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The difference is that the summoner doesn't even burn spell slots to summon things, he can do it more often than there are encounters.

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TheJeff wrote:
When people cannot resist openly following the laws of war, they find other ways. It's not just. It's not moral and it's not right

Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't. If you were in say, a polish ghetto during world war II I don't see any reason to keep ANY of the gloves on.

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Once the Palestinian issue is resolved? How does taking in refugees do that? Other than by eventually emptying Palestine of Palestinians and giving it all to Israel?

Infinity in this case. They're multiplying faster than they're leaving. (a dam that IS going to burst eventually)

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*shrug*. Any who reads this thread could make up their own mind about that. I know I made up mine.

What you have is an unrealistic expectation of your own safety that's the starting point for your view on the matter. Its very human and very understandable, but its definitely in the way of seeing things from another perspective.

Israel is the primary architect for the political landscape in which it dwells. There was a fight, they won (and continue to win), to the victor go the spoils. As part of that victory Israel has set conditions to ensure her own safety and identity as a Jewish state that perpetuate the problem. In most cases this is what history is: a series of problems you created by solving your previous problem.

No arms to the palastinian law enforcement means they cannot fight their own militants. Probably beats the alternative of the palastinian law enforcement fighting against you with heavy weapons, but expecting them to police their own under those conditions is impractical. This is making the best of a bad situation.

An embargo so restrictive as to exclude home depot prevents tunnels, but at the staggering cost of stiffing economic development and standards of living. The cost/risk/benefit ratio behind that line of thinking seems simply inhuman. How many Palestinians have to die or live in squalor because of it? How many Israeli lives does it save?

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I was mostly going for a laugh.

Peace of mind about dating things (since you can sign and date your own dm chronicle at any time) and spreading the word about John comptons post are just bonuses.

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Doug's Workshop wrote:
thejeff wrote:

So that would just add incentives to continue to make the conditions worse and drive more Palestinians away while avoiding a peaceful solution until Israel can simply take the land. At this point allowing/helping refugees is enabling ethnic cleansing.

I'm not speaking so much of the refugees from 1948/67, but Doug's Workshop's question as to why neighboring countries don't open their borders to refugees.

Yeah, so much better to continue to let those people be used by Hamas as human shields. Makes perfect sense. Can't believe I didn't think of that before.

Its a lose lose for the other states. Taking in the refugees would cost money, deprive them of a weapon, and invite retaliation any time Israel decided to snag some more land.

Also, they all look the same to us, but they were already a not so popular ethnic group BEFORE this whole mess started.

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Lord Snow wrote:


I have articulated several problems with your position throughout this thread.

you've repeatedly insulted my position. Not the same thing.

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Lord Snow wrote:
. Suffice it to say that I find your view of things to be too one dimensional to ever be accurate.

I find that your inability to articulate a problem with my position speaks volumes.

There is a power disparity. Those with power take from those without. Thats the story of humanity. You don't read for the story after you've seen it enough, you read for the details.

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It's a chicken and egg problem that you are over simplifying, of course.

Complexity is an excuse for depravity. There are excuses for not letting them have concrete, there are none for depriving them to that level and then not cutting them a sufficient check to have a life when those restrictions ruin peoples lives.

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And, by the way, as the recent tunnel threat has shown, that was a legitimate concern. In some of the major tunnels the IDF dug up during the last few days there were hundreds of tons of concrete and construction material.

If you're going to deprive people of everything right down to concrete for fear of it being weaponized, then you're taking the entirety of their responsibility into your hands.

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ShadowcatX wrote:

Hamas chose to make those cities targets. If you're launching missles at a foe from a building, that building is not a civilian target anymore.

Israel is launching settlers that take their land from israel. Therefore israel isn't a civilian target anymore.

This logic is horrible. Launching a missile from granmas roof does not turn grandma into a legitimate target. The west bank is one of the most dreadfully overcrowded areas on the planet: there's nowhere to shoot from that ISN"T next to civilians.

