Winter War 45, 26-28 January 2018, Champaign-Urbana IL


Local Play

Grand Lodge ***** Regional Venture-Coordinator, Great Lakes aka TwilightKnight

Its time to start planning your trip to Winter War 45! It promises to be another exciting three days of gaming. Our schedule will be up soon, but registration is open and some events are popping up so you can obtain your convention badge and start planning the trip.

As always, we will be managing our GMs using WARHORN visibility. Check out the site for instruction on how to volunteer. The schedule will be posted soon.

Due to our previous venue being renovated, this year the event will be held at the Wyndham Garden in Urbana just off of I74. They will have a discounted convention block for those seeking room accommodations and if you volunteer for at least two sessions as a GM, you will earn a free badge. We are working on some incentive rewards for anyone willing to GM more tables so stay tuned.

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Bob, there have been some requests among the locals that, since FlatCon did not schedule hardly anything from the end of Season 8, Winter War might offer some of the final scenarios from that seasons, instead of being solely focused on Season 9. Thanks.

Grand Lodge ***** Regional Venture-Coordinator, Great Lakes aka TwilightKnight

Individual players/GM are certainly encouraged to submit requests for additions to the schedule. After having asked for that very thing for four+ years and receiving zero response, we stopped asking. We are happy to consider it but need to know ASAP as the schedule is pending finalization as we speak. Generally speaking, we tend to stick to the newest material because Winter War depends a lot on visitors from outside our local area and their feedback has always been new over old. Since we have control over our local events it is easier for us to accommodate those specific requests at GameDays. Also, if someone players the newest scenarios at the con, they can take that experience back to their local store and GM it.

Silver Crusade *

Here are some suggestions. These are scenarios I've missed playing when they were offered before.

08-05: Ungrounded but Unbroken

08-14 To Seal the Shadow

08-13 What Sleeps in Stone

The Exchange *

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The 26th is my Birthday so Im going to treat myself to some PFS goodness! Bob, let me know what you need run and I will gladly give two or more sessions. One request, I would like to play one of the specials, either 8-99 or 9-00 as I will have GMed them both twice by Winter War! lol Thanks for all you do and the kids and I will see you and Ali at FlatCon!

Grand Lodge ***** Regional Venture-Coordinator, Great Lakes aka TwilightKnight

Marc Waschle wrote:
let me know what you need run and I will gladly give two or more sessions

Sorry, that's not how we do things. If you want to GM an event, follow the instructions on our Warhorn site. Thanks

Grand Lodge ***** Regional Venture-Coordinator, Great Lakes aka TwilightKnight

Romulus FlameBlade wrote:

Here are some suggestions. These are scenarios I've missed playing when they were offered before.

08-05: Ungrounded but Unbroken

08-14 To Seal the Shadow

08-13 What Sleeps in Stone

Will look into this, but LodgeCon in Peotone is in February and will have more previous season content. It might work out better for that event.

Liberty's Edge ***** Venture-Captain, Illinois—Central Illinois aka Valkyrie Incarnate

Romulus FlameBlade wrote:

Here are some suggestions. These are scenarios I've missed playing when they were offered before.

08-05: Ungrounded but Unbroken

08-14 To Seal the Shadow

08-13 What Sleeps in Stone

I am making the schedule for Lodge Con, and those 3 are on it. If anyone else has any requests, I am willing to take them. I have a bunch of season 6, 8, and 9 on it so far.

Grand Lodge ***** Regional Venture-Coordinator, Great Lakes aka TwilightKnight

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The Winter War schedule is up on Warhorn so you can start considering what to play. I am forwarding the schedule to the convention, but open registration will not open for another month or so.

If you want to GM, please read the instructions on the Warhorn page. Thanks

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Thanks, Bob! The schedule looks really good.

Wow, I did not expect that we would be running both interact specials simultaneously, but it makes sense.

