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RPG Superstar 2014 Dedicated Voter. FullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 17,073 posts (17,599 including aliases). 7 reviews. 4 lists. No wishlists. 16 Pathfinder Society characters. 3 aliases.


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Wiggz: I don't think anything about that feat can be called straitforward.

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LazarX wrote:


I know players who enjoy doing so. And besides, it really depends on the three. And while Harsk may fail the standards of the optimizers he's hardly useless.

He does less damage than a well optimized familiar.

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Finlanderboy wrote:


Narrow sighted, oblivious to the endless posts about how with my spell I did this, attempt to look cool and smart. A sarcastic response is not worth the effort to write my personal examples up.

Or I've seen them and I'm not impressed about how well they worked vs just jacking the DC. Pointing out that your answer was vaguely insulting was not an invitation to be more overtly insulting.

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Greater shadow pops out of wall. Hits you (it can't miss). Wins init, hits you twice.

No real difference between a 5 strength and a 10 strength you're still toast.

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Arturius Fischer wrote:
I would hope so, because otherwise it would imply the IDF is a military entity not under control of a civilian government.

What I mean is that a lot of prime ministers came in from the military. Netanyahu, Sharon, Barak,Netanyahu :), Peres, Rabin, Shamir, Peres, Shamir, Peres, shamir, peres...

The military's opinion is thus very well represented politically.

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Aaaaand now I disagree. Conditionally. So... if they have forced conscription where everyone of a certain age has to join, those people are automatically complicit and responsible for everything done by the IDF? Or do they simply not have your support? I'm OK with the latter, not so much the former.

I don't consider someone threatening to put you in jail to be justification for oppressing someone else.

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That's an interesting can of worms to open. I wonder what things I can find that Palestinian civilians say about Israel. Pretty sure it's worse than not liking concrete. And yet, I still separate those from the ones who actually do terrible things.

In terms of the Israelis that hold that position their political will is enacted into policies that hurt people.

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Finlanderboy wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:

I have rarely, if ever, seen the oft vaunted tactics overcome sheer number crunching. Whenever I ask for examples of these tactics, they're usually a rather minor bonus.

When you mix in spells it becomes very easy to bypass encounters with a creative mind.

Vauge, non specific, and mildly insulting. The standard response.

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David Bowles wrote:

"*This* is the problem with the summoner; players and jGM's don't know the rules well enough to run them at the table.."

I know them. That's why I say the druid is more abusive in the wrong (or right) hands.

Yeah, no. I've had a pouncing four legged weapon wielding eidolon thing to to my velociraptor what my velociraptor normally does to rogues by leaving it in the dust in terms of damage.

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lastblacknight wrote:


*This* is the problem with the summoner; players and jGM's don't know the rules well enough to run them at the table..

Eidolon dies.

Summoned critters come in

Enemies die.

Combat ends you stop counting rounds.

Next fight starts.

Summoned critters enter combat. Summoner holds action. Summoned critters die, Summoner brings in more!

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I have rarely, if ever, seen the oft vaunted tactics overcome sheer number crunching. Whenever I ask for examples of these tactics, they're usually a rather minor bonus.

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So, when do we get to see the mechanical goodies new pieces of character inspiration?

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Fromper wrote:
LazarX wrote:
Fromper wrote:
Bonekeep with 3 players.
I would give the players an option to run with a preen while noting that this an advanced scenario. If they choose to risk it, I'll allow it.
I think we were considering Harsk as our 4th.

So you wanted to run bonekeep on harder mode?

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David Bowles wrote:
Slacker2010 wrote:
David Bowles wrote:
Slacker2010 wrote:

Remove Gunslingers.

Or fix them by not allowing them to hit touch AC.

Guns should be adept at penetrating armor. Besides, if we get rid of gunslingers or their touch AC shenanigans, what will I template my NPCs with in home games with lots of pets?
Why should black powder guns be adapt at penetrating armor?
Because they were?

Not any more than arrows were, and those don't get to make touch attacks.

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Selene the Gypsy Ninja wrote:
So with all the Faction changes, will there be free faction resets?

Yes. Eyup

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Arturius Fischer wrote:


Hmm.... so you're of the mindset that anyone who disagrees with your position is incapable of having good arguments?

Absolutely not.

I'm calling the arguments terrible on their own merits (or lack thereof). After long enough looking for a good argument and not finding any, you start to think they don't exist.

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Can't say as I agree with that at all. I'm hoping I'm misunderstanding, because it seems quite arrogant and closed minded.

Its a misunderstanding. I'm hoping you'll come to find me arrogant and close minded for better reasons.

