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This is a known issue. Cancel and retry until it clears out, try clearing your browser cache or using a different browser, or transfer to your kid's account and then transfer from there to your wife.

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Go to your account. You'll find a section for My E-Tickets. Select Manage E-Tickets and choose to transfer one of the tickets you have. Enter her ID and it will search for her Paizo account. I'd call customer service if there is any question about whether you're transferring it to the correct account.

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Chromantic Durgon <3 wrote:
How on earth would the general attitude of a thread be the problem that caused the creation of said thread.

I think you completely missed swoosh’s point.

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“Exhibit Hall” is overstating it, but yes, there is a store at the convention. It will have Paizo stuff and some third party sellers, and every year I’ve gone the featured artist has a booth and does character commissions.

The Paint and Take is there. You just show up and paint.

All of this is centrally located. You won’t be able to miss it. It’s right next to the registration area and across from the main ballroom where PFS is held.

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Every forum has an RSS feed. I get forum posts through my feed reader. Sometimes they are a bit delayed, I think.

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Yes, you'll be able to play a level 7 pregen.

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Yeah, it doesn't seem like there were any heroes in chapter 1 of this story. Well, except for whoever handed over the code in the first place. The guy who leaked the whole deal in a detailed video seemed, in my opinion, to be a bitter guy who'd been happy to go along with everything until he got booted from the private server.

And the vitriol spewed at the owner of the private server also went far beyond any rational response; he claims he received death threats and the like.

Now that the code is out, it's calmed down a lot. There is some infighting between the primary group that has 4 or 5 servers up and some of the others, around claims that that primary group (the Homecoming team) is not sharing all the code needed to run the I25 server and are trying to control things in their own way. And some disputes over how to fund the operation of these servers.

But there are multiple servers up. The primary team, Homecoming, has 4 or 5 servers up with character transfers and nearly as many people as I'd see when the game was officially live. It's relatively stable. The /coxg/ server hosts a few hundred people. It's a bit lawless, as it's run by folks from 4chan, I think.

It's very likely that in the near future there will be a deployable server that anyone can run on relatively standard hardware and host a game for a small group of friends. So things are looking up.

If any of you hop on, I'm pretty sure my global handle is JohnnyFlux. Look me up. I'll see you in Paragon City.

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Yes, you'll find people playing throughout the con. Many people grab tables in the upstairs rooms when they're not in use.

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I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
Dude's a hero (pardon me, Hero). Perhaps I'm missing something, but it doesn't sound to me like he deserves any 'hate' whatsoever. I assume he did the best he could to save a game that was supposed to have been murdered by Corporate.

My best understanding is that over the course of the six years, the person who ran the server (not an NCSoft employee—the person who turned over the code remains anonymous) directed a campaign of misinformation and personal attacks at people who suggested the server existed.

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I had heard it was back, but I didn't know about all of this backstory. I'm astounded that a private server has been running for ~6 years and it was kept a secret, considering the amount of devotion surrounding that game. I wonder what "heavy-handed tactics" were employed.

I wasn't there first hand, but by all accounts the behavior was pretty reprehensible. It apparently got nasty. Lots of gaslighting, casting people who suggested the server existed as liars and frauds. Participants in the private server may have astroturfed the discussions claiming that it was crazy to suggest a server existed. He installed a batch of collaborators as moderators in the COH Reddit forum and had topics deleted and people banned.

Basically, a coordinated attempts to demonize and discredit anyone who knew it existed. Some of it has been reported by various gaming sites.

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I'd also love to find a couple 10-11 tier seats, and not interested in the Champion tier.

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It's legit. I've played quite a bit.

The alleged story is that someone, assumed to be a disgruntled developer, passed the source code for Issue 24 and the character database to someone shortly after shutdown. That person kept it secret and has run a private server for the last 6 years or so, even developing some enhancements in an Issue 25 release with new powersets and an archetype.

The private server players engaged in some heavy-handed tactics to keep it secret. It leaked about a month ago and prompted a huge backlash by the community. The guy behind it got a lot of hate and has released the code. There are now at least 4 groups working on creating a deployable build.

At least two groups are running servers, the Homecoming team and the /coxg/ team. There's some infighting going on, which you can safely ignore and just go play for now. So far, NCSoft has been quiet.

