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Dark Archive * Venture-Agent, Netherlands—Zoetermeer aka Psyblade

Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:

Bret, Amanda and I are at the train station in Seattle, waiting to board our train. It’s been a wonderful convention! I had so much fun meeting all of you!

Hmm

PS. @ S.W.A.T. — Tyrant’s Grasp for a group assignment?

Do it Order of the Amber Die style!

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Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
MadScientistWorking wrote:
How?

I doubt John will be able to answer that with any timeliness, but I will mention it to him.

I encourage everyone to mention your misgivings, as they will be paying attention to the threads. (Maybe not this one specifically, but we can hope.)

Sorry. I didn't mean to sound disrespectful more than I just have been playing a lot of high tier PFS recently and it just seems weirdly unmanageable in regards to making something uniformly difficult. I should hold off since there is newer hard mode stuff which is probably a better indication of difficulty.
kevin_video wrote:
Anyone who's done Season 4's The Waking Rune can tell you it's not an easy scenario by any means. However, it's also got a Hard Mode to it. My guess is the final multitable will be something like that.

There's been a hard mode scenario every season since sixth. If you have enough resources to spend on most of the hard modes have giant monstrous counters to them. Even the GM cheaty cheat cheat cheat that people loved to do with Waking Rune bizarrely is survivable.

Dark Archive ***** Venture-Lieutenant, Minnesota—Minneapolis aka Leg o' Lamb

Edwin Wessels wrote:
Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:

Bret, Amanda and I are at the train station in Seattle, waiting to board our train. It’s been a wonderful convention! I had so much fun meeting all of you!

Hmm

PS. @ S.W.A.T. — Tyrant’s Grasp for a group assignment?

Do it Order of the Amber Die style!

Sorry, that’s Vasectomy Con.

The Exchange ***

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Ah...let’s get this out of the way, I’ll post answers when I get home....about 24 hours from now. You should have plenty of time to get your guesses up.

Trivia Contest Questions:

Round 1: Paizo Staff and Lore:
1. Those of you who read either the Paizo’s credits pages or the Monday minis blog may know that Mark took on a new role and responsibilities in the past year. What is Mark’s new job title?

2. Paizo’s Forums allow users to flag problematic post for a variety of reasons, including these examples: “offensive/sexist/racist content,” “double post”, “spam”, and “thread is the wrong forum.” There’s also one option that covers any other category not provided on that list — the equivalent of a ‘none of the above’ option. What is that option, which is 3 words long? Uh, remember that while this question seems amazingly easy to answer here an now, but in the contest, devices and the internet are not allowed. -Painlord.

3. One week after Paizo announced the upcoming Playtest for second edition of Pathfinder, Jason Bulmahn and Stephen Radny-McFarland attended a convention where they ran the first public Playtest games of this new system, in the process raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project. What was the name of that convention in Wisconsin?

4. Choose one of the following employees and provide the name of that person’s pet: Brian Bauman, Judy Bauer, Chris Caldwell, Katina Davis, Glenn Elliott, Crystal Frazier, Lissa Guillermo, Mika Hawkins, James Jacobs, Jason Kelley, Amanda Hamon Kunz, Rick Kunz, Luis Loza, Ron Lundeen, Sara Marie, Rob McCreary, Erik Mona, Sarah Robinson, Owen Stephens, Lisa Stevens, Jason Tondro, or Vic Wertz.

5. PaizoCon 2018 marks the 5 year anniversary since Thurston Hillman met John Compton in a bar after the Playtest of Pathfinder Society Special #5-00: Siege of the Diamond City. There they cackled like hyenas while devising the worth deathtrap of an adventure, including special conditions that GMs to eat player’s boons in front of them. This was later the subject of an April Fools blog on paizo.com in 2015 and has featured in several interviews and convention panels since. What is the name of this non-canonically absurd adventure site found in the Abyss.

Round 2: Pathfinder Rules:
1. Nearly every spell has limited range. Arrange the following in ascending order based on their range when cast by a 10th lvl caster: magic missile, fireball, jump, mirror image, slow. For the purpose of this question, consider the range of touch to be 5’.

2. To date, the blogs on paizo.com have previewed 6 of the 12 core classes appearing in the upcoming Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook. Name them.

3. The Starfinder Core Rulebook includes 7 core races. For the purpose of this question, ignore the legacy races at the back of the book, and treat any race with special options as a single race. What is the only Starfinder core race that has access to neither an Intelligence bonus nor an Intelligence penalty?

4. According to the Pathfinder Playtest blogs, a character’s patron deity imposes some restrictions on behavior, representing actions that go against a deity’s will, defy that deity’s teachings, or violates that deity’s alignment. These restrictions are especially important for characters who draw their spellcasting powers from a deity. What is the one-word term that now defines these behavior restrictions?

5. Math question: Altronus and Raia are the only characters aboard a starship that’s come under attack by space pirates. Raia jumps into the pilot’s seat, but rather than be a gunner, Altronus insists he needs to be the captain. Raia resigns herself to piloting and using her minor action to shoot the starship’s sole weapon: a heavy laser net. Using her minor action, she performs the snap shot minor action to fire the laser net at pirates from 12 hexes away, drawing on the starship’s MK3 duonode computer to assist her aim. Raia is 9th level and has 16 dexterity as well as maximum ranks in the Piloting skill. Hoping to help, Altronus loudly informs Raia that she had better not miss, in the process successfully using the demand action to boost her check. What is the final bonus for Raia’s gunnery check?

Round 3: Pathfinder Adventures:
1. At the beginning of the organized play campaign, the Starfinder Society is experiencing serious staff shortages and resorts to hiring mercenaries to explore a mysterious ‘false moon’ orbiting a distant planet. Later, Starfinders returned to explore more of this site as part of a live media event. What is the name of this mysterious site that has featured in two different Starfinder Society adventures so far?

2. During Season 8 of the Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild, the PCs gathered several powerful artifacts in order to free the demigod Ranginori. Name of these artifacts—either the hammer, the decanter, or the gemstone prison itself.

3. The “War for the Crown” Adventure Path features the PCs as agents of Princess Eutropia. Over the course of the campaign, the PCs develop their own network of contacts as well as bolster their representative political reputations using a new subsystem introduced in Pathfinder #128: Songbird, Scion, Saboteur. Name exactly three of the 6 facets featured in the subsystem.

4. As part of GenCon’s 50th anniversary, Paizo produced the module Heroes for Highdelve by Amanda Hamon Kunz. The PCs are visitors to Highdevle during its Brightbloom Jubilee, during which they can learn the town has a powerful patron and guardian who’s commemorated in the large statue in the town square. What time of creature - be specific - is this patron?

5. Sci-fi fantasy stories just wouldn’t be the same without a trusty starship with which to travel the galaxy. Early in the Dead Suns AP, the PCs discover and acquire their own starship. What is the name of the vessel?

Round 4: Pathfinder Campaign Setting:
1. When the gods allied to trap Rovagug within Golarion, it fell to the god Dou-Bral to seal the planetary wound. He did so with a series of structures, most of which stand to this day. What is the collective name of these structures, which have not only featured in the Campaign Setting books Inner Sea World Guide and Mythic Realms, but also in more recent Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Nidal, Land of Shadows, where the Tower of Slant Shadows is one of these monuments.

