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Offering Ed Greenwood booze in the hotel lobby.
Realizing I offered Ed Greenwood booze in the hotel lobby.

Running a group of displaced Marvel Superheroes through The Paths We Choose. Iceman, Nightcrawler, Col. Fury, Gambit, The Hulk, and The Winter Soldier experienced Golarion and furthered the cause of the Silver Crusade, Liberty's Edge, and The Exchange. This was a great table with a sooper awesome bunch of guys: Michael Meunier, Andy Christian, Bobby Harring, Media Superstar Lucas Servideo, Dustin Allen, and Micheal Van Haasseln. Thanks Guys, it was a great game! I know you won't see this Bobby, but thanks for showing me the coolest Magus build. Thanks.

Having several people comment I was the best GM they have ever had. This will always bring a smile to my face whenever I hear it. This was furthered when a wonderfully nice woman sat down and told me she wanted to sit at my table specifically because it "always looked like your tables were having so much fun!" Thank you so very much. That one comment alone made all the long hours of prep work worth it.

Being thanked for making a player's first ever PFS experience in Legacy of the Stonelords a great one.

Seeing everyone I met last year again and meeting all new people I will look forward to seeing once again next year.

Getting Hitchcocked on Friday night. I still have no idea what I did to mess up my toe. I blame the fountain.

Launching myself over the back of a couch and landing on Big Kyle. Hmmm... maybe that's how I messed up my toe.

Getting Scotty's to create a new fishbowl drink not on the menu. Thanks guys! It was so delicious we had two more.

Steak N Shake at 4am.

Meeting the Todd Morgan Challenge of bringing the same energy level to my last table as I did my first.

Everyone who sat at my tables.

I wanna give a shout out to the Swedish Gnomes. You know who you are.

Liberty's Edge

Great time this year!

All six tables I ran were a blast!

I was surprised at the number of new players I got. My first table for We Be Goblins TOO was a bunch of dudes from a WoW guild who met up at GenCon for some face2face games and walked away really excited to try out more Pathfinder. I got the chance to run 3 games of Trial By Machine and 2 more of the Silver Mountain Collection. Each table featured a nice mix of veterans and new players and each table had its own unique identity which kept my GM batteries charged up. Like Jon said at the start of this post, those wonderful compliments about how much they enjoyed or how I was a favorite GM made the trip worth it for that alone!!!

The other great thing about going to the Cons are the Con-Friends I've made. Dudes I see over and over again and gravitate to each others tables for gaming and after hour drinks.

All said, great fun and I'm already looking forward to next year!


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Having the opportunity to play under probably my best experiences with a GM in PFS (and make a new friend), thank you Chad Newman (VC of Kentucky)!

Saving a couple of party members (and friends) in the Friday night special with First Aid Gloves, one of them I needed to roll a 37 to bring him to -13 hp (he had a 14 CON) and making the roll exactly.

Being a part of the first party to defeat The Sealed Gate under this specific GM. He indicated he had run this scenario 4 times previously and either TPK’d the party or they just failed the scenario. And we did so with no party deaths.

Being able to meet Jason Nelson for the first time and see my friend Rachel Ventura again. :)

But most importantly, able to introduce GenCon to several friends of mine this year, one of them being one of my best friends.

Shadow Lodge

Highlights of the Weekend (in no particular order):

Getting to watch Baird Slot-0 "The Sealed Gate."

Running "The Paths We Choose" for a table of 5 Halflings and a Tiefling.

Getting the last ticket for "Legacy of the Stonelords," and being able to
retire my first character.

Getting to talk to Sam Polak (author of "Stranger Within").

Running "Scars of the Third Crusade" for a table of brand new players Saturday afternoon, seriously, you guys were awesome.

Bumping into 5 friends, I didn't even know were at the con, during the muster for Bonekeep, then stomping the dungeon.

RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2013 Top 16

Hobbun wrote:


Being a part of the first party to defeat The Sealed Gate under this specific GM. He indicated he had run this scenario 4 times previously and either TPK’d the party or they just failed the scenario. And we did so with no party deaths.

Hey, I was there too! (I was the mounted oracle).

