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RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8. Goblin Squad Member. RPG Superstar 2013 Star Voter. Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber. FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 14,037 posts (14,111 including aliases). 13 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 18 Pathfinder Society characters. 3 aliases.


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thejeff wrote:

They might come into their own, but I'd rather they did it as Dick did - in their own right, rather than in someone else's costume. I'd rather see Nightwing than Dickbats, other than in fairly short runs to show how he handles it and contrast with Bruce.

Oh I firmly agree. Dick was successful as Nightwing, and he could be Batman, but he was successful as Nightwing. I want Sam-as-Falcon to be as successful, Rhodey-as-War Machine, John-as-Steel etc. Sam-as-Cap may be successful, but it feels like he's still in Steve's shadow.

(I've said in the past that Steel should be DC's Iron Man, successful businessman and power armor user. Superman can be his inspiration, like how people are inspired irl by the comics as kids, or many scientists cite Star Trek as what 'got them into' science. But a John Henry enterprises that builds robotics and light exoskeletions to help people, and he builds the Steel armor to be a hero would rock.)

Of course, with Secret Wars, we might have a universe where Tony, Thor, and Steve are out of the picture, and a new Iron Man, Thora, and Falcap are the 'default'.

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I think part of the problem with the 'big' characters is that, for better or worse, the companies are reluctant to disturb the status quo for long periods of time.

Most of the "Cap isn't Steve Rogers" storylines I've read for example, highlight that Steve Rogers is Cap. Bucky-cap is different than Steve, but the Man without the country storyline years ago showed that Steve is still Cap, even without the logo. The ideals that he represents don't go away if he's not in the red white and blue.

Likewise, John Walker's stint in the uniform in the 80s was showing that the uniform doesn't make the man.

Bruce is still Batman, even if you take his resources away. Dickbats, like BuckyCap, is different. If you had Buckycap, or Dickbats or SamCap for that matter, as Cap for ten or 15 years, you might find that they come into their own. (I think both Steve and BuckyCap could hold their own stories, as could Bruce and Dickbats, but I'm not in the industry.)

(Dick Grayson is the exception it seems, as he had a long and successful career and book as Nightwing, where Sam, Rhodey, John Henry, etc, never really got out from their 'sidekick' status. Which is a shame as I like Falcon, War Machine and Steel)

X-Factor's success, and niche, in the past has been that PAD could run with the characters no one wanted, and make them into characters people want. PAD redefined Quicksilver in one page with his PMS (Pietro Maximoff Syndrome) in X-factor, and he took Multiple Man, Rictor and Shatterstar and made them unique and interesting. (Shatterstar for frak's sake!) Likewise, when the previous incarnation of X-Factor ended, other writers actually fought over Monet. You'd never see the Powers that Be risk their 'a-list' characters under such revision. Even when it works (Another example would be PADs run on the Hulk, radically redefining the character) eventually status quo seems to rear its ugly head.

(Aside, I'm hoping Marvel keeps Wolverine dead for at least 10 years. Laura coming into her own, and Inverted Sabertooth dealing with his past have much more interesting stories to tell. I wish they'd kept Colossus and Medusa inverted, as well as Mystique.)

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thejeff wrote:

I could be wrong, but I really don't think that's the direction Marvel's going. I think they're planning to merge all the universes, not keep publishing titles in multiple different ones.

It doesn't look like your plan would need a reboot at all or any real in universe justification other than some shuffling of team members and which titles get published.

I doubt they'd go that way either, and it would need some rebooting.

(getting off topic, so I'll spoiler it)

My Avengers, for example, would need Tony and Thor out of the way, and would keep Steve old doing the Bruce Wayne to Sam's Terry McGuenniss (I've seen some people call the current book "Capman Beyond.") It also would have a rebooted Hank and Janet, since current Janet is way different than her EMH counterpart. Earth's Mightiest Heroes Hank also is different, since he's more of a 'treat and cure the bad guy' character than current Hank. I'd actually kill/remove Tony for at least 5 years, so Rhodey could really be his own Iron Man/War Machine.

