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RPG Superstar 2013 Star Voter. FullStar Venture-Lieutenant, Oregon—Eugene. 191 posts. 1 review. No lists. 1 wishlist. 2 Pathfinder Society characters.


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Andoran

Any visits to Akiton?

Andoran

Sean, thanks for all you've done at Paizo.

Andoran * Venture-Lieutenant, Oregon—Eugene aka marv

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Akiton! Following in John Carter's shoes (or rather some human from Golarian)...

Andoran

Mythic Adventures pp 119-123 does a good job of outlining the hero's journey. For those interested, here is another take with quotes from Joseph Campbell:

Word doc from websterschools.org

Andoran * Venture-Lieutenant, Oregon—Eugene aka marv

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The Temple of Empyreal Enlightenment:
Dakang has another sermon of heresy to give! Best NPC in PFS play!

Andoran

Odraude wrote:
There's a mythic chimera in the second Wrath of the Righteous adventure. Luckily, medusas, hydras, and phoenixes are already mythizied.

Thank you for pointing this out.

Andoran

cartmanbeck wrote:
Patrick Renie wrote:
marv wrote:
With Mythic Adventures published, will there be an update to the stats for the creatures in Mythical Monsters Revisited? Either as a PDF update or part of other product? Granted, 'Mythical' does not necessitate the need for 'Mythic' rules; however the connection is logical.
We have no plans to update this product with mythic rules, though adopting the abilities of monsters from Mythic Adventures (or using such rules as inspiration) and combining them with the unique monsters from Mythical Monsters Revisited would undoubtedly yield some interesting results. :]
Fair enough, Patrick! I hope that you all won't mind if I throw together some community use mythic versions of these monsters for people. I'll post them here once I have them up sometime next week. :)

You rock! Let me know if I can help.

Andoran

Sean K Reynolds wrote:


There's not going to be an update for Mythical Monsters Revisited because its title refers to "creatures of myth," whereas the mythic rules refer to "heroes worth of myths."

Sean,

I can certainly understand Paizo not wanting to update older books when a new one comes out so 'no' is a very reasonable answer to my request (and the answer I was expecting).

However, I think the first few paragraphs of Chapter 6 in Mythic Adventures refutes the explanation you give. Giving the monsters in Mythical Monsters Revisited mythic ranks (by updating the stats in the PDF) is completely within the spirit of Mythic Adventures.

Also, doing that would help reinforce the Mythic brand name recognition in your product line.
Just a suggestion. Love your work Sean.
John

Andoran

With Mythic Adventures published, will there be an update to the stats for the creatures in Mythical Monsters Revisited? Either as a PDF update or part of other product? Granted, 'Mythical' does not necessitate the need for 'Mythic' rules; however the connection is logical.

Andoran

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With Mythic Adventures published, will there be an update to the stats for the creatures in Mythical Monsters Revisited? Either as a PDF update or part of other product? Granted, 'Mythical' does not necessitate the need for 'Mythic' rules; however the connection is logical.

Andoran

Wolfgang Baur wrote:
HURRAY!!! Let's talk offline about that.

I will buy it!

Andoran

Any thoughts on a book of haunts getting a similar treatment?

Andoran

If you have a wife, don't start your description of your $40 purchase with the phrase "they're like little cardboard cut-outs". I am getting no end of grief for buying $40 for cardboard. :(
Paizo, I love the pawns, keep them coming!!!!

Andoran

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Sean,
You've been in Con mode for too long. PaizoCon 2013 ended a few weeks ago. You best hop on a plane to Indie and help the Paizo crew clean up from GenCon 2013.
:}

Andoran

Alexander Augunas wrote:

So you could almost say that some of your most Mythic Adventures happened at GenCon, hrm?

** spoiler omitted **

Though I bet some were Epic.

more:
See what I did there?.

Andoran * Venture-Lieutenant, Oregon—Eugene aka marv

TriOmegaZero wrote:
Hmm, I was mistaken. If the PCs cannot retrieve the keys and have no way to move between the levels then they would fail the mission after all.

I found the answer to my trap question on page 417 of the Core (I feel silly for not thinking took there first).

Thanks.

Andoran * Venture-Lieutenant, Oregon—Eugene aka marv

TriOmegaZero wrote:
The elevator will not descend to the floor. That doesn't mean it won't descend past the floor.

Then why does it say "Without recovering these keys, descending to the bottom floor (area F) is very difficult"? If anything, having them gone would speed up the process of getting to floor F if the elevator could bypass floor C and floor E without the keys. And with the helping hand pointing down to area F, I would expect players to do just that.

