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Global Organized Play Coordinator. FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 5,108 posts (5,147 including aliases). 3 reviews. 1 list. 2 wishlists. 6 Pathfinder Society characters. 2 aliases.


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I was sent the list of confirmations about an hour ago. They are all on one spreadsheet. All names are placed with the Marriott. If you have a problem at check in, find me in the Sagamore Ballroom. I will have the list of all 65 confirmation numbers with me. However, all tier 1 and 2 volunteers appear on the sheet and should be set with their hotel rooms. Thanks again for all of your help and looking forward to seeing you all this weekend.

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Kigvan wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
Chris Mortika wrote:

Note: page 17:

Changing Your Faction
With the change of most factions from nation-based to ideal-based at the start of Season 6, every character is allowed one free faction change anytime during Season 6.

If a player sits at my table, not having played a particular PC during season 6, I would like to still allow him a free faction change. The rules no longer let me do this.

The factions didn't change, they remained the same. Therefore, there was no reason to offer a free faction change,
I believe he means if someone had played before Season 6 and not at all during, they can not make the free faction change now. Which seems a little odd.

Sorry I misread that then. As long as they haven't played the character at all since before last Gen Con, then yes, they can change from one of the nation based factions to one of the ideal based.

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Chris Mortika wrote:

Note: page 17:

Changing Your Faction
With the change of most factions from nation-based to ideal-based at the start of Season 6, every character is allowed one free faction change anytime during Season 6.

If a player sits at my table, not having played a particular PC during season 6, I would like to still allow him a free faction change. The rules no longer let me do this.

The factions didn't change, they remained the same. Therefore, there was no reason to offer a free faction change,

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Cyrad wrote:
CAn you still use the old faction cards? Do the benefits carry over?

Yes as long as one box is already checked and yes.

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Nefreet wrote:
"You SO don't look like your profile pic."

Yes I do!

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GinoA wrote:
John Compton wrote:
Goblin 3D Invasion
Wait! The what?

See Bob Jonquet's post eight above your's.

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No, but the six new quests debuting at Gen Con are based on Occult Adventures.

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UndeadMitch wrote:
Is there any word on the hotel situation for Tier 1/2 volunteers?

Hotel is at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, across the street from the ICC. Gen Con has all of your names. As soon as they send the confirmation numbers in emails, I will forward those to tier 1/2 volunteers straight away.

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We will have copies of Chronicle sheets and tracking sheets that will be distributed to all GMs.

We will also have copies of the pregenerated characters available.

If you can't print your own, it would be appreciated but certainly not necessary.

And you will be a super GM at Gen Con. I have every confidence in that!

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Imbicatus wrote:
Just to verify, are the OA pregens legal as of today or do we need to wait until the 29th when Additional Resources is updated with Occult Adventures?

You can use them now.

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FLite wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:


1) Be careful passing these as an official Paizo PDF. They should instead use a custom layout and design.

I would like to see them use more or less the same order of content, since the point is to have these available to new players, and I don't want to have to teach them two different ways of finding info on the sheet.

Would it be sufficient to give them a different border and replace the PFS logo in the upper right with a "Fan Content" logo? (and add the CUP boilerplate on the back side?)

Sounds good to me.

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First level characters and their builds are fine since we have rebuild rules in place (BTW, good build there Nefreet). However, 4th and 7th-level versions of these cannot legally be played as official pregens and receive a chronicle sheet, either to be held and applied once your own character reaches that level, nor traded in for 500gp to a new character.

A couple of points:

1) Be careful passing these as an official Paizo PDF. They should instead use a custom layout and design.
2) Community Use License legal text is missing.
3) Should not use the term "Pregen", as this term has official rules meaning in the Guide to Organized Play.

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

VC Karim Majeri
VC Benoit Gros
VL Mark Langereis
VL Chris Brockley-Blatt
VL Gaël Aubort

The first three have been VOs for more than 1,000 days.

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.

The latter two, I sought the advice of VCs David Harrison and Rob Silk as they know their areas better than I. The following are what they had to say about Chris and Gael:

"A year ago we lost our Venture Officer, Tonya Woldridge, to Canada and we thought she would be impossible to replace. Chris Brockley-Blatt stepped up to the mark and since then she has developed the organization of events to an exquisite level.

