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Sovereign Court Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area South & West aka Yasumoto

Thank you, friends! Y'all are great!!

Sovereign Court Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area South & West aka Yasumoto

Derek— you're one of my favorite GMs. I love your sense of storytelling and way you generate tension... all while teaching the table how to play the game better. Thank you for making the Bay Area better, this is so well deserved!

Sovereign Court Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area South & West aka Yasumoto

Woot!

http://paizo.com/threads/rzs2uk9o?Starfinder-Society-Programs-Retail&fr ef=gc

Sovereign Court Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area South & West aka Yasumoto

Green VL polo by the Starbucks, 2nd floor of the JW, right next to the airwalk

Sovereign Court Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area South & West aka Yasumoto

I have Starfinder quests parts 1 and 2 prepped- if folks are interested I'm heading over now for any other stragglers.

Sovereign Court Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area South & West aka Yasumoto

Chad Newman arrived at the airport in his chariot to pick up myself, Hillary, and Landon. That kicked off an excellent first day- sorting shirts for GMs, checking into the Westin for myself, James Anderson, Michael, and Adam (quite the Northen California contingent!) l, running a slot of 8-23 to iron out some kinks at Scotty's before committing to it this weekend, stepping into the VC dinner for Wendy-Ann and John, and finally getting some Starfinder quests in thanks to Stephen from NYC. Time for some rest!!

Sovereign Court Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area South & West aka Yasumoto

That's great! We have a Bay Area Pathfinder group that JohnF is one of the Venture-Captains of. Around the middle of our About page you'll also find our names linked to our email addresses if that's easier. Looking forward to some more ACG in the Bay!

Sovereign Court Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area South & West aka Yasumoto

I'm running both specials and a TON of 8-23 over the con- it's a really fun time so I hope to see some of you folks at my table!!

Sovereign Court Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area South & West aka Yasumoto

Definitely up for some gaming Wednesday and Sunday! I'll keep my eyes peeled for Scotty's on Wednesday soon.

Sovereign Court Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area South & West aka Yasumoto

Wow, just took a look at the schedule and SUPER impressed at how fast SFS sold out. Bummed I'm going to have to look for cancellations, but that's really exciting!

Sovereign Court Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area South & West aka Yasumoto

Wow- thanks for the new quests!

Sovereign Court Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area South & West aka Yasumoto

Wow- this is so helpful! Thank y'all for all the hard work! :)

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Looks savage- can't wait to read it!

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Thanks for the heads up- much happier to hear we're getting a more manageable pace than a cancellation! Y'alls hard work is much appreciated!

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Congratulations everyone!! Excited to start thinking about some Fey ideas...!

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Male Human SysAdmin 4/Software Engineer 4/Venture-Lieutenant 1

PFS# 5204-2
Character: Galmar Stavian, Alchemist 9
Faction: Sovereign Court
Day Job: Craft(alchemy): 1d20 + 20 ⇒ (15) + 20 = 35

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Fey or mountains!

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Sent in a side trek seed and a haunt! #osirion

Good luck all, and thanks to the team putting this together!

Sovereign Court Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area South & West aka Yasumoto

I had a great time at my first Gen Con last year, I'd definitely recommend signing up to GM if you're interested in doing it. (Such a great time that I'm planning to GM a mostly full slate this year!)

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Yep, in the Bay Area we primarily use Warhorn to organize signups and events (in particular the RSS feeds for stores makes it easy for some people to know when new events show up) and also use Meetup to reach that audience. The people I've asked haven't found us through the Events page, but I definitely went from Paizo -> PFS years ago, so a better Events page likely would've made it easier to find nearby games and drop by.

Sovereign Court Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area South & West aka Yasumoto

#3-01: Frostfur Captives is a great snowy adventure as well!

Sovereign Court Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area South & West aka Yasumoto

Excited to have you join us in San Francisco, Alistair! Looking forward to meeting you in person!

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Super pumped about this! Thanks for organizing, Shifty!

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This was totally rad to contribute to- I'm excited to see the full release since there are a few monsters (Colossal Beheaded and Doomweb in particular) which I want to throw at my players for a fun Halloween game!

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It was awesome to contribute to this- and I'm really excited by all the other contributions in this massive tome!

Really excited to hear what everyone's favorites are :)

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This program is fantastic! Thanks so much for all the hard work on this, we have a lot of venues in our area that will certainly appreciate it.

If anyone has time to put together a poster/flyer template, please share with the rest of us! Venues in our area should have something hung up to show off their support for the benefit to be available, but I'm interested to hear if anyone else has other ideas for promotion.

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This was such an awesome topic, my love for Numeria increased dramatically after I read through all the lore!

Huge congrats to everyone who made it in- well deserved y'all!

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@Grimblwaldt Trovehunter - unfortunately we're pretty booked up, but if space opens up I'll definitely let you know!

