March 30th, is International Tabletop Day! The mission of the day is incredibly simple: to PLAY MORE GAMES!! Now although the day is geared originally for board games, the day is also expanded to include RPG's!
So I am wondering, who is hosting not only board games, but any Pathfinder Society games in their local area? I want to get a thread going so that visitors and regulars can see where there are games being hosted as well as which ones. The point is to share the love of gaming, and win some new Pathfinders in the process!
Share your locations, times, and games below!
Thanks everyone, and remember to tip your GM's with sodas and snacks!
I don't know if I am the only one looking at this and noticing, but are the Scenarios fonts changing? I was preparing The Cyphermage Dilemma and the fonts and headings are different. I know this isn't a big mechanics thing, but is this supposed to be happening?
Regardless I like it. Just had to do a double take is all.
I am wondering if there is anyway you can delay on charging my credit card until the end of Feb? Due to a family emergency, I am not going to be able to pay for my subscription until the end of the month. But I just don't want to have to go through all the trouble of cancelling and restarting my subscription.
If that is not possible, please just go ahead and cancel my subscription and I will restart it again in March..
We will have pregens available and if you have Pathfinder Society characters, they are welcome to come and play for no credit or punishment!
Our current schedule:
The Mage's Dilemma (Pathfinder) for Levels 5-9: Tuesday, Jan 1st 2013-- 2pm PST
The Trouble With Aasimars (Pathfinder) for Levels 6-8: Thursday, Jan 3rd 2013--3pm PST
The government of a local capital has hired you to parlay with a group of knights calling themselves the “Paladins of Nature”, in trying to gain permission to eradicate a destructive group of trolls. The problem with this? The Paladins will not let you come near the forest as it would be a violation of their codes. So what do you do?
If you are interested in taking part in the fun, please leave a message below here, or email our playtesting department at firstname.lastname@example.org. All who take part will receive thank you credits in the adventure for your time and get to game!
So as of the current time stamp on this post, The Blackros Matrimony has not yet been made available. But since a lot of us have been chomping at the bit to find out more about this adventure, I am just starting this thread a preliminary chat about what and who we think is involved in this adventure. :D Also, if the author would love to leave some notes they are more than welcome!
This thread will eventually turn into the spoilers thread for GM's so stick around if you want to see how the reception goes. ;D
*Cue classical wedding music as Lady Ophelia goes and grabs a glass of wedding wine*
The Wedding guests are now arriving, let's chat until someone walks down the aisle! (Or doesn't!)
I know that the main point of the playtest system is to build the character and go with that, for better efficient playtesting talk. But I was wondering if anyone has any pregens to share from their playtests?
It will take my team HOURS to build characters and so I was looking for pregens to help out and so I can just explain how it works and we can just roll dice and go and at least give gameplay feedback. After the holidays when we have more time, build characters and go from there.
Any help from anyone, Paizo or regular peeps would be appreciated.
P.S: I love you Paizo, but putting a playtest in the middle of the holidays is just a bad idea. But I still love you and I will do the best I can to make it work.
We are proud to announce: The Benicia IncrediCon Holiday Game Day! We will have Coffee, Cider, Cocoa, Sodas and Water available for all participants as well as FREE WIFI for all our gamers to use!!
When: Saturday Dec. 1st, 2012
RSVP Now @ our Meetup: http:www.meetup.com/solanoyolopfs
At The Door:
If you are only attending one or two slots instead of all three, please email us @ email@example.com so we can get the money adjusted accordingly. We also will have raffles and prizes for all those who attend! All proceeds from the raffle will go to the Solano/Contra Costa County Food Banks! Grand prize is a CORE RULEBOOK!
The Master Schedule of Games:
Don't get left at home! Organize a carpool and come and visit us!
So my GM's are really wanting to go gun-ho with Varisia for Season 4. Which is totally cool with me, but since we only get two adventures a month, it leaves us with a few scenarios short.
So, are there any other scenarios/modules that run out of Varisia that will help us bridge the gap?
The ones I know off the top of my head:
Feasts of Ravenmoor--Planning to run it again for Thanksgiving Break
Any help is appreciated and all level adventures are welcome!
So once again, I have received a great challenge question from one of my players in my society that I need some veterans advice. (Preferably Coordinators, VC/VL, Mike or Mark) I may eventually start a "ask a Coordinator" Question Thread or something.
