Season of Ghosts w/ DM rainzax

Game Master rainzax

Day: 4, evening
Current Year: 7108
Current Season: Summer
Current Weather: Shining Dawn
Wandering Monster Chance (Town): 0%
Wandering Monster Chance (Hinterlands): 20%

Shining Dawn:

Coins (☑☑☑) @ Abadar, Pharasma, Shizuru for +1 party item bonus to Medicine, Society, and Religion

PbP Macros ➤ Season of Ghosts
PbP Slides ➤ The Summer that Never Was
Loot Sheet ➤ Discounted 10% when Leveling
Downtime Spreadsheet ➤ Downtime and Wealth Tracker
Subsystems ➤ Influence / Reputation / Research
Useful Info for Character Building ➤ Info

Party XP @ 080 / 500 ➤ 4th
Influence w/ Granny Hu vs Old Matsuki ➤ 2pts vs 0pts
Reputation w/ Northridge vs Southbank ➤ 4pts vs 4pts
Reputation Thresholds @ Liked / Admired / Revered ➤ +5 / +15 / +30 pts
Reputation Thresholds @ Disliked / Hated / Hunted ➤ -5 / -15 / -30 pts


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NG m Human (Outskirt Dweller) | Ranger (archer) 3 | HP 41/41 | AC 20/22 (shield) | F +8, R +11, W +9 | Perc +9 (+2 Inc. Init.) | Stealth +9 | Default Explore: scout (+9) speed 25' | Hero 3/3 | nature deity | Active Conditions: ---

Sigurd & Auntie pretty much answered the questions the same as I would have. I'll try to add a bit more.

0) Are you having fun?
Oh, yes! This adventure is Awesome! I'm still a bit overwhelmed with how 2e works, but, I'm getting used to it.

1) What is one thing that the GM does that helps you? Organization and documentation.

2) What is one thing you wish the GM did that would help you? Everything has been great so far. I, too, wouldn't mind slowing down just a bit.

3) What is one thing that other PCs do that helps you? Healing & sharing of items.

4) What is one thing you wish other PCs did that would help you? I wish that Kazuki had awesome spells to help the others in & out of combat. I feel a bit out of place by not having any spells.

5) Are you open to feedback yourself?
Totally.

~) Anything else?
I'm currently going through a divorce which also means having to move out of state to live with my mom in Arizona. It's going to be a rough couple of months. I had to drop out of GMing for Outpost VI and will probably have to step down from my Venture Agent position after 14 years of being a VA.


male mountainkeeper tengu close ties magus 3 | ♥️33 | ⛨19 | F +8 R +7 W +7 | Perc +5; arcane sense, low-light vision | Stealth +7 | speed 25 ft; Uncanny Agility | spells 2 ☐blazing bolt; spells 1 ☐☐runic weapon| Focus☐ | Arcane Cascade☐ | Spellstrike: charged | ✋Katana | Seasonal Boon☐ | Active Conditions: runic weapon

0) Are you having fun? Yes, quite.
1) What is one thing that GM does that helps you? The various trackers and post-details are nice. The topical NPCs are also nice for references.
2) What is one thing you wish GM did that would help you? Early on I would have said the pace was constantly fast, but I think this is getting better. I haven't felt overwhelmed by the posts in at least a week, probably two. We don't seem to be at all at risk of stagnating.
3) What is one thing that other PCs do that helps you? I think we're slowly starting to interact with each other. I think we've only scratched the surface of this, and there's much more we can explore this and interact with each others' NPC relationships.
4) What is one thing you wish other PCs did that would help you? More of the above increasingly. Bounce our characters off of each other socially. Get them interacting about their pasts, and their NPC relationships.
5) Are you open to feedback yourself? Yes.


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Season of Ghosts | "Lan" | male (he/him) skilled human (Tien) sorcerer (phoenix) 3 | ◆◇↺ | HP 32/32 | AC 18 (19) | P+5, F+6, R+8, W+7 | NV, NH, 25' | Explore: scout | Spells: 1st 4/4, 2nd 0/3 | Hero: 4/5 | Active Conditions: Impersonate

I will try to catch up by tomorrow. This weekend is the Lunar New Year, and I have lots of family gatherings.

GM, out of curiosity, does the winter module for Season of Ghosts have a lunar new year celebration? If not, can we make one up?


♥️ 35 | ☘️ ☑☑☑☑☑☑☑/​□ | Spells (DC 17) -/☑□□/□□ | Focus □ | ◆◇↺ | Saves **8/*7/**9 | Divine Font ☑☑☑☑ ✋ Katana | AC 20 (+1 with Shield Spell, +2 with Steel Shield) | Perception +7 |

Happy New Year, Ho Lan.

Verdant Wheel

N female Halfling (Gutsy) Druid/Blessed One 3 | HP 36/36 | AC 18/20| F +9 R +7 W +11 | Perc +11 | Stealth +2 | speed 25 | ◆◇↺ | | Hero 2/7 | focus 2/2 | spells 1: 3/3 2: 2/2| Active Conditions: ---

Clarifying: It looks like we don't have time to Earn Income in the narrative right now. Does that mean we skip it for this level? Will that even out with other opportunities later?


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Season of Ghosts | "Lan" | male (he/him) skilled human (Tien) sorcerer (phoenix) 3 | ◆◇↺ | HP 32/32 | AC 18 (19) | P+5, F+6, R+8, W+7 | NV, NH, 25' | Explore: scout | Spells: 1st 4/4, 2nd 0/3 | Hero: 4/5 | Active Conditions: Impersonate
Sigurd Kolphan, Season of Ghost wrote:
Happy New Year, Ho Lan.

