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Goblin Squad Member. RPG Superstar 2014 Star Voter. Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber. Pathfinder Society Member. 1,724 posts (22,289 including aliases). No reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 29 aliases.


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TarkXT wrote:

considering running a high level mythic/gestalt/time lost characters game.

I've never used the tarrasque and co. I want to.

I'd be up for that for sh1ts and giggles. I sounded out interest for a CR25+ arena a wee while back but didn't get any real bites.


Was on vacation - have been back for a week and a half now though.


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With the slight extension I've taken my Muse into the back room and given him a bit of Jack Bauer style encouragement. Thusly bloodied but unbowed he retakes the floor...

Stylistic Vignette:
Dappled sunlight breaks through the boughs of the willow trees that line the shore of the river. Propped against the trunk of one such willow is a travelling backpack of well oiled and weathered goatskin leather with clasps of silver. Resting in the grass beside the pack is a wooden scabbard that holds a basket-hilted schiavona blade. Though the passerby would not have their eyes drawn to the river, nor the possessions neatly stacked. Instead the owner of the blade nearby would have drawn attention to him entire.

A light wind blowing through the clearing agitates his flowing outer raiment of silken cloth. The green and blue floats on the breeze, lending glimpses of a thicker formfitting vest embroidered with piña thread beneath it. The figure is lithe and long, crowned by a head with pointed ears and angular features that scream of elven heritage. Flaxen hair is pulled tight into a queue secured with black velvet ribbon. Though perhaps he could be thought of beautiful, his cheeks and chin are marred by duelling scars - the worst of which runs along his jawbone from chin to ear.

With eyes still closed and the world unseen, the elven man begins to move... dancing his way around the clearing. The dancer's movements are smooth and unfettered, starting slow but inexorably accellerating with the passage of time. His body dips, spins and sways as he blindly makes circuit in silence... clearly fuelled by a rhythm that beats within his heart. After three turns about the clearing, the timbre of the dance seamlessly transitions.

In time with a front aerial spin, his left arm gestures towards the scabbard nearby and the basket-hilted blade obeys the instruction - surging from the scabbard to his hand. The blade that extends from the hilt is broad and double edged - with two thick fullers running the full length from hilt to point. Less a dance now and more a kata of martial bent, the movements compensate for the presence of the blade and incorporate lunging thrusts, circular parries and acrobatic slashing motions. Still the elven form keeps his eyes hidden, trusting to the truth of his balance and footing.

Only after another pair of turns around the clearing do the eyes of the dancer open... as well does his mouth. Breaking from the beauty of his dance, the elf sprints towards a tree stump at the clearing's fringe. The blade is held wide to one side and as words are formed and spoken the basket-hilted enclosure begins to glow ochre with arcane force. With a final spinning movement the blade is whipped around as his body turns and splayed at the tree stump. The potential building within the basket hilt flows down the fullers of the blade and as blade meets wood is expended in a burst of flame.

Springing back on his heels and taking en garde against the inanimate stump the elf smirks as he surveys his work. The stump burns with a fire more intense than could be borne by acts mundane and blackens and splits in the moments it takes for the spells energy to be spent. With a contented shrug at the action's efficacy the elf sashays back to his scabbard and pack. The point of his blade is used to lift the scabbard before being sheathed in a smooth motion. A bend of knee and extended right arm then pulls the backpack from recumbance and sees it stowed upon his back.

Whistling the elf turns and sets sight once more upon his destination... Fort Drelev, not looking backwards as he continues onwards.

Now that the seed of thought has sprouted - I'll fill in the rest of him as per original request in post #1.


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I've suffered similar attrition as Gavmania... an idea that had the capacity to germinate... but due to deficient care on my behalf has failed to bloom.

Good luck all and may the best/worst/most/least powerful/interesting/thoughtful win!


For those miniature painters / admirers amongst you

The demons and dragons on offer look pretty kick-arse.


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My muse is currently running me in the direction of an elven Magus with the Spell Dancer archetype from ARG. A worshipper of Ashava (True Spark) from Chronicle of the Righteous.


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I would be most interested, and hopefully can throw something together worthy of you and your players review.


I'm up for continuing as well if things pan out - but obviously won't be back in full flight until I'm back from my holiday (should be mid April).


