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Good to see you on the boards Heath.


Hot damn. Thanks.


Dear Mr. Pett,

I've clearly missed the Kickstarter. I tremendously enjoy all of your work, and I would dearly like to purchase the Blight. I have seen what appear to be Blight-related-projects over on Frog Gawd games website. Naturally, hard copies of those products are totally sold out...

I can find no information anywhere I've looked on a potential release date for a Blight hardcover of the entirety of the Blight (ala Slumbering Tsar or Rappan Athuk). I'm very eager to purchase it, regardless the price or the page count.

Would you care to speculate as to a possible release date on the Blight in its entirety, in an awe-inspiring hardcover?

Fond regards, KGM


This campaign hasn't gotten off the ground. One of my new players was GM'ing Rappan Athuk prior to joining, and offered to continue gm'ing it. I've wanted to have a crack at that dungeon, so I agreed to play for a while. We'll see how it goes.

We played the 1st session of Rappan Athuk a couple of weeks ago. I ended up playing multiple characters. I had a 7th level elf wizard "blondie" who got greased in an absolutely evil 110 ft deep spiked pit, when he was at Full HP, while his duergar cohort "Tuco" survived the fall. Pretty brutal.


Any chance yellow, orange & purple dragons ever make it into a bestiary?


Orville Redenbacher wrote:
What ive gathered so far is that Players and GMs should communicate about what they want out of their games and meet in the middle. Unless of course the player shows up with a drow noble, in which case, you promptly tell them to GTFO.

I just grease said character in brutal fashion. Said player then leaves on his own.


I have no problem with the term special snowflake. I can't remember having a snowflake character in one of my groups for a long time. Special snowflake characters tend to get negative attention from me (the GM), and as I don't pull punches, when said snowflake character buys the farm, I strongly encourage the player to apply their creative juices in a more "conventional" direction when creating replacement characters. Usually, the player takes the hint.
Often the munchkin powergamers looking for an edge, are the biggest offenders.


I'm working on it.


I am expecting to start Strange Aeons in January 2017 with my existing group. We play only monthly, so my journal may quickly fall behind those of other posters who are running the same campaign. My regrets. Currently my players' characters are all 5th level, and are at present grabbing their ankles in the old Judges Guild adventure Tegel Manor (adapted for Pathfinder rules system). The group was expecting to move on to play in Ravenloft's Hour of the Knife, and then onto Return to the Tomb of Horrors. I have not yet informed my players of my hopes of dropping them back to 1st level to begin Strange Aeons, and I expect some resistance from one or more players. I don't know exactly how it will resolve, though I don't want to start them in Chapter 2 of the AP. If we reach an impasse on starting the characters back at character level 1, I will probably have the group start chapter 1 at a higher level and just up the difficulty.

This is the first adventure path I have run since Age of Worms in 2006-07. I have wanted to run another AP for a long time, but I always find things about each AP that I don't like enought to put me off of GM'ing it. Second Darkness, Serpent's Skull and Mummy's Mask each almost made the cut, but I always came up with enough reasons I didn't like the path to where I didn't follow through and run it. I was about to go with a Pathfinder version of 1st Editions's Against the Giants to Vault of the Drow, but the work load of coming up with stat blocks for all of the drow in D1 & D3 put me off of that at least for the time being. But with an AP based on Call of Cthulhu, I have no reasons not to run this gem, and been waiting for a long time in hopes of a Lovecraft-based AP. One of the players has stated that he wants to play a character all the way to level 20, and as Strange Aeons ends at 16th, I'll run a "Sequel" to Age of Worms from 17th-20th if the group hasn't fired me as DM before then...

I don't know what to tell you to expect regarding a character casualty count. In years past, Turin the Mad has advised me to get in touch with my more 'benevolent' GM side, at least to outward appearances. In this AP though, I don't expect a pleasant run for the characters, as the Call of Cthulhu theme of the AP suggests character death and insanity throughout. Either way, this is Pathfinder meets Call of Cthulhu folks, so I will "benevolently" inform my players to bring reams of paper for new character sheets, because they're gonna need 'em. I look forward to corrosponding with many of you I've had the pleasure of chatting with in years past on these threads. Regards, KGM


Good to know. I'll talk to you about this topic in the weeks to come. Please tell me you're planning to treat your current group to this AP, and doing a CJ on it...


Bump.


For the curious, the GM of my "Horror on the Orient express" campaign, posted his write up on the campaign journals on these (paizo) message boards. Have a look and a laugh, and read what an actual CoC game is like. The GM (Turin the Mad) took no prisoners during the entire campaign, and we died in droves. It was a blast.


