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Rappan Athuk #60: One Does Not Simply Walk into More Doors

As Nioveskirian set about decorating his new cave, the rest of the party explore a dungeon beneath the Goblin City of Greznek… (-GM)

8th day of Gozran, 4720 AR

After congratulating Nioveskirian on his victory in the arena, we realized that we may have found another level to explore. The Hero of No Name was overjoyed to get back to his preferred activity, mapping.

I followed him down a long hallway ending in an unassuming door. 9Rot, his eidolon, walked up as if he were to open the door. Perseus landed next to it placing a claw on its flank and shaking his beak. I had a bad feeling about this door. I expressed that to The Hero of No Name, who shook his head, and finally conceded to me opening the door. I steeled myself, and with one hand on my sword, turned the handle. As soon as it opened, a massive explosion of ice and cold blasted out.

I was able to dodge it, as was most of our party. DFSIFA looked a bit chilled, as did Shia, whose tail was frozen to the ground. I drew my sword, ready to banish whatever evil being whose audacious attack had just accosted us, but the open door exposed but a wall staring back at us. DFSIFA scoffed, and proceeded to brag about his keen observational skills, which, after about five minutes of close study, failed to notice anything out of the ordinary about this stone wall.

We all gave it one last look, and followed The Hero of No Name, who, even though his face was blue and his hair frozen, was still excitedly following his carefully drawn map.

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Posted by on December 15, 2017 in Campaign, Pathfinder Chronicles, Rappan Athuk

 

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Rappan Athuk #59: Nioveskirian vs. Droog – 100gp on Pay-Per-View!

Nioveskirian the Dwarf finds a new home in the Goblin City. (-GM)

8th day of Gozran, 4720 AR

The trolls shook their heads in rage, casting slobber off their fangs this way and that.

“Are YOU the ones who murdered our entire tribe!? Blew our FAMILIES APART leaving only hunks of burning flesh of everyone we know!?”

The party hesitated. We turned to each other.

“ARE we?” Valestar asked. “DID we kill a bunch of trolls? I remember killed a room full of gugs that one time.”

“And don’t forget the nests of gargoyles,” The Hero of No Name said. “There were 48 of them.”

“I do remember shooting burning meteors down a hole once,” I said. “Maybe there were trolls at the bottom?”

“AAAAAAAAARRGHHHH!” The trolls dropped their gathering sacks and charged at the party, greatclubs high.

Within seconds, the party was surrounded by heaps of troll flesh. Uttering prayers to Sarenrae, the paladin solemnly hacked up those pieces that looked like complete troll; I blasted fire at parts that were still twitching until all lay still.

So we continued exploring the maze. We went down the cavern after the maze, finding in front of us 3 wisps that were annoying but dispatched quickly. Nioveskirian looked annoyed from the fight because of the “cowardice” the wisps displayed by turning invisible and trying to do sneak damage like a “friend” of his DFSIFA. We continued to explore the cavern for a while and suddenly we heard a strange sound getting closer. We all readied attacks against whatever would show up, myself preparing a spell that would blast whatever horror some creature approaching us with a mix of both normal and holy fire. DFSIFA did his “I go hide in the corner and shoot arrows at monster thingy” action while Nioveskirian, Valestar, Shia, and I took positions in the air to fight the beast.

So we went down the cavern after the maze, finding in front of us 3 wisps that were annoying but dispatched quickly. Nioveskirian looked annoyed from the fight because of the “cowardice” the wisps displayed by turning invisible and trying to do sneak damage like a “friend” of his DFSIFA. We continued to explore the cavern for a while and suddenly we heard a strange sound getting closer. We all readied attacks against whatever would show up, myself preparing a spell that would blast whatever horror some creature approaching us with a mix of both normal and holy fire. DFSIFA did his “I go hide in the corner and shoot arrows at monster thingy” action while Nioveskirian, Valestar, Shia, and I took positions in the air to fight the beast.

