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Dalviss Crenn

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Goblin Squad Member. Pathfinder Companion Subscriber. FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 56 posts (5,007 including aliases). 54 reviews. 1 list. 1 wishlist. 17 Pathfinder Society characters. 19 aliases.



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For discussion!


As you walk through the cavernous halls of the Grand Lodge, dozens of Pathfinders around you are abuzz with excitement. The Master of Swords, Marcos Farabellus himself, is making an announcement of major import to the Society this morning, and you have been invited to attend in person.o

You make your way into the hall and find a seat along with hundreds of others. Marcos sits on the stage near the podium, chatting with a tall, heavy-set woman with a stern face. Her lacquered black breastplate and red cloak mark her as Chelaxian, and the buzz around you indicates that she is the new representative from that country to the Pathfinder Society, replacing Zarta Dralnenn who you see witting in the crowd with a scowl on her face.

You are all sitting next to each other, so please introduce yourselves in character while I set the rest of the game up. We will begin as soon as everyone checks in.


You are stationed at the Grand Lodge in Absalom, awaiting assignment. After several days, you finally receive a summons to join Venture-Captain Drandle Dreng in his office. Arriving at the appointed hour of the afternoon, you are surprised to find instead a halfling in dark robes waiting for you in the outer foyer.

"Hello, my name is Drel," he drawls in a thick Nidalese accent, stretching his name into three full syllables. "Venture-Captain Dreng was called away, and ask me to meet you. We will wait for all to arrive."

Go ahead and describe your character's appearance and do any introductions you would like.


Please post using the alias of the PC you're playing, so I can check things out. We'll start in a couple of days.


OK, I had to create a new campaign thread because the old one wasn't updating in the Gameplay section... weird.

So, here you go!


As you walk through the cavernous halls of the Grand Lodge, dozens of Pathfinders around you are abuzz with excitement. The Master of Swords, Marcus Farabellus himself, is making an announcement of major import to the Society this morning, and you have been invited to attend in person.

Making your way towards the main hall, you wonder why you have been selected for something that sounds so important. The Pathfinder Society has been dedicated to the exploration of Golarion for over four hundred years, and you have but recently completed your training and been allowed to join their ranks. Some of you journeyed to Absalom, the City at the Center of the World, and studied for several years to reach this point; others proved themselves worthy explorers and were recruited or granted a field commission. It is always a mystery why agents are chosen for different missions, and this one is no different.

You make your way into the hall and find a seat along with hundreds of others. Marcus sits on the stage near the podium, chatting with a tall, heavy-set woman with a stern face. Her lacquered black breastplate and red cloak mark her as Chelaxian, and the buzz around you indicates that she is the new representative from that country to the Pathfinder Society.

You are all sitting next to each other, so please introduce yourselves in character while I set the rest of the game up. We will begin as soon as everyone checks in.


Recruiting a team of Pathfinders for this scenario. Regular campaign (not Core), level 1. Apply here with the character you wish to play.

This is a roleplay-heavy scenario, and I am a roleplay-heavy GM.

New to Play-by-post? Check out my profile for expectations and links for first-timers.

New to the Pathfinder Society Organzied Play campaign? Head on over to the Pathfinder Society page and click on "Join the Society and create your character now!".


Hi folks,

I need a couple more players for this high-subtier CORE game, starting asap. Current party is a level 5 and three level 3's. Apply here.

This is a roleplay-heavy scenario, and I am a roleplay-heavy GM.


This is the discussion thread for 7-14 Faithless and Forgotten Part 1: Let Bygones Be. Thanks for joining!

The following players are playing at this table:
Thordir (lvl 1)
Sab'Sera (lvl 2)
Jinsa (lvl 1)
Sassifrass (lvl 1)
Trishadow (lvl 1)
Z..D.. (lvl 1)

We have a few new folks, so please be respectful and let other people play their characters.

I have a few resources on my profile page outlining the way I run the game and providing some good resources. Please read them. :)

When you've got your alias updated, head over to the gameplay thread here and introduce yourself.


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Recruiting for a CORE group for PFS. Please reply with your CORE Pathfinder Society-legal character by Friday, May 27 and I will pick a group of six based on subtier, backstory and balance.

