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RPG Superstar 2015 Dedicated Voter. FullStarFullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 1,122 posts (1,155 including aliases). 4 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 15 Pathfinder Society characters. 2 aliases.


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Just to clarify, the [redacted] is only available to characters that have an "Animal Companion" style mount feature. You would need to use the stats for a [redacted] animal companion, and bring that page (if it's different). Druids and some Rangers already have access to [redacted] from the Additional Resources. It really only benefits Cavaliers, some Rangers, and Mounted Fury Barbarians.

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It's your gold. The only issue I have is that they couldn't all be with you all the time, providing cover or whatever clever non-combat combat application you could come up with.

Don't bog down the scenario with them. Establish upfront that if Rover dies, you'll make a quick pop out back to the horses to get Rover Too. The only time I see that being an issue is if the group left something nasty behind them, or the party has short-term buffs running that they don't want to let expire.

I ran a group through most of Thornkeep: Sanctum of a Lost Age on one casting of haste. We were rushing outside of game, too, because they were tearing down the Con around us and we were trying to hurry and finish. It was exhausting and exhilarating all at the same time.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2015

Christopher Rowe wrote:
But ask me to draw one, and I'm scrambling.

With you on that. I can see it in my head, but somewhere between my head and my hand, the connection times out. :D

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2015

Happy that my favorite weapon made it past the cull. Love seeing some really great items that I had never seen before hand.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2015

I had my hopes raised when I saw my item on the post cull list, but I haven't seen it myself. And now they're working on a "for realzies" post cull list.

Nervous.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2015

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Aegis vs. Aegis. How do I vote for one without being Aegist?

bah-dum tiss

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2015

Ring, I really like your name, and your flavor text. But your rules, they just don't feel right. I don't know what I was expecting after reading the fluff, but it wasn't that.

Still, grudging upvote compared to your competition.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2015

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Just saw my item's doppleganger. Good to know that someone else was thinking along the same lines I was. Don't know if it's "great minds think alike" or "fools seldom differ," but it works for me.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2015

Monk vs. Monk. Round 1... Fight!

Edit: Oh, hey. That Dedicated tag snuck up on me. Hmmm... My spellchecker doesn't like "snuck." Must be a yankee dictionary.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2015

Just saw my item for the second time. And it's up against a really good suit of armor. Tough call...

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2015

Wow. I really like that Wondrous Item weapon. Too bad it's a Wondrous Item. That could have been Top 32, last year.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2015

Azouth wrote:
Thunder vs Lightning

Was it very, very frightening? /ducks

Very similar to an item from a 3e splatbook vs. "My momma said I could be anything... so I want to be everything!"

"I am Groot!" vs. The one that tons of people are offended by.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2015

mamaursula wrote:
Mystic Lemur wrote:
Oh. Oh, that's just awful. Well. Now I have 55 seconds to kill and I don't even have to read the other item.
You might want to, because I have said that only to realize that I was incorrect.

No, it was that bad. If I had been thinking, I'd have flagged it for DQ.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2015

Oh. Oh, that's just awful. Well. Now I have 55 seconds to kill and I don't even have to read the other item.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2015

I LIKE CAPITAL LETTERS vs. This item really is nothing like what I just told you it was.

And they both equally borked the formatting in different ways...

Edit:And I just saw the/a Dresden item. Not too shabby, compared to Holy, Holy, Holy over there.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2015

No, no, no. Just because It's the perfect weapon for my character does not make it a Superstar item. In fact, I will go so far as to say that because it's a must have item for that character, it's not a Superstar item.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2015

Unless I'm mis-remembering, the system is also set up to show more often items that haven't received an upvote. That may be why you're seeing so many items you remember voting against.

I guess they figure every item has to be better than something.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2015

The Fool's Motley
Aura moderate divination; CL 6th
Slot armor; Price 16,155 gp; Weight 10 lbs.

Description
This brightly colored +2 padded armor is styled after the audacious raiment of court jesters. Donning this armor grants uncanny insight into the true value of material goods.

The wearer of The Fool's Motley gains a +10 competence bonus to all Appraise skill checks, and can use Appraise to identify the properties of a magic item as if using detect magic. However, because of the wearer's foolish appearance, no one will believe the appraisal without first succeeding at a DC 15 Will save.

