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RPG Superstar 2013 Star Voter, 2014 Dedicated Voter. FullStarFullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 1,404 posts (18,268 including aliases). 1 review. 1 list. No wishlists. 9 Pathfinder Society characters. 17 aliases.


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Ravingdork wrote:

Hours and hours and hours I put into the mere hope of getting into a PbP game! What a waste of my time! How can anyone stand for such a crummy format of recruitment? Begging for a spot while facing the cruel and public criticisms of other potential players trying to convince the GM of your concept's unworthiness? How awful! Being strung along for weeks, all for naught!

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Roleplaying should be easy and fun. Not this. Never this.

Ayep. The system sucks. It's broken...but not beyond measure.

Too many players are getting burned by GMs who are unprepared for the burden/joy of running PbP. It can be hard...unless you are prepared.

I've written this to help get at the root of the problem:

Painlord's Guide to PbP GMing

We need to train better players and that starts with training better GMs...at least ones that are prepared.

No, this won't solve the problems of the past, but maybe...just maybe...the PbP community could be better.

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I have looked deep within my dark soul and spewed my thoughts on GMing PbP.

Painlord's Guide to PbP GMing

Thoughtful commentary and discussion appreciated.

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Author's Notes:

PbP is *the* best Pathfinder format there is. No game you will ever run will have the depth of story and character that you will have in PbP.

I can't apologize for the length of this post as I recognize that in tackling this I could never have written all that could be said about Play-by-Post (PbP) GMing. There is just too much...and I could never say enough and do a complete job. However, there should be some things below to help you find the mindset to run a great game. I hope other posters will fill in the blanks with their own suggestions and ideas.

I did not work alone on this. Other active contributors include:

GM Angry Ankheg
DM Evilan
GM Rat Sass

Others have contributed to this post by running me in their games. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn from them.

I freely welcome open discussion, your contributions, and disagreement in this thread...only through the sharing of ideas and collaboration can we push this format to be better.

It's Tough, So Tough:

It's tough to be a GM, twice as hard to be a good PbP GM. I have had several some many oh-god-no-more games crash and burn because of GMs not understanding how difficult it can be to GM PbP. Why is it so different than Face-to-Face(F2F)?

  • No immediate feedback from players. When there is a problem or a mistake, it can take hours/days to find and fix.
  • You cannot read facial expression of players. It's easier to spot areas of confusion in real life.
  • Difficult to know when to push; finding your timing is harder. This is the single hardest thing for a new GM to figure out. It's hard to know when to let RP flow and when to push sagging action. A GM will occasionally 'herd cats' to get the party back on task...it happens in every group.
  • Getting maps to work for a diverse online group is harder than drawing on a map pack. Figuring out how *you* are going to present fun and fair mapped combats. Sure, Rolld20, Googledocs, pic hosting all work, but what best fits your skillset? Which one are you trained in and feel comfortable with?
  • Having to read and respond to everything. A real life GM (usually) gets questions one at a time and can focus and prioritize how and what to answer. In PbP, it requires reading every post and seeing each post for what needs a response. It's very frustrating as a player to have to ask the same question, post after post. It's easy for a GM to miss things in PbP that normally wouldn't be missed in F2F.
  • Sometimes your players have infrequent check-ins...creating a difficulty in assessing what they meant when they posted. You want to avoid going back and forth, over days, to clarify so you’ll likely need to guess their desires and do what’s best.
  • Difficulty in describing your story/action/environment. Hand gestures, intonation, inflection all matter in communication...but are much more difficult in PbP. A map with two or three dimensions is a lot of PbP work...a clarification on a map might be two quick pen strokes to fix and explain in real life, but take a lot of map time to fix in PbP. You need to be able to explain story and setting via the written word. That can be much harder in PbP for some people (some people are not strong writers, or English is not their first language). Some people are better storytellers via the spoken word.
  • Focus. The good GM must be more focused than the players, more on top of the game, more energetic - every day for years. If the GM falters, the whole game falters - much more severely than when a single player drifts.

However, these are not insurmountable problems. A PbP game has many, clear advantages to 'Real' Life, Face-to-Face and can be an infinitely more rewarding experience for you and your players.

0. Prime PbP GM Commandment:

Coffee is for closers. I repeat: Coffee is for closers.

Don't set out to start a PbP. *SET OUT TO CLOSE A PBP* Finish what you're going to start...whether it's one book of an AP, a PFS scenario, or your own home brew.

These boards are full of dead games...started by GMs with the best intentions. But they have failed before the first 1000 posts. Failed before they even got to the good stuff. Mostly, it's because the GM lost heart, didn't realize what it would take to create a good game. They were unprepared for the daily effort that is necessary to *complete* a PbP.

In their wake, they have left player after player wondering why the game died. It’s because their beginnings were ill-conceived, poorly formed, and/or lacked the momentum to properly start in the first place.

So...*Don't start a PbP unless you can finish it.*

Being a PbP GM is hard (and also infinitely rewarding) and this guide is going to help you out. However, please, for the love of whatever gods you might pray to: try a PFS mod before starting a full AP. Finish something small first, get it done, get your feet wet and understand what it takes.

The good GMs aren't the ones who start PbPs...they are the ones that close them.

In short, this is the one and only Commandment for GMs: Finish what you start. There is no greater crime on these boards than a GM getting a party of players together, getting their hopes up, having them work on characters and backstory and their dreams...only to have them dashed when the GM disappears.

With that said, we can get to the good stuff. We can talk about how you can run an awesome game by setting good expectations of your players, keeping the pacing, running good combats, and setting the social tone for your game. The overarching tone of these suggestions is the following: train your players to make things easier on you. If you can do that, you can avoid or minimize some of the tough parts of being a PbP GM.

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1. Setting the Tone and Training:
This is your game. The best way to make it the way you want it to be is to lead the way...and train your players to make it easier on you. Take it away, Motte:

GM Motteditor wrote:
Running a PBP game is a LOT of work. You have to keep track of everyone more than you would in a tabletop game, and for me at least, I'm switching windows all the time to see what modifiers are in play, etc. etc. Even with some dice strings saved, every dice roll involved some typing that takes longer than simply tossing a d20. It's simply time-consuming to do each round of combat in a way that it isn't at the tabletop.

So do things to make things easier on yourself.

1.1 Set Clear Player Expectations:

The biggest thing I have learned is to set clear expectations for players before they get involved so that they know what is expected before they join. When you are clear about what you expect, your players will respond. Look at this beautiful(link) campaign info tab by GM Damo. You can see how much time and effort he went into planning his game. I would want to play in that game because I know what is expected. This GM's post was a great example of how to answer a player's questions about what is expected.

Set your expectations. Posting. Roleplaying. Formatting. Interactions. House rules. Community. Everything that you can make clear up front, will make your job easier later. Be clear!

1.2 Promote Community:

Pathfinder is a social game. Pathfinder involves interactive social skills and, as GM, it's your job to promote good social interaction. Your ability to work with others, create trust, and thank others will go a long way towards making your game better...and easier for you to run.

Acknowledge & Thank Awesomeness: When one of your players does something awesome, acknowledge it. Great roleplaying? Say so. Something make you laugh? You blew coffee all over your keyboard? Put in an LOL! or LOL@<name> into your next post. Use the "favorite this post" to show your appreciation. It matters. Soon, your players will start liking your posts and those of your other players.

React: Good stuff happens when people react to things that are happening. As GM, you have more opportunities to react than your players...while you should give your players priority in reacting, you should definitely have your say in promoting roleplay by reacting. Reacting properly gives the players hooks and creates interest. Interaction is part of the social nature of this game.

Socialize: Remember that you and your fellow players are people that have come together to play. Find ways to talk to others outside the IC and OOC threads. In most of my current games, I have connection with players via GoogleChat (via Trillian) or a Facebook Private Group through which we can chat about in-game and out-of-game stuff. Getting to know the other players has only enhanced my connections to their characters and to the roleplaying. My best games are ones that I can chat with the GMs about both in-game and out-of-game stuff. We're friends...having fun together playing PbP.

Trust: Building trust is essential, both between you and your players and for the other players to have so that they can roleplay honestly without worrying about mistakes. Some of the best RP and memories comes from players acting in character to results that didn't turn out as intended. However, players need trust to take those risks, to act and make mistakes.
Create trust by:

  • Being reliable and responding in a timely manner.
  • Doing what you say...and holding your players accountable as well.
  • Take your own risks, even making mistakes, so that your players can see how you take responsibility and fix it and carry on.
  • Be open for private (PM) discussion as necessary. And care for the secrets of your players. Not everything needs to be on an alias...work with players to create secrets that you will trust them to play out as they see fit.
  • Be objective and fair: RAW or RAI, explain fairly and make fair resolutions.

Be a friend, a confidant, a human. We aren't playing PbP because we want to play with robots...we aren't playing WoW. This is a roleplaying *and* social game.

1.3 Be Collaborative, not Combative Storytelling:

Play by post is a crafting process. The GM and the players can either collaborate and create a work of art... or combat each other over the design, details, and direction. The latter is likely to leave a battered and broken heap that no one enjoys. It's a choice; make the right one, and make sure your players are ready to join you in making a work of art.

1.4 Training, Bad Players, and Trimming Deadweight:

Dirty little secret: Bad PbP players are easy to find. There are lots of them on these boards. Good GMs are rare. There are a lot more players than GMs...which gives the GM a leveraged position. It does not give you the right to abuse players, but you don't have to put up with bad players...nor those who don't seem to be contributing.

Train your players using positive reinforcement: When you call out a great roleplaying post or clear combat action, you highlight what you value and your players will strive to do more.