This is a roleplay-heavy scenario, and I am a roleplay-heavy GM.

Post expectations: daily, even when not in combat. If you'll be away, let me know in advance and we'll work out a Standard Operating Procedure I'll use to NPC your character. Players absent for five days without notice will be dropped and given Chronicle sheets up to the point they left the table.

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Recruiting for a core game for this scenario. Respond with Pathfinder Society-legal PC by Friday, May 27 and I will pick a group of six based on subtier, backstory and balance.

This is a role-play heavy scenario, and I am a role-play heavy GM.

Post expectations: daily posts, even if we're not in combat. If you'll be away, let me know in advance and we'll work out Standard Operating Procedures I'll use to NPC your character until you're back. Players who don't post for five days without notice will be dropped and given Chronicles up to the point they left.

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Congrats Marc Daoust! Finally got that 10th special - I think he must be up over 200 games GM'd by now. Thanks, all the new 5-stars, for making PFS awesome in your areas!


Hey folks, FYI, I seem to be having trouble with the PFS page auto-reloading several times until it times out... it loads the blog and images, but fails to load the forums and then gets to the "you have made too many requests" error page. Same issue on my home computer, tablet, and phone.

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Thanks, John! Lots of happy folks from this.

(And Aethera has spaceships... just sayin'.)

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I *love* the idea of Pathfinder Academy! Sign me up to run some of this at PaizoCon!


Spell scribing rolls - 7-09 The Blakros Connection 28 Dec 2015 - GM39505. For Drel, 15998-3.

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Spurred on by this thread, I thought I'd share a few of the ideas I've seen used to help recruit and maintain a healthy GM population. As pointed out by Alexis in his thread, there is no PFS without a GM. However, for reasons I go into over there, I don't think in-game rewards are the way to address this problem for the long term.

So, please share your thoughts, best practices, and ideas for how we (as the PFS community at large) can encourage people to start GMing, and continue to improve as GMs.

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Gameplay thread for this game! Please use the following PbP etiquette:

* use third person description ("Aram does X" instead of "I do X")
* be descriptive and evocative in your actions, but either use ooc or spoiler text to describe mechanics if it isn't clear from your description what you're doing
* don't assume actions of other players; wait for them to post before you move on
* check posts once a day at least - in order to finish this game in time, we need to keep the momentum going
* read your backstory and play it up


Hi folks! Sorry for not having this up in advance, our flagship local con was last weekend and it's been madness.

So, we have 6 pre-gens you can choose from. Everyone will roll a d20 and choose in order, but ideally people will accommodate other players' desires as much as possible. I'll be posting them in the next 6 posts.

Once your pre-gen is assigned,. please make up a profile for it with the following info:

Race: "Human (Kellish) Inquisitor-9/ Fighter-1"
Class: "AC 27 (29 vs evil) t24 ff23 +5 vs AOs | HP 56/66 | F+11 R+11 W+9 | Perception +13 | Survival +6"

You can refer to any of my PCs for detail - Aram is a good example of the info to have.

I will be using this info throughout the game, so please keep it updated with any wounds, buffs, etc. that are in play.

If you haven't yet read Painlord's thread on PbP, now is a good time.


Hi folks,

Recruiting for the exclusive scenario where you get to play Aspis pre-gens! I will post a summary of the pregens soon, but sign up here if you're interested.

Note that this is a play-by-post game hosted here on the Paizo forums. Check out the PbP home for details.

Also note that this is a CORE game, which means the credit must be assigned to a Core Campaign character.


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Wow, what a great issue! Flipping through quickly to see my own (first ever) article, I had to stop half a dozen times to read the awesome stuff that caught me eye. I'm incredibly proud to have been able to contribute something amongst such illustrious colleagues.

(And my article got ART! SQUEE!)

Ahem. Yes. Well done, Wayfinder folks!


Wealday, 12 Desnus, 4715 A.R.

Last night's message was short and to the point. "Venture-Captain Valsin wishes to see you in his office, tomorrow at 8 bells." Arriving at the Grand Lodge, you make your way to the familiar waiting room which sits outside the Venture-Captain's office. Waiting with you are five other individuals, presumably Pathfinders, of varying description.

