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Goblin Squad Member. RPG Superstar 2013 Star Voter, 2014 Star Voter. FullStarFullStarFullStar Venture-Lieutenant, Canada—Montreal. 844 posts. 3 reviews. 2 lists. 1 wishlist. 6 Pathfinder Society characters.


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Andoran

This is a common magus question, and your interpretation is 100% corerect. If you use spell combat to cast a spell with a range of touch, you get to attack with your weapon in addition to any attacks you get when you use the full attack action.

Andoran

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A nice batch of new 1-5 scenarios announced. Excellent. I'm trying to focus on season 5 in my territory and having new player friendly season 5 scenarios really helps.

Andoran

Yes! The Sczarni metaplot has been my favourite this season. Happy to see another scenario my Sczarni character can play (just barely).

Andoran

Amazon notoriously lists items as soon as they are in their system, regardless of any orders not to do so. It's a pain for publishers, but there's no fighting Amazon.

Given that the next Adventure Path takes place in Numeria, both of these books fit the next year's theme. We just have to wait until Paizo announces them to find out more.

Andoran

Will be playing this online on Friday. Can't wait!

Andoran

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If you're into podcasts at all, we just talked about this a couple of weeks ago on Know Direction. I'm about to run my first AP soon, and having seen veteran GMs handle APs differently, I was looking for any advice I could get.

Audio version.

Video version

Andoran

Okay, I can put down all the flags that this thread's title raised, I think you've presented a reasonable point in a reasonable way.

This is an interesting observation. My groups don't tell to pursue many romances during a campaign, and when they do it tends to be inter-PC. We have seen an increase in romance in Kingmaker, though, which makes sense for the plot. We've seen two romances, both heterosexual between a female PC and a male NPC. One NPC was from the adventure, one the GM invented. I suspect Kingmaker may be above average in this regard as the campaign takes years in-game and so relationships are more likely. Come to think of it, the GM may have swapped preference on the NPC from the book for all I know.

What are your thoughts between a proactive representation of LGBTIQ persons and providing options for any romance in an adventure path?

Andoran

Oops. Those magic items shouldn't be there. Thanks for catching that, Cheapy and sorry about the confusion.

Andoran Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

That tops Godzilla and Guardians of the Galxy combined.

Also, autocorrect knew I was spelling Godzilla by the z? Cool.

Andoran

I'll be back again this year for what is quickly becoming my favorite con of the year.

Andoran

Thanks for everything up to now, Sean, and good luck with everything from here on out.

Andoran *** Venture-Lieutenant, Canada—Montreal aka Ryan. Costello

By the rules, you are 100% allowed.

Socially speaking, if handled maturely and in the name of inclusivity and roleplaying exploration, I would expect most players and GMs to happily welcome you at their table. If this is to play some kind of joke character at the expense of intersexed persons, I would expect a less welcome response.

Andoran Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Hey Mikko,
That was the live recording, where we couldn't include the audio you sent us. We'll be editing and transcribing those recordings this week and posting the blog and podcast (purely audio version) on or before Monday. That blog and podcast will include your recordings. Additionally, we will be releasing 10 minute podcasts of each contestant's interview. Your recording will be released with the rest of the audio.

Tripp, Mikko came up with the idea of sending a recording of his answers rather than just written answers to us. That's why we didn't mention it in our correspondence. If you have the capacity to record an MP3 of your answers, e-mail it to me, we'll include it with the other audio we release.

Actually, if I can convince all the superstars who didn't make the live recordings to send us audio of their answers, we can skip the arduous transcription and focus on getting the audio out sooner.

Andoran

PathfinderDad wrote:

I think we broke it.

** spoiler omitted **

You may need to consider how to handle that. Our GM had to take a break to figure out what would happen. And we still ended up effectively ignoring a large part of the module. Official ruling may be necessary.

Not official, but...

Spoiler:
Given how many reviews mention that the first encounter led to a TPK, I think this is a just reward for a well fought encounter.