There are two launchers right now. Most seem to be using the Tequila launcher from the SCORE team.

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Here's something to put in the backlog for next year's PaizoCon. The filtering seems to have some bugs and is missing some useful criteria.

There seem to be a number of cases where the filters get dropped or reset. I saw this when I selected next or last, but I can't consistently reproduce it.

I'd like to be able to filter for PFS only, games I'm registered for, and by morning/afternoon/evening/night slots. And please, a filter for events with open slots.

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You'll definitely be able to get into games.

But I still see a lot of PFS games available. Filter to Recommended (the lottery games will all be full) and Pathfinder (or Starfinder). You'll find a number of PFS and SFS events with open slots.

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And if you’re really stuck, call customer service. They’ve always been responsive when I’ve called with something urgent.

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Others have mentioned that bug. You might try clearing your browser cache, or using a different browser for the second transfer. Worst case scenario, you could transfer the second ticket to the same person, and they could transfer it to the third person.

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I believe the only way to move an individual event ticket is through the trade system.

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Stripe is just a payment processor. I'd look for some link or icon to update your payment method. If you have had recurring payments with Game on Tabletop in the past, they might have saved your old card.

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TheOrganGrinder wrote:
1) Its effects are noted to cover the whole of the Spires of Xin-Shalast, but I don't know if it's specifically mentioned anywhere that this extends into the extraplanar Eye of Avarice.... Or is it intended that PCs who find out Karzoug's identity early in the adventure path should be able to peek into the Eye of Avarice with no more than normal difficulty for scrying on a powerful NPC in an extraplanar space?

Either way, frankly I'd never let Karzoug fail that will save. My players greatly enjoyed the reveal of Karzoug upon Mokmurian's defeat and I wouldn't let anything spoil that. But yes, I'd say that the barriers to scrying extend to the Eye.

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2) Does possession of a Sihedron medallion or Sihedron ring allow a character to bypass the occluding field's otherwise absolute barrier to divination effects, or does it 'merely' protection the character from the field's other effects (teleportation block, vertigo, damage, wisdom drain, blindess)?

I can't imagine any reason why Karzoug would make it easier to scry on him through those objects. In my game, they provided protection from the physical effects only. I didn't see anything in the AP to suggest otherwise.

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I'm toying with the idea that a Sihedron ring protects the wearer from all of the occluding field's effects, while the less-powerful Sihedron medallion does not - from an in-setting perspective, I feel as though Karzoug wouldn't carelessly hand out items that, if captured, would allow...

Xin-Shalast can be a bit of a slog. The occluding field wasn't a particularly fun thing, and there really isn't any reason to make it a major plot point. The main thing it does is it potentially forces some of them to wear the Sihedron medallions, which provides some entertainment when Karzoug speaks through their voice.

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Thanks, Mark. It sounds like we’re saying the same thing. I just always have some very clear front runners.

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Mark Seifter wrote:
(some systems, like ranking your top 3 as separate numbers and then all the others as "1" could work better if you assumed you would always get top rank in the lottery but would completely leave you stranded in almost any other situation)

Do you say this because you assume those 1s have some kind of priority that's being ignored? That's pretty close to how I rank. I usually have one or two things that I'm really excited about and want to be certain that's where the system looks first—I almost always have a single 4, because nothing else is equivalent to that in terms of my preference.

I usually have a single 3 as well, I'll have a couple 2s, and a bunch of 1s. I don't understand why that would leave me stranded in any situation, given that I really don't care which of the 1s I'd get.

Am I missing something here? Even assuming I'm last in the lottery round, I think I'd still want them to see if my 4 is available, then my 3, before randomly selecting between open 2s or 1s.

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I don't think anyone is trying to game the system. They're trying to understand how it works and how to best articulate their preferences to the lottery system. There's nothing insidious in that.

There are only 4 priority levels. It's very likely people will find more than 4 games they're interested in a given day. Why is it odd that people might ask for advice on how to approach that situation?

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The ACG games you are talking about are on different days, so I'd rank each of those a 4. If you'd like to try an RPG game and see one that interests you, rank those 1 to 3. That way, if there is an opening in the ACG you'd get that; if not, the lottery assignment will drop down in ranking levels until it finds an opening for you.

