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Goblin Squad Member. Pathfinder Adventure Path, Card Game, Pawns, Tales Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber. FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar Regional Venture-Coordinator, Great Lakes. 4,936 posts (5,015 including aliases). 14 reviews. 1 list. 1 wishlist. 20 Pathfinder Society characters. 3 aliases.


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Has anyone spoken directly to Paizo customer service or any staffers about the issue of the grid being off? I mean technically speaking, the cover says, "24"x30" mat...1" squares on each side." Well, we have already established the 1" squares is inaccurate. I would think that Paizo would honor replacements whenever a corrected version of the map is released.

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Lau Bannenberg wrote:
Last time I did french toast

There fixed it for ya :-D

Sorry, my previous attempt as humor has apparently been seized by numerous people who have decided that the activity of reviewing a character's records for the purposes of understanding the build and/or finding errors will forever now be referred to as a Western European breakfast treat. So, please pass the maple syrup.

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Stop focusing on the word "audit" and what that means. Focus on the point of the endevour. Call it a "scan." Call it an "audit." Call it "french toast." Who cares. The point is the intent which is to try and make sure both the player and the GM are informed as to what the character can/not do, how, and from what source while also, helping to verify that the player has properly applied the appropriate bonus/penalty to their final modifiers. This could mean a single question as posed above, it could mean a scheduled session to dissect each and every aspect of the character, or something in between. Really this discussion is starting to sound like that ridiculous argument over what the definition of "is" is.

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nosig wrote:
Is there a procedure for when the judge gives you back the wrong CR and you need to track someone down to return theirs?

Come on now. simply do one person at a time. No one is telling you to review all the sheets for all the characters of all the players at the same time.

Look, the process is simple and if every GM did it every time, we would not have near the audit issues we have. Generally speaking you will be reviewing three pieces of paper, character sheet, ITS, and most recent chronicle. If the chronicle is completed, the ITS shows recent purchases, and a quick skim of the character sheet does not show any unusually large or out of the ordinary modifiers, pieces of equipment, or abilities, then its probable fine, even if there are some minor errors in math pro or con. This level of review can be done in less than 2 minutes per person, even fast at lower levels. And if someone has an illegible character sheet or an incomplete document then it is simple, their character is not prepared to play and they can grab a pregen. That is not meant to be mean, it is called personal responsibility. We all assumed it when we chose to play this campaign.

Unless something questionable comes up during play, assume they are fine. We are not necessarily trying to catch cheaters cause if they are any good at it, only a complete very detailed review is likely to catch any of it anyway. And if they are shorting themselves, which seems to be the case more often than not, you are actually a "hero" for helping their character be better.

Too many people think of audits as an arduous and punitive experience. It is only that way if we allow it to be that way. Simply make it part of the campaign expectations. You'll find that the most accurately maintained characters by players who take the time to complete their paperwork are the most accurate. Its the people who haven't completed a chronicle in many levels or bothered to update their ITS that tend to be rife with errors and become the most vocal when called on it.

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nosig wrote:
...audits...

Actually if GMs simply reviewed the most recent chronicle sheet at the start of every session, the issue of intensive, lengthy audits would be largely moot

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simulationist...immersionist...gamist...

Why is there soo much hate? ;-)

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We believe there is something wrong with the database as the frequency with which missing data is being reported is well in excess of the occasional missed or forgotten report. Paizo is looking into that. Likewise, 9-00 and season 4 of ACG is not available to report. Both of these issues will make for a lengthy delay in reported material populating. It could be many months before it is corrected depending on Paizo's schedule and workload.

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Pops head in
"Expect table variation"
pops back out

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Wouldn't that be considered a relatively rare even unique boss and therefore an outlier to the typical effectiveness of a fighter build? I hear about fighters being comparatively weak, but IMO anecdotal experience, they are just as effective (and often moreso) than other melee builds. Now, there might be a disparity in the long-term effectiveness of melee vs arcane or spellcasters in general, but I've never seen a measurable disparity between fighters and other melee. Or maybe I'm missing the point of your commentary.