2. Starfinder Pact Worlds describes numerous new species, including an especially curious creature native to the Liavaran moon of Hibb. Identify this creature, which is both playable as a PC race and has the anosmatic ability, meaning it has no sense of smell whatsoever.

3. Pathfinder #123: The Flooded Cathedral includes a special article detailing the core Atlantic pantheon from millennia ago. Although familiar deities such as Pharasma feature, there are many other deities rarely worshipped in the Age of Lost Omens. Among these is a CN deity of companionship, defensive battle, and the moon. What is her name?

4. In the latest series of Pathfinder Comics, Spiral of Bones, the heroes begin the story in what city?

5. The latest Starfinder hardcover book, Pact Worlds presents 14 planets, space stations, or other celestial features that are considered the major regions of the Pact Worlds system. How many of these are classified as protectorates of the Pact Worlds, meaning that they few or disjointed inhabitants and lack full voting rights?

Round 5: Pathfinder Characters:
1. The Pathfinder Adventure Card Game has created dozens of class decks, and they recently released a sequence of ultimate add-on decks made to augment existing characters and class decks. Each ultimate add-on deck also features one playable character. Who is this new playable character who makes his Adventure Card Game debut in Ultimate Combat Add-on Deck?

2. The head of the Starfinder Society is an elected visionary known as the First Seeker, each of who leads the Society in a grand initiative. At the campaign's start in 2017, the First Seeker Jadnura is trapped elsewhere in the galaxy, and a provisional First Seeker Luwazi Elsebo has stepped up to lead in his absence. According to the Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Guide, what is First Seeker Jadnura's race?

3. In addition to its iconic characters associated with class, Paizo has four iconic goblins that feature in the module We Be Goblins and its sequels. One of these, Poog is a cleric of Zarongel. Which two domains has Poog selected?

4. In Pathfinder: Kingmaker, the upcoming video game by Owlcat Games, one of the companions you can recruit is a dwarven cleric named Harrim. Although he grew up in the Five Kings Mountains and aspired to follow Torag, Harrim later dedicated himself to an unlikely divine patron. What deity does Harrim worhship?

5. PaizoCon 2018 has two mascot characters, each featured in the convention booklet with their respective backstories. Name one of these characters: either the mischievous trickster who fled a wizard academy or the young warrior who protected her parents' caravan from boggard raiders.

All typos are probably mine. Definitely probably. Apologies. —Painlord.

Sczarni ***** Venture-Lieutenant, Washington—Pullman aka Coraith

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Painlord wrote:
Stuff and things.

It was great seeing you. Thanks for the laughs!

Scarab Sages ***** Venture-Captain, Netherlands aka Woran

Painlord wrote:

Ah...let’s get this out of the way, I’ll post answers when I get home....about 24 hours from now. You should have plenty of time to get your guesses up.

** spoiler omitted **...

Woah, John made a tough one again! I know only a few from the top of my head.

The Exchange ***

Steven Huffstutler wrote:
Painlord wrote:
Stuff and things.
It was great seeing you. Thanks for the laughs!

Thanks. And also thanks for reminding me to mention again...that the staff, GMs, volunteers, everyone was *amazing* again. Whenever I had a question or needed something, every volunteer whether they wore the orange, purple, red, or gold shirts were amazing.

+1 to Walt Shepherd for captaining a strong team. Though I missed TwilightBob and Todd Freakin' Morgain, your team was great the entire time.

Tonya, I know you appreciate your team. And they deserve it all.

Grand Lodge ****

Gotta say that I hope that the final game isn't a 5-15, but a 3-20. I'd hate for new players who only have level 1-4 characters be forced to play as pregens at 7th just so they can sit down at a table. We've got a lot of new players where I am, and they're barely 2-3 games in. Even myself, my first multitable was only my third game ever, and it was Race for the Runecarved Key.

Still, another level 20 outside of Race would be appreciated. We did Race two years ago at our convention and the seekers were level 17 thanks to all the modules they'd ran through. By the time this comes out, Legacy should be completed, making them all 19 2/3. I'd hate that they'd need to wait until the final AP and run through that before they got to level 20 and not even get to play with their own PFS characters.

We've got a year before that happens though. Hopefully the developers will hear the pleas.

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I really should join the trivia contest one of these years...

RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16

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As promised, my notes from the Pathfinder AP panel, which in my two years of attending has been my favorite panel each year (there will also be a couple notes from the Secrets of Golarion panel mixed in here):

Ron, the new back matter developer, is an optimist -- much to Crystal's dismay.

Return of the Runelords:

* As mentioned previously, this game will involve time travel that's being carefully shepherded to not blow everything up. I asked later on whether it would be used to make some changes to the campaign setting heading into 2e (even though there's still an AP between this and 2e), but it sounded like that was definitely NOT the plan.

* The AP will only have two back matter articles (plus the Bestiary and, though this wasn't questions, I assume the NPC Gallery) instead of three. That's simply to allow more room for this game, and the third article will return afterward. I believe it will also not have the forward as well, though they may try to use the Paizo blog to include those types of notes.

* One of the first volumes (will include a "GM's Guide" with a timeline to help keep track of timing and so the GM knows who (in terms of Runelords) is where, when, etc.

* Heroes from Rise of the Runelords and Shattered Star are "baked into" the story. Dubbed the Sihedron Heroes, they'll be part of the campaign traits (obviously done carefully as they can't know what characters everyone used to go through those adventures). The trait choices will have implications the players don't know about, as in Wrath of the Righteous.

* Players will go to the Dimension of Time, but just going there causes things to go attack you when you were less powerful! (I also have "not only hostile plane" in my notes right next to this, so that probably means players will go somewhere else too.)

* From secrets of Golarion panel: A new Vancercaskin will pop up: She's kind of a jerk but may be my favorite (sorry, didn't note if that was Mark M. or James J. who that quote should be attributed to). The character's name sounded a bit like Lullaby to me, but I didn't hear it quite clearly enough to write down for sure.

Tyrant's Grasp titles and authors (no other spoilers):

* The Dead Roads, by Ron Lundeen
* Eulogy for Rozlar's Coffer, by Jason Keely (I may have got the spelling wrong on Rozlar, obviously)
* Last Watch, by Larry Wilhelm
* Gardens of Gallowspire, by Crystal Frasier
* Born by the Sun's Grace (Son's Grace?), by Luis Loza
* Midwives to Death, by John Compton

More Tyrant's Grasp spoilers:

* There will be a couple PFS tie-ins. A prequel will send players to a small town in Lastwall called Rozlar's Coffer. A later tie-in, dubbed "The Grinder" (and I know there's been some more discussion in the PFS circles about this) involves trying to get back to Vigil to get help. But they get back too late, which leads too:

* The Dead Roads doesn't start off well for players -- they're dead. They've got to deal with pyschopomps in an effort to find a way home.

* Last Watch involves going to Vigil and trying to recruit paladins.

* Born by the Sun's Grace (Son's Grace?): Arcadia! Find out what Aroden was doing there, involving the "legacy left behind of a god traipsing around in an unfamiliar culture." Adam said he realized he's been keeping Arcadia all to himself, so when Luis was hired and really wanted to play there too, they had a long talk to set parameters and now we finally get the most Arcadia stuff that we've ever gotten.

