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Grand Lodge

Venture-Lieutenant - NH | Proprietor of Castamir's Station

I have a few options. I enjoy playing all of them, Castamir most of all, but Sareth has 9th level magic....

Low Tier: Frag, level 13 Barbarian (Invulnerable Rager)

Mid Tier: Bishop and Timber level 16 Ranger (archer)

High Tier: Castamir... he's..... a character, and a level 17 sorcerer. Sareth is a level 18 cleric of Sarenrae and also a lot of fun from a tactical perspective.

Grand Lodge

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I love the flavor behind this, but the utter lack of mechanical guidelines makes it hard to adjudicate. The ability specifically calls out skipping things which do not require a check.

Fall of Plaguestone Spoiler:

I'm currently running Fall of Plaguestone, and this is coming up immediately as the party enters F6. There's a lot going on here, when does this ability kick in?

  • What if the only thing in the room is a DC 30+ (L) DC?
  • Traps?
  • Hidden doors?
  • Duplicitous NPCs?
  • If you're told there's something fishy about a box, do you still have to make a roll? What if you fail it?

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    Iron Fellowship trifecta!

    Grand Lodge 5/5 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, New Hampshire—Merrimack

    Gotcha. It's the printing part I'm looking for.

    Grand Lodge 5/5 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, New Hampshire—Merrimack

    Bumping. Where and how do we get purchased boons?

    Grand Lodge

    Venture-Lieutenant - NH | Proprietor of Castamir's Station

    Try this Aerondor

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    Actually, confirming that it's in the ceiling is EXACTLY the key to unlock my brain. Thank you!

    Grand Lodge 5/5 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, New Hampshire—Merrimack

    I'm struggling to describe my confusion. The map as presented looks like a typical top down view, but when you say it's tilted 90* my mind struggles to resolve why there's a secret door in what would normally be the ceiling...

    I'm sure it's my thick-headedness, and not your description.

    Grand Lodge 5/5 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, New Hampshire—Merrimack

    Okay, now that I'm trying to wrap my head around the bridge.... my brain is now hurting. This piece of map would be greatly improved if I had an isometric view of what is UP. The chairs on the map are really throwing me off....

    Really I think if someone just tells me which direction is DOWN, I'll be okay. Is west down and east up? Is "into" the map down, and towards me reading it up like most maps?

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    Speaking from a position of a professional educator, someone who has spent a lot of time around rubrics (especially here), and who engaged in hours of conversation and reflection on this one: the vitriol is neither warranted nor helping your cause.

    If you're looking to advance the conversation fruitfully, I recommend pulling back the polemic. I'm happy to respectfully and politely engage with anyone on all the work that went into this, but this hobby is fun for me and I'm keeping it that way.

    Grand Lodge 5/5 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, New Hampshire—Merrimack

    My apologies. I was more curious about the proximity, not the crystals themselves. How close do they go off, and when does it switch from Detect thoughts to the ...other part?

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    My pleasure.... but that's not my last name ;-)

    Grand Lodge 5/5 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, New Hampshire—Merrimack

    Where is the Eoxian Diamond located in C1? It says "proximity: see above" but either it's not listed, or I'm glossing over it.

    Grand Lodge

    Venture-Lieutenant - NH | Proprietor of Castamir's Station

    Sorry for my absence. It was worse than expected. I'm back at full speed.

    Grand Lodge

    Venture-Lieutenant - NH | Proprietor of Castamir's Station

    Thank you! Looks like I only have posting in the airbnb. We are out most of the day. :-(

    Grand Lodge

    Venture-Lieutenant - NH | Proprietor of Castamir's Station
    GM Tyranius wrote:

    The first adventure of the Tyrant’s Grasp Adventure Path assumes all of you begin in the small town of Roslar’s Coffer, in the southwestern corner of Lastwall.

    Keep that in mind with your backgrounds, whether you are just visiting, or live there. If you live there do you have family there as well? What do you do for a employment ect. This will all play a bit of a role

    Love it. I'll read the players guide tomorrow and start cooking something up. Thank you!

    Grand Lodge

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    Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
    I am not sure if this is the appropriate place to ask, but how would one get to play the Pathfinder Card game online?

    You're pretty close to the right place! This lodge has a sister lodge called Flaxseed on Deck. Check out the link and you'll be in the right place!

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    Venture-Lieutenant - NH | Proprietor of Castamir's Station

    Hey everyone! Ferabras dropped me a line. I just took a look, and I've played with most everyone before. I appreciate invite.

    Jumping in can be tricky, but I'm flexible with working into the game. I think my best option is to bring my dwarven monk. He's middle of the road in terms of build, and isn't much of a talker (which is odd for me.)

    I can easily commit to even a fast paced game, so no worries there. Just give me a day to read through the thread a bit.

    @GM:
    1. Thanks again, and just tell me how to work in.
    2. I submitted another request to have ownership of the thread transferred to you.

