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**** Venture-Captain, New Jersey aka Shivok

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Congrats Dominick!

I was there when it happened!!!

**** Venture-Captain, New Jersey aka Shivok

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I have Kalindrius and Allandalae, a husband and wife team of two celestial beings that hail from the angelic city of Llourith in Nirvana.
They both have mettalic gold skin and white hair and glowing white eyes. Both have angelic tattoos on their foreheads...

I've been questioned several time how I'm playing two characters at the same time in PFS...


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Sean forgot to mention: see yah at ORIGINS!!!!!!!

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I think every season brings change to PFS. For awhile now many have been asking for GM rewards. Threads with hundreds of posts have been created multiple times on the boards.

The new rewards for GM Stars outweighs any new exclusive. If it were up to me I would of just presented the new GM rewards system which I believe are better than an exclusive that you can run for other players.

Why?

IMO it helps the new GM's and gives them something to look forward to right out of the gate. It not only provides encouragement but gives something tangible soon after Gming. No more waiting until they have GM'd 100 Games and given hundreds of hours to the campaign to solely gain the reward of running an exclusive game for someone else.

This new system is a personal 'Thank You' from Paizo for growing the game. It allows GM's to get some personal reward and be able to use it on their own characters.

Would I have loved another EX? Hell yeah it would of made it easier to get that 5th star. As it stands, I'll have to get creative about it. It makes gaining that 5th star more challenging as well.

And I always like a challenge!

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Majuba wrote:
Majuba wrote:
it's my first Exclusive!
:(

Yeah it's somewhat of a bummer. But John made a good point, almost 600 Gms had access to the exclusive to run it for people. It was a reward, but not a direct reward to all the GMs for thier countless hours of work and dedication to the campaign.

For me I like this change, its a step in the right direction anx gives a tangible reward to gms from 1 star to 5 stars. As an incentive - its the gift that keeps on giving.

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I can tell you with absolute certainty that Origins will be nothing like this.

VC Mike McNerney and his VOs have increased Origins tables to over 200 last year. So expect a large pfs crown at Origins.

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Aberrant Templar wrote:
Said a lot of good stuff.

I'm with both TOZ and you on this.

We don't need the factions any longer, they've run thier course. With a few exceptions I never really based my roleplaying moments off of the factions. I either based them off of nations within Golarion (some of which happen to be factions) or class/race/religion specifics (Rping a Paladin of Ragathiel). Although I have seen some players roleplay factions and the conflicts between them really well. I've also seen a some fantastic roleplaying of a dwarf cleric, complete with faux-scottish accent at Paizocon in 2012 with nary a care about factions.

I'd say lets get rid of ALL of them for Season 6 so we can all just play as pathfinder field agents.

For those that want the factions we could introduce a faction vanity:

Faction Member:(5 PP) You belong to faction, a subgroup within the society with primary interests and goals that may or may not conflict with the Decemvirate. Your primary loyalty lies with this group and although you will not outright betray the society for them, you nonetheless ensure your faction's goals are furthered when undertaking missions for the society. This loyalty in turn gives you access to special favors, items and vanities that are specific to your faction.

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Patrick Harris @ MU wrote:
The Horn of Aroden? Now that is exciting.

Play or GM 5-11 Library of the Lion and you may find out!

**** Venture-Captain, New Jersey aka Shivok

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Nice touch Jim. An honest assessment of where you are will only strengthen your next projects. PFRPG and PFS will benefit from this.

Thanks for all you do.

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Walter Sheppard wrote:
Kyle Baird wrote:
Mattastrophic wrote:
Quote:
We will also be debuting a playtest of one of the Season 6 Gen Con Specials on Friday night.

Ooof! Another playtest, and on the evening of the 4th, double-ouch!

-Matt

Expect fireworks! (Garble)
Big K better not disappoint -- he has a lot to live up to from last year!

I thought last year's party was great. Kyle better open up a donation fund to get this paid for now!

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I had a great time at SCARAB! It had great energy and a positive atmosphere throughout the entire weekend. Delbert and the entire SCARAB staff were very helpful and took care of their players and GM's.

I HIGHLY recommend going to this con and will try making it back myself!

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Duhrist Dourden- A midnight black skinned Fetchling with long white hair and yellow eyes. Fighter 4(2-Wpn Ftr)/Mad Dog Barbarian 6, with a Black Panther animal companion called Gwenenviere. (he has the boon companion feat.)

Elves are really uncomfortable around him, but he doesnt know why.

EDIT: I dont really have this toon, but I do have a Fetchlng boon...

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You have to complete 3 encounters to get 1 XP. What those encounters depends on the scenario.

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ZomB wrote:
I agree that you should be able to tell the difference between GM notes and original chronicle, but that's a separate subject.

When putting GM Notes: Annotate them as GM NOTES: then write the RP portion, and if you are going to type them in use a different font and size so its obvious its different from the actual chronicle.