I'd also remove/merge 616 Hank and Jan, and then destory/seal off the EMH universe, so EMH Hank and Jan aren't always trying to 'get home' and 'settle in.' In fact, it could be a story point if EMH Hank and Jan are from 20-30 years ago, they could take the 'man out of time' aspect that Cap always had for storytelling aspects.

Rhodey (and his own book) would be an interesting challenge. I mean he should be able to do basic repairs of his armor, but he's no Tony Stark. He'd have a supporting cast in his own book, I'd not want Tony to be his armorer, rather have a mechanic, and distance himself from Stark Industries (being run by Pepper, who would be a recurring character) for liability reasons. Maybe Parker Industries could tie in? One reason I like Rhodey is that he can't just 'invent a gadget to save the day' He uses his skills as a soldier and a professional and his armor when written correctly.

Hmm, another team book just came to mind.

The Professionals. Pepper Potts, Jen Walters, Dwayne Tayor (Bring him back from the dead) a rebooted Warren Worthington and Peter Parker in a book of corporate espionage and challenges. Essentially rotate through the roster and tell stories of business in the super hero world.

In fact, I'd love to see a 'Spider-men' book, with Married Peter Parker and Parker Industries. Have Peter taking Miles Morales under his wing. It would have the dual hooks of Peter mentoring someone with different powers than himself, and trying to balance his 'great power' as Spider-man, as well as the 'great responsibility' of what Parker Industries can do (and being a family man).

Hmm, if you use the terregen bomb from the current storyline, and have Parker industries make it worse somehow, it means that Hank and Peter can be trying to make a 'cure' for Terragenesis, which would put them in direct conflict with Medusa and Blackbolt.

Medusa: "They're inhumans, it's who they are!"
Hank and Peter: "They didn't ask for these changes, and rather than you lock up the ones that are evil, we just depower them and they can go back to their lives."

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BigNorseWolf wrote:

Speaking of encumberance... Darkleaf cloth. Halves the weight of leather armor much like mithral does (but doesn't make it a lighter catagory, probably because most leather armors are already light) and raises the max dex bonus by two- which you probably coulduse if you dumped strength to pay for all of that dex.

I *love* Darkleaf cloth. Amusingly, my slayer's level 4, and I'm going to be running around with non-magical armor (but magical shield and other AC boosting items) until I can afford celestial chain. :-)

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Hmm lots of comments

My two c-bills.

Depends on how it merges. Spiderverse is interesting to me, since it appears they really went all out on all the Spider man realities, from the newspaper comic, to the 60's cartoon, to the current cartoon (and then the cartoon was supposed to have an episode tying in, but I dropped cable, so I don't know.)

What I'd like to see spin out of itr.
a 'core universe' series of books.

An Avengers (With She-Thor, Falcap and Rhodey as the 'big three' Avengers EMH Wasp and Hank)
An X-men
A Spiderman book
A FF book
Wolverines (I like the idea of inverted Sabertooth and Laura getting time in the spotlight)
some solo books. Maybe 10-20 titles over all.

Then a number of alternate books.
Spider Girl (May trying to take care of Benji, age all the classic characters aged up, some of the current 'young crop' of heroes as adults. X-men led by Armor or Ruby Summers, Avengers with Thunderstrike, Silverclaw, Wiccan and Speed, etc.)

Spiderman and wife.

X-men 92

Spider Gwen (would be interesting to see how you could go in a different direction)


X-factor forever (Seriously, if you can find this mini-series, read it.)

etc. Self encapsulated books that could cross over.

But then again, the marvel comics I read are X-factor (sob) and Spiderman 2099.

(Aside, if PAD could handle it, I'd love to see an 'Avengers-Factor' Where he does for C-list Avengers what he's done for c-list mutants.)

Re: DC. Dick becoming Batman was well done, and it was one of the saddest bits of the reboot how they destroyed him. I liked the vibe towards the end that Damian was Dick's Robin, but Tim was Bruce's Robin.

