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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.
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.
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.
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:
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
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.
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
Talon Stormwarden wrote:
I am not sure how far east you are, but there is a decent bus system in Indy
http://www.indygo.net 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.
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.
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.
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.
I am sure others will have some good advice.
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?
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!
Pirate Rob wrote:
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
Rule Zero, you are correct.