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Goblin Squad Member. Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Maps Subscriber. FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha. 1,258 posts (1,263 including aliases). 2 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 23 Pathfinder Society characters. 1 alias.


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Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

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Can someone explain to me how running a ton of games to get A/T characters to grandfather in isn't doing EXACTLY what Compton warned us not to do in the blog post?

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

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PC finished reporting today :)

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

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Hello!

The last few sessions have been entered finally now that I have some free time on my hands. I still have the sheets for one slot on Sunday and one on Saturday if there are any discrepancies on those days. Any other discrepancies for other slots should be approached through normal channels.

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

Still have some to report. Don't worry, I will make a post when I'm finished :)

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

I worked on some today and the rest will be done when I'm finished with my work weekend :)

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

So then there's not really a reason to have Convention 'points' on the sheet, right?

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

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The Fourth Horseman wrote:
Todd Morgan wrote:
currently you just need to volunteer for one slot at a convention to pick up the GM race boon.

Yeah, but the likelihood is that they also have credits from game days, and many con GMs tend to run multiple slots, so really, it seems to me like you are arguing that GMs who only run one game at an occasional convention won't get boons. Now here's where I get controversial:

I'm ok with that.

GMs who run that little are contributing, yes, but but infinitely less than those who GM regularly at game days, and even less than those that GM at both.

We should be rewarding contribution, not "HEY! I showed up at a con to run!"

See, I'm not okay with someone who paid money to visit a convention and donate their time to run a game to not get anything for it. Especially at a convention such as GenCon.

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

If you look at the GenCon 2014 blog post, volunteers of every tier, even the non-tier volunteers get a race boon.

Local coordinators can do what they want, I guess, but I base my boon distribution on what they do at PaizoCon and GenCon.

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

currently you just need to volunteer for one slot at a convention to pick up the GM race boon.

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

Because currently you just attend one convention to get a race boon. Now you need to go to four.

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

The only issue I see with wake's boon is that GMs that currently attend a convention don't need any points to get a race boon. They just get one GM boon that has that quarter's race on it, currently. It defeats the purpose of attracting GM volunteers to the convention. It basically flips the table by rewarding non-con GMs and punishing con GMs.

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

I sign all of my boons with metallic marker. I believe GenCon boons are also signed with such, at least the GM boons. This does make it harder to be photocopied. For the rare boons, Mike Brock uses a raised seal to hand stamp each boon and notes that the boon is not valid without a raised seal.

I don't think rampant copying of "Spirit of the Shadow Lodge" is comparable to photocopying race boons. One is valued way more than the other by the majority of players and they DO run a higher risk of photocopying and theft. As an organizer that has had experienced both theft and photocopying of boons in different areas around the country, I make darn sure that any I hand out in the future are tough to abuse.

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

Each chronicle sheet for a scenario gives you 1 XP for completing the scenario. For every 3 XP you have you gain a level. Prestige does not count for leveling purposes.

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

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They'll be finished by Thursday at the latest.

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

Thanks to David Montgomery who went and grabbed lunch for HQ so that we didn't have to pay exorbitant hotel lunch prices.

I also thought I saw Kyle Baird but it may have been a fern by the pool.

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

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Drinking post: David Montgomery from Boston and TOZ are two of the most fun GMs to watch run games.

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

Arrived at 7 am to theoretically move the HQ tables into place but they were no where to be found. Each and every GM and player were very chill about rolling with the punches as the volunteers tore down tables, put up new tables, answered questions and mustered tables simultaneously.

Thanks to Brock for the bagels and the random players who brought us coffee. HQ is now organized and running. I promise I'm a nicer person when not stressed so don't be afraid of approaching the soft and fuzzy ginger at HQ.

However, do be afraid of the small brunette manning the shirt and scenario area. She's feisty and one of the deadliest GMs I've ever witnessed. She is the official HQ bouncer so don't give us any lip!

Her partner in crime is GMing all weekend and is equally deadly, murdering over 30 PCs in two months of AP play. Beware his high tier tables, if you value your pseudo-lives.