Getting my alchemist hit with Feeblemind in the final fight, but still killing the boss with Boots of Speed and a dagger (thank Nethys I didn't dump Strength!).

Getting to use my oracle's Axe Beak to its full effect in Where Mammoths Dare Not Tread (and do some scouting for her future level in Mammoth Rider).

Playing with a team of 4 MHI-inspired gangster gnomes.

Getting my first character to Seeker at Legacy of the Stonelords.

Grand Lodge

I'd like to say thanks to all the GMs who volunteered their time, they made this event work.

Highlights: Every leveled character I had dying a permanent death (which sounds scary but I only had one, I could gripe about getting a GM who was collecting TPks at the con-quite proud that he had two the first day-one being my party and was hoping to "score some more") but other than that it was a blast.

Made some new friends and got to see some very interesting characters.

The Exchange 5/5

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The absolute highlight for me was running a pack of low-level folks through Legacy of the Stonelords, including a young boy of about 10 or 11. He played a pregen Oloch.

He was knocked unconscious twice
He recommended that the druid should sacrifice his animal companion to look for traps
He watched his dad's PC walk blindly into a a gelatinous cube and cackled with glee when I described the flesh melting from his face
He fell victim to the Thief curse
He charge-smashed virtually everything he saw

He gave me a big hug the next day in Sagamore and thanked me for a great time in his very first PFS event.

Complete and total GM gold-star moment.

Second-best was getting shanghaied to run a bunch of Quests when my Beginner Box Demos table didn't make. I ran about 12-13 different folks through five of the six mini-quests. That was WAY more fun than I expected it to be.

Grand Lodge

My highlights were:

Running all my tables with great groups of players.

Meeting a bunch of people in person that I had known or recognized on the message boards.

Running a game for group of players that I GM'd for last year at GenCon.

Recognizing and saying hello to more players that I GM'd for last year. (and them remembering me)


My highlights were mainly seeing old friends and making new ones.

Freaky highlight was Thod coming up and going FLUFFY lol .. cause of the ears


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RainyDayNinja wrote:
Hobbun wrote:


Being a part of the first party to defeat The Sealed Gate under this specific GM. He indicated he had run this scenario 4 times previously and either TPK’d the party or they just failed the scenario. And we did so with no party deaths.

Hey, I was there too! (I was the mounted oracle).

Alchemist here. Nice to finally put a face behind the avatar!

Sorry about your armor, it seemed in general not much was going your way in that scenario. And thanks for the cure. :)

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

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Props
Destroying the lord of bonekeep thanks to John Compton's buffs. All hail Yaezhing, may he punish the wicked.

Silbeg pointing out to me that I answered a rules question about darkness despite Jiggy being at my table.

Rooming w/Mergy (btw Ive got your shirt and giant graph paper)

Playing the ACG on Monday with Leg o Lamb and Silbeg.

Being told by Tannis that she trusted me to run ACG OP for 4 hrs while she was gone.

Being told by people I make sense on the forums.

The happy joy that players demoing the ACG or playing OP generally shared.

Slops
Being rerouted through Philly on the way there and arriving 7 hrs late.

Having my flight home canceled and leaving.... just now 24 hrs, wish me luck getting home.

Lantern Lodge 5/5

The best part of Gencon is every table has a great story. Many have more.

A table of Technic Siege diguised themselves as Aspis and pinned everything clandestine on the Consortium.

And everytime I run We Be Goblins! The group finds a new and unique way to approach everything.

I ran two tables of it and both were amazing.

One seemed dead-set on turning every encounter into a Rube Goldberg-esque deathtrap attack.

Players: "Okay, so we get the ladder off the robe, and set it up like a seesaw ovr the fence. Poog takes the horseslaying doglicer and gets on one end. Then the other five of us jump on the other end in concert, catapulting him towards the unsuspecting horse."

Me (the GM): "okay, sure. Sounds good. Make a Fly check." *rolls, over 20* "...and an attack roll, +2 for charging, +1 for higher ground, sure."

