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

I sat down for the post-banquet trivia contest for the first time. Our team was
myself
Del Collins
Matt Polkowsky
Jim Price
Rafael Taramona
Anthony Bowen
Raymond Sullivan
and our ringer Joshua Herrington, who answered most of the questions correctly
Team name: "John Compton's Children"
We actually won the contest and John begrudgingly accepted us as his illegitimate offspring.

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

Leigh A wrote:
Chris Lambertz wrote:
Mine all mine...don't touch wrote:
Will the pin grant a reroll?
Nope. The PFS team will be following up on this after the show.
This is the exact opposite of what I was told when I was encouraged by multiple Paizo staff members to purchase them today at the convention (I bought two specifically because these staff members told me they would grant rerolls). The staff members told me there was a post confirming the reroll and that it was approved by the head of PFS. I can't find any such post, just this one, so I'm a little confused. It would be great if you guys could clarify *before* the end of the con, since people may be buying these with the intention to use them this way.

We apologize for any miscommunication that occurred between the PFS team and the Paizo staff. At this time, the faction pins do not grant a reroll. There is consideration being given to what reward, if any, the pins will provide but that may take some time to finalize because leadership is occupied with organizing the convention. Please stay tuned for any further details and again we apologize for any miscommunication.

Explore! Report! Cooperate!

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So, I'm here at the prize table looking over the room of immersive gameplay and I am reminded why I help to organize this insanity. The day has been a whirlwind of greetings, answering questions, and shenanigans. For me, the gaming is secondary to the interactions with the fans, fellow gamers and fanboys, Paizo staffers, and associated publishers. The Syrinscape booth is always fun and this year we have a huge monitor showing off the new ACG online app. If I didn't already play, the display would have sold it
Just had my first critical hit prize winner. Congratulations Keith Homewood!

I should mention I'm giving Painlord the stink-eye but he's soo immersed in a round of ACG he fails to notice.

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

BigNorseWolf wrote:
Walk 10 feet. search. walk 10 feet search. Walk 10 feet search.

Because you're eliminating the penalty to Perception for distance or because you can only search a 10-foot square with a Perception check?

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

I will be pecking at it a little bit, but to be honest, my focus is back on PaizoCon. When I return home from Seattle, my attention will return to GenCon.

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

DMjoe wrote:
i hope there is more seeker tier avail

The HQ team is looking at ticket sales closely to see if any more shifting can be done.

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

Traditionally, 7-11 scenarios are more likely to cancel than lower level stuff, but we have some ideas and new procedures to mitigate some of that. Cancelled tables don't help anyone and could put our ownership of the entire ballroom at risk.
Its interesting to note that for specials, to opposite is true. 7-11 have a much higher demand than normal scenarios. Just one of those things we have to watch and manage in real time. Predicting how many tickets are needed for each scenario/slot/table is as much luck as it is science.

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

It depends on the ownership stream. I'm sure no one is advocating the illegal use of someone else's intellectual property. At the same time, the point is to recognize the artist, not the owner of the finished product. Just because you own excellent art does not mean you should be able to win a contest because of it. That award belongs to the artist that created the work. And since the rules say the artist (not the owner of the finished work) must submit their own work, it is up to them to determine which of their works to enter. That could mean making an alternate choice if said work is owned by someone else who does not give permission for its use

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Why would you or should you win a contest meant to highlight artistic talent if you were not the one who created the art?

Grand Lodge

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This is outstanding! I've been using small colored dots on the base and color coordinated index cards for my initiative tracking. The colored bases will reduce/eliminate the need for the dots. I only wish there were a couple more options (yellow & orange). This will help bring more visibility to my encounters. Well played Paizo, well played

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So, we've experienced some cancellations and have some availability for more volunteers, mostly RPG GMs, but also ACG and Quests. If you have not already done so, scroll up to the top of this page, read the open call information and follow the link at the bottom to the online application. I will be getting a change log report from Tonya this week that will include added volunteers. If you are on that list, I may be able to find a suitable place for you. A couple of hotel room spaces have opened up but they will go quickly (first come first serve) so get your application submitted ASAP for consideration.

