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Liberty's Edge 5/5 Regional Venture-Coordinator, Online aka IronHelixx

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Welcome to PFS and Online Play.

The website below is not quite complete yet, but should be by fleshed out, in large, by this weekend. Some of it is complete though and you can find a couple of helpful starting points here:

http://pathfindersocietyonline.com/gettingstarted/firststeps/

http://pathfindersocietyonline.com/gettingstarted/online-player/

We also have a group specific Player's Guide that may help you get going here:

IronHelixx RPG Club and Pathfinder Society

If you need any specific questions answered after that you can contact us and we will get you hooked up and worked out.

- Jesse [IronHelixx]

thesageoffun wrote:
just saying hi i am new to pathfinder and i have played dnd a few times im sure they are the same have not played online and i would like to any help with this also creating a char is kinda hard as i have not played in about 5 years (was in military no time) but now i have time so i would like to start


well thanks i appreciate i did register with warhorn and thanks for this chance to play gain and make role playing fun lol

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Hate to ask the obvious, but can you only play Pathfinder Society via online and not in person?

I've some interest in Society play, but I live in Western NY, and Syracuse is the closest city with an Officer (that I can tell), and that's a bit out of the way for me. Because of my work schedule, pbp would be preferential.

Is there any out there that runs semi-regularly, or do I have to wait for something to pop up in the recruitment forum?

Shadow Lodge

Yes, you can play online exclusively if you want. There are plenty of PbP's going on. The best thing to do is check out a Forum below "Online Campaigns Paizo Community -> Recruitment (Link)" and just look for games that are about to start up and looking for players.

Alternatively, you can also post a thread there requesting to get into a game.

Another option is a few of us have set up little places in hopes of people notifying each other when a game is opening and details about it.

Maximo's Hideaway Link,
The Sanctuary Link, &
The Flaxseed Lodge Link

Another option is to check out other PbP specific sites, such as Mythweavers or the Pathfinder PbP Google community, (I'm not really sure where they all are).

Fee free to PM m if you have any questions, or email the Online VO's at PFSOnlineVOs@GMail.com


Beckett is on the money. The vast majority of the games I play are PbP, especially since my local shop has lately been playing scenarios that I've already received credit for. PbP is an excellent way to get started.

Grand Lodge

Not sure if my question is covered, I didn't see one like it. Can I use the same character I'm using in instore sessions online also? If so does the progression of my character carry back over to my instore character session?

Silver Crusade 5/5 5/5

Erevel Ver Nao wrote:
Not sure if my question is covered, I didn't see one like it. Can I use the same character I'm using in instore sessions online also? If so does the progression of my character carry back over to my instore character session?

Yes and yes.


Erevel Ver Nao wrote:
Not sure if my question is covered, I didn't see one like it. Can I use the same character I'm using in instore sessions online also? If so does the progression of my character carry back over to my instore character session?

But you can't do both at the same time. If your character is in a PbP game that is still going, you cannot play your character in a face to face game.

Grand Lodge

Ok, thank you both but how long does a PbP or a VTT game session usually last?
My face to face games happen only every 2weeks. Wanting to know really if I'd have time between sessions or just make new characters. Thanks again.


Erevel Ver Nao wrote:

Ok, thank you both but how long does a PbP or a VTT game session usually last?

My face to face games happen only every 2weeks. Wanting to know really if I'd have time between sessions or just make new characters. Thanks again.

VTT games are the same duration as F2F i.e. they should last fiver hours start to finish. PbP on the other hand....

A record breaking PbP would be like a week. Maybe three days if everyone was unemployed and ordered pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Outside of that, you should be happy if you get through a PbP game in 8-12 weeks. My advice is avoid PbP if you play your characters once a month. VTT, however, sounds like a valid option for you.


Oh my, reading all these posts just gets me excited to play... But I'm still stuck on campus D:

Dark Archive

Hi, on the pfs online website it mentions creating a digital character sheet. Is there a preferred service or an official one/method? The link on the getting started page shows what appears to be a comment and as for the pages content, it just says that it is under construction.

Liberty's Edge 5/5 Regional Venture-Coordinator, Online aka IronHelixx

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Yes, there is still lots of work being done on that site, for sure.

You can use a number of methods for creating digital character sheets.

