bigrin42's page

Pathfinder Starfinder Maps, Starfinder Society Subscriber. * Starfinder Society GM. 9 posts (12,912 including aliases). No reviews. 1 list. No wishlists. 16 Organized Play characters. 21 aliases.


1 to 50 of 235 << first < prev | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | next > last >>
Acquisitives

1 person marked this as a favorite.
Shirren Engineer 6| SP 48, HP 42, RP 7| EAC 21, KAC 22| F+7; R+8; W+5| Init +3 | Perc +11

The mental warpings of this environment played tricks on Chivix's mind again, as once more he pressed the firing stud to fling laser fire in a random direction. Perhaps he should just use the rifle as a club.

attack vs eac,targeting,cs: 1d20 + 8 + 2 + 1 ⇒ (3) + 8 + 2 + 1 = 14
f damage: 2d6 + 8 + 1d6 ⇒ (2, 3) + 8 + (6) = 19

Smile and wave, boys. Smile and wave


2 people marked this as a favorite.
SFS Signup sheet

"Sure, sure. We tell you all the big info, and then you and your friends hiding out back kill us, take our stuff, and then go through the tunnel to kill the rest of our friends. Not a chance, lady. Look, the only reason I'm not trying to shove my axe into yer brain-case is the wife and kids are over there, and I don't feel like upsetting them. So, clear out over there. Go through the front door like everyone else."


2 people marked this as a favorite.
SFS Signup sheet

"Yer too soft-looking to be a giant. Yer just a human who got big. Never seen a giant with cheekbones like that. And yer jaw's too narrow. Why do yer type always assume giants are stupid? Bugger off, lady, before you get yerself killed."

I mean honestly, this versus this? You could at least have tried a disguise!


1 person marked this as a favorite.
SFS Signup sheet

Molly grew to a little over 10 feet, making her just slightly large than most of the smaller giants you have run into. She hefted the hammer a few times to get the feel of it, then grinned. Sander called out to the giants in their own language, waiting for something to happen. No one came out, but you could hear the sound of voices within several of the caves.

Molly strode in close, confident in both her size and disguise. She saw what Kipa had reported. Most of the caves seemed to be shallow, one-room chambers, but a couple appeared larger. The shallow caves looked to be temporary shelters, but one of the large ones she stuck her head into looked to go pretty far back, with many chambers. It looked to hold many families in it, judging by the different piles of laundry, goods, and other items. However, despite the voices, it looked empty.

Finally, she peeked into the largest of the caves and came nose to nose with a pair of cave giants whose arms and demeanor shouted "guards" louder than a glowing sign could have. In giantish, one spoke.

"What do you want, human? And why shouldn't we smash you to pieces?"


2 people marked this as a favorite.
Warpriest 12 | AC 26 T 10 F 26 | HP 92| F +11* R +5 W +14* | Init +2 | Perc +13*

Whiskeyjack looked at Bronin with more than a little bit of suspicion.

"Tha' bein' a human thing? Sounds a bi' dodgy t' me. I mean, ye be makin' these images up o' girls ye be knowin'? Tha' be creepy, an' I be a bi' ashamed o' ye fer hearin' ye say i'."

"Whyn'y ye be leadin' th' way up t' th' bell tower. Maybe leadin' th' charge'll help ye be atonin' fer tha'!"

He grumbled "Humans! Jest when ye think they migh' no ' be so bad after all..."


2 people marked this as a favorite.
SFS Signup sheet
Bruendor Cavescouter wrote:
Agreed, I'd rather spend our time on interesting encounters, rather than "you face 1d4 Darklands oozes."

Have you been reading ahead? ;)


1 person marked this as a favorite.
Warpriest 12 | AC 26 T 10 F 26 | HP 92| F +11* R +5 W +14* | Init +2 | Perc +13*

sense motive: 1d20 + 15 ⇒ (19) + 15 = 34

'Ere now! This lo' be under some kind o' witchy head magic - no offense, Elena. We cannae be jest runnin' in there t' whack 'em on th' noggin's wi'ou' tryin' t' be findin' ou' wha' be wrong wit' 'em an' fixin' it. O' course, sometimes th' bes' way t' cure mind magic is jest t' bash 'em in th' 'ead an le' 'em sor' i' ou' when they be wakin' up."

Still, Whiskeyjack wasn't quite ready to ambush these just yet.

Detect magic on the men.


1 person marked this as a favorite.
Warpriest 12 | AC 26 T 10 F 26 | HP 92| F +11* R +5 W +14* | Init +2 | Perc +13*

perception: 1d20 + 13 ⇒ (11) + 13 = 24

Whiskeyjack heard t he sounds of muffled conversations and signaled the group to halt. He mimed listening, then tried to make out the words. Bleh. Just inane chatter. Probably related to the elf in some way.

He stomped over to that door and opened it with his size 13 dwarven skeleton key.


1 person marked this as a favorite.
SFS Signup sheet

Gm screen:

The research station's head looked a bit contemplative for a bit, then said "That authority would be the natives who live here. We have set up a research station in a part of the world that they are not currently using, with a very strict limitation on who is allowed planetside. I suppose if you are here just for scientific explorations...I maybe able to get permissions."

"Wait! What is that? Who have you brought with you?"

