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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. FullStarFullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 13,964 posts (14,036 including aliases). 14 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 16 Pathfinder Society characters. 3 aliases.


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Knightfall was also a "Let's show people how much a 90's Batman would suck." Kind of like how John Walker was a "Let's show why it's Steve Rogers that makes Captain America."

I'd hope that the intent is 'Dick Grayson is a different Batman than Batman.'

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Freehold DM wrote:

How did I know you would go in this direction?

Sam in his costume is all well and good, but ensures he will remain a side-kick with no title of his own beyond a limited series. An eternal second banana getting a pat on the back every now and again. Which seems to be how you like it.

*Yawn* Given that I've collected War Machine and enjoyed the book and not Iron Man, clearly you don't know me at all.

I'm surprised to see you admit that Sam can't support his own book.

I'm just arguing for the same diversity we're seeing in yet another 'not Steve as Cap' storyline and 'Not Thor as Thor.' What's wrong with diversity?

(aside, I was irritated about the change in Batwing even though I don't collect the book. Making 'the Batman of Africa' an American seemed to defeat the purpose.)

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I've heard this called 'Capman Beyond' because Sam's in the suit, but Steve will be 'at home' in radio contact. AKA Terry and Bruce's relationship.

Like thejeff, I see Steve Rogers as Cap. Not just the serum and the suit, but the personality of Steve. The movies have really emphasized that aspect as well.

Cap loses his costume/powers every 5-10 years. Like Wolverine and his healing factor. Steve will wear the costume again.

I like Sam, but I like him in his own costume. Steve is Cap, Rhodey is War Machine, Sam is Falcon, and Dick is Nightwing.

Now if Marvel really wanted to 'mix things up' let's take a white farmer in Zimbabwe who lost his home to Mugabe's thugs and have him become king of Wakanda...

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Ok, just to clarify

Surprise round, flat footed until you act.

Regular round, you go back to flat footed before you act in the regular round?

I am 99.9% sure that's wrong, but it's come up at a few tables.

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Just getting caught up.

I heard about the ruling from the local VL.

My thing is, since I'm unemployed (again) I'll be able to make gaming tomorrow. I was planning to play a couple high tier scenarios, but now will likely be playing Accursed halls and shades of ice, with brand new level 1's to get a couple 'planetouched credits' under my belt for future concepts that might come up. As opposed to going for that half orc slayer. She can wait until after the 14th.

As to the new races, no concepts come to mind for me yet. Well except for the musket master kitsune. Think Rocket Raccoon as a fox.

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Interesting. Guess I'd better run some more confirmations for 'blobs of GM credit' if i've another T or A idea...

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FLite wrote:
Or get Mithral Kikko. Medium armor, counts as light (yay mithral) ACP 0 (so who cares if your wolf is proficient, all it means is he takes a -0 penalty on attacks.) +5 AC for 12.5 lbs

oooh, thank you for the kikko. It will be expensive, but I've the noquil boon from *redacted*

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I'm at 126, but no barding for the wolf yet. I want the full 60' movement. Yes I'm greedy. (Plus if I put stat increases in strength, I can put a cloak of protection on him)

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Ok, playing around with a gnome horselord and just hit level four. So I want to make sure I'm doing this right and legal. For my wolf to carry me and all my gear...

1) I take the feat 'extra item slot' setting it for 'shoulders'

2) then I can buy my wolf muleback cords, so he can carry me, my gear and his saddle, bit, etc.

Am I correct?

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Hmm, Shankar might find the Dark Vault or the Scarab Sages his ball of wax.

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Applesauce fun:

Spoiler:

Our elf ranger knocked applesauce into negatives, but our cleric saved him. Given the rural nature of the community, the kid tells his dad, "The tall skinny lady with the dark eyes just hauled off an' kilt Applesauce, then he," points to cleric, "brought 'im back to life!"

The elf got looks from the rest of the town after that, killing the poor boy's pet like that.

