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Okay so participating RPG Superstar's snark thread makes it really hard for me to remain August Positive which has been very important to since I read that article 3 years ago. So rather than wade into the temptation of the snark thread I'd like to start a more positive feedback thread.


  • We still need to keep things vague. Don't call out specific examples from actual items seen this year.
  • Keep your feedback constructive. Offer solutions when possible--but again keep it general.
  • Don't be a jerk.
  • if you are reading this thread as a contestant, I cannot promise what is included here won't sting. If you think a comment might be about your item. DO NOT DISQUALIFY YOURSELF...SAY NOTHING. Take the advice offered here in the compassionate way it is intended and apply it to next year or future rounds (if you make it that far).

    So with all that in mind here goes.

  • From the tiny sampling I've seen so far quality does seem to be up. Good on everyone!

  • I've already seen two items using illegal sources. Please do yourself a favor and read the rules for each round. In years past these would not have been illegal but the rules changed this year again don't assume you know what you can and cannot use. Check the rules.

  • Attempt to use the proper formatting. A couple of the entries I've seen look like they might have been written up for another edition of the game because most of the required info was present but the order was odd. One of these had enough mojo I upvoted it despite the flaws but I don't know that I'll be able to justify doing it often.

  • I cannot think of an official source that uses hast, willst, whilst or other similar words...I'd avoid it.

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    The Superstars should all have their maps in now and the judges are busy making their initial comments for Tuesday's next big reveal...In the meantime tell us about your favorite RPG Map.

    One of my recent favorites was the city of Cauldron. Sure we all knew how that was going to end from the start but that was half the fun.

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    Pentraeth House

    Pentraeth House’s gleaming white masonry and sculpted dragonesque chimneys command the attention of visitors to Kintargo, Cheliax. The ostentatious mansion features a grand two-story ballroom with one of the Inner Sea’s most magnificent works of stained glass art: A nearly floor-to-ceiling curved window featuring a wondrous seascape.

    Home to Sir and Lady Vastin, minor nobles with growing influence in the city, Pentraeth House is quickly becoming a major hub in local politics. The couple host frequent parties, and each opulent affair increases Vastin influence and prestige.

    Sir Vastin, a shipping magnate, uses the parties as a way to flaunt his success. Meanwhile his wife, the rumored leader to a group of revolutionaries known as Kintargo Unbound, quietly nurtures sedition against House Thrune among her attendants.

    Encounter Setup
    Tonight’s party is a growing nightmare for Sir Vastin. Kabe, a hired assassin, murdered one of the noble’s best men, Captain Caecilius; evidence uncovered by the PCs indicates Sir Vastin is Kabe’s next target and that he will attack at tonight’s party. Kabe’s identity remains a mystery; all that is known is he’s an arsonist and a murderer.

    Sir Vastin retains the PCs’ services again. Tonight they will provide security, supervised by Vastin’s halfling valet Mr. Atticus. The valet leaves all necessary planning to the PCs as long as it doesn’t involve canceling the ball, inconveniencing guests, or increasing costs. Mr. Atticus is resolute on these issues — he is equally invested in protecting Sir Vastin’s reputation and life.

    Complicating matters, Captain Caecilius promised bribes to a guttersnipe crew. Since his death, the guttersnipes have not received their tribute. Unbeknownst to anyone, two guttersnipes are coming tonight to forcibly collect on Caecilius’ promise.

    Part Three: Uninvited Trouble (CR 6)


    The massive ballroom swirls with color and motion. A string quartet plays an up-tempo melody as a cosmopolitan array of revelers dance and mingle. The guests’ attire blends the classic Chelaxian styles with a smattering of Varisian flair.

    A floor-to-ceiling stained-glass window dominates the curved western wall of the ballroom. Its images of emerald sea-dragons and tall masted ships are backlit by magical daylight. Tables arranged beneath the window host several men in age-worn finery talking quietly. The ascending spiral staircase in front of the group leads to an ornate catwalk made of pale wood that seems to bisect the stained-glass windows where cobalt sea and clear blue sky meet.

