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31  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: February 12, 2015, 08:29:47 PM
Perhaps but invisibility is a nice thing.

If nothing else, it tells us that we will need lotsa fire to deal with said golem when the time comes.


It's a minor thing so it's not critical; however, I'm curious how Lars' (seemingly) failed attempt at impressing the innkeeper went.
32  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Players looking for a FC GM on: February 11, 2015, 05:44:37 AM
Two things.

First, I said I will let you have an unalterable choice. Rapier or Tankard (stats as Buckler).
Hmm, I misunderstood.  Will think about that.

Second, gear. Write it up per the rules. That said, let's try what I do in my other FC games. Make list of the gear you want, within reason, and I'll let you know what you get.
OK, I can do that.  Umm, what do you mean write it up per the rules?  Like this?
Padded Armor, Moderate, Reinforced, DR1, Cold 5, Edged 2, ACP X, etc.?
33  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Players looking for a FC GM on: February 10, 2015, 10:00:55 PM
Assuming we stick with the normal 100 silver per level, Tor has 100 sp to spend on gear.  Unlike the other game, that's not a lot but will get the job done.

The rapier is his Alignment weapon and so he gets it for free.  Let's add a metal ale tankard on a chain for his shield.  That's a buckler (20 sp) with a lanyard (1 sp).  I'm leaning toward Moderate Reinforced Padded armor styled as a reinforced priest's robe.  That will be 50 sp (25 x 2 for Reinforced).  It gets him DR 1, Cold 5 and Edged 2.

That leaves 29 sp for incidentals like rations (5 sp) and booze (15 sp).

I'm getting tired so this might not be the final gear allotment, but isn't a bad start and hopefully explains the process.
34  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Players looking for a FC GM on: February 10, 2015, 09:44:14 PM
Now for the mechanics.  This is mostly for Roland's benefit so I'm explaining a bit more than I normally would.

I know I'm going to play a human priest, so I check the priest entry for favored attributes.  They are Wisdom and Charisma.  Thus two of my 14's are going there.  The remaining 14 is temporarily going to Dexterity.

Scanning over the human Talents and the general Specialties there are a few things that catch my eye.  Fighter would seem to cover the more martial aspects of his background; however, Vanguard would also work.  And, were I playing a character who had been in the Twilight Talons, I may have gone that route.  I settle on Fighter.

The first Talent that jumps out at me is Grizzled.  The +1 to Defense and extra wounds are very tempting.  However, it just doesn't feel right.  Looking at things again I notice that Stern isn't what I thought.  The name makes me think of an old grouch.  The mechanics are closer to what I wanted so I go with Stern.  Noticing that Stern give a +2 to Strength and a -2 to Constitution, I opt to put the 14 in CON so I don't drop to a 10.

So far, Tor is a Stern human Fighter.  His class is Priest and he has the following stats:
STR - 14 (12 +2[Stern])
DEX - 12
CON - 13 (14 -2[Stern] + 1[Fighter])
WIS - 14
INT - 12
CHA - 14

I opt to take my 4 proficiencies from the priest class and the 4 from the Fighter specialty and spend them as follows: Blunt, Hurled, and Edged (forte).  The remaining four are spent on tricks: Cheap Shot, Whirling Strike, Mix Up (trip) and Shove.  (I also get the Relentless Attack trick from Stern.)

I get 6 + INT (1) = 7 skill points per level (x 4 at first).  So, I have 28 skill points to distribute.  I opt to  spend them this way.
Class Skills
Acrobatics - 2
Athletics - 2
Bluff - 2
Impress - 3
Intimidate - 3
Medicine - 2
Notice - 3
Prestidigitation - 2
Resolve - 3
Sense Motive - 3
Origin Skills
Ride* - 1
Survival - 2

*Ride requires that I specify a focus.  It makes sense that he would have Riding Mounts.

The priest core ability lets me take the first step along an Alignment path.  I opt for Liberation (which grants the Iron Will feat).  Beneficent Universe also lets me take the first step (but it will have to be a different path because they both say "the first step").  I opt for Heroism.

Iron Will from Liberation I
Armor Basics from Fighter
I also get a level one feat.  I opt for Fencing Basics.  (I reserve the right to change this if needed.)

Gear is forthcoming.
35  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Players looking for a FC GM on: February 10, 2015, 09:43:59 PM
Good, and setting up all sorts of trouble with the debt peonage in Falcon's Hollow. Smiley

Conflict is awesome.
36  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Players looking for a FC GM on: February 10, 2015, 09:18:10 PM
So here goes:

Tor Alathus (if the name doesn't fit Golarion please let me know) grew up on the edge of Andoran lands on his family's farm.  He was captured by slavers when he was around 14 or 15; he's not sure anymore.  They held him for three years having him do manual labor and the occasional fight.  He tolerated it for as long as he could.  One night, he prayed for his freedom and called on Cayden Cailean for the strength to free the halflings that had been recently captured, having no thought of himself in that instant.  His bonds broke: he was free and so were they.

