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Scarab Sages

What is the chance that we'll see this map used in SFS scenarios? I will be transitioning to running SFS only in my area and would hate to buy this map to only use it twice for the PFS games i'm running at GENCON.

Scarab Sages ***** Venture-Lieutenant, Maryland— Baltimore aka skyshark

Thank you Mike and everyone for warm welcome. I look forward to continuing to help grow PFS in the Baltimore area and assisting the other VO's in the greater Baltimore area.

Scarab Sages ***** Venture-Lieutenant, Maryland— Baltimore aka skyshark

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Hairy the Potter - Human Thassalonian Specialist Wizard, Profession (Pottery)

Scarab Sages ***** Venture-Lieutenant, Maryland— Baltimore aka skyshark

Matt2VK wrote:

Do you get GMing credit for running the same scenario multiple times?

I know you can only apply GM credit to 1 character but if you run the same scenario multiple times, do those extra times count towards your GM stars?

Did do a quick read through but couldn't find a answer in the guide.

As other multi-star GMs have already stated, yes, you get credit towards your number of stars for running scenarios more than once. This is advice from multi-stared GMs who know from experience. Don't believe us? Read what it takes to be a 5 star GM. A minimum of 50 games must be different scenarios, explicitly implying that you can run the same scenario more than once.

For those commenting about not being able to apply GM credit more than once with the exception of using stars, the OP already stated in his first post that he is aware of that ruling.

Scarab Sages ***** Venture-Lieutenant, Maryland— Baltimore aka skyshark

BLUF: Yes, only if they are level 4 and below.

I allow lending if the characters are level 4 and below and it is a life or death situation. Mainly because most characters at that level do not have the PP available for the Raise Dead; potentially due to the ever popular purchasing of CLW wands with PP. Unless the player has done something stupid, I try and pull punches that prevent character death that usually involves but not limited to the character not being able to participate until they get back to town at which point they are brought back at 1 HP or permanently unconscious until the end of the scenario.

Characters at level 5 and above, I do not allow the lending of rerolls or items at all. At this point, the players themselves have invested enough time into society that if they want bonus rolls they can purchase the Paizo products that get them such benefits.

Scarab Sages

Stare lovingly into their attackers eyes or spit in their face...

Both useful if you have a gaze attack or poisonous spit.

Scarab Sages

Awesome! Thanks for the help, I look forward to checking it out this year.

Scarab Sages

Every year I go to GENCON I see the 3D models in the middle of Sagamore with what looks to be probably be a wicked fun We Be Goblins game. I've looked through the GENCON events list for Paizo and see nothing of the sorts of that event could be so that I can buy tickets for it. Does anyone know what it lists under? Thanks!

Scarab Sages

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James Jacobs wrote:
the Haunted Jester wrote:
From what the product descriptions suggests, will this be a hybrid of Dragons Demand and Plunder & Peril with regards to how the information of the module is laid out?

Closer to Plunder & Peril.

It's not really about bringing a group of PCs from 1st to 7th level or thereabouts in one mini campaign; it's more about presenting a situation that spreads out into 3 different 1st level adventures to give a GM one of 3 options for an introductory game into Pathfinder, but that can also serve, if you play all three adventures, as an overall story that'll likely bring you to 3rd level at the end.

It's got a much less "epic" scope than Dragon's Demand and a much less frantic pace than that one as a result.

It's been awhile since we've seen a 32 page module that only advances you one level. Most modules lately have been 64 pages with multiple advancements in level.

Will we see any smaller modules in the near the future? The 64 pages are nice, but would like to see some 32 page modules back in the mix that can be run over the course of a single day.

Scarab Sages

Probably planning how to paint all the polar bears black to look like cuddly pandas in the China zoo.

Scarab Sages

John, you mentioned in your recent Paizo blog post "Back to Cherished Haunts" that there is a special metaplot for former members of LL. Will this apply to anyone who has a character that used to be LL regardless of level or does it only apply to former LL characters within that level range? As others have mentioned, the likelihood of former members to still be in the level 3-7 are extremely slim.

