Using Pathfinder Tales for Roleplaying Inspiration (Delver's Diary)


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Grand Lodge

This week's Delver's Diary blog post focuses on how you can use the novels and short fiction that make up the Pathfinder Tales line to help your roleplay your character in Pathfinder Society play. Here's the beginning of the post:

"It's a common belief that roleplaying is less common and/or more difficult in Pathfinder Society than it is in non-organized play such as adventure paths and homebrews played at someone's home. This has been a topic of conversation on the Paizo.com boards (here, for example) as well as the banter section of the most recent Know Direction podcast. There are many possible reasons for this - people may feel less comfortable roleplaying among players they don't know well, organized play may reward good strategy more than good roleplaying (strictly speaking, there's no mechanic to reward players for excellent roleplaying), and players may feel that any roleplaying will take time away from completing the mission.

But this is a roleplaying game, so for me, finding a way to build in roleplaying as a player in Pathfinder Society is an important challenge to tackle. If I can build characters that are fun and relatively easy to roleplay without derailing the group's progress in the scenario, it will increase the fun for everyone around the table. So, from time to time, I'll use the blog suggest ways to do this within the parameters of PFS play."

>>> Read the full post here on my blog Delver's Diary


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Worldwound Gambit taught me the swear "Iomedae's tapered teats", and that's been pretty useful so far.

Grand Lodge

Matt Haddix wrote:
Worldwound Gambit taught me the swear "Iomedae's tapered teats", and that's been pretty useful so far.

See? Exactly my point. :)

Silver Crusade

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Doug t
hank you for the good blog post. I am enjoying your blog. Good point about the books. I have been enjoying them as well. Have you read "Winter Witch" yet? That is another good one.

Myles

Grand Lodge

Thanks, Myles. Yes, I've read Winter Witch, and enjoyed it. I'm just about done with Song of the Serpent, and otherwise I've read all of them except for City of the Fallen Sky (that's my next one), Blood of the City, Called to Darkness, and Liar's Blade. I've also read half a dozen of the short fiction pieces, so many more of those to go yet!


So far, I have only read Prince of Wolves and Winter Witch, which I just completed last night. In addition to just being awesome stories I love how they help flesh out the game world. I think the books are starting to help me, as a GM, deliver a more robust setting description during game play and understand some of the NPC motivations a little better.

Doug, I love the blog and am now following it. :-)

Sovereign Court 5/5

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Craig Stokes wrote:
So far, I have only read Prince of Wolves and Winter Witch, which I just completed last night. In addition to just being awesome stories I love how they help flesh out the game world. I think the books are starting to help me, as a GM, deliver a more robust setting description during game play and understand some of the NPC motivations a little better.

This. Next time I'm in Almas, I'm pretty sure I can give a better description of the city as opposed to "generic friendly city".

Grand Lodge

Thanks, Craig! I'm glad some folks are finding it worth reading. So many folks here are going to be better than I at discussing and clarifying rules and character options that I feel I'm better off focusing on less strictly mechanical issues.

And I agree with several of you (as well as a comment on the site) that the Pathfinder Tales are at least as useful to GMs as players, if not more so.

Silver Crusade

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Doug,

I just finished City of the Fallen Sky.

Spoiler:
I enjoyed the story and the characters in it. I liked how the Alchemist game mechanics were expressed in the book. I also liked and sympathized with the character Alaeron.
It was a fun story.

How did you like the Serpent's Kiss? I wasn't drawn in by the story initially

Myles

Grand Lodge

You mean Song of the Serpent? It was fine, not one of my favorites in the line. I agree with one of the reviewers that the main character is not particularly likable. And the resolution of the plot wasn't that gripping. Still, for the most part it was an enjoyable enough read. I enjoyed learning a bit about Druma from the first few chapters.

I'm looking forward to City of the Fallen Sky now, especially since some air travel coming up in a couple of days, I'll have plenty of time to dig into it.

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