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Goblin Squad Member. Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber. Pathfinder Society Member. 5,592 posts (6,567 including aliases). 4 reviews. No lists. 1 wishlist. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 21 aliases.


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Melkiador wrote:


The same logic applies even more to a healer cohort. Most players don't want to play the healer. So why not let those duties fall to a reliable NPC?

I, in fact, encourage the use of the leadership feat to fill gaps in the party make-up. I'd rather they recognize their own shortcomings and adapt the group to the campaign than have to adapt the campaign because everyone is too stubborn to shift their concept to cover useful adventuring skills and powers.


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Rogar Valertis wrote:


The game is about a small group of heroes fighting against hordes of monsters (and let's not forget stealing their gold) or generally going against the odds even in social situations.
It's not meant to be played by chatacters commanding armies of minions. That's something NPCs do. So basically Leadership inserts a new dynamic into the game, one the game is generally ill prepared to handle barring special efforts from the DM and players.

In a word: No. The game's about a lot more than that and most of the D&D family always has been. Henchmen (cohorts in previous edition terms) and followers have been around since at least 1e AD&D. The particular mechanics of PF make it a pretty potent choice for certain styles of play, but it doesn't have to be problematic.


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lowericon wrote:
Zedth wrote:
equivalent to that of a dragon one size larger.
That's certainly more reasonable. Thanks for the suggestion.

That also might be good fodder for a decent survival check - harvest without the check (or a failed one), use the standard rule. Make a reasonably difficult check and treat the dragon as 1 size class larger.


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Cyrad wrote:
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I think a race's weaknesses are what gives them character. Not every race needs to be optimal at every class.
Every race should be competent at enough classes to defend its civilization and have a civilization to defend. Someone needs to stand in front with a spear and shield.
That argument doesn't hold any water. Races learn to fight with respect to their strengths and weaknesses. Their armies will differ accordingly and use different strategies.

Moreover, a -1 on checks and rolls relative to other races isn't enough to critically condemn their ability to defend themselves whether with archers or shield walls even if they chose to use them.


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Kitty Catoblepas wrote:


Yes, but are the penalties there for a good reason? The extra feat that Humans get (along with the flexible stat bonus) makes them the best choice for almost every class. A lack of a bonus to the major ability of a class makes an other race a poor choice (like a Dwarven Wizard). A penalty to the major stat basically prevents a player from choosing the race for that class (a Dwarven sorcerer). That's destroying a lot of options, and I'm not sure that it's a good or necessary thing.

Yes, they're there for a good reason - to give these races distinctive character compared to humans. And no option Is destroyed, just made a little more challenging to build in the same way. There's absolutely nothing preventing someone from playing a viable dwarven sorcerer other than their own personal approach to the trade-offs inherent in the game.

Kitty Catoblepas wrote:

So tell me... Do you believe that the Humans are balanced with the other races, or do you think it's more challenging to make a build with a different race? Do you believe that the "Second +2" tradeoff is worth it? What do you think would make the Humans balanced with the other races if we removed the -2 from them? Are we talking "+2 to Sense Motive" or "+1 to all Saves" for balance?

Yes, I think humans are well-balanced with the other races. You have to be aware than in pre-3.0 days, demi-humans were balanced against humans by having level limits, a rule house-ruled away by lots of groups, leaving very few reasons to play humans. Humans had nothing else going for them. Since 3.0, humans have gotten positive benefits and if that means that players are having a harder time justifying to themselves playing something other than human, then it means the balance and trade-offs are working as designed.

Any replacement of those trade offs needs to be carefully considered otherwise you end up with too many mechanically advantageous options. Getting rid of the second +2 would be an absolute must to wipe away the -2 penalty.


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We don't generally think of it as sacrificing someone for the greater good. It's avoiding everyone dying and, thanks to the circumstances, someone can't make it. The game's sometimes like that. Most of us are understanding when we get left behind in those circumstances.


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jimibones83 wrote:
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@BigNorseWolf You can take 10 while walking a tightrope over lava. The lava is also there now. Now doesn't matter at all.

