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RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16. Goblin Squad Member. RPG Superstar 2013 Star Voter, 2014 Star Voter. Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber. FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar Venture-Lieutenant, Pennsylvania—Allentown & Bethlehem. 94 posts (685 including aliases). 4 reviews. 4 lists. 1 wishlist. 15 Pathfinder Society characters. 3 aliases.


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RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16 , Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Congratulations to all of those who made it in to the top 32 as well as the alternates. Now to go look at all the cool stuff I didn't see while voting! Good luck with your monsters.

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16 , Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Saffire wrote:
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.

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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.

**** RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

Chaosorbit wrote:
Shifty wrote:


Mists of the Mwangi
Voice in the Void
Penumbral accords
Echoes of the overwatched


Fortress of the Nail
Veterans Vault
(all before 6)

I have all that in order?

Where would the Diamond gate go?

Also thinking of running my homegroup through these. We like the flexibility of the scenerios but also like a continuing plot lines these seem to give us both.

My question is there is a lot of museum runs I can see my party being excited to go back for a second go round. But when they get called to head to the museum a third time, I might get some resistence.

So if you had to leave one of the museum crawls out of the rotation which one would you skip? Which one contains the least crucial story elements that just can't be missed?

Also assuming we play Accords and Echoes what is the correct order? I see it both ways in this thread.

Thanks in advance for the advice.

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

**** RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

Matthew Morris wrote:

I'd also recommend The Devil We Know series. Not only is it in Taldor, (huzzah) but if your PCs didn't know/hate the Aspis before...

Aside: It also allows me to get in my Andoran digs. "You'll need to go into the sewers. Look out for spiders, rats, Andorans and other vermin."

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.

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As someone who runs a high school gaming club and a PFS GM, I will likely order several of these. I know I can only help advise so many players at once and I constantly have new players.

**** RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

Wow! Truly amazing. Congratulations to you all.

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Congratulation Art!

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16 , Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Congratulations. Mod sounds very cool. I look forward to it.

**** RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

Congratulations! I am sure it is well deserved.

**** RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

Awesome. Congratulations.

**** RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

This will likely make the schedule for Spring Mepacon in Clarks Summit, PA.
It will also be scheduled for a game day in May in my region.

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Cool. This was my first Dreamation. It was a blast.

**** RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

Tom Carpenter wrote:

Hey Jason, way to go!

Now you don't need to ask me all those annoying questions every gameday...


But I have so much fun trying to read between the lines. I guess I better practice saying, "I can neither confirm nor deny those allegations."

**** RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

I'll actually be at Dreamation June. Though I am planning on attending the Spring Mepacon. I missed Fall due to a commitment to a workshop (on educational games no less). I'm very excited to be able to help PFS expand in my area.

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16 , Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Congratulation to everyone who made it to the top 32 as well at the 4 alternates. This is some awesome stuff, I look forward to seeing what you all come up with for round 2.

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16 , Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Wow. Just wow.

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16 , Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

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.

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At conventions, you have to tell people that you talk to Pathfinder about that "you don't work for Paizo".

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

James Jacobs wrote:
Tels wrote:
The Thing from Beyond the Edge wrote:
doctor_wu wrote:
The Thing from Beyond the Edge wrote:

James hasn't answered any questions since Tuesday. He must have something or other going on.


Yeah, I know. That's why the big smilie. :D

Methinks James is tuckered out...

... and now I suddenly have a picture of James in his hotel room, wearing Paizo Golem jammies and snuggling with his Goblin plushie.

There's something wrong with me...

While Gen Con is indeed exhausting, and does indeed leave me with very little time to do idle stuff like answering questions on these boards... my lack of easy access to the internet is also a reason that I didn't answer many questions over the past few days.

Now that I'm home sick with Con Crud, though... that's a different situation entirely.

Sorry to hear it got you. Get better soon James.

**** Venture-Lieutenant, Pennsylvania—Allentown & Bethlehem

It's clear from the chronicle that Quests give no experience or gold. I am assuming that no prestige is awarded either. Is that correct?

**** Venture-Lieutenant, Pennsylvania—Allentown & Bethlehem

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!

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

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.


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Sigh. Another awesome west cost con I can't get to. :P Awesome that you guys are going to be there though. It would be sweet if you made it to Pax East in a year or two.

**** Venture-Lieutenant, Pennsylvania—Allentown & Bethlehem

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.

