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Old mods at Gen Con


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Andoran

hi i am just wondering if anyone is planning on running old pathfindermods the devile we know part threeshadows last stand part 2 and 3 the city of strangers part 2 if theirs more to that one let me knoe i only played part 1 and those mods play at least 7 th lvll in them and for a mid ter i would like to play shades of ice part three so if

Qadira ***** RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

Hey there.

Generally speaking, the Campaign staff tries to focus the scenarios played at GenCon towards the more current offerings. That only makes sense: they're new to players, and so there's less chance of people being disappointed by only being offered scenarios they've already played.

Having said that, there were tables last year of "Pathfinder Classic", where the players assembled and could ask the GM to run whatever they wanted, up to the limits of the GM's comfort level. If the same thing is offered this year, sit down at a Classic table and make your desires known.

Otherwise, if you can get a group of players together for any of those, and can get to downtown Indy on Wednesday, I'd be willing to help you play through one of those.

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Hitman, you realize that "The Devil You Know: Part 3" is being offered at the Dueling Grounds (in Toronto) on May 10th right?

In my experience, I played 2 PF Classic tables last year. It was kind of a disaster, since some experienced players were there and it was extremely difficult to play a scenario that no one had played before. In one group, we had to cross of scenario we had already played and only 2 scenarios were left. Bottom line: It's unlikely that you'll get to choose the scenario to play with a classic scenario.

For scenario requests at Gencon, your best bet is to request a certain scenario at Scotty's on Wednesday night. Also, there are lots of friendly GMs on this board who might run something outside of the official Gen Con offerings. Can't hurt to ask.

But I'd run it locally first, it's in only 2 weeks!

Andoran ***** Venture-Captain, Minnesota—St. Paul

Depending on logistics, I'm planning on getting into Indianapolis sometime Mid Morning to early afternoon on Wednesday.

I'd be willing to run some specific scenarios for folks that would like them, at Scotty's.

Silver Crusade ****

Is there any official "Scotty's" organization yet, or still informal "going to happen" talk

Qadira *** Venture-Captain, Texas—Dallas & Ft. Worth aka Thorkull

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Also, you might consider getting together a group that all needs the same scenarios you do before the con, then you can go into the Classics with a much higher chance of getting what you want.

Paizo Employee ***** Global Organized Play Coordinator

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There won't be any PFS Classic games scheduled for Gen Con this year.

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Michael Brock wrote:
There won't be any PFS Classic games scheduled for Gen Con this year.

And I weep about this, since those are fun tables to run! :)

I don't know what it is about me, but I seem to run better when the module is mostly unprepared. . . .

Rubia


That's a crying shame. I really liked the fact that Classics was available, and I and my group played 2 sessions of PFS Classics last Gen Con.

I wonder why it got itself perished this year?

Qadira ***** RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

There's plenty of space in the convention center -- maybe some very close to the PFS room, I don't know -- with space for a few tables. During a session you want to play an early scenario, grab three other players and a GM, and go to town.

Andoran ***** Venture-Captain, Minnesota—St. Paul

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TwoWolves wrote:


That's a crying shame. I really liked the fact that Classics was available, and I and my group played 2 sessions of PFS Classics last Gen Con.

I wonder why it got itself perished this year?

Mainly because, I wager, the following reasons:

  • It forces GMs to run cold sometimes. Sure, you can often find a scenario the GM has played or run before, but even then, it is likely they don’t remember it well enough to do it justice.

  • I think Mike really likes the idea of a highly prepared GM crowd and doesn’t like the idea of GMs running cold.

  • Most bad sessions, misinterpretations of a scenario or encounter, TPK’s or deaths that shouldn’t have been, etc. happen because of lack of GM preparedness.

Silver Crusade ****

Speaking of running cold...what exactly am I running during the Beginner Box slots? Is it going to be like the BBB or just what's in the box?

Paizo Employee ***** Global Organized Play Coordinator

Daniel Luckett wrote:
Speaking of running cold...what exactly am I running during the Beginner Box slots? Is it going to be like the BBB or just what's in the box?

It will be the 4 BBB demos.


Both of the GMs I had in PFS Classics last year ran "cold" and informed us that they had not read the mod. We were understanding, and gave them both time to read up both before and during the scenario. I understand that mistakes get made, but everything appeared to run smoothly, and one of the scenarios we played was Murder on the Throaty Mermaid!

*****

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Andrew Christian wrote:
  • Most bad sessions, misinterpretations of a scenario or encounter, TPK’s or deaths that shouldn’t have been, etc. happen because of lack of GM preparedness.

Source?

I know plenty of GMs who prepare a lot, yet still make a lot of "mistakes," or who run a table that's not fun or who cause a lot of confrontations.

And certainly, TPK's are mostly determined by whether or not you're at my table...

*****

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TwoWolves wrote:


Both of the GMs I had in PFS Classics last year ran "cold" and informed us that they had not read the mod. We were understanding, and gave them both time to read up both before and during the scenario. I understand that mistakes get made, but everything appeared to run smoothly, and one of the scenarios we played was Murder on the Throaty Mermaid!

It takes a very special GM to be able to run a scenario cold and have it be a fun time for the entire table. I'm thankful for those that do exist because I, for one, am not one of those types.


One of the two that I had the fortune of playing with last year was a VC, and he did just fine. The other was not, and we were willing to pause at the beginning and between rooms to let him read up, and he too, did a splendid job, IMO.

I hate to see the event go away entirely, but it could easily be restricted to experienced DMs with experience running many of the scenarios, so that they either A) aren't "cold" in the first place, having run the scenario in the past and; B) would be experienced enough to be able to cope with having to run one well even if they didn't.

Coupled with a table full of players that understood what they were getting in to with a Classics table and were willing to give the DM a little extra prep time/cut them some slack, and I think it'd be fine. However, I admit, I'm not in a position to know what the feedback for last year's experiment in PFS Classics was, so if it were roundly panned by both the DMs who ran it and the players who tried it, I'll concede my uphill battle.

Besides, Kyle is special in his own, well, special way.

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Actually classic slots existed in 2010 too.

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Maybe GMs could self-select for such tables. A GM knows when he/she can do the job right.

I for one would sign up to run classics more often than not.

Rubia

Andoran ***** Venture-Captain, Minnesota—St. Paul

Kyle Baird wrote:
Andrew Christian wrote:
  • Most bad sessions, misinterpretations of a scenario or encounter, TPK’s or deaths that shouldn’t have been, etc. happen because of lack of GM preparedness.

Source?

I know plenty of GMs who prepare a lot, yet still make a lot of "mistakes," or who run a table that's not fun or who cause a lot of confrontations.

And certainly, TPK's are mostly determined by whether or not you're at my table...

You'll note above I said it was my opinion.

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