Thanks!

So, I think I've mentioned that my wife is Chinese, but her extended family is from a lot of different cultural backgrounds - European, Latin American, Filipino, Korean, and Japanese. Not everyone would celebrate the lunar new year, but there's one Chinese tradition that everyone loooves: free money. Basically, everyone who's married hands out little red envelopes (利是, pronounced "lai see") to the unmarried people, so people frequently bring their significant others because, y'know, free money.

In Chinese cultures, the kids usually get enough money from lai see that it's their spending money for the year - there's no weekly allowance.

Wikipedia


Season of Ghosts | "Lan" | male (he/him) skilled human (Tien) sorcerer (phoenix) 3 | ◆◇↺ | HP 32/32 | AC 18 (19) | P+5, F+6, R+8, W+7 | NV, NH, 25' | Explore: scout | Spells: 1st 4/4, 2nd 0/3 | Hero: 4/5 | Active Conditions: Impersonate

0) Are you having fun? Yes!

1) What is one thing that GM does that helps you? I like the concept of anchor posts, and other references. Due to the long IRL time spanned by PbP, sometimes things get forgotten - most recently, I forgot what we were looking for to relight the lanterns, and I had to go digging. Only a day has passed in game, so it's not realistic for the characters to have forgotten, but it's easy for the players to do so. Or, at least, this player.

2) What is one thing you wish GM did that would help you? I don't have any strong opinions on this.

3) What is one thing that other PCs do that helps you? I have actually enjoyed the fact that we don't always vote the same way. I think there's a good balance between playing our characters the way the characters would behave, and us as players not all trying to drive in different directions.

4) What is one thing you wish other PCs did that would help you? I think this is resolved, but there was a discrepancy between the names some characters used to refer to themselves and the names the GM used. I think we just need to be consistent. Lan's name is family name first, but that doesn't have to be universal.

5) Are you open to feedback yourself? Yes!

Anything else? I saw some chatter above about the pacing of the game. I've noticed that I'm often the slow one, which I'll semi-apologize for, but I can't average two posts per day, so it's usually 1 (if it's my turn when I check Paizo) or 0 (if it's not my turn when I check Paizo). I'm trying to squeeze in a second check sometime in the evening (like right now) if I don't get to it in the day.


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Season of Ghosts | "Lan" | male (he/him) skilled human (Tien) sorcerer (phoenix) 3 | ◆◇↺ | HP 32/32 | AC 18 (19) | P+5, F+6, R+8, W+7 | NV, NH, 25' | Explore: scout | Spells: 1st 4/4, 2nd 0/3 | Hero: 4/5 | Active Conditions: Impersonate
Kazuki Sato wrote:

~) Anything else?

I'm currently going through a divorce which also means having to move out of state to live with my mom in Arizona. It's going to be a rough couple of months. I had to drop out of GMing for Outpost VI and will probably have to step down from my Venture Agent position after 14 years of being a VA.

So sorry to hear this. I can't offer much besides e-hugs, but I do wish the best for you.


male mountainkeeper tengu close ties magus 3 | ♥️33 | ⛨19 | F +8 R +7 W +7 | Perc +5; arcane sense, low-light vision | Stealth +7 | speed 25 ft; Uncanny Agility | spells 2 ☐blazing bolt; spells 1 ☐☐runic weapon| Focus☐ | Arcane Cascade☐ | Spellstrike: charged | ✋Katana | Seasonal Boon☐ | Active Conditions: runic weapon

Hello, this is an FYI that I'll be away in nature without access to computers this weekend, 2/17-2/18. I will return late Sunday (US/Pacific time) and resume posting. As this is just the weekend, I expect minimal disruption to the games I'm in.

Verdant Wheel

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N female Halfling (Gutsy) Druid/Blessed One 3 | HP 36/36 | AC 18/20| F +9 R +7 W +11 | Perc +11 | Stealth +2 | speed 25 | ◆◇↺ | | Hero 2/7 | focus 2/2 | spells 1: 3/3 2: 2/2| Active Conditions: ---

Regarding this post stating our Discovery/Influence results from our first meeting with Old Matzuki, here's my input:

Spoiler:
GM rainzax wrote:

Auntie Wu, Kazuki, Lan:

You have earned 4 Discovery successes for the party, which will not help you to Influence Shou "Old" Matsuki today (one round only) but will set you up for future success the next time you meet up with him. You essentially get 4 pieces of information about his statblock, from:
1) What are his other Discovery skills?
2) What are his other Influence skills?
3) Once you have the either of these lists of skills, their difficulty order.
4) What Resistances does he have, if any?
5) What Weaknesses does he have, if any?

I'd vote to learn 2, 3, 4, & 5.


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♥️ 35 | ☘️ ☑☑☑☑☑☑☑/​□ | Spells (DC 17) -/☑□□/□□ | Focus □ | ◆◇↺ | Saves **8/*7/**9 | Divine Font ☑☑☑☑ ✋ Katana | AC 20 (+1 with Shield Spell, +2 with Steel Shield) | Perception +7 |

I'd ask questions 2, 3, 4, 5. I think we discovered enough.


