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Scarab Sages 5/5

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Michael Brock wrote:
TriOmegaZero wrote:
...the GM says 'Welcome to Bonekeep!'
And the party says, "We want to try to roleplay through it."

My +14 Diplomacy skill was useless in there.

Grand Lodge 4/5

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Michael Brock wrote:
When the GM (who is also a VC) says, "There is NOTHING you can do to send this scenario off the rails."

Oh.. I sooo know that MY VC (or any of the VOs here in Jax) would NEVER draw that line in the sand.. we got sooo many people would would take that as a challenge.

Liberty's Edge

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Thomas Graham wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
When the GM (who is also a VC) says, "There is NOTHING you can do to send this scenario off the rails."
Oh.. I sooo know that MY VC (or any of the VOs here in Jax) would NEVER draw that line in the sand.. we got sooo many people would would take that as a challenge.

actually, i could see my VL doing that just to see if we could.

Dark Archive

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Last GM that said that to my regular group stood in awe as all walls in that temple were sunder spammed to completely circumvent the normal pattern.

Liberty's Edge 5/5

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lol i have yet to play at prestons table without hearing "u do what?!"

Dark Archive

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You know you're in trouble when the person playing a diviner takes out an actual ouija board to conduct class business. Even worse because the GM actually talked most of the table into actively using the damned thing. Do not want.


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From the last couple of PFS sessions:

When all diplomacy fails in the face of the gnome whatever-he-is and the paladin gunning for a fight.

When the gnome whatever-he-is wanders off to fight some blobby thing that has nothing to do wit our mission, because evidently he is the only person in the party getting XP from killing things.

Magically trapped door. Rogue? Disable Device? Anybody? Bueller? What the HELL is the Pathfinder Society thinking? Their contact SAID there would e traps, and THEY SENT NO ROGUE! Are they selecting teams based on marbles dropped from a rotating drum?

5/5

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Janzbane wrote:
Right?? I'm also going to put points into my wizard's cha, and give him the trait for diplomacy. I am far too gregarious of a person to dump that stat.

I dump Cha on my Wizards but still max out diplomacy. It's a difference of what, 2 points, and I am far too talkative not to have something on the sheet to back it up with.

5/5

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ericthetolle wrote:

Magically trapped door. Rogue? Disable Device? Anybody? Bueller? What the HELL is the Pathfinder Society thinking? Their contact SAID there would e traps, and THEY SENT NO ROGUE! Are they selecting teams based on marbles dropped from a rotating drum?

It is management theory in action. VC's are promoted to their level of incompetence which is why they send out groups of completely random, often wildly inappropriate, specialists on different types of jobs. Pay no attention to the crazy rumours that it is an attempt to remove inconveniently capable underlings who might challenge the VC's for their position.

Silver Crusade

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...you sit down at the table to see the 5 other players all dresss up as ninjas for their awesome ninja characters. But then you realize the guy running the game is the one dressed as a pirate.

5/5

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...you just finshed running a 5-9 and one of the players says "well awesome, that character can play eyes of the ten now!"

Liberty's Edge

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...the players are acting like hyperactive kittens that just got into catnip.

Grand Lodge 4/5

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sable wrote:


...the players are acting like hyperactive kittens that just got into catnip.

And this isn't normal?


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...hyperactive kittens that just got into catnip are how your players act on a good day. ;)

EDIT: Ninja'd by Thomas. Sort of.


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...one of the players is enthusiasticly retelling how his build started two flame wars and countless calls for a FAQ entry on the Paizo forums.

RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2013 Top 16

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...everyone is bragging about how lucky they were when rolling stats.

Liberty's Edge

Thomas Graham wrote:
sable wrote:


...the players are acting like hyperactive kittens that just got into catnip.
And this isn't normal?

lol

i don't believe in 'normal'

usually, they're just hyperactive kittens

Silver Crusade

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Jason Hanlon wrote:
...one of the players is enthusiasticly retelling how his build started two flame wars and countless calls for a FAQ entry on the Paizo forums.

You guys really need to stop describing me or I'm going to start believing there's a secret forum for multi-star GMs and VOs to get together and talk about their most "interesting" players.


