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Stoneheart Dungeon #2: The Visitors

More people join our heroes as they try to reclaim shrines from evil worshipers of the demon lord Orcus, Prince of the Undead. The party’s monk, Eagle One, continues their tale. (-GM)

23rd day of Sarenith, 4717 AR

A priest of Orcus

It is me, Eagle One again. Today, while we are cleaning the temple, two new people show up: Isaax, an arcanist, and Fabrizio Moretti, an alchemist. They are helping us clean the temple, when we heard some magic being cast.

Groominator and I go out to investigate it, and we stealth in some bushes. Turns out, they cast darkness, so we can’t see anything. We have to wait for Hannibal to get there so he can cast daylight. Then, we realize that he has to cast daylight on an object he touches.

I come up with the brilliant idea of him touching my arrow. I shoot the arrow, and we can finally see them. They are three humanoids, wearing a lot of black clothes, chain mail armor, and they have steel shields. They will be tough to fight.

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Slumbering Tsar #7: I Don’t Say Much, and Let My Gun Do My Talking for Me

Choosing the method of frontal assault, the party enters the bailey of the fortress at the center of the city’s walls. (-GM)

4th day of Sarenith, 4717 AR

They call me Neptune. And they also told me to chronicle our little expedition into Tsar. So I will.

After dealing with the mob of skeletons, leaving them dead (again), we realized that we were still in danger. In the middle of the large courtyard was a tower, and from the arrow slits came a continuous stream of arrows. Not many hit their targets (us), but it got annoying, and so I took a few shots at one. It stopped firing for about 30 seconds, then kept shooting. We quickly had Alucard’s roc fly us back up to the ramparts, saw a door to our left, and went inside.

We found ourselves in a barracks, with beds, an armory, and a kitchen. A careful search revealed some dust, and a few cobwebs. We took the time to heal, and discussed our plan of action. I remembered seeing a door above the side of the entrance gate leading into the central fortress, and we decided to go into that. I knew my lock-picking prowess could get us in, and Dio could get us out.

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Stoneheart Dungeon #1: Blood and Bones

The Church of Iomedae is primarily concerned with the threat of demons from the Worldwound to the west. For less pressing tasks, it employs eager adventurers who migrate to Mendev but who are… less than fitting for service in the paladin armies. The new party is tasked with reclaiming two shrines to Iomedae and Abadar that were lost to cultists of Orcus ten years ago. The party’s zen archer monk, Eagle One, begins our tale. (-GM)

20th day of Sarenith, 4717 AR

It is me, Eagle One (a honorably zen archer), with The WANDerer (a summoner), and some other people whose names I can’t remember. A rogue and a paladin. We are now riding our horses to investigate and reclaim two shrines, one to Iomedae and one to Abadar.

Finally, we arrive. We walk into the first shrine and find that it is covered with blood and s***. The statue of Abadar has gotten its head blown off, and someone apparently took a s*** in its neck. Our paladin (Hannibal his name is) starts yelling obscenities at the statue and suddenly he is turned into a warpriest. Must have lost his paladinhood.

Well, while The WANDerer (let’s call him W for short) tries to decipher things written in blood on the ground, I walk over to the statue. I try to find its missing head, but all I find is rubble that seems impossible to put together. Then, while our rogue tries to find traps and secret passages along the wall, I hear a noise of a sword coming out of its scabbard. We’ll have to try to find that. Then, I notice some words at the foot of the statue:

“As you obey the commands of Abadar so does this figure obey your COMMAND.”

Just then, before I get a chance to do anything, we notice two skeletons covered in blood coming our way. I go out and try to shoot one. My arrow goes through its ribs, barely seeming to do anything. W’s eidolon seems to be doing a lot. Quickly, Hannibal and our rogue rushes out to help us. The skeletons are tough, but we end up beating them. It takes time, and we are exhausted.

We decide to go back and clean up the shrine before exploring the other one. After a bit, we decide to camp the night here. During Hannibal’s watch, I am awoken by a scream. Oh s***! A bunch of giant spiders have invaded the shrine. I shoot one after another, but they have bound our rogue, Groominator the Great (I finally learn his name) and Hannibal. W keeps on summoning giant spiders, but thankfully these are on our side.

We manage to defeat the last of them. I look up to the sky, and wonder what more will await us. Then, I go back to help clean the shrine.

-Eagle One (Bruno)

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Eagle One, vanaran zen-archer monk 4
Groominator the Great, goblin rogue 3
Hannibal the Cannibal, aasimar warpriest of Sarenrae 3
The WANDerer, half-elven summoner 3

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Slumbering Tsar #6: The Midnight Message

The Church of Iomedae, intrigued by the possibility that some remnant of the paladins left behind in Tsar by the Army of Light might still survive thousands of years later, resigned itself to the fact that the previous adventurers they had sent had either died or otherwise succumbed to some great evil. The Church has sent a new party of more experienced heroes to investigate the ancient ruin of Orcus.