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not fair, was going to say destiny trilogy but than saw heresy trilogy. having ran it twice and still got maps, will volunteer for

Sovereign Court *** Venture-Lieutenant, Illinois—Champaign-Urbana aka GreggH

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I'm really pleased with the expansion of PFS/SFS space! Bob and Ali, thank you for working so diligently with the Winter War convention staff and the new venue to get us up to 16 tables per slot. For a change, my biggest problem at a con is choosing what to play rather than finding enough to play. I look forward to GMing/playing PFS in all seven slots, and I hope to see lots of my local and not-as-local PFS pals there!

Grand Lodge ***** Regional Venture-Coordinator, Great Lakes aka TwilightKnight

Hopefully we will get enough players and GMs so all of those scheduled tables will run. I've heard some rumblings in the community that a few people are not coming due to issue that arose last year. I wonder that we'll be missing key members of our community. The event is a few months out, so no cause for concern yet, but we are still quite short of being fully staffed.

Grand Lodge ***** Regional Venture-Coordinator, Great Lakes aka TwilightKnight

Our GM schedule is filling up quite nicely, but we still have plenty of opportunities. Remember, GM two slots and get your badge for free. GM three slots and get your choice of older, mostly retired boons from my own personal collection. GM five or more slots and receive a free block of Great Lakes exclusive d6s with the '6' replaced with the glyph of the open road, stamped for '17

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Bob Jonquet wrote:

Due to our previous venue being renovated, this year the event will be held at the Wyndham Garden in Urbana just off of I74. They will have a discounted convention block for those seeking room accommodations and if you volunteer for at least two sessions as a GM, you will earn a free badge. We are working on some incentive rewards for anyone willing to GM more tables so stay tuned.

Hey Bob, I don’t see anything on the Winter War website about the venue or accommodations beyond a note on the front page to the effect that the usual facilities won’t be used. Do you have any idea what the room rates will be? More importantly—and I’m pretty sure I’m going to feel dumb for asking this because it has to be there someplace obvious but I’m just not seeing it—I don’t see a place on the convention website to actually register for the convention. How much is a badge, in other words, and how do I buy one?

Cheers,

Christopher

* Contributor

Actually, never mind about the hotel. I made arrangements for that already. Thanks!

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Christopher, last year registration didn't open until December.

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Thanks for the info, Mimo!

I made a hotel reservation and signed up for a couple of sessions GMing. I’m sure everything will work out fine. I’ve never been to Champagne-Urbana—looking forward to it.

Grand Lodge ***** Regional Venture-Coordinator, Great Lakes aka TwilightKnight

If I recall, convention badges are $15, and they are not available until open registration which I think is targeted for the first of December. IIRC the con block room rate is $99, but you’ll have to call the hotel direct to confirm.

Liberty's Edge ****

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Can’t wait to see this convention.

The Exchange

Glad to see new folks joining us for some gaming.

Dark Archive

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...running Cost/Benefit analysis...

Grand Lodge

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We still have a few GM slots open so check out our Warhorn page if you are interested. Remember, 2+ slots get you a free convention badge. 3+ and we'll award you a random bonus boon from our personal library of unused boons, many of which are long out of print, including some race options. And if you are really industrious, we still have a few more blocks of special regional 2017 PFS d6s with the glyph of the open road left that are perfect for your next sneak attacking rogue or fireball throwing blaster.

Also, registration opens this Sunday, 3 December, time TBD. Be sure to get in early to reserve your seats for the games you want to play. Our schedule of event is submitted and entered into their database, just awaiting on approval from the convention chairman so they can be activated for view. In the meantime, you can review our complete schedule on the Warhorn page.

The Exchange

IT IS SO CLOSE!!!!!!!!!!!! REGISTER TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!
running these I am
Events You Are Running

Sat E (Saturday Evening) : PFS 2-06 Heresy of Man part I: The First Heresy (5-9)
Sun F (Sunday Morning) : PFS 2-07 Heresy of Man part II: Where Dark Things Sleep (5-9)
Sun G (Stunday Afternoon) : PFS 2-09 Heresy of Man part III: Beneath Forgotten Sands (5-9)

The Exchange

REGISTRY IS OPEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!http://www.winterwar.org/


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Any idea when we might get the special in our downloads? I would love to be able to work on it over Christmas break. (Thankfully, I can at least I can get the list of monsters for my tier from the shared GM prep docs.)