Poog: *rolls nat 20, rolls 19 to confirm, rolls nearly maximum (on 2d4+2d6+4)- -just enough to kill a horse outright*

*Everyone stands and cheers*

The following day, another group was convinced that the proper way to fight anything was to climb onto it's back and stab it. More Ride checks on hostile creatures than I've ever seen. This group also snuck into the galley by climbing down the (hot) stovepipe and threw one of the chined dogs over the ship's side to use as a pinata for awhile.

They also had goblin songs sung by actual trained singers- -Mogmurch as a tenor was impressive!


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Wow Rob, you are having the worst luck this trip in regards to flights.

Grand Lodge RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

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Highlights
Going to my first GenCon!

Finishing the two-year story of how Thomas the Tiefling Hero saves the world by decapitating a demon lord in what might be the best PFS session I've ever played, under the absolutely awesome (and never before met) Carlos Robledo. Thanks again, Carlos!

Playing a fun game under a total stranger, then discovering during post-session chatter that he's the same guy (GM Tektite) who's running me through a Dragon's Demand PbP with my brothers.

Having my good-aligned swordsman approach the suspiciously hidden baddies in Trial by Machine by a friendly greeting and genuine smile, then being told afterward by the GM that we were the first table to treat them nicely and get that point (checkbox?) at any of his tables. Good is not a team jersey, folks.

EDIT: Also, apparently that scenario is getting a reputation for TPKs, but we all made it out alive!

Meeting John Compton, Mark Seifter, Jason Bulmahn, and a handful of other Paizo folks whose names elude me because first GenCon = blurry memories.

Meeting Thod, who has maybe the coolest accent ever.

Getting cool free stuff.

Lowlights
Failing to meet Mike Brock, Mark Moreland, and various other Paizo folks.

Failing to catch PFCBG to thank her in person for my wife's kitsune boon. Saw her (well, I saw ears and made assumptions) while I was in a game, and by the time I got away, she was gone.

All of my non-PFS events had serious logistical issues, up to and including "We're not running any more events today; oh, you have a real ticket? Um, okay, wait here and if more people show up, we'll fire off an event.". Really?

Sovereign Court 5/5

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RainyDayNinja wrote:
Getting my alchemist hit with Feeblemind in the final fight, but still killing the boss with Boots of Speed and a dagger (thank Nethys I didn't dump Strength!).

Was I running that for you? That sounds like what happened during my Fri morning slot of Technic Siege.

As for me:
Meeting a lot of people who I had seen on the forums - it's nice to put faces to the name.

I killed a player twice in one encounter - and he was still excited about it.

All my players seemed really excited upon leaving my table.

We had an after-hours game with Carlos Robledo, Andrew Hoskins, Dominic Trascritti and John Erler, with Netopalis running. We killed Thurl (yay!) and Tancred (oops). It was a very nice game, and an awesome retirement for Markas, my Seeker Halfling "Paladin" of the Society.

RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2013 Top 16

James McTeague wrote:
RainyDayNinja wrote:
Getting my alchemist hit with Feeblemind in the final fight, but still killing the boss with Boots of Speed and a dagger (thank Nethys I didn't dump Strength!).
Was I running that for you? That sounds like what happened during my Fri morning slot of Technic Siege.

Yep, that was it.

4/5

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

This was my first Gen Con and it was overall excellent and here are a few of my favorite things...

Talking football with a bunch of folks and the random respect on the street by people seeing my Philadelphia Eagles hate. I'm not use to my Eagles hat being a conversation starter but it was awesome when it did.

Hanging out til 2am on Sunday night in the lobby with all the various people popping in and out. I didn't say much but it was great to absorb all the stories.

Meeting people who recognized my forum name from my name badge.

Meeting people who actually think I make good points on the forums...

I loved having an extra GM Star Recharge Boon that I gave to Carlos Robledo for all the hard work he does for everyone on the GM Shared prep.

I loved finally having tables get the two PP when playing Horn of Aroden. Stop putting Lander in a box people!

Getting asked by Big Kyle to help out on the info desk/boon station on one of my slots off. It was great getting to talk pathfinder with folks who never played. It was also funny to step back and realized how hard it is to give out boons after Legacy of the Stonelords broke up.

