2019 PaizoCon Bloggery with 2e & new ACG


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Erik shows off the 2nd edition GM screen. Shows the actual new GM screen...complete with helpful charts on the back and sweet art on the front.

Lost Omens Worldguide - 2e overview of Golarion in the new 2e era. Set in 4719, updating all the events of the last 10 years.

They are going to re-present the campaign setting. This book canonizes the changes of what has happened over the last 10 years. They have broken down Golarion into 10 metaregions, Absalom will still be the main locale, but this book breaks down the world in a new way.

Absalom & Starstone Isle: cool maps and backstory, lots of cool new info.
Each of the 10 regions will have some pages into background, themes, Pathfinder Agent archetype.

Other metaregions:
Golden Road
Mwangi Expanse
Old Cheliax
Shining Kingdoms
Impossible Lands
Eye of Dread
Broken Lands
Saga Lands
High Seas

Gah...didn’t get them all...but damn it’s cool.

Lost Omens Character Guide - 2nd hardcover - Character with new heritages and ancestry, feats and stuff. New Ancestries: hobgoblin, leshy, & lizard folk.

Book includes 5 factions and whatnot.

New Thassalonians exists as a playable race.?!

Tieflings and ratfolk: things to come, according to Erik.

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3rd book: Lost Omens Gods & Magic - January 2020
Lots of new feats, spells, weapons, & domains.

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First new 2e AP: Age of Ashes - starts near hell knight fortress in Isgir(sp?). Starts in July.

2nd AP: Extinction Curse. Starts January- June. Based on Aroden’s rising of the Starstone and whatnot. Something might try to sink the Isle of Kortos...and the party might start as circus performers.

Sorry, there is a lot of write, and it’s coming fast.

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Tonya is up to talk about the Organized Play Society.

Starfinder Society: “we are 22 months into Year 1”, but now it’s time to move on. Year of a Thousand Bites.

At Origins: Fate of the Scoured God will wrap up Season 1. Season 2 will revert back to the Pact Worlds. Announces player driven campaigns - players will choose first seeker.

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Live Twitch stream is here: Here (Link)

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Pathfinder Society has a new logo: symbol of Open Road has returned. The new campaign will be Year of the Open Road, returning to our roots.

Pathfinder Society Adventure Card Guild - Year of Rotting Ruin. Going to tell the story after all the APs happened.

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Mike Selinker comes to talk about the ACG. As you know, the new Core Set has been released as well as the Curse of the Crimson Throne pack.

Shows off the Core set, which is pretty damn good. Includes the AP for the Dragon’s Demand, included in the box.

Mike shows off the size of the AP, CotCT, just a clean box that can fold into your Core Set. Has a lot of the harrow deck elements into it (which really shows in how the new blessings/hourglass deck works).

He shows off the new cards, the new design and whatnot.

Announces the new ACG Free RPG day: Goblins Storybook: We Be Heroes?

(As you all might know: I love the ACG.)

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Back to Erik. Erik re-introduces the Kingmaker video game.

He announces:
1) Kingmaker enhanced edition- released 6/6/2019.
2) New content. Free upgrade.
3) Addt’l DLC - Beneath the Stolen Lands. Massive dungeon with custom made heroes.

Announces crowd funding campaign for Kingmaker, hardcover - 2e/5E campaign update for Kingmaker? If the crowdfunding hits $400K, they will add another new dungeon.

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Jason Buhlman comes up next to discuss 2e. He’s Director of Game Design.

August 1st, 640 Core Rulebook. It’s huge. J says that they didnt’ feel they could cut much.

Introduction: First rule: THIS GAME IS YOURS. Make the game your own.

How to build a character in 2e:
1) Pick an ancestry. Then pick a heritage.
2) Pick a background. 45 of backgrounds (miner, blacksmith, etc.)
3) Pick a class. Barbarian is a class. Amiri looks fierce on her chapter. There will be 12 classes.
Barb, Sorc has bloodlines (abyssal, infernal, angelic and a few more, hag, undead, demon blood).
Gluttonous Bite spell and image, look pretty awesome.
Also archetypes - bard can have the champion archetype.

JB shows skills next. Section has been re-organized.

Feats: underwater maurader - valeros fighting underwater - sweet art.
Lots of ways to get feats...from class, from ancestry, from heritage, lots of ways to build your character.

Equipment: lots of basic equipment, alchemy, etc.

Spells:
Dinosaur form is a spell. Also JB says there will be a dinosaur fort spell coming soon.

Golarion specific story stuff. Eye of Dread; Golden Road, etc.

How to play Pathfinder chapter. New rules for death and dying.

Gamemastering chapter: how to give XP.

Magic Items: Robe of Eyes, Wayfinder, etc.
Vial of the First Lie: contains a bit of the whisper of the first lie ever told: unbeatable lie.

Sadly the print of the page is too small for me to read.

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Back to Erik. Erik re-introduces the Kingmaker video game.

He announces:
1) Kingmaker enhanced edition- released 6/6/2019.
2) New content. Free upgrade.
3) Addt’l DLC - Beneath the Stolen Lands. Massive dungeon with custom made heroes.

Announces crowd funding campaign for Kingmaker, hardcover - 2e/5E campaign update for Kingmaker? If the crowdfunding hits $400K, they will add another new dungeon.

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Jason Buhlman comes up next to discuss 2e. He’s Director of Game Design.

August 1st, 640 Core Rulebook. It’s huge. J says that they didnt’ feel they could cut much.

Introduction: First rule: THIS GAME IS YOURS. Make the game your own.

