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

Due to some recent cancellations, we have a few opportunities for tier 1&2 volunteers. If you are interested in attending Gen Con 2016 and helping us provide an excellent gaming experience to the players, please click HERE to link to the original Call for Volunteers blog and scroll down to the bottom. Click on the Gen Con Questionnaire link, complete the information, and follow it up with an email to me so I can set your status send you a schedule. Tier 1&2 rewards include a free convention badge and (1/4) hotel room plus many other awesome rewards.
pfs.illinois@gmail.com

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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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At this time, due to lack of confirmation, schedules for the following volunteers have been cancelled and will be offered to standby volunteers.

Andrew Hall
John Wood II
Joshua Foster

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Edward DeAngelis. wrote:
I think perhaps it is time to branch off a little. Maybe have a second place to host a few games

Thanks for volunteering to organize that effort ;-)

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Lau Bannenberg wrote:
Keep in mind that Year of the Shadow Lodge was the first ever multi-table Special, so it's a bit experimental.

Actually it was the third. Betrayal in Absalom was at the launch of season 1, and another who's name eludes me was at the start of season zero. We called them interactives back then. Not that it really matters in regards to this conversation. Just sayin'

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John Compton wrote:
Maps Appearing in #8–00: The Cosmic Captive:

13 different maps for the multi-tier special? Do all tiers need all the maps or are the encounter sites different depending on tier? If the former, is there time to visit all those maps? If the latter, can we get the map list broken out by tier so the GMs know which ones they'll need? Otherwise it could be quite expensive to obtain all the necessary maps.

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Bob Jonquet wrote:

At this time, I am unable to confirm receipt of volunteer schedules for the following list of people. Could be the email address I have for them is an error, my emails falling into spam folders, or their response dropped into my archives amongst a HUGE amount of GenCon traffic. In any case, I am unaware at this time if they know their volunteer schedule or that they are even approved. If you are on this list or know any of the names, please contact me BY EMAIL as soon as possible. At some time in the near future if we cannot confirm with the volunteer we may need to cancel the volunteer status and offer the schedule to a standby volunteer. I would hate for that to happen due to a communication error.

Thx - Bob
pfs.illinois@gmail.com

Upating the list again. The following are still pending confirmation. If you know any of these people, please encourage them to reach out to me ASAP. If I do not receive a confirmation from these volunteers soon, they are at risk of having their status cancelled which could cause a cancellation of hotel space and/or convention badge. The latter would likely also cause all event tickets to be cancelled. Thanks

One last update. I will be cancelling the schedule for these volunteers on Saturday 7/9 if no contact with me is completed by then.

Andrew Hall
Casey Miller
John Wood II
Joshua Foster

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As long as the badge is present in your Gen Con account, you can purchase event tickets. You don't need the physical badge to do that. And yes, a large number of available tickets are already sold

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Bob Jonquet wrote:

At this time, I am unable to confirm receipt of volunteer schedules for the following list of people. Could be the email address I have for them is an error, my emails falling into spam folders, or their response dropped into my archives amongst a HUGE amount of GenCon traffic. In any case, I am unaware at this time if they know their volunteer schedule or that they are even approved. If you are on this list or know any of the names, please contact me BY EMAIL as soon as possible. At some time in the near future if we cannot confirm with the volunteer we may need to cancel the volunteer status and offer the schedule to a standby volunteer. I would hate for that to happen due to a communication error.

Thx - Bob
pfs.illinois@gmail.com

Upating the list again. The following are still pending confirmation. If you know any of these people, please encourage them to reach out to me ASAP. If I do not receive a confirmation from these volunteers soon, they are at risk of having their status cancelled which could cause a cancellation of hotel space and/or convention badge. The latter would likely also cause all event tickets to be cancelled. Thanks

Andrew Hall
Casey Miller
Christopher Rowe
Donovan Hall
John Wood II
Joshua Foster
Noel Anthony Reiner de Joya
Roger Kernsmith
Scott Rawls

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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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I certainly do not want to steer anyone away from Scotty's as it is an excellent atmosphere with tasty food and beverages (I'll be there Wednesday morning myself), but there are other places you can go to get a pre-con game in. The convention center often has some tables set up in the outer hallway that are unused until Thursday. Also, the attached hotels have casual seating areas in their lobbies and in the 2nd floor balcony areas where a group could easily set up and play. If you can handle the noise, there is also the food court at the mall. The dinning area is huge and it would be a simple thing to set up a game in there.

