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Is the concept to never do any harm as in lethal force (in which case non-lethal becomes viable) or is it I will not strike at all? If it is the former, I could see a druid that changes into creatures with the grab ability, take the unarmed combat feat to be able to deal nonlethal with their natural attacks, and then proceed to grapple and subdue their opponents.

If it is the latter, then as long as their AC is not a pacifist as well, then they will be a buffer with an attack by proxy through their AC.

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It was that cryptographer's brain I was nibbling on that I credit with the solution. ;)

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If SilentServant gives the green light I will be happy to PM hints to those who become truly befuddled ... but you should give it a solid go first.

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Nice puzzle! :)

Email sent. :)

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Karlbob, just say " ooo, pick me!" You will not regret it. ;)

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Majuba wrote:

34 goblin brains, 5 orc brains left!

zylphryx wrote:
Oh, is it to early to put dibs in for next year?
Yes, no dibs before PaizoCon.

Ah well, I tried. Lisa will need to be quick with the dibs post after PaizoCon. ;)

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Oh, is it to early to put dibs in for next year? If not, I hereby put dibs in for Lisa Stevens to get the first goblin brain reservation for 2016 (why break tradition). ;)

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I believe Nitro Pro uses the "free for a limited time, but then you need to buy it" model. So you get 14 days of free trial and then either $7.99/month (for the cloud solution) or $159.99 (for the desktop app). And to be clear, it is more that just a reader app.

The Nitro reader app (Nitro Reader 3) is free, but I am unsure about it's ability to extract images.

EDIT: Yep, the free reader version allows for image extraction.

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watched the first 10 minutes and could not take any more. It looked like they cut a few seconds here and there as well that made the entire thing seem overly choppy ... like a bad edited for TV attempt.

DISCLAIMER: Of course, I was also not the biggest fan of Ep 1-3, so that may also play into it.

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Ooo ooo, I would love one! I missed PaizoCon last year (and as a result I did not get a Goblin Brain fix :( ... I'm jonesin' man!). ;)

EDIT: Dain "zylphryx" Nielsen arriving Wednesday evening
And your call on the brain type. :)

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Nitro is really nice (especially if you are wanting to extract maps for rescaling and printing), though it is paid software. Adobe Reader is a decent free solution.

And Claxon has the right of it. OSs don't have built in PDF readers, so if you dumped your old reader or had an older version that was not compatible with your new OS, that could be the root of your issue.

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Have a spellcaster with control summoned creature and a hefty Spellcraft check may make the party think twice about relying on powerful summoned creatures. Nothing worse than summoning a dire T Rex only to have it come charging back at you...

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I will be at the banquet, so not the best time for me, though I can duck out early (just want to see what the big reveal is for this year). As long as folks have no problem playing late night it should work.

Oh, and any rum requests?

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Pineapples are more insidious than you think. Most living things, you lop the top off, throw it aside, and that is that. Pineapples, you lop the top off, throw if aside, and IT GROWS INTO AN NEW PINEAPPLE PLANT ready to expand its nefarious, sweet, chock-full-of-pineapplely-goodness reach!

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oh I bet we'll be able to locate two more folks who want to be Big Damn Heroes. :)

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Also, I have to admit that salted caramel ice cream from one of the local ice cream shops is a bit of an addiction ... fortunately they are not near home or work, so I do not get to feed that addiction regularly. ;)

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Just got introduced to "Aztec Chocolate" recently ... Chocolate and chipotle pepper. Sweet with a slight bite.

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Oh I intend to check out as much of the museum as possible Daigle, as it is covering many facets of my geekery ... sci-fi/fantasy/space opera (Star Wars), music, horror ... if you do not spot me on site on Friday, send a search party to the EMP as I may have just gotten stuck in a state of Nerdvana. ;)

And Judy the film festival sounds like it could be pretty cool, thanks for bringing it up (I had no idea that there was a film fest going on as well as all the other geeky goodness) ... might have to check that out Monday night as a final escapade before heading back to the land of work and toil. ;)

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Mine all mine...don't touch wrote:
Chris Lambertz wrote:
zylphryx wrote:
Sounds good. Looks like tickets for the Star Wars exhibit are above and beyond the normal ticket and are time specific. I'll touch base via PM and we can hash out details. :)
It looks like the Star Wars tickets are combo tickets (which means they're a few dollars more than the normal ~$20 price) and allow you access to all exhibits. That said, they just opened the more general Sci-Fi area recently, which is pretty exciting since it's been gone for a while. I'm totally not looking into it to convince robo-husband to go again >.>
Your welcome to go with us!

