Solstice Scar C - GM Thread (Inactive)

Game Master Dennis Muldoon

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Grand Lodge

He/Him

This is your space to ask questions and discuss the scenario as it proceeds.


Fate of the Scoured Stars Maps

Hello! Reserve GM reporting in!

I've been thinking about helping organize the encounter data for the scenario, but as the stat blocks for all of the monsters are already included in the scenario it might not be as useful as I thought. I made up a template and already have everything for Part 3 Tier 1-2 already formatted out here. But I wanted to ask how useful would this be to everyone? I'd hate to prep this all out for it to only be minimally useful.


Flames of Rebellion

What I found really useful was the resources we had in Solstice Scar B which included the pre-formatted box text, tokens, and maps.

BB Code for expected monster attack routines would also help greatly, especially at the higher levels where they have tricky feats that may require you to recalculate from the stat block.


Fate of the Scoured Stars Maps
GM Bret wrote:

What I found really useful was the resources we had in Solstice Scar B which included the pre-formatted box text, tokens, and maps.

BB Code for expected monster attack routines would also help greatly, especially at the higher levels where they have tricky feats that may require you to recalculate from the stat block.

Ah, cool! That DOES look pretty useful and the best thing is Parts 3 and 4 are already done!

I'll take a look at getting some BB Code for monster attack routines together as well!

Grand Lodge

He/Him

The tokens for 3 and 4 are done. The posts are done for part 1 (which we no longer need), but the parts 3 and 4 sections still need a lot of work.


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Flames of Rebellion

Any update on the materials?

Do you need help with any of it?


The Burden of Envy - (Slides |Gameplay)

I still haven't gotten the Solstice Scar C material, and we're supposed to start soon. Any ideas when it will arrive?

Grand Lodge

GM

Maps

I tossed the few remaining maps into the back of the old slide pack if anyone wants to save a copy of that.


Flames of Rebellion

Maps, the tokens are still being worked on.


The Burden of Envy - (Slides |Gameplay)

Thanks for the maps, everyone.

Now I just need the pdf...

Grand Lodge

He/Him

I wish I'd known you were missing it sooner. Let me see what I can do. Is anyone else missing the PDF?

Grand Lodge

He/Him

Also, expect to see the reporting form up tonight, and the first overseer up tomorrow morning. Remember that I operate out of US Pacific Time (California), currently UTC-7.

Grand Lodge

Curse of the Crimson Throne

If anyone is familiar with GreySector, can you help me reach out to him or her?

The player hasn't shown up for the muster and hasn't replied to my PM.

I also offered (in the Flaxseed Lodge Recruitment thread) to waitlist a player to fill the possible vacancy at my table of #8-99C: Solstice Scar (Tiers 7-8), but no one has yet responded. If you know of a player who's interested, please let me know.

Larry
aka GM Lorenzo

Grand Lodge

The Disappeared | Curious Claim || Spell Templates

Would you be open to a pregen if one of the players on the waitlist wanted to play one and strike credit down to their 1st level PCs?

Grand Lodge

The Disappeared | Curious Claim || Spell Templates

BTW, the success reporting link has now appeared at the top of the page. Please let me know if you find any errors. Progress tracking sheet coming soon.


Flames of Rebellion

@GM Lorenzo,

I have sent him an e-mail but I don’t know how often he reads his e-mail.

Grand Lodge

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Curse of the Crimson Throne

@GM Dennis, sure someone can join our group with a level-7 pregen. If I haven't heard from GreySector by tomorrow morning, when the Overseer GM opens play, then I'll give the seat to the player. Please direct the interested player to our Discussion thread.

@GM Bret, thanks for helping me reach out to GreySector. If he checks in before the Overseer GM kicks things off, his spot is safe.

Larry
GM Lorenzo

Grand Lodge

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Perfect, thanks Lorenzo


@GM Lorenzo

Sorry, I was mistaken. I confused greypark for greysector.

Oops!

Bret

Grand Lodge

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Curse of the Crimson Throne

GreySector reported for duty, like a sailor slipping aboard after a bender out on the town. ;-)

Liberty's Edge

| From Shore to Sea Maps | Fall of Plaguestone Maps |

As of the moment I am waiting for one player to dot in for my thread that say they are playing but seem to have fallen inactive.

I sent out a message a few days ago, sending out one more today.

Currently I am at 5 players.

Sorry for posting late; work decided to transition in a somewhat depressing way that required my attention.

Grand Lodge

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Every game should have just gotten the first overseer post; please let me know if I somehow missed yours. Also, every time a new area or status unlocks, I'll post a status update in the gameplay thread here. If you ever see one of those and didn't see a corresponding post in your thread, please let me know.

One a related note, I saw at least one table that had already posted part of my Overseer announcement as GM text. Please double check which parts are Overseer GM (me) text, and which parts are Table GM (you) before you post box text.

