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Pathfinder Companion Subscriber. FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 801 posts (959 including aliases). 13 reviews. No lists. 2 wishlists. 17 Pathfinder Society characters. 1 alias.


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So while I am figuring out what to write still, I do want to say thanks for being clearer about article word count. It really helps for those of us who are word count conscious (like me) and want to stay on target.

*sets a course for 1,500 words for her gazetteers*

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So this is my official speech when players sit down to the table:

Hi my name is Venus/LadyO and I am going to be your GM today. Thanks for coming to play! I have three outstanding rules when you play at my table:

1) Please don't lie, cheat, or steal OUT of character. In character is on a case by case basis with consequences.

2) I have no GM screen, what you see me roll is what you get. I apologize if I crit you in advance. I ask that all players do the same and allow you fellow players to celebrate in your critical and cry with your failures.

3) Although I am pretty well-versed in the ways of Pathfinder, I am not a rules specialist. So in matters of life or death, I will stop and check a rule to ensure fairness. Otherwise, I am going to make a ruling and keep things going and we can follow up on the rules detailing a situation on a break.

This is how I handle all rules disputes. Because they know for a fact that I live by Rule Zero. Any player that wants to sit and fight me, won't if they want to play. Yes this means many don't play with me cause they value being right instead of having fun. But that's okay. If you are going to sit and fight me at the table, you aren't having any fun. You let me know how that goes for you. :)

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Now you are making me wish I could burn vacation hours from my job to go TOZ!

But alas, I must stay home as I will getting new books ready for print in time for Christmas :)

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Cheers June!

I know you and I have had many differences, but I am still very happy that you have made it to the island. It means there is more room for me to lounge in at the 4-Star Lakeside Cabin opposite the 5-Star Island now.

As Master Mortika is not here, I will continue the tradition:

Name one thing you love about Pathfinder Society.

Memorable PFS Moment as a GM for you?

Share one thing you would like to leave to all other GM's who aspire to the 5-Star ranks.

Congrats again, may all your dice roll high and criticals confirm!

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TetsujinOni wrote:

There's the everyone-gets-this $10 thanks for PaizoConning gift certificate; GMs also get $10 credit per slot at PaizoCon and GenCon.

I suspect it's the latter which is glitching - mgcady was having a similar problem. Email customer service, sm or Sharaya or someone will look into it, I'm sure.

+1 this.

But I lost my $10 gift certificate for coming. Boo.

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Kyshkumen wrote:
Andrea Brandt wrote:
I am home. I haven't unpacked, but I'm already trying to figure out how to get more card game in, and who I'm going to get to play it with me.
I'm in!

What he said. Also, I got a little time with the ACG for Skull and Shackles and so I am totally down with playing some of that as well as Wrath of the Righteous as well.

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Wraith235 wrote:
Ophelia I Initially wasn't a fan of it either ... then I realized what that boon actually grants ... Page 30-31 in People of the sands are Campaign traits for mummy's mask I foresee a Lot of trap finders in the near future

Don't get me wrong, it's nice. Just not a "PaizoCon Exclusive" boon to me. But it's all good, like I stated before, I got way more out of it to make the trek up there worth it.

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rknop wrote:

Heh... I didn't get my Paizo.com credit either. I guess I should have read up on what I was supposed to ask for before I got there.

Mike? Anybody from Paizo? Any chance of getting the boon or the credit now, or is it too late?

Just email Master Brock, he shall take care of it. I know mine was missing two and I was a Tier 2 GM. He got back to me this morning and they are working on it now.

I won't lie however, not a big fan of the GM boon this year. But the shirts, other free swag, and having the best time ever, totally made up for the boon. I can earn sexier boons at another time.

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Additional notes from Post Convention:

So here are some of my randomly funny/inside jokes from PaizoCon that I am allowed to share:

"MAN BEAR PIG!" -- One of my players in the special, after I read a description of something, in a certain place in the adventure. (No spoilers!)

"Hi my name is Sheppard, and with my flock, I am a follower of Shelyn. I believe in everyone being awesome and we should all praise her for the beauty and love of the earth. Also, please don't mind these scars on my arm, as I was abducted by aliens." -- David Shaw, VC of Georgia during our game of Port Godless.

