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Global Organized Play Coordinator. FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 5,069 posts (5,108 including aliases). 3 reviews. 1 list. 2 wishlists. 6 Pathfinder Society characters. 2 aliases.


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I update Additional Resources every month. I will get this added within the next month, along with the other new releases, just like I do every month. The next update may be delayed a week or two due to PaizoCon and Origins back to back, but it will get done. Most likely timeframe will be a week or two after I get back from Origins.

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Nefreet wrote:
"John Compton! We could really use that 'The Story So Far' writeup right about now!"

Very soon

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
An alternative path besides cons would be nice. Waiting for the races to trickle down is still better than nothing though

People can earn race boons by GMing at online conventions as well.

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Please join me in congratulating the five newest campaign service award recipients. The recipients include:

VC Andrew Christian
VC Dan Simon
VC Brent Jans
VC Jon Dehning
VL Jester Deren

Their efforts have fostered growth and community cohesion in their respective regions. They make my job easier and I thank them for that. Their PFS Work with large regional conventions and local charities places them as pillars of the community and members of the community that people can look to as an outstanding PFS example.

All five have served more than 1,000 days each as venture officers.

They have my highest respect and most sincere thank you for all of their work. Without them, PFS would not be where it is today.

Congratulations Andrew Christian. You are now PFS number 724!
Congratulations Dan Simons. You are now PFS number 725!
Congratulations Brent Jans. You are now PFS number 726!
Congratulations Jon Dehning. You are now PFS number 727!
Congratulations Jester Deren. You are now PFS number 728!

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Cthulhudrew wrote:

I heard the next AP is going to be a combination space-travel/classic dungeon crawl/mystery of Nex/ninjas and dinosaurs/and dragon AP.

That's just what I've heard.

In my head.

<_< >_>

You forgot the yellow submarine with Numerian technology.

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A big thank you goes out to Jonathan Choy, aka...TetsujinOni, for coming to the Paizo office yesterday and helping me work on Guide 7.0 for 3-4 hours.

Jon took notes from the message board posts, made a list, and we worked together on the new Guide. We eliminated some things (should be 7-8 pages shorter), rearranged some info to make it flow better, deleted some unnecessary text, clarified some confusing language, moved info to different parts of the Guide that made more since (for example, character retraining to After the Adventure section instead of in the character creation section), etc....

Overall, the Guide will be more concise, user friendly, and a better product, and a good amount of credit goes to Jon for that!

Thanks!

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Jeff Merola wrote:
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Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
Worse, the last one is a diviner with nothing but school spells prepped for the most part and she just stands there waiting.

She saw it coming.

** spoiler omitted **

And yes, she could have likely prepped and been ready for it. But, I think the author wanted to make the PCs the hero of the conclusion and is why it was written as such. The only other option there, if you want to make it closer to "reality" is have her prepared and let the PCs watch the final battle instead of actually having a hand in it.

Well, my original post was more referring to events that happen after Eyes, but for that instance there's definitely a middle ground between "Sits and waits for death" and "Makes the PCs unnecessary." She could've had defensive buffs to buy more time for the PCs. She could've laid a trap, not actually being there in the final room but making everyone think she was, to get [REDACTED] to show himself for the PCs to take down.

Maybe she divined it in the morning after she had already memorized spells. Who knows? It is what it is and why we are taking steps to do what we can to change not only the perception of the society throughout Golarion, but also from top to bottom in the organization.

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Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
I'm aware of why it was done. That didn't stop my players from yelling at her to DO something about her imminent demise.

Two groups I've run through it have said the same thing. Maybe she is depressed and just wants to die. /shrug maybe it's her way of going to jump off a cliff or in a lake ;-)

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Interesting question and a post I will follow with interest as I update Guide 7.0. However, goblins and orcs aren't being considered anytime in the foreseeable future. There are other interesting races that may fit nicely though.

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dinketry wrote:

I have just realized with horror that I was not signed up for this event......is there anything that can be done?

-Paul

We will make sure anyone coming all the way from New Zealand has a seat. Don't sweat it.

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If you can breathe more life into your own PC, and provide the table a memorable experience, go for it!

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Go ahead and run it if you like. I assume people coming to PaizoCon to play it won't play it before then.

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Oh, I know!

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No, I don't need to be told it is appreciated more. I understand it is. I need not be accused of being trolling or prickly when I'm just having a conversation. That is appreciated in and of itself.

If I add a nature-lover faction, I can't imagine what I'm going to be called next, considered prickly has already been used ;-)

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The Fox wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
The Fox wrote:

Dang it, Mike! You edited your post just as I was about to reply to it.

I want more factories in PFS!