Go ahead and describe yourselves and handle introductions. Please include a description of what you look like that anyone would see.


Here are a few notes on how I run PbP games, and the expectations for everyone (including me). You can see more on my GM Lamplighter profile.

1. Posting frequency - post as often as needed, but once a day. If you don't respond to my post after 24 hours or so, I will NPC you so we can keep things moving. If you're going to be away, let me know and I can do this as well.

2. Combat - I will roll Perception, initiative, and Knowledge checks automatically. Once I post the initiative order and list the PCs who are "up" next, you can post your actions in any order. I will go through and resolve the actions in initiative order, so don't assume someone else's action has occurred just because they posted before you. If people don't post within a day when they're up, they'll go on delay until they do post.

3. Actions - when posting your actions, please include your movement plans - "2 squares W and 3 squares NW" or similar. I will move the icons in initiative order as well. I find this less confusing than having everyone move their own icons on the map - it's hard to tell what path PCs take that way.

4. Maps - I'm using Google Docs for maps. Make sure you can access Google Docs.

Here are some hints on PbP etiquette:
Doomed Hero's Guide to PbP
Painlord's Guide to PbP


Now recruiting! Submit your character here.

A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 1–5.

Rumors of a lost shrine in the Segang Jungle draw the Pathfinder Society’s attention, but the prohibitive cost of sending a team into the wilds of Jalmeray threatens to shut down the expedition before it even begins. Fortunately, a wealthy patron has offered to fund the PCs travel expenses in return for their help in his decades-old quest. Can the Pathfinders balance this new obligation with their exploration of the archaeological site?

Content in “The Segang Expedition” also contributes directly to the ongoing storyline of the Sovereign Court faction.


Hi folks,

I'm just looking at my play record to see if I qualify for 5 stars. One of the requirements is having GM'd ten "special scenarios". This includes both the multi-table specials, and the 4/5-star GM Exclusives. The problem is, as each exclusive gets released as a general scenario, it is being reported under the general scenario code rather than the exclusive code, no matter when it was run. So, for example, I have two plays of 3-16 The Midnight Mauler, despite the fact that I ran them when they were the exclusive 2-EX. This is the case for all -EX scenarios.

For me, it may not matter since I have GM'd lots of the convention multi-table specials, but for other GMs this makes it hard to see if they qualify for their 5th star based on their play record. I realize there is likely a problem with tracking 2 versions of the scenario (with regard to player replay, etc), but it would be great if there was a way for the online reporting system to record how many specials have been GM'd.

Thanks!

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With the introduction of Thornkeep and the Emerald Spire, we have seen a series of scenarios which take one session to play, but which are worth the same credit as a full module or sanctioned AP requiring at least and likely three sessions. This creates the potential for GMs and players to "maximize efficiency" by only playing or running Thornkeep and Emerald Spire. As more Free RPG modules are released, this problem gets worse.

I propose that the XP and PP rewards of Thornkeep, Emerald Spire, and all Free RPG Day modules be reduced to 1XP, 2PP, and 1 GM star credit - in other words, the same as PFS scenarios. This is more in keeping with the actual time spent and experience gained by playing these scenarios, which with few exceptions occur within a single game session like PFS scenarios do.

Sanctioned modules and sanctioned APs would remain at 3XP, 4PP, and 2 GM star credits as they currently are.

I would suggest that this would not be retroactive, but confess I don't know all of the issues surrounding this as far as the reporting system goes.


It is mid-morning when the messenger approaches you. "Venture-Captain Dreng requests your presence - please convene in meeting room 12." Even those of you who are still Initiates undergoing final training have heard of Drandle Dreng before. Stories of his midnight summons, and the convoluted adventures which spring from them, have attained near-mythic status in the Society. The idea that he has summoned you to a meeting during regular working hours strikes you as... odd. Perhaps it is due to your junior status within the organization.

As you head through the gates of the Grand Lodge, you cannot help but be impressed by the Society's home base. The imposing tower of Skyreach dominates the view, its upper levels supposedly where the masked Decemvirate charts the organization's course. Training areas, classrooms, and residences dot the rest of the campus, but your eye is drawn towards a lush forest growing against the western wall. Within those centuries-old trees stands the Wall of Names - the place where fallen Pathfinders are memorialized. It is perhaps telling that the wall was built on such a scale, and even after four hundred years, there is still plenty of blank space on the wall for incautious Pathfinders.