"Hail Narwahal!" -- Two of my players during Fate of the Fiend

"Stop being awesome!" Justin Sluder to Carlos Torresblanca at the sight of the handout cards from Wayfinder 11 at the Banquet.

@ AFK, drinking a pitcher of Guinness with WillJ & Bruce Higa
"Venus, you should drink some more."--WillJ
"Yeah, but I have to GM in the morning."-Me
"Venus, it's only like 9:30pm."-Bruce Higa who bought the Guinness pitcher.
"Wait really? Oh well then in that case, hell yeah! But I am not finishing the pitcher."--Me

Also, Hashtags commonly used by me as a phrase during games: (Yes, I know I am showing my age.) Feel free to use these for future tweets on Twitter concerning games.

#personalproblems
#GMproblems
#thatscute
#notourproblemnpc
#partyproblems
#spellcastingproblems
#summonerproblems
#hightierproblems
#pregensucks

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It is now 12am on Sunday night/Monday Morning. In the secret game rooms, there are still many who are playing Pathfinder and even Master Painlord, Verdgis, WillJ and a few other awesome people, who are apparently dealing out much pain with the Adventure Card Game.

As for me, I am sitting here in the lobby of the hotel, wondering what to make of my weekend. Which has been an even more memorable one than the year before. But first, recap!

Sat PM:

• So I signed the infamous scroll of silence and entered the Pathfinder RPG Design Panel. It was loads of fun, and we scored some serious mechanical and design insight that I didn’t have before concerning a few things I am not allowed to talk about. But trust me, you guys will see it soon, and I look forward to it.

• So despite the fact that they had tickets to the banquet, I held onto my plans to go to AFK for the Overflow Banquet and hung out with Bobby Lambertz who was our designated driver. (Who is the husband of Paizo staffer Chris Lambertz, so I guess that somewhat counts as having a staffer at our table too!) There was also, Rachel Ventura, Jason Nelson, Matthew Pittard, Jeff Lee and a few others whose names escape my frazzled brain.

• Additional Note: Thanks to all who lived blogged/facebook the announcements from the banquet. Yeah we were board gaming and were having a great time at AFK, it was nice to not miss anything absolutely exquisite.

• After the banquet, I returned to the hotel and just wander the bar. As the banquet has come to an end, the entire Paizo Convention had adjourned to the bar for additional debauchery. I had the pleasure first, of meeting Master Pierce Walters, who personally challenged me in exchange for a new hardcover book. I am looking forward to completing the challenge.

• I also had the honor of meeting Frank Metzner. Frank is one of the charter leaders of D&D, which lead the way to the whole reason this convention even existed. But one of the most amazing things, is something he said to me

o Permanent Highlight of life: I asked him, did he ever think in his wildest dreams that something like this would happen? His answer: Absolutely not. But he was eternally grateful that it has, and that people like me were going to be passing down this wonderful hobby for generations to come. He said to me, “No matter what happens, share your love of this game. It will gain many negatives sure, but it will also change the lives of many whose lives need changing for the better.”

• Additionally, I had the pleasure and honor of finally meeting Nani and Kyle Pratt who I always knew were awesome, but was able to confirm their awesomeness. We began to chat about an array of things which included women in gaming, writing for Pathfinder and also organizing for Pathfinder.

o Nani was always one of my personal heroes, as I would see her and chat with her on the forums being informative and inspiring the good in Pathfinders players, GM’s and just people in general. So to meet her and know she is just like herself on the fourms, just reaffirms why sticking with Pathfinder Society was and is a great idea after all this time.

• My evening ending with me floating and talking with Mazlith about a lot of in-house Society Life stuff. And while I do not plan on getting back into the organizer’s chair anytime soon, there are some plans I have that I want to make happen and I am on a mission to get it done this fall/end of year to grow as many societies as possible. So I guess in the end, one never really “retires”. You just go on to doing different things.

Sunday:

• With my voice hanging in there, I GMed my last runs of Fate of the Fiend. Unlike TOZ whose mission it was to murder all the players, I was on a mission to make all the tables not only challenging, but an absolute fun joy to play at. From the feedback I’ve gotten, it seems it just all worked out in the end.

