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Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

Quests are technically evergreens I think?

One of the things that is in the pipeline is that quests get their own reporting bit, instead of being shoe-horned into a season. So that should make it all a little easier as well.

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

This is true, hmm and what would that categorize as, a quest?

EDIT: Added it as a season 5 quest at the moment. Can always change it.

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

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Everyone who gets to play with any of these on the table is already a winner. :)

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

A new build is up. It has the first steps of your settings being remembered by the system. Make sure to refresh your local code by reloading your browser!

If you go to the sessiontracker it will remember your search filters on that device+browser combination.

There is also a 'Reset filters' button on the search page to quickly reset your filters to the default.

For now I have chosen not to save your search values (scenario, author, player, gm) and party composition. If people want that, I can contemplate it later.

@Paladin of Baha-who?: No probs dude, enjoy.

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

Very awesome work from everyone!

I am already quite proud being on a Paizo blog. Wooo!

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

The issue has been resolved. :)

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

There is currently a server issue which means the sessiontracker is not showing certain information. I am on it, stay tuned for more.

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

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@Divvox2: Glad you like it :) We are constantly evolving the features. At the moment we are deciding how best to show the played info on the search page. We are running a few options, so that can change from day to day for now. We have two groups one that wants to constantly see everything and one that wants to only toggle it. But how do we implement that nicely?

Then after that it is likely that we will first release a reworked reporting page before moving on to the things you listed. A solid base needs to be in place before we can continue with 'advanced' features.

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

Haha thanks :)

At the moment the idea is to revamp the entire reporting section 'soon(tm)'.

I spend some time relaxing these christmas holidays though and have not touched the code a lot. Unfortunately it was recently pointed out to me we have a bug in author searches that breaks the app when you search on author. This has a higher priority to me then the reporting options. But they are coming! :)

Fun fact: 242 accounts have reported 18,527 pieces of content (scenarios/APs/etc) as played already. Quite amazing.

That is an average of 76ish per account.

...

We play this game too much. :)

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

Oh I am so in!

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

After another few hours of work I think it is stable enough to release, so I updated the tracker on tracker.campaigncodex.com. Refresh your browser to recieve the new version that has a lotta optimizations and more importantly the overview of who played what while searching and the option to add searching for a GM.

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

Haha, it is on my list, but can't do all at the same time. ;)

And I timestamp pretty much everything. Created on and updated on. Does not mean I can easily throw a 'date to be played' that is totally a player thing.

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

I've been implementing the feature and here is a WIP, I am very open for feedback. It is not done yet though. :)

Preview image

Scarab Sages

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That was very nice to run. Loved it, my players loved it as well (I think).

I had taken the time to setup the ground floor with some 3D dungeon: https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5804/23215001796_d6540a7c00_b.jpg

Without limiting my player's time it ran 8 hours, but we didn't mind. I could have cut some stuff off, but... it would have been an injustice.

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

I am working on giving more feedback as to who GMed scenarios you find by selecting players.

I could use some input, would you rather:
- Be able to select a seperate GM and then see on scenarios that players have not played if that GM has GMed it.
- Be able to see the above, but also if the GM GMed it in the other campaign (PFS versus CORE)
- Be able to just see for each player if they have GMed it, thus allowing to see for example if some players have GMed it. This would probably also remove the option to add a specific GM.
- The above option, but still with a seperate GM option so that we can filter away scenarios players have already played.

I am leaning towards the last one: Selecting a GM and then filtering what the players are still able to play, then displaying the GM and the player's track records with that scenario.

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

Need some tech in place to make something like that possible. You'll have to stay posted for a while. :)

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

Can't connect to the paizo site I am afraid. That's why I am reluctant to add a lot of extra things people need to manage. Double work is not cool.

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

Finally! I tracked down why my cronjob wasn't working anymore. It ran out of memory, because we have nearing 200 accounts that have reported about 15K sessions. Hence the memory ran out.

I programmed around it a bit and ran a manual statistic update. So statistics are up-to-date. Lots of shifts I am afraid. ;)

Scarab Sages

No problem! [/Simon]

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

Hmm I have heard that one before, we chose against it at that time, but mainly because people would not have a lot pending. I can see how that can be useful though if you have 8 sessions upcoming. Will have to think on this.

I noticed that my statistic cronjob has been dead since I moved to a HTTPS setup, hence the statistic is not updating. Will fix that first so you can see the ranking Mike ;)

EDIT: @Michael: It would require a lot more data input, which is asking lot more from players. At the moment I am thinking a 'basic' mode that keeps things simple and a 'advanced' mode that gives you more options.

Will be discussing things with the team. At the moment more quality of life improvements and more optimization. We are over 160 accounts so gotta make sure things run smoothly. :)

Scarab Sages

How do I add those stats to it?

