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Did I miss the birthday cake? Will there be birthday singing later, assuming that this GM survives the special?

Hmm

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10-11 Subtier be crazy.

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These earth clods burn by the POWER OF THE EFREETI!

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Fun fact. Kane was the low man at 9th. After negative levels, he is now the effective high man of the party.

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Fun fact. Kane was the low man at 9th. After negative levels, he is now the effective high man of the party.

"I still can't believe we managed to beat that undead dragon-thing."

*goes off to collapse in a corner*

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Two day total: > $5000

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Rae Alain Paight wrote:
Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
Fun fact. Kane was the low man at 9th. After negative levels, he is now the effective high man of the party.

"I still can't believe we managed to beat that undead dragon-thing."

*goes off to collapse in a corner*

"It's beecause we hayyad a playyan and stuck to it?"

Yeah, that was pretty tense. I haven't cheered like that since Bernie Kosar led the Browns back from a 17 point deficit against the Jets for a double overtime win in the 1986 wildcard game.

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The whole room cheered like crazy when TOZ, Wei Ji, Andy Christian and others at 10-11 slew that undead dragon and earned the special dragon condiition. Kudos to them and to their GM, Jeffrey Reed (Fractal Law!)

I've had fun meeting so many people that I had not had a chance to meet before. Aaron Malone and Chris Rathunde, you two rock. I loved the society care packages you put together full of physical representations of all the supplies given out by the society in the special. Aaron, your organization and prep work for Cosmic Captive awed me. I do hope you move out to the Twin Cities. We'd love to have you!

Our intenet connection was wonky, so we did not manage to get the official pre-recorded sound to work, but Jolene Danner narrated Sorrina Westyr's voice beautifully. I loved their system of texting winning conditions.

Now today I need to go survive Boomer's table of Hands of the Muted God. Wish me luck!

Hmm

PS Last night... loud party! This morning... headache. It's no fair that to wake up with a headache when you weren't drinking!

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jon dehning wrote:
Two day total: > $5000

Wow.

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Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:
The whole room cheered like crazy when TOZ, Wei Ji, Andy Christian and others at 10-11 slew that undead dragon and earned the special dragon condiition. Kudos to them and to their GM, Jeffrey Reed (Fractallaw)

Wei Ji played his awesome buffing Bard Rae that nerfed an encounter by having the fantastic idea to cause an enemy combatant to switch sides.

TOZ played Kane, his flame oracle, that kept three of us effective by casting unbreakable heart three straight rounds. As the low level on the totem pole, Lord Hellknight Hamish Setwald III totally respects the Hellknight aspirant.

Walter Helgason (walterroo) played his Chelish Diva Bard (interestingly enough, I think this made two characters that were actors) and was the other third of our sick buffing team with Kane and Rae. He succeeded in break enchantment to dispell a dominate.

Adriano Fruzzetti played a SwashMagus named Orion who was all kinds of awesome. It was fun to see this character truly challenged when he failed to parry 3 times in a row. Dimension door and dimensional dervish for the win. Plus using our 4th dispel magic during spell combat to get rid of an infuriating displacement sealed the deal.

Matthew McCloud played a knife master/scout Unchained Rogue named Taelon, who managed the killing blow with opportunist.

I played Lord Hellknight Hamish Setwald III and his Moose Arnold. I think I had the distinction of the only one who needed to burn a talisman of life's breath, although Kane came close on the slay living crit.

All in all, that was pretty Epic.

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Boomer is learning why Professor Trey got kicked out of every university on Golarion.

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Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:


Our intenet connection was wonky, so we did not manage to get the official pre-recorded sound to work, but Jolene Danner narrated Sorrina Westyr's voice beautifully. I loved their system of texting winning conditions.

Now today I need to go survive Boomer's table of Hands of the Muted God. Wish me luck!

Hmm

PS Last night... loud party! This morning... headache. It's no fair that to wake up with a headache when you weren't drinking!

*inserts many hearts* The loud speaker we have this year is very helpful to my voice.

I'm glad everyone is having a fantastic time. I know that I am!!!

Now I'm cleaning up HQ and thinking about next year.

Thanks to everyone who came, donated (items and money), had fun and played hard! I know that next year can only be better!!


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Friggin' massive. Already looking forward to next year!


