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Winter War 40, 25-27 January 2013, Champaign Illinois


Pathfinder Society Grand Lodge

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Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

With FlatCon in the books, it is time to turn our attention to the next central Illinois convention, Winter War. We are really excited as it is the convention's 40th anniversary. We are actively working on the schedule of events and should have something posted very soon. With as many as 80 tables of PFS during the con, we will have A LOT of options for players/GM's to choose from. If you have any requests, please let me know.

pfs.illinois@gmail.com

I hope to see everyone there!

****

Yay! Vacation request submitted. This con made for a nice little birthday getaway this year and I've been looking forward to next year's for some time already.

I'd love to see 4-8, 4-10, 4-12 offered consecutively. I'm trying to play through all of the tier 7-11 scenarios of season 4 in order with a single character.

Also, I could run 4-EX and the special (assuming you're offering them and 4-EX stays on schedule).

Andoran *****

Planning on being there. Too early to tell yet. Gotta wait til a little closer to the end of the year.

Sczarni *****

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Modules Subscriber

In, but only if you resign then Favre during Winter War.

Silver Crusade **

Sounds like fun, but it's too early to tell if I can make it. Ask again in a month or two.

Silver Crusade **

Bruno grapple Winter War.

Silver Crusade **

Bruno Breakbone wrote:
Bruno grapple Winter War.

It sounds like a large convention. It might have a high CMD.

Andoran *****

Fromper wrote:
Bruno Breakbone wrote:
Bruno grapple Winter War.

It sounds like a large convention. It might have a high CMD.

I dunno. Bruno might be able to do it.

Silver Crusade ****

I was going to make a shot for this, but there's no way I'll be able to do Winter Fantasy and Winter War. :(

Maybe next year!

*** Venture-Lieutenant, Illinois—Richmond aka thunderspirit

Seth Gipson wrote:
Fromper wrote:
Bruno Breakbone wrote:
Bruno grapple Winter War.

It sounds like a large convention. It might have a high CMD.

I dunno. Bruno might be able to do it.

Bruno no care. Bruno grapple all at once, not one at a time.

Sczarni *

Seth Gipson wrote:
Fromper wrote:
Bruno Breakbone wrote:
Bruno grapple Winter War.

It sounds like a large convention. It might have a high CMD.

I dunno. Bruno might be able to do it.

10 gold on Bruno. I've seen his work.

Planning on being there!

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

Daniel Luckett wrote:

I was going to make a shot for this, but there's no way I'll be able to do Winter Fantasy and Winter War. :(

Maybe next year!

Considering they are on the same weekend, that would be difficult anyway.

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

Mike Lindner wrote:
I'd love to see 4-8, 4-10, 4-12 offered consecutively

All three are on the schedule, but I cannot guarantee that they will be offered consecutively. I'm sure you will have ample opportunity to play all three if that is your intention.

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Bob Jonquet wrote:
Mike Lindner wrote:
I'd love to see 4-8, 4-10, 4-12 offered consecutively
All three are on the schedule, but I cannot guarantee that they will be offered consecutively. I'm sure you will have ample opportunity to play all three if that is your intention.

Hey, you did ask for requests, and you didn't say they had to be reasonable. If not it could give me an excuse to go to OwlKHAAAAN a couple weeks later.

Andoran *****

My unreasonable request is that you get the Paizo staff members who are going to Winter Fantasy to come to Winter War instead. ;)

Sczarni *****

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Modules Subscriber

Bob,
Will there be any modules offered or Eyes of the Tenses?

Taldor **** Venture-Lieutenant, Indiana—Northwestern Indiana aka VanceMadrox

Seth Gipson wrote:
My unreasonable request is that you get the Paizo staff members who are going to Winter Fantasy to come to Winter War instead. ;)

You'll have to come to Winter Fantasy and get them. You can have them Sunday night. You may as well run some games while you wait.

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Seth Gipson wrote:
My unreasonable request is that you get the Paizo staff members who are going to Winter Fantasy to come to Winter War instead. ;)

I second this.

