GM Aram Zey's Reign of Winter for PFS part 1 (Inactive)

Game Master SwampTing

Master of Spells Aram Zey has heard of a noblewoman who has gone missing near the Taldan village of Heldren. Kidnapped by bandits, is the rumour. Whilst a rather minor noblewoman in her own right, her disappearance coincides with the appearance of a curious pocket of winter reminiscent of the eternal frost that covers the land of Irrisen.

Intrigued by the opportunity to gain allies for the Pathfinder society amongst the Taldan nobility and to discover the reason for this strange phenomenon, the Master of Spells has decided to teleport a team of pathfinders to Heldren to look into the matter.

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Grand Lodge

There are some substantive changes to the rules, so I am re-posting in order that the opening post is not misleading.
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As many of you are aware, certain sections of each Reign of Winter book is playable by PFS characters for PFS credit.

I will be running the portion from the first book (tier 1-2) in this thread. A few months from now the second book (tier 5-7) will be run, and so on.

I will be changing the opening and closing narratives to weave it into the story of the Pathfinders, though the play-through of the module itself will be the same (i.e. instead of being natives of Heldren, the starting town, you will be Pathfinders sent to investigate the winter pocket and rescue Lady Malassene by Aram Zey). At the end of the relevant portion, you will report back to Aram Zey rather than continuing on. Aram Zey will handle things from there until such time where he feels he needs to call upon Pathfinders to do the leg-work once more.

Meanwhile, your adventures as Pathfinders will continue, but you will have a cool boon (assuming you survive) to remind you that this is still on-going in the background of your PFS character's story.

Returning players are always guaranteed a spot in the subsequent games, and will be given up to 4 weeks to get to a suitable level if they are under-levelled for the next part.

The tiers for the first 4 books are:
Snows of Summer: 1-2
The Shackled Hut: 5-7
Maiden, Mother, Crone: 8-10
The Frozen Stars: 11-13 (So really, only 11, since PFS characters retire at level 12. You could get 2 scenarios at level 11 before playing this for the last game though.)

The pre-amble is in the short description above. The rules of the PBP are in the long description - click the left-most tab above to read.

Grand Lodge

Current players are:
Exiel
Badr al Din Ibn Badriyah

Players who have expressed interest:
Eldanár Alcarin and an un-named friend

Lantern Lodge

Posting here so I am tracking the the thread.

The Exchange

Tracking. I, for one would welcome a few more applications so for my part folks, throw in your characters.

Liberty's Edge

Roland is interested. Level 2 Ranger.

Grand Lodge

Roland Garros wrote:
Roland is interested. Level 2 Ranger.

Aram Zey acknowledges the wisdom of having a ranger in a group sent to investigate a mysterious forest.

Glad to have you on board.

Grand Lodge

In light of the current party players, a full caster of some description would be a nice addition to the group.

Scarab Sages

Hi, I posted earlier with my cleric, but had to take him out.

I seem to remember that you intend to run through this very quickly (multiple posts/day). This is my wizard, who has zero XP in PFS. I was planning to use him in a game starting later, so if this one really does take only a week, I'd be able to finish here and jump in the next one.

I still need to update the skills section, but the build is pretty much there

Grand Lodge

Guilford Baldwin wrote:

Hi, I posted earlier with my cleric, but had to take him out.

I seem to remember that you intend to run through this very quickly (multiple posts/day). This is my wizard, who has zero XP in PFS. I was planning to use him in a game starting later, so if this one really does take only a week, I'd be able to finish here and jump in the next one.

I still need to update the skills section, but the build is pretty much there

I will certainly be posting regularly and trying to keep a good pace. However, whether this can be completed in a week is not entirely up to me. If people are able to post very regularly, 1 week is do-able, but if 1 week is a hard limit for you, I'd be hesitant to risk it. =(

Grand Lodge

1 week? I don't think I could manage that - I can post multiples most days but I am GMT -10 so I won't be on the same time as most of you. I am no expert but as its a module, and if everyone is playing hard, maybe 2-3 weeks is what we are looking at.

Scarab Sages

True enough. I've done enough PBP recently to know how that can go. Of course, I hadn't committed to playing this exact character in the other game. I can always roll up a new one. He is brand-new after all. So I'd like to give it a try, if that's OK.

Grand Lodge

Guilford Baldwin wrote:
True enough. I've done enough PBP recently to know how that can go. Of course, I hadn't committed to playing this exact character in the other game. I can always roll up a new one. He is brand-new after all. So I'd like to give it a try, if that's OK.

If you're keen, sure. =)

Grand Lodge

Current confirmed roster:
Exiel
Badr al Din Ibn Badriyah
Roland Garros

Guilford, I wasn't sure if your latest post was a firm application. Please confirm if you want in. =)

Grand Lodge

Old Shu reporting! I got a friend, a monk named Mu, who might join as well.

Scarab Sages

Oh, I should have been more clear! Yes, I definitely would like to be considered.

Grand Lodge

Mu Ping here, level 1 monk, hopefully going in with Old Shu along this PFS ride. Thanks!

Grand Lodge

Old Shu's character looks fine. I've have never seen a wood wizard before though. This should be intresting.

Guilford, you need a spell list, unless you are playing a wizard with no spellbook. ;)

Checking Mu now.

Grand Lodge

Mu has been checked and approved. Now opening discussion.

Guilford, you still need a spell list.

