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Scarab Sages

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Please could my subscriptions end, asap.
If possible, could I cancel upcoming order #7746347?

I'm happy with service over the years, but events are making it difficult to keep up regular payments of those amounts, for a hobby.

Economic instability, and a falling pound has led to more and more parcels falling victim to customs fees, which wipe out the savings made.

Brexit is making a recession likely, whichever version is adopted. Even if it's cancelled, the country's reputation has been damaged, and companies no longer trust the UK as a base of operations.

And my job will be moving to a more distant town at the end of next year. A decision has to be made, if I'm following it (and eating an extra hour's travel per day), or looking for new work.

With all of that, I can't commit to maintaining subscriptions, especially with a product pile that I haven't read yet.

Thank you to everybody at Paizo, for friendly customer service over the years, and all staff who've taken the time to answer our posts.
I'd like to maintain the forum account, to keep in touch with friends I've made.

Bob

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I had a message from someone claiming to be 'Emeline Mattis', email address xxfsilasii@outlook.com.

Quoted my Paizo password, and claims to have filmed me through my webcam (which I don't have).

I've changed my Paizo password, and blocked the sender, but I thought you needed to be aware someone is claiming to have hacked the site.

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Male Bullish

That untrained penalty is really going to sting.
I usually try to play PCs with high skill points, either from class or Int, so I have enough to put a rank in everything. Hate being disallowed from trying something or having the result capped because 'trained only'.

Not sure I'll have enough skill proficiencies in PF2, to make that kind of versatile PC, or if it's best emulated via feats.

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Male Bullish

I've had to rely on my phone for a day, as my work PC was being taken away and replaced by a Surface Pro, then all the associated rebooting and restoring of systems.
But, hey, three screens!

And after an old Wayfinder desktop screen popped up, I got to chat about gaming with the IT guy, who turned out to be guitarist from D-ROK, who made Warhammer-related metal back in the 80s.

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Male Bullish

I gained an extra skill, so picked Medicine.

I may need it.

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Male Bullish

Wheee! Homework!

I'll fix this tonight.

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Male Bullish

I got a call to fill in an absentee reserve place in another pbp, and was advised to make a Playtest alias, like a PFS PC, but with the special numbers (XXXXX-15XX), as described in the blog.

Should our PCs for this game have been registered that way?
Is this pbp being reported, for credit?

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Male Bullish

Ah. In that case, I'll use a pregen Seoni, so as to not hold anyone up building a PC.
And make it 4098-1502.
And I'll check with my other GM that we're recording playtest feedback according to that blog.

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Male Bullish

Thanks for the invite. Didn't see it, as I thought you'd picked a full table already.

Was this scenario not using pre-gens?
I thought I saw it listed as such, in the PaizoCon listing, though that was admittedly prior to the rules being available.

I am about to set off out, but can upload a PC later tonight.
I'm in one other PF2 pbp, so this PC would be 4098-06.

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Male Bullish

The levels listed for superior equipment seem a bit gamist to me.

It's not clear how strict these are meant to be, whether GMs have leeway with this, or are having the designer hover over their shoulder, tutting as they place loot.

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Male Bullish
Aramil Wellys wrote:
They posted a blog post yesterday with some notes from the surveys to thus far - Monks had the most starting coin left over, average of 64 sp.

Yes, that's what I expect everyone will find, when all classes get the same starting money.

It used to be that different classes got different amounts, and I could see that being reintroduced as a leveller, if some classes prove more popular.

Of course, after a few sessions, any advantage from starting cash would be irrelevant, if loot is being shared.
The only classes getting ahead would be those who routinely scout ahead, and keep what they find as 'danger money'.
Since that had historically been the Thief/Rogue, I didn't have a problem with that*, as they needed all the help they could get.

*as long as they pass on the stuff they can't use, and don't secretly carry around the campaign McGuffin for months, without anyone knowing.

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Male Bullish

Well the boards have been crazy for a week, but I'm back.

I've checked the chronicle, I see what you mean about the bonus feat being worthwhile.

Is it a one-off atonement, rather than every time it's used?
Does it only have to be activated once, ie, it's embedded and active for ever?

To avoid future GM interpretation, on whether it would be constantly triggering alignment shift, I'd have to hold it and apply it to a Good PC, 4098-01, when he gets to that level.

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Male Bullish

Could you let us know where the action's going to begin, then we can amend our backstories, with how we got there?

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Male Bullish

Still here, and checking in every day, to be met with the system down page.
It's been a bad week for downtime.

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Male Bullish

I'm posting on the move, as I'm out and about.

