Revisiting Themes, Characters, and Chronicles

Monday, February 22, 2016

This month is exciting for a host of reasons. First, February marks the anniversary of when I began working at Paizo, and I'll soon observe the conclusion of my third year on the job. February is also when I first started playing Pathfinder Society as part of a home group in Georgia six years ago, which eerily makes this the point at which I have participated in the campaign for an equal amount of time as a participant and volunteer as I have as an employee. I plan on celebrating this curious milestone by continuing work on an exciting, upcoming project for the organized play campaign—one I'll reveal soon enough! In a more official sense, you'll note that both Linda and I are brandishing deadlier titles that we trust will keep the pugwampis at bay.


Illustration by Mathias Zamęcki

In other news, we're also taking this opportunity to update the Additional Resources page with material from both January and February. Linda and I also investigated several inconsistencies the community has pointed out, so you'll see some small changes to some books. Most of these are noting that a familiar legal in one source is, in fact, legal in another source—and other such nuances. We've also updated several of the adventure sanctioning documents, including those for Pathfinder Adventure Path: Reign of Winter (some minor errors that don't affect the Chronicle sheets), Pathfinder Module: Wardens of the Reborn Forge (added a limit to an ability on the fourth Chronicle sheet), and Pathfinder Adventure Path: Carrion Crown (added a limit to an ability on the second Chronicle sheet). These changes are retroactive, and I have made a note of that on the Additional Resources page.

This month we're also releasing two scenarios I've wanted to deliver for a long time. The first is Pathfinder Society Scenario #7-16: Faithless and Forgotten, Part 2: Lost Colony of TaldorM, a Tier 1-5 adventure that continues our three-part homage to the Hell's Rebels and Hell's Vengeance Adventure Paths by sending the Pathfinders on a tour of southern Cheliax. This month the PCs travel to Kharijite, the sliver of territory Cheliax seized from Rahadoum over 500 years ago, to explore an archaeological site that shatters what we understand of Taldan history. Sure, I'm as excited about Taldor as anyone else, but what I've really looked forward to—ever since I learned that the Pathfinder Society is an archaeological organization—is an archaeological adventure. I'm an archaeologist by training, and it's always been a struggle to reconcile that archaeology can be lots of fun in practice, yet the study of stratigraphy, potsherds, and meter-wide trenches just doesn't translate well to a roleplaying game. It was while writing the outline for Faithless and Forgotten that I realized this passion could finally find a home. I entrusted it to RPG Superstar finalist Kalervo Oikarinen, and he delivered an awesome adventure that highlights all the themes I wanted while maintaining all the action and excitement we would expect from a scenario!

For more than two years now, I've had player after GM after Venture-Captain approach me and ask when we'd see the return of the fan-favorite NPC Valais Durant (featured in Pathfinder Society Scenario #5-09: The Traitor's Lodge). I can confirm the answer is February 2016, with the release of Pathfinder Society Scenario #7-17: Thralls of the Shattered God, a Tier 5-9 adventure with special opportunities for the Silver Crusade faction! The Fifth Mendevian Crusade has wound down in our campaign's continuity, and Mendev has uncovered an ancient Sarkorian site in the reclaimed land. Ever eager to document history, Venture-Captain Jorsal of Lauterbury has asked a team of his more experienced agents to salvage the secrets before Mendev settles the area. Curiously, though, Valais Durant has asked to accompany the PCs. What does she sense about this site, and what will it reveal about her past? Linda and I knew we needed an author well versed in our continuity, tapped into the community's appreciation of Valais, and talented to do the story justice. We're glad that Andrew Hoskins accepted the challenge and wrote such a fun adventure that you can enjoy beginning this Wednesday.

John Compton
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Congrats on the anniversary and new titles! Can't wait to see what the year brings. Hopefully a GM star or two for me. These new scenarios look great!

Liberty's Edge ***** Venture-Lieutenant, Alaska—Anchorage aka Dragnmoon

I Look forward to hearing more about this "upcoming project for the organized play campaign".

Silver Crusade ***** ⦵⦵ Venture-Captain, Germany—Bavaria

Congrats on the new titles, but I am seriously thrilled to see the return of Valais Durant, the VC of the year of you asked my group ^^

Edit: The additional resources changes look great (quite happy about the price fix to the vial of efficacious medicine)

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"Oh...I am...peoples' favorite? You...like me? That's quite rather sweet of you! I hope I shan't disappoint everyone. I would feel like RIPPING YOUR HEARTS OUT OF YOUR CHESTS AND FEASTING UPON THEIR TENDER MEAT should I disappoint any of you kind chaps.

