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Goblin Squad Member. Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber. FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 5,793 posts (6,352 including aliases). 19 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 10 Pathfinder Society characters. 11 aliases.


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Netopalis wrote:
Prompted by this thread, I have now reviewed every PFS scenario that I have ran. I feel like a lot of my reviews ended up a bit samey, but...at least I'm caught up.

Only 4 stars for The Confirmation? Heresy I say! Burn him at the stake!

Eh hem. I mean... Thank you for your review. (*grumble*grumble*grumble*)

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Setting up a coup de grace is not more powerful than *any* save or suck spell.

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Fromper wrote:
In fact, I just checked, and I've only written one review - 5 stars for Storming the Diamond Gate (so much for the theory that only people who had a bad time write reviews).

To be fair, one instance does not disprove the theory. Also, the theory is that people are more likely to write a review for an very bad experience over a very good experience.

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Majuba wrote:
Great art - not sure why it's important she's an aasimar though.

Because she was created and had one-chronicle before August 14th?

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pauljathome wrote:
clearly there are more people who find death unfun than there are those who want extreme challenges.

Correction: There are more people who find deadly scenarios "unfun" who post reviews than those who enjoy "extreme challenges" and post reviews.

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May Contain Sarcasm wrote:
(Of course, I have never actually submitted a review, but that's another issue...)

That *IS* a huge problem. Many people feel as though they need to wait to submit a review. Whether it's to run it multiple times, or both play and GM it, or whatever, I argue that it's worth more to write an initial review and explain that you're likely to edit it later.

A big part of why I did this (and have done similar in the past), is to inspire people to post reviews. If you see a scenario that you remember well, whether positively or negatively, write a review! Even just a few constructive sentences can make the difference in future scenario design.

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With all the data compiled for every scenario from every season, I present to you this. Thanks to everyone who helped!

Top 20 Scenarios (min 10 reviews)

4.75 2-03 The Rebel's Ransom
4.64 4-03 The Golemworks Incident
4.59 4-19 The Night March of Kalkamedes
4.58 3-02 Sewer Dragons of Absalom
4.55 3-01 The Frostfur Captives
4.52 5-08 The Confirmation
4.50 4-08 Cultist's Kiss
4.47 35 Voice in the Void
4.40 5-07 Port Godless
4.38 3-03 The Ghenett Manor Gauntlet
4.35 3-20 The Rats of Round Mountain—Part I: The Sundered Path
4.35 2-01 Before the Dawn—Part I: The Bloodcove Disguise
4.30 3-21 The Temple of Empyreal Enlightenment
4.29 5-13 Weapon in the Rift
4.24 4-09 The Blakros Matrimony
4.23 1 Silent Tide
4.20 52 The City of Strangers—Part I: The Shadow Gambit
4.20 2-21 The Dalsine Affair
4.15 3-I1 First Steps—Part I: In Service to Lore
4.14 39 The Citadel of Flame

Bottom 10 Scenarios (min 10 reviews)

2.61 4-23 Rivalry's End
2.55 5-22 Scars of the Third Crusade
2.55 3-14 Wonders in the Weave—Part II: Snakes in the Fold
2.50 30 The Devil We Know—Part II: Cassomir's Locker
2.47 14 The Many Fortunes of Grandmaster Torch
2.45 15 The Asmodeus Mirage
2.43 6-01 Trial by Machine
2.42 5-20 The Sealed Gate
2.39 5-24 Assault on the Wound
2.20 3-I3 First Steps—Part III: A Vision of Betrayal
2.14 2-19 Shades of Ice—Part III: Keep of the Huscarl King
1.83 2-23 Shadow's Last Stand—Part I: At Shadow's Door

Polarizing Index (PI): Compares what % of reviews are either 1-star or 5-stars, how balanced it is between 1-star and 5-stars, and weights number of reviews (more reviews = more potential to be polarizing/controversial).