Current party
Exiel
Badr al Din Ibn Badriyah
Roland Garros
Mu Shu
Old Ping

Check in with the following line in the class entry in your character's profile:

[|]Race | Class | HP:X/X | AC: X/ FF X/ T X | Fort: +X Will: +X Ref: +X | Perception: +X | Lowlight/Dark Vision (if any) | Init: +X [|]

Grand Lodge

Thanks!

Added to profile: Human (Tian-Shu) |Monk 1| HP:11/11 | AC: 15/ FF 13/ T 15 | Fort: +4 Will: +4 Ref: +5 | Perception: +3 | standard vision (cataracts) | Init: +2

That wood wizard will probably end up being the most effective character :)

Scarab Sages

Hello, sorry - I am in U.S. Mountain time zone, so I was asleep. Spells and skills are updated.


Any more slots open?

Liberty's Edge

If this is intended to finish in a week, I will drop out...I am traveling for business this week and will probably be able to post 1-2 times a day...which will likely fall behind. So as much as I would like to play...give my spot to the next person.

Have fun storming the castle!

Grand Lodge

Hey Bilbo, there is a slot open.

Roland, we are not likely to finish in a week, but we will be starting in earnest very soon, so you are likely to fall behind. =( I will let Bilbo have your place.

Guilford, make a post in the discussion thread when you are ready. =)

Party line-up
Gunslinger, 2 wizards, paladin/oracle, monk


Regular PFS rules for creation?

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Bilbo Bang-Bang wrote:
Regular PFS rules for creation?

Yes, this is for PFS. Your character must be PFS-legal, and you will get PFS credit for it. I will scan and e-mail chronicle sheets once we are done.


Got it.

Grand Lodge

Got any level 2 characters Bilbo?


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Wow this got a lot more interest. I´m still in here though, but my friend won´t come because of business trip and holiday after that.

Some thoughts:
The different time zones are normally not a problem. I´m on GMT+2 and playing went good so far with people from america and australia. Normally you are awake for 16 hours. I f you have access to a PC at that time and can post this could go fast yes. 3-5 posts a day are a heavy speed in pbp.
Probably needs more than one week anyway.
Also a group of 6 is not as taxing online as it is offline and could help the speed, since more people will post more often.

Simplifying initiative and combat turns also makes for speed and easier overview. But it takes out a tactical moment a bit.
Then stuff like GM rolling initiative for all or perception or aid another where adequate with the simple assumption that the person with the highest skill will do the roll, also a big deal.

Just my opinion.

So far i see:
Exiel-sorcerer
Badr al Din Ibn Badriyah-gunslinger
Roland Garros-ranger
Mu Shu-wood wizard
Old Ping-monk
Guildford-transmuter wizard

Wasn´t there a healer before?
I´m thinking about slightly changing my gunslinger, so he can participate in melee and is more tanky. Will decide that in the next few hours, since i´m then away and busy untill tomorrow.

Lantern Lodge

Hayato, I'm a paldin/oracle. Also, it looks like Roland has pulled out. So there is one more slot. Best get in before Bilbo if you want that slot. XD

Also, a number of your suggestions for speeding things along are already part of the rules (check the 'campaign info' tab).

Line up is:
Pala/ora
Slinger
Wood Wiz
Monk
Wiz

Personally, I'd favour another heavy-damager or healer. If your slinger can dish out the ranged damage, I wouldn't mind if he didn't do as much melee.


I am deciding between an Arctic Druid dwarf or a Invulnerable Rage Barbar. I think the druid will be able to handle quite a bit with a bear companion. Thoughts.

@Helamen No, I sure don't, bub. 2nd PFS character.

Grand Lodge

Both good characters though the Barbarian will surely be one tough SOB

Lantern Lodge

Badr/Halaman, might want to heed this post from the GM to secure your place =)

GM Aram Zey wrote:


...Now opening discussion....

Check in with the following line in the class entry in your character's profile:

[|]Race | Class | HP:X/X | AC: X/ FF X/ T X | Fort: +X Will: +X Ref: +X | Perception: +X | Lowlight/Dark Vision (if any) | Init: +X [|]

Scarab Sages

Yeah, I noticed us being a bit light on melee. I could quickly restat to Barb for a level if no one else volunteers. This is my first wizard in any RPG, so I am a little nervous about survivability.

The Exchange

Exiel. wrote:

Badr/Halaman, might want to heed this post from the GM to secure your place =)

GM Aram Zey wrote:


...Now opening discussion....

Check in with the following line in the class entry in your character's profile:

[|]Race | Class | HP:X/X | AC: X/ FF X/ T X | Fort: +X Will: +X Ref: +X | Perception: +X | Lowlight/Dark Vision (if any) | Init: +X [|]

Its already there - once the game thread is open you'll see it appear in the gameplay thread.

Sovereign Court

If there is a slot open, I'd love to fill it. I am going camping the 3-7, but I am fairly certain I will have cell service while doing so... so it shouldn't be a problem.

Here is my Lvl 1 with no EXP Inquisitor.

Scarab Sages

Allright, i adapted this guy here to cold weather tasks and applied my GM chronicle from another module, so he is level 2.

Eldanár can fight in melee with his Nodachi quite good while defending himself. He is a sturdy little fellow fighting best at range with his musket of course. Also he is very helpfull and carries a lot of gear along with his riding dog, like a tent and other usefull things.


All righty, melee it is. I'll get a fellow together in short order.

Grand Lodge

Sorry Bilbo and Zaigan, I'm giving Eldanar the last slot because he had already expressed interest before the re-post.

Off you go to the discussion thread, Eldanar! =)

Sovereign Court

not a problem :) Have fun guys!

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