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Yeah, Animate Dead could be swell, and only slightly disturbing for bypassers.
For a less ethically dubious approach, how about Unseen Servants? You'll have to sit in the field while multiple castings work (due to the short range), but bring a book and some lemonade.
Andrew R wrote:
i believe in minimal taxation for the few things the governments are actually good at, maintaining borders and roads and very little else. I get charged to call an ambulance, utilities come from private companies in many areas.
Gonna test your own food for salmonella, eh?"IS A MAN NOT ENTITLED TO THE SWEAT OF HIS BROW?"
Oh, and there's this: Ted Cruz (R-Dingbat) asked people on Facebook if they liked Obamacare - people said "yes" by a landslide. :D
Good looks <> Charisma. That said, it should be higher.
Hm. Maybe Paladin for WW? She _is_ on a mission from the Gods...
Fighter is not the bar one should use for balance.
Which is itself part of the problem. The fighter's entire schtick is... FIGHTING. If they're not as good at fighting as other classes, something has gone very wrong.
That particular trick won't work - (Su) Hexes can't be dispelled.
Tiny Coffee Golem wrote:
No uranus jokes? Seriously? WIth an opener like "diamonds come from uranus" no one took that and ran with it? You disappoint me.
As was pointed out by Ashiel, Lunar beat you to it.
One other reason Retribution can be good is that it doesn't have the 'immune for 24 hours' clause most hexes do - if the enemy makes the save, just smack them with it again next round.
Mathwei ap Niall wrote:
Wait, what? My GM ruled that all Ice Tomb does to undead is 3d8 cold damage, save for half, and that it doesn't work at all on inanimate objects. (If it did, I could freeze a lake solid with a little time. That'd be fun...) Was there a new ruling I missed?
Here's a guide to playing a sorcerer that might come in handy. It might be a bit advanced for a complete noob, so just ask if you have questions.
Basic character-building advice: Charisma should be you highest stat, then Constitution and Dexterity, then Intelligence (for Spellcraft and the skill points, mainly) and/or Wisdom (for will saves & perception rolls). Strength is a good choice for a dump stat.
Pick spells you can expect to use all the time. Save the 'it might be handy' spells for the Wizards.
Play a human - each level, they can get an extra spell known instead of a skill point or hitpoint, which is kind of a big deal.
Grimnir Gunnarslag wrote:
As usual, The Onion is way ahead of the lamestream media in capturing the zeitgeist of this country.
(Oh, ignore the article about the last non-telepath. Good thing this is just a funny satire magazine for non-telepathic people, which is all of them. Yes.)
Grey Lensman wrote:
That's a tough one - "Nothing is foolproof, because fools are so ingenious." Just how poor are we talking in regard to the options?
After all, you can always make a fighter with 8s in Str/Con/Dex. :-P
Oh, look at this:
Of course, to the True Believers, this was just a smoke screen to cover Obama's VILE PERSECUTION OF FREEDOM-LOVIN-
In fact, one of those groups even had their tax-exempt status changed, whereas none of the Tea Party groups were required to change anything.
Well, what's next on the Outrage Of The Day menu?
The press is having a field day calling these things white house scandals.
Can you blame the poor dears? They've been starved for years, now. Bush could be counted on for at least one new scandalous incidence of utter corruption or incompetence a week, Obama's barely had any worth mentioning by non-Republicans. (Since Republicans consider everything Obama does from 'existing' on up to be a scandal.)
It gets better - now we have a Benghazi Scandal scandal. Seems the GOP was altering emails to make them sound worse....
Tiny Coffee Golem wrote:
And if mines had a tendency to become infested with horrible monsters.
Now... _synthetic_ diamonds as spell components. Discuss. :D
Peter Stewart wrote:
I don't agree. It's a simple statement of fact. At level 1, the wizard's casting Color Spray, and the fighter is hitting things with a sword. At level 20, the wizard is casting Prismatic Sphere, summoning demons, teleporting across the world and controlling minds, and the fighter is... hitting things with a sword really well.
There's definitely a quantifiable disparity here.
Have you considered -- and I don't mean this at all in a snarky way -- something like the Hero system? If want a rich, deep set of highly customizable mechanics that can model just about anything well, you might find Hero ideal.
Or Mutants and Masterminds, which is d20 based. (And it even has a sourcebook for doing fantasy characters.)
Hmm Undead create undead under their command - Specters and Shadows come to mind.
In the middle of a big city?
Probably a VERY BAD IDEA unless you want the game to end with either the Shadowpocalypse or with a high-level caster nuking the city to prevent the Shadowpocalypse.
Ninjas! (Warning: TVTropes link)
I think most of the classes stay pretty much the same as in the 3.5 tier list, except maybe Paladins (who got enough nice stuff to move up a tier).
(Check out that link - JaronK does a good job of explaining HOW the tier classifications are supposed to work. It's not ALL about power.)
As for the new PF clases, my estimations:
Alchemist: Tier 3? About the same as the Bard, I'm estimating.
