GM Riatin's Rise of the Runelords

Game Master riatin

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OK, I'll hit you up again next week, vacation from Wed-Sat (if I get enough stuff fixed at the rental).

Hi Riatin, had a change of plans, will be out of town Mon-Wed night and then working on rental, so if you don't mind please bot me those three nights!

I expect to be back in action Thurs night.

Later all!

No prob man, have a good time!

Had fun, the wife, kid and I started camping a few years back to scale down the cost of our vacations, it's a fair bit of work, but you get to do things that would be difficult to do from a hotel room. I went:

Gold Bluffs Beach Campground.

It's a bit on the cooler side with high's in the low 70's and lows in the 50's, but amazing. The second day we managed to get one of the beach front sites when someone else left it (this meant I had to move my tent and everything, but worth it to look out the tent window and see the ocean about 100 yards away with nothing but sand between you and it).

That looks like a great place to go camping. That's a really beautiful area too, we drove through on a vacation about 15 years ago, would loved to have spent more time there. Glad to hear you had a good time.

Hey Riatin, is it safe to assume our characters will know approximately when it will be close to time to camp or head back into Sandpoint for some rest?

Sure, your characters would have a general knowledge of how many resources they still have at their disposal (hit points, spells available, ki points, or at use abilities). It probably would be just like feeling fatigued or stressed.

Feel free to move out of a dungeon and rest any time that you like, but the denizens may be alerted to your presence and be ready when you come back.

Always a question from this Thunder character...

Is it a good idea to keep our hp at max as much as possible? I think Garrokmal is missing 3 hp and I am down 4 to 14, would that be considered risky?

That's completely at your discretion, how low on resources you get before you want to regroup and heal up. It's a good chance to think about how your character would act too, does he quit when he's at 1/2, 1/4, 1/10? Or does he go on until he runs everyone into the danger zone?

Just try to avoid what they call the '15 minute work day' where you start into the dungeon, unload all your powerful spells and abilities in the first fight or two and then go back to rest, rinse, and repeat. Its effective for a while, till the monsters figure it out. You're in no danger of this so far.

All in all, its up to you guys.

Male Human Gamer / 16

I'm sure Garrok doesn't mind being at 25/28HP, and personally, I think the odds of losing 25HP before anything can be done about it are low (I hope, of course). So G will keep fighting until he can hardly stand up, but I have to say that having blown his entire day's rage on that fight with Tsuto is annoying - he's got few options until he gets some rest.

I definitely want to do what would be considered a full day's delving before turning around, though. This isn't WoW, so hearthing back when the bags are full isn't kosher. ;)

Male Human Gamer / 16

FWIW, Riatin, I think you can auto-bot Kat until we hear from her again. Not sure if you're waiting to see if she jumps in, but I'm sure she'll understand if we take her turns immediately until she's through her stuff.

Here's hoping that's soon, Katarina! Zaf and I had lunch today and were talking about missing your posts. Hoping your troubles are over soon...

No, actually just forgot it was my turn to bot her and play the goblin. I thought somebody else was next, then I looked when nobody had posted and went oooooh. So game on! Hopefully she returns soon.

Male Human Gamer / 16

Question, Riatin: I've been thinking since taking the Intimidating Glare ability that I have to be Raging to use Intimidate, but it looks like that's not the case - I can use it any time, it's just that it takes my Standard Action if I use it "normally." Right? The bonus of the Barbarian ability is just that I get to use it as a move action?

As a follow-up (guess where I'm going with this...) is this mutant goblin small size like other goblins?


Under the Barbarian Rage Powers heading: A barbarian gains the benefits of rage powers only while raging, and some of these powers require the barbarian to take an action first.

So yeah, you can only use Intimidating Glare while raging. You can use the regular Intimidate skill at any time though, even when not in combat, it just takes a standard action.

Koruvus is medium sized however, Koruvus grow strong!

A heads up for you guys. I'm going to be on vacation as of 4 pm today so my posting may be sparse for the next week or so. We're headed toward DC on sunday morning and I don't plan to take my laptop (ipad ftw) so I won't really be able to make map changes, but I can track moves in the software I've been using for mapping.

I know Rei has used the webpage and I thought at some point we may try to use it, since it would eliminate steps for me. If there's no interest that's not a problem, but have a look at it and see. I'm fine with doing things the way we are.

Game invite link

The next week or so is also a good time to offer any suggestions. Like if you want more detail in room descriptions, or if you think I jump forward from place to place too quickly and you want to take it slower, or if you want less game mechanics details or any other complaint or suggestion. I want to keep it fun for everyone and moving.

Logged into the Roll20 site, seems pretty cool. Would we just end up moving ourselves, or are you thinking about moving the rolls and stats to Roll20?

Just the map and character movement, everything else would stay here.

Male Human Gamer / 16

Cool - I think you need to set player permissions to be able to move their own tokens still, but using that for the mapping will be great.

I know Roll20 recently improved their character sheets... I hadn't looked into it, but maybe now I will - if we were to have fully interactive sheets there, that would also help. But keeping the narrative and rolls here is a good idea.

