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Pupsocket wrote:
Darksol the Painbringer wrote:
If it's not listed in the Fighter Weapon Group, it's not a weapon, bottom line.

What rubbish. I'm looking at the Fighter Weapon Groups, and the Falcata isn't there. Nor are there any firearms, or thrown bombs. Clearly, none of those things can be weapons, then.

Your argument is that the term "weapon" is defined on p. 56 of the core book (6th printing), which as a) unsupported by the actual text, b) patently ridiculous given the number of pointy stabby things published in later books. ,

Core Rulebook only includes Core content because Core doesn't assume you have the other splatbooks; if you want splatbook inclusion for Fighter Weapon Group listings, you look toward the splatbooks.

Ultimate Equipment has all of the splatbook extras, and those subjects you listed are defined in that book under Fighter Weapon Groups, including that which is listed in the Core. Not one of those weapon groups, both the Core and the splatbook UE, have Rays or what not listed in any group, ergo they don't count as weapons.

Similarly, the feat text specifically calls out as Rays counting as a weapon for the purpose of how the feat affects it, including being a valid choice for the feat, meaning that it otherwise is not a weapon.

@ FrodoOf9Finger: If it has a set weapon damage dice and is listed in a Fighter Weapon Group (i.e. if Rayguns were a Weapon Group), then yes, you could Vital Strike with it. But if the Ray in question by say, Scorching Ray, were used to attack, it wouldn't work because it's a Spell, not a Weapon; it counts as a weapon for the purposes of spells and effects and for qualifying for certain feat selections, but is otherwise not a weapon. It's no different than Spells V.S. Spell-Like Abilities.


Pupsocket wrote:

Rays are weapons, so if you can take the attack action to fire your ray, you can use vital strike.

-with spellcasting at range, you can never "hold the charge" in order to use the attack action. If you use Reach Spell, you now have a ranged touch spell, not a touch spell, thus no holding the charge.
-most monster abilities cannot vital strike, because they're "use supernatural ability" or "use spell-like ability" actions. a lantern archon uses it's ray as an attack, and could vital strike, if it had the feat.
-it gets a bit vague around (melee) touch spells. last time we did a couple hundred posts on the issue, the general consensus was that, while touch attack spells share many properties of armed attacks, they ultimately are not weapons and as such not eligible for Vital Strike.
-Stop arguing about the bombs ability and vital strike, the ability explicitly tells you how it interacts with vital strike.

Even if you did allow holding the charge, including melee touch attacks, the spell deals the damage, and the spell is not a weapon. If it's not listed in the Fighter Weapon Group, it's not a weapon, bottom line. Rays and such only count as weapons for the purposes of spells and abilities that affect weapons, and for taking feats like Weapon Focus/Specialization, Improved Critical, etc. to use with them.

A lot of those abilities require a Standard Action to activate, not an Attack Action, which is a specific Standard Action, one that is required for Vital Strike to work, and cannot be emulated with merely taking a Standard Action. The Lantern Archon is no exception; Rays aren't weapons, meaning it would fall under the "Use Extraordinary Ability" action, a specific Standard Action separate from the Attack Action.


You should be able to, as many creatures in fantasy are armored with wings.

But from a realistic perspective the GM would probably require you to get your breastplate re-outfitted to adhere to your new limbs, since most standard equipment aren't meant to fit winged creatures.


sowhereaminow wrote:
This will work with thrown alchemist bombs though, correct? I figure it only doubles the original 1d6, but it still works if I recall.

That's tricky; if it's an SU or EX ability, then I'd say it probably would, but if it's an SP, then I'd say no since it's a spell and not a weapon.


Shroud has it right. RAW, the damage you deal with a spell like Scorching Ray is not weapon damage, but damage caused from the spell. You could do it with a spell like Flame Blade, since the damage you deal with that is the damage the fire scimitar weapon deals.

Even so, Vital Strike is it's own special action (Attack Action), something which, when casting a Touch Spell, can't emulate, since it's only restricted to granting a free attack, not a free Vital Strike.

I will say that Shroud is wrong for Punch delivering, since a Touch Attack in itself can be done in place of the punch (though if you were a Monk with scaling unarmed damage, you lose all your other attacks if you wanted to do a FoB), but it still falls apart since the subject being delivered is not a weapon, but a spell, and so isn't affected.

Remember that feats like Weapon Focus/Specialization state that subjects such as rays count as weapons for those feats; they are not in themselves a weapon, as you don't see them in any Fighter weapon group or in the Weapon tables...


Claxon wrote:

The point of the spell is not to make a benefit for the creature. Even if that benefit is round-about in the sense that he doesn't upset you all by accidentally hitting the party.

Play this out in character. You are evil. You will only stand getting hit by errant shots so many times. If you can't stand it any further kick the character out of the group or kill him. Or ask him not to use that feat and retrain it.

As a GM, I would most certainly not allow curse ot be used in the way you are suggesting when there are much more reasonable role play ways to handle this and ways to mechanically handle this without making up rules.

Your question isn't so much "is this fair to do with this spell", as much as it is "how can this character have his cake and eat it too". He shouldn't get to. If he is casuing a problem for the party in character because his choices result in harm for the party then resolve it in character. Tell him not to use the feat, kick him out, or kill him if necessary.

How is shooting yourself should you end up hitting allies instead a benefit to the recipient? He's the one taking the damage, not them, it certainly flies in the ways of both realistic physics and the purpose of self-preservation.

In the OOTS comic, Belkar having a curse where if he harms an innocent, he gets sick and stuff, is an obvious penalty that was bestowed to keep his Evil tendencies under control. Just because it's used for a good end (in this case, other party member fidelity) doesn't change the factor that a curse is a curse is a curse. If a Werewolf does good deeds and no longer eats the hearts of Humans, does that mean he's not really a Lycanthrope? With the logic you use, he wouldn't be a Lycanthrope, even if he has a hairy humanoid body with an ugly snarling drooling dog face with claws that can tear you in half when the moon is full.

If anything, the request I want doesn't correlate because if he is intentionally shooting at somebody who considers him an ally, but he considers an enemy, it doesn't even activate the way I intend for it to, since to him, he isn't shooting it at an ally, but an enemy, meaning we'd have to contingent it to be applicable only to the party members.

We've done that several times already. The Barbarian while raging has made attacks against the Ranger in the middle of combat (though this was early in the campaign, and one other time he was confused); the Witch has thrown Misfortune hexes and the like at him (because RP banality). I'm not personally worried because I have more AC than anything we ever fight anyway, so if he's hitting me, he's hitting them, and the Wizard is never in the line of fire (which is smart). This stuff also really only happens when combat is winding down and we're on the home stretch to victory. Quite frankly, in other more serious groups, your "kill their character" request just only encourages such behavior, and does nothing to solve the problem you claim is present.

@fretgod99

Reviewing the spell text:

Bestow Curse wrote:

You place a curse on the subject. Choose one of the following.

–6 decrease to an ability score (minimum 1).
–4 penalty on attack rolls, saves, ability checks, and skill checks.
Each turn, the target has a 50% chance to act normally; otherwise, it takes no action.

You may also invent your own curse, but it should be no more powerful than those described above.

The curse bestowed by this spell cannot be dispelled, but it can be removed with a break enchantment, limited wish, miracle, remove curse, or wish spell.

Bestow curse counters remove curse.

It just says you place a curse on the subject. It doesn't have to be something that's significantly and obviously worse like you claim; can it? Certainly. But there are several examples in literature where a "curse" has turned into a Strength, and the Oracle class is a prime example of that concept.

The statement about it not being "as strong" as the other curses also doesn't seem to be reflected in the spell description; the only restriction is that it can't be more powerful than the examples given. It can certainly be weaker.

I'll also refer to he Retribution Hex given by Witches as a prime example of an effect similar to what I'm demonstrating:

Retribution Hex wrote:
A witch can place a retribution hex on a creature within 60 feet, causing terrible wounds to open across the target’s flesh whenever it deals damage to another creature in melee. Immediately after the hexed creature deals damage in melee, it takes half that damage (round down). This damage bypasses any resistances, immunities, or damage reduction the creature possesses. This effect lasts for a number of rounds equal to the witch’s Intelligence modifier. A Will save negates this effect.

