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This is awesome. I think this will really help those who want to or at least may be willing to try GMing. I look forward to running core only games.
This is coming from "one of those" that uses every option under the sun.
Good wands and/or scrolls:
My one suggestion is that the faction cards be made in the same physical size as a chronicle, 8.5x11in, so that they can seamlessly be kept with chronicles in binders or whatever. Half or quarter sheets of paper are too easy to lose. Maybe even use a general chronicle/boon design, just without the right or bottom portions.
For the sake of completeness the Dungeon Dweller trait specifically allows one to speak Dark Folk: "You start with one additional language chosen from the following list: Aklo, Dark Folk, Draconic, Goblin, Necril, Orc, or Undercommon."
James Krolak wrote:
Sure, this might seem great but there's nothing like a story of being turned into a squirrel.
Excellent elixirs to use with alchemical allocation:
While the party cannot leave the dungeon and come back, they could certainly try to rest in the dungeon via rope trick or otherwise. However, I would fully expect the rat demons of the dungeon to make regular rounds to ensure everything is okay. Finding a rope dangling where no rope should be would be quite the giveaway that something is amiss. This is likely to go very badly for the party.
So, it is in the PCs' hands, but I would strongly encourage them against trying to rest in Bonekeep.
As far as the rest, there are no restrictions on extra-dimensional spaces, mists have a miss chance for the enemies, knowledge DCs should not be increased beyond typical (rare creatures), etc. Bonekeep is plenty challenging as it is written - there is no cause or basis to invent additional rules.
Like all scenarios, run as written.
You will need to level up at the con. You cannot play a character that is not the correct level for the amount of XP it has. I suggest bringing a copy of the character already leveled up, then just making any adjustments from gear purchased, boons gained, etc. while at the con.
Rushley son of Halum wrote:
When asking "what could possibly go wrong" the answer is always "treachery demons."
While fleeing from one combat, I am no longer allowed to run back to another room really quickly to grab some evidence we left behind. Although running from two combats at once certainly does make the day more exciting. Especially when triggering a third combat in the process.
Indeed. I have a first worlder and it is quite good, it just requires a little different approach than "eidolon smash." Vexgits are good summons too with rusting grasp and nuglubs can annoy casters easily because they have the step up feat.
What we do in the home game I play in is mark them with little colored dots to differentiate identical minis. So I attack pink sahuagin, or with enough enemies, orange-three stone giant.
Pulling out an as-yet unmarked set of enemies inevitably invokes "more dots!" :)
Jayson MF Kip wrote:
This is better than the lightning frying your car (and other cars, and the store's computers, and breaking the store's front window...).
My answer: ... the player in the last game who didn't know how their character's mechanics worked and refused to accept they were wrong is the GM for the next game.
And, to be honest, for most non-primary longbow users, Adaptive is much the better enhancement to get. If you aren't running your non-Str-based archer, the odds are fairly high that Str is what you are most likely to be adding those level and item enhancements to. Also great for a Barbarian, since the longbow is perfectly suited for you whether you are Raging or not.
As I understand it, the bow in question is a +1 keen longbow, correct? If that is the case then adaptive is not an option, as adaptive says "This ability can only be placed on composite bows."
Ya know, PFS is kind of a grassroots thing. If you want a group and there isn't one you can form your own. :) Just set up a date and time and put it out there on meetup, facebook, the event page here on paizo.com, etc. and see who shows up.
It looks like an investigator cannot legally take brew potion. That seems like an oversight. I'm not suggesting the class get it for free the same as an alchemist, but I think that they should be able to take it as a feat at 3rd.
IMO simply taking the feat is better since it better reflects what your character is actually doing - s/he is really a cleric that wants heavy armor, not a cleric that has significant martial training.
Kezzie Redlioness wrote:
"You play your character and I'll play mine" is the right response I think.
The antimagic field wouldn't necessarily stop his summons from being effective. He can just summon creatures with ranged attacks throughout the sanctum. As the party chases him around they will wink out in the antimagic field, but reappear as soon as the wizard continues the chase and they move out of the field. Then the summons continue their assault from range. That 10' radius is not big enough to protect the full party even from melee attacks unless everyone is taking readied actions to follow the wizard when he moves.
Things that the GM isn't likely to already have are best IMO. If it were possible, some flip-mats that are no longer in print. Or things like those horse mounts, invisible characters, and such. Gamicon does raffles for prints of Pathfinder art - those are pretty cool. Knowing that the local GMs didn't have them I got combat pads for the GMs at our most recent con - that seems to be one of those useful items that many people don't pick up when they could get the latest book instead.
Walter Sheppard wrote:
I was saying: "I think it goes against the spirit of PFS to turn people away from a table. Unless, of course, that person is a jerk."
Simple misunderstanding. :)
Perhaps I'm just extending my own preferences to a general approach, but as a player I would rather the organizer tell me "sorry, we're all full up this slot" then have a less-than-stellar experience. That could be either someone stepping up to GM that isn't fully prepared or being the one-too-many player at the table (whether that's the seventh or fifth). There will always be more game days and conventions after all.
I think the key is to explain the reasoning to the player, so that they know you're not just being a curmudgeon but rather are trying to maintain the highest quality of gaming you can.