* Midwives to Death, will NOT involve going mythic to try to be able to face Tar-Baphon. HOWEVER, players will get to pick up a 2nd mythic character who can kick Tar-Baphon's ass ... if we can keep her alive. A later comment in Secrets of Golarion made my think this could be Nocticula, who will now be a CN goddess of something (sorry, I didn't catch it!) and I think artists in exile. I could be very wrong on where Nocticula is expected to pop back up thought, as that's my assumption that it's here.

* From Secrets of Golarion panel: Crystal says TB's phylactery is not on the Isle of Terror.

* This will mostly NOT take place in Ustalav.

Scarab Sages ** Venture-Agent

Another great PaizoCon. It started with Unleashing the Untouchable run by Chris Senz from Australia. I got to play alongside Steven Coling, Majuba, GM EZ Earl, Cass McQueen, and Sarvei. Couldn't have asked for a better group to play with.

I then quickly switched tables, and ran Call of the Copper Gate that same night.

Friday morning I played Scourge of the Farheavens run by a VC from Montana(sadly sleep deprivation from this weekend has caused me to forget his name.) Great job running this table I had a lot of fun!

Friday afternoon I joined Jon Dehning's(Leg O' Lamb) table of Temple of Empyreal Enlightenment. This was one of the highlights of the Con for me. Great scenario, great GM, great group. I died temporarily, but just barely managed the res for my second level redneck Champion of Irori.

Friday night I ran my first of three tables of Beyond the Halflight Path.

Saturday morning I ran the second table of Halflight Path. The takeaway from this table was Lead Golems are all kinds of trouble.

Saturday afternoon I socialized for a while, and then tried the 2nd Edition Delve with GM Jason Keeley. I am definitely excited to playtest this in August!

Saturday Evening was the Banquet, and I sat at James Jacobs' table. The table had some really great conversations about all kinds of AP/adventure development related topics, and then there were all the great previews of what's coming up that have already been revealed.

After the Banquet I got a brief nap before wandering down to the ballroom, and hanging out at the HQ table for hours. As a result my activities Sunday morning included being in a coma until 11:30 am.

Sunday afternoon I went to three really great Seminars. The Wayfinder Magazine Seminar, the PFS Q&A Seminar, and the AP Seminar.

Sunday evening was the Solstice Scar: Part C. I played tier 10-11 with a group of 4, and Sarvei as my GM. I had a good time, but the Fangwood can go right to hell.

Monday morning was my third and final run of Halflight Path. I had a really fun table of players that made this a great last slot for the Con.

The rest of Monday was spent hanging out with Steven Coling, Chris Senz, and Preston, Nate and Shelly Hudson. Later after everyone else had gone off to sleep I met Julian(Ericthecleric) from the U.K., and talked for a bit until I headed to the airport for a red eye home.

Now sadly PaizoCon is done until 2019. Can't wait til next year!


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Painlord wrote:

Ah...let’s get this out of the way, I’ll post answers when I get home....about 24 hours from now. You should have plenty of time to get your guesses up.

** spoiler omitted **...

Alrighty then!

I would not have been much help at all with the Trivia Contest.

My cracks at these, no cheatin':
Round 1
1. No idea.
2. "Violates other guidelines"
3. GaryCon
4. James Jacobs - "Shimmy" the cat
5. No clue.

Round 2
1. mirror image, jump, slow, magic missile, fireball
2. Fighter, Wizard, Paladin, Rogue, Cleric, Alchemist
3. Haven't the foggiest.
4. Creed (?)
5. I don't even know where to start.

Round 3
1. Haven't read or played in that one...
2. ...or that one...
3. ...or THAT one...
4. ...or that one, either.
5. Oaky, I DID read this one, but don't remember.

Round 4
1. I should know this, but do not.
2. I own this book, but have only flipped through it a little. No idea.
3. Ditto.
4. Waiting for the compilation.
5. Let's see... Aucturn, Bretheda, Liavara... so, 3?

Round 5
1. Never played ACG. No idea.
2. I'll guess: Lashunta
3. I think they were Fire and Strength
4. I'll guess: Desna
5. I read that, but don't remember.

I am now even more glad that I went to the "Inspire Courage" event instead!

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Painlord wrote:

Ah...let’s get this out of the way, I’ll post answers when I get home....about 24 hours from now. You should have plenty of time to get your guesses up.

** spoiler omitted **...

Okay, here are my guesses:

Spoiler:
Round 1: Paizo Staff and Lore:
1. Director of Canon (I know that’s not the exact title, but that’s what it amounts to…)?
2. Other problematic content?
3. Garycon
4. Crystal - Bandit
5. Shax’s House of Pain

Round 2: Pathfinder Rules:
1. Mirror Image – Personal, Jump – Touch, Slow – Close, Magic Missile – Medium, Fireball - Long
2. Alchemist, Cleric, Fighter, Paladin, Rogue, Wizard
3. Android (int bonus), Kasatha (maybe?), Human (floating bonus), Ysoki (int bonus), Lashunta (int penalty in sub race), Vesk (int penalty), Shirren (guess this one)
4. Anathema
5.Raia’s gunnery normally - +3 Dex + 9 ranks = +12
Other bonuses +12 – 2 (snapshot) – 4 (range increments) +3 (mk3) +4 (demand) = +13

Round 3: Pathfinder Adventures:
1. Salvation’s End
2. The Unbreakable Opal
3. Gusto, Zeal, Pizzazz? (I heard this once, but not coming up with it. In my defense, I’m deliberately trying to avoid info about WftC so that Kalindlara can shock me when she runs it.)
4. Stag? (I dunno – it would be really nice if a pdf of it would show up online…)
5. The Sunrise Maiden

Round 4: Pathfinder Campaign Setting:
1. Gallowspires
2. Bastrid?
3. Arazni?
4. Kaer Maga
5. 5? (Mercury equivalent, Aucturn, Diaspora, 2 Gas Giants)

Round 5: Pathfinder Characters:
1. Hayato
2. ½ Orc?
3. Fire, Animal
4. Calistria?
5. Enora?

13:51 with no internet or other resources.

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I had a great time as always! Highlights for me:

The Flaxseed Lodge luncheon, getting to attach faces and real names to the board names of some of the folks in that big group pf play-by-posters.

The PF2 playtest with Mark Seifter - cool insights into the system (though it was a social scenario, where things are not so different from 1.0) and the chance to ask lots of questions.

Winning the trivia contest! I have to admit I added very little to my team - but my son kicked butt, as did James Anderson (thistledown) and the Starfinder guru whose name I have forgotten, and the quiet couple who spoke up occasionally with vital answers. We've done the trivia contest every year for five years, and we were in second to last place after the first round of questions - it was awesome to come back and win it with a tiebreaker question!

As always, lots of fun PFS games (I really enjoyed House of Harmonious Wisdom), great people and not quite enough sleep.

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Okay.

I wasn't aware of JUST HOW BADLY I had crammed my schedule for PaizoCon this year until yesterday afternoon.