That Major Hex, which requires 10th level at the earliest to obtain, doesn't subtract the damage the affected target deals, and adds only half of what the damage would normally do back to the affected target. Considering the effect I want Bestow Curse to duplicate, in essence, selectively affects creatures with an enhanced version of a Major Hex permanently, it's already pretty significant, almost too significant. It's much more significant than simply bestowing somebody with Lycanthropy, which occurs a lot less often than what a Retribution hex or example Bestow Curse hex does, but it's one that's certainly allowable with the spell.


I'm glad I make a thread about questioning whether my guidelines for a curse falls under the intention of the spell, but it ends up turning into "FUMBLE CARDS R BAD GAIS."

Don't get me wrong, you have your opinion on cards and it's fine to have them, but imposing it on to people because their way is badwrongfun is a lot less okay than using those rules in the first place; especially when this thread only mentioned fumble cards...

@fretgod99: I'd say to the PC, it certainly would be. As a whole perspective, it's better, and that's what I (and probably the rest of the group) want(s).

It's not a PVP thing, it's simply to help reduce casualties to those who are actually in the thick getting hit versus those who just sit back and cast spells or make attacks.


We're playing an Evil campaign, and one of the several problems that comes up is our bow ranger shooting our allies due to cover or rolling a 1 (because Reckless Shot and/or fumble cards).

At one point, our Witch picked up the Major Curse spell. Some of the effects in there are extremely debilitating; 50% chance to do nothing, -6 to an ability score, -4 to attack rolls/saves/skills, are all extremely powerful for the level. But we don't want to make our ranger a liability in combat.

So, one curse I came up with was that if he shoots any of us with a bow and arrow, whether it is intentional or accidental, the arrow instead veers its trajectory, comes back, and hits him instead (like in those Looney Tunes shows).

It falls within the desired effect we want (which is to reduce his friendly fire rate to affect only himself), but does it fall within the intention of it being a curse?


RAW, you cannot. A critical is a critical, even if you meant it to be or not. There is no ex post facto statement in the rules that allows you to forgo a critical confirmation/threat, nor are there any abilities that allow you to do so as far as I know (that is, on the giving end; there are several ways on the receiving end). RAI, I hardly doubt that it makes sense in a realistic simulation, given that the force you're making propelling said attack won't always equate to being the same when it comes to being in combat with any individual creature, even if they are the same creature, making the same moves; unless you're a supercomputer (and even that is iffy), you won't have the same results every time.

Honestly, the Dice God just showed up and gave your NPCs a scare. The only time I get that sort of luck (I got 3 critical confirmations in a row, 6 total criticals in a fight) on a boss fight where I only deal 25% of my total damage. Not much your Paladin could do other than be forced to roll with it because that's life, though he will probably want to pray and maybe find a means to atone for such a destructive outburst.


Keen wrote:
This ability doubles the threat range of a weapon. Only piercing or slashing melee weapons can be keen. If you roll this special ability randomly for an inappropriate weapon, reroll. This benefit doesn't stack with any other effects that expand the threat range of a weapon (such as the keen edge spell or the Improved Critical feat).
Keen Edge wrote:

This spell makes a weapon magically keen, improving its ability to deal telling blows. This transmutation doubles the threat range of the weapon. A threat range of 20 becomes 19-20, a threat range of 19-20 becomes 17-20, and a threat range of 18-20 becomes 15-20. The spell can be cast only on piercing or slashing weapons. If cast on arrows or crossbow bolts, the keen edge on a particular projectile ends after one use, whether or not the missile strikes its intended target. Treat shuriken as arrows, rather than as thrown weapons, for the purpose of this spell.

Multiple effects that increase a weapon's threat range (such as the keen special weapon property and the Improved Critical feat) don't stack. You can't cast this spell on a natural weapon, such as a claw.

Improved Critical wrote:

Benefit: When using the weapon you selected, your threat range is doubled.

Special: You can gain Improved Critical multiple times. The effects do not stack. Each time you take the feat, it applies to a new type of weapon.

This effect doesn't stack with any other effect that expands the threat range of a weapon.

This is all the relevant text. Your answer should be among them.


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The "ZOMGFULLCASTERSOP" power fix can be pretty simple to implement. You merely cut off the actual 7th-9th level spells, but you keep the slots. It actually gives more incentive for those classes to pick up and apply metamagic feats. (It certainly makes Heighten Spell more attractive.)

I think there was also a feat or something that allowed you to divvy up what a spell slot actually obtained; for example, you could have a 2nd level spell slot instead work as 2 1st level spell slots. That would be another great option for such a game.


No, because they are mechanically the same thing.

In regards to the Shillelagh spell, it has the same language as Lead Blades, it increases X as if it were Y/Z size(s) larger. Things like that don't stack.

Those effects would, however, stack with a spell like Enlarge Person, as that spell increases your actual size, not your effective size damage dice as Lead Blades/Shillelagh do.

It's the same concept with Muleback Cords and the Masterwork Backpack. Because they both treat your score as X/Y higher for determining carrying capacity, they won't stack with themselves because they are the same effect with the same language. A Masterwork Backpack would stack with a Belt of Giant's Strength, though, since one increases your actual Strength score, and the other just treats your Strength score as 1 higher for carrying capacity.


Wow, that Optimistic Gambler trait is bonkers for a Barbarian.

Reactionary and Indomitable Faith are great de facto traits for any character. You can never have enough Initiative or Will Save increases.

If you don't want to deal with ACP from a Mithril Breastplate, Armor Expert can help.

Reckless is a great trait if you want to make use of the Acrobatics skill; granting a +1 and making it a class skill really helps its uses in combat.

Vengeful is a great trait, since it adds +1 damage to any attacks you make against the last person who hit you in 24 hours. It's basically a free +1 damage against one foe whenever you enter combat.

There are probably a couple others, but those are the biggies I've found.


For the special ability to function, you need to have Combat Reflexes (or some other ability that allows you to make more than one attack of opportunity in a round); the benefit it grants from a successful attack of opportunity is another attack of opportunity at a -5 penalty. You can also only have this work once per round, meaning TWF trying to get 2 of them just isn't going to work.

It's not a particularly great feature in the lower levels, though it has uses. By the late game, if forcing AoO provocations is a strong feature, or you're in a party composition that is great at forcing AoO provocations, this enhancement is well worth the +1 bonus, since you would already have +5 weapons, including features like Furious and Courageous for Barbarians, still leaves a total of +3 in bonuses left to allocate, and you have massive bonuses to hit. Since all AoOs go from highest BAB, a 1/round secondary AoO that goes if the first hits is very useful.


master_marshmallow wrote:

I like how we refer to "The Developers" as a single amorphous entity with a single opinion that is always against our favor.

Not like they are actual people who may disagree with you, no, they are an entity whose sole existence is to drive you away.

Considering the rules for the game have to reach a single consensus which is agreed upon by said people who consist of "The Developers," it's not really incorrect to claim that they are one person, one voice. Heck, they have a single account on this forum that supports such a claim for when they make rulings in threads that are FAQ'd, so it's not as far-fetched or politically incorrect as you say it is, to say they are one and the same.

Needless to say, if they wanted to drive people away, they can do a better job at it. We're actually giving them the benefit of the doubt there. But simply stating that their actions don't have consequences, or that they can't ever be wrong or incorrect signals fevered fanatics playing teacher's pet, when the other, more obvious, and logical answers are right in front of our faces: That they don't really care (enough), that the subject matter does not fit their design philosophies. And that's fine; if anything, I'd rather they simply come outright and say it, it'd put everybody else's mind at ease instead of being confused or angry, wondering as to what the heck the Devs are thinking doing X Y and Z.

Them dodging or skewing subject matter isn't the best option if they are going to allow something, because it just shows us that they're trying to cater to the masses without bending their design philosophy as compromise, and that's just not gonna work. If you keep one, you simply ruin the other, and something's gotta give, otherwise it results in the above.