Silver Crusade

ship stats:
Speed 6; Maneuver: avg (turn 2) AC 16; TL 15 HP 140; CT 28 Shields 21 (fwd 7, port 0, stbd 7, aft 7) Attack (Fwd) heavy laser cannon (4d8); (Tur) coilgun (4d4) Power Core 150 PCU; Mods: +1 Pilot; Complement 2–6
Copper Gate | Skittershot | We Be 5uper Goblins!

If that was my thread you were referring to, My apologies, I was trying to give the players some context so they could begin RPing with each other.

5 of my players have checked in. The last, grimdog73/Rallas Linnderil, has not, and I sent a PM on Friday but have received no response. Should I contact someone on the waitlist?

Edit: Now that I look, it appears he's checked into someone else's thread, so it looks like I have a slot open.

Grand Lodge

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No worries. Please do reach out to someone on the waitlist. If they don’t have a character in tier, they could play a pregen (assuming it doesn’t bring you out of tier) and strike it down to apply to a first level character.

Silver Crusade

ship stats:
Speed 6; Maneuver: avg (turn 2) AC 16; TL 15 HP 140; CT 28 Shields 21 (fwd 7, port 0, stbd 7, aft 7) Attack (Fwd) heavy laser cannon (4d8); (Tur) coilgun (4d4) Power Core 150 PCU; Mods: +1 Pilot; Complement 2–6
Copper Gate | Skittershot | We Be 5uper Goblins!

You can go one step out of tier, right? So a level 4 or a level 7 could play in a tier 5-6?

Grand Lodge

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That's correct, as long as they don't swing your APL out of tier.

Grand Lodge

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Well done Bret and Chadius, whose tables have already passed along their aid tokens. Please make sure you keep them moving, everyone, and remember to post both in the discussion thread of the table you're passing it to and in the recruitment tab of this thread, so everyone knows where they're at.

Grand Lodge

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I know the site was down for quite a while today; hopefully it won't slow us down too much. As you finish the first combat, don't forget to report a success using the link at the top of this page. I'm in the midst of building the tracking sheet, and will post it at the top as well when I have it ready.

Grand Lodge

The Disappeared | Curious Claim || Spell Templates

Curious how the house is doing toward success conditions? A success tracking link has appeared at the top of the page!

Also, don't forget to report your successes! I've seen at least one table that has finished area H and has not reported their success.

Grand Lodge

GM

My table has just about cleared their first encounter. I've been finding the forums to be unreliable even now that they are back up, so I suspect some of my players are having a hard time posting still.

Grand Lodge

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Yeah, it's been a frustrating day on the boards. Hopefully it will clear up tomorrow.

Silver Crusade

ship stats:
Speed 6; Maneuver: avg (turn 2) AC 16; TL 15 HP 140; CT 28 Shields 21 (fwd 7, port 0, stbd 7, aft 7) Attack (Fwd) heavy laser cannon (4d8); (Tur) coilgun (4d4) Power Core 150 PCU; Mods: +1 Pilot; Complement 2–6
Copper Gate | Skittershot | We Be 5uper Goblins!

My players are doing well, I'm sure they'd be done with this encounter already had the boards not had problems.

Liberty's Edge

OR || OR2|| HJC||Glass River Rescue
GM Paladin wrote:
My players are doing well, I'm sure they'd be done with this encounter already had the boards not had problems.

likewise, I'd be surprised if they didn't wrap it in the next 12 hours.


The Burden of Envy - (Slides |Gameplay)

We just finished the first encounter. I've been blessed with PCs who respond quickly.

Sovereign Court

Chronicle Sheets GM Busy At Work........

So I'm not the only one with Site problems.

Is it still lagging for the rest of you?
Or does it outright refuse to load?


Flames of Rebellion

Lagging. I've gotten the goblin at least twice this morning.

I couldn't get on at all for most of the day yesterday. They fixed it just as I was headed to the local game shop where I host PFS.

Silver Crusade

ship stats:
Speed 6; Maneuver: avg (turn 2) AC 16; TL 15 HP 140; CT 28 Shields 21 (fwd 7, port 0, stbd 7, aft 7) Attack (Fwd) heavy laser cannon (4d8); (Tur) coilgun (4d4) Power Core 150 PCU; Mods: +1 Pilot; Complement 2–6
Copper Gate | Skittershot | We Be 5uper Goblins!

Paizo has reported having unscheduled maintenance -- which is PR speak for "s!~&'s broke, we're trying to fix it".

In the interest of time, given these delays, I've called my encounter as soon as they defeated the ragewight. Most of the frontliners had ACs close to 25 so the necrocrafts were only hitting them on natural 20s.

