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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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Renegade Paladin wrote:
Early February was quite awhile ago.

We wanted to wait until the new artwork for the faction symbols was finished so we could use those. Now that we have those, these should be released very soon.

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Please join me in congratulating Dominick Trascritti as the newest recipient of the PFS Campaign Service Award.

Dominick has served as a Tampa are Venture-Officer for several years, first as a VL and now as a VC. His efforts have fostered growth and community cohesion in his region. He makes my job easier and I thank him for that. His PFS Work with large regional conventions and local charities places him as a pillar of the community and someone that people can look to as an outstanding person, not only in PFS, but life in general.

He has my highest respect and most sincere thank you for all of his work. Without him, PFS would not be where it is today.

Congratulations Dominick Trascritti. You are now PFS number 719 and one of the pillars that Society is built upon!

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There was so much dissent against the "lottery" system that I scrapped the idea.

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Meh....is just adds.....nothing. Topic locked.

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You can download ten new numbers day. There isn't a way to download previously reserved cards.

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I've received all three reports from the three VO teams that have made suggestions on how to implement the book into PFS. The PFS team here at Paizo has taken our thoughts, as well as the recommendations of the VO teams, and we have formulated a plan of how we think things should work.

As John mentioned above, we will let you know what the final decision is closer to the release date.

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Woran wrote:
...This better not be an aprils fools joke [/paranoid]

Definitely not a joke.

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Only currebtly allowed options are available to be retrained into. Since assimar is not a current legal option, it is not available.

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This thread is done and locked.

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Akari Sayuri "Tiger Lily" wrote:
Andrew Christian wrote:
Consider though, that if one of you do this, and I present it, and Mike either responds similarly or not at all, then the discussion should probably turn towards "Whats the best current options for my character?" rather than, "He's ruined I want extended grandfathering or a rebuild!"
I of course can't speak for everyone, but my stance is just that I want some kind of acknowledgement that the extended grandfathering proposal has been considered. They have made a few posts, but none have addressed that aspect. It could just be one word, No, and I'll drop it at that (I won't be very happy about the matter, but that's true anyway, and at least I'll drop it).

We considered it. We decided not to go with that option. Thanks for all the feedback.

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Andrew Christian wrote:

He has already assured me last week that he's read every post in this thread (and probably still is reading).

Yep

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Jezza wrote:
Hmmmm. Is this opening to door to kobolds as a playable race in Season 7?

No, I have no plans to sanction kobolds as a playable race at this time.

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Andrew Shumate wrote:
Definitely looking forward to these scenarios, and also happy to see us return to Ustalav, a region that I feel is "horrifically" underused.

Wait until we give more info on the new Quests debuting at Gen Con ;-)

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BigNorseWolf wrote:

Any big faction shake ups this time or have those stabalized for now?

Those have stabilized and there are no plans to change them for the foreseeable future. We've done a lot of work to get them to where we think they should be. With the soon to be released Faction Journal Cards, we hope that they take back a very popular and important place for PFS.

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cartmanbeck wrote:
I am very excited for this one! Can someone confirm for me that this will debut at this year's GenCon and then will be played at NEXT year's PaizoCon? I'm going to PaizoCon THIS year (in May).

This will debut at Gen Con. However, we will have something new for PaizoCon 2016.

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pauljathome wrote:

My only issue with making a game 5 star only is that it means the only chance I'll have to play it will be online (no local 5 star GMs and no local VOs). I suspect there are quite a few areas that fall into that category

And I imagine the competition to get into the online games will be fierce :-).

Are you aware of the 5 star GM and the 4 star GM that now live in Ontario and would probably be willing to work with you to schedule each of the specials? There is also the current 4 star GM and soon to be 5th star GM that lives right in the Toronto area.

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trik wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
trik wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
trik wrote:
As far as rewarding 4 & 5 star GMs, they get a +4 or +5 respectively to their reroll in every game and they get to replay 4 or 5 scenarios (per recharge, which may be a seasonal thing), right? That said, I understand that some scenarios are complicated enough that they should probably only be run by experienced GMs and the star system helps build confidence in the experience of said GMs. Scenarios that fit that bill should probably be limited to 4/5 star GMs just to ensure they are run correctly each and every time (although there will probably still be a few cases where there are errors made).
How often do you think 4 and 5 star GMs play compared to the time they spend GMing? Do you think the bonus to one reroll a game and replay is sufficient reward for someone who has dedicated more than 500 volunteer hours to PFS to give at least 400-600 people entertainment? Or should we strive for providing additional rewards for those folks?