Construction
Requirements Craft Magic Arms and Armor, identify, misdirection, Spellcraft or Craft (Armor); Cost 8,155 gp

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2015

Your "special ability" is to do something literally every item of your type can already do...

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JJ Jordan wrote:
mamaursula wrote:
JJ Jordan wrote:
Your wife is voting too? Cool.

This may come as a shock, but some of the wives enter, vote and even win. I'm looking at Victoria.

I am happy to hear that gaming households can thrive and survive. I thought they were only legends.

My wife and my mother-in-law make up a third of my home game group. Yep, I'm on good terms with my mother-in-law.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2015

Far too expensive for anyone it would be useful to, vs. Far too cheap for the best armor EVER.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2015

Shoot. Tried to delete my post. It stopped happening after I took the time to type this.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2015

GM_Solspiral wrote:
Bear in mind that another human being entered the contest. Maybe they riffed off of a well know IP owned by Disney. I'm not saying I'd vote for the item but they took a risk and put their work out for the public to judge and that act is worthy of some respect.

That's the problem with not being able to be specific. The item I referred to as a "lighsaber" was neither made of light, nor a sword. But that is what I thought of when I was trying to describe what the item did. No disrespect intended, and I have no way of knowing if the "lightsaber" I saw is the same as anyone else who saw an item and thought "lightsaber."

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2015

Finally saw mine, and it was against yet another "this shield disarms/breaks/swallows/oozes/etc. any weapon that hits it."

I still hesitated.

Shadow Lodge

Finally, no more having to explain the "new" (since 2008?) reach rules.

Boo to having to re-explain to all the people who finally "got it."

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2015

Voted for a SAK. I feel dirty.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2015

lair-master wrote:

Pretty sure I saw my item being viciously mocked by another poster yesterday, followed by others expressing agreement. Guess it wasn't their cup of tea.

Still waiting to see it pop up on the Google Doc, though. Hopefully it hasn't been DQ'd!

I saw one comment that, if it was really my item, meant that every time they saw it they would downvote it no matter the other item.

That aside, unless you broke one of the contest rules, you shouldn't worry about it being DQ. If it doesn't get out of the bottom 25% it won't make the cull that's supposedly coming, but I've seen some really crap stuff, so I think even I have a chance of getting past that.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2015

Item I've already downvoted vs. Another Item I've already downvoted. Who will lose?

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2015

"My only ability is extra damage" vs. "Lightsaber"

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2015

Item related to iconic monster that doesn't ever do that, vs. Item I'd already upvoted once before. Easy Peasy.

And hey, I got Star Voter. Nice.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2015

Thunderfrog wrote:
And shields with eyeballs are everywhere.

I haven't seen any. I've seen tons of shields that let you disarm.

90% sure someone has seen my item. Also 75% sure they thought it was crap. :D

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2015

Feros wrote:
Getting too specific Mystic, only one item I can see did this.

Mea Culpa. Too late to edit/delete.

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2015

You included the Copyright Notice? For more than one Pathfinder book? And it took up more words than your actual item?

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2015

I've had to vote against two really good ideas because of formatting, spelling, and a general lack of effort. It made me sad.

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I think that Nefreet is saying it might be better to leave the cat in the bag at this point. You made a decision, and people have already adjusted characters to comply. Best to stick with it and be more clear in the future.

If he's not, I certainly am.

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Considering the Advanced template is a +4 to all ability scores, I'm going with "HAhahahahahahahaaaaaaa HAHAHAhahahahahaaaaaa... No."

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One would imagine a Lawful person would be more likely to follow an Honor Code that says he should report cheating than he would arbitrary criminal laws that say he's allowed to ignore injustice. :/

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If it's not listed in the Additional Resources, it's by definition not legal.

I think this is something that should be addressed, though. Which monster languages from which bestiaries can be learned with Linguistics?

