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RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32. FullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 393 posts (481 including aliases). No reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 4 Pathfinder Society characters. 7 aliases.


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Is there a place to find what these boons are? I have a few, including Ancestral Ally, but no idea what I should trade for because the titles don't neccesarily say much.

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It is on the schedule for Monday

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I'm curious, what level PCs will we be playing?

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Any updates Tangaroa?

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Dario Nardi wrote:
I signed up for a Monday morning game with my buddy that had room for 1 more person. Yay! -- EXCEPT... while it says by the game "On your schedule", it doesn't actually appear on my schedule, no matter refreshing or remove/re-add...? How can I find out if it's really on my schedule? (Also, when I register, the number of players stays at 11 rather than moving to 12). PS. There's no schedule conflicts. Help me Obiwan!

I have the same issue.

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I am pretty excited to be in on this. Who else is playing?

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Xellrael wrote:

I am very interested and willing to withdraw from any games necessary to make it work.

Character highlights:
Decent offense, high defense, great support for melee characters, useful in a wide variety of situations

Mystic Theruge - casts as sorcerer 11 / oracle 8
initiative +12, perception +20
offense - feeblemind DC 25 (roll twice), 12d6+24 fireball
defense - 140 hit points, saves 15/18/15, healing and restoration spells
liberally uses dimension door and misfortune revelation to control the battlefield
social skills +16, knowledge skills (all) +13 to +18

I am consistently able to play my turns quickly.

That's impressive. How did you do that after the FAQ on spell like abilities.?

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After the lottery,I am still interested.

My open slots (or slots that could be made open) are:


Friday Morning
Friday Afternoon

Saturday Afternoon
Saturday Evening

Saturday Morning
Saturday Afternoon

Monday Morning

Who else is in and when might you be available? Anyone willing to GM?

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Tharizdhun wrote:
rknop wrote:

Why do some folks think they'll be screwed if they can't sign up for events within a few hours of the signups opening? I strongly suspect some serious perspective has been lost here. In the last couple of years, there were still slots open in many PFS games many days after signups opened. Everybody just relax! The con won't be ruined for you if you can't get to open event registration the first day it's open!

I've also played in non-full tables at the con itself. And, you can be sure there will be pick up games.

The extreme level of vitriol here is rather disheartening, but also completely unwarranted.

The problem is when you don't sign up early you lose out on the events you CAN PLAY and are left with the options of events you have already played.

Maybe a wait and see approach is warranted. The Con doesn't start for almost a month and open registration hasn't filled. Certainly, the sky may fall, some evens may fill. And, if that happens, AND you can't fix it in the intervening month, you might be hosed. BUT, it is certainly possible that events don't fill or do become open between now and Memorial Day.

Also, have you considered having a buddy with a different schedule log in for you to pick games? If the number of games I could legally play was really small, I would think about that option.

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Tharizdhun wrote:

Why the hell are we starting sign ups at midnight?

Don't you know some people have to work early

It wasn't the plan. The plan was to start at 2 pm PST. But, there have been technical difficulties. It happens.

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Sara Marie wrote:
Its something we can look into possibly for future years, but my understanding is that it is not currently possible for us to separate showing the lottery results and open registration. Some of these little logistical challenges come up each year as we continue to expand and we are always looking for things that need to be improved, (though no promise for what we are able or not able to change for future processes).

Just to be clear, both open registration and lottery results are scheduled to be released tomorrow at 2 PST?

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I may be able to get in early Thursday.

I have a ton of AP credit, so I can be flexible. But, I am leaning toward my oracle ( life mystery, blackened curse).

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You all are having better luck than I. Any tips or hints?

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Leigh A wrote:

I'm trying to do my schedule and I'm wondering if I missed something. Are there truly no Society events except in the morning?

Also, is it safe to assume that the only events that give Society credit are those with chronicle numbers, with the exception of "Out of Retirement," or is there some other way I should be searching?

This whole system is pretty confusing, and I'm worried I won't be able to get in the amount of Society play I anticipated.

