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RPG Superstar 2013 Star Voter. FullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 2,235 posts (2,261 including aliases). 84 reviews. 2 lists. No wishlists. 10 Pathfinder Society characters.


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You know you're in trouble when you get to the table and...

... no one is wearing pants.


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So I’ve been playing the last 2 months and here’s my report.

This is the best MMO I’ve played since WOW vanilla. The game is a horror/survival/Lovecraft based game and meant for adults. The game is actually challenging, both in terms of combat and quests. (Of course if you cry “Uncle” and read the walkthroughs, it can be less challenging).

There’s lots of content for both grouping and solo play, and definitely the best questing I’ve experienced of any MMO. In terms of questing, its worlds ahead of WOW.

There are also lots of people still playing and lots of people levelling up in the old zones (thanks to the Steam sale). So you can still find groups for dungeons.

For $30, this game is a great deal. I like the game so much; I’ve recently bought all of their additional content and have a subscription as well. And it’s worth every penny.

I’ve completed every single quest and every dungeon until Transylvania (maybe 200 hours of content?) and there have been no bugs. I’ve read this game was buggy on release but it’s completely clean ATM.

The game hasn’t been a grind at all; you only need do at most 25% of the quests before you have the gear and XP to leave a zone. Having said that, I find the story/questing to be so well done, I usually do every single quest before leaving.

In terms of progression, I’m still not at end game yet (after 2 months) and I’m a fast at levelling in WOW. I think my PC has 15% of the abilities and that’s only on one ability wheel out of three. So in terms of horizontal progression, there is a lot to go. I’m still not sure how much vertical progression there is, but it takes a while.

They have substantial content updates every 4 months. Like any MMO, I assume eventually I will run out of casual-player content, and will need to do elite content if I want to play every day.

This game is not for people who want to:

1) Level up as quickly as possible: If your goal is to level up as fast as possible and to get the most uber gear as possible, you won’t enjoy the game. And quite frankly, you’re missing the best parts of the game. Yes, you can probably do 25% of the quests in each zone (less with an XP booster or a friend) and get the gear/XP you need, but you’ll be missing all of the content and you’ll get to end game and say “is that it”? And then the content becomes more horizontal and challenging, which most grinders will not enjoy.

2) If you skip watching videos to do the quest as fast as possible, this is not the game for you. If you don’t take the time to listen to the optional voice dialog offered, this is not the game for you. It’s extremely entertaining stuff.

3) Like to be handheld through quests. If you like your quests to be “kill 10 rats”, you might not like this game and you’ll probably spend most of your time reading the walkthroughs for every quest. Congrats on making the game easy mode, but again you missed the point.

This is a game for:

1) People who like a good story.

2) People who like dark horror themes and mature content. Zombies, werewolves, vampires, ghost, etc.

3) People who don’t like questing and dungeons to be super easy.

4) People who like to try different builds and options for their PC.

5) People who like to customize how their PC looks and dresses.

6) People who want something different in an MMO.

It’s a great game, I give it 9.5/10 stars.


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Mark Hoover wrote:
Is "auto-win-while-looking-more-awesome-than-anything-ever" count as a campaign setting?

If you don't fudge, there's no such thing anyway.

For example last session a challenging encounter almost ended with a TPK (3 hp and 1 guy standing). It wasn't intended. If I had intended a killer encounter, I would have needed to cheat and fudge. Fudging and cheating to keep the campaign going is auto-win to me, and the worst part is the players know exactly what you're doing.

In my experience when everything is hard all the time, it gets boring too. And... arduous. Variety is best.


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When the Pounce ability was first created, it was only meant to be used by animals like cats, so they could jump on you and use all 4 claw attacks and bite when charging.

In my opinion, Pounce should only be used with two weapon fighting or unarmed. You shouldn't be able to "pounce" with a two handed weapon, that's completely against the original intent of the ability (and it's impossible to explain (or imagine visually) like we did with the cat).

This change would help make two weapon fighting (and unarmed combat) more comparable to 2H weapons, which is badly needed.

Just imo.


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ShinHakkaider wrote:
So sick of people not understanding that the written word and film are two completely different medium and dont work in the same way to entertain.

I think you just have to accept the fact that some adaptations are good and some are bad. And sometimes the movie is just bad on it's own and being a fan of the original work just rubs salt in the wound.

I agree, some fans take it way too far (that *any* change makes the movie horrible), but saying a fan can't dislike the movie/TV show is going in the opposite extreme.

