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Putting a plug out for GM Hmm's Author's table of #5-06 Historia's Holdout at GenCon Online. It's being run on Google Slides, so open and accessible to everyone with a zero-slope learning curve. There's only 1 sign-up so far (me), and I'd really love for this table to fire.

So, to recap:

Brand new scenario!
Author's Table!
GM HMM!

Sign up here! 

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Nomadical wrote:
I think I'll likely buy the clan book for whichever one I build, and certainly the NY by Night. Thanks.

Oh, yeah, Sorry for the confusion. I did refer to the novels earlier and then switched to meaning the splat rulebooks. I grabbed both the Ravnos and Toreador books that Talomyr referred to, plus NY by Night.

I saw in the Ravnos book that Ravnos and Gangrel kind of despise each other. Are interclan issues like that brought to the table, or is some of the Lore hand waved away in order to make the group work? If it's an issue, I could switch to my Toreador concept if ElbowtotheFace is bringing a Gangrel.

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I've got 2 character concepts. When I think about building a VTM character, I feel like starting with the Clan (maybe because of my first exposure being the Clan novels.)

First option is a Ravnos scoundrel / con-man / professional party crasher. Gorgeous, popular, well-connected but not famous, able to slide into any situation and have everyone instantly accept him and eventually love him. Attributes: Social>Physical>Mental

Second thought is a Toreodor club/event producer. Also gorgeous, out-going, but more thoughtful. A planner who finds the joy of art in the art that she facilitates and others create. Attributes: Social>Mental>Physical

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karlprosek wrote:
Nomadical wrote:
I'm actually very interested in this. I loved the novels, but never got around to playing the RPG. So, obviously, I'd be learning the system from scratch and catching up on the lore.
Oh wow, you read the clan novels? I remember seeing them at the FLGS back in the day but never picked one up. How were they?

TBH, it was 15 years ago that I read them. They were fun reads, and I loved the setting and flavor, but I don't remember details. If I was playing in a long-term campaign, I'd certainly reread the book for my character's clan.

karlprosek wrote:
I found this really basic character creator yesterday. It doesn't explain anything but it does the math for you so it could be helpful if you're just learning the rules.

That site looks useful. I found a couple android apps, but none of them seemed to be quite right.

karlprosek wrote:

There are also the various clan books that dive more deeply into each clan if you really want to learn about a specific one that interests you.

I might also recommend the New York by Night book but it's not necessary.

I think I'll likely buy the clan book for whichever one I build, and certainly the NY by Night. Thanks.

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I'm actually very interested in this. I loved the novels, but never got around to playing the RPG. So, obviously, I'd be learning the system from scratch and catching up on the lore.

Is this the book?

Are there any others you'd recommend, even if they're not required or needed? Would you allow them, or just want to limit this to the Core book?

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I'd love to get in on this. (Good to see you again, Adam. You played at my table of the Special at PaizoCon OZ 2019 in Brisbane!)

I understand that Redalia is bringing one of her frogs, and they're either level 8 or 9.

I've got:

High tier:
War Priest 8 (Whip specialist, reach, battlefield control)

Out of Tier:
Ninja-monk 7
paladin 7
Oracle (Necro-Enchantress) 7

Low tier:
Gunslinger 6

I'll wait to see what the party composition and expected subtier is.

I've played Part 1, but never got to do Parts 2 & 3, so I'll gladly burn a replay for Part 1 if we're really doing all 3 parts.

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I was Proud to wear my Ally ribbon, and I'll make sure to get one every year at PaizoCon.

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I've never ordered them before but always been curious. Seems like this is the best time to get 'em, while they're still warm and fresh from the skull....

Real name is Jim D****. Looking forward to meeting you, Majuba.

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Not sure if this is the same issue, but I've seen permission problems with google docs before. In my case, it came down to making sure that my players had clicked into the document via the Share link for the presentation first. Then later I can post links to specific slides.

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^ This. This is why Hmm is one of the most beloved members of our community; for taking in three newbies, gathering a table with some vets to help her show them the ropes, and doing it so quickly. Y'all have no idea how lucky you are! Welcome aboard, and have fun!

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Also not a fan, but TBH I thought it was just my browser acting weird.

The only benefit I could possibly see is that it differentiates the spoilered text from what's not behind the spoiler. I know that I've sometimes had to click the spoiler button a couple times to open and close it so that I could tell what was and wasn't behind it when amidst a long post of many small paragraphs.

But I'd rather they use a bar along the side like many manuals do to indicate a change.