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For the GM's that are having difficulty/problems providing the actual Chronicle sheets to players who play online. Who may not have a scanner or Adobe Acrobat. Here is an option. I would suggest you do the following:

Step 1: Download: bullzip pdf printer (free program) - This program allows you to 'print' a digital pdf version of a document/picture without actually printing a physical copy.

Step 2: 'Print' the Chronicle Sheet using bullzip pdf printer - this will create a PDF of the Chronicle Sheet for the scenario.

Step 3: Save the pdf file - a good idea is to name it after the scenario (i.e 5-01 Chronicle sheet).

Step 4: Open it up on adobe reader (another free program) - bullzip pdf will ask if you want to do this step when you print.

Step 5: From adobe reader you can fill out the chronicle sheet for players using the text tool. You can also sign the chronicle digitally if you'd like.

Step 6: Save the PDF when your done adding text and signing. using the example above it will save as '5-01 Chronicle sheet-signed'

Step 7: Email to players.

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Renegade Paladin wrote:
Andrei Buters wrote:
Just because nobody has mentioned this yet - it's very important that your Season 5 scenarios are reported. Otherwise the PC's actions and the conclusion events of the scenario do not matter one bit.
Hardly matters; we seem to have stopped doing new scenarios since the Glass River Rescue and spent the last couple of months doing Mists of Mwangi and Voice in the Void for some reason. Perhaps I should offer to just buy the scenarios myself if we're reduced to recycling stuff from Season 0. :p

It sounds like you're made of just the stuff needed to be a store coordinator! Find a fellow gamer from your group and see if he can share GMing and buying the scenarios and kindly let the other GM off the duties.

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This past month the Grand Lodge was abuzz as Venture-Captain Eliza Petulengro came to Skyreach with a red-skinned regal looking woman who wore strange clothing and carried a red-tinged sword. Rumors say that the pair came to the Decemvirate with news of grim events and a request for assistance.

Teron Markosa, a merchant of Korvosa has been posting requests for help in finding his son who went on an expedition into the Mobhad Leigh and has not returned or contacted him. He fears that he may not have made it due to the Shoanti tribes in the area or perhaps something worse has befallen him.

A Keleshite man calling himself Azzan, High Daivrat of the Five Winds has claimed that a being of great terror is rising from the Pale Mountain. He has come to Absalom to see if the society will help him in ensuring this being stays in its prison.

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Thorri Grimbeard wrote:
June Soler wrote:
Boons are not a deterrent to new players, actually they are an incentive to get more involved in the campaign.

Just dropping by here, not a member of PFS, but I thought it relevant to mention that the reason I'm not interested in PFS is that I took one look at the racial restrictions and decided I didn't want to touch PFS with a 10' pole because of them. You have no way of knowing how many new players boons deter, because we'll just never join a game.

If you find that PFS is too restrictive even though about 90% of the printed rules are allowed that's okay too.

PFS is not for everyone.

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Brian Lefebvre wrote:

Nothing can really stop you from using material in published canon in your backstory, but your backstory can't grant you any special in-game benefits.

You could claim to be from House Thrune, but no one would give you special treatment because of the name alone. Without some build mechanic (class feature, feat, trait, vanity, etc) that grants one. If by some chance you run across your backstory parents or brother in a scenario they won't treat you any different than any other PFS character.

The only way you will be treated as a noble by any NPC is by representing Taldor, and buying the noble title vanity.

LONG LIVE THE EMPIRE!!!

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The casting of spells with any alignment descriptor in PFS should not have any effect of your alignment as they are temporary effects.

For the sake of campaign playability and player cohesion we need to 'hand-wave' the alignment spell affects and supernatural powers when cast by players.

Why?

To ensure we continue playing in groups. If we took too hard of a stance then paladins and other highly moral PC's would not conceivably want to adventure with an unsavory character such as Necromancers, Sorcerers with fiendish bloodline, etc or questionable groups (cheliax, sczarni). We would have to start questioning why would anyone lawful belong to the society.

These things have to be hand-waived to allow all players a chance to play the game with the random folks who comprise the rest of the table.
RPing is fun and great to be played but some restraint is needed for PFS games.

Only the most egregious acts that occur during the playing of the game against the NPC's should be considered by the GM as alignment infractions, with the exception of the classes that may violate their ethos or divine mandate.

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So looking at this thread we can actually have a compromise of sorts:

A possible solution would be that: If a player completes either by GMing or playing every scenario for 1 season he gets a race boon(race list TBD by PFS Mgmt). This race boon would be for an Uncommon exotic race

If a player GM/plays 2 complete seasons worth of PFS scenarios he/she gets access to another race boon. This time its for a Rare exotic race(race list TBD by PFS Mgmt).

If a player GMs/Plays 3 complete seasons worth of PFS scenarios he/she gets access to yet another race boon. This time its for a Very Rare exotic race (race list TBD by PFS Mgmt).

