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RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32. FullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 419 posts (521 including aliases). No reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 8 Pathfinder Society characters. 7 aliases.


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Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

Season 0 is still legal...that is surprising. I wonder if Black Waters is worth doing as a prequel.

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Eloith whispers his agreement. "Indeed, quickly and quietly if we can."

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Tentacledone wrote:

I think the plan was for Rolando or Eloith (or both) to sneak up and do a little investigating with Gloria as back up. If memory serves they are clustered 20-30 feet ahead of Ry'klead and Bertholdt. And I think those 2 are 5-10 feet ahead of the spider.

And the oven is in the Spider so Gloria would have to come back all the way back to the non scouts :P

p.s. Have a good time on the vacations guys! :)

I agree, that was the plan.

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Flynn Greywalker wrote:

I don't have every feat memorized and every rule 100 percent down. And I played D&D 3.5 before Pathfinder for 15 years. It took me 7 to feel strong as a GM.

I love the banter in the threads, but sometimes the aloofness comes out. Like it is here. Remember, everyone on here isn't an expert.

I think part of the issue is that you want to address one problem and have gotten a lot of advice regarding the means by which you can fix a different problem.

You would like to know how to fix a social problem -- one of you wants to play a different kind of game than the rest of you. He wants to play in a mathy, games mastering way that you (and maybe some others) don't enjoy. The solution to that problem is really having an honest chat about how he does that. Some quick suggestions:

1) Push him to play something that is really good at making others better. Like a buffing bard with a designating gun.

2) Tell him his build isn't fun for YOU as the GM. Work together to rework his PC.

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That said, the observers saying that the warpriest is simultaneously broken/poorly built/and maybe not that good are probably right. They are just solving a slightly different problem. Albeit, one that MIGHT be helpful when trying to solve your other problem.

It looks like his build is illegal in several regards.

It looks like his build, if it conformed to the rules wouldn't be all that good.

And, it looks like some of your expectations may be off.

Those are 3 different problems, perhaps with some shared solutions.

First, I would look at his rule issues. Show him that what he is doing is really not allowed.

Second, given his rules issue, work TOGETHER to build his PC. You can go spell by spell and feat by feat. Make sure you know how they work.

Third, make sure you know what to expect. You seem bummed by the fact that he dropped two CR 10 kytons in a turn. That isn't a crazy result. Nor does it indicate that he is crazy powerful.

Loose back of the envelope math:

Fighter starts with 16 strength. Adds +2 from leveling and another +2 from magic

He grabs a +2 greatsword.

He takes bog-standard feats: weapon focus, weapon specialization, greater weapon focus, improved critical, and power attack. He has weapon training 1 and 2.

His attack line at lvl 11 is: +20/+15/+10 2d6+23

The average damage (counting the possibility of crits) is ~75 against a sacristan kyton's AC of 22.

A core-only, no bells-and-whistles fighter will do ~75 damage per full attack to your CR 10 kyton (the sacristan, I assume). It has 126 HP, so it is likely to die in 2 rounds. If anyone in the party buffs him (e.g. someone casts haste) and he gets a little lucky, he may drop 2 in one turn. That is a bog-standard, no-frills fighter. Generally speaking, that represents competency and proficiency within a role. It is neither wildly expectation-breaking nor does it represent a character facing its favored foe.

If that's surprising, you may need to recalibrate your expectations and work with that. You want to run a game that differs from some core assumptions in the game. That's great, but it is a fact you need to know.

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

I wanted to keep the gun flavor, but make him more useful and more hurricane-oriented.

So I made him a spellslinger wizard. And, next I added some mythic stuff, almost exclusively defensive.

((I used Claxon's build for Harrigan, which made that better.))

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

The Ice Armor spell is a nice stop-gap before you get Wild armor.

Liberty's Edge * RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

Does it count as a bear for the purpose of the ancestral ally boon?

Liberty's Edge * RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

How does one get an owlbear animal companion?

