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Okay, so...

This PaizoCon 2020 blog post directs people to to the OPF website with an incorrect link.

Then, once you navigate to the OPF website yourself, it tells you there is a volunteer discussion group on Slack...for which the invitation list has expired.

There's a Convention Volunteer Registration link, which then leads to a page not found.

Finally, Sara Marie helpfully says that she's updated the hotel info in the FAQ, which doesn't currently exist on the OPF page. (It appears she updated the PaizoCon FAQ page here at Paizo.com.)

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Ferious Thune wrote:

If modules and APs can’t be played in PFS mode, then they aren’t additional content for PFS. The biggest benefit of sanctioned content was that it made more things available to play with your PFS characters. The chronicle is now just a bonus for playing the content if you would have anyway. It’s really only of benefit to people who have time for a home game, which means it’s not of benefit to the majority of PFS events.

Low level modules, and especially the repeatable 1-2s, get run A LOT in PFS1E, because many of the individual parts fit into a single slot. Gallows of Madness, Emerald Spire, Ire of the Storm... without those, there would be far, far fewer games running online. They are go to content when there’s not something else players can all play.

If you only get a chronicle for playing it outside of PFS, and the reward isn’t important, then why does it need sanctioned at all? There’s no more content available for PFS now than there was before it was sanctioned. Just a reward for people who have time to play outside of PFS.

Count me in the group that sees this as a step backwards.

Cosigned to all of this.

superhorse wrote:
...it seems we're lucky to get a sanctioning model at all this go-around.

Yes, this very much feels like we should be happy we got anything at all. In this case I'd frankly rather not sanction it at all than to slap a single level on it and say "here ya go!", since it feels very much rushed to "get it out the door."


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Congratulations!


Male Mostly Harmless Incorrigible Punster 5/ Militant Grammarist 3/ Contrarian 2

YAAS

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Leg o' Lamb wrote:

Hilary Moon Murphy (HMM) 820

Erica Loponow 822
Jolene Danner 823
Andrew Toregrud 824

YAAAAAAAAY!

Each one is well deserved. I can not be more proud of the tradition these fine folks helped create in Minnesota. Each and everyone of you deserve the highest praise and recognition.

Well done.

Seconded!

5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Illinois—Chicago aka thunderspirit

Dicky Serpico wrote:
And I’m back.

So...you got better?


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Yay! Ravingdork FTW!


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Yay! Kate, Natalie, Hilary, and Jessica! (Knowing four out of five isn't bad, right?)


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Every year, the staff proves that Skål Con is best con.

5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Illinois—Chicago aka thunderspirit

Robert Hetherington wrote:

I heartily endorse this service and or product.

Visit isn't in the cards for me this year though :(

Same. Y'all gave fun without us. Skål Con really is best Con.


Male Mostly Harmless Incorrigible Punster 5/ Militant Grammarist 3/ Contrarian 2

Dot.

Like Chapman, I will likely not get to brainstorming character concepts for this until early next week.


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Cori Marie wrote:
The fact that Leo is an editor makes those OH's even better

Perhaps those OHs are the things they edited out...?


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Yes.


Male Mostly Harmless Incorrigible Punster 5/ Militant Grammarist 3/ Contrarian 2

Dot.


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Orthos wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
And they're still better than avocados.
I mean when you're right you're right.

I'm sorry, we've had to let you two go, on grounds of avacado negativity.


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Michael Sayre wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:
UnArcaneElection wrote:

Also keep in mind that at least 1 party of Evil PCs has also succeeded . . . .

CorvusMask wrote:
{. . .} Golarion is kind of dangerous and not so fun place to live if you want to live to old age)

Although you have to admit: If you do manage to get everything just right, you can live to in principle unlimited age on Golarion. Can't do that at all on Earth . . . .

Yeah, but they are talking about npcs and commoners, aka what every player would be in real life if they lived in golarion :D
The trick is to get a job here. Our contracts guarantee that if ever we're sucked into Golarion, we get our choice of a PC class or monster body, with level determined by seniority. I'm pretty sure that's why Erik set Ostog up with a cushy gig as Linnorm King. You know, just in case ;)

It all makes sense now.


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quibblemuch wrote:

Nope. Not buying it. I stand by my suspicious sidelong glance.

This, and my dislike of grits, have prevented me from fully assimilating to life in the American South.

cooking grits:

Courtesy of George Carlin, Take-Offs and Put-Downs

Hi there folks. Welcome to the cooking show. A lot of you folks been writing in asking us, "How do you cook them damn grits?" We're going to show you today how you cook them damn grits.

First of all kinda get those grits down is a shallow sauce pan, kinda get a little water, about an inch and a halfa water above them grits. Get that thing boilin' good, get a good rollin' boil, a high rollin' boil, we call it a high rollin' boil. Get that thing goin' good then you're gonna drain them off a little bit, drain them off a little bit get a little steam out here, drain them off a little bit.

