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Venture Lieutenant, Play by Post (online), Hostess of Cottonseed Lodge (playtest)

Plea for quick help from another GM: I need help finding good enemy images for part of Mists of Mwangi.

details, may spoil scenario:
I need images for the undead creatures in the first room. I'm GMing with only half my brain available right now, so would appreciate if someone has a slide deck that I can just take the enemy tokens from.

Thanks in advance, anyone who can help


Are other player’s campaigns typically considered private?

Grand Lodge

Battle Map!

Not sure exactly what you mean ...

BUT!

GM's typically recruit for 1e PFS games in the Recruitment Section of THIS campaign (Flaxseed Lodge).

They'll mention the scenario, tier, core/standard, how to apply and any other notes, eg: evergreen, newcomer friendly, prefer high subtler, only three spots open, first come first served etc etc.

If you're interested in the game, just follow their instructions regarding how to apply. Some GMs have a signup sheet in google docs. Others just ask you to express your interest in the Discussion section of the game thread (they should supply a link)

Don't stress that there's not much happening right now. We've got a play-by-post con on 'til November??

As we get closer to the end of that con, heaps of games will open up.

Hope this helps. Sing out with your question ;)


Headbutt wrote:
Are other player’s campaigns typically considered private?

If you're asking if it's bad form to eavesdrop or follow along in someone else's game, I'd say the answer is a strong no - it's fine. I've had folks follow along in years-long games and pipe up every now and then in the discussion thread when they especially enjoy a particular part of the tale. And I often read other game threads to get a sense of posting rate, writing style, or something else about a particular player if I'm recruiting selectively. And sometimes I read other PFS game threads for a game I'm running, to see how another DM has handled a particular aspect of the scenario.

In short - I'd say read all the games you feel like reading! (That said, don't post in the gameplay thread unless you are part of the game.)


Thanks both of you. I meant snooping into people’s games to get an idea of what text roleplay will be like. Will that spoil anything? My first Pathfinder Society character has been made, so I’m ready as soon as a game opens up.


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Venture-Agent, Play-by-Post

^Actually yes, depending on what games you peek into you could very well end up spoiling scenarios for yourself if you read the entire thing. Since you're just wanting to get an idea of what the format looks like and how games will generally 'run', I'd pick something that you're certain you don't want to play yourself or something that you've already played/GMed and read through it.


The only published material I’ve already played through is Rise of the Runelords and Curse of the Crimson Throne, I’ll have to find a game of one of them.

As a side note, it’s awesome that there’s an online community like this.


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Venture-Agent, Play-by-Post

If I may make a recommendation, how about DM Euan's Curse of the Crimson Throne campaign? It wasn't played using PFS rules but the DM is a good one and they actually managed to finish the entire AP, which is rare in PbP!

Lantern Lodge

Sign up sheet Dragon.

Or pick one of the repeatable scenarios. They have varying challenges so you are less likely to spoil a surprise as the surprises change!

Liberty's Edge

Ietsuna's PFS Played Register | GM Ietsuna's PFS GM'd Register

There is a thread of good threads to eavesdrop on somewhere. I'll see if I can find it. I am having trouble right now finding it but I'll keep looking. If someone else knows, please link?


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Lady Ladile wrote:
If I may make a recommendation, how about DM Euan's Curse of the Crimson Throne campaign? It wasn't played using PFS rules but the DM is a good one and they actually managed to finish the entire AP, which is rare in PbP!

That was a fantastic read! While I obviously haven't finished it, that's what I was looking for. Online play seems like it gives more RP opportunity, I can appreciate that.


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? Retail Worker/12

It can definitely provide for a more robust roleplay experience -- IF everyone is on-board for such.

Otherwise, the effect is akin to fingernails on a chalkboard or a record scratching when you see two dramatically different styles in the same PbP.

And that's before you deal with writing approaches and some folks are using 1st person narrative, 2nd person (rare, but painful to read), or 3rd person objective (among other things).

However, if everyone is using the same approach and style, then it looks pretty awesome.


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If you are looking for a repeatable to read, may I humbly recommend Murder's Mark of Crows? I ran Murder's Mark for an all tengu group -- including Wei Ji's grandmother paladin character, Andrietta -- and we had such fun throughout.

