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Beerfiend, who is a level 11 Skald Mythic 4 trickster, is kind of figuring out if he can 1v1 a Balor or not.
He probably cant because power word stun, so he would need a scroll of giant form 2 to get enough con for being above power word stun thresshold.

Yeap, 1v1 Balors at level 11, mythic is one hell of a trip.


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DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:
I'm amazed at people finishing an AP in 10-15 months. I've been running Jade Regent since 2012.

I couldn't imagine taking 10 years for a campaign!

We do weekly 6 hour sessions, which makes a huge difference. The players all take the time they want to build relationships and side-quests when they want to (two get qute attached to NPCs), but they're fairly focused on the adventuring part of the APs and want most everything they do to be related to the main plot.
They all agree that they prefer to level up at least every 4 sessions, which typically works out, and none of them want to take too long with a campaign. This is partly because they want to try other classes and characters, partly because details from the beginning of the campaigns typically come back in later on so if a campaign took a few years they'd forget a lot of the details.

The APs I've run have taken:
Kingmaker: 52 sessions
Hell's Rebels: 40 sessions
Mummy's Mask: 38 sessions
Curse of the Crimson Throne: 37 sessions
Reign of Winter: 46 sessions


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Tsukiyo wrote:
Currently enamoured with the old 32 page modules. Allow for genre hopping to keep things interesting. Also, a lot of those old modules are really good. Current trends in D&D/PF adventure writing leave me cold.

Yeah I know the feeling. Kind of why I picked up the PDFs for Night Below and converted it to a Pathfinder campaign.

There is a lot to be said for an old school sandbox


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Next game day we will be making characters for Reign of Winter.


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It's honestly barely hanging by a thread now. First COVID cost us many game sessions and this year scheduling and health matters among the whole tribe have seen us play three, maybe four games all year. I sunk a ton of work into revamping an older unfinished campaign at the request of the players and we've played in it precisely once. I'm not seeing an end-of-tunnel light at the moment.


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I will update what classes/characters will be eventually. Right now I am deciding from a Aasimar Unchained Monk(Scaled Fist), Human Sorceress(Unicorn), or Catfolk Kineticist(Air)(Overwhelming Soul).


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That sucks, Cal. Hope things, improve. Maybe it's time to run some easy, light-hearted filler games for those who can show up and leave the big game to the times you all can make it.

We are now two sessions in to Mummy's Mask solo game, one PC's final adventure towards Immortality. No adjustment to encounters and PC is doing very well so far. Unfair ability scores, abilities and gear make a difference. We'll see how long that lasts. I may truncate the AP a bit so we don't have a year or so of a solo game.


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I may do that. I've been going over some old notes to see what I can work into some "pop up" adventures.


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They have looted a Dwarven Vault and found where the Bandits are hiding in the forest (though decided not to deal with the bandits just yet).

At present they are escorting a Merchant friend of theirs to a Party at Lord Palfray's castle

Sovereign Court

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Currently running a Savage Tide conversion for Pathfinder 1e, also reset in Golarion.

We record and release under the title The Hobbled Goblin Podcast and have been going for the better part of 3 years (with only a short gap because of COVID).

I’m the DM, but my players are a mixed bunch of misfits and fun types. Our set up is pretty high quality and the story progression has been awesome so far.

Everyone is 10th level, and they are about to protect the small settlement of Farshore from an onslaught of pirates, demons and worse!


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We have four players for Reign of Winter

Aasimar Unchained Monk(Scaled Fist)
Aasimar Shaman
Gnome Arcanist
Samsaran Inquisitor

Also using an optional rule that we loose 25% of wealth for an ability point gained every level after 1st. No magic items that increase stats such as belts, headbands, tomes, manuals, etc.


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Well they fought off a bandit ambush on the river. Smoke grenades laced with caustic spices and chemicals to make Verbal casting difficult (40% spell fail), not a huge problem but some of them got fairly hurt.