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I stopped by for a little bit and it was a very cool Con. I am definitely going to plan to attend for more of the Con next year.

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I had a great time. The special was awesome and finally getting to play Serpents Rise was a treat.

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Unholy Hand of the Muted God with Boomer GMing what a scenario, what a weekend.

Grand Lodge

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Davor, were you at my table? I played on Sunday -- I was the Sorceress playing Zahra.

Hmm

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Three day total: $6003

So much food donated I will need two trips to deliver it all.

Just finished dinner with TOZ and Boomer.

Now, rest.

I have no words to describe the generous spirit of everyone who gave.

Thank you.

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A moment of silence please for the three new grippli recruits that did not survive Thursty's table this afternoon.

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Oh, those poor froggies!

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Awoke this morning two hours before needing to muster to GM Confirmation at SkalCon.

Table did not fire.

Helped 'fill out' a table for Kirin and Kraken.

...

Yeah.

Two character deaths and a near-miss (Get YOUR First Aid Gloves TODAY!) later we emerged triumphant, if heavily sobered by the temporary loss of our fellow operatives.

Very busy and enjoyable weekend, but pushed it a bit harder than used to and now trying to recover for afternoon transport out tomorrow.

Mad props to the folks around here, their generosity, and their hospitality.

Bedtime... soon.


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A sad day for the grippli, but I heard a rumor that they are like a hydra, and multiply upon death.

On a good note, they now have frog legs on the menu at the Wounded Wisp.

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Lord Hamish shall always find welcome at the Court of Elish. His prowess in battle, empowered by THE MIGHT OF THE EFREETI, brought low the fell dragon. It was a battle worthy of OUR ANCIENT AND NOBLE ANCESTORS!


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TOZ wrote:
A moment of silence please for the three new grippli recruits that did not survive Thursty's table this afternoon.

Not to cast aspersions on anyone, but I think Thursty may have enjoyed their demise. Perhaps even relished it.

Aosrax wrote:
A sad day for the grippli, but I heard a rumor that they are like a hydra, and multiply upon death.

Grippli's Believe It or Not! :-)

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Well done SkalCon team for another great Con.


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jon dehning wrote:

Three day total: $6003

So much food donated I will need two trips to deliver it all.

Just finished dinner with TOZ and Boomer.

Now, rest.

I have no words to describe the generous spirit of everyone who gave.

Thank you.

No, thank YOU.

This is quite possibly the most fun I've ever had at a convention weekend (and, as my extraordinarily patient wife can attest, that covers considerable ground), which is thanks in large part to the Minnesota crew (Jon, Andy, A.J., Jolene, Hilary, Jack, Keith, Ryan, and several other people I'm sure I'm leaving out) and their outstanding players.

Plus, the Great and Powerful TOZ came from Arizona. And the creative and quite-possibly-drunk Thursty came in from Canada, just to off some gripplis!

Great experience, would recommend.
Will definitely buy again.

Grand Lodge

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Chris it was delightful meeting you and Aaron!

I would say that Thursty did enjoy murdering the grippli trio. He mentioned with relish tearing up their boon sheets in front of them.

Meanwhile, I got to play a retired scenario (Hands of the Muted God) alongside TOZ and a great crew of local players. No perma-deaths and we all survived the drow anti-paladins, fire drake, drider and Vrock!

My favorite line? TOZ's flying gentlemanly alchemist as the door opens to reveal the Drider. "So nice to meet you. Now, goodbye! First Floor: Tanglefoot Bombs!"

Hmm


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I had a great time as well. I got to run three wonderful tables of Through the Maelstrom Rift as well a fantastic table of the Cosmic Captive.

The Cosmic Captive was especially noteworthy for how the players (and especially the GM) were about as spent as the characters were after the dragon fight.

It was a great pleasure to run for so many notable players.

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This was just an amazing and fantastic weekend of dice-slinging and shenanigans. Great job to everyone that helped out.

Boomer - Hands of the Muted God was awesome and scary. Hope to see you in the Milwaukee area soon!

Thursty - Sunday. You're welcome. <3 g-RIP-pli

I will do my absolute best to come to Con of the North (if I'm not already living up there).

If there's a bigger gaming weekend going on up there, someone let me know. I'd see if I could make the trip.