How to build a character in 2e:
1) Pick an ancestry. Then pick a heritage.
2) Pick a background. 45 of backgrounds (miner, blacksmith, etc.)
3) Pick a class. Barbarian is a class. Amiri looks fierce on her chapter. There will be 12 classes.
Barb, Sorc has bloodlines (abyssal, infernal, angelic and a few more, hag, undead, demon blood).
Gluttonous Bite spell and image, look pretty awesome.
Also archetypes - bard can have the champion archetype.

JB shows skills next. Section has been re-organized.

Feats: underwater maurader - valeros fighting underwater - sweet art.
Lots of ways to get feats...from class, from ancestry, from heritage, lots of ways to build your character.

Equipment: lots of basic equipment, alchemy, etc.

Spells:
Dinosaur form is a spell. Also JB says there will be a dinosaur fort spell coming soon.

Golarion specific story stuff. Eye of Dread; Golden Road, etc.

How to play Pathfinder chapter. New rules for death and dying.

Gamemastering chapter: how to give XP.

Magic Items: Robe of Eyes, Wayfinder, etc.
Vial of the First Lie: contains a bit of the whisper of the first lie ever told: unbeatable lie.

Sadly the print of the page is too small for me to read.

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Bestiary is next: JB has the bestiary in hand. 400 monsters, 300 pages. Released 8/1/2019.

Angels, Deva, Vrock, Zombie, Flesh Worms, etc.

Talks about templates for monsters: like unkillable and whatnot.

Lich, Dragons, etc.

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First standaround scenario was announced.

Gamemastery Guide: Winter 2019.

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Owen KC Stephens - announces 3rd party support for 2e. Goes through a lot of detail if other publishers can produce content for Pathfinder 2e. Happy to get 2e rules to 3rd party publishers early and whatnot.

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Apparently there will be clearer text to read off the Twitchstream.

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I POSTED IN YOUR THREAAAAADDDD

edit: okay now I have a picture but I can't post it because I am bad at the internet.

According to imgur this should work but clearly it does not, which makes me very sad because I really wanted to thank and/or embarrass everyone who put up with my brilliant three-drinks-in idea to go crash the projector screen with a group photo (after which they immediately made everybody sit down and be good, which I can only assume was to stop anybody else from doing that).

I mean okay maybe it's the thought that counts, but the thought was SUPPOSED TO BE a working picture link. And instead it is only this:

https://i.imgur.com/WXy0slq.jpg

woe, woe is me

(but seriously, big thanks to everybody who put up with me at the banquet. for real!)

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Painlord wrote:
Eye of Robes

Fixed that for you :-P

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There you go Liane, fixed it. :)

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Everyone stop what you're doing and go find my Kiwi friend and VO Matt Dobson! Tell him that The Shire is proud of him for making it all the way to PaizoCon! Tell him that the drinks come in PINTS there!

Good on ya, Matt!

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Thank you Derek!

This really has been a great convention. My personal highlights so far:

-- randomly yelling at everybody ever

-- abandoning my entire party, as Fumbus, to DIE HORRIBLY during our liveplay panel (sorry!, but apparently not sorry enough to get help, instead of just creeping back two weeks later to loot your bones). It was a very fun game, and James Jacobs is scary good at stabbing things in the face as Merisiel. A level 1 character should not be throwing down entire fistfuls of dice for damage.

Of course this did not save any of them from said horrible deaths, but hey. It was a ton of fun playing with BB Wolfe and Luis Loza, and Lyz Liddell is a great GM who rolled admirably with the goofiness and kept us all moving along at a solid clip.

-- getting a truly awesome and lovely audience for the Worldbuilding panel, which I was totally terrified about doing because (a) I am not a convention person; and (b) I know nothing. So it was really sweet and very much appreciated when people came up afterwards to say it didn't suck, and I am deeply sorry if I was so flustered that I miswrote anybody's name in their books. I'm so grateful to all of you, for real. <3

-- getting to tell my two stories at the Horror in RPGs panel. You have no idea how long I was waiting to bust those out. Well, no, if you were there you could probably tell from all the cackling.

-- the banquet! What a fun banquet. I am excited to see the trivia collection take shape and I'm thankful to all my tablemates for making it a very fun dinner.

If anybody sees me tomorrow, say hi! I will be very happy to meet you. I will also probably yell a bunch and maybe curse at Taco Bell for CLOSING AT TEN PM, WHAT THE HELL, so fair warning about that. But you should still say hi anyhow.

Scarab Sages 5/5 Venture-Captain, Netherlands aka Woran

Keep it all coming <3

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Well, it is 4:00 am on Sunday and I am apparently awake for the day so I might as well post something!

It is great to be back at PaizoCon after missing last year and seeing a bunch of familiar faces! My con highlights so far include the VC dinner on Thursday, the Freelance Forge meetup and the Banquet (weird how those all involve shoving food in my face)!

Also got to play the SFS scenario Data Breach with a table of 4 Operatives to that was pretty fun!

I picked up a ticket for Cosmo's Railroad game from the event swap table* and had a lot of fun, but honestly, I still don't know what the heck happened during those 4 hours. It's like my brain is blacking that out in order to protect itself from the evil clown trauma!

Tonight I might be able to get in on the special even though I don't have a ticket - I hear one of the seeker tables may be interested in a 15 level cleric! :) fingers crossed

Other than that I will be wandering around today, so if you see me feel free to stop and say hello. Chatting with folks is one of my favorite PaizoCon activities.

*Check it out if you have an open slot and are looking for something to do.

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Liane Merciel wrote:

This really has been a great convention. My personal highlights so far:

-- randomly yelling at everybody ever

G%!+*+n if your title isn’t correct: you *are* a contributor. Thanks for the post.