I think what bugs me most these days is that many directors and writers don't even make an attempt to pay homage to the original material. For example, why did "World War Z" even have the same title as the book if the only thing they have in common was zombies? Yeah, that makes fans mad, and rightfully so.


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How can you answer this question without having huge assumptions about the aliens?

On one hand, one alien like Galactus could conquer Earth, and if you had weaker aliens that didn't want to use weapon of mass destruction, it could take millions of aliens to do it.

If you want to see how many tanks, planes, and infantry each country has, it's pretty easy to Google. Then take whatever alien assumption you have and divide.


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Yeah, regarding homebrew, because of my age and the fact that I’ve been playing for 35 years, I’ve had more negative experiences with it than positive.

1) Homebrew campaigns have always felt railroadier than pre-made campaigns. The GMs always THINK they’re not, but they are. Their favorite NPCs always put us in our place and the only solutions that work to solve problems are ones the GM has already thought of.

Several homebrew campaigns fell apart before they began because “we were doing it wrong”. I’m pretty sure the GM put anywhere from 40-300 hours into the campaign and yes, many of them fell apart in 1 session and almost all fell apart in 10 sessions, either because we got stuck or “we did it wrong” or followed a storyline he didn’t anticipate. And the sad part is that we tried our best and weren’t even trying to break the campaign. Railroad!

2) Having a huge campaign bible isn’t always a good thing. What I mean is, you’re definitely running the campaign YOU want to run, but it might not be the campaign the players want to run. I had one GM who did this and it can get very… narcissistic. The campaign was more about him (and his plans) than us. Huge turn off. Yes, we played it for months, but it wasn’t good (for me the player).

Please contrast that to the GM who gives their players 15 campaign options (including adventure paths) to choose from. The players and GM compromise on the campaign that everyone wants to play. A much better experience for the players imo.

3) GMs who homebrew always think their campaigns are better than pre-made campaigns, but they’re not. The quality is never as good compared to a pre-made campaign with GM adding and modifying the material. GMs can still “homebrew” the campaign to personalize it to their tastes and the player’s tastes, but this is always in addition to what already exists, there’s already a base.

Anyway, I won’t play in a homebrew campaign anymore. I’ll play (or run) in an AP that has homebrew elements in it (personalization is GREAT!), but 100% homebrew. No way.


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Summoner (synthesist) is out of control, that's why it's banned in PFS. An acquaintance showed me a 13th level synth he created and it basically soloed an entire 14th level module. Fun? Fair?

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Jiggy wrote:
Jason S wrote:
Everyone is playing the character they want to play, not the character they should play.
The "should" doesn't come from simply using the alignment system; it comes from picking your alignment first instead of letting your character determine what your alignment is.

No. Even when a player picks their alignment based on what they think their character concept is, many people (players and people like you) still think all of their actions should fit into that alignment. It makes for bad gaming.

Do you ever wonder why real people and even fictional characters (Batman, Dexter) can’t have alignments assigned to them? It’s because every action we take doesn’t always fit an alignment. I don’t want an alignment debate (that's not what the thread is about) so I’ll leave it at that.


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There's no reason it shouldn't fit, Inquisitors are a flexible class. Play whatever you want to play.


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Malwing wrote:
I died but was brought back to life to get revenge for my murder in exchange for my soul and marrying one of Asmodeus' daughter (who is my cohort).

Doesn't sound like much of a punishment.

Malwing wrote:
Previously I convinced the party to make getting rid of the Queen our goal and allow me to rule Korvosa in her place.

And they never thought of casting detect evil on you?

Malwing wrote:
How much different am I from the Queen?

Very. Ileosa is just using Korvosa and is willing to sacrifice every living being in it to meet her goals.

Asmodeus wants stability, see Cheliax. Asmodeus and Zon Kuthon are the same alignment but are very different.

Malwing wrote:
Will my association with Asmodeus disrupt our goals or make them more in line with the Queen's?

I think you're still following the same goals, although the reason for it is nefarious. Perhaps some encounters around devils will be resolved with diplomacy instead of combat, but that's up to your GM.

Malwing wrote:
Considering what my character is what should my goals be?

Only you can answer that question. It sounds like you know what you want, get rid of the queen, possibly take her power, gain as many devil allies as possible.

The only problem is, I believe the throne is a monarchy, so it's unlikely Korvosa would support an usurper on the throne. Also, your secret (of being evil and a thrall of Asmodeus) wouldn't last long, other people would notice and tell the party. And assuming there are at least some good members of your party, I can see them supporting getting rid of you or rejecting your bid to take the throne when the campaign concludes.