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Vic Wertz wrote:
Deidre Tiriel wrote:
Is this still scheduled for May or June?
Officially, I believe it's still scheduled for May, but Reaper has been a bit behind of late, and we don't have a set arrival date.

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?

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

Oh man do I want to... so much fun. Sadly I think my budget is going to make me sit this year out. Maybe...

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

Galnörag wrote:
Galnörag wrote:
Single * UM spell, double * APG?
ps: Polar Midnight? that sounds like a spell good for Wizard / Vampires and generally dark loving folks

Polar Midnight also sounds like a good name for a rockband.

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

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.

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16 , Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Anthony Adam wrote:
Shadow-Mask wrote:
For myself, this is the first wondrous item I've ever created in my life despite playing various RPGs for the better part of two decades. I will be stoked as all get-out if I get that much praise.

Its been said elsewhere but I think it deserves being said again.

You hit the SUBMIT button.

You have already beaten the thousands who do not.

Congratulations - feel proud about that, I know I do and I've now hit that submit button 4 times!

Seriously - taking part is a big win so well done to you and to everyone else who clicked, pressed, thumped, hammered or otherwise manipulated that button with mouse, keyboard, touch screen etc.


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.

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16 , Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Matthew Morris wrote:
Joshua Kitchens wrote:
It doesn't hurt to give it a shot at the least. You never know, you might surprise yourself on what you can accomplish. Nobody scaled a mountain without taking the first step up it.


Remember, my 2009 entry wasn't supposed to be in the 32. It was supposed to be 'let me toss this out there so I can get it torn to shreds'. Never know what happens until you try.

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.

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16 , Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

*Looks at Blog. Looks at blank word document titled "Practice Ideas for RPG superstar 2011"*

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16


RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

Good luck with whatever you do next Josh. I had a blast GMing for PFS at Gencon this summer. Thanks for all your hard work.

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

Man! I wish there was a store like that near me.

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

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.

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Ok my search engine fu is extra weak today. I just wanted to make sure, if I play a sceanario, then GM it, I get credit both times? If so, do this have to be applied to 2 different characters?

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

Is that a Schacht Hi-Lo?... Sneaks away after his wife pats him on the head and gives him his cookie.

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

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.
A few also seem intent on making the rebellion into some kind of neighborhood watch in the Ruined section of Westcrown. Protecting the squatters and getting support from the shopkeepers. They want to hand out little banners and crap. I'm thinking that the Dottari and the Hellknights will be giving them crap even if the party puts on a public face of concerned citizens.
Any suggestions?

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

My adult group decided on "The cleansing flame". A name which the group of high schoolers I also run for decide was lame. they picked "hidden disciples "
Certain members of my adult group have a predilection for burning things...

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16 , Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Congratulations and good luck to all of you. I look forward to seeing what you have in store for us.

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

I will respond to all this in a day or two. That's a lot of info for me to look-up/consider.

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

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.
Barnsworth: " I'll try, but how can I make breakfast BLIND?!" He starts stumbling around the dinning room.

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.

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16 , Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Hey Jesse! Congrats. Once you're done getting all that awesomeness done, I'd really like some feedback about what I did with your critter. Good luck in Round 4!

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16 , Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

I can't wait to see them guys. Good luck all.

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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."
Barnsworth: "NO don't break a poor blind old man's legs! Please!"
Alcibades and Dakaar you are in the dining room with the suspect and the victims. Its up to you now.

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16 , Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Thanks all, and keep it coming.

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16 , Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Richard A. Hunt wrote:
Dennis Baker wrote:
In general all the entries in this round are awesome, it's very tough to pick our the winners and I feel privileged to compete with you guys.
Here, here <banging goblet on table>. I'd also be glad to collaborate with any of you guys, bar none. Doing so in this round has really been one of the greatest things about this! :)

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.

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Aya wrote:

Aya tries to calm her down.

"I'm really sorry to keep you here, I'm sure you have tons of questions that I cannot answer. What I do know is that we were called here to protect your family from an assassin. In the process of securing the house, we discovered a hidden room. There was a large creature and some people down there. The creature tried to kill us. We're not sure who let the creature inside, but the creature has been disposed of. What I'm confused about is that the only way to access it is through the elevator. Either case, we need to stay here until someone comes for us. Would you like to hear a song in the meantime?"

Aya pulls out her mandolin awaiting her answer and any comments she might have.

Perform check?

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16 , Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Eric Morton wrote:

A circle is just as much a boring, regular polygon as a square.

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>

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