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Sweet jeebus what a night. Lots fo good stuff to talk about, in and around the card game.

It’s 7am and went to bed disastrously sober last night, and so I’m at my favorite spot at the Con: getting the buffet and typing stuff up from the day before. G~#%#!n if I’m not going to stuff my face with fresh fruit, yogurt, and well, bagels and mini fritters.

Anyhoot...

Sat Afternoon: First I played a Fangwood Thieves with Bryan and a new player, Nari (sp?) with long time blog-friend, Preston. Fangwood is set up using the Core Set, but we were playing with regular old class decks, so it’s an interesting time to see the interplay between old and new. Yes, they are backward compatible, but also...different because of the old ways to do things are clearly less cool than the new way to things (like armor suddenly doesn’t suck). We kicked butt on the first game and new player Nari quickly picked up the mechanics and rocked an Amiri like one should. Bryan played a class deck hunter, and I played my beloved Oracle.

I also played a bunch of ACG including Cartmanbeck’s Kobold adventure using MumMask base set. He has some custom characters and mechanics (all are good) and was running us through some adventures of his own making. It’s good stuff.

By then it was 2:30ish and the banquet was set to start at 7pm (which means I like to get into the banquet line at 5ish). I had two hours to kill and recognizing that I would need to be able to fake being social for the rest of the day, I retreated to the gym for a bit of quiet exercise time.

I meet Jacob and Bryan in the Banquet line to waste two hours for the thing to start (and have our choice of what Paizo celebrity to sit with) and the best random thing happened.

I’m not sure how I never knew this before...maybe I’ve missed it or maybe it just wasn’t this amazing...but...<cont>

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What? What happened? Don’t make me come interrupt your breakfast! I will walk that 20’!

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Rusty Ironpants wrote:

I picked up a ticket for Cosmo's Railroad game from the event swap table* and had a lot of fun, but honestly, I still don't know what the heck happened during those 4 hours. It's like my brain is blacking that out in order to protect itself from the evil clown trauma!

Good to know you got the ticket, Russ. I will let She Who Rules The Known Universe her ticket is in good hands.

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<cont>...the PaizoCon puzzle is PIDDLESPOTTING amazing.

Props to Jason Keeley and Joe Pasini.

A con attendee, Nelly, was looking for help near the front of the line for the puzzle. Only somewhat jokingly, we offer to help, but she’s 75% on all the puzzles and so we started collaborating to finish the dang thing.

And holy piddlespot the puzzle is amazing. I’ll get good clean pictures up so you all can try it at home...but the designers of this puzzle...well, you’ll see it when I get quality pictures up. I *strongly* encourage y’all to give this a try.

It took the 4 of us more than 90 minutes to puzzle the thing out...and the line wait passed delightfully quickly.

The puzzle’s theme was goblins and consisted of a mega puzzle wrapped up in NonoGram, Word Search, Crytogram, Crossword, Bridge Puzzle, and Clue & Answer. You’d think it would be straightforward, but no, you see goblins got in and messed up some of the rules and they may not have followed directions correctly.

It’s great...and then you need to get the answer and assemble them into another puzzle and you need scissors (which was a hunt of another matter) and damn...

So yeah...Nelly got all the answers, and claimed her prize.

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Between Bryan, Jacob, and I discuss where to want to sit at the Banquet. We decide to sit with Ron Lundeen, who has been a writing god since the days of Greyhawk.

As mentioned above, we happened to be sitting next to the guest author, Liane. Dinner was great and I ate way too much while trying to make awkward small talk with Liane, Russ Taylor, and the others at my table.

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I hung out in the Banquet hall for the Trivia contest. I didn’t participate, but hung out with Nari as we waited for the boards to come back up and the contest to start.

I’ll have all the questions and answers in a future post.

But again, the Trivia Contest was a blast. It went somewhat more quickly and less noisy than usual for no reason at all. <*cough*nothursty*cough*>

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After the Banquet, I wonder around, mostly to the Grimmerspace Party. It was pretty rockin’, with most of the Paizo staff there.

I stopped in a bit in a Cascade room to find staff and attendees playing Just One, a card game that was apparently introduced by Pirate Rob, that seemed like a ton of fun. This was a bit before midnight and I have no idea how long they were going.

Meh, because I had a lot to do, I decided to go to bed sober at little after midnight.

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having pReviously smuggling the puzzle out for jen in 2017 And having her returN the favor in 2018. have no Doubt that i now present 2019 paizo puzzle hunt. we'll avoid naming my source for fear of capital punishment.

Puzzle Hunt

Scarab Sages 5/5 Venture-Captain, Netherlands aka Woran

Yes! Thank you for the puzzle hunt!

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Yes! Thank you for the puzzle hunt!

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Quick question:

-Is the Pathfinder Battles reveal today?

Thx!

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Hey All—

Here are the questions to the Trivia Contest. Post/spoiler your guesses if you so choose...no cheating. The goblins will know.

I’ll have answers up in a few days.

