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Grand Lodge ***** Regional Venture-Coordinator, Great Lakes aka TwilightKnight

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Trust, but verify is how I've always heard it stated

Grand Lodge ***** Regional Venture-Coordinator, Great Lakes aka TwilightKnight

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Can't...stop...laughing...

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medtec28 wrote:
Well, RVC says no, so, no support for us. Nothing to do about it, no sense whining about it.

The PFS volunteer leadership is a hierarchy to extends to Tonya. I assume that you have already expressed your concerns to the RVC and failed to get a response that appeased you. In that case, you should escalate the situation to Tonya for review. That is how our system is built to function. Course, that does not mean she will over-turn the RVC's decision, but if you feel strongly about it, a brief email is not an undue burden. Good luck and Explore, Report, Cooperate!

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N N 959 wrote:
No, that doesn't solve the problem

I don't really see how your custom "solution" text above fixes anything compared to the 2011 quote. Both are still bound by GM discretion. As long as that remains the arbiter of the situation, you are going to run the gamut of what a GM thinks is a "fair" action for an animal of any intelligence. You have to face facts, there are just too many possible actions for an animal to take or be commanded to take for the situation to be covered by a single rule. The best we can do is trust to the GM's adjudications. At the local level, we can discuss and hash out an acceptable compromise of what is/not reasonable actions, but if you do any traveling, those "rules" are not going to apply.

Paizo's opinion has always seemed to be on the side of limited the available actions a companion can take, but the current rules allow GM discretion. Meaning sometimes, you will be able to do what you want and more. Sometime not. If we were to force Paizo into a specific ruling, my guess is that it will not be favorable for those who want more freedom to operate their companions with quasi-sentient intelligence.

Also, if you are playing a companion class with a boosted Int and your style of play is dependent on taking advantage of that boost, I strongly encourage you to briefly discuss the issue with the GM before the session starts. If they are conservative on the matter, maybe choose a different character or a different table. If they are more open to your use of the companion's advanced Int, great. Course, this is advice that can apply to most players with a character using rules that require a greater level of GM adjudication.

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I received an email regarding the Battle Host and panoply bond. I have to assume it is the same player due to the specificity of the question. I answered thusly...

Bob Jonquet" wrote:

"When adjudicating rules like this I will apply some level of RAI to the RAW because with all the rules we have it is not impossible for there to be unintended loopholes in the rules that the designers did not intend. I do not claim to be the foremost expert on the Occult material, so my opinion should not be considered an official ruling nor is it intended to over-rule a GM/s decision at their table.

After reading numerous messageboard discussions and consulting some trusted "advisors" who are a bit more rules-lawyery that I am, it is my conclusion that no, you cannot select adamantine armor. The most glaring reason is because there is no way the designers intended for a first level PC to receive an item worth 16,500gp that is essentially indestructible for free. That benefit would be such a huge bonus that every melee character (and many others) would start with a level dip into the class just to get a free suit of heavy, material armor and then progress normally thereafter in whatever class they intended.

Sometimes, RAW is not applicable. When there are unforeseen loop holes that create a massive advantage for a clever player, it is reasonable to just say no and site John Compton's recently updated FAQ entry,

"I found a way to gain infinite money/power/etc. Is it legal?"

"No. While we recognize that creative players can find loopholes in the rules, any combination that would grant your character unlimited resources is not legal for use in Organized Play."

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I had a very long response written, until I realized who I'm "arguing" with. I'm not going to convince you nor vice versa. I'm only going to say, that I believe you will find yourself in the extreme minority on this issue and most players will consider your suggested actions as antagonistic and in the vein of being GM-vs-player. Technically speaking, what you suggest does not violate the game mechanics and since its your table to GM, I'm not going to tell you you're wrong. However, I think it is mean-spirited and I would encourage others not to follow suit. GMs should decide for themselves.

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Tallow wrote:

If you can heal naturally from a condition without any outside effects, simply by sleeping, then nothing needs to be resolved because time is ambiguous between scenarios.

If, however, you need to make saving throws, even if ultimately the ability damage could not kill your character, then you need to resolve the condition before you play the character again. And you can't just assume you'll eventually make the requisite saving throw(s). Even non-killing ability damage could result in death, because no matter how well cared for, coma's can cause death.

