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Dark Archive *** ⦵⦵⦵ Venture-Agent, Illinois—Fairview Heights aka Hornbender

Just as a point of clarification, this does not remove the 150 table, 10 special, 50 unique requirements. Correct?

Dark Archive *** ⦵⦵⦵ Venture-Agent, Illinois—Fairview Heights aka Hornbender

Marc Waschle wrote:

I've only been to the last three GenCons but its been the same each of those years, I thought it was the norm.

I have GM'd all the specials because, GENCON and SPECIALS! But that's just me. At this point I wouldn't know what to do with an evening slot off! LOL

The evening slots used to be 7pm until Midnight. It's more about being able to get a minimal amount of sleep and still GM or play as many slots possible. For someone like myself who doesn't stay downtown, loosing the extra hour was a deal breaker for being able to make morning slots after running an evening slot. I lost time I would normally attend and play in the mornings because I was GMing the specials in the evening slots. That was my "con disruption".

Don't get me wrong, it was done to give GMs a gap between the afternoon and evening slots. As someone who had missed dinner on more than one occasion, I do understand the reasoning.

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I for one would like to voice my support for our new Platyparian overlords.

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Thurston Hillman wrote:


[[But seriously, this should be something of a fun "wait what!?" experience for players and no GM should be using this as a way to murder-TPK a party by using another player to do all the heavy lifting. As with all things, don't be a jerk with these.]]

Unfortunately, the only pc the slime could get to was the envoy. Although he had almost convinced the party that nothing was wrong, even after they witnessed the slime disappearing down his throat.

In this example the slug felt subterfuge was the best way to a prolonged existence. That raises an interesting question. Should a slime manage to find it's way into a pc and not be extracted before the end of the adventure, what is the potential result? Is the character not playable and therefore dead, or is there a cure cost for removing a slime?

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Bob Jonquet wrote:
Actually if we have the GM meetings for the special in their respective Slack channels before Gen Con it is much more effective. There is no time crunch. GMs can ask many more questions and see those of others more readily. The author and/or developers can answer questions more thoroughly and provide much more in-depth responses. I am 99% sure we will use this format again this year

This may be a bit off topic, but would it be possible to have Slack set up for the Starfinder Special at Origins? Then the same channel could later be used for the Gencon GMs. That would provide those of us GMing the special at Origins an opportunity to discuss and share prep prior to the first instance of the special. I remember having access to slack for the first Starfinder release at Gencon and the prep materials and discussions were extremely helpful.

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Dennis Gregg wrote:

I had 2 issues pop up while running this.

First off, I love how when the scenario is designed that the players won't split up, they decide to split up and pretty much get to both objectives in Part A at the same time. (Course if the scenario is designed for them to split up they will fight it toe and nail.)

I had a question about this as well. If the party splits up, wouldn't the party going after the datapad be caught in the explosion once the other party reaches the injured?

An issue I had was once the party reached the wounded, they were ready to evacuate and had no desire to search the rest of the hospital. I had the doctor mention that she wasn't sure if others were still in the hospital when the party asked her, so they ended up sweeping the rest of the rooms before leaving.

Dark Archive *** ⦵⦵⦵ Venture-Agent, Illinois—Fairview Heights aka Hornbender

I ran this on Tuesday and came across an interesting question. As I understood it, the combat with the crab swarms takes place in 1-2 feet of water. The crabs can swim and unless a reason I can't fathom is given, would mostly remain under the water. How does this effect alchemist bombs, alchemist fire, or acid flasks as they would either be ineffective or reduced in this condition?

As the party felt they had little which could hurt the swarms while in the water, they made a dash into the hole in the ship.

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I am missing 8 PFS tables for GM credit and 7 SFS tables for credit. It seemed that at first it may have been just the ones that I had GMed multiple times (like 5 slots from Origins) but on going through the list of ones showing, I do show at least two of the tables I GMed multiple times are showing for credit.

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What about dice with the Starfinder logo. Could that also be an option going forward?

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Scott Sharplin wrote:
Jonathan Carroll wrote:
I will be running this this weekend and I have a question on the Remnant of the First World boon: As a Gm can I select what ever item of the character I am assigning this to and also selct the property? It would be cool to have set of armor change color with your emotion or a cloak with tiny blinking eyes on it!

That boon is in reference to the "offering" items which the PCs use when crossing over to the First World (see p.10 and p.21). It's unlikely to be armour, since each PC is asked to hold their item aloft while jumping into the well. It's also supposed to be "some trifle you're not too attached to" (Azure says this as a hint that the items will be inaccessible during their time in the First World).

The "First World Mutations" table on p.21 is meant to assign random characteristics, although it does give the GM the option to ignore any result that "renders the item useless or simply doesn't make sense."

So, according to the rules as written, the answer is no, GMs choose neither the items nor the specific properties. I'd recommend letting the PCs roll their own d10s, because it gives them more ownership over the results.

I'm pretty sure he was asking how he should apply this to his GM credit character, and not on how it is handled with the PCs.

I like the context you provided to the PC's choice. My table used some of the least valuable items they can find, with hilarious results. One now has a 'pet rock' which coos and giggles. Yes the character had rocks on his sheet as he uses them as weapons.

