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w00t back in the play-by-post saddle!

So, the Kobolds:
Athrax the Mad Bomber (Alch 4)
Engashez the Dragon Speaker (Bard 4)
Fazgyn the Trap Master (UC Rogue 4) Tineke
Pethjunk the Muscle (Fighter 4)
Skyrahk the Disciple of Destruction (Cleric 4)
Varanog the Master of Magic (Sorcerer 4)

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Don't forget Con of the North February 16-18 in the Twin Cities!

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I'm a PFS Venture Captain - in addition, I'm running 2 non-Society Pathfinder games, running 1 non-Society Starfinder game and playing in another. They exist. I just happened to have met all of my players/GMs in Society.

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I had to get creative with my spell slots toward the end, but it's something you get used to with Specials - you aren't going into a 4-encounter-with-a-rest-in-the-middle-and-one-is-social-anyway scenario.

Not having a weapon at all is a great thematic choice, but at the same time, you should have something to do when a golem shows up, or lots and lots of mooks, or anti-magic.

Pick up scrolls (5 for 2pp of Level 2s) and Wands from chronicles - every little thing helps. Even a single Magic Missile (or Mind Thrust) off a wand is better than doing nothing or even worse, becoming a liability in melee.

At the same time, I find it perfectly reasonable as a caster to sometimes start off combat with a simple buff (Bless off a wand, Prayer off a scroll) then hang back and see how things go. You don't have to take an action each round and delaying for if things go sideways is perfectly reasonable if you're managing limited spell slots.

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Thurston Hillman. Nuff said.

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Wei Ji the Learner wrote:


That's IF folks have day jobs.

That's a big 'if' in some cases with a possible dearth of skill points...

In the limited amount of scenarios we've had so far, Professions have been much more useful and flexible than nearly any PFS scenario I've played or run. Added onto the fact that you can flex them to whatever mental stat you have best (and there's no benefit to 777'ing in Starfinder) and taking 10 generally means you get 22 credits per scenario, there's much more reason to divert a single point to it, if not more.

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Flagged to move this to the GM Discussion forum.

A6:
I would assume they are arranged:
E F
C D
A B
As that puts to motes as far as possible away from them and gives them a chance to learn.

A7 (Maybe A8?):
I'd assume it would go by the passive grease rules:
A creature can walk within or through the area of grease at half normal speed with a DC 10 Acrobatics check. Failure means it can't move that round (and must then make a Reflex save or fall), while failure by 5 or more means it falls (see the Acrobatics skill for details). Creatures that do not move on their turn do not need to make this check and are not considered flat-footed.

A16:
I think you're thinking of a vertical axis through the center, so it's spinning like a top? But I think it's like a long triangle shaped bridge, so it starts with the bottom facing up as the walking platform. Every two rounds, it rotates on its length, moving the top to the side and a side to the top.

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The balancing factor is definitely the Resolve Point cost. Every channel is reducing your options for 10 minute rests and making death that much closer via falling unconscious.

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It also makes you choose between 'Maneuver' and 'Evade', which should be your two go-to's when you don't have anything special to do and your engines aren't damaged.

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Nothing better to thaw you off in the middle of February than a room with 23 tables of Pathfinders and Starfinders!

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Pair it with Coordinated Shot and your party will love you.

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Wei Ji the Learner wrote:
Tallow wrote:
andreww wrote:
Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
I'm actually starting to audit my tables, now that you mention it.
I never stopped but online is much easier.

What do you look for when you audit a table?

Me?

I'd be interested in material, shape, how many legs, and if it's wood, wht species, cut, and stain...

Stability.

Where can I sit as a GM so my legs are comfortable?

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Congratulations to my locals, Jeffrey and Danny! I enjoy every table of yours I get to play at!

Also, congrats to my state-neighbor Zack!

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I've been comparing it to Plane Shift (since the Drift is a Plane) which still has a 500 mile potential offset. Every time you enter the Drift, you might be just a little off from where you started last time. Your exit point might also be just a little off from where you want to exit.

