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Goblin Squad Member. Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Card Game, Pawns, Tales Subscriber. FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar Regional Venture-Coordinator, Great Lakes. 4,697 posts (4,775 including aliases). 13 reviews. 1 list. 1 wishlist. 18 Pathfinder Society characters. 3 aliases.


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

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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 :-)

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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.

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

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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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Martin Kauffman 530 wrote:
Players should build whatever type of character they desire...

Not exactly. First, your character should thematically work with the Pathfinder Society. Meaning that you have to have some skills/abilities that the organization would be interested in utilizing. Otherwise, you never would have been permitted entry into the training program (or received a field commission) in the first place. Having a character that is at least moderately effective is clearly a rule as intended even if the RAW for character creation does not come straight out and say it. If, for example, your gimped character's most effective contribution is using aid another and flank, you are not PFS material and have no business going on missions (technically being a legal character notwithstanding).

Sure, players are encouraged to be creative and build unique characters. There is no requirement to min/max or "uber-"optimize your PC, but there is a reasonable limit to how much you can intentionally create an effectively "useless" character without breaking the "don't be a jerk" rule.

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savokk wrote:
I was hoping that we would be seeing a change toward 4 hour blocks. I would be fine with 8pm to midnight for the specials.

The five-hour blocks is largely a function of the length of scenarios. Feedback is consistent that scenario run-times average closer to five hours than to four. We are merely accommodating the standard game time. While it might be more convenient to schedule four hour blocks, it would have a negative impact on actual gameplay. Many GMs would be rushed to push through the material and many tables would run out of time. One of the "downsides" to having excellent authors, developers, and product is that they need to time to present an awesome story with interesting encounters. I hope most would agree that a little inconvenience on slot times and a slightly longer day is preferable to a poor experience at the game table.

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Jeff Morse wrote:
did that many GMs have more than one time in which had to go till 1am and back in morning?

Just for clarity, for RPG we had

151 GMs scheduled on Thursday night of which 91 were scheduled for Friday morning
160 GMs scheduled on Friday night of which 92 were scheduled for Saturday morning
152 GMs scheduled on Saturday night of which 102 were scheduled for Sunday morning

Additionally we had 56 GMs who were scheduled Thursday night, Friday morning, Friday night and Saturday morning.
We had 30 GMs who were scheduled Friday night, Saturday morning, Saturday night, and Sunday morning.
We had a total of 25 GMs who were scheduled all four AM slots and all three PM slots.
[note: many GMs appeared in multiple lists above]

There is a lengthy list of points to consider when assigning GM schedules and all are of different importance to different people. There is no "right" way to allocate the GM resources, but I continue to consider options. With over 1800 tables to assign I'm just not going to be able to give everyone the "perfect" schedule. In many cases, its up to the GM to review their schedule and determine how to address it. That being said, we are looking at the online application and what can be added to provide more useful information. With the number of events offered vs. the limited resources available, running the morning after an evening slot is going to continue to happen at a relatively high rate of frequency.

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

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Tonya has indicated that she is going to edit the guide when she returned to the office and release a revised copy some time soon.

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Mine all mine...don't touch wrote:
Any chance of seeing those kid friendly adventure here at some point? I for one know I could use them.

If you are referring to the Kid's Track adventures, the first two sets of quests are available as free downloads

Basic
Advanced

The third series called "Transitions" will be debuting at Gen Con and are not yet available.

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

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All official VO shirts must be approved by Paizo along with the logo. While this is good theorycrafting, I caution anyone from actually buying any shirts until Tonya has a chance to weigh in on the topic

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John, Linda, & Tonya are working diligently to get all new materials to the GMs ASAP. The hope is everything will be done by the 22nd. Of course, sometimes sh*t happens and its possible something could be later than that, but so far, they have been releasing scenarios a little at a time and a head of schedule so just keep your eyes on your email for that Paizo notice.

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WormysQueue wrote:
Incendiaeternus wrote:
It's when common phrases include "this isn't included in this scenario" and its not a multi-part, or "I have no information for you, it would make sense you know this, but it's not written here."
Kurald Galain wrote:
It should go high on the list of any source of GM'ing advice that as the GM you DO NOT point out (perceived) flaws in the scenario while you're running it.

Well, and here I thought that it'd be part of a GM's duty to fill in or invent information lacking and to improve what he perceives as flaws in a scenario.

Who would have known that I simply could have blamed the scenario's writer instead.

