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RPG Superstar 2013 Star Voter, 2014 Star Voter, 2015 Star Voter. FullStarFullStarFullStar RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Chandler. 7,151 posts (7,263 including aliases). 80 reviews. 1 list. No wishlists. 7 Pathfinder Society characters. 16 aliases.


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*** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Chandler aka bugleyman

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TOZ and I were simply at the same meeting. Our VC whupped us into shape! ;-)

*** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Chandler aka bugleyman

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Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
...if one of our players wants to GM, and finds that easier, I'll gladly roll up to support them learning the ropes.

This. Encouraging new GMs is one of the most important things we can do to ensure plenty of play opportunities for everyone, whatever their Core/Regular preference.

*** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Chandler aka bugleyman

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Yes, Core and Classic will, in some cases, compete for resources (table space, players, etc). I think denying something so self-evidently true might be what is provoking such a negative response in some folks.

I absolutely believe that the situation can be managed, and that in a majority of cases, the benefits of Core will outweigh the drawbacks. But I still understand why people are concerned. I can only speak for my region, but we are very cognizant of the concerns, and we humbly request that folks withhold judgment until we've all had a chance to kick the tires on Core a bit.

*** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Chandler aka bugleyman

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I believe that most of us appreciate that Core will introduce some new challenges when it comes to scheduling. Personally, I just happen to believe those challenges are worth the pay-off to PFS: Appealing to players and GMs who -- for whatever reason -- prefer not to deal with the complexity of the standard PFS experience.

As for splitting the player base, I think by far the more likely result is that there may not be many [Core] games available in some smaller locations. And that's Ok, because those locations haven't lost anything. This is, after all, an expansion of what we can do for PFS credit. Nothing is being taken away.

*** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Chandler aka bugleyman

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Pink Dragon wrote:
Yes. I understand that and thank you for it. Just venting a bit.

Seconded. I expect your job feels thankless sometimes, but we understand that without your efforts, PFS just wouldn't be what it is today.

*** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Chandler aka bugleyman

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No more (or at least greatly reduced) ways to cast summoning spells as a standard action.

Clerics and kings of the healing hill again with the demise of Life Oracles and First Aid Gloves.

*** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Chandler aka bugleyman

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Folks, please, read the announcement before posting questions. You're going to give Mike a heart attack. :P

*** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Chandler aka bugleyman

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pH unbalanced wrote:

Exactly.

This won't be a problem at the store I play at that always runs 4-5 tables.

This could be a huge problem at the store I play at that only runs 1 table.

My guess would be that most "1 table" stores will stick with the regular campaign.

*** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Chandler aka bugleyman

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Clearly there are some practical details to be ironed out, but we'll get there. I think this is a tremendous development for players who aren't necessarily interested in exploring tons of mechanic options.

*** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Chandler aka bugleyman

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Best. Announcement. Ever.


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This thread is supposed to be all about how Obama is a socialist devil. Let's bring this back on topic, please.

Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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Molten Belcher
Aura faint abjuration; CL 6th
Slot shield; Price 5,000 gp; Weight 15 lbs.
Description
This round, crimson-hued +1 heavy steel shield is adorned with the bearded visage of a leering fire giant. Once per day as an immediate action when subjected to fire damage, the wearer may command a molten belcher to swallow and hold the first 25 points of that damage. Damage caused by targeted or area effects may be swallowed, but area effects are not negated and still affect other targets within their areas normally. In addition, the shield must reasonably be able to be interposed between the wearer and the source of the damage in order to be effective (the wearer cannot, for example, use the shield to absorb damage caused by being immersed in lava). In any case, the wearer suffers damage in excess of 25 points normally.

Once the shield has absorbed energy in this fashion, the wearer may, as a standard action, release the swallowed energy, causing the shield to vomit forth a gout of flame in a 15' cone. For every five points (or fraction thereof) of fire damage swallowed by the shield, the cone inflicts 1d6 points of fire damage. Targets which succeed at a DC 12 reflex save suffer half damage. The swallowed energy dissipates if not released by the end of the day. A molten belcher remains warm to the touch as long as it holds energy, and though not intelligent per se, some molten belchers have been known to quietly mutter complaints when forced to retain energy for more than a few minutes.

