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Goblin Squad Member. RPG Superstar 9 Season Star Voter. Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber. FullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 857 posts. 3 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 6 Pathfinder Society characters.


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Sebastian Hirsch wrote:
Swiftbrook wrote:
Interesting. Through all the talk about the Amulet of Mighty Fists, I just noted that they decreased it's cost. So, some of my PCs have a refund coming. :-)
Yeah you are entirely correct, they decreased the cost... not the price. The price has been reduced for several months, from the original price to 4000 for the +1 equivalent amulet.

Very interesting indeed. Nope, never saw that blog (12/2012). However, I did look it up in the latest CRB pdf. With all this talk about errata, I wonder how many printings of the CRB have been done since that blog came out? That errata hasn't made it to the CRB pdf yet. The current version of the CRB pdf is May 2013. That's where I went to compare prices.

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Interesting. Through all the talk about the Amulet of Mighty Fists, I just noted that they decreased it's cost. So, some of my PCs have a refund coming. :-)


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With the latest release of errata, this time for Ultimate Equipment, it seems like Paizo has lost sight from where they came and who has built Pathfinder to be the premier RPG game. Pathfinder was born, literally, from the ashes of D&D 3.5 as WoTC tried to burn all traces of it. Lead by the visionaries from the core staff at Paizo, Pathfinder was built by its fans. Based on the OGL and SRD, a beta copy, available as a free download, was sold to eager fans at GenCon 2008. Through open play testing, feedback from hundreds of dedicated fans, and a dialogue between developers and gamers, Pathfinder was honed, refined and delivered at GenCon 2009.

Over the years, through additional play testing, the gamers and developers have continued to expand the Pathfinder game. Through play testing, author open calls and the RPG Superstar contest, we the fans and gamers feel empowered and take part ownership to the Pathfinder game system. The writers and developers of Paizo guide us and refine our efforts as the system grows. It’s our game, and it’s been a good partnership, gamer and developer.

Through the past few releases of errata, it seems like Paizo has forgotten how Pathfinder was built. With no apparent gamer input, chunks of our game have experienced drastic changes. Where many would say sharp chisel and soft mallet, or a fine brush and a steady hand are needed to reshape some item, class or feat, it feels like Paizo has swung a dull axe. Often missing the mark, destroying instead of shaping its target.

These drastic changes hurt. They hurt PCs, they hurt the players who have invested so much time creating and playing the PCs. They hurt the community-Paizo relationship. They hurt even more because the community seems to have no say in the changes. The pain is slow to subside because the Paizo developers rarely reply directly to the questions and concerns raised by the players in response to the changes.

These are opportunities lost for Paizo to make better improvement/errata with gamer input. Opportunities lost to improve Paizo's relationship with it's community.

Paizo is a business. Run by daring, creative individuals. They must be profitable for our Pathfinder game to continue. But please don’t forget the partnership that has built Pathfinder over the past eight years.

We ask that Paizo asks the gaming community for feedback on possible changes before they are committed to print. Once the commitment has been made to ink and paper, future changes are much more difficult.

I look forward to the continual growth of Pathfinder, led by Paizo, built by the community, over the next eight years.

Just My Thoughts


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Vic Wertz wrote:

That said, we're not going to remove the case requirement at this time. We're still holding cases for subscribers whose orders haven't processed (most commonly, because their credit cards were declined), and since some of them will never get their order straightened out, that will eventually kick some more cases into our system. We are also looking at other options for restocking cases.

Also, we historically don't put case incentives on sale until the next set releases. This *is* the first time that selling out before the next set arrives has been a possibility, so if we determine that we can't make any more cases available, we'll revisit this.

I've been watching this page to see when the bar might be available. As of today (5/18) it no longer states you have to purchase a case but it also shows "Unavailable". Did it go on sale and sell out all today? Just wondering.

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Make sure you bring a printed copy of the scenario you are running.

I've been at tables with good GMs just using a tablet.


