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Contributor. Pathfinder Adventure Path, Card Game Subscriber. FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 305 posts (882 including aliases). 2 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 11 Pathfinder Society characters. 2 aliases.


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Hawkmoon269 wrote:
If you could be any ally in PACG, which ally would you be?

The RotRL ally Aldern Foxglove, because I just can't see anything bad ever happening to that guy (although I haven't played past Deck 1).

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I put my first skill feat into Wisdom, primarily to more reliably recharge my spells. I put the second into Strength, because I found myself in melee a lot.

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Hmmm, sounds like a good design challenge, though. I'll give this some thought, and see what I can come up with.

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Scott Keim wrote:
Scott Keim wrote:
This one actually happened to me: glanced at my cell phone and somehow my brain saw "You have 2 undead messages" instead of unread. Yeah, my creates typos.
And now I've lost my mind - I swear I typed my BRAIN creates typos.

The low-hanging joke here, of course, is that the undead took your brain...

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Myth Lord wrote:
That awesome Aurumvorax ripping through that robot should be my background from now on. Love that picture.

I loved seeing the art for The Choking Tower throughout, as it's a thrill to see my words come alive in art, but I particularly liked that aurumvorax image!

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Mike Selinker wrote:
We are discussing this.

Quick, everybody fill your decks with blessings from the blessing deck discard pile before they tell us not to!

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Thanks to everyone for the thoughts and feedback here--I've uploaded a new version of Shield of Rannick to WelbyBumpus.com (you'll know it's the newest version because it has v2 in the file name).

In the new version, I've cleaned up some text, improved some of the story, and clarified the Sihedron Medallion rules in each scenario. This took a bit of doing, since what you do with the blessing deck is different based on what you're doing with the Sihedron Medallion.

* Banish or Display: you reveal the medallion, banish or display it, do the thing it makes you do, then advance the blessing deck.

* Shuffle: you reveal the medallion, do the thing it makes you do, then advance the blessings deck, then shuffle the medallion back in.

This is now set forth in each scenario, so should be clear--let me know if it's not!

For those interested in the gory details, here's one of the cases we went through in hammering this out:

Let's say you're playing 5A: Unearthing the Battlefield. You've done not so great, and your blessing deck has two medallions and two blessings in it. For your turn, you flip the medallion. You have to look at the "When the Sihedron Appears" section immediately and do what it says, so you make the check, then advance the blessings deck (say you flip a blessing), then shuffle the medallion back in. Now you've got one blessing and two medallions in your blessings deck.

At the beginning of the next turn, you flip a medallion so you again do the steps in "When the Sihedron Appears"--make the check, then advance the blessings deck--but you flip another medallion when you do. Since you've revealed a medallion, you immediately perform the "When the Sihedron Appears" step: make the check, then advance the blessings deck (flipping over the final blessing). Then "shuffle" both medallions back into the empty blessings deck. Your blessings deck now consists of two medallions, and that's it.

At the start of the next turn, you'll flip a medallion, make the check, then flip the other medallion and make the check, then try to advance the blessings deck again but fail to do so, immediately losing the scenario.

It's pretty rough when you get down that low but--and here was the important point for me--you're out of the infinite loop.

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ThreeEyedSloth wrote:
Still have my money on Jade Regent.

I want this to be Iron Gods, out of sheer vanity--I'd like to see my third chapter of that, The Choking Tower, made into an official card adventure!

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Nohwear wrote:
I am thinking of joining the organized play. Which is the best character if I wanted to focus on allies?

Heggal, without a doubt. He really relies on allies, and has the ability to get several. Heggal is my favorite of the 4 or 5 OP characters I play. (As a useful aside, I also think he's the most powerful of the characters I play.)

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Here's an unrelated question (although it's about 0-3D Going Under, so this seems the right place to put it):

The villain makes you summon and encounter the Blackwater Charda henchman. The Blackwater Charda henchman is one of the henchmen shuffled into a location during setup, so might not be available.

The best we can tell, the aboleth's power is ignored as impossible if the Blackwater Charda hasn't been defeated and sent to the box; otherwise, it forces you to summon the Blackwater Charda as normal.