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Michael Brock wrote:
Ok all. After discussing it at the meeting today, the team has decided this scenario is just too important to the fundamentals of the Society for anyone to miss. So, it will be available for open play with no minimum table requirements. Enjoy!

Awesome! Thank you for the revisit and the yummy goodness.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

Heh, my favourite of the Prime cast was Ratchet. I have the little Ratchet and Airraid toys. I'd love to get an Arcee though.

Well and of course Peter Cullen's comforting Prime voice.

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Freehold DM wrote:
Loved transformers prime. Loved arcee, the approach to violence and death, and the kids grew on me over time.

They grew on me too, though I was glad for a kidless conclusion movie.

Of course I loved Arcee, I'm biased though, her voice actress is a) hot and b) a local girl.

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John,

I would like to add my voice to this not being an 'exclusive'.

While I've had great fun playing Race for the Runecarved Key, and Blood over Absalom (and likely Diamond City when it becomes available)* none of these have been as 'game changing' as The Paths We Choose sounds. Based on the limited data, I'd say please open it up and skip the exclusion period.

*

Spoiler:
We've been blessed enough to run the specials as restaurant events, and are about to outgrow our host eatery

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One other thing I forgot about running this...

I have an 'Appalachian twang' that normally lays dormant, but I brought it out in force for this. Every NPC they met looked them up and down, and said, 'y'aren't from 'round here, are ya?"

So much that the party started saying "No, we're not from around here." before I could say it.

If you really play them up as nice but strange backwoods folk, it works best.

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Best line of Detect Evil...

"I detect evil on the mayor!"

"He radiates evil."

"Really?"

"He's a poltician."

"Oh yeah, right."

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Rampant speculation on Sczarni

Spoiler:
If they get changed like Andoran/Cheliax I'd bet they're going to be the 'shipping and handling' group in the society. Think Qaderia being the folks who get the contacts and the deals, and the Sczarni ship them home.

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I do wonder how it will affect the boon on Broken Chains...

At least my Taldan witch will still be an eagle knight (and baroness of Almas) :-)

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Farrindor wrote:
The Paracountess as the Guardian of Warehouse 13... fear that.

So.. Paracelsus as caretaker. Got it.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

Good afternoon Stephanie,

Cincinnati and Dayton both have an active PFS community. Send him to OhioPFS.org :-)

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Well at least I'm not alone. I thought maybe reporting Origins broke the system.

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Ok so how do Origins goers get the mini?

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I'm just wondering about the DC 15. I mean if someone sees you set it up, do you really need a perception check to see it?

Just wonder, since we've a PFS PC who sets them up in combat.

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LazarX wrote:
Cthulhudrew wrote:
Yes, it would be nice to see a better take on Ghost Rider than the Nick Cage movies.
I rather liked the first one, especially since it included the Original Ghost Rider. And it even gave a shoutout to the shotgun that the Riderless Johnny Blaze uses now.

I liked the first one, I thought they did a good job of merging the different Ghost Riders (70's Blaze, Ketch, and modern Blaze). I'd have liked it if one of the cops was Badalino, and I liked how they did the (Ketch era) Pennance Stare.

World of Ham or not, at least Cage loves his work. :-)

With the Phantom/Ghost Rider also having aspects of the Caretaker from the Ketch Era, I think they could have developed into more of the Midnight Sons from the 90's as well. (Darkhold would have made a good TV show format, and I'd love to have the Nightstalkers back. Give me Frank and 'Linda' please. :-))

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

Heroism. An extended heroism gives my 7th level bard his +2 for 140 min. Two hours is a lot of time in a dungeon.

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Matthew Pittard wrote:

No I mean a faction within Cheliax who want Thrune gone and replaced ( go back to the way they used to be etc etc)

Id be hard pressed to create 2 Andoran subfactions.

Based on the scenarios...

Spoiler:
A new nobility vs idealist split comes to mind.

For Taldor, a pro-Eutropia vs patriarchy split comes to mind.

Qadera you get the Saranite factions warring.

Osiron it is the battle of the sages! :-)

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

I like the overview in this blog. It does make me start to plot out a "mini arc" for PFS...