Their diviner, Dio, begins their story. (-GM)

4th day of Sarenith, 4717 AR

Malerix, the tar dragon

The first thing one might notice about The Camp was the smell. Not the pure, putrid odor of rot, but a more subtle, complex, dry smell that leaves you wondering. A smell that makes you nervous, a smell that makes you look over your shoulder or lock your door. The next thing one may notice is the inhabitants of this “town.” They peer through rotten curtains and cracks and doors. Their greedy, shining eyes peer out at you with a wicked desire, instilling a sense of wrongness, a sense that all is not as it seems in this pathetic excuse for a town. Finally, the last thing one may notice is the Usurer himself. His rat-like eyes glint out at you with a sheen of avarice. His thoughts are occupied with any situation that could result in the smallest bit of profit for himself. He concerns himself with nothing else, for in his mind there is nothing more important in life. Overall, one may conclude that The Camp is a sad, disgusting mockery of modern civilization. No one in their right mind would want to go within 50 miles of the place; it is simply that repulsive.

However, our group cannot be rightly called within their right mind. Our company is composed of a Paladin, Alucard, a wizard, Dio, a gunslinger, Neptune, and an Armored behemoth of a man, Nonek. We have come together united by our mutual goal of reaching the city of Tsar. We arrived together at the camp at mid-day, and were greeted by the Usurer. He peered at us through shrunken eyes. “Good day sirs, Welcome to my fine city. If you would like to purchase anything, you must exchange your gold for bits. The current rate of exchange is, lets say, five gold per bit.” He smiled as he crowed this to us, eyes alight with dreams of wealth.

“Sorry to disappoint, scum, but we do not deal with weasels. Good riddance.” I proclaimed. He sneered at us and scurried away, knowing that he would not win this battle nor convince us otherwise.

We headed to the outskirts of town, content to waste the day and head to Tsar tomorrow. However, that night we heard an ominous noise which awoke the more perceptive members of the party. An odd creaking came from out of the gloom. “Who’s there?” The noble paladin bellowed, but to no response. Louder and louder the noise grew, until we could finally see a hunched figure in the distance. Pushing a cart and bundled in rags, the creature moved closer. Searching my mind, I remembered tales of strange figures coming out of the night and offering knowledge at a price. “Buy? Buy?” The mass of rags spoke, shuddering slowly and holding out a quivering hand. Upon his hand was a set of false teeth. We paid the man 50 gold for the object, and he spoke unto us this, “Sleep not in the city or to darkness awake. Not light to the eye but to the soul at stake.”

The next morning we headed out from The Camp and ventured towards the city. We knew of a large dragon that was said to vomit upon travelers before swallowing them whole. However, we believed that the vile beast would pose little threat to a group as adept as ourselves. Overall, when we did face the beast, the fight was anticlimactic. It flew away constantly, and just spat over and over. It died how it lived: Pathetic and alone.

Finally we arrived. The colossal structure loomed over us, intense and ancient. What lay within was unknown to all. The giant doors to the city seemed to lean over us, awing the party with their massive size. We entered through those doors, but not before some scouting was done. We discovered that there were groups of undead on the ramparts above and to our sides, and we decided that they needed to be dealt with. The bird took us up, and the battle began.

– Dio (Zack)

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Alucard, ifrit paladin 11
Dio, elven diviner 11
Neptune, undine techslinger 11
Nonek, human armor-master fighter 11

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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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Pathfinder will have its first computer RPG!

HYPE!

It will be a single-player computer game and have all the options of the Core Rulebook and go through the story of the Kingmaker Adventure Path!

Company Page

Kickstarter campaign (it will be published regardless; this is to fund add-ons to the game)

Here is a compilation of what we know so far:

Regarding the Kickstarter:
-The game will be published regardless whether the Kickstarter is successful or not.
-The Kickstarter is Live.
-The kickstarter is an attempt to add “more companions, more depth to the companions, more dungeons and wilderness to explore, … and more new quests and content by famous Pathfinder authors and RPG authors.” also more original music, and more voiceover. Basically it exists solely to fund extra cool stuff for the game.
-Mass combat is a kickstarter stretch goal, to make up for its absence the PCs get to do cool stuff like infiltrate behind enemy lines. Making alliances is expected to give you different army options if they are able to implement mass combat.
– Rest is a planned Kickstarter Goal (Possibly Stretch Goal?) During rest periods, players will be able to send companions out to hunt, thus reducing the need to buy rations, and will be able to set traps and alarms. They’ll also be able to assign companions to guard against random attack. This is the first stretch goal.
-Both OS X and Linux Releases are Kickstarter stretch Goals.
-Multiplayer and DM Tools are Possible Late Stretch Goals.
-Additional Classes from other sourcebooks will be revealed in the Kickstarter and in the form of stretch goals.
-The Initial goal of the Kickstarter is to make the Kingdom system more awesome. See Kingdom section for more details.
-Archetypes are a stretch Goal.
-New Locations are a Stretch goal.
-An epic Dungeon is a stretch goal.