TriOmegaZero wrote:
Lacedons are aquatic ghouls, as listed in the bestiary entry. The only difference is gaining a swim speed. Since the Pathfinder team was not submerged in tainted water as the dwarves were, they did not become aquatic and are regular ghouls.

Thank you!

Andoran * Venture-Lieutenant, Oregon—Eugene aka marv

Some basic questions:

A3. What is the game mechanic difference between a mechanical and magical pit trap? What is the CL and duration?

A4. States that "the elevator will not descend to the floor unless its key is placed." I assume that means the elevator can not go past those floors on the way to F. True? The key to floor C is on Wedderwark in area B and the key to floor E is in flooded room D. However, the area B description does not mention the key to area C. This also means that the session will stall and end in failure if Wedderwark gets below 30hps, casts vanish, and successfully flees. What am I missing?

D. What is a lacedon? I assume they are the result of lazurite-tainted water that has "infused the bodies of the dwarves" and that they have the same stats as ghouls. But if that is true, then why in F2 are Beetle, Marcetta, and Shu-Lin referred to as ghouls? I feel like there is a reference to lacedons I am missing.

Thanks!

Andoran * Venture-Lieutenant, Oregon—Eugene aka marv

kinevon wrote:

Not really. Since the Mist-Tainted template changes their minds, and how they work, it falls more under the dominated part of the PvP rule.

So then the part about...

Guide... wrote:

In short, you can never voluntarily use your character to kill another character—ever.

Means you can not leave the descision if tainted PCs attack eachother in the hands of te players. So the GM must either say they attack or they do not due to the taint.

Andoran * Venture-Lieutenant, Oregon—Eugene aka marv

Mark Moreland wrote:
Doug Miles wrote:
This is a bit late in the conversation to start throwing in opinions, but where does it describe anywhere in the scenario that mist-tainted PCs should attack other PCs?
It doesn't explicitly say this, as far as I know, but given that the museum employees have all spent the last few hours hunting and killing one another, I gather that this is what would happen to PCs as well. When I played the sceanrio the party turned on itself, but when I ran it it did not and I didn't force the issue. I think it's an effective template with either result.

Mark,

Doesn't this violate no PvsP?
Guide to Organized Play wrote:
Even if you feel that killing another PC is in character for your PC at this particular moment, just figure out some other way for your character to express herself.

It seems that a better way to handle this would to assume that it was the longer exposure to the Taint which made the NPCs attack eachother and have the PCs still care somewhat about party welfare and success of the mission but with an apish mentality.

Andoran * Venture-Lieutenant, Oregon—Eugene aka marv

The Temple of Empyreal Enlightenment by far is my favorite to run.

Andoran * Venture-Lieutenant, Oregon—Eugene aka marv

Eelario wrote:
My top choice in the sandbox style is The Temple of Empyreal Enlightenment.

The Temple of Empyreal Enlightenment also happens have wonderful RP potential. It gets my highest recomendation.

Andoran

I would like to see a decks of chase cards devoted to various envirnments instead of the mix in the current deck. I would love for more chase options.

Andoran * Venture-Lieutenant, Oregon—Eugene aka marv

Well done!

Andoran Star Voter 2013

Has all tis voting been causing all the down time of Paizo.com lately?

Andoran * Venture-Lieutenant, Oregon—Eugene aka marv

Michael Brock wrote:

Eventually, this is what I want. Using your example above, there would be boxes A, B, C, and D on the data entry system, advising to check it when a condition was met during play.

In the back of scenario, it would list the following in the conclusion section:

A) Did the Villian escape? Check box A when reporting if the Villian escaped. Leave unchecked if the PCs captured the Villian.

B) Did the PCs convince an NPC to help them? Check box B if the PCs convinced the NPC to help them through bluff, diplomacy, or intimidate.

C) Did the PCs receive the information from the NPC by beating the info out of him? Check box C if the PCs beat the hell out of the NPC and obtained the info.

D) There is no option D in this scenario. Leave box D unchecked when reporting this scenario.

This is wonderful news! While we're on the subject of the event database, it would be helpful to expose the event listings and reporting via web service calls. We are trying to setup the Oregon PFS web site and I want to have only one place to enter event info.

Andoran Star Voter 2013

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DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:
There need to be more Johns.

I strongly agree! Too bad my 15 month old son (who has my name) can't yet join us in our efforts to pack the Top 32 with John's.

