Harbingers of Fate

Fate Points Mechanism for 2014 System Guide
The Hunt is On

Pinging Paizo Staffers

As many of you know, this game involves both real world and in-game puzzles. This year, we have a set format for most of the real world puzzles. And, it involves everyone’s favorite in-game Easter Egg hunt.

As in previous years, Paizo staffers/contributors are assumed to be one of the Thousand Faces of Nyarlathotep, sworn enemy of the Harbingers of Fate. Discovering what these enemies are doing aids the Harbingers of Fate in their existential struggle against the Lovecraftian horror.

This year, the puzzle works as follows:

Step 1: In character check. These take various forms such as skill checks or checking languages known. So, for example, we could determine that this week’s clue is written in Aklo. Characters who speak Aklo get the first clue. Getting the first clue is a pretty big boon, but the puzzles should be solvable without the first clue.

Note: You may use a spell or other class ability to meet step one. For example, if you do not speak Aklo, but can cast comprehend languages, you may use that ability to get the week one clue. HOWEVER, all abilities used in the real-world puzzle game are considered used at the final table. So if you use a spell slot to cast comprehend languages, that spell slot is burned for the PaizoCon game.

Step 2: A clue and a search.

At this point is it easier to give an example from last year.

Last year, players found a “Gut-Spindle,” a tool used by troll augers to pull out their guts in order to read hieromancy signs. At step one, players with a perception modifier exceeding +10 noticed a faint inscription discussing a servant of Nyarlathtep who worships the Nightstalker. We told those players that the Paizo Staffer/Consatributor was Ben Bruck (who has a benchack the nightstalker avatar). That is, the answer lies somewhere within a Paizo message board post authored by Ben Bruck.

At step two we gave everyone the following clue (even if they didn’t have the skill in step 1):

Astride her lathered mount,
neither maiden,nor a whore,
with wings as black as midnight,
she leads them into war.

Now, a few especially canny players correctly guessed that the riddle referred to Szuriel, the Horse(wo)man of War and didn’t need the first clue. Other used the first clue, Bruck’s name, and searched his posts and found the mention of Szuriel.

Regardless of how each got the answer, anyone who guessed Szuriel got a Fate Point.

Step 3:

Rewards. In prior years, rewards were cool pieces of equipment or bonus feats/skills. This year, they are mythic tiers. See the Fate Points Table here

Updates
Week 1 In Game Puzzle

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Timelines

So, I would like to start the in-game, real world stuff beginning Saturday of next week. That means player sheets need to be finalized by Friday at Midnight PST (or, really, before I wake up the next day at around 9 am PST on Saturday). At that time, I will check PC sheets and see who gets the first clue. If your sheet isn’t done, you can still play and WILL get the second clue, but I won’t be able to check your sheet for the first clue.

Consider this your ready check.

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Lack of Forums
How should we all comunicate?

I apologize if this is the wrong venue for me to post this, but this is my first time playing a game where we can’t all talk to each directly. Is there any preferred way for us to communicate with each other?

P.S. quite the interesting group we have. A Sylph, and Oread, an Ifrit, and a gnome. Sounds like the set up for a joke!

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Week 1 In Game Puzzle
And so it begins

Clues will go out ASAP went out to Beryl, Vishtal, Mynth, and Beagan. The clue will be the name of a Paizo Contributor. The answer will be in a message board post by that Contributor.

But everyone can try and guess using the general clue:

Once mighty king of Poison,
Hungry — fed on pain
Immortal but not sleeping,
Divided now in twain.
In darkness, no longer speaking
And silent whispers strain
New messages he’s sending
to rebirth his coiled reign

Answers are due Saturday by midnight Pacific Time 4/19/2014. Please send them by private message or to the gmail.
Week 1 Solution

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Week 1 Update

A bunch of correct guesses so far. Great clue seekers this year.

Just to answer a few questions
1) You get one guess per week
2) The e-mail address is silentservantofthelastazlanti@gmail.com

There are still a few hors left, and so far, I have heard from everyone but Beryl. Here is hoping you all make a clean sweep.

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Week 2 Puzzle

Here is the hint for this week. It appears to be a tattered index for an ancient spell book.

1: Alarm, Burnning Hands, Color Spray, Endure Elements, Mage Armor, Magic Missile, Ray of Enfeeblement
2: Acid Arrow, Create Pit, Fog Cloud, Invisibility, Knock, Web
3: Beeast Shape I, Dispel Magic, Hold Person, Fireball, Major Image, Slow
4: Acid Pitt, Black Tentacles, Dimension Door, Fire Shield, Phantasmal Killer, Wall of Ice
5: Cone of Cold. Dismissal, Dominate Person, Teleport, Treasure Stithching,
6: Chain Lightning, Contingency, Disintegrate, Syymbol of Fear, Transformation
7: Delayed Blast Fireball, Fingers of Death, Plane Shift, Spell Turning

I will be sending the Paizo staffer hint tomorrow after church and dinner.

Jeez, Bruck is quick.

Week 2 Solution

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Simple favor

I got a reply today from someone who wanted into the game and realized two things. My secret message closing the game wasn’t seen. 2) I probably shouldn’t use my real name account or the silent servant account to shut the thread down. If somebody has a minute can you post the following in the Paizo boards thread:

“Just an FYI, the secret fun stuff connected to this post has started up already. The organizers are letting stragglers in, but this is a final notice. Solve the puzzle soon OR ELSE.”

one thread is here: http://paizo.com/threads/rzs2qtvj?Weird-Chat-JibJab-Moment#1
The other is http://paizo.com/threads/rzs2np6k&page=2?Distant-Worlds-Secret-Synergies-Detective#87

I am allowing new players, but want to end the admissions system for this year soonish.

Thanks for the help.

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Welcome to the new folks and those who are here.

Please send me a message if you need help or info.

Please update Player Info with your information.

We don’t have forums, but we have a quasi-functional equivalent here: Fake Forum Page 1

Also, if everyone could edit the Player Info page with the tentative plan to play online vs. at PaizoCon, I would really appreciate it.

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Week 3 Puzzle

In your travels, you come across a tiny silver coffer. Inscribed on the top of the coffer is a poem. Beagan, Daemos, and Vishtal were able to carefully open the box and discover a single slip of paper (you should have received the hint by private message).

The rest of you may ATTEMPT to break open the box (doing so may net you the hint for this week OR a status effect that your character will begin play with at either PaizonCon or at the PbP).

The poem on the top of the box reads as follows:

Scarlet, crimson, cardinal
He set these all beside
With an incandescent companion,
Whose light he commands she hide.

He serves the lord of order,
or in another’s view,
a petty little hoarder,
to give a harsh review.

Not king, nor duke, nor satrap
and yet not mean of birth
His lands produce aplenty,
an ancient kingdom’s worth

Both third and forth,
But first in mind
to his retinue of fierce protectors,
a fearsome, deathless kind

As always, please send your one guess this week either in a private message or to the campaign runner e-mail: silentservantofthelastazlanti@gmail.com. Guesses are due by 11:59 Saturday May 3. Good luck.

Week 3 Solution

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Congrats to Bruck and digital mystic

Congrats go out to Ben Bruck, the first player to earn his mythic tier. And also to digitalmystic who was close on his heels. May they use their tiers wisely.

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