This is all stuff for your GM to determine though and everyone has their own opinion.


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I loved the part where Gipsy used a supertanker as a baseball bat! That was a pure awesome display of the power behind the Jaegar.


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Hate what they did to the Wolverine character in "The Wolverine", especially the stupid bone claws.

This movie looks good, wish they could have stuck to the original sentinel concept/colors though, these sentinels look like Duracell gumbies.

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I like characters based more on their personality than their class, so I like most classes and don't have a "favorite".

The only class I dislike is the Paladin, not because I don't like people playing Paladins, I just have trouble roleplaying them.


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pjackson wrote:
If EoA were standalone I would agree it is backward, but as it is Lamm is just an excuse to bring the players together not the main story. So getting him out of the way quickly seems the right way to go.

It's the reason for getting together, however there's no real reason for staying together. To collect the reward from the Queen? Maybe. Because you have nothing better to do (and want to suddenly become lackeys to the guard captain)? Maybe. Because you have no friends or contacts other than this group that was gathered by a ghost? Maybe.

Most players find this aspect of the book contrived, believe me. Especially if they have character backgrounds and contacts in the city.

Also, I knew going in that my players would HATE Kroft's go-there-and-fetch missions, so I changed that too. Same NPCs and locations, different motivations and story. But that takes lots of work.

pjackson wrote:
Currently I am thinking about how I can stop my players from immediately concluding that Vencarlo is Blackjack.

I thought it was silly that he was introduced during the Kroft interview. I'll have him appear much later. By then the PCs will accuse everyone of being Blackjack: Kroft, Trinia, maybe even Grau. By the time they meet him they'll forget about it.


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I made each PC:
1) Have a strong reason for hating Lamm.
2) Have a reason or desire to protect or care about the city.
3) A strong relationship to at least one other member of the party.

That's the glue that binds the campaign together.

I didn't like that Lamm was so weak and dies almost immediately, so I changed the story. I think it's bad that Lamm dies so early in the AP, especially since it's the reason the party gets (and maybe stays)together. If you don't know each other, there isn't enough trust built up to stay together after killing him imo. Basically we do the job and go back to your regular lives. There's really no reason for staying together. Because of riots? I don't think so, if anything it would make you want to go back to your family, property, home, friends, work, to protect them.

Anyway, have fun, this has been a great campaign so far.


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I do away with XP altogether when playing APs. I level (all) PCs up at certain logical points in the books. When a player doesn't attend, the PC gets "XP" but they don't get gold or items.

For a long time I tracked XP (even to the point of minor things) using the Rolemaster system. XP was given for doing hit points of damage, criticals, taking damage, taking criticals, casting spells, and delivering killing blows. And I tracked it all. You know what? It was a massive waste of time.

^^^ That is just administration, which isn't fun for anyone and it's a waste of time. I suppose it was good in the sense that it illustrated that I never wanted to track XP ever again.

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Shatner's Comma wrote:
Thanks! Those are both useful tips. I'll likely be running "In Service to Lore" first, and maybe "Silent Tide" after that.

Sounds like a good start and I think you'll be fine. In a way your situation is ideal since you'll all be learning together (and you have the most experience).

All GMs make mistakes, even experienced GMs. As long as you're open to learning and correcting your mistakes, it's all good.

You might want to check out Painlord's threads on how to be a better GM, how to be a better player, etc, I think they're helpful.

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There aren't any "must have" boons on any chronicle, except for maybe the Shadowlodge and Lantern Lodge retirement scenarios, but those boons are no longer possible to gain. Everything else is just "cool" and should be treated as such.


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Drazulfel wrote:
That's when I initiated the 6-Second Rule. A single round in D20 combat represents 6 seconds in the game world. So, in order to make sure my players are paying attention, and in order to make sure that combat is fast paced, chaotic, and visceral, if things start to drag I announce that all players only have 6 seconds to respond when I call out their turn in the initiative, or else they end up losing their turn... essentially the player's indecision results in a Dazed effect for the PC.

I like it when players at least declare their actions in 6 seconds. This isn’t always going to be the case, but it should be the case 90% of the time if you were paying attention.

Imo most martial players should be ready to drop their dice immediately when it’s their turn. Do you have any idea how fast combat can get when you have a bunch of martial PCs and each turn takes only 10 seconds each?

Having said that, there are always exceptions but yes, I understand exactly what you mean. Players should know their order and should know who is ahead of them so they’re ready on their turn.