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

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Kyle Elliott and myself will be at HQ all weekend if people want to chat. Walter's significant other Melissa will be there as our tough-as-nails bouncer/HQ volunteer so if you create any trouble... well I'd just recommend not creating trouble...

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

Not to beat a dead horse, but isn't that the same argument people have about race boons? Not everyone had access to them so it favors a specific population of players (those who can go to conventions) so it wasn't fair? No one advocated removal of race boons. Instead, PFS opened up race boons to smaller conventions and online conventions while maintaining a certain level of exclusivity. I am assuming PFS will also come up with a good method for VC Seeker inclusion as well.

Again, this is only the first time PFS has moved a PC to NPC. There is zero evidence that it will become a popularity contest. You have valid concerns from prior experiences of feeling unwelcome in LG but I think you are still being a bit premature when we don't even know how they plan to incorporate Seekers into the plot going forward.

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

Joanna Gore wrote:

Off the top of my head, things that might work are sending out an email, putting up a poll on the website, or asking for volunteers in the Monday blog? Include an additional page in the scenarios that people can send back? You could even pull from the high level character thread. I know there are a lot of people (me included) who read the forums or the website regularly but don't frequently post.

I just don't think it's a good idea for players to get the impression that there's a PFS "in crowd" that gets special benefits.

It might be a bit premature to say that they are favoring people considering this is the first time it's happened. However, if we start seeing a slew of Southern PCs becoming NPCs, I might be having a friendly word with them :P

Also, considering the tight schedule for writing such scenarios, how long should a poll run for and how do you keep any back and forth spoiler-free? How many submitted entries must someone go through and how much time should be taken away to do such a review? How does a writer write such a character into the story when they have no experience on how that character is role played? Sure it might be fun to have your PC in a scenario, but what if the writer gets it completely wrong?

It seems to me that since Kyle has actually run games for this character and is familiar with that PC, he could write story and tactics much better than if it was for a polled/submitted character that he knows nothing about.

Personally, I don't have a dog in this fight. It's a fun idea but I'm a bit too possessive of my characters to allow someone else free reign to write their personality as they see fit. I just don't think people should be jumping to conclusions when there is no evidence to support such claims.

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

Hey Big Norse Wolf
Why do you have so much hate
For great poetry

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

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From the perspective of someone who gets asked to audit characters regularly, the ITS is a great addition because instead of having to go through each chronicle sheet tracking expenditures, there is just the ITS to look over and review.

From a player perspective, I forget what items I have quite a bit and so I use the ITS to track my consumables better than if it were written on the back of a character sheet or amongst my binder of chronicle sheets.

From the perspective of a GM, I haven't seen it take more than 5 minutes to fill out at the end of a game. I think most people spend more time writing a post on these forums than it would take them to fill out the ITS.

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

Venture-Lieutenant Nate Sheridan has created quite the list of scenarios, modules and even the first part of an Adventure Path at this year's PretzCon happening in Omaha, NE.

Cherry Hills Event Center
7050 N 102nd Ave
Omaha, NE

If you are in the area and want to come down for a day, we'll get you seated at a table. One day admission is only $15 and there will be boons and prize support available! I'm excited that this will be the first PretzCon I attend in my new role as VC of the area and I look forward to meeting a lot of the area's Pathfinders and introduce myself!

Cheliax

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So now:
1. My mount can charge and my character can do a separate action.

OR

2. Perform a mounted charge with my mount to get my damage bonus from the Mounted Combat feat change and my lance.

Cheliax

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Maybe I'm misremembering but I was under the impression that stuff that adds damage like PBS and AS would just add untyped damage to a ray spell that gives an ability penalty or negative level drain. But I'm not entirely clear on this so I could definitely be wrong.

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

Within the past year, Rachel Hill has quickly become a force within the Omaha community. She divides the area in terms of store coordination with my other Venture-Lieutenant, Nate Sheridan, organizing games at multiple locations. She has plans to bring back PFS to Bellevue, where PFS started out in the area. Personally, I appreciate her attitude, her love of the game and that she isn't afraid to give me constructive criticism of my methods (I also slightly fear her).