Edit: Riatin, check this out:
Tells you how to edit your existing campaign to add the Pathfinder character sheets. I'm messing around in my account trying to remember how to give "ownership" of a character to a player...

Edit2: Figured it out - you just have to select the character, hit 'edit' in the upper right, select "All Players" for "In Player's Journals" and then the owner in "Edited and Controlled by" - then we can enter all our character data in the character sheet there (and we'll be able to see but not edit the other PCs). I'll still keep using Hero Lab, for sure, but for those that don't have it, those character sheets could be pretty great.

Male Human Gamer / 16

Hey, just to clarify because I don't know if Riatin is available (and I don't want to look like I'm GMing in the gameplay thread :) )... We're currently waiting on Zaf, then Heironymous, then G will go and after that is Erin...

I wasn't sure if Erin's post was supposed to take the place of GM's bot post or what... so just in case there was any uncertainty - the initiative for this encounter is in this post and Zaf is up!

Just trying to help. :)

Thank for the clarity Rei, I was a little confused but that is pretty much what I was thinking was supposed to happen, where is that rascally gnome?


He's here. He's here. Sorry.

I knew he was around here somewhere... no worries, no need to apologize, after all, I want to be able to disappear for a few days if life gets crazy or whatever!

Male Human Gamer / 16

Hey, Riatin - you back yet? Have a good vacation? Tell us about it!

I've been trying to get into this site all day without luck. Finally got back from the trip Sat night, but I've been just relaxing and unwinding in preparation for getting back to work.

We had a great trip. We stayed at the most amazing Bed and Breakfast in downtown DC like 10 blocks from the National Mall. Hit up the monuments and the museum and ate at tons of great restaurants. One of the best trips I've had in a long time. We're definitely planning a return trip in the future. I have a few pics as well if anyone is interested in them, nothing spectacular.

I am ready to get back to RotR though :) sorry for the delay, I didn't have as much opportunity to post as I had wished.

Welcome back Riatin, glad the vacation was good, I haven't been to DC since I was a kid, definitely need to go back some day.

Male Human Gamer / 16

Hey guys... Just a heads up: t-minus seven days until my wife and I go to Australia and New Zealand for a couple weeks. The morning of the 22nd will be my last chance to post until the evening of August 6.

Riatin, obviously feel free to bot G during that time... I think you've gotten enough of him to understand his M.O. :)

Gonna let Rei post one more time if he can, so if no one else decides to lead us to our next destination I will post later tonight. Have a nice trip Rei!

I will be out Monday-Wed nights next week, I will post again Sunday night to remind you folks.

For Dave: Here are erin's stats until you get herolab working again.

Erin Randolf
Female Human Rogue 2
NG Medium humanoid (human)
Init +3; Senses Perception +6
AC 16, touch 13, flat-footed 13 (+3 armor, +3 Dex)
hp 17 (2d8+4)
Fort +2, Ref +6, Will +1
Defensive Abilities evasion
Speed 30 ft.
Melee dagger +4 (1d4/19-20) and
rapier +4 (1d6/18-20)
Special Attacks sneak attack +1d6
Str 11, Dex 16, Con 14, Int 14, Wis 12, Cha 12
Base Atk +1; CMB +1; CMD 14
Feats Cosmopolitan, Weapon Finesse
Traits scholar of the ancients, scholar of the great beyond
Skills Acrobatics +7, Appraise +6, Bluff +5, Climb +4, Craft (books) +4, Diplomacy +6, Disable Device +8, Knowledge (arcana) +8, Knowledge (dungeoneering) +7, Knowledge (history) +8, Knowledge (local) +6, Knowledge (planes) +8, Knowledge (religion) +3, Linguistics +6, Perception +6 (+7 to locate traps), Sense Motive +5, Stealth +7, Use Magic Device +5
Languages Common, Necril, Thassilonian, Yithian
SQ rogue talents (firearm training), trapfinding +1
Other Gear masterwork studded leather, dagger, rapier, thieves' tools, 98 gp
Special Abilities
Evasion (Ex) If you succeed at a Reflex save for half damage, you take none instead.
Sneak Attack +1d6 +1d6 damage if you flank your target or your target is flat-footed.
Trapfinding +1 Gain a bonus to find or disable traps, including magical ones.

Male Human Gamer / 16

Hi, guys - sorry, I meant to post (at least in this thread) before leaving but things got crazy and I didn't get around to it. Having a blast in Sydney at the moment, I'll let Riatin continue to bot G - not even going to catch up on 11 posts right now because we need to head out. Mostly just wanted to say hi and sorry I didn't check in again before leaving. Looking forward to catching up when I have more time - that might not be til the 7th, though... So many activities!

not sure if this will work, but trying it anyway.

It worked, have fun Rei!

Riatin, I feel that it is possible my character would remember asking about a certain creature back when we were talked to Professor Gandethus, and, given that my Int is only average, I might not remember everything he said.

I will play as if I have no clue unless you decide that I remember that conversation, or whichever part of it you choose to put into Hiero's brain.