There are scheduled PFS games in the morning and evening slots. The games with chronicle numbers and the specials give PFS credit.

If you want to get more PFS credit, give it a day, then look for Warhorn links to schedule mid day PFS. I suspect others may also be interested in doing some PFS.

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I'll try a goblin brain. What's the worst that could happen?

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I took a crack at it and haven't found anything useful. I am pretty sure it isn't a book code. I have tried a bunch of core books and the ISWG.

Anyone have a lead?

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Hunt, the PugWumpus wrote:
SilentServant wrote:

The secret once unspoken,

In these numbers now revealed
Train your eyes upon these secrets
Look for meaning hidden therein
Each figure imparts meaning
So find me if you can.

3:01:01 6:03:02 5:10:05 3:02:06 5:01:05 2:14:07 2:26:05
5:05:05 6:04:07 3:05:02 6:05:01 5:07:05 5:09:07 2:16:05
3:07:04 5:13:05 5:15:04 5:24:08 4:08:05 4:09:10 6:04:06
5:20:01 4:10:03 5:08:05 4:11:01 4:13:09 3:07:03 5:10:05
3:17:01 5:11:05 6:06:04 3:18:07 6:07:08 5:12:10 5:14:08
3:19:05 4:14:01 5:17:04 5:20:05 5:07:01 4:16:06 5:16:03
3:20:08 5:11:02 4:19:05 3:02:10 5:06:06 5:07:04 3:03:05
2:26:05 2:08:06 6:02:06 3:24:07


Math... math... m-m-m-ath... uhhhhh... {head a'splodes}

I managed to solve the puzzles last year, so I am guessing it isn't a math problem.

I am also pretty sure this puzzle doesn't use the same book code as last year. Using that code, you would get nonsense like:

Table * no valid result* hard Chapter

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For more info you may wanna go here:

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Right now, you may sign up for lottery games, but not other games. Click on te paizo con logo in the upper left, ten click on events. You can choose lottery items using the check boxes on the left side of the screen on the events page. When the lottery period ends, your choices are fixed and the algorithm will sort people.

After that, open registration for other games begins

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JDragon_ITTS wrote:

Quick question regarding PFS.

How many scenarios does it usually take to level up?

This will be my first PaizoCon and I suspect I may be doing some PFS while there, but I'm trying to figure out scheduling. Since I will be starting out with a brand new PC I wanted to get an idea of what scenarios i should be realistically looking at being able to play in?



Be sure to read the campaign rules. But, generally (doing only PFS Scenarios and not electing slow progression and not dying, etc) you need 3 scenarios to level. Each grants 1 XP and you need 3 to level.

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Jessica Price wrote:
<resigned sigh> It's okay. People keep calling me Jennifer, and on the Catholic forum where they suggest I'm in league with the Antichrist, they keep calling me "Jessica Prince" so, y'know, anything you'd do to my name wouldn't be new.

I hesitate to ask, but why are you getting so much traction on Catholic forums.

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I think Ben Bruck and I in, depending upon lottery pulls. I think we should, collectively, start looking for a GM.

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Duncan7291 wrote:
I know the call for GM volunteers was closed in like 10 minutes as they had the numbers they needed. I know three star GM's and above that weren't able to volunteer because the spaces were already filled. I know the new hotel is supposed to be much larger than last years hotel.

I hope the room is larger and that there is more space this year. That room was super loud, with many people stacked on each other. I love the PFS special, but like Henry V, "I pray thee, wish not one man more."

More generally, I think the staffers devised an elegant solution, two specials. 420 people will play a special. I am betting the number of people who, after making a reasonable effort in event trading and looking for dropped lottery events, do not get into one of the specials and really wanted to, will be small.

