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Ummm ... It's an auto hit, force damage, bypasses DR, does full damage against incorporeal at range and is a 1st level spell that would do ~18 hp of damage on average. By 9th level you should also be able to cast an empowered version for an average of ~27 hp of damage, not to mention a quickened version in the same round for an average of about 45 hp of damage. Compare to a fireball which does on average about 32 hp of damage at 9th level and allows a save. Granted the fireball is an AoE, but depending on what you are fighting, it also could do no damage due to evasion, energy resistance or energy immunity (things which don't apply to magic missile).

All that said, I'm not sure I'm seeing how it sucks and deserves to be dropped.

EDIT: ninja'd by a gaggle of ninjas.

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The fruit ... it's ... it's looking at me ...

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Name your freakin' horse, motteditor. ;)

Pretty sure this is to be tied in with the release of the current AP, so I would think primarily Saharan style desert with a bit of Death Valley thrown in for good measure.

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no book, just nonsense and my own twisted imagination. First version I tried to stick with terms that would seem to come from relevant texts (holy writs of Lamashtu, Shelyn, Pharasma, etc.) ... as well as some filler words for the repeaters ...

The second version was, well, just silly.

That's my story and I am sticking to it. Pay no attention to the Rovagug cultists hiding in the shadows behind me. They in no way are influencing my responses.

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Book page:line:word

With a break after the first three words

Obviously it translates to:

Skull of Mashaag 247:1:1 The
The Bone Lands in a Spiral 43: 13: 7 Death
The Order of Numbers 9: 22: 8 Multiplies

Our Master's Book 192:4:4 When
The Bone Lands in a Spiral 63: 8: 10 Ends
The Book of Joy 19: 19: 4 Come
The Birth of Light and Truth 139:18:3 Find
Skull of Mashaag 247:1:1 The
The Skull of Mashaag 224: 39: 1 Days
The Order of Numbers 8: 31: 9 Void
The Order of Numbers15:2:4 Even
The Eight Scrolls 117: 34: 1 Of
The Skull of Mashaag 339: 12: 10 Mother's
The Skull of Mashaag 238:35: 7 Lamentation
The Birth of Light and Truth162: 36: 3 Quiet
The Skull of Mashaag 224: 39: 1 Days

Or it could be:

Skull of Mashaag 247:1:1 Cute
The Bone Lands in a Spiral 43: 13: 7 Little
The Order of Numbers 9: 22: 8 Critters

Our Master's Book 192:4:4 See
The Bone Lands in a Spiral 63: 8: 10 All
The Book of Joy 19: 19: 4 Of
The Birth of Light and Truth 139:18:3 The
Skull of Mashaag 247:1:1 Cute
The Skull of Mashaag 224: 39: 1 Animals
The Order of Numbers 8: 31: 9 Even
The Order of Numbers15:2:4 Sour
The Eight Scrolls 117: 34: 1 Old
The Skull of Mashaag 339: 12: 10 Lamashtu
The Skull of Mashaag 238:35: 7 Loves
The Birth of Light and Truth162: 36: 3 Adorable
The Skull of Mashaag 224: 39: 1 Animals

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If the sun just up and vanished, my first question would be "oh crap, how long before the shock wave wipes the Earth from the universe?"

If we, in fact, do not end up getting obliterated, the follow up would be "what the #$%! happened? is it too late to invest in geothermal power? where can I get as many grow lights as possible? what do you mean 'I've got the gun, so I make the rules'?"

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Agreed. The article in question was one of the worst pieces of "reporting" that I have ever seen. I was half expecting to see the D&D Chick Tract on the page as well.

And DM, if this reporter is stalking you on the boards (and honestly, if he is posting solely in response to your posts and sending you PMs, then a case could be made for online stalking), file a complaint with his superiors and threaten legal action against both the "reporter" and his employer if the behavior does not stop.