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But hopefully I'm missing something. When you refer to 'support of Israel', are you referring to the nation, the IDF, the leadership, the civilian population, or all of the above?

The government (which seems to have a revolving door with the idf). The citizens and government of israel are often more critical of their actions than politicians are allowed to be in the us. This goes out the window if someone joins the IDF drafted or not. They know what they're supporting.

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I can see having problems with the IDF or the leadership for various things they do. The nation as a whole or the civilian citizens? Not sure much.

Well, when some of them insist that they need to deprive people of concrete because its dual use technology then I get a little less forgiving of the citizens.

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Arturius Fischer wrote:
So is the problem that he buys into bad arguments or that he supports Israel?

Both. Its a timey whimey ball. The bad arguments are needed to support Israel, support for Israel seems to be the only reason to buy the bad arguments.

Chewbaca defenses make my blood pressure rise. I'm odd like that.

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ShadowcatX wrote:


Dude, why do you think I said "for what it is worth"?

Because you put a LOT of stock in what Israel says and its justifications, buying into some really, really bad arguments.

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They are saying the shell didn't cause any casualties actually. An airburst shell designed entirely to kill the most people possible...

When you use the word "Actually" you're supposed to be correcting someone. You don't appear to be doing that, and you appear to be hinting at something without outright saying it. Out with it.

So why not just come out and claim a false flag operation? Because thats ridiculous with the un sitting right there. Of course they can't admit how often these things go off course, because then they couldn't use them around civilians.

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LazarX wrote:
This is the last word I'll say on this as someone who GMs PFS for NAGA..

What does NAGA stand for? Always confused the heck out of me on the sign in sheets.

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Doug's Workshop wrote:

Officially, Hamas was not behind the kidnapping and murder of Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel, and Eyal Yifrach.

Officially, such an admission of involvment would derail the reconciliation of Hamas and the PA.

That didn't stop the PA from publishing cartoons celebrating the murders, though.

So do we also blame Israel for the palastinian boy that was taken and burned in revenge? Willing to bet some of those people had some ties to the IDF

Spoiler:
Mostly because service is compulsory over there unless you're hasidic/ultra orthadox isn't it?

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As long as the archetypes are for different classes there shouldn't be any confusion.

Required OOTS comic

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Irontruth wrote:


Israel is still responsible for the deaths of those civilians, but Hamas plays a role and it isn't the one of savior.

This is international politics. Looking for a white knight is pointless: they don't exist. The best you can hope for is the one in grayer armor.

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ShadowcatX wrote:


Also, for what it is worth, the IDF has said that some of the Palestinian casualties aren't actually from their fighting, (the UN school for example, they claim their mortar caused 0 casualties) implying that HAMAS might be purposefully killing their own just to be able to blame it on Israel.

OR implying that the IDF is lying their freaking donkeys off. Your entire argument is based entirely on my alleged bias but somehow this isn't even a possibility for you.

Dear gods man, they admitted launching the shell but say its not their fault. To you that equals a false flag operation rather than implausible deniability .. HOW?

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Note "complaints about civilian deaths" by CNN as if both sides were equally killing civilians. This is the "anti isreali" american media.

BBC Gaza death toll over 1,000 - Israeli toll up to 42

The palastinians have killed TWO civilians in this flare up.

Look at that bomb crater that used to be a house and tell me with a strait face they're trying to minimize casualties.

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redward wrote:


I honestly believe that most (but not all) problems with Gunslingers can be solved by a more rigorous enforcement of their very specific rules.

You'd only get the incompetent ones that way. Most of them have minimized these drawbacks.

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If you're a 2 skill point per level class, you're not making any skill checks anyway. If you're going to dump to 9, there's NO reason not to go whole hog and dump to 7 anyway. Skills are pretty cheap to make up for, and after diplomacy and perception there's some serious diminishing returns for skills to keep maxed.

I think my idiot diplomancing sorcerer with diplomacy through the roof has made more skill checks than my faux rogue druid with a good selection of exploring skills.

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Imbicatus wrote:
Elves of Golarion is great for archers due to Durable and other trick arrows.

The alchemy guide has these (with some updated wording i think) as well as some other nice stuff.

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If pageant of the peacock trips your ejector seat you're going to want to bail on a LOT of PFS options.

Summoners
Druids
Summoners
Animal companions
Gunslingers
Color spraying heavens oracles
Two handed weapon users

I am very much not a fan of the feat. What it does by raw is amazing, allows you to drop barding knowledge like a bad habit, and the flavor text and actual effect are completely at odds. But playing PFS means accepting that someone else has said that a feat is legal and you have to accept that or not DM. Not DMing because of such a trivial reason is petulant.