Regardless, the math shows that allowing Dexterity to Damage, even with some of the suggestions the forumites came up with, isn't gamebreaking, nor does it overshadow Strength builds at all. If anything, it's actually inoptimal to do unless you're a Tank type, and even that's pointless, given the mechanics behind armor and a Dexterity build being unable to bypass that level. I mean come on, Attacks and Damage go hand in hand when it comes to playing the game, and making one work while screwing the other one over defeats the paradigm of martial gameplay entirely, and it's already hurting as it is because casters OP.


Rikkan wrote:
Darksol the Painbringer wrote:
Spiritual Weapon is a force effect; even if it's a weapon-like spell, it's still otherwise an object, not a creature, much less an ally, ruling Prayer out.
Well if, according to the FAQ, inspire courage (which also targets allies) does work on the spiritual weapon, I don't see any reason why prayer would not.

I re-read everything, and I suppose it can work; it requires quite a bit of a legalese reading to get to that interpretation though, so some clean-up would be needed.


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Zolanoteph wrote:

So what do I think is wrong with the bard?

I must state clearly that my problems with the bard have nothing at all to do with power level. I'm a part time powergamer at worst and will play anything (even something suboptimal) if I like the concept. My problem with the bard is bardic performance.

Singing in battle

I can't get behind the idea that a character who sings or plays the drums/lute in battle. There's not much of an argument to be made here, this is just my gut reaction. Weather it's beating the drum, singing, playing the lute, you name it. When the ogre comes crashing through the gate, you better be swinging at axe, chucking a fireball or doing something practical/cool.

You're kidding, right?

Not all Bardic Performance is singing and dancing. One of the most optimal forms of Bardic Performance is actually Oratory, or in other words, praying, reciting religious excerpts, etc. Or even Comedy, usually with subtle hilarious gestures, or silly statements. There are all kinds of things that don't involve singing, dancing, or music; are you gonna start calling those people a bunch of hootenannies too?

It doesn't really matter if there were historical accuracies or magical influences regarding singing in the midst of battle, not all bardic performances work that way, and most optimal bards don't choose those options.

I have a bard who doesn't need to be swinging an axe or throwing fireballs to be practical and cool; he's a 100% team player and his purpose in life is to enable those who are in need of guidance to fulfill their true potential and destiny. He's also an Ex-Paladin (that is, he was once in the service, but it did not fit his calling, and so he retired from that way of life) that abandoned that profession for his higher purpose in life.

Zolanoteph wrote:

The Life Coach Problem

This is the phrase I use to describe my chief complaint with the bard, possibly the one that trumps all the others. The bard is a motivational speaker. The bard is a hero who is so good at telling other people that "they can do it!" that he becomes invaluable as a coach and leader. On a related note, the Mary Sue concept is baked right into the class: The bard is a master of skills, especially social skills, to the point where for all intents and purposes, everybody loves em'!

The problem with this is that it lends itself to situations where characters in game give empowering speeches even though the player is inarticulate and unimaginative. Or a situation where my fighter is hyped up by the unerring spirit of the party cheerleader. Think about this; I want to play a stoic, tough guy character. And here he is, being told "You can do it! You're a winner!" by this sissy singer/dancer/speech giver and this stuff is giving my character bonuses in combat. The flavor/mechanical implication is that the bard effects my character emotionally and has an intuitive ability to rally him to greater heights of valor. Shouldn't abilities like this happen through role playing in character? Why should the dice or the basic game mechanics tell me that you just gave an awesome performance and it effected me emotionally?

Ironically enough? Not all bards are designed that way. There are archetypes that make them viable for melee/ranged combat. The base bard himself is actually a very strong caster type, and some archetypes augment that even further without compromising his support capabilities.

In either case, it's quite clear that the only thing limiting the Bard's availability is both your imagination (which is quite skewed) and your ignorance of the mechanics that are already laid out (that support more than just a cheerleader playstyle).


Another quick bump.

I decided to go with a feature called "Power Surges" for replacing Bravery, something that I reflavored to work similar to Ki, but instead be Constitution-based; I also changed around some of its power and increased the costs due to the early access, as well as edited some of the effects to help establish the flavor.

I'm a little worried that it's probably a bit much for what it replaces, but since the power strike can be used with all melee and thrown weapons (and those weapons can be made of special materials), and each of the costs are one step higher (that is, requiring a point equates to spending a point, and spending a point equates to spending 2 points), I think it balances out in the usefulness aspect.

From here, I think the archetype is about as complete as it's gonna get. Enjoy!


I would say it does not work. Here's why:

Spiritual Weapon is a force effect; even if it's a weapon-like spell, it's still otherwise an object, not a creature, much less an ally, ruling Prayer out. If you want that kind of spell to receive those benefits, you should cast this one.

Prayer works for allies and enemies. A Spiritual Weapon is not a creature, whereas a Spiritual Ally is.

As for Wrath, it's a personal spell. Unless you and the Spiritual Ally have the Share Spells teamwork feat line, it's not gonna be affected by it, and since Spiritual Ally does not have feats...

As others have said, it's a fire and forget sort of spell; you cast it on somebody (probably the BBEG) and then redirect your efforts elsewhere.


Updated the content some.

I edited the class skills section, stating what they gain as class skills and what class skills they replace to help clarify that they originally came from the Fighter class (if some of the replacements weren't obvious enough).

I decided against limiting the weapon proficiency list and Weapon Training/Mastery features, since there are some monasteries in fantasy that don't use explicitly monk weapons (although they can most certainly advocate them), so it can still fit that theme without having to compromise it.

I adjusted the confusing language regarding the bonus feats, stating that they can forgo the bonus feat at the respective level interval to increase the damage reduction granted from their Body Training feature by 1, and the option can only be done 3 times.

I still made them non-proficient in using shields, but I allowed them to use shields as weapons, it's just they won't be able to benefit from the shield bonus to AC in doing so, otherwise they lose the benefits of their Protection of Force class feature.

Lastly, I changed the Improved Stalwart to replace the 6th level bonus feat.

I'm still stuck as to what I want to do with the Bravery class feature. Introducing Ki Points can hurt the concept of a brute-like monastery character, and having that require Wisdom as well makes the character all kinds of MAD. If I throw in a Flurry of Blows equivalent, it either becomes useless or very convenient, depending on the playstyle; although that about fits the power level of Bravery, I don't want to force players to have to rely on unarmed strikes that deal piddly damage or Monk weapons in order to benefit from the feature. Some guidance here would be greatly appreciated.


I suppose I could list out all the skills, though the archetypes in the books only reference what is added/removed for class skills, not the entire list.

Adjusting the bonus feat language would probably work better than trying to reference a Rage Power feat, it'd just end up confusing people...

The problem with making it Constitution based is that you run into a really MAD character; Constitution represents life force, something that shouldn't be used when referencing the sheer muscle mass being able to thwart attacks. Although that's a Monk concept, it's one that I don't want to emulate with a Fighter archetype.

The encumbrance comes from them having to both manage their weight and manage their muscular contractions to deflect attacks. As for shields, it defeats the purpose of them relying on their own body for protection instead of armor. I suppose I could put in a clause that says they can use a shield as a weapon, but cannot receive a Shield Bonus to AC from it.

I could make Improved Stalwart a 6th level instead of a 4th. Again, Stalwart has a couple unnecessary feat taxes which have nothing to do with the feats own benefits, so it's honestly fitting that I fix the 1st level bonus feat to help clear that.

I'll update it again soon, but for now I need to get to work.


Bump.

I guess everybody is speechless over this, or think it's so bad they don't want to say anything...


I was mulling over the idea of a character whose unconditional devotion to mastering their physical body made their flesh almost impenetrable, and then it hit me to make a Fighter archetype with a Monk-like feel. Thus I sprang to life The Impervious Zealot archetype.

The highlights:

-Removed all Armor and Shield proficiencies, switched around 4 class skills (removed 4 from Fighter chassis and added 4 from Monk chassis), and threw in a Lawful alignment requirement (to take levels in, anyway).

-Applies Strength to AC as an Armor Bonus and can enhance themself as if they were a suit of armor (this is remediated by removing of proficiencies, and the enhancement and Strength modifier benefits only work while not wearing an armor or shield, and not affected by medium or heavy encumbrance).