Season of Ghosts | "Lan" | male (he/him) skilled human (Tien) sorcerer (phoenix) 3 | ◆◇↺ | HP 32/32 | AC 18 (19) | P+5, F+6, R+8, W+7 | NV, NH, 25' | Explore: scout | Spells: 1st 4/4, 2nd 0/3 | Hero: 4/5 | Active Conditions: Impersonate

2-5 sounds good. Discovery is only useful for Influence, anyway.


male mountainkeeper tengu close ties magus 3 | ♥️33 | ⛨19 | F +8 R +7 W +7 | Perc +5; arcane sense, low-light vision | Stealth +7 | speed 25 ft; Uncanny Agility | spells 2 ☐blazing bolt; spells 1 ☐☐runic weapon| Focus☐ | Arcane Cascade☐ | Spellstrike: charged | ✋Katana | Seasonal Boon☐ | Active Conditions: runic weapon

No reason to disagree. 2-5.


Tactical Map | Action ◆◇↺ | Checkbox ➤ (□□□) vs (☑☑☑) | Auntie Wu (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑□/□), Kazuki (☘️☑☑☑☑☑□□□/□), Lan (☘️☑☑☑□□□/□), Sigurd (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑☑☑☑□/☑), Vekka (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑□/☑) | Status Symbols ➤ ♥️ hit points, ☘️ hero points, ✋ held items, ⚕ status condition | Spell Templates
Ho Lan wrote:
Are we doing 5 rounds all at once, or 1-2 at a time?

That works for me!

I see Sigurd has already nested 5 checks behind a spoiler - I'll pull those out as needed.


Tactical Map | Action ◆◇↺ | Checkbox ➤ (□□□) vs (☑☑☑) | Auntie Wu (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑□/□), Kazuki (☘️☑☑☑☑☑□□□/□), Lan (☘️☑☑☑□□□/□), Sigurd (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑☑☑☑□/☑), Vekka (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑□/☑) | Status Symbols ➤ ♥️ hit points, ☘️ hero points, ✋ held items, ⚕ status condition | Spell Templates
Auntie Wu wrote:
Do you mean Terrain Stalker or Terrain Expertise?

Nice catch.

I mean Terrain Expertise!


Tactical Map | Action ◆◇↺ | Checkbox ➤ (□□□) vs (☑☑☑) | Auntie Wu (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑□/□), Kazuki (☘️☑☑☑☑☑□□□/□), Lan (☘️☑☑☑□□□/□), Sigurd (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑☑☑☑□/☑), Vekka (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑□/☑) | Status Symbols ➤ ♥️ hit points, ☘️ hero points, ✋ held items, ⚕ status condition | Spell Templates

Got the math post - will get the narrative post up in a bit!


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♥️ 35 | ☘️ ☑☑☑☑☑☑☑/​□ | Spells (DC 17) -/☑□□/□□ | Focus □ | ◆◇↺ | Saves **8/*7/**9 | Divine Font ☑☑☑☑ ✋ Katana | AC 20 (+1 with Shield Spell, +2 with Steel Shield) | Perception +7 |

Reminder to update your stats in the >Macro sheet<. I always forget...

Verdant Wheel

N female Halfling (Gutsy) Druid/Blessed One 3 | HP 36/36 | AC 18/20| F +9 R +7 W +11 | Perc +11 | Stealth +2 | speed 25 | ◆◇↺ | | Hero 2/7 | focus 2/2 | spells 1: 3/3 2: 2/2| Active Conditions: ---

Oh riiiight!


male mountainkeeper tengu close ties magus 3 | ♥️33 | ⛨19 | F +8 R +7 W +7 | Perc +5; arcane sense, low-light vision | Stealth +7 | speed 25 ft; Uncanny Agility | spells 2 ☐blazing bolt; spells 1 ☐☐runic weapon| Focus☐ | Arcane Cascade☐ | Spellstrike: charged | ✋Katana | Seasonal Boon☐ | Active Conditions: runic weapon

Doh. I haven't thought about that file since... we started? Updating it now.


Tactical Map | Action ◆◇↺ | Checkbox ➤ (□□□) vs (☑☑☑) | Auntie Wu (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑□/□), Kazuki (☘️☑☑☑☑☑□□□/□), Lan (☘️☑☑☑□□□/□), Sigurd (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑☑☑☑□/☑), Vekka (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑□/☑) | Status Symbols ➤ ♥️ hit points, ☘️ hero points, ✋ held items, ⚕ status condition | Spell Templates

Bigger post hopefully coming this evening - stand by.

Also, I have been darting in-and-out putting posts together for this game, there are some outstanding questions / ideas in Discussion. I will get to them when I get a moment, they are not lost. Just trying to keep the game moving at a good clip, which takes priority for the time being.

=)


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Tactical Map | Action ◆◇↺ | Checkbox ➤ (□□□) vs (☑☑☑) | Auntie Wu (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑□/□), Kazuki (☘️☑☑☑☑☑□□□/□), Lan (☘️☑☑☑□□□/□), Sigurd (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑☑☑☑□/☑), Vekka (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑□/☑) | Status Symbols ➤ ♥️ hit points, ☘️ hero points, ✋ held items, ⚕ status condition | Spell Templates

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Player Feedback (Debrief)

#0: Are you having fun?

PCs wrote:

➤ Yup. I had joined in a previous run with you and it was great.

➤ Yup, sure am!
➤ Oh, yes! This adventure is Awesome! I'm still a bit overwhelmed with how 2e works, but, I'm getting used to it.
➤ Yes, quite.
➤ Yes!