So I have a player that is wondering, if they can use 2PA to buy an item of up to 750gp, and then sell the item for half, and then use the profits to combine with their gold to purchase something else they want, (Pending of course Fame/Prestige requirements.)
My player wanted to use his two PA, and buy a wand of shield.
Then in the same go, he wants to sell the wand at 375gp, and take the 710 gold he had already acquired, (from the previous adventure and the one he just completed).
Then combine the gold to buy a bracers of armor off of his chronicle sheet.
Question: is this a legal transaction? And if so how and why? If not, please give your reasoning why.
Challenge you choose to accept? Please reply politely below.
Title sounds like it says. This is for all the new players and GM's who are looking for some good ones to pick.
1) Among The Dead
So this is one of those interesting build questions that came up in my society from one of my many colorful players that like to excessively think outside of the box and I would like a shared ruling on it:
This players wants to make a tower shield with an immoveable rod affixed to the back with sovereign glue. I ruled technically no, because it requires a craft check in order for it to work. But then thinking about it, was a good thought:
Now, you still get total cover anyway, due to the rules of tower shields. Also sovereign glue is not illegal, but the issue is that you would need a lot to cover a tower shield to get the rod to hold which would easily cost 10 to 12k to get. (2,400k per ounce, you would need a lot to cover the length of a tower shield!) plus the rod (5,000)
So it would take a LONG time to get the fame and prestige to get these items and then try to make it which would take even longer.
My alternate option was this:
Just buy both pieces separately, and use rope to tie and hold. It would take possibly 2 full-rounds to do that if possible or even applicable.
The idea is not illegal, but I am wondering, would it work and would my fellow GM's allow it at a table? Furthermore, is it even a practical idea in society play since due to Fame score and fixed GP, this person wouldn't have enough to buy it until maybe 9th or 10th level?
Thanks a bunch!
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So.. I just read the rules about the Player Folios being part of the Free Re-Roll Program. (Thank you Master Brock BTW) I do have a good question: It says in the rules that you need the physical copy, but what about those who have the PDF and chose instead to print them out to save just a little bit of money? Are they out even though they supported Paizo? Or can we GM's use our own GM discretion about it?
Don't mega flame me but I have both and physical and the PDF thanks to my subscription. And I was planning on transitioning my new characters to a printed version of Paizo Player Folio PDF. So are they not allowed even though I support the society and Paizo as a whole?
So.. Although the flaming wars have begun about the new ruleset, I would actually like for us to talk about the good things that have come from the new ruleset. We know that we aren't going to win everyone, and we may agree to disagree, but let's shine some light on the positive and not the negative here.
Any flaming will be immediately flagged for deletion. If you've got a serious gripe, go to the other threads that are currently hosting flames. I'm dead serious about this.
Here is my list of things I like about the new rules:
1) Love the new look of it in general. It's so rich with color and smexy new art.
2) I love that we can now take 10 on day job checks. So if we only have one rank at least we can get 10gp out the deal.
3) I love we can play at least some new races. Finally, I get to make an Aasmarian Cleric.. (Now all I need is Viskanhan Inqusitor and my gaming dreams are complete.)
I know it's not what most of us wanted, but at least now those who are complaining about "elitism" and "no love to other races" can be quiet. And if this means the difficulty is increased in our future gameplay, then so be it. I get tired of hearing that PFS is "too easy" anyway. When in honesty, it's sooooo not.
4) I love that the free re-rolls now expands to Player Folio holders as well. Now I am assuming this also goes for us PDF holders as well, so start printing out your sheets for your re-rolls!
5) I am glad that they unified the chronicles rules for scenarios and modules. I hated like heck to tell my Module Marathon players that they had to create new characters and apply it to them, when they had a PC two sessions away from that level.
These are the things I like. What are the things you like?
Episode One: The Journey to Jalmeray
The adventure begins with all members receiving a message from The Pathfinder’s Society summoning them to Ambrus Valsin’s office immediately. Upon the party’s arrival, they are immediately briefed on the situation.
I am glad that all of you have come. I have a mission for you all, one that will require secrecy, discretion, and overcoming great obstacles. As you know, The Pathfinder’s Society prides itself on not only acquiring the world’s wealth in knowledge, but in fostering positive ties within each country that we do business with. But this country, is one that we have been coveting for quite sometime. Tell me, what do you know about Jalmeray?
