Problems with Rarity in Society Play


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Piggybacking off of this thread I really want to discuss the limitations of character concepts within the realm of society play. Particularly with the use of learning spells, but this also very much applies to magic items, feats, and mundane equipment too.

As it is right now (and hopefully this will change when the actual society role play guide is released), all common equipment with an item level of your level or lower is always available to purchase. To purchase uncommon or rarer equipment, it has to be your level or lower AND appear on a chronicle sheet. In the case of uncommon equipment, it could also be purchased if you have a feat or ability that explicitly opens up uncommon options for you, such as weapon familiarity ancestry feats.

There is also the Home Region slotless boon which grants access to uncommon equipment based on your region.

So from what I can tell there is a huge issue that society play is going to face that home games uniquely don’t have to. And that’s how the game will support players who wish to play very specific character concepts. Examples are found in the thread I linked above. How often can we rely on encountering a particular wizard with exactly the spell we want for a build in their spellbook, at an appropriate time for us to be able to learn such an uncommon spell like teleport? Or a cleric to use Circle of Protection?

If I want to make a character concept that, at its core, requires the use of particular uncommon equipment feats or spells, how does Society handle that? PF2 wants to put that sort of power in the GMs hands, allowing someone who wants to make a specific character to actually do so. But GMs don’t have that authority in society play to allow players access to that.

I’m afraid a lot of people are going to be turned off from 2e Society play because too many things that would be core to a character concept would be unavailable because they’re labeled uncommon.

And I don’t believe the answer should be making them available in the form of feats; it wouldn’t make sense in my mind for availability to come from skill or class feats, and general feats are so limited already (we only get 5 throughout our whole career! And PFS probably won’t be going to level 20 very often!) that it really wouldn’t be fair to force players to pick up a general feat for that when other players can pick whatever else they want.

Boon rewards probably makes the most sense, being able to gain access to equipment based on reputation, but I didn’t see that as an option when I looked through the online guide.

And this whole thing is primarily for uncommon stuff; I think between that and common items, most people will be satisfied in whatever concept they have. Rare and unique items being accessible through special boons or rewards makes sense for the most part. I just don’t want to be stuck with needing to go through particular adventures to get an item on my chronicle sheet that is a big part of a character’s concept. And I’m concerned that is what is about to happen.

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Syries wrote:
And that’s how the game will support players who wish to play very specific character concepts.
There's a good chance they won't. Not all concepts are suitable for Society play.
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Examples are found in the thread I linked above. How often can we rely on encountering a particular wizard with exactly the spell we want for a build in their spellbook, at an appropriate time for us to be able to learn such an uncommon spell like teleport? Or a cleric to use Circle of Protection?
I would hold off and simply ask when the Scenarios come out if that's a viable reward from it.
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If I want to make a character concept that, at its core, requires the use of particular uncommon equipment feats or spells, how does Society handle that?
Again, that might not work in Society play.
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I’m afraid a lot of people are going to be turned off from 2e Society play because too many things that would be core to a character concept would be unavailable because they’re labeled uncommon

This isn't any different than PFS 1e with Resources and Campaign Clarifications, whole swathes of stuff was not allowed or tweaked.


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Nah, this is a much better policy, i.e. a better decision overall for the campaign, than an alternative that would open up uncommon/rare items for wide use

Helps constrain power creep through elaborate builds using unexpected combos of uncommon resources

Lets the uncommon/rare options be more interesting/powerful bc they've got that rarity toggle to restrict them

Helps rewards of uncommon/rare options be more special and interesting

And really, most of the uncommon options are accessible via class choices so it's not like they're off the table

So sure, there may be some cases where you can't play a specific build bc a specific option is rarity restricted and you don't have a way to access it. But I don't see that becoming a huge issue of any sort. And looks to me like that cost is worth benefits like those above

Organized play isn't as flexible as home games. That's inherent in its nature and leads to perennial expressions of frustration (esp. hypothetical/anticipated frustration). But PFS seems to manage this kind of thing very well overall and I expect it'll actually be a lot better in the new edition

So, *shrug*

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I think the main problem is that it sounds like pretty baseline stuff we used to do in society are no longer accessible - and the Society getting weaker doesn't sit well with lots of us.

The other issue is, without reliable access to uncommon things, why waste time printing them? Every uncommon item will just serve to be either chronicle fodder or wasted ink because nobody will get to use them.

