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GM Numbat wrote:
I'd like to thank the obviously very hardworking and thoughtful Organized Play Leadership Team. There is a lot in this blog and I appreciate what went on behind the scenes to have the announcements presented.

Thank you, yes...I meant for 2e since 1e is not the current PFS system. As for the blog, I have found this to be very informative. I am looking forward to the release of the new scenarios and have already begun making a build for an Orc. Should be fun.

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I have to admit, when Skulls and Shackles came out for 1e...it was fun to play and on a whim I ended creating what would be one of my favorite characters. I made a Swashbuckler/Witch.

For something in 2e, I would love to see more information about the cultures of the oceans. Such as more about the Azarketi, info about the Bonuwat, etc. Maybe the introduction of either just spells for... or an actual witch build of a Sea Witch. I would love some spells (or maybe a magic item) like in 1e where you could polymorph yourself into sea creatures such as a Cecaelia.

I also agree about more info on ships, maybe even a way you can even get one as a PFS player character?

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Possibly something set in Vudra. But I would definitely love to see something that goes into depth about Shokuro and Minkai.

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"Stating '___ would never do ____' is reductive at best and weirdly essentialist at worst."

True, I suppose Dwarves, as well as other ancestries, have been made much less insular in 2e. Sorry, tried to just cut down your reply to the point I was referring to in this response.

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Another question I have is regarding the Houses of Taldor. Are the four or five common ones the only one? Or are there other houses as well? For instance, years back I had found a 3PP source that provided in depth information for House Branas. Liked what I read so I made my Taldan Fighter / Beastmaster from House Branas so he could have a companion animal who is now a large lion from the Taldek Plains that he can actually ride into battle.

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Kasoh wrote:

*sighs*

Okay, in 2014 James Jacobs said that Elves and Orcs cannot crossbreed as they are incompatible biologically speaking.

Later he also said

James Jacobs wrote:

If you want an in game reason: Because dwarf DNA is not compatible by and large with anything but dwarves.

The out of game reason is that there are probably more than enough zero HD races in the game already, and when we DO create more, we prefer to create new ones rather than hybrid races.

If we make half dwarves, why not half gnomes or elf/halflings or every other possible combination between the core races? The answer should be obvious: because that clutters the rules and clutters the niches of the races in the first place. Half elves and half orcs ALREADY kind of suffer for not really having a good in-game role to play; their roles are already dominated by elves or orcs (or humans). Every additional hybrid race makes the game a little more confused and murky.

This was codified in 2014's Bastards of Golarion Pathfinder Companion which answered the question "Why no half-dwarves?" in a sidebar

Bastards of Golarion wrote:

Although humans can have children with many other races, there are limits to this gift. Half-dwarves, half-gnomes, half-halflings, and numerous other combinations are all but unheard of on Golarion. Biological incompatibility is the first and foremost reason that such half-races cannot exist. Simply put, dwarves, gnomes, and others just aren't compatible with other races, even humans.

In a realm shrouded in magic, it would be foolish to assume no spell in the known multiverse could produce a viable child between a dwarf and a humanoid of another race. Indeed, dwarven aasimars and gnome tieflings are known to exist, arising through the influence of outsiders or because of magical anomalies

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Well, you also have the issue of some ancestries, such as Dwarves, while potientally friendly with other races would never willingly mate with a non-Dwarf.

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YlothofMerab wrote:

Y'all are talking like we didn't see a full 3 characters ascend to godhood over the course of the previous APs. They can do anything they want during the course of the metaplot, but only hardcode it for the next edition.

But to the OP, even if there is an AP that sees Ragathiel become a Prince of Hell or whatever, the APs are all in a state of limbo until things are hardcoded, so you don't have to change your Dhampir even if they do something huge like this.

Good, because one of the new scenarios sounds almost like it was written for her. :)

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keftiu wrote:
LO: Legends has some strong hinting about Choral the Conqueror's nature and potential return, which has me hoping we'll get a proper Brevoy AP at some point. I think dealing with a returned dragon-king and the inevitable Brevic civil war sounds like a perfect 11-20 campaign.

Sounds fun. Ever since 1e I have had an interest in Brevoy, specifically House Garess. I am of predominantly Celtic and Germanic descent and had been told at one time that Brevoy was probably the closest to the Highlands. Unfortunately, all I ever see is referring basically to just House Surtova and not much else.

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Bizzare Beasts Boozer wrote:

Without wanting to sound dismissive...

