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Tangaroa wrote:

It sounds like the course of action suggested is:

a) if there is a high level slot of a game you desire in NORM but is only open in CORE leave that slot open

b) at the con, approach the PFS coordinating table and sign up on the spot for said game.

If this is what is being suggested, I believe it will be a confusion generating experience at the convention and will cause unnecessary delays.

It is also going to encourage people to sign up and jump ship if a more desirable slot becomes available in a CORE version of a game.

I appreciate the feedback. However, we want to offer people the same chance to play Core as they have normal games. I have an exceptional HQ staff and there won't be confusion or unnecessary delays caused by filling tables that don't make under sign ups. If people want to jump ship, it will happen anyways. It has happened the last three years. We handle the situations when they come up. Last year, we averaged marshaling the entire room in 7-9 minutes for each slot, which also included walk ups and people not originally scheduled to play.

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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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Woran wrote:
Walter Sheppard wrote:
Damanta wrote:
Woran wrote:
Just spoke to the game store. They expect it either late week 19 or early week 20. Their distributor doesnt get it any earlier, and its one of the 'faster' ones out there for Paizo products.
Hmm, that'll be exactly on time (may 8th or 9th) or just too late for the may 10th game, going to be interesting :)
Weird. I got my copies in yesterday so they could be on the shelf today.

Yes, but you're in the USA. We are in Europe. (netherlands)

Distribution to europe of Paizo product is... slow.

If it is important to have the book immediately, You can get the PDF right away.

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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:
Michael Brock wrote:
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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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.

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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:
Michael Brock wrote:
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.
I already have, but Mark is responding here

It was created 20 minutes ago. I will direct Mark to respond there. But, please keep future discussions on that topic in that thread. Thanks.

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Nohwear wrote:
So, is the additional resource page going to be updated soon the reflect the unchained stuff? And hopefully include Heroes of the Wild.

Should be Wednesday.

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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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Wei Ji the Learner wrote:


Is there any word on what is/is not going to make the cut out of Unchained for PFS play?

I can't seem to find anything in the forums aside from this speculation thread, and I don't want to purchase the thing if it's just gonna be a paperweight when there are so many other offerings begging for my attention?

Thank you for your time!

Today's blog when it goes live.

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Blackbot wrote:
John Compton wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
DubiousYak wrote:
For Dark Archive, is it safe to assume that an artifact is any magic item we are assigned to procure but don't actually get to keep? This happens a lot in PFS Scenarios and I'm not sure which ones are actually artifacts.
Yes
To clarify this point further, it requires the recovery of an object that is actually an artifact-level magic item (i.e. A minor artifact or major artifact); just recovering a flashy magic item MacGuffin is not sufficient.

John, what you're saying is that Mike's "Yes" means "No"?

Question: Is an Artifact any magic item we retrieve? I'm not sure which ones are artifacts.
Mike: Yes.
John: To clarify, no, it has to be an artifact.

I'm confused. That's not a clarification, that's either a correction or a contradiction.
Vaguely important because there is (at least) one 3-7 scenario where the group has to retrieve a magic item (CL 10) which can curse the user - but it's technically neither an artifact nor is it cursed...so no luck for DA there?
(I think that's vague enough so I don't need to use spoiler tags?)

If this is the case I strongly suggest adding a "retrieve an important named McGuffin" as a goal next season because it's much more likely to happen - I really feel like the DA goals are not necessarily more difficult than others, but they have less opportunities to fulfill them.

The item has to be an artifact, not just any magical item.

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UllarWarlord wrote:
Speaking as a volunteer (for the card guild specifically, but in general) will we receive what 'shifts' we'll be running at Paizocon via email? I mean, we know what schedules we signed up for, but should we wait until closer to the show to know precisely where, when and what we'll be doing?

I've already emailed all volunteers their schedules back in February. If you didn't receive it, please check your spam folder. Also, email me again and I will send your schedule again.

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Sign ups for ACG GMs can be found here.

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We are still looking for a few card game volunteers for both OP and demos. Origins is taking place from Wednesday June 3rd through Sunday June 7th.

GM registration for Origins 2015 is live! Please go to Origins GM Application to sign up. 4 GM slots will earn you a badge while 7 GM slots will earn you a badge and 1/4 hotel room or a parking pass.

