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

So, recently I have had the opportunity to discuss the issue of reporting with some players and the topic that seemed to illicit the most passionate response was that of reporting lag time. Some didn't seem to care how long it took to report an event, but the majority felt it was disrespectful to the players/GMs if the reporting took very long. The average expectation seemed to be in the 1-2 week range, but that varied depending on if we were talking about convention reporting vs. gameday reporting. Typically the former was given a bit more latitude due to the volume that had to be reported; upwards of four weeks. But, the caveat was that if there were soo many tables to report that it would take more than a few weeks, there should be more than one person reporting. Some even said the volume is not relevent because a good coordinator would delegate reporting to a team if the volume was large so they would be reported without delay.

When it came to gamedays, anything more than a week caused grumbling. At worst, the session should be reported before the next scheduled event. In fact, many seemed to think that gamedays could easily be reported at the table, immediately after the chronicle sheets were completed. My local VC usually does this and it is quite effective.

Now, of course this is all a very small data pool and my results are certainly not enough to say they represent the general feelings. So, I am interested to hear from the community. Not so much about what IS being done, but moreso, what you want to be done. What do you feel is a reasonable time expectation? How soon before you get irritated that your results have not been reported?

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

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That's right kids, its time for Winter War again. We have an awesome schedule jammed full of fantastic gaming again this year including over 80 tables of PFS featuring 6-98 Serpent's Rise (4-star exclusive), 6-99 True Dragons of Absalom (5 star exclusive), and 7-00 The Sky Key Solution (GenCon Special).

And to push the AWESOMESAUCE over the top, we have secured a special guest...
Nathan King, author of such titles as 5-13 Weapon in the Rift, 6-07 Valley of the Veiled Flame, and the quest series Fane of Fangs will be in attendance to run his soon to be released (Jan 27th) new scenario 7-15 The Deepmarket Deception. What better way to experience the adventure than with the author himself!

I know we'll see you there cause its January...in Illinois...what else would you be doing :-D

Check out our event listing HERE

You can register to attend and purchase you convention badge or game tickets at the WINTER WAR website

If you would like to GM, visit our WARHORN site and follow the instructions there.

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

Hey all,
If you are going to be anywhere near the west-central part of Illinois the weekend of 13-15 November, you should stop in and play some PFS. Of course there will be other games, but who wants to do that when you can play PATHFINDER!

Check out the event listing HERE
And register to GM or play HERE

I'll see ya there!

Did you sign up yet? What are you waiting for!

I'm watching you
_ _
O.O

Go sign up already!

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

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Join us for three days (23-25 October 2015) of gaming at FlatCon in Bloomington Illinois!

Local vendors will be present to supply all your gaming needs.

Events include:
- Miniatures Wargames (Warhammer 40K, Malifaux, Kings of War, Warmachine/Hordes, etc)
- other Miniature games (HeroClix, Golem Arcana)
- card games (Munchkin, etc)
- various board games including a tournament qualifier for the US national Cataan Championship
- costume/cosplay contest
- RPGs including D&D 5E Adventurer's League and of course plenty of PFS
Check the Warhorn site for a complete schedule of events
Additionally, a large library of games are available for open/free play

In addition to local restaurants, there will be snacks/soda for sale on site, as well as a food truck offering Mexican cuisine

The local Holiday Inn Express is the official hotel for the convention and is offering a con discount if you call direct and ask for the "FlatCon or MES Room Block"

FlatCon is presented by Gamers For Life and all profits go to support the American Cancer Society through the Gamers For Life Relay for Life team. FlatCon's attendees are "Scoring a Crit on Cancer" and doing some serious gaming!

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

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

Bob Jonquet
Venture-Captain, Central Illinois

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

Join us for three days of exciting gaming in Central Illinois at HeroiCon 2015!

HEROICON is Decatur, Illinois first and only tabletop gaming convention! With almost 15,000 square feet of gaming space, there is ample room for board games, miniatures, RPGs, card games, open gaming and of course PATHFINDER SOCIETY ORGANIZED PLAY!