Sorry. I didn't want to be perceived as getting prickly or having some kind of tone in my voice or anything else when just simply want to have an interesting conversation.
Speaking of prickly, where are all of the cacti in PFS? I want me some cacti!

All your cacti are belong to us.

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Boris, Soviet Love Hammer wrote:
Swiftbrook wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
Next question...if YOU were the Decimverate, would you voluntarily keep a watch dog and his cronies around? Why would a private organization with adventurers who volunteer to be part of it, care about basic morality and a sense of fairness?

Q1: I don't know. I might if I felt it was better to keep them in sight where I have at least a basic idea of what they're up to.

Q2: Many reasons ...
1) If the members are dishonest, untrustworthy, and/or have no sense of basic morality and fairness, the members are out for themselves and the Society will get only token returns on the missions they send the members on. Also, if the members are dishonest, etc. the people that the Society works with will not trust them, will not work with them and will not provide them with the information they need. Without a basic level of morality and sense of fairness, the Society just becomes a bunch of thugs that goes around murdering and pillaging.

2) Isn't a lack of basic morality and a sense of fairness the definition of Chaotic Evil?

3) Is Mike just trolling or is this an honest question?

No, I think Mike's getting prickly over his lore-baby being questioned, and attempting to hide it by trolling.

Not getting prickly here. I'm not even bothered to tell you the truth. I got to celebrate my daughter turning 8 at a Frozen birthday party today. BTW, It isn't my "lore baby." It was already in place when I took over the job. If we hit the reset button today, you would find I would do things a bit differently. As a matter of fact, I don't have any "lore baby" specifically so I can look at the campaign from a completely neutral perspective without getting possessive or protective over any part of it. (Its also one reason I haven't written a scenario.) I had an oracle who was a Shadow Lodge member (my -4 character) and a samurai that was Lantern Lodge (my -6 character). As much as I hated for both of those characters to lose the factions that fit their characters perfectly, it was best for the campaign that we try not to have factions based off of a specific season. It makes it very difficult to give those factions important meaning in future seasons, especially when we move away from a specific area of Golarion.

Also, I'm just asking questions and making observations. Stop reading tone in my post. There is none there and everything I've typed is stated matter of factly if anything. I would love to have more chats like this but people always think I have some tone or am trolling or whatever when all I'm really trying to do is converse with the playerbase and mostly theorycarft. /sigh

P.S. You will find I get prickly, however, when my Atlanta Falcons sign a washed-up OL man from Washington.

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Benjamin Falk wrote:
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I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:

Meh...Anything else?

Some token degree of basic morality and sense of fairness? Evidently, they've screwed up in the past, and nobody should be completely beyond accountability.
Next question...if YOU were the Decimverate, would you voluntarily keep a watch dog and his cronies around? Why would a private organization with adventurers who volunteer to be part of it, care about basic morality and a sense of fairness?

Because they believe in it and are good people?

Or because they want to be seen as such by others?
What would definately have it´s advantages with many other organisations, especially if you want to stay on the legal side.

If you've played EoT, you should know better.

Also, why worry what others think about you when you have 20,000 magic items and artifacts in your basement? ;-)

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Swiftbrook wrote:

I just read these on the GenCon event list as I was picking scenarios to play at GenCon this year.

GenCon website Thursday & Friday Specials wrote:

Short Description: A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for level 1-11 playing in normal mode. Each participant will receive a limited edition repaint miniature.

Cost: $10.00

First, the ticket price for the two specials has gone up from $6.00 to $10.00 (note this is only true for the specials. Other PFS scenarios that I have seen are $6.00).

Second, you get a limited edition repaint miniature.

OK, I understand the price increase with since the tickets include the miniatures. My question is, are these different miniatures each night?

Yes. The current plan is to give a different, alternate painted miniatures during each of the multi-table specials.

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I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:

*gasp of epiphany* Torch is to the Pathfinder Society what Carmen Sandiego is to the ACME Detective Agency!

My group was PISSED when Grandmaster Torch suddenly became a bad guy and Shadow Lodge was retired. They loved the Shadow Lodge for watching the watchmen, and they loved Grandmaster Torch for being a straight-shooting advocate of the people. Our primary DM at the time ran the Shadow Lodge retirement scenario as his "swan song," and then quit in protest.

What I want to see in Organized Play: Interplanetary travel, Mothmen, and Ooze Companions!

What I would love to hear is why, in game world, would the Decimverate ever consider keeping someone in their private and voluntary organization to watch over them. Are you able to advise a reason why they would want someone looking over their shoulder and questioning what they want done?

