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Darl Quethos

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RPG Superstar 7 Season Star Voter. FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 1,067 posts (1,070 including aliases). No reviews. No lists. 1 wishlist. 11 Pathfinder Society characters.


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Pathfinder Society returns to Lightspeed Hobbies in Portage, Indiana at 5 PM Central on Saturday, July 23. 2006

We will have the following scenarios:

Trial by Machine, 6-01, for characters of levels 1-5.

The Frostfur Captives, 3-01, for characters of levels 1-5.

Perils of the Pirate Pact, 0-17, for characters of levels 1-7.

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I see a lot of good will in this thread, despite disagreements.

It seems that there is some common agreement - we want to encourage more people to GM. (I joke that I GM so much in my area that my characters are often little more than accounting fictions.)

What would encourage more people to GM? If I really like a scenario or think it would work well with a group, I run it -- even if I get no character credit from doing so. (Sometimes a scenario is a lot of fun to run or fits in thematically with other scenarios.)

Perhaps each side in this debate can try to see the views of the other sides. I agree that abuse of boons can be a problem. However, I also see that sometimes an incentive can encourage good behavior. Perhaps we need to strike a balance between different proposals.

In the end, I think that we want to see PFS thrive as and organization where GMs AND players have fun. So, what would encourage more GMs and what would help make the campaign more fun, while avoiding problems that have plagued other organized play campaigns? (I sometimes jokingly called Living City by the name Living Swapmeet as one wizard I played who had crafting feats got asked to make a few things.)

As we express our opinions and explore options, lets assume that every one is coming to the discussion with a love for PFS and a desire to help it grow. Are there people who would abuse boons? Yes. However, let's assume that the people on this thread mean well and we may hit a few good solutions. I often find that I learn a lot from counterarguments, so let us give each other the benefit of the doubt.

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GM Eazy-Earl wrote:
Ferious Thune wrote:
I think it's in reference to the amount of time it takes to prep a table to run online. One of the reasons I haven't run online is that I haven't been able to put together the time to sit down and build a table with all the macros and dynamic lighting and things I know I'd need to do to make it right. I'm guessing the sentiment is that once a table is built, the GM could use it multiple times, but they aren't getting (chronicle) credit for doing so.
Here's another thought (again, only half-serious): What if we created a third separate campaign (in addition to the Society Roleplaying and Core campaigns) for online play. Doing so would increase both play and GM opportunities by a third. And, given the difficulties involved in setting up an initial run of a scenario, what if we allowed unlimited GM credit in that campaign only?

May I ask what it would be called and, more importantly, the rationale behind such a campaign? I understand the logic of having the Core campaign and the RPG campaign.

Add to the fact that Paizo will likely have an organized campaign for Starfinder, would we be asking the folks at Paizo to do too much by setting up yet another campaign?

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Sometimes, I will run a scenario I like or that has a good theme for a group of players who have not played it before. (In October, I tend to do a lot of horror themed adventures.) I do see some GMs having a prepared mod in their backpack in case a GM does not show.

Personally, I am not concerned with credit for my characters if I am running an adventure again. However, perhaps there can be a compromise solution that gives GMs a bonus if they run a scenario again or if a venue is trying to recruit GMs. Maybe just allow the full xp, prestige points and gold. I know that there is some legitimate concern for magic items and boons. So, perhaps a bonus on a skill check or save might be a good idea. (So, for Among the Living, maybe a bonus to Knowledge, Religion checks when dealing with the Cult of Zyphus?)

I think the key question we should ask is if the rules of PFS are helping players and GMs to have fun. It is important to recruit new GMs, as people may move on from GMing. People's lives change, so venues can lose GMs.

More than anything else, let's keep the dialog here going.

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Alex Blaes wrote:

That's because he misspelled it. It's the Sha'ir, an archetype for the Occultist.

http://www.archivesofnethys.com/ArchetypeDisplay.aspx?FixedName=Occultist%2 0Sha%E2%80%99ir

Well, you beat me to it.

I have not played any characters from Occult Adventures yet. (Honestly, I GM over 90 percent of my twice monthly sessions.) However, I could see a good synergy with an elemental race and the sha'ir archetype.

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The original poster is referring to the sha'ir occultist archetype from the Occult Adventures book.