Dr. Monsylkis was drowned out by electronic squawks and squeals as jamming interrupted your conversation. Ship sensors lit up with news that an unknown starship was emerging from Drift space and locking weapons on your Drake. Klaxons blared and flashing lights warned everyone to get to battle stations!

Here we go. Starship combat time!

ENGINEERING PHASE


1 person marked this as a favorite.
SFS Signup sheet

"Umm...I'm pretty sure we just ship the Sk'tles in from somewhere. Talbot did something in the mines, a new process or something. I don't know about the details. I've never been in the mines. You might check there, or at the Digger's Dive. He hangs out these sometimes. You gonna buy those glasses, lady?"


1 person marked this as a favorite.
SFS Signup sheet

The journey to Tasch took about 2 hours, after a slight delay from a disarticulated steering arm. The driver was also a mechanic, and had the spare parts in the stowage - making you think that this wasn't the first time this particular shuttle bus had broken down. Still, you pulled into Tasch in the mid-afternoon local time.

A long dusty road, lined with single-story dwellings, runs through the town of Tasch. Some powered vehicles rest chained to their owner’s homes. A small general store stands near the center of town, illuminated by flickering white lights. Another building, full of locals, hosts a signpost that reads “Digger’s Dive” — clearly the town bar. Although the sun beats down on this desert town, its citizens meander around the bar in good cheer. Most are ysoki and humans, with the occasional lumbering four-armed shobhad mingling among them.

Where would you like to start looking for Talbot? Unlike my last last group that played this, please do not say "the nearest shopping mall". Talbot is a person, not a purse!


1 person marked this as a favorite.
SFS Signup sheet

Congratulations to you both and a big shout-out to kuey!

I remember the rush when I finished my Master's. Awesome job, kuey!


1 person marked this as a favorite.
SFS Signup sheet

Crushed in the grip of the creature's tentacles, Bruendor and Lefrik squirm and writhe, desperately trying to get free. The neolithid raised them higher, it's maw flowering open to reveal hundreds of serrated teeth and a spined gullet that reeked of rotten meat and vegetation. Frantically Bruendor slashed at the tentacle holding him, digging deep wounds into the beast's chitinous flesh, but the tentacle just squeezed harder, driving the breath from the dwarf's lungs. Kelendra cast her spell, but felt it slide of the monster's spell protections, the magical energy cooking away like a bead of water on a hot griddle. Anklebiter's magical missiles hit the creature, but they were like gnats biting a bullette.

As Bruendor was about to be thrust into the creature's maw, the neolithid shuddered, swaying side to side. An enormous rock elemental was pounding on the creature's back. Then, Bruendor felt himself falling free as the deva hacked free the tentacle holding him . He hit the ground hard, but managed to roll out of the way of the torrent of freezing cold blood pouring from the stump of the severed limb. Lefrik, too, felt himself falling to the ground as a trio of arrow buried themselves deep in the neolithid's chest, finding a chink in the armor that led to the heart, or some other vital organ. Calla lowered her bow in satisfaction as she watched the beast fall to the floor of the fungi palace, keeping her balance as the ground beneath her trembled at its fall.

Wow! That was so close. Not sure Bruendor or Lefrik would have survived what was coming. Great job!


2 people marked this as a favorite.
Warpriest 12 | AC 26 T 10 F 26 | HP 92| F +11* R +5 W +14* | Init +2 | Perc +13*
Wren the FeatherMage wrote:

Uhm...gaseous form has a move/fly speed of 20’. How did it get away so quickly? How did the leader get away so quickly?

Wren looks for foes, trying to figure out what happened.

The apartment had a window unit AC, and it was on. Strong winds are in effect?

Dataphiles

2 people marked this as a favorite.
Outlaw Hacker 1 | SP: 6/6, HP: 10/10, RP:3/4 | EAC: 14, KAC: 15 | F: +0, R: +5, W: +2 | darkvision 60', perc: +4, init +4

will: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (16) + 2 = 18

Kai grimaced as the apparition's wail cut into his mind. Concentrating on ignoring it, he leveled the artillery laser as best he could, then fired. As he suspected, it was difficult to aim the weapon and pull the firing stud, and balance the whole thing. Patterson made it look so easy. Of course, Patterson couldn't even turn a computer console on without a 3-hour training course, so there was that.

attack eac, np: 1d20 + 2 - 4 ⇒ (8) + 2 - 4 = 6
f damage: 1d10 ⇒ 6


1 person marked this as a favorite.
SFS Signup sheet

Hello everyone! Thank you all for joining my game. My goal is for each and every one of you to walk away thinking 2 things: 1) Man, that was a lot of fun, I can't wait to do it again; and 2) That DM Bigrin guy is a great GM, I want to play in more of his games :)

---------------------------

Please take a moment to answer these questions about you and your character. They will help us all stay on task and have fun!

Out of Character Questions

Can you access Google Slides?

Do you have an up-to-date 'bot me' spoiler -- complete with dice expressions? (check out Kastien's botme)

Will you be willing to bot other characters if I ask you to do so?

Do you promise to let me know if you get super busy for a few days so we can bot you?

Are you comfortable with a 1-2 post a day pace?

What's been your favorite SFS Adventure with this character, and why?

