Skitter Shot (Free RPG Day 2018)


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The Paizo Free RPG Day offerings have been posted to freerpgday.com including the Starfinder module "Skitter Shot", but I can find no information about this on paizo.com yet.

Is this planned to be a SFS legal module with chronicle sheets, akin to PFS's "We Be Goblins" series? In past years we ran several tables of the "We Be Goblins" series at our local game stores for Free RPG Day, last year PFS even encouraged this with a special replay boon.

Tables at our local game stores are at a premium for Free RPG Day and other groups are already making their plans, so what should we plan for?

Sczarni *****

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We Be Skittermanders!

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Considering I handled the development on this product... it's safe to say that it's probably going to be safe for sanctioning. :)

***** ⦵⦵ Venture-Captain, Germany—Rhein-Main aka GreyYeti

Can you already tell us what tier/level that adventure will be?

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Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!

I can’t decide if I want to GM or play this more!

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Get another GM to help run an all-day table at your local shop, then you can do both!

I'm waiting for the paizo.com products listing, a Free RPG Day blog post up including the artwork, etc so we can use the cover under Community Use to make a Free RPG Day SFS flyer.

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Agent

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This is pretty great. I was wondering if there would be a We Be Goblins for SFS, but I love that they went with Skittermanders. Its in the same spirit as WBG, but fits the Starfinder theme better. Space goblins are great, but I think using aliens for the sci-fi game was definitely the right call.

Sovereign Court **** ⦵⦵⦵ Venture-Agent, Georgia—Atlanta aka The Masked Ferret

We will certainly be doing [u]Skitter Shot[/u] at Titan Duluth in Atlanta on Free RPG Day.

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Now, if only the race became available as part of the chronicle :)

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Agent, Florida—Melbourne aka trollbill

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Wei Ji the Learner wrote:


Now, if only the race became available as part of the chronicle :)

Nah, it's going to be like PFS Goblins. All the game day mods designed to recruit new players with a fun to play race will let you play Skittermanders only to disappoint you when you join the Society and find out you can't play one unless you were one of the lucky few to get a boon from a special event that already happened so you can't participate but might be able to get someone to sell you one for an arm and a leg online.

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Bill Baldwin wrote:
Wei Ji the Learner wrote:


Now, if only the race became available as part of the chronicle :)
Nah, it's going to be like PFS Goblins. All the game day mods designed to recruit new players with a fun to play race will let you play Skittermanders only to disappoint you when you join the Society and find out you can't play one unless you were one of the lucky few to get a boon from a special event that already happened so you can't participate but might be able to get someone to sell you one for an arm and a leg online.

Interesting interpretation... I would respectfully disagree, but time will tell.

Liberty's Edge ** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

How do GMs get the scenarios for a RPG Day in advance? Through the stores?

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Bill Baldwin wrote:
Nah, it's going to be like PFS Goblins. All the game day mods designed to recruit new players with a fun to play race will let you play Skittermanders only to disappoint you when you join the Society and find out you can't play one

My first society GM experience was We Be Goblins last year. Honestly, I originally joined PFS only to GM for Free RPG Day because that'd guarantee I'd get a copy of Starfinder First Contact. The Goblins were fun, but I wasn't disappointed to learn I couldn't play them.

Also, SFS has been so incredibly liberal with race boons I doubt many players will be disappointed.

Gary Bush wrote:
How do GMs get the scenarios for a RPG Day in advance? Through the stores?

The stores are not suppose to give early access, though I suppose they could if you're on good terms with them. Start by talking to them about running a demo table, and talk about ensuring the players at your demo table will be able to get a copy (since the pregens the players will use are within).

Personally I intend to get to the store early to have a chance to read through the scenario once. If its anything like We Be Goblins, its about a 2 hour scenario that you can run with very little prep.

Though it would be good to have a heads-up on which maps it uses.

Liberty's Edge ** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

That is not a lot of time to prepare.

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Gary Bush wrote:
That is not a lot of time to prepare.

I ran a table of PFS 8-99B last weekend getting the scenario when the slot started, because we needed an extra GM. It worked out fine and the players said they had a good time. Granted, I’d previously prepared to run 8-99A, but ended up playing it twice instead. Moral of the story is sometimes prep time is overrated.

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DrParty06 wrote:
Gary Bush wrote:
That is not a lot of time to prepare.
I ran a table of PFS 8-99B last weekend getting the scenario when the slot started, because we needed an extra GM. It worked out fine and the players said they had a good time. Granted, I’d previously prepared to run 8-99A, but ended up playing it twice instead. Moral of the story is sometimes prep time is overrated.