The worst case scenario is when it’s someone’s turn and they start calculating their “to hit” and damage bonuses on the fly… and they don’t even have any buffs/debuffs! That actually happened this weekend. And you know what? I’m going to start penalizing that s%$& because it’s ridiculous.

Kazaan wrote:
No one can think that fast if they're not hopped up on stress and adrenaline (as, one would presume, a typical player is not) so limiting their decision to 6 seconds is far flung and ridiculous; even 1 full minute may be drastically rounding down.

You're wrong, I play like this all the time when I have a martial PC. Each turn takes 10 seconds total after my name is called (which isn't even necessary since I know who goes before me).

My entire table at Bonekeep played like this, it was the only way to finish the scenario in time. And believe me, the game is a lot more fun for it. It's not about being stressed, it's just about being aware and prepared and actually paying attention to the game (and ready to drop the dice immediately and not shake them for 10+ seconds while everyone stares blankly).


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Confession that will get me shunned: I think anyone that reads this entire thread has way too much time on their hands.

And I think the thread has been entirely too negative for me to read, even as a "joke".


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If this ability has no save, it’s badly broken. It doesn’t take much imagination to find ways to make each and every encounter auto-win.

I think what a lot of people are missing is that it means almost complete battlefield control. Let me give you some examples.

Jiggy wrote:
The idea that only targeting one enemy is as good as hitting everyone in a 15ft radius seems like a flimsy myth to me.

If there are multiple enemies, they’re no threat to us anyway since they’ll have trouble hitting us and doing damage in general. Plus there are tonnes of tactics to use on them. Besides, AE damage is what alchemists do best.

If you hit the boss and he has lots of minions, then it gives you time to kill the minions while the boss has a 25% chance to act. Also the boss will probably end up killing a lot of minions (attacking the closest creature).

If there are 2-3 bosses of equal strength, you can hit one of them with the bomb while killing the other. Again, if you position yourself right they could end up attacking their allies.

If it’s a solo boss, it can:
- Give you time to move out of the way and buff up. Or move up to the boss.
- Give you time to heal up while no one attacks. 50% reduction in DPS is significant.
- Force the target to attack only targets that attack him (ignoring squishies who just wish to heal or buff or dispel). You can control this from round to round (if someone is really hurt).
- Prevent the boss from escaping or being strategic (if you attack him he is forced to attack the attacker).

I’d say that’s potent. Maybe you can’t abuse that, but I’m pretty sure that could be ridiculous with a strategic group.

Jiggy wrote:
The idea that this becomes overpowered once the alchemist also has Fast Bombs (10th level) seems like a flimsy myth to me.

You’re right, it doesn’t make a huge difference, but probably not for the reasons you think. As you’ve seen in the example above, it would only really help if there were 3-4 equally powerful bosses, but then again if you can take 1 boss out of the combat each round while focusing on another, the combat is still quite simple at even 1 bomb per round.

Jiggy wrote:

The idea that it's a fair comparison to give the alchemist 10th-level abilities, factor in range penalties and cover/concealment, and throw some buffs on him; then compare him to what a caster can do as a standard action from 200ft away without even using their highest-level spells, seems like a flimsy myth to me.

The idea that all those caster BBEGs I've faced with mirror image and displacement up would be more likely to fail a save than to take a direct hit through all their defenses seems like a flimsy myth to me.

If you cast True Strike (ignores concealment), close your eyes (ignores mirror image), and throw your bomb none of your defenses matter.

Also, you’re assuming the enemy is a high level spellcaster now, but in my experience those encounters are rare compared to everything else.

In summary, I’m pretty sure this ability has a good chance of taking out even a Runelord like Krune, making him an easy target. :)

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roysier wrote:
I think you're right I've heard a lot of chatter between GM's about bragging about TPK's in Bonekeep, it seems there is a loss of clarity that a good judge is in charge of leading a enjoyable experience and is there to insure eveyone is playing by the rules including himself to the best of his ability.

Yes, instead of the session being about a fair and fun experience (that was also extremely challenging), I felt like some GMs actually felt like they were doing something wrong if they didn't have 1-2 kills during the scenario, and then went outside the rules and scenario stats to accomplish it.

nosig wrote:

The pharse that sticks in my mind was:

"Of course you got BONED, that's why they called it Bonekeep!"

this was the reply when I encountered things that appeared to not work via the rules. (Traps that can not be detected until triggered, monsters that can not be precieved until after they attack, etc.)

Yes, that's adversarial. Any GM with that mindset isn't going to provide a fun experience, they just changed the game from PC vs environment to PC vs GM.

