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Global Organized Play Coordinator. FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 4,559 posts (4,594 including aliases). 3 reviews. 1 list. 2 wishlists. 6 Pathfinder Society characters. 2 aliases.


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Removed a post. If you have a tangent that does not pertain to the topic at hand, please make a separate post.

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Doug Miles wrote:
. Venture-Lieutenant Kyle Baird?

Haha

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There are 1487 tables of PFS and 211 tables of quests to report. Every one of them has to be entered manually by hand one at a time. Three volunteers are dedicating their time to enter these. Please give us a bit more time.

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Another option we can consider is to wait for 30-60 days after a book is released to update Additional Resources. This will allow plenty of time for the playerbase to give feedback on a book and all it contains so there is very little chance we ever miss anything.idont think that is the best option but it would almost eliminate someone choosing something that might later become an illegal option because it was missed and not recognized as too powerful for OP.

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I will be adding this as unavailable in Additonal resources on the next update. Thanks for the feedback.

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andreww wrote:
On the issue of table assignments how practical would it be for the numbers to be printed on the tablecloths? The signs were helpful but were often removed to make space.

The table cloths belong to the convention center so we can't print on them. It's why I had stand up, double sidedtable tents, as well as single sided table tents with the highest level of sticky side printed for every table. I'm not sure what you mean by removed because on Sunday, every table still had its sticky table tent still attached.

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Kadasbrass Loreweaver wrote:
But Mike, was lichdom achieved?

I don't need lichdom. I know what the Test of the Starstone is all about now ;-)

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I forgot to mention that of that total of 8,736 players seated, just over 500 of them were kids seated for Kid's Track!

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Please join me in congratulating Lucas Servideo as the newest recipient of the PFS Campaign Service Award.

Lucas has served as the Boston/North Shore Venture-Lieutenant for several years. His efforts have fostered growth and community cohesion in his region. He makes my job easier and I thank him for that. His PFS portfolios he produces with his own money and distributes for free among the playerbase have received the highest praise from the community and I encourage you to reach out to him to obtain a copy.

He has also done a tremendous job with the kid's track, both in his local area, and 2013 and 2014 Gen Cons. Single-handedly, he has turned my ideas for the Kid's track from good to great with his efforts. From doing television interviews to producing "draw your own goblin" coloring sheets, the kid's track program is stronger because of Lucas. I've had at least 10 parents come up to HQ this year at Gen Con to tell me how amazing the Kid's Track experience has been to their family, and specifically how much Lucas' efforts have personally created a lifelong memory for their child and converted their child to a Pathfinder fan.

A link to his interview talking about Kid's Track at Gen Con 2013 can be found HERE. His passion about the Kid's Track really shows.

He has my highest respect and most sincere thank you for all of his work. Without him, PFS would not be where it is today.

Congratulations Lucas Servideo. You are now PFS number 723 and one of the pillars that Society is built upon!

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If it is not located in the retirement section of scenarios, it is not currently retired. When it becomes retired, it will be moved to the retirement section. Until that time, it remains a valid play option.

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Please join me in congratulating Todd Morgan, Bob Jonquet, and Del Collins as the newest recipients of the PFS Campaign Service Award.

Todd has served as the Iowa Venture-Captain, then transitioned to the Venture-Captain of Omaha, NE, and has served since September 2011. His efforts have fostered growth and community cohesion in both regions.

Bob has served as the Chicago Venture-Captain, then transitioned to the Venture-Captain of Central and Southern Illinois and has served since October 2011. His efforts have fostered growth and community cohesion across the entire state of Illinois.

Both Todd and Bob worked throughout the past 11 months between last year's Gen Con and this year's, to help Jon Cary (a campaign service award recipient himself) and I formulate plans to make all aspects of PFS at Gen Con run more smoothly. They willingly gave up all of their 2014 Gen Con to make sure that more than 2,000 PFS fans had the best experience possible over the four days of the show. They served as my right hand men and helped me keep my sanity (and get a decent amount of sleep).

Del has served as the South Carolina Venture-Captain since October 2011. He is running his 499th reported PFS session at the Gen Con Special tonight. Through his affiliation with SCARAB, he has coordinated hundreds of conventions and game days throughout the Carolina's, southern Georgia, northern Florida, and Tennessee. He has also done some amazing work for various charities utilizing PFS.

All three have spent thousands of hours volunteering, and thousands of dollars out of their own pocket to make PFS amazing in their respective regions. All three are five star GMs.

All three have my highest respect and most sincere thank you for all of their volunteer work. Without them, PFS would not be where it is today. They exemplify the values of what organized play and community building is all about.

Congratulations Todd, Bob, and Del. You are now PFS numbers 720, 721, and 722 respectively, and one of the pillars that Society is built upon!

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Dorian, the Grey wrote:
LONG LIVE GRANDMASTER TORCH!!!

He shall live a very long time inside a certain mirror we house at the top of Skyreach Tower.