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Angel Hunter D wrote:
I think the main problem is that it sounds like pretty baseline stuff we used to do in society are no longer accessible - and the Society getting weaker doesn't sit well with lots of us.
... how often were you using teleport in PFS 1e?
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The other issue is, without reliable access to uncommon things, why waste time printing them? Every uncommon item will just serve to be either chronicle fodder or wasted ink because nobody will get to use them.

Uh, just because you can't get them in PFS doesn't mean I can use them in my home game.

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I welcome these changes and agree with what Rysky and tqomins have said.

If anything It might discourage some munchkin type characters (That never really made sense lore wise), but personally I see this as plus. (Characters more integrated into the campaign).

Why print these options if we cant use them in PFS? Well.. Pathfinder is much much greater then PFS, and as mentioned these options can allways be used in your home games.

Grand Lodge 2/5

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Rysky wrote:
Angel Hunter D wrote:
I think the main problem is that it sounds like pretty baseline stuff we used to do in society are no longer accessible - and the Society getting weaker doesn't sit well with lots of us.
... how often were you using teleport in PFS 1e?
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The other issue is, without reliable access to uncommon things, why waste time printing them? Every uncommon item will just serve to be either chronicle fodder or wasted ink because nobody will get to use them.
Uh, just because you can't get them in PFS doesn't mean I can use them in my home game.

Teleport is not the only uncommon spell in 2e, and I was just using that as an example. But a Cleric using Circle of Protection would easily want to use that spell pretty often and that is just as uncommon. Allegro, Discern Lies, Detect Poison, and so many other spells are just walled off for little reason, and with little indication that players will be able to gain access to such a spell.

By the way if you haven't looked over all the uncommon spells- just spells alone, not even other options- you'll see a good number of spells that were commonly found in PFS.
All uncommon spells:
Aberrant Whispers, Abundant Step, Abyssal Wrath, Agile Feet, Allegro, Ancestral Memories, Angelic Halo, Angelic Wings, Appearance of Wealth, Arcane Countermeasure, Artistic Flourish, Athletic Rush, Augment Summoning, Bind Soul, Bit of Luck, Blind Ambition, Call of the Grave, Captivating Adoration, Celestial Brand, Champion's Sacrifice, Charming Touch, Charming Words, Circle of Protection, Cloak of Shadow, Commanding Lash, Competitive Edge, Counter Performance, Crusade, Cry of Destruction, Darkened Eyes, Dazzling Flash, Death's Call, Delusional Pride, Destructive Aura, Detect Alignment, Detect Poison, Detect Scrying, Diabolic Edict, Dimensional Lock, Dimensional Steps, Dirge of Doom, Discern Lies, Discern Location, Disjunction, Disperse into Air, Diviner's Sight, Dominate, Downpour, Dragon Breath, Dragon Claws, Dragon Wings, Drain Life, Dread Aura, Dreamer's Call, Drop Dead, Elemental Blast, Elemental Motion, Elemental Tempest, Elemental Toss, Embrace the Pit, Empty Body, Enduring Might, Energy Absorption, Eradicate Undeath, Ethereal Jaunt, Extend Spell, Face in the Crowd, Faerie Dust, False Vision, Fatal Aria, Fey Disappearance, Fey Glamour, Fire Ray, Flame Barrier, Force Bolt, Forced Quiet, Gate, Glibness, Glimpse the Truth, Globe of Invulnerability, Glutton's Jaw, Goodberry, Grasping Grave, Hallucinatory Terrain, Hand of the Apprentice, Heal Animal, Healer's Blessing, Hellfire Plume, Hero's Defiance, Horrific Visage, House of Imaginary Walls, Hurtling Stone, Impaling Briars, Inspire Competence, Inspire Courage, Inspire Defense, Inspire Heroics, Invisibility Cloak, Jealous Hex, Ki Blast, Ki Rush, Ki Strike, Know the Enemy, Lay on Hands, Life Siphon, Lingering Composition, Litany against Sloth, Litany against Wrath, Litany of Righteousness, Localized Quake, Locate, Loremaster's Etude, Lucky Break, Magic Aura, Magic's Vessel, Magnificent Mansion, Malignant Sustenance, Mind Blank, Mind Probe, Mind Reading, Modify Memory, Moonbeam, Mystic Beacon, Nature's Bounty, Nondetection, Overstuff, Passwall, Perfected Form, Perfected Mind, Physical Boost, Plane Shift, Positive Luminance, Possession, Power Word Blind, Power Word Kill, Power Word Stun, Precious Metals, Primal Summons, Private Sanctum, Protection, Protective Ward, Protector's Sacrifice, Protector's Sphere, Pulse of the City, Pushing Gust, Quivering Palm, Raise Dead, Read Fate, Read Omens, Rebuke Death, Remake, Retributive Pain, Reverse Gravity, Rope Trick, Safeguard Secret, Savor the Sting, Scholarly Recollection, Scrying, Shadow Walk, Shared Nightmare, Shifting Form, Soothing Ballade, Soothing Words, Spell Turning, Splash of Art, Stone Tell, Storm Lord, Stormwind Flight, Sudden Shift, Swamp of Sloth, Sweet Dream, Take its Course, Talking Corpse, Telepathic Bond, Teleport, Tempest Surge, Tempt Fate, Tentacular Limbs, Tidal Surge, Tongues, Touch of Obedience, Touch of the Moon, Touch of Undeath (Cleric), Touch of Undeath (Sorcerer), Traveler's Transit, Tree Stride, Trickster's Twin, Triple Time, Undetectable Alignment, Unimpeded Stride, Unity, Unusual Anatomy, Veil of Confidence, Vibrant Thorns, Vigilant Eye, Walking Nightmare, Warped Terrain, Weapon Surge, Wholeness of Body, Wild Morph, Wild Shape, Wild Winds Stance, Wind Jump, Word of Freedom, Word of Truth, You're Mine, Zeal for Battle, Zone of Truth

