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Global Organized Play Coordinator. FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 4,563 posts (4,598 including aliases). 3 reviews. 1 list. 2 wishlists. 6 Pathfinder Society characters. 2 aliases.


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Nefreet wrote:
I don't believe any equipment from the TG is legal unless found on a Chronicle.

^this^

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    Page 6: Added the following text: “However, any boons must wait to be utilized until the character is of the same level as the subtier on the Chronicle sheet unless otherwise noted.”

    Page 7: Removed aasimar and tielfing as legal race choices. Added kitsune, nagaji, and wayang as legal choices.

    Page 9: Added the 10 classes from Advanced Class Guide to Table 2-2

    Page 10: Under “Character Retraining”, added the folloiwng text: “You are only able to retrain into a legal race.”

    Pages 13-18: Changed all of the faction information from the old nation based factions to the new factions. Grand Lodge and Silver Crusade remain unchanged. Added new traits.

    Page 18: Updated faction goals for Season 6.

    Page 18: Added a section on Season 6 special rules.

    Page 18: Added a section on Glitches, including a table.

    Page 20: Changed, “If you have already played a scenario and wish to replay it for any reason,…” with “If you have already played a scenario and wish to replay to help make a table legal,...”

    Page 27: Updated the shirts available for free rerolls.

    Page 31: Under “Determing Subtiers”, added the following text: “If you are exactly at 0.5, let the group decide which subtier they wish to play.”

    Page 37: Added the following text: “A GM may apply credit for running a scenario, module, or Adventure Path in any of the same ways a player can, and must follow the same rules as a player when applying credit to a character.”

    Pages 38-44: Updated the Regional Coordinators’ list.

    Page 45: Updated the index.

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Qstor wrote:

are they going to be uploaded for general use?

Mike

Soon

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Removed four posts. Please don't spam the message boards.

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Apocryphile wrote:

Sorry, but the entry for People of the Stars points out Androids as illegal.

What about the other races?

None of the races are legal. I will clear up the language in the September update.

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Pink Dragon wrote:

The rules permit "creative solutions", but as soon as a GM steps outside the tactics as written in the scenario, everyone is crying foul...

GtPSOP, 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. Additionally, the GM may consider utilizing terrain and environmental conditions when those effects have been written into the flavor of a scenario but the mechanics that are normally associated with them by the Core Rulebook have not been added to the encounters.

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There are no current plans for anything from this book to appear in Additional Resources.

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Removed a post. If you have a tangent that does not pertain to the topic at hand, please make a separate post.

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Doug Miles wrote:
. Venture-Lieutenant Kyle Baird?

Haha

Hahahahah

BAHAHAHAHAHAHa

LOLOLOLOLOLOL LOLOLOLOLOLOLLOLOLOLOLOLOLLOLOLOLOLOLOLLOLOLOLOLOLOL

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There are 1487 tables of PFS and 211 tables of quests to report. Every one of them has to be entered manually by hand one at a time. Three volunteers are dedicating their time to enter these. Please give us a bit more time.

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We are planning the Silverhex Chronicles series of quests.

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Another option we can consider is to wait for 30-60 days after a book is released to update Additional Resources. This will allow plenty of time for the playerbase to give feedback on a book and all it contains so there is very little chance we ever miss anything.idont think that is the best option but it would almost eliminate someone choosing something that might later become an illegal option because it was missed and not recognized as too powerful for OP.

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I will be adding this as unavailable in Additonal resources on the next update. Thanks for the feedback.

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andreww wrote:
On the issue of table assignments how practical would it be for the numbers to be printed on the tablecloths? The signs were helpful but were often removed to make space.

The table cloths belong to the convention center so we can't print on them. It's why I had stand up, double sidedtable tents, as well as single sided table tents with the highest level of sticky side printed for every table. I'm not sure what you mean by removed because on Sunday, every table still had its sticky table tent still attached.

