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The player (another lawyer) I made this ruling against agreed with my reasoning, but we both agreed that we were being obnoxious for using rules of statutory interpretation to decide how a rule in an RPG worked.

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Pirate Rob wrote:

Have you seen the new PFS2 A Most Wondrous Exchange?

I haven't read it but the name makes me suspect...

I did see this, and I did have to wonder as well. but after reading the description, it seems "exchange" refers to a market...

unless...

Update:

Spoiler:
I did a very brief skim of the scenario, if it has a holiday theme, it's subtle enough that I missed it in a 30-second read


If a person has acted in a surprise round (i.e. no longer flat footed), do they get a reaction? The situation is, the PC has moved right up to an enemy, and the enemy is about to cast a spell. If the PC has a reaction, the spell would trigger an AoO.

The rule says, "combatants who started the battle aware of their opponents can each take either a standard or move action during the surprise round. Characters can also take swift actions during the surprise round."

A reaction is described as a "special action."

I read together, I read the surprise rule as being exhaustive of all possible actions that may be taken, and the reaction rule classifying a reaction as a "special" action, but an "action" nonetheless.

It just seems excessive to me for someone to be able to be able to take two actions in a surprise round in the normal course.

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Alex Speidel wrote:
We also intend to have...some actual rules about campaigning for your character once they're selected, precisely to avoid a character winning on "name recognition" alone.

It would be good to know the campaigning rules as far in advance as possible. I mean, what if I were already running afoul of them.

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This is an appreciation post for SFS 4-12 "A Festive Operation", and a request that there be more holiday-themed repeatable scenarios for both Pathfinder and Starfinder.

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Thank you to all who attended GlyphCon, but especially to organizers Jago and Dunn who ran with it when I found myself in an out of province ICU just as it was starting.

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Thank you!

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Hi, sorry for the proliferation of threads, but I could not find this answer despite having looked.

Can the racial admittance boons still be used, with the ACP races being introduced? My concern is I have a

Spoiler:
stellifera
boon that I don't want to go to waste, and it is a race not offered through ACP that I can see.


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as well as a playspace with video chat that seamlessly integrates all the other tools.

Oh, word? Is this going to make discord obsolete for OP purposes?

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I'm guessing you're not interested in all the people with characters who are forum members, but I've got one :sunglasses:

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James Hargrave wrote:

Just going through this so far.

One question.

B4: The Fallen Dragon imparts the PC with a fraction of the Dragon's Power which functions Identically to a Mk 2 Personal Upgrade (Mk 3 in Tier 13-14)

Does this happen IN ADDITION to the Personal Upgrade the PC already has? Can it upgrade a Mk 1 to a Mk 2 (or Mk 3)?

Was wondering the exact same thing. It would seem to be that if it says it functions exactly like a mk 3 personal upgrade, you can't have more than one. That's how I played it.

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On a success, tendrils shoot from the dragon into

the PC and impart them with a fraction of the dragon’s power,
which functions identically to a mk 2 personal upgrade (or mk 3
personal upgrade for Levels 13–14). The dragon can give this gift
to each PC only once.


Question about something that happens:

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On a success, tendrils shoot from the dragon into

the PC and impart them with a fraction of the dragon’s power,
which functions identically to a mk 2 personal upgrade (or mk 3
personal upgrade for Levels 13–14). The dragon can give this gift
to each PC only once.

Presumably this means (at e.g. high tier) that the bonus is permanent, that it would not affect someone who already had a mk 3 personal upgrade, and you couldn't then get a mk 3 personal upgrade later?


Yakman wrote:

Pact judicial systems vary based on jurisdiction and locale. In the Contemplative communities of Akiton, guilt is determined by precognition and future law breakers are arrested upon entry to the settlement.

Likewise, in certain 'Those Who Become' anacite collaboratives, guilt for non-silicon-based life forms is determined by algorithm.

In the Drakelands of Triaxus, accusers must battle defendants in gladiatorial combat, with the judge [a.k.a. the local dragonlord] determining when guilt or innocence is clear.

On Absalom Station of course, the Gap led to a complete eradication of existing law and regulation. Even the memory of how court systems functioned was wiped clean from the Station's inhabitants. This early challenge almost caused the destruction of the space station, as anarchy threatened to break down the entire order of society. It was only upon the discovery of a small micro-crystal containing a program called 'Phoenix Wright: Space Attorney' gave the inhabitants a model for dispute resolution and forms the basis of the judicial system even today.

I'm guessing the source for this is Pact Worlds?