I don't know. I'm not in that position, so it's difficult for me speak with any real insight into the situation of 4/5 GMs. It's a great question to pose to the 4/5 star GMs though. :)

I've always been of the mind that exclusion tends to breed contempt. In this case, I don't particularly care one way or another. I do know that the higher star GMs I play with make liberal use of their bonus to rerolls. As a player that doesn't have that bonus, it looks like a pretty nice reward when I see it used.

Edit: That last part wasn't in there when I replied. If it's the case that 4/5 star GMs want something more, I guess any reward will be exclusionary by nature. I certainly wouldn't want to drive away those that have assisted in building PFS into what it is by not recognizing the efforts they have put in.

And it is a question I have posed to more than 250 four and five star GMs. From feedback I've received, and as a five star GM myself, GM rewards are
...

Can you advise a region that does not have a four or five star GM geographically close by? There are very, very few left that don't have access to a four and/or five star GM. I believe Latvia, Russia, and Israel are three. I checked Singapore, Croatia, and several other small and remote regions and they all have access to four and five star GMs. If you throw in on line play, there is no one who will be excluded.

Additionally, this provides for regional conventions to consider inviting a four and/or five star GM to their convention as a guest to run the exclusives, thus creating an even greater reward for that four or five star GM.

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This question has been answered. To reiterate, you can't reskin a character to look like a drow. You also can not play a character who is descended from a Drow, including a half-elf with drow ancestry. Since this is, unfortunately, not clear, I will make sure it is documented where it needs to be.

Drow are evil. Drow are despised and hated. Drow are essentially kill on sight because they are considered a monster for all intent and purposes. The Society would likely not accept a character that looks like a Drow due to the problems that come with it.

If you want to use a disguise kit or a hat of disguise or whatever to try to look like a Drow, then it is an option. However, the reactions of NPCs will likely cause grief for the other characters and the GM is well within his or her rights to have NPCs act accordingly if they fail their perception and think the character is a Drow.

This topic is now closed.

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trik wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
trik wrote:
As far as rewarding 4 & 5 star GMs, they get a +4 or +5 respectively to their reroll in every game and they get to replay 4 or 5 scenarios (per recharge, which may be a seasonal thing), right? That said, I understand that some scenarios are complicated enough that they should probably only be run by experienced GMs and the star system helps build confidence in the experience of said GMs. Scenarios that fit that bill should probably be limited to 4/5 star GMs just to ensure they are run correctly each and every time (although there will probably still be a few cases where there are errors made).
How often do you think 4 and 5 star GMs play compared to the time they spend GMing? Do you think the bonus to one reroll a game and replay is sufficient reward for someone who has dedicated more than 500 volunteer hours to PFS to give at least 400-600 people entertainment? Or should we strive for providing additional rewards for those folks?

I don't know. I'm not in that position, so it's difficult for me speak with any real insight into the situation of 4/5 GMs. It's a great question to pose to the 4/5 star GMs though. :)

I've always been of the mind that exclusion tends to breed contempt. In this case, I don't particularly care one way or another. I do know that the higher star GMs I play with make liberal use of their bonus to rerolls. As a player that doesn't have that bonus, it looks like a pretty nice reward when I see it used.

Edit: That last part wasn't in there when I replied. If it's the case that 4/5 star GMs want something more, I guess any reward will be exclusionary by nature. I certainly wouldn't want to drive away those that have assisted in building PFS into what it is by not recognizing the efforts they have put in.

And it is a question I have posed to more than 250 four and five star GMs. From feedback I've received, and as a five star GM myself, GM rewards are generally preferred more than player rewards because they are used more.

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trik wrote:
As far as rewarding 4 & 5 star GMs, they get a +4 or +5 respectively to their reroll in every game and they get to replay 4 or 5 scenarios (per recharge, which may be a seasonal thing), right? That said, I understand that some scenarios are complicated enough that they should probably only be run by experienced GMs and the star system helps build confidence in the experience of said GMs. Scenarios that fit that bill should probably be limited to 4/5 star GMs just to ensure they are run correctly each and every time (although there will probably still be a few cases where there are errors made).