So I personally think it's less useful to think of Brevoy in terms of what real-world history it resembles, and more about what stories and narratives it let's you explore.

Which is a long way of saying I agree it's Game of Thrones.

Never read the novel and stopped watching after "The Red Wedding." Wish a Companion or something could be published that covered the Houses of Brevoy more in depth. Since from my understanding, the AP only focuses on one or two of the Houses.

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YlothofMerab wrote:
Brevoy gives me 18th century Russian vibes, honestly.

So, like Napoleonic Era?

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So, am I understanding it right? That Orc is now a possible playable race and that you don't have to purchase an Ancestry Boon for it?

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There is a manual for a different game system, but it has a chart in it that specifically addresses what races/ancestries (in their system) are able to inter-breed. If you are curious about it, message me and I will tell you about the book.

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I have been curious about this. What would be the "real world" equivalent to Brevoy. Have heard some say Russia, some say The Celts, some say The Cossacks.

From what I envision it, I would say....possibly Ukrainian Cossacks with a mix of the Celtic Highlands? I am interested to see what others' take on it would be.

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Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:

I would do either Pathfinder Second Edition General Discussion or Lost Omens Campaign Setting General Discussion.

I have no idea where you heard the rumor about Ragathiel, but as Sebastien nodted, the god's statistics are already published for 2E, and they're unlikely to change it between editions no matter what story turns happen in the Adventure Paths.

I've flagged this thread to be moved to one of the other forums.

Hmm

Thank you. Had heard it a few times from a couple of people in our local group but not sure where they heard it from.

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Sebastian Hirsch wrote:

That change if it happens likely happens in the game in general, it would be very, very unusual if they would make changes to the stats of a deity during an edition.

That said, if you want more people to see this, this is likely the wrong forum (though your thread title... needs work regarding clarity and information value).

Where would this be better located then?

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I have been hearing gossip about Paizo making Ragathiel have a "fall from grace" and become evil once more? Is this true? I hope not because that will completely destroy one of my characters for PFS. Please tell me he is remaining the same so I won't have to scrap my Dhampir character.

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I am having serious problems trying to access the PFS Sessiontracker. Everytime I try to log on it tells me I have the wrong credentials and when I request to reset my password it says it sends it but in fact never does.

Can someone please help me with this as my groups depend on session tracker for us to keep what we can play up-to-date. Please and thank you.

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I am having trouble logging onto PFS Tracker, it says "wrong credentials" but when I try to reset my password it will not send the reset to my email.

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but anyone know of any good fauna that are known for coming from Iobaria (specifically the bloodpine forests)?

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However, to go along with the original question.... What was the year (Golarion Calendar) for Season 4?

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Never mind. Found the season.

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Have a question concerning a specific story arch from 1st Edition PFS. Is there anyone who can help me with that? And I have no idea where to put this question, so sorry if it is in the wrong place.

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And that is the problem with the DCs in 2e. More often than not they are written so that most will not be able to achieve them at low levels. I have played several games where only 1 or sometimes none can make the rolls. Of course, this makes it not very fun for people to play the scenarios when they are made to feel useless on checks.

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I am a bit confused. If the hex a witch gets is a "focus cantrip" and there are "focus spells," then does a witch maintain a focus pool and what is the difference between the focus cantrip and focus spell?

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Of course, unless the Witch's familiar is a powerful creature....one doesn't really put a familiar into play anyways. They are essentially just a living conduit for a witch to be able to cast their spells.

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Robert Hetherington wrote:
There are uh... Issues with the website tags. Bounties are replayable.

Cool, too bad the Quests aren't all repeatable as well.

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Ferious Thune wrote:

Thank you, Michael! That would eliminate a lot of confusion over the issue.

Also, good news in the errata for dwarves and clan daggers. Does that apply in PFS as well(that all dwarves start with a clan dagger)? Since it’s a wealth thing, best to be sure.

And per errata gnomes have access to kukris and gnome weapons now. So better weapon access in general, it seems!

So does this mean that the Kukri is treated as a simple weapon for Gnomes (like in the Gnome Weapon Familiarity feat)? Or do they just have access to them as a martial weapon?

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Have the Bounties been set to the Repeatable Tag?

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Ezekieru wrote:
Andrew the Warwitch wrote:
The-Magic-Sword wrote:
If it is called Focus, does that not mean they are powered by focus points?

"Hex cantrips are special hexes that don't cost Focus Points, so you can cast them as often as you like, though you can still cast only one hex each round."

