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On the issue of table assignments how practical would it be for the numbers to be printed on the tablecloths? The signs were helpful but were often removed to make space.
The tableclothes belong to the convention center so we cannot print on them, however, there were stickers that matched the signs on the tables.
unfortunately when maps are laid out it's hard to see those .. as long as GMs keep the signs somewhere on the table and don't cover them up until after players are seated and the marshals have come around for tickets and tokens things should go smoothly
Heh .. I'm the wrong person as I have no control over that and won't be at GenCon next year. I would email Jon or Bob or Todd about it.. or put it in here
my understanding is that when the table assignments were made, there was an assumption that the iconics would be hung in alpha order .. they were not ..
leaving them til the last minute would be horribly hectic and chaotic and condense 18+ hours of organizational work into just a couple of hours
This is the first time I've played PFS at GenCon - played about half a year prior to the con. I did find it kind of odd to randomly get this particular boon since I've only been a player so far, so I traded it almost immediately to someone posting in the boon trading thread. I wanted to play a non-standard race, that player had several options, I told them to pick one and send that in exchange for the recharge boon. Without commenting on the con / non-con distribution, it may have been better to only give the boon to GMs since it seems like it would matter most to people who have GMed a lot.
This I can agree with for this specific boon ..
Lots of people can't do it, and its rude, arrogant, and condescending as hell when you insist that your circumstances MUST be their circumstances.
(I'm using going to use general, not specific terms so no taking this personal mmkay)
To be honest .. these complaints are lodged every year .. and every year the same advice and information is given.
It would be nice (from a con-goer side) if those that lodge these complain each year would look at alternatives instead of lodging complaints that they aren't getting something.
If those of use defending the use of boons for cons sound annoyed it's because we go through these conversations EVERY year... repeating ourselves is tiring
Srsly .. can those of us who got one get at least a week to enjoy them before all the moaning starts?
yes it sucks that its cons only .. but boons are handed down to smaller regional cons all the time .. if there is one local go to it and GM .. simple procedure imo
**and a note .. not ALL cons are expensive are hard to get there (yes I know there are exceptions).
Perhaps ... but .. hopefully we can get the boon for BunnyCon in February and you'll come down to Nashville and GM :)
Brian Lefebvre wrote:
I just said they were scaring a poor bunny and grabbed a chair ... while unstable for the most part worked lol
From a marshalling standpoint things were MUCH improved.
It was easier to not have to seat GMs on top of players; my only minor issue is one that will not change ... as a shorter marshal being surrounded on all sides by players all clamoring for a seat.
Something for marshals to stand on would be awesome.
I got one group to step back by letting them know they were scaring a poor bunny (wearing my ears lol) and they backed off a little
awww bunny thought they were nice nifty kewl bottles *pout*
peeks at pile
da bunny wikes gifts too
puts on her best big bunny face
I typically lug my huge laptop around to provide my PDF sources for PFS, but I'm thinking of downloading them all to my phone. But that means a last-minute trip to buy a portable phone charger; any suggestions?
phone stuff would mean less cords .. there is no guarantee that you will find a spot to plug it in and cords looping across the floor are a major hazard
Eric Clingenpeel wrote:
And I'm thinking hard about if I've forgotten to pack anything.
Lol .. that's me today .. my apartment flooded again over the weekend so it's a disaster and I'm trying to find things .. knowing that once I'm done with work (office the only room not messed up) and at the boyfriends to sleep I won't be home til after gencon .. I won'g have time to do that last minute morning before leaving check
someone wants to meet me??
jon dehning wrote:
Lol .. back in October .. I'm a Southern bunny now in Nashville
In the spirit of I'm about to have an awesome weekend the weekend before Gencon and expect tat to tide me over until Gencon..
What are you looking forward to the most at Gencon? We'll keep the PFS related cause .. we gotta ..
I'm looking forward to seeing friends I haven't seen since last year, and some close ones from Iowa I haven't seen since I moved.
I'm wondering how many people are going to try and pet the purple bunny.. or if people will know who I am
I'm wondering if my ears are going to stay on!! the purple leather makes them kinda heavy lol.
I'm excited to see new PFS players be all excited about OP system and get into it as much as I am
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.