Hmm


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GM Redelia wrote:

Plea for quick help from another GM: I need help finding good enemy images for part of Mists of Mwangi.

Redelia:
Try here:

Slides


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Headbutt, I'd love to join in welcoming you to our community! I want to add some words of caution (that's probably not the right word).

When I was new, I also looked at some really excellent examples of RP and posting on the boards and in other people's threads. This was inspiring and a great example of what PbP can and should be. BUT, it also intimidated me, where I thought that my posts or RP wouldn't be "good enough" or that my posts wouldn't follow the posting conventions well enough.

Don't let that happen to you! This is a very welcoming community who is happy to help you grow and learn the format. Just let your first GM know that you are new to PbP and PFS and they'll be happy to help.


Venture-Agent, Play-by-Post

I will second EwokBanshee's sentiment. I too have found this a very welcoming community and very tolerant as I slowly develop my skills.

Welcome and have fun playing.


Thank you all again for being so welcoming. About how long are online games typically? Is there any particular one I should start with?

Liberty's Edge

Ietsuna's PFS Played Register | GM Ietsuna's PFS GM'd Register

Umm, it really depends on the GM and the group. I think my games typically run 5-6 weeks at a guess. Are you starting with a level 1 character, or do you have one you have played previously?


Ietsuna wrote:
Umm, it really depends on the GM and the group. I think my games typically run 5-6 weeks at a guess. Are you starting with a level 1 character, or do you have one you have played previously?

I’ve played 3.5/Pathfinder for nearly a decade, but this is my first introduction into Pathfinder Society. I’ve made a fresh level 1 character using guides online (and snooping some of your characters) but I haven’t played yet.


I'd say they average roughly two months, or at least that's been my experience.

Liberty's Edge

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Ok, fair enough. Jumping in point is pretty much any level 1 game. If you wanted to ease into it a little maybe start with Confirmation or even First Steps which would give a thematic lead in for your character into the Pathfinder Society (although First Steps is an older one so some factions are not the same). Other options that I quite like are the quest series Phantom Phenomena, Honor's Echo or Silverhex Chronicles.

I have a busy weekend ahead of me doing a 21km (13 mile) Spartan race on Saturday and a motorcycle training course on Sunday, but early next week if you are still gameless I will get a game up and running. By then I should have a couple of my other games done and will have some time.

Lantern Lodge

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Sign up sheet Dragon.

I've GMed around 70 games online at Paizo.

My median times are:
39.5 days for PFS Core
36.5 for PFS classic and
34.5 for Starfinder.


Emerald Spire slides | Curse of the Riven Sky slides | Murder's Mark Slides |

Headbutt, also note that with Pathfinder 2 having recently launched, there are games of both PF 1 and PF 2 (as well as Starfinder) to be found here. Could be a little confusing if you bring a PF1 character to a PF2 game, or vice versa. Games listed in this lodge (Flaxseed) are PF1.


GM Abraham wrote:
Headbutt, also note that with Pathfinder 2 having recently launched, there are games of both PF 1 and PF 2 (as well as Starfinder) to be found here. Could be a little confusing if you bring a PF1 character to a PF2 game, or vice versa. Games listed in this lodge (Flaxseed) are PF1.

I definitely didn’t accidentally try to join a PF2 game already. I’ve tried 2E but it wasn’t to my taste, I’ll be sticking with 1E for the time being.


Yes welcome Headbutt. You have stumbled across the absolute best online community I have seen. Many great GMs and players and very welcoming and pleasant gaming environment. For some great tips on playing in PbP games, I always recommend folks to the following threads:

Building a Better Doomed Hero: Painlord's Advanced Play-by-Post Play

10 questions that'll make your PFS roleplaying blossom

Have fun and hope to catch you on the boards.

Grand Lodge

| Dead Suns AP |
Headbutt wrote:
About how long are online games typically?

For whatever reason, it seems like 1 week of PBP game time is about 1 hour of IRL game time. I tend to see 5-6 week long games. But I've been in ones as short as 3 weeks and as long as 9. In general, ask your GM when you start about how long they expect. Some GMs move really fast, others slow, but they should know how their play style tends to work.

Shadow Lodge

Table Maps | Passing the Torch |

I believe my shortest run was 6 weeks, while I have had others that dragged over a year. Scenarios tend to be focused and don't have a lot of runover unless life gets in the way. Modules and APs tend to be much iffier.