-ACM

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Well, I just wanted to post my 2-cents on Skål Con 2016, now that I've returned to the frozen northern wastes of Canadia...

What a damn fine convention!

The local Minnesota crowd knows how to run a well-oiled machine of a Pathfinder Society event. Games were on-time and had plenty of wiggle room between slots. People seemed to organize themselves and get to their games without any fuss. The announcements/draws happened during the sessions, which I know some people dislike, but I found was a good breather or indicator for some people to sneak out and get food or drinks.

Actually, let's talk about the food/drinks/venue. The Fantasy Flight Game Center was an AMAZING venue to game out of for the weekend. I don't think I've ever seen such an all encompassing game store; from the 20+ tables, to having a separate room for events, to having a pretty tasty kitchen menu... and of course... beer on site! :)

All of my games were excellent, and the local crowd (as well as numerous out of towners) gave me fun new experiences while running True Dragons of Absalom. Even if two of the groups didn't bring along a certain sewer-dwelling murder machine, they came up with some entirely unique ways of handling later encounters—at least one of which involved the Benny Hill chase music.

Oh, and then there was that last group of yahoos that went along with a 2.5 hr rendition of Wounded Wisp (first time I've ever run it). In the end, I managed to kill 3 gripplis and a nagaji in the first combat... *innocent whistle*

Anywho, this convention is certainly one that I'll be making time for next year. My 'hats' off to the organizers for inviting me out as a special guest. To the players who went along with my off-the rails GMing. To my fellow out of towners with whom I had some excellent conversations. And finally to my roommates, who had 50/50 odds on giving house keeping a heart attack.

This was an amazing experience.

Grand Lodge

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TOZ wrote:
A moment of silence please for the three new grippli recruits that did not survive Thursty's table this afternoon.

DOC HOPPER LIVES!


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Doc Hopper wrote:
TOZ wrote:
A moment of silence please for the three new grippli recruits that did not survive Thursty's table this afternoon.
DOC HOPPER LIVES!

Note to self: create new PC named Ad Hoc Dopper.

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Aaron C. Malone wrote:

If there's a bigger gaming weekend going on up there, someone let me know. I'd see if I could make the trip.

-ACM

If we had anything comparable to SkalCon or CotN I think we'd have to start reporting deaths or missing persons more often.

Not sure if the stores or the spouses would get impatient first...

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Chris Rathunde wrote:
TOZ wrote:
A moment of silence please for the three new grippli recruits that did not survive Thursty's table this afternoon.

Not to cast aspersions on anyone, but I think Thursty may have enjoyed their demise. Perhaps even relished it.

Aosrax wrote:
A sad day for the grippli, but I heard a rumor that they are like a hydra, and multiply upon death.
Grippli's Believe It or Not! :-)

Is frog good with relish? I'm not sure...

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Keith Apperson wrote:
Aaron C. Malone wrote:

If there's a bigger gaming weekend going on up there, someone let me know. I'd see if I could make the trip.

-ACM

If we had anything comparable to SkalCon or CotN I think we'd have to start reporting deaths or missing persons more often.

Not sure if the stores or the spouses would get impatient first...

Spouses. Definitely spouses.

Silver Crusade

Yea, Lauren would not be happy if I went mysteriously missing up in MN...

Now that the frog in my throat is cleared, MY GRIPPLI WILL BE BACK WITH A VENGEANCE!!!!!!!!

Shadow Lodge

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Chris Rathunde wrote:
Plus, the Great and Powerful TOZ came from Arizona.

Pay no attention to the man behind the mask.

Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:
My favorite line? TOZ's flying gentlemanly alchemist as the door opens to reveal the Drider. "So nice to meet you. Now, goodbye! First Floor: Tanglefoot Bombs!"

I think my favorite was answering if he drank lager. And Clinton's breaking down the etymology of the word when Trey responded "Vhat ist lager?"


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TOZ wrote:
I think my favorite was answering if he drank lager. And Clinton's breaking down the etymology of the word when Trey responded "Vhat ist lager?"

This sounds very much like the Boomer we all know and love. :-)

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Thurston Hillman wrote:

Well, I just wanted to post my 2-cents on Skål Con 2016, now that I've returned to the frozen northern wastes of Canadia...

What a damn fine convention!