I, too, am having fun. And, have been consistently impressed with some of the care you guys give your posts. Two highlights for me in the inter-group tension between North and South, and the whole Fumeiyoshi worship coverup unfolding before out eyes. Good stuff

#1: What is one thing that GM does that helps you?

PCs wrote:

➤ Keeping track of our long term buffs and debuffs. I really do like the blessings. I'm not sure if that's you doing improv or by the rules.

➤ Organization and documentation. I forget things a lot, but knowing I can find it and where to look helps.
➤ Organization and documentation.
➤ The various trackers and post-details are nice. The topical NPCs are also nice for references.
➤ I like the concept of anchor posts, and other references. Due to the long IRL time spanned by PbP, sometimes things get forgotten - most recently, I forgot what we were looking for to relight the lanterns, and I had to go digging. Only a day has passed in game, so it's not realistic for the characters to have forgotten, but it's easy for the players to do so. Or, at least, this player.

For me as a player, I frequently lose track of the multiple narratives within an AP, coupled with checking in from IRL to try and make decisive action in the game world (with my character who is often smarter than me), I often find myself strapped for time to make a meaningful connection to past events that represents that character's prior knowledge and memory, instead flying by wire. So, it's nice to see that my efforts to put organized resources in front of you within a click or two's reach is seen as helpful (This is something I wish my GMs did for me!). Makes the extra effort I put in very much worth it.

#2: What is one thing you wish GM did that would help you?

PCs wrote:

➤ Hmm. I think you've been pretty good at asking for clarifications. Especially since the Remaster came out, we've had to update a bunch of our spells.

➤ I feel like we're rushing. I often have time to post twice on a weekday, but not everyone does. It's daunting to face a massive wall of lots of posts when you log on, and can cause player fatigue. To be fair, this pace is better than going too slow. Perhaps wait until everyone is ready before moving us along.
➤ Everything has been great so far. I, too, wouldn't mind slowing down just a bit.
➤ Early on I would have said the pace was constantly fast, but I think this is getting better. I haven't felt overwhelmed by the posts in at least a week, probably two. We don't seem to be at all at risk of stagnating.
➤ I don't have any strong opinions on this.

Yeah, Remaster is causing a headache. It'll soon be over, I think. As to Pace, I'm going to be somewhat resolute and counter the "too fast" feedback with an alternate view. In PbP, where 90% of games die due to lack of Pace, this is actually a "good problem" to have (And so, #1 in my PbP Expectations). I realize some of you may not want to hear that. For my own work-play balance, I simply seize down moments when I have them (for example, my son is napping right now - I'm racing to finish this ginormous post in 30 minutes or less!), and work at the pace of the most recent post, trying to push the game along with actionable posts, anticipating that there will be other weeks that I will struggle to set aside sufficient time to complete posts of proportionate volume. Casualty to this will be that sometimes the game will move at a Pace that can be momentarily out-of-sync with your own work-play balance. That said, I do take the feedback that sometimes you guys need GM to "step back" and let the dialogue play out - I will try and recognize and honor those moments.

#3: What is one thing that other PCs do that helps you?

PCs wrote:

➤ Sometimes we need ranged attacks. Sigurd would get rocked by those trees. If not for ranged blasts. I'm also glad others have the Medicine checks under control- I'm stretched for skills.

➤ We could all try harder to have conversations with each other. Right now it seems like we're mostly on parallel paths and aren't taking/being given much time to chat with each other. Of course, that's harder to do in PbP without dragging out the game and forgetting what's going on.
➤ Healing & sharing of items.
➤ I think we're slowly starting to interact with each other. I think we've only scratched the surface of this, and there's much more we can explore this and interact with each others' NPC relationships.
➤ I have actually enjoyed the fact that we don't always vote the same way. I think there's a good balance between playing our characters the way the characters would behave, and us as players not all trying to drive in different directions.

Hmm, this feedback is really for you all than for me. I guess take a moment to see what your fellow teammates need from eachother?

#4: What is one thing you wish other PCs did that would help you?

PCs wrote:

➤ Electric Arc is the bee's knees, in meta. But we bumped into plenty of high Reflex enemies. We'll definitely need to mess around with different saves. I think someone has Daze, too.

➤ Lan's healing flames--what a great ability! I wish Auntie Wu had that too.
➤ I wish that Kazuki had awesome spells to help the others in & out of combat. I feel a bit out of place by not having any spells.
➤ More of the above increasingly. Bounce our characters off of each other socially. Get them interacting about their pasts, and their NPC relationships.
➤ I think this is resolved, but there was a discrepancy between the names some characters used to refer to themselves and the names the GM used. I think we just need to be consistent. Lan's name is family name first, but that doesn't have to be universal.

Same with this. The name structure threw me for a bit (Kazuki Sato, or Sato Kazuki!?), but you all righted me so I think I am good again.

#5: Are you open to feedback yourself?

PCs wrote:

➤ Of course!

➤ Yes, please.
➤ Totally.
➤ Yes.
➤ Yes!

I have a general feedback for the group. You all signed onto the game after reviewing my PbP Expectations, so I will choose two to focus on that I have noticed sometimes gets left out, but when everyone is doing consistently, really helps me to make my GM posts quickly and focusing on other (narrative) details, especially during Encounters / Skill Challenges:

2) Do the Math:

Complete posts - especially during Encounter Mode - help the game flow smoother and make it easier for the GM to keep things organized for you in the Tracker. Please do not just throw dice at the post. Analyze the results of your dice to determine the Final Outcome, and communicate it back using Game Terms (X Damage, Y Healing, etc).