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Void_Eagle wrote:
Is there any way to tell if our PaizoCon 2020 tickets are still valid? I don't think I would have asked for a refund, with the option to roll them over available, but I'd like to know for sure if possible. Thanks.

For those of you wondering if your badge has rolled over, I think I've figured out how to tell. Select My Account at the top of this page, then Order History. Scroll down to when you purchased your 2020 badge. Mine now says "PaizoCon 2022 4-Day Badge"!

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For those of you wondering if your badge has rolled over, I think I've figured out how to tell. Select My Account at the top of this page, then Order History. Scroll down to when you purchased your 2020 badge. Mine now says "PaizoCon 2022 4-Day Badge"!

Though I think as of just a day or two ago, it still said 2020. And maybe it only updated after I clicked through to the ticket product page. Either way, it gives me a warm fuzzy that my ticket is still in the system.

Yeah! HMM & Bret! And Lady Ladile for her first PaizoCon!

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Without a doubt I'm planning to attend in-person. Already got my room, and travel's not an issue for me given my lifestyle and job.

But who else is coming? Whose happy, smiling faces will be there (safely behind their masks of course)?

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Yep, cleared the waitlist! Brining your favorite surfer merfolk ora-bard.(An Ocean's Echo oracle that YiM was gracious enough to trade the merfolk boon to me to make happen!) Pretty sure this will be the first time I'll have heard your voice since PaizoCon 2019.

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The feat Memory Access from the COM has a prerequisite of "Construct type, constructed racial trait, exocortex, or head slot augmentation." (emphasis added)

Looking through AoN, there are exactly zero "head" slot augmentation, although there are 46 "brain" slot augmentations (15 biotech, 7 cybernetic, 7 magitech, 3 necrografts, and 14 species grafts).

Presumably the prerequisite should have said "brain" slot, and possibly have been limited to cybernetic augmentations to match the flavor of the other prereqs, but as written you can't use any augmentations to qualify as there are no "head" slot augmentations available.

FWIW, both HeroLab and Starbuilder prevent you from taking the feat unless you qualify one of the other ways, even if you buy a brain slot item.

Seems like a simple thing, and fairly obvious, so can we get a quick errata or clarification, please.

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When I just checked it, it was still not showing the double. Then I went to the GM/Event Coordinator tab and hit Refresh. Now it shows the doubled amount in my total and on the Sessions page. Thanks Tyranius, and Thanks Alex!

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Ah, gotcha. Thanks for the update.

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Tyranius wrote:

Announcement

Alright folks, we have another 2x AcP Event Weekend coming up for the soon to be released One-Shots for Starfinder and Pathfinder 2E. Below you will find a sign-up sheet for GM Registration along with the weekend that your PbP / PbD Table must start on to earn double AcP. If you table starts before or after that allotted weekend then you will not receive the double AcP.

  • SFS One-Shot - The Great Grav-Train Robbery
  • PFS 2E Head-Shot the Rot

    Similar to Sundered Waves the VO team will create a separate event for this as well as use our reporting tool so that all PbP Games are consolidated on one event and easier for Alex to turn on once they are all reported in. I will email the event # and reporting form out via email to the GM's as it gets closer.

    At the moment all I can give you information on are the titles of the One-Shots and the dates for double AcP. Please keep an eye out for future blogs with better descriptions and product pages.

    I will be sending in the Scenario Support request for these items on October 10th. We do not yet know exact release dates nor when you will actually receive them so please be patient with that process. We just wanted to get word out so that you can plan ahead if you wish to run / play in these One-Shots.

    GM Registration Form w/ Dates (Link)

  • Just following up to see if/when the Double AcP should be expected to post. I ran Great Grav Train, but the AcP for my session still shows 8, and only 4 for my players.

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    GM Aerondor wrote:

    I have one spot open in a run of 3-20 Everchanging revelation (11-14). We are playing low-tier but with the current five characters even a level 14 won't change that.

    We are just starting it at the moment, so let me know if you have an in-tier character and are interested.

    I'll join. Posting in Discussion shortly.

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    Alex, I want to thank you for waiving the normal rules about discussing why things get banned, for then presenting a complete and clear explanation, and for taking the time to do so over the holidays.

    I really do appreciate that you chose to address this personally, and now I hope that you can get back to spending some quality time with your family.

    In Solidarity We All Stand Stronger.

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    As I mentioned in this waaay off-topic post, I wish to ask for a reconsideration of legality for an archetype.

