GM Bret’s PbP Gameday VIII PF2 The Mosquito Witch

Game Master BretI

PbP Gameday VIII

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Mission Briefing


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Mosquito Witch

If no one objects, I would like to take a break over the weekend.

I will be at SkalCon all weekend.

Horizon Hunters

Male Goblin Champion Lvl 1| HP 19/22 | AC 18; Raised Shield 19 | Fort +7; Ref +7; Will +4 | Perception: +2; Stealth +7 | Focus Point 1/1|Speed 25, Darkvision|Hero Point 1/1

Have fun.

Envoy's Alliance

LG female human (Versatile) Monk 1 | HP 18/19 17/18 | AC 17 | F +6, R +7 W +5 | Perc +3, Stealth +5 | speed 25 | Hero Point: 1 | Active conditons: Drained 1

No problem. Have fun, both of you. :)

Grand Archive

NG female human rogue scholar HP 13/17; hero 1/3; AC 18; F +4; R +9; W +5; P +5; Stealth +9; 25'; Conditions: none

Enjoy.


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Mosquito Witch

Diplomacy and other social skill rolls

Please be careful about making social interaction rolls. Although the mechanics were not used here, I have seen many instances where you only have a limited number of attempts at a social skill and after that the NPC will refuse to speak with you. You also increase the risk of a critical failure.

In PF2, there is even a risk if you attempt an Aid roll as a critical failure results in a penalty to the primary roll.

The interaction that caused me to write this had several failures with a skill before someone succeeded. A critical failure on any of those would have closed that door. If the encounter had listed a specific number of failures ending the conversation, each of those rolls would have counted towards it.

There are also a number of instances where mention of a certain thing may cause a bonus or penalty. Content does matter with the social interactions. Good or bad and regardless of who may be the primary, I will take mention of key things into account.

Your character can still speak and make points. If there is no roll called for, great. If there are rolls called for, I will tell you if there are special mechanics involved and take the roll of whoever claims they are going to be primary.

You can also do something like:

Diplomacy, prefer not to be primary:
I would prefer not to be primary.

If someone else takes primary, consider this an Aid Another attempt. Otherwise I will be primary.
Diplomacy: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (17) + 5 = 22

If you are miserable at the skill called for but think you have a good idea, please to the interaction. The person who is rolling the skill is assumed by me to step in and smooth anything they can out (depending on the check result). If you are afraid the NPC may react badly, you could also consider having having your character whisper an idea to another that then presents it in what is hopeful a better way.

I will not force someone who has ideas to stay silent.

I personally would have preferred the game kept the no risk Aid Another on social skills. There was evidently a large and vocal set of play testers that felt any roll should have risk. I do need to stick with the rules as I understand them.

Radiant Oath

NG (female) Human (versatile) Cleric level 1| HP 17/17 | AC 15/17(shield raised) | F +4 R +3 W +8 | Perc(T) +6 | Stealth(U) +0 | speed 25| spell DC 16| focus 0/1| spells 1st 2/2 | Hero Points: 1 |Active Conditions: light - wayfinder, magic weapon - scimitar

Please don't take my relative silence as lack of interest in the game. Given the investigative nature of this scenario, I am finding it more challenging than usual to really contribute without any metagaming (having run it now several times).

For my fellow teammates - if you want Tasaria to do something particular feel free to direct her, or ask her questions etc. I will do my best to answer only within character.


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Mosquito Witch

Sorry, will not be able to update again until tomorrow.

I will move us forward then.


Mosquito Witch

Sorry, it seems I’ve come down with something. Been asleep most of the day. Hope to feel better tomorrow.

No update today.

Envoy's Alliance

LG female human (Versatile) Monk 1 | HP 18/19 17/18 | AC 17 | F +6, R +7 W +5 | Perc +3, Stealth +5 | speed 25 | Hero Point: 1 | Active conditons: Drained 1

Take your time, get well soon!

Radiant Oath

NG (female) Human (versatile) Cleric level 1| HP 17/17 | AC 15/17(shield raised) | F +4 R +3 W +8 | Perc(T) +6 | Stealth(U) +0 | speed 25| spell DC 16| focus 0/1| spells 1st 2/2 | Hero Points: 1 |Active Conditions: light - wayfinder, magic weapon - scimitar

Take care of yourself and feel better soon.

Grand Archive

Gnome Sorcerer 1 (air elemental); HP 17/17; AC 15; F+6, R+5, W+5; 1 Hero Point, 1 focus point; Perc +3, 25' move

Take care of yourself. In the words of Count Rugen, if you don't have your health, you don't have anything.


Mosquito Witch

Feeling better. Thought it was time to give you an update.

Not much there, should have called for the check sooner.