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thejeff wrote:
It's not avoiding R-rated movies because you're offended by any of nudity, extreme violence, or foul language. You're suggesting avoiding R-Rated movies because you have panic attacks to depictions of suicide - despite the vast majority of R-rated movies not having any suicide, so you'd be fine with them.

That is certainly true, but the person with the "disability" does not at that point demand that the theater stop showing the movie because it depicted the suicide. Nor should they expect the producers to scrub that scene from the movie for their own comfort level. We're not talking about a matter of bigotry or racism, etc., we're talking about a very personal objection. In that case it might be the best course of action for the viewer to get up and leave. No fault, no foul. If no one else in the theater is objecting to the depiction, the individual should not expect them all to conform their perspective. As some have said, tolerance is a two-way street.

Now, of course this is only a semi-analogous story and could be argued from either perceptive. As some have suggested, issues like this cannot be decided in a forum based on hypothetical circumstances. We have to trust our organizers and GMs to apply common sense to each issue on a case-by-case basis. Sometimes, we are going to make the wrong resolution. That's life.

Paul Jackson wrote:
Within reason. Which is very subjective and ill defined.

This is the thing

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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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Bob Jonquet wrote:

At this time, I am unable to confirm receipt of volunteer schedules for the following list of people. Could be the email address I have for them is an error, my emails falling into spam folders, or their response dropped into my archives amongst a HUGE amount of GenCon traffic. In any case, I am unaware at this time if they know their volunteer schedule or that they are even approved. If you are on this list or know any of the names, please contact me BY EMAIL as soon as possible. At some time in the near future if we cannot confirm with the volunteer we may need to cancel the volunteer status and offer the schedule to a standby volunteer. I would hate for that to happen due to a communication error.

Thx - Bob
pfs.illinois@gmail.com

Upating my previous list for those who have replied (thank you), the following are still pending confirmation. If you know any of these people, please encourage them to reach out to me ASAP. Thanks

Adam Loutzenhiser
Andrew Hall
Casey Miller
Christopher Fuller
Christopher Kauffman
Christopher Rowe
Jay Zicht
Joe Lange
John K Reid
John Wood II
Joshua Brinkman
Joshua Foster
Justin McNeely
Madden Stewart
Mark Mastej
Martin Frederick
Matt Hockenheimer
Michael Johnson
Nick Tarpinian
Noel Anthony Reiner de Joya
Peter Shah
Roger Kernsmith
Ryan Scheppler
Scott Rawls
Sterling Metz
Trent Varva
Tyler Ernst

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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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My invul rager with a Dex of 7 and no armor would likely be a case of DR being hugely important, but the loss of the stack does not have me crying complete rebuild. As long as I am permitted to retrain those rage powers, I'm happy

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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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I'm not going to make a value judgement, but I personally don't think there is an OP problem with the extra DR power stacking with invulnerable like it does for the DR class ability. Like anything else, it's subject to misuse by an over-eager player. There are many other class features much more "broken" than this one so not sure why a stand needed to be taken in this particular case. It is what it is. I'm just wondering what I need to do with my now illegal PC. The simplest thing to do is a free retrain on the rage power, but I'm sure some will argue that their entire character concept is based on stacking DR and want a full rebuild.

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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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Assuming your home page information is accurate, I have forwarded info about this thread to the RVC for your region

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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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My invulnerable rager is playing Eyes of the Ten this weekend so I hope we have an official rebuild option by then

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People on the list are responding. Thank you for that. After a few more days to allow as many as possible to reply, I will update the list.

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Jeff Hazuka wrote:
From what I know from last year, if you requested a particular GM at a particular slot, the musterers typically worked to make it happen.