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Because the HQ staff do not have the time off between slots to leave the room (that is our busiest time) we rotate breaks throughout the day to allow some time to relax, use the restroom, and get food/drink. Don't let the long day intimidate you. We won't let you go hungry :-)

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Wei Ji the Learner wrote:
Wasn't able to score 9-11 on Friday, but did get 7-8

Keep an eye on ticket availability between now and the convention, especially in the final two weeks. There are always people who cancel their plans and tickets drop back into the catalog. I recall that we we arrived last year, there was something like 20 tickets available on Wednesday. Course they were gone by the event start, but it happens.

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Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
Master of Schedules, Bob

I am merely filling as one of the triumvirate until the disposition of Master Arem Zey is determined.

thanks for that. Love the title

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

Doubtful. We've never done that before and with periodic cancellations and changes from now til the event, not really worth the effort. Besides, it's not critical that the names of each GM be published.

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Sin of Asmodeus wrote:
Also, more Thursday / Friday seeker spots pleaz. 8)

Thanks for volunteering. Do you just want to run those three tables as a tier 6, or a few more for a higher tier? ;-)

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

For those who are watching ticket sales, we are shifting tickets for the Friday night special to adjust for demand. That means some GMs will have their tier assignment changed to meet the demand. This change will occur long before you will need to actually start prepping.

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

Sabre wrote:
7-8? Full. 9-11? Full. 1-2?

Attempts are being made to shift available tickets to meet the tier demand

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

we actually have 8 tables of Seeker scheduled. One of the issues with offering more tables is finding the right GMs to run them.

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

Gary Bush wrote:
  • I already paid for a badge. UndeadMitch already answered the question that I could contact Gencon customer service to get a refund. But how does this impact my ordering of event tickets?
  • As long as there is a valid badge on your account at all times, there is no problem. Once the free badge drops in, you can petition GenCon suctomer service for a refund of your purchased badge. Any event tickets you buy are attached to your account, not the badge. It is just required to unlock event registration.

    Gary Bush wrote:
  • How do I prove to them that I am getting a GM badge from Paizo?
  • Once the free badge is processed, it will appear in your account as a 2nd badge. You won't have to prove it to them because they can see both of them on your account.

    Gary Bush wrote:
  • I have access to 2 of 3 Evergreens. Should I purchase the one that I don’t have so I can prep for it?
  • This is a question I will forward to Tonya. We cannot pre-emptively just drop all three evergreens into the account of every GM and since we don't know who might need them, its harder to deal with. Buying them yourself is certainly an option. They are only $4 afterall, but I would encourage you to work with your VO team to be a GM at a local event that is receiving prize support whether that be a regional event or a convention. That would get you access to the the scenario you are running.

    Gary Bush wrote:
  • I may not be in town by Wednesday at 6PM. What time will HQ open Thursday morning so I can get what I need to get from them? I think 7:30 but want to make sure.
  • No problem. Any GM packets not picked up on Wednesday afternoon will b available at HQ during normal hours. We typically open the room about an hour before the first slot starts and will be available all day. Stop by anytime.

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    Quote:
    In addition to scheduled events, we are asking all GMs to be prepared to run the evergreen scenarios (5-08 The Confirmation, 6-10 The Wounded Wisp, and 7-10 The Consortium Compact) should the situation arise.
    Fromper wrote:
    Does this mean we have to be prepared to run ALL of these, or can we just pick one, and use that as our "go to" should we need it?

    We consider the three evergreens to be something that all GMs should be familiar with and ready to run at any time. Of course, having the materials for those three on top of your regular schedule can be a challenge especially if you are flying to GenCon. So, I am trying to get a few materials boxes built for them that would be stored at HQ and eligible for sign out by GMs who have to run them as an alternative to their normal sessions. No guarantees, but since we are asking you to prep extra stuff, the least we can do is have the maps, pawns, and handouts for them. Of course, if any of those scenarios are actually on your schedule, do not depend on HQ to provide the materials.

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

    At this time, all GM-related emails have been distributed. Jon is working on the HQ volunteer schedule and will have that out soon (if not already). I did my best fulfilling the special requests from all volunteers, but due to the huge amount of moving parts with this process, some may not have worked out. Sometimes, due to the needs of the event, I just could not make it happen for you.