Volunteer Reward Tiers:

Tier 10 Room - GM Badge, 1/4 Hotel Room, GM Boon, Copy of All Players Boons
Tier 10 Parking Pass - GM Badge, Parking Pass, GM Boon, Copy of All Players Boons
Tier 9 Room - GM Badge, 1/4 Hotel Room, GM Boon, Choice of 3-4 Players Boons
Tier 9 Parking Pass - GM Badge, Parking Pass, GM Boon, Choice of 3-4 Players Boons
Tier 8 Room - GM Badge, 1/4 Hotel Room, GM Boon, Random 1-2 Players Boons
Tier 8 Parking Pass - GM Badge, Parking Pass, GM Boon, Random 1-2 Players Boons
Tier 7 Room - GM Badge, 1/4 Hotel Room, GM Boon
Tier 7 Parking Pass - GM Badge, Parking Pass, GM Boon
Tier 6 GM Badge - GM Badge, GM Boon, Choice of 3-4 Players Boons
Tier 5 GM Badge - GM Badge, GM Boon, Random 1-2 Players Boons
Tier 4 GM Badge - GM Badge, GM Boon
Tier 3 GM Boon - GM Boon, Choice of 3-4 Players Boons
Tier 2 GM Boon - GM Boon, Random 1-2 Players Boons
Tier 1 GM Boon - GM Boon

Event Times:
Slot 1: Wednesday 12:00pm
Slot 2: Wednesday 7:00pm
Slot 3: Thursday 8:00am
Slot 4: Thursday 1:30pm
Slot 5: Thursday 7:00pm
Slot 6: Friday 8:00am
Slot 7: Friday 1:30pm
Slot 8: Friday 7:00pm
Slot 9: Saturday 8:00am
Slot 10: Saturday 1:30pm
Slot 11: Saturday 7:00pm
Slot 12: Sunday 8:00am
Slot 13: Sunday 1:30pm

If you have any question please reach out to Mike McNerney ohiopfs@gmail.com and Luke Woods pfsluke@gmail.com

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We are still looking for a few card game volunteers for both OP and demos. If interested, please email me.

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Steven Lau wrote:

Twwo questions

Will there be future quests not linked to products?

Will we ever have quests that you don't have to play pregens?

The Silverhex Chronicles weren't linked to any specific product.

Maybe yes, maybe no.

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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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Darrell Impey UK wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
xebeche wrote:
Darrell Impey UK wrote:
Is "Roleplaying Guild scenarios" a new term, or just one that I haven't heard before?
This was the first time I've heard of the Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild as well. I'll have to look through materials to see if I've been overlooking it.
First I've heard of the role playing guild as well... and even looking on the page its linked to i don't see it.
If you follow the link to the Adventure Card Guild the Pathfinder Society logo there has the words added to it. The PFS logo on the page linked by way of Roleplaying Guild has no additional text.

Is was first mentioned back in August 2014.

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TimD wrote:

Interesting.

I coordinate PFS for a store, but am not an employee. Assuming I can get the store that I coordinate for through whatever hoops are needed to register, how will the chronicle / quest be sent out? More specifically, will it go to whatever store registration info is set up for the store or can it be directed to a store coordinator or other designee?

-TimD

It will be assigned to whatever email the store uses when it registers as a registered retailer on sign up.

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kinevon wrote:
Will this be runnable by VCs? Given my area only has 4 Star or less GMs, I am curious...

No. We need to reward 4 and 5 star GMs with some things unique to their station.

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Are these pregen only?

Yes, there are four pregenerated characters—one for each of the Unchained classes.

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Darrell Impey UK wrote:
Is "Roleplaying Guild scenarios" a new term, or just one that I haven't heard before?

It's not a new term. It has been around, along with the two logos distinguishing between role playing and card game guilds in PFS OP, for several months now.

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roll4initiative wrote:
Hooray! More quests! Will this be a series of six quests just like Silverhex Chronicles?

No. This will be one quest to highlight the new book. A new quest series will debut at Gen Con that is similar to Silverhex.

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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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No, they are retired and not available for open play. There are limited opportunities to play them at special events, such as PaizoCon, or possible charity events at regional conventions. I've notified IT of the glitch.

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BigNorseWolf wrote:

Something that came up tonight for the grand lodge faction card

Complete six consecutive scenarios in which you completed both the primary and secondary success conditions. Sanctioned
adventures that do not include secondary success conditions neither interrupt not contribute to this goal.
Recover

Do scenarios played before the cards came out count towards that goal?

