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RPG Superstar 2013 Dedicated Voter. FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis. 1,042 posts (1,052 including aliases). 52 reviews. 1 list. 1 wishlist. 14 Pathfinder Society characters. 1 alias.


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***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

Attention Pathfinders:

I am stepping down as Venture Captain, it has been really exciting to see our local PFS community grow. When I started playing PFS there was one store running PFS every other week. Currently we host PFS at 8 stores near Indianapolis.

If you need anything consider Mark Stratton your acting VC.

Also if you haven't done so yet, please consider GM'ing.

Thanks for the fun times, I plan on being at some PFS tables.


***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

Great question Chris. I was planning on running it near November. I was going to do something totally different. I would like to hear other opinions on the matter.

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

I hope to gm Eyes of the Ten, with Kevin playing once a certain kick starter arrives in November.

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Congratulations Kevin Ingle, on getting his 5th star.

Kevin ran his 150 game on August 3 2014. He ran a special game before GenCon for a Thod when he arrived early before Gencon. Kevin is an outstanding GM he routinely commits to volunteer at local and regional cons. He really sets the example on what a 5 star GM is.

If you have attended GenCon, Origins, Egypt Wars, Flat Con, Who’s Yer Con, InConJunction. Likely you have had a chance to meet or played with him. I probably skipped a couple conventions. If you are a coordinator you will find Kevin one of the most professional GM’s that volunteers.

He is also a very fun GM to play with. I also consider him the best GM in Indiana. If you have a chance to play with him at a con, I would urge you to attend one of his games!

Also recently, he has been accepted into the VL ranks supporting the new card game.

Congrats Kevin

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

Nohwear wrote:
I do not know if this is the appropriate place, but I now want to run a nonPFS game at Game Time Indy. This is likely to be a Mythic Numeria game of my own creation.

I would contact Game Time directly. I know they have several Non PFS games going on through the week.

Also many of the stores listed on our warhorn also have campaigns running through the week.

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For my table sorry for the TPK...

Hope you had fun!!!

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

Congrats !!!

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

Some new news.

The addition of 3 new Indianapolis area stores.

Hero's Emporium

White Flag Games

Fan Boys

Go to Warhorn signups.

Go to Facebook info.

Also some other news.

Bloomington Con, September 26 -28

As well as WYG general meeting on the 28 of September.

Take some time and relax. Get healthy create something like a new Requiem for the Red Raven...

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin


***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

Congrats Thea!!!

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

5-13 Weapon in the Rift

Was an great scenario, congrats Nathan.

It also cool to see how some scenarios are rated, along with others nice top 20 list.

I also think there is a problem with forcing players to play up in older scenarios. I am not sure how prevalent this is right now. But during this last season I GM'd one of the top 20 from season 3. I believe it is a solid 5 star scenario. I had a perfect party that was doomed to fail, based off their level and their APL. First combat PC deaths, what followed was misery for the party. If they were to review the party now, I think it would reach a lower total.

What is surprising now is the low ratings on season 5. I am not sure this is editing or even negatively biased reviews, or even badly GM'd games. I read some of the longer playing scenarios have got bad reviews due to long game times.

The Sealed Gate man that is reviewed bad. Fun Sponge/Classic Baird reviews go back and forth. At Gen-Con I had some local players that played it with Kyle. I have to say they enjoyed it, they actually told me in depth how much they liked it. They also were pretty excited about the whole scenario.

Now these players will likely never write a review about that game!

Was the fact that Kyle being a 5 star GM made it better, or the fact that he was the author make it better?

Do reviews even matter? As a community or author, editor do you read and reflect on reviews? Do you die in a game and blame the author? Do you GM it yourself to see what it is like or how you can improve on it?

Mark Seifter wrote:
Red-Assassin wrote:
Did you enjoy GenCon? Thanks for auditing my character. It was the one the was attached to a bone!

Every new player who I was able to help guide to an awesome game that would bring them gaming joy (whether the RPG or the card game) brought a smile to my face. It was physically exhausting though.

Also, I thought you said that bone scroll was from the guys who run the super-deluxe-prop Cthulhu game you were mentioning?


Did you enjoy GenCon? Thanks for auditing my character. It was the one the was attached to a bone!

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

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I have to say, I never thought WYC would need promotion 8 months in advance. Also it will fun to see the hotel sell out within a week...

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

Hello Pathfinders

Who’s Yer Con (WYC) hosted by Who’s Yer Gamer’s (WYG) on April 17th-19th, 2015

Go to Who's Yer Gamer's for further convention info

The convention is moving to a new hotel, so expect more rooms, more vendors more games and gamers. “We Game to Please”!

WYC is right around the corner 8 months away. Hotel room reservations in the WYC block are running out fast. You can click the link below for reserving hotel rooms at a special block rate.

Go to Wyndham Block info

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

Send me an email.

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

Kobolds !!