And so far in this conflict Hamas has a better combatant to civilian ratio than Israel. (probably more to incompetence than will but still...)

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i dont thinl hes fishing for an argument, I think hes pointing out that the Palestinians are kinda physically, politically, and ideologically stuck, and immobility in one area whether as a result of internal or external forces, results kn immobility in other areas.
But how does that relate to Qatar's alleged neutrality in the conflict? I must be missing something here.

Israeli: Qatar? We can't have the talks in Qatar. i can't even legally enter the country

Palestinian: Welcome to my world!

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And also aside from the point - Palestinians aren't allowed across Israel's borders mostly for security reasons

Its very much the point. They can't cross Israels borders, Israel makes sure they can't cross into egypts/Jordans borders, and israel has them carved up Into tiny, isolated units so they can't even cross their OWN borders.

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The promised upcoming bulletproof enchantment may spell the end of the gunslinger as we know it.

fingers crossed.

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Playing a 7-11 with 4 mid-optimum PCs and Harsk, for instance. What can you do to help Harsk step up and provide to the table, rather than get a weak attack every turn?

This is merely an advice thread. For helping harsk try Here.

Thats probably insufficient on its own, so make it a team effort

Here

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Soft Cover: Creatures, even your enemies, can provide you with cover against ranged attacks, giving you a +4 bonus to AC. However, such soft cover provides no bonus on Reflex saves, nor does soft cover allow you to make a Stealth check.

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Mistwalker wrote:

To continue the rules discussion:

Page 195 of the CORE (Cover, 2nd paragraph):
When making a melee attack against an adjacent target, your target has cover if any line from any corner of your square to the target’s square goes through a wall (including a low wall). When making a melee attack against a target that isn’t adjacent to you (such as with a reach weapon), use the rules for determining cover from ranged attacks.

Page 196 of the CORE:
Total Cover: If you don’t have line of effect to your target (that is, you cannot draw any line from your square to your target’s square without crossing a solid barrier), he is considered to have total cover from you. You can’t make an attack against a target that has total cover.

The Diagram on page 194 illustrates this.

Is melee cover not total cover?

No. Cover most definitely is NOT total cover. Total cover is a wall fully in between you and the target. Going around the corner is a -4, if that.

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Nope. Help the villagers and get the artifact back to town sometimes go hand in hand, but more often they're at odds.

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Mistwalker wrote:
Sneak attack through a doorway, on the diagonal - not a valid attack - but my PC would have kept walking, so the sneak attack would have happened in another 5' as my PC moved down the hallway.

Hmmm? Its concealment that prevents sneaks, not cover.

And yes, my biggest pet peves with dms is not letting characters use their eyes. "You didn't say you were looking for the monster that I' responsible for telling you is in the middle of the room..."

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Summoner. The eidolon needs 30 minutes of acountinig to catch an error alone, is probably built right anyway, and even if you kill it the summoner gets stronger by bringing in almost a party's worth of summoned critters every. single. round.

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Shadowcat wrote:


Also a terror tactic is a tactic designed to cause terror. Kinda like kidnapping or shooting missles at civilian targets. If you need any more definitions supplied to you, may I suggest using a dictionary?

I would suggest a higher point to snark ratio. As it stands, one could just as reasonably apply the terrorist label to Israels practices. Israel has a number of peaceful demonstrators held in indefinite detention and as cited above is inflicting a large number of civilian casualties per Hamas operative.

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Does your venue not have space for a vulcan fighting pit for these things?

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So, with This post we have some guidelines for how Aasimar and Tiefling grandfathering works. Played characters need to be played as aasimar/tieflings, DM credit should be declared aasimars/tieflings.

So, for those of you who don't have a notary in your gaming group, this thread exists to provide a time stamped proof positive record of your native outsideryness.

