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Three years, sixty tables, three stars. by Mekkis [DMF #9, 22 March 2013] :: Looking back to my first online PFS session I ran, back on 30 December, 2010, things have changed a lot. We were playing without the benefit of skype, and thus had walls of text. In addition, the lack of a dedicated community seemed to fail to communic...

Absolute power, absolute blighted corruption. by Avatar [DMF #8, 19 November 2011] :: A druid named Shawn once went to Willow Ridge to make a call for some brave adventurers, and 3 adventurers answered the call. One of them got taken by the Blight, and is now in the hands of the healers. One of them got taken by the shadows. One of th...

Where in the world is Natsumi? by Avatar [DMF #7, 11 September 2010] :: If a disease that can slowly kill a dragon and plague the lands isn't enough to deal with, now the party has a new problem to deal with. And it's not something as simple as a trap to get around or a door to open, it's not even as sinister as the villain p...

The dark shadow of death. by Avatar [DMF #6, 04 March 2010] :: It was 6 versus 2, although as it turned out, the shadows (literally) had an advantage on the party. It wasn't that one of the party had just mindlessly swam away - probably to his death, and it wasn't that one of the party was near-completely unfamil...

The druid and the dragon. by Avatar [DMF #5, 08 January 2010] :: Those low level adventurers are so cute. They come into Willow Ridge, a forest village, looking for something to do, go waltzing almost with complete boredom into a tavern in the morning for a quick drink and some rumours, and leaving the tavern with s...

Betrayal and Intrigue by Ballig [DMF #4, 28 November 2009] :: A game of cat and mice. Six mice. And one damned big cat. A dead cat, but don't let that fool you. What would /you/ do with eternity? Well, the lich (he's the cat in the above metaphor, in case this wasn't obvious) my party has recently encountered seems...

Self-Destructive Players by Ballig [DMF #3, 09 May 2009] :: Sometimes your players just career off in a direction that is impossible to predict. You can spend all the time in the world having backup plans and ideas in place if your players take X action or make Y decision, but sometimes they just do something you...

Chaotic Stupid by Ballig [DMF #2, 02 May 2009] :: Sometimes I have to wonder what was going through my head when I decided to run a campaign of evil-aligned players. I guess I wanted to give them an opportunity to play characters that did not feel compelled to rescue the kidnapped princess simply because...

Bountiful Hunter by Ballig [DMF #1, 25 April 2009] :: Last session the players in my level 10 evil campaign (The Sorcerer's Tower) had just finalised a nasty situation involving a doppelganger party infiltration (who was this ]   [ close to convincing them to kill the real party wizard) when they were ambush...

Player's Perspective

Legacy of the Savage Kings, Eighteen Months On by Mekkis [PP #14, 30 June 2011] :: After walking through the Great Swamp, you encounter a plaque, half covered by muck. Legacy of the Savage Kings - Memorial Chrys KIA Gildarn, returned to Lord AllMyGuysDie Kendall KIA, killed by a huge crocodile Loria MIA Lupton Sick, probably...

Jasim's regrets by Mekkis [PP #13, 17 June 2011] :: I feel I have always been late. Late to realise that Natsumi couldn't be trusted. Late to comprehend the extent of this sickness. Late to realise that I should have told Kendall. Far too late to save him from the clutches of nature. When I arrive...

From the pen of Jasim Abdul-Nafi' Botros by Mekkis [PP #12, 19 February 2011] :: Hail, Grant Silverhorn, chieftain of the Ilogepi tribe, I regret for not sending to you earlier, but several incidents occurred. Due to the gross negligence of one of the people I thought I could trust, I regret to inform you that Oglienar has perished...

Another one bites the dust... by shadow_mask [PP #11, 14 November 2010] :: Am I going crazy? Or is it just everyone around me? Probably both... not that it really matters. Never have I seen such descent in the ranks before though. First my travelling companion Serus was mad enough to put on a strange helm, known to be a 'bli...

Mrivan's Reminiscence by Mekkis [PP #10, 09 April 2010] :: They say that in dire, life-threatening situations, your life flashes before your eyes. Looking back, to that moment, I knew that was the case. From my early days, struggling with cantrips, I remember hearing songs sung about heroes who vanished w...

One ring to divide them all. by Avatar [PP #9, 20 December 2009] :: Today, we had probably the most significant game in our campaign. In an effort to save Frairon, the warlock who had been turned to stone, we had to devise an effective plan to get past the formians and their golem who had kept him closely guarded. Havi...

Arguments, Amnesia and Arson by Mekkis [PP #8, 07 December 2009] :: Three days ago, I would never have seen this happen. After deciding that a good month or so away from Vithshariatix, getting into an argument with some woman, and then getting transported what appears to be a new world (with some of my memory gone), I su...

