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Goblin Squad Member. RPG Superstar 2013 Marathon Voter. Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber. Pathfinder Society Member. 16,654 posts (16,944 including aliases). 21 reviews. 5 lists. 1 wishlist. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 12 aliases.


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Actually, the direct inspiration for the Alchemist class was the video game The Witcher, in which you're an alchemically enhanced human that uses bombs, mutagens, and potions to enhance your fighting styles. It then merged with other alchemists of lore to become less focused on fighting, as the fully-Witcher-inspired class would probably have been a full BAB class.

James Jacobs came up with the idea of the Alchemist after playing The Witcher, IIRC.


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OK. Consider this:

You feel abject hatred toward 103 words in a book whose point is to support an imaginary fantasy land utilized by a group of friends with the goal of having fun and drink beer.

Seems silly to have such strong emotions about it now, huh?


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So rogues can't get easy sneak attack damage on a fighting style that excels at many low-damage attacks.


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This book, endorsed by Gary Gygax no less, attempts to answer this question.


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The bandaid was never meant to be about making the PrCs better. That was not the intention at all. It was a side effect, but people act like it was the main purpose.

The purpose was to make the rules consistent with how SLAs were treated as spells and for what purposes, fixing a gray area in the rules.

The medicine Adderall is often used to treat ADD, but has the side effect of causing people to lose weight since it's an appetite suppressant. This is like people complaining that now that they no longer have the medication, they've gained weight again.

Spoiler:
Not the best analogy since Adderall was originally meant to be a weight loss pill, but whatevs.


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The original ruling was also called out as something that could change, and that Jason and Co would continue to look into it to see the long term ramifications of it.


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The DPR given above is about right for a non-optimized CRB only fighter, given the level. I'd say that's a decent benchmark for a class that isn't really meant to be a powerhouse in combat.


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Hi Evil Lincoln!

Have you met your brother Mecha Lincoln? One the alignment scale, he's clockwork.


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The games are marketed towards children, it's true. But there's a pretty large adult following too. You can go very deep into the game, with hidden stats that impact stat growth and actually training your pokemon for given roles. For example, every pokemon you face has an "effort value" (EV) for a given stat(s). When you defeat the pokemon, your pokemon gets the EV. So, for example, say Pikachu has 2 speed EVs. If you defeat him, the pokemon you used would get 2 Speed EVs. When the pokemon levels up, if you have enough speed EVs, their Speed stat will increase more than it would've otherwise.

Each generation of the game generally has 2 games released at the same time and a 3rd game released later. The first two games (X or Y, Black or White, etc) are the same game, but with different available pokemon. There's a base set of pokemon available that each game has, but something like ~10-20 pokemon that are that version exclusive (within that generation). So you'll only be able to catch Skrelp in Pokemon Y, but you'll only be able to catch Clauncher in Pokemon X. Each version has a version exclusive Legendary pokemon that's generally important to the story in some way. Then the third game comes out in the series, generally with bug fixes and with a mix of the version exclusives of both the earlier games. This comes with the Third Legendary, which is generally the "superior" of the two Legendary Pokemon released earlier. As in it's the one that keeps them in check, or something like that. This is a gross oversimplification, but you get the idea.

They're fun games, with a lot of things to do. They can get repetitive, but it's a type of repetitiveness that a lot of people enjoy.

I would get either Pokemon X or Y. There are demos the Alpha Sapphire or Omega Ruby on the eShop. These are the remakes of the third generation games (and currently the game is on the 6th generation). You should download one of those to see if you like the style.


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The intent was to restrict wearing armor, not to preclude any armor bonuses. Think of it like what a wizard can wear (minus the kilt and mithral buckler).


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Zhangar wrote:

@ Eric - That's Dretha, Orc Goddess of fertility, birth, and death.

The Orc goddess of fertility wears armor made of babies? That explains so much.


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Because some people don't want it to settle the 'debate'. Until Jason Bulmahn personally comes to their gaming group and tells them the answer, it will be unresolved in their eyes.

Here's some text from a former-Pathfinder Design Team member, about a forum post regarding how many times per round sneak attack can happen. You'll note more than one similarity between these posts.

Sean K Reynolds wrote:
Peter Kies wrote:
Thanks for the quick replies, but I am still requesting an official response.

By the way, that's not how we do things here, Peter. Our message board community has many people who really understand the rules, so when they are in agreement, you should trust their interpretation and not insist on an "official answer" from someone on the staff.