I really don't like the implication that I have to do something special or play a certain scenario so my cleric can learn Raise Dead.

Scarab Sages 3/5

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Rysky wrote:
Angel Hunter D wrote:
I think the main problem is that it sounds like pretty baseline stuff we used to do in society are no longer accessible - and the Society getting weaker doesn't sit well with lots of us.
... how often were you using teleport in PFS 1e?
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The other issue is, without reliable access to uncommon things, why waste time printing them? Every uncommon item will just serve to be either chronicle fodder or wasted ink because nobody will get to use them.
Uh, just because you can't get them in PFS doesn't mean I can use them in my home game.

Whenever I was high enough level and the scenario benefited from it. Only a few times, but getting teleported by the society wasn't an uncommon thing. And I sure as heck used Raise Dead more often than I wanted.

And I don't really know how else to put it, but your home game isn't the most ubiquitous avenue of play. That's not an argument, especially when we're specifically talking about Society.


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Angel Hunter D wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Angel Hunter D wrote:
I think the main problem is that it sounds like pretty baseline stuff we used to do in society are no longer accessible - and the Society getting weaker doesn't sit well with lots of us.
... how often were you using teleport in PFS 1e?
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The other issue is, without reliable access to uncommon things, why waste time printing them? Every uncommon item will just serve to be either chronicle fodder or wasted ink because nobody will get to use them.
Uh, just because you can't get them in PFS doesn't mean I can use them in my home game.

Whenever I was high enough level and the scenario benefited from it. Only a few times, but getting teleported by the society wasn't an uncommon thing. And I sure as heck used Raise Dead more often than I wanted.

And I don't really know how else to put it, but your home game isn't the most ubiquitous avenue of play. That's not an argument, especially when we're specifically talking about Society.

Playing with people you distrust so much that you need the devs to specifically stop them from screwing with you is also not the most ubiquitous avenue of play, believe it or not.

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Raise Dead is a ritual, but the NPCs will still have access to to it and teleport for getting agents to and fro.

@Syries some (probably a lot) of those spells are Uncommon because they are Class specific and then Bloodline/Doctrine/School specific. And then some are Focus Spells which also follow the above. You don’t have to “jump through hoops” for those, they come with the class selections.

Augment Summoning for example you immediately get for being a Conjurer.

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“And I don't really know how else to put it, but your home game isn't the most ubiquitous avenue of play. That's not an argument, especially when we're specifically talking about Society. ”

Correct Dunpeal, but the point is that PFS is far from the only game being played.