Hehehehe, bloody hearts staked upon the spear, hehehe...."


I noticed the price change on vial of efficacious medicine. What do players who bought it for 2 prestige points do?

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Oooh, finally a legal ranged spellstriker! Kind of sad the Deep Marshall didn't make it in, but between the Magaambyan stuff and the Arrowsong Ministrel, I'm still happy.

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Awesome, looking forward to roleplaying Valais again!

Glad Tears to Wine didn't make it in, but no Unchained Rogue/Eldritch Scoundrel? The combo was that terrifying?

Oh, and kudos for eliminating the headache that was Alter Summoned Monster.

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Bigguyinblack wrote:
I noticed the price change on vial of efficacious medicine. What do players who bought it for 2 prestige points do?

I would think you could refund the Vial and get your 2pp back. Then, if you wanted the vial, you could pay the appropriate cost. At least,

Silver Crusade *****

Also sad there's no unchained Eldritch Scoundrel, but that is a heck of a good update! Congrats on the shiny new forum tags John and Linda! Looking forward to crossing paths with Valais Durant again!

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UndeadMitch wrote:
Also sad there's no unchained Eldritch Scoundrel, but that is a heck of a good update! Congrats on the shiny new forum tags John and Linda! Looking forward to crossing paths with Valais Durant again!

What is this "not-Unchained Rogue" of which they speak? Sounds suspiciously like He Who Must Not Be Named.

In all seriousness, I found that to be a highly disappointing choice given that the rogue bends over backwards to be not quite a sorceror and not quite a magus.

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Thanks for the kind words, John! I had a ton of fun writing it, and may have given myself a few nightmares along the way. Hopefully, it will be well received. Valais is a fascinating character; getting the chance to flesh her out, even more than Thurl did (too soon?), has been amazing.

I can't wait for you to go on your adventure with her. I think YOU PATHETIC MINIONS who are able to survive will love it.

Silver Crusade ***** ⦵⦵⦵ Venture-Captain, Indiana—Southern aka CanisDirus

Looking forward to seeing what one of my favorite authors will be doing to us in Mendev! :)

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Andrew Hoskins wrote:

Thanks for the kind words, John! I had a ton of fun writing it, and may have given myself a few nightmares along the way. Hopefully, it will be well received. Valais is a fascinating character; getting the chance to flesh her out, even more than Thurl did (too soon?), has been amazing.

I can't wait for you to go on your adventure with her. I think YOU PATHETIC MINIONS who are able to survive will love it.

One of my local players is excited to be playing under you at Coscon next month. Show him ABSOLUTE MISERY, will you?

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Serisan wrote:
UndeadMitch wrote:
Also sad there's no unchained Eldritch Scoundrel, but that is a heck of a good update! Congrats on the shiny new forum tags John and Linda! Looking forward to crossing paths with Valais Durant again!

What is this "not-Unchained Rogue" of which they speak? Sounds suspiciously like He Who Must Not Be Named.

In all seriousness, I found that to be a highly disappointing choice given that the rogue bends over backwards to be not quite a sorceror and not quite a magus.

I too am perplexed.

I petition for a reconsideration on the grounds that if the archetype isn't powerful enough to ban outright, then it should be allowable with unchained rogue. The most broken possibilities of the archetype function just as well without Unchained (all those delicious touch spells from invisibility...). As is Unchained Eldritch Scoundrel will be more powerful than Chained Eldritch Scoundrel, but on par with the standard 2/3 caster types.

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technarken wrote:
Serisan wrote:
UndeadMitch wrote:
Also sad there's no unchained Eldritch Scoundrel, but that is a heck of a good update! Congrats on the shiny new forum tags John and Linda! Looking forward to crossing paths with Valais Durant again!

What is this "not-Unchained Rogue" of which they speak? Sounds suspiciously like He Who Must Not Be Named.

In all seriousness, I found that to be a highly disappointing choice given that the rogue bends over backwards to be not quite a sorceror and not quite a magus.

I too am perplexed.