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Here's the current signup list:

1. Kivuli Greyfeather - Level 3 Unchained Rogue
2. Syndra Gwavirin - Level 2 Wizard
3. Kitoro - Level 3 Bard
4. Raven Licstein - Level 1 Cleric
5. Character from Dien - TBD
6. Drusillia - Level 1 Swashbuckler

Alternates

a. Volyana - Level 1 Monk
b. Character from DMSnider - TBD

So excited to have a full slate! We're starting on Wednesday, October 12th, but if I can get everyone to check in with an intro post starting Sunday, October 9th up to the 12th that'd be great! Here's the suggested content:

Intro Post (after October 9th)

Character Name
Class(es) + Level(s)
Pathfinder Society Faction
Sense Motive modifier
Perception modifier

Any pre-scenario purchases

Any "big" purchases your character has made or would like to make in his/her career. These are along the lines of mercantile purchases, such as a house, shop, mode of transport, etc. This section is more for flavor than any "real" reason :)

Day Job roll (if any)

Sovereign Court Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area South & West aka Yasumoto

Great idea partnering with the D&D crew, sounds like a blast!

Sovereign Court Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area South & West aka Yasumoto

Wow! Definitely excited to run Ire of the Storm via PbP in a few weeks- thanks for getting the sanctioning docs published!

Sovereign Court

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It was great meeting you at Gen Con and helping run the ACG special- it was a wild and fantastic time! Thanks so much for your patience with all of us kooky volunteers, and more importantly thank you for building this friendly and supportive community!

Sovereign Court Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area South & West aka Yasumoto

I was a Tier 5 volunteer and ran two games of the RPG (Wounded Wisp and Twisted Circle, both of which I've run before which was nice) and GMed the first slot of the ACG as well as the ACG Special. Being my first Gen Con, I wish I'd ignored the advice, and signed up for more slots to get in more Pathfinder!

The emails sent out ahead of time were quite helpful, and I knew what to expect from the RPG side of things. I did convince a friend to try out PFS Sunday morning, and we were able to get a ticket for #8-01 the night before and get seated together which was awesome. He had a great experience (I did as well!) and throughout the weekend I was impressed by how friendly and supportive everyone was.

The ACG is not yet the well-oiled machine that the RPG side is, and that showed. The first slot was a bit chaotic, as I made a few trips up to HQ with many large print requests. I would be very interested in a "Slot 0" that took place on Wednesday which allowed volunteers to sign up for various pre-convention setup tasks. Having more structure around setup beforehand as well as mailing out ACG-specific instructions would significantly reduce confusion and allow GMs to GM instead of muster or organize. Some potential checkboxes for next year:
* Ensure Pre-Gen decks are created
* Sort printouts before the convention (Pre-Gen character sheets, scenarios)
* Scenarios are laminated and bundled to be quickly handed out
* Share a formalized process for loaning pre-gen boxes with all ACG volunteers ahead of time

I'd also be interested in some pre-convention planning events. It'd be awesome to get all ACG volunteers together in a Google Hangout to walk through some of the above, help walk through expected setup requirements, answer questions, and get the group to put names to faces ahead of time. A timezone-friendly group chat might be tough to coordinate ahead of time, but facilitating the conversation as soon as possible will help the convention go more smoothly.

During the convention, it was occasionally difficult to find people, get questions answered, or hear about time changes for events. A few volunteers gave me different times to show up before the ACG Special to help setup, and having a way for head volunteers or organizers to reach people (Facebook Messenger group, Slack team for Gen Con volunteers, iMessage thread, etc.) would have facilitated conversations and better planning.

I also didn't know about the GM meeting on Sunday, but I may have missed it in the emails that were sent out. Putting that on the schedule (maybe as a "Slot -1") would help me remember that I could attend to share thoughts in person and see everyone one last time before heading out.

Lastly, I'd like to emphasize how amazing the convention was. I loved meeting Pathfinders from all over the globe and get in so much gaming- can't wait for next year!

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Greetings folks,

We've just scheduled September's Game Day for San Francisco, and we have our first table ready for players to signup! If anyone else would like to run something please let me know either here or on the Facebook event.

Signups are available on our Warhorn page. Please reach out if you have any questions!

Cheers,
Joe

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Awesome! Would love to see it :)

Sovereign Court Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area South & West aka Yasumoto

This is going to be an awesome event- definitely sign up if you're in the area!

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Answer 1A (Online Play): BigNorseWolf is right on the money, there's also a Chat server where you can ask all kinds of questions about online play. It's a really fun way to play Pathfinder- I highly recommend it!

Answer 1B (Starting Out): If you already have a local store with Pathfinder, then you've got a great opportunity to meet new friends and learn the game! I was pretty intimidated when I first started out, so I sent an email to the organizer and made sure I got scheduled with a group who was happy to introduce me to the game. (In fact- he ran a great starter scenario for me to learn!)

Answer 2 (Bloodragers and making legal characters): Here's a bloodrager guide, but seems like your question is more "how do I make a legal PFS character?" If so, then I lean on Hero Lab which has a checkbox for PFS Legal which makes things easy. I also own (and read!) the rule books, so this should just be a helper, not a replacement for the rules.

Answer 3: The Pathfinder Reference Document or PRD is amazing, and has all the main rulebooks inside it. The Archives of Nethys is a fan-run website which catalogs most of the other rules/options/flavor that are more specific to the world of Golarion and the general campaign which PFS is part of. Both are good to read through and help you decide which character to make next!