The game, our time, this PbP format, is too valuable to let it be ruined by bad players...and I've seen plenty of bad players in PbP. What sorts of things?

  • Long, unexplained posting absences
  • Posts that have no roleplaying, hooks, or pushes
  • Argumentative or metagaming actions
  • Not reading the others’ posts
  • Not following campaign rules and expectations.

(Note: Knowledge of Pathfinder rules is a not an issue...nor is quality of build. As GM, you can place as much priority on those aspects as you deem appropriate...and you can work with rules-light players almost easier than you can with rules lawyers. It's a matter of preference and your ability to train your players on what you prefer.)

Remember, you outline the type of campaign you want, and then help the players live up to it.

You have the *responsibility* to your players to not let bad players slow down or ruin your game. It's *your* job to take action to protect *your* game from bad players. Sorry/NotSorry, it's one of the privileges/duties/honors of leadership.

Some behaviors are correctable and simple nudges and PMs should clarify what is expected. A few polite personal messages should clear it up.

Always give your players chances to improve...if you are positive with what you expect, it should be easy to fix. And remember this trick: Praise in Public, Criticize in Personal Message/Private.

Now, here is the biggest point of all this: Don't be afraid to cut bad players. You can replace them easily enough...but if a player is not contributing, or is sucking the soul from you or other players, it is your duty to cut them before they do too much damage. As one Venture Captain once told me: “You got to scrape the barnacles off the boat if you want to sail quickly."

Bad players are a drag on you and on your players. Give them a chance to improve...and GET RID OF THEM if they don't improve.

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2. Setting things Up:

2.1 Creating the World:
For some, the most daunting aspect of running a play by post is simply setting up the various threads. While it is not entirely straight forward, Paizo has made some changes that smooth out the process considerably.

Step 1: Create the Recruitment Thread:Go to the Play-by-Post Recruitment area of the Paizo Boards; use the "add new thread" link. This requires a title. The most important information to have in this title is whether or not it is an "open" or "closed" recruitment. If it is a closed recruitment, the post does not have to say much, but can be used to begin the setting the tone for the story. If it is an open recruitment, this is where the rules and expectations previously chosen will be relayed to prospective players.

Step 2: Create the Campaign Page: When creating the Recruitment page, there will be a small box at the top with a link to set up the campaign thread. The page it creates is a good place for a list of important things: rules, important NPCs, quests, links to maps and/or treasure sheets. A good campaign page makes the game easier for both the GM and the players. Paizo has set it up so that immediately upon creation, a campaign page will have links to create the other threads, including the one you will use the most, The Gameplay thread.

Step 3: Create the Gameplay Thread: When the other threads are used appropriately, the Gameplay Thread is allowed to stand as an almost entirely in-character space. Done well, they can be read near enough as a story. To this end, the first post for your Gameplay thread should be after your party has been chosen, after they have crafted their characters, and after they have had a little bit of time to get to know each other in the recruitment thread.

2.2 Choosing the Campaign -- Length, Levels, Laws:

Before you run a campaign, and before it can even be offered up to players, it is best to have some sort of sketch of what sort of campaign it will be. How long will it likely run? What levels will it cover? What ruleset and what sort of house rules will be in place? Each of these questions opens several others, but by asking yourself these questions, you will be able to be more upfront with prospective players and likely end up with a more compatible group in the long run.

How long will it likely run?
Hidden in this question are several other sub-questions. How many posts are you willing to make daily, and how many will you expect players to make? What happens *when* someone can’t post at some point? What is the preferred sandbox/rails ratio and will there be opportunity for personal stories for the players? All of these things can impact how long it takes to run the exact same scenario/module/or adventure path. There are no RIGHT answers to this, as long as the members of the group all have the same expectations.

What levels will it cover?
“Level” can apply to many things that are important to consider. The number of character levels the campaign will cover will impact the answers to the question above, but there are other “levels” to consider. What sort of experience level are you looking for? What age group? Will it be G, PG, or something more adult? How much humor and how much gore? What are your expectations regarding the Metagame and it’s in-game consequence? You may or may not voice all of these in the recruitment thread, but by asking yourself the questions, you’ll know what you are looking for and why as you search for players.

What ruleset and what sort of house rules will be in place?
While most of the Play-by-Posts on the Paizo boards tend to be Pathfinder, not all of them are, and of those, they could still be Core Only, Pathfinder Society, or a no-books-barred Pathfinder+3.x, or anywhere in between. Again, knowing the answers to these questions will help pull together people who will hopefully enjoy the same ruleset and house rules.

Just as important as the rules for the game are often “unwritten” rules that make for a good game. How deeply are you looking for the characters to be developed prior beginning? How much character friction (vs player friction) is allowable? How much, and what sort of metagaming is allowed? Being upfront about these things with your players makes sure that they have considered these things as well. It's not that any given answer is "Right" but that it is Right for the game and group in question.

Rules: made to be broken, or bent?
It can be very easy to lay things out just the way you would like them. That's fine and promotes good communication so that you end up with like-minded players and a game you can not just live with, but truly enjoy. Human beings are imperfect. Therefore, you and your players are likely to be imperfect as well. Knowing how much room you are willing to give people before making permanent changes can help stave off hurt feelings and leave future game possibilities intact. Even if you never play with a person again, leaving things well versus badly affects not just you, and not just that person, but the hobby as a whole, as every person goes out into the world and interacts with new players.

The Only Rule that Matters
Different rules will work for different groups, and though we all have our favorites, there is one that is important for every group: Communicate! Communicate problems early. Communicate often, both in the Gameplay thread, and in the Discussion thread. Build communication lines beyond the Play-by-Post threads, such as email, Facebook, or chat. Communication between player and GM is important; they need to be able to ask those questions that might pop up at the gaming table prior to posting. Communication between players is just as important. A GM should facilitate this if at all possible. This is a social game, and people need to be able to socialize directly, not just through the GM. Most little problems can be solved between players well before the GM needs to step in.

2.3 Recruitment:
I have such mixed feelings about recruitment threads. There is usually so much competition for a few threads that it seems impossible for competing players to find a spot. On the other hand, I love the challenge of the contest and how it spurs me to create a good, complete character.

What kind of game do you want? One that focuses on the technical parts of Pathfinder (builds, combat effectiveness) or one that is focused on roleplaying and character? You should create the recruitment thread to highlight what you want.

I will make no secret that I place roleplaying and character development over builds in every case. If your game is going to succeed, story and motivation are what matter...not how much damage someone can do. In my experience, combat and balance always work themselves out...roleplaying and story do not.

Get Players who read/follow directions: A Recruitment thread is a great place to quickly see who is going to annoy you and other players with their lack of attention. For instance, if you mention in your build requirements 'core races only' for a low fantasy game and some yahoo offers a Dhampir Half Dragon, maybe they aren't going to be an easy fit. I guarantee if that if they aren't paying attention in a recruitment thread, then they are going to be players who frequently miss things in-game.

Attrition: Unless you are incredibly lucky/unlucky, you will face some attrition from your starting game until the end. Players move on, get new jobs, lives change...things happen. You can either prepare to re-recruit when that happens, or recruit large (6 players for your average AP)...then not replace them as they leave.

Referrals vs. Open Auditions: There are some GMs who only open up to players they know or are referred to them. That can be good...you know the players you are getting have the potential to be good (or, at least, have a social pressure to contribute). On the other hand, we need to make the game open and inviting for new players. A referral might have a long, strong posting history and be a great player...on the other hand, playing with new and different players is how we improve as roleplayers.

Suggestion if you are taking referrals: Find a spot or two for new players. We always need to find ways to include new (to PbP) players into our games...they are our game's lifeblood and can be trained to be good players. This post (PFS) talks about what we want from new Pathfinder players. It applies nicely to PbP and the PbP community as well.

We can learn a lot from new players: both things we've never thought of...and things we know are wrong. Sometimes learning what not to do is as good as knowing what works. New players see and react in new ways...helping us flesh out possibilities within the PbP metagame.

2.4 Timezones:

In the past, a fellow player/GM that I respect insisted that getting players from similar time zones was essential to a good game. I'm not so sure. While I prefer the quick posts from people who are local to you, I’m not sure it is more or less important than other factors. Good players will contribute regardless of where they are. However, if you prefer to chitchat via GChat/AIM or other, having more overlap on the play/sleep schedules is important. And if you're seeking a very quick game, insisting that players are GMT+/- 2 hours from you can help you and your players have more time overlap.

2.5 Mapping the Adventure:

For many GMs, mapping may be the single most intimidating part of running a Play-by-Post. It doesn’t have to be. Anyone with the skills to reach Paizo to read and write a thread has the skills to do at least minimal mapping. HOW to map, however, remains a personal preference...you need a find a way that works for you.

Maps don't need to be amazing, they just need to get the job done. Questions you might ask yourself:

  • Can I learn to make it work?
  • Is it easy to update? *very* important
  • Do I want my players to move their own tokens or should I create a labeled grid and set positions?
  • Can I (and my players) access the map from work?
  • How important is mobile mapping, i.e. access from phones and tablets?
  • How much detail is important to me?

Google Drive: has 4 different formats that can be used to map: Googledraw, Google presentation, Google spreadsheets, and Google Document. That’s right, with nothing more than basic office productivity software, you can map for a Play-by-Post.

Rolld20: After trying basic office productivity software, most people decide to look for something stronger. Roll20 has a base subscription for free. It has everything that any of the Google Drive formats have, plus more. Like any community-supported resource, it is hoped that those who see the benefit will donate or subscribe at a higher rate to help keep it alive and growing.

RPG Virtual Tabletop: Several websites have lists and/or reviews of various options, one of which can be found at RPG Virtual Tabletop.

