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I keep waiting for it to improve. And every now and again it does... only to get even more difficult to work with.

One step forward and three back...

It has gotten to the point it takes more than 20 minutes to buy a PFS scenario - and even then it appears to have charged me several times for it.

I introduced several new/old players to the Society, and tried to show them the advantages of Organized Play - or at least where to access the 10 years of available content... After an hour of trying, the three of us (all IT professionals) simply gave up.

Yeah - I have given up (mostly)posting to the boards. Often I can’t even get to them. It took me more than 10 minutes just to get to this board - and I never did get the link to customer service to work...

Tremendously frustrating.

Grand Lodge 5/5

ok, it's already popping up in the middle of games, and the new edition isn't even out yet.

Last game, in the middle of combat, we have the following situation...

Party opens a door and a Large Monster is just inside waiting in ambush. SURPRISE! Swings! Combat starts!

and one of the PCs in the back of the party wants to get behind the monster... which would require them to pass thru the monster (thru a doorway also) and issues a complaint about how much easier this is to calculate "in the new rules"... sigh. But under "these old rules big monsters have really high CMDs" and "then you have to modify the roll for different conditions, it was simpler in the new rules"...

Actually, I never really figured out if they were talking about Starfinder rules or 2nd Edition, but as I actually don't play either, it doesn't really matter...

I can see years ahead of this issue... kind of like how (even in Season 9) I would have players still trying to do things "like we did in 3.5 rules."

The Exchange 5/5

Ok, I heard a rumor that there has been a change recently to what animals a PC can own/use in PFS. Due maybe to the release of Ultimate Wilderness or something?

Something about removing access to Dire Bats?

here, let me give the full background

The Long Story:
Back in 2015, my sister decided one of her PC fighters wanted to buy a Dire Bat Mount. I think it came from my son saying we should have a set of PCs who all rode Bats that we'd call "Echo Squadron"... Yeah, puns! So my sisters PC (named "Chuck") is just a fighter, focused on thrown weapons. And so the Dire Bat (named "G'wano") was purchased, along with exotic saddle, bridle, saddle bags, etc.
Each game Chuck plays in she shows up with "G'wano" in tow, asks "Is it ok if I bring my Bat G'wano in here?" or "Can I bring my Bat G'wano along on this trip?" etc... Each game the judge explains why the large bat mount needs to be left behind, in the stable, off camera, etc...

The PC has invested in:
* Cat Boots (in case of falling),
* Skill Ranks in Ride (not "Fly"), and Handle Animal,
* The Vanity: Squire. in order to care for the mount - and to streamline the bookkeeping of
The Player has invested in:
* Several figures of Dire Bats in various poses (standing on the ground, in flight, etc.)
* Several rules documents that are needed to gain access...

Over the years, as the PC has leveled, she's kept G'wano's documentation up-to-date - just in case she actually get's too run it... which so far she has not...

finally it looks like she is going to get to use the mount in part of an up-coming game (tonight in fact)... and ... the rumor pops up that Dire Animals are no longer allowed in the game.

so - can a PC buy/own/use a Dire Bat riding animal?

The Exchange 5/5

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ok, I realize this is a silly grip - but why the heck did they create the new blank PC sheets published to be 11 x 8.5 instead of the standard 8.5 x 11?!!!

so if we are using normal binders we have to turn them sideways to use the sheets - or pull them out of the binder or ... something?

Was it really just to be "different"?

delete sarcastic remarks

Has anyone re-formatted one of these to be a "standard" orientation yet? Can you share it?

The Exchange

well... Sorry for the Rant - but I need to get this off my chest.

over the course of the last year there has been a bit of "upgrading" done to the Piazo web-site. Mostly... each change has been for the worse. It has finally gotten to the point that the site is nearly unworkable.

I know several people who don't even bother to try to struggle thru them any more.

But this last change has broken the boards badly. When I try to access the site thru my Ipad... I am unable to actually post anything, and have little navigation abilities. I can no longer even see most of the threads and those I can see I can't post to. So, I went to a Desktop Machine to use a different browser. I.E. (Internet Explorer) is slightly better, but still a real struggle. And I am unable to actually access the lower half of the page (that includes the "submit Post" button). With Firefox I was able to get to the "Post" buttons (otherwise you wouldn't be seeing this... as I wouldn't be able to post it), but it still looks really bad.

Are you guys actually TRYING to make "the Piazo Experience" bad? I just got back from GenCon - why the heck did you do an "upgrade" during GenCon?

