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I like to pick up the flip-mats and map packs when I stop by the FLGS but as I mostly play the APs I feel like my money is kinda getting wasted. With the exception of the Anniversary of Rise of the Runelords, I can't think of another AP that uses a flip mat. Is there a way they can be utilized in the APs in a way similar to the PFS scenarios?
I'm running, and really enjoying this AP. My group is about at the end of book 2 and everyone is really invested and kicking butt. But I've noticed something that is making me wonder. Is this AP a bit shorter than others?
What I mean by that question is that to this point I have run Shattered Star, Jade Regent, Wrath of the Righteous and Kingmaker and those seemed to be a lot denser in terms of the amount of encounters. Am I imagining things or are there less encounters and more background, story in this AP that the later ones? If this is the case, is it similarly the case in other early APs?
A strange light in the sky holds a danger unknown for ten thousand years! Deep beneath Golarion's surface, the greatest shame of the elves is stirring once more. Seething with hatred, the drow have come up with a plan to wipe out their ancient enemies and bring a second Age of Darkness. And this time, there's only the heroes to stop them...
In the Second Darkness Adventure Path, the heroes venture from the Varisian pirate haven of Riddleport to an island overrun by extraterrestrial terrors, a fallen forest capital of the elves, the subterranean realm of the drow (where they are disguised as drow themselves), intrigue-laden elven courts, and a mysterious realm forgotten by time itself, known as the Land of Black Blood.
When: Thursdays at 1PM EST. I usually run for aprox. 4 hours.
Tools: Maptools v.91, Ventrillo for voice chat both IC and OOC, and Skype for out of game chat.
Books: I'm open to all PF books and will consider 3rd party content on a case by case basis.
Post or PM me your interest, character concept and age.
Posting first does not guarantee position. Interesting concepts are considered first.
I have a kineticist in my Wrath of the Righteous game who made his grand appearance yesterday being able to heal at lvl 3 for 2d8+4 handing the 3 burn off to those healed or to absorb himself. So with the burn equating to Non Lethal HP this build seems to have an insane capacity to hand out heals that is superior to a Life Oracle of similar level with could channel for 2d6 or CMW for 2d8+3 a very limited number of times. On top of that, the build could also dish out the same amount as a ranged attack option. So being the minion that I am, I find reading the Kineticist mechanics mind boggling, can someone break this down for me. Was the kineticist played right or are there some mechanic issues I need to be made aware of.
Here is his build now that he's leveled to 4:
I would really love to see some more interest in Tian Xia. Looking back a few years now from the Year of the Ruby Phoenix Tournament, not much has come out in this area aside from the occasional PFS scenario. So my hope and plea here is that you guys might consider a level 1-4 module, similar in design to the amazing Dragons Demand, only set in Tian Xia are themes appropriate to that area. Being low level it could be a nice launchpad into ongoing home campaigns set there, as well as a nice starting point to the popularity of PFS characters built around Tian races and ideas.
Here's to hoping!
I've been reading through several of the non mythic runs of Wrath which are highly useful as I have only just began a similar run of my own. However one thing I keep seeing a bit of disagreement upon is if a Mythic level should equal a Class level of if 2 Mythic Tiers equal a class level. I suppose what I'm seeking is what are the opinions of the forum goers on this account, advantages and drawbacks to one over the other. Thanks in advance.
Star Wars: Dawn of Defiance
Seeing someone running a pbp of this and after watching the Force Awakens, my Star War itch needs scratching. I've always loved the SAGA edition and meant to play this, so no time like the present.
When: Monday evenings 6 PM EST. Set to run for about 3 hours. Campaign may last as long as 10 months.
Forum: Maptools and ventrillo for voice chat. This is not a text chat game, mic is required.
Character Creation: 28 point buy. All Species allowed.
Setting: This adventure takes place months after episode IV A New Hope. Therefore the Galactic Empire is at its height swallowing up worlds and Jedi are outlawed and will be hunted if identified.
As a GM I like to focus on strong characters and will reward players who show initiative. I've been running games online for a long time mostly using Pathfinder and Mutants and Masterminds.
Post interest either here or via PM. I can be reached on skype: trexnco
We are looking for some folks who are interested in playing in a Rise of the Runelords campaign with the Pathfinder rules.
As a group we tend to be more combat focused but can find plenty of room for RP and chatting. All of us are over 30 and understand that things come up but like the idea of getting a bit of social fun around a game table with a mind to creating a shared story-telling experience. As my wife plays, we are a female friendly environment.
If interested, feel free to contact me at email@example.com and we can arrange to share a cup of coffee and talk gaming.. I live very close to Marist College.