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

@Walter: If you refresh the application, I coded a batch checker/unchecker at the bottom of the report page. :) Have fun being a 'old fart' ;) Let me know if it doesn't work. Make sure to give the page a few seconds to sent all the check requests to the server.

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

@Walter: I have had requests for something like that or something like find a scenario on reporting. Will look into it.

@Ascalaphus: Yeah... interesting ideas. Trying to formulate where we could place something like that. Gonna think on that as well.

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

@TetsujinOni: Haha, eww php hm :P Well the app itself is 100% angularjs, the server is PHP though. I had a node.js/express/sequelize server setup at first, but it took too long for me to get the hang of it so fell back on php. Can always replace the backend with something more efficient if it becomes a problem.

@Mike: Yeah could do. If you have more ideas for cool statistics let me know and we can see what we can implement.

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

@kinevon: that is a good idea. Maybe a 2nd field in your profile where you can type what you want? Otherwise we would need to add quite a bit of options. Or you know get me a complete list of options and i can add that.

Thanks peeps!

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

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@rknop: The code is available on https://www.github.com/saekort/PFS-Scenariotracker you can use it with the MIT license. So yes to answer your question, you can run your own version. It requires a bit of changing though.

As for do we want to become the hub? Dunno, I am just taking it as we go. Specifically some people asked if we can have some cross country options, thus I implemented the option to set a country (and thus later on I could create a page that shows players in a country). Right now it seems fine to have one place.

Groups and subgroups could still be a thing. It is not on my shortlist at the moment, filter options seem to be more commonly requested.

Thanks for the compliments people! :)

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

Good point! I shall add it asap!

Also, good filter suggestions, we will ponder them and implement something. :)

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

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Hey all,

I figured I'd post this here. Over here in the Netherlands we have used a google spreadsheet to track who played what already for a long time now. This worked pretty ok, until PFS bloomed over here and there were an unfeasable amount of columns (one for each player). Also it was pretty hard to find out quickly what you can run a certain group through that they have all not played.

So when at a local VO meet I talked it over and offered my services (the dayjob is webdeveloper/IT security). I started building a tool we could use to track our sessions with a few primary goals in mind:

1: It has to be as fast, if not faster, to use then the google spreadsheet
2: It needs to support small devices like phones
3: It needs to be secure
4: It needs to not-be-a-hassle

With those in mind I got to designing and coding. A friend of mine quickly joined up to help. We now have a working tool that is secure (enough at least), think HTTPS, and also has been in testing for four or so months. We went through alpha, closed beta, open beta and have now released the tool for PFS players in the Netherlands. So far response has been very positive. The system has over 100 players in it at the moment.

Then at one point one of our local players attended Paizocon France. Even though the events that friday were horrible in Paris, they still managed to play some games and curiosity was peeked. What is this tool the silly dutchman has?

Since then some international players have registered as well and started using it. We also got a third programmer who wanted to do something like this, but never found the time. He is going to be working on implementing multi-language support (mainly for french to start with), and we collaborate through github.

Long story short: We got a tool, I would love to know what you all think of it. What is missing, what is not-as-handy and see if anyone wants to use it for their own games. I am cautiously optimistic as to what the server can manage load-wise. :)

Oh and the URL: https://tracker.campaigncodex.com

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

Welcome welcome! :)

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

/salute!

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

/salute!

We lose a great coordinator and a great person overall in august.

Fare thee well!

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

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Grats man, it was fun playing on your 150th table credit. Keep up the good work!

Scarab Sages

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Welcome from the Netherlands! :)

Scarab Sages

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You you.. killer you ;)

Scarab Sages

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Interesting idea Shaun. It is unfortunate that I think they players would not like their ex-captain murdered at all. Though I really like the concept of some sort of in-ship investigation to get the new PC in there. Also to (re)introduce the NPCs on the ship.

I might move the setting to the Cheliaxian fort though.

Scarab Sages

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Our campaign has been in pause mode for a bit. We have had a bit of bad luck with scheduling and a player. We had to drop this player (she wanted to really) and we have gotten a new player who is really happy to be gaming more.

When we 'last left our heroes' they had just won the isle of empty eyes and set sail there.

Now I kind of want this comeback session this friday to be awesome and special so it all feels new and exciting again. While I am properly prepped I was wondering if any of ya'all have some more advice how to make it properly awesome? :)

Nuggets of wisdom anyone?

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

Hey, the gm here. I can see this ulfen wedding crasher thing. Oh boy. They are here yelling that they need to go bless the wedding. I think they want to play it.

What do you mean there is no mead?! /ulfen

They shall wear their sunday fur.

