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Template Fu that has got to be one of the most in depth reviews I have seen. Thank you for taking the time to put it together. :)

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I enjoyed pretty much all incarnations of Star Trek and I have to say I did enjoy this one as well. While it is a bit more of an action film, it is not a high paced action film.

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The exceptions being the assault on the Enterprise, arguably the motocross bit, and the attack on the station. The pacing worked pretty well in those segments though, so no complaints.

I found the Bones/Spock dialogue was particularly entertaining.

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Aberzombie wrote:
Blah Blah...fairies...blah blah...the giant...blah blah....the midget......blah blah....everybody dies.

So concise ... It's like poetry.

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Do goblins have elections? If so, are they anything like the debacle the USA is currently experiencing? If not, would they be?

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Yeah, I would really like to see more in this storyline.

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And you are right that the sequence would make her sealing the gate odd, unless Will is now a key of sorts for getting from one side to the other. Or it could be that El banished herself to the upsidedown to simply block the gug from being able to use the rift, though it did seem to be able to pop out wherever it desired when it caught scent of blood, so not sure how that would work exactly. Of course this could all be addressed in a second season. ;)

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Great show. Just finished the binge. ;) And yes, I agree Shinhakkaider's description is pretty well spot on. :)

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El did not really sacrifice herself in the "died for everyone" sense. She is back in the "upside down" and, I assume, sealed the gate by doing so. Otherwise why would the chief leave eggos in a drop spot?

I am really hoping this is not a "one season and done" thing. I can see one of two routes for the series.

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1) It will kick in an expanded "invasion" type scenario (the bit Will coughed up that went down the drain is on the "upside" rather than the "upside down" side, so who knows what that will do), Will will become able to hop between dimensions, and the story could be bringing El back (she is getting regular Eggos, after all) to help fight off the new threat.

2) The series will be a story-a-season concept, similar to American Horror Story.

Either would be good with me. This really was a top notch production (not to mention being able to relate to kids playing D&D in 1983 ... I was just a year or two older than the kids portrayed in the show then and had been playing for almost 6 years at that point).

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under slightly ovecast skies, the

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The main lesson you should pull from this debacle of a game is just because you can do something does not mean you should do something. Flooding the table with summons (and let's not quibble over semantics, summon, call, etc are still the same basic thing with variation on what the critter can do), to the point your controlled units out number the entire party falls squarely in the should not do category.

You cannot win the game. And even if it were possible to "win", you sure as hell would not be able to do so by pissing off the rest of the players.

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The main thing I am curious about is how many folks profited on this by shorting the markets/currency exchanges. Perhaps it is the conspiracy theorist in me, but I can see this being little more than a plan to pull wealth from convincing people through jingoism and spin to do something that will inevitably be bad for them.

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Lemmy wrote:
Besides, is "witch" even considered a slur? It's an offense, of course, but I don't think it's "heavy" enough to be considered a slur... It's not like the OP called them "the C word".

Crone? ;)

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<cough>reviews please when you get a chance.<cough>

And I think I have broken my record for speed in asking for reviews when folks have read through the issue with this post. :)

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You know, I've thought about picking up a hand crank radio for a while. Should definitely look into that. Any recommendation as far as brand goes?

Oh, and the power came back on around 330am. I know this because I got the requested phone call at that time ... Did not think about calling back to cancel it before I crashed for the first time last night.

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I always assumed the int bonus from a boosted int just applied to your spells per day, not gaining additional first level spells. But that could very well come from house rule land.

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And just checked the outage site ... Estimated time for power to be restored is in about 6 more hours ... I think I am heading home to get some sleep.

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Devils are not promoted, they usurp power from their prior superiors in an orderly and legal coup.

Not that I speak from experience or anything. ;)

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So I drove around and could not see a cause, though I did see a power company truck (and the guy said it would be another 3-4 hours ... Argh!). So I am now at a bar grabbing a drink and a bite.

I guess it does not count as going to a bat solo if you know the bartender, right? ;)

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First I have to say I wish I were there with y'all. Those of you who I normally hang out with while at PaizoCon in years past, please raise a glass at some point this weekend in hopes I will be able to join you all next year.

