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I saw two or three 'new' gaming table companies at Gencon this year. They ranged in quality from ok to, "hey that's just a folding card table with a wooden board slapped on top."
Prices all seemed high for what you got still, but not Geek Chic expensive. They also lacked the super high quality of GC.
I did't get names, but they are out there making them.
So are there any MMORPGS were people are actually role playing? Everything I try is just OOC banter and meta gaming, and I get bored really quick.
I got spoiled on the original Never Winter Nights with servers dedicated to role play (not to mention a DM client). It wasn't exactly massive, but it was enough, and the role play was so good.
it strikes me that I should have been posting about this long before now.
Now we can reference it for future years. This is my ninth Gencon since 2006 and I'm always interested in hearing other peoples Gencon tips, or about must attend events.
The Rathskeller and the Slippery Noodle stand out.
My advice in regards to not missing anything->
Take Thursday afternoon or evening to just walk around the Con. Not just the convention center, but the surrounding hotels and sidewalks. Amazing how every hotel has their own halls filled with events, and the many games going on in lobbies and even hallway floors. Check out the Veteran's Memorial at the city circle a few blocks away. Spend a little time on one the benches near Elf Park. That's were I usually chat up strangers and always enjoy a bit of time relaxing.
for the curious:
Can't wait till I arrive tomorrow AM. :)
->forget something, miss something or worse.
All of that will happen at Gencon, but it should balance out. You will also find or experience some great things you didn't plan on.
The only things you can permanently forget are forms of currency, government identification, and character sheets/records. Everything else is theoretically replaceable, especially at Gencon. Might also want to grab your life sustaining medications and/or devices, as the local pharmacy down town has some really lame hours.
Unfortunately it's impossible to do it all. I lie awake at night wondering things like do I attend the zombie parade, or another Society special? Late night gallivanting with who knows what game, or should I be true to my 8:00 AM slot? Scottys or the Ram? These are the truly difficult questions at Gencon.
Grok was born in the Realm of the Mammoth Lords, where he spent the first dozen years of his outcast life as an orphan in the harsh climate. Usually this meant being half frozen and near starvation, trying to scavenge and forage from the wilds and fringes of primitive tribes, but accepted by neither humans or orcs.
Grok has no clear memory of exactly how he survived his youngest years. There is no evidence of a father or mother ever being in his life. Charity and luck were infrequent, but the rare occasions of both prevented Grok from becoming a casualty of the environment. Someone obviously did rear Grok as an infant and toddler, but that history is unknown to him.
What Grok does remember is being alone from a very young age. Cold, hungry, and alone.
Grok's fortune shifted when he was discovered by a well to do Taldan adventurer, who took him in as a curiosity. Grok was brought south to be dressed up in hides and displayed during fancy dinner parties as a legitimate primitive of the north. He adopted rudimentary common language, and accepted his new life, even if he did feel out of place. Six years later the novelty of the primitive grown too familiar (perhaps Grok had become too cultured), and he was cut loose.
Now on his own, Grok has few talents to rely on in the civilized world. Removed from his element, Grok is strong and healthy, but without a trade. Grok has begun seeking work with adventuring groups and mercenaries to avoid the life of meager scavenging that was once his reality. Having no real idea where to go Grok has wandered randomly from Zimar all the way to Heldren, still looking for work.
Grok favors his human side in facial features, though brutish with rough dark olive skin. The barbarian is just over 6'0 tall, with thick muscular features. His experience with high society in Taldor has left him slightly more personable than the average half-orc conversationally. What Grok lacks in vocabulary and diction he makes up for in tone and personality. Though illiterate Grok has assimilated to most civilized customs. When angered, however, his rage brings out all the primal instincts and personality of a desperate survivor. Grok has also come to appreciate hot baths and soap.
Half-Orc Barbarian (True Primitive) 1 (Pathfinder RPG Ultimate Combat 0)
N Medium humanoid (human, orc)
Init +4; Senses Perception +4
AC 16, touch 12, flat-footed 14 (+4 armor, +2 Dex)
hp 15 (1d12+3)
Fort +5, Ref +2, Will +0
Defensive Abilities orc ferocity; Resist cold 2
Speed 20 ft.
