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Global Organized Play Coordinator. FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 4,270 posts (4,302 including aliases). 3 reviews. 1 list. 2 wishlists. 6 Pathfinder Society characters. 2 aliases.


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I wanted to take a minute to welcome the new VC of the Canary Islands, Jonay Distopia. He will be helping promote PFS throughout the entire country until we can find additional VLs in other cities throughout the Canary Islands.

Welcome aboard!

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I wanted to take a minute to welcome the new VC of Scotland, Tom Mannering. He will be helping promote PFS throughout the entire country until we can find additional VLs in other cities throughout Scotland. His initial focus will be on Glasgow, with the intention to brnach out to Edinburgh and then to assist with covering all of Scotland.

Welcome aboard!

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I wanted to take a minute to welcome the new co-VCs of Winnipeg, David Baker and Leesa Coombes.. They will be helping promote PFS throughout the entire province until we can find additional VLs in other cities throughout Manitoba.

Welcome aboard!

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I wanted to take a minute to welcome the new VC of Saskatchewan, Daniel Schwab. He will be helping promote PFS throughout the entire province until we can find additional VLs in other cities throughout Saskatchewan.

Welcome aboard!

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I wanted to take a minute to welcome the new VC of Utah, Dustin Allen. He will be helping promote PFS throughout the entire state until we can find additional VLs in other cities throughout Utah.

Welcome aboard!

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I wanted to take a minute to welcome the new VC of Sweden, Andreas Persson. He will be helping promote PFS throughout the entire country until we can find additional VCs and VLs in other cities throughout Sweden.

Welcome aboard!

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I wanted to take a minute to welcome the new VC of Chattanooga, TN, Justin Peters. His region will consist of the metropolitan area of Chattanooga, and extending south to Dalton, GA.

Welcome aboard!

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I have only card game demo spots remaining. I have about 12 tier 1 or 2 of those remaining.

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Mimo Tomblebur wrote:
So, if we volunteered on the first day and haven't heard from you, should we assume our email wasn't received, or was rejected? Or are you still sitting on notifications?

I sent you a schedule on March 4 at 12:10 pm PST. I'm not sure why you didn't receive. I'm resending.

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The only GMing slots I currently have openings remaining are slots 1, 4, 7, 8, 9 and 10 (I had a few people who canceled or changed their slots in the last few hours).

Slots 1 and 4 only have 1 table left each and is first come first served.

However, I also have Adventure Card Game Demo slots open every slot and can fill slots 1-6 with that if a Tier 1 or 2 GM' is interested.

I still have approximately 20 Tier 1 and 12 Tier 2 spots remaining.

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Pirate Rob wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
No, there are still tier 1'and 2 spaces available.
If I sent you an email about volunteering for Tier 2 and didn't get a response should I assume that's normal and be patient or send you another email because you didn't get it?

I received 180 emails in the first few hours yesterday and I'm traveling today (currently on a 90 minute layover). However, I've got through most but I don't remember seeing an email from you so send again.

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skyshark wrote:
Being a GenCon first timer, are the 1/4 hotel rooms Weds night through Sun or Thurs through Sun? Are the rooms set up where it's four dudes spooning in a twin bed or do they usually have enough space, including sleeper sofas to accommodate four people?

Check in on Wed, check out on Monday. There are generally two beds, so quite a few people bring an air mattress.

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Thursday, August 14
Slot 1 (0800-1300): Making CHA check
Slot 2 (1300-1800): Making DEX check
Slot 3 (1900-2400): Making Fort Save

Friday, August 15
Slot 4 (0800-1300): Making Fort Save
Slot 5 (1300-1800): Making WIl save
Slot 6 (1900-2400): Making INT check

Saturday, August 16
Slot 7 (0800-1300): Making WIl save
Slot 8 (1300-1800): Making STR check
Slot 9 (1900-2400): Making CON check

Sunday, August 17
Slot 10 (0900-1400): Gain a level. Add 6 skill points to Profession: Drinking

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CigarPete wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
Silbeg wrote:

now, how I am going to be able to handle not knowing my schedule for as much as a month? Will I be sitting by my email for the entire time, waiting?

