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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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zylphryx wrote:

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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I have thankfully not had a migraine in almost a year. Not sure exactly what the trigger is for them (though I do know stress was a big factor from my old job ~8 years ago when I would get them on a regular basis).

The last migraine I had came with a new onset symptom. I actually saw a scintillating scotoma ... freaked the hell out of me at first (thought my toying around with various substances back in the day was making a comeback). It lasted about 15 minutes, saw the most vivid colors in a 3/4 arc running along the border of my vision (focused on the left eye, as when I closed that eye the effect lessened). Once it ended, the migraine kicked in, though was somewhat muted from what I had normally experienced (but it still sucked ... had to turn off the lights from the light sensitivity, the mini psychopath with that freaking icepick was poking the backside of my eyes, and the nausea was still present, though not as intense as normal).

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So in order to get back in shape (and for other medical reasons), I have radically altered my diet and started exercising regularly. So far about 35 pounds down (and I have boosted my calorie intake to maintain this weight for a bit so as to not have a ton of loose skin to deal with).

The weight loss is all well and good, but with the weight drop, I have found that there are a couple of seated positions that I had previously found to be comfortable that now cause my legs to fall asleep (one or the other, depending on the position, not both).

The pins and needles are driving me freaking nuts!!

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You can always make the reservation (there is no deposit required) and cancel it if the Con rate is better.

I just reserved a double queen room in the tower for $98/night using the AAA discount ... If memory serves the Convention Rate for 2015 was arounf $114/night.

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KC, who exactly are your lawyers?

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Got another couple of months before I can grab my airline ticket ... flying from the east coast isn't cheap. But once secured I will also grab up my room. :)

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I enjoy PF. There are a good number of issues with the system, as there are with any system, but overall I have a good time playing the game.

That said, the ever increasing rule set is getting rather cumbersome. While this is not an issue for home games (where most folks I play with look at the rules as a set of guidelines ... with the occasional quick rules debate), it is certainly becoming an issue for PFS, at least from my point of view. The errata which result in requiring character rebuilds, the ever growing list of PC classes and archetypes, and the ever expanding FAQs are making it more burdensome to run PFS for folks who GM.

Does this mean I will stop playing? Nope. When I play or GM I enjoy myself, primarily due to the folks I play with. Occasionally I will end up at a table with a lackluster GM or a jerk who has his or her PC act like a jerk "because it's what my character would do", but those instances are thankfully few and far between. Couple that with the fact that the folks I play the home games with are also willing to pick up a game of Shadowrun, Star Wars, WoD, etc etc etc and if there is an increase in a burnout level it can be countered easily.

At least that is where it stands now. Ask again in a year or two and we'll see how the weigh of the rules looks at that point.

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You know, I had been a strong nay sayer re: HeroLab for ages. There were issues with bad data in the past and folks would use it without double checking the settings they were using. BUT, over the last two years I have come to appreciate it greatly. I don't use it to run my PCs off of (save for one), but I do use it to stat out NPCs and encounters for home games. Saves me a LOT of time on that front. Is it expensive? Yeah, it can be. But you also have to look at how valuable your time is. Would you prefer to hash out all your NPCs by hand or have extra time to do additional adventure design for your players? At this point, I figure it has saved me enough time to have covered it's cost.

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It may not be a lost cause, but unless you intend for the campaign you are running to continue on for at least three years, don;t count on anything to appear that fits that bill. It takes time to develop products and I believe Paizo maps out their product schedule for the larger books about three years out (though I could be mistaken).

Even then, the chances of it being on the radar of any publisher is not overly high, so Brother Fen's suggestion of DIY with Hero Lab is not something you should dismiss out of hand.

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you probably won't get feedback from any legal staff from Paizo. Their job, after all, is to protect Paizo's legal interests, not everyone else's.

That said, I advise you check out the OGL (which you can find in any published Paizo product). Also check out the Community Use Policy on this site.

Also, aspects such as are you writing this for profit or for free distribution will have an impact on what you can and cannot do.

And, of course, when in doubt, contact your lawyer. They are paid to look out for your legal interests.

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In no particular order:

Seoni
Merisiel
Amiri
Seelah
Jirelle
Adowyn
Lini
Imrijka
Feiya
Lirianne
Alahazra

All that said, the main problem with dating any of the Iconics is the paper cuts ...

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