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FowlJ wrote:
Angel Hunter D wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Angel Hunter D wrote:
I think the main problem is that it sounds like pretty baseline stuff we used to do in society are no longer accessible - and the Society getting weaker doesn't sit well with lots of us.
... how often were you using teleport in PFS 1e?
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The other issue is, without reliable access to uncommon things, why waste time printing them? Every uncommon item will just serve to be either chronicle fodder or wasted ink because nobody will get to use them.
Uh, just because you can't get them in PFS doesn't mean I can use them in my home game.

Whenever I was high enough level and the scenario benefited from it. Only a few times, but getting teleported by the society wasn't an uncommon thing. And I sure as heck used Raise Dead more often than I wanted.

And I don't really know how else to put it, but your home game isn't the most ubiquitous avenue of play. That's not an argument, especially when we're specifically talking about Society.

Playing with people you distrust so much that you need the devs to specifically stop them from screwing with you is also not the most ubiquitous avenue of play, believe it or not.

It's not even distrust, it's just a better avenue to take. Even my favourite GMs benefit from consistent and comprehensive rules. The number of times in 1e where someone says "I want to do X" and the GM says "Jesus, how should I make that work?" only to have me or someone else pull it up on my phone is beyond count, and a huge system strength.

We're running the game, not writing it.

Rysky wrote:

“And I don't really know how else to put it, but your home game isn't the most ubiquitous avenue of play. That's not an argument, especially when we're specifically talking about Society. ”

Correct Dunpeal, but the point is that PFS is far from the only game being played.

Come on, no need for names. Behave.

And we're talking about Society play here. Mr Rogers having cancer isn't cured by your neighbours being fine.


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There is a marked theme with some of the uncommonings,restricted access expands stories. Teleport invalidated loads of stories, detect poison outright removes interesting detective work etc.

I can see why they'd want to restrict such things.

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Malk_Content wrote:

There is a marked theme with some of the uncommonings,restricted access expands stories. Teleport invalidated loads of stories, detect poison outright removes interesting detective work etc.

I can see why they'd want to restrict such things.

Or you could, ya know, write appropriate stories for the setting.


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Syries wrote:

By the way if you haven't looked over all the uncommon spells- just spells alone, not even other options- you'll see a good number of spells that were commonly found in PFS.

** spoiler omitted **

^ This list includes focus spells. Which are class powers accessible by class choices. It doesn't really speak to the purported "problem" here. There's plenty of good reason to prevent a Cleric from grabbing the "uncommon" focus spell granted by, say, a domain their deity doesn't have, or a sorcerer bloodline, or whatever


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Angel Hunter D wrote:
Malk_Content wrote:

There is a marked theme with some of the uncommonings,restricted access expands stories. Teleport invalidated loads of stories, detect poison outright removes interesting detective work etc.

I can see why they'd want to restrict such things.

Or you could, ya know, write appropriate stories for the setting.

They now will be because this is a setting where those kinds of things are uncommon. Which is much more akin to the lore of the setting anyway

And PFS is rather big on lore from my recollection...


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Angel Hunter D wrote:
Malk_Content wrote:

There is a marked theme with some of the uncommonings,restricted access expands stories. Teleport invalidated loads of stories, detect poison outright removes interesting detective work etc.

I can see why they'd want to restrict such things.

Or you could, ya know, write appropriate stories for the setting.

Is it even worth pointing out that the rarity toggles reflect the setting? This option or that option are not-common in Golarion, in the Inner Sea, in the setting for the PFS campaign. You want a different setting, play a different campaign


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I mean if the setting actually reflected pf1 mechanics it would be staggeringly different.

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Changing the setting is a different solution, and not one I like.

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Angel Hunter D wrote:
Come on, no need for names. Behave.
My apologies, I was making a Vampire Hunter D reference.
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And we're talking about Society play here. Mr Rogers having cancer isn't cured by your neighbours being fine.

... what

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I think it's worth pointing out too that some of the "rare" options are actually mechanically different or in some cases "better".

Sawtooth sabres are a very restricted item, but they're also the highest damage dice on a 1-handed agile weapon too *and* the only weapon with the Twin trait. If access was not restricted, they would likely end up being the only choice for TWF characters.

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Org Play Guide wrote:
Achievement Points: By playing, running, and reporting Pathfinder Society games, participants earn Achievement Points (abbreviated ACP), a special online currency with which they can purchase special rewards like access to uncommon ancestries, items, spells, and more.

