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Goblin Squad Member. RPG Superstar 2014 Star Voter. Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber. Pathfinder Society Member. 318 posts (2,127 including aliases). 2 reviews. 2 lists. No wishlists. 11 Pathfinder Society characters. 17 aliases.


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Hmmm ... going to lock in one of the current new races Kitsune, Nagaji, Wayang ... any input on some fun combos?

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Howdy ...

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The ACG ones are not lottery events. After lottery selection and assignment THEN you'll be able to select those (first come first served).

Go for your favorite lottery events. See what you get (you'll find out next week), then select the ACGs you want.

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You and your minions are awesome Sara.

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Clone Spell ... looks like he would have had to cast clone 2-4 months ago ... OR, someone will have to grow the clone material until it's ready to receive the soul ... "When the clone is completed, the original's soul enters it immediately, if that creature is already dead."

I think I saw Jason Bulmahn post on twitter that he had cast clone "that morning". So, someone will have to nurture that chunk of meat for 2-4 months, at which time Velmarius' soul will enter the clone.

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Anna Murray wrote:

The same thing is happening with me and my husband.

Are you still able to select. Now, neither my buddy or I can select anything.

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My son is a buddy too. And he can't select.

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I noticed this too. For awhile I could schedule events (non-lottery), but my son could not.

In the past, the lottery was done, and THEN you could select the other events.

My guess is that they did not intend to have non-lottery events available yet. I have a couple selected right now. I will probably unselect them to ensure the lottery events in the same time period are not blocked by them.

I would PREFER the lottery to happen and THEN the non-lottery events open up. Otherwise non-lottery will get all filled up while we wait for the lottery events to be selected.

I AM bummed that the specials are now lottery (they used to be events that anyone can schedule) ... as that means if I want to do them, that's pretty much what I'll get. So, it's now a pick of special vs cool Paizo personality event.

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Yep, had a great time!

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Cool! Will these be recorded for those who will miss it?

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels, Seattle Airport
18740 International Blvd.
Seattle, WA 98188
(206) 246-8600

Ask for the Paizo room block.

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Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
RyanH wrote:
You're not impressing the dark archive, you're recruiting some scholar to join.
This is accomplishing a faction goal, which is by definition impressing the Dark Archive.

That makes sense, but yes, while it would be more impressive to the archive to succeed at doing that as a noob, it shouldn't be easier for a 1st level member to recruit a 20th level wizard than it is for another 20th level wizard to recruit him, and that's what the DC is ... not how impressive it was to the archive. But again, it's a way of getting a reasonable number.

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Steven Schopmeyer wrote:

It's harder to impress the Archive when you're an 11th level bard than when you're 1st level. A novice convincing someone to join is an unusual feat, whereas the skill employed by a master must be exceptional to merit notice. After all, they do excellent work every day.

Basically, don't think of the DC as representing the difficulty of recruiting. It's the difficulty of recruiting well.

You're not impressing the dark archive, you're recruiting some scholar to join.

But John's answer says, It's just the easiest way to get a reasonable number to work with and number that will scale with the characters., so that makes sense.

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I like how these will add some faction theme back into the modules.

In Dark Archive it says, "Recruit a named NPC scholar, knowledgeable spellcaster, or similar figure to the Dark Archive. Recruitment requires a Diplomacy or Knowledge (arcana) check with a DC equal to 15 plus your character level."

Should that be "... with a DC equal to 15 plus the NPC's character level."?

If not, why would it be harder for me to recruit someone as I advance in level?

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Here's the current Pathfinder Society Organized Play Guide. It's a free downloadable PDF.

There are now two versions though, regular society play (as detailed in that PDF) and CORE play (that only uses core rules), those details are introduced in this blog post.

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1. Prerolled characters question: The games you sign up for will say whether characters are provided or you should bring one. For PFS (Pathfinder Society Organized Play) either you have a character you've been playing with in organized play gaming, or you will use a pregen (provided) of the appropriate level, or you have to start at level one. You can't just jump in at a high level for pathfinder society organized play ... there be rules.

