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Goblin Squad Member. RPG Superstar 6 Season Star Voter, 7 Season Star Voter. FullStarFullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 905 posts. 3 reviews. 2 lists. 1 wishlist. 10 Pathfinder Society characters.


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Treat every day of nursing school as an adventure, and remember that you have all the right cards.

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This was an important post to make.

Thank you, Liz.

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Anguish wrote:
Ryan. Costello wrote:
Anguish wrote:

Audio... check.

Video... check.
Transcript...

Thank you for your efforts but this isn't for me.

We'd love to offer transcripts, but that is a beast unto itself. We're limited by our time and budget as volunteers. If you could recommend trustworthy freeware that transcribes audio or video, we'd certainly look into that.

Absolutely, positively not trying to rain on your parade. But that underlines why I personally don't consume podcasts or vidcasts. The time burden is placed on the consumer. I can read a lot faster than you can speak. Pretty much the reason why podcast/vidcast producers don't spend the effort to make transcripts is the reason why I don't consume them. So hey, I'm very, very glad you've got an audience. I'm only posting this to explain why I made the request.

So, to be clear, thank you for what you do.

No offense taken. I sincerely would like to include transcripts with the podcasts, but the only way we could do that is with a program that does the work for us (or a very dedicated volunteer).

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Anguish wrote:

Audio... check.

Video... check.
Transcript...

Thank you for your efforts but this isn't for me.

We'd love to offer transcripts, but that is a beast unto itself. We're limited by our time and budget as volunteers. If you could recommend trustworthy freeware that transcribes audio or video, we'd certainly look into that.

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We had Creative Director James L Sutter on the Know Direction podcast last night to dive into Starfinder, from the journey behind the scenes making the nascent decisions for the setting, to what we know about the game, to the logistics of creating a Starfinder CRB/Campaign setting book that also includes space fantasy tropes, and finally to what has changed and what's on the horizon now that the news is out.

LINKS:
Audio
Video

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Nice, I got into this game! Really looking forward to experiencing you as a GM, Stephen.

One point of order, there are conflicting times listed in the event details:
Saturday morning, 8:00 am–1:00 pm
Sat, May 28, 2016, 12:00 pm – 05:00 pm

I'm assuming the 8:00am one is correct, since that's the one booked in my schedule, but I just wanted to be sure.

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Once again, we're trying to record as many of the seminars as we can. Not counting workshops, there are as many as three seminars running at the same time this year.

We have several recorders (at least three), but if anyone is willing to share a digital recorder for the weekend, we would appreciate it. We will only use these recorders at seminars attended by members of the Know Direction podcast network.

We're also always looking for volunteers attending seminars who are willing to take responsibility for the recorders.

Thanks!

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Yes please!

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Dan Simons wrote:
Zach Davis wrote:
Thanks Bob. I actually already did that, and was just coming back to let anyone else who wanted to know that it sounds like it will be at 8:30 PST.

Given that Ryan is in Montreal and Perram in Kentucky, I'm pretty sure the start time will be 8:30pm EST, 5:30pm PST. The replay usually gets posted to YouTube pretty quickly, too, before the audio gets edited and posted as the podcast. If you can't watch it live, there are ways to watch or listen later!

The Know Direction YouTube Channel to watch it over and over...

Dan is correct. We go live as of 8:30 pm Eastern, 5:30 pm Pacific. We will start with the interview, which traditionally runs for an hour (although the PFS episodes have a tradition of their own, running 1.5 hours) and taking questions throughout.

We've created an event page as a reminder.

John Compton wrote:
Sounds like a good thing to ask about during the interview!

Anyone who can't make the live interview, feel free to post your PFS questions here or on our forums.

And thanks again to Tonya and John for this opportunity.

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Thanks for the shout out, guys. The recordings wouldn't be possible this year without the help of Rich Flynn, Sarah Bull, Darran Caldemeyer, Alex Augunas, and my co-volunteer of the year, Jefferson Jay "Perram" Thacker.