And I loved Steph-Batgirl.

(Aside the second, I'd loved to have seen a book with Steph, Wendy, Rose and other 'children of villians' as an Outsiders kind of team. We could include Conner in that list as well)

I really was exposed to DC through the DCAU, so John is 'my' Green Lantern too. :-)

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Season 0, Mists of Mwangi

Season 1, The Devil We Know series.

Season 2 Strangely enough, I've not played many of them. The Bloodcove disguise is one I did play, and enjoyed it.

Season 3 Quest for Perfection*

Season 4 Nightmarch, The Disappeared** Fortress of the Nail***

Season 5 The Stolen Heir (for making Andoran players squirm) The Confirmation (My Janeira has a Kathy Bates/Misery crush on Kreighton Shane), Library of the Lion.

Season 6 So far Valley of the Veiled FLame.

And now the footnotes.

Pt 2 led to way to many innuendo jokes about the party's junk. I played the Magnificent Seven theme during the briefing for pt 3. (Then felt old that no one caught it.) And the A-Team theme during the 'defending the village' bit.


I do modify the mission briefing a bit. "Good morning Pathfinders. This is Zarta Draleen, the Paracountess. The Cheliaxian embassy now denies she ever existed. Your mission, should you choose to accept it...

And end it with, "if discovered, the Ten will disavow all knowledge of your team." Complete with the music playing in the background.

I then cue up the plot when the party tackles the cypher. Just the first 50 or so seconds though.


When I played it, I was playing my Tiefling inquisitor/Lawyer. So I got to present the evidence. We still believed that prestidigitation did the soft music bit from 3.5, so I walked to present the evidence to This. Again, a clear gap in age between who got it and who didn't.

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My favourite trick for my melee types...

Short bow and tangleshot arrows.

I've played my melee archeologist and slayer at the table where there were better close combat types than I, but that -4 or -8 for shooting into melee/cover isn't as bad since the tangleshot works on touch.

And while the odds of them failing that reflex save is low, they're still entangled, and your melee types will thank you for the lowering of their AC and to hit.

200 gp gives you 10 arrows. not bad for a back up plan.

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811 I will not go into detail on my 'heart's desire' when fighting the female wishcaster
812 Even if I fail my save.
813 especially if I make my save.
814 I will not wait for the GM to total the damage before I remind him I have evasion, and made my save.
815 I will no longer sing "Hooked on evasion" when I make a reflex save
(All from a recent PFS scenario)

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Just a shame we can't change it to another kind of sword. :-(

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Checked really quick,

The Stark Expo mentioned in IM II is in 1974. Howard was killed in 1991.

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F5... F5... F5... F5...

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Alexander Augunas wrote:

In any case, Hirokyu belongs to the Sovereign Court, so I can't justify him going to Cheliax to run an illegal business.

Is he Taldan? An 'underground' restaurant in Andoran or Cheliax, serving traditional Taldan food, with Taldan chamber music. Kind of a 'return to the motherland' themed speakeasy.

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Looking at a Half Orc Slayer/Living Monolith named Enuck. Talks about himself in the third person.

His 'word' for his Enlarge person is... "Chuck"

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mempter wrote:
Matthew Morris wrote:
Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers...


I used to watch this show too, but for the life of me could not remember the name of it!

It's on Hulu+, I've been rewatching.

Nice to know I remembered correctly they flushed two redshirts out of the airlock in one episode.

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Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers
Gumi Bears
Wheeled Warriors
Robotech (loved Southern Cross)
Spiderman and his Amazing friends introduced me to Marvel

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I seem to have the same problem with Order 3379228

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Michael Brock wrote:
Dylos wrote:

So, no languages from Rasputin Must Die! are legal, bummer.

Also, with the addition of Iron Gods to the additional resources is there a reason why Brigh's entry was skipped over?

We just missed the languages in it. They will likely be made legal next update once we have a look at them.