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BenKey wrote:
This is my first PaizoCon and I have little idea what is going on or how I am supposed to sign up for events. There is a lottery, and it seems that I am supposed to put in for what I want to play and how bad 0-4. So if you want to play put 4 and if you don't want to play 0? If you put 4 for something you want more than something else and say put a 3 then you might not get in to either, that's not so bad I'll just go and do a PFS event, well it looks like there are only 6 seats in the time slot for the event I want what if 7 people sign up for it? Why isn't everything in a lottery? My girlfriend is my "buddy" and we want to play together on everything, if I win a lotto does she as well? It allows me to sign up for events that will only hold 6 players as well, should I sign up for those incase I don't win any lottery choices? If I sign up for those and win a lotto should I cancel the event sign up? My buddy is also able to sign up for different events than me, should we both just try to get into the same stuff and make our preference sheet identical?

Lottery events are done that way due to high demand and usually very limited slots. PFS is less in demand and thus the lottery is less useful. If you are prompt in the open event selection, you can usually get all the PFS you want, though perhaps not exactly when you want. Honestly, if PFS tables got filled by lottery, I bet fewer of them would muster on time. People would not show up, because the game isn't a top priority for them and you'd have to scramble to fill the table. It happens with 3pp lottery events every year I have been.

For lottery events leave a zero in anything you don't want to play, or where you would prefer an open event, like PFS or a presentation event.

Then, of the things that look fun, rank them higher the more you want to play them. Buddies get seated together for lottery events. So, it may behoove you and your lottery buddy to make similar lottery picks. But, non lottery events are open. Both you and your buddy need to go register for the event once open registration starts.

For now, things are simple, lottery events can be selected ( from now until Monday ). Nothing else is open.

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Duncan7291 wrote:

Correct me if Im wrong, but the specials last year were not lottery events. One of these main reasons I go to PaizoCon is the ability to play the special. I have signed up for both of this years specials in the lottery. All I can say Is I'll be extremely disappointed if I cant play them. You presale tickets and don't not have a shortage of quality GM's. I see absolutely no reason why anyone who buys ticket early should ever be denied a seat at the special.

Sale x tickets, divide by 6 and have that number of tables plus some for walkins. I also dont understand why yall have so many core tables, but that's another issue.

I think your assessment of how many people attend and how many people volunteer an can be fit in a room is incorrect. I am pretty sure, at least for the last two years, that more people could not have been put in the room. It was full. And, people couldn't get in. And, some of those people watched the open event page closely.

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I would be interested. I have a healing oracle. Or enough AP credit to make almost anything. The game is 4 slots or so, right?

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I let a trusted player manage initiative. As a GM, I have enough to do, and managing initiative is a ministerial task. As an added bonus, you can keep players on their toes by adding extra initiatives or setting a thing to happen at initiative 0.

I think most of my crew does the same now, having concluded that keeping initiative yourself isn't all that helpful.

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Can someone explain how the void dragon's breath weapon works. Starting the Con x2 rounds it takes to suffocate would make the breath weapon useless. Should we assume the "out of breath" rules apply and one must make Con checks to avoid falling unconscious?

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Special events, including games with Paizo staffers and some 3pp stuff is filled by lottery. For example, I have played an Unspeakable Futures game with James Jacobs and the yearly tournament - Green Blood on a Black Rock. Basically, tons of cool stuff gets listed with blurbs and you rank what sounds good to you -- the rest comes down to luck of the draw.

((There are a few more wrinkles, likely explained in the Faq, like the buddy system and trading.))

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Looks like there will be too little interest to run it this year.

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Your character doesn't have to be skilled or well-polished to talk. In a good game, diverse characters with diverse skills drive an interesting story. So enjoy your strengths and weaknesses.

Being bad at diplomacy and bluff doesn't mean you must stay quiet. I mean, aren't the least diplomatic people you know loud. Aren't the worst bluffers people who tell facile lies. Isn't the least effective intimidation an act so scary people conclude you are too bonkers to work with.

So speak up. Offer bad plans. Offer unintentional insults. Make unwise concessions. Draw erroneous conclusions. Get into the conversation. Obviously, there are limits, you need to know when you being in on it makes life less fun for the next guy. But a FUN game can involve your character being bad at some aspect of the game.

