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Actually the Glory domain is in the SRD (under the Additional domain section, not with all the other domains).
I am staying close to Sykala and between her and the Girallon. If the Girallon is within striking distance, I will strike him. Otherwise I am reading an action to hit him if he comes to me.
Raging, overhand chop (1d20 8=20, 2d6 11=16)
GenCon was a blast. I highly suggest it for anyone who has not gone. My buddy that tagged along and I have both gamed since the early 80's and this was our first. You gotta go at least once. My GenCon notes are at: http://paizo.com/paizo/messageboards/community/gaming/gamerLife/genCon2008N otes&page=1#697821
I'm eventually going to blog and flesh this out...but here are some notes before I forget if you are interested...
We decided to make one more attempt to find the party, so we picked up the car, armed with a GPS and finally found the hotel. We had actually been no more han 20 feet from it earlier but had turned around before we caught sight of the sign.
We got to the room which was packed by at least 30 people (more were in the lobby and halls) and were immediately greeted by the hostess Nam who invited us to a game of Heroscape. I’ve seen this game in stores but never played it. We were pretty loose with the rules and we gradually rotated people in. I started with a faction of magma men. Since I didn’t know what the hell I was doing I managed to start on the furthest point from the most strategically advantageous point on the map for me (the volcanic area). I tried to build an alliance with Ray’s dwarven army (since he had also not played the game before) figuring Nam’s angel troops were going to kick our butts otherwise. Well it worked briefly when Ray decided that he wanted more of his guys to attack and he couldn't reach Nam’s forces. Trapped between Nam and Ray, I built an alliance with Nam (we had beat each other down pretty severely) against Ray. A fourth player popped in at this point and started snipping all of us. I ended up surviving with one creature while Ray and Nam’s forces were completely destroyed. I found myself at the most disadvantageous spot since he was across a lake actually better in the water than where he was) and well Water is my weakness. He also had ranged attacks and I did not unless I reached the Magma fields which meant that I had to head into his firing. More players started joined in as well as Ray and Nam with new forces. The factions consisted of everything from a mighty barbarian, a dragon, gunslingers and lost more stuff I can’t remember.
While they were battling I was just trying to elude them and get to the magma fields. We ended up getting kicked out of the room before we finished, so I had the only starting character that survived.
We headed back to the hotel room around 11pm
This was one of the two slots, Ray and I would be teaming up.. I was playing a spiked chain fighter and Andoran exile, Fyodor Hobbes. In case you are interested here’s Hobbes’ story
GenCon Day 2
It started off with Murder on the Silken Caravan. (Still no spoilers coming). which was definitely the toughest of the scenerios. We barely avoided a TPK partly due to tough opposition in one battle and party due to a utterly stupid mistake on my part which knocked me out the first round.
Browsed more of the vendor area, I checked out Wizards. Crystal Caste, Hirst Arts, the art show, Dungeon Forge, Fat Dragon and quite a few third party publishers. I was still tempering myself so I didn’t over-purchase. I will say there was probably about $400 worth of minis I wanted, a few hundred dollars worth of dice about $150 of Hirst Arts molds and maybe $1000 of Dwarven Forge stuff.
I also headed over to see the movie the gamers, but the movie schedule was all screwed up...so I ended up ducking into “A Great Disturbance” which was a mockumentrary following five Star Wars fans around a convention. Hilarious. One of the funniest things I’ve watched in a long time.
I ended up having to head back to the hotel room since I forgot the tickets to Ascention of the Drow. This also meant I missed one Paizo Seminar: “Sticking with 3.5, and the future of Paizo”.
I got back to the Con and went to the Paizo room. Ascension of the Drow was a semi-LARP/semi-Tabletop RPG with 126 people playing different characters in a one night battle to crown a new king as demanded by the patron Demon Lords.
Possible very minor spoilers (I really don’t know):
I was assigned the character Shaddrack of House Azranae. He was a spiked chain fighter who had just returned from a pilgrimage to test his mettle in the surface world. He was considered the most powerful warrior in the city of Drow. Asranae was one of the greater houses but within our house their was a faction of lords and the young up and comers. I was a member of the latter. The head of the house was a lich. I had some pretty hellacious special abilities including the ability to intimidate an entire army or completely control an army of House Asranae. I was also able to call upon a special force of Asranae to do my bidding and finally I had the ability to succeed at any one knowledge check of any DC. Because our estate was the most defensible and the fact that we had the single most powerful caster and single most powerful warrior, I did not fear an attack from another house. My bigger threat was the lord of our house who I was trying to overthrow. In the end I got the loyalty of a majority of the house, but still needed a good way of taking down the lich. My plan was to let him deplete his energy and make a deal with the House of Assassins to eliminate him. Using my knowledge check to figure out a riddle I took possession of his phylactery. In the end that didn’t work because I could never contact my contact within the house of assassins (who I was going to make queen). Instead Shadrach’s brother, ended up destroying the Phylatchery and giving me sole control over the armies of House Asranae. The lich was wreaking havoc on other houses but I had to keep an eye on him, because he was in possession of a powerful book that might end the conflict, he didn’t know what it was though. I certainly didn’t want another house to get it. In the end I was double-crossed by a Half-drow in my employ who stole the book. House Asranae (minus the lich) sought vengeance and destroyed him. While we were gone the House was attacked and the lich went to defend it and defeated the oncoming forces. Another house came to attack us and I eliminated the army through an intimidation so it ended being just player on player. Then before the first roll a king was crowned.