Scarab Sages

Cevah wrote:
skyshark wrote:

I have a female Beast Master Cavalier and am looking for advice/suggestions on a good paint scheme and mini layout.

These are the minis I am looking at using. On the mounted figure, I am thinking about replacing the sword with a lance and if possible, the staff with a banner.

She also wears Red Dragonhide fullplate so her armor needs to be red.

I like the color of the lizard in the picture, I am just concerned that it will look to much like Christmas with red armor and green scales.

Any advice on a good color scheme? Anything like good colors to detail the armor in, like gold or a cool pattern to put on the armor and shield.

Dismounted heroic 28mm gaming scale.

Mounted 25mm x 50mm base.

Mount 25mm x 50mm cavalry base.

Not sure of the size of this mini, but if small enough, may be another option if I can find a way to replace the rider with a human
Seraphon Saurus Oldblood on Carnosaur 120mm Oval base.

Linkified & added sizes listed.

/cevah

Awesome! Thanks Cevah, you da man!

Scarab Sages

Oh, and the mount is a T-Rex, hence the dinosaur looking mount.

Scarab Sages

I have a female Beast Master Cavalier and am looking for advice/suggestions on a good paint scheme and mini layout.

These are the minis I am looking at using. On the mounted figure, I am thinking about replacing the sword with a lance and if possible, the staff with a banner.

She also wears Red Dragonhide fullplate so her armor needs to be red.

I like the color of the lizard in the picture, I am just concerned that it will look to much like Christmas with red armor and green scales.

Any advice on a good color scheme? Anything like good colors to detail the armor in, like gold or a cool pattern to put on the armor and shield.

Dismounted
http://www.darkswordminiatures.com/shop/index.php/miniatures/female-cavalie r-with-sword-shield.html

Mounted
http://www.games-workshop.com/en-US/Dark-Elf-Supreme-Sorceress-On-Cold-One

Mount
http://www.games-workshop.com/en-US/Cold-One

Not sure of the size of this mini, but if small enough, may be another option if I can find a way to replace the rider with a human
http://www.games-workshop.com/en-US/Seraphon-Saurus-Oldblood-on-Carnosaur

Scarab Sages ***** Venture-Lieutenant, Maryland— Baltimore aka skyshark

Certainly a good pick going with Sterling and Jessica Metz. I had the pleasure of playing with both of them in 2014 at Momo Con in Atlanta during a two month stay in Georgia. Always a joy to have them at the table and I highly recommend trying to jump in on one of their games if you get a chance.

I was the guy who brought the white Labrador, Bacardi, to the Con for the weekend.

Scarab Sages ***** Venture-Lieutenant, Maryland— Baltimore aka skyshark

Sebastian Hirsch wrote:

Please consider that GMs who travel to a convention actually spend their own time and money to entertain other people (as well a sacrificing their time at the convention) while the players just have to be there and have fun.

And usually when the GM gets a GM boon, players get the chance to earn a player boon.

Organizing your own convention isn't that hard (depending on your region and circumstances) and you can earn boons by GMing at an online convention.

That said I am not against a system for GMs who can't attend conventions, to somehow acquire boons.

Agreed to all points made here.

Where in Wuerzbug do you run games? I lived there for three years and the only store I ever saw that I would consider a "gaming" store I think was on Platttnerstrasse or Muenzstrasse. I can't recall the name though. It was more of a toy/game store though if I remember correctly.

Scarab Sages

Thanks James.

A follow up question, MP II and above allow for the "trip" ability if the creature has one. If the creature has an ability that allows him to trip but it is not called "trip" does he still get it?

For example, a Buggane from Bestiary 4 has an ability called "Smash and Bash".