Anyway... please quit messing with something that works.... not that it actually does any more. It would be nice if you fixed it - but at this point I figure the next "up-grade" will make it totally unavailable to me.

Sovereign Court 5/5

I don't actually know if we are still going to have "Specials" in the new PRS2e format... but I would think so.

So ok, here is a suggestion on "Inter-Table Interaction" (a term I think I just coined) at Multi-Table events ("Specials).

How about a "puzzle" challenge where the players only get 3 of the required 4 parts for, and they get "an extra piece" that actually belongs to the table beside you. Something like a fragmented "Key" that unlocks a door the PCs need to pass... and now they arrange the 3 parts to their "mcguffen" and find they are a piece short - Part of their key is missing! and worse yet, they have a extra bit... how long does it take them to figure out that someone else has their missing piece? How much longer does it take for them to figure they also have someone else's "extra piece"? (and here's the kicker) How long does it take them to realize that they need to take their extra piece to another table. NOT just get their won "mcguffen" put together, but "Cooperate" with the other tables?

Explore! - Find your cache of broken mcguffen pieces.

Report! - "Hay, we found most of a Blue McGuffen! and this extra Red piece "

Cooperate! - "Did you say you had a BLUE piece mixed into your YELLOW pieces? - Hay, who needs a RED McGuffen piece?"

Dark Archive 5/5

Is there going to be some kind of Inventory Tracking Sheet in the Playtest (and then PFS2e)?
If so, I would like to NOT just drag the old ITS over, but do something better... please?

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so... do we have any idea if the "Generic Masterwork" tool that we all know and love in 1e is still going to be in the same form?

Will we still be able to spend XXgp (currently 50gp) and assign "the perfect tool for the job" for a skill to one of our PCs and have it give a (circumstance?) bonus to that skill check (restricted circumstances)?

Say - a 1 lb. 'shiny' metal ball, that grants a +2 bonus to Bluff to Faint Goblins in combat... or whatever... "oooh! Shiny!"

The Exchange 5/5

please excuse my wandering thoughts on this subject... I've been thinking about how to make "traps" more fun in the game... so this post is a little be disjointed...

The mechanic for overcoming a trap in PF First Edition was reduced to a couple of skill checks. Is this good? maybe, but picture doing the same for a combat challange.

Combat as a Pair of skill checks:

Player A - "Crud, another fight. Ok, bring up the Tank."
Tank Player - "I move up to the doorway. I got a +14 Offence, so when I take 10 I get a 24. Oh, and Defense is +12."
Archer Player rolling dice and getting at least a 10 - "And I aid the offence for a +2! Makes a 26!"
Cleric Player also rolling - "I also aid on Defense, so +2 for a +14 Defense, and I have already cast the spell 'defense boost' for another +4 making it +18 Defense"
Judge - "Great, +14 Offence handles them in 2 rounds, and with the Defense of +18 you guys need 12 points of post combat healing and remember to spend the 2 arrows Archer. Now that you're past the combat and can move on into the room you see...."

That's basically what traps have become. In fact, often that is what Diplomacy (and most Social) Challenges have become... Can we fix them so they are more "fun" for everyone playing the game? Is there a way to do this? I don't know, but here's a few random suggestions to think about.

1) More varied skill checks. Maybe while being shot at (so we can't take 10). Got 10 rounds to disable the trap? Does it have 7 parts? Do you have to Climb/Swim/Acrobatics as part of it? Seven rolls, while the entire party tries to aid/Guidance/block enemy attacks/do something! Traps where the "disarming" involves some input and decisions on the part of the all or at least most of the players... Keep all the PCs on their toes because the trap is not over with just one roll, and everyone has some buy-in (not just the skill-monkey), some "skin in the game". "Careful moving past the trigger, I was only able to disable it on the 'red' floor tiles" - "I pick up and carry our klutzy Halfling with the big feet..." ...I'd love to see players sit down at the table and ask each other - "so, how does your PC plan to help with the traps?".

2) Traps as alarms. This is a change in the way Authors often use traps (some have started doing this now). The BBE sets up a trap outside his door. If the PCs find and bypass or disable it, they (maybe) get surprise. This worked well in a resent scenario. Also, in another scenario, if the PCs set off a trap the next encounter has warning that they are there. But it seems that often, traps are just lone encounters with no real addition to the adventure. Heck - often Haunts are like that too.

3) different levels of "success". In PF 1e we have the ability to bypass or re-program a trap if the Skill-monkey is good enough... but so what? We never get anything for it... Can we have some traps that matter if you turn them off rather than just disable them? And perhaps better ways to do that. Perhaps with input from other party members? "Hay, Mr. Wizard. Do you have Detect Magic? Can you read me what the Arcane Mark on this door says? In Common this time...". And then the rogue can turn them back on. The party shuts off a trap, moves past it and re-arms it, so that when the BBE calls in his Guards - they set the trap off.