CHRONICLE INFORMATION:

Player Name:
Character Name:
Character Number:
Slotted Faction:

Information for this chronicle sheet:

Number of this Chronicle:
Starting XP:
Initial Fame:
Fame Spent:
Reputation with slotted faction:
Day Job:

Any other special things you need me to note on your chronicle?

I also need you to fill out your alias profile with all the relevant information.

Relevant profile information:

Please put the relevant stat block in your profile, under the Race field. See below for an example of what I am looking for. This is my quick lookup so I don't have to do a full dive into your character when I need to make snap decisions.
Female Ysoki Mystic 1 | SP 6 : HP 8 : RP 5 | EAC 13 : KAC 14 | Fort. +2: Ref. +2 : Will +2 | Init. +2 : Perc. +8 (darkvision)

Also, please put your full character sheet in your profile somehow, whether it is formatted text from HeroLab, PCGen, or another character generator, a link to an online sheet, or raw text. (talk to me if you want to know more about PCGEN, a FREE character creation and management tool).

I have also set up a Discord channel (sfs-pbpgd-table1) so that we can have time-sensitive discussions (not having to wait until someone checks the boards to answer a question). It isn't mandatory, but Hmm's games have really shown me the utility of having some form of discussion and question answering mechanism outside of the delayed board responses.

Ready? Break!


2 people marked this as a favorite.
Warpriest 12 | AC 26 T 10 F 26 | HP 92| F +11* R +5 W +14* | Init +2 | Perc +13*

Seriously Wren, no Sage Advice? Or even Thyme-ly Advice?

Dataphiles

1 person marked this as a favorite.
Outlaw Hacker 1 | SP: 6/6, HP: 10/10, RP:3/4 | EAC: 14, KAC: 15 | F: +0, R: +5, W: +2 | darkvision 60', perc: +4, init +4

Kai dropped into a command seat and pulled out his datapad and a memory module. no way was he going to let whatever was in this databank get away, but he wasn't foolish enough to load it directly into his own rig.

"On it, Hellih. Just give me a moment here. I can set the download to pulse fragments, so even if we have more power glitches, it's a minor issue. Not unlike the torrents of the old days, but this is way easier to set up and use."

computers: 1d20 + 12 + 2 ⇒ (17) + 12 + 2 = 31

Dataphiles

1 person marked this as a favorite.
Outlaw Hacker 1 | SP: 6/6, HP: 10/10, RP:3/4 | EAC: 14, KAC: 15 | F: +0, R: +5, W: +2 | darkvision 60', perc: +4, init +4

@GM - luck had nothing to do with it. Kai was just very observant (that's my story and I'm sticking to it)

Kai stood up, shaking just a little. It took two tries just to holster his pistol, and those close enough could hear him muttering "I can't believe I just did that. I can't believe I just did that."

When he thought he could speak without a quaver in his voice, Kai said,
"Umm..not sure about more. I didn't even see that one on the schematics I downloaded. Must have been someone's secret surprise. Still, I can't imagine anyone's be stupid enough to put something like that on the bridge with all that equipment and controls to damage. Let's open the bridge and get off this ship. I suddenly really do not want to be here any more."

Dataphiles

1 person marked this as a favorite.
Outlaw Hacker 1 | SP: 6/6, HP: 10/10, RP:3/4 | EAC: 14, KAC: 15 | F: +0, R: +5, W: +2 | darkvision 60', perc: +4, init +4

"I can't believe I am doing this, but I sure hope it works."

Kai put a small bit of code into the electrical system to cause the lights to flash and small puffs of coolant to float through the intersection where the turret was. As soon as his code started to go into effect, Kai threw himself down the corridor, sliding to a stop on his back with his pistol pointed almost straight up at the turret. He squeezed off a shot, then prepared to roll out of the turret's line of fire.

Move 30 and fall prone. Shoot, score!

trick, computers: 1d20 + 12 ⇒ (20) + 12 = 32
attack kac: 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (17) + 1 = 18
p damage: 1d6 ⇒ 5
ta damage: 1d4 ⇒ 2

Dataphiles

1 person marked this as a favorite.
Outlaw Hacker 1 | SP: 6/6, HP: 10/10, RP:3/4 | EAC: 14, KAC: 15 | F: +0, R: +5, W: +2 | darkvision 60', perc: +4, init +4

"What? Why did you..."

Kai broke off as the turret opened fire again. He couldn't imagine after what they had seen on this ship so far why anyone in their right mind would open a new door while they were still dealing with another dangerous situation. If something gribbly attacked them now, they'd be pinioned between two dangers.

Of course, it was Hellih, so Kai supposed you couldn't really expect a "right mind".

trick, computers: 1d20 + 12 ⇒ (11) + 12 = 23 succeeds up to CR3
attack vs kac: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (13) + 5 = 18
p damage: 1d6 ⇒ 3
TA damage: 1d4 ⇒ 1


1 person marked this as a favorite.
SFS Signup sheet
Bruendor Cavescouter wrote:
I wouldn't mind some healing before we go. Those tentacles were way too grabby for my taste.

So...the glyph healed you completely. "You could feel all [em] the bumps, bruises, and cuts mending, and your skin practically glowed with health"


4 people marked this as a favorite.
therealthom wrote:
Which are the story arc modules?