In order to qualify for any race boon the player must have a VO verify that he has played these games and then sign off on a sheet similar to the new item sheet we have for season 5.

Once a VO certifies the accuracy of the players record he will contact PFS leadership for the boon. If a player lives in a remote area then he will contact the nearest VC to his locale

If those games are not reported sorry you don't qualify for a boon, no exceptions. If the GM you play with doesn't report them start making a list with you're fellow players and report the game yourself (and report the GM so we can provide him guidance).

Extremely rare races will still only be given out Major cons or special events. Sorry you cant get everything you want.

All race boons will still be given out occasionally at Cons worldwide as it is now.

This would apply to PFS Seasons 1-5. Season 0 is excluded due to the retired scenarios not making a complete 26 Scenario season.

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Alexander_Damocles wrote:
Mark Moreland wrote:
People keep saying that Aroden "supposedly" died. He really did. He's dead. He's not a god any more than Drandle Drang is. Thus, he can't be the patron of anyone who receives divine power or class abilities from a deity (like a cleric, paladin, or inquisitor). Sorry. :-(
That's a rather disappointing statement. Instead of keeping hope alive, a possible story, you've just flatly closed the book.

Not really Alex, look for the words left unsaid....

Aroden, God of Humanity Died ...Aroden, The Last Azlanti is alive wondering Golarion in mortal form. No longer a God, yet more human than human....perhaps he's searching for his Mythic quests to complete and return to godhood in another incarnation...

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Xar'z wrote:
10-11 hard mode was epic. I would love to see the Krune kill counts from paizocon.

There were few deaths after 12 tables, including a TPK (2 players willingly retired after swearing fealty to Krune! in a table ran by VC Eric Brittain - No tables were on hard mode. I was in the last table that ended 2 hours ago and I was the sole person to ask for Hard Mode in my table.

I made sweet stickers for all the Paizocon attendees who played The Waking Rune.

All players received them except the last two tables because someone swiped the bag with them.

The stickers were as follows(some had Krune's portrait others the Sihedron rune in the center):

" I TOOK ON THE RUNELORDS AND KICKED A$$!"
" KRUNE'S GOT NOTHING ON THIS PATHFINDER, PAIZOCON 2013"
" RUNELORDS ARE MY SPECIALTY, PAIZOCON 2013"
" MAY LISSALA CURSE YOU, PFS 4-26 HARD MODE!"
" I TOOK ON THE RUNELORDS ON HARD MODE!"

If you died:

" BEST WISHES IN THE AFTERLIFE... LOVE, KRUNE!"
" I TOOK ON THE RUNELORDS... AND GOT OWNED!"

I later found a player walking around with 2 stickers including a "May Lissala Curse You! PFS 4-26 Hard Mode" sticker. I don't know how he got it, he wasn't really forthcoming when I questioned him on it. I only made 6 of those so...:(

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I'm not sure this was a good idea.

I personally havent seen many players game the system to this extent where the WBL rule is totally broken that they imbalance the game or lead it to power creep.

I mean who are we kidding? Power creep is the result of all the new books that keep coming out that give the players the ability to come up with some powerful builds, so lets not blame it on playing up or that scenarios are not challenging - Author's can't possibly design an encounter that is challenging for everyone all the time.

I think this going to make it harder to get tables in areas where the player base is smaller. At least before there was the incentive that if something did happen to the character, he would have the gold to fix the issue (getting killed).

Instead of 6 player tables I can see it moving to 3 players and a pregen so that everyone can stay in tier and not take a loss or a risk without reward. I think the higher level folks will balk at always having to play down for a gold loss throwing their WBL off.

I mean there is no win-win solution to this. We've got to find a happy medium and honestly I thought we already had it.

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Doug,

If you have that many stores within 20 miles of each other an idea:

Run STORECON; A multi-store, weekend convention. Get the local stores to participate. If PFS covers 5 days of the week make it a week-long convention.

Contact the local GM's from those stores get them on a email or yahoogroups so you can organize. Set up a warhorn page with all the PFS offering and locations. make sure you run a minimum of 15 tables.

Each store would get credited for STORECON on a particular day. You can have a staffer hand out prize support from paizo on the day that store is scheduled to run storecon events and your in business.

Do this twice a year Fall and Sping Storecon and you'll be golden.


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The first post on this thread has this: 61 people marked this as FAQ candidate. Answered in the FAQ.

Except I cant seem to find the actual ARG FAQ.

Is it me?

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Congratuations Mike! Let the drunken revelry at the Publican House begin!!!! Oh wait we did that last night. ;)

Cheliax

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Finally I will destroy the enemies of my mistress, Alaznist and soon I shall raise a new Thassilon in my image!!! MUAHAHAHAHA

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These lost factions will make way for the rise of the New Thassilonian Faction! All hail the Runelords and Lady Lissala the Empire Rises Again!

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