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The most amazing thing is that the description of the feat itself is so complicated that it summons an Eldridge abomination. You must not read from the book!

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chaoseffect wrote:


Then you're going to love Troth of the Forgotten Pharaoh! This feat just makes me so happy.

Why do all 80 kobolds in the room have Egyptian Headdresses?

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Rudy2 wrote:
Did you entirely miss the part where I said leave it up to the players whether to solve it as a puzzle or a skill check?

Nope. I just know how this is going to work.

Player that likes puzzles "Oo lets see A is J so b is probably so...

Player that wants to kill stuff "Blastshadow makes an intelligence check... 16. Can we move on?"

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Rudy2 wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Some people like puzzles. You can't eliminate everything from the game that one person doesn't like, you'd have no game left.
Yet again, I point out that I did not propose eliminating them.

There is no functional difference between eliminating them and turning them into a skill check. If you were to suddenly polymorph every panda on the planet into a toucan, you've just eliminated pandas.

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Rudy2 wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
A puzzle you solve with a skill check isn't a puzzle, its a skill challenge.
Semantics, but fine. Let players choose between solving a puzzle themselves, and doing a skill challenge. Don't force people who came to play a roleplaying game play a puzzle game, because a lot of us hate it.

Its not semantics, they're completely different things. Some people like puzzles. You can't eliminate everything from the game that one person doesn't like, you'd have no game left.

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Only phantasms are mind affecting. Everything else works just fine on them

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A few things lead me to say yes.

1) The description sounds like a physical change.

2)Even IF the clothes are illusionary, it might work against the insects anyway. If the insects think they can't get through, then they can't, like an adventurer stopped by an illusionary wall.

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A lot of the stats are fusions of not quite related abilities. I can barely walk down the street without getting winded but i can still shrug off a baseball bat to the head or go dog paddling through a frozen lake without getting sick.

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A puzzle you solve with a skill check isn't a puzzle, its a skill challenge.

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Looks like math of power! to me.

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What if the bugs THINK its a swarm suit and don't go through it?

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Irontruth wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:

Close.

1) The violence is being committed whether hamas exists or not

2) Any plan which starts with "Violence will not happen" is an impossibility.

Except no one expects your version of 2 to happen.

Right. Its a canard. A hoopla. A distraction. A disingenuous talking point to ensure that NOTHING ever happens because the status quo that we have now is the absolute best thing possible for Israel. Look in this thread. Do you see how many calls there are for zero rocket attacks? Do you see people saying that the violence ends and then israel will promise to do something.. eventually?

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The Israeli's aren't stupid, they know violence is a possibility. What they want is mechanisms to stop it and find those committing it.

Hamas doesn't do anything to stop rocket attacks. They hand out order forms for more rockets.

Sometimes they do one, sometimes they do the other.

Like I keep trying to tell you: The palastinians do not have a police force capable of stopping this. They would need to be heavily armed, heavily trained, and well equiped. Israel won't let a goup matching that description exist, much less travel through the check points it has set up within the west bank.

Look what happened with the kidnappings. Not-Hamas did something, Hamas gets the blame and they get invaded. Expecting any government to stop ALL crime with 2 million really pissed off people is absurd and they know it.

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Close.

1) The violence is being committed whether hamas exists or not

2) Any plan which starts with "Violence will not happen" is an impossibility.

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Mechanically, low social stats are ridiculously easy to make up for with social skills, traits, abilities, and magic items. Just roll diplomacy and let the lynch mobs attack where they may.

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ShadowCatX wrote:
Or not to blame the current generation for actions taken by their grand parents and great grand parents.

The current generation is responsible for the embargo. The current generation is responsible for mass arrests and indefinite detention of protestors. The current generation is responsible for maintaining a system of roads. The current generation has maintained the Israeli only roads and check points effectively shrinking the already tiny area of the west bank. The current generation supports denying them so much as concrete because it might be misused.

You do not need to go back a generation to find a good reason for armed resistance.

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But can't expect to hear anything pro Israel from you.

Have you TRIED basing an argument in facts and evidence rather than ad homs?

The more bad arguments for your position I see the less convinced I am that there are any good ones.

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And again, Israel didn't start this spat. They might have wanted it but Hamas, independent cell or not, gave them the reason/

Your designation of when this spat started is entirely arbitrary, and cherry picked to make Hamas out to be the aggressor.

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TOZ wrote:
PrinceRaven wrote:
But the Wizard making a mockery of most challenges is ok because why?
I don't think he said it was okay.

Here's a difference: Not EVERY wizard does this. Sure, dazing persistent black tentacles? There goes the fight. But throwing haste on the party, buffing, damage spells that are frankly, meh will not. So you see some wizards that are breaking the game and some that aren't: it gives wizards a better reputation.

