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deusvult wrote:

How come an Ogre with 16 strength that can benchpress a schoolbus can't deal as much damage as a Halfling with 18 strength that couldn't benchpress half as much?

Contrast a small woman putting all her weight on your foot through a stiletto heel versus someone a lot heavier but with a wide flat heel? I know which I'd least like.


The entire print run? They didn't spot the problem in time to halt it before all the books were bound?


snickersimba wrote:

Put away the knives/axes/guns/maces/napalm/cattle prods. Wash the blood off of the tables and make sure that no one can hear the screams of the incompetent players from the torture chamber.

What? Im the ONLY one who threatens players with excruiating pain and death? It works! Your players NEVER forget things or get out of line.
After this, get her some dice, a pencil, an eraser and a baggy to hold it in. Get it in her favorite colour if you can, make sure the players have bathed regularly and are not currently bleeding from any injuries you may of inflicted on them for forgetting that bardic preformance.

Also, if you have any pets that are generally loveable and cute, put them at the table, if you don't, go buy a baby bunny.

Hmm. My generally loveable and cute cat likes to lie on the paperwork, and chase dice, and push pawns around, and is generally just a b@@@y nuisance...


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Tarantula wrote:
I'm just worried that the unchained classes will completely eclipse and replace the core classes. If that ends up to be the case, why bother with them as an option, why not errata the core book to fix the classes?

I expect they will for some people - those people who have serious problems with the monk, barbarian and rogue classes. I expect they won't for people who who find those classes ok. There seem to be a lot of people on each side.


A single Christmas special episode and then a long wait for the next season to start.


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Wiggz wrote:
Duncan7291 wrote:

I'm concerned about the introduction of new classes so soon after the release of the ACG. I'm concerned that Pathfinder is become bloated and creating such a load of information that new players or GM's may feel the learning curve is too high to become vested in this system.

What are yall's thoughts? (Note: I'm not complaining just to complain, this is a real concern of mine and I would appreciate some honest discourse on the subject.)

What got me into PF were the AP's... what has me reconsidering is the bloat.

Unfortunately I get castigated for even asking about purchasing more AP materials (such as hardcover treatment of the out of print and out dated AP's) while lately the bloat has begun to increase at an exponential rate. It's tough for me and others to hear there is no manpower for updating 3.5 modules while watching Mythic Adventures, the ACG, Occult Adventures, Unchained, etc, etc, etc all coming out back-to-back-to-back with barely a breath taken. Moreover, as these books come out faster and faster their quality suffers, from adequate play testing being done to simple things like typographical errors.

I'm honestly not sure what's driven Paizo to inundate their patrons with inferior quality materials packed to the brim with largely unasked for options. I'd rather that manpower be used to ensure things like the pawns actually include the appropriate characters (no Elyrium?) or the book covers themselves are in error. PFS was a great idea but as the special rules exceptions and addendums start to look more and more like a phone book and potential GMs are stretched thinner and thinner to keep up with all the 'options' they may be faced with, it's going to die of self-immolation.

Are they coming out faster and faster? I thought there was an established rate of 3 hardbacks a year (one of which is a bestiary/codex type book of monsters or NPCs for GMs). I don't think the upcoming unchained, occult, etc. is changing that.


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GeraintElberion wrote:

As I have spent most of the series complaining that it is too scary/gory for kids, I don't mind at all. It's supposed to be kids TV.

It's supposed to be scary kids TV - scaring kids is kind of the point. Like most other Brits, I have fond memories of watching it from behind the sofa or from under a blanket. If kids don't usually want to hide at some point, it's not scary enough.


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GM rolls on provided random encounter table. (I kept rolling rats and dire rats. Then an extra large crocodile)

GM Says: Boring,...boring,...boring: Ah, that looks fun...
GM Means: that looks fun...for me. (Evil laugh.)


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I'm gonna cut your heart out with a spoon


Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
What are the most common eye and hair colors among the Shoanti?
They usually shave their heads bald, but when they don't they tend to have darker hair colors. Eyes tend to be brown or black.
Wait, black is an eye color?