And to all attendees, remember these rules and you will all have a blast:
1. Meet new folks. Chances are you have a fair amount in common (you are at a gaming convention after all, so you know you have one thing in common at least).
2. Stay hydrated and eat well. Common sense, but well worth reminding yourself over the next several days.
3. Keep clean. Yep, good hygiene is your friend, and everyone else's as well.
4. Get enough sleep. I know the temptation to pull multiple all nighters at gaming conventions (and have done so), but be sure to get some rest. It will only improve your experience.
5. And most importantly ... Have fun, roll dice. :)

Have a great time folks and I hope to be once again joining in on the festivities in 2017.

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Forgot about the grue threat, but I do have matches, so I should be OK.

Will probably pick up a battery powered laters tomorrow (only place open right now with that kind of thing would be Walmart).

It is too early to sleep (and getting warm inside as well since the ceiling fans are just sitting there not spinning).

Might hop in the car and drive the area to see if I can spot the cause of this outage (most likely someone hopped a curb and hit a relay box or some such).

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So I was kicking back watching Netflix and the power in my neighborhood went out (and man does my neighborhood go dark).

Can't really read (no decent light ... And I will not light a dozen candles to perhaps be able to do so), the cellphone has an 80% charge, so I should be good for Internet for a bit (but don't want to eat through all my data in one evening, so Netflix is out). It is still relatively early so I suppose I could go out for and hour or so, but was not really planning to do it and hate to hit a bar solo anyway.

So I am posting to Paizo and wondering what other folks do when the world has gone dark.

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Iammars wrote:
Man, I wish I was able to go to Paizocon now...

I hear ya, man do I hear ya.

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One more excellent TV theme song from the last handful of years:
Terriers

Great but short lived series, with the best fitting cliff hanger ending to a single season series ever.

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::snarky burn to the OP, followed by double burn, followed by self immolation.::

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Hunt, the PugWumpus wrote:

{sings (badly):} ♪ ♫

Once upon a rhyme
I was wordsmything with love
But now my grammar's all falling apart
Too much time Tweeting caused
A total ellipse .... ♩ ♬

Fixed it for you.

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Ed Reppert wrote:

A point regarding alignment: A good character will not steal. A neutral or evil character will not steal from the party he's in, because doing so is not in his best interests. Unless he's planning on leaving the party immediately.

OTOH, a kleptomaniac can't help himself, whatever his alignment. :-)

Chaotic good gets equated with Robin Hood ... I believe there was theft involved in the Robin Hood tales. ;)

Alignment really does not apply, nor should it. What does apply is what the players and GM are comfortable with re: play style. If players are fine with PCs having light fingers, that's fine, as long as it is understood OOC that it will be occurring and IC it is handled appropriately. Two of the groups I play with have no issue with it, but we also don't let it get out of hand. Two other groups prefer to avoid the potential issues. End result is all groups are a blast to play with due to clear communication of player expectations of what will be acceptable within the group.

Bottom line is any gaming group should make clear among all participants the expectations of player and PC behavior. Failure to do so will inevitably lead to conflict that will either be overcome or lead to one or more folks leaving the group.

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Saethori wrote:

I carry my Bag of Holding safely tucked into my Portable Hole. That way, nobody can go and steal it.

Now if only I can find where I put it... I swear I had it here just a moment ago.

Might want to check the rift leading to the Astral plane ...

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Wow, either us folks in NC are quick to post or we are just some folks that love gaming. Now if we can just get those <explitive deleted> jackasses out of our state government ...

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I just thought of this freaking tread for some reason. Losing again.

And what does psycoticalogical mean?

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APs, modules, PFS scenarios are all great sources if you are just wanting to be able to pull out individual encounters or even series of encounters. That said, the no magic aspect will need some encounters outright. For clarification, does it also mean no outsiders or other creatures with spell like abilities (and what about supernatural abilities)? If so, designing an encounter that will be challenging to the PCs will have a more limited selection of critters to choose from.

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No real goal in mind, just some fiction riffs so far (that being a 15 minute writing freestyle based off an image as a catalyst).

