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Hi guys - still here.

I'm back on my meds and its lifting me - I think I'll be ready again next week - life is looking a crap load better than a few weeks ago.

I'll send everyone a PM thanking you for your patience and telling you we're back on later.

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Guys - full disclosure. I am trying to get my s&&# together and its not going well. I decided to go off my meds (depression) around January and for a few months all was well but at the moment I am at the bottom of a black pit and I'm trying to claw my way out. Its all I can do to even get out of bed in the morning and hold down my job.

I'll be making appointments with my Psych (who I haven't seen since Nov) and getting myself back in track. Its gonna take some time.

That said, this game REALLY matters to me. I will try to post something as soon as I can. If you wish to quit then I totally understand but please let me know if you are willing to stay for now.

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Gimme a bit folks - still dealing with personal issues. Sorry for the delay

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Just making sure :) The fault lies not with any player - its with me.

PMs sent to all.

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Sorry guys. I did insane amounts of work over the weekend and am still fried. Gimme a bit to keep this moving.

Also had a PM from Emmett. He may stay in the game but take a week or so break. Here's hoping he decides to stay in on our game.

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Nice... thanks everyone!

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Hi - making up some details on a potential copy of the Umbral Leaves... and want to make it a sort of spell book (yeah, technically not needed for clerics).

Any suggestion on spells, mostly clerical but any arcane as well, that I can pop in the book?

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I've yet to make another aldori but slashing grace can be a game changer... The question is do I spend the feat or dip into the PrC

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Yeah, I grimace every time I see a strength dump. People think its an easy no brainer without considering the in game impacts.

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The expert NPC class has that ... sorta

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Agreed Phantom, it isn't really that sort of game - I just wanted to get a base line of Opinion as I was working for a backstory for a campaign and wanted a sanity check/guideline for the backstory.

However a level 1 character is unlikely to be able to lay claim to a 'professorship' with a single rank or 'research fellow' - roles that traditionally require a doctorate.

I do have one game (E6) where I allowed the player to start as a professor but its a very low level campaign and one where commoners rarely make it beyond level 3, but thats the exception rather than the rule.

Anyways thats where I am coming from.

I decided to make the character a graduate working on their masters (History of Ustalav, from restoration of crown rule to present day) given their ranks in History, Nobility and Local (which also covers laws) and their decent bonuses +8, +7, +6

Given the character is about to attend a funeral in Ravensgro I am pretty sure that while their knowledge skills will rise, they won't have time for academic accreditation once things get moving.

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ProfPotts wrote:

The old D&D 'Arms and Equipment Guide' (ISBN 0-7869-2649-x if anyone cares) states (page 62) that...

'...an artisan as an apprentice until he has gained 7 ranks in his primary skill. At that point, the artisan community that he belongs to grants him the title of journeyman. When the artisan has gained 12 ranks in his primary skill, he earns the title of master. These ranks have no game play effect...'

... which could be a reasonable sort of way to look at it. I'd tend to base things like degrees and diplomas off of skill ranks, rather than total bonus (just as prerequisites for Feats and the like tend to be based off of ranks) because those sorts of formal qualifications usually require you to jump through whatever scholastic hoops first, rather than just sitting a test to see how good you actually are. Still no game play effect, of course.

For a more Paizo/Pathfinder-specific approach, I'd suggest looking at the rules for magic schools in Inner Sea Magic, or the rules for combat schools in Inner Sea Combat, with training checks, fame rewards and specific awards. It wouldn't be too hard to whip up something similar for a non-magic/combat 'scholastic' school: pass 'x' number of checks over 'y' semesters and qualify for the Bachelors Degree award (which grants some small bonus or other), etc..

So an NPC would need to be level 7? Yeah - I'll let that slide. I never was a fan of high level commoners and the like.

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Great stuff everyone but I like the last one best... Many thanks.

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I am not saying all knowledges play out as being the result of 'formal' education but I'm just working on something for back story for a campaign and it got me wondering, if my character had x ranks? Would they have their bachelors? or we base it on the overall bonus? Not everyone has 18 int (especially NPCs).

Just trying to get your feel

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Kudos to the PFS leadership and the writers for this!

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higher deadly aim? nice idea

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Hi - I remember reading somewhere that Know: Local can be used to gather information but I can't find any rule for that anywhere...

