N00b questions before running first society game


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Sovereign Court

Hi, title explains it all, I've got my first society game this thursday and just had some general questions

1 Where do i get cards for new players who haven't already registered? I won't have internet access at the store, so I want to have a few printed out and ready to go.

2 is there a pregenerated character for ultimate magic classes? I couldn't find any but just making sure.

If I have any more I'll post them later

Sovereign Court

If a player plays a pregen will they get to give their chronicle sheet to a character they make later or is that player stuck with the pregen character if they want to use that chronicle sheet?

Grand Lodge

Not to be rude, but all these answers are easily found in the Guide to the Pathfinder Society. Just sit down and read every single word of it before running a game and you will be set.

As far as ID #s for people that don't have them...

Navigate to this url:

https://secure.paizo.com/pathfinderSociety/myAccount

You will need to login and all that jazz. Then navigate to the "GM/Event Coordinator" tab. At the bottom of that page you will see a section entitled "Pathfinder Society Cards"

Sovereign Court

sveden wrote:

Not to be rude, but all these answers are easily found in the Guide to the Pathfinder Society. Just sit down and read every single word of it before running a game and you will be set.

As far as ID #s for people that don't have them...

Navigate to this url:

here

You will need to login and all that jazz. Then navigate to the "GM/Event Coordinator" tab. At the bottom of that page you will see a section entitled "Pathfinder Society Cards"

Taken as a bit rude because I did sit down and read the whole guide, and then the field guide, and then the scenario, and now I'm reading the Advanced players guide to bone up on my rules knowledge, on top of that, I tried to follow where the one page said to go to get cards and couldn't find it. And no the guide doesn't answer if there's a pregen character for ultimate magic, I got the other pregens, and was just making sure. So yeah I'm a bit peeved by you saying it's in the guide if you'd just sit down and read it.

How would you like it if in response to your post I said, not to be rude but the formating tags are shown right below the post button if you'd just take the time to read them.

EDIT: thank you for your help though, despite my peevishness at what you said I was able to find the cards this time.

Sovereign Court

Once again thank you, but just remember that there is a lot to absorb when starting a society from scratch and its easy to miss some minor things. Then it's easier to ask people who know, rather than try and re-read something, and being told "just go back and re-read the whole thing", even if you do provide some answers, isn't going to be taken well no matter how you preface it.


Lastknight, hopefully this will help with the ID cards, desipte probably being the long way thru this

click on the pathfinder society logo on the upper left
click on the link to "report my event"
click on the tab "Gm/Event coordinator"
There is a section titled "pathfinder ID cards"

The pregen rules are a bit funky, the best advise I can give is read the FAQ focusing on the section related to pregens.

Hope that helps a little

Grand Lodge

lastknightleft wrote:
EDIT: thank you for your help though, despite my peevishness at what you said I was able to find the cards this time.

How about the pre-gen/chronicle questions?

Sovereign Court

sveden wrote:
lastknightleft wrote:
EDIT: thank you for your help though, despite my peevishness at what you said I was able to find the cards this time.
How about the pre-gen/chronicle questions?

I had the pregens for ultimate combat and the base book already, I just didn't know if there was one for ultimate magic, I still don't, it's not a big concern, I'd just like to have as many as possible so that someone new has lots of choices.

I did find the answer to the chronicle sheet question, I almost missed it, because it's so quick and you've read past it, but yeah.

Liberty's Edge 4/5

At present, there are no PFS legal pregens other than those available through the pregen link in the PFS section of the Paizo web site.

If you have the time and energy, you could make some "Quick Start" characters for new players, but the problem is that, since they are not pregens, the new player would be stuck with your build if they want to keep that chronicle.

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

I agree with Callarek.

Using an official pre-gen is in some ways an emergency stop-gap procedure. A player can play a pre-gen once, and then apply the Chronicle sheet (the experience, gold, etc.) to his "real" PC.

If you want to offer your players a character that they can continue to play, the PF SRD has a nice selection of pre-fabricated 'quick start' characters/ A player can pick one, scribble in a name, and start the game, earning all his own experience.

Good luck. Have fun.

Sovereign Court

Ok I feel like an idiot, but I can't find the scenario # for the first steps part 1, is it just that?