-Grants a scaling DR and provided the ability to take a "Rage Power" feat for a Bonus Feat to increase this DR by ignoring pre-requisites. This is remedied in the early game by affixing the 1st and 4th level bonus feats, and remedied by the late game, enforcing the "can only be taken 3 times" rule.

Things left to consider

-I might want to remove their overall martial weapon proficiency and make them only proficient in all Monk weapons, so as to enforce the monastic theme, though this can kill the concept of a regular guy who is so strong he shrugs off blows with his mere figure.

-I will definitely change the Bravery feature, though I am not sure as to which angle I want to change it as. One idea was to implement the Flurry of Blows class feature, though this forces the player into a niche that's not only inoptimal, but also counterintuitive, since some of their bonus feats are already picked for them. It fits the scale well enough, though. Another was the Ki Pool class feature, but for what it grants, it shoehorns the character concept if they want to make full benefit of it, and it also provides a power boost that I'm not sure I'm comfortable with in comparison to what it replaces.

-I'm also debating of switching up or restricting the Weapon Training selections, as well as the Weapon Mastery feature, but the former runs into the same problem as above with weapon proficiencies, and the latter seems good enough in my book.

Please review the concept, rate the result, and provide helpful constructive suggestions/feedback!


TOMfoolery wrote:
But a 5' step is a move action, isn't it? That's why you can't take a 5' step and then double move.

You might want to read this...


Ipslore is correct.

Blood Armor is basically this spell, except is for nearly all arcane casters, and is 2nd level.


Honestly, if he's allowed to retrain, he should be a 10th level Paladin; they get a lot more neat features. Fighters just hit things; Paladins Smite Evil, have Lay On Hands, ridiculous Saving Throws and Immunities, etc.

And since it's Carrion Crown, his interesting martial abilities will be online at least 90% of the time, whereas his other interesting abilities will be on all the time.


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Greater Bleed

School: Necromancy
Cleric/Oracle 2, Inquisitor 2, Wizard/Sorcerer 2, Witch 2
Casting Time: 1 Standard Action
Components: V, S
Target: One Creature
Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 caster levels)
Duration: Instantaneous
Save: Fortitude negates
Spell Resistance: Yes

Your target begins to bleed uncontrollably from multiple orifices. It must make a fortitude save or take bleed damage equal to your caster level (maximum 10). A successful save negates this effect. The bleeding persists and cannot be stopped by natural means, such as from the heal skill or an extraordinary ability, but can be stopped by magical and supernatural sources, such as cure light wounds or channel energy. A creature that does not have blood is immune to this effect.

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Entrapment

School: Evocation [Force]
Wizard/Sorcerer 3
Casting Time: 1 Standard Action
Components: Verbal, Somatic
Area: 20 ft. radius
Range: Medium (100 ft. + 10 ft./level)
Duration: 1 minute/level
Save: Reflex partial
Spell Resistance: Yes

You weave a ward of pure force that encircles a target area. Any creature that walks out of the affected area triggers the ward and suffers 1d4 force damage for every 2 caster levels you possess.

Creatures that fly over, burrow under, are incorporeal, or teleport out of the target area are not affected by this spell. You may have only 3 Entrapment spells up at any one time.

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Crippling Disfiguration

School: Transmutation (Polymorph)
Wizard/Sorcerer 4, Witch 4
Casting Time: 1 Standard Action
Components: Verbal, Somatic
Range: Medium (100 ft. + 10 ft./level)
Target: One creature
Duration: 1 round/level.
Save: Fortitude Negates
Spell Resistance: Yes

Through harsh magics, you temporarily alter the physiology of a creature to reduce its mobility. Target creature must make a fortitude save or lose all movement speeds and abilities other than the standard movement speed. If the target does not have a standard movement speed, they are unable to move from their position (though another creature may bull rush, drag, or reposition it as normal), but are given a new saving throw each round to end the effect.

Creatures that are flying that are affected by this spell begin to plummet to the ground. Creatures with a climb speed affected by this spell must make a climb check equal to the save DC or lose their grip and fall to the ground; they may climb using a skill check, but do not receive any benefits from otherwise having a climb speed. Creatures using earth glide that are affected by this spell must immediately move to the nearest open space outside of the earth they currently inhabit.

I made some changes to them; let me know what you think.


Renegadeshepherd wrote:
Dex based builds mostly work in skill monkeys that are suffering from MAd issues or urban barbarians (which are weaker than normal ones).

Precisely the argument I make for stating Dex to Attack and Damage isn't gamebreaking; it is limited by other aspects of the game, and most people don't see it until it actually affects them.

And you are correct on the Urban Barbarian aspect; although their ability score adjustments are more flexible and provide better defensive capabilities (not limited in skills, no AC penalty, but at the cost of the Will Save increase normally associated), the net amount is significantly reduced; where a normal Barbarian would get +4 to Strength and Constitution, an Urban Barbarian would be at +2 each if using direct comparison, though also has the option of applying it to Dexterity as well, and that scale is only going to get worse when you throw in TWF feat taxes to maximize the application of your static bonuses (the only source of solid damage you can apply, by the way), the scaling differences when Greater and Mighty Rage come into play, etc.

@ Nicos: I can't speak for them, but my GM has allowed our group to combine magic items into a slot. I believe he limited it to one combination per slot (that is, you can only combine two items for a given slot to comprise the single item to take up the slot), so as to keep things simple, but don't quote me on that. I just might test it to see if I can get Boots of the Battle Herald + Boots of Speed (@ CL 20) + Feather Step Slippers combined into a mega pair of sabatons, but that won't be until much later.


The first one should have a CL cap at, say, CL 10. Remember that those same spells can be used by a BBEG of the same class, and it's pretty brutal to hit a group with a high-end bleed effect.

The second one should have Sonic instead of Force; Force itself is really powerful and basically can't be reduced in any way. Either that or remove the option for the other elements and stick a [Force] descriptor on the spell.

The third one is definitely strong. It's basically a super-powered version of Dimensional Anchor. Removing the teleportation, etc. clause would keep it in line for its level. You'd also need to input a clause determining what happens when you cast this spell on a creature who's climbing or earthgliding or flying, etc. because this can definitely cause instakills in the right circumstances (Flyer going over a cliff to get away from the party, climber forever stuck on a wall with no means to move except to drop down, etc). You also might want to make up a better name, since this spell includes so much more than reducing a creature's ability to fly.


Diminuendo wrote:
Eldritch Heritage (Arcane) can give a bonded item to a Divine Caster: you can cast spells as if your hand was empty.

Minor quote edit, spelling corrections.

That is a feature specific to the Arcane Duelist bard archetype. Here's the full entry for Arcane Bond on the PRD:

Arcane Bond (Wizard) wrote:

At 1st level, wizards form a powerful bond with an object or a creature. This bond can take one of two forms: a familiar or a bonded object. A familiar is a magical pet that enhances the wizard's skills and senses and can aid him in magic, while a bonded object is an item a wizard can use to cast additional spells or to serve as a magical item. Once a wizard makes this choice, it is permanent and cannot be changed. Rules for bonded items are given below, while rules for familiars are at the end of this section.

Wizards who select a bonded object begin play with one at no cost. Objects that are the subject of an arcane bond must fall into one of the following categories: amulet, ring, staff, wand, or weapon. These objects are always masterwork quality. Weapons acquired at 1st level are not made of any special material. If the object is an amulet or ring, it must be worn to have effect, while staves, wands, and weapons must be held in one hand. If a wizard attempts to cast a spell without his bonded object worn or in hand, he must make a concentration check or lose the spell. The DC for this check is equal to 20 + the spell's level. If the object is a ring or amulet, it occupies the ring or neck slot accordingly.

A bonded object can be used once per day to cast any one spell that the wizard has in his spellbook and is capable of casting, even if the spell is not prepared. This spell is treated like any other spell cast by the wizard, including casting time, duration, and other effects dependent on the wizard's level. This spell cannot be modified by metamagic feats or other abilities. The bonded object cannot be used to cast spells from the wizard's opposition schools (see arcane school).

