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Grand Lodge *** Venture-Captain, New Mexico—Alburquerque aka Digitalsabre

Purple Fluffy CatBunnyGnome wrote:

a couple of tips for running at gencon

1. You'll get access to the scenarios before hand, although there should be printed copies at the headquarters desk. I strongly urge you to print and prep ahead of time.

2. Have all your materials save the chronicles. Paizo will provide the tracking sheets and the chronicles for you; but faction missions etc you're on you're own for

3. prep prep prep prep. Have all your maps drawn ahead of time -- gaming paper is cheap and an easy way to permanently have your map there for the duration of the convention. If you're gming more than on scenario I would strongly suggest investing in some (or graph paper) and have all this done up

There won't be a lot if any time between slots for prepping as you'll get a new table each time and have to completely pack up and vacate one table to go to the next. If you're lucky you'll have about 20-30 minutes between slots. so there won't be time to be reading and prepping a scenario

Thank you for this. It's what I really wanted to know. So now I need to figure out where to get a large sheet of clear vinyl plastic to lay over the gaming paper and a few kraft poster tubes …

Grand Lodge *** Venture-Captain, New Mexico—Alburquerque aka Digitalsabre

Michael Brock wrote:
Purple Fluffy CatBunnyGnome wrote:
Kyle Baird wrote:
Purple Fluffy CatBunnyGnome wrote:
Bob Jonquet wrote:
Purple Fluffy CatBunnyGnome wrote:
If you're lucky you'll have about 20-30 minutes between slots. so there won't be time to be reading and prepping a scenario
Unless you are a Purple Fluffy CatBunnyGnome. Then when you finish your session in two hours, you'll have plenty of time to prep for the next slot. :D
PFFT ... I think there was one slot last year where I ran short ... the rest of the time I was on time and Sunday morning I was one of the last tables still playing... so bite me :P
What do you get when you cross Bob and Thea together? A GM that finishes a scenario in the exact allotted time.
so this would be the best time to comment that we might find out in about 6 months?
Congrats.......I think.......

So, I keep trying to roll Sense Motive on this announcement, but the die ends up on a point, spinning faster and faster...

I let it do this for a few minutes, but I had to stop it because the desk started to smoke and now there's a scorch mark where the point was. When I grabbed it I burned my hand, and I had to drop the die. It melted the carpet.

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If you really want some advice for running games at Gen Con, get your search-fu fired up or check out these highlights:

LINK 1
LINK 2
LINK 3

Grand Lodge *** Venture-Captain, New Mexico—Alburquerque aka Digitalsabre

Kyle Baird wrote:

If you really want some advice for running games at Gen Con, get your search-fu fired up or check out these highlights:

LINK 1
LINK 2
LINK 3

Good reading! Thanks, I've been kindof frazzled with the last bit of the semester coming up, so the search feature slipped my mind.

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Michael Brock wrote:


Gen Con Special, Parts 1 and 2
#4-01: Rise of the Goblin Guild
#4-02: In Wrath's Shadow
#4-03: The Golemworks Incident
#4-04: King of the Storval Stairs

Which of these are part of Year of the Risen Rune story arc?

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Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Swiftbrook wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:


Gen Con Special, Parts 1 and 2
#4-01: Rise of the Goblin Guild
#4-02: In Wrath's Shadow
#4-03: The Golemworks Incident
#4-04: King of the Storval Stairs

Which of these are part of Year of the Risen Rune story arc?

Did you read the descriptions for each?

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Kyle Baird wrote:
Swiftbrook wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:


Gen Con Special, Parts 1 and 2
#4-01: Rise of the Goblin Guild
#4-02: In Wrath's Shadow
#4-03: The Golemworks Incident
#4-04: King of the Storval Stairs

Which of these are part of Year of the Risen Rune story arc?

Did you read the descriptions for each?

Yes and No. arrrrgggggggg

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Just out of curiosity... how is selection for the parties to advance to part 2 of the special going to work? Will it be time-based? Objective based? Will points be awarded for role-playing/problem-solving? How subjective is it?

Looking forward to GenCon!

WJ

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Matthew Pemrich wrote:
So now I need to figure out where to get a large sheet of clear vinyl plastic to lay over the gaming paper and a few kraft poster tubes …

Ace Hardware carries sheets of plexiglas that should do the trick- have done the trick for me in the past when I was a GMT Games junkie.

