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IRL, charisma is a learned skill, not a genetic trait. So, IRL, you can increase your charisma through a variety of means.

If you don't grow up in a family where these skills are taught from an early age, then you can take classes and workshops to learn them. Or you can learn them experientially.

You can take workshops to learn how to manage small-talk more gracefully. Or join clubs like Toastmasters to practice giving presentations and speeches. You can take classes in etiquette.

You can have a mentor who sits next to you at a banquet and quietly coaches you on appropriate conversational topics and good manners. You can stay with the family of a best friend or romantic interest and learn by observing how to be more charming.

If you are on the spectrum, you can learn to keep eye contact and other social skills that may not come naturally.

Everyone can increase their charisma by discovering the techniques that help make other people feel comfortable and listened to. Practicing them on a daily basis will make you more charismatic over time.

So the increase can be either slow and incremental, or sudden and noticeable. Or both.


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Staff have been using PF2 to denote second edition in general

I agree with possible cabbage, the context is going to make things obvious for the most part. Just like we can tell apart Starfinder and Pathfinder materials. If you're posting in the PF2 forums, we'll all know that you aren't talking about PF1, unless you explicitly say you are.

When absolutely necessary, I suggest PF1 Bestiary and PF2 Bestiary. No need for a whole bunch of other of abbreviations that people may not know about or use consistently.


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The Pathfinder Wiki often pulls together information from multiple soruces and presents a coherent article about the topic

Pathfinder Wiki


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It's an additional rule book, "Pathfinder Unchained"

You can buy a pdf or a hardcover copy here
Pathfinder Unchained

You can also read it online for free as a Pathfinder Reference Document

Pathfinder Unchained


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captain yesterday wrote:
I'm still concentrating most of my effort on healing.

More pie will help.


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Fumarole wrote:
The Oblivion Oath game run by Paizo's Jason Buhlman would be a good place to start.

It's good to get a feel for GMing, but be aware that those aren't the PF1 rules being used in that stream


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My childhood was immensely enriched by the fact that my brother hated avocados. We were living in a tropical/subtropical area. They were cheap and frequent meal additions.

He thought I was doing him a favor to sneak them off his plate and eat them myself.


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No, I would not.

"We Be Goblins" (and the whole Goblins series) was written as promotional modules for Gaming Day in commerical game stores.

The story is about goblins, and in PF1, there is no goblin race that players can make characters with. Instead, each person chooses one of the pre-made characters (pregen) that comes with the module. [This changes in PF2, where goblins are a core race]

The story was also written to be run by experienced GMs. So, while it is short, it may have big holes where your knowledge of the rules and the setting will leap over the gaps if you've been playing Pathfinder in the Golarion setting for a while.

Personally, I'd stick to short modules that let your players create their characters using the Beginner Box rules. Later today I'll dig up a list of a few of those. There are free modules that are great for beginner GMs.


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Efolcik wrote:
Idk what any of that means lol I just want people to explain to me how to be a dm with the products I have now.

Ok, I think I misunderstood. You want to play We Be Goblins with your friends in a face-to-face game, not online.

That's actually much easier.

Have you read the Game Master Guide that came with the set?


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So are you 'recruiting' players for a PBP (play-by-post) game here on the Paizo site? Or just trying to get set up to run a PBP for your friends?

If so, head over to the Online Campaign section of these boards.

Take some time to read the stickied threads in the General Discussion section of that forum.

When you're ready to get started post in the recruitment subsection and put in the title of your post that you're running a Beginner Box campaign.

If you're just running it for your friends, you do not need to post a recruitment thread. Just start the game-play thread and invite your friends directly into the game.


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TomParker wrote:
The second edition rulebook is also part of one of the subscriptions, and Paizo does include the PDF for free with each subscription product you receive.

Apparently Lisa Stevens confirmed this during the Banquet at PaizoCon, but there's nothing officially posted on these boards yet.

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but Lisa Stevens did say that if a subscription did include a pdf with it before then it would continue to do so.


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roysier wrote:
I still do not believe 3% of organized players have active PTSD. It implies that Paizo organized players are the same population as the general population when every demographic study in the industry implies otherwise.

That's what I said. We have no data to show whether PFS players are more mentally healthy than average, less mentally healthy than average, or just average.

roysier wrote:
There is also plenty of market research that making a pg-13 movie is the best rating to appeal to a wider audience.