4) Traps in the middle of combat. See the big orc at the end of the hall? why is he shooting a crossbow rather than charging you with his great ax? Because there is a pit-trap in front of him, and he wants YOU to charge into it. Again this is an Author thing that can be written into the scenario...

5) Traps that aren't really traps, that are more of a "thinking" challenge. A "Puzzle" challenge. Or perhaps that give the PCs an advantage later in the scenario if they overcame the challenge... perhaps a nice "prize" if they were disarmed "correctly". (How about a magical bear-trap that conceals itself when set? Perhaps with invisibility? Find it like you would an Invisible creature - with Glitterdust, Powder, splashing water on it, whatever - then "disarm" it, only to find it on the Chronicle for later use in another scenario.

6) Traps that are part of the loot. As you come to the final door - the BBE is waiting for you behind it, and you... notice the very fine lock on the door. In fact, it's an excellent example of Ancient Azlanti workmanship in bronze with silver inlays. (Exchange player: "It would be worth a pretty penny if we got it out intact - with the key the BBE has...". Grand Lodge player "It should be in a Museum!"...). So - do you just break it down? or pick the lock? or spell cast past it or... so many things...

anyway... just some random thoughts... thanks for your time!

Grand Lodge 5/5

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some of us are talking of creating a group of Groetus followers to use for the next ... 17? months. You know, a party of adventurers for "The End Times", to welcome in the god of "empty places, oblivion and ruin".

At first I thought of running a Druid for the End Time Party - but I'm not sure. Any suggestions? Anyone currently running a "crazy painter" type of PC?

The Exchange 5/5

I was thinking of Necro'ing an old thread...

Link to older thread

but then I figured I'd just open a new thread with a link to the old one.

Living Greyhawk had a practice of placing many scenarios that take place in different regions of the game world in different Regions of the Real World. It really fostered travel to other locations to see/interact with the gaming community in different regions. I know it was an aspect that I enjoyed, traveling to a different part of the country to visit my family - and getting in a game that I could only play in that region. Or traveling to a Regional Con just over the border - and trying to cram in an extra game there, just for the "unique" record... something I couldn't get at home.

Anyway - surely there are some of us "Old Gamers" who remember 10 years back when we STOPPED doing that... Do you miss it?

and now to quote myself from that other thread...

Unless I am mistaken, "Regional Exclusive Scenarios" are an artifact created in the 3.0/3.5 Living Greyhawk campaign. In that RPGA based campaign it worked (for the most part)- but then LG was designed around it, and it was "built in". (In the interest of full disclosure I should say that I played/judged LG for many years in several different regions - and yes I traveled to conventions in states as far apart as Colorado, Florida and Maryland, sometimes just to play LG at regional conventions. I even wrote some regional LG mods.)

PFS was not built with "Regional Exclusive Scenarios" in mind. In fact, part of appeal of PFS is that the scenario creation process is much more Professional, Controled by one source and the product turned out is of a much higher quality (IMHO).

PFS is not LG.

Adding "Regional Exclusive Scenarios" would change PFS. Some people seem to feel it would be a good thing, others feel it would be bad. Likely, it would be both.

Me? I'm not at all sure.

I rather enjoyed the regional flavors of LG... mostly. It had some problems too... And overall, if asked to pick one or the other I would pick PFS. Can we get the good parts of LG (Regional scenarios/flavor) while leaving the Quality Control in the hands of Paizo? I don't know. Either way, as long as it is fun, I'll play.

The Exchange 5/5

Ok, looks like I may have blundered into a social minefield... and I need a bit of advice on how to "fix my problem".

I have a PC (the one I am posting as) that I made a mistake on back during character creation... and I am not really wanting to "correct" him, so I would like some advice. Maybe someone knows a gimmick?

My Kitsune Vigilante is 4th level now, soon to be 5th. I had a lot of fun creating her, and even went so far as painting different figures for both Social and Vigilante guises. Different portrait art for my table tent and everything - again showing him both as:
"Knightspawn" - female kitsune and as
"Sir Loin" - male human.
The problem is... it seems kitsune keep the same sex when they shift to human form. Something that I missed back when I was creating her.

So far no one has noticed, or at least not pointed this problem out to me...

SO, is there any way for a kitsune to change sexes when shifting to human form? Or do I just make this as part of his disguise? Taking a -2 to the skill check when she is in human form?

