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Amwyr Yuseifah

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Goblin Squad Member. RPG Superstar 2014 Dedicated Voter. FullStarFullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 639 posts (670 including aliases). 1 review. 2 lists. 1 wishlist. 10 Pathfinder Society characters. 2 aliases.


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Welcome back, Paul. The PFS community has missed you... esp. at Waypoint it would have been good to have you there.


I actually had this question come up twice, in two separate games over the weekend... In both I ruled it is not flammable. It's surprising how many folks think it should be.

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Hark! Hark! Last call for Waypoint 2014... less than 24 hours to go!

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Lady Ophelia wrote:
So the Blakros Museum is a Tardis? Weird.

Well, you say that because it is capable (now) of bending space... but once it does *both* (time and space), then we can compare it...

Voice in the Void (a possible timey-wimey tentaclular sequel):
The portal which originally appeared in Voice in the Void could become active once again- heeding the droning whispers of it's creators, causing the Blackros Museum to travel back in time 12 million years to the far-off planet of Yuggoth... and taking a few hapless Pathfinders with it. (insert a repetitious grinding noise here)

Then we can pack our Sonic Wayfinders and Fez of Protection +1 and head out for adventure! ;-)

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Has anyone suggested that instead of treating people as "untrained" for these skill checks (when they don't have the Technologist feat) that the DCs are simply 5-10 higher for these checks? I think a +10 DC to decipher technology hundreds of years more advanced than your own is a a pretty appropriate modifier. If a PC is the Golarion equivalent of Leonardo da Vinci, she should at least have a chance to figure out the rudimentary working bits. :-)

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My players also asked what kind of muzak was playing when they took the lift. :-P

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If you take a look at the event listings via Warhorn, it should give you an idea of the number of tables/attendence. There will be updates posted soon to this thread. Come join us for three days of PFS awesomeness. :-)


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Shardra is a great iconic... and Kolo, well, I'm going to petition our NZ VOs to adopt the awesome Kolo as our official mascot.

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How old are the nieces in question? (Not all scenarios are geared well toward kids.)

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Sacred Geometry looks cool, on paper, but I too am a bit worried about how it would work out in actual execution... For PFS in particular.

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I know several players who would welcome this! If you need a goal- how about opposing the spread of extra-terrestrial technology?

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To sweeten the pot- the full "Eyes of the Ten" retirement arc is being offered at this event! Should be a great time... I know Chris Sharpe is working hard to make this event top-notch. Almost all GM slots are filled at this point, but there is room for players to sign up on Warhorn.

I'll be GMing the 8am Monday "The Hangover" edition of Hall of Drunken Heroes... ;-)

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I think Wakedown's proposal, or something based upon the same idea, has a lot of potential- excellent job!

@Walter- thanks for clarifying your position earlier... perhaps I responded a bit harshly to it. I am happy to see some real constructive postings here in the last 24 hours. :-)

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Walter Sheppard wrote:

You don't want to plan a convention? That is fine, and totally your call. I'd just like to state again that race boons are only available to people that participate in convention play. So unless we are aiming to change this rule, there's no reason in discussing anything further regarding race boons for people that don't participate in convention play.

Walter, one of the great things about PFS and the forum community here is that anyone can state what changes they would like to see in organized play policy. I understand the pros and cons to these arguments, but hearing a VC attempting to shut a thread down by saying "...there's no reason in discussing anything further regarding race boons for people that don't participate in convention play." is the kind of "love it or leave it" response that makes organizers feel under-valued.

Having spent a fair amount of time in the corporate world- every time a company performs a culture survey (often to try to find out where the problematic areas are in the organization) there are always persistent issues that crop up that "the little people"* are unhappy about. In organizations where upper management are out of touch or just plain don't care, are shown this over and over again and their responses are very similar to what I am hearing from you- "well, that's not going to change so let's just move on as it is non-issue".

This is the kind of thinking that results in high-turnover, shoddy work by employees who don't feel valued and an overall malaise that undermines strategic goals of the company.

*by "little people", I refer to the people who are not in the top 10-15% of the org chart.

Yes, this is a tired argument (its been going on for a very long time by my reckoning). Race boons have been a sore-spot for people for a long time... especially those people who don't go to conventions (and the reasons for that are many and varied). Regardless of the argument, let's not try to shut it down with blanket statements... obviously PFS can't please everyone all the time, but it doesn't hurt to talk about possible changes.

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Great story! You never know where you may find your next great player or GM...

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Congrats, Terrence! Quite a milestone.

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White Cards:
Giant Purple Worm
Osprey's Eye-liner
Adril Hestrom's Summer Intern
Kaer Maga's Leash Laws
A Chelaxian Probation Officer

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I hope the Aussie/NZ team wins... my players will need it for a game I am running tomorrow... but against Mexico, the odds are not in their favor.