Andrew R wrote:
Also define WMD, iraq was known to have access to so many chemical/biological weapons it is not funny.
So where'd they all get to once the invasion was over and Bush really wanted a scalp to show his tribesmen?
Donald Rumsfeld wrote:
Seems like all that stuff vanished into thin air as soon as the American tanks started rolling in. Funny, that.
My third level feat (Extra Hex) is going to be either Fortune or Misfortune not quite decided which yet.
I'd recommend Misfortune - you;ll have a lot more enemies than allies, most days.
Celestial Pegasus wrote:
There's no shame in letting heroic fantasy characters consistently be heroes instead of falling prone to embarrassing gaffes roughly 5% of the time they do anything. Just let them be competent and keep Fumbles out of the game.
No kidding. The only fictional hero I can think of who screws up as often as a Fumbling PC is Inspector Jacques Clouseau, and he's... not exactly a heroic fantasy character.
Over on the GitP forums, Philistine has come up with some TOTALLY REALISTIC fumble rules!
They're even playtested at the table! :D
Also, no discussion of fumble rules is complete without mentioning the tale of Sameo, the one truly epic critical failure story.
Fumble rules are great!
A wise person over on the Giant in the Playground forum had this to say:
I'm Arbane the Terrible, and I approve this message.
My thought: Does the GM enforce the 'fumble on a 1, no matter what' rule on NPCs, too? If not, insist on it. Fair's fair, after all.
Then play a witch with the misfortune and cackle hexes. Forcefeed his NPCs 'FUN!' and 'REALISM!' until he chokes. :D
Don't be too attached to your plotlines - they won't survive the PCs. Players will gank the 'invincible' villain on Round One. They'll ignore obvious clues and spend an entire session chasing down red herrings. They'll adopt insignificant NPCs and ignore anyone important. They'll run away from harmless things and boldly walk into obvious death, and then complain you're a killer GM.
But hopefully, it will be fun.
My biggest gripe with the ability is the fact that some monsters have some totally garbage SLA, IE Moss troll and turning into a tree. Now your barbarian hits him harder because of the Witch Hunter ability. I don't want to remove it, but maybe I'll need to house rule it, or just secretly remove damage he does when he's meta gaming because he tries to google a monster.
That hardly seems fair. Do you also stop a holy weapon from doing more damage to an evil opponent if the wielder didn't use Detect Evil first?
What's the problem? 5-footing into battle isn't really a big deal, unless you're all using reach weapons and such. It's enemy casters 5-footing away from the melee types that tends to be a source of annoyance.
Morgan Champion wrote:
How about the witch class?
I'm playing a witch. They can be a lot of fun, but they're prepared casters, so expect a fair bit of bookkeeping at high level.
Their main power is their hexes - some minutes-per-day powers like flying or having prehensile hair, some whacky stuff like breathing water, showing people their future, or being able to animate a hut to follow them around, and most importantly, some powers that are mostly debuffs or save-or-lose powers that they can use once-per-day-per target. The only way you'll ever have to worry about not being able to use combat hexes is if you somehow find yourself fighting the same opponent multiple times in one day. AND they ignore Spell Resistance, which is nice at high levels.
Their big weaknesses are:
Rogar Stonebow wrote:
Where in the rules does it say you need to know an attack is coming to get a save against it?
You reach out and subtly twist the necromantic energy that empowers the undead, turning it upon its own existence. Every round at the start of their turn, the target must make a Will save, or take 2d6 damage and be sickened for 1 turn. On a successful save, they take no damage, are sickened for one round, and the spell ends.
I am getting so sick of Undead being immune to all my witch's good spells, so I thought up this one. (This is the second version - the first one was overpowered.) The -4 on saves is there for the same reason Feeblemind has it - this is specifically intended to hose vampires, since our party is fighting them every other adventure. :-P
It's single-target, very narrow in scope, and gets a LOT of saves.
Too strong? Too weak? Too low-level? Just a generally bad idea? What other classes should be able to get it, if any?
Maybe she summoned an Ice Devil?
Some non-ice creatures would probably be a good idea. The Remorhaz was already mentioned... what else would be good? Her 'familiar' saber-toothed tiger, maybe?
Do you also herd your PCs towards any hidden treasure they may have missed? You did 'hard work' putting it there, after all...
Please read the following translation in the voice of the Soldier from TF2.
"How DARE you attempt to use 'intelligence' or 'strategy' to skip my painstakingly-crafted fights, mister! Now, get BACK on those rails and GRIND until I SAY you are ready for a boss fight!"
Oracles break their own legs or gouge their own eyes to enter their class. They get a little better over time though.
No, the gods do it to them.
Apparently, Oracles are selected from people who owed the gods money, or something.
A witch with a dead familiar. At least wizards can make backup spellbooks...
Doesn't stealing a cleric's holy symbol stop them from casting a lot of spells? (If anyone ever paid attention to that rule, anyway.)