All my tables were great. From the Swedish Gnome's Herdy, Gerdy, and Ferdy, to Hashashin and Kong, Basad, and many more character names I can't remember. You all made this a great experience for me as a GM. Thank you for making my first Gen Con awesome.

Also was great to thank Mike Brock, and John Compton for the banning of Pageant of the Peacock.

It was also funny not realizing that PFCBG was collecting my table tickets on the first day until I talked to one of my hotel mates and mentioned the marshal having fluffy ears and they told me it was PFCBG. Sometimes I miss the obvious things.

Realizing near the end of the con that since my vision is so bad I can't read names on con badges that I have no clue who half the people I met are.

Getting the same boon as my VL 3 out of 4 times at the boon table. (The fourth time someone stepped in between and and rolled what he rolled.

Having a few of my area players coming out and being tier 1 GM's and working their asses off even when they weren't on duty.

So many amazing things that I can't say.

And getting to meet Ryan Sohmer and Lars from Blind Ferret. I'm glad I was able to spare some time to make it into the dealer's hall and meet them.

I really wish I could have met more people from the forums.

It was a great Gen Con.

Sovereign Court 5/5

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Jeffrey Fox wrote:
Having a few of my area players coming out and being tier 1 GM's and working their asses off even when they weren't on duty.

I'm going to second this. It was awesome to see a good number of Philly people out there at GenCon!

RainyDayNinja - You were the happiest person I've ever seen who's just been Feebleminded on their Int-based character.


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Getting to meet a bunch of the Paizo staff.

Being able to thank Sara Marie in person for all her hard work with customer service.

Meeting a bunch of people I'd only talked to on the forums.

Running the Confirmation twice for brand new players.

Watching Garble eat most of Bonekeep 3.

And autographs!!!


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Nick Greene wrote:

Getting to meet a bunch of the Paizo staff.

Being able to thank Sara Marie in person for all her hard work with customer service.

Meeting a bunch of people I'd only talked to on the forums.

Running the Confirmation twice for brand new players.

Watching Garble eat most of Bonekeep 3.

And autographs!!!

Nick, it was truly a pleasure to meet you!


I gave Mark Seifter a large bone that had a leather book attached to it. I then asked if he could audit my character.

Shadow Lodge 5/5 5/55/5 Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area North & East aka thistledown

I also had a great time dealing with the Swedish gnomes. Though the clock running out was the only thing that saved me from killing them and the rest of the party. My dice were running crazy that game.

Had fun running the card game for a slot, and running Merchant's Wake 5 times. Had my NPC's do a lot of good socializing with a lot of good characters.

Path's We Choose wasn't as good as I had hoped, but my GM did everything he could for it. It was great having the same GM for it as I had for Hellknight's Feast last year.

I felt bad rushing out after stonelords. Definately needed more time to do a proper wrap-up. And for cleaning up the 17+ maps needed.

Shadow Lodge 5/5 5/55/5 Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area North & East aka thistledown

Pirate Rob wrote:


Playing the ACG on Monday with Leg o Lamb and Silbeg.

Being told by Tannis that she trusted me to run ACG OP for 4 hrs while she was gone.

Being told by people I make sense on the forums.

The happy joy that players demoing the ACG or playing OP generally shared.

I know the ACG is an adventure path and all (says so right on the cover), but I didn't realize we had slots for it.

Pirate Rob wrote:


Having my flight home canceled and leaving.... just now 24 hrs, wish me luck getting home.

I made it as far as phoenix before my flight got repeatedly delayed. I left Indy at 4:30 and didn't get to SFO until around 3am Indy time.

Liberty's Edge 4/5 5/5 Venture-Captain, Indiana—Northern

I apologize if this is too long...

This Gen Con was, by far, the best I have been too. For me, the highlights:

1. Helping Mike Brock, Bob Jonquet, Bob's girlfriend (whose name, strangely, I never got!), Andrew Hoskins, and Indiana Venture-Captain Chris Bonnet set up the Sagamore Ballroom on Tuesday. That was tiring work - it was warm in the ballroom, but it was great to spend some time with those folks, and having lunch with Mike was really great.