Grand Lodge

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Curse of the Crimson Throne

Anybody have the link to Paizo's IT GoFundMe page?

The initial goal is $50 for something to replace the server (paired Commodore-64s in the building's flooded basement) and an H1B visa for the first guy or gal who claims they co-wrote the code for Pong.

WoTC already donated a hamster wheel that powers the back-up batteries, next time Bill Gates blows the big fuse in the Pacific Northwest, when Jay Z and Queen B are in town promoting their Windows 3.0 World Tour.

(Laugh. It's a joke. I'm sure they're doing the best they can with what they have.)

Sovereign Court

Chronicle Sheets GM Busy At Work........
GM Lorenzo wrote:

Anybody have the link to Paizo's IT GoFundMe page?

The initial goal is $50 for something to replace the server (paired Commodore-64s in the building's flooded basement) and an H1B visa for the first guy or gal who claims they co-wrote the code for Pong.

WoTC already donated a hamster wheel that powers the back-up batteries, next time Bill Gates blows the big fuse in the Pacific Northwest, when Jay Z and Queen B are in town promoting their Windows 3.0 World Tour.

(Laugh. It's a joke. I'm sure they're doing the best they can with what they have.)

lol.

I was searching for my hamsters to give away too......

Grand Lodge

The Disappeared | Curious Claim || Spell Templates

We're between 1/3 and 1/2 of the way to the first milestone. Please remember to check reporting conditions after every encounter and report your successes right away, using the link at the top of this page (and in my tagline)!

Grand Lodge

The Disappeared | Curious Claim || Spell Templates

The Twinhorn Allies condition is in play (as I posted in Gameplay). I'm going to hold off posting in your threads until we are officially back on, just to avoid player confusion.

Grand Lodge

The Disappeared | Curious Claim || Spell Templates

I posted the condition update in your threads. Please let me know if I missed someone. I'll get an updated timeline up later today.

Grand Lodge

Curse of the Crimson Throne

Since we've officially resumed the Special, are we supposed to end Seeking Aid in the elders' tent and move on to the next encounter, whether the encounter was successfully concluded or not?

Grand Lodge

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I think it's fine to do so in this case, since we are compressing this part a bit with the new schedule; there's nothing that says you have to, though. Decide what you think is best for your table.


The Protectorate Petition Maps

I had some quick questions on how Aid Tokens work after reading the rules on page 5 and 85.

Can you benefit from the Aid Token and boost that same token or do you need to choose between boosting vs benefiting from that token?

Grand Lodge

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That's an interesting question. In the 7 combined times I ran parts A & B, we always operated as if you can only do one or the other. The question seems to come down to two somewhat conflicting statements:

Pg. 5 wrote:
If a table receives an Aid Token and doesn’t need its benefits, they’re encouraged to boost its potency by expending some of their own resources or attempting a skill check.
Pg. 85 wrote:
In this event, an aid token can provide any one of the effects below. At the end of an encounter after using the token, pass it to another table. Before passing the token, you can perform a particular action to boost the effect. You can only attempt an action to boost an aid token once before passing it. Some effects reference the table below for their benefits.

While I think those two pages seem to imply two different things, the author clarified her intent in the GM Discussion thread a few months ago:

A table can use (gain the benefit of) up to 1 aid token per encounter. When they use it in this way they immediately pass it.

A table can forgo the benefits of an aid token and attempt to boost it. After they attempt, they immediately pass it.

They do not get the opportunity to use it and boost it.

Essentially, if your table receives an aid token and doesn't really need the benefits. Instead of just sitting on it for the rest of the scenario, they're encouraged to try and boost it and pass it to the next table, who may desperately need it. For smaller venues, they might even ask what sort of benefit another table needs and try and boost that aspect.

Given the author's stated intent, I'm going to stick with use it or boost it, but not both.

Grand Lodge

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Folks, for the sake of consistency, when passing Aid Tokens please post the same format in the receiving thread that you do in the Recruitment tab here, like this:

***Token #2***

Passing Aid token to: Worg
Current Boosts: Healing

Grand Lodge

The Disappeared | Curious Claim || Spell Templates

Hello, wonderful GMs! I just wanted to post a quick followup to Hilary's email, as we get started again. The plan is to fast-forward through the rest of part 3 (which is a repeat from both previous versions of this special), beginning part 4 immediately. This plan was approved by both Tonya and John Compton, and gives us the best chance to get back on track moving forward. I've posted a transition to part 4 in all of your gameplay threads (please let me know if I missed yours somehow), but feel free to add whatever other transition you'd like. Don't forget to keep the Aid Tokens moving, and let me know if you have any other questions.


Flames of Rebellion

I am going to need a backup GM for Monday and possibly part of Tuesday. I am being called out of town.


Fate of the Scoured Stars Maps

Gotcha covered!

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