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Casts 'Protection from stupidity' on self, fails...


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*** RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

Ok, first let me come right out and say it... I'm an idiot.

We all know of instances where the chronicle sheets are lost etc. I now have the opposite problem. I have the sheets, but I can't find the file (the jump drive went wandering, and my last backup I can find is only 3rd level, I just hit 5th).

Now sure I could keep quiet and just rebuild him (see 'I'm an idiot' above) but I'm an honest idiot, so am I screwed?

Shadow Lodge ****

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Pretty sure the answer is rebuild the character as faithfully as possible.

Grand Lodge *****

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Pirate Rob wrote:
Pretty sure the answer is rebuild the character as faithfully as possible.

This !!

And you are not alone. Stuff happens. I have a local player in my 'junior-league' - friends of my son - and the mother added all chronicles to the paper recycling.

I do have a half-way up to date herolab copy of the character as all the kids tend to get leveled up on my computer and as I have GMed all his games I can recreate the chronicles.

But I'm not looking forward to it and 'as faithfully as possible' will be the best option in cases like that.

Reminds me - maybe time to make a backup of all the characters ...

Paizo Employee ***** Pathfinder Society Campaign Coordinator

As Rob said, we trust you to rebuild the character as close to the original as possible.

Silver Crusade **

Ooh, I can play this game, too.

Two weeks ago, I showed up to the Monday evening game night at the local store all prepped and ready to GM. I read the adventure in advance, drew all the maps before hand so I wouldn't have to take time doing that during the session, looked up monster stats before hand so I knew what I was dealing with. The only thing I forgot was to bring the adventure with me on game night. D'OH!!!

I realized just before start time, and it's about a 15 minute drive each way, so my going home to get it caused our table to start about half an hour late.

I was trying really hard to make a positive impression on a new playing group by volunteering to GM, since it was only my 2nd time playing in Chicago since I moved here. Obviously, that didn't work out quite right.

Anyone else want to share your "biggest idiot" moments?

Grand Lodge ** RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

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Fromper wrote:
Anyone else want to share your "biggest idiot" moments?

I first got my vinyl battlemat right before running First Steps for my family over Christmas last year. I had also acquired plastic sleeves for character sheets and dry erase markers to use with them.

I had thought that those same markers would work on the battlemap. They did, except for the whole "erasing" part. The rest of the scenario used pens and pencils laid out on the map to represent walls. :/

Osirion *

I got my brand new battlemap and halfway through the first adventure used the dry-erase marker my youngest daughter handed me. Did not notice it was a sharpie till after we finished.

** RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2013 Top 16

You know, isopropyl alcohol does a pretty good job of cleaning dry erase marker from those mats, with a little scrubbing. Chemistry to the rescue!

Shadow Lodge *****

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Fromper wrote:
Anyone else want to share your "biggest idiot" moments?

As a GM, I loved the idea of the flip-mats, since early on in PFS I ended up running a bunch of scenarios that had complex maps, so when I could save time by using a pre-drawn one, I was all over that.

One thing I didn't like was trying to get them to lie flat on a table, so I thought I had a great solution - cut them along their fold-lines into 8x10 sheets and use 'em that way.

Two weeks later, I ruin one of my flip mats while trying to clean wet-erase marker from it and the water soaks into the unprotected edges from the cuts, and I have to buy a new City Streets flip map.

Qadira ***** RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

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Mike,

You had the right idea. Next time, coat the exposed edges with rubber cement.

Shadow Lodge *****

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Awesome idea Chris - thanks!

Andoran ***

Or use book tape, the wide clear tape, on 'em.

I have the invitation from Black Waters covered that way.

I dunno. Should a GM feel embaressed that he killed a PC with a giant water bug?

Mitigating factors: d6 class, Elf, no points pent on Con, so an 8. GM rolled a 20, rolled a 10 on the confirmation (which wound up as just hitting. I tried to see if there was another +1 missing somewhere...), and rolled a total of 17 points of damage...

(2d6+4, 1, 2, 1, 5, +8=17)

And almoist drowned another PC in the same encounter... Knocked out by an attack, grabbed, being dragged under water. Pulled up from the water at the last second, just about literally.

At least they didn't wonder why I just had the bug dragging the unconscious Wizard under, instead of under and away...

