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RPG Superstar 2014 Dedicated Voter. FullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 16,989 posts (17,505 including aliases). 6 reviews. 4 lists. No wishlists. 16 Pathfinder Society characters. 3 aliases.


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Irontruth: its not factually incorrect, its a matter of differing opinion. Meatrace (and I) consider the palastinian territories to be part of israel. Israel controls the borders. Israel provides the funding for social services. Israel sets its foreign policy. Israel can override any decision it doesn't like through invasion. Israel builds and maintains roads in the area. Israel maintains checkpoints to keep palastinians off of some of those roads and out of the jewish control settlements. Israel decides how water is distributed. Israel provides passports (or rather doesn't) To say that this area is not Israel is sheer chicanery.

Israel is currently 75% Jewish with a population of 7,821,850, and about 25% arab.

5,966,388 jews
1,955,462 arab citizens.

~4,000,000 people live in the palastinian territories. 83% of the population is Palestinian Arab, 17% are Jewish.

3,320,000 arabs
680,000 jews

Total it up

6,646,388 jews

5,275,462 arabs.

The arab population is growing faster though. Its not quite meatspaces "half the population can't vote" but it IS a very large chunk of the population, enough to keep them out of real power. Israel needs to stop that from happening in order to maintain its Theocratic raison de etre

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Dumped int paladins make it EASIER to accomplish the mission.

LOOK! An evil doer!

Look! a distraction!

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Smelling salts: for when you're only an assault hobo rather than a murderhobo!

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Carry companion will let you take the critter along with you.

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David Bowles wrote:
Well, from examining the thread carefully, it appears that summoner is the hands down favorite, with gunslinger number two. I understand the reasoning behind the summoner, I just don't understand why animal companions get a free pass from the posting community.

Damage reduction.

The really good critters have multiple attacks, and few good ways to get around the rather ubiquitous damage reduction that the scenarios throw at us. DR makes multi attacking critters DPR drop. Your amulet of mighty fists can hit +3 but thats near the end of the game.

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My DM credit this year will be stocking the SS Skulk full of kitsune though.

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Matrix Dragon wrote:
So much complaining about summoners... but honestly I have seen gunslingers cause much more trouble than summoners ever could. A gunslinger in the last Confirmation run I was in trivialized almost every encounter.

How? They do like, 1d10 points of damage a round tops. A barbarian with a two handed beatstick blows that out of the water.

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David Bowles wrote:
I don't understand how gunslingers are any worse than Zen archers, fighter archers, or other optimized archery builds. Is it the touch AC thing?

Yes, its the touch AC thing. The system can kinda deal with the others by increasing ac. Unless EVERY badguy from here on out is a LE monk touch acs simply don't keep pace.

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Is it me or are the social mechanics and tracking a very complicated way of making it seem like you're not on rails when you are?

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Wrong John Silver wrote:

I felt it was getting to the point that the way to build a character was to start with a Blood of Angels/Fiends aasimar/tiefling, and then choose what you want. Any other choice was unwelcome. That, by itself, is reason for it to change.

Just the fact that so many people are scrambling to grandfather in as many aasimars/tieflings as possible indicates that it really was a problem. Sure, some people saying, "Oh, I wanted to try something with an A/T, I'd better make and run it now!" is fine. But when it becomes, "Quick, how many A/T can I get in the door before it closes?" it suggests that the availability of the race itself is the problem.

Seriously, if the tengu were stopped, would there be this same rush for tengu? No. No, there wouldn't.

The same? No. A rush? Yes. Its like ignoring a toy until someone tries to take it away, then its the coolest thing ever!

Mind you, aasimar and tieflings are pretty cool to start with, so its a perfect storm of psychology and practicality

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Has he tried NOT being a stormwind fallacy?

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Cold iron arrows only cost double what normal arrows do. Buy 2000 of them and never worry about tracking ammo purchases again.

you explicitely can coat a cold iron arrow with silver weapon blanch. Do so, and if it has horns and wings, shoot it with one of those arrows.

Demon?, devils? I'm the one with the bow.

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Itchy wrote:
Wow, that's... a tad inappropriate!

but.. but... people didn't have stories with SEX Back then!!!

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Eyup

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Seems like a good spot for this

edit: whoops, found a version with no comments.

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Israel demands a solution where there is no rocket fire. It doesn't matter how little rocket fire there is, or that its killing fewer people than bathtub accidents are. They demand ZERO rocket fire.

There is only one solution where there is no rocket fire, and that's final.

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Oath wrote:

Honestly, it is threads like this that make me, a new PFS player, want reconsider my involvement in PFS.

It is a game.

If someone plays a new character as one of the planetouched really really close to the deadline, this imaginary little world will not be ruined.

No beasts, magical or mundane will be harmed.

/signed, an Aasimar of class to be named later... or maybe a Tiefling.

Chuckle... its a bit of tongue in cheek humor. Relax. You PROBABLY won't run into anyone this persnickety.

Probably...

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the converse converse *chases own tail* is that the Palestinians have to deal with much deadlier rocket fire AND live in a blighted hellhole that makes Detroit look swanky by comparison.

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PrinceRaven wrote:
I still don't see why people are upset about the power level, this is a game where we have mundanes routinely overshadowed by spellcasters, the gap in power between a Monk and a Wizard is massive but we have absolutely no problem with them both being in the same party. Not to mention this is a co-operative game where PvP is strictly prohibited, it's the power levels of the enemies you should be worried about, not your allies.

With the monk and the wizard there's at least the idea of incomparables: that while the wizard may toss out limited amounts of lightning and warp reality its hard to do a direct comparison between the value of the two can't be directly compared because they're completely differen things: apples and oranges.

With the summoner's eidolon you can directly compare what it does (fight , hit, grapple) to the monk and.. it doesn't look good for the monk.

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thejeff wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
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.

Blow up random German civilians, if you find the military (or even war effort related civilian infrastructure) to hard to target?

Of course that assumes you can get into Germany to do so.

I don't know if I'd break that one, but throwing on a german uniform and going inglorious personsofuncertainheritage on them or slipping rat poison into the officers mess certainly seems like a good idea.

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PrinceRaven wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
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.
And has access to a lot less spells and slower spellcasting progression.

Except the progression is sped back up by the summon monster, haste, and other spells being lower level.

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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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thejeff wrote:
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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Lord Snow wrote:


*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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Lord Snow wrote:


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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Lord Snow wrote:


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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Lord Snow wrote:


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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Fromper wrote:
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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