I petition for a reconsideration on the grounds that if the archetype isn't powerful enough to ban outright, then it should be allowable with unchained rogue. The most broken possibilities of the archetype function just as well without Unchained (all those delicious touch spells from invisibility...). As is Unchained Eldritch Scoundrel will be more powerful than Chained Eldritch Scoundrel, but on par with the standard 2/3 caster types.

I can kind of understand the rationale in that it feels progression-wise too similar to the sorcerer until level 6 and could be seen as a mandatory archetype, but at the same time, it's sort of silly to even pretend that the core rogue exists for new characters.

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Andrew Hoskins wrote:

Thanks for the kind words, John! I had a ton of fun writing it, and may have given myself a few nightmares along the way. Hopefully, it will be well received. Valais is a fascinating character; getting the chance to flesh her out, even more than Thurl did (too soon?), has been amazing.

I can't wait for you to go on your adventure with her. I think YOU PATHETIC MINIONS who are able to survive will love it.

"Oh, no, Mr. Hoskins, you shan't need to worry about making jokes. I so very much appreciate your efforts, so it's no problem if you wish to lighten the mood. Don't THINK YOU WILL ESCAPE DEATH WHEN I ESCAPE THIS FLESH VESSEL hehehe, death of the author. I am certain you just mean it in good fun."

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If my post is the reason for your "new" title, can I get a Pugwampis boon then? JK. Good to see you have an appropriate title now so as to keep people from being confused ;)

Unlike some, I kind of wish Tears to Wine did make the cut, looks like a fun spell, though it is a bit ambiguous how much each individual has to drink to gain the benefit, and ambiguous spells tend to get banned in PFS for some strange reason :P

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Well, despite my disappointment in the decision to prevent unchained rogues from taking Eldritch Scoundrel, I think I might still give it a shot. I've been sketching out a Rogue (Eldritch Scoundrel) 4 / Arcane Trickster X that still looks like it should be fun, even though it costs me a bunch more feats or gold if I want to keep dex to damage, but it looks like it should be fun.

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I'm hoping to get to run the new adventures at an upcoming con. I ran Traitor's Lodge a few weeks ago and loved it. ^_^

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Also, good to see that the Obedience for Mephistopheles is legal. This gives me hope for my future service to Moloch...

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Did we just lose access to the pride and greed emotional foci for phantoms?

I was one of those campaigning hardest for access to lust, so I had to check. ^_^

Scarab Sages ***** Venture-Captain, Netherlands aka Woran

Congratulations John with the double anniversary and the new title!

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Kalindlara wrote:

Did we just lose access to the pride and greed emotional foci for phantoms?

I was one of those campaigning hardest for access to lust, so I had to check. ^_^

Oh oh, so is the Lust Focus good or is it still a no?

Sovereign Court **** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Leiden aka Ascalaphus

Nice to see the stuff from Blood of Shadows already ruled on. I still have to wait a day to buy it :)

About the Deep Marshall: when reading through it I didn't have any alarm bells going off. Was there some rule jinx that kept it from being allowed that I didn't notice, or is this more about keeping it in reserve for a boon? It does have that "boony" smell to it..

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Rysky wrote:
Kalindlara wrote:

Did we just lose access to the pride and greed emotional foci for phantoms?

I was one of those campaigning hardest for access to lust, so I had to check. ^_^

Oh oh, so is the Lust Focus good or is it still a no?

I looked again... still only greed and pride. :(

(I read it like three times, but I was on my tablet - maybe it displayed differently there? Weird.)

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Kalindlara wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Kalindlara wrote:

Did we just lose access to the pride and greed emotional foci for phantoms?

I was one of those campaigning hardest for access to lust, so I had to check. ^_^

Oh oh, so is the Lust Focus good or is it still a no?

I looked again... still only greed and pride. :(

(I read it like three times, but I was on my tablet - maybe it displayed differently there? Weird.)

Oh well, back to playing a Calistrian Medium that gets a train run on them for spiritual and divine reasons for an hour before missions.

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Valais Durant wrote:
Andrew Hoskins wrote:

Thanks for the kind words, John! I had a ton of fun writing it, and may have given myself a few nightmares along the way. Hopefully, it will be well received. Valais is a fascinating character; getting the chance to flesh her out, even more than Thurl did (too soon?), has been amazing.

I can't wait for you to go on your adventure with her. I think YOU PATHETIC MINIONS who are able to survive will love it.