If the dm says you can't, then you can't. Sorry. SKR's post died with the not an FAQ. You're walking a tightrope over lava. You're in immediate danger. Pray to the polyhedral gods!

That's funny, because I'm pretty sure I've read the developers themselves use it as an example of something you could indeed take 10 on. I'll post it after work if I can find it

If you're on a tightrope walk some significant distance above lava such that it's not a threat any more than the ground would be, you should still be able to take 10. Now, if that lava were bubbling so fiercely that splats were reaching up to the level of the rope and it was in danger of being burned through and snapping any moment... then that really is immediate danger.


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Hah! You no longer look like a spoiler.


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Sissyl wrote:

I have a lesser and a greater rod. I try to use the lesser one for empowering my quickened fireball. Does it work? No. It would be a level 7 spell since that is most disadvantageous to me.

Now I try my greater rod instead. Does that work? No. Since the greater rod can't handle a level 3 spell, that is more disadvantageous to me.

Now, see, I was interpreting "least advantageous to the caster" as requiring the use of the more expensive rod to empower the quickened fireball rather than assuming the intent of the rule was to be outright broken.

Going in assuming that the game is supposed to work rather than assuming the most pedantic interpretation of the rule text is right seems to work a lot better for me. Maybe you should try it.


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GM Rednal wrote:
That sounds about right, Claxon. It's kind of a weird corner case. ...Though, I'm not sure why you couldn't just take Exotic Weapon Proficiency: Bastard Sword and use it two-handed anyway... XD I mean, if you're proficient in the weapon to begin with, it shouldn't matter if you're one-handing or two-handing it...

Welcome to the silliness of the bastard sword and its exotic proficiency - something that exists entirely to keep the bastard sword from being a dominant strategy over the long sword.


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Nicos wrote:
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Protection from evil to seal an unholy pact with a devil prince?, a good act in the multiverse.

I think you might be missing the point a bit here.

Effectively they are (at least) two acts. One is good and the other is evil.

Well, yeah, you are right, Just cast the spell five more time and we are cool. A good thing that the spell level don't count for those rules.
The assumption that all acts are equal is false, just FYI.
The rule is there, cast several times a good spell and you are good. Don't be dishonest.

If you want to be honest, then don't ignore the rest of the sidebar that presents mitigating factors.

Frankly, I thought things were going well with that sidebar until they included specific numbers of spells cast that could cause a 180 on alignment and be counted on one hand. Numbers that low are pretty much ridiculous.


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You can also check Base Attack Bonus in the glossary on page 11 of the Core Rulebook.


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There are some definite challenges and frustrations that can come with small melee characters (or any martial characters, really). The typical -2 to strength, and lower die size for smaller weapons will be noticed but so will the typical -10 ft movement rate. All three of those factors can frustrate a player who doesn't give them some thought and that's why I make sure players are aware of those limitations when I GM and they are looking at small PCs.

I don't have a problem with small characters in general - heck, I play a halfling paladin in PFS. But even I feel a little frustrated to effectively be -2 on all melee damage, all other things being held equal. And some skill checks will be trouble too with lower strength and, particularly for jumps, lowered movement. Some players really can't handle that bit of frustration, even though it's not exactly a huge issue. They should be advised away from small melee characters.


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There is no hard and fast rule to this. Some people are ready to GM right away, some are never ready. As long as you have a willingness to give it a try, the flexibility to experiment, the forgiveness of friends for the inevitable mistakes (they will happen, that's OK), and the time - I'd say go for it.

As Hmm points out, start simple. PF is well suited for that.


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Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
The thing is... Carol Danvers is like Wolverine... she's a veteran in both the superhero world, and in the old-school black ops world as well. I'd prefer an actress that reflects that maturity.

She's also older school Women's Lib so she always seems a bit more contemporary with that era to me. I have nothing against Brie Larson, but a woman with a little more mileage would fit my preference better - some one like Lena Heady.