• I originally had plans to go to Pike’s Market with Robyn, but on my way up to my room, I ran into Nani and Kyle Pratt once more. Running into them, turned into an impromptu game of Port Godless. With none other than John Compton as my GM. The table was Thomas LaBlanc, Kevin M, Nani, Kyle, me and Dave the VC of Georgia. I won’t spoil the game for anyone who has not played it. But needless to say, this was a game, that I was exhausted after playing. Not from fatigue of the convention, but from all the things that took place during the game. It was an incredibly complex plot, which had so many ways to get things done. I like to think of it as the “sandbox” of PFS Scenarios and that is a rare thing to accomplish. So props to the team for the most mentally and in some cases morally challenging adventure to date. I look forward to breaking this one down and reading more of it post-convention as well as taking a few brave souls through it.

Best. Game. Ever.

Best Quote from Game:
Thomas: So I am going to run and try to fight the baddie.
Kyle: Are you mad?
Thomas: No. I have balls.
John: The best feat one can have.

• The evening ends with loads of hugs and shaking of hands, a contingency of Pathfinders who remain on site, who are still playing games even as I speak. David Montgomery, is taking a new group of gamers into Mists of Miwangi, and the card games, oh yeah they are still going on as I finish this post. In fact, right behind me at the fireplace there is a game still going on.

PaizoCon 2015, will unfortunately be falling on the weekend of KublaCon for me. Which means, we may not be able to continue the tradition we once had with this blog. But I think, that we smart and resourceful Pathfinders, will find a way to make all things work for the good. I will say this: When PaizoCon is not on KublaCon weekend, I will return with a vengeance. This is pretty much my favorite convention of all time. So I won’t stay away forever.

But what does the future hold for the great Lady Ophelia? Who knows. All I know, is that it will involve dice, great people, and games that have changed my life for the best, in ways I will never forget.

On this note, I leave this thread and travel home to rest and return to my life as the resident cleric. I hope to see you at a game sometime soon.

May Sarenrae’s light be upon all of you in your journeys.

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Another break in between events, in an few hours, I am going to sign another scroll of silence and take part in the PFS Design Workshop. But before I do that, let me tell you all the things.

Friday PM:
-Completed the playtesting of Legacy of The Stonelords. I enjoyed it, and I wonder what the official will be like when it is done. I think I will play it the next go around so that I can be suprised as everyone else. When that will be? Who knows. :)

-I additionally have to give it up to my awesome players at the special. I had a table of players who knew every in and out of their characters AND their companions. Them being able to know what their turns are as soon as their turns came up, made the game move at an impressively fast pace. Sorry guys you didn't get to fight the final boss, maybe next time. :)

-The evening ended with the promotion of TriOmegaZero into the ranks of the 5-Star ellite. A title that is totally an accomplishment which was awesome to be a part of. Albeit late, congrats man! (Which means now I gotta hurry up and get to the island myself. Soon.)

Saturday to this point (2pm):

- The morning began with another run of Fate of the Fiend, with a good number of players sitting at my table. Additionally, there were two "vikings" who followed Narwhal, who had ships and had a great time running for them. My dice were rather hot, but the took all the pain like champions and were rewarded for their work.

-After a quick power nap, I now aimlessly wander the halls, until it is time for me to sign that silence scroll. I am going to find a power snack and wander some more.

Tonight.. Comes the Banquet and for me personally, the Overflow Banquet! Which means there will be many spoilers and fun things to come soon.

Cheers till then friends!

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So because I am stopping for a moment between sessions, I am going to do a quick recap.

Thursday PM:

-Wayfinder Dinner = Awesome! Got to meet Carlos Torresblanca who did my art for Wayfinder 10.
-Eventually made it to AFK -- to which needs to happen more in the Bay Area. Food was awesome, drinks were also awesome.
-Came back for after hours prep and good times with my roomates, Eric Bennett (Nefreet), Robyn Nixon and Brian Darnell.

Friday AM (as of 4pm)
-Ran Fate of the Fiend. Good times still abounded despite my rather powerful party. It was a pleasure to play with people from the Utah and New Jersey societies, and it was a even more fun watching
-My NeoExodus game unfortunately did not go off, I was excited to run that, but it's okay. Next time! But got to meet Clarence from Denver and Matthew Pittard from the fourms.
- Finshed some last minute printing, and harassed Master Kyle and Master Brock which ended up in me getting stuck writing thing for them on forms because I was the only one with decent handwriting.
-So now, after a shower and dinner, I begin my descent. Into the darkness of Jormadum I go and rule the world with the special! I look forward to killing-- I mean running the game for everyone.