Smash and Bash - "As a free action, a buggane can attempt to trip an opponent it damages with its rend (MP IV required) attack without provoking an attack of opportunity..."

Scarab Sages

I have a question regarding sizes and creatures when using this spell (or any polymorph type spell). For example, Monstrous Physique II, can I only polymorph into creatures whose normal size category is large, or can I choose to be a large Gargoyle whose size is normally medium and adding the bonuses listed under MP II for being large?

And vise versa, if I cast MP I, can I choose to become a medium creature from a creature whose size is normally large but only adding the bonuses for being medium?

Scarab Sages

Tom Marlow wrote:

I have a higher lv party and our wizard just learned the wish spell, and wants to wish himself into a true (silver) dragon. His rational for this is that, asper per the reincarnation spell; you can wish to can your race back to your true race. So why can’t you wish yourself to another race. The party has the money to do it, and they are all on board.

Thoughts?

I'd say go for it, with of course his character age factored into dragon age. Unless he specifies that he wishes to be a dragon in Golarian, or wherever your campaign is, he becomes a silver dragon located on a random plane/world decided by a roll of the dice...followed by a roll for a random encounter on that plane/world.

Scarab Sages

I love the information on the GM screens but they are inconveniently too tall. I find myself using them as a reference document for diplomacy and bluff modifiers than an actual screen. Is there any chance of seeing a condensed version of the screen that is four to five inches shorter so GMs can see over the screen without having to stand up the whole time?

Scarab Sages

Sharaya wrote:
Thanks for the update. I would recommend emailing john.compton for now. His email address is john.compton@paizo.com

That's actually who I was going to email but could not find his email address. Thank you for your help.

Scarab Sages

Sharaya wrote:

Hi skyshark,

Are you asking about store credit for running slots, or about credit for sessions in the reporting system?

Credit for sessions in the reporting system.

Scarab Sages

I am missing GM credit for a lot of PFS games from GENCON. With Mike Brock gone, who do I submit my claim for GM credit to?

Scarab Sages

Looking forward to this one, EXTREMELY HIGH expectations from these two amazing authors....as long as I don't have to fix John's maps again.

Scarab Sages

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Being my first PaizoCon, I had a great time. Played at the Out of Retirement scenario written by Linda; fantastic modification of the storyline, monster selection and rewards! More scenarios with her input at a minimum is a must!

Scarab Sages

It sounds like pre-gens are available, but players also have the option of making their own.

Scarab Sages

What is everyone thinking about bringing? I will probably bring a level 9 Harrower, base class Witch.

Scarab Sages

What are the details for character creation; level, expanded races, expanded classes, point buy, starting gold, etc.

Scarab Sages

John Compton wrote:
skyshark wrote:
11 days until Paizocon, any idea on when the GMs who have this in their downloads will be able to access it and the other specials so we have ample time to prepare/purchase supplies for it?

As has been the case in past years, the adventures go live for convention GMs on the Friday before the convention (May 15th this year). There are a few that might be ready earlier than that on a case-by-case basis.

For this adventure, you'll want the following map products:

** spoiler omitted **

Thanks John! Any chance of getting the list of maps needed for the other specials too?

Scarab Sages

11 days until Paizocon, any idea on when the GMs who have this in their downloads will be able to access it and the other specials so we have ample time to prepare/purchase supplies for it?

Scarab Sages

1. #10 Blood at Dralkard Manor (1-7)

2. #18 The Trouble with Secrets (5-9)

3. #21 The Eternal Obelisk (5-9)

Scarab Sages

How long is the time frame for selection of events for the lottery? I ask because I will be driving cross country for a few days and will not have a computer on me during that time. I would hate to miss out on it if the lottery selection is only a day or two long.

Scarab Sages

Page 6 has a cut and paste error from #6-15: The Overflow Archives.

Spoiler:
The information box is titled "The Kitsune's Gambit" for the defense points which is the same title used in #6-15 for the Kitsune.