    Midway down the hall, two private balconies overlook the dance floor from the north and south walls. Sir Vastin and a young nobleman share drinks in the northern balcony alcove. The eastern wall opposite the great window features a larger balcony where the severe Lady Vastin sits in a trim Andoren-cut gown while her flock of attendants gossip and laugh.

    Investigating the Ballroom

    • PCs’ search attempts for Kabe requires a successful Sense Motive Check DC 18 to detect his suspicious behavior amongst all the other guests. A PC gains a +5 circumstance bonus if they know they are searching for a dwarf. The character may attempt this roll every ten minutes.

    • PCs questioning guests at the party discover most guests lack any useful information. There is a cumlulative 5% chance for every ten minutes spent questioning guests that someone remembers a strange behaving dwarf. The group of sea captains under the catwalk do remember the suspicious dwarf and his “malarky story.”

    Once the PCs spot Kabe or when all the PCs have had the opportunity to take an action read or paraphrase the following:

    With a sudden crash, a large stone bursts through the rigging of a stained-glass ship, raining down multi-colored shards. Partygoers scurry for cover as a small but portly draconic silhouette flies through the open glass on four overworked wings. A second sleek dragon follows closely behind. Both yellow-gray mottled dragons perch on the catwalk’s rail. The slim one menaces onlookers with his beak-like mouth and a hiss.

    Creatures: This is a complicated encounter with a number of NPCs.

    Sir and Lady Vastin - When the guttersnipes land Vastin assumes its an assassination attempt. He shouts to the PCs, “deal with these creatures!” he then flees to area f the obligatory shrine to Asmodeus.

    Lady Vastin calmly ushers her entourage into the upstairs family rooms of the house and bars the doors.

    Guttersnipes - Known around Kintargo’s waterfront as Gnar and Boll, the pair are vandals and extortionists. Gnar is the rotund crew leader and Boll is his enforcer.

    Gnar imagines he’s clever, charming and superior to other crew leaders. He tires of the paltry scores his crew brings in. He believes it’s time for Vastin himself to pay up.

    Boll is lithe, muscular, and frighteningly fast. Despite his silent obedience, Boll is deceptively cunning. A psychopath, he prefers the simplicity of senseless violence to the responsibility of leadership.

    If any dock toughs escaped after the warehouse raid in Part Two, they reported to Boll. He recognizes the PCs from these reports and quietly notifies Gnar before attacking the PC identified as least dangerous.

    PCs may attempt negotiations with Gnar. If the PCs can shift his attitude to Friendly, he and Boll will agree to leave and deal with Sir Vastin later. Gnar’s starting attitude is Hostile, offering a bribe of at least 100 gp his attitude shifts to Unfriendly and if the bribe exceeds 300 gp it shifts to Indifferent.

    The Assassin - Hired to kill Sir Vastin; Kabe is a dwarven sorcerer with a reputation for arson and the occasional murder. He infiltrates the party as a minor noble traveling from the Five Kings Mountains to seek his fortune in Varisia.

    Kabe is carefully considering his options and planning his approach when the Guttersnipes arrive.

    Crowds - (Core Rulebook 436) If combat breaks out the guests panic. Crowds of guests, staff and musicians move toward the front exit. The map denotes the starting locations for the four crowds of panicked guests. Each crowd moves 30 feet towards the main double doors. The crowds cannot move through one another’s spaces but they can move together becoming a larger single crowd. A crowd larger than Large size counts the five feet on either side of the door-frame as two squares each.

    PCs may attempt to direct a crowd as normal.

    Gnar CR 3
    XP 800
    hp 30 each (R2)

    During Combat: Gnar is prone to pontificating even while fighting. He prefers to perch and focus on causing property damage with his breath weapon. If forced to fly, he attempts to maintain the high ground. The banisters of the catwalk and balconies are his favored perches, if PCs close to melee range he will ascend to land precariously on the chandeliers.

    Should Boll require his assistance with a difficult foe, Gnar will swoop in and flank with his enforcer. Also, if the attackers have wooden bows or crossbows, Gnar will cease his wanton destruction of Pentraeth House in favor of unleashing his rotting breath on as many archers as possible, softening up bows for Boll to sunder.