You can use a free online service like Mythweavers - that is a popular choice.

http://www.myth-weavers.com/sheetindex.php

You can also just create a PDF version of your sheet using Hero Lab, PCGen, sCoreForge, or by using basic PDF character sheet form - and then host that file on a shared folder on DropBox, Google Drive, or some similar service.

There is another free service on the horizon that should help with this quite a bit.


Hello, new guy here, I was just wondering how I could potentially join a campaign? I just finished my first campaign at my school's Game Club, and I'd say i have a pretty decent grasp of the rules. So how do I begin, exactly?

Liberty's Edge 5/5 Regional Venture-Coordinator, Online aka IronHelixx

Look for games posted here on this message board, and also check out the Pathfinder Society Online Collective - it is a very active public group:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/pathfinder-society-online-collectiv e

I would suggest a Roll20.net and Google+ Hangout session for your first game - it will be the simplest way to get started, and it is free.

Many game groups use Warhorn.net for scheduling and sign-ups, so you will want to create an account there. (Other groups just use a "Post in the Comments to sign up" method.)

Other than that, just make sure you have a PDF of your character sheet you can share with GMs (or use myth-weavers: http://www.myth-weavers.com/sheetindex.php). And you will want to have digital/scanned copies of your chronicle sheets, just in case a GM asks for them.

Let us know if you have any other questions.

Good luck - Hope to see you at a virtual table soon.


Thanks for the links! But wouldn't I need to know what level I'm starting at or what sort of special rules exist before I make a character sheet?

Or do I just fill out a character sheet to level 20 and ask the GM if I can make a character like that?


If you head here:

PFS Central Hub on Mythweavers

Make an account (free) and post in the Open forum, I'll be happy to help you out. You should definitely down load the PFS Guide which is free and will answer a lot of questions.

Liberty's Edge 5/5 Regional Venture-Coordinator, Online aka IronHelixx

Apologies - I did not realize you were new to PFS, I thought you just meant new to online play.

You will most definitely want to start with the free Guide to Pathfinder Society Organized Play:

http://paizo.com/products/btpy84k4

That will get you started in the right direction.

You can find additional players resources, like pre-gens, here:

http://paizo.com/pathfinderSociety/playerResources

After you read that, feel free to drop us any questions you may have.

Welcome to PFS! :)

Kaouse wrote:

Thanks for the links! But wouldn't I need to know what level I'm starting at or what sort of special rules exist before I make a character sheet?

Or do I just fill out a character sheet to level 20 and ask the GM if I can make a character like that?


For anyone considering PbP, I always suggest Painlord's Guide.

Grand Lodge

Hello all im still new to PFS i learned at Origins 2014 and am lookin to broden my experience with online campains as i drive a truck and dont have alot of free time i have gone through this tread and cant wait to try it all out thanks for makeing this

Grand Lodge

3 star GM looking to start running online. Confused as to where to officially post my signup thread.

Here in Pathfinder Society Grand Lodge? Google group Online Collective? Iron Helix group?

I have seen a variety of techniques, just wondering what seems to work the best. Does the "post here in this thread" work ok for most? From some of the threads I've seen, it can get pretty chaotic with people adding and dropping. Thats why I'm thinking about posting multiple places but directing folks to a warhorn signup. Does that seem to be a good way of doing it?

Also, what seems to be the most appropriate lead time for scheduling a game?

How do you typically get tokens from people and character sheets for auditing purposes? Email? Do most folks even bother with auditing for online games?

Sorry for all the questions! I do have roll20 figured out and I think g+ but not having actually run or played online yet, I might be in for some surprises.

BTW, playing is a bit of a problem. I have all of 8 scenarios left that I can play (starting with season 0 up to and including 5-25).

Sovereign Court

You can do it from this forum for Online play, the Collective, AND IronHelixx all at the same time! What I used to do is list my email address and have players RSVP directly to me, then I would post updated rosters on the forum/group. (Was never one for Warhorn, personally).

So far as the "does the 'post here in this thread' work ok" question, bear in mind that this is exactly how the PbP forums are set up on this very site. Yes, it can get hectic with drops and the like, but them's the way it is.

Lead time varies by player base and GM. I personally like to have at least 4 days, though I have been known to run more last minute. However, I would advise to not plan more than a week out with the exception of special circumstances (game days, series, etc). Experience tells me that some players will actually forget about a game they signed up for two weeks ago. So I'd personally say 4-7 days, but you may find a different window which suits your needs better.