Construction
Requirements Craft Magic Arms and Armor, burning hands, magic mouth, protection from energy; Cost 2,500 gp

I realized right away that I had blown the cost (damn it!), but any feedback would be appreciated.

*** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Chandler aka bugleyman

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Nefreet wrote:

As in, I share a room with 3 other GMs? Or I'm reimbursed for 1/4 the cost of what my final hotel bill comes to?

(honest question, I'm not sure how to interpret that)

The former.


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I'm an outsider, but from a purely practical standpoint, I have to ask: For a group of people with so many well-funded, vocal, and obvious enemies, why is this a question even worth asking?


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My then-eleven or twelve year old son once told me that he "isn't afraid of the po po."

I believe he'd wet himself if approached by mall security. :P

Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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Woody Elliott wrote:
It's not the size of your grid, it's how you use it.

Only people with little grids ever say that! ;-)


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This is a fantastic idea. But I guarantee it will be instantly shot down as Socialism. Total non-starter if it requires Congressional action.

Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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Jacob Trier wrote:
Gravity-item vs gravity-item - who will win?

That sounds like a matter to be weighed carefully.


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Sean K Reynolds wrote:

It wasn't my square, or my ruling. It's how Jason thought it should work, in the text that he wrote for the Core Rulebook. When this question came up in the FAQ queue, I pointed out the problem to Jason (heck, it was a diagram on the marker board on my office wall for months), he acknowledged it wasn't clear over two years ago, but nothing got done about it until now.

Please stop attributing to me every ruling or answer you (generic "you") don't like. (Which, mind you, is one of the reasons why I stopped being the point man for FAQs for about five months. And during that interregnum, there were only a handful of new FAQs posted, because nobody else made FAQs a priority like I did. And then I was ordered to be the point man for FAQs again, despite me not wanting to, and despite being told "you get into too many arguments on the boards.")

I stand corrected, and I apologize for misrepresenting your position. I will be more careful in the future.


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Kudos for trying something new.

Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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nkerklaan wrote:
Okay, marriage-themed items are officially a trend.

I've seen a couple.

(Boo! Hiss!)

Now I'm really going to bed...


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memorax wrote:
Then again I'm a fan of Rifts...

I think they have a topical cream for that. ;-)


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Logan1138 wrote:

Hmmm...I'm an "older player" (age 42, began playing D&D in 1981) and I prefer the simplicity of 5E to 3.X/PF. 5E is closer to B/X and 1E in terms of options and complexity which is what I prefer. It still has a LOT of "new" stuff I don't like (spammable cantrips and non-magical healing are two examples) but I still would actually be willing to play it. I will not play 3.X/PF/4E.

I'd be willing to bet that there is a large group of players like myself (late 30's and older) who prefer 5E's simpler game to the complex "building game" of 3.X/PF/4E.

I'm also 42, playing since '83, and I couldn't agree more.

I used to believe more complexity meant a superior system.

I got better. ;-)


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No, we aren't. Next question.


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Going tonight. My expectations are tepid overall, but any well-crafted fantasy movie gets my money thrown at it. :)


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thejeff wrote:
It also ties in nicely to the "It's the black people's fault" theme. If it's not because they're criminals, it's because they must just be jerks to cops more often.

If they don't enjoy being shot to death, maybe they should trying being a little less black. /s


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David Bowles wrote:

I don't think I ever said 5th is "wrong", just gutted, simplistic, and more arbitrary vs formulaic. People have made it very clear that they like the simplicity, whereas I like formulas.

I personally think they could have done a much better job of dropping some clunky things, but not stripping it down as much as they did. For example, I love buffs, and what they did with them, to me, is horrible. They could have thrown players like me a bone, but they didn't. Full-on gutting mode.

Maybe try referring to things that don't match you preferences using language other than "gutted" and "simplistic?" I dunno. :P


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Lilith wrote:
Gotta give it up for Korvosa, although that would be smashed into the ground if there was an Absalom hardcover.

This really seems like a thing that needs to happen.


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I've said this before, but I think it bears repeating: I believe most police officers are good people doing a very tough job. It's just that, when an officer does take things too far, it's in everyone's best interest for that officer to be held accountable. Right now, there seems to be zero accountability...and that's a problem.


