Kyle Baird wrote:
You can run Kyle, but you can't hide. Fireballs hurt like hell, as you are about to find out. ;-)
Purple Fluffy CatBunnyGnome wrote:
The short answer is, he's the HMFIC and he'll do what he wants.
And he typically rolls his husband knowledge checks instead of taking 10 and does pretty darn good. I'm a happy Mrs. PFS. ;-)
Michael Brock wrote:
Ohhh no, I haven't forgotten. But if he can snag the prototype from Erik he might be forgiven...maybe.
I WANT THAT PLUSHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Besides, it would give me something to snuggle with that reminds me of him while he's gone to a million-and-one-cons this summer. ;-)
I COMPLETELY agree with your wife. I really HATE faction missions. I have never liked them. I think they are a distraction from the story and under-mind the story/play at large. How can you be a member of the Pathfinder Society and have these sneaky, spy-ish, underhanded missions to do also for some other group? And they don't fit into the story and you spend 30 minutes or more hashing out each mission at the end of the game. And then the keeping it secret stuff? Whatever.
I do play PFS but I will admit that faction missions are one of the main reasons I prefer APs. Although for the sake of my hubby and his career I will say, long live PFS!!! :-)
I was a player in a group that just finished Legacy of Fire last week. I'll admit, the Scroll and the City of Brass were not my favorite parts. They were basically dungeon crawls and that took away from the Arabian theme some. After going from island to island and figuring out what the dang genie races were doing to each other and wanting very much to get out so we could go protect Kelmarane, there was a collective sigh at the table when we jumped right into another plane...the City of Brass.
Because of some GM magic, being in books 4 and 5 did have some role playing advantages and brought the party closer together, which made book 6 easier.
But I would agree with CuttinCurt and see what the player base/GM think. No where does it say that you have to follow the AP word for word and you can pick and choose to an extent to make it more fun for the group.
My husband has already moved to the Redmond area and I will be joining him in the middle of February. He's looking to run a Pathfinder game starting in early March once I can get settled a bit and hopefully find a job. He said he's got three players and me already set up, so adding another, especially a lady, would be awesome. It is so nice to have another woman at the table!! We would play any of the Adventure Paths other than Legacy of Fire, since we just finished that one (last night actually).
We live in Redmond and would probably have the game at our apartment since we have a 4 year old. Let me know if you're interested!
The BB is perfect for an introduction to children. Our youngest is 4 and she likes to sit down at our Legacy of Fire game with a bag of dice and say, "I want to play." I'd happily have Mike or our 16 year old son try to run her through it (GMing is not for Mom.) This will be the prefect Christmas present for kids wanting to game and I am excited to see a product that can interest kids and educate a new generation of gaming geeks.
But that said, the BB is VERY simple. I've played with PF rules for 3-4 years now and there is a lot there and the Core Rulebook can be terrifying, but I haven't needed to read it all. As far as I know, there is plenty of discretion in using the system and if you wanted to you could limit what is valid in your games. There are spells and even classes that Mike refuses to allow at his table.
I completely understand your points. It's just that the BB is so narrowed down that I truly believe people would get bored with the limits eventually. If a simpler system is what you want, then why not "dumb-down" the normal PF system to fit your needs at your table under your circumstances?
While more products at Paizo can mean more profits, the staff is pretty darn busy as it is keeping up with what they have. Bless their hearts.
What is "crunchy" about it? How much easier do you want Pathfinder to be? Sure, there are a bunch of books and a lot of rules, but the system itself is pretty darn easy in my opinion. I've been playing RPGs for about 7 years and I only started because my husband played. I'll admit that I have only read the rules as they relate to characters I've created and played. I leave lots of the logistics to the other players at the table who have been playing longer. But the system is easy. Even one of the ladies in our Legacy of Fire campaign figured it out within months (playing every other week) and has enjoyed it every since. I don't see how it's crunchy at all.
And correct me if I'm wrong Paizo staff, but the entire point of the Beginner Box is to give people who have never really played or GMed the change to in a simple environment so they can get a taste, decide if they like it, and then move on to the APs and/or PFS. The BB should only be supported as a way to help beginners start and move on, not an entirely different RPG. New mods can be written here and there in order to attract more beginners, but not to keep people in the BB system.
The BB looks really cool and is extremely well done. It's a beautiful product. I'm not sure I'll actually play in it since I'm not a beginner, but I sure wouldn't mind using it for the sake of some of my friends who look at me strange when I tell them I game and they have no idea what I'm talking about. Running them through the BB would be a great way to explain myself and to perhaps hook them on playing. The real juicy fun in gaming is in the APs and PFS.
At GenCon the Venture Captains met at a restaurant that had a bust of the current Pope in a gelatinous cube that sat on a Lazy Susan in the middle of the table. Every time someone started to speak, the Pope was turned toward that person. It was darn creepy from what I've been told.
Thank you for the thoughts and comments everyone! This is Janet, Mike's wife and the author of this little journal. I'm having fun with Alinzia and the journal really helps me develop her, thus making the time at the table gaming even more fun. I put another chapter up last night if you are interested in reading it. Thanks again for all the encouragement!