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Regardless of if you are for or against replays, for whatever reason, you have to realize there is going to be an initial problem of availability of scenarios. This problem has already reared its ugly head with Starfinder. I understand why there are only two scenarios published a month, and obviously we dont want to rush Paizo as we would rather have quality scenarios, but in the mean time there isnt going to be much to do.
If we had unlimited 1e replays, at least for the first year or two (at which point Im betting there would be enough content for 2e that 1e would just die out naturally, as previous editions of games such as AD&D did).

That said, I do think the reasons for disallowing replays, and perhaps slightly laxer rules regarding them should be examined. I see old PFS players in my store all the time playing 5th Ed, and when I ask them why they don't play Pathfinder anymore, 9/10 of the time the answer is along the lines of it became too hard to find games they could play anymore, so they moved to another system where that wasnt an issue for them.

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hxcmike wrote:
Then we lose the sczarni, and now the scarab sages.

Wait, what? Did I miss something? They didn't say that any faction was going to be dropped, just one added.

Im super excited for this new faction. We were just talking at tonight's game about my druid being Grand Lodge. It does't make much sense for him, but it makes more sense than all the others.
On the other hand, I am also working on a Scarab Sage ATM who is heavily vested in their story, and if they take the faction away, all my work is going to be undone to the point of making me toss him out. I'll be super sad.

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Unfortunately it is just a waiting game, as it is all handled by a single person, Tonya Woldridge, and she is *SUPER* busy between cons, the holidays etc. If it is any consolation it took 7 months for my promotion to go through, and I have been doing VA duties before Venture-Agent was a rank.

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Jared Thaler wrote:
Does anyone have a good source of pawns for the scarab sages? I have Tahonikepsu, Sinohotep and Grand Master Torch, but I cannot find any full body images of Amenopheus or Dhiara.

Where is Tahonikepsu from?

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Streamwalker wrote:
I do not think you'd need the boon for druid, as the options in it are open for druid anyway. I could be mistaken, though.

Opps,.. and this folks, is why you should not attempt to make new character concepts at 3am. Still, the list of where it is useful is helpful. Thanks folks!

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Wayne Bradbury wrote:
Michael White wrote:

So I have a boon (Mounted Tradition) that allows me to use a special mount matching my race.

Quote:
If you have the divine bond or mount class feature, instead of choosing an animal companion from the list provided in the class description, you may instead call a mount from the list below so long as you are a member of the corresponding race.
Out of curiosity, what boon is that/where is it from, and what animals does it make available?

The boon as, is mentioned in my OP, Mounted Tradition. I got mine back in Season 5, when like none of these races were legal so it confused the heck out of me. Now a bunch are legal. It is also part of the RSP, which makes it much more common. I think three other people at my store have a copy ATM.

Catfolk: Big Cat (must be level 7) which is the one I want to use
Dhampir: Wolf (must be level 7)
Goblin: Goblin Dog (must be level 4)
Tengu: Axe Beak (must be level 4)
Grippli: Giant Frog (must be level 7)
Kitsune: Wolf (must be level 7)
Kobold: Giant Gecko (must be level 4)
Nagaji: Giant Chameleon (must be level 4)
Vishkanya: Megalania (must be level 7)

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So I have a boon (Mounted Tradition) that allows me to use a special mount matching my race.

Quote:
If you have the divine bond or mount class feature, instead of choosing an animal companion from the list provided in the class description, you may instead call a mount from the list below so long as you are a member of the corresponding race.

Based on that wording I am guessing animal companion (such as from a druid / hunter) does not qualify, which makes me sad because I totally had a character concept I wanted to play with as a druid.

So help me out here. Paladin, Cavalier, and Samurai. What else would qualify to use this boon?

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Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
The boon says it can only be used once per season. It doesn't say you must use one labeled for the current season.

