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Pathfinder Society GM Discussion

Osirion **

I've been asked to GM a Pathfinder Society Game, but I have not yet had the chance to play the game.

Is it true that once I judge it, I can never play it (I am unlikely to play it anytime soon)?

I just want to be sure, before I turn down the judging until I play it.

TIA

***** Venture-Captain, Massachusetts—Boston aka Harley Quinn X

You can play after you've run a scenario. Just be courteous, when you do get to play, to not spoil the scenario for your fellow players. They may not have run it, and players appreciate a good surprise.

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To build a bit on David's answer:

- After having GMed an scenario, you may, indeed still play it once for credit (i.e., receive a Chronicle). When you finally do go to play it, you should let your GM know that you have previously GMed the scenario, and you should refrain from spoiling the plot for your other players.

- The first time you GM a scenario (whether or not you have previously played it), you receive a Chronicle sheet, which you can apply to any of your characters which have not already played the scenario. You get the full XP, GP, and Prestige awards on the Chronicle, as if you had played it. So, even if you "eat" an adventure (i.e., you GM it before getting a chance to play it), you still get play credit. The Guide to PFS Organized Play has more details on this.

Osirion **

David Montgomery wrote:
You can play after you've run a scenario. Just be courteous, when you do get to play, to not spoil the scenario for your fellow players. They may not have run it, and players appreciate a good surprise.

OK thanks. I've done the play after judge in LFR so I am cognizant of the necessities. I figure it will be a long time before I play the game, I am not likely to remember specifics.

Grand Lodge ****

Before you run a table you should read the PFSociety Guide to organized play. Cover to cover.

Grand Lodge ** RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

Twice. And once backwards.

Taldor **

And while skydiving.

*

Without a parachute. You must learn master the reality-altering abilities of GMing.

In all seriousness, unless you're worried about spoiling a scenario's plot for yourself, there is no negative result from GMing for PFS. GMing should be encouraged - after all, it's a volunteer activity.

I echo reading the Organized Play Guide throughly first though(I would recommend this even for players)

Osirion **

Sean H wrote:
I echo reading the Organized Play Guide throughly first though(I would recommend this even for players)

I have GM'ed in other games - a lot back when I was an LG Triad - just not Pathfinder. I will read the guide again (and probably again right before the session) - and I even bought the PDF for the Game Masters Guide and Beastiary to have them on hand.

It is good to know I can GM for others without ruining my chance to play a game for myself. Not that I will much remember much - I seem to mostly remember the negatives of games I play - the TPKs, the games where everthing seemed to be more than 30 feet away or require low-light vision, or floating down a river, the always being fatigued or exhausted in mountains - plus any games (other systems) I've written.

Thank you all again - Live Long and Prosper (with the Force being with you)

;)

Andoran ***

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Welcome to PFS, hope you enjoy the stay.

Like LG, there is a limited number of times you can GM or play a scenario for credit, in general.

Unlike LG, you don't have to "eat" a scenario anymore.

Tier 1 scenarios, and Tier 1-2 modules (Level 1 as their target PCs), can be replayed (and re-GMed) any number of times with level 1 PCs for credit.

Also, as you may notice, GMing scenarios and modules earns you "table credit" which earns you GM stars.

10 tables = 1 star
30 tables = 2 stars
etc.

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