Letting the players roll the results worked really well. I waived off a few options that did not fit the item used, but otherwise the players were happy with the results.

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Jonathan Carroll wrote:
I will be running this this weekend and I have a question on the Remnant of the First World boon: As a Gm can I select what ever item of the character I am assigning this to and also selct the property? It would be cool to have set of armor change color with your emotion or a cloak with tiny blinking eyes on it!

That is how we handled it after discussion with one of my VO's. It seems to fit the general rule of GM chronicle boon selection.

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Event Name: GenCon 2017
Scenario Name: PFS 7-05 School of Spirits
Date Played Thursday Aug 17th PM (2000-0100)
Character # 30418 (GM)
Session # (unknown)

Event Name: GenCon 2017
Scenario Name: PFS Special: 9-00 Assault on Absalom (3-4)
Date Played Friday Aug 18th PM (2000-0100)
Character # 30418-17 (GM)
Session # (unknown)

Event Name: GenCon 2017
Scenario Name: PFS Special: 8-99 The Solstice Scar
Date Played Saturday Aug 19th PM (2000-0100)
Character # 30418-18 (Player)
Session # (unknown)

Event Name: GenCon 2017
Scenario Name: PFS 9-02 A Case of Missing Persons
Date Played Sunday Aug 20th AM (0900-1400)
Character # 30418-13 (Player)
Session # (unknown)

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Donovan Whitten wrote:

so, where is the SFS roleplaying guild guide at. I cannot seem to find it and your like is un clickable.

The guide can be found under Starfinder/Store/Starfinder Society.

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Sandra Wilkinson wrote:

No, I got Starfinder credit.

I wonder if it is to do with the selection when reporting the session. I did notice that the dropdown box where you select the campaign (PFS, PFS Core or Starfinder) defaults to PFS, and I had to change it when I was reporting. Just an observation.

That would make sense. I have this issue with one of my Gencon Starfinder tables. It also shows an error if you look at the player records for the session. Saying that STAR players are an invalid organized play type for PFSRPG sessions.

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If you are not going to need your vehicle, you may want to look at parking near the airport and then taking a cab or shuttle down to the convention center.

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While I think it would be difficult to find a location which is centrally located that is able to handle the size of the crowd or convention center space requirements outside of Chicago, Orlando would be a definite possibility.

Not only does it have the convention center space and hotel capacity, but for us Midwesterners, the flight costs are generally low as it is a tourist destination. The one downside is that peak vacation times tend to line up with Gen Con dates, so hotel space there would be competing with other events.

As Gary points out, hotels won't support peak demand unless they can have sustained business for their capacity, and I just don't see that happening in Indy without an increase to the number and size of their other conventions.

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fullmetal1 wrote:
Michael Eshleman wrote:
Have you tried e-mailing the organizer of the warhorn?
not yet, thanks though I will have to do that

You may want to contact your VOs in that area.

http://paizo.com/pathfinderSociety/coordinators

You may also want to contact Gnome Games and see if they are still hosting PFS at their stores.

Dark Archive *** ⦵⦵⦵ Venture-Agent, Illinois—Fairview Heights aka Hornbender

If we do some deductive reasoning, since you must have 150 sessions reported for your 5th star, and 50 of these must be different scenarios, then it can be assumed that you can report the same scenario multiple times... plus, for the record, I have and it does count.

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You do get GM credit (towards number of sessions for Star credit), however you can only apply it to a character once. Note that for your 5th star you must GM 50 different scenarios.

If you look at the PFS guide pg. 16, it states sessions reported for application to gm star ranks. The only uniqueness qualifier is for the fifth star.

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Hazior wrote:

Hornbender:

I know my buddy played Severing Ties, which day I do not know. It would have been Anderson. Probably playing a deaf Oracle. I know he played a few games as a Premade but his only character I think is the Oracle.

I do remember his Oracle. He was a great player who kept us alive when my dice went very cold. We really do need to get a regular PFS event going in this area.

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Hazior wrote:
Just east of STL in Shiloh, IL. I talked to my areas Venture Captain, it seems some closer games to me may be starting up soon. ^_^

I know the feeling. I'm in Fairview and can't make it accross the river to play in the PFS games over there. By chance did either you or your buddy play Severing Ties on Sunday. I'm just wondering because I ran into another guy from the area talking about more organized local PFS play.

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As this was my first PFS experience, I do not have much to compare it to. I played generics for all but one senerio, and while there was some chaos with mustering, overall the issues did not seem overwhelming.

A few things I wanted to note as possible ideas to improve flow beyond what has already been suggested:

- Divide the mustering into up/down/either. I know we had one table where two players thought they were playing an up table and had to switch when the other four at the table were playing down.

- For tables made up of mostly strangers, try to make sure there is a balance of classes. I know this may be hard to find a way to make this work. We had one table where the only healing was our Bard/Ranger and his two CLW potions. He had to burn through everything just to keep us up and I still have no idea how we managed to survive. Next PFS I play, I plan to have a mix of classes generated so that I can balance out the table. Perhaps pregenerated characters given to the GMs that they can offer a player for a quick fill in, noting to the players that they can change the character before 2nd level if they wish.