Yes, my dad's eyes were black, or so very dark brown you'd have to be very close to see they weren't.


blahpers wrote:
I just figured the rule was there for crazy characters trying to activate a scroll without knowing what spell was on it.

I don't think you can activate a scroll without reading it somehow and hence knowing what's on it - you can try to cast a spell that's above your level though, which requires a caster check.


Aubrey the Malformed wrote:
Chief Cook and Bottlewasher wrote:
Britons who harbour resentment tend to direct it towards Thatcher.
What, any resentment?

:)

(I meant resentment about the Falklands War, but there are lots of other reasons for resentment towards her as well.)


GeraintElberion wrote:

Galtieri's Junta started the war.

And, unlike him, Thatcher was democratically elected.

Also, honestly, it's hard to find a Briton who harbours any real resentment toward Argentina as a result of the Falklands war.

I know that 1980s-style lefty humour thinks any knock to El Thatcherino is hilarious but that one just doesn't scan...

Britons who harbour resentment tend to direct it towards Thatcher.


I am not prepared to experiment.


Mathius wrote:

I thought I saw somewhere that controlled skeletons can crew a ship. Not just from the skeleton crew spell but the stock ones. If this is the case they can help build a building. If not they can not.

Can a skeleton use tools? Construct?

Fighting fairly complex. One could argue that if they can do that they can do other task of equal complexity. Building a house under direct supervision is not more complex then fighting.

Rule of cool, I expect. Plus the skeleton-crewed ship is a staple of ghost stories all round the world, e.g. The Flying Dutchman, sightings of which seem quite consistent.


Freehold DM wrote:
Tiny Coffee Golem wrote:
I'm speechless that there is so much hate in the world and the coffee/tea abomination. I'll pray for you.
Try it. You'll like it.

I have (accidentally) poured tea into a cup that already had coffee in it...it is truly disgusting.


Limeylongears wrote:
I now keep picturing the hero as Fred Flintstone, too, which doesn't do much for suspending disbelief, etc (WIIILLMMMAAAA!).

and this...


phantom1592 wrote:


Tolkien, Lewis, Shakespeare, all did just as awesome of stuff... but in a timely manner.

Actually (from wiki), Tolkien took over a decade to write Lord of the Rings (1937-1949, although admittedly WW II would have interfered). It was then published from 1954 with the writing finished.(Gave him the luxury of being able to edit Fellowship and Two Towers as necessary when writing Return).

He was a university professor, not making a living as a professional writer, so I don't think comparison to anyone else is helpful


David Neilson wrote:

Funnily enough there was a book "Moth Diaries" where the vampire turns into a swarm of moths. Though I have not read it personally.

These, no doubt..


Oh, I'm not assuming he will succeed, more looking for assurances it's unlikely. But him as mayor of London was unlikely too.


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I was going to say that I was imagining the world-wide outcry if J.K Rowling had failed to finish the Harry Potter series, but the thought is just too horrendous. On the other hand, she promised (at least implicitly) and delivered exactly 7 books in a relatively timely manner.

Unlike Robert Jordan and 'The Wheel of Time', where he seemed to think it fine to wander off into every side character's story.


Who are the alternatives, though?


I believe I'm going to have the 'pleasure' of voting for the constituency Farage is standing for in the next election. I feel compelled to turn out and vote against him, even if it means voting Tory (shudder). Boris is standing for election as well, of course. Do you think he'll steal UKIP votes back for the Tories?


Would you not speak out if you saw someone doing something you thought dangerous and it seemed they didn't?

My take is that his meaning is this:
'If you weren't scared, then you weren't recognising the danger you were in.'
Scared (when appropriate) is good: it makes you cautious, makes you be careful, it keeps you alive. He's an (ex) soldier, and has presumably seen active duty: properly assessing risk, and ensuring your colleagues understand the risk, would have been part of his duty.