Melee greatclub +5 (1d10+6) and
unarmed strike +5 (1d3+4 nonlethal)
Ranged sling +3 (1d4+4)
Special Attacks rage (6 rounds/day)
Str 18, Dex 14, Con 14, Int 8, Wis 10, Cha 12
Base Atk +1; CMB +5; CMD 17
Feats Power Attack
Traits northern ancestry, reactionary
Skills Appraise -1, Climb +5, Perception +4 (+6 to find hidden objects (inc. secret doors and traps), determine whether food is spoiled, or identify a potion by taste), Survival +4; Racial Modifiers +2 Appraise, scavenger
Languages Common, Orc
SQ favored terrain (cold +2), illiteracy, orc blood, weapon familiarity
Other Gear hide armor, greatclub, sling, sling bullets (20), 84 gp, 9 sp
Orc Ferocity (1/day) - 0/1
Rage (6 rounds/day) (Ex) - 0/6
Sling bullets - 0/20
Energy Resistance, Cold (2) You have the specified Energy Resistance against Cold attacks.
Favored Terrain (Cold +2) (Ex) +2 to rolls vs Favored Terrain (Cold).
Illiteracy May never learn to read or write any language.
Orc Blood Half-orcs count as both humans and orcs for any effect related to race.
Orc Ferocity (1/day) If brought below 0 Hp, can act as though disabled for 1 rd.
Power Attack -1/+2 You can subtract from your attack roll to add to your damage.
Rage (6 rounds/day) (Ex) +4 Str, +4 Con, +2 to Will saves, -2 to AC when enraged.
Scavenger +2 Perception to find hidden objects (inc. secret doors and traps), determine if food is spoiled or identify a potion by taste.
I don't want to know about total amount spent. Ignorance is bliss there.
I will second Steve's requests for:
*hide/delete aliases. For those pbp characters you are never going to revisit.
*backorder/preorder/sidecart/stock. Estimated dates for everything. An indicator that states there are x amount of copies remaining in the warehouse, once they get so low. I'd like a comprehensive list of what I have pre-ordered without fumbling around the order page, where every other order is crossed out and combined elsewhere. Also the ability to skip subscription items without contacting cs to cancel, and again to resume.
*3rd party subs - yes please, with an option for print or print/pdf combo only.
*comprehensive new product updates - maybe a link on the weekly newsletter that shows a list of ALL the new products to be released next week.
Lightspeed is in Portage. They have Pathfinder Society every other Thursday.
Valparaiso has Galactic Greg's, which was more of a comic store the last time I was in there many years ago.
If you are going to come this far north, you might as well visit Chicago.
Indiana Dunes/National Lake Shore is definitely worth seeing. A minor wonder of the world with a large variety of biomes banded within just a few miles.
I prefer the new design with bigger graphics and brighter colors. Show cases the art instead of hiding it.
Even if you can't get words on the spine a color stripe or printed pattern would help identify the book. For example Kobold Press's Trapsmith book extends the cover art onto the spine, so even though there are no words I can quickly recognize it.
I really enjoy the Legendary books I've picked up, that's just my one nitpick.
I'm a teacher and a Pathfinder GM/occasional player.
The job is more demanding than ever, and I don't have time to do the tech research like I used to.
I would love any thoughts and suggestions on the best Laptop for the money. I'm sure I want something that runs Windows 8.
Horsepower wise I'm just looking to run email & microsoft office, along with reading large pdfs, and a few table top gaming apps (Herolab and Ttop RPG to be specific). Maybe a bit of internet browsing.
Dell had a low level laptop on sale over labor day for about $375. I'm sure they'll have a similar deal around Black Friday time. My last Dell, which was an expensive PC gaming affair, fried out after only 2 years and 2 weeks, and I'm hesitant to return my business to them.
Will I be happy with an entry level laptop performance wise? Do I want to pay the extra for touch screen capability? Those tablet/laptop hybrids I've seen are intriguing.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.