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Sure Benoit, go for it. :)

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Each book is tiered like a module and XP is granted just like a module (3XP, 4 PP).

The real question is are they wanting to play the full AP or just the sanctioned bits? For APs you have two options really:

1. Society Play: PFS play with PFS characters or Pregens. You only play the sanctioned portions of each installment of the AP.
Pros: You will finish the AP much quicker and folks get to play their PFS characters.
Cons: You miss out on some of the story which may make the series of adventures feel a bit disjointed.

2. Campaign Play: Non-PFS characters. You play through the entire AP.
Pros: You experience the full story and the PCs can be built without adherence to the PFS guidelines (hello 30 pt build, Hero Points, and Scarred Witch Doctor).
Cons: It is a MUCH bigger time commitment (you are signing up for a campaign, not just six 8-10 hour adventures).

For option 1 you just run the sanctioned bits for PFS characters of legal level for the adventure and give them 3XP and 4PP if they complete it.

For option 2, it is basically a home game where you get to apply chronicle sheets to a PFS PC when you complete the sections. The official wording for this is on pg29 of the Guide to Organized Play:

pg 29 of the Guide wrote:

Alternatively, if you are participating in a Pathfinder Adventure Path with an ongoing group undertaking the entire, six-book campaign, you may receive credit for playing the sanctioned portions of the adventure as if you had played a pregenerated character. In this case, GMs running the Adventure Path are not bound to the rules of the Pathfinder Society Organized Play campaign (such as 20 point buy, unavailability of hero points, etc...) when running the campaign or the sanctioned portion of the adventure. Pathfinder Society characters and characters

from an ongoing Adventure Path campaign may not play in the same adventure.

Hope that helps.

EDIT: Ninja'd by a wolf. ;)

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Lady Ophelia wrote:

So I get all points involved, and it does make sense why Wayfinder wants to go that way.

But to quote Master Spicer, if we are going to color in the lines, can we choose a different coloring book perhaps? I think in light of Wayfinder 10, and Mummy's Mask and all the other coverage of Osirian, I think a lot of us agree that it's just a desert-land overload. It would be one thing if Wayfinder was a monthly or even quarterly production, so it can be better justified. But twice in two year span we would be doing lands of desert? It would be nice to put a gap between the two and let the coverage breath. Kind of like what you did with Cheliax. :)

However, there are still some other locations not quite covered as well that have gotten quite a lot of coverage from Paizo. For example, we don't have a lot of lore on Mendev/Worldwould despite the AP path and PFS scenario coverage. (Wrath minus the awesome plot, kind of was a bummer for me via lore. Would love to expand more on it.)

There is also other countries like Andoran, Galt, Taldor, Mana Wastes etc, that have gotten decent coverage by Paizo but haven't gone any further. Numeria is going to have to wait some more cause of Iron Gods. But I am okay with waiting on that.

We also haven't talked about other awesome ideas, such as special places that are covered in Distant Worlds, and Mythic Realms. Heck, Paizo, hasn't really gotten deep in Mythic as I had hope. It would be nice to create some new Mythic good stuff and have more fun with the system presented. Also, with Inner Sea Gods coming out, perhaps we should do a "Religious Lore" book that compliments Gods and Magic as well as Inner Sea Gods.

There are options. Regardless, I will support Wayfinder and write because I love it. But feel free to consider these ideas if not for 12, perhaps for 13 and other future Wayfinders.

Thanks for listening again. :)

The trick is not to look at this solely based on the shared environment, as was earlier stated. While the two regions may share a similar environment, the cultures are vastly different.

It's a difference of Emperors and "God Kings", a difference of an Empire that is still looking to grow and conquer and an Empire that is still rebuilding after having thrown off the other Empire's rule for the last 3000 years, a difference of a land of tales and known fact and a land of lost history and ancient secrets.

Heck, Osirion has the remnants of a Spawn of Rovagug sitting in the middle of a city! Not to mention a secret Cult of Rovagug above a sealed entry to the Darklands!