Your Mileage May Vary.

I typically need a month before a scenario to 'prep' it well (including playing if possible in a 'Slot 0'), and when I don't have that much time to prep around the job my GM performance degrades dramatically.

I do NOT run 'cold' as a result.

Burnt that shirt years ago and have no desire to acquire a new one.

Sczarni *****

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I spoke with my VC and VA and they assured me GMs would receive the scenarios (both WBSG and SS) ahead of time to prep.

When I've GMed FreeRPGDay in the past it was never an issue IIRC.

***** Venture-Lieutenant, Virginia—Portsmouth aka CsonTep

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In the past I've been told that stores are allowed to distribute material for Free RPG Day early, but only to those that have agreed to GM the material on that day.

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Thurston Hillman wrote:
Considering I handled the development on this product... it's safe to say that it's probably going to be safe for sanctioning. :)

Hello sir! Any word on when the sanctioning of Skitter Shot (and We Be Super Goblins) will happen?

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Hopefully before PaizoCon? Please? :-)

Sczarni *****

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Since FreeRPGDay is after PaizoCon, that's unlikely.

Sovereign Court **** ⦵⦵⦵ Venture-Agent, Georgia—Atlanta aka The Masked Ferret

Yes, and I wonder what races will be opened in the next Alien Archive boon that should go live the day before, as the current Alien Archive boon expires 2018-06-14, and Free RPG Day is 2018-06-16.

Scarab Sages ***** Venture-Captain, Netherlands aka Woran

Bradley McTeer wrote:
In the past I've been told that stores are allowed to distribute material for Free RPG Day early, but only to those that have agreed to GM the material on that day.

This is what I have heard as well.

Sovereign Court **** ⦵⦵⦵ Venture-Agent, Georgia—Atlanta aka The Masked Ferret

Any chance for a map listing for Skitter Shot or We be Super Goblins

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The Masked Ferret wrote:
Any chance for a map listing for Skitter Shot or We be Super Goblins

If you give me a list of addresses i think i can turn it into a map listing

Sovereign Court **** ⦵⦵⦵ Venture-Agent, Georgia—Atlanta aka The Masked Ferret

BigNorseWolf wrote:
The Masked Ferret wrote:
Any chance for a map listing for Skitter Shot or We be Super Goblins

If you give me a list of addresses i think i can turn it into a map listing

Thanks! I should have been more specific - i was asking if there were maps inside the module that they use else where, like a flip mat.

As for locations, there are at least 3 where we will be running Free RPG day in Georgia, and maybe more. It will be the most simultaneously running venues that we have had in a long time...

***** Venture-Captain, Georgia—Savannah

While I'm sure that the SFS chronicle sheet has already been designed, on the off chance that there's room for a suggestion....

With Skittermanders being the new 'chase' boon, it might be a nice thing to follow the example of a specific PFS scenario:

PFS Scenario Chronicle Sheet spoiler:
Season 06-99 True Dragons of Absalom. Could the chronicle sheet include the opportunity to take the skittermander pregen you played and play it once in a regular scenario?

Please?

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We aren't offering it locally on Free RPG Day as each year we hit the same obstacles of getting the scenario moments before (10 mins to an hour) we end up running it, or worse, it not arriving on time.

Whilst I appreciate the complexities and politics involved, a way of being able to access the scenarios ahead of the Free RPG Day would certainly be of enormous benefit to the wider internaitonal audience.

***** Venture-Captain, Georgia—Savannah

Shifty wrote:
We aren't offering it locally on Free RPG Day as each year we hit the same obstacles of getting the scenario moments before (10 mins to an hour) we end up running it, or worse, it not arriving on time.

That's a very good point. I avoid running cold whenever possible. Fortunately for me, I'm playing at at Paizocon, which should make 'speed prepping' much easier on Free RPG Day.

Sovereign Court **** ⦵⦵⦵ Venture-Agent, Georgia—Atlanta aka The Masked Ferret

Amanda Plageman wrote:
That's a very good point. I avoid running cold whenever possible. Fortunately for me, I'm playing at at Paizocon, which should make 'speed prepping' much easier on Free RPG Day.

Have fun!

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The product page is up, so the cover art is now available under community use for anyone wanting to do promotional flyers.

Sovereign Court **** ⦵⦵⦵ Venture-Agent, Georgia—Atlanta aka The Masked Ferret

Ok, so we are running the Free RPG Day content in at least 3 different locations in the Atlanta Area. I just went and tried to schedule Skitter Shot and We Be Supergoblins! on our event, and I could not find either of these modules. Could we please get them added to the scheduling system so that we can schedule them?

