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Pathfinder Society Member. 2,103 posts (19,962 including aliases). No reviews. 4 lists. No wishlists. 4 Pathfinder Society characters. 36 aliases.


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Scarab Sages

Gaurwaith wrote:

I've come pretty close to finishing my character, but my backstory is currently a jumble of events which I want to try to put some meat on. Do you care if my backstory is more like a series of notes than anything else?

Additional question: what's your stance on profanity, innuendo, etc?

Edit: added link.

You could make it into a journal. Either way is fine.

Mild profanity/vulgarity/innuendo is fine. I can read stronger profanity, but it tends to annoy me. I'm one of those paladin-adjacent people who things profanity is the refuge of those who have forgotten their thesaurus.
At the same time I tend too get a bit graphic in my descriptions of violence, so I'm nice and balanced. :)
It also depends on how creative it is. I'm in a Warhammer game with a player who is really creative with the cursing and I've greatly enjoyed it.

Scarab Sages

HedwickTheWorldly wrote:
How does something like a Ring of Spell Knowledge interact with an Alchemist extract? Is it possible to use something like that to learn an Alchemist-only spell? Or no?

No, because the description of the item specifies that it benefits only spontaneous arcane casters.

Scarab Sages

Gaurwaith wrote:
Additional question: if I remove the "birch poles" from a set of fishing tackle, will it get any lighter? Will it still be any useful if I have, say, a nice long shaft of hard wood that I carry around with me anyway?

In reality they are birch for the flexibility. Ripping out a fish hook because the pole was too stiff sucks, but I'm not going to get that picky. The kit is the kit. Getting into that level of detail will only cause headaches. Besides, you never know when a couple of poles might come in handy.

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Yes, lessah. You have some time. :)

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Tundran:
because of all the questions that arise from mixing those two abilities, I think it's best if we keep them as written and you must wait until 6th to use Flurry of Devastation. This makes a certain amount of sense as you haven't yet learned to use your powers in conjunction with your brawler's flurry. When you do, it becomes Flurry of Devastation.

Gaurwaith - Yes. Everyone should have plenty of skills. :)

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Thanks for that, Hedwick!

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1. You may have up to two classes on either side of the Gestalt. PrC requirements can come from either side of the Gestalt.

2. Magic and Psionics will be completely transparent. Saves me work.

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Ya, I don't mind having a player's guide available to guide youall in your builds. Thanks!

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Sylvanus, TFK wrote:
I am working on a Standard Drow and I was going threw their racial traits and came across something I had to question.
Defensive Racial Traits wrote:
Spell Resistance: Drow possess spell resistance (SR) equal to 6 plus their total number of class levels.
Would this be 6 plus 4 levels or 6 plus 4 primary levels plus 2 gestalt levels?

6+4 primary levels.

Scarab Sages

Slayde77 wrote:
I'm working on a Marksman/Slayer or Marksman/Rogue. I want to follow up with the question on sneak attack. Lets say I go Marksman 8/Slayer 3/Rogue 1. Would my sneak attack be 1d6 or 2d6 at that point?

Depends on how you gestalt. I can see it in your levels that the slayer and rogue are on the same side so you would have 2d6. However, if you were to have a Marksman 7/Roge 1// Slayer 4 you would only get 1d6 as the sneak attack was split across the sides of the gestalt.

Scarab Sages

If ninja is primary then you would get 8 per level as that would override Slayer's 6 per level at every even level. If your primary is Slayer, you would get 6 every odd level and 8 every even as Ninja would come in and override slayer on even levels.

Scarab Sages

Skills would shift. BaB and Saves are the only stats that fully ignore the Gestalting effect.

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Use average hp after max at first level.

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On the other hand, abundant step is also supernatural.

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Yes, you may not act after using it.

I see no reason why those two shouldn't work together. The strictest reading would perhaps say no, but I believe they can within the rules.

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The dungeon occurs almost exclusively under ground. Beyond that the monsters are pretty varied as far as I've read. Lots of monsters though, so maybe avoid the Humanoid category.

The 18/8 is modifiable, yes.

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Ok

Decision Time

Option 2

I know this makes things more complicated, but it is closer to what I had envisioned for the Gestalt 1.5. Option 1 felt more like gestalt 1.75. Sorry if this messes anyone up, but I feel it will make more diverse characters in the end. Also it will prevent everyone from taking one level in barbarian, but that was a tertiary concern at best. HP is the easiest resource to exhaust, after all. :)

Scarab Sages

So, we have two options. It seems that I didn't word my weirdness well enough.
1) Only BaB, spell stuff, and saves are left out of the Gestalt fun.
2) Gestalt itself only applies to every other level. Meaning that a wizard/ranger's HD would go 1st:d6, 2nd:d10, 3rd:d6, 4th:d10. In this case skill ranks gained each level would fluctuate as well.
Both readings are implied in my wording. I apologise.
I will consider the pros and cons of each and come down with a ruling soon.

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Well, as long as he didn't actually do the inflicting, right? :P

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Yes. Only BaB, Saves, and Spell stats are affected, though I could totally make it the other way if you wanted. :)

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On each level as normal for Gestalt.

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Indeed. And he's in the Inner Sea Gods, so he's fair game. (At least I thing he is. I should probably double check)

Interesting Tidbit:
Inner Sea Faiths pg. 19
Apsu has no oracles, for he believes inflicting a curse on a living creature is a terrible crime against that being, even in exchange for divine power.

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I'm going to have to say no to the Gillman. I'd prefer to stay within the constraints I set up above. Sorry.