A quick check of the PFS Additional Resources document has the following on archetypes:

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Archetypes: All archetypes on pages 88-125 are legal for play, except the cult master and psychic duelist. The reanimated medium (page 93) disregards the second paragraph of the channel self ability. The promethean alchemist (page 112) gains Skill Focus (Craft [alchemy] or Knowledge [arcana]) as a bonus feat instead of the promethean disciple discovery at 1st level; this still replaces both Brew Potion and Throw Anything. The ectochymist gains Skill Focus (Craft [alchemy] or Knowledge [religion]) as a bonus feat in place of Brew Potion.

So, it would appear to be legal. I suppose it might be a good idea to play a sha'ir who is tied to the element of an adventure. You could perhaps have different sha'irs tied to each element. The access to spells of a certain element could be useful next season.

The sha'ir seems to be inspired from the sha'ir spell caster from TSR's Al Qadim setting. On Golarion, Qadira, other parts of the Kelesh Empire, and Jalmeray might be good places for a home for a sha'ir.

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There are clearly marked social groups in Geb. Humans have far less rights than undead. Let me quote form the Pathfinderwiki article.

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Gebbite society in general is divided into three caste: the quick (the living, apart from thralls), the dead (intelligent undead), and chattel (living thralls bred as food, and mindless undead). The quick and the dead are treated equally, while the chattel have no rights. Relations between the quick and the dead are regulated by the Dead Laws, which are designed to ensure that the rights and security of both groups are protected. Of course, as with all nations, not everyone follows the law — visitors still need to be cautious.

Anyone who dies on Gebbite soil is reanimated as a mindless undead creature to serve the state in eternal bondage. Those with sufficient clout or wealth generally circumvent this procedure, and willingly transform themselves into an intelligent undead creature, either through dark magics, or simply by letting themselves be killed by ghouls, vampires, or other creatures with the ability to create such progeny. This act is seen as a great service to the state, although it does create a large population of lesser intelligent undead who see themselves as vastly superior to their unintelligent brethren, yet lack any true power.

As humans and similar creatures are sapient beings, those who fall into the quick and the living know how limited their rights are in society. The quick are likely seen as future undead, and have rights - few wish to annoy a future lich in Geb.

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Congratulations to our new five star GMs. I hope to be among your ranks one day.

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Well said, Liz!! We are all diminished when a member of our community passes. May Steve's memory be for a blessing and burn bright in the minds of those who knew him. May his family, friends and colleagues be comforted.

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Pathfinder Society Organized Play returns to Lightspeed Hobbies at 5 PM Central on Saturday, July 9, 2016.

We will offer the following scenarios:

The Sun Orchid Scheme, 7-21, for characters of levels 1-5.

Echoes of the Overwatched, 3-07, for characters of levels 1-5.

The Frostfur Captives, 3-01, for characters of levels 1-5.

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May Steve Russell's memory be for a blessing. May his family, friends and colleagues be comforted in their loss.

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TomParker wrote:
William Ronald wrote:
Pathfinder Society Organized Play returns to Lightspeed Hobbies
Have you gotten set up on Warhorn or anything similar for pre-registration? I'm going to be in the area and would love to join a hometown game. If it's drop-in only, is there usually room?

Hi, Tom!! We are not yet using Warhorn. There is almost always room. We are planning to have three tables this Saturday.

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Maybe a bag of holding or portable hole filled with water? Possibly with a way to reduce the size of the shark?

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Congratulations, Katie. Thanks for stepping up!!

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Pirate Rob wrote:

WB4G is a module.

Modules count as 2 tables for star counting purposes.

Thanks for letting me know!! It is still only one xp per session.

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With my reporting of two sessions of WeB4Goblins from last Saturday, I have now reached the rank of a four star GM. The first, more successful session, was my 100th GM session. The second, while fun, was less successful for the players.

I am puzzled by one thing. Before I entered the data, I was at 99 sessions. Now, I am showing 103 sessions.

Thanks to Bob Jonquet, Brian Mooney, Sean O'Shea and all who helped me grow as a Pathfinder Society GM.

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Pathfinder Society Organized Play returns to Lightspeed Hobbies at 5 PM Central on Saturday, June 25, 2016.

We will offer the following scenarios:

The Consortium Compact, 7-10, for characters of levels 1-2
Scars of the Third Crusade, 5-22, for characters of levels 1-5.
The City of Strangers—Part I: The Shadow Gambit, 1-51, for characters of levels 1-7.

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Congratulations!!!

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John Compton wrote:
Mitch Mutrux wrote:
John Compton wrote:
Jared Thaler wrote:

Did we ever settle whether WB4G is replayable?