Andoran ***** Venture-Lieutenant, Minnesota—Anoka

Whiskey Jack wrote:

Just out of curiosity... how is selection for the parties to advance to part 2 of the special going to work? Will it be time-based? Objective based? Will points be awarded for role-playing/problem-solving? How subjective is it?

Looking forward to GenCon!

WJ

Cool thing about this is, we get to wait until Gen Con to find out! I'm so excited!

Paizo Employee ***** Global Organized Play Coordinator

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Whiskey Jack wrote:

Just out of curiosity... how is selection for the parties to advance to part 2 of the special going to work? Will it be time-based? Objective based? Will points be awarded for role-playing/problem-solving? How subjective is it?

Looking forward to GenCon!

WJ

Let me see if I can answer these questions, as well as a few unasked questions to head them off at the pass.

1) You will know on Saturday morning if your team advanced to Round 2. So, if you purchase a ticket for another event on Saturday night just to make sure you are covered, you can always refund that ticket sometime Saturday at Gen Con customer service.

2) The entry requirement for round 2 is to actually advance as one of the top three tables at your subtler. Once you advance, you will be required to play the same character. Also, we will be checking PFS numbers at marshalling against PFS numbers provided the night before during round 1.

3) You can still play part 1 if you are GMing part 2. Part 1 wont be spoiled by part 2.

4) Yes, a character may be played at any other scenarios between part 1 and 2.

5) If you level in part 1, or anytime before part 2, you keep that level for part 2. Essentially, each team of pathfinders will advance as a team to part 2. Since there will be only 19 tables, we can handle any corner cases on sight, such as an 11th level PC hitting 12th before round 2.

6) I have overfill GMs for every scenario in every slot except a few games on Sunday. So, if your team advances to Round 2, and you are scheduled to GM in slot 9, I will utilize the overfill GMs to fill your GM spot.

7) If more than one GM scheduled to run the same scenario in slot 9, I will leave it to those GMs to find enough replacements to join the overfill GM. So, if 3 People scheduled to GM 3-18 in Slot 9 advance to Round 2 of the special, those 3 people will be required to find 2 replacement GMs and I will use the overfill GM for the third slot.

8) For GMs of Part 1, after all tracking sheets are turned in, we will draw 6 of those out of a hat (or some other device) randomly and those 6 GMs will make a team to play in Round 2 of the special. It is why we have 19 tables scheduled for round 2. It will be up to the 6 GMs to decide which subtler they wish to play in round 2. I try to take care of my GMs as best I can. It is why we are offering a lottery seat to 6 GMs from round 1 so the GMs at least have a shot to play in round 2. If a selected GM is scheduled to GM in Slot 9, see #6 and #7 above.

9) We will be providing a scoring chart for GMs when we marshal for round 1. The top 3 tables from each subtler, and the 1 GM lottery table, will advance to round 2. The scoring criteria is kept a secret so there is no chance it can be spoiled ahead of time

10) The Round 1 will be the normal special all of you have come to expect and will be distributed the same way to local and regional conventions and game days. Round 2 is a Gen Con exclusive event and this will be the only time it is ever available for playing or GMing.

If I didn't address any questions, please let me know. I think that covers most of the basics.

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Michael Brock wrote:
8) For GMs of Part 1, after all tracking sheets are turned in, we will draw 6 of those out of a hat (or some other device) randomly and those 6 GMs will make a team to play in Round 2 of the special. It is why we have 19 tables scheduled for round 2. It will be up to the 6 GMs to decide which subtler they wish to play in round 2. I try to take care of my GMs as best I can. It is why we are offering a lottery seat to 6 GMs from round 1 so the GMs at least have a shot to play in round 2. If a selected GM is scheduled to GM in Slot 9, see #6 and #7 above.

That's new, although I'd prefer my name not get pulled. :-)

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Mike, Thank you for the pre-emptive list of information on how the special will be run. I understand why the scoring criteria is kept secret- if it is released here on the forum it will be groused to death about for the next three months. :-) Instead, we will have to obsess and complain about it for the three months following the con. :-|

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Whiskey Jack wrote:
Instead, we will have to obsess and complain about it for the three months following the con. :-|

And when you do, I will show up on your front door step, ready to tear up all your character sheets. :-)

I can tell everyone this: The scoring system is designed to reward the best Pathfinders Society members. I'll leave you all to decide what that means.

