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RPG Superstar 7 Season Star Voter, 8 Season Star Voter. Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber. Pathfinder Society Member. 4,411 posts (8,616 including aliases). 2 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 2 Pathfinder Society characters. 31 aliases.


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You're the GM. When they return, just set the wight's hp at a point where you think it would be a challenge to the PCs. Keep it somewhat damaged to reflect their previous encounter, but change its tactics because now it knows how the PCs fight.

How would it heal? Maybe it had a potion of inflict moderate wounds. Maybe it prayed to the dark gods, who gave it a boon in return. As the GM, you're not strictly bound by the rules.


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Male Human (last I checked) Techie 2 / Bureaucrat 5

I'm back home. I did rent a car and drive home yesterday.

The SeaTac Doubletree gave me a full refund with no cancellation fee due to the canceled flight.

I invoked the "trip in vain" rule, and American Airlines re-credited all of the frequent flier miles I'd used for the trip. There's a chance they will also refund the hotel stay and rental car fees, too. That's "under review".

Chris Lambertz responded to my request for a refund for my badge and banquet ticket...they'll take care of that after everyone is back at the office on Tuesdsy.

My wife and daughter had planned their own trip to Washington DC this weekend. I decided to let them have the one-on-one vacation together, so I'm staying at home by myself. I'm trying to get some of my gamer friends together for an RPG one-shot...I'd run one of the games I'd prepped for Paizocon.


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Paizocon is a bust for me this year.

My flight to Seattle was eventually canceled after a six-hour delay. There were no flights that could get me there today (Friday), with the possible exception of getting on standby for a 8:30 PM arrival. Best guaranteed seat would arrive at 1PM Saturday...which would have meant missing half the con.

I made the decision to just cancel the trip.

So many flights were canceled that there were no rooms at any hotel with airport shuttle service, so I had to take an Uber across town to a so-so Hampton Inn. Checked in at 2:30 AM. At least I got five hours of sleep.

And there are no flights home today, either. Soonest is a 6PM Saturday flight. I'm looking at a one-way car rental for a 5-hour drive home...assuming that I can get a car.

"Disappointed" doesn't really convey how I feel right now.


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Not sure if this is embarrassing or a humblebrag...

My first real PFS game ever will be this year's PFS Special at Paizocon.


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What the others said: This is a question for your GM.

I don't really see a redemption arc for that character, but if it was important to my players, I'd see what we could work out. While there are some optional rules for redeeming evil characters, they first of all must seek redemption on their own...and I'd prefer to role-play that out in the narrative rather than by rolling fice.


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Kileanna wrote:

There are strange flying things here that look like cotton. I am still trying to find out what kind of plant/tree produces them.

The pollen thing seems to be everywhere.

I don't know if you have them in Spain, but where I live, you're describing the floating seeds of cottonwood trees.

I don't usually get allergies in the spring, but I get hammered in autumn... first the ragweed pollen from mid-August through September, then it goes away for a while, then I get hit with mold spores from decaying leaves from late October until it starts snowing.


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John Napier 698 wrote:
Haladir wrote:

For lunch today, I went out to a local diner that had been operating since 1961. Today was their last day of operation.

My family and I were there almost every Sunday for breakfast before church for the past 18 years, and I'd head down there for lunch a couple of times a month. It's really sad to see it go.

By the time I got there, they were out of a lot of things. My go-to lunch was always a pastrami reuben... but they were out of pastrami, Swiss cheese, and pumpernickel. I got a toased bagel with lox and cream cheese instead.

It's always sad to see a favorite business close. There have been so many for me. Media Play, CompUSA, Circuit City, National Record Mart, Borders, Radio Shack, and so on.

This one was especially hard. It was a multi-generational, family-run business, with very low staff turnover. We felt like family there. We knew the owners and all the staff, inclufing the cooks and the dishwasher. Our daughter was a baby when we started eating there regularly, and she's turning 18 in a few weeks. It's where she learned how to behave in a restaurant. It was the kind of place where I could say, "I'll have the regular usual" and they knew what I meant. I hadn't bothered to look at a menu in years...although the owner gave me one as a keepsake.


