I've been running Carrion Crown without XP. It's been quite successful, we are 1/2 way through the final adventure. The beginning of each adventure tells you what level the PCs should be at each point. It saves time on a lot of book keeping and keeps things running smooth.
I'm actually running both adventures and will need to apply the XP to my PSF character. Just trying to make everything is legit. This is my first time running anything for PFS. I already registered the event.
Mark Garringer wrote:
Two of my players have PFS characters, the other two do not. They are going to make level one characters and register them tonight. We made completely different level 13 character not based on our currently active PFS characters. The rules seemed to suggest that was okay.
I ran the first two adventures of Curse of the Crimson Throne on weekends, before work and life got in the way. My players loved it.
We started a new game on Tuesdays with a few different players which is now an Age of Worms campaign run by someone else. He is doing the same thing. No XP just we just level our characters when he feels we need to.
In my opinion as a player and a GM I love it. There isn't a grind to get XP to level up. Our Age of Worms campaign will probably finish up by August, which is when I plan on starting Carrion Crown. Here's an estimate of how I'm going to level the PCs for Haunting of Harrowstone:
Part One: 1st Level
Since I'm not sure how it will it play out. It will be flexible. If I find that the PCs are having a hard time. I will tell them to level their characters for the next session.
I actually got rid of XP when running APs. Each adventure suggests what level the PCs should be at each point. I tell my player to level their character each time we reach the next point in the adventure. It has really made things easy. I don't have to worry about adding more encounters and I still make the boss monsters a little tougher.
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The party I am DMing is pretty standard and have found that it works very well for STAP.
Dorhanna Trannyth - Human Favored Soul
Could use a ranger and some undead turning, but otherwise the party works very well together.