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Zaos_Khiddel wrote:
Hello. I just received the email about the lottery events, but I have 2 tickets and was wondering if the ratings I set for each event apply to both tickets or just the one with my name on it? I just want to make sure my wife and I can play at the same tables.

You need to transfer the ticket to your wife. You won’t get double sign ups having two tickets on your account.

My girlfriend and I go through and just mirror our preferences for the lottery.

There is a buddy system, but we don’t use it. It’s best, in my opinion, for situations like attending with a minor where you’d rather not play that have one of you play alone. The buddy system significantly reduces your chances of getting into the high demand games, since you MUST have two openings at a table for either of you to get the slot. (This is offset a bit by the fact that you’re increasing your chances that one of you will show up early in the list while assigning slots.)

We did the buddy system our first year and got none of our highest preference games. Every year since, we line up our selections and then trade for games to play together. But most of what we play together are PFS games that we get through open registration. We usually only get one ticket to things like James Jacobs’ games.

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SeattleEgg wrote:
When I look at the listed Pathfinder events, say on Saturday. I see a bunch of games 8am-1pm, then only 3 Pathfinder Society games in the afternoon/evening. Can someone clarify what Tom said above - specifically, will there be a bunch more games listed after pre-reg ends? The "but that doesn't mean they aren't pre-registered" leads me to think that they would be listed here...

They are listed there. All the items that have no rating shown for the lottery and say “signup not open” will open up after the lottery ends.

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I’ve gotten more weepy as I’ve gotten older. Warren Zevon’s Keep Me In Your Heart is just heartbreaking. Into Your Arms by Nick Cave is also deeply moving for me.

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There will be a lottery for high demand events—games run by authors and developers, a small subset of PFS games, games offered by third parties, Pathfinder 2 preview games, etc. The schedule will get posted for us to take a look, and then the lottery will open.

In the lottery, you'll rate things based on how badly you want to play it. It's used solely to communicate to Paizo your order of preference during the lottery. They'll randomize a list of all of us in the lottery, then work down the list. When they get to your name, they'll look at your number 4 rated event. If there is an opening, you're in. If not, they look at your number 3 rated event, etc. If you have more than one at a rating, you'll randomly be assigned one. I believe they go through the whole list, then re-randomize and repeat until that day's events are full.

My personal approach—I'll only have one thing rated 4, so it's clear that Paizo consider that before anything else. I'll try to have only one thing ranked 3, but have sometimes had 2. At the 2 ranking, I start having more events where I'd be fine getting any of them. I still try to limit that level to 3 events or so. Rank 1 is where everything else I'd like to play ends up.

Remember that rating something highly doesn't increase the probability you'll get in, it just tells Paizo your order of preference. Rating a bunch of things a 4 doesn't help. If just means that when your turn to be assigned something comes up, Paizo won't know what you want most.

Most PFS games and panels are part of open registration. When the lottery results get posted, open registration will begin. You'll be able to sign up for PFS events, and grab any open slots in lottery events that didn't get filled. At the same time, trading will open up, so people will be able to offer an event slot and specify what they want in exchange.

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The schedule should be up around the end of the month and the lottery usually opens around the first week of May It will be open for 5 to 7 days. Lottery results will be posted shortly after that and open registration and trading will begin.

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Krky77 wrote:
1) I've been playing this game for a long time, but I still don't know what is the current official Pathfinder standing when it comes to Hit Point calculation. When I calculate hit points for my Cavalier, do I take 10 on d10 every time I level up or do I approximate rolling and take 6 on d6 every time and add the CON modifier? He's now level 12 and his CON modifier is +1. For the life of me, I still don't know if he should be at 94, which is my calculation using that d6 method, or considerably higher.

It's a d10 hit die class. You get 10 + CON at level one, then roll d10 + CON at each level. Many simplify that and take the average roll, rounded up. PFS does this. There is no d6 involved. My math puts him at 10 (level one hit points) + 66 (average-ish level 2 - 12) + 12 for CON. 88 hit points.

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2) When it comes to animal companions, is the formula for their HP calculation Hit Dice x 4.5 plus Hit Dice x CON modifier or am I also crippling my horse by some half-baked method of calculation?

I don't do a lot of animal companions, but pretty sure they get the average of the hit die + CON.

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3) What this table would suggest is adding those numbers on every level.