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Mike Bramnik wrote:
The last time I was able to look (between GMing tables and tweaking my back), the android was up to $500 - I'd love to find out just how high it went! (Bob and I had a small bet going on that...)

$750

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Kadasbrass Loreweaver wrote:
But Mike, was lichdom achieved?

I don't need lichdom. I know what the Test of the Starstone is all about now ;-)

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I forgot to mention that of that total of 8,736 players seated, just over 500 of them were kids seated for Kid's Track!

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Please join me in congratulating Lucas Servideo as the newest recipient of the PFS Campaign Service Award.

Lucas has served as the Boston/North Shore Venture-Lieutenant for several years. His efforts have fostered growth and community cohesion in his region. He makes my job easier and I thank him for that. His PFS portfolios he produces with his own money and distributes for free among the playerbase have received the highest praise from the community and I encourage you to reach out to him to obtain a copy.

He has also done a tremendous job with the kid's track, both in his local area, and 2013 and 2014 Gen Cons. Single-handedly, he has turned my ideas for the Kid's track from good to great with his efforts. From doing television interviews to producing "draw your own goblin" coloring sheets, the kid's track program is stronger because of Lucas. I've had at least 10 parents come up to HQ this year at Gen Con to tell me how amazing the Kid's Track experience has been to their family, and specifically how much Lucas' efforts have personally created a lifelong memory for their child and converted their child to a Pathfinder fan.

A link to his interview talking about Kid's Track at Gen Con 2013 can be found HERE. His passion about the Kid's Track really shows.

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 Lucas Servideo. You are now PFS number 723 and one of the pillars that Society is built upon!

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If it is not located in the retirement section of scenarios, it is not currently retired. When it becomes retired, it will be moved to the retirement section. Until that time, it remains a valid play option.

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None of the four races are legal. I will make it more clear in the next update.

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Please join me in congratulating Todd Morgan, Bob Jonquet, and Del Collins as the newest recipients of the PFS Campaign Service Award.

Todd has served as the Iowa Venture-Captain, then transitioned to the Venture-Captain of Omaha, NE, and has served since September 2011. His efforts have fostered growth and community cohesion in both regions.

Bob has served as the Chicago Venture-Captain, then transitioned to the Venture-Captain of Central and Southern Illinois and has served since October 2011. His efforts have fostered growth and community cohesion across the entire state of Illinois.

Both Todd and Bob worked throughout the past 11 months between last year's Gen Con and this year's, to help Jon Cary (a campaign service award recipient himself) and I formulate plans to make all aspects of PFS at Gen Con run more smoothly. They willingly gave up all of their 2014 Gen Con to make sure that more than 2,000 PFS fans had the best experience possible over the four days of the show. They served as my right hand men and helped me keep my sanity (and get a decent amount of sleep).

Del has served as the South Carolina Venture-Captain since October 2011. He is running his 499th reported PFS session at the Gen Con Special tonight. Through his affiliation with SCARAB, he has coordinated hundreds of conventions and game days throughout the Carolina's, southern Georgia, northern Florida, and Tennessee. He has also done some amazing work for various charities utilizing PFS.

All three have spent thousands of hours volunteering, and thousands of dollars out of their own pocket to make PFS amazing in their respective regions. All three are five star GMs.

All three have my highest respect and most sincere thank you for all of their volunteer work. Without them, PFS would not be where it is today. They exemplify the values of what organized play and community building is all about.

Congratulations Todd, Bob, and Del. You are now PFS numbers 720, 721, and 722 respectively, and one of the pillars that Society is built upon!

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thistledown wrote:
Eric Clingenpeel wrote:
Dunkren Flamebringer wrote:

Forgive my ignorance, but where/when will the volunteers meeting take place next Wednesday? And if we can't make that meeting, am I correct in assuming we just grab out GM badges at Paizo HQ the following morning? Thanks ahead!

Cheers!