With all that in mind, it is my pleasure to add her to the officer corps.

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

The common sense approach for use of the shirt and the folio to me means that if you have the shirt/folio at the table, even if it's in a backpack, they can get a reroll. If a shirt is too small (limited quantities of proper sizes suck!) or uncomfortable, don't wear it at the gaming table please. Players and GMs have to be around each other for 4-5 hours and nothing gets people more on edge that not being comfortable.

I mean, you're only ever going to be able to use a reroll once a session, it really shouldn't matter if the purchased item is worn or not. You paid your dues by purchasing it in the first place.

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

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I'm going to try and come at this question from a global angle. I have been a member of 5 Organized Play campaigns: Living Greyhawk, Living Forgotten Realms, Living Arcanis, Legends of Arcanis and Pathfinder Society.

Going from memory of the rebuild rules, Living Greyhawk didn't allow any, Living Arcanis allowed some, Legends of Arcanis allows it until you stop playing Intro scenarios, Living Forgotten Realms allows a rebuild every level and PFS allows a rebuild until your level 2 and then has implemented rules for limited retrains through errata or Ultimate Campaign.

In terms of what is allowed from sourcebooks, LFR and Legends of Arcanis allow pretty much everything, Living Arcanis marked in the book what was allowed and Living Greyhawk and PFS have FAQ/Errata/Other documents that explain what is allowed.

Out of all the campaigns, Living Greyhawk was extremely restrictive with the large campaign "document" (I say document, but I really mean small book), PFS has a much smaller campaign rules document, followed by LFR and both Arcanis'.

In terms of overall campaign document complexity, rebuild rules and additional resource allowance by far the most restrictive campaign has been Living Greyhawk > PFS > Living Arcanis > Legends of Arcanis > LFR

Now take a look at the success of these campaigns. I don't think it's too far of a leap in logic to assign a strong level of correlation between the level of restrictiveness of a campaign to its overall success.

To the OP, there is one option that you forgot to add to your list of options to the campaign (which is also the most restrictive): no rebuild whatsoever.

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

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Scott can correct me if I'm wrong, but the vitriol he is referring to is in general on the boards. For those of us who started on the boards playing when the Beta was out, the boards have become more sarcastic, less helpful and definitely more angry/depressing. It's probably why you see so many of the Old Guard trying to derail threads with wacky humor.

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

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You should check your downloads again. There should be a core rulebook pdf

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

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Check your downloads

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

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Necromancy is perfectly fine in Society play.

The table you sit at may not be perfectly fine with you playing a necromancer.

If you're playing with the same group of people every time, it won't be an issue, but I would suggest you make an additional character to sub in just in case the table isn't cool with it.

I make the same suggestion to Paladin players, FWIW :P

Cheliax

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Nefreet wrote:
Todd Morgan wrote:
Nefreet wrote:
Double Slice would increase the damage bonus of your off-hand Longsword from x.5 to x1. How do you get x1.5?
Wielding a longsword with two hands.

If you wield a Longsword in two hands, you don't need Double Slice.

EDIT: And, after all this discussion, I hope you're not meaning wielding a 2nd Longsword with two hands...

Yep I am.

You can already dual wield long swords, albeit at a hefty penalty. Taking the TWF feat reduces those penalties and double slice normalizes the damage of the off-hand attack to match the primary attack.

By taking vestigial arms, you can grasp each sword with two hands, thus getting 1.5 str.

It's subtly different than the original argument. Using two hands to fight with a THW is different than using two hands to fight with a one-handed weapon.

Cheliax

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Nefreet wrote:
Double Slice would increase the damage bonus of your off-hand Longsword from x.5 to x1. How do you get x1.5?

Wielding a longsword with two hands.

Cheliax

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After reading through this thread I'm a bit confused on one subject:

I understand the intent is not to dual-wield two two-handed weapons (hereby called THW) by taking the Discovery "Vestigial Arms" twice.

I also get that SKR vetoed this in the answer to Nefreet's question on wielding a THW and making an offhand attack if you had ONE Vestigial Arm (thereby nixing the idea of TWF with THWs).