    I will continue to watch this thread and try and answer questions as they come up, but if you have specific questions regarding your schedule, please help us keep this thread as clean as possible and address those to me by email. Questions in the thread should be more of the general type as you may not be the only one wondering the same thing.

    I have a lot of email responses to read through, so if you sent/send a question, it might be a day or two before I can respond.

    Again, thank you for you patience during this process and good luck with open registration. Roughly 48 hours and counting!

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    At this point all the emails for the "regular" RPG play are complete. I will get the ACG, Demo, PSA/KT, and Quest GM schedule tomorrow morning.

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    GM schedules are complete and emails are going out. It'll take me a few hours to get them all done.

    The first few emails I send, I forgot to add text asking for a reply. Please be sure to reply with a confirmation that you received the schedule so we can record it. Don't want anyone's schedule to disappear into a spam folder or something. I will post again when they are done so you'll know if something is wrong if you don't see it.

    Thanks for your patience through this arduous process

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

    nogoodscallywag wrote:
    Emphasis does not explain why a 2pm start time is not possible.

    To be completely honest, I'm not sure offering the Seeker arc at GenCon is a good idea. They are highly advanced events with intimidating encounters both for the players and for the GM to prep. The sheer volume of material the GM has to manage and probably look up during the session is high. We all know that high level combats can take a lot of time. There is also often a lot of role-playing material either interactive between players and NPCs or just simply the GM providing a lot of background and related material. All this leads to a high probability that the slot will run long. We have to juggle giving as much time to run with having to maintain the integrity of the slots.

    The normal expectation will be that the GM will be completely cleared from their table in 5 hours, leaving amply time to take care of between slot activities (restroom, food, etc) and for the next GM to set up. that being said, because its only a few tables, we can supervise their progress and let them run longer into the break times if absolutely nescessary and perhaps provide some HQ support to help them clean up and get away from the table. We have more time to do that between slots 1 and 2. Slot 3 has a special each day that requires more set up and may require the clearing of the room. Thus the break time is more active for us in the evening than the earlier one is.

    Course this is just some of the reasons why the Seeker is not being offered in the afternoon slot. I hope we can focus on the fact that we do have Seeker tables at GenCon, which is something we did not do for the past few years.

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    Yes, we are at the Westin this year. It may be a tad quicker to access from the Sagamore, but not hugely so. Between the walk, the speed of the elevators, etc. I would still estimate a round trip to take between 20 and 30 minutes.

    We still need some more GM volunteers, but I am hesitant to boost anyone to 9 or 10 slots. With the extended slot times and reduced sleep, I am going to avoid it if possible. There are a few tier 1 GMs who have graciously offered to run more than 8 and I truly appreciate it, but for now those additional slots are "standby." I am hoping that between additional volunteers joining the ranks and the lower tier GMs taking on more slots, we will have what we need. If that is not enough, we will revisit adding extra slots to the tier 1s.

    EDIT--I know that for some, the idea of GMing 10 slots is a badge of honor. If you've been around for any length of time, you'll inevitably run into one of the "old guard" who will tell you how they "marine'd" GenCon (first one in, last one out) and ran all ten slots. I myself had a marathon a early on where I ran 2 slots at a local GameDay on Sunday, a slot zero on Monday and Tuesday before heading to Indy. the players were trying to level up for events at GenCon. Ran two slots at Scotty's Brewhouse on Wednesday, all ten slots, and followed it up with a pick up table on Sunday evening. 17 slots in 7 days was WAAAAY TOO MUCH. I do not recommend that kind of thing for anyone.

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

    Mike Bramnik wrote:
    You mean shorten? :P

    My list is the actual slot times as they apply to the players and was in response to comments above. I was attempting to shed some light on why the slot times are extended this year.

    The second list you quoted includes the early arrival expectation for volunteers. GMs need to arrive early to set up and be ready to run their slot.

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    At this time, we are in need of more GMs for GenCon. If you already volunteered and would like to add more slots to your schedule, please email me directly and I can upgrade your status. If you are not a current volunteer, but would like to join the fun, please head over the Gen Con 2016 Call for Volunteers and follow the instructions. There is an online form to complete.

    We do have a few more hotel spots available if you upgrade to a tier 1/2.

