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Ok so, I play pathfinder and I'm kind of new at it still. One of our players said he was doing this contest so I started looking into it the other day and after reading this thread I decided to give it a shot. So there ya go, another female in the rpg superstar :D
Go for it. I had been playing PF for less than a year when I made top 32 in 2010. I also completely skipped 3.5 so I was studying mechanics as I went. It was an awesome experience and goes to show if you have creative ideas you can make it.
Victor Zajic wrote:
Why is this item so expensive? It takes up the head slot, which a rod doesn't, and only works on Evocation. Shouldn't these limitations lowers it's cost relative to the 9,000gp rod it emulated? casting Rage 1/day is pretty awful for casters, too.
I don't have the item in front of my at the moment, but rage probably adds substantially to the cost even if it isnt a great option for many casters. The formula for unlimited use of a spell is from 1800-2000*spell level*caster level. Since it is only one use a day you divide by five. Even assuming minimum caster level on the item and treating it as a command word rather than use activated that is (1800*3*5)/5 or 5700gp. Things get wonky if one also applies the rules for non-standard slot(rod into a helm) and additional abilities. That said sometimes pricing wondrous items is more art then since, but I think this us likely well priced for what it can do. It is not a bad option for a battle cleric or maybe a Magus. I don't recall if the rage is self only or not. In either case it is a good thematic fit to the Runelord of Wrath.
While it is fun, I would leave voice in the void until later. You can still do it, but it is a 1-7 So it offers you some flexibility to do it later. However it has some tie to Echos of the overwatched. Those two make sense in either order though. They kind of have some background details that inform one anther based on the history of the museum building and the original owner before it was turned into a museum by the Blackros family
Matthew Morris wrote:
I just played part 4 for the first time having neaver read it. I'd run the first 2 parts several times and read part 3 many times, but never managed to feel the need to prep part 4. I just couldn't eem to get a group all the way through. Needless to say, my kind-hearted and fun loving Kistune Magus is going to be a borderline sociopath when it comes to Aspis agents.
I don't know if this counts as a gripe, but I can say from experience, if you have a round where you work up someone else's idea, do all you can to make it your own. I took the wrong direction with this ("well if I was free lancing and given an assignment with some really good stuff already written I shouldn't throw that out.") and it cost me. Of course that means I didn't make it far enough to be permanently disqualified. Might be time to make a come back.
James Jacobs wrote:
Sorry to hear it got you. Get better soon James.
It makes sense as a way to try out new writers and will be a nice way to add more material for PFS demos and people who want some PFS goodness but only have a little time. Though it does mean my efforts on sceanario ideas to pitch for Season 4 are mostly writing exercises now. Oh well, time to come up with some Quest ideas!
This might be a weird question, but any chance that the Paizo released content as far as adventures go could be sanctioned for PFS? I have some students in the high school club i advise learning the ropes of pathfinder with the first steps modules for PFS, but I have at least one rookie GM and he and his player might benefit from playing around with the beginners box, it would be nice if their PFS characters could get credit somehow. Seems like a long shot with the way the product is designed, but I figured it couldn't hurt to toss the idea out.
The Dieruff High School Strategic gaming club will be starting a PFS group up again tomorrow (July 18th). Our new location is The Encounter on Union Blvd. in Allentown. All are welcome to join, we usually run two tables (since we only have 2 GMs). The event is listed online, feel free to check it out for more details.
Vic Wertz wrote:
I know this is most likely and issue having to do with Reaper and not Paizo, but I've noticed several minis which were up for pre-order have switched to unavailable. Can anyone let me know what's going on with that? Or is it some weird thing where I can only pre-order 1 so its unavailable to me?
Hey I advise a gaming club at the high school I teach in. (Donations welcome check our wish list ^_^).
I have been lucky since I was able to get grant funds from a school organization that gives small grants to for teachers in class and for some extra curricular. It wasn't much and it is one time, but we were able to get a core rule and bestiary. We have no official funding beyond that. Though we did have some wonderful benefactors who sent us a heaping box of paizo gear. I shall allow them to remain nameless unless they choose to name themselves.