Or am I just being silly and should continue playing him as is?

or... something else?

I would really like to keep this aspect of her as is... does anyone know a way that is legal in PFS to do this and still be within the rules?

Sovereign Court

Ok, I really like Props in PFS games. Small, simple items that might just breath a little live into a character. And recently I have had several PCs pick up a Book of War Prayers...
Book of War Prayers
And they have been starting each game (during table introductions) reading from it (over "breakfast" - before going into the VC Briefing if possible).

I'd love to actually have something to read from - so I have set about creating it. I picked up a (blank) book of suitable quality, and have started grafting in pages...

like this one

And I'd love other suggestions.

For example - a copy of The Charge of the Light Brigade would be a nice addition... anyone else have suggestions - created prayers or song lyrics or poems or .... something?

The Exchange 5/5

Ok, I can't figure this one out.

a Vigilante has a Secret Identity - I mean it seems to be part of the core of the character class that they are "two different people", and no one else knows this... and yet when they sit down at a table with 5 total strangers, everyone knows the "Secret".

How do we do this?

This is my biggest hurdle for running this class. Say the Social Identity attends the VC briefing. Then is involved in the "investigation" part of the scenario. That finishes up with the discovery of the BBE - and the PCs move to the Dungeon Crawl part of the adventure and ... Social Sam wonders off, but we pick up the Masked Man.... And no one notices or even asks "Hay, what happened to Sam?".

I've seen one player who just had his Vigilante in it's Secret Identity all the time, and never used the Social Identity... but that seems to be sort of half playing the PC to me...

I've considered running my Vigilante as a "Crazy Guy" with two personalities that don't know or like each other. Then all the other PCs would "know the Secret" and my 'toon would be the clueless one...

anyway, in PFS how are other players handling this? How do they run a Vigilante? or are they just ignoring it?

The Exchange 5/5

So, as the 2017 "real time" year comes to an end, we are (most of us anyway) trying to get one last game in...

What was yours?
How did it go?

I played 8-14 To Seal a Shadow and ...

wasn't real happy with it. Good Judge, Good group of players, a slightly loud venue (not to bad, but not the best) - so I'm going to have to blame the poor showing on the Scenario. Great idea, but ... not a good way to end the year. On a scale of 1 to 5, I'd give it a 2, maybe a 2.5.

so, how was your Last Game of the Year? and what did you play?

Dark Archive 5/5

Ok, I really fell for the picture in the book introducing the promethean alchemist - the homunculus is just so CUTE!...

And I realize that the archetype really sucks, to please no need to point out that it's not the best choice for a PC...

But then I noticed that as the PC hits 4th level, the homunculus grows up (size medium...) kind of like the way Animal Companions do... but there is no mention of NOT taking the 4th level advancement.

Is the

4th-Level Advancement:
Size Medium; Speed 30 ft., fly 40 ft. (average); Attack bite (1d6 plus poison), 2 claws (1d6); Ability Scores Str +4, Dex -2; Special Attacks poison (bite-injury frequency 1/minute for 60 minutes, effect sleep for 1 minute, cure 1 save, Con-based DC with a +2 racial bonus).
wait... it gets a Poison bite, with " Con-based DC with a +2 racial bonus", but has a "CON --"...wha..?
required? or is there some way of avoiding it? (I guess I could always just switch off to leveling in a different PC Class - and then maybe a Prestige Class?)

anyway - any way to avoid the Size Increase for the homunculus?

The Exchange 5/5

Long-Long ago, I think I remember being able to use Actobatics to do Tumbling as a Day Job - or is my memory just going even more bad?

Is there a way to do this in PFS?

Silver Crusade 5/5

Ok, someone asked me the following question, and I... don't know the answer.

So I figured I'd ask it here and after all the fireworks died down maybe I'd be able to answer the question.

3 players (we'll call them A, B, & C) sit down to play Gallows of Madness part 3, with PCs they have played the other two parts with. In comes Player D, who has played Part 3 with another PC at 2nd level, but she offers to sit in and get a Zeroed out Chronicle for playing. She runs a 2nd level PC (same level or one below everyone else), and actually uses some consumables - so these are marked on her Chronicle. Because she had played it before, and she isn't "re-playing" she gets a "placeholder" Chronicle that is worth zero gold, XP and Fame.

Now for the Gallows of Madness wrinkle...

Would this Zero Chronicle count toward having chronicles for all three parts on the same PC - and thus qualify for the "Bonus" Chronicle?

Thanks in advance for your insights!