Indeed! It would be very cool to have y'all join us. :)

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Will do. The SW fanboy in me will demand photos (and my boss is a pretty big SW fan, so she would be psyched to see them as well).

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Kajehase wrote:
*starts petition for iconics-shaped licorice Pathfinder candy*

+1 ;)

Paizo, the finest in gaming and confectionery

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<sigh>

Still not May ... but 5 weeks and a day before I hop onto the plane. :)

And it remains not quite time to panic about not packing the bags yet ... not quite. ;)

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ooo, good to know Chris! I must have mis-read their site.

EDIT: I did completely misread it! Thanks Chris!

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Sounds good. Looks like tickets for the Star Wars exhibit are above and beyond the normal ticket and are time specific. I'll touch base via PM and we can hash out details. :)

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Yes. Stay on site if you can. It is always nice to being able to go from your room to the elevator and be on site. Makes life a lot easier if you forget something in your room as well.

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Hard core treasure hunters?

Grad students who take their studies waaay to seriously?

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On a more serious note, I do like licorice, though I don't think I have had salty licorice before. As with most things, licorice is best in limited moderation.

I don't, however, like Jagermeister (due mainly to a bad incident in college I think), or Ouzo, etc. etc. At least not on their own.

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Orthos wrote:
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Gotta love it when a funny thread turns into mindless political bickering.
Paizo forums in a nutshell.

So I'm confused ...

is black licorice the metaphor for Nazis or is it the red? Or is this more a full WWII analogy where the black, salty licorice is the Nazis, the black, sweet licorice is the Allies, and the red licorice is the ... well, the Reds? ;)

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Aranna wrote:


Most of these make little sense.

Actually, since the question posed is what would happen if WE did in RL what our PCs do in PF, they make perfect sense. In RL if you kill someone and riffle their pockets for loose change, that's murder an robbery (possibly manslaughter and robbery). If you are not an actual police officer, that blue line does not exist for you. And so on and so on.

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zylphryx wrote:

If we did in real life what we do in Pathfinder (or most RPGs for that matter), I think there would be a whole lot of charges, including:

  • murder (from killing all those orcs, goblins, and mooks)
  • attempted murder (from not killing all those orcs, goblins, and mooks that managed to get away)
  • robbery (from looting all the orc, goblin, and mook bodies that did not get away)
  • grave desecration (from the various crypts, etc that we fought the undead in ...)
  • grave robbing (... and then looted)
  • arson (from use of alchemist fire, burning hands, scorching rays, and the ever popular fireballs)
  • brandishing weapons (because that's what you do with weapons ...)
  • possession of unregistered firearms (for all those gunslinger PCs)
  • discharging of firearms in a public place (again for all those gunslinger PCs)
  • drunk and disorderly (for drunken master, halfling, dwarf, and followers of Cayden Cailean PCs)
  • resisting arrest (because when was the last time your PC went along quietly)

It would be the trial of the century. ;)

The bolded one puzzles me. Your PCs let mooks get away rather than hunting them down and slaughtering them, and anyone in the vicinity "just in case"? Truly gaming takes all kinds. :-)

Well, occasionally they just get away. Other times they are let go to "spread the word" about what's coming in order to shake up other mooks. Typically we don't go on the wholesale killing spree I it can be avoided. ;)

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As far as general Con advice goes, here's the basic rundown:

ITEMS THAT SHOULD GO WITHOUT SAYING (but unfortunately sometimes do need to be said)

1. Carry water and, if the venue allows it, snacks. Hydration is your friends and if a game runs long you might not have time between sessions to grab a bite. It's bad when players pass out from hunger at your table; it's worse when your GM passes out from hunger at your table.

2. Bathe. Daily. Seriously. This is one of those should-be-common-sense things that occasionally needs to be put out there. In the five Paizocons I have been to this has not been an issue, but for every Paizocon the point is also raised in one or more "this is my first convention / what can I expect" threads, so that could have something to do with it (though I prefer to think that Paizocon attendees just have much better hygiene than your stereotypical con goer in general ... I have been to several conventions where there were "those guys" sitting at the gaming table). Clean clothes is also a good idea. Bottom line, do not bring a stinking cloud to the table (which also would include using significant amounts of cologne or perfume).