  • Things are missed and it takes longer. Even after I asked, the GM missed the "4-player adjustment".
  • Flipping between pages takes longer. Then you have to flip back to where you were. Time wasted while you flip though rules and scenarios is time not spent gaming, eating, and walking the dealer hall.
  • Tablets require power. You wont have access to an outlet it in the ballroom. Can you run 3 slots (17 hours) without a recharge?

I'm sure you can bring up exceptions to every one of my points if you want. Just don't plan on using a tablet for everything. Bring a printed copy of the scenario. Use your tablet for looking up rules - they're good for that.

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Fromper wrote:
To my knowledge, they won't re-assign your scenarios, other than maybe pulling you to do an evergreen if necessary.

Last year, a few weeks into ticket sales, some of the scenarios offerings were adjusted. Affected GMs were notified that their assignment had changed. I'm not sure how many this actually affected, but it was probably less then ten tables per slot.

If tables/scenarios are adjusted based on ticket sales this year, I actually expect this may have a bigger impact on GMs. That's because it appears that Bob has done an excellent job assigning GMs a minimum number of scenarios to prep for. As I am only preparing for one scenario to run at GenCon, if Bob changes my schedule, he'll be doubling my preps :-) But, realistically, I'd rather prep a scenario that is in demand than sit at an empty table.

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One way on Amtrak is about $190. And you can play Pathfinder at a table. 55 hour trip.

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TwoWolves wrote:


It seems like the Faithless and Forgotten series is very popular, while several other Tier 1-5 scenarios are somewhat less so. Could it be possible to add more tables of the former and reduce some of the latter? I have that one friend that didn't get his wish list in on time and has no tickets to join the rest of our gaming group in playing this series, and I was hoping he could get something more solid than generics and a positive attitude.

Please?
Nicely?
Pretty Please?

First, remember it's early in the event ticket process. We have like 6 weeks for pre-registration and all the way up to the con for regular ticket sales. Thinks will change.

Second, I expect there will be some shifting of GMs and tables just to mess up Bob's hours of hard work developing a nice schedule based on ticket sales.

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You need to remember that not all tickets placed in peoples carts are actually purchased. We are looking at live numbers. After two hours of inactivity a ticket is returned to the available pool. Also, (a small number) of tickets will become available before GenCon as peoples plans change.

I think the "by tier" change is working well so far.

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I believe that the intention is to shift tables around based on ticket demand. Last year Mike B. shifted several offerings based on ticket sales. It just wasn't done the first day, maybe the second or third week. I don't know when they plan to make adjustments, but I expect that they will.

Current sales

Serpent's Ire: 460/960 available

The Cosmic Captive (1-2): 58/210 available
The Cosmic Captive (3-4): 5/216 available
The Cosmic Captive (5-6): 2/180 available
The Cosmic Captive (7-8): 24/155 available
The Cosmic Captive (9-11): 16/210 available
The Cosmic Captive (ACG): 31/80 available

Through Maelstrom Rift: 367/960 available

Update: The number have been updated as I type!!!!!

That could be from people dropping tickets or from Paizo changes. I don't know

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12:58 Checked Out

Finished in less than an hour. Not bad.

Looks like
Serptent's Ire about 715/960 tickets left
Through Maelstrom Rift about 655/960 tickets left
Interactive Speical ... I still have no idea :-)

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12:17 down to 2422

Serptent's Ire about 80 tickets taken
Through Maelstrom Rift about 110 tickets taken
Interactive Speical ... I have no idea :-)

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I don't have twitter, so I'm going to track my experience here.

12:00 Submitted --- waiting for server

12:01 Your Wish List has been submitted. You are number 3332 in line for processing

12:03 3253 in line

add your experiences

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Bob Jonquet wrote:
Gary Bush wrote:
  • I have access to 2 of 3 Evergreens. Should I purchase the one that I don’t have so I can prep for it?
  • This is a question I will forward to Tonya. We cannot pre-emptively just drop all three evergreens into the account of every GM and since we don't know who might need them, its harder to deal with. Buying them yourself is certainly an option. They are only $4 afterall, but I would encourage you to work with your VO team to be a GM at a local event that is receiving prize support whether that be a regional event or a convention. That would get you access to the the scenario you are running.

