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Global Organized Play Coordinator. FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 5,087 posts (5,126 including aliases). 3 reviews. 1 list. 2 wishlists. 6 Pathfinder Society characters. 2 aliases.


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Nefreet wrote:

I *really* like those Aspis pregens. You guys went all out.

Questions: will you be providing copies of those at GenCon? And if you are, will they be in color? Because if the answer to either of those questions is "no" then I'm totally bringing my own laminated color copies.

Yes we will provide. They will be black and white.

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Rigby Bendele wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
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 shape they do. Come on down. I will reserve a seat :-)
That sounds amazing.

Edited with a bit more description :-)

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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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TetsujinOni wrote:

So, Lucas doesn't even know what he's VC of yet.... Care to share?

North Shore to the northern border, as well as assisting with southern Maine as he is able to.

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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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Leathert wrote:

For me it's not the amount of clicking, it's noticing that link in the first place.

Of course you're kinda assumed to have read the Guide to Organized play before you go looking for the additional resources, but in reality that's not a given, and even then it's difficult to remember everything, for example that "Additional Resources is the place to look for what's legal and what's not. But for those new players who just skim through the guide, it would really help to make the link more prominent on the page. I know it took me a while to locate it.

I'm not sure the best way to do that. I still get people assign all the time "How do I join the Pathfinder Society" even though the link is in the middle of that page with white space above and below it.

Something with Regional Coordinators. Even though they can be found both on the side links of every page and on the PFS page, people still ask.

Do you have suggestions on how to make it more prominent?

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I appreciate all of the feedback thus far as it is helpful. One reason we don't just list either everything that is legal or is not legal is that it would increase the size of the overall document, likely to 30-35 pages. So we opted for using whichever list was shorter for each book as it was added.

We are working on some things to try to help make it better.

Currently, the quickest way to get to Additional Respurces is two clicks. Click the PFS logo in the top let of the website. It takes you to the PFS landing page. On the top right, under Player Resources, you will see a clink for Additional Resources.

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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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KestlerGunner wrote:
Post Paizocon, this scenario is now only runnable by 5 Star GMs or Venture Officers, is that correct?

6-97 and 6-98 are not available to run until after Gen Con.

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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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6-97 and 6-98 are not available until after Gen Con.

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
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.

The last two online cons I saw were full up on DMs the second they hit the boards.

It would also be a nice carrot to hold out on game days.

So it's not nothing. There are still opportunities to have an alternative for races to trickle down, correct? Did you ask the online con organizer to add an additional scenario that you could GM?

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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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Painlord wrote:

Ah yeah...the Serpent's Rise Special.

I'm going to avoid spoilers. So far, this event is just too cool to want to ruin anything if it will be run again. I'll be speaking in general terms mostly, and spoiling even the slightest stuff that might be spoilery.

So far, given the energy in the room, the assembled Aspis teams are pretty excited about kicking some pathetic Pathfinder backsides. (I think it's well known we are playing pregen lvl 6Aspis C members.) We're going to make them weep, wishing that Grandmaster Torch and Adril Hestram were still in charge. "We should throw some swarms at them! You should hear them cry when they see a swarm!"

I get the feeling that the tables really like the theme. There is already a lot of 'dark' talk at our table, figuring out how many quickrunner shirts we can buy as Aspis agents. Yes, I kid, but we did talk about it.

The pregens are pretty cool, lots of the new classes and some dark themes. Mine is pretty 'out there' and doesn't even have a name: just a number. Each of the characters has a name and a 'designation' which is a nice touch. These Aspis pros don't have meaningless classes fighter or wizard, but true designations like "The Vengeful" or "The Leader" or the like.

It will be run again at Gen Con on Sunday morning, followed by a designation of a 4/5 star exclusive for at least a year.

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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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j b 200 wrote:

I think the dinner is Saturday evening.

I think.

It is

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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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Yes we have them available.

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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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Jack Brown wrote:
Is that currently only that regular scenarios that are currently published? Not specials and exclusives (that might not even be ready now)?

That is all current scenarios. It also includes accounts set up to receive scenarios and specials when they are released.

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pH unbalanced wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:

Gen Con GMs, all 298 of youshould have received all of the scenarios you are scheduled to run today. The only exceptions are Quests, Advanced Kids Track, We Be Goblins Free, and Beginner Box 2. If I missed you or you did not receive your scenarios, please email me.

Thanks!

You are only talking about RPG scenarios, not Card Game scenarios, correct?

That is correct . Tanis Will get card game volunteers their scenarios

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Gen Con GMs, all 298 of you should have received all of the scenarios you are scheduled to run today. The only exceptions are Quests, Advanced Kids Track, We Be Goblins Free, and Beginner Box 2. If I missed you or you did not receive your scenarios, please email me.

If The scenario hasn't released yet, such as season seven scenarios, your account has been set up to receive them when they are released .

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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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:
Shemis is a master diviner and something of a depressive enigma. Having seen the events that are bound to now play out, she silently and somberly stares through the windows of the massive structure into the strange realms beyond, stoically waiting for the inevitable conflict.

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.

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Gillmen won't be considered for reasons I can't discuss here.

Strix will likely not be considered because of the line in the Bestiary entry that reads, "Over time, strix have developed a hatred for humankind and now fiercely protect their dwindling numbers." though it could be considered for a charity auction boon.

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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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rknop wrote:
One other question: I'm a little hesitant to start a spoilerific thread about this scenario, because it is a Special. Is there a place that those of us signed up to GM it (or, really, them) can discuss it online for the next few days before PaizoCon, that won't get us grouchy looks for spoiling the special?

I suspect starting a discussing topic on the GM boards will be fine.

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rknop wrote:

I did get both of them.

When you confirmed our volunteer status, you emailed us with the subtier at which we'd be running "Siege of Serpets". Is it safe to assume that we're 95% sure to be running at one of the subtiers within the range you mailed? (And completely not prep the encounters outside that range.)

We can never guarantee that you will GM that subtier as we don't know an exact count and which levels of characters people will bring. But we do our best to seat a table in the tier range you prepped at your table.

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Sin of Asmodeus wrote:
Any chance of including kobold certs for only that run of Saturdays special? Because kobolds would be awesome.

No, not at this time.

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Zach Davis wrote:
I wasn't aware of the charity auction race boons. When does this auction take place? Is it a Gen Con or Paizo Con event?

Gen Con in the past.

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What John advised with one exception, Fetchlings were earned at two events, not one. They were awarded at both PaizoCon and PaizoCon UK in 2012.

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Jack Brown wrote:

And they are gone again.

At the present moment there are the following left for the Specials:


  • NORM 6-97: 60
  • CORE 6-97: 187
  • NORM 7-00: 0
  • CORE 7-00: 131

Mike, do you think that there is a chance that you'll be moving some tables from CORE to NORM given this registration trend?

Just wondering... not expecting it to happen for a while, and I am GMing both, in any case.

Thanks!

I think I will wait at least 48 hours, (or maybe a bit more) before I decide. I beleive you will see the tickets continue to sell over the next 2 months. Afterall, it hasn't even been 10 hours since tickets went on sell yet and current numbers are:


  • NORM 6-97: 28
  • CORE 6-97: 179
  • NORM 7-00: 0
  • CORE 7-00: 106

I am more surprised people don't seem very interested to play kobolds.

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It appear some people missed the two hour mark to pay for the tickets in their cart. 8 normal mode 7-00 tickets just found their way back onto the available list!

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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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5,595 for me

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

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

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