Bobmuffin52 wrote:
My consern is that the group has no real way to heal up when they get wounded (the paladin's archetype only lets him heal himself). I know I could just add more cure potions around, but I feel like that takes away from the overall dread of the AP, especially the first book. I was thinking that the wounds and vigor system might help, but I'm not sure. Dose anyone have any advice?

Advice, yeah, wipe the characters out. The players will quickly learn to select a character class that can glue their tails back together again, rather than choosing the useless oddball character class that doesn't lend itself to character survival. Strange Aeons is supposed to be Pathfinder meets Call of Cthulhu. This should mean that characters are getting greased or going insane on a regular basis. If you're already planning how to bail your players out for poor class selection, then you can expect more of the same, and your not grasping the spirit of the actual CoC game, which is that characters don't survive very long, and often go insane at inopportune moments. -KGM


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I may be GM'ing this campaign quite soon, and if I am, I'm probably going to use the actual rules for sanity from the actual Call of Cthulhu game system itself. If that equates to my players characters going insane in spectacular fashion, then all the better. This is supposed to be Pathfinder meets Call of Cthulhu. This campaign shouldn't be for the weak of heart.


Axial wrote:
That does sound like something a "Killer GM" would say. :)

I imagine it does.

I have played in real call of cthulhu games. I probably averaged at least 1 character demise as a player, every 2 game sessions. In some sessions I actually died more than once in the same day. It is a great game, and seeing how long your character can stay alive and sane becomes the goal. During the finale of "Horror on the Orient express", I had 10 (that's right, TEN) character demises that day alone. The CoC game allows you to improve your character's skills, but you remain at low HP, and you're always a "Keepers 01 roll" away from an unpleasant (but often humorous) character squish. The Pathfinder system doesn't remotely translate to the CoC rules system, which admittedly makes it a lot easier for Pathfinder characters to survive in Strange Aeons. A GM who wants to capture the spirit of the actual CoC game, during Strange Aeons for the Pathfinder system, will need to play heavy handed, and ideally inform the players what they're getting into from the get-go.


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This AP is based on the Call of cthulhu game, in which it's understood that your character is going to die or go insane (or both). It's a question of When, not if.
In my humble opinion, the Strange Aeons campaign ought to reflect that spirit of the CoC game, rather than a watered down PF game, masquerading as a CoC game. I say wipe the party out, and let the chips fall where they may.


A tremendous talent. He'll be missed.


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Fair enough.


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I didn't realize that some posters were being banned from posting. I don't follow the messageboards closely enough to note the absence of some of the more "confrontational" posters. I have noticed the absence of a certain "Mr. Betts" over the last few months, which struck me as odd, given the political happenings in the USA. Has he run afoul with the powers that be, or just found other things to occupy his time?


Freehold DM wrote:
I work in psychology and am not state licensed. I have gamed with people who have had diagnoses running from depression to schizophrenia, and gaming has helped all but one of them deal with their issues in some way.

Nice to see someone else from the MH field on the message boards. Regards.


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I work in psychology and am state licensed. Over the years I have observed (to be clear, NOT officially diagnosed) many players I've played with who demonstrate various mental health symptoms which may or may not meet clinical criteria for a MH diagnosis. As a practicing clinician, I've had a few clients over the years, who at some point stated that they were into RPGs.

It is my observation that quite a few gamers have had varying degrees of social deficits or other personality quarks that probably don't reach the level of a clinical mental health diagnosis.

As far as players with bonna fide mental health issues, I have GM'd a number of players who have previously been in treatment for clinical depression (Dysthymic disorder, major depression) and bipolar disorder (they have stated to me).

I think that the most common MH condition that gamers who I've known have had, is attention deficit disorder (ADHD). A large number of players I've known previously have told me that they have ADHD. I don't know if I'd go so far as to venture that 'gamers' are 'more likely' to have mental health issues than non-gamers, but my personal opinion is that this may be the case.

And if you have mental health issues, stay in treatment as needed and take your medications as prescribed. And live healthy and happy :)


It would be awesome to play with each of you. ☺ Failing that, I will try to do better at posting for my current, albeit only monthly, campaign. My players are currently screaming in Tegel Manor. Regards to you both. Al


Turin the mad was hoping to continue our Cthulhu campaign using that adventure, but for reasons I don't recall, we ended up going to the 1-session Carrion Crown, where we had 2 TPKs in the first session. Might as well have been a Call of Cthulhu game, given the casualty count.
I'd gladly have you in the group, if you live in the DC metro area. I hope your game pans out nicely. -KGM.