The local Minnesota crowd knows how to run a well-oiled machine of a Pathfinder Society event. Games were on-time and had plenty of wiggle room between slots. People seemed to organize themselves and get to their games without any fuss. The announcements/draws happened during the sessions, which I know some people dislike, but I found was a good breather or indicator for some people to sneak out and get food or drinks.

Actually, let's talk about the food/drinks/venue. The Fantasy Flight Game Center was an AMAZING venue to game out of for the weekend. I don't think I've ever seen such an all encompassing game store; from the 20+ tables, to having a separate room for events, to having a pretty tasty kitchen menu... and of course... beer on site! :)

All of my games were excellent, and the local crowd (as well as numerous out of towners) gave me fun new experiences while running True Dragons of Absalom. Even if two of the groups didn't bring along a certain sewer-dwelling murder machine, they came up with some entirely unique ways of handling later encounters—at least one of which involved the Benny Hill chase music.

Oh, and then there was that last group of yahoos that went along with a 2.5 hr rendition of Wounded Wisp (first time I've ever run it). In the end, I managed to kill 3 gripplis and a nagaji in the first combat... *innocent whistle*

Anywho, this convention is certainly one that I'll be making time for next year. My 'hats' off to the organizers for inviting me out as a special guest. To the players who went along with my off-the rails GMing. To my fellow out of towners with whom I had some excellent conversations. And finally to my roommates, who had 50/50 odds on giving house keeping a heart attack.

This was an amazing experience.

Thank you for coming down, Thurston. I'm glad you had a good time.

Re: housekeeping

He built himself a nest in the tub. A nest.

Also, at least we did not pour out a gallon box of Goldfish on the table Tony Montana style.


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jon dehning wrote:

Also, at least we did not pour out a gallon box of Goldfish on the table Tony Montana style.

It's not the goldfish on the table that you have to worry about, but the goldfish that ended up on the floor. It was a warzone and Waltero will back me up on that.

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jon dehning wrote:


Also, at least we did not pour out a gallon box of Goldfish on the table Tony Montana style.

Didn't do it! wasn't me! uh...

*insert failed stealth roll*

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Serisan wrote:
jon dehning wrote:

Also, at least we did not pour out a gallon box of Goldfish on the table Tony Montana style.

It's not the goldfish on the table that you have to worry about, but the goldfish that ended up on the floor. It was a warzone and Waltero will back me up on that.

And here Thursty was worried about housekeeping in our room.

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jon dehning wrote:
MisterSlanky wrote:
GM Eazy-Earl wrote:
Wei Ji the Learner wrote:
Curious to see how this is going to work compared to other conventions I've judged at.
It will exceed your expectations.
What Earl said. Minneapolis/St. Paul runs a really tight ship. We've refined a lot of techniques on game days that translate well to the convention environment. Running what equates to a convention's worth of tables a week will do that.

Last year when a representative from Tubman came out to Skal Con, she was stunned wide eyed in disbelief at what she saw. I expect nothing less this time around. Really, I think we will do better this year. We set a high bar last year and my goal is to always surpass the last version.

Guess I knew what I was talking about.


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jon dehning wrote:
jon dehning wrote:
MisterSlanky wrote:
GM Eazy-Earl wrote:
Wei Ji the Learner wrote:
Curious to see how this is going to work compared to other conventions I've judged at.
It will exceed your expectations.
What Earl said. Minneapolis/St. Paul runs a really tight ship. We've refined a lot of techniques on game days that translate well to the convention environment. Running what equates to a convention's worth of tables a week will do that.

Last year when a representative from Tubman came out to Skal Con, she was stunned wide eyed in disbelief at what she saw. I expect nothing less this time around. Really, I think we will do better this year. We set a high bar last year and my goal is to always surpass the last version.

Guess I knew what I was talking about.

And how!

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I make an excellent luck charm.

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TOZ wrote:
I make an excellent luck charm.

Clearly we did well in spite of ourselves.


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Serisan wrote:
jon dehning wrote:

Also, at least we did not pour out a gallon box of Goldfish on the table Tony Montana style.

It's not the goldfish on the table that you have to worry about, but the goldfish that ended up on the floor. It was a warzone and Waltero will back me up on that.

O, the piscinity!

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RPG reporting is finished. If you notice an error, please contact me.

ACG reporting will commence tomorrow.

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That makes 353. :)

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