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Goblin Squad Member. Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Card Game, Tales Subscriber. FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur. 4,156 posts (4,230 including aliases). 12 reviews. 1 list. 1 wishlist. 15 Pathfinder Society characters. 2 aliases.


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Grand Lodge ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

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As for the topic of the GM boon from GenCon...the way the boon is written, there are two options available to ALL GMs.
The first is a CHARACTER REBUILD with the listed restrictions. This is available to ALL GenCon GMs. If you select this option, cross the other off the sheet.
The second is EXOTIC HERITAGE meaning you gain access to a normally restricted race. While this option is also available to ALL GMs, your volunteer tier level determines which race(s) you gain access to. If you were less than a tier 1 volunteer, the tier options above you should be crossed out, leaving you access to the one applicable to your volunteer level plus those below it. Again, if you choose this option, cross the other off the sheet.

Grand Lodge ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

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Krell44 wrote:
Can a complete rebuild be done on a character, and can the class be retrained into one of the Occult Adventures classes even though chronicle sheets may have been assigned prior to the class being available for play?

If you mean chronicle credits for sessions you played, the answer is those don't matter. Meaning when they were applied doesn't matter. What matters is the date the rebuild chronicle is applied to the character. When that occurs you can only use materials that are legal at that time. Assuming you are applying the rebuild chronicle now, Occult Adventures is legal so yes you can rebuild into those classes.

Grand Lodge ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

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Regarding the assignment of GM tables and staying at the same one, here is a little insight for future GenCons (assuming the practice continues).
Scenarios are assigned to tables in groups to minimize the distance a marshal has to travel to collect tickets, deliver water/tokens/etc. It also assists in problem solving when they have to directly interact with the GMs. Also, (for standard, non-special slots) we grouped the sub-tiers together starting at one end of the room. This allowed is to get quick visual feedback of how certain tiers were progressing.
In order for a GM to get the same table all day, you needed to run the same scenario repeatedly. So if you take a slot off, or change what you are running, etc. more than likely you'll have to relocate to maintain the pattern. In some cases, if the GM ran two different scenarios that were in the same tier range, I was able to keep them at the same table, but that was more of a bonus than standard practice.
The specials were a bit more problematic, but even then many GMs were able to stay at the same table assuming they were scheduled for the same sub-tier as their previous game.
The biggest challenge in this process is adjusting for GM cancellations. Backfilling with new GMs and adding events to existing volunteers resulted in more GMs having to move than intended. Even with that, the vast majority of GMs were able to stay at the same table all day which hopefully allowed for more efficient use of limited time between slots.

Grand Lodge ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

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Stephen Ross wrote:
GM Stars might relate to Tiered table assignments, thus Tier 10-11 get 5 & 4 star GMs, Tier 5-9 get 4 & 3 star, etc... it might help with the level of rule knowledge. I don't know if you already do that....

This has actually been a topic in the past. It has some merit, but on the counter side, that means all the GMs running in low tier, where most of the new players are, would be the most inexperienced. It can be problematic either direction you go with this and it continues to be a challenge to resolve.

Stephen Ross wrote:
Orange shirts should be nearby and available to answer GM rule questions during play.

HQ volunteers (orange shirts) are devoted to transferring hand signs, delivering water and prize tokens to GMs, collecting tickets, preparing for the next slot's mustering, etc. They often do not have time to simply wander the room waiting for questions to be asked that may never come.

Also, keep in mind that HQ volunteers are not necessarily experienced GMs. Many are the significant other of a GM and just want to be part of the PFS experience even though they do not regularly play. We prefer to have our most knowledgeable GMs running tables or working the information desk where their abilities can be best utilized.

But glad to see you are brainstorming, keep it up.
Thx

Grand Lodge ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

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As I sit here reading Rand's thread, it is a "quiet" moment, if such a thing exists at GenCon to peer out into the Sagamore and ponder how incredibly awesome our community is. This year we have over 300 volunteers help us with PFS from the marshals that seat the players, to the HQ staffers shuffling paperwork, reporting table results, etc to the GMs running games. It is exciting to know sooo many people are willing to give up their personal, most likely limited vacation time in order to make sure other people have a great GenCon. Thank you all for being awesome!

Grand Lodge ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

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Grand Lodge ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

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If Paizo paid for your badge, come to the Sagamore Ballroom (PFS HQ) on Wednesday between 4-6pm and we will have your GM/volunteer packet ready and waiting for you

Grand Lodge ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

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Mike, I shall hold my personal farewells for GenCon, but I join the community in expressing my appreciation for your hard work, long hours, and time away from family to expand the framework upon which PFS is designed. We don't always agree on the "right" solution to challenges, but you are an open listener and accept feedback, both supportive and constructive with the utmost professionalism. Both the Pathfinder Society game system and the gaming community are better off having had you at the helm. Someone will surely come along who can pick up PFS where you leave us and guide us to even greater success, but they will never fill your shoes. It has been both an honor and a privilege to work with you. My happiest wishes go with you and your family.