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TimD wrote:

When you correct the Aasimar-Tiefling typo, can you add a cut-off date to the requirement for aasimars & tieflings to have a chronicle sheet as you have on other grandfathered things in the guide? (so that a blog entry isn't needed to interpret the Additional Resources).

-TimD

All changes and corrections will be made after Gen Con since I'm already on the way to Indianapolis and responding from 33,000 feet in the air.

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You donate it to charity.

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Cheapy wrote:
Jayson MF Kip wrote:

So, 650 posts later, "It does what it says that it does."

AKA: "No change."

Well, I can't expect this to have not caught the attention of campaign leadership. I know that Mike reads just about every post here, even if he doesn't comment.

So who knows, maybe change will happen.

I have read each and every post. This will be dealt with when the new Additional Resources goes live tomorrow.

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Lou Diamond wrote:
Mike, are pregens for the ACG iconics going to released soon.

That's the plan.

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armac wrote:

Welcome Tonya, and best wishes for dealing with those unruly Ontario players - especially VC Shackleton. I mean, you're a VC like him so he'll probably allow you to address him by name and not make you bow in his presence... ;)

Probably not. When I met him, he wanted me to bow. When I asked him to show me what he meant, and he demonstrated the bow, I put my beer on his head since it made a good resting spot.

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Please join me in welcoming Tonya Woldridge on her promotion to VC of Ontario. She will be working with Glen Shackleton to share the load and split Ontario into sections for better PFS coverage. She served as VL in England for more than a year and her efforts will be certainly seen in Canada!

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The goal is to release Guide 6.0 and the updated Additional resources with both July and August releases on Monday's blog. This could change depending on art and layout's schedule, but that is the current plan.

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The hotel confirmations should be emailed to all tier 1 and 2 GMs by close of business on Monday.

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spectrevk wrote:
I don't mind seeing Aasimars and Tieflings go, but would it be so bad to get the elemental-blooded races into PFS standard play?

These were our GM boons this year and will remain our GM boons through Gen Con 2015. We didn't want to open them so soon and snub GMs who just received an elemental boon over the past few months. If you GM for a local convention, chances are, you will be able to pick one up.

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RainyDayNinja wrote:
If boons are going to be required for Aasimar and Tieflings, will more boons be coming into circulation?

Eventually yes, but no plans for right away.

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If you are looking to test them out without using them for credit, I suggest the retired scenarios first.

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The reason we decided the way we did is it is a lot of new stuff for GMs to tackle at one time, especially if they've had little or no exposure. We didn't want GMs to have to worry about three different ways to adjudicate the same rules system, with Harrow cards, normal cards, and dice. With making it standard across the board, using only the Harrow deck, the hope is that most GMs become familiar with mechanics much more quickly, thus ensuring that gameplay does not bog down. We may reevaluate in the future, but all Harrow related mechanics have only been legal for a month. Let's see how it goes for a year or so before even deciding if changes are needed.

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Dread Knight wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
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Paz wrote:
Nyhmboi wrote:
Just the fact that you have to acquire some weird boon by doing a con or at random to play something unique and fun and have a more characterful choice besides a elf or a dwarf feels like a huge back step for me.

So what do you propose the race boons, that are used to reward those volunteering at PFS events (worldwide and online) for their time, be replaced with?

I'm not afraid of change, I just think that the current system works very well, and nobody has proposed a better solution.

I would maybe suggest boons that open up other options that are locked out such as classes or archetypes that aren't currently legal like what they had for the Assassin maybe a boon to have access to the Blackfire Adept, the Siege Gunner or Undead Lord archetype, maybe a boon that lets you purchase 1 advanced firearm, or one that allows access to not currently legal item like a Blade of the Sword-Saint
So, if we do that, then we remove the items we like to use for charity auctions. What do you suggest we replace the charity item boons with?

Keep some of the things for charity auctions? Just because you change where some of them are doesn't mean they all have to go there.

Such as open Drow to people but have a rare con/charity boon where they can gain the Drow Noble feats, have Undead Lord be a con boon and Synthesist Summoner a charity boon, open Ifrits, Kitsune, and Goblins but have the Kasathe, Wyrwood, and Trox still be boons for cons/charity auctions.

Have a con boon for Blackfire Adept and a charity boon for a CN Anti-Paladin, a con boon for a single advanced firearm and a charity boon for a pistol of infinite sky, etc

Just as an aside, Drow aremt going to become legal.

Also, taking your example as a hypothetical, a year after we offer those options for charity, then we get someone coming to the message board advising those options should be open to all, just like you have done from last year's charity auctions.

There is never a point when people are going to stop asking for us to continue to open up more and more. We have to draw a line somewhere and we have.

Edit: We aren't adding boons for options we've removed from society play. They were removed because they weren't a good fit and introducing them back in creates more problems.

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BigNorseWolf wrote:

Or you can do an apples to apples comparison. You don't just compare [1 con] vs [1 game day] you compare [x tables of conning] vs [x tables of game days]. Its the prerequisite of having the games all bunched in together that seems incredibly arbitrary to me.

