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RPG Superstar 2014 Dedicated Voter. FullStarFullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 21,464 posts (22,319 including aliases). 14 reviews. 4 lists. No wishlists. 24 Pathfinder Society characters. 3 aliases.


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LazarX wrote:
The Fox wrote:
I heard another player complaining that his rogue never gets to play in a stealthy party. There's always some lummox in heavy armor. I suggested he invest in a wand of invisibility to use on other PCs. It will take the full-plate fighter's Stealth modifier from –5 to +15.
Or he can learn to do his scouting a decent distance ahead of the noisemakers.

Thats a good way to die

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A familiar is a magical beast, not an animal. It probably has a few more animal instincts than some other magical beasts, but its not any more limited to "ooo worms!" than you are to "ooo bananas"

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Quintin Verassi wrote:
bane =/= special materials.... not even close to power level
Anyone that would buy a bane amulet of mighty fists immediately as their first weapon either has a highly focused RP character or is heavily meta-gaming (or both).

Or is going to do that thing like benny in the mummy when the switch out the right amulet for the right time...

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Rules question.

No. I remember this one being answered.

Will start digging for the citation.

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No already.

Pathfinder has a fundamentally different view of how armor spikes works than 3.5 did. In 3.5 they didn't occupy your hands and you could hit with your shoulder. In pathfinder they require the use of your hands, so this doesn't work.

No, its not explicit in the rules in the core rulebook.

Yes, thats still how it works.

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End the move or damage dichotomy.

The game is far more mobile in practice than the designer seemed to have accounted for in theory.

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As you mentioned, favored enemy human will do most of that.

If you're a member of the grand lodge you can take the vanity "aspis hunter" you can get some of the same effects.

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Dave Baker wrote:
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

My spine begs to differ on that first part... :)

Less jokingly, its possible to reject the proposal as worse than the current situation without being so dismissive of why people are looking for a rules change.

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No getting resonance in your resonance.

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That AIN"T normal

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Is this thing just better or somehow revolutionary?

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If one person has pfsrd and the other has a printed adventurer's armory they're both about as accurate.

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Thurston Hillman wrote:

Ok. Fine. So your character requires 4 different hardcovers, and an additional 4 (soon 5) bestiaries because you opted to select a summoner with a bunch of variant summoning from other books. Maybe... JUST MAYBE... those choices should factor into your decision to play that character.

5 books seems silly for A character, but at a convention you can easily play 4-6 characters. 10 books between them is pretty realistic.

A large part of what i love about pathfinder is bouncing weird ideas off of each other to make a character concept that couldn't work under other game systems. (wild empathy focused druid, a fox form fighter, melee wizard) You don't need additional resources to break the game you need them to make characters you couldn't have played 15 years ago under 3.5.

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Shadow dancer HIPS is different, it gets rid of both the observed and cover/concealment clauses.

Ranger HIPS is different because you can only HIPS in your favored terrain , where you also ignore the cover/concealment clause

The intent is for it just to be a stealth roll to hide anywhere anytime, but the rules don't get you there.

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I have a human sorcerer with eye for talent and a 7 int, 7 wisdom.

His thrush familiar with the 12 int and 15 wisdom makes handle sorcerer checks.

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GM Lamplighter wrote:
The problem with your proposal is not that all of the experienced people have closed minds. The problem is, you have failed to address the basic issue: WHY should Paizo change the rules to make it slightly easier for a few players, when past leniency has been abused so badly? At what point is it better for them to just say no, rather than allow thousands of players to pirate their materials and not get caught at it because the proposed system allows them to cover their tracks perfectly?

I think a barrier is in place to solutions because people want one solution for two different problems, without admitting that they're linked together.

The DM needs to see the rules on occasion.

Paizo is a friend. Its also a business. It needs to make money. To do that it has to sell stuff, so we have to show that we're buying the stuff.

If you separate them, the abilities themselves are easy enough to look up online, and accurate enough in most cases.

A "hostage photo" with the hardcover and a newspaper evidence of ownership.

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Jingasa of the fortunate soldier, +1 luck bonus and can negate a crit or sneak attack once per day.

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Insist that the paladin be limited to the same repertoire.

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thejeff wrote:

On occasion the court has said that some existing condition is unConstitutional and ordered the government to fix it without specifying how, leaving it up to the legislature and the executive to implement.