And as Mitch said above, the pages covered should be all the mechanical parts of the Brigh article.

Does this mean my Irrisen characters might actually learn Russian?


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I enjoyed playing this for the most part, the excessive diplomacy checks, the, idiot tying himself to the elephant (and the acrobatics checks to keep him from falling off the elephant) and the language barrier with the bandits were annoying though.

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Victor Zajic wrote:
Katisha wrote:

I found Part 1 to be fun, but then ....I tend to avoid combat, and can often "fix it" so that we have little or none.

** spoiler omitted **...

My chelish sorcerer also talked his way through a lot of the fights. It was nice to have other options available.

When we played it in Columbus I was able to go all social as well. When dealing with one of the encounters, I actually said, "Great, all we have is a hitter (the barbarian) and a mastermind (me). We need a hacker a grifter and a theif." That put us all in the right mindset.

Our table won, and we needed a team name. I just blurted out "Leverage Inc." :-)

"Cultists of Lisalla steal your runecarved key. We get it back for you. We provide... Leverage."

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From The Green Market

NPC guard "You can't bring that lion in here!"

Me: (playing my sczarni aasimar bard) "It needs to come in, it's her service lion, he comforts her when she has panic attacks." (Rolls 41 bluff)

Same scenario:

Me: "So they're extorting you for money? I know a few relatives in the family who I could likely get to protect you, for a lesser fee."

PC: "Did you just offer to have her pay your family protection rather than them?"

Me: "It's just business."

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RGG's Vanguard.

I'll second the fetchling bit.

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Old one from part two of First Steps.

GM "You find the note hidden in the katana it says... Oh wait none of you speak Tien."

Me: "Stewardess, Stewardess! I speak Tien."

To be precise, half the table got it, half didn't. Stupid kids...

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so Knowledge Arcana can do this:
Identify a spell effect that is in place Arcana 20 + spell level

So, can I knowledge arcana undetectable aura?


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From Glass River Rescue

Wizard player "I'm going to take the stable boy aside and talk to him."

Me: "Joey, have you ever been in the cockpit of an airplane?"

Another player: "Joey, have you ever seen a man naked?"

Me: "Joey, do you like gladiator movies?"

GM is just shaking his head.

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Risen from the sands.

Most of my characters carry a bow and 'trick arrows'. I'd ran Risen, and let the GM know. We get to the steam roller of death and I think, "crap," I'd forgotten that part, and, knowing that it was a tomb, didn't think undead hunting gear was metagamy, but nothing for Steamroller of death. My slayer is a meele build, but level 2 and we have other melee types of levels 3 and 4.

We roll initiative and I roll a 7 (+5 mod). I'm thinking I'm going to lose the character, especially since everyone who rolled higher than me is running away. We get to me.

"Matt, are you running?"

"I'm shooting, then moving back 30'. Does a 16 touch hit?"

"Touch? Yeah, what are you shooting... Oh no."

"Yup, DC 10 reflex save."

"An 8, it's glued to the floor, isn't it?" *sigh* "Anyone but you, I'd accuse of Metagaming that, but you entangle EVERYTHING."

"Yup." Saved the party I did. Took three arrows, but best 60 GP I've spent.

More recent scenario, Ifrits Galore. Also we'd been talking GotG.

Dealing with a Sorcerer Wishcaster.

"She's using Heart's Desire on Shankar (my male slut melee archeologist). Make a will save or share your heart's desire."

*make the will save* "You, me bumping between the sheets, both enjoying our fire resistance."

Later I grapple her and she makes the concentration check to drop a fireball point blank. "Ok, you made your save, so you just take 15 points of damage, minus your fire resistance-"

I sing "Ahhhhhhhhh! Hooked on Evasion! High on savin' made my reflex save!"

Archeologists, peeing in the Rogue's Wheeties since 2012.

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So how can I buy it since I've my four stars?

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So I come home, download my PDF, and...

Oh whee.... another Dervish archtype. Would a Falcata and buckler Swashbuckler been too much to ask for? Why does Paizo hate Taldor so?

