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Defoliant. In one campaign, I mentioned that we should pick up defoliant around 3rd level after having encountered several plant creatures. The other folks agreed ... and no one bought any. Fast forward 10 levels, numerous plant creature encounters, numerous mentions about buying defoliant, numerous failures to actually b any, and I finally bought several vials ... which remained unused through the rest of the campaign as we did not encounter any other plant critters.

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... arrows of XYZ slaying would actually KILL XYZ, not just do 50 points of damage. The concept of greater slaying XYZ arrows would have been so alien ... how are you going to kill it more?

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... We didn't have 3PP material ... and when we did it came from our imagination not from some company ... of course we also had no sense of "maintaining balance" ... we ran with some waaaaaay broken home rules.

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... we didn't have any of these fancy "Adventure Paths" or "modules". Our "adventure paths" and "modules" came straight out of our own brains! and they were usually pretty bad in retrospect

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... dwarf and elf were classes ... No, we're not sure why.

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Inspired by this thread. Should be a pretty self-explanatory game.

... our PCs didn't have any fancy skills and such; we just told the GM what our PCs were doing and we did it.

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If you're one of them and of a certain mindset, it's a badge of honor, distinguished them from the whippersnappers of today.

If you're not and of a certain different mindset, it's a dismissive and ageist term, painting the target as a hopeless old fogey, dreaming of his lost youth and shouting "get off my lawn".

I view it as my badge of honor that reads "gitoffamylawnyawhippersnappers" encircling a d20 that has obviously had the number filled in with crayon.

been playing since the original ODD, small box set ... still have most of the books from then still as well. for home games most of the folks I play with are grognards, though I also play PFS and have run several kids games over the last decade to bring the new generation of gamers to the tables.

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Thanks KC! Working on the page design for the upcoming Wayfinder right now. :)

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<sad illithid>

Liz, good luck in the wilds of Freelanceland. May your pens never dry, you paper never crease, your computer never fry, your offers never cease.

Hope to see you at whichever PaizoCon for which I manage to get back to Seattle.

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<looks around>
Where'd the kobold go? Is he hiding? Waiting to ambush all who enter the thread and assault them with a rain of compliments?

Sneaky kobolds ...

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Tacticslion wrote:

Hm... or maybe give it to someone who's goal is the eradication of SPC 682 with no other casualties... it should only take 100 or so indoctrinated volunteers/attempts...

... what could go wrong? >;)

SCP 682 can't die ... and good gods it leads to a massive tangle of SCP entries with all the ways they have tried to destroy it. I spent two hours of down time at work digging through it and did not get to the end. ;)

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"Red Sea Object" was a good read. Liked having to dig through multiple layers to get the full story (or as full as it gets). On to "Star Signals".

And agreed that it is a great source for inspiration, especially for a modern horror themed campaign.

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that's the one! Thanks!

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Not creepypasta ... or I don't think it is. I dug around in it for several days when I heard about it, had kind of a X-Files like feel to it, but with more of a horror theme.

Anyone have any ideas?

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James Jacobs wrote:
I absolutely LOVE the dwarf as a PC race. I love everything about them, from their scritchy beards to their love of axes and gold. Why, if I could not play a dwarf paladin in armor spike covered plate mail, my life would be incomplete.

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"You know, I was planning on hopping into this thread and begin trolling for the lulz, but then I realized that would make me look like such a gigantic ass that I thought better of it."

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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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Pat Luther wrote:
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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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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