Edit: I recognize that it's not a strong race, but I've had a hard time closing that can of worms in the past.

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Lord Foul II wrote:
GM Choon wrote:
Sneak attacks may go against your code depending on how you define honor. It's a shaky paring at best unless you include a casing of Redemption (Atonement?) in your things purchased and in your backstory.

actually it really depends on the deity

In pathfinder there are specific paladin stuff for each deity

For example Apsu

Quote:

Paladins of Apsu valiantly follow the dragon god’s tenets of holy vigilance against evil. Those following the rigid code of a paladin must sacrifice the sedentary lifestyle of living in a single place in exchange for continuous travel and hardship. The tenets of such paladins include the following maxims.

I am the talon of Apsu’s wrath. I strike where I am needed, but only when evil has been unmasked and there can be no doubt of my enemy’s malice.
When my purpose is unclear, I will walk the roads of the world to find a fresh focus. Every road leads to a new beginning.
Nothing is worth sacrificing my life for, except protecting the lives of others. I will retreat when needed, and come back to vex my foes once again.
Mercy is offered, but only once. Should I be betrayed in my moment of kindness, I will not stop until I have put my enemy down.
It is not enough to slay evil and carry on. I will spend the time necessary to help those I’ve protected to fend for themselves.

Very well. That would be acceptable. It still strikes me as slightly odd, but it is within the rules I set out, so ok!

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Ahem.

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Ok, I have a fair bit read. Now I'm trying to make heads and tails of the map. It's super confusing.

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Edward Sobel wrote:

the +4 racial bonus to stealth, that stacks with the +4 size bonus is pretty good. though.

also I may stick with the standard gnome anyway:

** spoiler omitted **...

Ya, that's basically a quiet gnome that had a baby with a goblin. Switch the listen and spot bonus for +2 perception and change the spell-like stat requirement to 11 and it would fit nicely.

Scarab Sages

I'm getting really two basic responces, as far as I can tell. There is a group who wants some more endurance (the gestalt crowd) and a few who wouldn't mind hanging by the skin of their teeth (15 pt buy guys), right? I think there's more on the gestalt side.

what do youall feel about higher base stats (25 or so pt buy) instead of Gestalt? Or would that feed into the Optimization urge too much? Again, I'm just throwing ideas out there to see what kind of response they get.

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(Edit: re: race builder) I know. Thus my 'racism'. I've participated in only one game that used it super effectively and it was a real effort to not accidently break the thing.

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Just an idea. I'm throwing requirements at the wall and seeing what sticks.

(I love Elans, full disclosure)

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Or what if everyone built a race. What if it was required to build a race? I wonder if enough people have enough experience with the builder to do that...

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I'll say right up front that I'm a bit of a racist when it comes to the race builder. the only way I'd allow that is if everyone used it to completely build a race from scratch and I'm not sure that I have the energy to make sure people didn't run wild with it.

hmmmm

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It can be done via posting history, but I may require good stories for initial recruitment and less story for replacements. It might be easier that way.

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Rappan itself is pretty setting neutral, but we would be leaning Golarion on gods and such as I am most familiar with that setting.

The fluff requirement would be dependent on the mortality rate. If we are expecting a rather high rate then I won't be too picky because the story can be the most taxing part of the creative process.

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I'll give it a read over and see. Like I said, I'm generally taking suggestions here so suggestions for additional or 3rd party content are fair game!

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That would mean skipping the environs, but that's not the main event anyway. I was leaning against starting at 1 in any case.

Perhaps I should write a few prompts for the characters to narrate their initiation to the region...

Scarab Sages

Ok. I'm still reading right now. There's a lot to comb through, but what I'm hearing sounds encouraging. As youall probably know, this is a big book and I want to have a good handle on it before I throw up a real recruitment.

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I'd also like to hear opinions on lethality and mortality rate.

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That would be another thing youall can give opinions on. Do you feel tired with the same 'ol lvl 1 start? Would you prefer a higher level?

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I would be tempted to up the ante and buff the monsters if I allowed Gestalt, though.

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I know you're stalking me, Ed. I don't mind. :P

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Useful because of a lack of magic in general?

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I have just come into possession of the Rappan Athuk book and it got me to wondering, "How would I want to run this? How would I want to play this?"

That led me to wondering: what would the various personalities of this wonderful forum like to see out of an Rappan Athuk recruitment?

Full Disclosure: this recruitment will not happen for a while as I just got the book and I have little time to run a game at the moment. I am merely testing the waters as to what would be the most interesting for other people when I do open a recruitment in the future.

Does anyone have a certain set of books or rules that they would like to see used for this legendary death trap? Anything specific you are super tired of seeing that you think should be banned? Any quirky rules tweaks you think would lend spice to the mortality pie?

Lend me your thoughts! They will be considered for an upcoming recruitment near you!

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I'm good to go. I gave Shattertooth a couple ranks in heal.

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Amen and amen. Mostly done now. Working on story.

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I may do that. Because it just happened to me again... Except this time it was the "save every 30 minutes or die" thing in the profiles.

I usually don't have this much trouble..

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I had the stat block half done and a rough story created... then Paizo crashed on me. *grrr*

Scarab Sages

Ok. Working on a concept of a kind of road warden. A title passed down in a small group of elven families that gives the bearer power over certain haunted gear designed to keep the things that go bump in the night from cutting off the village from the wider world.

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Just how dark and spooky are we going here? Should I make it up? Is it just kinda existentially spooky or do people regularly die/disappear/become human skin puppets near this place?

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Still working on my submission. My life has intervened and delayed my progress.

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