    Morale: A coward at heart, Gnar flees if reduced to 10 hp or if Boll is slain.

    Boll CR 4
    advanced guttersnipe
    XP 1,200
    hp 34 (r2)
    AC 15
    Melee bite +9 (1d4+4 plus flensing bite), 2 claws +9 (1d3+4)

    During Combat: Unlike Gnar, Boll seldom stops moving. Silent and cruel, Boll prefers to attack with his claws and flensing bite, using wing trick whenever possible. Boll doesn’t fight fair; his tactics include upending drinks into an opponent’s face or grabbing stray bits of clothing to maneuver into better biting position. He prefers to eliminate spell casters and archers quickly. Boll will attempt to sunder any previously damaged wooden weapons with a vicious bite.

    Morale: Boll is fearless and enjoys every opportunity to inflict pain. He fights to the death.

    Kabe CR 1
    dwarf sorcerer
    XP 400
    hp 18 (gem sorcerer - NPC Codex 160)

    During Combat: Kabe moves from his starting location k and takes the most direct route to the spiral staircase and the second floor. PCs should deduce that Kabe is the assassin as he is the only guest running towards the fight. Kabe fights whomever gets in his way, guttersnipes and PCs alike.

    If Kabe makes it to area f, he attacks Sir Vastin preferably with burning hands if he has any remaining.

    Morale: If reduced to half hit points Kade surrenders.

    Sir and Lady Vastin
    human aristocrat 3
    XP 400
    hp 19 (squire - NPC Codex 251)

    Development: If the PCs negotiated with Gnar and managed to improve his attitude to Helpful, Gnar decides he likes the PCs and could become a valuable ally when the PCs return to the waterfront in Part Four.

    Kabe still carries his written orders. The unsigned parchment bears the unique sigil of his employers, a revolutionary group called Kintargo Unbound and contains specific information on tonight’s events.

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    Whip-crack fast, this black and gold scaled, serpentine wyrm strikes, the massive serrated mandibles atop its eyeless, insectoid head snap closed with devastating force.
    Kaliswyrm CR 3
    XP 800
    NE Medium outsider (native)
    Init +7; Senses tremorsense 60 ft.; Perception +11
    ----- Defense -----
    AC 17, touch 13, flat-footed 14 (+3 Dex, +4 natural)
    hp 22 (3d10+6)
    Fort +5, Ref +6, Will +2
    ----- Offense -----
    Speed 20 ft., climb 15 ft.
    Melee bite +5 (1d10+2 plus nab)
    Ranged spit venom +6 (poison)
    Space 5 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
    Special Attacks spit venom
    ----- Statistics -----
    Str 15, Dex 17, Con 14, Int 6, Wis 13, Cha 10
    Base Atk +3; CMB +5 (+9 drag, +7 grapple); CMD 18 (20 vs. grapple)
    Feats Improved Grapple, Improved Initiative
    Skills Climb +13, Knowledge (local) +1, Perception +11, Stealth +9 (+11 inside it’s lair); Racial Modifiers +1 Knowledge (local), +4 Perception
    Languages common
    SQ extra-dimensional lair, hold breath
    ----- Ecology -----
    Environment warm urban or underground.
    Organization solitary or brood (2-6)
    Treasure standard
    ----- Special Abilities -----
    Extradimensional Lair (Su) The kaliswyrm creates an extradimensional space for its lair, anchoring the entry to a stationary stone or earth surface at least 5 ft. in diameter. This entry resembles an amorphous, overly-dark shadow. Regardless of the anchor point, the lair is always an airless extradimensional pit 5 ft. in diameter and 10 ft. deep. A DC 12 Climb check is required to climb out of the lair.

    A kaliswyrm hunting from its lair gains a +2 Circumstance bonus to Stealth checks made to hide. During combat, a kaliswyrm concealing a portion of its body inside the lair gains the benefits of partial cover. Furthermore, it may drag a single creature of Medium size or smaller into the lair to suffocate.

