Congratulations to Chris Mortika on 300 Games !!


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Chris ran his 300th game this past weekend at our convention in Milwaukee. Please join me in congratulating him on this huge accomplishment.

Chris, thanks again for driving up to Milwaukee and helping with our convention. But, also thanks for the other 299 games you have ran in the past that has helped the Pathfinder Society grow at the conventions that you travel to throughout the Midwest.

Grand Lodge RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

Congrats, Chris!

Dark Archive 5/5 5/5

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Sweet mercy! Well played, Chris.

Can you tell us something you learned from 300 sessions?

Dark Archive

Congratulations! So is that like six stars now?

Liberty's Edge 5/5

Congrats Chris!

5/5 Venture-Agent, California—San Francisco Bay Area North & East aka Pirate Rob

Wow! Max grats. All the grats.

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

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jon dehning wrote:

Sweet mercy! Well played, Chris.

Can you tell us something you learned from 300 sessions?

(laugh)

Well, I've gotten better at time management, at guessing when to let players have fun and when to get the storyline moving. (Hint: just ask the players what they want.)

Honestly, I learn more from playing than GMing.

Sczarni 5/5 5/5

Congrats Chris

The Exchange

Well done Chris, I am glad you haven't been resting on your 5-Star laurels. I hear that you are pretty good at voices also.

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

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Thanks, Doug. You got to see me just when I was starting out. (Ezren? Still dead.)

Yeah, I can do voices. (Hint: listen to books on tape.) The trick is to know when and why to do voices. At least for me, the goal is to get the players immersed enough so that they can talk to the NPCs in character. Ever' so often, I catch myself trying to speak in odd voices just to entertain the players. That's not so good.


Congratulations Chris

Grand Lodge

Congratulations, Chris!

Sovereign Court Owner - Enchanted Grounds, President/Owner - Enchanted Grounds

Well done, Chris. I hope you're taking time out every now and then to relax, though. o.O

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Congratulations!

Liberty's Edge 4/5

GRATS!!! That be alot of tables.

Dark Archive 5/5 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, United Kingdom—England—Coventry aka terry_t_uk

Congrats

Grand Lodge

Congratulations Chris!!!

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

That's amazing!
Congrats, Iron Man Mortika! :-)

Silver Crusade 4/5 5/55/55/5 RPG Superstar 2013 Top 8

Congratulations!

PS:
Are we doing this now? OK... Time to run some more games! Maybe in another two years I'll be at 300...

5/5

Amazing - bravo Chris!

Anything you haven't gotten to run yet?

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

Majuba, oh, heavens, yes. (Starting with "Mists of Mwangi". I'd like to read through and prep that some day.)

I'm on the record as saying that I'm a lot better GM for running a limited number of scenarios, over and over again, rather than twice as many titles, each half as often. Last Gen Con, when I reached 150, it was pretty dicey as to whether I'd in fact GMed 50 different adventures. (I had, but juuuust barely.)


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Congrats Chris!

Never have had the honor to play at your table, but I hope I get the opportunity to do so one these days. :)

Liberty's Edge 5/5 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Alaska—Anchorage aka Dragnmoon

Chris who?... He is the short hair guy or long hair guy?... ;)

Congrats Chris!

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Michael Eshleman wrote:
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I have no evidence to point to, but I think for a lot of 5-Stars there's a general 'drive' to 150 sessions and then a 'coast' afterwards. I bet there aren't more than 6 GMs out there who have hit 300 sessions. Past a milestone like the 5th Star, there aren't many ways stand out. I think Chris is exceptional because he has both longevity and principles. He's been a PFS member since the outset and he's always been committed to not only improving himself, but encouraging others to do the same. So I see Michael's point about 'Are we really starting to celebrate the post-Five-Star milestones?' On the other hand, it's inspiring to see who's out there walking the walk--even if the scoreboard is frozen.

Silver Crusade

Yes, that's true. Although I couldn't imagine getting 5 stars w/o liking to GM anyway.

Grand Lodge 5/5

I need to run more :P

Oh, and congrads

Shadow Lodge 5/5 5/5 Regional Venture-Coordinator, Northwest aka WalterGM

Well done, sir! Now I have more reasons to share a drink with you!

Sovereign Court

Congratulations Chris! One of these days I'll get to a third of the number of tables you've run. ;)

Are you making it to SCARAB this January, Chris?


Congratulations Chris!

And thanks :)

Grand Lodge 5/5

Congratulations Chris.

I absolutely agree - you are a lot better as GM if you run a scenario multiple times. Funny therefore that you haven't done Mist of the Mwangi yet. The first three Blackros scenarios Mist, Void, Penumbral are the ones that I have run again and again and why I can say how true this is. But you just assume these are then the ones others run again and again as well ...

Shadow Lodge

Very impressive feat. +6 on your shirt rerolls.