It's going to be a painful three-way trip -> week in Perth, week in Adelaide and then a few days in Sydney.


As both a heads up and an FYI - I shall be wending my way on holiday starting Monday, and will be out of the country from roughly 2-3 weeks give or take (through to about 10th April).

During such time my online time shall be curtailed from what I'm usually capable - which should engender a reduction in verbosity and potentially some unreliability when it comes to posting rates and speed.

I'm more that happy to be DMPC'd whenever it's appropriate, but am hopefuly that I should be able to keep up with all the PbPs that I'm currently playing in during the time down-under.


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If your games tend towards a more comical lilt - I'd suggest The Walrus and the Warwolf for Skulls and Shackles.


Once more into the breach dear friends, once more

Dwarven Forge Caverns set on kickstarter.


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My phone looks like this... so I never need worry about checking upon it :P


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Meh - speech is low grade pandering... especially since it is being given to the 'Australian Forest Products Association'.

He also said 'I promised my great friend that I was not going to make a party political speech tonight'... after spending a few minutes sandbagging the greens.


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A question for the Frogs:

Has there been any further announcement on Monsieur Pett's opus 'The Blight'?

Edit: nevermind, found it - pushed back to 2015.


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Traditional fantasy is such a subjective term nowadays though.

Consider Dragonlance - it's 30 years old now, and you'd consider that to be old hat nowadays... and here it is with flying citadels.

Similarly Ravenloft - it's mere mention conjures reams of nostalgia among many gamers... and it's got Masque of the Red Death circa 1994 which blurs lines with 1890s Earth.

So in two of the marquee 'old-ish-er-school' settings you've got the flying x's and crossovers to Earth.


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Sergeant Cheapy joined the good fight after the scientest was pulled out of Bangalore.


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Metaphor and misdirection are your best friends when trying to write a prophecy. I'd start very simple (as you've done) and then layer on the obfuscation and twisty words... but if you'd like any real help in the writing as other have said... details, details, details.


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It would appear that my muse has run away with the housekeeper and they've gone to live in the Bahamas. Withouth the lyrical inspiration I'm struggling to complete my ursine submission... so I shall respectfully withdraw.

Luck to all.


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Didn't say it worked, didn't say it didn't. Was merely responding to the post immediately above mine with 'I'm not personally aware of any race-based medicines'.

A couple minutes more google-fu - atenolol reacts differently depending on race.

Note: I'm just trying to show that they exist, as Bob stated upthread...


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I believe Bi-Dil is one of the big race sensitive medicines out there (and was reference on a House episode as well from memory).


Aye Phillip the first was a Australian demolitionist in a WWII pulp inspired game. Very much a laid back and laconic aussie... first in game action was rigging a camel with explosives.

Phillip the second was the ill fated Buccaneer who I suppose had similar sentiments to the first in personality...

But Phillip the third is his own beast ;)


Yeah I get the same way, though I more wholesale discard characters when the game or setting falls away from them.

Stirgen was fun while he lasted and had some potential I think... but alas.... such is Kaer Maga.


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Many thanks for the consideration and acceptance of an ACG class.

I generally build rough crunch first before proceeding onto the fluff thereafter - and have captured same below for reference.

Rough Crunch:
Str: 16, Dex: 8, Con: 16, Int: 10, Wis: 12 (14 while shifted), Cha: 8
Skills: Craft (Leatherworking), Handle Animal, Perception, Survival
Traits: Northern Ancestry, Durable Change
Feat: Extra Feature
Animal Companion: Bear

Fluff and storytelling to follow.


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Ok I've settled upon a concept... but it does require a scrutineer's eye from the G.M. before I take it further into crystallized form.

Specifically I would like to pitch a Coldborn Hunter... that is a Skinwalker from Blood of the Moon (bear flavored) and the Hunter class from the Advanced Class Guide (with a bear companion). He would be a native of the Border Wood... a trapper and worker of furs who trades with the residents of Heldren.

So will it be considered acceptable to pitch a character that uses the Hunter class from the Advanced Class Guide Playtest document?


More ferocious fauna of the Southern continent!


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Excellent good - I'll ponder a while before pitching. My previous thoughts have run a little too far along the darker end of the gene pool (as in an Ulfen Vikingr of Kostchtchie), so I'll need to think of a personality that is a little less likely to grate like rough sandpaper.