    An abandoned lair vanishes in 1d6 days. Anything left inside appears on the ground where the lair was anchored.

    Nab (Ex) If a kaliswyrm hits with its bite attack, it deals normal damage and attempts to start a drag as a free action without provoking an attack of opportunity.
    The kaliswyrm receives a +4 bonus on combat maneuver checks made to start a drag.

    Poison (Su) Spit—contact; save Fort DC 13; frequency 1/round for 6 rounds; effect numbing, -2 penalty to Strength and Dexterity; cure 1 save.

    Spit Venom (Ex) As a standard action a kaliswyrm can spit venom up to 15 feet as a ranged touch attack.

    Descended from the outsider subjects of mysterious ancient experiments with draconic blood, kaliswyrms are now typically encountered in cities with connections to Thassilon such as Magnimar and Kaer Maga.

    A hunting kaliswyrm prefers to surprise its prey, striking and dragging it back into its lair to suffocate. It restrains its prey with vice-like mandibles and serpentine coils, sadistically relishing the final terrified struggles of its meal. If an enemy seems formidable the kaliswyrm spits a numbing toxin before engaging.

    Cunning nocturnal predators, kaliswyrms have a rudimentary understanding of humanoid language and habits. They prefer to lair in alleys among the detritus and refuse, satisfying their hunger and murderous urges on vagrants, prostitutes and thieves. Animals and vermin can satisfy a kaliswyrm's diet, but if forced to subsist only on beasts it will abandon its current lair for a better hunting ground. In some rare cases, a fortunate kaliswyrm will make an alliance with a gang or thieves guild, which will feed their enemies to the wyrm.

    Mostly loners, kaliswyrms seldom live near one another. Those few instances where a group of the creatures share a territory usually end in jealousy, violence and cannibalism.

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    Scourge Vial
    Aura faint transmutation; CL 5th
    Slot none; Price 1,200 gp; Weight
    Hurling this crystalline, ember-filled vial at an enemy causes the vessel to erupt in a burst of smoke and burning ash that coalesces into the shape of a fire-blackened skull with burning eyes. Wreathed in oily, acrid smoke and trailing hot embers, the skull corkscrews around the target uttering biting insults and dire curses. The black smoke left in its wake causes watering eyes and wracking coughs.

    When the vial is thrown with a successful ranged touch attack, the skull torments a single target of Large size or smaller. The skull moves with the target, its chaotic orbit distracting in combat. Any combatant in melee with the target is considered to be flanking with the skull.

    The skull’s trailing smoke and embers are blinding. The target (and any creature occupying the same space as the target) is effectively dazzled. Furthermore, each round the target must make a Fortitude save (DC 14) or become sickened by the smoke. Creatures with the scent ability suffer a -4 penalty to this save, while creatures with the fire subtype are immune to the sickening effect. The skull and smoke dissipate in 5 rounds.

    If the initial attack roll fails, treat the vial as a splash weapon to determine where it shatters instead. If there is no valid target in that square the skull shrieks before dissipating harmlessly.
    Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, magic mouth, pyrotechnics; Cost 600 gp

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    Legions of four-inch insectoids rapidly click-clack down the pit walls in an eerily coordinated formation. Armored in a razor-sharp, barbed carapace, each soldier brandishes a crab-like arm ending in a serrated stinger. The horde rasps in a humanlike voice “Die!”

    Njaa’mende CR 7
    XP 3,200
    CE Fine magical beast (swarm)
    Init +9; Senses dark vision 60 ft., tremorsense 30 ft.; Perception +10

    ----- Defense -----
    AC 24, touch 23, flat-footed 19(+5 Dex, +1 natural, +8 size)
    hp 76 (9d10+27)
    Fort +9, Ref +11, Will +7
    Immune paralysis, sleep, swarm traits, weapon damage; Resist fire 5, Weaknesses vulnerability to cold

    ----- Offense -----
    Speed 30 ft., burrow 15 ft., climb 30 ft.
    Melee swarm (3d6 plus distraction and poison)
    Space 10 ft.; Reach 0 ft.
    Special Attacks distraction (DC 17), consume
    Spell-Like Abilities (CL 9; concentration +11)
    At will—bleed (DC 12), dancing lights, mage hand, silent image (DC 13)
    3/day—obscuring mist, rainbow pattern (DC 16), stone shape

