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Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent

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In regards to how much knowledge a morlamaw could have accumulated regarding the Society, it is important to remember that the morlamaw who took up residence in the abandoned lodge where we first encountered them had access to a number of learning tools which enabled them to learn a great deal about the Society and the Pact Worlds in general before we made first contact.

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent

Just checked and this link says the poll is closed for me as well but the link Tonya posted on Facebook works.

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent

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I am torn between Calder Soren and Ehu Hadif Ko'Ra Amares. Both of their goals are important to the society. The real question is: can I be convinced to not vote for a Morlamaw? Probably not. But we'll see.

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Thanks, Hilary! Your enthusiasm and ringing endorsement of the online region played a big part in my decision to give pbp a try and it has been a lot of fun. Congratulations on your growing freelance career I can't wait to see all the great content you create!

Congratulations to Tyranius as well! The online community is in good hands.

Liberty's Edge

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Male LG Cleric 1, Monk 2, Paladin 1|hp 08/32|AC 15, T 15, FF 13|Fort +10, Ref +7, Will +10| Speed 30 ft.|Init +1|Percept +6|Active Conditions:

Cleetus played Temple of Empyreal Enlightenment.

Exo-Guardians

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Male NG Dwarf Mercenary Blitz Soldier 3 | SP 21/24 HP 27/27 | RP 5/5 | EAC 16; KAC 18 | Fort +4; Ref +4; Will +4 | Init: +7 | Perc: +1, SM: +1 | Speed 30ft |Active conditions: None.

"Well let's get to it." Gunnar opens up Zo!ogleMaps on his personal comm device and pulls up a map of Night Arch before approaching a passing Drow.

Survival+Ceobarn bonus: 1d20 + 7 + 2 ⇒ (14) + 7 + 2 = 23

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent

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I also voice my support for a Count Jeggare! It would be awesome if he led a Faction(or Minor Faction.)

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent

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So I just got a couple of cool Razmiran minis out of a wizkids box and several of the other people present decided to join me in playing a regular group of Razmiran characters for PFS. We're going with a group of 4 so that we can spread the good word of Razmir to a couple of new players per scenario.

My question though is are there any legal Razmiran character archetypes/options besides the Razmiran Priest for Sorcerer? So far my searches haven't turned anything up. Obviously, we can build characters of just about any class and choose to venerate Razmir but it would be nice if there were actual class options for each of us.

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent

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Sorry for the delay but here is the breakdown of my week in Seattle.

PreCon activities:

I arrived the Monday before the Con and was met by Steven Coling and Shelly Hudson at the airport. Steven was the spearhead of the Aussie Invasion and later that morning I joined their invasion force for a tour of the Paizo offices led by Tonya.

After eating lunch in Redmond at the Tipsy Cow(great burgers) we got down to business and started our four days of Seeker activities to get ourselves ready for Gallowspire. We had two tables running consistently and completed Tomb of the Iron Medusa, Unleashing the Untouchable, two full runs of All for Immortality, Academy of Secrets, Betrayal in the Bones, and Rasping Rebirth. My fellow players were Steven Coling, Chris Senz, Daniel Baker, Lachlan Jones, Tim Schneider, Preston Hudson, Shelly Hudson, Nate Hudson, Jared Thaler, Dustin Knight, Chris Danahy, Jonathan Choy, and Angie Powers. Alex Augunas joined in for two of the tables on Thursday.

PaizoCon activities

Friday I ran Debt to the Quah in both the morning and evening slots. I got to chat with Majuba in line for my badge when he made his way down the line handing out Goblin Brains. If you ever have the chance you have to try Goblin Brains. They are delicious and I make sure to reserve some each year. In between my GM duties I got to play Return to Sender run by the author Natalie Kertzner. It was a lot of fun and I met Amber Hipsher who simply referred to my Technomancer as "Mechanic Friend." I got to chat with Amber again while waiting in line for the banquet the next day.