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I would as ever enjoy playing with Turin the mad, who I've gamed with since 1982, and Pheonixhawk, who I've gamed with since 2000.

Add to that:
Wraithstrike/Concerro
Sir Charles Evans (25)
Capnvan, a like-minded gent
Capn Jose Munkamunk, former player
Hexen Ineptus (though he'd likely refuse)
Yoda was right, former player
Psionichampster, former player

And awesome fellow posters on my Age of Worms, Return to the Tomb of Horrors, Campaign Classics and other campaign journals: You guys rule!
Orthos
Dennis Harry
Ilaletin
Yasha0006
Arcmagik
Heathansson
Wampuscat43
Teemuu
Arctaris
Fatespinner
Calavingian
Meomwt
PH Dungeon
Carborundum
Archlich
Olaf the Stout
Tearlach
Galli
Salama
Brent
Cato Novus
Samnell
Jebadiah U
Snorter
Dazylar
Silent man
Steven Tindall
Adeptus
Technicanus
Legendarius
Beercifer
WmTell
Missingno
Sheep999
Squee!
Mergy
Macharius
Rithralus
Bellona
& Richard Pett


Your point being? :)


Legendarius wrote:

Hey Killer, been a while since I looked at this thread, thanks for bumping it. Thanks too for the recommendations regarding retooling Return to the Tomb of Horrors for 3.5/PF. I do live in Northern VA, out in Loudoun county. Wish my schedule permitted some time to work in a campaign right now. It sounds like you and your gang have a lot of fun and I really enjoy a lot of the classic adventures.

L

Legendarius, are you still out in Loudoun county?


As I was re-reading this thread, (specifically the fight against the skeleton champion), I thought of the old Golden Axe video games, where those skeletons just hammer your character repeatedly, no matter what you do. Fun stuff. Turin, I may use your skeletal brute in some future game. He's priceless. Al


P.H. Dungeon wrote:


All in all it was a satisfying campaign wrap up, though I felt like Kyuss and Dragotha went down a little easier than I had hoped they would. I don't think I even killed a character in either of those two fights, which was a let down for me- especially since in my Savage Tide campaign there were something like 9 deaths in the final fight against Demogorgon (that was with a 5 PC party- some character died more than once in the final battle)..

PH, this is a tragic development. Though I couldn't have helped with a system other than 3.5 or Pathfinder, I nevertheless feel that the rest of us in the GM community let you down, if your players skated through Kyuss and Dragotha without even one PC buying the farm...


Second that. Thanks.


Hi Turin.


Murg7 wrote:


They probably were sabotaging the Republican party's ruling elite, but that ended up hurting Clinton much more than helping her. Because when Trump won the GOP primary the election essentially became an establishment vs anti-establishment contest.

Hillary's numerous Big Media, Big Business, and Big Hollywood backers (and my relatives) simply have no idea how many long-ignored voters have nothing but seething contempt for the Washington DC elite of both parties, and we've been waiting for a chance like this to come along for a long damn time. My whole life.

I had told my relatives that I had given up on the American political system. That I would never vote again (after one furtive protest vote for Kerry against Bush). That there was really no difference between the Dems and Repubs on the issues that I cared about. That it was a good-ole-boy system full of gerrymandering, superdelegates, and rules designed to make it impossible for a third party candidate ever to win high office in this country.

Then Trump unexpectedly came along and I had to tell my relatives I would actually vote one more time. Because a huge electoral upset had put an anti-establishment politician in play for the presidency, and I doubted this chance would ever come again.

Trump would lose of course, and America's ruling elite would get together to make sure another...

I agree with you.


Bruunwald wrote:
Killer_GM wrote:
The Norv wrote:
Killer_GM wrote:
I'm suggesting that a Secretary of State who has sold/peddled influence to numerous foreign entities and governments for contributions to the Clinton Foundation, which the FBI is currently investigating (unlike the emails) is deserving of incarceration if her guilt can be proven, which I believe it will be.

She has been investigated. Again and again and again and again and again. And NOTHING has been found.

So yes, you're free to believe that, and there are MANY problems with HRC, but I cannot understand this line of thinking.