When Liches Interfere With Family Reunions... by shadow_mask [PP #7, 15 November 2009] :: Despite having only played two sessions so far, the Sorcerer's Tower has been a bucket load of fun. My character, a human dragon shaman (from the PHBII), was looking for his half-brother, a were-dire weasel (who is already in the party). Yes, our family t...

Out of the frying pan, into the fire - again and again and again. by Avatar [PP #6, 02 August 2009] :: I don't know why, but in the World's Largest Dungeon, we seem to keep running into problems that, at best, fix themselves. This is not quite as good as it sounds. It means we are constantly getting ourselves into trouble and can't find a solution. Repe...

Zuki's Diary - The Naga are not enough by proquar [PP #5, 25 July 2009] :: Day 2 - The Naga are not enough We rested well, but the Deck of Fate travel must have scrambled my brain more than expected. I am still a little out of sorts, and not dealing at all well with appearing in a catacomb, Talona knows where, with a haughty m...

Zuki's Diary - Appearing in a catacomb by proquar [PP #4, 18 July 2009] :: Day 1 - Appearing in a catacomb Who would have thought playing with a Deck of Fate could be so dangerous? So, I appear in the middle of a catacomb. Amongst a party that was being stalked by a rogue. Apparently, they hadn’t realized. Only the mage...

Nishida's diary - Cave exploration by proquar [PP #3, 22 July 2009] :: It is strange that I should stand guard in a tunnel, while the rest of the party (less Kaitor, of course) investigate a chest in the middle of a dead-end of the cave. But here I am, taking the opportunity to record the events to date: So Blasta wanted t...

Nishida's Diary - a saucepan, an ogre and an apparent attempt to get the party ambushed by proquar [PP #2, 16 July 2009] :: So, we’d killed all but one of the raiding kobolds. And apart from some mention of the “old ones”, it was not very forthcoming. Even after some ‘gentle persuasion’ from me and Kaitor, of which Kaitor seemed to take all too much pleasure in. None of t...

The logic of a madman. by Avatar [PP #1, 09 May 2009] :: This campaign started off pretty cleanly. Malum the arcane archer and myself, Solan the wizard, had just left our crazy cleric for dead, stole his Ring of Sustenance so that he might actually die of something quicker than old age, and just met up with 3 n...

General Gabble

Roleplaying in PFS by Avatar [GG #12, 29 December 2014] :: This was originally written by Matt Goodall on Facebook, but Facebook's format means his very valuable articles are being lost to the deluge of posts over time, so I'm reposting them here. I want more roleplaying in PFS. I want people's characters to h...

Pathfinder Items #2: Survival by Avatar [GG #11, 31 August 2014] :: It's been a little over a year and a half (or a season and a half, in Pathfinder Society terms) since the last article on what-to-buy came out, so it's time for an update. Make sure you have the right rulebooks for these! This one's going to also inclu...

Pathfinder Items: Consumables #1 by Avatar [GG #10, 20 January 2013] :: Steven provided this handy list of items newer characters (and some older characters) should consider buying: Items costing 2 prestige (or 750gp) - which will save your life: Wand of Cure Light Wounds (50 charges, 1d8+1 instant healing) Wand of Inf...

PFS Gripes - The Difficulty on Receiving an [O]fficial Ruling by Mekkis [GG #9, 16 October 2012] :: So, you're in a position where either Something has happened (accidentally tossed onto another plane, perhaps) - or you've got a concept that Might Work but requires GM approval or a GM ruling. What do you do? In a regular campaign, you approach your G...

Convention Review, Unicon Melbourne 2011 by snypt [GG #8, 09 October 2011] :: This is a detailed review of my weekend at Unicon to show what the average roleplaying convention is like for someone familiar to playing online, but brand new to roleplaying conventions. It is Sunday night and I am sitting here thinking back on what...

What You Wish You Knew about PFS by squirrel [GG #4, 22 February 2011] :: After reading the What You Wish You Knew At Character Creation thread for Pathfinder Society, I thought I'd write something up based on my experiences with PFS games and what I thought was helpful in the thread for new players or old players making new ch...

D&D could lead to gang behaviour, apparently. by Avatar [GG #3, 27 January 2011] :: Remember the bad old days when D&D was looked at as the cause of youth violence and suicides and so forth? Well, at least those days are over. Right? No, not really...

Gobbledygook by Avatar [GG #1, 04 August 2009] :: In my research for a non-campaign-related article to write up, I came across a article called Straight Talk on Dungeons & Dragons, which at first appeared quite interesting and maybe even insightful, until you get to the end, and then scroll back up and r...