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To put it in perspective, there was a decent amount of time where PFS GMs received nothing for GMing other than the goodwill for helping the local community. This was before the VO group was formed so local communities weren't receiving any scenarios for free, either. I don't recall many complaints during this time about rewards either, that all came much later :P
As the RVC in question for the region, I just wanted to let people know that it's being handled by local VOs in private and that at this point, I'm considering the forum portion of this matter closed. If staff wants to lock it, that's fine, if not, no worries, but I probably won't be following the discussion any further :P
I do sort of regret that the GMs post got deleted, as I had thought it was polite and had started to address the matter. Oh well!
In a season 1 scenario my character turned an orc into a frog. Made the will save. My character just said they put it in a cage and the GM wrote it on the scenario sheet and we left it at that. Hasn't really come up again and I just tell the story without any mechanical benefit. If all you want to do is say you did it, and have it as proof of a story, I don't see the harm of it. If you kept it out, tried to have it be present during fights, etc, it's more problematic.
1. Talk to the GM first; if it doesn't get resolved then take it to the:
Taking it to the boards makes it more likely to devolve into a he-said/she-said type of situation that doesn't help the situation in the slightest.
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To address this portion, we started mustering at 10-15 minutes before the listed start time and had all the ticketed players seated within minutes of the start time. I'm not sure that we did it that quickly last year, but I could be wrong.
Grouping up prior to sending to tables saves time in the long run. When you send ones and twos to different game tables, you run the risk of a full table of ticketed players showing up wanting to play together. You then have to leave the muster area, go to the tables and re-arrange and come back. It's just a more efficient way of mustering to prevent issues.
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No problem! I was glad to work with everyone out there. I may have missed it in the blog but I just shifted over to RVC of the Midwest. Just a split of a region and picking some areas up closer to home.
The evening Special has been sat (again, within 5 minutes of start time). We were able to sit all ticketed players and most of the non-ticketed players. One table-worth of non-ticketed players had to to be turned away due to lack of GMs, unfortunately, but they retired upstairs to try and start a pickup game of Society.
The prize table will be open to the the end of the slot and then re-open tomorrow morning.
In personal news, I was able to enjoy a second ACG table this morning with Painlord, played in a delve ran by James Jacobs (a personal dream/goal of mine), and played a PFS table with Bob Jonquet and the Pullman crew ran by Bobby Pepka. There was 3D terrain. It was high-tier 7-11 scenario. I played a paladin and killed lots of undead and evil outsiders :)
Very few player or GM complaints at this convention. Either people are afraid of us, or not much annoying stuff is taking place. I'll take it as a win either way.
Also Painlord, I appreciate you taking time from your high level ACG table to help me learn more tricks with the card game. Next time we play, I will be the Master.
So a Paizo employee, that may or may not be the Editor-In-Chief, informed us at PFS HQ that there is a company doing a mash-up of American Gladiator mixed with Pathfinder that runs about an hour long up in the Cascade room. It is called The Gauntlet. Anyone that wasn't able to get into a pickup game in the afternoon may enjoy the experience.
A wild Linda Zayas-Palmer appeared! She collected the rabid Mark Seifter and departed to parts unknown. We can only hope she means us no harm, and will protect us in the future from the Elder One known only as Compton.
Our fortunes have never looked bleaker. It is darkest before the dawn. Libations!
Some crazy guy just game up and threatened me. It went like this:
Crazy guy walks up to me.
Crazy guy: Do you have six fingers on your right hand
Me: I do
Crazy guy: My name is Painlord. You have not played the Adventure Card Game. Prepare to die.
Me: I'm going to play it tomorrow
Crazy guy: Okay. Never mind.
I know Painlord is definitely joking about the HQ staff comment, but if I could be serious for a moment, I am extremely appreciative of the work they have done already (and also to all the GMs and players that assisted with setup earlier). The PaizoCon HQ staff is a very experienced crew, comprised of individuals that have assisted with multiple PaizoCons in the past. Aside from Bob and I, they are all local players, GMs and VOs.