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I'm not even at 2nd Nova yet, but I want to be able to plan for achieving the 5th Nova. I have some questions re. the requirements:

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A GM must accomplish the following baseline achievements to qualify for their fifth nova:

Report 150 sessions as GM.
Run 50 different adventures.
Run 10 or more scenarios featuring the Exclusive tag.
Complete 3 observation games in the presence of a venture-captain, a regional venture-coordinator, or a member of the Paizo Organized Play staff (see below for rubric).

Is there a distinction between "reporting 150 sessions as GM" and "run(ning) 50 different adventures"? Also what is the meaning of an "adventure," as opposed to say a module from an AP, or a scenario?

What are scenarios with the Exclusive tag? I've seen this expressed as a special before. Seems to me it would be a challenge to GM more than 2 specials a year if that's the case, and I've yet to GM one.

Sorry if this has been asked and answered before, I found no other similar threads!


If you consider the many nation-states of Verces, or the moons of Liavra, or wandering tribes of Akiton (perhaps they have trial by combat?), there are likely many judicial systems. I really doubt for instance that there is something like Judicial Committee of the Privy Council at Absalom Station that reviews cases from the highest courts of appeal on all the planets. I even doubt there is something like the Treaty of Rome that created the International Criminal Court (but yeah make if up if you'd like to). Maybe there's something like the Star Chamber on Eox. Apostae having predetermined show trials.

(I've wondered and thought a fair amount about this as well)

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Jesse Lehto wrote:
I've finished running first book so now waiting to get to report it :3

OK so you can run things before they are sanctioned and get credit for it later?

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Sorry, this question has probably been asked before but I went and looked and didn't find it. Would really love to keep playing my high-level characters.

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When you play APs for Society, how do you handle that each module only levels up one level, but the modules go up two levels? (I hope I’m making that clear, I can’t think of a better way of expressing that). We tried playing 2 APs at once, or doing 3 scenarios in between. It’s kind of unsatisfactory.

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Good day, for a number of months I've had it in my mind that I would like to organize a con. I've discussed this a bit with my VC and the core members of my SFS group. I've attended a few cons before (in person and online) but have never organized something like this. Wondering if I could get some pointers from some veterans.

These are the kinds of things I am considering:

- Timing: Kind of don't know how much time these things take to organize, and how much notice the gaming world likes to have. Depending on how long and how much effort it will take, and considering my own schedule, thinking probably November or January

- In person or online: Probably online, even if everything returns back to normal. Frankly probably not enough interest locally (Edmonton, Alberta)

- Whether to run a special or not: I have no experience and this and may not be a thing that someone without experience should try

- What to run: I play SFS almost exclusively. Have played/GM'd PFS in the past. Not super sure what my PFS comrades are doing for the most part in this city, I think they are only doing PF1E right now.

- Getting a sufficient number of GMs: From what I've observed, it seems like tapping into the world-wide pool of GMs makes this not as big of a concern. Locally we have 4-8 people who can GM and may be willing to help.

What are some considerations I am missing? Thanks everyone.

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RealAlchemy wrote:
Book 1 of a certain early Starfinder AP wiped the whole party with the last boss fight because playing by SFS rules everyone was level 1 and couldn't handle the boss abilities.

Yes I am pretty sure I know what you are talking about. Wildly unbalanced.

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
RP. wrote:

Not sure how this works, how desirable what I have is, or how valuable the things I'm looking for.

Have: Endless Potential

Want: Racial boons for elemental scions (any), barathu, or aasimar

PM sent.

This trade complete. Thank you!

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Just curious if you've ever experienced or even witnessed a character death in SFS? I have never seen one. If you have, I'm curious as to what level the character was.

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Not sure how this works, how desirable what I have is, or how valuable the things I'm looking for.

Have: Endless Potential

Want: Racial boons for elemental scions (any), barathu, or aasimar

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James Anderson wrote:
Hmm. Adjusted permissions. Try this one.

This was indeed the one!

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Thank you all! I don't think it's boon hunting if I'm just going to eventually play or GM everything :) I was mostly curious.

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In the past I have seen a document that outlines which races are available with a boon. I’m trying very hard to find it right now but can’t, would like to be able to find it if anyone knows where it is.

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My character will hit 12 during Paizocon. Wondering if I should play the 11-14 scenario with him or wait until he hits 13. Hopefully there will come a day when you don’t have to carefully plan out which scenarios you play as there will be a lot to choose from.


Went to go buy some t-shirts, there were only two to choose from in L. I'm guessing they aren't big sellers maybe. Anyway, would've bought more, would like to see more in the future.


What is the expected wait to hear back about GMing?


Elfteiroh wrote:

I don't get those. Make sure the url in your browser starts with "https" and not just "http". That's the usual source of these warnings.

