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Taldor

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If you are a 9th level caster and reduced to casting magic missile, you have bigger issues to deal with. Of course, by that point in the combat, 17 points of damage may make a difference ...

Sure it is not the go to spell at higher levels. And I don't think anyone has said it should be. But it is nice to have in reserve if needed. For a modern RPG analogy, it is the .38 your PC keeps in their pocket for those times when they run out of shotgun shells and the .45 has nothing but empty clips. You don't kick down the door with it in hand, but when everything goes sideways, it's nice to have just in case.

As to the quickened version, sure, it's not something I would prepare for a wizard PC (though as a GM it's oh so much fun to throw it into the mix every once in a while for NPCs to use). That said, there is always the lesser quickened metamagic rod (and I would argue the rods are the way to go rather than the metamagic feats) ... ticket price 35000gp if your GM allows purchase of magic items, 17500gp if the GM allows the construction of magic items (DC 22 spellcraft, DC 27 if the creator does not have the Quicken Spell feat ... by 9th level you should have a spellcraft modifier of no less than 15 and most likely in excess of 20 if you are running with crafting feats).

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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.

Taldor *** Venture-Lieutenant, North Carolina—Asheville aka zylphryx

Zirul, The Red Boar of Taldor wrote:
Steve Miller wrote:

As you may have seen on the Asheville Pathfinder Lodge Facebook group We in the Raleigh Region have at least 17 folks who will be renting a bus to watch movies/party/play scenarios on our way to Gen Con this year. If we choose to add an hour to our trip by swinging through Asheville, would any of you fine gamers be interested in hopping on? Price per person varies based on how many total passengers there are, but it will be approximately $250 total per person for the trip there and back. Reply on Facebook, email me, or Paizo PM me if interested. You folks have such a great thread here, I wouldn't want to litter it with bus trip replies.

thanks
I don't see a Play button.

???

Not sure what you were looking for Zirul...

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

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Yep ... I got the patch in place and dealt with the SSL Certs yesterday (we were secure within 24 hours of the initial announcement on Monday) ... Going through today and trying to finish up changing passwords to our wordpress installs, to the FTP accounts, databases, the works.

All in all a world of suck on top of the regular workload that still needs to be completed on time. The kicker is we just went through and updated all our passwords about 2 months ago ...

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That is some good news. Thanks Lissa.

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Thornborn wrote:

http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/

Suggests Paizo is clear.

It is entirely possible that Paizo is either not running openSSL or is running a version that was not affected by this bug (openSSL 0.9.8 and earlier were not affected, I think ... not that it made a difference to my servers, <shakes fist>).

Either way, a notice of "We were not affected" or "We have patched the hole and reissued our SSL Certs, please reset your passwords." would be nice to see.

EDIT: of course, if they were vulnerable, they could still be working on making sure everything is secured. The last 28 hours or so has been one of major suckage dealing with this issue and all the related, cascading adjustments that need to be made.

Taldor *** Venture-Lieutenant, North Carolina—Asheville aka zylphryx

So here's what we have going on this weekend (yep, no preamble, it's a busy morning):

FRIDAY APRIL 11, 2014
1230pm-430pm
Shades of Ice, Part III: Keep of the Huscarl King - This season 2 scenario for tiers 1-5 has your PCs searching the Realm of the Mammoth Lords for and Ulfen King's burial crypt to find a weapon of immense power. Problem is, you may not be the only ones looking for it. This table currently has 1 open seat.

530pm-930pm
Silent Tide - This season 0 scenario for tiers 1-5 has the PCs dealing with undead in Absalom. Welcome to the Puddles district, Pathfinders. This table is currently full.

The Dalsine Affair - This season 2 scenario for tiers 1-7 is freaking deadly. Like from max HP to -3 in a single hit deadly (I'm looking at you James). It's also one of the most fun scenarios I have played even though my PC almost died a gruesome death. This table currently has 4 open seats.

SATURDAY APRIL 12, 2014
1230pm-430pm
Before the Dawn, Part I: The Bloodcove Disguise - This season 2 scenario for tiers 1-7 has the PCs heading into the Mwangi Expanse ... into an Aspis Consortium fill town. This is the first of a two part series. This table is currently full.

