Tempers and emotions were running high I'm sure...I think the rebels made a mistake killing the Russian...they should have kept him alive as a bargaining chip
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How about boons for GM's who don't attend the cons?
Double Barrel Pistols + TWF + Rapid Shot + Quick Draw + Gun Twirling = 10 attacks at 9th level Trench Fighter?
Maybe I'm just a cranky old fart but as much as I am for DM'ing to give back to the community the rewards are sometime just too little.
Lets see....gonna run scenario X-00...shell out 3.99 to Paizo for the scenario.
Oh look...who's the dumba$$ that drew the map in all diagonal squares on a 10' square grid...doesn't anybody edit this stuff?
All right...get to the site...wait an extra 30 minutes past start time because people are invariably late.
Order food from site...shell out 15.00, buy a splat book or box of mini's for 20.00...got to support the store right?
Start game...and listen to closet thespian blather on about what color socks their PC is wearing..and then what color they change to every 4 minutes...not kidding here.
Give one of your just purchased mini's to brand mew player because they think its cool and you'll do whatever it takes to keep them interested.
Have Gunslinger Alchemist with with 3rd arm growing out of their forehead just trivialize the scenario combats.
Now have the to give the blithering thespian a ride home after the game is over because he wasted so much time he missed his bus and doesn't have 2 nickels to rub together because I'm a nice...then listen to his next character concept of a singing bard where he'll write his own songs and sing them at the table.
Now do all this...and get a GM chronicle to apply to a character that you'll probably never play as you are running out of scenarios.
Drogan I have yet to hear any single reason why allowing replays is bad.
You trot out LFR...which I agree starting a character at any level is wrong...but LFR died mainly because of the advent of MMORG's such as WoW...this sucked people away and it is only in the last few years that people are coming back. This is not because a few old Grognards were chasing people away.
You also stated that not once you have had to turn someone away from a SCHEDULED game...how many people have not attended because what was offered had already been played?...you cannot quantify that.
I usually play Thursday nights...this coming Thursday I will not attend because I have played all of the scheduled games...are the tables full...no. I will not attend therefore the store loses out on the $20.00 I usually spend on product as well as the $15.00 or so on food (they have a kitchen)...so any way you slice it not allowing replays is losing business.
Pontificate all you want but you are wrong in this respect. I applaud you for running a store and hosting PFS but I will never agree that anything that drives people away...even for a session or two is a good thing.
Well from a business model not allowing replays is just stupid.
1. people like playing PF.
2. Some people don't get to ply with a regular group due to their work schedules.
3. PFS is available...Great!!
4. Go to store...play PFS...spend money on PF product. Want to play an Angelkin Inquisitor with alternate traits...that's 3 books beyong the Core book that you have to buy to be legal.
5. I buy product at the store to support the store, I know since PF came out I have spent over $3000.00 on Paizo product or PFS online materials. If I have no reason to go to the store I would buy less and buy online...and that hurts the actual stores big time. Not really sure if Paizo cares if their product is purchased at a store or online but I;m positive the storeowners do.
6. Now I've played a lot and am starting to run out of scenarios...hmm can GM some but my work schedule doesn't allow me much time off. I certainly cannot work on PFS stuff during work because not paying attention can get me or others killed or maimed...so no PFS prep at work.
7. Getting to the point of not being allowed to play as much as I would like due to running out of scenarios. Paizo prints a new book...I would certainly like to buy it and apply whatever I find interesting in it to a new PFS character...but why bother? probably won't be able to play them anyway.
Bottom line is don't drive your customers away from their preferred game and away from the stores.
I'm seeing a recurring problem in many of the events in our area...trying to get a scenario to play that everyone at the table has not already played.
* People buy stuff when they play and it is good for the Store owners who host as well as Paizo itself
I propose that Paizo make and legal scenario that is not either retired or of the current year replayable as long as it is still only once per character.
People...it really comes down to local law ordinances. Here in Minnesota a person can legally concealed carry with a permit...and businesses have the right to post no firearm allowed signs which the Concealed Carry bearer must abide by. 99% of the time you will not even know if someone has a firearm and unless the owner has posted a no firearms notice it is their right to do so. Now if I saw someone with a firearm that was poorly concealed I would as an aside comment to them ask that they do a better job concealing it....just to keep people from overreacting...but that's just me. I own several firearms, avid shooter and reloader, ex military...guns are just a tool, people are dangerous...hell even several dozen 4 siders scattered on the floor is dangerous if you are barefooted.
Martials need better Will saves period. Options?:
just my 2 cents
Its not the guns themselves its the damn Touch AC mechanic that actually makes it easier to hit the BBEG at higher levels.
Here's what I think
this makes you a more martially inclined holy warrior with better staying power than Cleric/Inquisitor/Oracle but still not quite as good as a pure melee non spellcaster
I feel your pain...I absolutely hate the gunslinger class...the touch AC mechanic is broken and it just gets worse as you go up in level. Worse idea ever from Paizo.
The characters have six seconds...what annoys me is spellcasters who will count out squares to get the uber optimized area of effect...you are in Combat...make a snap decision where the spell goes and live with the results.
In PFS Play what should be done with obviously broken classes/builds should be:
GM: "hello everyone welcome to todays game...what are we playing today?"
Actually the best way to deal with obvious broken builds that you know will break the game is to just do the following:
GM: "This is obviously broken and will break the game and none of the other players will have fun."
Player: "Dude..my 6 armed gunslinger with a gatling gun and an war Bison ids a Legal build I I have the right to play him"
GM: "I'm asking you politely to play something else"
Player: "This is what I want to play"
GM: Signs chronicle sheet and hands it to player "Congratulations you have soloed the mission...now go away so the rest of us can play the game and have fun"
What sticks in my craw was once I was penalized as a Paladin for executing a captured bandit.
Speaking of Obscure fantasy novels:
The C.J Cherryth Morgaine Novels - Fires of Azeroth, Well of Shiun, Gate of Ivrel and Exiles Gate...top notch
It's a matter of play style....you can super duper dps and kill things fast before they kill you...or you can hold the line, take a lot less damage and wear them down. Both styles are effective.