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Jared Thaler wrote:

Both times I have run this by the way most PCs have just dropped over the side of the wall. (Controlled fall, first 10 feet are treated as non lethal, DC 15 Acrobatics to negate damage entirely and not go prone.)

I'm familiar with the Pathfinder version of that, but haven't found that in the Starfinder CRB outside of 'If you are falling and you can fly...' (pg 135).

Dark Archive ***** Venture-Captain, Minnesota—St. Paul

Last game of PaizoCon! Icebound Outpost in the lobby! 2 seats open. Also, Tineke, if you see this, stop by cause we have stuff for you.

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Posting up a quick update since I haven't yet.

Spent my morning with Amber Scott getting immersed in the Aethera setting. The early morning was getting to all of us, but we had a great time anyway. I'm excited to take a look at more of that soon and to talk to Amber more and see the upcoming APs she's working on.

Now sitting down for Legendary Planet with a bunch of great people.

Wait, neither of those are PFS...

Uhhh... Solstice Star is tonight!

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It's something that ends up being interpreted different ways - I don't enforce it while playing PFS, but in home games I treat them as one, based on the Mounted Fury from Ultimate Intrigue including text that I find clarifying:

Mounted Fury wrote:
A mounted fury’s bond with his mount is strong, with the pair learning to anticipate each other’s moods and moves. At 3rd level, the mounted fury’s mount shares all his teamwork feats, without needing to meet the prerequisites (although while mounted, the mounted fury and his mount do not count as separate creatures for the purpose of these feats).

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Posted on Warhorn here.

Dark Archive ***** Venture-Captain, Minnesota—St. Paul

MisterSlanky wrote:
"Yeah, but no thanks to you and your evil particles, I'm going to Hell because of it. Thanks a lot..." mourns Frank.

But luckily, the temple has Special Incense that Frank can pay 500g for and wipe away all his evil particles!

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You could use it by dropping it, enlarging yourself, then picking up the Large weapon as a Medium creature (still oversized).

Otherwise, some items just aren't meant for all characters. The Fighters won't get much from the Pearls of Power on their chronicle sheets either.

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Interesting to note, as far as Escape Route goes, that Ultimate Intrigue brought up an alternate rule for that:

Mounted Fury: Mount wrote:
A mounted fury’s bond with his mount is strong, with the pair learning to anticipate each other’s moods and moves. At 3rd level, the mounted fury’s mount shares all his teamwork feats, without needing to meet the prerequisites (although while mounted, the mounted fury and his mount do not count as separate creatures for the purpose of these feats).

Since Ultimate Intrigue clarified many things (including a subtle rule change to Feint) I've adopted this for home games as well as a general rule, instead of specific to Mounted Fury. Just food for thought.

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TriOmegaZero wrote:
That is correct. (Best to get a restoration instead of a lesser at that point.)

Or just sleep for a month! It'll wear off. Eventually.

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Yup, you've followed the rules correctly. There's a feat to assist with that though (which also serves to clarify the rule): Phalanx Formation!

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JDLPF wrote:
The biggest problem with a tiny Unchained Rogue scenario is that there are no weapons available with Reach that can be used with Weapon Finesse, unless you count a Long Lash Kobold Tail Attachment.

I would like to introduce you to the Elven Branched Spear of Melee Tactics Toolbox:

Melee Tactics wrote:

1d8 ×3 10 lbs. P brace, reach

Behind this long pole weapon’s spearhead, several short branches project from the shaft at irregular intervals, each angled forward and tipped with a smaller leaf-like blade. When you make attacks of opportunity provoked by movement, you gain a +2 bonus on attack rolls. You can use the Weapon Finesse feat to apply your Dexterity modifier instead of your Strength modifier on attack rolls with an elven branched spear sized for you, even though it isn’t a light weapon. Elves treat elven branched spears as martial weapons.

