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Goblin Squad Member. Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Card Game, Maps Subscriber. FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar RPG Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha. 1,288 posts (1,295 including aliases). 4 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 24 Pathfinder Society characters. 1 alias.


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Now, if you GM at a convention, I do know that the boon allows a free rebuild. You can easily GM a lot of conventions and have a store of rebuilds to use for future changes.

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People would abuse the more liberal policy. Liberal policies in the past have had to be re-structured due to abuse in the short amount of time they were open. When a small amount of people abuse the system it ends up hurting everyone.

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Painlord wants a post out of me:

As one of four HQ Leads this year, I wouldn't say I have impossible standards. BUT you've all sorely disappointed me and I hate you all. Good day!

Is this what you wanted, Painlord?

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Does that mean you can now convert characters to CORE?

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I can get behind this idea and also let us know when it gets updated. I was looking through it the other day to find the Allosaurus was suddenly no longer legal for play so I have a 7th level Nagaji Saurian Shaman with an illegal AC at the moment :P Will have to figure out something else pronto!

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Thanks, much appreciated!

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Mulgar wrote:
Todd Morgan wrote:
There was a time when GMing in PFS granted you no chronicle sheet and no stars and no opportunity to replay. Yet people still GM'd in those times, for no more reward than growing their community and helping grow conventions in their area.

The times they are a'changin.......

Seriously, when you drop out of playing repeatedly to make sure other people have a chance to play, and no on else does......

A little reward would be nice.

There is a reward. As times have changed...

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There was a time when GMing in PFS granted you no chronicle sheet and no stars and no opportunity to replay. Yet people still GM'd in those times, for no more reward than growing their community and helping grow conventions in their area.

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It is my pleasure to announce a new 5 Star GM in the Omaha, NE metro area. Nate Sheridan is a VL that I inherited from Mike Lindner back when I moved over to the area. He has been GMing for the past four years and has been an integral part of the local Lodge with his game days.

Congrats Nate, welcome to the ranks!

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Can we at least agree that previous feats that allowed Dexterity bonus to damage had specific language that limited it to being a one handed weapon OR limited the modifier to damage (a la Agile) and that this Class Ability does not have any such language?

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Really? I always thought that the AP stuff was canon, with the assumption that the PCs are successful.

To the OP: My feeling that as long as you don't affect what has been established through the Campaign Settings, the Player Companions and the AP books you are good to go. That does include deities, however.

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BigNorseWolf wrote:

** spoiler omitted **

Not trying to confuse anyone, but it does read differently just about any time i look at it.

It doesn't say that it replaces the strength modifier. Its, raw, a bonus equal to your dex bonus to damage instead of your strength modifier. That would be 1x dex on an elven curve blade, and 1x dex on something for two weapon fighting.

Which I'd be fine with. Two weapon fighting is underpowered anyway.

But doesn't 'instead of' mean 'replace'? They seem to be synonymous to me...

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Seranov wrote:

Yeah, nah, that's not how it works. In the absence of evidence to the contrary, you stick to how things have always worked. With how often Paizo books come out with bits missing due to word limits and such (hi ACG Cleric archetype!) it could simply be an oversight.

Agile/Slashing Grace/Fencing Grace don't let you get 1.5x Dex, therefore there is no evidence that this Rogue feature should let them do it, either. Agile/Slashing Grace/Fencing Grace don't let you get 1x Dex on offhand attacks, therefore there is no evidence that this Rogue feature should let them do that, either. Neither of these prevents the other from being true.

It's likely to get FAQ'd but I wouldn't hold my breath. Paizo is notoriously against easy-to-get-and-use Dex-to-damage, and this is almost guaranteed not to work like you want it to.

Except that in those previous cases you mention, it spells out that it does not allow 1.5 Dex to damage in the cases you mention. In this case, there is no such language. Not only that, but the limitations with the Unchained Rogue ability limit it to one weapon and mention the replacement of Str with Dex.