Someone asked Tonya a question about the Expanded Narrative Boon at GenCon, and I asked for clarification. The response was they accumulate, and dont go away (until used of course). So if I have the Season 7 Expanded Narrative Boon with 2 recharges and dont use them, then I get the Season 8 and earn 2 more, I have four recharges to use in Season 9 if I wish.

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Have: Changling, Elemental Slayer, Mounted Tradition, Horror Resistance, Treasure Map, Family Tradition, Magaambyan Dilettante, Niche Specialist, Expedition Manager, Explorers Endurance. (Man, I do too many cons)

Want: Catfolk, Ratfolk.

I'm currently at GenCon, and will be chained to either the Info Desk or the Reporting Desk for most of the con.

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I would *love* to get in on this if possible. This year, not only am I going alone, but I am Tier 1 Staff so I am going to be pretty much chained to the front desk in the Sagmore.
It's going to be particularly bad on Friday where I work a back to back shift from 7am to 7pm and then IMMEDIATELY attend the Solstice Scar special until 1am. But even the other days where I only have 12 hour shifts are going to be bad if I crash.

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I know the OP was asking about characters, but as other people also mentioned physical comfort stuff, Im gonna add, a sweatshirt. I know, I know, the weather says its going to be hot and Im crazy right?
From previous experience, they turn the AC *all* the way up and its actually fairly cold in there.

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Bob Jonquet wrote:
It is unlikely based on a number of factors

I'm guessing no more SF tables means there likely wont be anymore Special tables either? :(

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Tonya Woldridge wrote:
I'm currently looking at ticket sales and talking with the Gen Con leads about opening up some more tables on sold out games, as well as redistributing tiers for Solstice Scar. I will post here when I know the date/time those updates will go live, to assist you in being ready to pounce and purchase tickets.

Any update on this, or is it still up in the air?

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Yeah, what Walter said. You're kinda hosed because only one person (Tonya) can do it, and shes also the only person who can do piles of other things, plus shes got a bunch of Cons, including GenCon, Starfinder release, and a new Pathfinder season. I got nominated in August, and didn't get "approved" until March. So based on that timeline your half way there!

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Tonya Woldridge wrote:

I'm currently looking at ticket sales and talking with the Gen Con leads about opening up some more tables on sold out games, as well as redistributing tiers for Solstice Scar. I will post here when I know the date/time those updates will go live, to assist you in being ready to pounce and purchase tickets.

My apologies for the badge snafu. May/June passed in a convention blur. Making notes to make sure we don't have the same issues next year.

Cheers,
-T

Yay!!!! Thank you thank you thank you.

Please please, if possible add more Tier 7-8 for 9-00 Assault on Absalom and of course the Starfinder stuff.

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James Anderson wrote:


Yes, but there's no events to sign up for, as Starfinder was filled before badges were released.

And I still haven't gotten my GM/staff badge.

For me, the entire point of going to GenCon is to be able to do things I can't do easily locally, or where having boatloads of folks makes it a much cooler experience, ie specials, and of course Starfinder.

Starfinder, as mentioned was super full as soon as general reg opened, and at this point both 8-99 (in my tier) and 9-00 are gone as well. So now I'm taking time off work, paying for and traveling over 2k miles, and paying eating out prices for food for a week for,..? No point really.
IMO the only solution would be to essentially add some "slot zero" style games. Starfinder and special games only folks who were volunteers could sign-up for once all badges dropped. Obviously some folks would have to step up and GM such things, and space would be an issue but I don't know. Just tossing out ideas.

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MadScientistWorking wrote:


I was almost beaten to death with a broom which only happens in one scenario I think....

Suddenly I dont feel so bad for being dropped to -2 by a bag. I still get razzed about that.


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Hi folks,
Due to a number of players at my location who have played / GMed lots, trying to schedule games everyone can enjoy has become a bit of a challenge. I was looking at Gallows of Madness, as it is listed as a module with 3 parts.
My question is, are those 3 parts short enough to fit in a typical "PFS 4 hour slot" or are going to require breaking up each part into multiple sections (causing other issues). Do to scheduling, if they fit into 3 4-hour slots, its perfect, if not I need to investigate other options.