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

I gave Mark Seifter a large bone that had a leather book attached to it. I then asked if he could audit my character.

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

As for my experience, great but parking was horrendous and did they gouge you in parking fees around the city this year.

Parking at GenCon is actually incredibly cheap compared to most cities. I park daily in the closet parking spot to the Sagamore and it is only 24$ a day.

Of course you want to get to the con early, I usually come to the con at 7 and it takes about 5 minutes to get into a parking garage and be within 1000 feet from the Sagamore room.

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

Congrats well deserved !!!

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

Everyone please take some time at the con to thank Mark Stratton.

He did a great job organizing and setting this up! He is likely a little tired and worn-out, Gen-Con isn’t even officially started yet. Give him your thanks in what-ever form, it may help recharge his batteries.

“Flawless Victory” Mark

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

Bee coffee 201 south capitol across from the convention, south of the food trucks are awesome. They will be open 24 hours a day starting friday. They also will allow inside and outside gaming.

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

'Sani wrote:

While reading the new Guide to PFS Organized Play, browsing through the new factions, I was stunned to see the phoenix emblem beside the sovereign courts entry. Because I know that phoenix, I've seen it before when I was looking for phoenix tattoo ideas.

What tattoo did you choose?

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

Link should be fixed, I know some of the locals park south of the convention center near the new Lucas Oil Stadium. I think the parking is much cheaper there but I am not sure it is probably 4 blocks away.

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

Talon Stormwarden wrote:

This will be my first GenCon. I'll be staying at one of the hotels on the east side.

I called to find out about parking near the convention center. I don't recall now exactly how much they said it would be, $25-$30 a day I'm thinking. Then I read about the shuttle for a one-time $50 fee. Now I'm torn. The shuttle is much cheaper, but the schedule is fixed and wouldn't provide the convenience of having a nearby supply cache.

I'm already paying a small fortune for the hotel room, what's an extra hundred dollars for parking?

Any advice on the availability/convenience of parking near the convention center?

I am not sure how far east you are, but there is a decent bus system in Indy Go to INDY GO.

Also the farther out you go the cheaper the parking is at the Con, you could ask around and get a carpool thing going or sharing a taxi.

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

There are some good places downtown for breakfast, I guess it depends how early you wake up! Some of the places downtown are great!

Apples are AWESOME!!

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Jiggy since you have a car, a good breakfast at Bob Evan's or someplace about 2 miles away from the con is really worth it.

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Con Crud

I would also suggest washing your hands often, perhaps carring around some anti bacterial hand wipe or lotion, limit a set of dice for "guests!!".

I would skip any form of snack that you need to touch unless you first wash your hands.

Don't kiss Mark Moreland on his lips I think he is Con Crud carrier 0.

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

Game Marshals are the volunteers that muster players to sit at tables, I think Game Marshals are a old timers term.

Also there are Klingon Wedding Marshals for those people who are getting married at Gen-Con.

Snacks since you have a car Jiggy I would suggest spending 20$ or so on snacks at a CVS or Walgreens.

Something like Fiber Bars or Granola bars, even that Vio stuff is great.

Snacks I wouldn't recommend nuts trail mix, anything that is not wrapped that you can avoid touching.

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

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So Gen-Con is coming right up. So I would like to just offer some advice.

This year will be the busiest year more so than any other year. Expect record attendance as well as added space this year.

For the record attendance expect longer lines everywhere. Expect more food trucks on Georgia Street. (My favorite is a Pork Chop Sandwich and a Velvet Cupcake from 2 different trucks).

Couple things I would recommend.

Don't loose your badge, I have personally done this twice. Both times the Companies HQ held on to it for me. I was very lucky both times.

Shower every morning (has to be said), dedicate yourself to at least one good meal a day. Skip fast food like McDonald;s, Subway and Steak and Shake. They usually are extremely busy. Consider some of the area’s dining-in restaurant’s or just trying something different. You may like whatever fast food, try something different.

Drink plenty of water, have some sort of back-up snacks as well as aspirin.

If you have a vehicle at the Convention, consider packing a cooler with some food. It is almost always faster to walk to a car and get food than getting food at or around the Convention. Also if you do bring a cooler, it is always nice to give away some water soda or chips. Over the years, I have given out allot of water that big name Author on the New York Times best seller list, they don’t want to pay 5-6$ on a bottle of water. I have had allot of good conversations with some of my favorite Authors and Game Designers that have started with giving out a bottle of water.

Cosplay - be respectful of people in costume. If you want to take a photo be polite and ask, don’t photo bomb. Also if you are going to be wearing a costume, please consider wearing it only for one day or have some sort of laundry service available.

Be considerate of your GM, ask if they need anything, they are your volunteer’s. For ticketed events try to not waste tickets, if you are going to skip a game turn your ticket in for a refund that way someone else will at least have a chance to purchase a ticket for that game.

Also be kind to the Game Marshal’s they volunteer their time and have a stressful job, yelling at them or hurting their feelings helps no one.

