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RPG Campaigns in Fall 2017

Join one of the RPG campaigns that I am running this fall! (These are separate from the afterschool program.)

There is an online application to sign up for one of these groups. If you are interested and/or have more questions, parents/guardians should contact me (Ronald) at guildgrandmaster AT gmail DOT com! Contact me by Wednesday, November 1. Spots are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis!

Princes of the Apocalypse (investigate elemental cults in the Forgotten Realms)

The party continues its investigations into the Sumber Hills, where brigands and strange cultists seem to have sinister designs that may threaten the humble town of Red Larch. Set in the iconic Forgotten Realms. (Uses 5th Edition D&D. Continues at Level 5, goes until Level 14.)

Dead Suns (galaxy-spanning adventure)

This is the first adventure path for the new science fantasy Starfinder Roleplaying Game, which combines exotic alien races, futuristic technology, magic, and starships! Dead Suns begins when a derelict ship arrives at Absalom Station towing a mysterious asteroid. Investigating it only raises more questions requiring traversing the galaxy to answer them… (Uses Starfinder RPG. Goes from Level 1 to 12)

Serpent’s Skull (find the lost city)

The party is marooned on an island and must find its way back to civilization. Meanwhile, they uncover clues to a legendary lost city filled with vast treasures. But others know and will try to race them to find it! (Uses Pathfinder RPG. Goes from Level 1 to Level 17.)

-Grandmaster

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Posted by on October 23, 2017 in Announcements, Campaign

 

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No Guild this Week

Unfortunately, I am unable to run the class this week due to some real-life Level 20 challenges. We will continue the adventure next Monday…

-A Sad Grandmaster

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2017 in Announcements

 

GREAT Sale on many Pathfinder RPG books!

Between now and October 24th at 11AM, Humble Bundle is offering digital versions of the Pathfinder Core Rulebook and the Pathfinder RPG Beginner Box for ONE DOLLAR. If you add the Strategy Guide, Bestiary, GameMastery Guide, and 2 full-size adventure modules that’s only a total of EIGHT DOLLARS. You get more at higher levels, including a lot of small 32 and 64 page books that fill out the setting and provide more character options in Golarion; there are more details on the Humble Bundle page.

If you want to learn more about some of these books, see my Shopping Suggestions for Parents #1 and.#2.

We use three systems in The Guild: Pathfinder RPG, Starfinder RPG, and D&D. These digital books are for use with the Pathfinder RPG. HOWEVER, Pathfinder and Starfinder are VERY similar: the Beginner Box (and the more advanced Core Rulebook) teach a system that, once absorbed, means that a kid can easily play Starfinder RPG as well.

Also, proceeds to Humble Bundle go to a good cause!

– Your Informative and Ever-Thoughtful Grandmaster

 

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2017 in Announcements

 

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Victory Point Field Trip Friday!

We will have a FIELD TRIP to Victory Point Cafe this Friday!

Victory Point Cafe is a GREAT place to play tabletop games (i.e., board games, card games, pen and paper RPGs). They have a library of hundreds of games that you can take off the shelf and play. They also serve food, too.

This Friday, October 6, meet at Room S1 to sign in by 3:15pm. You must also bring $5 for the cafe’s fee and a signed permission slip. We will then walk together to the cafe! (It’s about a 15 minute walk.)

Once there, we will check out and play different games!

If you want to go, please tell the Grandmaster now and say what games (or types of games) you’d like to play. I want to think now of what groups to organize and for what games. (And if you want to “take charge” of a game — which means there’s a game you’d really like to play and show others, and you’d teach the game and be responsible for cleaning up the game — you will earn GMing XP!) Also, a student can bring their own game, too (but the cafe still charges $5 to use their space).

Here are some games I’m thinking of grouping people for:

Carcassone
Catan

Codenames
Dungeonquest
Memoir 44
Pandemic
Ticket to Ride

More advanced games (a student “taking charge” is required). More patience and time required to learn, but very rewarding:

Gloomhaven
Mage Knight
Runebound
Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization
Twilight Struggle

Email me at guildgrandmaster AT gmail DOT com to let me know if you can come, what kinds of games you want to play, and whether you want to run a game!

PARENTS AND PICK-UPS: The permission slip has a check box to indicate you can pick up your child from Victory Point Cafe. If the box is not checked, your child will leave early with me to walk back to King M.S. to be picked up from there at 5:45pm.

FOOD: I am informed that King LEARNS will provide me with the normal afterschool snacks to take along with us. However, I will NOT bring my famous “Secret of the Guild” cookies. The cafe does sell sandwiches for ~$9 and snack bowls and candy bowls.

-The Grandmaster

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2017 in Announcements

 

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Introducing Starfinder RPG in the Guild!

Sorry for the lack of updates about the afterschool class… there has been soooo much to do on this end, including prepping for the first week!!!

Here is the official announcement of what many of you already know, which is that Starfinder RPG is now one of the games people can play in The Guild.

HOWEVER, since we are all learning the system, it is best to gradually learn the game starting with low-level characters. This also ensures that people playing it are at a similar power level.

Oh, I hear all you high-level people groaning. *doesn’t cover ears because I don’t care* If you want to be and feel high-level, you can always play a Pathfinder or D&D game at your current Guild level. In the meantime, ALL STARFINDER CHARACTERS ARE CAPPED AT LEVEL 1.