A wizard can add additional magic abilities to his bonded object as if he has the required item creation feats and if he meets the level prerequisites of the feat. For example, a wizard with a bonded dagger must be at least 5th level to add magic abilities to the dagger (see the Craft Magic Arms and Armor feat in Feats). If the bonded object is a wand, it loses its wand abilities when its last charge is consumed, but it is not destroyed and it retains all of its bonded object properties and can be used to craft a new wand. The magic properties of a bonded object, including any magic abilities added to the object, only function for the wizard who owns it. If a bonded object's owner dies, or the item is replaced, the object reverts to being an ordinary masterwork item of the appropriate type.

If a bonded object is damaged, it is restored to full hit points the next time the wizard prepares his spells. If the object of an arcane bond is lost or destroyed, it can be replaced after 1 week in a special ritual that costs 200 gp per wizard level plus the cost of the masterwork item. This ritual takes 8 hours to complete. Items replaced in this way do not possess any of the additional enchantments of the previous bonded item. A wizard can designate an existing magic item as his bonded item. This functions in the same way as replacing a lost or destroyed item except that the new magic item retains its abilities while gaining the benefits and drawbacks of becoming a bonded item.

Nowhere in the text does it mention being able to use the same hand a weapon, staff, or wand is being held for fulfilling somatic components. Whereas the Arcane Duelist Bard archetype has this text for their Arcane Bond feature:

Arcane Bond (Arcane Duelist Bard) wrote:
At 5th level, an arcane duelist gains the arcane bond ability as a wizard, using a weapon as his bonded item, allowing him to cast any one addition spell that he knows once per day. He may not choose a familiar or other type of bonded item. He may use the hand holding his bonded weapon for somatic components. This ability replaces lore master.

If the same Arcane Duelist bard tried to TWF with a second bonded weapon (via Eldritch Heritage [Arcane]), that second bonded weapon wouldn't be applicable for fulfilling somatic components.

That's one peg down for the many Wizards who are overpowered as heck. Just a million more to go...


@ Peet:

For the record, here's the directory regarding reliquary items.

It says you can count the item (in this case, the shield) as a holy symbol for your deity (in the cases of channeling energy) and a divine focus (in the cases of casting spells), so it follows the standard rules regarding that. So we'll need to pull up the relevant rules for casting spells, specifically components.

Let's bring up the Focus entry and compare to the Divine Focus entry:

Focus wrote:
A focus component is a prop of some sort. Unlike a material component, a focus is not consumed when the spell is cast and can be reused. As with material components, the cost for a focus is negligible unless a price is given. Assume that focus components of negligible cost are in your spell component pouch.
Divine Focus wrote:
A divine focus component is an item of spiritual significance. The divine focus for a cleric or a paladin is a holy symbol appropriate to the character's faith. The divine focus for a druid or a ranger is a sprig of holly, or some other sacred plant.

By RAW, you're required to draw out a (Divine) Focus, which is an item, to cast the spell. Items needed to be drawn out for use takes up a hand (or a foot if you're really skilled like that, but the RAW wouldn't allow it) and you're needed to have a free hand to gesture with, requiring two hands total. Some spells require both a focus and material components, meaning unless you have 3 hands (or 2 limbs that can hold items and a free hand to gesture), by RAW you can't cast the spell at all, since you lack the amount of hands needed to hold the items and make the gestures.

So, as Diego Rossi pointed out, the RAW actually screws you up very badly in this regard, since it's not quite specific. Because of that, RAW can really be thrown out the window, and we're forced to rely on RAI, which is a lot more reasonable.

As the forumites state regarding the RAI for casting spells, having a free hand and having a divine focus, both needed to cast a divine spell, are completely separate subjects and requirements; what's handwaved is the need to have separate hands for each component requirement. RAW, they're even defined as separate things in the components section, and the RAI doesn't circumvent that. Meaning for example, I can have a Reliquary Heavy Shield be a Divine Focus for a spell, but when both hands are occupied (one with the shield, the other with a weapon), I can't cast that spell because I can't make the proper hand gestures needed. I can drop the Heavy Shield to fulfill the free hand pre-requisite, but then I am lacking the Divine Focus component needed. Since both are needed, you can't cast the spell without possessing all of the required components; it just simply fails.

Because of this, compare the Heavy and Light Shield entries:

Light Shield wrote:
You strap a shield to your forearm and grip it with your hand. A light shield's weight lets you carry other items in that hand, although you cannot use weapons with it.
Heavy Shield wrote:
You strap a shield to your forearm and grip it with your hand. A heavy shield is so heavy that you can't use your shield hand for anything else.

A Light Shield can carry and use items (bar weapons) in the same hand. (Some argue you can use the same hand for gesturing and the like, but since you're required to hold it in your hand, it won't work; if you want that, use a Buckler.) A Heavy Shield can't carry or use anything in the same hand it's used.

So with a Reliquary Light Shield, by RAW you can have your Divine Focus component in the shield hand (as well as any material component possibly, though you'll want it open for holding your weapon), and when you switch your weapon to your shield hand (a Free Action to do that and vice-versa in the same round), you'll have a free hand for gesturing.


To add to the damage aspect disparity: Strength builds aren't limited to what they can use for weapons, leaving them open to several different sets of builds, such as high damage dice weapons for Vital Strike builds, high multipliers for critical fishing, special properties for combat maneuvers, or a combination of those. It can also be used straight away, not having to jump through hoops or needing to expend resources, meaning any resources they are left with can be used for other, more important aspects, or to improve an already base aspect, resulting in an overall net gain when comparing total benefits.

Dexterity is severely limited; having significantly reduced damage dice is a real killer in the early game, because such options are the only ones available for Dexterity, in addition to being forced to rely on Strength, as it takes time and resources for Dexterity to come online, and by the time it reaches late game, they can only be reliant on static bonuses, since the design choices revolving around an increased Dexterity aren't supported with increased damage dice or the like. It also won't have as much static bonuses due to the restricting options for Dexterity, such as Enlarge/Reduce Person. Their ability to be good with maneuvers also requires even more investment with feats or abilities, hurting their net damage dealt further. Did I mention their extra investments generally have fairly extensive pre-requisites?


I have just one piece of advice if you're going to try this.

No, talking.


I finally managed to get a look over some of the ACG's contents, and there was a subject I found that seems to be too good to be true; I just want to be sure that I am understanding the mechanics correctly.

There is a 2nd level evocation spell on both the Bard and Sorcerer/Wizard spell lists called "Contingent Action." Here's what it says in the spell description:

Contingent Action wrote:
The target gains an extra action that becomes available when a condition which you dictate is met. At the time of casting, you dictate the condition, and the target specifies a readied action that occurs when triggered by this condition. The condition needed to trigger the readied action must be clear, although it can be general. If a complicated or convoluted condition is prescribed, the whole combination might fail when triggered. For example, suppose the trigger and the action are stated as "If the target is attacked while he is not holding a weapon, he draws a weapon." If the target has no weapon to draw when the trigger occurs, the action fails. If the trigger and the action are "If an ally within 20 feet falls unconscious, the target moves to a space adjacent to that ally" but the target is chained to a wall when the trigger occurs and can't reach the unconscious ally, the action fails. The readied action must be a standard, move, or swift action-it cannot be used to cast a spell or use a supernatural ability. This action counts as a readied action and doesn't count toward the number of actions the creature can take in a round. When the condition occurs, the target can decide not to use the readied action. Once the condition is triggered, the spell is discharged-whether or not the target uses the readied action or the action is successful. This spell counts as a contingency spell for the purpose of having multiple contingent effects on a creature at the same time.

So if I'm correct, in addition to a target's full round's worth of actions, he also gets the ability to ready an action in response to a condition which is set by the caster of this spell; it lasts a minute per caster level and discharges once the readied action is taken.

Although you can't use it to cast spells (or use a Supernatural ability), this seems to be a pretty powerful and unique spell, especially when it's only 2nd level; I'm not sure if that's right, though. This does raise some other questions.

For example, it says it can't be used to cast spells or Supernatural Abilities, would this not circumvent Spell-Like Abilities from being used with this spell, or would it fall under the concept of casting spells?