Please do give me an idea what you are doing in exploration mode. At least one of you should be using Survival. I expect the closest match is Sense Direction. You don’t need to use the exact game terms as long as it is obvious or the game term is in your header.

Exploration activities are on pg. 479-480.

Let me know if you have questions.

Horizon Hunters

Male Goblin Champion Lvl 1| HP 19/22 | AC 18; Raised Shield 19 | Fort +7; Ref +7; Will +4 | Perception: +2; Stealth +7 | Focus Point 1/1|Speed 25, Darkvision|Hero Point 1/1

Scout, avoid notice, or recall knowledge are probably the best choices for Chug.

Radiant Oath

NG (female) Human (versatile) Cleric level 1| HP 17/17 | AC 15/17(shield raised) | F +4 R +3 W +8 | Perc(T) +6 | Stealth(U) +0 | speed 25| spell DC 16| focus 0/1| spells 1st 2/2 | Hero Points: 1 |Active Conditions: light - wayfinder, magic weapon - scimitar

I like the idea of one party member scouting.

Tasaria could also use detect magic or use perception (+6) as a lookout or if no one is better than survival (+3) as needed for finding our way and being aware of hazards.

It probably wouldn't hurt to have more than one of us using survival.

Glad you are feeling better, Bret.

Grand Archive

Gnome Sorcerer 1 (air elemental); HP 17/17; AC 15; F+6, R+5, W+5; 1 Hero Point, 1 focus point; Perc +3, 25' move

Detecting Magic!

Envoy's Alliance

LG female human (Versatile) Monk 1 | HP 18/19 17/18 | AC 17 | F +6, R +7 W +5 | Perc +3, Stealth +5 | speed 25 | Hero Point: 1 | Active conditons: Drained 1

I'll second Tasaria's suggestion to have more than one person use Survival. Getting lost would be a shame. Other than that, I can see Perception and Recall Knowledge (Nature) working. Helène isn't too good on outdoors skills and her Perception isn't amazing (+3), so she'll take scouting duty.

Grand Archive

NG female human rogue scholar HP 13/17; hero 1/3; AC 18; F +4; R +9; W +5; P +5; Stealth +9; 25'; Conditions: none

Happy to scout or use survival while travelling. Looks like we are out of that mode now though.,

Radiant Oath

NG (female) Human (versatile) Cleric level 1| HP 17/17 | AC 15/17(shield raised) | F +4 R +3 W +8 | Perc(T) +6 | Stealth(U) +0 | speed 25| spell DC 16| focus 0/1| spells 1st 2/2 | Hero Points: 1 |Active Conditions: light - wayfinder, magic weapon - scimitar

Thought I posted here last night that we were given warning of potential power shut down from early this morning through the next couple of days. If we do lose power it could last for up to a week.

So far, so good, we still have power and at least one map indicated we are a couple of blocks from the nearest affected area. Still, if I disappear that is likely why. Feel free to bot as needed.


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Mosquito Witch

Keep safe! Hope you keep power as well.


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Mosquito Witch

I have a family event tomorrow and either will not update or will only do so late that day.

Envoy's Alliance

LG female human (Versatile) Monk 1 | HP 18/19 17/18 | AC 17 | F +6, R +7 W +5 | Perc +3, Stealth +5 | speed 25 | Hero Point: 1 | Active conditons: Drained 1

Enjoy the family event.

I must say that I enjoy the scenario, even though it take some getting used to the 'sandboxy' nature and the fact that many things will apparently stay a mystery. Let's see where our stumbling about brings us. :*)


Mosquito Witch

If people want some hints, I can give them. It is difficult in PbP to read the table and know when the players want hints or not.

Hints can be as simple as a list of things you have for things to investigate.


Mosquito Witch

Just so players know, Treat Disease usually takes eight hours. The thing is that would keep you there overnight, which I suspect people wouldn’t enjoy.

I am going to apply the 2 hours of reduced symptoms to allow you to move the person — hopefully getting back to town. Assuming you get back to town, Tarasia can then complete the treatment. No additional rolls, just complete what she started.

Radiant Oath

NG (female) Human (versatile) Cleric level 1| HP 17/17 | AC 15/17(shield raised) | F +4 R +3 W +8 | Perc(T) +6 | Stealth(U) +0 | speed 25| spell DC 16| focus 0/1| spells 1st 2/2 | Hero Points: 1 |Active Conditions: light - wayfinder, magic weapon - scimitar

Sounds good. Thank you.


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Mosquito Witch
Phineas Hatt wrote:
[dice=Aid Survival, if allowed]1d20+3 Nevermind.

It is allowed, but now it is risky doing so. A critical failure to Aid will impose a penalty on the original skill rolls. See pg. 470 for details on this.

The details don’t matter in this case, but since this is a change and many may not be aware of it I wanted to point it out.

The person doing the skill check does not have to accept attempts to Aid.