Example? Was anything remotely this complicated? Marriage works because is two people, its inherent in the legal contracts. If a spouse dies the other spouse automatically inherets their stuff. Medical decisions are made by your spouse if you're a vegetable,

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can my mount move. I make a free dismount and then a full action charge?


if that's possible, how about. either i or the mount readying an action so that the mount moves to flank my target before i charge in.

A charge is a full round action and you cannot ready it.

is that rules legal? cheesy?

-You can rules lawyer your way to those answers. Most likely the DM will hit you in the head with the core rule book and tell you no anyway.

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Polygamy is unlikely to get a judicial fix, except perhaps for making it legal. The judiciary can say "marriage exists, it has these law books applying to it, just cross out the one line (if that) or understanding that it was a man and a woman. A polygamous marriage would require shelves worth of law books to be written, something the judiciary has a harder time requiring.

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Knightday wrote:
I can commiserate with that although I haven't experienced it. But my experiences are colored by hiking with 40 or so pounds so a few books aren't as much a bother to me.

Not so much fun anymore with a broken foot and back.

I'd imagine if you play warhammer you can afford a car. Or you can sell your warhammer and buy a car gift of the magi style...

Rollers are a problem. They add a signifigant amount of weight to the bag (which makes it hard to put up on the rack), are not escalator friendly, are not rough sidewalk/street friendly, and are usually too short to make it worth it.

The most practical solution is reasonable enforcement, which is what i've always seen. If you see someone schleping half a ton of paizo product just accept their word that there's another half/ They're supporting paizo and acting within the spirit of the rules and thats close enough. There's enough crazy abilities and combos out there that you'd need a venn diagram and a map to cuthulu's playhouse to track some things down anyway. If its not breaking the game, look it up after.

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Ssalarn wrote:

Bracing is not a defined action type (standard, move, swift, or free). The action you are readying is an attack action, which is then modified by the Brace property the same way a mounted charge action is modified by the lance's special property or Spirited Charge, assuming that the target of the attack meets the condition (is charging).

Ready itself is a standard action under the chart

Ready (triggers a standard action) No

The ready action lets you prepare to take an action later, after your turn is over but before your next one has begun. Readying is a standard action. It does not provoke an attack of opportunity (though the action that you ready might do so).

Hmmm.. i wonder if that would let you trade a standard for an extra swift action.

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Dms call. Leaning pretty heavily towards know. A readied action to brace with a pole arm is kinda obvious. I might allow it with a high enough bluff check to causally lean one end of the pike up against the building while the other dips into just the right spot to be pointed at someone

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It goes back to you at the end of the session.

If you keep playing together he can keep handing it to you.

There's nothing wrong with handing people items. One of my druids has a collar of obedience that she routinely puts on fighters to up their will saves. Usually the shifting nature of parties keeps this from being abusable.

As a standard operating procedure for a group that works together its .. a bit of a loophole but legal.

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Krensky wrote:

For the low, low price of a quarter of a million dollars a year.

Good news if you're one of the people the drug works for and if your insurance will cover it. A cruel joke if you're a candidate and can't afford it.

The cost will come down. Antibiotics were an absurdly expensive top secret government project when they came out.

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Does a tiny creature using a 5 foot step to enter an opponents space provoke an attack of opportunity when it does so?

Take 5-Foot Step

You can move 5 feet in any round when you don't perform any other kind of movement. Taking this 5-foot step never provokes an attack of opportunity.

Tiny, Diminutive, and Fine Creatures:
... Creatures that take up less than 1 square of space typically have a natural reach of 0 feet, meaning they can't reach into adjacent squares. They must enter an opponent's square to attack in melee. This provokes an attack of opportunity from the opponent.

Yes: Entering the square is what provokes the AoO , not the movement out of the previous square. (This would imply that a creature with combat reflexes could get 2 AoOs from a tiny creature approaching a medium one with normal movement: one for moving out of the square and 1 for entering the square)

No: A 5 foot step never provokes. The rules were written assuming normal movement.

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KnightAndDay wrote:
And I agree with you for those that have issues with accessibility. I'm less than sure that is the case for many others, however. It seems more of not wanting to have to carry the books, or perhaps not have to show ownership at all?

Books + clothes and sundries.

Get on car. Go to train.

Go from train to other train.

Walk from train to convention.

Pick up books trying to find the right table

repeat that last step a few times

Walk from convention to train

Walk quickly! from train to other train. ow . ow. ow.

The extra weight adds up. Even with some of the covers on the hardbacks being replaced with ductape.