6) Organize your Dice Expressions:

Sometimes we lose track of the little "+1"s that come and go, which at critical junctures can be the difference between success and failure. So, it is important to track them.

Specifically, for Circumstance or Status bonuses and other miscellaneous modifiers, please include clear indication in your dice expressions ex. "{dice=Attack with Inspire Courage (+1/+1) vs Monster}1d20+15+1; 2d8+4+1{/dice}" instead of "{dice=Attack}1d20+16; 2d8+5{/dice}"

If a DC you are rolling against is known, consider putting it directly into the expression ex. “{dice=Recall Knowledge w/ Arcana vs DC 15}1d20+7{/dice}”. This helps me to adjudicate it immediately without having to scroll.

Relatedly, to minimize confusion and shenanigans, Roll Dice in the correct Order of Operations. For example, if on a monster's turn you are prompted to make a Saving Throw, resolve it first thing in your next post, then post your 3 Actions + 1 Reaction, then conduct any End of Turn effects, etc.

Thank you for opting into feedback!

~) Anything Else?

PCs wrote:

➤ I like how varied our team is and I want to explore why they're continuing to stick together. Are they going to end up as good friends even after all this? Or is this just a convenient business-type relationship?

[personal challenges]
➤ I saw some chatter above about the pacing of the game. I've noticed that I'm often the slow one, which I'll semi-apologize for, but I can't average two posts per day, so it's usually 1 (if it's my turn when I check Paizo) or 0 (if it's not my turn when I check Paizo). I'm trying to squeeze in a second check sometime in the evening (like right now) if I don't get to it in the day.

I agree that I think we have a good team, but also the lingering "why work together" question remains, at least, partially outstanding. And Lan, no semi-apology needed, as I feel the game's Pace is doing okay overall, and based on others' feedback, may even welcome the occasional pause in action.

Cheers gang!


Season of Ghosts | "Lan" | male (he/him) skilled human (Tien) sorcerer (phoenix) 3 | ◆◇↺ | HP 32/32 | AC 18 (19) | P+5, F+6, R+8, W+7 | NV, NH, 25' | Explore: scout | Spells: 1st 4/4, 2nd 0/3 | Hero: 4/5 | Active Conditions: Impersonate

Went on an impromptu ski trip. Will catch up late today or tomorrow.


NG m Human (Outskirt Dweller) | Ranger (archer) 3 | HP 41/41 | AC 20/22 (shield) | F +8, R +11, W +9 | Perc +9 (+2 Inc. Init.) | Stealth +9 | Default Explore: scout (+9) speed 25' | Hero 3/3 | nature deity | Active Conditions: ---

Macros updated. Sorry it took so long.

Verdant Wheel

N female Halfling (Gutsy) Druid/Blessed One 3 | HP 36/36 | AC 18/20| F +9 R +7 W +11 | Perc +11 | Stealth +2 | speed 25 | ◆◇↺ | | Hero 2/7 | focus 2/2 | spells 1: 3/3 2: 2/2| Active Conditions: ---

@DM rainzax: Thanks for summing up the feedback. I'll try to be more consistent about #2 & #6.

Is it okay to format rolls like this:

Halibut Strike vs. Purple: 1d20 + 6 + 1 ⇒ (16) + 6 + 1 = 23
Bludgeoning damage: 2d4 + 4 + 1 ⇒ (3, 1) + 4 + 1 = 9
Inspire Courage (+1/+1)


Season of Ghosts | "Lan" | male (he/him) skilled human (Tien) sorcerer (phoenix) 3 | ◆◇↺ | HP 32/32 | AC 18 (19) | P+5, F+6, R+8, W+7 | NV, NH, 25' | Explore: scout | Spells: 1st 4/4, 2nd 0/3 | Hero: 4/5 | Active Conditions: Impersonate

Macros updated.


Tactical Map | Action ◆◇↺ | Checkbox ➤ (□□□) vs (☑☑☑) | Auntie Wu (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑□/□), Kazuki (☘️☑☑☑☑☑□□□/□), Lan (☘️☑☑☑□□□/□), Sigurd (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑☑☑☑□/☑), Vekka (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑□/☑) | Status Symbols ➤ ♥️ hit points, ☘️ hero points, ✋ held items, ⚕ status condition | Spell Templates

Kazuki, please check your bonus types - anytime you are adding 2 or more bonuses to a roll, you should check your bonus types.

And, go ahead and Play your Turn for winning Initiative!


NG m Human (Outskirt Dweller) | Ranger (archer) 3 | HP 41/41 | AC 20/22 (shield) | F +8, R +11, W +9 | Perc +9 (+2 Inc. Init.) | Stealth +9 | Default Explore: scout (+9) speed 25' | Hero 3/3 | nature deity | Active Conditions: ---
DM rainzax wrote:

Kazuki, please check your bonus types - anytime you are adding 2 or more bonuses to a roll, you should check your bonus types.

And, go ahead and Play your Turn for winning Initiative!