Feedback is most welcome, particularly from anyone who has run these as PFS adventures.

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Whelp, I finally aquiessed to the insanity. I just signed up for a T1 HQ slot. See ya all there!

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Belabras wrote:
Awesome! But, any way we can get the associated pdfs for our game store purchases as well?
Kalindlara wrote:
I think the question was "Is there a way I can buy a physical product from my store and gain this benefit, but also get the associated pdf?" ^_^

This. This needs to be a thing. A while ago, I ordered the newest book for the Dresden Files RPG from my game store. Evil Hat (the publisher) had the option if the retailer signed up as a retail location, where they could download a PDF copy of the book, and hand it out however they wanted to anyone who purchased a hardcopy of it (CD, USB key, email, etc). They also had an option for a code to use on their store site which allowed me to download it (which is what we used). Currently, the only way to get a free PDF with the purchase of a physical book is to be a subscriber. I love the idea of this, as I am a fan of physical gaming books, particularly when reading new material for the first time, its SUPER handy to have PDF copies to fulfill the PFS requirement you have a copy of all materials used in your characters. Considering how many books a typical (non-core) character uses material in, thats more than I want to carry around, particularly to a convention where I have multiple characters for the weekend.

Unfortunately, we have the problem at our location where folks either subscribe because free PDF and dropping on their door the day its out, or if they want to pick and choose, instead of getting everything, Amazon because its cheaper. This has lead to a circular logic issue, at least at our store. We are buying less Pathfinder materials from the store, as we could get a free PDF, or its cheaper elsewhere. Which in turn means they are stocking less and less Pathfinder books, which means there is less chance the actual book we want is instock, requiring we get it elsewhere.

So huzah! This is a definite step in the right direction, but its not a full solution.

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Roy Rydbeck wrote:
I am also experiencing lots of issues scheduling scenarios that can draw enough players to even have a table. Brand new stuff usually works but beyond that there are experienced players who would come out and play if they could. The evergreens and core isn't attractive enough, players who want to play the characters they like and have built not re-starting a level 0 or core. Yes there have been replay options put out there but so far they are having little impact. Experienced players just stop coming out.

This, exactly this. My store used to have two tables, a low-tier, and a high-tier. These days its not unusual to have 3-4 players (plus GM) at our tables. When I schedule new scenarios before any other store in the area, we sometimes end up with two (or three) tables again, full of older players. When I talk to the folks who used to regularly play at our location as to why they no longer do PFS at our store, the answer almost always is that there were just not enough scenarios they could play. Every week I literally watch players who used to do PFS at our store playing 5e because of exactly this. Our 5e now has the table population PFS used to enjoy just because there are more things to play with less hassle.

To put things into perspective, the gamer population in our area is quite plentiful, and there are enough locations to support it. If I was to drive 30 min a night, I could easily play (barring issues with replay) 5 games a week. All 7 nights if I didnt mind expanding my drive to ~45 minutes.


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dragonhunterq wrote:
improved spell sharing is designed for hunters, and other pet classes that can share teamwork feats - same as pack flanking. It is worded deliberately to not limit it to any one class for forward compatibility - They can be taught [/tongue in cheek]
So you're saying they specifically worded it in such a way that a summoner can take the feat while an eidolon cannot in case they some day make a summoner archetype that grants teamwork feats to the eidolon or the summoner sacrifices wealth and/or class levels to get the feat onto its eidolon via something that isn't "just because he's a basic summoner"?

Yeah, that doesnt make sense. If that were the case the new summoner archtype would just get an ability, like the hunters that says the eidolon can ignore feat requirements for teamwork feats. Would make things less confusing. It makes more sense that it was supposed to be designed so the PC required a compaion so it didn't get used as a normal Teamwork Feat between party members, and the wording just needs to be clarified. IMO.