Grand Archive

Male | HP 24/24 | AC 16 (17 Mage Armor) (Shield +1) F: +8, R: +6, W: +7 | Init: +5 | Perc: +5, | Speed 25ft | | Spells: 1st 3+S | Active conditions: None. Hero Point 1 Human Wizard(Evoker) 2

I have my turn ready, I assume it is proper pbp etiquette to wait until turn comes up to post rather than put my turn up and wait for initiative to apply results?


Mosquito Witch

I do grouped initiative, so all characters within the same block can post in any order and I resolve them in posting order unless someone specifies they are waiting for someone else.

So for the current battle we would have the following ‘groups’

Teja
——
Green
——
Tasaria
Max
——
Blue
Peaches
Black
——
Chug
——
Red
——
Phineas
Helène

Once Green or Red die we would have larger groups.

You can always post in advance within a spoiler. I would then resolve it as soon as your group came up.


Mosquito Witch

By the way, I am being a bit more chatty about the mechanics because it is a new system. If I say something you disagree with, let me know here in discussion (preferably with references to the rules) so that we can work things out,

A lot of things are different in PF2. I have GMed PF1, Starfinder and the playtest so it is also very easy for me to mistakenly apply something that was in one of the other systems.

In the case of disagreement, if it isn’t critical and there are a lot of rules elements to wade through I may make a call and go forward. That doesn’t have to end the discussion as long as things remain civil, but unless it makes a big difference I would rather not RetCon something.

Radiant Oath

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NG (female) Human (versatile) Cleric level 1| HP 17/17 | AC 15/17(shield raised) | F +4 R +3 W +8 | Perc(T) +6 | Stealth(U) +0 | speed 25| spell DC 16| focus 0/1| spells 1st 2/2 | Hero Points: 1 |Active Conditions: light - wayfinder, magic weapon - scimitar

OK. You inspired me to go peek at the initiative rolls. I believe that you have sorted them using the standard PF1 rules as my understanding is that in PF2 ties with opponents go to the opponent, ties within the party are decided by the party. In PbP the latter usually makes no difference as we run things in blocks. The only real difference here is that Green would have gone first and Teja would be in the first party block. Nothing game-changing at all but may have made your life just a little easier.

I will need to dig out the actual rule ...

CRB p468 wrote:

Unlike a typical check, where the result is compared to a DC, the results of initiative rolls are ranked. This ranking sets the order in which the encounter’s participants act— the initiative order. The character with the highest result goes first. The second highest follows, and so on until whoever had the lowest result takes their turn last.

If your result is tied with a foe’s result, the adversary goes first. If your result is tied with another PC’s, you can decide between yourselves who goes first when you reach that place in the initiative order. After that, your places in the initiative order usually don’t change during the encounter.


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Mosquito Witch

Thanks! I hadn't realized they had changed that.

I will change it on the next round and try to remember this difference.

Radiant Oath

NG (female) Human (versatile) Cleric level 1| HP 17/17 | AC 15/17(shield raised) | F +4 R +3 W +8 | Perc(T) +6 | Stealth(U) +0 | speed 25| spell DC 16| focus 0/1| spells 1st 2/2 | Hero Points: 1 |Active Conditions: light - wayfinder, magic weapon - scimitar
Quote:

Blue dives down and attacks Peaches. It is able to latch on to the dog! It then starts to draw blood from it, seeming to gain health apps it does so.

Barbed Legs: 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (19) + 8 = 27
Blood Drain: 1d4 ⇒ 2

I believe that is a critical hit so, sad to say, Peaches would actually take 4 damage.


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Mosquito Witch

Normally, yes.

Here it is two actions, one to attach and another to drain. The attach is treated as a grapple so the crit would be:
Critical Success Your opponent is restrained until the end of your next turn unless you move or your opponent Escapes (page 470).

Best I can tell, the creatures with never get crit damage. I assume this is intentional.


Mosquito Witch

Does someone want to Bot Chug?

Radiant Oath

NG (female) Human (versatile) Cleric level 1| HP 17/17 | AC 15/17(shield raised) | F +4 R +3 W +8 | Perc(T) +6 | Stealth(U) +0 | speed 25| spell DC 16| focus 0/1| spells 1st 2/2 | Hero Points: 1 |Active Conditions: light - wayfinder, magic weapon - scimitar
GM Bret wrote:
Does someone want to Bot Chug?

Sure

Radiant Oath

NG (female) Human (versatile) Cleric level 1| HP 17/17 | AC 15/17(shield raised) | F +4 R +3 W +8 | Perc(T) +6 | Stealth(U) +0 | speed 25| spell DC 16| focus 0/1| spells 1st 2/2 | Hero Points: 1 |Active Conditions: light - wayfinder, magic weapon - scimitar

Chug - I didn't quite understand your botting dice so I spelled it out how I believe it should work.