Also, if you play more than once on Free RPG day, can you get the free rpg day boon more than once? Does it matter if you play at different stores? (In practice I am locally discouraging people from doing this, we only have 16 seats across 2 stores, and it would be disappointing to find out someone didn't get to play because someone got greedy.)

Yes, it is replayable for 1st level, as is the case for other Tier 1–2 modules.

My inclination is to say that no, one can only earn a single toad—likely won't have a chance to discuss that with the rest of the team, but I'd play it safe, especially if seats are at a premium.

Are GM's also eligible for the Free Toad? I had someone running this tomorrow ask me tonight, I told them yes but just wanted to confirm.
I would pass one out to all participants, and that would include GMs.

Am I correct that even if a GM runs this event multiple times, (I am planning on twice today), it is only one toad per player/GM? (It will be amusing for my Dwarven Warpriest of Torag to have the boon.)

Also, I was able to set my event up but had to list it as an unspecified event as WeB4Goblins! was stillnot listed.

Additionally, the badges were great. Let's hope for a lot of fun and mayhem today.

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Here is a question on a boon.

Spoiler:
Is the only way to remove the Dead Goblin boon via spending 16 Prestige Points to resurrect it and reactivate the boon? Or, if a player does not want the boon again (or perhaps cannot afford the 16 Prestibe Points to raise the toad from the dead), would a remove curse work to remove the penalty on interacting with goblins?

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I thought I would start a thread that will help people find venues running We B4 Goblins! this Saturday. So, let's see what stores and other venues are going to have some goblin mayhem this weekend.

Pathfinder Society returns to Lightspeed Hobbies in Portage, Indiana for Free RPG Day this Saturday, June 18, 2016.

I will run sessions of WeB4Goblins! at 11 am and 5:30 PM Central.

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John Compton wrote:
William Ronald wrote:
I have a question. I normally try to list events several days in advance here on the boards in the PFS in Northern Indiana. I just tried to set up an event but I did not see We B4 Goblins! listed. How do I create an event if I cannot list the mod? Or should I expect it listed tomorrow?
It should be added for reporting soon.

John, thank you for your rapid response. That is one of the things I love about PFS.

Also, as I am pleased to say that the first session I am running will be my 100th mod as a PFS GM. I wanted something memorable, so I am glad that the stars were right.

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Pathfinder Society returns to Lightspeed Hobbies for Free RPG Day this Saturday, June 18, 2016.

I will run sessions of WeB4Goblins! at 11 am and 5:30 PM Central.

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I have a question. I normally try to list events several days in advance here on the boards in the PFS in Northern Indiana. I just tried to set up an event but I did not see We B4 Goblins! listed. How do I create an event if I cannot list the mod? Or should I expect it listed tomorrow?

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Pathfinder Society returns to Lightspeed Hobbies in Portage, Indiana at 5 PM Central on Saturday June 11, 2016.

We will offer the following scenarios:

7-02, Six Seconds to Midnight, for characters of levels 3-7.
5-08, The Confirmation, for characters of levels 1-2.
0-07, Among the Living, for characters of levels 1-7.

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I concur as well. This gives players, particularly new players, a few more options.

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Congratulations!!!

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I have had lots of good role playing in my games. I encourage it, and I have players who are willing to interact with NPCs and find creative solutions to encounters.

I think that one problem is that you will see a lot of table variation, due to different GMs and players.

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Drogon wrote:

Hm. And I thought the Internet mantra was Google Knows All.

I guess that goes to show why SRM players are ripe for the plucking: Catalyst can't even keep their own website at the top of the Google search for "Shadowrun Missions."

I think that short missions and scenarios like Pathfinder Quests (ideally playable by people using their own and pre-generated characters) has much to recommend for attracting new gamers.

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BigNorseWolf wrote:

Trying to ease in/test pathfinder 2.0?

Sounds risky.

Companies do try out rules sets. Also, if Starfinder has material that would go into a new Pathfinder edition, it would not be without precedent. As I recall, some rules from WoTC's Alternity game appeared in the 3rd edition of D&D.

I suspect that Paizo sees science fantasy as a new genre to tap and reach out to new customers. Are there risks in setting up a new game system? Yes. However, Lisa Stevens and the leadership at Paizo know the problems TSR faced and can avoid repeating them. (I think that Ryan Dancey's article on why TSR died should be studied at business schools.)

Perhaps Paizo can address your concerns, BigNorseWolf, and why they think that a science fantasy game will be a success with new and existing players.