Or we could just wage a war this winter against winter fantasy. It can be called "The Winter War." Take all their dice. The ransom shall be a twinkie. No, two twinkies!

*** Venture-Lieutenant, Illinois—Richmond aka thunderspirit

Mike Lindner wrote:
Seth Gipson wrote:
My unreasonable request is that you get the Paizo staff members who are going to Winter Fantasy to come to Winter War instead. ;)

I second this.

Or we could just wage a war this winter against winter fantasy. It can be called "The Winter War." Take all their dice. The ransom shall be a twinkie. No, two twinkies!

Two twinkies and a Paizo staff member to be named later. ;-)

Andoran *****

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thunderspirit wrote:
Mike Lindner wrote:
Seth Gipson wrote:
My unreasonable request is that you get the Paizo staff members who are going to Winter Fantasy to come to Winter War instead. ;)

I second this.

Or we could just wage a war this winter against winter fantasy. It can be called "The Winter War." Take all their dice. The ransom shall be a twinkie. No, two twinkies!

Two twinkies and a Paizo staff member to be named later. ;-)

*Makes plans to cause a national Twinkie recall in early to mid January.*

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

Rene Duquesnoy wrote:
Will there be any modules offered or Eyes of the Tenses?

I am looking at those options. Eyes of the Ten is currently on the schedule as is the last three free RPG say modules. I was thinking of adding three modules (one each day) for those who are largely up to date with scenarios, but not sure. With the release of Thronkeep, it might make an appearance on the schedule as well. A lot depends on the player/GM response. To pull this off, we'll need roughly a 50% increase in both over last year's hugely successful effort.

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

Seth Gipson wrote:
My unreasonable request is that you get the Paizo staff members who are going to Winter Fantasy to come to Winter War instead. ;)

I have no idea what the attendance is expected for Winter Fantasy, but I'm sure that if we (1) turn out to be a larger event, and (2) pay the travel and hotel costs for the Paizo staff, we could get someone to attend Winter War. Of course, Mike would be the primary target for obvious reasons, but I am a fan-boy of Erik Mona. Hmmm, now if I could just get him to come out and GM his level of Thornkeep... :-)

Andoran *****

Bob Jonquet wrote:
Seth Gipson wrote:
My unreasonable request is that you get the Paizo staff members who are going to Winter Fantasy to come to Winter War instead. ;)
I have no idea what the attendance is expected for Winter Fantasy, but I'm sure that if we (1) turn out to be a larger event, and (2) pay the travel and hotel costs for the Paizo staff, we could get someone to attend Winter War. Of course, Mike would be the primary target for obvious reasons, but I am a fan-boy of Erik Mona. Hmmm, now if I could just get him to come out and GM his level of Thornkeep... :-)

I cant say anything for the travel costs, but I'd be willing to split the hotel room bill with you if it would give Erik the push to make it out to the con. Assuming I would get to play at his table of Thornkeep anyway. ;)

*** Venture-Lieutenant, Illinois—Richmond aka thunderspirit

Seth Gipson wrote:
Bob Jonquet wrote:
Seth Gipson wrote:
My unreasonable request is that you get the Paizo staff members who are going to Winter Fantasy to come to Winter War instead. ;)
I have no idea what the attendance is expected for Winter Fantasy, but I'm sure that if we (1) turn out to be a larger event, and (2) pay the travel and hotel costs for the Paizo staff, we could get someone to attend Winter War. Of course, Mike would be the primary target for obvious reasons, but I am a fan-boy of Erik Mona. Hmmm, now if I could just get him to come out and GM his level of Thornkeep... :-)
I cant say anything for the travel costs, but I'd be willing to split the hotel room bill with you if it would give Erik the push to make it out to the con. Assuming I would get to play at his table of Thornkeep anyway. ;)

I smell a "Get Erik Mona to Winter War" Kickstarter (or, more accurately, an Indiegogo).

And, incidentally, count me in to the contribution pool. ;-)

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

We are considering whether or not to offer the Runcarved Key GenCon special. Also, we are thinking that a slot other than Saturday night might be better. After two days of gaming and a full day (Saturday) most players/GMs are reaching exhaustion. Perhaps another slot would make for a better experience. We were thinking either Friday night or Sunday morning.