    Full disclosure, IRL I’m a proud Teamster. My son who also plays in SFS is a member of IATSE, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, and my parents and ex-wife are former AFGE members. I salute and congratulate the members of United Paizo Workers for their successful organizing effort.

    So I have to ask why the poignantly topical Union Organizer archetype can’t be made legal? The archetype itself doesn’t seem to be excessively powerful, and the associated feats are all Society legal.

    I understand that the prerequisite: “You must have paid dues on a union membership to take this archetype” isn’t tenable in worldwide Society play, but that doesn’t mean there can’t be a different prereq written specifically for Society play.

    I propose: “You must have and maintain 1 skill rank per character level in a Profession skill. The Union that you organize for must be directly related to that Profession skill.”

    This would impose an easily verifiable cost on the character, but one which is directly related to the archetype’s concept. Using the phrase “and maintain” ensures that the cost continues. Failing to maintain the skill rank progression would lead to loss of access to the archetype’s benefits. It would provide for a vast amount of role-play opportunities without being unbalanced by any means. And it would show IRL support for the UPW and other hard working union members worldwide.

    I therefore hereby petition Org Play leadership to do whatever is needed to make the Union Organizer archetype Society legal somehow.

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    GM Blake wrote:
    GM Tiger wrote:
    what's the policy (or is there one) on non-English PFS games? Some of the folks from my IRL group may want to try but with English not their first language, they may want to use "Taglish (Tagalog+English)". If they're my games I can moderate it, but I don't want to accidentally violate some policy if I can help it.
    Paizo's forums require it to be in English. That's a general rule for public forums, regardless of what you're using them for, I've gathered: posts need to be in a language the moderators can be read.

    You could set up a Discord server (Disclaimer: I have no idea how hard that is, but my impression is that it's not hard at all) and run a PbD game there in any language you want. Or check with the folks over at MythWeavers or the official Discord lodges to see if they can let you run in another language.

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    Hey, Zoomba. Like Farol, I haven't played any of those yet. I've got a Face operative at level 8.1, so she could do all 3 parts.

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    Sorry, something has come up. I'm going to have to bow out from this. Looks like Gerald can get in. Enjoy!

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    The slides are illegible (to me, anyway). Any chance you could link to the pdf directly?

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    Can't really pass up a chance to play a limited access Special. Yes, please!

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    Thanks, Charli ;) One of these days I'm going to use my Manifold Host boon to join your faction. I still have it sitting around unused from that PaizoCon.

    I have 7 of the Scoured Stars segments and am GMing Heart of the Foe in PBP to get my 8th. We'll be done in a couple weeks, and I'd planned to get the full boon for four of my characters by the end of Dec. Sadly, two of them have more than 8 Fame, but less than 24, so only one gets to benefit from the reduced price.

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    Wait. I thought we could still buy boons with Fame until the end of Dec. Is this retirement effective now?

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    Blog wrote:
    " Every Starfinder session played prior to May 31, 2021 will retroactively award 2 Achievement Points to both players and GMs. (emphasis added)

    The original blog post used 28 May as the cut off between Fame and AcP.

    PaizoCon Online 2021 was the weekend of the 28th through the 31st. Those sessions already earned AcP. Based on the wording above, the ones played at the Con (and elsewhere) on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (but not on Monday the 31st) would now also earn 2 more bonus AcP each.

    So why now make it "prior" to May 31st? Or was it supposed to be "prior to May 28th," the original switch over date?

    (Not that I mind a few extra AcP, just trying to avoid misunderstandings and miscalculations if it was just a publishing error.)

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    As promised. Here's the link to a Google Doc with bb-code for all 4 of the pregens in one file, in the order presented in the pdf. Commenting is allowed.

    Issues:

    Envoy: Short 1 language (not corrected). Note that Signature Item is from Tech Revolution, so I added the text since TechRev is not on AoN yet.

    Vanguard: None.

    Technomancer: I don't have AA2 in HLO so I don't have the Uplifed Bear. I had to build a custom race in HLO, and I can't be sure I got everything right. Please check it over. He seems to have 3 extra ability score points from the point buy than he should. I did not correct this, as I couldn't be sure it wasn't something I did wrong, and didn't want to invalidate the whole published build either way.

    Operative: As previously mentioned, short 1 language (not corrected), and ranged attack modifier is incorrect (fixed).

    Note too that none of them have Engineering tool kits, even though all of them except the Vanguard have ranks in Engineering. I did not fix that; though, I think it probably should be hand-wave-fixed.