2. On the lottery when it comes out you get to rate each event with the priority for how much you want it. Don't just rate them all as #1 though ... accurately prioritize. They have a list of names with each persons choices. When they get to your name, they assign you whatever still has spots at the table that you rated highest. If you had rated EVERYTHING as your #1 choice then you get a random one of them. On the other hand, if you only rated 2 things and nothing else, the chances those 2 tables of 6 are full before they get to you is very high. You would then get nothing.

3. Once the lottery events are assigned you get to fill the rest of your schedule with PFS and discussion sessions, etc

Stuff to bring
1. for each gaming session: Have water as stated. Have some snacks. Sometimes you have not had a chance to eat, or it's just been a long time. Be sure to have something to get you by. I have food available in the room in a cooler. I make sandwiches and such to take with us in a backpack to gaming (I am there with my kid). I have bottled coffees and such. It's always difficult to quickly get coffee at a con!
2. Show up EARLY for each session. I once showed up ten minutes before my session started and it had already been given up to someone who was in stand by!

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I read it as 30 tables ... that would get reused multiple times, but that's from prior knowledge. :)

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Oh ... and no, no money.

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Sara can confirm, but from her statement I believe it would be Reaper staff. Sara?

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I've done the Paint n' Take at PAX a couple of times, and what I saw at PaizoCon seemed the same.

1. You pick a Reaper Bone's miniature (white plastic that does not need priming)
2. You paint it at the Reaper table with supplied paints, brushes, and casual feedback/help from one or two Reaper staff
3. You get to keep the mini

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1. I did not purchase RotR because we're currently playing through the AP in the RPG. I do not want spoilers or burnout.

2. I did not purchase S&S because of the pirate theme. (Oddly I would LIKE to play this as an AP.)

3. I WILL likely buy WotR because I like the theme and it's unlikely we'll get to that as an AP anytime, and if we do it will be enough in the future that any spoilers will be distant memories.

I am also apprehensive because my primary playing companions are my kids at 10 and 12 years old and it seemed relatively complex in the one demo of RotR I was involved in.

I am excited for the tablet version from Obsidian as it will be a great way for me to learn/master it prior to playing IRL ...

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Just through GeekDad communications so far. I'm new!

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I wrote up PaizoCon on GeekDad

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Ok ... starting my petition to get GenCon to come to Seattle ...

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The 3D maps don't work for my current use case. We project maps in our face-to-face games and use miniatures. I am mostly just using the fog of war, dynamic lighting, and area effects. I have no interest in macros, character sheets, or dice rolling as we do all that in the physical world.

TableTopConnect does look pretty cool and would allow you to do some interesting things (even face to face) ... would like to play with it. For a virtual game it looks like it would be very cool.

I think a problem one would have with this is trying to recreate everything you'd find in a purchased map. You would have to make a great deal of alterations to make it work (similar to using something like Dwarven Forge ... easy to create an awesome dungeon from scratch, but tough to match something designed on paper.)

I think BigDTBone was talking about the design goals for Paizo's Gamespace.

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[ooc]I was kidding that we'd be raising him today![/b]

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About how many people attend PazioCon?

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Also relevant

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Maybe it's the special ... a couple hundred of us will all die together!

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Plain text without charts and such ... I FAR prefer the digital version. Paper books are clumsy to hold, inconsistent contrast and usually low contrast.

Text books, rule books again, unless it's designed for the size of the screen or a true ebook then paper is still better.

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I am also in my 40's, having played since the 70's in first edition and lack of PDF is pretty much a deal breaker for me ... I will likely TRY 5E at some point because of the basic PDF that IS available.

This is not to say that I wouldn't also buy the hard copy books. For pathfinder I buy the core books, and most supporting material as PDFs. I just like the searchable and always present aspect of a PDF. To not support PDFs is ludicrous.

If I'm going to sit down and read the book in large chunks I want (in this case) either a true ebook that reformats for the screen, (no-one is doing this yet ... they're ALL behind the times), or a regular book. The typical RPG rule book is a pain to just read as a pdf (too much zooming and moving the page around ... this on a tablet ... )

But most of the time I am not reading the rules for pleasure ... I am referencing multiple sources or quickly looking something up. I want PDFs and something like the PRD. That's crucial to playability.