WHERE: Decatur Conference Center & Hotel, Decatur IL
4191 US 36 West (Wyckles Rd.) Decatur, IL 62522 217-­422-­8800
Call the hotel directly to secure a room at the discounted convention rate. Don't delay, I don't know how long these rooms will remain available

WHEN: May 15-17, 2015

WHY: Proceeds raised from this convention will be used for Games For Troops, an Illinois non-profit corporation whose mission is to deliver board, card, and other games to the men and women of the US Armed Forces.

To register, go to the convention website and obtain a badge. Event tickets go on sale April 1st, but ViP members can already secure a seat at their favorite event.

I am accepting offers from volunteers to help PFS be a success. GM's who run at least three events will have their badge reimbursed and will receive their scenarios for free if they confirm with me no later than midnight on April 11th. Thereafter, you will have to acquire the scenario through Paizo's sale system. The schedule is listed on the convention website and copied below.

If you would like to help out PFS and support a great charity, please contact me at pfs.illinois@gmail.com

Friday 1-5pm
Pathfinder Adventure Card Guild (PACG)
6-15 The Overflow Archives
6-19 Test of the Tar Kuata
Master of the Fallen Fortress
We Be Goblins!
The Silverhex Chronicles

Friday 6-10pm
PACG
5-08 The Confirmation
6-17 Fires of Karamos
6-18 From Under Ice
We Be Goblins Too!
The Silverhex Chronicles

Saturday 8-12pm
PACG
6-10 The Wounded Wisp
6-12 Scions of the Sky Key part I: On Sharrowsmith's Trail
6-15 The Overflow Archives
6-19 Test of the Tar Kuata
The Silverhex Chronicles

Saturday 1-5pm
PACG
6-13 Of Kirin and Kraken
6-14 Scions of the Sky Key part II: Kaava Quarry
6-17 Fires of Karamos
Risen from the Sands
The Silverhex Chronicles

Saturday 7-11pm
PACG
6-16 Scions of the Sky Key part III: The Golden Guardian
6-18 From Under Ice
Dawn of the Scarlet Sun
Master of the Fallen Fortress
The Silverhex Chronicles

Sunday 9-1pm
PACG
5-08 The Confirmation
6-15 The Overflow Archives
6-19 Test of the Tar Kuata
We Be Goblins!
The Silverhex Chronicles

Sunday 1-5pm
PACG
6-10 The Wounded Wisp
6-17 Fires of Karamos
6-18 From Under Ice
We Be Goblins Too!
The Silverhex Chronicles

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

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It is my pleasure to announce the promotion of two new VL in Central Illinois...

Eric Ives, VL of Champaign-Urbana, has been doing a great job organizing games primarily at Armored Gopher Games in Urbana, IL. He is a long time player/GM and a fixture at local conventions. His passion and dedication to catering to the needs of his players and GMs is inspiring.

David Frahm, VL of Bloomington-Normal, has also been an excellent community leader primarily at Gryfalia Games in Bloomington, IL. Until his presence we had little to no organized play in the Bloomington area. He has taken it upon himself to get players to gather in one place and not have to drive to surrounding areas to play. Additionally, he is co-organizing the PACG.

Welcome to the Central Illinois regional team!

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

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Once again we welcome you to join us for three full days of awesome gaming at Winter War 42 in Champaign, Illinois on 6-8 February 2015. The convention offers miniature/historical wargamming, an extensive library of board games, various collectable card games, Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Role-playing games, etc. and of course plenty of Pathfinder Society events. There is also a silent auction and raffle on Saturday.

The schedule is not yet published, but all player registrations must be made through the official Winter War website, date/time to be announced soon. Volunteers/GMs will be accepted soon as well, so watch for updates.