    Any GM willing to take on more slots than what they originally volunteered for is much appreciated. Our intention was not to schedule GMs for more than 8 slots, but if you really want to run the entire show, please let me know.

    pfs.illinois@gmail.com

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

    At this time, we are in need of more GMs for GenCon. If you already volunteered and would like to add more slots to your schedule, please email me directly and I can upgrade your status. If you are not a current volunteer, but would like to join the fun, please head over the Gen Con 2016 Call for Volunteers and follow the instructions. There is an online form to complete.

    We do have a few more hotel spots available if you upgrade to a tier 1/2.

    Any GM willing to take on more slots than what they originally volunteered for is much appreciated. Our intention was not to schedule GMs for more than 8 slots, but if you really want to run the entire show, please let me know.

    pfs.illinois@gmail.com

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

    At this time, we are in need of more GMs for GenCon. If you already volunteered and would like to add more slots to your schedule, please email me directly and I can upgrade your status. If you are not a current volunteer, but would like to join the fun, please head over the Gen Con 2016 Call for Volunteers and follow the instructions. There is an online form to complete.

    We do have a few more hotel spots available if you upgrade to a tier 1/2.

    Any GM willing to take on more slots than what they originally volunteered for is much appreciated. Our intention was not to schedule GMs for more than 8 slots, but if you really want to run the entire show, please let me know.

    pfs.illinois@gmail.com

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

    At this time, we are in need of more GMs for GenCon. If you already volunteered and would like to add more slots to your schedule, please email me directly and I can upgrade your status. If you are not a current volunteer, but would like to join the fun, please head over the Gen Con 2016 Call for Volunteers and follow the instructions. There is an online form to complete.

    We do have a few more hotel spots available if you upgrade to a tier 1/2.

    Any GM willing to take on more slots than what they originally volunteered for is much appreciated. Our intention was not to schedule GMs for more than 8 slots, but if you really want to run the entire show, please let me know.

    pfs.illinois@gmail.com

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

    The number of GMs running out of the tier they prepped for the last few years has gotten untenable. It was causing poor gaming experiences for the players and the GMs. The special events like the interactive are the showcase events of the season and we want to provide everyone the best possible experience. By designating the tickets by sub-tier, it gives us a lot more visibility on the supply/demand and so GMs can properly prepare for the event. Is there a chance for some players to arrive with a ticket and no legal character in that range? Yes, but we expect that will have much less impact on the event than the large number of GMs who in the past have had to run sub-tiers they did not prepare for and are not familiar with. I think we can all agree than running "cold" is rarely if ever a good experience.

    GenCon requires all real ticket players to be seated before generics are taken. If you do not have a legal character for the tier of your ticket, we will have to manage your mustering a bit differently. That could mean moving you to another marshal station, or to the generic ticket area. There are a lot of moving parts to marshaling the special and we cannot give you a one-fix answer. Options include, but are not limited to: run a different PC in a differed sub-tier if we have available seats in that tier, run a pregen in a tier with openings but where you do not have an available PC, etc.

    Obviously, we hope players arrive with legal PCs for the sub-tier of their ticket, but I expect there will be a few complications as there always is. The key is going to be the flexibility of the player to accept an alternative option. As organizers, we can only manage what we know. By selling tickets by the sub-tier, it increases our knowledge. The more players arriving without a legal PC, the more handling time it will take to find the best fit table for you, but at least you'll get a GM prepared to run that sub-tier and ready to provide you with the best possible experience.

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    Based on A LOT of feedback on slot lengths, having enough time to run properly, etc. the decision was made to extend the slot times slightly.

      AM slot is 8am-1pm
      MID slot is 2pm-7pm
      PM slot is 8pm-1am

    This should allow a bit more time to experience the scenario, complete paperwork, clean up/clear the table for the next slot, and set up at a new table, as well as providing time to grab food, use the restroom, etc. Yes, it might mean a tad less sleep for some, but we hope it will improve the gaming experience overall. Depending on how the specials are written and presented, we may not need to be in the room until 1am, but we wanted to be prepared nonetheless.

    If this schedule works, it could appear again at future events. If not, we can always go back the previous format. As always, your feedback after GenCon will be valuable in helping us decide what changes, if any need to be made to improve the experience for GenCon 2017.