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Rysky wrote:
Angel Hunter D wrote:
Come on, no need for names. Behave.
My apologies, I was making a Vampire Hunter D reference.
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And we're talking about Society play here. Mr Rogers having cancer isn't cured by your neighbours being fine.
... what

The depths of a disagreement might not be the best time for such references.

And the Mr Rogers thing was trying to emphasize that something working in your private games has no effect on society play and it's different needs due to the scale of the game and it's play experience goals.

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You coulda used a less extreme and out of left field comparison.

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Syries wrote:


By the way if you haven't looked over all the uncommon spells- just spells alone, not even other options- you'll see a good number of spells that were commonly found in PFS.
** spoiler omitted **...

Umm... that list includes a bunch of Focus spells that you can indeed have in Society play. They generally require a Class Feat. For instance Dirge of Doom, Allegro, Counter Performance and more are all available to Bards who have selected them as class feats. That list includes a host of others from other classes that are totally available if you select that class feat.


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NightTrace wrote:
Sawtooth sabres are a very restricted item, but they're also the highest damage dice on a 1-handed agile weapon too *and* the only weapon with the Twin trait. If access was not restricted, they would likely end up being the only choice for TWF characters.

Umm, the bit about the Twin trait is true, but the damage dice isn't. According to the core rulebook they do 1d6, same as a shortsword. Archive of Nethys says 1d8, but that seems to be an error.

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I experienced this myself as my halfling rogue dual-wielding kukri is not currently possible. But that doesn’t stop me from playing the game. There are plenty other character builds I am interested in until such time as the option I want becomes available. The minute I read about rarity, I knew it was going to be a problem for some people.

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The rarity isn't stopping me from wanting to play the game- far from it.

I'm merely expressing concern about how rarity is going to be handled for a campaign with a huge melting pot of people from all over the world going on adventures all over the world and even to different planes.

If I go on an adventure to Qadira can I stop at a local market to purchase a weapon that's common to the area (aka a kukri) or do I just have to get lucky and find it on a chronicle sheet?

If I'm by the Acadamae, can I spend my downtime researching an uncommon spell to learn?

I'm honestly fine with having a rarity system, but I think the hard-set rules for how uncommon+ things are handled aren't going to translate very smoothly to PFS. It's going to bum me out so much if I have to research what I get on my chronicle sheets before I play an adventure, so I know who I want to bring to the game.

Rare and Unique items being severely limited? That's fine, because it indicates it's so hard to come by only a select few people can get/make the thing (rare) or it's literally one of a kind (unique). But Uncommon falls under neither of those, so I feel there should be a system in place where a person can consistently obtain uncommon items for their characters.

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Org Play Guide wrote: wrote:
Achievement Points: By playing, running, and reporting Pathfinder Society games, participants earn Achievement Points (abbreviated ACP), a special online currency with which they can purchase special rewards like access to uncommon ancestries, items, spells, and more.

If that's the case, that really helps alleviate my concerns. That being said, hopefully a player can obtain enough achievement points to acquire uncommon items/abilities at a reasonable rate.

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Bob Jonquet wrote:
I experienced this myself as my halfling rogue dual-wielding kukri is not currently possible. But that doesn’t stop me from playing the game. There are plenty other character builds I am interested in until such time as the option I want becomes available. The minute I read about rarity, I knew it was going to be a problem for some people.

We might have to wait until the world guide releases or we get some clarification to which region Kukris belong. Fortunately, weapon focus is no longer a thing and you can likely move your runes.


Syries wrote:


By the way if you haven't looked over all the uncommon spells- just spells alone, not even other options- you'll see a good number of spells that were commonly found in PFS.

This list appears to contain the focus powers for all the classes, which are perfectly accessible without a chronicle sheet to characters who made the appropriate choices during creation or level up.

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rooneg wrote:
NightTrace wrote:
Sawtooth sabres are a very restricted item, but they're also the highest damage dice on a 1-handed agile weapon too *and* the only weapon with the Twin trait. If access was not restricted, they would likely end up being the only choice for TWF characters.
Umm, the bit about the Twin trait is true, but the damage dice isn't. According to the core rulebook they do 1d6, same as a shortsword. Archive of Nethys says 1d8, but that seems to be an error.