Grand Lodge

Male Human(I think) Gamer 20

i think after GD8 is over, it might be a good time to run a new player centred scenario. I can volunteer to play whatever the party needs and be an experienced player at the table(well, I think I am rather experienced, at least...IMHO).


The Confirmation | Oathbreakers Die

I'll probably run 5-08 The Confirmation again once I finish a few things. I may have taken on quite a load for gameday, lol. I'd wager I'll be recruiting either late this month or early next month.


Is the chance to play an AP rare?


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Nope, but the chance to play in one that lasts more than a full book of the AP is. Expect a lot of campaign failure.

Liberty's Edge

They're not super common, no. If you don't mind missing out on the beginning, you'll occasionally see existing games try to recruit a replacement for a player who has dropped out.

Edit: I guess it depends on your perspective. It took about 2.5 weeks for me to get into a campaign. Just gotta be persistent and eventually you'll find one!

Grand Lodge

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Battle Map!

In PFS it's certainly not as common as scenarios.

The commitment required by GM & players is much longer, and generally requires players that that at least 'know each other's gaming style'.

I would strongly recommend playing a few scenarios by PbP, to get a feel for how much time/energy you need to commit before trying out a module or AP.

Grand Lodge

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There are more important things to obsess over Like opinions, everybody has one Jack-of-all-trades, master of some

Best chance to be in an AP? Offer to GM one. ;-)


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Lawrence Smith 2 wrote:
Best chance to be in an AP? Offer to GM one. ;-)

I think I’ll get the hang of playing before GMing, but I’d be open to the idea.


Venture-Agent, Play-by-Post

Definitely try playing first and getting comfortable with the format before you look to start GMing. And when/if you do decide to try GMing, I strongly recommend also starting small and sticking to PFS scenarios until you get your sea legs :)

The Exchange

Male LG Half-Elf Investigator (Empiricist) 1 | AC:15 T:11 FF:14 | CMD 14 | F+1 R+3 W+2 | Init +3 | Perc +4 SM+0; Low-Light Vision | Inspiration: 4/4 | Speed 30 ft. | Extracts: 1st 2/2 | Conditions: None

Would someone experienced be so kind as to check over my sheet to make sure it’s formatted correctly and I have all necessary information? This is Headbutt by the way.

Using BBcode to make sheets is surprisingly elegant. I could see myself using these profiles even for IRL reference.

The Concordance

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Male NG Elf Magus (Mindblade) 4 | HP 27/27 | AC 19 T 14 FF 15 | CMB +3, CMD 17 | F: +4*, R: +5*, W: +4* | Init: +5 | Perc: +10, SM: +0 | Speed 30ft | Light at will, Psychic Pool 6/6 | Spells: 1st 4/4, 2nd 2/2 | Active conditions: none |
Decker Finch wrote:

Would someone experienced be so kind as to check over my sheet to make sure it’s formatted correctly and I have all necessary information? This is Headbutt by the way.

Using BBcode to make sheets is surprisingly elegant. I could see myself using these profiles even for IRL reference.

I did not look at the construction of your character but it does look like a reasonable character sheet.

In your first block of information, you may wish to list your faction.

The other thing that is really handy for PbP is botting instructions. These not only give someone else a good idea of how to act on your behalf if you are delayed posting but by having dice expressions written out they are a great time saver for the player as well. You can simply copy and paste from your botting instructions.

I am posting this from one of my characters so you can take a look at what I have for him. Some of my characters have more detailed botting instructions, including things like frequent skills, others are very basic. Generally, as I play them I tend to fill them out more.

Feel free to poke around and look. I have seen some really good examples from other players. Remember, nothing is set in stone, you will develop your own style and work out what is most useful for you. You may also find yourself making modifications per a specific GMs request, at least for that game you are playing with them.

Welcome to the community.

GM Numbat

The Exchange

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Male LG Half-Elf Investigator (Empiricist) 1 | AC:15 T:11 FF:14 | CMD 14 | F+1 R+3 W+2 | Init +3 | Perc +4 SM+0; Low-Light Vision | Inspiration: 4/4 | Speed 30 ft. | Extracts: 1st 2/2 | Conditions: None
Taniian Roloval wrote:
Decker Finch wrote:

Would someone experienced be so kind as to check over my sheet to make sure it’s formatted correctly and I have all necessary information? This is Headbutt by the way.