I perceive some sarcasm there, or at least I hope so. Yes, it would be great if a GM always had an answer for every question asked by a player or action taken by a character, but sometime y'all (like kids) ask the darnedest questions and we just don't have a believable, cognizant answer in the moment. It's in those situations the GMs gotta just shrug and say it's beyond the scope of the scenario

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so that I'll know which skills I should have going in when I play

Why should the scenario tell you what character you need to play? Sometimes we fail missions. It probably should happen more often than it does. Sometimes you just won't have the right skill or ability to "win."

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Jared Thaler wrote:
This really has been hashed out in the rules forum many, many times. It really is kosher and legal.

I'm really not all that interested in this conversation since I find it ridiculous, but I've seen comments similar to this recently and I will ask if Paizo actually commented on the legality of said conversations? Just because something has been "hashed out in the rules forum" does not make it cannon. The opinions of players, even the most insistent and prolific in the forums does not necessarily mean what they "decide" is official anything. Perhaps you could link some sources for those who's search-fu is not that great.

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Before we start dropping sensitive words like "cheating" directed at some one we just met and who gave us a mere couple of sentences regarding what is certainly an extremely unusual character, let's take a moment. The venue and players involved in this issue have immediate supervision from a Venture-Offericer and the RVC is aware of the reported incident. I think it in everyone's best interest to let them do their job and evaluate the claims and perform any necessary character audits. It's almost never helpful for us to speculate on things like possible cheating based on the incomplete information we see in a forum thread.

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For my craziest character, a goblin magus who thinks he's the reincarnation of Durvin Gest, I start out in character and set the stage for who and what he is and his antics. Then I try to watch reactions and decide if the other players are enjoying it or it's getting to be too much. It's usually not too hard figure out. Then I adjust from there. Once they can imagine what he sounds and acts like based on my depiction I don't HAVE to keep doing it, but since I enjoy it so, I will unless it's not being enthusiastically received. More often than not it continues through most of the scenario. I've receive a lot of requests to play with him.

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I think the multitude of women gamers tired of being hit on during the game under the auspices of role-play may find your character concept disruptive and quite offensive.

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There's also something to be said for letting people have fun the way they want to. Just because YOU don't role-play doesn't mean you can/should impose your style of play on them. If the barbarian wants to yell "Leeeroy Jenkins" every time he charges is not hurting you in the least. Let them have their fun. If their role-playing is getting too lengthy or inappropriate the GM should take action, but I don't see either of the two examples being that level of distraction.

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Were chronicle sheets issued? Was this a scenario or an adventure path? Was it possible this was an ongoing campaign you stepped into under the auspices of PFS? The rules for those are a bit different. As others have said, this is not a typical PFS session. I would encourage you to reach out to the store organizer and the local Venture-Officer for help. If this is a PFS group not following the rules, action should be taken. If however it's just a miscommunication, they can get you in contact with a "real" PFS group. I'm sure you'll find our community has quality GMs and is very inclusive

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Maybe a few more people in the room will help him hide from Agent Smith :-P

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In past years we were not given the opportunity to make changes to the hotel roster after it was submitted to GenCon. That means if there was a cancellation, not only were we unable to replace that volunteer with one who earned a hotel space, but we could not adjust the room assignments. Thus a few people may have experienced less than "full" rooms.

Fortunately, that has changed for this year. We are expecting to have the ability to replace/move names in response to cancellations. This will help us maximize our available hotel space as well as replace GMs with a new one and provide them a full benefits package including a room. It is an exciting improvement over the frustration of the last couple of years.

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DrakeRoberts wrote:
You clearly have a signup mechanism for a reason, why should this person be penalized or targeted when they've followed all of the relevant rules and just want to have fun like anyone else?

First come-first serve is a mechanism most of us use for signups, but it is not always the most fair way to manage tables. It is the reason why Paizo goes to a lottery system for PaizoCon. Not everyone can be sitting by their computer the minute an event goes live and by the time they can get there it could be booked solid. So this is where local organizers have to balance the needs of the entire community. Its not unreasonable to ask someone who is on replay to vacate their seat for someone who has never played it before. Or it could be. Too much depends on the dynamic of the players involved and community attitudes. There is no "right" answer to this because none of us know the players involved like the OP does. All we can do is make suggestions that may help, but we should stop short of making definitive statements regarding what is right/wrong.

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jon dehning wrote:
It only took over 100 posts to repeat what I advocated way back in the olden days of this thread.

It was such a good idea it needed to be repeated :-D

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