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Assuming he's free by then I'll be playing my 4th level bloodrager.

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I'm in!

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Scott Betts wrote:
There doesn't appear to be anything significant. A handful of people at the DNC had a favored candidate. Shock.

I agree the bulk of the leaked communications are fairly harmless but there's some fairly damning stuff in there.

"Let's get this around without attribution" in regards to a news article about Sander's supporters turning violent.

"It might may no difference but for KY and WVA can we get someone to ask his belief. Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist."

If that isn't a targeted attempt to ruin Sander's campaign I don't know what is.

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As you've seen, inquisitor is a very powerful class. With an even middling level of optimization, one can easily break a campaign. My suggestion is to shy away from inquisitor entirely.

What's the rest of your party like?

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I don't consider this Bernie selling out. It's unfortunate but I think he's just making the best of a terrible situation.

I wish he'd won the democratic nomination. His plans might have all been pipe dreams but he made me believe the system could be repaired. He made me want to vote. If my choices are status quo and slightly worse status quo, I'll just be abstaining from voting altogether.

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I'm not sure what you're asking OP. You created a character to break the game and you broke the game. What was the expected result?

As others have suggested, dial down the optimization - like tenfold. The game at that level is already nigh unplayable, overly effective characters certainly don't help.

If playing anything that's less than 100% optimized isn't fun for you, maybe this campaign isn't a good fit for you and you should just take a break. It sounds like these guys are your friends. Souring a friendship over one campaign doesn't seem like a great idea.

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mamaursula wrote:
That can be super tricky, because no player is going to sit down at a table and say "I don't do giant spiders, heights, or killing horses." We are all "surprised" by what is about to be laid before us, so when something that triggers a player at the table it can be really uncomfortable and awkward for everyone. Hopefully the GM and players are understanding. If it's a scripted scenario, there really might not be an easy way around the trigger, and every reasonable accommodations should be made whenever possible. If that isn't possible then...

I don't know if PFS GMs are allowed that kind of leeway as far as reflavoring but I see what you're saying. When the player in question mentions that harming animals is his trigger, the GM says 'Oh, they're not horses after all. The stables are full of forest drakes!'.

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I have a question about etiquette and triggers based on my experience at this year's Paizocon.

At Paizocon I played in a PFS scenario that brought the party to a situation where we were considering killing some stabled horses in order to disrupt operations within the enemy base that we'd infiltrated. One of the players at the table immediately got upset and vetoed the idea. He didn't cite any real argument so we were confused - is your character opposed to this plan or are you as a player opposed? The player made it clear that harming animals was one of his triggers. We had a brief discussion, mostly based around the fact that in-character killing the animals would help with our mission but the triggered player's friend jumped in - you cannot violate someone's triggers without explicit consent.

The GM was puzzled. The rest of the players were puzzled. Not interested in forcing the issue we abandoned the plan and did other things. Fortunately, killing the hostile forces' horses wasn't necessary to achieve success in the scenario.

But what if it had been? What if the scenario specifically required us to kill those stabled horses to get our second prestige or unlock some boon? What's proper etiquette when the scenario's objectives directly conflict with a player's triggers? Are GMs in PFS scenarios empowered to reflavor things to avoid triggering players? Are they empowered to hand-wave scenario-crucial things that are offensive to people when it comes up?

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Sweet. Hopefully this will kill the 'invulnerable rager is default barbarian' thing that comes up all the time.

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Uh, make that Bestiary 6!

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It's a design oversight that's gone uncorrected for years now.

Hold out hope for Bestiary 5!

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I finished it yesterday.

It was okay I suppose. I didn't really like Avatar or Legend of Korra either. I should probably approach a children's cartoon with limited expectations.

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It depends on how far you expect this campaign to go and how badly you want to optimize. Strength is probably better overall at low level but dexterity far overshadows it at middling to high levels. If you expect the campaign to go to the end and your DM is the sort to tailor his encounters to challenge the PCs, dexterity is probably the better choice.

If you expect the campaign will peter out halfway through or the DM is only going to run the encounters from the book, a dexterity-based magus is overkill and you'll end up trouncing the whole thing by yourself.

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Optimization-wise there's nothing the skald does at low to middling levels that a bard or 423 archetypes don't provide.

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I'm not fond of Roll20. If I run a VTT game I'd prefer to just do everything inside google slides.

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I could see doing a game mostly in google slides as a VTT and just using the forums for dice rolls.

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I'm sure we could do it in PBP if we maintained the timing requirement.

That said, I don't how many of you guys could handle my 4 hour PBP PFS scenarios. =P

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You can do the bonekeeps as VTT games. That's actually really tempting.

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Count me in. I'm still 14 or so normal games off but I'd like to start getting some specials in.

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Ah. That makes sense.

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I looked over the guide but I'm not sure what you're talking about. What's different?

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It's very poorly worded but a pinned creature cannot attack or do anything other than attack or us purely mental abilities (like many SU abilities).

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I got the feeling that Jinx Eater was just a title.

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How do they work?

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I had two at one point but I currently have none available. =P

I'd love more opportunities to play PFS but I don't think expanded GM replay is the way to do it.

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Spoiler:
Isn't he wanted by the world's governments or something?