The event was incredibly chaotic (some ways good, some ways bad). There needed to be better reconciliation of how alliances and battles were done, because the character sheets was actually pretty useless during most of the game. Our GM (Clinton J Boomer, one of the RPG Rockstar final four and a contributor to Pathfinder Campaign Setting) was INCREDIBLE. He was the best DM I played under and hopefully that will help me become a better one. In the end I had fun and hope the do it again. Got to the hotel around 2am.
GenCon Day 3
I chilled a good part of the day and took pictures of some cool costumes. Finally went to the movies to catch “Gamers” but it had not started yet, so I stepped in to the room anyway and caught the tail end of a workshop where they were doing voice overs for an anime scene, They were using people from the audience and played the entire scene at the end with the audience’s voices. Pretty cool. Finally I got to see the “Gamers: and really was not impressed, especially after “A Great Disturbance”.
I also headed over to Chessex and after struggling with what dice set I wanted for a few days, finally pulled together my new game dice set. All black dice with either Gold, White or Red numbers. The Gold and Red set included one d20; one d12; two d10’s, one percentile, two d8’s, six d6’s, and two d4’s. The white numbered die have an additional six d6’s. I also got one white yes/no die. I actually have two more dice to finish this collection, but I am going to need to have the custom designed. This set was decided on because of ease of readability and the fact that the d4 has the number at the top of the die insted of the bottom. The regular sized dwarven metals also has this (but the small ones and Crystal Caste die have their numbers on the bottom of the D4). I also think the dwarven metals were too heavy; not to mention Iw ould have had to pay $250 instead of $25 to constuct this set. Can’t imagine the cost of getting customer matching dice.
I also spent a good amount of time hunting down autographs from paizo guys. I have a good number of them in my Campaign setting book.
Then I headed to the Pathfinder Preview seminar. Lots of good info. Lots of spoilers. The Paizo guys also solicited info from us regarding Psionics and Epic rules. Went to hotel around 7pm and chilled.
GenCon Day 4
After that Ray and I went and picked up more stuff (combat maps and some minis for me) and about $200 worth of Pathfinder stuff for Ray (YAY!!! Another convert). Not much was going on so we decided to go head out, so we went back to the hotel and met up with my mother-in-law for dinner in Cincinnati before heading back to Atlanta.
Things that worked out: (1) I picked out most of my must haves the first day, so I didn't miss out on anything and (2) had snacks and drinks in the backpack to reduce the amount of pricey food I bought.
Callum Finlayson wrote:
appears the masterwork instrument would not apply:
Day Job section of the Guide wrote:
Azoun The Sage wrote:
You will still be able to play the same character. If you didn't gain any experience between cons you would still be second level.
From the looks of it (I could be wrong here). The scenarios are built for two different "Tiers". For instance, if you look at the current scenario descriptions they are for Tier 1-2 or Tier 4-5 (probably by chaging some DCs and monster stats). So I expect you will be grouped according to the tier of an adventure.
Joshua J. Frost wrote:
[Nitpicky]Shouldn't that be 10th level? 28 scenarios means you could ADVANCE 9 levels (with one scenario left over) Thus ending at 10th[/Nitpicky]
I just downloaded the GenCon events list and here are the PF scenerios which still have open spots:
I'm looking to get together some people in the Roswell/Alpharetta areas for some PFS sessions. This little project got put on the back burner when I got hit with quite a few work projects, but I plan to pull something together soon after GenCon.
email me at bray (at) bray abbitt dot com if interested and let me know if you want to play/GM or both.
Feedback: I didn't really like the idea of Rage points when I first read about them, though I understood the reasoning behind it. I think I was biased by the nomenclature more than anything. "Points" makes it feel very inorganic. However I could not find a suitable substitute.
Upon the first use of rage I have to say I like it. There is a good bit of control.
Though I did not use any of the rage powers it does give the player another dimension to consider. In my case, burning four extra rage points for powerful blow is a pretty significant investment. However if the battle would have worn on I would have started burning them to eek out any damage I could have. I love resource management, so this was a nice mechanic for my style.
One miscalculation on my part: Barbarian chew is not so useful with Alpha rules. I expect that it will need to be tweaked when the RPG roles out.
