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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).
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....
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.
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
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.
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?
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).
Eric Morton wrote:
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.
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.
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)
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?
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.
Mystic Lemur wrote:
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.
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?
(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.
Paul Trani wrote:
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).
(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:
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.
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!
Get involved in Pathfinder Society: Auckland PFS on Warhorn
Congratulations, Chris! I relocated to NZ from southern Florida (just over a month ago) and since meeting Chris (and his right-hand man, Isaac, who should be becoming a VL in his own right soon enough) I have started to help out as GM for the Auckland area. Great group of people(!), PFS is starting to take flight here due to Chris' efforts! Well-done Chris, you deserve it!
EDIT- Oh yeah, and if anyone in Auckland is reading this and isn't involved in PFS yet, but would like to be- check out this link to Warhorn where we sign up for regular games.
This thing is so good of Mythos... er, I mean Dark Tapestry goodness, I MUST own it!
A great bonus is the Tooth Fairy... that just gives me shivers and makes me not want to go to sleep! (Why am I picturing telling all the players they wake up in the morning and all their teeth are gone, but on the plus side, there is 1 CP under each of their pillows?)
Because criticals are so deadly at low tier (1-2), has anyone thought about the idea of proposing to the players ahead of time (especially new ones)- "Guys, I've seen crits completely wipe out low level characters so for this game if you want to opt out of scoring crits yourselves, the bad guys won't crit." I realize this will nerf someone who built their shiny new character around a high crit threshold, but it could be a possible answer to the "Halfling Barbarian crit with greataxe- thanks for playing." problem. Just an idea.
I do buy things during the course of a game if they make sense to buy at the time. That makes sense to have a GM initial. Other stuff, I need time between games to research. As a GM, I don't look forward to having to review all players' purchases and sign off on them... heck, it's hard enough to complete some scenarios at conventions when you are on a schedule and just get the standard paperwork filled out (Chronicles, etc.). (groan)