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I did. Unfortunately, I marked it as an event I wanted in the lottery before I booked my flight. I leave Monday at 12:56. I'm afraid I'm going to have to trade my ticket. :/

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Welcome, Charles-Éric! If you haven't started one yet, we have a Facebook group with 82 Montreal PFS members already. Join it an I can make you admin.

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Never trust a goblin with an abacus.

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Hawkmoon269 wrote:
If you look at the Elven Entanglement scenario card in the big post, it mentions animals. And it seems you are fighting plants.

Hawk: if you are curious, I believe the source material for that scenario is this:

Pathfinder Society Scenario #5–05: The Elven Entanglement
Though I've yet to play it, it's got a reputation for being a deadly RPG scenario.

There is a specific "plant" in that scenario that I'm squealing with delight to see in the card set. And as the author of that scenario, I'm especially stocked to see Vinst and Cecilla get the Adventure Card treatment.

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Hey, it's that new Amanda assistant developer I've heard so much about!

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Going live in 15!

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Hey folks!

Anyone who wants to watch live can tune in to our YouTube channel as of 8:30 pm EST (5:30 pm PST). Ask your questions via the video's comment section and we will add them to the questions about the new landscape of Pathfinder Society. Simple as that!

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This PaizoCon, the Know Direction podcast wants to talk to Pathfinder people who have something to share but haven’t had a platform on which to share it yet, people we haven’t talked to before or in a while. If you’re a third party publisher, have worked on Pathfinder material (1st, 3rd, or any party in between) or run a tool of use to the Pathfinder community, let us know. We hope to get enough response that we can switch guests every 5 minutes, allowing us to interview 15-20 individuals or groups in rapid succession. Let us know below if you are interested.

Note: This is all dependent on our event submission being accepted.

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Hope the chest is common. I could use a few of them.

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Hey Bill! Nice to meet another VO in my neck of the woods. Well, more like the neck of the woods near my sprawling urban area. ;)

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And thank you, Erik, as ever, for your support and candor.

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It ends up, Train Con is a logistical nightmare and super expensive.

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"The handy traveler's translator"? Did someone make The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Pathfinder Galaxy?

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I could be bummed about all the time and money I spent tracking down the iconic miniatures, but who cares? These Iconic Heroes Boxed Set versions already look superior, and well worth picking up.

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Erik Mona wrote:
They are $5 each. Do you ask her before you order a grande latte? ;)

For the cost of a cup of coffee, you could adopt a Pathfinder Minimate. For the cost of a cup of coffee a day, you could adopt them all.

Question about Squealy Nord: Will the base just say pig, or will this be the 100% official Squealy Nord Pathinder Battles miniature?

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Will the Scotty's and Munchkin minimates be available on the Wednesday before GenCon?

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Wow, I thought I would try rolling up one of each ACG class before rolling the same one twice, but Mutagenic Mauler? Are you kidding me? Gimme!

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Sure, Hobbun. Erik announces it in the second half of the banquet: video

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Well done, guys. Congratulations on managing an entire continent.

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Thank Kudaku. If people prefer the podcast version (less visual but more portable) you can find it here.

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Just reaching out to my fellow Hands of Vengeance trivia team. We may not have won, but we came in third with a vengeance!

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I like to think the Skald language started as a secret language like Druidic, but the skald speakers kept telling everyone about it.

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This was my first encounter with a babau ever. My staff magus was the only one in the party with darkvision, but I was having trouble hitting at first. I had to keep spell recalling true strike just to make sure I hit, because we could not afford to miss it two rounds in a row.

When babaus started showing up in multiples and in mooks all season 5, I kept getting flashbacks to Day of the Demon. Even now that my staff magus is close to retirement and has dropped babaus in a single round, I get nervous when one shows up. I know the damage those slimy demons can do.

As for how you handled it, Slacker, I understand your need to justify. I don't like killing PCs, but I also know as a player I don't like when GMs pull punches. I'll only pull punches for a round or two if a player has shown they just don't enjoy the numbers side of the game and wouldn't know how tripped up a character can be if they are unprepared for

Spoiler:
darkness, swarms, or DR
; or if they are trying to escape.