It really should not be looked at as "another desert issue" but as a "another cultural/society issue" ... different people, different cultures, different tales and different views of the world.

Just my 2cp (and my Anthropology degree taking hold of my keystrokes ;) ).

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Paris Crenshaw wrote:
While Wayfinder is about giving fans a chance to build on canon and lore, we are also sensitive to the fact that we fans can easily take an element in a direction that is different from what Paizo intends. To the extent possible, we'd like to avoid situations where a writer develops something for Wayfinder on a topic that Paizo later develops in a different direction.

*cough*Wayfinder 2 - Gunslinger Prestige Class*cough* ;)

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Gonna beat StrangePackage to the draw this week ...

What's going on this weekend, you may be asking yourself. Or maybe not. Maybe you are one of the folks who has already signed up for a game or two on Warhorn for this weekend. If you have, good for you. If you have not, what the heck are you waiting for?

In order to entice you to sign up, here's what you could be missing if you do not sign up ...

Friday February 28, 2014
12:30pm-4:30pm
Shadow's Last Stand, Part 1: At Shadow's Door - This season two scenario for tier 1-7 has the PCs going all SWAT like. Well, maybe not to that extreme. But there are hostages involved, including a Venture Captain. This is the first of a two part story arc.

5:30pm-9:30pm
Tide of Twilight - This season three scenario is for tier 1-5. Druidic lorestones, beastmen and EVIL FREAKING DRUIDS, what more could you ask for? Be forewarned, this scenario was responsible for the first TPK I ever GMed in PFS.

The Veteran's Vault - This season four scenario is for tier 1-5. Help retrieve a special item from a secret stash for a retired Pathfinder. Simple, yes? No, not so much.

Saturday March 1, 2014
12:30pm-4:30pm
The Frozen Fingers of Midnight - This season zero scenario for tier 1-5 is actually quite the favorite around here it seems. I even burned a GM star to replay it recently. So there's an Ulfen warrior and he's cold. Like really cold. Cold enough to bother an Ulfen. Yeah, that cold. Can you find the means to bring a little warmth into his life?

King Xeros of Old Azlant - Another season zero scenario, though this time for tier 7-11. A crystal ship sails into Absalom harbor ... hmmm, did Jim Morrison foresee this scenario ... anyway, time to explore a ghost ship, Pathfinders.

The Citadel of Flame - This season one scenario for tier 1-5 has the PCs exploring a ruin in the deserts of Qadira. Ruins that belonged to a cult that preached self-sacrifice through self-immolation. You're not carrying anything flammable, are you?

Before the Dawn, Part 1: The Bloodcove Disguise - This season two scenario for tier 1-7 is the first in a two scenario story arc. Make contact and gather supplies in an Aspis Consortium controlled town to help rescue a Society archeological mission that is operating nearby. Can you succeed and rescue your fellow Pathfinders, or will your actions alert the Consortium and doom you all?

5:30pm-9:30pm
Perils of the Pirate Pact - This season zero scenario is for tier 1-7. The Society lends aid to a pirate ... in the River Kingdoms ... no no, nothing could possibly go wrong with this. Brigands and Pirates and Spiders, oh my!

The Jester's Fraud - This season one scenario is for tier 5-9. A quick trip to estimate the value of some minor papers of historical note leads to a little bit more than the Society counted on ... OK, a lot more.

The Refuge of Time - This season four scenario for tier 7-11 is a race for a dangerous artifact. Who are you racing? What is the artifact? What powers does it hold? What do you mean all of Varisia could be in jeopardy? Will there be pie? These questions and more will most likely be answered as the PCs make their way to the ... oh you almost got me to spill the beans! You won't get the answers that easily, but I will say there will be no pie.