It's currently 3,30am Saturday in Seattle. You posted at around 9pm Seattle time on Friday night. Give them a reasonable time to respond at least


Dear James,
you've written before that you're not a fan of Terry Pratchett because he's 'too silly'. Do you find this true of British humour in general? What are your opinions on the following (assuming you've seen them)?

Monty Python, Red Dwarf, Blackadder, Yes Minister (and Yes Prime Minister), the 'Wallace and Gromit' films ('The Wrong Trousers' etc), Fawlty Towers, (what others d people know that have made it to the States?)

(It's OK to tell us we're all nutters -we're rather proud of that.)


My hand writing has definitely deteriorated over the years - my daughter says it's the neatest totally illegible hand writing she's seen


Pride released in the UK 2 weeks ago.

I don't know if it's likely to be available outside the UK, the history is very UK-specific. The miner's strike in 1984 was incredibly divisive in the UK, and even now, thirty years on, there's bitterness. I never heard about a "Gays and Lesbians support the miners" group at the time though


The UK has a population of 64 million and that of London is 8 million - 1 in 8 Brits is in London. Hard to see how it can not dominate.


Josh M. wrote:
Chief Cook and Bottlewasher wrote:
Josh M. wrote:
thejeff wrote:
Josh M. wrote:

Just let players play, and treat and players like you would treat anyone else.

If we stop singling people out for playing because of their gender/race/etc, maybe it'll stop being an issue altogether. Acting shocked and surprised whenever a non-neckbeard is interested in something geeky, just reinforces the stereotype and wards others away from the genre.

Shocked and surprised is one thing. Noticing the demographics and trying to figure out how to shift them is another.

Alright, that's fine too. I'm all for balancing out the cheese/beefcake eye candy, I'm a big fan of practical armor art for characters, etc. To be fair though, a few ladies I know are actually big fans of Seoni's attire, and scantily clad barbarians for that matter. More balance on both sides would be a good thing.

The iconics aren't only, or even probably mostly, eye candy. They're also representative of the PCs I might play, and self-insertion for my self. And as as an over-40, less-than-fit woman, eye candy only is like telling me I ought to invest in plastic surgery (that I can't afford) become a hermit, or perhaps only go out of doors with a paper bag over my head.

Please note, though, I am only asking for diversity

But I didn't even mention the iconics(as a group), other than the one iconic who gets a lot of attention(good and bad) due to her very unrealistic attire. I think you're taking my quote out of context; I never said "we just need to do something about eye-candy and everything else will be peachy". I only had a few moments to post so I just used one example. That's all.

Like Laurefindel alluded to above; giving more of a diverse gaming experience beyond "kill, loot, repeat" is also an example of something that would help create a more inviting, more inclusive and diverse gaming experience. I'm all for this.

Yes, I'm sorry for over reacting. It was late and I was tired. Bad time to post anything.

I still think, though, that, especially for kids, the artwork is a lot about self-insertion - "Hey, I can do that, be that person"


In principal, I don't really have an opinion on Scottish independence. In practice, I strongly expect it to cost everyone a lot of money so I'm overall against it.


Josh M. wrote:
thejeff wrote:
Josh M. wrote:

Just let players play, and treat and players like you would treat anyone else.

If we stop singling people out for playing because of their gender/race/etc, maybe it'll stop being an issue altogether. Acting shocked and surprised whenever a non-neckbeard is interested in something geeky, just reinforces the stereotype and wards others away from the genre.

Shocked and surprised is one thing. Noticing the demographics and trying to figure out how to shift them is another.

Alright, that's fine too. I'm all for balancing out the cheese/beefcake eye candy, I'm a big fan of practical armor art for characters, etc. To be fair though, a few ladies I know are actually big fans of Seoni's attire, and scantily clad barbarians for that matter. More balance on both sides would be a good thing.