Any feedback on (1) should we offer it, and (2) where it should be on the schedule?

Silver Crusade **

If you do the big special Friday night, people who are driving in from a long distance Friday evening after work (possibly including me driving in from Chicago - too early to tell at this point) will miss it. And generally speaking, gamers are more likely to be night people than morning people, so Saturday night wins over Sunday morning for that reason.

In other words, I think the reasons why Saturday night has traditionally been the time for the big special events at cons are still valid, so I say stick with it.

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Fromper wrote:

If you do the big special Friday night, people who are driving in from a long distance Friday evening after work (possibly including me driving in from Chicago - too early to tell at this point) will miss it. And generally speaking, gamers are more likely to be night people than morning people, so Saturday night wins over Sunday morning for that reason.

In other words, I think the reasons why Saturday night has traditionally been the time for the big special events at cons are still valid, so I say stick with it.

As a counter point to this, having the special on Friday or Sunday opens Saturday up more for module play. I think this is great as I think offering modules helps distinguish a con from just being a big game day.

I think it would be worth trying. My preference would be Friday night.

It seems to be that Sunday could have problems with player and GM availability as well unless it's run with a hard end time, though perhaps less so compared to Friday.

Andoran *****

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Friday evening or Saturday afternoon or evening all would work well enough, I think, though I think you should make sure to offer scenarios in those slots that are NOT the special, as by January many people have already played it.

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

The more I review the scheduling, the more likely it is that we will not offer the special. Between GenCon and a couple of nearby conventions that have offered it, I expect the turnout would be less than expected. And it does create scheduling conflicts with other multi-slot events like modules and series scenarios. I hope to have a final schedule released later this week. Some of the items to finalize include:

  • offering the first three levels of Thornkeep
  • Eyes of the Ten
  • winter-based scenarios like Frozen Fingers of Midnight, Shades of Ice, & Frostfur Captives
  • return to a classic series, Devil We Know
  • all season four scenarios

If anyone has any specific requests, feel free to email me at pfs.illinois@gmail.com and I will see what I can do.

Explore! Report! Cooperate!

Andoran *****

Earlier this afternoon, I tried to check the prices on rooms in the hotel the con is in during the dates of the con, just to get an idea of how much it's gonna cost. It told me there were no available rooms.

Does the con have the entire room rented out, and the only way to get a reservation is to be attending the con?

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

I made my reservation yesterday without an issue. Call and ask for the convention block.

Sczarni *****

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Modules Subscriber

I made mine as well.

$89 for a king bed
$99 for 2 double beds

Andoran ***

Bob, I just want to say THANK YOU, for organizing this. I've been alittle distracted and look up and see you have done alot already. Think I will play little, this year, so as too learn from the BEST!!!

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

Jeff Morse wrote:
learn from the BEST!!!

I am flattered, but far from the best organizer. I've seen poorly run conventions (very frustrating) and I just want to make things as easy as possibly on the players and GMs and welcoming to new players.

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

I have received a lot of requests to share a hotel room to save some money, more requests than would be comfortable in a single room. So, I would ask that if anyone is interested in, or looking to, rooming with someone for the con, please post here. I would hate to see someone miss out for lack of space. Thanks

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

Okay, the schedule has been submitted. It should be approved and visible on the Winter War website by November 10th which is the first day you can begin to register for events.

I will be using the Warhorn site to manage GM assignments, but all player registrations must go through the main Winter War website. If you want to volunteer to GM, please register on the warhorn site, review the schedule, and send me an email with your selections. I will update the roster for visibility as often as possible. GM requests will be first come-first serve.

GMs will be expected to bring the scenario, chronicle sheets, printed handouts/faction missions, and any game-aids you intend to use (minis, maps, terrain, etc.). I will be providing the roster/reporting sheets. I will also provide pregens (as needed) as well as new player cards.

