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Goblin Squad Member. Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber. FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 5,829 posts (6,409 including aliases). 19 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 10 Pathfinder Society characters. 11 aliases.


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Sounds perfect to me.

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Fine, fine. I'll make the next one harder.

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Blame the author.

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Mike Shel wrote:
Kyle Baird wrote:
I also died the night before during Stonelords.
I am happy.

So was I. I went back to my hotel room and got more beer and brought it back to the table to watch how it ended.

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Care Baird wrote:
David Bowles wrote:
I don't think Sealed Gate is as hard as some of the 4th season stuff. It's HOW it was written to be hard. A lot of obnoxious mechanics.
Mmmmm, delicious.

Hey! Those are my tears you stupid bear!

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Muser wrote:
I kind of liked the Sealed Gate, only the vescavors were a pain. Too darn many.

Per the infallible CR system, there could have been more. :D

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shadowhntr7 wrote:
Question for the FAQ/upcoming update: Will the Poison Use rules be updated for Vishkanya characters as well?

Still hoping to make a Vishkanya paladin!

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Galnörag wrote:
GM Lamplighter wrote:
Scenarios like 6-01/02/03 reward characters who are well-rounded. If all you can do is one thing really well, you are hooped when that one thing doesn't work.
I vehemently disagree, these scenario's punish well rounded players, the technologist feat is a specialization, and without it, all the other well rounded skills become useless.

I'm going to take a wild guess that either you haven't played 6-03 or didn't really play 6-03.

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Sounds like all of you need to write more reviews.

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Here, I'll do mine:

#3-20:
#railroad #rats #dragons #swarms #deathbyathousanddarkstabbings #WTFGUGS #gimmeyourstuff

#4-00:
#scriptedsandbox #thetenarenotgoodaligned #chasescene #auction #caubomustdie

#5-08:
#sandyroad #freewayfinder #leavethehalflingalone #gcube #swarms

#5-20:
#railroad #demons #swarms #hopeyoudidnotdumpyourwisdomescore #funsponge #iwouldratherbepunchedintheface

#6-03:
#sandbox #mwangiexpanse #nantambu #ayaissmokinghot #gcube #notthatmanyrobots #blameitontheconsortium

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David_Bross wrote:

Rerolls make the likelihood of a PC dying to an unfortunate saving throw much lower. They also make misfires at critically bad times a lot less likely and have other major scenario changing effects.

I think this is as intended, to keep the PCs winning, and to help tip the odds against their deaths.

That said, sometimes the dice turn against you, hard.

Whats even better from Kyle's story is if it'd happened now Joe's GM's stars would have saved him either way.

And that the PC in that story us now an NPC? :-)

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This is how GMs should handle saving throws.

What's missing from that story is how Joe *made* the save on a 4, but I asked if he'd like to use his reroll. I do that quite often when PCs barely make a saving throw with a moderately low roll. :D

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Acedio wrote:
Would having a way of marking a review as helpful/not helpful mitigate the impact of these biased reviews? Might provide a useful heuristic of reviews that are inaccurate, at least.

Yep. Really, the Amazon review system in general would be more helpful.

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nosig wrote:
Take 10?

Correction, Take 10 shirts.

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Woe be the scenario that forces a paladin to think in order to advance the Society's goals whilst staying true to their beliefs.

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Discussed a running of this with a player recently and I came away with a this:

At high-tier the NPC Codex sorcerer in the warehouse has a wand of invisibility. The GM combined repeated uses of that with extra rounds buffing for the alchemist instead of engaging the PCs per the tactics. These tactics combined with the party make-up to cause the encounter to drag out and consume almost the entire slot.

This scenario is about drenching the PCs in Mwangi culture and providing the PCs options to do their investigation. Using the entire slot for a single encounter goes against the intent of this scenario.

As the GM, it's not your job to win, it's your job to tell a narrative with the PCs as the protagonists. You have a limited time to tell the story, don't waste it all on the first chapter.

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Updated after a week:

Added Ruins of Bonekeep—Level One: The Silent Grave
Fixed a couple of scenarios that had incorrect data (don't expect any of this to be perfect please)
170 new reviews in the last week! Thanks everyone!
New review breakdown: 12/12/29/66/51 – So mostly positive, but follows the cumulative breakdown almost perfectly.

Most New Reviews:
6 6-01: Trial by Machine
6 6-02: The Silver Mount Collection
6 6-03: The Technic Siege
5 5-11: Library of the Lion
5 5-22: Scars of the Third Crusade
5 5-99: The Paths We Choose
4 46: Eyes of the Ten—Part I: Requiem for the Red Raven
4 2-15: Shades of Ice—Part I: Written in Blood
4 5-06: You have What You Hold

Given that it's college football season, I'm moving up to a Top 25 KB Poll. After Week 1, here's the standings:

Top 25 Scenarios (min 10 reviews)
Rnk/Scenario/Change in Rnk
1) #2-03: The Rebel's Ransom (+0)
2) #4-03: The Golemworks Incident (+0)
3) #4-19: The Night March of Kalkamedes (+0)
4) #3-02: Sewer Dragons of Absalom (+0)
5) #3-01: The Frostfur Captives (+0)
6) #4-08: Cultist's Kiss (+1)
7) #3-03: The Ghenett Manor Gauntlet (+3)
8) #46: Eyes of the Ten—Part I: Requiem for the Red Raven (NR)
9) #5-08: The Confirmation (-3)
10) #3-20: The Rats of Round Mountain—Part I: The Sundered Path (+1)
11) #35: Voice in the Void (-3)
12) #2-01: Before the Dawn—Part I: The Bloodcove Disguise (+0)
13) #3-21: The Temple of Empyreal Enlightenment (+0)
14) #16: To Scale the Dragon (NR)
15) #5-13: Weapon in the Rift (-1)
16) #52: The City of Strangers—Part I: The Shadow Gambit (+2)
17) #4-09: The Blakros Matrimony (-2)
18) #5-07: Port Godless (-9)
19) #2-21: The Dalsine Affair (-2)
20) #3-15: The Haunting of Hinojai (NR)
21) #1: Silent Tide (-5)
22) #2-15: Shades of Ice—Part I: Written in Blood (NR)
23) #3-I1: First Steps—Part I: In Service to Lore (-4)
24) #3-18: The God's Market Gamble (-3)
25) #5-02: The Wardstone Patrol (-3)

Top 10 PFS Authors (min 2 credits)
1) Michael Kortes (+0)
2) Jason Bulmahn (NR)
3) Jim Groves (-1)
4) Alex Greenshields (+0)
5) Tom Phillips (+2)
6) Matthew Goodall (-3)
7) Crystal Frasier (-1)
8) Dennis Baker (-3)
9) Adam Daigle (-1)
10) Larry Wilhelm (NR)

Season/Cumulative Avg/PI/Reviews per Scenario
0 - 3.50 (0.6) (14)
1 - 3.66 (0.3) (10)
2 - 3.59 (0.6) (8)
3 - 3.86 (0.5) (15)
4 - 3.64 (1.1) (14)
5 - 3.43 (2.1) (16)
6 - 2.89 (0.7) (12)

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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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Steven Huffstutler wrote:
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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