Trivia Contest Questions:

Round 1: Paizo Staff and Lore
1) This year Paizo’s long-time remote editor Liz Liddell was hired as senior editor & moved to the Seattle area. In her introduction blog posted earlier this month, Liz is depicted wearing her GenCon 2017 cosplay outfit. What organization’s uniform is she wearing?
2) In anticipation of Pathfinder’s 2e, the Paizo.com blog features a series of flash fiction called Iconic Encounters, with each installment featuring one of the twelve iconic characters. Who is the author of Kyra’s Iconic Encounters story?
3) Every Thursday for the past several months on Paizo’s Twitch channel, Jason Bulmahn has streamed one-hour sessions of his ongoing campaign that features the upcoming Pathfinder 2e system. What is the name of this ongoing campaign?
4) The Paizo.com messageboards are a busy place, and as of last night, 3 different threads have 75K or more posts. Name any of these 3 threads.
5) In 2019 Amanda Hamon ran a short Starfinder adventure on Paizo’s Starfinder Wed Twitch stream to show off the Starfinder Beginner Box, featuring the iconic PCs teaming up with a moderately helpful skittermander. At the end of the adventure, the PCs faced off against what type of fearsome creature?

Round 2: Paizo Rules
1) Starfinder revels in the sheer variety of playable alien species. Alien Archive 2 introduces plenty more, including both a race of scientific slug people as well as a powerful multi-armed species that most often worships Hylax. Name other of these aliens.
2) The new Adventure Card Game Core Set introduces several new mechanics featured in blogs over the past few months. If a first character fails to defeat a bane, a second character at the location can bury a card to encounter the bane for a second chance at defeating it. What is the name of this new mechanic?
3) Starfinder Armory contains a wealth of new weapons, armor, and new equipment. However, while we might know this book for the huge # of options, there is only one item in the entire book that occupies an entire page. What is this item, which requires an extensive reference table all its own?
4) In Pathfinder 2e, PCs use a special pool of points to cast class-specific spells, and PCs can recover some of these points between encounters. These point have featured several times during the Oblivion Oath adventure. What is the name of these points?
5) The magnificent Narvimensus is a 10th-lvl gnome alchemist with a 21 Intelligence and whose obsessive racial trait applies to Craft (Alchemy). He has maximum ranks in Craft (alchemy) as well as Skill Focus (Craft:Alchemy)and he constantly carries a stone of good luck. He’s set up a fine workshops that includes an alchemist’s lab from which he produces a wide variety of alchemical gear. For the purposes of crafting alchemical items, what is Narvimensus’s bonus on Craft (Alchemy) checks?

Round 3: Paizo Adventures
1) During the Year of Scoured States, the Starfinder Society has traveled widely in the Vast, meeting many civilizations that hailed from the Scoured Star system. Name any one of these Scoured Stars species other than the notorious jinsuls.
2) In Pathfinder Society Scenario #6 Black Waters, the Society explores the ruins of a children’s school in the Precipice Quarter. The Pathfinders can later return there in Pathfinder Society Scenario #7-05: School of Spirits to uncover even more tragic secrets. Name either this school or the nickname of its ruins now bear.
3) In the Tyrant’s Grasp AP, the Whispering Tyrant has developed a powerful new weapon with which he can devastate huge areas. What is the name given to this weapon in this AP?
4) In August 2018, Paizo released Doomsday Dawn, a module consisting of seven different chapters designed to test the playtest rules for Pathfinder’s 2e. What is the module’s seventh and final chapter, written by James Jacobs?
5) Starfinder’s “Dawn of Flame” AP doesn’t just tread previously unexplored realms, but it also features excellent adventure authors. For how many authors is Dawn of Flame their first AP cover credit?

Round 4: Paizo’s Campaign Settings
1) The Pathfinder: Kingmaker computer RPG gives the player control of their nascent kingdom’s development over the course of many months. However, the games a point of using Golarion’s month names, not the real-world names. The action begins in the month of Desnus, which corresponds to which real-world month?
2) The cover of Starfinder Pact Worlds features a ferocious beast that resembles a purple tyrannosaurus with scythe-like claws, and it was never quite clear what kind of creature it was—at least not until Alien Archive 2’s release, where the creature finally gained a name and statistics. What is the name of this Castrovelian creature whose Alien Archive 2 entry also features phasic scythes modeled after its claws?
3) Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Faiths of Golarion features 10 deities more commonly worshipped beyond the Inner Sea region or revered by non-humans. Among these are three never-before-detailed deities, including an Arcadian deity of community, liberty, and safety. What is the name or title of this deity (who was also the patron deity of Adam Daigle’s character in James Jacob’s rendition of Temple of Elemental Evil)?
4) The humble town of Sandpoint is among the most famous in the Pathfinder setting, having featured not only in Rise of Runelords, but also in recently published Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Sandpoint, Light of the Lost Coast. A sign outside the town says “Welcome to Sandpoint”. A mirror hangs below those words, accompanied by a single piece of advise for visitors. What is the nine word sentence?
5) Many organizations from the Pathfinder setting made their way into Starfinder’s setting, including the Hellknights. However, the Hellknights have two new orders not found in Pathfinder. Name one of the orders.

Round 5: Paizo Characters
1) In the Pathfinder Comics series Spiral of Bones by Crystal Frazier, the iconic fighter Valeros finds himself in the court of a powerful being Yindaal. What specific type of creature—not a broad category—is Yindaal, whose creature type is also featured in Pathfinder RPG Bestiary 4?
2) The Starfinder Society has spent more than a year unraveling the secrets of the Scoured Stars system, most recently clashing with nefarious jinsuls. But greater yet is the powerful supernatural being associated with the Scoured Stars. Name either this divinity within the trinary star system or the herald who leads the jinsuls.
3) The Pathfinder Society has recently collaborated with the FarHeaven Clan a group of Sarkorian refugees who fled to Iobaria with their clan’s god. This god resembles a powerful feathered bear and features in several season 9 and 10 scenarios. What is this creature’s name?
4) The Pathfinder:Kingmaker video expands on the original AP with additional story content, including a tutorial prologue that features a rather sinister gnome sorcerer. What is the name of this villain who features several times in the game’s story?
5) Every Thursday, Paizo’s Twitch channel streams the Oblivion Oath campaign, featuring not only a swank preview of 2e, but also four PCs. Name one of these Oblivion Oath PCs.

