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Ninjamancer wrote:
What is the plan for the PF1 v PF2 spread? 50/50? less?

For org play I would expect all PF2. Anything else would be reliant on people running PF1 specific games.

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"Ramlock's Tower"

chortle

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Spoiler:
would it have killed Paizo to maybe, just maybe, when hyping this blog post on FB, to use a photo of women playing Pathfinder at GenCon?

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Kwinten Koëter wrote:
I did a thing!

YOU SURE DID.

well done, Kwinten; well done.

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Hilary Moon Murphy (HMM) 820
Erica Loponow 822
Jolene Danner 823
Andrew Toregrud 824

YAAAAAAAAY!

Each one is well deserved. I can not be more proud of the tradition these fine folks helped create in Minnesota. Each and everyone of you deserve the highest praise and recognition.

Well done.

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There is some serious cooking happening right now. They really need to develop smel-o-post.

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One week.

One week until the shenanigans begin again. I can't wait.

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Bob Jonquet wrote:
Leg o' Lamb wrote:
Tengu was a better choice than goblin.
I think you’ll find plenty that would disagree and plenty who would substitute their favorite ancestry for the former and their less favorite ancestry for the latter.

Oh, I agree with you. This is a matter that will never have any sort of satisfactory result. The design team made a choice over which new ancestry would sell books. I disagree(d) with this choice, something over which I have been consistent. I am disappointed that I still cannot play my particular ancestry of choice dating back to the good ol' days of first edition.

I am happy for those that want and get to play goblins.

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Hillis Mallory III wrote:
I am hoping that the Tengu becomes a sanctioned Ancestry as it has been for most of the PF1 organized play run. Having it as one of the basic races has been great for a lot of players and sparks a lot of imagination for the casual player, perhaps giving them a positive experience to expand on for the future.

Tengu was a better choice than goblin.

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Stella Hamill wrote:
But on a more serious note, is there a dress code for the convention hall? I'm wanting to wear my Shirt of Alluring Charisma on Sunday, which is definitely in the crop top category.

It's in a hotel so.... no?

I never instituted a dress code prior as I absolutely hate them. So feel free to wear whatever is comfy and makes you feel good.

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THEY ARE ACCEPTABLE

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James Hargrave wrote:
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Sasha Laranoa Harving wrote:
Ah, I've started dreaming about party composition for my SkålCon games... The most wonderful time of the year.

mmm party composition...

Smoked Salmon... Grilled Caesar Salad... Keg of Cider... mmmmm

You forgot Hawaiian shirts and sandals!

you damn right!

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Kamicosmos wrote:
Further confirmation that Japan is the coolest country on the planet: The ENTIRE COUNTRY is having a gaming con! ;)

That’s one hell of a special to coordinate.

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Yay Tineke!

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James Hargrave wrote:
Leg o' Lamb wrote:
** spoiler omitted **
Who doesn't!?

Well.... I have been told my play style is a bit... over the top. I don't believe them.

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NielsenE wrote:
The donation link you listed it looks like its the charity's direct page, so they wouldn't know its because of your outreach efforts? I'm happy to donate there, but if there's a different page/group_id/something that's 'better' to use to demonstrates SkalCon's impact/efforts, please let me know.

Nah, go ahead and use the link provided. You can chat with the Community Relations Manager when she is on site at the con and let her know.

Spoiler:
She likes us. A lot.

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nope

the updated scenarios are a labor of love from staff and will not ever be published

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Glen Shackleton wrote:
What I wouldn’t give to make it to this crazy con one day...

You are always welcome, Glen!

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Pinstripedbarbarian wrote:

I wish I could make it out there. Maybe next year! It's been too long since I've seen Swat in action. Hope you guys can make it out to PaizoCon next year!

SkålCon!!!

Gallowspire is set as the swan song for SWAT. There will be no more after as we are set to retire the next week.

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Thanks to everyone at GenCon that supported us by donating a dollar for a badge a ribbon. I think we raised ~$130 over the weekend.

Thank you all so very much!

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Hey we made the blog!

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Reminds me I should prolly go register me and She who Rules the Known Universe.

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Sorry you had a bad experience at the prize table. You should email genconleads@gmail.com to let the fine people who put together the organized play. They will work to make sure other people at future conventions do not have the same negative interaction.