That seems unnecessarily vindictive and counter to how the vast majority of GMs rule. If you are suffering from an ongoing poison, disease, etc that deals Con damage, then yes you have to resolve it. Otherwise, it's a matter of eventually making a save even if your ability score is dropped to one. There are no game rules that result in death from extended periods of unconsciousness unless you, as the GM, decide the PC is left alone without any care and dies from exposure or malnourishment or something similar. IMO that is not demonstrating what a Gam is supposed to be, nor encouraging fun or the three tenets of PFS

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Perhaps they intent to "play-test" this new tier arrangement in SFS and if it works as intended, migrate it over to PFS. At least, I hope that is the plan. I'm not a huge fan of having a different tiering structure between the two campaigns as it will create at least some confusion, but I'm willing to wait it out if there is a long-term plan.

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As the resident "champion" of advanced access to necessary materials for volunteers at Gen Con, be assured I will be following this issue very closely and poking Tonya on a regular basis in an attempt to get the maximum possible amount of time.

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Phylotus wrote:
... Is it too late to volunteer to GM at GenCon?

No. We are still accepting volunteer applications.

The Gen Con leadership team is working on the logistics of adding the Starfinder preference to the volunteer application and integrating it into the data already accumulated. Stay tuned for details.

Grand Lodge ***** Regional Venture-Coordinator, Great Lakes aka TwilightKnight

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Lau Bannenberg wrote:
In most cases, the picture is either custom art for a boss (good luck recognizing) or a side encounter (so it doesn't spoil the main dish)

Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha...

Grand Lodge ***** Regional Venture-Coordinator, Great Lakes aka TwilightKnight

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Hey, Bob's don't suck. We have feelings. Oh, wait...nevermind
:-D

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Mimo Tomblebur wrote:
Am I the only person that wishes the big cons like PaizoCon and Gen Con would run more older scenarios to help people fill in gaps in their play lists?

Alas, since I am not attending PaizoCon this year (:sniff:) I cannot speak to their schedule. However, we are discussing the possibility of some classic tables at Gen Con 50. We are keenly aware that as we prepare to launch season 9, there are a lot of players who joined PFS in the not so distant past and did not have the opportunity to play through all the older season offerings. No promises, but its on the agenda.

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Shifty wrote:

Also be aware of the other hidden 'gotcha' that your sign off for 5 star from a VC MUST be within the last 5 games. Anything older than that is rejected.

Don't find that out the hard way.

Actually there are no hidden gotcha rules in the 5 star program. However, It is left up to the VCs to evaluate the candidates. So, if your VC wants to reevaluate a candidate within 5 of the target, that is their perogative, but it's not a universal program rule

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There's not much I can do to make this short, so I'll spoiler it to reduce my post's footprint. I know this is not exactly what you asked for but if you want I could share some adventure stories that could add to the "lore." Like the time Durvin Gest got his ass kicked by Durvin Gest at the GenCon 2016 special :-)

Spoiler:
I was fortunate enough to GM the special and earn a goblin boon a few years back and I was trying to come up with an interesting back story how a goblin would become an agent. Everyone seemed to be building theirs into grapple goblin barbarians, pyromages, or super stealthy rogue types. I wanted to be different. So...

After the trouble with the Shadow Lodge who used goblin slaves for manual labor and guards. The Society was left with an infestation of the little buggers when the Shadow Lidge was brought back into the fold. Kreighton Shane wondered if they could be trained to be productive agents. So starts his grand social experiment. He picked out an unusually intelligent and somewhat "dim" (even by goblin standards) goblin who he convinced was the reincarnation of Durvin Gest. He was instructed in the ways of magic and combined with his skill with a small blade became a magus. To get around the goblin's natural hate/fear of writing, Kreighton developed a way to depict the spell book pictorially. That and the addition of many flashy energy-based spells meamt it was well received.

The experiment worked exceedingly well and Durvin has made great advancement (level 8) and proven to be a successful agent. That he goes around introducing himself as "Durvin Gest, hero of Pathfinder" is no end of amusement to Kreighton. He even thinks his sword "pale maiden" was reincarnated with him as well.