This is a brief placeholder post as I'm chilling at the airport waiting for a flight back home, with some brief highlights:

Ran Fallen Family, Broken Name twice during the convention, on Friday and Monday mornings. Both tables were amazing, fun to GM for, and we *finished on time* (but only JUST on Friday).

Ran 1-2 table of the Special. Realized halfway through one of the middle chapter encounters that I'd dropped a HORRIBLY CR inappropriate creature on the party... who handled it like expert Pathfinders and came together. Had a gentleperson from France, and they thankfully started writing cards telling me their actions as my hearing started to go later in the slot.

Played Blakros connection last night with a few folks I knew, TOZ as GM, and Ward Davis joined us. Boy howdy that was a TRIP.

Super-kudos to 10,000 Lakes Gaming for the Friday afternoon slot AND for the overnight volunteers. I wasn't expecting much from the overnight play, and was pleasantly surprised that it was *quiet enough to think* and *much roleplay* but also got done 1.5 hours before I expected to... bonus sleep-time = doublewin.

I'll post more tonight when I get home, packing up the laptop atm.


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Belabras wrote:
Anyone have pics of the greenskin ACG games? I only briefly got to see the game in action.

No pictures, however I played in all 3 and they were my Con highlight!

Cartmanbeck and the team did and amazing job with the scenarios.
Some great twists and good difficulty. We had some real nail biters.
Highly recommended

Also great to meet some great hard core ACG players in person and put faces to forum handles.
Highly recommend PaizoCon to anyone considering it.
It was my first time and I was on the fence about coming.
SOOOOO glad I did

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Thrusday-
Meet up with friends at a market to stock up on foodstuffs for PaizoCon weekend, before heading off to the venue [we're all local, so it's a half-hour drive]. It's going to be Ham'n'Turkey sammiches for lunch and dinner for the weekend.

Friday-

Spoiler:
Wake up, internalize that that will be last full night of sleep i'll get this weekend, and gets in line for the registration. After drop my loot bag back in room, get in line for my first game. Then, i leave line trying to find a garbage to toss my banana peel and see that the store is open. Bought four mini boxes, a Goblin pin, and an Acquisitives Starfinder pin.
First game- #9-18 Scourge of Farheaven, playing my Gunslinger-1/Warpriest-4. The final encounter was tricky as our only arcane caster was a Magus. We managed to get through with a judicious use of torches and a monk who had grenades. My character pretty much spent the entire cash reward on buying ten rounds +1 Corrosive ammo for 1600g, thanks to a boon i got from a friend the year before.
Up to the Cascade room for Dungeon of Dis-Dress, a lottery event another local friend managed to get approved for the convention. Much hilarity ensued as we fought through several entertaining rooms. Like a flooded toilet and water snake with a mimic, a goblin arena with a bulette which was assaulted by the mimic [whom itself was adhered to the kitune samurai- who was riding a borrowed triceratops from another character that wasn't chosen], a succubus roller derby, a visit to the offices of "Nurse Practitioner Duhm" before the final encounter.
I played a Gnome Rasmirian Priest. Then down for my next game-
#9-16 Fallen Family, Broken Name, playing my Grippli Grappler [Brawler 2/Cavalier 3]. As the party left, we heard a voice calling for us to wait up- a new initiate asked to join the party: Jeff, the lvl 1 Wizard whom has Evocation as one of his opposition schools asked if he could join in on our mission. We agreed, warning him to stay back. Jeff becomes the butt of many of our jokes, but all in good humor. My grippli's time to shine when we encountered a Fire Drake- who nearly killed Jeff with it's opening Fire Breath. Anywho- climb onto ceiling, get above drake, drop down and grapple. Drake is too preoccupied with everyone else to shake off the grippli- his mistake; as i use my Expert Captor ability to tie up the drake [Cavelier, Order of the Penitent, remember?]. The Hunter than finishes off the drake, and we drag the drake corpse to the butcher in Umok for a month supply of Drake Jerky.
The party finishes up the rest of the mission, and then Jeff get the bad news- This scenario was a quest akin to House of Harmonious Wisdom; as such, JEFF ONLY GETS IN-TIER GOLD. The rest of the party walk away with 2000g- Jeff gets 500g, a several near-death experiences, and a harrowing introduction to Pathfinder Society.

Three games down, many more to come. Up to room to prepare for Saturday!

Saturday
I wonder how many people cursed Louis for petitioning for the overnight slots... That said, i volunteered to GM two slots and got them each at 1 am.

Spoiler:
Running #9-20 Fury of the Final Blade, full table, all playing up. Got some pointers from Steve aka NorseWolf(?) and another GM who was running it during the day, who were close by. Being a 3-star GM, i've only ever run a handful of early season t7-11 scenarios; this one had much more running moving parts and tactics.
That said, much hilarity ensued when the party's plan to Dimension Door to a location FAILED- all the time to prep, they overlooked one thing.
Even with the plan falling through, they get to the cusp of this portion of encounter and power through to complete the adventure. Sadly, none were Liberty's Edge- so the primary draw of the scenario was lost.
Over all, everyone had fun- especially me: when i found out i was running a game for a surviving PFS Goblin.
Back up to the room for a couple hours of sleep before heading back down.
Load up on snacks for the day, and a cup of complementary coffee, head back down for SFS #1-14 STAR SUGAR HEARTLOVE, with my Envoy (who is based off Malcolm Reynolds from Firefly and NOT Hans Solo.) During the final encounter, i felt my Envoy was unoptomized and rather lacklucter; am now considering multiclassing into operative and/or Soldier. BTW- i kept my CD.

With the Banquet looming, i catch a nap and head back downstairs to try to find a pick up game. Come across some folks talking about trying to do the impossible- organize Assault on Absalom special as a Pick-Up game before the special itself. Sure, i'm in!
While that plan gets tossed into the maelstrom of PaizoCon, we decide to play #9-08 Birthright Betrayed with my Inquisitor-2; we spent a good long time arguing over what to do with a hunter's hippo companion after we arrested him.
Rest of the mission was fun, and now my Sovereign Court Inquisitor has a really nice boon- that doesn't really appeal the character itself. Why? Samsaran Inquisitor of Zon-Kuthon- doesn't care about politics and nobility; just wants to make sure those venerating Zon-Kuthon are doing it properly, and not for their own sadomasochism. Still, really good boon.
Contemplates going to bed, but sees friends running a pick up game of Starfinder, #1-06 A Night in Nightarch with my Envoy-4. Eh, why not? I can hope this game finishes quickly. As the game progresses, I was dead tired but have been convinced that my Envoy is lackluster.
We finish late...


Saturday complete, back up to room to get ready for Sunday.

Sunday

Spoiler:
Secretly hope that my table gets cancelled for want of players, #9-20 Fury of the Final Blade.
It isn't as i have three players all looking to play upper tier, but no one else joins, and they opt for a pregen- Because there aren't any lvl 10 Pregens they take a lvl 7 Ezren. Wizards are good, right? Sadly, because of the pregen, the players are forced to play down without the adjustment.
After the preliminary investigation, the player decide they'd rather have Damiel- whom they mostly used as an extract vending machine.
With three lvl 10's fighting enemies scaled for a party of 7-8's it's a cakewalk. The players find out some game-changing information in regards to their mission, and change script. Consulting with Louis, i let the players continue their plans.
Despite being completely overpowered for their adventure, the party had fun.