The iconics aren't only, or even probably mostly, eye candy. They're also representative of the PCs I might play, and self-insertion for my self. And as as an over-40, less-than-fit woman, eye candy only is like telling me I ought to invest in plastic surgery (that I can't afford) become a hermit, or perhaps only go out of doors with a paper bag over my head.

Please note, though, I am only asking for diversity


Bjørn Røyrvik wrote:

Quite fond of Glenfiddich and Jura (the ones I've tasted, at least - haven't tried them all).

I take it neat, preferably at room temperature. You get so much more taste than if you cool it down.

I'm really in the 'adding water/ice is sacrilege' camp, but I try to be polite. Perhaps if I wasn't drinking a good single malt, but then I'd probably pass anyway


Wiggz wrote:

I live for the day when walking into a room and announcing 'I'm gay' or 'I'm black' or whatever generates the same shrug of indifference as announcing 'I'm straight' or 'I'm white' does.

So how do you achieve that?

A good starting point is, for example, if someone is casting a few hundred extras for TV or film in London (very multicultural) they cover the whole demographic as far as possible - i.e lots of non-white extras, the whole age demographic, a lot of people grouped into families or couples, some of which are same sex.

Because acceptance only really seems to happen when most people can say "Like (my mate/guy on TV) X, then"


Quote:

1) A great question, eh? In all likelihood, they go on to merge with Abaddon or one of the other outer planes, or become free-willed outsiders, or might even be picked up by other deities. A deity who doesn't have a planar realm is VERY rare, and without it, she's at a disadvantage. Of course... Arazni isn't yet quite a full demigod, so she's got time to shore that up!
.

Does Gozreh have a planar realm? I wasn't able to find one. As he's 'nature personified' in a sense, I rather liked the idea of his realm actually being the prime material - a sort of super kami.

Where do kami originate any way? Can a petitioner return as a kami?


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RMcD wrote:
Haladir wrote:

Actually, I think it's pretty important for the players to know enough about the theme of an AP in order to build effective characters.

You don't want to bring a paladin to Skull & Shackles. You don't want to bring a druid with a bear animal companion to Council of Thieves. You don't want to bring a cavalier to Crimson Throne. You don't want to bring a drow to Second Darkness. And so on.

Suppose I have to disagree with you there, I definitely don't like my players designing characters around what will be effective for the campaign rather than roleplaying. I'd hate someone to play Carrion Crown as a paladin just because they think it'll be OP. I don't mind letting them know they will be in tight spaces or be very diplomatic because that doesn't give much away at all, but anything more than that.

Do you give enough info to a ranger so they don't choose a useless favoured enemy? Do you let them know whether to expect mostly urban or mostly wilderness? Because it's easy to build a totally useless character without any info


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Gentleman Alligator wrote:
Insain Dragoon wrote:
I think the core devs have stated they wont use any non-core races for iconics.

I understand not wanting to use some of the weirder races, like catfolk or nagaji. However, I don't see why we can't have an aasimar or a tiefling iconic. They've been apart of the game for years, people are very familiar with them, and they're popular PC choices. I don't see why an exception can't be made for this corner case.

Also, I second the inclusion of an old lady iconic. Since we have Ezren, we need an elderly lady iconic to balance that scale a little.

A Judy Dench will do nicely thanks. Gives hope to all us ageing ladies out here.


Bacon666 wrote:
BadBird wrote:


You aren't going to find a standard system, as it all changes by nation and date. Though if you're looking for something that would work for a medieval-style army you're way off; these are mostly modern or at least ancien-regime systems.
Nice to know that I'm way off... Any chance for a pointer in the right direction then?

What country and what time period, for starters. Professional army, mercenary troops?


Bacon666 wrote:
Chief Cook and Bottlewasher wrote:
Feudal would be petty much a Liege-Lord and whoever's sworn to him, I would guess.

I believe you a right, at least until the liege-lord becomes powerfull enough to have more troops than he can oversee himself.

At this point I would think he appoints a "captain" or 2 who again would appoint lieutenants and maybe sergeants...

This also let him manage his estate while troops are out pillaging, guard patrolling, etc...