That's also true. Directors cut "gritty" scenes so that R/X movies can get that coveted PG-13 rating.

roysier wrote:
people self select themselves out of hobbies that they are not comfortable with

So, is it better for Paizo's bottom line if

a) People who have triggers always play Pathfinder because Paizo has eliminated all material that might trigger someone
b) People who have triggers sometimes play Pathfinder because Paizo has labeled scenarios that might trigger someone.
c) People who have triggers never play Pathfinder because Paizo includes triggering material with no warnings.


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roysier wrote:
Well,by your count you are saying 3% of PFS players have active PTSD issues.

Not at all. The figure is 3.6% of the population "adults in the US". There is no information to tell is what the percentage is within the sub-population "teenagers and adults who play TTRPGs". And there's no information about what the percentage is within the sub-population "teenagers and adults who play TTRPGs in Pathfinder Society games".

The percentage could be higher, or it could be lower. There is no way to tell.

roysier wrote:
That would be 1 in every 3 tables.

So let's do the arithmetic.

Assume every table has 5 players.
That means that to have 100 players, you'd need 20 tables.
Let's also assume that the players dealing with PTSD sit at separate tables.

If 3.6% of those 100 players are dealing with PTSD, then 3 or 4 of those 20 tables will have someone seated. To maximize the number that's 4/20 or 1 in every 5 tables. (again, we don't know whether PFS players are more or less likely to be dealing with PTSD and other trauma, so we're using the average for the general adult population)

roysier wrote:
Honestly I would have to rethink my comitment to organized plau at that rate. It would better to play in Home games then risk triggering severe trauma in somone accidentally.

Here's another statistic to keep in mind:

Suicide is a real concern.
7 percent of college students have “seriously considered suicide” during the past year.
Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death on college campuses.

and
A study of national data found the use of psychotropic medication in adolescents rose from 14 percent in the 1990s to 20 percent in the mid-2000s.

So if you're dealing with adolescents, there's a 20 percent chance they'll be taking psychotropic medications. And if you've got college kids at your table, around 7% of them will have seriously considered suicide in the past year.

College professors face these issues every single day, in every class room and every visit during office hours. It's not a trivial concern.

Let me repeat what I said earlier

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The fact that no one has been brave enough to talk to you about their mental health problems does not mean that there has never been anyone at your tables with mental health problems.

Anything Paizo can do to help alleviate the pain and the triggers will be useful.


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roysier wrote:
Since I'm under the belief that people make choices and choose their hobbies, hence people self select themselves out of hobbies that they are not comfortable with.

I'm comfortable with a large percentage of TTRPG content. There is a small, but significant percentage of TTRPG content that triggers my PTSD.

You seem to be suggesting that I should not play at all because of that. That I should 'self-select myself out' of my hobby.

roysier wrote:
Is there situations where that is not the case.

Yes, many of us are unwilling to completely stop playing games when only some of the content is triggering.

roysier wrote:
Are people for whatever reason dealing with severe emotional trauma and sticking with Orgsnized play?

Yes.

roysier wrote:
Is it a one time thing?

No

roysier wrote:
Are their triggers that are impacting many people. Thus a content warnings at the start of games may be warranted.

I can only speak for myself. The ability to discover triggering content before I sign up for a table slot is important to me. Otherwise the following things may happen

a) I go to a con, sign up for a slot, and have to leave the table in the middle of the session.
b) I go to a FLGS, sign up for a game, and discover after I've driven all that way that the game would trigger me. The game does not start.
c) I got to a FLGS, sign up for a game and have to walk away from the table int he middle of the game.

roysier wrote:
I only want to do it in severe situations not in cases where someone is uncomfortable with the content that is common in the game system.

No, it is not ok for a gaming system or organization to know that they are making people who are trying to have fun "uncomfortable".

roysier wrote:
I'm not sure it's wise for Paizo to negatively tag their own products in a competitive market place. For something that is very rare. They subtly do it for horror conten already.

You have implied several times that letting people know which material contained triggering content would have a negative impact on Paizo's financial condition, possibly leading to its collapse as a business.

I don't know where you're getting your data to reach that conclusion, but how about not blaming people with trauma for it.


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roysier wrote:
an individual can choose to read or not read if they don't want to see it.

So you'd have to buy every story you were considering playing and read through it yourself?