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Marco Massoudi wrote:

Quick question:

-Is the Pathfinder Battles reveal today?

Thx!

Unlikely. In years past this was a banquet reveal; with 2e on the horizon a lot of “normal” banquet fodder was dropped. I expect this to be a blog post soonish.

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Here (link), again, is the link to the 2019 Puzzle Hunt, which is delightful. PM me if you need help or want to confirm your correct solution.

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In the morning, I participated in part 3 of the Ruins of Bonekeep. With Bryan, and my teammates Luke & Chuck, we had another take at another level of Bonekeep. Again we built from a set pool and again faced up with a scourgeload of scourges as we had our asses handed to us in card form. Our first draw was literally the *worst* it could possibly be, but somehow we wrangled back from that first defeat to win. We completed the run with 2 cards left in the timer and have a chance at winning this thing. I’ll know more tomorrow.

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After that, I played a bit more Core Set using Bryan’s box and with friend-of-the-ACG Nari. There is quite a few scenarios in the Core Set, of which I’ve played two. And if you fold in something like the Crimson Throne, you’re set for a LOT of gameplay.

I played Ezren this time, and after a few very poorly played hands, began to understand what he could do and began to play better and make less mistakes. I’m not sure he’s my favorite, but may continue to tinker with him this evening. We plan on playing a lot more of the ACG this evening while most players are playing the PFS Special.

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Currently in the ACG Q&A with Vic, Linda, Mike, Chad, & Keith. I don’t have many questions, and wish I had had more time to play so I could complain more appropriately. Sadly, I am enjoying the new set so am loathe to throw fruit angrily at the panel. :(

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Tineke Bolleman wrote:

I am hearing rumors of skittermander plushies.

I need people to go out and confirm this for me.

Consider it a quest.

There are indeed Skittermander plushies! Four different colors, and they get even better. They pulled them out of the case today and there is a zipper running down the length of the skittermander's backs. They also serve as a dice bag!

Grand Lodge 5/5 ⦵⦵⦵ Venture-Captain, Online—PbP aka Hmm

Is there anyone who wants to do dinner tonight?

Hmm

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Well, now that I have a chance to breathe while getting my Seekers ready for Siege of Gallowspire...

Wednesday night arrived after a near full week of packing up the house for sale. We carted ourselves over to the hotel and checked in. When the desk clerk showed me our wing, I thought about demanding a tower room. But I decided I should try being outside of the tower for once, given I only have the three morning slots to GM (officially). We managed to get a rollaway bed for our extra guests but there is no minifridge. (Grr.) A nice dinner at Denny's brought us to midnight, before crashing out to get ready for pre-con shenanigans.

Thursday dawned nicely, allowing us to get around the room, prepare for Seeker tier, and head out to Taco Bell for snackage. At this point people were trickling in at more reasonable times, familiar faces of Paizo staff and venture critters seen in the lobby. We retired to the Evergreen rooms to set up for All For Immortality. About four hours later we were done with the first encounter and very concerned about completing things on time. Thankfully, the second fight went much quicker thanks to a shield champion brawler knockout blow and dispel magic! Having done that, we broke for dinner and I trundled off to the VC dinner. (It was good, but there was a lot of stuff like the beef lo mein and shrimp fried rice that I just wasn't going to eat. The coconut crusted chicken was delicious.) Returning from the VC dinner with secrets in my head that hopefully we can release soon, the final battle was met with panic and a flurry of shield marshal gunfire. Once again dispel magic was a key component of victory, allowing the team to succeed with flying colors. While the party was flagging, we at least set the scene for part 2 and got the party to the cusp of the dungeon. We then went to bed to prepare for the full con experience.

Friday morning I zoomed to the store to secure the Adventure Card Chest after years of waiting! Having acquired loot, I returned to bed rather than attend my table that morning. After all, I had more Seeker tier to run! And boy did it not disappoint, with ability drain and miss chances for everyone! The puzzle solving took a bit longer before the big bad was revealed and found the party utterly immune to listed tactics. So things were adjusted and the party faced the unknown thing with great frustration as more and more abilities were revealed. Finally, through the efforts of a summoned roc, the shield champion, and the mascot certified Ossirionoligister it was brought down to be laid to final rest. Unfortunately, the final objective was not fully reached, leaving some of the treasure out of the party's reach. (Truly the more horrific result Seekers can face.) Part 3 began with a glorious roleplay to get the party to the steps of the final fortress, with so very much riding on the results. Having started the final part, we had to break for my evening game, with plans to resume after the banquet the next night. I joined one of my players for Slavers End in low tier, possibly the most frightening mission of my Liberty's Edge slayers career. (As a GM baby this was only his second outing, making that less impressive.) With good tactics and the luck of the gods on our Pathfinder's side, we prevailed, not without loss, but everyone came home.

The weekend then started proper with my first table of Tapestry's Trial, but Siege of Gallowspire is fast approaching so I will have to return later!


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Painlord wrote:

Hey All—

Here are the questions to the Trivia Contest. Post/spoiler your guesses if you so choose...no cheating. The goblins will know.

I’ll have answers up in a few days.

** spoiler omitted **...

Ow jeez, they are hard again!

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TOZ's Review of Siege of Gallowspire:

OW. OW. OW. OW OW OW.

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Tell us about all the glorious player tears TOZ

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Five breath of life spells in one combat. On three characters.


