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Scarab Sages

TRDG wrote:

My only quibble is the "watercolory 5th Ed style" maps, but understand its just a 1-4 level module, so I made all new ones.

Tom

any chance of sharing those maps you made ?

Scarab Sages

fantastic news

Scarab Sages

Linda Zayas-Palmer wrote:
chris manning wrote:
I'm running this on the 31st, any news on what flip-maps (if any) this uses ?
It uses Flip Mat Classics: Ship, Map Pack: Perilous Paths, and two new half-page maps.

Thanks Linda

Scarab Sages

I'm running this on the 31st, any news on what flip-maps (if any) this uses ?

Scarab Sages 5/5 Venture-Agent, United Kingdom—England—Thames Valley aka chris manning

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congratulations Joonas & Gary

Scarab Sages

looking forwards to running this, my players have had a blast in every part (although there has been some bloodshed over time..)

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congratulations Pete and Jacinta

Scarab Sages

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very nice

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Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida wrote:

That method is helpful, but I think people would really prefer that we didn't have to go through a 16 step process to print usable battlemaps.

Essentially, we'd like it if Paizo did that process for us and included it with the scenario.

Its been asked before, John Compton told me (in person) that the maps are included at their submission resolution, there are no 'high res' versions available. So the only option is to scale them up - then you still have to account for all the types of printers used (plan, US letter, A3, A4 etc) and if you want to use a commercial printers, there is the added issue of different file format requirements.

Scarab Sages

session 1 was about 4hrs -ending just past the manticore. 2nd session was about 3.5 hrs and they completed the tomb - they were 4 days ahead of the enemy group, so didnt encounter them at all.

Scarab Sages

session 1 was about 4hrs -just past the manticore. 2nd session was about 3.5 hrs and they completed the tomb - they were 4 days ahead of the enemy group, so didnt encounter them at all (that seems pretty std looking at the compiled results for p2)

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here is a method you can use to resize the scenario maps

Scarab Sages 5/5 Venture-Agent, United Kingdom—England—Thames Valley aka chris manning

John C, any news on Seers sanctioning?

Scarab Sages 5/5 Venture-Agent, United Kingdom—England—Thames Valley aka chris manning

bumpity mcbump

Scarab Sages

on page 301 it says there are three levels, bright, dim, darkness

torches are listed as 20ft bright - do they have a radius of dim light as well (as per 1e)?

sunrods are listed as 20ft normal ? - should this be bright ?

Scarab Sages 5/5 Venture-Agent, United Kingdom—England—Thames Valley aka chris manning

in 250 games, plenty that got a raise etc, but only a handful of permadeaths. Most of those were either
a) stupid actions on the part of players
b) crits

I always roll in the open, and let the dice fall where they may, I might softball a new player or a youngster but seasoned adventurers know the risks. When there were no consequences to pregen death, I may have been a little rough with a few aspis agents attacking the grand lodge..

Recently I ran a game for our RVC, the players stumble into an encounter and his PC gets bitten and grabbed right at the start. the monster gives him a little chew for good measure, and the round continues -someone blinds the creature and a few people throw some ranged attacks and spells at it. However the blind creature already has its dinner in its mouth at the start of the next turn, so has a little chew and swallows the RVC's character..leading to his untimely demise.

Scarab Sages

Roll20 Flipmat Link

Scarab Sages

if you PM me I can help you out

Scarab Sages

thanks for the quick response james - i went with the giant one anyway :)

Scarab Sages

nice
ofc i already built my own table in Roll20...

Scarab Sages

so on page 15

Creature:
the creature listed is a Dire Rat, but there is no Dire rat in the bestiary?

Scarab Sages

pretty sure they said each part is the length of two PFS scenarios - eg 8hrs playtime. I expect your GM will want you to build characters beforehand or have a slot0 to do so

Scarab Sages 5/5 Venture-Agent, United Kingdom—England—Thames Valley aka chris manning

there are some examples of how to use the roll templates in starfinder here

Scarab Sages 5/5 Venture-Agent, United Kingdom—England—Thames Valley aka chris manning

Due to yet another heated "discussion" at Paizocon UK

Organized Play Accessory Perks & Promotional Boons wrote:
Promotional Reroll <snip> Prerequisites: Bring and display a qualifying t-shirt <snip>

For clarity does this mean (as I think) only those listed under 'Starfinder Society T-Shirts' on the perk page (Year of Scoured Stars and Organized Play T-Shirts & Polos) count for starfinder rerolls?

Tonya (as quoted upthread) said that the 'scottys' Space Goblin Blood Orange IPA blood shirt is only good for PFS rerolls, however some players seem to think the three starfinder shirts listed under 'branded T shirts' (Starfinder Logo, Starfinder Space Goblin, Starfinder Space Goblin Blood Orange IPA) also qualify

looking for a definitive answer

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At Paizocon UK this weekend I was reminded of an old idea, an official 'Wall of Names' on the website in memory of those members of the organised play community that have sadly passed away. It would be nice way to remember those who are no longer with us.

Scarab Sages 5/5 Venture-Agent, United Kingdom—England—Thames Valley aka chris manning

thanks

Scarab Sages

I picked up both of these adventures (and ran two sessions of 5uper Goblins - good job crystal!), can i run them again as sanctioned content from now onwards ?

Scarab Sages 5/5 Venture-Agent, United Kingdom—England—Thames Valley aka chris manning

Lau Bannenberg wrote:
Chris Manning wrote:
4th part of the gloomspires / sefvenfingers tomb series

What about a 7-11 followed by a 12-15 capstone?

EDIT: obviously the capstone would have to be so grim that it can perma-kill any of your #-X PCs within a single digit of the one you're actually playing.