Those investigations were inadequate, and continually hampered by Clinton and her cronies who didn't play ball, and an Obama DOJ who didn't even attempt to seriously investigate her. If Trump wants to go after her, the evidence will be found. Hell, 20% of US uranium is now going to Russia, and investors donated millions to the Clinton foundation. That example alone (out of many) ought to do it.

Again, the "information" you flush into our world through your toilet portal is less actual and more a confection of your lower bowel.

You need to PROVE your wild accusations. With a better source than some paranoid right wing blog.

It would appear that the majority of the American people believe my 'wild accusations.' Your party nominated a hopelessly flawed candidate with a known history of corruption. You pay the price.


Scavion wrote:
Killer_GM wrote:
If Trump wants to go after her, the evidence will be found.

Well duh, if the President really wants someone in jail, it's kinda hard to stop them with or without actual evidence.

The Uranium deal went through 9 different federal agencies before being approved through a Canadian middleman. It wasn't a clandestine operation with Hillary in a trenchcoat handing a paper to a russian cossack.

Only legitimate evidence is acceptable.

Those weren't imaginary millions donated to the Clinton Foundation by a Cossack.


The Norv wrote:
Killer_GM wrote:
I'm suggesting that a Secretary of State who has sold/peddled influence to numerous foreign entities and governments for contributions to the Clinton Foundation, which the FBI is currently investigating (unlike the emails) is deserving of incarceration if her guilt can be proven, which I believe it will be.

She has been investigated. Again and again and again and again and again. And NOTHING has been found.

So yes, you're free to believe that, and there are MANY problems with HRC, but I cannot understand this line of thinking.

Those investigations were inadequate, and continually hampered by Clinton and her cronies who didn't play ball, and an Obama DOJ who didn't even attempt to seriously investigate her. If Trump wants to go after her, the evidence will be found. Hell, 20% of US uranium is now going to Russia, and investors donated millions to the Clinton foundation. That example alone (out of many) ought to do it.


"Reducing cost increases" what is that, if not cost reductions.


This election has been slanting Trump's way for some time, even before the email-gate re-investigations and then cessations. The polls ALWAYS slant Democrat. The final results are always closer. The polls never tell you what the real outcome is going to be, as they always make it seem like the Democrat candidate is doing better than they actually are.


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I'm suggesting that a Secretary of State who has sold/peddled influence to numerous foreign entities and governments for contributions to the Clinton Foundation, which the FBI is currently investigating (unlike the emails) is deserving of incarceration if her guilt can be proven, which I believe it will be.


Guy Humual wrote:
Killer_GM wrote:
Irontruth wrote:

Health care costs were skyrocketing before Obama took office as well. The problem is the ACA didn't really address increasing prices, it just mandated increased access.

Right now, it's already a "free market" for health care. There's lots of government involvement, but mostly it's subsidies which are reducing cost increases. Reducing government involvement is only going to let rates go up faster, while completely taking away access from probably 10-30 million people. In 4 years your rates will have continue to climb AND it might be possible for your provider to deny you coverage altogether again.

What cost Reducing are you talking about? Arizona premiums are going up over 100 % in 2017. Everyone's premiums are going thru the roof. Insurance companies are pulling out of Obamacare faster than a 3rd world banana republic, because they're losing hundreds of millions of dollars per year. It is unsustainable, without bleeding everyone who pays into the system to subsidize everyone who doesn't. I'm a healthcare professional. I see this every day.
I doubt they're losing anything, not making the projected profits is a more likely scenario. While single payer would be the best solution, the current system could be rectified with the public option, that is a insurance policy set up by the government at a competitive fixed rate.

Guy, single payer is a nightmare. I have family that lives in Norway and Sweden. I never cease to be amazed at the misguided romanticism with this lousy system. Norway expropriates/nationalizes industries, and hits its citizens up with a 60% federal income tax, plus a 20% value added tax, and they can barely pay the bills. And in 20 years from now, when the immigrant population in their country doubles or triples, they won't be able to do that. There is Zero chance that their system will work here in the USA. And are you ready to pay 60% of your income to the feds to have their crappy health care system, plus a 20 VAT on anything you buy? I think not. And as a healthcare provider, I'm not willing to take the paltry reimbursement rates that that type of a system gives to its healthcare providers.


The New York Times (who's profits crashed 95% this past year incidentally) has just stated that Trump has a 95% chance of winning Pennsylvania. That boys & girls, is the ballgame. Trump is president. Hillary for prison.


Guy Humual wrote:
Killer_GM wrote:

The debt went from 10 trillion to almost 20 trillion under Obama. Who are you kidding. That's the debt of all prior presidential administrations combined.