Grand Lodge

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Expect standard release timing about two-three weeks prior to the event. I won’t be submitting the GM request roster until (1) all slots are filled or (2) January 1st which is my published deadline to receive the scenarios for free. We still have roughly eight tables to fill. Submitting multiple emails/request forms increases confusion and the chances something is missed.


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Thanks, Bob. I figured as much.

I wish they would just make the specials available for sale as I would gladly pay money to have the flexibility to work on them earlier.

Dark Archive

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Okay, signed up for convention, signed up on Warhorn, system won't let me sign up for a couple of the remaining GM slots. Email already sent Bob's direction.

...Does anyone need a room-mate?

I snore lightly, willing to sleep on floor if needed to sweeten the negotiation 'pot'.

Currently looking at Amtrak as my transportation option down, but willing to chip in on all gas/some food if someone is driving through the DuPage County, IL area and able to pick me up.

Grand Lodge

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Still a few Gzm tables looking for a volunteer, but they are almost gone. If you want a free convention badge, register soon before they are gone

Be sure to tell your friends about Winter War. Player registrations are open and with over a hundred tables of OP, we have room for everybody! Okay, well maybe not everybody ;-)

The Exchange

Jeff Morse wrote:

IT IS SO CLOSE!!!!!!!!!!!! REGISTER TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!

running these I am
Events You Are Running

Sat E (Saturday Evening) : PFS 2-06 Heresy of Man part I: The First Heresy (5-9)
Sun F (Sunday Morning) : PFS 2-07 Heresy of Man part II: Where Dark Things Sleep (5-9)
Sun G (Stunday Afternoon) : PFS 2-09 Heresy of Man part III: Beneath Forgotten Sands (5-9)

and playing these

Sat - C (Saturday Morning) PFS 8-25 Unleashing the Untouchable (12-15)
Sat - D (Saturday Afternoon) PFS 9-00 Assault on Absalom (7-8)
Fri - B (Friday Evening) PFS 9-07 Salvation of the Sages (7-11)


Events You Are Running
Sat E (Saturday Evening) : PFS 9-07 Salvation of the Sages (7-11) Thank you SO very much, OPT. So VERY much... :P

Sun G (Sunday Afternoon) : PFS 8-22 Wrath of the Fleshwarped Queen (1-5)

Playing:

Fri - B (Friday Evening) PFS 9-10 Signs in Senghor (1-5)
Sat - C (Saturday Morning) PFS 9-08 Birthright Betrayed (1-5)

The Exchange

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Events You Are Running

Fri A (Friday Afternoon) : PFS 9-03 On the Border of War (5-9)
Sat C (Saturday Morning) : PFS 9-03 On the Border of War (5-9)
Sat E (Saturday Evening) : SFS 1-00 Claim to Salvation (Lvl 4 PreGens)

I'm also excited to play in:

Fri - B (Friday Evening)
PFS 9-11 The Jarlsblood Witch Saga (5-9)

Sat - D (Saturday Afternoon)
PFS 9-00 Assault on Absalom (7-8)

Sun - F (Sunday Morning)
PFS 8-20 Torrent's Last Will (7-11)

Sun - G (Sunday Afternoon)
PFS 9-07 Salvation of the Sages (7-11)

It will be nice to FINALLY get to play in a special this season for a change! I can't wait to meet everyone and have a great weekend!


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Events I am running:

Sat - D (Saturday Afternoon) PFS 9-00 Assault on Absalom (7-8)
Sun - G (Afternoon) 9-04 The Unseen Inclusion (1-5)

I'm excited to play:
Fri-A (Afternoon) 8-20 Torrent's Last Will (7-11)
Fri-B (Evening) 9-11 The Jarlsblood Witch Saga (5-9)

Sat-C (Morning) Unleashing the Untouchable (12-15) WooHoo!