I haven't been able to update the PC profile to add equipment yet.

There's very little a monk actually needs, are you amenable to allowing any of the uncommon alchemical tools or items, as starting gear?

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Male Bullish

Testing...testing...

Praise the Internet goblins!

We're back.

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Male Bullish
Aramil Wellys wrote:
As for Aramil's Background and how he got a Skill Feat, his Background is Family Friend (which I see I forgot to note) which gives Nobility Lore and the Hobnobber Skill Feat.

I see it now.

I'm not trying to catch anyone out. I thought I'd missed a step, or humans still got an extra feat, like before.

My stats are S14, D16, C10, I12, W14, Ch12. They're on the profile, but it doesn't reveal them in the display.

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Male Bullish

The site is playing silly beggars, when I try to create a new alias.
I may just have to type it up here and complete the task later.

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Male Bullish

Looks like a solid party, that can take care of itself.

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Male Bullish

The site was down last night, so I didn't post stats, but I can do it when I get back home.

I was thinking an elven monk (race and class I rarely play), with the Dubious Knowledge, Dominion nightmares background.

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Male Bullish

I'll get a PC built tonight;
I'm still deciding whether to test common race/class themes that are likely to get a lot of play, or to pick ones that my groups have traditionally passed over, to check if they've fixed the issues that were discouraging my associates from picking them.

Does every PC (including those made for higher level chapters) need to have picked one of the campaign-specific backgrounds, or just the ones played at level 1?

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Male Bullish

Hello there.

Is there more than one party posting here?
So far I've seen posts by;

---GM Shadowtail24--- (with GMPC)
Smileybastard
Phntm888
SOLDIER-1st
Daniel Stewart
Sorn
and me makes 7.

Does that mean the GMPC won't be needed, or are there more players to arrive to make a second table?

Scarab Sages

Thanks for adding me.

I'll see you over there.

Scarab Sages

That's fine. I'm still working my way through the rules.

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Male Bullish

PFS #4098-04
Dayjob; don't believe she has one. I'll be applying it to a level 1 PC anyway.
Normal progression

Is there a slot on the next scenario?

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There was a rogue space in the address, which I've removed, and turned to a link:

Char Sheet

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Just to confirm, this is to be played on the boards, here, right?
As I'm not familiar with the Gameday VII reference.

Okay, so I realised I have a large gap between my earliest Pbps and the ones I played recently.
The recent ones are odd, in that I'm playing pregens, to gain xp for a PFS Core PC, so the posts don't reflect the intended final PC.

I do have the following, from a while back.

Half-Orc Oracle avoiding a fight with a group of dockworkers.

My Inquistor in a RotR game, setting the scene to question a captured NPC, trying to avoid unnecessary violence, by fooling him the cave monster guarding Thistletop is still alive.
This was a game which lost its GM, so I took over, and ran till the fight with Nualia, before retiring it.

My Archivist negotiating the party leadership.
This was a highly narrative campaign, where we were allowed to describe events, with die rolling and mechanics kept to a minimum.

For playing style, I prefer to post in-character, first-person, with any out of character asides kept separate.
I prefer frequent, small posts, to walls of text, unless I am in a solo side-mission, or have been designated sole party spokesman.
Smaller posts give others the chance to jump in or riff off what's being said or done.

I'm familiar with Golarion, being here on the boards since the D&D days, and have written in-setting classes, prestige classes, archetypes, songs, and fiction, for the Wayfinder fanzine (links in profile).

I'd like to get some PF2 practice, as most of my group have gone out of town for the school holidays, and I won't get to contribute otherwise.

I'm looking to playtest the monk class, as that has always been one that had issues, in every edition.

Scarab Sages

Is recruiting still open?
I'm logging off at work right now, but can post something more substantial in 2 hours or so.

Scarab Sages

Oh, too late!

Have fun, everyone, and I'll keep looking.

Scarab Sages

I'm interested in some PF2 practice.
But if you're starting in Sep, will this be enough time to finish, and post feedback?

Scarab Sages

Okay, so I realised I have a large gap between my earliest Pbps and the ones I played recently.
The recent ones are odd, in that I'm playing pregens, to gain xp for a PFS Core PC, so the posts don't reflect the intended final PC.

I do have the following, from a while back.

Half-Orc Oracle avoiding a fight with a group of dockworkers.

My Inquistor in a RotR game, setting the scene to question a captured NPC, trying to avoid unnecessary violence, by fooling him the cave monster guarding Thistletop is still alive.
This was a game which lost its GM, so I took over, and ran till the fight with Nualia, before retiring it.