    Grand Lodge

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    Redelia wrote:
    GMs, if you recruit to fill the gaps in your RetroCon tables, please make sure that the new players properly fill out the spreadsheet. Otherwise we are going to end up with tables that have too many players, and someone is going to end up feeling left out!

    This affects my latest sign ups!

    Grand Lodge

    Venture-Lieutenant - NH | Proprietor of Castamir's Station

    Okay, given the mix so far, I think an Envoy would be the better option (and one I am more than happy to play.)

    I'll pick a race tonight (current front runners are: human and damai)

    Grand Lodge

    Venture-Lieutenant - NH | Proprietor of Castamir's Station
    Cwethan wrote:

    I'm leaning towards either a technomancer or a soldier mechanically, but am happy to backfill as needed too.

    I haven't read Aeon throne, so I don't know: Is there any guidance on appropriate backgrounds or hooks our characters should be excited about?

    There is in the gameplay thread

    Grand Lodge

    Venture-Lieutenant - NH | Proprietor of Castamir's Station

    I'm super excited for this. Having run the first half of Dead Suns, I've yet to get to play campaign style Starfinder.

    My natural tendency is to play an envoy as I tend towards social characters in campaigns. I'm also looking hard at Solarian. I'd definitely have fun with either, so I'd probably choose based on what other people don't select.

    Grand Lodge

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    Awesome! I'm excited. GM, would it be possible to open the discussion thread to confirm that we've dotted and start building character ideas?

    Grand Lodge

    Venture-Lieutenant - NH | Proprietor of Castamir's Station

    Apologies. I thought I dotted the gameplay thread. I'll be online tomorrow ready to go. Sorry about that. I'll have Valeros up and ready then.

    Grand Lodge

    Venture-Lieutenant - NH | Proprietor of Castamir's Station

    I'll be up and running tomorrow. Dotting for now.

    Grand Lodge

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    Anticipated Start: This absolutely works for me.

    Basic Requirements: I can be comfortable with all of these easily.

    Applications: While I have played a few games with you before (most recently was Assault on Absalom CORE), I'll post a few other examples. Tyrannius would be a good option, but he's been cited so many times :-)

    GM EndlessForms (retired)
    GM Thunderspirit
    GM Trex
    GM Aerondor

    They'd all work!

    Grand Lodge

    Venture-Lieutenant - NH | Proprietor of Castamir's Station

    Woops. I meant to throw my name in here. Oh well, no worries on the thread. When it works, it works.

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    Art is why I got into RPGs (Elmore's Red box in the 80s had me hooked before I even new what was inside.) Cartography is still a fascination of mine; how man reams of graph paper have I burned through?

    Fantasy cartographic art is the double whammy. This picture is incredible. More of this please!

    Grand Lodge

    Venture-Lieutenant - NH | Proprietor of Castamir's Station

    Feel free to work it out here. Looks like we're shooting for high tier.

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    Outside of the rules playtesting, I wanted to remark on the physical organization of content in the book. This has become, by far, the most common point of constructive feedback to come out of my lodge.

    It's currently really labyrinthine. As I prepped my level 5 character for Arclord's Envy I had to flip back and forth an inordinate number of times. There were a lot of things I couldn't find without a lot of stopping and searching. It's just not very intuitive. I know consistency and page count matter, but the amount of flipping is too much. Where are the attribute bump rules again?

    I prefer a set up where things that are universal to ALL classes are in one place. I think PF1 does this well. For example in the CRB, page 30. "Table 3–1: Character Advancement and Level-Dependent Bonuses". The rest of the information goes in the specific class section. I think something like this is easier to digest, and therefore kinder to new players and quicker for grognards like me.

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    I'm a fan of the simplified layout.

    I'm also a big fan of reorganizing the layout in the introduction to be less labyrinthine! Find some non-gamers and have them read it :-)

    Grand Lodge

    Venture-Lieutenant - NH | Proprietor of Castamir's Station

    Organized play is a little different, as we must play by the book.

    In a home game each group can decide for themselves what they like for a style. My organized play life is a lot different than my home game.

    Immersion and game are both noble goals, and they're not mutually exclusive.

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    I'd have to use PF1 knowledge to define it (unless I'm missing something.)

    Grand Lodge

    Venture-Lieutenant - NH | Proprietor of Castamir's Station

    Just a reminder that Secret Rolls were a thing in PF1 (and every edition of the game.) The new aspect is in the official vocabulary. For example, in PF1 the GM ought to roll a PC's Appraisecheck in secret by default, but it's not a vocabulary word.

    The important part here is that places where they are new, and where it affects the game, get cataloged and posted in the Playtest forum

    Grand Lodge

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    I apologize if this belongs in the Organized Play forum.

    Playtest points aren't adding up correctly. It looks like the system is giving 2 and 3 for playing and running respectively (ought to be 4 and 5.) Additionally, it doesn't seem to catch multiple sessions of the same scenario.

