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Pathfinder University - A Company for new players in their first 90 days

Hoffman
About the Pathfinder University - PFU (previously known as River Academy):

Pathfinder University (PFU) is a company and home for new players (in their first 90 days) that provides support, training (including regular classes) and fun for those who are just learning PFO. A player can only be a member of the Pathfinder University for their first 90 days. After their first 90 days they need to move to another company in PFO. The intent of the Pathfinder University is to give people a place to grow, try things out, and then move to the right company/settlement for them. Pathfinder University will be a collaborative (sharing in resources and supplies) and will have regularly scheduled events and classes.

Classes will be held at Thornkeep, taught by companies from across the map and open to all. Pathfinder University will have an officer structure to allow people a chance to lead the company but will ultimately report to PFU Faculty. In this way the PFU Faculty are the only ‘permanent’ officers of the Pathfinder University as we are committed to only allowing people to stay in the academy for 90 days. Pathfinder University holds RiverBank as a training grounds for those who want to try out settlement mechanics and the like. RiverBank is an unaligned, neutral settlement located in the South West Plains [-09.18]

PFU is basing out of Thornkeep, uses the Golarion mumble for voice communications (golarion.mumble.com port 3093) and will be using the new player forum at Goblinworks.com for our forums.

[b}To join PFU, click on the tower icon in the top left, put PFU in search bar, hit return, select Pathfinder University and then click apply.

Rules of the Pathfinder University
  • No PVP within RiverBank or the six core hexes surrounding RiverBank unless it is in a tower pvp window or a Pathfinder University sanctioned event (i.e. a class on PVP).
  • Pathfinder University is not allowed to take any towers, unless as part of a class.
  • We follow the two rules of RiverBank: 1. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you and 2. Don’t be a jerk.
  • Pathfinder University members are not allowed to make or sign any treaties or long term agreements. Trade agreements or the like must be time limited (i.e. no more than 90 days).
  • Donate what you don’t need to others. Pathfinder University will have a bank where you can donate or list them on the auction house for 1 copper. (pay it forward)
  • Being part of Pathfinder University is a privilege and subject to following the rules above.
Pathfinder University Faculty staff the help channel, Thornkeep and the University mumble.

Golarion Mumble Server
Address: golarion.mumble.com
Port: 3093
Join the Pathfinder University channel

If you haven't tried Mumble it is a voice chat program that can be downloaded here. You do not have to have a microphone for your computer as you can still type, but at least you will be able to hear the conversations. If you have trouble with mumble, their support page is here.

If you cannot get on Mumble, we will also be providing support in the Help channel (just click on the help tab and it should come up). Keep in mind that when you are in help you cannot see any whispers, so occasionally look in hex or local. To send a whisper type /w charactername, message (the comma is important) and to reply you can just type /r message.

Additionally, I (and others) will be in and/or around Thornkeep to help players. That means if you need gear (FREE to new players), want to go exploring, or just want to meet someone in game, come to Thornkeep. We will also be holding daily classes (starting Wednesday, 2/18 ) in Thornkeep so it is a good place to be. To get to Thornkeep, Press M for map, look towards the east for the city with three large stars around it, that is Thornkeep. Double click on Thornkeep and that will drop a pin that you can follow on your minimap and start running. To continuously run hit R and you can then sprint by hitting Ctrl.
As a side note, most everything is in the encyclopedic 'Cheatle's Guide'. This guide is both a guide itself and a guide to guides. For those who prefer more pictures and a prettier guide, check out SSpitfire's guide.

If you have questions about PFU, please feel free to contact Vorsk, Master of Students, Foxglove, Master of Curriculum or Hoffman Grand Master of PFU.
Pathfinder University Helping new players to enjoy the game.
Daily classes listed at http://classes.pathfinderuniversity.com - all are welcome.
Join Pathfinder University for your first 90 days in game.
foxglove
PFU will be holding a lecture, workshop or other event every day for the next week.
Stay tuned for Hoffmann to post the schedule once everything is finalized.