How often do you think 4 and 5 star GMs play compared to the time they spend GMing? Do you think the bonus to one reroll a game and replay is sufficient reward for someone who has dedicated more than 500 volunteer hours to PFS to give at least 400-600 people entertainment? Or should we strive for providing additional rewards for those folks?

In my experience, most 4 and 5 star GMs run games because they take great pride and pleasure in doing so, often more than they like playing. Shouldn't we provide rewards that fuel into that passion?

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graywulfe wrote:

Mike,

Is there a plan for the 4 and 5 star exclusives from this year to move out of Exclusive status next year like other exclusives have?

I haven't made that decision yet. I like the idea of having a library of 4 and 5 star exclusives because it gives some value to earning stars.

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Tsriel wrote:
Kyshkumen wrote:
I see this complaint a lot still and I do not really see it as a valid one anymore. There is a very strong online community with 4 and 5 star gms and online conventions for both VTT and PbP, they even give out boons. The games are there you just need to look a little harder. Try reaching out to one of the Online VOs (yes there are specific VOs just for online play) who would love to show you how to get started.
That's a fair statement to make. However, not every online convention gets Paizo support. To further complicate matters, those conventions are still held to a standard that's expected for RL conventions in order to qualify being able to run special events. Speaking from experience, that's rather extraordinary for it to occur.

That is false. every online convention that the online VOs have submitted a request for has received support, including PDFs for GMs and prize suppor in the form of product PDFs and boons.

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Matthew Morris wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
Fomsie wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:

6-98 and 6-99 are single table, pregenerated character scenarios. One will convert to a 4 star GM exclusive and the other to a 5 star GM exclusive after Gen Con.

Well, I was excited until I saw that.
Why?
Speaking for myself, I was sad to see the five star special. Being between jobs, and not knowing if I'll be able to do Origins, let alone Gen Con this year, I was looking forward to being able to run more than just bonekeep for working towards my 5th star. Now knowing I'll have two, rather than 3 scenarios to count as specials (I don't know if we're going to try to run any of the multitable events in Ohio outside of cons) limits my flexibility in running specials for the community. Bonekeep (and maybe bonekeep II) and another special may double the number of events I can run, I'd rather have them trippled.

So are you suggesting we don't give 5 star Gms something exclusive for all of their hard work? Don't five star GMs also deserve something special? If that is not your suggestion, then what do you propose we do for 5 star GMs?

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6-97 and 6-98 essentially give you both sides of the same story. So, playing them in either order is fine. They work in conjunction to help close out Season 6.

6-99 is essentially a stand alone story.

7-00 kicks off the new season.

I haven't made a final decision as to whether non-4/5 star VOs will be able to run the exclusives.

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Fomsie wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:

6-98 and 6-99 are single table, pregenerated character scenarios. One will convert to a 4 star GM exclusive and the other to a 5 star GM exclusive after Gen Con.

Well, I was excited until I saw that.

Why?

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I would hope the non drow policy would extend to saw tooth sabres or other weapons only used by evil organizations or evil races!

If you want to discuss that, start a different thread. This thread was about drow and half drow and that's what I addressed.

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You can't reskin a character to look like a drow. You also can not play a character who is descended from a Drow, including a half-elf with drow ancestry. Since this is, unfortunately, not clear, I will make sure it is documented where it needs to be.

Drow are evil. Drow are despised and hated. Drow are essentially kill on sight because they are considered a monster for all intent and purposes. The Society would likely not accept a character that looks like a Drow due to the problems that come with it.

If you want to use a disguise kit or a hat of disguise or whatever to try to look like a Drow, then it is an option. However, the reactions of NPCs will likely cause grief for the other characters and the GM is well within his or her rights to have NPCs act accordingly if they fail their perception and think the character is a Drow.

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6-98 and 6-99 are single table, pregenerated character scenarios. One will convert to a 4 star GM exclusive and the other to a 5 star GM exclusive after Gen Con.

6-97 and 6-98 are debuting at PaizoCon. The other two are debuting at Gen Con.

6-97 and 7-00 can be run at any large game day or convention that can hosts the required minimum number of concurrent tables.

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I am going to have to have a talk with some people about the continuing effort to steal away my VOs ;-) Welcome to the team!

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