    Last year I contacted the PFS Coordinator about the evergreens that I didn't have at that time. At some point The Wounded Wisp was added to my account. I expect that if they are not added automatically to my account this year, I will ask again.

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    trollbill wrote:

    That's what you get for having 5 Stars.

    Of course, I am running all 3 PreGen, gotta have 4-stars to GM, Specials. So I guess that's what I get for having 4 Stars.

    The 4-star 5-star rule for special goes into effect after GenCon. I have two stars, almost three, and I have run the all the specials for the past few years. I just can't run the 'exclusives' after GenCon.

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    Mark Stratton wrote:
    Hillis Mallory III wrote:
    jhallum wrote:

    I assume we'll be getting our GM schedules before Event Reg comes online on Sunday?

    Wondering the same thing.
    If you have read some of the posts, you will have noted that they hope to get them out before then.

    Has anyone gotten their GenCon GM Badge from Paizo/GenCon yet?

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    Idea: Around 7:00 on Friday night, open a Tier Ticket Trading Station out in the hall outside the Sagamore. Have someone from HQ monitor the station whered players can simply bring their ticket for which they don't have an in-tier PC and swap with someone who has the tier they need. This is probably going to happen anyway, but if HQ is somewhat organizing it - at least creating one stop location - it has a better chance of working and working smoothly.

    Also, I expect that Bob and John will be asking the GMs to prep more than just one tier. If I'm right, that still give HQ a little flexibility in table creation.

    Just don't bring a tier 5-6 ticket and expect to get into a 10-11 tier game.

    Also, just for argument sake, what are you going to do if you buy a ticket for PFS #7-23: Abducted in Aether (Level 7-11) and you're 10th level Paladin is killed and you can't resurrect him? Are you going to need to get play another PC in that tier, play a 7th level pregen, get into another game, or swap a ticket with someone? It's the same situation with the special except the tier ranges are smaller.

    Just My Thoughts

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    UndeadMitch wrote:
    I'm curious about the extra cost of tickets for the seeker arc scenarios vs. other non-special scenarios.

    Also, the two pregen special scenarios are $8 each, vs. $6 for a standard scenario and $10 for the interactive where you get a GenCon promo miniature.

    I'm also curious. Are we getting something else that's not advertised yet?

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    Jessex wrote:
    Last night my seeker wizard had need of a way to reverse petrification. One of his party members used a stone salve on him. 4k g.p. even at seeker level is a steep cost and I really do want to pay him back. Now I could have my wizard cast various spells on him with pricey material components for free until the debt is paid off but wouldn't it be simpler if I could just replace his stone salve?

    What if the scenario isn't someplace where you can purchase a 4k g.p. item if you wanted to?

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    Quote:
    Gen Con is previewing the 2016 event catalog on their website starting at noon this Friday, May 6. Next Monday's blog will provide more information about Paizo's lineup, as well as an introduction to this years team leading the volunteer crew at Gen Con. Tune in to get the inside scoop!

    If we haven't gotten our Paizo GM badge information for Gen Con yet, should we be worried? Event signup is in 13 days...........

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    Bob Jonquet wrote:
    Swiftbrook wrote:
    Also, I noticed that Paizo is not a sponsor this year at GenCon. Interesting ......
    Not true. Paizo is a premier sponsor, which I believe is the same level they have been for the past few years. What gives you the idea that Paizo is not a sponsor this year?

    Looks like you had inside knowledge. GenCon just announced that Paizo has signed up to be a cosponsor for 2016, 2017 & 2018.

    Gencon Announcement

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    poster small print wrote:
    This poster/handout is not published, endorsed, or specifically approved by Paizo Publishing.

    This must change! At least the "endorced" and/or "specifically approved" part. This is amazing!

    Keep up the great work Lucas.

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    Just wondering when we might get some information on PFS games offered at GenCon this year. In the past, we've had to wait until the information is distributed by GenCon in their even listing spreadsheet.

    Also, I noticed that Paizo is not a sponsor this year at GenCon. Interesting ......

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    My PFS Lavode De'Morcaine wrote:
    Also, do you generally think just 4 PC's with the 4 player adjust is tougher or the full opposition with 6 PC's?