The Night March of Kalkamedes - Another season four scenario, this time for tier 1-5. You are tasked with watching over Kalkamedes, a fellow Pathfinder and somnambulist extraordinaire ... that means an amazingly skilled sleep walker if you did not know ... but you probably did. Sounds simply enough, right? I mentioned he was a really good sleep walker, right? This scenario actually ranks in my personal top ten for both GMing and playing.

So, there you have it. That's what's going on. What are you waiting for? Go sign up!

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:(

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James Jacobs wrote:


Cosmo doesn't wear clown makeup or big shoes or drive a tiny car or eat babies.

That you know of, James. That you know of.

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It is a classification of items that can be found in the item tables in ultimate equipment as well as in the PRD listings under ultimate equipment.

EDIT: to expand a bit since I am no longer typing on my phone, you can find the PRD here.

And example of least minor, lesser minor, greater minor, lesser medium, greater medium, lesser major and greater major items can be seen in the Slotless Wondrous Item tables.

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A shout out to Nick Russell for the Ships of the Inner Deserts article and Alex "Canada Guy" Moore for designing the board and pieces for the Of Chance and Skill Menawerh Aletajer: The Merchant's Gambit. Excellent work guys and much appreciated. :)

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<dons his author hat>
I was pretty freaking psyched when Wolfgang mentioned the desert ships article in the foreword. :)

And I'm with you Bardess, I can hardly wait to see what folks think of Ships of the Inner Deserts and the board game. :)

<switches out for his PFU hat>

and, of course, this leads to the first call of:

Please review this issue folks. Everyone who was involved in making it what it is would love to know what you thought and a review is a great way to do so. The authors, artists, editors, layout folks and various muses for all those involved would love to hear what you have to say. :)

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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:

w00t!

Edit: I've just started skimming it, and the art and articles are very impressive. I know the SuperStar contestants get the buzz—and rightly so—but there are a ton of amazingly talented people contributing to this (not to mention all the editors, Dain and Garrett on layouts/design, and Tim & Paris somehow managing to herd all the cats). Good job everyone, and I hope the 3PPs are paying attention to all this talent!

FIFY. :)

Seriously, Garrett really did a great job and we'd have been really hard pressed to get this out by the time we did without his help. :)

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Mythic Evil Lincoln wrote:

Ah, the Paizo messageboard ecosystem in all its splendor.

Fawtls are like mushrooms, breaking down dead material into humus.

Mmmmmmm ... hummus ... oh wait ;p

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Or you kill the pally ... that would overcome the smite. ;)

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Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
zylphryx wrote:
Resonant Tines
Over word count.

nope ... 299 words as per the Paizo submission tool. Was not kicked from the voting and made it to the top 100, so I trust their word count tool.

Got any feedback on the item mechanics?

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Check out the chronicler forums:

http://www.pathfinderchroniclerforums.net/

This would be where all the peer editing would take place.

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Christopher Anthony wrote:
Robot Chris: oh, I know a pizza straight from the bowels of the horse lich himself

Now that's a sad pizza ...

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nope nope, too late. ;)

We'll keep an eye out for word from Paris, Snorter. :)

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Thank the gods, I have started getting some nice items again. I thought I would be in the land of missing construction requirements until I crashed for the night.

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well that one's pretty neat ... up voted

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Gotta love those "and any other effects the GM feels appropriate" items ... wait, did I say love? I meant WTF?!?!?!

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looks like someone needed a raise dead but was missing just one small thing ...

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thunderspirit wrote:
WHY IS YOUR ITEM YELLING AT ME?!?

BECAUSE YOU'RE VOTING AGAINST IT!! ;)

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A save is required ... no, I don't know what kind of save ... no I don't know what the DC is ... just roll your dice.

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it is "Slot none" ... not "Slot -" ... not "Slot slotless" ... not "Slot " ...

EDIT: ninja'd by mamaursula by 38 seconds ... <shakes fist>

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Late start on the voting this year (I was gaming yesterday ... great start to the New Year :) ).