HQ has not yet defined the logistics of such a request for this year nor decided if it'll be accommodated or not, but if it is I can almost guarantee it would require the GM to be aware of and specifically request said party be pre-mustered for their table. Unfortunately we have had some issues in the past with GMs being requested without their knowledge and worst case players demanding to be seated at a specific GMs table despite said GM already having had a full table seated. It is not "normal" procedure for a marshal to send players to a specific GM by request so we would certainly have a specific process for adjudicating such requests that would require pre-approval from HQ.

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At this time, I am unable to confirm receipt of volunteer schedules for the following list of people. Could be the email address I have for them is an error, my emails falling into spam folders, or their response dropped into my archives amongst a HUGE amount of GenCon traffic. In any case, I am unaware at this time if they know their volunteer schedule or that they are even approved. If you are on this list or know any of the names, please contact me BY EMAIL as soon as possible. At some time in the near future if we cannot confirm with the volunteer we may need to cancel the volunteer status and offer the schedule to a standby volunteer. I would hate for that to happen due to a communication error.
Thx - Bob
pfs.illinois@gmail.com

Adam Loutzenhiser
Andrew Hall
Casey Miller
Christopher Fuller
Christopher Kauffman
Christopher Rowe
Jay Zicht
Joe Lange
John K Reid
John Wood II
Joshua Brinkman
Joshua Foster
Justin McNeely
Madden Stewart
Mark Mastej
Martin Frederick
Matt Hockenheimer
Michael Johnson
Nick Tarpinian
Noel Anthony Reiner de Joya
Peter Shah
Roger Kernsmith
Ryan Scheppler
Scott Rawls
Sterling Metz
Trent Varva
Tyler Ernst

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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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Nicely done Chris!

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Fromper wrote:
And it's been over a week now, and that scenario still isn't in my downloads.

To be completely honest, emailing her directly is more effective than posting to the blog thread. If anyone is missing their Paizo provided GenCon badge, or has problems with their hotel confirmation, or has not received copies of scenario material that is already published, I recommend emailing her with your concerns. As stated above, she is attending Origins this weekend so likely not going to address any concerns until next week at the earliest. Also, her travel schedule is fairly extensive between now and GenCon so immediate responsiveness is not likely. However, having your questions in her email queue is more likely to be addressed than in a forum thread.

Also, if you received your volunteer schedule and did not reply with a confirmation, please do so. If you are expecting a volunteer schedule and have not received it yet, please contact me ASAP so I can resend it. All volunteer schedules were distributed last month so be sure to check your spam folder if you didn't receive it.

Thx

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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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BigNorseWolf wrote:

Split. & player tables aren't fun for anyone

I don't understand this comment either

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nosig wrote:
SO... Currently the PC this is assigned to does NOT have to be a 0xp PC... it can be assigned to any 1st level PC (0xp, 1xp or 2xp).

That's true, but you're not playing the Quest with that character so we really don't care if it is brand new or just any level 1. What we're talking about is allowing custom PCs to play the Quests which will open them up to all sorts of builds and a very wide swath of capabilities based on rewards earned through scenario play. That is one of the things being bantered about. How do we keep the integrity of the Quests while also accommodating an ever-growing number of players who want to play their custom PC in Quests? Some of the proposals above will allow that.

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jon dehning wrote:
why would a player want to do this? I see no good reason a player would want to spend upwards of six hours playing the quests

Interesting story? The opportunity to explore strange new places, encounter new and interesting people, kill them, and take their stuff? :-D

Seriously, many of us just like to play and Quests are another avenue for that and the 6 hour estimate is not necessarily black n' white. I would posit that the average time for a Quest series is as varied as any scenario.

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This can certainly be a hard situation to deal with. The point of PFS is to allow players to well, play. But, we also have a responsibility to the three tenets with Cooperation being the most important IMHO. As has been said, first ask the player if they are willing to step away from the table so the other player can have some fun as well. If that does not work, consider adding another table of the event. If you can find one more person to GM, that makes a table of four players and a table of three (plus a pregen "ghost") and everyone is happy. If not, the final straw might be to inform said player they are being removed from the table for the sake of the local community. Another possibility would be if there are other players who are not in attendance that can play said scenario for credit, schedule it again at the next available event so the waist-listed player and those not in attendance can play. If you go the way of kicking the replayer, I would share that information with the local community including the Venture-Captain and perhaps the RVC. If the community knows what is happening and why, it can go a long way towards keeping bad feelings to a minimum and helps prevent people from hearing one side of the story and painting you out as a tyrannical organizer.