    OR

    Just 4 PC's with no four player adjustment, full opposition.

    Just a thought. I think that might at least be in the spirit of the rules.


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    Kalindlara wrote:

    I never buy Pawns, though... I'm so deep into miniatures that I can't bear to step from the path. :(

    That said, that's a great set-list. Hopefully the Battles line takes a cue. ^_^

    I agree on both counts. However, I don't see Grand Master Torch ever coming out as a miniature. I'll probably pick this up with some of my GenCon GM store credit. If there are any left by the time I make it to the dealer hall.

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    Blackbot wrote:
    Swiftbrook wrote:


    3) the first item they sunder and destroy, (or the second if your a nice GM and want to bend the rules), tell the party you're crossing the item off the chronicle sheet they are earning and reducing the gold value for that item. (actually 1/6 the gold value I think).

    On what grounds?

    You may reduce gold if they fail to solve an encounter usually. Not because you feel like it.
    You don't cross off potions the enemy drank, you don't reduce the charges of wand the enemy used, you don't cross off the items of an enemy you threw off a cliff.

    I looked it up. I stand corrected. This happened to me once. Good thing in never came up when I was GMing.

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    I'd follow the rules as written.

    1) check their chronicle sheets. They need at least 40 fame to purchase the Maul of the Titans.

    2) check their inventory sheet. 25,305 is a lot to spend on one item, but not unheard of. If they've spent that much on one item, and they're not seekers, they probably have some other area of weakness. Might this be visible to their enemies? Is the fighter just have leather armor?

    3) the first item they sunder and destroy, (or the second if your a nice GM and want to bend the rules), tell the party you're crossing the item off the chronicle sheet they are earning and reducing the gold value for that item. (actually 1/6 the gold value I think).

    4) when the bad guys see him one hit, the rest of the opponents will take notice and act appropriately. Greese the Maul, entangle you, Slow you, etc.

    5) watch the horror on the PC's party faces when the fighter with the Maul fails his Wis save, is now commanded/possessed/etc and starts sundering their equipment! Just like when the machine-gun archer turns his bow on the party. The only difference is that the archers have seen that happen before and should be prepared for it.

    6) remind the player about the "don't be a jerk" rule.

    Also you could look at secondary effects of striking an object. Does it cause the roof/ceiling to become unstable?


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    Sara Marie wrote:

    I wasn't, but came across the data while doing some other stuff. Enjoy!

    Top 10 Paizo Staff Posters (including their aliases)

    Mark Moreland 8,676

    Top 10 Paizo Staff Posters (not including aliases)

    Mark Moreland 7,897

    I did some quick research. If you don't count the posts before he joined Paizo, it knocks off at least 500 posts. That would drop him down several places.

    Sean K Reynolds wrote:

    SKR: 11,072 posts (11,086 including aliases)

    I've been gone two years and some of you still have a long ways to catch up. ;) Heyooooo!

    Yes, you should include Sean on your list.


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    Sure, more than happy to. Read this blog:

    GenCon 2016 Call For Volunteers!


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    John Compton, Pathfinder Society Lead Developer wrote:
    Publisher Preview Update! Pathfinder Battles fans, the long break of miniatures updates is nearly over! Erik will return with news about the upcoming set next week! (referring to 3/4/2016)

    Well John, looks like Erik has disappointed you as well as the rest of us this week. Not as badly as waiting for the pregens from the APG (that's been 5 1/2 years). It has been four months since we've seen a preview from a up-and-coming case set.

    11/6/2015 - Final 3 figures for The Rusty Dragon Inn
    11/13/2015 - The Bar Incentive for The Rusty Dragon Inn
    12/11/2015 - Iconic Heroes Set 4
    1/29/2015 - Iconic Heroes Set 5
    2/12/2015 - Iconic Heroes Set 6

    And the waiting continues ..............

    Until next week. Same time, same place, same disa....


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    If you want to add the Advance Race Guide to your downloads, you can. It's quick and easy to add (just $9.99).

    The bundle was/is a awesome package. Be thankful for what is included. I know I am and I already owned, and paid for, several of the title in the bundle.