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If folks following this thread want more detailed notes on the Banquet previews, I've put up a thread in the Second Edition forum.

Notes, screencaps of the second edition slides, and links to the timestamp of each individual presentation so you can find the parts you're interested in.

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Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
Five breath of life spells in one combat. On three characters.

How many encounters in before the players notice they're not in Kansas anymore?

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Blake's Tiger wrote:
Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
Five breath of life spells in one combat. On three characters.
How many encounters in before the players notice they're not in Kansas anymore?

Right from the get go! It is deadly but fun. We lost one character at our table as well. Tyler ‘Cartman’ Beck did a fantastic job.

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Painlord wrote:
Here (link), again, is the link to the 2019 Puzzle Hunt, which is delightful. PM me if you need help or want to confirm your correct solution.

How are you going to do that, Pain? You didn’t solve the puzzle hunt! (ETA: I should learn to read the thread from start to finish, not the other way around, or at least read the whole thing before I try to make snarky comments.)

Also, is that it? Did you not do anything Sunday night?

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tqomins wrote:
If folks following this thread want more detailed notes on the Banquet previews, I've put up a thread in the Second Edition forum.

This is damn gorgeous. Nice post.

* * *

I have a ton of stuff to back fill about my Sunday night (one of the best I’ve had), so I’ll talk about my Monday morning until I can process the night well enough.

I say it every year and I want to say this again: The volunteers who make this event happen are amazing. From the GMs to the orange shirted front desk staff/musterers to the red shirted V-levels, y’all did a great job. THANK YOU.

I say this as they are breaking down the convention, putting stuff away as a few final tables go off. They are still working to put things away and set up for next year. Some of them on very little sleep.

* * *

When I came down, I was informed that my ACG team won the Ruins of Bonekeep ACG tourney thing and won a nice slice of store credit for our efforts. +1. I kind of like winning.

* * *
As I kind of had a blowout last night, I had just got 4 or so hours of sleep last night and so had to drag my ass to the tables this morning...but it’s fine as almost everyone is blurry eyed.

I play another round of Fangwood Thieves, but mostly just stared at cards for about 2 hours while I drank a big latte.

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Congratulations on your big win Painlord!

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Not sure how to explain last night, but it was funky. I’m in the hotel pub awaiting the mini trading where I haven’t eaten all con.

For most Pathfinder Society players, last night’s Siege of Gallowspire was pretty special. It was the final play throughs for a lot of Society players and, from the talk I’ve heard this morning, was an unbelievably epic event...that I completely missed.

Since I missed, I can offer neither spoilers or game notes, but people freakin’ still talking about it and will be for a while. Hopefully, some players will offer their thoughts on the experience.

Pain’s Sunday Night:

As for me, I was playing the Core Set ACG (since at the time I wasn’t going to have access to a Core Box for a long while) and so hiding out in one of the quiet open play rooms was a pretty good time.

We finished our playing at 11pm and I figured that I was done for the night...but Jacob and I headed to the bar where I ran into long-time favorite, super author Greg A. Vaughan. We talk about how Jacob is running me through Book 6 of Reign of Winter that Greg wrote. That play by post game (link) is over 11, 000 posts, is over 6 years old, AND, most incredibly, has the original 5 players.

And we’re in the last few combats now, and having Jacob get pointers on the final encounters from Greg was delightful...not sure how much of what they were saying was real or if Demogorgon really is guarding something.

From there, we traveled on to other topics, where Greg perfectly described the blue Isle of Dread cover from memory...describing each character and monster perfectly. We then were shocked after we confirmed his description on our phones.

He and I share a common origin story: coming of age when the Red Box came out and having few outlets (let another the social skills or maturity) to play with another, but reading all the old D&D stuff we can find. We argued about what our most impactful old modules were. I feel that Keep on the Borderlands, White Plume Mountain, And Expedition to Barrier Peak were the ones that I can almost recite from memory. Bree-yark, you piddlespotters.

He argued that Slave Pits of the Undercity (I think), The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan, and <somethingelse> were his three.

Neither of us said Tomb of Horrors. And we fight about that...and I learn that Greg has every cave and every encounter (including treasure) memorized from Keep on the Borderlands. And then we discuss the old Giants series compares to Giantslayer, but mostly...we what these memories mean to us now.

And then, Guest Author Liane Merciel joined us for a drink...who called over Wayne Reynolds for a chat. I had 30 minutes of Greg, Liane, Wayne, & Jacob and it was damn cool. Wayne was discussing why he owns a full set of armor because he feels it help his art and understanding how things need to move.

Al Riggs drifted in for a bit, and now more than a few more beers in, and then I meet Rachel Ventura of Legendary Games. Sure...she was amazing. It was a good talk not because I’m into publishing, but because Rachel is also politician and I love talking about campaigns, fundraising, and how we can do a better job electing the right people to represent us. I donated to her next campaign.

They kick us out at 2am ish, closing bar and all, and we ramble to one of the Paizo Staffers room for a post-post-post party.

There I manage to have my first ever long conversation with Nicholas Logue, which was delightful. We had about 45 minutes of good chat about the nature of the creative process and how he is turning his energies to spur on the next generation of actors and how much he loves his current job. Thanks for your time, Nick.

After that I chat with Rachel and Greg some more...a few more Paizo Staff show up.

At around 4am I stumble away and find my room. It was a cool night.

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Sunday morning: did a Diversity in Gaming panel, proudly advocated FAILING IN PUBLIC!! as a critical component of inclusivity (also my only genuine maxed-out skill), was totally amazed by Diego Valdez's super awesome Arshea concept/Gods and Magic spoiler, which everybody who skipped the diversity panel missed, and that's what you get for skipping diversity panels. (Also, it is legitimately a super cool idea; I am now way more intrigued by Arshea than I ever was before.)