That said, make sure you are a good fit. If it is a group where people wanna talk to every monster and that sounds terrible to you, it may be a bad fit. From your short description, it seems like their objection is to you ending taking abruptly with violence. If done frequently, that's pretty annoying because you are changing the style of the game from one they enjoy.

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A couple friends and I tossed around the idea of running a tongue-in-cheek, Inner Sea Region themed Model UN. Instead of representing real countries, you would choose/be assigned an Inner Sea country and represent them for a few hours, like some of us did in high school. We would have a fake agenda (with appropriately themed items like "Comprehensive Onyx Regulation and Other Limits on Necromancy" or "Model Laws Concerning the Use of Enchantment in International Trade" or "Economic Development: Turning Ladders into Ten Foot Poles" [I am aware of the PFRPG price change]) and maybe some more "gamey" elements (e.g. Fort saves or die when the room fills with poison).

I don't want to request a spot on the calendar unless people are interested (and I understand that the idea is pretty far afield from what one normally does with a slot). But, it could be fun if people are interested, so let me know.

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If robots aren't objects, then RAW would say that adamantine weapons won't ignore the hardness. You ignore hardness when sundering or attacking an object.

I guess I am wondering, from a designer perspective, is this a feature or a bug?

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Vic Wertz wrote:
Unfortunately, the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Class Decks, which are required for playing in the Pathfinder Society Adventure Card Guild Organized Play program, have been delayed yet again, and the new retail release date for the Class Decks will be October 1. As a result, the Adventure Card Guild retail launch is delayed to the same date.

Have you all considered not giving a new date until product exists in your hands, i.e. until you know you can make shipments happen. At least for this line,the date announcements have repeatedly been inaccurate. Other than the printer's (at this point suspect) assurances, is there any reason to believe this ship date is accurate?

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If he means to say he rolled 15 on two d8s , that is possible but unlikely.

That is 6 above average.

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shuku wrote:
How does Meyanda use Deadly Aim with the inferno pistol's touch attack? Deadly aim specifically excludes touch attacks.

The firearms rules have an exception to the exception.

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Barachiel Shina wrote:

I debated on putting this either in Advice or Rules Questions, but it is actually bigger than that. Something I believe should have been addressed long ago, back when the APG came out, actually.

It seems the designers refuse to give us guidelines to increasing the repertoire of spells for classes such as Bloodrager, Magus, Summoner, and Witch. What I mean is, if we're using 3PP products (such as D&D 3.5 Spell Compendium), we would like to know what kind of spells would be appropriate for the unique spell lists of those classes.

Maybe you didn't intend to come as as demanding, but this seems a wee bit rude. Moreover, there are two kind of obvious explanations. First, Paizo is not really in the business of helping people make homebrew systems work or making sure all of the 3PP stuff they see fit into their game. Doing so doesn't (at least directly) make them any money, and may,in fact displace future book sales.

Second, Paizo has both directly and indirectly addressed this issue in several books. Ultimate Magic discusses spell design, at length, sometimes pointing out how the spell lists of various classes differ (e.g. damage caps). Moreover, the Words of Power system provides a great deal of insight into how spell lists differ. Finally, the spells themselves, printed across scores of books, are clear benchmarks for what each type of spell list is supposed to contain.

Finally, if you really like 3PP content, it seems pretty reasonable to ask the 3PP publisher to update their spell lists.

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Flat the Impaler wrote:

Kyra is a cleric, which means she is a spell caster....She is also more likely to use her weapon for only the reveal power (less damage), because if she discards it for the extra die roll she is going to be discarding it (not recharging it like Flenta would).

The ability to heal somewhat mitigates the discharge issue.

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Pathfinder Savant adds spells to your list.

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Can't you just take clustered shot?

