|Tancred of Hauteville|
Your GM knows your table's preferences better than we do, after all. I don't understand why so many GMs are so quick to declare that they don't need published adventures because their adventures are better, but at the same time don't seem confident enough to make rulings as appropriate for their own table. Seems like a double standard to me.
If I may chip in with my personal experience, the reason is that GMs are much more rarely challenged by their players regarding the adventures they come up with than they are challenged regarding rules adjudication.
Rules are perceived by most players as "objective", so they feel that they can (and should) point out when their GM is doing something "wrong" (in particular if they feel damaged by a particular rule interpretation).
Don't you feel that this (mis)perception might be the source of that "double standard"?
Obviously a sensible approach to the issue would be for GMs to consult with players regarding the most tricky issues and try to come up with some sort of consensus, and for players to then respect their GMs rulings. However, I found out that it can be surprisingly difficult to find a group where all people involved are that reasonable (since often it takes just a mildly antagonizing or attention-seeking person to generate mayhem).
Finally, as someone who asked a rule question more than 13 months ago and is still waiting for an answer, let me ask this: would it be possible for Paizo to accelerate somewhat the rate of FAQ-answering during 2015?
I remember that back in 2005 or 2006, WotC had a customer service that you could contact by email (or maybe some form) with your rules questions and they would respond via email within a short timescale. What would take for Paizo to organize something like that? I understand that you are somewhat understaffed, but I believe that many people (including myself) would be ok paying (e.g.) a small subscription fee to have priority access to such a useful service.
Thanks a lot for keeping this thread open, and happy holidays.