ALL gunslingers can mow things down. The class is very cookie cutter and the resulting gingerbread man just mows through things because targeting touch AC is an automatic hit when armor is supposed to be the majority of your armorclass.

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We were once playing on the concrete platform of a storm drain. A few blocks up a couple of kids heard us and yelled down

"What are you doing

"Dungeons and dragons.

"Isn't that devil worship?

Someone starts to go onto their spiel about how its just a role playing game , I cut them off and sent the voice of doom down the tunnel Denstabula Punculabium , in quinitum draconis BRING ON THE VIRGIN

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ShadowcatX wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Shadowcat wrote:
So a simple question I asked, how many 5 pound rockets are you ok with having fired at your house?
You asked a deliberately misleading, intellectually dishonest talking point that you are unable to justify with anything other than rote repetition. Are you anti Palestinian or just pro helicopter? How many helicopters firing rockets at your house would you be ok with? Simple questions.
I haven't rockets at anyone. If I were to start firing rockets at powers greater than myself I'd fully expect to be blown back to the stone age. Nor have I kidnapped anyone. Nor dug tunnels under foreign soil for neffarious purposes.

I haven't launched missiles at anyone. If I were to start firing missiles at angry, deprived people I'd fully expect to be blown back to the stone age. Nor have I kidnapped anyone. Nor carved their land up to give to people I like and stolen their water.

The biggest, if not only, difference there is the argument that might makes right.

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DHjika wrote:
I'm told being a gunfighter is expensive perhaps that balances somewhat

It does not. Your costs rise linearly while your wealth rises exponentially.

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Freehold DM wrote:
Jeremy Mac Donald wrote:
...and it starts to emerge that Israel was looking for a fight, probably to break up any possibility of a unity government between Hamas and Fatah.
I pray to almighty god that this isn't true. Please god. This would be the start of something ugly if it was.

It doesn't matter. Far less reasonable things are believed about israel with less evidence. The truth is irrelevant, the truthiness will be unstoppable. Conversely, I think the difference between Hamas and a Palestinian terrorist not-hamas will be lost on Israel and the west.

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PrinceRaven wrote:
Eryx_UK wrote:
Prethen wrote:
I'm curious to see what various GM's who have different amounts of time of experience. I'm guessing newer GM's might have different opinions than more veteran ones.

Experienced GM here and I would drop Gunslingers. I'm with the crowd who find ranged touch attacks too good for the damage dealt. They make a mockery of most challenges.

But the Wizard making a mockery of most challenges is ok because why?

The wizard shouldn't be able to keep it up, at least not at pfs levels. Some of the things wizards use to do so (persistant spell, dazing spell) could use a good concussion from the nerf bat too.

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Shadowcat wrote:
So a simple question I asked, how many 5 pound rockets are you ok with having fired at your house?

You asked a deliberately misleading, intellectually dishonest talking point that you are unable to justify with anything other than rote repetition. Are you anti Palestinian or just pro helicopter? How many helicopters firing rockets at your house would you be ok with? If evolution is true why are there still monkeys? Simple questions.

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And tell me, what came first in this conflict, rockets beng launched into Israel or Israel attacking?

Not that it matters since it was so long ago, but Israel attacking. The invasion is a response to a kidnapping, which was a response to a bombing, which is a response to.... If you go back far enough it was a wave of illegal immigration, Israeli terrorists violence,false flag operations, kicking palastinians out of their homes and then keeping them from returning once the winner was clear. Mind you at this point that's about as relevant as thanksgiving getting its start with the pilgrims engaging in grave robbing and canibalism.

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Who is Detroit at war with?

Detroit

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ShadowCatX wrote:
And you are. Wanting Israel to be ok with something you'd certainly never be ok with

So your charge of hypocrisy relies on your ability to look into an alternate reality AND read my mind to see what I'd be ok with.

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ignoring the number of rockets fired into Israel

This has not been ignored. Its been addressed and refuted.

You cannot explain why Israel is justified for retaliating against rocket attacks but the Palestinians are not justified for responding to the helicopter attacks. Your cherry picked argument to limit the conversation to JUST the rockets demonstrates that you're either anti Palestinian or just pro helicopter.

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ShadowcatX wrote:
. What did I say that was an insult?
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And as no surprise you are totally unabe to give a non-biased answer. There are none soblind as those who refuse to see.

You called me blind and biased. That is an ad hom, not an argument. Note the complete, total, and utter lack of substance to anything you've said to actually make your argument.

Do better.

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Merely pointing out that your argument is hypocritical

Which you haven't done. You didn't even mention hypocrisy, much less demonstrated it.

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