    ----- Statistics -----
    Str 3, Dex 20, Con 16, Int 9, Wis 14, Cha 14
    Base Atk +9; CMB — ; CMD
    Feats Acrobatic Steps, Endurance, Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Nimble Moves
    Skills Bluff +3, Climb +9, Craft (trapmaking) +5, Perception +10, Stealth +21; Racial Modifiers +8 Climb, +2 Craft (trapmaking), +2 Perception, +16 Stealth
    Languages Common
    SQ sound mimicry (animals, voices)

    ----- Ecology -----
    Environment warm jungle
    Organization solitary, legion(2-4 swarms), or colony (5-15 swarms)
    Treasure incidental

    ----- Special Abilities -----
    Consume (Ex) The njaa’mende can rapidly consume any creature they swarm over. Against helpless or nauseated targets, the njaa’mende’s swarm attack deals 6d6 points of damage.

    Poison (Ex) Swarm—injury;save Fort DC 17; frequency 1/round for 6 rounds; effect 1d4 fire and 1d4 Con; cure 2 consecutive saves. The save DC is Constitution-based.

    Njaa’mende revel in slaughter and are among the most efficient hunters in the Mwangi Expanse. Utilizing near-human intelligence, the njaa’mende employ cunning tactics and magical abilities to make up for their minuscule size. They combine elaborate pit traps with deception and illusions to lure prey into deadly ambushes. When a trap is triggered, the njaa’mende swarm in and quickly devour the hapless creature. Soldiers bite and sting, and their serrated stingers cut through tough hide easily to inject a boiling poison. The searing toxin softens tissue, making it easier to consume. Colonies have been known to bring down prey as large as a high girallon; however the njaa’mende prefer humanoids.

    Colonies of njaa’mende divide labor among castes similar to ants, except that a njaa’mende hive submits completely to the telepathic will of a solitary queen. She rules over a territory of about a mile in any direction from the central hive, where she spends her life laying eggs, analyzing complex stimuli received from her soldiers, and directing the colony.

    Njaa’mende queens are careful to ensure succession. As a queen nears the end of her lifespan, she births an heir. When the heir reaches maturity, she consumes the old queen, absorbing the racial memory of her predecessors and becoming the mind of the colony. Should a queen die with no heir, her colony becomes fatally complacent, neither eating nor working until it also perishes.

    Only in cases where the hive is directly threatened does the queen join an attack swarm. In those rare circumstances, the queen is better able to focus her attention and that swarm gains a +2 racial bonus to Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma. If the queen’s swarm is defeated, there is a 10% chance that the queen was killed.

    Many njaa’mende colonies are religious, following either Lamashtu, their progenitor, or the destroyer Rovagug, whom their nature emulates.

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    Andoran Mercantile League
    Alignment: LN
    Headquarters: Almas
    Leader: Tobias Stanton
    Structure: Mercantile association
    Scope: National
    Resources: A half-dozen League Halls in cities across Andoran, a few sympathetic representatives on Andoran’s People’s Council, a network of investigators, privateers and guards, and several business investments which provide operating capital

    At the heart of mercantilism are personal property rights. Few take these rights more seriously than the Andoran Mercantile League, also commonly referred to simply as the Mercantile League. Most Andorans think the Mercantile League is an association offering merchants discounted services including legal representation, armed protection, and asset recovery. Unbeknownst to most Andorans, the Mercantile League is now secretly plotting a darker course. In opposition to the nation’s militant abolitionism, the Mercantile League employs slave-finders to track down and return escaped Chelish slaves to their former masters.

    Structure and Leadership
    Tobias Stanton heads a directorate of seven notable bankers and barristers of noble birth. This shadowy directorate determines the Mercantile League’s agenda. Each member of the directorate oversees one of the League Halls, and each League Hall is comprised of a complicated bureaucracy responsible for managing the mundane day-to-day operations. There are other illicit operations that the directorate members handle more directly. For example, Tobias — along with his chief aide, a disgraced Pathfinder named Jarret Bode — oversees the slave-finders because he won’t allow such a delicate and lucrative operation entirely out of his own hands.