First steps part 1

Seriously, I reread the GM section of the guide and the scenario itself, but I didn't see anywhere where it said what the scenario # is or where to find it. For the regular scenarios it's easy just look at the purchase page, but with these intros I'm not sure.

Grand Lodge

You are correct, the First Steps scenarios dont have scenario numbers.

If you click the Pathfinder Society icon on the left of the main Paizo page, and then click on the 'Buy Pathfinder Society Sccenarios' tab or whatever it's called, it will take you to the page where you can buy them.

Scenarios are organized by release season. The First Steps are part of Season 3 and should be near the bottom, if memory serves.


Funny. I always thought the scenario chronicle number was there to keep your chronicles in the order you earned them. So First Steps part one would be chronicle 1, part two would be 2, part three would be 3, the next scenario played would be 4, etc. The chronicle sheets already tell you what scenario they come from.

Grand Lodge

Enevhar, I think he means the number of the scenario itself, not the chronicle earned. Example: PFS 00-01: Silent Tide is season 0, scenario #1.

If Im wrong on what he meant, then yea, what you said. :P

Sovereign Court

I meant whatever # is supposed to be put into the box in the upper right hand box on the chronicle sheet, I thought it was supposed to be the # godsDMit meant, but is it what Enevhar wrote?

Liberty's Edge 4/5

lastknightleft wrote:
I meant whatever # is supposed to be put into the box in the upper right hand box on the chronicle sheet, I thought it was supposed to be the # godsDMit meant, but is it what Enevhar wrote?

The number that goes into the Chronicle Number box in the upper right is not the number of the scenario, that is already on the sheet, it is the number, starting with 1, that the PC has gained the chronicle in.

Example sequence:
1: First Steps, Part 1
2: First Steps, Part 2
3: First Steps, Part 3
4: 01 - Silent Tide
5: 05 - Mists of Mwangi
6: 3-01 - The Frostfur Captives
etc.

It is helpful in a couple of ways:
1) If you drop your sheets, at some point, you can easily put your chronicles earned back into the proper order
2) If your PC is ever audited, it lets the GM easily figure out if you had to play up, or if a chronicle was even legal at the time the PC earned it. No way you could have chronicle #3 as being from Eyes of the Ten Part 1, for example.


Callarek wrote:
The number that goes into the Chronicle Number box in the upper right is not the number of the scenario, that is already on the sheet, it is the number, starting with 1, that the PC has gained the chronicle in.

And, as such, that number should probably be filled in by the player, not the DM, since it's the player who would know what the "next" Chronicle in his stack would be.

Liberty's Edge 4/5

Mike Mistele wrote:
Callarek wrote:
The number that goes into the Chronicle Number box in the upper right is not the number of the scenario, that is already on the sheet, it is the number, starting with 1, that the PC has gained the chronicle in.
And, as such, that number should probably be filled in by the player, not the DM, since it's the player who would know what the "next" Chronicle in his stack would be.

+1

IMO, the grey boxes for the GM to fill in are grey for a reason, to distinguish them from the rest of the Chronicle, which should be filled out by the player.

If the box is grey: GM entry, likely a signature or initials from the GM needed.
If the box is white, player filled in, some things may need GM initials, but those are few & far between.

The Exchange 5/5

WELCOME LastKnighLeft - Glad to have another Judge joining the ranks! and thanks for your efforts! (don't worry about the rude guys - we can all be that way sometimes)

oh, and everyone prob. already knows this, but the First steps can be run out of order - or even only one or two run in a PCs first 3 ARs.
So it could be something like this:

(Modifiying Callareks list)
1: First Steps, Part 3
2: 01 - Silent Tide
3: First Steps, Part 1
(PC levels to 2nd level, and can't play First Steps Part 2)
4: 3-01 - The Frostfur Captives
5: 05 - Mists of Mwangi

And again: THANKS for your hard work!


nosig wrote:
And again: THANKS for your hard work!

Indeed! Good luck with the game tonight -- come back tomorrow and let us know how it went. :-)

The Exchange 5/5

Mike Mistele wrote:
nosig wrote:
And again: THANKS for your hard work!
Indeed! Good luck with the game tonight -- come back tomorrow and let us know how it went. :-)

Yeah! (what are ya running? or did you already say and I just forgot?)

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