Ditzie: Some GMs like Ditzie, which is easily updated from any computer. You can create recursive maps easily.

In the end, this is a lackluster explanation because there are lots of options depending on what you want to do and how you want to do it. The most important factor in mapping is getting one that works for you BEFORE you start a game. Working maps is a high stress factor in PbP games. Get it right before you start.

2.6 Initiative:

Running initiatives can sometimes seem complicated, even at a Face-to-Face table. I suggest you use PROOP.

Prepare your initiatives (and common things like perception checks) ahead of time. Set up a macro or copy and paste it from your Campaign Info (example link) tab.

Roll initiatives for your players. Usually in a spoiler.

Organize your monsters/bad guys into meaningful groups. You don't necessarily want all your monsters in one group, but also, each additional group/individual you have will slow down combats. If you have yahoos that should be acting alone, have them act alone. If your party is facing 15 kobolds, then maybe do 3 groups of 5.

Order the initiatives from first to last, using highest init modifier in the event of a tie.

Post the initiative in a way that you can copy/paste later in your rounds.

In this, the GM rolls for everyone and then each person responds either in order, in subgroups, or as they can. At the end of the round, the GM summarizes, taking each person’s response into consideration as he lays out how the round played out. This can be a little or a lot more complicated, depending on which variation is chosen. In general, a little more work for the GM can speed the game up considerably. As with most things, communication is the key to success.

Here is a champion GM's Initiative Post

2.7 Treasure Tracking:
Some people *like* the detail of treasure tracking and game resources. Some players do not. If you want to track all the stuff with your players, please do...but be aware of the time involved.

You can also work with your players to track loot and gold, helping them keep lists and reviewing purchases and sales.

GM Treasure Tracker: GM Evilan's CotCT (spoilers) Treasure sheet. This was keen as he used WBL to level us, managing the treasure for when he wanted us to level.

Player Treasure Tracker: This one is run by Mal from our Reign of Winter campaign.

Personal Treasure Tracking: When there is no group tracking, I would at least encourage you have your players track their monies and purchases in the OOC, keeping a running total of gold.

Spasi's First Cashing
Spasi's Second Cashing - not the link back to the first cashing
Spasi bought stuff
And #4 cashing - you get the idea

If it is important to you (or your players), you are encouraged as ask your players to post their total Wealth in the OOC so you can see where they are as opposed to where you could be. If you notice a player who is significantly under WBL, you can manage a treasure drop for them.

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3. Random Things about GMing PbP that are Tough to Categorize

3.1 Consistency (aka The GM Evilan God skill):
If I had a second commandment, it would be this: Be Consistent. One of my greatest PbP GMs had a singular 18 stat: consistency. Every morning he would wake up and post...the next round of combat or the next interplay. EVERY FREAKIN' MORNING...it...was...awesome.

Why? We, as humans, respond to consistency and expectations. It gets us all on a regular schedule. And nothing is better for a PbP game than consistency: when players know the game is always going to move forward, they stay engaged, they stay in-character.

On the other side of the coin, random and fragmented posting is a killer. Unexplained absences, slow posts, and gaps make for a poor game. Your story falters when the details fade from memory. We players lose our connection to the game and our characters when we do not post.

Keep your momentum. Post everyday...and at a set time if you can.

3.2 Posts per Day:
It's fashionable to insist on a post a day from your players. Many players and GMs do not hold to that well. However, that rule doesn't really work for GMs. Here's one that applies: Post at a rate that you can sustain; post as needed to keep momentum. There is only *one* person completely responsible for the game: you.

My GM PbP requirements might look like this: "I'm going to hold you to the same standard as I hold myself: I expect you to post as often as is needed, adjusting to the pace of the group, as set by me. I plan to post at least once per day. When you do post, I expect you to push the action/story/RP or leave/pick up RP hooks. If our pacing changes to the point of negatively impacting your ability to keep up, I hope and expect that you will talk to me earlier rather than later. I promise to do the same if our positions are reversed."

3.3 Corral and Redirect:
Let's be honest: players are yahoos...goofy, silly yahoos (if you are lucky). However, even the best players get lost, lose focus, forget the 'mission', go astray. It's your job to corral them and get them back on track. For me, GM Chris was a master at getting our PbP group back on track or refocused. Look at these posts....

Example #1: OOC Corral Post #1 (Shackled City spoilers) – Party was lost on leads and story. Fixed in one post...

Example #2: ...until we needed more months later. (Shacked City spoilers).

Example #3: Not to mention combat confusion, a good corral post can fix those too...

Example #4: ...until it happens again. It happens. The best person to get things back on track is *you*, the GM. Players will get lost as they deal in the campaign and through the lens of busy lives. It's easy to fix.

Another great example comes from GM Brew:
Example #5: GM Brew answers a bunch of questions in this post. Well done, GM Brew.


3.4 Player Resources:
A good GM uses all of the resources at the table. This sounds obvious, but many games die because things become overwhelming to a GM who tries to do everything himself. If a game has six players, then a GM has not one person, but seven who can help do the work to make it a thriving campaign. If one of the players is an Excel god, relying on him to help with a treasure spread sheet just makes sense. If another has excellent focus, the GM might ask them to give a nudge if it seems like things are bogging down. Every person in the game has an vested interest in making sure it goes well, so don’t be afraid to let them *invest*!

By the same token, invite players over to the OOC to research rules questions. Have a question about how XYZ works? Ask your players to figure things out with you in the OOC. Quoting rules sources or linking to rules pages makes things work. Remember, you can play RAW or RAI or 'WhateverIWant' as long as you're fair, clear, and consistent in your rulings.

Here is another example (link) from the amazing GM Chris. Was the ruling right or wrong? Answer: It doesn't matter...the GM ruled and explained. We players were happy and moved on. Another example.

Players can also help with rules by researching things for you: Check out Atol (here).

Think they are wrong? Take it to the OOC: A powergaming yahoo gets slapped by the GM (next post).

3.5 XP and Leveling:
Assigning XP for encounters is an old and outdated system. If it makes you happy to track such things, then go ahead and do it. For me, the better system is Whenever-I-Feel-Like-It. If you're a GM playing an AP or running your own content, you pretty much know where you want your players to be.

GM Evilan used GP vs. WBL to decide when it was time to level. GM Evilan's Treasure & XP sheet. See the first tab? He used loot to approximate when we would be leveling. As GM you can adjust the loot.

Secondly, when characters level, in addition to having them update any alias information, ask them to either send you their new character sheets or post their new levels in the OOC, pointing out feats, spells, skills, and things of interest.

Hektir Lvl 2
Hektir Lvl 3
Hektir Lvl 4 etc.

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4. In-Game Management Stuff In short, do what works for you and your players. Here is what some fine GMs taught me in the past that worked well.

4.1 Know Monster Checks:

As we mentioned above, we want to both train our players to be good ones and support those characters who have chosen to put ranks into knowledge skills. For me, I love in-character knowledge rolls so that I can participate fully and use my character's skills.

There are two ways to handle them:

  • Put the information in scaling spoilers so that players can roll their knowledges and then read the appropriate spoiler for them. There is a great example from DM Are, here. As a player, I love this approach. However, it doesn't always give the player the chance to ask a specific question. Nonetheless, that is a fine trade off in PbP and you, as GM, can begin to include those answers in the spoilers.

  • The second method is poking your players with a reminder to roll if they want. Example:

    The big blob rushes at you with pseudopods extended! Knowledge (Dungeoneering), DC 18 for 1 question.

Or this example from GM Lithrac.

It's sometimes hard to remember what creature goes with what knowledge. There are plenty of links around to help you remember, including this one:

  • Arcana: constructs, dragons, magical beasts
  • Dungeoneering: aberrations, oozes
  • Local: humanoids (elves, dwarves, goblins, etc.)
  • Nature: animals, fey, monstrous humanoids, plants vermin
  • Planes: elementals, outsiders (demons, devils, angels, archons)
  • Religion: undead

The basic check 10 + the monster's CR. 15 + CR if you feel the monster is rarer. Players can usually get additional information for each 5 that they beat the check. But, as always, this is your game and GM for the most enjoyment for you and your group.

4.2 How to Push:

A good GM prompts, pushing when appropriate. And you will need to learn when to push and when to let things lie. It may take time for you and your group to coalesce. It may take you a while to know when to push and when to wait. Luckily, as you are GM, you can easily ret-con (go back on) actions and fix things if you go too quickly. As I believe there is a greater danger in going slow than quick, I always encourage pushing. Going too fast can be fixed, going too slow makes things harder.

4.2.1 What would you do?:

Check out this perfect push post by GM CC (link). It beautifully describes the actions and prompts the players to react. Granted, you should not need to prompt your players to react, but this sort of push is very effective. What would you do?

4.2.2 Stepping:

GM Cyrioul showed me this neat trick...'Stepping'. And another stepping post. These are great ways to give players a chance to interject or respond as you post a bit of dialogue. It allows for a bigger post AND for responses to them. It reduces the slowness brought on by the give-and-take that long dialogues can have in PbP.

4.2.3 Active Pushing:
It takes a while to learn when you should push and when you should wait. Every group is different and you'll soon learn your players' tendencies. Early on, I would push often, knowing that things can be slowed and retconned. Even after the game is going, at the end of every substantive GM post, you should include a push, usually in OOC text.

Example active pushes:

  • You guys are up.
  • Your options are: explore the kobold lair, go to town, or surprise me.
  • Waiting to hear from Jimbo Von Flumphpants and Sister Heddy Tartar. (Calling out your player's names is better than not. Don't be afraid to emphasize what you need from your players.)
  • You guys need a solution to the weregummybear. It's eaten half the town so far...and the other half is mostly orphanages and brothels.