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Zardnaar,

Don't fret or worry, I am sure Paul can fix you up. :-)

WJ

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I play a hidden Cleric of Lamashtu*, but I understand why this (boon) is illegal... The requirement for the boon, i.e. the "obedience" is so obviously evil that it violates PFS guidelines for alignment. CN isn't evil... Though one could argue there is a fine line because chaotic thoughts/deeds oppose most (PC playable) humanoid races' ideals of righteousness and justice and betterment of the whole by sacrifice of individual needs...

But, sacrificing an intelligent humanoid in the most painful, gruesome and sadistic manner possible is evil *enuf* that it should be obvious why such actions are prohibited under PFS.

WJ

*She has her own madness and reasons for it, but they lie wholly in CN land and not CE land.

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May 24th and 25th

Armageddon Expo comes to Hamilton... Chris Sharpe (Venture Captain) and Mike Brock are working to bring the creme de la creme of PFS organised play to this two-day celebration of geek culture. Mr. Brock will be flying down to share his insights during a Q&A session exclusively with our Kiwi community and several of the Season Five scenarios will be run (not released at the time of this writing).

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CommanderG wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
GRAAAARRRRRRG!!!! Is much easier to type than something that may require you to double check a few facts and look up references.

This is a good example of what I would consider negative reaction to a question and statement - I 100% agree that the question might be one that has been asked over and over again on the forums. But if someones instant answer is to attack the person asking the question - maybe they should not respond?

Just my 2 cents... In general BNW (Big Norse Wolf) is dead on with good opinions for newer players/GMs... not sure what sparked the reaction... but it is true that over time people who are mainstays to any public forum online tend to be less tolerant of questions asked many times before....

...but that said, Paizo forum users, imho, are generally better than that. I think that our mutual love of PFS somehow overcomes that dynamic I mentioned before. But... YMMV....

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Unfortunately, any GM jumping in at this point has an extra level of vigilance to adhere to... each of the seasons (as pointed out before) has it's own characteristics. And, as time marches on, PFS scenarios have changed to suit player demand. Keep in mind that the later seasons reflect the the opinions of seasoned players who are vocal on the forum... earlier seasons were still gauging players' reactions to PFS, in general.

If your players are not playing optimised* characters, you can pick scenarios from earlier seasons for them to play until they learn the ins-and-outs of PFS organised play. Try not to take everything said by other players/GMs on the forums as law.... there is a big difference between a new player (or GM) to PFS and those who have several seasons under their belts as well. Mind you, PFS rules *are* technically law... so don't be surprised for the "run as written" to be what you see- uniformity can trump playability, at least in organised play... it is part of the beast inherent in running public events.

That all said, try to take it in stride. There is opportunity to run PFS for your home group but it does require a lot of organisation (fore-thought) by the organiser to make it happen in a way that is digestible based on their experience level. (See paragraph one...)

Hang in there, WJ

*by optimised, I mean not only knowing how to build a character strongly by the core rules, but also exploiting some feat/ability to make the character exceptionally strong. It takes a relatively strong grasp of not only the rules of the game, but also the exceptions of those rules to make a character that many would consider optimised**.

**mind you, I prefer to play a character with foibles as I find it more interesting.

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The Year of the Dark Tapestry.

"What murmuring whispers from beyond the veil lure us to our inevitable doom...?"


Liz Courts wrote:
Vhalantru wrote:
Your description of the goat is just about the best I could imagine. "This is a goat."
Ooh, now I have a mini for wee baby Rombard!

I thought of Rombard too! I really like the owl mini... I know at least one PC in my group that will need that.

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Glen Irving wrote:

Contemplation of Aroden

My second time was with Porkbelly.

Porkbelly is always good for seconds. :-)

Dedicated Voter 2014

This was my first year entering the contest. Inspiration for my item comes from the many gunslingers I have played with or GM'ed for who were skinned out as Tien Ashigaru musketeers. This version differs from the submitted one in that I capitalized the title properly. I don't play a gunslinger- so it's not as if I made it for myself. :-)

I realize I probably hurt my chances by making an item that would appeal to just one class (maybe more if you take an archetype that gets you a grit pool)- but I had a desire to do a ki or grit pool oriented item. Giving people a new option in combat (even if it doesn't come into play very much) was also a goal.

I welcome critiques as I would hope to do better next year. Does anyone know if there will be a thread for folks to post their monster ideas too if they developed them prior to learning they were not in the top 32? Thanks!