Additionally, would this readied action work in attempts to counterspelling, for example? Some insight would be appreciated...


Yo Dawg, I heard you like feats, so we made a feat that can make feats. We also threw in some socks


Sorry for not being able to contribute my findings, I have been busy with other things. That being said, I'll start with the comparison and contrast of Yeti1069's post.

yeti1069 wrote:
Dex-focused gives you 1 stat for AC, Reflex saves, Initiative, ranged attack, melee attack, melee damage (and possibly ranged), and some valuable skills (Acrobatics, Escape Artist, Stealth).

In comparison to a Str-focused character, the difference in AC is minimal, if actually existing. Assuming a +8 Dexterity Modifier by 10th level, you would be forced to wear lighter armor to get usage out of your modifier, as your bonus to armor is limited by your Maximum Dexterity bonus. For example, Darkleaf Cloth Leather Armor would be the most optimal Dexterity to Armor Bonus ratio, given it matches your +8 Dexterity Modifier, it comes with a mere +2 Armor Bonus. Most Strength builds take a Full Plate armor with having only 12 Dexterity, having only a +1 Dexterity Modifier, the cap for Full Plate, it still comes with a +9 AC, equating the grand total of the lighter-armor, Dexterity-focused character, which is +10 AC (before enhancements and such). This can change with other subjects, such as Shields, but aren't really exclusive to both build types.

As attempts to remedy the situation, not many subjects can increase the amount of Maximum Dexterity Bonus that is on armor, and if they do, it increases it across all armors, not just lighter ones, meaning the net scale difference resulting from Dexterity-focused to Strength-focused remains unchanged. Another alternative is to equip Bracers of Armor for +8 AC, though you may miss out on some of the more decent properties, like Deathless, or possibly some neat wrist slot items.

Regarding Reflex Saves, most characters just run with a Cloak of Resistance of the appropriate scale to counteract effects that rely on that statistic. Most Dex-focused classes will have fewer hit points than those who are not, so the success to fail ratio on Dexterity builds may marginally higher or lower, depending on how invested they are. Of course, this only applies to subjects which rely on such, and aren't too plentiful in circumstance.

Initiative can be a big difference, though there are several means around this, such as class features, a feat/trait, etc. that make the Strength-focused guy keep up. At the very least, it makes a Dexterity-focused character not have to invest in it, though they will end up doing so anyway, given the concept of rocket tag by the endgame.

yeti1069 wrote:
Str-focused gives you 1 stat for melee attack, melee damage, ranged damage (and possibly attack with throwing weapons), some mediocre (but occasionally important) skills (Climb, Swim), carrying capacity, and checks to break things.

Strength for Attack Rolls with Throwing Weapons I believe requires either a feat or a specific magic item. In either case, it does require other extensive investment in compromise for either feats or prized slot items, and it runs into similar problems with cases such as TWF, and those two build types are rarely considered, much less created to be of any use.

Climb and Swim have some uses in the low levels. They lose their value at about 6th or 7th level when everyone can fly, teleport, walk over water, etc. Unless of course, you're stuck in an AMF or you're playing an underwater campaign. But the former doesn't happen until the endgame, and you'll be prepared for it; the latter comes few and far between, and if it does, you'll know what you're in for, and plan accordingly.

Carrying Capacity is the biggest issue for Dexterity-focused builds. Although they won't be carrying as heavy of stuff, if they dump their Strength below 10 (some builds could afford to do this if they build a certain way), they run into encumberance issues, defeating the entire purpose of building Dexterity, and serves as a proper lower level balancer, especially for those levels where one does not have Dexterity to Attack and Damage online, or special materials like Mithril or Darkleaf Cloth.

I understand that I didn't say anything about the damage aspect, and that's because it deserves its own post; it will take me a bit to double-check the numbers to make sure they come out correctly.


Many users on this forum (including myself) have argued the importance of the two statistics that are Strength and Dexterity, and the roles they play (or can play). This is especially true in the cases of combat, when you have melee-oriented characters trying to find methods to get more out of their Dexterity while reducing their need for Strength.

Some players are convinced that allowing, for example, Dexterity to Attack and Damage rolls is overpowering, removing the need for having a Strength score, and upsetting the balance against characters who don't attempt such concepts. Others believe that the implementation of such options is not only a common sense subject, but also still falls under the realms of inoptimization.

As such, this thread has been created to discuss the concept of contrast between both Strength to Attack/Damage and Dexterity to Attack/Damage.


TheJayde wrote:

I haven't seen any numbers yet. I'm not through the entire conversation, but you would think somebody that has done the numbers would present them. If you have run the numbers, I would like to see the results. I do customer service, and though this is anecdotal at best, 99% of customers in my experience don't know the subject matter so thuroughly that they can argue with me. It is my job to know the subject that I serve. Just like its Pathfinders job to do so. You may well have run the numbers, but I havent been presented with them.

Adding damage to Dex in the format may cause issues for them later down the line. Yes, they should always be working on better things, and evolving thier company, but needs to be careful to make the right moves. This may not be the right move. I just have a little trust in them to operate thier game and understand thier job.

Just so I am clear, when I mentioned run the numbers, simulations, aftershocks, etc. I am mostly talking about the game mechanics.

I'll create a separate thread about the subject, as it will bog down this thread considerably with what I am probably sure shall amount to a wall of text; it will take me some time to gather the data to post, but I'll definitely have it up.


TheJayde wrote:
Tels wrote:
The black raven wrote:
That said, the Devs are the Devs (and do an awesome job BTW) and we, the customers, will make do with what they give us ;-)

NO! That is absolutely a horrible view point to take on the merchant/customer relationship!

I'm not saying Paizo makes bad products, I don't think that, but I need to expand upon this line here.

A customer is not a slave with no voice with which to express his or her displeasure. If we want changes in the wares of a merchant, we have to speak up and voice our displeasure or nothing will happen.

If customers only had to sit back and voicelessly accept any and all wares that came our way, then business wouldn't make better and better products. There would never need to be a patch for an iPhone to fix an issue, because Apple could just ignore us.

If a business wants to stay in business, then they need to listen to the feedback of it's consumers and adapt to meet demands.

I REFUSE to make do with a faulty product. I can, and have, and will, return a product to a company that does not work like it is supposed to and demand either my money back, or a replacement.

I have never had to do so with Paizo, and I don't suspect I will in the future. But to think that a customer is just supposed to lay back and take it when they get a product is undeniably wrong.

I disagree. If you were so smart, you could make your own game. Your opinion and view is shallow but the company has a much broader view of things. They get more feedback and information, and actually do testing with numbers and comparatives. You wanting this ability does not entitle you to the ability. The customer is not always right. The customer is usually too uninformed to know what they trully want.

You can voice your opinion and make posts like these, and surely Paizo appreciates your request, but do not make the mistake that they are better equipped to make the decision.

The product is not faulty because you say it is....

Comparing one person's viewpoints to the viewpoint of a conglomerate board collective, which is "the authority" of this game (and "the authority" isn't always right or proper, either), is like having one apple to having an assorted fruit basket. The amount, variety, and sheer volume that accompanies the latter would outweigh the value of the former because physics. It's not exactly a fair comparison, nor should it be one you make, because even if the Devs are the Devs, they are still human beings like us, not some "Holier Than Thou" ascendant like you make them out to be.

Although the customer isn't always right, nothing is. But not all customers are uninformed or don't know their way around subjects. However, that's a two-way street, and the only way to know for sure which is the case, is to run the numbers, the simulations, the aftershocks, etc. Which I've done myself, and quite frankly it doesn't support their decision to exclude Dexterity to Damage as a feat. Others have ran it, or viewed my input, and they've come to (or agreed with) the same conclusions I have.

Pure intellect doesn't make a company, much less a game that can thrive off of its consumers; it's needed, and is a key aspect, but is not the only subject of importance. One needs social skills, publicity outlets, resource management, etc. Not all of that can be covered with being Mr. Smarty Pants, and the Devs know that.

Even so, Tels makes a great point, one that matches the laws of Nature itself. Being complacent in your abilities only leaves room for others to one-up your regime. If Paizo didn't pay attention to the customers, or make the game constantly growing and evolving like it is, they wouldn't make it as a company, because it would be one-upped by a company who does, and ends up making a significantly better product because of it.