4.2.4 Reward Your Pushers/Hookers:

You're going to have players that work to include others, move the action forward, and take responsibility for the game. Reward them somehow. Give them praise, highlight their actions, thank them for what they are doing. After all, you want to encourage it.

GM Evilan warns wrote:
”Track how often people post, and caution your heaviest poster just as much as you encourage your weakest poster. The GM should be the heaviest overall poster. If not, consider who is driving the campaign.”

4.2.5 GM PC:
If you have created trust with your players, then it should be easy to liberally use GM PC when appropriate. (GM PC=Having the GM post actions for a player...if they are missing, busy, a requested absence, or just-because-they-feel-like-it.) Knowing when to GM PC depends entirely on your game, your players, and what they are doing.

The best part about GM PCing? You, as GM, can take things back or fix things if they are wrong. The second best part is that it can help you keep momentum and story focus.

4.3 Beware of Doors:

From Oceanshieldwolf:

OSWolf wrote:
”Beware of doors: For some reason, placing a door in front of the PCs will make the game grind to a halt while they prepare to open it. Don't ask me why this happens, it just does.”

In a PbP game, you want to avoid 'doors', that is, unnecessary delays in the game where your players are spending days wondering who is going to open the door. Hopefully, you are training them to push and act, but...just be aware that doors/columns/funky blue lights/NPCs can all be 'doors', that is, barriers to pushing forward.

When you recognize that your players are afraid of a 'door', give them a push.

4.4 Fixing Errors:
Embrace the idea that you are going to make mistakes, do things wrong, miss things, misread, and screw up in a piddlespotting myriad of ways.

What's great about being GM is that you get to deal with them in any way you choose. You can either ignore them or, even better: fix them as best you can, learn from the experience, and move on.

As GM, you can go back in time pretty easily...or issue a story override pretty easily.

Example #1: ”Oops, I screwed up. The pegleg gnome you met back in town? He was actually a 'jittery eskimo firefighter' carrying two harpoons. He also told you that the secret to opening the Tomb of the Tattooed Turnips was weasel grease. You guys need weasel grease.”

Example #2: ”You're totally right, Kast. I missed the deflection bonus from your combat toupee. Take off 6 damage.”

Example #3: ”Oooh...oops! The DC for that Hold Person was supposed to be 14, not 34. Let's go back before the coup de grace, back to Round 2. My bad.”

Example #4: ”Uh...yeah, I made a mistake there. No one has died, but yeah, you all got screwed, but found your way out of the Tavern of the Tepid Teawater. Let's play on.”

4.5 Keeping the Story:

Aubrey the Malformed wrote:

The trick in a campaign for a DM is to keep reasonable fidelity with the overarching plot while allowing the PCs scope to do stuff. It's primarily about decent hooks, and also about rolling with what the PCs do while gently nudging them in the direction of the "good stuff".


PbP, of course, gives a DM plenty of time to think. That actually makes running a plotted campaign that meaningfully includes player actions easier because the DM doesn't have to make immediate decisions if they are surprised by what the players do. It also, of course, makes for good roleplaying, too, but that can be a bit dependent on the writing ability of the players and DM.

Aubrey says it better than I ever could. Have your story and get your players to collaboratively write it.

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5. Running Combats:
Combats (especially the fun ones) can be a confusing mix of actions, delays and readies, spell effects, battlefield control and other good stuff. There are good ways to track them in PbP, but without protocol, they can get confusing. Some combats are easy, simple and can be even mapless (you don't need full detail in every fight). However, especially as you move up in level and skill, you'll want a posting and combat protocol to keep things clear (and even then things will get screwed up).

The key is being clean and ordered so that you and your players can easily see what round it is, what initiative it is, and who is coming up next. In short, it's about clear, communicative posts. Train your players how you want them to post actions and keep clear actions in combat so that you, as GM, can follow what they are doing and adjudicate the combat efficiently. You want to finish one round clearly so you can recap and move to the next.

Combat Things to Do:

  • 5.1 Have your players: Every post, every turn, put up a header with the round and their initiative. In PbP, there is no reason why you should not expect your players to keep track of things as well. Example: Round 1, Init 14.

  • 5.2 GM: When resolving actions or commenting or running a monster, makes a note about who is up next. Example: Amren, then the bad guys, then Garridan and Kast!

  • 5.3 Have new players? Playing with new players to Pathfinder? Or to PbP? Or just making too many mistakes? Ask your players to define their actions each round with OOC text for swift, move, and standard/full round actions. Training your players to think this way will make them better players.

    Exmple #1: Zilch drops his longspear (free), draws his morningstar (move), and swings at the donutbeast! (standard)

    Example #2: Appario draws his bastard sword (free as a part of a move action), Extortion, taking a 5' step (move), smites evil @ donutdevil (swift), and attacks! (standard)

  • 5.4 Tracking: Your players are responsible for tracking conditions gained and spell rounds. Yes, PLAYERS are responsible for accurately keeping track of spells and effects, counting rounds and ability damage and all that. Don't assume all the responsibility...have them clearly track and note both good and bad effects. This is about making your job easier. Then again, if you want track such things, go for it. Just make sure whatever you do, you do it consistently.

    Similarly, your players are responsible for communicating the effects and spells they are casting and making sure other players are using the bonus. When I GM, I don't go back too often to correct for player mistakes...I would rather teach them to play with precision. However, you might have a soul and will be nice enough to allow a late reminder bonus from a Bless spell. I don’t have the patience for being nice when I can train players to be better. It’s hard enough in PbP without going back to fix thing that your players screwed up.

  • 5.5 Stat Blocks: There are two kinds of stat blocks: those that appear under a character's name as a part of their alias, and those that characters can use to include information about their combat modifiers. You should ask your characters to build them to fit what you want to see.

    Alias Stat blocks: Here are some samples I've seen and used over time:
    {spoiler=Stats}F HalfOrc Barrister 2 (HP 15/15 | AC:15 | T:12 | FF:13 | CMB: +1 | CMD:16 | Fort:+4 | Ref:+2 | Will:+3 | Init:+2| Perc: +5 | Speed: 30 ft.{/spoiler}

    {spoiler=Taldan Magicky Guy}AC 16/12/14 (+4 w/Mage Armor) /HP: 30 / F +2 R +3 W +5 / Init. +4 / Perc. +15/ Sense Motive +1 {/spoiler}

    An End of Combat Post stat block might include very different information, including current spell effects, abilities, class features, and whatever else might be important to the active situation.

    In the past, I've used some like this:

    {spoiler=Dyrant Status}
    AC: 19 (+5 Dex, +4 MageArmor)
    HP: 120/120
    Weapon Equipped = AngelRelic
    Blessing of St. Cuthbert (+3 AC/Saves) = Cog/Atol
    Healing Touched Today =
    Favor of St. Cuthbert =
    Connection Hex = Finneas
    Fly: 1 of 14 minutes used
    Fly, current iteration: 3 of 10 rounds used
    Metamagic Rod Extend (1/3 used)
    Metamagic Rod Acid (0/3 used)
    Metamagic Rod Silent (0/3 used)
    AngelRelic (Staff of Fire) 9/10
    Wand of Displacement 4/12 charges
    Wand of Fly 20/28 charges
    Scarab of Protection: 20 SR & 5/12 charges
    Heroism, Extended
    Mage Armor
    Fly {/spoiler}

    Or, for a spellcaster: {spoiler=Spazzes} Force Missile (0/7 used), Lvl 1 (0/8 used), Lvl 2 (1/5 used){/spoiler}

    And an example of an in-combat status block:
    HP 23/35. AC 22 (total defense)
    Active Spell Effects:
    Divine Favor: 3/10 rounds used
    Longstider: 4 hours
    Barkskin: 40 minutes
    Smite: 0/1 left today.

    5.6 Combat Modifiers: Ensure that players clearly show their combat modifiers when they attack, calling out common (and uncommon) bonii that they are applying. Train them to show things like cover and firing-into-combat penalties clearly. Don't let them make your job harder. Train them to do it right.

    Example #1:
    Kast stabs at the kobold:
    1d20 + 8 + 1 - 1 + 2 ⇒ (8) + 8 + 1 - 1 + 2 = 18 to hit; (+bless, -power attack, +flank)
    1d8 + 4 + 2 ⇒ (3) + 4 + 2 = 9 piercing damage. (+power attack)

    Example #2: See here how a complicated combat post can be cleaned up.

    5.7 GM Spells: When one of your goons casts a spell (and the party can both see and hear it), the pro move is to describe the effect (in open text), and put a spoiler for your players who might want to spellcraft it.

    Example:
    The donutbeast chants words of arcane power, wiggling its sprinkles deliciously. The chocolate glazing seems fuller, sweeter, more delicious.
    {spoiler=Spellcraft DC 17}The donutbeast casts Chocolatify on himself.{/spoiler}

    5.8 Player Spells: Insist that when your players cast a (less well known) spell, that they write out the name of the spell, a link to a source, and give the DC clearly.
    Example: Kast casts Cause Fear on the goblin! DC 14 Will save vs frightened.

    5.9 Adjudicating Actions Players are going to post confusing and often contradictory actions...it is a part of the PbP game. Thankfully, you have the ability to adjudicate as you see fit: you can either correct or amend actions to fit or ask for an action to be redone. If you've built good trust with your players, your changes will be quicker for the game and the overall health of your group.

    Train your players to communicate with you about your adjudications. Players have to be willing to let go control for minor things e.g. You can't move that far, I'll put you here instead. or Player 1 killed that kobold, you moved here to attack kobold #2. Be careful you don't control too much - the players are in control of their characters. Keep the changes you make in-character.