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Rikkan wrote:
Arklight wrote:
Ok, I have read that medium sized creatures can not ride a medium sized mount..hence the Roc wont work for a human.
Where have you read that? Afaik paizo intentionally removed that from the 3.5 rules when they switched to PF.

Pretty close, but it was unintentional. Lost in the chaos of the system change, like a few other things. Still meant to be there.


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I'm still not convinced that Robert Hetherington is entirely human. He seems born of the seas, never entirely content with human activities.


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Remember that time that one of the designers came in here and said that he thought that even if he gave the answer, it wouldn't stop the debate?

And then he gave the answer.

And it didn't stop the 'debate'?

I remember that. Good times.


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The troop subtype states that

Quote:

A troop’s stat block has “troop” in its Melee entry with no

attack bonus given.

It then later says

Quote:

Troops threaten all creatures within their reach

or within their area, and attempt attacks of opportunity as
normal with their troop attack.

(emphasis mine)

The troop is listed as having an attack bonus for the troop attack of +20.

Is the subtype wrong, and the attack bonus should be listed?

Do they automatically deal damage for an AoO, or do they need an attack roll?


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I gotta say, this does sound pretty cool! I have a character whose path I was having trouble selecting, and this sounds up his alley.


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fretgod99 wrote:
Cheapy wrote:

It was a bit after you joined. Long story short, a thread on how many times you could sunder in a round came up (text was ambiguous). It quickly ballooned to 1000+ posts, and by the time the PDT made a FAQ on it, the side of the debate that was saying it could be used only once started saying that the PDT invented a new action and changed the rules of the game.

So, it was pretty messy.

Was it because of the "as a part of an attack action" language instead of like trip's "in place of a melee attack"?

I suppose I can understand that confusion based on the Vital Strike/Spring Attack/etc. stuff. But not to that extent.

Yep, pretty much it was about that.

Actually, I think the debate was more about if attack action meant the standard action or not, and I think it was more like "One side was right for the wrong reasons". It's been a few years so I'm not recalling the specifics, but doesn't really matter.

A designer has told us that they aren't flanking, which is in line with the FAQ on gang up.


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It was a bit after you joined. Long story short, a thread on how many times you could sunder in a round came up (text was ambiguous). It quickly ballooned to 1000+ posts, and by the time the PDT made a FAQ on it, the side of the debate that was saying it could be used only once started saying that the PDT invented a new action and changed the rules of the game.

So, it was pretty messy.


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Chemlak wrote:
I have the sneaking suspicion that the design team are looking at this thread and saying "what?! Oh, God, it's holding/wielding/attacking all over again!"

I think the Sunder thread is a closer analogy.


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Please cancel this order, as I am getting it at the FLGS instead.

Thanks!


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Well, RotRL came out during 3.5. The 3.5 ranger was weaker than the PF Ranger, even just the vanilla option.

So yes, you'll do fine.


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This is basically the equivalent of a modern day soldier deciding "Oh, hey. I should ignore every advancement we've made in the past few thousand years, and really oughta pick up ancient armor and a spear and then go take on ISIS."


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What have been your favorite video games of the past year?


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Do you like math?

If so, you'll love Pathfinder.


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No. Flanking still only applies to melee attacks, even if you're in a position to provide flanking. That's been the answer every time this has come up.

See this applicable FAQ.


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Rogue Eidolon had a lot of similar concerns during the playtest, and he has a bunch of interesting playtest results posted up of how swash does soloing creatures of various CRs and mythic tiers. Interesting stuff!


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Also, you only find the stuff that works. It's rarely worth mentioning the heaps and piles of broken lazer rifles.


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London, I'd recommend leaving a review then :) Even if it isn't much, more reviews are helpful.


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Yea, never feel bad for bumping old threads for 3pps. You say "necro-ing the thread" and they see "free advertising" :)

And that never hurts for an awesome product like this.


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Level adjustment and spending XP? Reminds me of 3.5 quite a bit.


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I was reminded about the numbers I worked on here that found that one item, gloves of dueling, increased the DPR of the fighter by about 25%.

So that's going to change things a bit.


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How's layout going? I'm sure holidays (understandably!) got in the way :)


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It's a balancing bit, so that the link to a potential monstrosity is evident.


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Are there plans to offer the PDF of this?


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Also, it's replacing a talent. It's gonna be limited a bit.


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This thread totally has a clickbait title. :)

You Won't Believe What The Pathfinder Design Team Has Done!


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Only one, but from what Erik Mona has said, sounds like another is on its way sometime sooner than usual.