Using BBcode to make sheets is surprisingly elegant. I could see myself using these profiles even for IRL reference.

I did not look at the construction of your character but it does look like a reasonable character sheet.

In your first block of information, you may wish to list your faction.

The other thing that is really handy for PbP is botting instructions. These not only give someone else a good idea of how to act on your behalf if you are delayed posting but by having dice expressions written out they are a great time saver for the player as well. You can simply copy and paste from your botting instructions.

I am posting this from one of my characters so you can take a look at what I have for him. Some of my characters have more detailed botting instructions, including things like frequent skills, others are very basic. Generally, as I play them I tend to fill them out more.

Feel free to poke around and look. I have seen some really good examples from other players. Remember, nothing is set in stone, you will develop your own style and work out what is most useful for you. You may also find yourself making modifications per a specific GMs request, at least for that game you are playing with them.

Welcome to the community.

GM Numbat

Thank you for the swift and helpful response, I’ve updated his sheet with your feedback.


I know this is an odd question, but all Pathfinder Core Rulebook material is legal unless stated otherwise right? Does that mean Commoner, Adept, Expert, Aristocrat, and Warrior are legal?

Liberty's Edge

Ietsuna's PFS Played Register | GM Ietsuna's PFS GM'd Register

I believe that those are not legal.

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Headbutt wrote:
I know this is an odd question, but all Pathfinder Core Rulebook material is legal unless stated otherwise right? Does that mean Commoner, Adept, Expert, Aristocrat, and Warrior are legal?

Here is the additional resources page. This page contains everything that is PFS legal broken down by the resource it is found in.

Additional Resources (Link)


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Interestingly, Additional Resources does not clarify much about the CRB, because the CRB is not an 'additional' resource.

:)

However, NPC classes are not available for Organized Play, as per this FAQ.. Fortunately, with so many classes available, you can still create just about any character concept. Can we help you flesh out your character idea?

Hmm


Oh man, playing an NPC class would be a fun twist. Reminds me of one of those Dungeon World type games, I think called Funnel World? Concept is a bunch of nobody common folk go through a dungeon and only the strong survive. I would be totally down to do an all commoner party for a scenario

Lantern Lodge

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Sign up sheet Dragon.

A few folk have done this.

I played at a convention with someone who really wanted to be an "expert" - and have no magical powers. They went with an alchemist base and various archetypes that removed the features they didn't want. It took a fairly large amount of rules mastery to come up with a character built that was so painfully un-viable in a mechanical sense, but so much fun to play in another.


That's great. You could probably allow double table limit if everyone was just a commoner. Bring on the pitchforks!


GM Hmm wrote:

Interestingly, Additional Resources does not clarify much about the CRB, because the CRB is not an 'additional' resource.

:)

However, NPC classes are not available for Organized Play, as per this FAQ.. Fortunately, with so many classes available, you can still create just about any character concept. Can we help you flesh out your character idea?

Hmm

Ah, that’s a shame. Unfortunately the character idea was “make an effective Commoner.” The class specifically.

Thank you for the help though!


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If you want to give yourself a challenge, there are plenty of ways to do it. A number of the core classes are fairly underpowered, or you could choose a class with a non-optimal race -- dwarven bard, anyone? I keep thinking that I should build one of those someday. You could probably build an effective one by starting with a 12 or 13 charisma and a decent strength, if you concentrate on buff spells, inspire courage and swinging an axe at people. Yeah, your DCs would suck, but you don't have to choose spells that require DCs.

It can also be fun taking an archetype that others consider sub-optimal and find ways to really build on it to make something effective. You just want to be careful to make sure that what you build is effective, though. You don't want to create a character that cannot pull its own weight in a party.

Hmm


Venture Lieutenant, Play by Post (online), Hostess of Cottonseed Lodge (playtest)

There is one pregen only module that is PFS legal where the pregens are NPC classes, if that is interesting to anyone.


I don’t mind people taking less optimal pathways, as long as they then don’t complain about not being able to do as much (or start bring a massive resource drain).

Everything is fun until someone is a liability to others.

It’s a team game and it’s expected you can contribute to the team, not hinder it.

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