I will be submitting the scenario requests for GMs to Paizo during the 1st week of January to provide 3+ weeks of prep time, so please volunteer prior to that. I will still take volunteers right up to the start of the convention, but you will receive less advanced time to review the scenario and provide the players an outstanding experience.

If you have any questions or wish to volunteer, please email me at pfs.illinois@gmail.com

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

Oh, and I forgot to mention...if you GM one slot/table, you receive a 50% discount on your convention badge. GM two or more slots and get your badge for FREE!!!

Andoran *****

You can count on me and Kristen to take at least 2 slots each. :)

Grand Lodge ****

When are you going to open up registration for games? Winterwar.org looks like it is only offering mail in registration. Will that change?

Any chance I can sign up to GM events soon or sooner?

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

GM requests will be done through email directly to me and I will enter them into the Warhorn site for tracking and visibility.

We are not using Warhorn for player sign ups for two reasons:
(1) The convention uses event tickets for events, so players must register with the convention in order to play (or buy generic tickets on site)
(2) Since the convention uses event tickets, opening Warhorn up for GM's to sign up, would also open up the players to sign up. That would lead to a lot of confusion as to who is entitled to the seats at the table. We tried to use Warhorn for player visibility last year and it create a lot of problems.

The Winter War website should be opening up online registration, including event tickets, soon, but I am not on the convention staff so I don't have an exact day/time. Once I see it go live, I will post it. I also encourage everyone to keep an eye on it.

Andoran ***

Just to let everyone know, the Hawthorn has WiFi through out the hotel and gaming rooms. Also we have several fast food places within walking distance (next door). For those getting rooms there, they have a great breakfast room. As for GM slots, better hurry cause good ones are filling up. Hope to see you all there.

Sczarni *****

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Modules Subscriber

Can't wait!

Sczarni **

Bob Jonquet wrote:

GM requests will be done through email directly to me and I will enter them into the Warhorn site for tracking and visibility.

We are not using Warhorn for player sign ups for two reasons:
(1) The convention uses event tickets for events, so players must register with the convention in order to play (or buy generic tickets on site)
(2) Since the convention uses event tickets, opening Warhorn up for GM's to sign up, would also open up the players to sign up. That would lead to a lot of confusion as to who is entitled to the seats at the table. We tried to use Warhorn for player visibility last year and it create a lot of problems.

The Winter War website should be opening up online registration, including event tickets, soon, but I am not on the convention staff so I don't have an exact day/time. Once I see it go live, I will post it. I also encourage everyone to keep an eye on it.

need to get your email as I would like to signup to dm 2 games.

1) sat 3pm rise of the goblin guild
2) sat 8pm the icebound outpost

I have played both scenarios.

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

pfs.illinois@gmail.com

Rise of the Goblin Guild is assigned to you, but Icebound Outpost is already taken. Feel free to review the schedule, select another option, and send me an email.

Andoran ***

All signed up. good to know what I'm running 2 months ahead!!! Wish could play in the 12th level stuff but wont have time, even if got a character that high.

Silver Crusade **

When can we actually sign up for games?

Andoran ***

Asked on FB page. Dont remember when in the past we were able to.

http://www.facebook.com/groups/488317051201109/

Andoran ***

Jeff Morse wrote:

Asked on FB page. Dont remember when in the past we were able to.

http://www.facebook.com/groups/488317051201109/

Susan McKinney- Usually pre-reg opens around the beginning of December. Donald McKinney will post a message here (or I will) :Dand on the winter war yahoo group. The pre-reg will have the costs of badges and games.

Andoran ***

Jeff Morse wrote:
Jeff Morse wrote:

Asked on FB page. Dont remember when in the past we were able to.

http://www.facebook.com/groups/488317051201109/

Susan McKinney- Usually pre-reg opens around the beginning of December. Donald McKinney will post a message here (or I will) :Dand on the winter war yahoo group. The pre-reg will have the costs of badges and games.

http://www.facebook.com/groups/488317051201109/501258729906941/?comment_id= 501391479893666&notif_t=group_comment

Andoran *****

Any idea how badge registration will work for those of us running enough games to get our badge for free?

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