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MIND BLARK
School enchantment (compulsion); Level bard 2, psychic 3, mesmerist 2, sorcerer/wizard 3, witch 3
Casting Time 1 standard action
Components V, S
RangeClose (25 ft. + 5 ft/2 levels)
Targets All creatures in a 15-foot radius burst
Duration 1 round/level
Saving Throw Will negates; Spell Resistance yes

This spell causes affected creatures' minds to wander, causing them to keep losing focus or interest in their immediate surroundings. Each round, an affected creature has a 50% chance to be dazed for the round.


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Let's just say that if I cared about preserving my copyright, I wouldn't have posted my own game rules in a forum where I've already ceded my rights to Paizo.

IOW: Enjoy!


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Right now, I'm loving Dungeon World.

It's a rules-light RPG using the Powered by the Apocalypse game engine that recreates some of the look-and-feel of early D&D.

You can use the rules to play high fantasy, gritty low fantasy, or anything in between. The rules are designed to keep the story moving forward and keeping the focus squarely on the PCs.


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Skeld wrote:
Haladir wrote:
I'm still peeved at Hero Lab for including the "Runelords can scry on you" effect in the item write-ups.

Yes, I learned my lesson there.

-Skeld

In the second time I ran Runelords, I had prepared a custom Hero Lab package that included some of my houserules (e.g. some 3.5 feats and custom spells that I allow at my table), and I also took that opportunity to replace the Sihedron Medallion and Sihedron Ring item descriptions with ones that did not include the GM secrets. I helpfully handed that package out to all of my Hero Lab-using players.


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John Napier 698 wrote:
I'll forgive him, of course. But I can't trust him anymore, and I no longer respect him.

Forgiveness is a gift you give to yourself. Forgiveness frees you from carrying around the burden of resentment. That said, you can still forgive someone AND hold them accountable for their actions.

I would also advise that you seriously consider filing a complaint with your state's insurance regulatory agency. I'm not sure if what he did to you rises to the level of fraud (as he'll probably claim it was a simple misunderstanding), but it was certainly a deceptive practice. This may well warrant investigation by the authorities.

If he did this to you, he's probably doing the same thing to others.


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John Napier 698 wrote:
So, there's a little bit of good news. I spoke to the bank and got the errant transaction narrowed down. They will block all further transactions from that source. It seems that the source had been skimming $40 from my account since June 2015. The bank will investigate. They also refunded an overdraft fee, so I've got bus money for next week.

Excellent news! I'm glad you got to the bottom of this!

Here's a little bit of free advice, and I apologize in advance if I sound like a dad. (If it's any consolation, I gave the same advice to my daughter...)

Your bank must provide you with a monthly account statement. This might be a paper statement that's mailed to you, or it might be online and you have to look for it. Either way, you really should go over your statement every month and look at each transaction to make sure it's legit. That's your first line of defense against fraud.

This crook stole almost $900 from you before you noticed. If you go over your statements monthly from now on, you'll catch fraud like this much sooner.

Good luck, and I hope that the bank will refund you!


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I found more old AD&D stuff from my college days in the boxes from my attic!

Several more issues of the gaming magazine Sorcerer's Almanac (1989-1993). (I was on the editorial board)

Sorcerer's Spellbook, a collection of new spells for AD&D 2e (1990). (NOTE on the title: This was before spontaneous casters in general and the sorcerer class in particular. "Sorcerer" was the level name for 9th-level wizards.)

I also found two more old AD&D 2e adventures I wrote or co-wrote: "Mission of Mercy" and "Galena."

Enjoy!


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I went to a fantastic beer tasting over the weekend, held at a local small brewery. They had five other breweries there. $15 got you a 4 oz souveneir glass and 12 tasting tickets (each taste cost 1 ticket). They also had live music. The highlights were the Wagner Valley Saisson, the "Hoptimus Prime" IPA from Ruckus Brewing, and the "Tarty McFly" raspberry-infused Berlinner Weisse from War Horse Brewing.