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Yeah, its the "case-by-case" where a lot of these arguments stem from. Course history has also shown that there are a lot of misinterpretations when it comes to how skill checks work, often involving Take10/20 and there is plenty of evidence to show a lot of those GMs were just wrong.

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In most cases of restrictions being imposed on skill checks at the table the GM is misinterpreting rules or just plain getting them wrong. From how Take10/20 works to when/how you can aid another, etc. the rules often seem to be quite different than what the GM thinks they say or how they are remembered. However, in this case, as Pete quoted above there actually is a rule that to some extent restricts using aid another on knowledge checks. If you are trained and you are out of combat where actions matter, it should not be an issue to pool your thoughts for a combined knowledge check. But, if you are not trained, it is unlikely you can succeed at the check on your own and therefore would not be qualified to aid someone who is.

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Nefreet wrote:
...will drive away players

So will doing things that disappoint/aggravate the Paizo/OPF leadership causing them to reconsider deciding difficult cases in favor of the players. Ye old observation of "this is why we can't have nice things." Maybe one of the reasons the final disposition of the Lore Warden issue isn't yet resolved is because of things like the abusive speedruns that happened when the aasimar/tiefling issue was resolved. You call it how you see and I will call it how I see it. You see demonizing, I see loophole exploitation.

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meh, you just have both listed on the same card. As a GM/organizer of all three system, I don't want to have to keep 2-3 different cards on me. One card is sufficient to display the status of all three campaigns. Maybe we just have a check box so the individual can select which ones to display on their card.

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The Raven Black wrote:
How was the Lore Warden unbalanced?

I don't really think this is a relevant question anymore. Some say it was, some say it wasn't. Either way, the design/development team decided to make some changes to it and did so. Generally speaking, PFS follows the rules as published really only deviating when a game mechanic is not compatible with the logistics of OP. In this case, the compatibility of Lorewarden has nothing to do with it. The fact it changed just means we have to deal with the effect. That Paizo has not finalized how we are going to deal with it yet seems to show they are concerned with making the best decision possible for our community and that decision seems to be extremely hard to arrive at. In the end, some people are going to be unhappy. IMO that is unavoidable. I kinda wish they would just make a ruling, post to the AR and be done with it. The sooner we peel off the band-aide the sooner we can heal the wound and move on.

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Just because "speedruns" happen and are technically legal per RAW does not mean they are in the spirit of healthy gameplay or RAI. In fact, I would posit they run contrary to it. If one of my local locations scheduled a "speedrun" with the intention of simply farming a 3XP chronicle for those involved in the quickest possible time window, I would consider putting a stop to it. That is not the community I wish to see operating and not the way the game is played. Do something productive for those 3 XP. GM a mod or some scenarios for players who don't ordinarily get the play those events. Offer GM101/201 and teach some new GMs who will help spell you from time to time while earning those XP. Etc. I don't like/want to play 1st level PCs either, but I don't bastardize the system exploiting loopholes to get rewards either. Its just not healthy for the campaign.

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Since the ID# is the same, there is no reason for a different card. Though the current one should be updated. Probably the OPF logo perhaps with PFS, ACG, and SFS logos smaller in support of it. Dunno, but IMO it would be counter-productive to have the ID card be focused on only one aspect of the OPF.

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The Blackros museum is a beloved locale in the PFS and even if they don't have a particularly good reason for a space version to exist, I think the setting would be lacking something without it. I love the idea of either Nigel still being around due to maybe some age-defying magic, or perhaps his conscious was transferred into an android body or AI computer. Could be his reward for decades of loyal service to the family.

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Of the GMs scheduled, 8.9% identified as female.

Anecdotally speaking, PFS generally has a heavy ratio of male to female. Also, since according to the Department of Education nearly 80% of non-university educators are female and Gen Con's late date left most of our regular volunteers in the field of education not able to attend, the ratio of male to female GM was higher than normal.

And not to minimize the efforts of our non-traditional volunteers, our GMs who did not identify specifically as either male or female were 2.6%, up slightly from the previous year.