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I didn't have much of an issue with running it (twice) but I also had a (legacy) aasimar and a undine in the party.

amusingly the goblin dogs also suffer *redacted*

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Awesome. Thank you. Actually working now *yeah me* so i've not even read pt 1 of the AP yet. :-)

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I missed clicking on 'combine with monthly shipment'

Thank you.

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Green Lantern Tangent.

Too many villians. If they were going to do it as a trillogy, I'd rather have seen them go.

1st movie. Hal gets the ring and the lantern, Ring does the "Hal Joran of Earth.." bit Hal enjoys becoming a hero. Keep Hector Hammond being mutatned, they bring the big fight, Hal wins. End of film (or post credits scene) Sinestro shows up to find out what happened and ends with them leaving for Oa.

2nd movie. Basically Emerald Dawn. First movie is Hal Jordan, second one is green lantern corps, buddy cop flick as Sinestro teaches Hal how to be a GL, Sinestro style. Ends with Sinestro stripped of his ring and one a barren world, exiled. A yellow streak comes from the sky, "Thall Sinestro of Krougar, you have the ability to inspire great fear. Welcome to-" Sinestro catches the ring and slides it on. "The Sinestro Corps." He finishes.

3rd movie big knock down drag out between the GL corps and Sinestro corps. Movie ends with Hal winning and becoming part of the honour guard, restoring the corps. Last scene is a new ring streaking towards earth (and in my dream version) "John Stewart of Earth..."

Well to be honest my ideal green lantern movie would translate the DCAU John Stewart to the big screen. Might as well let Dave Batista take the role. ;-)

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GM Xabulba wrote:
I agree on most of that except for Michelle Pfeiffer cat woman. Eartha Kitt's Catwoman from the cheesy 60's show, to me, is the best cat woman. Eartha had a raw sexuality that the cheesiness couldn't hide and her voice could melt butter. Also Eartha's Catwoman wasn't a mentally broken psycho but a calculating if capricious thief.

Amen, on my desk at work I had the 66 Batmobile, Batman and Robin Clix, and I made a point to get the Ertha Kitt catwoman clix. Only think sexier than her was Yvonne Craig in the Batgirl outfit.

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Thanks. just kind of a bummer, I wanted to show off my shiny fourth star ;-)

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Getting caught up here. intentional or not, the delivery of the eyebrows bit in the premier reminded me so much of Jeff from Coupling.

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BigNorseWolf wrote:

A full audit of every character at the table just isn't feasible. If you see enough books to make a fort or a kindle that takes three wireless drive to hold all the PDFs and scenarios just call it close enough to state work and go with it.

Maybe not, but if I'm shooting tangleshot arrows, throwing stunstones, or using my elixir of spirit sight to fight the ghost, I'm going to have my alchemy manual* and Serpent's Skull adventure path on the tablet. I expect anyone who uses weird stuff to do the same, and I have called ownership issues before. **


I normally carry the dead tree alchemy manual, as it is so heavily used in my utility belt characters.


in that case he was using the prd on his phone to check it, he showed me the "my downloads" page to show he had the PDF.

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Took my mom to see it, she was surprised how much she enjoyed it.

Also I didn't catch on my first viewing that his ship was the Milano. I assume it was,named after the cute Who's the Boss actress (which young Peter would have seen) :-)

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Ok, just finished the tower ruins for my 100th game, but I can't find it to report it.

Sad Hermit.

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I've been calling PFS a three legged stool for a while.

I see it as

A) Getting players together, and new players a place they can standardize rules.
B) Getting people to game stores, who are willing to host us. (and yes, buying product there.)
C) Moving product for Paizo.

All three stools are important. No players, no PFS. No place to play and people to buy from, no PFS, no product and support from Paizo, no PFS.

Likewise, if someone is using, say, an alchemist with tanglebombs, I'm going to want to see the raw text, not d20 PFSD (Had this happen at Origins. It's not funny to have my own trick (entangling spam) thrown back at me.)