Back up to room for a nap before my 8am game.

More snacks, and coffee for my next adventure- #9-21 In the Grandmaster's Name with my 6 Slayer/Mesmerist, and to my surprise- a local player is running the game.
We managed to run through the entire scenario with no fights and finish in two hours. WOOOOOO- I head up to the room for a nap before the Pick-Up Special which is a go with full support and several tables.

One nap later, i head back down and collect my mini i left at this morning's table.

I get in line for the Pick-Up special, and decide to play my Ratfolk Barbarian 2. Had a blast with playing Assault on Absalom, the witch in the party not so much at the beginning as we were fighting mostly undead.
Afterwards, my friends freaked out over a couple of the boons and we went back up to the room for a nap before the actual special. Then one friend came up with a crazy Spellslinger build, and wanted to play it during the special. I told him to go downstairs and get some advice from judges- because with that build ideas, GM will hate him.

Sunday Night, #8-99C Solctice Star

Spoiler:
Playing 5-6, with party comp of a wild-shape Druid, a bad-touch Soul-blade, and two Rangers- i decided to play... my Grippli Grappler!
First encounter against a Ragewight and some other fodder my grippli gets in place to do his specialty: charging grapple! only to get crit and knocked out by the Ragewight. luckily, i make my save against the Ragewight's negative drain.
Next area, the party is hampered by the inevitable Deeper Darkness, my Grippli uses Martial Flexibility to snag Blindfight to grapple some skeletal champions, while the rangers trudge out of the darkness to fight the other thing.
For the first time, Expert Captor has become a timeless ability.

Next arc, we fight the kobolds, and the druid gets dropped in a conjured Pit and i drop in my newly purchased Iron Rope hoping to help her get out, failing to register the "irrevocably" part of the transformation... ah well, 750g tossed away.
Into the caves to fight the Frost Dragon, my grippli aims to repeat his KO maneuver, as he did against the Fire Drake... I get into position over the Dragon, I have Death from Above [from Martial Flexibility], I'm on the ceiling, i have a +21 to grapple [+5 DfA, +2 Charge, +1 high ground, +13 CMB ] my turn is coming and... Compton calls an end to the current arc. Damn it, 20 ft Climb speed... and the gm says the Dragon was down to a dozen hits points. so close.

We fight a Treant during the "test of strength", I try to grapple but both times i'm just swatted off.

In the final area, we're accosted by a couple of dire boars, a shambling mound, and a goblin sorcerer. I manage to tie up another boar [#4 for Expert Captor] while the team deals with the Shambling Mound and the sorcerer. Compton calls an end to the event before we could deal with the Necrotic Rose itself.
Good time. I am proud that my grippli held up and did what he was built to do.

With the Special over, time to get ready for Monday.

Monday

Spoiler:
I signed up for a overnight game, because why not? SFS #1-12 Ashes of Discovery with my Wrickreeshee Technomancer 2. Turns out that my 20ft movement speed was a major hindrance, as i fell into a chasm- and they wandered off to explore the rest of the ruins. While i tried to climb out [no strength, no ranks in athletics, getting shredded by storm debris], the party find a native trapped by rubble- but only one trained in engineering could get him free. Where's the engineer? Still stuck in the chasm, calling for help. Eventually i am pulled from the chasm, and we explore the abandoned outpost. What ensues, is a benny hill routine he'd be proud of. Chasing a freeloading squatter around the settlement, my Technomancer is left behind. Time to invest in some movement buffing items.

Time for a nap before my last game, waiting in line- i finally managed to meet the lovely little resident gnome herself, HMM, too bad i didn't get to play at the same table. Anywho- my game: Starfinder #1-13 On the Trial of History. With hitting lvl 4, my Envoy was now less useless with the Invigorating Boost ability, but still playing up with three other soldiers- my character felt pretty out of place. Though, he was the only one with a decent engineering skill.
His time came to shine with a 31 Bluff check against an NPC for the final interaction. Still, did my best to contribute, may multiclassing into operative.

Before leaving PaizoCon for home, bought a set of Goblin dice and Goblin drop bag- pulling a Vorka. :)

Once i got home, took a nap, woke up at 7:45 thinking it was the next morning. I was really drained. Still, had a great time- see everyone next year. Maybe we can organize Soltice Star, p.A as a pick up game before the Part D. Who knows.

/passes out, after typing all that.

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Follow-up thought: maybe next year I could be dragged to the Inspire Courage/Bardic Performance event. I might know a suitable song or two after all... though I'd be more worried about my broken voice holding out. ^_^


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Kalindlara wrote:
Follow-up thought: maybe next year I could be dragged to the Inspire Courage/Bardic Performance event.

Do it! And next year, I'm bringing my concertina!

The Exchange ***

Alright...now with answers.

Trivia Contest Questions and Answers:

Round 1: Paizo Staff and Lore:
1. Those of you who read either the Paizo’s credits pages or the Monday minis blog may know that Mark took on a new role and responsibilities in the past year. What is Mark’s new job title? A:Franchise Manager.

2. Paizo’s Forums allow users to flag problematic post for a variety of reasons, including these examples: “offensive/sexist/racist content,” “double post”, “spam”, and “thread is the wrong forum.” There’s also one option that covers any other category not provided on that list — the equivalent of a ‘none of the above’ option. What is that option, which is 3 words long? A: Breaks other guidelines.

3. One week after Paizo announced the upcoming Playtest for second edition of Pathfinder, Jason Bulmahn and Stephen Radny-McFarland attended a convention where they ran the first public Playtest games of this new system, in the process raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project. What was the name of that convention in Wisconsin? A: Gary Con.

4. Choose one of the following employees and provide the name of that person’s pet: Brian Bauman, Judy Bauer, Chris Caldwell, Katina Davis, Glenn Elliott, Crystal Frazier, Lissa Guillermo, Mika Hawkins, James Jacobs, Jason Kelley, Amanda Hamon Kunz, Rick Kunz, Luis Loza, Ron Lundeen, Sara Marie, Rob McCreary, Erik Mona, Sarah Robinson, Owen Stephens, Lisa Stevens, Jason Tondro, or Vic Wertz. A: Amiri & Marvin, Banzai, Bigby, Cagney & Lacy & S'mores, Calamity, Cosmo, Dagger & Guen & Ajax, Dante & Little One, Dino & Jude, Faust, Maeb, Miss Tessmacher & Otis, Missye & Spencer, Nova, Rango, Shimmy, Spark, Tiny, Typo. 'Typo' is my personal fave. Apparently one of these here writer/editors has a sense of humor. :) -PL.

5. PaizoCon 2018 marks the 5 year anniversary since Thurston Hillman met John Compton in a bar after the Playtest of Pathfinder Society Special #5-00: Siege of the Diamond City. There they cackled like hyenas while devising the worth deathtrap of an adventure, including special conditions that GMs to eat player’s boons in front of them. This was later the subject of an April Fools blog on paizo.com in 2015 and has featured in several interviews and convention panels since. What is the name of this non-canonically absurd adventure site found in the Abyss. A:Shax's House of Pain.

