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Timitius wrote:

3.....2....1......LAUNCH!

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Thanks for the link. I had been searching 'Wayfinder' and 'PFU' but only found 16 products.

Now off to read... :)


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GM Hmm wrote:

Thank you for your submission, Curaigh! I so appreciate that you had completed your application!

Everyone else, my selections are two posts up from this one! Thank you!

Hmm

lol

You must have posted while I was typing, as the choices weren't there when I started. It was good practice though & kept me at my daily word count :)

For everyone else, the selections are three posts up.

Thanks HMM & good luck everyone!


simply M Draco Electricus author 2, herper 4, canine exerciser 9,

Hello All,
Players please ninja dot this thread.

Scars of the Third Crusade (5-22)
A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 1–5.

The fiery inquisitions that raged through Mendev during the Third Mendevian Crusade may have been damped but never truly extinguished. Fanatics have reignited the witch-hunts in eastern Mendev, and in doing so they have captured and accused allies of the Pathfinder Society. Unless the PCs intercede and put a stop to this mob justice, their allies' deaths will spark a new wave of internecine executions throughout the crusader nation.

Content in “Scars of the Third Crusade” also contributes directly to the ongoing storyline of the Silver Crusade faction.
Written by Jason Brick.


simply M Draco Electricus author 2, herper 4, canine exerciser 9,

Hello all! :)

Players, feel free to ninja dot this thread. The actual recruitment is on the Outpost page)

Hao Jin Heirophant (10-11)
A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 5-9.

Seven years ago, the Pathfinder Society acquired the Hao Jin Tapestry, a powerful artifact and gateway to a wondrous yet slowly disintegrating museum-like demiplane. Despite the sacrifices made to preserve the Hao-Jin Tapestry by one of the Pathfinder Society's most influential members, the realm's collapse seems inevitable. The Society has dispatched teams to high-value sites to salvage what they can of the historical treasures and knowledge, and the PCs are one of these first groups. However, their study of an ancient Tian site becomes far more complex thanks to not one but two burgeoning religions. It's up to the PCs to navigate this landscape riddled with hazards both extraplanar and political.

Written by Jessica Redekop.


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  • The strix didn't lift the darkened glasses from his eyes as he entered the bar. Instead he left them there as he scanned the bar, so he could not make eye-contact with anyone. He spied the group with the insignia matching the new one on his arm sleeve. He mentally counted down from five before he pulled the glasses off and moved into the room. Head right in and everyone will assume you are a regular, try to put a face to the name. Stand too long and everyone will assume you are lost or worse the law. Either way they would stare too long for his comfort.

    "Hello, thanks for inviting me. Pleasure to meet everyone. I am Elligel," he said. He took the names of the rest in, trying to place them back into their context of the ship. He tried not to listen to anything not said, but frankly it would be easier to remember them if he did.

    He slid into an empty seat, choosing the empty one next to the gregarious member, remembering to smile and nod without saying anything. This put him facing the wall, which was less likely to make eye contact than anyone new approaching the table would. 'Never mind he door, the crew will be watching it. I will just watch them. He lifted his drink in thanks and listened as the others conversed.

  • The strix didn't lift the darkened glasses from his eyes as he entered the bar. Instead he left them there as he scanned the bar, so he could not make eye-contact with anyone. He spied the group with the insignia matching the new one on his arm sleeve. He mentally counted down from five before he pulled the glasses off and moved into the room. Head right in and everyone will assume you are a regular, try to put a face to the name. Stand too long and everyone will assume you are lost or worse the law. Either way they would stare too long for his comfort.

    "Hello. One of those thank you," he says pointing to a dark red wine and sliding into an empty seat at the bar. The bar offered seats next to each other, so there was no chance anyone would sit across from him, or behind either. Two people, plus the bartender, at max.

    The tension grew as conversations started shouting over one another. Didn't they know it was like traffic? No one would have to out-speed the others if everyone would just go the same speed. He pulled out earbuds and a data-pad. Nothing is was playing, but he pretended to drum a beat. He was good at drumming, but mostly the movement was meant to hide the shaking of his hands.


  • STATISTICS
    Player Name: Curaigh
    Character Name for this Campaign: Silent Elligel
    Race, Class, Theme and any Archetypes: Strix, Mystic Cultist (Empath connection) (Archetype maybe)

    [b]STARFINDER SOCIETY CHRONICLE INFORMATION:
    Name of SFS Character you would apply this to:
    This character must be either level one or two. 1
    Organized Play Character Number: 25879-70…4?
    Slotted Faction

    Chronicle Number: 1
    Current XP: , Current Fame: , Fame Spent: Zero (0)
    Roll your Day Job: [dice=1d20+[/dice]

    YOU AS A PLAYER:
    Why do you want to do this campaign? I want to explore more of the Starfinder setting. . Both PbP a AP allow for the in depth character development that I like while other games do not. I have been wanting to get a game with HMM since she/you became our VC. I have had less luck with APs on PbP, but GM HMM can do it and the frequent posting can help as well.

    What is your experience with PBP or Starfinder? Do you have a favorite prior adventure? Feel free to link to it if it was a PBP. [url=https://paizo.com/threads/rzs2hxth?False-Hope-The-Discussion#17]My first PbP,[/b] was over a decade ago. I have been doing it ever since. :) My first experience with Starfinder was with HMM, at the PaizoCon where it was only available as a pre-test. I have only gotten to play my own -701 three times, (though pre-gens have gotten him to level 4 already.)

    Are you able to keep up with 2-3 posts a day, barring occasional absences for cons, holidays, weddings, illness or real life? Do you promise to let us know when you think you might be busy or absent? Aye, So Say We All.

