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Imeckus Stroon

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Goblin Squad Member. RPG Superstar 2013 Star Voter. Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber. FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar Venture-Captain, Illinois—Chicago. 14 posts (37 including aliases). 6 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 22 Pathfinder Society characters. 1 alias.


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Silver Crusade

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I'll bet you still own that Magic 8 Ball, don't you, Kyle?

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I like using the 4 page spread for the region in the ISWG, which I've done in another adventure path. This gives the players their "common knowledge" of the region, and in keeping with the medieval/renaissance level of information the rest of the Inner Sea map is by word of mouth only. Perhaps a look at the smaller fold-out map from the back of the book if there are "learned" classes among the party.

I've never needed to do a bullet point page, which is an excellent idea for your players, because mine have played a lot of PFS.

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Absolute favorite among my group would be a wand belt or sash, something like the adventurer's sash but allowing the wearer to draw a wand as part of his/her move action, providing they have a BAB, of course.

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OK, which one of the little suckers is Wolfgang?

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5 deaths so far, the ranger twice, the two gnome clerics once each and the overconfident dwarf barbarian once. The ranger's first was after sneaking up on the Dancing Lady (sucker!), second from bad perception rolls while leading the party into an ambush. The other 3 all died at the tender mercies of a white dragon that I've placed in the mountains east of Vordakai's Tomb. They drool at the treasure they could find there, but they're over 20,000gp in the hole so far on Raise Dead spells. (My PCs are way overpowered for most encounters, so a dragon to keep them honest seemed appropriate)

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WelbyBumpus by any name has been putting out great mods for over a decade in my memory. Bring your "A" game - this author has been known to even kill off his wife's certed animal companion in the debut of one of them - and the replacement she bought 30 minutes later! Good memories!

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Name: Galan
Race: Elf (formerly human, now half-elf)
Classes/levels: Ranger 7
Adventure: Rivers Run Red
Location: Lower Shrike River area
Catalyst: Poking the bear(well, dragon)

Having already vanquished the owlbear den (a tough fight) and the troll lair (a cakewalk), the party of 6 had only a few more hexes to map. To avoid a cakewalk encounter, I switched out the forest drake for a family of green dragons in the vicinity. Mom's an adult, plus 2 juveniles and a total of 30 of the 3 youngest age groups. Previously they had encountered 2 wyrmlings playing by a stream and 2 very young plus 2 young close by. The 3 surviving dragons of this group had fled.

With visions of gold dancing in their heads (especially the dwarf), they set out from Zurich 2 weeks later to find the lair, unaware of how many dragons were around. (2 gnomes, one the treasurer, hence the name Zurich) A sharp initial fight killed 5 dragons of 8 (young and very young), with the waves of channeling goodness making the difference - both gnomes are clerics.

An overnight rest and the PCs continue toward the general direction of the lair. Galan is 30 feet in the lead on horseback when he has the chance to "perceive" the lurking medium (very young)dragons in the trees across the stream (rolls a 1) and the large ones further behind them (rolls a 3). Only the 5 v.y spot him and burst from cover & breathe for a total of 20d6 - he misses 3 saves, his horse melts away, and he falls in the brush and stays prone with 4 hp remaining.

The battle carries to the other 5, a brutal affair, with both clerics and the bard down at one point, but they rally and the worst hurt of the dragons start flying away, so Galan gets up and starts picking them off! Brilliant! Er, not so much...the juvenile spots him and charges, leaving the dead hero on the ground. The surviving dragons again fly off, losing one more to another PCs parting arrow. A heroic death, and good luck attended on his reincarnation. I'm personally in awe that they only had the one death, displaying once again the power of healing when only one side has it.

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Name: Galan
Race: Human (now elf)
Classes/levels: Ranger 6
Adventure: Rivers Run Red
Location: The Dancing Lady's funhouse
Catalyst: Can't see the forest for the trees
The Gory Details: The party of 6 very capable characters was being tormented by Rigg Gargadilly's spring attacks, which would usually leave him on the far side of the central tower or in a side tower, out of sight. (Lord that was fun!) The archer/ranger had the "brilliant" idea of getting up inside the central tower to take opportunity fire at Rigg as he zipped past, so I conveniently forgot about the trap on the first floor as he sped up the stairs. The last thing he remembered was a sultry female voice saying, "Come here, big boy!" - He couldn't buy a decent saving throw and she couldn't miss.

When 3 of his companions made it to the top of the stairs looking for him, one of the gnome clerics, the dwarf barbarian and the dragon-disciple-in-training all failed their saves against her fascination effect, too! But then the baron, their bard, came up and countered all of her charms and they cut her to shreds.

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As far as the tenements go, I've added a house rule (no pun intended) that each new town/city gets a free tenement in calendar months 4-10 for their first year only, representing the temporary housing that newcomers would throw up. These do not cause unrest in the month that they are created, but will thereafter. This is only a boost of 7 BP per new town, but it gets them started a little faster.

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I'm running 6 PCs with 20 point buys, and I have upgraded all of the opponents as well. If you increase the encounter by 50% (where possible) then it still works out to the same xp per player. Actually, I'm hiding the xp in the background and telling them when they level - all go up at the same time either way. This does thin out the loot a bit, but they don't know that the $$$ isn't upgraded. It does make it less likely for them to die horribly at the hands of the random encounter chart, though.

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A critical hit for max damage, rolled by the player whose character had just been killed by a critical hit from the same beast. The tengu was deader than dead, but it was an incredible moment, and happened right at the end of the session. Dave/Tickleback's player kept apologizing to Alonso's player, but he couldn't keep the smile from his face.

This will be one of those gaming stories that gets told many times. :)...And that's what it's all about.

Yes! Tickleback is the toughest thing in the first book until you reach the fort, outside of the random encounters according to my players. No deaths, but the 3rd level dwarf barbarian (toughness, 20 CON & raging = 44 hp) went past the mites looking for something tougher to fight. A few rounds with Tickleback and his rider, and the dwarf was bleeding out as his buddies arrived, saving him from a coup-de-grace. Second campaign in a row that this otherwise excellent player has made this mistake - and the abuse from the other players keeps the memory fresh!

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Alexander Kilcoyne wrote:
Read the whole thing; I highly recommend Kingmaker DM's get a read of this, as Gardener has done a really ace job bringing life to the character's statblocks and brief descriptions.

I also love that you tied in one of my extra character's Gardener, thanks for the tribute. This is really good reading, and i'll certainly link it to my players.

Freehold DM wrote:
Have you written anything else Gardener? I really, really like your style.

I agree completely! Excellent depth! Makes me regret that the barbarian PC has already killed Kressle. But there are several other ways to get deeper into this best of adventure paths, too.

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A Hodag! The years rewind to summers in Rhinelander! Your artist really ought to visit that park where the hodag statue stands, but then again you can just copy the behemoth from Titan. I'm delighted!

Silver Crusade **** Venture-Captain, Illinois—Chicago aka Randuril

The store is out of the way for me, but we have an increasing number of home games going on in the area. I will be coordinating PFS mods in all eight slots at the annual Stuffed COWS convention at the College of DuPage during Thanksgiving weekend, but we want to get as many people involved in Pathfinder play as soon as possible. We will be looking for 3 or 4 gamers for an evening table in Glenview on Wednesday 11/11, for example.

You can reach me at lordpeck (at) yahoo(.) com. Joshua, anything you can help us with for the local conventions would be a big help.

Dick Gilbert

Joshua J. Frost wrote:
Let me know if you guys get a game together at that store and I'll send you some posters to advertise Pathfinder Society.


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