Round 2: Pathfinder Rules:
1. Nearly every spell has limited range. Arrange the following in ascending order based on their range when cast by a 10th lvl caster: magic missile, fireball, jump, mirror image, slow.. For the purpose of this question, consider the range of touch to be 5’. A: mirror image, jump, slow, magic missile, fireball.

2. To date, the blogs on paizo.com have previewed 6 of the 12 core classes appearing in the upcoming Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook. Name them. A: Alchemist, Cleric, Fighter, Paladin, Rogue, & Wizard.

3. The Starfinder Core Rulebook includes 7 core races. For the purpose of this question, ignore the legacy races at the back of the book, and treat any race with special options as a single race. What is the only Starfinder core race that has access to neither an Intelligence bonus nor an Intelligence penalty? A: Shirren.

4. According to the Pathfinder Playtest blogs, a character’s patron deity imposes some restrictions on behavior, representing actions that go against a deity’s will, defy that deity’s teachings, or violates that deity’s alignment. These restrictions are especially important for characters who draw their spellcasting powers from a deity. What is the one-word term that now defines these behavior restrictions? A: Anathema.

5. Math question: Altronus and Raia are the only characters aboard a starship that’s come under attack by space pirates. Raia jumps into the pilot’s seat, but rather than be a gunner, Altronus insists he needs to be the captain. Raia resigns herself to piloting and using her minor action to shoot the starship’s sole weapon: a heavy laser net. Using her minor action, she performs the snap shot minor action to fire the laser net at pirates from 12 hexes away, drawing on the starship’s MK3 duonode computer to assist her aim. Raia is 9th level and has 16 dexterity as well as maximum ranks in the Piloting skill. Hoping to help, Altronus loudly informs Raia that she had better not miss, in the process successfully using the demand action to boost her check. What is the final bonus for Raia’s gunnery check? A: +13 (-2 snap, -4 3 range short weapon, +9 pilot, +3 dex, +4 demand action, +3 duonode comp).

Round 3: Pathfinder Adventures:
1. At the beginning of the organized play campaign, the Starfinder Society is experiencing serious staff shortages and resorts to hiring mercenaries to explore a mysterious ‘false moon’ orbiting a distant planet. Later, Starfinders returned to explore more of this site as part of a live media event. What is the name of this mysterious site that has featured in two different Starfinder Society adventures so far? A: Salvation's End.

2. During Season 8 of the Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild, the PCs gathered several powerful artifacts in order to free the demigod Ranginori. Name of these artifacts—either the hammer, the decanter, or the gemstone prison itself. A: Fossilblight, Breath of Lysianassa, Untouchable Opal.

3. The “War for the Crown” Adventure Path features the PCs as agents of Princess Eutropia. Over the course of the campaign, the PCs develop their own network of contacts as well as bolster their representative political reputations using a new subsystem introduced in Pathfinder #128: Songbird, Scion, Saboteur. Name exactly three of the 6 facets featured in the subsystem. A: Charm, Genius, Heroism, Sacrifice, Sagacity, or Subterfuge.

4. As part of GenCon’s 50th anniversary, Paizo produced the module Heroes for Highdelve by Amanda Hamon Kunz. The PCs are visitors to Highdevle during its Brightbloom Jubilee, during which they can learn the town has a powerful patron and guardian who’s commemorated in the large statue in the town square. What time of creature - be specific - is this patron? A: Gold Dragon.

5. Sci-fi fantasy stories just wouldn’t be the same without a trusty starship with which to travel the galaxy. Early in the Dead Suns AP, the PCs discover and acquire their own starship. What is the name of the vessel? A: Sunrise Maiden.

Round 4: Pathfinder Campaign Setting:
1. When the gods allied to trap Rovagug within Golarion, it fell to the god Dou-Bral to seal the planetary wound. He did so with a series of structures, most of which stand to this day. What is the collective name of these structures, which have not only featured in the Campaign Setting books Inner Sea World Guide and Mythic Realms, but also in more recent Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Nidal, Land of Shadows, where the Tower of Slant Shadows is one of these monuments. A: Star Towers.

2. Starfinder Pact Worlds describes numerous new species, including an especially curious creature native to the Liavaran moon of Hibb. Identify this creature, which is both playable as a PC race and has the anosmatic ability, meaning it has no sense of smell whatsoever. A: Bantrid.

3. Pathfinder #123: The Flooded Cathedral includes a special article detailing the core Atlantic pantheon from millennia ago. Although familiar deities such as Pharasma feature, there are many other deities rarely worshipped in the Age of Lost Omens. Among these is a CN deity of companionship, defensive battle, and the moon. What is her name? A: Acavna.

4. In the latest series of Pathfinder Comics, Spiral of Bones, the heroes begin the story in what city? A: Kaer Maga.

5. The latest Starfinder hardcover book, Pact Worlds presents 14 planets, space stations, or other celestial features that are considered the major regions of the Pact Worlds system. How many of these are classified as protectorates of the Pact Worlds, meaning that they few or disjointed inhabitants and lack full voting rights? A: 4 (Aucturn, the Diaspora, Liavara, & the Sun).

Round 5: Pathfinder Characters:
1. The Pathfinder Adventure Card Game has created dozens of class decks, and they recently released a sequence of ultimate add-on decks made to augment existing characters and class decks. Each ultimate add-on deck also features one playable character. Who is this new playable character who makes his Adventure Card Game debut in Ultimate Combat Add-on Deck? A: Hayato.

2. The head of the Starfinder Society is an elected visionary known as the First Seeker, each of who leads the Society in a grand initiative. At the campaign's start in 2017, the First Seeker Jadnura is trapped elsewhere in the galaxy, and a provisional First Seeker Luwazi Elsebo has stepped up to lead in his absence. According to the Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Guide, what is First Seeker Jadnura's race? A: Kasatha.

3. In addition to its iconic characters associated with class, Paizo has four iconic goblins that feature in the module We Be Goblins and its sequels. One of these, Poog is a cleric of Zarongel. Which two domains has Poog selected? A: Animal and Fire.

4. In Pathfinder: Kingmaker, the upcoming video game by Owlcat Games, one of the companions you can recruit is a dwarven cleric named Harrim. Although he grew up in the Five Kings Mountains and aspired to follow Torag, Harrim later dedicated himself to an unlikely divine patron. What deity does Harrim worhship? A: Groetus.

5. PaizoCon 2018 has two mascot characters, each featured in the convention booklet with their respective backstories. Name one of these characters: either the mischievous trickster who fled a wizard academy or the young warrior who protected her parents' caravan from boggard raiders. A: Corrin and Kiku.

All typos are probably mine. Definitely probably. Apologies. —Painlord.

RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16

All typos are yours, Painlord, except the one that belongs to a Paizo staffer. :)

And agreed, I heard that name and immediately thought it was inspired. I wish I'd thought of it for our next dog.

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Painlord, regarding one of your answers:
Round 2:

5. Math question: Altronus and Raia are the only characters aboard a starship that’s come under attack by space pirates. Raia jumps into the pilot’s seat, but rather than be a gunner, Altronus insists he needs to be the captain. Raia resigns herself to piloting and using her minor action to shoot the starship’s sole weapon: a heavy laser net. Using her minor action, she performs the snap shot minor action to fire the laser net at pirates from 12 hexes away, drawing on the starship’s MK3 duonode computer to assist her aim. Raia is 9th level and has 16 dexterity as well as maximum ranks in the Piloting skill. Hoping to help, Altronus loudly informs Raia that she had better not miss, in the process successfully using the demand action to boost her check. What is the final bonus for Raia’s gunnery check?