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Halsere gets out his theives tools and proceeds to work on the manacles.

1d20 + 9 ⇒ (2) + 9 = 11

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Ok... declaring the game dead.

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Plus the editing and errata on things Bacon related are just disappointing.

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Yeah got the list (Thanks). Reached to to my VC.

Anyone else faced this problem?

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I've gotten about 20 or so PFS character. Some chronicles I can find, scanned into my skydrive. Others? Can't find a blessed thing :(

What can I do for these old characters with missing chronicles? Some have been unplayed for 2-3 years.

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Rogues?

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The fens give way to a deep, rocky gorge at the northern edge of the swamp, where a peculiar building, or rather group of buildings, clings to steep cliff edges above half a dozen plummeting waterfalls. Beyond a fortified gatehouse, a stone bridge arches gracefully over the raging torrents below.

Perched precariously beyond this is a fine, fortified manse and a ruined building that appears to have partially collapsed into the river below. A slender rope bridge, replacing the fallen remnants of a stone bridge, links to a strange tower pierced with beautiful stained glass windows depicting bizarre beasts. A further building teeters to the north of this, but how it is reached is impossible to see from here. Far above, a great tower rises from an isle of stone to the sky, ending in a great
steeple topped with a huge lightning conductor.

The sky has darkened considerably as dark clouds stir overhead... a storm is coming - a big one.

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Thanks for that.

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He has the Destruction, Good, Law, Nobility domains and I suppose his inquisitors can pick conversion but are there any other ones that his inquisitors are allowed to pick from in any of the published books/supplements? It may be that the gods in the the other supplements (Dragon Empire etc) don't get access to inquisitions.

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Hi - Can I use a level 2 to play this or is it a must play as level 1?

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thanks

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Take 10 wrote:
When a character or creature is not in immediate danger or distracted, it may choose to take 10 on some rolls (specifically, skill checks). Instead of rolling 1d20 for the check, calculate the result as if the die had rolled a 10. For many routine tasks, taking 10 makes them automatically successful. Distractions or threats (such as combat) make it impossible to take 10. In most cases, taking 10 is purely a safety measure—you know (or expect) that an average roll will succeed but fear that a poor roll might fail, so you elect to settle for the average roll (a 10). Taking 10 is especially useful in situations where a particularly high roll wouldn't help.

Would it be possible to take 10 when trying diplomacy? Or Bluffing a mark? Or even when trying to intimidate someone?

There is no combat involved at this point so would Take 10 apply?

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1875 sounds like a good time period

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Take my money!!

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Just take my money!

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I liked the Midnight system as well. A lot.

It really made spell casters have to think hard about their spell choices (in terms of school) and usage... and spell points were at such a level that if you weren't careful then you'd be taking Con damage.

That said the caster could rely on fetishes/wands/rituals or special sites etc to reduce spell cost. It created a new set of desirable items for the spell caster, including a need to work to collect reagents to help craft such items.

Finally for those worried about caster/martial disparity? This went a long way to balancing the mix.

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Yeah - my bad :( Gimme another day.

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Until Sunday Jiggy

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GM Niles wrote:
Lord Cedric Barca wrote:


my experience on play by post you get more and a better game from people that optimize. They tend to care more about their characters and still around to play.

As a long time GM on PbP games, I disagree vehemently.

By Long time, I mean 3+ years in single games. Also @Eldred has been around for a long time too

I don't think optimization has anything to do with a successful PbP. In my own experience GM post rate/quality/consistency contributes about 80% and the other 20% is the players.

The GM has to be able to railroad, hard if necessary, to keep the game going. The GM also has to demand and expect participation from their players.

All optimization has done in my own games is give me headaches because then I have to redo statblocks and mess with stuff. Thankfully its not really a problem I have alot in my games, and I'll have much less of it when I start only doing 5E.

I run a 1.5 year pbp carrion crown game. 15pt builds and thier wbl is 3 when they are 5th level. Its going well.

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Obsidian Portal is a great *free* website that allows you to post all your clues etc

I'll send you a PM but you can do some pretty neat things with it.

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Did you guys think to see a return of Gibbs ? Did you twig when you heard "Nekromauncy"

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That too.