Scarab Sages

I hope it's available first thing in the morning, I have it scheduled to run tomorrow and it's the last time I can run games for my store for two months. I'd hate for my players to not get to finish this chain up.

Scarab Sages

Get the Dodge feat for +1 dodge bonus to AC and if you have space get the Mobility feat so you can use your move action with a +4 AC vs AoO to maneuver into flanking with your allies.

Scarab Sages

Have you ever seen the movie Cube? Make the dungeon a never cube of rooms filled with death traps and number puzzles.

Scarab Sages

John, I think you need to hire me on as your QA/QC for you after you get done reviewing the maps...First it's The Silvermount Collection missing the stairs at GENCON, now this...tsk tsk. Nothing major, just the map for A3 is incorrectly labeled as A2. Cheers!

Scarab Sages

Convert a Beholder from WOTC to PF and give it the advanced template.

Create a pit covered by an illusion floor, except the pit is really a purple worm, and failure to make the Will save to believe that the floor is real results in a swallow whole by the purple worm as the PC falls through. Succeeding at the believing the floor is real prevents those PCs from seeing (and attacking) the purple worm for at least one round before choosing to disbelieve the floor. Cutting your way out of the worm has a 50% chance of ending up in the tunnel behind it.

After swallowing someone whole, the purple worm could retreat into it's tunnel. If the PC cuts himself out, he's now in complete darkness one on one with the purple worm until the other PCs make it past the illusionary wall, then drop 50ft straight down the tunnel before it becomes flat enough to stand on and help fight the worm.

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12. Hodor

Scarab Sages ***** Venture-Lieutenant, Maryland— Baltimore aka skyshark

Congrats Aleksejts! I have spent many a drunken nights at the Funny Fox in Riga and look forward to making a trip back there sometime in the future.

Scarab Sages ***** Venture-Lieutenant, Maryland— Baltimore aka skyshark

Unfortunately not knowing what is on the GM boon this year is preventing me from signing up for a higher GM tier. I do not want to risk spending extra time GMing for a reward I may or may not want.

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Hmmm, an enemy creates a permanent invisible door. The group of bad guys sit in the other room and watch the party approach as their wizard attempts to chuck a fireball in the room of bad guys, hilarity ensues.

Scarab Sages ***** Venture-Lieutenant, Maryland— Baltimore aka skyshark

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John Compton wrote:
wakedown wrote:
What are other options? Or are you suggesting the plan is to release a lot more 7-11s in an upcoming season? :)
It's not entirely out of the picture. The Season 7 tier breakdown is not set in stone at this time, and I'm not so hubristic that I would claim Season 6 is the Perfect spread of adventures by tier.

Put the upcoming RPG superstar to work and have him make a few 7-11s to take the workload off of Paizo or be flogged.

Scarab Sages ***** Venture-Lieutenant, Maryland— Baltimore aka skyshark

BigNorseWolf wrote:
My hiccup always seems to be the mid levels. People wind up playing 3-7s as soon as they can to fill out a table for higher level characters , and the group burns through enough of them to make the geek soduku for getting through level 6 more than once a little rough.

I am a personal fan of playing through a tier until you level out of it, essentially playing everything high tier outside of the 1-5s. Luckily as a store coordinator for a store that usually has 1 table a week with regulars that started at level 1, I can control that by not offering a 3-7 until they are level 5.

Scarab Sages ***** Venture-Lieutenant, Maryland— Baltimore aka skyshark

I do agree with you in that I would also like to see at least one additional 7-11 scenario added every season.

Scarab Sages ***** Venture-Lieutenant, Maryland— Baltimore aka skyshark

roysier wrote:
I honestly can't believe I'm the only one in this boat. Maybe it's a minority but there are people in this boat.

I would imagine the majority of us are not in this boat because we did not slow track our characters in an already limited 7-11 scenario range. I like to play my characters too, but the realization kicked in that if I want to level them past 9, then I need to apply GM credit to them every once in a while.