Get 'em down a little bit into moist little patties, get 'em down into moist little patties, two little fat little moist little patties. Put 'em in a hot skillet, a hot skillet with lots of hot grease, get 'em brown on one side, get 'em brown on the other side — and then THROW THEM AWAY! They're no good folks, you can't eat them damn grits.

5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Illinois—Chicago aka thunderspirit

Very cool concept. I like what y'all have done here.


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NightTrace wrote:
Jason Bulmahn wrote:

For those who start with what class you want to play, this is actually fully described as part of Step 1, determining your concept. The ABC mantra is there to help you select things in a simple order once you have your concept in mind, or to help you develop that concept if it is not entirely clear to you.

Step 1 actually covers a variety of common ways that you might employ to find your character concept. Basing it off a particular ancestry, background, or class is presented right alongside the group generation approach where everyone figures out what concept they want to play together.

Hope that helps

Yep, You can ABC, ACB, BCA, BAC, CAB, or CBA, for determining the actual character and then ABC just lets you process flow for the sheet :D

ABACAB?


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Male Mostly Harmless Incorrigible Punster 5/ Militant Grammarist 3/ Contrarian 2

I'm down to play Crimsi. Ranger has been my favorite character class since the AD&D days, and while I wasn't thrilled with the playtest Ranger I'm willing to give it another try.


Male Mostly Harmless Incorrigible Punster 5/ Militant Grammarist 3/ Contrarian 2

Present and accounted for.


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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
World's most interesting Pan wrote:
The best way to make someone sound better is to join them. I'm dead serious.
Oh my sweet summer child, you've never heard me sing. It's even more terrible than my dancing.

AS's meowing, however, is world-renowned.


Male Mostly Harmless Incorrigible Punster 5/ Militant Grammarist 3/ Contrarian 2

In!

...no idea what deck I'll be playing, though. LOL

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Kate Baker wrote:
I don't think SkalCon's happening for me this year, but maybe next year!

Looks for "dislike" button.

Painlord, I can tell you that I look forward to this thread every year, especially since I haven't been able to make it back to PaizoCon since the weekend changed in 2015. (Someday I will return — still have a whale watching tour to make, hopefully without the boat breaking down this time!)

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Xathos of Varisia wrote:
TOZ wrote:
And if the vote has already been tallied?
You mean if the election has already been rigged so there's no point in having one?

If you're going to automatically presume there's no data to back up the OPF decision, then there's absolutely no point in partaking in the discussion about it.

5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Illinois—Chicago aka thunderspirit

Chris Marsh wrote:
My pleasure.... but that's not my last name ;-)

Can confirm.


Male Mostly Harmless Incorrigible Punster 5/ Militant Grammarist 3/ Contrarian 2

You should come next time!


Male Mostly Harmless Incorrigible Punster 5/ Militant Grammarist 3/ Contrarian 2

Have a grand time, Trex!

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Top notch.
TOP NOTCH!

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Natalie Kertzner wrote:
Bob Jonquet wrote:
Or we just keep things as they are. When you complete 150 games, 50 different scenarios, and 10 specials, the local VC/RVC submits you for the fifth [token]. Period. If someone sucks bad enough after what is likely more than a thousand hours of GMing and prep then the local community is at fault for not expressing their concerns with the GM and mentoring them to foster improvement. We are not going to have a standard that can be applied and accepted equally throughout the community. It's folly to think we can. Let's keep the five-[token] status primarily as a reward for time invested in the campaign and keep the campaign coins to recognize those individuals who go above and beyond for the community. Simple.

This will ensure that the five Glyph/five Nova achievement is merely a measure of quantity, and not quality.

I disagree with your statement that it's the fault of the community for having bad GMs. There are plenty of five Star GMs that are...well, they don't provide a good player experience, and they're either not receptive to coaching or no amount of coaching will give them the intuitive nature of a responsive and engaged GM. There are also some people willing to put up with a less-than-ideal player experience/game just because they themselves don't want to GM, and the community might support it because they're the only person willing to run game regularly at that store.

I have to concur here. Blaming the community is problematic.

If you want to blame local leadership, that too is troubling; but it's marginally more defensible than blaming the community as a whole.


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Franz123 wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:
Anteon is the largest genus in the subfamily Anteoninae of the family Dryinidae, it occurs globally and there is a current total of 423 species described. The species in the genus Anteon are parasitoids of leafhoppers from the family Cicadellidae. The female wasps of the family Dryinidae almost always possess a a chelate protarsus, as do females of species within Anteon. The chelae are used to capture and immobilise the host leafhopper to allow the wasp to oviposit and feed on it.
Wow! thanks for the info! :)

Indeed.