Storming the Diamond Gate - This season 3 scenario for tiers 3-7 has the PCs tasked with finding the back door to the Hin Jao Tapestry to secure it from becoming a means for the Aspis Consortium to exploit the Society's private adventuring domain. This table is currently full.

My Enemy's Enemy - This season 4 scenario for tiers 3-7 has the PCs back in Magnimar ... looking for the person or persons responsible for a series of crimes and leaving evidence to implicate the Society. This table currently has 4 open seats.

Glories of the Past, Part II: The Price of Friendship - This season 4 scenario for tiers 5-9 has the PCs heading to the Orc-held city of Urgir. This sounds like such a good idea ... This table currently has 5 open seats.

530pm-930pm
The Beggar's Pearl - This season 1 scenario for tiers 1-7 has the PCs looking for a lost Dwarven gallery in the Aspodell Mountains. Throw in a cult of Darkland critters and a tie in to the First Realm and you have trouble. This table is currently full.

The Heresy of Man: Part I - The First Heresy - This season 2 scenario for tiers 5-9 has the PCs going to Rahadoum. You get to smuggle in some contraband ... a cleric of Sarenrae. Remember, if you go to Rahadoum, you will die ... hmmm ... never mind, that was Zahadoum ... Shadow planet from Babylon 5 ... of course, I suppose you could die in Rahaoum as well ... This table currently has 2 open seats.

The God's Market Gamble - This season 3 scenario for tiers 1-5 has the PCs trying to find the person responsible for various relics going missing in transit into Absalom. This table currently has 5 open seats.

Portal of the Sacred Rune - This season 3 scenario for tiers 7-11 has the PCs securing the other end of a portal to a demiplane. What could possibly go wrong? This table currently has 2 open seats.

Now that you know what is going on, why don't you go to Warhorn and sign up?

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Looks like I won't be making it to Seattle this year (got a scheduling conflict with a family event and family does come first). So Tyrone will be up for grabs (though I definitely intend to be there in 2015 to resume the role). Have a blast and drink heartily for me. Of all the things at PaizoCon gaming with you folks is the thing I will be missing most.

Oh, and be sure to let me know what happens!!!!

And let me know what the oddest/most dangerous drink brought to the game is (I think you won it last year with the Fireball, Christine).

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Congrats Owen! Looking forward to seeing what you make happen. :)

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downloaded and installed ... will take a look at it this weekend and post a review.

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Garrett Guillotte wrote:
Marc Radle wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:

I was a backer of Josh Frost and his Quantium fiasco where he used my money to fund 2 years of his living and then vanished.

While I understand the concept of business courtesy and that Lisa is a classy person, I half wish I knew why exactly JF left Paizo - that could have saved me 100$ which I could give to somebody who acts ethically

I had not heard of this before ... what happened? Maybe put it in a spoiler tag for those that aren't interested ...
** spoiler omitted **

Additionally

Spoiler:
the project was from Dec 2011 with with an Apr 2012 estimated delivery time. The 4 month turn around was the first error he made. The second was dropping the ball as far as communication goes.

I did not kick in on this project, but I did think about it. Ultimately I decided to wait until it hit the shelves and am rather glad I did.

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Doug's Workshop wrote:
meatrace wrote:


But you just said money=speech. What you're talking about is money being EXCHANGED for speech. Things that can be exchanged for one another are not one another. For example, I can exchange a goat for a bushel of oranges.

Gots!=Oranges.

So if you believe money doesn't equal speech, you should have no problem with removing campaign contribution limits completely.

Awesome.

Hmmm ... let me think if I can come up with an off the wall analogy for you that may resonate.

If you run with the assumption that money = speech (as you have asserted), then speech is, in essence, a commodity. Now, commodities have a limit to availability: each year only so much oil can be pumped, only so much coffee can be grown, only so much gold can be mined, etc. Such limits affect the price of the commodity.