Until then, here is the initial schedule of events:

Friday 2/6 2-6pm
#1 Silent Tide (1-5)
#24 Decline of Glory (1-7)
5-08 The Confirmation (1)
6-05 Slave Ships of Absalom (1-5)
6-06 Hall of the Flesheaters (1-5)
6-10 The Wounded Wisp (1-2)
6-12 TBA (1-5)
3-08 Among the Gods (3-7)
6-02 Silver Mount Collection (3-7)
6-11 The Slave Master's Mirror (3-7)
1-50 Fortune's Blight (5-9)
2-06 The Heresy of Man part I: The First Heresy (5-9)
6-07 Valley of the Veiled Flame
5-10 Where Mammoth's Dare Not Tread (7-11)
6-13 TBA (7-11)

Friday 2/6 7-11pm
5-08 The Confirmation (1)
6-10 The Wounded Wisp (1-2)
#17 Perils of the Pirate Act (1-7)
#55 The Infernal Vault (1-7)
6-01 Trial by Machine (1-5)
6-08 The Segang Expedition (1-5)
5-15 Day of the Demon (3-7)
4-05 The Sanos Abduction (3-7)
6-09 By Way of Bloodcove (3-7)
2-07 The Heresy of Man part II: Where Dark Things Sleep (5-9)
2-03 The Rebel's Ransom (5-9)
6-03 The Technic Siege (5-9)
5-05 The Elven Entanglement (7-11)
6-04 Beacon Below (7-11)

Saturday 2/7 9am-1pm
5-08 The Confirmation (1)
6-10 The Wounded Wisp (1-2)
#1 Silent Tide (1-5)
#24 Decline of Glory (1-7)
6-05 Slave Ships of Absalom (1-5)
6-06 Hall of the Flesheaters (1-5)
6-12 TBA (1-5)
3-08 Among the Gods (3-7)
6-02 Silver Mount Collection (3-7)
6-11 The Slave Master's Mirror (3-7)
2-09 The Heresy of Man part III: Beneath Forgotten Sands (5-9)
#56 The Jester's Fraud (5-9)
6-07 Valley of the Veiled Flame (5-9)
2-18 The Forbidden Furnace of Forgotten Koor (7-11)
6-13 TBA (7-11)

Saturday 2/7 3-7pm
6-00 Legacy of the Stormlords (1-11)
6-12 TBA (1-5)
6-11 The Slave Master's Mirror (3-7)
6-03 The Technic Siege (5-9)
6-04 Beacon Below (7-11)

Saturday 2/7 8-midnight
5-08 The Confirmation (1)
6-10 The Wounded Wisp (1-2)
#17 Perils of the Pirate Act (1-7)
#55 The Infernal Vault (1-7)
6-01 Trial by Machine (1-5)
6-06 Hall of the Flesheaters (1-5)
6-12 TBA (1-5)
5-15 Day of the Demon (3-7)
4-05 The Sanos Abduction (3-7)
6-09 By Way of Bloodcove (3-7)
2-06 The Heresy of Man part I: The First Heresy (5-9)
2-03 The Rebel's Ransom (5-9)
6-07 Valley of the Veiled Flame (5-9)
5-05 The Elven Entanglement (7-11)
6-13 TBA (7-11)

Sunday 2/8 9am-1pm
6-10 The Wounded Wisp (1-2)
#1 Silent Tide (1-5)
#24 Decline of Glory (1-7)
6-05 Slave Ships of Absalom (1-5)
6-08 The Segang Expedition (1-5)
5-99 The Paths We Choose
2-07 The Heresy of Man part II: Where Dark Things Sleep (5-9)
6-03 The Technic Siege (5-9)
2-18 The Forbidden Furnace of Forgotten Koor (7-11)
5-10 Where Mammoth's Dar Not Tread (7-11)