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

Barkskin is specifically designed to stack:

Barkskin PRD:

The effect grants a +2 enhancement bonus to the creature's existing natural armor bonus.

Beast shape PRD:

+1 natural armor bonus.

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Benchak the Nightstalker wrote:
John Spalding wrote:
Benchak the Nightstalker wrote:

Pharasma.......

Plus, if that zombie apocalypse ever happens, her church is going to have that situation handled.
Lol. Except you know, for all of the in-Golarion undead risings, which INVARIABLY seem to occur right under the nose of the local Pharasmins. It's like worshipping Pharasma invites zombie apocalypses.
Goddess of Birth, Death, and Prophecy. Why do you think they built the churches there in the first place? To deal with the inevitable uprisings!

Which would make a lot of sense if there was more dealing and less doddering.

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Benchak the Nightstalker wrote:

Pharasma.......

Plus, if that zombie apocalypse ever happens, her church is going to have that situation handled.

Lol. Except you know, for all of the in-Golarion undead risings, which INVARIABLY seem to occur right under the nose of the local Pharasmins. It's like worshipping Pharasma invites zombie apocalypses.

Liberty's Edge * RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

Are PP purchases subject to the always available rule?

For example, wands don't appear on the list, and a level one wand would usually require 9 Fame to get. But everyone buys healing wands with their first 2 PP.

Is the "any single item" language in footnote 3 of the PP table supposed to overrule the Fame mechanic?

if so can one buy dragon hide breastplate?

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I don't know how the GM will run it, but the old gestalt rules limited combo classes like mystic theurge, arcane trickster, and eldrtich knight.

3.5 Srd wrote:

Prestige classes that are essentially class combinations-such as the arcane trickster, mystic theurge, and eldritch knight-should be prohibited if you’re using gestalt classes, because they unduly complicate the game balance of what’s already a high-powered variant. Because it’s possible for gestalt characters to qualify for prestige classes earlier than normal, the game master is entirely justified in toughening the prerequisites of a prestige class so it’s available only after 5th level, even for gestalt characters.

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Gloria Lindgren wrote:
Interview updated, money spent, everything figured out. The only thing I might edit is to add in a summary backstory than includes the names of places. My interview does a lot for me there though.

I'm in the same spot. I may make a few edits to the background and spend a few more gold pieces, but I am mostly done.

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

Does hero.ab allow the half gestalt? If so, I can send that over. I looked but didn't see anything. But, I am kinda new to H L, so it may be there.

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How would you deal with worshiping a pantheon? How would it affect favored weapons? Domain choices? Whether or not one can worship a pantheon, what subdomains are available?

Can we take the Dragon Mark Heir Prestige Class?

Liberty's Edge * RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

Alexander Augunas wrote:
WiseWolfOfYoitsu wrote:
You do not currently need a boon to play a Kitsune.

I have 5 kitsune characters. I'm aware. :-)

I want kitsune boons as "character insurance." They're my favorite race, and if in the future I have a hankering to play another kitsune, I want to make sure that any changes to the "Always Available roster" don't prevent me from being able to do what I want.

In a weird way, I want a few kitsune boons on the side so I don't have to worry about playing other races in the meantime. When I get a toy, I don't particularly like the thought of it possibly getting taken away from me. :(

EDIT: As a side note, there's no evidence that the current racial availability might change. I'm just ridiculously paranoid is all.

I am sure you know, but an even easier way to do this would be starting several new Kitsune PCs and leaving them below 3 XP. You can pretty much rebuild them into anything later. And they always grandfather existing Races in PFS.

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

I think you may have at least one of two problems:

1) you spend too many turns healing, which you find boring. If that's the problem, CLW wand and making your buddies invest in armor and other defenses is your best bet.

OR
2) on the turns you aren't healing, you have nothing useful to do. I suspect that is a bigger issue. Here, there are a couple options. Maybe summoning. Retrain a feat or two. Maybe take extra channel and do more negative channelling.
Or , if you can sell it to the GM, take one level of unchained monk and buy a guidance weapon. You would use Wis for attack and damage and get two attacks at full BAB. If you could convince someone in the party to cast mage armor, your AC would be a wash.