So far:

Alchemical item (not magic by description ... but has construction requirements indicating it is ... oh the confusion)

Bad pun named item (which I had to vote for as it was mechanically better than the alternative)

Unclear function item (seriously, I think I understand what they wanted it to do, but there were mechanical holes which could not be ignored and the writing was just not clear)

Bad formatting item

"I had a bad experience with Creature X so I am going to create an item and a new rule to deal with them" item

.......

Nothing really Superstar yet, but a couple decent items.

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OK folks, what are we seeing as the meme items of this year so far?

Last year we had a variety of item types as well as descriptive terms that seemed to pop up again ... and again ... and again ... and maddeningly again ...

For this year, I can knot come up with any yet. ;)

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Boo ... tell him to go for the eyes ...

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Um ... as far as I know, none of the three sold info. It was merely released.

If I missed something in the Manning, Snowden or Franklin cases, please point it out, but as far as I can tell, using your criteria, they were all protecting freedom.


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wait ... if I was a [redacted redacted], wouldn't that just make me a [redacted]?

Scabs unite! We will overthrow the ... wait a minute ...


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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

[Slaps Dicey, sets up a picket line around the thread, and yells at Mama Kelsey and Baby Drejk]

Hey, you [redacted redacted], we're on [redacted] strike here!

Oooh ... a work opportunity!!!

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Adam Daigle wrote:

Jerks get a universal –2 to all attack rolls, saving throws, skill checks, and ability checks until we're back in the office.

Sorry, that's the rules.

would this be holidays only or ... y'all's office hours are what? 9am-5pm M-F PT? ;)

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OK JMD031 here you go ...

<rant>
So here we are 2 days before Christmas and I can hardly wait for it to be [redacted] over. Not because I hate Christmas ... I honestly think the fact fact there are so many holidays in and around this time of year, both religious and secular, to be an emphasis as to how important it is to take time to celebrate/spend time with one's family and friends/reflect on the past year (or more)/allow our charitable sides to show through/reconnect with our spiritual side/etc.

No, I can hardly wait for this [redacted] time to be over and [redacted] done with so I can finally escape all the cloying and purely annoying [REDACTED] that is associated with it!

[Redacted] inflatable Santa's and Polar Bears sitting 6'+ tall in my neighbor's yard since THANKS-[REDACTED]-GIVING.

That [redacted] radio station that started playing Christmas songs after [REDACTED] HALLOWEEN!!!!!

Advertisements for all sorts of [redacted] that no one really needs. With special pricing for the ever increasing number of "holiday specific" shopping days ... Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday ... how about a "Go Buy More [Redacted] Wednesday"? I actually heard a marketing rep say that Labor Day is the new Black Friday ... WHAT THE [REDACTED]?!?!

I thoroughly expect all the other [redacted] to follow this apparent move so that we're all hearing Jingle [Redacted] Bells on the radio non-stop from the end of summer on through the end of the year, watching 24 hours of a [Redacted] Christmas Story every 24 hours for 3 months, having [redacted] animatronic reindeer and other [redacted] lawn decorations scattered throughout our neighborhoods for the better part of the year because IT ALL FOLLOWS THE [REDACTED] MONEY!

You know what doesn't? The things this time of year really should be about. Being kind to one another. Making time for family and friends. Opening our hearts to help those who need it. Sure, folks get nice right around Christmas, but [redacted] you if you have the last [redacted] piece of commercially popular [redacted] in the store sitting in your cart instead of theirs. Peace of earth and good will towards all? Yeah, [redacted] right.
</rant>

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Why nothing ... nothing at all ...

EXCEPT THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY GAME FOR THE ASHEVILLE PATHFINDER LODGE!!!!

Yep, on Saturday Dec 21st from 300pm-1000pm we will be running a single session of 6 tables of Year of the Shadow Lodge, the season 2 special for characters level 1-12+!

Oh yes, it will be synchronized mayhem and it will be GRAND! And I heard rumors of cake and an unrevealed surprise!!!