I have personally witnessed that tactic once and read about it happening on two other occasions. It's not a tactic available to every party, and just happens to make a few parts of the scenario easier.

Andoran

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I've been chomping at the bit for this one since it was first listed in the catalog. Nice to see the Player Companion line starting 2014 strong!

Andoran *** Venture-Lieutenant, Canada—Montreal aka Ryan. Costello

Silbeg, when I played, our group tried to reason with them but failed the Diplomacy DC by one. No fight broke out, we just went on with the adventure from there. Does the scenario imply that a fight should break out if the party fails the Diplomacy check?

Andoran

The question is, who will be the first to review the New Paths Compendium?

Andoran *** Venture-Lieutenant, Canada—Montreal aka Ryan. Costello

Just ran this on the weekend. I love all of the “if X, then Y in the next part.” I think this is a valuable storytelling tool that we’ve been seeing more of this season. I balked at situations in other scenarios where it was necessary to declare that if the party fails to do X, like failing to catch a character during a chase, give them the unmodified results of succeeding at the chase anyway. Having the success or failure of certain tasks modify parts of the scenario instead of acting as gate keeper to the rest of the adventure gives so much more weight to the decisions that PCs must make, and I think this scenario should be seen as the blueprint for how similar situations should be written in the future.

Andoran

Man, minotaurs are all the rage these days.

Andoran *** Venture-Lieutenant, Canada—Montreal aka Ryan. Costello

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DM Harpwizard wrote:
Benjamin F. wrote:
What I have been doing if the players begin to have a problem is to have Uori (sp?) tell a story of long ago when his great great grandfather use to come to these caves and would at times see people of the land performing rituals here. At this point he describes one of the rituals that they uncovered, I do make sure to mock Aroden with him where ever I can.
Thanks, Benjamin! That sounds like a good way to handle it. What have other GMs experienced in their own sessions running the Confirmation? Have you found that players usually perform some of the rituals in B3 or are many missing these opportunites to gain benefits? It sounds like it will be a great role playing opportunity.

When I played it, we understood that there might be rituals involved but we moved on, expecting more information to present itself later. When I ran it, the players started the rituals right away, and one of them got the first half of one, but as none of the symbols I gave them could be completed in the area they were discovered, they kept trying until they got frustrated and moved on. Any advice of setting up the rituals so that the PCs have enough info to complete them without just handing the answers to them would be appreciated.

Andoran *** Venture-Lieutenant, Canada—Montreal aka Ryan. Costello

I'm going slow progression with my PC that played through Glories of the Past. I don't want him to retire before he can lead an expedition into a Sky Citadel.

To address your question of what level to expect the Jormundun scenario, if you've played a lot of Season 5, you may have noticed a pattern that indicates what level to expect for Jormurdun.

Spoiler:
Both 7-11 scenarios out so far have a boon on the chronicle sheet related to Jormurdun. I'm speculating that at least one Jormurdun scenario (just leaving the possibility open that there might be more than one) will be high enough tier that 1th characters who have these boons get to use them.

Just to be clear, I am basing this speculation on what I have seen from the published Season 5 material so far. I have no awesome inside source on this info.

Andoran *** Venture-Lieutenant, Canada—Montreal aka Ryan. Costello

I agree that the feeling of importance tied to PC factions has greatly decreased since the Season 5 change, and I was skeptical of the change when it was announced. Seeing how robust the recent scenarios have been and can be because of the focus on a unified second goal and turning what was 100s of words that mostly went unused at any given table and lead to unnecessary GM prep into content for everyone at once, I take back any tears I shed for the loss of faction missions. I think there are a few growing pains to work out when it comes to the faction-specific scenarios, but I'm sure that will continue to improve with time and feedback.

Andoran

If you're looking for a site to host it, let me know. I'm always looking for Pathfinder-related audio to add to the Know Direction banner.

