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I see Ruins of Lastwall is still listed in my April Subs, but not listed here. Any changes to status on that?

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HI folks,

I know there were quite a few questions four and five years ago about digital-only subscriptions. I was wondering if anything has changed in the market to rethink Paizo's position further, especially with the advent of Second Edition, seems like a good time to ask.

I'm looking to cut back on my dead-tree purchases, after buying more shelf space and realizing I probably have on the order of 50-55 shelf feet of dead tree products from Dnd 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 3.5 5, and Pathfinder books. (That's not including maps and minis, which I absolutely plan to keep getting).

I would like an easier way to order digital products rather than clicking on each product and carting them each month and risking skipping a month, or forgetting a product for that month. I'm even willing to wait until street date to have the products delivered to my account. I don't also think any discount past the current set of discounts for PDF-only are necessary, just an automated way to have PDFs ready to get on street date.

Would love to see if any thing has changed from Paizo's end. Thanks for reading.

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I skipped the Smoking Tower, as it extended the search for Casandalee too far. I inserted a subplot about a demon escaping the WorldWound as a sidequest instead (which suited my group) before going to the Scar of the Spider.

My characters have a pretty good reason to revenge themselves on the League as they are fully aware of why Khonnir left Starfall, and are completely aware of Ghartone's involvement in several plots around the region. I also inserted a subplot in Chesed about the heroes discovering a Technic League and Aspis plot with the Kyton to mix technology and organics, with a finger pointed at some sort of secret Kyton lab working with the Church of Rent Flesh. I felt it was really needed to give people the reason to go. I've also been dropping clues that since the League are the only people allowed into the ship, they should go Starfall and investigate the keep ro learn more before diving in.

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I'm bummed about the shipping delays, but I have to say I was impressed that I was able to download the books promptly at at 9:00am. Kudos to the webteam for their scale-out skills!

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Sharaya wrote:

Did you change the card on the My Subscriptions page, or just add it on the My Payment methods page?

I'm trying to make sure the order is set to use the new card, but it looks like the same card is still set as the preferred card on your My Subscriptions page.

I made the change on Friday, sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. Looks like the Order listed and my account is using the new card. I *think* I'm all set.

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I just changed the payment method and I expect the old card will not work. Do you need to do anything on your end to make things go through smoothly?

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Diego Valdez wrote:

Hello Jhallum,

The other part of your order is on a pick list right now, so it should be on its way any time now.

Thanks for the help Diego!

Jeremy

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Wei Ji the Learner wrote:

In the absence of transparency, which is not really a good thing to have in many cases due to the 'witch hunt' mentality of the modern Internet, there needs to be a level of accountability for senior officers, and a recourse that will be able to make itself heard WITHOUT disrupting the campaign.

How on EARTH that would be implemented would be anyone's guess, I'm spitballing here.

THis whole thing makes me think that there should be some sort of ombudsman for PFS to handle this sort of thing. It's clear that there is more than enough work to go around at this point, and someone is needed to make sure that concerns are heard AND RESPONDED TO. An ombudsman might be the type of role that works best here.

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Can I get an update on shipments? I received an email that one of my four subscription items had shipped on Tuesday, but nothing on the other three. Order 5111598.

Thanks for any help you can give.

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Hi folks,

Can you check on #4897621 I got the Cards shipped two weeks ago, but both the minis and the books are still pending (so long ago that the card authorization expired over a week ago).

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Can y'all take the opportunity to clarify the confusion spell in P2e, now that you are updating the system?

Like, what does an 'attack' mean? Can it be a single target spell? Does the attacker attack with all three actions if they can? It amazed me that in 17 years of 3/3.5/PF there have been no official clarifications over the spell, so seems like a great time now...

Cheers,

Jeremy

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Can I do this? Should I do this? I'd like to do it as a way to learn amazon skills and lambda functions, but there's no way to keep the skill to just me/my echo network, so if I do it, it's automatically public.