The Exchange 5/5

I have a PC who will be summoning monsters using Summon Monster I and [/I]Summon Monter II[/I]... yeah, my first Summoner... so, am I just limited to those in the CRB?

and Which elementals? just the standard four (Air, Earth, Fire, Water)?

The Exchange

Ok, I have a grenadier alchemist that is 6th level (about to be 7th), and I'm having some trouble getting my head wrapped around how his mechanics work. So I think I'm going to need some other players to Aid me on this...

I've got a Composite Longbow and I draw a:

Raining Arrow:
: This thick-shafted arrow contains a reservoir of holy water and is designed to burst upon impact. A raining arrow damages the target as normal, and also treats the target as though it had been struck by a direct hit from a thrown vial of holy water; adjacent creatures take splash damage from this effect. A raining arrow imparts a –2 penalty on attack rolls because of its weight. A raining arrow costs 30 gp, and can be crafted with a successful DC 25 Craft (alchemy) check.
on which I use:

Alchemical Weapon:
: At 2nd level, a grenadier can infuse a weapon or piece of ammunition with a single harmful alchemical liquid or powder, such as alchemist’s fire or sneezing powder, as a move action. This action consumes the alchemical item, but transfers its effect to the weapon in question. The alchemical item takes full effect on the next creature struck by the weapon, but does not splash, spread, or otherwise affect additional targets. Any extra damage added is treated like bonus dice of damage, and is not doubled on a critical hit. The alchemical treatment causes no harm to the weapon treated, and wears off 1 minute after application if no blow is struck. At 6th level, a grenadier can use her alchemical weapon ability as a swift action. At 15th level, this ability becomes a free action. This ability replaces poison resistance.
as a swift action, which allows me to attach a flask of Liquid Ice to the arrow.

I then use the Discovery:

Explosive Missile:
: As a standard action, the alchemist can infuse a single arrow, crossbow bolt, or one-handed firearm bullet with the power of his bomb, load the ammunition, and shoot the ranged weapon. He must be proficient with the weapon in order to accomplish this. When the infused ammunition hits its target, it deals damage normally and detonates as if the alchemist had thrown the bomb at the target. If the explosive missile misses, it does not detonate. An alchemist must be at least 4th level before selecting this discovery.
to attach a Bomb to the arrow and shot it at the target...

Now, if it hits (-2 to hit with a Raining Arrow)... what does it do?

Raining Arrow counts as a Hit with an arrow (1d8+STR)
Plus a hit with a flask of Holy Water... which does 2d4 positive energy damage to undead and evil outsiders...
The Alchemical Weapon item (Liquid Ice) "takes full effect on the next creature struck by the weapon, but does not splash, spread, or otherwise affect additional targets" so it does 1d6 Cold damage.
The Bomb (from Explosive Missile) "deals damage normally and detonates as if the alchemist had thrown the bomb at the target."...

So... which (if any) of these also get bonus damage from the Alchemists

Throw Anything:
: (Ex): All alchemists gain the Throw Anything feat as a bonus feat at 1st level. An alchemist adds his Intelligence modifier to damage done with splash weapons, including the splash damage if any. This bonus damage is already included in the bomb class feature.

Do I add the INT Modifier to damage done with:
#1) the Bomb? (3d6 fire)
#2) the Liquid Ice? (1d6 cold)
#3) the Holy Water/Raining Arrow? (2d4 Positive Energy)

If it only adds to one of these damages - which one? Each is a different energy type of damage, and so it often matters.

#4) (I guess) This is also complicated by the fact that the PC is an Ifrit, and has taken the Favored Class Bonus of "Extra Bomb damage +1/2" 7 times so it does +3.5 damage on BOMB damage... so if the INT bonus is added to #2 or #3, but not to #1, is the Favored Class Bonus of 3.5 points then added to #1

#5) And how about Point Blank Shot? Would it add a point of damage to one or more of these?

Thank you in advance for your time...

Sovereign Court 5/5

yeah, it's a silly question... maybe...

but, given that the rules are different, should we have/do we need a different board for SFS GM Discussions? or do we preface each board posting Title with "PFS" or "SFS"?

The Exchange 5/5

I have been told that durable adamantine arrows - and in fact durable arrows - are not PFS legal...

Not to say I don't take everything I hear at the PFS table as actually true, but...

Is this true?

I had planned to drop 3050 GP to pick up a quiver of 50... can I do this in PFS?

Grand Lodge

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Yeah, I've got a bunch of Mites (you know the little blue ugly dudes that's even goblins think are homely), and I'm painting names on each of them. Something the other Mites would call them - sort of "nick" names. But they have to be suitable for use at a PFS table in public, so no profanity please...