See you soon!

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The Thursday before Paizo-Con congregations have begun!

To my left, is Master Paris Crenshaw. Who is the awesomeness. I mean, I already knew he was awesome, but meeting him in person, confirmed my assumption of his awesomeness.

In front of me is Tracy, who is a part of the Alaska Pathfinder Scene and she is telling amazing stories of Jason Bulhman buzzkilling her at Cards Against Humanity.

Behind me, is Verdgis and Painlord, playing the card game. Well, more or less, trying to organize the game, but are getting interrupted regularly with people who must meet the legendary Verdgis and Painlord.

OH! Master Brock and Master Thurston have passed by! It's so awesome!

More to come soon!

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So after a few hours of rest. I made it to my 5am appointment with the TSA and after a flight which ended with most of my plane mates with motion sickness, I arrived in Seattle.

Who is the first person I see upon my arrival? Well I call it fate that I would run into Verdgis and Aetherwulf! After the usual morning hugs and relief that we had all made it, they invited me to join them for breakfast with none other than Manjuba, the keeper of the Goblin Brains and his lovely wife Cass. He showed me this year’s batch of Goblin Brains, which are marvelous. However, upon inspection, I realized that I am allergic to Goblin Brains. Which makes me forgetting to RSVP mine not so bad afterall. :)

Picture: The Hit List of Goblin Brain Distribution

So my plans for this afternoon are to chill incognito and just enjoy the free wifi and prep Friday’s Special till more peeps arrive. I will see how long that will last. If you know what I look like, you are more than welcome to bother me.

Edit: Oh, things I want to see this year:

- AFK!!! I have heard many mythic things about it, so it is now a thing I have to find out about.
- I do want to check out the Pathfinder Card Game and not only check out the new OP for it, but if they have the Skull and Shackels box, I WILL take photos of it for all of you who are wanting to know more.
- I am also looking forward to GMing. I know a lot of people are clamoring to attend my table, which is so "no pressure" but it's all good.
- Maybe having some form of beverage with Painlord. We keep passing paths at convention, so we should work on that.

Until next report, this is Lady O, signing off. :)

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In true convention tradition, I am up the night before way too excited to sleep. Making the mistake of getting a 6am flight means I have a 5am appointment with TSA.

As this year will be my GM year, I look forward to running some fun stuff for all those who sit at my tables. There may be death and tears. But mostly loads of fun.

See you soon Seattle. Been waiting all year. :)

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No I mean the PaizoCon Version. It's still got a lot of errors in which Master Compton said needed to be fixed.

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TOZ wrote:
So when do we get the completed playtest update? :)

What he said? I am holding off printing till the update is complete and I would like to get it done. :)

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kinevon wrote:


Sound slike the issue is more a time issue than a scenario issue. Insufficient time likely means that parts of the scenario not vital to the story, and much of the RP of any scenario fits that bill according to many GMs, will get minimized or removed entirely.

I just had a problem, similar to this, with Destiny of the Sands, Part 2, here. We did have a time crunch, but the main problem was no one could speak <redacted>, and no one managed the SPellcraft check to find out about something, and they didn't set it off accidentally.

That cut off a lot of the fun in that scenario, along with much of the RP, and the ability to find out about all the backstory. When I played it, we managed to get alot of that during the game, but we had a bunch of knowledge junkies along for the ride, or just had some lucky rolls. It was a much different experience.

If that's what people want to lump this under, then sure. But that's not how I personally feel about this scenario. I personally, would have no fun playing it again with more time, let alone GM with no time constraints either. It really was not MY personal cup of tea. My party was wonderful, and our GM was wonderful, but the way it played out, on top of how it is written, just leaves a personal bad taste in my mouth. And quite frankly, that's okay. I am not going to love every scenario published.

I just hope this doesn't turn into a thing that Kyle does regularly, cause after The Confirmation and the Special, where there was a fun balance and people didn't feel defeated afterwards I hope that he just doesn't follow the murder hobos demands and just do more scenarios like this. Cause it just wasn't fun for me. And I get the sense from other posters, that this was not their sense of fun either. And it's okay, I am willing to give Kyle another chance at another time. Just not with this scenario is all.