    Are you okay with being botted to maintain pace, and do you have a botting spoiler? Would you be willing to help bot others? Aye, not yet, & of course.

    Is there anything else I should know about you as a player? I am all about the game, making it fun for others. I have a bit of experience on the design side, so tend to not get too involved in the mechanics when playing, especially if the story can be told without them. I use smiley’s a lot.

    YOU AS A CHARACTER:
    Tell me about your character’s background, personality and ambitions:
    This can be 4-8 sentences of backstory, explaining who you are and where you came from.
    Silent Elligal started life in the crowded Qidel. The concentration of Strix in the single spire felt confining to him: too many people talking too loudly too closely. It took more than an year of harvesting Fullbright potatoes before he could afford a ticket to leave, and then only because he indentured to a large cruise ship cleaning radiation in the drive room. The large concentration of people on a single ship in the vastness of space again felt like they were closing in on him. Which should have been the first clue that something else was up.
    For many people, he was the first Strix they met. They wanted to know about on life in Qidel and often pressed him about strange rumors. Soon every look he got, the small double-take on seeing a strix, came with shock, curiosity, and sometimes fear. Worse yet, he could feel the shock, curiosity and fear.

    All the people around him were too loud and he withdrew into himself and learned to hide his presence as much as possible, earning the name ‘Silent Elligel.’ It stuck (and worsened) as he moved from campus cook to rickshaw driver.

    What things do you do in Starship Combat?
    Some engineering, a fair amount of inspiring.

    What are some of your favorite things to do outside of combat?
    Seeking the message behind the noise. People talk, but not as loudly as they think.

    What sorts of things do you like to do in combat?
    Silent Elligel likes to disrupt, distract and diffuse situations in combat (confusion, feint, charm, readied counters).

    How did you meet Cedona, and why are you flying out to a backwater planet like Nakondis to see her again?
    Cedona was very neighborly and didn’t let Elligel hide in his apartment across the hall, yet she respected his privacy. Her patience showed him how to balance the noise with moments of quiet and made life in the big city much easier. She introduced him to Cubby, her pet whose mental state was mewing in a city of shouting. Cedona first introduced Elligel to the concept of mind magic and how the balance of quiet and noise was a good sign he had the talent. She encouraged him to meditate and develop these skills and introduced him to a friend a priestess of Hylax. After returning from a retreat for the first peaceful week of his life that Cedona announced her retirement. Elligel put him onto the path of peace and recent graduation that he heard of her disappearance.

    Is your full character sheet in your profile yet? No, but I have the template and have made the hard choices (spells, attributes, feat: squoks companion (improved feint; presuming everyone wants a squoks.) but I found this recruitment pretty late.

    Is there anything else about this character that you want me to know? Like Violet from the Incredibles, He is used to be unseen and is still learning confidence in his abilities.

    Sorry for the late entry, I hope you have an easy time choosing & I understand Silent Elligel is likely not your best candidate.


    Hello All!
    This is one recruitment thread for two games I will be running for Outpost II

    Feel free to dot/ninja dot for either game in this thread. The actual recruitment is on the Outpost page (I will provide a link on February 3rd.)

    Hao Jin Heirophant (10-11)
    A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 5-9.

    Seven years ago, the Pathfinder Society acquired the Hao Jin Tapestry, a powerful artifact and gateway to a wondrous yet slowly disintegrating museum-like demiplane. Despite the sacrifices made to preserve the Hao-Jin Tapestry by one of the Pathfinder Society's most influential members, the realm's collapse seems inevitable. The Society has dispatched teams to high-value sites to salvage what they can of the historical treasures and knowledge, and the PCs are one of these first groups. However, their study of an ancient Tian site becomes far more complex thanks to not one but two burgeoning religions. It's up to the PCs to navigate this landscape riddled with hazards both extraplanar and political.

    Written by Jessica Redekop.

    Scars of the Third Crusade (5-22) *please note this game is listed as taking place on Discord (but might be here)*
    A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 1–5.

    The fiery inquisitions that raged through Mendev during the Third Mendevian Crusade may have been damped but never truly extinguished. Fanatics have reignited the witch-hunts in eastern Mendev, and in doing so they have captured and accused allies of the Pathfinder Society. Unless the PCs intercede and put a stop to this mob justice, their allies' deaths will spark a new wave of internecine executions throughout the crusader nation.

    Content in “Scars of the Third Crusade” also contributes directly to the ongoing storyline of the Silver Crusade faction.
    Written by Jason Brick.

    Gameplay and Discussion threads will be created at the beginning of the Con!
    Thanks and welcome!


    Dot in for interest. May not make it back until the weekend (Outpost II and all :)

    Now I am curious how well these glowing folks...

    GM Hmm wrote:

    ...

    All races should be from Paizo Products, with one possible exception. I will also consider characters from one third party product, the Xaursi. Why this one product from Rogue Genius Games? Because I wrote it, and this is my one chance to see one of my glow-in-the dark owls in play.

    ...will work with the Spectrumancer. :)


    I am excited to see those first two responding people!

    Congratulations to everyone!

    (& thanks to Tim & the team :)


    EDIT:

    Zero the Nothing wrote:

    I'd be really interested to know the process the Paizo staff utilizes in approving rules text for the AR

    Is it more complex than reading and putting notes or flags next to certain things? If you make a firearms using archetype, wouldn't you just go ahead and give the PFS team a heads up? Or something Drow related for auto-banning.

