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Which is awesome. Just need to get more word of mouth out there about gamedays lol
The scenario for the July 19 game day is
03-05 Tide of Twilight
A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for Levels 1–5.
In researching a recently recovered druidic lorestone, the Pathfinder Society learns of a powerful artifact with the power to turn men into bestial abominations. Amid claims of increased werewolf activity in the region, the PCs travel into the heart of the Verduran Forest to retrieve the valuable relic from a cabal of evil druids believed to currently hold it.
My first trial by fire if you will, was running classic tables at Origins 2010 .. I'd been GMing for 3 months and Doug threw me into the fire and expected me to dance ..
I danced .. I learned .. and I grew and hopefully became a better GM for it in the long run.
Running cold sucks .. and has been stated enough times in this thread alone that we don't need to go into another one.
Mitigation: .. if it's a matter of the GM not taking the time to prep there isn't a lot the coordinator can do if the GM chooses to run cold. Simply put, if the GM had the time (exceptional circumstances apply) and didn't take it .. that GM shouldn't be asked to GM again, but there should also be a conversation with the GM.
If it's a matter of the GM volunteering at the last minute .. explain to the table .. allow the GM 10 minutes to read over and provide them with additional resources they may need as they are helping to save the coordinator booty and getting a table to make.
At one point, we could upload maps to the shared drive, however, it has been stated (and I think posted on the new website for the prep drive) that maps fall under copyright material(I'm sure someone can explain it better) and unfortunately we are not allowed to put maps up on the shared drive website anymore.
It would be advisable to email the admins for the drive website and let them know which scenarios had maps added so they can remove them
Timothy "Sethos" Travis wrote:
i missed the first time (June) but i'd like to try to get to the game in July. do you know what you might be running?
Not sure what I'm running yet -- however, it would be for tier 1-5 .. if you have a specific request feel free to PM it to me, or you can PM me what you have played and I can go from there.
Looking forward to having you at the game day
**disclaimer on herolab** please keep in mind that having all the books and whatnot in herolab does not negate the need to have the official reference at the table with you.
That can be either the physical hardcover or the pdf -- saying at the table "but herolab says" is probably going to have the GM sending you to the pregen table.
*disclaimer that this information is based on what happened last year and could be changed this year*
Basically find the area that you are mustering in and tell the muster person (holding the clipboard) that you have three in X level range .. they will try to work with you -- but always good to listen to what others are saying and see if you can get a full table of 6 .. if you have a full table of 6 let the muster person know that as well.
You can learn as much or as little as you like. I think most people know a smattering, but no one is an expert at it .. and with timed events in this type of situation roleplay past what is done w/in the boundaries of acts in the scenario, while not discouraged, isn't typically drawn out that much (from my limited experiences)
Other than that .. take a deep breath; if you get lost or need help look for me .. I'm going to be trying to wear a pair of purple bunny ears for the con; I'm sure I can get you pointed in the right direction as much as I can.
Hi and welcome to the GM pool
I think the biggest thing to do as a GM is to read and study, take the time in the beginning to read up on things you aren't familiar with .. Make cheat sheets for the scenarios of feats and spells if you want to.. and don't be afraid to tell the group
"I'm not sure, I'm going to rule it this way based on my interpretation.. but I will find out and clarify for everyone involved"
Then come to the boards and do a search .. or find someone to send a PM to asking a question or two -- I've helped several people in PMs as it's easier to have a complete conversation sometimes in PM.
Good luck and have fun, :)
Patrick F wrote:
Basically, my response to this is: to be a GM in an organized play setting means acknowledging and accepting that there are going to be limitations to what you as a GM can do.
You have to acknowledge that you aren't the ultimate GM in this instance, instead Mike and John are the ultimate GMs and we are simply allowed to play in their "home" game.
As the ultimate GMs, Mike and John have set for rules for their "home" game .. these are the rules for PFS ..
If you want to GM in their "home" game you have to abide by the rules. If you cannot, then you are better off not GMing PFS as much as I hate to tell ANY GM not to run PFS .. that is sometimes the better option for people.
DM DoctorEvil wrote:
With you and the girls, flint and my boyfriend .. we have room for 1 more possibly 2 of people don't mind a 7 player table (don't like running but them but will) .. unless we have someone else who will step up and GM
In terms of desiring a hard-core balls to the walls gaming experience .. yes, yes you are.
The powers that be cannot please everyone and have to try and come up with a good happy medium that hits the majority of the player base instead of catering to one specific group. The middle covers the majority of the easy mode plays and the majority of the hard core players .. giving those that desire hard core .. hard mode on some of the scenarios.