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As a long term participant in PFS. who should be a four star GM soon, I look forward to more PFS and SFS.

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Perhaps the PFS core races can be added in future seasons. I can see elves and dwarves particularly fitting into a science fantasy setting. (Elves are aliens on Golarion and dwarves have a technological bent. I suppose that WoTC has copyright on tinker gnomes.)

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There is already a few Starfinder Society threads. Here is another one.

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I am very pleased to learn about these announcements. As a longstanding PFS GM, I have had several young people at my tables. I have edited content.

I think that the spoiler warning might be something PFS could perhaps take from PSA. I have known gamers who had issues, and perhaps this would have been helpful.

I look forward to having the PSA materials. I can see a lot of teachers working with this at their schools.

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I think that Starfinder Society or Starfinder Corps could work. Sometimes, players like different genres. Starfinder would probably be similar enough to Pathfinder so that players would adjust to a new system fairly easily.

I know that there would have to be a lot of work to support two organized play programs. I am curious how that would work, as there would have to be a balance between supporting an existing organized play program and starting another one.

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Pathfinder Society returns to Lightspeed Hobbies in Portage, Indiana on Saturday May 28, 2016 at 5 PM Central.

We will feature the following scenarios:

The Infernal Vault, 1-55, for characters of levels 1-7.
The Segang Expedition, 6-08, for characters of levels 1-5.
Six Seconds to Midnight, 7-02, for characters of levels 3-7.

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I support it. I do understand that there is some concern about abuse of sign language, but there should be a way to address this concern.

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We have added another adventure to the schedule at Lightspeed Hobbies in Portage, Indiana on Saturday May 14, 2016 at 5 PM Central.

We will offer the following scenarios.

#2-19: Shades of Ice—Part III: Keep of the Huscarl King for characters of levels 1-5.

#5–22: Scars of the Third Crusade for characters of levels 1-5

#7–02: Six Seconds to Midnight for characters of levels 3-7.

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Pathfinder Society returns to Lightspeed Hobbies in Portage, Indiana on Saturday May 14, 2016 at 5 PM Central.

We will offer the following scenarios.

#2-19: Shades of Ice—Part III: Keep of the Huscarl King for characters of levels 1-5.

#7–02: Six Seconds to Midnight for characters of levels 3-7.

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Congratulations, Fred!!!

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I added Lightspeed Hobbies in Portage, Indiana.

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Pathfinder Society returns to Mythic Monster Gaming in Highland, Indiana on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 1:00 PM Central.

We will run Severing Ties, 4-07, for character levels 1-5. As a back up, we will offer The Hydra's Fang Incident, 0-02, for character levels 1-5.

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Congratulations, Eric!!!

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Pathfinder Society returns to Lightspeed Hobbies in Portage, Indiana on Saturday April 16, 2016 at 5 PM Central.

We will offer the following scenarios.

Trouble in Tamran, 7-07, for characters of levels 1-5.
Shades of Ice, Part 2: Exiles of Winter, 2-17, for levels 1-5.

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Due to a family matter, I am cancelling Sunday's PFS session at Mythic Monster Gaming in Highland, Indiana. I hope to reschedule the session for two weeks from now.

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Pathfinder Society returns to Mythic Monster Gaming in Highland, Indiana on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 1:00 PM Central.

We will run Severing Ties, 4-07, for character levels 1-5. As a back up, we will offer The Hydra's Fang Incident, 0-02, for character levels 1-5.

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Pathfinder Society returns to Lightspeed Hobbies in Portage, Indiana at 5 PM Central on Saturday, April 2, 2016.

We will have the following scenarios and mods.

The Darkest Vengeance, 1-47, for levels 1-5.

The Infernal Vault, 1-55, for levels 1-7.

Risen from the Sands for characters of levels 2-4.

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Pathfinder Society returns to Mythic Monster Gaming in Highland Indiana on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 1:00 PM Central.

We will run Severing Ties, 4-07, for character levels 1-5. As a back up, we will offer The Hydra's Fang Incident, 0-02, for character levels 1-5.

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Pathfinder Society returns to Lightspeed Hobbies in Portage, IN on Saturday March 19, 2016 at 5 PM Central.

We will offer the following scenarios.

Shades of Ice, Part 1: Written in Blood, 2-15, for characters of levels 1-5.

Scars of the Third Crusade, 5-22, for characters of levels 1-5.

We Be Goblins Free.

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There is also Pathfinder Society in Northwest Indiana.

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