    There are three parts to allowing new stuff. In terms of mechanics and balance the largest issue is finding which existing allowable mechanic would turn the new thing into an unbalanced/overpowered mechanic. With hundreds of archetypes, hundreds of feats, thousands of magic item, however many erratas, and the multitude of variables a combos of these existing mechanics create, it is a monumentally complex task.


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    Dr. Xanthus Tardis wrote:
    IS THERE A CURRENT LIST OF SCENARIOS THROUGH 11/22/18? IF SO COULD U PLZ DIRECT ME TO IT. TYVM

    Locally we keep all our tracking here: PFS Session Tracker. I think it is easier to not only track an individual's scenarios, but is great for searching multuple player's playable list.


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    I spent six years getting my Eagle badge.
    I completed over 30 merit badges to do it. Attending classes in summer, spending Saturdays working on them. Going out of town for week long ventures to do it.
    I spent hours and hours every month doing community service, and days and days most summers.
    I starved, froze, and burned. I got dunked in glacier fed waters, tipped out of perfectly good canoes, ate green hamburger, slept in wet sleeping bags and poorly constructed snow caves. I have bled from knife cuts, rope burns, loose screws, chopping wood and had a bullet explode in my campfire.
    And I earned my Eagle badge.

    And I can't be a scout anymore because I am over 18?

    I spent 10 years getting my 3 GM stars and I can't be a +3 re-roller anymore?
    uhmmm... OK. I can deal with that. :)
    (I mean no offense to those who use their GM stars to replay scenarios and especially not to make light of those who use their stars to run specials!)

    Seriously though, I do feel a little more attached to the race boons. Being self-employed makes cons more than a little difficult. Not only does the trip cost money, but that is a week of no-income. I would like the permanent boons like my oread/grippli/leshi to have a little more conversion going forward than just the prize table award. I DO like the prize table/faction card idea for the 'smaller' boons I have (access to a psionic class ability/special mount/prosperity/even my jester cap and arrow-day-whatever-that-was boons.)

    I only last summer got my -1 to seeker level & barely played my -8 (his protege) in one game.

    I know rebuilds are hard to come by, and I would happily 'expend' my samsaran boon to rebuild -8 into PF2. (samsaran+undine?) see what I did there!


    Blake's Tiger wrote:
    For me, it's a more neutral area. PFS1 will not be offered in my area in an organized fashion; we just don't have the players to support multiple systems. I have 'plenty' of scenarios left to play. However, for those communities and sub-communities where players want to stick with the rule they like and/or don't want to shell out more money for a new systems after shelling out hundreds for the old system, which is their right, a decent number of replays each year is going to be necessary.

    For us PFS is stalling once a month, because we have to play SFS the 1st & 3rd weeks. (Two weekly tables: PFS/PFS one week, PFS/SFS the other.) If non-SFS (ie PFS only) players say they aren't going to make it on the SFS week, the VO cancels PFS table. Shadowrun has monthly table (at the next nearest venue) because it wasn't pulling a weekly crowd (I am not sure how often it fires).

    Most of the SFS players, are out of PFS scenarios they can play so why wouldn't they go to the table the can play? It is indicative of our PFS1 future.

    I like option 1 on the replay question, (if you are counting).


    Congratulations everyone!
    I am glad to see such an international showing. :)


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    Indeed. Congratulations to those 16


    I see a forums button on DesignFinders now.
    Will we be getting geeky statistics soon?

    Will we be getting geeky statistics anytime soon?

    How about now?

    Now?

    June 11 to June 18 is a much smaller window than previous contests. Why does it seem so looOOoong!


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    I am strangely excited about this. While it may lack some of the splash Paizo could bring to the prize, the community that grew up around RPGSS is what I miss the most. Well, except the snark threads. I will not miss those (Sorry Raven :(
    Thanks Jacob, Mike & everyone else!


    Ahh... right email. This system is the best of the the three, PDF my least favorite.

    Sara Marie wrote:
    I am definitely open to suggestions for how to rank complexity (Not Applicable, Easy, Average, Complex) for examples or even suggestions on dropping it altogether since it is so subjective. I am sure there are a lot of people who view Pathfinder as very complex and others who see it as simple. I tend to think of Pathfinder & Starfinder as "average" since that is what most people at PaizoCon are going to be used to, the Beginner Box or Pathfinder Academy as "easy". I see for 2018 James Jacobs' Jupiter's Hammer is the only game marked complex, so I can chat with him and see if I can get a better sense. ...

    How many are marked complex is telling. If 'easy' only has one or two entries, and everything else is 'average,' I think it would be fine to drop the question entirely. The next question is 'experience needed' & I think it is much more translatable.

    That said I like the beginner's box/pathfinder & starfinder rubric, but it really only has two modes (hmmm... Unchained could be between them). Regardless of the measurement, this should be determined with a survey of lots of folks. No group of less than a hundred will come up with an applicable measurement (again thinking of RPGSS voting). I think it would be helpful fun* to run a survey though, With each question ranking one class against another for complexity. *But that is making the solution more complicated than the issue. Again the 'experience' question answers this well enough.

    Sara Marie wrote:
    We used to have two fields, one for the book and one for the website. I found this very confusing for people submitting events and not worth while for several workflow reasons, but it might be time to revisit this, perhaps with better instructions. At the very least having the event discussion threads working for 2019 will help. ...

    It makes sense to have only one field. And partly why I suggested a place for a link. You will not need the link for the book and it can be relatively small character limit. I imagine the issue for 2018 was related to the new website launch and will be working next year. :) Discussion threads are enough, IMHO.

    Sara Marie wrote:
    Excellent point. I'll have to think about how to collect details for unconventional events (there's a few others as well even internally) that need a more efficient way to organize. ...