You may know that she is a Project Manager for a Space Programme and she bring that same level of perfection to her organization of Pathfinder events. Every detail is covered. It’s rare to have to ask someone to do LESS, but if we didn’t restrain her she would single handedly do the work of our entire Pathfinder Team.

We hope that Pathfinder events in the UK appear smooth running, but here’s the secret. It’s only because Chris has fielded all the problems and patched them up so seamlessly that no one even knows the catastrophes have happened.

Chris is an especially caring person and looks after her wonderful family as well as doing a very demanding job and running a figure painting business. It’s quite amazing that she finds time to look after our GMs and Players as though they are part of her family, too. Her cooking, baking and GM goodie bags have raised the morale of many a GM."

"Gaël Aubort is someone who has supported the international roleplaying scene since the days of Living Grayhawk. He was one of the very first to make the change to Pathfinder. Gaël is a market gardener and he generously makes his land available to all the Pathfinders who attend GardenCon in Geneva. If there is a “Glastonbury Festival” for Pathfinder it’s GardenCon!

Without Gaël it couldn’t happen. He built the Bar and Café for the event, offers free camping and he supplies food and the organic mead he makes from local honey. He even roasts a sheep for the Feast on the Saturday Night.

Gaël is born and bred Swiss and his mother tongue is French. He is a tireless GM. He puts Pathfinder Society adventures through a Google Translator, checks them, and then runs them in French. He doesn’t hesitate to run games in English and we are delighted to see him regularly GM’ing in the UK, at “Conception” and at “PaizoCon”. He has done wonders for the Entente Cordiale for European Pathfinders. He is a great guy and a very generous Pathfinder person."

All five 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 Karim Majeri. You are now PFS number 731!
Congratulations Benoit Gros. You are now PFS number 732!
Congratulations Mark Langereis. You are now PFS number 733!
Congratulations Chris Brockley-Blatt. You are now PFS number 734!
Congratulations Gaël Aubort. You are now PFS number 735!

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chad hale 637 wrote:

a fool learns nothing,

a smart person learns from their own mistakes,
a wise person learns from the mistakes of others,
******think about what this should mean for the game*************

Certainly a character has to have life experience, right?
So the idea that I can't use a knowledge skill is *BLATANTLY* telling me that I DO NOT KNOW, and can not even HOPE to know ANYTHING for no reason other than it is in the rules...

The Idea that I can not; persuade, plead, encourage, insult, annoy, judge character, chat about the recent years weather, recall local gossip, remember anything from church, not have any knowledge of a trade, not know how to cook, not know how to start a fire, not recall any fishing trip, no encounter with poison ivy/oak or a skunk, absolutely never had an opportunity to learn quintessential "STUFF" that we all do everyday,

or anything from a lifetime of experience...

it is just wrong.

I quit.

goodbye.

Looks like the OP has left and is not seeking any further resolution so locking this thread.

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Apocryphile wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
If anyone is looking for a home game in the New Orleans area, feel free to PM me. I would love to start recruiting for a home game I am GMing that will start in mid-August.

This makes me want to move to New Orleans.

This, and the food.

It involves mythic monsters trapped in celestial prisons and why the constellations have the shapes they do. The PCs have to capture each and then figure out how to place them back in their prisons. Until they do so, births, deaths, tides, and other time related stuff is wonky and messed up. And it starts in Thuvia. Come on down. I will reserve a seat (and yes, I know Auckland is a bit far) :-)

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Thanks to almost all of you for the well wishes. It is appreciated. If anyone is looking for a home game in the New Orleans area, feel free to PM me. I would love to start recruiting for a home game I am GMing that will start in mid-August.

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Please join me in congratulating Lucas Servideo on his promotion from VL to VC. Job well done, Lucas!

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Incendiaeternus wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Incendiaeternus wrote:
It's been already brought up each year the weight increase is about 12lbs.
Like 73% of statistics that was made up on the spot.

Most gamers are going to carry more than 12 lbs and its a fact that books are increasing. I know I do in bringing just what I need. Some players are going to have issue with that and not through any fault of their own.

I'm still wrapping my head around we're supposed to be discriminating against people with physical handicaps from playing the game.