Top 10 PFS Authors (min 2 credits/low PI)
4.36 Michael Kortes
4.20 Jim Groves
3.96 Matthew Goodall
3.94 Alex Greenshields
3.93 Dennis Baker
3.93 Crystal Frasier
3.89 Tom Phillips
3.81 Adam Daigle
3.70 Craig Shackleton
3.68 Mike Shel

Season/Cumulative Avg/PI
0 3.49 0.6
1 3.63 0.3
2 3.55 0.6
3 3.85 0.4
4 3.62 1.1
5 3.44 1.8

Top 10 Most Polarizing Scenarios

5-05 The Elven Entanglement
4-26 The Waking Rune
2-13 Murder on the Throaty Mermaid
4-02 In Wrath's Shadow
5-11 Library of the Lion
5-24 Assault on the Wound
47 The Darkest Vengeance
5-19 The Horn of Aroden
11 The Third Riddle
4-07 Severing Ties

Top 10 Most Polarizing Authors

Ryan Costello, Jr.
Kyle Elliot
Nicholas Herold
Kyle Baird
Thurston Hillman
Ron Lundeen
Steven Robert
Russ Taylor
Jonathan H. Keith
Tim Hitchcock

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Fromper wrote:
I'd be willing to bet that at GenCon, where there were probably more than 500 tables playing the new season 6 scenarios with Numerican technology, there were probably no more than 5-10 tables where anyone had ever even heard of these rules.

I'll take that bet. I ran 7 and played 2, so that's 9 tables where someone was aware of these rules. Now we just need to find 2 more tables...

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Totenpfuhl wrote:
Is there a picture of Aya? It isn't in the scenario which is weird.

Thanks John!

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RainyDayNinja wrote:
I think LazarX has the right idea. A True Primitive can't read or write, but might still be quite gregarious and well-socialized. The Feral Child seems like it's just asking for disruptive role-play ("I sniff the diplomat's butt because I was raised by wolves! I take a dump in the potted plant because that's how bears do it in the forest! Aren't I hilarious, guys?")

:D

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Hangman Henry IX wrote:
What is the target audience for pfs?

Nerds!

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Hangman Henry IX wrote:
Why is it acceptable for there to be "killer gms" in society? Is the management really ok with people openly trying to be mean to strangers? Are they not worried this reflects bad on the game itself?
I don't think most people go out of their way to kill players, but sometimes that just happens and if you think you've been the victim of a killer GM just avoid their tables. That is what I do.

I DEMAND MORE TEARS!

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Tri-corder is treknology...

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Andrew Christian wrote:
Problem is, it makes these 3 scenarios nearly unplayable (or at least not any fun, as you need to make some skill checks to get past certain parts) if you use that rule.

Using this rule does *not* make 6-03 unplayable by any means and it actually pisses me off that you would jump to such a conclusion.

Hyperbole and assumptions help no one.

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GIMME YOUR CAPE!

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Finlanderboy wrote:

I had fun on the two times I played it. My deaf oracle made a friend for life down there!

Mr. Baird I think you wrote a very fun adventure.

1 out of 5 ain't bad!

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PEW PEW PEW!

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My never humble opinion: If you have enough time to argue about this on these messageboards, you have enough time to GM for an online convention. If you do that, ask the organizer for this boon specifically. I'm willing to bet a replay that you can obtain it.

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Nick Greene wrote:

Getting to meet a bunch of the Paizo staff.

Being able to thank Sara Marie in person for all her hard work with customer service.

Meeting a bunch of people I'd only talked to on the forums.

Running the Confirmation twice for brand new players.

Watching Garble eat most of Bonekeep 3.

And autographs!!!

Nick, it was truly a pleasure to meet you!

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Kyle Baird wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
TOZ wrote:
Glad my oracle has spiritual weapon!

Pretty sure that doesn't get through hardness, can't find anything under force or hardness that says otherwise.

Force is reduced by hardness.

Being a (robot) doesn't mean it has hardness.

Riiight, just like being a Kyle Baird Scenario doesn't mean someone's gonna die...

Pharasma's a demanding deity.

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Year of the Fun Sponge.