Year of Scoured Stars storyline:

  • 1-05 The First Mandate
  • 1-11 In Pursuit of the Scoured Past
  • 1-13 On the Trail of History
  • 1-17 Reclaiming the Time-Lost Tear
  • 1-29 Honorbound Emissaries
  • 1-31 Treading History's Folly
  • 1-34 Heart of the Foe
  • 1-39 The Herald's War


  • 1 person marked this as a favorite.
    Warpriest 12 | AC 26 T 10 F 26 | HP 92| F +11* R +5 W +14* | Init +2 | Perc +13*

    "Dinnae be thinkin' tha' th' hierarchy o' Hell be some dark, hidden secre'. Everyone be knowin' tha' Asmodeus be creatin' devils, bu' tha' 'e be too incompetent t' be givin' 'em all th' same power. So's some be weak, an' some be strong, an' like all evil creatures th' weak are a' th' mercy o' th' strong. As an infernal dukey, Zaebos'd likely be a bit more powerful than yer standard greater devil, mebbe like a local ruler or demigod o' their kind. Last I be hearin', Zaebos was like an indolent lordling, fillin' 'is time wit' indulgence an' sloth, no' particularly caring t' do anythin' worthwhile wit' 'is time. 'E be often pictured as mountin' a crocodile, choose yer definition o' tha' word as ye will."

    k. religion: 1d20 + 15 ⇒ (15) + 15 = 30


    2 people marked this as a favorite.
    Warpriest 12 | AC 26 T 10 F 26 | HP 92| F +11* R +5 W +14* | Init +2 | Perc +13*
    Wren wrote:
    Btw, Whiskeyjack, I still love the dialect and how awful/good/awesome it is.

    Glad someone does. I spend half an hour after a long post trying to unknot me...my fingers :)

    Edit: Been nigh on four 'n a half years I been poundin' away a' this keyboard tryin' t' keep me head straigh' on when t' be dropping th' 't' and when t' be dropping th' other letters. I be bein' abou' as consistent as a duck facin' two ponds o' water, bu' i' still be fun t' do.


    1 person marked this as a favorite.
    SFS Signup sheet

    You get reimbursed by the Society. So you pay, then fill out expense forms in triplicate, with a codicil explaining in detail the amount spent, the purpose, whether alcohol was involved and a minute-by-minute explanation of the discussions, activities, and/or psychic communications involved. Also, there is no reimbursement for gifts, weapons, or any other personal items that may be used or seen to be used as one-off purchases for personal benefit. It is all clearly explained in Standard Form SF-256G, sections 800.1 through 800.56-J.

    Also, they likely do have a computerized reservations system, but due to the restaurant's nature it is likely highly protected

    Acquisitives

    1 person marked this as a favorite.
    Shirren Engineer 6| SP 48, HP 42, RP 7| EAC 21, KAC 22| F+7; R+8; W+5| Init +3 | Perc +11

    "Chivix would also be interested to know how this is being done, Historia-7. The ability to convert a code/magic hybrid into a physical entity could be the perfect method for creating virtual simulators that would be cheaper and more effective for training in a number of business applications. In fact, perhaps we could meet about this at a later date, get some funding..."

    Chivix broke off as he realized they were actually in the middle of a dangerous situation.

    "Some other time then."

    He hefted his laser rifle and began to move with the others back to the stage area to meet the band representative.

    Dataphiles

    1 person marked this as a favorite.
    Outlaw Hacker 1 | SP: 6/6, HP: 10/10, RP:3/4 | EAC: 14, KAC: 15 | F: +0, R: +5, W: +2 | darkvision 60', perc: +4, init +4

    "Maybe, but it was already at low juice. These things are only meant to run on batteries as a emergency backup when the main engines aren't online. See here? The ship's engineer likely did an emergency power reroute when they were trying to contain that ghost, or whatever it is." Still, it might be enough to power the bridge door for a few minutes. Enough to get us in there, and maybe get at the drive banks with their records."

    "Wait, did you test that third bank of batteries? If there is any juice there, we could just re-wire the bridge power. Shouldn't take more than few minutes."

    perception: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (15) + 4 = 19

    engineering: 1d20 + 12 ⇒ (6) + 12 = 18


    1 person marked this as a favorite.
    SFS Signup sheet

    GM screen:

    1d20 + 5 ⇒ (4) + 5 = 9
    1d20 + 5 ⇒ (14) + 5 = 19
    1d20 + 5 ⇒ (18) + 5 = 23
    1d20 + 5 ⇒ (19) + 5 = 24
    1d20 + 9 ⇒ (12) + 9 = 21
    kipa 1d20 + 20 ⇒ (9) + 20 = 29

    Kipa was disgusted as he looked over the bodies. Just some common gemstones. The weapons were just normal tree trunks, and they weren't even wearing armor, just their stone skin! They must have left most of their valuables at a barracks or cave somewhere. Then, he looked closer at the scrap of cloth around the smarter giant's throat. It was big enough to be a cloak for the halfling. And that gemstone pattern on one side...He held out the dirty cloth for inspection, and sure enough it was magical.