No one is being discriminated against. As a matter of fact, my HQs at both PaizoCon and Gen Con do everything we can to accommodate physical handicaps by finding space on aisles or table ends or closer to the screen or whatever to make it easy as possible for them to participate. I have a cousin who is handicap and am very cognizant about being inclusive as possible.

If someone wants to use 19 books to make a character, they always have the option of purchasing PDFs and placing them on a tablet that weighs 2-3 pounds (or subscribing and receiving free copies of PDFs). People can also choose to not use more than 2-4 books to create a character. It's always a choice and there ar options. Please stop advising that we discrimate. That is the fatherest thing from the truth.

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I guess there is no doubt why we assigned Lucas to oversee Kid's Track (and Beginner Box) HQ this year ;-)

Awesome work, Lucas!

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

VC June Soler
VC Michael McNerney

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.

Both 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 June Soler You are now PFS number 729!
Congratulations Michael McNerney. You are now PFS number 730!

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Since this is actually changing the text of the enhancement and not just clarifying how it works, the PFS team is inclined to let people with it sell back the item at full cost. Go for it.

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Talonhawke wrote:
Sebastian Hirsch wrote:

E.g: When you run an adventure in subtier 1-2, and the party is facing a negative channeling cleric and the tactic as written says that he/she does NOT channel to hurt the PCs.... follow that tactic!

What if nothing else is working. This is where I have a disconnect, lets say this cleric can't move away from the barbarian and rogue that have him flanked, can't hit either of them reliably, and doesn't have any spells to help rectify the situation. I understand that his tactics say he doesn't be at the same time doesn't it hurt verisimilitude to have him just sit and take a beating without using everything at his disposal. I mean i get if there is a reason like he is saving his channels to activate a item or door. But if he just isn't using them it seems odd to me.
Guide to Pathfinder Society Organized Play, page 33 wrote:
However, if the actions of the PCs before or during an encounter invalidate the provided tactics or starting locations, the GM should consider whether changing these would provide a more enjoyable play experience.

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Hebert Ricardo Magno wrote:
I have many potential GMs that can´t read english (or can´t well enough to run a scenario). Can i translate a scenario, print it and LEND to them so they can GM ?

Yes

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We've already made some changes to the new Guide in regard to this.

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grandpoobah wrote:


For me, I would love to get credit for free scenario downloads. Those of us at 1-3 stars spend a decent amount of coin to run these adventures. I think a system where VOs and coordinators can distribute a free scenario credit (or several) would work. Then Paizo can effectively delegate the reward activity to the VOs. I don't know if Paizo's purchase system can handle store credit that can only be used on scenarios - they can certainly COMP specific scenarios (as they do for conventions).

A VO simply needs to make the request to me and it happens a great many times more often than not.

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John Francis wrote:


I always assumed that the reason VOs got scenarios for free was so that we could print out a hardcopy of a scenario for a GM to use.

If the cost of buying a scenario is giving you problems, ask for help. Somebody at tonight's table might have a copy they could lend you, or be willing to buy you a copy of a scenario as a gift so you can run it for your group next month. Some game stores have a library of scenarios (and maps, and minis, ...) behind the counter that you could use. If your game store has a table fee, they might be prepared to buy the scenario for you. And if all else fails, ask your local VOs. (But don't ask them too often - while the scenario itself might be free, ink and paper most definitely aren't!).

PFS works best when everybody contributes. If the GM workload is spread around fairly evenly amongst all the players then, on average, you're spending perhaps $1/session on buying scenarios. But if you've got players in your area who never GM, or contribute in any way, this is a problem, especially if this is leading to GM burnout. That's when somebody has to make the hard decisions as to how many players the local GM pool can support, and who gets those seats at the table.

Anytime I have been approached by someone who truly could not afford to purchase a scenario, I have assigned the requested PDF for free to their account and usually 5-6 additional.

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Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
Quadstriker wrote:

You said "Free scenarios or financial help is impossible". I interpreted that as meaning "There is no way to give out scenarios for free at all."

I don't accept *that* as a blanket statement.

Especially since I get them for free all the time. :)

I estimate we give away somewhere in the neighborhood of 15,000-20,000 free PDFs every year to both cons and game days as small as 3 tables.

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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:
Michael Brock wrote:
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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