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RPG Superstar 8 Season Star Voter. FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale. 322 posts (325 including aliases). 25 reviews. 3 lists. No wishlists. 26 Pathfinder Society characters.


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Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale

I so happy for you Lucas. I can't think of anyone more deserving of the promotion.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale

You will be missed. Your predecessor will have huge shoes to fill. Thank you for all your time and effort that you have put in these past 4 years to make PFS what it is today.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale

Congratulations Carl! Welcome to the team. We are very happy for you to join the VO ranks and think you will be a great addition.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale

Sebastian Hirsch wrote:
I think I should have phrased my idea differently: Can GMs voluntarily share their additional resources with new players under a certain level (subject to GM discretion)?

Often times I have no idea what levels or builds that parties are going to have at the tables I run (i.e. Gencon), so how would I know what resources to bring to accommodate the players that do not have the resources?

I specifically print only the exact pages I need for my character from the PDFs and carry them with my character sheets. I have absolutely no intention on bringing 10ish hardback books and 50+ splat books to a convention to accommodate low level players who choose to play a character that don't have the resources for. I don't ever bring those for myself, why would I want to bring them for my players.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale

Where is the limit on the amount of resources that are "allowed"? 1, 5, 10 What if the person who was supposed to bring the resource forgot and the player doesn't have another character with them?

Also, some things bring entirely more complex aspects to the game. Someone decided they are want to try a summoner because they have heard how powerful they can become should be treated differently then someone who took a trait to get a class skill.

If the the "no resource rule" is shown some flexibility here, players will expect and complain that it is shown in other areas. (Example: it should be the GMs responsibility to provide beastiary for a character that summons.)

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Congrats Auke!!!

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale

Congratulations you two! Can't think of two people who deserve it more.

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As a player, I like this suggestion. This would give a player a chance to try different mechanics out to even see if they like their build before having to invest in a the books.

As a GM, I find this to be a problem. It has already been stated, it is not the GMs job to provide resources for players. Feats and traits are one thing. Those typically play a small role in how a build functions, but take a different class for instance. Time and time again, I have seen it that the player doesn't understand a class they are playing and I as a GM have to explain exactly how things function. This could drag a game to a halt if the GM and player are unfamiliar with a class and they player is just trying it out to even see if they are interested in playing it. This is even more drastic for a new GM.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale

The run closer to scenarios

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale

I find a high initiative most useful for characters that buff and those that use sneak attack. I know some people think that its the bees knees to have double digit initiative modifiers. When the majority of the baddies in scenarios have less than a +5 modifier, it then becomes trying to act before other party members and not just the baddies.

Most of my characters have a +3-6 initiative modifier. I do have one that is +14, but that was unintentional when the character was built (dex based Ifrit Inquisitor).

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale

personwholives wrote:
If I GM 5 games with a character (before playing said character at all), then decide to build something, can I assign a new faction card to said character and immediately check off all the boxes for GMing games, even though I didn't decide on a faction until after those games?
Guide to Organized Play pg 38 wrote:
youdo not need to build the character until you actually play it

So long as the character is only GM credit it shouldn't matter if you have five different ideas and what factions they were, it just matters what faction you are when you actually set down to play the character. Just make sure you have the proper card when you play.

personwholives wrote:
How do these cards interact with 1st level rebuilds? If I change factions as part of my rebuild, do I lose all credit on the existing card (i.e. if I had, say 1 GM box checked, and I switch factions, can I move that GM box to the new card)? What if I change back? (i.e. start as Dark archives, check one box (doesn't matter which). Decide I don't like that idea, switch to Grand Lodge. Decide to completely rebuild character, now it fits in dark archives again. New card, or use old card?)

That is actually a really good question. I'm inclined to say no, because of the "no retroactive credit" and the "if you switch to a different faction you lose all credit on the current card" rules. However, I really don't think it should be that way, at least not to GM credit.

Scarab Sages

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Personally, when I was told these were going to be created last Gencon I was so incredibly excited. I was told there they should be released sometime in oct/nov. So I patiently wanted. I checked the website around that time to see when the release date was, it was pushed backed to Jan. Since then the release date has been moved back to March and now May. That is 4 different releases. I am so incredibly disappointed by all of this. I understand that it is just face cards, but this has been the only new release I have been excited about in the 2014-2015 product line.

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I have had a player take a talking, shrunken head from Skykeep, because he felt bad for it since it just looked at a wall all day. He then proceeded to go adventuring with it. When the character seekered out, it was passed on as an heirloom to his daughter (different # character). She now adventures with it.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale

Avatar-1 wrote:

Is it possible to tick off two boxes with one action?

For The Exchange, if you roll at least 100gp on a day job check, can you cross off both the 100gp box and the 50gp box?