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I saw it last night. I enjoyed it enough but there was definitely parts that felt slow and other parts that felt wholly unnecessary in what was already a very busy movie.

thing that bugged me the most at the end:
I understand Magneto switching sides turned the tide and allowed the heroes to save the world but he was still responsible for casualties (I'm guessing in the millions?). Is there really no accountability for that?

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I tend to think being dependent on specific magic items is kind of silly. Almost as silly as everyone wearing conical Asian hats. =P

I'd start with the doppelganger archetype for druids in UI that lets them mimic specific people with their wildshape.

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Is anyone still at the hotel and looking for one last game?

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Alex Greenshields (author of Dalsine Affair and the one famous for introducing PFS to the murderous magus class) was just crit by a spellstriking shocking grasp.

Karma is real!

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PFS News.

Special three-tiered kids program. Rules lite. PFS legal. Ages 6+.

Kids track transitional. Splash weapon lessons. Grappling lessons. At the end of transitions a character will be level 2.

Ratings system for scenarios to warn GMs to adjust for kids. Trigger warnings.

Premiering at Gencon.

Season 8.

Year of the Stolen Storm. Dealing with malevolent elemental forces.

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Adventure Card Guild News.

New season based on comics. Season of the Goblin. New characters and old favorites. After that Season of the Mummy. This season will not match the AP story. Card Guild boons to match PFS boons - extra power at a cost.

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Spring 2017 - Encounter Codex

Packed with flipmats and encounters. Tips for reward, boons, training etc.

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Fall 2016 - Villain Codex

256 page book on villainous organizations.

Vziers, serpent cult, evil mauraders, evil circus, merchant caravan, merry outlaws, natures scourge, scandalous pirates, secret society, slayers guild, theives guild.

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Preview Time! I'm typing this on my phone so forgive the typos and formatting issues.

Horror Adventures.

Corruption system. Bring the horror to characters by tempting them with power. Examples are monk with ghoul powers, Meresiel with hive insect powers, and Valeros with construct parts.

Expanded fear rules. Seven levels of fear to fill the gap between shaken and frightened.

Sanity rules.

Archetypes including archetypes for villains. Mythos hunter cleric, serial killer vigilante, mad scientist alchemist, gingerbread witch.

New feats. Story feats. New style feats. Monster feats.

New spells. Contact 'entity' for all your mi-go needs. Fleshwall. Decapitate. Specialized maze spells.

New subsystems. Curse system. Contagious curses. New diseases. New environmental rules and hazards. Fleshwarping. New haunts and haunt templates including cleric-immune haunts.

GMing section on how to run a horror themed game. Don't forget consent! Types of horror. Creating atmosphere. Tips on rules improvisation.

New magic items. The 'black heart' is a spotless item that you can squeeze to deal damage to enemies. Special holy symbols. New cursed items.

No new monsters. Monster templates. Implacable stalker can't be killed and teleports behind you. Waxwork monster. Simple vampire template.

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I just got back from Thai place across the street. It's good every time!

Even though the character I brought is a poor fit for them (a paladin), I'm really enjoying all the intrigue-heavy scenarios. I'm looking forward to possibly getting a peek at what the theme for next season will be at the banquet.

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Rallying the crowd felt poorly timed to me. There was a missile bearing down on them. 'Hope' isn't an effective defense from nuclear weapons.

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Correction:

Superman has also had teleportation at one point.

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Actually, Superman has had telekinesis at one point when they were trying to expand his powers again.

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Superman's already got every other power under the sun. Let someone else be the inspirational guy.

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This kind of thing comes up all the time in PFS. Just because you're a paladin and someone detects as evil doesn't give you authority to harass or attack them.

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I never understood why some people make private recruitment threads for games. If it's private, just create the gameplay/discussion thread and be done with it!

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I haven't actually played one myself but I DMed a PFS scenario recently that featured a geokineticist as a villain and she was a terror. Between strong defenses, utility, and damage potential, I'm not sure what all the complaints are about. Had I run her to her full potential I'm confident she could have killed a couple of the PCs or potentially caused a TPK.

I will agree the class feels a bit overly complex. The bad guy in question is level 8 and had three different class features that granted access to 'free' burn but they're scattered across the text (and in some cases nested within other class features that already do other stuff). The 'free' burn stuff is cool but could stand some streamlining.

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Firestorm will never consistently be Firestorm. His CG is too expensive.

Honestly they should cut him if they can't come up with a cost effective way of keeping him around.

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I happen to think the FAQ/errata system is very good for the health of the game. I love the fact that Paizo addresses overpowered items. Do I think some of the nerfs went overboard? Yes. But I'd rather have heavy-handed adjustments than no adjustments at all.

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Nothing really needs the big three. If they can do Civil War without Robo-Thor or Goliath or Nitro they can do JSA stories without Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.

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+1

I love the hyperbole but the game functioned before that item existed. It will continue to function without it.

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I'm loving this errata. Thanks Paizo!

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Spiderman was probably the highlight of the movie for me.

I thought I was suffering from Spiderman fatigue but after seeing Tom Holland fill the roll I'm super excited about Homecoming.

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In terms of ground speed he's fairly fast but his reflexes are beyond terrible. He gets hit by arrows, cold guns, heat guns, and regular people moving at regular people speed all the time.

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Barry's really hurting for that uncanny dodge.

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