Pathfinder Second Edition: GM Downtime


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Yo!
So, the question about GMs receiving downtime for the Chronicle sheets the earn running scenarios has come up in a few places. We should have an update on the subject hitting the guide soon, but in the meantime I wanted to clarify for everyone that "YES" GM's do receive Downtime for every Chronicle sheet they earn, whether learning or playing.

It is very likely you will have a follow up question regarding the particulars of how to apply that Downtime, so I've pulled some of Linda's in-progress update text and pasted it in the spoiler below to assist with clarifying that as well.

Applying a Chronicle:

Assigning a Chronicle sheet means picking which character gets it. This is typically done when you enter your information on the reporting sheet for the event.

Applying a Chronicle sheet means filling out all of its information and modifying your character’s information accordingly. This typically happens at the same time you assign a Chronicle sheet, though there are some exceptions as explained below.

Applying Chronicle Sheets after the Session
There are two primary reasons that someone might apply a Chronicle sheet outside of the session. GMs are likely to apply their Chronicle sheets after the session, rather than filling everything out at the table. This is especially true if they are running multiple games in the same day, or if they do not have the character who is receiving credit for the scenario on hand. The second common situation that leads to Chronicle sheets being applied out of session concerns scenarios played with pregenerated characters. After playing a scenario with a pregenerated character, a player can wait to apply it until the character receiving credit for the scenario reaches an appropriate level.

In either case, Chronicle sheets that are applied later still grant Downtime. When resolving the effects of this Downtime, such as determining the bonus that the character has on checks to Earn Income and which items they can craft, use the level of the character at the time they apply the Chronicle sheet.
Example: Aubrey is a GM. Over the course of a convention, she runs four scenarios, and she assigns all four of them to the same character, Kyralos. Before any of these Chronicle sheets, Kyralos had just reached level 3. Aubrey applies Chronicle sheets to Kyralos one at a time. She wants to spend all of her Downtime to Earn Income, using her Scribing Lore. For the first three Chronicle sheets, Kyralos is level 3, and her bonus on Scribing Lore is +5. She doesn’t have any special boons or rewards that help her find better tasks, but she can always find tasks of up to her level -2, as described in the Downtime section of this guide. So Kyra finds three level 1 tasks and rolls three Scribing Lore checks against DC 15, the standard DC for a level 1 task on page 503 of the Core Rulebook. For her next Chronicle sheet, Kyralos is level 4. Aubrey levels up Kyralos to 4, which increases Kyralos’s bonus on Scribing Lore to +6, and allows her to always find level 2 tasks. Now Aubrey rolls one check at +6 against a DC of 16. While her chances of success are the same in this particular example, this level 2 task lets Kyra earn more money.

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Thanks Michael!

4/5 Venture-Agent, Maryland—Hagerstown aka Z...D...

Well, my GM's will be excited to hear this. Thanks, great improvement from first ed.

Scarab Sages 4/5

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Thank you! I particularly appreciate the inclusion of an example. More of that going forward, please!

Shadow Lodge 5/5 ⦵⦵⦵⦵ Venture-Captain, Indiana—Southern aka CanisDirus

Thanks very much for this! I know several local GMs who will be very happy to read this!

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

Good to have a bit of clarity on this. Doing downtime at application, not at assignment, makes a lot of sense.

A few more questions -

"After playing a scenario with a pregenerated character, a player can wait to apply it until the character receiving credit for the scenario reaches an appropriate level."

Isn't this mandatory?

"So Kyra finds three level 1 tasks and rolls three Scribing Lore checks against DC 15, the standard DC for a level 1 task on page 503 of the Core Rulebook."

So a GM (or player, with pending pregen credit) applies chronicles at some later point, and then Earn Income results are determined. But isn't it a bit weird that the GM or player is witnessing their own rolls? I mean, we don't let people show up with characters with home-rolled scores either.

While PF2 doesn't have Take 10 as a normal component anymore, this seems like a good place for it. Basically, if you have to roll a d20 for a downtime task but there is no GM to witness it (or if you're the GM who'd be witnessing yourself), then just assume you rolled a 10.

(Considering level -2 Earn Income tasks are fairly easy, most people easily clear that DC on a 10, but they'd also clear it most of the time when rolling. Actually, critical hits are not that unlikely when rolling.)

4/5 Venture-Agent, Maryland—Hagerstown aka Z...D...

What I did with a certain boon that allowed GMs to roll dayjob checks in PF1 was to take the extra chronicle, which you intend to assign to your character, roll a d20, and put the result down in the notes section. Have one of your players initial, with or with out their ID number, and boom, there is your witness.

Later, when you apply it, calculate the the total for the task with the initialed d20 result.

Not saying this is how it supposed to be, but it is what I found that put my mind at ease.

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

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I feel like a lot of people have not seen this. Would be extra useful to have it in the guide.

Liberty's Edge 3/5 Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

Wow. This should be a sticky until the guide is updated!

Thank you!

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