Do you know why the debt went up so much? Because of a thing called the deficit. The US was spending much more then it was making. That's a deficit. The last time the US had a surplus, and was starting to pay down the debt was under Bill Clinton. Then Bush took over.

After that smoking crater Obama was handed the worst economic rescission since the great depression, after eight years he's almost got the deficit under control. Now Trump is likely to take over.

That's correct. Obama has spent more than 1 trillion dollars per year than the feds took in in income taxes. That money was borrowed, and has been added to the debt, which now stands at close to 20 trillion.

Bush took the debt from 6 trillion to 10 trillion. Totally unacceptable, and the Republicans who went along with it are also to blame.

Clinton had a surplus because of the dot.com boom on Wallstreet that masked the financial debacle he created. That debacle arrived the last year of his presidency and continued through the early years of the Bush 43 first presidency, which didn't change course.


Irontruth wrote:

Health care costs were skyrocketing before Obama took office as well. The problem is the ACA didn't really address increasing prices, it just mandated increased access.

Right now, it's already a "free market" for health care. There's lots of government involvement, but mostly it's subsidies which are reducing cost increases. Reducing government involvement is only going to let rates go up faster, while completely taking away access from probably 10-30 million people. In 4 years your rates will have continue to climb AND it might be possible for your provider to deny you coverage altogether again.

What cost Reducing are you talking about? Arizona premiums are going up over 100 % in 2017. Everyone's premiums are going thru the roof. Insurance companies are pulling out of Obamacare faster than a 3rd world banana republic, because they're losing hundreds of millions of dollars per year. It is unsustainable, without bleeding everyone who pays into the system to subsidize everyone who doesn't. I'm a healthcare professional. I see this every day.


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Freehold DM wrote:
Killer_GM wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Killer_GM wrote:
The USA is done with the corrupt Clintons, who have no solution for 20 trillion in debt and how to pay for this failed socialist utopian dream.

Deficits go down under Democratic presidents and go up under republicans.

Tax breaks cost money

Wars cost money, and only make money for defense contractors and oil companies, not tax payers.

THIS is what's frustrating to me: a complete lack of a reality based throught process.

The debt went from 10 trillion to almost 20 trillion under Obama. Who are you kidding. That's the debt of all prior presidential administrations combined.
and when the debt went up under Bush... Everything was Jake?

Bush is cut from the same cloth as the Clintons. They wasted 2 trillion on wars that achieved little. I'm not defending Bush 41 or 43.


BigNorseWolf wrote:
Killer_GM wrote:
The USA is done with the corrupt Clintons, who have no solution for 20 trillion in debt and how to pay for this failed socialist utopian dream.

Deficits go down under Democratic presidents and go up under republicans.

Tax breaks cost money

Wars cost money, and only make money for defense contractors and oil companies, not tax payers.

THIS is what's frustrating to me: a complete lack of a reality based throught process.


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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Killer_GM wrote:
The USA is done with the corrupt Clintons, who have no solution for 20 trillion in debt and how to pay for this failed socialist utopian dream.

Deficits go down under Democratic presidents and go up under republicans.

Tax breaks cost money

Wars cost money, and only make money for defense contractors and oil companies, not tax payers.

THIS is what's frustrating to me: a complete lack of a reality based throught process.

The debt went from 10 trillion to almost 20 trillion under Obama. Who are you kidding. That's the debt of all prior presidential administrations combined.


CBDunkerson wrote:
Killer_GM wrote:
Out of control Healthcare costs are what the affordable care act has brought already.

The rate of health care cost increases has DECLINED since the ACA was passed. Logically, if it is repealed, costs will resume growing at the previous higher rate.

Quote:
It is one of the main reasons the Dems are losing tonight.

Spare me the fiction. My family plan went up $9,000.00 last year. Many other families who actually pay for their own insurance are being bled dry by the insane increases in premiums. Even Bill Clinton admitted it. Its not even debatable.


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The USA is done with the corrupt Clintons, who have no solution for 20 trillion in debt and how to pay for this failed socialist utopian dream.


Out of control Healthcare costs are what the affordable care act has brought already. It is one of the main reasons the Dems are losing tonight.


He's already got Wisconsin.


My health insurance went up $9,000 last year. It will go up more this year under the ridiculous Affordable Care Act. The elites in Washington are being shown the door. None too soon.


Turin the Mad wrote:
This could wind up 269-269.

Wont happen. Trump is within 3000 in Pennsylvania. That will seal it.

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