Saturday started with running another group through Debt to the Quah. In the afternoon I played Data Breach. I had a great GM whose name I failed to catch but I got to meet Derek Larsen aka Tyranius and his wheelchair-bound cat lady. I would also get to chat with Derek more in line for the banquet which came directly after.

In line for the banquet, in addition to Amber and Derek, I got to chat with Hilary Moon Murphy(always a pleasure), and Dennis Muldoon(briefly as he stopped to say hi).

At the banquet, I sat with Thursty, Amanda Hamon, Chris Danahy, Will Johnson, and Nils Janson. I got to catch up with Will who is an old friend that I always enjoy chatting with. I didn't get to talk to Nils much at dinner but got the chance to game with him the next day.

Sunday morning I played on Hmm's table of Many Minds of Historia which I really enjoyed. Afterward, I spent the afternoon making sure I was prepped for Gallowspire and chatting with another old friend, Loren Schmidt, whom I hadn't even known was at the Con.

Then came the special. Siege of Gallowspire was epic! Nils Janson was the GM who tried to murder our party in the 15-16 Champion tier. He was a fantastic GM but the only player to die quickly recovered. It was cool to have the chance to game with Nils after meeting him at the banquet.

Monday morning I played on Gary Norton's 5 Nova evaluation table with Hilary, John Dehning, Kate Baker, Dennis Muldoon, and B.B. Wolfe(who I had the pleasure of meeting for the first time.) Gary did a great job guiding us through a really cool adventure. Kate and I were Team Dwarf, Dennis and Hilary were Team Skitter, and B.B. and Jon were Team Science. There was a lot of hilarious competition between the members of Team Science.

Monday afternoon I just decompressed in the hotel lobby before heading to the airport. Thanks to Adam Daigle for pointing us towards a stash of free gaming paper someone had left in one of the elevators. B.B. Wolfe claimed a clipboard from the stash and practiced looking official as she strode about confidently consulting non-existent documents on her new acquisition. I also got to meet Wei Ji the Learner for the first time! We had recently traded boons via mail and it was cool to meet him in person. I also ran into Graypark in the lobby. I played Unleashing the Untouchable with him in the pre-con games last year and it was great to see him again even if it was brief.

During the convention, I also had the pleasure of meeting Jon Dehning's wife Nicole and catching up with old friend Brian Darnell and meeting his wife Heather.

I also got to chat with Wayne Reynolds at his table in the store and he drew a really cool goblin sketch in the front of the artbook I purchased!

Now I am home and the whirlwind week of Paizo has subsided. I am grateful to be getting a bit more sleep once again but can't wait to see everyone again next year! Maybe next time I'll get to meet Painlord and buy him a drink to thank him for starting this Bloggery.

Exo-Guardians

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Male NG Dwarf Mercenary Blitz Soldier 3 | SP 21/24 HP 27/27 | RP 5/5 | EAC 16; KAC 18 | Fort +4; Ref +4; Will +4 | Init: +7 | Perc: +1, SM: +1 | Speed 30ft |Active conditions: None.

Those were some pretty amazing stealth checks....

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent

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Paul Jackson wrote:

PLEASE tell me that we finally get to KILL KILL KILL Torch, that he is Passing on from the Campaign forever.

I'm betting that will depend on the reporting notes for the scenario. I for one have no intention of killing him. Shadow Lodge for life!

Exo-Guardians

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Male NG Dwarf Mercenary Blitz Soldier 3 | SP 21/24 HP 27/27 | RP 5/5 | EAC 16; KAC 18 | Fort +4; Ref +4; Will +4 | Init: +7 | Perc: +1, SM: +1 | Speed 30ft |Active conditions: None.

Gunnar also switches to comms. "I'm all for that plan but so far I've only heard mention of yer one lonely grenade. That one grenade is still likely to help quite a bit but I'd say tend yer wounds and let me draw their fire once we're clear of the smoke."

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent

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Spermy The Cat wrote:
keerawa wrote:
Racial feats and alternate racial traits are go if you have a tiefling boon. The big table of rolling for bizarre abilities is not PFS-legal.
So I'm stuck with a no good, lazy shadow then?