According to this post, The Den of the Master would be the 4th and final level.

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4th part of the gloomspires / sefvenfingers tomb series

Scarab Sages 5/5 Venture-Agent, United Kingdom—England—Thames Valley aka chris manning

I was just thinking back to this article and was wondering are we going to see the 4th level before the switch to PFS2 ?

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This happened in a module I ran a couple of weeks ago
PC - I use slumber on the boss
me - he fails the save and falls over
me - next up is henchman A - he moves to the boss and kicks him awake
PC on next turn - i slumber henchman A
me - henchman B moves to henchman A and kicks him awake - next..

Also put me in the camp of GM's who despair of spending hours prepping a scenario for a couple of power PC's to close it down flat, not by clever tactics, but by using the same relentless cheese in every encounter.

I recently ran an adventure where the mythic creature who can take 20 on initiative (for 35) went third in the round..

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Rigby Bendele wrote:
If you need some basic "what is nonbinary", the Enby Collective (enby being a term for nonbinary people, as a spelled-out version of nb) has a great 101 page. You can find it here.

Thanks very much for that link

Scarab Sages 5/5 Venture-Agent, United Kingdom—England—Thames Valley aka chris manning

we have had some success in the Giantslayer AP using a 1" grid for a 10' square, but using small glass beads insted of miniatures (small enough that we can fit 4 in a 1" square)

Scarab Sages 5/5 Venture-Agent, United Kingdom—England—Thames Valley aka chris manning

the guide doesnt show as being updated in the 'my downloads' page, however after re downloading it is the 9.1 version

Scarab Sages 5/5 Venture-Agent, United Kingdom—England—Thames Valley aka chris manning

I find it incredibly rewarding to GM, thats why i have over 200 games of credit, but many of the players wont ever thank you for running a game even F2F.

If your running games purely for the reward, then give up now - most players have no idea the amount of prep time that GM's invest, but i find its pretty much 1:1 prep time to run time, either for online or F2F. As to the expense - its still one of the cheapest hobbies around, but you will never see a return on even a small investment as a GM.

You can mitigate this, by running the same adventures multiple times, or asking players to chip in for a scenario. I myself have a very small number of scenarios that i haven't played, and if a GM volunteers to run one of them, then i gift them the scenario from Paizo

Scarab Sages 5/5 Venture-Agent, United Kingdom—England—Thames Valley aka chris manning

Hi Simon

Any way to get an export / download of a filtered scenario list?

Scarab Sages

darrell, i have msg'd you diectly

Scarab Sages 5/5 Venture-Agent, United Kingdom—England—Thames Valley aka chris manning

Maps - how about a web enhancement linked from the product page with non squished maps, or GASP VTT ready maps (9-06 i'm looking at you..)

Replays - done to death - not welcome anytime

Haunts- I'd love someone to put together some videos demonstrating how to play them properly - they always look cool, but end up anticlimatic

rework of year 0 scenarios - hell yes

Scenario formatting - Clearly mark the optional encounter right where it starts, instead of in a sidebar a couple of pages away, DONT SPLIT STATBLOCKS - ive lost track of the number of statblocks that start on page 6 (3 or 4 lines), then have a map on P7, then continue on p8. This is worse on specials - i recently ran 8-99A, and an encounter with 3 monsters can spread over as much as 8 to 9 pages - almost impossible to juggle for the GM

Scarab Sages 5/5 Venture-Agent, United Kingdom—England—Thames Valley aka chris manning

on Tarracon we run approx 200 games per year - only a fraction of those are replayables, most are normal scenarios and modules. But we have an active player base of over 200 players, so the games fill up without us ever having to advertise.

I understand our timezone (GMT/BST) isnt ideal for everyone, but we seem to get players from across the globe. Feel free to join our warhorn and jump on some games, as Hels & Andreww said, we are happy to take requests from our players too

Scarab Sages

congratulations Andrew & the other new 5 Stars

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as above, glad to see its good news..

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I usually just warn players that they are EXPECTED to have the materials to hand, NO-ONE either in meatspace or online has the time for rigorous audits. TBH unless your character is wildly off the curve, then i probably wont ever ask to see the books or pdf's- but i retain my right to do so.

Scarab Sages 5/5 Venture-Agent, United Kingdom—England—Thames Valley aka chris manning

woot :)

Scarab Sages 5/5 Venture-Agent, United Kingdom—England—Thames Valley aka chris manning

<blush> Thanks All

Congratulations Jack, Andreas and the other 5 Stars, see you on the island soon.

Scarab Sages 5/5 Venture-Agent, United Kingdom—England—Thames Valley aka chris manning

If anyone wants a corrected version of the map, drop me an email

i have one resized for printing, and a VTT version

cr <dot> manning <at> gmail <dot> com

Scarab Sages 5/5 Venture-Agent, United Kingdom—England—Thames Valley aka chris manning

was the winner of the terrain contest ever announced ?

Scarab Sages 5/5 Venture-Agent, United Kingdom—England—Thames Valley aka chris manning

Also - if you dont participate in the talky part at all - expect me to ignore your barbarians 'aid' roll

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The whole diplomacy 'speech' thing really irritates me - you never ask a player making a strength check to arm wrestle for a circumstance bonus - if you tell the GM what you want to do/say, and you have the rolls / skill to back that up, that should be enough without having to orate war and peace.

Often in scenarios I feel like saying "Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries!", backed up with a roll of 46, apply any penalty you like..

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if you are looking to upscale the scenario maps
here is a tutorial i put together

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As Andrews GM, I was most disappointed for vector to be going 2nd with a 35 !!

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