No, it's giving you the adjustment for that level. So if you needed to roll up a level 12 character, you wouldn't have to go back through all the previous levels to see what the total should be. So the increase at level 12 with only be +1, the increase over the bonus at level 11.

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thundercade wrote:

Apologies, haven't attended PaizoCon before -

Does anyone know if Wayne will have a table setup, selling art, or if he's just there in some other capacity?

This will be my sixth PaizoCon. Every year I've attended, the featured artist had a booth and was selling art and I think have always offered character sketches. I expect that if he's doing them, slots for character sketches by Wayne will fill up fast. Go early if that's something you're interested in.

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Silas Stadatilas wrote:
The lack of communication with their own Customer Service is just strange and short sighted.

I don't find it that strange. They've said they're trying to find some kind of resolution. Most of the information that's being demanded is likely confidential (I get that people want to know why Paizo said they had confidence in Ninja Division despite the red flags, but I think it's extremely unlikely they're ever going to share what was discussed in private negotiations) or sensitive if they're working with Ninja Division toward some resolution.

Sharing that information with Customer Service puts that team in a terrible position. They can then say they know, but can't tell you. Or they can lie and say they don't know. I'd never put one of my teams in that position.

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I'm running it now. I ignored the reference to loot there; I assumed it was an error since it didn't list anything under treasure. There's plenty of stuff in the Crow and below for them.

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Paarrthurnax wrote:
DM says i have to prep my song using a standard, move, or swift. Then on my next turn the song actually gives bonuses. Can anyone confirm this please?

There is no such thing as "prepping" your performance. Those actions are the actions required to start your performance. Bonuses are granted immediately once you've started, just the same as if I'd spent a standard action to cast a spell.

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My group enjoyed the mystery.

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They'll get a lot of revelations at Jorgenfist; I don't think you need to start revealing things to them right now. They heard the name Karzoug from the imprisoned demon at the dam, as the wizard who trapped him. But they had no idea who Karzoug was or that he was the villain until after Mokmurian's defeat.

I don't think introducing Svevenka or Xin-Shalast would have been a good idea for my group—the existence of Karzoug and Xin-Shalast was the big reveal of their trip to Jorgenfist. They'd have wanted to know why Svevenka couldn't just tell them how to get to Xin-Shalast if she knows of them and their quest.

As for motivation, who need to know more about what the player is thinking, I guess. My group cooperates with the plot; they were willing to assume the role of people who'd come to like the town of Sandpoint. They would probably have introduced a new character as a survivor of the raid who had lost a family member.

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I'd think this falls under the section on Death in the Guide.

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He can be raised by a character of appropriate class and level seated at his table by paying all costs associated with the resurrection.

This doesn't seem any different than if you were a cleric casting Raise Dead.

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James Jacobs wrote:
I've figured out the Vancaskerkin family tree but haven't published it yet. It's ... complicated. But answering your three questions specifically...

Thanks!

Follow up question—does it give you any satisfaction to know that answer is better than anything I imagined you would say? :-)

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Hi, James. I love the appearance of the Vancaskerkins throughout the APs. My group is now doing Shattered Star after completing Rise of the Runelords.

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They were pretty murdery when they started. They slew Orik without a word. But by the end of Rise, one had asked to shift his alignment to good and they'd really gotten into being heroic. They took it kind of hard when Natalya told them one of the many reasons she ended up in her situation was the sad death of her younger half-brother, who'd been killed while mixed up with some crazies up in Sandpoint.

I'm sure I haven't read everything they've appeared in, so I'm having some trouble piecing together the family tree. I hope this can count as one question, although there are some specific parts of it. The question is, can you help fill in some of the family relationships, if they've been revealed somewhere?

Some of the main things that I haven't found answers to:

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1. Natalya is the daughter of Adreea, but who is the mother of Orik and Verik? The unnamed (as far as I can tell) second wife, or the third wife Bertrida?
2. Lullaby is mentioned as being raised by Saul but actually being the daughter of his brother. Is that Damon, or is there another unnamed brother?
3. Any other Vancaskerkins out there that have been published?

Thanks!

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SeattleEgg wrote:

Do we just show up at morning/evening slots and ask for a couple of slots at a table (sounds like most games of this type are not pre-sign-up)? I would think character classes/levels make the options pretty restrictive - do we need multiple character options to find a table that works?!