Don't buy into that act! They're not lazy they're just biding their time.

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent

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I wonder if the fact that they used "bytes" means that this is tied to the conspiracy the Dataphiles have been investigating in season 1? There has been a fair amount of suspicion regarding serpents on that front but I'm beginning to smell a rat.

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent

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I think all the points you brought up are very important factors for the community Nosig but feel like the criteria you listed are better metrics for judging an organizer/VO than a GM. Sometimes those things go hand in hand but not all 5 star GMs are organizers/VO's and vice versa.

Scarab Sages

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Congrats! Anything written by Kate is going to be amazing! I am so excited!

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent

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Nefreet wrote:
Loving the guest cameo of Adam Levine ^_^

He's hosting a new singing competition with Zo!

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent

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Thanks for sharing Rob. As much as I love Pathfinder as a game the community has always been what makes PFS special so it's really cool to hear about the experiences/stories other members have accumulated over the years.

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent

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TOZ wrote:
At the same time?!

At the same con anyway. If you do it at the same slot you're just talking to yourself.

Scarab Sages

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Steve Geddes wrote:

Liane Merciel introductory reading list:

Nightglass

The sequel - Nightblade

Both brilliant examples of bringing an RPG setting to life in novel form, imo.

Also Hellknight a book unrelated to the other two but equally brilliant. Plus she co-wrote the brilliantly evocative Nidal sourcebook. A great guest!

Liane is one of my favorite Pathfinder Tales authors. I haven't gotten around to reading Hellknight yet, but Nightglass is my favorite Pathfinder novel yet and Nightblade was a really great sequel.

Scarab Sages

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Looking forward to your next visit to Seattle Dink!

Wayfinders

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GM Hmm wrote:

Is everyone in the group ready to go tomorrow?

Hmm

I'm ready to go Captain! Though it looks like I'm still on standby for the mission... I'll just stand over here, and medicate so I'm ready to fly if you tag me in!

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent

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Congratulations to the new five stars, and to Glen on the Campaign coin! Also, shameless plug for OrcCon 2019 in Los Angeles!

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent

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Both of these sound amazing. If these are the scenarios you're dropping now I can't wait to see how you end the season!

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent

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I feel like most society GMs really put forth an effort to provide a great game. Its one of the reasons I love playing PFS. I've certainly been on tables where I felt that didn't happen, but again its better to give that person direct, positive feedback in order to help them improve.

The first time I ran a game for Society also happened to be at the first Con I ever attended, and I was handed the scenario and asked to run it cold. I got some harsh feedback that discouraged me from GMing for a while after that. It was the positive experiences I had as a player that convinced me to give it another shot. I got to play at tables with some really great GMs who inspired me, gave me advice, and whom I constantly steal ideas from regularly in an effort to improve. I definitely feel like a rating system would create more situations like my first experience, and that this should be avoided at all costs.

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent

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Osprey - Pretty pretty please.

Calisro Benarry - My favorite VC.

Hats - I mean obviously.

Torch with or without plot armor. Though without plot armor could be problematic as there are at least two camps of players when it comes to Torch.

Haven't played Hao Jin Cataclysm yet, but I'm hoping to see Gastidem again. He was a lot of fun both as a player and GM.

Valais Durant

Argrinyxia, the Shifting Lady of Ebon Scales

A certain someone from 9-17

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent

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PaleDim wrote:

Have:

Ganzi
** spoiler omitted **

Want: Tiefling

I'm pretty sure Eldritch Artllerist can't be traded as it is on a chronicle sheet.

Scarab Sages

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People have told my alchemist "go to Hell," but I never thought it would actually happen.