Andoran

I love this thread.

Andoran *** Venture-Lieutenant, Canada—Montreal aka Ryan. Costello

Yeah, when they say they look at the titles, you can say "A few titles give you a hint that this library may contain terrible secrets, if you take the time to read it thoroughly."

Andoran *** Venture-Lieutenant, Canada—Montreal aka Ryan. Costello

Ran this last night and had my group miss the minotaur for lack of evidence points as well. They went East from B1 and never doubled back for B2 or B3, and no one bothered read or interact with the night hag. So they lost out of 700 gp (high subtier) and avoided a unique but complicated combat with a map subsystem. Some players saw that as a plus, some as a minus. No Grand Lodge PCs so no one felt cheated out of a boon by having to leave rooms unexplored in their flight.

That aside, they all liked the atmosphere of the adventure, puzzling out the mysteries, and interacting with Valais. Everyone is looking forward to finding out more of Thurl's plot.

Andoran

To anyone that is interested in some design insight, you can read my interview with Stan! about Gingerbread Kaiju here.

Andoran

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Sorry to everyone who was looking for the episode. It uploaded to the wrong youTube account. Here Know direction 74 with jason Bulmahn. Expect the audio version this week.

Also, did the skald really not get mentioned? Bizarre.

Andoran

Really excited to see how people react to the new and expanded savant. This ma only been the second time this class has seen print, but it's gone through multiple revisions and months of development. After applying all the feedback from reviews and clarifying some strangeness and vagueness, this is easily my favourite version of the savant yet.

Andoran

I foresee this getting a lot of attention in our Carrion Crown game. Looks like I'm waiting until May to run The Harrowing.

Andoran

Can't wait for this bad boy to come out. We have a lot of new players in the area and a lot of veterans looking to playtest the ACG classes. The only way the timing could be better is if it was out the 20th instead of the 27th.

Andoran *** Venture-Lieutenant, Canada—Montreal aka Ryan. Costello

Welcome, Alberta!

Andoran

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I was just talking with Crystal about the Archie TMNT Adventures. It had the colour and personalities of the cartoon but an ongoing continuity that built the secondary characters into more than just action figure advertisements (making them superior action figure advertisements that the one-and-done cartoon appearances). I ended up liking Man-Ray more than most of the turtles.

I only ever read one Mirage TMNT as a youth, and it was a Michaelangelo Christmas issue. He fought off some toughs trying to steal a Toys For Tots truck. No one got decapitated or hospitalized, and it was probably one of the tamest TMNT books Mirage released.

All of the TMNT comics from every publisher were online and legally available to read at one point, but I think they came down when the new Nickelodeon cartoon debuted. I regret not taking full advantage of the opportunity to read the entire Archie run.

Oh, and congrats on your first comic writing credit, Wes! Looking forward to Pathfinder Goblins #4.

Andoran *** Venture-Lieutenant, Canada—Montreal aka Ryan. Costello

Seems groups who have played this recently had more positive experiences than the groups who initially played it. Can I ask that people who played it add a review to the Elven Entanglement product page? It hasn't had a review since Oct 27th and it sounds like it's been played plenty since then.

Andoran

You might now realize how much your asking, DeathBecomesus. It might seem like all they have to do is slap a recorder on the table and boom, actual play podcast. But once a mic is present, everything becomes archived. Everyone has to watch what they're saying to not slip a spoiler about something in development, make a comment that can be misconstrued, or say anything that reflects poorly on the company. What if Johnny Developer pwns an encounter with his exterminator and the GM half-hazardously says "exterminator are broken, who made that class?" Suddenly all the exterminator haters on the boards have audio proof that even a Paizo staffer hates that (fictional) class.

Then you have the person hours. If this is an official Paizo product, either a staff member will have to volunteer their time to the editing and uploading of the podcasts or that time will take away from the time they could be doing their job.