A little backstory. I have several domains that I have not been doing anything with and figured what the hell, I will put one of them to use. The site itself is basic (there is still plenty of functionality and design work I want to put into place), but instead of waiting for the site to be "perfect" (including figuring out what in the heck I want it to ultimately look like) before putting anything up, I decided this week to go ahead and start doing a riff a day to get into the habit of daily writing.

So, if anyone has a few minutes to spare (or waste, I make no guarantees as to how you will feel if you check it out), you can delve into the riffs at visionsofamadman.com. I welcome any feedback folks may want to give (and I may or may not respond to comments, but I will read them all).

If you check it out, thanks. If not, well, then, thanks? I guess? ;)

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Eleventy billion dollars ... Or maybe a bit less.

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It's looking more likely that I will not be breaking the attend-two-years-miss-one-year pattern. My former position was eliminated back in November and freelance work has been slow on the uptick. Unless something dramatically changes in the next two months, I will be missing this year. :(

But I will be holding onto my room reservation until the last minute in hopes for the dramatic to occur.

Aw, man, that sucks. Sorry to hear that.

Life aboard Babe^H^H^H^H Saffron just won't be the same without Ty.

Janella needs someone else along to shoot at things. (Maybe not hit anything, but at least you keep 'em busy :P )

LOL, yeah, I am going to miss that game big time if I don't make it out. Keep the crew intact. It may be that Ty is off visiting family and will return with a mighty fine hat. ;)

And while Ty may not be able to hit the broad side of a person with that BDG he's got, when it comes to hitting cables and the like, he's spot on ... at least in the end. ;)

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It's looking more likely that I will not be breaking the attend-two-years-miss-one-year pattern. My former position was eliminated back in November and freelance work has been slow on the uptick. Unless something dramatically changes in the next two months, I will be missing this year. :(

But I will be holding onto my room reservation until the last minute in hopes for the dramatic to occur.

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MACE West 2016 PFS GMs!

Yep, we're looking for GMs for MACE West 2016. MACE West will be in Asheville, NC, from March 18-20, 2016. Game slots are Friday 2pm and 8pm, Saturday 8am, 2pm and 8pm, and Sunday 9am (which will be predominantly modules running up to 5:30pm/5:45pm). Gms committing to run 3 tables or 1 table and 1 module (requires Sunday attendance) will get free entry to the convention.

If you are interested in GMing, please email dain@ashevillepathfindersociety.com to get more info and to grab your tables!

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help wanted ad wrote:
Currency futures trader. Looking for someone to fill a recently vacated position. Knowledge of currency markets not required. Looking for a team player who does as they are instructed. Strong patsy tendencies a plus.

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It sounds like some folks are assuming the other PCs knew which spell the caster was casting. As they were discussing tactics, it could very well have been the wizard casting mage armor upon himself rather than an offensive spell.

Since the PC simply declared what he was doing while others were discussing tactics (and from the description, he said "my character is doing this" without notifying the rest of the group beforehand rather than "hey guys, what if I cast stinking cloud on the enemies?" or "hey guys, I'm going to cast stinking cloud"), I would, and have, ruled that such actions would catch the other PCs off guard. Anyone with Spellcraft can attempt the check and if successful can take their standard or move action after the wizard acts in the surprise round.

But again, this is how I run my tables. Other GMs may run it so the entire party has the surprise round (though I don;t see the logic and runs with an assumption that all PCs know exactly what the others are up to at any given moment ... which kills some really good roleplay and plot twist potential).

Bottom line, as Kolyarut said, table variation is to be expected

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On behalf of the folks who put his wonderful magazine together (that would be the folks who make up the Wayfinder staff and volunteers as well as all the artists and authors without whom we would have a very short magazine), quite welcome. :)

Seriously though, many thanks to everyone who submitted material to this issue. There is some really good stuff between these covers. And many thanks to the editors/proofreaders (because editing and proofreading are not a strong portion of my skill set). Also to Garrett who helps shoulder the layout load in a serious way. And Tim and Paris, because, you know, you guys rock.

And if you download this, please take a moment to review it after you have taken in all this free goodness. Let the folks who created this material know how much you liked it.

