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Pathfinder Society GM Discussion

Taldor

How does one become a Game Master for organized play? I used to ref 3.5 and all the other D+D versions etc... But sense there are some stipulations to reffing this system..?

*****

There aren't really any stipulations to being a judge for pfs other than having a pfs number, access to the core assumption and the will to be a judge :)

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

Her purpleness got the three most important parts down.

For the more in-depth answer, most of the technical aspects of GMing a PFS game (such as filling chronicle sheets, dealing with player death, etc...) are all in the Guide to Organized Play document. Just download and become familiar with it.

Taldor

So I dont need a separate number for GM-ing. I can fill out chronicle sheets based off of my player/member number...
I need to re-read the Guide to Organized play. Thank You both for your comments.

Osirion **** Venture-Captain, Oregon—Portland aka Branding Opportunity

CRobledo wrote:
Just download and become familiar with it.

This last part is really the most important if you are already familiar with the Pathfinder rules. Be prepared that none of your players know the specific rules for Pathfinder Society. If you feel like you need more advice on how to do this, feel free to ask questions here, or else try to play a few PFS games that someone else is running first.

Osirion **** Venture-Captain, Oregon—Portland aka Branding Opportunity

HoldenLongwood wrote:
So I dont need a separate number for GM-ing. I can fill out chronicle sheets based off of my player/member number...

Yup, that's correct! It's one of the many ways PFS is different from the RPGA.

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

Alex Greenshields wrote:
Yup, that's correct! It's one of the many ways PFS is different from the RPGA.

I used the same RPGA number for playing and judging for almost 10 years. Did they change that at some point after LFR came out?

Grand Lodge ****

Purple Fluffy CatBunnyGnome wrote:
There aren't really any stipulations to being a judge for pfs other than having a pfs number, access to the core assumption and the will to be a judge :)

Reading the all of the guide to organized play is one stipulation however. ;)

Osirion **** Venture-Captain, Oregon—Portland aka Branding Opportunity

Jonathan Cary wrote:
I used the same RPGA number for playing and judging for almost 10 years. Did they change that at some point after LFR came out?

Not that I know of. I was referring to the "DM Test".

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

Alex Greenshields wrote:
Jonathan Cary wrote:
I used the same RPGA number for playing and judging for almost 10 years. Did they change that at some point after LFR came out?
Not that I know of. I was referring to the "DM Test".

Heh. Oh yeah, that. I was already a Grandmaster DM when that came out.

Taldor

I have only played pathfinder for a couple of weeks. Before that it was 3.5 and before that well you guys know the story.. Thirty years later most of my companions have re -prioritized their lives or died. So I have to settle for four hour scenarios once a week that sometimes remind me of get the cheese.......

Grand Lodge ****

HoldenLongwood wrote:
I have only played pathfinder for a couple of weeks. Before that it was 3.5 and before that well you guys know the story.. Thirty years later most of my companions have re -prioritized their lives or died. So I have to settle for four hour scenarios once a week that sometimes remind me of get the cheese.......

I'm not trying to be rude, but that's not the best attitude to bring to the table as a GM.

Plus sometimes you get to make quesadillas from the cheese.

Shadow Lodge ****

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HoldenLongwood wrote:
I have only played pathfinder for a couple of weeks. Before that it was 3.5 and before that well you guys know the story.. Thirty years later most of my companions have re -prioritized their lives or died. So I have to settle for four hour scenarios once a week that sometimes remind me of get the cheese.......

What Sven said.

Also, be forewarned, knowing 3.5 is sometimes a detriment for GMing Pathfinder. The rules *have* changed, and things are not all the same, especially minor things. Knowing 3.5 (in my experience) is just as much a hindrance as it is helpful).

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Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Alex Greenshields wrote:
Jonathan Cary wrote:
I used the same RPGA number for playing and judging for almost 10 years. Did they change that at some point after LFR came out?
Not that I know of. I was referring to the "DM Test".