OK, looks like we cross-posted so GM, please ignore Bilby Bot post though I am going to leave it up so we can discuss if needed, this being a learning game.

Edit - I moved you back to where I remember you being on the map.


Mosquito Witch

Sorry,sick. Don’t think I will update until tomorrow.

Radiant Oath

NG (female) Human (versatile) Cleric level 1| HP 17/17 | AC 15/17(shield raised) | F +4 R +3 W +8 | Perc(T) +6 | Stealth(U) +0 | speed 25| spell DC 16| focus 0/1| spells 1st 2/2 | Hero Points: 1 |Active Conditions: light - wayfinder, magic weapon - scimitar

Feel better soon, Brett.

Radiant Oath

NG (female) Human (versatile) Cleric level 1| HP 17/17 | AC 15/17(shield raised) | F +4 R +3 W +8 | Perc(T) +6 | Stealth(U) +0 | speed 25| spell DC 16| focus 0/1| spells 1st 2/2 | Hero Points: 1 |Active Conditions: light - wayfinder, magic weapon - scimitar

Glad to see you back, Brett.

Team - I have copied our tokens and placed them double-file entering. Leaving it to the leaders or others to decide which direction we go. Feel free to adjust the order, I based it on what had been posted.


Mosquito Witch

Glad to be over that cold! No fun.

Now to finish this adventure off!


Mosquito Witch

Since we are close to the end, it is time for people to roll for Downtime activities.

The most common downtime activity is using Lore, Crafting or Perform to earn money. Since everyone is 2nd level or less, the DC is the same for everyone: DC 14.

Since GM’s also get downtime, I will do it for my 1st level arson investigator.

Crafting T: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (5) + 7 = 12 Failed.

1 cp / day for a total of 8 cp!

Grand Archive

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NG female human rogue scholar HP 13/17; hero 1/3; AC 18; F +4; R +9; W +5; P +5; Stealth +9; 25'; Conditions: none

crafting: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (19) + 6 = 25
Ohh, good time for a critical!

Envoy's Alliance

LG female human (Versatile) Monk 1 | HP 18/19 17/18 | AC 17 | F +6, R +7 W +5 | Perc +3, Stealth +5 | speed 25 | Hero Point: 1 | Active conditons: Drained 1

Helène will use the Bargain Hunter feat, which lets her use Diplomacy to Earn Income.

Diplomacy, earn income: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (5) + 5 = 10 Meh...

Horizon Hunters

Male Goblin Champion Lvl 1| HP 19/22 | AC 18; Raised Shield 19 | Fort +7; Ref +7; Will +4 | Perception: +2; Stealth +7 | Focus Point 1/1|Speed 25, Darkvision|Hero Point 1/1

Chug hits the taverns and sings.

Performance: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (12) + 5 = 17

Radiant Oath

NG (female) Human (versatile) Cleric level 1| HP 17/17 | AC 15/17(shield raised) | F +4 R +3 W +8 | Perc(T) +6 | Stealth(U) +0 | speed 25| spell DC 16| focus 0/1| spells 1st 2/2 | Hero Points: 1 |Active Conditions: light - wayfinder, magic weapon - scimitar

Tasaria spends her time gathering and selling medicinal herbs.

Herbalism Lore: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (3) + 4 = 7

Failed = 8cp

Grand Archive

Gnome Sorcerer 1 (air elemental); HP 17/17; AC 15; F+6, R+5, W+5; 1 Hero Point, 1 focus point; Perc +3, 25' move

Sorry for my absence, caught something on Saturday and was laid up until today recovering.

Earn income: Performance: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (1) + 7 = 8 Phineas sings drunken bar songs while slinging drinks to entertain the patrons. He specializes in organizing rounds.

Radiant Oath

NG (female) Human (versatile) Cleric level 1| HP 17/17 | AC 15/17(shield raised) | F +4 R +3 W +8 | Perc(T) +6 | Stealth(U) +0 | speed 25| spell DC 16| focus 0/1| spells 1st 2/2 | Hero Points: 1 |Active Conditions: light - wayfinder, magic weapon - scimitar

Max - token moved


Mosquito Witch

Would someone like to bot Max?

Grand Archive

NG female human rogue scholar HP 13/17; hero 1/3; AC 18; F +4; R +9; W +5; P +5; Stealth +9; 25'; Conditions: none

Max strides forward and summons another arc of electricity.

Stide, cast electric arc at green and light blue
electric damage: 1d4 + 4 ⇒ (1) + 4 = 5 Basic reflex for half


Mosquito Witch

Alright, guess I will copy the result into Gameplay.


Mosquito Witch

Max, I still need a Day Job roll from you in order to fill out chronicles.

We are very near the end.

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