So, while they're an off-shoot of Focus Spells, they're still cantrips and can be used as much as you'd like without costing Focus Points.

So, they would be treated more like innate spells then, as opposed to actual Focus Spells?

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Midnightoker wrote:
roquepo wrote:
Midnightoker wrote:
And as far as the popularity of Pets goes, I haven't had a game where at least one person didn't have a pet and several games where multiple people do.

Not sure where you get that pets are so popular, but from what I have seen with how companions and familiars are approached...it seems to me that 2e is trying to push them out of play. For instance, in the 2 groups that I actually take part in (play/GM) animals are rarely seen. And when they are, they are rarely used.

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The-Magic-Sword wrote:
Focus Cantrips don't require focus points and are class unique as well as at-will, I'm pretty sure they were what lost the Witch the extra slots.

If it is called Focus, does that not mean they are powered by focus points?

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I just hope this doesn't mean the beginning of the end.

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Jack Brown wrote:

While I don’t mind the maps in the middle, I would ask that some care be made not to split box text up around a full page map. Having to turn two pages can make the natural flow of the speech get interrupted. Minor frustration, but I would think that it would be a solvable problem with a little care.

Or at least make the page change in between paragraphs!

As for the stat blocks, when I am not running on Roll20 or in a PBP, I so tend to print them separately, much like Ferious Thune, so that I can see the set up info (and developments) while also having the stat blocks. Fewer page flips is better.

Not to mention, I have found in the ones I have run so far, these awkward breaks in block text allow the players to begin doing their own thing while I am trying to find the rest of the block text.

Another problem I encounter often is how when the hand outs are made to have flavor of the scenario, the text themselves are often hard to read. If you are going to insist on making the handouts with the story's flavor, maybe increase the size of the font or pick a different font that would be easier to read?

Also, I agree with Nefreet. I often have to pause the game so I can decipher what I can read to the PCs (outside of the block text) and what they shouldn't know at that point.

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lvletal wrote:

its now been 6 weeks since any game of 6 i've reported on the OSP has shown up.

and with all the boons popping up on the site... i've got concerned and irritated players who don't qualify for something they did. 6 weeks ago.

it can't be just me, and how can i help resolve this issue before they come chasing after me like i'm some kind of apple afficionado white rat.

Nope, I have problems with that too. There are a number of things I try to "purchase" and get the message that my character doesn't qualify for the boon.

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TwilightKnight wrote:
If you're only talking katana, then Avid Collector is an easy fix. Its fairly cheap for a boon. I bought it for my Tian warrior because I got tired of waiting for a regional list. Though that's not a great solution if you want a collection of Tian-themed weapons.

Once again the problem is it might provide access but does not provide proficiency in the item.

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Blake's Tiger wrote:
Avid Collector wrote:


The boon doesn't prevent you from using what you obtained the boon to gain Access to. There's plenty of things that don't even require a specific proficiency to use (look at all those aeon stones for just one example).

However, if you're not proficient in Light Armor, don't get Avid Collector to buy elven chain; if you're an archer, don't get Avid Collector to buy greater disrupting rune expecting to put it on a longbow; if you're not proficient in Martial Weapons, don't get Avid Collector to buy a katana, katar, kukri, or spiked chain.

The boon is plenty useful.

From what I could see on that boon it was granting access to things one could already buy when they could afford it, and if you want it for one of the weapons or armor listed then the player was SOL. Yes, it grants Access, but Access will not let you use it. So you just spent 20 points for nothing.

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HammerJack wrote:
I think I'm missing something. When was it ever implied that the boon granted anything except Access?

What good is a boon if it is only to say "you can buy it but you still can't use it"?

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I agree, while scimitar is the best choice construction-wise to a cutlass...besides Forceful there is no reason to use it. Although, looking at the description of the Shortsword...nothing says it couldn't have been forged to look like a cutlass as both are slashing and stabbing weapons. So I suppose until an actual cutlass is made that a swashbuckler can take advantage of (Precise Strike, etc) then I see no reason I can't go with a Shortsword. Especially since a rapier is not what my specific character would use.

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andreww wrote:
Jay Zicht wrote:
Is the avid collector AcP boon how you get your uncommon items.
It is but the list of sanctioned items is limited and it only covers the CRB currently.

Another issue from how it is explained to me is that yes, that boon and others may grant you access to an item but you still don't get proficiency in that item. And then normally when you take a feat to gain proficiency in that item it will not advance when your proficiencies increase in gameplay.