Have your seen the 2012/2013 The Three Musketeers? Those guys acted like royal troubleshooters for France. Given the players new relationship with the Emperor? Makes sense to replicate.

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Hey - at what points are the stretch target? Particulary Al Rigg's contribution?

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Hey - at what points are the stretch target? Particulary Al Rigg's contribution?

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I second this - I also suggest passing notes to the players or taking them aside to share information with them 1 on 1.

It will confuse them to no end, knowing that they are only getting part of the story. Add bonus rolls/points for RP of the new situation/information.

Confusion is good in small to moderate doses (too much and the players will throw up their hands in frustration).

Change the descriptions of the monsters, reskin them as necessary or give old monster desciptions but give the monsters a new power, extra hitpoints, DR etc so that the players never feel like they know what to expect with the monsters.

Background music to set the scene is good. I've found candles to be a bit iffy. Harder to read your character sheets and the ever present danger of someone spilling wax on the rug or knocking it over and possibly starting a fire.

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I want to be a paladin who is drowning in the oily, sewer filled depths of despair, who feels he cannot even turn to his church for help yet who is forced to operate within their structure, either corrupt, incompetent or both.

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Does it really work as a stand alone? Just curious given it was apparently meant for JR.

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Curious minds need to know :)

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Its desert mate - can't be giving away water now.

We do that and we'll need to dust off the Stillsuits.

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Yeah Auspost sucks the sweat off a dead dingo's donger.

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I have seen one of the PFS modules, the merchants wake, where the main NPC was in a same sex marriage.

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Andrei Brightblade wrote:


11gp - http://paizo.com/campaigns/GMNiles5EExperiment/gameplay&page=20#962

17gp - http://paizo.com/campaigns/GMNiles5EExperiment/gameplay&page=21#1043

Plus Glassstaff Staff, Spellbook and spell pouch. (Pity we dont have a wizard)

75gp, statue, cloak of leaves and pine needles http://paizo.com/campaigns/GMNiles5EExperiment/gameplay&page=28#

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Merry Christmas.

I am a big fan of 5th Ed but I believe in keeping the coin down.

I see adventurers as mercenaries or military contractors.

Remember 100gp can set an adventurer up with a good standard of living for 3 months. Thats a good standard of pay over for a week or so of work adventuring. I imagine that an adventurer would aim to have a turn over (call it danger pay benefits) of around 600-2000 a year with much of the year off to pursue their own pursuits.

That gives them a higher standard of living plus some additional money to blow on equipment and fun. Lean gold keeps the adventures hungry. They need to adventure to make ends meet to maintain their wardrobe, whoring, gambling, magical researches etc.

A note on masterwork. Never give masterwork weapons a +1 to hit. It messes with bounded accuracy.

One thing that IS lacking in 5th ed is bonuses to damage. A masterwork weapon should give a +1 to damage. Another system I've seen but I think its clunky is to re-roll '1's on damage, taking the 2nd roll. I dislike that extra die roll.

A masterwork wand or magical focus is also possible, giving +1 round duration or +1 damage etc or even + casting stat in damage on a single school of magic. +1 DC/to hit would be the equivalent of a +1 sword but makes an interesting magic item to give the player. Imagine a ring that does that for all fire spells and gives resistance to fire. That copies Gandalfs ring to some extent.

Masterwork armour can allow +1 dex to AC. For heavy armours thats a good thing. It will cost you some serious coin for MW chain, let alone custom made full plate. You may want to experiment with DR1 as well but thats up to you. Medium armour proficiency is valuable and something rogues might want to look at and archer rangers can benefit from with the +1 dex for MW armours.

If you start giving away 1000's of gold per adventure thats ok but that more or less gives them little to spend it on besides expensive items that are a one off cost. Magic item shopping can be a plot point all of its own - mere gold (though thats part of the deal) is not enough. The owners may well want a few favours as well. Creation is cool too, again costing gold for rare reagents.

Once that is done all gold is useful for is building a castle, thieves guild, wizards tower etc, and maintaining a small territory. That gives the game a very much BECMI/1st Edition feel too. Providing its own possibilities.

A note on Magic item limits: With RAW the maximum number a character can use is 3. I like to House rule that the maximum is equal to your proficiency bonus.

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