My Archivist negotiating the party leadership.
This was a highly narrative campaign, where we were allowed to describe events, with die rolling and mechanics kept to a minimum.

For playing style, I prefer to post in-character, first-person, with any out of character asides kept separate.
I prefer frequent, small posts, to walls of text, unless I am in a solo side-mission, or have been designated sole party spokesman.
Smaller posts give others the chance to jump in or riff off what's being said or done.

I'm familiar with Golarion, being here on the boards since the D&D days, and have written in-setting classes, prestige classes, archetypes, songs, and fiction, for the Wayfinder fanzine (links in profile).

I'd like to get some PF2 practice, as most of my group have gone out of town for the school holidays, and I won't get to contribute otherwise.

Scarab Sages

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While I appreciate the majority opinion may have changed over the last few decades, so that high stats are seen as merely 'adequate', I would prefer that the baseline play be set at 'normal people' (with the option to allow higher stats), than at 'offspring of the gods' (with the option to play with lower stats).

It's always been a lot easier for a GM to relax a requirement, than to tighten one.
If the printed baseline is grim and dangerous, the GM appears generous when they allow better stats.
If the baseline is 'godlike', the players react to lower stats, as if the GM is taking something away from them.
And with some players, this can cause tension before a campaign even begins.

Neither play style is 'better' than the other; it just makes it easier to propose a change of pace, if it's taken as a glass twice as full, than a glass half empty.

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Mr.Fishy wrote:
Also does everyone but the monk take a -2 penalty to AC is they are unarmored? RAW that appears to be the case.
Rysky wrote:
The Devs admitted that was an accidental omission, all characters are Trained in Unarmored.

Would it not make sense, to have 'unarmoured' be included in the 'light armor' category?

It used to be understood, in PF1, that for enhancement purposes, 'all clothes and robes were armor with an enhancement of +0'
And for barkskin, you could add it to someone with a natural armor bonus of +0.

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Bumping for interest, til I get home and paste sample play posts.

I'm a longtime board member, contributor to Wayfinder, and interested in playtesting the PF2 rules, but my group doesn't meet often enough to fit it between their current sessions.

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Male Bullish

What country you in?
Ours are in their second week off, and don't go back till September.

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nosig wrote:

How'd you get your AC? Show that to the guy beside you.

How are your skill point determined, and do they add up? Show that to the guy beside you.
What kind of magic items do you have on this PC? Show that to the guy beside you.
What's your HP? etc.

"The magic jar trap dissipates.

Pass your PCs to the person on your left!"

A couple of scenarios with events like that should persuade players to ensure they can justify every ability and score on their sheet.

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Male Bullish

I briefly watched a PF2 game, though this was a post-Con game, near midnight, and the booze was flowing, so it's not clear how much was RAW.

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Male Bullish

Well, I'm back.
That was a bit mental.
Played four different PCs. One new, the rest who'd levelled up without me realising, and had to be amended before or between games.

Everybody survived, even the (as I found out, after) notorious PC-killing scenario in Galt.

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Male Bullish

There are some 2.0 games planned, but I'm not in them.

I haven't arranged to pick up any physical books. They didn't bill me for the book till two days ago, so it may not have been available to bring over.

That doesn't mean we can't schmooze the guests, and read their test copies!

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Male Bullish

I'll be at PaizoCon UK, Friday to Sunday, drive back Monday.

Six games and a dinner to fit in (plus probably a few too many beers), but I'll try to look in.

Scarab Sages

Thanks for that.

I think the things in my sidecart may be from a subscription order whose payment failed.
I'll try to move these across.

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I've replaced the old details of a former debit card, and added a new one, but can't seem to delete the old one, or move my stalled order to be opposite the new card details.

Is that something that's done automatically?

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Male Bullish

I'm fine, I'll just put a line through it.

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Male Bullish

Got it.

I take it we should cross out 'Recruiter of Badru' (since we killed him), and the bottom two items, as out of tier?

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I'm interested, with a pregen, as I haven't a Core PC of that tier.

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Male Bullish

So if this is reported to a level 1 PC, we get 500gp, instead of the official gp reward, but the unlocked items and boons are still available for when we can afford them?

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Male Bullish

Fun is watching my Dad go mad, because two riders flew into a ditch during the ad break, and he missed it.

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Male Bullish

Tour de Yorkshire kicks off today.
Yay!
That's my town cut in half by cyclists for hours.

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Male Bullish

Where is the new entrance to the machine?

Has a secret passage opened up?

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Male Bullish

It may be as simple as entering one more room, and a few skill checks.
Or it may not, I don't know.

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