    Loot:

  • 15 gemstones worth about 800gp total
  • xorn robe
  • The canyon continued on out of sight from the bridge end. A little forward scouting revealed that the rocky landscape began showing signs of being a muddy landscape. Just beyond this, a fork split the valley. Both directions looked equally unappealing as the easy-to-travel stone and soil valley floor turned into a bog.

    Following Quill's standard suggestions on direction, Kipa led you down the right-hand path. The warm waters of the peat bog combined with the cold mountain air to generate a low-lying fog. Your sight was reduced to no more than fifty feet or so. The sucking mud made it hard to walk stealthily, despite the cover advantage the fog gave. Still, Kipa's ears picked up the sound of the giant patrol before he saw them, a band of ogres led by a giant. Kipa managed to get back to the others without alerting the giant patrol, telling them what he had seen and heard.


    1 person marked this as a favorite.
    Warpriest 12 | AC 26 T 10 F 26 | HP 92| F +11* R +5 W +14* | Init +2 | Perc +13*

    "Aye, We be comin' t' free ye allrigh'. Free ye o' any information ye be havin' abou' th' Whispering Way cul', an' any wha' do business wit' 'em. Now, I could be usin' this 'ere 'ammer t' break ever' bone in yer body until ye be talkin'. Loves t' feast on undead, ye see. Bu' I ain't gonna be doin' tha'. wh' I be doin' is walkin' away an' leavin' ye t' the bird-brained elf. She be putting these little worm in yer head. Worms tha' ye no ken be gettin' rid of. They be driving ye mad. MAD! And when ye're beggin' t' talk t' make i' stop, then I be back t' hear wha' ye be havin' t' say."

    "Unless, o' course, ye be wantin' t' tell us wha' ye be knowin' now, and savin' me th' headache?"

    intimidate: 1d20 + 12 ⇒ (3) + 12 = 15


    2 people marked this as a favorite.
    Warpriest 12 | AC 26 T 10 F 26 | HP 92| F +11* R +5 W +14* | Init +2 | Perc +13*

    "Please, Lena, if'n ye be lovin' me e'en jest a tiny bi', remind me in th' mornin' t' prepare a silence spell for that crow!"

    Whiskeyjack rubbed the bridge of his nose as Wren's droning found his very last non-sodden nerve and began jumping on it like a bairn trying to pop an inflated pig's bladder. He took a swing from his flask to try and save the poor fellow.

    "Ken we jest be gettin' on wit' i'? Give th' elf five minutes wit' the nosferathingy an' he'll be tearin' 'is own eyes ou' beggin' t' tell us wha' we wan' so's we ken be leavin'!"


    1 person marked this as a favorite.
    SFS Signup sheet

    "No, he didn't...did he?" asked the dumb one.

    "No he bloody well didn't. He said to stand here and guard this bridge. Look, just be on your way and we won't have to squish you!"


    1 person marked this as a favorite.
    SFS Signup sheet

    GM screen:

    sm: 1d20 + 2 + 15 ⇒ (3) + 2 + 15 = 20
    sm: 1d20 + 2 + 15 ⇒ (14) + 2 + 15 = 31

    The dumber giant started to agree with Molly, but the other one held its arm out. "That ain't gonna work here, missy! I don't want to get flayed alive for the Storm Tyrant's brief amusement. He set us to guarding this bridge, and that's what we're gonna do! And if you or your short friend comes any closer, we're gonna pound you. And he didn't tell us to answer no questions, neither, pipsqueak!"


    2 people marked this as a favorite.
    SFS Signup sheet

    The giants noticed Sander and immediately grabbed a rock from the pile at their feet. One of them shouted at Sander.

    "Stop right there little one, or we will crush you! We have orders not to let anyone look at the bridge."

    The other one spoke up.

    "No, no, we're not to let anyone cross the bridge."

    "Really? They can look at it? What if they turn around?"

    "Then that's fine."

    "Can they cross the bridge if one of us goes with them?"

    "No. Look, it's simple. Nobody gets to cross the bridge."

    "Right, no one crosses the bridge, unless one of us goes and gets them."

    "NO! Look, you are on this side of the bridge, right? And they are on that side, right? So, you stay here, and they stay there. If they try and cross, you can throw rocks at them, okay?"

    "Yeah, that makes sense. Got it. I'll stay here and you go and get them."

    "No! You and I both stay here and keep anyone else from crossing the bridge. Got it?"

    "Ummm...sure?"


    1 person marked this as a favorite.
    SFS Signup sheet

    Looks like everybody's checked in. I'll go ahead and get the intro posts up and we can move out of the docking bay.


    1 person marked this as a favorite.
    SFS Signup sheet

    As the daylight fell upon the genie's prison, the crystal cracked, then shattered. The shatain stood to her full height, pushing up out of the prison she had been crouched in for months, stretching to her full height and reaching high. Then, with a surge of stone muscles, she leaped out of the fragmented remains of the crystal to land by Anklebiter. With one swooping motion, she grabbed up the goblin, ignoring the raised weapons of the rest of you, and spun him in circles.

    "Free! I am free! Thank you, surface dwellers. I am not sure I could have stayed in that crystal for much longer, separated from the stone by a latticework of magically conjured crystal, without losing my mind. I owe you all a great debt! One I am anxious to repay. What is it that you seek from the Guardian?"