Introduce yourselves and feel free to ask your questions about the campaign here!
Sunday we will begin posting! Some notes!
If you have any issues or questions, please either put them here or use the spoiler tag http://paizo.com/people/LadyOpheliawhile in gameplay to keep things organized. If you have any questions.
If there are any special modifiers to your saves or skill DC's please make sure you put them in your character's profile. When it comes to saves, I will do the rolling for you. Only in saves that I need to keep the story moving. All other rolls. will be done by you.
Any other questions, feel free to ask here!
You are proud members of the Pathfinder’s Society and have spent a good time training and adventuring through Golarion. Your reputations for being diplomatic and achieving the main Society’s missions of building positive diplomatic ties and acquiring as much knowledge and wisdom as possible through relics have worked in your favor. You have been charged with a special expedition to create a new Pathfinder Society Lodge in Jalmeray, The Kingdom of The Impossible. You must win the respect of not only the government, but the members of the Vudrani nobles, and monasteries. But it isn’t going to be easy.
System: Pathfinder RPG
This is NOT a PFS Sanctioned Game, although we will be utilizing a few PFS characters as NPC’s please do not bring PFS Characters to this game, create original characters.
We will be also utilizing the Hero Point System with a few changes. Please see the Wiki for more information.
Character backgrounds and sheets will be required to be approved before game starts on August 5th. You will need to submit them either here at Obsidian Portal, or can be submitted below for consideration.
Questions and comments can be posted below as well.
So this came up at a game session last night when one of our clerics with a lion wanted to cast "shield other"on his cat. He had the ring on his cat, per the spell requirements but the GM stated that a cat doesn't have fingers so the spell cannot be applied. We were ok with that but it left a lot of lingering questions.
So my question after heavily researching is can an animal companion have rings. As we know they can have armor and neck slots and other things so long as they meet the requirements. But what about rings or bracelets?
Thanks in advance!
Great Members of Good!
With so many sects of Pathfinders working around the world, it is hard to understand how so few use the resources at their disposal to uplift the downtrodden, heal the sick, and spread the teachings of all who preach goodness and light to the darkest and most depraved corners of Golarion.
We at the Silver Crusade work to do just that, however, and your help will be vital in seeing our mission through. For your vigilance, selflessness, and commitment, we promise to reward you as best we can before your ultimate reward in the next life. Until then, use your travels, contacts, and resources to do good always, and our silent war against evil will know true victory.
We are not goodie-two shoes however. We are defenders of good who can if needed, kick butt and take names for the betterment of the world. So challenging us to battle may not be a wise choice for those who are not of our mutual beliefs.
Come, and introduce yourselves here at The Temple of The Shining Star, and let the world know who we are!
We’re hosting our first ever Anniversary Game Day for all PFS players! It’s a $10 dollar buy in! Proceeds goes to our FLGS and to funding our Meetup group! If you have friends or family members who have been wanting to play, now is the time to get them into the game! Also, for those who are preparing for PacifiCon,this game day is the perfect way to get some gaming in before the convention!
If you GM all three sessions you get in for free! (And Venus will feed you!) If you GM 1-2 sessions you only pay $5 dollars to get in!
Location: Olde World Games
Signups for the event are here: Warhorn Site
If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to a great anniversary game day!
So since no one has said anything about it yet, I am making a thread about the new episode 3-19 The Icebound Post! So after reading it multiple times and running it this weekend, I have my review. Remember though, your mileage may vary so please don't flame me.
You are going through to the Hao Jin Tapestry which was recently won by the Society through the Ruby Phoenix Tournament. You're mission put very, very simply is to go in there, kick the Aspis Consortium's butt for somehow getting into secret demi-plane and find out as much as you can about how they got there in the first place while not ruining relics that we won. Now the whole story is good and all. But when executed, it's kinda feeling lost and you never find out how in the heck they got there.
Also, if you have players that have never played The Ruby Phoenix tournament, they kinda look at the GM and go "huh"? Or they go "Yeah I figured we won". Which makes it a little less enticing to play the tournament to some. Although Paizo has learned to not release an epic climatic conclusion module HALF-WAY THROUGH THE SEASON. >.< It is kinda a killjoy. Especially to those of us who haven't even played it yet! Furthermore, once the adventure gets going, many of my party members forget why they are even there to begin with. Faction missions were a lot better put together than most, everyone was co-oping each other because many of them shared the same goals but each in their own specific way. If this is the theme were are moving towards with faction missions, then this a good start.