So if speech is indeed a commodity, then it has a limit to its supply. In practice, for this discussion of campaign contribution limits be removed, that limit would be the amount of time available on radio, television, pick-your-flavor-of-media. If there are no limits in place, and I were a multi-billionaire who decided to support some complete nutcase for whatever office it was he or she was running for, I could contribute enough money to buy up all the speech available and have it play nothing but Copa Cabana or Escape (aka the Pina Colada Song), during all the available broadcast slots, thereby stiffing all free speech but my own.

From what you have been arguing Doug, it sounds as if you think this would be a good thing. I personally feel that if you give "free speech" only to those who can afford to have it, you are killing the first amendment and replacing it with the freedom for paid speech.

Then again, I think that all campaign contributions to specific parties and candidates should be illegal, that if you want to support the democratic process you do so by donating to a single fund that is used to finance fair elections with all candidates an equal financial footing. But then again, I could be the crazy one.

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No meatrace ... money == free speech but apparently free speech != money ... it's the new math. ;)

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OK, hopping in because Doug's college cost quotes are so freaking out of whack it is not funny.

Instead of running with anecdotal costs, here's the average in state public university yearly costs for 2013-2014 from collegedata.com

tuition and fees: $8893
housing and meals: $9500
books: $1207
personal and transportation: $2580

Total: $22180 per year

And you have a job paying $8/hr ... which would require over 2770 hours to meet the yearly total BEFORE taxes ... which would be over 69 weeks working 40 hours a week ... I guess you expect them to work 60-80 hours per week through their entire summer break, huh Doug? Oh wait ... at 80 hours per week for 3 months and 20 hours per week for the rest of the year, you're still looking at only around 1800 hours ... best to not sleep then.

As to the main point of debate, money does NOT equal free speech. To vigorously defend the idea means you must have absolute faith in the SCOTUS and consider them to be beyond the capacity of making truly boneheaded and idiotic rulings (corporations being people is another one), be trolling for effect, or be looking at the world from a point of view completely alien to what I would consider common sense (but as the saying goes common sense is not all that common).

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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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NoncompliAut wrote:
What are the names (links if someone's not busy) of the fonts that Wayfinder uses?

From which issue?

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Are you sure you want the scenario to be one that "the average GM would find hard to run off the cuff"? Just want to be sure before I set to working on a submission utilizing obscure rules. ;)

EDIT: you also mention a "downloadable template below", but I am not seeing any link to a template on that page ... or I am overlooking it and will promptly kick myself for posting this edit.

EDIT EDIT: kick kick kick kick ... found it.

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Odraude wrote:
Robert Cameron wrote:
Paris Crenshaw wrote:
We're aiming to have decisions made before next week. And since our schedule is compressed by the requirement to have copies printed for PaizoCon, we don't have much choice but to hit pretty close to where we're aiming.

Excellent, I wish you luck in juggling all of your growing responsibilities.

One more question: will people denied receive a rejection notice or will silence be the rejection notice?

In the past, you could email them to see if your submissions made it in.

That said, don't start sending in emails asking if your article made it in just yet!!!

Give the editor types some space to do their thing in an expeditious manner, so the articles can be finalized and those of us who do layout can get our anxious mitts on them and start piecing this puzzle together. ;)

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I am shocked no one has listed Quick Change yet...

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Rogue Eidolon wrote:
Tim, you are doing everyone a favor by emphasizing these things directly in a bit of a confrontational way to bring it good visibility. Anyone who has freelanced before should know these things already, and newcomers hoping to use Wayfinder as an entry point are much better served in their future efforts by having this drilled into their head, rather than simply a polite and quiet rejection without knowing way.

So I did favorite this post, but it also deserves a +1.

Don't worry about sounding "cranky", Tim. As things were clearly laid out in the guidelines, errors should be mentioned so folks can learn from their mistakes and not repeat them when they try to get a paying freelance gig.

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Nah, it won't be an extinction level event. It will effectively devastate everything within about 500 miles of the caldera. The ash from it will screw up the waterways in North America and pretty much wipe out any crops growing in the midwest.