He is really smart but with a child-like naïveté and impulsive attention deficit. Despite a Charisma of 5, usually has the highest diplomacy at the table (thank you clever wordplay) which makes for very entertaining social encounters. He is no end of fun to play and have had numerous requests by local players to play with him. Easily my favorite PFS character and perhaps my all-time favorite rpg character.

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Now that the hotel lottery is over, if you did not "win" a room, remember that we still have tier 1 & 2 volunteer spots open for GenCon which earn you a complimentary quarter share of a hotel room at one of the nearby attached hotels. But don't wait too long. They usually go relatively fast and being on a wait list to see if you can attend the show can be stressful

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I can certainly see the benefit of saying a multi-tier special should be replayable, earning a credit for each tier. There are a lot of regional conventions that try to offer older specials so they have something to entice players, but too often the players have already played. It would be a boost to those conventions if players could replay at a different tier. Generally, I am not in favor of replay, but in this case, I think it has merit.

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Two years ago, we were not able to make any room assignment changes after the "final" roster was submitted to GenCon. It meant that a few last minute replacement volunteers were not able to receive the room reward despite having a tier 1/2 schedule.

However, last year that was not the case. We were able to replace volunteers right up to the show including changes to the hotel reservations. Yes, its a chaotic process doing it on site, but it worked out. I can only assume the same goes for this year although I do not have confirmation either way.

That does NOT mean that you can/should wait until the last minute to volunteer and expect to get a room. If not for a few last minutes cancels last year, we were out of space. My advice is to get your application submitted ASAP. At this time we still have hotel space available, but that may not be the case, a day, a week, or a month from now.

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If you have not submitted your volunteer application yet be aware that the Gen Con hotel lottery will occur this weekend. Their system is changed this year so be sure to read the details found HERE on the Gen Con website. Pay extra attention to the deadlines. If you want any chance of getting a hotel room close to the convention center, you need to be really focused on this process. Alternately, you can just volunteer as a tier one/two and get a share of a hotel room for free. Volunteer confirmation emails are being generated and will be distributed shortly so watch for them.

Be aware that we will not be getting our allotment of volunteer badges from Gen Con until later in the season so if you are a volunteer not earning hotel space through tier one/two rewards, you will need to purchase a Gen Con badge in order to gain access to the hotel lottery. When the volunteer badges are provided, you can get your purchased badge refunded.

Remember that this is Gen Con's 50th anniversary. Expect some special happenings so don't miss out.

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In PFS where the opinion of the GM can change at every table without time to adjust, I pretty much think masterwork tools should just work and leave it alone. I have too many opportunities already to argue about discretionary rules without quibbling about a +2 bonus to a skill check

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Jesse Davis wrote:
As someone who already does this, I can say it does not add any extra effort in reality.

If we implement a rule like that, it has to be consistent to be effective. How will it be feasible at GenCon where upwards of 8000+ boons are issued in less than four days, with the bulk going out during the one hour break between sessions manned by two staffers?

Two (or was it three?) years ago, we received the boons late and had to fill out the bottom on site. After only a few hours, my hand hurt so bad I could barely hold the pen. At least now, all we have to do is stamp them legal

You would be surprised how many players cannot remember their PFS# unless they read it off their records. What if they don't have them with them in line?

Certainly these are issues only the largest events would have, but again, we need to be consistent.

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No, I am not stepping away. This is a very old thread and there were circumstances at that time that no longer exist. I wouldn't think a four-year old thread needed to be locked, but maybe to avoid any misunderstanding?!? Dunno.

Explore! Report! Cooperate!

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Liam wrote:
If you are going to represent us as gamers...you're going to have to accept our criticism of your performance in your position and just deal with it

Um, NO. Neither Del nor any of the Venture-Officers are employees of Paizo. This is not our job. We are VOLUNTEERS. Meaning we give of our valuable and often limited personal time to help provide YOU with an enjoyable gaming experience. Constructive criticism is certainly welcome, but what happened in this thread and what seems to be an ever-growing trend is viscous personal attacks towards individual campaign organizers/GMs/leaders. No, you are not entitled to blast another player just because they happened to be a Venture-Officer and they just have to "deal with it."

Perhaps you meant your comments to be "softer" than they appeared, but its hard not to assume the worst in a thread as escalated as this one.

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