But I figure they're going with someone more coming into their prime and having an origin story. I can see why they'd prefer that. Just hope they keep some Mar-Vell connection


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One issue with the law vs chaos divide is that behavior may not appear all that different between lawful and chaotic characters in the short run. They just have different worldviews that drive how they look at situations and rationalize how they behave. This can make things pretty murky, particularly for newer players or ones who don't have as much time on their hands to mull over this crap as I do.

So I try to provide a bit more oomph to what it means to be lawful or chaotic. I tell people to think more along the lines of collective vs individual when looking at lawful vs chaotic. Lawful characters see themselves fitting into collectives as important pieces of the machine of society (or pieces of the puzzle, whatever metaphor turns you on) by their nature. Chaotic characters think of themselves as unique individuals and, if they fit into society (which they can), it's not by nature, it's by choice.
And it's not just any single society for either of these questions. It's a bunch - nation, ethnic group, religion, guild, company, order, whatever. As someone who is a part of these societies by nature, the lawful character tries to conform to the expectations of all of the societies they belong to - prioritizing competing expectations only when they need to. Those instances may be difficult, but conformity is otherwise relatively easy on the psychology. The chaotic character picks and chooses which tenets of which societies they will follow - this irons out many of the internal philosophical conflicts a chaotic individual might face, but lead to more outward conflict as they buck traditions and expectations they don't like.

Once I define things that way, I have no problem seeing paladins in Cheliax, paladins as Hellknights, and paladins living alongside slave owners. They may be good and belong to the Church of Iomedae, but they're also Chelaxians and don't trust willfully disrespectful and unreliable Andoranians. I also have no problem with chaotic characters following consistent codes of behavior - they're just idiosyncratic codes of behavior - suitable to themselves. This is also why Batman is Chaotic Good, not Lawful. He does things HIS way, not the way everyone expects him to behave (that's LG Superman).

Once I put things in those terms, lawful and chaotic are a lot easier to deal with.


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Mulgar wrote:

Why all the hate for what they are doing? It's legal, well it is now with the changes made in this thread.

They are doing it because they want to.

And quite simply it isn't for us to judge. What they are doing is legal, let them go have fun.

While I don't think I'd call it hating, I think there's plenty of dog-piling going on here. The criticism of his plan been made, the OP is doing his thing with his players, let it drop.


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Alternative viewpoint: Summon nature's ally and the animal companion are powers granted by nature to its ally, the druid, to be used to protect the life of that druid and not be eschewed because of some human moral consideration.


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Trade-offs are a good thing. This game needs more characters with abilities based on multiple attributes, not less of it.


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Feats like power attack don't bother me at all. Sure, a player could say that they'd like to swing wildly to get the same result, but I don't think I'd agree that simply stating that desire should generate benefits without investment. They simply don't have the developed ability to make consistent and predictable use of that ability - their otherwise untrained attempts being adequately covered by variance in damage due to rolled dice.

It's the feats like Call Truce that I find more concerning since they put a defined mechanic to an otherwise undefined event that any number of GMs could and would adjudicate differently for any number of reasons. If I have a player in my group with that feat, it puts pressure on me to make untrained attempts at doing the same worse in some way so that the feat is worth the PC's investment. But given my instincts as a GM, I don't think I'd make parleying any more difficult (or less binding in the result) than the feat does.


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swoosh wrote:

I've been mulling over a few ideas for switch hitting characters lately and I've been kind of stunned at how incredibly hard it is to build someone who can use two or more weapon styles effectively.

Even with access to fighter bonus feats or ranger styles or something similar it still takes quite a while to get online and you still end up hitting some sort of roadblock eventually. With a rogue or investigator or cavalier or barbarian or swashbuckler or something else I've decided it's more or less a lost cause to even try.

This seems really weird, especially given how common the concept of someone with two or more fighting styles is in fiction.

It really seems unnecessary.

Is this a question about being "effective" or "optimized"? I don't find it that hard to be effective with a couple of styles, but lots of people have differing definitions of effective.