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A reasonable compromise. Thanks for listening to the community and taking swift action.

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Five-star review tables are a very fluid process and we do not have an official policy because we want the freedom to customize that experience to fit each individual. Generally speaking, if you are approaching your 5th star, contact your local (or nearest) Venture-Captain. They will need to formally request/approve the 5th star anyway so getting them involved early is important. If you want the official review table to occur at a major event like PaizoCon (Seattle), PaizoConUK, Origins, Gen Con, etc. simply rmail the organizers early in the volunteer process. They can tell you what will need to be done to coordinate the table at their event. Since every convention has their own unique challenges to tackle, only the organizing team can tell you what needs to be done to accommodate your request at that event.

Good Luck!

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Amanda Plageman wrote:
Mustering under this or that Iconic is great, but when the banners and standees are all Iconics, and the banner doesn't match the standee, it breeds confusion.

Our plan was not to use any standees that matched the banners but that got lost in set up. Thanks for the feedback. Signage continues to be one of the biggest challenges.

Amanda Plageman wrote:
I would have appreciated being able to volunteer for more than just one part of the experience. Maybe instead of only being able to select one of PFS, SFS, ACG, PSA, or HQ, enable the form to record multiple selections? I would have happily volunteered for PFS, SFS, and HQ (but not ACG or PSA) if I could; but chose PFS since the form only allowed a single option.

We have some tweaks to implement for the application document. At this time we do not mix HQ and non-HQ schedules because their slot times to not match and it would be a challenge to make them so. We normally allow a GM the option to run a mix of program types, but that was very challenging this year because we had those who wanted specific allocations that were just not possible due to the schedule being soo out of balance. That happens when you are releasing a new game system.

I expect next year we will just have check boxes for volunteers to select which programs they want to be involved with. We encourage all volunteers to utilize the open notes field at the end to explain if they have specific wants for their schedule. While we may not be able to fulfill everyone's preferences due to the needs of the convention, having more information about a volunteer's interest and expectations is better than not having them.

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In my recommendations to Tonya for future events (Gen Con, PaizoCon, etc) we never boost the value of tokens nor increase the crit range for exactly that reason. Our history of doing so has cause a learned behavior from players and encouraged hording until Sunday. It is essential that we get token turnover so we do not run out. I am suggesting some tweaks to the system that should simplify it as well as discourage "hording" of tokens.

Grand Lodge

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Jaçinto wrote:
Sniper weapon proficiency. Ok this really hurts my head here. Do people at paizo know how rifles work at all? It's a rifle. If you can use an assault rifle, you can use a "sniper" rifle. I know my opinion on this one is gonna bother some people so go ahead.

Yes, it will, particularly retired military. I can tell you from experience that there is a significantly different skill set required to being a sniper than using a "normal" assault rifle. The simple act of shooting either is certainly the same, but that's not what the game mechanics are simulating. Using a sniper rifle properly and effectively requires heightened eyesight, hand-eye coordination, ballistics knowledge, meteorological knowledge, hell how many things in life do you actually have to account for the curvature of the Earth and the effects of gravity? Firing a precision weapon at ranges up to an including a mile away or more is not the same as firing a "crude" in comparison assault rifle at targets up to only a few hundred yards and whose optimum killing range is much closer than that.

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A number of comments regarding specific scenarios. Again, review those scenarios on their product pages. I/we as volunteers do not have influence on the development of the scenarios and therefore do not record the comments regarding those issue. The authors and development team read the comments and reviews left on the specific scenarios to determine what works and what doesn't. Please utilize those tools to better inform them of your experiences.

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Leg o' Lamb wrote:
Prior campaign leadership kept a list of people who were not welcome to volunteer at GenCon based on their actions over the course of the weekend.

