Would a GM be overstepping his authority by allowing one to purchase a Bakery in place of a tavern for the same 5PP, and annotate it on the chronicle as giving benefit to profession: baker instead of bartender?
In PFS that would indeed be overstepping his authority, but for a home campaign he could.
I'm sure you've more experience with PFS than I have, but it definately seems to be unreasonable. I never would have figured that to be something so rigid a GM couldn't bend it to accomodate.
Going off on a tangent, but is there a good thread I can look into to get a 'feel' for what a PFS OP GM is given leeway with? I mean, Guide says a GM should tailor an adventure up or down to meet the unexpected success/difficulty with a party.. but when you can't even make the most trivial of changes, how can you?
However at risk of sounding difficult or obtuse, I don't see where those resources are saying what you say they're saying.
A thread in the GM forum about the 'pig incident at gen con' however was very enlightening. Although my take-home lesson learned is nonstandard mounts are simply hit or miss depending on what GM you get.
I'm not looking at how to twist the rules, heck I figure 90% of adventures are written in such a way that you'll never get to make use of a mount anyway :) I'm more curious about the role of DM approval in PFS... which it seems is basically hit or miss :}
Tangental forum question: I've been looking at the messageboard settings off and on for a couple days and I'm just not smart enough to figure out how to post as my PFS character.. you know like with the green name? :) Can anyone throw me a bone on that one? :(
I've perused the PFS playbook but I don't have my own copy yet and so I'm turning to you good forumites for an answer I can't currently find.
Can a cavalier use a mount besides a horse or camel in organized play? APG says a cavalier potentially can with a GM's permission (and probably some handle animal checks).
So where do I stand as a new cavalier? Does a GM have the authority to give "GM approval" in organized play? If so, do I have to get approval from each new GM I may happen to meet? (and keep a copy of a version of horse/camel mount in case one says no)
Furthermore what of the UC beastrider archetype? I can give up heavy armor to get what the basic cavalier gets anyway, without the caveat of "GM approval". Because of the existance of this archetype, I can easily forsee a GM saying no to any special mount without taking the archetype (and its extra limitations imposed). Is that what the intended purpose?