Grand Lodge ** Venture-Captain, Germany—Düsseldorf aka TerrorTigr

So, are flip-maps like the map from the Beginner's Box? Because that thing does NOT stay flat. -.-

Andoran ***

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Marcus Gföller wrote:
So, are flip-maps like the map from the Beginner's Box? Because that thing does NOT stay flat. -.-

If it is a plastic-coated map that has two folds both vertically & horizontally, that is a flip-mat.

To make it lie flat, just fold it the other way on the folds.

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

kinevon wrote:
Marcus Gföller wrote:
So, are flip-maps like the map from the Beginner's Box? Because that thing does NOT stay flat. -.-

If it is a plastic-coated map that has two folds both vertically & horizontally, that is a flip-mat.

To make it lie flat, just fold it the other way on the folds.

Yeah, I have four flip-mats, and I've never had a problem with it laying flat.

Cheliax ****

You have all the sheets showing your character's purchases, so it should be a pretty faithful recreation.

Am I the only one who has his feat and skill progressions basically memorized starting at level 1?

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

Mergy wrote:

You have all the sheets showing your character's purchases, so it should be a pretty faithful recreation.

Am I the only one who has his feat and skill progressions basically memorized starting at level 1?

I've had too many characters over the years to remember that for any of them at this point.

Andoran **

My Flip mats (of which I just bought some out of date paizo ones!.. thanks booko.com.au) just arrived. Just laid them out flat but noticed they are already elevating slightly.

*

I've always updated my PFS characters in the Paizo website as aliases in my profile.

Grand Lodge ** Venture-Captain, Germany—Düsseldorf aka TerrorTigr

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kinevon wrote:
Marcus Gföller wrote:
So, are flip-maps like the map from the Beginner's Box? Because that thing does NOT stay flat. -.-

If it is a plastic-coated map that has two folds both vertically & horizontally, that is a flip-mat.

To make it lie flat, just fold it the other way on the folds.

Oh dammit, I should not have asked! That works perfectly well!

Now I don't have any excuses not to buy flip-maps. Goodbye, money, it was nice to briefly have you!

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

Also, if you store the flip-maps flat (such as inside an artist's portfolio briefcase thingy) they eventually will loose the folds, laying super flat.

*** RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

Good news, the missing drive has been found!

Thank you for your sympathy everyone.

Silver Crusade ****

I'll admit I had an idiot moment, but fortunately I had a contingency.

I had printed out nice maps for Decline of Glory only to realize that I left the maps at home. :( I had a blank flip mat though!

Similar problem at a later session with King Xeros of Old Azlant, but only to realize I missed the squares are 10' instead of standard 5'. Flip mat to the rescue again. Oh, and I left my seperated minis at home that day too. :( Raided my brothers bestiary box!

** Venture-Lieutenant, Washington—Seattle aka Gwen Smith

Mike Bramnik wrote:
Fromper wrote:
Anyone else want to share your "biggest idiot" moments?

As a GM, I loved the idea of the flip-mats, since early on in PFS I ended up running a bunch of scenarios that had complex maps, so when I could save time by using a pre-drawn one, I was all over that.

One thing I didn't like was trying to get them to lie flat on a table, so I thought I had a great solution - cut them along their fold-lines into 8x10 sheets and use 'em that way.

Two weeks later, I ruin one of my flip mats while trying to clean wet-erase marker from it and the water soaks into the unprotected edges from the cuts, and I have to buy a new City Streets flip map.

If you counter-fold the maps, they will lie pretty flat. Wherever there's a crease "bubble", fold the map against the crease and press it most of the way flat (but don't make a hard crease). Most of the time, that should get it to lie flat. If it doesn't, fold the map against the crease again and press it down into a hard crease.

Counter-folding works instantly, and it's much more effective than trying to flatten maps with books. And you can always repeat the process whenever your maps start bubbling (probably about every 3rd time you get them out).

***

i wish paizo would invest in making tact-tiles (the old plastic ones, not the newer battleboard which is particle board) with custom map tiles. i'm sure people would love those (i sure would)

Andoran ***

Last month had my laptop stolen just before stating "Echoes of the Everwar", so played a pregen and than next day another character. lost all my chronicles and character sheets. Kept worrying about how was going to rebuild them. Week later remembered that I had put copies on my flash drive for GenCon, which would have been 1-2 chronicles short for both of the ones was thinking of playing. Guess where the flash drive was? Yep, in my pocket the whole weekend!! Just dont tell Bob, though.

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