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Global Organized Play Coordinator. FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 4,692 posts (4,727 including aliases). 3 reviews. 1 list. 2 wishlists. 6 Pathfinder Society characters. 2 aliases.


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Please join me in congratulating Steve Miller and Joe Jungers as the newest recipients of the PFS Campaign Service Award.

Steve has served as the Raleigh, NC, Venture-Captain and has served since October 2011. His efforts have fostered growth and community cohesion throughout North Carolina. He has scheduled buses of gamers to travel to Gen Con, has written for PFS, and has contributed in many numerous ways I will let his player base expand upon.

Likewise, Joe has served as the Raleigh area Venture-Lieutenant since October 2011. His efforts have aided in the growth and community cohesion across the entire state of North Carolina, the many regional conventions, and other growth too far to list here, that the regional fanbase can expand upon.

Both have spent thousands of hours volunteering, to include more than 1,000 days as a Venture-Officer, and thousands of dollars out of their own pocket to make PFS amazing in their respective regions.

Both Steve and Joe 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 Steve and Joe. You are now PFS numbers 715 and 716 respectively, and two of the pillars that the Society is built upon!

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Chernobyl wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
Chernobyl wrote:


I'm not sure the faction change goes far enough. Using the dark archive example, you need to get 10 texts. say you get them. what developments will getting those texts have on the direction of the faction? Sure, I get a reward, but why did they want them in the first place? what is the outcome of getting that goal?
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Fourth bullet point under faction card explanation:

The back of the card will also feature a form of the revised write-up of the faction described in bullet number two above, as well as a summation of season-long goals in descriptive text. This descriptive text will explain why the PC is trying to achieve the 10 goals for the faction and how it will aid the faction in the future—likely in the form of the faction head letters.

I'm not sure if we're talking about the same thing. I believe you're talking about, is a piece of fluff story we can point to and say, "we did that", and what I'm hoping to see is something that impacts the direction of the campaign. right now it seems that the plot for the season is fixed and the faction stories don't really have anything to do with it. for example the plot for scenario 22 should be based on the outcome of reported results from earlier in the season. or maybe it influences events in the next season. There's no carryover storyline from season to season. The "fiend" series was an example of what that could have been...events from one scenario could influence events in the next scenario in the following season. Right now the "season" concept compresses a story line beginning to end in one season, but the development of the product lead time means that you don't really get much feedback by the time the story is set for scenarios late in the season, and so it appears that we don't get to really influence events much, as a campaign. sorry if I rambled a bit there, but does that make sense?

I will let John address specifics but we have been doing some of that. Tancred Desmire had a continuing story stretching over 2-3 seasons for example. Another is events at the Grand Convocation directly affected the story of a scenario, and that continued story is based on results from what we've seen in reporting.

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Chernobyl wrote:


I'm not sure the faction change goes far enough. Using the dark archive example, you need to get 10 texts. say you get them. what developments will getting those texts have on the direction of the faction? Sure, I get a reward, but why did they want them in the first place? what is the outcome of getting that goal?
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Fourth bullet point under faction card explanation:

The back of the card will also feature a form of the revised write-up of the faction described in bullet number two above, as well as a summation of season-long goals in descriptive text. This descriptive text will explain why the PC is trying to achieve the 10 goals for the faction and how it will aid the faction in the future—likely in the form of the faction head letters.

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Justin Riddler wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
DesolateHarmony wrote:
A battalion of leaders? Remember, that's not including us rank-and-file.
Hmm, point taken.
There are almost 70,000 of the "rank-and-file." I think we need the 400 :-)
At 600 do we post a Charge of the Light Brigade parody poem to the paizo blog?

You write it, I will post it,.

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Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
DesolateHarmony wrote:
A battalion of leaders? Remember, that's not including us rank-and-file.
Hmm, point taken.

There are almost 70,000 of the "rank-and-file." I think we need the 400 :-)

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TimD wrote:

Great update.

... 395 VO's. Wow. I think we've moved from "society" to "army".

-TimD

It's 400 now.

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Victor Zajic wrote:


I realize that in PFS games in the areas where the Paizo Staff live are very well organized and this isn't a problem. But it is a very different situation for a large chunk of your players. Sometimes only 4 people show up to an event, and 1 person has already played what you prepped. Sometimes a judge is a no-show at an event and you have to scramble for a replacement. Sometimes someone could be really familiar with a scenario and able to run it with little prep, if only all the material they needed to run it was presented in the scenario itself.

I've mentioned it on the VC message board so I might as well put a reminder here.