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    Good news, at least for me. Just got home a few minutes ago and tried to download Ultimate Equipment - Lite. Low expectations for success. It worked! Quickly too! Still waiting on the second file I attempted this afternoon after that success.

    Maybe just a fluke.

    Maybe I requested right after they reset a server.

    Maybe things are just improving.


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    Chad Newman wrote:


    #1 - Your length of time in IT does not make you an expert when it comes to how Paizo does business or how their web solution is set up. Remember, they are doing this FOR CHARITY. Does it make sense for them to spend tons of money ramping up their online services for something that they are making very little actual revenue on? No. I've been in IT for 26 years and I know I'm out of my element when it comes to how someone like Paizo handles their web presence. IT does not make you an expert. You could have spent 30 years changing printer toner for all we know. :)

    emphasis mine.

    Yes and no.

    Going by the current numbers as of 9:30 am EDT.

    Total Raised: $545,571.54 Wow!, just WoW!

    If we assume nobody changes the distribution of their donations then

    Paizo has earned $354,621,50 (65%)
    Charity has earned %81,835.73 (15%)
    Humble Tip $136,392.89 (20%)

    Again, this is based on the assumption that no one changed their distribution of funds. There is no way for the general public to know how the money is really distributed.

    These numbers are taken right from the Humble page.

    Also, based on previous posts, 20,000+ new Paizo accounts is just amazing.


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    Here are some questions for how we can get the best results. I've tried several different approaches and the only consistent result I get is .... no files.

    1) What should I do once I click on the file and it goes to "Personalizing"?
    a. simply wait? (i.e. don't do anything else on that tab/page)
    b. occasionally refresh the page?
    c. click on the file link periodically?

    2) Is it OK to try several files in a short period of time?

    3) 18,000+ new users? Are you sure you don't want a new web server?

    Comments:

    #1 Thank You!
    #2 I like my PDF personalized. They're mine.


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    I'm having the same issues.

    To add insult to injury, while I am waiting for the file to "personalize", I get "timed out" of the web page. Paizo tells us to wait, but they need to disable the auto time-out feature or at least increase the time until you're timed-out to an hour.

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    KingOfAnything wrote:

    Working for longer hours is the least creative solution to a problem.

    Research checks are a mechanic. One that is balanced by certain expectations. You wouldn't let a PC make extra attacks in a round for a "creative solution," but you might give them a circumstance bonus to hit.

    No, but I would let everyone have an opportunity to make an attack in combat.

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    Consider: 5 player table. Best PC has a good one of the skills for the research DC (or is it RC). They can do is 1d8 points per success. On average it's going to take them 5 days to finish all the research in the library if they succeed every day. If we split the party into to shifts, first shift morning-afternoon, 2 PCs then rest. Second shift afternoon-evening, 3 PCs then rest. You get two tries per day. Now the best they can do is 2d8 points per day. This is the type of "creative solutions" that is referenced to in the GtOP:

    p35 wrote:
    Pathfinder Society Organized Play never wants to give the impression that the only way to solve a problem is to kill it—rewarding the creative use of skills and roleplaying not only make Society games more fun for the players, but it also gives the GM a level of flexibility in ensuring players receive the rewards they are due.

    It seems like the authors line "treat this instead as a creative solution that can grant a bonus on the Research check" is a way to get around the intend of creative solutions. The author does not want to allow creative solutions that might speed up the process. This just rubs me the wrong way.

    I interpreted "Finally, this adventure assumes that the PCs are able to research for one 8-hour period per day for the purpose of calculating the adventure's secondary success conditions." that the PCs are able to. I.E. that they may be able to do more, but that the secondary success condition was calculate/created base on one success per day.

    With only one attempt per day, it seems most parties will not have the ability to meet the very short time span required to meet the secondary success criteria when only being allowed a maximum of one success per day.

    Just My Thoughts

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    Research Question: Research take 8 uninterrupted hours. Does this mean that if the group can research for two 8-hour periods, then they get two attempts per day? If not, can the group split into two research teams one researching in the morning, the other in the evening? Or worse, is this a complete railroad job and the group is only allowed at most one success per day?