I pretty much encountered the same thing as you nosig and much much more. I didn't complain at the time because I wasn't sure if there were specific things about Bonekeep I didn't know about. Plus you can't argue too much, there just isn't time (if you want to finish). Then, I spoke to several other groups about it and they didn't experience the same thing... at all. 100% different experience. Anyway, it's already handled so I won't say anything more except that it's a horrible experience (and rattles my trust in PFS GMs) and I sympathize with both of you.

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roysier wrote:
Is it illegal for a GM to change die roll results, add spells, and create special abilities that a creature does not have? It seems to me the GM has made the decision he was going to kill the party and was going to bend whatever rule he wanted to get this result, is this legal?

There's a lot of that going around. A very similar thing happened to me at Gencon this year. Bonekeep and Waking Rune has twisted some GMs and brought out the worst in them.

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And then again, some GMs take descriptions way too far, making them too long and only every single hit. I personally do not like that at all, there is a happy medium. But this has nothing to do with running tables with more challenge.

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My PC backflipped to Torch (using Total Defense), defended him, and said "Run Torch run!". I was the only one who beat him in init, so he just teleported away...

My PC also made a copy of "The Ten" before handing it over... heh.

If anyone asks (no one did), I would have just said that: "Torch was too tricky and sly not to get away (if he was even here), I did that as part of a ruse to perhaps one day contact him again and gain his trust".

Which is of course a lie. Death to the Decemvirate! lol.


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GeraintElberion wrote:
I think the blogger is confusing 'well-made' or perhaps 'communicates effectively' with "clever".

I think he was trying to say it's not clever, but it's not dumb. Not all "clever" movies are good anyway. If someone is going to this movie expecting Shakespeare, they are equally dense (in a different way).

Someone else complained that there wasn't enough time with different characters. Someone else complained there weren't enough Jaegger/Kaiju fights fights. The movie was already 2 hours long, you can't have everything and apparently you can't please everyone.

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”nosig” wrote:
The important question is... But how do we fix this?

Here’s one thing you need to learn about relationships. You don’t fix people. You can try, but it won’t work.

While more action orientated players bother you, sloth orientated players might bother other people. Both are equally wrong.

The guy probably finds that it expedites things if he just does everything himself and other people can chime in if they want to join him. He probably also just assumes everything is OK with someone else, unless they speak up.

For example, player A asks Player B to cast Detect Magic (for traps or so that we don’t miss any magic items in a room). Pretty basic right? Sometimes the player can’t whether they want to do it or not. Or they fumble around. Or they don’t ask the GM themselves, so the GM never answers. So you sit there, doing nothing, until some other player does something stupid out of boredom. So the natural progression is to say “X detects magic, do they detect anything” instead of sitting there staring at each other. Or missing obvious traps or loot.

So although I don’t agree with it and it sounds terrible on the forums, I can completely understand why someone would do it. It’s extremely frustrating sitting there waiting for one of your teammates to perform their role while everyone glazes over and wastes time. Has anyone seen this before? I have.

We're way off topic, maybe a new thread should be created. This thread was supposed to be about success/non-success play up stories.


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I saw this movie in IMAX Saturday night and it was really good. The action and fight scenes were amazing and despite it being a two hour movie, it felt short. The Jagrs looked plain awesome, the monsters looked extremely Cthulu like. This movie was everything that the Transformers SHOULD have been.

Also the story and acting were alright too (nothing made me laugh at the screen, which is a good sign). I liked the majority of characters in the movie (the pilots anyway).

Highly recommend this movie, was awesome! I'm going to see it again in IMAX.


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ArmouredMonk13 wrote:
I was wondering if anyone had any ideas about making martial characters that can work as well as full casters. I know the devs said that there is no difference and anyone who disagrees with that is someone with an agenda. My agenda has nothing to do with that, I just want a balanced game. (There are whole other posts about how much fighters suck more than casters and martials, so can we keep those posts to this post please).

I'm not sure where this attitude comes from. I've played PFS up to level 12 and no martial PC has ever "sucked", as a matter of fact they carried every table. And I've had several tables of martials have success and tables of spellcasters fail. Has nothing to do with the class, it has a lot to do with the player.

Sure, I'd like to see some spells nerfed so they play better in combat, but that's easily fixed with some house rules.

Martials are fine. Fighters could maybe use a little utility help, monks need to be completely redesigned, rogues need their talents to not suck, but besides that everything is fine. Having said that, they're still very playable.

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It's already here.
http://warhorn.net/pre-gen-con-pfs/payment.php

Things usually get setup in the last 1-3 weeks before Gencon. No need to worry. There will be people there, there will be games, there will be fun.