Some names I am thinking of using....

Ankle-biter (maybe not use this as I am sure we have it out there as a PC)

Anyone have suggestions?

Silver Crusade 5/5

After all the problems I have had with a Paladin using Bluff (see this thread).
I really should know better than to ask this... but,

IN PFS play, if you were the table judge,
Can a Paladin use the spell Disguise Self? (Such as from a Potion, or an item (Hat of Disguise), or even from casting it from having a level of Wizard.) Basically, would using this spell violate the "tell no lies" rule?

The Exchange 5/5

checking to see if anyone has prepped this and might be able to help someone sort on time and hoping to leverage other peoples work...

A friend of mine is planning to run this Sunday, and I told him I'd check the GM Prep site for notes for him... but while Gallows of Madness parts 1 and 2 have stuff on the site, part 3 (The Festering Blot) doesn't have anything.

I'll point my friend to this thread and I'll even follow up later to see if anyone was able to offer pointers or anything helpful...

Thanks in advance!

Silver Crusade 5/5

Ok, this is another one where the wording isn't very clear. I'm sure the writer knew what they wanted it to say, but... well, it isn't very clear to me.

I'm putting it in a spoiler for those of you who have stumbled in here, but haven't played it...

From the Bonus Chronicle:

...When you earn this Chronicle sheet, you may choose whether or not to receive XP, Prestige Point, and gold rewards; you may instead choose to gain no XP and gold, but you instead earn 2 Prestige Points and still qualify for all of the boons and items on this sheet. If you elect to earn the full rewards, you gain 3 XP, 6 Prestige Points, and 3,711 gp (1,856 gp for characters use the slow track method of advancement).

SO... if we decide NOT to take the XP and gold, what do we get?

a) 2 PP and the boons and items on the sheet?
b) 6 PP and the boons and items on the sheet?
c) 6 PP and 2 PP and the boons and items on the sheet?
d) Can we choose not to gain the XP, but get the PP and Gold?
e) Can we choose not to gain the GP, but still get the XP and PP?
f) Am I just overthinking this.
g) something else?

Thanks for your help!

The Exchange

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Ok, normally for advice/comments (and flames) on a character build, I would go to the Advice board and not the PFS board, but this is dealing with, and only possible in PFS. So I'm posting it on the PFS board... hopefully it will stay here for a few days and I can get some PFS advice before it gets moved to the general advice board and I start getting people telling me to "talk it over with the GM, and maybe the other players."

I am thinking of using the "Rebuild at 2nd Level" and the "Core Campaign" rules to create a sort of backstory for a PC. My thought goes something like this...

1) Create a Core game PC. A martial type I think, maybe a Paladin...
2) Play them in 3 old scenarios. Ones like Silent Tide or Black Waters maybe... Old school games that maybe get referenced in later scenarios.
3) Then , when they would go to 2nd level, re-create them as a much older PC - advancing the age and changing the stats as much as I can to create the illusion of a PC who aged. And so I would have a PC who was a Martial Type at first level (with the stats to do that well) and who later became a spell caster (maybe a Sorcerer? or Bard? if they were a Paladin formerly), and now has the stats to do THAT well.
4) and by jumping from the Core campaign to the Standard, I could keep referring to "Well, it was different back in MY DAY. We did things differently back then, things were a lot simpler ...." and "You young'uns don't know how soft you got it. Back in MY DAY we didn't have things like Spring Wrist Sheaths or Potion Sponges...". I can see a ton of RP things with this idea. "Well, the Society called me back outta retirement to help beat some sense into you young'uns..."
5) Heck, I could even use one or two of my Judge re-plays to run them thru Confirmation or the Wounded Wisp and talk about "how it really was back then!"

anyway - does this sound like a good idea?

anyone to see anything to expand on this? Other little wrinkles to add in?

The Exchange

I want to check the FAQs to see if a rules question already has an answer... but I am totally lost as to how to look it up.

can someone give me a set of step-by-step instructions to find something in FAQ?

My question (FAQ) would be: Does an unconscious creature get a Will saving throw? Say if they are the target of a Confusion effect... could it effect them? Or if they are the target of a Bless? Or a Cure spell?

How do I find FAQs on this subject?