The creature came into view now. Now let me just say i’ve faced salamander lords who’ve trapped me in cubes of force, glabrezus, Orcus worshipers, minotaurs, Dragons of flame and darkness, hounds that turn flesh to stone, and even a 12 headed fire spewing hydra. But nothing-I mean NOTHING freaked me out more than that HUMONGOUS FLYING INSECT-WORM. I immediately poured a vast majority of strength from my body and cast a multitude of spells that I knew would make wormy go bye bye. Well he didn’t die but I certainly hurt him bad because he immediately changed course towards me and let out a poisonous breath.

(Paizo: Why does every powerful monster have to have a powerful breath weapon you don’t want to get hit by- Deckard)

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Posted by on December 1, 2017 in Campaign, Pathfinder Chronicles, Rappan Athuk

 

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Rappan Athuk #58: The Dragons

The party stumbles upon a pair of fearsome foes in the deadly megadungeon Rappan Athuk… (-GM)

7th day of Gozran, 4720 AR

We briefly looked over the items in the capital but there was nothing of interest. We decided that 100k or more was not enough per person so we went back to the HUGE cavern where we had previously fought the gargoyles. There were two huge tunnels leading out of one end of the cavern and they were both filled with steam.

We decided to take the one going northeast. It was hard to see but my robe of eyes helped a little. It was like a steam bath. We saw a couple of rats relaxing in hot pools of water or just enjoying the humid air. We could not tell exactly how high the ceiling was, but based on how wide the area was we could take a guess. I could see Jackie Chan look longingly at one of the hot pools of water and I could tell he was wishing he could put Shia down and relax. However, the party kept moving forward.

The Hero of No Name was eager to draw more maps and to summon strange creatures nobody would ever and will ever need. He was so intent looking at his map that he almost walked off a cliff. Ghost Wolf was able to save him just in time though. We could hear rushing water at the bottom so we could guess that this was a canyon and there would be another wall on the other side. It turns out we were correct because when we flew across the river we could see the other cliff side. The area beyond the river was a huge plateau.

There seemed to be a big pile of garbage with shiny things scattered around it. I stared at it, baffled, until a memory surfaced from a long long time ago…  An epic battle that had been… Suddenly DSFIFA loosed three arrows, which struck a formerly invisible dragon. The beast uttered a final roar before falling into the sea. (Nate’s writeup a little while ago) I wondered why I had thought of that. Oh wait… A DRAGON. My 47th eye told me that two invisible dragons were sneaking up on the party. I fired an arrow… all that I had time for in the split second before they made it to the party. One of them reached over and snatched me up in its jaws. I thought for a second that this might be the end of the Ranged Sneak Build. But the power of the blink was on my side however, so I was able to blink through the dragons jaws and land nimbly on my feet. Our paladin walked up, yelled something paladiny and poked it with his sword.

I shot it full of arrows and, like all dragons I meet, it fell dead to the ground. The other flew over to the party and breathed this nasty smelling stuff all over us. It smelled like Nioveskirian’s breath, only this kind actually hurt us physically. Jackie Chan ran over to the final dragon and whacked it upside the head. After the dragon fell unconscious he walked over to its head and put a breath mint inside its mouth.

Valestar skinned the dragons (their hides were valuable) while the others hunted through the big piles of bones the dragons must have called a nest. We found a couple of dragon eggs and a bunch of other nifty tools. Like a spear that was also a compass and a ladder and was apparently worth more than 35k to Deckard Cain. We took our spoils of war and went to the capital to sell out new items including our swiss-army knife worth 35k.

We then tied Shia to a pole and forced him to craft us stuff for months on end. I am writing this entry as I stand watching Shia write me a stupid book to make me stronger. I mean wtf? I bet a gym is cheaper than this book.

Signing off,
DFSIFA
Need to talk? Got something to say?
Well thats too bad, I’m irrelevantly far away!