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Andrew Hoskins wrote:
This ruling is about preserving fun for future tables, not trying to force players to sell equipment to keep playing. How frustrated would you be if you had to deal with the stat-drained character or the level drained character?

I'd be OK with it. It doesn't really matter if it's 1 point of permanent stat drain or 10, it takes a single Restoration spell to fix. I'm sure 1 spell slot (maybe after the game!) isn't going to matter to the cleric.

Even two permanent negative levels isn't impossible to overcome, even if he has to live with it during the game and pay for it after the game. -2 modifier... is nothing compared to how you play your PC.

If someone was so desperate that they needed to do this, to preserve their PC (or PC wealth), I'd be OK with it.

The situation (people being cheap and waiting for a cleric to cure them the next session) is how we play now, and in 50+ sessions I haven't seen it once.


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Alignment is fine, I just don't think some players or GMs know how to use it.

It's just a shorthand for the general attitude of the PC/NPC, like a Myer's Briggs Test or some other personality test. But obviously this "test" is geared for the game.

It's not meant to define a PC or NPCs every action, so that every member of an alignment are clones of one another.

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Chris Mortika wrote:

Jason, it's a newish ruling, from the "if I am affected by baleful polymorph and turn into into a super-intelligent squirrel, can I stay that way for the rest of my career?" thread.

All conditions, including attribute drain that otherwise doesn't have any effect, needs to be cleared by the end of the session or else the PC is declared dead.

Well that sucks, but thanks for letting me know. I guess I'll have to read the thread to know why, but right now it seems like a terrible decision based upon some fringe case.

When we first started, it took 16 PP for Raise Dead (and the Restorations weren't needed). Now it takes 24 PP to come back without being permanently dead. You can't even pay off your "death debt" slowly now.

Sometimes it seems like we're fixing problems that occur in 1 out of 1000 games but the "fix" we apply makes the majority of game a worse experience. My thinking is that having people play and continue to play is a good thing, being lenient is a lot better than being harsh.


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This thread was actually good before it was derailed. This thread is about PREFERENCES, which has absolutely nothing to do with mechanics.

If people want to argue about stupid s$$@ that been a million times before, they should create another thread to do that (and write a link where the argument started). It's just better for everyone.

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Matthew Pittard wrote:

I played in a 4 player game of this yesterday, I am more of concern with the chronicle sheet.

3 of the other players spent the prestige points to switch to Lantern Lodge for this scenario for essentially the +1 ability point. After successfully completing the scenario (3-4) , the former Loyal Lantern Lodge members picked the Shadow Lodge as their next port of call ( in anticipation of the retirement scenario for the Shadow Lodge).

My question is: THere is nothing stopping this is there?

It's embarrassing when players game the system like this. This is exactly why Paizo can't do anything nice for us, it's because cheaters ruin it for everyone else.

I hope Paizo puts a clause into these boons. For example,
1) Only the Lantern Lodge or Shadow Lodge boon can apply.
2) The boons can only be applied to PCs that were LL or SL on May 1st or earlier.

Hope Paizo responds and I hope local GMs discourage this.


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Everyone already had great input, but let me say this.

Whatever you do, don't be "sneaky" about booting her, for example not inviting her to the next session. It just leads to more misunderstandings, more resentment. Be upfront about it. If you're sneaky about it, eventually she will try to contact you guys again and ask if there's a session, and since you guys were too weak to tell her in the first place she couldn't use her labtop, you'll let her play with you again. And the cycle starts again. It's time to tell her the truth and stop letting her ruin your game.

Personally, I would just drop her and tell her why the group is dropping her (assuming the group agrees). She's been asked numerous times to not use her labtop and play games during sessions and ignored them or raged at everyone, so f&$* her. This crap should have ended a LONG time ago, and no one put their foot down. I can't believe people allow other players to ruin their sessions and do nothing about it. So she doesn't deserve a second chance imo. Time is precious, life is short.


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This season has been really good and my faith in Supernatural is renewed! The season finale was great also, very surprising too. I thought the entire series was going to end to be honest.

But now I think next season should be very interesting. More angels and demons... bring it on.


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Lobolusk wrote:
I have had an offline conversation with the player and we resolved any personal conflict.

Is there a question in there or is this just venting?

As a player, it's not your call to say whether the Paladin is playing correctly or not. That's the GMs job. And as GM, the GM should warn the Paladin before performing the action and if he continues, he suffers the results of that action.