    I would like to run an assassin game (using dice instead of mock weapons). If I knew a way to get the 'target' into a specific attendee's packet it would be enough. A localized time (pre-checkin dinner?) or a dedicated posting board (near the delves?) are my best solutions so far. Then again, Majuba just uses a thread and starts pretty early. :)

    Sara Marie wrote:
    Conflicts with the GM schedule are hard to navigate. ...

    Understood. And I am sure every solution creates more issues. I remember putting 'PFS GM' back in the day. And including 'Bestiary Bash' in the request to Mike. I blame myself for not mentioning it in the open paragraph that was offered. If the question listed 'conflicts' or 'PFS' I would have remembered. Since the two (PFS/fan) submissions are separate, using the same language and would be useful. Hmm... NRN: perhaps now that you have this submission tool up and running, you can convince Tonya to use it :) (putting the data into the same database).

    @ help wanted. It would also be hard to screen volunteers, but perhaps a single thread like the room sharing thread or the 3PP submission threads. hmmm... asking the question (is help wanted) in 2019 would let you know the demand and whether it should be pursued for 2020.

    Sara Marie wrote:
    What do you mean by top "fours"? ...

    A flashback to my NACURH days. Every program/presentation was rated by the attendees. Math happened. The "Top 40" were re-presented on the last day of the conference. In this case I meant looking through the lottery sign-ups and seeing which events had the most 'top priority' requests. The "4" rankings. These are then announced at the banquet or something (not a part of the lottery) and scheduled for an 'encore' presentation Monday. They could even be presented as a seminar presentation ala Twitch (I think it is Twitchfeed where people watch other people play games?) Come watch Paizo staff compete in an encore presentation of 'Green Blood on Black Rock" or James Jacobs tries to smash the 'fan favorites' with Jupiter's Hammer. I can go into waaay more information on this concept if anyone thinks ‘tis worth pursuing.*

    Sara Marie wrote:
    Your post was very helpful. Thank you! ...

    I hope so. *phew* I worried about sounding like 'that old guy' telling you how to mow your own lawn (internet lacking the non-verbal cues and all.) FWIW I understand the enormity behind your task better than most. My day job is at an events center and I help organize the county fair. My previous job involved assigning 1500 students by halls into rooms with roommates (3 cigarettes a day does not make me a smoker!). I have a great appreciation for what you do. These are meant as brainstorming suggestions only. All the better if you found them helpful :)

    *:
    That said I am really liking the idea of encore presentations. As a repeat, the prep time is minimal (supplies are doubled), as a presentation, it can cover more folks than the original. As a presentation folks can wander in & out giving it the laid back/spontaneous feel. It recognizes/rewards good presentations. etc. etc. etc. My brain is already working on the logistics of it.


    Overall I found the submission form worked pretty well. I liked it much better than the previous PDF (I do not remember what submissions looked like before PDF). The character limit was minor to me, but then I usually start a thread for Bestiary Bash with better details anyway.

    I'd been storing these up for a week now, trying to get time to put them down for you.

  • It would be helpful to have complexity better defined. I never know what level I should list BB as. 'Tis intuitive to me, but many seem intimidated by it. Character generation is more complex than its play, but then I provide some critters, so...? Perhaps just a sample next to each of the possible buttons (Complexity: Candyland < checkers < chess < M:tG < congressional law). That said, I do not think I have lost anyone to complexity questions. A better description isn't needed, it would just be helpful (and probably helpful for the attendee’s as well). I am sure I will find the example as soon as I post this. :p

  • I would like a way to include a hyperlink. EDIT : TL;DR if description is over 150 characters please provide link. Ideally this would go to the event entry (product description?-the part that wasn't working this time) so if that is fixed it should be good. Even if it is working someone like me could include a link to a google.doc or a previous year's event. For the publishers and published authors, it could go to their website or even the product on Paizo's site. I realize creating a thread at submission time causes issues. I am not sure how it worked, but of the several hundred items submitted to RPGSS only 32 got a public thread. Is that helpful? At its simplest this could be a button saying thread needed? yes/no.

  • The event schedule has logos for Paizo events and PFS events. Under organizer I would like to see: ‘publisher, author, fan, PFU, organization,’ etc. buttons & then maybe let that translate into respective asterisks, pound signs, actual logos.

  • Event schedule of 'many' or 'all con long' might be useful. I am thinking of Majuba's Goblin Brains, which is a pretty solid PaizoCon tradition and deserves a place in the program :) and if it did I would want a 'tradition' logo for it. :) I know this exists for things like the delves and minis painting, but I do not see anything like it on submissions.

  • Under scheduling conflicts, a yes/no button for 'other events' would be helpful for the biggest potential conflicts (PFS, Banquet, Special). Maybe this needs to be added to the GM list. I had three back up GMs and all of them were scheduled PFS tables at the time of my event. I usually run a PFS table or two myself. At the very least it would give Tonya & company a list to look at with their scheduling. Not really a submission issue, but some of the game I would list as 4 in the lottery, seem to be scheduled when I am. Someday Erik. Someday, I will sit at your table.

  • 'Help wanted' would be a nice addition. Some people are intimidated by organizing a game for hundreds of strangers, but would be happy to step in to assist as timers, scorekeepers, assistant GMs, or musterers. Granted most do so for PFS, but... I am just throwing out ideas.

  • I would also like some kind of legacy information. It would be cool to say 10th, ‘tradition’ etc. Even if it doesn’t go into the book or the website, I think it could provide useful information for Paizo. While not really a submission issue: I think it would be fun to have the top "fours" all scheduled at the same time and see who wins :) Ooh is that a new Monday event? Collect the top rated programs for a rehash?