Yeah, probably. Good thing I have a variety of ways to get email. :D

You should know in June next day or two.

June, huh? So, volunteers get to bump the rest of the general population for spots when they are not GMing? :-)

There's a few things I need to hit every year at GenCon, I play in NASCRAG, go to Killer Breakfast, a Burlesque show and spend a bit of time in the vendor hall to buy things that earn me glares from my wife when they arrive at my house in boxes. the rest of the time I will be spending on PFS.

Ugh...stupid auto correct. Not June. It was supposed to be "within the next day or two."

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No, there are still tier 1'and 2 spaces available.

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thistledown wrote:

Just put in for my 6. First time GMing at Gencon, figured I'd take it easy. Still debated with myself for an hour between 6 games and 7.

Gar! The hotel block is already sold out. Would have been nice to have this up when there were still hotels in the area. The 1/4 hotel not actually being usable is what made me decide to only do 6 games.

I still have a fair many rooms left, even with about 60 emails to go through.

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Swiftbrook wrote:

So Mike, no season 0 to 4 scenarios offered this year?

Bonekeep 3 sounds .... intriguing

Any official Midnight Madness in the works?

No

Yes it does

No

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Talgeron wrote:
trollbill wrote:
Take a look at the ARs you got from Bonekeep 1 & 2. Odds are you have boons that will make each successive playing of Bonekeep harder. So if Bonekeep 1 & 2 were too easy for that character, go ahead and play 3 & 4 with him.

I dunno if easy is the right word, but I did only die in one of them... Hmmm...

I still have prestige! Bring it on, Bonekeep 3!

Sounds like I need to tell Jason to ramp it up a bit ;-)

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Silbeg wrote:

now, how I am going to be able to handle not knowing my schedule for as much as a month? Will I be sitting by my email for the entire time, waiting?

Yeah, probably. Good thing I have a variety of ways to get email. :D

You should know in June next day or two.

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Belafon wrote:
Neenah Hartleigh wrote:


That scared me..... I have a number of college students in our campus gaming association who want to volunteer and can only go to Gen Con if they volunteer enough to get a room. I'm supposed to email them the minute I see the announcement.

I mean no disrespect to anyone who volunteers to GM. We love all GMs and always want more. But please, PLEASE, make sure you understand what you are getting into before signing up to GM 7 or 8 slots.

** spoiler omitted **
Every convention I have been to that offers a free hotel room has some people sign up for the room and then not show up to his or her game, requiring a mad scramble for a GM who may be running the scenario cold.

Again, this is not a knock on your association. I am sure that they are good GMs and conscientious people. I just like to deliver this warning so people realize what they are signing up for.

I keep a list. Anyone who does not show up for an assigned slot without a good reason is not invited to volunteer in any future years.

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Lady Ophelia wrote:

Why do I forsee some PaizoCon grumblers about not getting to play the Season 5 ending special?

** spoiler omitted **

Anyway.. I can only afford one. And PaizoCon is my choice. I do not regret my choice, and I look forward to being a part of the awesomeness that is PaizoCon 2014. :)

Good thing we are running the play test for it at PaizoCon ;-)

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Pirate Rob wrote:

Also I'm a little confused on the specials/exclusives...

The beginning of Season 6 Gen Con Special, The Paths We Choose, scheduled for Thursday night...

Slot 3: Thursday 7 P.M. to Midnight (Gen Con Exclusive #1 and three new Season 5 scenarios)

Is this a special or an exclusive? (ie. Will it be playable at future conventions)

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The end of Season 5 Gen Con Special, Legacy of the Stonelords, scheduled for Friday night, will help us close Season 5 inside the Worldwound!

Slot 6: Friday 7 P.M. to Midnight (Gen Con Special)

This one seems to be clearly the new special, interesting that it is for wrapping up season 5 rather than beginning season 6.

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Ruins of Bonekeep, Level 3 will make its debut at Gen Con. We will only run level three one time at Gen Con so it will be a truly limited and exclusive event

Slot 9: Saturday 7 P.M. to Midnight (Gen Con Exclusive #2 and three new Season 5 scenarios)

Does this mean that Bonekeep 3 will never be playable at other conventions etc?