2. Coordinating Scotty's Brewhouse on Wednesday. This was the first event I organized. We had 20 tables (out of 21 - 1 did not go off in the morning due to lack of players), but I haven't totaled the numbers of players yet. We were able to clear and seat most of those on the waitlists, and thanks to the GMs who agreed to seat 7 players to help us do that. And, one of the greatest challenges, seating the all 5-star GM table for Vengeance at Sundered Crag - I wasn't sure we could do it, but Indy 5-Star GMs Greg Hurst and Tracy Windeknecht opted to sit at another table so the other 5-star GMs could sit. We had a wide variety of games, two international GMs, and a GM who ran all three slots. We were able to accommodate nearly every request, except for playing outside, and I am sorry we couldn't do that. I hope everyone found the event to be successful - I have offered to organize it for next year, and have some ideas on doing some big things with it, so stay tuned (and if you have specific suggestions, let me know.

3. Running 5 games during Gen Con (all Destiny of the Sands Part I). It was more physically demanding than I anticipated, but I'd do it again (in fact, I think I'll sign up to be a Tier 1 GM next year!) One of my favorite things that happened:

Spoiler:
During the encounter with Madame Zelekhati, one of the groups succeeded on getting the information they needed. The bard in the party was convinced he needed to get the ring as proof, even though I had said they felt pretty confident they had what they needed [the group had been taking a LOT of time, so I was trying to move them on a bit.] The party members told him to let it go, but he tried to take the ring. Combat ensued. The druid's animal companion died, the druid went into negatives, and the party left him. I felt bad, because the druid had tried so hard to get them to go without trying to get the ring. So, since he hadn't died (he was in negatives), when the group completed the scenario and turned the stuff into Torch, he said to them, "the next time I use you for a job, don't leave your trash lying around" and indicated the druid was there, beaten up, but alive (he had completed at least 3 of the encounters.) It seemed fair, and within the scope (since his character hadn't died, and I didn't think the Madame would want a PCs unnecessary death on her hands.
I hope the players enjoyed sitting at my tables.

4. Seeing old college friends and some Fraternity brothers who were in town, going to dinner with them and catching up.

5. Meeting new VOs, volunteers, GMs and players, and reconnecting with others, especially those I met at Origins this year (Mike McNearney, Art Lobdell, June Soler, and Andrew Hoskins.)

6. Running games for a bunch of groups of new players. I love being something of a teaching GM.

7. Having a guy who played in my LFR game at Gen Con 2 years ago come up to me in the Sagamore Ballroom and say, "you were our DM! We still talk about that game!" That really meant a lot.

8. Playing "Legacy" with Sam Polak as the GM - he was spectacular!

Now, I was challenged in some games as a GM (in fact, one player was pretty upset for not getting credit for a side mission, so much so that she swore at me.) But, she ended up saying she had a good time anyway. I don't like the fact that I upset a player, even if it ultimately ended okay. I don't feel very good about that part of it.

But, it was a great con - my hats off to everyone who helped to make it a success. I hope to see lots of you at some cons throughout the year as I hope to make it to a few more - as a VL, I think I have a new, larger responsibility to the Society to help it go, and to help my fellow VOs where I can.

To the many people I met, talked to, played with, or ran for, thanks for sharing a bit of your convention with me.

Sorry for rambling. It was just a really great experience for me.

Grand Lodge 4/5 5/55/5 Premier Event Coordinator

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My highlight is always the people. It was great to meet new friends and re-acquaint with old ones. The staffers at PFS HQ were fantastic and the GM's were outstanding. The level of enthusiasm, even on Sunday was inspiring. The list is very long so I'll just thank everyone who made this my best GenCon to date. Next year's show has some large shoes to fill.

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

Bob Jonquet wrote:
My highlight was that Dragnmoon was not there

Fixed that for you... ;)

Silver Crusade

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I was able to approach just about any GM and ask questions while we waited for players to swarm the tables, and that camaraderie was fantastic. Everyone I talked to was really approachable.

Players--thank you for your positive reinforcement. I've always enjoyed GMing PFS to be able to help weave a story, but it's still incredibly rewarding to have someone say, "That was so fun! You were my favorite GM of the con!"