Regarding the Base Game:
-The Game includes all the races and Classes from the Core Rulebook. It also includes Alchemist and Inquisitor.
-The game is Single Player only. Multiplayer and DM tools are being looked at as late game stretch Goals.
-The base game (un-kickstarted) is both mostly complete and includes all 6 AP Modules. The whole story is there with details being Fleshed out by Chris Avellone.
-A capstone is planned possibly taking characters to level 20. We do not know if this is a kickstarter plan, or a base game plan.
-You can build and develop a kingdom of our own, this is in the base game. The Kickstarter will make this better. From people who played the Demo, There are already some cool kingdom events.
-The game will include diplomats from neighbors, including Brevoy and Irrisen (and possibly Mendev?). If you make alliances, that could unlock different buildings for your kingdom.
-The game is run on an engine developed using Unity. It is Isometric in look and feel.
-There will be plenty of side-quests.
-You will be able to be evil, but it will be a cruel and cunning “smart evil” such as talking two enemies into killing each other, rather than just asking for more money as a quest reward.
-The base game includes a forty hour main storyline, and forty to eighty to forty hours of fun side content.
-Base game is Single Player only currently, but dev comments on Kickstarter message board hint at the possibility of Multiplayer as a stretch goal.

Regarding Companions:
-Amiri, the Iconic Barbarian, is a companion with a lot of backstory and events happening around her throughout the game.
-Most of the Companion characters are from Owlcat Studios’ brains. But they might add some more iconic Pathfinder characters as NPCs, and maybe even as companions.
-There will be companion Romance, but it isn’t the only relationship option.
-Companions can disagree with you, leave you, and even turn on you if they don’t like you.
-The story can change considerably depending on your party composition.
-One companion is a cantankerous gnome called “Jubilost.” He is kind of a jerk, and you can fail to recruit him if you screw up your attempt to help him out.
-Each companion has an expandable novel style bio that expands as you learn more about them and progress in the game.
-You can take 5 Companions with you in a party at one time.

Adherence to and Deviance from Pathfinder Systems:
-Combat format is Real Time with Pause. It runs slightly less frantically than in other games, this was reported by [user]JoelF847[/user] as a good thing.
-Combat includes, Trip, Power Attack (as a toggle), Fighting Defensively, Spontaneous casting of heal spells, and Channeling positive energy.
-Feats include many books beyond core, and include Elemental Spell Focus, and Evocation Spell Focus.
-Perception is a Skill in this game and allows you to spot Loot.
-“Intellect” is also a skill.
-The game currently includes a rudimentary Alignment meter.

The Kingdom:
-There are playable companions as well as NPCs you can assign to kingdom roles (from Ultimate Campaign), with enough choices for 2-3 options for each role.
-Advisors will give advice based on their personality. this may not be the best advice. You will have to interpret it.
-Expanding The Kingdom is the initial goal of the Kickstarter.
-You can add more than 14 regions to your kingdom.
-There are 300 Kingdom Events and 100 Kingdom Projects.
-The Kickstarter aims to:
–Make the Kingdom’s appearance reflect your alignment and choices.
–Let you recruit royal artisans to your kingdom that make you cool stuff (including Artifacts).
–Add more responsiveness to your choices (for example saving a troll family could let you unlock a Troll Bridge building and a Legendary club they make for you, and how you solve problems would unlock different rewards for them).
–Add randomized Kingdom events that make your kingdom different in every playthrough.

Miscellaneous Stuff:
-Owlcat is in close contact with Paizo in developing this. They’re also running 4 simultaneous Kingmaker campaigns.
-Character sheet screens are super detailed.
-Tooltips exist which provide Golarion and Pathfinder-based lore.
-Settings will include “Story Mode,” “Core Rules,” and something similar to Iron Man Mode (which will only have one save).
-Initial languages for Localization are: English, German, French, and Russian. More may be available as Stretch goals based on popular demand.
-Digital Release is planned for GOG and Steam.
-No mater what Race you play you can choose your Gender and Skin tone.

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2017 in Announcements

 

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TOURNAMENT: Our Semi-Final Characters!

I was proud of all of last week’s gladiators, as every match was hard fought! Here is our updated tournament bracket!

Characters are below! And remember for the Tournament:

Here are our characters for the Semi-Final matches. All matches are scheduled for Wednesday, June 7:

GMs’ “cheat sheet” summarizing the characters

Julian/Thing + Mani/Stuff (Two Fat Llamas, #1) vs. Bruno/Billy Shears + Max S./Max (No I Don’t Like It, #3)

Aidan/Bard the Bowman + Paul/Fighter (Try to Punch Me to Death, #5) vs. Leon/Alciel Satah + Simon/Kalitas, Betrayer of Souls (The Blackguards of Death, #7)
Simon/Kalitas, Betrayer of Souls’ spells

-The Grandmaster

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2017 in Announcements, Tournament

 

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