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chris manning wrote:


i have never used any of my GM star replays, and have 2 filled expanded narrative boons to refresh them if i ever do use them up. I still have 95 games that i havnt played + all the AP's. I dont see this as a real problem - i know there are a few players who seem really vocal about it, but they are really in the minority in my experience.

I have a player who has 12 games he can play, add in trying to schedule everyone else with no conflicts and it becomes a problem. Just because it's not one for you doesn't mean it isn't an issue for others. As I said earlier, perhaps its just the heavy concentration of gamers in the area and we are an outlier.

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I agree there should be some more flexibility to allow more replays than just stars once. I currently am a store coordinator for a number of folks who have been playing for years, (Kurthnaga being one of those folks) and every few months I pull my hair out trying to schedule stuff everyone can participate in (I had to make a spreadsheet of everyones plays / gms). Our local VL plays at my store, as well as being a coordinator for another store. That on top of his VL duties to visit other stores means he has pretty much done it all Roy Rydbeck also local, and visits our store from time to time, so maybe its just an indication our area is more saturated with PFS players in general, but regardless its a problem for us.

I understand some of the issues that they are trying to prevent, but honestly for folks that want to there is still not much stopping them. Play a scenario, turns out it has an awesome reward that would be perfect for your other character? Just GM it and apply it to that character. GMed it and know everything about the scenario? Just prepare your character with extra gear to avoid some of the issues, and use your existing knowledge to sail through the scenario by making all the right decisions. Its a matter of trust, we are trusting folks not to ruin the game for others by abusing their knowledge already, why not give GMs a bit more leeway.
I'm sure most folks think this is a dead horse, but I am a fan of stars refreshing on a yearly biases.


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Source Advanced Class Guide pg. 150
Your link with your companion creature allows you to share your magic with it.

Prerequisites: Ability to acquire an animal companion, eidolon, familiar, or special mount.

Benefit: When you are adjacent to or sharing a square with your companion creature and that companion creature has this feat, you can cast a spell on yourself and divide the duration evenly between yourself and the companion creature. You can use this feat only on spells with a duration of at least 2 rounds. For example, you could cast bull’s strength on yourself, and instead of the spell lasting 1 minute per level on yourself, it lasts 5 rounds per level on yourself and 5 rounds per level on your companion.

Once the spell is cast, you and the companion creature can move farther apart without ending the effect.

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The problem lies in the wording of the Prerequisite. It requires you to have the ability to acquire an animal companion, familiar, eidolon, or special mount. It is also a teamwork feat, which requires the person (creature) you are doing it with has it as well. Unfortunately, no companion that I know of has the ability to acquire companions of their own so they are ineligible to learn it, leaving the character with no one to share it with.
I'm sure this was written with Hunters in mind, as the animal companion doesn't need to meet the feat requirements due to Hunter Tactics, and is published in the same book as the Hunter class. But Hunter is not a requirement, and it clear opens the doors to other classes with the wording in the requirement mentioning other companions.

One of my local players texted me the this question while I happened to be at GenCon, and I happened to be sitting a few tables over from John Compton so I went over and asked him. He looked over the wording, gave me his answer, then suggested I post it to the forums so that could be officially noticed and errataed. Thus this post, hopefully this is the right place to put it.

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"Gunsmithing does not grant the ability to craft firearms, ammunition, or black powder. Rather, it allows the purchase of bullets, pellets, black powder, and alchemical cartridges (with 1 rank in Craft [alchemy]) at the listed reduced price, but does not grant a discount on the purchase of any firearm. Resold items gained through this feat are worth half the actual cost paid, not half the regular market value for the item. No PC can purchase a gun without this feat, even if they possess the Amateur Gunslinger or Exotic Weapon Proficiency (firearm) feats." - Additional Resources.

As a side-note, because its not clearly explained in the blurb, but the reduced cost for ammo is 1/10 the price. Nefreet posted a handy cost chart here.

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Tineke Bolleman wrote:
Having GM stars recharge without a boon and then let GM use them to get a second GM chronicle could work I think.