Think about it for a second. PF isn't wishy washy about alignment. Evil is EVIL in PF. If I found a mass murderer in a prison cell, if I let him go he will probably go on to kill more people. That blood is on my hands. And some of you think I should offer redemption to this evil guy and let him go? I don't think so.

A smart(er) Paladin would probably keep them around to see if they have any redeeming value, but that can also backfire. Letting them go in the underdark could be fatal (and stupid), especially if they get their friends and hunt you down. It is their domain after all.

If I was GMing, I would not have a problem with that paladins actions, as long as he is consistent. Killing them is probably the best idea given the circumstances. Leaving them there until they return is perhaps more merciful.

Lobolusk wrote:
In my mind he is no better than me.

If he's being as "bad" as you, why do you care?

As teammates, your job is persuade him in cases like this, in character. That makes for good roleplaying, as opposed to bad out-of-game complaining. If he doesn't listen to anyone and it builds up, kick him from the party. Hopefully you guys have enough backstory that he'll listen to someone.


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I'm reading some replies and they're pretty funny. What people are overlooking is:

1) Dex to damage is already in the game, the Agile weapon enchant and Dervish Dance feat both allow it. And those exist in the game with hardly any penalties.

2) Dex to damage benefits the weakest classes in the game, rogues, TWF fighters, and monks. Dex builds are currently non-viable. I want them to be viable.

3) Games like D&D 4E have managed to have Dex to damage without any feat tax.

4) Empirical evidence but my campaign has featured it with no problems so far (level 6).

Not allowing power attack to be used with it reduces DPR substantially, so it's a tradeoff. And you can't add x1.5 damage, so it's not very beneficial with 2H weapons. You're losing a lot of damage.

Also, if you are a fighter using it, wow does it ever hurt if you're caught flatfooted, something that's overlooked because of the rogues Uncanny Dodge ability. And with low perception, they are caught quite a bit.


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Abadar wrote:

What?

What is the most balanced approach to implementing this feat?
How can I improve the wording and structure?

Your feat could be more balanced with the following changes:

1) Cannot be used in conjunction with Power Attack.

2) The damage is considered precision damage, which means anything that makes the target immune to critical hits is also exempt from this damage.

3) Allow only a x1.0 modifier to damage (like agile weapon).

With those weaknesses, I actually didn't need to impose any further penalties and went a step farther:

- Weapon Finesse applies to all weapons if you wish. It's not a feat.

- Your feat is now called Weapon Finesse and applies to all weapons you're proficient with.

- It has no further prerequisites. I don't think it's a good idea to only permit it for 19 dex PCs, I found this feat made a lot of rogues with 14 Dex or lower a lot more viable at low levels.

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james maissen wrote:

1. Problems in keeping/predicting PC wealth when compared by level.

2. The high variance in difficulty in published scenarios.
3. Pressuring players to build 'appropriate' characters in terms of power.

1) I don't see this as a major problem although Paizo does. You say "Does it really hurt if players play easy mode?". You can ask the same question with regards to wealth: "In rare cases where someone has more wealth, does it really hurt?"

If the concern is that more wealth makes the game too easy (and that's a goal we want to avoid), then we'd want to avoid that in general.

At least when playing up you've somewhat earned your "easy mode" (although more gear doesn't exactly makes things "easy" necessarily. Easier, not easy).

2) There isn't a high variance. I think you actually have to play the campaign before making comments like this. Within season 4, the variance isn't that high. That's why the thread is about season 4 being too hard, not about scenario XYZ being too hard.

3) You never addressed my concerns about extreme easy mode would have on players and GMs.

Players: If a level 10 walks into a subtier 1-2 scenario to help his buddy, I'm glad they're having fun (you wanted to be inclusionary right?), but if I was a player, I'd definitely not be having fun. I would walk from the table.

GM: As a GM I'd also feel it would be a waste of my time.

Sometimes, you just can't please everyone. And personally, I don't want to even try to please the players that want extreme easy mode. I don't want play with them and I don't think the community wants that either.

Summary: Letting people play easy mode is not something that is desirable from either a player or GM perspective. There has to be some middle ground, however elusive that might be.

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Silh wrote:
I'm not sure why you feel that it is too "safe", Mr. OP.

This thread was created in back in Oct 2011. Back then PFS was often too easy.

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Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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In Canada, Netflix blows (compared to the US). Old and s@@*ty content. Basically nothing I want to watch.

I'd love to have a cheaper alternative (been thinking about a digital antenna), but I love my Walking Dead, and hockey games too much. Plus my daughter is addicted to Dora. So yeah, not going to happen unless things get bad.