Thoth
Aasimar (Idylykin)
Born 7/20/14
Played in The devil you know I

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Fromper wrote:


The real question would be how my gnome prankster bard would do 1d8 damage with 7 str, a scroll in one hand, and a whoopee cushion in the other.

You attempt to swallow the woopie cushion.

If you roll an 8 you succeeded.

Would that require a fort save vs the self coup de grace?

No but it might require some explanation about 8 hours later.

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Lord Snow wrote:
Well, Israel does care and I know that for a fact. The thought of economic, academic and cultural isolation terrifies the people here - it's evident by the way the media goes bananas whenever some farmer in south America refuses to buy Israeli tomatoes, or some dreary professor would not attend a convention in Israel. Any such event gets twice the press and reaction as any attack Hamas can usually make.

But does it translate into policy changes? Broad ones over a long period of time.

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And I'm not counting on the U.S exerting pressure, that's unlikely. In Europe, however, the winds are blowing in that direction.

I don't see what Europe could feasibly do that would be worse from Israels point of view than the 67 borders.

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They have a couple of very valuable trading chips - giving up the right of return, and recognizing Israel in a truce that promises an end to violence.

a truce that would be broken before the ink was dry and a promise not worth the paper its written on. The palastinian government has no means of stopping the rockets. The second one government becomes for peace it splinters off to another group that isn't.

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The price Israel is paying to maintain control on the Palestinians is huge - casualties, the animosity of the entire Arabic world and much of the Islamic and western worlds, billions of dollars every year, the need for mandatory service in the army.

... and on top of all these pragmatic things, Israel is paying with it's soul. There is a saying in Israel that roughly translates as "the conquest corrupts us", and it's true

I'm reminded of a quote about slavery's effects on the slave owner being almost as bad as the effects of a slave (must have been a white guy, but yes, they are pretty bad)

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Israel has a very clear motivation to reach an agreement with Palestinians. When asked, most Israelis say they support a two-nations solution. The only ones actually interested in perpetuating it are the religious, who want to unify the lands promised to the Jews by their God, according to that Book. The rest of us would really rather the madness stopped.

And the military, who find the 67 border indefeasible.

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They have so far been unwilling to give up either, which is part of the reason that a diplomatic solution without outside intervention is very unlikely. However, that's very different from having nothing to offer.

It is kind of rough telling people they have to stay in the palastinian areas. You wouldn't want to stay there either. It doesn't help that the biggest barrier to the right of return is maintaining a racist government: there are plenty of Palestinians already in Israel who aren't blowing things up, but if people had a right of return they'd quickly make jews a minority in israel.

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ShadowcatX wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:


I don't think israel cares. Even IF they needed america (i don;'t think they do at this point), in Americans eyes, the palastinians are muslims and therefore terrorists*. No one will side with them: its political suicide.

*I cannot stress how incorrect this is, but it is however how most Americans see it.

Just because that is how you see it does not man that is how the rest of us see it. Some of us believe Hamas is a terrorist organization because they use terror tactics

Whats the definition of a terror tactic?

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and eschew the rules of warfare. Ie because they're f*$&ing terrorists. Religion has nothing to do with it.

When they're not muslims using these tactics they're either freedom fighters or founding fathers.

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The real question would be how my gnome prankster bard would do 1d8 damage with 7 str, a scroll in one hand, and a whoopee cushion in the other.

You attempt to swallow the woopie cushion.

If you roll an 8 you succeeded.

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John Compton wrote:

You don't need to get it notarized or anything like that

too late.

Thanks for clearing this up!

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A lack of fiddly bits that play off of each other.

A lack of viable options (all magi look the same)

Not capable in combat: i can have fun role playing anything on my own thanks, I need class mechanics to be useful in combat.

Fails to mechanically perform its thematic goals (the rogue isn't actually that great at skills, the swashbuckler isn't any more mobile than any fighter in a chain shirt)

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This is usually easier as a caster. A few buffs and a shield other on an under performing or under leveled character can bring them up to par.