A: Trick question. A Heavy laser net is a starship weapon with the "Point" special property.

Quote:
A weapon with this special property is always short range and can’t be fired against targets that are outside the first range increment.

Dark Archive ***** Venture-Lieutenant, Minnesota—Minneapolis aka Leg o' Lamb

Zach Davis wrote:
Friday afternoon I joined Jon Dehning's(Leg O' Lamb) table of Temple of Empyreal Enlightenment. This was one of the highlights of the Con for me. Great scenario, great GM, great group. I died temporarily, but just barely managed the res for my second level redneck Champion of Irori.

I'm glad you had a good time and it was nice meeting you as well. It really was a great table and I knew I had done a good job when one player remarked, "Oh no; were gonna kill that mofo."

:fist_pump:

The Exchange ***

The Penecontemporaneous One wrote:
<Probably as totally good point.>

Uh, maybe? I don't know Starfinder and well, I'm not a huge rules guy as it is. In this case, I'm just asking as a scribe, taking down what I was given. I'm sure there are better people to either confirm your assertion. I make no pretense to the accuracy of anything.

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Painlord wrote:
The Penecontemporaneous One wrote:
<Probably as totally good point.>

Uh, maybe? I don't know Starfinder and well, I'm not a huge rules guy as it is. In this case, I'm just asking as a scribe, taking down what I was given. I'm sure there are better people to either confirm your assertion. I make no pretense to the accuracy of anything.

Ha, you're probably right. I admit that I went with that weapon because it was the most memorably "close" range starship weapon, but I may have overlooked the further connotations of its inclusion.

Shadow Lodge ***** Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area North & East aka thistledown

John Compton wrote:
Painlord wrote:
The Penecontemporaneous One wrote:
<Probably as totally good point.>

Uh, maybe? I don't know Starfinder and well, I'm not a huge rules guy as it is. In this case, I'm just asking as a scribe, taking down what I was given. I'm sure there are better people to either confirm your assertion. I make no pretense to the accuracy of anything.

Ha, you're probably right. I admit that I went with that weapon because it was the most memorably "close" range starship weapon, but I may have overlooked the further connotations of its inclusion.

We argued over that at the table. I was pretty sure it was Point, and the others thought it likely, but the veteran trivia players decided that the Yearly Math Problem would probably not be bypassed by such a trick question.

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James Anderson wrote:
John Compton wrote:
Painlord wrote:
The Penecontemporaneous One wrote:
<Probably as totally good point.>

Uh, maybe? I don't know Starfinder and well, I'm not a huge rules guy as it is. In this case, I'm just asking as a scribe, taking down what I was given. I'm sure there are better people to either confirm your assertion. I make no pretense to the accuracy of anything.

Ha, you're probably right. I admit that I went with that weapon because it was the most memorably "close" range starship weapon, but I may have overlooked the further connotations of its inclusion.
We argued over that at the table. I was pretty sure it was Point, and the others thought it likely, but the veteran trivia players decided that the Yearly Math Problem would probably not be bypassed by such a trick question.

Admittedly, the number of times I've been tempted to include something along the lines of multiplying by 0 in one of those math questions is more than zero. That said, I try to avoid those catches just because I'd rather the trivia contests end on a positive note, not a riot.

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John Compton wrote:
James Anderson wrote:
We argued over that at the table. I was pretty sure it was Point, and the others thought it likely, but the veteran trivia players decided that the Yearly Math Problem would probably not be bypassed by such a trick question.
Admittedly, the number of times I've been tempted to include something along the lines of multiplying by 0 in one of those math questions is more than zero. That said, I try to avoid those catches just because I'd rather the trivia contests end on a positive note, not a riot.

You *say* you don't want a riot, yet you actively don't bar Thursty from the event...I'm getting mixed messages here. We nearly had a riot over pineapple slices, for Aroden's sake. ;)

Also, thank you again for letting me share the questions with the community.

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True Story: I was playing SFS From the Ashes monday morning [1am slot], and Compton came to our table in his jammies, asking why were still playing at 2 am. We just laughed... because my Wrickreeshee was stuck in a chasm as the other player explored, not to mention poor life choices: prioritizing gaming over sleep.

Dark Archive ***** Venture-Lieutenant, Minnesota—Minneapolis aka Leg o' Lamb

Painlord wrote:
John Compton wrote:
James Anderson wrote:
We argued over that at the table. I was pretty sure it was Point, and the others thought it likely, but the veteran trivia players decided that the Yearly Math Problem would probably not be bypassed by such a trick question.
Admittedly, the number of times I've been tempted to include something along the lines of multiplying by 0 in one of those math questions is more than zero. That said, I try to avoid those catches just because I'd rather the trivia contests end on a positive note, not a riot.

You *say* you don't want a riot, yet you actively don't bar Thursty from the event...I'm getting mixed messages here. We nearly had a riot over pineapple slices, for Aroden's sake. ;)

Also, thank you again for letting me share the questions with the community.

Doooooooooood! Those pineapple chunks were mana from Asmodeus! My sinuses, or my facial crumple zone according to Dr. Vaughn, were never more clear.

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God, those pineapple chunks. You could have stripped paint with whatever they were soaked in (at least, based on the smell and a few testimonials).

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I got a buzz just sitting at the table next to the Pineapple madness, and I wasn't even drinking...

...recommendation for the next contest: Keep the 'jackal' table at least one table removed from all competing tables.

Dark Archive ***** Venture-Captain, Minnesota—St. Paul

I was in line to get drinks during the trivia (one for myself and one for Thursty) and someone told me I could go ahead of them - because they were there for pineapple (which I was also sent for).

Someone else got in line, insisting the other person go ahead of them... because they were there for pineapple.

I'm really wondering how many people were assigned that particular sidequest...

Either way, worth it.

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Kalindlara wrote:
God, those pineapple chunks. You could have stripped paint with whatever they were soaked in (at least, based on the smell and a few testimonials).

Tequila

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Painlord wrote:
The Penecontemporaneous One wrote:
<Probably as totally good point.>

Uh, maybe? I don't know Starfinder and well, I'm not a huge rules guy as it is. In this case, I'm just asking as a scribe, taking down what I was given. I'm sure there are better people to either confirm your assertion. I make no pretense to the accuracy of anything.

I wasn't sure if you were reporting the answer key or just posting your own - I also had the unfair "armchair QB" advantage going, so no worries :)

...and as a big fan of pineapple, now I'm even more bummed that Paizo Con is beyond my means!

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Selvaxri wrote:
True Story: I was playing SFS From the Ashes monday morning [1am slot], and Compton came to our table in his jammies, asking why were still playing at 2 am. We just laughed... because my Wrickreeshee was stuck in a chasm as the other player explored, not to mention poor life choices: prioritizing gaming over sleep.

I’m still glad to have seen a wrikreechee (one of my Alien Archive contributions) in the wild.