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It costs the Paizonians eighteen days of solid flaming for me to play this character...for twelve minutes.

3/5 5/5

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..the one carrying all the Macguffins that need to be used to complete the mission sees a gargantuan demon, says, "screw this, I'm running" and takes off, ignoring all entreaties to come back or at least leave us the Macguffins.

(We managed to win anyway.)

Dark Archive

Bigdaddyjug wrote:
Jason Hanlon wrote:
...one of the players is enthusiasticly retelling how his build started two flame wars and countless calls for a FAQ entry on the Paizo forums.
You guys really need to stop describing me or I'm going to start believing there's a secret forum for multi-star GMs and VOs to get together and talk about their most "interesting" players.

You should not have said that. Now they'll have to kill you.


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Nah. We have people for that.

Turns to his fellow VO's. Release...The BAIRD!

Grand Lodge 4/5

Jason Hanlon wrote:

Nah. We have people for that.

Turns to his fellow VO's. Release...The BAIRD!

Oh no! Not that.. we have to clean up afterwards. It's always a mess!

4/5

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You sit down at the table as a gunslinger and realize you forgot to buy ammunition during your last buying spree and have only six gold left.


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The Oracle -whom is the only source of healing- is a Dwarf, also he has the highest charisma at 14, so he is also "the face" of the group:)

Dark Archive

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David Neilson wrote:
You sit down at the table as a gunslinger and realize you forgot to buy ammunition during your last buying spree and have only six gold left.

Suddenly your class is only a little more powerful than all the other martials rather than an auto-win button.


Thanks, Beard, your personal feelings on gunslingers really added a lot to this discussion. :)

Dark Archive

... and the rest of the party is too busy making passive aggressive commentary about one another to actually bother killing the end boss.


...and people are too busy complaining about your class to kill the Big Bad.

Wait, shouldn't mine have come before yours?

Dark Archive

Kobold Cleaver wrote:

...and people are too busy complaining about your class to kill the Big Bad.

Wait, shouldn't mine have come before yours?

That is entirely possible but this works too.


...and everything's getting really meta and confusing.

Dark Archive

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... and the DM is wearing Cthulhu pajamas.


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The GM smells strongly of bourbon and keeps mumbling something about "that b#><% just left me."
Actually happened in a home game... Coincidentally, we were are eaten by canabalistic pygmies after Demogorgon withered our limbs.

Grand Lodge 4/5 Venture-Agent, United Kingdom—England—Manchester aka Merisal The Risen

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You thought you were in trouble when what you thought were ywo players renacting a board flame war and then realise one of them is actually your GM


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WHen an obnoixus plays your character more than you do despite your protests that you do not want to do that and the DM does not listen to your half of table.

5/5

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captain yesterday wrote:
The Oracle -whom is the only source of healing- is a Dwarf, also he has the highest charisma at 14, so he is also "the face" of the group:)

I thought PFS handed out mandatory happy sticks to everyone on reaching their first 2PP? Or at least mandatory icky devil sticks to the Wizards and Sorcerers?

Grand Lodge 4/5 Venture-Agent, Nevada—Las Vegas aka kinevon

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andreww wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
The Oracle -whom is the only source of healing- is a Dwarf, also he has the highest charisma at 14, so he is also "the face" of the group:)
I thought PFS handed out mandatory happy sticks to everyone on reaching their first 2PP? Or at least mandatory icky devil sticks to the Wizards and Sorcerers?

I wish.

You sit at the table with your Magus, and realize that your PC is the only one at the table who has a happy stick, and is also the only one with any ability to try and use it.

+5 UMD, no IH wands, only my PC's CLW wand, I think our table consisted of a "real" PC fighter, an iconic Ezren, an iconic Merisiel, and an iconic Valeros, my Magus, and another "real" PC of some sort who didn't have any spells.

I kept wishing for Kyra, Harsk, Lem, anyone with CLW on their spell list. Especially since I only got 7 successes off before the inevitable 1, got Held in one fight, and was unconscious before the end. I know I mentioned my CLW potion, but no one ever used it on me. Mission: Failed!