No, the cards are not retroactive to any play before they were released

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Victor Zajic wrote:
Darrell Impey UK wrote:

Victor, hopefully this helps.

Michael Brock wrote:
Darrell Impey UK wrote:
Has there been a definitive answer about how these interact with APs played in campaign mode? I'm guessing/hoping that it will work similarly to the Chronicle; as long as the PC the Chronicle applied to is of the appropriate Faction, and the in-AP character performed the act, then you just tick the box.

it is advised in the first sheet of the PDF instructions.

"Once per adventure that grants a Chronicle sheet and at least 1 XP—whether it is a Pathfinder Society scenario, a section of a Pathfinder Module, a Pathfinder Adventure Path volume, or other sanctioned content—you may earn credit toward one of the goals on the back of the card and check one of the boxes that precedes that goal; even if you fulfill multiple objectives, you can only check one box per adventure."

As long as a PC receives a Chronicle sheet applied to the appropriate faction, and the in-AP character performed the act, then you tick the box.

With APs you can tick a box in either PFS or non-PFS mode.

Michael Brock said you must play your PFS character to check off boxes. In non-pfs mode you don't play your PFS character. Why would my completely different PC in a home game AP that isn't a member of the faction be able to advance my PFS character's goals?

Mike didn't really answer the posters question. He just said you can check boxes from AP, and qouted some text that didn't actually take non PFS mode into account.

It's the nature of allowing home play for APs. In the same line of questioning, why would a completely different PC in a home game AP that isn't a member of the Pathfinder Society be able to receiuve a Chronicle with gold, XP, and PPs? It is the one side case where people are just going to have to make the best of it.

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It wasn't rushed or hasty. Development knows what kinds of scenarios we plan for the season. However, exact scenarios aren't always assigned to specific months afore the ful year, or even six months, ahead of time. With the call for volunteers having to go out in late January or early February, that means we may not have titles, tiers and/or exactly which scenarios are going to be released in which month for the later part of the season. As volunteers can attest, they received schedules with events they were running listed like #6-21: TBD. It's the price we pay for getting the call out to volunteers early.

Additionally, this is the first big show where we are assigning both Core mode and normal mode and we needed to make mustering slots manageable with as many options as we offer each slot. Just because there are only 13 different scenarios to muster each slot, we still have to marshal 26 different RPG OP events and 3-4 card game OP events, and we have to do it in less than 10 minutes. Having odd scenarios one slot and even the next slot allows HQ to better prep chronicles, tracking sheets, printed copies of scenarios, and all of the other things that go into marshaling 44 tables of games (we also have to marshal card game op at the same time) at the start of each slot. So, no, it wasn't rushed or hasty. It is what makes mustering the most manageable, and allows us to seat more than 250 players and 40 GMs in less than 10 minutes. We've found if it takes more than 10 minutes (and realistically closer to 7 minutes) to seat everyone, it ruins peoples' games and puts them in a bad mood for the rest of the slot.

In the past, three part series haven't all been even numbers so this problem has never happened. Unfortunately, the three part series just fell on all even numbered scenarios, and part 3 wasn't officially assigned to a month until after the call for volunteers went out.

On another note, I had thought about scheduling #6-01 through #6-10/11 in alternating slots with #6-11-#6-21. But then we run into the problem that people who have played all or most of the first half of the season have no options at all for those slots. The only other option we have is to schedule every scenario in every slot. If we do that though. Then we have 21 different scenarios that double to 42 when you add Core, leading to longer marshal times. In addition, that means we can't offer multiple tables of the newest scenarios every game slot, so everyone who wants to play the debut of them at PaizoCon wouldn't get that opportunity. I'm always open to suggestions on how to improve the schedule and the even/odd seemed to be the best way to approach the schedule this year with the addition of Core mode. Again, not a rushed or hasty decision. It was thought about at length.

For future PaizoCons, we will be more cautious. However, that may mean the call for volunteers gets delayed by a month or two. On a side note, we only have had one three part series over the last few seasons so it doesn't seem to be a huge issue. It is just a weird hiccup this year that we will make sure to correct in future years.

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Khelreddin wrote:
Sara Marie wrote:
All of the PFS events have been entered.