To my tier 7-8 table of the Legacy of the Stonelords special...you made my night. I couldn't have asked for a more resourceful and coordinated crew.

To the players who ran in my Silver Mount Collection table on Saturday afternoon and stopped everything to debate moral ambiguity

Spoiler:
related to pilfering Nigel's incriminating documents--even though you weren't members of the Dark Archive

for fifteen minutes, you made me realize why I love good roleplaying and why it matters so much.

And finally, to the lovely marshals who supplied us with an endless supply of bottled water and kept everything running despite the inevitable chaos of mustering...you have my respect and gratitude.

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

Mustering was great!
Also down in the demo hall for the acg we did a great job taking care of each other w water, although getting on our lunch breaks was hard.

I know were in awesome GenCon land but does anybody want to guess who is stuck on a plane in LAX with a 2.5 hour expected delay? At least Ive got internet on my phone and the new hardcover in my backpack

Liberty's Edge 5/5 Venture-Captain, Missouri—St. Louis aka Joshua N Hancock

Random Cardinals fan appreciating my shirt Wednesday night.

Being able to buy a ticket for Paths We Choose Wednesday night, which I played with my Sczarni character. Also, I was able to trade for boon #8.

Retiring my riftwarden in Legacy of the Stonelords.

Spoiler:
Killing the BBEG with a 45 point flame strike. Dismissing a Greater Magma Elemental.

Every volunteer.

GMing 6-01: Trial By Machine 7 times and having 7 great experiences.

Spoiler:
Getting my Chirurgeon a medlance. One player climbed on top of the robot in the first fight. I gave her +1 to hit for higher ground along with telling her how badass it was. A player at another table tied the dart wire around it. I made sure to describe how the trap kept "firing" (the robot would crackle with electricity and fall down trailing wire and then slowly get pulled back up, then rinse and repeat).

And finally, getting my 4th star (pending the completion of Gen Con reporting).

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

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I made it \o/
Zzzzzzzz

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Jiggy wrote:

Highlights

Finishing the two-year story of how Thomas the Tiefling Hero saves the world by decapitating a demon lord in what might be the best PFS session I've ever played, under the absolutely awesome (and never before met) Carlos Robledo. Thanks again, Carlos!

I had Carlos for Weapon in the Rift and Destiny of the Sands Part 3 and he is outstanding!

5/5

A few highlights for me...

Having a couple players sit down at my Paths We Choose table who were great roleplayers, had fun characters, really got into the game, and who I introduced to the game last year with the Beginner's Box.

Having a table of players, despite an early but recovered PC death, squeak through by the skin of their teeth at the end of the scenario with the following party status: 1 unconscious, 1 dead, 1 platypus, 1 dodo, and 1 at int 1.


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I'm sure this is my most favorite Gencon to date! It was amazing, to say the least. Not a single mediocre, let alone bad, experience in the PFS room this year; every single table was amazing.

Highlights
GMing for Jiggy, RainyDayninja, Silbeg and friends for Legacy of the Stonelords. Quite an excellent table and group of individuals. My only regrets is that the scenario had little chance to roleplay.

Not having my voice destroyed by Monday! Wheeee.

One of the few tables I got to play, my Bonekeep 3 table with Kyle Baird, Auke, Dan, Derek and Tim. We had been waiting a whole year for this, to do BK3 with the same characters. We are truly sad that there will not be a Bonekeep 4, but this was still an amazing capstone. Thanks to our GM for putting up with all our shenanigans.

Noodle & Company downstairs. Best 4 days of gaming deserved 5 trips to this fantabulous establishment of deliciousness.

Scotty's on Wednesday is always a blast and this year was no exception. Thanks again to Mark for putting it together, and it ran SMOOTH. Thanks to all the players that sat with me and my GM! It was a blast! WPWA (would pathfind with again)

NOT winning a charity auction boon this year. Money money to be had for the dealer hall \o/

Meeting more Paizo employees than previous years. Getting my ACG signed by a lot of them.