My non-lawyer self looking at the OGL cards suggests that there's a narrow way to do so, but I would love to hear from people at paizo too, because of the above (and it's a LOT of typing).

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Sharaya wrote:

Hi jhallum,

I'm sorry to hear that! I've added a replacement copy to your sidecart to ship with your October order.

Can you please email us some pictures of that so we can pass them along for quality control?

Thanks!
~Sharaya

Will do!

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Hi folks,

My copy of Ruins of Azlant, book 2: Into the Shattered Continent #122 has a defect, it only has the pages 33-96, missing the first sheaf of pages 1-32. Could you send me a new book?

Thanks
Jeremy

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Can someone remove the Starfinder Pawn collection from my sidecart? I just picked one up at Gen Con instead.

-jeremy

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Diego Valdez wrote:

Hello Jhallum,

All of your subscription items are in your sidecart waiting for GenCon pickup. We haven't generated the GenCon pickup orders yet. Once we do all the items will be pulled into that order, which will be set for GenCon pickup.

Fantastic! Thanks for the response!

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My subscription items in my sidecart are not currently listed for Gen Con pickup . Is this a bug in the system? Want to make sure...

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Hi folks,

I have a bunch of starfinder stuff in my sidecart. What's the best way to convert anything that can be converted to a subscription, and leave the rest in the sidecart?

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Never mind, I saw it in my sidecart and pushed it out by hand as order 4137053

Hopefully this is a cool way to do it.

-jeremy

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I got the second email that this order got moved back into the sidecart because I had this set to hold with the next shipment.

I just wanted to say that I actually have it set to ship immediately, so I just wanted to make sure that this order is set to actually go off immediately.

Please let me know?

Thanks so much, and happy thanksgiving!

-jeremy

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Two questions:

As it stands now, will there be a December RPG subscription?

Also, with the Minis case order, it comes with the incentives, right? I don't have to add them separately?

Thanks and Happy Halloween!

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I'm running Returned to Sky as an interlude during Chapter three.

Rather than having the PFS macguffin (avoiding spoilers here) be the thing at the end of the module that the heroes are looking for be a cache of technological weapons and other interesting items that the heroes use against the Technic League...but that seems rather mundane. Does anyone have any better ideas?

-jeremy

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Can I suggest a hydra? The two Wizards Hydras are stupid expensive. I would love to see an affordable one (relatively)

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Name:Kasatha
Race: Kasahtha Paladin 6
Adventure: Lords of Rust
Location: 2nd Level of the Excavator
Catalyst: Numerian Fluids.
The Gory Details: The heroes saw a pool of fluids and made a pact that everyone would try it. First the Dwarf Fighter drank some and withstood both saves like a champ. The Paladin tried next, failed both saves hard, and rolled a 9 on the Fluids table, and his guts melted into a puddle around his ankles, and died outright from multiple negative stats. Not surprisingly, no one else drank after that.

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I have tied quests to hero backgrounds as well.

I have a druid who took the Against the Technic League trait. Her parents were killed by one of the major Technic League antagonists when they were younger, she just doesn't know it yet.

I also had a character who was a paladin of Brigh, which didn't quite match his alignment, so I was going to have him be courted by Bharnarol, with the goal of having them create something like a Holy Avenger-like weapon to be used against the BBEG. Sadly he just died to Numerian Fluids.

He's thinking about playing one of the NPCs from module two (strangely enough, the Xill), since he has a feud with some barbarians, seems to me he's about to get a visit in coming months.

Finally, I have an Android Psychic, and I have Meyanda having some sort of relationship with him from their past lives (mostly impressions and flashes of memory). It will turn out that the Psychic effects will come from Dominion influence, something that will probably come out in a later module.

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jon dehning wrote:


Glad you had a good time jhallum! To touch on this, since I was the department head in charge of data entry, let me be 100% clear in that our intention was not to make anyone feel bad about their reporting sheet. The reason why GMs need to hang for a bit after dropping them off is, as you say, to verify that they're filled in correctly. If they aren't (and there are quite a bit that aren't), they can become impossible to correct if the GM has walked away.