I just got a link to my facebook feed when I clicked on that link Rei.

As for the knowledge, yeah, you can totally make the logical leap that THIS is what a quasit is and looks like in character, but your planes knowledge just doesn't back that up (it doesn't affirm or deny the information), so Hieronymous would be inferring and making an educated guess. Educated guesses are fine, they're just not always right, so keep that in mind. *evil grin*

Just made my last gameplay post until late Thursday night, Riatin, please feel free to bot me (and Garrok and Kat!).

See you all on the other side!

Like the strategizing, good thoughts there. With so many out of the picture for a few days, I'll just hold up until most everyone is back in action, say next week. Just don't forget to drop back by.

Sure is quiet in here... I think it was a good idea to wait, this seems like a pretty big fight, would be nice to have Rei's input before we go, but it looks like that is still 3 days away. Up to you Riatin, I can't speaks for anyone else, but I don't mind waiting.


I'm ok with waiting, too.

It'll give Zafzalurg a chance to get his arrows ready. :D

Yeah, we may take a few more days, that's fine. Gives me a chance to get Erin back around and posting again as well, he's been slacking.

I couldn't get on the site yesterday to post.

Male Human Gamer / 16

Hey guys - I'm back and I'm sick in addition to just being exhausted... I'll catch up on the gameplay thread tomorrow and hopefully join back in on my next go... Had a great trip - I'll send a link to details when I have it, but for now just wanted to say hi and I'll be back in the game shortly!

Alright, finally back, all moved in and ready to get back to things.

Male Human Gamer / 16

Hey guys - sorry, I've been checking in every day since GenCon, but only now noticed that I had gotten logged out, so I didn't see that there were new posts. Apologies.

Hopefully we're all ready for a fight! :)

Ha, I was getting ready to charge in there without you, glad you acted before I got me killed.

Male Human Gamer / 16

Haha - yeah, I'm glad you didn't do that. :)

I saw Riatin at GenCon and he was saying Erin needed to get his HeroLab fixed, so I thought we were waiting for a confirmation on that and just never bothered to actually click into the threads (I normally just load the Campaign Info page and look for updates on the tabs).

Speaking of Hero Lab - I visited their booth at GenCon and discovered that their Pathfinder iPad app now supports character creation... I also learned something I hadn't realized before: that in the HeroLab app, they give you the ability to generate a secondary license key for use on a second machine/device - that's how you activate the character creation features on the iPad. But you could also use it to run the desktop app on two machines.

Anyway, that just basically doubled the value of my already well-liked purchase, so if anyone else was on the fence, maybe that'll tip the scales, if you don't mind the mixed metaphor.

Another something you may not know Rei, you can purchase up to 2 additional licenses (1 original, 1 secondary, and 2 more purchased,4 total) for $10 a piece. It's a great piece of software.

Male Human Gamer / 16

I did not know that - I'd really like to have it on my home PC that I do all of my gaming on (my two licences are on my PowerBook and iPad)... Dangit - if I'd known that earlier I'd have spent $10 more when I bought the PF Advanced Character Guide and the Shadowrun 5 sets this afternoon!

Thunderous wrote:
Ha, I was getting ready to charge in there without you, glad you acted before I got me killed.

I waited all this time for Rei to go and then I charged in there anyway.

I kill me (possibly literally).

Male Human Gamer / 16

I'm sure you were all "What? I won initiative? Holy shit! CHAAARRRGGE!!!" And G is left standing there holding his... um... shaft.


Thanks for the tips, Riatin - I'm trying to find that information in the PSFRD just so I know where else to look. Clearly, just looking at things like free/move/normal actions isn't going to cover all possibilities like "what if I have a base combat bonus?"

I'm glad you know ALL the rules! ;]


That's why he's the master...

Male Human Gamer / 16

@Riatin - I just noticed none of the classes listed as "Base Classes" in the PFSRD are listed in my HeroLab... Do you know what package I need to get those? Is that the Advanced Player's Guide?

Edit: a few minutes of research (yay for dull meetings) has yielded my answer - yes, it's in the APG. Another purchase incoming! :]

Male Human Gamer / 16
sweetcroft wrote:

That's why he's the master...


Hi everyone! My name is Lauren, I'm a friend of reitoei and I would love to join the game if there is an opening coming up.

I have never played Pathfinder, but I'm eager to learn and I'm looking for advice on what Class to choose.

My initial interests would be Ranger or Witch, how would either of those work with the current game?


Male Human Gamer / 16

FWIW I'd discussed the possibility with Riatin and he suggested Lauren chat here first... She's basically in the same position Thunder and I were in when we started: interested, background in the genre but no actual experience - given how it's gone so far, I'm sure she'll be pwning mobs in no time.

We talked a variety of classes but her favoring something with an animal companion helped narrow it down to these two. Any thoughts (particularly from Riatin, who I know is short on available time these days)?

Lauren - you can call me by my name here - they all know it anyway and it's weird for you to refer to me with my guild name. :o

Everyone else - be nice to Lauren. Or if you can't be nice, at least be funny. ;]

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