Also, apropos of nothing, wasps are complete a+!@!++s.

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Excellent!
< air guitar >


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I am mildly concerned that the text on the character cards will be difficult to read, but if the rules adjustments clear up ambiguities that will be a welcome trade-off.

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Thanks for writing this up, Pirate Rob. Great stuff and lots of fun memories.

Ah, the PaizoCon Grand Convocation. I miss doing those.


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I have no idea what this is, but feel free to count me in. :-)

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Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
Add me in on that. I've got a binder of boons that I won't bother to convert. I meant to bring them to SkalCon for charity auctions, but my chaotic panic of packing meant they got left at home.

Yup. Same (on both counts).


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Massee wrote:
What do people spend their PP on for non casters anyhow?

fly, remove blindness, oil of daylight, tongues; and after that utility wands (endure elements, comprehend languages, protection from evil, etc.)


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captain yesterday wrote:

You know, I've had that alias since 2015 and only made 5 posts so far.

People need to reference Richard Marx more.

Or they're referencing Richard Marx too much.

I'll leave it for Cosmo to decide.

You should've known better.


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TriOmegaZero wrote:
My GM hated tracking non-lethal damage when I played my Bludgeoner barbarian.

Yes.

Yes, he did.

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Awesome convention. This is not new; the Minnesota yahoos are among the very best at putting on a convention.

Great to see old friends, and make new ones, and share stories with all of them (and meals with many...Dehning, we're dragging you out with us next time).

This one remains my plan-everything-around-it lodestone convention. It's the leadership, the players, and the community that make Skål Con special.


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I endorse this.

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Louis Chapa wrote:

I am sure I might get laughed out but the only boon I got is an alchemy boon that lets me put different items on a weapon for the elemental properties...I know its not much but I would love some kind of other boon for it. I just need to find it again.

As for what I want, I just want some kind of exotic race boon or a boon that gives me something where I can have a specialty character. Thank you for your time.

Check your PMs.


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Redelia wrote:
You don't need to roll after their speech to do that. The player rolls, they look at their roll and base what they say on how they roll. Then they give you their roll plus their modifier. Then you as the GM add or subtract anything for a circumstance bonus, and use that to adjudicate. I find it very jarring when a player makes a wonderful speech and then rolls a 2. It just is really anti-immersive to me.

When that happens, one element the player said reminded the NPC of her second cousin, whom I miss to this very day and now you've reminded me of it and NO I AM NOT GOING TO DO WHAT YOU WANT ME TO DO BECAUSE THE PAIN IS JUST TOO REAL NOW THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Randomization is part of the game.


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Shifty wrote:
The problem is that players roll poorly on a Perception check, know the roll was rubbish, and then start hatching alternative plans and work arounds.

True, but that's on the player, not the system. Your PC doesn't know you rolled a 4. They think they've done well.


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thunderspirit wrote:

Caveat: the six pregens they released to EnWorld (Fumbus, Kyra, Valeros, Seelah, Merisiel, and Ezren) are available.

Caveat to the caveat: apparently Ezren was yanked at Gen Con. (I will refrain from further comment on that.) So it's just the five.

Caveat to the caveat to the caveat: Fumbus the alchemist, Amiri the barbarian, Kyra the cleric, Valeros the fighter, Merisiel the rogue, and Seoni the sorcerer are officially released on the Playtest page (toward the bottom) as of about 8 p.m CDT Monday.

I will play Seoni.


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Vanykrye wrote:
I was forced to watch Mamma Mia 2 with the girlfriend's family. Cosmo. Why? Why did you do that?

Mamma Mia, there he goes again.


Male Mostly Harmless Incorrigible Punster 5/ Militant Grammarist 3/ Contrarian 2

I will post as soon as Paizo gets around to putting up the pregens.


Male Mostly Harmless Incorrigible Punster 5/ Militant Grammarist 3/ Contrarian 2

Caveat: the six pregens they released to EnWorld (Fumbus, Kyra, Valeros, Seelah, Merisiel, and Ezren) are available.

Caveat to the caveat: apparently Ezren was yanked at Gen Con. (I will refrain from further comment on that.) So it's just the five.


Male Mostly Harmless Incorrigible Punster 5/ Militant Grammarist 3/ Contrarian 2

Wonders in the Weave 1&2 mark two of the few Season 3s I've neither played nor GMed.

I have a spellscar mystery Oracle at low sub-tier (he's a Cassandra-type powerless prophecy cursed ganzi), or a slightly-insane cleric of ARODEN! at high sub-tier (face of the party with low WIS and lifelinks all around).


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Reporting for duty!

I started doing play-by-post in *squints* late 2012 (? yikes) and started GMing them shortly after that. I do enjoy the format and, while I'm not as active on the boards as I was once upon a time, I'm still here.

I can keep up your expected game pace most days.

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