Slot 3 should read Special instead of exclusive. And yes, it will be available to regional conventions.

So, two specials and one exclusive. Bonekeep is the only exclusive.

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Pirate Rob wrote:
Note, your schedule at the bottom says 3 new season 5 scenarios, rather than 3 new season 6 scenarios.

Thanks. Missed that. It is the Season 6 scenarios that will be offered at the same time as Bonekeep.

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Just FYI, Kids Track and BB Intros will be moved back into the sagamore!

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#5-10: Where Mammoths Dare not tread slots are now all full.

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Please join me in welcoming Bobby Harring as the new VC of central Pennsylvania, specifically the area around Harrisburg.

I will let him introduce himself, advise what websites and the like he will be utilizing to coordinate PFS, etc.

Welcome to the team!

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Please join me in congratulating Chris Chisholm as he is being promoted from VL to VC of Perth, Australia.

Job well done, Chris!

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Please join me in welcoming Magnus Nergfall as the new VC of Sweden.

I will let him introduce himself, advise what websites and the like he will be utilizing to coordinate PFS, etc.

Welcome to the team!

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Please join me in welcoming Yehuda Halfon as the new VC of Israel.

I will let him introduce himself, advise what websites and the like he will be utilizing to coordinate PFS, etc.

Welcome to the team!

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Please join me in welcoming Nick Greene as the new VC of Knoxville, TN.

I will let him introduce himself, advise what websites and the like he will be utilizing to coordinate PFS, etc.

Welcome to the team!

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Please join me in welcoming Ross Jacobs as the new VC of southern Alberta, Canada. His region will extend from Lethbridge to Medicine Hat.

I will let him introduce himself, advise what websites and the like he will be utilizing to coordinate PFS, etc.

Welcome to the team!

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Please join me in welcoming Markus Lambertz as the new VC of Cologne, Germany. He will also be assisting the surrounding area including Aachen, Düren, and North Eifel.

I will let him introduce himself, advise what websites and the like he will be utilizing to coordinate PFS, etc.

Welcome to the team!

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Please join me in welcoming Andrew Hoskins as the new VC of Pittsburgh, PA. I will let him introduce himself, advise any website and the like he will be using to coordinate PFS in his region, etc..

Welcome to the team!

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As long as you are running campaign mode, it is fine.

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blackbloodtroll wrote:

Wait.

My post was deleted?

I wished him peace and contentment, then said I would miss his emails.

What did I do wrong?

I will miss Sean, and I don't care who knows it.

He was, at times, the Bruce Willis, to my Samuel L. Jackson, and no can replace him in that.

It was removed earlier in the day at approximately 1:11 pm. If you have questions about Paizo's moderation practices, please email webmaster@paizo.com.

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Again, I've removed several posts. Please revisit the most important rule of the forum.

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I've removed a post. Please revisit the most important rule of the forum.

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I've removed a couple of posts. If you can't be civil, just don't post.

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The Fox wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
Just something I didn't catch because it was an FAQ written before I took the job. Black Adder Venom is always available and may be used from the CRB.
Mike, may I assume the same is true for all of the other poisons that are listed under Ultimate Equipment in the Additional Resources? EVERY one of them is a poison that also appears in the CRB.

Any poison that appears in both is useable by bringing either book to the table. If a poison only appears in UE, you must own it of course.

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Just something I didn't catch because it was an FAQ written before I took the job. Black Adder Venom is always available and may be used from the CRB.

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Kolossal Ego wrote:

My preferred sort order:

1 Doug Miles 6/22/2010
2 Kyle Baird 6/11/2011
3 Jason Roeder 6/11/2011
4 Bob Jonquet 8/8/2011
5 Todd Morgan 8/8/2011
6 Stephen White 2/3/2012
7 Art Lobdell 4/16/2012
8 Del Collins 4/23/2012
9 David Santana 7/15/2012
10 Eric Brittain 7/17/2012
11 John Compton 8/19/2012
12 Chris Mortika 8/19/2012
13 Russ Akred 8/23/2012
14 Myron Pauls 10/16/2012
15 Don Walker 11/13/2012
16 Michael Brock 11/19/2012
17 Bruce Higa 11/27/2012
18 JP Chapleau 11/30/2012
19 Thea Peters 1/26/2013
20 Rene Duquesnoy 2/8/2013
21 Jens Loesel 2/19/2013
22 Josh Foster 3/17/2013
23 Chris Bonnet 4/15/2013
24 Luke Parry 4/19/2013
25 Mark Seifter 5/21/2013
26 Michael Azzolino 6/12/2013
27 Dan Simons 6/12/2013
28 Will Johnson 6/15/2013
29 Michael Costello 6/15/2013
30 Athurva Gore 7/19/2013
31 Kyle Pratt 7/19/2013
32 Jason Leonard 7/20/2013
33 Nathan King 8/2/2013
34 Eric Clingenpeel 8/8/2013
35 Rob Silk 8/12/2013
36 Chris Hays 8/16/2013
37 James McTeague 8/18/2013
38 Tracy Windeknecht 8/19/2013
39 Walter Sheppard 8/27/2013
40 Kristie Schweyer 9/28/2013
41 Michael Eshleman 10/2/2013
42 Jeff Kokx 10/3/2013
43 Michael Lazar 11/18/2013
44 Steven Lau 11/21/2013
45 Dave Harrison 11/27/2013
46 Ryan Bloomquist 12/6/2013
47 David Montgomery 12/16/2013
48 Arthur Perkins 12/20/2013
49 Michael McKeown 1/9/2014
50 Brian Lefebvre 1/22/2014
51 Seth Gipson 1/27/2014
52 Steve Miller 1/29/2014
53 Andrew Christian 1/30/2014
Wes Nicholson ???
Nani Pratt ???
Paul Rees ???

I took away your five star and reinstated it tomorrow, so you are now on the bottom of the list. I prefer that as well.

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Netopalis wrote:
The Goblin Attack is a series of quests - it won't count towards your 150 games, and the resulting chronicle will not grant any XP, Gold or Prestige.

For every 4 hours run, a star credit is awarded.

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As a GM, we want to thank them for giving back to the community by picking and choosing which boons they receive for their character. So, no a GM does not have to take a negative boon if they do not want to. They may just choose the positive boon.

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When the GM (who is also a VC) says, "There is NOTHING you can do to send this scenario off the rails."

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TriOmegaZero wrote:
...the GM says 'Welcome to Bonekeep!'

And the party says, "We want to try to roleplay through it."

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Meat wrote:
Your GM for the GC special bailed and Mike Brock has to fill in and he hasn't slept in over 48 hours :-)

That was a terrifically fun game! "I'm sure you could hitch a ride on the back of the tiny creature hovering over lava. Do you still wish you to try?" ;-)

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When you show up to GM a 7-11 table of "real" characters and when you go to pass the tracking sheet out, you get six blank stairs and people asking "What's this for?"

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Netopalis wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
Nothing currently since it is still a play test document. Once the final version is released, John and I will discuss and come up with a fair option.
While on the subject, Mike, could you please clarify whether or not Investigators can still create alchemical items using Craft(Alchemy)? The line that allowed them to is no longer in Additional Resources.

Let me talk to John and Jason on Tuesday and get their thoughts. Ultimately, we don't want to give something to these classes, see the final version remove those options, and then players lose them when the final version goes live.

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Nothing currently since it is still a play test document. Once the final version is released, John and I will discuss and come up with a fair option.

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Shain Edge wrote:

a PP per day is still quite pricy. I would have held it at a PP per Retrain aspect, regardless of the days involved. It is also easier to keep track of.

1 PP per character change seems reasonable.

Before August of 2013, there was no option at all to rebuild. We decided to incorporate a rebuild system similar to what is found in Ultimate Combat so if a player messed up their character by poor decisions, they weren't stuck with the choice of playing a character they wouldn't enjoy or retiring the character and losing the time invested. The VOs and I discussed for a month. In the end, I made the decision that a high cost to rebuild is what we were going with. I don't want people to rebuild after every game. The system wasn't designed for that. What we have now allows for a player to refocus the character but some thought has to go into the change, and not just willy nilly decisions between every scenario.

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