Tokens and character sheets: Again, I would list my email and have all the information needed transferred through that means. I have never required character sheets, but I could get pretty nosy when it came to details of one's build. Basically, if it makes me raise an eyebrow, I'll ask for clarification and maybe character sheet. And sometimes I'd ask so I could look into it for my next build, hahaha. That said, some GM's look over everyone's sheets before the game to know what everyone is capable of. This has saved a skin a few times because I forgot some details of my Dervish Dancer. Whoops!

I would recommend finding an evergreen scenario to play through just so you can get an idea of how it works from the VTT and G+ side of things before jumping in yourself. Or find a GM to kibitz as they run a game, maybe get a little more info than you would just playing. Then again, just jumping right in will work just fine for you. You're a 3-star GM, so running the game won't be a stumbling block at all.

Best of luck!

Dark Archive

caubocalypse wrote:

Welcome Pathfinders!

The Web is a pretty big region to cover, with many different websites, modes of playing (through Play-by-Posts (PbPs) or virtual table tops (VTTs) to name a couple), time zones, and languages. Instead of trying to traverse the Internet and message all the groups, Pathfinder Society saw it befit that we create an exchange on the Paizo forums.

This forum is meant to...
...allow Pathfinders to learn how to play Pathfinder Society on the Internet!
...enable everyone (from GMs to players) to find "How To's" and online seminars on the different methods of play.
...be a central location for organizing online game days (that will have Paizo product and prize support).
...give a space for different online groups a chance to advertise their communities and their games.
...establish an arena to advertise for online conventions (that will also have Paizo support).
...foster an atmosphere of fun for Pathfinder Society Online Community.
...and to do much, much more!

Please make sure to spread this message amongst online communities and let everyone know this is the one-stop shop for all things Pathfinder Society Online. I have no doubt that this 'region' will be one of the biggest for Pathfinder Society.

Thank you, and happy gaming! I look forward to playing and GMing a table online with you soon!


So if I'm reading this right, it's allowing us all to play our PFS characters online? That's awesome! It means I can fit in more games and play more characters! Great as I don't really have the money to travel to conventions and what-not.

Silver Crusade

I have currently finished this character and would like to find a PFS game to play it in.. I know that normally you are supposed to make characters to the campaign but I have made the character completely in the PFS rules. Would love to find a game for a new online player and a 1st level character.

1/5

Pathfinder Adventure, Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I think you are looking for this thread.

Liberty's Edge 5/5 Regional Venture-Coordinator, Online aka IronHelixx

Howdy - Welcome to Online Play:

You can find games here in this forum where you posted.

http://paizo.com/paizo/messageboards/paizoPublishing/pathfinder/pathfinderS ociety/grandLodgeOnlinePlay

You may also wish to try The PFS Online Collective, it is quite active:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/pathfinder-society-online-collectiv e

For Play-By-Post games you can look here:

http://paizo.com/paizo/messageboards/community/campaigns/recruitment

(Also check out MythWeavers and the RPGGeek PbP forums too)

A large percentage of the Virtual Table-Top games are played with Roll20 these days so you may want to familiarize yourself with it (it is free and web-browser based):

http://roll20.net

Other popular VTT tools are Maptool, Fantasy Grounds, d20Pro, Infrno, et cetera.

If you have any question or need help on anything feel free to drop us a line at PFSOnlineVOs

Davina Neron wrote:

I have currently finished this character and would like to find a PFS game to play it in.. I know that normally you are supposed to make characters to the campaign but I have made the character completely in the PFS rules. Would love to find a game for a new online player and a 1st level character.


Dot...in case the day ever comes that my home game dissolves...

Silver Crusade

Thank you Caps ... I could not find it lol...


Calybos1 wrote:

^THIS post is what I was looking for--the nuts and bolts of how it all works! Any way to 'sticky' this particular post for future reference?

I would love to be able to play on line, I made an account at roll20 and the place you sign up but really have no idea how this works. I only have a level 2 hunter so I have not even been playing very long. Can someone walk me through how I do this?

Thank you very much

Dark Archive 5/5 5/5

Games are posted by GMs either in this forum or at a place like PFSOC. You sign-up for a game using whatever method is prescribed by the GM, you get a Roll20 link and then you play. Most games use Google Hangouts for voice chat, though Teamspeak or Skype are also rarely used. You can also request a game by posting a looking for game thread on the PFSOC, but it's typically only good form to do that if there's not usually things available at times you can play.