As Protoman quoted, its up to the GM, and by extension the organizer to allow/deny replay. Of course you also have to temper that with an understanding of the attitudes involved. Technically speaking someone burning GM stars to reply are just as legal a player as one who never played. I tend to use these types of situations to evaluate the temperament of my players and who is selfish and who wants to support the community. That can be very useful information moving forward with organizational activities.

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So we could leave some responsibility in the hands of the players. Allow them to use custom characters (at the organizers discretion) but they cannot have earned any chronicles on said character other than the ones associated with the Quest they are currently involved in otherwise, they are required to either use a different brand-new PC for the rest of the Quest series or choose a pregen. IMO, that would allow the widest flexibility to the players/organizer while still maintain the integrity of the Quests and the challenges contained therein.

I am a big fan and advocate of putting customizable tools in the hands of organizers and Venture-Officers to maximize the enjoyment in their area based on the needs/wants of the players. One-size does not always fit all.

oh, and BTW Drogon sorry about calling you "Dragon" earlier. I think my inner autocorrect may have gotten involved :-)

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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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Auke Teeninga wrote:

Actually the first "quests" premiered at GenCon 2012.

You could play with your own 1st level character or take a pregen

In 2013 we had Goblin Attack which unfortunately was never released for general use. It was a lot of fun but was restricted to core pregens. We also after having seen it run often "forgot" to include Amiri is an option because of her penchant to one-shot the encounters. There were a few minor grumblings about playing a custom character but most had a good time playing the material. Sometimes it's important to remember that the GM/author are limited in the presentation of the scenario/Quest material and unable to make many, if any, adjustments in consideration of the PCs being used. In those cases, limiting to pregens can improve the quality of play by both knowing what the PCs can do and emphasizing the skills and abilities they posses and restricting the PCs that may not have those abilities.

In the end game, I trust the organizer to know their community better than me. So, while opening up the Quests for custom PC play is fine, I don't want it forced on anyone either. Dragon should be able to allow custom built PCs at his venue if it'll improve play and increase butts in seats. At the same time, TOZ should be able to limit his event to pregens only if that prevents the optimizers from ruining the experience for new/casual players. It is an option that is flexible without being disruptive.

One caveat that may need to be included is that custom PCs must be new with zero XP. The Quests were not developed to take into account added power for scenarios played and we all know there is a huge difference between a new 0 XP character and one with 2 XP, 4 Prestige, and roughly 1000gp in rewards

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My primary objection to letting non-pregens play Quests is their use in introducing new players to Pathfinder and to some extent PFS. I don't want characters that have instant "win" abilities to step in and ruin the experience for the new players who are relegated to spectator because their iconic build, while competent, does not have all the advanced bells and whistles that a custom built PC often does.

I am not entirely opposed to the idea of allowing custom PCs play Quests, however, I would like there to be a clause whereas the table GM and/or organizer could choose to limit to pregens only for the purposes of their event. If you want to assemble a group of custom characters and play a Quest series, great, I don't want to stand in your way. OTOH, if I am organizing a Quest table with the intention of introducing or focusing on new players, I want the ability to limit it to pregens.

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Quinn Shannon wrote:
Basically, there are large signs with Scenario Title and Level information...

Actually, this year at the behest of the convention nearly/all the floor signs are being eliminated. We will have most information scrolling on the big screens inside the room. This will reduce the log-jam at the doors where traditionally everyone clusters to read the signs while other people are trying to get into or out of the room and others are just peeking in to see the room. Since the information will be HUGE and up off the floor there should be no delay in finding the information you are looking for quickly so you can move on to the appropriate mustering station.