Your 2016 PaizoCon HQ staff is comprised of:
They are each a jack-of-all-trades and you'll see them rotating at the prize table, HQ table, walking around delivering GM packets or mustering players in the hallway.
We all hope you have a wonderful experience this PaizoCon!
*A crumpled sheet of paper is located on the floor of the Grand Ballroom. Written upon it appear to be the scribblings of a madman.....*
...PFS Grand Convocation Scavenger Hunt boon.....
In time, the sting of change and character item loss will grow less and other, creative options will present themselves. I have multiple characters affected by these changes and was initially annoyed, but then I remembered that I've been through every PF errata since inception and like Walter says, more will come; some will be well received, some not. The PFS world will keep spinning. I don't even remember what I was annoyed with during the first erratas or FAQs.
For those of you who may not know, I am the RVC for the Northwest region and I will be helping to run HQ at PaizoCon as I have in the years past. I wanted to also make myself available to anyone from the NW region who may want to chat about PFS in their locality, especially non-VOs who may not have access to me on the VO forums. I'll be at HQ during PFS time and will be either there or at the hotel bar during down time. I can be easily recognized by my ginger goatee and pleasant demeanor :)
If it goes like last year, HQ will have your volunteer packet and rewards available Wednesday afternoon at the Sagamore ballroom. If you have a room reward, your name should be on the reservation and you will need to provide a credit card to cover incidentals that may be incurred. Some hotels in years past just needed one card from anyone in the room, other times they've needed each person to provide a card.
The nice thing this year is that we are at the hotel right across from the Sagamore, so basically just come across the covered bridge on the second floor and you're right there.
As a volunteer, the HQ Leads expect you to be ready and prepared to run your games 30 minutes prior to the slot start time. HQ will hand out water periodically throughout the slot but you should also have some filling, high calorie snacks and more water on hand should you need it. I love the Nature Valley bars and one box will last you through the convention.
There will be plenty of food trucks outside for meals and there should be ample time to hit them up as needed. There are also many good bars/pubs within walking distance should you have needs along those lines.
Also, please fill out your reporting sheets legibly and completely.
What is the wording on the Ganzi component? Do both boons need to have the Ganzi language or just one?
I'd like to trade for one if possible. I have multiple copies of most every non-race boon and maybe a few extra race boons, i'll have to check my stack. I'm pretty sure I have a couple extra dhampir boons running around, maybe some aasimar too.
I would prefer to be mailed (and to mail) physical copies of the boons. I do not want to send via electronic sources.
That may be your opinion, but it doesn't jive with the law, my friend :P
I'd just like to point out, that if there were a negative situation to come from your GM going the opposite direction, you, not them would have been at fault for causing it.
People have mentioned speeding as an analogy in this thread. If you are going 66 mph in a 65 mph zone, and you get pulled over, you, not law enforcement is at fault for the situation.
I'm not trying to call out Nefreet, because I respect their past posting behavior (I don't know them in person, just by their posting history). In general, I'm just trying to say, intentional or not, if you create an illegal character, you are at fault causing the incident. Now, how the GM chooses to handle the situation may or may not escalate the situation to where you feel like you are 'forced' into certain, but that is still your choice.
Again, I think we are all discussing corner cases here. In most cases, I think there is ample time to make quick fixes to the character before game play occurs to make it a legal character. Only rarely would there be no time to make any fixes (Bonekeep comes to mind) and I would hope that everyone at the table would be mature enough to handle those types of situations in a manner that doesn't harm the image of PFS.
In terms of GM interpretation of the rules, there are some you can't really interpret your way into breaking, IMHO. Playing an illegal character is one of them.
I'd just like to say that I'm proud of the people in the community that not only assisted the OP in finding mechanical ways to re-fluff their character but also did so in a polite manner. I am also really appreciative of the way the OP received those messages and the mature way they went about responding. Kudos all around!