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After many hiccups, everything should be entered. If there are data entry errors in your play/GM history here is the preferred way of handling it:

1. If the table session is entered into the system but the GM number/player number/character number is incorrect, then that can be edited by any Venture-Captain or above. Players, please remember that your hard copy chronicle sheet trumps anything viewed online, and a data entry error doesn't invalidate your chronicle.

2. If the table session is not entered into the system at all, then email genconleads AT gmail.com. Please include all of the table session information from your chronicle sheet and we can look through the paper copies. Priority will be given to GMs since table count affects stars and GM rewards.

Thanks for your patience!

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X-posted:

As someone who has been volunteering at PaizoCon for quite a few years, I would like to encourage anyone who hasn't been to this convention to try and get out at least once if you can. It is a convention like no other.

Sure, there are other conventions out there that may host a couple Paizo employees, however one-on-one time with them can be pretty limited. There are a ton of them at GenCon, however they're all pretty busy running large seminars, working the booth, managing the chaos in the Sagamore, etc.

PaizoCon is a smaller-sized convention put on by Paizo for their fans. The seminars are smaller and the staff are way more available for a casual chat. They each take turns running short survival-of-the-fittest delves. Everyone takes part running them too, so if you have a favorite staffer, you get a chance to play at a table they're running. And while PFS and SFS will have a large ballroom of events to choose from, it's not as hectic at GenCon, nor should it be the focus of your time there. They give the afternoon slot off so you can have a chance for a meet and greet with the staff, or a seminar, or to demo some of the cool new third party stuff that the vendors have.

All in all, it's a much more relaxed convention, put on for your benefit as a thank you, and in a great hotel with a lot of amenities (such as free cookies).

Don't break the bank to get here, but it is a once in a life opportunity that you won't forget.

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As someone who has been volunteering at PaizoCon for quite a few years, I would like to encourage anyone who hasn't been to this convention to try and get out at least once if you can. It is a convention like no other.

Sure, there are other conventions out there that may host a couple Paizo employees, however one-on-one time with them can be pretty limited. There are a ton of them at GenCon, however they're all pretty busy running large seminars, working the booth, managing the chaos in the Sagamore, etc.

PaizoCon is a smaller-sized convention put on by Paizo for their fans. The seminars are smaller and the staff are way more available for a casual chat. They each take turns running short survival-of-the-fittest delves. Everyone takes part running them too, so if you have a favorite staffer, you get a chance to play at a table they're running. And while PFS and SFS will have a large ballroom of events to choose from, it's not as hectic at GenCon, nor should it be the focus of your time there. They give the afternoon slot off so you can have a chance for a meet and greet with the staff, or a seminar, or to demo some of the cool new third party stuff that the vendors have.

All in all, it's a much more relaxed convention, put on for your benefit as a thank you, and in a great hotel with a lot of amenities (such as free cookies).

Don't break the bank to get here, but it is a once in a life opportunity that you won't forget.

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Hey All,

Quick update regarding GenCon reporting. We are awaiting the special and the latest season of ACG to get added to the system. Once they are, we can begin reporting those events. Everything else should have been reported on site.

My understanding is that there is also a known database error with the reporting system in general. If you do not have credit for a specific scenario in the system, my assumption is that it is from this database error. Please do not report this as an error until we know the database is fixed and can confirm that the reporting is actually missing. I'm sure there will be a further update when that is completed and then you can submit any reporting errors through the normal channels after that.

Thanks!

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Wei Ji the Learner wrote:
Gary Bush wrote:

Well, 2 would become 4. The extra boon table could be opened during periods of high demand.

Also, putting a second table in a different location in the room (like in the opposite corner) could also be helpful.

There is a saturation point where too many people working at the boon booth will cause them to trip over each other.

One of the many 'roaming tasks' I was given on Sunday's active slot was to head over and 'see how the Boon table was doing, and help out however they need it'.

They already had four people behind the counter at that point, and there was no way for a fifth to fit in there.

The boons sort of need to be in one controlled location, I think? For access and security reasons?

The 'opposite corner' this year had the ACG in it, which was still running games. The 'corner' across the hall from the Boon table had PSA in it, and the nearest corner had Demo tables running.

Where should the additional table go? Please note, I'm keen on the idea of having an 'overflow' table, but even as a new volunteer I just don't see how it could be logistically sustainable.

EDIT: Ninja'd by Todd and TOZ...

Security of the boon station is important, which I didn't mention. It's one reason we even had overnight slots this year, to have someone continuously in the room. Also the reason the overnight slots were all centered close to HQ. They told me to keep my eye on BNW :P

To be clear, BNW was a delight to watch run tables and I have nothing but the highest respect for him running all the overnight slots :)

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Thanks Bob! Love ya man!