(This initially seemed an error to us, but upon reflection makes some balancing sense: if you encounter the aboleth early, it's combat difficulty is so high that it's something of a kindness that it's not able to throw the charda at you, too; by the time it can throw the charda at you, its combat difficulty will be more manageable.)

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What do you do when you've gone through the entire Rise of the Runelords path for the PACG? Rearrange the cards and do it again!

The Shield of Rannick adventure path is an entirely new 30-scenario adventure path with an independent story. It uses only the cards from the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords Base Set and the six adventure decks--no need to print your own cards (but you will need all six adventure decks to play it).

You can download it from WelbyBumpus.com for free.

Get it, play it, and let me know what you think (and how I can improve it!).

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Hey, I've been looking into this in the past week or so.

I'm an RPG publisher. I'm quite familiar with the Pathfinder Compatibility License, as I use it for all my Run Amok Games products. Here is the obligatory plug for my highly-rated Pathfinder RPG games.

I had the good fortune to be accepted in the recent issue of Wayfinder, and that got me thinking a bit about the Community Use Policy, and how it differs from the Pathfinder Compatibility License. I'm quite amazed at just how much stuff--including oodles of art and even a few maps--that the CUP lets you use that the PCL does not. The key restriction within the CUP requirements is that you must not make any money from your product--essentially, you have to offer the product for free.

I'm down with that. I've freely shared some PACG scenarios before, and even (I claim) the very first fan-made scenario.

Specifically, I'm interested in rearranging all the cards from Rise of the Runelords to make a parallel adventure path, just the way OP is a "parallel adventure path" to S&S. You can see the similarities--there has to be, as the same cards are used--but it's a different story (in S&S OP, it's being captured by Jemma Redclaw and earning your freedom, rather than being press-ganged and having to overwhelm your captors).

I've gotten as far as laying out a structure for this RotR AP: the scope of each adventure, the villains and henchmen that I would use in each scenario, and so on.

My plan is to produce a .pdf. It'd be like the compilation of the OP scenarios, but all in one file. It would have one (or maybe two) scenarios per page. I'd be able to illustrate it fairly lavishly, because I'd be offering it for free under the CUP instead of under the PCL.

I still haven't yet done all my research for this; I've got several posts from the Homebrew forum still to review about releasing your own scenarios, and I still need to get a handle on just how much of a look I can use without violating the trade dress limitations of the CUP, for example. I also have a nagging suspicion that people over on the Board Game Geek forums are doing whole adventures and adventure paths left and right, but I'm rarely over there so I don't know. Plus I'm designing the whole thing.

But it'll be fun!

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But punching everything and setting it on fire is our core competency! :-)

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Mad Jack Deacon wrote:
I just have this image in my head of a bunch of local yokels easing out of the shadows to threaten my character who just reaches into a pouch, tosses out a handful of Caltrops, and runs off saying "So long suckers!"

You get ambushed by yokels? We keep getting ambushed by reefclaws, ogres, or other creatures that we have a hard time justifying why we might have blundered unwittingly into them. Unless they have levels of rogue, I suppose!

Worst is to get Ambushed by the Warlord--2 points less on each die rolled!

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Mike Mistele wrote:
Congratulations, Ron, on the publication of this one! It's the big time! :D

I agree! I'm very honored, and looking forward to seeing what people think!

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I wanted to reiterate that this is a great opportunity to show Paizo what you've got. Be professional and serious about it, and you can go far. I submitted to a PFS open call in early 2011...and my first AP adventure is coming out this month.

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I was lucky enough to be one of the playtesters of this game back in 2012. I made up my own scenario and shared it on the playtest forums on December 27, 2012 (and Mike liked it!). To my knowledge, this is the very first fan-made scenario for the game. I had to wait a bit to post it publicly, since it uses cards from Set 6, which wasn't out until recently. So here it is--the first fan-made PACG scenario ever!

Otherworldly Incursion
(appropriate for characters in the Chapter 3 - Chapter 4 range)

Lovecraftian horrors press in upon reality! Only by careful research and slowly collecting staunch allies and supernatural favor can the PCs hope to shut down the Leng Device and stop The Thing From Beyond Time before all hope is lost!

