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I'm still here. Lost my charter superscriber title when I traded it in for the purple golem next to my name ;-)

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I wanted to take a minute to welcome aboard the new Venture-Captain assigned to the Canary Islands. I will let Guillermo Cerezo introduce himself, advise about the websites he will utilize for coordinating, and any other information he wishes to share.

Welcome to the team!

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gnoams wrote:
Continuing the spell access to normally open spells train of thought, the same applies for weapons and armor. If you fight a guy with a normal earthbreaker, can you then purchase one yourself? Can you purchase a masterwork one? Can you upgrade it? If there's a +1 flaming chakram on a chronicle sheet can you buy that and then upgrade it? Can you buy a normal one instead, or only one exactly like you found?

If the weapon appears on the Chronicle sheet, then you can purchase it. Otherwise no.

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gnoams wrote:
Ferious Thune wrote:
LazarX wrote:
gnoams wrote:
Lets say I play a certain scenario in core that gives me access to an archetype. This archetype says instead of x I get a bonus teamwork feat every other level. Can I pick any normal pfs legal teamwork feat? I'm trying not to spoiler things but there is a scenario that gives this, it's not just a hypothetical question.
Core scenarios are very unlikely to give you access to something outside of core. In the event that does happen, it's extremely likely that it will tell you EXACTLY what you can get and how it can be applied. It's very unlikely that we'll see any open door boons from a Chronicle.

I believe gnoam's point was that such a scenario already exists (though I don't know what it is).

Also, are you under the impression that there will be separate scenarios only for core mode? It's the same pool of scenarios as normal mode and the same chronicle sheets. There are already many chronicles that grant access to non-core material.

Right, there is a scenario that opens access to an otherwise disallowed archetype for all your characters. Thereby allowing players to make a character of this archetype for core. The archetype gives a bonus teamwork feat every other level. Naturally it does not tell you which books you can select teamwork feats out of and there are no teamwork feats in core... so how should this work?

The bonus teamwork feat isn't available.

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The Fox wrote:


I don't know exactly what I would say if I were trying to ease fears about this issue.

"There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction."

--John F. Kennedy

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Rich Parents is not legal in either campaign.

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Himokl wrote:

What do we do with spellbooks we find in game? (E.g. can we copy non-core spells from them?)

If we find a scroll of a non-core spell, can we use that to scribe a non-core spell into our book? If no, what if the scroll is on the chronicle sheet?

As far as the question regarding what happens if someone is using a non-core ability in a core game, when one determines that I would imagine you would handle it the same way that you do when you realize someone is using something not allowed in a regular game by mistake. (i.e. something not on additional resources)

Look at my second reply in this thread for an answer to spell books.

Yes, if you find a scroll, it can be used to scribe into a book. Just have the GM make a note on the Chronicle.

For your third point, see my answer directly above this one.

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Benjamin Falk wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:


Spellbooks = as long as the GM checks the original players Chronicle and then initials off on teh Chronicle where the new player scribed the spell from.

The new player has - of course - to own the sourcebook, right?

Yes

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Drogon wrote:

This is going to come up (has come up as a question in those other threads) and I really do need to know what the response is going to be:

Someone screws up. Despite every precaution the "Core Only" rule was violated at a table.

The table was announced as a Core table. The GM checked with players prior to playing to be sure they were using Core-only PCs, and double checked to be sure they understood what that meant. Nothing untoward occurred during game play. Then, during Day Job rolls, the monk's player announces that he uses his his Patient Calm trait to get a 12 on his take 10 for Profession (Yoga Teacher).

Step by step, please, what happens next to everyone involved?

It's chalked up as an honest mistake, make sure the player understands what needs to be fixed, report it as a Core table, and invite people to come back next week.

The same thing has happened with people using banned feats, traits, etc... We don't invalidate an entire table because one person made a mistake.

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WBG = Yes

Core Pregens only (aka..the classes found in the CRB)

Spellbooks = as long as the GM checks the original players Chronicle and then initials off on teh Chronicle where the new player scribed the spell from.

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Dwarven fighter

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Yes

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Jiggy wrote:
Wraithcannon wrote:

What about core spells that use other resources?

RAW, Summon Monster allows you to summon Elementals from Bestiary I and II.

Polymorph spells like Beast Shape, Plant Shape, and Form of the Dragon also allow you to transform into creatures that are from all 4 current Bestiaries.

It's been clarified that if the CRB points to the Bestiary for something (like with summon monster) then you can use that thing from the Bestiary. Not sure if that includes 2-4, though.