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Gray Warden wrote:

** spoiler omitted **

As long we have at least a sourcebook, "either physical or an electronic, watermarked copy", we are ok. If we are playing at different tables, it's sufficient to use printed watermarked copy.
I was just asking if the watermark must necessarily be one of our name/ID/email address or could be a common account. I understand that it must be one of ours, so it's sufficient to buy books with my account, print pages of interest for all and use them together. At least, this is what Michael Brock says.

Each person may only have one account. You may not have an account that 2 or 6, or 9 or whatever amount of people share. The quote you posted from me is so a dad and daughter or a husband and wife or whatever may share resources. It isn't a loophole to allow five people to make a joint account to share one PDF. If you are at a different table, the PDF should be watermarked with your account. Friends who meet periodically and play doesn't fall under the "same household living together" that you quoted.

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ScrollMasterRob wrote:
Every time the Society has to deal with Torch, Torch always finds a way to screw us and come out ahead.

Glad to hear this. He was ALWAYS supposed to be this guy since the start of the campaign. If the perception now that this is what he is, then Things are starting to balance out where they always were supposed to have been.

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Garrett Guillotte wrote:
Is the title Returned to Sky as the cover image, or Returned to the Sky as the store page?

Returned to Sky as listed on the cover.

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I'm pretty excited to read feedback once people get to play this one, especially after playing 6-97. I think that both together will make for a truly memorable OP experience. Kudos to both John and Jim Groves for working together to make this a truly epic, two-sided special event.

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Eric Clingenpeel wrote:
I really hope the plan is to have that in the middle close to the doors so that people going by can see the terrain and have a chance to come in to check it out.

The fire marshal won't allow us to occupy the center aisle with anything but a single table for info and FAQ. It will be off to the right side near Hero Lab, Quests, beginner box and KT area. People should be able to see the terrain from the right doors at least.

So, this gives us the 3d goblin invasion, as well as six new quests, to fill people's time when not actively involved in playing scenarios. Note that these and the quests should both be able to continue running through the Specials as well.

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Jack Brown wrote:
What is "Goblin 3d Invasion"? I haven't heard of that one, yet.

The plan is to have a walk-up, first come first serve event running throughout the show. 3-4 GMs will have a set of 8-12 missions for raiding goblin parties to accomplish. We can have up to four different goblin raiding parties running rampant throug the town at the same time. The missions could be burn the stable, capture the gate, whatever. Once four to six people walk up, the GM hands them a random mission, hands out the four to six goblin pregens, and runs the party of iconics tasked to stop the goblins. It will be played out on an L shaped table with 3d terrain. Once the goblin party succeeds or is wiped out, the GM hands them a Chronicle sheet with a boon that reflects how they fared. We will likely have different check boxes on the Chronicle sheet to correspond to each of the m8-12 missions so people will hopefully want to keep coming back to play. That's essentially it. It should fill a good spot for walk ups, for people who finish their game early, or similar time frames as the new Quests will offer.

Miniature Building Authority is supplying and setting up the 3d terrain for us. We will be using our own goblin and iconic hero minis.

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Seth Gipson wrote:

Working HQ this year.

Thursday, July 30
Slot 1 Washing Bob's truck.
Slot 2 Making funny hand signals during a special

Friday, July 31
Slot 3 Off
Slot 4 Making funny hand signals during a special

Saturday, August 1
Slot 5 Off
Slot 6 Doing whatever Tonya and Jon tell me to do.

Sunday, August 2
Slot 7 Finding Todd lots of coffee. :p

*clears throat*

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Michael Brock wrote:
I just received Paizo's full allotment of Gen Con volunteer badges. It will take a bit to assign all 297 but all Tier 1-4 volunteers should have their badges by the end of the evening!

And all done.

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I just received Paizo's full allotment of Gen Con volunteer badges. It will take a bit to assign all 297 but all Tier 1-4 volunteers should have their badges by the end of the evening!

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Finally another reward for all VOs, 4 and 5 star GMs! Check your email Inbox. You should have received the following:

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Have fun, go make some noise, and we look forward to hearing Syrinscape at your gaming table!

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Removed a post that encourages cheating and the replies that quoted it. If you don't want to follow the rules of PFS OP, or think you are above them, do us all a favor and just don't play or GM.

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Usual Suspect wrote:
Not wanting to be a pest; but when do we get badge information? I have only limited free time and want to be able to sign up for a couple events that my wife can make it too.

As soon as Gen Con assigns me the lot of badges, I will get them into GM accounts. I'm still waiting but reminding them often.

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Note to self for next PFS meeting......there might be some interesting adventuring locales for the Society to explore mid season 7 and beyond.....

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New boons are created annually. If this boon is updated and used in the future, it won't be until at least the start of Season 7.