For a martial, trip is usually the best option. It keeps them in place for a full attack, and a +4 for prone should let them hit

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Jiggy wrote:
Kinda not the point...

Player has a crippling hexagonal hole in their build. You know of a hexagonal peg. How is suggesting getting the two to meet NOT the entire point of the thread?

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One feat would get him control undead. It turns "oh drat undead are immune to me" to "ATTACK THEM MY MINIONS! ATAAAAACK!"

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Lord Snow wrote:
And... you say Israel can't strike Hamas down, but the flip side of that is that Hamas can't really strike Israel down either.

No, but Hamas can get itself to win a landslide election with this tactic. It can perpetuate itself with this tactic. Israel's bombs are making more hamas than they're killing.

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A victory cannot, and will not, be achieved through military means. Freedom for the Palestinian people would come either from diplomacy (not a high chance, but it's there)

Its not. The palastinians have nothing to offer israel. They cannot guarantee an end to the rocket attacks. The palastinians simply have nothing to bargain with.

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or international pressure on Israel.

I don't think israel cares. Even IF they needed america (i don;'t think they do at this point), in Americans eyes, the palastinians are muslims and therefore terrorists*. No one will side with them: its political suicide.

*I cannot stress how incorrect this is, but it is however how most Americans see it.

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Save it for your resurrection.

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The silver crusade was pretty much made for people like him. Its headed by a paladin, so there shouldn't be any conflict.

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LazarX wrote:
Norse, did you save this post? Because I can swear to Ifni, that you've posted this word for word the last time someone put up this question.

Nope. Similar thoughts I'm sure.

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OP, despite what the Viking canine put up, PFS does not require DPR champions to meet it's scenarios. What is extremely helpful are players who can do a bit of lateral thinking, because the course for success isn't always laid out like a railroad track for you to follow. Be a bit flexible, and find ways to synch with your party members and you should do okay.

*backfoot headscratch* I'm pretty sure i said pretty much the same thing. I said you DON"T want the DPR/kill it fast champions. The only thing i did differently was set a bar well above the pregens.

Harsk< Goldi Locks zone < Slumber hex happy witch.

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DoubleGold wrote:


I agree with this statement. However, numbers can affect a small amount of your personality. If you have an 8 cha, no skill ranks in diplomacy character who is level 5, you probably aren't going to be doing a lot of talking, and if you do, you aren't good at it or you cha 8 is due to not shyness but other reason.

Which changes how you role play, not how well you role play. You can have a well role played suave, debonaire swashbuckler (high cha), a character thats a bit lacking in social graces (7 charisma hippy elf) or a well role played abraisive insulting dwarf (5 charisma).

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Lord Snow wrote:


I'm honestly not sure. I don't know exactly what were the terms purposed by Egypt and it's very hard for me to assess the inner politics of Hamas. Maybe they just couldn't afford to accept the terms, I don't know.

Unless Egypts plan was a withdraw from the west bank and issuing passports to the Palestinians then hamas' best bet is to fire the rockets and try to keep attention on their situation. Even a ground invasion is better than the slow inexorable division and de facto annexation of what little territory they have left and it is in fact better than any alternative short of genocide. They are the " I hate isreal more than you do" party and because of that you can't shoot them out of power. Israel is getting what, 1 hamas agent per 50 civilians on a good day? Those 50 civilians have families that are going to be voting for the most anti israeli party they can find.

Strike them down all you want, you only make them stronger.

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Benjamin Falk wrote:
There are no Kitsune with french accents. They all would die instantly if they would try it. Try a japanese accent, way better and let´s the character live longer.

One of the greats of literature begs to disagree

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LazarX wrote:
Irontruth wrote:
. Veterans of the Revolution weren't cared for at all.
One of the earliest crisies in government in fact, was a march on it by the veterans of the Revolution.