Arriving at Skyreach, you are ushered in to a well-appointed meeting room to wait for the Venture-Captain.

Go ahead and post a description of your character, and feel free to introduce yourselves in-character.


Discussion thread - will get game play thread in a moment.


Recruiting now! Before you express interest, please consider the following:

* I am looking for people who can, and will, post at least once a day. People who routinely coast for days at a time and only check in for combat will be dropped from the game.

* this is a Core Campaign, Pathfinder Society (PFS) scenario. If you don't know what that means, you'll want to visit the Pathfinder Society page and look at the information there. "Core campaign" means that only rules from the Core Rulebook are allowed in character creation.

* For this game, I'm looking for players who make actual Pathfinder characters - characters who are ready, willing and able to fulfill the Society's mantra of "Explore, Report, Cooperate". I don't really want no-skill barbarians or "all I can do is watch my tiger play" characters. I love me a slug-fest as well, but I prefer those in-person and using different scenarios. This one is a roleplay-heavy scenario, and play-by-post really lets that come out.

In exchange for all this, I promise I will try and provide an awesome gaming experience for you.

If you're interested, please post with a full character sheet before Wednesday, March 11 at 11PM Central Time. I'll take the most interesting and cohesive six characters that we have at that point. (I hate "first to post gets in" games, because I never get in to those... hence the timed deadline.)

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Given the unbalancing nature of combat-trained animals in PFS, be it resolved that no combat animals should be allowed in PFS unless they are class features. PFS should be about individual heroics, and the more animals at the table, the less each PC contributes to the group's success. This is especially true at low levels, when out-of-tier animals are available for very little money.

This would mean that animal companions, familiars, and bonded mounts are allowed, but no character could buy a combat animal other than a horse, riding dog, camel, (perhaps other typical mounts?)

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I am running several PbP games, and have discovered that I have a small number of players who are not actively participating in the games (and who haven't told me they'd be away/busy/unable to check in/whatever).

At first, my stance was to leave them wherever they were standing, and essentially treat them as if they were on delay until they checked back in, but this is unfair to the other players (especially when the non-participating player can bump the APL up and affect the difficulty). I could similarly NPC them, but I feel that shouldn't be the case for large portions of the game.

My "common sense" solution would be to not give gp/XP/PP credit for the encounters they were absent for, but that seems somewhat harsh. And, there are also players who are 'participating' by choosing to do nothing at all, sometimes not even entering the building with the rest of the party - what about them? Of course, sometimes there are in-game reasons for this (I'm looking at you, Mr. Paladin asked to break into a place illegally!), but I don't know how I can justify giving a character rewards when they aren't even in the building.

I have flagged the non-participation to the player in some cases, and not (yet) in others. I thought I should have a policy in place before I go much farther.

Precedent? Comment? Opinion?

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VERY cool stuff, John! Can't wait to see what the other factions have in store!


I have room for 1 more PC in this table. If interested, submit your 1st or 2nd level PFS-legal PC here. This is a RP-heavy, team-based scenario, so please don't submit a DPR monster or silent, loner-type who isn't a team player. (Those are fine choices, but not for this scenario and the existing group.)


It is mid-morning when the messenger approaches you. "Venture-Captain Dreng requests your presence - please convene in meeting room 12." Even those of you who are still Initiates undergoing final training have heard of Drandle Dreng before. Stories of his midnight summons, and the convoluted adventures which spring from them, have attained near-mythic status in the Society. The idea that he has summoned you to a meeting during regular working hours strikes you as... odd. Perhaps it is due to your junior status within the organization.

As you head through the gates of the Grand Lodge, you cannot help but be impressed by the Society's home base. The imposing tower of Skyreach dominates the view, its upper levels supposedly where the masked Decemvirate charts the organization's course. Training areas, classrooms, and residences dot the rest of the campus, but your eye is drawn towards a lush forest growing against the western wall. Within those centuries-old trees stands the Wall of Names - the place where fallen Pathfinders are memorialized. It is perhaps telling that the wall was built on such a scale, and even after four hundred years, there is still plenty of blank space on the wall for incautious Pathfinders.