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I was making a generalization about how things generally happen on forums. Personally, I trust our PFS admins very much.

Silver Crusade ****

I assume that means the best Explorers, Reporters, and Cooperators will advance.

Shadow Lodge ** Venture-Lieutenant, California—Silicon Valley aka JohnF

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Kyle Baird wrote:
I can tell everyone this: The scoring system is designed to reward the best Pathfinders Society members. I'll leave you all to decide what that means.

Well, given your reputation for enforcing the viewpoint that the best character is a dead character, I can only wonder if next year will be the year of the undead.

Qadira *****

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Kyle Baird wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
8) For GMs of Part 1, after all tracking sheets are turned in, we will draw 6 of those out of a hat (or some other device) randomly and those 6 GMs will make a team to play in Round 2 of the special. It is why we have 19 tables scheduled for round 2. It will be up to the 6 GMs to decide which subtler they wish to play in round 2. I try to take care of my GMs as best I can. It is why we are offering a lottery seat to 6 GMs from round 1 so the GMs at least have a shot to play in round 2. If a selected GM is scheduled to GM in Slot 9, see #6 and #7 above.
That's new, although I'd prefer my name not get pulled. :-)

Just give it to another GM if you win... so long as they buy you a few rounds afterwards!

Spoiler:
Or mock Joe Caubo with it.

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Kyle Pratt wrote:
Just give it to another GM if you win... so long as they buy you a few rounds afterwards!

I wouldn't wish the brutality of part 2 on any GM that I like. Hmm.. Guess I could give it to Dragnmoon.

Grand Lodge ***

Daniel Luckett wrote:
I assume that means the best Explorers, Reporters, and Cooperators will advance.

Except he didn't say which Pathfinder Society.

If he means the real world one then its players who shower, don't metagame, don't hog the limelight and who don't whine or argue.

Hmm, that's worth spreading as the scoring criteria whether its true or not ;-)

Silver Crusade ****

Why not both?

Qadira *****

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Kyle Baird wrote:
Kyle Pratt wrote:
Just give it to another GM if you win... so long as they buy you a few rounds afterwards!
I wouldn't wish the brutality of part 2 on any GM that I like. Hmm.. Guess I could give it to Dragnmoon.

Once you give it to them, they become a player though. Even better, make sure they're at your table!

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Kyle Pratt wrote:
Kyle Baird wrote:
Kyle Pratt wrote:
Just give it to another GM if you win... so long as they buy you a few rounds afterwards!
I wouldn't wish the brutality of part 2 on any GM that I like. Hmm.. Guess I could give it to Dragnmoon.
Once you give it to them, they become a player though. Even better, make sure they're at your table!

Kyles really are evil!

Cheliax *** Venture-Captain, Washington—Seattle aka Big Kyle

Kyle Baird wrote:
Kyle Pratt wrote:
Kyle Baird wrote:
Kyle Pratt wrote:
Just give it to another GM if you win... so long as they buy you a few rounds afterwards!
I wouldn't wish the brutality of part 2 on any GM that I like. Hmm.. Guess I could give it to Dragnmoon.
Once you give it to them, they become a player though. Even better, make sure they're at your table!
Kyles really are evil!

<.<

>.>

^-^

Osirion

Ambrus Vaseline wrote:
Daniel Luckett wrote:
I assume that means the best Explorers, Reporters, and Cooperators will advance.

Except he didn't say which Pathfinder Society.

If he means the real world one then its players who shower, don't metagame, don't hog the limelight and who don't whine or argue.

Hmm, that's worth spreading as the scoring criteria whether its true or not ;-)

I'll say +1 to that!

On an unrelated note: all these Kyles are getting difficult to keep track of!

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Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I'm going to include a note to GMs that if a player at their table hasn't showered, they are disqualified for round 2. We'll see if it makes it through development! ;-)

Silver Crusade **

Is there anyway that you are going to open up more slots to the Race for the Runecarved Key?

Paizo Employee ***** Global Organized Play Coordinator

Ill_Made_Knight wrote:
Is there anyway that you are going to open up more slots to the Race for the Runecarved Key?