    Grand Lodge

    Venture-Lieutenant - NH | Proprietor of Castamir's Station

    You make an official playtest character. XXXX-1501. You don't really need more than one as the reporting isn't for XP that carries into the new game.

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    I love languages. Almost all of my PF1 characters spend points in Linguistics to pick them up. Sure, they were too easy to pick up in PF1, but I think the pendulum might have swung too far the other way.

    I'm not sure how to find a balance between the two, but I'd love to make it at least a little easier to become a polyglot.

    Grand Lodge

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    While the skill options are listed, there is no instruction on which skill to use for a monster type, or am I missing it?

    Grand Lodge

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    Thank you. First and foremost thank you. While I'm still compiling copious notes while play testing, I wanted to make a quick shout out.

    I play this game because in the 1980s the Red Box artwork captivated me. Art matters.

    I'm really digging the contributions of Setiawan Lie. I just wanted to throw that out there.

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    Venture-Lieutenant - NH | Proprietor of Castamir's Station

    Hey everyone, a note on feedback.

    Flaxseed, for the past FIVE years a has been a place for some amazing gamers. We set a pretty high bar. Right now the playtest forum is full of disparaging remarks, hyperbole, and even making fun of the designers.

    While I haven't cross checked who posted what, this is a friendly reminder to keep feed back professional, polite, and poignant.

    Happy gaming!

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    Just want to drop in briefly. The amount of work that went into this must be staggering. If we put ourselves into their shoes, disparaging language comes off, well, disparagingly. It can be a real bummer, and a sad designer isn't in anyone's best interest.

    I agree 100% that superstition and 3 round rage produces problems, but we should describe it in helpful terms.

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    Venture-Lieutenant - NH | Proprietor of Castamir's Station

    Hey everyone. If you're like me, you skipped adulting for the day to read the playtest. I'm currently looking at how to set my games up and execute. Here are some quick hits:

    Initiative:

    Unexpected initiative is going to be tricky. I plan on continuing to use quick posts, but it'll like look like:

    PC 1: Perception +2, Stealth: +2: 1d20 ⇒ 10
    PC 2: Perception +1, Stealth: +1: 1d20 ⇒ 17
    PC 3: Perception +2, Stealth: +2: 1d20 ⇒ 8
    PC 4: Perception +3, Stealth: +4: 1d20 ⇒ 13

    Exploration Mode:

    I also recommend GMs build default "Exploration Mode" procedures. While there will always be times when things are different, a default can keep PbP going.

    PC 1: Searching Perception: 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (20) + 1 = 21
    PC 2: Defending
    PC 3: Detecting Magic
    PC 4: Sneaking Stealth: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (7) + 5 = 12

    Character Sheets:

    While everyone will have their preference, I threw one together to tweak. You can check it out HERE

    Grand Lodge

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    Torag's will is made manifest as Doxon swings. The troll bends, and nearly breaks. The dwarf is confident that a single lick of flame will send the giant to the Boneyard!

    Round 2:
    Hamilton: Go
    Giants: TBD
    Ushyle: TBD
    Raen: TBD
    Vael: TBD
    Whistle Pig: TBD
    Doxon: TBD

    DM:

    Purple: 79

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    Venture-Lieutenant - NH | Proprietor of Castamir's Station

    I think that might be mitigated by building in more flavor by default.

    It's the resonance system that I'm iffy on. It's really the one thing that has been a buzz kill for me (but I'll likely come around. This is, literally, going to be my 8th edition of this game.)

    Grand Lodge

    Venture-Lieutenant - NH | Proprietor of Castamir's Station

    I'm likely going to make a paladin and a bard.

    Grand Lodge

    Venture-Lieutenant - NH | Proprietor of Castamir's Station

    Not missing anything yet! I'll be ready to go with some fast posting. The other piece is that we should be pretty active in this thread with thoughts as they unfold.

    Grand Lodge

    Venture-Lieutenant - NH | Proprietor of Castamir's Station

    I do, though it's a bit of a cop out. This post HERE. As it required the fruition of so much work. The feeling of accomplishment keeping that many players and myself engaged for that long is my favorite PbP moment of all time.

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    Venture-Lieutenant - NH | Proprietor of Castamir's Station

    It's not a buzzword. I'm not going to shy away from normal language. Let's just move on.

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    Venture-Lieutenant - NH | Proprietor of Castamir's Station

    I'm surprised at how many old guard players are in this group. I'm clearly biased, but I think that is a great boon to be leveraged. The game was very very different then. While I think the evolution of the game into Pathfinder and the medium into PbP are both "Good Things", there is a lot from the "old days" that can really bring out the best in the game.

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    Venture-Lieutenant - NH | Proprietor of Castamir's Station
    GM PaleDim wrote:
    Way back in the early 90's, middle-schoolish, I somehow got into AD&D 2e. I was the weird guy who liked Psionics (yes, even on it's own without DS) and Dark Sun. I was often the GM by default. This is okay, but I've always doubted my storytelling abilities, which I see as central to the role.

    I'm just going to leave this right here

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