And if I compare as you are suggesting, then some game days will take 3 years reach the same amount of tables that one convention does in May, and a similar convention in the same region does in September. Surely, you aren't asking me to make the very unfair comparison of a game day with one game table on a Saturday with five players to one day at a convention that runs 75 players. If that's the case, then sure, I will compare the two. Contact me when that game day has completed 75 Saturdays.

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Shifty wrote:

I'm with BNW in that I would like to think that smaller 'events' would warrant the interesting boons. I get that large cons benefit from such a drawcard, however the hobby in general benefits from the drawcard of more accessible 'mini cons' and events that are more suburban in nature.

If these are already catered for with said boons and I am just 'not in the know' then fair enough, but I would like to think the chaps organising and GMing events are equally rewarded.

Edit: ok Saw Mikes post, that's some good numbers :)

As long as a smaller, local con runs 15 tables over three days,they receive the same boons as larger cons. They may only receive 4 different ones instead of 8, but they do receive the same exact ones, including race boons for GMs.

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Paz wrote:


To me, there's a big difference between running a weekly game for your friends at your local games club, and running several slots at a major convention, whether it's running the latest Special, or running several slots of the Confirmation and introducing a whole load of new people to PFS.

This assumes that convention play is more likely to bring in new players, an assumption I can't see any rationale for.

There have been at least 8 conventions this year that have given out at least 75 new PFS numbers over the course of the three day show. How much more rationale do you need that a regional convention attracts more new players than a local game day?

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Snorter wrote:

That looks like a big pile of Reaper 'Bones', to me.

If Mike backed the Kickstarter, at 'Vampire' level or above, he'll need all hands on deck, to get through them all.

Shhh.....please don't tell the wife. I have like two giant boxes of Bones KS minis, as well as another medium box of a Reaper minis from the last 10 years or so. They are all hidden in the back of the closet ;-)

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The Fourth Horseman wrote:
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Kyshkumen wrote:
Yeah I am curious about that too. What's your secret Mike, do you not take GM credits?
No GM credit and no replays.
So here's the follow up question: were you to apply the GM credits, how many instant seekers would you have? ;)

Likely enough to create my own table for EoT ;-)

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Kyshkumen wrote:
Yeah I am curious about that too. What's your secret Mike, do you not take GM credits?

No GM credit and no replays.

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It is my distinct honor to have been able to recognize both England Venture-Captains Rob Silk and Dave Harrison at tonight's PaizoCon Banquet, as the 2014 Paizo Publishing co-volunteers of the year. I will be presenting the award to both of you in a few weeks at PaizoCon UK.

Your tireless efforts to growing Pathfinder RPG and Pathfinder Society, as well as your dedication to building and growing your local gaming community is commendable and deserving of the highest respect of all of us here at Paizo Publishing.

Thank you for everything you have given back to Pathfinder. It is greatly appreciated.

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Painlord wrote:


PFSers Kristina from Texas and Sarah from Idaho are helping run the ACG. It's awesome how PFS volunteers (and VOs) give their time around here.

This times 1000%. Thank you is not enough to express my gratitude for the awesome volunteers so I've been buying as much coffee and bagels as they can consume.

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There is no GM meeting this year. We are just opening the hall from 3-5 pm so volunteers can pick up their badges, shirts, books, etc... at their leisure.

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Mimo Tomblebur wrote:
Is there any news on exactly what the time frame is for picking up our GM badges on Wednesday? I'm trying to schedule my pre-Gen Con activities as well.

Wednesday from 3-5 pm in the Sagamore.

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Ok folks. This conversation has moved from PFS specific to a more general topic. Please bring it back to a PFS focus or we will move it to a forum that is a better fit for the topic.

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thistledown wrote:
Well, I got the season closer, but I still haven't gotten Merchant's Wake.

There are 278 volunteers. I have to manually enter each scenario into each GM account. It's going to take a few weeks.

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That's a question for the design team for the overall rules set and not just PFS. We don't allow creating custom items in PFS for numerous reasons. It sounds what you are asking for is a custom item that isn't listed in any Rulebook. Please ask your question a few forums up so the design team can address.

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So I finally finished reading the playtest of 6-00: Legacy of the Stonelords, cover to cover. I'm excited because I think it is going to be a very good special event.

However, it is only about 2/3 of the final adventure that will debut at Gen Con and be available across the world for global play for a year. In that first 2/3, there is so much awesome that it could stand by itself as a special. HOWEVER.....

I'm even more excited because I know what comes next in the final 1/3 of the adventure. It is a twist that very few will see. It is going to be a fantastic experience. I can't wait to see the reaction in the Sagamore when the room thinks the special is over and it is just ramping up to start the epic conclusion.

This is going to be fun and I am going to explode not being able to talk about the true ending for a full 6 weeks.

Play and GM and thoroughly enjoy this playtest folks. It is going to be a very fun time. But, just wait until you finally get to see the last 1/3 of the adventure. I think you are going to truly enjoy what more is coming!

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