Wow, really? Only 13 scenarios on the schedule, and all from this season? I'm pretty sure there have been more in the past (though Sara Marie would know better than I), and there have definitely been a few throwbacks in there in the past.

Majuba - is that Warhorn page you set up going to have slots to plan and sign up for afternoon games during the Con? It looks like it only has Thursday games at the moment, it would be great to be able to add in other games.

I've notified Sara Marie. Something appears to be off. I scheduled #6-01 through #6-21, as well as 6-97 and 6-98. That's 23 different scenarios. And it is a conscious decision to run the full current season at PaizoCon. With more than 200 scenarios in the library. It's impossible to schedule all of them. It's also very difficult to know what is wanted from previous seasons so we generally plan for it on an as needed basis and when we have extra Gms available to run a game.

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The Grim MacKay wrote:

OK, so I have very carefully been preserving the 3 SkyKey scenarios for Paizocon, with the idea of taking my character-du-jour through all three back to back to back.

So imagine my disappointment to see that, given the way the tables have been scheduled, there is no way to do that.
There is no Scions of the Skykey on Friday at all.
On Saturday, all three are being run at the same time.
On Sunday, no SkyKey
On Monday, all three at the same time.

One would hope these scenarios showed up on Friday and/or Sunday, so that one could play through the series.

Very frustrating...

duncan davenport
aka
The Grim MacKay

My apologies for that. I scheduled odd number scenarios on one slot and even numbered the next slot. This was before I knew that part 3 was also going to be an even numbered scenario. Is there an opportunity to play part 1 before you arrive and parts 2 and 3 at the show? If not, we can try to find a GM that can run additional tables for people interested in other scenarios, such as part 1 in slot 1.

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Steven Huffstutler wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
I started working on Guide 7.0 today. I opened this with much anticipation and hope and, after reading just a few replies, am disapponted.
Bacon.

Just had bacon wrapped meatloaf for dinner. It is fantastic with a glass of Malbec!

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Jayson MF Kip wrote:
I agree. Ban the True Primitive.

I'm considering it.

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I started working on Guide 7.0 today. I opened this with much anticipation and hope and, after reading just a few replies, am disapponted.

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DubiousYak wrote:
For Dark Archive, is it safe to assume that an artifact is any magic item we are assigned to procure but don't actually get to keep? This happens a lot in PFS Scenarios and I'm not sure which ones are actually artifacts.

Yes

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Dafydd wrote:

First, these are AWESOME, I wish I had a game this week to start working on them.

Second, a couple questions:
If I have filled the entire goal of GM, can the next time I GM and apply the chronicle to the character, can I check a different box? One that was still complete able in that scenario of course.

Additionally, if I GM for a high level game (such as a 3-7 or 5-9) can I check the GM box, even if the character getting the chronicle is not in range yet, or do I need to wait till I can apply the chronicle to check the box?

You can only check off GM boxes when you Gm. You can't check off any of the "player" boxes for GMing.

To your second question, the answer is yes.

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David_Bross wrote:

Just to be clear, these can also be used the PFS Core campaign?

This was asked earlier but it'd be nice to get an official clarification.

Yes they can

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N N 959 wrote:

John, Michael, Linda, and others who helped make this happen....

Thank you.

I recall asking for this exact thing back in these threads:

My idea for decoupling faction goals and scenarios:
http://paizo.com/threads/rzs2qi2z&page=1?Season-5-Faction-missions

Post with my suggsetions:
http://paizo.com/threads/rzs2qi2z?Season-5-Faction-missions#47

I can only hope my discussion on the topic triggered this outcome.

As others have posted, I think the RP flavor on these is great. I think the option for GMs was an excellent addition. I could not be more pleased with the execution of the idea and expect it will only get better.

I do have a request, would you consider allowing PbP games to complete up to two or more goals per adventure as PbP games typically takes anywhere from 6-12 weeks to complete, which means the average PbP PC would have significantly less opportunity to complete boons (especially with some of them requiring multiple check boxes)

I do have one question, does something done to or by my animal companion/familiar/mount count as being done to me? For example, if my animal companion escapes from a grapple or makes a subsequent save, does that count?

Thanks again.

PbP games may only complete one goal per adventure, regardless of how long it takes to complete the adventure.