    This has probably become useless rambling, but I hope that even if my suggestions aren’t helpful, they will spark some discussion or maybe set someone’s brain to storming.

    Thanks to all the team who have made Tim’s little idea grow so well.

    And as always Sara Marie, thank you for all you do (including soliciting feedback :)


  • RealAlchemy wrote:
    Being upset with them does not change the number of tables one can fit into a room or the number of available GMs. Telling people who did sign up weeks in advance that they have to move to accomodate someone else is not going to be fair to them. What do you suggest as an alternative? The best I can think of (which would have to be a future arrangement rather than for this year) is a to have a certain number of slots and/or tables unavailable for online sign up and reserved for people to sign up on site. The problem with doing that is you will have a certain number of volunteer GMs who will then not know if they are needed until very short notice.

    Is this the right place for suggestions of PFS room magnitude?


    I was just coming in to offer my apologies again. Please enjoy the prizes (and thanks to Motteditor and my local folks for delivering them! in true Paizonian spirit :)

    I am SO glad you played on!

    And I am happy to hear that you and your son had a good time. :) I am interested how the four per arena worked out. I have run free-for-all mass combats with this, but it is never fun for the folks who drop too early. 4 per combat sounds fun though! :)

    Again my sincerest apologies. (I am fine thank you-just a scheduling issue.)


    That third paragraph sounds pretty much like the first PaizoCon. (I only read about it after the fact, so I could be wrong.) It is the reason I volunteered for the second one. And it is one of the things that make PaizoCon feel so different from the few other cons I have been too :)


    LackofFocus wrote:
    I wish I was going, I could play this at the table.(still in progress)

    That's awesome! I would show you the one I made, but it does't do them justice. :)

    I can't wait to paint them all psychodelic :)


    PhibbyRizo wrote:

    Thanks for the info! I just had a few clarification questions.

    1. Are Unchained classes allowed?

    2. What about monsters with Mythic ranks? (Not really considering one, but I figured it would be good to know.)

    1. Sure, given the one time tourney of this event Unchained probably has a better learning curve.

    2. Negative on mythic inclusion. Mythic falls into the 'all or none' category, so we go with none for balance reasons. :)


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    I tried standing in line for the special one year, but volunteered to help run instead. I & have been doing runner/HQ ever since. :)


    Not too worry, I learned long ago to cut & paste long posts. :)Would it be possible to add a link to this thread in the event description?

    Tertcamballa looked across the arena and smiled. The variety of skin, scales, and fur on its occupants pleased her. Her feasts have not offered this many appetizers in a very long, long time. Drumsticks, shanks, wings, chops, ribs, tentacles and she could almost taste them all. The white meat, dark meat, green meat and the other white meat caused her mouth to water, a pool that soon ran between her fangs to land on the floor with an acidic sizzle.

    RACE: From the Pathfinder Bestiaries 1-6 choose a monster with a CR equal to 4, 5 or 6. Undead, elementals, golems, plants and dragons are not allowed. Their abilities are unbalanced in single encounters. Please bring the source especially if it is from the later books. Templates likewise do not balance very well.

    Her copper eyes scanned the crowd for weapons, their wielders would be easy enough to outmaneuver. She then scanned for the unarmored, their flesh would be easy enough to chomp. Then she looked for the symbols of gods, their owners promised an attrition battle.

    CLASS: Choose a base class from the Pathfinder hardbacks with a level of 6, 5, or 4 adding a level & CR equal to 10. The ACG, kineticist, Golarian specific stuff are not allowed. Their balance with monsters tends to be too easily exploitable. Archetypes from these books are also fine. Controlling the Blood Copper Crown is a spatial game, keep this in mind when building.

    Her forked tongue flicked briefly in the air before returning to her mouth. She nodded, that hairy thing with the spellbook, was a definitely a troll-kin of some sort.

    ABILITIES & FEATS: Keep it simple. Use the numbers from the monster’s stats. However if you need to raise an ability by 2 to qualify for spell casting drop your Con by 4. Don’t forget the additional point at level 4. Monster (race) feats should be the same as well, but if the creature stat has a general or combat feat (such as two-weapon fighting) and you want to trade it for another general feat (such as point-blank shot) that is OK. Please limit feats to the same books as the Classes, and the Bestiary.

    Metal scraped on metal, sending the nearly silent scream ringing across the arena. She loved that sound, and closed her eyes to more fully enjoy all the blades being drawn from scabbards and shields sliding across mail.

    EQUIPMENT: Equip yourself with whichever +1 light or medium armor you wish. Arm yourself with a +1 weapon if you wish or give one natural attack a +1 magical bonus. Weapons will not be made of special materials (such as silver weapons)

    The emerald scales may blend in with the foliage, but Tertcamballa saw one of the creatures turn its head toward and her knew she had been marked. She bared her fangs in another smile, just to let him know she saw him see her.

    SKILLS: Some skills will have more use than others. Knowledge skills might give something away about your opponent, and Perception may counter their Stealth. Ending the hurt isn't a bad idea either, but don't expect Diplomacy or Craft to have much pay off. Do not fret too much about getting skills 'right'.

    Between matches, racial and class abilities will rejuvenate. During the match only the class abilities will.

    Her tail unfurled spinning the copper covered plank into the air. It landed a short distance away, bounced into the air and remained there. Two wooden pieces unfolded and energy began to course along the copper inlays. It began to spin gently in the air between her and her first opponent.

