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Amwyr Yuseifah

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Goblin Squad Member. RPG Superstar 2014 Dedicated Voter. FullStarFullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 629 posts (658 including aliases). 1 review. 2 lists. 1 wishlist. 9 Pathfinder Society characters. 2 aliases.


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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.

Dedicated Voter 2014

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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Mystic Lemur wrote:
Whiskey Jack wrote:
I would say it is sad if you are only fielding a single table for a public game and saying to the fifth player- "No". Is there a reason you don't want to take that 5th player? Honestly, the sweet spot for me is actually 5 and I loath to go to 6 (or 7). Depends on your goals as an organizer, I suppose... if you are trying to build a PFS community, not sure why you might turn away a 5th... is there more to this story?
Well then why stop at 7, or even 8 or 9? Every GM has a limit, and it would be much better to turn away a 5th than for the original 4 to have a bad time because the (volunteer) GM (who is hoping to have fun and provide a fun game) got stressed out and overwhelmed.

I don't believe I am saying to heck with limits (in my post). Also, I didn't read anything in the original post about the GM being stressed out and overwhelmed. I wondered if the OP had a problem with a particular player or something that caused the post in the first place. After re-reading the post it just sounds as though he *prefers* four- simple as that.

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Is "Fate of the Fiend" related to the two prior "...of the Fiend" scenarios? (Fury and Fingerprints)

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I would say it is sad if you are only fielding a single table for a public game and saying to the fifth player- "No". Is there a reason you don't want to take that 5th player? Honestly, the sweet spot for me is actually 5 and I loath to go to 6 (or 7). Depends on your goals as an organizer, I suppose... if you are trying to build a PFS community, not sure why you might turn away a 5th... is there more to this story?

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(player of Damien Dralneen)

I think as long as a player is just using it for role-play fodder, and not expecting special in-game treatment, it is ok to leverage the lore of the game world this way. Let's not stifle creativity when it is not harming the game, the other players' experiences or causing in-game issues.

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Paul Trani wrote:
Fromper wrote:
Dominick Trascritti wrote:

You should look up Whiskey Jack, he is an active Florida fixture, and will be moving there and eating silver kale with you!

Yeah, what's with all the American Pathfinder players heading to NZ all of a sudden?
Just want to be closer to Middle-Earth, I guess.

I just stumbled across this post in a fit of insomnia... Dom and Fromper- things are going well here. Trying to find a way to contribute on the organizer level via setting up a forum similar to what Florida PFS had used (to quite an affect). We're close to going live with it, I think- Paul (Dink) is helping quite a bit in refining it as well though I haven't met him face to face yet (Auckland is a fair distance from Dunedin).

Just to share a bit of good news- the last of our stuff has arrived here (including my beloved Bestiary Box pawns, which I love dearly) and my wife begins her job this coming week while I am off until after January 1st.

I don't mean to detract from Dink's thread here- just chiming in that we are definitely in contact and working together on PFS stuffs. :-)

Namaarie, until we meeet again- WJ

PS- I find myself running the Blakros Museum scenarios (again) and wishing I had a flip-mat for it (again).

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That is great news Paul! Glad to hear the Meetup had went well and there was much bwahaha'ing going on. :-)

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(posted at the behest of Chris Sharpe, our awesome Venture Captain)

Auckland Pathfinder Society is proud to present: SUMMER OF PFS!

We've had a blast presenting scenarios from Season 5 - Year of the Demon, and so have decided to go even bigger for the summer months. Every Auckland Pathfinder Society game until February is up on the Warhorn site for you to sign up as either a player or a GM. Remember, being a GM at any event based at Redzeed Gaming Takapuna will get you $5 of store credit which can be spent in store.

Auckland Pathfinder Society Dates:

Redzeed Takapuna:
Redzeed Gaming Takapuna
Shop 4, 453 Lake Road, Takapuna
Auckland
Entry Fee: $2
Session 1: 6 PM - 10 PM

December 10th
January 7th
January 21st
February 4th
February 18th.

BattleCry Fundraiser:
Auckland University
Commerce A
Auckland
Entry Fee: $3
Session 1: 10 AM - 2 PM
December 8th

Note: Some scenarios have not been publically announced yet. We have set up placeholder events which you can sign up to play or GM and we will update these when they become publically available.

Pathfinder Games Day December - Pathfinder party!

On Saturday December 14th at Redzeed Gaming Takapuna, Auckland Pathfinder Society presents: Pathfinder Party! The final event for the year. This event will comprise of two sessions, and will have both support for high tier play as well as new characters. If you wanted to introduce new players to Pathfinder this is the event for you.

Details:
Redzeed Gaming Takapuna
Shop 4, 453 Lake Road, Takapuna
Auckland, N, NZ
Entry Fee: $10 for the day.
Session 1: 9 AM - 1 PM
Session 2: 2 PM - 6 PM

Summer Convention - BattleCry 2014

One final announcement is that Auckland Pathfinder Society will be at BattleCry 2014! As Auckland's largest all around gaming convention hosted at ASB Stadium on the 14th, 15th, and 16th of February, we are excited to say that you will have the chance to meet other gamers from around New Zealand, and enjoy Pathfinder on a grander scale. Details can be found at www.battlecry.co.nz on the convention itself. As for what games we will be running, this information will be coming soon. If you are interested in GMing a game at Battlecry, or have a particular scenario which you would like played at BattleCry then contact me at PFSAuckland at gmail dot com.

Hope to see you at a game soon, and keep rolling those d20s!

Regards,
Chris Sharpe
Venture Captain - New Zealand

Get involved in Pathfinder Society: Auckland PFS on Warhorn

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Congratulations, Mike!

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Oh, and Chris... thanks for the cake during the announcement of Isaac's promotion! It was really good.

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Congratulations, Issac! Looking forward to a great year of PFS ahead!

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