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Congratulations to the Demon Lord, Walter Sheppard, for sending the soul of our Future King of Zog to the Boneyard to be judged!

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Check out pfsprep.org first!

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It should be, but because of other people's transgressions, we are explicitly not allowed to alter chronicle sheets. I will ask John to change this again after Gen Con.

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Anything the players miss in this scenario is a good thing because it means they can discover it the next time they play it.

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Sniggevert wrote:
They're no different than 1/2/3 star GM's other than they have more tables ran. They're still humans and make mistakes, but they're putting forth the effort to try and give more players a chance to play.

And I'm sure that more experience couldn't possibly improve someone's ability to GM specifically for PFS (on average).

/s

Trying to say someone is a better GM because of the number of scenarios they've run is just play stupid. Everyone enjoys the game differently, so no matter how good or reputable a GM is, they still may not be enjoyable for a given individual. Of course there are 5-star GMs who are not as enjoyable (to some) as some 1-star GMs. But taken on a whole, I'd rather have someone with more experience than less.

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I'm always impressed with how often Janira gets critted.

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Purple Fluffy CatBunnyGnome wrote:
What are you looking forward to the most at Gencon? We'll keep the PFS related cause .. we gotta ..
  • Drinking with friends.
  • Gaming with friends.
  • Hanging out with friends.
  • Running scenarios for complete strangers.
  • Seeing three different scenarios I wrote being played at freaking Gen Con.
  • Getting (most of) the group back together for Bonekeep.
  • Playing the Friday Night Special instead of running it.

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MaartenDF wrote:

Tomorrow, this will be the very first PFS scenario I GM. :)

Living in Belgium, we won't be going to cons, and it will probably be strictly a home game, but still. I'm going to try to keep everything legit.

Looks like we're having a wizard/ninja/barbarian/cleric party.

Can't wait.

Good luck!

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*evil laugh*

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Sammy T wrote:
Absolutely go ahead and use it! It totally falls under the Sammy T Inc Community Use Policy.

Sammy TICUP? or Sammy T I.C.U.P?

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I could tell you, but then I'd get beat up by a big purple golem.

Instead, I'll advise that you don't plan too hard. Consumables, while not as sexy as that shiny new weapon or headband, can make or break a scenario sometimes. I've found having a few extra scrolls, potions, and various cheaper wonderous items ends up being more effective than an extra +1 here or there.

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How open are you to traveling with a goblin? Have you ever had to keep one alive?

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What book is a meat shield out of?

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MYTHIC TOZ wrote:
Personally, I am a Gaming Operations Director.

Gamoped? That's what you were going for, right?

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I would never...

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Nefreet wrote:

Encumbrance needs to be tracked. The only leeway PFS grants is that coinage weight is hand waved. It is assumed that you have enough in-game resources to manage your wealth. Only the weight of gear needs to be tracked.

That said, I do find that not everyone is good at math, and sometimes when I encounter a Strength 7 Human I'll double check to make sure they're applying the appropriate penalties for being encumbered.

This, plus:

FLite wrote:
Also, somewhere it is stated, I believe that there is an assumption that you have enough bags / boxes / whatever to haul away all the loot in the scenario

but not, this:

FLite wrote:
IIRC the weight of the loot does not need to be tracked unless it explicitly says so.

You find a set of plate? You'd better make the porter/eidolon/gnome barbarian carry it.

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andreww wrote:
FLite wrote:

I am working on the assumption that you have MPD.

You right the stuff like the Confirmation.
Care Baird writes the stuff like The Sealed Gate.

It's the only thing that makes sense. :)

Confirmation nearly TPK'd our group in the first encounter. If we hadn't had two people who had a single session under their belt and could therefore afford certain crucial gear it would have been the end of all of us. If we had all been new level 1's we would have been utterly doomed.

To be fair we were largely a group of planetouched looking to be grandfathered in so maybe that would have been a good thing. We did just manage to survive and no-one even died. We dubbed the caves incompetent necromancer central on the basis that one of them appeared to have been eaten by his own minions.