Players Locations
1 The Leng Device
1 Apothecary
1 Temple
2 Habe's Sanatorium
3 Village House
4 Waterfront
5 City Gate
6 Town Square

Villain: The Thing From Beyond Time
Henchmen: Leng Spiders

Rules:
Replace the rule text on The Leng Device with "You may not permanently close this location until all other locations have been permanently closed."

Every time you gain a blessing, put a marker on this card. Add the number of markers on this card to your checks to defeat Leng Spiders or The Thing From Beyond Time.

You may discard an ally to add 1d4 to any check against a Leng Spider or The Thing From Beyond Time, instead of that ally's usual effect.

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Dragon78 wrote:
Aberrations make sense to me. Though I would also like to see magical beast, fey, other evil outsiders(oni, azura, qlippoths), plant creatures, and proteans.

It's worth pointing out, for the purposes of this product thread, that many oni have the giant subtype.

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Mike Mistele wrote:
All kidding aside, Ron is a fabulous writer, and a great guy. Congrats to him, and very much looking forward to seeing this AP!

And this.

Thanks much for the votes of confidence!

I'm ridiculously excited to be crashing onto the adventure path scene with this, and in such august company!

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Adam Daigle wrote:


So, sound off, freelancers! Who's with me!?

I'm coming for my first PaizoCon ever!

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James Martin wrote:
Lithovore wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:

I guess that the first thing they do is to dump any unsolicited material in the trash bin, likely without reading it. Sounds harsh, but the very last thing a publishing company wants is to have someone sue them over a manuscript/idea which was sent to them over 10 years ago and now by chance or by parallel design made its way into print.

I also have a devious plan in play. If for instance I got the ear (or eye as it were) of one of the staff, they might just ask about the alluded to idea and thus any info I divulged would, per definition, become solicited. "best evil laugh"

Enter RPG Superstar. Write for third party publishers. Write for Wayfinder.

If you want to be noticed or solicited, show you're worth being noticed or solicited.

To echo Liz--hey, it worked for me! :D

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I ran Rise of the Runelords with gestalt characters, and I'm deep into Shattered Star with gestalt characters as well.

I let my PCs play gestalt characters for two reasons: Primarily, it's to ensure that they have stamina to go longer in each adventuring day without a rest. I like that they can power through most dungeons with very few (or even zero) rests, without having to continually retreat in order to recover daily uses of rages/spells/channels, etc. Secondarily, it lets people play with combinations that wouldn't multi-class well, so we see fresh new things at the table. Sure, there are some power-munchkins that will play a fighter/monk for all the great feats, but I've currently got a witch/ranger (does witchy things but is a good hand in melee when necessary), a fighter/alchemist (a sword-and-board fighter with mutagens and more flexibility), and an oracle/bard that serves as a stellar party-buffer and knowledge guy.

My reasons don't include to fill gaps in the party (in both campaigns, I've had six players) or to jack up the power level (it's easy to just keep the PCs one or even two levels behind the suggested adventure level and it keeps the challenge appropriate for them).

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Thanks much for highlighting my newest adventure! I'll keep the great adventures coming!

Ron Lundeen
Run Amok Games

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Reposting cartmanbeck's scenario in order to add my analysis:

The Devil Hunt
The Devil Hunt scenario is intended for characters who have finished the first chapter of the Rise of the Runelords campaign, Burnt Offerings. The Sandpoint Devil is an extremely difficult villain to defeat, but the players will get the chance to reduce his power if they hunt down the henchmen in the other locations first.

The citizens of Sandpoint have been disappearing at an alarming rate, and the mayor thinks that the Sandpoint Devil is behind the disappearances. She has asked you to hunt down the devil and destroy it if at all possible. Several townsfolk have offered to help, and some of them even have valuable clues as to the best places to ambush the devil. Take out the Sandpoint Devil before it kills again!

Setup: Remove Ilosari Gandethus from the Allies deck. If that card is in one of the players’ decks, simply ignore the sentence about rolling to randomly summon the Sandpoint Devil.