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*doggie paddles ever closer to the four star dingy*

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The caravan vanity can be used to let you use bluff to make a dayjob check.

"Escaped slaves! well officer, I hope you catch them. Gotta get these turnips to market asap, you know how they start to want to breat.. erm. Go rotten. "

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Dominate animal: There's nothing you can do. Your animal is a meat puppet for the caster. You can hope that you treated it well enough that attacking you is against his character so he gets a new save every round.

Charm animal: Your animal now likes the person who charmed him. It probably won't attack the person who charmed it, even if ordered. It won't attack you even if the person who charmed it tells you to (unless you seriously violated some druids local 704 laws about treating your animal companion) If your mount sees you attacking his new friend he may walk you two apart to cool down or even try to throw you off his back.

The exclusive trick from the animal archive can help it to ignore some commands from charm effects, but probably still won't make the animal attack his new friend.

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Grey Lensman wrote:

What was it Neitzsche said about nature? Imagine pure indifference as a power. Who would want to live according to that?

The powerful

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Good reasons to change the location:

The PCs have invalidated the plan and gone off the rails.

Bad reasons to change the location

I want to kill the characters
I want to kill the players.
I want to kill the characters

Its going to happen reasons to change the location

I spent 5 minutes drawing this pretty map and you talked past the encounter. We're fighting the next battle here dammit!

10:30...dammit, store closes at 11. Guess what, this room looks JUST like that one...

The map says you come out at point M and the monster leaves his cave walking west at a steady pace of 30 feet a round. PCs leaving the venture captains office at 10:45 heading east. At what point do the two monsters mee..screw it, you're here.

The map says you're here, the text says you're here,

I got the scenario this morning. you're fighting a shadow in the bungalow...oh no wait, it says you're fighting a shadow and grindylow...

Ok, to draw the next room on the map i need to extend the map onto your core rulebook there.. don't move your elbow the marker will wash out tomorrow, promise..

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Tabletop Giant wrote:

It should also always be an 'optional' thing for a GM to do, so that any GM who is feeling overburdened does not feel a mandatory obligation.

Good luck!

As much as I want to avoid looking like a pack mule tommorow, VOs ARE going to feel obligated to do this when people ask, and probably get people angry if they refuse.

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John Compton wrote:

Regarding the Expanded Narrative boon, that's something I'm willing to explore making more commonly available. One advantage of convention boons is that they allow the campaign to test out an idea, use it more if it works, or discontinue it if it doesn't without causing too much damage. So far the feedback I've heard about the Expanded Narrative boon is "This shouldn't be a convention boon" or "This should be a GM boon," which by omission seems to say "Otherwise, this boon works fairly well with the exception of those issues."

Is that accurate?


I know that replays are a contentious issue and the star thing was going to be a dipping the toes in for a trial period, but having not seen the dreaded candiru of LFR the star replays eventually refresh is something that really should be a reward for all dms.

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thejeff wrote:

Which means it's nonsense of course, but a different type of nonsense.

Which means its nonsense harder to prove, since the universe doesn't correct errors in moral understanding but it will often correct physical ones... painfully.

And they wonder why I hate philosophy...

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thejeff wrote:

Dropping back to a 6th century agrarian economy would itself be a disaster, since such an economy couldn't possibly support or feed our current population. That's obviously out of the question.

Wouldn't help anyway. We messed up the planet with fire and pointy sticks.

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Bennybeck Wabbittracks wrote:
Homosexuality in and of itself is not an abomination. The act itself, it is argued, is against the Natural Law since the sexual act of two same sex people cannot bring forth life.

Natural law is completely vacuous as an argument.

Natural law means 1 of two things. Either "nature does it this way" or "I don't like it therefore its bad"

The first is not only a specific logical fallacy its not even true. Lots of animals including doll sheep, geraffs, dogs, and most of our primate cousins will do the horizontal polka with members of the same sex. (and in the later case, the horizontal polka, the vertical polka, the inclined polka, the times sign polka, the division sign polka...)

Lots of things in nature are horrifyingly evil. Lots of things in nature are beautifully good. Holding nature as a form of morality is thus rather silly.

The second is entirely circular. You don't like it so its not natural law, therefore you like it because its unnatural. Its a standard appealing to itself, not something objective, rational, or sensible.

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"But as the man who conceived the first wholly new way of looking at life on Earth since Charles Darwin, he feels his own analysis of what is happening leaves him no choice."