Also, as from your description of events it is not clear if you understand this or not, the people working the prize table are volunteers, not Paizo staff. My apologies if you do understand this; it is just not clear to me.

Again, I'm sorry you had a negative experience.

edit: ninja'd by 30 seconds; curse you John Compton!

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VerBeeker wrote:
The art is so good.

Gotta disagree on the hobgoblin artwork. Let's take a people that has a long and well established in game lore of being fearsome, disciplined, and militaristic and remove their shoes/boots. Really? FFS, can we have hobgoblin art in a bestiary where they aren't six feet tall with five feet long arms or gray goblins after a session on the rack?

Terrible. Just terrible.

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The party bus was loaded with material both mundane and sundry. Five souls loaded in after and soon the long trek to Champaign was under way.

Breakfast now and a leisurely drive into Indy await.

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Tineke Bolleman wrote:

Ive been more then managing with my 5 replays from stars.

With these added, I think I'll be good for a few years.

Challenge accepted

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Sebastian Hirsch wrote:

If I had the time / funds this would be the con I would visit this year, I hope everyone will have a fantastic time.

Yeeeesssss, Sebastian..... come to Minnesota.....

You know you want to....

I mean c’mon! Seeing you once a year is not enough!

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Hulking Hurler wrote:
Talk like Rob day is the Thursday before Skalcon.

So what yer sayin is nothing but grog and salt pork at the cookout? I can live with that.

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Mark Seifter wrote:
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PossibleCabbage wrote:
So we can build magic items by just etching runes into things, but are effects like "it casts lightning bolt" available with bespoke items (it's inherent to the shock rune, perhaps) through means other than "GM fiat"?
You can upgrade the fundamentals of a bespoke item, but it has no slots for property runes. In essence, the unique bespoke abilities are in lieu of property runes.
I think Cabbage meant the other way around - is there a non-fiat way for a player to get "shoots lightning bolts" on a custom crafted weapon?
It's not any more directly stated than if you wanted the dread blindfold to be like a cloak with scary eyes on it, but it shouldn't be too hard to build it or a different weapon if you like!

So the Eye of Robes IS in the game! Sweet!

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Gregory Rebelo wrote:

All Thunderlips aside, I think its important to explore other personas in this hobby. Obviously not ones that are disruptive or hurtful to others. Lacking the first-hand knowledge as to how those characters behave should invite introspection into ... well... how those characters behave.

Steven, do you remember having to tone down Thunderlips? If so could you describe the mental/social process?

There was a table at one PaizoCon past where a woman had an adverse reaction (Wow... WOW... WOW) to my standard character intro speech for THUNDERLIPS!. She did not say "This makes me uncomfortable" or "Can you please not refer to it as a 'chest pelt'?" but it was very clear she had an issue with the way I described him. Within thirty seconds I knew one player at the table had an issue. So I just played a regular barbarian for that scenario and that was that. The chicken was a chicken and nothing more.

If a GM or another player asks me to keep the chicken jokes to a minimum or none at all before the game starts I will happily comply.

Spoiler:
For those that don't know, THUNDERLIPS! has a mauler chicken familiar named THUNDERCOCK!. As cock is another word for chicken there are usually a lot of bad puns and jokes thrown around. Standard first round of combat is as follows:

Free action rage
Full round action I hurl my (chicken) at the critter
Chicken enters MAULER MODE!
5' step

And yes I burned several feats to get a chicken familiar. As a barbarian. It usually has more hp than almost every other PC at the table.

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James Hargrave wrote:
THUNDERLIPS! wrote:
Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
Yes. Thunderlips is terrible to behold.

UH..... WUT?

** spoiler omitted **

I mean...there was that one incident with multiple chickens...which while I thought was hilarious, I can totally understand why people might get uncomfortable!

It is also reading the table and knowing who is and who is not comfortable with that kind or style of shenanigans.

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Rysky wrote:
With Meri disguised as the alpaca.

One of the authors discovered a way to transport himself to Golarion as well as disguise himself as an alpaca. He is also the undercover VC of the Druma Lodge.

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Rysky wrote:
Has there been a change and they're allowing Evil characters to play in 2e PFS?

Unlikely

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CARLA! YOU MUST BRAVE THE WILDS OF THE TUNDRA WHERE POTENT, FIRM, VIRILE ULFEN ROAM.