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I really hope the card game isn't tablet exclusive. I would totally play on my phone or PC

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To a certain extent, aren't private entities supposed to engage in viewpoint discrimination? I don't expect Christian churches to explain why the Taoists really did get things right or vice-versa. Nor do I expect NARAL to present abortion horror stories. I don't expect Libertarians to support big government programs.

I think we need people who advocate for a position and do so rigorously. What we should expect is charitable modes of argument, being hard on problems and soft on people, basic honesty, etc.

Paizo has been very open on the point of view it as advances. They tolerate other views and seem honest about what they are up to. That's pretty much all you should ask for. Not every forum need to be open to every view.

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KestrelZ wrote:
In a 15 point buy game, people tend to look at classes that have animal companions or Eidolons a bit more closely.

Yeah, those animal companions often outshine the fighter at 4-7.

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Inneliese wrote:

I absolutely adore this idea, and now plan to steal this concept for use in all of my own future campaigns!

Hope you like it. Let me know what your players do.

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This may not help you, but this is a house rule I am playing with for Iron Gods:

By RAW, one gets an ability score boost at 4, 8, 12 etc. You increase a single stat by one point. This bonus encourages SAD characters to hyper-focus and provides very little help to MAD characters.

My system was designed to undo that.

Instead, at each level, you gain 1 point buy point. You may spent it immediately or save it. For example, if you had an 11 Int at level 1 (not counting magic or racial boosts), upon reaching level 2, you could spend your one point buy point to increase your Int to 12. However, you could not increase your 15 Str to 16 Str because that costs 3 points.

I extended the PB table for people to use when leveling up (I don't let people start with a 19 before racial mods).

Addition to PB table:
19=21 pts
20=26 pts
21= 31pts
22= 37 pts

Basically, you get a lot more boost out of increasing poor stats. You can turn a MAD build like:

14, 14, 13, 12, 10, 10


16, 16, 16, 14, 10, 10.

While a very focused point buy like this:

18, 10, 10, 10, 10, 8

can either do this:

22, 10, 10, 10, 10, 8


20, 14, 12, 12, 10, 10.

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In my experience 3pp stuff most frequently gets banned because Nobody wants to have to go through it and think about the way it affects the game. Or, because MOST (but not all) 3pp stuff from the 3.0 and 3.5 days was terrible and people have long memories. Paizo products only may not be the best rule or the most fair rule but it is an an easy to make and easily to adjudicate rule.

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Use haunts. They fit the same general role.

Or, use environmental effects, like water filled rooms, poisoned air filled rooms. Areas with weather effects or weird magic traits.

Or use traps that are manually activated. A couple of archetypes have trap class features or special abilities to trigger traps.

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I want to restart my sub to the AP line starting with Iron Gods. The current starting book options are 4 and 5 of MM. Any idea when that will update?

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Lord Snow wrote:
Seems like you're the kind of person who can take what was given to them and run with it. I think I can, too, but I also need a metric to determine which AP to run with my extremely limited Pathfinder playing time. And while "I like Egyptian themed adventures" is as good a tiebreaker as any, I always go for the AP that has me more excited about the plot/execution than the premise.

I think it's hard to boil any AP down to a single metric, and for me, as a GM, ease of running is HUGE and way more important than it being a good read as GM.

For example, Kingmaker was easy to run and fun, after making one small edit ...squishing the content of multiple hexes into a single adventuring day to reduce Nova-ing.

Skull and Shackles required more work because major NPCs were pushovers or (for my purposes) really badly built.

So, for ease of running, Kingmaker comes out ahead.

I also think that giving GMs space to make stories by giving them tools to use rather than plots to use may not be interesting to *you* to read, but I enjoy it. I enjoy the little interpersonal puzzle of fitting things together - players and NPCs. Certainly less compelling on my first read through, but also frequently better in play.

In my view, books that give those sorts of tools to the GM tend to emphasize GM talent. Bad GMing is made worse and good GMing is made better. (Like paint by numbers helps very poor artists paint better, but certainly wouldn't improve the work of the great masters). I am ok with that design because I usually play with talented GMs. Other people's mileage may vary.

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