    5.10 Round Recap: The GM types up a quick note about what happened in the last round. This is incredibly valuable to your players. This creates a great amount of trust and certainty in your game as players know you've read their posts and responded to them. The combat recap is the best combat tool you have for ensuring a clear and fun game.

    DM_Euan wrote:

    Briar manages to miss all his shots, but one of his hidden allies manages a successful swing - though it does only a little damage after reduction. Charlie moves up into position and summons a water elemental to flank with Nikolay. Barael flails about with his bow a moment before settling into a rhythm and hitting once. His precision damage seems to have worked which is good as less damage is done than he feels there should be. Fondo digs down and finds Barael’s blade resting in a puddle in the rock. He then pulls out a potion. Nikolay continues to dig deeply into the creature though the pain shooting through his limbs is hindering him visibly as he connects once, but does not confirm the critical. All the fire damage seems to go through and the smell of burning flesh fills the air, mingling with the bile of the breath weapon and the sweat and fear of combat. Dandilion moves up behind some rocks and rips a new hand out of the ether for her use.

    Kleestad continues to press his advantage on the most troubling opponent in the room so far - Nikolay!

    [dice=KL Claw]1d20+21 to hit; 3d6+24 damage;
    [dice=KL Claw]1d20+21 to hit; 3d6+24 damage;
    [dice=KL Bite]1d20+18 to hit; 3d6+24 damage;

    -Round 4-
    Briar - 20 (10’ up)
    IS1 - 20 (10’ up)
    IS2 - 20 (10’ up)
    Charlie - 18
    Air Elemental - 18 (5’ up)(-36hp)(-1str)(in pain)
    Water Elemental - 18
    Barael - 16 (-13hp)(greater invisibility)
    Fondo - 14 (invisible)
    Nikolay - 12 (15’ up)
    ...

  • Bottom line: Run the combats as you see fit. My long standing games have developed these systems to reduce the strain on GMs for adjudicating the chaos of combat. You should run the system that works for you...just make it clear to the players what you expect.

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    In the end, the only way we’re going to have better PbP games is if you GMs train better players. And when we have better players, we’ll have better GMs and better games.

    Let’s create a great PbP Community full of good players and GMs that welcomes new players.

    -Pain

    TL:DR:

    Finish what you start.
    Don't start a PbP unless you can finish it.

    Set your game up right.
    Set clear expectations.
    Promote communication and community.
    Use all of your resources; share the load.
    Get your maps set *BEFORE* you start.

    Train your players.
    Praise in Public, Criticize in Personal Message/Private.
    Don't be afraid to cut bad players.
    Hold players to your standards.

    Post Everyday. Be Consistent.
    Post at a rate that you can sustain; post as needed to keep momentum.

    Learn to Push your players and your posts.
    Keep up your momentum.

    Run good combats that make things easy on you.
    Train your players to make things easy on you.

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    Iron Vagabond DM wrote:
    Yeah, could people help me with something? I need to figure out a method of rolling in secret, and I have no idea how to do so. Currently, I'm going with making another thread with which to make the rolls, and having a code on the top, which the player PM's me what they were rolling for. I'm hoping for a slightly more eloquent method.

    Uhm...I would handle it differently. Rather than trying to hide those secret rolls, I would spam your posts with random rolls behind spoilers. For bonus points, you could add cryptic and misleading names to them.

    If you include them often enough, your players won't know what is real and what is fake. Examples:

    GM Only:

    1d20 + 5 ⇒ (9) + 5 = 14 Stealth;
    1d6 ⇒ 1 Player being targeted.
    1d4 ⇒ 4 Rounds to Doomcannon armed.

    GM Only:

    1d20 + 11 ⇒ (15) + 11 = 26 McMuffin Bluff
    1d20 + 3 ⇒ (3) + 3 = 6 Will Save, Player 4
    1d100 ⇒ 32 Confusion

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    Hmm...this post is nearly a year old.

    I had this discussion in a googlechat. Don't most recruitment threads suck?

    Yahoo #1: All right, man. So... do you have any tips for me, as a player, to select a good PbP?
    Painlord: LOL
    Painlord: you don't get to select a good PbP!
    Painlord: if you're lucky, you know a good GM who is willing to put the time and effort into making a PbP work
    Painlord: however, if you don't have that...it's a crapshot
    Painlord: you go to the recruitment threads and submit and hope for the best
    Painlord: sometimes the GM has a long good history of PbPing and so you can expect some consistency...but wow..yeah...you rarely get to choose

    Yahoo #1: Well, I was wondering what the signs are. Like... does the GM actually use the Campaign Info page?
    Painlord: best indicator is previous GM PbP experience
    Yahoo #1: I noticed that your link to the "good" PbP had a GM who used that tab a lot, and the "bad" one had it blank.
    Painlord: However, since PbP GMs are rare and games are competitive, you sometimes gotta take risks on new GMs
    Painlord: You can get lucky.
    Painlord: That can be an indicator, but not perfect.
    Yahoo #1: Yeah, and the Paizo forums likely suck for recruitment. The most-posted-in recruitment threads get to the top of the list...

    Painlord: Depends. If I were looking for games, I'd have a few different characters built (personality and backstory), then when a new PbP opens, I'd submit.
    Painlord: The crunch, for me, would come last...tailoring it to the recruitment guidelines.
    Yahoo #1: I guess all I'm saying there is that "wow, this system could be better."
    Painlord: But i'd be refreshing the Recruitment to get in early on open APs.

    Re-reading my post, I stand behind most of it. I would re-phrase some of it (hhhelll-llloo afterthought), but I still think the basic tenets hold. What updates should be made? And how could we make Recruiment suck less?

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    Post here. (link)

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    Magical Yamakah wrote:
    Welcome Painlord. It looks like we have a full table.

    Greetings Mortals. Glad to be here. I know a lot of you via your various board presences. Nice to meet you all.

    I should have my yahoo done shortly.

    -Pain

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    I've long lost faith in the once-a-day standard. It doesn't fit the possible paces of all the PbP games that exist.

    Clearly, there are games that have been going a long time with a slower than 1 post per day standard.

    And there are games that require momentum and post velocity to succeed.

    Different players will respond better the type of game that better suits them. For me, I prefer the higher velocity games and seek to keep things moving. It helps me stay in character and keep the story and focus in my mind. Slower games hurt my ability to stay in character and retain salient plot points.

    That said, posts-per-day is a limited requirement.

    I consider the good PbPer to be one that advances the story, creates interactions, and responds well (with hooks). There will be times when posting more than once a day is helpful (combats) and times when you will post slower...it's not how often you post, but what you do with your posts that matter.

    GMs would be better served with the following statement: "I expect you to post as often as is needed, adjusting to the pace of the group. And when you do post, I expect you to push the action/story or leave/pick up RP hooks when you do. I plan on posting at least once a day."

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    Oh good lord...Bunnies as VLs!?

    /me hides his carrots.

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    Nah. It's going to be a bunch of withered plums climbing Devils Platter.

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    Oh...what do you mean it's Runelords and not Prunelords?!?

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    eddiephlash wrote:

    I just feel bad for Mike and Tannis and everybody when the majority of the comments are strictly negative. They put in so much hard work on everything, this guide included. I am so excited for this game that I am eating up every bit of information I can find, and when I come across threads like these, it makes me a bit sad. I guess people just express their excitement in different ways.

    I really like how Hawkmoon's enthusiasm for the game bleeds through his posts, while at the same time he is still able to offer constructive criticism to the team. I don't see that with everybody's posts.

    Don't worry too much about Tanis and Mike and Vic. They are Organized Play and board regulars and, I think, understand what the community means.

    The truth is that this document will need 1000 hits from the forge's hammer (aka our community review and comments) before it gets that Year One look and feel.

    And when someone like ThreeEyedSloth posts what he did above, I thank and appreciate his thoughts: he's been a store and gameday coordinator for a long time...and if he offers some constructive feedback that he feels will reduce confusion amongst his players, I hope the team will look at those suggestions.

    Pretty much, eddiephlash, everyone who is posting now (this early in the process) has the best intents: we all want a great OP campaign and I don't worry about the Team taking the comments the wrong way.

    Nah...don't worry.

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    Drogon wrote:
    If I may be so bold: a sign should be posted at the muster location saying when mustering will start for the next slot, and another sign stating when un-ticketed players will be seated. Communication can't be screwed up, that way.

    What? Are you saying we Pathfinders can't screw this up? We can nitpick the freak out of the simplest and clearest rules and you think we Pathfinders can't make a farce of this?!

    Challenge accepted.

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    A few housekeeping items:

    Painlord wrote:
    It's kind of funny, because I thought I saw Baird...but it was just some foam in my latte. I was so grateful to my latte that it was foam and not Kyle Baird, I said "Thanks a latte".

    I can't believe no one laughed at this. It might not have been funny, but I'm sure it made up for it by being painful/awful.

    Painlord wrote:
    Playing the marathon of the AdvCardGame, we (others, really) intend to play through all 33 Scenarios of RotRunelords over the weekend. Just started scenario 2 of 33.

    We finished through Chapter/Book 4 over the weekend. With one more day or one less Banquet+GenCon Special we might have easily finished Book 5 and would be a bit less sleep away from finishing Book 6.

    If next year's PaizoCon is 4 days as planned, we might make it happen. Let a gauntlet be tossed.

    We played all of Book 4 on Sunday, starting at 3pmish and ending a bit before midnight. While we were all tired and sleepy on Sunday, our play and speed increased as we achieved some levels of deck and game mastery. Near the end, there were times when we were really cooking and teamworking nicely.