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    Hey, this will probably be my first pawns purchases. Maybe I'll use some of my GenCon money/store credit. With John's involvement, this should be really useful.


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    Wow! This looks really disappointing for me. I already own the Country Inn Flip Mat and this is just a bigger version of that. I'm not saying this look bad, it just has no value for me. Plus, I was hopeful that this could have been the Rusty Dragon Inn to go along with the Pathfinder Battle release. Oh well. Maybe we'll get the Rusty Dragon Inn next year.

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    John Compton wrote:

    There is not a way to backdate a PC. I acknowledge that the tier for the adventure does not serve the pool of prospective players as well as it could. To be honest the ideal time to do such an adventure would have been within a year of the Lantern Lodge faction's retirement, and every month since #4–21 has no doubt seen a diminishing number of old Lantern Lodge PCs reach 12th level. Unfortunately, that ship sailed rather early in my time as developer. What I can do is ensure that the retired faction sees continued relevance and that we continue to adventure in Tian Xia with some regularity.

    While planning out the season, I had to balance the needs of this adventure (its story is more conducive to a lower level play), when it would occur in the season, and the tiers of other adventures that I knew needed to happen around the same time. At the end of that process, it ended up being a Tier 3–7 adventure.

    If you have a higher-level Lantern Lodge PC, I also recommend playing Pathfinder Society Scenario [url=http://paizo.com/products/btpy9am5?Pathfinder-Society-Scenario-6-13-Of-Kirin-and-Kraken=#6–13: Of Kirin and Kraken.[/url]

    John, thanks! We always like hearing how you and the staff approach game and campaign design.

    I played Of Kirin and Kraken, with the correct PC and had a blast. I do look forward to playing The Deepmarket Deception sometime in the near future.

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    John Compton wrote:
    About three years ago, the organized play campaign retired the Lantern Lodge as a playable faction, and it's certainly easy to assume that the Lantern Lodge itself (an estate in Goka) just faded into obscurity. In fact, the faction retired largely because it had fulfilled its goals of achieving recognition and resources for the Society's exploration of Tian Xia. I like to revisit the continent several times a season, and this month we're doing something a little different. Rather than just letting the players know that Venture-Captain Amara Li is still in charge of a thriving lodge, this time the PCs are working for her directly to hunt down an Aspis Consortium aggressor. What's more, this adventure has special metaplot opportunities for former members of the Lantern Lodge faction.

    This is exciting, but very disappointing. In the three years since Amara Li completing her goals, my "Lantern Lodge" PC has now graduated past 7th level, even only playing occasionally and on slow track.

    So John, is there a legal way to backdate a PC so we can play it in this adventure or can we transfer any boons we receive from the PC that plays The Deepmarket Deception to a former Lantern Lodge PC?

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    Wei Ji the Learner wrote:
    Eric Clingenpeel wrote:
    You'll most likely be marshaling/mustering. You'll get a clipboard with tables/GMs assigned to you that you have to send groups to. Once everyone is seated you'll go around and collect tickets and hand out water & tokens to GMs. Some HQ volunteers input the session sheets, others collect them and make sure they're completely filled out. Others are at the help desks helping people or checking out pregen binders to gms. During the special HQ volunteers also act as signalers for success conditions.
    Isn't the HQ group also the group that 'emergency GMs' are pulled from in case a GM has an illness or the like, too?

    This has happened, but it is not, not what anyone wants to happen. I was a player, halfway through the evening special a few years ago when our GM had an emergency. A HQ volunteer (4-star GM), stepped in. He ran it colder than cold. Had no idea what was going on, but he is a great GM and did his best.

    The PFS staff does their best to anticipate problems. The HQ lead staff has done an excellent job the past few years and it sounds like several (hopefully most) will be back this year.


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    Marco Massoudi wrote:

    A large round well with clear blue water at the bottom would be very useful.

    I can also see a repaint "Runewell" version with green water.

    +1 ... You beat me to the well suggestion. Just don't put a roof on it. A nice open well.

    The LingSter wrote:
    I would love to see a set of blind bags, similar to "we be goblins" so that we can get just dungeon dressing pieces.