For the usual rundown, here's the details:

Friday Dec 20
530pm-930pm
Quest for Perfection, Part 1: The Edge of Heaven - This season 3 scenario for level 1-5 has the PCs in the distant land of Tian Xia in search of an Iroran artifact. This is the first of three scenarios.

Saturday Dec 21
300pm-1000pm
Year of the Shadow Lodge - The season 2 special! An artifact is brought to Absalom, the Society throws a party, the artifact goes missing, chaos and entertaining synchronized game play ensues! There are only a few seats left for the special (1 seat open for a level 3-4 PC and 2 seats for level 10-11 PCs).

As usual, all signup should go through the APL Warhorn site.

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The more this debate goes on, the more I am realizing that common sense will apparently not be used by folks regarding it.

And since it took an actual rule to be written out to make clear what should have been common sense to everyone, perhaps PFS campaign leadership should set pen to paper to expand the "don't be a jerk rule" to include all possible examples, like using terms you know could cause offense at a public game table.

Once that task is complete, I fully expect scenario production to resume in 2018. ;)

I'm done with this debate. Just know you should expect table variation if you use Profession (murderhobo) and have fun giving PFS leadership more work to do. ;p

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MrSin wrote:
zylphryx wrote:
there's also the middle ground, MrSin. "Use common sense."

Fantastic! Then I can use the term murderhobo. Wait, what? your telling me people disagree with me? Wierdos. Common sense is supposed to be common, so start agreeing with me!

Edit: Common Sense says the term isn't really offensive imo. Its not a derogatory racial term or something similar. Its not even meant to be offensive to gamers! More like a humorous look at the life of an adventurer.

Common sense would dictate that if there is the potential for offense to be taken, then you do not continue with the action.

Kinda like the "don't be a jerk" rule should be common sense ...

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there's also the middle ground, MrSin. "Use common sense."

If this is a home game PC, or a PFS character that will be used for private games, sure, go for it. Just don't break it out at public games and then get offended when you get denied the use of the skill for your day job roll or get hit with an alignment infraction if the GM warns you that will be the consequence for using the skill.

EDIT: If folks decide not to exercise common sense, then it becomes the job of campaign leadership to step in, treat the entirety of PFS players like little children and have to dictate what should have been common sense in the first place which will result in a loss of work hours that could have been used to, oh I don't know, work on the next scenario, put together some great boons, give some extra value to the game, etc.

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The Beard wrote:
PFS players don't go from table to table concerned that one GM might outlaw their build, being as GMs in PFS don't have the authority to make a decision like that.

GMs do, however, have the authority to disallow things not spelled out in the rules, especially those things which could cause offense. As the term has clearly shown it can cause offense within this thread, this has given any GM a solid foundation for disallowing its use.

The Beard wrote:
You could, however, be asked to leave their table. There are all kinds of rules and guidelines to help govern the behaviors of players and GMs alike, one of which being that GMs are not allowed to refuse a legal option. If, as has been implied by some people earlier in this post, made up professions are PFS legal, then a GM would indeed not have authority to deny it. Obviously every GM will have a different outlook on things, but if it's legal, it's legal.

Profession (stalker) is not specifically listed as a non valid choice, should that be allowed? Sure, it could be a description of a legitimate hunter that uses stealth to sneak up on their prey so they can deliver it to the market to raise revenue for their day job. Do you think folks who take offense at the profession are being ridiculous in their stance?

Just because something can be done does not mean it should be done.

If there is a good chance that someone at the table will take offense, then to follow through with the course of action anyway is a violation of Wheaton's Law. PFS management has many more important things to do than to spend time on making an official ruling on this when it should be a matter of common sense.

The Beard wrote:
And honestly? Some people are just too easily offended. Nobody would get anywhere if they always walked on eggshells for the sake of those with particularly thin skin. The game is meant to be fun, and it won't be fun if you're constantly terrified of offending the guy with no sense of humor. There is a big difference between TRYING to offend people and writing Profession: Murderhobo on a sheet. If someone gets offended by two words and some punctuation, whose fault is that?