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Death from Somewhere Irrelevantly Far Away, tiefling slayer 15
Deckard Cain, aasimar flame oracle 13
Jackie Chan, oread flowing monk 12
The Hero of No Name, aasimar summoner 14
Nioveskirian, dwarven stonelord paladin 14
Shia Labeouf, merfolk bard 13
Valestar Ekhart, aasimar paladin 15

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Posted by on November 25, 2017 in Campaign, Pathfinder Chronicles, Rappan Athuk

 

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Rappan Athuk #57: All the Fun Stuff Happens When I’m Not There

Nate wasn’t at this session of Rappan Athuk, that won’t stop him saying what he thinks about it! (-GM)

9th day of Abadius, 4720 AR

It happened that day just as it had on so many others. I go out for one minute to get a nice mug of ale, and when I get back I find those idiots have gone to the dungeon by themselves. But this time was different. This time, I went to the magic shop and paid for a scrying spell. I then sat back and watched, along with several wizards who must have been really bored from studying spells all day.

They began their excursion by fighting a group of Nevurr’s malicious brethren, gargoyles. After they had hunted down and slaughtered every last one of them and kept some of the children alive so they could witness each and every one of their family members being torn limb from limb only to throw them into the hungry maw of death as well, they took some treasure and moved on to another cavern.

“Fools,” said Denhivale, an experienced enchanter. “The children had so much potential- with everything they loved taken from them, they would obey their every command without a thought. A total waste of resources.”

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Posted by on November 19, 2017 in Campaign, Pathfinder Chronicles, Rappan Athuk

 

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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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Converting Pathfinder monsters for use in Starfinder

We’re in a funny place right now, having a full base system for Starfinder but hardly any creatures for characters to fight against before the Alien Archive comes out this month. Hence, the chapter in the rulebook for converting things from Pathfinder for use in Starfinder.

From my quick read, here is a list of the (main) things you need to know when using a creature from a Pathfinder Bestiary versus Starfinder characters:

  • About AC it says: When converting a Pathfinder RPG monster to Starfinder, treat its normal AC as its KAC (if the monster functions in a combat role as defined on page 323 of the Pathfinder RPG Bestiary, add 1 to its KAC) and subtract 1 from its normal AC to obtain its EAC. You can ignore the flatfooted AC, because in Starfinder, flat–footed is simply a condition that applies a –2 penalty to both EAC and KAC regardless of the affected monster’s Dexterity bonus.
  • Increase its hit points by 25%
  • If you need to know its Hit Dice for purposes of a spell or other effect, use its CR
  • If it has more than one attack:
    Option #1: use them as written (full attacks cannot be combined with a guarded step)
    Option #2: You may want to give some creatures with weapons a Level-appropriate TECH weapon from the Starfinder Equipment chapter…
    then if it has more than 1 attack but rarely can use it (e.g. it is melee with multiple attacks) and so just makes single attacks, add 3 or 4 to its attack bonus
  • If it has a larger crit range than 20, then natural rolls within that range that are NOT 20 need confirmation rolls
  • Use Starfinder equivalents to spells, spell-like abilities, feats, etc. when possible
  • If it has multiple skills, that are now consolidated in Starfinder, use the skill bonus that is highest
  • Use Starfinder rules for curses, diseases, poisons (Starfinder Core Rulebook p. 417)

-Your Thoughtful and Helpful Grandmaster

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2017 in Resources

 

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Rappan Athuk #56: The Hydra

The party does a favor for the goblin city of Greznek… (-GM)

1st day of Erastus, 4719 AR

Now, when the Goblin leader told us to go kill a hydra, I expected a bit of a challenge. The pesky goblins said they would lead us to the spot where the Hydra was, but we had to be blindfolded along the way. But what they don’t know is that with DFSIFA’S robe of eyes worth 120,000 gp he saw everything we went by anyway, which wasn’t much but a few hobgoblins. Nioveskirian was not with us because he was being stubborn and wanted to get away from the goblins so he went home. The goblins brought us to a large door and said, “The monster lies beyond!”

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Posted by on October 11, 2017 in Campaign, Pathfinder Chronicles, Rappan Athuk

 

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