(Spoiler: there's even something for EU timezone players)
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Foxglove - of Pathfinder University (PFU/Riverbank)
Silkworm - of Phoenix Industries (TEO/Brighthaven)
On these boards I never speak for TEO, only for myself or PFU. Contact me if you want to hold a guest lecture for PFU
foxglove
since Hoffmann only posted the schedule in the News & Announcement section, I'm copying it here:

Our next class is tonight, Thursday 2/19 at 9pm. Our guest speaker is SSpitfire who will be talking about feat trees, followed by a discussion about PFO math underlying the combat system.

Friday 2/20 at 10pm central EU time (UCT+1) we will have Foxglove presenting Gearing Up; how to get beter gear and use it too. This class will provide an intro on crafting Tier 1 +2 gear, and Foxglove will help you make your own! We are going to provide some supplies but are always interested in donations to the university of gear and raw/salvage/refined goods.

Sunday 2/22 Will be new player day from 1-9 Eastern, but will have a special session hosted by Vorsk from 1:30-4. Expanding Problems: An Introduction to Escalations. A brief introduction to how escalations work, how to approach them, and their importance to the game. Followed by in the field experience taking on an escalation with the class.

Monday 2/23 at 9PM EST Duffy will be presenting How to Solo Red Mobs and Small Group PvE. He will include some simple feat setups including armor/feature/implement choices, combat states, combat debuffs, and how to capitalize on these effects both solo and with groups.

Tuesday 2/24 at 8PM EST Thannon Forsworn will be doing Crafting 101 overview course on how gathering, refining, and crafting are all interwoven and some general advice about leveling crafting.

All classes will meet in the Thornkeep Keep and be hosted on the Pathfinder University Mumble at golarion.mumble.com port 3093. Download the mumble client here

The class **tonight** is by Sspitfire: guide writer, survey author and game mechanics guru. Much recommended for anyone, not just new players. Want to make builds that are both xp-efficient and combat efficient, listen to Sspitfire.

My own class tomorrow is at a time suitable for EU players (but all are welcome)! It will be for anyone still wearing starter gear. It briefly covers crafting, but talks generally about keywords and the importance of matching your gear to your playstyle, what gear to prioritise, and the advantage vs cost of higher level gear.
Foxglove - of Pathfinder University (PFU/Riverbank)
Silkworm - of Phoenix Industries (TEO/Brighthaven)
On these boards I never speak for TEO, only for myself or PFU. Contact me if you want to hold a guest lecture for PFU
Hoffman
Breaking news!

Just confirmed our next two fireside chats with the Goblinworks team:

Wednesday 2/25 at 8PM Est we will have Lee Hammock, Lead Game Designer.

Wednesday 3/4 at 8PM Est we will have Bob Settles, who is the brains behind the monsters and escalations.

We are working with both Ryan Dancey (CEO) and Tork (settlements/large warfare) to find a time that works, and we are going to do a different time than Wednesday at 8. smile

We are going to try to record and broadcast these on Twitch also. Our last Fireside chat (with Lisa Stevens, COO of Goblinworks and CEO of Paizo is available here

All classes are held on the Golarion/University mumble and in the Thornkeep Keep.

Mumble information:
Server: golarion.mumble.com
Port: 3093
Download the mumble client here.
Pathfinder University Helping new players to enjoy the game.
Daily classes listed at http://classes.pathfinderuniversity.com - all are welcome.
Join Pathfinder University for your first 90 days in game.
Vorsk
Due to the very noticeable problems with traveling between towns as of EE 4.1 i shall be delaying my class "Expanding Problems" for a week. As such, in its place i shall hold a class i am going to call "Godly Service: An Introduction to Clerics", pretty much a Cleric 101 class. I am sorry for this change, but i feel that many will agree for the moment, this may be the best. Can not claim to be a good teacher if the odds of loosing students to deaths are so high just GETTING to an escalation point, let alone how bad it might be in said escalation.
Erian El ranelen of Keeper s Pass
Axi, it has been brought to my attention that a PFU Mumble user by the name of Locke is speaking negatively of the Keepers of the Circle on your Mumble. Such behavior would, of course, very much ruin the possibility of PFU serving as a non-biased training ground. I would ask that (1) such behavior be immediately addressed, not just regarding the Keepers, but with regard to bias for or against any Company or Settlement, and (2) that Locke, or any person with a personal bias against a Company or Settlement, actually take this up directly with the relevant party.
Keeper's Pass (NG) - Respecting life, protecting freedom, united against tyranny. A Crafter settlement that is friendly to casual and RP players. Check our Traveler's Guide to Keeper's Pass at https://goblinworks.com/forum/topic/109/. If you wish to join with us in Keeper's Pass come visit us at our website at http://keepersofthecircle.guildlaunch.com/.