Players Location
1 Junk Beach
1 Wooden Bridge
1 Glassworks
2 Waterfront
3 Goblin Fortress
4 The Old Light
5 Warrens
6 Town Square

Villain: The Sandpoint Devil
Henchmen: Ancient Skeletons

During the Scenario:
When any player defeats one of the Henchmen, place that Ancient Skeleton card in a pile next to the scenario card. For each card in this pile, the difficulty of checks to defeat the Sandpoint Devil is reduced by 1.

When you encounter an Ally card, instead of attempting to acquire it, you may attempt a Charisma/Diplomacy 8 check. If you succeed, place that Ally card in the pile of Henchmen next to the scenario card, and add a random blessing from the box to the top of the Blessings deck.

When you encounter the Sandpoint Devil, if either of your combat checks to defeat it do not have the Magic trait, the Sandpoint Devil is undefeated.

Ignore the first power listed on the Sandpoint Devil card (instead treat it as any other villain).

Award: Each character chooses a type of boon. That character gains one random card of that type from the box. In addition, each character may choose to banish any one card from their deck when rebuilding it at the end of this scenario.

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The Pillbug's Revenge scenario is intended for characters who have completed The Poisoned Pill (and may have completed all of the Perils of the Lost Coast and even some or all of Burnt Offerings). Plentiful poison damage makes this scenario challenging.

Freshly escaped from prison, the notorious poison-merchant Aliver "Pillbug" Podiker has vowed revenge upon Sandpoint! Pillbug Podiker has equipped a cadre of ne'er-do-wells with powerful poisons. Furthermore, he has tainted potions all over town with his vile toxins. Someone must bring Pillbug Podiker to justice--again!

Players: Location
1: Farmhouse
1: General Store
1: Waterfront
2: Junk Beach
3: Apothecary
4: City Gate
5: Prison
6: Guard Tower

Villain: Pillbug Podiker

Henchmen: Bandits

During This Scenario: If you encounter a boon with the Alchemical and Liquid traits, you take 1 point of poison damage. (You then encounter the boon normally.)

All damage dealt by Bandit henchmen is poison damage that may not be reduced.

Reward: Each character gains a random ally from the box.

Comments are welcome! Also, my previous fan scenario is here.

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The Cult of the Moon Sisters scenario is intended for characters who have completed Perils of the Lost Coast, and perhaps even Burnt Offerings. The presence of two villains—each of whom becomes very powerful when the moon is right—makes this scenario challenging. It only requires cards from Sets B and C (but it doesn’t matter if Set 1 cards are already included, too).

Two powerful werewolves—twin sisters steeped in astronomical lore—have arrived in the Sandpoint region in advance of certain eldritch cosmological conjunctions. These two demagogues are attended by a coterie of cultists and monsters, whose powers fluctuate as the moon waxes and wanes. These two sisters and their vile cult must be stopped!

Setup: Remove the two Werewolf cards and all the Cultist cards from the monsters and set them aside; the two Werewolves are the villains of this scenario and the Cultists are the henchmen (and can be used to close locations, just like any henchmen). If you need more henchmen than this, use any card you can remember is intended to represent a Cultist (like unused Loot cards).

Players: Location
1: Town Square
1: Warrens
1: Woods
2: Wooden Bridge
3: Treacherous Cave
4: Garrison
5: Farmhouse
6: Shrine to Lamashtu

Villain: Werewolves (2)

Henchmen: Cultists

During This Scenario:You must defeat both villains to defeat this scenario. When you corner and defeat the first werewolf, set it aside. You win when you corner and defeat the second werewolf.

If the top card of the Blessings discard pile is a Blessing of the Gods, the difficulty to defeat any bane is increased by 2.

Reward: Each character chooses a random blessing from the box.

Comments?

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Andrew Torgerud wrote:
Author should have just left it off and said "Plot Device - no one sees this coming"

But then people would have been saying, "We should've gotten a check for this--even at a high DC, you should've given us a check!" And I agree with that sentiment, so there is a check that's possible, but intentionally quite difficult. (As Torch has been masquerading his intentions from the Decemvirate for years, it's reasonable that he's very, very good at bluffing.)