Comic book invasion to hook new players in.
Master of the fallen fortress (new characters making their name as adventurers leading into joining the society)
First steps 1: errand boys of the society.
The Confirmation: final exam time
Rise of the Goblin Guild: back to Magnimar, also nice callback to comic book invasion.
Night march of Kalkamedes: Another side of Shelia.
Other Maginamar/Lost coast scenarios, culminating in...
Dawn of the Scarlet Sun.

(Aside: thanks to Origins, I always picture/play Shelia with Harvey Firestein's voice.)

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

I loved/love PAD's runs on X-factor. He mixes humor and pain so well.

He also gave us PMS, which really redefined Quicksilver.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

Not so much feats, but don't underestimate trick arrows from the alchemy manual.

Tangleshot arrows never get old for medium sized opponents. Even if they make the trivial reflex save to keep from being stuck to the floor, you've penalized them and they still have to burn an action to get free. My archerologist just hit seven and still shoots them.

Also if your umd is good, look at wands/spell page of aspect of the falcon and a metamagic rod of extend, to get your heroism lasting 20 min a level.

A bard cohort is also a good use of leadership. His performance stacks with yours :-)

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Jiggy wrote:
Matthew Morris wrote:

I pronounce it like Johnathan does in "The Mummy"...

Ay-men-OH-fiss

I was about to chime in with the Mummy reference, as that's how I pronounce it too.

However, what you wrote isn't how I remember them pronouncing it in that movie. I thought they pronounced it "ah-MEN-o-fis"...?

An excuse to watch the Mummy and drool over Patricia Vasquez and Rachel Weiz again? How can I resist?

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thejeff wrote:
Matthew Morris wrote:

Also don't forget that some "powers" don't start as offensive The Guardian/Vindicator battlesuit started as mining gear. Exlier's mutation was just healing, etc.

And how do you "register" powers like Forge's or Cypher's? What is the noticeable difference between Forge, Roger Bochs, and Tony Stark?

You turn your "mutant detector" on and see if he pings?

And damn straight they're watching people like Stark. An inventive genius on that level? Far, far beyond anyone in the real world, btw. That's an asset or a threat. Of course they're watching him.

Well mutant scanning aside...

My point was that being able to build the Guardian suit, Box armor*, or even iron Man/War Machine/Rescue armors isn't a "power" Forge just does it faster. The line starts to blur between Forge (mutant power is building things) Hank McCoy (mutant whose power is not tied to his intellect) and Tony Stark or Bill Gates.

IOW, if Tony didn't use the armor, and just maintained a suit for Rhodey, which one would register.

*Obviously, Madison Jeffrey's version does require powers...

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I pronounce it like Johnathan does in "The Mummy" also as a result of that my half orc calls him "Purple Stork Man"

Ay-men-OH-fiss

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I had a half elf lore warden/rogue who took iron will and dual minded. Always surprised GMs that his lowest save was fortitude...

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Also don't forget that some "powers" don't start as offensive The Guardian/Vindicator battlesuit started as mining gear. Exlier's mutation was just healing, etc.

And how do you "register" powers like Forge's or Cypher's? What is the noticeable difference between Forge, Roger Bochs, and Tony Stark?

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Paz wrote:

I'm a charter subscriber, so no.

There are a very small number of PFS-specific purchases that I've made, e.g. GameMastery Maps used by encounters in scenarios I'm running at conventions.

This as well for me.

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If he's parkour running, using spider climb does that make the ma Roshad the Golarion equivalent of Peter?

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Well I like to use music to set the mood. When I ran The Disappeared I queued up "The Plot" from the original Mission Impossible when they were working on the cypher. I also player the Magnificent Seven theme for the mission briefing for Defenders of Nesting Swallow, and the A Team theme when they were plotting how to do the defending.

Battlestar Operatica also works for chamber music. :-)

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Chris Mortika wrote:

Matt,

Badoon?