Is your Core Rulebook wizard going to be as powerful/flexible as one I can make since I'm a subscriber? Likely not. Is he still functional and enjoyable as mine? Yeah, he is. Maybe someways he's a better society character since he's not going to have a trait to know UMD, or to have it function off of intelligence, so he has to rely on someone else to heal since he doesn't have as many options to self heal.

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Pathfinder Scarred lands? Where?

And mine are





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Well, I've Lani, my level 2 half elf slayer I'm taking for a spin.

Samiel and Shankar are levels 7 and 8 respectively, so the archeologists are ready to go.*

Gnoma's level 5, and I'm having fun with her.

And trying to get Ksenia to 12 still.

So I'm set.


I'd rather get Samiel to 12 and play Eot10 than Ksenia though.

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thejeff wrote:
Kthulhu wrote:
thejeff wrote:
]My stance is and remains that he claims incorrectly to be a Person of Color to mock and dismiss racial discrimination.
Do we REALLY want to go down the road of saying "He isn't [color] enough to be a REAL [race]?

No. And I'm not.

He's Portuguese-American. He's European-American. He's white.

It's not about being not [color] enough to be a REAL [race].

This doesn't mean he wasn't poor. This doesn't mean he didn't face discrimination, 1st and 2nd generation immigrants often face discrimination where ever they come from. I lived until recently in a town with a high Polish immigrant population. They had a rough time of it in many ways. But that doesn't make them people of color.

So you're saying Theresa Heinz-Kerry is African American?

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Here's the text on Plasma from When the Sky Falls

While I don't see the 3.x suppliment listed in section 15, I don't see any other rules listed either.

Plasma, Page 12, When the Sky Falls:

Plasma, for the purposes of When The Sky Falls, is a superheated gas composed of vaporized, ionized metal. However, plasma is not divorced from the d20 System recognized energy types: Plasma is a combination of the fire and electricity energy types. If a creature is susceptible to at least one of these standard energy types, it is subject to all the plasma damage directed its way (that is, fire and electricity damage are not separated out). In order to gain protection, a creature or character must have protection from, resistance to, or immunity to both fire and electricity. A creature with protection from or resistance to both fire and electricity that is hit by plasma applies only one of those resistances to the attack; whichever protection or resistance type that provides the least protection in a single round is the most protection that one can applies against the plasma damage.

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Good afternoon from the Buckeye state!

I checked the Florida PFS site, and didn't see any games, so I'm asking here.

I've travel plans that put me in the Orlando area Friday/Saturday/Sunday, and in the Bradenton area Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday (leaving for home Thursday morning).

Any games available? I'm also willing to pack my 'Confirmation kit' and GM if anyone wants a guest GM. :-)

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Hmm, this just came up in our group, and I never thought of it.

Target has 14 dex and the dodge feat and gets hit by a tanglefoot bag. He takes a dex penalty of -4, so RAW, his dodge feat is shut down. Right?

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I wanted to add. This is different, to me, than Race Boons. Not having a, say fetchling boon (I really want to play a kayal) doesn't prevent me from playing a character. Lack of the con boon keeps me from replaying if I've used my stars. There are some scenarios I'd like to play at a table greater than 4 for example (Paths We Choose is actually a good example. If I play Samiel in an Exchange/Grand Lodge/Silver Crusade run, I'd enjoy playing Shankar in a Soverign Court/Darchive/Liberty's Edge mix.

*shrug* I'm not looking to change anyone's mind. just stating my opinion.

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Bob Jonquet wrote:

I'm curious. If you would have been okay with recharging not being an option at all, then why does it matter?

Because it would have been a constant. I don't have to run at conventions to get credit/GM stars, for example. I've no problem running. Hells, between me and a couple fellow GMs here, I've a nice 'Confirmation kit*' I carry when I'm not scheduled to GM, just in case we have newbies stop by. (The FLGS have been very good about letting potential players know when to stop by.)