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kinevon wrote:
WiseWolfOfYoitsu wrote:
I would recommend a Haramaki for armor until you can pick up a Wand of Mage Armor. It weighs just 1 lb. and costs 3gp, compared to the 4 lbs. and 30gp of the Silken Ceremonial Armor. This starts you at 14 AC at level one, which is average. Just stay out of the front line and you should be fine. I would use your first favored class bonus to HP to start with 10 HP.
Actually, with the build you posted, that would be 14 AC flatfooted, 17 AC when no longer flatfooted, 13 Touch AC.

Haramaki is a +1 Armor bonus. +3 from Dex equals 14 AC. Where are you getting 17? He won't get mage armor until after his first scenario at the earliest.

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Chris Mortika wrote:
Dorothy Lindman wrote:


Interesting note: about 2/3 of the mistakes we find are not in the player's favor.

That's what I've found, too.

In my admittedly limited experience, I usually find things in the player's favor like missing favored class bonuses, missing racial bonuses to skills, not picking traits, having thousands of gold pieces unspent, not knowing about bonus spell slots from high ability scores, etc.

But then, I tend to run low level tables for newer players.

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Normally, I don't much care as long as the players are having fun. Occasionally, I get my hopes up when I hear that the scenario I'm running is particularly difficult. Then, when my players steamroll that, I get frustrated (but at myself, not them. See my post regarding running Rats of Round Mountain for example).

I have to admit, though. I'm currently running Bloodcove Disguise in a PbP, and there is one front-liner character who (due to bad initiative rolls) has done nothing in either fight so far. I'm not sitting face-to-face with them, so I can't tell if they're all having a grand time or not, but it doesn't seem very exciting to me to not get to play your characters strengths in the almost 4 weeks we've been playing.

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Nope. Ability scores are not adjusted for age.

Nope. NPC classes aren't legal for play.

Both of these questions are answered in the Guide to Organized Play, which is expected reading for all players and GMs.

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I guess I'm the only one that sees LeVar Burton.

Butterfly in the sky
I can shoot twice as high

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I've seen Profession (Badass), Profession (Chewing Gum and Kicking Ass), Craft (Orphan), and I've heard of someone with Craft (Courtesan).

The part in the () is flavor, and can't affect the mechanics of the check.

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DHMO (dihydrogen monoxide) is in everything we eat and drink, and it's the prime waste product of burning ROCKET FUEL! The space program is killing our children.

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When my players contract a disease, I give them the option of paying for the Remove Disease or going about it the "hard way" with Fort saves. We roll it out and record the success and any gold spent on the chronicle. Ability damage and hit point damage heal naturally between scenarios. Ability drain does not heal naturally, but can carry over between scenarios if the player can't afford the restoration.

Faction missions are purely for flavor, and handing them out is optional. The old factions map to the new factions as follows:

No Grand Lodge mission? -> Use the Osirian mission
No Scarab Sages? -> Also Osirian
Sovereign Court -> Taldor
Exchange -> Qadira
Silver Crusade -> Andoran
Liberty's Edge -> Andoran
Dark Archive -> Cheliax

If a player requests a mission from a faction that is no longer in play (say, Lantern Lodge, or Sczarni) I usually don't have a problem with it. They are, after all, just for flavor.

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Eryx_UK wrote:
Why do you feel the need to do it? Do you not trust your lodge players?

Tired of seeing this. Following the rules (which require exactly what this GM has been doing, not signing until the sheet is filled out by the player) does not mean you don't trust your players. Yes, many GMs handwave this portion. Yes, I'm one of them.

But when a GM decides to actually follow the rules, I'm not going to get my undies in a bunch because of it. Either I've got my stuff together, or I play a pregen.

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Murder Hobos.

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Thanks for the update, John. Happy Turkey Day, and to you as well, Mitch.

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UndeadMitch wrote:
This thread wasn't meant for speculation,

And yet, here we are. Speculating.

UndeadMitch wrote:

this thread is about asking leadership if anything was going to happen with Wardens, since it had been close to two months since the last time they said they were working on Wardens. They went from saying it should be done by the end of January to saying it was almost done in May to saying that it was in progress at the beginning of September.

So if leadership happens to see this, is anything still happening with Wardens?

And they might answer you, just like they answered (in good faith) when they said it would be January, then May, then September. Why should they answer again, considering the response for them missing deadlines? Better, at this point, to just put it out when it's done and not list another deadline they might not be able to keep.

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