I stand by this final statement: Better luck next scenario Master Baird.

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Andrew Christian wrote:
Lady Ophelia wrote:

There was no roleplay aspects, it was combat, trap, combat, boss combat, format and the difficulty of it was just insanely obscene.

This is a kinda an unfair comment Lady Ophelia.

There is plenty of roleplay that you can do with Nicolai (sp?), but we'd spent so much time in the 1st combat, and you had mentioned you needed to leave fairly soon, so we sped through that particular encounter.

By the way, I had fun playing this (and I had fun running it when I ran it as well). I had fun with you at the table.

Andrew, I had a blast with you at the table as well, but upon reading the adventure, I don't see where the fun could have been had? All we did when we played was moan and groan. And when I read the adventure afterwards, that was all I did as well, moan and groan.

This is more my personal feelings about the scenario. Tis not the party or the GM's fault. I know others will agree or disagree, but my opinion is just that. Mine. There are no hard feelings, but that is how I personally feel. Tomato, tomato. As I have stated earlier.

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Lormyr wrote:
Lady Ophelia wrote:
So. Make this statement again after you have played Eyes of The Ten. I personally assure you, that it makes you question the in-game leadership that is "The Ten".

Ran it once, played it once. With respect, statement stands.

I absolutely agree that it would make any but the most dense PC stop and think "wtf is the deal with these guys, because this is messed up." But it did not under any circumstances make my PC feel that questioning anyone would immediately lead to his death.

** spoiler omitted **

Sure no disrespect. My statements stands as well. Tomato, tomato as the saying goes.

At the end of it all. I just didn't have any fun. We had a great party and a great GM, but at the end of it all, it was just no fun. So that is why my opinions and review remain unchanged. We can nitpick, and troll each other all we like. But agree to disagree, that's the way it goes.

Better luck next scenario Master Baird.

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Lormyr wrote:
Lady Ophelia wrote:
OOC: If the many complaints and reports about PFS officers on our forums are all valid ones, then imagine how much does NOT get reported. This is not to bad mouth VC's in general, but it's some actual food for thought.

Everyone has different experiences, so in that sense it is a difficult thing to tell someone else that their perception isn't valid. I personally have not had any problems with any VO's I've played with. But I have a new friend who recently joined our core group having come from the gen pop who had a horror story about one of our VOs having a dislike for one of the locals, and completely ignoring rules just to make the player's game unfun and teach him not to optimize anymore. All you can really do in that situation is contact Mike and request him to look into it for you, followed by not playing that person's games anymore.

Lady Ophelia wrote:
To question a VC is almost just as dangerous as it is to kill them. Seekers of the Society know this situation very well.

I am really not sure what adventure(s) you have played that gave you that impression, but I have never once felt anything along the lines of having to do what the VC tells me or my PC might not wake up the next morning. Sometimes they are broody, snippy, or just a plain pain in the a$$, but never anything like that. Did you have a particularly unruly group?

Something that amazes me about some gamers is the semi-frequent lack of personal responsibility. For PFS, all PCs are assumed to be Pathfinder agents by the campaign parameters. Now I totally understand that that might not be the most exciting thing for everyone out there, but at least make an effort to fit in in some capacity. Making a PC who has no interest in the society, no interest in working as an agent under a VC, and no interest in largely cooperating with the overall story isn't going to lead to a fun experience for anyone. And sometimes, being a productive part of the story can mean having just the right amount of...

So. Make this statement again after you have played Eyes of The Ten. I personally assure you, that it makes you question the in-game leadership that is "The Ten". As well as why it's just as dangerous to follow orders as it is to question them. :)

OOC: I agree about reporting abuse to Mike, that the only thing we can do is report abuse where and when we can. But there are many, who don't speak up. For fear, drama, or other reasons. This is what I am referring to as in "bad idea". Luckily for me, I have never had this problem, but I have seen it happen, and it's not pretty.

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Regardless, I stand by my feelings and my review on Paizo. I do hope that this scenario is a one-time thing. Cause I am really not feeling the direction this scenario went. Especially after coming off The Confirmation, which was I think, the best scenario that Kyle has written to date.