    NEW: I am adding a Motion Totem this year. Each player will get a totem to control which will affect your opponent's movement. Also the Blood Copper Crown causes a Bleed variant damage instead of healing its controller (hence the Heal hint above).

    I am sure there will be questions, please ask :).


    telechus wrote:

    I haven't seen a post yet from the event organizer. I was hoping to get details on the rules

    1) What sources are allowed? Bestiary 1-6? What about classes? Only core? APG? ACG?
    2) Are the monsters reset each round or do we continue as if we just had finished the last battle?

    Apologies Telechus, I hadn't seen your post.

    Thanks for the ping Sara.

    I just posted in the event thread. It showed, but when I double check my posts/profiles it is not there. So as not to duplicate threads I will keep this short. (let me know if you can see the other thread please).

    1) Bestiary 1-6 (some monster types are not allowed). Most base classes (ACG & Kineticists not allowed).
    2) Between matches you will restart as if it is a new day. During matches only class abilities rejuvenate and then only upon death.


    Ree Soiel: There might be more recent news, but this is what I found.

    GM Hmm wrote:
    GM Ladile wrote:
    @Michael & golfdeltafoxtrot - This may be too little, too late, but even if the subtier you wish to play is full, sign up on the Waitlist section of the spreadsheet. If there's enough interest for adding more tables I'm sure the folks in charge will make it so :)

    Ladile Ladile is wise.

    Did we drop the ball? Yes, yes we did. Do we want to fix that? Yes we do. I would like to know how many players missed out. Can you good folks please use the waiting list so we can know? I can’t promise extra tables yet... It depends on how big the wait list is and other factors, but we are looking into this.

    Session 1, Session 2

    Thank you.
    Hmm


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    Remember that the first two RPGSSs were done with 3.5 rules. It was the hint of sorcerer bloodlines that got some of the judge's attentions and looking for new design areas became 'good design choice.'

    I would also like to see a design contest to focus on several systems. Even if PF, PF2 & SF are all d20 OGL, they are different enough to stretch a designer's skill set.


    Patros Therinor wrote:
    ahh did i screw up? i followed the link i was sent...

    Nah. It looks like that is on me. :) Please follow the above Omega table link though. :)


    Curaigh wrote:


    Table Omega
    Kioshi Katsu (314670-1)
    (CaptainFord, Ben Tordeft (115026-6))
    Jeskit Thersis (175185-7)
    Great Unknown (61159-2)
    (Dean Beame)
    Patros Therinor

    New Thread:
    Table Omega Gameplay thread Please dot in (until you do it will not show up in your campaign threads.)

    Dean Beame was looking for a Core tables, so grimdog will be joining us (& I know there is already a post but I can't).

    Using the one recruiting thread for two tables will add a little bit of confusion, but as soon as you post in both the gameplay and discussion threads of the respective table it should be easier. I will later take folks off so you can hide the other table on your campaign page.

    Two more things to do then I will create the discussion threads.


    Hi. I wasn't able to get to a computer yesterday and hadn't even realized it until midnight :) It felt kind of nice, but now I feel behind.
    Forward we go!


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    Ahh. OK I can see where you are coming from. I never looked passed 'this replaces spell recall.'


    Jurassic Pratt wrote:
    Except we have quotes from Paizo employees talking about how not all archetypes list everything they change.

    Why assume it changes more than what is listed? It says nothing about adding jurassic pets, or starship warp drives, or the letter &. Assuming those options exist is purely hyperbole.

    I disagree that Bladebound alters the Parent Feature.

    Quote:
    As he gains levels, a magus learns arcane secrets tailored to his specific way of blending martial puissance and magical skill. Starting at 3rd level, a magus gains one magus arcana. He gains an additional magus arcana for every three levels of magus attained after 3rd level. Unless specifically noted in a magus arcana's description, a magus cannot select a particular magus arcana more than once. Magus arcana that affect spells can only be used to modify spells from the magus spell list unless otherwise noted.

    My emphasis. Bladebound changes the availability of one of the sub-features, but one cannot not take every magus arcana anyway, the magus tailors his training to his own interests.

    Hex magus replaces spell recall. Hex Arcana doesn't come online until level 12. IMHO it doesn't change parent feature gained 9 levels earlier.


    OK Everyone I think this is it. For some reason I am having a hard time parsing names/aliases/numbers. If this does not look correct please reply adding any corrections!

    This looks like a good group (two actually :) and I am looking forward to it. :)

    Alpha Table
    (The) Herald, (106336-15)
    William Battlesmith, (239098-3)
    Laiashi (89635-10)
    Caelhal Lantherian (43330-22)
    Alucard Tiriac (146613-19)

    Table Omega
    Kioshi Katsu (314670-1)
    (CaptainFord, Ben Tordeft (115026-6))
    Jeskit Thersis (175185-7)
    Great Unknown (61159-2)
    (Dean Beame)

    New Thread:
    Table Omega Gameplay thread Please dot in (until you do it will not show up in your campaign threads.)

    I am a fairly easy going GM, I rarely know a cirtter or archetypte outside of Core. I do like to throw in a lot of flavor when it comes to PbP. I would much rather hear "frogs made of pure force unerringly dart out at the red-skinned spider' than "cast magic missile." (Of course you may have to tell me the frogs are your magic missile :)

    I do ask for daily posts, but when you know in advance that you can't make it, please say something. If you are waiting on something or someone please say that is what you are waiting for. If you feel you have nothing releveant to add, please add something in character such as characteristic gesture or catchphrase.

    Pacificizo Standard Time (UTC -8) Monday is my local PFS day, and I only have Sundays off. I may not post big posts then, but will still be watching the threads.