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They're both on Warhorn already.

Scarab Sages **** Venture-Lieutenant, Australia—NSW—Penrith aka sanwah68

So, how many tables credits is the Skittermander module worth? In PFS the Free RPG Day modules are worth two. But SFS doesn't have any other modules.

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Also, Skitter Shot is getting run at PaizoCon in less than a week, and Free RPG Day is now less than a month away.

It'd be great to have a list of maps we'll need and chronicle sheets, even better a separate PDF with the pregen skittermanders so we can print/laminate them ahead of time.

Grand Lodge

Bradley McTeer wrote:
In the past I've been told that stores are allowed to distribute material for Free RPG Day early, but only to those that have agreed to GM the material on that day.

This is always my experience

FRPGD site posted that all packages are in the post, due to arrive at their respective destinations within the next 10 days

Stores use their discretion as to when to allow GM's to have the materials to prep (Per the user agreement with FRPGD)
All of this is on the FRPGD website and easily accessed.

Paizo has always kept info about the modules and contents close to the chest. Sometimes there is a blog with a little hint of the mission.

the Boon sheets have reliably come out at Midnight the Thursday/Friday prior to the event so GM's can finalize the event reporting and prep sheets.

Scarab Sages ***** Venture-Captain, Netherlands aka Woran

Arc Riley wrote:

Also, Skitter Shot is getting run at PaizoCon in less than a week, and Free RPG Day is now less than a month away.

It'd be great to have a list of maps we'll need and chronicle sheets, even better a separate PDF with the pregen skittermanders so we can print/laminate them ahead of time.

All Free RPG day modules so far have had custom maps.

Sovereign Court **** ⦵⦵⦵ Venture-Agent, Georgia—Atlanta aka The Masked Ferret

Tineke Bolleman wrote:
Arc Riley wrote:

Also, Skitter Shot is getting run at PaizoCon in less than a week, and Free RPG Day is now less than a month away.

It'd be great to have a list of maps we'll need and chronicle sheets, even better a separate PDF with the pregen skittermanders so we can print/laminate them ahead of time.

All Free RPG day modules so far have had custom maps.

And that appears correct for this scenario, as well.

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It'd be awesome if Paizo could provide a PDF containing at minimum the custom maps and pregens.

That way we can print them to run demos on Free RPG Day without unnecessary heroics (arrive at store at opening, run to kinkos to make last minute copies, return before running the first demo).

Having full sized color maps also makes for a better player experience, vs GMs scrambling to draw them on a blank grid.

Sovereign Court **** ⦵⦵⦵ Venture-Agent, Georgia—Atlanta aka The Masked Ferret

I am thinking of porting it to one of the flip mats....

Silver Crusade ***** Venture-Captain, Germany—Aschaffenburg-Würzburg

One of the reasons why I locally don't offer them at Free RPG Day is that they tend to much more visually impressive if I had the time to do custom maps, pawns, and other support material.

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So... it was available for PaizoCon GMs?

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Shifty wrote:
So... it was available for PaizoCon GMs?

No. Jason Keeley, the module's author, ran some preview games of it at the event, but no one else should have access to it. That being said, from what I've seen online, there are some stores who've received their copies and have been sharing them with GMs to run in advance.

Dark Archive ***** Venture-Captain, Massachusetts—North Shore aka LackofFocus

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Quick Question will we have the Chronicle Sheets before Free RPG Day?

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Thanks Thursty, just interested to hear where some people are getting their info from :)

our local retailers have made a point of letting us know the gear will be arriving on time for once, so have talked us into running free RPG day through a bunch of the chains retail stores, but I'm trying to grip up what is out there so I know who to nudge for some helpful non-NDA suggestions so we can be prepared for the worst.

Grand Lodge

I got mine in hand yesterday and finished reading it this morning
Fun mission I think, looking forward to running it in the coming weeks

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I am running just around the corner from Paizo and store doesn’t have it yet! Might have to call in the big guns.

Grand Lodge ***** ⦵⦵ Venture-Captain, Online—PbP aka Hmm

Shifty, as Thursty noted, my copy is an advance copy from my store because I’m gming for them.

Hmm

Sovereign Court **** ⦵⦵⦵ Venture-Agent, Georgia—Atlanta aka The Masked Ferret

Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:

Shifty, as Thursty noted, my copy is an advance copy from my store because I’m gming for them.

Hmm

Same here.

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Sanctioning document should now be live!

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