My understanding is that the PDFs are coming though, the relationship with the prior digital provider just failed (I think that was all discussed earlier in this thread.)

Of course, if they only ever make three books, then there's not much need to reference "multiple sources".

Really though when WILL we see a true ebook from Paizo (or any publisher) ... where the page reformats for the device it's on, elements within the book are linked to other elements (and other books), diagrams and such can be animated to show how AOO's work for instance ...

Start with the PRD that already has the text and links, and go from there.

To stay on topic though, if WoTC introduces PDFs that'd just be a short term boost ... they clearly need on-going new material to maintain their 1st place. If the people that have already bought everything there is to buy have nothing new to buy, those numbers are just going to drop.

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Michael Eshleman wrote:
Ring_of_Gyges wrote:
Retraining from Ultimate Campaigns!

The blog post introducing the core campaign states:

Core Campaign Blog Post wrote:
Retraining may be utilized as the rules currently allow, but only when a PC retrains to take an option from one of the allowed Core Campaign resources.
Which I take to mean that retraining from Ultimate Campaign is allowed in the core campaign. I could easily be wrong, however.

This could also just mean first level retraining.

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I think midnight madness was in the room next to me last time. :)

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Ah ... but it's "slimming" ...

My bracers tend to make my butt look big.

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All 1's ... first Core game. Open to anything though starting at the beginning might make sense.

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Kyshkumen, I would be happy to play a core game ... likely with a squishy wizard.

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I think I may add exploding criticals (so long as you keep critiing on your confirmation you keep adding damage ... after the first confirm though it will just be 20's to confirm. It'll never happen though.

I also am going to try the fumbled crit ... if you "confirm" a crit with a 1 you also fumble, and vice-versa, if you "confirm" a fumble with a 20 you get a crit on top of the fumble. You lop of the head but your sword goes flying.

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The Green Ronin site says, "When you place your pre-order we will offer you the PDF version for just $5 when you check out. This same order is available through participating Pre-Order Plus retailers."

Is Paizo a "Pre-Order Plus" retailer?

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Probably a wizard as it will be so awesome to find non-core spells!

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BBQ outside?

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Holy cow ... what, no PDF version of 5e? That's a stopper for me. I assumed they would not be so archaic.

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Jeff Alvarez wrote:

One of the other benefits of having an open slot from PFSOP is so that attendees don't have to miss out on key seminars or other gaming options due to the drive to maximize their OP character's level progression.

We are trying to allow for a more holistic convention experience rather than just a PFSOP con experience. If that's your main drive for attending, then great. There will be plenty of GMs running PFSOP during that open slot. But if you'd like to take a break from PFSOP and take in some of the other sights and sounds of PaizoCon, well then this is your opportunity.

As much as I love seeing the PFSOP room full 24/7, I'm almost more excited to see how folks spend their off slot. Who will I get a chance to chat with in the bar? What new faces will we see in our seminars? Who's going to take the time to try out the Adventure Card Game? Maybe some folks will paint a mini or do some serious browsing in the store? So many possibilities... :) I just can't wait!

As an attendee I agree with this and am happy with the change. I don't get much chance to play (other than PBP) so I feel the need to fill my time playing at the con. This will give me the impetus to do other things and not feel so rushed between events.

It's a good plan and I am sure people that want to fill those slots will have no trouble doing so.

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Holy carp ... I should go sell my loads of coal I can't yet use.

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TriOmegaZero wrote:
I've got both specials and Scions of the Sky Key III on my schedule.

"Both" specials? Typically there's the friday night special and the Saturday night banquet ... is this a Sunday Night special too?

DERP: "Sunday, 7PM until midnight" ... yep. Cool. With the break in the middle of each day maybe I'll be able to actually do them!

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Alex McGuire wrote:
Honestly, I think that you should either make non-core spells on scrolls available to all characters that have the chronicle for learning and preparing, or have spell scribing via found scrolls (in disallowed books) illegal. Otherwise Wizards will have a very strong advantage. But on the plus side, it makes scrolls on chronicles worthwhile!