    For the 5 scenarios of Book 4 we had:
    Feral/Nick as Harsk
    Verdigris as Lini
    Aethelwulf as Sajan
    WillJ as Kyra
    Painlord as Seelah

    Yep...arcane is for chumps. I loved playing Seelah; she's a smiting beat stick who digs well. I loved Lini for her versatility (seems like she could do anything with her AC). Harsk is a sniping god. Sajan was a supernova or explorer supreme. Kyra owned the undead and her fire was awesome against <the blank> from the later scenarios.

    Pirate Rob wrote:
    Neat! Ask them if they saw my Thornkeep mini-path p1

    EDIT:I fail at this. I asked Tanis O. if I could PM her the link, but my Paizo search-fu is weak. I can't find her Paizo alias. Can someone find her alias? Or get her to post here so we can get this to her?

    Found and sent. Thank you, SearchingGnome!

    Thod wrote:

    @Painlord

    Great to see you posting here again. It isn't the same without you. You are top on my list of people from PFS that I would like to meet - shame you are at PaizoCon and I will be a GenCon this year.
    It really intrigues me that you went 100% to the Adventure Card Game. I was already on the brink to test it out - seems I really need to give it a try now.
    ...
    This leaves one question - I haven't heard anything in this bloggery yet about PFO online which apparently can be tested at PaizoCon. Anyone here who could give a report about PFO at PaizoCon.
    I offer a reward of a pint of beer if the person posting here also volunteers to place an advert for our settlement close to the PFO booth.
    Doesn't need to look great - just in big letters the following text - The Emerald Lodge needs you (A PFS aligned Settlement).

    Failure #2. I never really got into the PFO room. Sorry Thod. But you'll enjoy the AdvCardGame. You'll be a great PathCarder, I'm sure.

    Simeon wrote:
    Thanks for the mention and the praise! I had a great time with the Pathfinder Adventurers Guild. Since this was a trivia contest, I should mention this is my second Paizocon and my dad's name is Khelreddin. Still, thanks for the acknowledgement and it was great fun!

    Apologies! In my defense, I'm a yahoo who should not be trusted with accuracy. It was nice to meet you (again) and you completely rock. I only mostly promise not to screw up on anyone's name again ever.

    And again: thanks to all the volunteers and staff that made PaizoCon happen. You rock.

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    BigNorseWolf wrote:
    So any news on the sczarni /Qadirian factions and if they're changing at all>?

    Will J (unofficial source guess for fooferall): "Sczarni will stay the same since it's not tied to a nation; Qadiran will become a international trade group."

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    Good morning!

    * * *

    Details from last night: After the PaizoCon Preview Banquet I wandered back to the marathon of the ACG game. There was already a table full and running (Lisa's table...she was there until 2amish) so we started a new table copying the marathoner's progress (end of Book 2). Lisa's table rocked for a long time.

    With Feral from the L.A., GM Verdigris, Will J, Tanis O'Connor (Pathfinder Society: Adventure Card Game Organized Play Coordinator), and myself started up. We played and beat Adventure 2, Scenario 5, then Adv 3, Scenario 1. We finished those two scenarios at 3am. The other table is still going.

    Sleep is good.

    When I return at 8:30am, some of the yahoos from the other table are still here and still playing. They are finishing Adventure 3, Book 5. They are about to defeat the BBEG. I lurk, awaiting my chance to jump in and play, giving the all-night players a chance to go sleep.

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    Drogon wrote:
    Sorry, Hobbun, there weren't really any PFB reveals other than the Shemhazian. Maybe I can convince Erik to give up something during the minis trading this afternoon. I'll keep you posted.

    Drogon...I have questions for you. I hope I can find you before people split today. I'll be in the ACG room until it closes, but am happy to go find you.

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    So...time for the Trivia contest (one of my favorite events). After a 20 minute 10 minute (yes, a "10 minute" break does not take 20 minutes) break, John Compton is going to test 4 or 5 teams in an X number trivia contest.

    JC announced that this is a Mark Moreland question free year.

    The table at which I sit (though I am not participating) has David, Steven Simon & Chris from CA, Nicolas M & Nick L (Feral), & Will J.

    25 questions: Yes, this event is chaos...it is every year and that's part of the charm.

    Paizo Staff Lore:
    1. Which P staff is the llama avatar from the animal archive?
    2. What job position has Jeff A, J Sutter, Cosmo all held?
    3. Name 2 Paizo employees who have joined since PaizoCon 2013?
    4. Name 2 of 5 previous of the volunteers of the year.
    5. On Jan 1, 2014...Paizo changed its official name: What is the new name?

    Wow! Another fan moment! Wow. Lisa Stevens just came by to drag me over to play the AdvCardGame marathon...however, I refused....but was deeply awed by the invite. Wow...the things I do for you people to type up things that you probably don't care about at all.

    Pathfinder Rules: (no longer RPG rules)
    6. Name 4 of the 6 mythics paths:
    7. Pathfinder RPG Bestiary 4, name 2 of the 3 CR30 creatures.
    8. Of the 7 characters of the RotR base card game set, only 2 of the characters which don't have a d12 in their card.
    9. Most poison deal ability damage, what creatures have poison that do something more than ability damage, in the bestiary 1...name 3 of the 9.
    10. At 10th lvl elf ranger, 16 str, 20 dex, FE magical beast +6, Evil Outsider +4, Undead +2 +3 shock composite might longbow (str +4), PB shot, rapid & improved precise shot, MW full plate armor, Maximum # of shots at a wyvern, in combat 500 feet away with eagle companion. What is his to hit? My brain exploded. I'm glad I'm not participating...I can barely type this out, let alone answer the question.

    Btw, huge props to Simon, the son of Thelrraddin, who is at our table in his first Paizocon. He is rocking the questions. He's also 13.

    Pathfinder Adventures:
    11. What is the name of the Emerald Spire fortified settlement?
    12. Name of the City the for Mummy's Mask begins.
    13. Which item of the ACG RotR named loot?
    14. Perils of the Lost Coast: Black Fang...name the henchmen?
    15. Name 2 of the 3 layers of the Abyss that the PCs visit in WotR?

    Pathfinder Campaign Setting:
    16. 3 gods on cover of Inner Sea Setting.
    17. Name 4 of the 7 nations that border Lake Encartha.
    18. Desert nation of Osirion, name the big waterway...form Sothis to Inner Sea.
    19. Inner Sea Gods: one cleric domain in common: Amodeus, Urgotha, Alsetta, Savannah.
    20. 4014 A.R. in PF campaign...what is the current year on Earth?

    Pathfinder Characters:
    21. Nerosyan: 2 active PFS VCs.
    22. Who are in the Pathfinder Legends Audio drama: name 2 of the 4 yahoos.
    23. What deity does Succubus follow in WotR?
    24. In the Pathfinder Tales Redemption, what org does Bors and Whatshisface belong?
    25. Name 3 of the 5 iconics from the ACG.

    Team Names: <Redacted>, Oh Shiny!, Pathfinder Adventurers League, 3 hands of Doom, Hands of Vengeance.

    Answers:

    1. Patrick Remie
    2. Customer Service Rep
    3. Various names
    4 .Tim N, Mark M, Liz C, Doug M, Kyle E
    5. Paizo Inc.

    6. Archmage, Champion,Guardian, Trickster...and two more. (Hamburglar was not right.)
    7. Look it up. PoozooZoo. Cthlulu. and #%WDGS.
    8. Lem. Valeros.
    9. Drow. Kraken. Homoculous, 2 Linnorm, Dark Naga, Psuedodragon, Vargoille (sp?)
    10. -1

    11. Fort Inevitable
    12. Wati
    13. Sihedron Medallion
    14. Ancient Skeletons
    15. Midnight Isles, Ivory Labyrth, Rasping Rifts

    16. Urgotha, Nethys, Sarenrae
    17. Ramz, Lastwall, Methune, Kyonin, ...and 2 more. Look at a map...I no type so beer good.
    18. Sphinx
    19. Magic
    20. 1919

    21. Thurel (sp?) and Jorcel
    22. Ezren, Harsk, Mericial, Valeros
    23. Desna
    24. Oridian Fold
    25. uh...read the blog...i fail to spell these

    WINNER: OOOH SHINY!!!!! (with 21 of 25 points) They win stuff!

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    Geezo. Reading Drogon's recaps, formatting, and presentation makes me believe that he is a devout mormon who does not drink beer at social gatherings.

    Thanks for picking up the slack.

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    BigNorseWolf wrote:
    Gah! don't tease like that. Whats the news?

    Wait! What?!? What did I miss!?! It's loud and confuzzling and uh, beer, uh, uh, let me know and I'll make something up fix it!

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    At 8:37 pm, our Mike Brock takes the mic to talk about I dunno what....maybe the Mariners...or sailing. I hear...

    ...oh he's talking about PFS...and opens up getting thunderous applause for the VOs in the room. Without them, we could do all we do.

    Co-volunteers of the Year: Rob Silk and Dave Harrison (UK). They started PaizoCon UK and now several hundred players.

    Wow. Congrats guys. You have my awe and appreciation.

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    Joe M. wrote:
    Painlord wrote:

    Spring 2015: Pathfinder Unchained: 256 pages of WTF? Uhm..."what if the rules team could do whatever they wanted". It's a new set of rules and different things they could do stuff they wanted to do. New Summoner. Fixed Rogue. Full BAB Monk.

    JB calls the book 'a playground'...you can use parts or all of it for a different experience.

    Now *that's* interesting. Looking forward to hearing more about this one.