We are only allotted 75 tables. With 6 players per table, that is 450 seats. We simply have no more table space.

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Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

The table I'm running will be dead in the first 30 minutes. I could seat 6 more players for the rest of the evening. ;-)

Andoran ***

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Kyle Baird wrote:
The table I'm running will be dead in the first 30 minutes. I could seat 6 more players for the rest of the evening. ;-)

Hmmm. 6 players, 30 minutes. So, 5 hour slot? That comes to 60 players who could play, for a short time each, at Kyle's table....

Spoiler:
Anti-magic shell!

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Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Sorry, my abilities are (Ex)traordinary!

Shadow Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Michigan—Alma

Ill_Made_Knight wrote:
Is there anyway that you are going to open up more slots to the Race for the Runecarved Key?

Race for the Runecarved Key is a special event. The reason it is only offered during one slot is because everyone is playing the same game at the same time with interactions between tables. Is a special event and not really something that could be run more than once a convention.

Qadira ** RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16, Contributor

Kyle Baird wrote:
The table I'm running will be dead in the first 30 minutes. I could seat 6 more players for the rest of the evening. ;-)

I'm kind of wondering if the new six character rules are going to make for short sessions at a lot of tables. It will certainly make for interesting reading in August.

***** Venture-Lieutenant, Georgia—Atlanta aka CRobledo

Kyle Baird wrote:
The table I'm running will be dead in the first 30 minutes. I could seat 6 more players for the rest of the evening. ;-)

Why does that first table get special treatment? If you are chewing through 6 players every 30 minutes instead, Mike could seat an extra 56 people in the same 5 hour slot!

Andoran

If this question has been answered, I missed it...

Is a fresh level 12 going to be allowed to play the second round (assuming they make it, of course)...i.e. if Bob the Barbarian should hit 12 after round 1, will Bob be allowed to play round 2 if selected, and will Bob play as a 12 or an 11 instead?

Thanks Mike!

Paizo Employee ***** Global Organized Play Coordinator

Ricky Bobby wrote:

If this question has been answered, I missed it...

Is a fresh level 12 going to be allowed to play the second round (assuming they make it, of course)...i.e. if Bob the Barbarian should hit 12 after round 1, will Bob be allowed to play round 2 if selected, and will Bob play as a 12 or an 11 instead?

Thanks Mike!

Yes, Bob will play Round 2 as a 12th level character.

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If you qualify for Part 2, you will qualify as a TABLE. That said, I imagine that a certain percentage of players who qualify for Part 2 won't show up (for various reasons*), and we'll end up re-mustering, possibly allowing those who've jumped tiers to play at their new tier. Of course this will depend on table make-up.

I also believe that 10's and 11's will ideally not be allowed to play the 12+ tier either night unless we end up with 3 level 12's not having a 4th player.

*Most likely reason is scheduling. One other reason may be difficulty. Part 2 is going to be significantly more deadly than any other PFS event to date. Of course the rewards will also be higher. How deadly you ask? *I've* had to be the voice of reason for not slaughtering everyone. Seriously. *looks in Mike's general direction*

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Kyle Baird wrote:
How deadly you ask? *I've* had to be the voice of reason for not slaughtering everyone. Seriously. *looks in Mike's general direction*

Kyle as the voice of reason is a bit scary

hides eyes behind paws

Paizo Employee ***** Global Organized Play Coordinator

I have not hid the fact that round 2 is going to be quite deadly. Even in my blog, I advised for people who participate in round 2 to most likely expect one PC death, disintegration, etc.... per table.

As for scheduling issues, I advise anyone who advances to round 2 to play if at all possible. When I said this was the only time it would ever be run, I wasn't joking Round 2 will only be available at this Gen Con only and never make an appearance again.

Osirion

Michael Brock wrote:

I have not hid the fact that round 2 is going to be quite deadly. Even in my blog, I advised for people who participate in round 2 to most likely expect one PC death, disintegration, etc.... per table.

As for scheduling issues, I advise anyone who advances to round 2 to play if at all possible. When I said this was the only time it would ever be run, I wasn't joking Round 2 will only be available at this Gen Con only and never make an appearance again.

Will normal death rules apply? That is, assuming that I'm dead and not disintegrated, will I be able to spend Prestige and cash on hand to have my body retrieved and raised if I'm one of the casualties?

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