As far as global impact, aside from the immediate effect of screwing up the flight paths over the USA, Canada and most likely Mexico, there would be a temperature drop worldwide that would last for a few years. The US would not be exporting any food for at least a couple years (we'd be importing for at least a year or two), so that would have an additional impact on the global scale. And there would also be all the rippling through other consumables (oil, etc).

A major disaster, definitely. Extinction event, not so much ... at least not for humanity. For any species unique to that area, definitely.

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Lady Ophelia wrote:
I don't mean to be a stickler, but people can easily get confused about 750 OR 1500 word count limit and think it could just be a word count range instead. Perhaps going forward you guys should just say the following categories are only 750 and these categories are 1500 so people don't get confused. Or you just make the word count be between 750 and 1500. So you don't have confusion and frustration on your end. I am pretty sure I am toeing the 1500 line but I may have come up short a few hundred words myself.

The word count is a hard count for a specific reason. Each page of text is approximately 750 words. By having hard limits of 750 OR 1500, we are, in essence, stating 1 or 2 pages. Having word counts fall in the middle makes laying out the issue problematic as we strive to avoid having large areas of unused space (which is what an 1100 word article will end up having).

More importantly, hard word counts are pretty standard for any publishing company. There should be no need to limit specific types of articles to a 750 word limit; not only would it be a disservice for those folks who are indeed looking to get published in other venues as well, but we all could end up missing out on someone's moment of inspiration. And the explanation was pretty clear with this in the guidelines in the OP (emphasis mine):

In the Guideline section, Timitius wrote:
Short and sweet. Unless otherwise specified, article sizes are 750 and 1,500 words. These are HARD targets, not a range, so come as close as possible to these targets. Coming in too far under or over these targets will likely result in the rejection of your submission. Anything over 1,500 words must be pre-approved by the Editor-in-Chief.

Folks missing the word count is an indication that they did not read through the guidelines. If the guidelines are not read, there is little that can be done to solve it short of rejecting works which violate the guidelines.

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Last weekend I had a group kill a royal naga in less than one round due to a successful crit on a smite and a empowered fireball (the fireball took out the last 8 HP and then some ;) ).

Had another player who had a confirmed fumble result in not only taking her own PC out but in causing the goblins the group was fighting to pause and cheer for a round, giving the surviving PCs a free round of attacks in essence. Earthbreaker, fumble deck, roll to hit yourself, threatened and confirmed a crit ... 1st level raging barbarian inflicted over 35 points of damage to herself leaving a bloodied crater where she had been standing.

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well that's the trick, now isn't it? ;)

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archmagi1 wrote:

I have 3 lines that don't make any sense using this method, particularly:

9:22:8 to 192:4:4 is pronoun/pronoun

I think your count was off somewhere ...

archmagi1 wrote:


63:8:10 doesn't feel right with 192:4:4's double pronounage

Find the error and all will be made clear ...

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Translated the code (as have others apparently) ... and that's all I have have to say about that. ;)

Have fun folks ... and to the code creator, I am intrigued. ;)

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You can subscribe to a thread and you will get notices through whatever RSS Reader you use. The RSS link is at the top right of the thread.

So I have to ask, is this a personal project done simply for grins or are you hoping to turn around and sell the end result?

Taldor *** Venture-Lieutenant, North Carolina—Asheville aka zylphryx

Oh you do do you? Is that what you hear? Well, I am here to tell you that you, sir, are wron ...

<gets handed a piece of official looking paper>

ahem ... you are correct sir!

Here's what we have going on this weekend:

FRIDAY MARCH 28, 2014
1230pm-430pm
Shades of Ice, Part I: Written in Blood - This season 2 scenario for tiers 1-5 has your PCs heading up the Land of the Linnorm Kings ... don't forget your booties because it's cold out there. (bonus points for naming the movie reference). This table is currently full.

530pm-930pm
The Darkest Vengence - This season 1 scenario for tiers 1-5 has the PCs going to Ustalav. Well, I will not give any spoilers, but this is probably one of the deadliest scenarios around, so just play smart and remember, death is only a condition to be cleared ... unless you are 1st or 2nd level ... in which case there is no shame in running away. ;) This table is currently full.