Artanthos wrote:
Darksol the Painbringer wrote:
So in the case of, say, the Wish spell, drawing out the 25,000 gold Diamond would most likely take a Move Action. It's not really concrete as to what constitutes components that subvert the general, but some GMs would rule that drawing out a vital Focus component for a spell (unless such is already drawn) would take a Move Action.

Elaborate =/= expensive.

A single small rock is a very simple thing, regardless of price tag.

And yet it's quite undefined rules-wise as to what constitutes being elaborate or not, meaning it's subject to GM interpretation. I'd rule that a material component like a Diamond for the Wish spell would constitute a Move Action to be drawn, since I find it to be, in fact, an elaborate component, whereas you would not.


Not exactly convinced.

That Warpriest is super MAD to be doing any actual good. Needing Charisma, Wisdom, AND Strength to be any use is a real killer; it's one of the reasons why it got removed in the playtest. The only other method I can think of to make it work is to simply dump Strength, get a Guided weapon, and go to town.

Fervor to use for both swift spells and pseudo-LoH is going to burn through that resource fast; it will last for 2 combats tops, which, unless you only amount to having a 15 minute work day, becomes silly after a while. A shame there was no Extra Fervor feat, as this build would really need it.

Deadly Stroke only works on Stunned or Flat-Footed enemies, and if you wanted to specialize in Critical Fishing, it won't stack with your weapon's critical multipliers. Additionally, unless you have a reliable means to Stun an enemy or you're building for Feint specialization, Deadly Stroke won't be usable. My guess is you thought an enemy who's Shaken or whatever would be affected; sadly, they are not. Also, Deadly Stroke only works as a specific Standard Action, granting a single attack. Although Warpriest has 3/4 BAB, with buffs they're at about unbuffed Fighter level, so you should still be hitting with your two attacks at that level.

Honestly, playing a classic Paladin, or even a slightly archetyped one, would be better than this, and a lot simpler too.


Peet wrote:

Hi, Darksol. Thanks for trying to answer this. However, it seems like you contradict yourself here.

Darksol the Painbringer wrote:
1. I believe in cases where you need to provide a divine focus, does the shield fulfill. It does not cover the somatic component (which is the gesturing), meaning you would have to still need the free hand.

OK, so here you say you need a separate hand.

Darksol the Painbringer wrote:
The divine focus would have to be brought out (if it has a high enough gold cost, a move action may be required) in order to be utilized for a given spell, but it can be held in the same free hand and still be used to cast spells.

Now here you say you can use the same hand that holds a divine focus to perform the gesturing for a spell.

If the shield counts as a divine focus, then why can't it be used this way? Is there anything in the description of the item (or elsewhere) that clarifies this?

Note that a divine focus tattoo costs only 100 gp and gets someone around the problem of having to "pull out" one's divine focus. So there is a non-magical way to get around the action economy issue of having to draw a divine focus. So I have a hard time understanding what the benefit of having a shield classified as a divine focus is, if not for the purpose of allowing it to be used to make gestures for spells.

BTW what does the gold cost of a divine focus have to do with how it is used? I really don't understand that.

Darksol the Painbringer wrote:
2. I would assume so, since for spells that use normal foci and/or materials, the single hand is all that's needed, subtracting the divine focus on-hand doesn't change the factor that you need to have a free hand to gesture with, which can be that free hand that otherwise possessed a divine focus.

I'm not sure you understand my question.

If the spell does not require a divine focus as a component, and I "choose" to add that component to the spell if I am a divine caster? If the answer is no then I...

I think you're a bit confused as to what a Divine Focus is and what its relationship is with somatic components. The two aren't mutually exclusive; that is, if you have one, you don't need the other, which you seem to think is the case. All I'm saying is that the reliquary shield only serves as a Holy Symbol for the purposes of Channeling and the Divine Focus required for casting a spell; it still restricts your ability to use that hand for other purposes, such as fulfilling somatic components. Additionally, having a Divine Focus in your hand alone doesn't fulfill your somatic components, you need to have the hand free (barring the Divine Focus needed for the spell being cast) to fulfill the somatic components. You could still hold a Divine Focus and fulfill somatic components in the same hand; it's not possible if you have a Heavy or Tower Shield equipped. I said that you can, provided that it is a Light Shield. You would be SOL otherwise.

In other words, a Heavy Shield won't work for what you're trying to do; get a Light Shield and it solves your problems.

If it doesn't require a Divine Focus, adding it to casting that spell won't change anything about the spell, assuming that adding those subjects to a spell is possible, which many would say is not, and even if it is, it does nothing.

**EDIT**

As for the whole "gold cost" for a Divine Focus, I reference this text:

Casting a Spell wrote:
To cast a spell with a material (M), focus (F), or divine focus (DF) component, you have to have the proper materials, as described by the spell. Unless these components are elaborate, preparing them is a free action.

So in the case of, say, the Wish spell, drawing out the 25,000 gold Diamond would most likely take a Move Action. It's not really concrete as to what constitutes components that subvert the general, but some GMs would rule that drawing out a vital Focus component for a spell (unless such is already drawn) would take a Move Action.


RumpinRufus wrote:

In response to the last two posts:

Firstly, you cannot riposte an attack from 15 feet away, even WITH Improved Snap Shot. It says:

Opportune Parry and Riposte wrote:
Upon performing a successful parry and if she has at least 1 panache point, the swashbuckler can as an immediate action make an attack against the creature whose attack she parried, provided that creature is within her reach.

Even if you threaten 15 feet, that monster is still not within your reach (unless you are a high level aberrant sorcerer or something.)

Secondly, remember that the opponent is making a melee attack against you, so you don't need to parry (or riposte) at range. They are coming to you. You slap away their limb with your gun (or bow) and then fire a shot at them in return.

Still no ammunition needed for the parry.

Pretty much this.

So when you parry an attack made against you, you can make a ranged attack against that enemy with a bow or gun.

As a personal note, I'd allow characters to be able to deflect oncoming ranged attacks by firing their ranged weapon, though they'd be their own separate deeds...


Yes, that's how it would work. It says in order for you to use your own rage powers in conjunction with the Inspired Rage, you must use your own rage.


Alexander Augunas wrote:
Darksol the Painbringer wrote:
Honestly, defending people when they are most certainly capable of defending themselves calls into question whether the intent of those "defending" isn't really just playing a game of teacher's pet.

"You disagree with my practices, so therefore you must be a suck up" is your best retort?

My "motivation" for defending Paizo is quite simple: I liked when James Jacobs felt like he could be forthright with answering rules questions, but that was ruined. I liked when Jason freely posted on the boards and chatted about game design. Now I can only ever hear his discussions alongside dozens of others at convention seminars.

You can say that the line between being bluntly honest and rude is fine if you'd like, but both responses have the same effect: pivotal community members disengage from the community. If you want to continue to drive people away, by all means do so.

It's not really a bad one, given the track record of their publishing, this is just one of the many common problems brought up in this game, especially one that's rife with power creep and bloat like the ACG is, arguably about as much bloat and power creep as the optional Mythic Adventures book. You can't skip over a single page of threads on this forum without running into a Paladin Alignment discussion or a Caster/Martial Disparity thread, much less all the "Rogues Suck/Fighters Suck" content that's been thrown across this forum repeatedly, or any other sorts of shenanigans that players can cheese, and it leads to a serious case of questioning whether you must absolutely claim Paizo does everything right, and that they can't ever be wrong or even misguided in several areas, clinging blindly to something that has several obvious, gameshifting flaws, because it has "Pathfinder" scrawled on its cover.

Now, has Paizo spoken up about those subjects? Either directly or indirectly, but they have; look at what it's done, and the problems they end up creating again with their apparent solutions. They've stated before that the Fighter and Rogue classes are working as they intended them to, which tells us that they essentially mean "Well, they're weak classes, but that's okay, that's what we wanted them to be." In regards to the Caster/Martial disparity, it tells us they're okay with that sort of thing too, assisted by the content which appears in each splatbook they publish; others might be okay with Casters being stronger than Martials all around, but if balance was really a key factor in their design principles, they would have made more of an effort to close the gap they originally created with the splatbooks, including this one, instead of widening it with each publishing.