Sunday-F (Morning)8-24 Raid on Cloudborne Keep (5-9)

I was originally planning to go to bed early Saturday night, since I'm getting lots of intense high level play, but now I'm tempted to sign up for Wei Ji's 9-07 Salvation of the Sages Saturday night.


...Would it be bad form to try and pre-muster my table for Salvation here on the forums because there's *A LOT* of bells and whistles involved and anything that can be done to streamline the process at site would be immensely useful and helpful?


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I know I don't post much here, but I figured I'd join the crowd posting their tables!

I'm GMing:
Sat E (Saturday Evening) : SFS 1-05 The First Mandate (1-4)
Sun G (Sunday Afternoon) : PFS 9-09 Beyond the Halflight Path (3-7)

And I'm playing:
Fri - A (Friday Afternoon) : PFS 5-08 The Confirmation (1-2)
Fri - B (Friday Evening) : PFS 0-01 Silent Tide (1-5)
Sat - C (Saturday Morning) : PFS 8-07 From the Tome of Righteous Repose (3-7)
Sat - D (Saturday Afternoon) : PFS 9-00 Assault on Absalom (3-4)
Sun - F (Sunday Morning) : PFS 2-21 The Dalsine Affair (1-7)

I hope everyone has an excellent time at WinterWar!

Grand Lodge

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"GM” wrote:
...Would it be bad form to try and pre-muster my table for Salvation here on the forums because there's *A LOT* of bells and whistles involved and anything that can be done to streamline the process at site would be immensely useful and helpful?

Not bad form, but good luck pulling that off. It’s a crap shoot if the players are even watching this thread and the convention generally does not share that info with us

Grand Lodge

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Sorry, I was half asleep when I posted that unhelpful comment. You can try emailing the convention staff directly and asking them to email the players to email you. For privacy reasons, they will not provide the emails of any registered players directly.


It's okay, I just wanted to know before I tried figuring things out along those lines.

Where there is a Will, there is a Way...

Dark Archive

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I've picked up a junior suite for Thursday night through Sunday morning checkout. In the event I need an alternate space for Sages run-over time, it's a good Plan C.

That being said, have an extra bed-space in the room, but whoever takes it will need to understand that there's the prospect we might have an epic scenario finishing up Saturday night.

Grand Lodge

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As is almost inevitable with all conventions, we have experienced a couple of late GM cancellations and are looking for some help to cover those tables. If you are attending Winter War and are willing to help with any of these, please send an email to pfs.illinois@gmail.com
Thanks,

Friday 2-6pm, PFS 8-07 Tome of Righteous Repose
Friday 2-6pm, PFS 9-08 Birthright Betrayed
Friday 7-11pm, PFS 6-10 The Wounded Wisp
Saturday 8-mid, SFS Quest Into the Unknown
Sunday 2-6pm, PFS 9-10 Signs in Senghor


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Bob, I can take the Friday night game.

(Bummed to give up my seat a Nathan's Witch Saga table, but maybe I can recruit some new blood.)

Dark Archive

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Bring food with you.

The hotel restaurant doesn't exist anymore!

Wi-fi is slow, do not rely on it.

That aside, looking forwards to seeing folks tomorrow after I figure out breakfast!

Grand Lodge

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Just more reasons why we're staying across the parking lot at the Holiday Inn :-D

Dark Archive

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Good call.

The Exchange

Slaying many creatures in the special.
Holding our own in tier 7-8.


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Thanks Bob and Ali, and all the GMs, for a really fun con.

It's such an honor to have people from all over the country come to our little town for this event.

Dark Archive

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Thank you very much for having us down!

Hopefully I wasn't too much of a bother?


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It was great having you at my table, Wei Ji.

Grand Lodge

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Despite the challenges of a new venue, poor hotel staff, etc. the convention was a success and fun was had by all. I had a looong, productive conversation with the board of directors. I am very optimistic that they are making significant changes moving forward like revamping the entire website including the registration process as well as cooperating with us to accommodate some changes that will improve PFS without negatively impacting the other games. I am excited about the possibilities for next year and hope everyone in the OP community will consider attending next year to see the improvements for themselves.

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