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    GM Hmm wrote:
    Nomadical wrote:
    If anyone wants to share their slide deck as payback, I'd really appreciate it.
    Mine's still in progress but I'll share when I have one!

    Thank you, My Queen. You're still the Best! And honestly, it'll be an honor to use one of your slide decks.

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    I've done the Operative. I built it in HeroLab Online, then used HLO's export to BBCode option. It's not perfect, it doesn't include url links, but it doesn't take too long, and it's usable by players.

    I'll knock out the rest of them today or tomorrow. Once I'm done, I'll post a link to a Google Doc with the bb-code text.

    So far, the Operative is short one language and the needler attack is off by 4 as The Ragi noted

    If anyone wants to share their slide deck as payback, I'd really appreciate it.

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    Anyone planning to make bb-code of the pregens for player's aliases for PBP? I mean, I could start, but I'd hate to spend hours trying to get it all formatted, only to find out someone else had a macro or something and had it done in minutes.

    I'm letting my players choose their characters now by using the pdf, especially since I've got a player that's new to SF and PBP.

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    Page 3 makes it sound like the players don't actually have to use the pregens. Is this to be allowed in Society play? Are players allowed to use the pregens but change equipment as suggested below? Or "minor aspects"? What's minor? An operative exploit? A feat?

    Or will there be a published policy to play the pregens as written for this event?

    Mixing up the Crew wrote:
    Your group might prefer to use a crew of your own creation for The Great Grav-Train Robbery instead of the pregenerated characters provided here. New characters should work fine in this adventure, or you might consider keeping the pregenerated stat blocks while changing equipment and minor aspects as necessary. Although everyone in the crew is a career criminal, they’re antiheroes in the Robin Hood sense, not outright villains, and any characters you create for the robbery should share a common philosophy that encourages cooperation and discourages unequivocally evil actions.

    Oh, and thanks for linking that, Oh Great Queen of PBP (forever Queen in my heart, at least.)

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    Was just checking my Digital Downloads and noticed that it said Tech Revolution had been "updated" on "Yesterday" (3 Nov). I downloaded it, but don't see any difference or new edition number. Anyone know what was updated, changed, or fixed?

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    Bigguyinblack wrote:
    As hinted at already Bonekeep is meant to be a challenging series and much of that challenge is trying to finish within a set time period. I had hoped they would find a way to compensate for that.

    But we do this for Specials already. Look at the current run of Blood Under Absalom for Gameday X. There's a schedule of days based on how many minutes are allotted for each Act. If Bonekeep is supposed to be completed in 4 hours, just do the math and set a finish-by date.

    And it could even be run faster via PBD given the pace of play in that venue.

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    Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
    I'm thinking of going along with something suggested to me on Reddit here.

    Just a note regarding the suggested build you linked to from Reddit.

    Reddit wrote:

    Buy an Apocalypse Crystal shard and add the soulfire fusion. You'd do the following damage:

    1d3 (unarmed) + 3 STR +3 CHA +1 Crystal for an average of 8.5 damage per hit. Apocalypse crystals do force damage which targets EAC, which is generally lower than KAC.

    Specifically the bolded line. Apocalypse crystals do not do force damage and do not target EAC. "An apocalypse crystal causes the damage dealt by your solarian weapon to function as a force effect." Owen K. C. Stephens confirmed this here. It makes it work vs incorporeal critters and anything else requiring a "force effect."

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    Like Aerondor, I think I'll run SFS and try to play PF2.

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    How do we know what's on the "curated list(s)" before we spend 20 ACP for the uncommon item or spell access boon? I'd hate to blow the ACP only to find out that there's nothing of real use for the character I purchased it for.

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    I second the Congrats to Alex and Tonya. I'll miss seeing Tonya at various random cons around the world, but also look forward to meeting Alex out here on the road.

    Kudos for the new convention calendar! A nice look, and easy to navigate and see what's coming up so I can more easily plan my travels. One request, though. Would it be possible to color code the cons in a more meaningful way and provide a key to the colors? Even something as simple as one distinct color for online cons, please.

    Oh, and thanks for all the hard work to get caught up on sanctioning!