On they way to the party they heard about the Palfray Curse. Which has kept the Palfray family to a single heir for generations. Lord Palfray's other sons died within a year of their coming of age and if the curse holds true, now that he has only a single heir the Lord himself will die within a year of his son's coming of age.

The big party happens and Bart, the Celestial Badger animal Companion of the group's Aasimar Druid detects something amiss, triggers it's Smite Evil and chases an invisible something out the window. From Lord Palfray the group learns the truth. There is a Curse, long ago a court wizard tried to usurp the Palfray rule and summoned a devil, only to die by it's hands. However since then the Devil has haunted the Palfray family, kill it's members while allowing the line to remain.
The Key to defeating this devil, lies in a hidden sanctum in the Great Rock Dale, but the key to that is the Arcane Focus of the wizard who died long ago. His body should still be in the Old Keep hidden in the forest.

The very same one the Bandits now occupy.


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As our heroes made preparations to head for Thornwood and the Bandit keep, a wounded soldier arrived with dire news. Investigating an ancient barrow one of Lord Palfray's patrols had unleashed a small horde of undead. The poor soldiers died shortly after relaying his news only to rise again as one of the undead. Though they were able to lay the man to rest Belton found himself cursed by the same necromancy. Fortunately Tauster was able to perform a ritual to remove the foul magic.
Decided to asses the new threat our heroes head into the hills to find the barrow. They discovered that the other members of the patrol have themselves become undead and after defeating them, and a few other ancient zombies, they made retreat the better part of valor as a swarm of more than a dozen undead surged fro the crypt, lead by a pair of Barrow Wights and the Barrow king behind them giving orders. Retreating back to the Keep they informed lord Palfray of their discoveries when Gondreen appeared and offered them a bit of advice. Long ago, The Palfray founder, a Paladin of Libra battled a terrible death cult in Hardlow woods. Though the cult was defeated the woods were cursed and many of Palfray's companions fell in the battle. Their holy relics might still be found there, and would prove invaluable against the undead.
and so our heroes set out for Hardlow Wood


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We played this Sunday and had much better luck, no one dropped to 0 HP or bellow this time. We are still level 1 but will more then likely be level 2 by the end of the next session.


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And then they changed their mind and went to the bandit keep instead of Hardlow Wood....I glad I had been getting the thing ready, huge battle in a 3d printed castle with multiple floors.

Knowing the keep was filled with enemies they chose to attack under the cover of night, Sneaking through the broken walls they ambushed the guards and managed to get into the courtyard before Axonite's clumsiness alerted someone to their presence. Belton brought forth the wrath of nature to occupy the bandits in the court yard entangling them with vines and roots. Azreal ambushed the guards on the walls and Axonite and Ashillar unleashed their respective wraths at any foe in reach. Ashillar got himself thrown from the walls to the courtyard below, Azreal used his rope and grapple to swing from one watch tower to the next. The Bandit leaders joined the fray but were forced to take the long way around because of Belton's Entangle spell. They were both handily dispatched and the battle was one. However Azreal had caught a brief glimpse of the evil priest who had ambushed them the month before and as they entered the main tower in search of him, they found he has fled to the dungeons below the keep.


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We officially kicked off our new campaign in October. Tonight will be our second game in it. The friggin' real world and its attendant foibles just keep screwing us over.

I'll be running what was to be our Halloween game. It'll be a pretty humorous one, as opposed to some of the really grim ones I've come up with in the past. I also have a couple of folks who were once part of the collective for many years in town this weekend and they'll be joining in for the first time in a long, long time.

Forum member Phillip Gastone came up with homebrewed stats for the One Eyed, One Horned Flying Purple People Eater in October of this year and it will be the baddy for the evening. It's a brilliant piece of work and I can't wait to use it. I modified it somewhat to fit with our house rules and it should be a hoot.