I don't understand what I did wrong.

dice=Perception, Inc. Init., Season Boon, Lan Scouting]1d20+9+2+1+ /dice


Tactical Map | Action ◆◇↺ | Checkbox ➤ (□□□) vs (☑☑☑) | Auntie Wu (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑□/□), Kazuki (☘️☑☑☑☑☑□□□/□), Lan (☘️☑☑☑□□□/□), Sigurd (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑☑☑☑□/☑), Vekka (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑□/☑) | Status Symbols ➤ ♥️ hit points, ☘️ hero points, ✋ held items, ⚕ status condition | Spell Templates

Bonus Types


NG m Human (Outskirt Dweller) | Ranger (archer) 3 | HP 41/41 | AC 20/22 (shield) | F +8, R +11, W +9 | Perc +9 (+2 Inc. Init.) | Stealth +9 | Default Explore: scout (+9) speed 25' | Hero 3/3 | nature deity | Active Conditions: ---

Ah. Ok. I didn't know bonuses don't stack.

Since Incredible Initiative and the Scouting action are both circumstance bonuses, I only add Incredible Initiative.


♥️ 35 | ☘️ ☑☑☑☑☑☑☑/​□ | Spells (DC 17) -/☑□□/□□ | Focus □ | ◆◇↺ | Saves **8/*7/**9 | Divine Font ☑☑☑☑ ✋ Katana | AC 20 (+1 with Shield Spell, +2 with Steel Shield) | Perception +7 |

Yikes! Hostage situation!

Uh... Anyone has a plan? Sigurd's best tools are to either make a deal via Diplomacy or Intimidate them. Both don't seem great right now.

Anyone good with Deception? Maybe we can trick them into getting closer to us.

Anyone good at hiding? Maybe you can ambush them.

Verdant Wheel

N female Halfling (Gutsy) Druid/Blessed One 3 | HP 36/36 | AC 18/20| F +9 R +7 W +11 | Perc +11 | Stealth +2 | speed 25 | ◆◇↺ | | Hero 2/7 | focus 2/2 | spells 1: 3/3 2: 2/2| Active Conditions: ---

My Deception's +6 and Stealth's +2. I'm not willing to risk crit failing in this situation.


Tactical Map | Action ◆◇↺ | Checkbox ➤ (□□□) vs (☑☑☑) | Auntie Wu (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑□/□), Kazuki (☘️☑☑☑☑☑□□□/□), Lan (☘️☑☑☑□□□/□), Sigurd (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑☑☑☑□/☑), Vekka (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑□/☑) | Status Symbols ➤ ♥️ hit points, ☘️ hero points, ✋ held items, ⚕ status condition | Spell Templates

Let me know if you would like to cease attack completely, leaving them with knowledge of all five in your company*.

We'll use quorum of three here

This Encounter would then shift into a Social Skill Challenge of comparable difficulty, but with the following stakes and skills involved:

Critical Success: As success, but you may choose to fight the Noppera-Bo on your own terms, and you may ask any number of questions
Success: You win both of the twins, but the Noppera-Bo go free, but not before you get to ask one question of them
Failure: You win one twin only, and the Noppera-Bo go free
Critical Failure: You win nothing (or worse!), and the Noppera-Bo go free

Skills: Deception (to Lie), Intimidation (to Coerce),... i struggle to see any other applicable skill given that they have the clear upper hand...

*

Special Consideration (open):

Vekka used Avoid Notice and rolled really well for initiative.

He would be welcome to use the Stealth skill, BUT, with the following risk: Any failures to Stealth would be treated as critical failures!

I realize this is harsh - but - they do have the upper hand!

=)


Season of Ghosts | "Lan" | male (he/him) skilled human (Tien) sorcerer (phoenix) 3 | ◆◇↺ | HP 32/32 | AC 18 (19) | P+5, F+6, R+8, W+7 | NV, NH, 25' | Explore: scout | Spells: 1st 4/4, 2nd 0/3 | Hero: 4/5 | Active Conditions: Impersonate

Lan is a lover, not a fighter, so he'd vote for the skill challenge. Plus, his Deception and his Intimidation are +11.

I'll put it in character roleplay if we get quorum.


Tactical Map | Action ◆◇↺ | Checkbox ➤ (□□□) vs (☑☑☑) | Auntie Wu (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑□/□), Kazuki (☘️☑☑☑☑☑□□□/□), Lan (☘️☑☑☑□□□/□), Sigurd (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑☑☑☑□/☑), Vekka (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑□/☑) | Status Symbols ➤ ♥️ hit points, ☘️ hero points, ✋ held items, ⚕ status condition | Spell Templates
Auntie Wu wrote:
Clarifying: It looks like we don't have time to Earn Income in the narrative right now. Does that mean we skip it for this level? Will that even out with other opportunities later?

That is correct. But I love Downtime and will give it out when it makes sense. Sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. Stay tuned!

Ho Lan wrote:

I will try to catch up by tomorrow. This weekend is the Lunar New Year, and I have lots of family gatherings.

GM, out of curiosity, does the winter module for Season of Ghosts have a lunar new year celebration? If not, can we make one up?

So, I think I've mentioned that my wife is Chinese, but her extended family is from a lot of different cultural backgrounds - European, Latin American, Filipino, Korean, and Japanese. Not everyone would celebrate the lunar new year, but there's one Chinese tradition that everyone loooves: free money. Basically, everyone who's married hands out little red envelopes (利是, pronounced "lai see") to the unmarried people, so people frequently bring their significant others because, y'know, free money.

In Chinese cultures, the kids usually get enough money from lai see that it's their spending money for the year - there's no weekly allowance.

Wikipedia

+1

That said, "Spring" in Willowshore is "Book Three" in the AP, and so, even conservatively, years away on Earth, meaning there is no rush. But anytime you want to drop ideas in, feel free.

By the time it's relevant, we should have the regional book already in our hands!