From what I understand, Netflix cannot continue to provide content at this pricepoint in the near future. I watch stocks, that's how I know. Now whether they will have a basic and a premium price, who knows?

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What I don’t like about the OOC talk is that it takes up a lot of time, time that could be better used roleplaying, doing more interesting things, or even finishing earlier.

Some OOC chatting before (or even during) battle is OK, because we presume off screen that the PCs have spoken about tactics, and it’s stuff that that we really don’t want to have “on screen” unless it’s needed. So I’m OK with that. Basically what Jiggy said.

However, ideally I’d rather have 6 seconds of in-character talking during each PCs turn, and this is the baseline “norm” to me.

When there’s so much metagaming (and calculating bonuses you should have pre-calculated before it was your turn) that each player’s combat turn takes 2 minutes, it’s a problem.

Between metagaming and slow combat turns, games that should take only 2-3 hours now take 4-5 hours, and 4-5 hour games now take 6+ hours. My home group has this problem. We have limited time and we don’t like to go OT. I've been urging them to be faster, but I probably need to sit down and be a better teacher.

Also, if there’s an extreme amount of metagaming, it can get to the point where it’s very unenjoyable for me. It’s not JUST about the players having fun; it’s also about me having fun as well. I’m not an automated machine, and if it's not fun for me, I don't have to GM. fyi, my tolerance for metagaming is very high, so it's very very bad if it bothers me.

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Sorry Zarta, Krunch try to save you in castle, but now you run like squirrel. Krunch miss you and horny friends. Bye bye.

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There’s a fine line between rules lawyering and GMs just not following the rules.

For example, if a GM doesn’t know the rules and allows a monster to charge and take his full attacks (and doesn’t have Pounce), this is a problem. If the players ask the GM about this, GMs should be mature enough to realize that they might not know all of the rules, and should almost try their BEST to play within the rules wherever possible.

Sometimes a GM will have a rule identified to him and ignore it (uses his own house rule instead). In PFS, this is cheating, especially when the broken rule is very clear and non-ambiguous.

GMs have final say with ambiguous rules, but reach is not one of them.

Nuku wrote:
Did I do bad?

No you didn’t do bad, I’d report both the store owner and GM to your VC/VL or even Mike Brock as cheating. I never want to play with people like that EVER. They can do whatever they want in their AP games, but they MUST not cheat and must follow basic game rules with PFS.


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I'm a huge Star Wars fan, and looking back The Phantom Menace, it's a very horrid movie. Watching it for the second time, not even Darth Maul can redeem it. There's just so much wrong with it, I just want to punch Lucas in the face. :)

#3 Revenge of the Sith was good however (except for the "Nooooooooooooo!!!!" at the end, lol). As long as they have that same quality, I'll be loving every second of it.

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Mark Moreland wrote:
What is the primary reason most that low-subtier players generally want to play up?

Different questions so I thought I would separate them.

Lower subtier PCs generally do not want to play up, but sometimes it's needed at conventions or even home play if there is a level gap.

For example I'll have a level 1 and 2 PC playing at my subtier 4-5 table this weekend because the majority of PCs are level 5. They either play up or not at all.

Another example. At Gencon in the past, my (overcrowded) lower subtier tables have had to fill out an upper tier table. No volunteers so I volunteered. If your PC is good, you play cautiously, and you have rez funds, you can handle it. After awhile, you get to like the challenge.

Mark Moreland wrote:
What is the primary reason most that those between subtiers generally want to play up?

Depends. Sometimes you don't play up when your group is between subtiers. Playing up 100% of the time (regardless of circumstance) is dumb. You have to be sure your party can handle it. Are you optimized? Are you prepared? How is the group composition? Are the players experienced? Can the high level PCs carry the table?

You play up when you know you can. If you're APL 3 and you can do it, why is that seen as a bad thing? It's a challenge, there is risk, you get more gold, making it generally more fun.

Mark Moreland wrote:
What is the primary reason high-subtier players generally don't want to play down?

Imagine for a moment a level 5 martial PC playing in subtier 1-2. (This is typically where I would pull out another PC btw).

Why not play down?
1) You dominate the scenario, making it unfun for the other players and GM.

"Thanks ... for killing everything." (said sarcastically) << That was an actual comment I got from a player when I played my 3rd level PC down to subtier 1-2 (which is very reasonable right?). Why would I want to play down and get snide comments like that?

2) Lower amounts of gold that gimp you later. Yes, every 1000 gold adds up. It's ok to do it rarely, but if you do it often you'll be weaker than your level indicates.

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