Well good, this is what I get for making a comment at work and pulling AoN as my reference :P

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So I removed the focus powers, and tried to cluster/guess why the spells were uncommon:

INTRIGUE: REVEALS PLOT OR HIDES FROM DETECTION
Detect Alignment
Detect Poison
Detect Scrying
Discern Lies
Discern Location
Drop Dead
False Vision
Glibness
Hallucinatory Terrain
Locate
Mind Blank
Mind Probe
Mind Reading
Modify Memory
Nondetection
Read Omens
Scrying
Stone Tell
Talking Corpse
Telepathic Bond
Tongues
Undetectable Alignment

POCKET PARADISE: EASILY SET UP A REALLY SAFE RESTING PLACE ANYWHERE
Circle of Protection
Magnificent Mansion
Private Sanctum
Protection (this one I don't really understand, it doesn't seem that fundamental)
Rope Trick

TRAVEL & RESTRICTIONS: PCs SUDDENLY TELEPORTING OFF THE RAILS
Dimensional Lock
Ethereal Jaunt
Gate
Passwall
Plane Shift
Shadow Walk
Teleport
Tree Stride

SOUL MAGIC
Bind Soul
Dominate
Possession
Raise Dead
Crusade

ANTIMAGIC
Disjunction
Globe of Invulnerability
Spell Turning

NO SAVE
Power Word Blind
Power Word Kill
Power Word Stun
Reverse Gravity

Remake (recreates destroyed magic items and MacGuffins)

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This doesn't do much for the perception that 2e limits ideas for characters by not letting you build what you want

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This doesn't do much for the perception that 2e limits ideas for characters by not letting you build what you want

Yeah, I'm kinda heartbroken I can't buy spaceships with my starting cash in 2E. On the plus side, I can make a non-human archer who doesn't suck at level 1. It's like the new system isn't 100% good or bad.

Seriously, looking at the list of uncommon spells, it seems like there's two big things that they wanted the GM to have more control over.

One is intrigue. In PF1 they had to write a whole chapter in Ultimate Intrigue for GMs frustrated because people kept solving plots with low level divination spells. A lot of classic detective stories were not really possible in PF1 because nonmagical villains just weren't able to cover their crimes well enough. Making almost all those spells uncommon and then allowing the GM to decide whether to allow access, gives GMs the choice what kind of campaign they want to do. Instead of having to comb through the cleric's default spell list crossing things out.

The other one is movement, I think pretty much all spells that allow you to teleport/planar travel/whatever through an opaque barrier are uncommon. Note that Dimension Door isn't uncommon; but you can't take your friends with you and you have to have line of sight. The setup is clearly to make Scry & Fry a GM choice instead of a default option.

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Seriously, looking at the list of uncommon spells, it seems like there's two big things that they wanted the GM to have more control over.

One is intrigue. In PF1 they had to write a whole chapter in Ultimate Intrigue for GMs frustrated because people kept solving plots with low level divination spells. A lot of classic detective stories were not really possible in PF1 because nonmagical villains just weren't able to cover their crimes well enough. Making almost all those spells uncommon and then allowing the GM to decide whether to allow access, gives GMs the choice what kind of campaign they want to do. Instead of having to comb through the cleric's default spell list crossing things out.

The other one is movement, I think pretty much all spells that allow you to teleport/planar travel/whatever through an opaque barrier are uncommon. Note that Dimension Door isn't uncommon; but you can't take your friends with you and you have to have line of sight. The setup is clearly to make Scry & Fry a GM choice instead of a default option.

Thats nice for home games, but what does all that have to do with Society games?

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Thats nice for home games, but what does all that have to do with Society games?

Society games are even more likely to have characters break scenarios, that's the nature of not usually having the same play group week after week and being able to take your character anywhere. If anything, uncommon game breaking options being uncommon is more helpful for society than home games since there's not usually the negotiate your character with your GM to make sure it works with what the GM has planned aspect that many home groups engage in.

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Rarity is definitely a huge boon for Society play. The system will make GMing easier and playing much more consistent.

Grand Lodge 5/5 Regional Venture-Coordinator, Great Lakes aka TwilightKnight

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Or it will make people mad because they cannot play the character they want because of rarity restrictions. We don't yet know which group is larger or if either will have a meaningful impact on participation.

Silver Crusade 5/5

Do we know yet what accomplishment boons allow?