Sheer numbers are not the issue here. What's in question is whether Paizo wants to be a welcoming company for people who get triggered by certain stories. I'd say they do, based on how they've tried to make other very small minorities of players comfortable playing their published games.

There are several questions
Is there a best way to alert people about triggering material
Is that best way feasible to include in all of Paizo's products.
Is that best way economically viable for a small company like Paizo

If the best way can't be created by Paizo, is there a second-best way that would work?

Is Paizo even the correct actor for creating these warnings? Distributing these warnings?

Dismissing concerns because these people aren't important enough to matter isn't the way Paizo has handled minority problems in the past. I'm pretty sure they're interested in any good suggestion we can come up with.

I'm also pretty sure they want to hear from people who are affected by these issues. If you* aren't affected I'm not sure why you'd argue that Paizo shouldn't care.

*Generalized 'you', not any specific poster.


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No, Paizo does not release financial information to the public.

Tian Xia is still included in the Lost Omens World Guide
(see discussion here)

They aren't going to create new material for PF1, but it's certainly part of the world of PF2


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Whether or not anyone has been brave enough to approach you or any of your other GM friends has nothing to do with whether there is a population of PF players who would have a better gaming experience if there was a way to find out if a particular game would trigger PTSD or anything else that causes flashbacks, pain, and other recurring trauma.

National Institutes of Health estimate:
Past year prevalence of PTSD among U.S. adults aged 18 or older.
An estimated 3.6% of U.S. adults had PTSD in the past year.

Past year prevalence of PTSD among adults was higher for females (5.2%) than for males (1.8%).

The lifetime prevalence of PTSD was 6.8%.

And that's ONLY PTSD, not other kinds of triggered events.

So let's not take the bravery of your players in telling you about their psychological and emotional problems as a measure of actual occurrence of problems.


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Alenvire wrote:
not know how to make a spoiler section.

Below the box where you type your reply, there is a button that says "show"

Clicking that will show you how to make a spoiler section

Essentially you use square brackets [] around the word 'spoiler', then type what you need to keep hidden. End the section with square brackets around '/spoiler' (the word 'spoiler' with a backslash in front of it)


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Pathfinder Second Edition is not for sale yet in stores or online.

You can pre-order it though.

But the PDF will have to be bought separately. Paizo doesn't give away PDFs for their books for free.


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Thanks for that warning Qunnessaa. i didn't realize that.


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For my trans friends in this thread:
Some fun animated characters to adopt

Representation Is Soo Hard


You're on Standard time? I didn't know any states did that any more.

I'm in the Eastern Time Zone, observing Daylight Savings Time, so EDT.


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In the past, they've been very good about posting on their twitter and Facebook accounts. Publicly, so no need to sign in to those services to see the information.

Links in the footer if you want to bookmark them now.


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It might be worth your time to send a PM to customer service.


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I'm expecting one eventually, but on the time scale of the Starfinder product: a couple years after the full game came out with experience and thousands of hours of play to shape the simplifications.


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Did anyone catch this interview?
Arcane Mark
Tonight's Arcane Mark is going to be an episode full of PaizoCon round-up! Join Linda and me for a lowdown of Paizocon reveals, impressions, and news, plus ask questions in chat! Handy if you don't have time to listen to all the recordings.
7PM PDT tonight

Asking questions in chat might be helpful


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In the "Any Good News Is Good News" department
Bathroom Choice Wins


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Leathert wrote:

The main thing is that explaining your traumas/triggers every time there is a possibility of them is *exhausting*. So if we could reduce the amount of people who have to go through this even by some would be good. Also if you can deal with your triggers on your own time (by this I mean looking at the trigger tags at home and prepared instead of at the gaming table where people notice and ask things) it may reduce the stress. Also for some people the surprise is the worst part. So you might be able to deal with your triggers if you know they're coming.

And of course you cannot warn about everything. But this is not a binary choice of all or nothing. We can start somewhere and perhaps work from there. A partial solution is better than nothing, at least it shows that people understand the concept and will consider your problems valid

Ferious Thune wrote:
Repeatedly telling someone that the thing they find helpful isn’t helpful is something that I really wish people would stop doing.

Quoting both of these posts for truth.

I have lived with PTSD since I was a child Thanks, US Army

How has serving impacted you?
— U.S. Army (@USArmy) May 23, 2019

I'm grateful that Paizo staff make every effort to keep themes like rape out of their scenarios. I'd be even more grateful if there were a way to know ahead of time (you know, the driving to the game store, having a painful discussion in public with a person you may not know) that painful topics were plot elements in a scenario.