Dark Archive ***** Venture-Captain, Minnesota—St. Paul

Asking about the boon as well. It should either be

'reduce the cost by 16,000gp'

or

'reduce the cost to 16,000gp'

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Gotta represent Minnesota well, so I'll be there.

Dark Archive ***** Venture-Captain, Minnesota—St. Paul

Thank you all! Seeing the posts here, I know I'm in good company. :)

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Corrin (2 Melee Wizard)
Idris (3 Frontline)
Glenn (2 Grippli Cav)

Dark Archive ***** Venture-Captain, Minnesota—St. Paul

Sorry John, my post wasn't clear - while I appreciate the clarification, I was just trying to draw attention BACK to the Hell's Rebels, while also bringing up the relevant issue to this post:

Curse of the Crimson Throne book 4 is giving 12-14 gold for a 10-12 chronicle. Could we get clarification if this is intentional?

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Thanks John! Just wanted to verify, since there is still a lingering issue with Hell's Rebels (Dance of the Damned) giving far too much gold - it appears the Crimson Throne Book 4 is giving 12-14 gold for a 10-12 chronicle. Could we get clarification if this is intentional?

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You actually answer your own question a bit.

In the context of PFS:

Things are flavored a certain way. You're not allowed to change them from that way. Why? Because that's the way it is in the Golarion setting that Paizo has created. Why can't you have a dragon spirit? Because that doesn't happen in Paizo's Golarion setting. (At least as published at this time). Why do Eidolons come from the specifically offered planes? Cause that's where Eidolons come from in Paizo's Golarion setting.

It's like going to any author or creator and asking why they didn't use this idea, or why their characters don't do a certain thing. It's just because the creators decided, in their world, that's the way it works.

That's why in Pathfinder you're able to use the ruleset - as opposed to the setting - in your own way and change it however you want.

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Nefreet wrote:
Who else wants to help?

Sighs and attempts to stop the data-analytic side of himself, which slips out of the grapple.

I'll get you a list from Season 6, since I've got most of them already and downloading the remainder is easy.

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Wait, the MN crew is getting together in a thread? Shoot, I forgot my pitchfork. Wait, we don't need them? Oh, alright...

Your Mom's Basement is where I GM'd my first table. It's where I played Eyes of the Ten. It's a venue that I spent more than a handful of 12 hour days at.

It's where I've met and interacted with people that I've ended up in home games with, that I talk to nearly daily, that have become friends separate from Pathfinder.

I'll miss it dearly.

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I got to GM for one of my favorite groups of players a few weeks back - part 1 of a 3 part module.

I was concerned going in, of course. Removing some of the assumptions of 'Point A' to 'Point B' that we typically see in PFS play can get dangerous with some parties.

I was right.

Briefing goes fine, of course. Prep, grabbing items, travel goes fine. First combat isn't nearly as rough as when I played it.

Then it happened. About 40 minutes into the session. Everything broke. The module abandoned the rails completely.

As I continued trying to pull us back onto the tracks, one thing after another simply did not work. Attempts at changing NPC reactions or justifying the events led to the entire table laughing ourselves to tears, multiple times. All because of one feat.

I still have two more parts to GM.

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Player Name Keith A
Character Big Slammu
PFS # 124235-12
Faction Grand Lodge
Level 9
Day Job: None

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Any questions of legality can be answered on this page: Additional Resources

That appears to be a Rite Publishing Archetype, so will not be legal in PFS, as there are no 3rd Party Sources on that list.

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LuniasM wrote:
Keith Apperson wrote:

Well I can tell you I'm not crying about 'mathematic superiority' with my UC Rogue 6/Warpriest (Sacred Fist) 4 using the Elven Branched Spear for reach and 1.5 Dex damage.

I'm doing it because I could and because it's fun.

...Okay? Hats off to you?

Thank you for the condescension.

I had posted it in response to those that are, instead of answering the question, telling the OP why it is a bad idea, or that it is 'not the right choice'.