But what both sides have to realize and accept, is that the game is not going to be catered to them.
in the example of the 1 easy mode guy with a table of hard core .. he has the option of getting up and walking away .. just as it would be true if the scenario was reversed.
and it's about 8am in Seattle lol ...
DM DoctorEvil wrote:
Did you confirm the place and time? We will try to be there next weekend, barring some unforeseen event.
We should be there when the doors open at 10. I went and talked to the guys at the store this past week and they are super excited and will have open an open gaming table for us.
I would say start no later than 1030??
I'm not up on the on-line gaming rules and regs .. that to be honest is more a question for the online VOs than the boon trading thread as you'll get a better, more accurate answer
Not sure why an online boon would be any different from a regular convention boon and that information is not filled out at a regular convention.
Is the coordinator emailing the boon to you? If so that would be the only reason I can think of that they would require all that information to be filled out.
If you have to give him the information, just make the character number the next one in line for your number of characters and plan to make a character that can use it next.
If you are wanting to trade the boon; I would have issues as yes, that technically uses the boon and would prevent you from trading it for something else that you'd want.
**disclaimer all of the above is my opinion only**
DM DoctorEvil wrote:
That would be awesome;
I'm looking at the 3rd Saturday morning of the month (variable depending on the gamestore's needs/conflicts). August will be the 4th Saturday if we are able to do it.
Let me know what works for you.. with myself, my boyfriend and the three of you we have a legal table.
Who's responsibility is to then to make sure the player's character is legal and the player has all the correct information for the character they are playing?
we weren't supposed to be mustering outside the ballroom either last year
1. Muster and HQ staff should be there hopefully by 730ish .. (basing this on last year) but could vary depending on how their night went before. There is no guarantee you will be seated at your table right at 730; but should be seated before your players.
2. Basically, be prepared to pack up completely between slots. As musterers we cannot guarantee that we are going to have the same table groups for each slot (basing this on last year) and even if we do .. not guarantee that you get the table again.
3. They happen because of players not showing up for the one game and generics standing around wanting a game but having already played or not being high enough level for that one. The musterer should come to see what you have prepped, or may ask what you can run .. it varies.
The convention has restrictions against using the hallway as a muster point, so we are confined to a small space at the back of the ballroom.
At any given time, a musterer has 5-6 or more people yammering them about trying to get on a table, or are you seating X game, or where can i find X game.
The best thing as the GM, is a Sniggvert suggested, be there early to get your seat assignment and set up your table.. be ready for last minute changes as a harried musterer comes running up to see if you will run game X or what you have prepped you can run instead of what you already have set up ... if that happens, please don't get pissy with the musterer lol .. cause you might not get water that way ;)
The battle interactive is a huge draw .. they've always had just the one game scheduled for the slot of the battle interactive. Since it's a huge huge mustering headache just in itself, having to muster other tables at the same time would cause the muster people to rip out hair, gnash teeth and generally be even more unpleasant than they usually are (joking they are usually always pleasant)
not to mention the distraction at the "non interactive" tables if they were in the same room as the special, constantly being interrupted by announcements and whatnot that happen during the special.
All around it's just easier for everyone involved
I'm assuming you were given a card with your PFS number on it?
If you click "my account" at the top, you'll be taken to a page with a bunch of account options and links and buttons.
Scroll down and you'll see (on the left side) a header of "pathfinder society" there you should find your link to join the society and after clicking that will have the spot to put in your code.
As a GENCON first timer, will more slots of anything PFS related (excluding the ACG) be offered for Slot #6 (Friday 7pm)? So far from what I'm seeing, the only thing offered at that time is the Special, which we all know is sold out. I can't imagine that PFS would completely shut down for a Friday night with the exception of one event that has limited space.
Typically yes it does .. reason being is that the entire room, all the tables are slotted for the battle interactive special.
There have been rare exceptions, but I think those were more corner case than something that would be come the norm.
Two stipulations ...
You come to Nashville .. and you don't change shirts at the table.
whomever would that be? lol
I had my say on this topic already when there was a huge huge huge thread ..
so I'll just say this .. if we all treated each other with common decency and didn't assume anything about some of the opposite gender I think that there would be more equality among the genders and we wouldn't have the disparity we do now (even thought it's gotten better)
I don't go into a gaming arena with the thought that I'm going to be treated differently because I have girly bits .. I expect to be respected because I'm the GM and I'm going to try kill your character.
*giggles and does a little cheerleading sidekick on her way out the door*