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Man, they let that guy write another scenario? Sheesh!

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The polarpillar caterbear looks even more frightening when next to the svathurim picture, because it looks like the svathurim is trying to get away from it!

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Because "tiers" of classes aren't a formal part of the game, and actual "tiering" is highly subjective for many classes. Because the classes are intended to be balanced against each other for typical adventuring (whether you agree or not), we're not likely to get a formal adjustment of the APL based on tiers.

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Very sad to hear. My wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery, as well.

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These Lamplighter meta-faction requirements dovetail quite well with some of the "Hurt Me Plenty" PFS meta-rules from about a year ago over here. Off to build a character meeting both sets!

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Arkos wrote:
Our general comment during part 1 was "Pay up, and remember that the Aspis are a bunch of jerks who show up and take your stuff. You probably shouldn't do business with us ever again. If I had the Aspis knocking down my door, I might even lead a revolt!"

I really played this up with one group: all the NPCs kept seeing the PCs' actions in the best possible light and promising to spread the good name of the Aspis Consortium all over the city. E.g., the rescued husband at the Fishbowl: "You guys are the Aspis Consortium? Huh, never heard of them before, but you guys saved me and my daughters from certain death, so I'll tell everyone I know how great the Aspis Consortium is. Thanks, Aspis Consortium, you're real heroes!!" Delightfully frustrating for them.

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Kyle Baird wrote:
PFS specifically isn't for everyone. If you want to jump to the "end" of a Pathfiner's career without going through all the trials and tribulations, go play something else.

Some might consider this sentiment to be elitist and exclusionary. It sounds a little bit like that to me, and I generally agree with you.

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Bruunwald wrote:
NEWS FLASH TO GAMERS: What we do IS BORING.

When my 11-year-old brother asked to join our D&D game, I let him, with the following disclosure:

"D&D is a totally awesome game about doing math and waiting your turn."

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Brain in a Jar wrote:
So what exactly is the loophole because i'm not seeing it?

Use the fortune hex. It lasts until round 2. In round 2, cackle twice, extending the fortune hex until round 4. In round 3, cackle twice, extending the fortune hex until round 6....

...in round 1000, cackle twice, extending the fortune hex until the end of round 2000.

Then, stop cackling and go adventuring. Your companion has 1000 more rounds of fortune, and you don't have to do anything further to maintain it.

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Mergy wrote:
Although the PCs had better kill it with those attacks, or the victim gets a first-class ticket to Hell.

Unless some really knowledgeable PC shouts, like a tent-revival preacher, "This poor prostrate SINNAH! A protection from evuhl will SAY-VUH his immortal SOUL-AH!"

You don't hear tent-revival preacher voices in your heads? Hmm. Maybe it's just me.

Have fun!

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Jim Groves wrote:
Damn you Thirsty, you're always just one step ahead!! I need to set a trap for you!

No, no, no! Not a trap, a haunt. That's what all of us writers are using these days! :)

More seriously, I'm familiarizing myself with the ebon acolytus. It wasn't the creature in my turnover, but I think I like it: you've got three rounds (the initial grab, the prostration check, and then the sacrifice round) to either beat the thing to death or escape the grapple (or make a sufficient Knowledge check about the sacrifice to at least make your companion more recoverable). That seems to put the combat on a tense timer, which is good for combat encounters from time to time.

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Thursty wrote:
Jim... are you suggesting that Mark's stress gets to act twice in a round? ;)

Yes, so it acts *less* often than it does now!

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I'm interested to watch how the suicide compulsion haunt in this scenario contributes to the general discussion about haunts and how to improve them.

As the author, I want to clarify a few points raised in this thread:

* As Mark mentioned, I pulled this haunt from the second AP volume, as it seemed particularly appopriate for this adventure. I've never heard of the third-party haunt resource mentioned upthread, but I'll check it out.

* The haunt compels only a single suicide attempt; it doesn't ever require more than one attempt (and that one attempt can be foiled by another PC, who is attacked in response).