If you wake-up late and think you may skip playing an event. I would recommend skipping it, relax drink some coffee and get a big breakfast.
There is allot of stuff going on at the Convention you simply can’t see everything. If you are crazy enough check-out some of the late/early morning stuff. Between midnight and 7 a.m. you can find a whole different Gen-Con.

I am sure others will have some good advice.

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

Greed ! That would be awesome!

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

Great job on making this happen Mark!!

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

Sounds good either way, I think Mark will likely be doing a Facebook announcement

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

Looks like they can handle another couple of tables.

So Mark if you want to post on Facebook, lets just make sure they wont be incredibly long games !

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

12-5 is the correct time.

I likely will not post this since we are already at 5 players.

Also I am thinking of smoking either a ham or a chicken earlier that day. Which is crazy for the time it will take. So choices?

Also Mark do you think I should recruit another table or 2 since the store usually would be open?

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

Allot of the Museums in Indianapolis are pretty nice, I would recommend the Indiana State Museum and the Indiana Historical Society.

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

Nice once we get Thod's input I can get it posted.

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

So on August 3 I have reserved space for Hero's Emporium.

It would be great if we could get snigg to run a 2 credit game such as a level of Thornkeep, thus gaining his 5th star.

Now we just need to get a scenario.

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

Or even through the week. Really it depends on demand as well as a list of scenario's. Hell I could GM almost all of season 1-3 with little prep. season 4-5 I may not have the time to prep them.

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

Gametime does have some card games set up early in the day.

Also worth mentioning we might be able to do something also on the 3rd of August at Gametime.

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

Thod list some scenarios or modules you would like to play, I think I could run something for you on Aug 2 on the north side of Indianapolis. Perhaps at Game Time.

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Indiana currently has five, 5 star GM's.

Also Indiana should be emancipated from the Great Lakes Region, with all the up-coming 5-Star's. I expect close to 10 % total 5 star GM's will be in Indiana. We should simply be referred to as either the Capital, or the District.

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Congrats Greg,

Greg's first game playing PFS was in July 2010, at the now closed Arsenal Game Room a week before Gen-Con that year. His first game GMing was 3 weeks after Gen-Con.

Since that time he has traveled the mid-west helping local conventions by GM'ing 7 Gencon special's, as well as multiple Bonekeep's and exclusives.

If you live in the mid-west you likely have played at one of his tables.

He improves Indiana Gaming, as well is a great contributor to the Circle of Five in Indiana, the current number of 5 star GM's living in Indiana!

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin


Sages Shoppe has their own warhorn.

Common room games list their games on the stores website.

Also of course we could run a special slot or game. Or even at a private residence.

Feel free to find us on Facebook.

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I dislike the idea of running cold.

But in reality some of my most memorable/favorite games were ran cold by the GM.

I guess it depends on the GM, it brings allot out in a GM.

Kevin Ingle ran cold a game of We Be Goblins 2 for me and 3 other vo's. It was great !

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King Xeros sails again !

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Pirate Rob wrote:

Here's something that's been bothering me for awhile...

Where in the Guide to Organized Play (or an official post from campaign leadership) does it say that Venture Officers are able to retroactively change the results of a scenario based on a rules call by the GM that they disagree with?

I hear this suggested on the forums whenever somebody complains that they were killed due to a rules call that they disagree with.

Should it be stated in the guide.

As a VO we are co-ordinator's first. We are selected to represent Paizo as well as the players in our area.

Getting a questionable death overturned, is a great reason to have VO's.

I know some players that spend allot of money just flying to Con's in my area. I am speaking 5k+ to fly their families across the world to attend con's...

So if a player ever comes to me in my region and questions me about a death, I will always listen.

I have yet to over turn a GM death, but I may in the next week once I get feedback from the GM as well as another player to see if the death was valid.

Is it fair that a GM can kill a player, perhaps without recourse? Is it also fair that we may loose a player from PFS and perhaps Pathfinder because a GM may of got a bit loose with the rules killing a player.

Also talk with any co-ordinator of your event, when a weird death comes have someone take a few moments to check the rules

Peyote wrote:

I made a previous thread about a player abusing throwing shields to gain additional attacks.

I've explained to him that while they are society legal and the text is a bit confusing, the throwing shield does not actually grant additional free attacks. It simply allows you to throw is as a free action which can be used as part of a normal attack.

He has built characters around this this misconception.

He wants to have an official word from above in order to fully accept my ruling. He has accepted my ruling for now but he does not want this issue to be put at rest until word of god says otherwise. I have volunteered to consult the campaign organizers on his behalf.

Rule Zero, you are correct.

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

At 15 + CR the Tarrasque is cited as an example. I think this is because earlier editions there was some info that there was only one per world.

So when I use any knowledge checks I consider how truly rare a creature may be. I actually do allot of 5+cr knowledge checks.

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