Sunday 2/8 2-6pm
5-08 The Confirmation (1)
6-10 The Wounded Wisp (1-2)
#17 Perils of the Pirate Pact (1-7)
#55 The Infernal Vault (1-7)
6-01 Trial by Machine (1-5)
6-06 Hall of the Flesheaters (1-5)
6-12 TBA (1-5)
4-05 The Sanos Abduction (3-7)
6-09 By Way of Bloodcove (3-7)
6-11 The Slave Master's Mirror (3-7)
2-09 The Heresy of Man part III: Beneath Forgotten Sands (5-9)
#56 The Jester's Fraud (5-9)
6-07 Valley of the Veiled Flame (5-9)
6-04 Beacon Below (7-11)
6-13 TBA (7-11)

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

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I fail to see why this is being hashed out in the forums. We see posts all the time where a player bashes a GM or a GM complains about a "broken" character or disruptive GM. I just don't understand why these issues have to be aired-out in the forums.

In nearly every case, the OP is describing the situation from their perspective, often with selective memory, or at least skewed perspective (their own) or is unaware of some aspects of the situation that caused the other party to do what they did.

When you post these types of complaints in the forums, you get the same two types of responses. (1) one that sides with the OP as if everything they say is 100% accurate and complete, and they blast the other party for their failure. (2) a passive response, where the comments are "what-ifs" that try to speculate why what happened is what happened.

Why does it seem soo many players/GMs are unable/unwilling to just talk, face-to-face, to the person in question, express their feelings, and get feedback that will proceed to a resolution, or at least an understanding?

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

Join us for Pathfinder Society Events at FlatCon, Bloomington's annual gaming convention. Held at the Mclean County Faire Grounds, it is easily accessible from Interstate 55/74, just west of the Walmart.

There will be a multitude of games including board games, TCG/card games, miniature wargames, RPG's, etc. as well as an auction and local product vendors. We are offering up to 68 tables of PFS awesomeness! Proceeds from the convention go to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life!

In addition to standard PFS games, we will be offering the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game so if you are a veteran player or always wanted to try it out, you are welcome. We will have both of the base sets (Rise of the Runelords and Skull & Shackles) available. If you are a veteran player and would like to help me organize/run the card game event, please let me know.

Also, we plan to offer the Silverhex Chronicles which is a series of five short (1 hour or less) mini-adventures. Pregen characters will be provided and an official PFS chronicle will be earned. No pre-registration is necessary, just walk up and play!

We would like to offer the Kidz Track which is an introduction to Pathfinder designed for children. There are two "levels," Basic and advanced, that utilize the Beginner Box materials. The former uses the original four 1st level mini-adventures designed for the Beginner Box, and the latter use five additional mini-adventures designed for level three. Up to four can play at a time in 1-2 hour sessions. In order to pull this off, I need some GMs who are experienced with instructing children.

Registration for standard sessions is open to everyone. If you are interested in volunteering for any/all of special offerings above, please contact me directly by email, facebook messenger, or Paizo private message.

FlatCon Website
FlatCon Facebook Page
Warhorn Registration
Event Page Listing
My email pfs.illinois@gmail.com

Grand Lodge

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

After a brief review of the rulebooks and forums, there doesn't seem to be an "official" answer, so I'm just wondering, how many GMs in PFS allow the grease spell effects to be flammable? The deciding factor seems to be do you consider grease to be more akin to actual grease or more like oil? If the former, most greases are generally not flammable, while most oils are. IMO, grease is already a supremely effective spell without adding the potential for additional fire damage, but YMMV.
What say you?

Grand Lodge

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

An interesting question arose this weekend and after searching the forums, I was unable to find an official answer. What happens to the equipment for an animal companion when it grows? For example, at level seven, a large cat (medium) grows to large size. If it was wearing +1 mithril chainmail barding, does the armor "magically" grow with the animal? Or does it have to be immediately sold for half-price and repurchased at full price including the adjustment/increase to account for large size? Or maybe you only have to play the difference?

Sure, the easy and harshest answer is the former one. It makes the most sense. However, this is a fantasy world where not everything makes sense. Maybe for PFS, you only have to pay the difference. The armor magically changing size seems the least likely action.

Thoughts?