The fact that I only had one map to draw out was awesome. But it was such a pain to draw out and make sure that everyone understand what is going on. Overall though it was a nice, but I would have liked to work more with the terrain and utilize the cold rules a little more.
The combat was exceedingly simple. But it was fun to sneak the heck out of people. Also, the scroll-master with scroll blade and scroll shield, is definitely a character I would like to create in PFS somehow, someway. It definitely took our tank by surprise, when he took 1d8+4 damage that overcame his armor, from a small scroll of parchment. :) The party had fun overall, especially since they liked to do non-lethal damage and try and interrogate them. Only for them to accidentally kill the boss, and they didn't get to ever find out how they got there to begin with.
Just Overall: B-
That's what I think. Let me know what you guys think! Don't forget your spoiler tags!
So although this has been talked about over and over, I really think that Paizo/The Society would benefit from having a subscription plan for us regular GM's and coordinators (the non-VL/VC ones).
1) For those coordinators, we will get the modules just like everyone else, and it would still be charged to our cards like all of the other subscriptions and put intno our downloads section just like all the other subscriptions.
2) The Society (Paizo) Would get their money for the season upfront. And if a person decided to cancel their subscription they could get a pro-rated amount back for the ones they didn't pay for. Or, if we do it like regular paizo subscriptions, we would only get charged when it drops into our box and we can opt out at any time.
3) It would be eaiser than for me having to wait until the end of the month (or in some cases the begining of the next one) to purchase the module. Subscribers would just get the notice that it's now available instead of waiting and having to check back 20 times to find out that it's been pushed back or whatever other printing hold-up may be.
4) TBH--VL/VC's get them for free on the day it's released (sometimes earlier from what I have heard). If we pay for the subscription, we can get the same time they do without having to come back to the site and sit and wait until it's finally available for purchase. Efficency all around!
5) We're always current as GM's :) That's always for the win right?
This is just my two cents. Take it as you will, imput always welcome so long as it's respectful. Thanks!
This might be a "probably not" question. But since we're all getting juiced about Season 4 and all the fun things we're going to be doing. I have to ask: Are we going to have a free module like we did last season? Just something to get us up and running for Season 4?
It doesn't have to be three like last year, but it would be awesome to have one for those of us who may not going to Gen-Con or Paizo-Con or a bigger Paizo-esque convention until later in the summer season if at all.
(Our big one in the Bay Area, CA isn't until Labor Day Weekend, so everything will already have come out and been run a couple of times. So us broke gamers and coordinators, won't have anything to do but read all the stories on the fourms.)
Thoughts, ideas and questions are welcome, so long as they are done in polite taste.
The Bay Area Pathfinders Society is sending a message out to our gamers in the Sacramento, Yolo and Solano County Areas! We are looking for you, to join us and get some games in!
Check out our websites here:
We're also looking for more game shops, gamers groups and businesses who would be happy to host! Check out our websites if you are interested!
Something I would like to see: Is there anyway we could do what we did for The Beginner's Box, where we had a simplified character building guide just for players? And in doing so, separate the rule book between the character building section that doesn't change very much, versus the GM sections that seem to always change?
Don't panic, hear me out first:
If you really stop and think about it, the player build section hasn't changed since the start of Season 3 and unless we do something major like raise the point buy build or add more factions, it's not going to change much more. And the smaller details from other books are already implemented in the "Additional Resources" for us GM's.
The GM's section seems to always change as we are a growing group that is changing all the time. It would be nice to save some paper and not have new players wading through a whole bunch of stuff they are not interested in or ever plan on using. It would also be a good time to add Additional Resources to it, or utilize erratas between major changes.
It would be cost effective, Eco/Paper and Ink friendly, and would help all of us GM's not feel so darn behind in updates, when only a few sections change, but I still have to print out the 40 page guide.
All opinions are welcome so long as they are respectful.
This is the last call for PFS Gamers in our Sacramento Area! Signups for games will be available till Monday March 12th at midnight! After then, we will be on a first-come-first-serve basis!
Get your signups on here: http://www.warhorn.net/conquestsac-2012-pfs/
Some reasons you should come:
--To Score a Free Badge: GM 3 or more Sessions! All Weekend GM's will score an awesome Thank You Gift Bag from all of us at the Bay Area Pathfinders Society! (I've received a bag--And you can find books, GM screens, dice, T-shirts, you never know ^_^..)