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Specifically, my subscriptions.

And super specifically, the player companion, campaign setting, and adventure path subscriptions.

Thanks!


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Me, gnome summoner with a flying eidolon (my strategy for the fight was to fly UP and shoot down with crossbows...and eventully just started dropping things on it, ineffectually).

Druid 8 / Fighter 1 with ankylosaurus AC. The AC died in the surprise round due to a crit, but with only 58 HP, probably would've died anyways regardless of crit. Druid was fire elemental (our way of keeping fire alive), and jumped down T-Rex's throat, punching it from the inside.

Some Psionic Warlock thing from Ultimate Psionics. His blast had a range of 30 feet. The T-Rex had a reach of 30 feet. Spent the entire combat hiding, until he slowly got closer to get a shot off....and was eaten instantly, no way to survive.

Gunslinger that was there for half the battle. Probably would've done ~30-~50 damage overall before they were eaten if they were there for the second half. This is the guy who kicked out the fire.

DMPC Oracle of the dark tapestry. Mostly a buff bot / debuff bot. He cast blessing of fervor, derped around ineffectually, and then turned into a climbing animal and climbed as high as he could on the wall.

We took shifts to make sure the fire was alive. And we were interrupted in the middle of the night by an attack anyways. I think maybe one person was fully refreshed, but it wasn't the druid and I don't think it was me. Even we everyone was refreshed though, I don't think any offensive spells would've landed on it, as it could only fail a DC 18 saving throw it kept on having to make on a natural 1.


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Huh, I was thinking of posting here.

Based on our results last night, the final encounter for level 9 should probably be tweaked. It's nearly impossible to hit without a gunslinger, the saves are ridiculous, and the minimum damage is enough to kill the average PC in 2 attacks. With the threatened range of it, you're pretty likely to have someone die in 2 rounds.

The only way we survived was by half of us fleeing up into the air, and the other half kicking out the fire to let the friendly ooze to deal with the creature. And then that half dying pretty soon after.

It's an Epic difficulty level after an entire day worth of encounters meant to drain your resources. Not exactly a fun and balanced encounter.

Level 8 was a lot of fun though, and the puzzles were fun.


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Responded in PM, yes it's a mistake :)

Marathon Voter 2013

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I think if you've been submitting items to something like RPG SS for over 3 years, and not to third party companies, you really need to consider doing so.

RPG SS is fairly passive. It's once a year, there are hundreds of entrants, and you sit there hoping you get the golden ticket. And if you submitted for that many years, it's obvious you'd like to be noticed at some level. Maybe not at a module writer level. But at some level.

So don't let fate dictate that. Take it into your own hands. Send e-mails out to third party companies asking if they have any work. Send them some of your homebrew things to show them your skills. Have any posts in the homebrew forums? Great, send them the links. Figure out which 3pps work in the area you think you're skilled at.

You good at player options? Talk to Rogue Genius.

You good at GM aides? Talk to Raging Swan Press.

Archetypes for classes? Abandoned Arts.

Etc, etc.

Take a look at Mark Seifter. He submitted 4 times, and never got into the top 32. He then contacted Jon Brazer Entertainment, and got some editing work from them, and later on some work for a new race. Then he got some work with Rite Publishing. Then he was hired by Paizo, and is now judging this shindig.

RPG SS is, at some level, a lottery. You're all vying for one spot out of 32. The contest keeps on getting more and more popular, and the number of tickets hasn't increased.

Don't let this be your one way to be seen.

Make yourself known.


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Not all of the newer options are better, but there are enough newer options that there will be power creep due to unintended interactions, some flat-out better options, and the need for more specific rule elements (to ensure new abilities that haven't been done before) that I think there's some power creep.

Combine that with the fact that every single designer of this game has a different view of what is balanced and what isn't, and you'll run into issues as more things are released.


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It's absolutely enough, and everything in it will work well enough to have fun no matter the class.


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I think BigDTBone was referring to meeko's question, not thejeff's post.


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The errata will probably be released "soon", according to this post by Erik Mona. So probably in a few months.

The three things in the FAQ are the only official ACG changes / clarifications so far, as far as I know.

The Playtest Swashbuckler had a different mechanic for spending points to parry and riposte. Those people are most likely confusing the two, as the text is pretty clear right now as to when and what you're spending panache for.


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Mark Seifter wrote:
Way to go Linda! You're the best.

Not just the best, but the bestest!


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In my experience, this is not a frequently asked question.


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Developer commentary can be found here.

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