As does current campaign leadership :-)

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We do not have all the data yet, but ran 1100 players though at least one session of the Starfinder demo in the exhibit hall. We did not track the numbers as strictly in the Sag, but considering we were running at least 6 tables in all the slots, plus started recruiting PFS GMs to run the SFS quests taking that number up to 9 tables, as well as having a near constant line and longer hours than the exhibit hall, I would guess the numbers are higher for the Sag. Regardless it was certainly an outstanding effort by the GMs and marshals working the quest/demos and the players had a lot of fun

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zach armstrong wrote:

I won a contemplative boon in a charity auction at Gen Con. Since the game JUST came out, I think this makes me the only person who can legally play one outside of paizo staff?

If so, just wanted to brag a bit :P

Congratulations Zach and thanks for supporting the charity. As Blake's Tiger said correctly, you are one of two. Not unique but still pretty damn cool.

The charity auction this year was the most successful to date by a good amount so expect something similar next year, with some minor tweaks

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To give *you* a little insight into GMs this year. Because of the late schedule for Gen Con, it meant a lot of our regular volunteers who are in the education industry could not attend. Couple that with the four-day badges selling out, it meant we were short a lot of experienced GMs. It also meant in order to fill our tables, we had to allow less experienced GMs to volunteer. It all came together in a "perfect storm" of challenges. We are largely treating this as an anomaly and not taking any major actions to adjust to it.

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If something like that made me mad, I would have experienced a cranial explosion long before now :-D

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Tallow wrote:
So when I permanently TPK because of that next year, I'll send them your way. I nearly TPKd, my table on the easy track and they didn't have the 7.

If as a GM your are incapable of recognizing the strengths and weaknesses of the party at the table and unwilling or unable to adjust for that, then perhaps you shouldn't GM. The same thing can happen at a table without a pregen 7 at a 10-11. It can happen with under-built, non-optimized PCs as well. I know of a 10-11 table this year, playing in appropriate sub-tier, that had numerous PC deaths because they did not plan for inevitable things like dropping to negative Con Hp, Feeblemind, and other save-or-suck effects. The rules in the Guide allow for a level 7 to play up to 10-11 or down to 5-6. I am not going to argue as to the "fairness" of the rule. I am merely going to allow players to play within the rules. Now, if Paizo wants to instruct the HQ team to turn away viable players, we will do that. Until such time, we won't. Pretty simple really.

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Tallow wrote:
level 7 pregen at my 9-11 table

With the language in the Guide and the inclusiveness of our community, it is quite possible that a level 7 pregen could appear at a table of 10-11 or 5-6 for a special event at Gen Con. The marshals do not have the ability to value the strength/weaknesses of the party make up whether that be class choices or level disparity, nor do they have the time to re-seat multiple players to accommodate those issues. In an event such as the Friday night special, some players will be seated to the "best available" seat and not always to the "best" seat.

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We experienced a larger number of no-shows this year than in past which in turn made the number of times we had to make manual changes (touch points) increase. Anytime you are dealing with 350+ GMs, 195 tables of events, 40+ HQ volunteers, and upwards of 1200 players per slot, the more you have to play with "touch points" the greater risk of errors occurring.

As the over-all responsible party for that aspect of the show, I apologize for the disruption this caused you and any added stress. We continue to improve our process every year and we have some additional ideas to try that should reduce/eliminate this issue.

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We need your feedback to know what is working and what isn't in order to continue to approve. Please drop your comments here. I will try to answer any questions about the logistical operations, and will record all your feedback into a comprehensive report for Tonya to review. The decisions we make to improve your experience at furniture Gen Con comes from your reported experiences.

Since not everyone follows all three Organized Play forums! I will mirror this thread in all three.

NOTE: if your comments are directed at a specific scenario, feedback is better submitted in the form of a review of that scenario on its product page where the developers/authors can see your comments and use them the improve the products they produce.

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We need your feedback to know what is working and what isn't in order to continue to approve. Please drop your comments here. I will try to answer any questions about the logistical operations, and will record all your feedback into a comprehensive report for Tonya to review. The decisions we make to improve your experience at furniture Gen Con comes from your reported experiences.

Since not everyone follows all three Organized Play forums! I will mirror this thread in all three.

NOTE: if your comments are directed at a specific scenario, feedback is better submitted in the form of a review of that scenario on its product page where the developers/authors can see your comments and use them the improve the products they produce.

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