This was pretty much the solution I thought of in my head, Tineke just beat me to the punch.

I have GMed a few cons since the boon was released, and just haven't gotten it yet. I got a wifty (real) coin of the Open Road, and some other nice boons, but not that one. I'm going to GenCon this year so hopefully then.
But there are lots of GMs who don't get to go to big cons, and they kinda get left out.


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Chris Lambertz wrote:
Announced for later this month!

So, does this mean released today, as its the last day of the month, or has it (and 6-07) been pushed back?


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Sounds great, but I'm curious as to organization, much like Rainzax. With that many feats finding the one you want could potentially be daunting. Also is there any indication on PFS legal (or PFS modified) feats?

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I missed that post, but I was kinda figuring that. Thanks for the confirmation.

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I am guessing Unchained is not PFS Core legal, even if the Unchained class was originally a core class (Looking at you Mr. Rogue)?


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Jeff Merola wrote:

The new Unchained Monk cannot be used with any archetype by default.

In other words, if you want to use any archetype you'll need to ask your GM to homebrew it.

So no Unchained Zen Archer eh? Well that kinda makes it meh in my book. Oh well.

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Add me to the interested list!


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How long does it usually take them to update the Additional Resources page for PFS? Since I play mostly PFS, I want to make sure its worth buying, and they haven't dropped the ban-hammer on everything.

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Dorothy Lindman wrote:

Question on summoners and the new April 29th date:

The blog post said "effective immediately" summoners from ACG were no longer legal. However, the date was then changed from "today" to April 29th.

Does this mean that pre-level 2 summoners from ACG can still be played until April 29th?

We have three tier 1-5 tables starting in 3 hours, and it would be nice to get a clarification before then.

Same(ish),

We have a (freshly) level 2 summoner (APG) playing with us on Wednesday. He doesn't get paid until the first (Friday), does this mean we have to make him play a pre-made since by PFS rules you cant play a character if you dont have the book (Hes also super-unhappy since he just bought APG so he COULD play a summoner)? A little more warning / padding would have been nice.

On a semi-related note, when is Additional Resources going to be updated to reflect the legality (or non-legality) of Unchained?

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Congratulations Rob!!


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Physically Unfeasible wrote:

Your problem is right here:

Quote:
*Limbs (Legs) (2) Claws (2)...This evolution[claws] can only be applied to the limbs (legs) evolution once.
You're able to add it once and whilst you must have limbs equal to the claws you're adding normally, you can only add it to legs once.

Ungh, well, that's dumb, as anyone who has ever tried to give a cat a bath will tell you.

Thanks though, I guess its time to go rebuild my eidolon.

Satchmo wrote:
Rear claws are normally refereed to as a rake attack. It gives you two attacks on a charge but only counts as one for your total number of natural attacks limit.

Actually Rake gives you two attacks each time you succeed a grapple check with the target. Grappling, before you get Large, seems to be a complete waste of time to me, since you would be giving up attacks to grapple, and grappling an opponent who is the same size category as you (unless your built for it) is usually a loosing battle.


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I just bought Hero Lab, and am in the process of importing my PFS character when I discovered an issue. Either I have been unintentionally cheating, or I found an issue with Hero Lab.
My eidolon is a quadruped with the following evolutions
*Bite
*Limbs (Legs) (2)
Claws (2)
Improved Damage - Claws

When I attempt to add the Claws evolution twice Hero Lab freaks out and tells me "You must have a pair of arms to place these claws on".
Per the APG pg60 "This evolution can only be applied to the limbs (legs) evolution once. This evolution can be selected more than once, but the eidolon must possess an equal number of the limbs evolution"

I thought I was fine, per my understanding of the rules. Two pairs of legs, two pairs of claws. Am I misunderstanding the rule or is Hero Lab just being buggy?
I've played this way for a number of levels and never had a GM bat an eye at it, one even suggested I forgo the bite entirely even though it does more damage, and pick up the feat Weapon Focus - Claw and the Rend evolution, as a way to make it more effective.