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Erik Mona announced 12 exclusive Pathfinder Minimates available at GenCon. They're going to be all over the con, and the city, so if Minimates are your thing, you are going to have a lot of leg work ahead of you. There would be one exclusive to Scotty's Brewery, another exclusive to another restaurant, one you would need to score a critical hit at the PFS treasure chest. He also went into a few details about the different exclusive Minimates: there will be a Razmiran priest, a Licktoad tribe goblin, and KonKrud, the sickly goblin that was a con exclusive last PaizoCon.

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We're going to be covering the PaizoCon reveals
Know Direction 88 - PaizoCon-clusion LIVE!, for those who missed the con.

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I'm curious about Syrinscape's RotRL Soundpacks. I'll be running RotRL starting in a few months, and have started using Syrinscape in my home games.

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Like every pawn set so far, this is a must-have.

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Handy!

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I have a question! How do I give my eidolon rogue levels? It doesn't say anywhere I can't give an eidolon rogue levels...

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I'm free at the same time on Sunday and on a flight that leaves about half an hour before yours, so having two other people in the game watching the clock would be good for me.

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ScrollMasterRob wrote:
There seem to be a few season 5 mods where the writers are trying to TPK the players in the first round. "Elven Entanglement" certainly rises to the top of the septic tank.

As the writer of that scenario and a GM who has seen PCs beat that encounter in one round on two occasions, I assure you the goal was not a TPK. The goal was a good time. It's kind of a bummer to hear so many players didn't get past that encounter in the scenario, especially when there are pretty regular "encounters are too easy" threads, like this one.

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+1 to the people hoping for a waiting list in case more tables get added.

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FYI, Know Direction has permission and, in theory, the capacity to live stream the banquet. I'll need to play with our new cameras a bit first, but you might not miss out on any of the live announcements after all.

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Snorter wrote:
Ryan Costello wrote:
Anyone looking to attend the live recording of Know Direction 87 can join the Facebook event to get updates and reminders. Anyone listening live can post questions in the comments section of the YouTube video, and we'll pass them on to John.

Would it be presumptious of me, to use that podcast as a means of rallying any backers of the Pathfinder Online Kickstarter, who have yet to record a vote in the Land Rush?

Not presumptuous, but our mentioning it will have to wait until after the interview. John's time is precious and I predict a lot of questions in the hour or so we have him.

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Anyone looking to attend the live recording of Know Direction 87 can join the Facebook event to get updates and reminders. Anyone listening live can post questions in the comments section of the YouTube video, and we'll pass them on to John.

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Brains dibs please!

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Benjamin Falk wrote:
That´s my experience here, i didn´t have 12 foes often yet though. And if so, they most always were cleaved or AoOéd by a twohander quite fast.

12 foes, no, but I was talking about total combatants. Assuming 6 PCs with at least 1 animal companion, that means you only need 5 NPCs for the combat to reach 12 combatants.

The different ways we've been communicating this actually provides insight into why you might prefer your style and why I prefer mine. If I may, you've been talking like there are two parts to every turn: 1. GM; 2. PC. I see combat as every character for itself. So in the case I was making, with 7 PCs (including an animal companion) and 5 NPCs, I don't see how any one player is waiting any longer for their turn if all 5 NPCs go together or they're mixed erratically amongst the 12 combatants.

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I like the sound of a tech dungeon, and loving the blue.

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Benjamin Falk wrote:
Yeah the thing is, group initiative especially for the GM does make things faster, the GM get´s less talking and ends his "turn" faster, so the players have to wait less and feel like the can do more.

Strange, I don't see how that would work. If there are 12 combatants, Player A still has to wait for 11 other characters to go before getting a turn, regardless of how many of those combatants are NPCs. And like I said earlier, when I've played with GMs who clump initiative, the first player to go after a clump takes so much longer because the battlefield has changed drastically. The more a GM clumps, the harder it is for the player after the GM to be ready their following turn.

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Ed Healy wrote:
I just need to know so I can secure the space for whomever is organizing...

I'm in!

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