    6 people marked this as a favorite.
    SFS Signup sheet
    Karde58 wrote:
    ...but would like to know if there are any common mistakes new comers to pbp or sfs play make that I should keep in mind? Thanks

    #1 Over-committing - Every long-term GM has had people that had to drop out of a game because they over-committed. Sometimes it's just RL coming into play, but often it is just that you only had time for 1 games and you signed up for 6. So, my first bit of advice is to take it slow. Ease into it with one game and see what the time requirements are going to be like before you sign up for any more.

    #2 Treating PbP like a Face2Face game - Let's face it (see what I did there? ;-) ), PbP is a great way to get your game fix in, but it is NOT like a F2F game. There are more opportunities for RolePlaying (RP), because you have the tie to formulate your responses, get into character, and really make your gameplay shine. But, there is also the temptation to just throw a skill check roll out there and maybe 3 ooc words and go. For everyone's benefit, choose to be the former player, not the latter. Take your time and flesh out a finely crafted post, with lots of in-character detail. Your fellow players and GM will love you for it, and you'll get lots of invites when new games spring up.

    Also, make definitive actions that require (or at least encourage) responses from other players or the GM. This is often known as the "Always be Pushing" principle and it helps keep PBP games from stalling. In the PBP realm, stalling is like when your F2F game gets derailed by some meme and the next thign you know, it's time to go and you haven't accomplished anything. in PBP, this happens when the players (or GM) don't make definitive posts that encourage interaction. Think of it this way. Which of these two posts encourages the game to continue moving on more?

    Quote:
    Bigrin wondered if the creature they were following had doubled back."
    Quote:

    Bigrin looked at the ground and scratched his head. He had lost the trail. I wonder if it doubled back. Maybe someone else saw signs?

    'Hey guys, did any of you see signs of the creature doubling back on its trail? I think I've lost it.'

    He continued to scan back and forth, even dropping to his knees to see if there were signs of disturbance on the ground."

    survival: 1d20 + 11 ⇒ (16) + 11 = 27

    #3 Worrying about effectiveness - Look, no one wants to feel that their character can't contribute in any situation, but let's face it, in SFS there are as many opportunities for "soft" skills to shine as there are for combat skills, or "hard" skills (sciences, computers, engineering, etc.). Maybe more so. Having a combat ineffective character that you really enjoy playing is MUCH more enjoyable than having a min-maxing combat specialist that can drop foes in 1 shot, but who is basically useless any time you aren't in initiative. If you play a character you are happy with and enjoy playing, then your games are more fun, you post better posts (see #2), and everyone enjoys it more.

    #4 We were all newbies once - True story. Don't worry about making mistakes or forgetting a key skill. We've all done it (I did it last game). It's no big deal> And, if you let your GM know that your are a newcomer, they'll look out for you and remind you of that bonus you might have missed, or a key ability you have that you may have forgotten about.


    1 person marked this as a favorite.
    SFS Signup sheet

    Yep. Run straight into danger, waving your left shoe in the air and hollering "for the glory of sausage stuffers everywhere!"

    Have fun :)


    1 person marked this as a favorite.

    @GM Skeemo, Zyni Val, Mjolbeard and anyone else who is interested...

    I'll open up another table of It Rests Beneath, Starfinder Society Scenario #1-28. Tags: Faction (Wayfinders), Vehicle

    I am going to try and do it Fast Play style (a la GM HMM) and really hold people to the 24 hours posting rule. If you are interested in a fast-paced game on another planet with some cool encoutners, sign up HERE on Table 2.

    Exo-Guardians

    1 person marked this as a favorite.
    Male Korasha Lashunta Solarian 4| Init +1:| RP:5 | SP: 28| HP: 32| EAC: 17, KAC: 18 | F: +4, R: +3, W: +3 | Speed: 30 | Perception +3 (Darkvision 60')

    Kastien moved through the open door and stared in wonder at the hallway lined with other, similar doors. Then, he turned and saw the digital readout and gaped some more.

    "Does this...does this mean that there are at least 20,000 more areas like this? Simulations of some sort? But for what purpose? This is...vast. Monstrous, maybe. And yet...and yet something pulls at me to try and understand. A large network of ongoing simulations regarding the motives behind sophont actions could be an attempt to understand the universe. It stirs the Seeker in me to want to know more. I wonder if it would be possible to be on more Starfinder missions to this place? I think I would like that very much."

    Exo-Guardians

    3 people marked this as a favorite.
    Male Korasha Lashunta Solarian 4| Init +1:| RP:5 | SP: 28| HP: 32| EAC: 17, KAC: 18 | F: +4, R: +3, W: +3 | Speed: 30 | Perception +3 (Darkvision 60')

    sm: 1d20 - 1 ⇒ (2) - 1 = 1

    Kastien flinched as Ceolor seemed to be falling. The solarian wrapped one arm through a ladder rung, the thrust out the other, prepared to snag or support a falling Ceolor. When nothing happened, he opened his eyes and looked up to see the akitonian grinning at him.