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

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It is my great honor to announce Seth Gipson as our newest five-star GM, earning it this past weekend at Winter War gaming convention in Champaign, IL

Seth is not only a great GM, always providing his players an awesome experience with challenging encounters and fun role-play, he is the Venture-Lieutenant for Southern Illinois in Carbondale, IL. His tireless efforts are an inspiration to all organizers. I had the pleasure of first meeting Seth a few years ago at one of his local events and despite his "newness" as an organizer and PFS GM, it was a great experience. Ever since, it has been an honor to be among his friends.

I encourage anyone traveling through the Carbondale area to attend one of his events. You will have a great time. And if you see him on the GM roster of a convention, sign up to play at his table. It will be a memorable experience.

Thank you Seth for your continuing commitment to the Pathfinder Society and congratulations on earning your 5th star!!!

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

So, if your local con was to have a prize raffle just for GM's, what would you want to win? flipmats? mappacks? minis? Bestiary tokens?

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

A quick review seems to indicate no, but I'm not sure that is correct. Thoughts?

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

Winter War is coming and you want to attend! :-)

I am working on the event schedule and would be happy to take any special requests, suggestions, or comments. Feel free to email me at
pfs.illinois@gmail.com

More information regarding the convention will be posted as it becomes available.
In the meantime, you can peruse their website WINTER WAR or follow the convention on FACEBOOK
Paizo.com event listed HERE

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

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Now that the Year of the Demon is in full swing, it is clear that players will have ample opportunity to face said enemy in mortal combat. One of their most powerful abilities is spell resistance. Even lowliest fiend can have it. So for the benefit of all who cast spells, I pose this to the community in hope of saving PCs unnecessary pain and suffering.
Outside of the obvious feats, spells penetration & its greater version, what items, archetypes, feats, etc can help boost a caster's ability to breach spell resistance?

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

Join us at Board Knight our FLGS on August 10th. We will be offering Crypt of the Everflame, The Veteran's Vault, The Goblinblood Dead, and perhaps your last chance to earn the "special" boons for the retirement scenarios for Lantern Lodge and Shadow Lodge.

HERE is our warhorn site so you can reserve a seat and you can check out the store's location, information, and event schedule HERE or their facebook page HERE

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

It may be a bit early to begin advertising for this regional convention, but since they are open for registration and event submissions, I wanted to at least get a place-holder up and running.

FlatCon is a regional gaming convention with board games, RPG, miniatures, TCG, etc. It will be 25-27 October this year. Individual events are free! We intend to use Warhorn again for signup/pre-registration and mustering. I am currently working on the PFS schedule and willing to consider any special requests. Feel free to PM or email me @ pfs.illinois@gmail.com and I'll see ya there!

An excerpt from their website...
"Three Days of Dice-Rollin', Mini-Bashin', Nacho-Eatin', Friend-Fraggin', Gaming Fun!...the dice will be rollin' and the nacho cheese will be flowin' at the Interstate Center Mini Expo building Interstate Center in Bloomington, Illinois."

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

Okay so it might be crazy after four, maybe five days of gaming, but many of us remain in town after GenCon on Sunday and depart for home on Monday. If you are one of these people AND you are interested in playing any post-convention PFS, here is the place to make yourself heard. Time and location TBD of course...

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

Many scenarios have social encounters that do not seem to be an appropriate place for animal companions. Things like dinner parties, the auction from Runecarved Key, or just meeting someone at a private residence. These places are probably not the best place for boars, wolves, horses, etc.

That being said, some classes have animal companions as a core component of their array. As GM's, we should try to avoid nerfing a player's character, but sometimes it just doesn't seem to make sense to allow the AC into some locales. Unfortunately, too often, those encounters turn into combat and the companion character is left significantly hampered. So what do you do? Do you ignore the AC? Since in most cases, other classes are not penalized to remove their armor and leave weapons behind, items that can be just as offensive to a social engagement, are we doing the player a disservice by blocking their animal companion?

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