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I haven't changed anything in regard to the schedule. If we don't have any players for those core 7-11 games, we can always seat players who want to play it in normal mode on sight. It doesn't change the way the GM runs the game so it shouldn't be a problem.

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You can retrain rogue into unchained rogue or vice versa. You can not retrain ninja into unchained rogue unless you want to use the retraining rules already established.

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nogoodscallywag wrote:
Mark Stratton wrote:
9mm wrote:

Tell that to the first time pfser who walked away from my table last night when I explained what a blog post posted an hour before the start meant for his character.

If he was a first time PFSer, why couldn't he have just then changed it to the Unchained summoner (or rogue, or whatever his character was?)
I would have told the guy the changes but let him play anyway and fudge the report about him. I'd never turn away a first time player. Ever.

Be careful when speaking in absolutes. If a first time player shows up with a drow ranger or kobold fighter or some other race or class that isn't legal, please don't let him play with that character. Offer them a pregen if needed. But, you don't allow someone to play against the rules or spirit of OP just because they are a first time player. Also, please don't fudge reports.

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The Fox wrote:
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thistledown wrote:
I'm upset that they're requiring the changes before the book is available to purchase, and there was no safety period. But I don't have a summoner or plans for one, so I'm not really affected by it. Still kinda a shady move for publishers.
The blog advises April 29. The book and PDF are available to purchase on April 29.

It still would be nice to have the PRD up before the cutoff date.

I am lucky I don't have a game on Wednesday, I will have time to buy the book, read it and digest it before deciding whether my characters are going to retrain their barbarian, and rogue levels. If I play on Thursday at the FLGS, I will have one day to make that decision and to make the changes.

And all of that hinges on the FLGS having a copy of it on Wednesday. If not, then I will order it directly from Paizo and get it sometime next week.

Please make the request for the PRD to be updated in the correct forum. Updating the PRD doesn't fall under organized play and I don't have any part in the updating of it.

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Dorothy Lindman wrote:

Question on summoners and the new April 29th date:

The blog post said "effective immediately" summoners from ACG were no longer legal. However, the date was then changed from "today" to April 29th.

Does this mean that pre-level 2 summoners from ACG can still be played until April 29th?

We have three tier 1-5 tables starting in 3 hours, and it would be nice to get a clarification before then.

It means no new summoners from ACG may be created the minute the blog went live.

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Chess Pwn wrote:
Mark Seifter wrote:
Stuff about alternate classes

So if the ACG doesn't mean that an alternate class is technically an archetype of the base class when it says, "an alternate class is technically an archetype." what does it mean? If it's its own class how come the ninja can access archetypes for the base class as they aren't listed as archetypes for the alternate class? If it's because of the line, "An alternate class operates exactly as a base class" then wouldn't the alternate class operate exactly as the base class in being unchained since the alternate is operating as the base class?

I'm not trying to be rude, obstinate, or stubborn, But I'm really not seeing how you are saying yes and no at the same time, since that's what I'm feeling you're doing.

Please create a thread on the Rules forum to specifically discuss this topic.

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Peshmonster wrote:

John or Mark,

I'm having a discussion with my group about the meaning of the unchained summoner being qualified for all summoner archetypes. In PFS archetypes like synthesis are not legal for play. Does this blog post mean that unchained summoner in PFS can use all already legal archetypes or that it can use any summoner archetypes, like Synthesist?

(Been wanting to do synthesist for a while :) )

Thanks!

No, Synthesist is still banned.

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Please join me in welcoming the newest members to the Venture-Captain staff, Stuart Hibbs. He will be overseeing PFS growth and expansion in and around Durban, South Africa.

Welcome to the team!

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Please join me in welcoming the newest members to the Venture-Captain staff, Sergey Nenko. He will be overseeing PFS growth and expansion in and around Kherson, Ukraine.

Welcome to the team!

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Please join me in welcoming the newest members to the Venture-Captain staff, Amanda and Christopher Hays. They will be overseeing PFS growth and expansion in and around Quincy, Illinois.

Welcome to the team!

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Kurthnaga wrote:
pH unbalanced wrote:
andreww wrote:
Unchained is hitting the download page for subscribers and lots of spoilers are now out there. Is there an ETA on when we might know what will and will not be PFS legal?
It will be the Street Date for the book (April 29th) at the *earliest*.
John actually posted in a different thread that it will either be the 20th or the 27th, in a monday blog. I'm not a subscriber and am planning to pick this up from my FLGS, hopefully I'll be happy with the result as far as PFS is concerned.

The blog for how Unchained will be incorporated into PFS will be on the 27th.

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