Um, you did read what The Morphling said, right?

The Morphlin wrote:
The vehement negative reactions in this thread have transformed Profession (Murderhobo) from a silly example of custom professions to something I legitimately can't wait to see people react to at a table.

that sure sounds like someone TRYING to offend people ...

As to someone "getting offended at two words and some punctuation", you sure as hell have no clue as to the power of words. If those "two words and punctuation" were racial epitaphs, would you hold the same position? I'm not saying racism and the term "murderhobo" are on the same level of offense (or even anywhere near one another), but at this point you are arguing absolutes, which does little to be constructive. When one argues absolutes, extreme examples can show how ridiculous the absolute stance really is.

The bottom line is that some folks will be offended, and some will be strongly offended by the term "murderhobo". As such, it would seem the compassionate/responsible/reasonable thing to do (that also would be the "don't give the PFS organizers more to do than they need to do just because you want to have a go with something that you know will potentially cause offense" thing to do) would be to not use the euphemism and list instead what your definition of the euphemism is (i.e. - "adventurer", "mercenary", etc.).

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Y'all see the smurf hanging out of the spaceship with the really big gun? Now I'm not saying you weren't easy to find. It was kinda out of our way, and he didn't want to come in the first place. Smurf's lookin' to kill some smurfs. So really it's his will y'all should worry about thwarting ... Gotta say, doctor, your talent for alienatin' smurfs is near miraculous.

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Yeah, I remember B1 ... the fill in the blank module. First time I populated it, it made no sense (but I was 9 or 10 at the time). Later it evolved into a more logical progression.

That said, B2: Keep on the Borderlands still has a nostalgic allure after all these years (and yes, there are goblins, bandits and an owlbear all within earshot of one another. ;) ).

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I must admit, I find it humorous that all the smurfs who are questioning the necromancy are grouchy smurf ...

EDIT: Hmmm ... perhaps that smurf is an omen of much more smurfing to come ...

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Well, sure, if you want to get all fancy.

<grognard curmudgeon>Back in my day we didn't have these new fangled plot lines. We had an orc in a 10' room and we liked it. The next room had bandits, followed by an owlbear and then some goblins. Weren't none of your highfalutin' "logical layout" or "dungeon ecology" nonsense ... they was monsters pure and simple ... in 10' rooms.</grognard curmudeon>

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Liz Courts wrote:
I'm very, very, very happy that Wayfinder was mentioned in this thread. ^_^

Multiple times no less. :)

Your baby has grown, Liz. ;)

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jemstone wrote:
Muad'Dib wrote:
jemstone wrote:

I actually wrote an essay about this very sort of thing over on my world-building blog (doing a Q&A for this Sunday if y'all want to get in on that).

Thank you for sharing, that was a good read.

-MD

Why thank you! Honest truth: I'll take any opportunity to talk about Catal Huyuk. ;)

(I also figured the essay was pertinent to the thread, glad to know someone liked it!)

Good article ... yes I knew about Catal Huyuk (thank you Anthropology degree ;) ). I'll have to dig into the site (your site that is ... I'm not planning on heading to Turkey anytime soon) more when I have more than the moment.

As to the OP, I find more information is better, but you don't need ALL the information. That is, current situations for PC points of origin, recent history for the same and maybe a general overview for major events that would be considered common knowledge would suffice.

After all, if the PCs are all starting in the same village, then you should know what is currently going on, what has happened in the recent past and the big events from before your time (as in stories are still told about them at the tavern or whatever).

If the PCs come from all over the place, then they would have current info for the starting location, recent history from their point of origin and a general overview of major events from their point of origin and maybe from the campaign starting point.

People, after all are not blank slates, but we are not efficient storage mediums for vast amounts of information either. PCs should be similar.

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