Lantern Lodge 5/5 Regional Venture-Coordinator, Asia-Pacific aka DarkWhite

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Congratulations, Chris, that's quite some achievement.

Doug Miles wrote:

I have no evidence to point to, but I think for a lot of 5-Stars there's a general 'drive' to 150 sessions and then a 'coast' afterwards. I bet there aren't more than 6 GMs out there who have hit 300 sessions. Past a milestone like the 5th Star, there aren't many ways to stand out. I think Chris is exceptional because he has both longevity and principles. He's been a PFS member since the outset and he's always been committed to not only improving himself, but encouraging others to do the same. So I see Michael's point about 'Are we really starting to celebrate the post-Five-Star milestones?' On the other hand, it's inspiring to see who's out there walking the walk--even if the scoreboard is frozen.

While I don't think I'm "coasting", I think a few things happen once you pass 150 games (or 230 games) that you're now part of a much larger community with more gamedays, conventions, travel, tables, players and GMs to coordinate. Some of these GMs have aspirations of their own. Many times now, I've wanted to run a favourite scenario for a group of new players, but thought, you know what? let GM Fred run this one, he's keen and he'll enjoy it! :-)

I'm still GMing far more than I play, and GMs like Chris definitely inspire me to aim towards 300, but helping other GMs reach their potential and sometimes handing the script to someone new also has its own rewards.

Grand Lodge 5/5 Venture-Captain, Arizona—Phoenix aka TriOmegaZero

Nicely done, Chris. I need to get back to work it seems.

Lantern Lodge 5/5 Regional Venture-Coordinator, Asia-Pacific aka DarkWhite

Chris Mortika wrote:
Yeah, I can do voices. (Hint: listen to books on tape.)

Hint: watching United States of Tara. Toni Collette is awesome in her portrayal of multiple personalities. Note how her speech, body language, posture, where she holds her hands, and other mannerisms change for each personality she portrays. You can pick up a lot from watching a few episodes of Tara.


Congrats Chris !!!

Silver Crusade

Yay and congrats! I hope to play at your table one day!

Sczarni

Tracy Windeknecht wrote:
Yay and congrats! I hope to play at your table one day!

I did a few days ago it was great!

I got to find a magic stone that becomed a sword that made you want to break other swords.

I got to make friends with a hag, but I suggest against it they will try to eat you.

Grand Lodge

Holy Moly that's a phenomenal effort! Congrats Chris!

Grand Lodge

Congrats sir!! That is one hell of an achievement!! :)

Silver Crusade 4/5 5/55/55/5 RPG Superstar 2013 Top 8

Doug Miles wrote:
I have no evidence to point to, but I think for a lot of 5-Stars there's a general 'drive' to 150 sessions and then a 'coast' afterwards. I bet there aren't more than 6 GMs out there who have hit 300 sessions. Past a milestone like the 5th Star, there aren't many ways stand out. I think Chris is exceptional because he has both longevity and principles. He's been a PFS member since the outset and he's always been committed to not only improving himself, but encouraging others to do the same. So I see Michael's point about 'Are we really starting to celebrate the post-Five-Star milestones?' On the other hand, it's inspiring to see who's out there walking the walk--even if the scoreboard is frozen.

Sorry, I didn't mean to imply that we shouldn't do it, just that I thought I could give myself a bit of a breather after reaching five stars. Now I have entire new benchmarks to reach, and thinking about it makes me tired! :)

Dark Archive

300...you and the spartans have something in common!

Congrats Chris.

Sovereign Court 5/5

Man, and I'm just getting over being exhausted for my push to 150 - only half of what you've done!

Congrats and well-played. I would love to sit at your table sometime and/or have you sit at mine. I really enjoy running Mists of Mwangi, btw. :)

Scarab Sages 5/5 5/5 Venture-Captain, Washington—Spokane

300,games, wow!! Congratulations Chris!!!

Scarab Sages 5/5 RPG Superstar 2015 Top 16

Congratulations Chris, that is very impressive.

Thanks for your dedication to PFS.

Liberty's Edge 5/5

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Congrats, Chris! You have set the bar pretty high. I suppose this means you'll want a second room in the 5 star inn.

Silver Crusade

Egads! 300 games? I'm at 9 games GMed and still looking for my first star. Congratulations, Chris!


Congrats Chris! Here's to many more! I'm catching up to ya! 215 so far! I'll have to sit at one of your tables soon.


Congratulations, Chris. Glad I had the chance to meet you at DCV.

Scarab Sages 4/5

Congratulations Chris!

See you at SCARAB in a few months!

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

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Kristie, my job keeps threatening to send me to work down in Florida. If it ever does, I'll look you up for a game.

Nathan King wrote:
Congrats Chris! Here's to many more! I'm catching up to ya! 215 so far! I'll have to sit at one of your tables soon.

Back at you, Nathan. I've heard nothing but great reports about your GMing talents. (You know, I've never actually played Thornkeep...)

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