The Concordance

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NG male Shaman 1 | hp 9/9 | AC 13, T 11, F 12| F +1, R +2, W +5 | Speed 30 ft, Climb 20ft | Init. +5 | Perception +3 | Quarterstaff -2 (1d6-2) | Spells: Cantrips 3/3, 1st 0/2 | Active conditions:

R.J. begins chattering excitedly to Reshu. "R.J. thinks we should name it the SanctuaryCaverns of DrownedGillmen's DelightRespite. Sorry that took a little thought. Chimp doesn't translate well to common. Ooh or perhaps The Caves of Dooooooooooom! Guess that one might seem a bit too ominous though."

Scarab Sages

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Male Human Geek 1

Mite spellcasting.

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent

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Thanks to a a really great GM and a fun group of players I am nearing the end of my first pbp game!

As far as in person gaming goes I'm excited to have started GMing Rise of the Runelords for a great group that's had some really great RP moments that had the entire group nearly falling out of their seats from laughter.

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent

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MadScientistWorking wrote:


ITS sheets aren't filled out correctly and no tracking of prestige or fame. The record keeping rules are bad exclusionary and really don't work and its really hard to tell if it not being filled out is malicious or not at times.

Can you please explain how these rules are exclusionary to those of us who don't see the problems you're referring to? Also, even if the record keeping rules are difficult for someone to follow isn't that more of a situation where members of the community who don't find it difficult can be of assistance rather than a reason to just ignore the rules? If I showed up to a game, and someone was having difficulty with some aspect of the game whether in character or with filling out their sheets I'd be happy to help them as would many others I'm sure.

The Concordance

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NG male Shaman 1 | hp 9/9 | AC 13, T 11, F 12| F +1, R +2, W +5 | Speed 30 ft, Climb 20ft | Init. +5 | Perception +3 | Quarterstaff -2 (1d6-2) | Spells: Cantrips 3/3, 1st 0/2 | Active conditions:

Reshu looks up from the carvings, and realizes he's alone in the room. "Well I guess I'll just have to study these another time." Strolling into the next room, Reshu stops to admire the replica city before noticing the figure kneeling in the water. "Oh! Hey is that one of the fishmen? What's he doing over there?"

Reshu bounds across the room excitedly, and squats down in front of the Gillman. "Hello fishman! I'm Reshu. What is this place? Why are you kneeling in the water? I'm sorry for all the questions. This place is just terribly fascinating!"

The Concordance

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NG male Shaman 1 | hp 9/9 | AC 13, T 11, F 12| F +1, R +2, W +5 | Speed 30 ft, Climb 20ft | Init. +5 | Perception +3 | Quarterstaff -2 (1d6-2) | Spells: Cantrips 3/3, 1st 0/2 | Active conditions:

"Let Ragdya guide you Miss Janira, and you shall lead that monstrosity on a merry chase!" Shouts Reshu as Janira sprints away from the group.

Reshu casts guidance on Janira. +1 competence bonus on a single attack roll, saving throw, or skill check.

Reshu then turns, gestures for R.J. to follow, and enters the cave. "Come R.J. we must retrieve Miss Janira's bag before some opportunistic fish person absconds with it!"

Scarab Sages

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Male Human Geek 1

Ok Kate you weren't kidding when you said there were too many awesome people in this game. You're all making my first pbp experience a great one. The quality of everyone's posts/roleplaying is SO good.

The Concordance

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NG male Shaman 1 | hp 9/9 | AC 13, T 11, F 12| F +1, R +2, W +5 | Speed 30 ft, Climb 20ft | Init. +5 | Perception +3 | Quarterstaff -2 (1d6-2) | Spells: Cantrips 3/3, 1st 0/2 | Active conditions:

Reshu, who is happily chewing another bite of banana, stops and cocks his head to one side in interest. " Hmmm. What "lunacy" are these gillmen getting up to on the full moon?" This produces another short fit of laughter.

"What dangers should we expect to lurk in these caves Miss Janira? What of these local inhabitants you mentioned?"

As Reshu speaks his companion has procured a small piece of sausage from a nearby table, and now hovers near the ceiling above Drilla.