    The Andoran Mercantile League’s public goal is protecting all Andorans from the sort of losses the nobility incurred during the People’s Revolt, but that is not its true agenda. Tobias Stanton leads the Mercantile League’s directorate passionately towards his vision of ascendant nobility; not following the old ways of bloodlines and houses, but within this new democracy. The directorate believes power flows not from birthright, but from gold and political influence. It pursues its goals of reparations incrementally. It subtly manipulates the support of a few key representatives on the People’s Council while skirting the nation’s strict corruption laws to achieve these ends.

    Public Perception
    Few Andorans, even among the merchants who have joined the Andoran Mercantile League, are aware of the full scope of the organization’s goals and activities. Most Andorans see Tobias Stanton and the Mercantile League as defenders of the people’s rights and the embodiment of the philosophy and principles the nation was founded on.

    Game Master

    It is late evening in Sandpoint a warm summer rain shower has driven most folks indoors.

    Inside the Rusty Dragon there are few grumbles about the weather as a small cheery fire crackles in the hearth and the delicious scents of food both exotic and familiar waft from the kitchen. The clink of cutlery on pottery and a low contented murmur of people enjoying the food and company fills the bar, while a small band plays a lilting familiar tune from their place near the hearth.

    The door opens and a cool damp breeze wafts inside as a young man in unseasonably long sleeves steps inside with a nod to the Shoanti man perched watchfully near the door.

    At a table near the kitchen two of Gorvi's boys exchange a bit of gossip. "You know how red faced ol' Grump gets, he was shaking angry today" the young story teller squeezes his face into a paunchy angry parody of the old farmer as he shakes his jowls in mock rage before dropping into a barking laugh. "The sheriff still wouldn't organize a hunt for Grump's devil. Seems when Hemlock went out to Grumps farm last week he found the hog pen unlatched and a mess of goblin tracks. But still old Grump insists it was the devil and keeps pestering everyone about it."

    "Those goblins are becoming a menace. I was down dumping a load at the junktoss talking to Gorvi when down below we see three or four of the little buggers out in the broad daylight." Roost, shakes his head before taking a drink and continuing, "Gorvi got his tusks all in a knot over that an he was into the little shack of his and back out in a flash. That battered crossbow of his was all cranked and ready but them goblins had already skittered off like rats. I swear they'll be in the town soon enough."

    Nearby Niska's distantly related niece finishes a Harrow reading for gangling youth with a mop of bristly blond hair. As the band finishes it's tune she returns to her seat at the bar where Ameiko smiles and makes polite conversation with her patrons then suddenly laughing as a particular account reaches its unexpected comic twist. Camaraderie flows from the tap faster than the Two Knights beer. It's a good night.

    There's a short quiet commotion as the lead musician attempts to get the attention of the cleric of Sheylin who sometimes sings.

    Game Master

    It is late evening in Sandpoint a warm summer rain shower has driven folks indoors. Inside the Rusty Dragon there are few grumbles about the weather as a cheery fire crackles in the hearth and the delicious scents of food both exotic and familiar waft from the kitchen. The low contented murmur of people enjoying their food and each other's company fills the bar. Ameiko smiles and makes polite conversation patrons at her bar suddenly laughing as a particular account reaches its unexpected comic twist. Camaraderie flows from the tap faster than the Two Knights beer. It's a good night.

    Welcome to Sandpoint:

    This is the OOC Discussion Thread for the Ruins of Thassilon PBP. For the moment I'd like to use this list to focus on building the character's connections to each other and the city of Sandpoint. Feel free to use the light RP intro above to help introduce us all to your PC if you’d like.

    Everyone can go ahead and make their character, character creation guidelines can be found on this site, here. (We'll also be using that site as a way to track props and other notes from the game. Some of the house rules are up as well.) But before you get locked into any final decisions and we rush into play I want everyone to have a feel for our version of Sandpoint and each other's characters.