Sovereign Court

Dhjika wrote:
Meat wrote:
Your GM for the GC special bailed and Mike Brock has to fill in and he hasn't slept in over 48 hours :-)

Then I guess you have to give up your six-pack of Terrapin Rye Ale (or other fine craft beer) for the party survival.

I did not survive.... no beer allowed at GC... :-D

5/5 5/55/55/5

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When you're wishing for harsk you KNOW something has gone wrong...

Sovereign Court

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Michael Brock wrote:
Meat wrote:
Your GM for the GC special bailed and Mike Brock has to fill in and he hasn't slept in over 48 hours :-)
That was a terrifically fun game! "I'm sure you could hitch a ride on the back of the tiny creature hovering over lava. Do you still wish you to try?" ;-)

Actually I was the other one that died. Half-orcs aren't that dumb! Human clerics on the other hand....

It was a blast, I was pretty much on the edge of my seat until I died... if you have an auction for "get your PC killed by Mike Brock at the special" at the GC auction I would surely bid :-D

Sovereign Court

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You got your Pathfinder judging material all set up, a demon filled year 5 PFS mod with Chronicles and track form in good order, and all the players have Living City characters ready to go.

RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2013 Top 16

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...two minutes before the game is scheduled to start, one of the players says "Oh, I was supposed to level up after the last game. How do I do that?"

Sovereign Court 4/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Georgia—Atlanta aka The Masked Ferret

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in a 5-9 or 7-11 game,

RainyDayNinja wrote:
...two minutes before the game is scheduled to start, one of the players says "Oh, I was supposed to level up after the last game. How do I do that?"

This is ok in a lower level mod.

Grand Lodge 4/5 Venture-Agent, Nevada—Las Vegas aka kinevon

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Had something like that on Sunday, but it was more, "I levled up my PC, now I can't see where the XP that was supposed to level him came from..."

Turns out the player forgot that a module was worth 3 XP instead of 1 XP, and had only entered it once in Hero Lab.

The Exchange 4/5

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You sit down to play and the GM asks, "What level is this again"?.


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...the cleric is constantly winning initiative.

...everyone but you is playing an Aasimar or Tiefling.

...the first thing the GM says is "Sorry guys, I'm running on zero sleep here."

...the answer to "What do we have for healing?" is one player saying "Well, I've got a wand..."

...none of the PCs are wearing any armor, and all of them describe how far they stay in the back. Bonus points if one player says "That's what summoning spells are for!"

...one or more of the PCs don't even carry any weapons.

...the answer to "Who's our social character?" is a loud, ten-minute verbal contest for the coveted title of Lowest Charisma Ever. "Oh, yeah? Well, MY guy is missing half his face and spits on sick children!"

...the bard is the front-line tank. AND the healer.

...the answer to "What's our light source?" is three or more people saying "I have darkvision, why don't you?"

...the first thing the GM says is "We're playing which one? Damn, I hate this mod."

...anyone at the table refuses to say what class his character belongs to. All it takes is one. Seriously.


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You know you're in trouble when you get to the table and...

...they're out of chairs.

...you're going to investigate the great magical artifact in the magical place with the magical wards. Nobody in the party has Knowledge: Arcana.

...your wayfiner with clear spindle ioun stone stops working. A few minutes later someone asks "Is that a Succubus?"

...the GM says "We will be playing Hard-mode today."

...upon identifying the monster, half the table groans.

...the GM says "does anyone have a map I can use?"

Silver Crusade

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Calybos1 wrote:
...the cleric is constantly winning initiative.

Hey, the sooner I can cast divine favor and get out in front, the safer you are. You don't like it, you're welcome to frontline on your own.

;)

Shadow Lodge

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Jason Hanlon wrote:
...you're going to investigate the great magical artifact in the magical place with the magical wards. Nobody in the party has Knowledge: Arcana.

Hey, nobody died only one of the most important NPCs in the setting died as a result of that scenario!

...and all of the animal companions.

Dark Archive

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Michael Brock wrote:
When the GM (who is also a VC) says, "There is NOTHING you can do to send this scenario off the rails."

And one of the players says, "challenge accepted!"

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