    I have a couple of threads linked in my GM profile that you should take a look at, mostly on PbP etiquette.

    I am sure there is more but this should get us started. Please keep your arms and head in the ride at all times. Hold on tight and have fun!


    Outpost

    The first five folks in the thread do not match the first five on the Outpost spreadsheet. There are also a few on the spreadsheet who I do not think have checked in and some who have checked in, but are not on the spreadsheet. I will send some PMs though and we are all set.

    Will the following please clarify or checkin?
    Quinn Shannon (146613)
    OG3, Jeskit Thersis (175185-7)
    Redgar (61159-2)
    Noral Kioshi Katsu (314670-1)

    Moving forward:

    Alpha Table
    (The) Herald, (106336-15)
    Remnar, William Battlesmith, (239098-3)
    Sodium Telluride, Laiashi (89635-10)
    Jason Rodarte, Caelhal Lantherian (43330-22)
    Alucard Tiriac (no info) please correct

    Table Omega
    Noral Kioshi, Katsu (314670-1) Per PM.
    CaptainFord, Ben Tordeft (115026-6)
    The other three above.

    On the good chance that there are duplicates above Dean Beame and Grimdog73 are on deck for Omega Table.

    Alpha Table can dot in to the gameplay thread of this campaign. I need to create a thread/campaign for Table Omega and will post a link here when I do.


    andreww wrote:

    ...Bladebound makes the following change

    Quote:
    Black Blade (Ex): At 3rd level, the bladebound magus' gains a powerful sentient weapon called a black blade, whose weapon type is chosen by the magus. A magus with this class feature cannot take the familiar magus arcana, and cannot have a familiar of any kind, even from another class.
    In effect your level 3 arcana is chosen for you and you are forever locked out of taking familiar. As this is an older source it does not specifically call out that it is making a change to Arcana.

    The Black blade quote is cut short. It should show:

    Quote:

    Black Blade (Ex): At 3rd level, the bladebound magus' gains a powerful sentient weapon called a black blade, whose weapon type is chosen by the magus. A magus with this class feature cannot take the familiar magus arcana, and cannot have a familiar of any kind, even from another class.

    Instead of the normal arcane pool amount, the bladebound magus's arcane pool has a number of points equal to 1/3 his level (minimum 1) plus his Intelligence bonus. This ability changes the Arcane Pool class feature and replaces the magus arcana gained at 3rd level.

    My emphasis. Black Blade does list what it replaces. Arcane Pool is not the same class feature as Magus Arcana. A magus can use Arcane Pool even if he doesn't have any Magus Arcana (and does so for two levels).

    Neither of the other two archetypes listed, change Arcane Pool.
    Tangent: however both hexcrafter and kensai do change the Spells class feature. IMHO since one diminishes spells and the other adds spells they are in opposition and don't stack.

    EDIT: is this a PFS issue?


    The first post did mention that. I meant I can run up to three tables at a time. However HMM & the outpost team are in control of the tables. No sweat though, we will have it figured out by Monday :)


    GM Hmm wrote:

    GM Hmm coming in with an OutPost announcement.

    Players:

    In addition to signing in here, can you also please sign in on the official OutPost Recruitment Sheet on Line 41. Doing so will make you eligible for drawings for Paizo Gift Certificates.

    GM:
    Can we just start with one table? If you get a lot of interest, let me know.

    Thanks,
    Hmm

    Definately I can wait. I see two people on the spreadsheet that are not here. Did everyone get signed up?


    G'Day,

    Sorry for the confusion all. This is for Assault on the a kingdom off the impossible. I will sort by tier and run up to three tables. Please list name, class and tier & we will start on 5 March.


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    Thank you and Good Night!

    and everybody wins :)


    Cyrad wrote:


    You can't have Weapon Focus (spell), but you can have Weapon Focus (touch). Why? Because spells are not weapons.

    Exception to the general: "This functions much like two-weapon fighting, but the off-hand weapon is a spell that is being cast."

    I realize I said 'next line,' when I should have said 'one of the next' lines in an earlier response. @ Joe, that is the point I was trying to make (I agree with you.)

    Pete Winz wrote:

    I'd like to ask for some clarifications from the camp that says that Dervish Dance does not work with Spell Combat because you are "carrying" the spell in your off hand.

    1) Do you think that Dervish Dance is negated when using Spell Combat to cast spells that are not delivered by touch attack (e.g., shield)? If so, why?

    2) Would you allow the use of Dervish Dance for attacks made before casting a touch-attack spell? If not, why not?

    3) If the magus uses Spellstrike, do you consider that the spell is still carried in the off hand? If so, why?

    Thank you.

    1. Yes. Spell combat says the spell being cast is the off-hand weapon.

    2. Yes. Unless you mean for attacks made before the spell in the same round. which I assume you do, such as when using Spell Combat.
    2. No. Spell Combat is a Special Action that allows a magus to make two standard actions by taking a full-round action.
    3. No. Unless you mean using Spellstrike in conjunction with Spell Combat, which, again, I assume you do.
    3. Yes. Not because of Spellstrike but because of the full-round Special Action that is Spell Combat which says the off-hand weapon is a spell. :)

    This leads me to asking for a clarification of my own. Do I dare?!? In this thread?!? :)


    Thomas Hutchins wrote:
    Joe Bouchard wrote:
    Nefreet wrote:
    but when you're holding the charge on a touch spell, you do indeed threaten with that spell.
    And this is what makes me think of having a "spell" in an off-hand as a "weapon".
    But even still, does it count as carrying a weapon in your off hand? I don't think you carry spells even if they are held touch spells.

    See the next line in Spell Combat. :)


    Nefreet wrote:

    Cool cool.