3. Get some sleep. Yes, we all want to game through the entire weekend 24/7, but really, you do need to be able to grab some sleep. You will be more focused and will enjoy your games more (and won't fall asleep at the table).

ITEMS THAT ARE MORE ESOTERIC (that is more gaming convention specific)

1. PCs. If you are playing PFS, yes, bring your own PC or be prepared to play a pregen. And be sure your PC is leveled up before going to the table (or you could end up playing a pregen). If you are playing in a lottery event, they typically state whether a PC will be provided or will give you the parameters for PC creation.

2. Minis. You probably should have some kind of mini or marker for your PC for a tactics oriented game like PF, though if you are playing a more abstract game it may not be needed. If you are unsure, ask the person running the table (you may even be able to do this pre-convention by posting to the forums using the thread title of "GAME XYZ QUESTIONS" or some such.

3. Dice. Always a good idea. Don't count on dice being provided. If you are a fan of the highly stylized dice that are difficult at best to read from a distance, be prepared to have a GM ask you to use a different set of dice. Other than that, roll dice, have fun.

4. Cosplay. I do like cosplay (observing more than participating, though I made for a great Po from Kung Fu Panda at DragonCon last year). Be sure you have read the info on the Paizocon FAQ (specifically about weapons, things that look like weapons, things that could be mistaken for weapons, etc.). It would suck to have your costume centered around a prop you could not use on the floor or in the hotel.

5. Show up on time. Yeah, this probably should have been in the first section, but it really is more geared to a gaming table than a panel or seminar. Panels and seminars can typically start and continue without issue if there are late arrivals. Game tables, not so much.

6. Paper and pencil/pen. Do bring a pen as it is good to have a more permanent option for reporting sheets (or if you want to get an autograph). Paper can always be handy (passing notes tot he GM or other players, taking notes during the adventure, etc.).

7. Keep an open mind. Try out a new game. Play at a table only with folks you have never met before. Strike up some banter with the people standing in line with you or at the bar (you never know who you are standing or sitting next to, after all ... got to meet Nick Logue and Richard Pett this way). This can be tough if you are introverted, but sometimes good things happen when you step out of your comfort zone. And you could end up meeting great folks that you will get to hang out with every year that you come back (Pat Luther, El-El, mearrin69, lolrobots, I am looking at you ;) ).

And, finally, if you take away nothing else, remember these three key things ...

1. Eat/drink.
2. BATHE (for the love of all the deities in the multiverse, bathe).
3. Sleep.

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Depends on where your interests lie, as there are usually a wide range of panels. I will say if you can get a spot at a Call of Cthulhu table run by James Jacobs you have scored a major win (the squirrel-killing albino deer image is still stuck with me three years later).

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If we did in real life what we do in Pathfinder (or most RPGs for that matter), I think there would be a whole lot of charges, including:

  • murder (from killing all those orcs, goblins, and mooks)
  • attempted murder (from not killing all those orcs, goblins, and mooks that managed to get away)
  • robbery (from looting all the orc, goblin, and mook bodies that did not get away)
  • grave desecration (from the various crypts, etc that we fought the undead in ...)
  • grave robbing (... and then looted)
  • arson (from use of alchemist fire, burning hands, scorching rays, and the ever popular fireballs)
  • brandishing weapons (because that's what you do with weapons ...)
  • possession of unregistered firearms (for all those gunslinger PCs)
  • discharging of firearms in a public place (again for all those gunslinger PCs)
  • drunk and disorderly (for drunken master, halfling, dwarf, and followers of Cayden Cailean PCs)
  • resisting arrest (because when was the last time your PC went along quietly)

It would be the trial of the century. ;)

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Sure thing ... should make for easier packing as well. Swords are not luggage friendly and are somewhat frowned upon as carry on items. ;)

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No weapons, be they real or not, are allowed, as per the PaizoCon FAQ.

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Keep in mind also, it is a lottery. You are not guaranteed to get your picks for any given slot. There have been years where I won the lion's share of my picks and others where I ended with nothing from the lottery.