DrParty06 wrote:
Games are posted by GMs either in this forum or at a place like PFSOC. You sign-up for a game using whatever method is prescribed by the GM, you get a Roll20 link and then you play. Most games use Google Hangouts for voice chat, though Teamspeak or Skype are also rarely used. You can also request a game by posting a looking for game thread on the PFSOC, but it's typically only good form to do that if there's not usually things available at times you can play.

Thank you


I'm tempted to try online table topping. I really prefer to be sitting around a table with friends and such but the convenience of doing it online seems to draw me in.

Liberty's Edge 5/5 Regional Venture-Coordinator, Online aka IronHelixx

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Myfighternameistrollolol wrote:
I'm tempted to try online table topping. I really prefer to be sitting around a table with friends and such but the convenience of doing it online seems to draw me in.


I have a question. How do I use a society character as an alias? I see that my PFS characters all have 0 posts, obviously, since I haven't figured it out. But that suggests that I COULD use the character as an alias. I have successfully created an alias and posted using that, but if I'm actually going to play in a PBP game with one of my PFS characters, it would be nice to be able to post as that character without having to create a second alias! So what am I missing?

Liberty's Edge

There's a Post As dropdown button at the bottom of the reply field next to Preview.

Grand Lodge Venture-Agent, Florida—Jacksonville aka Gykrossin

I will really much enjoy being able to start playing online due to the fact that there is no place to game where I live. So how do you play online?

3/5

I would say this message from Jesse is a good entry point if you want to play Real-Time online games.

If instead, or in addition to, you want to play by post (PbP), you can find games in the Recruitment Forum and guidance on how it works and how to get the most of it in the stickys and guides of the Online Campaigns General Discussion Forum.

I hope that helps, otherwise bring up your questions without fear :)


Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

I am very new to online play. Im interested in getting into a group. I tried the recruitment page but every thing seems to fill up way too fast. Anyone have any suggestions?

Grand Lodge 5/5 5/55/55/5 Venture-Captain, Online—PbP aka Hmm

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Welcome to Pathfinder Society Online Play! We’d love to have you join us.

Did you have a specific format you were looking to try?
Play-by-Post (PbP), or real-time Virtual Table-Top (VTT)?

Looking for PFS VTT Online Play?

If so, start by joining our PFS Online chat here on our dedicated Discord server:

PFSChat.com
Post in the #Looking4Game channel and say hi! Tell them you’re new and ask if anyone’s got a game starting up.

If you want, you can also join the Pathfinder Society Online Collective, where you'll find plenty of games to get you started.

Looking for PFS Play-by-Post?

We have four great lodges!

  • Flaxseed Lodge (main contact: Mike Tuholski (otherwise known as Endless Forms.)

  • Castamir’s Flaxseed Station (Opening for Starfinder Society action after August 17th! Main Contact: Chris Marsh, aka Dungeon Master S.)

  • Mythweavers. (Main contact: Michael Hallet.)

  • RPGgeek PFS Guild. (Main contact: Terence Lin (aka Not2Fear.)

    Or you can contact your friendly local PbP Venture Lieutenant, Hmm.

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    Starfinder Charter Superscriber

    Thanks for posting this! I've thought about PFS PbP in the past but have been daunted by the various forums, threads, and how to get started. After PaizoCon, I'll definitely be in touch.

    Grand Lodge 5/5 5/55/55/5 Venture-Captain, Online—PbP aka Hmm

    Don't be daunted. Come introduce yourself on Mythweavers or Flaxseed. You can experience a small, short PFS PBP and get your feet wet. Both communities are very friendly!

    Hmm

    Grand Lodge 5/5 5/55/55/5 Venture-Captain, Online—PbP aka Hmm

    Mindfever wrote:
    I am very new to online play. Im interested in getting into a group. I tried the recruitment page but every thing seems to fill up way too fast. Anyone have any suggestions?

    They do fill up fast!

    A lot of the Flaxseed tables fill by lottery, but many GMs will hold a reserved space for a brand new player if the player introduces themselves nicely in discussion. If you get some experience in PbP and are an entertaining player, you'll find it easier to get into future games, too.

    Hmm

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