Finally, if they're running the APs straight from the book, they're spoiling content for a product they're trying to sell. If they're modifying the AP, they're setting up expectations for something not in the product.

I can see the value of your idea to a customer, but not to Paizo as a company. An alternate idea might be for an actual play one-shot recorded at a con with a pay wall for the recording that goes towards a charity.

Andoran

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I'd like to see mortals through the eyes of a native outsider. An aasimar, or tiefling, or both.

Andoran *** Venture-Lieutenant, Canada—Montreal aka Ryan. Costello

We are days away from Montreal's ChimeraCon (completely distinct from ChimeraCon in San Antonio, Texas)! November 2nd and 3rd, you can look forward to:

Saturday Morning (11 am - 4 pm)
We Be Goblins and We Be Goblins, Too (complete with Pathfinder Battles We Be Goblins builder series miniatures)
3-01 The Frostfur Captives
4-02 In Wrath's Shadow (en Francais)
4-19 Night March of Kalkamedes
5–01: The Glass River Rescue

Saturday Night (5 pm - 10 pm)
Five tables of Siege of the Diamond City

Sunday (11 am - 4 pm)
3-01: The Frostfur Captives (en Francais)
5–02: The Wardstone Patrol
5-05 The Elven Entanglement (run by the author)

If you're in Montreal November 2nd and 3rd, drop by Chimera Café and Games (5768 Sherbrooke West) for some awesome PFS action!

Andoran *** Venture-Lieutenant, Canada—Montreal aka Ryan. Costello

Jacob is correct.

Andoran *** Venture-Lieutenant, Canada—Montreal aka Ryan. Costello

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Adam Mogyorodi wrote:
Note: If the centipede actually trampled on the surprise round, everyone needs to reread the trample rules. It's explicitly a full-round action to perform.

Also, why would the centipede get a surprise round? Two of the scenario's reviews mention that the first encounter is broken because the party is half dead after the surprise round. If you are planning on GMing this scenario, the centipede does not get the drop on the PCs. It is the size of a bullet train standing upright, and should be as surprised by the spontaneous appearance of a PC buffet as the PCs are landing in the path of a hundred-legged juggernaut.

Andoran

Just played in a Pathfinder Society Season 0 game with a sea cat encounter. Are there any more 3.5 Monster Manual monsters that need to be updated?

Andoran *** Venture-Lieutenant, Canada—Montreal aka Ryan. Costello

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Ha! Titan skelepede chauffeur and bodyguard? Titan centipede gets conscripted and shipped to the Abyss? I don't know which I love more!

Andoran *** Venture-Lieutenant, Canada—Montreal aka Ryan. Costello

Thanks Adam, that illustrated that a lot of what the scenario is intended to do comes through. I sympathize about the moving parts in the final encounter, but I think that is more a matter of personal preference. I will agree that the scenario calls for a lot of Fortitude saves. I'm not sure what a work around for that might be, other than maybe alternating between different effects that call for a mix of Fortitude, Reflex, and Will saves.

Great report!

Andoran

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I don't think trying again will actually help...

Andoran

232 new traits? Wow. Who knew there was even design space for that many new traits, let alone page space.

My favourite option from the last year of Player's Companions is hand's down the mad dog barbarian archetype. It gives a bunch of new class features beyond the obvious (feriocious fetch has come in handy much more than I assumed it would), without taking away too many iconic abilities of the class.

Andoran *** Venture-Lieutenant, Canada—Montreal aka Ryan. Costello

Spoiler:
When I first conceived the WISC (ause I'm a cool kid) encounter, I had it a three-way combat, with the WISC and babaus against one another but also against the PCs. I had visions of PCs bull rushing babaus into the WISC's reach, playing out like the battle over the sarlacc. I dropped this during development because Hold Mount Armiya was already a three-way combat. During editing, John added text to make it less like strange bedfellows and more like "the enemy of my enemy is my friend".