Personally I think your expectations of being able to retire an additional 8 characters that are in the 7-11 range by only playing and not GMing are unrealistic.

As trends show with the number of 7-11s that have been produced for the past six years, that should provide you with some expectation management for leveling.

Long story short, you are putting yourself in this boat through personal decisions of slow tracking multiple characters at high tier and not applying GM credit

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Send him into Bonekeep solo.

Scarab Sages

Lord Magus wrote:

If your intention is to Charge, but instead of making an attack at the end, you plan to make an Overrun of Henchman A as part of the charge, and he lets you pass...

Then: "When you attempt to overrun a target, it can choose to avoid you, allowing you to pass through its square without requiring an attack." Wouldn't you still have available the attack you get as part of the charge (and thus be able to smack Mr. Evil if you have enough move left to get to him?)

You do not, that attack goes to the target of your charge. The target of your charge is Henchman A. If he moves out of the way and you end up next to Mr. Evil, you lose that attack because Mr. Evil was not the target of your charge and cannot be the target of your charge without Charge Through.

Scarab Sages

Lord Magus wrote:

So..

You decide to charge
Henchman A is in the way: you make an Overrun attempt.
If successful, you move through, and can continue moving as per a charge, but cannot attack Mr. Evil at the end of your action. But you can be next to him and threaten him.
If failed, you stop in front of Henchman A

But...
If Henchman A, for some reason, decides to let you through, then you could charge Mr. Evil and get an attack on him at the end of your move. Right?

Yes to the first part, but you will only threaten if you have enough movement to reach Mr. Evil

Without the Charge Through feat, you cannot charge Mr. Evil, so you cannot attack him if Henchman A moves out of the way. Here's why, Charge RAW "If any line from your starting space to the ending space passes through a square that blocks movement, slows movement, or contains a creature (even an ally), you can't charge." Because Henchman A is in the way, you can ONLY charge Henchman A. Charging Mr. Evil is not a legal option due to this.

Scarab Sages

MurphysParadox wrote:

Let us say you are standing in a narrow hallway. Mr. Evil is standing 50 feet away while Henchman A is directly between you and Mr Evil at 20 feet distance.

Since A is in the way, you cannot normally charge Mr. Evil. What you can do is charge Mr. Evil and make an overrun attempt at henchman A. This gets you to Mr. Evil and lets you attack him while also either getting A to move or running him over. You may take an AOO, and henchman A may even use trip to ruin your plans, but it'll still get you where you are going.

Option two - You are in a hallway with a 90 degree turn in it. Henchman A is right before the turn, but Mr. Evil is another 20 feet past it (total - 50 feet). So you can't charge Mr. Evil and the hallway is too narrow to walk past henchman A. However, you may take your standard action to overrun henchman A and get to the bend in the hall, then use your move to walk up to Mr. Evil. Sure, you aren't able to attack this round, but you got past the Henchman and are threatening Mr. Evil.

Incorrect for both options.

Option 1: You cannot charge Mr. Evil even with overrun. The only thing you can do is as part of a charge or as a standard action while taking a move action, can you overrun Henchman A. You MUST have the feat Charge Through to be able to overrun Henchman A while charging Mr. Evil as long as it is within your allowed movement.

-Without Charge Through, only the target of your charge can be the subject of your overrun.

Option 2. Overrun can be done as a standard action that takes place during your movement. You cannot overrun someone and then take your move action. Overrun requires movement, typically 10 feet for medium creatures to move through their square and end up on the other side.

Overrun RAW "As a standard action, taken during your move or as part of a charge"

Charge Through "Benefit: When making a charge, you can attempt to overrun one creature in the path of the charge as a free action. If you successfully overrun that creature, you can complete the charge. If the overrun is unsuccessful, the charge ends in the space directly in front of that creature.

Normal: You must have a clear path toward the target of your charge."

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