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Michael Brock wrote:
Does this mean my Irrisen characters might actually learn Russian?
Victor Zajic wrote:
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."
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)
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."
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.
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. ;-)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So you're saying Theresa Heinz-Kerry is African American?
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.
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. :-)
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.
Bob Jonquet wrote:
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.
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)
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!)
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.
My Archeologists have personalities and backstories that are growing still. (For example, after some amazing acrobatics and climb checks, Shankar now yells 'Parkour!" right before he makes a jump.
I've three (maybe 4 after tonight) blobs of outsider, one assimar, two tieflings in case I have to move to Florida.*
*[spoiler]Most of my characters records are a mess, including the archeologists, so I wanted a couple spare outsiders if I have re relocate outside of Columbus, where that would be an issue.[spoiler]
I think (hope!) we'll see a movie or two not tied to the stones (Iron Man 1 & 2 were kind of retroactively tied in).
And I just wish we could see Hank and Janet as they were shown in Avengers:EMH. I loved that take on Janet.
I'm unclear on the 'recharge' thing too (especially since my life is in flux right now).
So is it a 'con' boon as in it will show up if i'm still in Columbus and GM next year, or is it going to be a PaizoCon/GenCon only thing, like some of the race boons.
If it's the former i'm fine (even if it means I'll have to find cons in Florida) if it's the later... I'm put out.
It's ok to be confused. I live in that a lot.
My point posting here was to address the subject, not the character. Basically Paizo does engage in viewpoint discrimination, and it's not a bad thing in and of itself. On reflection, I find it kind of sad that the character is being defined as 'the trans iconic' rather than 'the shaman iconic' I mean Seelah isn't 'the black iconic' she's 'the paladin iconic'* Valeros is 'the fighter iconic'.
Likewise, if the iconic swashbuckler was defined as 'the left handed one' I'd still want her to be 'the swashbuckler iconic' and not 'the left handed iconic'. Just like Kyra is still 'the cleric iconic' and not 'the gay iconic' to most. I see it as a paradox, the stated goal of the LBGTALPHABETSOUP group is 'tolerance' but then when one is included as 'just another character' like the shaman, the conversation (for good and bad) focuses on what makes her different.
Funny story. I was running a scenario where a new (to me) player was playing the Seelah iconic. The BBEG becomes obsessed on one of the PCs, I chose him. After some probing questions, he looks at her picture, looks up at me and says, "This is because i'm black, isn't it!" Laughter ensued.
Kirth Gersen wrote:
Amusingly I looked around the movie theater at the end of X-2 and you could tell the comic book readers from the people who didn't. The comic book readers were leaning forward hoping to see the Phoenix Force in full CGI glory, while the non readers were 'what's with all this fire stuff?'
it's my understanding that the *original* X-3 idea was to build on Magneto's gadget in X-1, that not only did it mutate humans, it increased mutant powers. So the original cast, along with Magneto's Brotherhood were getting more powerful in the second movie and that would foreshadow a powered up Jean/Phoenix in the third movie. Would have made a nice compromise between giving us a movie Phoenix force and avoiding all the comic baggage. Might also have given us Fameke Jansen vamping it up as Dark Phoenix and not Zombie Phoenix.
Cintra Bristol wrote:
Cintra, that's the point I'm trying to make. Paizo doesn't *need* to make Seelah dark skinned, Kyra bi/gay (per the comics) or any female iconics at all. They *choose* to. Which means they spend the tine and effort to take those steps. I'm not complaining about it.
Erik's post confirms what I've said, they choose not to check the 'diversity box' of making a left handed iconic to represent lefties, because they feel the effort isn't worth it.
understanding that, some people might not feel it is worth the effort to make a Transconic, or a female iconic. You can disagree with them, but understand they feel they have a valid viewpoint.
(Aside, actually the minis are a perfect example. the first iconic Valeros mini was 'flipped' from the art, resulting in the longsword in his left hand. new Valeros matches the art, and as a result the minis don't match. I noticed it, but didn't think it worth commenting on. i chuckled and moved on.)
(Second aside, Mikaze noted that all the pictures of Aroden show him left handed. I joked that it meant the left handed iconic was a god)
As said above, Viewpoint discrimination is fine for private companies/organizations.
My 'issue' with the Transconic is the fanfair. Really, my real reaction is 'ah, so that's the trans iconic. *shrug*' If it was an issue at my tables I'd edit it out.*
Part of my semi-sarcastic pointing out of there not being a left handed iconic (seriously, we're 10% of the population!) is that being 'diverse' always runs into limits. Paizo expends the effort (in art orders, writing etc.) to make 'diverse' iconics of colour gender and sexuality. Paizo also puts a limit on how many resources they wish to put into making their iconics and their products truly diverse. Thus no left handed iconic because the expense of layout and ordering art is too much for them to justify making 10% of the population feel included.**
Aside the second, the Yeth Hound's 'Sinister Bite' needs to be renamed. That attack is using an offensive word.
There is nothing stopping someone from putting "PATHFINDR SUX ROX BECAUSE OF THEIR QUEERTY ICONICS" on a Facebook post, or a blog post, or putting it in the paper (well except those sites policies as well). If someone wants to put the same thing on the boards, then they can deal with the consequences of their actions.
Also, remember tolerance works both ways though. If a person gets enraged that their choices are considered 'wrong' by someone, then take a deep breath before attacking them for being 'wrong'. Else you're guilty of the same thing you're accusing the other of.***
Just like I edit Zarta's BDSM fetishes if I'm running First Steps, The Disappeared, or anything else that involves Zarta's bedroom, if there are kids there. Hells, for all I know, the kids are growing up in a D/s household where they know full well what those things are, because they've seen mommy cleaning them. But it's not my place to bring in the PG 13 aspects of life to kids. Better to err on the side of caution.
Of course, Left handiness makes us inherently superior, so we don't need iconics. :P
I'm specifically thinking of the 'change the body vs. change the mind' aspects of the transconic discussion. I just commented on the depression treatment changing the person inside, since I can speak directly to that. When I read the hostility to it in 'no that's wrong, you should change the body' I find myself wondering if they'd support amputations of Body integrity identity disorder instead of medicinal/psychological treatment.
Oh I know, and as,much fun as Rovagug worshiping hive ships vs. Numerian inspired replicator based androids of Saranae may be, I was thinking of a galaxy so far from earth that the wreck is a similar size and design as Destiny, but with more automation.