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pH unbalanced wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Tsriel wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Tsirel wrote:
Just to clarify here, the only reason why I think it's poor timing is because this has been released so late in the season when this was expected back in January. Now it's April, so people realistically only have a few months to really make use of any of this.
Hmmm? You can keep earning on the current card as long as you want.
For as long as you completed an objective on the card prior to Season 7.
I think most players are going to play once in the next 5? months. Most factions have at least 1 low lying fruit to tick off a box.

3 1/2 months, actually. Gencon is the end of July this year.

Don't know that I'll get a chance to apply *all* of my cards before GenCon, but I'm not worried either way.

I am curious about what happens when the new cards come out. Can one character work on both cards simultaneously, or will you only be able to pick up the S7 card if you get rid of the S6 card.

I believe we reached a decision on this but want to make sure I have it right before I give a definitive ruling. Let me chat with John and Linda later today and get back to you.

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Avatar-1 wrote:
Dark Archives wrote:
Recover a cursed item during the course of an adventure without succumbing to its curse.

Usually a cursed item would be recovered by anyone in the party rather than an individual.

Does the Dark Archives member have to specifically pick it up/be affected to the point where they have to make a save? Or can anyone in the party pick it up?

If anyone in the party can pick it up, does the "don't succumb to its curse" apply to that person instead, and if they fail the save, the Dark Archives members don't qualify to tick it? Or is that a way around it - the party can recover the item and someone else can succumb to the curse?

The "For GMs" section suggests the loophole trick will likely work.

I will chat with John and Linda today and we will decide which way this should happen.

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Iff wrote:

Can I use these cards when playing a pregenerated character? I seem to remember that all premades are considered part of the Grand Lodge. Does that mean I can only work towards those goals and apply the credit to my own character if my own character is part of the Grand Lodge as well?

For an example: I'll be playing my first PFS game this week. I have a 1st level character made (allied with the Exchange), but I won't play her yet. Instead, I'll play Kyra. How would this work in terms of these new factions cards?

No. You have to play your actual character to check off a box for your character's faction.

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Ellias Aubec wrote:
Per mentioning about the Silverhex Chronicles, can you tick off a box once you play enough of them to get 1XP on the chronicle sheet? If so, could you look at any of the quests you did to tick a box, or only the last one you completed? If the last one, can you hold off until you complete a quest that matches one of your goals even if you got sufficient for XP earlier on?

Yes, as per the instructions on the first page of the PDF, as long as you earn 1XP and a Chronicle sheet, you may apply it. Also, since Silverhex is six short adventures that form one full adventure, I don't have a problem with the player deciding which one box to check from the assortment of adventures just completed.

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Darrell Impey UK wrote:
Has there been a definitive answer about how these interact with APs played in campaign mode? I'm guessing/hoping that it will work similarly to the Chronicle; as long as the PC the Chronicle applied to is of the appropriate Faction, and the in-AP character performed the act, then you just tick the box.

it is advised in the first sheet of the PDF instructions.

"Once per adventure that grants a Chronicle sheet and at least 1 XP—whether it is a Pathfinder Society scenario, a section of a Pathfinder Module, a Pathfinder Adventure Path volume, or other sanctioned content—you may earn credit toward one of the goals on the back of the card and check one of the boxes that precedes that goal; even if you fulfill multiple objectives, you can only check one box per adventure."

As long as a PC receives a Chronicle sheet applied to the appropriate faction, and the in-AP character performed the act, then you tick the box.

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Blackfoot wrote:

I'm not sure what prevents 'cheating' or error here.

A player can't have more boxes checked than they have XP/Scenarios/Chronicles... but otherwise the checks don't reference where they came from in any way.
I would assume these can't be applied retroactively... that all games prior to yesterday 'wouldn't count' toward these cards.

Is the GM really involved in any way with keeping track of these things?

if someone wants to cheat, they will cheat. It's life and it happens. If we put lines for a GM to initial, the person could just initial it himself and no one would be the wiser. The next GM won't know if it is an actual GM's initials or not. We are trying to go with the belief that the majority of people will just play nice and use these in the spirit they have been presented - another way to try to immerse the character into the world through accomplishing goals for their faction.

No, they can't be applied retroactively.

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Nohwear wrote:
Just to be clear, these can be used right now?

Yes

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Anu em-Ankh wrote:
Can you apply any of these goals retroactively to a PC? At first glance, I'm pretty sure my Scarab Sages PC has fulfilled at least 2-3 of the SS goals.

No you can not apply retroactively.

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