(sorry for being an "Old Dude" on this one - but my Tech-Fu is just not up to it on a Monday)

The Exchange

School conjuration (creation) [cold, water]; Level arcanist 1, druid 1, hunter 1, magus 1, sorcerer/wizard 1, summoner 1, summoner (unchained) 1, witch 1
Casting Time 1 standard action
Components V, S
Range close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Effect one ball of ice and snow
Duration instantaneous
Saving Throw Fortitude partial (see text); Spell Resistance no
You conjure a ball of packed ice and snow that you can throw at a single target as a ranged touch attack. On a successful hit, the snowball deals 1d6 points of cold damage per caster level (maximum 5d6), and the target must make a successful Fortitude saving throw or be staggered for 1 round.

"You conjure a ball of packed ice and snow that you can throw at a single target as a ranged touch attack." ok - now the important question...

If my PC has a minus to her strength, does that mean she does less damage when she hits a target with the "ball of packed ice and snow"?
(if she were 1st level and have a strength of 7, would she do 1d6-2 damage?)

Silver Crusade 5/5

Ok, bought a riding dog as a mount. That's little "m" mount, not a big "M" Mount... just a normal riding dog. I would like for it to be combat trained when I buy it. Yeah, I'm an archer (mounted) but I might end up on the sharp end of personal interactions with hostile creatures while still in the saddle.

I am planning on using him/her as a means of getting around - you know, as a mount. It's combat trained (at least I think it is... isn't it?), so maybe it get's the following tricks...

(from the PRD): Combat Training (DC 20): An animal trained to bear a rider into combat knows the tricks attack, come, defend, down, guard, and heel. Training an animal for combat riding takes 6 weeks. You may also "upgrade" an animal trained for riding to one trained for combat by spending 3 weeks and making a successful DC 20 Handle Animal check. The new general purpose and tricks completely replace the animal's previous purpose and any tricks it once knew. Many horses and riding dogs are trained in this way.

so... no "bonus tricks" for a Animal Companion.

now for my questions:

Does a purchased riding dog in PFS come with the tricks listed above (attack, come, defend, down, guard, and heel.)?

Can I replace/retrain one or more of these tricks (using the Handle Animal skill)? and if I do that, does the mount still count as "Combat Trained", or does it loose the ability to be ridden in combat?

Thank you for your time...

Sovereign Court 5/5

I haven't seen this yet, but has anyone else encountered the problem of rules from one game being used in the other yet?

Kind of like all the 3.5 to PF rule changes and how for years we would have to explain that "Spot" and "Search" and "Listen" were all part of "Perception" now and they weren't rolled as different skills... or that sleep has a full round casting time...

I know I will (in time) encounter someone doing XXX and when I ask about it, they are going to explain that that's the rule. But then when we look it up they'll say "Oh, that's the rule in (the other game system)" - even if it isn't.

The Exchange

Is there something like Magical Knack for Alchemists?

Something like a Trait, or a Feat that would increase the CL of an Alchemist (a multi-class Alchemist) for his Mutagen and/or Extracts?

The Exchange 5/5

Sorry to be a problem today, but I can't seem to locate the PFS rules on this...

Can some kind person point me to the rules for Crafting/Creating Arcane Bonded items...

Like Weapons (Long Comp Bow for example) and/or Wands...

[ooc] I have run a bunch of wizards in PFS, but they all have had Familiars until now..."

Silver Crusade

Basically this question is sorta what the title says...

Can a "Good" alignment Wizard (Specialty Necromancy) PC with the "Power Over Undead" ability take the "Control Undead" option? this would mean he can "channel" Negative Energy, right?

The Exchange 5/5

I know someone has already posted something on this - listing off several "paths" of scenarios to run in order. Like doing the Blackros scenarios all in order, or the Year of the Demon ones... or something. Several different somethings in fact... if I remember correctly.

I saw the thread on it, or at least a post listing several different options for Paths... but I hate to say I can't find it now. Anyone have a link to it?

Thanks in advance!

The Exchange 5/5

So, when coming up to game at a CON and there is more than one table, say 16 people and 3 judges.

How do you split them up into tables?

I would normally start by canvassing the mass to see what groups of friends are wanting to play together. Splitting the three largest of those to get 3 tables, then see if there is any "history" or "personality conflicts" (people who don't play at the same table together because of "reasons"). Then ... What?

Sub-tiers. Group like levels together (higher and lower).

Party Balance. Try to avoid setting all the Uthden 2-H-W barbarians at the same table, while trying to ensure that each table has some form of healer...

Number of players at each table. Used to, I would have tried to make each table about the same size, have the same number of players. Now, I'm not so sure. With the above numbers (16PCs on 3 tables) I think I would now push it to two tables of 6 and one of 4. With 15PCs? A 6, a 5 and a 4. With 14PCs? A 6 and two 4s. Because the scenarios are written for 6 PCs and have adjustments for 4 - so 5 PCs can be kind of short... With all other things the same.