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I don't directly penalize lack of role playing - I do, however, reward role playing. Good role playing tends to make task DCs a bit easier because I have more information to base my adjudications on. Backstories and thought-out motivations give me more opportunities to engage the player via that PC's connections and motivations.

Players who don't role play miss out on those opportunities and benefits. If they're OK with that, I don't have much of a problem with them. But I generally don't stop trying to draw them out a bit more.

And for my purposes, role playing isn't synonymous with acting or the craft of thespianship. That's a subset. It's more about playing the PC with the PC's distinct character in mind. It could be all in the 3rd person as far as I care.


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I'll leave any refreshing baths to yourselves and we can pick up with further investigations - or any other plans you want to pursue...

A bit on the alleged murder site:
Eodred's Walk is a row of shops along one of the streets that helps define the Gold Market, the largest open market in Korvosa. Along its run are:

Aram's Crown - a small tavern that sells weak beer and wine for the market crowd but breaks out stronger spirits after sunset
Basha's - a small book and map store
Doom and Gloom - an old Varisian woman who gives Harrow readings
Galloping Ghost - tack and harness store
Gemshare Jewelers - gem/jewel sellers (and resellers)
Hedge Wizardry - magical supply shop
High Bridge Haberdashery - more than just hats, also clothing shop
Kep's - fishmonger
Fair-Fished Baitshop - fishing supplies
Pinking Shears - barbershop
Slicing Dicers - bladed weapons
Smoked Foods - smoked meats and cheeses
Time Stop - clocks and watches
Trapper's Hole - hunting, particularly archery, equipment


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bbangerter wrote:


Usually when the rules don't mention something, it is because it is not allowed (though I'm not of the opinion that this is an absolute as some things would fail common sense - dead characters taking actions).

That is utter and complete BS in role playing games. If something isn't mentioned, it's because RPG rules cannot, literally cannot, cover everything that can possibly happen in a game. This is why we have referees who can adjudicate cases that come up that aren't in the rules but fit the genre or make sense to the situation at hand.


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You, the parents, and everyone who knew the li'l fella have my sympathies. I'm a parent of 2 kids and I can imagine the pain you're all feeling.

My suggestion: Scrapbook that character portfolio along with some photos to make a nice book of memories for the parents. Do it soon so it doesn't hang out there as an unfinished project and so the parents can have it as they work through their grief.


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Rysky wrote:
Sundakan wrote:
Neither does the new Jingasa. Because you probably used it on the greataxe wielding cyclops a few levels back.

*shrugs*

Sell the old one, buy the new one. Do the same thing with scrolls and potions and other 1 use Wondrous Items.

A helmet is a bit of the wrong vehicle for a one-use magic item - a small charm of some sort would be much more fitting. I think a +1 luck bonus to AC would have still made for a much more flavorful item than the jingasa is now. While several of the fixes were, I think, good in coming, the jingasa is really a useless wreck of wrong design now.


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Blue Moose wrote:
Well, I have 100 of these in a variety of colors from the Kickstarter. Completely removed all the cubes from my dicebag.

I did something similar to replace my d4s.

12-sided d4

Reading them is a bit more intuitable than a tetrahedral d4. And they don't turn into caltrops if the cat knocks them to the floor in the middle of the night.


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NobodysHome wrote:

On the one hand, I think every responder is in 100% agreement that yes, a ghoul can CdG with its claws.

On the other hand, being a pedant, I'd like to keep hammering away at the point: The rules make a very clear distinction between "natural weapons" and other types of weapons, not only in my quote cited above, but in spells like Magic Weapon (does not work on natural weapons) and Magic Fang (only works on natural weapons).

So the notion that natural weapon = melee weapon is not supported anywhere in the PRD. Note that Protoman's post only proves that a natural weapon is a melee attack, not necessarily a melee weapon.

Yes, I agree the statement should be true, but I haven't been able to find any concrete statement that it is.

Is it referred to as a weapon (as in "natural weapon")? Is it used in melee? Then as far as I'm concerned weapon + melee = melee weapon. That's so obvious to me that the explicit "natural weapon = melee weapon" is unnecessary. Weapon + melee = melee weapon.