I would say no, because each card says once per scenario. That is of course unless the goal says that it doesn't prevent you from checking another box (i.e. Grand Lodge adventuring in other nations goal)and neither of those goals allow that.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale

The Stolen Heir
the Horn of Aroden

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale

With the interactives the only requirement you need is the table number. The year it debuted at Gencon it was only available in the convention circuit. Now it is available to the public and as long as you can get the four tables you are good

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale

Congratulations Carl!

Thank you for dragging us into Golarion and helping make sure everything runs smoothly in Southern Illinois. We could not have done it without you.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale

evdjj3j wrote:
Please don't make the faction cards part of Core Campaign. Simplicity is the reason I'm so excited about the Core Campaign.

The faction cards are just something extra that each person can have their PC do if they want their character more involved with their faction. Since that is a the primary problem that people had when the faction missions were dissolved 1 1/2 years ago. With this in mind faction cards should be an option for CORE.

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tuypo1 wrote:
i do wonder why they dont update the venture captain list on the pdf as soon as things change instead of waiting for the full update

Because that list is updated very frequently. It changes pretty close to a weekly basis.

Right now, IT has it setup tp automatically update the organizer page whenever the settings are changed when someone is promoted or resigns as an officer. The list in the back of the guide is something that would have to be updated manually and there are things of higher priority that Paizo makes sure gets done before that.

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Stefan Hill wrote:
If I was writing a PFS adventure what resources would I be allowed to use. Obviously PFS adventures aren't born, they are written and written under some assumptions. Those assumptions would form our groups limits on developing our non-PFS games, again, because we like the idea of PF CORE.

The authors were able to use any resources available that were not 3rd party. It is my understanding that the authors were not supposed to use information from more than 5 different books. However, that might change, because as of recent (past 2-3 months) the new scenarios have an appendix in the back of the scenario with all of the stat blocks of creatures not printed in the scenario.

Of course the older scenarios, season 0 and 1, are almost all core only, cause the other books were not published yet.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale

Majuba wrote:

I agree with John F, this isn't going to be a problem (and I *hate* a lot of non-core spells).

Now which scenario has {redacted} in it?

I would like to say this isn't going to happen, but this hasn't been the first time I have seen something like this. Someone asked which scenarios had wizards with pit spells on the Pathfinder Society Facebook Page.

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Fomsie wrote:
Kristen Gipson wrote:
Gnasher wrote:
Quote:
Result: Wizards are, once again, the undisputed God class that makes DMs from Gencon to PFS Core tables cry bitterly into their screens

Really? Those guys are volunteers and deserve to have some fun too you know. They put a lot of work in so you can have your munchkin character. Cut them a break and maybe play ball with them instead of acting like a jerk who just wants to exploit the game.

This is the kind of character a GM should have the right, no, duty, to bury in a hole behind the shed.

The OP is just a troll that hasn't GMd a single game of PFS. He doesn't care about the time and effort that GMs put into making any experience good, regardless as to whether it's at GenCon or not. All he cares about is "winning". So he can just have his fun and be proud trying to accumulate this list all by himself.
Whoa now. While I agree that the OP is most likely a troll, be careful about assuming how much GM experience has based on there number of PFS sessions. While this is a PFS forum, PFS is only a small portion of Pathfinder, and there are many players with vast amounts of experience as GMs without ever sitting down at a PFS table. Hopefully not your intent, but that "dismissive of anyone with less stars" mentality creeps up more often than it should and can really be a turn off to society play. Especially when it comes from a VO.

I was not being dismissive of his lack of stars. I sometimes forget that there is other roleplaying other than PFS. He very well could GM for a home group and just play PFS. I have known many people who do that. However, he is talking about making the GMs at GenCon cry over how his character breaks the scenario. That greatly offends me. I have however GMd at GenCon the past 2 years. GMs get the specials and new scenarios (the events that are always filled) the weekend before the event. Giving 4-5 days for them to prepare. That is a huge time crunch for anyone, not including jobs.

Roleplaying should be fun for everyone invovled, not revolved around whether the character is broken enough that it makes it unenjoyable for the person running the game.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale

Gnasher wrote:
Quote:
Result: Wizards are, once again, the undisputed God class that makes DMs from Gencon to PFS Core tables cry bitterly into their screens

Really? Those guys are volunteers and deserve to have some fun too you know. They put a lot of work in so you can have your munchkin character. Cut them a break and maybe play ball with them instead of acting like a jerk who just wants to exploit the game.

This is the kind of character a GM should have the right, no, duty, to bury in a hole behind the shed.

The OP is just a troll that hasn't GMd a single game of PFS. He doesn't care about the time and effort that GMs put into making any experience good, regardless as to whether it's at GenCon or not. All he cares about is "winning". So he can just have his fun and be proud trying to accumulate this list all by himself.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale

Qstor wrote:
For a charity auction I liked what he did at Winter War let players play a scenario that's been retired. I'm not sure if the players got credit or not.