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Ah sweet Aroden's closet...look what I found:

GM Lorenzo wrote:
It was nice to be invited to participate. I handed out a few slides I put together for interested folks, hoping to leave them with a takeaway package that would help get them started. You can see the presentation here.

As you know, PbP is *the* best expression of Pathfinder roleplaying that there is. And one of the presenters from the PbP panel at PaizoCon shared his slide show with me...and now with you. That link again...is <HERE>.

It may or may not explain some of the neat/confusing aspects to getting into a PbP game, but I think it's exceedingly well done.

Thank you, GM Lorenzo, for sharing. +1

Silver Crusade ***** Venture-Captain, Germany—Aschaffenburg-Würzburg

Those pineapple chunks give me ideas for some ... things I might do at a convention later this year.

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Sebastian Hirsch wrote:
Those pineapple chunks give me ideas for some ... things I might do at a convention later this year.

Invite an inebriated Thursty to force-feed people pineapple chunks from a skewer without telling them the chunks have been soaking in tequila?

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Preface: I'm not adverse to having a drink or two when I'm in the mood.

HOWEVER, I would have been REALLY upset if I'd had a piece of pineapple and suddenly was 'feeling it' (even moreso than the 'local liquor consumption' buzz).

May we PLEASE remember in the future that PaizoCon IS a family-oriented convention?

That all aside, good work on John's part keeping the ship on course and getting us to port.

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Kevin Willis wrote:
Sebastian Hirsch wrote:
Those pineapple chunks give me ideas for some ... things I might do at a convention later this year.
Invite an inebriated Thursty to force-feed people pineapple chunks from a skewer without telling them the chunks have been soaking in tequila?

Last year I was bit worried and controlled access to hard liquor, just in case, thanks to a bad experience at my first PFS tables (in that very location.. a youth center... which could have caused all sorts of problems).

I did cook, for the entire event and frankly, I might have overdone it since everyone just seems to associate my face with food.
Our lovely guests from the Netherlands brought beer from their country and I contributed quite a bit from my own.. my convention is in Bavaria after all so there is a stereotype to uphold.

Considering some players I might just have to get a barrel of beer ^^

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Should you ever feel as though you're expected to partake in alcohol consumption or that a trivia contestant's/observer's alcohol consumption is excessive, don't hesitate to flag me down. Much as I might be an enabler at times for close friends, I'm also a non-drinker who doesn't mind stepping in to convince friends, attendees, and coworkers to take a break. That also goes for any other event I'm overseeing or nearby.

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Kevin Willis wrote:
Sebastian Hirsch wrote:
Those pineapple chunks give me ideas for some ... things I might do at a convention later this year.
Invite an inebriated Thursty to force-feed people pineapple chunks from a skewer without telling them the chunks have been soaking in tequila?

Because things don't always come off as they were intended online, I will clarify that my comment was intended to be funny, and it probably made more sense if you were there.

A couple of pieces of pineapple were in fact handed out without warning. However they were given to friends who the provider knew in advance would get a good deal of enjoyment from both the alcohol content and the unexpected nature of the mystery ingredient.

After that, everyone who got pineapple knew what they were in for.

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Kevin Willis wrote:
Kevin Willis wrote:
Sebastian Hirsch wrote:
Those pineapple chunks give me ideas for some ... things I might do at a convention later this year.
Invite an inebriated Thursty to force-feed people pineapple chunks from a skewer without telling them the chunks have been soaking in tequila?

Because things don't always come off as they were intended online, I will clarify that my comment was intended to be funny, and it probably made more sense if you were there.

A couple of pieces of pineapple were in fact handed out without warning. However they were given to friends who the provider knew in advance would get a good deal of enjoyment from both the alcohol content and the unexpected nature of the mystery ingredient.

After that, everyone who got pineapple knew what they were in for.

*VVVVHHHHRREEEEETTTTTTT!*

"Party foul! Roughing the nibbler, three drink penalty, replay trivia contest!"

*VVVVHHHHRREEEEETTTTTTT!*

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Painlord wrote:

Ah sweet Aroden's closet...look what I found:

GM Lorenzo wrote:
It was nice to be invited to participate. I handed out a few slides I put together for interested folks, hoping to leave them with a takeaway package that would help get them started. You can see the presentation here.

As you know, PbP is *the* best expression of Pathfinder roleplaying that there is. And one of the presenters from the PbP panel at PaizoCon shared his slide show with me...and now with you. That link again...is <HERE>.

It may or may not explain some of the neat/confusing aspects to getting into a PbP game, but I think it's exceedingly well done.

Thank you, GM Lorenzo, for sharing. +1

Sweet Baby Jeebus, thanks to you two for this. Every time I venture into the PBP forums I get so lost and disjointed by the information overload, and I'm so glad to have access to this. I have a lot of low-level characters that I'd love to jump start and get moving up the ranks, and I was hoping to do that via PbP.

Shadow Lodge ***** Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area North & East aka thistledown

Sadly the bar at the banquet had no Kahlua, so there were no White Russians to be had.

Dark Archive ***** Venture-Lieutenant, Minnesota—Minneapolis aka Leg o' Lamb

James Anderson wrote:
Sadly the bar at the banquet had no Kahlua, so there were no White Russians to be had.

"You want a Caucasian? I can get you a Caucasian. Sheet, I can get you a Caucasian by three o'clock. There are ways, James, trust me you don't want to know."

Silver Crusade ***** Venture-Captain, Germany—Aschaffenburg-Würzburg

jon dehning wrote:
James Anderson wrote:
Sadly the bar at the banquet had no Kahlua, so there were no White Russians to be had.
"You want a Caucasian? I can get you a Caucasian. Sheet, I can get you a Caucasian by three o'clock. There are ways, James, trust me you don't want to know."

I think a visit to Paizocon would be very similar to my last visit to the Netherlands, very little sleep but a good drink and pleasant company^^.

Dark Archive ***** Venture-Lieutenant, Minnesota—Minneapolis aka Leg o' Lamb

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Sebastian Hirsch wrote:
jon dehning wrote:
James Anderson wrote:
Sadly the bar at the banquet had no Kahlua, so there were no White Russians to be had.
"You want a Caucasian? I can get you a Caucasian. Sheet, I can get you a Caucasian by three o'clock. There are ways, James, trust me you don't want to know."
I think a visit to Paizocon would be very similar to my last visit to the Netherlands, very little sleep but a good drink and pleasant company^^.

Yesssss.... Come to Seattle.... Don't listen to Tineke.

Dark Archive ***** Venture-Captain, Minnesota—Minneapolis aka Silbeg

1 person marked this as a favorite.
jon dehning wrote:
Sebastian Hirsch wrote:
jon dehning wrote:
James Anderson wrote:
Sadly the bar at the banquet had no Kahlua, so there were no White Russians to be had.
"You want a Caucasian? I can get you a Caucasian. Sheet, I can get you a Caucasian by three o'clock. There are ways, James, trust me you don't want to know."
I think a visit to Paizocon would be very similar to my last visit to the Netherlands, very little sleep but a good drink and pleasant company^^.
Yesssss.... Come to Seattle.... Don't listen to Tineke.

Better yet, come to Minneapolis! Tineke is coming, too! In February!

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