Little melodramatic isn't it?

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The short answer is that there are people who want to argue against global warming and that they NEED a conspiracy theory to even pretend there's an argument.

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Krensky wrote:
Yeah, but avoiding to the same source we're going to hell for wearing cotton-polyester blends.

Reading that part figuratively is how they justified the ban on interracial marriage.

It WAS figurative though.. but with jews and anyone else.

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Tetsunjinoni wrote:
Since it was obviously not clear, I was asserting that Expanded Narrative is about the level of recharging that is good for the campaign, and that VO distribution of Expanded Narrative seems like a good compromise plan... (And a hopefully not undue level of burden on the VOs in question)

He may not dm at cons enough to have heard the name of it.

Basic functionality of the DM stars shouldn't be tied to one form of DMing.

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If something is obscure enough not to remember, i just write the source on the chronicle sheet where i bought it.

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Nefreet wrote:
But, the creature effectively had Hardness 20 (10 vs the arrow, and 10 vs the fire)

I could see doing it that way or considering the flaming arrow the same source.

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Lou Diamond wrote:
Big Norse Wolf, Lets separate the legal arguments form the issues.

Ok, lets. The vast majority of your post doesn't do that. The vast majority of it are quips snipes, insults, that try to ignore the legal argument.

[]quotea] church that does not accept gay marriage should not be forced or coerced by the state into dong so.

.. Is anyone arguing otherwise?

Marriage is not mentioned in the US Construction, therefore it is covered by the 10th amendment which states anything not enumerated in the Construction is reserved for the states.

And because the southern states thought that that meant they could just pass laws to stop black people from voting, moving, or living we got the 14h ammendment which means that anything that the states do for one class of citizen they HAVE to do for all classes.

Therefore States laws on marriage should be left for the states so the case in point should not have had standing to be heard in the federal courts.

-States are constitutionally bound not to discriminate.

-States do not have first amendment rights. People do.

Does the 14th amendment trump the 1st or 10th amendment. The liberals on the court simply do not respect the free exercise clause of the first amendment, they recoil from it like a vampire recoils from a cross.

Calling people evil vampires is not focusing on the law or the facts.

Like the chief justice said in his dissent the case did not have a Construction leg to stand on it was decided on the agenda of the 4 liberal justices felt and their social agenda.

Then please tell me whats wrong with my argument in the law for this case

State allows strait marriage.
State is not allowed to discriminate
State has to allow gay marriage.

Marriage for all is the law of the land now and the gay militants should be happy and celebrate a good victory and should leave the religious people alone.

... their M-16 has the anodized rainbow finish? I didn't see any of those on CNN....

Be happy with their married partners and stop triing to force the religious to accept their life style because that is not going to happen.

Look at your grandfather, who probably had a problem with interracial marriage.

Replace all of your arguments with interracial instead of homosexual. They're the same.

Now look into the future and look to your grandkid. When he looks back at you, he's going to see the same thing that you see looking at your grandpa.


Now everyone can be happily married to a partner of their choosing.

Enjoy it and celebrate it with your friends and family.

Meh. I'm happy because my friends are happy and fox news is having an apoplexy. On a good day its in that order...

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LazarX wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:

Woot! an extra second to pack for dexcon.

I'll be judging there, along with Valory and Dave Santana.

So... what can you pack in a second?

All the underwear ill need

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Nefreet wrote:

Ack. Wow. That's not what any of us thought it was.

So, Alchemist Fire is completely ineffective against Hardness 10?

Unless you're fighting a wood golem, probably

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How does hardness work for creatures? Does energy damage such as cold deal half damage to creatures with hardness (Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook 173-174) even before applying the flat numerical reduction?
When a creature with hardness sustains damage, subtract its hardness from the damage dealt. The rules for halving damage, doubling damage, dealing damage with ineffective tools, immunities, and the like only apply to damaging inanimate objects.
(This is apparently a question the Design Team has received a few times during the development of Iron Gods, so they were ready to go with an answer!)

Year of the Sky Key Q&A

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Shifty wrote:
Michael_Hopkins wrote:
Then again, I may have a slight hobby of taking long walks with 30ish pounds strapped to my back, so I'm a bit used to having some extra weight strapped to my back.

I have a very similar hobby - just with heavier loads strapped to my back as I hoof it great distances...

That said, I am not keen on that weight being just roleplaying books :p

You have trained kangaroos with pouches. Thats cheating.

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