One Eyed, One Horned Flying Purple People Eater


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The game was a bust. At the last minute, one of the crew texted me to let me know he had strep throat so he and his daughter wouldn't be able to attend. My remote player was having issues with her computer and she couldn't log into any remote gaming or conference website. My player who drove over two hours forgot her character sheet. I had a copy on my computer so I let her borrow my laptop to access it, but then that began to b&!%#%&s up. By this point over an hour had passed and I had just completely lost all momentum and interest in running the game.

Silver Crusade

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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
The game was a bust. At the last minute, one of the crew texted me to let me know he had strep throat so he and his daughter wouldn't be able to attend. My remote player was having issues with her computer and she couldn't log into any remote gaming or conference website. My player who drove over two hours forgot her character sheet. I had a copy on my computer so I let her borrow my laptop to access it, but then that began to b&!#~*#s up. By this point over an hour had passed and I had just completely lost all momentum and interest in running the game.

Sometimes the fates are cruel. I hope your next experience is better.


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DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:
Sometimes the fates are cruel. I hope your next experience is better.

Thank you. I didn't fall asleep until around seven this morning, so as usual, my brain started churning.

I've tried to not think about it very much but last night just made me really wonder if I was finally "done with gaming." I still love the IDEA of playing in and creating a fantasy setting, all of the bells and whistles that can be found in the rules of a game system, and the friendships I've made over the last 37 years as a dice-hurling nerd. But in the last couple of years, with our almost total cessation of gaming because of COVID, the personal stumbling blocks from myself on through the rest of the group from conflicting schedules to health-related events, game night after game night was rescheduled or just canceled. But the frustration of just trying to get the stinking game STARTED last night and then shutting it down before I even finished setting the opening scene really has me thinking. I honestly don't know what I would do as a hobby without gaming as it's been the primary focus of my leisure time and creative energy for almost four decades.


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Too bad we will not be playing again till next month. I hope my character survives this campaign, been enjoying playing my monk.


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Skull & Shackles is going fantastically!
We started with Souls for the Smuggler's Shiv (relocated to the northern edge of the Cannibal Isles). While there they resuced Inkskin from the cannibals and then fought of Plugg and Scourge, who were copying ancient texts in a long-lost temple. From there they were rescued and brought to Lilywhite to start off Plunder & Peril. Inkskin was thankfully able to meet up with her old friend Captain Lanteri during the Rum Punch Festival since Lanteri has the ship and crew to get the to treasure and Inkskin has the map.
After defeating another ship the officers and crew were split in half with some giving sad goodbyes to the PCs and then taking the new ship south to get refitted.
I've been able to use most of the NPCs from book 1 of Skull & Shackles as well as some of the encounters. While they're travelling around the Shackles I've been using most of the encounters in chapter two from book 2 of S&S and I'll be using the first chapter of book 2 between Plunder & Peril and book 3 of S&S.
The PCs throughly trounced a captain of another ship and they've been quite popular amoung the crew and officers on the Magpie Princess, which is setting the good Captain a little on edge, but I'm sure nothing bad will come of that, especially with Slippery Syl, who one of the PCs made a mortal enemy of recently, whispering false stories into the captains ear. Caulky Taroon, who's still loyal to her previous captain, is making her own plans as well....


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We have liberated the Ivory sanctum off hits 800K or so worth of loot!

However, vicious extremists known as "Pathfinders" have tried to assassinate "Crusader commander Beerfiend", their so called "Society boons" that disappear the loot of their fallen being particularly indicative of some type of Demonic infiltration! Our heroic Skald went straight into the lair of the beast, and found that several of the pathfinders were under dominate effects!

Expecting a Demonic infiltrator, he bravely charged through the pathfinders ranks, managing to not actually kill anyone (I used mythic arcane strike to add the mercifull property to my weapons), only to find that the Pathfinder lodge leader was actually a mythic young red ragon!

The foul beast was quickly laid low, only for his mother, an ancient red dragon, to suddenly materialize and be very irate.

Will Nerosyan become collateral damage in "Mythic murder hoboes vs Pathfinder lodge led by an Ancient red dragon"?