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Dropped a few comments in the doc! A few notes:

Really loved the flavor you put into the Cycle Thrall- I think that's such an interesting take on a cleric that uses the elements to break out of the life/death cycle.

Also a huge fan of the favored keeper- a holy person with a familiar that shares the connection to their deity is awesome!

And the martyr has a slim chance of being the highlight of a campaign- which is rad.

It's exciting to see an open playtest doc!

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A chronicle from #6-98 Serpent's Rise may be applied to any of your characters to be valid for this scenario.

@Kivuli

Spoiler:
But this one does not apply to Marnarius, so that'd be another adventure. Let me know if you have questions! :)

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Amazing! Excited to have all of you :)

@Kivuli:

Spoiler:
I'll double-check the scenario, who did you play in #6-98?

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Howdy there! I'm running #7-22: Bid for Alabastrine during the second session of PbP Game Day 5. Play will begin on October 12th, 2016! This scenario is awesome and and roleplay-heavy, with lots of opportunity to take advantage of the PbP medium. In addition, the outcome will have huge ramifications for the future of the Pathfinder Society!

Looking forward to running- please let me know if you have questions ahead of time.

Quote:

A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 1–5.

Decades ago, the merchant nation of Druma anticipated a wave of migrants and built the city Alabastrine to accommodate them. The mass migration never happened. Always seeking a return on investment, Druma recently began auctioning off control of the city to the highest bidders and wealthiest entrepreneurs for five years at a time. The next auction begins soon, and the powerful Aspis Consortium gold agent Myrosype—an enemy of the Society responsible for countless Pathfinders’ deaths—is poised to take control of the whole city for her own nefarious ends. The Society has secured a few invitations for the PCs to attend the auction. Can they disrupt the event’s delicate politics in order to stop their rival, or will the Aspis Consortium gain an unassailable stronghold?

Content in “Bid for Alabastrine” also contributes directly to the ongoing storyline of the Exchange Faction. Content in this scenario also ties into a special metaplot element from Pathfinder Society Special #6–98: "Serpents Rise". Players who have completed that special event are encouraged to bring its Chronicle sheet when playing this adventure.

Written by Thurston Hillman.

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Gameplay won't start until October 12th, 2016.

Sovereign Court Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area South & West aka Yasumoto

Had an amazing game, finally had a chance to play The Confirmation. Three brand new players gave us all a chance to look at the rules again, and the new portable Core Rulebook was very handy. I didn't realize how much I just keep Hero Lab on my tablet (time to bump the "split screen" feature request!) and may not take the time to correct my hunches for flow's sake. Our GM was a VC named Michael I believe, but the jet lag may have caught up with me since I don't recall where he was from! Totally played up the excellent NPC in the scenario, and it was a blast!

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Worked the ACG area as a roving GM. Didn't get a chance to play a round, but it was a good morning of organization and setup! Kevin Hanley is a master of organizing the ACG, and I'm very glad to have met him! Thanks to Bob + Jon Cary for their printing skills, and if you haven't seen Bobby Harring's epic kilt- you must do so!

Sovereign Court Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area South & West aka Yasumoto

Super pumped for my first Gen Con! I landed at around midnight, and it was a smooth flight from San Francisco. Heeding advice from the boards, I went straight for the convention center. The Will Call line wasn't out the door, but it was surprisingly long! I was glad it moved quickly, took around 30 minutes to have everything setup.

I'm boldly waiting for some grub at Steak N' Shake. It looks pretty epic- going to scarf down some grub then get checked into the Marriot and hit the hay. Got some early morning GM checkin and ACG to play!

Sovereign Court Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area South & West aka Yasumoto

Thursday
Slot 1: GMing the ACG

Friday
Slot 4: Off, playing All for Immortality, part 1
Slot 6: GMing ACG @ the special

Saturday
Slot 7: #7-12: The Twisted Circle
Slot 8: #6-10: The Wounded Wisp
Slot 9: Might play the Cosmic Captive!

It's my first Gen Con, so I'm following the advice and going with a Tier 4 GM schedule. I'm hoping to squeeze in a few play sessions with generic tickets depending on how I feel tomorrow and Sunday. Really excited to see everyone!

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Question for those of us GMing the Cosmic Captive ACG special at Gen Con on Saturday night- should we print out the cards ahead of time, or will supplies such as cards be provided?

Thanks!!

Sovereign Court Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area South & West aka Yasumoto

I'm GMing a great scenario to learn more about Pathfinder Society (the scenario is called The Wounded Wisp) on Saturday at 2pm. You should definitely heed others' advice and spend some time checking out the rest of the con, but get in some Pathfinder!

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Each of those has a rad hook and would definitely be welcome at my table! I could be persuaded to hear a bit about Cayden Cailean if beer was involved...! :)

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John Francis wrote:


I'm not the original poster, but I too made some badges for the whelps; the file has been uploaded to pfsprep, and can be found here

These are awesome!! I put together some handouts which have goofy scenes + a reminder about the boon your badges represent. They are also available on the mighty pfsprep.

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