    If you are familiar with the Dresden Files RPG you know it uses a system where every player helps shape the game brainstorming together and defining bits of the city and the PCs cooperatively. I'd like to borrow some of this concept for establishing Sandpoint in this campaign.

    Much of the heavy lifting in Dresden is done by reality: what’s really where and who’s who. Much of that same work has been done for us by the Paizo designers. What we need to do is decide how your PCs fit into what’s there and what about Sandpoint interests us as the players of this game: thematically and specifically. So feel free to drop in on any part of this discussion whether it involves your character or not.

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    The current year is 4711 it has been 9 years since the Chopper’s (Jervis Stoot) murder spree that claimed the lives of 25 men, women, and children. Four years ago the new Sandpoint Cathedral was consecrated during the annual Swallowtail Festival and for a time it seemed the Late Unpleasantness was finally laid to rest.

    I am looking to start a Pathfinder PBP set in the village of Sandpoint. This somewhat alternate Sandpoint has not seen the events of Rise of the Runelords , in fact none of the AP’s set in Varisia have occurred. Certain events such as the Late Unpleasantness, and the Licktoad goblin’s grand discovery (We Be Goblins) have occurred but the repercussions of those events will likely play out differently than they would have in the original adventure paths.

    Players interested should submit a short character concept / background. I don’t need a novel or a complete character sheet just a few lines to give me a feel for your character, his or her goals, and an idea of how your PC ties into the local community. If you are familiar with Sandpoint and Varisia and there is a particular region or story you would like to see explored let me know that as well.

    I have no idea what sort of response I’ll get from this invitation but I may not be able to take on every player who applies I will look at the concepts and make my choices from those concepts if I have more players than slots.

    Play Style: I am a veteran player and GM; but, this is my first play by post. I’m looking for player’s who are more interested in telling a good story together rather than getting bogged down in the minutiae of the rules.

    Part of the reason I only want loose backgrounds to start is so that characters can be woven together and into the village itself. Sandpoint will play an important role in the campaign and PCs should feel at home there.

    Sources: Players may read, and are encouraged to read any of the articles that cover Sandpoint, Sandpoint’s hinterlands, and Varisia in general (Burnt Offerings, RotRl Players Guide, Brine Wall Legacy, JR player’s guide etc.). If there is specialized or secret information you would like such as “how to buy poisons in Sandpoint,” or “what’s really under the academy,” we’ll look into whether your character could reasonably know it.

    Full character creation guidelines will come soon but here are a few notes to get started

    • Any Paizo character class is permissible some will obviously work in Sandpoint better than others. Core base classes are preferred.
    • All of the core races are permissible while races from other sources (even Paizo) need special permission so if your concept hinges on an unusual race it might pay to have a fallback concept.
    • Look at the other concepts that were selected and we will all discuss together how the pieces may all interlock while you put together your final character sheets. If your are familiar with the Dresden Files RPG I would like this to be sort of like city creation and character creation rolled together.

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    Wow. I know the Celiax Player's Companion book is currently unavailable but ... Just wow.

    bookislands at wrote:

    Price at a Glance

    New: from $1,386.41
    Used: from $1,386.43

    +3.99 shipping!

    I'm thinking even though we use that particular companion pretty regularly around here It's still in good condition. I might have to under cut those guys and charge about half that with free shipping. Just saying, 'cause wow.

    Not that I would expect to get an offer for even my reduced price.

    If you're interested though it would make Christmas very merry around here ;D

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    Cayden’s Cup
    Aura faint transmutation and enchantment; CL 1st
    Slot --; Price 2,000 gp; Weight 1 lb.
    Many of these lidded pewter tankards are gilded in silver and bear the engravings of heroes locked in legendary conflicts, while others are less elaborate featuring only silver scrollwork. Cayden’s cups regardless of ornamentation are suitable as holy symbols for the clerics of Cayden Cailean, and other mead hall gods, but many non-clerics desire one of these treasures as well.