Out of character, our GM is playing Baphomet as the manipulative bastard he is, constantly seeking to sick organizations like the Pathfinder society, the Aspis consortium, the Technik league, the Mendevian inquisition, the Galtese "Beurau de la Frappe Secrete" (Office of secret deterrence), the Andoran "Black Eagles" (Eagle Knight black ops), several hell knight orders or the "Irreseni Kommisariat for special affairs" (Anti extraplanar Irriseni NKVD) on the intrepid heroes.

I think he is currently plotting to sick Pharasmins on us because one character went for mythic immortality.

Bribing Nocticula to specifically not sick the Succubus Speznaz on us, using a lot of mind enchancing mythic booze clearly was a rational and intelligent decision, right? Right?


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Entering in the Dungeons below the keep the heroes faced several ambushes and deadly traps, rescued an imprisoned young girl, kidnapped for her latent magical powers and discovered a shrine to one of the Demon Princes made in a desecrated temple to Avanna. the Priest they found hiding in a secret room protected by Zombies and Orcs. A series of unfortunate mishaps put the heroes in a bind and Azrel fell victim to the Priests sinister magic, turning against his allies. Fortunately Bart the Badger was able to eviscerate the Priest and the others were able to subdue their companion.


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Pretty much a shopping day and talking to NPCs, although they have also started training the various kid's they have picked up along their adventures.

Next week they finally start heading for Hardlow Woods


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Travelling through the hills, accompanied by Lianna, Chancy and the three kids. The group came across a pair of Ogres setting an ambush. As they made short work of the Ogres they discovered that their target was in fact the Terror of the Hills, a deadly Flail Snail. Ashillar's psychic powers seemed to reflect back at him, off the creatures magical shell and Axonite was pummelled brutally by it's flail like appendages. Azreal, ran his Halberd into the shell where Axonite had cracked it open and managed to finally kill the beast. After that they rescued a miner from another ogre, visited Belton's cave and Lianna's farm before entering into Hardlow Wood. In their search they came across a grizzly sight of a group of Orcs their skin flayed from their bodies. Moving on guided by Belton and pushing on through the night, they found the Gleaming Glade. Here an endless army of skeletons and the shadowy condemned soul of an ancient priest of Orcus sought to claim their lives. Ashillar managed to find the Wraith's weakness, the dead decaying tree at the centre of the Glade and used his psychic powers to set it ablaze, quickly attracting the dead priest's wrath. While He tried to fight off the wraith the rest of the group smashed their way through the Skeletons to battle the Skeletal General at their heart. With a combined effort they brought the undead warrior down and with his defeat the Skeletal Horde fell, but The Dead Priest remains and the fight continues next week.


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We played last Sunday, had one death(Inquisitor) and our Gnome Arcnaist almost died. We did get to have our Inquisitor raised but lost out in 500GP per person reward for saving that noble woman. So glad we finally got to 2nd level.


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After numerous starts and reschedulings, I ran my Halloween adventure this past Saturday. It was a one-off that really didn't impact the campaign itself, but was just designed to be the game I run every year. I had eleven players (didn't expect three of them). It didn't run really late, though, as one of them figured out early on that the BBEG was The One Horned One Eyed Flying Purple People Eater so I just went ahead with the boss fight. It was a blast.


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Jade Regent: We are on book 4. The kitsune ranger used her Disguise Self magical tail to appear as a Withered Blossom Warrior. She "tied up" the rest of the party to pass as "prisoners" and bluffed her way through the hobgoblin encampments for two levels of Munasukaru's Penance. She kept rolling 20s on her Disguise and Bluff checks and I kept rolling a bunch of 1s on Perception and Self Motive. It was hilarious.

Mummy's Mask: I moved the setting to 1920s Earth. Magic is real, but hidden. I replaced many of the bad guys with proto-Nazi cultists called The Thule Society made up of German WW 1 veterans. Instead of the Ossumentals in Book 5, I borrowed the stats for the Russian troops and tanks from Reign of Winter. The party sorcerer is Betty White who was Isekai'd from 21st century and now goes by Betty the White. She cast reverse gravity on the tanks and through them up in the air. The party managed to commandeer one mostly in-tact and are now using that to attack Hakotep's pyramid.