--GM's will be privy to a hosting of The Cyphermage Dilemma on Sunday night!! It's going to be for GM's and special invitation players only! Want in? GM 3 or more sessions, and you are automatically invited!
--We will be hosting a Special Table of the Beginners Box Bash not only all weekend long, but a special game for our GM's as well. GM 2 or more sessions to receive an automatic invitation! Learn how to play the box, and take your knowledge back with you, and play at your home groups!!
--Not ready to GM, but want to help? Well I am going to need Player Ambassadors! Player Ambassadors will be the ones who help new players get started, old players get registered and playing, and search the convention high and low for players! Sounds like something you want to do? Well, we have thank you gifts for Ambassadors as well for those who commit to 5 hours of being an Ambassador. AND--You can still RSVP and play as well! Win right?
--We will have a special "New Players" Kit for all new players to the Bay Area Pathfinder's Society.. It will have coupons and special gifts for those who wish to join our very sexy society!
If you don't want to come after all of this fun stuff. You're gonna miss out on a great gaming time! Don't get left out!
Some spots in need of players and GM's:
9am to 1pm
Looking forward to a great weekend of PFS! Thank you all!
Greetings all you Pathfinders in the Sacramento and surrounding areas!
Although Azmyth is our master and fearless leader of conventions, I Lady Ophelia (IRL: Venus De Coy) will be your hostess and in charge of the day-to-day operations of ConQuest Sacramento, our yearly hosting of the Pathfinder Society in the Sacramento Area! It is March 16th to the 18th in Rancho Cordova, CA.
We are still getting the game list in order this week, and will hopefully be announcing the specifics soon! We are also (Game Gods willing) going to be hosting a Beginners Box Bash to help assimilate---I mean welcome, new gamers into the lifestyle of the Pathfinders Society!
Never played PFS before? That's okay, we will have Ambassadors on site to help you create your characters and get you into the game!
Looking to host an adventure? We have a generous reward package for those who answer the call and GM.
Wanting to play? Well, of course, we've got loads of Season 3 games and some new releases making their debuts at our games during the weekend. We also have some oldies but goodies available for all those gamers who are current, but still want to get in on the fun. :)
Sounds like fun right?
Questions, comments or ideas, are welcome to made below! Thanks and looking forward to a great show!
So here's a good question for my fellow PFS Game Masters: My society is having an Christmas Eve party at our shop. It's not going to be anything mega, just a few of us kicking it with some food and root beer. But I have no idea what to run during this event..
Anyone got any good ones? We're staying away from the modules, since we will be playing a few of them during New Year's week.
Thanks in advance!
Hi again Pathfinders!
So life as a coordinator is awesome! But I am encountering another problem, we are expanding into mutiple locations, and although we have quite a lot of marketing materials in our local area, (the PFS flyer, and our Regional flyer) but our FLGS are looking for some "official" marketing materials for PFS. I am wondering, how do I go about getting marketing materials for PFS and does anyone have any good marketing materials to help out in our expansion?
Thanks to all who imput in advance!
We are an incredibly young society, (3 months strong) and I love all of my players and GM's. But we are experiencing a big problem. Almost 2/3rds of our society are nothing but fighters who have no desire to use their intelligence or even use patience. The problem with this, is that this causes much frustration and issues with a lot of players in the society that are not fighters, because all the fighters do is kick down doors and steamroll the entire table. And this is the problem with every fighter at every level.
As a coordinator, it's really hard to tell a player "No, you can't bring your fighter cause he steamrolls EVERYTHING." So what do we do to balance fighting players with those who wish to actually play the game?
All flames and thanks are accepted!
So although I formally bet that the answer to this will be "NO." I'm going to ask anyway: Will players who play PFS be allowed to use the playtest system to have alternative races? So long as they understand that they will not get a chronicle sheet for gold, XP and PA? The reason I ask, is that in the past, playtests have been allowed for other PFS characters so I am wondering if this will also count as well.
Thank you in advance for your time!
So I have a question: what happens to those who play factions that are not listed in Season 2? Are they just out of luck for now, or is there a consolation prize or something? We are planning on playing some Season 2 adventures since many in my current society, are not up to a high enough level to continue playing Season 3.
Thanks to all those who assist in my question in advance!