I think it would be great if access to uncommon items cost accomplishment pts. That way kukri wielding rogues would be possible but not ubiquitous.

Of course, that raises the "trivial" issue of deciding the cost

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Or until every rogue has a kukri (or equivalent) and they just decide to ban the thing like PF1 because it's the 'only' option...

Sovereign Court 4/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Leiden aka Ascalaphus

Well gnomes (and therefore humans) can already get them. But they don't increase their proficiency beyond trained very easily, so I don't think it's actually worth it.

The Exchange 1/5 ⦵⦵⦵⦵ Venture-Agent aka Shaudius

Lau Bannenberg wrote:
Well gnomes (and therefore humans) can already get them. But they don't increase their proficiency beyond trained very easily, so I don't think it's actually worth it.

Reading the entry it seems gnomes get proficiency but not access, which is odd and perhaps unintentional.

Sovereign Court 4/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Leiden aka Ascalaphus

Shawn Goldman wrote:
Lau Bannenberg wrote:
Well gnomes (and therefore humans) can already get them. But they don't increase their proficiency beyond trained very easily, so I don't think it's actually worth it.
Reading the entry it seems gnomes get proficiency but not access, which is odd and perhaps unintentional.

I thought (but don't have a source handy) that if you specifically gain proficiency in an uncommon thing that you also get access to it.

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Lau Bannenberg wrote:


Yeah, I'm kinda heartbroken I can't buy spaceships with my starting cash in 2E.

If you're making it as hard to get your hands on a sword as a spaceship you're kind of making my point.

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Bob Jonquet wrote:
Or it will make people mad because they cannot play the character they want because of rarity restrictions. We don't yet know which group is larger or if either will have a meaningful impact on participation.

Bob hits on a key point here, but it's not just about numbers. Of course there will be more players who want everything than GMs who don't. Many of the GMs who don't want everything allowed are those who haven't even GM'd yet, and were intimidated by the huge number of options they'd have to "master". So a strict counting of opinions isn't going to necessarily provide the best long-term option for the campaign.

New GMs are the lifeblood of this campaign. PFS1 made it more difficult to recruit new GMs as PCs became able to trivialize every encounter with options many people hadn't even heard of. Rarity allows the Campaign staff to see how options work and how the campaign progresses, using a brand-new rules system which may have other issues yet to be uncovered in Organized Play.

Maybe there will be ways to unlock items using achievement points and not just through chronicles. Let's wait and see before declaring the whole system unusable because of a few weapons and some mostly class-specific spells.

Grand Lodge 5/5 Regional Venture-Coordinator, Great Lakes aka TwilightKnight

Lau Bannenberg wrote:
Shawn Goldman wrote:
Lau Bannenberg wrote:
Well gnomes (and therefore humans) can already get them. But they don't increase their proficiency beyond trained very easily, so I don't think it's actually worth it.
Reading the entry it seems gnomes get proficiency but not access, which is odd and perhaps unintentional.
I thought (but don't have a source handy) that if you specifically gain proficiency in an uncommon thing that you also get access to it.

In listening to Mark and Jason discuss the rules, 2E has much more precision language. Think of it like the rule for card game that indicates the rules say what they mean and do not imply what they don’t mean. While a gnome gains proficiency with kukri, the language is different that than of similar rules like the elven weapon proficiency, etc. They gain ACESS to weapons with gnome in the name, but only PROFICIENCY with the short list of weapons including kukri. Because of the precision language, access does not equal proficiency.

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So another problem I see with this system, and that nobody seems to have mentioned yet, is chronicle fishing. What's to stop people from using certain games to get access to something that would make their character work better/be more on theme? I understand that we can buy boons via playing, but if chronicles themselves have access to these options it'd be impossible to stop fishing.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Companion, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

How was it possible to stop in PFS1?

Sovereign Court 4/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Leiden aka Ascalaphus

That seems like an error on gnomes/kukris though. Every other ancestry feat that modifies proficiency in an uncommon weapon also gives access to that weapon.

Grand Lodge 5/5 Regional Venture-Coordinator, Great Lakes aka TwilightKnight

I would agree if it was an issue of a missing word or word choice, but the way it was written seems to be intentional. Also, we had this conversation in Slack and Mark Seifter commented multiple times and never indicated any errata.

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