It's only the persistence of the term "natural attack" without using the term weapon that, I think, should give any pause here. But since natural weapon is explicitly used in some places like Magic Fang, I think it's pretty clear that natural attack = natural weapon.


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swoosh wrote:
Harleequin wrote:
I have only been playing PF for a short period of time but one of the things that I find most astounding is the staggering ingratitude shown towards GMs
You're playing a game. For fun. Why the hell do you need gratitude? That's pretty damn pretentious.

Oh, you know, to honor regular old human decency when someone puts in extra effort for the enjoyment of all...

Fortunately, my players are pretty good about it. They're all long-term players and/or GMs and know and honor the work that goes into the process.


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Communication may be a free action, but free actions are generally considered to be available to a character as it takes its turn. I'd treat them differently for perception rolls to avoid surprises. For other cases, like actively searching an area, I'd have one rolling to aid the other.
I don't think treating the summoner as if his perception checks are "take two and keep higher" would be appropriate.


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"NO! NO! You're looking for a reason to fight them! And I don't want any fighting over me!" she sobs.


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Sheriff Hemlock regards Ahdak coldly and assessingly then, apparently satisfied with whatever he found, gives a slight nod. "Go see Father Zantus at the cathedral. He will put you to use where he thinks you will do the most good."

Meanwhile, under Karl's stern interrogation, multiple goblins speak up, all talking over each other, to answer his question why they attacked the town. "Food. Loot. Burning. Food. Dead dogs, huh huh. Food. Shiny. Silver. Humans is jerks. You is jerk. No, you is jerk!" and though shackled, they jostle with each other in a quarrelsome manner, each trying to make sure his answer is the one Karl is listening to. The one most under Karl's blade, however, shouts over the others, "Shut up!" Then he grins, "Longshanks give orders. Scarbelly say we listen to Mopeyman. Mopeyman send goblins at town while he go to boneyard."


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GM_Beernorg wrote:
(she was a LG marshal (3.5 convert class)/psychic warrior, did not like being told to hang up her sword and find a man)

Who told your character to do this? Even in the write up in which Erastil is a bit of a male chauvinist, this isn't a necessary outcome. If this is the outcome presented to you, someone was reading way more hostility into it.


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thejeff wrote:
It's also a fantasy world, which means we're not necessarily dealing with humans. Different species can have different psychologies and respond differently to such pressures or even have completely different gender divides or even genders for that matter.
True but since we have very limited to no experience with non-human sapience, we generally characterize these races with caricatures of human behavior.

True, but taking a shot at developing or working with a race with different gender psychologies can be a lot of fun. Back on Traveller's Aslan example, one of the really fun aspects of their gender divide is how that spills over into how they deal with other races and cultures. A human male working in a technical or financial field will be assumed to be female by the Aslan because, to them, those are female jobs. That's a fun one to spring on your male players with engineer or steward PCs.

Traveller writers did some pretty awesome development of alien races over the years (one of my favorites being the K'Kree). Though most of them don't really address this topic quite like the Aslan do, I'd recommend people check out any resources you stumble on about the K'Kree, Vargr, Aslan, Droyne, and Hivers. Even the other human cultures (Zhodani and Vilani) have some nice ideas to them.


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Jessica Price wrote:


I'm unclear as to why anyone would think that men's opinions on women in gaming groups are relevant or needed.

Maybe you should take that up with the OP. She's the one who asked us.


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Aelryinth wrote:

And the adamantine golem isn't even made of pure adamantine, merely some small fraction of its total mass. That's exactly like arguing my sword's blade is made of adamantine, gold, mithral, and platinum, so I get DR/Adamatine because I say it's the same as a true adamantine weapon. It doesn't have the Cannon Golem's language, so it doesn't get the ability.

Exactly like arguing the blade is made of multiple materials? I'd quibble that. More like the adamantine sword has gold and platinum inlays and mithral wire on the hilt. The business part is adamantine. The question is, does it make sense for the business end or the outer shell of the adamantine golem to be adamantine? For my money it does, hence the name rather than some-other-material golem as well as its DR which was clearly envisioned as better than adamantine.