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TriOmegaZero wrote:
I haven't taken the time to run a swordlord, but I could see myself trying it out sometime.

I absolutely love the Aldori Swordlord archetype and PrC. When combined with the Duelist PrC the result is both fun and kinda stupid. See this post for what a level 14 Aldori Swordlord Duelist can achieve. You'd think AC 50 would be enough...

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Bill Baldwin wrote:
Tempted to stop by the Ninja Division booth just to give them a piece of my mind. Normally I wouldn't bother, but they have a lot of nerve showing up at GenCon this year after all the bad feelings they caused with the Starfinder community.

Wait. Wut?

They have the money for GenCon but not to produce the minis? That's not just nerve; that is brass testicular fortitude.

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Davor Firetusk wrote:
I would also say that I do not think it is necessary for a 5 star GM to exceed expectations in all categories to make the grade. They should certainly meet expectations in all, and have a few areas that they generally excel in. For example the GM that makes the awesome maps and always has the right minis. Or the master story teller...

Again, the bolded section represents an aspect of this process I really want to see eliminated. We should not judge a GM based on whether or not they have the right mini. Hells, we shouldn't even be discussing minis as they have zero bearing on how a GM runs a game. By this logic, should we penalize the GM that uses tasty candy to represent monsters? Or, the GM who sucks ass at drawing maps yet does the best to their ability yet still penalized because it is not an accidental renaissance masterpiece? I started printing my own maps because I got tired of people reminding me every game my map drawing skillz are teh suxorz. Would I not exceed expectations in this area because I use a pawn that is relatively close enough to the critter put down on a craptastic map drawn on a blank flip map? Again, these criteria are not within everyone's time, means, or ability to provide.

Master storytelling I can get behind, though.

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Tineke Bolleman wrote:
Leg o' Lamb wrote:
Abraham Z. wrote:
Are Aid Characters at risk of dying? Might affect my choice of which ones to bring.
Yes; one of mine died on the very first mission.
I am proud of you

Thanks...

Also, not even mad when I went from 102hp to 1hp during the final encounter.

Spoiler:
When the critter can beat a 36 touch armor class and I fail the will save, I have zero reasons to complain.

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Alright. I had an opportunity to see and use the rubric in action this past weekend.

It is a thing.*

I do not believe it is wholly necessary, either.

After participating, I firmly believe no one should ever have a qualification game at a large, major convention, totes if one must follow a rubric. My ability to judge one's "worthiness" of whatever marker under discussion is constrained by having a sample size of one. This is unfair to both the GM and the VO doing the evaluation. People have off days, people have differing styles of play/GMing, personality issues can emerge, etc. This process is one that should be between a GM and their local leadership. And for those that do not have local leadership or have never met said person**, by this time your style of play is set in stone. There is nothing anyone can do to change that barring abusive or combative behaviors. So, why should I as an outsider to both you and your region have any say in whether you qualify for Prize X? But if we are to appease the peeps who want Prize X to "mean something" beyond the time spent volunteering, then there needs to be a lot more discussion because of the nature of the campaign.

The reason for this is because the rubric as written leaves so much open to individual interpretation and personal biases. There was post game discussion about not having props/handouts for the game and thus this was a mark against "Exceeds Expectations". I was upset by this. Not everyone has the means and/or ability to produce said items. So if this is going to be the standard going forward, VOs will need to check their biases at the door and judge on the merits of GMing, not how much disposable income someone has.

*

Spoiler:
No, I will not tell you if, where, how, or why the rubric needs work. There is no point in me airing any feedback here as these are my opinions and I will not allow them to be used for one side or another.

**

Spoiler:
If you are running that much in an area with out local leadership, maybe you should consider becoming the local leadership.

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So the blog is up; the universe is finally right.

I have Painlord, sowhereaminow, Jim from Nawlins, BB Wolfe, and Pickleboot enjoying the comraderie that this con generates. It is something to which I always look forward; seeing old friends and catching up o what the last year held for us all.

This past year was difficult on a personal level; being able to tell people I care about that my life is better and that I am truly happy is very different and very difficult for me. It is a testament to the friendships I have made over the years that I feel comfortable talking about personal issues. Thank you all.