I should have included Outsider (native) bane ammunition in there.

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David Bowles wrote:

It's a chicken in the egg problem, but the gunslinger has a pretty unique mechanic that can challenge a lot of overpowered builds without causing TPKs. Also, it's cool to get shot and survive.

Players build those builds for many reasons. Oneupmanship, hedges against bad GMs, hedges against difficult scenarios, or simply because they can.

It's not just Fluffy, its tower shield specialists, some eidolons, and any other PC breaking scenarios with raw armor class.

Again, how many times will the Pathfinders' supposed archnemesis lose to a single pet before there is some kind of a response in their meta strategy?

You're being a bit circular. It's not people enjoy ineffective NPCs, they're only ineffective because they don't survive optimized PCs and usually don't have 5 other companions with PC wealth to cover their weaknesses.

The meta strategy for NPCs is political. They lobby the deities to remove easily abused options.

Pathfinder will remain targeted at average purchaser of Paizo's products. For PFS, that means more CRB focused low level type of enemies with splashes of new content to expose players and hopefully get them to buy in. At higher levels, the challenge will increase slightly as the assumption is that players become more experienced, have access to more options and thus more be competent in their role. Never will you encounter a group of 6 NPCs of equal level to the PCs and built with every splat book and PC wealth (although this would be interesting...).

If you want NPCs to feel more like a challenge, build a PC that's more toward the average and not out in the 5th or 6th sigma.

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David Bowles wrote:
There can still be printed tactics. Just a variance of abilities. There NEEDS to be NPC gunslingers, as many Aspis flunkies that have been eaten my Fluffy the Super Cat with a 35 armor class.

Why do we need NPC gunslingers to deal with your Fluffy the Super Cat with 35 AC? Why do players feel the need to build Fluffy like that and then complain that NPCs aren't challenging enough? Build Fluffy w/o optimization and NPCs will be more challenging if that's what people truly want.

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Please tell me what character type they're a poor choice for, given the blood of angels/fiends books?

Rogues. But so are every other race.

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Totenpfuhl wrote:
The faction change will be at 8:00 AM on Thursday as that is when the new scenarios (#6-1,#6-2, and #6-3) are being run.

HURRY UP YOU STUPID EARTH. REVOLVE 3.5% MORE AROUND THE SUN ALREADY!

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David Bowles wrote:
Now that you mention it, I've never seen an enemy snooze witch.

And if you did, you'd be able to read about how much players would hate that here on the messageboards and in the reviews.

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FLite wrote:

Ironically, in at least one season 5, there is a very smart bad guy using undetectable alignment, and GMs came back and complained that the author was nuetering classes granted powers. (Several other people complained that the module was not allowing detect evil to work for no good reason, or complained that the plot made no sense because at least one of the NPCs should be able to detect the evil aura of the person causing the mischief.)

So I could totally understand why staff is leary of having too much undetectable alignment in game.

It's totally unfair for NPCs to use gear, tactics, abilities or spells that PCs have access to.

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Mark Stratton wrote:

Please let this thread go the way of Aroden. Please.

:)

I'm hoping that after 400 posts, this thread will attract enough attention, even in the Pre Gen Con madness, to get some clarification or be banned for PFS.

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TABLE VARIANCE MUST DIE!

Spoiler:
Expect table variation

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John Compton wrote:
Oh, I watch for these so vigilantly, yet inevitably a few slip through.

Note to self: include more personal only potions.

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wakedown wrote:
Anyway, my point was largely that an alchemist is often as impressive as a gunslinger in terms of damage capability against touch attacks

Often for only one, possibly two encounters. Gunslingers are only slowed down by their willingness to spend a few gold.

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I don't hold much hope for the upcoming protection vs. gunslingers to help protect anyone at the table from gunslinger players used to demanding everyone's attention.

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This is very much like a controlled Engineering Change Notice system.

Investigate a problem, determine root cause, develop a countermeasure, prove out the countermeasure, propose change to a cross-functional team, receive approval, implement change.

Knowledge (engineering) +17

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