☀️☀️☀️

Level Three Reminder:

Your Background Lore should be Expert!

Don't forget your bonus Ancestry Feat!

Verdant Wheel

N female Halfling (Gutsy) Druid/Blessed One 3 | HP 36/36 | AC 18/20| F +9 R +7 W +11 | Perc +11 | Stealth +2 | speed 25 | ◆◇↺ | | Hero 2/7 | focus 2/2 | spells 1: 3/3 2: 2/2| Active Conditions: ---

Thanks for the clarification on Downtime. Works for me. :)

Background Lore updated on Character Sheet and Macros.

Minor detail: Posted here, the girls aren't twins. Midori is 9 and Miyuki is 7, though they're about the same height.

Considering how far away they are, Auntie Wu would choose the skill challenge, despite having Deception +6 and Intimidation +1.


Tactical Map | Action ◆◇↺ | Checkbox ➤ (□□□) vs (☑☑☑) | Auntie Wu (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑□/□), Kazuki (☘️☑☑☑☑☑□□□/□), Lan (☘️☑☑☑□□□/□), Sigurd (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑☑☑☑□/☑), Vekka (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑□/☑) | Status Symbols ➤ ♥️ hit points, ☘️ hero points, ✋ held items, ⚕ status condition | Spell Templates

Auntie Wu and Lan would prefer a Deception/Intimidation Skill Challenge to direct Combat.

If I get a third, I will move forward with that.


male mountainkeeper tengu close ties magus 3 | ♥️33 | ⛨19 | F +8 R +7 W +7 | Perc +5; arcane sense, low-light vision | Stealth +7 | speed 25 ft; Uncanny Agility | spells 2 ☐blazing bolt; spells 1 ☐☐runic weapon| Focus☐ | Arcane Cascade☐ | Spellstrike: charged | ✋Katana | Seasonal Boon☐ | Active Conditions: runic weapon
DM rainzax wrote:

Level Three Reminder:

Your Background Lore should be Expert!

I got the ancestry feat, and totally forgot about the houserule for background lore. Will update that soon.


male mountainkeeper tengu close ties magus 3 | ♥️33 | ⛨19 | F +8 R +7 W +7 | Perc +5; arcane sense, low-light vision | Stealth +7 | speed 25 ft; Uncanny Agility | spells 2 ☐blazing bolt; spells 1 ☐☐runic weapon| Focus☐ | Arcane Cascade☐ | Spellstrike: charged | ✋Katana | Seasonal Boon☐ | Active Conditions: runic weapon

Vekka will attempt to stay stealthy but not obstruct the transition to skill challenge. I suppose he'd need to drop out of stealth and contribute. So I guess this is the third vote.


♥️ 35 | ☘️ ☑☑☑☑☑☑☑/​□ | Spells (DC 17) -/☑□□/□□ | Focus □ | ◆◇↺ | Saves **8/*7/**9 | Divine Font ☑☑☑☑ ✋ Katana | AC 20 (+1 with Shield Spell, +2 with Steel Shield) | Perception +7 |

It's a great time to burn some Hero Points.


Tactical Map | Action ◆◇↺ | Checkbox ➤ (□□□) vs (☑☑☑) | Auntie Wu (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑□/□), Kazuki (☘️☑☑☑☑☑□□□/□), Lan (☘️☑☑☑□□□/□), Sigurd (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑☑☑☑□/☑), Vekka (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑□/☑) | Status Symbols ➤ ♥️ hit points, ☘️ hero points, ✋ held items, ⚕ status condition | Spell Templates

Previous Hero Points
Auntie Wu (☘️☑☑☑☑□/□), Kazuki (☘️☑☑☑☑□/□), Lan (☘️□□□□□/□), Sigurd (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑□□/□), Vekka (☘️☑☑☑☑☑/□)

Let's go ahead and grant another to not-Lan 1d4 ⇒ 2 Kazuki!

Current Hero Points
Auntie Wu (☘️☑☑☑☑□/□), Kazuki (☘️☑☑☑☑□□/□), Lan (☘️□□□□□/□), Sigurd (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑□□/□), Vekka (☘️☑☑☑☑☑/□)

Reminder: Those "/□" Hero Points are functionally Campaign Coins!


Tactical Map | Action ◆◇↺ | Checkbox ➤ (□□□) vs (☑☑☑) | Auntie Wu (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑□/□), Kazuki (☘️☑☑☑☑☑□□□/□), Lan (☘️☑☑☑□□□/□), Sigurd (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑☑☑☑□/☑), Vekka (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑□/☑) | Status Symbols ➤ ♥️ hit points, ☘️ hero points, ✋ held items, ⚕ status condition | Spell Templates

Last unanswered question: Fulus.

Somebody asked about Fulus. I cannot find the question in discussion for some reason.

Lets do all Fulus have their Rarity ratcheted down one notch, so, in Willowshore, a Rare Fulu counts as Uncommon, and an Uncommon Fulu counts as Common.

I have updated our "Loot Sheet" in campaign dashboard.

Remember we use a Rarity Boon (open "House Rules" spoiler) system to allow limited use of Uncommon / Rare options.

Understanding that, if someone wants to retroactively "purchase" a Fulu (which they have used a Boon for Access, if necessary), they may do so now!


