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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.))
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.
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.
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?
Barachiel Shina wrote:
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.
Flat the Impaler wrote:
The ability to heal somewhat mitigates the discharge issue.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whether or not Mauril's advice is good for normal play, it is not apt for WotR.
First, getting Dex to damage is easy; Mythic weapon finesse.
You can have these at the start of Book 2.
Third, because of Fleet Warrior, you can almost always make a full attack.
This is available at the start of Book 3.
Worship Iomadae and wield a normal sized longsword in your main hand and a small one in your offhand (starting at 7). It is going to have a slower start, but will be super strong after Book 1.
The Sentinel boons for Iomadae are crazy good (and you essentially get full smite). The sentinel bonus makes up for the penalty to hit. And Iomadae is tied pretty tightly to the story.
I would skip TWD and use mythic abilities to cover defenses.
I agree with all of this except the PFS bit. For example, last year it was, without a doubt, the worst PFS I have ever played. One good game (and as it turned out, the guy who ran it became a local VC), two terrible ones, and I bailed on the fourth.
Both of the terrible games were GM issues. One basically decided to run us at a higher tier for no reason and wasnt clear about it until after people died. The other was just, all around, terrible GMing. The whole thing was filled with traps, but the DC to find and disable the traps was super low. So low that PCs could not fail when rolling a 1. But he made us roll for every square...we did that for two hours.
I do think you have a number of options. First, I suggest an audit. In my experience a ton of characters have misinterpreted rules or improperly applied them. A look at his sheet may set things right.
Second, I echo the suggestion to try a quick conversation with the guy. Let him know that eye rolling bugs you. Although eye rolling is a disrespectful habit, some people do it nearly reflexively and a mention that it bothers you may quickly set things right. As a matter of charity, I find it easier to presume that people who bother me aren't doing so intentionally unless that presumption is clearly rebutted. I wasn't there and I don't know that guy. You were there, so if you think he may be unwittingly annoying, maybe give him a chance to work things out.
Third, work with other GMs. People have different preferences and tolerances for different kinds of annoying behavior. For example, I don't mind GMing kids tables (and some people hate it), but I can think of a few local players I would really like to avoid having at my table. Work with other GMs and move people if you can.
Fourth, a lot of people use PFS to find people who they *enjoy* playing with. In some cases, that tends to concentrate PFS with people that very few people enjoy playing with (and people for whom logistics make home games tough, and busy people, etc). If the costs of dealing with those people aren't worth it, try other avenues of finding a group that works with you.
Jim Groves wrote:
There is some kind of order to those book names too. It looks like the book names roughly correspond to the first number in each set of numbers.
Mark Moreland wrote:
So, this is some kind of staffer Easter egg hunt to promo the gods book?
At first I thought it was probably just some scraping or mining bot. Especially because the numbers look like IP addresses or MAC addresses, some kind of indexing system.
But at least some of those are the names of actual, in game books. E.g. "Bone Lands in a Spiral" caught my eye. That is a Pharasmin holy text. I check them out and so are a few others. "The Skull of Mashaag" is a Lamashtan book. The Eight Scrolls is a Desna thing. So, it looks likes a human being was involved.
Pretty sure last year capped at 15...
I think it would be better to announce the new AP at the banquet and do the AP Q and A the day after. Announcing the AP first at the banquet builds excitement and would make the AP Q&A more focused and fun.
Also, the big banquet hall looks like you could use the room dividers to make smaller spaces. Smaller spaces would reduce the room noise from jet take off to loud stadium. By Sunday, more GMs would still have voices.
Nope but you can purchase these items with starting gold. Check the goods and services part of the core rulebook or the mundane gear portion of ultimate equipment. If using digital resources:
My advice is to not play an Eldritch Knight.
The archmage path essentially gives you full BAB for one path ability: Shapeshifting Mastery.
Because you can get the BAB so cheaply, I wouldn't spend levels on it.
Likewise, as noted above, avoiding arcane spell failure is very cheap because component freedom allows you to ignore somatic components.
Because you can get BAB and armor on the cheap, I would look for more attractive options for class levels. If you like class mashups, mythic arcane trickster is nasty.
I think one of the ways to do a Dragon AP is to break one of the central Golarion taboos and use half-dragons. Especially if you do it in a way that doesn't involve promiscuous dragons.
I would dig an AP where fiends use magic to make half-dragon and half-fiend monsters. Half-dragons get the central conceits: flight, breath weapons, mellee nastiness, etc, but are stunningly diverse.
Plus, qlippoth dragons would be awesome.
I think I would dig the following - an AP where the focus is less on saving the world from cataclysm (e.g. defeating the BBEG) and more on saving or rescuing a good guy from an undeserved poor fate.
In particular, a "save Jatembe from some terrible fate AP" would be fun. Especially if the aim was not to get Jatembe to fix a problem but to rescue a deserving soul.
Jatembe works as a focus because maybe, along the way, you save his 10 dudes or become his new set of dudes. Or have to establish some new dudes.
Plus getting to kill the Gorilla king would be cool and could definitely be squeezed in as a boss in book 4 or 5.
114 HP wont cut it. Most of WotR is over 11th level.
2 Mythic scorching rays kill it if they hit and eidolons dont usually have awesome touch AC. It will pretty much always die if hit by 2 augmented magic missiles. So basically any 12th level mage with 4 tiers and quicken (or a rod) can more or less instantly kill that eidolon. Moreover they can do it without a weird build or crazy resources... a common feat and augmenting very common spells.
By book 5 the enemies are going to commonly have caster levels of 20 plus. 20d10 of damage is straight to unconsciousness if the monster rolls well. 20d8 makes you a one hit kill.
So yeah, spells will eat you alive.
The rule is easily adjudicated. The rule limits the costs of acquiring information. The rule helps organize what is and is not allowed when multiple people sometimes GM. Not my feeling, but animus to 3pp is pretty common. Some of that animus is rational given the content that came out during the 3.0 days. It isn't unreasonable to decide getting burned is a good reason to stop buying 3pp stuff. Conversely, some people may just prefer paizo and the corporate and design philosophy they advance.
The latter half of Legacy of Fire is all about plane hopping.