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent

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I've never had the pleasure of meeting Michael, but I have benefited from his wonderful spreadsheets, and the positivity he brings to these forums. Thank you Michael for your many contributions to this community.

Scarab Sages

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Ok. We have 14 players and no GMs Thursday night. I didn't want to GM because I really didn't want to do any more prep, but I have already run Call of the Copper Gate twice and foolishly haven't even erased the custom maps yet so the preps no big deal. So if there are a few more who want to play 9-05 I'll run it Thursday night.

Scarab Sages

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It seems Kate is becoming the go to author for aquatic adventures. I can't wait to play this!

Scarab Sages

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Thank you Silbeg and Sara Marie. Now I just have to finally decide which game I want play.

Scarab Sages

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Silbeg wrote:
Kate Baker wrote:
I was thinking about submitting an author slot of Sanctuary of Drowned Delight. I can always run it as a pickup game if it's too late to have it official.
While I am unsure I will have a level 3 character, I would burn a replay for this!

I GM'd this within a week of it coming out, and am finally going to play it Saturday with Kate GMing. I am super excited!

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent

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This is pretty great. I was wondering if there would be a We Be Goblins for SFS, but I love that they went with Skittermanders. Its in the same spirit as WBG, but fits the Starfinder theme better. Space goblins are great, but I think using aliens for the sci-fi game was definitely the right call.

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent

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Well you know what they say...misery loves company. I suggest you spread it to as many people as possible. Congrats and thank you for the hard work that goes with earning that strange thing!

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent

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LilyHaze sorry you lost your characters, but glad to see there are multiple people reaching out to help you replace the sheets. Also, welcome to LA! Here are links to a couple local PFS Facebook groups SoCal page and Long Beach/South Bay page, and Warhorn pages that might be useful Long Beach/South Bay and Pasadena. Jon-Enee Merriex is the local VC if you need to reach someone local about your missing chronicles. You can contact him via the Cooordinators page or you can pm me, and I can help you contact him.

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent

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Boons that offer rebuilds would likely be very useful as we try and figure out a new system. Especially for GMs who may level to lvel 2 or beyond without actually playing a character to test it out.

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent

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I think that regional scenario offerings is a really cool idea, but not one that is well suited to PFS. I already travel to different regions in order to play with other parts of the community, but I do this because the global community that we have is what makes PFS so special for me. So while having my region tied to Osirion or Ustalav or whatever would be cool I am against adding something that would divide our community or exclude members of it.

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent

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Kevin Willis wrote:

What I think stars should mean:

1 to 4 stars:
  • Commitment to the campaign

5 stars:
  • Rules expertise competence
  • Storytelling, pacing, prep and presentation
  • Creating a welcoming, friendly, and engaging environment

I also agree with this. I do believe that the 5 star confirmation table should be more than just a formality. All the 5 star GM's that have run for me have been excellent, and I would be really disappointed if that was ever not the case. I believe the original requirement where there was only person who could confirm your 5 star status was too strict, because we don't want to exclude a great GM because they live in a remote area and/or can't travel to major Cons, but I do think it would be reasonable and beneficial that the it at least be someone other than your local VO. I feel like having someone who can more objectively sit and evaluate you as a GM based on the your ability to demonstrate the qualities listed in Kevin's quote here is important. I personally don't think I'll ever be up for a 5th star, but if I was I wouldn't want that table to be a formality.

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent

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Yeah that button hasn't worked for me recently either Amanda. You can find all the format instructions using the link to the FAQ right above the non-functional button. Its located under messageboard questions.

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent

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Paul Jackson wrote:

My ambitions are limited. I want

1) To permanently and irrevocably (NO coming back later) destroy The Blakros Museum
2) To permanently and irrevocably (NO coming back later) kill Grandmaster Torch

You can even combine them into one scenario if you wish :-)

I completely oppose either of those things ever happening.

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent

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I'm also not a fan of the boon slotting system. I agree that with extra prep you can make it work, but just because its a workable system doesn't mean its good system.

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