NG m Human (Outskirt Dweller) | Ranger (archer) 3 | HP 41/41 | AC 20/22 (shield) | F +8, R +11, W +9 | Perc +9 (+2 Inc. Init.) | Stealth +9 | Default Explore: scout (+9) speed 25' | Hero 3/3 | nature deity | Active Conditions: ---

Yay! Thanks for hero point. Kazuki will stand with bow at the ready, but not get involved with the skill challenge. The others have very good social skill bonuses.

I'm the one that asked about Fulus. Dropping the rarity by one step is an awesome idea. Thank you for that.

Verdant Wheel

N female Halfling (Gutsy) Druid/Blessed One 3 | HP 36/36 | AC 18/20| F +9 R +7 W +11 | Perc +11 | Stealth +2 | speed 25 | ◆◇↺ | | Hero 2/7 | focus 2/2 | spells 1: 3/3 2: 2/2| Active Conditions: ---

When I leveled up I purchased a Traveler's Fulu and an Animal Turning Fulu, as I thought (mistakenly) you had said long ago that equipment listed for this AP were fair game. Fortunately, with taking the rarity down a notch, Auntie Wu can keep both of them and has used up her Rarity Points.


Tactical Map | Action ◆◇↺ | Checkbox ➤ (□□□) vs (☑☑☑) | Auntie Wu (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑□/□), Kazuki (☘️☑☑☑☑☑□□□/□), Lan (☘️☑☑☑□□□/□), Sigurd (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑☑☑☑□/☑), Vekka (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑□/☑) | Status Symbols ➤ ♥️ hit points, ☘️ hero points, ✋ held items, ⚕ status condition | Spell Templates
Auntie Wu wrote:
When I leveled up I purchased a Traveler's Fulu and an Animal Turning Fulu, as I thought (mistakenly) you had said long ago that equipment listed for this AP were fair game.

What I meant was that if you find a Fulu (or any item for that matter) that you can use it without counting it against your Rarity Boons.

For example, if you had looted Gurglegut's trash throne and found, say, a Traveler's Fulu, it wouldn't cost you a Rarity Boon to keep it.

Does that clarify?


Season of Ghosts | "Lan" | male (he/him) skilled human (Tien) sorcerer (phoenix) 3 | ◆◇↺ | HP 32/32 | AC 18 (19) | P+5, F+6, R+8, W+7 | NV, NH, 25' | Explore: scout | Spells: 1st 4/4, 2nd 0/3 | Hero: 4/5 | Active Conditions: Impersonate

Metagame:
There's no difference between 6-7 Successes and 5, so if Vekka can't hit 8, I advocate Auntie Wu trying with +4 until we're back down to 5. :)


Tactical Map | Action ◆◇↺ | Checkbox ➤ (□□□) vs (☑☑☑) | Auntie Wu (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑□/□), Kazuki (☘️☑☑☑☑☑□□□/□), Lan (☘️☑☑☑□□□/□), Sigurd (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑☑☑☑□/☑), Vekka (☘️☑☑☑☑☑☑□/☑) | Status Symbols ➤ ♥️ hit points, ☘️ hero points, ✋ held items, ⚕ status condition | Spell Templates

Are folks done?

Last call for Auntie Wu and Kazuki!


♥️ 35 | ☘️ ☑☑☑☑☑☑☑/​□ | Spells (DC 17) -/☑□□/□□ | Focus □ | ◆◇↺ | Saves **8/*7/**9 | Divine Font ☑☑☑☑ ✋ Katana | AC 20 (+1 with Shield Spell, +2 with Steel Shield) | Perception +7 |

So, I assume we're giving chase to the nose-faced ghosts?

Sigurd is definitely not going to lose the children.

Verdant Wheel

N female Halfling (Gutsy) Druid/Blessed One 3 | HP 36/36 | AC 18/20| F +9 R +7 W +11 | Perc +11 | Stealth +2 | speed 25 | ◆◇↺ | | Hero 2/7 | focus 2/2 | spells 1: 3/3 2: 2/2| Active Conditions: ---

The only thing to consider is whether we bring Miyuki along or take her back real quick.

First we need to know about how long it would take to get her to Old Matzuki's Estate. (If I had to guess: too long.)

Auntie Wu will vote to follow stealthily, but only if she is reasonably assured that Miyuki is willing/able to do so as well. That's a lot to ask of a 7-year-old, even a fearless one.

GM:
FYI: It would be very hard for me as a player if the children are actually killed. There's a big difference between the vague "children we don't know died somewhere off-screen and that's all there is to it" and "I'm looking at a child's corpse right now". <shudder>


Season of Ghosts | "Lan" | male (he/him) skilled human (Tien) sorcerer (phoenix) 3 | ◆◇↺ | HP 32/32 | AC 18 (19) | P+5, F+6, R+8, W+7 | NV, NH, 25' | Explore: scout | Spells: 1st 4/4, 2nd 0/3 | Hero: 4/5 | Active Conditions: Impersonate

Lan has poor stealth, but if the situation is dire, he would volunteer to split the party, leading Miyuki back while others follow the Noppera-Bo.


male mountainkeeper tengu close ties magus 3 | ♥️33 | ⛨19 | F +8 R +7 W +7 | Perc +5; arcane sense, low-light vision | Stealth +7 | speed 25 ft; Uncanny Agility | spells 2 ☐blazing bolt; spells 1 ☐☐runic weapon| Focus☐ | Arcane Cascade☐ | Spellstrike: charged | ✋Katana | Seasonal Boon☐ | Active Conditions: runic weapon

I tried to go another round, but I don't think Vekka's rolls will get better. He should abstain for round 3.

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