Yes, it's true I schedule 1500+ games over the weekend at Gen Con. But, I've also been a VC and scheduled one table each slot for two slots on a Saturday at Treefort Games in Fayetteville, Ga, for a total of two whopping games over 10 hours on a Saturday for a 14 month period. I also only had one table every Thursday evening at Raven's Nest games in Marietta, GA, for almost nine months. When I wasn't there to GM, the games didn't happen. Ive had nine players show up and only have one GM. I've had to remove a player an uninvite him not to come back because he didn't play well with others. I've had GM's "make the scenario better" which led to a TPKs and had to resolve those issues. I understand all the issues that come with a small venue. I had a player who had played all but three scenarios. He refused to GM anything and b+@*@ed when I didn't schedule something he could play. I understand what all of your concerns are when you are in charge of coordinating a small venue.

John also had experience with similar situations. We understand.

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Avatar-1 wrote:
That's actually an excellent question - why is word count important on a published PDF-only scenario?

Because developers still need to develop and editors still need to edit.

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roysier wrote:
Those are nice improvements but what happened to making more playable content? As an experienced player I really only have the new scenarios to play, I already GM 3 to 4 times a month.

Check the second to last paragraph.

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Shasfowd wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
Good luck! Let me know if there is anything I can do to help!
Give me 5 stars xD

Earn them and I certainly will!

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Congrats and thanks for helping to make PFS awesome!

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Please use only pregenerated characters for Silverhex Chronicles quest.

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Please join me in welcoming Jefrey McDuff as the newly assigned Venture-Captain of west Texas! His region will initially consist of the areas in and around Lubbock and possibly Amarillo.

I will let Jeffrey advise websites he will use to coordinate game days, a little about his region, and any other information he wishes to share.

Welcome to the team!

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Please join me in welcoming Beatrice Pscheidl as the newly assigned Venture-Captain of Austria, specifically the regions of Vienna, lower Austria, and the Burgenland.

I will let Beatrice advise websites she will use to coordinate game days, a little about her region, and any other information she wishes to share.

Welcome to the team!

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Please join me in welcoming Jeremy Rodriguez as the newly assigned Venture-Captain of southern New Mexico! His region will initially consist of the areas in and around Artesia, Roswell, and Carslbad.

I will let Jeremy advise websites he will use to coordinate game days, a little about his region, and any other information he wishes to share. (And no, he isn't going to tell you any new info about UFOs or aliens before he tells me).

Welcome to the team!

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Please join me in welcoming Yuri Gorshenin as the newly assigned Venture-Captain of Krasnodar Krai, Russia!

I will let Yuri advise websites he will use to coordinate game days, a little about his region, and any other information he wishes to share.

Welcome to the team!

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Trennik wrote:
Crow81 wrote:

The issues with Pathfinder Society and Golarion in general, as I see it is that nothing changes in the world it is exactly as it was five years ago

1) Was the world wound closed No
2) Has a single boarder moved No
3) Any major world event taken place No

The adventures happen and everything goes back to normal frozen in time

I would for one love to see some kind of historic events people are losing interest. Do I want 4e apocalyptic changes no. Do I want a kingdom to change hands, sure Galt settle their constant revolution sure, Andoren and Cheliax finally go to war sure.

Yes, it would be fun to see some really major world events, but when things like that happen it also invalidates published material. Having to reprint the Inner Sea World Guide or even more minor books like the Demon Hunter's Handbook is a thing that, I imagine, is minimized, rather than planned on. Having things like PFS faction changes are kind of the best of both worlds.

Factions and finding one of the three lost Sky Citadels which had remained undiscovered for 8000 years and is now a part of canon.

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Moved back to the proper forum since this is a request to IT.

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Kageki wrote:
Cronge wrote:
Woot! I am glad I still have a copy of my 5-star card with the blue wings of freedom on it... Andoran!
MIKE, please tell me there is a new "field guide" coming out with the new vanities.

New products are not my decision. If you wish to see a particular book, I suggest posting that request in the Paizo General forum.

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Good luck! Let me know if there is anything I can do to help!

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To save some time, nothing in this book is currently being considered for inclusion in PFS organized play.

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Please join me in congratulating Þórarinn Sigurðsson on his promotion from VL to VC. His region is all of Iceland.

Keep up the awesome work!

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Please join me in congratulating Ethan Cline on his promotion from VL to VC. His new region will consist of all of the Las Vegas area.

Keep up the awesome work, Ethan!

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Majuba wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
The old faction symbols are no longer a legal choice for characters in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. At this time, we have no plans to put them back in as selectable options.
And for non-PFS avatars? Some of us had those icons months or years before ever having a PFS character.

That's a question for IT. Feel free to post in the website feedback forum.

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David Neilson wrote:
Now the next question is about Betrayal Teamwork feats.

Nope, those aren't being considered for the foreseeable future either. They fly in the face of the cooperation that Pathfinders are supposed to be trying to hold to.