Andoran Star Voter 2013

I was watching the awful movie Mirror Mirror last night and was pleased to see my RPG Superstar 2012 submission Cantering Stilts brought to life on the big screen worn by the seven dwarfs! While it is unlikely to have been inspired by my submission, it was still cool to see it.

Andoran * Venture-Lieutenant, Oregon—Eugene aka marv

Pathseeker wrote:
Hi all, my cousin and I are old school (1st edition) gamers looking to belly up to a table and sling some dice again...

Well met and welcome! You are in good company with PF in general and PFS specifically. I'm old school too and I can assure your in the right place.

First thing is to download the Guide to Organized Play and read through it. Next, as said above, pregens are meant to be average to so so. Find a PFS Event, try the iconic pregens and try PFS! If you like it, the Core Rule Book is worth the investment (even if it's just the PDF).

If organized play is not your cup of tea, PF works well on its own as an upgrade from 3.5. For non-PFS play your 3.5 books are compatible with PF (see free PF Conversion Guide).

Enjoy!

Andoran

Feels like when I found out Dragon was going out of print. It is another dark day. Wolfgang is a nice man and I wish him succes with Open Design.

Andoran * Venture-Lieutenant, Oregon—Eugene aka marv

I vote nay. Ditto on what Don said.

Andoran * Venture-Lieutenant, Oregon—Eugene aka marv

Don Walker wrote:
Thanks!

Well done! Will you be at GenCon? Would love to meet a 5 star GM.

Andoran * Venture-Lieutenant, Oregon—Eugene aka marv

My arcane casting players will love this on Saturday!

Andoran * Venture-Lieutenant, Oregon—Eugene aka marv

TriOmegaZero wrote:
Ryan Koetsveld wrote:
So now I write the relevant skill checks that I want to be hidden from the player and when ever I need the player to make one of the checks just tell them to roll d20. That way re-roll mechanics can still be used and players really can't meta.
This is so stupidly simple I am ashamed I did not think of it myself.

+1! I will start doing this.

As for this topic in general, there is a balance to had (usually open and whenever possible rolled by the player is best) and there will always be some rolls that need to be secret. For any given roll it is the GMs call on if It is open. If a player looses trust in the GM that's valuable feedback that needs to be politely expressed to the GM. There should be a reason a roll is hidden.

Absolute extremes on this issue (all open or all hidden) worry me. This not a board game and the GM is not a player (nor is he/she a computer nor a dictator). There is a reason we have GMs.

Andoran * Venture-Lieutenant, Oregon—Eugene aka marv

1) Dragons - with the Hobit in theaters soon over the next few years it would be a good time to have a connected series of scenarios related to dragons..

2) Goblins - They are now such an important part of Pathfinder you need one scenerio each season were they play a key role.

3) Orcs - See my comment about dragons..

4) Drow - Unless someone has a new spin on them it's best to leave them out.

5) Dinosaurs - I'll pass.

6) Undead - keep em coming!

I also suggest:
7) Caulborn - from Biestary 3, they would pose a very real existential threat to the Pathfinder Society. Perhaps not every faction would survive... (Hint)

Andoran * Venture-Lieutenant, Oregon—Eugene aka marv

pheanox wrote:
Hey all, a bit short notice but running a Pathfinder Society introductory session tomorrow, October 19 at the University of Oregon. It will be in the Science Library room 22 and we have plenty of open spots. Post here if interested.

Good luck! You should consider putting the vent as public on http://paizo.com/pathfinderSociety/events .

We're the materials I sent you helpful?

Andoran * Venture-Lieutenant, Oregon—Eugene aka marv

Andrew Christian wrote:
Dave the Barbarian wrote:

Congrats! I am hoping for some mid-week games to spring up. I travel there a bunch and wouldn't mind playing or running a few mid-week games.

Dave

Dave the Barbarian,

If you check out THIS WEBSITE

You will find that we have a fairly regular Thursday night game now.

Nice site! How dd you build it? How is it hosted?

Andoran * Venture-Lieutenant, Oregon—Eugene aka marv

Skol Ryan!
BTW, here is an interesting link which explains what skol means that Pathfinders will enjoy. What does skol mean?

Andoran * Venture-Lieutenant, Oregon—Eugene aka marv

Thank you all!!!

Andoran

Great book! Must read for all 40 something nerds.

Andoran * Venture-Lieutenant, Oregon—Eugene aka marv

Vixeryz wrote:


Except, from what I'm hearing- it IS a script and the tactics- (I've been told repeatedly) ARE mandatory.