Alien race that conquered Earth in the original Guardians of the Galaxy comic. I think they showed up in a recent Captain Marvel book. Just figured I'd toss them out there. :-)

Maybe we'll see a badoon platoon on the moon.

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It seems to me they've set up the second season for themes of identity.

*Colson's dealing with the influence of the drug/Supreme intelligence

*Fitz recovering from brain damage. How much of him is still him if he's normal intelligence?

*Skye dealing with her inhuman/kree/badoon heritage?

*Hopefully Ward trying to find who Ward is without a "Garret and" in front of his name.

Heck, depending on Fitz's state, there are some potential parallels between him and Ward if they've both lost key parts of themselves.

Edit: and Fury confirming that T.A.H.I.T.I. did save an Avenger was a moment of heartwarming by itself.

Edit 2: what if the doodle is a circuit diagram for a certain maleveloent A.I.?

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Spiral_Ninja wrote:

As the build-up started, I was saying 'of course, of course...why was anyone expecting...', then....

Grey Lensman wrote:
"Hey guys! I found it!"

Bwahahahahahahahahah!

Few things make me laugh out loud, that was one of them.

Also the return of that gun. "I know what it does."

The doodles look familiar, but I can't place 'em.

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I'll provide more context when I get home, but one of the acts of Iomadae has a different city in ISG than the scenario. Really confused me when I was using my book while another player was using the handouts...

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Ok, for something completely different...

I'm in the mood for stories on how parties talked their way out of combats.

My contribution, Level 1 Thornkeep:

Spoiler:
due to some high stealth, and higher diplomancy, I got the goblins playing dice to agree to a game. If we won, we'd be able to enter the tunnels. The cleric had a candle, so I had her light one, and the game was the three gobbos and I would each take turns holding our hand over the flame. Whomever held out the longest won the game.

I was playing a tiefling... So not only talked our way out of an encounter, I won the pot too :-)

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Tacticslion wrote:

I don't think he's saying it makes it right (which it isn't), but rather that it makes sense (which it does).

That's a pretty important difference.

EDIT: for better word-choice.

Exactly. We (humans) fear what we can't understand.

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DeathQuaker wrote:

I do wish Arrow had a theme song. All Superheroes should have a theme song. Duhn duhn dun dun dun dun duhn duhn! Doesn't cut it. Maybe we should write one.

Amusing aside. In "To another shore" Green Arrow sings his own theme music at one point.

And Wonder Woman reads from my favorite poem!

OK carry on

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Interesting that I've pictured similar political realities in Taldor.

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Drogon, still on my phone here but maybe it is my mentality not jiving with yours.

I'm thinking more of the situation previously outlined of "table fails to coalesce gm left going home because he can't replay for no credit." Not "hey Drogon is running 5-45 Burn down the Blakros Museum again! Let's fill all those slots because he's awesome."

Maybe that's my disconnect. I'm thinking of good people in bad situations. Not as an all the time thing.

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Not sure who is reskinning though. There's nothing saying that you lose your powers for leaving the big R, anymore than a member of the lion blade prestige class loses those powers when they get caught in <redacted>.

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Oh, I'd add the GM should still hold power of veto. Whether it be because the player is a jerk, will spoil the surprises or will else wise ruin the SCE scenario. (Like bringing his level 11 saurian druid to "5th man" a table of four level 7s)

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OK. On break at work so excuse phone typos.

The advantages I see for allowing noncredit five + replays.

Society benefit: if there are two tables+ signed and one doesn't go off due to cancelations, neither GM has to sit it out and no one has to sit through a "cold run" of a new scenario. It also means that at least one person's prep isn't wasted.

It benefits new players in that if you get s batch of walk ins you can run an older scenario and not slaughter the new characters.

Play play play!

It helps avoid the "table of death" in season 4 (5 players, barely in tier) by giving that sixth body. Maybe even filling a hole.

Personally? Many of our locals have characters that we'd love to see interact in a scenario. If a local gets her Ulfen up to 7th level, and someone is running where mammoths fear to tread, we'd both enjoy me replaying it with Ksenia for no credit, for example.

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