    Yeah...I'm not really sure how to describe it except from what JB said about it. I think they are offering a slew of things they've always wanted to fix, but releasing it as a completely optional release that you can integrate as you choose.

    Not sure if or how it will fit into PFS. That's for people with much less beer in them to decide.

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    Additional 2014 Releases: Iron Gods.

    Next AP: Giant Slayer. Hold of Belkzen. 3 big ass giants as the temporary artwork. They did not discuss much detail at all.

    * * *

    Erik introduced a slew of 3rd party and close publishers: the comic books, the toys, other figures, and whatnot. Sadly, it's just more than I can cover (and outside my main interest level).

    Still working on the Lost Coast Pathfinder Battles set.

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    James McTeague wrote:
    Mythic ACG? Huh. I wonder how that's going to work...

    Ayep. However, they added a new card to Skull & Shackles (ships!) so I bet they have a way.

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    Mike Selinker, wrote the Adventure Card game....uh, which you might have guessed I kind of like, is next up to speak. He speaks about the RotR game and their progress over the last year. Feedback on the Paizo boards has really helped shape the game.

    Skull & Shackles will be the next AP released (which was also previewed here at the con). The theme of the ACG AP is "things that are very unstable" - ships and guns and whatnot. If you've played the ACG, then you can sort of imagine walking up after being shanghai'd and on a pirate boat.

    Next ACG AP: Wrath of the Righteous. Will have a mythic card component.

    Tanis O'Connor: will be running the Organized Play campaign for the Adventure Card Game. Will be starting Season Zero the ACGame Organized Play campaign. Emulating the PFSociety with gamestore play. Weekly releases of scenarios. Will need a class deck to play.

    Woah...update: It's called the Pathfinder Society: Adventure Card Guild. This will be an experimental season (season zero). Launching at GenCon and your local gamestore (same day).

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    Sweet - PaizoCon Preview Banquet. One of the things I most look forward to at PaizoCon. The food is fine, but we have about 50 tables full of rabid Paizonians cheering on the latest news is pretty sweet. Sadly, I can't ever describe the experience properly...forgive me.

    I'm sitting at a table with Nani & Kyle Pratt (former yahoos of GA), David Shaw (current yahoo of GA), Jesper Ejsing (artist for the Emerald Spire, LoF AP), Sarah Robinson, & Chris Self. I cant complain. I thought I saw Kyle Baird at another table, but it was just a stack of plates.

    Erik and Lisa open up the Preview with talking about the staff and what Paizo is doing and where they are going. It's amazing how much love they have for their teams. It's good to see.

    * * *
    JBulmahn to the mic to discuss the iconics and the new release. (You'll probably find better and more info on the Paizo Blog.) He discusses the Advanced Class Guide. Each class has 4 pages of archetypes.

    Jason liked the Magus because it blended two classes together. (Remember the glorious PFS maguses from yestermods, do you?) The Skald looks pretty hot. A new spell, bulletward, will stop gunslinger bullets.

    Fall book: Monster Codex. 20 iconic monsters...much more info: ecology, new rules, unique spells, etc. Much like the Adv Race Guide & stat blocks. King and Queen Fire Giants look pretty vicious. If you're into artwork, it's gorgeous. (They have 3 huge display screens and they look great.)

    Next book: Strategy Guide - late 2014. For the new players, help them learn the basics. Walks new players through the basics - combats, turns, etc. (I thought I saw a picture of Kyle Baird, but it was really just a smudged page number.)

    Spring 2015: Pathfinder Unchained: 256 pages of WTF? Uhm..."what if the rules team could do whatever they wanted". It's a new set of rules and different things they could do stuff they wanted to do. New Summoner. Fixed Rogue. Full BAB Monk.

    JB calls the book 'a playground'...you can use parts or all of it for a different experience.

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    *REALLY* enjoyed that last game of ACG, the Skinsaw Murders, Crow Bait. To defeat the BBEG, we had 5 players working together (tossing blessings, boons, spells, etc.) to win. This game is very high in the cooperative mojo which makes it a great team experience. (If I had thumbs, rather than a collection of middle fingers, I would definitely give this a thumbs up.)

    While playing that last round, since it was a life and death situation, I thought I felt the presence of Kyle Baird. I looked around for him, but realized that it was just a few leftover funyuns from the game before.

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    Playing the ACG with Lisa Stevens (Ranzak), Ivan from Arizona (Lem), Clarence from Idaho (Ezren), Patrick for Birmingham (Amiri), Sarah from Idaho (Kyra) and Painlord (Lini).

    I've learned that Lisa's favorite card is Amiri, which is also the name of her cat.

    I had been playing mostly Lem and Seelah, now trying the druid for the first time. She's pretty good, explores well, and can handle most combats pretty well.

    Ranzak is a favorite at the table.

    p.s. I thought I saw Kyle Baird walk by in the hallway, but it was just a really dark shadow in the shape of a muffin.

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    Oh! I thought I saw Kyle Baird, but it was just a trick of the morning light and my sleepy eyes. In my defense, it was actually a pretty smart looking trash can.

    Thod wrote:

    @Painlord

    Great to see you posting here again. It isn't the same without you....
    It really intrigues me that you went 100% to the Adventure Card Game. I was already on the brink to test it out - seems I really need to give it a try now.

    Of course it isn't the same without me...it's probably a nicer, happier place.

    The Amazing Thod wrote:
    This leaves one question - I haven't heard anything in this bloggery yet about PFO online which apparently can be tested at PaizoCon. Anyone here who could give a report about PFO at PaizoCon.

    I'll see what I can do, Thod. I'm back in the card room, we are 8 of 33 through the marathon play. Hopefully, play will go faster today as we have more experienced players.

    PFSers Kristina from Texas and Sarah from Idaho are helping run the ACG. It's awesome how PFS volunteers (and VOs) give their time around here.

    We start Adventure 2 (Skinsaw Murders) now.

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    Naturally, using pure divine retributions and more (un)holy oaths than my delicate ears can hear, we (not just our table) defeated the BBEG in the GenCon Special. I know it isn't much detail, but I don't want to spoil anything.

    * * *
    At the bar, Ben from Australia (a yahoo I met last year), stopped by to chit chat. *Remember, this is the only and most important thing about PaizoCon and similar conventions*: it's about the people you meet as you share common experiences and then, if you're lucky, you get to share the experience again.

    So running into Ben, not really recognizing him, but sort of remembering, but then re-introducing ourselves and catching up...that's what I love.

    Your realities may vary.

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    FanBoy Moment: I'm playing the marathon ACG (see above). The table currently exist with:

    Tanis O'Connor (Paizo Adventure Card Game Designer)
    Brian (Lead Editor for the ACG)
    Lisa Stevens (CEO)

    Awesome...so my questions are getting answered and I notice that Lisa dances when she does something good.

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    Just got a random text from a GM in the PFS room: "Playing a Kyle Baird Tier 10-11 with a group. I'm smelling a TPK."

    It's kind of funny, because I thought I saw Baird...but it was just some foam in my latte. I was so grateful to my latte that it was foam and not Kyle Baird, I said "Thanks a Latte".

    * * *

    Playing the marathon of the AdvCardGame, we (others, really) intend to play through all 33 Scenarios of RotRunelords over the weekend. Just started scenario 2 of 33.

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    Oh! So close! I thought I had a Kyle Baird sighting, but it was just a fern.

    For the record, there was no long line at registration when I went down at 8:10 to check in. Granted, most of the tables started at 8am, so I'm appropriately and perfectly late. But yeah, Paizo check in staff ROCKED the checkin.

    Currently playing the Skull&Shackles AdvCardGame with Brett (VC) from Eugene and Sarah (VL from Idaho) and Preston (VC) from Spokane. There are a lot of sharks in the card game...makes me think that Dragnmoon would fit in.

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    Peter from Pullman stopped by to chitchat, he enjoyed the Meet & Greet for a bit.

    Clarence from Idaho stopped by to chat. He introduced me to the new VC of Idaho, Mark. Nice to see a former VC still hanging around and making introductions.

    Majuba passes around his goblin brains. The hotel bar is still pretty pretty loud, but some GMs (those with some desire to run good tables tomorrow morning) have left to go prep their mods.

    At 10pm....I finally meet Drogon and his wife Heather. About freakin' time.

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    Ah, that was good. My fellow PathCarders beat Nualia in her goblin haven.

    We had a decent crowd as we rocked the final battle, Seelah taking her down with a combined a bajillion dice in the last combat.

    Tons of yahoos about the bar now, spending time with the New Orleans crowd of PFSers: Mike and Anthony and Robert.

    Paizers John Compton, Brock, Daigle, Courts and others hold open discussions with friends the bar area.

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    Holy Piddlespot!

    Taking a break. My team of elite PathCarders have taken on and repelled the Attack on Sandpoint, then soaked up the love in Local Heroes, but now the evil has returned and we heroes marshal to repel the wraithspawn in Trouble in Sandpoint.

    Andi plays Lini, Aethelwulfe rocks the Lem, Lamplighter learns with Harsk, and I'm rocking the Seelah. The Adventure Card game is pretty fun. Enjoying the heck out of it.

    We're having fun seeing (and meeting) all the PaizoConners around. Bruce from LA just smashing entrance.

    More and more yahooery has come through...it's quite the menagerie. Pretty sure that things will get worse as more beer is poured.

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    +1 to what Lady Ohno says.

    Just had a run in with David Montgomery, 5-star, from Boston...nice guy.

    Clarence, long time Bloggery yahoo, from Idaho, was meeted and greeted.

    Other yahoos met:
    Wraith235
    Lamplighter
    Jesse Benner
    PalliusCrispin
    Jon Dennings
    Dave from Atlanta

    Getting started on our ACG run of RotR.