They walked through the camp and saw that all the captors had drunk themselves into a stupor - violating the Accidental God's precepts on alcohol.  They slew their captors and escaped over the border back to Andoran.  Tor tried to sign up for the army but his halfling friends had noised the story abroad and he was invited to join the Eagle Knights - specifically the Steel Falcons.

At first he had simple chores: cleaning stables, brushing horses, polishing armor, etc.  As time progressed he was schooled in sword fighting, riding (though his instructor often compared him to a sack of potatoes) and other arts of war.

One night, he was drinking in a tavern with a small shrine to the Drunken God.  He overheard an argument about a bar tab and found himself launching into an impromptu sermon on the evils of debt and its hold over people.  Some even whispered they saw a shattered manacle on his wrist as he spoke.  His commanding officer reassigned him to independent, detached duty and shipped him off to a priest he knew.

Now, Tor travels far and wide to spread the importance of freedom, the evils of slavery and the faith of Cayden Cailean.
37  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: February 10, 2015, 09:00:16 PM
... Neo demonstrating a real-world control of the machines was somewhat dubious.

As one of the few folks who actually liked all the Matrix films (though even I have to admit the first was the best), I was OK with this.  Sure, I would have been fine with the Matrix: level 2 explanation as well.  However, Neo was a Christ figure.  His power over the real world sets him apart from the "disciples" who can manipulate the virtual world.  He is a bridge of sorts between the virtual and the real.

Meh, enough cardboard psychology for one day.  That will be five cents, please.
38  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box 2015: TV news, views & reviews on: February 10, 2015, 08:30:17 PM
Three words: Live Action Zelda

Very good, or very bad.  I can't see there being any middle ground for this one.

Oh no. I think 'entirely forgettable' fits neatly between those possibilities and has by far the largest gravity field Wink.
Ah, I can see your point.  However, for a Zelda fan, "entirely forgettable" would be part of the very bad category.
39  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Players looking for a FC GM on: February 10, 2015, 03:11:27 PM
Character creation is 95% complete.  I was going to post it last night but when I woke up with a string of characters that didn't make any sense, I decided I needed to go to sleep instead.  I'll post it tonight when I get home from work.
40  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: February 09, 2015, 06:25:17 PM
A dejected Lars returns to the inn.  The mood of disappointment from not getting information more or less matches the mood of disappointment that a day laborer would have for not finding steady work.  He approaches the inn-keeper and smiles a wan smile.  "I did earn my keep for the day but not steady work.  He you go.  Please add it to the end of my time and allow me a bath if you would be so kind."  He tips the silver into her hand.  "I'll try again tomorrow."  With that he heads upstairs to gather his things for a bath.

Once clean, he opens his scriptures and begins studying the Contract.  He occasionally stops to think about how his reading might apply to his role as messenger when the lovebirds are together.

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41  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box 2015: TV news, views & reviews on: February 08, 2015, 02:36:31 PM
Three words: Live Action Zelda

Very good, or very bad.  I can't see there being any middle ground for this one.
42  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Players looking for a FC GM on: February 08, 2015, 02:41:48 AM
Sure. Regular army or Eagle Knights?
Probably the Steel Falcons as he could both fight and spread the gospel of Cayden Cailean at the same time.  I could also see him as part of the Twilight Talons; however, I can't imagine that they would be as OK with him becoming a priest as the Steel Falcons would be.

If that works for you, let me know and I'll start the write up.  I'll also walk through my character creation process in more detail than I normally would so that Roland can see how it works for someone else.

Edited to add: Would / Should he still be a member of the Falcons when the game starts?  Can folks get out of the Falcons peaceably?
43  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: February 08, 2015, 02:21:55 AM
Laborer!Lars heads out after dawn "looking" for work.  He stops by a bakery who doesn't need anyone to load the fire.  Works for a few hours carting coal for the smith and then part of the afternoon shoveling the stables at an upscale (or what passes for it) inn.  He is polite and talks nearly constantly.  Partly to keep others from asking too many questions but mostly to see if they will offer up any information.  He says he's from further south and had to leave due to a disagreement over a gambling debt if anyone asks.  "Old man Thomas is a mean drunk.  He thinks I cheated at cards that night.  I did cheat but not on the hand he's accusing me of so it's not like he's in the right or anything."  He also asks questions about the guard's coming and going and if there have been any monster attacks.  "Seeing as how everyone back home says the shield wall gets attacked everyday."

44  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: February 08, 2015, 02:05:27 AM
D'oh.  Just realized that I posted OOC what Lars was doing but not IC.  I'll remedy that.
45  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Players looking for a FC GM on: February 06, 2015, 02:38:21 AM
How 'bout a former slave of Cheliax who was granted temporary strength from the Accidental God to break his chains and those of a dozen halflings? They then escaped to Andoran where he joined the military after bidding his small friends good-bye. Then later, he "hears the call" while at a tavern and becomes a priest.

How does that strike you?
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