Just Bestiary 1 unless a different sourcebook is specifically called out.

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Steven Schopmeyer wrote:


And the official titles to be used in the updated guide are Core Campaign and Normal Campaign.

Pathfinder Society Core Mode or Pathfinder Society Normal Mode

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Swiftbrook wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
Gotcha. As mentioned earlier in this thread, chronicle boons are campaign specific. So, no cross-campaign mixing.


Swiftbrook wrote:

The term "Chronicle Boon" confused me.


It seems like everything is printed on chronicle sheets. I believe you mean boons on scenario chronicles are legal for that PC (Core PC or Standard PC). And holiday boons, GM boons, GM Star boons, convention boons, etc. are campaign specific (standard campaign unless it specifies it's usable in the Core campaign).


Eric Clingenpeel wrote:
As for Holiday/Novel/GM Boons/Con boons, I'm pretty sure that Mike has said that those can go on either Classic or Core characters, unless it opens up a new race.
Looks like I'm not the only one confused by the term "Chronicle Boon".

If it's a Chronicle sheet/boon not earned through scenario play (holiday boon, novel boon, prize table boon, etc...) it may be assigned to either mode character. If it is a boon earned through scenario play, such as Eyes of Ten, it may only be assigned to a character of the same mode of play.

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Wei Ji the Learner wrote:


I'm relatively new to PFS play. I only have two characters rolling with it at the moment.

My first exposure was at GenCon, and the 'cattle call' that happens before slots, even with a table of 'pure' ticket holders and no pre-gens.

The concern I have about this new launch is, simply put... does the Society have the *resources* to run this 'reset campaign' at the same time as maintaining the Legacy campaign?

Food for thought.

Yes

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Chris Mortika wrote:

Question.

Let's say I attend a convention, and play / GM some standard mode PFS, and some CORE Mode PFS.

When I play a standard PFS adventure, I might get a boon. I should attach that boon to a legal Standard Mode PFS character.

When I play a CORE adventure, I might get a boon. I should attach that boon to a legal CORE Mode PFS character.

If I get a boon for attendance, or for buying books, or for anything else that isn't linked to a scenario play, can I apply that boon to a CORE Mode PFS character?

Yes unless it's a boon that opens up a new race.

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Mikey V wrote:
Forgive me if this was already addressed, but am I correct in assuming players can use Core Class Pre-Gens in Core Campaign events?

Yes

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Sera Dragonbane wrote:
When should we expect an update for the Guide to Organized Play to reflect5 the new campaign mode?

No specific ETA. Soon.

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nosig wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
nosig wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
The CORE mode reporting is now up!

having problems reporting regular sessions now.

It's not letting me select the scenario.... the drop down for scenario selection has no selections....

:-(

edit: the problem appears to be with the "Show All Scenarios" button... it appears to remove everything from the dropdown list...

Did you add Core selections to the event?
PM sent... sorry should have done that at first - wasn't thinking about cluttering this thread with tech issues....

Put any future tech issues In this thread.

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nosig wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
The CORE mode reporting is now up!

having problems reporting regular sessions now.

It's not letting me select the scenario.... the drop down for scenario selection has no selections....

:-(

edit: the problem appears to be with the "Show All Scenarios" button... it appears to remove everything from the dropdown list...

Did you add Core selections to the event?

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Secane wrote:

Again, sorry if this has been asked before, but are the upcoming Faction Journal cards going to be used in the core campaign?

Also, would there be any Faction Journal card entries there would likely be impossible to complete, due to the lack of additional resources? (Just asking here...)

Finally, if the Faction Journal cards to give access to sources? Could you use them in CORE? (I'm assuming the cards can give access to somethings.)

Look five posts up.

No, there should. Not be any that are impossible to complete.

Just like Chronicle sheets, if you earn something on a faction journal card, you get it in Core mode regardless of the sourcebook it appears.

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David_Bross wrote:
Since only core rules apply I assume retraining is not allowed in this campaign?

Second to last bullet point in the blog already addresses this.

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We will address languages on the PFS blog in two weeks (next Monday is the PaizoCon call for volunteers).

The Guide is going to take a bit longer to update as it has to also go through editing and layout once we get the wording for the Core section.

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Keith Hart wrote:
So will CORE get a downloadable session sheet? Will prestige be handled differently in CORE? I ask because I have already scheduled a CORE session and didn't see a session sheet or prestige entires on the online entry 'tab'.

No, the current sheet can be used with no problem.

Prestige is handled exactly the same.