We did receive chronicles. They were updated to PF rules and exclusive boons added.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale

A couple of weeks ago on a Know Direction podcast, John Compton, was a guest. He stated that it is possible that aasimar and tiefling boons make an appearance at Gencon

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale

@Serlan

Michael Brock, Global Organized Play Coordinator wrote:
Mark Moreland wrote:
If the chronicle sheet on a Season 0 scenario offers items that don't exist anymore, cross it out. If it offers an item that's changed, replace it with the new item. Otherwise, you don't need to make any changes at all. Unless Mike, as campaign coordinator, wishes to handle this differently and puts a clarifying rule in the FAQ, then the quoted statement from Josh remains valid.
It remains as it has been (see quote above).

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Muser wrote:
One special also features mythic rules, but is only used by enemies.

Actually, there are multiple scenarios where enemies use mythic rules.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale

We have yet to have a table go off that is Core. People do seem interested in Southern Illinois. We already had the February schedule on Warhorn when the Core announcement came live. Some of our players have no interest in Core, so we intend to offer Core and Normal both at our game days.

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GM Lamplighter wrote:
The older multi-table specials often only need 3 tables to run... a lot of areas can do that with planning.

Year of the Shadow lodge-3 tables

Blood under Absalom-4 tables
Race for the Runecarved key-4 table
Siege of diamond city-5 tables
Legacy of the stone lords-5 tables

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale

This is the evidence pertaining to Paths We Choose

Mike Brock wrote:

John Francis wrote:

I don't believe that it counts as a special for any purposes.
It was originally intended to be that way, but after some further consideration campaign management felt that it was too important a scenario to make it hard for anybody to get a chance to play it as early in season 6 as possible. As a result it was opened up so that anyone could run it (even a no-star GM at a single-table game day)

^this

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale

Favorite: Traitor's Lodge, Storming the Diamond Gate, Rebel's Ransom

Least: Halls of Dwarven Lore, Goblinblood Dead, Sanos Abduction

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale

Yes, It was very fun. Haven't GMd it since.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale

That and the paladin couldn't smite it either, lol!

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Sammy T wrote:
Saturday Morning: PFS 6-11 The Slave Master's Mirror (play)

Yay! Glad to have you at one of my tables again, but no Bruno this time.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale

Mike Bohlmann wrote:

Sunday morning: Seagang Expedition player

Yay Mike! We are playing our level 4 ratfolk rogue and magus.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale

Friday afternoon: Slave Masters Mirror- GM
Friday evening: *redacted*

Saturday morning: Slave Masters mirror-GM
Saturday afternoon: Open
Saturday evening-Rebels Ransom- GM

Sunday morning: The Seagang Expedition- Player
Sunday afternoon: The Slave Master's Mirror- Player

Scarab Sages

I have been waiting for the return of Pasha since the easter egg in

Spoiler:
Storming the Diamond Gate.
I am looking forward to running this a few times at a February con.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale

Mystic Lemur wrote:
And those aren't the same thing because...?

When people say dedicated charger they typically refer to a spirited charger with a lance. Beast Totem barbarian could 3 base attacks, 1 attack with haste, and any natural attacks (bite). So you are looking a 4+ attacks. So that's a bunch of extra dmg for 11,665gp.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale

A dedicated charger is not the problem. Pouncers are the problem.

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I ran We Be Golbins, Too! and it was a blast.

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technic siege, blakros matrimony, day of the demon, beacon below, cultist's kiss,port godless, dots-part 2, the sealed gate

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It's not so much that the factions retired, but more that they evolved.

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Ollysta is still alive and kicking.

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Conrgats on the promotion!

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Congrats and welcome to the team!

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale

Forbidden Furnace of Forgotten Koor is definitely one you should look at.

Scarab Sages ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Carbondale

Haven't used any of the ACG, but the ones most used in our region is Kyra (almost always), Valeros, Seelah, and Seoni.

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Guide to Organized Play pg 33 wrote:
Season 0 scenarios were written under the 3.5 rules set of the world’s oldest roleplaying game, before the release of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. If a creature in the scenario also appears in the Pathfinder RPG Bestiary,Pathfinder RPG Bestiary 2, or Pathfinder RPG Bestiary 3 and maintains the same CR between both rules sets, you may use the Pathfinder RPG stats in place of the 3.5 stats. This is the only substitution allowed in these scenarios.

This particular scenario is written with 3.5 rules. Posions don't have a CR and since the DC and the effects are the same, it is just fine to use the updated version where the wording is a little clearer.

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PRD wrote:

BLUE WHINNIS

Type poison, injury; Save Fortitude DC 14

Frequency1/round for 2 rounds

Initial Effect 1 Con damage; Secondary Effect unconsciousness for 1d3 hours; Cure 1 save

Blue Whinnis is a poison with initial and secondary effects. The initial (1 con dmg) happens when the the 1st fortitude save is failed. The secondary (unconscious 1d3 hrs) happens when the 2nd fortitude save is failed.

The PC will only ever take con dmg once.

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Looks like you got them all

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