So if we have two tables of 4 players each (friends, sub-tiers, personal history, balance, whatever) then 2 independent players drop in - I think I would put them at the same table, NOT create two tables of 5. (And likely add them to the most experienced judges table - one that can easily handle the larger group).


The Exchange

Ok, my PFS bard (Flame Dancer) gained access to a Special Familiar... Is there any way to give it to her? A Feat/Special Archtype/weird gimmick?

It would be cute, and I hate to waste the access...

The Exchange

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spell Full Pouch:

School: transmutation
Level: alchemist 2, bard 2, druid 2, inquisitor 3, occultist 3, ranger 3, sorcerer/wizard 2
Casting Time: 1 swift action
Components: V, S, M (alchemical reagents or herbs worth 1 gp)
Range: touch
Targets: 1 object touched
Duration: instantaneous
Saving Throw: Fortitude negates (object)
Spell Resistance: no
You cast this spell as you draw out a consumable alchemical item to use. The object must be an alchemical item, but not a dose of disease, a poison, a magic potion, or another type of consumable item. The item divides itself into two nearly identical copies and the newly separated one is delivered into your hand. The new item functions as the original in all ways except the copied item suffers a slight reduction in quality. Saves against the new alchemical item's affects use the original item's save DC or the save DC of this spell, whichever is higher.

Ok,... How does this spell work? Am I missing something here? Duration is instantaneous, so it creates a duplicate of an Alchemical item. Often with a better save.

So... Say Al the Alchemist wants to use a 2nd level extract of full pouch to create an extra tanglefoot bag. He reaching for his existing 'bag and ... Casts this extract? Creating a copy which he then puts on the table in front of him. Does he have two tanglefoot bags? One with a different DC?

Can he do this again? And again (if he has the 2nd level extracts to do this)? Until he has a dozen tanglefoot bags on the table?

The Exchange 5/5

This is a real corner case question....

Can a PC use stuff picked up from defeated foes without having to pay for it?

Specifically, coins. If my PC casts the spell coin shot and throws coins picked up from a defeated mook earlier in the scenario - do I need to mark those coins as expended from my PC wealth? I realize that we are literally discussing "pocket change" here, but as a 2nd level PC, that's real money to me! ;)

If we pick up 100 gp - can my PC find a local temple of Abadar (or some other "bank") and change them into (about) 10 platinum pieces, then use some of those in a casting of coin shot? Would this count as my PC "spending" money?

Thank you for your answers!

The Exchange 5/5

Please avoid posting anything in this thread that should be "Spoiler-ed" - as I need to ask a question, but don't want to spoil anything, as I haven't played it yet...

I've NOT played these, but two friends of mine and I were considering splitting running these - with each of us running one of them.

How independent are they? If I prep the second one, is that going to be a major spoiler for me playing #1 & #3?

No need to say why - details is not something I'm looking for with this question. Just a simple "Yeah, it'll ruin the big surprise" or "No problem, they are pretty independent of each other"... would be fine

Thank you very much!

The Exchange 5/5

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Only thing I'm sort to get my 5th star is Specials....
so, does running 7-98 "Serpent's Ire" count for that?

I'm asking as I have a chance to Prep it for an up-coming CON (in a month) and may just sign up to run it 3 times or so...

The Exchange

I am thinking of creating a PC for PFS who throws books as a missile weapon. But I'm wondering HOW this would be done? is there a way to make this sort of work? what would it be like?

thanks in advance for the advice - I'll try to let this thread sit a day or so and check back for ideas.

The Exchange 5/5

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Realizing this is asking for opinions, and everyone is going to have different ones...

What's your favorite scenario from each season, and why is it your favorite? (Perhaps it's the most fun, or perhaps it's the fastest run, or fits the Season's "Theme" the best.)

Season 0:

Season 1:

Season 2:

Season 3:

Season 4:

Season 5:

Season 6:

Season 7:

The Exchange 5/5

I am planning on running this this evening, and figured I should double check just to be sure it is still available ... and hasn't been retired while I wasn't watching...

Some time back I saw a post from someone on updating some of the Faction Leader briefings... for Season 5 I think. Most likely not strictly Kosher, but it was nice to have the Exchange introduce by both "leaders"... IMHO. But now I can't find the post - my search fu is failing me. Anyone have a link to that? {edit: found it! thanks!}

Or any other suggestions? (brother did I leave myself open there - gonna get flamed!)

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