When I run my APs I like them to go fast and smooth, as such I'm thinking of moving away from the idea of handing out the loot detailed in the APs. I find that rewarding x number of copper, gold, Platinum and valuable objects combined with mwk or magical this-and-thats, tends to be a bit of a time sink. Especially when it comes to the party dividing the loot and occasional drama that ensues when two players want the same item and looking up item costs for selling all seems to slow down my games. So what Im thinking of doing is rewarding the entire party up to its expected wealth by level each time they level and then let them go shopping on their own (in-between games) with my supervision of whats allowed.
I may lower the pay day if they miss, not bypass, certain treasure rooms or fail in encounters. But otherwise grant them full incremental WBL.
I'm also considering dropping consumables as an exclusion from WBL. So the occasional Cure Light Wounds potion won't hurt them.
So I'm looking for opinions, is this a good idea? What problems may come of such a policy? Are there recommendations I should consider in adapting this?
In considering the Giantslayer AP, I'm mulling over an idea to give Giants an automatic CMB check on their attacks for bull rush or knocking opponents prone (trip). The reason is because while I love giants, they tend to be rather boring inn combat. This might make them more of a menace as well as more cinematic as their great strength and size can send PC's flying.
So what are some thoughts? Would I be completely gimping the melee characters with this?
This is an interest check for a Pathfinder game featuring the Kingmaker Adventure Path. The blurb from Paizo describes it as:
Kingmaker: The wild and dangerous Stolen Lands lie in the northern reaches of the River Kingdoms, realms ripe for the taking! Yet those who would become rulers of these new lands will soon learn that claiming a kingdom and keeping it are two different beasts. Can the heroes protect their lands from jealous and deadly enemies?
Time: Monday evenings EST
Programs required: Maptools 87, ventrillo and skype. I use voice chat for both IC and OoC.
Character creation: Use the 20 point build system starting with 150 gps. I'm open to third party content so long as it makes sense to the power level and setting.
I'm an experienced GM with a good deal of experience running online. I recently completed the Shattered Star AP and am interested to explore this one. To measure my play style I think I can split RP and combat at around 50-50. I like strong characters with big personalities but also enjoy a good battle. I'm not a rules lawyer GM but rather prefer to live by Rule of Cool, in other words if you got a great scene I'm willing to work with you to make it happen.
Let me know if your interested. The game wont start till early May.
I had a wonderful time running 5 tables of the Glass River Rescue. At all my tables I had both new and veteran players looking to have a good time and I think I delivered. I got a lot of positive feedback on my GMing that has me feeling really good about the experience. I definitely am going to volunteer to GM PFS at GenCon again! On that note, let me pass along some kudos to thelich who ran a great game of Wardstone. He didn't even use a map for the game but had us all immersed in the action. Well done!
Take the time and give some of the GMs who did a good job a shout out!
As the title says, I'd really like to get a races of Golarion for the Kitsune book. It could cover several of the different themes they bring to the game such as the Japanese fox-human, the Annubis Dog-Man thing - perhaps based out of Osirion, maybe a take on the Coyote myth so popular among the Native Americans, and perhaps some manwolf thing out of Ustalov. Furthermore with an expanded race on the Kitsune it might even open up some of the Shifter fluff from 3.5 and 4e.
Just a suggestion hope it gains some interest.
I'd really like to see more outdoor flipmats rather than the Dungeon ones which are always too situational for my needs. Some of the things I'd like to see:
1. Winter Forest - another forest with snow on the ground.
2. A proper Desert one without statues and oasis like the previous.
3. A jungle for those Mwangi games
4. An Airship/sky map - I know its a bit odd but sometimes aerial combat happens.
5. Hellscape Worldwound style burnt out landscape
6. Farmstead - A small farm with space for the pigs and creepy scarecrow
7. City Scenes - I'd love a few selections here, flip mat of slums, arab bazaar, and more streets.
I'm prepping to run the Shattered Star: Shards of Sin at the FLGS as a PFS module. So the expectation is that the PFS requirements be met within a 6 hour slot. I'm looking at the rules that govern Shattered Star and it begins with B1 and ends with D15. Altogether this amounts to 8 levels of dungeon grinding!!!!
I'm currently running Shattered Star as a home game as well and when played this particular part, with an admittedly high RP group, it took 4 game sessions to cover this amount of material.
Have others found this to be a bit much for a 6 hour slot?
I ran Thornkeep at the FLGS and will run it again tomorrow at a Con and there was one encounter I had issue with and would like to hear some others thoughts on it:
As a lvl 1-2 module, all of the characters last night, and I anticipate tomorrow will be new characters. With that in mind the Shadow turned into a pretty nasty encounter with its incorporeal condition making it immune to most lvl 1 characters ability to do significant damage.
