do not.

Andoran

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Feral wrote:

My favorite was the DM that claimed that slain bat swarms buried characters standing inside them and used avalanche/buried alive rules.

Yeah. It happened.

Ouch...

Did he ever improve?

Nope!

I have lots of other good ones from that guy or other bad DMs but I don't want to hog the thread. 'Dead bat swarms are a lethal hazard' was just one of my favorites.

Andoran

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My favorite was the DM that claimed that slain bat swarms buried characters standing inside them and used avalanche/buried alive rules.

Yeah. It happened.

Andoran

I wanted to sign up but I was dealing with a silly personal crisis.

Andoran

I'm interested in applying with this guy.

I know he's third party but I promise to be good and not use anything abusive or overly complicated. If you'd like, I can send PDFs of the relevant bits.

He'll end up being a guardian but may dual path for champion.

Andoran ***

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Your organizer was wrong and you handled the situation perfectly.

As a GM, your jobs are to tell a good story and help the players have fun. They don't know what the mod wants them to do and the idea of killing them for taking a leap of faith is toxic. The response you gave Torch was spot on. It validated the player's actions and served to get the plot back on track.

Pat yourself on the back. That's something that I've seen very veteran GMs consistently have a hard time with.

Andoran

It looks like the Gencon event is full. Is there a way to get on the waitlist for it?

I'm going to be really bummed if I can't get in for that. =/

Andoran

You need to talk to your players and find out what kind of game they want first. Maybe they like being super-heroes and breezing through the game is fun for them.

Talk first. Figure out logistics after.

Andoran

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I feel like you guys didn't read the OP.

He wants to challenge his optimized players. His optimized players cry foul when something appears to challenge them. He doesn't like this.

Making things X% harder isn't going to address his problem.

Andoran

Except he already mentioned his monk player complains and calls foul play when things hit him.

How if buffing encounters going to help?

Andoran

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You're hitting the inevitable conclusion of optimization: an unplayable game.

At this point you've only got a couple options.

A) Nerf the optimized characters or ask them to nerf themselves.

B) Just run the game as you were before and let the players steamroll everything.

Anything else is likely to end in hurt feelings and frustration on one side of the table (or both).

The first step is to level with your players and find out what they want from the game. "Sorry guys but I don't think I can offer you a challenging experience if things continue like this. Do you want me to reign things in a bit or just continue as we have been?"

Andoran

My Paladin Changes:

*Reverse the LoH action usage. Swift for healing allies. Standard for healing the paladin himself.

*Smite Evil needs to be gutted. It might have been weak in 3.5 but it's absurd now. Yes, the paladin should be good at fighting evil doers. No, that does not mean that the DM should have to make every major villain neutral. I don't have a good fix for this one.

*Make Divine Grace scale up to the paladin's charisma mod.

Andoran

I'm a bit busy right now so I'm afraid I can't help you but I can offer one crucial piece of advice.

Look over each applicant's history closely. PBP is rife with people that disappear or post inconsistently with little notice or care. Make sure the folks you're inviting to play with you are on the up and up.

Andoran

I was mostly curious. Asking someone to commit to DMing an AP with you is quite a commitment and you don't have much of a resume. If you want to actually see an AP through to completion, you have to stack the deck in your favor.

I believe only one PBP AP has ever finished on these forums.

Andoran

Is this your first PBP?

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