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    Drogon wrote:
    PS - looking forward to meeting you, Painlord. (-:

    Ah Piddlesot! Thanks for the warning.

    /me packs mithril undershirt and extra antitoxin. ;)

    * * * *

    Like most of the yahoos who have posted above, I also had trouble sleeping last night. Had troubling visions of boil and trouble. It wasn't until I saw the cast of yahoos above saying they they were coming did I realize why: Beerwolf? Thursty? Lady O? Drogon? Nicholas? Todd Freakin' Morgan? Walt? Spokanians?

    This place is, again, going to be chaos. A better, more peaceful, vacation would have been the Worldwound.

    And yet I still come.

    * * * *

    My schedule will be a bit freer this year, not investing tons of time in PFS, but enjoying other aspects of PaizoCon. I'll be playing a lot of the PF Adventure Card Game this convention when I'm not socializing or geeking out elsewhere.

    Painlord's Schedule:
    Thursday, Noon to 11pm: Adventure Card Game in Hotel Bar. A few friends (even a Canadian) and I will be playing all of Deck/Book 1 of Rise of the Runelords in Hotel Bar. This will be a perfect spot for an impromptu Meet & Greet and socializing. If any of you Thursday arrivals can stop by and help translate the ACG into Canadian, that might be appreciated.
    Friday, Morning/Day: Adventure Card Game.
    Saturady, Morning/Day: Adventure Card Game.
    Saturday, Evening: PaizoCon Preview Banquet.
    Sunday, Morning/Day: Adventure Card Game.

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    Hey All You Magnificent PFS Piddlespotters--

    In the past, we've detailed our games, our meets, our greets, and our beerings. There are some good memories stored up in the threads of yesterPFS:

    2011 PFS PaizoCon Bloggery
    2012 PFS PaizoCon Bloggery (w/Grand Convocation and massive Banquet spoilers)
    2013 PFS PaizoCon Bloggery (w/GenCon Special Run)

    You really should have your names/thoughts/games immortalized in this new thread...whether you're attending or not.

    As most of you know, I believe PFS's core is a social community and so whether you can make it to Paizocon or not, I hope that you will participate.

    For you attendees:

    • Post about whom you've met and where they are from.
    • Post about the games you're playing in, with whom, and fun details. (Avoid spoilers...and use spoiler tags if you're going to spoil!)
    • Post about extraPFSular activities.
    • Get others to share their feedback from PaizoCon.
    • Post links to pictures and media.
    • Post about neat characters you've played with.
    • Post any cool 'tricks' you've learned.
    • Post about the sessions and talks you've attended.
    • Post about how awesome your judges have been and what things they did well. Heck, even thank them.

    For you non-attendees:

    • Tell us what sessions you want reports from;
    • Questions you want us to ask and to whom;
    • Things you want to know about;
    • Give lip/guff/sass/snark to PFS board personalities you know (or don't...either way, sass is encouraged).

    I, like usual, promise nothing...except that I'll be twisting some arms of people here to join me in describing their experience playing PFS this weekend and the people that make it happen.

    This might be the last Bloggery for me for a while. Rumor has it that PaizoCon will be moving to Memorial Day weekend, which means many PFSers will be supporting their local conventions (like Kublacon). However, that doesn't mean this PaizoCon won't rock.

    -Pain

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    GM Lamplighter wrote:

    Here's an old post on Grand Convocation 4712 AR...

    And another recap.

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    Just wanted to say that Khelreddin totally exists and his son, in fact, is wearing a hoodie with the word Meh on it.

    That is all.

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    Khelreddin wrote:
    Is it reasonable to expect that we could get seated together as walk-ins? We'd be playing low-tier and there are a lot of scenarios on Saturday's schedule that neither of us have played.

    There will definitely be room for walk-ins. They plan for them. And Andi and Euan will make every effort to seat you together if you mention it. The PFS coordination staff at Kubla are some of the best there is.

    Maybe I'll even see you there.

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    I post a lot via my IPhone and IPad. I've heard a fair amount of complaints about posting from phone, but I think there are hacks that help.

    For my Ipad, I have a keyboard with a nice long life, all the buttons (including the all important [ ]s) which helps a lot.

    Pro-Tip#1: Type posts into your email app, then copy them to your campaign posts. Nothing sucks more than losing your entire post because of the internet goblins.
    1a: When you write into an email, you can more easily adapt and reuse your combat and stat blocks. Just save your posts as email drafts.

    Pro-Tip#2: (IPhone/IPad): Been using a lot of the 'Shortcuts' to quicken the coding of my combat and RP posts.

    To get there: Settings => General => Keyboard => Shortcuts

    My current shortcuts are: (obviously, replace { } with [ ])

    cbb: {b}" "{/b}
    cii: {i} {/i}
    cooc: {ooc} {/ooc}
    cs: {s} {/s}
    cspo: {spoiler=} {/spoiler}
    crl: {url=} {/url}

    d6: {dice}1d6+ {/dice}
    d8: {dice}1d8+ {/dice}
    d20: {dice}1d20+ {/dice}
    dk: {dice}1d20+ {/dice} Knowledge ( )

    Anyone else got something that would make my phone/ipad posting better?

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    Male Humanoidish Yahoo 4/Painlord 6/Punk 2/Cleric of Happiness & Sunshine 1

    Welcome Brian!

    If you have any questions, I'm sure you'll get lots of help from the yahoos here (including me). PbP can be a wonderful experience...it can really enhance RP and character development. I encourage you to think of an arc for your character.

    As for what is needed, my suggestion is to play whatever you want to play. I don't even want to know what you or anyone else is bringing...just have something you want to have fun with.

    As for my yahoo, I'm more than 50% done...I should have an intro post up this weekend, maybe.

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    Male Humanoidish Yahoo 4/Painlord 6/Punk 2/Cleric of Happiness & Sunshine 1

    Still working on my yahoo...now that a chaos element has been introduced...uh, things have changed. I need to plan differently...

    ...which is fine because we have more time than I thought to work through all this. I keep kicking around ideas.

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    Male Humanoidish Yahoo 4/Painlord 6/Punk 2/Cleric of Happiness & Sunshine 1

    Uhm...what are the construction requirements?

    15 pt buy
    Core races

    Starting Gold?
    Third party products? (you know my heart is totally set on a psionisist gunslinger who pulling up some feats from the Book of Nine Swords and some 1e stuff I have...that's okay, right?)
    Advanced Class Playtest?
    How many traits?
    Magic Item creation?

    * * *

    GM Kyshkumen wrote:
    Also how is that guide to PbP GMing going?

    Hmm...see, I dunno that I can write one until I actually do more PbP GMing. And yes, I probably should do that, but mostly I suck too much right now to get on that. But Andi has been pushing...and you can only say no to Andi for so long before you give in.

    I ponder.

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    Male Humanoidish Yahoo 4/Painlord 6/Punk 2/Cleric of Happiness & Sunshine 1
    GM Kyshkumen wrote:
    I would also like you to post your characters here when they are finished. I expect Painlord will want some special exception.

    To be fair, I'll post my character here no problem. I'll happy post what I look like, my personality, my internal motivations, and some back history. If anyone is interested in some shared backstory and has some ideas, please PM me.

    I'm happy to share my build with the GM. I don't want to know your builds...I want you to play whatever you want without any expectations or conditions.

    GM Kyshkumen wrote:
    Some recommended reading for the new players.

    Oh, I see how it is...you link to that PbP Gude, but not the other one?

    Uh huh...it's going to be like that, eh GM Kyshkumen?

    * * *
    I should have a preliminary yahoo sketched and up here tomorrow night. I'm still going over concepts and what not. Not sure yet what will be the defining aspects of his personality nor his backstory.

    Please forgive the delay.

    I'm excited for this.

    If we need any extra good players, I can help recruit good PbPers that I know.

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    Nebten wrote:
    Do we want to try to carry on, or just try for next Online Gameday?

    Painlord shifts on his rock as if he had just received unwelcome news.

    "That is disappointing, but likely the proper call. I shall end my vigil...and so ends my dreams of playing with Ziz," Painlord grumbles.

    "Let us hope this online gameday inspires more and better attendance in the next."

    Painlord stands and kicks the rock into the aether, preparing to leave himself.

    "Nebten, you have been a good host. Curaigh, another time, mayhaps."

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    Painlord continues to sit on his rock, pondering his options.

    He lights a dark pipe off Pavanna's channeled energies, leaves of unknown origin smoldering.

    He waits for more voices to enjoin, hoping that the promise of this endeavor is met.

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    Male Humanoidish Yahoo 4/Painlord 6/Punk 2/Cleric of Happiness & Sunshine 1

    Give me 6 months and I should/could have 3 full campaigns done via PbP: Council of Thieves, Shackled City, and Curse of the Crimson Throne.

    And I'm with Motte for two other strong campaigns. Those are a ways off...but feel good about them.

    -Pain

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    **tear**

    "I tear the aether asunder and will myself into this plane!" Painlord intones, stepping through a rip in time and space and into the recruitment thread. He looks around slowly, divining the true nature of those therein.

    "Ziz? Is that your form? And Curaigh?" Painlord utters, surprised. "I am impressed, Nebten. You have acquired some talent. Perhaps me or one of my many forms will embark in this as well."

    Painlord walks around the recruitment thread, surveying the area.

    He reaches back into the aether to draw forth a large sitting stone.

    "I shall ponder my existence here...and which form my mighty attendance will take.," Painlord says, moving to sit upon the stone.

    I believe I have a lvl 3 or lvl 7, both fun characters to enjoin. Save my spot.

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