They are mandatory but not a script. I find there is room for GM creativity while staying true to the author's tactics. But the core of your frustration is an enherent part of the nature of organized play: mandated GM consistacy. While I enjoy the freedom of non-PFS GMing, I know that PFS play has its own set of advantages and rewards.

Besides, character death, in moderation, is a good thing. My first PC died when I was 14. So amazed at how immersive that experience was for me, it sparked 30+ years of DMing/GMing in me and I am still going strong!

Andoran * Venture-Lieutenant, Oregon—Eugene aka marv

Xera wrote:
Welcome from the Salem area =) Here's to coordination between the city's to the North and the South!

Xera, well met! Yes, I lookforward working with you. Please drop me an email: EugenePFSClub at gmail.com. I'll add you to my newsletter (if you are interested) and we could talk about the web site, etc.

~John

Andoran * Venture-Lieutenant, Oregon—Eugene aka marv

Jim Groves wrote:
marv wrote:


Oh I'll be happy to talk, but I don't necessarily think you were unwise in establishing your boundaries. Don't feel bad. I live out in between everything, and I GM and play through VTT. I took no offense.

I have never tried a VVT. Perhaps you could pull me in for a game. Also, if you have FaceTime or Skype I could pull you in to a spot on my physical table on my iPad (with the help of anther player to occasionally show you the map, me, and the rest of the players). Might be a fun disembodied experiment.

Andoran * Venture-Lieutenant, Oregon—Eugene aka marv

David Montgomery wrote:
As a fellow Oregonian, welcome!

Where in Oregon were you from?

Andoran * Venture-Lieutenant, Oregon—Eugene aka marv

Dennis Baker wrote:
Very cool to hear, I've been swapping emails with you guys for a while, I have a place up there, hopefully next time we're up that way we can catch a game.

Hi Dennis! You are officially the first person on my email newsletter list to hear the good news! An RPG Superstar top 16 is welcome at my table anytime (I am so jealous). Maybe when you come up you can help me encourage others to enter.

Jim Groves wrote:
Congrats from the east side!

From your profile I see you're in Ontario Oregon! Wow, that is about as far East from me (Eugene, obviously) as you can get and still be in Oregon. Just the other day I sent Mike an email saying that the population in Eastern Oregon was too low to justify me trying to expand very far to the east of the Willamette Valley, boy do I feel silly now. We should talk over email: EugenePFSClub at gmail.com.

Top 4!?!?! Now I really am green with envy. Did you two see that Hitler video?

Andoran * Venture-Lieutenant, Oregon—Eugene aka marv

Thank you! It feels great to be officially posted to this duty. In March I started up the Eugene Pathfinder Society Club with the modest intension of growing my private gaming group but now I see it as an excellent venue for growing this hobby I love (and a way to help my favorite game publisher). I started with the OD&D Blue Box rules and have been DMing/GMing ever since.

There is a local game web site I am using to coordinate which I plan to stop using in a few months. So, rather than repeat that URL here, let me suggest you email me if you want to receive my weekly newsletter. I hope to work with Alex (Portland VC) on a single Oregon wide PFS site soon.

It will be a thrill to represent Paizo at Just A Game Con in Corvallis this weekend!

Andoran

messy wrote:
ready player one. best. book. ever.

A classic for nerds of the 80's. loved it.

Andoran

Jon Peterson has written an amazing history of our hobby, Playing at the World, that is must reading. For example, did you know that David Wesely was the very first Game Master (as we know them today)? He rediscovered the idea of a game ref with escencially Rule 0 powers from a war game book written in 1880. He GMed Dave Arneson who co-created D&D.

It's a detailed read but worth it if you care about the roots of the Pathfinder RPG.

Andoran * Venture-Lieutenant, Oregon—Eugene aka marv

Chris Mullican wrote:
marv wrote:
Chris Mullican wrote:

AZ now has a PFS Page:

Arizona Pathfinder Society

Very nice site! How did you go about setting this up?
First off, Linked now since it was very late when I posted that. Second, the VC in Croatia used it to make their site and since we didn't have one and I have been meaning to get one together, after some searching, I decided to go with it as it is very easy to build a site with their tools and it is free.

What tools did you use? How is it hosted?

Andoran * Venture-Lieutenant, Oregon—Eugene aka marv

Chris Mullican wrote:

AZ now has a PFS Page:

http://arizonapfs.weebly.com/index.html

Very nice site! How did you go about setting this up?

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