Visible progress has been made in my lifetime around making life less dramatic and painful. I'd like to see more progress made.


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Raging Swan Press has a series of free articles on 'things you find (someplace). Searching for 'wizard' gives you this lovely set of ideas

Things To Find In A Wizard's Tower

That may give you some ideas that you can twist to fit your own setting. They give lists like '20 spell components' or 'books on a bookshelf' or decorations, minor magical effects, etc.

Other '20 Things' Posts


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A really nice blog post about the weekend, with images and commentary on Starfinder, Society, Adventure Card Game, Kingmaker Computer Game, Kingmaker Reprint, and Pathfinder Second Edition

All The Latest News From PaizoCon 2019


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This thread has all but 18 of the spoilers
My Pathfinder Spoilers


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There's an entire forum devoted to PaizoCon
PaizoCon

And there are [PaizoCon] tags on a lot of the threads in Pathfinder Second Edition forum
Pathfinder Second Edition


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Does everyone know where their towel is?


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Happy Towel Day to my hoopy frood friends.


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The Scientific American article is about the differences between sociological storytelling and psychological storytelling. I'd be curious (after GenCon) to hear your take on when Paizo uses one form, and when they use the other.

Are the sociological stories kept in-house, and the psychological stories given to freelancers?


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Have you tried clearing your browser cache?


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Seldlon Forester wrote:
I would prefer not to bother customer support if it can be resolved here.

Same people here and there. Paizo is a small company


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Peeks in looking for Vid
Anyone seen Vid around?


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Did you contact customer service?

By "manual deletion" do you mean that the person deleted their own character and now you want Paizo to run a backup tape and retrieve the data?

Is it your account? Or are you asking Paizo to alter someone else's account at your request?

It's the week before the main Paizo con for the year. It's the week before the main Paizo con in the year that they're releasing a new game.

You may have to wait until after GenCon for them to have time to do this. And even then, they'll be in the midst of the launch of the biggest product their company has released in the past 10 years.

It may take a while for them to have time to do you a favor like that.


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A relevant thread
Chronicle Fishing


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Sorry to hear that Vixie.
There's always some part of death that is a loss, no matter what your other feelings.


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If it's your own original work, and doesn't use anyone else's Intellectual Property (IP), then you're fine.

Obviously, anything you make up on your own, or that is historic and existed before TSR was founded will be fine(names of Greek, Norse, Hindu, etc gods, monsters like the minotaur, harpies, etc).

But if it's a spell, or god, or monster that was made up for D&D or any other game, you need to be careful. Some things are included under the Open Gaming License (OGL) but you have to follow all the rules of the OGL if you use them.

Some things are still the IP of WotC, ie certain spell names, certain gods, certain monsters. They are NOT available under the OGL, so you have to be careful to know which is which.


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You can't do that.

Even with changes. Even with giving it away for free.

Neither of those matter. It's still a derivative work, and the rights to make and distribute that adventure still belong to the copyright holder.

And Paizo will not let you post an email address or post a link, or otherwise use their site to distribute that unauthorized copy.

Wizards of the Coast probably owns the copyright at this point. You might try contacting them to see if there's a way you can get permission to rewrite and distribute their adventure.


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Hah! I knew you couldn't resist us.


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Joe Pasini wrote:
Oooh, I could talk about these minor-but-very-deliberate design decisions all day

*sigh*

I'm going to take that as an official response that means that none of the listed changes are errors.


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Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
They should not be seen as either mistakes or signs that the Starfinder Core Rulebook has changed

Just to be clear:

None of the points raised earlier in this thread are errors?
All of the points raised earlier in this thread are deliberate adjustments for the Starfinder Beginner Box?


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Hands out all the t-shirts

"I may be old, but I saw all the cool bands"


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ObsessiveCompulsiveWolf wrote:
Why does this blogpost have the same title as a previous blogpost?

I'm not seeing any previous blog post with this title, although there is a previous blog post about Kingmaker

Previous Blogs

This blog title
Kingmaker 10th Anniversary Campaign Begins!

Previous blog title
Help Paizo Celebrate Kingmaker's 10th Anniversary!


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Congrats Cindy. You are so brave!


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Perhaps I should have said "Are you really certain that Paizo staff are making their lives unnecessarily problematic "

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