I just don't like it's... I don't know the right word to describe how it's abrasive to me. The bonus on rerolls, the initial replays, the GM reward chronicle sheet, those are all available to everyone, to take the next logical step and make it arbitrary (Con GMs only) and if the accounts I'm reading are correct, random on top of that, doesn't sit well with me.


Confirmation Kit includes all the maps, pregens I have minis for, the pre-painted iconics, handouts and chronicle sheets. And a nice colour print out of the final map. (Thanks Janice!) I need to make a similar one for First Steps (as long as it's an evergreen) and Master of the Fallen Fortress.

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CigarPete wrote:
I think the recharge as it is is a nice balance between unlimited replay and no replay. Boons are not that hard to get, there are loads of small conventions around the US. Sure, GenCon or Origins or PaizoCon might be harder to get to for some folks, but there are always other options.

Ironically, assuming I find a job and stay here, my going to a 'big' con (Origins) isn't an issue for me. I just don't like the 'go to a con and hope for a recharge boon' concept.

As to organizing events, Columbus is blessed now with six stores that host, (Ravenstone, Soldiery, Packrat, Guardtower, Fog of Dusk and Beyond the Board) and we likely now can run games at two of them each weekend. So if the EOs could organize a ten table weekend, I bet we could do it. (My job hunting makes my long term planning impossible, so I can't even organize anymore)

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Alright, despite some editing errors and weird map choices, I had a blast running this, and I believe my players did in playing it. Highlights and spoilers follow.

Taldor mission. I love how sandboxy the mission is. A bit of disavowing the mission and sidelong glances, and the party is off to the warehouse. Having run Cyphermage again Saturday, I had some warehouse ideas since they decided to do alterations at the warehouse, and cover it with a robbery. And they made a point of not killing the guards!

The heckling went well. I explained the mechanic, then told everyone, "Come up with a fun story that amuses me, and I'll give you a circumstance bonus." needless to say, the fact that I couldn't get through the speech w/o the group heckling means they all got into it.

The Osirion mission was straight forward. About the most fun I had was them tossing the halfling archerologist in first, her failing the perception check, and then the will save. The players ran with the description of the effects and thought she was possessed, when the wizard made a knowledge check for "What might have possessed her like this?" I answered the question honestly. :-) It wasn't until she was tied up and detect magic was cast that they realized it wasn't a possession. (That the halfling is crazy helped).

Finally the Sczarni/Qaderia mission. I substituted some of the NPCs for local Sczarni characters (my own, and not at the table) since they're wallpaper, it helped put faces to the family. The players did a good job of figuring the poem out, and thought to hire a sailor. I was disappointed at the mechanics. It seems rather easy to kill Guaril, and if not for a high level caster playing down, they'd have had a tougher fight. The 'mass skill checks' are going to be difficult for an entire party to pass, as it was they failed only one, but purely because they a) had that 7th level wizard in a low tier game and b) they hired the sailor. I like scenarios that impact the campaign timeline, but this seems REALLY biased to kill everyone's favourite Godfather wannabe.

All in all, despite the editing and formatting errors, it is enjoyable.

For GMs, I suggest 'borrowing' other PCs for background. My players were amused at the refernces to my PCs, and a couple others. (Though I forgot the chance for a gnome joke, sorry!)

**** RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

I figured out tonight what it was that bothered me about it.

Needing a boon.

I mean, I can understand a GM sheet like the GM boon we've gotten (I've not even used mine yet, to be honest) noting "Matthew's run 200 games, he gets a star back" (99 after tonight actually) or something like that. But *any* GM can use that and apply his stars towards it.

I don't like the idea of "You have to get a specific Con/Game Day boon to activate this."

Honestly? I'd rather have had the decision be 'no they don't recharge' 'yes they do recharge' or 'yes they do recharge 1 per 50 games' or something instead of 'why yes, you can recharge them, you just have to be in the right place at the right time to do it.'

My two C-bills.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

Shouldn't that be "A great Dread Pirate Valeros?"

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