-Dunk

As Jon said, you can pick up your stuff between 3 & 5 Wed. There is no GM/volunteer meeting this year.
What's the earliest we can come by in the morning? I won't get in until 7:30 wednesday night, and want to check in the HQ as soon as I can.

As long as we are able to get badges early on Wed., we can start handing them out at 1 pm. As for Thursday, the earliest will likely be 7:30 am.

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glass wrote:
Fomsie wrote:
No more Pageant of the Peacock shenanigans, at least that is one less headache to try to adjudicate.

Out of curiosity, what are "Pageant of Peacock shenanigans"?

Stars are still useless, and I'm not sure yet how I feel about the faction changes, but neither of these things are news.

glass.

So the bonus to rerolls, as well as the only way to currently replay one to five favorite scenarios above first level is useless? So noted.

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Neongelion wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
Removed a post. Paizo doesn't hate fun. We keep things out that don't fit PFS play. Luckily, you can enjoy that option in a home game.
If I may ask in a less belligerent way, then: was the Nanite bloodline barred because of its mechanical aspects or because of its theme?

Mostly because of its theme.

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Removed a post. Paizo doesn't hate fun. We keep things out that don't fit PFS play. Luckily, you can enjoy that option in a home game.

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TimD wrote:

When you correct the Aasimar-Tiefling typo, can you add a cut-off date to the requirement for aasimars & tieflings to have a chronicle sheet as you have on other grandfathered things in the guide? (so that a blog entry isn't needed to interpret the Additional Resources).

-TimD

All changes and corrections will be made after Gen Con since I'm already on the way to Indianapolis and responding from 33,000 feet in the air.

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Pirate Rob wrote:
The guide doesn't cover changing masterpieces... What should be done with Pageant of the Peacock, just gain back the feat/spell or get to make other changes instead.

Just gain back the feat/spell

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CigarPete wrote:

Sounds good! My printer will gladly burn through ink for this.

Two small Additional Resource notes.
- Under Blood of Fiends it says that Aasimar characters are not legal for play. Assume this is just a cut and pasta error.
- Under Advanced Race Guide, kitsune, nagaji, and wayang are still listed as requiring a chronicle to play, while Tiefling and Aasimar are not noted as such.

Yes, it should read that Tiefling characters are not legal for play without a Chronicle sheet. Thanks for pointing out the ARG entry. We will get it fixed.

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You donate it to charity.

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Cheapy wrote:
Jayson MF Kip wrote:

So, 650 posts later, "It does what it says that it does."

AKA: "No change."

Well, I can't expect this to have not caught the attention of campaign leadership. I know that Mike reads just about every post here, even if he doesn't comment.

So who knows, maybe change will happen.

I have read each and every post. This will be dealt with when the new Additional Resources goes live tomorrow.

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And now Quests have been placed into GM accounts. Everyone should have all of their PDFs now.

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I have gone through and made sure all GMs now have Bonekeep in their accounts. I am working through the quests now.

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Tim Statler wrote:

I got Bonekeep 3, just waiting on Gencon Goblin Attack, and the season six Guide to Organized Play.

We aren't running goblin attack this year. We have six new quests.

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Lou Diamond wrote:
Mike, are pregens for the ACG iconics going to released soon.

That's the plan.

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armac wrote:

Welcome Tonya, and best wishes for dealing with those unruly Ontario players - especially VC Shackleton. I mean, you're a VC like him so he'll probably allow you to address him by name and not make you bow in his presence... ;)

Probably not. When I met him, he wanted me to bow. When I asked him to show me what he meant, and he demonstrated the bow, I put my beer on his head since it made a good resting spot.

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Please join me in welcoming Tonya Woldridge on her promotion to VC of Ontario. She will be working with Glen Shackleton to share the load and split Ontario into sections for better PFS coverage. She served as VL in England for more than a year and her efforts will be certainly seen in Canada!