I disagree that GMs should be expected to take on more players than they are comfortable with. The GM should be able to have a good time too and they shouldn't feel pressured to run for 7 players if 5 is the most they can handle. I believe that almost every 7 player table I have run would have been noticeably better if I had limited it to 6 players.
There may be a cost to telling someone to come back next time rather than cram them into a table, but there's also a cost to putting too many people at one table. I firmly believe that every player needs to take the initiative to be responsible for themselves. If there are options to sign up ahead of time and the player chooses to just show up then that is their own fault - not the GM's and not the organizer's.
I feel it's especially inappropriate to label a GM a jerk because they honestly believe it's in everyone's best interests to turn a player away rather than go beyond what they can handle.
It goes against the spirit of PFS to create a miserable experience in the name of inclusiveness.
I disagree with this. The exact same spell shouldn't be better just because the GM is using it. Plus it's unclear anyway since the only direction I can find is from James Jacobs who contradicts himself. link1 link2
Personally, I feel that Pathfinder Society probably allows even more (in sum) than most home games even should. There's a huge breadth of material that Paizo has published and much of that won't be appropriate, flavor-wise, to any given campaign.
The hard-cover books plus any books on topics directly related to the campaign you are running should present plenty of choices for characters while reducing the overwhelming amount of stuff out there. There are also certain things that PFS disallows that a home game need not, such as item crafting since you can directly monitor how it affects the game.
The atheist abjurations feat from Faiths and Philosophies also gets you "a +2 bonus to your caster level whenever you use an abjuration spell to dispel or counter a divine spell, or send an extraplanar outsider summoned or called by a divine caster back to its home plane."
Mystic Lemur wrote:
"Such as" simply means "for example." It is not limiting.
From align weapon: "You can’t cast this spell on a natural weapon, such as an unarmed strike." This doesn't mean you can use it on a claw attack just because they didn't list out every natural weapon.
From baleful polymorph: "If the new form would prove fatal to the creature, such as an aquatic creature not in water, the subject gets a +4 bonus on the save." A fish gets a bonus to its save when you try to turn it into a squirrel (while it's in water).
From bless weapon: "Individual arrows or bolts can be transmuted, but affected projectile weapons (such as bows) don’t confer the benefit to the projectiles they shoot." Bless weapon on a crossbow doesn't confer the effect to the ammunition.
From calm emotions: "This spell automatically suppresses (but does not dispel) any morale bonuses granted by spells such as bless, good hope, and rage, and also negates a bard’s ability to inspire courage or a barbarian’s rage ability." All morale bonuses from spells are negated, not just those from bless, good hope, and rage.
From dispel magic: "You can also use a targeted dispel to specifically end one spell affecting the target or one spell affecting an area (such as a wall of fire)." You can use dispel magic to perform a targeted dispel of any spell, not just wall of fire.
Search the core rulebook for "such as" and you will quickly come to realize it is used to provide examples, not to provide all encompassing lists.
So, going back to the above quote:
Second, the subject immediately receives another saving throw (if one was allowed to begin with) against any spells or effects that possess or exercise mental control over the creature (including enchantment [charm] effects and enchantment [compulsion] effects, such as charm person, command, and dominate person.
Protection from evil is not limited to only stopping charm person, command, and dominate person.
Note, I'm not trying to jump down your throat, but I've seen this notion before, and not just with the "because PFS" reasoning. I just want the idea to die. Determining how multiple effects overlap is one of those reasons why the game has a GM. All we can ask is for GMs to make a good faith effort to adjudicate the rules fairly and without malice.
Michael Brock wrote:
So what it sounds like just from this thread is there is little play happening at levels 7+ And we should focus on lower level play options because we need to allow enough options for veteran players to play with the new player that comes in off the street. Interesting. Perhaps we need to reevaluate any plans we had for a new seeker arc and refocus those on tier 1-5. Thoughts?
I would really love to see a new seeker arc, but I believe that focusing those efforts on more tier 1-5 scenarios would benefit the community much more.
The thing is that the responses here make it seem more ambiguous than I believe it really is. Many people are responding with "it should be this" as opposed to what the rules actually allow.
The season's faction goals are in the Guide to Organized Play that everyone is expected to read.
Infusions are great - they are force multipliers that you don't have to use your own in-combat actions for. Some good lower level formulas for infusions include:
For a bomber alchemist: if you have the Adventurer's Armory book, then take the Splash Weapon Mastery feat.
Players wanted some additional options after the Advanced Race Guide came out. Tengu were selected along with Aasimar and Tieflings to be available without a boon. Tengu had already been depicted as being found in various places within the inner sea region, so it made sense for them to be more numerous within the Pathfinder Society compared to many other "exotic" races.
You can empower horrid wilting three times, plus still widen a cloudkill or black tentacles and have one charge leftover for whatever. I think maximized, widened cloudkill on top of a widened black tentacles is particularly nasty myself. x4 movement, possible grappling, and con damage every round. Wall them in and it's game over.
On the note for this boon, does it let you make 1 of the new character or can you make as many of the new characters as you want?
When building a new character for Pathfinder Society Organized Play, you may make use of the Thassilonian magic rules on page 17 of Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Magic.