    Yeah the intro scenarios generally have to be "soft" when it comes to combat. When six people sit down to a Tier 1-5 scenario, you may have five of them at level 5 and one of them at level 1, so the encounters can't have the punch that higher Tier scenarios can.

    I would just recommend having the three of you split up skills and magical abilities as best as you can. A generalist does best in PFS. Put max ranks in the Big 5 Knowledges, all 4 social skills, and 1 rank in everything else.

    Party composition could be:

    Magus (melee, arcane and Knowledge)
    Warpriest (melee, divine)
    Unchained Rogue (melee, skills, traps)

    Please keep in mind, all of these require different books. Three different hardbacks at that. Pathfinder has a lot of character options, but not all of them are legal for PFS, so be sure to check the Additional Resources page when stepping out of the CRB. PFS also requires the player to own all the source material for any chosen options. This will be important when you take your characters to a different GM (such as at PaizoCon). In some ways it is more restricting than a home game, though in most ways it is less.

    This (IMHO) is the second hardest part for Pathfinder players to adjust to when starting PFS, (1 xp & playing in tier being the first :) Players should be encouraged to play what they want to play, not to fill a gap (choosing a pre-gen should fill any gap). I would not suggest a warpriest or magus to a new player, though the OP sounds like they have experience with Pathfinder and are new only to PFS.

    Since your FLGS has regular games, you could contact them to find a fourth (or fifth player). If one of you can make it to their game you can kind of screen players that you would be comfortable inviting into your home. Many locals use PFS to recruit people for their home games.

    Finally, I realize the intended game day has come and gone. I hope it went well.

    Welcome Globetrotter! O:)


    N N 959 wrote:


    PRD Two-Weapon Fighting wrote:
    If you wield a second weapon in your off hand, you can get one extra attack per round with that weapon.

    You can obviously TWF with nothing in your off hand. So it's clear from the rules that you can satisfy the requirements of wielding a weapon in your off hand for TWF, without actually carrying anything. I'll repeat that: You can satisfy the requirements of wielding a weapon without actually carrying something.

    Let me repeat that again: Wielding =/= Carrying in Pathfinder.

    Can you clarify? I think it is obvious you MUST have a second weapon in your off hand for TWF.

    EDIT: ninja'd by HM II


    Ack I really screwed that up. I thought it was under the special actions or the table listing actions. 'Tis in neither. My bad. Withdrawn.


    Cyrad wrote:

    Aye, Dervish Dance isn't the problem. It's that pesky "but the off-hand weapon is a spell" line that can lead people into believing the spell is treated as a weapon carried or wielded in your off-hand.

    I don't think so because it would create too many mechanical problems and raise more questions than answer them. If the spell is a weapon that occupies the hand, then technically the magus lacks a free hand to do somatic components, use foci, expend material components, etc. One could argue the hand can still do these things, but the text never addresses this.

    I believe it makes more sense that spell combat simply replaces the extra attack with a spellcast rather than create a bunch of awkward handedness shenanigans. Unfortunately, we probably won't know until a clarification or FAQ is made.

    My emphasis. This is why the hand is occupied. All the examples listed are part of casting the spell and the reason why material, somatic, focus components and their reflective feats (Still Spell, Eschew Materials) are a thing. :) Spell combat actually addresses this: the magus must have one hand free (even if the spell being cast does not have somatic components)....

    In short saying 'you can't cast a spell because you are casting a spell' isn't quite accurate. (I say quite because casting time does limit the number of spells one can cast, but that is not the point here. :)


    Cyrad wrote:
    Attacks during a full-attack action are sequential, which is why you can 5-foot step between attacks or change it to an attack action if you only made a single attack. Nothing in the two-weapon fighting rules changes this.

    Keep in mind TWF is not a full-attack action. It is a Special Action that takes a full-round action. While one can make an attack action and then decide to make a full attack action, one cannot make an attack and then decide to TWF. The penalties apply from the get go, and last for the whole round. Hence the not-sequential interpretation.

    EDIT: Spell combat is also specifically a full-round action.


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    N N 959 wrote:


    That's not what's going on here. I haven't seen any actual argument that Spell Combat says you "carry" a weapon. From the get go, the debate is really about whether DD should work given that SG doesn't. That's not what I'm addressing. The big problem with this debate is people want to conflate issues and tie a Gordian Knot so that one unanswerable question prevents us from addressing an answerable question.

    Arguing whether something should be allowed is different than determining whether it is actually allowed.

    Whereas: Two Weapon Fighting requires you wield a second weapon in your off hand; and

    Whereas: Spell Combat functions like two-weapon fighting, but the off-hand weapon is a spell that is being cast.
    Ergo: casting a spell is wielding a weapon in the off-hand when using Spell Combat.

    That is the crux of it right there (also in the first post). For the details and nuances additional to that please see the previous 450+ posts. :)

    EDIT: Yes I did have to escape to the bathroom. And yes you should see Black Panther.


    PDT will often leave interpretation of rules to the GM, so that is a a derail.

    Spoiler:
    Rules Question: PDT is this rule A or B?
    PDT Answer 1): A or;
    PDT Answer 2): B or;
    PDT Answer 3): let the GM make a reasonable ruling as best fits his or her campaign (Expect Table Variation)

    In PFS the GM at a table is not _THE_ GM. True, we must adjudicate as best as we can. For adjudications that can totally disrupt a player/table, campaign leadership is _THE_ GM. A clarification will remove Table Variation. Until a clarification comes: ETV, but please accept the table GMs ruling. Hence the OP: please clarify Dervish Dance.

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