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    From the Season 3 Guild Guide, p. 40, as part of the Capstone Boon section:

    SEASON BOON (YEAR OF SCOURED STARS)
    Throughout the course of the first season of the Starfinder Society (Starfinder Society Scenarios #1–01 to #1–39), players have the chance to collect several unique boons relating to the primary storyline associated with the season. These boons, titled “Journey to the Scoured Stars: Segments 1–8,” each contribute to a single Capstone boon associated with Season 1. Any player can purchase this boon if they meet the prerequisites listed below. A player’s possession of Journey to the Scoured Stars segment boons can be across multiple PCs, but a specific numbered segment counts only once toward the player’s total number of segment boons. (emphasis added)

    Year of the Scoured Stars (Slotless Boon)
    Prerequisites: All Factions Tier 3; at least four of the Journey to the Scoured Stars segment boons
    Cost: 8 Fame (24 on subsequent purchases)

    Benefit: When you select this boon for a character, pick one of the following to apply to your character immediately:
    • You gain 1 extra Resolve Point. If you’ve collected all eight segments, then this increases to 2 Resolve Points.
    • You gain 1 extra Hit Point for every character level you have. If you have collected all eight segments, then this increases to 2 Hit Points for every level you have.
    • You can select a single saving throw (Fortitude, Reflex, or Will) and increase your bonus to that save by 1. If you have collected six or seven segments, then you can select one of the remaining two saves to increase, and if you’ve collected all eight segments, then you instead increase all your saves by 1.
    • If you’ve collected all eight segments, then you can increase one of your ability scores that is currently 16 or lower by 2.

    Special: When you first apply this boon to a character, it costs 8 Fame. You can apply this boon only once to a given character.
    Subsequent purchases of this boon for different characters cost 24 Fame.

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    I've been prepping #1-31: Treading History's Folly. My intent was to give priority to people trying to complete their Segment collection. I was going to recruit for it next week after I wrap up the PaizoCon PBP 1e game I'm running.

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    GM Numbat wrote:
    GM chronicles are based on the assigned character not on what the table did. So your 7th level character receives a chronicle appropriate for 7th level.

    And in keeping with GM Numbat's phrasing, any boons on the chronicle (from older season scenarios) are available to the GM's character regardless of the players' actions that may have denied them certain boons. In those situations where there are two mutually exclusive boons (e.g. You get one for saving the numbats, or a different one for saving their mortal enemies the drop bears), the GM may choose which boon they get, again not based on what the table did.

    I'm sure phaeton knew this, just adding to the discussion in case someone new to GMing reads it.

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    Ooh, ooh, I could play the Investigator pregen. XD

    Nah, but I think I'll try Jirelle. My original -1 is a swashbuckler, so it's consistent across the editions for me.

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    GM Ladile wrote:
    That said, I am going to be out of town at a convention June 10th - 14th and probably won't be doing any posting those days.

    There are face-to-face conventions going again? Where? Unfortunately, I'm back to work that weekend, but I had assumed that F2F cons hadn't started back up yet.

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    First! I win!

    I’m thinking of playing something martial, but I’m flexible. Likely use Amiri or another pregen, whatever compliments the party.

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    Tyranius! We meet again at another PaizoCon table!

    I've decided to dip my toe into PF2 for the first time since the playtest. I'd like to try out the Investigator pregen at level 5 on your table, but I'm open to other classes based on the needs of the party. I can apply this down to a level 1 just like in the other systems, yes?

    Is there a link anywhere to ready-made bb-code for the pregens?

    Also, "Macro Link"?

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    If you're looking to obtain PDFs of those books, then what Svardi said is the only option. I've heard of other companies that provide a code in their hardcovers, but not Paizo.

    But if you're just looking to have them listed somewhere for legality at a Society table, you can instead bring photos of the books with you rather than carrying them to every game. Just make sure that you hand-write your PFS number and Forum name on a piece of paper that you include in the photo for verification.

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    Nomadical wrote:

    WANT: Merfolk

    I really want to make an Ocean's Echo oracle. (Yes, I'm aware I could do that with any race having a swim speed, but Merfolk has other personal meaning for me, also.) This will be my -14 and almost certainly the last 1e character I build.

    HAVE:
    Aphorite / Ratfolk / Vishkanya
    Samsaran (Note that this could instead be used to make a Reborn Samsaran )

    Alchemical Versatility
    Brutal Reputation
    Ley Line Access 2
    Martial Tradition
    Technophobe

    I also have the following Starfinder boons:
    Heavy Solar Cannon (Starship)
    Mining Laseer (Starship)
    Rabid Fan Base (Social)
    Tune-Bot 2000 (Ally) (I have 2 of these)

    Trade completed. Quickly and with someone I know in person in spite of him being from the opposite side of the planet. My merman shall sing praises to Eadie Nevhalen and Aeliah. (Abdara doesn't get a song, her ego's too big already.)

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