Most PFS games are not part of the lottery, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t pre-registered. After the lottery ends, you’ll be able to sign up for PFS in open registration. Slots will fill up for some scenarios, so jump on it as soon as registration opens to get scenarios you can play together.

At the con, you’ll show up and can self-organize or get assigned to tables in your tier. Run whatever you bring; there’s no need to have an inventory of classes available. If the party mix seems really terrible, there will almost certainly be a PFS regular at your table who has multiple options to choose from.

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Tickets bought and room secured! Now the long hard wait begins...

No, actually, that started the day I left PaizoCon 2018.

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Of course, now I have to head over to the Shattered Star thread and get to work there. Here's my next 3D model.

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That looks great! Glad they all had a great time.

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Mousmous, Tinalles, can you both PM me your email address?

Mousmous, your work looks fantastic.

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So I ran the final fight this weekend. Some questions that occurred to me should I ever run it again:

1. The disorientation from the anima focus lasts for one minute after they leave. Do you all think that should have continued in the Eye? I did not do that; they likely would have died had the miss chance been in effect for the first 9 or 10 rounds.

2. After the above discussion, I decided that the cave of the Eye sloped gradually out to a height of about 80' above the highest point—basically allowing for prismatic wall to make sense as a strategy. I ruled that his wall could reach the ceiling to a point about 10' to 20' in front of his throne. So he walled himself off.

3. Whether you choose Wall or Sphere, how does that function in play? Can he step out, cast, and quickened dimension door back behind his Prismatic X? Otherwise, how is either very effective? If he steps out, he can't step back, meaning he's opening himself up to multiple attacks each time.

4. Because I wasn't sure about that, he got stuck outside the wall at one point, and quickened DD behind the Runewell column. Someone flew over to look for him, Karzoug cast dispel magic on his celestial armor, and he dropped slowly into the lava.

5. The group did pretty well while they were out of Karzoug's range. He stayed near his wall, they took out the giants and dragon while he fired off a few long range spells. Once they got close and he was away from the wall, he used Wail of the Banshee, killing two members of the party outright. Then the paladin smote him.

Photos are here.

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I finally finished my Rise of the Runelords campaign this weekend. Here's the compendium of the build for the Eye and some photos from the game night.

I will get around to making the throne and the Runewell of Greed models available on Thingiverse, Shapeways, or DriveThruRPG if anyone else wants to produce their own copies. I will also look into posting my Sihedron Circle models, once I've confirmed with Paizo that's okay. Those are more slavishly based on Paizo art and I'd like to make sure they're cool with it.

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That really looks great. I’ve been trying to foam coat mine and it’s pretty difficult stuff to work with. Fast setup, and very hard to sand once it’s set.

On the plus side, the golden pillars are coming along nicely.

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Mousmous, do you have any pictures after painting? I’m trying to figure out the best color for the “glassy” walls. Black would seem lava-appropriate, but I think it would make everything very dark. Gray stone seems okay but bland. I’d love to see how yours turned out.

And any other opinions welcome, of course.

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Thanks! That's very helpful.

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A couple of questions for all of you.

First, looking at the awesome summary of creatures and their response to an alarm in the community-created content, how did you handle an alarm? Is there a mechanism to sound the alarm, or is it just the Wardens in X1 shouting and then normal perception checks with appropriate modifiers for the others to hear? Did you just have everything identified as responding come running?

Second, in the Eye, how would you use Karzoug's prismatic wall? The AP doesn't seem to specify the height of the space, just the distance from the lava. Is prismatic wall very useful here? Karzoug's allies would probably have to stay away from it, and it might not go to the ceiling. Would you use it, and how?

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Good ideas, all. I'd been thinking polymorphing him, but also like finding him as a statue. If I give her additional sorcerer levels she might be able to cast that.

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That's very cool. I was not aware of that template. I might go that route if I have him participate in the fight, rather than just having him there is a non-useful state.

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Adjoint wrote:
I understand you're not asking for spells that could be used, you just want some creative suggestions for the final effect.

Great ideas. Yes, it could be a spell effect, but doesn't have to be. Just things she could have done to the creature she manipulated/controlled now that she no longer needed him.

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