So one can only hope. As for me, I've got scenarios to prepare for PaizoCon, so I'm leaving this thread at that.

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Lormyr wrote:
Lady Ophelia wrote:

Um.. You dare question a Venture Captain in-game? I've seen what happens when you question a real VC OUT of game, let alone in a game. So yeah, that's something totally reasonable for us to do right?

Henceforth my statement on leaving a bunch to be desired.

If they are acting strangely or make a bad call? Damn skippy. ;)

OOC: If the many complaints and reports about PFS officers on our forums are all valid ones, then imagine how much does NOT get reported. This is not to bad mouth VC's in general, but it's some actual food for thought.

Back on topic: Seriously, two sentences followed by a "If you are not here to help, leave." is not really RP. Even if we know exactly what's going on thanks to Knowledge/Sense Motive checks. To question a VC is almost just as dangerous as it is to kill them. Seekers of the Society know this situation very well. Agree to disagree, you do what they say if you want to get paid. So that's what happens sometimes.

Another reason why I did not have any fun at that game.

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Kyle Baird wrote:
Lady Ophelia wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Hmmm? I don't get that at all Lady ophelia. The saranite offers a fair bit of role playing, and murderhoboing him is just asking for a pounding. Murderhoboing the local treant will REAALLY get you flattened.

Well if your definition of role playing with the Sarenrite is two sentences that end in "If you aren't here to help me then leave". Then sure that's totally RP. If you were expecting a little more than that, yeah it leaves A LOT to be desired.

Good thing we didn't murder hobo him, because we had enough Sense to know better. But imagine what would have happened if we were a different kind of party?

Quite frankly, thanks to the two encounters prior to this (neither of them the optional one), we were all kind of done with the scenario and knew that this was one we were NOT going to win.

I guess it's unreasonable to think players might try to interact with an NPC and question him about things like his faith or his grand plans for the lodge or his previous adventures or...

Um.. You dare question a Venture Captain in-game? I've seen what happens when you question a real VC OUT of game, let alone in a game. So yeah, that's something totally reasonable for us to do right?

Henceforth my statement on leaving a bunch to be desired.

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Hey Everyone!

So after chatting with the crew at Card Kingdom, they have let us know that they are not going to be able to accommodate us due to a Magic and 40K tournament going on at the same time. However, our friends at AFK, who can't get enough of us this weekend, have offered their rooms to us!

We are going to put a formal headcount on the Pathfinder Society FB page but feel free to leave additional heads here!

New Event Details
Where: AFK Elixirs and Eatery -- 3750 E Valley Rd/Renton, Washington 98055
When: Saturday July 5th
Time: We plan to leave the hotel at 6:30pm and get the party started at 7:00pm and go till midnight!
Who is invited: EVERYONE! Even if you went to the Banquet, you are more than welcome to join us afterwards for fun, hi-jinks and drinking! Cause really, why not?

Edit: Facebook Link To Event if you wish to RSVP.

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Hmmm? I don't get that at all Lady ophelia. The saranite offers a fair bit of role playing, and murderhoboing him is just asking for a pounding. Murderhoboing the local treant will REAALLY get you flattened.

Well if your definition of role playing with the Sarenrite is two sentences that end in "If you aren't here to help me then leave". Then sure that's totally RP. If you were expecting a little more than that, yeah it leaves A LOT to be desired.

Good thing we didn't murder hobo him, because we had enough Sense to know better. But imagine what would have happened if we were a different kind of party?

Quite frankly, thanks to the two encounters prior to this (neither of them the optional one), we were all kind of done with the scenario and knew that this was one we were NOT going to win.

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I won't ruin it. But if they do what I think they will again this year, chances are, you will yell something at Mike. :)

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So my thing is that I *am* one of those average players, I don't murder hobo and even when I try to, my dice fail me and keep me from doing that. This scenario was just completely unfun. There was no roleplay aspects, it was combat, trap, combat, boss combat, format and the difficulty of it was just insanely obscene.

I don't mind a combat challenge, heck I like them too. But it was blantly apparent after the swarms, that this is just going to be nothing but unfun for all those who don't live on a combat turn. Quite frankly, I want the 6 hours (4 and 2 overtime) that I lost playing this game back.