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The old faction symbols are no longer a legal choice for characters in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. At this time, we have no plans to put them back in as selectable options.

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Tsriel wrote:
roll4initiative wrote:
I don't like the new designs. :(
Same here, but that topic has been beaten to a dead horse already. =/

Revamped faction symbols are coming.

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There are currently no plans to make them legal.

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One of many changes and updates in the works!

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Yes, you can use the +4 on day job rolls.

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Please join me in welcoming James Van Horn as the new Venture-Captain assigned to western Montana. His region will initially consist of Missoula, MT, to Idaho. He is looking to eventually expand to Bozeman as well.

I will let him introduce himself, advise websites he is using to coordinate game days, etc...

Welcome to the team!

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Please join me in welcoming Joseph Gilbert as the new Venture-Captain assigned to Arkansas.

I will let him introduce himself, advise websites he is using to coordinate game days, etc...

Welcome to the team!

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Please join me in congratulating Billy Darios on his promotion from VL to VC. His new region will consist of all of Long Island, NY!

Keep up the awesome work, Billy!

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Tsriel wrote:
bugleyman wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
Tsriel wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
We've got a solution coming to this that we discussed in a meeting last week. I'm not ready quite yet to reveal it, but I think a fair number of the player base and GMs will like it.

(O.o)

...Why do I find this unsettling?

No idea since we havent announced anything.
All that we know so far is that change is coming -- which is probably why he's concerned. People tend to worry about things in the absence of information. That's just human nature. *cue Michael Jackson*
Actually change doesn't bother me. The "I didn't officially announce anything eventhough I just officially announced something" mantra does. Its annoying.

Actually, I officially announced we have something coming but I'm not ready to discuss the details of it just yet. In the future I will just let a thread dangle without addressing the concerns expressed at all if that is a better solution for the community. I'm not sure that is the best option, but if the preferred method of addressing concerns by the majority of folks here is for me to wait to make any announcements until we are 100% ready to move forward with it, I can certainly take that approach. I'm good either way. Just need to know what the community prefers.

We do have a plan in the works. I was trying to advise we have taken the concerns expressed under consideration and are addressing it. We have several departments that are working on various parts to make it work, so no, I won't give specifics since following that, people ask for a timeline.

What is more annoying? Advising we are addressing concerns expressed but can't disclose details just yet or just ignoring the entire thread altogether until we have everything 100% in place for launch? People get annoyed when they think we are ignoring their concerns. Now people seemingly get annoyed when we advise we are looking to address their concerns.

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Tsriel wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
We've got a solution coming to this that we discussed in a meeting last week. I'm not ready quite yet to reveal it, but I think a fair number of the player base and GMs will like it.

(O.o)

...Why do I find this unsettling?

No idea since we havent announced anything.

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We've got a solution coming to this that we discussed in a meeting last week. I'm not ready quite yet to reveal it, but I think a fair number of the player base and GMs will like it.

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Swiftbrook wrote:

I think Paizo needs to work on their advertising. They seem to be very liberal with their interpretation of "exclusive". Now, don't get me wrong, I would like the opportunity to play Bonekeep 3. It's just a matter of integrity. From their blog, they strongly implied, if not down right advertized, that Bonekeep 3 would only be available at GenCon. Now I'm sure the advertizing lawyers out there will find there magical loopholes, but for a game that is based on trust and integrity, this is a shady at best.

Oxford Dictionary defines Exclusive as wrote:

Restricted or limited to the person, group, or area concerned:

(Of an item or story) not published or broadcast elsewhere
(Of a commodity) not obtainable elsewhere
Oxford link

It was listed as exclusive because it ran in only one slot at Gen Con. Calling it shady is a bit over the top.

We actually did do a very exclusive event, Race for the Runecarved Key part 2, at Gen Con. It only ran at that Gen Con and has never been run since. It wasn't very well accepted and people still ask to this day to be able to play it. I understand Gen Con is the convention of the year. However, I don't like for all the work development does to go into an event that is only run once ever. Our resources can be better utilized.

As for the word "exclusive" sure offer up some other options and I will consider a name change for the event for Gen Con 2015.

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Leesa Coombes wrote:
How do we get a copy to run at our con?

You email me.

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Saint Caleth wrote:

I am generally ambivalent about reducing use of uncommon rules subsystems. I agree that the exception to this is things like Library of the Lion or Scars of the Third Crusade. That kind of adventure is my absolute favorite to run.

I also really want to see places that we have never gone before on Golarion, places which are not in Avistan. How about all the cool stuff in the Mwangi Expanse and elsewhere in southern Garund? How about some of the more peripheral parts of Tian Xia? How about going into the Hao Jin tapestry again?