(The extra "s" means "secure". Still not 100% risk-free, but its better encrypted)

I got the same result on my phone, using the link provided above. In the end I googled the Organized Play Foundation and followed links from there and was able to sign up.


Wanting to sign up to GM, get this message

"Your connection is not private
Attackers might be trying to steal your information from www.orgplayfoundation.org (for example, passwords, messages, or credit cards). Learn more
NET::ERR_CERT_COMMON_NAME_INVALID"

Oh god how did this get here I am not good with computer.

(sharing just in case this means the problem's on your end and not mine)


My wish list for Starfinder:

- mutations (iirc PF1 included mutations in one of their books)
- more undead
- a number and breadth of feats on the same scale as PF1

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So, for my first character I took a feat (skill synergy) which through level advancement became useless (as a Mystic I got insight bonuses to the skills I had chosen that obviously do not stack with skill synergy). I knew twigged to this early on but kept putting off getting a mnemonic editor. Now the character is level 9. Retraining is clearly out, as it not allowed in society. Mnemonic editor as I understand it is also out, as you can only re-do the advancements from the last two levels. I think I understand this but want to confirm I'm SOL.


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Given that Earth is canon in Pathfinder, is it canon in Starfinder?

If so, my real question is, are we in The Gap presently?


RP. wrote:
I was surprised to see Weydan as the deity of socialists. What other ideologies do you associate with which gods? I think of Abadar being the god of neoliberalism.

I should have been clearer, it appears Weydan is worshipped by socialists, not that he is e.g. a god of socialism.


Master Han Del of the Web wrote:

Really? Huh, I completely missed that about Weydan. I guess I have a new favorite Starfinder deity.

I'd bet Damoritosh is pretty strongly associated with kleptocracy/oligarchy along with a strong dose of authoritarianism and probably some crony/state sponsored capitalism.

The Devourer is all about specifically anti-social nihilism more than anything. Before anyone tries to tie anarchy to him, that's a big no go and a serious misread of anarchist movements. My anarchist friends would be insulted to be compared to him.

I actually think of Weydan or Desnan as being more suited for anarchists.


I was surprised to see Weydan as the deity of socialists. What other ideologies do you associate with which gods? I think of Abadar being the god of neoliberalism.

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I’m a little late to the party but I have to say after spending all weekend and all day today coming up with a character concept, I was very disappointed to find out that neither Qi adept nor wrathful warrior are society legal.

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Hi, I take it that the present year in game is 320 AG? Or does it only change to 320 when Season 3 begins?

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Are there any SFS scenarios that take place on or around Liavra or Bretheda?


Following as I came in here for advice on how to build an effective unarmed fighter.


Hi, I know that we are still waiting to hear how Gencon Online is going to work, I was just wondering if there was any update as to Paizo's plans?

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Huh, I never thought that people might be squicked by the idea. I guess I'm naive.

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I’ve thought about this some more, and dwarves are are about the size of an 11 year old and are medium, so I can’t see a problem. Unless I am missing something.

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I have a question: Is there an SFS legal way to make an android that resembles a human child? I was thinking that the size would be the hangup but I note that Xenometric Android is legal and allows for small sizes. I wonder if this could also be accomplished by just having their size remain medium, but for flavour purposes making them 3-4' tall. Thank you.


Thanks!


I am making a 1st level Tengu with 18 intelligence, and with one rank in Linguistics. By my count, I should be able to get 8 languages (Common, Tengu, 4 from my Int modifier, and 2 from the rank in Linguistics). Hero Lab disagrees, thinks I should have 6.

Who's right?


I've been thinking a bit about how maybe the Kineticists could be made to interact with tech, e.g. make the areokineticist could use electricity to power up an item, or maybe the geokineticist could manipulate radiation in some way.


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Am I the only one, who, not ever having seen Avatar, instead though of Carrie (Stephen King) when they first considered this class?


I have a couple of questions; I apologize if they have already been answered, or the answer is obvious to everyone else.

Re. Telekinetic blast: "You throw whatever unattended object happens to be around." Does this mean telepathically hurling something that is just sitting around, or do you have to physically throw the thing, and then it's carried on with greater telepathic force? The use of the word "throw" just had me wondering.

Re. Other elemental blasts

Obviously, to use telekinetic blast, you need an object or else the power is useless. Do you need some source element material for it to work, or is just summoned instantaneously as needed? E.g. Would Air Blast work underwater (without a source of air)?

What got me originally wondering about this was the Earth Blast, "You shape earth into clumps or jagged shards and send it flying..." that almost sounds like you have to manipulate some material e.g. balling up some mud, before making the blast. This seemed much different from the way I imagined e.g. Fire Blast. I suspect I know the answer (that you are able to summon the elemental material as needed) but some of the wording left me unsure. Thank you!

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