Which sucks, because I like all of Kyle's scenarios to date. They are the right amount of challenging combats, but gives room for players to roleplay and have a good time and not feel like they are going to just waste their time and die at the end no matter how creative they are. He additionally, just handed all bloodthirsty GM's the ability to destroy tables over and over again and allow them the right to say "Sorry, that's just RAW". Which is also something I REALLY hate too. Because you do nothing but reinforce the behaviors known as "Power Gaming" and "Murder Hoboism" as the ONLY form of survival in PFS.

This scenario, was NOT the same style of writing I am used to from him, nor do I like to play or run as a GM. So if this is the route Kyle plans on taking going forward, then I am totally okay, with skipping all future adventures he plans on writing. Hopefully, my mind can be changed at a later date, but for now, that's where I stand.

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So I am very sorry to leave this review, but for once, I am actually not too pleased with a Kyle Baird scenario.

It's not the GM's fault or the party for that matter because we had a great party. But the entire way this scenario is written and structured is just punish power gamers. So the rest of us, we just get stuck getting screwed for 4+ hours.

I don't mind combat heavy scenarios, but the first fight is excessive, the middle traps and combat are just confusing as they are frustrating. And that ending? Yeah. Nope. This scenario, is officially the most unfun combat-heavy scenario that I have ever played in PFS. It's so unfun, that I was originally going to run it, and I am planning on running something else instead. I know others will disagree with me, but that's okay. I just felt the need to say that about this scenario.

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OH! Well that is good. :)

I pass the remainder of my time to the other GM's who are in need of guidance.

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DO NOT READ THIS THREAD UNLESS YOU PLAN TO GM THE ADVENTURE!

I REPEAT THIS THREAD HAS EPIC SPOILERS! DO NOT READ!!!

Ok, now that we got that out of the way, place questions and awesome cheat sheets to help out below!

Lady O's Question:
So this episode looks pretty awesome except for the epic maps you are going to make me draw. (CURSE YOU MIKE SHEL!)

However:

What in the heck is with that chronicle sheet?!!! Is that a glitch or is that supposed to be blank? Cause that is something else.

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Grand Convocation? Yes please! It was the whole reason I even wanted to attend PaizoCon

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Okay everyone, let's just calm down. Remember, we're all human here and we are coming upon PaizoCon and a whole bunch of other big events. There is a lot on people's plates right now. I totally understand, as there have been days in the past I got frustrated too, but breathe. It's all good.

There are much more important things to get combative about. Trust me.

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I am aware of that. It is something we are working on with the hotel.

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I am off by 30 episodes... And even though my stars came back, they didn't come back with a 5th one.

Lame. Oh well.

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Testing..

Nope still missing. My sessions are still there.

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As I am now currently planning the "Overflow Banquet" at Card Kingdom, I will happily pass on the tickets to another. But thank you all who sent me pages. :)

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Mine went missing too. I hope that when my four stars come back, they come back with a 5th one :)

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Congrats Terrence! Thanks for all your work! May all your dice roll well and your crits confirm.

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Well-Met Pathfinders of PaizoCon 2014!

While there are many of us who wish to attend the banquet, there are unfortunately 250 seats and they are all full. So myself, with the hope of some peeps with cars, are wanting to have a PaizoCon Overflow Banquet at Card Kingdom!

There can be additional PFS/Non-PFS Games as well as food and it is also open to non-Pathfinder games as it is a FLGS! Of course, there will be great food at Café Mox right next door and did I mention Beer? Yep. Beer!

Details:

Where: Card Kingdom- 5105 Leary Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
When: Saturday July 5th
Time: We plan to leave the hotel at 6:30pm and get the party started at 7:00pm and go till they close at midnight!
Who is invited: EVERYONE! Even if you went to the Banquet, you are more than welcome to join us afterwards for fun, hijinks, and support local game stores!

So we need a few things to make the “Overflow Banquet” a success:

- We need a formal headcount! If you want to join us, let us know how many so we can call CK in advance and not scare them half to death. If we have enough, we can try and RSVP one of the tournament rooms, so let us know!

- We are in need of drivers and *designated drivers* for those who will be car-less and/or like lots of beer for the event. Also if anyone has additional information on getting transportation for a bunch of us, let us know too!

- If you want to run a game, leave a note here and we can see about maybe getting it on a Warhorn, or even the “Pre-Paizo Con" one. Which I have to email peeps about.