    Grand Lodge

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    Marco Massoudi wrote:
    This is NOT a softcover!

    If you follow the link back to the original HC version and look at the same location on the page for the link back to this page, it is listed as "pocket edition softcover" which matches the link names for the CRB as well. That would indicate to me the pocket edition series is all soft covers. If that is not correct, the link names should be changed.

    Grand Lodge

    Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Card Game, Pawns, Tales Subscriber

    When I saw "pocket edition" I was thinking along the lines of the old mini versions of the HC books that TSR produced back in the day. Those were truly pocket sized. My mini World of Greyhawk boxed set is only 3-1/2"x4-1/2"x1". The text is quite small, but I can still read it even with my old, worn out eyes. I would have loved to see the CRB and perhaps more future mini Pathfinder books to be a bit smaller than 78% scale.

    Grand Lodge

    Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Card Game, Pawns, Tales Subscriber

    With the time lapse since the last release, I wonder why this is coming out in October instead of GenCon. I would think initial sales would be boosted by a GenCon release.

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

    PFS was founded on a more neutral (with good tendencies) basis more concerned with mostly archeological, sometimes questionable methods of recovering lost lore and items of power. While we have gotten a bit more political in the last couple seasons, it is still primarily a neutral organization. This far into the campaign it may not serve the community to make paradigm changes that could impact a large portion of the player-characters

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    Partizanski wrote:
    Will GM's be getting their slot assignments soon then?

    I'm working on it as we speak and hope to have it out before open registration goes live

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    Yes, I was referring to the new Seeker arc (All for Immortality). Due to the challenges a GM faces running an event like this, I would rather not select seemingly random GMs to run them. I would much rather assign a GM who wants to run them and will invest the effort needed to provide a good table experience for a very high level table.

    Of course, if we do not receive enough volunteer, volunteers, :-P we will have to assign them to GMs per our normal process.

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    Quote:
    scrolls...spring-loaded wrist sheaths

    AFAIK, it remains table variation

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    Thanks. Sounds like his comments, while they often contain self-limiting language, are just as meaningful (if not moreso) than those of a designer or developer. Which, IMO, means we should allot him no less importance than those comments provided by other staffers. Certainly they are just as valuable as anyone's when trying to parse ambiguity in the game. Although, I suppose one could adhere strictly to the idea that a rule is not a rule if it only exists in the forums as long as that ideal is applied to all staffers and not an exclusive group based on their position as stated in the contact list.

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    Thanks Mark. Good stuff. So I assume "creative director" (James Jacobs) would be considered part of the development team since his focus seems to be Pathfinder canonical lore and Adventure Paths?

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    It depends on what you think "designer" and "developer" means. I've always considered the designers to be the ones creating the rules and cannon that serves as the framework for the game system and world of Golarion. The developers are the ones who create, edit, and modify the modules and scenarios that function within that framework. Course there is A LOT of overlap because Paizo does not limit one's activities to their title. Some developers also write sourcebooks. Some designers also write modules. Hell, staff not involved in related departments (customer service, art, etc.) have created published material.

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    The funniest part of this is that everyone is right. All the suggested problems posited about the "other guy's" proposal is exactly what is going to happen. Not necessarily widespread, but this campaign is world-wide. There is a huge swathe of player variations. Would an optional rule become mandatory? In some areas and with some players, yes. Would it improve play? Yes, in some areas. Would some of the more extreme and arguably "straw-man" arguments come to fruition? Yes.

    The reality is, some players are jerks and the consumable rules are not not going to change that. Rules do not dictate attitude. IMO, a reimbursement program will not be any more effective at encouraging GoodRightFun than what we already have. Some will disagree and that's okay. As I said, this rule like many others will be embraced differently from region to region. The current "pay it forward" is the most altruistic form of the cooperate tenet.

    Another thing to consider is the the inequality in class participation. It could be argued that the fighter who stands in the front and takes the brunt of the damage is saving the squishes from the same damage. They "owe" it to the fighter to help in the healing. He has much less available wealth to devote to all the various "required" consumables because he has expenses (armor, shield, etc) that you don't have. So while my wizard standing in the rear with the backpack full of scrolls, wands, potions, etc. there is some level of expectation that he will use those items on the fighter because that is his role in the party.