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Before I throw my proverbial hat into the ring, I have a single clarification to ask:
I currently DM two Reign of Winter PbPs here on the boards, would that exclude me from contention as a potential player?

I can keep player and character knowledge quite separate.


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Abyssian - out of interest, was the restaurant you worked at low / middle / high end?

I've a feeling that mid-high range restaurant experiences are a decent distance from low-end restaurant outcomes.


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US style tipping is an interesting evolution of the hospitality industry. When I was in the US I found it confusing at times, but ultimately didn't have an issue with conforming to the expected norm. The bizarrest thing for me from growing up in a non-tipping country... is trying to form an emotional connection between how much to tip and how good I thought the service was. How bad is 10% service, and what constitutes 18-20% 'good' service.

On paper, it's a means to make the wait staff part-shareholders in the business. As in, of all the revenue coming into the place - a percentage hypothetically goes directly to the waitstaff; making them less 'employees' and more 'shareholders' that directly benefit and suffer when the business is busy or not.

With my black hat on it's also a way of cost minimization by the employers, where the static part of their wages can be minimized as much as possible leaving them open to periods of tip-famine if a restaurant is not doing well.

Shrugs - I'd be just as happy though having a flat service charge factored into the price.


First KS game this year I've thought worth sharing

Looks like a very cool gritty dungeon crawly thingamabob


This one


Sanka... yeh dead?


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Krisaga - on the tricks, an animal with Intelligence 2 can learn up to 6 tricks normally - then you get to add on 3 'bonus' tricks from your Druid levels.

So the wee beastie should have a total of nine tricks learnt.


I've swapped out the crossbow for a shortbow - that will eventually be a composite longbow. At the moment it's looking like I'll have 15s in both Strength and Dex, so Mus'ad will be a bit of a switch hitter (without really excelling at either).


Nope - working in Oil and Gas as a Completions / Well Testing / Well Services Engineer.

Or in layman's terms.... I get to burn stuff.


Not the Middle East - I'm in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I've been working here as an expat for seven and a half years.


'In Saudi Arabia, where alcohol is prohibited, black-market alcohol, typically distilled from fermented sugar water, is mostly known as "Aragh" ("عرق" in Arabic).'

So it's moonshine... or homebrew.


Went trawling for some new metal for the playlist today and found Tengger Cavalry.

These guys are quite good...


Geography, History and maybe Nature here.


Right-o, I now have People of the Sands and the new Osirion book in my sweaty palms - so shall be finalising my dwarf over the CNY weekend (Gong Xi Fa Cai by the way).

Dropping the Abadarian angle to make him a scholar of the old gods.


Cool - thanks for the rundown.


Joana - much in there you'll think I'll be interested in for the Pahmet? - and are there any feats worth knowing about?


Only four-ish days till I can pick up People of the Sand and do a last once over before finalising my guy :)


Sargava, The Lost Colony - one of the older Player Companion books.


Shimye-Magalla:
Extremely popular among the Bonuwat people—and hence the Ijo tribe, living along Sargava’s coast—Gozreh and Desna are in fact worshiped in conjunction here as a uniquely Mwangi deity named Shimye-Magalla. The mythology of this being appears to have developed among the Bonuwat independent of any influence from colonists, and in fact even colonials born in the region have difficulty getting information about the goddess from the tight-lipped locals, a stonewalling that has left numerous priests of Desna and Gozreh curious and frustrated.

It’s generally known that Shimye-Magalla reflects Gozreh’s female aspect—that which matches the capriciousness of the sea—and pairs it with Desna’s love of travel, freedom, and the stars by which the Bonuwat navigate. Beyond this, however, many of the big questions such as who’s actually granting spells to the goddess’s adherents—continue to go unanswered by outsiders.

And knowing is half the battle.


So I bought some of this over the weekend... and was presently surprised when it didn't suck. Not the pretty-est sets and so forth, but the catapult's got a decent draw to it :)


Aye - before this trait you had to be a Gnomish horse thief from Qadira... or something like that. I agree it kind of neuters the vanilla rogue, as why wouldn't you change out trapfinding with that trait available?


Ultimately it's your call in the end Zyren, as the DM is the engine that runs the show. I'll be happy with whatever you decide.

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