How cool it will be to find a spell book with some choice spells in it.

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nightdeath wrote:

I noticed that Core Campaign traits uses only those from the Character Traits Web Enhancement.

I noticed that it had the trait 'Rich Parents'. Is that legal in current PFS? Granted It's being almost a couple of months since I'm playing PFS again.

I'm all for the Core Campaign Only!

Rich parents is not legal in PFS ... core or non.

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Society is definitely a big part but there's certainly more available. I'd recommend signing up for (and appropriately prioritizing) lottery events in every slot. You will likely only get one or two, but you won't get any if you don't try ... in the last couple of PaizoCon's I and/or my son have enjoyed ...

- Terrain making with Sean K Reynolds
- Using Hirst Arts molds with Sean
- Painting Reapers (with some pro ... sorry, don't know the name)
- Sails of Glory gaming session with Stephen Radney-MacFarland (great game!)
- Pathfinder game with sci-fi elements with Russ Taylor
- and more ...

Again, you need to sign up for lottery events you're interested in in every slot ...

- The rest of the time I filled with society games ... I find it entertaining to play with strangers. Always interesting. I am happy to use my PFS characters or pregens. Since my PFS characters are lower level (and thus the sessions I signed up for as well), I would say the majority of the other players were not "die-hards". Some veteran players, some very new. It's a great mix of experience and personalities.

- For the times without planned events I check out the store where I like to talk to the artists about their trade. I usually pick up some signed art and tips for my other son (who loves to draw). Or try a session of the Adventure Card Game or a demo of munchkin (Pathfinder version had just come out.), try out Pathfinder Online, or just rest!

- I have not had a chance to play the special on Friday night ... the PFS session where everyone in the room is in the same story working towards the same goal. I hope to do that this year.

- The banquet is about hearing current status on some projects (Pathfinder Online, Game Space, etc), and being the first to hear about new products. Sure, all stuff you could find out from other sources. For the $10 premium on the meal (if that), it's an entertaining evening even if you are against 10 minutes or so spent patting backs.

- There's also tons of pick-up games and such going on ... I have not participated in these ...

And, yes, there's Seattle to enjoy ...

Edit: You know, I would be afraid to go with a group ... it would be easy for one or two members to really bring down that experience. I guess it depends on the group, but I really don't want to be worried about other's enjoyment. I do have my son with me, but, luckily he is geniuinly excited by a new Bestiary announcement ... and he picked out the Sails of Glory and Russ Taylor games in the lottery ...

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Unseelie wrote:
Sara Marie wrote:
Unseelie wrote:
Rooms not available yet. Fellow on phone said that sometimes it takes a day or so for the room block to open up. I'll call back tomorrow.
I had heard from some other posters that the hotel rate had been active for a while. You may want to double check you called the right hotel (DoubleTree) as I think I missed updating two of the FAQs with the new hotel's number.
I had an existing reservation without the con rate and he found that, so I'm pretty sure I had the right hotel. I'll call again in the morning.

And I found that the non-con rate I paid was cheaper. I believe I found the rate on the Double Tree site. I was paying one adult, one kid though which is like $10 cheaper than 2 adults.

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from IMDB ... "The language spoken by Leeloo was invented by director Luc Besson and further refined by Milla Jovovich, who had little trouble learning and developing it, as she was already fluent in 4 languages. By the end of filming they were able to have full conversations in this language."

Huh ...

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Brother Fen wrote:

I just discovered the joys of Hero Lab over the holidays. I've never played a PFS game - yet - so I never knew the rules.

I have all the books I need as well so none of this will be an issue for me.

It would be an issue if you showed up at the table, plopped down all your books, as well as your Hero Lab generated character sheet (or tablet/computer), and be prohibited from the table solely because you used Hero Lab.

Edit: And what was actually said earlier by one GM is that he would single you out for an audit because you used Hero Lab and he was confident he would find a mistake and thus refuse you from playing.

I guess I'll just have a scribbled copy of my Hero Lab sheet as a back up from now on ... throw in a few mistakes to make it an "authentic" hand created character. :)

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