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Thanks for the responses Gary and IonutRO. I hadn't realised that Starfinder would take a more abstract approach to NPC statblocks.

I'm sure it will all become clear with the release of the Alien Archive in October which includes "A robust system for creating your own creatures..."

Thanks again.

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I'm confused with the NPC EAC and KAC entries in Incident at Absalom Station. They don't seem to tie in with the calculations described on page 240 of the Core Rulebook:

"Your EAC and KAC are primarily determined by your armor bonus (most often from a suit of armor you wear) plus your Dexterity modifier. Calculate your EAC and KAC using the following formula: 10 + your armor’s EAC or KAC armor bonus (whichever is appropriate) + your Dexterity modifier."

This doesn't seem to be the case for most of the NPCs I've checked.

For example:
1) ABSALOM STATION GANG MEMBERS - Page 9. EAC = 10, KAC = 12. They're wearing flight suit stationwear and have a Dex bonus of +3. In the armor table on page 197 of the Core Rulebook: Stationwear, flight suit gives EAC +0 and KAC +1. So, by my calculations, the NPC should have EAC = 13 and KAC = 14.
2) JABAXA - Page 14. EAC = 11, KAC = 12. Wearing second skin (EAC +1, KAC +2) and Dex +4. Which should give EAC = 15 and KAC = 16. In this case it looks like the Dex bonus hasn't been applied.
3) FERANI NADAZ - Pages 16+17: EAC = 11, KAC = 12. Wearing estex suit 1 (EAC + 0, KAC + 1) and Dex +2. Should give EAC = 12 and KAC = 13.

These are the first 3 statblocks in the book!

In all of the examples above the maximum Dex modifier for the armor worn isn't coming into play, so it can't (shouldn't) be that which is effecting the calculations.

I must admit I haven't read the books cover to cover so I may have missed something, but the above just doesn't add up based off the Core Rulebook calculations and armor data.

Anyone know if this is an error, or is there some additional modifications I'm not aware of?

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I was having a similar issue and "fixed" it by re-ordering the Accessories. Now I see "Starfinder Charter Superscriber" against my account, but see multiple products in my side cart: GM Screen, Character Folio, Pawn Collection.

@Sharaya - could you check that everything is setup correctly for my subscriptions please? Thanks.

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21 PFS games are being run as part of this free online gaming convention, details can be found here: http://www.fg-con.com/events/

Including the multi-table, multi-subtier special 7-00 The Sky Key Solution.

We have Paizo support for this convention and so will include the chance to win player boons and Paizo PDFs. Event listing

All the games are being run using the Fantasy Grounds VTT which is free to use for the period of the Con - just install the free version and you're good to go. You can import your existing characters directly from Hero Lab or PCgen, or manually enter their details. Once you register for a game your GM will help you get ready for the game and there is help for new players at the FG-con web site.

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Chuck Wright wrote:
Possible. Not up to me. It's a very easy thing to do on your own with Adobe Reader, though, if I'm not mistaken.

I was trying to do various optimizations but the security on the PDF restricted that.

However, thanks for the tip, I just had to download and install the latest Acrobat Reader and do a simple File -> Save As, and save as a PDF - Adobe Reader optimized the file for web viewing and reduced the size from 359MB to 105MB. Much better!

Thanks again for the tip.

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This website does image extraction pretty well too: http://www.extractpdf.com/

No need to install an app, just upload the PDF and then download all of the images as a zip file.

There are plenty of options - as Avatar-1 mentions, Some PDF Image Extract works too - although I have had issues with it recently not converting images (4-15 Cyphermage Dilemma for example).

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I wanted to add something extra in between Ravengro and Lepidstadt, so I made a side adventure at Clover's Crossing.

Spoiler:
I also wanted to really reinforce into my player's mind that the Whispering Way are out there doing "bad stuff" so had the Ghoul problem be started when a local Whispering Way Necromancer got a scroll of Create Undead from Auren Vrood in exchange for keeping an eye on Kendra Lorrimior in case she looked to closely into her father's death. Unfortunately, this necromancer wasn't that strong, and the ghoul he created with the scroll overpowered him, gave him Ghoul fever and, of course, when he died he rose as a ghoul. Thenthese 2 ghouls started feeding on corpses in the church catacombs, making tunnels under the church graveyard and kidnapping townsfolk and turning them into more ghouls...

I run my campaign in the Fantasy Grounds II virtual table top (VTT) program and so I made a few maps for the area - they can be found here: Clover's Crossing Maps

There were ghouls and a couple of ghasts under the church and the remaining town people had fled to the other side of the Lamand River.

Spoiler:
I also created a letter from Auren Vrood to the necromancer (I called him Ravodan) in order to reinforce the link between the happenings in Revengro and the Whispering Way, and that they may still have dastardly things to do, and to also re-stress the baddies name (we hadn't played for a while and my player's had basically forgotten a few threads):

My esteemed colleague Ravodan,
I trust your ambitions are progressing well? I still don’t understand why you left us to go off on your own and to that miserable backwater too! However, we all must seek our own route to the Way.
I contact you now to seek a favour, for which I adequately reward you with a boon that you have asked of me for some time. Within the tube with this letter you will find a scroll containing one of my most potent spells.
Now that I have given you your reward in advance I come to the crux of the favour I ask. I have recently departed Ravengro after acquiring the first ingredient that the Way requires in our preeminent task. But, during our mission, an old “friend” of ours stuck his nose into our business. It seems our old Professor Lorrimor left the university a few years ago and moved to Ravengro with his daughter. How I hated the out dated ramblings of that naïve do-gooder – ramblings that no one will have to listen to ever again as I put a permanent stop to his snooping. However, his daughter Kendra may still pose us a problem if she looks too deeply into the “accidental” death of her father.
It is any such problems that the remaining Lorrimor can cause that I wish you to avert. Keep an eye on her and make sure that she doesn’t leave Ravengro, or look too deeply into the circumstances around her father’s death.
I recommend that you leave using my payment to you until this task has been completed. There is great reward to be had, but there is also incredible danger if you are not prepared and strong enough. Do not attempt the ritual until you are ready!
I look forward to hearing the results of your observation and subsequent experiments.
Yours in the Way and beyond,
Auren.

Hope this is of use to people...

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I've been running Haunting of Harrowstone via Virtual Table Top (Fantasy Grounds) for a few weeks now and we're about 50% through. I've been looking ahead and one thing I'd like to do is really go to town on the journey from Ravengro to Lepidstadt. So, in order to make the journey come to life a bit (and help me to organise my thoughts) I've started mapping the journey.

Here's my first effort at the first bit of the journey - Revengro to Tamrivena:

Carrion Crown Maps

Those of who are interested, this is done with Campaign Cartographer 3 with the recent annual "Jon Roberts Overland" style.

I've used a little artistic licence for the roads and a settlement at the mouth of Lake Lias.

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Catacombs of Wrath battlemap

Catacombs of Wrath battlemap JPEG

Here is my first ever attempt at a map. I used Dungeon Designer 3 (Campaign Cartographer) to create this. I've reduced the file from the 6000 resolution I used to printout (I wanted to print this out for a battlemap at 1” = 5 feet at 150dpi) - it is now 2000 pixels wide for 40 inches, so is effectively 50dpi.

I’m sure there are various ways I could improve this, but as I will be using this for my game in the next few days I’ve tried not to look at it too closely as I’d be forever changing it (and burning ink).