    "Oh yes, very funny. Pretend to fall and hope poor Kastien falls off the ladder trying to catch you. You know, we have a story on Castrovel about a lashunta girl who called out 'Renkroda!' just to see her friends and family run scared. Then one day, there really was a renkroda and all her friends and family were killed. She pulled out her own tongue in shame because she knew that she was the cause of their deaths. Do not be the Renkroda-girl, Ceolor! I may not be so quick to offer help next time."

    Exo-Guardians

    1 person marked this as a favorite.
    Male Korasha Lashunta Solarian 4| Init +1:| RP:5 | SP: 28| HP: 32| EAC: 17, KAC: 18 | F: +4, R: +3, W: +3 | Speed: 30 | Perception +3 (Darkvision 60')

    Kastien followed the rest, clambering up the rusty ladder without showmanship or particular bent to style.

    "You can do it, Ceolor! I am right behind you. Just please don't fall on me! Does any of the camera crew need a hand up?"

    athletics: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (7) + 3 = 10

    Exo-Guardians

    1 person marked this as a favorite.
    Male Korasha Lashunta Solarian 4| Init +1:| RP:5 | SP: 28| HP: 32| EAC: 17, KAC: 18 | F: +4, R: +3, W: +3 | Speed: 30 | Perception +3 (Darkvision 60')

    "Jul, I believe it was you yourself who said 'Do you have to embrace the stereotypes quite THAT much? ' We are not going to kill and eat anything that can be talked down or calmed. That is not the way of the Seeker."


    1 person marked this as a favorite.
    Warpriest 12 | AC 26 T 10 F 26 | HP 92| F +11* R +5 W +14* | Init +2 | Perc +13*

    "I no' be havin' anythin' fer yer kind, dhampir. All me magics are fer th' livin'. Mebbe we ken be finding a wand or sommat wit' negative energy bound t' i' along th' way, bu' I no' be hopeful."

    Whiskeyjack watched Bronin struggle with the heavy grate with a smirk on his face. He was about to join in and help the human when the former nobleman gave a huge wrench and really muscled up the grate.

    He was a little distracted by this and didn't really pay much attention to Lena's question until it had bounced around his think skull a few times.

    "Wha'? A chicken vampire? I dinnae think so, lass. The vampire's curse be limited to warm-blooded mammals, and e'en then I ne'er heard o' anythin' bu' a humanoid bein' truly turned. Somethin' in th' magical nature o' the curse requires thinkin' bein's."

    In another game, I put a dhampir in the negatives with my clericafter "helpfully" healing him with positive energy. "Helaing them to death" has stuck with me ever since.

    Exo-Guardians

    2 people marked this as a favorite.
    Male Korasha Lashunta Solarian 4| Init +1:| RP:5 | SP: 28| HP: 32| EAC: 17, KAC: 18 | F: +4, R: +3, W: +3 | Speed: 30 | Perception +3 (Darkvision 60')
    Chorizal wrote:


    "You an expert on Vesk dumps, Kastien? I mean, you ain't wrong. When you eat like a male like I do, you gotta deal with the consequences. I just didn't know you Solarions had classes on the loads folks leave behind."

    Kastien took the comment in stride. "I don't think it's a solarion thing. It falls more in line with my studies to be a xenoseeker, and all that that entails. I love studying xeno culture, first other sophonts, and then to the flora and fauna that have been discovered. It is one of the things I looked forward to most when joining the Starfinders, getting to see new worlds and new species, and learn more about them and how they can point me forward on my journey."

    When he was asked to join Wazasha in the booth, Kastien looked a little taken aback. Surely the others were more interesting than him? Still, he pasted a cocky grin on his face and joined the ghoul in the private recording chamber. As the answers came peppering in, he relaxed a little and got into the rhythm of things.

    Quote:
    "Tell us a bit about the world where you grew up, Castrovel. Where are you from? What made you decide to become a solarian, and then a starfinder?"

    "Well, as I am sure you know, Castrovel is a jungle world, filled with some of the most beautiful plants and amazing animals in the Pact Worlds. It is also a so-called "death planet" where practically everything, including the fuzzy and cute-looking, but very deadly, drop-bears seem to want to kill you. We lasunta have evolved on Castrovel and the universe has sculpted us to thrive there, along with several other sapient species, despite the dangers. It's a beautiful world, Wazasha. have you been there? Life teems on Castrovel. It was that life that made me decide simultaneously to take up the mantle of a solarian and become a Seeker. The Starfinder Society seemed to be a good fit for a young Seeker, giving me both employment and many opportunities to learn more about the Universe."

    Quote:
    "So, I hear that you snuck into Zo!'s showroom uninvited. Have you always been this ballsy?"

    "Well, you see, he intimated that there was some equipment there to choose from, for his special friends. How was I to know that just meant Ceolor? I thought we were all his special friends. Still, the arc-pistol would have been a nice addition. I'll just have to make use of my pulsecaster for now. Though this is my preferred weapon. The K-Systems pulse-strike 35J gauntlet. I like to be in close when the scrum starts."

    Quote:
    "You were awfully quiet when the first fan feedback came back about your survival chances. Are you scared inside?"

    "Scared? No! As a Seeker, I know that all must die. Even the universe will one day heat its inevitable heat death. But, until our appointed time, why shouldn't we joyfully experience all that this amazgin universe has to offer? "

    Quote:
    "When did you become such an expert on excrement -- especially Vesk excrement?"

