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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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It might also happen at the end of the month when they do product drops, so you may have to wait for a week or two, FYI.

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As the person responsible for entering the sheets this year (as well as most all previous years) I do regret that this is taking awhile. Rest assured I am almost finished as the only events left to report are the ACG and some of the PFS special. If the reasons for the delay are important I’ll gladly share them, suffice to say it was a combination of not starting entry until after the new year due to the database issues and the holidays. In the past I had used my remaining vacation after gencon to finish entry but that was not feasible this yea (again database)

It does concern me that people are reporting more than the pfs special missing from their records, as everything up to that point had been completed.

For this years gencon, as long as all the scenarios are loaded into the reporting database, all entry should be completed on site. If you want to email the gencon leads email at this time with reporting errors, I’ll get to those when I finish the special. If you choose to email genconleads, please include all relevant information about the slot.

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GenCon Reporting isn't completed yet. I will post when it is completed.

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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.

Dark Archive

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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.

Dark Archive

Data entry is not completed on GenCon 2017. Please hold off on reporting anything missing until entry is completed. Only report missing sessions from completely reported conventions please.

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Data entry is not completed on GenCon 2017. Please hold off on reporting anything missing until entry is completed. This is just confusing the process.

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All sessions have not been reported as of yet. There are still a couple that I'm waiting on entering until the database issues are resolved. Once all the issues are resolved and I've completed reporting, I'll post here. Only at that time should you use that form to send in an email with missing sessions.

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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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TOZ wrote:
HQ, most definitely.

This can be arranged :)

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What tables would you recommend we get rid of to make room for a second prize station?

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Thanks Bob! Love ya man!

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As the HQ Lead working overnights, I'll be excited to see the turnout this year :) All shall love me and despair!

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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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You could do that, however, I don't know that every con organizer is putting a player number down. Certainly it seems a best practices thing to me, but not everyone is of that opinion.

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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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You can find the instructions and requirements at the top of the page here

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Not to go too tangential to the OP, but (and I know others won't necessarily agree) I firmly believe that we should at least put the players number on a boon sheet. It is a nice security feature and it can actually help ensure that boon trades are valid.

It protects players from illegitimate trades. I have talked to players that had their binders/backpacks/containers walk away from them, either accidentally or intentionally. If a person has a boon with another players' number on them, and no record of trade, it is possible that boon (and potentially other property) was stolen.

It provides protection for organizers. By putting a player number on the sheet, it can help prevent someone from making copies of the boon and trading/selling.

It prevents bad organizers from trading away the leftover copies of boons for other players more limited stash of boons.

Boons do have value. Selling them on eBay is dangerous because once you start allowing it, you potentially increase the risk of thievery. Very few people would think to steal a boon to trade for another boon. More would probably steal if they could turn around and sell it easily.

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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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Yeah, maybe if you don't like the spell choices for one domain I could see taking an inquisition instead but giving up those extra spells is hard to do, for me at least. YMMV

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*bedazzles soapbox*

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Pistol is 1000 gp so I don't think you could get one of those but the other two you could.

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I can find nothing preventing you from taking two inquisitions instead of two domains. However, there may be a few issues for you, depending on your build:

1. You're limiting you deities to the ones listed in Ultimate Magic, unless there is another official resource naming the inquisitions of the expanded deity list.
2. Domains give additional domain spell slots and domain spells so you are taking essentially a weaker option overall
3. They way I read the "Inquisitions" section, you would be using your cleric level to determine the strength of your inquisition and so probably wouldn't stack if you later on took levels of inquisitor, which would use inquisitor levels to determine inquisition strength

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It looks like the seller is Sci Fi City games in Orlando FL. Maybe the local venture officers can look into it.

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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've only had to do a handful of audits in my time and it was always for an honest mistake. I also haven't had any cheaters at my tables, just some math corrections during play.

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Is Eldritch Heritage an option?

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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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"Rage" the Class Feature is altered by the Mad Dog archetype. A delay is still an alteration of the class feature.

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I'm getting through the backlog of requests in the order that they were received with preference given to missing GM credits. However, I have to search through the GenCon reported scenarios to make sure that the session wasn't already reported with typos. I'm not going to fix one problem and create one more fix down the road with duplicate reporting. So yes, this takes time. I am responding to individual emails when they are fixed.

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Kevin Willis wrote:
Todd Morgan wrote:
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...

Here's what you need to provide:

Quote:

Hi Todd!

I played 8-01 Portent's Peril at 2pm Saturday and it's not showing up in my scenarios played. My character was Dandelion Happypants and the PFS number is 123456-7.

I can't make out the GM's signature but her PFS number is 89012. We all got two prestige.

Thanks for all the hard work you are doing even after GenCon is over!
-John Smith

Other useful information is the PFS numbers of the other players at the table (if you know them).

If you are a GM and don't know any of the players' PFS numbers, really the only information you can give is time, scenario, and your PFS number.

When I first reported a convention myself I was shocked at how illegible so many people's PFS numbers were. For almost every person who e-mailed me to correct it, the problem was a digit or two that we took our best guess at but were wrong.

In addition, if GMs know when they turned in their sheet, that can help too, as well as the name that would be on their reporting sheet.

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Thanks TOZ

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Do not email customer service. They have no way of finding the session sheets as I have them all. Please look at the thread I posted for instructions :-)

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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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claudekennilol wrote:
Todd Morgan wrote:
Please utilize the online reporting tool for incorrect sessions as I do not regularly check my PMs.
You mean that tiny 10x12 px icon at the top of the screen whenever you visit the site isn't enough to notify you that you have something in your inbox?

Hah, yeah my eyes aren't what they used to be ...

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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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My opinion is that most of these instances will be the GMs call however I do firmly believe that the player would control both the PC and the Drake and that the Drake should be able to UMD. Sorry it's not more specific :-/

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Quick FYI, while most sessions are reported, there is about a slot and a half worth of reporting sheets left. If you don't see your session reported after a week, feel free to contact me.

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Inquisitor of Shelyn...

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IIRC I believe Glutton was given to those who helped set up and tear down :)

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I've heard it's how they do things in minnesota

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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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