How I ran it, was let the party make an intimidate check after it got a burn from the Clerics channel energy.
How do other GMs play this out to prevent it from turning into a game stopper, especially when running for potentially brand new players?
Over the last few months Ive had a couple of players use this spell and the problems it creates are making me wonder how other PFS GMs deal with it.
My first problem is the reaction of other players. For example I recently had a table composed mostly of strangers, another one of more regular players with a new person to the group playing an Animate Dead focused character. In both tables there was a Paladin and several other good aligned characters. When the Animate Dead specialized cleric began raising his platoon (one of the games was high tier and he raised 18 HD of zombies, I made sure he marked down the cost of onyx gem and he had the purchases already recorded on his chronicle sheet) the other characters were really put off by it and as a GM it took a lot to get the game back on track by asking players to make RP compromises and allowances. Was this a mistake on my part? I know there is no PVP in PFS and I felt it was inching close to that with the souring tone the RP was taking on.
The next problem is managing 18 or less HD on undead. I know the FAQ suggests 1 combat pet, but these aren't pets. It seems like it falls somewhere between a Pet and a Summon Monster as they stick around for the entire game. My inclination was to invoke the pet rule.
The final problem was that it is a spell with the evil descriptor. In a home game/AP casting this spell frequently would have implications to ones alignment yet in PFS thats not the case for unless I am making a mistake, there is mechanic of tracking influences upon a characters alignment from scenario to scenario. How do other GMs handle these issues?
So I have a player itching to do Lyrics of Extinction because he heard there is a Chronicle item - +2 Cloak of Charisma, an item traditionally part of Pathfinder. Other items have come up as well such as a Potion of See Invisibility, again not traditionally part of Pathfinder. As a GM how should I handle them? Equate them as a unique item and let them buy it? If so would a +2 Cloak of Charisma stack with a headband of Charisma?
After playing in a few Cons over the last few weeks I have to ask are PFS scenarios too long for the the 4 hour block of time required to complete them. The reason I ask is that in every game (5 total) I played in at a recent Con the GM had to either pull some shenanigans like skipping or narrating us through encounters to get to the end or we failed due to time constraints. Admittedly Im a heavy RPer and like to interact with other players and deal with diplomacy issues in character which Im guessing can slow things down a bit. But Im wondering if this is a shared experience among Con goers or something that is particular to my experiences.
EDIT: Let me state I had a great time regardless.
Ive rolled up a new character Undead Lord. I know a lot of the actions he does walks the line with evil but I am trying to play him neutral and sympathic (maybe even pathetic). He follows the NE goddess Urgathoa in a misguided way.
A bit of his backstory, he lost family members to a plague and now seeks to find the cures to various ailments. However his research has led him to near successes - undead. He is also a grave digger by profession and often walks about with the old Monty Python, "bring out your dead" call. Loads of fun.
So Im concerned that other players and GMs in our RPG community might react to him as evil. What are some bits of advice I can use to balance the alignment of the character as True Neutral while often engaged in activity so often associated as evil?
In my game the other day, I ran a new group of old players through Crypt of the Everflame. One of the players is a witch and for a little RP fun, I decided to RP the witch's familiar as being demanding. So to give the witch his spells I required him to get 4 hair strands from one PC, feed it the corpse of a recently slain enemy (its a centipede), and taste the blood of another PC who was injured. The player took it in stride and enjoyed the RP.
That being said, my question is fair or foul?
With the Witches Familiar described:
"Generally feared and misunderstood, the witch draws her magic from a pact made with an otherworldly power. Communing with that source, using her familiar as a conduit, the witch gains not only a host of spells, but a number of strange abilities known as hexes. As a witch grows in power, she might learn about the source of her magic, but some remain blissfully unaware."
later emphasized as:
"At 1st level, a witch forms a close bond with a familiar, a creature that teaches her magic and helps to guide her along her path. Familiars also aid a witch by granting her skill bonuses, additional spells, and help with some types of magic. "
Should the GM spice things up on the RP side by making the witches familiar more than a walking spell book? What about in Pathfinder Society play?
Ive just recently put together a group for running the Jade Regent AP and at least half the party have built their characters around tripping, grappling and pinning the bad guys. Some of the examples are a Druid with the giant frog companion (grapple, pull) and a Maneuver Master Half-Giant monk that can take most BBEGs out of a fight within a round. All are properly built and played by smart and cool people. So my advice question, what are some of the ways I can put together new and interesting challenges to them while not making their builds useless?
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