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Leg o' Lamb wrote:
So this year is totes different; I’m not runnng a single table and I am not grinding out PFS sessions. I’m only playing two PFS sessions, both 7-11, Friday night and Saturday morning (Round Mtn, and Sevenfigers, respectively). Yes gods, THUNDERLIPS! in Round Mountain.

”M!+%!**$~%%~, maybe the table will need a cleric. You ever think about that, m#*##&@+!+~+? No. No, you do not.”

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I and the wife are arriving in Seattle this Saturday afternoon. A trip to the glassworks museum in Tacoma is scheduled for Sunday. The rest of the week is art museums, friends, relaxation, and everything else that a honeymoon entails. Then it is all nerds.

And, as is tradition, She Who Rules the Known Universe won more lotto games than I did.

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Matrix Sorcica wrote:
They could just talk to Frog God Games, a much smaller company, who regulary has run and fulfilled Kickstarters for three different systems, including PF1 and 5E.

I don't think that will happen any time soon.

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EwokBanshee wrote:

I actually came into the forums today to ask if you were going to organize another Special, Arc! It was a great time GMing last year.

I've GM'd it before but would be happy to burn a replay to GM again.

For those wondering on time, we ran it Saturday afternoon last year. Somehow Arc convinced the Paizo team to give us the majority of the available gaming space in the main room.

Which may not happen this year....

It is my understanding the afternoon slots will be on the schedule this year. I am not sure how many tables will be offered, but there will be PFS in each afternoon slot.

Spoiler:
I started communicating with Sara Marie in January about organizing the Friday afternoon slot like we did last year. We discussed the above and that pick up efforts/separate organizing for the afternoons would be handled in house this year.

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Bret Indrelee wrote:

Is one of the things being done in the tech is allow normal players to make recommendations on their GMs? If you allowed the people to do this and allowed VOs to see those in their region it would help them know who is seen as a good GM already and who may need some mentoring.

One question in my mind is what is the metric for “exceeds expectations” since you are requiring a GM to have at least one area where they do this?

This has been brought up in the past and has the same answer every time: no.

Ideally, players should be telling coordinators who tell VLs who tell VCs. PFS doesn’t need a “Hot or Not” GM ranking system.

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GM Hmm wrote:

THE VALUE OF EVALUATIONS AND A RUBRIC

What is being proposed was what I actually experienced in Minnesota. As I became a 3 Star GM, Jack and Keith and Jon Dehning started showing up at my tables and giving me feedback. It was gentle, and it helped me grow. I wound up doing a personal training path that involved GMing on all levels of a Special from 1-11, trying out different types of games, learning how to up my challenge level in combat, and working on growing. I had a whole bunch of evaluations that happened well before my 150th game.

I have no idea what's on the Rubric. I'd like to see it published, and that information to be widely known by everyone. It'll be interesting to see what the final amount totals too.

If I were still in charge of the asylum, this is what I would suggest.

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Sebastian Hirsch wrote:
Philippe Lam wrote:
Sandra Wilkinson wrote:
And no offence to those who do, but some GMs have absolutely no interest in online play.

In my own case : I maybe have GMed 150+ tables, and I could have decided to start the paperwork for my 5th star. Yet if I was hellbent on avoiding the online part, I would have been nowhere near it (I don't have enough specials yet, but it's quickly doable) because the IRL landscape in my area isn't super strong : mostly SFS/low to mid-level PFS, high-level not occurring since a couple of months. Worse, only a single VL still living in the country (and which for principle purposes, won't call upon for that because I know him too well and I want no biases).

I won't be able either to request a foreign VL or VC to come specifically for that, nor I might travel for the same purpose. So probably restricted to wait a convention then (possibly PaizoconUK). For me, online is a necessity.

We also run English speaking Conventions in Germany, and I just attended a convention in the Netherlands, so you certainly have options ^^

Not sure if I would recommend taking the trip from Paris to my part of Germany via bus (as I have done a couple of times) but while it is more expensive than my trip to the Netherlands it is also much shorter ^^

Yes, Phillippe...... come to The Netherlands....

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Oh, THUNDERCOCK! also landed the killing blow on the Clockwork Golem. He now has a gear hanging on a chain around his neck along with his studded dire collar.

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Going forward there will be a minimum of two if not four cocks on the table.

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