Here are errors I saw: no prestige, no GM # or name, no scenario title, no success conditions, incorrect society numbers (7 digits long), duplicate characters (12345-1 & 12345-2). Some of these issues are correctable on our end, involving us to do some digging and figure out who GM'd what and get back in contact with them.

And with that being said, there are a lot of sessions to report.

We currently have 1,344 reported sessions for GenCon this year, with another ~150 or so that Todd has to do. So given that is easily 20+ hours of reporting, we can't be pausing all the time to track down GMs and fix errors. Which is why we catch you at the table. Also, some errors are not fixable by us: such as no GM# or GM name. Therefore, if we just let GMs leave after dropping them off we physically cannot correct some

...

Thanks for the response! You guys really have a ton to do, and I do really appreciate the double check, in adverse circumstances, even.

And I know you personally helped us get seated with our buddy as GM at least once, which we definitely appreciated. Thanks!

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Thanks guys,

I had a great time this year, I had nothing but great people at all of my tables, and I liked the fact that I only had a single module to prepare, even though I was scheduled to run it five times, it really allowed me to make my sessions better.

I initially felt great trepidation about the extra break, but I gotta say, it was pretty nice to be able to go away for lunch for an extra hour, really reduced a lot of stress for me.

One minor issue I'd like to see changed is perhaps a little different phrasing from the HQ staff on some requests. I know you guys are stressed constantly moving, and busy as hell, but could you folks phrase requests with some different language? There were several times when I or one of my colleagues would hand in a reporting sheet, and the answer was, in many cases: "Wait, I won't release you until I verify that this is correct", which made some of my colleagues feel very negative about running future games, as they are also feeling stressed out themselves (especially after some of the more complex modules). I'm sure there are better ways to relay information than that.

The Thursday and Friday night specials from the gamer side of the table seemed really overly long, and somewhat complex to run, both of my GMs had a rough time with it (and they were both people known to me, and I'm confident of their ability). There wasn't a lot of forgiving parts of them, if you took too long in certain parts, you might be boned because you run out of time somewhere else...

Thank you again for a great weekend, hope to be back next year!

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Played this at a local game day yesterday with my Investigator (Empiricist), who is a skill monkey machine. I had no idea what i was getting into, and it was a blast. It's nice to see the Intrigue Rules get play, it's giving me ideas for the home game.

There were five of us at the table, and between myself and a Bard, we pretty much learned everything there was to learn, though we had huge problems with the fights (our three combat characters couldn't make a save, or not take damage). With no cleric, we had multiple characters drop over the course of the game.

Thankfully, when we targetted the big bad at the oasis and took her down (with one down unconscious, and the other in the negatives), we were able to trigger the end of the encounter, and still save the docs.

I totally enjoyed it, I'd be happy to run it someday.

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I assume we'll be getting our GM schedules before Event Reg comes online on Sunday?

(Edit: I know you guys have been good about this in the past, just wondering if there was a day we could expect it specifically?)

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Christopher Anthony wrote:

I can see this is going to be a healthy competition.

Now, to make ~10,000 more posts...

My suggestion is to cut back on the posts using non-english characters in the General Discussion forum. For some reason, someone keeps deleting them. :-D

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I'm so glad we waited to run this! Looking forward to it!

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I think the blue and white guy is a

mini spoiler:
Keketar Protean

That's pretty nifty!

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Am I correct in ruling that if I have a caster that casts heat metal on a construct with the robot subtype that it would affect the construct only after the construct makes a saving throw? Also, the damage from heat metal would be reduced by the hardness of the robot?

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NerdOfTheYear wrote:

Also a bit of a maps question: How did everyone physically get the Desert Habitat onto a map/table? I'm counting it as 40" and I don't know any maps that go that big.