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39. Bedroll = quasit snare (and later Swiss Army Blanket). True story. PCs were being given all sorts of grief by a flying quasit. In a moment of desperation, one of the PCs pulled out their bedroll and attempted a jumping grapple check ... with a natural 20. Once entangled within the bedroll, the grappling PC kept maintaining the grapple while the rest of the party proceeded to pummel the quasit into quasit paste (albeit slowly due to DR and Fast Healing). That bedroll was retired immediately after but was the beginning of bedrolls being used for a variety of purposes through much of the rest of the campaign.

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Been to 5 Paizocons since 2009 ... enjoyed each and every one of them.

I fly in from the east coast, so my cost estimates are going to be higher than some.

PaizoCon 2015:
Flight ~$750 (expect this to bump up this year a good bit ... am seriously thinking of flying first to avoid the godifeellikeasardine syndrome that comes with flying across country usually)
Hotel ~$375 (Wed night through Tuesday morning ... and I had a roommate)
Food ~$300 (but I did eat well)
Store/Sightseeing ~$300
Other stuff ~$700 (of course, the bulk of this was kennel costs for 4 dogs)

All that said, I allocate ~$2500 on average for PaizoCon these days (but 2016 may be over $3000 depending on what I decide on flight wise ... and I am staying an extra couple of days more than the first few times I attended as well).

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Multitasking FTW!

And I have to use "snapoutta" as a sound effect next time I make a Will save ...

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PM Sent.

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PM senti

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Yes, yes you may. :)

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Your Grand Magnanimousness, I bring unto thee, warrior.com ... though their garb be strange and their weapons odd, their battles are said to be most entertaining ...

I hereby summon you, next poster, to bring unto me an effervescent beverage. Chilled, but not cold, you dog!

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thanks for the link Gisher.

That does raise an interesting item as well. The vestigial arm discovery specifically calls out using the hand to wield a weapon as part of TWF ... the tentacle does not contain that language, which would lead one to believe that you cannot wield a weapon in the tentacle.

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sure sure, just post to show off that shiny fifth star ... ;)

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Throw natural attacks in. Say you have a claw, claw, bite set of natural attacks. Would you be able to get a full iterative with armor spikes then get all three natural attacks?

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Congrats James Becker, VC for Asheville, NC!

Now run those 5 star specials man!!!! ;)

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anyone? anyone? Bueller?

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Ha ha! You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders - The most famous of which is "never get involved in a land war in Tian Xia" - but only slightly less well-known is this: "Never go in against a Varisian when death is on the line"! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha... <thud>

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OK, so here's the scenario, and I am looking for RAW here.

Assume you have an alchemist with a BAB of +11/+6/+1 who has a natural attack set of claw, claw, bite, gore and fast bombs. That alchemist can use their iterative to throw three bombs and then get a claw, bite, and gore attack in a full round.

Now throw in the tentacle discovery. Does this tentacled alchemist get the three bomb iterative plus claw, claw, bite, and gore (running with the assumption of the tentacle flinging the bombs) or do they get the same attack sequence as the first alchemist?

The reason this comes up is the wording for the tentacle discovery:

PRD wrote:
Tentacle (Ex): The alchemist gains a prehensile, arm-length tentacle on his body. The tentacle is fully under his control and cannot be concealed except with magic or bulky clothing. The tentacle does not give the alchemist any extra attacks or actions per round, though he can use it to make a tentacle attack (1d4 damage for a Medium alchemist, 1d3 damage for a Small one) with the grab ability. The tentacle can manipulate or hold items as well as the alchemist's original arms can (for example, allowing the alchemist to use one hand to wield a weapon, the tentacle to hold a potion, and the third hand to throw a bomb). Unlike an arm, the tentacle has no magic item slots.

Since the tentacle discovery specifies the following limitations:

  • it does not grant any extra attacks or actions per round
  • states a single specific attack that the tentacle can make
does this mean the alchemist with a tentacle is limited to the same attack iteration as the alchemist without a tentacle? Or is the additional claw attack not considered an extra attack since the alchemist is using a free appendage to make the iterative attack?

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