    In the end, most of the "bad feelings" regarding the use of consumables can be assuaged during character introductions. If everyone knows you are not going to use your stuff to help them, then they can buy their own. IMO, the worst situation is for people to know you have something, but they only find out at their direst need that you won't use it on them. Although it is "weird" situation that two players can buy first aid gloves, trade them, use them, and not be out any of their wealth, while the same two players who don't trade are "screwed." The current rules certainly encourage this type of "loophole," but it does work.

    I'm not in favor of it, but one idea that was discussed (and shot down) a few years ago was to allow open transfer of goods between players with the caveat that you could never exceed the wealth you earned. Meaning add up all your gold. That is your wealth "cap" and you could not exceed that, ever. So it would eliminate the goods hording problem of that other campaign.

    IMO, the tenet of cooperate is the most important one for the society. I like the way a quid-pro-quo system makes me feel. Adding a repayment program just feels less supportive of cooperation. It is also a self-fulfilling program. If you are the type that refuses to help your fellow agent, that will be revealed during play and you will garner like treatment. The "golden rule" can be a powerful thing. Course, this is just my opinion and YMMV.

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    I don't think its fair to say he's not part of the deign team just because of how his position is listed on the staff roster. IMO, "creative director" is a pretty powerful position. Sure, by his own words, he is not a "rules guy" but he does play in campaigns run by and including official members of both the design and development teams. As a member of the Paizo staff, he is in position to have face-to-face conversations with them and be involved, at least tacitly, in the discussions. IMHO, it is wrong to discount the contributions of any of the staff even if they are speaking out of their "specialty." His words may not carry the weight of an official FAQ, but they usually provide insight into the RAI.

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

    If you are GMing at GenCon and would like to be considered for the new Seeker tables, please send me an email. Due to the complexity of the scenario and the rigid time window we have available, it is highly recommended that you run the scenario/s at least once before the convention to get a feel for the flow and become better acquainted with the material. When submitting your email, please let me know if you are planning on running the scenarios prior to GenCon. Thx

    pfs.illinois@gmail.com

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    Don't forget there are other issues to consider with this specific case. At least one other player was creating conflict by [reportingly] refusing to use an available restoration. Again, I am not going to make a value statement on who was right or wrong. Not enough information for that. Not to mention there is clearly some long-standing issues between the OP and other players at this location. It is reasonable to assume that all these factors weighed in on the decisions made both at the table and those since

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

    It is possible, but any changes to your tier level/status must go through Tonya for approval. I would encourage you to send her an email ASAP. Changes to the GM assignments after the assignment process is complete often means some of the safeguards and processes we use to give a GM the best possible schedule cannot be utilized effectively

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

    If you already received an email in January prior to the hotel lottery, then you would not have received another email in the last week or so. You were already confirmed as a volunteer.

    If you applied to be a volunteer and did not receive an email either back in January or the past week or so, you were not approved as a volunteer. That being said, I know of two people who were in fact approved and are listed in my roster who claim they did not receive an email. I suppose it is possible that with roughly 300 emails having to be send, someone may have been missed, or perhaps the email dropped into a spam folder. Regardless, if you did not receive a response to your application, please contact Tonya for clarification.

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    it isn't instantaneous

    Technically speaking, there does not seem to be any time requirements listed in the Guide. Only that an extra 5pp be spent. In a world with magic as powerful as raise dead, its reasonable to think the society would provide teleportation magic as part of the extra +5pp cost. But, again, its left up to the GM to adjudicate.

    I think the most important thing to consider is the balance between following the spirit of the rules and what is the "good of the player." Is it in the spirit of the Cooperate tenet to make a player sit idly at a table and watch five other people play for three hours? The extra prestige cost is a hefty price to pay for not being prepared. A breath of life scroll, first aid gloves, even a scroll of shield other could have made the difference. Seems, maybe, we should err on the side of the player. Who is served by doing otherwise? If the GM would have made a different ruling, would it have changed the OP's perspective? Would he not have rage-quit? Maybe, maybe not. We'll never know. While I will not chastise the GM for making a bad decision, perhaps we can take this as a learning opportunity. Sometimes, rigidly adhering to the rules and the idea of making everything a challenge can lead to some less than optimal choices. YMMV

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