Other than getting a second-degree sunburn on my bald head, I had a blast!


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John: That totally sucks!

In my area, there's been a rash of criminals who've installed card skimmers on ATMs and gas pumps. The current models are very sophisticated, with a tiny camera aimed at the keypad to capture PINs.

I don't know if it's an option for you, but the law gives you more consumer protections when you use a credit card vs. using a debit card.

The bottom line: If you're the victim of credit card fraud, the bank will fight to get its money back. If you're the victim of debit card fraud, you must fight to get your money back.

And, as usual, the law is set up to give more protections to those who already have more resources at their disposal (i.e. credit card holders vs. those who only have an ATM/debit card).

short rant:
Anyone who tells you that the United States isn't an oligarchy is either not paying attention or lying to your face.


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Kjeldorn wrote:
Maybe a cute kitty would make things better?.

Sonic cuteness attack!!


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Happy Friday, everyone!

I woke up about an hour before my alarm today, so I got up early and made a more elaborate breakfast than normal for a weekday: A breakfast sandwich of a fried egg, Black Forest ham, sliced tomato, and sliced avocado on organic seven-grain bread. Also had a fresh grapefruit and two cups of coffee.


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DungeonmasterCal wrote:

While only tangentially related to food (the woman was determined to be lactose intolerant through genetic testing), I thought this was interesting and it made me think of Kileanna because it's in Lugo.

Elba, Mesolithic Woman.

Wow! The 3D model of her face looks just like Linda from my department's accounting office!


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Your humble narrator

Let's just hand-wave that and say it works.


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Haladir wrote:

My household seems to acquire ingredients that we don't end up using before they go bad. Our chest freezer is also full of odd cuts of meat and frozen fruits and vegetables. My wife suggested a weekly cooking challenge along the lines of the TV cooking show Chopped, where we put together three ingredients that have to be used in one dish: one from the freezer, one from the pantry, and one from the refirgerator.

Tonight's challenge: frozen meatballs, a can of corn hominy, two half-jars of pickled peppers, and a half-jar of South Carolina-style barbecue sauce.

By the way, last week's Chopped Challenge at the Haladir household went very well! I made hot, open-faced BBQ meatball sandwiches!

I diced an onion, sauteed that, then added the pickled peppers (diced), a can of diced tomates, the hominy, and the barbecue sauce. The sauce was a little too thick, so I added a little chicken stock. Once that came to a boil, I added the frozen meatballs, and let that simmer until the meatballs were hot all the way through.

I then made some homemade coleslaw with sliced Nappa cabbage, minced onion, grated carrot, olive oil, cider vinegar, and plain yogurt.

I served the hot meatballs in sauce over toasted Italian bread, then put some coleslaw over the top.

It was delicious!


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Rysky wrote:
Felt appropriate.

Wow!

Who's your artist?


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Vidmaster7 wrote:
I seem to have that trouble whenever I cook lamb I never know when it is done.

Use an instant-read meat thermometer.

I prefer lamb to be rare: 125°F, or medium-rare (130°-135°F) at most. Give it about a three-minute rest before serving.


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Who else is going to Paizocon this year? It'll be my first time there, and my first RPG con in over 25 years. I'd love to meet some of you in person!


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The Sideromancer wrote:
Do you agree that the Robertson is the best screwdriver type?

I'll be honest... I had to Google "Robertson screwdriver" to figure out what you were talking about. I've never encountered square-hole screws before, but I'm not much of a handyman.


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Someone just left a Nestle Coffee Crisp bar in the "Free Food" basket in the office break room!

SCORE!!!

I find it hard to believe that anyone would want to discard British chocolate, but I guess there's no accounting for taste!


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This thread is getting too depressing for me...


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DungeonmasterCal wrote:

What's your favorite dinosaur and can I borrow a quarter?

Oh, it seems I've already asked those questions earlier in the thread. So, umm... if you could have any ONE thing right now, what would it be?

A two-week vacation. I could really use some time to unwind.