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Well I can tell you I'm not crying about 'mathematic superiority' with my UC Rogue 6/Warpriest (Sacred Fist) 4 using the Elven Branched Spear for reach and 1.5 Dex damage.

I'm doing it because I could and because it's fun.

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Are we just reviving this thread to brag about having played it now?

Cause it was awesome.

And

Spoiler for final fight:
Conductive Rod Lightining Bolt + Quicken Open/Close an Arcane Locked door is a masterpiece move.

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Aaron C. Malone wrote:

If there's a bigger gaming weekend going on up there, someone let me know. I'd see if I could make the trip.

-ACM

If we had anything comparable to SkalCon or CotN I think we'd have to start reporting deaths or missing persons more often.

Not sure if the stores or the spouses would get impatient first...

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James, could we get a demonstration on how you see a starknife being used? There's a bunch of contention in our local lodge.

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Chris Rathunde wrote:
Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
I swapped my special ticket over to 10-11 just for the hell of it. Hopefully a 9th level Oracle won't be out of place.
Don't be silly. All PCs can die in this scenario equally.

As GM 2 of 3 for that tier, correct.

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Grey_Mage wrote:
-invisibility will prevent it even though mesmerists have a built in mechanic to maintain hypnotic stare against targets they can't actually see.

Fun thing about that - you can maintain the stare, but it doesn't actually, by text, give you targeting ability. It's questionable if you even know the square of the target. And say goodbye to most of your spells - anything single target is useless.

I may be a little bitter.

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Yup, I've got:
BIG SLAMMU (w/Jaws) - 9 Hunter, Melee
Or Kainen - 11 Ranger, Ranged Machine Turret

I didn't realize the Brawlinjadin was already 11.. wow.

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Hey all - as we get close to the main event, there are a lot of changes that happen with characters, plans, groups, etc etc.

I glanced through the GenCon site and couldn't find anything preventing it - so let's get a ticket trade going!

I need: A tier 10-11 ticket for 8-00
I have: A tier 7-8 ticket for 8-00
A ticket for 7-99
$10 Generics
Either individually or in some combination to give away for the above.

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Ragoz wrote:
I'm using the term directly from the chronicle sheet. Maybe you can go complain about it to someone else but not me.

I'm not complaining - you're the one who mentioned it as an objective, as if you were trying to do it while playing. You are unaware of it being a condition for getting some portion of gold, so I think the situation you had presented was invalid to the discussion at hand.

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Ragoz wrote:
I would be pretty annoyed at any GM who gave me hard time trying to complete an objective called "Slayer of Troglodytes".

Objective? As in, goal?

noun: a thing aimed at or sought; a goal.

You're aiming to kill things? That's your intention as a Pathfinder? To kill things that offer you food, that don't attack, that aren't harming anyone? That tell you the way forward and how to pass peacefully?

Or maybe your goal is 'as much gold as I can get' and you've looked at the chronicle and know that the easiest way is just a massacre. Otherwise, you have no idea that it's a listed 'accomplishment' for the floor.

This is the exact same type of questions I asked of the table that I GM'd through this - when they reached the exit and found out that they weren't getting full gold, they insisted on going back and killing everything, because 'well, something isn't right here!'. Poor justification for gold, I think.

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I always point out my main problem with them - they never write the full block of the trogs, so you would normally assume same alignment...

But look at their leaders. They're Chaotic Neutral. So, if they kill all of them, at some point they'll kill two neutral leaders trying to protect their tribe from barbarians... Not sure how to justify that as 'good'.

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I believe that without the text 'this does not count against attacks of opportunity for the round' that they would. I've reviewed the threads on Fortuitous and believe that taking 2 attacks for one action is the 'more AOOs' described in the text. So, at my table at least, this would require 3 AOOs to pull off.

Also, it's nice as a once-per-rage situation, since Unexpected Strike is limited to once per rage.

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