    "Oh, well that...umm...you see...I took a class at the Kontovaran University on xeno culture and the professor there was very proud of her excrement collection. She taught us all about the diets of various species, how to determine an individual's health from the consistency and smell, and even identify an individual from a pack simply by their scat. It was gross at first, but also very interesting. I heard she died a few years ago. A tragic accident involving a renkroda and freshly collected scat. Suffocation. Bad way to go."

    Quote:
    "What do you think of some of your fellow contestants so far? Any interesting first impressions? Any good gossip?"

    "I think this group is an amazing collection of individuals. Really. I mean two vesks, both in obvious dominance mode, a dwarf with a fake accent - I mean, really, he can't keep up with it. Haven't you noticed? - an Akitonian human, and an android mystic. Delightful! I can't wait to see how well we manage to work together as a team."

    Exo-Guardians

    1 person marked this as a favorite.
    Male Korasha Lashunta Solarian 4| Init +1:| RP:5 | SP: 28| HP: 32| EAC: 17, KAC: 18 | F: +4, R: +3, W: +3 | Speed: 30 | Perception +3 (Darkvision 60')

    life science: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (20) + 4 = 24
    survival, untrained: 1d20 - 1 ⇒ (8) - 1 = 7

    Kastien moved in close to the midden pile to look it over and see what he could tell. Being an Exo-Guardian and a Seeker, he had a strong desire to learn about the universe's inhabitants. In this case, though, he was disappointed.

    "Goblins. Just goblins. And lots of them from the size of these piles. They must be close too, because goblins don't normally go far from their homes to dump their trash and excrement. Never know when you might need it again, you see. This one's a bit different, though. Something more like what Chorizal might leave behind."

    Thnking about what he had said, Kastien quickly stood and bowed slightly in the vesk's direction. "No offense meant, friend Chorizal. It is only that this excrement came from something roughly the size and appetites of a vesk. And given your dining habits at the buffet..."

    Kastien trailed off as his normally diplomatic tongue failed him repeatedly.

    Exo-Guardians

    2 people marked this as a favorite.
    Male Korasha Lashunta Solarian 4| Init +1:| RP:5 | SP: 28| HP: 32| EAC: 17, KAC: 18 | F: +4, R: +3, W: +3 | Speed: 30 | Perception +3 (Darkvision 60')

    Worth it! ;) Still a little out of it from the fever apparently. It affected by reading comprehension?


    1 person marked this as a favorite.
    Warpriest 12 | AC 26 T 10 F 26 | HP 92| F +11* R +5 W +14* | Init +2 | Perc +13*

    "Stop!"

    "Dinnae be drinkin' anythin' th' fool be giving' you! Be ye healed by positive or negative energy? Last thing we be wantin' be t' heal ye t' death!"


    1 person marked this as a favorite.
    Warpriest 12 | AC 26 T 10 F 26 | HP 92| F +11* R +5 W +14* | Init +2 | Perc +13*

    "Plants? Ye be givin' up yer life fer plants? I know vampires were evil bloodsucking monsters, bu' never heard tha' they were stupid ones!"

    Whiskeyjack stepped to the side, giving Adder the flank, then pounded the vampire with his undead bane hammer o' doom. Maybe he could come up with a better name than that, but it fit for the moment.

    attack, flank, pa, bane: 1d20 + 14 + 3 - 2 + 2 + 2 ⇒ (16) + 14 + 3 - 2 + 2 + 2 = 35
    damage: 1d10 + 6 + 2 + 3 + 2d6 ⇒ (3) + 6 + 2 + 3 + (6, 4) = 24
    intimidate: 1d20 + 12 ⇒ (19) + 12 = 31

    attack, flank, pa, bane: 1d20 + 9 + 3 - 2 + 2 + 2 ⇒ (15) + 9 + 3 - 2 + 2 + 2 = 29
    damage: 1d10 + 6 + 2 + 3 + 2d6 ⇒ (9) + 6 + 2 + 3 + (2, 5) = 27
    intimidate: 1d20 + 12 ⇒ (11) + 12 = 23

    Exo-Guardians

    1 person marked this as a favorite.
    Male Korasha Lashunta Solarian 4| Init +1:| RP:5 | SP: 28| HP: 32| EAC: 17, KAC: 18 | F: +4, R: +3, W: +3 | Speed: 30 | Perception +3 (Darkvision 60')

    Kastien looked around the space yacht in amazement. He thought the copaxi homeworld was interesting, but this place looked amazing. So many carnal delights in one place. How could the beings here communicate with the Universe in harmony? He would have to watch himself.

    The korasha lashunta was slightly stockier than most of his kind, but he still towered over the skittermander servitors.

    "Friend Frank, I will eat the greens that you do not. While many plants are more intelligent than most people give them credit for, it is still more harmonious for me to eat them than meat-bearing organisms. And it is amazing what these chefs have done with this glazed and roasted shelf fungus. It has the most excellent flavor. I think it comes from...well, I don't really know, but it tastes magnificent."

    "After this, I intend to visit the ventral observation bubble. One of the other guests told me it was heavenly down there. As I am in a search for oneness with the Universe, that seems like some place I would like to be."

    1 to 50 of 235 << first < prev | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | next > last >>