I am taking a five-day vacation over Memorial Day Weekend. While I'm sure it'll be fun, I am not expecting Paizocon to be relaxing...


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Rysky wrote:

...

;_;

*offers hugs*

Your hugs are always appreciated.

*hugs back*


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NobodysHome wrote:

It took a few months, but the older kids decided they wanted to run their own game, but again there were just too many people who wanted to play, so it wasn't until my older brother started running in around 1976 that I started getting to play "full time", as in, "at least once a week".

And I've preferred to keep my gaming going ever since then, though there have been multi-month lapses due to that strange thing called life.

Wow! I didn't start playing until '81!

I know what you mean about taking breaks from gaming: I took a three-year gaming hiatus from '91 to '94 due to various life reasons, and I didn't return to GMing until 2010.


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So, not a question, but I thought I'd share...

While going through some 20-year-old boxes of junk in my attic, I uncovered some AD&D treasures from my youth!

When I was in college back in the late '80s/early '90s, I was on the editorial board of a D&D fanzine that was also nominally the montly newsletter of the Cornell University gaming club.

I found the first 13 issues of that newsletter! For a fanzine, it had some pretty high production value.

And they are now scanned for your reading enjoyment.

Additionally, I came across two AD&D tournament adventures that I co-wrote. I'm still really proud of these adventures, and I think they stand the test of time. Unfortunately, they were printed on a dot-matrix printer, and the ink has faded with time in places, making sections hard to read. My OCR software also can't decipher dot-matrix text, so I I left those as image files.

So I present: The Horror of Castle Nostromo (1989) and One of Our Wyverns Is Missing (1990).

A note about the latter: It looks like I've lost some of the maps and five of the six pregenerated characters that were designed for the adventure. I've put out a call to my co-authors to see if they still have copies so that I can update the files.

Enjoy!

--Mike "Haladir" Ferdinando


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So, how did you get started in gaming?


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And back to food...

Last Saturday, I made a double-batch of buttermilk waffles. I hadn't taken out the waffle iron in months, and it was time. They were delicious. I always make a double-batch so that I have extras to freeze, so that I have homemade toaster waffles.

This morning for breakfast, I toasted two waffles and served it with some homemade lemon curd (left over from Easter) and some sliced fresh strawberries.

Boy, was that a great breakfast!


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Cursing
School enchantment (compulsion) [language-dependent]; Level bard 2, sorcerer/wizard 2, witch 2
Casting Time 1 standard action
Components V, S
Range Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Target 1 creature
Duration 1 hour/level
Saving Throw Will negates Spell Resistance yes

You compel a creature to use extremely foul language. While under the effect of this spell, a creature uses all manner of profanity, vulgarity, oaths, and the crudest of idioms to express any and all thoughts. While this does not interfere with the subject's ability to express information, it does interfere with its interactions with others. While under the effect of this spell, the attitude of all creatures who can understand the subject's language is automatically lowered by one step. In addition, the subject of this spell suffers a -4 penalty on all Bluff and Diplomacy checks, while gaining a +1 circumstance bonus on Intimidate checks. The subject must also make a Concentration check (DC 10+spell level) to cast a spell with a verbal component.


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Barking Sphere
School Illusion (figment) [sonic]; Level bard 2, sorcerer/wizard 2
Casting Time 1 standard action
Components V, S, M (a bit of fur from a dog)
Range Medium (100 ft. + 10 ft./level)
Effect illusory barking dogs in 20 ft. radius sphere
Duration Concentration plus 2 rounds
Saving Throw Will negates; Spell Resistance yes

A sphere of translucent floating dogs appears within range; all of the dogs loudly bark incessantly. Anyone within a barking sphere must succeed on a Will save or be effectively deafened while in the sphere. Creatures who succeed on ther saving throws do not need to save again if they re-enter the sphere. Spellcasters attempting to cast a spell while within the sphere must succeed on a Concentration check (DC 15 + spell level) or lose the spell.

The caster may move the barking sphere up to 30 feet per round as a move action.

The noise from this spell can be heard outside the area of effect.


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Should we be worried about job elimination by automation in the game design industry?

