Monday, April 29, 2013

Sunday, April 28, 2013

It's Been Awhile...

...since I looked at Mr Welch.

1550. The Dirty Harry 'Feeling Lucky Punk' speech doesn't work with a longbow.
1582. I need to stop telling new players bards were the original prestige class.
1599. There is no prize for having the prettiest werewolf.
1603. I am not El Vago the Gay Blade.  (Should we make an exception for Randy?)
1612. There is no such thing as Boobs +1.  (Maybe that's why Jon quit)
1620. I will not use the druid's chakram to play frisbee with his dire wolf.
1636. Animals native to Australia are not eligible for my druid's companion.
1653. The power gamer would appreciate me not bringing the book with the rule he is grotesquely abusing.
1662. No starting a mosh pit in a leper colony.
1671. Before entering the dungeon I will take off the "I'm with tasty -->" tabard.
1682. Snufficate is not a real way to kill somebody.  (...again, exception for Randy?)
1694. Debauchery is not a stat.
1709. Even if its really cool, no throwing dry ice on the water weird.
1721. The minute the GM figures out my Inquisitor is Lennie Briscoe, he dies.  (Exception for Bruce?)
1752. No summoning octopi to make the sleeping paladin explain all the hickies.
1790. Can't find the villain just by casting power word stun in the bar and see who's still standing.  (I've done this)
1864. Even if paladin starts with P and that rhymes with T, it doesn't stand for trouble.
1865. No wasting Music Man references on a 10th grader.
1878. Elves are not all backstabbing, untrustworthy weasels, but you never hear about a dark gnome do you?
1896. Even if they have blond hair, blue eyes and are proud of their physical perfection, Aasimir don't appreciate Seig Heils.
1958. Dwarven breast milk is not 180 proof.
2010.  Improved tax evasion is not a real feat.
2032.  If I ever trick the DM into telling us the only way to make money mining is to work the shaft, all my characters die.  Not just in this game either.
2070. The spell is "Heat Metal", not "Detect Piercings".
2083.  'Fifty Shades of Grey Dwarves' is not the new Duergar sourcebook.
2129.  I will refer to the other player's sidekick by her name and not just "Your make believe Chinese lesbian girlfriend."
2141.  After clearing out the dungeon, I won't animate all the dead orcs and leave behind the copper pieces so the next party won't be totally disappointed.
2153. The "fur" and "lust" domains shall never meet.  (Exception for BOB)

Monday, April 22, 2013

PFS Tomorrow - Thornkeep

Bruce has agreed to run the first part of Thornkeep - The Accursed Halls starting tomorrow. This is is a multi-session adventure like a module for 1st and 2nd level characters.

Kelly is planning to make a 1st level Paladin.

David is making a 1st level character but I am not sure what it is going to be.

I expect that Dave will play his 2nd level Oracle.

I have a 2nd level Rogue and a 2nd level Ranger.

Corey has a 1st level Ranger.

Kara has a 1st level Monk and a 1st level Barbarian.

Obviously, anyone can make a new 1st level character if they want to but try to have it ready when you arrive. Otherwise a 1st level pre-gens are available. There are the 7 available on the PFS site (Cleric, Fighter, Rogue, Wizard, Ninja, Gunslinger and Samurai) and there are the 11 available from the NPC Codex (Core Classes - the 4 duplicates are slightly different from the PFS site.)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Many PFS Announcements

There were several significant PFS announcements made today on the Know Direction Pathfinder Podcast 61: PFS Special -

Here are my notes.

Adventure Paths

They will keep releasing chronicles with current APs if appropriate and working backward chronologically with older APs. Sounds like they are only looking at one done under Pathfinder rules. For example, Wrath of the Righteous may not work for PFS because of the new Heroic rules.
Pathfinder Tales

New chronicles with multiple (four) novel single use boons on a single sheet. Opportunity to earn a permanent effect. Changing to one chronicle per player but it can be share among characters. The permanent effect will have to be assigned to a single character.

Lower level characters playing up gets wealth of lower sub-tier. Higher level characters playing down gets the wealth of lower sub-tier. Characters between sub-tiers will get the wealth for the sub-tier that they actually play.

Lantern Lodge ends with Way of the Kirin scenario. LL characters that play it will receive a Thank you boon.
Shadow Lodge end with Rivalry’s End scenario. SL characters that play it will receive a Thank you boon.

Characters in those factions can switch to one of the remaining factions at no penalty. Can no longer play those factions starting with Season 5 (Gen Con 2013). Impacted characters keep faction traits and prestige awards.
More factions could be on the bubble for Season 5. No faction is safe.

Season 5 will not have traditional faction missions. Overall faction goal will need to be completed to earn extra stuff/boons. Certain scenarios will be keyed toward certain factions. Prestige points will be earned for completing the main mission and for a secondary mission.
Older season faction missions will no longer be required. May be publishing a reference for main mission and secondary mission for all previous Season 0-4 scenarios.

First Steps Scenarios
First Steps Scenarios will be retired Gen Con 2013.

Pathfinder Society Quests
Still on hold. Kobold Quarterly is no longer going to be published. Need more time to figure out how to handle.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Taxfest 4713 AR Boon

A new PFS holiday boon was released today. I will bring copies for tomorrow night's game.

You can check out the details here:

Perils of the Surface World is at the Printer

Perils of the Surface World is at the printer but the PDF is now available.

Check out the cover:

The book contains four adventures: Miracle Stone of the Amazon, Frozen City of Terror, Legacy of Evil and Five Talons of the Jade Dragon.

The four sample characters are: Pious Inquisitor, Polar Explorer, Occult Researcher and Secret Agent.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Next Tuesday

Dave plans to run a season 3 PFS Scenario, The Haunting of Hinojai, next week. It is tier 5-9.

Who is everyone planning to play?
Other than playing a 7th level pregens, I think the following are our options:
Bruce : Elise – 8th level (Witch), Jack – 5th level (Samurai) , Jennifred -5th level (Magus) or Izzy – 6th level (Inquisitor)
Corey: Phi-Torr – 6th level (Fighter)
David: Zaldon – 7th level (Fighter) or Al goBoom- 8th level (Alchemist)
Kara: Simone Dickenson – 7th level (Bard)
Keith: Straggen Wolfrunner – 7th level (Rogue), Sir Kalten- 9th level (Paladin), Mikhal – 5th level (Magus), Lorik Lightbringer- 6th level (Cleric) or Simon the Swift- 6th level (Monk)
Kelly: Frabbl – 8th level (Druid 7/Bard1)
If all 6 players show up, we will have to add +1 to the APL to determine which sub-tier we will play. I expect that will place us in the high tier or in a position to choose. I will play whatever the party needs but I would like to play one of either my Rogue, Paladin or Cleric as all ore on the cusp of gaining a level.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Tieflings and Aasimars: not humanoids

Tieflings and Aasimars do NOT count as human or even humanoid.  They are not affected by things like Charm Person and Enlarge Person.  A ranger would have to take Outsider (native) as his favored enemy to get the bonus vs Tieflings and Aasimars.

I came across this argument on the boards and someone pointed out one of the alternate racial traits for Aasimars, Scion of Humanity:

"•Scion of Humanity: Some aasimars' heavenly ancestry is extremely distant. An aasimar with this racial trait counts as an outsider (native) and a humanoid (human) for any effect related to race, including feat prerequisites and spells that affect humanoids. She can pass for human without using the Disguise skill. This racial trait replaces the Celestial language and alters the native subtype."

Why anyone would take that is beyond me, but this is what proves the point.

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