Anything else, leave below! Hope to see all of you there!

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I wish we had a World Cup in Pathfinder. That would be awesome.

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I look forward to coming. It is going to be a blast.

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Matthew Pittard wrote:
Lady Ophelia: Im not going to the banquet either. Maybe we should establish a 'Not going to the Banquet' crew and find a sutiable location :)

Maybe we should go to Card Kingdom!

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So I know for myself, I would love more seeker stuff. But in the same respect, I have been in Society a long time as well and my PC spread is a little all over the place.

I have a 16th (Charlotte the Dragon Destroyer & Dawnmother of Nerosyan), 12th (Lady Ophelia of Absalom), and two 11ths on slow progression (Sir Elliott & Dame Lucia of Andoran). These PC's I love playing the most. So of course any chance to dust them off and let them have a good time is awesome.

But after that... My next highest PC's are 5th. (Mariposa & Meridia).. So while I am in a bind about playing higher level things, I need more lower/mid tier stuff to get them into the higher tier play. If they survive that long and far.

I think a new arc is needed, but in the priority list, I do not anticipate it happening anytime soon. Thanks to the AP's being chronicled in higher books, and module play adventures like Wardens of The Reborn Forge we have plenty to play, but need more peeps to make happen.

Additional note: I have noticed, that there is a lot of higher tier play, but many times, they are closed groups instead of being open to the general society groups. While I am not hating on this practice, we have to consider, that the people who may play EoTT, may not GM it for others groups once they are done. So that can easily be some of the reasons as to why we can find EoTT players, but NOT GM's to run it.

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Friday, July 4
Slot 1: #5-17 Fate of the Fiend (7-11)
Slot 2: GMing: Neo-Exodus Legacies: Black Glass Valley Raid (3-8) (Lottery Event, may the odds be in your favor!)
Slot 3: Gen Con Season 5 Special (7-11)

Saturday, July 5
Slot 4: #5-17 Fate of the Fiend (7-11)
Slot 5: Free Slot. There will be gaming.. As to what I have no idea.
Saturday night plans: Banquet maybe? In need of ticket!

Sunday, July 6
Slot 6: #5-17 Fate of the Fiend
Post Con: No idea. Open to games or sightseeing.

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So this was accidentally started a little too early last time, but now as we are closer to the event, players can begin fleshing out their plans.

So if you are already set in your plans, go for it and leave your schedule below!

If you aren't 100% what your schedule is or are waiting for the results of the lottery, (May the odds be ever in your favor!) then wait to post until you are settled.

All other messageboard posting rules apply.

Ready? Set? Go!

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Greetings fellow PaizoCon attendees!

I am wondering if anyone has a spare ticket to the Banquet on Saturday night. Would love to attend, but due to finances, by the time I got the $$ to buy them they were already sold out.

If you have an extra, feel free to PM me. Am happy to either pay cash or equivalent Paizo $$ for it.

Thanks!

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Hmm... A Harrower/Cleric of Cayden Cailean sounds rather doable..

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Sounds like a good plan to me. Keep up the awesome work!

Now. Let's talk about those "Specials" I've been hearing so much about at PaizoCon/Gencon. I would like to learn more about those. :D

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While I am a Team Pathfinder girl through and through, there is nothing wrong with taking a look and playing different systems. If anything, it gives you a break, and allows you to fall in love with the game all over again.

For me, when not playing Pathfinder, I have been playing dice light, diceless and fate dice systems like Fiasco, Dread, and Spirit of the Century. These systems allow me to have fun, play games with peeps who would totally shy away from Pathfinder/D&D (either cause they aren't D20 types, or the rules books scare the crap out of them.) and I still get my fix. When I come back to playing/running PFS/Pathfinder I have a renewed of love for the game all over again.

Is there stuff to get excited about? Well for me, I am excited to see what Season 5 and 6 have in store. I mean, double specials? Come on. Tell me that is not an awesome thing.

Books wise, it has been interesting watching the lore of Golarion evolve. From Mythic, to Numeria to Inner Sea Gods, there is just so much more lore now. More than there was 2 1/2 years ago when I got into Pathfinder. And of course, being a lore specialist, the more I can read and share with my fellow players to get them excited in the game, the better.

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