* The halfling wasn't killed by the haunt specifically. It was his suicide, combined with Sifkesh's pervasive influence, that created the haunt.

* If you are concerned about player sensitivity regarding a suicide compulsion haunt (or any other component of any other scenario), I encourage you to tailor it as appropriate for your table. If I were to run this for a friend of mine, whose father committed suicide a few years ago, I would drop the haunt but be sure to include the optional dretch encounter. That's more about being a sensitive person than being a perfect GM.

Thanks,

Ron Lundeen

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The most common error I hear about in this adventure, that I regret not making pointing out more explicitly, seems to have happened at Justin's table:

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Justin Riddler wrote:
When Dakang did his first mass inflict light there wasn't a made save at the table, and the damage was high enough to knock-out 3/6ths of the party.

Mass inflict light wounds is at a caster level of 3rd. This means Dakang can only choose 3 targets for it. One of these targets can be himself, because the effect heals him. So this ability doesn't affect everyone in the room, but at most three PCs (and sometimes only two).

I think this was plenty clear from the spell description, but it's not common to see higher-level spells at ultra-low caster level, so I probably should have clarified this.

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I can give you my input as the author here. I didn't ever intend to "punish" RPers by having them penalized in the adventure. The scenario doesn't penalize you for being selfish...

Spoiler:
...it penalizes you for not wising up that something is very, very wrong in the temple. Engaging yourself in the lives of the people in the temple makes you dupes like they are, which makes it harder to fight Dakang directly. The more you live their lives, the harder it is for you to fight back--which is intentional.

I belive challenging fights and RP can both exist in the same adventure. Moreover, I think they should. (Whether the fights here ended up as "too challenging" is another issue that I've seen debated.)


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Sebastian wrote:
Morgen wrote:
That's the kind of thing you do for a closed beta, not a public play test. Hasbro has too many lawyers.
Impossible. You can never have too many lawyers.

Counselor, I concur!

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Demoyn wrote:
In the beginning I loved Paizo for their commitment and loyalty. I would have followed them anywhere. Somewhere along the line they lost that loyalty and fired two of the best three employees they've ever had. That just doesn't sit well with me, so I don't allow myself to support them much.

For the record, I don't believe Josh or Hyrum were fired. I believe they quit.

I don't think I can make you love Paizo for pointing this out, but maybe you'll hate them less?

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Alexander_Damocles wrote:
Now, I have heard of players getting folks to buy them a spare longbow or a few vials of alchemist fire, only to be handed back at the end of the adventure. Isn't always a bad idea to carry around something handy to share.

True. I've ended up buying an item that makes another irrelevant; if I don't need the old item, I'll offer it for another PC's use for the session. Actual example, I decided on a cloak of elvenkind, but I'd previously bought a cloak of resistance +1; as I haven't yet needed the 500 gp from selling the cloak +1, I offer its use to anyone at the table that doesn't have a cloak yet.


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Funny story about the instant fortress.

I have a friend of mine who loves the "meta-meta-game." That is, messing with the GM's head.

In an earlier organized play campaign, he would ask the GM before the session started whether the GM was familiar with Daern's Instant Fortress. My friend would open up the DMG and show the GM the description.

In combat, my friend would take an action to throw a metal cube in the midst of his enemies. The enemies would then, almost invariably, flee from the metal cube, expecting it to sprout into a Daern's Instant Fortress and crush them in the next round, when my friend's PC spoke the command word. But with the enemies out of the area, my friend would look frustrated and not speak any command word at all. After the battle he'd sigh and pick up his metal cube again.

The trick: it wasn't a Daern's Instant Fortress. It was just an ordinary metal cube. But GMs would fall for it over and over, imputing his "knowledge" to the enemies.


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Get all the townspeople in a circle. Some people are werewolves, but no one in the village knows who they are. Some people are werewolf hunters, but they want to keep their identities hidden so the werewolves don't know to kill them off right away.

Take turns, with everyone keeping their heads down except the werewolves, who identify which townsperson they are going to kill...

...no, wait, that's a party game. Sorry, I got totally sidetracked...

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