Okay, I needed to catch up on some of the Alpha3 changes. I am firm on a 4th level Human barbarian now. I'll post up the history tomorrow but for starters he is a Shoanti exile who has spent most of his days as a mercenary of sorts to a family who collects antiquities.
Is the Golarian-specific equipment from the Adventure Paths available?
I will support a company which supports American families rather than the People's Liberation Army slave-labor sweatshop factories.
Honestly, refusing to financially support companies that are invested in places like China (or S. Africa in the 1980s) is a perfectly legitimate rationale. I'd respect that as a reason not to play PfRPG.
When my mother was a teen, she lived on her own and worked in some of these overseas "sweatshops". I will admit some of them are nothing more than slave labor and there is a valid argument to companies utilizing those, but most are not. I think it is very important that we don't use hyperbole and lump these together. They may pay incredibly low wages by American standards, but they might not be that low in relationship to their country. Besides what do you think happens to those factory workers if there is no factory their at all? When my mother was a teen (and I believe to this day) the second largest industry was prostitution (right after the government).
You should also look at our stupid tax system which has done a pretty good job of creating inflation and artificially high wages which make it harder for the US to compete in world markets.
The Pathfinder Journal is actually my favorite feature of Pathfinder AP, which is strange since fiction in Dragon tended to my least favorite. It has made me excited about Pathfinder novels on the horizon. While I was a little disappointed at first to hear that the series will break away from Eando Kline, I am excited to see what authors will be able to do without this constraint. I expect they will each create a personae or a small group of personalities which they will be able to flesh out.
As the Pathfinder AP line matures I would like to see a tighter integration of the feature's topics like someone mentioned above. It seems this is occurring more frequently (not sure if that is purposeful).
The OP had nothing of interest for me,so I'll comment on his instead.
Taliesin Hoyle wrote:
Here in China, we have no problems with printing, having, after all, invented ink, paper, binding, and associated technologies a thousand or so years before the first caucasian Americans were distributing smallpox and syphillis to the new world
Here's something interesting:
I'm considering starting a Pathfinder-specific Meetup group (in addition to promoting it in the more general RPG Meetup groups). This is going to be mostly to pull together players and GMs for organized play, but could also be used for running any sort of group.
One subscription allows up to three groups to be organized. From past experience I don't expect to do more than one
If anyone is interested in splitting the subscription with me then drop me a line. The cheapest (and longest) subscription is $72/six months. so it would be $24/person (average $4/person/mo)
If you go through the Meetup directory you can see if people are waiting on a RPG Meetup group to start in the area. Note you only see this when you click through the links not when you do a general search.
Here's a shortcut: http://www.meetup.com/topics/games/rpg/
Nicolas Logue wrote:
A followup question: Will the scenarios have an expiration date? I assume they must expire by origins, but can they be played anytime in that season?
Michael Brock wrote:
Man this really sucks. I live in Dallas, GA. The closest store to me is Newnan that is about 75 miles away. Savannah and Athens are out of the question. I guess I'll keep my fingers crossed I can get a copy on Monday. It is already bad enough I am going to miss the con exclusive at Gencon this year. I have every other Paizo D&D module so I guess I'll be up all night Sunday to Monday morning to get my copy. Any idea what time they will be available for order Monday morning?
Another threadjack. Is it an issue of time or money with GenCon? Me and a buddy are heading up so at the very least we can carpool, might be able to split a room (got to check)...anyway if you are interested email me at the above address.
I considered that too or heading over to Athens. I'm fairly certain the reason it is not being done is there was not a good return on investment last year. all the stores I know of just put stacks out by the front door and people gobbled them up in the first few minutes of the day. I was the only person I know that got anything because I was there at store opening. Everyone I spoke to noted the same thing except one store which limited people to two items.
In any case they could have made an event around it but it seemed utterly unexciting other than picking up free stuff.
My advice is to fudge things. usually not a big fan, but the story is more important especially for younger players. watch his hit points and make sure he just survives battles he would have otherwise fallen. The pseudodragon isn't a bad idea. Having a little sidekick is fine, just make sure the focus stays on the protagonist.
Hey guys, I am stepping aside from this game. It appears that I finally have players for a Pathfinder campaign. I'm sure you shouldn't have any problems finding a sub.
Just as an aside...everytime I tried to come up with a martial character I kept thinking of by-brother-in-law's character from my last Eberron campaign: Jax a amnesiac, narcoleptic, ascetic warforged monk. Sounds completely off but he was a hell of a lot of fun. basically I allowed him a couple of exalted feats with a single really bad flaw basically he would fall "asleep" whenever he rolled a one in combat. this happened far more than we thought and at the absolute worst times (especially after he got multiple attacks). It also gave me the opportunity to provide foreshadowing visions/dreams that also tied into his unknown past. Anyway hope you all have as much fun.