The Infernal Vault - Another season 1 scenario, this time for tiers 1-7 and has the PCs investigating a murder in Absalom. Did I mention the Cheliax tie in, both to the murder and the family vaults in Absalom? I didn't? Hmmm, well it is called the Infernal Vaults ... This table currently has 4 open seats.

Tide of Twilight - This season 3 scenario for tiers 1-5 is another one of those deadly scenarios ... I had my first TPK running this scenario and that result has occurred many times, once recently at the APL. Play smart, play safe and remember, death is only a condition to be cle ... I feel like I am repeating myself. This table currently has 1 open seat.

Soooo ... Friday evening looks pretty vicious with a high possibility for PC death. Play safe, Pathfinders, and you may yet live.

SATURDAY MARCH 29, 2014
1230pm-430pm
The Prince of Augustana - This season 0 scenario for tiers 1-5 has the PCs aiding the True Emperor of Andoran ... wait ... something sounds off with that ... maybe he's just a beggar ... whatever ... you are heading underground to get to the truth behind the old man's claims. This table is currently full.

Destiny of the Sand, Part III: Sanctum of the Sages - This new season 5 scenario is for tiers 3-7. The PCs set chase to a group of jewel thieves, but they find something more. This scenario is the third in the Destiny of Sands series and the scenarios are intended to be play in order. This table has 4 open seats currently.

530pm-930pm
Fortune's Blight - This season 1 scenario for tiers 5-9 sends the PCs to the River Kingdoms. I think the closing line in the summary says it best: "Madness, murder, and mayhem await you in the River Kingdoms!" This table currently has 4 open seats.

You Have What You Hold - This season 5 scenario for tiers 3-7 has the PCs dealing with river pirates who have been targeting Pathfinder ships heading to Mendev. This table is currently full

Weapon in the Rift - This season 5 scenario for tiers 5-9 has the PCs braving the Worldwound for a secret weapon designed and build during the First Mendevian Crusade. This scenario is tied in with the Silver Crusade faction story arc for Season 5. This table currently has 2 open seats.

And, if it is needed, I will be running an additional table. What will it be? Well we won't know unless we fill up the other tables first. ;)

So get on over to Warhorn and sign up!

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Though it would be interesting to run the cypher through the various core books based on the relative "age" of the gods listed, oldest to youngest to correspond to the core book number in sequence of publication.

So you would have the following gods:

Pharasma - The Bone Lands in a Spiral
Lamashtu - The Skull of Mashaag
Sarenrae - The Birth of Light and Truth
Desna - The Eight Scrolls
Abadar - The Order of Numbers
Calistria - The Book of Joy (Shelyn's is Melodies of Inner Beauty)
??? - Our Master's Book (I'm thinking Aroden ... based off the line "since our master left" ... which would make the title History and Future of Humanity)

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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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Rikkan wrote:
Slightly off topic, but what happens when someone falls down in a pit and then after that a horse falls on top of that person?

Comedy ensues? ;)

Personally, I tend to apply falling damage to all those involved.

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No sure I saw anyone say "players can't use this tactic but GMs can", so that's a bit of a far fetched accusation.

As there is no specific rule listed for it, one must look to similar effects. Personally I run with the d door solution for appearing in an occupied space.

Bottom line is there is no RAW. RAI is pretty clear that it should not work as an insta-kill spell combo. However, since there is no RAW for this, expect table variation, and if you complain that it should work when your GM says it does not and the GM allows it, expect to have all spell asters have what would be a common tactic use it against your party ... Again and again and again...

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you folks are quick ;)

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who broke the site? ;)

EDIT: To be more accurate, this is a browser issue ... FF 27.0.1 ... site looks fine on Chrome (version 33.0.1750.154 m), Safari (5.1.7) and <shudder> IE (11.0.4)

Taldor *** Venture-Lieutenant, North Carolina—Asheville aka zylphryx

Many thanks to all the gamers who showed up for MACE West this last weekend, both to play and run games. It was truly a great time and I know folks are looking forward to next year.