    When alcohol, regardless of quality, is poured into and consumed from one of these tankards the draught is fresh and ideally served: crisp and cold or warm and hearty, even a wine that has soured to vinegar becomes drinkable with a Cayden’s cup. Sometimes a beverage even tastes as though spiced such as with a mulled wine or a hard cider. The cup has no effect on food or non alcoholic beverages.

    The tankards are resistant to spillage. The lid creates a tight seal and unless a tankard is deliberately opened the lid will remain closed no matter how forcibly jostled. Because of this feature and their sturdy construction Cayden’s cups have on occasion been employed as impromptu bludgeons in barroom brawls. If employed as an improvised weapon a Cayden’s cup has the same statistics as a light mace.

    Finally, three times a day as a standard action the bearer of a Cayden’s cup may take a deep draught emptying the tankard to fortify his courage and gain a +1 morale bonus on attack rolls, skill checks and saves vs. fear effects for the next 5 rounds.

    Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, bless, purify food and drink; Cost 1,000 gp

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    I just received my download of Dark Markets and ran across the entry for The Gilded Shell.

    Dark Markets A Guide to Katapesh wrote:
    All of Malthus’s suits of armor are of masterwork quality. He is also interested in working new materials into serviceable armor.

    There is also a chart of new exotic armors which lists each exotic armor with a GP cost and the equivalent masterwork armor. But the costs listed in the chart don't necessarily reflect masterwork prices (3 come in under the +150 gp cost).

    So my dumb question of the day is could a person buy for example Masterwork Blink Dog Hide for 175gp or is that just redundant?

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    I started to convert a barbarian character I had made for a regular 3.5 game to the Pathfinder and discovered I'm not fond of the way the rage powers are listed. I went through the list and find a power that seemed to fit my concept read the description only to find out on the last line that I can't take it until a later level. Moving the level requirement to the top of the power would be a helpful change.

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    Go to Ordinary People Save the World. The video says it better than I can.

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    My wife and I seldom get to play D&D together because usually I'm the one running the game. So this year at Origins we were excited to play in the Pathfinder preview game together.

    I've been meaning to post a thank you to Paizo for running the Pathfinder demos at Origins and to Greg in particular, for running a terrific game and giving us a chance to kill a few goblins together.

    Now that I have some new ideas regarding goblin tactics I'm really looking forward to singing the goblin song and telling my players to roll for initiative for the first time in Burnt Offerings.

    Again it was a great game Greg, and I'm looking forward to reading Pathfinder 6.

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    I just recieved issue 142 and it has a fairly serious printing flaw . . . page 35(36)folds over at an angle so that a large section of the page goes through the spine of the magazine to stick out at the end of the magazine. Normally when I've seen magazine erros I've been able to trim an uncut page or the like, but unfortunately doing anything like that in this case is not an option. Any hope of a replacement issue?

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    Oh and as requested I performed some thread necromancy over at Failed Wil Save.

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    Okay I'm setting up my SCAP campaign and mid-prep I've decided to actually move the SCAP from a generic setting into Greyhawk.

    I'm not looking to build a strictly cannon campaign but I am wondering what the veteran Greyhawk DMs may have done to insert the Cauldron Region into the world.

    I know that the Cauldron Region is in the border of the Hellfurnaces near Jeklea Bay and the Amedio Jungle. What I'm particularly curious about is the governmental, political, and historical territories. The Hold of the Sea Princes seems to be the closest nation.

    I'm thinking about casting Cauldron, Sasserine etc. as allied Free Cities but have not yet worked out all of the details.


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    I'm ready to begin running the Shackled City this Friday. While I opted for a generic setting I am using the Greyhawk Calendar and lunar cycles. So I am curious when other groups playing in Greyhawk started their campaigns and when they set the Flood Festival to occur.

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    I'm deep in the planning stages of a Shackled City campaign and have been reading some of the posts about how hard the campaign is and the numbers of PC deaths are rather daunting.

    I'm currently running an Eberron game and I'm very pleased with the Action Points rules from the ECS and Unearthed Arcana books and I plan to keep using them as we begin the Shackled City.

    I'm wondering if anyone else has been using these rules an if they seem to have any impact on survivability in the campaign.