Well, then he'd be powerful enough that some of his sworn men are lords in their own right and have their own sworn men, so I think it's more "Lord such-and-such take your men there and Lord so-and-so take your men there and...".

A hierarchy of the lords sworn to him. If he (or more, the army) is lucky, the more powerful ones are actually competent.


One thing I'm curious about:

as a GM I have to play both genders (and lots of non-human creatures) to the best of my ability, and for all of them (even one of '6 guards') I try to have some hook to run if they're pushed into the limelight, regardless of their gender.

So, to other GMs, are you more concerned about genders when playing a PC than you would be playing an NPC? I don't think I am.


Feudal would be pretty much a Liege-Lord and whoever's sworn to him, I would guess.


With an 'Occult Adventures' Hard cover announced, I'm hopeful for Vudra in the not too distant future


My daughter's just had her place confirmed at Glasgow University.
Cue 10 minute overview of scotch whiskeys at the local supermarket (not a great selection here in Kent) and an excuse to treat ourselves (well, me anyway) to a bottle of Tamdhu.


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So the party of four move stealthily from Nadya's house to the centre of the village, where the guards are. Or rather 2 of them move stealthily, the Barbarian (Erisabetta) got about a 12, I think while the cleric (Min, cleric of Gozreh, wields a trident) makes a complete mess of things, and the guards get less than the 12 (say) needed to see Erisabetta.

So, "Erisabetta makes a sorry attempt at finding cover, but that's ok, because Min's made such a racket, everyone's staring at her. The leader of the guards, seeing only one person advancing in the middle of the street, marches cockily towards you and demands you lay down your weapons. Now what?"

"Er....I charge the leader and stick my trident in his chest."

"You what? Er.. Well I suppose he's surprised. I'm certainly surprised."

"He's surprised? Min's surprised herself, nevermind anyone else." Makes successful attack.

"Right, he's looking down, rather shocked at a trident sticking in his chest. Initiatives."

Cue slaughter of guards by Min and rest of party.


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LazarX wrote:
Crystal Frasier wrote:
Well... I'll be having plenty of nightmares tonight

And we didn't even need Stephen Moffat, the man who's made millions across the world learn to fear...

Satutes,
Closets,
Old Hotel Rooms,
Snowmen,
Santa,
Clowns,
Shadows,

Am I missing anything? :)

"Are you my mummy?"

-I nominate 'The Empty Child' as the the most traumatising episode ever...


Avatar-1 wrote:
This is one of the strangest rules in the game; requiring a feat to draw two weapons at the same time. Like a regular person can't use both hands at the same time to do basically the same thing on opposite sides of your body.

There was a lecturer when I was at university, who would try to use two board cleaners at the same time, and one hand would slow down and stop, and he'd notice and concentrate on it, and the other hand would slow down and stop; and he'd notice and concentrate on it and the first hand would slow down and stop....

So no, depending on the task, you can't necessarily do the same task with both hands and the same time.


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I don't think there's enough info for DM's to judge how it will run


gkhager wrote:
I just don't see how this character would work in an RPG. I thought that newer RPGs were all about the player controlling their character. If the player has no control over when they rage, who would either want to play this pre-gen or have them in their party? There would be zero chance of coordinating any attacks, and a high probability of friendly-fire incidents. Just seems inconceivable that this character would be anything but a lone-wolf.

A lapse of memory at the end of the rage doesn't mean the player can't make all the decisions during the rage, the PC just doesn't remember afterwards.


'Rasputin must die!' (Reign of Winter) has

Spoiler:
Polina (page 30), who is a (statted) tombstone fairy from the Tome of horrors complete


Renegadeshepherd wrote:
Not to make fun of this... But how many of us bullied our siblings when we were younger?

Not me, she was 6 years older than me, and always a lot bigger. By the time I caught up size-wise, we both knew better. And we don't judge children by the same standards as adults.

Edit: IS 6 years older than me, still :) That hasn't changed.

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