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Irontruth wrote:
Don't forget, if they bleed on you after you've beaten them, you can charge them with destruction of government property.

Darn tootin!


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Durngrun Stonebreaker wrote:
Caineach wrote:
Cop breaks woman's eye socket while she is handcuffed in the back of his car, not charged. So apparently, even after you have restrained the suspect you can beat them on video and be found not at fault for anything.
Maybe she broke her own eye socket.

Yeah! Or maybe the police officer's precognition allowed him to see that the woman was one day going to be "a felon," so busting her up was justified!


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Charlie D. wrote:

I am done arguing with faceless people on the internet. Many of you deal too much in emotion and not enough in concrete fact. I will leave you to it.

I leave with this. Police officers are in the overwhelming number of cases the men and women following and enforcing the law. Criminals are always men and women breaking it.

Hmmm...you seem to be suggesting that police only ever interact with criminals. Someone should tell the courts.


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Charlie D. wrote:
If a criminal is fleeing, shoot to kill.

I should hope not.


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Police officers die in the line of duty, therefore all police shootings are justified?

Good luck with that one.


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Because (some among) US police appear to believe that there is no problem that can't be solved by shooting/beating/killing the nearest dark-skinned person.

It's a tiny minority, to be sure, but until law enforcement as a whole gets over this "thin blue line" crap, it isn't going away.


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Nicos wrote:
HAve youe ver read the water balloon thread?. The game have options purposely designed to be the best and options purposely designed to be inferior.

Yeah, but wasn't that another SKR "gem?"


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So..once again, 5E sucks because it isn't Pathfinder. Or 3E. Or something.


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thegreenteagamer wrote:
Low magic. Looks like we need to burn feats on item creation feats. Yippie...

As opposed to never having a reason to select those feats, ever, 'cause Magic Mart? :P


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Sissyl wrote:
If you completely isolate the plasma, you get a baseball bat.

And yet I'd still buy one. :P


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Tiny Coffee Golem wrote:
It was a recent Article.

Oh snap. ;-)


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Kryzbyn wrote:

I liked the new ST movies.

I will probably like the new SW movies.

I don't get the GRAWR.

IMO Into Darkness tried to pilfer emotional impact it hadn't earned from Wrath of Khan and suffered greatly for it.


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GreyWolfLord wrote:

Are the rest of you on the ship as well?

If so, it looks like I'll have a nice amount of movies to watch.

Do Trilogies count as one movie if we so wish?

If they don't...the movies would be...

1. All 6 Star Wars movies
2. All 4 Indiana Jones movies.

And...I'm done.

Silly wolf...there are only 3 Indian Jones movies. ;)


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Vod Canockers wrote:
Overall, but since you know the outcome of the previous draw your instant odds keep changing.

The odds do not change; only your insight does.


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Aubrey the Malformed wrote:
The fact that America is generally a good place to live, work and invest suggests it is probably a lot more lawful than that. Real chaos would be somewhere like Somalia.

So...LE then? ;-)


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I prefer the 5th edition rules to the Pathfinder rules, yet I'm sticking with Pathfinder for other reasons. I doubt I'm the only one.

At worst, Paizo takes a hit and scales back releases somewhat (which might be a good thing).


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David Bowles wrote:
If 5th ed does kill Pathfinder, I can just go back to my "no rpg" phase if necessary. There's always Starcraft.

I don't think "killing" Pathfinder is even a possibility. In a world where C&C, 13th Age, and Numenera (and countless others) are all commercially viable, I think 5E and Pathfinder can co-exist. :)


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Building monsters-as-PCs is a misguided -- and ultimately doomed -- attempt at verisimilitude. Especially when you constantly have to break the rules via huge "natural armor" or "racial" bonuses just to get the numbers where you want them anyway.

No thanks...I have better things to do with my prep time than triple-check some monster's swim skill modifier. :P


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The cross-guard on the weapon as pictured is either pointless (light saber blades don't slide) or useless (they do slide, but oops! gap).

Now that I have made this observation, I'm off to commit ritual suicide in protest.

P.S. The gap could have easily been avoided if the "cross-guard" parts fired in toward (but not quite touching) the main blade and extended past it on either side.


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Completely impractical.

Still hoping JJ doesn't blow it like he did with Star Trek into Darkness.

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