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It would certainly be great if all GMs were capable of running any of the three evergreens should their scheduled table cancel since we cannot predict which, if any of them a table of walkin players may want to play. If said players have already played 5-08, it would be less than ideal if the only scenario a GM could run was 5-08. Since realtime cancelled tables and walkin/generic tickets are a complete unknown we can only ask for the widest possible latitude from our GMs. We are doing everything we can to minimize the amount of prep a GM has to do for these scenarios by providing the maps, minis, printed material, etc. and almost all of the encounters are with uncomplicated stat blocks. All we ask is that GMs have read and are familiar with the scenarios. At this point, I'm sure the vast majority of our GM community has at least played if not GM'd (perhaps multiple times) 5-08 & 6-10. That number is likely smaller for 7-10, but still probably a significant amount.

I don't think Paizo intends to drop the evergreens into the account of every GenCon GM on the chance they'll need it, but there is some expectation that local area GMs and organizers would have those scenarios already to support the expansion of new player acquisition. It is also important to note that if your FLGS is a registered retail, they may already be getting the scenarios. It should be a relatively simple process of borrowing the evergreens to read if you do not already own a copy of the scenario and return it when you're done. Remember, these are not complicated high-tier scenarios. The story arcs are relatively straight forward and most of the encounters are simple.

We just do not want a repeat of a few years ago where we asked all GMs to prepare the three First Steps scenarios as backups and one GM who happened to experience numerous cancelled tables took it upon himself to prep something else and refuse to run any of the First Step offerings. As most of the players we were trying to seat were new to PFS it was not an inviting atmosphere.

The bottom line; we cannot predict what will be needed to fill cancelled tables and if we have players willing to play we need your assistance to make that happen. Please help us provide the best possible experience for all possible players. Thx

Explore! Report! Cooperate!

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No. All materials for the ACG and Demo events ( in the dealer hall) will be provided

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Although tickets are being sold by OP, player choice will dictate what scenarios are run.

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Congratulations! We always make a big deal about 5 stars, and it is a huge accomplishment, but IMHO, getting the first one is just as big a deal. It shows you are willing to step out of the comfort zone of just being a player and taking on a much greater support role to your gaming community. It can be a scary transition for some and having the courage to put yourself out in front of other players who often know more about the game than you do is awesome. I salute you Adam and your 1 star!

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dumptruckman wrote:
Please consider my volunteer application if it's not too late!

I am processing additional volunteers on a regular basis on a first come first basis. We have received and continue to receive cancellations opening opportunities for new volunteers. The first thing to do is complete the online application at the bottom of the blog so your vital information is dropped into the ongoing database of volunteers. It is time coded so I know when new people populate. Then when a cancellation occurs, I compare your availability to that of the opening. If it fits, I will extend an offer to join the volunteer team by email. Your chances of being selected increase the fewer restrictions you place on your time. Things like blocking out certain slots of availability or restricting yourself to one game type (RPG, ACG, HQ, etc) can make it more difficult to find a spot for you and I may have to move on the next available candidate.

Also, if you really want to attend GenCon as a volunteer, it may be possible right up to the week of the con. We often get cancellations a few days before the event. U like previous years, we will be capable of offering the complete tier 1 package including hotel room accommodations right up to the event as they become available from cancellations. Certainly making plans with such little notice can be a challenge but one has to weigh the pros and cons if getting a room is a deal breaker for their attendance.

Once you have submitted your app and are interested in knowing your status, feel free to send me an email and I can let you know. Please wait a week or two before doing so, so I have time to extract the most recent data from the online app database.

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

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Kevin Willis wrote:
Even the "Druma Lodge" table with the scenario author as the GM adjourned to the hallway and finished in about 8 or 9 hours total.

To be fair the level of shenanigans going on at that table is not indicative of a "typical" table and should not be used as a basis of comparison. That group could probably make any scenario last 8-9 hours (or more).

...and "DRUMA!"

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

Nefreet wrote:
Please, next time, don't announce that alcohol is free to bring into the special.

I don't understand this statement. True the bar was open, but it was not free and the hotel had a policy of no outside alcohol which I saw (and heard) being enforced.

One of the reasons for the bar in the room is that players are free to go go down to the main hotel bar and bring back beverages. Having a bar in the room should reduce the impact of replenishing during the event. Also, the announcement is as much for the hotel as it is for the players. They have gone to the expense of providing us with a lot of benefits including a dedicated bartender so we want to assist them in generating the revenue required to justify said benefits. One of the reasons the PaizoCon experience is soo great is that the hotel can afford to provide all the amenities we enjoyed. Unfortunately, they do not do those things out of altruism. We also received a number of complaints last year when we did not notify players there was a cash bar available.