Who were promptly told

"No, we're not going to pay you" and

"You owe the banks a debt that you have to pay them, you slackers"

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Kitsune pirate: Arrrf

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I think there's a 2 hour minimum on games.

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Question to all: How have you built strong characters who could hold their own, without having them dominate encounters?

One way to do this is to have an on off switch. For example on my rogue druid, i can either put strongjaw and animal growth on the velocirraptor and send him in to one shot something, or just send him in as is to do a reasonable amount of damage.

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Charon's Little Helper wrote:
Mystic_Snowfang wrote:

My witch is rather ugly and a bit blunt (cha 7) and physically unimpressive (str 7). But somewhat of a genius. She's tons of fun to play.

I could be wrong - but I don't think that character's legal. You can only drop 1 stat below 10 (before racial) - so you can't have more than 1 stat below 8.

If I'm mistaken - can someone else chime in?

Nope. Not a rule at all.

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To be more helpful, this should be broken down into two seperate questions.

How strong should my character be for PFS? How much and what kind of optimization should i invest in?

What kind of background and personality should I have in PFS?

How strong?

This is a hard question to answer, because there's no "power level" you can assign a character.

You want a character that is well above the pregens. Those things are simply going to die, and get the rest of your party killed as soon as you hit the 5-9s. You need to be able to carry your party a bit if you get sat down with some underpowered characters.

You want a character built strong enough to hit the 1-5's like a mac truck, because if you don't, the 7-11s are going to flatten you.

You want a character thats below

-A slumber hex happy witch with a maxed out slumber hex dc.
-A min maxed zen archer
-A pair of pouncing velociraptors druid/pet.
-The dazing channel cleric
-The daze happy fireball chucker.

These characters are just going to mow through the scenarios.

What KIND of optimization?

PFS throws a lot of adventuring basics at you. Swarms, damage reduction, swarms, unbeatable damage reduction, swarms, darkness, blindness, energy damage, swarms,inorporeal creatures, invisibility, energy drain, swarms, flying opponents, oozes... you want to be able to handle everything to SOME degree more than you want to be able to roflcopter 90% of encounters.

You want to be able to step into multiple roles. You could have no healer in the party. You may have NO melee. You have have NO ranged and come up against flying harpies. Versatility is its own power.

What kind of role play?

Some long term, sweeping epic of you and a 50 page backrgound with NPCs you have complex, wonderful and subtle interactions with is pretty useless in pfs. You keep changing DMs, the dm usually can't fit your background into the story, and they have more things on their mind.

If you want your character to stand out or even show a personality, something thats a little over the top and that you can sum up quickly is going to work better than a wall flower or some deeply nuanced, multi layer onion.

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Irontruth wrote:
The first two decades of the 20th century is when the government started to come in and mandate how companies treated workers.

Well, there was a different mandate in effect before and after that point, usually delivered with the heavy end of a pinkertons club.

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There is no vs.

You, the player, are what give your character breadth, depth, and life. Statistics, good or bad , will not do that for you. Making a sub optimial character does not enhance your role play, at all. In gaming circles this is known as the stormwind fallacy. For the more philosophy minded, its known as the false dilema or either or fallacy.

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Fall of the machines.

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Keep in mind the wolf will (probably) grow to large once you hit level 7. So having a dire wolf pup thats slowly growing is probably the best explanation for how a 100 pound animal winds up bigger than a bear.

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Brom the i'm not typing a name that long wrote:
A campaign where the society is working to build trade routes with a seemingly perfect city, but things turn dark, and the shining suface layer of what seemed like a utopia begins to unravel into a dark distopia- in which there is no escape.

Its called Hermea Its run by a Gold Dragon using humans for a eugenics program.

Oh cool. I hope we get some cool mods for this- area (right?) It looks like a kingdom, so I think it'd be awesome to go there in Season 6.

No, but it was one of the more popular ones people were clamoring for when they asked, so fingers crossed.

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