"Oh, no, Mr. Hoskins, you shan't need to worry about making jokes. I so very much appreciate your efforts, so it's no problem if you wish to lighten the mood. Don't THINK YOU WILL ESCAPE DEATH WHEN I ESCAPE THIS FLESH VESSEL hehehe, death of the author. I am certain you just mean it in good fun."

If you kill me, I'll just come back as a revenant (my friend Isha taught me how). Sadly, that means we won't be able to hang out any more.

Maybe you should seek some help? I hear those Pathfinder folks you work with do a bang-up job.

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Randy Saxon wrote:
Andrew Hoskins wrote:

Thanks for the kind words, John! I had a ton of fun writing it, and may have given myself a few nightmares along the way. Hopefully, it will be well received. Valais is a fascinating character; getting the chance to flesh her out, even more than Thurl did (too soon?), has been amazing.

I can't wait for you to go on your adventure with her. I think YOU PATHETIC MINIONS who are able to survive will love it.

One of my local players is excited to be playing under you at Coscon next month. Show him ABSOLUTE MISERY, will you?

Oh awesome, who is that?

I'll be running 7-17 at one of our local game cafes this Sunday in Pittsburgh. Next month I'm running it again at CosCon in Butler, PA.

If you're going to GenCon, I plan on running it 6 or 7 times there (gods willing) and will likely have some very cool custom terrain. A friend and local, Alex Wreschnig, has created a custom Valais mini. It looks AMAZING.

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Lau Bannenberg wrote:
About the Deep Marshall: when reading through it I didn't have any alarm bells going off. Was there some rule jinx that kept it from being allowed that I didn't notice, or is this more about keeping it in reserve for a boon? It does have that "boony" smell to it..

I hope so. I really want to make the dorfiest of all magi.

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Alex Blaes wrote:
Lau Bannenberg wrote:
About the Deep Marshall: when reading through it I didn't have any alarm bells going off. Was there some rule jinx that kept it from being allowed that I didn't notice, or is this more about keeping it in reserve for a boon? It does have that "boony" smell to it..
I hope so. I really want to make the dorfiest of all magi.

I'm going to blame the automatic scaling day job, even though it's more likely the spell list changes.

Shadow Lodge

When are we getting the next batch of scenario announcements. Tomorrow?

Grand Lodge ***** Regional Venture-Coordinator, Great Lakes aka TwilightKnight

Andrew Hoskins wrote:
If you're going to GenCon, I plan on running it 6 or 7 times there (gods willing) and will likely have some very cool custom terrain. A friend and local, Alex Wreschnig, has created a custom Valais mini. It looks AMAZING.

Are you sure you know the right people to make that happen? ;-)

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Bob Jonquet wrote:
Andrew Hoskins wrote:
If you're going to GenCon, I plan on running it 6 or 7 times there (gods willing) and will likely have some very cool custom terrain. A friend and local, Alex Wreschnig, has created a custom Valais mini. It looks AMAZING.
Are you sure you know the right people to make that happen? ;-)

Yes...

Gozreh?

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Andrew Hoskins wrote:
Valais Durant wrote:
Andrew Hoskins wrote:

Thanks for the kind words, John! I had a ton of fun writing it, and may have given myself a few nightmares along the way. Hopefully, it will be well received. Valais is a fascinating character; getting the chance to flesh her out, even more than Thurl did (too soon?), has been amazing.

I can't wait for you to go on your adventure with her. I think YOU PATHETIC MINIONS who are able to survive will love it.

"Oh, no, Mr. Hoskins, you shan't need to worry about making jokes. I so very much appreciate your efforts, so it's no problem if you wish to lighten the mood. Don't THINK YOU WILL ESCAPE DEATH WHEN I ESCAPE THIS FLESH VESSEL hehehe, death of the author. I am certain you just mean it in good fun."

If you kill me, I'll just come back as a revenant (my friend Isha taught me how). Sadly, that means we won't be able to hang out any more.

Maybe you should seek some help? I hear those Pathfinder folks you work with do a bang-up job.

"Kill...you? I am ever so confused...I shan't do such a thing to nice Mr. Hoskins. I should very much like to hang out with you again...maybe you're right and I should go with my MURDERHOBO Pathfinder friends and watch them die hehehe. I do ever so want to get better and be as clever as I used to be...."

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What changes were made on the Reign of Winter documents please? I looked them over and can't immediately see anything, but as I'm in the middle of running it for 'Society players I'd appreciate knowing.