Sunday afternoon: went to Wayne Reynolds's seminar on medieval armor and weapons, saw some excellent line art, was amazed by the discovery that Wayne has a 90-lb. suit of custom-made plate armor that he actually fights in. There are pictures as proof! I am delighted to know this. Also it was an excellent panel with a lot of really neat information about unusual armor and a slide proving the existence of "boob plate" as a thing. (I didn't say this at the panel, which involved a guessing game as to whether a piece of line art depicted a real item or a fantasy invention, but I totally knew the boob plate was a real item because no art director on the planet would approve that in this day and age.)

I missed the Future of Paizo seminar because I was extremely tired at this point and fell asleep for a lot longer than I meant to. Bummerrrrr.

Sunday evening: went out to Seattle for a while, had a lovely dinner at Six Seven (great restaurant, amazing views, you should definitely go if and when you feel like lighting a giant pile of money on fire; it's worth the splurge!), ran into some relatives, etc. etc. civilian non-con stuff.

Returned around 11 pm Sunday evening and WHO DID I SEE AT THE BAR but Painlord and Co., sitting with some dude that they introduced as "this is Greg! You should know Greg!" I was all "who the hell is Greg?" but then we ordered drinks and, you know, how can I keep track of who I'm yelling at when there are drinks on offer? Right? Right.

Anyway it ultimately transpired that Greg was and is Greg Vaughan, author of some of my favorite adventures incl. Skeletons of Scarwall and the Riddleport gazetteer, so I was like "whoa you were totally right! I SHOULD know Greg!" and that was really cool.

Then I saw Wayne Reynolds wandering away from the hotel bar, so I immediately excused myself with extreme grace and alacrity (this is true as to the "alacrity," not so much as to the "grace") and literally ran him down in heels on his way to the bathroom. It was pretty much: "WAYNE!!" [boom boom boom, clattering of impending doom] "WAAAAAYNEE!! I AM COMING FOR YOU WAYNE" [BOOM BOOM BOOM]

(At this point I should note the relevant detail that I had never previously spoken to, or even been introduced to, Wayne Reynolds. This is, from his perspective, pretty much him getting run down by some drunk wild-eyed rando on his way to the bathroom on the third night of a convention.)

Anyway he explained that he was not, in fact, leaving, and ultimately came back to our table with extreme good grace and only a small amount of much-deserved mockery for the highly smooth and cool self-introduction performed by yrs truly.

Then we all cheered Imperial Cheliax (ALL HAIL IMPERIAL CHELIAX!!) and I figured I'd embarrassed myself enough for one night, so that was it for me. I don't know what shenanigans they got up to afterward, but I hope to find out in this thread later.

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Aw man I missed Nick Logue!? BUMMER.

Also I should footnote that on my way back up to the hotel room I ran into Amanda Hamon and Thurston Hillman (I was very excited to meet Thurston because he, too, has written some of my favorite things) as they were attempting to decode the vending machine in the hotel hallway.

That vending machine was programmed by a truly evil GM but they did figure it out eventually. I applauded their puzzle cracking and staggered off incoherently.

Good night, A+ con, would do again.

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Merciel wrote:
Then I saw Wayne Reynolds wandering away from the hotel bar, so I immediately excused myself with extreme grace and alacrity

I feel like I might do that if I had the chance...

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Saturday

Stuff and days just are beginning to meld together now. I have been trying to take notes but I seem to be missing a game entirely, or a day, I am not sure yet.

Sometime on Saturday (likely morning slot) I played a game of SFS Heart of the Foe, another scenario to which I deeply regretted not getting the right equipment. :) Luckily it all worked out and we survived. One of the players had a fantastic Ysoki that upgraded his speed as fast as possible. It was very entertaining.

The afternoon slot was another SFS game of Data Breach where I brought my wheelchair bound Starfinder straight from the nursing home and back into action, though she needed a push. By tables end found out that I was playing with none other than Zach Davis who had recently played in the Starfinder Special during Outpost. So it was great getting to play alongside his character. We had three new players that were visiting from Boston that decided to try out Starfinder. They did great and were quite the hoot. Hopefully we can get them on over to Play-by-post.

While standing in line waiting for dinner I met several more folks.

GM Dennis!

Kate Baker

Yours is Mined

I had great conversations with all three and Yours is Mined name makes much more sense now! Wonderful play on words.

The dinner was fantastic, Painlord already covered most of the notes in here. I sat at a table with the wonderful author, Liane Merciel as I joined Painlord, Balodek and Motteditor. (Sp?) The dinner was great sa well as the slew of information and pictures tossed out.

Sunday

Sunday morning I delved back into Pathfinder, starting off with What the Helms Hide. I brought a brand new character to a 3-4 game. (Yup... I know.) Though they were good sports and the three of us managed to complete the questline. I played with a pair of brothers that I would eventually meet up with later on for the Special.

During lunch I ended up runing back into Dennis Muldoon once again and I joined him at the Hawaiian BBQ place down the road. We ate, had some good discussion on RPG's, Society play and real life before running into Nelly outside and walking back to the con.