*pew* *pew*

Grand Lodge ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

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Join me in welcoming Alison Ooms as the new co-VC of Central Illinois. Alison as been diligently working with me organizing conventions and running GameDays for quite some time. She recently earned her second GM star and worked tirelessly to promote PFS in Central Illinois as well as lending her talents to both PaizoCon and GenCon. We are certainly glad to have her leadership. Congratulations Ali and welcome to the team!

Bob Jonquet
Venture-Captain, Central Illinois

Grand Lodge ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

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I have been saying this since the days of v3.5, as long as we continue to use both analog (feet) and digital (squares) distance interchangeably to describe the game mechanics, there will always be times when one or the other (or both) fail to adequately resolve the issue at hand. The only solution to eliminate the conflict is to either switch to strictly analog, like a miniatures wargame using tape measures to determine distances, or we go digital, eliminating all traditional references to distance and use the "square" as the base unit of measure. YMMV

Grand Lodge ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

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Technical writing aside, many people were brought up using gender and sex interchangeably. A quick search seem to reveal as many references to them being interchangeable in many context as there are specifying a difference. But IMHO, that argument is not germane to the topic of the belt. We know what it does, and I would hate this to turn into a cultural/linguistics argument. No once is making disparaging arguments, lets try to keep it that way.
EDIT--Its also important to note that Paizo is very sensitive to social issues such as this and treat them great respect. The table on p538 of the CRB lists "character's gender changes" which can only refer to their biology since changing your social identity should not be considered a curse, something that needs to be "fixed," nor would it require a item, cursed or otherwise

Grand Lodge ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

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I think the technical answer may be that "curse" is not a condition itself, but carries a related effect that could be considered a condition. If you have an ongoing condition you must, by rule, get it fixed immediately upon the completion of the scenario.

However, something like a permanent gender change may not be classified as a condition and thus would not be required to be "fixed."

Grand Lodge ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

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We have done an excellent job (IMHO) of seating generic ticket holders at GenCon over the past few years. The key is to be flexible on what you can play. High-level tables are usually looking for players so if you have applicable characters, that is your best bet. Alternately, pregens (while not the "best" choice) can get you in on a game you otherwise would not be eligible for. There are also quite a few replayable events offered from things like We Be Goblins! to Quests, to Confirmation/Wounded Wisp. All-in-all, there is a very high probability you will get to play even if your "preferred" event fills up too fast.

Grand Lodge ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

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Congratulations Hillis! Now that you have a title, maybe your character names will be shorter ;-)

Grand Lodge ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

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PLAYER: "My character has black skin, long white hair, and pupil-less eyes"
GM: "So you're playing a drow elf?"
PLAYER: "No, the rules say I can't so I just LOOK like a drow"
GM: "Okay, so you're an elf. Got it. Elves are extremely common in Golarion so I'll set the DC to identify them at DC 5, easy for any commoner with a take 10. You will be treated like any other elf (or human or whatever) with skin/hair color variations"

So, as a GM, I really don't care if you SAY your character looks like a drow, or an orc, or a carrot. You are what you are, and I get to decide what it takes to identify you as what you really are. I do this not to diminish your character concept, but to lessen the disruption an unusually exotic and typically evil creature will have on a campaign where I do not have complete control over the environment to react in a way I feel would be more appropriate. In a home-game, go for it. Just know that there will be times when it will certainly bite your character in the arse. However, in PFS, I do not have the time, nor the creative freedom to deal with your character's uniqueness.

It would be easy to call an elf that looks like a drow, a drow, and as a truly evil creature (commonfolk perspective) have the townsfolk rally the pitchforks. However, we also have nagaji, goblin, half-orcs, etc. that could, depending on circumstances, garner similar response. Those are explicitly acceptable for PFS so it would be poor form to punish a player for building a perfectly legal character.

OTOH, the intent of the no reskinning rule is fairly clear. You should not be attempting to play something that is banned by describing yourself as that item/race/etc. Sure, it does not specifically reference race in the rekinning rule, but we should know better. It borders on jerkish behavior because you are intentionally creating something that skirts the rules and more importantly will create a burden on the GM to adjudicate. Your intent may not be to disrupt the game, hell it would be an awesome character concept, but that is how it will often be perceived. You should work WITH the GM and the other players, not against them, to enhance the game. IMO, intentionally trying to play something that is essentially banned is working against that.

Explore! Report! Cooperate!

Grand Lodge ***** RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

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thejeff wrote:
Grandfathering any PC that can't freely rebuild as of the date of the change (essentially 1 played session at 2nd level), is not a "grace period".

You can call it whatever you want, grandfathering, grace period, whatever, (I'm not going to argue the definition of catch phrases) the fact remains, they considered the options and extending the time to enter the PrC is not currently being reconsidered. The suggested alternate course of action might sound great to you and its other supporters, but it is clearly not enough to make Mike/John reconsider their current position, and after all the recent activity, they do not seem interested in commenting further, otherwise I expect they would have by now. This is clearly a "hot" topic after all.

Look, we can banter back and forth, but in the end, at least for the foreseeable future, the decision has been made. I encourage people to contribute other solutions/ideas that they feel would be an improvement on the current ruling, but there really is no point in continuing to yammer on about the same solution over and over.

And I just don't understand the apparent and incessant need some people [generally speaking] have to be addressed personally by Paizo staff.

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