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thorin001 wrote:

It is a serious question because it is a major sign of an overly controlling GM. And they do not want players, they want an audience to ooh and ah at their amazing story.

Also, what makes you, or any other GM, more immune to metagaming than the players? Don't say that it is not metagaming when the GM does it, because that is a bald faced lie. GMs may not do it with skill checks, but they do it with PC abilities and tactics.

So? You have to realize the GM isn't simply a player. He's also part of the system and above the system at the same time. His role is very different from the players' roles.

Ultimately, assuming fair dice all around, there's no systematic or functional difference between the player rolling and the GM rolling in secret (barring optional rules like hero points or certain feats that allow rerolls and suggest the player knows the outcome on the dice). I've run and participated in online games in which the GM handled all rolls. In those cases, the gameplay can be considerably streamlined by doing do.


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Sissyl wrote:
Sooooo, if I played a campaign where the communities were nomadic bands on a huge plain... With no other settlements available... WITHOUT surprising anyone with this... Could I possibly be playing Pathfinder anyway? Or am I playing some other game? More generally, what could be removed from the game before I was not playing PF? Bags of holding? Orcs? Elves? Wayang? Dorn-dergar? Falcatas? Or would removing the possibility of having bags of holding make it impossible to play PF, even if everything else remains? Would it change anything if the campaign played out in a massive extradimensional space, meaning bags of holding do not work by the rules?

If you're using the Pathfinder rules, even a subset of the rules because of campaign-based environments, you're playing Pathfinder. Full stop.

Humans only campaign using the PF mechanics? Pathfinder game.
Dwarven wizard only campaign using the PF mechanics? Pathfinder game.
Roman Legion-inspired game with extremely limited magic using the PF mechanics? Pathfinder game.


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Probably very little. The common tongue on Golarion is Taldane because Taldor dominated so much of the terrain and was a major economic and political power. I would expect undercommon to reflect a similar arrangement for deeper races and be based on the language of the most dominant culture.


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Well, you know, phenomenal cosmic power has to come with some price now and again - and the difficulty in subtlety is one of them.


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Ultimately, the fix is even more trivial when you realize that you shouldn't be making someone roll to spot a siege engine being assembled out in the open. That's not really a fine detail nor a situation in which the outcome should be in question and subject to a roll. Save that sort of thing for when you're asking for genuine fine details like trying to spot whose livery the crew or crew leader is wearing.


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Even in the modern world, inheritance is held up for months to allow creditors to come forward and make their claims on the estate. It wouldn't be a stretch to see the authorities doing something similar with respect to raising the dead. They'd just hold off on allowing the heirs to take over the property (or rights, or whatever) until a reasonable period has passed.


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Whenever comments about being unable to see the sun/moon/lighthouse or the economic benefits of using a major creation spell vs crafting something or, really, anything along these lines intended to make the simulative aspects of the rules look like a joke - I write it off as someone using the rules in ways they aren't intended to be used. These are RPG rules - they're not economic or physics simulators. They're designed to operationalize things players want their PCs to do with reasonable nods to how we understand things to work in the real world crossed with how they work in inspirational fantasy sources ranging from books to movies and further crossed with compromises made to facilitate the usability and flow of the game. Using them to simulate an economy or determine if someone can see the sun are about as useful as using a skunk do your taxes.


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I had canceled my subscription just before this publication. I had planned on getting it all along - just as a PDF to save some cost. But now, curses, I must wait to get it compared to when I too had been a subscriber!


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zainale wrote:
why isn't there more maxed leveled cross classing elves? humans learn fast. but it takes the same amount of exp for a human and an elf to lvl up in a class. elves live like 5 life times of that of a human to get to retirement. i am sure with the amount of years an elf has he or she can get to lvl 20 many times. and taking wizardry or barddom out of boredom in their old age to pass the time.

Because the NPCs in a campaign don't live under PC rules when it comes to XPs and leveling up. It's as simple as that.

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