Not yet, at least!

Slate just ran an article about a researcher who trained a neural network to generate D&D spell names.

The results are weirdly awesome... and awesomely weird.

Moss Healing Word
Hold Mouse
Barking Sphere
Heat on Farm
True Steake
Finger of Enftebtemang
Fomend’s Beating Sphere
Purping Lightsin
Farming
Wrathful Hound
Q’s Invisibility
Cow of Auraly
Mind Blark
Stone Share
Puijune Magic Furs
Grove of Plants
Conjure Velemert
Vicious Markers
End Wall
Mous of Farts
Cursing
Gland Growth

I could see actually writing descriptions for some of these spell names...


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I'm sure it wasn't your fault! You're the best, Haladir!


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If you haven't watched the Screen Junkies' Honest Trailer for Jupiter Ascending...

Watch it now.

It's hilarious!


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A change I've considered but never tried is to increase the damage on a hit as BAB increases, rather than give additional attacks. It would sort of work like Vital Strike, for everyone.

What I was contemplating...

For evey +5 of a character's BAB, add an additional damage die rolled on a hit. So, a 5th-level fighter with a longsword would roll 2d8 damage (plus Str bonus plus whatever) on a hit; a 10th-level fighter would roll 3d8.

You could still choose to forego a move action to make a Full Attack; this adds a flat +2 bonus on the attack roll and +4 on damage. When fighting multiple opponents in a Full Attack, you can choose to roll against the apponent with the highest AC; on a hit, you then can choose to split the damage up among your opponents as you like.

The point was to prevent the melee combatants from just standing there slugging it out because of their iterative attacks, and instead have more dynamic, cinematic combat scenes where the combatants are chasing each other around the battlefield.

I never quite figured out how that change would work in conjunction with critical hits, two-weapon fighting, multiple natural attacks, etc.


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Someone posted this on my Facebook feed, and I had to share...

"Pro Tip: 'Foolish mortals' is a gender-neutral form of address.

So is, 'Puny humans.'"


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I think the community team is swamped with putting together the Paizocon 2017 schedule right now...


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Kileanna wrote:
Have you tried ham with melon? Just cured ham and melon. It's deicious!

For the same sweet-salty-umami combination, my favorite appetizer is: fresh figs, halved, wrapped with proscuitto, sprinkled with coarse salt and rosemary, broiled or grilled for 5 minutes.

My mouth is watering just thinking of those...


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I've been GMing almost since I started playing.

My first D&D game was back in 1981 when I was in sixth grade. I met another guy at a Pascal programming class for kids that I was taking at the local community college, and we somehow started talking about D&D, which I had heard of but had never played. He was a few years older than me (9th grade) but he invited me to join his D&D group... which included a few guys who were a lot older than me. They were using their own hybrid of OD&D, AD&D, and Judges Guild stuff. I had fun, and they were always really nice to me, but it was weird being an 11-year-old kid playing with guys in their late teens and 20s. I stopped playing with them after five or six sessions.

But I was hooked!

I bought the 1981 Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set by Tom Moldvay later that summer after I'd saved up the money from mowing lawns. I then recruited my own friends to play. Since I put the group together, and I was the only one with experience playing, I was the DM. I ran them through The Keep on the Borderlands, In Search of the Unknown, Palace of the Silver Princess, and then started writing my own modules.


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Pathfinder #100: A Song of Silver has the following technological item in the special section detailing bonus NPCs for earlier Adventure Pats. The item is in the section detailing an NPC for Iron Gods...

plasma blade


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*Eyes Skiron suspiciously...*


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So, how much Aethera is going to be run at Paizocon?

I ask because I REALLY WANT TO PLAY SOME!!!


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NobodysHome wrote:
Are you still older than me?

I haven't gotten my hands on a sun orchid elixir, so... I think so?


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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
Also, can I borrow a quarter?

Sure. What's your PayPal address?


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Skiron wrote:
Have you seen my pencil?

Maybe. Could you describe it?


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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
What's your favorite dinosaur?

Deinochysus.

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