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Sorry from a story aspect this in no logical connection here. The Scarab Sages are now an independent body and only really connected there because thats where the Dragon was found etc. The Risen Guard are an elite group sworn to safeguard the life of the Ruby Prince (in this case). It makes no sense story wise why the Ruby Prince would have you brought back to life to aid the Scarab Sages.
TBH, I think ALL the pp vanities need to be looked at and change. You cannot change effectively all the factions and keep the same vanities.
DrJill: I know where you are coming from here as I had the exact Issue. I like to build characters in society to theme... or in this case the theme of the Season.
Roland Whitebane is my Iomedae Paladin. I decided that he was somewhat gullible and a little bit innocent of heart.. he follows the compasionate redemptive side of Iomedae over her more martial aspects (although he can still fight as well as most).
I created him early in the piece of Season 5 and wrote his backstory to be that he was a representative to the Grand Lodge/Society from the Court of the Queen of Mendev. He was there to take part in the quest to find the skycitadel and to report back to his country and queen on how the Society was keeping up its part of the bargain.
His fellow Crusaders however think that he is a little too weak of heart to be fully committed on the walls and borders of the worldwound and Ive always tried to play him a little less gung ho and more trusting.
As the Grand Lodge really is the true Central hub/grouping of the society it would make sense that any such 'loaned' character would be operating out of it.
Hes now Level 10 and I must admit with the focus turned to Numeria Im finding it a little difficult to justify his reasons for contuining on to there with the focus of the Worldwound gone. I may just play him now in either Demon orientated scenarios or any future revisits to the Worldwound.
So nobody else had to fight a CLOCKWORK DRAGON in the final Throne battle? I was on a 10-11 table at Paizocon and apparently because we finished off the BBEG so quickly, it was decided we were good to fight a CR 14-15? Clockwork Dragon. (Which also died big time).
I had a great time though and we were right in the very corner of the room a long way away from the annoucements
I thought Id better chip in here before I forget.
I got back from my mammoth 35 day trek around America last week, and part of that was Paizocon.
Now Ive never really been to an American con before so I didnt know what to expect. Sure Ive been told what to expect, but like most things gaming related you dont really know it until you play it/ participate in it.
Ive already forgotten most of the name sadly, but I had a enjoyable game pre con with Shadows fall on Absalom. Thanks to the guys who were in that game.
Like many I put my name down for as many lottery games as I could. One of my choices was a Freeport game run by Chris Pramas. Now Ive heard of Freeport for a long time, but due to circumstance had never played in it. Were were told a tale of 2 sides and whilst I wont spoiler it the first thing I had to do was change the character name.. Valeros is not a fitting pirate/privateer name at all.
A Very enjoyable experience though.
I had also wanted to try out the Neo Exodus game. Im on a list and occasionally here about happenings in the game and the fact that I could like PFS build a character along. Sadly not everyone turned up for this and the table folded. I wasnt able to get in on another table , but spent this time perusing the Paizocon store so it wasnt wasted time.
Then came the special which was a very.. different experience. All those gamers into one albeit very large room is an experience I had never contemplated before. At the start I was having a great deal of difficulty hearing people and I was only sitting 2 seats from the dm. But after a while the noise behind tends to cancel each other out. I wont say its the most pleasant way to game, but the Scenario more than made up that. I had a great time, backed up in the knowledge Ill get to run it for others if asked and play it again in its full form.
(This was the beginning of my run with this GM from Seattle. Sadly his name escapes me but I believe him to be THE VC or VL.)
I managed to get in several more games, giving myself enough time in the day to move around to different tables, eat, go for a walk to get some exercise and sleep.
A big thankyou to the organisers , people I played with, my fellow bloatmage (man that voice you had going on must of killed you!), my gms (I really should write these names down) and anyone else I ran into whilst I was there.
As the lone Australian (although I heard there was a New Zealander present but avoided them :) ), everyone was very generous with their time and energy.
If I ever manage to get to America again Ill definetly consider Paizocon again.
Put it this way. Its an Illegal act, because no character can receieve a chronicle sheet for the same game twice.
What I would do.. and this is just me. Id go to my local VC and explain what I did. Obviously nobody has taken a look via an audit at this part of your character.
As long as your games are all reported it would then be a case of getting the VC to sign off on all freshly reprinted new chronicle sheets. (as obviously it would be nigh impossible to find all those other gms to get it done). Whatever you do .. do not make changes to existing sheets
A) They will already have writing on them
My only issue here is the blog title:
PaizoCon Event Registration Closes Soon!
It would of read more accurately as:
PaizoCon Lottery Registration Closes Soon!
For a momentary second I did panic because I knew I hadnt entered my event signups yet, then realised this was actually referring to the lottery.
GM Lamplighter: I do sorta agree more and more with the version of the society that is appearing and what you are saying rings true.
I take it from a different view however.
What I think we are seeing more and more is characters that are built due a power factor or cool factor or concept factor... but characters that have no reason to BE in the society or have any close tie to any faction. The faction is shoehorned onto the character (or vice versa) to make it playable in society but never truly fits. Im guilty of this in the past too.
It also links up in a way to parties now of CN characters, and that alignment picked solely so they can either play up the 'oh my character is just like that, he gets p$%#32d off easily and is irritable'. The best example is when a baddie slaps down a spell that targets good aligned and lawful aligned characters and nobody takes full or even half damage.
Myrddin: I completely ignored that map. A ) No PC is really ever going to get a copy.
Ive run this 5 times? 4 .. maybe. Only once has a single player ever had the foresight to see if they can get a layout of the Sewers. I did a quick sketch. So I more or less ignore that little map with the ships.
My favorite encounter is the Bard one. Or rather the 'We are knocking at the door for your stuff!... so let us in). Ive had people caltrop the entrance, grease the entrance, set fire to the entrance.
My favorite however was the 'bard off'. Where It was the Party Bard, vs the Steel Wyvern leader. It was a tale of 2 songs.
I also had a lot of fun roleplaying the Prince. He has knighted several party members to carry the good name of his word into Andoran.
Thanks for all the responses!
Im currently in the process of formulating my plans in New York City.
At the moment
Am Looking to go to a Mets/ Atlanta game.
Ill Keep Wednesday open for the Cafe game.
Mystic : 2 things here
A) Season 3 was the last season designed for 4 characters/ 4 players. That means that as soon as you add another character.. or even 2 more in this case you are introducing a destabilising influence on the encounter setup. 2 more players means 2 more set of actions each round, 2 more characters for the BBEG to target, more spells and so on.
B) During combat tactics. Sometimes for what the creature can do these make no sense. Just keep in mind you can modify this to react against certain things. Id certainly be breathing the dragons breath on spellcasters/ ranged types.
First time Ive had to do one of these!
Friday, July 4
Slot 1 (0800-1300): Lottery (Piercing the Emerald Spire hopefully!)
Saturday, July 5
Slot 4 (0800-1300): Sealed Gate
Sunday, July 6
Slot 6 (0900-1400): Lottery (Out of Retirement)