Keep your eyes out for the next installment "What's happening this week?" ... coming son to a thread near you. ;)

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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'?"

Taldor *** Venture-Lieutenant, North Carolina—Asheville aka zylphryx

Today is ...

THE LAST DAY TO PREREGISTER FOR GAMES AT MACE WEST 2014

If you have been procrastinating, this is it. Sign up already! ;)

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10 out of 10 ... had to break out a pen and paper for one of them (the code)

As to the axe knife pin scissors ... Kirth makes a great point. :)

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Good luck and safe travels Sean and Jodi.

Sean, thanks for everything you have created for the gaming world and for the minis painting lesson at Paizocon last year.

Taldor *** Venture-Lieutenant, North Carolina—Asheville aka zylphryx

So ... another question to ask is "What's going on next weekend?"

"But that's not an APL weekend!", you reply.

True ... but it is time for:

MACE WEST 2014

Friday March 21 through Sunday March 23 there will be about 50 or so table of PFS (including up to 7 tables of Siege of the Diamond City on Saturday night, the season 5 special you won't be able to play outside a convention setting).

Want to try something other than Pathfinder? There are other RPGs, Boardgames, Card games, and more!

Be sure you grab your ticket and sign up for your games before March 18th!!!

Taldor *** Venture-Lieutenant, North Carolina—Asheville aka zylphryx

Gads yesterday was a busy one ...

This weekend you ask? Hmmm ...

Friday March 14 (yep, that's today!)
5:30pm-9:30pm
The Many Fortunes of Grandmaster Torch - Grandmaster Torch?!?! But I thought he ... ;) Head to Qadira, find four statues that could unleash a plague the city of Setrap and stop the folks who possess them. There is still 1 seat open for this one! Season 0 for tier 1-7.

Tide of Morning - So I have learned to be very careful in any scenario with the word tide in it. Find a missing lorestone and keep it from being used against the druids of Andoran. Seems simple, right? Remember what I said about tide scenarios? This scenario is currently full. Season 0 for tier 1-5.

Saturday March 15
12:30pm-4:30pm
Black Waters - A personal favorite of mine as a GM. A dungeon delve of a sorts with a slight twist. This one has sparked at least one memorable moment (and a near TPK). There is still 1 open seat for this one! Season 0 for tier 1-5.

Among the Dead - This is the follow up to Among the Living. You are sent on a revenge mission. Pure and simple. Well, pure revenge to be sure ... simple? Maybe not so much. Still 1 open seat!Season 1 for tier 1-7.

Rats of Round Mountain, Part 1: The Sundered Path - The Rats scenarios are notorious for PC deaths. Play carefully in these scenarios! Aspis agents in the Hao Jin tapestry trying to make an alliance with the Rats in the Round Mountain!?!? This will not do! Still 1 seat available! Season 3 for tier 7-11.

5:30pm-9:30pm
The Quest For Perfection, Part 2: On Hostile Waters - Part 2 of 3 in the Quest For Perfection series. River travel in Tian Xia in order to return a relic to the one person who can reactivate it. Goblinoids to the left of us, armies to the right ... not looking like it will be smooth sailing after all. This table is currently full. Season 3 for tier 1-5.

Rats of Round Mountain, Part 2: Pagoda of the Rat - The second half of the Rats scenarios. Aspis agents in the Hao Jin tapestry STILL trying to make an alliance with the Rats in the Round Mountain!?!? This will not do ... still not do! There is 1 seat available! Season 3 for tier 7-11.

The Sanos Abduction - It's fey. Need I say more? ;) Actually a rather enjoyable scenario to play. :) This table is currently full. Season 4 for tier 3-7.

The Confirmation - Season 5 tier 1-2 ... if you have a new PC, this is a great one to test it's survivability. ;) Still 5 seats open!

Be sure to sign up on Warhorn!

Taldor

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Different strokes for different folks. I've seen gaming contracts used before, though I have tended to avoid those situations.