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After breezing through book one of Mummy's Mask, book two has slowed progress considerably. So far I have not had to nerf encounters as written to fit a solo game (and in a few cases I have buffed them), but they are becoming increasingly difficult for the PC, so I may have to do some adjusting soon.

Grand Lodge

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Eyes of the Ten Part IV should hopefully complete this coming Monday. After that, not sure what other PFS I will be playing. Maybe some 2E.

Strange Aeons is shaping up nicely. I have a telekineticist who sees a lion-headed snake made of clouds in his dreams. Excited to learn what he has forgotten.


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They managed to survive the Wraith Priest, though drained of CON. Gathered up some Undead fighting magic items and Got some recovery time in Lord Palfray's keep and some help from the Wandering Priest Lafayer. After that they went and hunted down the Barghest of the Redwood. Next week they have their sights set on the Barrow King's tomb.

should they survive they will hit 5th level.


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Shuffled together Skull & Shackles is going well.
The group (plus Inkskin) explored a small island, saved some hippocampi, and after looking over Inkskin's tattoos were able to track down Jemma Redclaw's treasure. After easily killing one captain and tossing the unconcious body of another into the gore-filled water they had a chance to start to look over the black coral covered ship.
Next session they'll try to figure out how to sail the Eth Abaddon, which has them a little concerned as there's a metal plinth instead of somewhere to mount a steering wheel. If they figure it out they'll set sail to Freeport (the capital of The Shackles) to meet with the Hurricane King and gain a letter of marque.


Got an hour into my last session and had an extremely bad panic attack and had to shut the whole thing down. Three players drove 2.5 hours to get here. I felt really bad about that, but I was on the verge of going to the hospital. So once again, my campaign is stalled. And honestly, I am not having a good time anymore.

I've been the Perma-GM since 2001 (and most of the 16 years prior to that) and I have nothing left in me. I love the IDEA of gaming still and reading all the monster stats, feats, spells, etc. I love the lore and world-building. I just don't think I want to play for a while. Maybe a long while. But then I feel guilty because one of my 30 year veteran players has a terminal illness and the other has had five strokes and can no longer drive (he's one of the ones who travel the 2.5 hours to get here). But if his drivers land jobs that demand they work on weekends, then HE will be left out.

....sigh....


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You should have this conversation with your players. Sounds like you're burned out and could use some time away from the DM screen. Have you asked one of them to GM a one-shot for a couple months to give you a break? Play some Kingmaker or Wrath of the Righteous Crpg to get in your gaming without the headaches of live play for a while?


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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
....sigh....

I'd agree that you need a break to recharge AND afterwards get a co-GM to run the game you cooperatively built as you play an NPC party assistant or the main NPC foe. The goal is to reduce your stress levels. Talk to your group.

In the meantime I'd switch to canned PF1 Org Play scenarios tweaking them with social/puzzle/non-martial challenges as needed working in an AP for higher levels. That should make it relatively easy as the Org Play rules are expansive and out there. It's a good format for trial/training GMs or as a player and GM assist.
While it is not as much fun being a laptop at the table, video chat and VTTs are out there.


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I've given playing online some thought recently as no one in my group will GM, even a one shot. I've asked before. I sometimes wonder if, because I'm disabled and can no longer work, I should have nothing to do but create adventures all day long. One of the guys thought it would be cool to get a DC Heroes game going again (we played that all throught the 1990s and it was so much fun). So, a bunch of us sunk our money into expensive, out of print rulebooks and he ran two sessions and then decided it was too much trouble trying to come up with adventures. He did the same with a Star Trek RPG. One game, then "too much trouble".

I'll take a gander at the Org Play stuff. Thanks!


Our last game session was cancelled so hopefully we will be gaming this Sunday.

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