I think that a scenario on another planet or related to time travel would be really cool, like the last part of Legacy of the Stonelords.

I am probably in the minority on this but I love genre collisions like with the tech this season or Tian Xia a few years ago and I am really really sick of places like Varesia and Andoran.

Well then it's a good thing this season has scenarios in both Mwangi and the tapestry.

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Sammy T wrote:
A last-stand Horde Mode type scenario. Basically, one continuous combat against non-stop waves of enemies of escalating difficulty for the entire scenario slot until you tap out (or die).

Also not likely to happen. We've received a good bit of feedback that people no longer want waves of creatures in the specials. If people don't like waves of critters in a few acts, they certainly aren't going to enjoy a full four hour scenario of it.

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Another reason to limit the unique subsystems to rarely, or more likely none, is because people have been asking for less prep times for GM's, and easier scenarios for new GMs and Gms running cold to run. Adding a new type of scenario-only subsystem goes counter to all three of those reasonable requests.

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One of the things to keep in mind is that, if we are going to help cut the time back to a manageable four hour slot, most of the "unique" systems we've put in (mass combat, dog sled race in #16, etc...) are likely going to be done away with. When a GM has to teach the players about the mechanics of a unique system for that scenario only, that leans towards adding an extra 15+ minutes to the slot.

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Gamerskum wrote:
SteelDraco wrote:
It will be related to one of the APs they release that year, so either Giants or Cheliax.
Except I believe Mike said the new seasons will not tie in with the AP, and instead will have their own Metaplots.

So, with that said and confirmed, what kind of plot would you all like to see? Keep in mind we are going to work our very best to cut scenario play time back closer to four hours so we may not be able to fit as many sandbox or super roleplay heavy scenarios into a season (we are likely to still have a few).

Also keep in mind this season. We have returned to the exploring and there will likely be 12-15 different locations adventures take place in. Also, contrary to what some keep saying, the season is not all based on tech (aka...don't judge an entire season on the first three scenarios). You will see a variety of different type of adventures. So, what would you like to see?

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Wyntir wrote:
thanks for the information. I'll take some time and read the guide as suggested. It's a shame I can't have beads made. would have been cool, as a tiefling, to walk in, blow up the boss, and walk out, letting my reflex save for 1/2 and dr 5 fire soak up all the hurt.

While it sounds very cool as an individual experience, unfortunately it would likely create a poor play experience for the other five players at the table since they wouldn't get to do anything in the final fight except watch you blow up the bad guy in a single action. That would be a anticlimactic end to 4-5 hours of a play experience and likely put everyone in a sour mood.

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niconorsk wrote:

The powers that be have made posts stating quite clearly that you can't buy individual beads:

Mike's ruling.

Granted that post was three years ago so Mike may have changed his mind, but I'd be surprised.

No, I still haven't changed my mind.

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Zapazach wrote:
Out of curiosity, do the Silver Hex Chronicles count as 5 slots instead of 1 slot for convention support?

It's a case-by-case basis.

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Deussu wrote:
The whole thing about stat block references is an age old topic discussed five years ago! I yearn for appendices, which could include the templated creatures and feats and ... wait, I wrote about the same stuff on the previous page.

Yes we discussed that and several other things about scenario layout, including possibly removing the two pages of ads. No need to keep stating the same thing. We are aware of all the issues people have asked about. :-)

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Tarma wrote:

I'm excited for these changes. I'm looking forward to seeing what's coming to the game soon!

Without going into any specifics, can either Mike or John comment on if the difficulty issue with scenarios (either being way too easy or way too hard) was addressed in the meeting?

Yes. ;-)

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Renegade Paladin wrote:
redward wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:

Can someone show me a build with this combo that ruins the game? Without that, I can't see a reason to ban it. If it makes the monks good at mobile fighting with their fists...then its only making monks do what monks should have done all along.

'Ruins the game' is of course relative. With a quick, back-of-the-envelope calculation I have a L4 MoMSacred Fist doing double the DPR of a L4 2H Fighter and about 75% more than a L4 Barbarian (both using Greatswords). I haven't sketched that out to later levels, and I likely won't since they just legalized Pummeling Charge making this all moot.
... No they didn't. I just went and looked at Additional Resources, and it's still on the ban list.

It will come off on the next Additional Resources update.

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After discussing with the rules and design teams, PFS will use the scorpion whip found in the Adventurer's Armory, not Ultimate Equipment. Future printings of the Ultimate Equipment will fix the problem.

Additionally, Pummeling Charge has been removed from the banned list and will be legal again once the Additional Resources goes live.

Finally, the rules and design teams are discussing the fixes to make with MoMS. Until that time, we will not make any changes to it for PFS.

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