I'm starting the campaign in a few weeks, and fully expect my players to get to the habitat pretty quickly.

I put the western half on a drawn map, and then just drew the eastern doorway on another. Since the skeletons will be drawn to the heroes when they encounter the first one, and my heroes weren't very stealthy, I knew I was going to have that fight right at the western entrance, which is exactly what happened.

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Now that oil is a quarter of the cost it once was, does this mean that cost of plastic will go down, at least a little, and maybe the cost of minis will come down a bit? I know that the cost of minis is far more than just the cost of one component, but I am just a little curious...

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Wow, yeah, that's totally right. Thanks! It doesn't seem quite as broke as before. It does help when you read the spell properly! *sigh*

-jeremy

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This spell is some brutal business. Make an opponent repeat their action for the next two rounds (no save), or be confused if they can't do their last action.

The psychic in my game used this on my spellcasting BBEG for the first book of an AP, and effectively locked it down for the combat, after it cast a spell, she was out for two rounds. Since Lesser Confusion requires at least a save for the same level, why doesn't this?

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Thanks for the advice in this thread, we are starting WotR tomorrow, most of us only having played around with the first base scenario, and not won yet, I was wondering if we were just not getting something...sounds like it's also pretty hard. I'll try starting with the first AP scenario and going from there...

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Here's my party going through Iron Gods:

Ukko: Android Psychic, he's emotionless, but he has the ability to read other people's emotions, so he's trying to learn by observation. He's a resident of Torch and was an apprentice (and a subject of) Khonnir Baine.

Dubhvina: human female druid. Also a ward of Baine, her parents were killed by the Technic League.

Flint Westwing: Taciturn strix techslinger, who is on the lookout for some technological gear. Has an unfortunate habit of saying things like "Do you feel lucky punk? Well do ya?" and "I know what you're thinking. 'Did he fire six shots or only five'? Well to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, i kind of lost track myself."

Salaud le Batard: ratfolk rogue/wizard/technomancer, Itinerant ratfolk who was rescued a few years ago by Dubhvina and looking to pay her back for the privilege. He's got an ungodly high Know(Eng) score, having learned from every tech researcher in Torch.

Kasatha: male Kasatha Paladin of Brigh, and opponent of the Technic League. Advocate for the ethical research, like most of that NOT done by the Technic League. After they entered the ruins of the Hab module, he feels like this is heaven on earth.

Mawuwo: dwarf fighter. He has a bit of a speech impediment, not unlike Kripke from Big Bang Theory. Has a tendency of a weak stomach as he continously throws up after climbing through the tainted water of the pond at the base of Black Hill.

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Tormad wrote:

Has anyone else noticed how much gold is going out to the players? How has this effected your games?

I wasn't worried until one of my players took a craft feat and now I fear they'll funnel all of their gold into crafting big 6 items instead of paying for "overpriced" tech items.

I have six players, so I really haven't noticed as of yet. It's still early for my guys, they just found and cracked open the big cache on Level 2, so they are just riding high on their first influx of tech gear.

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I made a mis order here. Can you cancel this order before it gets too far along? My apologies, I thought I was ordering Wrath #4, and I didn't notice that it was Skull #4 until I placed the order. I've already made a different order for Wrath #4 in a separate order, so cancelling this will be just fine.

Thanks

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I have a 25 point buy party, and we had one person get permanently blinded by the Blindhelm (actually a crit card from the deck, not from the eyes), and we also had a PC go -9 from Hetuath.

Should be interesting, I want them to have the fear of god a little bit, they have been walking through our other campaign (homebrew way of the wicked), so I want some stress. :-D

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I would also be careful with the Blindhelm, which is probably the fourth encounter they will face.

I had half the party blinded out, and then some lucky crits almost landed a character in the deadpool (as it is, thanks to the Crit cards, he was permanently blinded and at 2 hp). And this is 6 characters @ 25 pts. A 15 point buy character would have had a bad day...