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Steve Derouin wrote:
I don't know if this was answered but will there be anything to change the sceneries since they have stuff that's none core in them so as a GM I still have deal with needing several books to run one.

They won't be changed and you can use print outs from the PRD to cover what you might need to GM that isn't included in the scenario.

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thaX wrote:

Question...

Will the Faction Cards still be able to be used by the Core Characters?

Yes

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Richard Webb wrote:
That was some really fast turnaround! I was thinking it would at least be Thursday or Friday before it went live.

We intentionally delayed the announcement until it was ready to launch.

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The new addition of Core Mode has just been added to the reporting system. If you find any problems, or have general feedback, please list it in the thread.

Thanks!

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The CORE mode reporting is now up!

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Wayfinders are currently in the Guide.

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TimD wrote:

As core is being referenced as a separate campaign, does this mean it will have its own GM stars or will GM credits apply equally between campaigns to the same pool?

-TimD

Addressed in the very last bullet point of the blog.

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Mike McFarland wrote:

If a player plays Confirmation as their first chronicle for their fisrt Core character, do they

** spoiler omitted **

Why wouldn't they get it?

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Pink Dragon wrote:
I have read a number of posts asking for this and that to be included in the Core Campaign. My answer would be to simply say tough. If it is not in the Core Rules, PFSOC Guide or Trait Web Enhancement, then you can't use it. In my view, one of the key purposes of the Core Campaign is to limit extra resources and the accompanying bloat, which we see in the regular campaign. If a player doesn't like the limitations of the Core Campaign then don't play it. To give in to the requests for more resources is to recreate the existing campaign.

We aren't giving into requests. We are confirming that if it's found on a Chronicle (spell books and scrolls), it can be used. As for fluff like where the character is from, that isn't going to bog down gameplay by adding crunch rules from another book. It is strictly roleplaying, similar to if you advised your character was related to a character in a novel or some such.

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RyanH wrote:
nightdeath wrote:

I noticed that Core Campaign traits uses only those from the Character Traits Web Enhancement.

I noticed that it had the trait 'Rich Parents'. Is that legal in current PFS? Granted It's being almost a couple of months since I'm playing PFS again.

I'm all for the Core Campaign Only!

Rich parents is not legal in PFS ... core or non.

Correct. Same with crafting feats and the like.

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Sarvei taeno wrote:

two things

1st you stated that if a player gets a spell book from an npc they can copy it and it has to be noted, what if that player than plays with someone else in another game can player b get the spells from the spell book player a that are not core?

2nd- players transfering a character from core to standard everything would transfer, does that mean if a player had day of the demon on a character already then played it on a core and then decided to move the core does the day of the demon chronical still apply(allowing them 2 of the same chronical in non core) the character is still fully legal?

Yes, as long as they own the appropriate sourcebook.

The rule still applies you can not have two of the same chronicle sheet on the same character. The precedent was set when day of the demon went from 4-EX to 4-16. That same hold true. You can't have two of the same Chroncile on the same character, regardless of whether it was earned in core or normal mode.

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Shadowh3ll wrote:

So I do apologize if I missed this point earlier in the thread. Can I take a core character and apply non-COre sheets to it as a GM before it is played? IE RUn 12 COre Sessions then 1 normal and then build the character?

Just trying to cover something that will come up.

Here you go

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Mimo Tomblebur wrote:
Clearly clerics and paladins will be limited to the core 20 deities. I presume that other characters can worship non-core deities that appear in other resources as long as there are no mechanical benefits?

Correct

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ZomB wrote:

The AP players guides appear to be off limits, and any mechanics or items in there for adding campaign flavor look to be banned for core campaigns. Probably want to make access to the player guide a standard boon in the APs.

Hmm, are ethnicities (eg Shaonti) and even suggested names (eg Ancrym) from an AP guide non-core character options?

You can name your character whatever you like. You can also be a Shaonti warrior for roleplay purposes. You just can't get any mechanical benefits from choosing Shaonti warrior from a book outside of core. As a matter of fact, your character can utilize any of the countries in the Inner Sea World Guide for RP flavor. They just can't take any of the mechanical options from the ISWG unless it appears on a Chronicle (or when we update the Guide if we add languages and the like).

That's similar to what exist now without a sourcebook. I've had a character at a table I GMed that claimed he was from Arcadia. He had absolutely no mechanical benefits from it and it was strictly roleplay flavor, but he advised his character was from Arcadia. The same applies when someone says their character is royalty or a Blakros family member and the like. If something is taken for fluff only, and strictly roleplay purposes, you can use any of the source material. You just can't take any mechanical benefit from it.