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I would think that it does let you use 1.5x dex because you are substituting dex for str. It's not simply adding dex, it's replacing str for that specific weapon. So when you read the thf weapon abilities, you replace the word str with dex for the abilities of that one type of weapon

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I thought it would be fun to take the scenarios that have aspis in them already and re-write them from the aspis perspective. with the caveat that you always lose to pathfinders

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I think the Rules Board says per RAW they are treated as separate bloodlines. Unless a clarification is made by a developer on the Rules boards, I don't think you will have PFS change a RAW rule for this, but that is my opinion.

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Greetings!

It is my pleasure to welcome Rachel Hill to the ranks of the 5-Star GM corps. She has devoted a HUGE chunk of time to PFS, both in person and online and has always done an exemplary job. She also coordinates half of the Omaha game stores in addition to all the time she spends prepping games. Congratulations Rachel, you have most definitely earned it!

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Is he from NIMH?

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What a great read! I cannot decide if I like it or the previous novel the best!

Dark Archive ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

If you can edit your original post I think you can edit the title, but I'm not entirely positive.

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The convention is off to a great start! Talked up PFS to the Marine Reserve noncom officers who are here representing Toys for Tots and have given out 5 new PFS numbers in the first few hours. Hopefully I'll be able to link pictures of an entire ballroom of PFS.

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I'm not sure I understand why you are being so defensive over a thread title. People have suggested ways to help you show your petition in better light to the campaign staff and players in general. I, for one, had no idea what the threat title even meant, and I've seen every MP movie and own most seasons of the show. I too, might suggest editing your title to be more professional.

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Does a Bloodrager bloodline count as a Sorcerer Bloodline for the purposes of Dragon Disciple? I don't see where this is stated. The Prestige Class only mentions Sorcerer Bloodlines.

The Bloodrager entry states that you can take levels in Sorcerer, but you have to take the same bloodline as your Bloodrager, making me think they are separate bloodlines that advance separately. The beginning of the Classes section even mentions that if you do this you may be getting 'redundant' abilities.

This leads me to the conclusion that DD and Bloodrager actually don't stack. Instead, you acquire a second Sorcerer Draconic bloodline in addition to your Bloodrager Draconic bloodline.

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TTT for anyone in the area!

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It's probably going to take time to finish reporting. PFS is run by volunteers and no one is getting paid to do all that data entry. It can take anywhere from 2-5 minutes to enter a reporting sheet (a lot of which depends on it being completely filled out and LEGIBLE). Multiply that time by the number of reporting sheets for the convention (1200+) and that is quite a bit of time. 3-4 years ago, GenCon was finished reporting in late October. Time is being cut down each year but as the campaign grows and more GenCon tables are added, we need to be cognizant that the people doing the reporting have work, families, etc. that take precedence over this task.

I'm not saying that it won't be done in a timely manner, but please manage your expectations. As always, your physical chronicle sheet trumps anything online.

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The stop point for creating Aasimar and Tiefling characters was Aug 14th. Unfortunately at this point you cannot create one without a boon.

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Hello all!

I am happy to announce that there will be Pathfinder Society at NukeCon Oct 3-5 2014 in Omaha, NE. We will be offering the end of Season 5 scenarios, the beginning of Season 6, all three Bonekeeps, the Legacy of the Stonelords as well as the Paths We Choose.

More information regarding registration can be found here

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I talked to numerous parents who became choked up describing how appreciative they were that Paizo is doing Kids Track and how awesome of a job LS was doing over there.

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Just in general, to the players out there: if your PC wants to do a morally ambiguous action and you feel you have to come to the boards to ask about whether or not it's okay, you probably just shouldn't do it to begin with.

Playing PFS at home with friends in a private setting is one thing, but remember, it is a PG13 game, there are times when you don't know the people you are sitting with, and it's just good gamer etiquette to be aware of your actions. GenCon is in two days and PFS will be put on display for the masses of serious and casual gamers alike. We owe it to the campaign and the company to show the game in a good light :)

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If you take out the reviews from people that complained because their characters died, this is actually a well-liked scenario...YOLO

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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?

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PC finished reporting today :)

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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.

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

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

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

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The Fourth Horseman wrote:
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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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They'll be finished by Thursday at the latest.

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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.

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

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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