Arriving at Skyreach, you are ushered in to a well-appointed meeting room to wait for the Venture-Captain. Around you are five other individuals of varying descriptions.

Go ahead and post a description of your character, and feel free to introduce yourselves in-character. We will start Monday morning.


Discussion thread for table 3.


Still room for 2 more PCs!


Discussion thread.


I have room for 1 more player in my second table of this game, starting ASAP. Post your PFS-legal 1st level PC here, with more than just stats but including some background. This is a roleplay-heavy, team scenario; please don't submit a silent loner-type or murderhobo sociopath. Preference given to a PC that fits the existing group and GM best.


Still room for 1 player!


Discussion thread.


Recruiting for the new evergreen scenario, #6-10 The Wounded Wisp. PFS-legal PC's of level 1 welcome to express interest. We'll start when we have a party of 6. Lots of roleplaying in this scenario, not just a slugfest.

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JimCon in Winnipeg is this weekend, and we have 30+ tables of Pathfinder Society running all weekend! We have the exclusive Bonekeep scenarios, the multi-table special "Blood Under Absalom" on Saturday night, and lots of prize support from Paizo - hardcover books, boons, and other great stuff. Winnipeg is the home lodge of Myron "NoStrings" Pauls, who won a Campaign Service Award for his 3-D terrain at PaizoCon - come play on a full-scale model of the Storval Stairs! We also are pleased to have Andy Christian, V-C of the Minnesota-St. Paul region, as our special guest.

You can sign up now at www.warhorn.net/events/jimcon-4 . Weekend pass is only $25; Friday Pass is $10, Saturday Pass is $15; Sunday Pass is $10. Join us in Winnipeg!


Welcome, folks! We will get started asap - again, sorry for the delay but it's a con weekend here.

Go ahead and post in-character to introduce yourselves - you are sitting in the anteroom of Ambrus Valsin's office in the grand Lodge in Absalom, waiting for Ambrus to call you in. V-C briefing will be posted this evening.


Hi folks! We have a con this weekend and so the start will be a little slow - apologies for that.

Please make sure your online profile is up-to-date so I can refer to your character details. I will get the gameplay thread going first thing tomorrow morning.


Now recruiting for PFS PbP GameDay 3! Game starts Nov. 1. Please post your character details here - I'd like to see the PCs before accepting the group. This is a scenario that benefits from well-rounded PCs, so you probably don't want to sign up with your one-trick smasher or shooter.

Current line-up:
Hailey (aasimar cleric-7)
Todric - Lore Warden 5 or 6
Curraigh - ??
Galdur XXI - ??

Two open spaces.

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As the title suggests: why is a 3-hour combat mission worth 3 times the experience of a 5-hour Pathfinder mission?

Alternatively, why is a 3-hour combat encounter worth the equivalent of a sanctioned AP chapter, which takes 8-12 hours, has more combats, and also social encounters, puzzles, traps, etc? Isn't all the non-combat Pathfinding worth XP and PP?

This affects both sides of the GM screen. As an example, Thornkeep level 2 is 8 single-sided pages of material, of which 1 is a full-page map and one is a full-page of fluff text/artwork. So, six pages to prep, versus 15-30 for a regular PFS scenario, to get 3 times the Chronicle for GM credit and double the GM star credit. (This last part also applies to the Free RPG "modules", which count double for GMing for some reason.)

Note: this is not just a style complaint - I can choose to not run/play Thornkeep levels if I don't like them, and I know lots of players do like them. But why is the in-game reward for killing higher than that for exploring, reporting, and cooperating?

some pre-emptive thoughts, spoilered to avoid wall 'o' text:
* I recognize consumables factor into it, but that alone isn't enough to make up for the rewards disparity - conumables are also used outside of combat. My 1st-level party bought 7 scrolls of comprehend languages last night and used other consumables outside of combat in the half of an AP we got through. The Thornkeep table next to us left 90 minutes earlier and got paid more.

* I also recognize it's not just about time spent at the table - if everyone has fun at whatever pace they play, good for them. I think rewards should be equalized for different styles of play, though.

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