Said DM Test for the RPGA doesn't exist any longer. For that matter, LFR no longer requires you to have an RPGA / DCI number to order an adventure, or to play or GM in it. Effectively, the RPGA as a separate entity has ceased to exist; it's now part of WotC D&D Organized Play, and the RPGA acronym isn't even used any longer.

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Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Ryan Bolduan wrote:
Also, be forewarned, knowing 3.5 is sometimes a detriment for GMing Pathfinder. The rules *have* changed, and things are not all the same, especially minor things. Knowing 3.5 (in my experience) is just as much a hindrance as it is helpful).

Indeed. I've resigned myself to, at least once per PFS adventure, stumbling across some little rules item which I'm used to approaching a certain way (from playing and DMing 3E/3.5 for 12 years), and having it pointed out to me that it works differently in Pathfinder. :-D

Cheliax

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Do you have to appear at any con's or social meetings to GM or can it be strictly from your home if you want?

*****

BeefSupreme wrote:
Do you have to appear at any con's or social meetings to GM or can it be strictly from your home if you want?

you can GM from your home if you want ... for me some of the fun is GMing at conventions and gamedays plus it keeps me a little social

Qadira *

Purple Fluffy CatBunnyGnome wrote:
BeefSupreme wrote:
Do you have to appear at any con's or social meetings to GM or can it be strictly from your home if you want?
you can GM from your home if you want ... for me some of the fun is GMing at conventions and gamedays plus it keeps me a little social

The only thing that you would be unable to do from home as a PFS GM would be to keep a 5-star rating (p39 PFS Guide). Apart from that, you can GM at home or online just fine.

Cheliax

Pathfinder Maps Subscriber

Thanks for the help. I have one more question. When you have a high fame score what exactly can be bought with it? For example if the player had 22 Fame & the maximum item cost is 8,000gp, what exactly can It get within that range?

Qadira *

BeefSupreme wrote:
Thanks for the help. I have one more question. When you have a high fame score what exactly can be bought with it? For example if the player had 22 Fame & the maximum item cost is 8,000gp, what exactly can It get within that range?

Anything not available via the 'Always Available Items' section starting on p24. In essence, you can only source expensive items if you are famous enough for your faction contacts to track them down for you.

Grand Lodge **

BeefSupreme wrote:
Thanks for the help. I have one more question. When you have a high fame score what exactly can be bought with it? For example if the player had 22 Fame & the maximum item cost is 8,000gp, what exactly can It get within that range?

Any item in a Paizo sourcebook that's legal for play according to Additional Resources and whose full normal market price is up to 8000 gp. If it's over 3000 gp, he can only buy it in a settlement of at least 5000 inhabitants or at the end of a scenario. He can buy something Always Available or on one of his chronicle sheets however much it costs.

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HoldenLongwood wrote:
How does one become a Game Master for organized play? I used to ref 3.5 and all the other D+D versions etc... But sense there are some stipulations to reffing this system..?

You have to like gnomes and treat all gnome PCs with the utmost respect and reverence.

This is not a joke!

Qadira ****

Jason S wrote:
HoldenLongwood wrote:
How does one become a Game Master for organized play? I used to ref 3.5 and all the other D+D versions etc... But sense there are some stipulations to reffing this system..?

You have to like gnomes and treat all gnome PCs with the utmost respect and reverence.

This is not a joke!

I think I have to stop GMing, stupid gnomes... lol

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

Benrislove wrote:
Jason S wrote:
HoldenLongwood wrote:
How does one become a Game Master for organized play? I used to ref 3.5 and all the other D+D versions etc... But sense there are some stipulations to reffing this system..?

You have to like gnomes and treat all gnome PCs with the utmost respect and reverence.

This is not a joke!

I think I have to stop GMing, stupid gnomes... lol

Not at all. Just remember that the only respect a gnome deserves is to be properly entombed.

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