Sunday afternoon I tried my hand at the ACG Fangwood Forest siege! For about the first 3/4 of the game I am staring at all of the new cards and decks and truly have zero clue on how we are going to possibly win this thing as I had burned through half of my deck in the first couple encounters and none of us had any sort of healing. By the fate of Blessing of the Gods we barely pulled through for a victory as a Sarenrae zero hour gave us what little healing we needed to all survive and end the siege. Come to find out at the end of the game I was sitting next to none other than Nomadical

After that I needed a nap to recharge for the Special that evening. Just before the big event I met up with Cyzzane and TOZ who I also finally got to meet as we traded out some minis and Starfinder pawns. :)

Finally it was time for the Special. I brought my character and the trio of aid characters, fully expecting them to all be lost. As I was standing in line I got to anxiously talk with Numbat a bit more! She is a delight.

Soon we were all seated and I was placed at Tyler 'Cartman' Beck's 12-13 Soldier table along with the brothers that I played with from What Helms Hide and another player that I played with on the Hearts Foe table (He had the extremely fast Ysoki). Apologies I am horrible with names, especially after having met so many people.

The Special did not disappoint. There was definitely a lot going on and I don't want to spoil it for anyone. It was very deadly but fun at the same time. One of the brothers brought his dinosaur druid and at one point we had a couple MASSIVE dinosaurs blocking 10 foot wide hallways which instantly began to confuse John Compton until he found out it was just a Dino Fort. (a.k.a. Belt of the Weasel)

All in all I nearly lost all three of my aid characters that I had brought, due to no fault except for my dice which were out for me. By the end though our table managed to narrowly squeak through with only a single death!

Monday

Monday morning I had to get up way to early as my flight was taking off around 0730 and the Special didn't end until just after midnight, so very little sleep.

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Also I had the very talented Wayne Reynolds sketch a fantastic picture of one of my Characters that I will share with all of you.

Fearless the paranoid halfling

Photo

His art never ceases to amaze.

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I'll write more, but just wanted to chime in and say Sunday night was indeed amazing. Watching Greg just completely nail the description of the nearly 40-year-old cover was amazing. And then hanging out with the Con's special guests and then Jess Redekop when she joined us and everyone else (Rachel V. is absolutely so cool; we didn't even get into the wolf training!). Perfect end to the Con; I just wish I'd been able to stay up longer and keep enjoying everything.

I'll try to post more when I've recovered.

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Closing out the con In The Grandmaster’s Name!

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Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
Closing out the con In The Grandmaster’s Name!

End of the con games are always the best.

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I had a lovely final day of the convention yesterday. I got to play in a lovely game run by Gary Norton, with fellow players Kate Baker, Dennis Muldoon, Jon Dehning, B.B. Wolfe, and Zach Davis. It was my second observation table at the convention, and I had a great time.

Then I got to GM an after the convention game by piggy-backing on Greypark's amazing prep. He had brought some of his amazing puzzle-maps, which are high quality printouts of maps from the adventure that have been spray-glued on to cardstock and that fit together like puzzle pieces, so that you can reveal the map one room at a time, building it out. It was absurdly cool. Thank you Graypark, for letting me look good as I used your props! At my game was also Matt Howell, Amber Hipschler, Landon Hatfield, Katrina Hennesy, Jim Davis, and Andrew Harasty. We had a rockin' time in the Diaspora!

This was followed up by a lovely post con dinner where Gavin from Australia joined us at 13 Coins, a place with really great food that put up with all of us laughing and being very loud indeed. Oh, and it turns out that Amber and Matt from Tennessee are real life GMs for one of my favorite PBPers, Lady Ladile, who texted us during the dinner and was a long-distance addition to our party. Maybe next year we can get you out to PaizoCon, Lady Ladile!

Highlights of the convention:

As always, meeting friends from the Play-by-Post region, or other folks from the greater Paizo Community. I finally met my Venture Lieutenant, Derek Larsen, and learned he was from Iowa! (Yes, laugh. When you're an online VO, you have no idea what anyone in your region looks like in person. That's why cons are so great.)

Dinner with Haladir on Sunday was fun, especially our discussion of GURPS, Fate, Call of Chuthulhu and a variety of non-D20 games.

I also loved seeing Lyz Lidell cosplay Starfinder Society character Celita, complete with android color threading, and enjoyed meeting so many of my favorite Paizo Staffers -- whether from OrgPlay, Customer Service or the Development and Editing Teams. I also loved Thursty's insane Perplexity game, which our characters barely survived. As always, an amazing edge-of-your-seat experience!

I was super excited to see Wayfinder 19 out. It's free, and it's focused on Starfinder. It was neat to see the art on the pieces that I'd written, as well as all the many creative ideas that this community came up with! Next year Wayfinder 20 is also going to be a Starfinder-related issue, and I encourage you to try writing for it.

Strangely enough one of my biggest highlights of the convention is sitting and chatting in the Banquet line on Saturday. As much as I love all the announcements of the banquet (the #mypathfinderspoiler cards were a great touch) I think I have my most fun during the downtime of just getting to sit and talk with folks while the Convention streams by you as you are waiting in the line. It's a party all its own, and nice quiet moment.

I realized that I will have to catch all the panels later on Know Direction, and that's okay. You cannot do everything at PaizoCon. It's okay to take time out, breathe, and just have fun. Thanks to everyone for making PaizoCon an awesome experience this year.

Hmm

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I would like to thank everyone that has posted on this thread. It is great for those of us who could not attend to be able to read about the great time you all had, the people you met and the games you played. I also want to thank Know Direction for live streaming so many panels and asking questions that those of us at home asked in the chat! It really was the next best thing to being there. Like Hmm, I can't wait to catch up on the audio only streams that they recorded over the weekend.

I'm starting to put money back now so my wife and I can make our first pilgrimage to PaizoCon next year! Hope to meet many of you that I have only chatted with on the forums or played with in PbP!

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