Some of my Weapon in the Rift tables didnt make, but every single table that did make was a freaking blast. Thanks to all my players for some awesome times. Still disappointed in some of you (you know who you are) for not encouraging your grappler to attempt to grapple the BBEG. Fun-sponges.

VO dinner/get together at Rock Bottom. Nice beer, good company. Getting to know Andrew Christian and wife. Getting a pick-up table together with some fantabulous people. Getting to meet Netopalis in that game. Playing and demolishing Vengeance at Sundered Crag in "record time" while kinda tipsy.


My Highlights:

Retiring my first character

First time GM'ing at Gen Con

Bonekeep (3 pregen's killed, 2 characters killed, and the sneaky ninja escaped.)

Dark Archive 4/5

I had an amazing time running 8 tables, including Horn of Aroden and Traitor's Lodge, along with some time at the Quests table! I found I had run for 50 different players over the course of the con, and an amazing time was had by me! I agree that when a few players told me I was their favorite, it made the sleep deprivation totally worth it.

Only got to play once, Paths We Choose, but I very much enjoyed playing my Hellknight Jendraza with her new favorite goblin, Durvin Gest, Pathfinder Hero! and giving him a piggy back ride since everyone else was riding evil horses!

I cannot wait for next year's go.

Liberty's Edge 4/5 5/55/5

Dresden10589 wrote:
Only got to play once, Paths We Choose, but I very much enjoyed playing my Hellknight Jendraza with her new favorite goblin, Durvin Gest, Pathfinder Hero! and giving him a piggy back ride since everyone else was riding evil horses!

Durvin have fun riding longshanks. You bounce like horse but no smell soo bad :-D


I also want to thank Chris Bonnet for giving me and some others a tour around GenCon the first day. I would've been lost without it.

And Kyle, it was great to meet you, too. I appreciate you taking the time to give me some pointers on how to run Confirmation better. You're nowhere near as bloodthirsty as people think. I saw only one or two weeping orphans in your wake.

Liberty's Edge 4/5 Venture-Captain, Tennessee—Memphis aka Thrawn007

Nick Greene wrote:

I also want to thank Chris Bonnet for giving me and some others a tour around GenCon the first day. I would've been lost without it.

I'll second that! Although it wasn't my first GenCon, it was invaluable. (I never did leave the Paizo room long enough to get to the food trucks again though.)

In 7 tables (Thursday Morning didn't make, or it would have been 8), I had 14 players with new Paizo numbers. It ranged from long time D&Ders who wanted to try pathfinder, to parents (or grandparent in one case) introducing their teenagers to Pathfinder.

At the other end of the spectrum, I had 12 players who played in the original GenCon (PFS numbers under 5k). This included players at 3 different tables (so I got good mixes of old vets and newcomers at two tables). This also included a group who had done Bonekeep #1 and #2 at gencons, and were sporting T-shirts declaring they were 2-0 vs Borrowman. (It was fun to have him come over before the bonekeep game for picks as well.)

What made the mix of old and new a highlight though is that everyone seemed to have a great time, which is what I always want when I GM. Even my first player kill (which was one of those veterans, who only has 1 character who he's played since the beginnings of PFS at GenCon), resulted in a player who had a fun experience. Definitely looking forward to running again next year.

Sovereign Court 5/5 5/5 RPG Superstar 2014 Top 32 aka Netopalis

Carlos Robledo wrote:
Getting to meet Netopalis in that game. Playing and demolishing Vengeance at Sundered Crag in "record time" while kinda tipsy.

To be fair, there's not much an enemy can do about an exploding gnome who teleports paladins to charge his backside.

Dark Archive 4/5

Durvin Gest wrote:
Dresden10589 wrote:
Only got to play once, Paths We Choose, but I very much enjoyed playing my Hellknight Jendraza with her new favorite goblin, Durvin Gest, Pathfinder Hero! and giving him a piggy back ride since everyone else was riding evil horses!
Durvin have fun riding longshanks. You bounce like horse but no smell soo bad :-D

The Paracountess demands I stay clean. Thank you for not biting off my ears, tiny one.

Sovereign Court 5/5 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Missouri—Cape Girardeau

Highlights.
A long day demoing the card game Thursday in the dealers hall. I mmet quite a few great people and got my demo spiel down pat.