That said, ending with nothing from the lottery is not a bad thing, as there are plenty of events, seminars, and not listed gaming going on all weekend long. I would hazard that the year I got zero picks in the lottery ended up being one of the best PaizoCon experiences I have had (out of 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013).

And, if you end up with a slim result from the lottery, you can then fill in with PFS. ;)

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Demeans the new question as "infantile" and being based in, at best, questionable logic. Goes on to tear apart question's foundation using, at best, questionable logic.

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Berates people for reviving a long dead thread re: a topic that was long ago settled and accuses them of ignorance.

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Good info folks. I am also planning on heading to the EMP on Thursday (get in Wed evening) and was wondering about the best way to go about doing it. Been out to Seattle four times since 2009 and have never gotten to the EMP ... figured it was about time (and my inner Star Wars fanboy is threatening to kick my butt if I don't do it this year).

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All right El-El, looks like so far we have two gun-totin' types, a doc, and a greenhorn confirmed for attendance ... hoping we get some additional members of the old crew back (can't get Babe in the air without the cap't and the mechanic ;) ).

Do you know if mearrin69, lolrobots and any of the other folks from 2012/2013 will be attending this year? Meeting up with this crew is one of the highlights of the con for me.

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Having the Shackled City get the PF treatment would be nice (though you would lose some of the surprise factor of running a PF group through it and modding it yourself ... those who have read or played it know of which particular NPC I speak ;) ).

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Mainly because I can't believe it is not May yet ...

The Countdown

Not quite yet time to panic about not having packed the bags ...

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Questions ...

1. So I bought an all dairy constructed and all dairy powered car ... but it ran out of milk ... can I borrow your cow for the next few days?

2. Who was it that created the first BLT?

3. What is it that gives this PLT such a spicy and yet sweet flavor?

Answers ...

A. The heebie-jeebies neither heeb nor jeeb.

B. That was perhaps the worst thing you could have said to your spouse ... doesn't make it any less true though.

C. Do you seriously expect me to answer that? With a straight face? Get the hell out of here!

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1. So how many tanks of helium would it take to float a bunch of balloons to the moon (with my customized space capsule attached, of course)?

2. Is there any way to convert said helium to a liquid fuel state without resorting to the energy cost to cool it down?

3. Well, that actually sounds rather disgusting, but out of curiosity are there any advantages or potential hazards with employing your method?

Dear next poster, here are the answers to your questions.

1. A ... definitely a ... unless it is b ... but I am fairly certain it is a.

2. No, you cannot borrow my liver!

3. A dry cough, forced breathing, a unexplainable craving for two week old salmon, runny nose, partial blindness, hair growth in unexpected places, incontinence, incompetence, lethargy, ennui ... oh yes, and total system failure typically followed by death.

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Yep, gotta agree with John Francis here. We don't get multiple chronicle sheets, but we still get table credit (that is credit towards number of tables run to determine GM stars). I do know some GMs who only are willing to GM a scenario they have already run solely for that fact and may refuse to rerun scenarios if that changed.

Sovereign Court **** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, North Carolina—Asheville aka zylphryx

Looks like I lost about 4 tables of GM credit. Not sure which tables are missing, just know the table count dropped.

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A rogue walks into a bar and taps the bartender on the shoulder. The bartender dies of massive internal damage.

Honestly, if I had a player that was being as much of a pain as this one is sounding, I would give it to him ... and have it apply to all things he touches. He shakes the hand of the lord mayor ... sneak attack damage. He touches his horse ... sneak attack damage. He grabs the priceless vase ... sneak attack damage. He seeks the romantic embrace of his preference ... sneak attack damage.

The PC would quickly draw the wrath of all powers that be, ultimately be imprisoned/executed, and the player would need to work up a PC that is not an excuse to try to bend the rules to his whims.

Now if the player wants to run with a legal way to accomplish this, along the lines of what Taenia suggests, then go for it. The concept is valid, the player's attempted execution is not.

but that's just my 2cp. ;)

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Actually, look at the OGL for the bestiaries ... there are LOTS of critters that first showed in 3PP for 3.5 that got ported over. Thank the gods for the OGL.

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So are mearrin69, lolrobots, and other previous folks going to be in attendance for PaizoCon this year as well? Very curious as to the roll call for the table (as well as how much rum to bring along).

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I am up for whereever ... just name the time! ;)

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