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The goal is to release Guide 6.0 and the updated Additional resources with both July and August releases on Monday's blog. This could change depending on art and layout's schedule, but that is the current plan.

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All tier 1 and 2 volunteers should now have their hotel confirmations. If not, email me please.

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Tim Statler wrote:

If we don't have our confirmations by the morning of Tuesday should we e-mail you?

You will have them.

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The hotel confirmations should be emailed to all tier 1 and 2 GMs by close of business on Monday.

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Deanoth wrote:

John and Mike,

Is there ANYWAY that someone can stay on top of the release dates. This has caused problems before and now this one is showing it should be released and if someone were to schedule this for a game day even (with 6+ tables) then they would not be able to run this. This is unfortunate as it would be fun to run!!
It could potentially screw their schedules up not to mention their potential GM's when they are expecting it.

I know this is a Gen Con event as well was it was for Paizo Con.. but it does say it was released Wed, Jul 30th.
I am not upset but I can see the potential problems have been through them before not to long ago :)

Done:

Will be available for purchase Thu, Jul 30, 2015.

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Tim Statler wrote:
ElricOsis wrote:

Must be a lot of names that start with "J" as I haven't gotten mine yet

"J"? Lucky stiff. I'm waiting for "T"s

Customer service has advised me that everyone should now be set with their scenarios. If not, please contact them.

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Pirate Rob wrote:


What would be awesome is if we could compile a list of differences so that Additional Resources could get cleaned up.

Yes, that would be incredibly awesome.

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Paz wrote:

It's Aston University 'Car Park 12' on Jennens Road.

I'm not sure if it's possible to park there without booking in advance or not.

EDIT: satnav postcode is apparently: B4 7XG

Thanks

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I have a rental car. Where is parking located for the Conference center?

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I've resent the following email to everyone I have received emails from expressing an interest, You should have received it. Here it is:

We are still nailing down requirements for the card game VL position, what support and rewards will be available, etc... Also, you will need to work with whichever VC is closest to you regionally as they will be completing convention support requests for physical product as prize support. If you have not already done so, please email them to get the ball rolling on that end.

I am currently in England and won't be back in the office until Aug. 4. Once I'm there, I will see if any decisions have been finalized and approved. Please keep in mind that it will be two weeks before Gen Con and official appointments of VLs may not be made until after.

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WilliamD763 wrote:
Andrew K wrote:
Is it normal that I emailed Mike Brock about being a VO on June 26, and a follow-up in July 10, and haven't gotten a reply? As we get closer, I'm getting more concerned I haven't heard anything back.

It appears to be normal, as I've had the same experience, sent initial email on June 26, a follow-up on July 9 asking did you receive my previous e-mail. Still haven't heard anything.

I can understand that they wanted to get e-mail from interested people before they were ready to announce all the details. But not responding with at least a 'we got your e-mail, we will be in touch' means that they run the risk of some people getting left out since they can't know that their e-mail didn't get through.

I have received and replied to every email, even with the busy time of PaizoCon and my vacation the week afterward. Please check your spam filter. If you emailed without going through the closest VC, my reply was to please work with that person to send in your request since you will be working directly with that VC for prize support for regional and local conventions.

We are waiting until we have the NDA in place, rewards for VLs set up, etc... to proceed with appointments of VLs.

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spectrevk wrote:
I don't mind seeing Aasimars and Tieflings go, but would it be so bad to get the elemental-blooded races into PFS standard play?

These were our GM boons this year and will remain our GM boons through Gen Con 2015. We didn't want to open them so soon and snub GMs who just received an elemental boon over the past few months. If you GM for a local convention, chances are, you will be able to pick one up.

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RainyDayNinja wrote:
If boons are going to be required for Aasimar and Tieflings, will more boons be coming into circulation?

Eventually yes, but no plans for right away.

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If you are looking to test them out without using them for credit, I suggest the retired scenarios first.

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