On the following dates, a higher level is “unlocked” and you are free to level-up or substitute your Starfinder character, IF your Guild level is high enough to let you do so.

(Note that XP penalties and bonuses are tracked by me, and all penalties and bonuses starting this school year will apply to your Starfinder characters.)

Oct. 4 – Level 2
Oct. 25 – Level 3 Due to some class rescheduling, these dates will need to be adjusted frequently. Every level is unlocked with every three actual meet-ups of Tabletop RPG. Update dated 10/23
Oct. 30 – Level 4
Nov. 8 – Level 5
Nov. 20 – Level 6
Dec. 4 – Level 7
Dec. 13 – Level 8
Jan. 10 – Level 9
Jan. 24 – Level 10
Feb. 7 – Level 11
Feb. 21 – Level 12
Mar. 5 – Level 13
Mar. 14 – Level 14
Mar. 26 – Level 15
Apr. 11 – Level 16
Apr. 23 – Level 17
May 2 – Level 18
May 14 – Level 19
May 30 – Level 20

ALSO – Level 1 characters start with 1,000 credits. HOWEVER, higher-level characters who are being made to “level down” when making a Starfinder character may have MORE than this amount, depending on a complex mathematical formula that currently only exists in the Grandmaster’s head.

Also, some of you may be curious about the subject of STARSHIPS. Well… not everyone gets a starship in the Guild. HOWEVER, if you GM (a.k.a. run) an adventure (in any game system) in the Guild, you earn Space BucksTM which you can use to build a starship. The Space BucksTM system is still under construction, however — more details will be posted later.

-The Grandmaster

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2017 in Announcements, Resources

 

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RPG Campaigns in Fall 2017

Join one of the RPG campaigns that I am running this fall! (These are separate from the afterschool program.)

There is an online application to sign up for one of these groups. If you are interested and/or have more questions, parents/guardians should contact me (Ronald) at guildgrandmaster AT gmail DOT com!

Princes of the Apocalypse (investigate elemental cults in the Forgotten Realms)

The party continues its investigations into the Sumber Hills, where brigands and strange cultists seem to have sinister designs that may threaten the humble town of Red Larch. Set in the iconic Forgotten Realms. (Uses 5th Edition D&D. Continues at Level 5, goes until Level 14.)

Rappan Athuk (challenging and deadly megadungeon)

rappan-athuk-miniRappan Athuk, also called the “Granddaddy of All Dungeons,” is in the spirit of old-school D&D, full of lethal traps and demons from hell that will force you to think smart and use your wits. Just as unforgiving as the dungeon is the wilderness surrounding it. Notoriously difficult, Rappan Athuk (and the massively powerful creature it serves) have never before been beaten by RPG players anywhere without cheating. If you succeed, you will most definitely get BRAGGING RIGHTS in the Guild! This campaign is more about thinking creatively, avoiding death, and trying to “beat” a very difficult adventure! (Uses Pathfinder RPG. Continues at Level 13, goes until Level 20+.)

Slumbering Tsar (challenging and deadly lost city/dungeon sandbox campaign)

SlumberingTsar_Banner-miniBy the makers of Rappan Athuk:

Something Stirs in the City of Evil… Over the distant northern hills, beyond The Camp, and past the Desolation stand the pitted walls of Tsar. A hundred armies have crushed themselves against this bulwark in futile attempts to breach the city. Even the combined might of the Heavens and Earth were unable to break through in the final battle of Tsar. So why was the city suddenly abandoned on the verge of victory, and what waits for those foolish enough to enter the Temple-City of Orcus? (Uses Pathfinder RPG. New group could start exploring the desolation surrounding Tsar at Level 7. Current group would continue at Level 12. Goes until Level 20+.)

Dead Suns (galaxy-spanning adventure)

This is the first adventure path for the new science fantasy Starfinder Roleplaying Game, which combines exotic alien races, futuristic technology, magic, and starships! Dead Suns begins when a derelict ship arrives at Absalom Station towing a mysterious asteroid. Investigating it only raises more questions requiring traversing the galaxy to answer them… (Uses Starfinder RPG. Goes from Level 1 to 12)

Stoneheart Dungeon (challenging and deadly dungeon) –> Slumbering Tsar

By the same people who publish Rappan Athuk, Stoneheart Dungeon begins with the party reclaiming lost temples to Sarenrae and Abadar. However, uprooting the evil that claims them requires delving into a deadly dungeon… (Uses Pathfinder RPG. Continues from Level 4 and goes to Level 7, when it can transition into Slumbering Tsar)

-Grandmaster

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2017 in Announcements, Campaign

 

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TOURNAMENT: Our Finals Characters!

The perspicacious, dogged and determined duos of Brunomax and Paulaidan have advanced to the Finals Round! O whither our Guild, after ye portentous Storm?

Characters are below! And remember for the Tournament:

Here are our characters for the Semi-Final matches. All matches are scheduled for Wednesday, June 14:

GMs’ “cheat sheet” summarizing the characters

Bruno/Billy Shears + Max S./Max (No I Don’t Like It, #3) vs. Aidan/Bard the Bowman + Paul/Fighter (Try to Punch Me to Death, #5)

EDIT: Congratulations to Try to Punch Me to Death for being this year’s champions! It was a hard-fought battle and there will be 2nd prize XP, too.

-The Grandmaster

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2017 in Announcements, Tournament

 

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