    +1 ... the way the dungeon dressing are selling, this should be a good seller as well.

    Steve Geddes wrote:
    I'm worried that, given the apparent success of the bar, Wizkids will shift towards favoring them over the more niche gargantuans.

    Usefulness of the bar ... once every few adventures.

    Usefulness of a niche gargantuan ... once in a life time.

    The bar, and similar pieces have more bang for the buck from my pocket.

    Steve Geddes wrote:

    In terms of dungeon dressing requests ...

    2. A campfire

    +1

    So many people have had good suggestions, I just need to support them. :-)

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    Markov Spiked Chain wrote:

    Did the Tier 6 GM boon have the Character Rebuild option last year?

    I don't want a snazzy race, so I'm trying to figure what Tier I'd need (if I manage to go ;).)

    Last year I don't believe there was a boon for Tier 6. I was a Tier 2 GM and the only thing crossed off was the Tier 1 Skinwalker access. The Character Rebuild is still available on it.

    GenCon 2015 GM Boon
    Tier 1: Skinwalker
    Tier 2: Changeling
    Tier 3: Samsaran
    Tier 4-5: Grippli

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    Fromper wrote:

    So for those of us not getting Paizo to pay for our hotel, does anyone have any input on the hotel lottery thing? I volunteered to GM a couple of sessions, but not that many.

    The past few years, I've gone to GenCon with friends who go every year and know all the ins and outs. So I didn't have to deal with hotel planning, because they'd do it, and I'd just bunk with them and split the cost. But they're probably not coming this year, so I have to figure it out on my own. I figure I'll book a room and then see which of my friends are thinking of going - I'm sure I'll have no problem finding roommates to split the cost. I just don't know anything about how the signups and lottery stuff work.

    Check out the GenCon forums. There is a lot of ideas there (I think a whole forum) on lodging. There will even be some swapping of hotel stuff and people looking for roommates. There are a lot of options. I plan to camp about 10 minutes from downtown this year. Just not interested in the book. Also the cost for 24 hour x 5 day parkin is much greater than daily parking plus camping (and I don't share a bed).

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    David Setty wrote:
    rknop wrote:
    Interesting that the GenCon call for volunteers is coming before the PaizoCon call for volunteers, given that P is two months earlier than G. (Or did I miss the PaizoCon call?)
    Seems like they pushed it forward so GMs getting comped badges but not hotel rooms can get into the Gencon housing lottery.

    I'm pretty sure that you wont get in the hotel lottery. Last year GenCon issued the Paizo badges the week before you could register for events, (mid-April ?).

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    Tonya Woldridge wrote:
    Swiftbrook wrote:

    Also,

    I think the shifting of the times is not beneficial.

    1) I've attended GenCon the past several years as a Tier 2 GM and watched PFS grow to fill the Sagamore. I have only seen a few problems with morning slot tables not getting done in 4 1/2 hours.

    2) Pushing back the afternoon slot and therefore the evening slot means we all get one less hour of sleep each day.

    3) Ending at 1:00 am is even more family unfriendly then ending at midnight. I've seen and been at evening tables with teens and kids.

    We've had long discussions on the schedule and decided to try something new this year. It is not just consideration of games finishing on time, it is the GMs needing a bit of a break before jumping into a second session. Trying something new this year. If it doesn't work, we can go back to the other way in 2017.

    Well, the only way to see if something is better is to try it out. I'm in.

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    Also,

    I think the shifting of the times is not beneficial.

    1) I've attended GenCon the past several years as a Tier 2 GM and watched PFS grow to fill the Sagamore. I have only seen a few problems with morning slot tables not getting done in 4 1/2 hours.

    2) Pushing back the afternoon slot and therefore the evening slot means we all get one less hour of sleep each day.

    3) Ending at 1:00 am is even more family unfriendly then ending at midnight. I've seen and been at evening tables with teens and kids.

    **

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    holy crap, this is early and unexpected. I haven't even started thinking about summer yet.

    How do we answer the questionnaire if we don't have a gmail account? It wants me to login to Gmail.

    Is the questionnaire asking for slots yet? If so, is there more info about the specials?

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