Jingasa of Steadfast Defense
Aura minor Divination; CL 3rd
Slot head; Price 6,000 gp; Weight 3 lbs.
Description
This helm is a wide, conical hat fashioned from iron sheets and hardened leather secured by a wide chin strap. When worn by someone possessing the Grit class feature, the jingasa provides the ability to apply the Brace weapon quality to a wielded medium or small sized firearm type weapon. The wearer must have at least one Grit point to use this ability and must expend one Grit point to fire against a charging enemy while braced. In addition to the double damage from bracing, the firer also receives a +2 competency bonus to confirm a critical hit on the readied attack.
Construction
Requirements Craft Wonderous Item, True Strike; Cost 3,000 gp

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My first group christened it "Cave Porkbelly" (long story)... and somewhere, somewhere lonely, Aroden cries.

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Oh, one more thing... the more I read, the more I realize this scenario is a veritable swiss-army knife for customizing the scenario to the tier/players with the random encounters for replay... Hell of a job, Mr. Baird!

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You know... I kinda knew that (i.e. PFS rules generally err on the side of caution and conformity), but *if* a party did manage to capture one and *if* a player would be willing to pay the value of said creature (500gp), I could see it as being similar to any treasure found in the scenario being purchasable.

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I will be running this scenario soon and while prepping, it occurred to me that it is possible that the PCs could realize the value in capturing, rather than killing, a young hippogriff. Either selling one on the black market (500gp est. value) or training it as a mount or animal companion... is that possible in PFS play?

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GM_Solspiral wrote:
Ok every time I read the name of one of the consumables I'm like that's magical viagra it's got to be.

Hah, I just read this... no idea which item you are talking about, but magical Viagra would be useful...

+1 Caster Level... normal duration, 2 hours. Should your Caster Level remain elevated longer than 4 hours, seek medical attention (or a Dispel Magic).

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There have been a couple of positive remarks for my item (and because of the wording, I am fairly sure it's mine)... but I have been too busy to continue voting the last few days myself. I need to spend time giving some comments here for some of the items I have seen that I like.

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Eric Morton wrote:

Had to take a break from voting just now because a car drove through a glass wall in the lobby of the building where I work. (No one was injured.)

That has to be some sort of omen.

That or you were wearing a Torc of Reckless Abandon... that gives a +5 circumstance bonus to others to escape the consequences of your... actions.

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Finally saw my own item. I feel like I can rest now... will try to come back to vote more later.

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It's morning in NZ, Tally Ho!

Hm. Well, sham-wow is at least a practical use of magic... and a better choice than the other item. upvote

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Treppa wrote:
I keep upvoting an item I don't really like because its opponents are unbearable.

I feel for ya. Me too.

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Zerri wrote:
Next year I should submit an item that shoots meteor swarms at anyone carrying (or creating)an item to do with turtles, hamsters, or detached body parts.

*Next* year I am submitting an item that compares two other wondrous items and tells you if either of them is worth voting for... and makes drinks for you whilst it does so.

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ugh... voted against the same item about 20 times now... but, sure enough, there was something out there worse that finally forced me to upvote it.

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I haven't seen mine and I haven't seen any comments that I could attribute to it (unless I count the "dull and uninteresting" ones that are not specific about what it is, I suppose)... :-P

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"Feets don't fail me now!" - should be a command phrase for one item I just read which made me laugh.

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I have become slightly afraid each time the page loads with new items that one of them will be a "Torc Scabbard".

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Ziv, thanks for the explanation of how the ranking is done. That makes me feel better... was really starting to hate the pick X over Y with items that I hated showing up over and over and over again. It makes much better sense now that I read your post.

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I have discovered that when two items I have already seen come up matched against each other that 50 some-odd seconds is almost enough time to make a pretty solid gin martini.

Never voted before this year... Had no idea it was this arduous or required this much pain killer. Torcs... Walkie-talkie items... Joke items... (sigh)

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I've been voting for almost two hours and following the guidelines presented in this thread... It's been helping immensely.

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Ever since GMing The Harrowing for my group a year or so ago, I have always thought it would be great to have Crystal Frasier as a GM for a non-PFS sanctioned game; letting her go "off the rails" creativity-wise and let her expand that module to her heart's desire.

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Kaer Maga is just itching for more development, I don't want to see Tian Xia forgotten now that the Ruby Pheonix arc has played out- too many things there not to keep working on, finally I also add Vudra as really needing some work (or Jalmarey if nothing else).

Oh, and I want more ties in with the Dark Tapestry... since it's close to Christmas, I suppose I can ask Santa for that, right?

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!!! - Paul, I wish I could be there for it. Keep up the good work!


I would agree with Majuba- the term weapon could be applied to both natural and manufactured weapons. We'll see what other's chime in with though.

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Fahim Demir wrote:
The "not yet appearing in the world" argument against catfolk is a solid one. There is, however, a precedent for ratfolk, and a perfectly good in-game rationale for ratfolk joining the Society. I would argue that the rationale there is better than any rationale for the tengu, since there is an established, in-game relationship between the PFS and at least one ratfolk community.

I have to agree with this- since "Rats of Round Mountain", this seems very, very viable and believable. The Catfolk, much less so in my opinion.

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