However, if you spend THREE feats (Double Slice, Extra Alch Disc. x2) in addition to TWF, wouldn't you get 1.5x Str damage per hit when fighting with two longswords?

You'd take a big penalty for not using a light off-hand weapon, BUT since you are spending FEATS (or using a couple Discoveries) I don't see why this couldn't happen.

There are already other feats that you can take that increase damage (Vital Strike feat chain, Double Slice).

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

Has it really been 3 years ago this upcoming GenCon? Holy cripes!

Cheliax

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There are companies out there that will actually send you the packaging when making a return/repair to a product. I think it would be great if WizKids could do this as well.

Step 1: Fill out the "Create a Package" form and you have to attach an image of the broken miniatures.
Step 2: WizKids reviews the information, prints out the mailing forms for you and mails you a flat packed box or bubble mailer.
Step 3: Mail the defective miniatures in.

A guarantee of receiving the correct replacement within X months of original set release date would be nice as well.

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

Wouldn't that fall into the purview of when the GM sits as a player?

Cheliax

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Yeah this was my favorite part of the book and the write up on what each of the nations would do theoretically is well thought out and logical.

Cheliax

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In my experience, this is becoming a more frequent problem. First set had no broken miniatures. Then one or two in the next couple of sets which has ramped up considerably. They have always been of the common variety.

Today, I averaged 2 broken figs per brick, one of which was The Storm King. So I'm left with either trying to fix it with superglue or spending a good chunk of change to replace it. I'm not going to pay money to ship them to WizKids and potentially not get the correct miniatures back. It's a completely ridiculous policy.

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

This is a good idea. I mean, we already have the Faith books that list each deity's code of conduct so there wouldn't be an issue of GM fiat. It is kind of like a self audit to improve your own role playing. It's voluntary and not mandated so it's not like someone who does it can rub it in the face who doesn't (I mean, it's pretty much meaningless to everyone except the person playing the paladin).

Not only that, it helps players recognize when they'd need an atonement and help them take steps to avoid that. The only potential problem I could see is that you are posting the Code of Conduct on the sheet and it would get into the hands of someone who didn't pay for the book...so maybe kind of a grey area?

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

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I've seen quite a few players using the spells themselves, so I believe that yes, Save or Suck spells are fun for players.

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

Jiggy,

I don't think he was saying that he has a bone to pick with anyone who challenges his ruling, but he DOES if they do it in the middle of the game instead of afterwords, taking up time and stopping the game.

You call yourself a "rules guy." Why not use the term "Rules Lawyer?" Because we all have a negative connotation with that gamer trope, and you probably don't fit into the that mold at all with your rules knowledge and play style. It's not a positive moniker and I don't think Jeff (correct me if I'm wrong) is referring to your type of play style at all.

The same way people who optimize their characters don't generally like to be called "Power Gamers." There is a negative stereotype associated with that name as well. You can min-max characters all you like, but until you start taking over the game with a 'look-what-I-can-do' attitude, you aren't the type of player that Jeff is referring to.

I think most of us can agree that the stereotypical "Rules Lawyer" and "Power Gamer" attitudes aren't in line with what a cooperative role playing game should be and exhibit "Jerk-y" behavior.

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

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Probably by dedicating time, money and effort to growing his local community :P

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

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Uhh, any way we can lock this thread? If the issue has been handled then all that can be gained out of this thread is personal insults and hurt feelings...

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

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Keep in mind, if you game in a public place, then you are representing that game to every non-gamer in the area.

Cheliax

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You could also look into a Dragon Bloodrager from the Advanced Class Guide playtest.

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

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Do we really need specific rules on how to act like a mature adult while playing this hobby?

Cheliax

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Looking at Ultimate Campaign, I do not believe there is a way to retrain your patron, so even if you retrained into an archetype, when you lose that archetype you would still keep the Patron

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

There will be table variation with GMs and table variation with players. I always let the players hash it out first and only step in when needed (if they are both being stubborn, one/both is getting visibly frustrated, etc). I have found in my experience that for some strange reason, the players who work things out between themselves actually commit their characters towards protecting each other. It's kind of amusing :)

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