Congratulations to Philadelphia's newest 4 star GM!


Pathfinder Society

4/5

Pathfinder Adventure, Lost Omens, Maps, Rulebook, Starfinder Maps Subscriber

I just wanted to say Congratulations to Philadelphia's newest four star GM, Benn Roe. Benn and his game store have tirelessly championed Pathfinder Society for four years in Philadelphia and have done an amazing job.

Thanks for all the hard work Benn, and congrats!

Sovereign Court 5/5

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Card Game, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Congrats Benn!

Grand Lodge 2/5

Huzzah!

Shadow Lodge 5/5

Congrats Ben!

Grand Lodge

Congratulations, Benn!

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

Congrats on your fourth star!!

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

Hey, Benn! Congratulations, and thanks for all your work.

Who has influenced your GM style, and how so? What sort of process do you go through, to prepare a scenario?

What's your favorite story to tell, about the last 40 tables?

Dark Archive 5/5

Thanks, guys!!

I've definitely pulled inspiration from a number of GMs I've known over the years, most notably my early home game GMs Shawn Bonsky and Colin Ruggero who taught me the value of emphasizing the story over the dice rolls. I know a lot of people get a lot of fun out of the mechanical aspect of building and playing their characters (myself included), but I feel like everyone has a lot more fun if the characters that populate the world around them feel multi-dimensional.

I organize a lot more conventions and game days than I otherwise attend, so I'm afraid I don't know many of the great well-known PFS GMs on the convention circuit (although I had fun playing a Kyle Baird game at PaizoCon back in 2009). With regard to local PFS, I always enjoy playing at the tables of James McTeague, Matt Morris, Jeffrey Fox, Brian Lefebvre, Jonathan Bruce, and Tim Stapleton, to name a few. I've learned a lot from each of their strengths and I still feel I have a lot to learn from each of them.

At Redcap's Corner, where I most frequently run PFS games, we have a library of hard copies of PFS scenarios for GMs to borrow to run games here at the store. Each of those is slowly but surely benefitting from the highlighters and insightful notes of each successive GM, and I'd be lying if I said that hadn't become a big part of my preparatory process. In general, I read through a scenario with three highlighters in-hand: yellow for important plot points, orange for important mechanical interactions (like skill DCs), and purple for notes on victory conditions. After I finish reading through and highlighting, I go back and make sure I understand any nuances of the plot that confused me on the first read-through. And finally I revisit each combat and make sure I have a good handle on the mechanics and strategy, annotating those combats if necessary (for instance, I always do the math in advance for Power Attack or Combat Expertise and add that as a note in the margins so I'm not calculating it on the fly).

I'll have to give some thought to a favourite story. I can think of a ton of really fun scenarios, but most of them involved a great group of players with a great group of characters helping me make sure the scenario is fun from start to finish.

Dark Archive

Congratulations.

Shadow Lodge 3/5

Huzzah! Now play a Bard and put that dulcet singing voice of yours to good use!

Dark Archive 5/5

Death. To. All. Bards.

Scarab Sages 4/5 RPG Superstar 2015 Top 32

Congrats Benn! Pleasure to be at your 4-star table. Thanks for introducing me to Pathfinder, and for running such an awesome store. We are lucky to have you guys in Philly.

~Matt

Dark Archive

How could you Benn? After all our magical bardic adventures together.

- Felicity

Liberty's Edge

congrats

Sczarni 5/5

Congrats, but be on the look out for yetis. Kyle has been whipping them into a frenzy since Dragnmoon made it past them.

Dark Archive 4/5 Venture-Agent, Ireland—Dublin aka Kumakawa

Congrats, Benn!

Thanks for everything you do for us in Philly. There's an awesome community centered around Redcaps.

~Tim

Dark Archive 5/5

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BardLife wrote:

How could you Benn? After all our magical bardic adventures together.

- Felicity

Death. To. Most. Bards.

Liberty's Edge 5/5

Awesome!


Congrats Benn. Sorry I couldn't be there to play in the game.


Congrats, Benn!

Hopefully I can table with you at one of the cons.

5/5

Congrats, Benn! I look forward to playing or GMing at a table with you again soon.

Liberty's Edge 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Maryland— Baltimore aka Qstor

Congrats!

Mike

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