Even in this very situation, they decided to dodge the issue of Dex to Damage with making a Rapier-specific feat, which actually never changes the problem that was originally presented, something that should be trivial for a company like Paizo to accomplish, especially when I find that several forum users have proposed acceptable alternatives that actually fix the problem in the first place.

With that said, it's much easier and more plausible to assume the "They don't care" and the "It's not in their design values" arguments because that's the only logical conclusion we can derive from the courses of action they have decided to take in regards to the issues we've pointed out so far.

If, in some way, we were to be convinced otherwise of some other more sensible reason for their choices, then maybe we would be more respectable of, or even in agreement with their design values. Unfortunately, that has yet to happen, and until that happens, we're stuck with the impasse which presents itself.

Of course, some people aren't prone or accepting of logic, and a lot of those people are the ones who throw out hateful insults, threats, etc. But I'm not certainly one of those people, especially when I have been convinced out of my original viewpoints, or at the very least understanding the other side before, and that hasn't changed. It's just that the argument which would convince me (or even make me understand) hasn't been thrown out there yet. And until it does, I find my viewpoint to be fairly valid, and a commonly-shared one as well.


Yes. You get Rage Powers as a class feature at 3rd level, so you can take your Extra Rage Power feat at 3rd level.

Of course, if you take an archetype which replaces the 3rd level Rage Power, you wouldn't be able to take the feat as you otherwise do not possess the Rage Power class feature (unless you retrain at the level where you get them).


Alexander Augunas wrote:
zapbib wrote:
It would have been a perfectly correct thing to say. But the swashbuckler preview mention dex to damage. Where do we stop giving them excuse and just admit that something went wrong in the whole make a new book process? If it was only that, but there's a huge list of errors and balancing problem that just hint that there was poor editing and poor vision on this project.

I can't speak for the design team, but I can tell you this. Good designers hear and react upon criticism, such as this:

"It doesn't same appropriate that the swashbuckler can use her Dexterity modifier on damage rolls with weapons that she can't normally finesse, but she can't use her Dexterity modifier on damage rolls with weapons that she can normally finesse."

But when even the best designers receive insults like this:

"Where do we stop giving them excuses and just admit something went wrong in the whole 'make a book process'?"

Or this:

"There's a huge list of errors and balancing problems that just hint that there was poor editing and poor vision on this project."

Then two things occur. First, the designers don't feel the need to respond to your criticism because they rightfully assume that they're wasting their breath on such irrationally negative people and that their time is better spent working on new projects. Second, the designers become less willing to share their ideas and thoughts and previews with the public, because they determine that giving the public anything to mentally digest will set their expectations off in ways they can't predict, and therefore will generate a backlash of broken promises and expectations from the people that they wanted to excite with the product that they've been slaving over for anywhere from three to six months.

It's also a fine line between being rude and being bluntly honest about the subject. These supposed "insults" aren't simply spouted once or twice by people who don't know what they're talking about half the time, or being purposefully hateful on the subject.

I too share those sentiments, as do several other regular, respectable users on the forums, not to mention those who aren't on these boards who might feel the same way. And quite frankly, the results don't lie or conflict with what's being said. There are several glaring issues that have been presented to the Dev team profusely that nearly every board user can agree on being present, and quite frankly they either dodge it by making up some subject that doesn't fix the issue at all, or do nothing, leaving the fate of the problem to those who play the game to deal with.

Take Divine Protection feat for Oracles as a prime example of something that nearly everybody would claim is broken; that feat has one of the Paladin's most powerful and iconic class features, also one of the sole reasons people would dip Paladin levels, and now all it just costs is a feature that Oracles automatically have, skill ranks which every Oracle should possess no matter what, and some delayed access to similar effects (to getting it in compared to dipping, but for maintaining full spell progression and not having to sacrifice capstones, it's well worth it).

Such a powerful feat got through the Devs and got published; an eyesore to say the least. Their best "fix" was something like "If you already have a source that provides your Charisma modifier to Saves, this feat instead provides +1 to all saving throws." You're kidding, right? So they just openly admitted to allowing the power creep by editing it for a secondary effect, and not doing anything to tone down the overpowering effect. So they dodged it, leaving the consumer to deal with the problem.

PFS already decided to ban the feat days after it was revealed on the forums. Almost every home game that isn't power-creep oriented (90% of them) probably won't allow it, and it just ends up wasting valuable text and publishing space for a feat that could've been really cool, unique, and different.

Honestly, defending people when they are most certainly capable of defending themselves calls into question whether the intent of those "defending" isn't really just playing a game of teacher's pet. Quite frankly, it's much easier to say "Paizo doesn't really care," and probably the most likely answer in comparison to a conglomerate company whose complaining fanbase only equates to ~10% of their overall sales who would rather please the 90% of the people who don't speak out/remain active in the forums, but still buy the products because it's Pathfinder.


I'll second Armor Training being gone as a good thing in comparison to Mutagen increases, as well as the discovery things. Armor Mastery as a capstone sucks, and any Fighter who wants to maximize their damage is going to be having Greater Penetrating Strike by 16th level, countering any other Fighter who has it, and any Barbarian who has DR/- will be treated as having 5 less.

I wonder if you could take Extra Discovery as a feat with the Mutation Warrior archetype so you can nab the Greater and Grand Mutagen discoveries 2 levels sooner.

Having Wings is either really good, or really bad; it depends on how it scales, since it says it functions as the Fly spell. Of course, being able to fly equal to your level in 1 minute increments is plenty powerful a combat feature in and of itself, and can't be dispelled.


I'm sorry, how is this a thread again?

Warpriest is out because 3/4 BAB with 6th level spellcasting just doesn't cut it, especially by the endgame, since Warpriests have no really powerful mechanics to keep them in line with other similarly designed martials (Magi + Inquisitors). Also, 90% of blessings are crap anyway. Fervor is only good in combat when you need to both buff and attack at the same time, and if you're in situations like that, you're caught with your pants down and screwed anyway. Sacred Weapon and Sacred Armor become useless by the endgame, and by the early and mid game, they're still behind a Cleric because by the time they can buff with spells like Bull's Strength, for example, Cleric is already throwing out Blessing of Fervor.

Clerics are more powerful because 9th level spellcasting. Channel Energy and their increased spells per day and progression make them vastly superior to Warpriests. Who needs Sacred Weapon or Fervor when your increased spell progression can accomplish so much more than just hitting things with a stick?

Oracles have more skill points and arguably better features via Revelations and their Mystery, which can and usually are more suited to combat than the generic subject that is a Cleric. They also have access to some Oracle-only spells (some of which are really powerful), as well as the entire Cleric spell list. The only killer is the lowered spell progression and inability to have all spells known, but a lot like Schrodinger's Wizard, you memorize the spells you use frequently, and for those you need for emergency, you put in a Scroll. Not to mention there are items that provide you spells (such as Page of Spell Knowledge) for spontaneous casters. Outside that, you actually cast more spells if I remember right...

TL/DR; Oracles > Clerics > Warpriests.


Paladin of Baha-who? wrote:
Don't go with option 3 above, that's being a passive-aggressive dip.

I'm not sure what the problem is. To be honest, it's a lot better option than option 1, I find, assuming he still wishes to play with the group he's currently GMing for.

It really boils down to if the OP is willing to tolerate boring games for the PCs because they think being the Ultimate Lifeform is fun.

As it is with Schrodinger's Wizard by the endgame, when you're the best, and there's nothing that can stop you except maybe another you (and even that's a close gamble), there's no fun or point to it after a while. The conflicts that arise become child's play and the PCs have nothing important to fight for, because what they're fighting for is so damn insignificant.

A lot of times, players don't see things until they actually happen in a game, and the GM showing that to the whining players via example is probably the smartest thing he can do; especially if he wants to continue playing with this group. (It's actually worked for the group that I'm currently playing with, so it's not like it's an absolutely horrid option that ends with nothing but bad and hurt feelings.)

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