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Maybe it's something that they have in mind for a chronicle sheet.

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Glutton for Punishment was given out to people who dedicated large swaths of their free time (in addition to their scheduled volunteer time) to help set up/tear down the Sagamoare, which always takes a lot of time on Wednesday afternoon and Sunday evening. I don't know if Tonya plans to bring GfP back or not, but if you want a chance at something like that, I would suggest lending a helping hand (especially for Sunday evening tear down, we always need a ton of people for that)

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Players attempted to steal, throw sand in enemies faces, drag them, etc. long before the APG came around. Before the APG, we just had to wing it. APG just codified and simplified what players were already trying to do. I personally don't think it's best practice to limit something that players have already been doing for years just because they finally codified the rules in a book.

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Since you agreed with me andreww, I think you're probably a genius and know all the rules inside and out :)

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Eh, I think it may be easier (and more evil) to adjudicate it via a CMB check than to disallow a character from doing something.

IMHO, the additional options were added to begin with to try and make adjudicating combat easier. Before their inclusion, we still had players trying to steal things in combat, throw sand in enemies eyes, etc, and oftentimes, it ended up being a table variation issue.

If you allow it your enemy could get a free attack of opportunity.

Certainly there are corner cases where I wouldn't allow it, especially if I got the feeling they were trying to get non-core options into play for free, but basically, all the additional maneuver rules did was codify something that players were already doing, making the adjudication less arbitrary.

However, I could be wrong.

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It may be easier in the long run to dip a level of gunslinger to avoid having to take a cheaper gun option.

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*bedazzles soapbox*

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I'm a pretty big stickler for keeping your chronicle sheets on hand only because in dire situations, many players will start leafing through their chronicles seeing if there is a boon they can use to help them in said dire situation. Not having your chronicles means you don't get to do that, even if you have it recorded, as the GM cannot then mark off the boon.

If a player doesn't have their chronicles with them, they'll need to play a pre-gen.

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I finished going through all the missing sessions to make sure there were no duplicates and was able to get most everything fixed.

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my email address is on the coordinator page so feel free to email me directly. I'll need a LOT more info than what you guys provided here...

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I have completely reported events for GenCon 2016 with four exceptions. Two card games and two RPG sessions could not be reported due to lack on scenario information or GM information.

RPG:
8/5/16 - The Wounded Wisp - no GM info
8/7/16 - Captives in Toil - Alan Mendoza - no GM number

ACG:
No date or scenario information for two sessions.

Please utilize the online reporting tool for incorrect sessions as I do not regularly check my PMs.

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Wei Ji the Learner wrote:
Todd Morgan wrote:

My personal opinion is that the campaign is pretty generous when it comes to replay (being that unlimited replay in part can cause the end of a campaign in general).

That being said, if you don't want to GM and don't want to play Core, you are in part causing your own issues by eliminating 75% of possible chronicle credit.

Or if one is *allowed* to GM and/or has the *time* to play/GM Core.

Do not presume that it is a 'want' situation, please.

That felt a bit offensive, based on personal experiences.

Probably not the intent.

Ummm, one of the first page replies was about not wanting to play Core, that was what I was referencing. If you have time to play, you have time to GM. It takes no more time than self-auditing your own character before a game day.

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My personal opinion is that the campaign is pretty generous when it comes to replay (being that unlimited replay in part can cause the end of a campaign in general).

That being said, if you don't want to GM and don't want to play Core, you are in part causing your own issues by eliminating 75% of possible chronicle credit.

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Inquisitor of Shelyn...

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Drizzt and Carrie-Brie.

alcohol prevents con crud

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Two truths and a falsehood:

1. A VC got married to a VA at the con
2. HQ leads were rewarded with boons to play drow
3. I started my day drinking yesterday morning at 7 AM

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I'll admit, I'm very gun-shy when it comes to making copies of signed documents. Ever since this I sign everything with either a magnetic marker/pen or colored ink.

Making copies of your chronicles allows you to have two sets of chronicle sheets. A GM crosses off a boon on one, you have the original without it being crossed off. Now I'm not saying you would do anything nefarious with those duplicate sheets, however, allowing copies of chronicles sets a precedent that would allow someone of dubious intent the means to cheat the system.

I do sympathize with your predicament. I have 5 binders filled with character sheets and chronicles. I organize them into binders based on level range and only take the binders for the event level range that I want to play.

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I think it should be an ivory or white color to indicate the purity of the VO. Then as they rise in ranks, they become sick with dread (green) then angry at the world (red) and finally unlife takes them (yellow)

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Disk Elemental wrote:

For those of you who came in late, one of the posts Chris Lambertz deleted was a response from the GM in-questions, as well as one from one of the players.

I'd consider this matter resolved.

Agreed.