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I just had one of my players surprise me with a request to play a githzerai on Golarion. Now my mind is abuzz with laser gun wielding psionic Dominon-aligned Githyanki on the hunt for a hidden githzerai habitat in Numeria. Now with a potential fourth Iron God, a lich queen on a starship over Golarion looking for some divine essence to work with. With the possibilities, I just can't say no...

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I think the big occult links could be played out with ghosts from the folks long dead. Maybe remove a couple of robots and replace them with haunts and phantasms of the original crew. Give hints to the horror of the Dominon of the Black,and nurture that mystery through to somewhere in Valley.

I think when you get to Valley of the Brain Collectors, you could link the Lovecraftian aspects of the module to the occult aspects you've emphasized. I have a psychic in my game too, and I think he's going to have a sanity shock coming to him in that module, more so than in others...

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Enworld is a pretty big DnD themed website, now with a new Wizards DnD product, we should not be surprised when their products win, even when they are inferior to the Paizo equivalent (I'm looking at you: Elemental Evil minis in particular).

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My feedback in short: The modules I played/run were really really busy. Loved the prep around things, getting players to my table/getting to a table were both awesome, but I went up to/over the line in every module I played/run. I ran 5 and played 4.

I played the Thursday and Friday specials: and I found them extremely rough. I played Thursday night with a bunch of casual gamers, figuring that slowing the module down a little compared to past games might make it more enjoyable: nope. GMs had to prep a TON of encounters and even those that were prepared (like our GM) were really having a hard time keeping up with things that were going on. We weren't particularly slow, but I felt like we were constantly racing, and never got time to look around and figure anything out.

I'm a lore/exploratory guy, and there was literally nothing for me to do, it seemed. No exposition, no talking, just ran from encounter to encounter.

Friday night:

Same problem, except I played with friends, and a GM I'm friends with. Same sort of problems, except we raced through things because of how badass our gunslinger was, and we still didn't get through anything.

In short:

Both specials seemed really really busy. That being said, the plots that they did have were quite creative, I just felt it was too much.

We couldn't hear a thing in the corners of the room during the specials either. Luckily we could read things, but it was hard during the announcements to catch anything.
As a GM:

I enjoyed everything I ran, people got to my tables fast, and I had a lot of great players, even when I really was not at my best (I'm looking at you, Saturday afternoon 6-22). 6-22 has a lot going on, I went right up to 4 hours 45 minutes both times with it, but we got through it.

The pregen specials were fantastic. I had mostly engaging and enthustiastic tables, and the plots had plenty of pop which allowed people to get into them easily. Most players loved them (I think I had one who didn't Sunday morning).

In short: the con staff was fantastic. This was my first year at Gen Con as a GM, and I loved it. I will do it again next year as I had a great time (maybe I'll spread out my games though, running three in a day is HARD)!

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claudekennilol wrote:

I played From Under Ice at Scotty's on Wednesday and Andrew Hoskins (its author) did a great job. He literally had the best terrain I've ever had the opportunity to play a game on. He also got called out during the Saturday special for having great terrain and from my one experience he definitely deserves it. He also really got into the characters and did an awesome job RP'ing for us.

We had him on Friday morning, and he suffered nobly through the first play through of our four half-orc triplets. If Andrew reads this: the terrain was amazing, you did a great job, we had a great time, and we loved the scenario. As I said afterward, I'm playing this one here soon!

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Finally, another wallpaper! More backgrounds to amuse people when I'm giving presentations! Please more wallpaper, I've missed them. Was the last one Mummy's Mask? I don't remember an Iron Gods wallpaper....

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Sara Marie wrote:
Warehouse is done with any December subscriptions that were ready to go. I'm going to check up on orders on Monday to see if there are stragglers that need rescuing.

If that's true, I have not gotten a ship notice for my December subscription shipment yet. Order 3358478....it does have some stuff tacked on, so that might be part of it.

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