Getting the cheese award from my table of "The paths we choose" for my flame oracle. Just because I had Burning Disarm and Glorious Heat.

Seeing the GM's face when I told him my Dwarven Trapsmith Rogue's take 10 to spot traps withinn 10 feet was a 35.

The whole scenario of Legacy of the Stonelords as well as my tablemates.

Meeting a great group after volunteering to run Quests on Saturday night.

Lowlights:
Not getting to run Bonekeep III.

When helping close the information and prize booth, seeing the only person upset was a Purple Shirt.

Sovereign Court 5/5

Kyle Baird wrote:
Nick Greene wrote:

Getting to meet a bunch of the Paizo staff.

Being able to thank Sara Marie in person for all her hard work with customer service.

Meeting a bunch of people I'd only talked to on the forums.

Running the Confirmation twice for brand new players.

Watching Garble eat most of Bonekeep 3.

And autographs!!!

Nick, it was truly a pleasure to meet you!

It was a honor to play at your table and fetch Garble from the boneyard with Carlos's scroll. I had a great time with you guys (Life Oracle).

Dark Archive 5/5 Regional Venture-Coordinator, Florida—Tampa aka Dominick

James McTeague wrote:


We had an after-hours game with Carlos Robledo, Andrew Hoskins, Dominic Trascritti and John Erler, with Netopalis running. We killed Thurl (yay!) and Tancred (oops). It was a very nice game, and an awesome retirement for Markas, my Seeker Halfling "Paladin" of the Society.

This was a lot of fun!

My top moment was running card demos for tons of people in the dealer room! I was there all weekend, and people were great. I can't believe the vibe I got for the card game.

Silver Crusade

I liked doing suprisingly well with what I thought was going to be a truly awful party composition in Legacy of the Stonelords: bard, paladin, paladin, fighter, fighter, fighter.

I enjoyed running into a few people I had met at previous conventions this year.

The Trial by Machine game that consisted of 5 half-orcs and a pet human. Some of the best RP I had at the con.

Dark Archive 4/5

Aurum Dentin wrote:
The Trial by Machine game that consisted of 5 half-orcs and a pet human. Some of the best RP I had at the con.

Jealous! That sounds amazing! Did you have a rousing game of human-toss?

Lantern Lodge 5/5

Dominick Trascritti wrote:
I can't believe the vibe I got for the card game.

I can second this. Especially from people who has no idea what Pathfinder was. "The co-op pirate card game" was a big hit on the show floor.

Another highlight was one group of four who (in their words) "have Rise of the Runelords but never figured out how to play it" sitting down for the demo and within 5 minutes were saying "wow, everything here makes perfect sense now!" And then marching off to get in line to get Skulls and Shackles as well.

Sovereign Court 5/5 Venture-Captain, Canada—Ontario—Ottawa aka The ShadowShackleton

I loved a lot of things, but conquering Bonekeep 3 with a table made up of 2 monks a barbarian and 3 bards was pretty awesome.

I put a lot of extra effort into making my 5 tables of the Confirmation awesome, and it was really paid back to me in enthusiastic fun from the players. Made this the best Gencon yet for me.

Shadow Lodge 5/5 5/55/5 Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area North & East aka thistledown

Aurum Dentin wrote:

I liked doing suprisingly well with what I thought was going to be a truly awful party composition in Legacy of the Stonelords: bard, paladin, paladin, fighter, fighter, fighter.

I think that was my table. Glad you enjoyed it. As the GM, I was a bit worried too, but at our tier it turns out we didn't need much in the way of spellcasting.

Scarab Sages

Aurum Dentin wrote:
The Trial by Machine game that consisted of 5 half-orcs and a pet human. Some of the best RP I had at the con.

That was our group, we had a blast. It was good running with you and your alchemist buddy.

Scarab Sages

Dresden10589 wrote:
Jealous! That sounds amazing! Did you have a rousing game of human-toss?

No time in between fighting robots and being mesmerized by Saturday morning cartoons.

Besides, our pet dwarf (who couldn't make that session) would've been jealous. ;)

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