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

I would be so interested. I really dig that setting.

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

I decided to go unarmed strike and get bonus damage from touch attack spells with repeated touches.

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

I would be very into Council of thieves. I have played most of the others.

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

I was hoping to be able to use the weapons in the AP. And I doubt many monk weapons will be used.

Also, I am not sure the Druid domains will work as the Goliath Druid archetype alters nature bond.

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

I am making a dwarf "Goliath Druid" for the giant slayer AP. I am planning on taking one level of(unchained) monk for RP reasons and for the wisdom to AC boost.

I was hoping to either be able to flurry with normal (non monk) weapons or to have my unarmed strike damage scale as a monk. I can't see any straight forward way of doing either without a lot of dipping.

Crusader flurry would work, but I would need channel ( I.e. A wasted level or taking the cleric VMC and lose a lot of feats) Or, I could get monastic legacy, after taking lots of monk levels.

Is there anything I missed?

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

I am making a dwarf "Goliath Druid" for the giant slayer AP. I am planning on taking one level of(unchained) monk for RP reasons and for the wisdom to AC boost.

I was hoping to either be able to flurry with normal (non monk) weapons or to have my unarmed strike damage scale as a monk. I can't see any straight forward way of doing either without a lot of dipping.

Crusader flurry would work, but I would need channel ( I.e. A wasted level or taking the cleric VMC and lose a lot of feats) Or, I could get monastic legacy, after taking lots of monk levels.

Is there anything I missed?

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

I am thinking about this class as well. I am pondering:

Unchained Monk 1 / Golaith Druid X with the domain and not the animal companion.

Feats
1 Power Attack
3 Steel Soul
5 Rime Spell
7 Natural Spell
9 Raging Vitality
11 Planar Wild Shape

The monk level gives an extra attack in giant form (probably with a temple sword) and wisdom to AC. Or, I can heavily focus on an amulet of mighty fists and use either natural weapons or unarmed strike. Between Mage armor or bracers and the monk AC bonus I can have a solid AC.

Two quick questions:

1) I spent a long time looking for ways to flurry with a war hammer, battleaxe, or pick and came up short. Best I saw was getting channel and taking crusader flurry. That would require I give up another level or lose a ton of feats to get the cleric variant multi classing. I would love to flurry with a traditional dwarf weapon, but can't see a good way to make that happen.

2) where does it say you have to take Steel Soul at lvl 1?

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I am guessing a dwarf AP for 3 bigger reasons. 1) a Paizo chat question over a year ago, FROM James Jacobs asking people how they would feel about an AP where everyone else plays the same race. 2) at Paizo Con I asked if Giant Slayer counted as the dwarf AP, because playing a dwarf there was pretty natural. The whole panel had an answer and there wasn't any hemming or hawing. Which indicates that it's on the table at least. 3) they mentioned a Derro announcement that was upcoming and I didn't see any obvious Derro stuff on the table. That would fit a dwarf AP.

Less important stuff, they are doing more dwarf materIal. In PFS dwarf stuff has been important. And lots of people have pretty developed ideas about dwarves. See, e.g. The last two pages of the homosexuality in Golarion page.

Things I think are on the board:

Jatembe AP -- if people keep clammoring
Lost shore of Varisia AP with Pazuzu and Kamashtu and the Misbegotten Prince

Liberty's Edge * RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

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.

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

It is on the schedule for Monday

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

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

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

Any updates Tangaroa?

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

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.

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

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

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

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.?

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

After the lottery,I am still interested.

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

Thursday????

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?

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

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?

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

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.

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

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

(Neat!)

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

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

For more info you may wanna go here: http://paizo.com/threads/rzs2s6w9?How-to-use-PaizoCon-Lottery-Event

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

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?

Thanks

JD

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.

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

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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