Why do I support non-aggression? (https://goblinworks.com/forum/topic/1738/?page=1#post-16606)
Hoffman
Although I have seen Locke on the Mumble, he is not more than a passerby in the University channel. Keep in mind that the Golarion/University mumble is open to ALL. I will take responsibility for what occurs in the University channels but all settlements have channels in the mumble and I'm not sure it would be fair for either Caldeathe (who created the Golarion Mumble) or me to be held responsible for users in other settlements/channels.

I would be happy to help reach out to Locke but as he is not a member of PFU, I don't have any 'control' over him. I would defer to Caldeathe if anything should happen to Locke on the Mumble (that being said, I have no clue what the issue with Locke is, and have not been able to speak with him).

If anyone has a problem with a member of the University, I suggest PM'ing me, Vorsk or Foxglove and we will address the issue. Keep in mind that these are new users, so we would be better off handling the first issue privately before publicly posting there is an issue. PFU follows two rules:

1. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
2. Don't be a Jerk.

In most cases we are going to try to give students a chance to make things right (as they may have not known better). Second time they break the rules, they are out of PFU.

As you say in your post, I would encourage you take the issue up directly with Locke before you paint PFU with what he has done. (Especially since he is not a PFU member).

Please feel free to PM me if I can help in any way.
Pathfinder University Helping new players to enjoy the game.
Daily classes listed at http://classes.pathfinderuniversity.com - all are welcome.
Join Pathfinder University for your first 90 days in game.
Erian El ranelen of Keeper s Pass
I certainly agree with that–I don't expect any control over folks outside the purview of the PFU channels. I raise it here publicly not as a disparaging remark to the PFU efforts, but rather as public notice to all such new users and players (as well as veterans) that they need to take care in how things are presented specifically within the context of the PFU. Folks are free to disparage the Keepers in other places all they want, but everyone needs to understand the requirement for lack of bias on PFU territory. I very much support the PFU's efforts, and I think this one item, reputation as a non-biased entity, is probably your most important one. I want to do everything I can to ensure all parties understand this in order to protect the integrity of PFU moving into the future.

As for Locke, I have found him only in a few posts here on GW, which unfortunately lacks a PM function. I posted in his Introduction post to see if I can determine why he might have issues.
Keeper's Pass (NG) - Respecting life, protecting freedom, united against tyranny. A Crafter settlement that is friendly to casual and RP players. Check our Traveler's Guide to Keeper's Pass at https://goblinworks.com/forum/topic/109/. If you wish to join with us in Keeper's Pass come visit us at our website at http://keepersofthecircle.guildlaunch.com/.

Why do I support non-aggression? (https://goblinworks.com/forum/topic/1738/?page=1#post-16606)
Caldeathe Baequiannia
Locke is a Tavnhold resident (and for background, I believe English is not his first language).
http://paizo.com/people/Locke9civt
To reach me, email d20rpg@gmail.com
Erian El ranelen of Keeper s Pass
Fabulous, thanks Cal! Can you get us connected, or determine what exactly might be at issue? We can take this to Paizo PMs of course (and this illustrates again why I'd love PMs or some means of communication on this site).

I'v also learned he was previously a Keeper, under the name Lam, and so I'm guessing he's got some issues from that time. He parted from us voluntarily as he did not like our organizational structure but I'm not aware of any hostility in his parting.
Keeper's Pass (NG) - Respecting life, protecting freedom, united against tyranny. A Crafter settlement that is friendly to casual and RP players. Check our Traveler's Guide to Keeper's Pass at https://goblinworks.com/forum/topic/109/. If you wish to join with us in Keeper's Pass come visit us at our website at http://keepersofthecircle.guildlaunch.com/.

Why do I support non-aggression? (https://goblinworks.com/forum/topic/1738/?page=1#post-16606)
 
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