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Majuba wrote:

I fully anticipate "No", but I guess I have to ask and be sure:

** spoiler omitted **

No

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Gamerskum wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
Kelly Youngblood wrote:
What of human languages from the Inner Sea World guide such as Kelish and Tien? Some scenarios seem to expect that you will know one or more of these.
Unless they appear on a Chronicle sheet, they are not available.
They appear as being viable options in the Guide to Organized play? Wouldn't that count as a source for them much like the redirect from the core to the Bestiary?

Yes and we will make sure that is clear when we add the new section to the guide covering core campaign mode. The only thing off the top if my head that doesn't apply for Core campaign out of the guide is the inability to make an alternate race outside of the core Rulebook (though I've had a fair amount of red ale and may be forgetting something).

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Majuba wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
Gotcha. As mentioned earlier in this thread, chronicle boons are campaign specific. So, no cross-campaign mixing.
Just saw the answer on the second page. So the "All PCs" boons work for all characters that are in the same campaign, resource-availability depending. And if a PC switches campaigns I imagine they don't lose access to anything they had.

Correct. Nothing is lossed when a Character moves from Core mode to normal mode.

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Tarma wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
Majuba wrote:

F'ing Awesome!

I'm sure this will cause some headaches organizing at the start, but this is fantastic and will really help for a long time to come.

Question might be asked above (will search shortly), but if a Chronicle grants access to an additional resource to *all* the player's characters, does that apply to both campaigns or just the one that the chronicle was earned within?

Can you give an example? I think this may be on a case-by-case basis and something we put into the FAQ.

Examples:

** spoiler omitted **

and

** spoiler omitted **

Gotcha. As mentioned earlier in this thread, chronicle boons are campaign specific. So, no cross-campaign mixing.

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Faunra Eveningstar wrote:
rknop wrote:
Faunra Eveningstar wrote:
I already have enough problems convincing vets to run older scenarios. This will make it unlikely I'll get to play older season scenarios in regular mode.

Huh... I'm kind of surprised by that. I enjoy running some of the older season scenarios. Also, in the various places I go (right now, the Pittsburgh area, albeit it's just a couple of gamedays I've been to), and online, there's a heavy presence of older scenarios.

They have no motivation to run them as they have already run and played most of them and can't get credit. Now they might be motivated to run them, but in the core system. I paid a lot of money for these books, and want to use them.

Luckily, we are still releasing two new scenarios every month, as well as sanctioning new modules and APs, so you will still get plenty of use out of those books!

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Majuba wrote:

F'ing Awesome!

I'm sure this will cause some headaches organizing at the start, but this is fantastic and will really help for a long time to come.

Question might be asked above (will search shortly), but if a Chronicle grants access to an additional resource to *all* the player's characters, does that apply to both campaigns or just the one that the chronicle was earned within?

Can you give an example? I think this may be on a case-by-case basis and something we put into the FAQ.

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Akeela Valerian, the Wolf wrote:

I saw the post re the Gencon special. Will every single table at Gencon be labeled either Core or non Core?

Thanks for all the efforts Mike and Co!

On the physical ticket and the GenCon sign up system? It should be on both.

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Christopher Woldridge wrote:
The Fourth Horseman wrote:
On this front, Mike, you might consider making a regional language list or table in the PFSGtOP. You might have to errata the guide midseason, but that makes more sense than a Varisian who can't speak Varisian. Just a suggestion.

I was just thinking this.

It may have to wait for the new guide later this year, but it would be better then hunting for boons so you can speak your native tongue.

It will be something we seriously debate and discuss in the coming weeks

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Walter Sheppard wrote:

Alright, since someone already asked about the

** spoiler omitted **
question, am I correct in assuming that players won't be able to use that option until they complete ** spoiler omitted ** with a Core Campaign PC?
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Asked another way, are boons found on chronicle sheets cross-campaign? Or are they campaign specific?

Campaign specific.

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xebeche wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
thaX wrote:

So, I already have a Core character, though she was created before this announcement. (Our area was already discussing doing CORE only games)

Is there any way to make her a Core Character for this new campaign mode? (I have not played her yet)

If you've not played her yet, then she has no reported sessions, thus no Chronicles. So, you would be playing from level 1 with 0 XPs. I don't understand the question.
I'm curious how rebuild rules will work. If a character is played under the status quo and the player wants them to be under the Core Campaign starting at 2nd-level, is this possible? Or must a character be played under the Core Campaign from the very beginning?

Played from the very beginning.

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