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

Woohoo! *drinks on that*

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

The thing with the group splitting up is that they are all roleplaying with just a subset of the players. So when I am putting time in handling one group, the other group is effectively 'out of the game' for a while. I make sure that happens as little as possible.

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

Yup this is cool :)

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

Library of the Lion for sure. Indeed a bear to prepare. And yes I have a envelop with all the handouts as well. :)

I LOVE roleplaying a certain NPC

Library of the Lion:
The guardian, deep voice, polite, yet a little playful and with a temper if approached with disrespect. Great character. I GMed a level 1 warpriest that is now almost able to get the actual Glorymane shield at level 8 or 9 or so.

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

Auke ;)

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

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Yeah it was a pleasure to run it for you guys. They played up with 4 player adjustment and I have to say that really made all the difference. This scenario has a 4 player adjustment for all the encounters, which was really cool indeed.

I did get a bit confused with the prisms and the locking in of Ghelcor, but it didn't matter much.

I had not read the effect of the blast because I didn't want myself to secretly pull any punches.

But yeah the way my players got on the platform with the console in the last room was... original. A large raging bloodrager threw someone up there, another climbed the reach weapon of said bloodrager, while a paladin on a dog mount ran all the way around. It was quite epic.

They insert the prisms, turn the keys and then the paladin with the dog yells to his dog "Goodboy (name of the dog), sit up! Nowwwww PAW!" And presses the button. :) One more turn and the factionleader would have bitten the dust.

Good stuff.

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!

He is ours, you can't have him.

Vince is a really good GM, he has great rules know-how, has no problem improvising and the color of his hair... well at the moment I think it is green. :)

Well deserved indeed!

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

@Ascalaphus: The boy was a few squares away, perfectly fine. Only non-lethal damage.

@Damanta: They tried, but we had a few players who just stepped in and were like... no. :)

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

We played in this with 5 PCs of level 6,6,6,7 and 7.

We knew it might be hard. Basically we tried going for a perfect run. We had really high AC chars and my ifrit sorcerer lobbing selective fireballs. All went quite smoothly.

We only took some dmg in the last encounter, and that was 9 dmg due to standing in the plasm by someone.

We talked the sniper down, we charmed/dominated the big plant. Then buffed it up. :)

Anyhow the last encounter could have been really difficult, but I managed to get a empowered fireball off that did 70 dmg. Then our fighter archer did 8 more damage and it died before it could do anything.

Still a fun scenario, though the unexplained changes as to how the museum looks is a bit weird. :)

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

Darn I missed the humanoid bit. Still I call that a win if that is all I did wrong. :)

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Wow call me stupid. I missed you and Damanta being on my table. I am still tired from a weekend of gaming. That's my excuse!

Then there was the fact you guys threw enough ale in a starved Rand. :) The poor pathfinder was very gullible indeed. Then someone's cleric asked if he was a powerful cleric or something else useful in a fight. "I am very powerful, very powerful indeed." While they were dragging him back to the lodge he whispered to random passersby "Powerful cleric, that's me" :)

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

I ran this last weekend on our season 6 kick-off weekend.

It went very well indeed. My players loved the amount of detail to the city and the backstory. I consulted my Heart of the Jungle as well.

They felt they had a lot of options, which they loved. The fights were well thought out and had some unique tricks (teamwork, etc.) Also the gelatinous ooze was hilarious.

As a GM I used the stats with relevant rules from pfsprep.com and that was simply heaven. What poison? Oh its on the sheet. What spell? Right there. Teamwork feat? Ah!

I want more of this 'stuff'. :)

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Just ran this as a season ender for a group here in the netherlands.

We had a blast. It took us well over the normal timeslot for a scenario, but we had the time. (We gamed till 2AM).

Some highlights
- The Thurl fight, it was really awesome.
- The Nabasu managed to gaze at one point, taking down the horse of a player. Ghoul Horse! Much fun was had.
- Tancred Desimire was actually confronted on the 2nd floor of the watchtower. This lead to a very crowded fight, but a very cool one. The black tentacles were simply annoying, very nasty indeed.
- My players interrupted his teleport, so managed to take him in. But they did WANT to kill him badly.
- A player cast commune when they came upon Thurl's prison. This was a good moment for me to cram in some of the backstory, the players really appreciated that.

Some not so high-lights:
- It was very unclear if players had to open or not open the gates to Jormundur.
- The scenario is unclear about how long the journey actually is, just that 6 rations are handed out.
- Thurl was harder then Tancred by far (for our party).
- As mentioned by others, the backstory between Thurl and Tancred is not known to the players at all.

Pitfalls for GMs:
- Prepare by reading weather conditions in the Worldwound guide, it came in very handy.
- Thurl is a complicated fight, especially prepare the Nabasu demon(s).
- Be familiar with the Nabasu gaze ability.
- This one will run long.

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