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1. Talk to the GM first; if it doesn't get resolved then take it to the:
2. Game day organizer; if it doesn't get resolved than take it to the:
3. Venture-Lieutenant; if it doesn't get resolved than take it to the:
4. Venture-Captain; if it doesn't get resolved than take it to the:
5. Regional Venture-Captain (me); if it doesn't get resolved than take it to the:
6. Organized Play Coordinator (Tonya)

Taking it to the boards makes it more likely to devolve into a he-said/she-said type of situation that doesn't help the situation in the slightest.

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How about a +1 bonus to Sense Motive when interacting with NPC members of your faction while in Tian Xia.

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The evening Special has been sat (again, within 5 minutes of start time). We were able to sit all ticketed players and most of the non-ticketed players. One table-worth of non-ticketed players had to to be turned away due to lack of GMs, unfortunately, but they retired upstairs to try and start a pickup game of Society.

The prize table will be open to the the end of the slot and then re-open tomorrow morning.

In personal news, I was able to enjoy a second ACG table this morning with Painlord, played in a delve ran by James Jacobs (a personal dream/goal of mine), and played a PFS table with Bob Jonquet and the Pullman crew ran by Bobby Pepka. There was 3D terrain. It was high-tier 7-11 scenario. I played a paladin and killed lots of undead and evil outsiders :)

Very few player or GM complaints at this convention. Either people are afraid of us, or not much annoying stuff is taking place. I'll take it as a win either way.

Also Painlord, I appreciate you taking time from your high level ACG table to help me learn more tricks with the card game. Next time we play, I will be the Master.

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My idea (tongue in cheek): The pins can be put through clothing or other fabric and can hang on your person to advertise your allegiance to one faction or another.

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Bob Jonquet wrote:
I should mention I'm giving Painlord the stink-eye but he's soo immersed in a round of ACG he fails to notice.

I'm staring at him too at my end. He can pretend like he doesn't notice but we know the truth...

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A wild Linda Zayas-Palmer appeared! She collected the rabid Mark Seifter and departed to parts unknown. We can only hope she means us no harm, and will protect us in the future from the Elder One known only as Compton.

Our fortunes have never looked bleaker. It is darkest before the dawn. Libations!

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He came up to me later and said he was lying. He's a nihilist. He believes in nothing.

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Some crazy guy just game up and threatened me. It went like this:

Crazy guy walks up to me.

Crazy guy: Do you have six fingers on your right hand

Me: I do

Crazy guy: My name is Painlord. You have not played the Adventure Card Game. Prepare to die.

Me: I'm going to play it tomorrow

Crazy guy: Okay. Never mind.

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*A crumpled sheet of paper is located on the floor of the Grand Ballroom. Written upon it appear to be the scribblings of a madman.....*

....Prize list....
.....Muster....sheets...
...GM boons....

...PFS Grand Convocation Scavenger Hunt boon.....

.........Coffee....neeed....beer...whiskey....

Love....Bob...Jonquetttt......

Ramen.....foood....souls...consume
...................Thursty.....give....blood....brains

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In time, the sting of change and character item loss will grow less and other, creative options will present themselves. I have multiple characters affected by these changes and was initially annoyed, but then I remembered that I've been through every PF errata since inception and like Walter says, more will come; some will be well received, some not. The PFS world will keep spinning. I don't even remember what I was annoyed with during the first erratas or FAQs.

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Walter Sheppard wrote:
Good stuff

Well said!

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For those of you who may not know, I am the RVC for the Northwest region and I will be helping to run HQ at PaizoCon as I have in the years past. I wanted to also make myself available to anyone from the NW region who may want to chat about PFS in their locality, especially non-VOs who may not have access to me on the VO forums. I'll be at HQ during PFS time and will be either there or at the hotel bar during down time. I can be easily recognized by my ginger goatee and pleasant demeanor :)

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If it goes like last year, HQ will have your volunteer packet and rewards available Wednesday afternoon at the Sagamore ballroom. If you have a room reward, your name should be on the reservation and you will need to provide a credit card to cover incidentals that may be incurred. Some hotels in years past just needed one card from anyone in the room, other times they've needed each person to provide a card.

The nice thing this year is that we are at the hotel right across from the Sagamore, so basically just come across the covered bridge on the second floor and you're right there.

As a volunteer, the HQ Leads expect you to be ready and prepared to run your games 30 minutes prior to the slot start time. HQ will hand out water periodically throughout the slot but you should also have some filling, high calorie snacks and more water on hand should you need it. I love the Nature Valley bars and one box will last you through the convention.

There will be plenty of food trucks outside for meals and there should be ample time to hit them up as needed. There are also many good bars/pubs within walking distance should you have needs along those lines.

Also, please fill out your reporting sheets legibly and completely.

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What happened to teamwork and being team players? This seems like the exact opposite.

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