In my experience I have found that the contracts tend to be geared more towards "this is what the players need to do" while ignoring "this is what the GM needs to do" instead of being "this is what everyone in the group needs to do". The OP's gaming contract reads that same way (no sharing of resources amongst players, GM has final call over ejecting a player form the group, etc.).

While I can see certain situations where a gaming contract could be useful (MendedWall12's situation being a prime example), I think they can do more harm than good in many instances unless they are balanced documents and used more as a general guideline rather than an actual contract. This means spelling out what the expectations are for EVERYONE, what is and is not acceptable, etc.

Or, you could just play the game. Sure, you run the risk of having folks flake out, or getting ejected from the group (and this should be a group decision, not a single participant's decision), and having other folks come in to fill the opening, but that's a mirror to life. Who's to say that the PCs at the start of a campaign are going to be the same ones who are there at the end?

To the OP: Bottom line is, if a gaming contract works for you and your group, great. But it is not for everyone. So yeah, expect some, if not a lot, of negative feedback on gaming contracts, especially ones that read a bit one sided and draconian, and don't get defensive when you see that reaction. After all, they are not in your group and the contract route is not their preference. Neither way is right or wrong except on a personal level.

Taldor

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

1. Who was that strange looking avatar I saw you with in the last thread? You know, the one that looks like Don Rickles?

2. So I was thinking about making my next character an ambidextrous bilingual gunslinger. What do you think of that concept?

3. If D&D had been developed by the ancient Greeks, what level would flame strike be?

Dear following poster,
The answer to you next three questions are as follows:

1. Every odd odd number.

2. Of course it's made of cheese.

3. That's exactly what it is supposed to be ... unless it isn't ... in which case you should probably move slowly away from it before it takes notice of you.

Taldor *** Venture-Lieutenant, North Carolina—Asheville aka zylphryx

Well, 1 slot at a convention is my gauge ;)

Taldor

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

1. Most everyone will agree that snickerdoodles are great freaking cookies. Especially when baked by one's grandmother. But what kind of grandmother comes up with the term "snickerdoodle"??

2. When traveling to Scotland, which road should one take to get there quickest?

3. I just heard the President was derided on possible responses to the growing situation in Ukraine. Who in the hell would deride someone for weighing their options before acting in regards to a bad situation? Is that what this country has reduced itself to? Derision for the sake of derision?!?! I am honestly ju ... OOOOOHHHH! That makes a lot more sense.

Dear following poster, here are the answers to you next three questions.

1. Because the Muppets are FREAKING AWESOME!!!

2. Probably not, simply for the fact that it would violate most laws of physics as we know it and would probably turn all the world's chocolate to a shade very much like puce.

3. There were three, but two disappeared and were replaced by four more after the last one left and hired on three other replacements to do the work that could really be accomplished by a monkey in a lab coat.

Taldor

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

1. So I've heard of a "green thumb", where anything that is planted by the person grows like a crazed weed. Everything I plant grows and promptly dies. What the hell could cause that?

2. I had this feeling I was being watched as I walked around downtown last night and when I turned to look behind me, something small quickly moved down the sidewalk beside me and seemed to almost jump into a storm drain. Any idea what it could have been?

3. If I had reacted quicker, should I have poked it with a sharpened swizzlestick?

Dear next poster, here are the answers to your next three questions:

1. Whoever told you that was lying.

2. Yes, there is a Santa Claus, but that's not who breaks into your house on Christmas Eve.

3. Winona Ryder. Because, just because.

Taldor

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Fair enough, DM, you make a valid point re: possible motivations on their part. If they do step over the line though, and I would recommend knowing exactly where the legal line is drawn, do take action instead of ignoring it.

Additionally,

Spoiler:
If the individual in question is the one I think it is, I'm pretty sure they were one of the folks who took umbrage with the ruling and is not the "article's" author. At least that was the impression I got from the posts they made here (before they were removed due to forum guideline violations) and in the comments section for the piece of tripe reporting. Not sure if that would make a difference or not, but if I am correct, they would not be able to utilize any twisted interpretation of Freedom of the Press to hide behind. Just 2cp.

Taldor

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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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