As for getting kids started, This was around when Council of Theives was coming out. My co advisor and I made up 11 pregens in stat block style and a converted swashbuckler. We made them level 2 so they could get a feel for where they might be going. Kids got to pick different ones and watch each other play the Goblin and the Pie. Then we then ran an encounter at the Tavern CoT starts in, but before the new ownership. Their actions there get them a job providing security. We took a few weeks and ran a dungeon adventure called Shut in. We felt it had a nice mix of skill checks, RP, and Combat. Some kids really liked the mystery element.
After that we helped them make characters from scratch and started council of thieves. One group just got out of the Asmodean knot with a million diseases and the other is still trying to get out.
My students and I were even running PFS at the Local Borders, we need to find a new home for it now that the store is closing.
Anthony Adam wrote:
Don't sell yourself short folks. Last years contest was a crash course in 3.5/PFRPG rules for me. It was the first time I had designed a wondrous item or a new monster stat block. I had played in two very very brief 3.5 games and that was about it. No one was more surprised then myself when I got that email about being in the top 32. You all had an idea. I bet they're awesome. Congratulations for making the judges jobs that much harder. You're all also one step closer to winning then I am. I didn't enter this year because my rules savvy has increased, but my free time to work on awesome stuff like this has not. Good luck to all of you.
Matthew Morris wrote:
Same here. I just kind of came up with something I thought would be nifty for a character I was playing then didn't have time to come up with anything better. Let me tell you when I saw my name on the announcement there was nothing that could bring me down for the next month. It was fun, and awesome seeing what other people came up with. I'm just worried that work is going to get in the way if I try again this year.
I love this company and their products. I shared a segment of fiction from an AP volume with a coworker and she asked to borrow it to read the rest. When I tell people about how responsive the staff is to things like message board posts and e-mails they are always amazed (How many companies have a CEO who regularly and personally responds to customer comments?). And most importantly I know a group of kids who are very appreciative of just how awesome Pazio is.
Some of my players want to reposeful the temple of Erastil and Environs from their own use. I'm thinking that the council is going to look into what happened to their hired mooks. I'm thinking of sending Sien from The sixfold Trial after them as sort of a prelude. send her in while the PCs are away. Lay a few traps, kill a few NPCS and maybe tear up the party a bit when the get back as she is leaving.
Kadin: "Taking their statements would be a good idea. I'll take them over to the sitting room for now. " She leads Vivi and Cole to the room through the west doorway.
You hear Ichabod talking to someone in Auraluna's room. The details are fuzzy, but something about waking someone, a blade, and a trial.
Alcibades heads upstairs.
Dakaar you follow Barnsworth as he stumbles about. He cautiously tells you about his history with the manor. He has served the Dromdal Family for many many years. The house has also been in the family for some time. He looks sad as he mentions the numerous repairs he has planned.
Aaron and David:
La La La waiting game still sucks. Hmm i guess you could look around. Try to use the wand of stone shape and/or break the stone around the "people".
Pop quiz hot shot! What do you do? What do you do?!
Ceseli seems soothed by your playing, but nervous. She rocks gently on the bed.
Kadin "While I agree that halfling needs to be watched, we are NOT breaking his legs. There could be serious trouble if a prisoner is mishandled."
Richard A. Hunt wrote:
Yeah I had this notion that I would stat up like 4 different monster (then my own after submitting) and then pick the best one. The outage on the Paizo site put a cramp in that(lousy deadlines), but I've really liked seeing what someone else did with my description. The collaboration thing has been fun. I'm thinking of starting a thread of "practice" creations when the contest is over just to see what people have to say as far as input and feedback. Oh why couldn't this crazy storm have come LAST week.
Eric Morton wrote:
In just a few posts, this thread is giving me a lot to consider for possible maps. It's nice to get some more perspective on making maps that make sense and some more info from an architectural perspective.<nitpick>However, circles aren't polygons. </nitpick>