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Has there been any update to this? Currently I am about to start the new Ruby Phoenix AP, and if my character works in that then I would like to make him into a Society character eventually. But that would require access/proficiency to weapons common to Tien-Xia, primarily Minkai and Shokuro.

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Ferious Thune wrote:


Personally, I think that too many things in 2E get pushed to late level before they become options, but that’s where we are. I’d have preferred taking Weapon Proficiency once to give you scaling proficiency with that weapon, so you’re not spending a 13th level feat just to keep pace with everyone else.

I completely agree. This has been made such an unnecessarily complicated system when it comes to such things. "You can't use that weapon, you don't have Access to it. "Well, you have Access to it but you don't have Proficiency. Well, you have feats that give you proficiency but it won't scale without more feats. Oh, ok, of all these weapons, you only have proficiency that will actually scale in this small handful of weapons."

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I have a character I have brought along for years. She is based off a character I saw on a tv movie and she became my character for Skulls and Shackles, which then led to her being one of my favorite characters in PFS1, which led to her being one of my 2e characters. In she is a Witch and Swashbuckler combo.

My question is, I would prefer her to have a cutlass rather than a rapier. Is there any way known to make a scimitar a finesse weapon in 2e? If not, may I suggest that in the near future maybe a feat (general or maybe even skill) or a magical item (like a talisman or a weapon wrap, etc) be made which could allow one to use a one-handed weapon as a finesse weapon that would allow it to be used with Precise Strike or Sneak Attack?

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So....If the feat only allows one to choose from Common or Uncommon, how would one get "dead" languages if it would fit their character's needs?

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Online Guide Team Lead - JTT wrote:

ETA. Just checked yesterday, the new language should be in the next revision of the guide.

What language are we talking about?

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Aetheldrake wrote:

Does this really matter though since covid has dealt a rather heavy blow to Pathfinder society? Since we aren't allowed to set restrictions on "in person" sessions and online play is really nothing compared to in person, a decent amount of people are refusing to play somewhat altogether.

Can we get an update that allows VOs to set conditions on in person play, such as proof of having the covid vaccine, so that we can safely start doing in person official pfs again? My entire state has essentially shut down their society play because of covid. Nobody really likes to play online. In comparison to in person, it really sucks.

We've all invested a lot of money and time into the local playing area, but nobody wants to go play without proof of vaccines, but apparently we aren't allowed to gatekeep anti vaxxers out? (I know this sounds harsh, but so is potentially killing someone or causing them long term damage due to their personal choices)

We literally started discussion of closing down weekly society play for our entire state semi permanently today. For over a decade the group has been playing pfs almost every week (except on major holiday weekends) and now they're going to shut it down because we can't keep the anti vaxxers out due to paizo ruling? Nobody wants to play with the risk that someone brings an active covid in, unless they all have the vaccine.

It all depends on where you live. For instance, our group has been able to play in person for most of the pandemic so far. It is possible to play in person, just have to look into exactly what your state or local restrictions are. We have been using Warhorn so we could limit attendance to one table, and making that table so it provides adequate distancing for the players and GM.

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Blake's Tiger wrote:
There's nothing about being unique that precludes resurrection to my knowledge.

Cool! That was my worry too since my ranger has one as well.

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HammerJack wrote:

Nope.

Also, shouldn't this be over in PF2 Advice instead of Org Play?

I don't know if it belongs there or not. This is kinda new to me. But yeah, didn't think it was possible.

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Alex Speidel wrote:
Gary Bush wrote:
Contact Alex at paizoorgplayhq@gmail.com. He can maybe help.

My email for this issue is pfsreportingerrors@paizo.com and I can certainly help if you email me there.

paizoorgplayhq is the email for the PaizoCon organizers, and I can assure you that they are very capable but do not have access to these particular Rituals.

Thanks for the help Alex.

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Sebastian Hirsch wrote:
They are not that vulnerable, especially if the party has some healing spells, but alas, it seems likely that if the unique companion dies, you need to consider getting it resurrected.

But would it be possible to resurrect a unique companion like the Fiery Leopard as it takes a specific boon to get it in the first place?

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I know there was a way in PFS1 was able to take the feat Dervish Dance to gain finesse with a scimitar/cutlass. But is there a way to get a feat or something where I can apply finesse to the scimitar/cutlass to be able to get Precise Strike as a Swashbuckler?

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