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Darrell Impey UK wrote:
What changes were made on the Reign of Winter documents please? I looked them over and can't immediately see anything, but as I'm in the middle of running it for 'Society players I'd appreciate knowing.

That was the smallest change. It merely updated some of the language that suggested that there were still other Chronicle sheets to come (back when we released only part of the Adventure Path at a time). There should be no mechanical changes.

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These are nice but is there any word on when the last 3 modules will be sanctioned? They sit on my shelf collecting dust.

I want to schedule them at my local store which has 4 regular players who have played just about everything out there so scheduling these between new season 7 stuff will likely save the PFS night at the store from dying off completely.

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Serisan wrote:
Alex Blaes wrote:
Lau Bannenberg wrote:
About the Deep Marshall: when reading through it I didn't have any alarm bells going off. Was there some rule jinx that kept it from being allowed that I didn't notice, or is this more about keeping it in reserve for a boon? It does have that "boony" smell to it..
I hope so. I really want to make the dorfiest of all magi.
I'm going to blame the automatic scaling day job, even though it's more likely the spell list changes.

Sort of free ranks in Profession (Miner) on Intelligence? That doesn't sound so drastic. Alchemists have been doing stuff like that for years and the world hasn't ended.

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Lau Bannenberg wrote:
Serisan wrote:
Alex Blaes wrote:
Lau Bannenberg wrote:
About the Deep Marshall: when reading through it I didn't have any alarm bells going off. Was there some rule jinx that kept it from being allowed that I didn't notice, or is this more about keeping it in reserve for a boon? It does have that "boony" smell to it..
I hope so. I really want to make the dorfiest of all magi.
I'm going to blame the automatic scaling day job, even though it's more likely the spell list changes.
Sort of free ranks in Profession (Miner) on Intelligence? That doesn't sound so drastic. Alchemists have been doing stuff like that for years and the world hasn't ended.

No, the other part of that ability.

Quote:

In addition, she is treated as having a number of ranks in

Knowledge (dungeoneering) and Profession (miner) equal
to her magus level,

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John Compton wrote:
Darrell Impey UK wrote:
What changes were made on the Reign of Winter documents please? I looked them over and can't immediately see anything, but as I'm in the middle of running it for 'Society players I'd appreciate knowing.
That was the smallest change. It merely updated some of the language that suggested that there were still other Chronicle sheets to come (back when we released only part of the Adventure Path at a time). There should be no mechanical changes.

Thanks.

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Andrew Hoskins wrote:
Randy Saxon wrote:
Andrew Hoskins wrote:

Thanks for the kind words, John! I had a ton of fun writing it, and may have given myself a few nightmares along the way. Hopefully, it will be well received. Valais is a fascinating character; getting the chance to flesh her out, even more than Thurl did (too soon?), has been amazing.

I can't wait for you to go on your adventure with her. I think YOU PATHETIC MINIONS who are able to survive will love it.

One of my local players is excited to be playing under you at Coscon next month. Show him ABSOLUTE MISERY, will you?

Oh awesome, who is that?

His name is Shawn. He'll likely be running a Sorcerer/Gunslinger, although he played Traitor's Lodge with a Slayer. Might have his family with him.

I'm going to be running it online a group of out of state friends to prep for Gencon, but if we don't make it, I'll definitely petition for it to be on our schedule.

Scarab Sages **** RPG Superstar 2015 Top 32

Great work getting the February stuff approve so quickly.

Dark Archive ***** RPG Superstar 2015 Top 32

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OMG! I can actually see what changes are in the Additional Resources without needing to squint and wiggle the screen! Thank you for that. It may not seem like much to others, but that is by-far the best change for myself and other color-blind users ^_^

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From my perspective you do a fantastic job. You are a reason that I continue to enjoy PF Society. I am especially appreciative of your forum presence and the manner in which you respond and consider the player community's concerns.

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Congratulations on the anniversary, John. I'd like to echo the many others here in thanking you for all your hard work on the campaign.

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GM Lamplighter wrote:
Congratulations on the anniversary, John. I'd like to echo the many others here in thanking you for all your hard work on the campaign.

Indeed! I have a lot of newer players in my region. They notice a distinct difference between older seasons (pre-John) and current content. I've told them it's all development and the positive direction that PFS Scenarios have grown in under John's (and now also Linda's) watchful eyes.

You guys rock!

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