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A replayable scenario that is designed to be different with every replay? Kyle, are you wearing your fedora and carrying a bullwhip? Because you just discovered the holy grail!

Andoran

Thanks lastblacknight. And thanks to everyone who has reviewed the scenario so far. Sorry for those who fell victim to an early encounter, although from one of the write-ups, I can see an error or two the GM made that increased the lethality of the encounter exponentially. I’ve posted some advice for GMs thinking of running this scenario in the thread in the Pathfinder Society GM Discussion forum.

Andoran *** Venture-Lieutenant, Canada—Montreal aka Ryan. Costello

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The persistent comment in the scenario’s reviews so far has been the difficulty of the first encounter. I’ll admit, my PC died in this encounter in the first playtest of the scenario, so I understand that the encounter can turn deadly quickly. However, in that same playtest, the centipede was dead at the end of the second round. However, some of the reviews I’ve read have indicated that the encounter was not run as written. In an effort to calm the nerves of GMs who do not want the scenario to end early, here is my advice:

From the scenario.
Without any modifications or stretches of the imagination, the following advice is straight out of the scenario and entirely RAW:
1. The centipede should not get a surprise round. It is as shocked to find a party of adventurers between it and its original target, the elves on Mount Armija, as the party is to teleport in between someone else’s combat.
2. The centipede’s tactics state that it bites a creature the round after it tramples, and any round it can’t trample three or more creatures. It should never trample two rounds in a row. This is a sub-optimal combat choice (4d6+ to a single creature rather than 6d6+ to multiple creatures), true, but in line with the motivations of the creature and its intelligence.
3. The centipede’s movement is hampered by difficult terrain, like the forest and the lake. This is unlikely to prevent it from trampling the first round, but it does mean PCs who beat its Initiative (with a +1 at low subtier and +3 at high subtier, not hard) can get out of its trample range.

Between the lines:
The following advice is not as obvious but well within a GM’s rights to encourage from players:
1. Identifying the centipede is a Knowledge (nature) check (CR 19 in the low tier, CR 22 in the high tier) and can reveal that this creature tramples its foes when it can, plowing them over like a herd of elephants.
2. The PCs have a reasonably wide area in which they arrive, and should be encouraged to place their own miniatures.

A helping hand:
This encounter is meant to introduce the scale and lethality of Tanglebriar. However, no one wants a scenario to end with the first combat. Here are a few tricks you can employ as the GM to help a party out:
1. If, before the scenario starts, any players are debating about which legal character they should play, base your advice on this encounter more than the rest of the scenario. A character equipped for this encounter is equipped for the last encounter as well.
2. If the PCs pass on General Tenasi’s offer to buy supplies, have her scoff at the presumptive Pathfinders, assuring them that “I didn’t realize I was feeding naïve adventurers to Tanglebriar. Entering an area so corrupt without first properly equipping yourself is tantamount to suicide.” If the PCs ask for suggestions, a belt of mighty constitution would both better protect them from the poisons and diseases rampant in Tanglebriar, as well as keep them alive that much longer, possibly just long enough to make a difference. Oh, and a few scrolls of breath of life couldn’t hurt.
3. The centipede does not need to take its full movement when trampling, but can. If that means ending its move so a caster is outside the centipede’s reach but a warrior can make a full attack the next round, oh well.
4. If a player is lost for options, anyone can make Diplomacy skill checks, although success is outside of the abilities of creatures without at least a +4 bonus. If all else fails, point out how trample-able the PCs are in their current configuration.

Andoran *** Venture-Lieutenant, Canada—Montreal aka Ryan. Costello

BTW James, A, B, or C?

Andoran *** Venture-Lieutenant, Canada—Montreal aka Ryan. Costello

I would say a druid can woodland stride through Tanglebriar, absolutely. I don't see it breaking the scenario, nor an option that will make every player want to get a druid to 7th so they can play this scenario. That player found a clever workaround. I think he deserves the benefits of his cleverness.

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