OPC Log—2 Arodus 4716

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Hi everyone! Writing to you from the Sagamore Ballroom in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Flew in the night before last from the United Kingdom to start setting up for Gen Con, which kicks off this Thursday. Yesterday morning, the Sag was empty, with three lonely pallets of stuff shipped from Paizo home offices. At its busiest, there were 30ish people bustling around, hanging banners, moving tables, and getting the basics set up.

I really enjoyed attending PaizoCon UK. At roughly 180 attendees, it is large enough to offer a good variety of games but small enough to know many of the attendees. Seeing old friends made me smile and I met many lovely new friends. Started pre-convention gaming by running Pathfinder Adventure Card Guild Season of the Runelords, but got pulled away for meetings and left subsequent games in the able hands of con attendees. Over the course of PaizoCon UK, I ran two tables of the retired Third Riddle, joined the Aspis in Serpent's Ire, put my characters social skills to the test in Bid for Alabastrine, and thwarted thieves in The Sun Orchid Scheme. The opportunity engage with players/GMs and interact over Pathfinder Society was delightful and I hope to do so again very soon.

Roleplaying Guild Guide

As Year of the Serpent draws to its close and we prepare to launch Season 8: Year of the Stolen Storm, it's time for a new Roleplaying Guild Guide! I've given it a final look over now and turned it over to Chris Lambertz to work her magic and get it uploaded. Those familiar with past guides will note this the reworked format. It is designed so that you only access the information you need, with separate chapters for players & GMs. As you use the new guide, please send feedback to the team at pathfindersociety@paizo.com on what works well and what you would like to see changed for the next version.

The setup at the Sag is ongoing, the banners slowly transforming the space from plain hall to Pathfinder Society Headquarters. Today, Gen Con leads Jon Cary and Bob Jonquet arrived and we started unloading pallets, building shelving, and emptying boxes. Lead Todd Morgan arrives tomorrow and will assist in putting the final touches on the event. Extra hands are always appreciated, so if you're in Indianapolis and have a few hours, come on by, say "Hi!" and help us set up for the best four days in gaming!

Tonya Woldridge
Organized Play Coordinator

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On initial look the brew format looks helpful! Thanks! Looking forward to GenCon!

Is there a list of summary of changes from Season 7 anywhere?

Scarab Sages 5/5 Venture-Captain, Washington—Spokane

Unfortunately, there is no change log from Season 7 to 8. There have been a lot of changes though.

- delay of character rebuild
- reroll list is on a separate web page (going live tomorrow barring any issues)
- pregen death rules
- community standards statement
- fame score gives bonus to diplomacy (+1 for every 10 points)
- addition of a glossary
- plus many more changes

Liberty's Edge 4/5 Venture-Agent, Indiana—Hammond

I wish that I could be there, but I want to wish everyone at GenCon a great time!! Thanks for getting the new guide out!!!

Sczarni 5/5 ⦵⦵

Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Thank you to everyone who made this new Guide possible!

Shadow Lodge 5/5 Venture-Agent, Ohio—Dayton aka The Usual Suspect

I don't think you intended Investigators to have Craft (Gunsmithing) as a skill. Under Appendix 1, section 8, Day Job skills it states that Investigators can use Craft (Gunsmithing) to craft items.

Shadow Lodge 5/5

Preston Hudson wrote:

Unfortunately, there is no change log from Season 7 to 8. There have been a lot of changes though.

- fame score gives bonus to diplomacy (+1 for every 10 points)

This isn't a change, it's just in a list now so it's easier to read.

[quote "Guide 7.0"]Benefits of Fame
A character’s Fame represents her renown and status
within her faction. For every 10 points of Fame, a character
gains a cumulative +1 bonus on Diplomacy checks made
against members of her faction.
Her Fame might also
afford her certain titles and incidental privileges and
allow her to purchase spells and items from her faction
between scenarios. A character’s Fame score determines the
maximum gp value of any items she can purchase from her
faction, as detailed in Table 5–3 below. The character must
still actually spend the gold to receive the desired item. For
double weapons, calculate the cost of each end separately
when considering Fame purchasing limits.

It's been there since at least season 4, which is when a player pointed it out to me, though I've never seen it used since you rarely talk to an NPC member of your faction that you have to Diplomacize.

Sczarni 5/5 ⦵⦵

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Starfinder Charter Superscriber

The change is this:

"For every 10 points of Fame, a character gains a cumulative +1 bonus on Diplomacy checks against members of the Pathfinder Society or her faction."

Previously it was only against Faction members.

The Exchange 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Texas—Dallas & Ft. Worth aka Belafon

Eric Clingenpeel wrote:
Preston Hudson wrote:

Unfortunately, there is no change log from Season 7 to 8. There have been a lot of changes though.

- fame score gives bonus to diplomacy (+1 for every 10 points)

This isn't a change, it's just in a list now so it's easier to read.

Guide 7.0 wrote:

Benefits of Fame

A character’s Fame represents her renown and status within her faction. For every 10 points of Fame, a character gains a cumulative +1 bonus on Diplomacy checks made against members of her faction. Her Fame might also afford her certain titles and incidental privileges and allow her to purchase spells and items from her faction between scenarios. A character’s Fame score determines the maximum gp value of any items she can purchase from her faction, as detailed in Table 5–3 below. The character must still actually spend the gold to receive the desired item. For double weapons, calculate the cost of each end separately when considering Fame purchasing limits.
It's been there since at least season 4, which is when a player pointed it out to me, though I've never seen it used since you rarely talk to an NPC member of your faction that you have to Diplomacize.

It first appeared in 4.0 (Season 3) when we switched to Fame/Prestige from TPA/CPA. At the time there were still nation-state factions so it was actually a decent benefit to an Osirion faction member taking a trip to Sothis (or equivalents).

Sczarni 5/5 ⦵⦵

Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Yay context!

Shadow Lodge 5/5 RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 8 aka WalterGM

I'll be in around noon Tonya!

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Thanks for the updated Guide. I like a lot of the clarifications I've seen so far. I did catch what appears to be a typo that may cause some confusion. On p. 16, under GM Star Rewards, one of the benefits is listed as, "A bonus number of free rerolls (see Rerolls on page 36) equal to the number of GM stars earned." I'm guessing that this should be have "A bonus number on free rerolls..." - as much as I would like more than one reroll per session, I don't think it would be fair.

Scarab Sages 5/5 Venture-Captain, Washington—Spokane

Pete Winz wrote:
Thanks for the updated Guide. I like a lot of the clarifications I've seen so far. I did catch what appears to be a typo that may cause some confusion. On p. 16, under GM Star Rewards, one of the benefits is listed as, "A bonus number of free rerolls (see Rerolls on page 36) equal to the number of GM stars earned." I'm guessing that this should be have "A bonus number on free rerolls..." - as much as I would like more than one reroll per session, I don't think it would be fair.

John Compton clarified in another thread that this was in fact a typo. Rerolls carry a +1 per star bonus for those GMs with stars and not one reroll per GM star.

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