We did ask that everyone be responsible. If anyone witnessing someone getting out of control would have notified either the bartender/hotel, HQ, or both we would certainly have gotten involved if the GM was uncomfortable addressing it themself. Just like PFS has a certain level of trust when it comes to cheating, having adult beverages available is a matter of trust as well. I will add this topic to my after-action report to Paizo so we can discuss if there are any changes that can be implemented for next year.

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I've always been in the camp of no unlimited replay, especially for players as I've seen first-hand the damage it can cause between chronicle farming and increased meta-gaming (intentional or otherwise). However, GM re"play" seems to be a different thing. Meta-gaming is already a risk since you can GM before you play. The same can be said of boon farming as well. I don't think most of the objections really hold much water. Considering a few:

    * Item Farming this is rarely a problem because in most cases the items listed for access are things you can already obtain with the equivalent Fame. Also, keep in mind items found during a scenario are "sized" appropriately for use by a baddie against the PCs. It typically will not be something significantly above their access level or wealth.
    * Boon Farming again I don't see this as an issue since most boons are minor benefits and often circumstantially specific. Having an extra character or two with said boon is unlikely to create an imbalance when compared to the expansive list of player options available.

I tend to take a hard stance on GMing and I only want GMs who WANT to run games. Meaning their primary reason for GMing is that they enjoy the experience and opportunity to provide an exciting, fun game for the players. As opposed to the GM who is just doing it to earn a reward. I find that the latter tend to invest less in the quality of their prep and even rush through the game to "get it over with" so they can move on to playing their newly "boon buffed" character. So because of that (and some other mostly personal reasons) I have always opposed unlimited replay for the GMs.

However, I have also heard a lot of feedback about problems getting people to step up and GM. The number one objection is the lack of "incentive" to GM a scenario a second time. So, setting aside my personal objections, perhaps unlimited GM credit IS a good idea if it'll mean more GMs will GM more events. Some might say if we did that it would cause an over-abundance of selective boon-infused characters. I'm not sure that is the case. Remember, if you're GMing you are not playing. So the more people GM, even if their incentive is credit farming, the less they play. It sort of becomes a self-limiting program.

For those of us who don't "need" credit as an incentive to GM, nothing would change. However, for those GMs who only GM when they can earn a reward, unlimited GM credits would encourage them to run more games which would especially help with filling slots at conventions both local/regional and national.

Keep in mind we already have some replay options available with the star-replay program so it's not like replay isn't already a thing, albeit not unlimited. The expanded narrative is an awesome boon, IMHO, but in some areas it is not driving more GMing, at least not when its a repeated scenario.

Having a GM "faction" card and/or an escalation boon for GMs are certainly interesting ideas, but we would need to see what the benefits are before evaluating if they would have the "punch" needed to incentify GMs to run more games. Let's face it, not all boons are created equal.

All-in-all I do not think there would be a significant negative impact on PFS if we allowed unlimited GM re"play." I suggest the pros outweigh the cons. That being said, I am still firmly in the no reply camp with regards to players. I do not see the two equating to each other nor do I see perceived fairness disparity that would encourage us to extend unlimited reply to players.

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Keep in mind that the PSA program is not ONLY focused on youth gaming. It is also a program by which adult gamers can be brought into Pathfinder with a lite version of the rules using the Beginner Box materials and the expanded lessons can add elements as they progress until they are ready for the full rules set. Surly, most applications of PSA will be focused on youth gaming as its foundation is the Kids Track program, but it doesn't HAVE to be.

At GenCon, since we have 150 tables of RPG running in each slots, plus Quests, PSA will be focused more on youth gamers, but that does not mean a table of adults who want to learn how to play couldn't sign up for PSA. They would be welcome as well. In addition to the evergreen scenarios that are running in the "normal" RPG area, we have a few tables of them running in the PSA area as well.

As the materials for PSA are made public, local areas will have the opportunity to apply the included quests and lessons to both adult and youth gamers as needed.

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